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
July 12 - 25, 2010

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Clergy Letter
Summer Parish Meeting
Cats On Wheels
Welcoming Coffee
Ministry Teams Meeting
Marriage Journey
Name the book
Fathers Day photos
Cobb Singers concert
MacMahan Musings
50th Anniversary
St. Cat's Oak movie
CN&D Offerings
  The Journey
  Discovering Vision
  Presenters needed
Day at Elizabeth Inn
VBS Success
School supplies
Environment stewardship
June 13 photos
In the Community:
  Spanish Classes
  On Golden Pond

Holy Baptism
Complete Calendar
  Pool Party
  Personal Finance
  Pilgrimage report

Wheel Schedule


7/17 – Cats On Wheels luncheon @ J. Christopher - Powers Ferry Rd.

7/18 – Welcoming/ Newcomer Coffee

7/21 – Youth pool party @ Starr's residence

7/25 – Acolyte recognition; College send-off
Summer Parish Meeting

7/27 – Ministry Teams Quarterly; Elizabeth Inn laundry

7/28 – Elizabeth Inn dinner

Your Staff

St. Catherine’s has many profound gifts as a congregation. One of those gifts is your staff. Here is a group of people who work deliberately and consistently not for the money but for the simple satisfaction of serving you and the ministries of this congregation in the name of Jesus.

Last week the members of the staff who meet around the conference room table on Tuesday mornings went away on retreat. This includes Amelia Arthur, Susan Johnson, Ginney Linstrom, Karen Manno, Karolyn Olliffe, Rose Wolfe and me. Tom Blackstock joined us to facilitate a conversation centered around the book The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni. We took time to celebrate our strengths and to delve more deeply into improving our ability to work together to achieve our mission – “to welcome, accept, nurture and serve all people in the name of Jesus.” As Tom said at the beginning of our discussion, “You already know that we have a very caring and dedicated staff at St Catherine's and our work at Montara Farms will strengthen the team.”

During our time away we learned that members of truly cohesive teams behave in certain ways. They trust one another. They engage in unfiltered conflict around ideas. They commit to decisions and plans of action. They hold one another accountable for delivering against those plans. They focus on the achievement of collective results.

We learned about our team in particular. We learned that our strengths can be described this way: We admit our mistakes. Our team has a reputation for high performance. We consistently achieve our objectives. We value collective success more than individual achievement. We consistently follow through on promises and commitments. And we can comfortably discuss our personal lives with one another.

As with all teams we learned that we have some areas to work on. They include our willingness to point out one another’s unproductive behaviors. Our commitment to enable one another to perform at consistently high levels. During our discussions, our willingness to challenge one another about how we’ve arrived at certain conclusions and opinions. As a team taking the initiative to question one another about our current approaches and methods. And the willingness to raise concerns about problems in one another’s respective areas of responsibility.

In the end we identified six areas we want to work at together and from these we set three priorities. We’ll share some more about them in the coming weeks. Overall we had a wonderful time together. We are a good team and we care deeply for one another. And we know the love we share for each other will be the foundation of us becoming even better at what we do for St. Catherine’s in the name of Jesus.


Summer Parish Meeting

Sunday, July 25, 9:15 am

It has become our tradition to host a mid year Parish Meeting during the summer. This year’s meeting will be held between the services at 9:15 am on Sunday, July 25. You will hear brief reports from our Youth Search Committee, Financial Team, and Christian Nurture and Development. However, the bulk of the meeting will be devoted to your questions and comments about our common life. So often at our Annual Parish Meeting in January our business fills the time we set aside and limits our ability to respond to questions and to just have time for talking with one another. This year we’ll use a note card system to gather questions and answer them. Come and be a part of this great time to gather as a community of faith.

Cats On Wheels activities coming up

by Alan Certain

Luncheon Saturday, July 17 -- new location!

Cats On Wheels is our "social networking" group for the young-at-heart who are old enough to join AARP (but AARP membership is not required!). We'll have our next Dutch treat luncheon at 11:30 am at a different location this time – J. Christopher's located at 1275 Powers Ferry Rd., Marietta, GA, 30067 (between Terrell Mill Rd. and Delk Rd., in the MicroCenter shopping center). See you there!

CNN Studio Tour Saturday, August 21

For our August excursion, your Cats on Wheels planning team – Susan Johnson+, Vera Bibbings, and Alan Certain – have selected the Studio Tour of the CNN Center in downtown Atlanta. This is a 55-minute walking tour that begins at the foot of the uber-long escalator in the lobby and then descends 8 flights of stairs as we go from attraction-to-attraction. After the tour, we will have lunch in the CNN Food Court before returning to the church. Elevator service is available if you state your need when you reserve your spot.

We will leave the church at 10:00 am and return after lunch (about 1:45pm). The cost is $17.00 for the tour, van transportation, and parking, plus whatever you choose for your Dutch treat lunch. Assure your spot by signing up on the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin (include your check payment to St. Catherine’s with designation of “CNN Tour”) or contact Alan Certain,, 404-661-2200.

Welcoming/Newcomer Coffee

Sunday, July 18, 9:15 am in the Parish Hall

No RSVP needed! All newcomers and visitors to St. Catherine's are cordially invited to a welcoming coffee. This will be a social as well as informative gathering, as clergy, staff and lay leaders will be present to answer questions about our programs, services and ministries. Please come for coffee and goodies, and get acquainted with your parish family.

