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.

We Welcome You!

The Newsletter of
St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
September 7-20, 2009

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Clergy Letter
Rally Day
Ministry Fair
Worship schedule
Yellow Pages
Christian Nurture & Development
Men's Retreat
Young Families
Men's Bible Study
ESL begins
Children's Chapel
Cats On Wheels
Foyers Kickoff
Financial Peace University
Marriage Journey
Join choir
Grief support group
Grounds help
Praying for Pars
EFM starts
Musings from MacMahon
Biltmore trip
Care Calendar
Holiday pops

Nouwen retreat
Art class
Look out
Nurses Corner:
Flu Season
Alcohol Dependency

Holy Baptism
Complete Calendar
Wheel Schedule


9/12 – Rally Day Carnival

9/13 – Ministry Fair; Financial Peace U. begins

9/19 – Vestry Retreat; Cats On Wheels lunch; Foyers Kickoff Dinner

9/20 – Fall worship schedule & Church School begins; Praying For Pars

9/23 – WNL begins

9/26 – Marriage Journey kickoff

9/27 - Young Families picnic @ East Cobb Park

9/28 – Elizabeth Inn



The Coracle

Equipped with knowledge of the scriptures and a personal understanding of God’s image dwelling within themselves, Celtic monks boarded one-man boats made of willow branches and animal hide to sail the open sea. These boats, called coracles, were rudderless. Surrendering the path and destination of their journey to God, these monks set out to deepen their experience of God as they journeyed into the unknown.

Who truly knows where life will take them? Try as we might, life has a way of thwarting our every plan. We may not want to admit it, and indeed we fight hard against it, but in all honesty, we are rudderless vessels on this journey called life. The Christian Celtic monks knew this and so they set out – not to take God to the pagans and barbarians of surrounding lands, but to find God in themselves, their life journey, and in the people who inhabited far away areas of their world.

My diaconal ministry as a spiritual director and teacher is to encourage, support, and guide those with a desire to explore and deepen their own personal relationship with God. The St. Catherine’s community has blessed me with the office space and with the supportive wisdom of an advisory board in order to develop a Spiritual Formation Ministry that has been named The Coracle. We are a year old now and we feel we have developed programming which will provide gentle entrance into an ever deepening awareness of one’s personal understanding of God’s activity in our lives and in the lives of those around us.

So, if you or anyone you know is interested in exploring God’s divine nature and presence in everyday life, you are invited to join us in The Coracle as we surrender ourselves to God and travel together the ocean of life in the knowledge of His care and guidance.

Faithfully yours,

Deacon Kathy+

You are invited to St. Catherine’s Rally Day Carnival!

Saturday, September 12, 5:30-8:00pm

The carnival will take place in the parking lot between the Parish Hall and the Youth House and will be a great night for fellowship, fun, and celebration of community before we celebrate our ministries at the Ministry Fair on Sunday. The goal of the carnival is to provide a fun night for people of all ages from St. Catherine’s and the East Cobb community.

The carnival will feature concessions such as popcorn, cotton candy, and ice cream as well as games, a moon bounces, face painting, and much more. The Rally Day Fairy and other St. Cat’s celebs will be making appearances! Don’t miss seeing them!

Tickets are 25 ¢ per ticket (games and activities are 2-8 tickets each) or $10 for unlimited fun (including one popcorn, cotton candy, or ice cream). Food tickets are $3 for a hotdog, chips, and drink or $5 for jambalaya and a hotdog, chips, and a drink. Popcorn, cotton candy, and ice cream are $1 each. We hope you join us, Saturday, September 12th 5:30-8:00pm!

By Amelia Arthur

Ministry Fair

Sunday, Sept. 13, 10:15- Noon

Principal worship at 8:45 am this day! Join us on September 13 for the annual Ministry Fair. The Fair is a great time to register for Church School and learn about all the ministries St. Catherine's has to offer. The ministries will carry their banners in procession at 8:45 service and lead us from worship down to the Parish Hall and Atrium. You’ll have plenty of time before we end at noon to visit the booths for all the important information about our programs for the coming year.

Photo, left: Marilyn Hunter at a previous Ministry Fair with information about Stephen Ministry

Remember these Sunday worship times coming up!

  • September 6 -- 8:00 and 10:30 am
  • September 13 -- 7:30 and 8:45 am
    • Ministry Fair immediately following, from 10:15 am to 12 noon
  • September 20 – Complete fall schedule begins:
    • Worship at 7:30, 8:45 and 11:15 am
    • Breakfast at 8:00 am
    • Church School at 10:00 am

St. Cat’s Yellow Pages -- send us your entry now

St. Catherine's Yellow Pages is open and we want your entry. The Career Ministry Team is constructing a Yellow Pages Directory to include a listing of any products, services, or businesses parishioners want to share with the church community. Listings 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 complete the form now on our website at Or if you prefer, pick up the form now available in the foyer.This new Directory will be available on our website, updated regularly, and become part of our Welcome Package.

For more information about St. Catherine's Career Ministry and our services, please go to the Career Ministry page of our website.

Christian Nurture and Development

This month we celebrate the life and work of our Christian Nurture and Development Ministry Team. To find out more about their activities please check the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or contact convener Ellis Kilgore.


