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St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
November 17-30
, 2012

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Clergy Letter
  Time & Talent
Christmas Trees
Young Families
Cats On Wheels
Journey through Advent
  Advent Wreath Making

  Advent Quiet Evening
  Lessons and Carols
  Tuesday Eucharist & Study
  New WNL program
  What's a Jesse Tree?
Christmas Market
The Journey
Vestry elections
Hurricane relief
Emmaus outreach
Gobble Jog
MUST foods
Shoe collection
Vestry notes
Batism pics
Ministry focus
  Annual Pottery Sale
  Georgia Festival Chorus
  Health tip


  Elizabeth Inn
  Retreat pics
  Advisors Meeting
  Jr. DYC
  Help needed
  Youth Homecoming



11/17 – Cats on Wheels lunch at Henry's Louisiana

11/20 – Thanksgiving Eucharist & Pie

11/21-23 – Office closed

11/22 – Thanksgiving Day; Gobble Jog at Marietta Square

11/27 – Elizabeth Inn Laundry Team

11/27, 12/4, 11, 18 – Advent Morning Eucharist & Study

11/28, 12/5, 12, 19 – WNL & Advent study

11/28 – Elizabeth Inn Dinner Team

11/29 – Mom’s Night Out at Cheeky’s

11/30 – Advent Quiet Evening

12/1 & 2 – Christmas trees & greens pickup

12/2 – Advent Lessons and Carols


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Diocesan Council: An Uplifting Experience

By Father Jim

Your Diocesan Council team (Amma Susan, Joyce Hendricks, Marilyn Hunter, Tom Hunter, Fr. Jim, Joan Nixon, and Sally Powers) attended the 106th Diocesan Council at the Cathedral of St. Philip last weekend. We all agreed it was one of the best Councils we’ve attended.

It was not good because of the so-called business we accomplished, i.e. elections, budgets, resolutions, reports, etc., but because of the tone of the Council which focused us on the Spirit and the promise God has for us as we move forward. Our new Bishop, the 10th Bishop of Atlanta, The Rt. Rev. Rob Wright, set the tone. He has said that this initial time for him will be a time of listening, prayer and planning. And most importantly he has shown us his sincerity in this commitment by behaving consistent with his words. You can read much more about Council at, but I would like to share some of Bishop Rob’s initiates in the coming year. He outlined them as follows:

In the near term, I would like to ask Council’s endorsement of my intent to make 2013 a year of listening, prayer and planning; the fruit of that work to be gathered by a Working Group and presented at the 107th Annual Council.

I would like to ask every worshipping community of the diocese with children and youth to provide for children and youth to plan, preach and lead Sunday worship at regular intervals.

I would ask that Council endorse my intent to have the Diocesan Commission on Liturgy to gather, study and recommend liturgies that hold our Anglican heritage and new liturgical horizons together. And, that the Commission report their findings and recommendations to the bishop for review and implementation as supplemental offerings.

I would ask that Council endorse the appointment of a task force for the purpose of determining the scope and scale of our mission to and with our lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender brothers and sisters. The findings and recommendations of which will be presented to the 107th annual Council.

I would ask that Council endorse that a new name for what is now called the Anti-Racism Committee be discerned and adopted by that committee that it more adequately and positively denotes the life-giving nature of that work. And, that the scope of the work of the committee be enlarged to aid us in seeing God in the face of not only blacks and whites but all of the ethnicities and backgrounds that comprise our diocesan family and ministry contexts.

I would like to ask Council to affirm that the first work of the permanent diaconate according to the Prayer Book is to help the church, in great detail, through firsthand knowledge, know the state and condition of our most vulnerable neighbors that the church might be better able to offer a Christian response.

I would like to ask Council’s endorsement of the appointment of a Working Group on Diocesan Policies and Procedures to review all written policy and procedural documents and report their findings with recommendations to the bishop for review and implementation as appropriate.

The Bishop’s remarks both inspired and challenged each of us sitting a very crowded Bishop Child Hall at the Cathedral. You should seriously consider involving yourself in the work of the Diocese of Atlanta at this exciting juncture in time. Bishop Rob ended his remarks by thanking God that the Diocese of Atlanta “has tested positive for life.”


Stewardship News

Financial Update from the Senior Warden of your Vestry

By Tanya Bowers-Dean

We closed out 3rd Quarter right on budget in terms of giving and spending, but we have had a slow start to the 4th Quarter. Our 2012 pledge revenue is $10,000 below where we are budgeted to be at this point in the year. Your Vestry is stepping out in faith and decided not to ask our Ministry Teams to freeze spending at this time, but we wanted to make everyone aware of the situation. Please be sure to catch up on your pledge if you have accidentally fallen behind. If for any reason you are not able to meet your pledge this year, please just let Rose know. She keeps all such information confidential but rolls it into the overall budget numbers so that we can plan accordingly. Thank you all for your continued faithful giving to the work of God at St. Catherine's!

DID YOU KNOW: Pledge payments online -- Did you know you can pay your pledge to St. Catherine’s by simply setting us up as a company in your online bill pay system? This is a quick and easy way to help manage household cash flow while at the same time maintaining your pledge as current all year long. Many folks at St. Cat’s do this and you can, too.


New Consecration: What percentage of your income is God calling you to give?

By Therese Braman

This past Sunday, November 11, was New Consecration Sunday. For those who were unable to attend we missed you. It was a wonderful, spirit-filled day shared by over 350 people. Many thanks go out to everyone who participated in our “giving” day and to those who were able to stay and celebrate. If you know Laura Dover (The Sophisticated Sardine), please thank her for a great job catering our brunches. Also special thanks need to be given to Margaret Shaw and Joan Nixon for their tireless efforts to make sure the coffee pots were full and that there was plenty of food on the tables. Everyone seemed to enjoy both the food and the fellowship!