Ministry Teams Quarterly Meeting

Tuesday, July 27, 7 pm in the Parish Hall

All committees and ministry teams – be sure to have a representative of your group at this important meeting. We will focus on plans for the Ministry Fair. All are welcome to join us and learn about ministry at St. Cat’s.

Reminder: Ministry Directory updates due July 27. All committees should review and update their information in the St. Catherine’s Ministry Directory. Last year’s sections were sent to all ministry teams in June. Please return all information to Karen Manno,

Marriage Journey Kick-off Lunch

Sunday, August 8

Marriage Journey is a ministry focused on growing your marriage in a spiritual environment while building community and fellowship. Married couples or couples preparing to marry are invited to participate. If you’re interested in learning more, or if you’ve participated before and want to continue, please join us on August 8 in the Parish Hall at 12 noon (immediately after 10:30 worship). We'll have an Informational Kickoff and forming of groups for the coming year. A simple lunch will be provided, and child care will be available. Please RSVP on the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin.

News from St. Catherine's Financial Peace University ( FPU)

By Peter Morich

We are pleased to announce our third adult FPU class starting Sunday, August 15 in the Parish Hall with Walt and Gail McGill facilitating. Previews will be held Sundays starting July 11 through August 15 at 9:30 a.m., in the Boardroom, room 301.

FPU is the most important step to changing your financial future. It is your Total Money Makeover Program. It takes the knowledge from God and turns it into real action in our lives through a step-by-step process taught by best-selling author and financial counselor Dave Ramsey. FPU is a 13-week life-changing program that empowers and teaches you how to make the right money decisions to achieve your financial goals and God's plan for your life. The course includes practical lessons on eliminating debt, building wealth, giving like never before, and much, much more!

Who is Financial Peace University for? It's for EVERYONE!...from the financially secure to the financially distressed. Over 1 million families and individuals have attended Financial Peace University – 46 from St. Catherine’s. Applying God's Word radically changes your life. On average, FPU graduates have paid off over $5,300 in debt and saved $2,700 during the 91-day program!

All St. Catherine's couples and singles are invited to take the class. The registration fee is only $150, covering all FPU materials and program costs. Sign up at our table in the Narthex or contact Walt and Gail McGill at 678-358-6515, Peter and Colleen Morich at 770-424-9054, or Phil and Lisa Spessard at 770-565-8244. And, new at St. Cat’s this fall—Dave Ramsey course for high school Youth, just $25! (See youth section below in this newsletter.)

Photo, right: Collen & Peter ready to answer your questions at the FPU sign up table in the narthex.

These testimonials from our recent FPU St. Catherine's graduates say it all:

“Since taking this course, my husband and I have lowered our debt. I have felt more at peace with life. Lowering debt, making new friends, feeling closer to my family—it can't get any better than this!”

“ Financial Peace University has helped us to completely reorganize our financial situation and make it easier to talk about our budget. We are saving about $700 per month in interest payments by paying off our credit cards, car, and student loans.”

“This class put us on the same page with regard to our finances and put us in control of our money. Every dollar has a name. FPU took the emotion out of it so we can talk about money without an argument.”

“Being a single mother I am learning how to handle and mange my finances for the first time, saving for retirement and the kid’s college.”

“We now have a financial plan to follow together. We both have a say in the budget, so we are in this as a team. We don't fight about money anymore! This class has helped us strengthen our marriage.”

“Hope! This has been so incredible and unbelievable—really life changing—can't wait to be debt free!”

“We have paid off our credit card, closed the account, and increased our discretionary income by over $500 per month by reducing interest expenses. We have also quadrupled our life insurance coverage (term life policy) for less money by terminating our whole life policy. We have fully funded our 6-month emergency fund with the savings.”

“Success—got control—cut up credit cards—don't overdraft accounts anymore and now paying off cars. Increased 401K savings from 6% to 10% of my income already.”

“ FPU has given us vision, goals, accountability, discipline, patience, and unity. Thank you.”

Name the Cookbook

Cookbook Preview and Tasting Party – Sunday, Aug 15, 5:30 pm

Want to be one of the first to have a copy of our St. Cat’s cookbook? How about for free? Here’s all you have to do – NAME THE BOOK! Submit your suggestions for the title of our 50th Anniversary cookbook on the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin, or email to or

The deadline for submissions is August 1, and the winner will be announced at the August 15 Tasting Party. We look forward to your creative ideas!

Seen around St. Cat's — on Father's Day, June 20

Above: Billy Blood Drop (aka Fred Massey) encourages all
to give at the June 22 blood drive
Above: Thank you to Sally Powers for keeping us green
in recycling our service bulletins

Cobb Summer Singers concert at St. Catherine’s

Sunday, August 8, 6:00 pm

Don’t miss the next concert to be hosted in our beautiful sanctuary. The Cobb Summer Singers, directed by Lynn Swanson, is an ensemble of the William Baker Choral Foundation which was first started in Atlanta in 1990 and now sponsors ten musical ensembles based in three states.

