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.

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The Newsletter of
St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
December 1 - 14
, 2012

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Clergy Letter
Chirstmas trees
Lessons & Carols
Christmas Market
Advent resources
Srs Christmas lunch
Seasonal donations
Christmas pageant
Hanging of the Greens
Special fund
Jesse Tree
New Years brunch
December calendar
Vestry election
Pledges due
Time & talent
Blood drive
End of year
The Journey
Cats on Wheels
OCC success
Emmaus outreach
Nets for Life goal
Reality U & CIS
MUST food
Sandy relief
Advent Wreath pics
Kneelers report
Ministry focus
  Annual Pottery Sale
  Health tip


  Jr. DYC
  Homecoming Party
  Sr. DYC



12/1 & 2 – Christmas trees & greens pickup

12/2 – Advent Lessons and Carols

12/8 – Christmas Market; Secret Santa & photos

12/14 – Absentee ballots due for Vestry election

12/16 – Vestry elections;
Youth Homecoming Party

12/24 – Christmas Festival @ Emmaus House;
Christmas Eve services 5 pm & 11 pm

12/25 – Christmas Day service 10:00 am;
Elizabeth Inn Laundry Team

12/26 – Blood Drive

12/28 – Elizabeth Inn Dinner Team

See below for complete calendar of Advent & Christmas!


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By Amma Susan

Advent is here. Just four short weeks remain until Christmas day is upon us. This season is meant to give us time to prepare our hearts to celebrate God’s coming to be intimately present with us in the birth of the Christ child and to make ourselves ready for his second coming.

I find it especially difficult to be aware of God’s nearness as I zoom through December, busy, as I’m sure each of you are, with all the planning and preparations that I would like to do before Christmas comes. The month of December can become like an overfilled Christmas stocking, bursting with concerts, parties, family reunions, shopping expeditions, baking projects and special events.

We read articles lamenting our December lifestyle and find ourselves agreeing with them, but nothing ever changes. I think it’s because we are seeking to create the perfect family Christmas that the catalogs and Christmas commercials promise: to fulfill the deepest longing of the human heart—families together and happy, safe and warm and loved. This desire cannot be fulfilled by parties, festive events or presents under the tree, no matter how perfect the gifts may be. Some of us will be blessed with family gatherings, but they don’t always live up to expectations. Each year, someone is missing a loved one who has died or moved away or a relationship that has not survived the passing of time. Still others are experiencing some life crisis and cannot summon the energy and excitement that our culture expects of us at Christmastime. The deepest longing of the human heart cannot be filled by a present, but only by a presence.

The birth of Jesus assures us of God’s presence with us. In Christ’s birth, God takes away our loneliness, comforts those who mourn, and strengthens us to face the challenges of our lives. Christ’s coming fills our deepest longing. God is with us, loving us and calling us to love in return.

As Christians we can let the things we do in December remind us of the message from God that awaits us under the façade of our busy lives. Christ has come and will come again and because of this our lives are completely different. We can reach out to give our love and support in being present to those who are hurting or lonely. When we do this we find our own wounds healed, and know a joy in this season of Advent that may surprise us.

Christ has come and is coming again and this makes all the difference. Let us prepare our hearts for his coming, so that when the rush of the Christmas season is over and the decorations have come down, we will not be left with emptiness, but with hearts filled by the greatest gift of all, God present with us. Then we will really know what all the fuss was about.


Christmas trees & greens pick up

Saturday and Sunday, December 1-2

All pre-ordered trees, wreaths and garland will be ready for pick up in back of the church near the Youth House on Saturday, Dec. 1 (10 am to 2 pm) and Sunday, Dec. 2 (1 to 2 pm). For questions please contact Mike Peterson, 770-971-2839 or Thanks for your support of our Youth program!

Advent Lessons and Carols

Sunday, December 2, 5:00 pm

What a wonderful start to the holiday season! Advent Lessons and Carols gets a new look and feel this year. Join us in the sanctuary for the story of Salvation in dramatic readings and glorious music. You’ll hear fellow parishioners enact dialogues by 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 will offer musical responses tailored to each reading. The nursery will be open.

Please bring your family and friends, no admission or tickets. This is the second in St. Catherine’s Concert Series 2012-2013.

Lessons & Carols Reception — cookies requested – A cookies & punch reception will follow the Advent Lessons & Carols service on December 2. Cookie donations will be greatly appreciated. Please bring them to the kitchen prior to the service. Your Fellowship Committee thanks you!

