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St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
May 25 - June 8, 2012

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Clergy Letter
Summer begins
  Summer schedule
  Parish Picnic
  Men's Bible study
  Talent Show
  Lemonade Brigade
  Breakfast Angels

Ministry Teams quarterly
Cleanup day
Miss Georgia sendoff
Newcomer coffee
Youth choir meeting
Outreach Opportunities
  MUST build
  Summer Lunch
  Family Promise
  Rice Bowls record
  Emmaus House pantry
Vestry notes
Video talents
Retreat reflections
Greece pilgrimage
Mail Tom
Maintenance teams
Graduates 2012
Great Oak Society
In the Community
  Bishop election
  Presiding Bishop here
  Ministry focus
  Youth Sunday
  Beach trip
  Braves game
  Coming dates
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5/25-6/3 – YA Costa Rica pilgrimage

5/27 – Worship times change for summer;
Parish Picnic

5/30 – Elizabeth Inn laundry

5/28 – Church office closed:
Elizabeth Inn dinner

5/31 – May Emmaus House food drive ends

6/2 – Bishop Electing Council @ St. Philip Cathedral

6/7 – Miss Georgia/Outstanding Teen sendoff

6/10 – Newcomer & Visitor Welcoming Coffee;
Building dedication @ MUST

6/13 – Summer Lunch Making 10 am



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The New December

By Father Jim

I had coffee with a friend this morning. I remarked to him how busy it has been for all of us here at St. Catherine’s this month. It is a busyness that extends far beyond these walls into your lives and lives of those you love. He said in response, “You know, Jim, May has become the new December.” I retired immediately following my coffee with him to a St. Catherine’s meeting in the same place (Panera) and heard a parishioner reflect on trying to schedule an event in a local school during the month of May and finally giving up when the school calendar yielded little or no free time.

Are we too busy? This is not just a question about the church but a broad question about our society, our communities, our schools and our families. Have we convinced ourselves that all these “events” must happen? And to what end must they happen? I hear myself and those who surround me asking why we are so consumed by the responsibility of these events and/or obligations but I certainly keep succumbing to their demand on my time.

I feel sometimes that I’m held captive to my own sense of what others expect me to do or not do. In other words it’s not what others want me to do by direct request, but rather what I think others expect me to do. This doesn’t seem so healthy especially when it leads me to taking on tasks that either I’m not all that qualified to accomplish or simply bore me. But I continue to fight the war that rages within me about how to discern and to engage that which gives me joy and for which I bring unique gifts. Yes, there are some things I must do even when they don’t feed me or for which I bring unique gifts. This is to be expected in all of our lives. The challenge is to manage those tasks so that they do not become a major part of my life.

The challenge, then, is to live our lives with a sense of priority so that life doesn’t just happen to us. Jesus emphasized the importance of setting the proper values in life. “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33) Our challenge is to know what our values are and to make choices that embrace those values. It always a continued challenge for me.

Summer begins

Worship times change starting this Sunday, May 27

Sunday schedule now through the summer:

  • 8:00 am - Holy Eucharist Rite 2
  • 10:30 am - Holy Eucharist Rite 2
  • Coffee available 7:30-8:00 am in the Parlor
  • Breakfast by Breakfast Angels served 9:00-9:45 am in the Parish Hall
  • Lemonade Brigade offers refreshments under our great oak following 8:00 & 10:30 services


Pentecost – Sunday, May 27

  • Worship times: 8:00 and 10:30 am
  • Remember to WEAR RED or other bright, “fiery” colors!

The Day of Pentecost is a day of baptism. This year we will baptize two new Christians at St. Catherine's and welcome them into the household of faith. We will hear the story from the Acts of the Apostles (2:1-15) in as many different languages we can muster so we can experience the “amazement and perplexity” of the event. Our great oak will be adorned with wind socks in fiery colors and as they catch the breeze we are reminded of our call to set the world on fire with our faith. Then, join us after the 10:30 service with our Parish Picnic at which dessert is a St. Catherine’s sheet cake adorned with red, pink and orange flowers.


Parish Picnic — May 27, following 10:30 service

Come celebrate the start of summer with a picnic! Enjoy hamburgers, hot dogs and all the fixin’s prepared by our Men’s Group. We’ll have an activity for children. Help is needed, please contact Rod Pope. No reservations or tickets are needed. Your donations at the picnic go to benefit the St. Catherine’s College Book Scholarship Fund which provides scholarships to our rising college freshmen each year.

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 the annual Parish Picnic at the start of summer. At this time we are able to give small scholarships to our rising college freshmen each year to help with book purchases for their first year, but with additional gifts to this fund we hope to increase the amount of the gift or be able 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 made to St. Catherine’s and designated for "College Book Fund."


Men’s Sunday Bible Study continues

The Men’s Sunday Bible study on the Book of Mark will continue to meet 9:00-10:00 am on Sunday mornings through the month of June. All men are welcome to join us. Please check the church calendar for continuing dates for our additional weekday Bible study groups.


