The people of St. Catherine's seek to share in the love that Jesus Christ has for us and the world by welcoming, accepting, nurturing, and serving all people through the power of the Holy Spirit.

We Welcome You!

The Newsletter of
St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
August 8-21, 2011

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Clergy Letter
Country Fair
Flowering the Altar
Visiting Clergy: Fr. Clarke
YF Pool Party
Marriage Journey
Blood drive
Mens Bible Study
Lemonade Brigade
Fall schedule
Join Choir
The Journey
Praying for Pars
VBS success
On Stewardship
Safe Church Practices
Acolytes recognized
Freshman book scholarships
MUST building
Anniversary focus: Finance
In the community:
  WHS mentors
  Dental clinic
  IMTE classes

Holy Baptism
Complete Calendar
  Youth readers
  Visiting Youth
  Lock In
  J2A Training
  VBS pics
  Project Day
  Parent/Youth meeting
  Mentors raft trip
Wheel Schedule



8/10, 17, 31 – Youth WNL

8/11-13 – Flower gathering for Flower The Altar

8/12 – Braves game

8/13-14 – Youth lock in

8/14 , 21 – Country Fair

8/14 – FPU begins

8/20 – Youth Families pool party;
Vestry/Holy Conversations retreat

8/21 – Praying for Pars;
J2A Leader training; Marriage Journey Kickoff

8/23 – Blood drive;
Preschool begins

8/23, 31 –Elizabeth Inn laundry

8/24 – Youth Choir kickoff

8/26-28 – Parish Retreat

8/28 – Elizabeth Inn dinner

8/31 – Adult Choir begins;
Elizabeth Inn laundry

“ New Harmony, The Spirit, The Earth And the Human Soul”

By Amma Susan

For the last four years I have been going to Casa del Sol at Ghost Ranch in the high desert of New Mexico for my continuing education. Ghost Ranch is one of those “thin places” where the separation between heaven and earth seems so very small… God’s presence is almost tangible. The presenter for these conferences has been John Philip Newell, a Church of Scotland minister and former warden of the Iona Abbey in the Western Hebrides of Scotland, internationally acclaimed for his work in the field of Celtic spirituality, and now Companion Theologian for the American Spirituality Center at Casa del Sol.

John Philip has a passion for peace in the world and a fresh vision for harmony between the great spiritual traditions of humanity that holds out hope for our divided world. This vision has been life changing for me. It comes out in my teaching and preaching and I have longed to share this opportunity of being with and hearing John Philip Newell with those at St. Catherine’s. Now you have the opportunity to hear this gifted poet, scholar and teacher yourselves. On Saturday, October 8, John Philip Newell will be leading a day-long conference at the Cathedral of St. Philip, entitled “ New Harmony, The Spirit, The Earth and the Human Soul.” There is a $50/person registration fee which includes lunch. The group cost for a table of 8 is $350 ($43.75/person), but even that is negotiable, if the cost is a hardship.

I encourage you to join me in attending this event. If you decide to register for the conference, please contact me (770-971-2839) so that we can organize a group from St. Catherine’s for the reduced fee. We can carpool and/or ride together in the church van.

Schedule of Events
9 a.m. - Check-in begins
10 a.m. - J. Philip Newell presentation begins
12 noon - Box lunch served
1 p.m. - J. Philip Newell presentation continues
2 p.m. - Open Forum (Question and Answer session)
3 p.m. - Book Signing

Country Fair – Come one, come all!

Our Fair has been reinvented for 2011. Join us the first three Sundays in August from 9:15 to 10:15 am for food, fun and fellowship all while helping our community. On August 7, we’ll be making 1,000 lunches for MUST Ministries that will be delivered to hungry children in Cobb County. On August 14, we’ll be gathering school supplies for Communities in Schools, the nation’s largest drop-out prevention program. On August 21, we’ll be collecting toiletry items for The Extension to give to residents of their addiction recovery program.

Each Sunday, the Jubilate Music Team will provide music and we’ll have a potluck breakfast. Please bring a breakfast dish (finger foods) to share. Collection bins for the school supplies and toiletries will be in the foyer beginning July 24. The August 7th Fair will take place in the Parish Hall. August 14th and 21st will take place under the Great Oak – weather permitting. Please contact Molly or Dave Banko with any questions,

School Supplies Needed: Markers; Colored pencils; Pre-sharpened pencils; 24 count crayons; pens (blue, red and black ink); Highlighters; Sharpies; Dry erase markers; Crayola paint; Glue sticks; Elmer’s glue; Large pink erasers; Manual pencil sharpeners; Fiskars scissors; Marble composition books, Spiral notebooks; Wide ruled notebook paper; 1” binders; 2-pocket folders with and without prongs; Calculators; Bookbags; Ziploc bags

Toiletries Needed: (full or travel size) Shampoo; Conditioner; Soap; Razors; Shaving gel; Deodorant; Feminine items; Combs / Brushes; Lotion

Orders due Monday, August 15 for BrickWalk

Order now at

The BrickWalk project is going very well – we’ve gotten over 100 orders, but there’s a way to go to get to our goal of 250! Many, many have expressed an interest but haven’t ordered yet. Remember, go on-line to our St Catherine’s website, click on the BrickWalk project and you’re there. We’ll also be opening sales to the Preschool parents and teachers.