The centerpiece of this concert will be the profoundly beautiful "Solemn Vespers"of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, performed in its entirety with orchestra and soloists. The diverse program will also include a selection of other classics, spirituals and folk hymns. Several of our St. Catherine’s choir members are participating. For more information about this group, visit

Musings about MacMahan

Father Jim’s reflections about his upcoming second tenure this August as summer chaplain at St. Cuthbert’s Episcopal Church (right), on MacMahan Island, Maine:

Among the many opportunities a month on an island provides is uninterrupted opportunity to read. I don’t get long stretches of time to read during the normal course of my private and vocational life. Usually my reading time boils down to 90 minutes here and an hour there. And the truth is that most of that reading is for professional reasons and not simply for pleasure. So this year as last year, I intend to catch up on my reading. I thought you might like to know what I am reading or planning to read during this gift of quiet and time on MacMahan Island.

  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett – Set during the nascent civil rights movement in Jackson, Miss., a budding new writer and social activist recently graduated from Ole Mis collects the stories of the black women on whom the country club sets relies and mistrusts.
  • Life is a Verb by Patti Digh – 37 days to wake up, be mindful, and live intentionally.
  • Ubuntu by Stephen Lundin – You may recognize this as the theme of the 2009 General Convention of the Episcopal Church. A powerful story about the African philosophy of teamwork and collaboration that has the power to reshape our workplaces, our relationships with coworkers, and our personal lives.
  • Mandela’s Way by Richard Stengel – The author, the editor of Time Magazine, has distilled countless hours of intimate conversation with Nelson Mandela into fifteen essential life lessons.
  • Made for Goodness (and why this makes all the difference) by Desmond Tutu and Mpho Tutu – With his daughter Mpho, an Episcopal priest in Washington, D.C., the retired Anglican archbishop writes a relatively personal book about his fundamental, faith-based beliefs about human nature: people are basically good because they are made in God's image. He maintains this in the face of the horrific events he has witnessed in his country and elsewhere, and he bases his belief in part on simple experiences throughout his life that have involved family and, significantly, his failures.
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee – “2010 is the 50th Anniversary of the publication of this beloved American classic. Celebrate by reading it again!” So reads the publicity. But the truth is I’ve never read the first time (saw the movie but never read the book). So I will read it this summer – or at least begin before I arrive back in Marietta.

Parish Prepares for 50th Anniversary

By John Brooks

15 – Number of weeks until the start of 50th Anniversary Celebration Year

The observance of St. Catherine’s 50th anniversary promises to be a fun, educational, spiritual and memorable 13 months of activities and events for the entire parish. A committee has been established and will be working on three key areas: communications, special events and special projects. Planning is underway, a time line is being developed and efforts to keep the parish informed have begun

The year-long celebration will begin Saturday, November 6, 2010 with a “Remembering the First 50” kick-off. Although details aren’t yet been finalized, Marilyn Hunter, who chairs the special events committee, says the kick-off will most likely be an inter-generational event held in the afternoon. Working with her on the committee are Molly Frost, Joan Nixon and Bill Selby.

The anniversary observance will conclude with a Sunday celebration on November 13, 2011. Though tentative at this point, the plans are to host a birthday “gala” two days earlier, on Friday November 11, 2010. “We like the idea of having a big party on 11-11-11,” says Marilyn. St. Catherine’s founding date is regarded as our first Holy Communion service held on December 4, 1961.

At the Quarterly Ministry Team meeting on June 1, team members brainstormed on the anniversary—discussing the purpose of the anniversary observance, possible themes and activities. “It was gratifying to get the input from this group,” says Lisa Spessard, chairman of the communications committee. “There was plenty of enthusiasm, and the group offered really great ideas. Everyone was in general agreement that the anniversary year should be one of celebration, one in which everyone in the parish was involved. The goal during this time is to reflect on St. Catherine’s rich history while also focusing on our future.”

Lisa says that a theme and logo mark are “in the works” and should be announced in the next few weeks. Working with her on communications are John Brooks, Pat Pepper and Jason Snape. Serving on the special projects committee, chaired by Ginny Lummus, are Susan Jablonski and Ellis Kilgore.

Your memories wanted

The committee will be collecting photographs, anecdotes and memorabilia from this point forward. Parishioners who have items that they would like to share are asked to send an email to

View the state of the parish: St. Cat’s Great Oak

When Bishop Whitmore visited us on Pentecost this year (May 23), the Vestry presented their report of the parish to him visually in the form of a slideshow created by Tanya Bowers-Dean. This presentation has been converted to a movie on our website with added narration courtesy of Bill Ivey, and you can view this great "state of St. Catherine's" on the "Who We Are" page of our website by clicking St. Catherine's and the Great Oak. Thank you to everyone who helped put together this inspiring look at our parish today.

Christian Education offerings beginning this fall

This month we celebrate the life and work of our Christian Nurture and Development Ministry Team which develops programs for children, youth and adults year-round. Below are some of the offerings our Adult Christian Education committee is bringing for this fall. (For information about this Ministry Team and how you can get involved, contact convener Ellis Kilgore.)

Sundays: “The Journey”

For adults old and new to St. Catherine’s who are interested in

  • Adult Baptism
  • Confirmation
  • Joining the Episcopal Church
  • Reaffirming baptismal vows
  • Deepening your faith journey

Join us for The Journey, Sundays at 1:00-3:00 pm beginning September 26. Childcare will be available. Please sign up on the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin, or for information contact Amma Susan, 770-971-2839,


Wednesday evenings: "Discovering God’s Vision for Your Life"

God has made some definite promises to us through our giftedness. What is that giftedness, however? Our yearning to know animates our search for meaning and involvement in the community of faith. Discovering your spiritual gifts, developing them, and putting them to use are intensely spiritual experiences. This fall as our Wednesday night program (6:30 to 7:30 pm) we will offer "Discovering God’s Vision for Your Life: You and Your Spiritual Gifts." Developed by the Stephen Ministry team in St. Louis, we have offered this course in the past and it was well received.

