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The Newsletter of
St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
June 6 - 19, 2011

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Clergy Letter
Ministry Teams Quarterly
Brick Walk
Labyrinth dedication
July Forums
Foyers Finale
MUST building
Blood drive
Newcomer coffee
Praying for Pars
Daughers of the King
Grounds help
Care Calendar
Diocesan Council
Favorite hymns
Country Fair
Turkey photos
In the community:
  Congrats Kirsten

  Glasses & hearing aids
Holy Baptism
Complete Calendar
  Leaders needed
  I said Yes
  Mentor hike pics
Wheel Schedule



6/8, 15, 22, 29 – Youth WNL

6/5 – Confirmation

6/7 – Quarterly Ministry Teams meeting

6/10 – VBS early registration deadline

6/12 – Pentecost; 10:30 worship only; Parish Picnic

6/18 – Labyrinth dedication; Foyers Finale

6/19 – Praying For Pars; Taize service

6/19-24 – Youth Week @ Kanuga

6/25 – Cats on Wheels @ Theater on the Square

6/26 – Newcomer/Visitor Coffee

6/27-30 – Vacation Bible School

6/28 – Blood Drive; Elizabeth Inn laundry & dinner

The Journey

By Amma Susan

“A calling is where our joy meets the world’s need.” — Frederick Buechner

St. Catherine’s has just completed the first year of The Journey, our process that prepares adults for baptism, confirmation, reception or reaffirmation of their baptismal vows. The Journey has provided a safe place where people hungering to know God and seeking a church home were able to explore their faith in community with members of St. Catherine’s, catechists and sponsors who shared that faith journey with them. This has been a marvelous experience and has borne wonderful fruit. We have studied and prayed together, laughed and cried together, and formed community and new members of Christ's body together. Two adults were baptized at The Great Vigil of Easter and fifteen adults will be presented to the Bishop for confirmation on June 5.

The success of The Journey lies in its lay leaders, who have a very special voice that needs to be heard every bit as much as, and sometimes more than, the one coming from the person wearing a clergy collar. Following this article are a few comments made by this year’s catechists about their experience of The Journey.

The best description I know of a calling is by Frederick Bueckner who wrote, "The place God calls you to is where your deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet.” We are now recruiting people to serve as catechists (teachers and small group leaders) for The Journey, meeting on Wednesday evenings in the next school year. If you are a good listener and can maintain confidentiality, if you enjoy working with groups of people and are a team player, and if you can speak about your faith journey while accepting others where they are in their faith journey, then you have the gifts needed to be a catechist. What gives you joy has the opportunity to meet the world’s deep hunger. In fact, God may be calling you to this ministry. To learn how you can respond to God’s call by becoming a catechist in The Journey speak to Amma Susan+.

  • The Journey – A catechist’s view

by Tom Hunter

When I was first asked to be a catechist for The Journey, I didn’t have a clue. When I then found out that a catechist was a teacher and The Journey was an in-depth course to prepare people for Baptism, Confirmation and Reception into the Episcopal Church, my confusion turned to apprehension. I certainly didn’t feel qualified. But I agreed anyway. (Amma Susan can be very convincing.) I soon found that my role was actually more that of a facilitator and a fellow pilgrim on the path to deeper faith. I learned a lot from the discussions on the Bible and the Church and on the sacraments spiritual disciplines, but even greater were the deep lessons I learned from the enthusiasm of new Christians and the life wisdom of those who were in the process of changing their lives. I clearly saw God at work in our lives and my own faith grew as a result. If you want new friends, greater knowledge and a deeper faith, I highly recommend The Journey.

  • What the Journey Meant To Me

by Elizabeth Lopez

The Journey was a chance for me to share my faith story with others and a chance for me to remember where I have walked with God thus far in my life. Just as in a family we need to share stories of our lives together, a church must do the same. Through interesting lessons about the sacraments and church history, the Journey group was introduced to the powerful story of the Episcopal Church and of St. Catherine's. These stories reminded me of the rich tradition I belong to and of the centuries of wisdom that guide our practices today. The African Bible Study method was a powerful way to see scripture in a new way, both through the repetitious reading of each passage (three times in one sitting) and listening to each member of our group talk about the passage from their point of view. This method allowed everyone to consider scripture from their own perspective and encouraged everyone to speak from the heart. Using this method reminded me that our scripture is truly a living word, one that speaks to all of us in subtly different ways at different times in our lives. It is in community, then, that we best understand what God might be saying to us. The Journey provided a safe place to dig into scripture and to express what it means to me. Finally, I was so moved by the stories and thoughts of my fellow Journeyers. I was amazed at each meeting by the observations others made about God, our church, scripture, and their own spiritual lives. Each person, no matter how much or little they knew about the Episcopal church or the bible, shared the most profound thoughts as we discussed sacrament, worship, scripture readings, or church history. There is a popular Christian song on the radio right now that says "If we are the body, why aren't His hands moving?" In The Journey this year, I was never more convinced that God's hands are moving mightily in our midst. I saw God's hands reaching out to me in the form of every person who participated in The Journey.


