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The Newsletter of
St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
September 8 - 21
, 2012

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Clergy Letter
Ministry Fair
Schedule change
Bishop visitation
Christian Formation
Men's Book Study
Pilgrimage presentation
Safeguarding training
Cats On Wheels
Evening Under the Oak
YF Playgroup
Christmas Market
Men's Retreat
MUST newsletter
Vestry notes
Country Fair pics
This I Believe
Seen around St. Cats
Birthdays & anniversaries
Ministry focus
  10th Bishop Ordination
  Honoring Bishop Alexander
  Diocesan Formation


  Youth retreat
  Adult leader training



9/9 – Ministry Fair;
Youth leader training

9/10 – Men’s Book Study @ Sneads’

9/12 – WNL begins

9/15 – Cats On Wheels @ Seed Kitchen;
Safeguarding trainings;
Acolyte training

9/16 – Fall worship times begin;
Church School begins;
Bishop Whitmore visitation;
Youth Pilgrimage presentation

9/22 – Evening Under The Oak;
Lay Reader training

9/25 – MUST Laundry Team

9/28 – MUST Dinner Team



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Ministry Fair

By Father Jim

Our annual Ministry Fair is Sunday, September 9. This is always an exciting time for me as I walk the Parish Hall. What impresses me each year is the diversity and vibrancy of our many ministries. And, of course that diversity and vibrancy comes from you and your passion for the work we do together.

Sometimes we are so busy with the work of ministry that we don’t stop long enough to say thank you to one another. And so I want to be the first to say thank you to each and everyone of you who make our ministry possible. Without you we would be one-dimensional in our outreach to the world, but because of you we are three dimensional—living, breathing human beings putting our faith into action and touching lives.

I find myself referring a lot recently to St. Francis' words, “Preach the Gospel at all times and, if necessary, use words.” This is what each of you do through our many ministrie—your time and your talents are the Gospel in a world desperate to “hear” the words of God’s love in Jesus Christ.

THANK YOU for all that you are and all that you give.


Ministry Fair – “Grow One Step”

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

By Margaret Shaw

What is your ministry? Is it music, caring, listening, teaching? Is it cooking, reading, polishing, planning? Is it gardening, guiding, plumbing, praying? Is it mowing, driving, writing, counting?

Saint Catherine’s has an abundance of ministry opportunities—and we are invited to celebrate them and explore them on Sunday, September 9 at the annual Ministry Fair.

Our ministries will be on display in the Parish Hall between services. We will bless the ministries and encourage everyone to visit the ministry tables, to learn more about any that interest you. You’ll also find out all the Church School offerings for the coming year, beginning September 16.

Our theme this year is “Grow One Step” —come and see what ministry your “one step” leads you to!

Wednesday Night Live begins September 12

NEW SCHEDULE: Dinner 6:00-7:00 pm, Programs 7:00-8:00 pm

WNL each week for everyone! PLEASE BE SURE to make your dinner reservation each date you'll dine with us -- either fill out the Opportunities For Ministry form in your Sunday bulletin or contact the church office, 770-971-2839, by 5 pm on Tuesday. Dinner cost is $7 per person, maximum of $25 per family.

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 in participating in both WNL Youth and Choristers of St. Catherine’s.

Our WNL Adult program over the coming few weeks will be a conversation with the Rector. Says Father Jim, "I am feeling that life is moving at a pace that often separates us one from another in our busyness. In this gap there fall many questions about our life together and our life in general. I look forward to sometime spent in fellowship together catching up on life and finding time to simply enjoy one anotherís company. Weíll place this time in Godís hands and, I am certain, we will wonder at how God uses it."

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

Worship times change Sunday, September 16

  • Service times move to schedule for fall through spring:
    7:30 am - Holy Eucharist
    8:45 am -
    Family Holy Eucharist, with music led by Choristers of St. Catherine's or Jubilate each week
    11:15 am - Choral Holy Eucharist, with music led by the Adult Choir each week
  • Breakfast available 8:00 am
  • Church School for all ages at 10 am (see class descriptions, below)
  • Special on this day: A Visitation by Bishop Keith Whitmore

Bishop Whitmore visits St. Catherine’s September 16

The Assisting Bishop of the Diocese of Atlanta, The Right Reverend Keith Whitmore will make a visitation to St. Catherine’s on Sunday, September 16. Bishop Whitmore will preach at the 8:45 and 11:15 am services. He will make a short visit with our youth at 10:00 am and a short visit with our children in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd at 11:00 am. In between he will hold a open forum for all in the Parish Hall. You will find an insert in your bulletin on Sunday, September 9 inviting your questions for him. Of course questions the day of his visit will also be welcome. Following the 11:15 worship, we will have a reception honoring him to which everyone is invited.