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:

  • 39 local vendors – see the list below! 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.

2012 Christmas Market Vendors

Alzheimer's Awareness Source
Beaded Bliss
Bonnie’s Tea Cozies
Bunny Patch
Busey Crafts & Scarves
Busy Fingers Crafts & Catering
Carrie & Schomaker Mixed Media
CLK Originals
Crochet Corner
Dugan and Hill Crafts

Faye's Florals
Fireblossom Designs
JAM Thoughts LLC
Jordan's Craftables
Lavendar Ladybug
Mary Kay
Murtha’s Stocking-Stuffers & Décor
Off the Chain
Pampered Chef
Paparazzi Jewelry & Accessories
Paper Finch Designs

Roma's Boutique
Scentsy, Inc.
SeaGrass Candles
Silpada Designs
SmartyPantz Desinz
Snape Stained Glass
Snape's Ridiculorium
Stella Dot
Sweet Melissa's
Tastefully Simple
Vantage Point Colorworks
Mel Paris Pottery

Don't miss all this coming for Advent and Christmas ...


Advent studies and resources for everyone

  • Resource table – Visit our resource table in the foyer throughout Advent with materials for all ages.
  • “Presence: Advent and Christmas Reflections 2012” - Our annual booklet of reflections on the seasons of Advent and Christmas written by our own St. Catherine’s parishioners is available for pick up in the foyer, and be sure to check for your “Reflection of the Day” from this collection on our website.
  • Advent calendar – online beginning Sunday, December 2 at . Beginning December 2, a new window opens each day offering you a moment of solace and reflection as to the true meaning of Advent and the coming Christmas Season. Each window will reveal a special Advent word, meditation and beautiful image. Beyond Advent, you can continue receiving a daily meditative word from the Society of Saint John the Evangelist's “Brother, Give Us A Word.” Visit to subscribe or follow ssjeword on Twitter.
  • Wednesday Night Live (WNL) Advent study through December 19 – WNL weekly for everyone! For adults the current program is an Advent study, “Come Home For Christmas.” WNL dinner 6:00-7:00 pm, programs 7:00-8:00 pm. PLEASE BE SURE to RSVP for dinner 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 $25 per family.
  • Tuesday morning Advent Eucharist & Study through December 18 – On Tuesday mornings during Advent we celebrate an early morning Eucharist at 7:00 am, followed by a brief study at 7:30 am. We finish promptly at 8:00 am so that you can be on your way to your day’s responsibilities..


Seniors Holiday Lunch – Thursday, December 13

Jim & Joan Nixon and Susan & Roy Johnson invite all senior adults to Holy Eucharist and luncheon at 11:00 am on Thursday, December 13 in the sanctuary. We’ll also have some very special entertainment. RSVP by Sunday, Dec. 9.


Seasonal donations due by Sunday, December 9

Each year we invite all to donate money for decorating our church for Christmas and for special music at Christmas Eve services. We remind you to insert your donation in the brown envelopes in your pews: remember to write in or on the envelope your name and who you would like your gift to be remembered in thanksgiving or memory of, by Sunday, Dec. 9 to be listed in our Christmas bulletins.


Christmas Pageant – Sunday, December 16

Rehearsal Saturday, Dec. 15, 10 am — The annual Christmas Pageant will be the third Sunday of Advent, December 16, during the 8:45 am service. All children and youth are invited to participate. A rehearsal for everyone will be at 10:00 am on Saturday, Dec. 15 in the sanctuary. We also have an opportunity for an adult to be a costume manager. Please contact Stephanie Yucius for further information,


Hanging of the Greens – Sunday, December 23, 5-8 pm

As Advent draws to a close and the joy of Christmas is just around the corner, we gather to decorate the church for Christmas. This is always a special time filled with laughter, joy, and a little labor. We can use every hand! This is an evening for every member of the congregation, and your friends and family as well (nursery available for little ones during the work time). Please bring a finger dessert to share. We will begin at 5:00 PM to decorate the church, parish hall, youth house, atrium, and outside. At 6:30 we’ll break for a light supper. Then we’ll return to a decorated and candle-lit sanctuary to sing some carols and play the bells. We’ll finish the evening with dessert. See you there!