Beginning Sept. 23 – new schedule! Wednesday Night Live ( WNL) is coming back for the fall! Beginning September 23rd St. Catherine’s will begin our Wednesday programs. This year we have added a new program to the evening. There will be a new adult program offered from 5-5:45pm in consideration of our families with young children. All adults are invited to join Father Jim for an adult program during this time. There will be nursery available for children up to kindergarten or age 4 as well as a children’s program for grades 1-5.

Dinner for all ages will be from 5:45-6:30 in the Parish Hall followed by adult, youth, and children’s programs from 6:30-7:30pm. Dinner is $7 for adults and youth over 12 years, $3 for children 11 and under with a maximum of $25 per family. We hope you can join us for WNL, it is a great break to the middle of a busy and stressful week!




  • Infants

Nursery care is available for infants through age four. The nursery area is located downstairs in the Education building and is open at 8:30 AM on Sunday mornings. It remains open through the 11:15 AM service. Nursery care is provided by Naomi Sheppard and Stephanie Whitten, two paid and experienced childcare workers. On occasion, additional assistance is needed and anyone interested in providing help is welcome. Nursery coordinator: Amber Shushan.

  • Children’s Chapel

This program provides a time for children to stretch their legs at the Sequence Hymn during the 8:45 am Sunday Service. The children hear and respond to the Gospel of the day in their own language and skill level. They return to the worship service at the Peace. Children’s Chapel is for all children who are interested, and the age range is usually from two to nine years old. Adults and Young Adults are needed to lead this group each Sunday. A schedule of leaders is provided once volunteers are identified. Training is given. Materials are provided each week and include the story to be presented along with suggestions for interaction. This is a great opportunity to get acquainted with the youngest members of our Community in Christ. Coordinator: Mary Lou Shannonhouse

  • Catechesis of the Good Shepherd: A Vision for Children

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd at St. Catherine's offers Christian formation for children ages 2½ through 12. The Catechesis is grounded in scriptural and liturgical study framed by Montessori's principles of education. This allows children to hear the Gospel and absorb its message through the use of sensorially rich materials and the work of their hands. Our mission is to help our children form an authentic, loving, faithful relationship with God.

The vision for this faith experience began in Rome, Italy in 1954 with Sofia Cavalletti, a Hebrew and Scripture scholar, and Gianna Gobbi, a Montessori-trained educator. Dr. Cavalletti found that children, at the very youngest ages, have vital religious needs. Children desire to draw near to God and need the sensitive guidance of the adult and the inner guidance of the Holy Spirit to nurture this relationship in a sacred space. The adult prepares the sacred space, the “atrium,” for the children. It is there that they are invited to consciously enter into relationship with Jesus, the Good Shepherd and to hear, perhaps for the first time, the inner voice that is the Holy Spirit. The atrium is a place of community and worship rather than a classroom for academic study. It is a place to be with God, enjoy Him, listen to His Word, to pray, and is designed to reflect the beauty of His creation and abiding love.

We ask that children attend as consistently as possible. One presentation builds upon the last. Any less than three sessions a month and the child can lose the richness offered in this work.

Young Lambs Atrium – children 2½ to 3½ years old. The children will hear the Good Shepherd parable, learn about the Eucharist, work with Infancy Narratives, and enjoy Kingdom parables. The Young Lambs formation is based on the most essential elements of Level I formation with the addition of handwork that hones concentration, encourages contemplative silence, and prepares the child for prayer. Stephanie Yucius and Jennifer Cook lead this group.

Level I Atrium – children 3½ years old through Kindergarten. Children continue on their journey of faith as they get to know Jesus through geography, parables, Infancy Narratives, Paschal Narratives, Eucharist work, and as they work with the liturgy materials. The credo of this child is "help me do it myself." Children select their own work and are given the time and space to work independently and without interruption. Lisa Spessard, Barbara Garner, Laurie Dirksen and Ben Frost are our Level I catechists in two Level I atria ( Level Ia and Level Ib)

Level II Atrium – first through third graders. The older child's thinking becomes more global, conscionable, and moral. Our focus therefore broadens. We begin to explore the History of the Kingdom of God, its unity and vastness, and see how God has made God's self known since the beginning of time. Through reflection on a variety of scripture texts and presentations of moments from our liturgies of Eucharist and Baptism, the children have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of their faith through handwork with the materials and utilizing their developing skills in reading and writing. This year children in this atrium will have the opportunity to participate in special preparation for and celebration of Solemn Communion and the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Our Level II catechists are Barbara Barrington, Lisa Cook, and Mary Lou Shannonhouse.

Level III Atrium – fourth and fifth graders. The children continue to explore themes of the History of the Kingdom of God with an added emphasis on the Plan of God and the gifts of discovery and inventions by human civilizations which help this Plan to be realized. This leads to a focus on the kind of work that God calls each person to do. Scripturally this exploration takes us into a deeper study of the prophets, Jesus' ministry, parables, and the virtues. In addition children deepen their understanding of the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, Reconciliation, Confirmation, and Anointing of the Sick. Karen Maxwell and Anita Gardner are our Level III catechists.

On Tuesday afternoons we have Level I and II atria open to children from local Catholic churchs.