As an Episcopal Church and a parish in the Diocese of Atlanta, this is always a special and important time when our bishop comes to visit. We invite you to be there and greet him. It is especially an exciting time in the Diocese as we give thanks to Bishop Alexander for 10 years of service as the Ninth Bishop of Atlanta and look forward to the ordination and consecration of The Rev. Rob Wright as the Tenth Bishop of Atlanta.


Foods needed for Bishop’s Reception, September 16

Parish Life and Fellowship Ministry Team will be hosting a reception following the 11:15 service when Bishop Whitmore visits St. Catherine’s on Sunday, September 16. We are asking for donations of prepared and ready to serve fruit trays, veggie trays, and/or cookies. Finger sandwiches will be provided. Please bring items to the kitchen the day of the service.

Thank you, Eleanore Pearson & Pat Pepper

Christian formation offerings for fall

Church School begins Sunday, Sept. 16

Church School begins for all ages at 10-11 AM on Sunday, September 16. 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 paid, 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 – 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 (7th and 8th 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. Leaders: Dave Banko, John Brooks, Jeanette Dini, Katja Michael, Sally Paris.
  • J2A (8th and 9th Grades) – Journey to Adulthood (J2A) is the heart of the entire program It 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. Leaders: Allen Jablonski, Susan Jenkins, Katherine Maxwell, Mel Paris, Mary Bess Peterson.
  • YA (10th and 11th Grades) – Building on the foundations of Rite-13 and J2A, 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 also focuses on serving as leaders within the Youth Program and the broader congregation. Leaders: Gina Baumann, Keith Dumke, Ellis Kilgore, Robbie Roy.



Church School offerings:

  • The Lectionary -- Plenty of room is available for all in this spirited, spirit-filled and spiritual discussion as we go through the Old Testament, Epistle and Gospel lessons each Sunday. We are in Lectionary Year B until Advent and the Old Testament focuses on readings from Isaiah, Wisdom, Numbers, Genesis, Amos, Deuteronomy, I Kings, and Daniel. The Epistle readings are from James, Hebrews, and Revelation. The Gospel is from Mark. 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 and Randy Satterfield.
  • Lions, Tigers, and Fishes on the Wall: A Study of Our Early Church Fathers, Mothers, Martyrs, and Theologians -- Part of who we are is made of who we were, so to help us understand our heritage we will be enjoying the stories of the early Church. We'll be drawing from scripture, tradition, history, politics, and even geography to find out how this church we love developed from a small gathering of believers. Their defiance of the odds has made for a tale from which we can draw inspiration in our own Christian lives. Facilitated by Ginny Acocella.
  • Living with Open Arms Toward the World -- Join us for a Church School offering that will, by God’s grace and power, help us discover and more fully embrace our own Christian faith tradition by learning about other faith traditions, encourage and participate in dialogue within and beyond our personal faith constructs, and learn to respect and honor one another by experiencing the diversity and spirituality of our tradition and the traditions of the other.
    Our text for this study will be Beyond 9/11: Christians & Muslims Together by Dr. Ben Campbell Johnson.This book is an invitation to Christians and Muslims to engage in dialogue in order to build relationships of understanding and trust. In a trusting environment all issues can be constructively discussed and resolved. The author first appeals to Christians, who constitute the dominant religion in American culture, to learn about Islam. In order to appreciate Muslims and engage in productive projects with them, Christians must take the initiative in creating trusting relationships. The dominant faith because it comes from a position of strength must make the first move to get the conversation started.
    We will take this journey over the course of the Church School year (2012/13) in these segments: A Time of Discovery (September - December), A Time of Dialogue (December - March), and A Time of Experience (April - May). We will encourage those who choose this class to make the class a priority each week since one week will build on the next throughout the year. We look forward to engaging this timely and challenging topic with each of you. Facilitated by The Rev. Jim Nixon and The Rev. Susan Johnson.
  • Sunday Men’s Bible Study -- The Sunday Men’s Bible Study focuses on the Sunday Gospel reading in the weekly bulletin. We use a three-part study system similar to the style of both Journey To Adulthood and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. This class is for beginners, for those who have studied the Bible for many years, and for everyone in between. No preparation is needed and several translations of the Bible will be available for use. We welcome you to hear the Word of God with us. Facilitated by Bill Ivey and Hans Kraeger.