If you are interested in hearing more please let us know by completing the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin or contact the church office. There will be a nominal fee for the course (less than $20) and we will ask you to make a commitment to this 10 week gathering. The course will be limited to 25 participants.


EFM— is it for you?

By Bill Selby

I can’t believe I’ve come to the end of my four years of EFM (Education for Ministry) classes sponsored by the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. The years have flown by and I have learned so much. The first year of study encompassed the Old Testament; second year, the New Testament; Third year, history of the Church; and the fourth year covered various religious philosophies.

Photo, right: 2010 EFM graduates receive their diplomas on June 20: Jan Potter, Jennifer Buckalew, Bill Selby, Chris Potter

I began EFM four years ago with the preconceived notion that the Bible was just as it has been portrayed in the Hollywood movies I’ve seen over the years. Through EFM study my Bible knowledge became much more realistic. In addition to the Bible and textbook readings, the theological reflections we participated in each week deepened my faith and spirituality.

EFM was not only a learning experience but an opportunity to build community with fellow students and mentors. Deep friendships were fostered every week. Chris and Jan Potter were excellent mentors all four years I participated. They not only emphasized education but always contributed fun and fellowship to our classes.

If you want to learn more about the Bible and our Church, develop some lasting friendships, and are willing to work hard, you might want to consider EFM. A new class begins this fall on Thursday nights weekly beginning Sept. 9 through the school year. A fee is involved, partial scholarships are available for those in need. If interested, you can reach Chris and Jan at 404-444-8627 or


Present your passion to Church School class

Do you have a love, an interest, a talent for art, literature, music? We need presenters to come in for one of the adult Church School offerings this fall and share your love with the class. Sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin or contact Jan Potter, or 404-444-8627.


A Day in the life of a GUEST at the Elizabeth Inn

As you arrive at MUST Ministries’ Elizabeth Inn homeless shelter on Cobb Parkway in Marietta, you are immediately aware there are many stories to be told within this old renovated church. Stories of how these individuals—of all ages—found their way here. On any given day there are usually more than 44 male guests spending the night (and about 12 - 18 women and children). So Wednesday, June 30 was just another day in the lives of 44 men, who by the grace of God found shelter and food for the night at the Elizabeth Inn.

On this hot summer night most of the men are just returning from working outside all day. They are fortunate to have volunteers fix them a meal (which they may or may not like—however you never hear a complaint). After dinner they spend a few moments in fellowship or alone (most alone) contemplating where they are and how they got here. Then they prepare to sleep with 43 strangers (in bunk beds in one large room). One of the few things they have to look forward to when they wake up the next morning is clean clothes.

On this particular night when the laundry volunteers arrive they are suddenly approached by every male guest in the Inn. These guests are thanking the volunteers over and over for coming. The volunteers, thinking nothing at first—sure, they usually get thanked for being there—start to notice a trend when every male guest seems so grateful. Then the volunteers are told the guest have not had their clothes cleaned all week!

St. Catherine’s Outreach program sponsors “Laundry Duty” once a month on the fourth Tuesday of the month, and also whenever there is a fifth Wednesday. The volunteers—it only takes two—are asked to arrive by 6:00 PM ( 6:30 PM is OK), and complete laundry for half of the guests (usually 20 or so). On a typical night the volunteer is home in time to watch Jay Leno (he’s back at his regular time, right?).

Unless you have had the opportunity to be at the Elizabeth Inn and help in this way you cannot imagine the feeling you get—the pleasure and joy you receive—by doing this little thing for so few. Giving of your time to help will only take you away from one night in front of the TV, and is a good excuse to get to leave work early! We invite you to join us. Bring a friend, spouse, son or daughter and spend quality time doing something that is guaranteed to make you feel better! Even if you think you have it all! Seeing the smile on a homeless man’s face just because he’s getting clean clothes to wear is priceless.

Yours in Christ,
Frederick and Jennifer Massey

P.S. In addition to laundry, St. Catherine’s volunteer team prepares and serves dinner on the 28th of every month, so take advantage of this rewarding opportunity also. Please sign up at the Outreach table in the foyer (opposite the Parlor). OR for Laundry Team contact Fred Massey, or 404.731.4466; for Dinner Team contact Connie Bergeron, 770-951-1411, or Tracy Buckalew, 770-956-9609.

VBS Success!

A HUGE Thank You to everyone for a record-breaking week with 113 children at "Kingdom of the Son," our Vacation Bible School in June. We couldn’t have done it without you!! View the movie now on the Photo Album page of our website by clicking Vacation Bible School 2010.

Photo, right: Stephanie Yucius and Lisa Spessard getting ready for "Kingdom of the Son" VBS.

