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St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
September 12 - 25, 2011

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Clergy Letter
Spaghetti Dinner
Visiting Clergy:Hazel Glover
The Journey
StCats Shirts
Church School begins
Cats On Wheels
Reader training
Biltmore trip
Trivia Night Join Choir
Newell conference
Young Families
MUST build
Vestry notes
Flower delivery
Congregational Nurses
  Flu shots
  Wellstar wellness

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  Emmaus needs
  The Coracle
  Bookstore volunteers
  Wheeler mentors
  Flower Festival

Holy Baptism
Complete Calendar
  Ministry Focus: Youth
  Calendar for the year
Wheel Schedule



9/14 – Acolyte Spaghetti Dinner

9/14, 21/28 -- WNL

9/17 – Safeguarding People orientation;
Lay reader training;
Cats On Wheels @ Hibachi Buffet

9/18 – Biltmore trip information meeting

9/21 – The Journey inquirer’s class begins

9/25 – Catechesis Parent meeting;
YF Picnic @ East Cobb Park

9/27 – Elizabeth Inn laundry

9/28 – Elizabeth Inn dinner

Reflections on the Parish Retreat

By Amma Susan

The theme of the parish retreat this year was “Eat, Pray, Live.” Peter Morich spoke to us about food, and its role in our lives to nourish and sustain… and we experienced the difference it makes in the quality of food when it comes to us fresh from the garden as we reflected on those meaningful moments around food in our own lives. Father Jim spoke of living, using a video of Andrea Bocelli singing, Dare to Live, to focus our thoughts on the events and people in our lives that have been life giving. I led the focus on prayer, speaking of my experience of prayerfulness in the high desert of New Mexico, at Casa del Sol, that recreates and give hope to my life. We shared in a little taste of that experience by doing body prayer together, a form of tai chi that expresses to God the thoughts within us, by the movement of our bodies. It was a beautiful sight to see all of our people there, from the youngest to the eldest, moving together as one synchronized body in their prayer to God. It was like seeing this entire faith community in microcosm, each person with their own unique and wonderful giftedness, joined together with one focus… to glorify God in their prayer and in their life together.

As I have reflected on that experience it has come to me that this is what St. Catherine’s does each day, working together as a community… living out our prayer life in action, as the body of Christ, each giving our gifts to the various ministries at St. Catherine’s, in one beautiful body prayer to the glory of God. It is a beautiful thing to behold.

RSVP for Spaghetti Dinner

Wednesday, Sept. 14, 5:45 pm

The St. Catherine’s acolytes invite you to a special event on the first night of Wednesday Night Live — a fundraiser Spaghetti Dinner, 5:45 to 6:30 pm in the Parish Hall. We are raising money for our trip to the National Acolyte Festival in Washington D.C. on October 7-9.

Please RSVP on the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin or contact the office. If you have any questions, please contact Barbara Barrington at or Bob Olliffe at We can’t wait to see you there!

Photo, right - from the last trip to the National Acolyte Festival in October 2009.

Visiting Clergy for 50th Anniversary

Sunday, September 18: Rev. Hazel Glover

For our 50th Anniversary celebration we have invited former clergy of St. Catherine’s to join us to preach and celebrate with us. Hazel Glover+ will be here on September 18 while Father Jim travels to Carrolton to do the same at Hazel’s congregation of St. Margaret’s. The Rev. David Wayland will join us 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, allowing us to be the people we are today.

The Very Rev. Hazel Smith Glover

After serving as associate rector at St. Catherineʼs from 1996-2002, Hazel was called as rector of St. Margaret's Episcopal Church in Carrollton, Georgia. Hazel is a 1993 graduate of the School of Theology, University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee. She was ordained as priest in December of 1993. Prior to entering seminary, she was an accounting professor at LaGrange College. During her priesthood, Hazel has served as a retreat leader, spiritual director, a Fresh Start facilitator, as a facilitator for Omega Pointʼs contemplative spiritual formation and direction program, a member of the nominating committee for the Ninth Bishop of Atlanta, on the Diocesan Standing Committee, Finance Committee and Mikell Board. Hazel is currently dean of the SW Atlanta Convocation.

Hazel is the proud grandmother of Sterling Tinsley Glover, born to Eiland and Staci Glover in September, 2010. Daughter Martha Glover is living in LaGrange and working as a nurse with the Medical Center of West Georgia. She has just moved into her very first home. Patrick Glover has made his home in Jacksonville, AL where he is working on another degree, playing and rebuilding guitars, and sharing life and home with Sarah Screven.

The Journey (Inquirers class)

Sign up by Sunday, September 18

The Journey offers adults, new and old to St. Catherine's, a venue in which to deepen their faith and explore their faith questions and prepares them to receive the sacraments of Baptism or Confirmation, or to be received into the Episcopal Church from another denomination. Beginning Sept. 21 on Wednesdays 5:30 to 7:30 pm (including the Wednesday night dinner) participants will explore their faith, gain 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. Sign up on the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin, or for any questions please call The Rev. Susan Johnson (770-971-2839).

Get your St. Catherine's shirts here!

