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
August 9-22, 2010

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Clergy Letter
Cobb Summer Singers
Country Fair
Cookbook orders and Tasting Party
The Journey
Painting party
Financial Peace
Fall schedule
Join choir
Discovering God's Vision
MacMahan Musings
50th Anniversary
Cats on Wheels
Blood drive
Caregiver Support Group
Men's Retreat
School supplies
Ministry Focus: Outreach
Photos July 18 & 25
In the Community:
  The Coracle
  Communities in Schools
  Speaking about wellness
  Young adults NW Atlanta

Holy Baptism
Complete Calendar
  WNL begins
  Fall Retreat
  Personal Finance
  Rafting Report
  Recognizing Acolytes & Seniors

Wheel Schedule


8/11, 18, 25 – Youth WNL

8/15, 22, 29 – Country Fair

8/15 – Financial Peace begins;
Rector’s office painting;
Cookbook Party

8/18 – Youth Choir begins

8/21 – Cats On Wheels CNN Tour

8/24 – Blood Drive;
Elizabeth Inn laundry

8/28 – Elizabeth Inn dinner


By Amma Susan+

Roy and I are just back from two weeks of vacation with our family at Garden City Beach, South Carolina. The first week was filled with fun activities with my children and grandchildren: relaxing in the sun, riding the waves, building sand castles, catching blue crabs in Myrles Inlet, long walks on the beach finding interesting shells, visits to Huntington State Park and Brookgreen Gardens, and eating lots of good seafood. The second week was just Roy and me and some good “down time” and catching up on some entirely non-redeeming reading. It was good to have some time to re-create and relax.

Someone once said that a good vacation is over when you begin to yearn for your work. Vacations are good. They allow us to recharge our internal batteries. But after two weeks of doing whatever I want to do whenever I want to do it (or not), I am more than ready to return home to take up my responsibilities again. I am excited about and energized for the beginning of our fall church school offerings and new programs and looking forward to the many ways we will be celebrating together, over the coming year, St. Catherine’s 50th anniversary. As we begin this new church school year, I hope you too are refreshed from your summer vacation and ready for fall’s new beginnings.

Cobb Summer Singers concert at St. Catherine’s

Sunday, August 8, 6:00 pm

The Cobb Summer Singers, directed by Lynn Swanson, will present their season concert in our sanctuary on August 8. The centerpiece will be the profoundly beautiful "Solemn Vespers" by Mozart, performed in its entirety with chamber orchestra and soloists. Also on the program is “Ave Maria” settings by Rachmaninov and Biebl, and a selection of rousing spirituals. The concert is free and the community is invited, donations gratefully accepted.

Country Fair Sundays

August 15, 22, 29

Come to the Country Fair! Back by popular demand, St Catherine's Country Fair returns this summer for three Sundays in August. Each week between 9:30 and 10:15 am, the Country Fair will offer activities outside under our great oak tree focused on the story for the week. The theme for the 15th is “Joseph and the Coat of Many Colors,” for the 22nd is “Jonah and the Whale” and for the 29th is “Noah's Ark.” The activities will be fun for all ages and we look forward to seeing you at the Fair.

We'll need a few volunteers to help each week. For more information on the Country Fair, please contact Kristin Blackstock at or 770-971-2649.

Fiftieth Anniversary Cookbook

  • Only 2 Sundays left to order!

Order now through August 15 only – shop for yourself, and take care of your gift and Christmas list as well. We have over 500 recipes and this is a hard cover, 3 ring binder book that will lay flat for easy use. Cost is just $15 each!. Don’t be disappointed – get your order in by August 15th to ensure that you will get all the copies you want. Stop by the Cookbook Table after both services on Sundays through August 15 to order with your payment or call the church office at 770-971-2839. We are offering the book as close to cost as possible, any proceeds will go to the Pastoral Care Ministry Team and to kitchen equipment. Thanks for your support!

Right -- Linda Smith and Meg Boyd are ready to take your orders (photo by Jan Potter)

  • “A Taste of St. Catherine's”
    Sunday, August 15, 5:30 - 8:30 pm

This is your personal invitation to a preview party of appetizers and desserts that will be featured in our new cookbook. We will also have a table for your children. This will be a good time to reconnect with friends you have missed over the summer, sample specialties from our cookbook, and place your orders for the book. Don’t miss the exciting announcement of the winner of the title contest!