St. Catherine’s uses the Journey to Adulthood curriculum for its youth program, in 2009-2010 for grades six through twelve. The program falls into three distinct phases, each of which is two years in length: Rite-13, J2A (Journey To Adulthood), and YA (Young Adults). It is a program of spiritual formation for young people that provides a liturgical framework for their experience in our modern culture, celebrates their individuality and their creative potential, and instructs them in skills needed for successful adult participation in church and society. The program is based on two key concepts: (1) manhood and womanhood are gifts from God, and (2) adulthood must be earned. It includes in-depth exploration of self, spirituality, sexuality, and society. The Journey to Adulthood balances Bible study, prayer, and both serious and playful activities to nurture the whole person during the challenges of the journey from childhood to adulthood.

Rite-13 (Sixth and Seventh Grades) – The Rite-13 program assists young people as they take the first steps of passage away from their families and into their own lives. The liturgical celebration of the gift of womanhood and manhood is an integral part of this group’s curriculum.

J2A (Eighth and Ninth Grades) – Journey to Adulthood (J2A) is the heart of the entire program—it blends action and contemplation in teaching young people faithful living. To prepare them for adulthood, they learn six basic skills: active listening, negotiation, assertion, research and information management, partnership, and leadership. This program also helps them understand and affirm Christian living. At the end of this level, each young adult is given an opportunity to be confirmed and is acknowledged in the community as equipped for new levels of responsibility.

YA (Tenth and Eleventh Grades) – Building on the foundations of Rite-13 and J2A, the YA class takes a deeper look into the issues of self, society, spirituality and sexuality, as well as works to strengthen the bonds that have been formed over the previous four years. They are recognized as young adults, rather than children, and are invited to make a holy pilgrimage at the end of their first year. In addition to work in the classroom, the class plans a mission trip for the summer after their second year, with the help of their leaders and the youth director.

Senior Church School (Twelfth Grade) – The Seniors meet on Sunday mornings for a study of the religions of the world. One Sunday a month they take a break from their study and gather for coffee and fellowship.



"Bad Girls and Very Bad Girls of the Bible" Facilitator: Susan Johnson+. Whether they were bad to the bone, bad for a moment or bad for a season but not forever, these infamous sisters show us how to handle the challenges of life. Join this class for lessons in good living from the Bible’s bad belles. This class will be offered in the fall term by Susan Johnson+ and based on the books Bad Girls of the Bible and Very Bad Girls of the Bible, by Liz Curtis Higgs. The class format will be a combination of presentation and discussion.

"Bible Study Class: The Sunday Lectionary" Facilitators: Tom Snead and Jim Mattox. This class will cover the scripture readings for the service each Sunday. This is usually the Revised Common Lectionary readings. In the season after Pentecost this calls for the gospel of Mark supplemented with readings from John. The Old Testament readings provide two alternatives. The first has the reading related to the gospel as a parallel, contrast, or background. The second is a semi continuous series of readings with stories of David from I and II Samuel and I Kings. In the later months of Year B, selections come from the Wisdom literature, including Proverbs, Job, and Ruth. The Epistles call for semi continuous readings each week from the New Testament Epistles. Year C begins with Advent and the Gospel readings are from Luke. The Old Testament readings for Year C come from the prophets in chronological order beginning with Elijah and Elisha. We'll use the syllabus from the "Welcome to the Bible Ministries" by two Lutheran Pastors. The class starts with prayer for our concerns and then reading the lessons of the day with discussions about the lesson and learnings gained from the discussion. Hope we'll see you there!

"C. S. Lewis" Facilitator: Elizabeth Lopez. This class will focus on the life and thoughts of C. S. Lewis, one of the most notable Christian writers of the 20th century. Brief selections will be provided each week from a variety of his writings, making this class a good introduction to Lewis and suitable for drop in attendance. If you wish to dig deeper, the readings can be an entry point to the longer works of Lewis which may be read and studied on your own. Weekly topics may include love, joy, suffering, grief, heaven, hell, scripture, miracles, and the Christian life.

"Living This Year As Though It Were Your Last" Facilitator: Sharon Parisi. Father Jim often ends our worship service with the “Pilgrim’s Prayer” - “Life is short and we do not have much time to gladden the hearts of those who travel with us. So be swift to love, make haste to be kind, and go in peace to love and serve the Lord.” We hear that prayer almost every week. Yet do we really hear it, or believe it with our whole hearts, or, most importantly, live it? Many faith traditions teach that coming to the full realization of our own mortality is a blessing, as it “keeps us honest,” helps us live our deepest values, and helps us to not waste the precious time that God has given us. For many people, the reality of death becomes an incentive to live life more fully, more spontaneously, more lovingly and with greater joy.
There will be two goals of this class. The first goal will be for the participants to gently come to some level of understanding of their own mortality, while finding a sense of peace about that reality. The second goal will be finding ways in which to live life more fully, with greater awareness, gratitude, and contentment.
Concepts, ideas, and poetry will be drawn from many resources. However, the main book used will be A Year to Live: How to Live this Year as if it were Your Last, by Stephen Levine. Participants will be encouraged to buy and read that book.
The format of the classes will be some didactic introduction to concepts, many recommendations for things to try, and much discussion about our experiences. It is very important to note that the real benefits of this class will come from practicing the recommendations on a daily basis. Expect to spend 20-30 minutes per day on the recommended activities. (Remember, you’re trying to live this last year as well as you can!)
This class will meet throughout the school year, until June. Because of the nature of the class, it will be limited to 12-15 participants and will not be open to “drop-ins” after the initial 1-2 classes.

