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
August 17 - September 6
, 2013

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Clergy Letter


Newcomer social
Country Fair
Stewardship reflections
Ministry Fair
Fall schedule changes
Christian Formation
  Adult Church School
  Bible studies
  Men's Book Study
Preschool openings
Join choirs
YF Pool Party
Stephen Ministry workshop
Safeguarding Children training
Communion wine needed
Acolytes sign up
Caring for Inactive Members
Evening Under the Oak
Foyers kickoff

Blood drive
Habitat build
Outreach collections

Volunteer Coordinator
Acolyte Masters
Congrats to parishioners
VBS success
Seen around St. Cat's
Ministry focus

Jewelry sale
Health tips


Beautification day
Parent meeting
Elizabeth Inn



8/17 – Youth House cleanup;
Cats on Wheels @ Booth Museum;
Newcomer Ice Cream Social

8/18 – Country Fair

8/20 – Preschool first day

8/24 – Vestry retreat

8/25 – One service only 9 am;
Ministry Fair;
J2A Leader training

8/27 – Blood Drive;
Elizabeth Inn Laundry Team

8/28 – Elizabeth Inn Dinner Team

8/30-9/2 – Parish Retreat @ Lake Logan

9/4 – Chancel Choir & Choristers rehearsals begin

9/8 – Fall worship schedule begins;

Church School begins;
Youth Parents meeting

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Are you going?

By Father Jim+

Our 2013 Ministry Fair is right around the corner—August 25. We’ll gather as a community of faith in worship at 9:00 am and then enjoy a creative and exciting Ministry Fair beginning at 10:30 am, brought to you by our six Ministry Teams represented by a hard working Planning Team. If nothing else—and there will be much more, I promise—the day will look very different from years past. It is our intention! We’ll top the day off with lunch available for purchase from a Food Truck. I cannot think of a more exciting and stimulating morning. Are you going?! I hope so!

In your bulletin this weekend as well as this edition of The Wheel (see below in this newsletter) you will find an insert that lists the 27 different workshops available between 10:30 and noon. Look at it and plan which workshops you’ll be attending (child care will be available through age 11). Of course, 27 workshops can barely cover the breadth and depth of ministries at St. Catherine’s so in addition to the workshops there will be a comprehensive Volunteer Center at the foot of the Atrium stairs and down the hall to the Parish Hall. There you will find tables devoted to each Ministry Team as well as a creative Volunteer Tree for you to select various volunteer opportunities for you and your family.

A member of the congregation sent me a article from a blog that a friend of hers follows. Titled “Seven Expectations of Every Church Member”, it argues that many people come to the church today looking more for what the church can do for them rather than asking how they can serve Christ both in the “family” of the congregation as well as the world in which they live. Yet, the writer argues, pastors—me included—don’t do enough to challenge such thinking. It deserves to be challenged. He goes on to suggest seven expectations the church should have of her members. Two of them speak directly to why you should be present on Sunday morning, August 25:

  • I will serve. God created us to serve. He gifted us to serve. And He commands us to serve. Every member should function in the body, and this functioning happens through service.
  • I will give. Mature believers have a generous spirit. We expect all members to give their tithe, time, and resources for the mission of taking the gospel to the ends of the earth.

So put the Ministry Fair, 2013 on your calendar, read about it elsewhere in this Wheel, on Facebook and at, and in hard copy in the Narthex, then join everyone for a glorious Ministry Fair Sunday. We’ll even have some breakfast for you starting at 8:15 am.

Are you going?! I am!! See you there.

Newcomer & Visitor Social - Saturday, August 17

We scream for ice cream!

All newcomers and visitors are invited to our "Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Social" on Saturday, August 17, from 3:30 to 5:00 pm in the Parish Hall. Bring your families, kids, and friends. You’ll join parishioners and clergy for an afternoon of fellowship, ice cream, and other cool treats. No RSVP needed, please come!

The Invitation Ministry team is hosting this event and welcomes help from other parishioners who can assist with this event and more to welcome our newcomers. 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.

Parish Retreat – It’s not too late to sign up!

Labor Day weekend at Lake Logan, NC

By Molly Banko

I just heard that it’s not too late to sign up for the Parish Retreat this Labor Day weekend. If you are on the fence about going and can fit this into your schedule, I highly encourage it. My family went to the last retreat two years ago and loved it. I must admit I was a little reluctant at first as I’d never been on a church retreat before, but I am so glad we went.

Lodging is mostly in cabins that include small kitchens. The setting is gorgeous with a lake and mountains in the background. Activities include swimming, canoeing, hiking, fishing, bonfires and more.

All meals are served in the dining hall. It’s a buffet with several choices each meal. I don’t think even the pickiest of kids will have trouble finding something they like. The food was great and the people who work at the retreat center are extremely nice, friendly and seem happy to be there. It was so nice to have someone else do all of the cooking and clean-up!

We’d gather daily for various programs that were both interesting and entertaining (some together, and some separate for kids and adults). We got to know so much more about other St. Catherine's families. Do you know which church member can yodel backwards? Even though I’d seen many of the people from the last retreat weekly at church, it was so nice to get past the “smile and a nod” stage and really get to know them better.

It’s a great place to unplug and recharge and have some family time. If you have any questions, please let me know. I’d love to see you there!

The Parish Retreat is for singles, families and couples—adults, youth and children—Friday, August 30 through Tuesday, September 2 at beautiful Lake Logan Episcopal Center in the western North Carolina mountains. To register please download the form at and return to the church office with payment by Wednesday, September 28. For questions, contact Ginny Lummus

Final date! Sunday, August 18

9:15-10:15 am under our great oak

We will gather under the great oak for our annual Country Fair series on August 4, 11 and 18. Please join us for a time to SHARE in fellowship. You may bring a breakfast treat to share. Jubilate will share a few songs and there will be outreach opportunities for you to share your blessings with those in need in our community. Contact Stephanie or David Yucius with questions, Each Sunday we are collecting:

  • For Family Promise: office supplies and linens (towels and sheets)
  • For Must Ministries: pancake mix, oatmeal, coffee, and sugar
  • For Emmaus House: money donations

Photos (by Jan Potter) - Fun at Country Fair on August 4 with great music by our Jubilate group -- thanks!! See lots more pictures (full size) at ChurchCountryFair.

