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

We Welcome You!

The Newsletter of
St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
September 21 - October 5
, 2012

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Clergy Letter
Evening Under the Oak
Blessing of the Animals
Foyers Kickoff
Newcomer Coffee
Praying for Pars
Low Country Boil
Men's Retreat
Mowers & Blowers
Flu shots
YF fun
Concert Series
Christmas Market
VBS nets
Family Promise
Vestry notes
Ministry Fair pics
This I Believe
Ministry focus
  Honoring Bishop Alexander
  10th Bishop Ordination
  Cooking for Wellness
  Diocesan Mission Conference


  Youth/Parent Meetings
  Emmaus Walk
  Update - CCYA
  Corn Maze
  Fall Youth Retreat
  Youth Calendar 2012-2013



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

9/23 – Rite 13 Parents meeting

9/25, 10/3, 10, 17, 24, 31 – WNL

9/25 – MUST Laundry Team

9/28 – MUST Dinner Team

9/30 – J2A Parents meeting;
Celebration for Bishop Alexander @ Cathedral

10/6 – Blessing of the Animals;
Foyers kickoff @ Valencia Hills

10/13 – Bishop Ordination @ Morehouse;
Low Country Boil



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NetsforLife campaign continues

By Father Jim

Every minute in sub-Saharan Africa a child dies from malaria, a deadly infectious disease transmitted by a mosquito bite. Just one life-saving, long lasting insecticide-treated net can save three lives from suffering and death.

Bishop Neil Alexander challenged the Diocese of Atlanta to raise sufficient funds for NetsforLife to purchase 35,000 life-saving mosquito nets in the year between Diocesan Council, 2011 and Diocesan Council, 2012. St. Catherine’s determined that our goal would be 900 nets – the total number of our membership (every man, woman and child). Over this past year we have continued to make our way towards this goal.

Steve Diffley, the chair of our effort, introduced the challenge at our Annual Meeting in January. We focused on the campaign during the spring. VBS made the campaign a central part of their week in June, and Episcopal Relief and Development in their national publicity campaign have used our VBS as a model of what can be offered. (See the article elsewhere in this issue of the Wheel.) One of our Sundays at the Country Fair highlighted the NetsforLife campaign as well.

To date we have raised sufficient funds to purchase nearly 450 nets—about 50% of our goal (at $12/ net). “It makes St. Catherine's one of the leaders in the diocese in campaign giving,” reports Debbie Betsill the Diocese of Atlanta Episcopal Relief and Development Coordinator. This is very exciting and we are very proud of our congregation. Yet, we have not achieved our 900 goal. But there is time. The campaign extends through November 1 and we will once again make it a focus of our community on Sunday, September 30. All you need do is place a check for your contribution in the alms basin on Sunday clearly marked for “NetsforLife.” (If you prefer to donate online please go to and be sure to designate “St. Catherine’s Atlanta Georgia” as your church/parish.) Consider giving enough to purchase one net in honor of each member of your family. If you’ve already given, please consider what you might be able to give over and above your initial gift.

“Since 2008, NetsforLife has delivered more than 2 million nets across 17 countries in sub-Saharan Africa resulting in less sickness, fewer deaths, and stronger communities.” At St. Catherine’s, let’s help them distribute at least 900 more in the name of our commitment to “welcome, accept, nurture and serve all people.”

For a video and other resources for education go to


“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. Jay has been the featured musician at many local and regional events including The Ultimate Play Dates at East Cobb Park, and was part of St. Catherine’s 50th anniversary kick-off celebration in fall 2010.

Music begins at 6:00 pm, you'll want to arrive by 5:30 pm to set up a spot. Bring chairs, tables & blankets, 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. This event 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 "Evenings Under the Oak."

Blessing of the Animals - Saturday, October 6

Bring your pet for a blessing at 10 AM under the Big Oak Tree. Our observance commemorates St. Francis of Assisi, who dedicated his life to peace, caring for the poor, and teaching respect for all God's creatures.

We expect our usual delightful morning celebrating our animal friends and companions. Remember to bring your pet leashed or caged as appropriate. Music for this service is provided by Jubilate. A few treats for dogs and cats will be provided.