Save the date: Parish Talent Show July 21

By Mike Peterson

St. Cat’s got talent! St. Cat’s Youth and the Parish Life & Fellowship Ministry Team will host the St. Catherine’s Talent Show on the evening of Saturday, July 21. This event will be open to everyone of all ages and will be preceded by a parish potluck dinner. Start thinkingnow about which of your many talents you would love to share with the St. Catherine’s community! The potluck dinner will start at 6 PM in the Parish Hall and will be followed by the Talent Show in the sanctuary. Details will come as we get closer to the event, but go ahead and brush off your unicycle, singing voice, favorite jokes, dancing shoes…


Lemonade Brigade needs you

It’s a fun way to meet people! The Lemonade Brigade serves refreshments (lemonade, water, cookies) after Sunday services under the Great Oak. Help is needed to work one service time on a rotation schedule—if we have enough volunteers you'll only work one or two days this summer. 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.


Summer Breakfast Angels: Calling all cooks

By Margaret Shaw

The Breakfast Angels invite you to be a "guest cook" for our summer schedule. We are looking for some cooks (or chefs!) who would like to join a Breakfast Angels team & cook breakfast for one or more Sundays during June & July. You won't be flying solo—we'll match you up with a seasoned Breakfast Angel team and provide menu, supplies, information, and support.

If you've been interested and/or want to participate in this fun and rewarding ministry, this is a great opportunity to give it a try without making a long-term commitment. Please fill out the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Margaret Shaw, for more information!

SKY Vacation Bible School 2012

June 25–28, 1:00–4:00 pm

This year, we'll take to the SKY and discover that by trusting God, everything is possible! Sky VBS helps kids realize that God is active in our lives and with us every single day. Kids will participate in memorable Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, make and dig into yummy treats, experience electrifying Bible adventures, collect Bible Memory Buddies to remind them to trust God, and test out Sciency-Fun Gizmos thay'll tak ehome and play with all summer long .Kids at Sky will join an international missions effort to squash malaria in the African country of Mali, sending mosquito nets to protect Malian children. Each day concludes with Fly Away Finale—a celebration that gets everyone involved in living what they've learned.

Early registration price available through June 10! Space is limited so be sure to register soon. The program is open to ages 4 by July 1st through rising 5th graders. We welcome volunteers for one or two days, or the whole week. Registration forms are available at church in the foyer or preschool, or you can download a form from our website at The cost is $25 per child. After June 10th cost is $35 per child.

Please note our VBS is 4 days (Monday through Thursday) in anticipation of the July 4th week. Email questions or to volunteer – Thank you and we look forward to sharing our Sky theme with your children this summer!

Supplies donations needed!

Everyone is invited to support our VBS by helping with supplies for the week. Please take a "cloud" from our Sky VBS bulletin board in the foyer at the top of the grand stairs which lists a needed food, craft or other item. Be sure to sign on the board which "cloud" you've taken, then bring all items to church by Friday, June 22. Thank you for your generous support!

Ministry Teams Quarterly Meeting

Tuesday, June 5, 7 pm

All committees and ministry teams—be sure to have a representative at this meeting at 7 pm in the Parish Hall. We will have important pieces of business regarding an update and discussion of our long range planning goals, and a presentation on Family Promise. Everyone who is interested in ministry at St. Catherine’s is invited to attend.


2012-2013 calendar plans needed by June 8!

Attention all St. Catherine’s ministries, groups and committees: Make sure room space, resources and publicity will be available for you! Your St. Catherine’s staff will have a calendaring day on June 12 to plan out the coming year from July 2012 through May 2013. We need to know of all tentative and confirmed events and meetings for your group, no matter if they are on-going, one time or monthly. Please send information to Rose Wolfe,, no later than Friday, June 8.

Do you come to St. Catherine’s?

Join us for a parish cleanup day June 23

By Father Jim

Do you come to St. Catherine's to:

worship, sing, pray, meditate, contemplate, study, learn, grow, be fed (spiritually and physically), be challenged, make friends, laugh, smile, cry...

If you answered YES to any of these questions you are wanted, and needed at the Parish Clean Up Day on Saturday, June 23, starting at 9 am. St. Catherine's parish needs your hands and your energy. We will be working inside. Regardless of your talent, large or small, you are needed. This is your opportunity to give back and instantly be rewarded for your time and talents. Watch for job descriptions in future publications and around the church.

My mother always said, "Many hands make light work." Your hands are needed June 23 at 9:00 a.m. Lunch will be served by the Parish Life and Fellowship Ministry Team at noon.

Miss Georgia Send-Off Party June 7

By Maureen Donoghue

Please come and show your support for Kelly Donoghue and Stephanie Burkholder on Thursday, June 7 in the Parish Hall, 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Both girls are heading to Columbus, Georgia on June 16 to compete in the Miss Georgia (Stephanie) and Miss Georgia’s Outstanding Teen (Kelly) Pageants. We will have “mailboxes” where you can put notes of prayers and well-wishes for the girls. And of course we will have cake! See information about these pageants on the website at .

Newcomer/Visitor Welcoming Coffee

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

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

Youth Choir exploratory meeting June 17

By Father Jim

Brian Williams, Jana Williams and I invite parents and all interested adults to join us on Sunday, June 17 in the Parish Hall between services at 9:15 am to explore the future of our youth choir ministry at St. Catherine’s. We are interested in listening to your reflections about what has been and what you foresee in the future. I have said to the Vestry and to others that my commitment is to sustain this ministry and to explore new ways that it may thrive in our midst. I am deeply grateful to Martha Bowden for 22 years of love and care for our youth at St. Catherine’s. I see her retirement as a transition in our life rather than an ending of a ministry. It is a transition that allows us to step back from the choir and take a good look at what opportunities we have in the future.

