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
November 8 - 21, 2010

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Clergy Letter
Why Pledge
Online pledge
A Christmas Carol
Cat's Meow
Cookbook pickup
Op. Christmas Child
YF @ Fernbank
Order Christmas trees
Preschool Auction
Men's Retreat pics
Newcomer coffee
Career Ministry
Cats On Wheels
Animal Blessing pics
Vestry highlights
Communion wine
Advent begins
Low Country Boil pics
Marriage Journey
Vestry elections
Cat's Tales
Parish Retreat
Diocesan Council
Turkey Pilgrimage
Mininstry Focus: Pastoral Care
In the Community:
  YA of Atlanta
  Faith Craft Shoppe
  Gobble Jog
  Carols by Candlelight
  ASO Holiday Pops
  Georgia Boy Choir


Holy Baptism
Complete Calendar
  Elizabeth Inn
  Secret Santa
  Raider Miss
  Youth Retreat

Wheel Schedule


11/10, 17 – WNL

11/10-17 – Preschool Auction

11/12 – YF @ Martinis & Imax

11/12-14 – Atlanta Diocesan Council @ Cathedral

11/14 – Stewardship Ingathering; Cookbook pickup; Operation Christmas Child ingathering; Newcomer Coffee

11/18 – Career Ministry

11/19-21 – Happening @ Camp Mikell

11/20 – Cats On Wheels @ Pappasito’s

11/21 – Christmas Carol Reading; Christmas tree orders due

11/23 –Thanksgiving Service; Elizabeth Inn laundry

11/24-26 – Office closed

11/25 – Thanksgiving Day; Gobble Jog

11/28 – Advent I; Wreath making; Elizabeth Inn dinner


Sponsors for The Journey

By Amma Susan

We are coming to the close of the first stage of The Journey, St. Catherine’s new membership process for inquirers. It has been a rich time of sharing our faith stories and hearing the stories of the church. We have shared Bible study, fellowship, laughter and tears….we have begun to form community. There are 12 wonderful adults who are participating in The Journey. Three of these adults are seeking baptism, one to be confirmed, one to renew her baptismal vows and seven wish to be received into the Episcopal Church from other denominations.

Soon these Journeyers will be making the decision whether or not to go on to the next three stages of The Journey. Those who choose to continue will have a member of St. Catherine’s join them as their sponsor. Their sponsor will be a spiritual friend who will attend sessions of The Journey with them, pray for them each day, show them the ropes, share their faith, introduce them to others and generally help them feel at home at St. Catherine’s. The relationship is like the one we sing of in "The Servant Song" (see below). All a sponsor needs to have is a love of God, an open and welcoming heart and a willingness to commit their time to share the faith journey with one of these wonderful new people in our midst who is seeking a closer walk with Christ in their life.

In the next couple of weeks we will be inviting people of St. Catherine’s to serve as sponsors for those who continue in The Journey. Each sponsor invited will be a carefully chosen match for their particular Journey member. If you are invited to serve, please give it prayerful consideration and then open your heart and say “yes” to walk in The Journey with this new person seeking a deeper relationship with Christ.

The Servant Song        Renew, 148

Brother , let me be your servant, let me be as Christ to you.
Pray that I might have the grace to let you be my servant, too.
We are pilgrims on a journey, we are brothers on the road,
We are here to help each other walk the mile and bear the load.
I will hold the Christ-light for you, in the nighttime of your fear,
I will hold my hand out to you, speak the peace you long to hear.
I will weep when you are weeping, when you laugh I’ll laugh with you.
I will share your joy and sorrow till we’ve seen this journey through.
When we sing to God in heaven, we shall find such harmony,
Born of all we’ve known together of Christ’s love and agony.
Sister, let me be your servant, let me be as Christ to you.
Pray that I might have the grace to let you be my servant, too.

Stewardship: Why Pledge?

By Father Jim

As we near the finish of our 2011 Stewardship Program and the Ingathering on Sunday, November 14, you may be wondering… What is this big deal about pledging? So why should I pledge?

So why? Put simply – without your pledges we have no budget.

Your pledge allows our Vestry, the church’s governing board, to do for our parish community what you do for your household: develop a budget for the use of the resources you commit in support of the mission and ministry to which God has called us. The Vestry sets a budget based on the total amount pledged to the church. While regular giving that is not pledged is important to the parish, your pledge lets the Vestry plan more accurately for the ministry we can accomplish. In 2010 your pledges made up 94% of our income.

So why? Pledging is a spiritual discipline representing your relationship with God.

Spiritually, because stewardship concerns our relationship with God; it helps us understand that those things we call possessions are really ours in trust; it allows us the chance to let go of some of our earthly possessions and experience the joy that comes from sharing what we have been given and offering it back to God.

So why? Your pledge is your commitment to our vision and the ministries that support it.

By making a pledge to St. Catherine’s we are affirming our Financial Stewardship in support of the continuation of our ministries and the realization of our mission “to welcome, accept, nurture and serve all people” in Christ’s name. Last year 58% of us made a pledge to support the ministry that 100% of us share.

So why? Your pledge helps you establish a firm and manageable household financial plan.

Your pledge allows you to make intentional decisions about your financial giving. When you plan ahead for your giving, you make conscious choices about spending your money in ways that reflect your faith and values.

