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

We Welcome You!

The Newsletter of
St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
March 2-15
, 2013

The Wheel archive page

St. Catherine's home


Clergy Letter


Ministry Teams meeting
Daylight Savings Time
Hunger Walk
Garden Keepers
YF Game Night
Cats On Wheels
A Holy Lent
  WNL Speaker Series
  Morning Eucharist/Study
  Reflection of the Day
Journey to Easter
  Palm Sunday readers
  Stations of the Cross
  Rites of Reconciliation
  Prayer Vigil
  Monastic Dinner
  Easter Eggs
  Music & Flowers
  Receptions help
  Meetings schedule
VBS announced
YF Playgroup
Special Needs

Outreach collection
Elizabeth Inn
Rice Bowls

When to call a priest
Vestry highlights
Stephen Ministry
Newcomers, Catechesis pics
Ministry focus

Benefit events
Health tip


Common Ground
Youth advisors
Confirmation class
Rite13 Ceremony



3/2 – Diocesan Ministry Fair

3/5 – Ministry Teams quarterly meeting

3/5, 12, 19, 26 – Tuesday morning Eucharist & Study

3/6 – WNL Lent Speaker Rev. Claiborne Jones

3/10 – Daylight Savings Time;
Hunger Walk @ Turner Field;
YF Game Night

3/13– WNL Lent Speaker Rev. Robert Certain

3/16 - Cats On Wheels @ Johnnie MacCracken's

3/20– WNL Lenten Speaker Bishop Keith Whitmore

3/23 – Concert Series: Coro Vocati

3/23-24 – Rite 13 Urban Plunge

3/26 –Elizabeth Inn Laundry Team v

3/28 – Elizabeth Inn Dinner Team

See below for Holy Week & Easter schedule



"Like" us to keep
up to date with
news and photos:
St. Catherine’s community
St. Catherine's Youth

St. Catherine's Preschool

Are you planning to attend?

By Father Jim

It seems a long ways away but before you know it we’ll be at Lake Logan Conference Center as we gather for our Parish Retreat on Labor Day weekend, August 30 - September 2.

Our first visit to Lake Logan in North Carolina was in the fall of 2011 and everyone (nearly 100 people) raved about the location, facilities, the program, and recreational opportunities. Well, it’s time to start planning for our next visit. A Parish Retreat is a time for the people of St. Catherine’s to come together for renewal, to celebrate being a child of God, to make new friends and to strengthen our bonds with one another in the name of Jesus Christ.

We have a group of people who have agreed to work together in planning our retreat and that work will begin in earnest after Easter. For now, it’s time to mark our calendars and to begin the process of registration. We must tell Lake Logan a number by the end of April as well as make a significant payment towards the cost of the retreat. The last date for registration will be April 28 and the final payment for the retreat will be due by July 21.

Ginny Lummus has worked with Lake Logan to reserve the entire conference center for St. Catherine’s. Let’s plan to fill it with sounds of laughter, playing children, singing and worshiping Christians, people making new friends, and all together good will in the name of God. See you at Lake Logan.

Get the registration form now at:

Ministry Teams Quarterly Meeting

Tuesday, March 5, 7:00 PM

All ministry team members—conveners, committee and group chairs and volunteers, please be sure a representative of your group will attend this important meeting. Join us in the Parish Hall at 7:00 pm. It will be a time to share ministry team plans and needs for 2013. All those who are interested in ministry at St. Catherine's are welcome!

Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday, March 10

Remember this year's start of Daylight Savings Time... SPRING FORWARD one hour on the morning of the second Sunday in March, and we will see you at church bright and early in Eastern Daylight Time.

Hunger Walk/Run is March 10 – join our team now!

By Connie Bergeron and Carol Eskew

For over 28 years, the Hunger Walk/Run has united Atlantans of all ages to support hunger and poverty relief. The annual Atlanta Hunger Walk/Run benefits the Atlanta Community Food Bank and, if you designate, Episcopal Charities Foundation. Please help support all our St. Catherine’s team members in the fight against hunger by contributing generously. All proceeds collected through Hunger Walk/Run remain in our community, and your donations are tax-deductible. For questions please contact Connie Bergeron or Carol Eskew

The more people from St. Catherine's, the better! You can see who is signed up to participate, sign up yourself or make contributions to support someone else who is walking -- click here: and:

  • To sign up to walk/run: If you would like to walk with our team:
    (1) click on the orange “Join Team” button on the left at and sign up to run or walk,
    (2) RSVP on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin to let us know if you will eat lunch at church before leaving for the event (or contact Connie Bergeron,, 770-951-1411).
    Be sure to print a copy of your confirmation and bring it with you
    on March 10th to receive your Hunger Walk/Run t-shirt.
  • To make a donation: To make a donation in support of our team click on the orange “Support St. Catherine's Episcopal!” button on the right and complete the process.

