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We Welcome You!

The Newsletter of
St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
August 11 - 24
, 2012

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Clergy Letter
Country Fair
Men's Book Study
Stewardship Reflections
Stephen Ministry
Blood drive
Join Choir
Men's retreat
My Journey
Pictorial directory
MUST Lunch
Book scholarships
Seen around St. Cat's
Ministry focus
  Decatur Book Festival
  Dog Days 5K Run
  Diocesan Formation
  Cell Phone Sunday


  Mentors rafting
  Pool Party
  Youth Readers
  Pilgrimage presentation



8/11 – Cats On Wheels outing

8/12, 19, 26 – Country Fair

8/13 – Men’s Book Study @ Peppers’

8/17 – Stephen Ministry "Come & See" @ Gales’

8/18 – Vestry day retreat

8/19 – Catechesis Open House;
Youth Pool Party

8/21 – Preschool begins

8/28 – Blood Drive



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What did you do this summer?

By Amma Susan

What did you do this summer? Invariably, on the first day of school, my teacher would ask us to get out a sheet of paper and write the answer to that question. If I were to write that essay today, the topic sentence would be: I enjoyed God’s playground. Scripture tells us that God’s playground is creation and the people who live in it. God’s spirit dances among us calling us to enjoy and appreciate this gift of life and to join in the song at the heart of all of creation. So this summer, I got in touch with my inner child and went out to play.

For two weeks the playground was on vacation with my family (Roy, my parents, our children and their spouses and two of the grandkids) at a lake house on the shores of Lake Nantahala. It was a joyful time of reunion, playing on the water, boating, fishing, swinging on rope swings out over the water and letting go, white water rafting, talking late into the night… and lots and lots of laughter.

Later, I was away for a week of continuing education at Casa del Sol, at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico. This part of God’s playground is known as “The Land of Enchantment”. The terrain is high desert of mesas, canyons, cacti, pinyon and cedar trees. I have always felt a closeness to God in the beauty of mountains and seashore. These are “thin places” for me, where the veil between heaven and earth seems so miniscule that it is easy to feel in harmony with God and the rest of creation. So it was a surprise the first time I came to the high mountains of New Mexico, for here I have found another place where the distance between the sacred and mundane evaporates. When I gaze up into the night sky from the portage (porch) at Casa del Sol, the Milky Way is visible and the stars look so large; and my heart sings along with the music of Haydn’s Creation: The heavens are telling the glory of God!

After my time at Ghost Ranch, I extended my time in the southwest. Two days were at Mesa Verde, Colorado. It was a delight to learn more about these mysterious ancestors of the Pueblo people. It was also a test of my physical stamina as I climbed down steep paths and ladders into these ancient dwelling places in 100 plus degree temperatures. What a wonderful adventure of discovery that was! As we mature, this part of ourselves often gets dulled or lost.

I then bade farewell to the cliff dwellings and drove on to Arches National Park in Utah, where the temperatures were 105+ degrees. I had come to tackle one of the goals on my “bucket list”: to hike out to Delicate Arch, a strenuous 3 mile round-trip hike. When I asked the park ranger about the trail, she took one look and tried to talk me out of the idea. When she realized my determination, she suggested getting started before sunrise. So I was the first person on the trail the next morning, wondering if my body would be up to the challenge. But with God’s help I made it all the way up to Delicate Arch and ever so carefully edged my way out over the sloping rock face to actually stand underneath that incredible arch of stone. Words cannot begin to express the feelings of wonder and elation of that experience in the magnificent splendor of God’s creation!

In the adult world of work it is easy to lose touch with the wonder of our inner child and the joy of playing in God’s playground. Our culture tells us “The more busy you are, the more important you are. Work gives your life meaning and value.” The gift of life is meant to be more than pushing for success. Our true worth is in BEING beloved children of God. I can get caught in the frenzy of work and success, but now I can still stay connected with my inner child. When I begin to lose my sense of play these times of joy, of seeing a double rainbow on the edge of a storm or the thrill of watching a hawk soar high into the clouds, I always come away with a renewed sense of awe and wonder in all of God’s works, reconnected with God and my inner child, more receptive, more open, more peaceful and more ready to recognize the many gifts of life. That is my hope for you too. So I ask you, “What did you do this summer?

