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The Newsletter of
St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
March 16 - April 5
, 2013

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Concert: Coro Vocati
Cloudland hike
Lent series
Morning worship/study
Easter eggs/candy
Holy Week
Garden Keepers
Memorial Service
Ladies Night Out
Day of Service
Hands on
Welcoming Journey
Young Families
Parish retreat
Special Needs

Hunger Walk success
Elizabeth Inn
Family Promise
Outreach collection

Fashion show for CCYA

Kneeler dedication

Save the date
Health tip


Common Ground
Mission trip



3/19, 26 – Tuesday morning Eucharist & Study

3/13 – WNL Lenten Speaker Robert Certain

3/20 – WNL Lenten Speaker Bishop Whitmore

3/23 – Youth Mentor hike;
Concert: Coro Vocati

3/23-24 – Rite 13 Urban Plunge

3/26 –Elizabeth Inn Laundry Team

3/28 – Elizabeth Inn Dinner Team

See below for Holy Week & Easter schedules



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Abundance at Church of the Common Ground

By Mike Peterson, Youth Director

It was freezing. As the temperature continued to drop and the ferocity of the wind that whipped between the downtown Atlanta high-rises continued to rise, it became abundantly clear to me that I had grossly underestimated how cold of an afternoon it was going to be. Though I could barely feel the tips of my fingers, I squeezed the hands of the strangers next to me a little harder and strained to hear the voices of the people around me over the howling wind.

It was a Sunday afternoon in early March, and I was with a small group of St. Catherine’s youth and adults worshipping with the Church of the Common Ground, a parish in the Diocese of Atlanta composed predominantly of and for Atlanta’s homeless population. Each Sunday, Common Ground’s congregants gather in Woodruff Park to celebrate the Eucharist and are joined by groups that volunteer to bring 50-70 bag lunches and share in worship and fellowship with the Common Ground congregation.

This particular Sunday afternoon was incredibly cold and showed no signs of warming up any time soon. Throughout the first half of the service, one thought persistently resurfaced in my mind: “I get to climb into a warm van and go home when this is over. I don’t have to stay out in the cold. Most of these people are not so fortunate. These poor people!!” Then we joined hands and circled up as the worship service moved into the prayers of the people, and everyone was given an opportunity to share their prayers aloud. One congregant began to speak immediately, saying, “I want to thank the Lord for the abundance that He has given me…” Another quickly followed suit, thanking God for the blessings in his life. In place of spoken prayer, a third congregant began to sing, “Jesus loves me, this I know.”

I admit that I was astonished and a bit envious of a faith so strong. While I had been feeling sorry for these people, they were not wasting their time feeling sorry for themselves. While I was focused on what they did not have, they were thankful for what they were blessed with and what they could offer. They made their offerings to God and each other in the way that they greeted each newcomer, led worship songs together, prayed for each other, assisted with communion, read scripture aloud, shared their testimonies, and helped distribute the bag lunches we brought to everyone before taking any for themselves. To me, congregants of the Church of the Common Ground were an embodiment of our Lord’s promise to us: “Where two or three are gathered together, there I will be in the midst of them.”

I am still struck by that prayer, thanking God for abundance. I truly hope that it continues to reshape my perspective, that I will always rejoice in God’s abundance and seek to share it in all ways. In a time of year when we often focus on what we can give up, I pray to remain ever mindful of what I can simply give.

Concert at St. Catherine’s: Coro Vocati

Saturday, March 23
NOTE TIME: 7:30 pm

“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 in its Spring Concert, “The Sacred and Profane Part II,” with works by Bach, Hindemith, Elgar and more from its exciting series led by Artistic Director John Dickson of Louisiana State University.

The concert is free and the public is invited with open seating, no tickets needed. Come and be part of this very special evening. (Note that this concert begins at 7:30 pm, some earlier announcements of 8:00 pm were incorrect.)

Cloudland Canyon hike Saturday, March 23

The Youth Mentor group is planning a hike at Cloudland Canyon and invites all St. Cat's adults and teens to join us. We will meet at the church at 8 am and return by 5 pm. This is a fairly gentle hike except for a long series of stairs down to the waterfalls, and then a short climb back out to the outer rim. Each person should wear shoes with good tread (good running shoes should suffice) and bring a day pack, water and a lunch. Please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Hale Sanders, to let us know you’re coming.