Garden Keepers workdays through March 9

Our Garden Keepers ministry has a master plan for our church beds and gardens, and is mulching, pruning and more. Please join us for one or more work Saturdays through March 9. Bring work gloves, rakes, tarps and maybe a bag or two of cypress mulch from Home Depot. For questions or suggestions contact Bill and Beverly Fambrough, 770-993-5444 or

Young Families Game Night - March 10

RSVP by Thursday, March 7

By Jennifer Sherwood and Molly Banko

Please join us Sunday, March 10 from 4:30 to 8:30 p+m in the Parish Hall for a Young Families Game Night. We'll have Yahtzee, Uno Attack, Twister, the fun dice game Farkle and many more! We'll provide chicken fingers, juice and water. Please bring an appetizer, side dish or dessert to share. BYOB or wine if desired. RSVP by Thursday, March 7 on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Jennifer Sherwood, or Molly Banko,

Cats on Wheels Luncheon

Saturday, March 16 at Johnnie MacCracken’s

Join Cats on Wheels this month for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration lunch (the day before) at 11:30 am at Johnnie MacCracken’s Celtic Firehouse Pub. Please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Alan Certain,, 404-661-2200, by Thursday, March 14 if you plan to attend this pay-your-own lunch, so that we can reserve seating for everyone. The restaurant is located just off the Marietta Square at 15 Atlanta St., Marietta, GA 30060, 678-290-6641, visit for information, menu and directions.

Cats On Wheels is our fellowship group for active senior adults, you are invited to join us!

Follow the Greece pilgrimage on St. Catherine’s blog

Father Jim will be using our new St. Catherine’s blog, "The Welcoming Journey," to report the adult pilgrimage trip March 2-12. Be sure to check often for updates and photos! "The Welcoming Journey" is our blog begun on Ash Wednesday. Read it now at - we invite you to add your comments.

NEW! You can subscribe to our blog -- click this button for sign up for RSS feed:

Observing a Holy Lent

Wednesday Evening Speaker Series through March 20

Our Wednesday Night Lenten Speaker Series kicked off with a packed house on February 21 with our first speaker, Bishop of Atlanta Rob Wright. The following week, The Rev. Patricia Templeton from St. Dunstan's in Sandy Springs spoke of the need for there to be "fruit" from our repentence, not only to change our ways but "what will you do with that?"

This special series, "Looking For Fruit On This Fig Tree" is continuing weekly through March 20. Speakers coming up are:

  • March 6 - The Rev. E. Claiborne Jones, Director/Vicar, Emmaus House
  • March 13 - The Rev. Robert G. Certain, Executive Director, Military Chaplains Association
  • March 20 - The Rt. Rev. Keith B. Whitmore, Assistant Bishop of Atlanta

Dinner on March 13 will benefit Stop Hunger Now! — Dinner this night will be a taco bar hosted by our Youth, all proceeds will support our effort to bring Stop Hunger Now to St. Catherine’s this spring.

Wednesday Night Live (WNL) is our weekly Wednesday evening program with dinner, fellowship and learning: dinner 6:00-7:00 pm, followed by programs 7:00-8:00 pm. Please be sure to make your meal reservation on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin, or call the church office 770-971-2839 by 5 pm Tuesday, for each week that you will dine with us. Dinner prices are $7 adults, $3 children (maximum $25 per family).

Below - Bishop Wright addressing us on February 20 (photos by Bettye Harris)

Tuesday Morning Lenten Eucharist and Study: “Life is a Verb”

Weekly through March 26

Each Tuesday during Lent (through March 26) we gather in the sanctuary at 7 am for Eucharist followed by a 30 minute study. We are done promptly at 8:00 am so you can be on to your day's activities. Our study is "Life is a Verb: Living Intentionally."


Reflection of the Day

A variety of Lenten materials for children, youth and adults is offered to you on our resource table in foyer. In particular you’ll find this year’s booklet of reflections on the season of Lent, “Open Our Eyes, O Lord,” written by our own St. Catherine's parishioners. The Reflection of the Day, and the complete booklet, is also available on our website—be sure to check daily through Easter Day at

Journey to Easter

We invite you to set aside the demands of the everyday and join together with family and friends March 24-31 for Holy Week and Easter Day, a week of intense observance and liturgy with word and sacraments that touch our lives as in no other ways during the rest of the year. If you have never made this journey you will find it life changing. Please come!

This time marks the days of Jesus' passion and resurrection and is the most important time of the church year. In rites and words the mysteries of Jesus' final hours are with us again, his passion, his cruel suffering, his rising from the dead. And we discover the answer to age old questions: Does God love us? Is God merciful? Does God care for us? We have only to look and learn from Jesus Christ.

