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St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
March 7 - 20, 2011

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Clergy Letter
Open Forums
Pancake Supper
Lent begins
  Ash Wednesday
  Lenten Renewal program
  Outreach project
  Morning Eucharist/Study
  Great Litany
  Lent resources

Daylight Savings Time
Parish Retreat

Nominating Committee
Cobb Festival Singers
Taize services
Needlework update
Ministry Fair
50th Anniversary
  Gala announced
  New look coming

Preschool openings
Cats On Wheels
Men's Bible Studies
Vestry pics
Good Friday offering
In the community:
  Hunger Walk
  Lenten Series
  Bishop pilgrimage
  Golf for MUST
  BBQ competition

Holy Baptism
Complete Calendar
  Mission trip
  Valentine DD pics
  Save the date
Wheel Schedule


3/6, 13 – Open Forums for Holy Conversations

3/8 – Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

3/9 – Ash Wednesday

3/12 – Diocesan Ministry Fair

3/13 – Hunger Walk @ Turner Field

3/14 – Men’s Book Study

3/15, 22, 29 – Morning Eucharist & Study

3/16, 23, 30 – WNL, Lenten Renewal program

3/19 – Cats On Wheels @ Olive Garden

3/20 – Monthly Taize service

3/22, 30 – Elizabeth Inn laundry

3/26-4/8 – Adult Turkey Pilgrimage

3/28 – Elizabeth Inn dinner




Lent: Stir the Strings of Expectation

By Father Jim

I am being driven forward
Into an unknown land.
The pass grows steeper,
The air colder and sharper.
A wind from my unknown goal
Stirs the strings
Of expectation.

Still the question:
Shall I ever get there?
There where life resounds,
A clear pure note
In the silence.             — Dag Hammarskjold

Lent is the time of our church year where we might seek this “wind from [our] unknown goal” as we are invited to step out of the routine of our lives and into a time that “stirs the strings of expectation.” We are on our individual journeys to God. Some are more present to the journey than others, but on the road nonetheless.

Created by God as unique beings, what stirs you spiritually might not stir me. What is important, however, is that we take this time to listen for those stirrings. How? Well the first step might be to allow God to drive us “into an unknown land.” My spiritual awareness often suffers from an overexposure to the routine of my life. Whether worship, study, prayer or the administrative work of my office, routine is my enemy to being most and fully present to the stirrings of the spirit.

This Lent I intend to find some ways to break that routine. One way might be to spend a little less time at my desk where the routine and familiar can seem so safe and, yes, mindless. At my desk I am apt to hear the note of duty or note of an approaching deadline or note of the next thing that “must” be done. Away from my desk – perhaps at St. Ignatius House (a wonderfully quiet resource right in our neighborhood) – for a time each week I might be more apt to hear that “clear pure note in the silence.”

I invite you to find such a time this Lent.

Holy Conversations Open Forums

Want to hear what others are saying? Haven’t gotten to your survey yet? Had another thought? Come tell us in person … Join us for an Open Forum Discussion about the future we ALL envision for St. Catherine’s. This will be an opportunity to vocalize your hopes, dreams, concerns in a public forum. We welcome your attendance:

* Sunday, March 6 -- with light lunch after 11:15 service

* Sunday, March 13 -- Rector's Forum Church School class, 10 - 11 am

Our survey is still open!

Please be sure to give us your input on the survey. It's only 5 questions... And, if you’ve already filled it out and have more to say, you can fill out an additional survey. For all who respond to the survey, we will have a live Oak Tree seedling for you to use as you wish to commemorate our 50th anniversary. Please reply online by going to, OR pick up a printed form at the church and return it to the Big Green Box in the foyer. (If using the online form your reply is secure and you will not receive any spam or emails as a result.)

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

March 8, 5-7 PM in the Parish Hall

Celebrate Mardi Gras St. Catherine’s style at the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper with pancakes, bacon, spiced apples, King Cake, and fellowship. No reservations needed, suggested donation is $5 for adults and $3 for children. All proceeds go to benefit the Youth program.