The blessing of heaven, the blessings of earth, the blessings of sea and of sky,
Amma Susan+


Sundays, August 12, 19 and 26

By Molly Banko

The St. Cat’s Country Fair is here for three Sundays in August. All ages are invited to attend August 12, 19 and 26 from 9:15 to 10:15 under the great oak. Each Sunday, enjoy the music provided by the Jubilate Music Team, sip an ice cold drink from the Lemonade Brigade, and indulge in a tasty treat at the potluck breakfast (please bring finger food items). You can also shop for fresh, organic produce from Yves Garden (cash or check accepted). Each Sunday, we will be focusing on a different charity:

  • August 12: Nets for Life — NetsforLife® empowers communities to fight malaria by raising awareness of malaria, providing life-saving training, and distributing insecticide-treated mosquito nets to people in Africa. Nets are $12 each. Donations will be collected.
  • August 19: MUST Ministries food supplies — Each year MUST Ministries feeds thousands of needy adults and children right here in Marietta. We will be collecting canned meats, jelly, boxed meals (like Hamburger Helper, etc), mac & cheese, baby food and other canned/dry goods.
  • August 26: Holy Comforter Arts Program — Holy Comforter Church sponsors art classes for special needs adults in the Atlanta area that gives these true artists the opportunity to develop and showcase their talents. They are in need of new art supplies, including
    - Painting supplies: canvases up to 30” x 40”, brushes , acrylic paints in tubes, drawing markers, drawing papers 8 1/2” x 11” or larger
    - Pottery Supplies: low fire under glazes and clays, epoxy
    - Jewelry Supplies: glass & wood beads, closures, wires & threads
    - Cash donations for supplies will also be accepted.

A collection bin will be located in the foyer beginning August 12 for all items donations. Please contact Molly or Dave Banko with any questions at

Men’s Book Study begins new book August 13

By Father Jim

The Men’s Book Study will be reading What Jesus Meant by Gary Wills. In what are billed “culture wars,” people on the political right and the political left cite Jesus as endorsing their views. Garry Wills argues that Jesus subscribed to no political program. He was far more radical than that. In a fresh reading of the gospels, Wills explores the meaning of the “reign of heaven” Jesus not only promised for the future but brought with him into this life.

The Men’s Book Study meets the second Monday of the month for dinner and conversation. It is a diverse group and we always have lively conversations. We invite you to join us. You'll need a copy of the book to read, whether purchased from a store or online, or borrowed from the public library or a friend. Our meeting in August will be on the 13th at 6:30 pm at the home of Bob Pepper. Please let Bob know you are planning to attend by emailing him at or calling him at 770.971.1269.

Reflection writers wanted for new Stewardship booklet

By Alison Harris

St. Catherine's will be publishing a new reflections booklet in September. If you have written a reflection for both or either the Advent booklet or the Lenten booklet, or have always wanted to, this is your opportunity to seize the pen! The theme of this booklet is Stewardship and each writer will be given a scripture verse to write about. All work is anonymous. Reflections are due by September 16. Please check the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Karen Manno at or Alison Harris at

Stephen Ministry "Come and See" reception Friday, August 17

7:00 pm at the Gales' home

Stephen Ministry is recruiting a new class at St. Catherine’s for the fall. Stephen Ministers provide one-to-one, confidential, Christ-centered support to people experiencing grief, divorce, illness, job loss, loneliness and other life difficulties. If you have ever thought about becoming a Stephen Minister or just have questions concerning this important parish ministry, please join us for a Stephen Ministry “Come and See” reception at the home of Nelson and Emily Gale, 228 Lamplighter Lane, Marietta on Friday evening, August 17 from 7 until 9 o'clock. Your Stephen Ministers will welcome you, answer your questions, and share with you why this ministry is so important to our parish family. So please "Come and See" what it's all about!

Stephen Leaders available this Sunday, August 12 -- If you have any questions you would like to address with a Stephen Minister one-on-one, a Stephen Ministry leader will be available to speak with you in the church library on Sunday, August 12, at 9:15 am.

Blood Drive next date: Tuesday, August 28

The need is constant and your contribution is important for a healthy and reliable blood supply. In Georgia we must collect 1,300 units of blood daily to meet the needs of our patients and hospitals. And you’ll feel good knowing you've helped change a life!

Our August 28 blood drive will be held 3:00 to 8:00 PM in the Parish Hall. You can reserve a time slot now by going to and enter the sponsor code: HOLTRC. Help is also need for greeting donors, setup and clean up, please contact Jennifer Massey, / 404.375.8327.