More reflection writers needed now

St. Catherine's will publish a new reflections booklet for the fall Stewardship campaign. Won't you consider writing for this collection? You will be given a scripture passage on which to write a brief (2-3 paragraphs) meditation which will be due by Friday, September 6. Names are not attributed to individual writings, so only you (and the editors) will know which one is yours! Still hesitant? You can view last year’s booklet to see what other contributions have looked like... go to Please check the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Karen Manno at We will be in touch with your assignment.

Welcome to the Ministry Fair – Sunday, August 25


Join us for an exciting day of worship and an opportunity to learn about all the ministry work of St. Catherine's as well as our Church School offerings for fall. The Ministry Fair will include three workshop sessions in which you’ll choose three topics which interest you. Schedule for the day:

  • 8:15 am – Breakfast
  • 9:00 am – Worship Service (only ONE SERVICE today)
  • 10:30 am – Ministry Fair workshop Session 1
  • 11:00am – Ministry Fair workshop Session 2
  • 11:30 am – Ministry Fair workshop Session 3
  • 12:00 noon – Lunch available for purchase from a food truck

Choose from 27 workshops:

“Help Me Come Closer to God” “Curb Appeal” “Building a Prayer” “Reality U”
“Coffee Tasting Contest” “Invitation’s Red Carpet Treatment” “Family Feud”
“The Sacred Art of Doing Dishes” “Everything Communicates” …and more!

These are just some of the workshop topics which will be offered. In addition you'll find Volunteer Center at the bottom of the atrium and along the hall to the Parish Hall, with tables devoted to each Ministry Team plus a Volunteer Tree to select opportunities for you and everyone in your family to consider. Our Ministry Fair is an opportunity for you to be introduced to the wide range of ministry offerings at St. Catherine’s benefitting the church, the community, the nation and the world. It is also an opportunity for you to explore how you can become a part of these ongoing efforts.

Preview our brochure of all the workshops and consider now which ones you'll choose:

Child care will be available in our nursery for children up to 4 years old. Children 5-11 will be offered a family movie and snacks in the Parish Hall. Youth are invited to participate in the workshop offerings. In addition to our Fair, we invite you to pick up a copy of the St. Catherine’s Ministry Directory for 2013-2014 and the Christian Formation Offerings brochure for Fall 2013.

Worship schedule changes coming soon

  • Sunday, August 25 -- ONE SERVICE ONLY at 9:00 am, followed by Ministry Fair 10:30-12 noon
  • Sunday, September 1 -- Summer worship times continue: 8:00 am and 10:30 am
  • Sunday, September 8 - Worship schedule changes to fall schedule & Church School begins
    • 7:30 am - Holy Eucharist
    • 8:00 am - Breakfast
    • 8:45 am - Family Holy Eucharist
    • 10:00 am - Church School for all ages
    • 11:15 am - Choral Holy Eucharist

Christian formation offerings for fall

Church School begins Sunday, September 8

Church School begins for all ages at 10-11 AM on Sunday, September 8. Look for the map in your bulletin this day for the location of all classes.


Infants – Nursery care is available for infants through age four. The nursery area is located downstairs in the Education building and is open at 8:30 AM on Sunday mornings. It remains open through the 11:15 AM service. Nursery care is provided by paid, experienced childcare workers. On occasion, additional assistance is needed and anyone interested in providing help is welcome.

Children’s Chapel – This program provides a time for children to hear and respond to the Gospel of the day in a “child friendly” setting. The children leave the 8:45 am Sunday Service during the Sequence Hymn and return at the Peace. Children’s Chapel is for all children who are interested and able to “still” themselves so they can hear God’s Word. The age range is usually from three to nine years old. Adults and Young Adults are needed to assist with this group each Sunday, a schedule is provided once volunteers are identified. This is a great opportunity to get acquainted with the youngest members of our Community in Christ. Coordinator: Mary Lou Shannonhouse

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd – The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd at St. Catherine's offers Christian formation for children ages 2 through 12. The Catechesis is grounded in scriptural and liturgical study framed by Montessori's principles of education. This allows children to hear the Gospel and absorb its message through the use of sensory-rich materials and the work of their hands. Our mission is to help our children form an authentic, loving, faithful relationship with God. We ask that children attend as consistently as possible. One presentation builds upon the last. Any less than three sessions a month and the child can lose the richness offered in this work.

  • Young Lambs – 2 to 3 years old. The children will hear the Good Shepherd parable, learn about the Eucharist, work with Infancy Narratives, and enjoy Kingdom parables. The Young Lambs formation is based on the most essential elements of Level I formation with the addition of handwork that hones concentration, encourages contemplative silence, and prepares the child for prayer.
  • Level I Atrium – 3 years old through Kindergarten. Children on their journey of faith get to know Jesus through geography, parables, Infancy Narratives, Paschal Narratives, Eucharist work, and as they work with the liturgy materials. The credo of this child is "help me do it myself." Children select their own work and are given the time and space to work independently and without interruption.
  • Level II Atrium – 1st through 3rd Grades. The older child's thinking becomes more global, conscionable, and moral. We begin to explore the History of the Kingdom of God, its unity and vastness, and see how God has made God's self known since the beginning of time. Through reflection on a variety of scripture texts and presentations of moments from our liturgies of Eucharist and Baptism, the children have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of their faith through handwork with the materials and utilizing their developing skills in reading and writing.
  • Level III Atrium – 4th through 5th Grades. The children continue to explore themes of the History of the Kingdom of God with an added emphasis on the Plan of God and the gifts of discovery and inventions by human civilizations which help this Plan to be realized. This leads to a focus on the kind of work that God calls each person to do. Scripturally this exploration takes us into a deeper study of the prophets, Jesus' ministry, parables, and the virtues. In addition children deepen their understanding of the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, Reconciliation, Confirmation, and Anointing of the Sick.



St. Catherine’s uses the “Journey to Adulthood” curriculum for its youth program, in 2013-2014 for grades six through twelve. The program falls into three distinct phases, each of which is two years in length: Rite-13, J2A (Journey To Adulthood), and YA (Young Adults). It is a program of spiritual formation for young people that provides a liturgical framework for their experience in our modern culture, celebrates their individuality and their creative potential, and instructs them in skills needed for successful adult participation in church and society. The program is based on two key concepts: (1) manhood and womanhood are gifts from God, and (2) adulthood must be earned. It includes in-depth exploration of self, spirituality, sexuality, and society. The Journey to Adulthood balances Bible study, prayer, and both serious and playful activities to nurture the whole person during the challenges of the journey from childhood to adulthood.

