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
May 18 - June 7
, 2013

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St. Catherine's home


Clergy Letter


Parish picnic
Book Scholarship Fund
Cats On Wheels
Stephen Ministry program
Summer worship schedule
Finance update
Pilgrimage survey
Ministry teams quarterly
Breakfast Angels
Newcomer breakfast
Adult catechesis
Office hours
Council delegates
Favorite hymns
Great Oak Fund RFP
Preschool camp

Couponing challenge
Summer Lunches
Stop Hunger Now
Outreach focus: May

Fellowship congrats
Bracelet found
Photos - Confirmation, Concert
Ministry focus

Job opening
Health tips


Pool party
Dinner team
Mission trip
Summer youth group
VBS leaders
Confirmation pics



5/18 – Stephen Ministry program;
Cats On Wheels @ Pasta Bella

5/19 – Pentecost;
Worship at 7:30 & 10:30 only;
Church School last day 9 am;
Parish Picnic;
Graduates recognized;
Youth Pool Party

5/26 – Summer worship schedule begins: 8:00 & 10:30 am

5/27 – Memorial Day;
Office closed

5/28-30 – Staff planning retreat;
Office closed

5/28 – Elizabeth Inn Dinner Team & Laundry Team

5/29 – Elizabeth Inn Laundry Team

6/1-8 – Youth mission trip - Washington DC

6/3-7 – Preschool summer camp

6/4 – Quarterly Ministry Teams meeting

6/8 - Cats On Wheels @ Peach Festival

6/9 – Newcomer & visitor coffee; Adult Catechesis begins

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It only takes a spark…

By Amma Susan+

When I was a Girl Scout, many years ago, one of the things we learned at camp was how to start a fire from scratch. We made fuzz sticks with our pocket knives and found the smallest bits of tinder, then struck a match and touched it to the little pile of gathered leaves and twigs. Then kneeling down, we gently blew until the smoking tinder burst into flame. It only took one spark to get that fire going, and our breath fanned the spark into a flame that spread until everyone was warmed by the glow of that fire.

Something like that happened on the feast of Pentecost. It was 50 days after Easter. The fearful disciples were hiding behind locked doors, gathered together in prayer, their hearts open to God, like so much tinder. Then suddenly, the breath of God blew through that place, filling them to bursting with the Holy Spirit, fanning their hearts into flame seen as tongues of fire resting on each one there. The flame of that all empowering, loving spirit of God cast out their fear and those disciples spilled out into the crowded city streets of Jerusalem, proclaiming to anyone who would listen the wonderful works of God that they had known in Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. On that day, 5,000 people became believers in the Lord Jesus. The Pentecost spark of God’s spirit enkindled a flame that day, giving birth to the church and it lives on in each one who has been touched by Christ’s love.

The spark of God’s love and the life-giving breath of the Holy Spirit are alive and with us today. As I write, 20 young men and women from the Young Adult and Journey to Adulthood classes and 12 adults from The Journey have felt their hearts kindled by that holy flame and are being presented on May 15 to Bishop Wright to renew their baptismal vows through confirmation, reception or reaffirmation of their faith. The glow from the flame enkindled within them will spread the love of God to everyone they encounter. That’s just how it is with God’s love. As the song goes: “It only takes a spark to get a fire going, and soon all those around can warm up in its glowing.” It only takes a spark; come Holy Spirit, come.

Day of Pentecost - Sunday, May 19

  • TWO WORSHIP TIMES ONLY this day: 7:30 am and 10:30 am
  • Remember to WEAR RED or other bright, "fiery" colors
  • Church School at 9:00 am — Last Day
  • Graduates recognized at both services
  • Parish Picnic follows 10:30 am service

The Day of Pentecost is a day of baptism and we will each renew our baptismal vows. We will hear the story from the Acts of the Apostles in as many different languages we can muster so we can experience the “amazement and perplexity” of the event. Our great oak will be adorned with wind socks in fiery colors and as they catch the breeze we are reminded of our call to set the world on fire with our faith. In addition we will recognize all our graduates from preschool through post-graduate (see the list below in this newsletter). Then, join us after the 10:30 service with our Parish Picnic!


Parish Picnic

Come celebrate the start of summer with a picnic! Join us immediately after the 10:30 service (about 12 noon) to enjoy hamburgers, hot dogs and all the fixin’s, plus a bounce house for children. No tickets or reservations are needed. Donations go to benefit the St. Catherine's College Book Scholarship Fund (see details below). Help is needed for set up, cooking and clean up for the picnic, please contact Frank Adams at 404-877-2993 or if you would like to volunteer.