Summer Singers

Sing with us on Sunday, August 26

After a wonderful job a couple of weeks ago, the crowds are demanding an encore! Everyone who enjoys choral singing is invited to join members of the Adult Choir to sing an offertory anthem at the 10:30 service on August 26. Please come to the choir room at 10 a.m. this date to rehearse, and please bring a friend! You will sit in your usual seat during the service, then move to the choir’s area during the peace, sing the offertory anthem, and return to your seat. We welcome you!

Photo - Summer singers on July 29 (by Connie Bergeron)


Join Choir this fall

Please join us this year to make joyful music to our Lord. Ensembles are open to everyone - no auditions!


Choristers of St. Catherine's: For children & youth grade 2-12

The Choristers of St. Catherine’s is now forming for boys and girls in grades two through twelve. The purpose of this choral ensemble is to provide musical training and to lead worship in our 8:45 a.m. service three Sundays each month. Rehearsals will be Wednesdays 6:15 p.m. – 7 p.m., when we will practice pieces to be sung at the offertory and continue our development of music reading and ensemble skills by playing tone chimes. Being an acolyte or participating in Youth WNL will not conflict with these times.

We will gather on Sundays, August 26 and September 2, 9:15 –10:15 am to fit robes and get music folders together in the choir room. Our weekly rehearsals will begin September 5, and our first Sunday service to sing will be September 16 at 8:45 am. For more information, please contact Dr. Jana Williams, St. Catherine’s Organist and Volunteer Director of Choristers of St. Catherine’s, 678.461.9656.


Adult Choir

You’ve been thinking about it and now’s the time to become a part of St. Catherine’s Adult Choir! Adults, and all youth past the age for Choristers, please join us. We have an exciting program lined up for the fall and we’ll also be working toward Advent Lessons and Carols, and special music for Christmas Eve. You are guaranteed at each rehearsal to learn something, laugh heartily and experience God’s presence through beautiful music.

Our first practice will be Wednesday, September 5, 7:15-8:30 pm. We rehearse from Labor Day to Memorial Day on Wednesday evenings and meet at 10:30 am on Sundays to prepare to lead in the 11:15 am services. There is no audition, and sight-reading ability, while helpful, is not required. Please contact Director of Music Brian Williams at or 678.461.9656, or speak to any choir member if you have questions.


Jubilate Music Team & Sound Crew

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

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

Wednesday Night Live returns for fall starting September 12

By Father Jim

Wednesday Night Live (WNL) will return on September 12 with a few changes. During the summer we’ve taken a hard and critical look at Wednesday night programming with an eye towards creating an evening where people have some choices and need not participate in one offering in order to choose another.

In separate communications you’ve heard the exciting news of the formation of the Choristers of St. Catherine’s, our choir for kids and youth. Beginning September 5 they will gather for rehearsals which “promise to be fast-paced.” They will meet 6:15 - 7 pm (no conflict with our Youth WNL which will meet 7–8 pm) to rehearse pieces to be sung at the offertory and continue development of music reading and ensemble skills by playing tone chimes.

The WNL Youth program will begin September 12 with a change in their meeting time to 7:00 - 8:00 pm each Wednesday evening. This change has been made so that there is no conflict between WNL Youth and the Choristers of St. Catherine’s.

Our dinner program will return on September 12 as well. We will once again serve a meal for the family for $7 per person, maximum of $25 per family. The meal will be served beginning at 6:00 - 7:00 pm (note that this is changed from last year). If we have a significant number of young people desiring to eat prior to Choristers of St. Catherine’s, we will stretch the opening time to earlier to meet their needs.

Lee Ann Sherry and Alyson Goodstone will once again coordinate our meals promising a variety of food all served to give you a balanced meal each week. They will be inviting “celebrity chefs" to join us throughout the year to showcase the many fine cooks that populate St. Catherine’s. We will also explore new ways to encourage everyone to make a reservation in advance so that we have better control of both quantities and cost. Look for Wednesday night menus to be published monthly in both The Wheel as well as our weekly email.

All in all, Wednesday night should prove to be a time of fellowship and community building. We hope to see each of you there.