  • Rite-13 (6th and 7th Grades) – The Rite-13 program assists young people as they take the first steps of passage away from their families and into their own lives. The liturgical celebration of the gift of womanhood and manhood is an integral part of this group’s curriculum. Leaders: Tanya Bowers-Dean, Lou Dini, Katie Hale, Brian Paglia.
  • J2A (8th and 9th Grades) – Journey to Adulthood (J2A) is the heart of the entire program It blends action and contemplation in teaching young people faithful living. To prepare them for adulthood, they learn six basic skills: active listening, negotiation, assertion, research and information management, partnership, and leadership. This program also helps them understand and affirm Christian living. At the end of this level, each young adult is given an opportunity to be confirmed and is acknowledged in the community as equipped for new levels of responsibility. Leaders: Dave Banko, Jeanette Dini, Katja Michael, Dave Yucius.
  • YA (10th and 11th Grades) – Building on the foundations of Rite-13 and J2A, the YA class takes a deeper look into the issues of self, society, spirituality and sexuality, as well as works to strengthen the bonds that have been formed over the previous four years. They are
    recognized as young adults, rather than children, and are invited to make a holy pilgrimage at the end of their first year. In addition to work in the classroom, the class also focuses on serving as leaders within the Youth Program and the broader congregation. Leaders: Allen Jablonski, Susan Jenkins, Mel Paris, Mary Bess Peterson.
  • Senior Class (12th Grade) - The Seniors meet to reflect on where they’ve been and where they are going, to implement the leadership skills they’ve developed, to define and affirm their faith, and to take periodic breaks from their study to gather for coffee and fellowship. Leaders: Gina Baumann, Keith Dumke, Ellis Kilgore Robbie Roy.
  • Wednesday Night Live (WNL) Youth Meetings - All youth groups come together as part of our WNL parish-wide activities on Wednesday evenings for fellowship and spiritual formation. WNL fellowship includes music, discussion and fun, with an emphasis on relevance for all age groups.


Church School offerings - Seven topics to choose from this fall:

  • Discovering God's Vision for Your Life: You and Your Spiritual Gifts --The Holy Spirit has given each of us unique gifts to carry out God’s work in the world. It is not necessarily easy, however, to discover our gifts or to develop and use them effectively. Where do you fit into the church as an active member of the body of Christ? The answer lies in the unique gifts God has given you. This course will provide a renewed understanding of who God created you to be and God's design for Christian community. Participants will find clues to their spiritual gifts in the Haughk Spiritual Gifts Inventory and other gifts-discovering activities. They will then explore opportunities to further develop and use their gifts in the congregation and community. Facilitated by Amy Morris.
    --> Contact Amy Morris by Wed., August 28 to order this class's materials (approximately $15, scholarships available) --, 678-665-3582.
  • God Loves Stories --Since ancient times, before the use of the written word, stories were used to instruct, generation to generation. Storytelling will be the method used in our class to learn about the holy and not-so-holy people of God, who they were and what relevance they have to our own lives. We will, over time cover Old and New Testaments as well as people in Church history as well as contemporary people of God. There is a line in Talmud that says that God created people because God loves stories. We hope to have our class see why. Facilitator: Ginny Acocella.
  • The Lectionary -- Plenty of room is available for all in this spirited, spirit-filled, and spiritual discussion as we go through the Old Testament, Epistle, and Gospel lession in the service for each Sunday. We expand on them, expound on them, and find deep meaning in them, looking at how we relate to the readings and how they relate to us. We will also look at the geography of the locations to see how that impacts the reading and us. Some difficult questions are asked and new knowledge is gained each Sunday. We try to avoid hogging, bogging, or leap frogging, and we hope to have you join us. Facilitated by Tom Snead and Randy Satterfield.
  • Life is Short And... -- This class will present you with an opportunity to take time to think, reflect, meditate, experiment, taste, listen and to simply pay attention. We will use poems, meditations, raisins, quotes, mirrors, journals, and many other creative tools to empower ourselves to see the good in life and to appreciate the many things God provides. Where is God in your every day life? For more information, please see Facilitated by Sue Snape.
  • Many Paths, One God -- Join us as we explore the many paths that people have found to worship the one God. We will start in our own household, the Christian faith, beginning with the early church and learning about the many different branches and denominations that have grown on that tree firmly grounded in Jesus Christ. We will then go on to compare Christianity with many of the world's religions, noting what they share in common and where there are significant differences. In contemplating the many paths to one God, it is hoped that we will find some common ground for engaging in respectful dialogue with people on other paths to God, while at the same time, more fully embracing the treasure of our own path. Facilitated by Amma Susan Johnson+
  • Men’s Sunday Bible Study -- The Sunday Men’s Bible Study focuses on the Sunday Gospel reading in the weekly bulletin. We use a three-part study system similar to the style of both Journey To Adulthood and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. This class is for beginners, for those who have studied the Bible for many years, and for everyone in between. No preparation is needed and several translations of the Bible will be available. We welcome you to hear the Word of God with us. Facilitated by Al Maxwell.
  • Why and What: A Roving Look at the Episcopal Church and St. Catherine’s -- Have you wondered why the baptismal font is in the back of the church? Why there are no ends on the pews? (might we fall out?) Do you know where there is a rock from St. Catherine’s Monastery at the foot of Mt. Sinai right here at St. Catherine’s? Is it true that “sacristy” is just a churchy word for “linen closet?” What in the world does the Vestry do besides meet? What is a Parish Administrator? Is it likely that the Archbishop of Canterbury will visit us next year and why would he want to come?
    If you’ve ever wondered about these questions and countless others, here’s your chance to ask. Led by Fr. Jim and guest leaders we will meet in a different location in and outside the church every Sunday—39 different places over the year. In each place we’ll ask what it has to say to us about the Episcopal Church in general and St. Catherine’s specifically. Each week it will be announced in the bulletin where we will meet. Come join the class and look forward, no doubt, to some very interesting and stimulating questions and discussions. Facilitated by Father Jim Nixon+.