I hope you will make every effort to join us to have this conversation. I look forward both to our conversation and to the opportunities that lie ahead of us in providing a music ministry for our children and youth.

Sign up for Acolytes

By Bob Olliffe and Barbara Barrington

Would your son or daughter like to become an acolyte? We are looking for young members of our congregation who are willing to serve in this wonderful ministry. The requirements are few for such a rewarding experience. While there is no specific minimum age, typically the youngest are 8 or 9 years old when they start as torch bearers. As long as they can meet the following basic qualifications, they are welcome to join:

  • Sit quietly and attentively during the service
  • Follow the bulletin and fully participating in the service
  • Have a personal desire to serve in this position

Written instructions as well as walk-through training are provided. If you have questions or would like to sign your child up, please check the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact one of the Acolyte Co-Masters, Barbara Barrington or Bob Olliffe. We look forward to hearing from you! Bob, 770-377-0137, / Barbara 770-906-8746,


In keeping with St. Catherine’s Holy Conversations Outreach Objective of providing education and awareness of the service and outreach needs of the community, the Outreach Ministry Team will be providing an article in The Wheel each month about interesting volunteer activities in the community. We look forward to these coming articles: Fred Massey on MUST volunteer activities in June; Connie Bergeron on St. Benedict’s Path to Shine program in July; Hale Sanders on Communities in Schools mentoring in August. See the Outreach Objectives at Holy Conversations Long Term Plan


MUST Building Dedication June 10

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me. —Matthew 25:35-36a

You are cordially invited to celebrate the work of The Covenant of Churches, including St. Catherine’s, at the Elizabeth Inn Daily Outreach Building Dedication Sunday, June 10 at MUST Ministries’ Elizabeth Inn Campus, 55 Elizabeth Church Road, Marietta, Georgia. Tours of the new building will be conducted at 2:00 pm, the Dedication Ceremony & Recognition begins at 2:30 pm. All volunteer workers are invited to a reception immediately following at the home of Fred and Jennifer Massey, 1850 High Trail, Atlanta, GA 30339. It will be a great day for all those who have worked so hard to bring this building to completion. Congratulations!


Make lunches for MUST Summer Lunch Program

Wednesdays, June 13 and August 1, 10 am

St. Catherine’s will be making 1,000 lunches for MUST’s Summer Lunch program on two dates this summer: Wednesday, June 13 and Wednesday, August 1. Both times will take place starting at 10 am in the Parish Hall. With many hands it’s a surprisingly quick job—based on last summer’s experience it will take no more than two hours to assemble the lunches. Volunteers will prepare and pack the lunches (no food donations are needed). If you have any questions please contact Jennifer Massey,, 404.375.8327.

The MUST Summer Lunch Program delivers free, nutritious lunches to children who are eligible to receive a free or reduced lunch during the school year, Monday through Friday all summer long. Last year, MUST volunteers delivered 103,000 lunches to hungry children in Cobb and Cherokee Counties. This year, MUST is expanding to Douglas, Paulding, North Fulton and Gwinnett Communities, while continuing to grow the number served in Cobb and Cherokee, and plans to serve 180,000 summer lunches. The need is great – families, individuals, organizations, businesses, churches, clubs, groups are encouraged to help out. For complete information about the program visit .

Boxes needed!

We will need large empty cardboard boxes to transport all the lunches after they are packed to the acceptance point at First Baptist Church in Smyrna. Watch for announcement of a location to bring your boxes. Thank you!


"Family Promise" meeting Thursday, May 31 at St. Andrew UMC

We are exploring possible St. Cat’s participation with Family Promise, which networks organizations to provide overnight accommodations and meals for homeless families on a rotating basis. The next meeting is 7:00 pm at St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 3455 Canton Road, Marietta, GA 30066, website Please come to hear about ways we can consider getting involved. Information about the organization is available at


Rice Bowls raises record

By Suzanne McGhee

St. Catherine’s raised a record amount of more than $1,400 from the Young Families Ministry’s Rice Bowl campaign during Lent! Many thanks to all those who participated this year! Your generous donations will help to feed many children around the world. For more information about the Rice Bowl organization, visit .


Collection through May 31 for Emmaus House food pantry

Emmaus House is our diocese's outreach ministry facility/program near Turner Field in Atlanta. St. Catherine’s Outreach Committee wants to support their food pantry for the month of May. Please consider donating any of the following items. NOTE: check expiration dates and allow at least a month for distributing as they cannot accept out-of-date food or bent cans. Place items in the Outreach food barrels in the church atrium across from the parlor. Items needed: 2# bag/box of rice; Bags of dry black-eyed peas, butter beans, lima beans, etc.; Medium container of pasta; Boxed mac and cheese; Oatmeal; 2# bag of grits; Large (but not mega size) non-sugar cereal; Powdered milk; Ramen noodles; 5 oz. can tuna, salmon, chicken; Canned meat meals (beef stew, ravioli, spaghettios, etc.); Spam, ham, Vienna sausage; Vegetables (canned corn, green beans, English peas, potatoes, carrots, etc.); Canned beans (pinto, kidney, black, black-eyed p eas); Pasta sauce, canned tomatoes; Canned fruit (peaches, pears, applesauce, fruit cocktail); Peanut butter; Jelly; Canned soup (hearty but not trendy flavors).