College Book Scholarship Fund at the Parish Picnic and beyond

St. Catherine’s awards college book scholarships to our rising college freshman. The Fund began as the Dorothy Hanson Memorial Fund and is funded each year by gifts plus proceeds from the Parish Picnic. To date, we have presented 102 scholarships for a total of $19,650. However, income to the Fund has not kept up with the growing youth program. At this time we are able to give small scholarships (and even that may not be possible after 2013), but with additional gifts we hope to expand it.

We hope you will be generous when you attend the Parish Picnic on May 19 and make a contribution. You may also consider an outright gift (tax deductible) by writing a check to St. Catherine’s and designate it for "College Book Scholarship Fund." Please keep the fund, its purpose and future, and the young people who benefit from it in your prayers.

Cats On Wheels is busy!

Saturday, May 18 at Pasta Bella / Saturday, June trip to Peach Festival

Cats On Wheels' next odd-month, pay-your-own luncheon will be 11:30 am at Pasta Bella Family Grill, 3696 Austell Road, Marietta, GA 30008. For menus and directions see the website at RSVP to Alan Certain, or 404-661-2200 so we can save seating for everyone.

Mark your calendars now for next month's activity, a day trip to the Georgia Peach Festival in Fort Valley on Saturday, June 8. Contact Alan Certain as above to get on the mailing list now and watch for our annual restaurant and activity forecast and and Savannah Survey. Cats On Wheels is our fellowship group for active senior adults, please join us.

Stephen Ministry program: "Focus on Addiction"

Saturday, May 18, 9 am - noon

By Amy Morris

Please join St. Catherine's Stephen Ministry for our next continuing education program,"Focus on Addiction," on Saturday, May 18, 9 am - 12 pm in the Parish Hall. We will present a short video by Brene Brown, followed by speakers recovering from addiction and healthcare professionals that work with addiction issues. Anyone interested in learning more about the process of addiction, recognizing, coping with or living with loved ones who are addicts is invited for this free program. Light snacks will be provided.

Worship times change starting Sunday, May 26

Starting May 26 we move to our summer Sunday schedule:

  • 8:00 am - Holy Eucharist Rite II
  • 10:30 am - Holy Eucharist Rite II
  • Coffee available 7:30-8:00 am in the Parlor
  • Breakfast by Breakfast Angels served 9:00-9:45 am in the Parish Hall
  • Lemonade Brigade offers refreshments under our great oak following 8:00 & 10:30 services

Finance update

By Steve Pyburn

Please see the chart below for an update on our pledge revenue through the month of April. I have added two columns to this chart vs. the one I shared in April’s newsletter. They are labeled “March #” and “March Projection” to the far right of the table. These columns reflect the projected revenue from last month’s analysis so you can easily see how we’re doing as a congregation.
[Click chart to enlarge]

As you can see, our projected revenue has actually decreased slightly since last month. While 3 more families have fulfilled their entire 2013 pledge (thank you!), and 3 families that had not yet contributed a 2013 pledge before April did so last month (thank you, too!), 11 families that were on pace for their 2013 pledge last month are no longer on pace. The net effect of these changes is that we are now projecting a revenue deficit of approximately $23k this year.


Coming soon: Monthly statements via email

In an effort to give everyone more personalized, real-time information on how they are doing vs. their 2013 pledge commitment, we will start sending you monthly pledge statements. And in order to keep our costs down, we will start sending out these pledge statements via email in June using the email address we have on file for everyone. If you would like us to email your pledge statement to an alternate email address, please contact Communications Director Karen Manno as soon as possible, Also, if you cannot receive email and need to continue receiving a paper statement, please notify Karen, Parish Administrator Rosemary Wolfe, or anyone on the Vestry. And if you have any questions about the numbers above, as always, please feel free to reach out to me directly or anyone on the Vestry.

Adult Pilgrimage – your opinion wanted

By Father Jim

We are in the early stages of planning for our next Adult Pilgrimage in 2015 and we’d like your input. We’ve assembled a survey and we invite anyone to fill it out and return it to Father Jim through the mail, email, alms basin, or any other way you might want to deliver it. We want to plan a pilgrimage that meets your needs, understanding that we are a diverse congregation with diverse needs and opinions. We’ll do our best to collate the information, draw some conclusions and share it with you. Thank you for taking the time to fill one out.