Invitation to a Holy Lent

Ash Wednesday, March 9

Holy Eucharist + Imposition of Ashes at 7:00 am, 12:00 noon, 7:30 pm

On Ash Wednesday, we are signed with the outward sign of our humble beginnings and common end. The priest invites all to the observance of holy Lent by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God's holy Word. After our period of silence before the Lord, our maker and redeemer, the priest puts ashes on our foreheads as we take responsibility for this living flesh. As we take notice of everything around us, the possessions we hold valuable and the persons we love and know, we realize that all will one day turn to dust.

This is one of two days the Episcopal Church calls us to fasting and church attendance – the other is Good Friday. Fasting is generally accepted to mean abstaining from food and beverage until the communion is received. Of course, we do not recommend this if there are extenuating health issues. Please make every effort to attend worship this day. Episcopal Churches throughout our community will have services. If you need schedules please call the office and we will be delighted to give you some information on the closest church to your work or function.

Palms needed for Ash Wednesday: If you saved your palms from Palm Sunday last year, you may return them in preparation for Ash Wednesday. Please place in them in the container in the foyer by Monday, March 7.


Wednesday Evening Lenten Renewal Experience for adults

Four weeks beginning March 16

“Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you…” (James 4:8) This Lent give yourself the gift of time to draw nearer to God. Over four Wednesdays, you are invited to join us in the sanctuary for a prayerful time to reflect and discuss selected scripture that will enliven your relationship with God. Each evening will last an hour from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. The first session on Wednesday, March 16 will focus on The Gift of Relationship; March 23 will focus on The Gift of Mercy; March 30 on The Gift of the Eucharist; and April 13 on The Gift of the Word. In addition to discussion, you will have the opportunity for your own prayerful self-expression through writing, drawing, music, or walking the labyrinth. Materials will be supplied.

This special Lenten experience is a gift to the adults of St. Catherine’s, in honor of our 50th Anniversary, by the catechists of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. In March, as part of our 50th Anniversary Year of Celebration, we celebrate the life and work of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd committee of the Christian Nurture and Development Ministry Team. To find out more about their activities please contact committee chairs Karen Maxwell or Ana Martin, or ministry team convener Ellis Kilgore.


Lenten Outreach

Episcopal Relief and Development – What is it and what does it do?

“If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep . . . you are richer than 75% of this world. If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish, you are among the top 8% of the world’s wealthy.” This quote is one of my favorites and it often helps ground our household to the difference between our needs and our wants. We are, in fact, among the world’s wealthy and just our spare change can make a huge difference in the lives of others. Throughout Lent, each household of St. Catherine’s is encouraged to take a small cardboard ‘Hope Chest’ and fill it with coins. You are also invited to take a Lenten calendar that offers prayers and suggestions for your daily donation. The Hope Chests will then be collected on Easter Sunday and the funds will go to Episcopal Relief and Development to help ease the suffering of the world.

Episcopal Relief & Development is the international relief and development agency of The Episcopal Church and an independent 501(c)(3) organization. Its programs work towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Together with the worldwide Church and ecumenical partners, Episcopal Relief & Development rebuilds after disasters and empowers people by offering lasting solutions that fight poverty, hunger and disease, including HIV/AIDS and malaria (visit their website at

I look forward to sharing more with you in the days to come.

God’s Peace,
Barbara Barrington


Tuesday morning Eucharist & Study

We will gather for Eucharist and Study on Tuesday mornings in Lent beginning March 15, 7:00 to 8:00 am. This Lent our study will use "Good Lord, Deliver Us - A Lenten Journey" by Leonard W. and Lindsay H. Freeman... “Every life has its own story. But somewhere along the way, standing at the edge of a Red Sea of our own, it becomes clear that we need deliverance. The core miracle is our experience of God’s active hand getting us through the waters to dry land." Guided by the heart and vision of thirty-two timeless petitions from Thomas Cranmer’s Great Litany and by the wisdom of lessons from Holy Week and the Great Vigil of Easter, authors Leonard W. and Lindsay Hardin Freeman offer strength and encouragement for our walk to the cross as they look at the many ways in which deliverance comes to us.