Estimate of Giving Card (pledge) 2013

Our approach to stewardship is based on the biblical philosophy of the need of the giver to give for his/her own spiritual development, rather than the need of the church to receive. It encourages people toward proportionate, systematic giving in response to the question, “What percentage of my income is God calling me to give?”

If you have not yet returned your Estimate of Giving Card (pledge) for 2013, you may obtain a card from the church office, or print one from our website at Cards have also been mailed to those who had not yet returned one. Please send your card to the church office as soon as possible.


Time for Time and Talent!

By Rachel Bagby

Our view of stewardship includes treasure, time and talent as a triple opportunity to share our blessings and fulfill our need to give. This past Sunday, November 11, we completed cards that allowed us to declare our level of financial giving for the coming year. The cards gave us the opportunity to “put on paper” what we have in our heads and hearts. Once our intentions are written, we are more likely to keep commitments and follow through.

I think most of us are clear on what treasure is all about but I decided to seek advice about the other two areas: time and talent. I asked my wise seven year old grandson, Preston, did he know what time and talent meant. His first response, “I don’t know.” Translation: I don’t want to be bothered. I told him I really needed help with this homework. He thought for a minute then said, “Time is o’clock and talent is something you’re good at.” It sounded like a pretty good answer to me. I’d like to add that time can be “o’day; o’week; o’month; o’year”! We have opportunities of varying lengths and duration at St. Catherine’s. One of them will be a good fit for you.

You don’t have to be “good at something” to offer it to God. Because you think you are not good at something is no excuse to sit on the sidelines and be an observer. All you need to do is offer it and God makes it good. Some people get a “call,” some get a whisper or a nudge, others a push or a “swift kick.” However you get it, you will find an abundance of opportunities to serve and contribute to our church family. You have a greater sense of belonging and ownership when you participate in a community. St. Catherine’s is your church home; we need you to help out around the house. Whatever you choose put it on paper.

Our time and talent opportunity card is located online at . Please take “time” to fill it out!

Peace out!
Rachel Bagby

Christmas trees & greens – orders by Sunday, November 18

It's time to order to support our Youth Program! Our items come direct from the farm in North Carolina and we get comments every year on how nice and fresh they are. Place your order for Christmas trees, wreaths and garland at the table in the foyer, or download and print the order form from our website at and return it to church with your payment. Orders are due by Sunday, Nov. 18.

Your items will be ready for pick up at church on the first weekend in December in the lower parking lot: Saturday, Dec. 1 from 10 AM to 2 PM, and Sunday, Dec. 2 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm. For questions please contact Mike Peterson, 770-971-2839 or

Thanksgiving Service & Pie

Tuesday, November 20

Our annual Thanksgiving service will be Tuesday evening, November 20 at 7:30 pm. Thanksgiving has a tendency to get lost in the rush to Christmas, but we can certainly stop at this opening of the holiday season to remember how God has so richly blessed us especially in this time when many face this season in want. As Christians we stop to be reminded of our responsibility to be “faithful stewards of God’s great bounty, for the provision of our necessities and the relief of all who are in need.” (BCP, 246) It’s very hard to commercialize gratitude so we don’t see much about it in our stores, but that doesn’t make this time inconsequential.

Our Diocesan canons require us to include Appleton Family Ministries in our prayers and to give generously for the support of this 140-year-old ministry. Appleton Family Ministries was begun in Macon as a home for orphans of Confederate soldiers and changed with the times to become a group home serving various needs and an outdoor therapeutic center. It now operates as an after-school program for at-risk children and a mentoring program for their parents. See information online at Our offering this evening will be designated to this Ministry.

In addition at St. Catherine’s we take time following our worship to share our favorite pies (or other dessert you enjoy). So plan to join together for a time of thanks giving and share in fellowship by bringing your favorite holiday pie/dessert to share.

Thanksgiving Week Schedule

  • No Wednesday Night Live on November 21
  • The church office will be closed Wednesday through Friday, November 21-23. Have a safe and blessed holiday!

Young Families activities coming up

By Molly Banko and Jennifer Sherwood

  • Mom’s Night Out - Thursday, November 29. Please join us on November 29 at 7:30 pm at Cheeky’s Mexican restaurant at the Avenues of East Cobb, . Please RSVP to Jennifer Sherwood at so we can reserve tables.
  • Baptism Cake Committee – As most of you know, St. Cat’s parishioners love their sheet cake. Young Families has a list of volunteers that serve cake after services with baptisms. We need two volunteers each time to cover picking up the cake, set-up, serving and clean-up. If you would be able to assist with this once or twice a year, please contact Molly Banko, .

Cats On Wheels

Cats on Wheels November lunch is at Henry’s Louisiana Grill, on Saturday, November 17 at 11:30 a.m. The restaurant is located at 4835 N. Main Street in downtown Acworth, 770-966-1515, visit for information.

Cats on Wheels is our "social networking" group for active senior adults. Add these upcoming Cats On Wheels dates to your calendar now:

  • 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

Journey through Advent

Advent Wreath Making – Sunday, November 25

Join us in the Parish Hall on November 25, the first Sunday of Advent, during the church school hour to make an Advent Wreath for your home. This is always a special time for families and friends to gather and create their own symbol of Advent to be used throughout the season to anticipate with joy, hope and patience the coming of Christ. We offer this time as a community event and so we encourage everyone – children, youth, and adults to gather with us to anticipate this season. We can always use people who are willing to "tutor" one of our younger members in the making of the wreath or simply to be present to experience the joy of the first wreath or most creative one.
-> NO CHURCH SCHOOL this day so that everyone can join in.