Save the date for Men’s Retreat

October 19-21 at Montera Farm

Mark your calendar now! All men are invited to the 2012 retreat, Friday to Sunday, October 19-21 at Montera Farm, a beautiful and peaceful setting in the north Georgia mountains. More details will be coming soon but space will be limited, so hold your place now by signing up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin with your $100 deposit.

My Journey Experience

By Bob Jansen

I have said on numerous occasions that it is my wife Candy’s fault. This is the case with both of us attending St Catherine’s and both of us entering The Journey two years ago. Candy found St Catherine’s and we started attending three years ago and immediately felt that we were home. We had visited other churches in our 20+ year marriage, but we never felt at home. After attending St Catherine’s for about six months, my eyes were opened during the Easter week services and I realized I wanted to become baptized. Candy was already baptized in the Episcopal Church, but I had never been baptized. The Journey was my path to becoming baptized and these are a few of my thoughts on the experience.

The dictionary defines a journey as an instance of traveling from one place to another. I entered The Journey program with the intent of becoming baptized and confirmed as the end of my journey. Little did I know that the experience would actually be the start of a lifelong journey for me and my relationship with Christ.

The first part of The Journey is the Inquiry Stage. This was the only part that I was required to be part of to be baptized and confirmed. I learned about Christianity and the Episcopal Church. The best part of this stage, and the remaining stages, was the fellowship shared with the other catechumens and catechists. Hearing and sharing our own personal stories that continued to unfold as we journeyed together was enlightening.

After completing the inquiry stage, I was anxious to learn more in the following stages. The following stages became a more personal experience in understanding how to be closer to Christ. This is where I learned about different ways to pray and different methods that I can use to increase my spirituality and become closer to Christ. This is also where my eyes were gleefully opened to the fact that this was a lifelong journey. I was baptized and confirmed near the end of The Journey and I continue to work hard to get closer to Christ.

I was honored to be asked and agreed to be one of the catechists for the next Journey class. I view this as a continuation of my own personal journey by helping guide others in their journeys. I look forward to the fellowship of all the participants as well as my own continued exploration of my faith.

"The Journey" (Inquirers class) registration open now

"The Journey" is our process for adults who are interested in becoming members of the Episcopal Church or are seeking to be baptized or confirmed, and for adults who want to explore their questions about God and the church. Sunday afternoons beginning September 16, 1-3 PM. "The Journey" participants will explore their faith with others new and old to St. Cat’s, gain spiritual tools for their faith journey, learn about the Episcopal Church, the Bible, the Book of Common Prayer, discern their gifts for ministry, all while enjoying fellowship, small group interaction and worship together. Childcare will be available. To sign up or for information, please check the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact The Rev. Susan Johnson, 770-971-2839,

EFM – New class begins September 6

EFM (Education for Ministry) is a 4-year program out of the University of the South (Sewanee) which provides people with the education to discover how to respond to the call to Christian service. It helps us to sort out what we believe and why, and how to move out into the world to truly live our faith. EFM meets Thursday nights each week through the school year beginning September 6. There is a fee involved and there is scholarship help to defray some of the cost. We would be honored if you would join us. For information please check the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Jan Potter, 404-444-8627, or Chris Potter, 404-376-7430,

Reminder! Pictorial Directory is ready for pick up

Our new pictorial directories have been delivered to the church and are ready for pick up. If you had a photo taken for the directory earlier this year, please claim yours in the church office during weekday hours (M-F 8:30-5).


MUST Summer Lunch success

We made 1,000 lunches again on August 1 for the MUST Summer Lunch Program. Thank you to everyone who lent their hands to make this such a fast & fun service project! And, a special thank you to our faithful helpers who joined us again from CBeyond.

Photos by Bill Ivey

Communities in Schools (CIS)

Reach out – Be a Mentor

By Al Jones

Communities in Schools of Marietta/Cobb County among its many programs offers an alternative way for students to finish high school. The Performance Learning Center (PLC) is a 10-minute drive from our church. Several of us from St. Catherine’s (including Father Jim, Joan Nixon, Hale Sanders…) are mentoring students at the PLC. It’s a commitment of an hour a week. We offer support and guidance one-on-one as role models and friends.

There are many more students than mentors. There is a Mentor’s Handbook if you need ideas. I’ve been impressed by the kids at the PLC. They are there because the public school didn’t work for them. Please consider this opportunity to make a difference. It is a rewarding way to reach out. Contact any of us for more information.


