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
August 10-23, 2009

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Clergy Letter
Food pantry needs
Country Fair
Blood drive
Spirituality & Loss seminar
Spaghetti dinner
Yellow pages
Financial Peace University
Marriage Journey
Join choir
Praying for Pars
The Coracle:
Contemplative Prayer
Parenting: A Sacred Path
Understanding Christian Spirituality

Invitation Ministry
Musings from MacMahon
New calendar
Biltmore trip
Grounds help
Fall dates
Elizabeth Inn
Stewardship hosts
Men's Retreat
Holy ground
Care Calendar
Ministry focus
Summer Singers
Wellstar class
Families & Money class

Nurses Corner:
Alcohol Dependency

Holy Baptism
Complete Calendar
College sendoff
Parents meeting

Wheel Schedule


8/11 – Blood Drive

8/15 – Spaghetti Dinner

8/16,23,30 – Country Fair

8/16 – Contemplative Prayer begins; Praying for Pars

8/19 – Youth Choir Dinner

8/24 – Preschool begins

8/24 – Parenting A Sacred Path begins


Oxygen Please

As we have become accustom to air travel, more and more I notice people sleeping, eating, reading or just generally ignoring airline attendants as they move through emergency procedure directions just prior to take-off. One particular directive though seems to me to be of spiritual value. Should the cabin lose air pressure, place the oxygen mask on yourself before helping another with their oxygen mask. At first hearing, this seemed odd to me and even now with full understanding of all the reasons why this action is wise, I’m not sure that I would actually follow these directions if, in fact, an emergency did occur. In a true emergency, I just might forget myself in order to be certain that the child next to me could breath.

Spiritual exercises and contemplative practice encourage and teach us that relationship with God is to be first in our lives. Like the oxygen that enriches our blood and energizes our bodies, prayer and silence enrich and energize our souls. Examination and exploration of the Divine Presence who abides within each of us bring us to new and deeper awareness of our authentic nature as God’s created. We must be intentional with our prayer practice and take time to breathe deeply of God’s constant presence which surrounds us. As we understand more fully who we are in God, we begin to understand more fully who our neighbor is. Then, grounded in our awareness of Eternal Love, we will reach out to those around us as they too are in need of spiritual oxygen.

Deacon Kathy+

Food pantry needs at MUST and Emmaus House

The food pantries at MUST and Emmaus House are in desperate need of the following food items:

  • Jelly, Canned Meats including Tuna and Chicken
  • Also needed are: Cereal, spaghetti, Mac and cheese, boxed meals, rice, soup, canned fruit, canned pasta, canned vegetables, canned and dry beans, spaghetti sauce, tomato sauce/paste, peanut butter, dry milk, baby food, and large size diapers (size 4, 5, 6).

Please consider bringing any of these items to the Outreach table in the foyer this Sunday. Thank you!

by Nadine Pope

Come to the Country Fair!

Sundays, August 16, 23, 30, 9:30 to 10:15 am

Who: All ages, children through seniors
What: Fun activities like crafts, games, adult discussion and the return of the fresh produce Huckster!
Where: Grass area behind the church between Parish Hall and playground
Why: To offer a time, prior to the new church school year, for adults and children to learn together in a light-hearted manner!

St Catherine’s Second Annual Country Fair is coming up! The first Sunday will be August 16th and will feature The Parable of The Lost Sheep. We will continue to offer this intergenerational event August 23rd (The Parable of The Dragnet) and August 30th (The Parable of The Lost Coin).

Beginning at 9:30, we will have several activities that will be fun and interesting for all ages and we will be finished by 10:15. The Country Fair will be in the grass area between the parish hall and the playground and we will also have the huckster selling fresh produce. Please make plans to join us and have some fun! If you are interested in helping with the activities, please contact Tom Blackstock at

Blood Drive next Tuesday, August 11

2:30-7:30 PM in the Youth House

Making an appointment is easy -- just go to and enter Sponsor Code HOLTRC, then follow the links to log in to your profile and select from the available times. If you prefer to schedule by phone call 1-800-GIVE- LIFE. Also, volunteers are needed to help greet donors and help with set up and take down, contact Jennifer Massey, or 404-375-8327.

Red Cross issues urgent call for blood donors

Atlanta, GA —The American Red Cross urges individuals to donate blood as soon as possible. The current blood supply has dropped critically low throughout the Southeast. Donors of all blood types are welcome, but there is an urgent need for type O negative, B negative and A negative blood donors. In the summer, blood shortages often occur because individual donations decrease, along with the number of organizations that are able to sponsor blood drives. The absence of high school and college blood drives also contributes to this annual drop in donations because these drives account for approximately 20 percent of all donations.

