The people of St. Catherine's seek to share in the love that Jesus Christ has for us and the world by welcoming, accepting, nurturing, and serving all people through the power of the Holy Spirit.

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The Newsletter of St. Catherine's Episcopal Church
Marietta, Georgia
November 6-19, 2006

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Clergy Letter
Memorial Service
Ministry Teams meeting
Advent reflections
Vestry nominations
Israel trip planning
Nursery workers needed
Faithful Mission/ Stewardship
Habitat house dedication
Newcomer party
Preschool auction
St. Cats in photos
Marriage blessing invitation
Bereavement support
Christmas cards
Christmas trees
Secret Santa shop
Operation Christmas Child
Advent day
Lessons & carols
Advent wreath making
Planting day thanks
Sollentuna choir
Women's retreats
Flu shots
Men's book study
New Orleans trip
The doxology?
Thanksgiving schedule
Outreach ministry
Medical equipment
In the community
Holy Baptism

Complete Calendar
Wheel Schedule

Calendar Highlights

Nov. 5 - All Saints' Sunday; Memorial Service
Nov. 7 - Election Day; Ministry Teams mtg.
Nov. 8, 15, 29 - Wednesday programs and WNL
Nov. 10-11 - Diocesan Council
Nov. 12 - Vestry nominations due; Stewardship/Faithful Mission and Op. Christmas Child Ingatherings; Preschool Auction open; Habitat House Dedication; Youth Corn Maze trip; Newcomer Party
Nov. 13 - Men's book study
Nov. 18 - Bowes marriage blessing & reception
Nov. 23 - Thanksgiving Day worship 10:30
Nov. 26 - No church school

Clergy Letter

A Seasonal Sabbath

“You shall keep my Sabbaths, for this is a sign between me and you throughout your generations, given in order that you may know that I, the Lord, sanctify you.” Ex. 31:12

As I sat in staff meeting yesterday I was suddenly overwhelmed by the number of services and programs being discussed in addition to the normal, ongoing activities at St. Catherine’s. I just sat and stared at the calendar before me. At one point we found ourselves discussing two different services in the same “layered” conversation. This will be my first Advent at St. Catherine’s and I’m not as familiar as the rest of the staff with the many traditional activities of our parish, so I found myself struggling to keep up with the necessary organizational details for what promises to be an exciting and meaningful Advent and Christmas celebration.

Later this afternoon, outside the walls of the church, I noticed a similar layered “conversation” as I dashed around Walmart for last minute Halloween items. The store was already stocked with Thanksgiving “must haves” and Christmas “necessities”! These visual reminders of the upcoming season made me feel as if I was running out of time – as if I was late… for Christmas. How could I be feeling the push of Christmas when I had not given the first piece of candy to the annual tick-or-treaters?!

Every year I hear the “count down” of shopping days reminding me when it will be too late to capture “THE” Christmas moment of joy and pleasure – that moment of deep satisfaction promised me if I give a loved one that “one perfect” gift. And so I rush through Halloween and All Saints and Thanksgiving feeling as if time is running out and Christmas will be ruined if I can’t come across with something wonderful for each person on my list. The house must be decorated and my wardrobe festive and appropriate for every party - from the soccer team to the executive dinner. I am overwhelmed.

Somewhere underneath all the craziness of the marketing and the food and the family “issues” and the well intentioned generosity, is a small, diminutive light – somewhere, the soft cooing of the hope of the world. How will I hear it?

In his book, Sabbath Time, Tilden Edwards suggests that sabbath was given as a promise of both restoration and sanctification. In the book of Exodus, God tells Moses to tell his people to keep the Sabbath holy so that all generations will know that it is God who sanctifies them. We are made holy through the active presence of God in our world and we must take time and make space in all our activity so that we can “re-member” God’s promise of hope and new life. We must take time and make space to listen to that “still, small voice” within each of us.

On Saturday, December 16, from 9:30 am to 12:00 noon, the parish is invited to gather for the morning to rest in the middle of the busiest time of our Church Calendar and to “catch our collective breath.” We will be gathered in community to reflect upon the most Perfect Gift ever given to this world. I will lead the morning in teaching, meditation, and sharing of reflections as we consider what it means to us - as individuals and as a community - that the light of the world was born to us to make us Holy. I hope to see you there.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope…” 1 Peter 1:3

In Christ,
The Rev. Deacon Kathy Holman

Fall Memorial Service

Sunday, November 5, 6:00 PM

Everyone in the congregation is invited to join us at our Holy Eucharist and Memorial Service in support of those in our parish who have lost friends and loved ones since our spring celebration. A reception follows the ceremony.

Reception help needed

Donations of finger food items are needed for the reception following the Memorial Service, and volunteers to assist with set up and clean up. Please bring your items to church prior to the service – please mark items left in the kitchen clearly for the Memorial Service.