Advent Quiet Evening – Friday, November 30

By Marilyn Hunter

It can be very difficult to keep our focus on Christ during the holiday season and our journey of expectation, remembering that Christ is the focus of our expectation and not stressing about the best gifts under the tree. This is the first step to a blessed Christmas.

We can help each other do just that. One way is to get together for the Advent Quiet Evening on November 30 from 7 to 9 pm, led by Father Jim. We will be focusing on a book authored by Katerina Katsarka Whitely called Light to the Darkness: Lessons and Carols, Public and Private. We will explore the role of the Prophets pointing the way to the Messiah, offering guidance to the Hebrew people, while providing contemporary guidance for the 21st century. As God offered guidance to the Hebrews to ready themselves for the coming of Christ, God will also guide us through this holiday season. All we have to do is take the time and ask.

This Quiet Evening will be a reflective time to put the pressures of our daily grind aside. Being together, praying, reflecting, is a wonderful way to begin our journey of Expectation to meet the Christ Child. Light refreshments will be available. Hope to see you there.


Advent Lessons and Carols gets a new look and feel

Sunday, December 2, 5:00 pm

By Father Jim

You are invited to participate in what, we believe, will be a very exciting offering to our congregation and community. We will celebrate an Advent Service of Nine Lessons and Carols on Sunday, December 2 at 5:00 pm at St. Catherine’s. This is the second in a series of concerts we are offering to our community during 2012-2013.

A service of lessons and carols traditionally includes reading of nine passages of Scripture describing the events in God’s history leading to the birth of Jesus, with musical responses to each reading. We are going to take a different approach to this service, through the eyes of writer Katerina Whitley and her book, Light to the Darkness: Lessons and Carols Public and Private. In the book she has taken biblical characters and, in a series of personal and compelling monologues and dialogues, used them to tell the salvation history. We believe this will bring a very different flavor to this worship service.

Join us to hear fellow parishioners enact these dialogues to interpret the feels and concerns of the biblical figures of Eve, Abraham, Miriam, David, Isaiah and his wife, Malachi, Zechariah and Elizabeth, Mary of Nazareth, and the Shepherds Abiding. Our choirs are working very hard in rehearsing the choral pieces tailored to each reading.

We trust you will find this evening offering both spiritually uplifting and fun. Please join us and bring your family and friends. What a wonderful start to the holiday season.

Lessons & Carols Reception cookies needed - A cookies & punch reception will follow this service. Cookie donations will be greatly appreciated. Please bring them to the kitchen prior to the service. Your Fellowship Committee thanks you!


Tuesday mornings: Advent Eucharist and Study begins November 27

Our tradition for Advent is to celebrate an early morning Eucharist followed by a brief study focused on the themes of the season. We will journey through the season each Tuesday morning celebrating Eucharist at 7:00 AM followed by study at 7:30 AM. We finish promptly at 8:00 AM so that you can be on to the day’s responsibilities. We begin this year on November 27 and continue for a total of four weeks on December 4, 11 and 18.

This year our study will be based on the book Light to the Darkness: Lessons and Carols, Public and Private by Katerina Whitley. Light to the Darkness is a fresh interpretation of the well-loved Advent tradition of Lessons and Carols. Replacing the usual scriptural readings from the Old and New Testaments are first-person dramatic monologues based on these and other passages of scripture. Special emphasis is given to the role of the prophets, pointing the way to the Messiah and offering guidance to the Hebrew people, while providing very contemporary guidance for the 21st century.


Wednesday Night Live program in Advent: “Come Home for Christmas”

By Father Jim

Advent begins the journey to Christmas. Among the many images of Christmas we each share is the image of Christmas at home. Indeed we are probably already hearing the strains of “I’ll be home for Christmas” as we shop for Thanksgiving. Beginning November 28 and continuing each Wednesday in Advent we will gather in the Conference Room for a study for adults, following WNL dinner.

The study is entitled “Come Home For Christmas.” On November 28, December 5, 12, and 19, we will explore that universal human longing for an intimate relationship with God – a kind of coming home to our Creator. “During Advent, the gospel invites us to find our way home to God; to follow the path that leads to the manger of Bethlehem; to make our way ‘to the place where God is homeless’ and all of us are home.” Using Scripture, narrative, poetry, discussion and hymn texts, we will explore how each of us makes this journey in our lives.

The study will begin each week at 6:30 pm and continue through 7:30 pm. We will fashion our time together so that parents of the Choristers of St. Catherine’s can leave by the end of their rehearsal at 7:00 pm. Also, members of the Chancel Choir can join us and leave at 7:15 pm for their rehearsal. All are welcome for whatever length of time you can join the study group. 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.


The Jesse Tree

By Father Jim

This year we will have a Jesse Tree in our sanctuary during the weeks of our Advent celebration. What is a Jesse Tree?

The Jesse Tree is named from Isaiah 11:1: “A shoot will spring forth from the stump of Jesse, and a branch out of his roots.” It is a vehicle to tell the Story of God in the Old Testament, and to connect the Advent Season with the faithfulness of God across 4,000 years of history. It is an appropriate symbol of Jesus the Christ, who is the revelation of the grace and faithfulness of God.