Photo - on the last hike at Cloudland Canyon

Wednesday Lenten Series concludes March 20

Thank you to The Rev. Clairborne Jones, Executive Director and Vicar at Emmaus House, who was our guest speaker on March 6 with a great message about finding the proper perspective for outreach. She told us how we're not "doing good" for those we serve, rather we should be willing to be beside and walk in their path as we serve. March 13's speaker was The Rev. Robert Certain, Executive Director of the Military Chaplains Association and former Rector at St. Peter & St. Paul, Marietta. A retired Air Force Colonel and a POW during the Vietnam War, he brought his perspective on our fig tree parable theme.

"Looking For Fruit On This Fig Tree" concludes March 20 with our final speaker, The Rt. Rev. Keith B. Whitmore, Assistant Bishop of Atlanta. Bishop Whitmore has been in the news recently as the Candler School of Theology at Emory University named him director of its Episcopal Studies Program. Be sure to RSVP for dinner by Tuesday. Dinner is 6-7 pm, program 7-8 pm. We hope to see you there.

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."

Easter candy & eggs needed by March 20

We appreciate your donations of candy and empty plastic eggs for the annual Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Day (following 8:45 service).

  • 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.

Holy Week 2013

We invite you to set aside the demands of the everyday and join together with family and friends March 24-30 for Holy Week, 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.

  • Easter flowers and music donations needed by March 17 - 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). Donations are needed by Sunday, March 17 to be listed in our Easter bulletins.
  • There will be no Children’s Chapel and no Church School on Palm Sunday, March 24, or Easter Day, March 31. In addition, Children's Chapel will not meet on Sunday, April 7.
  • Palm Sunday readers needed -- A tradition of the church is for the congregation to read the Passion Gospel in parts during worship on Palm Sunday. March 24.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.
  • Office schedule -- The church office will be closed on Good Friday, March 29, and Easter Monday, April 1.
  • No meetings to be scheduled during Holy Week – 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 no church meetings should be scheduled during Holy Week, Palm Sunday through Good Friday.
  • Reflections - now through Easter Day -- Remember to read your Reflection of the Day on our website now through Easter Day from our collection of Lenten reflections written by our own St. Catherine's parishioners, available at


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)

  • Stations of the Cross March 26 and 29

The Stations of the Cross is a popular devotion used by individuals or groups who wish through prayer and reflection to follow Jesus Christ on his way to Calvary. It is one of the most important devotions honoring the passion of Jesus. A Way of the Cross for Children ages 7-12 will be held Tuesday, March 26, 6:30 pm, an interactive Stations designed to stimulate imaginations and help our children experience the walk through Holy Week. Guided Stations of the Cross will be held on Good Friday, March 29, with Outdoor Stations at 12:00 pm, and Indoor Stations at 6:30 pm.

  • Wednesday Healing Service March 27, 7:30 pm

“While Jesus was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at the table, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very costly ointment of nard, and she broke open the jar and poured the ointment on his head.” (Mark 14:3)

The mystery of the anointing with holy oil (holy unction) provides both physical and spiritual healing. The sacrament, with holy oil blessed by the Holy Spirit, is most commonly celebrated during Holy Week on Holy Wednesday evening. Everyone in the parish may be anointed with the holy oil for the healing of spiritual and bodily ills. The oil carries God's grace both to renew the body and to cleanse the spirit. The service follows the apostolic tradition mentioned in the New Testament: "...let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will save the sick man, and the Lord will raise him up; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven" (James 5:14-15). Holy unction is a mystery of great comfort to the faithful and integral to our journey through Holy Week to the new life of resurrection. It provides uplifting and asks for patience to accept the will of God whatever the physical outcome.

  • Rites of Reconciliation

Our clergy offer the opportunity for private confession during Holy Week. Holy Week is a great time to explore areas in our lives where forgiveness would be appropriate. Confessions are not restricted to times of sickness. They may be heard any time and anywhere. The Reconciliation of a Penitent, (Book of Common Prayer, pg. 446-452) is available for all. 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 or simply inquire about it, please contact Father Jim or Amma Susan by noon on Good Friday, March 29.