Helping your local Cobb community through Communities in Schools

By Joan Nixon

School is starting! No surprise there. But did you know there are families in Cobb County where the kids really don't have enough food to eat? They can't learn on an empty stomach! And if the family doesn't have enough money for food, it's fairly certain there's not money for school supplies either.

Here's where you come in with three easy ways! And they're relatively painless.

  1. As you're shopping for food, and see some of the non-perishable BOGO items (especially the protein things like peanut butter, canned meat and tuna, beans and lentils, powdered or canned milk) pick up an extra 2 (or more, if you can) and put them in a bag marked for "CIS" and I'll collect them from church and deliver them to the CIS office for delivery.
  2. While you’re out and about shopping, pick up a handful of bargain school supplies - these kids can use anything you will provide - the items don't have to be a particular size or shape. Put them in a sack marked for "CIS" and drop them off at church. I'll get them to them.
  3. As you're cleaning out your closets, if you find some clothes that you don't use any longer - and they're appropriate clothing for job and/or college interviews (especially larger and plus sizes), put them in a bag marked for CIS and I'll get them delivered, too.

Here's another opportunity (takes a little more commitment - but it sure pays off) - CIS is in real need of tutors (teens and adults) mostly for little kids - to improve reading literacy, and occasionally for teens. Also needed are mentors for young people at risk of dropping out of school. Each of these programs only require an hour a week, dedicated to a particular young person. My mentee is back on track in the regular school system again, living with her dad, and her one-year-old son - and she plans to graduate in May and go to nursing school!

It's a really rewarding experience. Please ask me about these programs and give prayerful consideration to volunteering. You'll be glad you did. Thanks.


St. Catherine’s College Book Scholarship Awards

We are so proud of our rising college freshmen. On July 29 we awarded nine college book scholarships to our fine young adults who are headed to college to continue their education:

Scott Burkholder, Piedmont College; Mitchell Dumke, Appalachian State University; Hannah Harris, Furman University; Monica Kraeger, Furman University; Paul Maxwell, Belmont College; Sean Olliffe, Georgia State University; Keely Phillpotts, Georgia State University; Jack Rouleau, Georgia Perimeter College; Kaitlin Thomas, Mercer University (Macon); Nathan Tomchik, University of the Sciences of Philadelphia.


St. Catherine’s Book Scholarship Fund

This fund was begun as the Dorothy Hanson Memorial Fund in tribute to Dani Dickson’s mother, and is funded each year by proceeds from parish picnics and other individual gifts. To date we have presented 102 scholarships for a total of $19,650. At this time we are able to give small scholarships to our rising college freshmen, but with additional gifts to this fund we hope to expand either the amount of the gifts or have the ability to help support our students each year of their college careers.

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

Our acolytes - We appreciate you!

At worship services on August 5 we recognized and thanked all our acolytes for their service to St. Catherine’s. The word acolyte is derived from the Greek word akolouthos, meaning companion, attendant, or helper. We are blessed to have had 38 acolytes during the past year who have been our constant companions, attendants and helper, and we are so thankful for the gifts of their time and talent!

Torches: Alison Adams, Thad Barrington, Amanda Braman, Riley Devault, Coleman Dupuis, Stephanie Gardiner, Wyatt Pitts, Anna Rouleau, Sydney Spessard, Forrest Tuemmler, Nat Whitlow, Riley Yucius, Maddie Zimmerman

2nd Cross: Mary Alice Barrington, Celia Bowers-Dean, Erin Donoghue, Alison Dupuis, Isabel Lopez, Oak Martin, Nick Muckerman, Quinn Phillpotts, Chandler Sherry, Frederick Tuemmler, Charlie Zimmerman

Captains: Katie Barrington, Abby Baumann, Caitlyn Buckalew, Ethan Cook, Kelly Donoghue, Ben Frost, Ryan Olliffe, Cody Pitts, Megan Shannonhouse

Graduates: Scott Burkholder - 9 years of service; Hannah Harris - 7 years of service; Paul Maxwell - 9 years of service; Sean Olliffe - 8 years of service; Keely Philpotts - 5 years of service

Photos by Connie Bergeron

Sign up for Acolytes

We are looking for young members of our congregation who are willing to serve in this wonderful ministry. 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: (1) Sit quietly and attentively during the service; (2) Follow the bulletin and fully participating in the service; (3) 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,

Seen around St. Cat's this summer

Seen around church, July 29 and August 5. (Photos by Connie Bergeron)

Did you know about these ministries?