Our Jesse Tree will be in the sanctuary upon which we will place ornaments each week that tell the marvelous story of deliverance, redemption and promise. Each ornament represents a portion of the story and in placing the ornament on the tree the story is told anew. The Tree will be decorated each week as we invite members of households forward to place ornaments representing Old Testament events from Creation to the Birth of Jesus. The ornaments, a gift to Father Jim, were handmade by a member of Grace Episcopal Church in New Lenox, IL. As each ornament is placed on the Jesse Tree there is a brief verse of Scripture from the story represented.

The Israelites through the descendants of Abraham were chosen by God to be a light to the nations. When they were imprisoned by the Egyptians, they cried out to God for deliverance from their oppression. And God responded. And so God entered history in a marvelous way to deliver them and bring them into a place where they could worship God and serve Him in peace and joy. God promised to be with them and to be their God, and they would be His people. But as they settled into the land that God had given them, "they forgot God, their Deliverer, who had done great things in Egypt" (Psalm 106:21). And God grieved.

Some of the people longed for new leaders, a new "anointed" shepherd king like David who would help them to become what God had called them to be. But most of the people would not listen. They continued to worship the idols of ba'al. So, they again hoped for God to raise up a new king, a new messiah, to deliver them from the oppression of the world.

We know the rest of that story. God was faithful to that promise, and a new King was born in Bethlehem. So we can exclaim with the old man Simeon: "My eyes have seen your salvation which you have prepared before all people, a light of revelation to the nations, and for glory to your people Israel!" (Luke 2:30-32). But we also know that the world is still with us. Even though we can have Peace and Joy through the presence of Jesus Christ, we still long for deliverance from the oppression of sin in the world. We long for the full reign of the King, and the Kingdom of Peace that He will bring. So, while we celebrate the birth of the Branch, the new shoot from the stump of Jesse, we still anticipate with hope the Second Advent, and await the completion of the promise.

The Jesse Tree helps us retell this story, and express this hope.


Mark your calendars now:

  • Sunday, December 9 – Second Sunday of Advent, St. Nicholas celebration during Church School; Advent Lessons & Carols at 5 pm
  • Sunday, December 13 – Senior Adults Christmas Eucharist & Lunch, 11 am
  • Sunday, December 16 – Third Sunday of Advent, Children’s Christmas Pageant at 8:45 am service – All children are invited to participate, watch for announcements of rehearsals
  • Sunday, December 23 – Fourth Sunday of Advent, Hanging of the Greens with decorating, supper and carol singing. Begins at 5 pm, supper time is at 6:30 pm. Bring your family and friends! We invite each household to bring an ornament (with their name on it) for the atrium tree.
  • BLOOD DRIVE - Wednesday, December 26, 1:00 – 6:00 pm in the Parish Hall

Christmas Market – Saturday, December 8


  • Christmas Market: 9 am – 5 pm
  • Santa’s Shop, photos with Santa, Breakfast: 9 am – 12 noon

Please invite your friends and neighbors! The annual Christmas Market is an event for all ages and benefits the Youth Program of St. Catherine’s. This year’s event will feature:

  • Dozens of local vendors – An array of local vendors selling handcrafts, clothing, artwork, victuals, and much more will be ready to help you take care of all your holiday shopping.
  • Secret Santa Shop for children ages 3-10 – Each child will be paired with one of our St. Catherine’s “elves” who will guide them through Santa’s Shop as they select presents for their family from our wide selection of affordable gifts.
  • Professional Santa Claus and photographer – Printed photos will be available for purchase on-site.
  • Continental breakfast - no reservations needed

For further information, contact Mike Peterson, Director of Youth Ministries, or 770-971-2839.

“The Journey” continues: Liturgies for stage two

By Amma Susan

“The Journey,” our inquirer’s class for adults, has just completed the Inquiry stage. This stage is a time during which people who are attracted to the Christian community have the opportunity to explore their questions about the Christian faith and to learn about the Episcopal church, in order that they may discern whether or not they wish to pursue a deeper exploration of the implications what it means to have life in Jesus Christ. Those who have chosen to continue with the following three stages of The Journey have now received a sponsor. As they enter the second stage, Formation in Christ, there are two liturgies that take place within the context of Sunday morning worship that mark this transition: Admission of Catechumens and Welcoming of Member Baptized in Other Traditions.

On December 2 the “Admission of Catechumens” will take place. In this liturgy, catechumens (adults who have not been baptized) are formally admitted into the catechumenal process (those stages of The Journey that will prepare them to receive the sacrament of Holy Baptism). Each catechumen is joined by their sponsor, who will accompany them through the process and serve as their sponsor at their baptism. The catechumen is asked, “What do you seek?” to which they respond, “Life in Christ.” They commit to be regular in worship and to open their heart and mind to hear God’s Word and to receive Jesus Christ. The sponsor then promises to support them by prayer and example and to help them to grow in the knowledge and love of God. At the conclusion of the liturgy, the person seeking baptism is signed on the forehead with the cross as a sign of their intention. From the time of their admission the catechumen is regarded as a part of the Christian community

On December 9, the liturgy “Welcoming of Members Baptized in Other Traditions” will take place. In this liturgy, baptized people from other Christian traditions who are preparing to be confirmed or received into the Episcopal Church are formally welcomed to St. Catherine’s community of faith as they begin the part of The Journey that focuses on their growth in the meaning of their baptism. They will be asked, “What do you seek?” to which they respond, “Renewal of my life in Christ.” Their sponsor, who will stand with them and accompany them through the remainder of The Journey process, is asked if they will support this person by prayer and example and help them to grow in the knowledge and love of God. On this date we will also recognize those who have completed the Inquiry stage and will participate in Confirmation in the spring. The congregation has an important role to fulfill as well, and is asked to pledge their support for the candidate by their prayers, to help them, share with them their ministry, bear their burdens, and forgive and encourage them.