Vestry Highlights

By Sally Powers

Here’s what happened at the Vestry meeting on Tuesday, May 15:

  • We had a community building discussion on how to energize and involve inactive members;
  • Heard Elizabeth Lopez’s report on the continuing implementation of the Holy Conversation goals;
  • Wrote thank you notes to parishioners who made extra contributions to our St. Catherine’s family last month;
  • Planned ways for the Vestry to send mail and packages to parishioner Tom Blackstock;
  • Learned that there is a task force working on improving and keeping our facilities clean and in good repair;
  • Heard April financial report from Treasurer Steve Pyburn who emphasized how critical it is that we keep our pledges up to date during the summer months and that we are so far on target with pledges and expenses for this year;
  • Adjourned at 9:18.

Stewardship video — talents needed

The Stewardship Committee is planning a new video as part of Stewardship 2013. Gifts such as videography, script writing, photography, voice overs, music, etc., are particularly needed. If you have time and talents to help with this project, please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin or contact the church office.

Reflection on the Women’s Retreat

Please enjoy these reflections about the Women’s Retreat at Montera Farm in April.

By Audrey Nesbit:

Webster defines retreat as - a period of group withdrawal for prayer, meditation, study, or instruction under a director; a place of privacy or safety. Two weekends ago that is exactly what 21 ladies from St Catherine’s experienced as we spent the weekend together in North Georgia. Led by Mother Susan, we bonded, fellowshipped together and shared experiences both old and new in a safe environment. It was a time of reflection, singing and small group activity which offered the opportunity for us all to get to know each other on a deeper level.

It was a glorious weekend centered on the theme of Soul food juxtaposed against the “Julie & Julia” movie. It was a weekend where the food was both figurative and literal. I believe that all who were blessed to attend the weekend would say that the food was absolutely exquisite. It was clear that every meal, recipes adapted from Julia Childs’ Mastering the Art of French Cooking were prepared with great depth of feeling. The work of the weekend took place in the small groups where we all shared experiences, thoughts, tears and laughter regarding the “Julie & Julia” movie staying consistent with our theme.

One of the final questions of the retreat centered on why we thought that Jesus choose a meal as one of his final gifts to us. Well I believe that one of the most unselfish acts of this life is to prepare a meal for someone that we love. In Jesus’ case it was an outward demonstration for both the disciples and us of his everlasting love. How frequently does a great meal elicit wonderful memories for you? Food can bring you comfort as well as being a balm for the soul. Food encompasses all of our senses. Clearly this last act and the continued celebration of our liturgy every week, serves as a defining way for us to remember the ultimate sacrifice our Lord made for us and of his abiding love. The food at the women’s retreat was a wonderful way to foster fond memories of the fellowship and cement friendships. Ultimately we need both food for the spirit and for the body… and that was all achieved that weekend.

Photos below — Horseback riding on the Women's Retreat, see more photos in the last (May 5-25) issue of The Wheel at Women's Retreat.

By Karen Tindall:

When I first signed up for the women’s retreat, I didn’t know what to expect. I definitely didn’t envision feasting on chocolate mousse and duck, but those were just some of the treats the owner of Montara Farm made for us.

Using the movie “Julie & Julia” as a jumpstart for discussion topics kept us engaged, and having us remain in the same conversation group of three built trust and friendship. Lots of good things went on during this “Soul Food” themed weekend. I could tell you how we had “happy hour” on the covered porch feasting on baked brie, or how we sang along to Carla’s guitar music, or how we had time to ride horses, get massages, walk, or just chill. I could tell you how we longed for the next meal from Mastering the Art of French Cooking though our tummies were full, or how we shared recipes and memories thanks to the perseverance of Ginny Lummus over computer glitches. But for me two memories really stand out.

Late Saturday afternoon we gathered on the outdoor travertine terrace as Amma Susan led us in Body Prayer (think Tai Chi). It was glorious to overlook the hillside, music playing, moving in unison... so otherworldly.

Our final gathering was mass. As I walked the twelve feet from the kitchen to the meeting room, I had to pass under the trellis covered with Confederate jasmine: the fragrance flooded my senses. Though the liturgy was the same as any Sunday at St. Catherine’s this service was different. We sat in a circle with the altar opposite the open door. As Amma Susan conducted the service the farm’s dogs, one of whom had cancer, quietly moved in and out of the room: sometimes resting in the middle of the circle; sometimes approaching one of us for comfort. It all seemed so natural, so real, so healing.

This weekend we met as women of St. Catherine’s—united as parishioners, but separated by the time we attend church service. We left as friends, woven together in unity and love. I want to thank Amma Susan, Julie Fulcher and their committee for all their hard work—so much better than the last retreat I attended over 40 years ago.