Quarterly Ministry Teams Meeting

Tuesday, November 7, 7 PM in the Sanctuary

On November 7 our ministry teams will meet in the Sanctuary for their regularly scheduled Quarterly Meeting. All members of our ministry teams are expected to take part in this important time together.

During our meeting we will be spending time with our website and some of the work we are doing to improve its ability to communicate about St. Catherine s and the mission and ministry we have together. Each ministry team will be asked to contribute to this effort. In addition we will hearing from the Christian Nurture and Development team and their effort to develop a long range planning tool by being intentional about reviewing and critiquing current programs. Our Finance Team will review the 2007 budget process and distribute budget request form to each team. In addition, Kathy Holman will talk with us about the ministry of deacon and how she see her role at St. Catherine s developing over the coming months. It should be an informative time together. So be sure you get out and vote, and then join us at 7:00 PM in the Sanctuary.

Advent Reflections

A special tradition at St. Catherine’s is our annual booklet of meditations on the season of Advent and Christmas written by our own parishioners, staff, and clergy. If you would like to write a brief (1 or 2 paragraphs) meditation on a piece of scripture, please sign up in your bulletin or contact Karen Manno as soon as possible at We will be in touch with your assignment. Reflections will be due by Nov. 17.

The completed booklet will be ready for you to pick up at church beginning on the first Sunday of Advent. And, you'll be able to read the Reflection of the Day on our website throughout the Advent and Christmas seasons.

Vestry Nominations 2006

Are you interested in serving as a member of the Vestry? Do you know someone who you think would be a good Vestry member? You can nominate yourself or someone else. A list of eligible members of St. Catherine’s is available in your bulletin and in the church foyer.

Serving on the Vestry is a ministry that helps one see how the church can make a difference in people’s lives. Contact Liz Rea, Senior Warden at 770-241-9755 or any Vestry member if you have any questions or nominations. . It can be a spiritually rewarding experience; please consider if it’s for you.

  • Nominations due: Sunday, November 12
  • Candidates announced: Tuesday, December 5
  • Elections: Sunday, December 17, at all services

Israel Trip Planning

We had a lovely evening together this past Sunday. We shared some good food, watched pictures of our upcoming pilgrimage to Israel and shared some stories of past trips. We hope that you are planning to travel with us. Our deadline for registration is January 3but we really are encouraging you to register by December 3 so that we can have the best feel for what seats will be required for our air transportation.

A typical day on the trip will be like the following:

DAY 7, Monday, March 12, 2007 - From Galilee "up to Jerusalem" through Samaria: This day will find us following the footsteps that Jesus and his family would have taken as they made their way from Galilee to Jerusalem. The road passes through a string of Arab villages, many of them with names recalling incidents in the Bible. Jenin, for example, is where tradition holds that Jesus cured the 10 lepers (Luke 17:11). We proceed to ancient Sebaste, a Hellenistic city where John the Baptist, according to tradition, was beheaded at the birthday party of Herod Antipas (Mark 6:17). We shall move on to Schechem ( Nablus). Here we shall visit and drink from Jacob’s well (Gen. 33:18), where Jesus asked the Samaritan woman for a drink promising her "living water" (John 4). In Schechem we find ourselves between Mt. Gerizim and Mt. Ebal, in the Valley of Blessings and Curses (Josh. 8:30). We recall that Mt. Gerizim was for the Samaritans the Holy Mountain. We now proceed to Jericho, the oldest human settlement in the world. From the vantage point of the site in Jericho we have a spectacular view of the " Mt. of Temptation." Driving up to Jerusalem, we view the setting for the parable of the Good Samaritan, and walk to St. George s Greek Orthodox Monastery, literally carved out of a cliff. Once in Jerusalem we find a site on Mt. Zion or the Mt. of Olives in order to view the city for ourselves. Then it’s on to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

We invite you to consider traveling together to this holiest of lands. It is from there that we will set our sights on what will be a meaningful Holy Week journey together here at St. Catherine’s.

Nursery Workers needed

Parents, we need volunteers to help in the nursery while we are looking for new workers to hire. The nursery is one of the first areas of ministry young families encounter at St. Catherine's. We greatly appreciate your help with this important service at St. Catherine’s.

We are currently hiring workers for our nursery who should be 18 years or older; enjoys working with infants ages 0-5; has own transportation; reliable worker; able to work flexible hours; and a team player. Background checks will be conducted. Experience working with infants a plus. If you or anyone you know is interested, please contact Rosemary Wolfe in the church office at 770-971-2839.

Faithful Mission and Fall Stewardship Campaigns

Ingathering: Sunday, November 12

Our fall campaigns continue: Faithful Mission Campaign to reduce our building debt; and the annual Stewardship Campaign for Time, Talent and Treasure. Campaign Callers from our congregation are scheduling home visits. Please be responsive and gracious as they share their stories and excitement with you. Thank you to those of you who have already pledged. Please be in prayer for both campaigns.