These two liturgies, and ones that will follow at other stages of The Journey, lift up for the entire congregation the importance of their own baptism and the ministry to which that rite ordains each of us as we seek to live into the fullness of our own individual and collective life in Christ.

Vestry Elections - Sunday, December 16

Photo, right: Our Vestry, 2012

Each year at this time we elect new Vestry members. This year we will elect four new members to three-year terms. We are grateful to all those who have submitted their nomination forms. The slate of candidates will be published the first weekend in December the first Wheel newsletter and Sunday bulletins.

The election will be held at all services on Sunday, December 16. If you cannot be present this day, you may vote by absentee ballot – contact Rose Wolfe in the office,, 770-971-2839, for a form which must be returned by 5 pm on Friday, December 14.


Hurricane Sandy update

Episcopal Relief & Development continues to reach out to partners along the U.S East Coast and throughout the Caribbean and is working with affected dioceses to assess needs and provide critical, life-saving assistance. You may make donations to the ER&D Hurricane Sandy Fund at church or online at .

Emmaus outreach opportunities this holiday season

Giving Tree available beginning November 18, and much more!

By Nancy Denton

Emmaus House is one of a number of outreach ministries that St. Catherine’s supports. Emmaus House is a center for community life in the Peoplestown neighborhood just south of Turner Field in Atlanta. Grounded in the Episcopal tradition, Emmaus House provides education, opportunity, assistance, and advocacy in partnership with our neighbors in Peoplestown. For more information about Emmaus House please go to their website, . The following are opportunities listed below that are available to be a part of this coming Advent season.

Photo, right: Emmaus Elves at a previous celebration (by Rod Pope)

  1. Emmaus House Secret Santa items: We are collecting scarves, slippers, hankies, socks, soap, shampoo, cologne, shaving cream and razors, gloves, billfolds, decorative items, costume jewelry, watches for the Emmaus House Secret Santa Shop. The children visit the Shop to buy gifts for their parents and grandparents. All items are priced at 10 cents. Please deliver these donations for Secret Santa to the Giving Tree by Sunday, December 9.
  2. The Giving Tree: St. Catherine’s parishioners buy gifts for the Emmaus House Children’s Christmas Festival which will be the morning of Christmas Eve. Beginning November 18, we will have the Giving Tree in our foyer with ornaments with suggested gift ideas for the 700+ children who come for the festivities on Christmas Eve morning. Please take an ornament from the tree AND sign the book next to the tree. Suggestions for the Giving Tree – We are asking that you shop for boys and girls ages 9 to 16 years. Some suggested gifts include: portable CD players with batteries, back packs, sleeping bags, books, videos, socks, gloves, sports equipment, watches, CDs, sunglasses, playing cards, cologne, and manicure sets. A more complete list of suggestions and instructions can be found at the Outreach table in the narthex. Once you have bought a gift, we ask that you attach the tree ornament securely to your gift and then deliver the gift back to the Giving Tree by Sunday, December 16.
  3. More Needs for Emmaus House: Gift cards from Kroger, Publix, Wal-Mart are always welcome. Large adult winter outerwear such as jackets, hats, scarves and gloves.
  4. Be an “elf” for Children’s Christmas Festival: For the past few years, several parishioners have gone to Emmaus House on Christmas Eve morning, December 24 to be “elves,” helping to distribute presents to 700+ smiling faces, and escort the guests to the various events. It’s a wonderful activity, guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit, and we would love for you to join us! If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Gina Bauman,

If you have any questions about these Outreach opportunities, please contact Nancy Denton, or 770-428-6058.

Gobble Jog on Thanksgiving Day

Register now for the Gobble Jog on Thanksgiving Day morning, the annual MUST Ministries benefit featuring a 10K run/walk, 5K, a 1K, and Tot Trot. New this year is “2nd Helping” (run the 5k & 10K)! It starts and ends at the Marietta Square. You will still have plenty of the TV parade to watch after the event and have more room for all that yummy Thanksgiving feast.

  • Register now – For details and registration go to . The Gobble Jog 10K and 5K are certified as qualifiers for seeding in the Peachtree Road Race.
  • Can't run but want to support MUST? Support the event as a "phantom runner" and get your well-deserved race shirt by mail! For details and registration go to .
  • Volunteers Needed – This year MUST anticipates 10,000+ participants and thousands more spectators! Bring the family and volunteer together. Sign up for a shift between 6 am to noon, helping with jobs such as pass out T-shirts, registering the runners, manning the water stations and offering bottled water at the finish line. There are also opportunities the night before, at Packet Pick Up. Please sign up at .

Communities in Schools

Items needed: clothing, children’s books, food pantry

By Joan Nixon

Communities in Schools (CIS), a program to promote literacy for all children and support getting teens to graduate from high school, has a need for plus size women’s clothing, maternity clothing, professional clothing for Dress for Success days, men’s size 32 and 34 pants, Men’s shoes sizes 10, 12, and 13, men’s belts, gently used winter clothing for high school students and winter coats for all ages.

Additionally, books (both new and gently used) for children, youth, teens and young adults are always needed and appreciated. There are some homes in Cobb County in which there are no owned books. Now is a perfect time for you to clean out those closets and shelves in preparation for the holidays. We also maintain a staple product food pantry for some families that simply can't make ends meet when other resources are no longer available—keeping kids from going to school hungry every day. If you'll bring items to church (in boxes or bags) and label them for "CIS", Joan Nixon, CIS Board representative, will get them delivered for you. The children who will benefit from your generosity and I thank you!