Orders and payments are due August 15. So if you want a brick to remember a special occasion, a special friend, a family member, or just to say “Thanks for 50 great years”… now is the time to order. Brochures and actual brick samples are available on the table in the foyer. If you need help ordering or have questions, contact Jennifer Massey,, 404-375-8327, or Bill Ivey,, 770-953-2828.

As part of our 50th Anniversary Year, the Parish Administration & Facilities Ministry Team is replacing the asphalt under the Great Oak Tree with a Brick Walk. You are invited to purchase one or more pavers which may be engraved with your message of up to four lines of text with up to 18 characters per line including spaces. Each is 8”x8” and costs $50. You will NOT receive any spam or unrequested email by using our online order form. After placing your message order on our website, send your payments to Rose Wolfe at the church office and make sure to write “Brick Walk” in the memo line.

Financial Peace University begins August 14

Previews are being held each Sunday for our fifth adult Financial Peace University ( FPU) class which begins August 14. You’ve heard about FPU and wondered… “Should we really take the class? Is now is the right time?” Well, Fred and Jennifer Massey, recent graduates said, “Make time, this will change your life!” FPU is the most important step to changing your financial future through a 13-week process taught by best-selling author and financial counselor Dave Ramsey, which empowers and teaches you how to make the right money decisions to achieve your financial goals and God's plan for your life.

All couples and singles are invited. Fall 2011 classes will be Sundays at 3:30 pm beginning Aug 14. Registration is $150, covering all materials and program costs. Sign up in the foyer or contact Peter and Colleen Morich, 770-424-9054, or Phil and Lisa Spessard, 770-565-8244.

“Flowering the Altar” Sunday

Please bring flowers or greens from your yard to church any time Thursday, August 11 through Saturday, August 13 at 10:00 am. There will be buckets filled with water in the foyer for your cuttings. The Flower Guild will arrange the flowers on Saturday to adorn the altar for services on Sunday, August 14. Everything will be used!

Visiting Clergy for 50th Anniversary

Sunday, August 7: Father Jim Clarke

For our 50th Anniversary celebration we have invited former clergy of St. Catherine’s to join us this summer and fall to preach and celebrate with us. To date three of our former clergy will join us: the Rev. Jim Clarke, St. Catherine’s first full-time vicar, on August 7; the Rev. Hazel Glover on September 18; the Rev. David Wayland on November 6. We hope you make special plans to be with us these dates to greet them and thank them for the foundations they each helped lay that allows us to be the people we are today.

From Father Clarke:

St. Catherine's was my first assignment after graduating from St. Luke's Seminary, Sewanee in 1967. This assignment included being assistant at St. James', Marietta. After three years, I became full-time Vicar at St. Catherine's, until May 1973.

Then I became the Institutional Chaplain for the Diocese of Atlanta under Bishop Sims. After serving there I became the Administrator of Trinity Towers, a retirement highrise near East Point sponsored by three Episcopal congregations. While serving there I also became Priest-in-charge of St. Mary's Episcopal Church, East Point. When I retired in 1999, Trinity was sold to another non-profit organization and St. Mary's became the Hispanic congregation of Santa Maria's Episcopal Church under the leadership of Isaias Rodgiuez. When we retired, Carolyn (my wife) and I moved to Cornelia, Georgia.

Some memories: In 1967-1968, Lockheed Aircraft Co. was furiously building the C-5 Super cargo jet. It recruited aircraft engineers from England. There was a grand "small-world" happening one Sunday when three engineers met each other at the service having not seen one another since World War II. They had all worked together in aircraft factories in England. It is a most joyful memory.

One other. We were so cramped in St. Catherine’s one cinder-block building at the time. After a successful building fund drive and loan arrangements a committee of mostly engineers oversaw the building project. When the contractor fell behind in the completion flowchart the plug was pulled and we had to complete the project ourselves. One person who stands out was a man by the name of Ben Hall. He managed the completion well. Many opinions were expressed about how the work should be done. I'll never forget his motto: "Your opinions matter to me but I will only be able to hear them when you are working next to me with a hammer or a paint brush in your hand." It is great to behold St. Catherine’s facility today!

I am honored to be asked to participate in this 50th year celebration!