Bible Study Groups:

  • Weekday Bible Study, Wednesdays, 9:30 to 11:00 AM — This group is for men and women who want to read and study Scripture and discuss how it shapes our life. All you need is a Bible (any translation) and willingness to ask and discuss the question, ”How does the there and then of this Scripture impact my life in the here and now?” Please join us. Facilitated by The Rev. Jim Nixon.
  • Men’s Weekly Evening Study, Thursdays beginning Sept. 26, 7:00-8:30 PM—This group gathers Thursday evenings to read, discuss, and learn from the Bible and each other. Many Bible versions are encouraged. We will use the syllabus from Abingdon Press, Invitation to Romans, in 8 sessions, Sept. 26 through Nov. 14. Each participant will need a study book (cost about $11). Winter and spring 2014 sessions will be on the Gospel of John, Genesis, the Old Testament and the New Testament. Any and all men are invited to join us. Facilitator: Tom Snead.
    --> Contact Tom Snead by August 18 to order this class's study book (cost $11) in time to read the first chapter before the first session -- sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin or email
  • Men's Weekly Morning Study, Fridays beginning Sept. 20, 6:30-7:30 AM— This group meets Friday mornings to read, discuss, and learn from the Bible and each other. Many Bible versions are encouraged. We use the syllabus from Cokesbury, Journey Through the Bible, and a chapter in the study book (cost about $11) is read before each session. We next study the last 14 of the Old Testament books of Ezekiel through Malachi for 13 weeks, September 20 through December 20 with Thanksgiving off. Any and all men are invited to join us. Facilitators: Tom Snead and Hans Kraeger.
    --> Contact Tom Snead by August 18 to order this class's study book (cost $11) in time to read the first chapter before the first session -- sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin or email
  • Women’s Weekly Friday Morning Study, 10-11:15 AM — Join us as we study scripture and discuss its applications to our lives today. We strive to learn more about God and God’s relationship to humankind by reading selections from the Old and New Testament. We use a variety of materials to aid our discussions, including study guides, video presentations by biblical scholars, contemporary stories, and lively conversation. Facilitators: Elizabeth Lopez and Diane Sanders.
  • Women’s Monthly Evening Study, second Mondays beginning September 9, 7-8:30 PM —Join us on the second Monday each month. We will be reading from Jen Hatmaker's A Modern Girl's Guide to Bible Study. Jen introduces a refreshing new way to learn and laugh while forming a deeper relationship with God's Word. We expect to laugh out loud as it transforms the academic nature of personal Bible study into a fresh, simple format. We have dinner together and welcome you to join us at any point in the study. Facilitator: Stephanie Yucius.

Men’s Book Study:

The Men’s Book Study group meets at 6:30 pm on the second Monday of each month and is a fellowship-oriented look at our faith over a light dinner, with lots of discussion and sharing. All men of the congregation are invited. Our next book beginning September 9 will be The Religion of Jesus the Jew by Geza Vermes. Each month we meet at the home of a member of the group--contact the church office for the next location. You'll need a copy of the book to read, whether purchased from a store or online, or borrowed from the public library or a friend. Please begin reading to prepare for our September gathering. Facilitated by Tom Hunter -- please RSVP to him at 678.488.6675,

EfM: A reflection

by Linda Scott

On vacation, Jerry and I went to church at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Monrovia, California. It was the 8th Sunday of Pentecost and the Interim Pastor, The Very Rev. John Crean, spoke on the topic, “Can I Do What I Ought?” The first reaction, he said, is ‘Simple, just follow the rules,’ but after thinking more deeply, the question one really needs to answer is “Will I be prepared when a moral or ethical question presents itself?”

Fr. Crean pointed out in Amos’s story of God’s ‘plumb line,’ a plumb line helps us determine what is vertically straight and true; it ensures that the wall or other object being constructed will not be biased, slanted or crooked. If the discernment phase is faulty, the follow-through or action will be faulty behavior. Paul greets the Colossians with “…be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you may lead lives worthy of the Lord.” Knowledge and action; education and ministry.

EfM provided me with scripture study and a variety of perspectives and opportunities through which to gain knowledge, discern meaning, think deeply, and respond properly both in thought and in action. If you are interested in a similar experience, please sign up for EFM soon. They begin on the first Thursday after Labor Day at 6:30 pm. Hope you can join them.

New EFM class begins Thursday, September 5 - sign up soon!

Education for Ministry (EFM) is a program out of Sewanee (The University of The South) designed to help people understand the Bible and our church history and philosophy, and helps you to figure out your place in the community and ministry of our church. The entire program is four years but you only sign up one year at a time. We meet once a week September through May on Thursday evenings beginning Sept. 5. Information including sample lessons can be found at . There is a yearly fee, limited scholarships available. For more details or to sign up check the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Chris Potter (404-376-7430, or Jan Potter (404-444-8627,

Wednesday Night Live begins September 11

Dinner 6:00-7:00 pm, Programs 7:00-8:00 pm

WNL (Wednesday Night Live) has wonderful things in store this year. Beginning on September 8 we’ll have dinner, fellowship and learning for everyone. The schedule is dinner 6:00-7:00 pm, followed by programs 7:00-8:00 pm. Choristers of St. Catherine’s (for kids and youth grades 3-12) will rehearse 6:15-7:00 pm; Youth and Adult programs meet 7-8 pm; Chancel Choir (for adults and youth past the age for Choristers) rehearses 7:30-8:45 pm. Be sure to make your dinner reservation each week on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin, or contact the church office by Tuesday. Dinner prices are $7/adults, $3/children (maximum $25/family). We hope to see each of you there.

Adult program: “What’s So Amazing About Grace?”

Our adult WNL program for fall is “What’s So Amazing About Grace?” In this ten-session small group DVD curriculum, award-winning author Philip Yancey takes us for interactive, gut-level encounters with radical, life-changing grace. Yancey explores grace at street level. If grace is God's love for the undeserving, he asks, then what does it look like in action? And if Christians are its sole dispensers, then how are we doing at lavishing grace on a world that knows far more of cruelty and unforgiveness than it does of mercy? Yancey sets grace in the midst of life's stark images, tests its mettle against horrific “ungrace.” Can grace survive in the midst of such atrocities as the Nazi holocaust? Can it triumph over the brutality of the Ku Klux Klan? Yancey offers compelling, true portraits of grace's life-changing power. He searches for its presence in his own life and in the church. How can Christians contend graciously with moral issues that threaten all they hold dear? And he challenges us to become living answers to a world that desperately wants to know, What’s So Amazing About Grace?

Preschool space available now

First day of school: Tuesday, August 20

St. Catherine's Preschool has a few spots still open in each age group for the 2013-2014 school year. Please spread the word to friends and new families in your neighborhood about our renowned, quality program for ages 1 to pre-K. Our Preschool provides a loving Christian atmosphere that encourages social, emotional, physical and intellectual growth and development of the child as a whole. All children are welcome, within age guidelines, regardless of religious preference. Information is available on our website at For details and tour appointments please call the office at 770-971-2839. Open House for registered students & families will be Monday, August 19, 10 am to noon, and the first day of school is Tuesday, August 20.