  • Maundy Thursday Service March 28, 7:30 pm

In this celebration Jesus sacramentally anticipates the gift he makes of himself on the cross. His command to serve others is dramatically recalled in the ceremony of the washing of the feet, which he performed for his disciples. Like the Paschal lamb, killed and eaten by the people, Jesus is a sign of God's salvation.

  • Maundy Thursday Prayer Vigil

He came and found them sleeping; and he said to Peter, ‘Simon, are you asleep? Could you not keep awake one hour? Keep awake and pray that you may not come into the time of trial; into temptation the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.’ And again he went away and prayed, saying the same words. And once more he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were very heavy; and they did not know what to say to him. He came a third time and said to them, Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? Enough! The hour has come; the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Get up, let us be going. See, my betrayer is at hand.’ (Mark 14:37-42)

Our custom is to keep Vigil with our Lord through the night from immediately following the Maundy Thursday liturgy until Morning Prayer on Good Friday at 9:00 AM. Security is in the building through the night. The sign up poster is in the foyer on the bulletin board next to the name tag kiosk, and there is no limit on the number who may come per time period. Please find a half-hour or hour period you can sit in prayer with Christ in his passion. Won't you spend one hour with your Lord?

  • Good Friday service March 29, 7:30 pm

These liturgies retell the story of that last day with a simple dignity and drama not seen at other times in the church. During this time we pray for the entire world asking that this powerful paschal mystery bring blessings to the world. According to ancient tradition, the cross is venerated this day, and the sacrament of Christ's love for his church is received. It is one of two days the Episcopal Church asks us to fast—the other is Ash Wednesday, therefore a fitting beginning and end to our Lenten journey.

  • Monastic Dinner following Good Friday service

We will gather a for an adult monastic dinner in the Parish Hall immediately following the Good Friday 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. Please RSVP by signing up on the Opportunties For Ministry form in your bulletin or by contacting the church office by Thursday, March 28 (770-971-2839).

  • Great Vigil of Easter March 30, 7:30 pm

Bring your favorite and loudest bells to this service. The Great Vigil is the high point celebrating the passion and resurrection of Jesus. It is the most beautiful of all liturgies – the queen of all festivals! With a rich display of symbol, liturgy and readings, the church expresses her faith in the mystery that brings her into being. The vigil opens with a service of light. The lighting of the fire and the Easter candle go back to time before Christianity. The candle, carried with loving reverence and lyrically praised, is a sign of Christ, "the light of the world," and celebrates the victory of light that humanity longs for. Next, a series of readings recalls the great interventions of God in history, from creation to the redemption of Israel from Egypt, and ends with the story of Jesus' resurrection. Those preparing for Baptism receive the sacraments of initiation. The blessed water signifies the blessing of new life. The great "alleluia" proclaims with quiet joy the triumph of God's Son. And finally, Rejoice! this night says to all creation as it brings before us the deepest symbols of our hopes and fears. The Word who made all things freshly proclaims God's promise of life. All creation celebrates God's love.

Easter Day – Sunday, March 31


6:30 am - Outdoor Sunrise Eucharist
7:30 am - Breakfast
8:45 am - Festival Family Eucharist
10 am - Reception + Easter Egg Hunt
     No Church School
11:15 am - Festival Choral Eucharist
12:45 pm - Reception

  • Rice Bowls Ingathering is Easter Day -- Remember, you can help make a difference in the lives of millions of kids worldwide! Use your plastic "rice" bowl to collect your spare change throughout Lent. Filled bowls are due back to the church during Holy Week, by Easter Day. Information about Rice Bowls is available on the website at
  • Flowering of the Cross – We invite all children to bring cut flowers to the 8:45 AM Easter morning worship service. It is our custom to flower the cross in front of the sanctuary just as the glorious worship service begins. Be sure to bring flowers for each child, and we always appreciate some extras for children who are visiting or simply forgot theirs in the rush of dressing in their Easter finery.
  • Easter Egg Hunt – The Easter Egg Hunt will be on Easter Day for children through 5th grade immediately after 8:45 service (about 10:00 am). We ask that parents be present and supervise their own children during the hunt. Young children (toddlers-2nd grade) meet under the Great Oak and older children (3rd-5th grade) meet in the downstairs atrium. Youth 6th grade and older may be helpers, please contact Mike Peterson,
  • Easter receptions - food/helpers needed – 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!
  • Easter parking helpers – Help provide all our members, newcomers and guests with that important initial welcome — we need three people before the 8:45 and the 11:15 services on Easter Sunday to direct traffic in our parking lot and people into the building. If you are able to arrive 30 minutes before either service to help, please contact Al Jones or sign up on the Opportunties For Ministry form in your bulletin.
  • Easter Communions – We invite you to let us know if you will not be able to be in church on Easter due to illness. The Church's tradition is to bring the communion of Sunday of the Resurrection to those unable to celebrate in the midst of the community of faith. Simply contact the office and we'll have one of our Eucharistic Visitors call to arrange a visit.