Every two seconds someone in this country needs blood. That need for blood continues to grow each year, far faster than the number of individuals who donate blood. In the Southern Region, the Red Cross must collect 1,200 units of blood each weekday to meet the needs of hospital patients. There is no substitute for blood, and the only source is from volunteer donors. Eligible blood donors must be at least 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and be in general good health. Donors with type O (positive and negative), B negative and A negative blood should consider an automated red cell donation, a process in which only red cells are donated.

Spirituality and Loss Seminar

Saturday, August 8, 9-11 AM

How can you better understand and cope with the changes that loss brings and how can spirituality help one to embrace loss? All are invited to attend a seminar in the Parish Hall sponsored by Stephen Ministry. If you, or someone you care for, has experienced a loss, a loss of job, of health, of faith, or of a loved one, please come learn more about the effect it can have in one’s life.

Three compelling speakers will cover the topics of spirituality, hospice, and a personal testimonial, followed by a panel Q & A session. Speakers will be Deacon Kathy Holman, Deacon & Spiritual Director, Tilly Carter, Hospice Intervention, and Kristin Blackstock. Coffee and light snacks will be provided, no RSVP needed.

Spaghetti Dinner

Saturday, August 15, 6:00-8:00 PM in the Parish Hall

Join us for plenty of food and family fun at the Spaghetti Dinner on August 15 to benefit the upcoming acolytes' trip! Seventeen or so of our acolytes are planning to journey to the 30th Annual Acolyte Festival at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC in October and ask for our support to get there. No tickets, donations humbly and gratefully accepted.

PLEASE RSVP so we can be prepared with food -- sign up at the table in the foyer this Sunday or contact Mary Lou Shannonhouse, Thank you!

Right: St. Catherine's trip to the National Acolyte Festival in October 2007

Career Ministry introduces St. Catherine’s Yellow Pages

In an effort to support St. Catherine’s families during these economically challenging times the Career Ministry Team is launching a Yellow Pages Directory. The Directory will include a listing of any products, services, or businesses parishioners want to share with the church community.

This new Directory will be available on our website, updated regularly, and become part of our Welcome Package. Listings in this Directory can vary from major local businesses to individual services such as babysitting, lawn maintenance, and tutoring. If you have a product or service to offer, or are affiliated with a company where you are the contact, please pick up and complete the form available in the foyer, or coming soon on our website. For information about St. Catherine's Career Ministry and our services, please go to the Career Ministry page of our website.

by Jennifer Massey

Financial Peace University coming to St. Cat’s

Preview session Sunday, August 9, 9:30 AM

Many of you have expressed interest in getting involved in Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University, so we’ve decided to start offering it here at St. Catherine’s. The classes will be Sunday evenings 4-6pm for 13 weeks, from September 13 to December 20. We are so thrilled about what this program has the power to do in each of your lives.

Can you imagine what your life would be like if you had NO payments…if you were completely debt free?! This class will show you how to get there no matter where you are right now. By the end of the class, the average family pays off $5000 in debt and saves $3000. Most importantly, you’ll learn how to handle the money God entrusts you with His way and what it means to have true financial peace.

Go ahead and make plans to be at out Preview on August 9 at 9:30 AM in the Parish Hall where you’ll find out all about the class. It’s a free preview and you don’t want to miss it. Believe me, this is the most fun you will ever have learning how to handle money. Contact Peter or Colleen Morich or Phil Spessard for more details and to register.

by Peter Morich

Marriage Journey Kick-off Dinner

Saturday, September 26, 7:00 pm in the Parish Hall

Throughout a marriage, husbands and wives find themselves evaluating whether or not their relationship is growing the way they want it to grow and the way God wants it to grow. Join Fr. Jim and Joan on Saturday, September 26 for an Informational Kick-off and forming of our Marriage Journey groups for the school year. Marriage Journey is a Ministry focused on growing your marriage in a spiritual environment while building community and fellowship. Since the first Marriage Journey group met 3 years ago, 40+ couples have charted a course through a year of monthly supper meetings at participants’ homes, forming strong bonds during these meaningful, in-depth discussions.

We invite you to join us and other fellow travelers as we live and grow in love, learning from one another along the way. Married couples and couples preparing to marry interested in joining or continuing in a group are invited. Please bring a side dish. Sign up in the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin or contact Peter and Colleen Morich.

By Peter Morich

Join Choir: You are invited!