"2,000 Years of Christianity from a Jet Plane: A Fast Overview of the History of Our Faith" Facilitator: Ginny Acocella. This class will take an entertaining and enlightening journey through the key stages of Christian history. We will enjoy seeing our great religion grow from the words and deeds of the Carpenter of Nazareth to the worldwide multi-faceted faith system of today. We will cover the events, the movements, the controversies, and the renewals of our Church as well as the famous, the infamous, the influential, and even the obscure individuals who together make up our past. Who we were might help us to know who we are as members of the Body of Christ. As always, each Sunday's class will be complete on its own and presented in anectotal format by Ginny Acocella, storyteller.

"Rector’s Forum" Facilitator: Father Jim. Join Father Jim for lively discussion. Some sessions will be based on topics in the popular NOOMA video series.



Wednesday Night Live — Dinner and programs for all ages! (see article above)

Weekday Bible Study, Wednesdays, 9:30 to 11:00 AM — Join us for lively discussion and probing questions as we seek a deeper understanding of the character and nature of God and His covenant relationship with us. Coffee always provided and sometimes snacks, too! No prerequisites or text required, just bring your Bible. Facilitator: Father Jim.

Men’s Bible Study, Thursdays, 7:00-8:30 PM — For 13 weeks men gather on Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m. to read, discuss, and learn from the Bible. Many Bible versions are encouraged. So far we have 8 men who come together and look at the various books of the Bible. We will be covering all the prophets from Ezekiel through Malachi beginning on September 10, 2009 and continuing through December 10, 2009 excluding Thanksgiving. We use the syllabus titled "Journey Through the Bible" and a chapter of about 8 to 10 pages in the Study Book costing about $8 is read before each class. We then look at what the Bible says, what the Bible means, and what the Bible means to us. The men say the class discussions have been the most meaningful for them.
In January we will begin the New Testament books beginning with the gospel of Matthew. This calls for 13 lessons which we will cover January 7, 2010 through March 11, 2010 (ten weeks). In March we will begin the study of the gospel of Mark with a new set of books from March 18, 2010 through May 27, 2010. This session also calls for 13 lessons and we'll use 10 weeks, excluding Maundy Thursday, to cover this gospel. We would love to have additional men join us. Facilitators: Tom Snead and Jim Mattox

Women’s Bible Study

  • Weekly Friday morning study, 10-11:15 AM — Join us each Friday as we study scripture and discuss its applications to our lives today. We strive to learn more about God and God’s relationship to humankind by reading selections from the Old and New Testament. We use a variety of materials to aid our discussions, including study guides, video presentations by biblical scholars, contemporary stories, and lively conversation. Facilitators: Elizabeth Lopez and Diane Sanders.
  • Monthly evening study, second Mondays, 7-8:30 PM — This study group is open to all women who are interested in studying Scripture and its application in our lives today. The group focuses on different parts of the Bible, paying attention to the purpose and mission of God with his people. With the use of study books and lively discussion we learn more of God’s word. Many times this opens discussions about our purpose, opportunities and challenges we face in our contemporary world. Our fall session will begin with a series of books on five women of the Bible—Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba and Mary. Facilitator: Stephanie Yucius.

Men’s Book Study

Second Monday of each month starting October 5, 6:30 PM — This study is a fellowship-oriented look at our faith with lots of discussion and sharing. Men of all ages are invited to look at what it means to be man in search of faith. Each month we meet at the home of a member of the group, contact the church office for the next location.

Men's Retreat -- NOW is the time to sign up!

The Men's Retreat will be October 16-18 at Montara Farm in the north Georgia mountains. Join us to make new friendships and renew old ones, explore your spirituality, have great food and enjoy some relaxing activities. Only 40 slots available, a $100 deposit will hold your place. Final cost will be around $300. Check the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin or contact Hans Kraeger, hans.kraeger or 404.512.5124.

Right: Men's Retreat 08

Young Families Ministry invites you

  • Get to Know You -- RSVP by Sept. 8 to Molly at Father Jim and Joan invites young families for an informal get together of appetizers, refreshments and fellowship on one of two Sundays: Sept. 20, 4-6 PM at the home of Lisa and Phil Spessard, 724 Cedar Hill Way, Marietta OR Oct. 18, 4-6 PM at the home of Molly and Dave Banko, 1270 Promontory Lane, Marietta. To allow time with each of you, we are limiting the number of families each date to six. Children are welcome. More dates will be added as needed.
  • Back to School Picnic - East Cobb Park on Sun., Sept. 27, 4:30-6:30 PM in the large pavilion near the playground. Pack a picnic and drop by to play and socialize.
  • ChurchSchool - It’s time to register children for Catechesis. Please contact Ana Martin, regarding registration, or you may sign up at the Ministry Fair on September 13. Catechists will be giving atrium tours every fifteen minutes during the Fair and all are welcome.

Men's Bible Study begins Thursday, Sept. 10

7:00 to 8:30 pm in the Conference Room

The Men's Bible Study begins on Thursday, September 10 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. We will be studying the lesser prophets from Ezekial through Malachi over a 13 week period from September 10 through December 10 on each Thursday at the aforementioned time except Thanksgiving. We will be using the syllabus of "Journey Through the Bible" written by various seminary professors. A study book is required (cost $8) and is needed prior to the first session. Please contact Tom Snead at 678-795-9508 or e-mail at for information.