Garden Keepers - we finally caught a break

By Beverly Fambrough

After what seemed like weeks on end with weather cancellations, our volunteers were finally able to catch a break and on Saturday, March 9 we were able to bring about a huge transformation in the appearance to the church front entrance. A final clean-up from the ongoing pruning done during the week was performed and all of the clippings, load after load, were hauled to where we are dumping it. Then, the shrubbery beds were blown and raked to clean out years of accumulated leaves from the great oak tree. Once that was done, 63 bags of fresh cypress mulch was spread in the beds to give the front of the church a bright neat appearance.

All one has to do is look at where we started and the need to prune it all back to give it a controlled new beginning which will then be maintained by the Garden Keepers. Below are before and after pictures of a portion of the Admin Wing which demonstrates this. The entire front of the church was done. I want to thank all of the Saturday volunteers who worked so hard to make this happen. You were a hardworking great team in this endeavor: Shown below, left to right: Beverly Fambrough, Ron Brannock, Barb Selby, Susan Heuke, Karen Tindall, Elizabeth Lopez, Andrew Hutton and Donna Hutton.

Photos by Bill Fambrough

Workdays continue through March 30

Now… How can you help? There is much work remaining to be done and you can help by volunteering to come work with us any Saturday in March by filling out an Opportunities For Ministry form (in your bulletin) and drop it in the collection plate. If gardening is not your thing, then we welcome donations of mulch—there is a very small budget for this endeavor and we’re fast running through it. But if you will go to Home Depot and buy just one $2.00 bag of cypress mulch and bring it to church and drop it off on the Admin wing porch outside Amma Susan’s office window (see above photo) we can get the job done. We are going to need, at a minimum, 250 additional bags of mulch once we get more shrubbery beds pruned and cleaned. Each of you, by doing this, can participate in this badly needed renewal of our church grounds. Thanks to all of you.

Spring Memorial Service

Sunday, April 14, 5:00 PM

Our Memorial Service will be held to celebrate the lives of those we have lost since our last observance. Everyone is invited to join us at this beautiful service and support our parish members who have lost loved ones. The nursery will be available. A reception follows the service.

We greatly appreciate donations of finger foods for the reception—please bring them (prepared and ready to serve) to the kitchen prior to the service—as well as help with set up, serving and clean up. Thank you.

Ladies’ Night Out

Thursday, April 18

By Sally Powers

This time we won’t be stopped. Neither rain, sleet, snow or hail will stop our Ladies’ Night Out this time around. It’s back by popular demand – Ladies' Night Out! April is a great time to come out and make new friends and renew old friendships. All ladies are invited at 6:45 pm to the Parish Hall for dinner, Bunco (free lessons for those who don't know how to play!), and maybe some other easy games. This is such a good way to meet your fellow parishioners who attend a different service as well as to get to know some of our newcomers. Please bring a favorite appetizer, salad, or dessert to share. We try to end the evening by 9 pm since many of us have to get children off to school, get to work, etc. RSVP will be requested as we get closer to the date. Please contact Sally Powers ( if you have a card table you will be able to bring and/or a Bunco set or dice.

St. Catherine's Day of Service - Saturday, April 27

By Harriet Pyburn

The people have spoken and we are listening! Feedback from our Holy Conversations team indicated that parishioners would like to participate in more hands-on outreach opportunities. On Saturday, April 27, we have arranged service opportunities in the morning through United Way (to sort, inventory, and allocate shoeboxes for the 2013 Shoebox Project) and in the afternoon at MUST Ministries (to sort incoming items at their donation center). This is a great way to spend time with others from St. Catherine's while also giving back to our community. Ages 8 and up are welcome for the United Way project and ages 10 and up can volunteer at MUST Ministries. More details to come shortly!