Photos, below: at last year's Blessing of the Animals (by Jan Potter)

“Foyers” Dinner Groups Kick-Off

Saturday, October 6 at Valencia Hills clubhouse

By Meg Boyd

Foyers is a wonderful tradition at St. Catherine's of dinner groups open to all adults, singles and couples. It’s a great way to meet new people in the parish and share your favorite recipes. We meet in groups of 6-8 once a month from September to June. The host rotates each month with everyone bringing a dish to contribute to the meal at the host’s home.

Every adult is welcome to participate. Our kick-off dinner is set for Saturday, October 6 at 6:00 PM. The Certains have been kind enough to offer their clubhouse for our dinner, in the Valencia Hills neighborhood at 3019 Balearic Drive, Marietta, GA 30067.

Any questions and to RSVP call Meg and Larry Boyd, 770-977-9362. You can then share if you would like to bring an appetizer, side dish, salad or dessert that night. We look forward to a great turn-out and another year of fellowship and good food.

Newcomer/Visitor Welcoming Coffee

Sunday, October 7, 10:00-11:00 am

All newcomers and visitors at St. Catherine's are cordially invited to the Parish Hall on October 7 for our next "get acquainted" session over coffee and goodies, 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. No reservations needed, please come.

“Praying for Pars” golf

RSVP by Sunday, Sept. 30 for Oct. 7 outing

Are you the kind of golfer who prays for pars when you get out on the golf course? If you are like most of us “hackers” then we invite you to join us to play golf on Sunday, October 7. Let's go to the 7:30 am church service and breakfast together, then head out for a 10:00 am tee time. Each person will pay their own greens fees. To sign up, contact Walt McGill,, 770-971-8890.

Low Country Boil

Saturday, October 13, 7:30pm

By Bill Lee

Please join us for an evening of great food, dancing and fellowship in the Parish Hall on Saturday, October 13. Tickets are $17.50 per person and includes dinner, beverages (including beer and wine), dessert, and music. This is a great opportunity to spend an evening with your St. Cat's community and to introduce our parish to friends and neighbors. Tickets will be on sale at church following all services starting September 23.

Be sure to purchase your tickets soon as we only have 100 spaces. Any proceeds remaining after we cover dinner expenses will be donated to the Nets For Life program. For more information please contact Bill Lee,, 770-971-0174 or Elizabeth Lopez, 770-514-1482,

Order a brick for BrickWalk extension - 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 now for Men’s Retreat

By Bill Hutton

Space is limited! 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 recreation such as 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 $325 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

Mowers and Blowers and Edgers, oh my!

Volunteers are needed to help maintain the church’s lawn and grounds. Groups are scheduled on a rotating basis to provide up to four mowers each week that mowing is needed. Please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Ron Brannock, 770-992-9505, or Al Jones, 770-565-1013,

Flu shot update

Our Congregational Nurses regret to announce that flu shots will not be administered at St. Catherine's this year. Flu shots are widely available at many retail locations and clinics and we hope you will take advantage of an opportunity to get your shot this year.

Young Families fun

By Molly Banko and Jennifer Sherwood for Young Families Ministry

  • Pumpkin Painting in the Parish Hall - Say that three times fast! On Sunday, October 14 at 3:00 pm we will gather in the Parish Hall to paint pumpkins, play on the playground and enjoy an ice cream social. Please bring your own pumpkin(s). RSVP to ensure we have enough painting supplies and ice cream available — sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Jennifer Sherwood,
  • Playgroup - We are forming a group for fellowship and fun for our youngest members. We'e 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.
  • Watch for information on Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes in October, and a Mom’s Night Out in November.

NEW! - St. Catherine’s 2012-2013 Concert Series announced

By Father Jim

St. Catherine’s will offer a Concert Series to our congregation and community over the coming nine months. While the concert dates are set, we are still working on publicity and other details of the season, but didn’t want to miss the opportunity to give you the list of concerts and their dates. We are very excited about this opportunity and outreach to the East Cobb Community. We hope that it is the beginning of a tradition for many years to come.

