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
July 20 - August 2
, 2013

The Wheel archive page

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Clergy Letter


Cats On Wheels
Parish Retreat
College send off
Quarterly Ministry Teams meeting
Finance update
Newcomer social
Outreach collections
Family Promise
Habitat build

Welcome newcomers
Seen around St. Cat's
Ministry focus

Diocese listening session
Centering Prayer
Cobb Summer Singers
Health tips


Summer Sundays
Whirly ball
VBS training



7/20 – Youth Mentors raft trip;
Cats on Wheels @ Silver Skillet

7/21 – Adult Catechesis;
Summer Sunday Youth Group

7/23 – Elizabeth Inn Laundry Team

7/24 – Youth whirly ball

7/28 – College freshmen sendoff;
Elizabeth Inn Dinner Team

7/29-8/1 – Vacation Bible School

7/31 – Elizabeth Inn Laundry Team

8/4 – Acolyte Recognition;
Country Fair

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God Takes the Summer Off

By Amma Susan

As I was mulling over in my mind what to write about for this week’s clergy article, a friend handed me this little article clipped from a magazine decades ago. It brought a little smile to my lips, so I decided to share it with you today.

God Takes the Summer Off

We are sorry to inform you that God will not be available during the summer beginning June 1st. He feels He deserves some time off, so He has cancelled His normal duties for the summer. He has agreed to send the sun and rain occasionally when He happens to be in town, but so far as answering prayers for the needs of your family, please don’t count on Him. God has let church leaders know that they should not plan any outreach efforts or mission trips during the summer—or at least if they do, they will have to do it without Him because He plans to be gone a lot to see relatives, baseball games and the lake. God has expressed the opinion that we should find someone else to take His place.
Then we reminded Him of His promise, “Surely I will be with you always,” but He said He didn’t realize when He said it that it meant going two or three years without a break. He expressed His sincere regret and hopes that it will not cause anyone any inconvenience. God may be contacted any time after September 1st at which time He hopes to get back into the routine. “Please defer all requests until then,” He requested.
Aren’t you glad God doesn’t take the summer off? As we approach summer, make it your determination to bring yourself and your family to God’s House on Sunday. He’ll be waiting for us to worship Him.

God’s blessings on you this summer,
Amma Susan+

Cats on Wheels luncheon

Saturday, July 20 at Silver Skillet, Atlanta

By Alan Certain

Cats on Wheels' odd-month, third-Saturday lunch outing will be a breakfast meal this month. The Silver Skillet is widely-held to be the best breakfast in Atlanta (and maybe in the universe). On Saturdays, they omit the lunch menu and serve breakfast all day (but burgers are also available).

If you wish to ride-share, meet at St Catherine’s parking lot at 11:00 am sharp on Saturday, July 20. Otherwise we’ll see you at the Silver Skillet, 200 14th Street in Atlanta, 404-874-1388, Please contact Alan Certain,, 404-661-2200 if you plan to attend this pay-your-own lunch so that we can reserve seating for everyone.

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

Parish Retreat — register by Sunday, July 21

Our 2013 Parish Retreat is for everyone: adults, youth, children, singles, couples and families! Join us on Labor Day weekend, August 30 - Sept. 2 at beautiful Lake Logan Episcopal Center in the western North Carolina mountains. Please register soon, final payments are due by July 21. For information about retreat accommodations, activities and cost please pick up our registration form at church or get it now at You can see photos and get details about Lake Logan at If you have any questions about our retreat please contact Ginny Lummus,, 770-845-1742.

College freshmen send-off

Sunday, July 28 at 10:30 am service

On July 28 at the 10:30 am worship service we will recognize all our rising college freshmen to wish them God-speed, and present to them the St. Catherine's Book Scholarship Fund awards. Congratulations to each!

St. Catherine’s Book Scholarship Fund

St. Catherine’s awards college book scholarships to our rising college freshman. The Fund began as the Dorothy Hanson Memorial Fund and is funded by individual 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. We are able to give small scholarships (and even that may not be possible after this year), but with additional gifts we hope to expand it.

We appreciate any and all support of this fund. To donate, please make your 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.