Palm Sunday, Mar. 24...

7:30 am

Holy Eucharist (HE)

8:00 am


8:45 am

Liturgy of the Palms + HE (nursery)

10:00 am

No Church School (nursery)

11:15 am

Liturgy of the Palms + HE (nursery)

Tuesday, March 26...

7:00 am

HE + Study

10:00 am

Morning Prayer

6:30 pm

Children’s Stations of the Cross

Wednesday, March 27...

7:30 pm

HE + Healing Service (nursery)

Maundy Thursday, March 28...

7:30 pm

Proper Liturgy (nursery)

9:00 pm

All-night Prayer Vigil

Good Friday, March 29 ...

9:00 am

Morning Prayer

12:00 pm

Stations of the Cross (outdoor)

6:30 pm

Stations of the Cross (indoor)

7:30 pm

Proper Liturgy (nursery)

9:00 pm

Monastic Supper

Holy Saturday, March 30 ...

10:00 am

Proper Liturgy

7:30 pm

Easter Vigil + Baptisms (nursery)

Easter Day, March 31 ...

6:30 am

Outdoor Sunrise Eucharist


7:30 am


8:45 am

Festive Family Eucharist (nursery)

10:00 am

Reception + Easter Egg Hunt
(no Church School)

11:15 am

Festive Choral Eucharist (nursery)

12:45 pm



Palm Sunday readers sign up

A tradition of the church is for the congregation to read the Passion Gospel in parts during worship on Palm Sunday. It reminds us that the journey that we being on Palm Sunday is not a memorialization of something that happened long ago but a journey of betrayal, pain, suffering and new life we each take in our lives. You will read a small part while standing at your seat. This is an opportunity for parishioners who are not already lay readers to be involved (lay readers are welcome to participate as well).

  • 8:45 am service - Youth volunteers are needed. Please sign up on the sheet in the Youth House or contact Mike Peterson. (Note that Rite 13ers will not be able to participate as they will be at Emmaus House on this date for the Urban Plunge.)
  • 11:15 am service - All volunteers are needed. Please sign up on the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Steve Diffley.


Stations of the Cross at St. Catherine's

We invite you to use our Stations of the Cross during Lent, Holy Week or any time as a way of enjoying our beautiful church. We have both Outdoor Stations which are sited around our grounds, and Indoor Stations in the main sanctuary. Our Outdoor Stations of the Cross is complete with liturgies for your use, including a history of Stations of the Cross, description of our Stations and map, laminated and in a housing near Station Number 1 (by the church front doors, to the right as you face the entry). The Indoor Stations are the plaques on the walls of the sanctuary. Station 1 is at the right-hand rear of the nave as you face the altar.

  • A Way of the Cross for Children — Tuesday, March 26. We offer a special family Stations of the Cross during Holy Week on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. This is an interactive Stations designed to stimulate imaginations and help our children experience the walk through Holy Week. The characters in the drama of the Passion can inspire our own efforts to offer friendship, care and support to those in need. Children old enough to read will enjoy this experience in particular, but we invite all children ages 7-12. This experience will help them understand what happened to Jesus, and encourage both children and parents to think about God's presence and action in their lives.
  • Guided Stations of the Cross — Good Friday, March 29. Outdoor Stations is held at 12:00 pm, and Indoor Stations at 6:30 pm.


Rites of Reconciliation

The clergy of St. Catherine's offer the opportunity for private confession (The Reconciliation of a Penitent) during Holy Week. During Lent we are called to a ministry of forgiveness. Holy Week is a great time to explore the areas in our own lives where forgiveness would be appropriate. Confessions are not restricted to times of sickness. They may be heard anytime and anywhere.

The Reconciliation of a Penitent is available for all who desire it. The liturgy is found in our Book of Common Prayer, pages 446-452. The Anglican tradition has always been that all people can avail themselves of this sacrament, some should, but none must. If you want to explore this sacrament including simply inquiring about it, please contact Father Jim or Amma Susan by noon on Good Friday for an appointment during Holy Week.


Maundy Thursday Prayer Vigil

Our custom is to keep Vigil with our Lord through the night from immediately following the Maundy Thursday (March 28) liturgy until Morning Prayer on Good Friday at 9:00 AM. We will have security in the building through the night. The sign up poster will be in the foyer. Please sign up for the time you desire even if others already have, there is no limit to the number of persons keeping watch at any time period. Please stop by and find a half-hour or hour period of time you can sit in prayer with Christ in his passion in the garden at Gethsemane. Won't you spend one hour with your Lord?

Vigil security persons needed — Volunteers are needed to watch the church buildings through the night of the Vigil. For information or to volunteer please contact Rosemary Wolfe at or call the office.