Order now through October 3

For wearing in our anniversary year and beyond! As their 50th Anniversary Year of Celebration project for September, the Youth are offering new-design St. Catherine’s shirts. Each comes in an attractive medium blue and features the St. Catherine’s logo. Choose from regular cut T-shirts for $10 each ($15 for plus sizes), ladies' cut T-shirts for $15 each (all sizes), and embroidered polo shirts for $30 each ($35 for plus sizes). Order now by going to the website indicated, or pick up an order form at church!

Payment can be made by check or cash to the church (please make checks to "St. Catherine's Episcopal Church" with "T-shirt" written on the memo line). Watch for announcement of the date to pick up your order at church. For questions please contact Youth Director Mike Peterson, , 770-971-2839.

Wednesday Night Live — For everyone!

Every week beginning September 14

WNL (Wednesday Night Live), our Wednesday night program, has wonderful things in store this year. Beginning on September 14 we’ll have something for everyone—dinner, fellowship and learning for people of all ages. Dinner is 5:45-6:30 pm, followed by programs for youth, adults and children 6:30-7:30 pm. Be sure to make your dinner reservation on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin, or contact the church office by Tuesday each week.

Adult program for fall: “Father Matthew Presents”

This fall during our WNL programming we will introduce you to Father Matthew. What do flying babies, helpful disembodied hands, and a T. Rex bride have in common? Join Father Matthew as he takes us on a light-hearted yet educational tour of the sacraments of the Episcopal Church. We’ll also join him (and his good friend Jehosephat!) on a light-hearted, yet educational, tour of Christian teaching and practices. Through a series of videos created by the Rev. Matthew Moretz we’ll focus on issues of faith and ministry from the perspective of an Episcopal priest. The series is a close-up view of the Episcopal Church in the 21st century. The website Anglicans Online recently wrote that Father Matthew Presents is "brimming with youth, creativity, and humor... addictive, like good candy." Each week we will consider one of his videos through the eyes of St. Catherine’s and how we practice our Christian faith in the Episcopal tradition.

Father Matthew’s faith began at the Church of the Good Shepherd while being raised in Augusta, Georgia. He discerned a call to the priesthood during and after his undergraduate at Davidson College. Father Matthew worked at Christ Church, Frederica in St. Simon's Island, Georgia as a Christian Education Director and Youth Minister, before attending the General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church in New York City. The Rev. Matthew Moretz is the Curate of Christ's Church, Rye, NY, one of the oldest Episcopal parishes in the United States.

Christian Nurture and Development offerings for fall

Church School begins Sunday, Sept. 18

Church School begins for all ages at 10-11 AM on Sunday, September 18. Look for the map in your bulletin this day for the location of all classes.



Infants – Nursery care is available for infants through age four. The nursery area is located downstairs in the Education building and is open at 8:30 AM on Sunday mornings. It remains open through the 11:15 AM service. Nursery care is provided by Stephanie Whitten, Amy Hunkler and Candy Jansen, two paid and experienced childcare workers. On occasion, additional assistance is needed and anyone interested in providing help is welcome.

Children’s Chapel – This program provides a time for children to hear and respond to the Gospel of the day in a “child friendly” setting. The children leave the 8:45 am Sunday Service during the Sequence Hymn and return at the Peace. Children’s Chapel is for all children who are interested and able to “still” themselves so they can hear God’s Word. The age range is usually from three to nine years old. Adults and Young Adults are needed to assist with this group each Sunday, a schedule is provided once volunteers are identified. This is a great opportunity to get acquainted with the youngest members of our Community in Christ. Coordinator: Mary Lou Shannonhouse

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd: A Vision for Children – The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd at St. Catherine's offers Christian formation for children ages 3½ through 12. The Catechesis is grounded in scriptural and liturgical study framed by Montessori's principles of education. This allows children to hear the Gospel and absorb its message through the use of sensory-rich materials and the work of their hands. Our mission is to help our children form an authentic, loving, faithful relationship with God. We ask that children attend as consistently as possible. One presentation builds upon the last. Any less than three sessions a month and the child can lose the richness offered in this work.

  • Level I Atrium – 3½ years old through Kindergarten. Children on their journey of faith get to know Jesus through geography, parables, Infancy Narratives, Paschal Narratives, Eucharist work, and as they work with the liturgy materials. The credo of this child is "help me do it myself." Children select their own work and are given the time and space to work independently and without interruption.
  • Level II Atrium – 1st through 3rd Grades. The older child's thinking becomes more global, conscionable, and moral. Our focus therefore broadens. We begin to explore the History of the Kingdom of God, its unity and vastness, and see how God has made God's self known since the beginning of time. Through reflection on a variety of scripture texts and presentations of moments from our liturgies of Eucharist and Baptism, the children have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of their faith through handwork with the materials and utilizing their developing skills in reading and writing.
  • Level III Atrium – 4th through 6th Grades. The children continue to explore themes of the History of the Kingdom of God with an added emphasis on the Plan of God and the gifts of discovery and inventions by human civilizations which help this Plan to be realized. This leads to a focus on the kind of work that God calls each person to do. Scripturally this exploration takes us into a deeper study of the prophets, Jesus' ministry, parables, and the virtues. In addition children deepen their understanding of the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, Reconciliation, Confirmation, and Anointing of the Sick.