Like the Great Litany itself, their reflections speak of human frailty and holy grace, of the longings and aspirations of our human hearts, and of the transformative power of God’s abiding love. “Our experiences of deliverance send us forth changed, different. Born anew.” Join us each Tuesday in Lent for Eucharist at 7:00 am and Study at 7:30 am. Study materials will be available for $2.00 each.


First Sunday in Lent: The Great Litany

On the first Sunday of Lent, March 13, at both our 8:45 & 11:15 services we will use the Great Litany. The Great Litany is an intercessory prayer including various petitions sung by the priests, with fixed responses by the congregation. It was used as early as the fifth century in Rome. It was led by a deacon, with the collects led by a bishop or priest. The Litany was the first English language rite prepared by Archbishop Thomas Cranmer and first published in 1544. Its use in church processions was ordered by Henry VIII when England was at war with Scotland and France. It was printed as an appendix to the Eucharist in the 1549 Book of Common Prayer ( BCP). The 1979 BCP titled it "The Great Litany," distinguishing it from other litanies in the Prayer Book. The Great Litany may be said or sung. The officiant and people may kneel or stand, or it may be done in procession.


Lenten Resources

We will have a variety of Lenten materials on our resource table in foyer for children, youth and adults. In particular, our annual booklet of reflections on the season of Lent, written by our own St. Catherine's parishioners, will be available for pick up starting on Ash Wednesday. The Reflection of the Day, and the whole booklet, will also be available on our website—be sure to check starting March 9 and continuing through Holy Week.

Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday, March 13!

Remember this year's start of Daylight Savings Time... SPRING FORWARD one hour on the morning of the second Sunday in March, and we will see you at church bright and early in Eastern Daylight Time.

Parish Retreat

Provide your input now!

Wouldn’t you like to revive your body, soul and mind by going on retreat? Think about re-charging through fellowship, worship, delicious food and plenty of free time. The retreat would be for all of St. Catherine’s – adults, youth and children. We have set a date of August 26-28 at Lake Logan Episcopal Center in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina,

We are now gauging interest in such a retreat before we open registration. The approximate cost for 2 nights and six meals will be $180 per adult, $35 per child (up to age 13), and $70 per youth (up to age 18). Will your household be interested in a parish retreat? Please let us know by completing the Opportunity for Ministry form you will find in your bulletin the next two Sundays or emailing the office at Note that this retreat is in place of a women’s, youth, and men’s retreat in 2011.

Nominating Committee for our next Bishop

Committee representatives to be elected March 20

The process to elect the next Bishop of Atlanta will begin in earnest this month. The first step will be to elect representatives to the Nominating Committee from the Marietta Convocation. We will elect one clergy person and one lay person. That election is on Sunday, March 20, at 4 PM, at St. Peter and St. Paul in Marietta. Nominees need to be present for the election. This need not be a 'virtual' process, but personal and interrelational.

Criteria for nominees is as follows: The Standing Committee urges these qualifications for lay members of the nominating committee: That they be confirmed communicants in good standing; are knowledgeable about the Episcopal Church; have served as a delegate to Annual Council; have leadership qualities; can commit to significant demands of time and energy and are able to attend frequent meetings, sometimes weekly; can attend a day-long retreat on Saturday, April 30, 2011 and an overnight retreat later in the process.

If you or someone you know at St. Catherine’s is interested in standing for election on March 20, who can be present at the meeting, and can commit to the above criteria please contact Fr. Jim, Amma Susan, or any member of your Diocesan Council Delegation (Ann Snead, Bettye Harris, Joyce Hendricks, Juan Sandoval, or Sally Powers).

For information about the process so far, read this article at You can sign up for news from the Diocese at to keep up with the election process in coming months plus all the news of our diocese.

Seen around St. Cat's

Photos by Jan Potter, see lots more at Church022011.