Stewardship quote:

"When it comes to money, always be sure to act your wage."


Faithful Mission Capital Campaign

Thank you to all the people who have so generously pledged to Faithful Mission. We are in the final two weeks of this campaign. The Ingathering for Faithful Mission is Sunday, November 12. Please be in prayer for this campaign as it comes to a close.

 If you have a visit scheduled, please welcome the campaign caller who will share the story of Faithful Mission and the ministries of St. Catherine's. If you have not been contacted and would like to have a visit, please call the church office at 770-971-2839, Nelson Gale 770-953-3407, or Jennifer Massey 404-375-8327. Nelson or Jennifer will gladly call and arrange a visit.

We give special praise and thanks to our many volunteer campaign callers, who have been so committed and generous with their time.


2006 Stewardship talks on our website

Click to read Nancy Denton's talk on Stewardship


Click to read Phil Spessard's talk on Stewardship


Stewardship quotes:

"If we belong to Christ, it’s logical that everything we have truly belongs to Him."

"You are only poor when you want more than you have."

Habitat House Build 2006

Dedication Ceremony - Sunday, Nov. 12, 2 PM

Please join us as we celebrate the new home built in Hillcrest I in Mableton for Mr. Mohammed Bockarie Silla, a single immigrant from the African country of Sierra Leone who works a full time job in Cartersville and a part time job at Bosch Corp. He has participated in Habitat’s Provident Living program and classes to learn about banking and home maintenance to prepare for this wonderful day. For information please contact Tom Snead, 678-795-9508/, or Connie Bergeron, 770-951-1411.

Newcomer Party

All newcomers to St. Catherine’s are invited, Sunday, November 12, at 6:00 PM in the Parish Hall

St. Cat’s Preschool Silent Auction

November 8-17

It is time for the Preschool Annual Silent Auction! The auction raises funds to enhance our facility and update our curriculum. We will kick off the event on Nov. 8 during preschool hours and will conclude at noon on Friday, Nov. 17. Your support in donating goods or services and bidding on items is greatly appreciated! Last year church members helped make our auction a huge success.

We will have the auction open on Sunday, November 12 from 10:00 to 11:15 for your bids! Please contact Karolyn Olliffe at 770-645-8164 or pick up a donation form outside the preschool office.

St. Cat's in pictures

Blessing of the Animals, October 7, 2006


On the Men's Retreat, October 12-15, 2006


An Invitation to the Parish

“Two souls with but a single thought, Two hearts that beat as one.”

Mick and Sallie Bowes request your presence for the Blessing of their marriage,
Saturday, November 18, at 2 p.m.
St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church

Catered reception to follow in the Parish Hall
RSVP by November 10 to 678-389-8355
No gifts please

Making it Through the Holidays: A Bereavement Support Group

If you have lost a loved one, we invite you to this Bereavement Group. Meetings are scheduled immediately after the 11:15 service for one and a half hours. Lunch will be provided. During the six sessions (Nov. 12 & 19, Dec. 3&10, Jan. 7 &14), we will learn from each other, as well as support each other. If you are interested in attending or have any questions, please contact Sherry Coulter, Kathy Holman or Gail McGill, or call the church office.

It's beginning to look a lot like...


Christmas cards available beginning November 5

St. Catherine's Christmas Cards will be available for purchase beginning Sunday, November 5. The cards feature a beautiful photo of our sanctuary decorated for Christmas, taken by ace photographer Father Jim. Packages of 25 cards / 27 envelopes will be sold for $25 per package. The sale will continue as long as they last. Please see a Fellowship Committee Member to make your purchase before or after Sunday services. Checks should be made payable to St. Catherine's.


Christmas tree orders November 5-19

Be on the lookout for a conveniently-placed table on Sunday mornings! Our youth would love to be your holiday evergreen supplier. They'll have the trees ready for pick up at church and even trim the bottom and tie them to your car. We always hear great comments about how fresh and beautiful our trees are, so bring your checks this Sunday to secure your order for one or more. It's a St. Catherine's tradition!


Secret Santa Shop / Breakfast / Craft Sale
Saturday, Dec. 9, 8:30 am to noon

Parents, mark your calendars now! Our youth will host an opportunity for your little ones to buy Christmas gifts for family members. They'll help your children choose just the right gifts for a very small charge and wrap it to keep it very secret! And, new this year, you will be able complete some shopping of your own at our craft sale.

CRAFTERS NEEDED! If you or someone you know is interested in selling their crafts at our Shop please contact Lee Anne Sherry ASAP at 770-977-8284.


Operation Christmas Child Ingathering is Sunday, November 12

Operation Christmas Child brings joy and hope to children in desperate situations through gift-filled shoe boxes and the Good News of God’s love. This is a great opportunity for families and everyone to pack one or more shoe boxes with gifts to be distributed to needy children worldwide.