So why? Your pledge represents a commitment to “just do it.”

The amount of your first pledge is not nearly as important as your decision to make the commitment to God and to Christ’s ministry. Getting on the journey of pledging is a decision each one of us has faced or will face as part of our spirituality and membership in a faith community. For those who have made the decision we hear often of the profound sense of joy and abundance in taking the step.


Lay Stewardship Talks

If you missed these inspiring Lay Stewardship Talks in October, see the texts on our website now:

Bill Krupp's Stewardship Talk - October 17, 2010
Karen Maxwell 's Stewardship Talk - October 31, 2010


Stewardship Ingathering – Sunday, November 14

Pledge cards have been sent to all parish families, or you may download a copy on our website at Stewardship Plege card.pdf. Please fill it out and place it in the pledge collection box at all services on November 14, or send it to the church office.

Did You Know?

Did you know you can pay your pledge to St. Catherine’s throughout the year by simply setting us up as a company in your online bill pay system? For many of us this helps us manage our regular household cash flow while at the same time maintaining our pledge as current with the church. Most systems allow you to set the payment up as reoccurring over the period of your yearly pledge. Many folks at St. Catherine’s already do this and you can join them.

“A Christmas Carol” at St. Cat’s

Sunday, November 21, 3-4pm

Don’t miss this delightful seasonal treat! During his lifetime, Charles Dickens presented readings of “A Christmas Carol” before audiences hundreds of times. Now, Roy Lantz, an internationally sought-after keynote speaker, seminar leader and author, using Dickens’ own annotated text, will present a performance reading of “A Christmas Carol” here at St. Catherine’s on Sunday, November 21 from 3 to 4 p.m. We’re also hoping for an appearance by the St. Cat’s Carolers.

This fun event is FREE and is for your whole family and all your friends (sponsored for you by Cats on Wheels). For information about this presentation visit

The Cat’s Meow® Anniversary Memento orders due Sunday, November 7

To commemorate our 50th Anniversary, the Parish Life and Fellowship Ministry is offering a beautiful detailed replica by The Cat’s Meow® of our church.The Cat’s Meow® produces a well-known series of collectible, hand-crafted wooden buildings and acceesories. It will be available by pre-order ONLY, for $20, on Oct. 24, 31 and Nov. 7. A sample is available for view. Your order will be received before Christmas and would make a great gift!

Cookbook pickup — Sundays, November 7 and 14

Get ready to cook! The St. Catherine's anniversary cookbooks will be distributed Sundays, November 7 and 14 after the 8:45 and 11:15 services. If you purchased multiple copies please bring something to carry them (box, tote bag, etc.). A limited number of extra books will be available for purchase at $15. For questions please contact Amy Morris,

Operation Christmas Child

Ingathering: November 7 through 14

Time to bring in your shoe box! You and your family can share love and hope with a needy child in countries around the world. Operation Christmas Child is an easy project that children and adults alike enjoy participating in by filling a shoe box with small gifts and toiletries. Bring your filled box to church any time during the week of November 7-14. For complete details of what to pack (and what not to pack), pick up an Operation Christmas Child brochure in the foyer or visit This activity is sponsored by St. Cat’s Young Families group, and everyone is invited to participate.

Young Families Adults’ Evening at Fernbank

Friday, November 12

Join the Young Families group for an adults-only outing to "Martinis and IMAX" at Fernbank Museum of Natural History. We will gather in the Café at 7:00pm for music, drinks and a casual dinner followed by the IMAX film, "Mystery of the Nile" at 9pm. Tickets are $12 ($7 for museum members), food and drinks available for purchase in the Café. Tickets can be purchased at or call 404.929.6400.The museum is located at 767 Clifton Rd. Atlanta, GA 30307.

Please contact Suzanne McGhee or Molly Banko to let us know you're coming so we can save some table space, if you have questions, or to be added to the Young Families group mailing list.

Christmas trees & greens

Orders due by November 21

It's time to order your Christmas trees, wreaths and garland, all to benefit the Youth Program! Our items come direct from the farm in North Carolina and we get comments every year on how nice and fresh they are. Place your order at the table in the foyer on Sundays, or download and print the order form at and return it to church with your check payment.

Your items will be ready for pick up at church on Saturday, December 4 ( 10 am to 2 pm) or Sunday, December 5 ( 1 to 2 pm). For questions please contact Mike Peterson, 770-971-2839 or Thanks for your support!

Preschool Silent Auction

November 10 though November 17

The annual Preschool Silent Auction will be open during preschool hours ( 9:30 am to 1 pm) starting Wednesday, November 10. It concludes at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 17. Proceeds will go to enhance our facility and update our curriculum. Last year church members helped make our auction an huge succes, and we greatly appreciate your support! Please contact Karolyn Olliffe at or Beth Thomas at or 770-971-2839 for questions or to donate items..

On the Men's Retreat

A wonderful time was had by everyone on the Men's Retreat, October 1-3 at Montara Farm.

Photos by Jim Nixon

Conversation on the porch Watching our theme movie,
The Ultimate Gift
Walking the new labyrinth Everyone gathers in the dining room --
what's for lunch?