Sunday, June 5 at 5:00 PM

Bishop J. Neil Alexander will join us on June 5 at 5:00 pm for Confirmation. We have been preparing our Adult and Youth Confirmation classes throughout the fall and spring to participate. It will be a glorious day as we gather in celebration of members of this congregation making a mature commitment to the Episcopal Church. The worship will include music with our adult choir and a reception will follow under our great oak tree.

We hope each and every one of you will put this date on your calendar and plan to be in attendance to support those who will give themselves to the ministry of Christ as expressed through the mission and ministry of the Episcopal Church.

Ministry Teams Quarterly Meeting

Tuesday, June 7, 7 pm

All committees and ministry teams—be sure to have a representative at this very important meeting on Tuesday, June 7, at 7 pm in the Parish Hall. Everyone who is interested in ministry at St. Catherine’s is invited to attend.

’11-’12 plans needed!

Attention all St. Catherine’s groups and committees: Make sure resources and publicity will be available for your events! Send information on any and all activities, planned or tentative, for the coming year (now through May 2012) to Rose Wolfe in the office, by June 30. Your church staff needs your information now for its summer planning session.


Sunday, June 12

  • Remember to WEAR RED or other bright colors!
  • PARISH PICNIC — Immediately after 10:30 service
    Come celebrate the start of summer with a picnic! Enjoy hamburgers, hot dogs and all the fixin’s prepared by our Men’s Group. We’ll have activity for children and music. Your donations go to benefit the St. Catherine’s College Book Scholarship Fund.


Pentecost Readers needed

We will have people read one of the scripture lessons at the service (remember, 10:30 only!) in as many languages as possible. If you speak any foreign language or sign language, and are interested in participating, please let us know and we will provide you the translation by mail or email ahead of time. Check the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Rose Wolfe in the church office,

The 50th Anniversary Brickwalk

A permanent part of our legacy

Be a part of our legacy and help celebrate our 50th anniversary! The master plan for our church entryway included replacing the asphalt under the Great Oak Tree with a brick walkway. The Parish Administration and Facilities Ministry Team has undertaken this project as the team's 50th Anniversary ministry focus.

The bricks will be installed in an attractive design of approximately 250 laser-engraved 8" x 8" dark red bricks, surrounded by plain 4"x 8" pavers in a sandy tone. Sample bricks are now available to view in the church foyer.

You are invited to purchase one or more bricks which may be engraved with a special message such as your family members’ names, to honor a friend or ministry, as a permanent legacy to someone who was a former member or as a memorial to a loved one. Each brick may include up to four lines of text with up to 18 characters per line (including spaces). Your engraving may use upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols. Cost is $50 per brick (includes engraving, shipping & installation). A tax deductible contribution of $30 may be taken for each.

This project will be completely funded by monies collected for brick purchases. This is not a fundraiser for other projects nor does it receive any funds from the general operating budget.

How to Order

Use the easy on-line order form at:

We are using an online form to allow you to enter your engraving message just the way you wish it to be, and avoid any possibility of errors in copying your order. You will not receive any spam or unrequested email by using this website. After you enter your brick’s message online, please send your check or cash payment to the church (make checks to St. Catherine’s and be sure to write “Brick Walk” on the memo line). All orders and payments are due by August 15, 2011.

If you are unable to order on-line or have questions, please contact either Jennifer Massey at, 404-375-8327, or Bill Ivey at, 770-953-2828. We are happy to assist you.


Installation help needed this fall

Volunteers are needed to be part of the construction crew to install the brickwalk in September. To help please contact Al Jones at or 770-565-1013.


50th Anniversary Ministry Focus for June: Parish Administration and Facilities

This month as part of our 50th Anniversary Year of Celebration we celebrate the life and work of our Parish Administration and Facilities Ministry Team. To find out more about their activities please contact team convener Al Jones.