In the Footsteps of Paul: 2013 pilgrimage to holy and classical sites of Greece

By Father Jim

The Adult Pilgrimage to Greece will be March 2-12, 2013. We will begin in Thessaloniki and make our way south towards Athens over the 10 days of the trip. We will follow in the footsteps of Paul, but we also will visit classical sites such as Delphi (the home of the Oracle) and Olympia (the home of the Olympics and the great temple of Zeus) and explore the tension between the religion of the ancient classics and the emerging Christianity. Continuing to Corinth we will visit the Temple of Apollo before spending a relaxing afternoon and evening on our own in Nauplion of the shores of the Gulf of Argos. In Athens we will attend a church service in the Greek Orthodox Cathedral and visit the modern and ancients sites of the city including the recently (2007) opened Acropolis Museum. We will climb to the top of Mars Hill where Paul preached to the Court of Areopagus, and from the vantage point of our time together ask how we are called to preach the Gospel in our own times.

A detailed itinerary including price information, and a reservation form is available in the foyer near the bulletin board or you may download them from our website at AND If you have any questions about the trip please contact Father Jim.

Mail for Tom

Let’s let parishioner Tom Blackstock know we are thinking of him! Tom is in the US Army, currently serving in Kabul, Afghanistan. If you would like to send him a letter or card (no special stamps needed, use regular U.S. postal service stamps and postage rates), his address is:

Tom Blackstock
APO AE 09356

In addition, we will be collecting nonperishable food (granola/power bars, nuts, peanut butter crackers, tuna lunch kits, etc.), and toiletries including sunscreen. Tom has a Nook and an iPad with him which he uses to read and watch movies as they have no TV, so a gift card to iTunes or Barnes & Noble would also be a nice idea. There will be a box in the church main office on top of the file cabinets for collecting items through Monday, May 14. St. Catherine's pre-K is preparing some special artwork to send. All contacts from “home” will be greatly appreciated!

Maintenance teams forming now

Do you have some great "honey-do" skills? We are forming maintenance teams to work around the church at small projects such as changing light bulbs or furnace filters, small painting jobs, exterior building repairs. Each team will work with one of our key maintenance team members; Al Jones, Jason Snape, Alan Certain, Roger Motter, etc. Please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin or contact one of these persons, and we'll be in touch.

Graduates 2012

We are proud of our graduates, recognized at services on May 20!


Dylan Farmer– St. Catherine’s Preschool

Luke Mikkelsen– St. Catherine’s Preschool

Naomi Morris – The Weekday Ministry Preschool, to Kindergarten Cheatham Hill Elementary

Cole Nabinger – Rose Garden Montessori, to Kindergarten East Side Elementary

Kyleigh Paris– St. Catherine’s Preschool




Grace Adams – Sedalia Park Elementary, to East Cobb Middle School

Michael Dirksen – Mountain View Elementary to Simpson Middle School

Coleman Dupuis – Keheley Elementary School, to McCleskey Middle School

Nate Knife – Chapman Intermediate, to E.T. Booth Middle School

Jacob Morris – Cheatham Hill Elementary, to Lovinggood Middle School

Anna Rouleau – Tritt Elementary School, will attend Hightower Trail Middle School




Ethan Cook – Dickerson Middle School, will attend Walton High School

Nathalie Gratas – Dickerson Middle School, will attend Walton High School

Sofia Gratas – Dickerson Middle School, will attend Walton High School

Isabel Lopez – Daniell Middle School, will attend Sprayberry High School

Frederick Tuemmler – Mt. Bethel Christian Academy, will attend Wheeler Magnet School

Mitchell Waldron – Dickerson Middle School, will attend Walton High school




Samuel Huntington Broda – The Loomis Chaffee School, Windsor, CT, will attend Union College, Schenectady, NY

Scott Burkholder – Walton High School, will attend Piedmont College

Mitch Dumke – Harrison High School, will attend Appalachian State University

Hannah Harris – Walton High School, will attend Furman University

Monica Kraeger – Magnet Program Wheeler High, will attend Furman University

Paul Maxwell – Blessed Trinity High School, will attend Belmont University

Sean Olliffe – Roswell High School, will attend Georgia State University

Keely Phillpotts – Wheeler High School, will attend Georgia State University

William Reeves – Palo Alto High School, Las Vegas, NV, will attend Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, CO

Jack Rouleau – Lassiter High School, will attend Georgia Perimeter College

Kaitlin Thomas – The Walker School, will attend Mercer University

Nathan Tomchik – Wheeler High School, will attend University of the Sciences in Philadelphia

Valerie Whittle – Etowah High School, will attend Valdosta State University




Ellen Adams – Masters of Education in Media, University of West Georgia

Kim Blanz – Masters in Education, Mercer University

Rachel Childs – Berry College, will attend Emerson College Graduate School

Carson Gardner – Howard University School of Law

Cassie Heinz – Furman University, hopes to teach in the Greenville area so she can work on Masters degree

Katherine Maxwell – Kennesaw State University

Robin McGill – Doctor of Philosophy in Classics, Brown University

Preston Paris – Kennesaw State University

Rachel Tomchik – Western Washington University

Great Oak Society inauguration

By Father Jim

St. Catherine’s established the Great Oak Endowment Fund several years ago to support our future growth in three principle areas: 1) outreach, 2) capital improvement, and 3) seed money for new ministries. The Fund Board in the last year focused their time and energy on development work. Current Board Chair Phil Spessard and I have made many visits with parishioners to invite participation. The visits have reaffirmed for me the conviction this congregation has for providing strong ministry, and I thank every household which has welcomed Phil and me so graciously into your home. Generous parishioner gifts of some $30,000 are now invested through the Episcopal Church Foundation as the Great Oak Endowment Fund of St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church. The Vestry will make decisions concerning the first annual distributions from the Fund next January.