If you are interested in one of these two opportunities, RSVPs are required. Please see the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Nancy Denton at 770-428-6058,

“Hands on St. Cat's”

Saturday, April 27

By Eleanore Pearson

In addition to the Day of Service, everyone is invited to help with an inside cleaning day at the church beginning at 9:00 a.m. More details coming soon.

"The Welcoming Journey" continuing

Did you follow along with our Greece pilgrims in Father Jim’s blog at The blog is a continuing journal of our journey together as the parish of St. Catherine’s, so be sure to check regularly for new entries— and we invite you to add your comments. You can subscribe to receive notification of new entries to the blog – use the RSS button on our website!

Photo - from the blog, on the Greece pilgrimage

Young Families events coming up

By Molly Banko and Jennifer Sherwood

  • Friday, April 26, 7 pm – Save the date for the annual wine tasting at the home of Nelson and Emily Gale.
  • Sunday, May 5, 2-4 pm – East Cobb Park playdate, ice cream social and Mother’s Day craft. Moms, please note that there will be a fashion show fundraiser beginning at 12:30 at the church – feel free to send the kids to the park with Dad and enjoy some girl time in the Parish Hall. Proceeds of the fashion show will benefit the Center for Children & Young Adults.

Parish Retreat - registration needed by April 28

By Fr. Jim+

Our Parish Retreat will be Labor Day weekend, August 30 - September 2. It will be 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. 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. It’s time now to begin registration.

The last date for registration will be April 28 and the final payment for the retreat will be due by July 21. You can pick up a form from church or get one from our website at We've 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.

Preschool registration - a few spaces left

Registration Day is over but we still have a few spots left open in all age groups. Please tell friends and new families in your neighborhood about our quality program for ages 1 to pre-K. We would be happy to show them around the preschool and answer any questions they may have. Tours are available every Wednesday and Thursday, 10 am to 12 noon with no appointment necessary. We will continue to register students throughout the spring and over the summer. Current information about all our classes, curriculum and tuition rates is available at

Vacation Bible School 2013

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 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 very soon!

Special Needs Ministry at St. Cat’s

"How do I do church with MY kid?" Are you a family with a special needs child and interested in receiving support, or are you aware of a family with such needs? Are you interested in being trained as a one-on-one buddy for individuals needing such assistance? Please sign up on the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulleting or contact Natalie Whitlow,, 770-998-1259. We look forward to hearing from you.


Hunger Walk 2013 – way to go, St. Catherine’s!

By Connie Bergeron, St. Catherine's Hunger Walk Team Captain

Thank you so much! Through your generous contributions and your participation, you helped make the 2013 Hunger Walk/Run the most successful in the race's 29-year history. On a beautiful, sunny afternoon at Turner Field, your enthusiasm, energy, and incredible support made it shine even brighter. More than 15,000 people came out to run and walk in a breathtaking display of community togetherness, with approximately 30 walkers and runners from St. Catherine's, and collectively the Walk/Run logged a whopping 75,000 kilometers to take a stand against hunger in our community. That's the equivalent of walking around the world almost twice!

You also put your money where your feet were to help provide meals for hungry children, seniors, and families across metro Atlanta and north Georgia. The tally is still coming in, and St. Catherine's has currently logged $1,795 in donations through the St. Cat's Team web site. St. Cat's is one of the top donor churches, and special commendation to Lisa Johnston who, in her very first year of doing the Hunger Walk, raised $345 from family and friends.

Donations still accepted - through March 31

Please note: There's still time to make a gift that fights hunger. Online and offline donations will be accepted through Saturday, March 31. If you wanted to make a donation, we welcome your clicking on the link below and then on "Support St. Catherine's Episcopal" to donate by credit card:

Thank you again for taking the next step to ensure no one has to go hungry in our community. We hope to see you again next year when Hunger Walk/Run marks its 30th Anniversary! It'll be a celebration you won't want to miss!