Young Families Pool Party

Save the date: Saturday, August 20

By Molly Banko and Suzanne McGhee

Hopefully everyone is enjoying the lazy (and hot!) days of summer. We want to give you the heads-up on an upcoming event. Parents and kids, please join us at the home of Cy and Courtney Cardona on Saturday, August 20, from 12 to 3 pm for a pool party. Watch for details to be announced closer to the date! If you’d like to get on the email list for all our Young Families activities, contact Molly Banko,

Marriage Journey Informational Meeting and Dinner

Sunday, August 21, 6:00 pm

By Colleen Morich

Marriage Journey, for the two of us, has become more than mere work on our marriage. It is a community of friends who have journeyed with us through the joys and sorrows of our life together. They have encouraged us, loved us, wept with us, laughed with us and invited us into their lives. Our relationship and marriage are stronger because each of these couples have shown us the way to a deeper respect and appreciation for each other. They have helped us discover and celebrate the strengths of our marriage. And we are grateful. — Jim and Joan Nixon

If you are interested in learning more about Marriage Journey, please join us on August 21 at 6:00 in the Parish Hall. We'll have a meal, an Informational Meeting, and we will form groups for the coming year. Child care will be available for those who preregister. Marriage Journey is for married couples of all ages, and those about to marry. Please RSVP on the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin, sign up in the foyer, or contact Colleen Morich at 770-861-4231 or

Blood Drive – Tuesday, August 23

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

Give the gift of life at our next Red Cross blood drive! Reserve your time slot now, go to and enter the sponsor code: HOLTRC. You'll also find great information here about donating blood including tips for first-timers, read donor stories, and more. Or you can call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE. Volunteers are also needed to help greet donors and help with set up and take down – please contact Jennifer Massey, or 404.375.8327.

Men’s Bible Study Groups for fall

Order study book now

By Tom Snead

Two Men’s Bible Study groups will be offered for fall: Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. beginning September 8, and Friday mornings at 6:30 a.m. beginning September 9. Each group will continue for 13 sessions (we will not meet Thanksgiving week). The evening study will use the Acts of the Apostles as the study basis. The morning study will use Exodus through Deuteronomy as the study basis. A study book is needed by each man participating at a cost of $8 and will be available before the start of the first session. The first chapter of the study book (approximately 10-12 pages) and the assigned Bible passages should be read prior to the first session.

If you are interested in either group, please order your study book by Sunday, August 28 by checking the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Tom Snead at 678-795-9508, (be sure indicate whether you wish to be in the Thursday evening or Friday morning study).

Join Lemonade Brigade/Coffee Hour Team

The Lemonade Brigade and Coffee Hour team serves refreshments after Sunday services. During the summer we’re outside with lemonade and cookies under the great oak (or indoors when weather demands). Once the weather cools off we switch to coffee and goodies in the foyer.

It’s a fun way to meet people! Are you interested in helping? Volunteers are needed to work with one service time on a Sunday in a rotation schedule. Supplies are provided or you may bring your own. Please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Eleanor Pearson or Pat Pepper.

Looking ahead: Fall Worship Schedule, Ministry Fair and Rally Day

  • Sunday, September 11
    • Worship times still on summer schedule: 8:00 and 10:30 am
    • Ministry procession at 8:00 am service
    • Ministry Fair at 9:15 to 10:15 am - Join us to learn about all the many, many ministries of St. Catherine's, including the Church School and other Christian education offerings this fall.
    • Rally Day and Picnic at 12 noon – immediately following the 10:30 am worship
  • Wednesday, September 14
    • Wednesday Night Live begins for all ages (Youth summer WNL continues every week before then)
  • Sunday, September 18
    • Service times move to fall schedule: Worship at 7:30, 8:45, 11:15 am
    • Church School begins for all ages at 10 am

Join Choir: You are invited!

  • Youth Choir begins August 24

We welcome all young people—grades 2nd to 10th, boys with unchanged voices and all girls—who love to sing and wish to be part of the choir. First graders are invited to our Training Choir. Our first meeting will be on Wednesday, August 24. We will have a potluck supper beginning at 6:15 p.m. in the Parish Hall, followed by robe fitting and a little singing. Our regular Wednesday rehearsals will begin on August 31. Youth Choir rehearses 6:30-7:30 p.m. We sing most Sundays through the school year at the 8:45 a.m. service. No training or experience is required, just enthusiasm! Any questions? Please email director Martha Bowden:

  • Adult Choir begins August 31

You’ve been thinking about it and now’s the time to become a part of St. Catherine’s Adult Choir! Adults, and all youth past the age for Youth Choir, please join us. We have an exciting program lined up for the fall and Advent including “Lacrimosa” from Mozart’s Requiem in D Minor, pieces by Rutter, Handel and much more. For the 50th anniversary service on November 13 we’ll have special music including “Come Dwell in Solomon’s Walls” by Randall Stroope. And on Christmas Eve we’re planning wonderful selections – for a sneak peak, check out “Lux Aurumque” (as performed in composer Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir Project) on YouTube at

Our first rehearsal will be Wednesday, August 31. We regularly rehearse from Labor Day to Memorial Day on Wednesday evenings, 7:30 - 8:45 p.m. and meet at 10:30 a.m. on Sundays to prepare to lead in the 11:15 a.m. services. You are guaranteed at each rehearsal to learn something, laugh heartily and experience God’s presence through beautiful music. Sight-reading ability, while helpful, is not required. Please contact director Brian Williams at or 678.461.9656, or speak to any choir member if you have questions.