Welcoming/Newcomer Coffee — November 14, 10 am

All newcomers and visitors at St. Catherine's are cordially invited to a "get acquainted" coffee in the Parish Hall during the Church School hour with coffee, goodies and conversation about our programs, services and ministries. This is a social as well as informative gathering. Clergy and lay leaders will be present to answer any questions you may have.


New Faces at St. Catherine’s

By Sally Powers

Several new friends have been visiting with us this fall. Please look for our guests and let them know how glad we are they’re here visiting frequently with us. Let’s show them a real St. Catherine’s welcome.

Rachel, Matt, Sebastjan, and Zoey Hutton: The Huttons are returning after a few years away from St. Cat’s and are glad to be home at least for a few years. Sebastjan is attending elementary school and loving it. He is also working on his green belt in karate/tae kwon do He loves singing, playing guitar and drums and reading to his sister, Zoey. Matt has one hobby and that is guitar. He plays a lot of classical acoustic. Rachel loves to sing and hopes to get back into helping out with the nursery. The Huttons are all very excited to be back with church and family.

Beatriz Montalvo, Peter Jones, Sofia and Natalie Gratas, Sofia and Daniella Jones: Beatriz, Sofia, and Natalie Gratas moved to Marietta this summer. They are new to the Episcopal Church, having come from a Congregational church. The family enjoys all outdoor activities and music. Peter is an avid guitarist. The girls want to know more about the confirmation process and Beatriz and Peter want to know more about Foyers.

Mary Bess Dubose: Mary Bess graduated from Centre College in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and majored in English. After graduation, she spent a year working in retail and then moved to New Orleans where she worked for a year rebuilding houses damaged by Hurricane Katrina. Currently, she lives in Marietta and works with the St. Catherine's Preschool in the one year old classroom. She has also spent some time working with the youth group at St. Catherine's. Mary Bess usually attends the 8:45 church service.

Career Ministry

Next Meeting Thursday, November 18

By Jennifer Massey

If you are on a career journey and could benefit from educational programs as well as emotional and spiritual support, and valuable resources, see what St. Catherine’s has to offer through Career Ministry. We sponsor informational, emotional, and spiritual sessions November through May. All sessions are held in the Parish Hall, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM on the third Thursday of the month. Each session includes a guest speaker. These sessions are open to all St. Catherine’s adult parishioners and to everyone in the community so please pass the word! And be sure to check the valuable resources and information on our Career Ministry page. For more information contact us at:

  • WHAT YOU MISSED if you were unable to attend on THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21 -- Tom Lowry, "How to Handle Finances – Especially Through a Crisis (Unemployment / Long Term / Retirement Transition)" – Tom Lowry, RFC, is President and Founding Principal of Georgia Financial Group, LLC, a registered investment advisor and Georgia Wealth Management, Inc. Mr. Lowry has been assisting those in or nearing retirement to achieve their financial objectives since 1989.
    Speaker: Jim Villwock, Founder of Job Doctors, LLC And Author of “Whacked Again!” and “Trusted Relationships”
    Jim’s approach, experience, and work with executives and professionals in transition sets him apart from traditional career or executive coaches and speakers. Jim Villwock thrives on innovation and results. You might call him an "intrapreneur," an entrepreneur, and a "jobpreneur." He is also the author of the books Whacked Again! which is a roadmap on how to get a job and Trusted Relationships which shows how relationships are the secret to lifelong success.
    Jim has created and implemented paradigm shifts within finance, sales channels, and supply management in Fortune 500 global organizations and founded four start-up companies. Now, Jim has applied his skills to develop a job roadmap that is endorsed by global organizations and senior executives.
    Jim is passionate about helping and teaching others. He is a member of Kettering Career Network (over 800 C-Level executives) and is on the board of the Atlanta chapter of the Financial Executive Networking Group (over 36,000 financial executives worldwide). His new company, Job Doctors International LLC, is giving Jim global reach to help professionals and executives worldwide. /

Cats on Wheels lunch — Saturday, Nov. 20

Time to get together with friends for a little before-Thanksgiving luncheon – join us for our next bimonthly Dutch-treat lunch at 11:30 am on Saturday, Nov. 20. This time, we'll meet at Pappasito’s (Mexican) Cantina at 2788 Windy Hill Road just east of I-75 (in the same parking lot with Pappadeaux) Reservations are not needed, but please RSVP so we can save table space for you. Contact Alan Certain,, 404-661-2200. Cats On Wheels is our fellowship group for active senior adults.

Blessing of the Animals

Blessing of the Animals on Saturday, October 2

Photos by Jan Potter -- see lots more at

Vestry Highlights

By Sally Powers

At the regular Vestry meeting on Tuesday, October 19, your Vestry:

  • Welcomed our postulants, Nadine Pope and Juan Sandoval, who are preparing to move to the next step in their process of being ordained as Deacons. We unanimously approved their request to become candidates and thanked them for sharing their journeys with us. After being candidates for six months, they look forward to being ordained.
  • Learned that December 12 is the date of Vestry elections. Bill Selby, Dani Dickson, Bruce Perry, and Jennifer Massey will serve as a nominating committee.
  • Voted to accept the audit report for 2006, 2007, 2008. The report from 2009 will be completed by the end of this year.
  • Made plans for the follow-up procedures and actions the Vestry will take re: our stewardship campaign.
  • Heard the presentation from Tom Blackstock, treasurer, of September Financials. Pledge income was up for the month, but we still need to work on erasing the shortfall which has resulted from prior months.
  • Wrote thank you notes to parishioners who made extra contributions to our community last month.