Good Friday Monastic Dinner

We will gather after our March 29 Good Friday service for an adult monastic dinner in the Parish Hall immediately following the liturgy. It serves to break our Good Friday fast as we come together in silence and candlelight to enjoy a delicious fish stew, bread, and a little wine or other beverage. As the meal progresses it is always a delight to hear the room move from silence to a solemn joy as we anticipate the rest of the story of the death and resurrection of Christ. Look for the Opportunity for Ministry form in your bulletin to sign up and join us.


Easter Egg Hunt – Candy & eggs needed by March 20

The annual Easter Egg Hunt is on Easter Day (March 31) immediately after 8:45 service for children through 5th grade. We appreciate your donations of candy and empty plastic eggs:

  • Leave eggs and candy SEPARATE, no need to fill the eggs
  • Candy should be individually wrapped—no loose jelly beans, etc.
  • Please make sure the candy contains NO PEANUTS or peanut products. (Sorry, no Reese’s!)
  • Bring items BY WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20 to the box outside Youth Director Mike’s office. Items left after this date cannot be used.

Thank you! The eggs will be assembled at Youth WNL on Wednesday, March 20 in the Youth House, please join us.


Easter Music and Flowers collection

Each year we invite you to contribute to the cost of flowers to decorate our sanctuary and church for the Easter celebration, and for special music at Easter Day services. You will find brown envelopes in the pews for your check or cash donation. Please be sure to write clearly on the envelope your name and how you would like your donation remembered in our Easter bulletins, in memory or thanksgiving for a loved one (or you may send donations with this information included to the church office). Please send in your donations by Sunday, March 17 to be included in our bulletins.


Easter Receptions

Festive receptions will be held for everyone after the 8:45 and 11:15 services on Easter morning. Your Fellowship Committee will need plenty of assistance to provide finger foods and assist with set-up and clean-up for these events. Please indicate on the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or contact the church office if you are able to help. Thanks so much!


No meetings to be scheduled for Holy Week

By Father Jim

Holy Week is that time when our focus is on coming together as a community off and on through these special days to journey with Jesus to the cross. In order to ensure that everyone has every opportunity to do just this I am asking that no church meetings be scheduled during Holy Week, March 24–March 29.

Vacation Bible School 2013 — Save the date!

Mornings, July 29 - August 1

By Harriett Pyburn

Vacation Bible School is returning to St. Catherine's this summer with “Kingdom Rock,” an epic adventure where kids stand strong for God! The dates will be Monday through Thursday, July 29 - August 1 from 9 am to 12 pm and children from age 4 to rising 5th grade are welcome. Look for registration forms at church and online beginning March 15.

If you are an adult and would be interested in learning how you might help with VBS this year, please contact Harriett Pyburn, We will begin inviting youth volunteers in a few weeks!

Young Families monthly playgroup

Young Families Ministry organizes a playgroup for our preschool and younger members. Monthly playdates are on weekdays coordinated by Harriett Pyburn, If you would like to participate but can't make it during the week and would prefer evenings or weekends, please contact Molly Banko,

Special Needs Ministry at St. Cat’s

If you are seeking support with a family member with special needs, or if you are aware of a family with such needs, please contact Natalie Whitlow,, 770-998-1259. We are also seeking volunteers to be trained as one-on-one buddies for individuals needing assistance. We look forward to hearing from you.

St. Cat’s mugs still available

By Bettye Harris

Thank you to everyone who purchased a new coffee mug in support of our Invitation Ministry, and special thanks to Jason Snape who provided his designs and technical support for this project. If you would like a mug but missed our sale, please contact Ann Snead, or Bettye Harris,

St. Catherine’s Concert Series

Next concert: Saturday, March 23

Join us for these next concerts in our 2012-2013 series. All concerts are open seating.

  • Saturday, March 23, 2013, 8:00 pm – Coro Vocati Spring Concert: “The Sacred and Profane: Part II”
    Free concert, no tickets needed.
    “Vocati” is Latin for “The Called” — inspiring Atlanta’s newest professional chamber choir to bring together an outstanding cadre of 26 gifted musicians. As part of its mission to become one of the premier chamber choirs of the South, Coro Vocati will uplift you with works by Brahms, Kodaly and more from its exciting series led by Artistic Director John Dickson of Louisiana State University. Come and be part of this very special evening.
  • Saturday, May 4, 2013, 8:00 pm – Atlanta Sacred Chorale: “Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs”
    Tickets required
    The Atlanta Sacred Chorale is a nationally ranked ensemble of auditioned singers that is known for unparalleled choral artistry. Whether at Piccolo Spoleto, Spivey Hall or with the Atlanta Symphony, ASC’s rich repertoire — from the Renaissance to folk spirituals to contemporary — seeks to touch both the human heart and the Divine. Directed by Dr. Eric Nelson of Emory University, the chorale and its popular CDs are regularly broadcast on NPR and across the U.S. and Canada. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience ASC live in a small setting. You will be transported. For information regarding tickets visit, .