Young Families Ministry will host an ingathering on Sunday, Nov. 12, in the Parlor. You may bring already assembled shoeboxes OR bring items that will fit in shoeboxes that we can assemble for you:

  • Small toys such as cars, balls, dolls, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, toys that light up or make noise (with extra batteries), small Etch-A-Sketch, Slinky
  • School supplies such as pens, pencils and sharpener, crayons or markers, stamp & ink pad sets, writing pads, paper, solar calculators, coloring books, picture books
  • Hygiene items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, mild bar soap (in plastic bag), comb, washcloth
  • Other items such as hard candy or lollipops (please double-bag), mints, gum, T-shirts, socks, ball caps, sunglasses, hair clips, toy jewelry, watches, flashlights with extra batteries
  • Extra shoeboxes
  • Donations of $7 or more per box are requested to help cover shipping and other costs. You may make donations online at
  • Please do not send used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; chocolate or food; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans.

You can find brochures with directions and item suggestions at church. Questions? Contact Jennifer Gale, 770-579-0657 or, or Lisa Spessard,

Advent – A season of preparation


A Seasonal Sabbath – Rest and Reflection
Saturday, December 16

On December 16 from 9:30 am to 12 noon, everyone is invited for a time of teaching, scripture meditation, and reflective sharing. The morning will be lead by Deacon Kathy Holman and is intended to be a time to “catch our breath” in the middle of the busy-ness of the Advent/Christmas season.


Advent Festival of Lessons and Music
Sunday, December 3, at 5:00 PM

The choirs of St. Catherine's, with organ and a special string quartet, will present a service of Advent Festival of Lessons and Music on Sunday afternoon, December 5, at 5:00 PM. This traditional service of Advent is a time for the community to gather in anticipation of Christ's birth and to hear the story of salvation told in the words of Scripture and haunting melodies of song. We hope you will make a point of saving this time and inviting your friends and family to be a part of this wonderful evening.


Fun for all on the First Sunday of Advent!

Come one, come all, to the St. Catherine's Intergenerational Advent Event of the Century on December 3 during the Church School hour. Yes, you too can take part in preparing for the Greatest Event ever, the "Birth of Christ."

All who attend will make a Family Advent Wreath. Start from scratch with a styrofoam ring, decorate it and add candles to make yours the best ever in your household. Yours to take home and make the centerpiece of your table or other area of your home. Admission is F R E E ! ! ! Location is St Catherine’s Parish Hall; Event is on Sunday, December 3, and will run from the end of the 8:45 service (10:00 am +/-) to the beginning of the 11:15 service (11:00 am +/-). SEE YOU ALL THERE!

Parish Planting & Workday a success!

A big thank you to everyone who participated in the Planting/Cleanup Day and thanks to all who donated flowers, mulch and soil. St. Catherine's looks beautiful. Thanks so much for offering your time and your talents.

Gail McGill, Roger Motter, Ron Brannock and Bill Selby

Sollentuna Musikklasser Choir at St. Catherine's

Our guest choir from Sweden gave us all a musical treat at 8:45 and 11:15 services on October 29. The choir of 30 boys and girls, 15 years old and in their last year at the Sollentuna Music School, made us their first stop on their 10-day trip to the U.S. The students plus their 2 directors, a teacher, and 3 parent chaperones were hosted for two nights by 12 St. Catherine's families. We were delighted by their excellent English, their ability to be energetic and polite after 24+ hours of travel, and their superb singing.

With clear fall skies and mild temperatures, we trust they had an enjoyable introduction to Atlanta and Americans. Thank you to our organist, Jana Williams, for making the connection possible. We truly hope that we can have the opportunity to host them again!

Women’s Retreats coming up

To all the ladies of St. Catherine’s:

I want to let you know St. Catherine’s will be having it’s annual Women’s Retreat on Feb. 16-18, 2007. The topic will be “Earthen Vessels.” The place is to be determined, so mark your calendars. Sign-up will be coming soon.

I also wanted to let you know about an additional offering for us from a group called Sisters in Christ. They hold a retreat each year at St. Mary’s in Sewanee, TN. The rector (Sue Duffield) of our companion parish in Utah, St. Elizabeth’s, leads this retreat each year. I have included an excerpt from her to explain this group:

For those of you who are new to the mailing list, I want to share a little history of this retreat. Originally, for me, it started as a parish retreat in 1993 which I led for the women. Later in 1999 when I no longer was affiliated with that parish many people wished to continue gathering. During the last seven years the retreat has taken on different flavors, topics and a varied focus. The retreat has been extended to include women from many different Episcopal Churches in many states and indeed women from many denominations are attending as well. So if you are new to the list, please know that you are very welcome and that this is a dynamic group, ever changing and ever welcoming.