Labyrinth Dedication

Saturday, June 18 with Special Guest William Grace Frost

On June 18 from 10:00 am to 12 noon we will gather to dedicate the outdoor labyrinth constructed by Zach Pope as his Eagle Scout project. The labyrinth is given by many members of this congregation as they supported Zach and gave thanks for the grace of God in their lives. Everyone is invited to attend this special event in our life together.

Our special guest for the morning will be William Grace Frost ( who will lead us in an interactive training to introduce us to the labyrinth and the ways we might use it in our individual spiritual practices. William offered a similar program for the Men’s Retreat at Montara Farms in October, 2010. His guidance and insights helped each of us experience the Farms’ labyrinth in our own ways. His time with us was a highlight of our weekend. As the men discovered, each person who attends this session will receive their own gift from the work we do both as a group and individually.

What is a labyrinth? From William’s website, “A labyrinth is a moving meditation; a 5,000 year old tool that enables us to let go of the challenges and stresses of our lives and to allow the deeper peace and wisdom within us to emerge. It’s incredibly simple and you don’t have to sit uncomfortably on a pillow with your eyes closed and legs crossed for extended periods of time.”

Join us to learn about the origin and history of labyrinth, discover the variety of uses of the labyrinth, experience the labyrinth through the use of a guided meditation, experience the labyrinth using a technique of your own choosing, reflect on your experience, and, of course, to share in the joy of Zach Pope’s Eagle Scout project well done.

July Sunday Forums

This summer, during the month of July, you are invited to join Fr. Jim in the Board Room each of four Sundays to discuss some of the contemporary questions in the life of the church. These “church school” sessions will run from 9:15 to 10:15 on four Sundays, July 3, 10, 17, and 24. Each class will be independent from the other and you can attend all four or any combination your schedule allows. For our elementary age children we will provide a fun program during this time.

Our four topics are designed to introduce what many might call “hot button” issues in the life of our church and/or society. Some topics we’ll hear more about as we near the General Convention of the Episcopal Church in the summer of 2012. These Sunday mornings are designed to acquaint us with the range of issues, opinions and discussions we are hearing or will be hearing about. They are also designed to give us practice in the skill of discussing with one another issues on which we might disagree yet at the same time work to respect the opinions as well as dignity of each other.

Here’s a brief look at our topics...

  • Spiritual, but Not Religious? – Let’s take a look at what these terms mean and why so many people are claiming that they are spiritual, but not religious.
  • White Privilege – Is there such a thing as white privilege? If so, what can we as Christians do to level the playing field?
  • Same-Sex Marriage – For better, for worse?
  • The Anglican Covenant – Does the Anglican Covenant strengthen or weaken the Anglican Communion?

A packet of material will be assembled and made available beginning Sunday, June 26 in preparation for our meeting together on July 3.

Foyers Finale Party

Saturday, June 18

If you are part of a Foyers dinner group or would like to know more about being part of a group next year, please join us for the Foyers Finale Party on June 18, 6:00 pm at home of Tom and Maureen Donoghue. Please bring a side dish or a dessert to share. RSVP by checking the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin, or contact the Donoghues at 770-973-9776.

"Foyers" is dinner groups of 6-8 people which meet one a month during the school year at members' homes. It is a wonderful night out for couples and singles of all ages, and a great way to get to know fellow parishioners better than just a friendly hello in church. Join us for a great party and to find out about our next season starting this fall.

MUST building opportunity

By Fred Massey

St Catherine's is teaming up with other Cobb County churches to construct a NEW BUILDING for MUST Ministries. The Outreach committee has authorized a financial contribution of $13,000 toward this $90,000 project. All the money has been raised and now we are getting close to starting the build. This building will be similar in size and design to our Youth House, built Habitat style.

Volunteers will be needed to assist in everything from assembling the frame work to painting. If you would like to participate in this vital project contact me as soon as possible and I'll put you on our emailing list. You'll receive updates regarding timing, progress, voluntary needs, and work to be done. You can volunteer for a few hours, a couple of days, specific tasks, or help in any capacity as you are able. We will need volunteers six to seven days per week. We anticipate starting this project sometime this summer (permit permitting). Our own Roger Motter and Ken Miller (from Habitat) will be directing the work at the site on most days.

Thank you for your consideration.

Fred Massey / 404.731.4466 /

Vacation Bible School — for all ages!

Monday, June 27 - Thursday, June 30

By Lisa Spessard

This year's Vacation Bible School is not just for children – there is a place for YOU in "Hometown Nazareth" June 27-30, 1 - 4 PM. This year we are hosting an intergenerational "Holy Land Adventure." The activities will encourage all ages to participate and see what life was like when Jesus was a child. We’ll hear from Mary, as we will explore Jesus' life and hometown through her eyes. Children and adults will also discuss the Bible points from each day and make connections about how they relate to our modern-day lives.