Vacation Bible School

Mornings, July 29 - August 1

By Harriett Pyburn

Vacation Bible School this summer is “Kingdom Rock,” an epic adventure where kids stand strong for God! Monday through Thursday, July 29 - August 1 from 9 am to 12 pm, children from age 4 to rising 5th grade are welcome. Space is limited so register soon. Cost is now $35 per child, includes t-shirt. Registration forms available at church, or get one now at For questions or to volunteer please contact Harriett Pyburn,

VBS supplies requested

Everyone is invited to help by donating needed supplies and snacks. Please see the requests on the bulletin board at the top of the stairs (which lead down to the Parish Hall). If there is an item you would be willing to donate, please sign up for what you are taking and take the card, then follow the instructions about when and where to return donations. Thank you to all in our generous congregation for helping our ministry be a success! Items still needed include:

  • Kroger and Walmart $10 gift cards
  • Packs of Sharpie markers
  • Non-perishable snacks: Cheez-Its, Rice Chex, plain croutons, individually-packaged chips
  • Small clear plastic cups

Ministry Teams Quarterly Meeting

Tuesday, August 6, 7 pm

All ministry team members—conveners, committee and group chairs and members—be sure to have a representative at this important meeting at 7:00 pm in the Parish Hall as we prepare for Ministry Fair and fall activities. All those who are interested in ministry at St. Catherine's are welcome to attend.

Ministry Directory updates due August 6

All ministry teams – your revisions to this year’s Ministry Directory are due by the date of the Ministry Teams quarterly meeting on August 6. Please send all updates to Karen Manno,

Finance update

By Steve Pyburn, St. Catherine’s Treasurer

Please see the chart below for an update on our pledge revenue through the month of June.
Click chart to enlarge

As you can see, our projected revenue has increased slightly since last month. We had 2 more families fulfill their full year pledge last month, 15 more get on or ahead of budget, and 5 more make their first pledge contribution this year. In summary, we’re continuing to see a lot of families taking “one step” toward fulfilling their full year pledge amount and allowing our ministry teams to continue doing all of the wonderful things they do for St. Catherine’s and our greater community.

In addition, I would like to thank those parishioners that have notified us that they needed to reduce their full year pledge amount. Again, we completely understand that circumstances change throughout the year for all of us, and we welcome any feedback you have regarding where you think your contributions will likely land for the year. Such information is so valuable when determining this year’s expense plan as well as next year’s revenue budget.

As always, if you have any questions about these numbers please contact me, Senior Warden Bill Lee or Junior Warden Elizabeth Lopez. Thank you!

Newcomer & Visitor Social - Saturday, August 17

We scream for ice cream!

By Bettye Harris

All newcomers and visitors are invited to our “Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Social” on Saturday, August 17, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Please bring your families, kids, and friends. Join parishioners and clergy for an afternoon of fellowship, ice cream, and other cool treats.

The Invitation Ministry team is hosting this event and welcomes help from other parishioners who want to attend and can assist with preparation, serving, or cleanup. Please sign up on the Opportunities For Minstry form in your bulletin or contact Bettye Harris (678-463-7827), Jay Hendricks (678-520-3667), or Ann Snead (678-520-3667) for more information.

Education For Ministry

By Jan Potter

Education for Ministry—EFM—is a program out of Sewanee (The University of The South) which is designed to help people understand the Bible and our own church history and philosophy. It takes four years to complete the entire program, but you only sign up one year at a time. We will meet once a week September through May at the church on Thursday evenings beginning September 5. We will talk about what theology and our church mean to each of us. Each year, the class is made up of people from all walks of life. We have scholars and we have people who just want to understand. We have people who want to dissect the Bible and the stories and we have people who just want to have some company on their personal faith journey. EFM helps you to figure out your place in the community and ministry of our church.

Please join us! It is a wonderful program with room for every kind of person. There is a yearly fee, but there are limited scholarships available for anyone who has a problem with the cost. For more information, please contact Chris Potter (404-376-7430, or Jan Potter (404-444-8627,


Outreach items collections

Here are the Outreach collection focuses for this month. The collection bins are located at the Outreach table to the left of the sanctuary across from the Parlor. Any and all donations are greatly appreciated!

  • MUST Ministries: Our July food focus is Peanut Butter. Of course all non-perishable food items, baby supplies (e.g., diapers) and toiletries are always accepted. Remember to use your coupons and see how far you can stretch those dollars!
  • Communities in Schools: School is just around the corner! We are holding a school supply drive for high school students supported by Communities in Schools Marietta/Cobb County. Items in need include: Calculators, spiral notebooks, index cards, 1” binders with dividers, 2” binders, 3 ring notebook paper, binder dividers, folders, blue and black ink pens, mechanical pencils, pencils, Post-it notes of all sizes, hand sanitizer, tissue packages, book bags.
    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. This is a great opportunity to involve younger children in family discussions about community need and ways we can all help. If you have any questions or suggestions for future seasonal collections, please contact Harriett Pyburn,

Family Promise update

By Hale Sanders

Our next meeting will be at our newest hosting congregation, Church of the Nazarene in Smyrna on July 25 at 7pm. They are located at 531 Plaza Drive in Smyrna 30080. We welcome them to our family of congregations!