St. Catherine’s uses the “Journey to Adulthood” curriculum for its youth program, in 2011-2012 for grades six through twelve. The program falls into three distinct phases, each of which is two years in length: Rite-13, J2A (Journey To Adulthood), and YA (Young Adults). It is a program of spiritual formation for young people that provides a liturgical framework for their experience in our modern culture, celebrates their individuality and their creative potential, and instructs them in skills needed for successful adult participation in church and society. The program is based on two key concepts: (1) manhood and womanhood are gifts from God, and (2) adulthood must be earned. It includes in-depth exploration of self, spirituality, sexuality, and society. The Journey to Adulthood balances Bible study, prayer, and both serious and playful activities to nurture the whole person during the challenges of the journey from childhood to adulthood.

  • Rite-13 (6th and 7th Grades) – The Rite-13 program assists young people as they take the first steps of passage away from their families and into their own lives. The liturgical celebration of the gift of womanhood and manhood is an integral part of this group’s curriculum.
  • J2A (8th and 9th Grades) – J2A blends action and contemplation in teaching young people faithful living. To prepare them for adulthood, they learn six basic skills: active listening, negotiation, assertion, research and information management, partnership, and leadership. This program also helps them understand and affirm Christian living. At the end of this level, each young adult is given an opportunity to be confirmed and is acknowledged in the community as equipped for new levels of responsibility.
  • YA (10th and 11th Grades) – The YA class takes a deeper look into the issues of self, society, spirituality and sexuality, as well as works to strengthen the bonds that have been formed over the previous four years. They are recognized as young adults, rather than children, and are invited to make a holy pilgrimage at the end of their first year. In addition to work in the classroom, the class plans a mission trip for the summer after their second year, with the help of their leaders and the youth director.
  • Senior Church School (Twelfth Grade) – The Seniors meet on Sunday mornings for a study of the religions of the world. One Sunday a month they take a break from their study and gather for coffee and fellowship. Leaders: Tom Donoghue, Molly Frost, Claudia Kilgore, Fred Lopez



Church School offerings:

  • “Coffee and NOOMA” – Pour a cup of coffee and join the class for this series of short films by Rob Bell about God and our lives. Like parables, these films use the experiences of our lives to teach about the fullness of life through Jesus, tackling issues like forgiveness, discipleship, and unconditional love. Each film encourages meaningful discussion of questions about the Bible that are relevant to our lives. Facilitator: The Rev. Susan Johnson.
  • “The Lectionary” – Plenty of room is available for all in this spirited, spirit-filled and spiritual discussion as we go through the Old Testament lesson, the Epistle lesson and the Gospel lesson for each Sunday. We are in Lectionary Year A until Advent and the Old Testament focuses on readings from Genesis and Exodus. The Epistle readings are from Romans, Philippians, and 1 Thessalonians. The Gospel is from Matthew. We look at how we relate to the Bible readings and how they relate to us. Some difficult questions are asked and new knowledge is gained each Sunday. We try to avoid hogging, bogging or leap frogging, and we hope to have you join us. Facilitated by Tom Snead, Jim Mattox and Randy Satterfield.
  • Rector’s Forum: “Everyday Theologians” – The great majority of those who go to church are engaged in secular employment. These jobs are the main context in which we act out our faith from Monday to Friday. In this sense we are all everyday theologians as we struggle to make sense of our faith in the many and varied contexts in which we carry out our life’s vocation. A theologian is one who speaks of or reflects on the presence and nature of God. Every time we struggle to make sense of how God is at work in the everyday of our lives we are theologians. Join us as we celebrate our faith and support one another in its practice in the worlds we inhabit all week long. Facilitated by The Rev. Jim Nixon.
  • “Singing in the Lifeboats: Biblical Stories with Happy Endings” – For many millennia, our Bible has been a source of instruction. Amid the biblical stories of sin, sacrifices, pillaging, plagues, murder, destruction, and God's smiting judgment, the faithful have searched to understand our relationship with the Almighty. Yet, our Bible owes its success as the best-selling book of all time to something more than the negative. From Job to Jeremiah, Esther to Ezekiel, Genesis to Revelation, the class will be exploring the stories of scripture to find the joy, happiness, and even humor that are contained in the holy books. God calls us to a fullness in this life, not only in the hereafter. Voltaire once said, "Life is a shipwreck, but we must remember to sing in the lifeboats." Come join us as we find stories to help us sing. Facilitated by Ginny Acocella.

Bible Study Groups:

  • Weekly morning study, Wednesdays, 9:30 to 11:00 AM — All invited! Join us for lively discussion and probing questions as we seek a deeper understanding of the nature of God and His covenant relationship with us. No texts, just bring your Bible. Facilitator: The Rev. Jim Nixon.
  • Men's weekly evening study, Thursdays, 7:00-8:30 PM — Our syllabus is "Journey Through the Bible" and a chapter in the Study Book (cost $8) is read before each class. Our 13-week sessions will focus on Acts of the Apostles. The chapter titles in our books are: Tongues, Authority, Conflict, Power, Conversion, Horizons, Jealousy and Joy, Jerusalem, Athens, Corinth, Ephesus, Trial, Shipwreck. There is also a last section titled Acts 29? We will have a lot to cover in the 28 chapters of Acts, and we hope you can join us. Many Bible versions are encouraged. Facilitators: Tom Snead and Jim Mattox.
  • Men's weekly morning study, Fridays, 6:30-7:30 AM — Our syllabus is "Journey Through the Bible" and the 13-week sessions will focus on the four books of the Pentatuch: Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. The chapter titles are: Setting the Scene, God's Call-Initial Reactions, Worse Before Better, Get Ready, Get Set, Free!, Now What?, Being Channels of Blessing, Promise to Keep, ...and if They're Broken, More than Sterile Legalism, Neighbors and Strangers, Is the Hand of the Lord Short?, Israelites-the Next Generation, That Was Then; This Is Now. This will be fun and knowledge filling. A chapter in the Study Book (cost $8) is read before each class. Many Bible versions are encouraged. Please join us. Facilitator: Tom Snead.
  • Women’s weekly morning study, Fridays, 10-11:15 AM — Join us each Friday as we study scripture and discuss its applications to our lives today. We strive to learn more about God and God’s relationship to humankind by reading selections from the Old and New Testament. We use a variety of materials to aid our discussions, including study guides, video presentations by biblical scholars, contemporary stories, and lively conversation. Facilitators: Elizabeth Lopez and Diane Sanders.
  • Women's monthly evening study, second Mondays beginning October 10, 7-8:30 PM — This fall we will be reading from Lysa TerKeurst. She explores the spiritual journey with God by asking "What happens when women say yes to God?" We use an interactive workbook and DVD series with this study. The study invites us to have conversations with God, get into God's word and apply its truth, reduce fear by placing our desires into His hands. We have lively discussion, music and dinner together and welcome all women to join us at ANY point in the study. Facilitator: Stephanie Yucius.

Daughters of the King

Daughters of the King (DOK) is planning to offer classes this fall for women interested in joining. Members pledge themselves to a vow of prayer and service dedicated to building up Christ’s Kingdom. Our first meeting of the year will be Wednesday, September 14 at 6:30 pm. We welcome you! Please contact Barb Selby, for additional information.

Cats On Wheels Luncheon Saturday, Sept. 17

Our next Odd Month, Third Saturday, pay-your-own luncheon will be Saturday, August 17, 11:30 am at Hibachi Buffet in East Lake Shopping Center (across from Kroger), 2145 Roswell Road, Marietta. No reservations needed, just come and enjoy your friends. Cats on Wheels is our "social networking" group for active senior adults, please join us.

Lay readers training Saturday, Sept. 17

For all current and new readers, adults and youth

Adults training 10:00-11:30 am / Youth grades 9-12 11:30-1:00, for everyone who would like be a lay reader this fall -- new readers and all returning readers. For information contact Steve Diffley (adults) / Mike Peterson (youth),, 770-971-2839.

Christmas at Biltmore Trip information session Sunday, Sept. 18

Cats on Wheels is sponsoring a trip open to all in the parish to Asheville and the Christmas Biltmore House in early December. An information session will be held on Sept.18 at 1 PM in the Parish Hall – a light lunch served. This trip is sponsored by Cats on Wheels but is open to the parish. Please RSVP for lunch by signing up on the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin or contact Amma Susan+ for details, 770-971-2839.

Trivia Night

Saturday, October 8

By Maureen Donoghue

On Saturday, Oct. 8 from 7-9 pm in the Parish Hall, the Invitation Ministry Team is holding a free Trivia Night for all ages from kids to seniors as our event to celebrate our 50th Anniversary. There will be a Gourmet Coffee/Dessert Bar, Ice Cream Sunday Bar and prizes for the top 3 teams. If you are a single or a couple, we will put you with others to make a team. Invite your friends and neighbors to join us for a fun evening. RSVP on the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin or contact Maureen Donoghue,

Choirs welcome more singers

All groups have begun rehearsals for the year, but welcome new singers any time. Please join us!

Youth Choir -There is always room for more singers! Young people from second to tenth grade who like to sing are welcome to join us on Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30. No experience required--only enthusiasm. Additionally, the Training Choir offers an opportunity for first graders to learn the basics of choral singing and to transition gradually into the Youth Choir. The Training Choir meets from 6:15 to 7:00 on Wednesdays, overlapping the Youth Choir rehearsals by half an hour. For more information, please contact the Director, Martha Bowden,

Adult Choir – For all adults, and all youth past the age for Youth Choir. We rehearse 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, organist Jana Williams, or speak to any choir member if you have questions.

Jubilate Music Team - Instrumentalists and singers: Showing God’s praise through our joyful sound, we lead the congregation in contemporary music at the family Eucharist approximately once a month. Musicians range in skill from beginners to expert. A good ear and a willingness to learn through listening is the most desired skill. Rehearsals are Tuesday evenings, plus a rehearsal/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,
—> Sound techs and road crew needed! Please contact Bill Ivey, 770-578-1945.

J. Philip Newell Conference – sign up soon

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. 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 and I have longed to share this opportunity of being with and hearing him speak.

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 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 for the reduced fee. We can carpool and/or ride together in the church van. Sign up soon on the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or call Amma Susan+ for details, 770-971-2839.