We need volunteers for Games and Snacks, for serving as "shop keepers" in the Marketplace or as group leaders and mentors. The youth will continue to lead groups, we would like to have youth and adult members serving together. We also need parishioners gifted in woodworking, pottery, sewing, beading, and baking. Participants will observe typical work people did back when Jesus lived.

If you are not available during the week, we can still use your help! Snack donations or decorations and set-up the week before VBS, would be much appreciated. Please look for our sign up bulletin board in the foyer for our specific requests.

This is the last year Stephanie Yucius and I will be leading Vacation Bible School, and it has been rewarding for both of us. It has been a blessing to see so many children experience God and His many blessings in such a fun and special way. We are looking for someone to work with us in preparation to lead the program in 2012, so if you feel called to serve St. Catherine's in this way, please let Stephanie or me know, contact us at

Register children now

Space is limited and is filling fast! Cost is $25 per child if paid by June 10, $35 after this date. Open to children ages 4 (by July 1) through rising 5th graders. Registration forms available in the foyer or download a form from our website at

Blood Drive

Tuesday, June 28

Our next Blood Drive is Tuesday, June 28, 3 pm to 8 pm in the Youth House. The American Red Cross values your commitment to their life-saving mission of ensuring that an adequate supply of blood and blood products is available for the patients in our community. Red Cross has issued us a Spring Sponsor Challenge in which St. Catherine’s can earn an award if we collect above our goal.

Schedule your appointment time now by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Volunteers are also welcome to help with set up, clean up and greeting donors. See you there!

Newcomer/Visitor Coffee

Sunday, June 26, 9:15-10:15 am

All newcomers and visitors at St. Catherine's are cordially invited to a "get acquainted" session over breakfast in the Parish Hall, with 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.

Praying for Pars

Next date: June 19, reserve by June 12

Are you the kind of golfer that prays for pars? Join us for a golf outing any or all of these Sundays: June 19; July 17; August 14; September 11. We’ll go to the early church service together and eat breakfast, before heading out for a 10 am tee time. Each person is responsible for their own greens fees.

Please confirm your participation by the Sunday one week before each outing, on the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin or contact Walt McGill,, 770-971-8890. See you there!

Taizé services conclude

Last date: June 19

Our special monthly services conclude on Sunday, June 19 at 7:30 pm. We invite you to join us in this unique and enlightening liturgy which includes psalms, scripture readings, music; reflection, silent meditation and intercessions.

Daughters of the King

By Barb Selby

I know that many of you have noticed the distinct silver Greek cross worn by various women at St. Catherine’s. The bearers of these crosses are members of Daughters of the King, a lay order for women of the Episcopal Church. Every Daughter pledges herself to a lifelong vow of prayer and service dedicated to the extension of Christ’s Kingdom and to the strengthening of the spiritual life of her parish. At St. Catherine’s, the Daughters’ Chapter meets once a month to renew ourselves with a short meditation or study, then we share prayer requests for ourselves, our families, our friends, and other members of the congregation. Our meetings are open to all women of the church, and we welcome anyone who is interested to join us on the second Wednesday night of each month at 6:30 PM. We plan to start a new training class in the fall for those interested in joining us.

In addition to our ministry of prayer, we have a few other on-going projects. These include providing baptismal banners of all being baptized (Julie Brannock is in charge of this). We also have a prayer shawl ministry for church members in need. We provide supper twice a year at Elizabeth Inn and have made rosaries for youth pilgrimages and members of the Journey. The Daughters of the King also sponsors Quiet Days (or Nights) of prayer which are open to the whole parish.

Our hope for our chapter is not to do more, for we are all active in many, various ministries in the church already, but rather our goal is to support each other in fellowship and prayer to enable us to continue doing our chosen ministries. I think I can speak for all the Daughters in our Chapter that I find D.O.K. to be a safe place in a busy world where I can be together with like-minded Christian women and feel supported through the love of Christ.

Please look for an Opportunity for Ministry coming soon in your Sunday bulletin or feel free to ask any of us wearing the Greek cross for more information!

Photo, right - Preparing the banners for those baptized at the Great Vigil

Grounds help needed

Volunteers are needed to help water and maintain the flower gardens and pots around church over the summer. If interested, please sign up on the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Gail McGill at

Education for Ministry (EFM)

By Jan Potter

YOU might be perfect for EFM if….