Food for MUST - a report

By Hale Sanders, Outreach Team Convener

I took a carload of canned & boxed goods, some clothes, and bathing items to the MUST warehouse recently. These were items that had accumulated in the barrels and boxes over the last few months. Thanks to all for your generosity!

MUST is in short supply of the following boxed or canned items: beef stew, tuna, chicken, oatmeal, ramen noodles, peanut butter, jelly, pork ’n beans, refried beans, canned fruit, chili, spaghetti sauce, dry beans, boxed dinners, and dry potatoes. The MUST collection barrels are at the Outreach area in the atrium to the left of the entrance to the sanctuary and are ready to be filled again. I will make another delivery to the MUST warehouse before end of the year so please bring in your food items.

Many thanks!

Shoe collection this month

By Stephanie Yucius

Around the world and here at home, there are hundreds of millions of people who don’t have a pair of shoes to call their own. Girl Scout Troup 2362 is hosting a shoe collection drive through a wonderful program called Soles4Souls. The goal is to collect new and gently used shoes to give to people in need. The Soles4Souls drive accepts all types of shoes. A collection bin is in the outreach area in the St. Catherine’s foyer. The girls continue to accept shoe donations through the end of November.


Vestry Notes

By Sally Powers

At the Vestry meeting on Tuesday, November 13, your Vestry:

  • Had a community building discussion on a parable, “Seven Jars of Gold”;
  • Discussed the process of structuring the budget in light of the realignment of the ministry teams in order to work towards the goals of Holy Conversations;
  • Reflected on New Consecration Sunday and the celebratory brunch held after on November 11; 164 commitment cards have been received as of 11/13 for a total of $611,308;
  • Wrote thank you notes to parishioners who made extra contributions to our St. Catherine’s family last month;
  • Were updated by Bill Lee with the human resources report; adopted the committee’s recommendations concerning staff salaries and benefits;
  • Accepted the October financials as reported by Bill Lee; we are under budget for income for the year so it is important to keep your pledge up to date and to catch up on the months you may have been away;
  • Learned that our Nets for Life campaign met our goal; to date, we have raised $6,427;
  • Reported on Vestry phone calls;
  • Adjourned at 10:20.

Katie Barrington featured in Kids4Peace

By Beverly Fambrough

Read the article written by our own Katie Barrington about her experience with Kids4Peace, in the Kids4Peace Atlanta Fall 2012 newsletter. Learn about Kids4Peace at

Seen around St. Cats

Baptism on November 4 - Feast of All Saints

Welcoming Paris, sealed as Christ's own forever. Photos by Jan Potter, see lots more at Baptism110412

Do 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:

  • November 19-25 – Cats on Wheels: This week we celebrate the life and work of Cats On Wheels. If you are old enough to be eligible for an AARP card and have an adventurous spirit, you are welcome to join this lively group of active senior adults for monthly lunches and trips to places of interest. We welcome your input as to what you'd like to do and where you'd like to go. To get on the mailing list for all our activities contact Alan Certain, 770.933.9277,
  • November 26-December 2 – Stewardship Committee : This week we celebrate the life and work of our Stewardship Committee, which is responsible for the leadership and planning of the fall Stewardship Campaign and for developing year-round education for the parish on the Stewardship of Time, Talent and Treasure. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Therese Braman, 770.509.3484,


Sally Paris is Studying in Ireland

I am excited to study abroad at Magee College at the University of Ulster in Derry, Northern Ireland during the spring semester of 2013. I have been dreaming of this opportunity for a long time and I can't believe it is here now. While I am in Ireland I will get to experience a culture that is affected uniquely by religion. The religious culture in Ireland gives me the opportunity to conduct research while I am there that I wouldn't be able to do in any other place. Though this is a part of my undergraduate curriculum, this research will influence my future work. I have been discerning a call to ordained ministry and I believe this research will tie my undergraduate work with my future.

I have taken the leap of faith that, through support from my friends and family, I will be able to raise the money I need before I leave. I was overwhelmed by the generosity and support of my church family at my bake sale in October. I wanted to take the opportunity to thank all of you for your support so far in this journey.

Bake Sale 12/2 - I will be having another bake sale after each service on Sunday, December 2nd. Please stop by after church for some sweet treats to help support me. Feel free to visit my blog to get more information about each of these events, stay updated of my fund-raising progress, and eventually see pictures and read stories of the amazing things I will be doing.

Above all, I ask for prayers from my church family for support while I am away. I know that if I am lifted up in prayer I will be able to do amazing things and share God to the ends of the Earth!

Sally Paris

Thank you to the following who have recently contributed communion wine to our parish:

  • Don & Ann Clark
  • Hans Kraeger
  • Peter & Swiss Britt
  • Harry & Jennifer Tear

Dear Father Jim,

Thank you for your hospitality and for the opportunity to provide materials for spiritual growth to your parishioners on October 28. A special thanks to Linda Scott and Sally Powers for their support in setting up and help in packing the books.

As part of the Book Store’s mission of outreach, we are delighted to donate $71.50 which is 10% of the pretax sales for that day and is designated to St. Catherine’s NetsforLife program.

We look forward to a return visit to St. Catherine’s!

Sue Davy, Offsite Sales Coordinator, The Cathedral Book Store

Dear [St. Catherine’s],

Thank you for your generous donation of $160.53 [Blessing of the Animals offering] to the Atlanta Humane Society. I wish to express my deepest gratitude for your continued support. Your contribution enables us to carry on our mission and is a testament to your commitment to helping us achieve our goals…

William Shaheen, President, Atlanta Humane Society SPCA of Georgia, Inc.