This year our focus will be on “Discerning Your Spiritual Gifts.” We will take some Sabbath Time (meaning stop what you are doing) to listen, reflect, pray and share as we seek to answer the question, “What does God want of me?”

Here is the pertinent info. If you would like additional information, please feel free to contact me.

When: January 19-21, 2007
Where: St. Mary’s Conference Center, Sewanee, Tennessee
Cost: $130 to share a room or $145 for your own room
Deposit: $25 non-refundable deposit (checks payable to Gilda Morris) due to Ginny Lummus by November 19, with the balance due in January

Questions: Ginny Lummus: or (770) 649-5391

Flu Shots begin November 5

Flu Shots will be given by our Congregational Nurses at church beginning Sunday, November 5 and continuing each Sunday until our supply is all used. No reservation is needed. Remember, to receive the flu shot:

  • You must not be allergic to eggs
  • You must be healthy (no fever, heavy colds, flu symptoms)

We anticipate the cost for the “shots” will be about $25 this year. Checks should be made out to St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Medicare is accepted. You will file your own insurance claim if applicable.You will NOT get the flu from the injection.

Men’s Book Study

Our next men’s book study will be Monday, Nov. 13, 6:30 PM at the home of John Brooks. We invite you to join us. If you want a copy of our study book please contact Tom Hunter at 678.488.6675 or

Sign up now for December New Orleans trip

Avoid the Christmas rush! The Big Easy ain’t as easy as it used to be. But if you’ve been hoping to join one of the crews going to New Orleans to help bring the city back to life, now is a great time. We’re planning the next trip for December 6 -10 to gut houses, clear yards, feed the homeless and join the people of St. George’s in rededicating their sanctuary, which was badly damaged during Hurricane Katrina.

If you’re interested in this trip, or if you’d simply like to stay in touch with this ministry, be sure to contact Paul Parisi at 404-315-8850, or leave your name with the church office.

What happened to The Doxology?

A recent question from a parishioner:

I'm sure I am not the only one asking: Why have St. Catherine's clergy abandoned or discarded the Doxology (and "All things come of thee...)?


The doxology at this place in the liturgy is a holdover from the earlier church (or at the least the church I grew up in) that celebrated Morning Prayer on a regular basis and added Eucharist once or twice a month. The doxology is by its very nature a hymn of thanksgiving. It is used most appropriately at a service of morning prayer or evening prayer as a way of giving thanks to God for God's many blessings -- and thus its use at the time the offering is presented for thanksgiving.

In the Eucharistic service when the gifts are presented (bread and wine in addition to treasure) we set the table and pray the eucharist (eucharista in Greek, meaning thanksgiving) using one of the eucharistic prayers for the "Great Thanksgiving." All of this makes the doxology redundant and thus the reason not to use it at this point. If you read the various Eucharistic prayers you can easily see how we pray the same convictions we sing in the doxology. We have, however, placed a hymn at this point in the liturgy (the presentation hymn) so that we have time to set the table. We will change this hymn seasonally (or perhaps more often) and will certainly include Hymn 380 in our rotation. As you know the last verse of 380 is the doxology.

Fr. Jim+

Thanksgiving 2006 Observance


  • Worship service at 10:30 AM on Thanksgiving Day, November 23
  • No Wednesday Evening Programs on November 22 (our fall programs conclude Nov. 29).
  • The church office will be closed November 23-24
  • No church school on Sunday, November 26

Have a blessed and safe Thanksgiving Holiday!

Outreach from St. Catherine’s through September 2006

St. Catherine's Outreach Committee was authorized to spend $26,000 from the General Budget this year. We spent $500 for Communities in Schools and $17,600 for Habitat for Humanity. We spent $3,502.80 for the Companion Parish Summer Program from this budget. This leaves $4,397.20 for October, November, and December.

St. Catherine's received pledges totaling $34,079 for Pledge Plus-Outreach this year beyond the General Budget and had $5,499.51 unspent from 2005. This is a total of $39,578.51. The church has received only $12,582.49 for the pledges to Pledge Plus, or about half the annualized pledged amounts through September. For those who pledged to Pledge Plus for Outreach and have fallen behind, please consider the needs outside our parish as the Outreach Committee does at each meeting. They are great and many.

The Outreach Committee authorized payments for:

MUST Ministries/Elizabeth Inn
Church of the Holy Comforter
$ 500.00
Kairos Prison Ministry
$ 850.00
Communities in Schools
Episcopal Charities Foundation
$ 500.00
The Extension
Clergy Discretionary Fund
$ 800.00
Companion Parish Support,
St. Elizabeth's White Rocks, Utah
$ 855.01
Emmaus House
Episcopal Relief & Development Fund
New Orleans Relief
$ 237.40
Mentor Program
$ 38.92


This is a total of $15,485.65 and leaves a balance of $2,596.35. ($5,499.51 + $12,582.49 - $15,485.65 = $2,596.35)

At the end of 2005 you gave a Christmas offering of $5,278.53. Half was given to MUST and half to The Extension. You funded a food grant of $398.77. Appleton Ministry received $198.25 gathered at the 2005 Thanksgiving collection in accord with the Diocesan canons. A family received $181.96 for fire recovery support.