Acolytes ready to begin "Uncle Sam" wants you -- to give
blood at our blood drive
Alexandra Lane sealed in baptism as Christ's own forever, February 20

Cobb Festival Singers Concert

Saturday, March 12

The Cobb Festival Singers presents the next in their series of Masterworks Concerts at St. Catherine's at 8:00 pm, with an all-Faure program including the exquisitely beautiful Requiem and Cantique de Jean Racine. Tickets are adults $10 if purchased in advance by calling 678.787.9189 or from a Festival Singer, or $15 if purchased online or at the door. Children under 12 are free, available online or at the door. For information about this group and concert tickets please go to

Monthly Taizé services

Next date: Sunday, March 20

Join us for monthly Taizé Community Prayer Services on the third Sunday at 7:30 pm in the sanctuary. This form of Prayer Service includes Psalms and Scripture Readings; Music; Reflection; Silent Meditation; and Intercessions. Dates coming up are:

  • March 20 – “Measuring Forgiveness”
  • April 17 – “Whose Will Is It?”
  • May 15 – “Protector and Rescuer”
  • June 19 – “The Address”

Needlework Brigade – Picture Update

By Beverly Fambrough

As mentioned in the news article in the last issue of The Wheel, our team met on Monday night, February 21. It was an occasion to unmount the kneelers from the stitching frames and make photographs. This was an exciting event because usually, when we meet, the canvas is rolled up for the most part with only a small portion showing where our stitchers are currently working. Everyone there could see not only their progress, but the progress of their teammates.

In the last Wheel, I gave you a few statistics about what is involved in completing a kneeler. We conservatively estimate the time required is between 800 and 1,000 hours and even longer depending on the complexity of the graphic image of a particular kneeler. Another interesting fact is that when completed, the typical kneeler will contain 149,500 individual stitches meaning a pass of the needle and wool yarn through a hole in the canvas.

As promised, here are the photographs that were made identifying the theme of the kneeler, who is doing the stitching and the generous parish member(s) who sponsored it. I hope you enjoy seeing the progress on this exciting project. You will notice that as a canvas approaches completion of the stitching process, it has a tendency to pull out of square. This is a natural occurrence. Once they are given to the upholsterer for finishing and mounting, they are blocked and all lines are pulled back into square.

"Baptism" stitched by Jodi Gammon,
sponsored by Linda Lane Minzenberger
"The Birth of Christ" stitched by Martha Bowden,
sponsored by St. Catherine's Choir
"Creation" stitched by Nancy Denton,
sponsored by Joyce Carter
"Ten Commandments" stitched by Jennifer Buckalew,
sponsored by Tom and Maureen Donoghue
"Jonah and the Whale" stitched by Karen Tindall,
sponsored by Karen Tindall
"Joseph's Coat of Many Colors" stitched by Julie Brannock,
sponsored by Peter & Collen Morich
"Mankind" stitched by Susan Heuke,
sponsored by Bruce Heuke
"Noah's Ark" stitched by Courtney Shillington,
sponsored by Bill & Beverly Fambrough
"Palm Sunday" to be stitched by Susan Heuke,
sponsored by Susan Heuke
"Saint Peter" stitched by Peggy Towery,
sponsored by Caroly Hilley


Please remember, we have four remaining kneelers that need sponsors. The cost is $400 now and $400 when the stitching is complete, 12-18 months. Also, the Needlework Brigade needs additional volunteers to stitch kneelers so if you have an interest, please contact me. We can teach you how it’s done. For information about sponsoring a kneeler or becoming a stitcher contact Beverly Fambrough at 770-993-5444 or

Photos by Bill & Beverly Fambrough

Wednesday Night Live schedule coming up

  • March 2 -- Open Forum for Holy Conversations 6:30-7:30 pm, dinner at regular time
  • March 9 -- Ash Wednesday, no dinner or programs
  • March 16 -- Regular schedule resumes with programs for Lent (see Lenten Renewal article above).

Please make your dinner reservation by the Tuesday before each date you'll eat with us -- fill out the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact the church office by 5 pm Tuesday each week you dine with us. Early program time (for all, timely for families with young children) 5:00-5:45 / Dinner 5:45-6:30 / Program time (all ages) 6:30-7:30. Prices: $3 children, $7 adults, $20 family maximum.

Diocesan Ministry Fair Saturday, March 12

Register now ! It’s 9 am until 4 pm at St. Philip’s Cathedral in Atlanta. Join hundreds of other Episcopalians for a full day of fun, fellowship and learning. Registration is $20 per person and includes breakfast snack and lunch. Choose three workshops from more than 50 topics, including Christian Formation, Interfaith, Leadership, Music, Prayer & Spirituality, Social Issues, Church History, Outreach Ministries, Worship and much more. Get complete details and register now at, or pick up information at church.