Dear [St. Catherine’s],

Thank you for your generous and important gift to AFEDJ. We’re deeply grateful for your commitment to the important work of the diocese of Jerusalem. Their efforts to provide teaching and healing to all who ask is a model for reconciliation in a volatile region. The support from your Holy Week collection in the amount of $911.00 to be applied to the area of greatest need will provide both material support to a needy people and a sense of real hope…

This is a wonderful gift! Thank you to each member of St. Catherin’s for your generous support for those we serve in the Holy Land.

In gratitude,
Anne K. Lynn, Executive Director, American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem (AFEDJ)


Annual Pottery Sale

Parishioner Mel Paris is having his annual Pottery Sale on Saturday, December 1 from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday, December 2 from 12 noon to 5 pm at 2937 Gant Quarters Circle, Marietta, GA 30068.


Georgia Festival Chorus

It's coming to that time of the year again. Hear some great seasonal music sung by the Georgia Festival Chorus. The Chorus ministers to both local audiences and the greater community by singing a repertoire of classical, contemporary, spiritual and traditional sacred choral works. The concerts are free and open to all. For information about this group please visit . Concert dates:

  • Sunday, November 18, 7:00 PM McEachern UMC, 4075 Macland Road, Powder Springs, GA 30127
  • Thursday, November 29, 7:30 PM Johnson Ferry Baptist Church “Carols By Candlelight” Concert, 955 Johnson Ferry Rd, Marietta, GA 30068


Health tip: Calf exercises at your desk

From our Congregational Nurses

Sitting for long periods of time can strain your back. This great exercise can be performed right at your desk. Stand up, and place your hands on your thighs or knees, keeping knees bent. Arch your back up like a camel, hunching the shoulders, and then alternately curve down like a cat, looking up toward the ceiling. You can also lean on your desk instead of your legs, if preferred. Try to get up from your desk and move around at least every 50 minutes.

Source: American College of Sports Medicine



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, Joanne Pinkney, Marilyn Gradwell, Bea Tolley, Lee DeFore, Bill Falinski, Joan Unger, Doug Guedry, Lake Bozman, Kati Toft, Carol Viering, Michael, Andrew Woods, John, Althea Dillard, Jamar Nesbitt, Lori Brown, Iris Phillips, Pat Drew, Doug May, Angel Graham, Susie Bishop, Mary Lee, Theodore Larson, Hector Quiles, Charlie Zimmerman, Pat Patterson, Nancy Rawls, Elinor Burson, Elizabeth Hannah, Sheri Siegel, Jim Ruwoldt, Eleanor Thomason, Ed Markette, Elisa Watson, Heather Watson, Ray Cole, Paul Acocella, Fred Massey, Henry, Bernice Lewis, Alycen Whiddon, Dr. Arnaldo Fiedotin; Rex Moore, Janeen Stanley, Alison Travis, Sandra Weeks, Jack Dumke, Greg Beyer, Dorothy Maloney, Tyler Smith, Sherri Vann, Sarah Pope, Blake Geoffrion, Barbara Kallas

BEFORE SURGERY: Beatriz Montalvo, 11/16

DECEASED: Bill Sumner, Carol Starr’s father; Marie Bremer, friend of Barbara Cordery; Mary Fleming, John & Laura Christian’s grandmother

FOR THOSE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS: (11/17) Paul Parisi, Helen Davis, Roberta Hoyt-Johnson, (11/18) Claire Frost, (11/19) Tyler Perry, Don Martin, (11/21) Linda Carter, (11/22) David Carter, Barbara Cordery, Marcia Markette, Lauren Travis, (11/23) Claire Harrison, Jada Ellis, (11/24) Pam Phillips, Clark Remter, Emily Dini, (11/25)Kimberly Blythe, David Shannonhouse, (11/26) Evan Austin, Mike Reeves, (11/27) Barbara Barrington, (11/29) Alex Morris, Alexander Roberts, (11/30) Greg Beyer

ANNIVERSARIES: (11/21) Erica & Adam Handell; (11/27) Rod Deutscher & Carla von Hoffmann

BIRTHS: (11/11) Talia Haze Brooks, daughter of Patrick & Larissa Brooks and granddaughter of John & Fran Brooks

(11/18) Steve, Susan, Mary, Nick & Jennifer Vavra; Charles, Gretchen, Elisabeth, Richard & Alexandria Walton; Rebecca Weaver; Natalie, Marilyn & Nat Whitlow; Anne Whittle
(11/25) Brian & Jana Williams; Margaret & Tony Wilson; Steve & Rosemary Wolfe; Bill & Rujeania Woods; David, Missy, Penn & Shepard Worden


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, December 8: Christmas Market
  • Sunday, December 9: Second Sunday of Advent; St. Nicholas celebration
  • Thursday, December 13: Senior Adults Holiday Eucharist & Luncheon
  • Sunday, December 16: Third Sunday of Advent; Christmas Pageant at 8:45 am service; Vestry Elections; Youth Homecoming Party
  • Sunday, December 23: Fourth Sunday of Advent; Hanging of the Greens 5 pm
  • Tuesday, December 26: Blood Drive 1-8 pm

Holy Baptism: next scheduled dates - Sunday, January 6 (Epiphany)

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, 11/17 Saturday, 11/24


Happening @ Camp Mikell
Communications Team
Stephen Ministry Cont. Ed
Cats on Wheels @ Henry’s Louisiana Grill