Items needed for MUST & Emmaus House

By Harriet Pyburn

Beginning this month, our Outreach collection bins will be seasonally labeled based on critical needs of MUST Ministries and Emmaus House. The bins are located at the Outreach Table to the left of the sanctuary across from the parlor. In March, we are collecting:

  • Playground equipment (jump ropes, chalk, playground balls, etc.) for Emmaus House summer camps
  • Umbrellas and rain ponchos for MUST Ministries.
  • We also continue our year-round collection of work and professional clothing and shoes as well as non-perishable food items for MUST Ministries.
  • Our March food item of focus is peanut butter.

Last minute idea for Lent: Be a tutor!

By Joan Nixon

As part of your Lenten discipline this year, I have a great idea for you! Rather than "giving up" something (insert your favorite here: chocolate, soft drinks, spinach, etc) try "taking on" something - tutoring! Some 9th graders at Marietta High School need some extra help with math, English, science and/or social studies. They even have special blocks of time set aside during the day, 11 am to 1 pm and 2 pm to 4 pm. So, you won't be alone. And, for Lent you can do something that will really make a difference in the life of a youngster—keep them on the path to high school graduation! That sounds like a real win-win situation to me. Contact me with questions: Joan Nixon,

Elizabeth Inn thanks!

By Connie Bergeron and Tracy Buckalew

Thank you very much to the members of Altar Guild and Flower Guild who provided generous contributions of time, talent and food at Elizabeth Inn on January 28: Nancy Certain, Deana & Eric DeLaBarre, Carol & John Starr, Mary Catherine Smidtt, Julie Brannock, Joan Thurston, Shirley Day, Susan Heuke, Pat Pepper, Emily Gale, Bella Hutto, Marlene Stuart, Barb Selby, Carol Mitchell, Linda Smith, Sally Powers.

St. Catherine’s provides dinner to the guests at MUST Ministries’ Elizabeth Inn shelter on Cobb Parkway on the 28th of every month year-round, as well as Laundry Team on the fourth Tuesday and fifth Wednesday, and breakfast on the fourth Wednesday. If you would like to help with the next dinner on Thursday, March 28 please contact Connie Bergeron (, 404-819-0891) and Tracy Buckalew ( We welcome your support for these terrific ministries of MUST Marietta.

Rice Bowls ingathering is Easter Day

By Molly Banko and Jennifer Sherwood

Make a difference in the lives of of kids worldwide made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS, poverty, and other circumstances. Help our Young Families Ministry support this program and pick up a plastic “rice” bowl in the foyer of the church or by the preschool office. Use it to collect your spare change throughout Lent. Filled bowls are due back to the church by Easter Day (March 31). Information about Rice Bowls is available at Questions? Contact Molly Banko,, or Jennifer Sherwood,


When to call your priest…

By Father Jim

  • When someone in your family dies. Call immediately. We want to be involved as your loved one approaches death. We don’t mind you waking us up, and we want to be on hand and available to you in the midst of your grief, not just after the fact.
  • When someone in your family is critically ill. Call immediately. We will do our best to see them in the hospital as soon as possible.
  • When someone in your family is going to have surgery. Call in advance. Let us know time and place. In this age of outpatient surgery centers, the more detail you can give us the better. We are happy to bring communion to the hospital or to have healing prayers with those awaiting surgery.
  • When you or someone in your family is having a crisis of faith. Call to make an appointment to come and sit down for a conversation. You really are our top priority and we will see you just as soon as possible.
  • When someone in your family is planning a wedding. Call to make an appointment to come in and meet the priest who will perform the service.
  • When someone in your family loses a job, or loses a friend to death, or is suffering from chemical dependency or depression.
  • When a child is born, it’s great to get a call even before the birth. We’d like the opportunity to make a visit to bless both parents and child.
  • When something wonderful is happening in your life. We know it is important to share your saddest times, but we want to be with you in the best times of your life, too.

How to call your priest…

  • Telephone is the best method, please do not rely on emails when the matter is urgent.
  • During or after hours, simply call the church office (770.971.2839) – you can reach us no matter the time of day. Father Jim’s extension is 202 and Amma Susan’s extension is 203. A priest is in the office from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm five days a week, and we can be paged when needed outside this time. You can page us by marking your message urgent after you leave it (press #32 at the end of your message).