  • Youth Choir: Begins August 19

Youth Choir returns! We welcome all young people (grades 2nd to 10th, with unchanged voices) who love to sing and wish to be part of the choir. Our first meeting will be on Wednesday, August 19. We will have a potluck supper, beginning at 6:15 p.m. in the Parish Hall, followed by robe fitting and singing. Our regular rehearsals will begin on August 26th. We rehearse on Wednesdays from 6:15-7:30 p.m. in the Choir Room, and sing at the 8:45 service on most Sundays through the school year. No training or experience required—just enthusiasm. Any questions? Please email Martha Bowden:

  • Adult Choir: Begins September 2

You’ve been thinking about it and now’s the time to become a part of St. Catherine’s Adult Choir. Adults, and all youth past the age for Youth Choir, please join us! Our first rehearsal will be Wednesday, September 2. We regularly rehearse from Labor Day to Memorial Day on Wednesday evenings, 7:30 - 8:45 p.m. and meet at 10:30 a.m. on Sundays to prepare to lead in the 11:15 a.m. services. You are guaranteed at each rehearsal to learn something, laugh heartily and experience God’s presence through beautiful music. Sight-reading ability, while helpful, is not required. Please contact director Brian Williams at or 678.461.9656, or speak to any of last year’s choir members if you have questions.

Photo above: Karen and Paul Manno and Bill Bowden with their message

"Praying for Pars" next golf outing

RSVP by Sunday, August 9 for our next golf outing on August 16! Let's go to the early church service together and eat breakfast in the Parish Hall, before heading out for a 10:00am tee time. Join us on the 3rd Sunday through October. Please confirm your participation by the Sunday one week before each outing, email Walt McGill at or call 770-971-8890.

Offerings from The Coracle Spiritual Ministry

Contemplative Prayer Practice – First session begins August 16

Two 6-week contemplative prayer group sessions will be offered this year on Sunday evenings from 5 to 7. Participants will be introduced to Abbot Basil Pennington’s models of Lectio Divina and Centering Prayer. Sessions will include teaching, practice, and reflection of prayer experience. No charge, regular attendance will be expected. Sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin or contact Deacon Kathy for information. Session I will be Aug. 16-Sept. 20; Session II will be Jan. 10-Feb. 14.

"Parenting: A Sacred Path" – Morning and evening groups offered

  • Mondays – Aug. 24-Oct. 19, 7 to 9 pm, facilitated by Karen Maxwell
  • Wednesdays – Aug. 26-Oct. 21, 10 am to 12 pm, facilitated by Kathy Holman.

This program begins in August and is intended to foster awareness of one’s personal spiritual path in the context of parenting. Based on Patience Robbins’ book by this name, our sessions will be structured on a meditation and will include small group discussion and large group processing. Program fee - $80.00, includes book. Sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin or contact Deacon Kathy for information.

"Understanding Christian Spirituality" coming this fall

This course is an overview of Christian Spirituality intended to introduce participants to Christian spiritual thought through study, lectures, group discussion and reflection. Topics will include Imaging God, Spirituality of Children, Contemplative Practice, and Spirituality in Social Justice. This is an 8-month program which will meet on the second Saturday of every month from October through May, 9:00 to 2:00. (Facilitated by Kathy Holman). Program fee is $175.00 plus the cost of books, $25.00 non-refundable registration fee which is applicable to program fee. Contact Deacon Kathy for information.

Ministry of Invitation: You are invited

Information Luncheon on Sunday, August 16

All of us at St. Catherine's are an important part of welcoming newcomers and visitors to our church. Please join us for an informational lunch on August 16 at noon (immediately following the 10:30 service) in the Parish Hall to learn all about our new invitation program for newcomers, and how you might get involved as a greeter, shepherd or bread baker. Please indicate your interest in this ministry by checking the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or contacting the team convenor, Maureen Donoghue.

This week's "Musings From MacMahon"

Father Jim is sending us updates throughout his summer chaplaincy at St. Cuthbert's, MacMahon Island, Maine, which will be posted in blog form on our website. Here is his entry for August 3:

"I arrived safely on the island on Saturday morning. After an arduous trip with profound amounts of rain and traffic, Saturday morning was a picture perfect postcard day. I was parked, on the island and settled into the rectory by lunch time. I met with representatives of the Chapel Committee in the afternoon to get the “lay of the land” and spent an enjoyable sunset..."
Read the rest now on our website at

New up-to-the-minute calendar available to you

The parish calendar on our website now reflects the latest information available to the church office. You can click on any entry for details of time, location and contact person. See the calendar now on at "Calendar".

Remember, your event must be included on this calendar to guarantee space for all meetings and activities -- send additions to Rose Wolfe in the office ( or 770-971-2839), and be sure to keep her informed if dates or times change!