Download and print the survey now at You’ll also find a stack of the surveys on the resource table at the top of the atrium stairs.

Ministry Teams Quarterly Meeting

Tuesday, June 4, 7 pm

Attention: all committees, groups and ministry teams— Be sure to have a representative at this meeting at 7 pm in the Parish Hall. We will have important discussions of our goals for the coming year. Everyone who is interested in ministry at St. Catherine’s is invited to attend.

2013-2014 calendars due from all ministries ASAP!

Make sure room space, resources and publicity will be available for you! Your St. Catherine’s staff will have a calendaring meeting starting May 28 to plan out the coming year from June 2013 through May 2014. We need to know of ALL meetings and events for all St. Catherine’s ministries, groups and committees—tentative and confirmed, one time or on-going. Please send information to Rose Wolfe, right away.

Summer Breakfast Angels: Calling all cooks

By Margaret Shaw

The Breakfast Angels invite you to be a "guest cook" for our summer schedule. We are looking for some cooks (or chefs!) who would like to join a Breakfast Angels team & cook breakfast for one or more Sundays during June and July. You won't be flying solo—we'll match you up with a seasoned Breakfast Angel team and provide menu, supplies, information, and support.

If you've been interested and/or want to participate in this fun and rewarding ministry, this is a great opportunity to give it a try without making a long-term commitment. Please fill out the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Margaret Shaw, for more information!

Newcomer/Visitor Breakfast: All are welcome

Sunday, June 9, 9:15-10:15 am

By Bettye Harris

We invite all newcomers and visitors and their families to be our guests for breakfast at 9:15 am in the Parish Hall (between the 8:00 am and 10:30 am services). This is a social as well as informative gathering with conversation about our programs, services and ministries. Clergy and lay leaders will be present to answer questions. Feel free to bring a friend. No reservations needed, please come!

We hope all parishioners will join us, too, and help us extend a warm welcome. Breakfast prices for parishioners are still $3.00 for adults and $2.00 for kids. Please contact Bettye Harris (678-463-7827), Jay Hendricks (678-520-3667), or Ann Snead (678-795-9508) if you can assist or if you have questions.

Adult Catechesis – Coming this summer!

By Lisa Cook

We are excited to proclaim that we will be offering catechesis for adults this summer on the following Sundays: June 9, 16, 23, 30 and July 14 and 21. All adults in the parish are welcome to join us. We will meet in the parlor from 9:15am – 10:15am. Childcare will be offered as needed. Using the materials the children use in the atria, you’ll have the opportunity to explore your relationship with God and some of the foundational themes of our Christian beliefs.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd has been offering spiritual formation to our children at St. Catherine’s for 12 years and we are thrilled to have this opportunity available for adults. We look forward to seeing you. Grab a cup of coffee and join us!

Office hours schedule

The church office will be closed the following days:

  • Monday, May 27 for the Memorial Day holiday
  • Tuesday, May 28 through Thursday, May 30 for the staff planning retreat

Diocesan Council delegates needed

The Vestry will elect five lay delegates to represent St. Catherine's at this year's Diocesan Council. Delegates must be confirmed communicants of St. Catherine’s in good standing, meaning that they “pray, work, and give for the spread of God’s Kingdom” on a regular basis. The Council will be held November 8-9 at Holy Innocents Episcopal Church in Atlanta. Delegates are required to attend all meetings in the given year including pre-council convocation meetings.

Applications are due by August 18. If you are interested in serving this important role please check the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Fr. Jim.

Favorite hymns wanted for summer

A tradition at St. Catherine’s is to sing favorite hymns during worship in the summer months. Please send us your hymn requests -- doesn't matter what season they are from, but please be sure they are in our blue hymnal (The Hymnal 1982). Please fill out the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin with suggestions of your favorites (title and hymn number), and we will schedule as many as possible.

Vacation Bible School -- register now

Mornings, July 29 - August 1

By Harriett Pyburn

Our theme for this summer's Vacation Bible School is “Kingdom Rock,” where our kids will develop a rock-solid faith as they discover how to stand strong for God in every part of their lives! Kingdom Rock VBS is an epic adventure which shows kids that God’s love and power are not just fairytales. Our days will be filled with music, games, stories, and imagination.