Communion wine needed

Our supply of communion wine is getting low. If you would like to donate bottle(s) of wine in memory of, or in thanksgiving for a loved one, please leave the wine in the church office, marked accordingly. We use Taylor Tawny Port. We appreciate your help.

The Altar Guild

Thank you to these persons who have contributed communion wine recently:

  • Mary Catherine Schmitt -- in memory of Nancy and Jim Schmitt, in-laws of Mary Catherine and grandparents of Claire and Erica
  • Jeff and Alison Harris

Don’t Be A Turkey: Be Thankful

Thanksgiving Service & Dessert Reception Tuesday, November 23

By Father Jim

Our annual Thanksgiving service will be Tuesday evening, November 23 at 7:30 pm. Thanksgiving has a tendency to get lost in the rush to Christmas, but we can certainly stop at this opening of the holiday season to remember how God has so richly blessed us especially in this time when many face this season in want. As Christians we stop to be reminded of our responsibility to be “faithful stewards of God’s great bounty, for the provision of our necessities and the relief of all who are in need.” ( BCP, 246) It’s very hard to commercialize gratitude so we don’t see much about it in our stores, but that doesn’t make this time inconsequential.

Our Diocesan canons require us to include Appleton Family Ministries in our prayers and to give generously for the support of this 140 year old ministry. Appleton Family Ministries was begun in Macon as a home for orphans of Confederate soldiers and changed with the times to become a group home serving various needs and an outdoor therapeutic center. It now operates as an after-school program for at-risk children and a mentoring program for their parents. Our offering this evening will be designated to this Ministry.

In addition at St. Catherine’s we take time following our worship to share our favorite pies. So plan to join together for a time of thanks giving and share in fellowship by bringing your favorite holiday pie or other dessert to share.

Thanksgiving Week Schedule

  • No Wednesday Night Live on November 24.
  • The church office will be closed Wednesday through Friday, November 24-26. Have a safe and blessed holiday!

Looking ahead to Advent...

  • Advent Wreath Making – Sunday, November 28

Join us in the Parish Hall on November 28, the first Sunday of Advent, during the church school hour to make an Advent Wreath for your home. This is always a special time for families and friends to gather and create their own symbol of Advent to be used throughout the season to anticipate with joy, hope and patience the coming of Christ. We offer this time as a community event and so we encourage everyone – children, youth, and adults to gather with us to anticipate this season. We can always use people who are willing to "tutor" one of our younger members in the making of the wreath or simply to be present to experience the joy of the first wreath or most creative one.

  • Tuesday mornings in Advent: Eucharist and Study

From 7:00 to 8:00 AM on Tuesdays in Advent: November 30, December 7, 14, 21. Our tradition during Advent is to celebrate a Eucharist and Study on Tuesday mornings. We will gather at 7:00 AM for a Eucharist followed by a brief study. This time is designed to fit within an hour so that promptly at 8:00 AM you can be off to work, school, or your day's plans. The materials will be available on our Advent Resource Table in the foyer.

  • Advent Quiet Evening – Friday, December 3, 6-9 PM

Everyone is are invited to this evening of quiet and meditation on Friday, December 3 from 6 to 9 pm. Join us as we begin our Advent in shared contemplation of this season of preparation, sponsored by St. Catherine’s Daughters of the King.

  • Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols – Sunday, December 5, 5:00 PM

We will celebrate an Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols on Sunday, December 5 at 5:00 pm. Our St. Catherine’s choirs and musicians are hard at work in preparation for this seasonal favorite. Please bring family and friends to this beautiful service conveying the message of hope and expectation in words and music as the sky darkens and the candles shine.

  • Advent and Christmas Reflections 2010

You'll find Advent resource materials for adults and children on the resources table in the foyer beginning on the first Sunday of Advent (Nov. 28). In particular, look for our annual collection of reflections on the seasons of Advent and Christmas written by our own parishioners. Booklets will be available for pickup at this table, and also be sure to check for your “Reflection of the Day” on our website throughout the season.

Low Counrty Boil

October 23rd -- It was a fine party, fine food, fine dancing! Thanks to all who worked to make this fun annual event a huge success!


New Marriage Journey Groups start in the New Year

Kickoff Luncheon Sunday, December 12

By Colleen Morich

  • Are you and your spouse (or soon-to-be-spouse) looking for an exciting, growth-provoking, fun adventure that could help your relationship grow richer and deeper?
  • Have you heard about the 9 different Marriage Journey groups that we have had at St. Catherine’s in the past 5 years?
  • Did you know that the new Marriage Journey groups this year are starting mid-year?
  • Do you wonder what that's all about?

Please join us for a Marriage Journey Informational Kickoff Luncheon on Sunday, Dec. 12, 12:30-2:30 in the Parish Hall. Pre-registration is required. Child care will be provided FREE. Call Colleen Morich, fill out the Opportunity for Ministry in Sunday bulletins, call the church office, or sign up in the foyer on Sundays through December 5. We look forward to sharing our experiences and telling you all about our Marriage Journey.