Youth Leaders and Assistants: Katie Barrington, Mary Alice Barrington, Thad Barrington, Jenna Gardiner, Stephanie Gardiner, Chandler Sherry, Ben Frost, Matthew Dirksen, Michael Dirksen, Olivia Lopez, Isabel Lopez, Erin Donoghue, Kelly Donoghue, Penn Worden, Nicky Muckerman, Madison Smith, Abby Bauman, Lauren Tear, Elizabeth Blackstock, Lauren Barber, Megan Shannonhouse, Celia Bowers-Dean, Alysa Bowers-Dean, Ryan Olliffe, Sean Olliffe, Marshall Jones, Matt Shannonhouse, Blake Sherry

Station Leaders: Emily Dillson, Suzanne McGhee, Sue Snape, Missy Worden, Barbara Garner, Amelia Arthur, Laurie Dirksen, Jason Snape, Lisa Spessard, Stephanie Yucius

Volunteers during the week: Sally Moore, Karolyn Olliffe, Amber Shushan, Kathleen Hasling, Tracey Pitts, Ed Pitts, Jennifer Tear, Ellis Kilgore, Ben Frost, Keith Dumke, Jackie Castellow, Alison Travis, Ashley Bhatia, Stephanie Whitten, Whitney Unterwagner, Melyn Roberson, Cameron Ward, JJ Griffin, Sue Jones, Kristin Shaw, Allison Hodell, Jared Hodell, Abigail Hodell, Jenny Gale, Elizabeth Lopez, Molly Banko, Janice Fahy, Tina Kerr, Christine Daniel, Therese Braman, Kristen Hill , Sally Paris, Kristen Hill, Alex Yankowsky, Tom Bishop, Kim Lindros, Barbara Willhoff, Jennifer Browning, Dana Smith, Dina Parker, Susanne Muckerman, Cindy Thompson, Nathan Brewer, Elizabeth Brady, Mary Catherine Schmitt, Lani Brooks, Sarah Null, Cassie Heinz

Food Donations: Therese Braman, Linda Snape, Ginny Linstrom, Tina Kerr, Dina Parker, Stephanie Yucius, Margaret Shaw, Ron Cook, Emily Gale, Patricia Phillpotts, Kim Blythe, Gina Bauman, Stan and Dani Dickson, Gina Bauman, Karen Manno, Tracey Pitts, Barbara Perry, Lisa Spessard, Jerry Scott, John and Fran Brooks, Pat and Bob Pepper, Sally Moore, Tom and Shirley Day, Jennifer and Harry Tear, Amber Shushan, Barb Selby, Jenny Gale

School supplies needed

In conjunction with our Annual Back-to-School supplies ingathering for MUST, Girl Scout Troop 2211 is organizing a school supply drive for children in the East Cobb area whose families cannot afford school supplies. In these tough times the population of children whose families cannot afford school supplies is growing. Please consider donating one or more of the following school supplies to help children in need:

Washable markers, Glue sticks, Glue bottles
Dry erase markers, Colored pencils, Crayons
Folders, Spiral notebooks, Composition notebooks
Hand sanitizer, Tissue boxes, Personal tissue packs, Antibacterial wipes
Scissors, Notebook paper, Pencils, Pens (variety of colors)
Backpacks, Index cards, Erasers, Sharpies
Binders, Dividers, Highlighters

These items can be placed in the drop off box at the church any time from July 8 through September 1. If you have any questions you can contact Elizabeth Blackstock with Troop 2211 at 770-971-2649 or Outreach Convener Nadine Pope at 770-0973-9057. Thank you for your participation!

Environmental Stewardship

By Al Jones

My working career began before Earth Day and included responsibility for negotiating new permits and for managing water quality, air quality, and solid waste requirements for a major pulp and paper manufacturer. This didn’t happen for free. There were new jobs, new technologies, new investment costs and additional expenses to pay these people and operate this equipment. There were relatively local improvements to the environment: rivers and lakes became fishable and swimmable, the air we breathe and its impact on our health got better, with more recycling small improvements in energy efficiency occurred.

Near the end of my working career, the buzz word became sustainability. Although prior wisdom held that death, taxes and change were the only constants, we were now urged to seek technologies that were sustainable. God gave us this world and its resources to use as we see fit. Conservation and care must be part of this approach. It is not unlimited.

Today the environmental hot button is global warming. The world population is 6 billion and is projected to become 12 billion in the next forty years. This is not a local situation, and the debate about what to do has mind-boggling alternatives with mind boggling costs which may or may not solve the most important problems. If the sea level increases some, it should occur slowly enough for folks to move or take remedial action. However, if there isn’t enough food, it becomes an immediate, life threatening issue to anyone without enough. Perhaps higher temperatures are being provided to lengthen the growing season. Perhaps carbon dioxide is increasing because that will improve crop yield. The biggest environmental issue we must solve is the care of these 6 billion new neighbors.

I’m sure we’re all dismayed by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico as well as by the loss of 29 miners in the coal mine explosion a few weeks ago. I hope everyone who drives a car or runs an air conditioner wonders about their complicity for what has and continues to happen. What can we do? Every day we have an opportunity to plan our travel to drive fewer miles. Every day we make decisions about the temperature we set our heating and A/C units, how much hot water we use, turning off lights that are not needed, and on and on…. We also have the opportunity to influence and help those around us.

Seen around St. Cat's — June 13


Spanish Classes at Holy Innocents, Sandy Springs

Spanish Classes 2010 will be held Mondays and Wednesdays at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church/School in Sandy Springs ( 805 Mt. Vernon Hwy NW, Atlanta, GA 30327). Summer Session II: July 26 - Sept 1; Fall Session I: Sept. 13 - Oct. 20; Fall Session II: Nov. 1 - Dec. 15. Beginner Class is 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm (evenings); High Beginning/Low Intermediate Class is 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm (afternoons). Tuition is $195 (includes materials). To register contact Holly Patrick,, or 404-531-4155. This program is a fundraising initiative to support Holy Innocents’ English for Successful Living, a nonprofit English as a Second Language program.