We are looking for a small group of people who might be interested in working together to make these concerts possible. This might include developing promotional materials, day of concert tasks such as greeting, hospitality, etc., publicity, establishing a concert patron fund, etc. If you are interested please let Fr. Jim ( or Dr. Jana Williams ( know of your interest.

Here is the list of concerts for our inaugural season:

  • November 4 - Sung Evensong and Piano Dedication presented by St. Catherine’s Chancel Choir and special musicians
  • December 2 - Contemporary Advent Lessons and Carols presented by St. Catherine’s Chancel Choir
  • January 22 - Joint Concert by the Georgia State University Concert Choir and Walton High Schools’ A Cappella Choir
  • March 23 - Coro Vocati presents their Spring Program, “The Sacred and the Profane, Part II”
  • May 4 - Atlanta Sacred Chorale at St. Catherine’s

Watch for more information concerning each concert and how you can be involved in making this ministry possible.

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.

Wednesday Night Live (WNL) each week

WNL each week for everyone! Schedule: Dinner 6:00-7:00 pm, Programs 7:00-8:00 pm. PLEASE BE SURE to make your dinner reservation for 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 adult, $3 children, maximum of $25 per family.


Vacation Bible School recognized for Nets For Life

Congratulations to St. Catherine's 2012 VBS team for all that they did this year to promote the Nets for Life campaign. Their education & fundraising focus at June’s VBS is featured in the national Episcopal Relief & Development Inspiration Fund newsletter for September 12. You can see the article (with pictures!) at . Thanks again to everyone who participated in the VBS campaign and made it such a success!

Covenant with "Family Promise of Cobb County" approved

By Father Jim

The Vestry, in their September meeting, approved the signing of a one year covenant agreement with Family Promise of Cobb County. The covenant will take effect when Family Promise of Cobb County receives a commitment of 13 hosting congregations. There are currently four congregations committed to this start-up effort. The covenant commits us to provide housing and evening meals for up to 14 guests (as family units) for four to five weeks a year. The covenant is renewable each year and commits us, as well, to identifying a Family Promise Coordinator to be the St. Catherine’s point person. There is no financial commitment associated with the agreement except the ancillary costs of utilities, building wear and tear, etc.

The Vestry was enthusiastic about this outreach opportunity as a way to partner with other Cobb County congregations and as a means of inviting our families into an outreach ministry together. We look forward to this continued journey to this new ministry and encourage all those who may have interest in Family Promise to talk with any member of the Vestry, Outreach Ministry Team, Fred Massey (President of Family Promise of Cobb County), or Hale Sanders (Secretary of Family Promise of Cobb County).

Next meeting – September 27 at St. Andrew Methodist Church

The next meeting for Family Promise of Cobb County will be 7:00 pm on Thursday, September 27 at St. Andrew Methodist Church, 3455 Canton Road, Marietta, . If you are interested in this opportunity to help homeless families in our community by bringing the Interfaith Hospitality Network to Cobb County, you are invited to attend. Keep up with information about Family Promise of Cobb County at .


Vestry Highlights

By Sally Powers

Here’s what happened at the regular Vestry meeting on September 18:

  • We had a community building discussion centering on the qualities found in the Leadership triangle;
  • Fr. Jim requested vestry members attend the ministry team conveners meeting on September 25 to begin work on implementing the goals as set out by the Holy Conversations team;
  • We unanimously approved the proposal from the Outreach Team that St. Catherine’s participate in the Cobb Family Promise program for one year;
  • Wrote thank you notes to parishioners who made extra contributions to our St. Catherine’s family last month;
  • New Consecration Sunday was discussed. We learned that there will be a leadership dinner on November 5 and brunch for the entire parish family in November. This program focuses on our need to give, not the need of the church to receive;
  • Bill Lee presented the charter for the human resources committee;
  • Steve Pyburn presented the financial report. Giving was below our projected budget in August, please make every effort to keep your pledge contributions up to date;
  • We reported on Vestry phone calls;
  • Adjourned at 10:05 pm.

Seen around St. Cat's - at the Ministry Fair

A great day and a great turnout to represent the many and varied ministries of our very active church. What new ministry might you try out this year?