Vestry Elections

Sunday, December 12

Photo, right: Our Vestry, 2010

Each year at this time we elect vestry members to fill the places of those who are finishing their 3-year terms of serving as Vestry members. We are grateful to all those who have submitted their nomination forms, due by November 7. The slate of candidates will be published in the first Wheel newsletter in December and in Sunday bulletins the first weekend of December.

The election will be held at all services on Sunday, December 12. We will elect four new Vestry members to three-year terms. You may also vote by absentee ballot – contact Rose Wolfe in the office, 770-971-2839, for a form which must be returned by 5 pm on Friday, December 10.

Serving on the Vestry is a highly rewarding ministry that helps one see how the church can make a difference in people’s lives. Contact Senior Warden Bill Selby or any Vestry member for questions.

Cat’s Tales: Some History of St. Catherine’s

It all began on October 30, 1961 when 35 Episcopalians organized St. Catherine’s Mission. The Rev. William McClelland, Jr., was vicar of St. David's in Roswell and St. Catherine's in Marietta from 1962 until 1967 when he became the full-time vicar of St. David's.

An interesting fact about Fr. McClelland is that he was the Rector of Prince of Peace Episcopal Church in Dallas, Pennsylvania where Fr. Jim and his parents attended church. “Rev. McClelland, as we called him, prepared me for my confirmation in 1961 and shortly thereafter left Prince of Peace for Atlanta,” Fr. Jim recalls. “Obviously I had no idea I’d be a priest one day, let alone serve the very same congregation Bill+ went to serve when leaving Prince of Peace.” Today, the McClellans are buried a short distance from Fr. Jim’s mom and dad at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Wilkes-Barre, PA.

Cat's Tales is a new column we’ll be running during our 50th Anniversary year. If YOU have remembrances or tales of our history together, please send them to Karen Manno,

Parish Retreat in 2011

St. Catherine’s has a wonderful tradition of retreats which take us away for spiritual nourishment, fellowship, good food, and fun. A good example is the Men’s Retreat just ended. Twenty-three men came away from a weekend of discussion thinking ever more deeply about the many gifts God has given us and what the Ultimate Gift might be. Similar stories can be told about women’s and youth retreats. Indeed our youth are headed to North Carolina next weekend to experience their first retreat under our new youth director’s leadership.

Next year we plan to add (or as some will remember, resurrect) another kind of retreat — a Parish Retreat. This is a retreat for all in the congregation no matter your age or numbers in your household. We have done this in the past and there are many fun memories of model airplane flying in fields, hikes to waterfalls, birthday cakes and all kinds of fun and fellowship. The retreat is planned for Labor Day weekend and we are working hard to identify a retreat place that both provides lots of activities and affordability.

We are aware that this will mean setting aside some of our family budgets for the retreat. We intend to help by being sure that we don’t schedule any other church retreats to compete for your hard earned income. Therefore there will be no Men’s, Women’s or Youth Retreat in 2011. They will resume in 2012 and every other year afterwards. We hope that the Parish Retreat will occur every other year as well in place of the individual retreats.

We hope you will mark 2011 Labor Day weekend and look forward to the fun announcements which will tell us where our retreat will be held and what we can expect to happen over the weekend.

Diocesan Council

The governing body of the Diocese of Atlanta – The Council – meets for its 104th meeting Friday, November 12 through Saturday, November 13. Your delegates to Council are Fr. Jim, Amma Susan, Ann Snead, Bettye Harris, Joyce Hendricks, Juan Sandoval, and Sally Powers. Deborah Hurd is an alternate.

Council is an opportunity for reunion with old and new friends, to catch up on the “goings-on” in the Diocese, to make some decisions, to elect various officers and representatives of the Diocese, and to hear our Bishop’s reflections on the state of the Diocese. This year there will be some particular highlights as we gather:

  • The President of the House of Deputies (one of the two governing Houses of the Episcopal Church) Bonnie Anderson will be with us to share in the joy of our Diocese and to bring greetings from the Presiding Bishop.
  • We will elect four clerical and four lay Deputies to the 2012 77th General Convention of the Episcopal Church to held July 4-12, 2012 in Indianapolis, IN.
  • We will consider legislation in response to 2009 General Convention’s Resolution A177 creating a single insurance pool for both lay and clergy employees of the Church and requiring equality in access to that pool for all persons employed 1500 hours or more in the church.
  • We will consider legislation amending the Canons of the Diocese of Atlanta to be consistent with Title IV revisions made by General Convention in 2009. Title IV has to do with the way we discipline clergy in the church thus “The Disciplinary Canon.”

It should be an interesting Council which most are. If you have any questions concerning any of the above legislation we invite you to speak to anyone who has been elected as your representative to Council. You can also review all of the above at the Diocese of Atlanta’s website

Turkey Pilgrimage 2011 Update

By Father Jim

As we have discussed, because this trip is a bit longer than previous trips, I have included a full day of rest in the middle of the trip. We’ll be in Kusadasi, Turkey as we begin our second week. I thought you’d be interested in the hotel we’ll be staying at (Korumar: Hotel Deluxe . The hotel has plenty of opportunities for relaxation including an indoor pool and spa for those what find water or perhaps being pampered with a massage a great way to relax. The hotel is close enough to Kusadasi that some may want to take a cab for some shopping and lunch in the village.