Some of the St. Cat's team plus Bishop Wright
send greetings to our Greece pilgrims
Lisa Johnston, Althea Dillard, Connie Bergeron
celebrating finishing in front of the ECF tent

More Elizabeth Inn thanks

By Tracy Buckalew and Connie Bergeron

The monthly Elizabeth Inn dinner on February 28 was not hosted by a group but the sign up was quickly filled by generous Saint Catherine's individuals. Thanks to Sally and Mark Moore, Carol and Alan Fey, Karen Blakey, Lisa Johnston, Karen Manno, and Harriett Pyburn for your gifts of food and service. Saint Catherine's is committed to feeding the guests of MUST's Elizabeth Inn on the 28th of each month. In addition we assist with Laundry Team on the fourth Tuesday AND fifth Wednesday, and breakfast on the fourth Wednesday.

There are still several unclaimed months to do dinner. If you are a member of any group at St. Cat’s please consider encouraging your group to adopt a month. If your group has already sponsored a month for 2013, THANK YOU!

Monday, January 28 - Altar and Flower Guilds
Thursday, February 28 - individual volunteers
Thursday, March 28 - available
Sunday, April 28 - Daughters of the King
Tuesday, May 28 - Youth
Friday, June 28 - Parish Life ministry
Sunday, July 28 - Altar and Flower Guilds
Wednesday, August 28 - Youth
Saturday, September 28- available
Monday, October 28 - Daughters of the King
Thursday, November 28- available
Saturday, December 28- available

For Dinner Team please contact Connie Bergeron (, 404-819-0891) or Tracy Buckalew ( For Laundry Team contact Fred Massey, For Breakfast Team please see sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Father Jim.

Family Promise making progress

By Hale Sanders - Secretary, Family Promise of Cobb County

Family Promise of Cobb County continues to move ahead. We have identified an opening date of September 1 when we will “open our doors’ to serve the homeless families. As a reminder, Family Promise of Cobb County (FPCC) will provide short-term shelter for screened homeless families at the participating churches for one week every quarter. This will only be between the hours of 6 pm and 6 am for that week that they stay with us. During the day, the families will be moved to the Day Center which is now projected to be a building in northwest Cobb called the Cantrell House. A Day Center Director will work with the adults to obtain long-term housing and employment, if needed. The school-aged children will be bussed to their school. During the week that they stay with us, we will prepare hot meals for the families each evening, and two volunteers will need to spend the night in the Youth House with the families.

Here are some other recent areas of progress:

  • Our website is now “live” with much thanks going to Ben Frost who developed it in a team effort with our FPCC Vice President Eileen Collins. The address is . Please go and check it out.
  • We are still at seven congregations who have signed the commitment letter to participate for one year. In addition to us, there are three Methodist, one Presbyterian, one Catholic, and one Unitarian church. More importantly, there are five churches which are very close to signing. We are confident we will reach our goal of 13 hosting congregations by early summer.
  • While we have received several contributions from individuals and participating churches, our total revenue to-date is just under $10,000 versus our goal for opening our doors of $50,000. Our funding timeline projects that we will reach this goal in September.
  • The National Family Promise organization is holding their annual conference here in Atlanta at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Buckhead on May 3-5. Andrew Young will be the keynote speaker on Friday night and the founder Karen Olson will be speaking Saturday morning. We are looking forward to this exciting opportunity to connect with other FP affiliates and learn about their experiences.

If anyone has any questions feel free to contact me or our President, Fred Massey. I will update you every couple of months in The Wheel as we progress towards our September opening date.

Next meeting: Thursday, April 25 at Mt Zion UMC

Items needed for MUST & Emmaus House

By Harriet Pyburn

Our Outreach collection bins are seasonally targeted 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.

"Springtime in Paris" to benefit CCYA

Sunday, May 5, 1:00 pm

By Lee Ann Sherry

Join us for a preview of Spring Fashions from Cabi & Lisa Spessard, plus a Luncheon & Silent Auction with all proceeds to benefit the Center for Children & Young Adults (CCYA). Tickets will be $15 and will be available at church. Donations of gently used men’s and women’s career & special occasion clothing for the CCYA "Dress for Success" Closet and donations of birthday items (cake mixes, decorations, paper products) for the "Fragile Kids Birthday Bash Basket" Program will be collected. Please contact Lee Ann Sherry at 770-815-5299 or for more information.