  • Jubilate Music Team: year round

Our name, Jubilate, means to shout for joy, sing aloud and rejoice in God! We are a group of amateur musicians and singers showing God’s praise through our joyful music. This unique group of instruments and voices leads the congregation in contemporary music at the family Eucharist approximately once a month plus occasional special services. Musicians range in skill from beginners to expert. A good ear and a willingness to learn by listening is the most desired skill for this ensemble. Rehearsals are Tuesday evenings throughout the year with an added rehearsal and sound check Saturday mornings before performance. For information contact Jeff Harris (770-977-1157,, Susan Jablonski (404-713-7370,, or Jason Gardiner (404-557-4007,

Volunteers are also needed as Jubilate sound technicians and road crew! Please contact Bill Ivey, 770-578-1945,

Youth Choir on a joyous Easter morning


Adult Choir contributes their anthem


Jubilate leads us in praise

EfM begins Thursday, September 8

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

A new class begins at St. Catherine’s on September 8. We meet on Thursday evenings, 6:30 to 9 every week through the school year. The complete program spans four years. A fee is involved, partial scholarships are available for those in need. Won’t you join us? We would love to have you. For more information, sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin or contact contact Jan Potter, 404-444-8627, or Chris Potter, 404-376-7430,

“The Journey” (Inquirers 501)

By Amma Susan

We are about to begin our second year of “The Journey,” St. Catherine’s process for people new to St. Catherine’s who want to learn more about the Episcopal Church and for those interested in church membership. The Journey prepares adults to receive the sacraments of adult Baptism or Confirmation, or to be received into the Episcopal Church from another denomination. Meeting on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 to 7:30 including the Wednesday Night Live dinner, The Journey participants will explore their faith in community with others new and old to St. Catherine’s, gain spiritual tools for their faith journey, learn about the Episcopal Church, the Bible, the Book of Common Prayer, discern their gifts for ministry, all while enjoying fellowship, small group interaction and worship together. If you are interested in participating or learning more about The Journey, call The Rev. Susan Johnson (770-971-2839).

Praying for Pars

Next date: August 21

Join us for a golf date on one of our two remaining Sundays this year: August 21 and September 11. We’ll go to the early church service and eat breakfast, before 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.

Vacation Bible School success!

St. Catherine's was transformed into Hometown Nazareth for VBS week, June 27-30. Just over 90 kids experienced 4 afternoons of fun and learning. More of our community became involved this year, especially in the areas of Marketplace and Life in Nazareth where the children got to see and help with woodworking, sewing, pottery and baking. Hearing Mary's message every day was a special treat as well.

Thank you so much to our VBS leaders, Lisa Spessard and Stephanie Yucius, and all our youth and adult volunteers (see list in the July 18-Aug. 13 edition of The Wheel). It definitely took a village to bring Hometown Nazareth to life!

Photos by Jan Potter, see more below in Youth News, and lots more at VBS2011

On Stewardship

Our continuing series from the Stewardship Committee

By Linda Scott

Although I never really heard the word "stewardship" as a child I was taught early on, by my godfather, that a penny was not to be taken lightly. He collected all his pennies in a glass jar on his dresser and every week we would sit down together and count them. When we reached one hundred he would give me a dollar and I could go down to the corner store and buy myself something—at the age of 5 my desires were not expensive. He was a godfather in relational terms. I don't remember him ever going to church with me—my family, except for my grandmother, was not big on church. However, I did learn the importance of each coin and how long it took to reach that magic 100th coin.

When my grandmother started taking me to church with her, I was thrilled that I had the ability to put my own money in the offering plate as it passed by. In my excitement I would sometimes want to put in the whole dollar, but she would explain that God didn't expect it all—that 10 cents was sufficient and so she would give me change for my dollar and I would place a dime in the offering plate.

This is not to say that a ten percent tithe is my norm. Sometimes I come close, but not often. But I do know that what one learns as a child has an important effect on adult behavior and as I remember my grandmother now, I think of the small box on the top of her dresser. Every Sunday morning I got to bring it into the kitchen and pull out the envelope for that Sunday. She would write her check and seal it up in the offering envelope, give me change for my dollar, and off we would go to church. Her offering was quite a bit larger than mine, but we both knew they were equal in God’s eyes and that was all that mattered.

St. Catherine’s and Safe Church Practices

Relationships among people are at the foundation of Christian ministry and as such are central to the life of the church. A Safeguarding Task Force for St. Catherine’s has been working in the last few months to develop policies and codes of conduct in healthy and safe relationships for our staff and volunteers. The task force presented their body of work at the Summer Parish Meeting on July 31. We were very pleased by the support for this work of those in the congregation at this meeting. These policies and code of conduct will be presented soon to our Vestry and Preschool Board of Directors for adoption.