ESL Classes begin in September

If you'd like to support our ESL (English as a Second Language) Outreach program by distributing flyers in the community about our classes, contact Lu Dumke, 404-731-9874, We invite suggestions if you have ideas on how to make our second year of ESL even more successful than our first. (Note - The prior announced start date of August 10 was incorrect.)

Biltmore trip is a go!

The trip is now booked and we still have some spaces available. Cats on Wheels, our active seniors group, is sponsoring a trip December 8-10 to see the Christmas decorations at the fabulous Biltmore Estate plus other sights in Asheville, North Carolina. All adults over age 18 are invited, including friends who are not parishioners.

The cost is just $252 per person, double occupancy. This includes transportation, lodging, two continental breakfasts, two dinners, admissions, taxes and gratuity. Lunches are pay-as-you-go. You may pay the entire balance – OR– pay a $75 deposit now and make additional payments of $59 each on August 20, September 20, and October 20. (If you desire single occupancy, add $60 to your first payment.) All payments are 100% refundable if you cancel for any reason before Halloween. Space is limited, and seats will be filled first-come, first-served. For more details, including information about trip insurance for just $35, send email to

Grounds help needed

Volunteers are needed to maintain our beautiful church gardens. Individuals and families are welcome to participate. People are needed to help with tasks such as:

  • Watering the potted plants, the gardens at the entranceway to the church, especially the hydrangeas, hostas, and Japanese Maple trees.
  • Watering the flowers around the front sign and at the end of the island out front.
  • Deadheading the rose bushes in the front and back of the church grounds
  • Weeding around the front sign
  • Trimming and shaping of the bushes along the entranceway to the church, and in front of the Memorial Garden.

If interested, please check the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin or contactcontact Gail McGill at 770-971-8890.

Important dates for your calendar

Don't miss out, mark your calendar now:

  • Saturday, September 12 – Rally Day Carnival
    Join us 5:30-8:00 pm in the rear parking lot between the Parish Hall and the Youth House. We'll have a time of fellowship, fun and celebration of community. Join us for food — jambalya, hot dogs, popcorn, cotton candy... and old-time family fun — moonbounce, pie eating contest, bean bag toss and other carnival games, facepainting and more. Our fresh produce huckster will be there, too. Watch for more announcements coming soon!
    Photo, right: Youth Director Amelia getting dunked at last year's Rally Day!
  • Sunday, September 13 – Ministry Fair – Worship at 7:30 am and 8:45 am this day
    The Ministry Fair follows the 8:45 service as we process to the Parish Hall for the blessing of the ministries. Ministry Fair will be 10:15 am - Noon (no later services this day). Join us to learn about all the many, many ministries of St. Catherine's, including the Church School and other Christian education offerings this fall.
  • Sunday, September 20 – Fall Worship Schedule and Church School begin
    Worship at 7:30, 8:45, 11:15; Church School at 10 AM
  • Wednesday, September 23 – Wednesday Night Live begins

Elizabeth Inn

Next date: Friday, August 28

Dear Elizabeth Inn Volunteers, and St. Cat's parishioners who have interested in volunteering at MUST/Elizabeth Inn,

Thank you to Karen Blakey for the excellent work she did coordinating May 28th and to Fred Massey and St. Cat's youth for June 28th. Thank you also to Marci Blair, Mark and Sally Moore, Claire Waldron, Joni House, GiGi Poole, and Judith Phillips for supplying and serving dinner with Karen Blakey. We are so grateful to you, our volunteers, and for the compassion and generosity you continue to extend—especially in these challenging economic times.

If you've never been, please consider coming as an active participant or as an observer to "check out" MUST and Elizabeth Inn to see if this Outreach Ministry might be rewarding for you personally. We have a great time feeding 50-60 people on the 28th of every month, and we welcome new volunteers to see what it is all about. Dress code: jeans, t-shirt or similar, and non slip shoes. Please wear hair back or up as we are in a food service area. For more information on MUST and Elizabeth Inn go to

If you are not able to be with us, we would appreciate your prayer support for the guests at Elizabeth Inn who truly appreciate your thoughtfulness and kindness in lifting them up in prayer for safety and being led to the right paths for their lives. Thank you all for your continued support for and your interest in this important ministry.

Connie & Tracy

Volunteers are needed on the 28th of every month to serve the homeless guests of The ElizabethInn at MUST ministries. Also, help is needed with coordinating the meals and volunteers. Please sign up on the Outreach table in the foyer or contact: Dinner Team: Connie Bergeron, 770-951-1411, and Tracy Buckalew, 770-956-9609. Overnight Team: Frederick Massey.

Why EFM?