This will be your last chance to purchase a cookbook and you don’t want to miss out. All are welcome and no cost to attend, but we would like to have an approximate number of guests so please RSVP at the Cookbook Table or call the church office if you are planning to join us for this special evening.

  • Chefs wanted

The Tasting Party committee has selected some sample appetizers and desserts to be featured at the party and we need volunteers to help with the preparation. Sign-up sheets will be available at the Cookbook sale table. You may specify whether you wish to cook an appetizer or a dessert. We will provide the recipe and let you know how many servings you need to prepare. Your participation is essential to the success of this party. Let’s kick off our 50th anniversary with a party to remember. We know you will want to be part of this. Thanks!

Inquiry 501 a.k.a.“The Journey”

Preview forum Sunday, August 15, 9:15 am

St. Catherine’s Inquirers Class will be replaced this Fall by an exciting new program called The Journey. The Journey is a wonderful opportunity for people new or old to St. Catherine’s who are interested in receiving the sacraments of adult Baptism or Confirmation, being received into the Episcopal Church from another denomination, or simply wanting to deepen their journey of faith. There will be a special forum offered on Sunday, August 15th, at 9:15 AM in the Board Room, where you can learn more about The Journey. The last day to register for the program will be September 12 at the Ministry Fair.

The Journey will meet on Sundays, from 1-3 PM in the Parish Hall, beginning September 26. Participants will learn about St. Catherine’s, the Episcopal Church, The Bible, the Book of Common Prayer, gain tools for their faith journey, discern their gifts for ministry and where they may be called to serve, all while enjoying fellowship, small group interaction and worship together.

If you are new to St. Catherine’s, to the Episcopal Church, or to Christianity, or if you want a refresher on the hows and whys of practicing your faith, plan to join us on Sunday afternoons. Childcare will be provided if needed. Contact Susan Johnson+ for more information.

Painting party Sunday, August 15

Help us spruce up the Rector's office while he's away! Immediately following 10:30 worship we will be painting Father Jim's office. Please bring a roller and/or brush and your painting clothes. Lunch will be provided. RSVP on the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin, or call the office or contact Maureen Donoghue,

Free books!

In preparation for the reorganization of his office, Father Jim has selected a number of his books he will not have space for and offers them now to anyone who wants to give them a new home. Drop by the table in the library to browse (books available are clearly marked) and take home several.

Financial Peace University begins Aug. 15

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 are being held each Sunday through August 15 at 9:30 a.m. FPU is the most important step to changing your financial future. 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!

All St. Catherine's couples and singles are invited to 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.

New at St. Cat’s —Dave Ramsey course for high school Youth begins August 15, just $25! (see Youth News section below)

Fall Worship Schedule and Programs

  • September 8 — Wednesday Night Live begins for all ages (Youth WNL begins August 11)
  • Sunday, September 12
    — Service times move to fall schedule: Worship at 7:30, 8:45, 11:15 am
    — Ministry Fair at 10-11 am - The Ministry Fair will fill the Parish Hall for the blessing of the ministries. Join us to learn about all the many, many ministries of St. Catherine's, including the Church School and other Christian education offerings this fall.
  • Sunday, September 19 — Church School begins for all ages at 10 AM

Join Choir: You are invited!

  • Youth Choir begins August 18

We welcome all young people—grades 2nd to 10th, boys with unchanged voices and all girls—who love to sing and wish to be part of the choir. First graders are invited to our Training Choir. Our first meeting will be on Wednesday, August 18. We will have a potluck supper beginning at 6:15 p.m. in the Parish Hall, followed by robe fitting and singing. Our regular Wednesday rehearsals will begin on August 25. Youth Choir rehearses 6:30-7:30 pm; Training Choir at 6:15-7:00 pm. We will sing most Sundays through the school year at the 8:45 am service (Training Choir singers will join the Youth Choir for anthems, but will not robe and process in the fall). No training or experience is required, just enthusiasm! Any questions? Please email Martha Bowden:

  • Adult Choir begins September 1

You’ve been thinking about it and now’s the time to become a part of St. Catherine’s Adult Choir. Adults, and all youth past the age for Youth Choir, please join us! Our first rehearsal will be Wednesday, September 1. We regularly rehearse from Labor Day to Memorial Day on Wednesday evenings, 7:30 - 8:45 p.m. and meet at 10:30 a.m. on Sundays to prepare to lead in the 11:15 a.m. services. Our fall program will include classic and contemporary choral literature each Sunday, plus preparation of our special music for Advent Lessons and Carols (December 5) and Christmas Eve. You are guaranteed at each rehearsal to learn something, laugh heartily and experience God’s presence through beautiful music. Sight-reading ability, while helpful, is not required. Please contact director Brian Williams at or 678.461.9656, or speak to any choir member if you have questions.