ESL classes begin Sept. 14

Help us get the word out!

Flyers announcing the start of the St. Catherine's ESL Program for this fall are now ready. The classes begin Monday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m. We would love to have flyers in local businesses and available at schools near St. Catherine's. I have flyers available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. I have individual flyers and also flyers with small, rip-off information tabs. If you would like to post flyers anywhere in the area, please contact Lu Dumke,, 404-731-9874 and let her know which language you would like and where you plan to post them. She will e-mail you the MS Word file that you can print out.

Children’s Chapel Assistants Needed

Here is your chance to get to know the youngest members of our Congregation and the easiest volunteering you will ever do. Adults – young and old – are needed to sit with us during Children’s Chapel at the 8:45am service. All you need to bring is a sense of calm and a willingness to let the Holy Spirit fill us. Assistants will be required to attend a “Safeguarding God’s Children” training session and your time commitment will depend on the number of volunteers – hopefully just one Sunday per quarter.

If you are interested, please check the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin or email Mary Lou Shannonhouse at Thanks so much.

By Mary Lou Shannonhouse

Cats On Wheels luncheon

Saturday, Sept. 19

Join Cats On Wheels, our active senior adults group, for their bi-monthly Dutch treat lunch, 11:30 am at Picadilly Cafeteria, 536 Cobb Parkway, Marietta, GA 30060 (south of the Big Chicken). Check for a $1 off coupon!

Foyers Kickoff Dinner

Saturday, September 19

Foyers Kickoff Dinner will be held in the Parish Hall on Saturday, Sepember 19 at 7 pm. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share with about 30 people. If you have not been part of a Foyers dinner group, this is the time to come and see what it is all about.

"Foyers" is a long-standing St. Catherine's tradition of dinner groups of 6-8 people which meet one a month on a rotating basis at members' homes. It is a wonderful, inexpensive night out for couples and singles of all ages, and a great way to get to know fellow parishioners better than just a friendly hello in church. If you have any questions please contact Maureen Donoghue,

Financial Peace University

Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University is coming to St. Catherine’s. The classes will be Sundays in the Parish Hall from 5:30pm to 7:30pm (NOTE this time change!) for 13 weeks starting September 13.

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.

Come to our Preview each Sunday thru Sept. 13 at 9:30 a.m. in the Parlor where you’ll find out all about the class. It’s a free preview and you don’t want to miss it. Contact Peter/Colleen Morich or Phil Spessard for more details and to register for the class.

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: Youth Choir welcomes all young people (grades 2nd to 10th, with unchanged voices) who love to sing. Join us for rehearsals every Wednesday evening, 6:15-7:30 pm . We are also initiating a new training choir for 1st Graders. No training or experience required, just enthusiasm. For information, please contact Ms. Martha,
  • Adult Choir: Adult Choir. Adults, and all youth past the age for Youth Choir, please join us. We rehearse on Wednesday evenings, 7:30 - 8:45 pm . 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. Contact Director Brian Williams, 678.461.9656 or speak to any choir member for questions.

Remembering those we have loved and lost...

Recognizing that grief is a difficult journey, St. Catherine's is offering a grief support group which will meet on Mondays, October 5, 12, 19, 26 and on November 2, from 6:30 PM until 8 PM. Often people find comfort and strength in hearing others stories and in sharing their own. Also, the group will offer information about the grieving process.

If you have lost a loved one, we invite you to attend. A minimum of four participants is required. The group will be led by Gail McGill. Please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin or for information contact Gail at 770-971-8890.

“Understanding Christian Spirituality”

Registration for “Understanding Christian Spirituality” is now open. UCS is an 8 month program intended to introduce participants to Christian spiritual thought through study, lectures, and small and large group discussion. Topics will include Imaging God, Spirituality and Children, Contemplative Practice, and Spirituality and Social Justice. We will meet the second Saturday of every month beginning in October from 9am to 2pm. Program fee is $175.00 plus books – a $25 registration fee is required and will be applicable to your program fee. Sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin or for more information contact Deacon Kathy Holman, Registration forms can be found outside the Deacon’s office.

Here are some comments from last year’s participants:

“I found the course very worthwhile. Most of the book selections were great, all were thought provoking, discussion initiating, and challenging to those who are Rite I Episcopalians. I especially appreciated the opportunity to have my voice heard, and to hear the viewpoints of those who disagreed with me. My only complaint is that there is no Coracle offering that follows up the first year. Maybe next year!” – Bill Krupp

“The Course ‘Understanding Christian Spirituality,’ offered through The Coracle, brought me great comfort. Gaining a deeper understanding of our Christian heritage and exploring how Christianity has been expressed and experienced throughout history has allowed me to explore new ways to nurture my own faith. Learning how my very personal spiritual journey balances with my religious expression has deepened my commitment to daily prayer and pushed me beyond my comfort zone.” – Keith Dumke

“As a rule, I don't like to commit to group activities. But, this group was the exception. While I was a little nervous about how open I would need to be to participate, I quickly felt a part of the group and the conversations helped me to understand that I was not the only one seeking understanding of spirituality and what that concept means to me. I enjoyed the readings and I looked forward to comparing messages we each took from the readings.” – Woodie Patrick