New class forming now

At the end of every Eucharist, we pray, “And now Father, send us out to do the work you have given us to do, to love and serve you as faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord.” In the Episcopal Church, every baptized person is truly called to ministry. Do you ever wonder how you could find the place and time to learn about just what ministry is for you?

EFM stands for “Education for Ministry.” It is a 4 year program from Sewanee (you sign up each year). You meet once a week from September to May and you have a weekly reading of about 20 pages. In the first year, you study the Old Testament. The reading material provides you with a full backdrop for all those Bible verses that you have been reading or hearing for years. The second year students study the New Testament; the third year students study church history and the 4th year students study church philosophy. Some people think that it is all about reading and studying – but the beauty of EFM is that it is about sharing. We go over the readings as a group—but the second hour each week is spent in sharing a theological reflection. The “TR” is where we bring anything to the table—from our own experiences, popular culture, the Bible or anything we want to present. We learn to look at everything from the hard to the silly with a certain “theological” eye. Think “what would Jesus do” with a cell phone…. It’s a safe place where you can share your beliefs and your doubts and find kindred spirits who can help you live your own faith.

Why do EFM? It’s a home where you can talk about the hard things and you can share the joys and laughter of others on the same journey. We will start a new class on September 10. We meet on Thursday evenings from approximately 6:30 to 9 every week. There is a charge for the materials, but scholarship money is available. Won’t you join us? We would love to have you. For more information, sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin or please contact Chris Potter, 404-376-7430 or or Jan Potter, 404-444-8627,

By Jan Potter

Stewardship Meeting Hosts needed

Our Stewardship campaign this fall will include small group meetings and we still need a few more hosts for these get-togethers. We are inviting you to host one or more meetings at your home for an hour with some light snacks at a convenient time in October. If interested please check the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin or see John Garner or Juan Sandoval.

Men's Retreat — reservations open

Would you like to meet other men at St Catherine's or strengthen current friendships? Are you interested participating in group discussions and breakout sessions exploring your spirituality? Would you enjoy good food prepared by someone else? Are you interested in playing tennis, hiking, or mountain biking? How about some low key exercise with a relaxing game of horseshoes, boccie ball, or croquet?

Join us October 16 - 18 for the 2009 Men's Retreat. Montara Farm,, a private retreat facility in the foothills of the north Georgia mountains will be exclusively ours. In addition to great food, facilities and program, you may go horseback riding or have a private massage for an additional charge. Only 40 slots are available so sign up as soon as possible, a $100 deposit reserves your spot. Final cost is expected to be around $300. See the Opportunities for Ministry flyer in your bulletin or call the office, 770-971-2839.

Holy Ground: new spaces under construction around St. Cat's

You may have noticed a 36 foot diameter circle of gravel under our great oak tree. Some of our children might be thinking: "the members of this church are so generous – providing a play circle." Well, it’s not exactly. It is the beginning of a labyrinth built by Zach Pope as his Eagle Scout project. When complete this will be a space to join our overall desire to provide spiritual offerings inside and outside the church. You’ll remember that a couple years ago through the generosity of another Eagle Scout we built and installed an Outdoor Stations of the Cross.

Labyrinths are used world-wide as a way to quiet the mind, find balance, and encourage meditation, insight and celebration. They are open to all people as a non-denominational, cross-cultural tool of well-being. They can be found in medical centers, parks, churches, schools, prisons, memorial parks and retreat centers as well as in people's backyards.

This addition to our life together is a dream of our chapter of the Daughters of the King. When complete we will dedicate It and provide resources for people to learn more about how to use it. In the meantime more information can be found at several sources, a good starting point is the website of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco (

However, we are asking you to respect the space as holy ground. We realize that many children will be fascinated by this "playground" but we ask that as a community we teach everyone that there are some spaces that demand our respect as holy ground. We recognize this is not easy and not just the responsibility of parents but our responsibility as a community. By gently reminding everyone that this is holy ground, we can over time "sanctify" the space for its special use. There is still plenty of space out front both under and around the great oak for our community, young and old alike, to gather, play and enjoy these very special grounds.

Care Calendar

Your help is needed! Please go to and enter the codes contained in your weekly Parish Announcments email.. Our parish makes use of CareCalendars for certain parishioners needing personal assistance. CareCalendar is a web-based system which organizes help for families during a time of illness or life-changing event. It's easy to use and your privacy is kept.