“On Golden Pond”

August 13-15 at The Strand Theater to benefit MUST

The Mount Paran Players present “On Golden Pond” by Earnest Thompson at the Strand Theater on the Marietta Square in a performance benefiting MUST Ministries. Show times are Friday, Aug. 13 and Sat., Aug. 14 at 8 pm, and Sunday, Aug. 15 at 3 pm. Tickets are $18 and are available at or call 770-293-0080.


I am pleased to tell you that my elder son Adam Darrow last month received his law degree (Juris Doctorate) from the University of Florida ( Gainesville). Additionally, he has been selected for promotion to LCDR in the US Navy where he serves as an Intelligence Specialist. This summer he is busy studying for the Florida Bar Exam and preparing for a move to Baltimore, MD, where his wife, Dr. Lindsey Kirsch Darrow, PhD, Clinical Psychology, has been admitted to the staff of the Johns Hopkins University Hospital to continue her cutting edge research in trauma and reparative clinical psychology. I know his mother, Joan, would be deeply proud of both of their accomplishments--I most surely am!

Ed Darrow

To the St. Catherine’s Church Family,

Food For The Poor wishes to thank you for the welcome you extended to Father Chesterman on his recent visit to your parish [June 13]. On behalf of our less fortunate brothers and sisters of Latin America and the Caribbean, we thank you for having shared in their lives. They, and you, are blessed by your generosity.

In Christ,
Food For The Poor

Photos below: Guest preacher Father Chesterman on June 13


June 7, 2010

Dear [St. Catherine’s],

Thank you for St. Catherine’s generous contribution of $2,466.63 to Episcopal Relief and Development. Your gift was designated for the Haiti Earthquake Response, which will help those suffering in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti on January 12th.

Since the quake, Episcopal Relief & Development has been working closely with the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti to provide support to people affected by this disaster. In partnership with the diocese, our emergency response has assisted more than 60,000 people with food, water, shelter, health care, sanitation and other relief. We are collaborating with the diocese to develop a plan for Haiti’s long-term recovery, which will include increased focus on job creation and cash-for-work programs…

Episcopal Relief & Development has been working in Haiti for many years to address issues of poverty and disease and respond to other disasters. We will continue to partner with the Church in Haiti as it assists people in rebuilding their lives and their country in the years to come. Please visit for more details about our response.

Please continue to pray for people impacted by the earthquake and all those we seek to serve worldwide. Your support of Episcopal Relief & Development is saving lives and transforming communities. We couldn’t do this work without your compassion and generosity. In partnership, we are healing a hurting world.

Robert W. Radtke, President, Episcopal Relief & Development

Holy Baptism

Next scheduled date: Sunday, November 7 (All Saints' Sunday)

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


FOR THE SICK: Lillian Vu, Tom Carter, The Rev. Patty Roberts, Eddie Brewer, Ellen Brandt, Eileen Motter, Vi Pratt, Beverly, Karen Price, Simone Taylor, Marge Lowden, Mark, Cathy, Sherri Cromer, Jenny Powers, Ann Pagel, Joe Tarentino, Tom Herron, Kim Michaux, Yvonne, Margaret Cowart, Jim Morrison, Jason, Jean Housley, Ron Brannock, Christie Cave, Anne, Daniel, Mike, Linda Smith, Chuck M., Robert Duncan, Trish, Pat Pepper, Beth Sandoval, Michele, Louise Bottoms, Judith Phillips, Barbara, Susan, Hillary, Jean, Ryan, Irene, Pat Drew, Peggy, Ray Cole, Robert Baldwin, Marilyn & Tom Bradbury, Jean Wintrow, Beatrice Ackenbom-Kelly, Tony Collings, David Markette, Kate May, Stephen Lee, Stephanie Shaw, Jada Ellis, Samantha Caldwell, Ingrid Carmines, Dianne Blackshear-Wood, Donna Baumstalk, Russ White, Sharon Parisi, Colleen Morich, Alan Wycoff, John Hurd, Heidi, Thomas & Oliver Setchel, John Mocik, Susan Ivey, Sally Copp, Joyce & Terry Vaughn, Ansley Arnette, Alan Sampson, Ruth Hale

BEFORE SURGERY: Barbara Cordery, 7/16/10; Ginney Linstrom, 7/16/10

( 7/11/10) Lee, Marlene & Rob Stuart; Richard, Sarah, James, Charlie, Katherine & Alice Tanner; Joe & Pat Tarentino; Mark, Shelly, Bronte & Ross Taylor; Harry, Jennifer, Lauren & Harry Tear
( 7/18/10) Clarke, Beth & Kaitlin Thomas; Matt, Cindy, Nathan & Bryce Thompson; Joan Thurston; Jeffrey, Tiffany & Elyse Tindall & Karen Tindall