The day before our day off we will have been a wonderful day as we explored The House of the Virgin Mary ( and Ephesus ( After leaving Kusadasi we will make our way north along the beautiful Agean Sea which is as a rugged and beautiful coast I’ve seen peppered with little fishing villages, small harbors, and welcoming people. We’ll visit Bergama – the modern name for the Greek-Roman site of Pergamum ( another of the Seven Cities of Revelation.

Registration Update

As of October 28 we have 17 people registered for our Pilgrimage. WorldWide Pilgrimage will be sending the final invoice on or about December 1. So if you still considering the trip as I hope many of you are continue to do – we need to know your final decision by Thanksgiving so that we can plan accordingly. I know this is a major decision and if there is anything I can provide or questions I can answer please let me know. I will be delighted to talk with you. Obviously if you know of someone who you believe would enjoy this trip please share all information. For complete details please pick up a brochure at church or visit

50 Years Together – November Spotlight is on Pastoral Care Ministry Team

Remember, Rejoice, Renew

By Team Convener Margaret Shaw

I am sure that Pastoral Care has been a part of St. Catherine’s from the very beginning. It is so much a part of the personality of this parish that I believe it was a gift from God to our new-born church. In the same way that people have differing gifts, churches have gifts too; gifts that we are able to explore, and develop, and grow, and share.

In that very young church 50 years ago, Pastoral Care came primarily from the clergy – but I know that even then, the roots of our present-day Pastoral Care ministries were being put down into the soil and growing strong: I can see parishioners reaching out to someone hurting – to be a Christian friend and offer a listening ear. I can smell the meals being made and taken to the home where there is illness. I can watch men and women being mentors to youth who need an adult to guide them. And I can feel the quiet dedication of a congregation sending forth prayers of intercession in the Sunday morning services and daily from their homes.

We can (and do!) rejoice to see how Pastoral Care has grown over the years since St. Catherine’s began. The ministries are many and varied: Stephen Ministry, Sonshine Ministry, Rideshare Ministry, Career Ministry, Youth Mentoring, Grief Ministry, Creation Care Ministry, Daughters of the King, Flower Delivery, Lay Eucharistic Ministry, Congregational Nurses, and Prayer Chain. These are all strong and vibrant ministries, with lay leaders and ministry members who know the power of God to work through them in their Christian care-giving.

In this year of celebration, of looking back to our roots and forward to our future, I wish for God’s continued blessing of our gift for Pastoral Care. I hope we encounter individuals who feel called to join one [or more] of these ministries. I hope we have courage to see a need we can meet through an extension of an existing ministry, or the start of a new one. I hope that as our young people grow up and move on to new chapters of their lives that they will carry with them a memory of the way St. Catherine’s has cared – and that they will continue that tradition of caring wherever they are. Thanks be to God for all those in our parish family that have given and received the gifts of Pastoral Care, and for all those who will do so in our future.


Young Adults of Northwest Atlanta

Next gathering – Wednesday, November 10

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, November 10th at 8:00 p.m. at Suburban Tap in Marietta for Trivia Night ( 1318 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta, GA 30068)! We had a great time with the trivia last month, so we decided to do it again. Our group is continually growing, which is exciting, and we are always looking to meet new people every month. We’d love to get to know you! Contact Sean Holder at 678-230-9214 or if you have any questions.


Faith’s Craft Shoppe

Saturday, November 13 at Faith Lutheran

Unique affordable hand-crafted items – Over 25 different vendors – Bake Sale – Food Court by C.I.R.C.L.E. Youth Group – Entertainment by Faith Lutheran School children. Faith’s Craft Shoppe will be Saturday, Nov. 13, 9 am to 5 pm at Faith Lutheran Church and School, 2111 Lower Roswell Rd., Marietta, GA 30068. Sponsored by Faiith Ladies Guild/Lutheran Women’s Missionary League and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. For information visit or call 770-973-8877.


Gobble Jog on Thanksgiving Day

Run wild for a great cause! It’s not too late to get your friends, family, students and neighbors together and get in shape for the 8th Annual Gobble Jog! This event on the morning of Thanksgiving Day features a 1K, 5K, a 10K run/walk and the Tot Trot (for kids 5 and under). It starts and ends at the Marietta Square. The Gobble Jog is certified as a qualifier for seeding in the Peachtree Road Race. There will be plenty of food, beverages, entertainment and awards for all age categories. All proceeds benefit MUST Ministries, a faith-based, non-profit organization ministering to the homeless and hurting in our community.

Can't run? Want to support the cause but have to stay home and cook the turkey? Sign up as a “phantom runner” and you’ll be mailed your well-deserved race shirt! Plenty of volunteers are also needed to help before, during, and after the event. Go to for complete information & videos, and find out about all the ways to register online or in person at various locations.