In our Parish Cycle of Ministries, we celebrate the life and work of these ministries in the upcoming weeks. Please read on to find out about each and consider if you’d like to become involved:

  • August 6-12: Young Families - Young Families Ministry is designed for families with children ages 12 and younger. The group organizes fun activities as opportunities for children to play together outside of church, as well as adult-only events for their parents to have grown-up fellowship. Young Families also provide a cake reception following baptisms. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Molly Banko, 770.977.8336, or Jennifer Sherwood, 678.795.0687,
  • August 13-19: Shepherds - This week we celebrate the life and work of Shepherds, part of our Invitation Ministry. This group staffs the welcome table in the foyer to give newcomers and visitors directions, encourages them to sign the guest book, offers them a gift bag, helps to introduce them to others, makes follow-up phone calls, and generally is a friend over the coming months to help them feel at home. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Bill Selby 770-952-3857,


Dear St. Catherine’s Family,

Thank you for the constant prayers and support you offered Joe and me during his illness. The beautiful altar flowers, encouraging emails and cards and Sunday morning hugs meant so much to both of us. His memorial service and reception were wonderful expressions of your genuine kindness.

Pat Tarentino

Dear [St. Catherine’s],

…Thank you for choosing to help impact some of the 34,000 people who come to MUST seeking help and hope. They come for food, job training, career counseling, housing, clothing, healthcare and—and perhaps most of all—hope. Your gift of $375 on July 19 for MUST has provided that hope…

You are making a difference. May you find inner joy in transforming the life of someone else.

In His Service,
Dr. Ike Reighard, President and CEO, MUST Ministries


Decatur Book Festival Sept. 1 & 2

Parishioner Jason Snape and his Snape's Ridiculorum illustrations booth will appear at the artists/vendor's fair of the 7 th Annual Decatur Book Festival, on Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day weekend from 10 am to 6 pm. For information about the festival visit .


Dog Days 5K Run – Saturday, August 11

Join the fun and attend the 7th Annual Dog Days 5K Race on Saturday, August 11 at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, 955 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta. This is a family friendly community event supporting Cobb County charities and service projects of the Rotary Club of East Cobb. It’s a great way to get the family active while supporting a great cause. All are welcome to run, jog or walk the race. Good music, great food and lots of prizes and giveaways! And wouldn’t you know it, this is a pet friendly race as well!

Dog Days 5K Run is a Peachtree Road Race Qualifier/USATF Certified Course. This race is Rotary Club of East Cobb's biggest fundraiser of the year and 100% of the proceeds are donated to local charities. For information and registration please visit


Adult Formation offerings in our Diocese

  • Saturday, August 25 – “Geographies of the Middle East” with Dr. David Greenland, 9 AM at St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2601 Henderson Mill Rd., Atlanta 30345. $35 per person. For more information and to register, go to Sponsored by the Institute for Ministry and Theological Education.
  • Thursday, September 20 – Sixth Annual Jane Baird Lecture, Mallory McDuff on “Be Ye Transformed: Encountering Conversion Through Caring For Creation”, 7 PM in Child Hall, Cathedral of St. Philip. Free, reservations are required. Call 404-237-7582 or e-mail Sponsored by The Cathedral Book Store.
  • Saturday & Sunday, September 22-23 – “Understanding Islam: Creating a Foundation for Redemptive Dialogue” with Joseph and Michele Cumming, at St. David's Episcopal Church, 1015 Old Roswell Rd., Roswell. Registration $65 for both days or $40 for one day. For information and registration go to . Sponsored by the Institute for Ministry and Theological Education.
  • Thursday, October 25 – J. Philip Newell: “A New Pentecost: Christianity Born Again”, 6:30 PM in The Nave at Cathedral of St. Philip. Free, reservations are required. Call 404-237-7582 or e-mail Sponsored by The Cathedral Book Store.
  • Saturday, October 27 – A Day with Joyce Rupp: “The Liberated Heart: Becoming Who We Really Are”, 9 AM – 3 PM. $50 registration fee required by Sunday, October 21. Call 404-365-1034 or go to Sponsored by The Cathedral of St. Philip Spiritual Formation and Nurture Committee.