Christmas Eve Receptions

Foods requested – Festive receptions follow the 5:00 and 11:00 pm Christmas Eve services. We invite you to donate finger foods for the reception, please bring them to the Parish Hall prior to the service you attend this night.


Special Christmas Fund

Each Christmas our parishioners give to create a Special Christmas Fund, used for members of this congregation who have suffered in any number of ways, to support them at a time of year when limited resources are painfully evident. The Rector, in consultation with the staff, makes the decision as to how this fund will be used. If you would like to give to this fund simply write a check to St. Catherine’s and clearly mark it for the “Special Christmas Fund.” Any amount is gratefully accepted.


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, Illinois. As each ornament is placed on the Jesse Tree a brief verse of Scripture from the story is represented.


New Year’s Potluck Brunch

Sunday, December 30 - One service time this day: 10:30 am Join us to prepare to ring in the new year! We will have one worship service this day at 10:30 am. Everyone is invited to bring a dish for a festive potluck brunch in the Parish Hall following worship. With your help we’ll have a great spread of delicious food—maybe even some black-eyed peas would be appropriate—so bring your family as we look forward to all God’s blessings in 2013. (Church School will not meet this day.)


Calendar of activities - Advent and Christmas

* - nursery available

  • November 30 — * Advent Quiet Evening, 7-9 pm
  • December 1 & 2 — Christmas trees and greens order pickup: Saturday 10 am - 2 pm; Sunday 1-2 pm
  • December 2 — Advent 1; Advent Festival of Lessons & Carols, 5:00 pm
  • December 4, 11, 18, 25 — Morning Advent Eucharist and Study, 7 - 8 am
  • December 5, 12, 19 — * Wednesday Night Live - dinner 6:00-7:00, program 7:00-8:00 pm
  • December 8 — Christmas Market 9 am - 5 pm; Secret Santa Shop and photos with Santa 9 am–noon
  • December 9 — Advent 2; St. Nicholas celebration (during Church School)
  • December 13 — Senior Adults’ Eucharist & Lunch 11 am - 2:30 pm
  • December 15 — Christmas pageant rehearsal 10:00 am
  • December 16 — Advent 3; Vestry Elections at all services; Christmas decorating/music donations due; Giving Tree ingathering; Youth Homecoming Party
  • December 23 — Advent 4; Christmas Pageant at 8:45 service; Hanging of the Greens, 5-8 pm
  • December 24 — Christmas Eve —
    Emmaus House’s Christmas Festival in Atlanta;
    Family Christmas Eve Eucharist and Festive Reception – Music prelude 4:30-5:00 pm, Worship procession begins 5:00 pm;
    Christ Mass and Festive Reception Music prelude 10:30-11:00 pm; 11 pm —
  • December 25 — Christmas Day — one service,10:00 am
  • December 30 — First Sunday of Christmas — * one service at 10:30am, followed by New Year’s Potluck Brunch
  • January 6 — Epiphany — * regular worship schedule resumes

Vestry Elections

Sunday, December 16 at All Services

The slate of candidates is announced for our upcoming Vestry election. We will elect FOUR new members in an election held at all worship services on Sunday, December 16.

Absentee Ballots - Register for absentee ballots by calling the parish office, 770-973-8668. Absentee ballots are available in the church office the week of December 3rd and are due in the church office by Friday, December 14 by 5:00 pm.

Vestry Candidates

Tom Blackstock

Years at St. Catherine’s: 10
Activities, positions held at St. Catherine’s—Parish Treasurer, Finance Ministry Team Convener, Executive Committee Member, Christian Nurture & Development Ministry Team Convener, Adult Church School Teacher, Marriage Journey Group Leader, Country Fair Chairperson, Space Planning Team Leader, Staff Training Consultant, Foyers
Occupation—US Army Officer, Chief of the Joint Staff for the GA National Guard & GA Dept. of Defense
Biographical Information—I met my wife, Kristin, 23 years ago and we have a wonderful daughter, Elizabeth who is a sophomore at Wheeler. I am a 48 year old GA native, born in Winder, GA and grew up in Jefferson. I hold a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from GA Tech, an MBA from Touro University and a master’s degree in strategy from the US Army War College. I enlisted in the Guard when I was 17 and will have 31 years service in February. I’ve deployed to Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait. Saudi Arabia, Korea, Honduras & the country of Georgia.
As an engineer and military officer, I am an organized planner and disciplined manager. I’ve worked in many volunteer positions and I’m familiar with the business affairs of our parish.
I am honored to be considered to serve as a member of our Vestry. My family and I have been supported by our parish over the last decade and I want to serve on Vestry to contribute where I can to the many wonderful things that our parish accomplishes.