And some very good news from our President, Fred Massey: “We received a total of $10,490 from the proceeds of the BMW raffle event including a donation from the ticket winner, Bill Bowden of St. Catherine's.” This was a truly successful event for us, and we can only thank Fred for working so hard to make it such a great success for our program. This moves us that much closer to opening our doors this fall.

Keep up with Family Promise of Cobb County at and .

Habitat Build begins soon – sign our 2x4!

By Al Jones

Thank you to everyone who is helping with this year’s Habitat House build. We now have volunteer builders signed up for all openings. The T-shirt ordering is completed and the design will be spectacular. (A few additional shirts may be available, if you are interested please contact Al Jones,

Everyone at St. Catherine’s is invited to participate -- Please visit the table in the foyer to sign our 2x4 with your wishes and prayers. It will be available there for the next couple of weeks and then become part of the structure of the house we’re helping to build. We are also accepting free will donations of any amount towards this project. The opening ceremony for the start of the build will be Saturday, August 10 at 8 am at the build site, and the dedication on completion is scheduled for Sunday, October 20.


Welcome, newcomers!

By Tillie Carter

St Catherine's welcomes the Campbell family (Susannah, Neil and their son, George). Originally from North Carolina, the Campbells moved most recently from New Jersey to Marietta. After visiting a half-dozen churches in the area, they chose St Catherine's because of the warm, friendly people, and the encouragement (not pressure!) to grow in their faith. At St Cat's, they volunteer with the Fambroughs on the church grounds and gardening team. Neil is a scientist. He works for CryoLife in Kennesaw. Susannah is a business strategy and marketing consultant who works with entrepreneurs and investors. George starts preschool this fall. They love running, hiking, soccer, working out, and attending fairs and festivals. Welcome, Campbells, we’re glad you’re here!

--> Newcomer & Visitor Social Saturday, August 17 – all invited, see above in this newsletter!

Photo, right - Susannah and Neil listening to announcements at the last Newcomer Breakfast on June 9 (photo by Jan Potter).

Seen around St. Cat's

Photos by Bettye Harris

Volunteers from the Fellowship Ministry were the MUST Dinner Team on
June 28. St. Catherine's has many volunteer opportunities to serve
the guests at MUST's Elizabeth Inn shelter in Marietta.


A great summer Sunday on June 30, celebrating the
Cooks' 50th wedding anniversary

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:

  • July 22-28: Facilities, Grounds & Technology Ministry Team — This week we celebrate the life and work of the Facilities, Grounds & Technology Ministry Team which leads ministry committee efforts in one of our six parish Goals: “To develop an understanding of our building, grounds and technology requirements and set priorities for our current and future needs.” For information on how to get involved please contact convener Al Jones, 770.565.1013,
  • July 29 - August 4: Human and Financial Resources Ministry Team — This week we celebrate the life and work of the Human and Financial Resources Ministry Team which leads ministry committee efforts in one of our six parish Goals: “To develop financial and human resources to respond to God’s call.” For information on how to get involved please contact convener Steve Pyburn, 404.493.4492,


This note is late in getting written, but doesn't mean I don't appreciate your continued care and concern that has been shown during my last illness. St. Catherine's came through again with many cards, calls, food, and general concern about my progress of recuperation. Needless to say, I am better than I was, but not to the place I want to be yet. My main goal right now is to eventually get rid of my "buddy," the walker. I am going to Cardiac Rehab 2 or 3 times a week, so hopefully that will help me reach that goal in time. In the meantime, I hope you will keep me in your prayers, since I feel that has played a big part in my recovery so far.

God bless you all and keep up the good work!

Anne Whittle


Diocese of Atlanta listening sessions on LGBT ministry

[from an article in Connecting, the newsletter of the diocese, see] Bishop of Atlanta Rob Wright and a commission he appointed is conducting a series of listening sessions on the church’s mission to and with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in the Diocese of Atlanta. The task force includes both LGBT people and straight people, both lay and ordained, from throughout the Diocese of Atlanta.