You secretly think that the hokey-pokey is NOT what it’s all about.

You want to find real meaning in the everyday world.

You want to know just what it might mean to live out your Baptismal covenant.

You want to see God in other’s eyes.

You want to share your faith journey with interesting, non-judgmental people.

You need somewhere to go on Thursday evenings.

You always meant to read the Bible, but found it a bit daunting.

You always wondered about where the whole “church” gig came from.

You need a bit more help before you “go out into the world in peace…”

You need a safe place to talk about what it really is all about.

Education for Ministry (EFM) is a 4-year program out of Sewanee. There is a fee (with some scholarship assistance available), and you enroll each year. We meet once a week on Thursday evenings beginning again in the fall. We would love to have you! If you want more information, please contact Chris or Jan Potter, or or 404-444-8627 (Jan) or 404-376-7430 (Chris).

Photo, above: EFM Graduation 2011 -- Mentors Jan and Chris Potter with Roger Lamb of St. Clement's, Linda Smith, and Grady Lacy of St. Clement's.

Care Calendar

By Alan Certain

We are indeed fortunate to have Susan Johnson serving as our Associate Rector at St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church. In the three years she has been with us, we have grown to love her and depend on her. Now, we have an opportunity to show our appreciation.

Roy Johnson, Susan’s husband, is a very gentle good-humored man. He is in good health physically, but his vascular dementia prevents him from driving and from completing tasks of daily living. He still loves to come to the worship service at St. Catherine’s. Amma Susan has service obligations that don’t permit her to go home to bring Roy.

This is where you can come in. We are looking for volunteers to pick up Roy from his home, bring him to the 11:15 service ( 10:30 in the summer months), sit with him and accompany him to communion. Sometimes, Amma Susan has post-service commitments that keep her at the church, and Roy also needs a ride home on those days. If you would provide this service of love just once a year (and 51 others did, too) the need will be met.

Here’s how to volunteer: We have created an on-line “CareCalendar” where you may select the day you will help Roy, on the Internet at Service opportunities “NEEDED” are shown in RED. Just click on one to see more information and to volunteer. Sign up including your e-mail address and you will receive e-mail reminders several days in advance. For account information please contact the church office, or if you need assistance with CareCalendar, please call Alan Certain at 404-661-2200. Thanks for your love.

Diocesan Council delegates

We will elect 5 delegates to represent St. Catherine's at Diocesan Council on November 4-5 in Atlanta. Delegates must be confirmed communicants of St. Catherine's in good standing, meaning they "pray, work and give" for the spread of God's kingdom on a regular basis. Delegates must attend all meetings including pre-council convocation meetings. Delegates this year will also be the electing delegates when the electing council for the 10th Bishop of Atlanta is called in spring 2012.

If interested in serving, please fill out the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Father Jim for information or questions.

Favorite hymns for summer

A tradition at St. Catherine’s is to sing our favorite hymns during worship in the summer months -- doesn't matter what season they are from, but they must be in The Hymnal 1982. Please fill out the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact the office with suggestions of your favorites and we will schedule as many as possible.

Country Fair coming in August

Once again, we will sponsor a Country Fair Event during August as a way for us to reconnect after a summer filled with vacations, camps, weekend getaways and all those ways we find time to be re-created. We will gather on August 7, 14, and 21 with an outreach focus for adults, youth and children alike. Look forward to The Wheel in the coming weeks for details of our Sundays together – and be sure to mark them on your calendar for each Sunday, 9:15 - 10:15 am.

Turkey Pilgrimage 2011


See lots more pictures at Turkey Pilgrimage

In The Community

Congratulations, Kristin

Congratulations to parishioner Kristin Blackstock, honored as Eighth Grade Volunteer of the Year at East Cobb Middle School. See her name on the school's sign along Holt Road as you come up the hill from south of the church, and read about her (and see pictures!) on the East Cobb Middle School PTA blog page at


Eyeglasses/hearing aids to help those in need

By Richard Carter

Do you have eyeglasses, contact lenses, hearing aids that you no longer use? You can make a difference in someone’s life just by putting those items in the Lions collection box now in the church foyer. They will be sorted and delivered to the Lions’ Lighthouse for the Blind in Decatur, where they will be examined and classified, repaired and refurbished as needed. They will then be distributed at no cost to those who need them, particularly in developing countries. And you will have brought the gift of sight to someone.