Fiftieth Anniversary – all year long!

Each month in our anniversary year, November 2010 to November 2011, is a focus on a different ministry including special articles in this newsletter and a special project. In November we kicked off with our focus on Pastoral Care Ministry Team and their project, the St. Catherine’s Cookbook was delivered that month. December’s focus was on the Parish Life and Fellowship Ministry Team and their project, the Cat’s Meow® replica of our church. In January we celebrated the Liturgy and Music Ministry Team which brought Rev. Joseph Morris’ presentation of Mark’s Gospel Live! to our sanctuary. And in February the Adult Christian Nurture committee, part of the Christian Nurture and Development Ministry Team, collected your St. Catherine’s memories and will have the resulting Memories Timeline available after all your input has been gathered.

Our ministry focus for March is Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, part of the Christian Nurture and Development Ministry Team. The catechists are bringing us an adult Lenten Renewal program on four Wednesday evenings beginning March 16 – please read about it in the article about the Lenten Renewal Wednesday evening program above in this newletter, and be sure to enjoy this opportunity. The ministry focus for the remaining months this year are as follows, watch for news about all their special activities coming up:

  • April – St. Catherine’s Preschool
  • May – The Vestry
  • June – Parish Administration and Facilities Ministry Team
  • July – Outreach Ministry Team
  • August – Financial Resources Ministry Team
  • September – Youth Christian Nurture committee of the Christian Nurture and Development Ministry Team
  • October – Invitation Ministry Team

Save the date: 11-11-11!

Mark your calendar for our 50th Anniversary GALA on Friday, November 11, 2011. Plans are well underway for a wonderful adult evening at The Pavillion of East Cobb, with keynote speaker, dinner, dancing to a live band and more!

Addresses needed: We are readying our invitation mailing list for the Gala. We want to be sure this list reflects the many members who have moved away yet have made contributions to our life together. If you know of someone to invite and have their address, please complete the form in the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin or contact the church office.

New look coming soon!

Watch for our St. Catherine’s Anniversary logo appearing on all our publications this year.

  • The Wheel newsletter -- Redesign with new color and our anniversary logo coming in your next issue to be mailed March 18!
  • a new website for St. Catherine’s coming soon!

Preschool registration

A few spaces are still available for the 2011-2012 school year. We appreciate you referring your friends and neighbors to our quality program for ages one to pre-K. Tours are available Wednesdays and Thursdays each week, 10 AM to noon, no appointment needed. Visit or call 770-971-2839 for more information.

Cats On Wheels

Cats on Wheels is our fellowship group for active senior adults and we welcome you! Mark your calendars and join us for our upcoming monthly activities and gatherings:

  • March 19 - Lunch at Olive Garden
  • April 30 - Day trip to Callaway Gardens – please RSVP now on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or email
  • May 21 - Lunch at Salah Thai Restaurant

Men’s Bible Studies schedules

The 7:00 p.m. Thursday evening Men's Bible Study continues weekly through April 7. In the fall we will start back up on September 8 and meet each Thursday for 13 weeks through December 8 using the Journey Through The Bible book. "Acts Of The Apostles."

The Friday morning Men's Bible Study begins at 6:15 am (note this time) and ends at 7:20 am. We will continue each Friday through May 27 excluding April 8 (School Spring Break) and April 22 (Good Friday). We will start back on September 9 and continue through December 9 with the Journey Through The Bible book "Exodus Through Deuteronomy."

On the Vestry's planning retreat

Our vestry met in retreat in February for a weekend of focus, discussion and excitement about the coming year (see a reflection of the initiatives developed as a result in the last issue of The Wheel).

Photos by Nancy Denton

Looking ahead to Good Friday

An excerpt from a message from the Presiding Bishop:

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:

For almost a century, the Good Friday Offering has been a source of support, love, and hope for our brothers and sisters in the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East. … This offering expresses our own commitment to seek and serve Christ in all persons and to walk with the church of the Middle East as they continue to work toward justice, reconciliation, and peace. Through our prayers for and support of these churches we are helping to realize God’s vision of shalom. … Please join with me in giving thanks for the work of the Good Friday Offering by generously sharing the gifts we have been given with our sisters and brothers throughout the Middle East.