An invitation to honor Bishop Alexander on "Cell Phone Sunday," Sept. 30

The Diocese of Atlanta “Nets for Life” team invites everyone to honor Bishop Alexander with a gift of nets on Cell Phone Sunday, September 30. An Evensong at the Cathedral of St. Philip is also scheduled for that date at 4 p.m. to celebrate the ministry of J. Neil Alexander as bishop of the Diocese of Atlanta. Since Bishop Alexander has led our diocese in supporting global mission, Episcopal Relief & Development and Nets for Life, a gift of nets seems an appropriate way to thank him for his service to us. A presentation of our gift of nets to Bishop Alexander is planned for the reception after Evensong.

You can participate by texting on your cellphone that day, no matter where you are. Click on the link to learn more about Cell Phone Sunday:



FOR OUR NATION AND ITS LEADERS: Barack, our president, Nathan, our Governor, and members of Congress.

FOR THE SICK: Crystal Herman, Brian Lee, Sandy Curran, Alycen Whiddon, James Ellis, Joanne Pinkney, Page Loyd, Marilyn Gradwell, Lynn McDowell, Snow Lucchosi, Bea Tolley, Gloria, Shirley Burland, Lee DeFore, Debra, Emily Harrell, Bill Falinski, Ruth Jones, Joan Unger, Mare, Doug Guedry, Sybil Carr, Katie and parents Barb & Dale Braman, Wil Fambrough, Hector Quiles, Karl Nelson, Lake Bozman, Gwen Moody & family, Kati Toft, Carol Viering, Michael, Travis Thompson & Family, Kevin, Patti Sousa, April McGill, Robert Horine, Bobby Rainey, Harry Tear, Jr., Bruce Heuke, Lee FitzSimons, James Payton, Karen Price, Jim Smith, Bonnie Sensel, Brad, Julie & “The Babe” Hansen, Tina Kerr, Andrew Woods, Larry T., Rob Odom, John, Chubby Rice, Margaret Ivey, the family of June Methvin Bagwell, Dale Buran, Brian Williams, Bill Brinson, Althea Dillard, Raymond Higgins, Paul Acocella, Joe Burlas, Scott Lummus, Julie Brannock, Bobbi Suprock, Chandler, Bill Montero, Fran Brooks, John Hardie, Wendie Storey

BEFORE SURGERY: Chuck Severs, 8/15/12; Kimberly Blythe, 8/17/12

DECEASED: Shirley Joza, friend of Susan Cromer; Bob Carter, Richard Carter’s brother; Dixie Gardner Harris, member of Joyce Hendricks’s family

FOR THOSE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS: (8/11) Julie Brannock, Quinn Phillpotts, Connor Kimball, Todd Hudson, Christy Jones, (8/12) Laurie Remter, John Barrington, (8/13) Abby Smith, Joan Nixon, Kerry Acocella, Barbara Garner, Donna Hutton, (8/14) Art Bayless, Rick Buckalew, Paige Frank, Mikel Parker, (8/15) Keith Muckerman, Owen Snape, Jill Morich, (8/16) Kellen Pierce, (8/17) Tyler Parker, Canaan Smith, Chase Hutton(8/18) Cary Phillips, Zach Hurley, Caroline Greene, (8/19) Lucille Heil, Monica Rader, Sean Olliffe,(8/20) Dylan Degan, Ross Emerson, (8/21) Jim Kareken, Jack Kilkenny, Michelle Parisi, Jeff Ely, Angela Herndon, (8/23) Scott Selby, Crystal Harwell, Lucinda Patrick, Jill Rawls, Grady Hitchins, (8/24) James Bowden, Linda Minzenberger, Emma Gale, Betsy Broda

ANNIVERSARIES: (8/14) David & Nathalie Frank; (8/18) Eric & Deana DeLaBarre

FOR OUR PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER: (8/12/12) John & Laura Pennington; Bob & Pat Pepper; Nancy Perkins; Bruce & Barbara Perry; Rosemary & Tyler Perry; (8/19/12) Mike & Mary Bess Peterson; Cary & Pam Phillips; Judith Phillips; Vic, Paddy, Ian, Keely & Quinn Phillpotts; Ed, Tracey, Cody & Wyatt Pitts

BIRTHS: We celebrate the birth of Caroline Josephine Pero on August 6 to Kerry & Richard Pero, grandparents are Ginny & Paul Acocella.