We are preparing for the inauguration of the Great Oak Society at a celebration on June 23. Members of the Great Oak Society are those who have expressed their commitment to St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church by naming the Fund as the ultimate beneficiary of a planned gift and confirmed that commitment in writing to the Church. Membership involves no dues or obligations, but allows us to recognize those who have made this commitment. If you have made such plans and have not yet informed us, we invite you to send a letter or communicate with Phil Spessard or me. The Great Oak Society celebrations will become annual events.

Information about the Fund’s policies and procedures, including the Vestry motion establishing the Fund, is available on St. Catherine’s website at


Bishop election June 2 – View candidates’ videos

Video recordings of the candidates’ May 15 presentations at St. Luke’s, Atlanta, are posted on the Bishop Search and Transition website. Each 25-minute session appears on the candidates' separate web pages: go to and click each candidate's name in the left-hand column. The discernment process continues through election day, June 2 at the Cathedral of St. Philip when priests and lay delegates cast their ballots.

Right: The six bishop candidates visit Atlanta (photo by Nan Ross in Connecting)


Presiding Bishop to lead worship in Atlanta June 7

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori will visit Atlanta Thursday, June 7, to preside at a 5:30 p.m. communion service at the Cathedral of St. Philip. The service is part of the L’Arche International General Assembly, which meets June 3-10 at Agnes Scott College in Decatur. More than 500 delegates representing 40 countries will be participate in the assembly, which is held every three years—the most recent meetings have been in Assisi, Italy, and Kolkata, India. All interested people are invited to the worship service. For more information about the assembly read the article on the Atlanta Diocese website at .


Dear St. Catherine's,

Thank you for the lovely flowers and your prayers. Recovery, though slow, is continuing.

Shelly Ransdell

May 16, 2012

Dear St. Catherine’s Family:

Thank you to all of you for giving me these twenty-two years as director of your Youth Choir. It has been for me a source of great pleasure and accomplishment; I look back fondly on “many names, many faces,” as the anthem we sang on Sunday says. I have been glad to feed your lambs with music; I think that God has been exalted on many occasions. We have been still to hear God, we have surveyed the wondrous cross, and we have stood in awe of Fairest Lord Jesus.

Particularly I would like to thank Frances Bowden and Tami Mace for a splendid reception. Even though I made a point of not noticing, I do realize how much work went into it all, including the compilation of my treasured scrapbook. I admired the teapot flower vases and was touched by the array of Canadian goodies on the refreshment table.

Father Jim Nixon has been my support and stay for fourteen years. He has always understood what my aim was as the director of a Youth Choir in the Episcopal Church; I have never had to explain to him what I needed or was attempting. I am very grateful for his friendship.

I must also thank people from the past. The Youth Choir was really the inspiration of the Rev. Larry Packard, who, in January 1990, asked me if I would like to form a choir to sing at our newly-introduced 8:45 service. I was startled but not dismayed, and very grateful for the opportunity. Of course, I did not anticipate that I was signing on for twenty-two years (it is not a good idea to suggest to a new recruit that two decades would be a good term of service). Nor could I have any idea of how much I would enjoy my work with the young people, nor how much I would learn.

I have served with four different organists. Jim Smith, Edward Caldwell, and Jeremy Wirths all taught me my trade, because I sang with them in the Adult Choir as well as drawing on their services as accompanists. I had had a lot of choral experience when I began the Youth Choir, but none as a director. Fortunately, I had been paying attention! And I have gone on learning from the people I sing with, especially Brian Williams, whom I have been watching attentively for nine years. I recommend singing for Brian to anyone who wants to know how an effective and gifted choral director works.

As for Jana Williams, my partner in music and mischiefing for nine years, words (almost) fail me. Just to begin with, she is the best accompanist and repetiteur I have ever had anything to do with. She can pick notes out of the air, knows when a choir is going to need help before they do, and can play any combination of parts and accompaniment that the occasion requires. She is also unfailingly cheerful, supportive, and helpful. Her presence is a gift.

Finally, I must thank my family for participating in the choir and supporting me all these years. Bill did not actually sit with me in church, except on rare occasions, until he joined the Adult Choir several years ago. There are a few people in the congregation who were surprised to learn that we are a couple!

Thank you to all of you,

In Christ’s love,
Martha Bowden

Letters with thanks for donations sent from St. Catherine’s have been received from:

  • The Extension, for our Easter offering of $2,795.64.
  • MUST Ministries, for $2,420.64.