Over the past several years we have been implementing a training program for our staff and volunteers developed by the Church Pension Group to help protect children and adults from sexual misconduct in congregations, dioceses, and other church institutions. The training has two portions known as “Safeguarding God’s Children” (for those who work with children and youth to age 18) and “Safeguarding God’s People” (for those who work with adults). Our task force is identifying which positions at St. Catherine’s will require these trainings (initial and recertifications) and this information will be communicated in the coming weeks.

If you are a volunteer at St. Catherine’s and have a question as to whether you need to have either of these trainings, please contact the leader of your committee or your ministry team. Below is a schedule of training dates coming up around the diocese. Sessions will likely be added at St. Catherine’s and elsewhere in the coming months. If you know you will need a topic, and that you have never had the first time training session, consider registering for a date and location below which fits your schedule. If you have had the first time session but need recertification details will be announced soon. There is no charge for these trainings.

Safeguarding God’s Children:

  • Monday, August 15 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. St. Martin’s Episcopal School at 3110 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd. Atlanta 30319. Registration is required, by contacting Katherine Fortner at 404-228-0714 or email
  • Saturday, August 20 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Church of the Ascension, 205 West Cherokee Ave., Cartersville, GA 30120. Registration required by contacting Helen Lesser at or phone 770-382-2626
  • Saturday, August 27 from 9:00 am to Noon. St. David's Episcopal Church in Roswell. Registration is required. Please contact Judy Beecham at St. David's at to reserve a spot.

Safeguarding God’s People:

  • Saturday, September 10 from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Church of the Ascension, Cartersville. Registration is required by contacting Helen Lesser at or phone her at 770-382-2626.
  • Thursday, October 6 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cathedral of St. Philip. RSVP required to Linda Scott at 404-601-5353; 800-537-6743 or email
  • Sunday, October 23 from 1:00-4:00 p.m at St. Catherine's. Registration required by contacting Linda Scott at or phone 404-601-5353.

For information from the Diocese of Atlanta about the Safeguarding program and the calendar of training dates offered in the diocese please visit

Acolytes recognized

On Sunday, July 31 we recognized the services of all our acolytes. The word acolyte is derived from the Greek word akolouthos, meaning companion, attendant, or helper. St. Catherine’s is blessed to have had 35 acolytes during the past year who have been our constant companions, attendants and helpers! We are so thankful for the gifts of their time and talent.

Torches - Alison Adams, Thad Barrington, Ethan Cook, Seamus Fahy, Stephanie Gardiner, Isabel Lopez, Oak Martin, Nick Muckerman, Quinn Phillpotts, Wyatt Pitts, Chandler Sherry, Forrest Tuemmler, Frederick Tuemmler, Nat Whitlow, Charlie Zimmerman

2nd Cross - Mary Alice Barrington, Abby Baumann, Celia Bowers-Dean, Erin Donoghue, Allison Dupuis, Ryan Olliffe, Cody Pitts

Captains - Katie Barrington, Alysia Bowers-Dean, Caitlyn Buckalew, Scott Burkholder, Kelly Donoghue, Ben Frost, Hannah Harris, Paul Maxwell, Sean Olliffe, Megan Shannonhouse

Graduates - Emma Markette - 8years of service; Zach Pope - 7 years of service; Gaby Sutton - 7 years of service

College freshman receive book scholarships

We are so proud of our rising college freshmen! At services on Sunday, July 31, we recognized six of our fine young adults and awarded each a book scholarship to assist with continuing their education:

  • Derek Hailey, attending Chattahoochee Technical College
  • Connor Kimball, attending Georgia College & State University
  • Alex Lewis, attending Appalachian State University
  • Emma Markette, attending University of Georgia
  • Zach Pope, attending Rhodes College
  • Bobby Strubble, attending University of Georgia

The St. Catherine’s Book Scholarship Fund began as the Dorothy Hanson Memorial Fund, in memory of Dani Dickson's mother, and is funded each year by gifts in her honor as well as proceeds from parish picnics and other individual gifts. To date, we have presented 93 scholarships for a total of $17,400. At this time we are able to give small scholarships to our rising college freshmen each year, but with additional gifts to this fund we hope to expand the amount of the gift of have the ability to help support our students each year of their college careers.

We appreciate any and all support of this fund. To contribute please send checks to St. Catherine’s, designated for College Book Fund.