Bible Study Groups:

  • Weekday Bible Study, Wednesdays, 9:30 to 11:00 AM — Our Wednesday Morning Bible Study meets each Wednesday at 9:30 am in the Library. We study various books of the Bible, drink coffee and explore how the there and then of Scripture guides and impacts our life in the here and now. We are just finishing the book of the Prophet Isaiah. It has been a long and, at times, arduous journey. But we’ve learned a great deal about the hopes and vision of God for His people when we can follow his commandments. We’ve looked deeply into our lives and found some of he same shortcomings the people to whom Isaiah wrote experienced both in exile and in the promised return to the land given by God to them. It is now time to move on.
    Our next study, beginning in September, will be of the Pastoral Epistles. The three pastoral epistles are books of the canonical New Testament: the First Epistle to Timothy (1 Timothy) the Second Epistle to Timothy (2 Timothy), and the Epistle to Titus. They are presented as letters from Paul of Tarsus to Timothy and to Titus. They are generally discussed as a group (sometimes with the addition of the Epistle to Philemon) and are given the title pastoral because they are addressed to individuals with pastoral oversight of churches and discuss issues of Christian living, doctrine and leadership. We invite you to join us. Facilitated by The Rev. Jim Nixon.
  • Men’s Weekly Evening Study, Thursdays, 7:00-8:30 PM — This group gathers to read, discuss, and learn from the Bible. Many Bible versions are encouraged. We use the syllabus, “Journey Through the Bible,” and a chapter in the Study Book (cost about $11) is read before each class. We next study Hebrews thru Jude on September 6 through October 18, 2012. Then we move to Revelation October 25 to February 7, 2013. We invite all men to join us. Facilitated by Tom Snead and Hans Kraeger.
  • Men's Weekly Morning Study, Fridays, 6:30-7:30 AM — This group meets to read, discuss, and learn from the Bible. Many Bible versions are encouraged. We use the syllabus, “Journey Through the Bible,” and a chapter in the Study Book (cost about $11) is read before each class. We next study 1 Kings – Esther on September 7 through December 9, 2011. Then we move to Job – Song of Solomon, January 4 to April 5, 2013. On April 12, 2013 we start Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Lamentations which will carry us through July 5, 2013. We invite all men to join us. Facilitated by Tom Snead and Hans Kraeger.
  • Women’s Weekly Friday Morning Study, 10-11:15 AM — Join us 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. Facilitated by Elizabeth Lopez and Diane Sanders.
  • Women’s Monthly Evening Study, second Mondays beginning September 10, 7-8:30 PM — We will be reading from Jennifer Rothschild. Rothschild’s book Self Talk, Soul Talk has a message for every woman: words are powerful, especially the words women speak to themselves. We will explore powerful things a woman can say to her soul through scripture, biblical principles and life experiences. We have lively discussion, music and dinner together and welcome you to join us at any point in the study. Facilitated by Stephanie Yucius.

"The Journey" (Inquirer's class)

  • Register by Sunday, September 9, class begins Sept. 16 -- Interested in church membership? "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,

Men’s Book Study

Next date: September 10 @ the Sneads’

By Father Jim

The Men’s Book study meets the second Monday of each month at someone’s home. We gather for fellowship,a light supper and discussion of the book chosen by the group to be read. Tom Hunter ( organizes the group and facilitates the selection of the book, but the group needs little structure in that most discussions are open and energized. Every man in the congregation is invited to join us.

Our current selection is What Jesus Meant by Garry Wills. The September meeting will be at Tom Snead’s home on September 10 beginning with dinner at 6:30 pm. To be sure we have enough food please RSVP to Tom, 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. Please read the Prologue and the Introduction before our September gathering.