The dates will be Monday through Thursday, July 29 - August 1, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Children from age 4 to rising 5th grade are welcome. Space is limited so register soon -- the cost is $30 per child and includes a t-shirt. After June 30th the cost will be $35 per child. For an additional $5, you can get an early copy of the ever-popular music CD. Registration forms are available in the foyer or preschool, or download a form from our website at

Plenty of volunteers needed — particularly Youth!

Now is the time to sign up! Youth who are interested in being Group Leaders (middle and high school) or Junior Helpers (rising 5th graders), please contact Harriett Pyburn, Adult help is needed as well.

Great Oak Endowment Fund: RFP deadline is June 1

The Great Oak Endowment Fund of St. Catherine’s was established to assist the parish in fulfilling its mission beyond ministries supported through annual operating funds. The Endowment Fund Board allocates a percentage of the endowment each year to fund proposals in one of three areas: capital needs of the parish; outreach ministries and grants; or initiation of new ministries or special one-time projects. For this inaugural year for funding, $1,000 is available to fulfill one or more project requests from the parish in these areas. Any parishioner wishing to make a proposal should first contact the convener of the ministry team most closely aligned with the proposed project. The deadline for proposals for the 2013 cycle is June 1. For complete details of requirements please pick up a copy of the RFP document at church or download one now at For more information about the fund or the proposal process, please contact Senior Warden Bill Lee or Junior Warden Elizabeth Lopez.

Preschool Summer Camp Week

For ages 3 – rising 2nd grade

The St. Catherine’s Preschool Summer Camp is open to parishioners, too. Join us for a fun-filled, farm-themed week of camp in the same loving environment that our Preschool is known for. The Preschool teachers will be staffing the camp. The camp is June 3-7, 10:00 am to 1:30 pm, for ages 3 through rising 2nd graders. Cost is $130.00 per child. Registration forms are available in the preschool or on our website at


Couponing challenge

By Harriett Pyburn

Recently, I was forwarded an inspiring article about two women who volunteer for MUST Ministries. In addition to their hours of service, they pride themselves in making the most of their food donations through couponing. Each woman decided to spend $5/week and scout local store and manufacturer coupons to stretch their dollars. Previously overlooked coupons for canned meat suddenly turned into big time donations to MUST Ministries, and the women were hooked. I have to admit, I am not a couponer myself, but I do love a challenge. Reading this article really got me to thinking—why don’t I do that?

As a parent of two elementary-aged boys, I decided to take it a step further – Connor and Bryce are joining my couponing team! It’s a no-brainer, really. During summer, I am always looking for ways to a) avoid boredom; b) keep my kids’ brains working without them realizing they are doing schoolwork, and c) get them to go to the grocery store without complaining. Enter the 2013 Summer Couponing Challenge! Each week, we are going to scout our coupon options (think: Reading! Math! Fine Motor Skills from cutting!) and then head to the store with a five dollar bill in our hands and MUST on our minds. What will happen? Well, we’re not quite sure yet, but I can already tell you that we have had some really amazing conversations about poverty and privilege and lending a helping hand in discussing our couponing plans. Connor and Bryce are excited, and so am I.

Young families, savvy shoppers, and those who just enjoy a challenge—why don’t you join us? Let’s keep filling those barrels for MUST Ministries this summer!

MUST Summer Lunch dates announced

Wednesday, June 12 and Wednesday, June 26

By Jennifer Masssey

Please join us to help make 1000 lunches for the MUST Ministries Summer Lunch Program. We will meet each date in the Parish Hall starting at 10:00 AM. How you can help:

  • Help with the purchase of the items needed (below)
  • Donate corrugated boxes to transport the assembled lunches
  • Join us on one or both of our workdays to make sandwiches and pack lunch bags

Items donations – all items below are gratefully accepted (in all we’ll need to collect 1,000 of each):

  • Salty snacks—individual packs of pretzels or chips
  • Sweet snacks—individual packs of fruit snacks, fruit cup, or applesauce
  • Juice Boxes

Thousands of children who normally eat free and reduced cost lunches at school are home during the summer with little or no food. Most are children of minimum wage workers who must leave their young ones in the care of a neighbor or older child. This critical situation is overcome in part with the effective MUST Summer Lunch Program. Every weekday for 10 weeks, sack lunches are packed and hand delivered to targeted locations suggested by school counselors throughout the area where staff, volunteers and donors bring daily meals to grateful child! Bartow, Cherokee, Cobb, Douglas, Gwinnett, North Fulton, Paulding, and Pickens counties are all in the Summer Lunch network. For more information about this program go to: .

Sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Jennifer Massey to volunteer, get additional information: / 404.375.8327.

Stop Hunger Now – over 11,000 meals!

Thank you to everyone who made donations and who came out on May 11 to help package 11,082 meals to feed under-nourished school children all over the world!

Photos by Connie Bergeron and Ellis Kilgore -- see lots more (full size) on the youth Facebook page at Stop Hunger Now May 2013 .

Outreach collections for May

  • MUST Ministries: Our May food focus is Peanut Butter.  Of course all non-perishable food items, baby supplies (e.g., diapers), and toiletries will be accepted. With school ending and children being home in the summer, this is a critical need!
  • Communities in Schools: New and like-new books for Cobb County students. Did you know that some homes in Cobb County do not have a single book? Please help us spread the joy of reading.
  • Communities in Schools:  Men's belts are in high demand.  If you have any extras laying around, please bring them in!
  • In addition, we collect maternity, work and professional clothing year-round.

Collection bins are located to the left of the main sanctuary doors across from the parlor. If you have any questions or suggestions for future seasonal collections, please contact Harriett Pyburn,


Fellowship Team – Congratulations and thank you!

A VERY BIG THANK YOU to Eleanore Pearson and Pat Pepper, the outgoing conveners of the Fellowship Ministry. CONGRATULATIONS to the new conveners of this team, Shirley Childs and Jennifer Massey. The activities of the Fellowship Ministry are central to the life of our parish and we appreciate all you do!

Bracelet found

A bracelet was found in the St. Catherine's parking lot on Easter Sunday. Please call the office, 770-971-2938, or drop by during business hours to identify it.


We are proud of our graduates, recognized at services on May 19!


Dean Clark– St. Catherine’s Preschool

Mark Herndon– St. Catherine’s Preschool

Grady Hitchins- St. Catherine’s Preschool

Cameron Hollis- St. Catherine’s Preschool

Lauren Hollis- St. Catherine’s Preschool

Ethan Nienaber- St. Catherine’s Preschool

Erica Schmitt- St. Catherine’s Preschool

The following have been attending the Level III Atrium, will move up to become the new Rite 13 class in fall:


Grace Adams, Michael Dirksen, Coleman Dupuis, Seamus Fahy, Max Gervais, Gabby Harwell, Oak Martin, Rachel Miner, Jacob Morris, Christian Pumpelly, Lauren Tear, Jennifer Vavra, Penn Worden




Gabby Harwell- graduating 5th grade from The Walker School

Wyatt Pitts- Kincaid Elementary, will attend Dodgen Middle School

Owen Snape-Tritt Elementary, will attend Hightower Middle School




Alison Adams- East Cobb Middle School, will attend North Cobb High School - School for International Studies

Matthew Dirksen- Simpson Middle School, will attend Wheeler High School Magnet Program

Forrest Tuemmler- Mt. Bethel Christian Academy, will attend Wheeler High School Magnet Program






Hannah Veronica Beyer- Wheeler High School, will attend either Kennesaw State University or LaGrange College

Brittany Blanz- Atlanta Christian School, will attend Presbyterian College, South Carolina

Alysia Bowers-Dean- will attend Art Institute of Atlanta

Caitlyn Buckalew-Wheeler High School, will attend Berry College as a Bonner Scholar

Mallory Ellis- Walton High School, will attend University of North Georgia, Dahlonega

Ben Frost- Pope High School, will attend University of Georgia

Caroline Gardner- Wheeler High School, will attend Mississippi State University

Austin Jablonski-Wheeler High School, going to work as a River Guide

Mason Lewis- Pebblebrook High School, will attend Point Park University

Ryan Olliffe- Roswell High School, will attend Georgia College & State University, Honors College

Jamie Renoy- Pope High School, will attend Kennesaw State University

Hermy Alex Roberts - Etowah High School, will attend Appalachian State University

Blake Sherry- Walton High School, will attend University of Georgia

Ryan Anthony Smith- Lassiter High School, will attend University of Alabama

Spencer Colton Tinkey- Midland Valley High School, will attend University of South Carolina

Maddy Thorn- Lassiter High School, will attend University of South Carolina




Jeffrey Boyd- American Public University System, Bachelor’s in Hospitality Management

Stephanie Burkholder- University of Mississippi

Justin Hendricks- Johnson C. Smith University

Todd Hitchins- Kennesaw State University Coles College of Business, Master of Business Administration