Make music this fall

This year is the right time to join one of our music groups and try us out! Ensembles are open to everyone with no auditions.

  • Choristers of St. Catherine's - Rehearsal Wednesdays beginning September 4, 6:15 – 7 pm — Choristers of St. Catherine’s is for boys and girls in grades three through twelve. The purpose of this choral ensemble is to provide musical training and to lead worship in our 8:45 am service three Sundays each month, September through May. Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings when we practice pieces to sing for the offertory and continue our development of music reading and ensemble skills on the tone chimes. Being an acolyte or participating in Youth WNL will not conflict. Please contact Dr. Jana Williams - stop by the organ Sunday after the service or contact, 678.461.9656.
  • Chancel Choir - Rehearsal Wednesdays beginning September 4, 7:15-8:30 pm — Adults, and all youth past the age for Choristers, please join us. You are guaranteed at each rehearsal to learn something, laugh heartily and experience God’s presence through beautiful music. We rehearse September through May on Wednesdays, and meet at 10:30 am on Sundays to prepare to lead the 11:15 am service. There is no audition, and sight-reading ability, while helpful, is not required. Please contact Brian Williams at or 678.461.9656, or speak to any choir member.
  • Jubilate - Rehearsal Tuesdays beginning September 17, 7:00 to 8:00 pm — For instruments and singers! This group leads contemporary worship music at the family Eucharist on the first Sunday each month plus occasional special services. Musicians range in skill from beginners to expert. A good ear and a willingness to learn by listening is the most desired skill for this ensemble. Rehearsals are Tuesdays with an added rehearsal and sound check Saturday mornings before performance. For information contact Jeff Harris, 770-977-1157,
  • Jubilate sound technicians and crew - This is a great opportunity for youth or adults. Training is provided, contact Bill Ivey, 770-578-1945,

Young Families Pool Party - Sunday, September 8

Time TBA. Join everyone in Young Families ministry at the neighborhood pool of Ashebrooke subdivision off Roswell Road. [Date rescheduled from originally announced date of August 16.] For details or to get on the mailing list of all the Young Families activities please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Molly Banko or Jennifer Sherwood

Workshop: Introduction to Stephen Ministry

Sunday, September 14, 9 am to 1 pm

Saint Catherine's will host a workshop for people and churches in our area to learn about Stephen Ministry—how it works, the benefits it offers, and how to start a Stephen Ministry program in other congregations. Even though St. Catherine’s is already a Stephen Ministry congregation, it will be a wonderful learning opportunity for anyone interested. The workshop will be conducted by the Stephen Ministry leadership of Saint Louis and will be divided into three sessions: “Ministering to Those Experiencing Grief,” “An Introduction to Stephen Ministry,” “How to Care in a Distinctively Christian Way.”

We encourage you to join us! The workshop will take place in the Parish Hall from 9 am until 1 pm. There is no charge for members of Saint Catherine's but please RSVP on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact David Moore,, 404-309-7793, by noon on Friday, Sept. 6.

Safeguarding God’s Children training - September 15

A Safeguarding God’s Children training course will be offered at St. Catherine's on Sunday, September 15 from 3:00 to 6:00 pm. This course is required every three years for all adults (volunteers, clergy and staff) who work with children or youth in the Diocese of Atlanta. Please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or RSVP by Monday, Sept. 9 to Harriett Pyburn so we will have the materials available for you. There is no cost to attend our September 15 class.

“Safeguarding God’s Children” provides information on how we can each participate in protecting our children and youth from child sexual abuse, both in our own families and in our ministries. If you need this training but are unable to attend our date, the course is offered at more times and places around our diocese—visit for the schedule.

Communion wine donations requested

By Molly Frost

Our supply of communion wine is getting low. We are fortunate to have parishioners donate our wine either in memory of, or in thanksgiving for, a loved one. If you would like to help, please leave donations in the church office, marked with your name and information for remembrance. We use Taylor Tawny Port. Thank you.

Sign up for Acolytes

Would your son or daughter like to become an acolyte? We are looking for young members of our congregation who are willing to serve in this wonderful ministry. The requirements are few for such a rewarding experience. While there is no specific minimum age, typically the youngest are 8 or 9 years old when they start as torch bearers. As long as they can meet the following basic qualifications, they are welcome to join:

  • Sit quietly and attentively during the service
  • Follow the bulletin and fully participate in the service
  • Have a personal desire to serve in this position

Written instructions as well as walk-through training are provided. If you have questions or would like to sign up, please check the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact one of the new Acolyte Co-Masters, Frank Adams,, 404.877.2993, or Tina Kerr,, 404.394.7525. We look forward to hearing from you!

Photos (by Jan Potter) - Recognizing our acolytes for their service on August 4 -- We appreciate you!

New ministry starting: “Caring for Inactive Members of St. Catherine’s”

By Tom Hunter

The community of St. Catherine’s is much larger than those we regularly see in church on Sunday or that we work with in our ministries. In the average congregation, about one-third of all members are inactive. There are many reasons. Changes in a person’s personal life or changes in the church, both local and national, can bring about a change in church activity. We may encounter friends, relatives, neighbors, and work associates who have drifted away from St. Catherine’s, people who no longer attend worship or participate in church activities. We want to reach out to them and minister to them—but we’re not always sure how. In addition, there are those who would like to attend but for physical, emotional or spiritual reasons, find it difficult to connect or reconnect. This new ministry, “Caring for Inactive Members,” is an attempt to reach out to those parishioners.

There will be a full range of participation in this ministry. We plan to have a core committee to coordinate the ministry’s activities and to make contact with inactive members, but you can also participate by knowing what to say in a chance meeting or by letting the Ministry Team know when you miss seeing a fellow parishioner. This is a ministry for all members of St. Catherine’s.

Training for this new ministry will be held in October. All members of St. Catherine’s are invited to the training sessions whether or not they intend to become involved in the formal part of this ministry. Information on signing up will be available shortly.

The training will be done in two sessions conducted on Saturday, October 12 and Saturday, October 26 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm in the Parish Hall. Both sessions are necessary to complete the training. Topics covered will include: hopes and expectations, how to handle chance encounters, how to guarantee 100% success (What is success?), how to reach out and set up visits, how to converse comfortably, and how to invite gently. Information will be provided on: The Spiritual Significance of Caring for Inactive Members, How to Listen Effectively to Inactive Members, How to Deal with the Anger of Inactive Members.