WNL Adult program: "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) beginning September 8 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.

EfM begins September 9

Every baptized person is called to ministry. Education for Ministry (EfM) is a program of the University of the South which provides people with the education to discover how to respond to the call to Christian service. It’s a home where you can talk about the hard things and you can share the joys and laughter of others on the same journey.

A new class begins at St. Catherine’s on September 9. We meet on Thursday evenings, 6:30 to 9 every week through the school year. The complete program spans four years. A fee is involved, partial scholarships are available for those in need. Won’t you join us? We would love to have you. For more information, sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin or contact Jan Potter, 404-444-8627, or Chris Potter, 404-376-7430 or

Musings from MacMahan

Father Jim is sending us updates throughout his summer chaplaincy during the month of August at St. Cuthbert's, MacMahon Island , Maine , which are being posted in blog form on our website. Here is his entry for August 4:

"I arrived on MacMahan Island safely and without incident. An unscientific survey suggests both more personal vehicles and long haul trucks on the road this year than last. If either give any indication of the health of the economy then this year’s economy is stronger than last year’s. The traffic, especially in the northeast corridor, was relentless and demanded extreme alertness during the trip. It was a relief to be in Bath, Maine on Friday afternoon anticipating arrival at the island on Saturday morning..."

... Read the rest now on our website at

Fiftieth Anniversary Year of Celebration begins this fall

Number of weeks
until the start of our 50th Anniversary Year of Celebration

Did You Know about the history of St. Catherine's...

Our Communion bread is from a recipe from the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers. It was served at the Atlanta Diocese Annual Council in Dalton one year. Our Rector at that time, Father Mike Milligan, brought back some samples and made the first loaves at St. Catherine’s. It has been our communion bread of choice since then, baked by the Altar Guild.

contributed by Eileen Motter


Do you have a story or fact about the history of our parish? Send it to Wheel editor Karen Manno,

Cats On Wheels CNN Studio Tour

Saturday, August 21

By Alan Certain

For our August excursion, your Cats on Wheels planning team has 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.

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!). Assure your spot for this trip 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.

Next Blood Drive – Tuesday, August 24

3:00-8:00 PM in the Parish Hall

Give the gift of life at our next Red Cross blood drive! Making an appointment is easy – just go to and enter Sponsor Code HOLTRC then follow the links to log in to your profile and select from the available times. If you prefer to schedule by phone you may call 1-800-GIVE- LIFE.

Volunteers are needed to help greet donors and help with set up and take down, contact Jennifer Massey, or 404.375.8327.

“Caring for the Caregiver” Support Group in September

If you are caring for an aging or seriously ill parent or spouse, “Caring for the Caregiver” is for you. The support group will utilize the book Passages in Caregiving by Gail Sheely. The book describes the journey of caregiving from a personal point of view. The group will meet Mondays, September, 13, 20, 27 from 6:30 until 8 PM in the Parlor. For more information, contact Gail McGill at 770-971-8890.

Men's Retreat — reservations now open

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

Join us October 1-3 for the 2010 Men's Retreat. Montara Farm,, a private retreat facility in the foothills of the north Georgia mountains will be exclusively ours. In addition to great food, facilities and program, you may go horseback riding or have a private massage for an additional charge. Only 40 slots are available so sign up as soon as possible, a $100 deposit reserves your spot. Final cost is expected to be around $300. Check the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin or contact Rod Pope, or 404.917.3610

School supplies needed

With the start of school there is desperate need for school supplies for children services by MUST and those in the Wheeler High School Cluster. Donations will be accepted throughout August. Please place items in the drop off box in the Outreach Corner at church. For questions contact Elizabeth Blackstock with Troop 2211 at 770-971-2649 or Outreach Convener Nadine Pope at 770-973-9057. These items in particular are needed:

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.