Events for Young Families at St. Catherine’s

By Molly Banko

We hope you and your family can join us for these upcoming events…

  • Picnic at East Cobb Park – Sunday, September 25, 4:00-6:00pm
    Join us at the pavilion and playground by the upper parking lot at East Cobb Park on Roswell Road in Marietta. Pack a picnic dinner and drinks.
  • Halloween Movie and Pizza – Saturday, October 15, 5:30 pm
    Come dressed in your PJs and join us in the Parish Hall for a Movie, Pizza and Popcorn Picnic. Bring your blanket and we’ll gather around the big screen with pizza, drinks, popcorn and some “scary” treats as we watch a fun Halloween movie (TBA). We’ll start serving the food at 5:30 with the movie beginning at 6:00. $10 per family.
  • Operation Christmas Child – Ingathering November 14-21
    This annual service opportunity is a great and simple way to teach kids about the importance of giving. Start collecting shoeboxes and toys now to make a child’s Christmas special. Look for packing instructions and labels in the preschool and at church in October.
  • Beer Tasting – Saturday, December 3, 7:30pm
    Adults only event! Join us at the McGhee’s for a beer version of our annual wine tasting event.

The mission of the Young Families Ministry at St. Catherine’s is to provide opportunities and community that strengthens relationships between parents and children and to provide a safe, supportive, and nurturing environment for families to grow together in their faith and love of God. For more information about the Young Families Ministry or any of these events, please contact Molly Banko or Suzanne McGhee

Stewardship Campaign 2012

By Father Jim

Our Stewardship Campaign for 2012 will center around a program we have used before at St. Catherine’s. The Personal Note Commitment Program brings us together to provide a very important personal link to the many households of the parish. The Commitment Program is a key component of St. Catherine’s overall stewardship program, as it will determine at what level the parish will conduct its ministries and fulfill its mission in 2012.

In the program a series of personal handwritten notes are sent to each household in the congregation. The objective is to get personal witness stories into the hearts and minds of the members of each household. In order to do this we will be asking many of you to attend a stewardship training event on either Saturday, October 15 or Sunday, October 16. Included in our training will be an opportunity to reflect on your stewardship story and to write 4-6 notes to the congregation members. During this time we will also write thank you notes for each household to be sent once they have submitted a written financial commitment for 2012. Many of you will be receiving or have received an invitation to one of these training sessions by the time you read this article.

We are nearing the publishing of the work of the Holy Conversations team. Their work and the Vestry’s endorsement of it will shape the ministries and mission of St. Catherine’s for the foreseeable future. It is an exciting time as we anticipate their work. However, much of their work will depend on our ability to continue to fund our work together in such a way that resources of not just treasure but time and talent are made available to this work by each of us.

When you receive your invitation to be a part of the Personal Note Commitment Program, please accept it with hope and joy. You will not be sorry. And we look forward to seeing many of you on October 15 or 16.

MUST building progress!

St Catherine's is at work now with other Cobb County churches to construct a new building for MUST Ministries. A website has been started for the project, see it now at for What’s Happening Now and pictures of work underway! Plenty of help is needed, you can volunteer for a few hours, a couple of days, or for specific tasks. Get on the volunteer list by signing up on the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Fred Massey/ 404.731.4466 /

Here is a report on work to date … think of it as a "blog" by Fred Massey and participants…

August 19 -- Great news, heard from Fire Marshall this AM and if Cobb Water can fix our water volume/pressure then we will not need to sprinkler the B/C building. Today, Jim Miller, Al Jones, Mike Reeves, Tom Hargiss, Roger Motter and Peter Morich erected the silt fence required for demolition. We do not need to have it inspected so demolition is schedule to occur soon. For those of you that want to say goodbye to Building B/C now is your chance :). Dust off your work boots, buy some gloves, sunscreen (it was hot today in the shade!), get plenty of Aleve and be ready.

August 24 -- Great news-- to those of you that haven't had a chance to say goodbye to building B/C we are having to wait on our bulldozer operator to get better so you can go by during the balance of this week. Will advise all once I know a firm date on demolition.

August 26 -- My sincere apology but if you wanted to say goodbye to building B/C you now have missed your chance. Demolition started at 7AM this morning. Dust off your hammers etc.

August 29 -- As of Sunday night both B & C buildings have been placed in dumpsters and we're now ready to remove asphalt and install balance of silt and tree protecting fencing. We are going for our building permit on Wednesday and hope to have site graded by end of week. Once we get building permit (and after site review approves our silt fence) we can start to see how bad the dirt is and what we'll need to put in our footings. Once we see what dirt problems we have to overcome and have our building permit I'll have a better idea of when we'll be putting on floor joists which will require 20 or so helpers. Progress is happening and soon we'll be really rolling.

Sept. 1 -- Our MUST Build website is up and running: Check it out! Yesterday, August 31st the plans for our building permit were submitted to both the fire marshall and the building dept. We have a few minor additions needed and we have asked the building department for a foundation permit asap and then hopefully a full permit after that. The silt fencing is all up, the old buildings removed and the grader is coming this week to remove asphalt and clear and level lot in preparation for our concrete people. The dirt at the left rear corner may cause us some minor problems-- mostly debris and uncompacted fill but we have ways to deal with that. Is September 24th still a good date to install flooring? -- maybe.