Frances Bowden

Years at St. Catherine’s: 28
Activities, positions held at St. Catherine’s—Chancel & Youth Choir, Nursery Worker, Altar Guild, Breakfast Angels, Needlepoint Brigade, EYC, Youth Program, Assistant to Youth Choir Director, Treat Fairy for Choristers
Occupation—Archivist & Metadata Expert @ UPS
Biographical Information—I am a cradle Episcopalian, baptized at St. Catherine’s by David Wayland.
I am interested in being on the Vestry because I think it is my turn to give back to the Church that has given so much to me in forming my beliefs and my faith. I think I will bring a youthful energy and perspective to the Vestry as well as an understanding of the Church as a whole.

Jeff Harris

Years at St. Catherine’s: 3+
Activities, positions held at St. Catherine’s—Chancel Choir member, Jubilate Choir Member & Coordinator, Dave Ramsey seminars, Marriage Journey, Holy Conversations Team member
Occupation—Health Care Engineer
Biographical Information—Early on at St. Catherine’s, I was known mostly as Hannah’s Dad, or Alison’s husband. Those are the best descriptions I know of.
As a life long Episcopalian, I have been an Acolyte, Youth Leader, Choir member, and Vestry member (for two terms) at my home church in Charlotte, NC. My spiritual development has included numerous informal mentors, along with Cursillo, and Education for Ministry. St. Catherine’s is now my church home and I sense a calling to the Vestry to continue to nourish my soul through serving and seeking to follow where the spirit leads us.

Bill Hutton

Years at St. Catherine’s: 1 1/2
Activities, positions held at St. Catherine’s—Usher, Valentine Dinner Dance, Men’s Retreat, Church Clean Up Days, MUST Ministries, Misc.
Occupation—Computer Systems Consultant
Biographical Information—I am a 57 year old lifelong Episcopalian. Donna and I have been married 19 years and have 2 boys; Andrew 16 and Phillip 12. In addition, my mother, Mary, moved in with us late last year. The boys and I share a love of running and in my spare time, assist with the high school cross country, and track and field teams.
I have a MBA from Loyola Marymount and a BS from the University of Arizona. I am a very committed person with a very strong desire to help. I believe that I am a good listener and can step back and evaluate a situation from a objective point of view.
I feel so fortunate to have St. Cat’s as our family’s spiritual home. I look forward to the opportunity to help serve and to give back to the church which has given my family so much. If elected I will seek to do the very best I can to serve our church, with God’s help.

Rod Pope

Years at St. Catherine’s: 9
Activities, positions held at St. Catherine’s—Parish Treasurer, Breakfast Angels, Men’s Retreat, Men’s Retreat Coordinator, Usher
Occupation—Vice President of Brown and Caldwell Engineers and Vice President of Brown and Caldwell Constructors
Biographical Information—I am married, for 21 years, to Rev. Nadine Pope, Deacon at Holy Spirit Episcopal Church, Cumming, GA. Our son Zach Pope is in his second year at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN, majoring in Neuroscience.
I married into the Episcopal Church 21 years ago from the Baptist Church. I graduated from the 4 year Education for Ministry program.
I am interested in giving back to the community that I love.
Gifts that I might bring to the Vestry are I am a supporting person, with a cool head and a few management skills.

Randy Satterfield

Years at St. Catherine’s: 6
Activities, positions held at St. Catherine’s—Facilitator for Adult Church School class, Catechist for The Journey, Lay Reader
Occupation—Housing Counselor for Credability
Biographical Information— After considering joining the ministry when I was young, I spent much of my life as an agnostic. After years of searching I came back to the church and St. Catherine’s was where I ended my search.
Here I’ve found what I’ve always needed and wanted. This is very much a family for me. I can’t imagine that anyone would consider me worthy of being part of the Vestry for St. Catherine’s. But should they do so, I would consider it an honor and would try my best to honor that in return.