Sunday, 11/18 Sunday, 11/25


Holy Eucharist
Family Holy Eucharist
Church School
Choral Holy Eucharist


Holy Eucharist
Family Holy Eucharist
Advent Wreath Making
No Church School
Holy Eucharist

Monday, 11/19 Monday, 11/26

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


Amma Susan's day off
Boy Scout Troop 713

Tuesday, 11/20 Tuesday, 11/27


Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Thanksgiving Eucharist & Pie

Advent Eucharist/Study
Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
MUST Laundry Team
Polar Express
Wednesday, 11/21 Wednesday, 11/28


Church Office closed
Bible Study


MUST Breakfast
CGS Level 3 Training
Bible Study
Elizabeth Inn
WNL Dinner
Advent Study
Cursillo Reunion Group
Youth WNL
Chancel Choir

Thursday, 11/22 Thursday, 11/29
  Thanksgiving Day
Church Office closed
Stewardship Meeting
CGS Level 3 Training
Men’s Bible Study
Jubilate Practice
Family Promise Meeting
YF Mom’s Night Out @ Cheeky's
Friday, 11/23 Friday, 11/30
Fr. Jim's day off
Church Office closed

Fr. Jim's day off
Jr. DYC @ Camp Mikell
Men’s Bible Study
CGS Level 3 Training
Women’s Bible Study
Advent Quiet Evening


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

Youth Serving at Elizabeth Inn on Nov. 28

The St. Cat’s Youth will be serving dinner at Elizabeth Inn, an emergency shelter for those in need on Wednesday, November 28. You can meet us directly there at 5:30 or catch a ride from St. Catherine's at 5 PM. Please let me know if you plan to ride from St. Cat's. We always have a great time grilling and meeting people, so come join us!



  • Don’t forget to watch/record our own Allison Dupuis competing on the academic quiz show “High Q” on WSBTV Sunday, November 18 at 12:30 pm
  • Congratulations to our own Hannah Beyer for having pieces chosen to represent Wheeler High School in the 2012-2013 Georgia High School Ceramic Symposium. This event took place Nov. 10 at the Coweta County Performing Arts Center in Newnan and featured students from all over the state. Great job Hannah!


Youth Retreat 2012

It was an amazing experience for everyone, November 2-4 at Earthshine Mountain Lodge in Lake Toxaway, North Carolina. Photos by Mike Peterson, see LOTS more on the Youth Facebook page at Fall Youth Retreat 2012 !


Pray for Our Happeners

Please keep in your prayers everyone from St. Catherine’s who will be attending Happening at Camp Mikell November 16-18, especially our three “candidates” (first time participants), Megan Shannonhouse, Emily Dini, and Lou Dini.


Youth Advisors Meeting Sunday, November 18

The Youth Advisors (2 representatives from each class) will be meeting with me during the Church School hour this Sunday (except for Megan, who will be at Happening). If you have any thoughts, ideas, or suggestions for the Youth Program, please let you advisors know before then. As a reminder, your advisors for the semester are: Nick Muckerman, Chandler Sherry, Mary Alice Barrington, Marshall Jones, Megan Shannonhouse, and Caitlyn Buckalew.


Jr. DYC Weekend at Camp Mikell: Nov. 30-Dec. 2

All 7th and 8th graders are eligible to go to Jr. DYC in December! Junior DYC is a great event hosted by the Diocese of Atlanta at Camp Mikell in Toccoa, Georgia. It is completely planned and led by teenagers (with a little help from adults) from all over the North Georgia area. It is a laid-back and fun chance to make new friends and enjoy the company of exciting people your age. This year it is over the weekend of Nov. 30-Dec. 2. This year’s theme will center around “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” The cost is $100 and confidential scholarship is available for any who need it. For more information, feel free to talk to me or go to .


Winterlight: The BEST. WEEK. EVER!!

Hey everyone! Are you in 9th-12th grade? Do you enjoy things that are AWESOME?? Would you like to meet lots of other cool people your age from all over the country? Does a weekend never feel long enough for a youth conference? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then Winterlight is right up your alley. Winterlight just might be the best youth conference, nay, the best week of the year, and I want you to be part of it! There's no better place to ring in the New Year than the Kanuga Conference Center in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina! Take a look at the link or contact Mike for further information. Remember, confidential scholarship is available. If you want to go, we WILL make sure that you are able!


Wednesday Night Live Youth Group - Thanksgiving Break

Wednesday Night Live Youth Group will take the week off on Wednesday, November 21 for Thanksgiving break. Since we will be serving at the Elizabeth Inn on Wednesday, November 28 we will resume our regularly scheduled (awesome) meetings on Wednesday, December 5.


Parent Help Needed on Saturday, Dec. 1, 7:30-10:00 AM

We will begin distributing the trees and wreaths that parishioners order on Saturday, Dec. 1, but first we need to travel down to All Saints Episcopal Church in Atlanta (right by the Varsity) to pick up our trees when they come off the truck from North Carolina. Ed Pitts has graciously volunteered to coordinate the tree pick-up and distribution again this year, but we will need a few other parent volunteers to help, especially with transporting our youth volunteers down there and back. If you are available to help out, please let me know as soon as possible.


Youth “Homecoming” Party on Sunday, December 16

The St. Cat’s Youth will be hosting a party to welcome back all of our former Youth Group members who have graduated and gone off into the world on Sunday, December 16 at 6:00 PM in the Youth House. Come join in the fun and welcome our friends home for the holidays!

Wheel schedule:

Next publications:

  • November 30
  • December 14

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!

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Editor: Karen Manno
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