Sept. 5 -- We now have a hole in the ground in which to build our box to set the building on. Once Cobb County releases our foundation permit we will begin to dig for footings, check soil compaction and then pouring our walls. If we get our concrete for something south of $90.00 a yard we might not have to build any knee walls as the foundation will be all one height and all concrete. … Pictures of demolition are on web site

Vestry Highlights

By Sally Powers

At the regular Vestry meeting on Tuesday, August 16, your Vestry:

  • Learned that plans for the 50th anniversary celebration on November 11 are well underway; save the date cards will be mailed and tickets will be available soon afterwards for $25;
  • Approximately 100 parishioners will attend the retreat themed, “Eat, Pray, Live”;
  • Heard a report from the Great Oak Fund concerning plans to open an account with the Episcopal Church Foundation which are held by the State Street Bank in Boston;
  • Discussed the Faithful Mission campaign and asked the Finance Committee to prepare a communication on implementing a financial strategy toward giving to mortgage reduction;
  • Learned that the Stewardship committee is sending letters to recruit volunteers for 2012 campaign. Training will be provided. The plan is to contact parishioners by writing personal notes. Ingathering is planned for November. 6;
  • Wrote thank you notes to parishioners who made extra contributions to our St. Catherine’s family last month;
  • Bill Lee of the Human resources subcommittee reported on planning for disaster recovery; the initial step is to limit the scope of this and feedback from parishioners is encouraged;
  • Approved the July financial report as presented by Tom Blackstock. Income and expenses are on target with our budget overall; the vestry voted to ask The Finance Committee to identify static designated accounts (those which have had no activity for one year) and report in November;
  • Adjourned at 9:45 p.m.

Flower Delivery help needed

A few hands are needed! Delivering the altar flowers after services on Sundays offers the rewarding experience of bringing not only flowers but also the love and prayers of the St. Catherine’s family to parishioners who are ill at home or in the hospital, parish shut-ins, and others to whom we would like to show special remembrance. Directions and phone numbers are provided and you will serve one Sunday usually every 6 to 8 weeks. If you are interested, sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin or contact Margaret Shaw.

BrickWalk: installation begins October 1

Thank you for supporting and participating in our 50th Anniversary project to build the BrickWalk under the Big Oak Tree. We have orders for nearly 250 bricks and will begin the installation promptly in October.

If you'd like to help in the project to remove the asphalt and lay the BrickWalk under our great oak, please contact Al Jones at Work is scheduled to begin on October 1.

Congregational Nurses Corner

Flu Shots in October

Flu shots will be offered at St. Catherine’s following services on Sundays in October: 9, 16 ,23, and 30. Cost is $25. Medicare will be accepted if card is presented. Blood pressure checks will be offered at the same time for anyone who would like.


Wellstar “Speaking About Wellness for the Family”

WellStar Health System is having new “Speaking About Wellness for the Family” programs in September.

  • We Can!, or Ways to Enhance Children's Activity and Nutrition, is a program developed by the National Institutes of Health to help maintain a healthy weight by increasing physical activity, decreasing TV time and improving food choices. Each series is ideal for the entire family and includes a light dinner, presentations, educational materials and a copy of the handbook. We Can! will be held at WellStar Health Place on Thursdays, Sept. 8, 15, 22 and 29 from 6:30-8 p.m. This program is a FREE four-part series. Registration is required, please call 770-956- STAR (7827).
  • Avril Beckford, M.D., WellStar Medical Group - Pediatric & Adolescent Center, will also be offering Speaking about Wellness for the Family programs in September. Her series, entitled "Parenting as a Community to Raise Children of Resilience and Character," will be held on Tuesdays in September from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Event location: Humphries & Co. Building, 4581 South Cobb Drive, Suite 200, Smyrna, GA 30080. Educational materials and refreshments will be provided. The cost is $10 per session, and you may register for one session or the entire series. A flyer is attached. To make a reservation, please call 770-956- STAR (7827).
    Tuesday, Sept. 20 - "The Importance of Spirituality in the Life of a Child - a Spiritual and Multi-Family Perspective"
    Tuesday, Sept. 27 - "How to Talk to Your Child About Anything" -- During this four-part series in September, Dr. Beckford will cover a variety of issues facing parents today - from parents of toddlers to those entering the teenage years.

In The Community

Emmaus House items needed for Parents & Children by September 16

It’s time again for a new group of fathers, mothers, grandfathers and grandmothers to participate in our Great Start for Parents and Children Program. During the months of October and November we will be holding weekly classes that will give parents and grandparents skills to effectively care for and understand the young children in their lives. As part of the class we offer all sorts of goodies to our dedicated parents. While most of our sessions target infants and young children, many of our mothers and fathers have more than one child, so donations can target the whole elementary aged spectrum. We are asking for donations of new or like new items. Here are a few ideas but feel free to add in things you might have found useful as a parent. Contact Katie Bates at or 404-523-2856 x25 if you can donate anything. We need these donations by Friday, September 16.

Things we would LOVE for our “Great Start” classes:
-Laundry Detergent, Dish Soap, Cleaning Supplies
-Shampoo and Conditioner
-Toilet Paper
-Clothes, Shoes and Coats for Children Aged Newborn Thru Elementary
-Books, CDs, Toys
-Diapers and Diaper Bags
- Bibs and Pacifiers
-Bottles and Baby Formula

The Coracle seminar: “Graced with Imperfection”

Presented by Rev. Kathy Holman and Jim Greene, MA, on Saturday, September 17, 9 am to 3 pm in Jeffords Hall at St. David’s Episcopal, Roswell. This seminar is will introduce participants to a unique perspective on acceptance of self and awareness of the healing power of the Divine in addictive behavior. Fee of $55 includes a light lunch. For information and registration go to or contact


Cathedral Book Store needs volunteers

The Cathedral Book Store is seeking volunteers for specific shifts. If you are interested in volunteering your time and you are an individual who is ...