Carols By Candlelight with Georgia Festival Chorus

December 2 at Johnson Ferry Baptist

You are cordially invited to attend the 20th Anniversary of "Carols by Candlelight" presented by The Georgia Festival Chorus with Frank Boggs, Founding Director, conducting at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church with full orchestra on Thursday, December 2nd at 7:30 p.m. Joining the Chorus again by popular demand will be our guests - Atlanta's Chorale - "New Creation" - directed by Tony Thompson. The climax of the concert will be a Scottish Bagpiper soloist, joining both Chorus and Chorale and full Orchestra, piano and organ, rendering a new arrangement of "Amazing Grace" by Mack Wilberg, Music Director for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

The concert is FREE, no tickets required for seating. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Several of St. Catherine’s Adult Choir members are part of this group so come and get into the Christmas Spirit with us. As one loyal supporter said, "it's the best choral concert in Atlanta and it's free."


“A Very Merry Holiday Pops” – Special ticket offer

December 17 and 18

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 (led by our own organist Jana Williams and music director Brian Williams). 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. Concerts are December 17 at 8:00 pm and December 18th at 2:00 and 8:00 pm. Get tickets at the special discount prices of $25 Floor Seats / $18 Second Balcony Seats, by contacting Nellie Cummins at (404) 733-5278 or


Christmas with the Georgia Boy Choir

December 17 and 18

The Georgia Boy Choir’s Christmas concert will be Friday, December 17 and Saturday, December 18, 7:00 pm at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, 3180 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, 30305. Parishioners Oak Martin, Ben Martin and Patrick Garner are members of this outstanding group. You can have a listen to last year’s concert and more on their home page at Tickets will be $12-$40 and will be available on their website.


My St. Catherine’s Family,

Thank you so much for the generous gift to buy my school books. I have officially bought all of the books for my classes. I am loving school and every time I use my books (which is a LOT) I think of all my St. Cat’s family that have made it possible for me to have them. I look forward to seeing all of you at church on Sundays and I would love to tell you about what I am doing in school if you are interested.

Sally Paris

November 2, 2010

Dear Friends,

I visited St Catherine's last Sunday and it was a wonderful experience. I truly felt Jesus' love there demonstrated by the people and their warm out reach to me. The gift of Cinnamon Bread left at my door today was so sweet, and much appreciated! It will go very well with the coffee received in my welcome packet.

I look forward to many wonderful days at St Catherine's. This next Sunday I have an event to attend with my granddaughter, but I joyfully anticipate worshipping with a awesome body of Christians on Sundays in the future.

Your in Christ,
Carol Murphy

Holy Baptism

Next scheduled date: Sunday, January 9

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


FOR THE SICK:Lillian Vu, Tom Carter, Eileen Motter, Vi Pratt, Joe Tarentino, Linda Smith, Ray Cole, Marilyn Bradbury, Jean Wintrow, Beatrice Ackenbom-Kelly, Ingrid Carmines, Sharon Parisi, Terry, Mike & Leah Gailliot, Alexandra Pepper, Joan, Madison Cox, Ethel Jane Blaske, Sylvia Nash, Alycen, Ann McBrayer, David Madison, Tim Seibert, Chip Madren, Margaret Bowman, Louise Huey, The Rev. Patty Roberts, Ted, Barbara Cordery, Penny Harkey, Diane Blackshear-Wood, Nancy Mattox, Timothy Hewitt, Charlie Walton, Nancy Riley, Eric Layton, Lita DiPietrao, Richard Newton, Louise Taylor, T.P. Hall, Donna Woods, Bryan M., Jean Huffstetler, Richard Mays, Jane Shumaker, Melissa Bryan, Bud Bryan, Lori Brown, Vera Bibbings, Margaret Cowart, Rosemarie Brickley, Lynne Chazanof, Jo Glidden, Joyce Jaeger, Cohen, Cindy, Jason, Eric, Kate & Eve Marshall, Tommy Williams, Jim Robertston, Carol Whitney, Marguerite Greene, Raymond, Guy, William Gaines, Annie Lipsitz, Rex Whitehead, Elaine D’Aubert, Howard Sherman, Page Loyd, James, Day, Lou Cappiello, Katja Michael, Marilyn Holmes, Jed & Ashley Minyard, Sylvia Robinson, Evelyn Cancius

DECEASED: J.B. Denton, Ken Denton’s father; Nancy St. Onge, friend of Arlyn & Ron Cook

PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER:(11/7) Beverly & Jimmy Denney; Ken, Nancy, Sarah & Julia Denton; Rod Deutscher, Carla von Hoffmann, Nathan & Kevin Sluss; Rebeccah, Michael & Riley Devault; Stan & Dani Dickson
(11/14) Steve & Kitty Diffley, Michael, Emily & Alex Dillson; Jim, Laurie, Matthew & Michael Dirksen; Tom, Maureen, Kelly & Erwin Donoghue

BIRTHDAYS: (11/8) Laurel Glidewell, Melissa Korwan, Harry Tear, Ethan Nienaber; (11/9) Sebastian Hutton, Alison Travis, Lauren Barber; (11/10) Roger Motter; (11/11) Rex Moore, Jordan Dieck, Chuck Zimmerman, Bailey Brooks; (11/12) John Starr, Alison Harris; (11/13) Pascale Hunter, Sally Powers, Joe Parker, Melanie Long; (11/15) David Shannonhouse, Risa Maier, Morgan Durbrow, Lucy Arthur; (11/16) Devon Parker, Larry Boyd, Ellis Kilgore; (11/17) Paul Parisi, Helen Davis, Tyler Nicole McAlister, Roberta Hoyt-Johnson; (11/18) Claire Frost, Amelia Arthur; (11/19) Tyler Perry, Don Martin; (11/20) Grant Johnson; (11/221) Linda Carter