August Ministry Team Focus: Outreach

This month we celebrate the life and work of our Outreach Ministry Team, which includes teams for Blood Drives, Bread Ministry, Communities in Schools, Elizabeth Inn, MUST, ESL, Emmaus House, The Extension, Giving Tree, Gobble Jog, Hunger Walk/Run, Native American Ministry, New Orleans Ministry, Operation Christmas Child, Rice Bowls and more. To find out more about their activities please check the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or contact convenor Nadine Pope.

Left: Fun at the 2008 Hunger Walk


Cobb Summer Singers

Sunday, August 9: Cobb Summer Singers’ Fourth Annual Concerts: “An Evening of Classics and Spirituals,” 6 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 189 Church Street, Marietta. Also Friday, August 14, 7:30 p.m. at Acworth United Methodist Church, 4340 Collins Circle, Acworth. Several St. Cat's choir members are participating and promise you a delightful evening. Admission is free, donations gratefully accepted. For information call 678-787-9189 or visit


Wellstar class: “Aging Gracefully: A Woman’s Guide to Optimal Aging”

Optimal aging is possible for every woman with the right tools. Learn different ideas you can use to better your life mentally and physically as you age.

  • Tuesday, Aug. 11, 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Kennesaw State University Center for Continuing Education
  • Thursday, Aug. 13, 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Douglasville Downtown Conference Center.

Cost: $10 per program includes light dinner & dessert, educational materials and free gift. To register call 770-956- STAR (7827).


“Families & Money: A Role for Communities of Faith”

Saturday, September 12, at the Cathedral of St. Philip. This program, sponsored by Institute for Ministry & Theological Education and Commission on Stewardship will be a daylong experience for single adults, parents, grandparents and teenagers. Nathan Dungan will lead us in looking at our habits with money and how to transform our lives by changing our perspectives through a Share, Save, Spend theology. For information or to register, go to

Congregational Nurses Corner

Diabetes and a Complication of Diabetes – Kidney Disease

In I Corinthians there is a message about how the parts of the body make up a whole and how it takes all parts of the body for it to work efficiently. While this reference is not about diabetes, this principal holds true. Further, in 1 Corinthians 12:25 we read, “If one part suffers, all parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad.”

Diabetes is almost an epidemic in our community. Of the 24 million people who have it, 25% do not know it. You can become a messenger about diabetes awareness so as to reduce its devastation to our community.

Perhaps you have thought or you have heard a friend say, “I am getting up all through the night to go to the bathroom. I guess it is because I have something to drink in my hand all day to control my thirst.” These words, going to the bathroom often and extreme thirst could mean diabetes. If you are thinking these thoughts or hearing these words, a visit to the doctor is important for proper diagnosis and treatment. Plus, early detection can prevent the loss of sight, limbs, kidneys and even life.

Diabetes is a condition where there is a build up of sugar in the blood. This is because your body does not make insulin or properly use the insulin that it makes. The role of insulin, a hormone in the body, is to open the cells in the body, so the sugar can then go from the blood stream to inside the cells and be converted to energy. Thereby, blood sugar is controlled and complications do not happen.

If you or someone near you is affected by diabetes, keep in mind that high sugar can affect your kidneys. In fact 1/3 of the people with diabetes develop kidney disease. The role of the kidneys is to clean the blood. If the blood has high sugar the blood vessels in the kidneys are damaged, the blood is not cleaned and waste products begin to build up in your blood system. Signs of kidney disease could include high blood pressure, swelling in the ankles and legs and/or leg cramps. If you have diabetes, get an annual urine test that specifically looks for kidney damage caused by diabetes. Early identification of problems can prevent the loss of kidney function and ultimately dialysis or transplantation.

So carry the message to your friend or your doctor that an annual urine test is needed if you have diabetes, so that “... if one part is honored, all the parts are glad.” To learn more about diabetes awareness and management visit the American Diabetes Association website at

Alcohol Dependency

Nancy Certain, RN, presents this third article in a 5 part series on alcohol dependency:

Here’s a quick biology lesson on what happens inside the body of an early stage alcohol dependent person:

  1. Since the liver can only metabolize alcohol at the rate of one beer, one 5 ounce glass of wine or a 1.5 ounce of 80 proof liquor per hour, the remaining alcohol continues to circulate in the blood and bathe all the cells in the body until it has all been detoxified in the liver. This can take hours.
  2. The cells of the body learn to adapt to this environment. The adaptations gradually allow the cells to work smoothly and efficiently even when alcohol is present in the body in large quantities. In the middle and late stages of the disease the cells become grotesquely misshapen, sometimes with gaping holes in their membranes. They become unable to utilize, store and absorb vital vitamins, minerals and amino acids. Malnutrition is extremely common in people who abuse alcohol.
  3. Neurotransmitters in the brain become depleted and alcohol becomes the substitute for the neurotransmitters which help us sleep, make us feel good, help us calm down, regulate our blood sugar. Without alcohol, the dependent person becomes depressed, withdrawn, lacks energy, has trouble sleeping, becomes agitated, moody,
  4. When someone stops drinking the cells don’t automatically return to normal. They create cravings for alcohol which are impossible to ignore. A craving is the overwhelming need for a drink. Early in the disease the alcohol dependent can usually control his craving for alcohol. As tolerance increases and physical dependence sets in, the addict gradually loses psychological control over his physiological need for alcohol. Finally, will power, self-restraint, and the ability to say no have no power over alcohol cravings. In a sense, cravings are the brain complaining that it’s taken the time to reset itself according to the alcohol dependent person’s behavior and now it doesn’t want to change back.


Dear Ones,

What a comfort it has been to receive all of the thoughts, prayers and cards of sympathy you have sent to Roy and me as we grieve the loss of our nephew, Andrew Power. We have felt surrounded and lifted up during this difficult time for our family. We count you among our blessings each day.

With grateful hearts,
Susan+ and Roy Johnson

Dear Susan, staff and members,

We wanted to thank everyone who was involved in making Margie's service yesterday [August 1] so wonderful. The service was so special to us, the flowers were lovely and the music was conforting. St. Catherine's is a very special church and we are glad to be included in its family.

Fleming, Karen and Ruth Rowell

Dear [St. Catherine's],

Thank you for your gift of $166.67 ... for MUST. Your gift will help change the lives of your neighbors in need. Recently MUST is serving 20-30% more people than during the same time period last year. Did you know that MUST gives out over a ton of food a day in the three food pantries (Cherokee, Marietta and Smyrna)? MUST Smyrna is now opening the food pantry one evening a week to better serve working families who can't bridge the gap between paychecks...

MUST is always looking for better ways to serve those in need. If you have not visited the campus nearest you lately, we encourage you to come by for a tour. Please know that your financial gift is hard at work changing the lives of the hundreds of families that come to MUST each day.

Rev. John R. Moeller, Jr., Executive Director, MUST Mininstries

Holy Baptism

Next scheduled date -- Sunday, November 1 (All Saints)

Please contact the church office for information and the customary booklet about Holy Baptism.


SICK: Sharon Parisi, Lillian Vu, Tom Carter, Glenda King, Pia Johanson, The Rev. Patty Roberts, Lorraine Brown, Mary Ann Howell, Marion Stevensky, Joan Unger, Alan Carter, Keith, Edward Alvarado, Susan Stanton, Olivia Martin, Cliff Pepper, Eleanor Watrous, Mary Daneke, Cindy Thompson, Barbara Mashke, Gary Foster, Marvin Kerr, Rebecca Aggett, Charlie Rousseau, Carol Crosslin, Meg Boyd, Liz Layton, Bill Krupp, Elizabeth Cantrell, Chubby Rice, Meghan, Dan, Jackie, Hugh Wolfe, Rachel Bagby, Zanny Dillson, Gail McGill, Judith Phillips, Jodi Gammon, Justin Baker, Kitty and Steve Diffley

DECEASED: Marty Jordan, friend of Katie Nixon; Jonathan Brown, friend and neighbor of Meg & Larry Boyd

(8/16/09) Mike Baumann; Art & Susan Bayless; Mary, Brian, Andrew & Jennifer Benton; Ron & Connie Bergeron; Vera Bibbings
(8/23/09) Tom, Jane & Rusty Bird; Tom, Deana, Weston, Rhiannon & Reghan Bishop; Kristin, Tom & Elizabeth Blackstock; Paul, Karen & Ryan Blakey; Mark, Kimberly, Justin & Stephenie Blythe.

BIRTHDAYS: (8/10) Alison Adams, Robbie Roy, (8/11) Julie Brannock, Quinn Phillpotts, David Daniel, (8/12) Laurie Remter, John Barrington, (8/13) Abby Smith, Joan Nixon, Kerry Acocella, Barbara Garner, (8/14) Art Bayless, Rick Buckalew, Paige Frank, Mikel Parker, John Behunin Kirby, (8/15) Keith Muckerman, Owen Snape, Jill Morich, Tyler Parker, (8/18) Cary Phillips, Zach Hurley, Caroline Greene, Adam Stone, (8/19) Lucille Heil, Monica Rader, Sean Olliffe, Kathleen Hamilton, (8/20) Dylan Degan, Robert Mosier, Ross Emerson, (8/21) Jim Kareken, Jack Kilkenny, Michelle Parisi, (8/23) Scott Selby, Crystal Harwell, Lucinda Diaz Patrick

ANNIVERSARIES: (8/10) Scott & Crystal Harwell; (8/11) Eileen & Roger Motter; (8/14) David & Nathalie Frank; (8/18) Eric & Deana DeLaBarre

SPECIAL PRAYERS: Please pray for Pat and Suzanne as they open themselves to find a child to adopt.