Outreach project for 50th Anniversary: Summer Lunches for MUST

A great group of volunteer youth and adults gathered in the Parish Hall on the morning of July 27 as part of the Outreach Ministry Team's 50th Anniversary focus for July. It took is just over one hour to make 1,000 lunches! Thanks so much to everyone who turned out, including some special volunteers from CBeyond corporation, to help MUST in their annual summer-long drive to deliver thousands of lunches every day to needy school-age children in 6 metro Atlanta counties. For information about their program visit

Photos by Father Jim Nixon

MUST building opportunity

St Catherine's is teaming up with other Cobb County churches to construct a new building for MUST Ministries. It will be similar in size and design to our Youth House, built Habitat style. Plenty of help will be needed, you can volunteer for a few hours, a couple of days, specific tasks, or help in any capacity as you are able. We anticipate starting this summer (permit permitting). If you are interested, get on the list as soon as possible by signing up on the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Fred Massey/404.731.4466 /

50th Anniversary Ministry Focus for August:

Financial Resources Ministry Team

This month as part of our 50th Anniversary Year of Celebration we celebrate the life and work of our Financial Resources Ministry Team. This team includes committees for Stewardship, the Great Oak Endowment Fund, Counters and the Finance Committee. To find out more about their activities please contact convener Tom Blackstock

In The Community

Wheeler High School seniors need project mentors

The Wheeler High School Senior Project Committee is searching for community volunteers to mentor seniors for their Senior Project in a business field, professional and/or specialized skill area. Volunteers should be ready to help guide students through a learning experience that will include a product or service, and culminates in a presentation to a panel of community judges. The students will need to have 12 documented hours with the mentor. Opportunities to volunteer are available for the fall and/or spring semester. Please contact April Greenfield at


Free community dental clinic August 12-13

The Georgia Dental Association is holding the first Georgia Mission of Mercy (GMOM), a free two-day dental clinic being held at the First Baptist Church of Woodstock (Hwy 92 in Woodstock, GA), August 12-13, for low or no-income adults who cannot pay for dental care. GMOM professionals will provide treatment to adults to alleviate pain. Free services, provided on a first-come, first-served basis, will include cleanings, fillings, root canals, extractions, and interim partial dentures. The goal is to provide much needed care on first-come, first-served basis to approximately 2,000 or more patients over the 2 days. Volunteer nurses are also needed to take a medical history and record vital signs, use a glucometers and do INR testing if indicated. To register as a volunteer, go to and click on the green "register now" button and sign up for the Medical Triage sessions on Fri. and/or Sat.

This is an extraordinary opportunity for adults in need in our community to obtain much-needed and hard to access dental care. Please spread the word!


Classes from Institute for Ministry and Theological Education, Diocese of Atlanta

  • “Benedictine Spirituality: Living Intentionally in a Distracted World” with The Rev. Dr. Jane Tomaine
    Saturday September 10 at St. David's, Roswell

When time is short, the "to do" list long, and the cell phone feels permanently attached to the hand, we can feel trapped by the frazzle of 21st century life. In his sixth century monastic Rule, St. Benedict asks, “Is there anyone here who yearns for life and desires to see good days?” (Ps. 34:13). If your answer is a hearty "I do!", this retreat day will provide you with some tools to reclaim the true center of your life in God. The workshop is from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, registration cost $45. For more information and registration go to

  • “Made for Goodness: A Morning with The Rev. Mpho Tutu”
    Saturday, September 17 at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Atlanta

Come for an extraordinary morning of conversation and discovery as we explore what it means to be “Made for Goodness” with The Reverend Mpho Tutu. The Rev. Tutu will offer a presentation on her newest book, Made for Goodness, and Why This Makes All the Difference (HarperOne, March 2010), co-authored with her father, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. Beginning with check-in, coffee and morning refreshments at 8:30 a.m., the program will start promptly at 9:00 a.m. and end at 12:30 p.m. (Lunch is not included). Pre-Registration is $15 per person. Registration at the door will be $25 if space is available. For more information and to register go to


Excerpt from a letter by Lynn Swanson, Director of the Cobb Summer Singers:

Dear Friends,

Last evening I attended a service at St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church where we will give our second Summer Singers concert. It was a memorial service for a dear friend’s mother [July 14 memorial service for Larraine Nichols]. I have attended several services at St. Catherine’s and given many concerts there with the Festival Singers and the Summer Singers…

We have always admired the beauty of the church and have taken special note of the amazing work of the altar guild and flower guild. As we progressed through the service, I couldn’t help but notice how everything gracing the altar was perfect. The perfectly pressed white linens that draped the altar and the chalice must have been prepared by someone with loving care and an eye for detail. A member of the altar guild took time to launder and press each cloth removing every stain and pressing every corner. That same person took great precaution transporting the cloths and draping them in such a way that every fold was straight and every end hung evenly. The chalices and plates were polished so they looked as though they had never been used until now.

The flowers that adorned the altar were again perfect! The vibrant colors were carefully chosen to compliment the life of the one we were memorializing and celebrating. Two arrangements displayed brilliant colors with exotic flowers that included Bird of Paradise and yellow Mums. The broad leaves that added the backdrop to the blooms were manipulated into a fan that tied all of the various textures together. It was picture perfect.