Costa Rica Pilgrimage Presentation and Dinner

Sunday, September 16, 5:30 pm

By Mike Peterson

The St. Catherine’s Young Adults Class cordially invites YOU to join them in the Parish Hall at 5:30 pm on Sunday, September 16 for a dinner and presentation about their pilgrimage to Costa Rica last May. We shared some amazing and profound experiences together in Costa Rica and now we would like to share some of them with all of you who supported us, prayed for us, and helped make the pilgrimage possible. For further information, contact Mike Peterson,, 770-971-2839.

“Safeguarding” training sessions Saturday, September 15

By Ben Frost and Linda Scott

Relationships among people are at the foundation of Christian ministry and as such are central to the life of the church. Over the past several years we have been implementing a training program for our staff and volunteers, developed by the Church Pension Group, to help protect children and adults from sexual misconduct in congregations, dioceses, and other church institutions. The training has two portions known as “Safeguarding God’s Children” (for those who work with children and youth to age 18) and “Safeguarding God’s People” (for those who work with adults).

Both courses will be offered at St. Catherine’s on Saturday, September 15. There have been major changes to the “Mandatory Reporting” laws in Georgia this year. We will also be providing a speaker from the Barton Child Law and Policy Center at Emory University to provide details and to answer questions about how the law changes may have an effect on us in our lives together.

  • 9:00 am - Safeguarding God's CHILDREN
  • 12:00-12:30 pm - Lunch (provided)
  • 12:30-1:30 pm - One hour (excellent!) presentation on the new Mandated Reporting Law
  • 1:45 - 3:00 pm - The in-person portion of Safeguarding God's PEOPLE. You must take the two online modules prior to the class. If you are already logged onto Safeguarding Online you may log on and you will find the modules there. If you need to be logged onto the system or you forgot your log on information, just contact Linda Scott at, 404-601-5353, and she will get you on the system.

To attend please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Ben Frost, 770-595-4216, There is no charge for this class at St. Catherine’s. For information from the Diocese of Atlanta about the Safeguarding program and the calendar of more training dates offered in the diocese please visit

Cats On Wheels Luncheon Saturday, Sept. 15

Cats On Wheels’ next odd-month pay-your-own luncheon will be 11:30 am at Seed Kitchen restaurant, 1311 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 504, Marietta, 678-214-6888. It is located in Merchant’s Walk shopping center between Whole Foods and Steinmart, get directions and view the menu at . RSVP so we can have seating together, fill out the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Alan Certain, or 404-661-2200.

SAVE THE DATE – On Saturday, October 20 our even-month day trip is to Brasstown Valley Resort and the town of Young Harris in north Georgia. Watch for announcements of the details (contact Alan Certain as above to get on the mailing list).

Cats on Wheels is our "social networking" group for active senior adults – if you’re old enough for AARP, we welcome you (but you don’t need an AARP card to come!). Add these upcoming Cats On Wheels dates to your calendar now:

  • November 17 — Henry’s Louisiana Grill Restaurant in Acworth
  • December 13 — Christmas Seniors’ Eucharist and Luncheon at St Catherine’s
  • January 19 — Marietta Fish Market Restaurant
  • February 16 — Carter Center, Atlanta
  • March 16 — St Patrick’s Day at Johnnie McCracken’s Celtic Firehouse Pub, Marietta Square
  • April 20 — Providence Canyon and Westville (southeast Georgia)
  • May 18 — Pasta Bella Restaurant, Marietta
  • June 8 — Peach Festival in Fort Valley, Georgia
  • July 20 — Fox Theater Tour, Atlanta

“Evening Under the Oak” – for everyone!

Saturday, September 22

Everyone is invited to St. Catherine’s first "Evening Under the Oak." Acoustical guitar musician and local favorite Jay Memory will be performing at 6 pm. Jay has been the featured musician at many local and regional events including The Ultimate Play Dates weekly at East Cobb Park, and was part of St. Catherine’s 50th anniversary kick-off celebration in fall 2010.

This is a Chastain-style concert event, so bring your chairs, drinks and picnic dinners. Bring your friends and neighbors, too! The event is for all St. Catherine’s parishioners, preschool families, and friends, and will be a show for all ages. It is sponsored for all by Young Families Ministry, and will be a show for all ages. No admission or tickets needed, donations accepted for this and future "Evening Under the Oak" events.

Young Families playgroup forming

By Molly Banko

With the abundance of new babies and small children at St. Cat’s, we’d like to form a group for fellowship and fun for our youngest members. We’re going to keep it simple with playdate-type gatherings once or twice a month. If you are interested, please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Harriett Pyburn for more information.