Photos by Jan Potter, see lots more at

This I believe... About Stewardship

By Therese Braman

Like most of us, my core beliefs stem from family influence. To set the stage, let me tell you a little about my family. I come from a family of six, my mom and dad and three "much" older sisters. We did not have much material wealth growing up, but we did have great wealth in other areas. We always had food on the table, a roof over our heads, clothes to wear and a few toys. We had an abundance of strong family and friends with which to share our successes and trials. I can see now that we were blessed in so many ways, but I did not appreciate this at the time—children rarely do.

Regardless, the sphere of influence was there from the beginning. My dad would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it. He would provide counsel, food, money, or would stand up for you in times of trouble. I observed him time and again going to bat for the men who worked for him. Men who had a lot less than we did. My parents did not preach—they set the example of being great Christians through their actions and thanked God at every turn. The word stewardship was not verbalized in our home but was exemplified every day. Both of my parents were very active in our church. Through the years, they were Eucharistic Ministers, ushers, lay readers, and sang in the choir. They assisted at many church functions and gave countless volunteers hours assisting those in need. My mom was also a "pink lady" at the hospital. This is a term you may not be familiar with but it is basically a hospital volunteer—and you guessed it—they wore pink uniforms. Every Sunday they would put their money in the collection basket and they gave regularly to their other favorite charities: monasteries, children's organizations, shelters etc. My mom still gives today even though she has very little to spare. As children we took great pride in putting our change in the basket as well. It was not required of us, but we wanted to give to others because of the wonderful example our parents had set. The seed had been planted and my parents got to watch it grow.

As one might expect, I followed in some of my parents' footsteps. I too became a lay reader, sang in the choir, I became a "candy striper" at the hospital, volunteered in the community and gave money to the church and other organizations. You see, the mold had been cast without my even realizing it. The giving of time, talent and treasure to glorify God had been woven into the fabric of my life!

Now it is your turn to set the example—for your children, grandchildren, other family members, friends, and neighbors. Are you up for the challenge? I hope so, for if not, then we are not being good stewards of all the gifts God has given us. Remember, you came into the world with nothing and will leave with nothing. You might try looking at all your possessions as merely being "on loan" from God. This may help you begin to see yourself more as a “steward” rather than a “possessor.”

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:

  • Sept. 24-30 - Wedding Coordinator: This week we celebrate the life and work of Wedding Coordinators. This group works with wedding parties to plan for weddings at our church, coordinating with clergy, staff, musicians, Flower Guild, and Altar Guild. A Wedding Coordinator is present at each wedding. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Dani Dickson, 770.971.1141,

  • October 1-7 - Bible/Book Study Groups: This week we celebrate the life and work of our Bible and Book studies. Groups are led by facilitators who bring a desire to teach and an interest in the material. A variety of offerings are available, please check our publications for dates and times, including The Wheel, Ministry Directory, Christian Formation brochure and the church calendar. A current list is available in the September 8-21,2012 issue of The Wheel at Christian formation offerings for fall. For information please contact our Adult Christian Education committee, The Rev. Susan Johnson, 770.971.2839, or Michael Paris, 770.509.0161,


This sweet note was placed in in the collection plate on a recent Sunday, in a visitor envelope with a $1 bill, our thanks to the writer!

Excerpts from August update from Jenny Korwan in Kenya:

Dear Friends and Family,

I have almost been in Kenya for a month. I am not sure whether it feels that way or not. So much has already happened. For those of you that are following my blog, I will attempt to make these monthly updates include some different information. First I want to acknowledge that I would not be here without the prayerful and financial support from each of you and I am so grateful

The first week here was spent just getting to know my surroundings and unpacking. I have been so warmly welcomed by the Be The Change- Kenya (BTCKE) staff and volunteers. I am living at the office/house, which is out in a town called Ongata Rongai. It is about 30 km south west of Nairobi. It could be described as somewhat of a suburb of Nairobi. It is a fast growing town as people want to get out of the city. The surroundings are beautiful. I have a great view of the mountains when I walk anywhere or go for my jogs in the morning. Each day I see something different and have a new experience. It is very exciting and keeps me on my toes.