Dedication of The Good Shepherd kneeler

By Beverly Fambrough

On Sunday, February 10 at the 11:15 AM service, the tenth completed kneeler was dedicated and placed at position #17 at the altar. “The Good Shepherd” kneeler was sponsored by Diane and Hale Sanders in memory of Diane’s sister, Elaine Stergiou. The Good Shepherd was stitched by Courtney Shillington and represented the third full size kneeler she has completed. Courtney is currently working on her fourth kneeler. Father Jim conducted the dedication by reading passages from the Gospel according to John. The kneeler was blessed and then placed in its designated position.

Photos by Bill Fambrough

Seen around St. Cat's

Photos by Connie Bergeron


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

The Bible miniseries

The History Channel is featuring a new 10-part television miniseries bringing to life The Bible, from Genesis to Revelation. It began March 3 and runs Sundays at 8 pm. For information visit


Health Tip: Pumped-up poultry contains more sodium

From our Congregational Nurses

Most people know that processed foods are often loaded with sodium. But you may be surprised to learn that some packages of uncooked "100 percent natural" skinless boneless chicken breasts contain a fair amount of sodium too. Processors often inject poultry with up to a 15-percent solution of saltwater or chicken broth to "enhance flavor and tenderness." A 4-ounce portion can contain 180 to 320 milligrams of sodium compared to 40-75 milligrams of sodium in the same size "unenhanced" portion. Look for the sodium content on the Nutrition Facts panel if you're watching your sodium or salt intake.

Source: United States Department of Agriculture. 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, Angel Graham, Theodore Larson, Hector Quiles, Elinor Burson, Eleanor Thomason, Henry, Alycen Whiddon, Sherri Vann, Kellen Williams, Marilyn May, Wendy Caulkins, Beth Gallant, Pam Brewer, Steve Norford, Ashlee Wilson, Allen Jablonski, Jennifer, Laurell Millirons, John Bowman, Bentley Bohannan, Colin Bowersox, Doris Samples, Tom Prosser, Clifford Kutzbach, Allison, 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, Lauren Stafford, Dean Donald, Dick Dillenbeck, Chubby Rice, Kathi Eyerserbeck, Rob Warren, Ann Mitchem, Anna, Lynette Paff, Brinda Lovvorn, Risa Maier, Doug May, Jo Stegall, Ann Smith, Taryn Nienaber, Agnes Floyd, Lisa McRae, Ken Proefrock

BEFORE SURGERY: Raymond Higgins, 3/15

DECEASED: Dottie Selman, added by Susan Cromer; Tim Denison, former co-worker of Fred Lopez; Robert S. Burkholder, Stephanie & Scott Burkholder’s grandfather

FOR THOSE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS: (3/16) Joyce Hendricks, Meg Boyd, Timothy Carswell, Josh McLean, Linda Smith, Michael Kerr, (3/17) Dashiell Lee Snape, (3/18) Marc Rader, Bruce Miner, (3/19) Zach Ladner, Amy Mikkelsen, (3/20) Dale Edwards, Ryan Blakey, Barb Selby, Ron Brannock, Raymond Ban, Briana Selby, Lisa Scheidt, Lani Brooks, Laura Turner, (3/21) Amanda Jones, Norma Alexander, Michael Devault, (3/22) Susan Heuke, April Studley, Anthony Pepper, Claire Paglia, Rachel Miner, (3/25) Bradley McGhee, (3/26) Chris Potter, Alan Certain, Zachary Ladner, Tad Travis, Thomas reeves, George Campbell, (3/27) Randy Satterfield, (3/28) Marilyn May, Sybil Coote, (3/29) Forrest Tuemmler, Catherine Moore, Alison Gale, (3/30)Marilyn Whitlow, Siena Glidewell, (3/31) Tate Phillips, (4/1) Lucas Cardona, (4/2) Tom Snead, Bart Kareken, Walt McGill, Linda Langston, (4/3) Steve Diffley, Ralph Patrick (4/4) Andrew Boyd, Danielle Yucius, (4/5) Monica Kraeger, Jett Mikkelsen

ANNIVERSARIES: (3/24) Chuck & Jan Severs; (4/4) Tim & Therese Braman

(3/17/13) Michael, Emily & Alex Dillson; Lou, Jeanette & Emily Dini, Phillip & Alex Roberts; Laurie, Jim, Matthew & Michael Dirksen; Tom, Maureen, Kelly & Erin Donoghue; Daniel, Peter & Jake Drahushuk, Lisa Billars
(3/24) Keith, Lu, Jillian & Mitch Dumke; Tad, Sarah, Allison & Coleman Dupuis; Erica Edwards; Jada, James, Cody & Larry Ellis; Kelly & Jeff Ely