“Understanding Christian Spirituality revealed much to me about my relationship with God. It seems like the awareness of things spiritual has sprouted and continues to grow within me. Kathy has a unique ability to render the complex into simple, internal understanding. The course is far more about heart knowledge than head knowledge.” – Bill Holman

“The Coracle's 'Understanding Christian Spirituality' course is a safe and friendly place to explore the rich depths of our faith tradition. I believe people will get a lot out of it, whether they know just a little or already know a lot. The course moved fast enough to cover many interesting topics, but not so fast that we could not explore and get a little taste of each. I feel it was a very meaningful and worthwhile investment of my precious time.” – Tanya Bowers-Dean

Church grounds help needed

GroundsTeams -- Volunteers are needed to help maintain our lawns and grounds including mowing, debris removal, blowing walks, etc. Groups rotate weeks to provide care. A great opportunity for men and women to help with our church grounds! Check the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin or contact Ron Brannock, 770.992.9505,

Gardens -- Volunteers are needed to maintain our beautiful church gardens on through the fall season. Individuals and families are welcome to help water the potted plants and gardens around the grounds, deadhead the rose bushes, weeding, trimming bushes, etc. If interested please check the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin or contact Gail McGill, 770-971-8890.


Grounds Team Appeal

Oh, oh, here's another installment from those funny guys who are trying to recruit for the Grounds Teams. [Ed. note: Might the protesters be thinking of an appearance at Rally Day?]

(Special report from “Rooters” correspondent in Marietta, GA)

After a very tense negotiating session between IBECGMW (International Brotherhood of Episcopal Church Grounds Maintenance Workers) Local 666 and management representatives early this week, both sides appear to be far apart. The union is recommending that workers strike for better work assignments, pay, benefits, and representation on the Board. When asked to comment, a union representative observed: “If the unions for United Airlines and General Motors can get a seat on the Board, why can’t we?” There was no public comment from management, although it is rumored that CEO Ron Brannock has taken a temporary leave for “personal reasons.”

(Special report from “Rooters” correspondent in Marietta, GA)

Last night IBRCGMW Local 666 members voted overwhelmingly to strike for better work assignments, pay and benefits. They have set a strike deadline of Saturday morning, September 12. The two sides have not met for several days, but a last-ditch negotiating session is scheduled for September 11th. Unnamed sources report that management is trying to bring well-known experts in conciliation to the session. Union sources refused to comment. Parishioners who hope for a quick settlement may wish to sign up for future grounds maintenance turns.

"Praying for Pars" next golf outing

RSVP by Sunday, September 13 for our next golf outing on September 20! 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.

EFM class begins Sept. 10

Education For Ministry is a 4-year program from University of the South. Every baptized person is called to ministry -- EFM provides people with the education to carry out that ministry. This year's class will meet Thursdays, 6:30-9 PM September through May. A fee is involved, scholarships are available. Sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin or for information contact Chris Potter (404-376-7430, or Jan Potter (404-444-8627,

Northeast Point

"Musings From MacMahon"

Father Jim has sent us updates throughout his summer chaplaincy at St. Cuthbert's, MacMahon Island, Maine. See all his photos and read his final entry now:

"I am sitting writing this while still on MacMahan. We are experiencing the last gasps of the tropical storm which has moved up the coast. It’s been windy and rainy all day. Actually it’s been a great way to end this time..."

Read the rest now on our website at

Biltmore trip is a go!

The trip is now booked and we still want to have more spaces filled. 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 deposit now and make additional payments on schedule. Single occupancy is $60 additional. 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

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.


ASO “A Very Merry Holiday Pops” – special ticket offer through Sept. 15

Take all your favorite holiday songs and combine with conductor Michael Krajewski, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and the energetic voices of the Lassiter and Walton High School Choruses. Add the most talented singing and dancing Santa, and you've got a show perfect for the whole family. Plus — a very special rendition of the Twelve Days of Christmas! St. Cat’s own Music Director Brian Williams and Organist Jana Williams are the directors of these excellent high school choruses.

“A Very Merry Holiday Pops” is December 18 at 8:00 pm and December 19 at 2:00 and 8:00 pm. Take advantage right now of this special ticket offer: $25 Floor Seats, $18 Second Balcony Seats. To order contact Nellie Cummins at (404) 733-5278 or Special offer ends Tuesday, September 15.


Nouwen Retreat at St. Mary’s, Sewanee

Sr. Kathleen Flood, O.P. is presenter for the 2009 Nouwen Retreat, “Living the Day with the Heart,” at St. Mary’s, Sewanee, TN beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, September 25 and ending at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, September 27. Sr. Kathleen Flood, O.P., is the Director of Stillpoint in Nashville, TN, and a teacher of contemplative spirituality and the mystics. She is a scholar of Henri Nouwen and Catherine of Siena. In what would be his last interview, Henri Nouwen said, “our heart – the center of our being – is a part of God.” Using insights from the writings of Nouwen, participants in this retreat will spend time heart to heart in prayer, silence and conversation. Cost: $225 Residential, $140 Commuter. Registrations forms and additional details available at


After-school Art Classes for K-5th

Does your child love art? Then this is the fun after-school activity for them. Starting Wedn, September 23, 4-5 pm (works with the beginning of Wednesday Night Live children's program at 5:00). In this class we will explore different art media, learn about famous artist, children's authors and illustrators, make art from recycled objects, work on seasonal art, use our imaginations and just have fun. For more information contact Tinka Ivey 770-578-1945 or Information flyers are also available in the foyer.