I remain,

Your servant in Christ,
Katharine Jefferts Schori

At St. Catherine’s we follow the church’s direction with our offerings for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in Holy Week (this year on April 20, 21 and 22) going to the Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem

In The Community

Take a Walk for Hunger on Sunday, March 13

Pledge or participate – or both – in the Atlanta Hunger Walk. Get ready with this fun video at Episcopalians from across the Diocese of Atlanta join together each spring with organizations around Atlanta to help hungry neighbors in our communities. Your participation can help the thousands of families who experience poverty in our state. The 2011 Hunger Walk at Turner Field in Atlanta will raise money for Atlanta Community Food Bank and Episcopal Charities Foundation. For all the details go to and choose “Episcopal Charities Foundation. ”


Lenten Series with author Sara Miles March 11 & 12

St. Bede's and St. Dunstan's Episcopal Churches welcome acclaimed author Sara Miles as the featured speaker for their fourth annual Lenten Lecture Series, "Holy Food and Groceries" on March 11-12. Sara Miles will explore the connection between worship and service, the bread of heaven and daily bread. The two-part event begins with supper at 6:15 p.m. on Friday, March 11 at St. Dunstan's, 4393 Garmon Road, Atlanta, GA 30327, and lecture at 7:00 p.m.. The series concludes 9:30 am Saturday at St. Bede's, 2601 Henderson Mill Road, Atlanta, GA 30345 (light breakfast at 8:45 a.m.). Tickets are $25, includes both lectures. Dinner Friday is $5, (reservations required, call St. Dunstan’s). For information please contact St. Bede's, 770-938-9797,, or St. Dunstan’s, 404-266-1018,


Bishop's Italy Pilgrimage

Several openings remain for Bishop Neil Alexander's walking pilgrimage along Italy's Way of St. Francis, Cammino di Francesco, April 24- May 7, 2011. This 14-day journey will include traveling by air to Rome, a tour of several holy sites there, then seven days of walking from Rieti to Assisi, about 10 miles per day, then return to Rome by train. Cost is $3,900 per person and includes airfare, transportation, hotels, breakfast and dinner. For information contact Stan Beecham, 770-262-5556 or


Scholarships available for Episcopalians

Applications are now being accepted for more than 60 scholarships available through the Episcopal Church for the 2011-2012 academic year. Earmarked for education and schooling for Episcopalians, the scholarship money is derived from numerous trust funds that have amassed over the years. Application deadline is April 15. The list of scholarships, the guidelines, the application form and the instructions for filling out the form are available at


Golf Tournament to benefit MUST

The exciting “Golf For His Glory” golf tournament supported by friends of MUST Ministries and Mt. Zion UMC is returning on Monday, May 9 to Indian Hills Country Club. Guest speaker at the breakfast will be major championship golfer Larry Nelson. Teams will consist of four amateurs playing an 18-hole scramble. Golfers and corporate sponsors are begin sought now, for complete information and sign up please go to


BBQ Competition teams needed

Fr. Robert Certain of The Episcopal Church of St. Peter & St. Paul challenges the churches in our Marietta convocation to a BBQ cook off all day on Saturday, June 4, to be judged by the bishops! Proceeds will benefit the Episcopal Community Center Emmaus House, to help send kids to the Emmaus House summer camp program. BBQ leaders are needed for each parish. Contact Deacon Chip at St. Peter & St. Paul - 770.361.5971.


March 2, 2011

Precious Father Jim and Friends at St. Catherine’s,

Joe and I play Bingo at the Kroger on Coleman Road, and I always enjoy running into Ann Whittle there. She keeps us up on the latest at St. Cat’s. We have now returned there following over a month of surgery and rehabilitation (new left knee!!!)and were able to connect with Ann.

I have been thinking about you and wanted to let you know how uplifted I have felt by your prayers and how grateful I am to God and to you. My knee is doing great! Unfortunately, I suffered my third attack of diverticulitis after getting home with a trip to the ER… it looks like I may be making another foray into the surgical suite… So your continued prayers will be appreciated.