August Ministry Focus: Outreach

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

Seen around St. Cat's

Photos by Jan Potter and Connie Bergeron

Above, July 18 --
Peyton baptized as Christ's own forever!
Above -- Jubilate Choir leads the music on July 25
Above -- At the Summer Parish Meeting on July 25,
some news presented by Elizabeth Lopez, Tom Hunter, Keith Dumke and Stephanie Yucius



The Coracle

"The Coracle" offerings at St. Catherine’s for fall -- Contact Deacon Kathy Holman,, 770-973-6362, or sign up on the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin:

  • “Parenting: A Sacred Path” begins August 25 — Fosters awareness of one’s personal spiritual path in the context of parenting, open to parents of all ages. Wednesdays Aug. 25 - Oct. 20, 10 am - noon. Program fee $80.00 includes book. Facilitated by Kathy Holman and Karen Maxwell.
  • “Bridges to Contemplative Living” begins September 12 — Intended toward guiding the participants into a deeper awareness of God in ordinary living. "Understanding Christian Spirituality" is a pre-requisite. Sundays, Sept. 12 - Oct. 31, 7 - 9 pm. Program fee $175.00, includes booklets. Facilitated by Kathy Holman and Keith Dumke.
  • “Understanding Christian Spirituality” begins October 9 — An overview of Christian Spirituality introduces participants to Christian spiritual thought through study, lectures, group discussion and reflection. An 8-month program, second Saturdays from October through May, 9 am to 2 pm. Program fee $175.00 plus cost of books. Facilitated by Kathy Holman.


Communities In Schools

  • Dine out and support kids on Thursday, August 19

Join Communities In Schools of Marietta/Cobb in the Fifth Annual Dine Out For Kids. Communities in Schools is the nation’s largest dropout prevention organization. Proceeds will help provide more after-school, youth leadership, and literacy programs. It will help strengthen Cobb County Performance Learning Centers -- small high schools geared toward students who are not succeeding in the traditional school setting. has restaurant listings in your area. Restaurants will be added until Wednesday, August 18, so check back often.

  • Be a literacy tutor

Are you looking for something to “take on” now that the kids are back in school? Why not volunteer for one hour a week to help a child improve their reading skills. There is flexible scheduling and training provided. What a wonderful way to allow God’s love to shine through you. For more information, please contact Carol Fey at 678-503-0901. These opportunities are offered through The Georgia Literacy Connection, a program of Communities in Schools of Marietta/Cobb County, Inc.


“Speaking about Wellness for Women” program from WellStar

Dr. Paula Greaves from WellStar Northwest Women's Care will present the program "Pillow Talk: Intimacy & Communication." This program will be held twice – Tuesday, August 24 at Kennesaw State University Center for Continuing Education ( 3333 Busbee Drive , Kennesaw , GA 30144 ) and Thursday, August 26 at Douglasville Downtown Conference Center . Cost of $10 per program includes light dinner & dessert, educational materials, and free gift. To register, please call 770-956- STAR (7827).


Young Adults of NW Atlanta

Attention all YOUNG ADULTS!! Interested in getting to know other Episcopalians your age around the NW Atlanta area? Come spend an evening with other young adults (18-35, married & single) Wednesday, August 25 at 8:00 p.m. at Hemmingway’s (please note our new location) on the Marietta Square, 29 West Park Square, Marietta, GA 30060. We’d love to get to know you! Contact Sean Holder at 678-230-9214 or if you have any questions.


Rod and Nadine Pope invite our St. Catherine's family to join us for Zach Pope's Eagle Scout Court of Honor on Sunday, August 8 at 1:00 PM in the sanctuary. A reception will follow in the Youth House.

Dear St. Catherine's,

Thank you for the scholarship book money. I appreciate it and everything else you have given me. I will go on in life knowing there's a special place I can come back to.

Riley Barrington

June 1, 2010
Dear Friends in Christ,

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

I am deeply grateful for your recent contribution to the Bishops’ Discretionary Fund of the Diocese of Atlanta. Bishop Whitmore and I use the proceeds of this fund to support our clergy and clergy families when particular needs arise, to minister to those who are less fortunate in a variety of ways, and to support a variety of unbudgeted ministry opportunities that arise from time to time. Your faithfulness and generosity contributes greatly to my ability to serve God’s people more broadly in this way. I thank you for your partnership in the work of the Gospel of Jesus.

Faithfully, in Christ,
The Right Reverend J. Neil Alexander, Bishop of Atlanta

June 2, 2010
Dear [St. Catherine’s]

Thank you for your generous and important gift to AFEDJ [Good Friday offering]. Your gift in the amount of $762.58 for the Saviour’s School/Zarka Fund provides sorely needed support and offers hope as well as concrete assistance during these challenging times.