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

 Below is the next two weeks of events and activities. For the complete up-to-the-minute parish calendar, go to Calendar.

Monday, 8/10 Monday, 8/17

Susan’s day off
Girl Scouts Leaders
Boy Scouts Troop 713


Susan’s day off
Kneeler Project
Boy Scouts Troop 713

Tuesday, 8/11 Tuesday, 8/18


Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Blood Drive
Mothers & More
Youth Ministry

Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting/Lunch
Girl Scout Leaders
Wednesday, 8/12 Wednesday, 8/19



Preschool Start Up
SGC Class
Youth Choir Dinner

Thursday, 8/13 Thursday, 8/20
5:00PM Finance Meeting 9:30AM
Preschool Start Up
Adult Ed
Friday, 8/14 Friday, 8/21
Jim's day off
Martin ( ESL )
Mothers & More
Cats on Wheels
Jim's day off
Martin ( ESL )
Preschool Open House
Saturday, 8/15 Saturday, 8/22

Level 1 Formation
Dinner Set-Up
Spaghetti Dinner


J2A Leader Training

Sunday, 8/16 Sunday, 8/23

Coffee Time
Holy Eucharist
Country Fair
Praying for Pars
Holy Eucharist
Invitation Lunch/Mtg
Contemplative Prayer

5:00 PM

Coffee Time
Holy Eucharist
Country Fair
Holy Eucharist
Contemplative Prayer
Stephen Ministry


by Amelia Arthur

Congrats, Stephanie

Congratulations to Stephanie Burkholder, winner of the America’s National Teenager Pageant! Stephanie was in Nashville, Tennessee, for the week of July 26-August rehearsing and getting ready for the pageant with the other state winners and was crowned America’s National Teenager on Saturday, August 1 in Nashville. Stephanie won the Georgia National Teenager Pageant in March which qualified her to be in the National Pageant. Congratulations to Stephanie, St. Catherine’s own beauty queen! Information about the pageant is available at


College Sendoff Sunday, August 9 at 10:30am

We will be saying goodbye and good luck to our high school seniors who are going off to college this Sunday, August 9th during the 10:30am service. The seniors will be sent off with our prayers, well wishes, and book scholarships. Congratulations to:

  • Stephanie Burkholder, attending Ole Miss
  • Ben Hilley, attending the University of Georgia
  • Shannon Jablonski, attending the University of Georgia
  • Kelley Kilgore, joining Youth With A Mission
  • Josh Kraeger, attending Georgia State University
  • Julian Seneviratne, attending Whittier College

The St. Catherine’s College Book Scholarship Fund began as the Dorothy Hanson Memorial Fund, and is funded each year by gifts in her honor as well as proceeds from parish picnics and other individual gifts. Dorothy Hanson was the mother of Dani Dickson. To date, we have presented over $10,000 in scholarship money. We are able now to give small individual scholarships just to our rising college freshmen, but with additional gifts to this fund we hope to expand either the amount of the gift or have the ability to help support our students each year of their college careers. We appreciate any and all support of this fund. Please contact the church office for information.


Back to School WNL

Wednesday, August 26th 6:30-8pm

The youth will have a super fun Back to School WNL on Wednesday, August 26th from 6:30-8pm in the Youth House. Come have dinner, catch up with friends, and have fun! Stay tuned to e-mails closer to the date!


Fall Parents Meeting

Sunday, August 30th at 12:00 PM in the Youth House

The Fall Parents Meeting for all parents of Rite-13, J2A, YA, and Senior youth will be on Sunday, August 30th at 12 noon, immediately after the 10:30 am service. We will be discussing the fall programming, handing out 2009-2010 permission forms, and signing up for volunteer opportunities. Contact Amelia if you have any questions, 770-971-2839, or

Wheel Schedule:

Next publications:

  • August 21 – print edition
  • September 4 – online edition
  • September 18 – 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 print editions are scheduled before Easter and Christmas.) Copies of each newsletter are available for pickup at church.

We welcome contributions of articles of interest to the parish. Articles are due the Wednesday before publication. Please submit articles to the editor via email (below) or to Editor Karen Manno's 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

If you prefer to receive all your issues by email and NOT to receive any printed copies please check the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Karen:

Editor: Karen Manno
Contact: or 770-973-8668

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