Tom Hueke- University of Nebraska, B.S. in Finance and Minor in Math & Accounting

Josh Kraeger- Georgia State University

Shannon Jablonski- University of Georgia, will work in Madison, WI

Sara-Alison Massey- University of Georgia, BAA Accounting, has been accepted to Kennesaw State University for graduate school

Laura Manno Christian- University of Texas in Austin, Ph.D., Cell & Molecular Biology. Dissertation: “The Roles of Dynein and Dynein Accessory Proteins in T Cell Effector Functions”

Seen Around St. Cat's


Confirmation 2013

A wonderful evening on May 15 as we confirmed, received and reaffirmed our youth and adults of St. Catherine's. It was a delight to have our bishop with us for this very special evening. Photos by Jan Potter -- see lots more (full size) at Confirmation and below in this newsletter.


Concert Series concludes

A wonderful turnout (despite the rain) on May 4 for the final concert in our 2012-2013 series with heavenly music by Atlanta Sacred Chorale. Watch for announcement of the artists coming for our next series. Photo by Bill Ivey.


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:

  • May 20-26: Flower Delivery – This week we celebrate the life and work of Flower Delivery, volunteers who deliver the altar flowers after services on Sundays to parishioners who are ill at home or in the hospital, parish shut-ins, and others to whom we would like to show special remembrance. Directions are provided, volunteers serve in rotation. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Margaret Shaw 770.641.7022,
  • May 27–June 2: Needlework Brigade – This week we celebrate the life and work of Needlework Brigade, volunteers who participate in needlework projects for the church, including our needlepoint kneelers, which leave a lasting legacy of faith and dedication to our Lord. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Beverly Fambrough, 770.993.5444,
  • June 3-9: Sonshine – This week we celebrate the life and work of Sonshine Ministry, volunteers who cook and deliver meals to fellow parishioners during a time of illness, recovery from surgery, bereavement or other special needs. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Nancy Certain, 678.576.9459,


Dear Friends of Christ,

In response to your recent gift of $3,475.39 [Easter offering] to The Extension, I join our board and residents in saying thank you for your generosity. Because of your support, lives are changing by the day. We continue to be encouraged by friends of The Extension who offer timeless hours, generous donations, and caring expressions. We are grateful that our residents are reaching goals, securing employment, re-connecting with family and overcoming addictions. As you know, our mission is to facilitate a transformation that empowers chemically dependent men and women to become sober, accountable members of society. With you help, our mission has gone from a vision to reality. For this and all you do for The Extension, we say Thank You!

Dear Father Jim,

Thank you and your congregation at St. Catherine’s. Your gift [Easter offering] could not have come at a better time. The revenue stream at MUST is usually slow during April-May. St. Catherine’s gift will enable MUST to continue serving our many neighbors in need. Not only does your church support us financially, we are very grateful for the many “missionaries” you send or volunteer at our facilities. You and St. Catherine’s are true partners with MUST. We will continue transforming lives with support from you.


Dear Members of St. Catherine’s,

On behalf of Communities in Schools of Marietta/Cobb County, Inc. (CISMCC) we want to thank you for your generous on-going donation in support of our organization. Your support continues to be vital as we work with students and their families in both school systems... In bringing you up to date with all CISMCC’s activities, the Performance Learning Centers (PLCs), our non-traditional high schools, and Osborne High School have graduated 25 students so far this school year with the assistance of Communities in Schools. The majority were on the path to dropping out of school. Over 600 students are working one-on-one with the CISMCC site coordinator and 1200+ students have received preventive services through various programs… Our Parents As Teachers program has served over 50 children with monthly home visits. Our goal is to improve the kindergarten readiness for children in low income families so they start school being successful. We continue to recruit volunteers to be mentors for the students at the PLCs and literacy tutors for the elementary school age children. Reality U workshops (a financial literacy simulation) have been facilitated at various schools very successfully and with the help of over 109 volunteers. CISMCC believes that every child can succeed if encouraged and shown that someone cares…

It is through the support of individuals with both their time and treasure that means so much to the success of CISMCC… Your continued support means a lot.

Carol Fey, Executive Director, Communities In Schools of Marietta/Cobb County, Inc.


Mammograms available to women in need

WellStar is offering a free breast imaging exam for women who are 40 years of age or older, have no health insurance coverage for mammograms, and have not had a mammogram in at least one year. This offer is targeted to those in our local area. Please contact Dani Dickson, to find out about eligibility and obtain a voucher for this opportunity.