The Rt. Rev. Suheil Dawani, Bishop in Jerusalem, has emphasized that Christian schools, hospitals and institutes for the disabled play a crucial role in spreading a message of reconciliation, mutual respect and moderation throughout the multi-faith communities of the Middle East. We work closely with Bishop Dawani and his staff to identify institutions in need of assistance and to insure that contributions are received and put to work.

You belong to a community of donors and friends who feel passionately about changing lives in a land of turmoil. Your donations make a very real difference in the lives of thousands of men, women and children. On their behalf, I thank you.

In gratitude,
Phoebe W. Griswold, President, American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem

June 2010
Dear Friends,

This has been a remarkable year for Emmaus House. All our programs have grown exponentially. From people seeking food, heat and rent assistance to Summer Day Campers to Saturday Arts participants to Senior Strollers, we’ve been bursting at the seams. Surely the recession is a factor. Other neighborhood offerings have closed down or severely cut back their programs and many households are experiencing severe cuts in what was already very limited income.

Our wonderful staff and volunteers have encompassed these greater numbers and met these needs with grace, compassion and creativity, despite a considerably smaller budget. We deeply appreciate your gift of $437. Your expression of confidence in our work is encouraging beyond measure. Thank you.

With every good wish for the year, I remain

Yours faithfully,
The Rev. E. Claiborne Jones, Director and Vicar, Emmaus House

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, Eileen Motter, Vi Pratt, Joe Tarentino, Kim Michaux, Linda Smith, Trish, Judith Phillips, Barbara, Susan, Hillary, Jean, Ryan, Irene, Peggy, Ray Cole, Marilyn & Tom Bradbury, Jean Wintrow, Beatrice Ackenbom-Kelly, Stephanie Shaw, Ingrid Carmines, Russ White, Sharon Parisi, Sally Kopp, Joyce & Terry Vaughn, Alan Sampson, Ansley Arnette, Steve Tuemmler, Joyce Bramlett, Randall Hayes, Dallas Jones, Terry, Mike & Leah Gailliot, Alexandra Pepper, Marion Cook, Sean, Sally Acker, Bernie, Lloyd Byars, Laura Hartman, Bill Ivey, Pat Raymond, Megan Shannonhouse, Miriam, Mandi, George T. Smith, Joan, Erika Linstrom, Jarrett & his parents Jill & John, Thelma Anderson, Caroline Leigh & Brady Rose Wilson and their parents, Ben & Kate Wilson, Madison Cox, Lamar Floyd, Frank Rios

BEFORE SURGERY: Fran Coraggio 8/9/2010; Barbara Cordery, 8/16/2010; Susan Jenkins, 8/18/2010

PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER: (8/8) Steve, Rosemary, Tyler, Nick & Missy Wolfe; Dianne Blackshear-Wood; Bill & Rujeania Woods; David, Missy, Sheperd & Penn Worden; David, Stephanie, Riley & Danielle Yucius; (8/15) Chuck, Michelle, Charlie & Maddie Zimmerman; Paul, Ginny, Kevin, Corey & Kerry Acocella; Frank, Ellen, Alison & Grace Adams; George & Norma Alexander; Rachel & Vincent Bagby

BIRTHDAYS: (8/9) Carolyn Hilley, Beth Sandoval; (8/10) Alison Adams, Robbie Roy; (8/11) Julie Brannock, Quinn Phillpotts, David Daniel, Connor Kimball, Todd Hudson; (8/12) Laurie Remter, John Barrington; (8/13) Abby Smith, Joan Nixon, Kerry Acocella, Barbara Garner; (8/14) Art Bayless, Rick Buckalew, Paige Frank, Mikel Parker, John Behunin-Kirby; (8/15) Keith Muckerman, Owen Snape, Jill Morich; (8/17) Tyler Parker; (8/18) Cary Phillips, Zach Hurley, Caroline Greene, Adam Stone; (8/19) Lucille Heil, Monica Rader, Sean Olliffe, Kathleen Hamilton; (8/20) Dylan Degan, Robert Mosier, Ross Emerson; (8/21) Jim Kareken, Jack Kilkenny, Michelle Parisi