... We pray that each and every one of you are well and happy and secure in the arms of Christ. Much love and affection from a sister in Christ who continues to feel very much a part of St. Catherine's.

Liz Burlas

P.S. Joe is doing well … and he sends his love.

February 1, 2011

Dear Friends in Christ,

Thank you for your donation of $2015.30 [Christmas offering]. In this season of giving, it is comforting to know that you have found a place in your heart to support the work that we do. It is because of your giving spirit that 47 men and 21 women at The Extension will receive the greatest gift of all—a chance to rebuild their lives, reconnect with family, remain clean and sober and become accountable members of society.

Best wishes for 2011 to you and yours and behalf of the board, staff, and residents at The Extension!

Kindest regards,
Tyler M. Driver, Executive Director, The Extension

Holy Baptism

Next scheduled date: Saturday, April 23 (Great Vigil of Easter)

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


FOR THE SICK: Lillian Vu, Vi Pratt, Joe Tarentino, Linda Smith, Jean Wintrow, Alexandra Pepper, Madison Cox, Alycen, David Madison, Barbara Cordery, Lita DiPietrao, T.P. Hall, Bryan M., Melissa Bryan, Bud Bryan, Lori Brown, Luke McWilliams, Lou Cappiello, Arlene Brooks, Rachel Tezza, Clifford Nesbitt, George Lindley, Felicia Murray, Pat Weills, Ian McLeod, Dave Norton, Ann Correll, Julia Ann Tinsley, Angie, Annie Walls, Margaret White, Kathryn Webb-Jansen, Jeanne Warman, Sarah Besselieu, Kristin, Heather, Victoria Moon, Olivia, James Day, John Bouman, Kathy Chavez, Mary Alta Brause, Katrina Williams, Juliette Jones, Judith Phillips, Bob, Dan, Russ White, Karen, Mary Ann, Roberta Abstein, Janis Oxford, Joanne Astolas, Terri Borchardt, Margaret Cowart, Mara Canning, Jenny Ward & baby, Sally Shimell, Sharon Parisi, Eric Brown, Kathie Elliott, Martin Shaw Keith Bollete, Kim Selby, Harriett, Jan Dennis, Dan Lonon, Gordon, Rebecca Cantrell, Dustin Meineke, Tracy Theriault, her mother and daughter Haley, Cortney Ellis, Tracy Theriault, her mother, and daughter Haley, Trisha Bennett, Martin Shaw, Lois, Bev, Michael Dillson, Carol, Addison Brooks, Brad & Kenny Bond, the Shaw family on the unexpected death of George Shaw, Sean Olliffe, Joan Thurston, John Rea, Laura Gary, Doris Samples, Ben, Bill Chandler, Karen Boyles, Helen Vu, Ernest Moreland, Betty Berkeley, Gin Snead, Jim Mattox

BEFORE SURGERY: Julie Brannock, 3/15/2011

DECEASED: Margaret Cadle, Margaret Caudle’s godmother; Lauren, father of a friend of Margaret Shaw; George Shaw, cousin of Margaret Shaw; John, father of a friend of Katie Nixon; Phyllis Jacobs, friend of Joan Thurston; parishioner Dick Kareken

(3/6) Hans, Karen, Josh & Monica Kraeger; Bill & Elaine Krupp; Holly Krupp, Ella Laird; Richard, Michelle, Jordan & Greyson LaGardé; Bill & Elizabeth Lee
(3/13) Dianne & Stephen Lee; Ken, Lisa & Abby Lewis; Christopher & Melissa Lindh; Ginney Linstrom; Harrison, Melanie, Oliver & Nathaniel Long