Be on the lookout

Princeton Mill Subdivision Home Owners Association has been addressing the problem of the rising number of coyotes seen in our neighborhoods. John Ehlers, Princeton Mill’s Neighborhood Watch Coordinator contacted the Cobb County Commissioners and the Office of Public Safety about this issue. In a telephone conversation, Cobb County Director of Public Safety Mickey Lloyd said he definitely regards the coyotes as a public safety issue and will be working with the Cobb commissioners to try to find a solution to the problem.

Police Department PENS (Police Email Notification System) Program is a service provided by Cobb County police precincts to inform residents about community issues, crime prevention, and safety tips (you can sign up for their emails on the Cobb County website at In a recent PENS message, Lieutenant Mark Chenoweth said, “There really is very little that can be done to keep coyotes away. You can trap them but more will return. What I have learned over the years is that as long as coyotes are getting necessary sustenance - food, water, shelter - they will keep coming back. In order to keep coyotes away, you must remove one of their needs. The only one that you have any real control over is food... What are food sources for coyotes? Other smaller wild animals, small livestock (chickens), small domestic animals left outside after dark, dog/cat food left outside, garbage, even the scent from your grill...”

If you spot a coyote, especially if you spot them in numbers of two or more, Princeton Mill Neighborhood Watch recommends calling Mickey Lloyd at 770-528-3801 to report when and where you saw them.

Congregational Nurses Corner

Flu Season 2009 – Be informed

Here are a few things that everyone should know about flu. Influenza, including H1N1 flu, is a respiratory disease that spreads from person to person. The main symptoms are fever, cough and sore throat—typical flu-like symptoms. If you or a member of your family should show these symptoms, contact your health care provide for evaluation.

You can help prevent the spread of the disease by following healthy practices such as:

  • Stay home from school or work if ill. You should remain at home until fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.
  • Avoid close contact with those who are ill.
  • Hand hygiene—wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizers often.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing with a tissue, or cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands. Then clean your hands by washing with soap and water or using hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Practice good health habits, i.e., get plenty of sleep, physical activity, fluids, nutritious eating and manage stress.
  • The CDC encourages everyone to get your seasonal flu vaccine as soon as it is available.

St. Catherine’s Congregational Nurses will have the flu vaccine available in October.


Alcohol Dependency

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

Sometime during the middle stages of alcoholism, the alcohol dependent person looses control. As he progressively loses control over his drinking, he is no longer able to restrict it to socially and culturally accepted times and places. He often drinks more that he intended, and the drinking continues despite extremely punishing consequences. His drinking behavior can no longer be disguised as normal or even heavy drinking. His inability to stop drinking – despite his firm resolution that he will stop after one or two – is striking confirmation that he is physically addicted to alcohol.

During the middle stages of alcoholism, the addict begins to feel profound shame. Remorse, self-loathing and guilt are constant companions. They may swear to themselves, their wives, children, boss, clergymen or anyone else concerned with their drinking that they will control their intake. But their addiction makes certain that they will drink in spite of their best intentions and heartfelt promises. No wonder many of the people who observe his behavior believe that he is psychologically unstable, self-destructive and perhaps suicidal and alcohol abuser has no way of knowing that his irrational behavior is beyond his control.

Without looking through a microscope and seeing the destruction in his body, his physical dependence on alcohol can be defined as a pattern of use leading to significant impairment or distress marked by three or more of the following occurring at any time in the same 12 month period:

  1. Tolerance – needing more and more alcohol to get a buzz
  2. Withdrawal symptoms – tremors, nausea, headache
  3. Taking the substance in larger amounts or over a longer period than intended
  4. A desire or efforts to cut back
  5. Large amounts of time spent obtaining, using or recovering from the substance
  6. Giving up social, work or recreational activities because of use
  7. Continues use regardless of its worsening of a physical or psychological problem


Dear St. Catherine’s,

Thank you so much for your love and support as I continue to recover from my foot surgery. It meant so much for Susan Johnson to be a the hospital before the surgery. Thanks a bunch to the Sonshine Ministry, especially Tracey Pitts, Pat Pepper, Emily Gale and Susan Jenkins, for delivering such delicious meals. I have appreciated the flowers, cards, visits and prayers.

Thanks again,
Gail McGill

A Community Food Drive Idea That Helps Your Kids and MUST

From Lisa Spessard:

Our neighborhood [Willow Ridge] just hosted a successful, fun and easy food drive that was run by our kids. We called it the "Wagon Brigade" because almost all of the kids in the neighborhood got out their old wagons and went around to the neighbors collecting food. It was the cutest thing and they were more excited about it then the moms. They really felt like they were making a difference.

Photo, right: Wagon Brigade including the Spessard family and Quinn Philpotts

We distributed the attached flyers in the neighborhood 3x in the week prior to the event and asked those that wanted to donate to tape the flyer to their door the day of the collection so the kids knew which houses to go to (it also saved a lot of time knowing which houses were participating). One of the moms followed in her van to collect the food as it added up while the other grownups escorted the kids. We were an awesome sight and in all about one out of every four houses contributed so we had a big batch to deliver to Must Ministries.