Job opportunity: Cathedral Bookstore Manager

A position is opening for Manager of The Book Store at The Cathedral Of St. Philip. This individual will be responsible for the management and growth of The Cathedral Book Store in support of the clergy and people of The Cathedral of St. Philip, the Diocese of Atlanta and the community at large in their various ministries of service to Jesus Christ and the spread of the Gospel. Hours will include weekends and some evenings. Responsibilities will include planning; inventory; marketing; budgeting; operations; recruitment, training and retention of paid and volunteer personnel and communications. Please send inquiries with resume and current contact information to


Health Tips - from our Congregational Nurses

  • Is sea salt better for you?
    Sea salt or table salt—what's the difference? Taste, texture and how each is processed are the basic differences. One advantage of sea salt is that some people may use a little less because of its courser texture and some people prefer the taste. However, the sodium content of each is essentially the same. If you are looking for a low-sodium option, try salt-free seasonings and herb blends instead. Not all herb mixtures are salt-free, so be sure to read the label. Source: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Exercise and osteoarthritis of the knee —
    Low-impact exercise (i.e. walking, swimming, cycling and elliptical trainer) along with proper strengthening and stretching exercises can be helpful for those with osteoarthritis of the knee. Managing your weight is also a key element in reducing pain and further deterioration. Research shows that arthroscopic knee surgery for people suffering from osteoarthritis doesn't reduce joint symptoms or improve function compared with other nonsurgical treatments such as physical therapy and medication. Source: The New England Journal of Medicine

Provided by HealthStart,


FOR ALL MEMBERS OF THE ARMED SERVICES: Tom Blackstock; Josh England, Jennifer Buckalew’s cousin; Lucas Elgie, Emma Markette’s brother

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

FOR THE SICK: Lee DeFore, Joan Unger, Doug Guedry, Lori Brown, Iris Phillips, Angel Graham, Theodore Larson, Henry, Alycen Whiddon, Wendy Caulkins, Beth Gallant, Pam Brewer, Steve Norford, Jennifer, Laurell Millirons, John Bowman, Colin Bowersox, Tom Prosser, Allison, Phil’s family, Ted & Tina Dyer, David Smith, Tom Thornley, Sharon, Elizabeth Horton, Carmen, Ann Mitchem, Anna, Lynette Paff, Brinda Lovvorn, Doug May, Jo Stegall, Lisa McRae, Shelley Ransdell, Tyler James, Wendy Purdue, Delores Pope, Royce Huckeba & family, Mr. Simpson, Mark Gross, Natalie Henderson, Jane Atkins, Fred Brannock, Katie Gleason, Alec Galloway, Jennie Costa, Ellen Brandt, Brian Edges, Gordon Hahn, Bonnie Larson, Bobbye Greene, Lynda Logan, Patti Sousa, Ian Gross, Will Pickett, Johnny Robinson, Cristina B., Jud Paterson, Rebecca Aills, Jada Ellis, Erin Strunk, Lu Dumke, Jan Coraggio, the Hicks Family, John & Sue Schnorf, Barry Dillard, Polly Schadt, Horst Michael, Joyce Hendricks, Raymond Higgins, Jackie Quinton, Lauren Stafford & family, Ashlee Wilson, Mit FitzSimons, Joe Parker, Jim McNiff, Jane Berlin, Eric Fruchtnicht


DECEASED: Virginia O’Neal, Bill Selby’s aunt

FOR THOSE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS: (5/18) Rachel Bottoms, (5/20) Chad Cook, (5/21) Gordon O’Neill, Joan Thurston, Alexandra Herndon, John Fulcher, (5/23) Frank Adams, (5/24) Rob Harrison, (5/25) Peter Britt, (5/26) Caroline Brennan, Blake Sherry, Scott McGill, Juan Sandoval, Reagan Jones, (5/27) Lynne Gates, Karen Maxwell, Larry Ellis, (5/28) Bella Hutto, Nancy Certain, Jason Snape, Jennifer Vavra, Dick Sjoblom, (5/30) Tanya Bowers-Dean, (5/31) Sallie Carter, Shelley Ransdell, Coleman Dupuis, Nora Snape

ANNIVERSARIES: (5/21) Peter & Colleen Morich; (5/22) Norma & George Alexander; Jim & Joan Nixon; Bill & Beverly Fambrough; (5/28) Alan & Nancy Certain; (5/29) Jim & Nancy Mattox; Harry & Jennifer Tear; Susannah & Neil Campbell; (5/30) Fred & Jennifer Lopez; Scott & Laura Butzen