This year 2006 you have also given monies for other outreach ministries. The family that experienced a fire also received $300 additional. You have given $9,361.16 for the New Orleans Recovery Project of which $3,648.36 has been spent. St. Elizabeth's (Our Companion Parish in White Rocks, Utah) has been supported with $6,016.72 for which $5,500 has been received. MUST Ministries received $1,261.13 net income from the January Talent Show. And the United Thank Offering is funded at $57.00.

Thank you for the sharing of your treasures for your church's outreach. It is very important for the recipients.


November Ministry Team Focus: Outreach

This month we celebrate the life and work of the Outreach Ministry Team. Committees and activities of Outreach include Blood Drives, Bread Ministry, Communities In Schools, Elizabeth Inn, The Extension, Emmaus House, Habitat for Humanity, Hunger Walk/Run, Kairos Prison Ministry, Native American Ministry, New Orleans Companion Parish andOperation Christmas Child. This ministry team meets on the third Thursday of every other month (February, April, June, August, October and December), 7-8:30 PM at church. To find out more about their activities please check the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or contact team convenor Nadine Pope.

Medical Equipment Available

The church has a variety of medical equipment that people have donated, such as wheel chairs, walkers and crutches. Before you rent such items, contact the church office to see if we can loan what you need. Please return equipment as soon as possible when you are done. On the other hand, if you have good used equipment sitting around the house, consider donating it so others can benefit.

In the Parish and beyond:


Investiture of 26th Presiding Bishop
Saturday, November 4 at Washington National Cathedral.

You will be able to view the 11 AM service via live webcast at Registration for the webcast is not required but Episcopal News Service is asking people to register prior to its start in order to be prepared for the number of people who will use the service. Viewers are invited to register at and leave contact information as well as their preferred streaming media player. Satellite broadcast will also be available -- check the website for information on satellite viewing.

In rites on November 4-5 at Washington National Cathedral, the Episcopal Church will welcome Katharine Jefferts Schori as its 26th Presiding Bishop. Jefferts Schori’s Investiture will occur in a Eucharistic celebration at 11 a.m. on Nov. 4. During the Investiture, Jefferts Schori will receive symbols of office, including the primatial staff to be presented by the 25th Presiding Bishop, Frank T. Griswold, whose nine-year tenure concludes as Jefferts Schori's begins on November 1. The Cathedral’s 11 a.m. All Saints’ Sunday liturgy on Nov. 5 will include the formal seating of Jefferts Schori in the Presiding Bishop's cathedra, or official chair. Bishop Jefferts Schori will preside and preach.


100th Annual Diocesan Council
November 10-11 in Macon

Hosted by the Macon Convocation, The Very Rev. Dan Edwards, Dean, at Macon Centreplex. For complete information visit the Atlanta Diocese Diocesan Council page.


You’re Invited To Tour Epiphany’s Nativities Exhibit

For the eleventh holiday season, The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany presents an exhibit of over 200 nativity scenes from around the world from Monday, November 27, through Sunday, December 3. From the elegant to the eccentric, the birth scenes are sculpted in materials ranging from carved wood to volcanic ash. In the church nave, there will be a special exhibit of nativity scenes that highlight the differences between the birth story as told in the Gospels of Luke and Matthew. Each nativity is accompanied by scriptural quotes and hymn texts. The remaining birth scenes will be exhibited in the Parish Hall, where a catered boxed lunch (weekdays only, by reservation), will be served. Admission: $5.00 for adults; $4.00 for Seniors & Students, Children under 12 free. For a brochure or more information call 404.373.8338 or send an e-mail to

Schedule: Monday - Thursday, November 27-30, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Friday, December 1, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. & 7 - 9 p.m., Saturday, December 2, 10 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Sunday, December 3, 2 - 4 p.m.


Dear Friends of Emmaus House,

May I be the first to wish you a Merry Christmas!

Last year was my first Christmas at Emmaus House. I was skeptical about the annual Christmas program which began planning in the summer, required dozens of volunteers and, before December 1st, had taken over every nook and corner of our campus for receiving, sorting and wrapping gifts.

After working with volunteers well into the evening of December 23 to get 1400 presents in place, I watched Christmas Eve morning as children stood in line with their parents--waiting for up to three hours--to receive a gift from Mr. and Mrs. Claus. The depth of need and the breadth of joy were deeply touching.

With great enthusiasm, I invite you to share this season of joy with the Emmaus House community.