Your 2012 Vestry ( * denotes retiring members):

Tanya Bowers-Dean, Sr. Warden *
Eric DeLaBarre *
Nancy Denton
Steve Diffley
Susan Heuke
Deborah Hurd
Bill Lee, Jr. Warden
Elizabeth Lopez
Bob Pepper
Vic Phillpotts *
Sally Powers *
Tad Travis

Estimate of Giving Cards (pledges) due

Thank you to all who have returned pledges on their Estimate of Giving Cards for 2013! Stewardship at St. Catherine’s is based on the Biblical philosophy of the need of the giver to give for his/her own spiritual development. If you have not yet sent your Estimate of Giving Card (pledge) for 2013, you may obtain a card from the church office, or print one from our website at . Please return your card to the church office as soon as possible. Thank you.

Time for Time and Talent!

Stewardship includes treasure, time and talent as a triple opportunity to share our blessings and fulfill our need to give. When it comes to offering your time and talent, you will find an abundance of opportunities at St. Catherine’s to serve and contribute to our church family and community. Our time and talent opportunity form is located online at . Please take “time” to fill it out!

Blood Drive

Next date: Wednesday, December 26

The day after Christmas – sign up for your time slot now! The holiday season is a difficult time for blood collection so your donation this day will be extra-important.We have moved to a Wednesday this month since Tuesday is Christmas Day. Thank you!

End of Year / New Year

  • Flowers & Candles reminder — Please remember if you signed up for flowers or candles any date this year, send your payment to the church office ASAP if you have not yet done so. Flowers are $60 per vase and candles are $20 each. We thank you!
  • Donations to the church for 2012 must be postmarked no later than Dec. 31.
  • Please turn in invoices and requests for reimbursement for 2012 expenses by Dec. 31.
  • Annual Reports — Due from all ministry teams and committees by January 13! Now is the time to start thinking about annual reports. We will gladly accept them early. We really want to have all groups and ministries included in the report. Please send them by email to by Sunday, January 13.

“The Journey” continues

Special liturgies this month

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 Sunday morning worship that mark this transition: Admission of Catechumens and Welcoming of Members 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). 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. We will also recognize those who have completed the Inquiry stage and will participate in Confirmation in the spring.
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.

Cats On Wheels

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


Operation Christmas Child success!

By Molly Banko

A BIG thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Operation Christmas Child outreach project! Thanks to church and preschool families, we beat last year’s total and were able to send 107 gift-filled boxes, which will be used to make Christmas brighter for needy children all over the world.

Emmaus House Christmas outreach

Each year St. Catherine’s supports the Emmaus House Christmas Festival. We welcome your donations of any of these items, please bring them to the designated area near the Giving Tree in the foyer.

  • Gifts for adults needed by Sunday, Dec. 9: “Secret Santa” items for children to give to parents & grandparents such as scarves, slippers, hankies, socks, soap, shampoo, cologne, shaving cream and razors, gloves, billfolds, decorative items, costume jewelry, watches
  • Giving Tree gifts needed by Sunday, Dec. 16: See the Giving Tree in our foyer with “ornaments” with children’s gift ideas, instructions provided. Please sign up in the book and take an ornament, then purchase the gift and return it to church with the ornament securely attached.
  • Gift cards to Kroger, Publix, Wal-Mart
  • Large adult winter outerwear such as jackets, hats, scarves, gloves
  • Be an elf at the Christmas Festival: St. Cat’s parishioners go to Emmaus House (near Turner Field in Atlanta) on Christmas Eve morning, December 24 to be “elves” escorting activities and distributing presents to 700+ smiling faces. It’s a wonderful activity, guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit! Please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Gina Bauman,

Reaching the finish line... “Nets for Life”

By Connie Bergeron

Thanks to the generosity of the people St. Catherine’s, and to everyone's heartfelt gifts to "Nets for Life," our parish goal of sponsoring 900 nets in 12 months has been reached!! $10,800 in donations has been recorded to date, and the number will be even higher once all records are in.

As Steve Diffley shared with us when our fund-raising campaign was introduced, every 45 seconds a child dies from malaria. Malaria, a preventable disease, kills nearly 655,000 people every year—most of them children under five in Africa. Through Episcopal Relief & Development's Malaria/NetsforLife® Inspiration Fund, this program empowers communities by providing life-saving prevention training and long-lasting insecticide-treated nets. We are so grateful to each and every one of you for making a difference and for responding to help African families desperate for these terrifically simple and truly effective "Nets for Life."