Save the date for these events

  • "EVENING UNDER THE OAK " - Saturday, September 21

By Molly Banko

Everyone is invited to St. Catherine’s second "Evening Under the Oak" concert starting at 6:00 pm. This will be a "Chastain picnic"-style concert featuring acoustic guitar musician and local favorite Jay Memory. Bring your chairs, drinks and picnic dinners and gather outside in front of the church. Bring your friends and neighbors, too! This event is sponsored by our Young Families Ministry, and is a great night for all ages. No admission or tickets needed, donations will be accepted for this and future "Evening Under the Oak" events.


  • FOYERS (DINNER GROUPS) KICKOFF - Saturday, September 14
    at Valencia Hills neighborhood clubhouse -- watch for more details!


Outreach and Blood Drives

By Connie Bergeron

In our desire to serve the greater community of Atlanta, St. Catherine's hosts Red Cross Blood Drives every other month, as individuals may donate blood every 56 days. Besides needing blood donors, we also need volunteers to greet/assist with sign-up and refreshments, set-up, and clean-up on the day of the Drive. Guidelines for donating blood are listed at the web For more information or to volunteer to help contact Jennifer Massey at 404-375-8327 or

Photo - Uncle Sam (aka Fred Massey) wants YOU to help at the blood drive!

Next Blood Drive is Tuesday, August 27

Won't you please consider giving? It will be held 3:00 to 8:00 PM in the Parish Hall. Appointments are helpful to get you in and out in the quickest time but are not required, all donors welcome at the event. You may reserve your time slot now by going to and enter the sponsor code: STCATS.

Habitat For Humanity build begins

By Connie Bergeron

On Saturday, August 10 Father Jim and a group of Habitat for Humanity volunteers and supporters from St. Catherine's participated in the blessing of the start of construction of a home in Mableton, Georgia for Army veteran Vanessa Johnson and her family. St. Catherine's has joined with an ecumenical group, Cobb Interfaith Habitat Coalition 2013, in this build to supply funds, volunteer builders on August 24, September 14 and September 21 as well as breakfast and lunch on September 14. Father Jim and two other church leaders gave blessings on the home as the build started and for the family who will live there. Tentative date for the Dedication Ceremony for the new home is Sunday, October 20.

Photos by Connie Bergeron

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Our homeowner, Vanessa Johnson Al Jones with the 2' x 4' that was signed by
St. Catherine's members with good wishes
for the Johnson family
Father Jim talking with Henry Hene of
Pinkerton-Laws, coordinator for Cobb
Interfaith Habitat Coalition
Morning safety briefing is required
for all volunteers on the build site
The build begins! Group from St. Catherine's, including (l to r)
Al Jones, Father Jim, Bettye Harris,
Jennifer Buckalew, Tom Hunter, Joan Nixon,
Tom's friend, Candy Hene

Outreach items collection for August

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 food item of focus is breakfast foods such as pancake mix, oatmeal, coffee, and sugar. All non-perishable food items, baby supplies and toiletries are welcome as always.
  • School supply drive for high school students continues by Communities in Schools. Items in need include: Calculators, spiral notebooks, index cards, 1 inch binders with dividers, 2 inch 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.
  • Year-round needs: maternity, work and professional clothing & shoes

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,


New position announced at St. Catherine’s: Coordinator of Volunteer Ministry

At the Quarterly Ministry Teams meeting on August 2 Father Jim announced a new volunteer staff position at St. Catherine’s: Coordinator of Volunteer Ministry. He was also pleased to announce that this new position has been accepted by Pat Pepper. We look forward to Pat’s development of this new role and how each of us can grow in the ministries which are our individual and community vocations in the Body of Christ.

From Pat Pepper:

Albert Schweitzer said, “I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know—the only ones among you who will be truly happy will be those who have sought and found how to serve.” A growing body of research indicates that volunteering provides individual health benefits in addition to social ones. Research has established a strong relationship between volunteering and health: those who volunteer have lower mortality rates, greater functional ability, and lower rates of depression later in life than those who do not volunteer.

I believe Albert Schweitzer and his statement that volunteering will make you happier. And I believe the research that says volunteering will make you healthier. My goal, in addition to the above, is to determine what visitors and members have to offer and what motivates them, and to connect individuals with those ministries and what ministry brings them joy, and at the same time meet the needs of the ministries of St. Catherine's and our Outreach commitments.

New Acolyte Masters announced

A BIG thank you to Barbara Barrington and Bob Olliffe who are retiring after serving as our Acolyte Masters for six outstanding years! We are proud to announce our new Acolyte Masters: Frank Adams and Tina Kerr. We look forward to your leadership of our young people who serve in this vital part of our parish life.

Congratulations to our parishioners in the news

  • Congratulations to parishioner Dr. Martha Bowden who is the winner of the Kennesaw State University Foundation Distinguished Professor Award for 2013. The KSU Foundation Distinguished Professor Award is conferred annually on a single faculty member who exhibits excellence in all three areas of teaching, scholarship, and professional service and has received national or international recognition for his or her contributions. Martha is Professor of English at Kennesaw State and has taught there since 1992.
  • Congratulations to parishioner Dr. David Bottoms whose poem, “Spring, 2012,” appears in the July 8 issue of The New Yorker (page 61), David is well-known as an author of many works. He holds the Amos Distinguished Chair in English at Georgia State University and was Poet Laureate of the State of Georgia May 31, 2000 through 2012.


by Harriett Pyburn, Amy Mikkelsen, and Angela Herndon

VBS was a huge hit this year, thanks to the loving support of our entire congregation. On July 29, we welcomed 77 children into our sanctuary to kick-start our week of “Kingdom Rock.” All week, the kids sang songs, heard Bible stories, played games, made snacks, and did fun science experiments while tying these activities to things that help us STAND STRONG for God (God's love, friends and family, prayer and the Bible). We also spent the week introducing the children to Family Promise and how we can help others STAND STRONG through supporting this local organization. Here are some numbers for you:

  • 77 - number of VBS participants ages 4-10
  • 25 - number of adult parishioners who volunteered during the week
  • 30 - number of youth volunteers who led the children through their daily activities
  • $860.78 - amount of money raised during our Family Promise ingathering
  • 305 (estimated) - number of days until YOU can get involved next year!