The East Cobb Lions Club, who provided the collection box and will deliver glasses and hearing aids to the Lighthouse, is an affiliate of Lions Clubs International , the largest service organization in the world with 1.35 million members in 206 countries. Lions Clubs are service clubs, supporting local as well as national and international projects. Particular emphasis, though not all, is on aiding those with sight problems. Our local Lions Club provides vision screening, eye exams and eyeglasses in Cobb County; the Lions Lighthouse provides those services as well as eye surgery and hearing aids to uninsured and low-income Georgians throughout the state; Lions International carries on humanitarian work all over the world, such as President Jimmy Carter’s program to eliminate river blindness. These and other projects are supported by local fundraising, and all funds generated go to projects and programs; operating expenses are all paid for by club dues.

The Lions motto is “We Serve.” You can help us by putting your used eyeglasses, eyeglass parts, and hearing aids, no matter what their condition, in the blue and white box.


May 6, 2011

Dear Father Jim,

I am on staff at Saint Luke’s Church in Birmingham, and today we had the most lovely, touching surprise. As you know, our city and areas of our state have been devastated due to the recent storms. We are all fine in our cozy corner in Mountain Brook, but have been overwhelmed knowing our brothers and sisters living only miles from us are suffering. The need is so widespread that it is difficult to know where to begin. Among other things, we have been collecting food and supplies and delivering them to the areas that have not yet received federal help and media attention.

Around noon today, one of your parishioners (who must truly be an angel) drove from Marietta, Georgia into our parking lot with a car packed (PACKED!) full of canned goods, toiletry items, cleaning supplies, water and more for the tornado victims. Not only will the supplies be delivered to those in need, but she gave all of us a much needed spiritual boost. How lovely to know that we are not alone in our attempts to help, and that our Lord will provide – even supplies from Marietta, Georgia! Her name is Gina Baumann and until today she was a stranger to us, but now we will forever feel connected to her and to St. Catherine’s and the people in Marietta...

His abundant blessings,
Sandy Porter, Director of Communications, Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church Birmingham

May 26, 2011

Dear St. Catherine's Friends,

It is with a heavy heart that Ben and I announce that we are moving to Houston, Texas this summer. I was offered a job in Houston that we cannot refuse.... Although this will enable us to reside in the same city as my sister and other family members, we will miss our St. Catherine's family. There are so many memories that we hold dear. We are so blessed to have grown in our faith in such a loving environment.

We are grateful that during Lent in 2003, Father Jim was kind enough to meet Ben and me at Starbucks to discuss St. Catherine's parish and the Episcopal Church. We were expecting Sydney at the time and searching for a church family in which to raise our growing family. The Bergerons greeted us for Good Friday services, and we never looked back. Just one year after Sydney was baptized, Father Jim baptized Ben, the first adult to be baptized in the new font in the new sanctuary. We are so thankful for the love and care shown by everyone throughout the years—hospital visits and prayers during my difficult pregnancy with Sydney, hospital visits during Sydney's entire first year of numerous surgeries for treatment of the vascular tumor on her right eye, Sonshine Meals whenever they were needed, CGS classes (the time! the patience!), Children's Chapels, nursery, lemonade brigades, church picnics, church festivals, choir, the beautiful music, the moving homilies, the hugs and wonderful friends that we will dearly miss. St. Catherine's will always hold a special place in our hearts.

Please keep in touch and call if your travels ever bring you to Houston. We hope to return to Atlanta often to visit.

Wishing you many blessings and a wonderful summer,
Amber and Ben Shushan

Dear Rev. Jim Nixon and St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church,

What a blessing to have your church join us at the 40th Anniversary Gala recently. Your presence and participation meant so much to so many. We had a very special evening and were able to raise funds to continue ministering to your neighbors in need. Thank you for your continued support the prayers.

Kay Cagle, Associate Development Director, MUST Ministries

May 25, 2011

Dear [St. Catherine’s]

Thank you for your generous contribution of $510.00 to Episcopal Relief and Development. Your gift was designated for the Japan Earthquake Response Fund.

Donations to the fund will support the initial relief work of the Nippon Sei Ko Kai (NSKK, the Anglican Communion in Japan) in response to the 9.0 magnitude earthquake that struck off the northeastern coast on Friday, March 11. We stand in solidarity with the Church of Japan. As the NSKK assesses its needs and make long-term recovery plans, we will provide additional support as necessary. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by the earthquake, the tsunami that followed, and the threat of radiation from the Fukushima nuclear power plant….

In partnership, we are healing a hurting world.