Vendors – apply now for Christmas Market

By Mike Peterson

The St. Catherine’s Christmas Market will be held on Saturday, December 8 from 9 am to 5 pm to benefit our Youth Program. The event will include a Craft Fair, Secret Santa Workshop for children, and a professional Santa Claus & photographer. We are now accepting vendor applications. For more information, contact Mike Peterson at or go to to view details and download the vendor reservation form.

Order a brick for BrickWalk extension

Orders due by September 30

If you would like to be part of our BrickWalk legacy, orders are now being taken now through September 30 for a final addition to the walk. Bricks are 8'' x 8'' and include your message of up to four lines, up to 18 characters per line (including spaces). The cost is $50 each. Go to our order page at to input your order message. After placing your order send your check payment to the church with "BrickWalk" in the memo field. If you have questions contact Jennifer Massey, or Bill Ivey,

Register for Men’s Retreat

By Bill Hutton

All men are invited to the 2012 retreat, Friday to Sunday, October 19-21 at Montara Farm, a beautiful and peaceful setting in the north Georgia mountains, The retreat will be from 7 pm Friday to late Sunday morning. Our theme will be “Come on in, the water is fine”, based on the movie, O Brother Where Art Thou. We will have workshops and various activities during the retreat with Saturday afternoon reserved for your choice of activities, like hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding. The retreat will be an excellent way to get away from the normal activities that consume our lives and to spend time in a great location relaxing and exploring our program theme.

The cost will be approximately $300 total, with a $100 deposit. All lodging and food is included in this amount except for adult beverages. Space will be limited so hold your place now with your deposit check, by signing up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact the church office. If you have questions please contact Bill Hutton or Daniel Mikkelson


Many opportunities with Communities in Schools

By Carol Fey

The mission of Communities In Schools of Marietta/Cobb County is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Nationally, Communities In Schools is the largest dropout prevention organization and the only program proven to increase graduation rates. Students benefit tremendously when the community supports their education. We rely on volunteers to help students succeed!

  • Mentors: Work one-on-one with a high school student as an adult role model helping with post-secondary planning and the skills needed to be successful beyond graduation. Mentoring is done during the weekday on site at one of our Performance Learning Centers (located 1-3 miles from the Marietta Square) and at Osborne High School in Smyrna for about an hour per week.
  • Tutors: Work one-on-one with elementary school students to help improve reading skills. Tutoring is done during the weekday for one hour/week on site at one of our Elementary School partners: Brumby ES, Dunleith ES and Hickory Hills ES in Marietta.
  • Reality U: Looking for a great one-time event that immediately connects with students? Volunteer at Reality U at one of area high/middle schools. Reality U is a financial literacy simulation that helps students make the connection between their efforts in school and their success in adulthood. Volunteers are needed to act as car salesmen, realtors, insurance adjustors and more as students experience the “realities” of adult life.
  • Job Shadowing: Provide an opportunity for small groups of high school students to experience an occupational work setting for a few hours during a week day. CISMCC would like to secure job sites representing various occupations for students to become more acquainted with a particular career setting of interest to them.

If you are interested in volunteering with Communities In Schools of Marietta/Cobb County or can provide an opportunity for internships or job shadowing, please contact Carol Fey or Meghan Wilson at their office at 678-503-0901 or by email at Background checks and training provided by Communities In Schools.

“MUST Moments”

A newsletter from MUST Ministries, Inc.

The keys to success at MUST Ministries are the people in the churches of our community that provide the legions of volunteers who are constantly praying for us and financially supporting our programs. Our 2012 Summer Lunch and the Back-to-School “Backpack” programs were a tremendous success due to churches coming together to ensure children are fed and ready for school.

Thank you to the churches that opened their doors to serve as “host” sites, and the volunteers who served as on-site lead volunteers, route drivers, checkers and packers, plus the thousands who made sandwiches. This combined effort not only enabled MUST to reach more children, but also helped MUST surpass the 200,000 meal distribution goal for 2012 in six counties. This is 60,000 above Summer Lunch 2011.

Needless to say, the MUST-supported Back-to-School “Backpack” programs in both Cherokee and Cobb County owe their success to churches who banded together as one, answering God’s call to ensure children are ready for school.