Seriously, this is a group effort of so many. Thanks to everyone who donated items for Vacation Bible School, from snacks to gift cards to Sharpie Markers… we couldn't have done it without you! Thanks also to the many adults who helped during the week: Laurie Dirksen (recruited, trained, assigned and managed our youth volunteers), Molly Banko (handled the early morning registration madness), Bill Ivey (set up and trouble-shot our AV equipment), Karolyn Olliffe (provided and set up our backdrop), Hale Sanders (introduced Family Promise to the children by singing them a song he wrote himself!), Julie Fulcher (handled our Mission and Movie room and worked with Hale to present Family Promise), Cameron Ward (ran the games under the oak tree and even handled the planning and supplies for the days he couldn't be there!), Molly Khan and Noelle Lagueux-Alvarez (ran our Imagination Station room which took a lot of bravery since it combined young children and water several days!), Stephanie Whitten (provided the nursery to almost 10 children to allow our volunteers to work), Suzanne Muckerman (ran the snack station with great activities that even tied our food back to the Bible stories and Bible points), Sally Paris (told our Bible stories... all while starting a new job!), Barb Selby (assisted Sally with Bible stories. The kids especially loved when she was dressed up as Queen Esther!), Susie Davis (aka Queen Talksalot staged all of the morning drama and taught the kids some amazing songs. It takes a special type who can capture the attention of 100 children and youth and she did a great job!), Jan Potter (took pictures and also had them pose for pictures that she inserted into a Powerpoint daily to retell our Bible story. The kids loved being the stars on the big screen!), Kell Owen (an example of an amazing gift from God. The same week she joined St. Cats, she volunteered 2 of her boys to be youth leaders, signed 2 up to attend VBS, and showed up every day to volunteer in whatever capacity... and boy did we need her!!), Dana Smith (another daily volunteer who was flexible to serve wherever we needed her!), Abbey Stooksbury (helped transform our church into a castle in a few short hours the day before VBS), Rachel Hutton (helped run the ever-busy nursery), Ashley Bailey (jumped in to volunteer with great enthusiasm that the kids love), and Ellis Kilgore, Hale Sanders, Ben Frost and Al Jones (showed up at 12:00 on Thursday to help put everything back in record time!)

Finally, we could not have done it without our amazing youth who shared their love for God, danced, sang, got wet, and made all of these children feel welcome and loved each day: Adryn Bowers-Dean, Allison Dupuis, Davis Waldron, Caroline Miner (aka Truman), Emily Dini (aka Swift), Mark Boutilier, Marshall Jones, Nathalie Gratas, Sofi Gratas, Abby Baumann, Erin Donoghue, Isabel Lopez, Elizabeth Blackstock, Matthew Dirksen, Allison Adams, Stephanie Gardiner, Nick Muckerman, Charlie Zimmerman, Madison Smith, Carson Smith, Coleman Dupuis, Michael Dirksen (aka Duke), Rachel Miner, Pria Sharma (aka Victoria), Sarah Grace Selby, Leah Banko, Wyatt Pitts, Olivia Lopez, James Owen and Jack Owen.

Come see more pictures at the bulletin board outside of the board room this week! And, many more full-size photos and videos, too, are available at VBSPics.

Seen around St. Cat's

Photos by Bettye Harris

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:

  • August 19-25: The Six Ministry Teams — This week we celebrate the life and work of our six Ministry Teams which are organized around the six Goals of St. Catherine’s to lead our parish committees to carry out all our programs and ministries. Each week we celebrate the work of one of the Ministry Team committees and invite you to learn more. A quarterly meeting is held for all ministry leaders, the next date will be Tuesday, November 5 at 7 pm. Pick up a copy of our Ministry Directory from the literature rack in the foyer or at the annual Ministry Fair to learn about all our opportunities for you to be involved in the life and work of St. Catherine’s.
  • August 26-September 1: Coffee Hour/Lemonade Brigade — This week we celebrate the life and work of Coffee Hour and Lemonade Brigade, which provides for fellowship after our principal worship services. Refreshments are set up in the foyer or under the oak tree. Volunteers are scheduled on a rotating basis to share making, serving and cleaning up after the services -- it's a great opportunity to meet and get to know other members of the congregation. For information please contact Deanna DeLaBarre, 678.354.3839,


In gratitude and thanks to my St. Catherine’s Family,

I can’t begin to thank everyone who played a part in seeing me through my surgery. Going with me to my visits to the doctor, mammograms, selection of surgeon, biopsy and just having a second pair of ears all helped. It especially helped to have those who have been through breast cancer or had a family member who has, that were willing to listen to me and give me some input. Thanks to Amma Susan, Vera & Marilyn for being there for me during surgery and giving Erika support and to Fr. Jim for his phone calls. Thanks to all those who furnished meals, delivered flowers, made phone calls and sent cards. A tremendous thanks to all those who volunteered and covered the office while I was recuperating and the list goes on—I’m sure I left someone out. I am now going through hormone therapy that will hopefully take care of cancer reoccurrence. I thank God for such a loving and caring parish family.

Ginney Linstrom

Dear St. Catherine’s Family,

Thank you so much for the generous book scholarship money. I’m so very thankful! I’m very excited about starting school at Mississippi and it’s a great feeling to know that I have the love and support of St. Catherine’s!

Love always,
Caroline Gardner

Dear [St. Catherine’s],

Family Promise of Cobb County wants to than your church, and especially your Vacation Bible School, for their willingness to take Family Promise of Cobb County as their mission for the children this year. We appreciate very much the generosity of the children and their families who donated $840.94 in cash plus a gift card valued at $25. We never dreamt that children could be so generous. We also believe it was a wonderful example for the children to learn about others who are less fortunate. We hope we can partner with your VBS in similar fashion next summer as well.

Frederick Massey – President, Family Promise of Cobb County


Jewelry Extravaganza at the Cathedral September 25 & 26

St. Veronica's Guild, one of the ECW guilds at the Cathedral of St. Philip, announces a Jewelry Sale Extravaganza of estate vintage and contemporary costume jewelry contributed by many churches and individuals to benefit Iraq and Afghanistan veterans with PTSD and brain injuries treated at the Shepherd Center. With such an exciting goal, folks have donated collectible pieces such as Eisenberg, Weiss, Miriam Haskell, and even 14K gold and silver, rings, watches, pins and necklaces. There is bling from contemporary makers and even pieces made particularly for the sale. Every shopper will find something in their price range.

The event is Wednesday and Thursday, September 25-26, 10 am to 6 pm at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta. Cash or checks only will be accepted for payment. For information call 404-365-1000 or 404-350-9494.