...I am working with BTCKE to help develop a monitoring and evaluation system for their programs. I am also working with the directors to help them develop measurement techniques for monitoring the children with which they are working. So far I have spent a lot of time researching what methods already exist and how they have been implemented. It is also important for me to do research about what the policies and government requirements are for Child Care Institutions in Kenya. I have been meeting with directors and visiting the children and families they work with and developing relationships with them. Visiting the homes has by far been my favorite part. I have heard some incredibly heart breaking stories that end so full of hope. Over the next few months I will continue visiting the PO and even visiting other well run children's homes to learn how they are functioning…

If you have any questions or want more information please do not hesitate to send me an email. I would love to hear from any of you. Kenya is a beautiful country and I am so thankful to be spending a year here with your support. Continue to look at my blog for updates and pictures. Also you should take the time to look at what the other YASCers are doing all over the world. Thanks again, I will send another update at the end of September.

Jenny Korwan
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Dear [St. Catherine’s],

Thank you for St. Catherine’s generous contribution of $1,753.00 to Episcopal Relief and Development. You gift was designated for the NetsforLife® Inspiration Fund, a special campaign within The Episcopal Church to help fight malaria…

Currently our NetsforLife® program partnership is working in 17 countries in sub-Saharan Africa to prevent malaria by training community agents to deliver life-saving nets, educate community members about proper net use and maintenance, and provide ongoing monitoring and evaluation of net use. The success of the program is a result of the NetsforLife® partnerships and a network of faith-based organizations working on the ground in Africa, particularly the Anglican Church. In collaboration with active and trusted members of local communities, the program has distributed over 8.5 million nets and trained nearly 74,000 malaria control agents.

Thank you for your compassion and generosity. Please visit or to learn more about our programs.

Esther Cohen, Chief Operating Officer, Episcopal Relief and Development

Dear Friends,

I am sending you a tall glass of chilled homemade lemonade. It’s one of my favorite summertime drinks, especially after I’ve been hard at work. You, with your generosity, continue to work hard for Emmaus House. Thank you so very much for your summertime gift. It helps us soothe, comfort, reward and nourish so many of our neighbors who rarely rest from the hard work of surviving poverty. On their behalf, I am deeply grateful.

Yours faithfully,
The Rev. E. Claiborne Jones, Director and Vicar, Emmaus House

Gift date: 8/22/12
Amount: $250.00

September 7, 2012

Dear [St. Catherine’s],

“There’s a great joy in my giving. It’s thrilling. It’s exhilarating. It’s important to be part of sharing. It is my love. It is my joy.” — Philanthropist W. Clement Stone

…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 given August 24 for MUST has provided that hope.

…In the midst of a difficult economic downturn, you have reached out to those in need. You have helped provide a lifeline. 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


Honoring Bishop Alexander - Sunday, 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).


Ordination of The Tenth of Bishop of Atlanta - Saturday, October 13

  • All members of the diocese are invited to the ceremony and reception for the Ordination and Consecration of The Rev. Robert C. Wright as Tenth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta. The ceremony and reception will be held at the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College in Atlanta, no tickets needed. Chief Consecrator will be our Presiding Bishop, The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori. The celebrating begins at 10:30 a.m. at with special music. See complete information at
  • Diocesan Community Service Day September 29 – Bishop-elect Robert C. Wright has designated September 29 as a day of community service in the Diocese of Atlanta in conjunction with the ordination of the 10th bishop of Atlanta. For this community service day we will be working for the Atlanta Community Food Bank in Atlanta. To participate in either of these projects, see the details and sign up at
    • Product Rescue Center. The food bank's Product Rescue Center helps to provide grocery items to over 700 nonprofit partner agencies in Metro Atlanta and the North Georgia. Volunteers are needed for sorting, inspecting, and packaging donated food items for the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Volunteers are needed for two shifts, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. This project is for those who can do moderate lifting and standing for a prolonged period of time. All volunteers must be at least eight years old and an adult must accompany volunteers under 18 years old.
    • Community Gardens. The Atlanta Community Food Bank brings together groups of 8-25 volunteers to help with weeding, planting, tiling, cleaning, clearing, and any other activity that can possibly take place in a garden.