  • People Oriented (Enjoys greeting people and making them feel welcome)
  • Patient (Ability to deal with diverse personalities and to respond to a wide range of questions)
  • Flexible (Ability to adapt to either a slow or a busy day)
  • Desire to Learn (Willingness to become familiar with cash register, telephone, merchandise)
  • Dependable (Strong commitment to being there and on time)
  • Interested in a Ministry (Our Ministry is to help others with their Ministry)

Please contact Sue Tierney, Book Store Manager, at 404-237-7582 to arrange an interview.


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


Cathedral hosts Flower Festival October 5-6

A traditional English flower festival is planned Wednesday and Thursday, October 5-6, at the Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta. The festival will feature an internationally renowned floral designer, floral demonstrations and workshops, along with the opportunity to view flower arrangements created by more than 30 Southeastern churches and garden clubs, including our own Flower Guild of St. Catherine’s. For a complete schedule and registration information, visit


Dear Members of St. Catherine’s,

On behalf of Communities in Schools of Marietta/Cobb County, Inc. (CISMCC) we want to thank you for your generous donations of school supplies [St. Cat’s Country Fair outreach project] and the on-going support of our organization. Your support is extremely vital to our programs as we continue to work with students and their families in both school systems.

To bring you up to date with all CISMCC’s activities with the staring of a new school year, the Performance Learning Centers (PLCs) both have capacity enrollment and we had 188 graduates from the PLCs last May. Our Parents as Teachers Program is currently serving 50 pre-school children and their parents through home visits and assisting with the children’s readiness for school and kindergarten transition. We continue to recruit volunteers to be mentors for the students at the PLCs and literacy tutors for the elementary school age children.

The mission of CISMCC is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

Thank you again for your continued interest and support. The school supplies have been received with much excitement as the schools are seeing more children coming to school this year with inadequate or limited supplies. This helps them start school on a more even playing field with the other students.

The many volunteers from St. Catherine’s play a very major role in our success and we couldn’t do it without both the monetary and people resources. We are starting a new school year and if any of you are interested in tutoring or mentoring, we would welcome the chance to talk to you about the opportunity. You will benefit as much if not more than the student from the chance to engage with young people and motivate them in their school and life career. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call me at 678-503-0901.

Carol Fey, Executive Director, CISMCC

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, Victoria Moon, James Day, Mary Ann, Sally Shimell, Jan Dennis, Laura Gary, Michael Dillson, Jack Kerr, Joe Cochran, Anna Pierotti, Crystal Herman, Chuck Treece, Olivia Martin, Brian Lee, Sylvia Franks, Kent Moss, James Ellis, Arlene Brooks, Joan Schlesinger, Sandy Curran, Jenna Gardiner, Barbara Cordery, Bill Straub, Susanne Muckerman, Marion Cook, Marianne Mighton, Dale Buran, Jordan Brinson, Anne Whittle, Janet, Teresa Witham, David Sherry, Neal Aimar, Agnes Floyd, Sydney, Paul Beswick, Sylvia Franks, the family of Fred & Karen McCollough, Lita DiPietrao, Jill McNeal, Carlos Sandoval, Nicola, Melvin Knight, Bill Acree, Doris Samples, Sharon Foster, Barbara, Jonathan Hart, Rev. Steve & Dorrie Dean, Anthony Amescua, Gary Winston, David French, Liz Burlas, Bill Brinson, Dean Donald, John Hurd, Mit FitzSimons, Lee FitzSimons, Mike Barletta, Fran Coraggio

FOR THE DECEASED: Helen Guilderson, friend of Margaret Shaw; Woody Woodward, added by Ellen Adams; Dorothy Norford, Jennifer Tear’s grandmother; Sara Boyd Scott, Harriett Pyburn’s grandmother

FOR THOSE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS: (9/12) Doris Samples, (9/13) Garrett Brogdon, Charlene Scheuer, David Goldman, (9/14) Becky Smith, Laurie Smith, Phil Spessard, Will McGhee, (9/15) Emma Markette, Maddie Zimmerman, Mark Blythe,(9/16) Stephanie Gardiner, (9/17) David Bowden, Elizabeth Carswell, (9/18) Kyleigh Paris, Malcolm Haymes, Molly Banko, (9/19) Ryan Nienaber, Jennifer Gale, (9/20) Barbara Kallas, Eric DeLaBarre, Victoria Frank, Arrevia Pierce, (9/21) Jeffrey Tindall, Jay Hendricks, (9/22) Ben Hilley, (9/23) Jim Greene, Marshall Jones, (9/24) Libby Rouleau, Lauren Tear, (9/25) Bette Hamilton, Vic Phillpotts, Charles Mace

ANNIVERSARIES: (9/20) Ken & Linda Minzenberger; (9/21) David & Emilie McLaughlin; (9/25) Art & Susan Bayless, Ron & Connie Bergeron

Gretchen, Charles, Elisabeth, Richard & Alexandria Walton; Natalie, Marilyn & Nat Whitlow; Anne Whittle; Brian & Jana Williams; Margaret, Tony, Bryan & Chris Wilson
(9/18) Debora & Christopher Winters, Taylor Grzegorzewski; Steve & Rosemary Wolfe; Nick Wolfe; Tyler Wolfe; Bill & Rujeania Woods

SPECIAL PRAYERS: + We thank you Lord, for the blessings we receive through the mission and ministry of our Youth Christian Nurture Ministry Team, especially as they contribute this month to our celebration of our 50th Anniversary.