Robert W. Radtke, President, Episcopal Relief and Development

Holy Baptism

Next scheduled date: Sunday, June 12 (Pentecost)

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


FOR THE SICK: Lillian Vu, Joe Tarentino, Madison Cox, Alycen, Felicia Murray, Ashley, Victoria Moon, Olivia, James Day, Mary Ann, Sally Shimell, Jan Dennis, Gordon, Dustin Meineke, Laura Gary, Ernest Moreland, Michael Dillson, Tom Stone, Althea Dillard, Robert Morris, Michael, Rick Durbrow, Woody Woodward, Sam Folk, Beth Sarc, Lois, Alex Anderson, Jack Kerr, Dot Diefender, Robin Howard, Dale Cromer, Karen Smith, Susan, Karen Stickel, Ellen Brandt, Ray Mitchell, Riley & Cindy Young, Jennifer Bean, Virginia Bauman, Charles Lum, Wil Fambrough, Ginger Russell, Doug Simmons, Sally Acker-Moon, Petty Partridge, Joe Cochran, Stuart Keith, Anna Pierotti, Dick, Bud Bryan, Bernice Lewis, Sari Chism, Erica Edwards, Sam Betor, Edward, Marcia Markette, Pressley Shrader

BEFORE SURGERY: Colleen Morich, 6/6/2011; Roberta Abstein, 6/15/2011

FOR THE DECEASED: Libby Batsche, Amy Hunkler’s aunt; Margaret Bowman, Leslie Degan's mother; Virginia Vassel, Paul Manno's aunt

FOR THOSE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS: (6/6) Frances Bowden, Garrett Scott, Laura Christian, Michael Fey, (6/7) Rebecca Kiefer, Peyton Nixon, (6/8) Fred Lopez, Kathy Solomon, Kelly Donoghue, (6/9) Nathan Keith, Paul Maxwell, Abigail McCoy, (6/10) Leah Banko, Bourke Brennan, (6/11) Naomi Morris, (6/12) Justice Mace, (6/13) Lindsay Walls, Jason Tindall, (6/14) Gene Potter, (6/15) Jennifer Buckalew, Frannie Hitchins, (6/17) Becky Ban, Paul Manno, Michael Dillson, Elyse Tindall, (6/18) Judith Phillips, Peggy Snook, Corey Acocella, Beverly Fambrough, Linda Snape,

ANNIVERSARIES: (6/11) Jim & Bobbye Greene; (6/12) Bruce & Barbara Perry; (6/15) Chris & Christy Jones; (6/17) Bill & Elaine Krupp; (6//19) David & Molly Banko

(6/5) Joe, Devon & Brenton Parker; Mikel Parker; Susan & Paul Partus; Ralph & Woodie Patrick;
Richard & Eleanore Pearson
(6/12) John & Laura Pennington; Bob & Pat Pepper; Nancy Perkins; Bruce & Barbara Perry; Rosemarie & Tyler Perry

+ We thank you Lord, for the blessings we receive through the mission and ministry of the Parish Administration and Facilities Ministry Team, especially as they contribute this month to our celebration of our 50th Anniversary.
+ For God’s grace to guide Catie & Matt Nelson on their mission trip to Cambodia this summer.
+ Courtney Morgan, concern over company buy-out.


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:

  • Sunday, July 31 … Summer Parish Meeting, 9:15 am
  • Sundays, August 7, 14, 21 … Country Fair, 9:15 am
  • Friday, August 26 – Sunday, August 28 … Parish Retreat @ Lake Logan
  • Friday, November 11 ... 50th Anniversary Gala
  • Sunday, November 13 ... 50th Anniversary celebration worship


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, 6/6 Monday, 6/13

Susan’s day off
Preschool Summer Camp
CGS Materials Session
Holy Conversations
Website Committee
Boy Scout Troop 713


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

Tuesday, 6/7 Tuesday, 6/14


Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
VBS Meeting
Quarterly Ministry Teams
PA & F Meeting

Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
PL&F Meeting
Youth Ministry
Wednesday, 6/8 Wednesday, 6/15


Bible Study
Preschool Board
Youth WNL


Bible Study
Youth WNL

Thursday, 6/9 Thursday, 6/16

CGS Level II
Friday, 6/10 Friday, 6/17
Jim's day off

Jim's day off
CGS Level II

Saturday, 6/11 Saturday, 6/18


DOK @ St. David’s


Stephen Ministry Cont.Ed
CGS Level II
Labyrinth Dedication
Foyers Closing @ Donoghues

Sunday, 6/12 Sunday, 6/19


 One Service Only

Adult Choir
Holy Eucharist
Church Picnic
Stephen Ministry


Youth Week @ Kanuga
Holy Eucharist/Baptism
Taize Service


WNL for summer

Wednesday Night Live continues for all youth each week all summer long. Meet 5:45 for dinner and program 6:30-7:30 pm.Dinner volunteers are needed to help provide the meal for the group one evening, if interested please contact Mike Peterson at or 770-971-2839 or sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin.