BIRTHDAYS: (7/12) Nikolas McAlister; (7/13) Kathy Kareken, Oliver Long; (7/14) Diane Sanders (7/16) Jacob Morris; (7/17) Ron Cook, Carol Eskew, Sydney Shushan, Michael-Ryan Fendley; (7/18) Bob Pepper; (7/20) Riley Barrington, Lisa Spessard, Amber Shushan; (7/21) Kevin Sherry, Faye Jones, Abby Lewis, Sue Snape; (7/22) Tinka Ivey, Allison Blackshear, Connie Bergeron, Kyle Morich, Mitchell Waldron, Cary Henderson, Tracey Pitts, Andrew Craig; (7/23) Nelson Gale; (7/24) Greyson LaGardé, Samuel Hudson

ANNIVERSARIES: (7/11) Martin & Katja Michael; Matt & Catie Nelson; (7/12) Bill & Kathy Holman; (7/18) Tom & Marilyn Hunter; (7/19) Daniel & Amy Mikkelsen; (7/20) Ron & Arlyn Cook; (7/22) Jason & Taryn Nienaber


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

Hold These Future Dates:

  • July 25 —Acolyte Recognition; College Book Scholarships awarded
  • August 11 – Youth weekly WNL begins
  • August 15, 22 & 29 – Country Fair
  • September 12 – Ministry Fair; Start of fall worship schedule
  • October 1-3 – Men's Retreat

Two-Week Look Ahead

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

Monday, 7/12 Monday, 7/19

Susan’s day off
B.S. Troop 713


Susan’s day off
Kneeler Project
B.S. Troop 713

Tuesday, 7/13 Tuesday, 7/20


PA & F
Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Scrapbook Camp
Adult Ed.
Mothers & More
PL & F
Youth ministry

Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Wednesday, 7/14 Wednesday, 7/21


Bible Study
Scrapbook Camp


Bible Study
Youth Pool Party

Thursday, 7/15 Thursday, 7/22
1:00PM Scrap Book Camp    
Friday, 7/16 Friday, 7/23
Jim's day off
Scrap Book Camp
Jim's day off
Saturday, 7/17 Saturday, 7/24

Cats on Wheels
Baptismal Dinner



Sunday, 7/18 Sunday, 7/25


Coffee Time
Holy Eucharist
Newcomer Coffee
Holy Eucharist/Baptism


Acolyte Recognition
College Send Off

Coffee Time
Holy Eucharist
Summer Parish Meeting
Holy Eucharist
Acolyte Pool Party
Stephen Ministry


Youth WNL Pool Party on July 21

There will be a special Wednesday Night Live pool party for all youth, 6-8 pm at the Starrs’ residence, 3458 Turtle Cove Court, Marietta, GA 30067 (NOTE: this is a correction from the Parish Announcements email on July 6). The van will leave St. Cat’s at 5:45 for those carpooling from the church. Watch for announcements of more details.


Announcing: Personal Finance Program for Youth begins August 15

We are pleased to announce a High School Youth program at St. Catherine’s on personal finance. Dave Ramsey's fun and entertaining 8-week study, “Generation Change,” empowers youth with the skills to spend and live wisely. This program provides sound, biblical principles for winning with money.

Few teenagers are prepared for the realities of personal finance. Only 51% know how to write a check, and only 34% can balance a checkbook. The reality is that few students understand the principles of a healthy financial lifestyle. The result? The next generation spends money they don’t have to buy things they don’t need to impress people they don’t even like. It's time for a change.

The Solution? Generation Change is prepared to help them make a difference. Taught on video by personal money-management expert Dave Ramsey, Generation Change is a four-part Bible study that will teach the participants about money from a biblical perspective. Ramsey's down-to-earth, casual teaching style connects with teenagers. Having raised three teens himself, he understands the importance of communicating these financial principles to teens before they are out on their own. Students already have enough distractions once they enter college; money shouldn't be one.

Every day our youth are bombarded with a million different voices—everything from billboards to Internet ads—telling them who they are and measuring their worth by what they have. The pressure to be accepted in today’s “stuff-centered” world drives them to throw money away on things that don’t matter—all in an attempt to “be somebody.”

The 8-week program will be held Sunday evenings, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm, beginning August 15. The cost of the program will be $25.00 for each participant, and we will be limiting the class size to 16 participants. Colleen and Peter Morich will facilitate the program. Sign up at our Financial Peace table in the Narthex or contact Peter and Colleen Morich by email at or 770-424-9054, or Phil and Lisa Spessard at 770-565-8244.


YA Costa Rica Pilgrimage Report — June 11-20, 2010

You'll find more photos and the complete itinerary and reflections on the Youth page of our website at Costa Rica Pilgrimage 2010 .

Update: 12-June-10, San Jose

At this very moment we are in Costa Rica on our pilgrimage that many of us have been anticipating since we joined started J2A. In the past two days the experiences that we have encountered are more than any of us could of ever imagined. Being in this beautiful country is like being in a different world. The people, culture, and environment surrounding us right now is a changing experience. All of us go into our activities not knowing what to expect and come out amazed and filled with knowledge. There are some many unsuspected things that occur without being apart of our supposed schedule.