TRANSFERS IN: Tim Braman from All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Tarpon Springs, FL

TRANSFERS OUT: Elyse Tindall to Church of the Ascension, Cartersville, GA


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

8 -- Number of weeks to St. Catherine's Anniversary Celebration!

Hold These Future Dates:

  • Saturday, October 22 … Blessing of the Animals

  • Sunday, November 6 … Stewardship Ingathering

  • 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, 9/12 Monday, 9/19

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


Susan’s day off
Liturgy & Music
Kneeler Group
Anniversary meeting
Boy Scout Troop 713

Tuesday, 9/13 Tuesday, 9/20


Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Youth Ministry

Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Adult Ed.
Vestry Meeting
Wednesday, 9/14 Wednesday, 9/21


Executive Meeting
Bible Study
Spaghetti Dinner
Youth Choir
Daughters of the King
Adult Choir


Bible Study
The Journey
WNL Dinner
Youth Choir
WNL Programs
Adult Choir

Thursday, 9/15 Thursday, 9/22
Men’s Bible Study
H.R. Committee
Men’s Bible Study
Friday, 9/16 Friday, 9/23

Jim's day off
Safeguarding People
Journey Catechists
Adult Reader Training
Youth Reader Training
Cats on Wheels @ Hibachi Grill

Jim's day off
Men’s Bible Study
Women’s Bible Study

Saturday, 9/17 Saturday, 9/24


Holy Eucharist
Family Holy Eucharist
Church School
Choral Holy Eucharist
Biltmore Trip Meeting
J2A Class


DYC Training

Sunday, 9/18 Sunday, 9/25


Coffee Time
Holy Eucharist
Country Fair
Holy Eucharist
Stephen Ministry


Holy Eucharist
Family Holy Eucharist
Church School
CGS Parent Meeting
Choral Holy Eucharist
Stephen Ministers


50th Anniversary Ministry Focus for September: Youth

This month as part of our 50th Anniversary Year of Celebration we celebrate the life and work of our Youth Christian Nurture committee, part of Christian Nurture & Development Ministry Team. To find out more about their activities please contact Youth Director Mike Peterson.

Here's the year for Youth

A brief look at the year of youth program! Please be aware that this calendar is subject to additions and changes -- follow the Youth Email Announcements for updates.

Sept 14 – 5:45 PM Wednesday Night Live resumes
Sept 17 – 11:30-1 PM Youth Lay Reader Training
Sept. 18 – 10 AM 1st day of Church School; 4:30-7 PM J2A activity in Parish Hall
Sept. 25 – 3-6 PM Emmaus Walk
Oct. 7-9 New Beginnings
Oct. 28-29 Happening Training
Nov. 6 – Christmas Tree Sales at both services through Nov. 20
Nov. 13 – 9 AM Church School; 10:30 AM 50th Anniversary Eucharist
Nov. 18-20 – Happening
Nov. 23 – No WNL
Nov. 27 – No Church School; Advent Wreath Making
Dec. 2-4 – Jr. DYC
Dec. 3 – Christmas Tree Pick-Up/Distribution
Dec. 4 – Christmas Tree Distribution
Dec. 10 – Christmas Bazaar
Dec. 18 – 8:45 AM Christmas Pageant
Dec. 21 – No WNL
Dec. 25 – No Church School
Dec. 26-Jan. 1 – Winterlight at Kanuga
Dec. 28 – No WNL
Jan. 1 – No Church School
Jan. 4 – No WNL
Jan. 11 – WNL resumes
Jan 6-8 – Sr. DYC
Jan. 8 – Church School resumes
Jan. 14 – Happening Reunion
Jan. 15 – YA sell V.D.D. tickets at both services
Jan. 22 – 9 AM Church School; 10:30 AM Eucharist; 12 PM Annual Meeting; YA sell V.D.D. tickets at both services through Feb. 5;
Feb. 3-4 – Happening Training
Feb. 11 – 7 PM Valentine Dinner Dance
Feb. 17-19 – New Beginnings
Feb. 21 – Pancake Supper
Feb. 22 – Ash Wednesday
Feb 24-26 - Happening
Mar. 11 – Hunger Walk
Apr. 1 – No Church School-Palm Sunday
Apr. 4 – Easter Egg stuffing fiesta
Apr. 8 – Easter Day; No Church School; Easter Egg Hunt
Apr. 14 – Mike and MB get married!!
May 6 – 2 pm Solemn Communion
May 20 – Youth Sunday; Graduate Recognition; Last day of Church School
Early June – YA Pilgrimage
June 17-22 – Youth Week at Kanuga

Wheel Schedule:

Next publications:

  • September 23– print edition
  • October 7 – online edition
  • October 21– 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.

The Wheel: get every issue!

Does everyone in your family receive this eWheel, the electronic version of St. Catherine's newsletter? Is everyone subscribed? Email is becoming an important means for our parish communications. Just send the email addresses of everyone who would like get their own copy to Karen Manno at the email address below, or note them on the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin, or contact the church office at 770-971-2829. You'll receive your online version via email, and you can find all current and prior issues of The Wheel on our website at

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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