Vestry Highlights

By Deborah Hurd

Here's what happened at the February 19 Vestry meeting:

  • Fr. Jim lead the discussion of an article entitled “Oral Communication: How to Strengthen Our Effectiveness” which is about learning to be better listeners.
  • At the Vestry retreat, we agreed to invite two ministry teams to each monthly meeting to report on their ministry and help us understand how we as a Vestry can better support the work their teams are doing. We heard from 1.) Outreach and Pastoral Care and 2.) Human and Financial Resources this month.
  • Phil Spessard and Harry Tear gave us an update about the Great Oak Fund.
  • We wrote to thank you notes to convey our appreciation of our fellow parishioners’ ministry activities over the last month.
  • As mentioned at the Annual Meeting, Fr. Jim is putting together four Ad-Hoc committees. The Ministry Team Leaders will be kept in the loop as to those committees’ activities and actions.
  • Deborah Hurd agreed to submit Vestry Highlights to The Wheel since Sally Powers has rolled off the Vestry.
  • Fr. Jim explained the 2012 annual Parochial Report. It is a statistical report of 2012’s numbers such as number of baptisms. The Vestry accepted the report. It was signed by Barb Selby (clerk), Steve Pyburn (treasurer) and Fr. Jim (rector) to be submitted to the diocese and the national church.
  • St. Catherine’s donated the second highest amount in the diocese for the Nets for Life campaign. A special note of thanks to the parish and Steve Diffley was received from the diocese. [See the letter below in this issue.]
  • Steve Pyburn gave the financial report for January.
  • We listened to reports on Vestry phone calls.
  • The meeting adjourned at 10:07 p.m.

Stephen Ministry commissioning

We were proud to witness the commissioning of four new Stephen Ministers and a new Stephen Leader at worship on February 24. Our new Stephen Ministers are Tom Day, Althea Dillard, Suzanne Gardiner and Cathy Larsh; our new Stephen Leader is Amy Morris. In addition, Marilyn Hunter was recognized for her twenty years of service at St. Catherine's as a Stephen Leader and her retirement from Leader (although not from minstry!).

Photos - Left: at the Stephen Ministry retreat, Feb 23 at Simpsonwood Conference Center (photo by Amy Morris). Right - Thanking Marilyn Hunter on February 23 (photo by Connie Bergeron).

Seen around St. Cat's

At the Newcomer Coffee on February 10 (photos by Connie Bergeron)

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd on February 10 - "burying the alleluias" in preparation for the start of Lent (photos by Connie Bergeron)

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:

  • March 4-10 – Hunger Walk: This week we celebrate the life and work of Atlanta Hunger Walk/Run, an annual event by Atlanta Community Food Bank which raises funds and awareness for hunger relief through a 5K at Turner Field in Atlanta. Proceeds benefit five charities including Episcopal Charities Foundation. St. Catherine’s sponsors a team and promotes donations to the event. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact our Outreach Committee (Hale Sanders, 770.565.2719,
  • March 11-17 – Grounds Teams: This week we celebrate the life and work of our Grounds Teams, volunteers who maintain our church lawns and grounds including mowing, debris removal, trimming, blowing, etc. Groups are scheduled on a rotating basis as needed through the seasons. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Ron Brannock, 770.992.9505,


[Dear St. Catherine's,]

Now that the numbers for Nets for Life campaign are complete, it is time to say thanks. When looking at the spreadsheet that shows parish giving, St. Catherine's gift is really exceptional. My deepest thanks to all of you for the role each of you played in the campaign. Special thanks go to

  • Steve Diffley for serving as parish the Net Rep who rallied the congregation. Thank you for your time, talents and energy in this endeavor. I loved your idea of putting the campaign in your local newspaper and shared that idea with other parishes.
  • Patricia Pepper, your work and that of others with the children in VBS is appreciated.
  • Clergy leadership helps to inspire parishioners to get onboard for parish events.
  • And Barbara Barrington during your time as Episcopal Relief & Development Parish Rep you planted the seeds that helped to yield a bounty of nets.

St. Catherine's congregation exceeded their goal of 900 nets by 66 nets. In all you contributed almost a 1,000 nets to fight malaria in Africa. Please share this thank you [below] with your congregation.

Debbie Betsill, Diocese of Atlanta Nets for Life Campaign 2011-2012


Thanks to the congregation at the St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church for your support of the Diocese of Atlanta’s Episcopal Relief & Development Nets for Life campaign.

With your astounding gift of $11,595 St. Catherine’s joined a greater whole:

  • 94 parishes and numerous schools in our diocese.
  • 3,233 parishes in the Episcopal Church.

St. Catherine’s offering flowed together with other contributions in our diocese and denomination, which allowed Nets for Life to

  • Attain 99% of their goal of raising $5 million by 12/31/12.
  • Distribute over 11 million mosquito nets—15,307 of those from our diocese,
  • Reaching 27,252,027 people in 17 African countries.
  • Train 81,205 community volunteers who distribute nets and educate people in their villages concerning malaria, net use and maintenance. Volunteers also monitor and evaluate net use.
  • Reduce malaria mortality by 45% in communities in which Nets for Life distributed nets and provided education. Most helped are children under 5 years, the most susceptible to malaria.