One of the finest but less well known parts of Christmas at Emmaus House is the Christmas Family Partnership. If you can assemble a group to provide some of the essentials for a family this Christmas, you will discover a sense of satisfaction and connection to the wonderful mothers, dads, children and grandchildren we work with year ‘round. Last year, we were able to arrange 33 partnerships. This year, with your, help, we can do more!

[Please go to our website at and click on “Christmas at Emmaus House" to] find descriptions of all our Christmas ministries and suggestions for gifts. Every gift is welcomed. In a neighborhood where the median annual household income is $6,000, a $10 grocery gift card is a great blessing. Whatever your capacity to give in this blessed season, you will receive back ever so much more.

Thank you for your many wonderful gifts to Emmaus House.

Blessings on you and yours,
The Rev. Elizabeth Claiborne Jones , Director and Vicar of Emmaus House

Emmaus House is a program of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, a 501(c)3 organization. Your contributions are tax deductible as provided by law.


Faith’s Craft Shoppe 2006

Holiday Craft Sale: Saturday, Nov. 11 -- 9 am-5 pm, and Sunday, Nov. 12 -- 1 pm-5 pm, at Faith Lutheran Church & School, 2111 Lower Roswell Rd., Marietta, GA 30068. Plan to get your Christmas shopping done early -- over 25 different vendors in a spacious indoor facility selling a wide variety of hand-crafted items. Food, drinks and bake sale items also available. Free parking & admission.

Proceeds from the Annual Craft Shoppe benefit various missions including Lutheran Bible Translators, Educational Scholarships, Native American Missions, M.U.S.T. Ministries, Disaster Relief, and Lutheran Services of Georgia. Presented by Lutheran Women's Missionary League. For full information and directions, visit Faith Craft Shoppe.



To all the people of St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church,

Thank you so much for all of the many, many supplies you sent us for the Mobil Respite Unit work in the lower 9th ward. Your generous donations lasted us several weeks and blessed many people. We are still slowly and carefully distributing the toys and stuffed animals you sent us – I wish you could see the many children’s faces light up. God bless all of you for your kindness and generosity.

Please come back again some time. There is still a whole lot to do.

Yours in Christ,

Deacon Quin Bates
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Harvey, Louisiana

P.S. I may have some more info to send you as I continue to get thanks from people for your donations.



Dear St. Catherine’s,

Randall and I really appreciate your church allowing us to use your fellowship hall for the meal after our son’s funeral. It was very kind of you to serve us in that way.

Theresa Sykes, friend of Ana Martin

Holy Baptism

Next Dates: December 31, January 7

Please check with the office for more information and to request the customary booklet about Holy Baptism.


SICK: Sharon Parisi, James, Natalie May, Betty Boyce, Lisa Arnold, George Schnorf, Carrie LaMorte, Reese & Margaret Ivey, Jon Stine, Paige Schlenker, Colin Freeman, Timo & Eileen Kokko, Susan Rader, Jonathan Pearson, Jennie Costa, Rick Howell, Carol Rai, Ed, Debbie Henderson, Jim Rader, Jenny Thomas, Grayson Smith, Bill Fisher, Cynthia Sapero, Cynthia Sapero, Joan Thurston, Denise Porter, Sarah Wayne Rice, Shelley Ransdell, Joan Nixon, Jim Nixon, Sr., Kimberly Blythe, Deborah Trottier, Dan Trottier, Cheryl Jones, Joelle, Mark Childs, the Skinner Family, James Bollinger, Patty Roberts, Etta Etta-Tawo, Sarah Devereux, Howie, Muriel Moore, Bebe Moore Campbell, Margie Rowell, Rose Rose, John Rose

DECEASED: William Washinko, Elaine Krupp’s uncle; Jean Pitts, Ed Pitts’ mother; Michael Laguta, Marilyn Hunter’s uncle; Glen Ronk, Richard Ronk’s father; Todd Skinner, added by Margaret Shaw; Tefta Karapantso, Paul Manno’s aunt and Laura Christian’s great-aunt.


Defend all the men and women of our armed forces at home or abroad especially in Afghanistan , Iraq and Kuwait that they will have a sense of your abiding presence wherever they may be.

In thanksgiving for the 10 couples on the Episcopal Marriage Encounter Weekend November 3-5 in Atlanta.


(11/5/06) Bruce, Susan, Scott & Tom Heuke; Kristina Higgins; Carolyn Hilley; Debra & Ben Hilley; Lucy Hilley

(11/12/06) Kathy, Bill, Jeff & Rob Holman; Peter & Rita Horne; Joseph, Jiovanne, Leighann & Neal Hughart; Tom & Marilyn Hunter; Jacqueline, Zach, Erin & Tegan Hurley


Please let the church know when you or a loved one has a medical procedure, an illness, a life transition, or other special need. We are here to serve you. Please allow us the opportunity to share your experience and offer our support. Simply contact the church office at 770-971-2839. Thank you.