The Crucifer, the Acolytes, the Choir and the Ministers all processed wearing vestments and robes that looked as if it were Easter morning with the expectation that a very special guest would arrive at any moment. As they presented themselves at the altar they conveyed their reverence for the space in which we were gathered. Everyone spoke the liturgy with great conviction. The organist and choir sang the hymns with deliberation and vigor. The Reverend Jim Nixon had taken much time to consider the scriptures, reflect on his feelings, compile his thoughts and articulate them with ease and assurance as he delivered the eulogy.

I was treated as though I was the guest of honor in a grand banquet hall attending a great feast. The spirit of the congregants was genuine. It was a spirit exuding peace and joy all at the same time. Those in attendance were dressed in their best as if they had been invited to the White House for lunch with the President and First Lady.

The parish is surrounded by oak trees and dogwoods nestled serenely in the middle of a flurrying community. The parish of St. Catherine’s is ardent and understanding of their purpose. They strive to present themselves in an unassuming manner full of compassion and passionate about their calling. They give nothing other than the best all the time…

Lynn Swanson

Dear [St. Catherine’s],

Thank you for your generous contribution of $2,238.02 to Episcopal Relief & Development. $100.00 was designated for the USA Disaster Response Fund, $310.00 for the Haiti Earthquake Response Fund and $1,828.02 for Global Needs, which allows us to direct help where it is needed the most. Your support means a great deal to all of us at Episcopal Relief & Development and those we seek to serve…

Esther Cohen, Chief Operating Officer, Episcopal Relief & Development

Holy Baptism

Next scheduled date: Sunday, November 6 (All Saints)

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


FOR THE SICK: Lillian Vu, Madison Cox, Alycen, Victoria Moon, Olivia, James Day, Mary Ann, Sally Shimell, Jan Dennis, Laura Gary, Michael Dillson, Lois, Jack Kerr, Ginger Russell, Sally Acker-Moon, Petty Partridge, Joe Cochran, Anna Pierotti, Dick, Sari Chism, Jenny Brown, Crystal Harmon, Chuck Treece, Diane Waller Evans, Roberta Abstein, Olivia Martin, Candy Barry, Jacqueline Hurley, Michael Heininger, Janice Fahy, Robert Pruett, Brian Lee, Sylvia Franks, Kent Moss, Tommy Alexander, Betty, Kappy Memory, James Ellis, Arlene Brooks, Joan Schlesinger, Sandy Curran, Jenna Gardiner, Marilyn Hunter, Julie Brannock, Barbara Cordery, Bill Straub, Harry Tear, Jr., Gordon Blair, Susanne Muckerman, Jan Coraggio, Marion Cook, Bill Woods, Marianne Mighton, Dale Buran, Jordan Brinson, Anne Whittle, Ellen Montero, Dee Gay, Janet, Teresa Witham, Emily Gale, Amy Morris, David Sherry, Neal Aimar, Karen White, Agnes Floyd, Devon Parker, Sydney

FOR THE DECEASED: Ruth Ann Shaw, Margaret Shaw's aunt

FOR THOSE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS: (8/8) Cassie Heinz, (8/9) Carolyn Hilley, Beth Sandoval, (8/10) Alison Adams, Robbie Roy, (8/11) Julie Brannock, Quinn Phillpotts, Todd Hudson, Christy Jones, (8/12) Laurie Remter, John Barrington, (8/13) Abby Smith, Joan Nixon, Kerry Acocella, Barbara Garner, (8/14) Art Bayless, Rick Buckalew, Paige Frank, Mikel Parker, John Behunin, (8/15) Keith Muckerman, Owen Snape, Jill Morich, (8/16) Kellen Pierce, (8/17) Tyler Parker, Canaan Smith, (8/18) Cary Phillips, Zach Hurley, Caroline Greene, Adam Stone, (8/19) Lucille Heil, Monica Rader, Sean Olliffe, (8/20) Dylan Degan, Ross Emerson,, (8/21) Jim Kareken, Jack Kilkenny, Michelle Parisi

ANNIVERSARIES: (8/8) Rod & Nadine Pope, Beverly & Jimmy Denny, (8/20) Chase & Lindsey Paris, (8/10) Scott & Crystal Harwell, (8/14) David & Nathalie Frank, (8/18) Eric & Deana DeLaBarre

Jane Smith; Linda Smith; Mark & Karla Smolen; Jim & Linda Snape; Jason, Sue, Owen & Eva Snape
(8/14) Tom & Ann Snead; Peggy, Kelly & Megan Snook; Phil, Lisa, Sydney & Caroline Spessard; John & Carol Starr; James & Donna Stephens

SPECIAL PRAYERS: + We thank you Lord, for the blessings we receive through the mission and ministry of our Vestry, 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.