The people at St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church made a positive difference in our world—and boosted the campaign’s bottom line!

Dear [St. Catherine’s,]

Many thanks for your recent gift for The School of Theology. With your support and that of other parishes that contribute to our mission and ministry, The School of Theology will continue to provide a formative, humane, and inspiring environment for students to grow in knowledge, wisdom, and faith. You are helping to lay foundations in lives given to God’s service. Bless you for this generosity. …Please keep the students, faculty and staff in your church’s prayers.

Yours faithfully,
J. Neil Alexander, Dean, School of Theology, University of the South

Letters have been received from Dr. Ike Rieghard, President and CEO of MUST Ministries, thanking St. Catherine’s for gifts of

  • $660.00 received January 14, and
  • $375.00 received January 29.


Save the date for these benefit events

  • Emmaus House Gala and Silent Auction – Sunday, April 28, 5-9 pm
  • MUST Ministries Annual Gala Dinner – May 11, 7 pm at the Georgia Aquarium


Health Tip: Reducing fat with your soup

From our Congregational Nurses

Looking for a good way to reduce the saturated fat content of soups and stews? Try refrigerating them overnight. Much of the fat will rise to the top of the cooled mixture and become solid. Then you can easily remove it with a slotted spoon.

Provided by HealthStart,



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

FOR THE SICK: Lee DeFore, Bill Falinski, Joan Unger, Doug Guedry, Lori Brown, Iris Phillips, Doug May, Angel Graham, Theodore Larson, Hector Quiles, Elinor Burson, Eleanor Thomason, Henry, Alycen Whiddon, Sherri Vann, Kellen Williams, Erna McGough, Marilyn May, Wendy Caulkins, Beth Gallant, Pam Brewer, Raymond Higgins, Steve Norford, Ashlee Wilson, Allen Jablonski, Jennifer, Harry, Crista & Harry Tear, Laurell Millirons, John Bowman, Bentley Bohannan, Colin Bowersox, Doris Samples, Tom Prosser, Clifford Kutzbach, Allison, Uncle Joe, Jesus, Phil’s family, Nell Taylor, Andrew Woods, Anne Whittle, Ted & Tina Dyer, Shelley Ransdell, Chuck & Frances Pettit, Emma Jean Moore, Bill & Virginia Chandler, Linda Logan-Smith, David Smith, Tom Thornley, Jolna Thomas, Tim Giese, Avery Bullard, Sharon, Mary Taylor, Elizabeth Horton, Carmen, Frances Short, Elizabeth Hannah, Rick May, Bob Pepper, Lauren Stafford, Dean Donald, Dick Dillenbeck, Chubby Rice, Kathi Eyerserbeck, Rob Warren, Ann Mitchem, Anna, Lynette Paff, Brinda Lovvorn, Risa Maier

DECEASED: Jim Gragg, Mit FitzSimons’ brother-in-law; William Hannum II, brother of the Rev. Chris Hannum; Robert William Richardson, Adam Moran’s grandfather; Mary “Wadie” Hardy, Nancy Denton’s “chosen aunt”; Carl Roberts, Susan Cromer’s brother-in-law

FOR THOSE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS: (3/2) Charlie Zimmerman, Millie Fey, Martin Michael, (3/3) Gary Parker, Elizabeth Lopez, (3/4) Mit FitzSimons, Ethan Cook, Becky Riney, Stephen Lee, Creed Smith, (3/5) Jim Dirksen, (3/6) Courtney Ragan, Nate Knife, (3/7) Owen Nesbit, (3/8) Travis Rader, Jessica Pierce, Jane Bird, Keith Dumke, Rachel Hutton, Jim Stephens, Lilli Buckalew, (3/9) Chris Kallas, John Garner, Anthony Wilson, (3/10) Erika Linstrom, Carol Crosslin, Bruce Heuke, Reghan Bishop, (3/11) Everett Hutto, (3/12) Emma Grace Lowry, (3/13) Brittany Rader, Jenna Gardiner, Dylan Farmer, (3/14) Rob Stuart, (3/15) Justin Motter, Karolyn Olliffe

ANNIVERSARIES: (3/4) Jeff & Alison Harris; (3/8) Woodie & Ralph Patrick

(3/3/13) Terry, Lezlie, Maghan, Sean & Dylan Degan; Eric, Deana & Scott DeLaBarre; Beverly & Jimmy Denney; Ken, Nancy & Julia Denton; Rod Deutscher, Carla von-Hoffmann, Nathan & Kevin Sluss
(3/10/13) Michael, Rebeccah & Riley Devault; Indiana & Camille Diaz; Stan & Dani Dickson, Steve & Kitty Diffley; Althea Dillard