“Cooking for a Lifetime of Women's Wellness” September 25

Staff from University of Georgia Cobb Extension will offer "Cooking for a Lifetime of Women's Wellness" 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 25, at the Extension office, 678 South Cobb Drive, Marietta. The cooking school will teach how to choose and prepare food to reduce the risk of developing breast or cervical cancer. The session will also feature healthy recipes that participants can taste and a notebook with recipes and handouts to take home. All women are welcome, especially women ages 40-64, women with no health insurance and women who rarely receive health screenings. Women ages 40-64 with no health insurance may be eligible for no cost or low cost cancer screenings. Pre-registration is required. For registration information, call Cobb Extension at 770-528-4090.


8th Annual Diocesan Global Mission Conference – “God’s Mission, Our Vision”

Saturday, October 6 at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Athens

The Rev. Canon Isaias Rodriguez will present the keynote address at the Diocese of Atlanta's 8th Annual Global Mission Conference Saturday, Oct. 6, at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 498 Prince Ave., Athens. The conference runs from 9:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Sign-in begins at 9 a.m.) Overviews of growing and supporting missioners and planning mission trips will be provided during breakout sessions to be led by the Rev. Douglas Hahn, bishop-elect of the Diocese of Lexington, KY, and global mission consultants Richard Hall and Terry Franzén. All those interested in doing or supporting mission work are welcome. Cost is $25 per person and includes lunch. For more information and to register go to .



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, 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, Althea Dillard, Bobbi Suprock, Chandler, Barbara Kallas, Glenda, Becky Thompson & Family, Clifford Kutzbach, Marshall Potter, Garrett Keeney, Jamar Nesbitt, Raymond Higgins, Katherine Rader, Rhonda Steed & family, Wendy Purdue, Frances Short, Owen Williams, Lori Brown, Jim Hutchinson, Mary Alice Barrington, Carson Gardner, Iris Phillips, Jim Kareken, Marie Bremer, Reese & Risa Maier, Jim Mattox, Jess & Jeff Pierce & children, Danielle & baby, Betsy, Susie Bishop

DECEASED: Joe Brown, relative of Marcia Markette; Rhonda Callihan, friend of Karolyn Olliffe; Dr. Gaston deLemos, parishioner; Joseph Fleming, added by Althea Dillard; Keith Weekly, father-in-law of Paul McCabe, Rector of Annunciation Episcopal Church

FOR THOSE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS: (9/22) Ben Hilley, (9/23) Jim Greene, Marshall Jones, (9/24) Libby Rouleau, Lauren Tear, Matt Hutton, (9/25) Sonny Gillespie, Bette Hamilton, Vic Phillpotts, Charles Mace, (9/26) Mel Paris, (9/27) Susan Martin, Elizabeth Lee, Brenda Parker, (9/28) Maddock Jones, Justin Brandt, Stephenie Blythe, Justin Blythe, Eric Ragan, Art Gardner, (9/29) Peter Morich, Trenholm Fahy, )9/30) Robbie Selby, Henry Gary, Bryce Pyburn, (10/1) Julia Denton, Nathan Tomchik, Nancy Perkins, Cole Nabinger, Richard Pearson, Sarah Clark, (10/2) Ansley Bayless, Sue Jones, David Yucius, (10/3) Andrew Benton, Isaac Hale, (10/4) Rusty Bird, Abby Baumann, Allison Dupuis, (10/5) Palmer Bayless, Matt Greene, Mason Smith, Baylee Heil, Cam Graham

ANNIVERSARIES: (9/25) Susan & Art Bayless; Ron & Connie Bergeron; Gary & Brenda Parker; Cam & Marti Graham; (9/30) Ed & Tracey Pitts; (10/2) Jim & Laurie Dirksen; (10/5) Amy & Jim Hunkler

(9/23/12) Lisa Scheidt; Robert, Mary Catherine, Claire & Erica Schmitt; Jerry & Linda Scott; Derek, Kerry, Ava & Emy Seiling; Bill & Barb Selby
(9/30/12) Chuck & Jan Severs; David, Marylou, Matthew & Megan Shannonhouse; Margaret Shaw; Terry, Cindy & Kristen Sheehan; Kevin, Lee Ann, David, Blake & Chandler Sherry