FOR THE SICK: James Day, Mary Ann, Joe Cochran, Crystal Herman, Olivia Martin, Brian Lee, Sandy Curran, Paul Beswick, Alycen Widdon, Rusty Phillips, James Ellis, Ron & his family, Joanne Pinkney, Page Loyd, Beverly, Marilyn Gradwell, Holly, Bea Tolley, Lynn McDowell, Angie Henson, Snow Lucchosi, Tammy Lange, Gloria, Shirley Burland, Lee DeFore, Debra, Emily Harrell, Gordon, Bill Falinski, Jim, Barry, Mabel, Julie Heath, Gigi Jarvis, Pete Smith, Rod Deutscher, Barbara Markette, Paul Markette, Ruth Jones, Joan Unger, Carol Viering, Linda Steiner, Denise, Mare, Audrey Brunett, Alvira Silva, Travis Thompson, Inez Free, Gabriel de la Fuentes, Barbara Kallas, Shelley Ransdell, Bill Lewis, Doug Guedry, Sybil Carr, Robby Perry, Charles Williams, Katie & parents Barb & Dale Braman, Wil Fambrough, Diane Sanders, Raymond Guy, Naomi Morris, Frances Short, The Rev. Mona Gaulette, Adena Parsons, Paula Thompson, Maddie Billingsley, Barry Dillard, Hector Quiles, Mick Phillips, Clara Bowen, Steve Diffley, Caroline Brennan, Carol Murphy, Courtney Dawson Beland, Margaret White, Karl Nelson, Tyler James, Doris Samples, Lake Bozman, Joe Tarentino, Bill Krupp, Jim Greene

BEFORE SURGERY: Anne Whittle, 5/29/12; Laurel Glidewell, 6/6/12; Al Jones 6/8/12

DECEASED: Jan Dennis, friend of Claudia Kilgore; Kati Fahey Moody, Paul & Ginny Acocella’s niece

FOR THOSE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS: (5/26) Caroline Brennan, Blake Sherry, Scott McGill, Juan Sandoval, (5/27) Lynne Gates, Karen Maxwell, Larry Ellis, (5/28) Bella Hutto, Nancy Certain, Jason Snape, Jennifer Vavra, (5/30) Tanya Bowers-Dean, (5/31) Sallie Carter, Shelley Ransdell, Coleman Dupuis, (6/1) Jane Smith, Dianne Lee, Grace Harwell, Derek Hailey, (6/2) Fran Brooks, Emily Travis, Julie Fulcher, Tillie Carter, (6/3) Ron Dover, (6/4) Dawn Lyons, Mary Moore, Mary Dailey, (6/5) Julien Sanders, Willow Riney, (6/6) Frances Bowden, Garrett Scott, Laura Christian, Michael Fey, (6/7) Rebecca Kiefer, Peyton Nixon, (6/8) Fred Lopez, Kelly Donoghue

FOR THOSE CELEBRATING ANNIVERSARIES: (5/28) Alan & Nancy Certain; (5/29) Jim & Nancy Mattox, Amy & Eric Hollis, Harry & Jennifer Tear, (5/30) Fred & Elizabeth Lopez, (6/2) Karen & Hans Kraeger, (6/3) Beth & Clarke Thomas, James & Audrey Nesbit

FOR OUR PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER: (5/27/2012) Ginney & Erika Linstrom; Fred, Elizabeth, Isabel & Olivia Lopez; Scott & Ginny Lummus; Charles, Tami, Noelle & Justice Mace; Todd Magill (6/3/2012) Paul, Karen & Kevin Manno, Marilyn Marcus; Marcia & Emma Markette; Don, Ana, Oak & Ben Martin; John & Susan Martin

TRANSFERS IN: Jeff, Alison & Hannah Harris from St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, Charlotte, North Carolina

A Prayer for the Diocese of Atlanta: O God, you lead your Church into all truth: Give the guiding presence of your Holy Spirit to those who have dedicated themselves to your service in our search for the 10th Bishop of the Diocese of Atlanta. May our prayers and discernment be in accord with the mission you have given us to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ. May our next bishop be a person of prayer who is present to us as pastor and teacher while prophetically calling us to the ministry of justice, peace, and love; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


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:

  • June 16 – Cats On Wheels excursion
  • June 23 – Parish Cleanup Day, 9 am
  • June 24, July 8, July 15 – General Convention Forums, 9:15 am
  • June 26 – Blood Drive, 3-8 pm
  • July 1 – Patriotic Potluck Brunch, 9:15 am
  • July 5-12 – 77th General Convention of the Episcopal Church, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • July 21 - Parish Talent Show & Potluck Dinner
  • August 12, 19, 26 – Country Fair, 9:15 am

Holy Baptism: next scheduled date Sunday, May 27 (Pentecost)

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

Two-Week Look Ahead

Below are the next three weeks of events and activities and is correct as of publication date. For the entire up-to-the-minute parish calendar, go to Calendar.

Saturday, 5/26 Saturday, 6/2


YA Pilgrimage to Costa Rica


Bishop Electing Council
  @ St. Philip Cathedral

Sunday, 5/27 Sunday, 6/3


Holy Eucharist Rite II
Holy Eucharist Rite II
Parish Picnic


Holy Eucharist Rite II
Men's Bible Study
Holy Eucharist Rite II

Monday, 5/28 Monday, 6/4

Susan’s day off
Memorial Day, Office closed
Elizabeth Inn


Susan’s day off
Preschool Summer
  Camp 10AM
Stephen Ministry
Boy Scout Troop 713

Tuesday, 5/29 Tuesday, 6/5


Camp Scientific training
Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting

Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Quarterly Ministry Teams
Wednesday, 5/30 Wednesday, 6/6


Camp Scientific training


Bible Study
Preschool Board
Youth WNL

Thursday, 5/31 Thursday, 6/7
7:00PM Family Promise
  @ St. Andrew UMC
8:30AM Stewardship
Friday, 6/1 Friday, 6/8
Jim's day off

Jim's day off


By Mike Peterson,

May Ministry Focus: Youth

This month we celebrate the life and work of our Youth ministries and programs. For information about getting involved in their activities please contact Youth Director Mike Peterson.