All of the food banks are very low right now because of the severe need in the community for assistance. The kids got a great lesson in community service and the families had fun visiting. [Article by Susan Byrnes Kritzberg]

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, Marion Stevensky, Olivia Martin, Rebecca Aggett, Carol Crosslin, Elizabeth Cantrell, Hugh Wolfe, Joy Hurd, Bob Davis, Shane Benefield, Gail McGill, Judith Phillips, Jan Turner, Nico Carpio & family, Becky Jones, Ruth Kell, Susie Davis, Steve Diffley, Libby Rouleau, Eddie Brewer, Kitty Diffley, Anita Gardner, Earl Layton, Bill Marshall, Brad Lowe, Wendie Storey & her family, Margie Cook, Carol Carpenter, Don Thomas, Stephanie Walsh, Pat M., Bill Krupp. Zanny Dillson, Betty Kaspereit

DECEASED: Paul Hisey, Amy, Jim & Claire Hunkler’s uncle; Jim Deach, friend of Ron Brannock; Mary Ann Howell, friend of Kristina Higgins

( 9/13/09)
John, Fran, Patrick & Addison Brooks; Lani & Bailey Brooks, Malcolm & Morgan Haymes; Jennifer, Michael, Caitlyn & Connor Buckalew; Rick, Tracy, Kate & Clay Buckalew; George & Marilyn Cain
(9/20/09) Jana Caldwell, John Behunin; Lou Cappiello; Cyrille, Courtney, Amelie & Lucas Cardona; Doug, Katie, Nicholas, Elizabeth & Timothy Carswell; Joyce Carter

BIRTHDAYS: (9/7) Trip Sheehan; (9/8) Tyler Wolfe, Nick Wolfe, David Craig; (9/9) Dick Kareken, Hale Sanders, Connor Pyburn; (9/10) Paul Partus, Jerilyn Gardner, Sally Moore, Jim Snape; (9/11) Erin Hurley, Tegan Hurley, David Bottoms, Michael Dirksen; (9/12) Doris Samples, Bill Holman; (9/13) Garrett Brogdon, Charlene Wyatt, David Goldman; (9/14) Becky Smith, Laurie Smith, Phil Spessard, Will McGhee; (9/15) Emma Markette, Maddie Zimmerman, Mark Blythe; (9/16) Stephanie Gardiner; (9/17) David Bowden, Elizabeth Carswell; (9/18) Kyleigh Paris, Malcolm Haymes; (9/19) Austin Miller; (9/20) Barbara Kallas, Eric DeLaBarre, Victoria Frank, Arrevia Pierce

ANNIVERSARIES: (9/7) Kevin & Tina Kerr; (9/20) Ken & Linda Minzenberger

SPECIAL PRAYERS: Please pray for Pat and Suzanne as they open themselves to find a child to adopt.
David Hinshaw & Helena Johnson, out of job, looking for employment, friends of Bill Ivey.
Jim Hunkler, looking for employment.

TRANSFERS IN: Daniel, Amy & Luke Mikkelsen from the Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta, GA

TRANSFERS OUT: John & Liz Rea to The Church of the Good Samaritan, Knoxville, TN


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, 9/7 Monday, 9/14

Susan’s day off
Labor Day
(Office Closed)


Susan’s day off
Women’s Bible Study
Boy Scouts Troop 713

Tuesday, 9/8 Tuesday, 9/15


Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Mothers & More
PL & F Team
Youth Ministry

Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Wednesday, 9/9 Wednesday, 9/16


Executive Meeting
Bible Study
Parenting: Sacred Path
Rally Day Meeting
Youth Choir


Bible Study
Parenting: Sacred Path
Youth Choir
Adult Choir

Thursday, 9/10 Thursday, 9/17
Finance Meeting
Men’s Bible Study
Adult Ed.
Career Ministry
Men’s Bible Study
Friday, 9/11 Friday, 9/18
Jim's day off
Martin ( ESL )
Women’s Bible Study
Jim's day off
Martin ( ESL )
Women’s Bible Study
Saturday, 9/12 Saturday, 9/19

Rally Day Carnival


Vestry Retreat
Cats on Wheels
Foyers Kickoff

Sunday, 9/13 Sunday, 9/20

Holy Eucharist
Holy Eucharist
Ministry Fair
Teacher Orientation
Contemplative Prayer
Financial Peace U.


Holy Eucharist
Family Holy Eucharist
Church School
Praying for Pars
Choral Holy Eucharist
YF Get Together
Contemplative Prayer
Stephen Ministry
Financial Peace U.


VBS Success!

Vacation Bible School at St. Catherines was raging, stomping bayou fun this year! With a bayou Crocodile Dock theme, our children sang, crafted, and discovered much about Fearing Not with God’s power and love. We had 86 children participating in the program and 29 awesome youth leaders helping everyday. Each day they learned of a message: God is with us, God is powerful, God does what he says he’ll do, God gives us life and God cares for us.

The halls were shaking with their excited voices singing and laughing. A huge thank you to all of the volunteers that made it possible with their time or donations. God’s grace was with us all for a fun filled week!


Wheel Schedule:

Next publications:

  • September 18– print edition
  • October 2 – online edition
  • October 16 – 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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