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:

  • Saturday, October 6: Blessing of the Animals
  • Saturday, October 13: Low Country Boil
  • Sunday, October 7: Newcomer/Visitor Coffee
  • Sunday, October 14: Young Families' Pumpkin Painting
  • Friday-Sunday, October 19-21: Men's Retreat
  • Saturday, October 20: Cats on Wheels trip to Brasstown Bald; Youth trip to Corn Maze
  • Sunday, October 28: Cathedral Bookstore at St. Cat's

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, 9/22 Saturday, 9/29


CGS Level 3 Training
Lay Reader Training
Evening Under the Oak


Journey Retreat

Sunday, 9/23 Sunday, 9/30


Holy Eucharist
Family Holy Eucharist
Church School
Choral Holy Eucharist
Rite 13 Parents Meeting
The Journey


Holy Eucharist
Family Holy Eucharist
Church School
Choral Holy Eucharist
J2A Parent Meeting
Celebration for Bishop Alexander
  @ Cathedral

Monday, 9/24 Monday, 10/1

Amma Susan's day off
Stephen Ministry
Boy Scout Troop 713


Amma Susan's day off
Eagle Court
Boy Scout Troop 713

Tuesday, 9/25 Tuesday, 10/2


Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting/Luncheon
MUST Laundry Team

Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Preschool Staff Meeting
Wednesday, 9/26 Wednesday, 10/3


MUST Breakfast
Bible Study
WNL Dinner
Youth WNL
Chancel Choir


Bible Study
WNL Dinner
Youth WNL
Chancel Choir

Thursday, 9/27 Thursday, 10/4
Men’s Bible Study
Family Promise
Jubilate Practice
Stewardship Meeting
Men’s Bible Study
Jubilate Practice
Friday, 9/28 Friday, 10/5
Fr. Jim's day off
Men’s Bible Study
Women’s Bible Study
Elizabeth Inn

Fr. Jim's day off
New Beginnings @Camp Mikell
Men’s Bible Study
Women’s Bible Study


By Youth Director Mike Peterson,, 770-971-2839

Youth and Parent Meetings

We will be holding meetings to discuss important aspects of the upcoming year with each class over the next few weeks. All youth and at least one of their parents are encouraged to attend. The class meeting schedule is:

  • Rite 13 (7th & 8th Grade): Sunday, September 23, 12:30-1:30 PM
  • J2A (9th and 10th Grade): Sunday, September 30, 12:30-1:30 PM
  • YA (11th and 12th Grade): Sunday, October 14, 12:30-1:30 PM


Emmaus Walk — Sunday, September 23, 3-5 PM

We will once again be participating in the Emmaus House’s annual Walk the Road event on Sunday, September 23. Founded by the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, Emmaus House is a center for community life in Atlanta’s Peoplestown neighborhood (just south of Turner Field) that seeks to diminish poverty and its broader consequences by strengthening individuals, families, and communities through education, assistance, and social action. In short, they work to help the Peoplestown community in every way that they can, and they do some great work! At the Emmaus Walk, we will get to learn about some of their various ministries, help them out with a little service work, walk the neighborhood to learn about its struggles and successes, and chow down on hamburgers and hotdogs. You’ll also get a t-shirt! Cost of the event is either $5 or 5 canned food items (preferably not corn or green beans!). You can find information about Emmaus House at


Congratulations to our first crew of Youth Advisors

Starting this year, each class (Rite 13, J2A, YA) will select two of its members each semester to serve as Youth Advisors. The Youth Advisors will meet briefly once a month with me during the Sunday Church School hour to provide feedback, share ideas, and generally serve as a voice for their peers regarding what they would like to see in the St. Catherine's Youth Program. Your Youth Advisors for this semester are Chandler Sherry, Nick Muckerman, Marshall Jones, Mary Alice Barrington, Caitlin Buckalew, and Megan Shannonhouse. Be sure to let them know how you're feeling about your Youth Program and where you'd like to see it go!