TRANSFERRED OUT: Dina Crystal McMichael and Chandler, Preston & Tyler Parker to Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church, 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:

  • 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, 3/16 Saturday, 3/23


Altar Bread Making
Cats on Wheels @
   Johnnie MacCracken’s


Journey Retreat
Mentor Hike @ Cloudland
Rite 13 Urban Plunge
Coro Vocati Concert

Sunday, 3/17 Sunday, 3/24


Holy Eucharist
Family Holy Eucharist
Church School
Holy Eucharist
Youth @ Common Ground
The Journey


Holy Eucharist
Liturgy of the Palms + HE
No Church School
Liturgy of the Palms + HE

Monday, 3/18 Monday, 3/25

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


Amma Susan's day off
Boy Scout Troop 713

Tuesday, 3/19 Tuesday, 3/26


Lent Eucharist & Study
Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting/Lunch
Adult Ed.
Vestry Meeting

Lent Eucharist & Study
Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
MUST Laundry Team
Children’s Stations of the Cross
Wednesday, 3/20 Wednesday, 3/27


Bible Study
WNL Dinner
Cursillo Reunion Group
Youth WNL
Lenten Series
Chancel Choir


MUST Breakfast
Bible Study
Holy Eucharist + Healing Service

Thursday, 3/21 Thursday, 3/28
Prayer Group
Men’s Bible Study
Elizabeth Inn
Maundy Thursday Liturgy
All-night Prayer Vigil
Friday, 3/22 Friday, 3/29
Fr. Jim's day off
Men’s Bible Study
Women’s Bible Study

Fr. Jim's day off
Office & Preschool Closed
Men’s Bible Study
Morning Prayer
Women’s Bible Study
Stations of the Cross (outdoor)
Stations of the Cross (indoor)
Good Friday Liturgy
Monastic Supper


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

Youth to join Church of the Common Ground March 17

On Sunday, March 17, you will have an opportunity to serve others, participate in a new and different worship experience, and meet some new people! Those of us who participated on March 3 really enjoyed it and got a lot out of it; just ask any of us about it! We will be taking a group 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. On March 17, we will prepare bagged lunches at St. Catherine’s right after Church School, travel to Woodruff Park for the service at 1:00 PM, worship with the congregants of the Church of the Common Ground, and then stay afterwards to share lunch and fellowship with them before heading back up to St. Cat’s. We should be back by 3:00 PM. If you would like to join in, please let me know as soon as possible. You can read more about the Church of the Common Ground here:

Photo - After the first trip to Church of the Common Ground on March 3 (by Mike Peterson)


Youth Lock-In on April 19

We will be holding a lock-in open to all youth (friends are welcome) on Friday, April 19. This lock-in will be largely planned and led by the juniors and seniors of the YA Class, so you know it’s going to be good! More information to come soon!


Sign up now for Mission Trip to Washington DC, June 1-8

Sign up for the DC Mission Trip is now open! This trip is open to all of our age group, including just-graduated seniors. We will be working in DC through an organization called the Center for Student Ministries (CSM). Here is an exciting description from the folks at CSM of what we’ll be doing:

You will be serving in the city! Each day you will work at and learn about different service organizations in Washington. Some of the sites will be more labor intensive, with specific work projects that are assigned. Others will focus on relational ministry, such as listening to someone’s life story or playing with children. Most often, it will be a blend of the two. Each night you will get a taste of the various cultures represented in Washington as you dine at some of the best family-owned ethnic restaurants in town. Finally, we finish off each day with “debriefing” in which we reflect on your experiences with discussion and Bible study.

We will be working and staying with the CSM from Sunday until Friday, with one extra night before and afterwards in the DC area for some extra fun! The cost of the trip will be $300, which will cover all transportation, lodging, and meals (excluding meals on the road and any special outings). Please note that confidential scholarship is available to any who need it. To reserve your spot, please turn in a deposit of $150 to Mike Peterson no later than Sunday, April 21.

Wheel schedule:

Next publications:

  • April 5
  • April 19
  • May 3

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.

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

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