Adult Leaders for J2A

Our Journey to Adulthood program is in need of new Church School leaders for next school year. Next year’s J2A program will consist of 4 classes divided by school grade (6-12) with 4 leaders for each class. Training, lesson plans, and loads of great memories will be provided! If you would like to discuss this spiritually fulfilling and personally rewarding experience, please contact Mike Peterson, Director of Youth Ministries at or 770-971-2839.


Two Years Ago, I Said Yes: Being a Youth Leader

By Jason Snape

This brief note is about a decision I made two years ago to say ‘yes, thank you,’ when it seemed perhaps wiser to say ‘no, thank you.’

Amelia Arthur (our Youth Director before Mike Peterson joined us) asked me to become a youth leader for the Rite-13 group of our Journey to Adulthood (J2A) youth program. The Journey to Adulthood program was something I had learned about. It was (and is) very impressive, powerful, and meaningful. I believe in it. I believe that it can improve some of the things that are awry in our culture.

I gave Amelia a hesitant ‘yes, thank you.’ Hesitant because of my commitment to other passions and priorities (Sue, Owen and Eva, my family, my creative aspirations, church ministries, friends, soccer, garden, house repairs, etc.). But if Sue believed I could re-prioritize for two school years, so did I. I was also hesitant because of my lacking theological qualifications and Biblical knowledge. But I’m a good listener. I draw and write easily. I wonder a lot. I’m in awe a lot. And, I seek out opportunities to learn new things about myself and my relationship to God. I’m not fearless, but in that small way, I feel like I’m brave.

Rite-13 is comprised of 7th and 8th graders, roughly between 12 and 15 years old. It is an age I had not been around since middle school. Would they listen? Would they be able to sit still? Would they share their thoughts? Would I get beat up after school?

I remember a prayer I wrote at the beginning of the class, for God to help me to be trusting in my intentional presence, to help me overcome my anxiety and fears about leading discussions about prayer, about God, about our selves and our strengths and weaknesses. I didn’t mind not knowing all the answers, but hoped God could help me not feel like throwing up before each class. (Actually, that was mostly when I also started teaching at Kennesaw State as well.)

It all worked out. It always seems to, if I’m not particular about how exactly I want it to work out. Our Rite-13 class consisted of about fifteen very regular attendees who were involved, companionable, fun, silly, thoughtful, and caring. We shared the ups and downs of our week. We made our room into our own unique spiritual place. We grew to trust and respect each other. We were sometimes too loud, too energetic, too interrupting, too messy, too distracted. Sometimes we discussed what we’d hoped. Sometimes more, sometimes less. We discussed the many types of prayer; Millennium Development Goals; social, health, and economic issues in the world; how we see God; how we relate to both relatives and peers; what book reports still need to be finished; what we wore to the dance; where we’re going for summer vacation; who we are and how God sees us.

I learned volumes, mostly about myself and God, and about who our youth are, both as individuals and as a group. I’m thankful for this opportunity I had, and hope that others see it similarly – as a chance to grow both within themselves and within St. Catherine’s.

Why am I not continuing with the other three leaders, following these great young men and women on their journey? It could sound as though there’s something wrong, something didn’t go right, something needs fixing, or, horrifically, that I don’t care deeply for this Rite-13 group. But it’s none of those, it’s just where my path is going – I’ve already committed to other roles at St. Catherine’s, at home, and in my career. And there are other opportunities that I would like to try, seeking God in other forms and dynamics, for the joy of discovery and for my growing confidence that if I follow my heart, it will unfailingly lead to God.

Thank you Susan, Katherine, Allen, Amelia, Mike, Fr. Jim, Sue, Owen, Eva, Abby, Erin, Elizabeth, Mary Alice, Claire, Lauren, McCall, Noelle, Allison, Isabel, Celia, Cody, Marshall, Trevor, Will, Ethan, Mitchell, Nigel, Frederick, Daniel.

Easter 2011

Photos by Connie Bergeron

Youth/Mentor Hike


Wheel Schedule:

Next publications:

  • June 17– print edition
  • July 2 – online edition
  • June 15 – print edition

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