As the cool breezes blow and majestic oak leaves begin to change colors, these are God’s signals to MUST of another busy season. Our Elizabeth Inn Emergency Shelter, Loaves & Fishes Community Kitchen, and other services prepare to serve our clients for the fall. Thoughts of Thanksgiving turkeys quickly turn to the 10th anniversary of the “Gobble Jog” 10K, 5K, 1K & Tot Trot. The road race is sponsored by MUST for 10,000 of our best friends on Thanksgiving morning. Want your church’s name on the back of the Gobble Jog shirt sign? Sign up a team of 50+ people and you are recognized as a sponsor. Volunteers are needed for both the Gobble Jog race as well as serving the Thanksgiving meal to our clients.

The 350+ people who served a Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings are barely out the door of the Loaves and Fishes kitchen when Christmas dinner preparations are in full swing. Christmas season means the MUST annual “Toy Shop” opens for the community to serve families in need. Toys from tots to teenagers are needed along with Santa helpers to work in the toy shop.

Thanks again to every church volunteer. You have heard the call and are working the local mission field in Christ’s name.

Howard Cox, MUST Church Relations,, 770-790-3877


Vestry Highlights

By Sally Powers

Here’s what happened at the Vestry meeting and all-day retreat at Fred and Jennifer Massey’s home on Saturday, August 18:

  • Steve Pyburn reported on June and July financials. We are on track for the year and the Vestry appreciates your keeping your pledge up to date during the summer months;
  • Nets for Life had collected $4,009 to date according to Steve Diffley. St. Catherine’s hopes to raise $9,000;
  • We approved the annual contribution to the Diocese of Atlanta of $67,265
  • Joan Nixon, Joyce Hendricks, Tom and Marilyn Hunter, and Sally Powers were selected as our delegates to Diocesan Council in November;
  • Unanimously voted to adopt the goals as presented by Holy Conversations;
  • Adjourned at 10:30 a.m.;
  • Summer Vestry retreat continued with discussion of the goals formulated by the Holy Conversations team based on your responses to their questionnaire;
  • We discussed different types of planning and the role of Vestry members in the realignment of our mission teams;
  • Adjourned at 4 p.m.

Fun at Country Fair

Everyone had fun at our Country Fair in August -- especially when Jubilate was playing! (photos by Connie Bergeron, Bill Ivey, Susan Vavra).

This I believe... About Stewardship

By Greg Beyer

I have been a life-long Episcopalian and Wendy joined the Episcopal Church after we married. Before coming to the United States, Wendy was a member of the Uniting Church in Australia, in her little hometown of Boort, Victoria. She sang in a duet, played drums in the worship band and taught Sunday school. Her mum was a church elder and regional representative for congregation. Wendy grew up and went to church with the same kids, and with their parents.

On the other hand, growing up in an Army family, we moved every few years, and we had to break physical ties with our congregations and find a new church home at each new post. (though we kept up with Christmas cards and visits with close friends) Both I and my younger sisters were acolytes, starting as torch bearers, at about ten years old and I continued until I graduated high school. My Boy Scout Eagle project was done for St. Barnabas in Fairfax Virginia. Service was integral to our church experience—parents did vestry and senior warden at several of the churches, foyers, coffee hours, we kids in acolytes.

And long since on my own path in life, I, too, believe that as a member of my church, I must be an active supporter and participant in the mission of Christ through his church. Just showing up on Sunday, singing a few songs, praying, listening (more or less) and shaking a few hands on the way in and out doesn't cut it. Jesus had some harsh words for the ones in it for appearance sake.

Though the specific activities in our churches differed, putting Gods gifts to work for God, giving back to God is what we were called to do. Doesn't God own everything we have? True, we are blessed with the financial rewards of our labors and we're thankful for what we have received. But we would not be capable of those labors, without the skills, talents and health that he has loaned to us for a few short decades, to do His work in the world. Though his letters are often meandering, Paul, in his letter to Timothy, was succinct: "Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds and to be generous and willing to share." God has blessed us all, in large and subtle ways, but their end results are always monumental, and if we are in service to the Lord, we are also good stewards of His gifts on loan to us.

Seen around St. Cat's - in August

Photos by Connie Bergeron

When is your special day?