St. Catherine's Calendar
Monday, 11/6 Monday, 11/13
Sherry's Day Off
Faithful Mission
New Orleans Committee
Boy Scouts Troop 713
Sherry's Day Off
Men’s Book Study @ Brooks
Girl Scouts
Boy Scout Troop 713
Tuesday, 11/7 Tuesday, 11/14


Cobb Schools Closed
Cobb County Election
Staff Meeting
Cub Scouts
Ministry Teams
Staff Meeting
Cub Scouts
Mothers & More
Vestry Meeting
Fellowship Meeting
Wednesday, 11/8 Wednesday, 11/15


Preschool Auction begins
Bible Study
Youth Choir
A.A. New Beginnings
Programs & WNL
Adult Choir


Bible Study
Youth Choir
A.A. New Beginnings
Programs & WNL
Adult Choir

Thursday, 11/9 Thursday, 11/16
6:30PM EFM 9:00AM
Catechesis Training
Daisy Troop
Cub Scouts
Women’s Bible Study
Youth Ministry
Friday, 11/10 Friday, 11/17


Jim's Day Off
Diocesan Council
  @ Macon
Women’s Bible Study

Jim's Day Off
Happening Weekend
Catechesis II Training
Women’s Bible Study
Saturday, 11/11 Saturday, 11/18
Finance Meeting
Blackstock Party
Men’s Bible Study


Men’s Bible Study
Catechesis II Training
Bowes Blessing
Bowes Reception

Sunday,11/12 Sunday, 11/19


Stewardship/F.M. Ingathering
Op. Christmas Child

Vestry Nominations due
Holy Eucharist
Family Holy Eucharist
Church School
Choral Holy Eucharist
Youth Outing
Tiger Pack
Newcomer’s Party


Budget Requests Due
Holy Eucharist
Family Holy Eucharist
Church School
Choral Holy Eucharist
Catechesis II Training
OCC Party


Register for events asap!


Corn Maze

All youth grades 7-12 are invited to Uncle Shuck's Corn Maze in Dawsonville, GA, on Sunday, November 12, from 3 to 6pm. We will be meeting in the parking lot at 2:45 and returning by 6. The cost is $10 per person, please bring cash the day of the event. Also, sign up ahead of time on the sheet on Amelia's bulletin board. Thanks!



Kanuga Retreat

Over the Oct. 17-29 weekend many of the St. Cat's youth and adult leaders went on retreat to Kanuga Camp and Conference Center in Hendersonville, NC. The weekend was filled with fellowship, music, and reflection on the theme, "Will You Let Me Be Your Servant?" Check out these pictures of our hike to Eagle Rock, dancing, football, and bonfire!


Urban Plunge

Please pray for those participating on the Rite 13 youth Urban Plunge on Saturday, November 4, at Emmaus House in Atlanta.


Youth rep to Diocesan Council

The 100th Diocesan Council is November 10-11 in Macon -- Claire is our youth rep!


Calendar for November

Hey St. Cat’s Youth, here is what is going on in November. If you have any questions about any event please call or e-mail Amelia, 770-971-2839 or

Su M T W Th F Sa







2 3 4

Rite 13 Urban Plunge


Tree sale

6 7

Ministry Teams 7pm



9 10

Diocesan Council


Diocesan Council

Tree sale /
Corn Maze

13 14



16 17





Tree sale

20 21




Happy Turkey Day!





No Church School









Upcoming Events for next month:

  • Christmas trees delivered
  • Secret Santa Shop & Breakfast - Dec. 9
  • Jr. DYC - Dec. 1-3
  • Winterlight at Kanuga - Dec. 26-31

Wheel Schedule:

Next publications:

  • November 17 -- print edition
  • December 1-- print edition (no eWheel in December)
  • November 15 -- print edition

The Wheel is published two times per month. The usual schedule is as follows: The first edition is the eWheel, in electronic form (HTML) posted on our newsletter page and distributed to all members subscribed to the "Parish Announcements" email list. The next edition is printed and mailed to all parish families, and also posted on our newsletter page in PDF form. Extra copies of each newsletter are available for pickup at church.

Articles are due the Wednesday before publication. Please submit articles to the editor via email (below) or to The Wheel mailbox at church.

The Wheel: get every issue!

Does everyone in your family receive this eWheel, the electronic version of St. Catherine's newsletter? Is everyone subscribed? Email is becoming an important means for our parish communications. Just send the email addresses of everyone who would like get their own copy to Karen Manno at the email address below, or note them on the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin, or contact the church office at 770-971-2829. You'll receive your online version via email, and you can find all current and prior issues of The Wheel on our website at

Editor: Karen Manno
Phone: 770-973-8668