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

St. Catherine's Calendar

Hold These Future Dates:

  • Sunday April 28: Rite 13 Ceremony at 8:45 service
  • Saturday, May 11: Stop Hunger Now event
  • Wednesday, May 15: Confirmation at St. Catherine’s with Bishop Wright, 7:00 pm
  • Sunday, May 19: Pentecost - Parish Picnic, worship times 7:30 & 10:30 am, last day of Church School
  • Sunday, May 26: Summer worship schedule begins - 8:00 am and 10:30 am
  • July 19-August 1: Vacation Bible School 9 am - 12 noon
  • August 30 – Sept. 2: Parish Retreat at Lake Logan Episcopal Center, North Carolina

Holy Baptism: next scheduled date - Sunday, May 19 (Pentecost)

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, 3/2 Saturday, 3/9


Adult Pilgrimage - Greece
Diocesan Ministry Fair
Jubilate Practice
Garden Keepers


CGS Level 1 Training
Garden Keepers

Sunday, 3/3 Sunday, 3/10


Holy Eucharist
Family Holy Eucharist/Jubilate
Church School
Holy Eucharist
Youth @ Common Ground
The Journey
Youth Confirmation Meeting


Hunger Walk
  @ Turner Field
Holy Eucharist
Family Holy Eucharist
Church School
Holy Eucharist
YF Game Night

Monday, 3/4 Monday, 3/11

Amma Susan's day off
Stephen Ministry
Boy Scout Troop 71


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

Tuesday, 3/5 Tuesday, 3/12


Lenten Eucharist/Study
Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Quarterly Ministry Teams

Lent Eucharist & Study
Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Youth Ministry
Wednesday, 3/6 Wednesday, 3/13


CN&D Meeting
WNL Dinner
Cursillo Reunion Group
Youth WNL
Lenten Series
Chancel Choir


WNL Dinner
Cursillo Reunion Group
Youth WNL
Lenten Series
Chancel Choir

Thursday, 3/7 Thursday, 3/14
Men’s Bible Study
Executive Committee
Preschool Lunch
Finance Meeting
Jubilate Practice
Men’s Bible Study
Friday, 3/8 Friday, 3/15
Fr. Jim's day off
Men’s Bible Study
Women’s Bible Study
Girl Scouts

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


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

Youth to join Church of the Common Ground March 3 & 17

What: St. Catherine’s Youth worshipping and sharing lunch with Church of the Common Ground
When: March 3 & 17; 12 noon until 3:00 PM
Where: Woodruff Park in downtown Atlanta (transportation provided from St. Catherine’s)
Why: “Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me… just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” - Matthew 25: 31-36

On two Sundays in March, our youth will have an opportunity to serve others, participate in a new and different worship experience, and meet some new people! We will take 2 adults and 8 youth each date to join with the Church of the Common Ground, which is “a worshiping community of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta which provides support for the spiritual, social, emotional and physical needs of Atlanta's unhoused men and women.” Each week, they hold Episcopal church services at Woodruff Park in Atlanta for the homeless. We will prepare bagged lunches, travel to Woodruff Park, worship with the congregants of the Church of the Common Ground, and then stay afterwards to share lunch and fellowship with them.

This is a wonderful opportunity for both service and fellowship, and is also one way by which we can live into Jesus’ call to “feed his sheep!” You can read more about the Church of the Common Ground at .


Youth Advisors Meeting Sunday, March 3

The new batch of Youth Advisors (2 representatives from each class) will meet during the last 5-10 minutes of the Church School hour this Sunday. If you have any thoughts, ideas, or suggestions for the Youth Program, please let your advisors know before then.


Confirmation class March 3

The first of our two “big” confirmation classes will be held Sunday, March 3, 6-8 PM in the Parish Hall, for all confirmands and their sponsors. Please be sure to have read chapter 4 (What Do We Believe?) in preparation.


Rite 13 Ceremony

Come celebrate with 16 members of our Rite 13 Class as they Journey to Adulthood:

  • Celebration Dinner – Saturday, April 27 at 6:30pm in the Parish Hall
  • The Celebration of Manhood and Womanhood Liturgy – At the 8:45am Service, Sunday April 28

Wheel schedule:

Next publications:

  • March 15
  • April 5
  • April 19

The Wheel is published two times per month on Fridays. 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

Subscribe to "CONNECTING" — Atlanta Diocesan eNews: Are you receiving CONNECTING, the weekly email news published by the Diocese of Atlanta? Each week it reports on events, classes, conferences, concerts, job offerings, clergy moves and much more from all around our diocese, plus a selection of news items from our national church. To begin receiving CONNECTING, go to the diocesan website at

Copyright 2013 St. Catherine's Episcopal Church
571 Holt Road, Marietta, Georgia 30068