We love to recognize birthdays and wedding anniversaries for everyone in our parish! We have a year-round calendar to pray for these special dates, send birthday cards, and publish in our bulletin and newsletter. Would you like your birthday or anniversary included in our remembrances? Please send names and dates to us using the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin, or contact the church office.

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:

  • Sep. 3-9 : Prayer Chain - This week we celebrate the life and work of the Prayer Chain. This is a dedicated group who pray regularly, either individually or in small groups, for those in need. They receive a list from the parish office each week by email, and by phone call if needed, to pray for those who form our concerns throughout the congregation. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Margaret Shaw 770.641.7022,, or Barbara Cordery 770.552.7061,
  • Sep. 10-16: Funeral Coordinator -This week we celebrate the life and work of our Funeral Coordinator. This person works with the clergy, families and funeral homes to plan and coordinate funerals at St. Catherine’s when the need arises. For information on helping with this part of our life together, contact Stan Dickson, 770.971.1141.


Thank you for the beautiful flowers. It is very nice to be thought of. I hope to be back to church soon.

Thanks again,

Doris Samples


Ordination of Tenth of Bishop Atlanta - Saturday, October 13

Plans for the Ordination of The Rev. Robert Wright as Tenth Bishop of Atlanta are outlined now on the diocesan website. All members of the diocese are invited to the ceremony and reception at Morehouse College, MLK International Chapel, in Atlanta. No tickets are needed. Chief Consecrator will be our Presiding Bishop, The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori. The celebration begins at 10:30 a.m. at with special music. See complete information at


Honoring Bishop Alexander September 30

The Rt. Rev. J. Neil Alexander resigns in October after 11 years of service as the Ninth Bishop of the Diocese of Atlanta.

  • A Choral Evensong liturgy will be offered in thanksgiving for his ministry at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, at the Cathedral of St. Philip. All people of the diocese are invited to participate, a reception follows in Child Hall.
  • “Nets for Life” on Cell Phone Sunday – 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. Since he has led our diocese in supporting global mission, Episcopal Relief & Development and Nets for Life, a gift of nets seems appropriate. A presentation of our gift is planned for the reception after Evensong. You can participate by texting your donation on your cellphone that day. To learn more go to
  • Make a donation – Lay people of the diocese are invited to contribute to a purse which will be presented at the reception following the Evensong. Please go to and follow the link for information, writing in the designation as “Bishop’s Purse” in the “Other” field (please do not use “Bishop’s Discretionary Fund” field).


Adult Formation offerings in our Diocese

  • 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 & Theological Education of the Diocese of Atlanta.



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, Marilyn Gradwell, Lynn McDowell, Snow Lucchosi, Bea Tolley, Lee DeFore, Debra, Emily Harrell, Bill Falinski, Tina Kerr, Joan Unger, Doug Guedry, Sybil Carr, Katie and parents Barb & Dale Braman, Hector Quiles, Lake Bozman, Gwen Moody & family, Kati Toft, Carol Viering, Michael, Robert Horine, Bobby Rainey, James Payton, Karen Price, Andrew Woods, Larry T., John, Chubby Rice, Margaret Ivey, the family of June Methvin Bagwell, Dale Buran, Bill Brinson, Althea Dillard, Raymond Higgins, Bobbi Suprock, Chandler, Wendie Storey, John Hardie, Sandra Kraeger, Bill Montero, Chuck Severs, Kimberly Blythe, Scott Lummus, Glenda, Ruth Kell, Larry Cassel, Becky Thompson & Family, Lee Stuart, Mary Williams, Clifford Kutzbach, Colleen Morich, Barry Dillard, Marshall Potter, Garrett Keeney, Myra Guy, Katherine Rader, Jamar Nesbitt, Rhonda Steed, Wendy Purdue

DECEASED: Travis Thompson, husband of co-worker of Audrey Nesbit; Joe Burlas, former parishioner

FOR THOSE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS: (9/8) Nick Wolfe, Tyler Wolfe, (9/9) Hale Sanders, Connor Pyburn, (9/10) Paul Partus, Jerilyn Gardner, Sally Moore, Jim Snape, Abbye Stooksbury, (9/11) Erin Hurley, Tegan Hurley, David Bottoms, Michael Dirksen, (9/12) Doris Samples, (9/13) Rhett Brogdon, Charlene Scheuer, David Goldman, (9/14) Becky Smith, Laurie Smith, Phil Spessard, Will McGhee, Luke Paglia, Tom Burgher, (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, Logan Powell