(5/19) Mike, Angela, Kate, Mark & Alexandra Herndon; Bruce, Susan, Scott & Tom Heuke; Raymond & Kristina Higgins; Carolyn Hilley, Debra Stockton Hilley & Ben Hilley
(5/26) Todd, Anne, Grady & Frannie Hitchins; Eric, Amy, Christian, Cameron & Lauren Hollis; Eleanor Hopper; Roberta Hoyt-Johnson; Tom & Marilyn Hunter

TRANSFERS IN: Pope Patterson Britt (Peter) transferring in from Christ Episcopal Church, Kennesaw, Georgia


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:

  • Wednesday, June 12 and Wednesday, June 26: MUST Summer Lunch making, 10 am
  • Sunday, July 7: Patriotic Pot Luck Brunch
  • July 19-August 1: Vacation Bible School 9 am - 12 noon
  • Saturday, August 10 (tentative): Opening ceremony for 2013 Habitat House build - workday signups coming in July
  • August 30 – Sept. 2: Parish Retreat at Lake Logan Episcopal Center, North Carolina

Holy Baptism next scheduled date - Sunday, November 3 (All Saints)

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, correct as of publication date. For the entire up-to-the-minute parish calendar, go to Calendar.

Saturday, 5/18 Saturday, 5/25


Stephen Ministry seminar
Cats on Wheels
  @ Pasta Bella


Eagle Court

Sunday, 5/19 Sunday, 5/26


Graduates Recognition

Holy Eucharist
Church School (Last Day)
Holy Eucharist
Church Picnic
Youth Pool Party @ Starrs’


Holy Eucharist
Holy Eucharist

Monday, 5/20 Monday, 5/27

Amma Susan's day off
Preschool Pack Up
Kneeler Group
Preschool Staff Party
Mentor Supervision
Boy Scout Troop 713


Amma Susan's day off
Memorial Day
Church Office Closed

Tuesday, 5/21 Tuesday, 5/28


Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Adult Ed.
Outreach Committee
Vestry Meeting

Staff Retreat-Office Closed
Elizabeth Inn
MUST Laundry Team
Wednesday, 5/22 Wednesday, 5/29


MUST Breakfast
Bible Study
WNL Dinner
Choristers Ice Cream
Cursillo Reunion Group


Staff Retreat-Office Closed
Scientific Camp Training
Cursillo Reunion Group

Thursday, 5/23 Thursday, 5/30
Men’s Bible Study
Staff Retreat-Office Closed
Scientific Camp Training
Men’s Bible Study
Friday, 5/24 Friday, 5/31
Fr. Jim's day off
Men’s Book Study

Fr. Jim's day off
Men’s Bible Study


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

End of year Pool Party: Sunday, May 19, 5:30 PM

We will cap off an incredible school year with an End-of-Year Pool Party at the home of the incredibly generous parishioner, Carol Starr, 3458 Turtle Cove Court, Marietta, GA 30067. There will be plenty to eat and drink, so just bring yourself, your swimwear, a towel – and friends are welcome.


Youth serving at Elizabeth Inn on May 28

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


Mission Trip to Washington, DC

Please keep us in your prayers: the youth summer mission trip is Saturday, June 1 – Saturday, June 8.


Summer Youth Group Fun!

Just because it’s summer vacation doesn’t mean the Youth Program will be taking a break! This summer, we will hold casual Youth Group meetings each Sunday after the 10:30 Church Service until 1:00 PM. We will also have four fun outings every other Wednesday (a cook-out at East Cobb, bowling, tubing, and whirley ball!). I’m still finalizing details for all of this, but be sure to stay tuned to youth group email announcements for further details!


VBS group leaders needed

It’s time to sign up to help with our annual Vacation Bible School! Many of you have helped with VBS in the past and can attest to how much fun it is to lead and play with the young children of our parish! This year, VBS will take place from Monday, July 29 until Thursday, August 1, from 8:45 AM until 12 noon each day. The theme this year is “Kingdom Rock,” and will involve knights, castles, and other such fun stuff. Sign-up sheets are in each room of the Youth House or please contact Harriett Pyburn at


Confirmation - May 15

See even more pics (full size) on the youth Facebook album at Confirmation 2013!

Wheel schedule:

Next publications:

  • June 7
  • June 21
  • July 5

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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