Reality U

by Joan Nixon

Reality U is a financial literacy program offered through Communities in Schools (CIS) aimed primarily at 8th-9th grade students to help them become aware of financial issues they face as young adults and the impact their school experience (including graduation from high school and possibly college) and their GPA will likely have on their future. This simulation of how to have money left at the end of the month (instead of having days left at the end of the money) is a fun and safe way for young people to learn some challenging life lessons.

Here are just a few of the comments from students who recently completed a Reality U session here in Cobb County. "Buying food and child care are so much more expensive than I thought"; "Even with a decent job it's still a challenge to pay bills"; "having a great education will move you toward your goal"; "I need to get it together!"; "Wow! Kids are expensive!"

Seeing this learning taking place first hand is exhilarating and a lot of fun! No special skills are required - except your willingness to help a young person on the road to adulthood. The next scheduled Reality U is at Lovingood Middle School on Thursday, December 20. Volunteering for some or all of the day is an experience you'll not regret. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please contact Joan Nixon at or 678-910-4924.

CIS continuing needs

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. Please bring items to the Outreach corner in the atrium outside the Parlor, and label them for "CIS."

MUST foods collection

MUST Ministries has continuing needs for foods for their food pantry. Please bring donations to the barrels at the Outreach table in the atrium to the left of the main foyer, opposite the Parlor. Foods needed include these boxed or canned items: beef stew, tuna, chicken, oatmeal, ramen noodles, peanut butter, jelly, pork & beans, refried beans, canned fruit, chili, spaghetti sauce, dry beans, boxed dinners, and dry potatoes.

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 .


Seen around St. Cats

Making our Advent wreaths

We had lots of fun as everyone came to make an Advent wreath for their household on November 25. Photos by Jan Potter, see lots more at AdventWreath2012

Altar rail kneelers update

By Beverly Fambrough

The altar rail needlepoint kneeler project continues to make progress and on Thursday, November 29 three more canvases were delivered to the upholstery finishing company to be mounted. These were “The Birth of Christ”, “The Good Shepherd”, and “Saint Peter”. These will be dedicated in the next few months.

It seemed like a good time, as 2012 draws to a close, to update the congregation on the status of the entire project. When the above three kneelers are dedicated, this will bring the total number which are in place to 10 out of a final total of 22. So we’re quickly approaching the half-way point in this endeavor. Good progress is being made on the remaining 12 kneelers. Here is the current status of each kneeler position and some photos recently made of those in progress.

I want to thank the team of stitchers for their tireless dedication of time and talent in bringing this project to fruition.


OLD TESTAMENT (left hand side of altar)


Kneeler Subject



(click photos to enlarge)



Joyce Carter

Nancy Denton




Bruce Heuke

Susan Heuke



Adam & Eve

Ron & Connie Bergeron

Althea Dillard



Noah’s Ark

Bill & Beverly Fambrough

Courtney Shillington



Abraham & Isaac

Vera Bibbings, Ginny Lindstrom, Dick Kareken

Frances Bowden



Joseph & Coat of Many Colors

Peter & Colleen Morich

Julie Brannock




Tom & Marilyn Hunter

Jennifer Buckalew



Ten Commandments

Tom & Maureen Donoghue

Jennifer Buckalew



Ark of the Covenant

Scott & Ginny Lummus

Mandy Maier

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David & Goliath

Ken & Nancy Denton

Nancy Denton



Jonah & the Whale

Karen Tindall

Karen Tindall




NEW TESTAMENT (right hand side of altar)



The Order of the Daughters of the King

Julie Brannock



Birth of Christ

The Choirs

Martha Bowden


Gift of the Magi

Carol Fey

Carol Fey




Linda Lane Minzenberger

Jodi Gammon


St. Peter

Carolyn Hilley

Peggy Towery


Good Shepherd

Hale & Diane Sanders

Courtney Shillington


Palm Sunday

Susan Heuke

Susan Heuke


Last Supper

Father Jim & Joan Nixon

Courtney Shillington


Peter’s Denial


Karen Tindall



Melinda Stuk

Melinda Stuk




David & Marylou Shannonhouse

Courtney Shillington


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:

  • December 3-9 Young Adults Minstry: This Young Adults group is exploring some social gatherings, fellowship, and discussion. All people in their 20’s and 30’s are invited to participate. We’ll gather to get to know one another better by meeting for dinner, trivia, or a movie and discussion. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Claire Pagalia, 770.377.3938, or Mike Peterson, 770.971.2839,
  • December 10-16 – Porch Visitors: This week we celebrate the life and work of our Porch Visitors, part of our Invitation Ministry. Porch Visitors take loaves of bread to the homes of first-time visitors to St. Cat’s within 24 hours of their visit. They go just to the visitor’s porch to leave the bread, tell them we are glad they worshiped with us this week, and hope to see them next week. To find out more about being part of our Invitation ministry please contact Ann Snead, 678,795,9508,


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

  • Marti & Cam Graham
  • Woodie & Ralph Patrick

Dear [St. Catherine’s],

Congratulations on your decision to become a hosting congregation for the Family Promise of Cobb County network! We appreciate your generous commitment to do so, and are very excited to partner with you as we begin our service to families in transition throughout our community.

We will be in continual contact with you as we continue to develop our network and get ready to open our doors in the spring of 2013. We are currently developing several forms of media for public communication, such as a printed informational brochure, website, and newsletter. You can also search for Family Promise of Cobb County on Facebook for updates on network progress.

Please consider who, in your congregation, might be interested and best suited to be the liaison(s) between St. Catherine’s and the Family Promise of Cobb County. We would like to be in touch with that person for informational and training opportunities.

Thank you, once again, for your commitment to be a part of this wonderful outreach ministry. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. Current, the best way to reach us is via email to the Network Secretary, Hale Sanders,

Frederick Massey, President, Family Promise of Cobb County, Inc.

Dear [St. Catherine’s],

Thank you for St. Catherine’s generous contribution of $533.00 [portion of total contributions] to Episcopal Relief & Development. You gift was designated for the NetsForLife Inspiration Fund, a special campaign within The Episcopal Church to help fight malaria…

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

Robert W. Radtke, President, Episcopal Relief & Development

Dear Friends in Christ,

On behalf of The Extension, thank you for your generous contribution of $750.

We are preparing for our 25th Anniversary Celebration Gala to be held on December 1… For the past 25 years, our mission has been to facilitate a transformation that empowers chemically dependent men and women to become sober, accountable members of society and to become a resource to the community. Your donation will help us ensure that we are meeting the objectives of our mission and organizational goals as well as help to save lives and reconnect families. Thanks again for supporting your community and for helping to address substance abuse and homelessness in Cobb County!

Kindest regards,
Barbara Frost, Director of Administration, The Extension


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.


Health Tip: Is it my appendix?

From our Congregational Nurses

Do you know the symptoms of appendicitis? According to the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse, symptoms include pain to the right of the navel (beginning near the navel and moving down to the right), or worsening pain in the same area associated with moving, deep breathing, coughing or sneezing. Other symptoms include nausea, vomiting or abdominal swelling. Anyone with symptoms of appendicitis needs to see a doctor immediately.

Source: National Institutes of Health. Provided by HealthStart .



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, Alison Travis, Sandra Weeks, Jack Dumke, Dorothy Maloney, Tyler Smith, Sherri Vann, Sarah Pope, Blake Geoffrion, Barbara Kallas, Beatriz Montalvo, Kellen Williams, Shane & Meg Ladner, Janet Wheeler, Deanna Murray, David Stone, Brandi Parisi

DECEASED: Janeen Stanley, friend of Mark & Sally Moore; Edwin Brant Frost, III, Ben’s Frost’s father; Dottie Brown, Bobbye Greene’s great aunt; Clement Coote, Sybil Coote’s brother; Harry Dermody, West Point classmate of Jim Greene.

FOR THOSE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS: (12/1) Gracie Dover, (12/2) Gina Baumann, Paddy Phillpotts, Bill Lee, (12/3) Shelly Taylor, Eric Hollis, Kate Herndon, (12/4) Katie Carswell, Taryn Nienaber, Wendy Beyer, (12/5) Michael Smith, Phillip Roberts, (12/6) Christina McLean, Alysia Bowers-Dean, Hannah Beyer, (12/7) Peggy Towery, Luke Mikkelsen, (12/8) Gail McGill, Chris Jones, Macyn Alexander,(12/9) Gene Carter, Sebastjan Hutton, Megan Goldman, Ian Goldman, (12/10) Ann Snead, Barbara Perry, Nicky Muckerman, Megan Shannonhouse, (12/11) Bobbye Greene, Margaret Caudle, Chandler Parker, Christopher Rader, Elaine Krupp, Mark Herndon, (12/12) Chris Kiefer, Lee Stuart, Glady Ragan, (12/13) Terry Sheehan, Ben Frost, Jr., (12/14) Ken Denton