A number of listening sessions already have been held. The next session will be Wednesday, August 14, 7:00 p.m. at St. Benedict's, Smyrna. At the listening sessions, LGBT people (both churched and non-churched), as well as family members and friends of LGBT persons, are invited to share their experiences and make recommendations to the task force. Each session lasts one to two hours and is led by a team of task force members.


Introduction to Centering Prayer begins Saturday, August 10

Contemplative Outreach of Atlanta will offer a seven-session program on Centering Prayer at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, 4905 Roswell Road, Marietta, GA 30062. The program begins with a half day workshop (from 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM) on Saturday, August 10, and includes six weekly follow-up evening sessions on dates to be determined by the participants. The cost for the program is $25 in advance or $35 at the door and includes all seven sessions. The workshop will be held in La Salette Hall which is located behind the Parish Office and across the street (Bishop Lake Road) from the church. Arrivals begin at 9:00 AM. Beverages and breakfast snacks will be provided.

Centering Prayer is a simple method of prayer, rooted in ancient Christian tradition. The series will introduce participants to the four simple steps of Centering Prayer and provide opportunities to practice the discipline in daily life. For information or to register contact Jo Anne Green, 770-356-7803,, or Peggy Poyo, 770-587-4428,


Cobb Summer Singers concert Sunday, August 11

Cobb Summer Singers and The Orchestra of The American Heartland invite you to hear the glorious works of Georg Frideric Handel, presenting the immortal Dettingen Te Deum, Water Music Suite, Zadok The Priest and choruses from Messiah in one performance only on Sunday, August 11, 6:00 pm at St. Benedict's Episcopal Church, 2160 Cooper Lake Road, Smyrna, GA 30080. Please join us for watermelon and lemonade on the cobblestones following the performance. Tickets are adult $20, students and seniors $15, under 12 free, visit for details. Cobb Summer Singers is an ensemble of The William Baker Choral Foundation.


Health Tips - from our Congregational Nurses

  • Ask a dietitian about cancer prevention
    If you have a question about nutrition and cancer prevention or prevention of cancer recurrence in survivors, the American Institute for Cancer Research Nutrition Hotline can connect you to a registered dietitian by e-mail or phone. Dietitians can also answer general questions dealing with nutritional problems experienced during cancer treatment, such as loss of appetite, nausea or constipation, but they cannot offer advice on cancer treatment. The Nutrition Hotline (1-800-843-8114) is available 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST, Monday-Friday. Visit the website ( to submit a question online and read answers to popular hotline questions. Source: American Institute for Cancer Research
  • Increase your miles, not pounds
    Are you a frequent business traveler? If so, it can be a challenge to stick with a healthful eating plan when you're tempted with large portions, delicious desserts and enticing menus. Consider the following tips when traveling: pack a snack such as dried fruit, pretzels or almonds; air travel can be dehydrating so drink plenty of water; fit exercise into your daily travel schedule; go easy on the alcohol, if you drink; skip dessert and look for more healthful options when dining out.

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: Iris Phillips, Wendy Caulkins, Laurell Millirons, Ted & Tina Dyer, David Smith, Tom Thornley, Lynette Paff, Brinda Lovvorn, Jo Stegall, Tyler James, Delores Pope, Royce Huckeba & family, Fred Brannock, Alec Galloway, Bonnie Larson, Lynda Logan, Patti Sousa, Polly Schadt, Lauren Stafford & family, Ashlee Wilson, Jim McNiff, Jane Berlin, Eric Fruchtnicht, Barry Dillard, Abby Christian, Susan Drouse, Peggy Pepper, Marilyn Holmes, Shelley Hayes, Nancy Saunders, Reaska & Ron, Julie Brannock, Susan Johnson, Stanley Hummel, Berit Collings, Raymond Higgins, Paulette Pawenski, Chuck Pettit, Ginney Linstrom, Grey Bissinger, Marta Sanchez

DECEASED: Gordon Hahn, Arlyn Cook’s brother-in-law; former parishioner Pete Smith