IT'S HERE! YA Youth Costa Rica Pilgrimage—Friday, May 25 through June 3

Please pray for the 15 youth and 6 adults from the YA class on their pilgrimage to Costa Rica! This group has been working and preparing for this trip for a very long time, and your prayers for our safety and for each of us to be touched by the Holy Spirit are greatly appreciated.


Youth Sunday

Thanks to every single one who took part in Youth Sunday on May 20. It was a great service and a lot of fun too! Extra special love to all of our graduates; you've worked hard to be where you are and we are all so proud of you!

Did you miss the sermons this day? Or want to hear them again? Listen to the sermons by Scott Burkholder and Hannah Harris on the Sermons page of our website!


Youth Rite13 Beach Trip – registrations due June 10

This trip is an incredible opportunity for the Rite 13ers to get to know each other and their leaders better, enjoy each other’s company, explore their faith together through both structured program and laid-back playtime, and continue to build a foundation for the community they will be forming together for the next six years. We will leave at 11 AM on Friday, June 29 and will return Sunday, July 1, staying at the Laguna Beach Christian Retreat Center in Panama City Beach, Florida. Cost is $150, covers all food, transportation, entertainment, lodging, and a trendy t-shirt (confidential scholarship available upon request). Registration and payment is due no later than Sunday, June 10 to Mike Peterson. Pick up a registration form at church or download from our website at


Vacation Bible School – youth volunteers needed

St. Catherine’s will be running our annual Vacation Bible School from June 25-28, 1-4 PM each day. Your help is needed! Many of you have helped with VBS in the past and can vouch for how much fun it is! It’s truly a great way to spread God’s love to the youngest of His children and involves an entire array of different people from the congregation. There’s also a pizza party at the end of the week for all youth volunteers. If you would like to participate and help run Vacation Bible School, please notify Laurie Dirksen as soon as possible at 770-321-9544 or I’ll see you there!

-> Training meeting June 13 - There will be an important training for all Youth VBS volunteers on Wednesday, June 13 at 6 PM in the Youth House. It will not take more than an hour.


Summer Wednesday Night Live starts June 6

Have you been having a hard time coping with the idea of not seeing all of your St. Catherine’s youth friends over the summer? Well, I have good news! We will be holding weekly Wednesday Night Live Youth Group meetings over the summer. A few things will be different, the two most important of which are that youth group will run from 6 to 7 PM over the summer and dinner will not be provided – you are quite welcome to bring your own dinner. Be sure to check email and Facebook/Twitter regularly over the summer to keep up to date on the weekly plans for Wednesday Night Live.

We will kick off our first WNL on June 6 with a cookout at East Cobb Park from 6-7 PM. Come on out and start the summer off right! East Cobb Park is located at 3322 Roswell Rd. Marietta, GA 30062,


St. Cat’s Youth visit the Atlanta Braves, August 1

One of our fun Wednesday Night Live activities this summer will be a trip to see the Atlanta Braves take on Miami on Wednesday, August 1 and it will only cost $10! I have 20 tickets available at this price and will reserve them for you on a first-come-first-serve basis. You can reserve your spot by getting your payment in to me. After 20 spots are full, I will probably still be able to get tickets at a highly discounted rate, but I will not be able to guarantee that the seats will be in the same section as the rest of us, so get your payment in quickly! We will arrange for transportation to be offered from St. Catherine’s to/from Turner Field.


Youth Week at Kanuga

It’s not too late to sign up for Youth Week at Kanuga! This is a week-long conference June 17-22 at the beautiful Kanuga Conference Center in the mountains of North Carolina. There are two conferences for youth: JYP for rising 7th-9th graders and SYP for rising 10th graders through just-graduated seniors. There’s also a conference for adults who work with youth. I can’t say enough about this wonderful week, and I encourage ALL to check it out! Remember that financial scholarship is available to anyone who needs it. Information and registration is available at (Look here also for WINTERLIGHT37: The List, Dec. 28 - Jan. 1!)


Import Dates for Youth

  • Teacher Appreciation – June 10 at 11:30 AM
  • Youth VBS volunteers training meeting - June 13 at 6 pm
  • Youth Week at Kanuga – June 17-June 22
  • Vacation Bible School – June 25-June 28
  • Youth serving at Elizabeth Inn – June 28
  • Rite 13 Beach Trip – June 29-July 1
  • Parish Talent/Variety Show – July 21
  • Braves Game outing – Aug 1
  • Ministry Fair – Sept. 9
  • Fall Kick-Off Lock-In – T.B.D. (likely Sept. 14 or 15)
  • Church School starts – Sept. 16
  • Fall Youth Retreat – Nov. 2-4

Wheel Schedule:

Next publications:

  • June 8
  • June 22

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We welcome contributions of articles and photos 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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