ANNIVERSARIES: (12/1) Jim & Donna Stephens; (12/2) Phil & Lisa Spessard; (12/4) Ginny & Scott Lummus; (12/12) Roy & Susan Johnson

(12/2) Stephanie, David, Riley & Danielle Yucius; Chuck, Michelle, Charlie & Maddie Zimmerman; Paul & Ginny Acocella; Frank, Ellen, Alison & Grace Adams; Norma & George Alexander
(12/9) Joe, Tina & Trevor Atchison; Rachel & Vincent Bagby; Ray, Nancy, Katie, Becky & Jonathan Ban; David, Molly, Leah & Spencer Banko; Curtis, Karley & Lauren Barber

TRANSFERS IN: Michael, Rebeccah & Riley Devault from St. Peter & St. Paul, Marietta


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:

  • Tuesday, December 26: Blood Drive 1-8 pm
  • Sunday, December 30: one worship service at 10:30 am, followed by New Year's Potluck Brunch
  • January 18-21: J2A Urban Adventure to Chicago
  • Sunday, January 27: Annual Parish Meeting 12 pm; worship at 7:30 and 10:30 am only
  • Saturday, February 9: Valentine Dinner Dance

Holy Baptism: next scheduled dates - Sunday, January 13

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, 12/1 Saturday, 12/8


Journey Retreat
CGS Level 3 Training
Jubilate Practice
Christmas Tree Pick up
Parent Night Out


Christmas Market
  & Secret Santa

Sunday, 12/2 Sunday, 12/9


Holy Eucharist
Family Holy Eucharist/Jubilate
Church School
Choral Holy Eucharist
CGS Level 3 Training
Vestry Candidates Meeting
Christmas Tree Pick up
Lessons & Carols


Holy Eucharist
Family Holy Eucharist
Church School /
  St. Nicholas Celebration
Choral Holy Eucharist
The Journey

Monday, 12/3 Monday, 12/10

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


Amma Susan's day off
Stephen Ministry Training
Men’s Book Study
Women’s Bible Study
Boy Scout Troop 713

Tuesday, 12/4 Tuesday, 12/11


Advent Eucharist/Study
Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Invitation Ministry
KARC Radio Club Party

Advent Eucharist/Study
Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Outreach Meeting
Youth Ministry
Wednesday, 12/5 Wednesday, 12/12


Bible Study
WNL Dinner
Advent Study
Youth WNL
Chancel Choir


Executive Meeting
Bible Study
Preschool Board
WNL Dinner
Advent Study
Youth WNL
Chancel Choir

Thursday, 12/6 Thursday, 12/13
Preschool Program
Men’s Bible Study
Preschool Program
Stewardship Meeting
Seniors Eucharist/Luncheon
Finance Meeting
Preschool Staff Party
Men’s Bible Study
HR Committee
Jubilate Practice
Friday, 12/7 Friday, 12/14
Fr. Jim's day off
Men’s Bible Study
Women’s Bible Study
St. Nicholas Prep
Girl Scouts

Fr. Jim's day off
Women’s Bible Study
Girl Scouts
Church Staff Party


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

Pray for those of us at Jr. DYC

Please keep everyone from St. Catherine’s who will be attending the Jr. DYC middle school conference at Camp Mikell November 30-December 2 in your prayers.


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 16th at 6:00 PM in the Youth House. Come join in the fun and welcome our friends home for the holidays! Spread the word, invite your friends, and see who is coming on Facebook at


Sr. DYC Weekend at Camp Mikell: Jan. 4-6, 2013

All 9th-12th graders are eligible to go to Sr. DYC in January! Senior 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 Jan. 4-6, 2013. 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!


Wheel schedule:

Next publications:

  • 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!

Does everyone in your family receive The Wheel, St. Catherine's newsletter? Is everyone subscribed? Email is becoming a primary means for our parish communications. You may sign up on on our Subscription page. Or you may send the names and email addresses of everyone who would like get their own copy to Karen Manno at the email address below, or note them on the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin, or contact the church office at 770-971-2829. You'll receive your online version via email, and you can find all current and prior issues of The Wheel on our website at

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

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