ANNIVERSARIES: (9/14) Matt & Lucille Bayless Heil; (9/20) Ken & Linda Minzenberger; (9/21) David & Emilie McLaughlin

FOR OUR PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER: (9/9) Becky & Willow Riney; Libby, Jack, Will & Anna Rouleau; Fleming Rowell; Robbie Roy, Risa, Reese & Mandy Maier; Doris Samples; (9/16) James & Joann Sampson; Hale & Diane Sanders; Corry, Nancy, Corry & Nancy Sandlin; Beth & Juan Sandoval; Randy Satterfield


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, October 5: Praying for Pars golf outing
  • Saturday, October 6: Blessing of the Animals
  • Saturday, October 6: Foyers (Dinner Groups) kickoff (tentative)
  • Saturday, October 13: Low Country Boil

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, 9/8 Saturday, 9/15



Journey Catechists
Safeguarding Children
Acolyte Practice
Cats on Wheels @ Seed
Safeguarding People

Sunday, 9/9 Sunday, 9/16


Teacher Commissioning
Coffee Time
Holy Eucharist Rite II
Ministry Fair
Holy Eucharist Rite II
J2A Adult Training
CGS Assistant Training


Schedule change
Holy Eucharist Rite II
Holy Eucharist Rite II
Church School
Holy Eucharist Rite II
The Journey
Vestry Lunch
Youth Pilgrimage Presentation

Monday, 9/10 Monday, 9/17

Amma Susan's day off
CGS Safeguarding God’s Children
Men’s Book Study
Stephen Ministry
Women’s Bible Study
Boy Scout Troop 713


Amma Susan's day off
Kneeler Group
Boy Scout Troop 713

Tuesday, 9/11 Tuesday, 9/18


Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
PL & F
Youth Ministry
Outreach Meeting

Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Vestry Meeting
Wednesday, 9/12 Wednesday, 9/19


Executive Committee
Bible Study
WNL Dinner
Youth WNL
Adult Choir


Bible Study
WNL Dinner
Youth WNL
Adult Choir

Thursday, 9/13 Thursday, 9/6
Stewardship Meeting
Finance Meeting
Men’s Bible Study
Men’s Bible Study
Jubilate Practice
Stewardship Meeting
Friday, 9/14 Friday, 9/20
Fr. Jim's day off
Men’s Bible Study
Women’s Bible Study

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


By Youth Director Mike Peterson

Youth Retreat

Bring a friend!

Join the youth of St. Catherine’s November 2-4 for a great weekend of fun, fellowship, music, worship, good food, hiking, high-ropes, zip-lining, and a whole variety of indoor and outdoor activities at Earthshine Mountain Lodge in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina. We held our retreat here two years ago and had a blast! You don’t want to miss it!

The retreat is open to all youth in grades 7 through 12. The cost of the trip is $160 and includes all transportation, meals, lodging, and FUN. Confidential scholarship is available by request to the Youth Director for any who need it.

Reserve your spot by turning in an $80 deposit and completed 2012-13 permission form by Sunday, October 7. To sign up, or for more information, contact Mike Peterson, 770-971-2839 or


Photos below - More fun on the 2010 Youth Retreat


Journey to Adulthood Workshop – for Adults

Sunday, September 9

Have you ever wondered what it is exactly that we do down in the Youth House every Sunday? Curious what your kids are engaged in? Considered becoming a Youth Leader someday but concerned that you don’t know our curriculum? Then you are both invited and encouraged to join us in the Youth House on Sunday, September 9 from 12 noon until 3:30 PM for our Journey to Adulthood training. Though this event is often described as “youth leader training,” it is actually wide open for any curious parties who would like to know more about the curriculum and program that we use on Sunday mornings and beyond. Tracey Herzer of Leader Resources will be our guest instructor for the afternoon. Please come join us, we’d love to have you! Please RSVP to Mike Peterson at, 770-971-2839.

Wheel schedule:

Next publications:

  • September 21
  • October 5
  • October 19

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.

The Wheel: get every issue!

Does everyone in your family receive The Wheel, St. Catherine's newsletter? Is everyone subscribed? Email is becoming a primary means for our parish communications. You may sign up on on our Subscription page. Or you may send the names and 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

Editor: Karen Manno
Contact: or 770-973-8668

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