ANNIVERSARIES: (11/11) Jim & Dana Rawls; (11/21) Erica & Adam Handell

TRANSFERS IN: Audrey Nesbit & Althea Dillard from St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Bronx , NY


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:

  • December 5 – Celebration of St. Nicholas Day
  • December 12 – Christmas Pageant at 8:45 service
  • December 16 – Senior Adults Eucharist and Luncheon
  • December 19 – Hanging of the Greens
  • December 28 – Blood Drive


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, 11/8 Monday, 11/15

Susan’s day off
Grief Group
Men’s Book Study
Women’s Bible Study
Boy Scout Troop 713


Susan’s day off
Kneeler Group
Theater Group
Boy Scout Troop 713

Tuesday, 11/9 Tuesday, 11/16


Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Catechesis - Catholic
Great Oak Board
Mothers & More
PL & F
Youth Ministry

Morning Prayer
Preschool Safeguarding
Staff Meeting
Catechesis – Catholic
Adult Ed.
Theater Group
Wednesday, 11/10 Wednesday, 11/17


Preschool Auction opens
Bible Study
Preschool Safeguarding
WNL Program
WNL Dinner
Youth Choir
WNL Program
Adult Choir


Bible Study
Preschool Auction closes
WNL Program
WNL Dinner
Youth Choir
WNL Program
Adult Choir

Thursday, 11/11 Thursday, 11/18
Men’s Bible Study
CGS Leaders
Men’s Bible Study
Career Ministry
Friday, 11/12 Friday, 11/19
Jim's day off
Diocesan Council
Women’s Bible Study
YF @ Fernbank
Jim's day off
Happening@ Camp Mikell
Women’s Bible Study
Saturday, 11/13 Saturday, 11/20



Cats on Wheels @ Pappasito’s

Sunday, 11/14 Sunday, 11/21


Holy Eucharist
Family Holy Eucharist
Church School
Newcomer Coffee
Choral Holy Eucharist
J2A Parent Meeting
The Journey
Stephen Ministry
Theater Group


Holy Eucharist
Family Holy Eucharist
Church School
Choral Holy Eucharist
Christmas Carol Reading


Happening Weekend

The 54th Happening retreat weekend for young people in grades 10-12 will be Nov. 19-21 at Mikell Camp and Conference Center. More than just a retreat, Happening is a powerful encounter in which young people minister to young people, bringing Jesus joyfully alive in an enthusiastic community of disciples. The deadline to apply as a candidate is Friday, November 12.. Get details at


Elizabeth Inn on Sunday, November 28

The Youth will be the hosts serving dinner to the guests at MUST Ministries’ Elizabeth Inn for our church’s monthly shift in November. Contact Mike for all the details.


Secret Santa Workshop and Breakfast

The annual Secret Santa Workshop and Breakfast is coming soon! Save the date for Saturday, December 11, 9 am to noon. This annual fun date has breakfast, children’s activities and shop, and craft sale for parents. Reservation forms will be available soon at church.


Raider Miss 2010

Congratulations to Kelly D., winner of the Walton High School Raider Miss Freshman Pageant on October 30! Kelly was also Miss Congeniality. Great job!



By Mike Peterson

Winterlight is an INCREDIBLE conference for 9-12 graders that takes place at the beautiful Kanuga Center in the mountains of North Carolina from December 27 to January 1. I know that people have come from St. Catherine’s in the past, but it’s been a few years. I simply cannot say enough wonderful things about this program. I first went as a high school freshman in 1996 and have been to every Winterlight (except one when I was overseas) since then.

Winterlight is a great chance to develop your relationship with God in amazing ways, to have a lot of fun, and to meet lots of other incredible young people from all over the country (and sometimes the world!). I will be happy to talk to you about it as much as you’re willing to listen, but I strongly urge you to consider going. The official Winterlight page with details and registration can be found here: (please note the photograph of the incredibly handsome musician; you might know him).

Winterlight does come at a tough time for some families, and I understand that. To hundreds of youth each year, it is worth making the trip. You will also notice that full week-long youth events at Kanuga are not cheap. If this is the only thing holding you back from going, please let me know.


Youth Retreat

See photos below! Many thanks to Keith Dumke, Susan Jenkins, Sally Paris, and Ellis Kilgore for chaperoning the retreat at Earthshine Retreat in Lake Toxaway, North Carolina on October 22-24, it was a great success! Huge thanks as well to Tom and Maureen Donoghue for lending us their van for the weekend.

See us on Facebook!

We've got pictures! Go to or search for the Facebook group name “St. Catherine's Youth Group – Marietta”.

Here's a just sample:

Rite 13 trip to Cagle Family Farm Corn Maze on October 17


Youth Retreat on October 22-24

Photos by Mike Peterson

Wheel Schedule:

Next publications:

  • December 3 – print edition
  • December 17 – print edition
  • January 7 – online 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. (Print versions may be scheduled in place of online before Christmas and Easter.) 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.

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

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