ANNIVERSARIES: (8/8) Rod & Nadine Pope, Beverly & Jimmy Denney, Chase & Lindsey Paris; (8/10) Scott & Crystal Harwell; (8/11) Roger & Eileen Motter; (8/14) David & Nathalie Frank; (8/18) Eric & Deana DeLaBarre

DEATHS: Greg Madison, Dianne Blackshear-Wood’s cousin; Adelena Lopez, Fred Lopez's grandmother


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:

  • October 2 – Blessing of the Animals
  • November 6-7 – Rally Day/Start of St. Catherine’s 50th Anniversary Year of Celebration
  • November 7 – Fall Memorial Service

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, 8/9 Monday, 8/16

Susan’s day off
Girl Scout Leader’s Meeting
B.S. Troop 713
Troop 713 Eagle Court


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

Tuesday, 8/10 Tuesday, 8/17


Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Mothers & More
PL & F
Youth Ministry
Big Events Group

Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
G.S. Organizing
Vestry Meeting
Wednesday, 8/11 Wednesday, 8/18


Youth WNL


Preschool workday
Youth WNL
Youth Choir

Thursday, 8/12 Thursday, 8/19
5:00PM Finance 9:30AM Preschool workday
Friday, 8/13 Friday, 8/20
Jim's day off
Jim's day off
Preschool Open House
Saturday, 8/14 Saturday, 8/21

G. S. Leaders CPR


Cats on Wheels CNN Tour
Theater Group

Sunday, 8/15 Sunday, 8/22


Coffee Time
Holy Eucharist
FPU Preview
The Journey Forum
Country Fair
Praying for Pars
Holy Eucharist
A Taste of St. Catherine’s
FPU (Youth)


Coffee Time
Holy Eucharist
Country Fair
Holy Eucharist
Stephen Ministry
FPU (Youth)


Youth WNL begins August 11

Wednesday Night Live is every week beginning August 11 for all youth, grades 7 through 12. Join us for Pizza from 5:45 to 6:30 pm ($3.00 per person) and Program from 6:30 to 7:30. We look forward to seeing you there! Questions: Call Keith Dumke, 770.361.8688.


Fall Retreat October 22-24

The fall youth retreat will be held at Earthshine, a retreat center in Lake Toxaway, North Carolina ( The approximate cost will be $175 per person. Please watch for further details in the next few weeks.


Personal Finance Program for Youth begins August 15

We are pleased to announce a High School Youth program on personal finance. Dave Ramsey's fun and entertaining 8-week study, “Generation Change,” empowers youth with the skills to spend and live wisely. Taught on video by personal money management expert Dave Ramsey, Generation Change will teach the participants about money from a biblical perspective. Ramsey's down-to-earth, casual teaching style connects with teenagers.

The program will be held Sunday evenings from 6:30 to 8:00 pm beginning August 15. The cost of the program is $25 for each participant, and the class is limited to 16. Colleen and Peter Morich will facilitate the program. Sign up at our Financial Peace table in the foyer or contact Peter and Colleen at or 770- 424-9054, or Phil and Lisa Spessard at 770-565-8244.


Rafting Report

By Mentor Coordinator Hale Sanders

The youth mentor group along with some friends rafted the Nantahala River on Saturday, July 31. We’ve done this river four or five times over the years but never had an experience quite like this one. This is normally a great trip for cooling off from the hot summer. Our trip started out smoothly for the first two miles and we lunched at the Faraday Park. After that, the bottom dropped out and a fog set in, so that we could barely see ahead where the rapids were. It rained steadily for about an hour but we still had a good time, plus I got to swim in the ice-cold river. We were all pretty cold by the time we got out, and just glad to dry off.

Surprisingly, some of the youth said it was the best trip yet because it was such an adventure, maybe because we got to experience weather in its fullest form. I for one would be happy to have a nice sunny day for the raft trip next year. Adult mentors on the trip were Keith Dumke, Rod Pope, Ben Frost, Bill and Barbara Selby, Allen and Susan Jablonski, and myself.


Recognizing our acolytes and seniors on July 25

Thank you to all our acolytes Congratulating our senior acolytes
Ready to lead in the procession Awarding the college book scholarships
to our departing freshmen


Wheel Schedule:

Next publications:

  • August 20– print edition
  • September 3 – online edition
  • September 17 – 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 by email 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. 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 2 days before the publication date. Please submit articles to the editor via email (below) or to Editor Karen Manno's mailbox at church.

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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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