Please let the church know when you or a loved one has a medical procedure, an illness, a life transition, or other special need. We are here to serve you. Please allow us the opportunity to share your experience and offer our support. Simply contact the church office at 770-971-2839. Thank you.

St. Catherine's Calendar

Hold These Future Dates:

  • Sunday, September 9 – Ministry Fair, 9:15-10:15 am
  • Sunday, September 16:
    - Worship times change to fall schedule – 7:30, 8:45, 11:15 am
    - Church School begins, 10 am
    - Visit by Bishop Kevin Whitmore
  • Sunday, September 16 – Youth presentation of the pilgrimage to Costa Rica
  • Saturday, September 22: “Evening Under The Oak” Chastian-style concert evening with musician Jay Memory
  • Sunday, October 5: Praying for Pars golf outing

Holy Baptism: next scheduled dates - Sunday, November 4 (All Saint's Sunday)

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

Two-Week Look Ahead

Below are the next two 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, 8/11 Saturday, 8/18


Cats On Wheels @ Big Shanty
  Museum & Cyclorama


Vestry Day Retreat

Sunday, 8/12 Sunday, 8/19


Coffee Time
Holy Eucharist Rite II
Country Fair
Holy Eucharist Rite II


Coffee Time
Holy Eucharist Rite II
Country Fair
Holy Eucharist Rite II
Youth Pool Party @Starr’s
CGS Parent Open House

Monday, 8/13 Monday, 8/20

Amma Susan's day off
Men’s Book Study @ Peppers'
Stephen Ministry
Boy Scout Troop 713


Amma Susan's day off
Preschool Open House
Kneeler Group
CGS Monday Open House
Boy Scout Troop 713

Tuesday, 8/14 Tuesday, 8/21


Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Family Promise
Outreach Meeting

Preschool Begins
Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Youth Ministry
Wednesday, 8/15 Wednesday, 8/22


Executive Committee
Bible Study


MUST Breakfast
Bible Study

Thursday, 8/16 Thursday, 8/23
Stewardship Meeting
Preschool Setup
Finance Meeting
Girl Scout Leaders
Family Promise
Friday, 8/17 Friday, 8/24
Fr. Jim's day off
Preschool Setup
Stephen Ministry @ Gales'

Fr. Jim's day off
Women’s Bible Study


Rafting trips

Many thanks to Allen Jablonski for organizing two separate rafting trip dates on the Nantahala for the Youth Mentors group, July 28 and August 4! About 20 kids & adults each date enjoyed an incredible day on the river.

Life is short and we don't have much time to paddle. So be swift to get wet, make haste to splash and have fun and go enjoy the great outdoors!

Photo - The group for Day 2, by Steve Tuemmler


By Mike Peterson,

St. Catherine’s Youth Back-to-School-Pool-Party!

We'll be kicking off the new school year with a splash as we gather to swim, reconnect, cook out, and have a great time! All young people in 7th-12th grade are welcome and encouraged to come. Feel free to bring friends!

When: 6-8 PM, Sunday, August 19, 2012
Where: The home of the extremely generous parishioner Carol Starr; 3458 Turtle Cove Ct, Marietta, GA 30067. Only 3 miles from St. Cat’s!
What to bring: Yourself, a friend, a towel, sunscreen. Dinner will be provided.

For further information, contact Youth Director Mike Peterson at or visit the St. Catherine’s Youth Facebook page at and click on “Events.”


Youth Readers needed

If you are not currently a Youth Reader, I would encourage you to consider becoming one. It requires minimal time commitment but is a great way to serve your church community while getting some practice with public speaking at the same time! Youth Readers are scheduled on periodic Sundays (you would definitely not be scheduled every Sunday!) to read the Epistle (the second Bible reading in the service) out loud to the congregation. We provide training for all new readers. If you think you might be interested in doing this, please let me know and we’ll make it happen!


Save the date: Sunday, September 16

Join us on September 16 at 5:30 pm for a presentation on this summer’s Pilgrimage to Costa Rica!

Wheel schedule:

Next publications:

  • August 25
  • September 7
  • September 21

The Wheel is published two times per month, usually on Fridays. Beginning February 1, 2012 all editions are in electronic form (HTML) posted on our newsletter page and distributed by email to all members subscribed to the "Parish Announcements" email list. Printed copies of each newsletter are available for pickup at church in the foyer, in the wall rack near the welcome table. 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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Editor: Karen Manno
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