Update: St. Cat's Youth and the Center for Children and Young Adults

This semester, the St. Catherine's Youth Program will be supporting a wonderful local organization called the Center for Children and Young Adults, which provides a stable home, community supports, and a "normal" life for teenagers and young adults (ages 13-21) in the Marietta area who do not have stable homes and have been referred to the foster system. On September 19, Andrea Brantley from the CCYA came and spoke to us, and many of you brainstormed some wonderful ideas for ways that we can help support them in their ministry. On Sunday, September 23 at Church School each class will be choosing from a list of those ideas how they as a group would like to participate. Hope to see you then! You can learn more about the CCYA here: .


Youth Night Out at the Maze October 20

Let’s get lost! Come for an evening trip to the Cagle’s Farm Corn Maze at Cagle’s Farm, Canton, Georgia on Saturday, October 20, 7-11 PM. Bring $8 for the maze, plus extra money for late-night dessert at Marietta Diner. RSVP to Mike Peterson by Wednesday, October 17 if you plan to come!

Photo - Looking for the way on last year's corn maze trip (by Mike Peterson)


Fall Youth Retreat! Register by October 7

Join the youth of St. Catherine’s on 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, as many of you can attest! 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 SO MUCH FUN! *Please note that 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 permission forms by Sunday, October 7. Sign up today; bring a friend!

--> 2012-2013 Youth Permission form is available on our website,


Seen around St. Cat's

Photos by Connie Bergeron, Jan Potter


Youth Calendar 2012-2013

Sept. 23 – 12:30: Rite 13 Parent Meeting; 3-5 PM: Emmaus Walk
Sept. 30 – 12:30: J2A Parent Meeting
Oct. 5-7 – New Beginnings @ Camp Mikell
Oct. 14 – 12:30: YA Parent Meeting
Oct. 20 – 7-11 PM: “Youth Night Out” Corn Maize Trip
Oct. 26-27 – Happening Team Training
Oct. 28, Nov. 4, Nov. 11, Nov. 18 – Christmas Tree Sales at both services
Nov. 2-4 – Fall Youth Retreat @ Earthshine
Nov. 11 – No Church School; Stewardship Brunch in Parish Hall
Nov. 16-18 – Happening @ Camp Mikell
Nov. 21 – No WNL
Nov. 25 – No Church School; Advent Wreath Making
Nov. 28 – 5:30-7 PM: Youth Serving Dinner at Elizabeth Inn
Nov. 30-Dec. 2 – Jr. DYC @ Camp Mikell
Dec. 1 – Christmas Tree Pick-Up/Distribution
Dec. 2 – Christmas Tree Distribution
Dec. 8 – Christmas Market & Secret Santa
Dec. 16 – Christmas Pageant
Dec. 23, 30 – No Church School
Dec. 26, Jan. 2 – No WNL
Dec. 28-Jan. 1 – Winterlight at Kanuga
Jan 4-6 – Sr. DYC @ Camp Mikell
Jan. 6 – Church School resumes
Jan. 9 – WNL resumes
Jan. 13 – J2A sell Valentine Dinner Dance tickets at both services
Jan. 18-21 – J2A Urban Adventure
Jan 20 – Rite 13 Sell Valentine Dinner Dance tickets at both services
Jan. 27 – 9 AM Church School; 10:30 AM Eucharist; YA sell V.D.D. tickets; 12 PM Annual Meeting
Feb. 3 – YA sell V.D.D. tickets at both services
Feb. 9 – 7 PM: Valentine Dinner Dance
Feb. 12 – Pancake Supper
Feb 13 – Ash Wednesday, No WNL
Feb. 15-17 – New Beginnings @ Camp Mikell
Feb. 22-24 – Happening @ Camp Mikell
Mar. 10 – Atlanta Hunger Walk
Mar. 20 – Easter Egg Stuffing Fiesta at WNL
Mar. 24 – Palm Sunday
Mar. 27 – No WNL (Holy Week)
Mar. 31 – No Church School, Easter Egg Hunt
Apr. 6-14 – Spring Break, Church School Schedule TBD
May 12 – 10:30 AM: Youth Sunday
May 19 – 9 AM: Last Day of Church School; 10:30 AM: Eucharist and Graduate Recognition
June 16-21: Youth Week @ Kanuga

Wheel schedule:

Next publications:

  • October 5
  • October 19
  • November 2

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