TRANSFERS IN: Laura Jacobs, from Trinity Episcopal Church, Huntington , West Virginia


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:

  • Friday, August 26 – Sunday, August 28 … Parish Retreat @ Lake Logan
  • Sunday, September 11 … Ministry Fair/Rally Day
  • 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, 8/8 Monday, 8/15

Susan’s day off
CGS Materials
Liturgy & Music
Boy Scout Troop 713


Susan’s day off
CGS Materials
Kneeler Group
Boy Scout Troop 713

Tuesday, 8/9 Tuesday, 8/16


Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
PL & F
Youth Ministry
Parish Retreat

Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Adult Ed.
Vestry Meeting
Wednesday, 8/10 Wednesday, 8/17


Executive Committee
Bible Study
Youth WNL
St. Cat’s Scribes


Bible Study
Youth WNL
St. Cat’s Scribes

Thursday, 8/11 Thursday, 8/18
Finance Meeting
Theater Group
Preschool Work Day
Theater Group
Friday, 8/12 Friday, 8/19

Jim's day off
St. Luke’s Youth Group
Women’s Bible Study
Braves game

Jim's day off
Preschool Work Day
Women’s Bible Study

Saturday, 8/13 Saturday, 8/20


Youth Lock-In
Turner Memorial Service


Vestry / Holy
Conversations retreat
YF Pool Party @ Cardonas'

Sunday, 8/14 Sunday, 8/21


Coffee Time
Holy Eucharist
Country Fair
Holy Eucharist
Stephen Ministry


Country Fair
Praying for Pars
Holy Eucharist
J2A Leader Training
Marriage Journey


Youth readers wanted

Youth grades 9-12 who would like be a lay reader at 8:45 worship services this fall, please contact Mike to let him know you are interested. All that’s needed is a willingness to practice, a desire to read God’s word, and a commitment to be in church. Training will be provided.


Visiting youth group from St. Luke’s Birmingham - August 12

On Friday, August 12 we will be hosting a youth group from St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Birmingham, AL. They have been volunteering throughout the summer to rebuild areas affected by last spring’s tornadoes, and they are taking a trip to ATL as a reward. They will be attending a Braves game on Friday, spending the night in our state-of-the-art Youth House, and heading to Six Flags on Saturday. I’ve just started working out the details with their Youth Director, but we will likely join them for a joint activity (dinner, possibly a Braves game) on Friday evening. Stay tuned for further details as they emerge.


Lock In! -- Sat., August 13 to Sun., August 14

The only way to cope with the reality of your impending return to school will be to attend the St. Catherine’s Back-to-School Youth Lock-In!! We will spend Saturday night starting at 7 PM until 9:30 AM on Sunday, August 14 at our beloved St. Catherine’s having more fun that you can shake a stick at (if you like to shake sticks at things) and attend church on Sunday morning (bright eyed and wide awake, of course). This event will be open to incoming Rite 13ers, so this will be a great opportunity to make them feel as welcome to our youth program as possible before the school year gets rolling.

Bring yourself, sleeping bag, pillow, toiletries and your favorite snack to share. Pick up an information/permission form outside the Youth Director’s office or download it now from our website at


Journey to Adulthood Leader Training - Saturday, August 21

Journey to Adulthood Leader Training has been set for 12 noon on Sunday, August 21 for all adult leaders of the J2A program. Lunch will be provided.


VBS 2011

Photos by Jan Potter, see lots more at VBS2011


Youth House Project Day - Saturday, September 10

Have you noticed the outside of the Youth House looking a little threadbare? Do you, as I do, wonder how much longer it will be until the closets in the Rite 13 (soon to be J2A) will burst open and flood us all in an avalanche of clutter? Are you tired of your soccer and kick balls rolling under the front porch of the Youth House? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then you should come on out for our Youth House Beautification Project. We will spend a few hours conquering some tasks to keep our Youth House beautiful, clean, and usable before Church School starts the following weekend. We will have both indoor and outdoor work to do, so we’ll definitely have a job that suits you. Stay tuned for further details.


Wednesday Night Live

Don’t forget WNL is continuing every Wednesday at 5:45 PM throughout August and beyond when WNL resumes for everbody on September 14. We’ve had some great sessions so far lead by several different people and we’ve enjoyed good food and fellowship in the process.

Volunteers are still needed to help provide the meal for one week's WNL this summer. If interested please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Mike Peterson,, 770-971-2839.


Parent and Youth Meeting - Sunday, September 11

We will be holding a meeting for all youth and their parents to start off the year. This meeting will be at 1:00 pm in the Youth House and is for all grades in the Youth Program (6th-12th) but will also include some time to meet with the leaders of your particular class. At this meeting we will discuss some plans for the upcoming year, give out the calendar of important dates, and hear any thoughts or questions you may have. This meeting will immediately follow Rally Day and the Parish Picnic, so you will be able to avoid having to make two trips to church that day. I hope to see you there (and at the other events listed here)!


Youth Mentors Rafting Trip 2011

July 30 on the Nantahala. We had a blast, see you next time! (photo by Steve Tuemler)

Wheel Schedule:

Next publications:

  • August 19 – print edition
  • September 9 – online edition
  • September 23 – 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 Wednesday 2 days before the publication date, by midnight. Please submit articles via email (below) or to Editor Karen Manno's mailbox at church.

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