The food is very different here, but many of us have been more willing to try new things, usually with good results. ~Hannah

The purpose of this pilgrimage seemed to be to find God in our own way, which is easier said than done. I feel like I've been put on a scavenger hunt and someone failed to give me the list. But the book of Genesis keeps coming back to me and the phrase "and God said it was good." I am constantly searching for things that are perfect or good in their own way. I have not given up this quest. ~Nathan Tomchik

It's amazing how in a world governed by man-made devices, the most beautiful things of all are totally natural and made by God. ~Mitch Dumke

It's like nothing I have ever experienced before. Everything is raw, pure and untouched. ~Monica Kraeger

Costa Rica is a breath of fresh air. It’s nice being away from home and the every day problems that we don't face here. ~Rob Stuart

I'm going through a very interesting experience here. Costa Rica is a very positive place and I'm going to enjoy the break from my everyday problems at home. ~Connor Kimball

I didn't think I'd look forward to/enjoy as much as I do the language and the culture. Regionalities and Costa Rican language quirks are actually things I'm starting to look forward to, because I feel like I'm learning out loud. ~Nathan Tomchik

I learned very quickly that the conflicts I expected to occur didn't, and all of the issues that have arisen were unexpected. Call it cliché, but the most enlightening, interesting, memorable, and spiritual experiences have been unforeseen. Having been through Happening, I have faith that I will experience my "God moment", and I believe I will know when it "happens." I hope that my peers and leaders have clarity and serenity to be able to recognize their relationship with the Holy Spirit. The ability to deal with discomfort is obviously a necessity with my broken leg, but I find that this approach is most beneficial in relation to the unexpected aspects of our pilgrimage. ~Zach Pope

In the past two and a half days, I have found so many firsts, from the flight to finding myself in the middle of the beautiful rain forest. Personally, I love Costa Rica's landscape, culture and food. The country's land is all pure, untouched and breath taking. God's creations lie everywhere I look and I seem to find another adventure every where I look, no matter how tired I am and missing home, family and my dearest friends. <3 ~Kaitlin Thomas

Update: 13-June-10, Puerto Viejo, Limon

Rain in a rainforest? Clouds in a cloud forest? Coast line in Costa Rica? It's all new, broadening, and enriching. it was only a 4 hour plane ride, but the whole world changed…weather, culture, fauna, language, food, and experiences. Lovin' it. ~Tom Donoghue

Where did you see God today? I've seen God in the rainforest within the varieties of plant life and animal species. I've felt God's presence in the community of pilgrims. I know God is alive through the 1st time experiences that will last a lifetime. Pura Vida!! ~Scott Lummis

God is in everyone here, and God is being brought forth by where we are. The beauty of this place is showing us that God is in everyday things, challenges and joys. It has been a wild two and a half days, we can't believe that this much can be done in 72 hours.

Thanks to everyone at St. Catherine's for supporting our pilgrimage and our planning over the last two years! We hope that you will be able to understand what happens on a pilgrimage through what we have written. Next we will travel to La Fortuna and the area of the Arenal volcano. Our Internet service has been really spotty… join us for our Costa Rica Pot-Luck Sharing Dinner on Sunday, June 27!

Pura Vida! Muchas gracias!

Much love,
the YA class and leaders

Update: 16-June-10, La Fortuna

We spent two days in La Fortuna, the town near the Arenal Volcano. We visited the Tabacon Hot Springs, watched the volcano, and went horseback riding. Here were our highs:

Galloping through the fields was amazing, an appreciation of all of God's creation.

Watching lava spew from the volcano and run down the side.

The hot springs were naturally hot, not warmed by a heater, but by lava. The volcano was the earth's natural fireworks.

Horseback riding was amazing and we had a chance to see God's creation at the greatest, there was nothing holding us back.

The walk to the waterfall was a challenge, but it made renewing our baptismal vows more meaningful.

The horses were just raw power, nothing holding them back.

The volcano was just a powerful thing to look at and think about, it has the power to destroy stuff.

We arrived in Arenal after a quick drive from Limon. We were immediately greeted warmly by lava heated hot springs and nature's fireworks from the volcano. We then went on a horseback rig to the mighty and beautiful waterfall. We renewed our baptismal vows in the waters below the fall.

All of our activities here have been God moments for me. Seeing a volcano or a waterfall or sitting in a hot spring heated by the lava. It is amazing to see how nature works and all of God's creatures.

One of the many God moments I've had was at the beginning of the horseback riding session. As soon as I got on the horse I immediately identified that he knew my leg was injured by sniffing the exact location of the break and nothing else.

During the six hour drive from Limon to La Fortuna, we experienced what must have been a monsoon. After arriving, we visited the hot springs, which were indescribable, and the fuming volcano, which we can see from our hotel room window. The horseback riding was enjoyed by everybody. I really enjoyed the fresh water and the renewing of our baptismal vows.

There was a little girl walking down the pathway towards us saying "only 200 more steps guys, I have faith in you."

My God moment was when I swam towards a massive waterfall. The force of the fall was so powerful I couldn't even get to it. I sat on the rocks, defeated, at the base of the fall, and realized how truly small I was when I looked up.

There's a difference between drinking coffee at a cafe and next to a volcano.

Freedom in the art of horseback riding was especially amazing in a rainforest.

Hanging out in the hot springs was incredible!

The hot springs filled us with awe, God makes the best hot tubs. The Arenal volcano was amazing to watch spew lava into the night sky.

The trip up from the waterfall created a sense of caring and community.

Having fellowship in the dark while watching the volcano erupt, it was another tangible time of community in awe of God's creation.

Horseback riding was another tangible experience of God. It was so fulfilling to celebrate and connect with one of God's creatures. The waterfall trip allowed us to see complete godly love in the selfless way we all came together to support Zach and Keely and it was totally affirmed with the baptismal covenant.

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  • August 20 – print edition

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