BIRTHDAYS: (3/8) Travis Rader, Jessica Pierce, Jane Bird, Keith Dumke, Rachel Hutton, Jim Stephens, Lilli Buckalew; (3/9) Chris Kallas, John Garner; (3/10) Erika Linstrom, Carol Crosslin, Bruce Heuke, Reghan Bishop; (3/11) Everett Hutto; (3/12) Sharon Parisi, Emma Grace Lowry; (3/13) Brittany Rader, Jenna Gardiner, Dylan Farmer; (3/14) Rob Stuart; (3/15) Justin Motter, Karolyn Olliffe; (3/16) Joyce Hendricks, Meg Boyd, Timothy Carswell, Joe Greger, Susan Greger, Josh McLean, Gabi Gosnell, Linda Smith, Michael Kerr, Patrick Garner; (3/18) Marc Rader; (3/19) Zach Ladner, Amy Mikkelsen; (3/10) Dale Edwards, Ryan Blakey, Barb Selby, Ron Brannock, Ray Ban, Brianna Selby, Lisa Scheidt, Lani Brooks

ANNIVERSARIES: (3/8) Woodie & Ralph Patrick


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

Mark your calendar for Vacation Bible School!

Mark your summer vacation planning calendar now: this summer’s Vacation Bible School will be Monday, June 27 through Thursday, June 30, at 1 pm - 4 pm ! And here’s a sneak preview of this year’s theme: “Hometown Nazareth – Where Jesus was a Kid.”

Hold These Future Dates:

  • April 17 – Palm Sunday and start of Holy Week
  • April 24 – Easter Day
  • April 26 – next blood drive
  • May 7 – Vestry Day of Service
  • May 15 – Spring Memorial Service
  • June 27-30 – Vacation Bible School
  • November 11 – 50th Anniversary Gala


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, 3/7 Monday, 3/14

Susan’s day off
CGS Leaders
Boy Scout Troop 713


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

Tuesday, 3/8 Tuesday, 3/15


Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Catechesis - Catholic
Shrove Tuesday
  Pancake Supper
PL & F
Youth Ministry

Lenten Eucharist & Book Study
Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Catechesis - Catholic
Adult Ed
Wednesday, 3/9 Wednesday, 3/16


Ash Wednesday Service
Bible Study
Ash Wednesday Service
Ash Wednesday Service


Bible Study
Safeguarding Group
WNL Program
WNL Dinner
Youth Choir
WNL Program
Adult Choir

Thursday, 3/10 Thursday, 3/17
Website committee
Men’s Bible Study
Men’s Bible Study
Friday, 3/11 Friday, 3/18
Jim's day off
Men’s Bible Study
Website committee
Women’s Bible Study
Festival Singers Rehearsal

Jim's day off
Men’s Bible Study

Saturday, 3/12 Saturday, 3/19


Diocesan Ministry
   Fair @ Cathedral
Cobb Festival Singers Concert


Cats on Wheels
   @ Olive Garden

Sunday, 3/13 Sunday, 3/20


Daylight Savings Time
begins -- spring forward!

Holy Eucharist
Family Holy Eucharist
Church School
Holy Conversations Forum
Choral Holy Eucharist
The Journey
Stephen Ministry


Holy Eucharist
Family Holy Eucharist
Church School
Choral Holy Eucharist
The Journey
Taize Service


By Mike Peterson

Spring Break Youth Mission Trip: space limited, reserve now!

Our Spring Break Youth Mission Trip is to New Orleans, April 5 through 10. We will be working with the Episcopal Community Services of Louisiana’s Rebuild Program, with which St. Catherine’s has worked several times. This trip will be a fantastic opportunity to get the people affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita back into their homes after 5 ½ years while also experiencing the unique cultural gem that is New Orleans.

All travel, meals, and five nights of lodging will only cost $150 per person, and financial assistance is available. I can’t think of a better way to spend spring break!


Valentine's Dinner Dance 2011

Photos by Ellis Kilgore, see lots more on the St. Cat's Youth Facebook page.

Save the date:

For ALL Rite 13ers:

  • Saturday, April 30th – Pre-Rite 13 Ceremony Dinner
  • Sunday, May 1 – Rite 13 Ceremony

For J2Aers:

  • Sunday, June 5 – Confirmation


Wheel Schedule:

Next publications:

  • March 18 – print edition
  • April 1 – print edition
  • April 15 – 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. (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, by midnight. Please submit articles to the editor via email (below) or to Editor Karen Manno's mailbox at church.

The Wheel: get every issue!

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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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