FOR THOSE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS: (7/21) Sue Snape, (7/22) Tinka Ivey, Connie Bergeron, Mitchell Wood Waldron, Eli Myers Nelson, Tracey Pitts, Kyle Morich, Allison Blackshear (7/23) Nelson Gale, Anne Parke, (7/24) Greyson LeGarde, Samuel Hudson, Haraldur Johnson( 7/25) David Stooksbury, (7/26) Jan Potter, Katie Nixon, Susanne Muckerman, Josh Kraeger, Susan Johnson, (7/28) Carson Shillington, Corry Lee Sandlin, (7/29) Judy Harrison, Elanore Hudson, (7/30) Alexandra Annlee Brush, Cathy Larsh, (7/31) Scott Lummus, Maureen Donoghue, James Davis, Shirley Day, (8/1) Rujeania Crenshaw Woods, Mary Alice Barrington, (8/2) Matthew Dirksen, Laurie Dirksen

FOR THOSE CELEBRATING ANNIVERSARIES: (7/22) Jason & Taryn Nienaber; (7/31) Chad & Jennifer Cook

(7/21/2013) Marcia Markette, Donald & Ana Martin, John & Susan Martin, Frederick & Jennifer Massey, Jim & Nancy Mattox
(7/28/2013) Alva & Karen Maxwell, Marilyn May, Eddie & Anna McCoy, Theresa Mcevily, Will & Suzanne McGhee


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:

  • Sundays, August 4, 11, 18: Country Fair 9:25 am
  • Sunday, August 4: Acolyte Recognition
  • Tuesday, August 6: Quarterly Ministry Teams Meeting 7:00 pm
  • Saturday, August 10: Opening ceremony for 2013 Habitat House build
  • Saturday, August 17: Newcomer & visitor ice cream social 3:30 pm
  • Sunday, August 25: ONE worship service at 9:00 am, followed by Ministry Fair & lunch
  • 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, 7/20 Saturday, 7/27


Mentor Rafting Trip
Cats On Wheels
  @ Silver Skillet


Sunday, 7/21 Sunday, 7/28


Coffee Time
Holy Eucharist
Adult Catechesis
Holy Eucharist
Summer Youth Group


Coffee Time
Holy Eucharist
Holy Eucharist
 / College Sendoff
VBS Youth Safeguarding
MUST Dinner Team

Monday, 7/22 Monday, 7/29

Amma Susan's day off
Camp Scientific

Kneeler Group
Stephen Ministry
Boy Scout Troop 713


Amma Susan's day off
Boy Scouts Troop 713

Tuesday, 7/23 Tuesday, 7/30


Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
H&FR Ministry
MUST Laundry Team

Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Wednesday, 7/24 Wednesday, 7/31


MUST Breakfast
Youth Whirly Ball


MUST Laundry Team

Thursday, 7/25 Thursday, 8/1
Great Oak Board
Friday, 7/26 Friday, 8/2
Fr. Jim's day off
Women’s Bible Study

Fr. Jim's day off


By Youth Director Mike Peterson, 770-971-2839


Sunday Summer Youth Group - final meeting July 21

Join us for our last Sunday Summer Youth Group on July 21, 11:45 am to 1:00 pm in the Youth House. This is a casual time when we can enjoy some lunch, catch up and enjoy each other’s company. Please bring $3.00 if you would like to eat with us, but definitely come on down either way!


Whirly Ball – RSVP by Sunday, July 21

We’ll take our final summer outing on Wednesday, July 24 to play Whirly Ball! Whirly Ball is an exciting game that involves bumper cars, balls, you, and a lot of fun! We will join back up with the St. Columba’s youth group (our friends from the tubing trip). The cost is $20, and confidential scholarship is available by request. If you want to take part in the fun, email Mike Peterson, no later than Sunday, July 21. We will leave St. Catherine’s at 4:30 PM and head to Roswell to meet St. Columba’s at WhirlyBall Atlanta, 5130 Commerce Parkway, Roswell, We’ll play some rounds of Whirly Ball then grab dinner at a nearby pizza place and be back by 8:00 PM.
The amount of space on this trip will be determined by the number of drivers/chaperones who are able to come. Spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis, so don’t wait until the last minute to sign up or we may not have space for you! If you are an adult who is able to drive and/or chaperone for this trip, please contact Mike as soon as you are able.


Tubing fun!

Over 60 people from the youth groups of St. Catherine's, St. Columba's, St. Anne's, and St. Benedict's got together to go tubing in Helen on July 10. We had a great time!

VBS Youth Volunteers training

Sunday, July 28

There will be a brief training session for all youth VBS volunteers in the Youth House on Sunday, July 28 at 12 noon. If you are planning to volunteer with VBS and have any questions or are unable to attend, please contact Laurie Dirksen at

Wheel schedule:

Next publications:

  • August 2
  • August 16
  • September 6

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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