Health Tips - from our Congregational Nurses

  • Get more vitamin C
    While researchers are still unsure of the exact role vitamin C plays when it comes to the common cold, they do know that it helps keep your teeth and gums healthy, aids in absorbing iron, supports wound healing and plays a role in immune system health. Our registered dietitian recommends consuming at least one vitamin C-rich food each day. Good choices include green peppers, strawberries, citrus fruits, tomatoes and broccoli. A serving or two of 100 % orange, grapefruit or tomato juice is also a quick, easy way to boost vitamin C intake. Source: National Institutes of Health
  • Heel pain
    The American Podiatric Medical Association reports that many factors can cause heel pain. These include putting too much stress on the heel while walking or exercising, being overweight, having heel spurs or plantar fasciitis, and wearing improper footwear. Typically, heel pain is centered under your heel and may be mild at first but then flare up as you take your first steps after resting overnight. If you experience heel pain, you may need to do special exercises, take medication to reduce swelling and wear a heel pad or custom orthotics in your shoe. Check with your doctor if heel pain persists. Source: American Podiatric Medical Association

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, Patti Sousa, Polly Schadt, Lauren Stafford & family, Ashlee Wilson, Jim McNiff, Eric Fruchtnicht, Barry Dillard, Abby Christian, Stanley Hummel, Berit Collings, Raymond Higgins, Paulette Pawenski, Chuck Pettit, Grey Bissinger, Marta Sanchez, Aiden, Ted Harrison, John Ryan and his parents, Deborah Guy, Julia Weeks, Walter Duffey, Rob Harrison, Katja Michael, Norman Webster, Tom Hunter, Elizabeth Ivey, Mischa Davis, Fred Brannock, Ruth Jones, Gloria Azevedo, Franklin Eason, Mrs. Casey, the Hurst family

BEFORE SURGERY: Nancy Saunders, friend of Claire Harrison

DECEASED: Presley Shrader, Marion Cook’s brother-in-law

FOR THOSE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS: (8/17) Canaan Smith, Chase Hutton, (8/18) Cary Phillips, Zach Hurley, Caroline Greene, (8/19) Lucille Bayless Heil, Monica Vandett, Sean Olliffe, (8/20) Laura Butzen, Dylan Degan, Ross Emerson, (8/21) Jim Kareken, Jack Kilkenny, Michelle Parisi, Jeff Ely, Angela Herndon, (8/23) Scott Selby, Crystal Harwell, Lucinda Patrick, Jill Rawls, Grady Hitchins, (8/24) James Bowden, Linda Minzenberger, Emma Gale, Betsy Broda, (8/25) Jennifer Mitchell, David Sherry, Wyatt Pitts, James Sampson,(8/26) Seamus Fahy, (8/27) Ellen Adams, Karen Manno, Susie Davis, (8/28) Jeff Pierce, Mason Parisi, (8/29) Courtney Gardner, Harry Tear, (8/30) Christopher Potter, Walker Martin, Zoey Hutton, Nathan Parker, (8/31) Davis Waldron, (9/1) Debra Stockton, (9/2) Mark Moore, Pat Pepper, Mandy Maier, (9/3) Karen Smith, John Brooks, Nancy Mattox, Barbara Larsh, (9/4) Richard Carter, Catie Nelson, (9/5) Ben Frost, (9/6) Vincent Bagby

ANNIVERSARIES: (8/18) Eric & Deana DeLaBarre; (8/27) Chuck & Michelle Zimmerman; (8/29) Chris & Rebecca Kiefer; (8/31) David & Stephanie Yucius; (9/1) Tad & Alison Travis; (9/2) Mary Lou & David Shannonhouse; (9/5) Fred & Jennifer Massey; Charles & Tami Mace; Adam & Julie Stone

FOR OUR PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER: (8/18) Mark & Sally Moore; Mike, Kim, Adam & Ryan Moran; Peter & Coleen Morich; Chris, Amy, Jacob, James & Naomi Morris; Richard Motter; (8/25) Roger Motter, Keith, Susanne, & Nick Muckerman, Gaby Sutton; Carol Murphy; John, Danielle, Sidney & Cole Nabinger; Dave, Bobbie Joe & Eli Nelson; (9/1) James, Audrey & Christopher Nesbit; Jason, Taryn, Ethan & Ryan Nienaber; Jim & Joan Nixon; Gordon & Nancy O’Neill; Bob, Karolyn, Sean & Ryan Olliffe

TRANSFERRED IN: Mike, Kim & Ryan Moran from Christ Episcopal Church, Kennesaw, Georgia. Adam was confirmed earlier at St. Catherine’s.


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, September 8 – Fall worship schedule and Church School begin
  • Wednesday, September 11 – Wednesday Night Live begins
  • Saturday, September 14 – Introduction to Stephen Ministry Workshop; Foyers (Dinner Groups) kickoff
  • Saturday, September 21 – “Evening Under The Oak” Concert

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, 8/17 Saturday, 8/24


Youth House Cleanup
Cats on Wheels
  @ Booth Museum
Newcomer Social


Habitat Build @ site
Vestry Retreat
Vestry Dinner
Sunday, 8/18 Sunday, 8/25


Coffee Time
Holy Eucharist
Country Fair
Holy Eucharist
Catechesis Luncheon


Choir Call
One Service Only
Ministry Fair
J2A Leader Training

Monday, 8/19 Monday, 8/26

Amma Susan's day off
Preschool Open House
Kneeler Group
Stephen Ministry
Boy Scout Troop 713


Amma Susan's day off
Boy Scouts Troop 713

Tuesday, 8/20 Tuesday, 8/27


Preschool Begins
Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Adult Ed
Family Promise

Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting/Lunch
Blood Drive
MUST Laundry Team.
Invitation Ministry
Wednesday, 8/21 Wednesday, 8/28


Bible Study


MUST Breakfast
Bible Study
Elizabeth Inn

Thursday, 8/22 Thursday, 8/29
Preschool Parents
Friday, 8/23 Friday, 8/30
Fr. Jim's day off
Women’s Bible Study

Fr. Jim's day off
Parish Retreat
  @ Lake Logan


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


Don’t forget: Youth House Beautification Day – Saturday, August 17

Calling all volunteers on August 17 from 9 AM until 1 PM! We will spend a few hours conquering some tasks to keep our Youth House beautiful, clean, and usable before Church School and WNL start back up a few weeks later. Lunch will be provided. We will have indoor and outdoor work, so there will be a job for anyone who shows up! Please bring clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty, a water bottle, and work gloves (if you have some). Also, if you have a metal garden rake or long-handled shovel that you don’t mind lending to the cause, bring them out!


Important Parent Meeting for all youth families

Sunday, September 8, 1:00 pm in the Parish Hall

We will be holding a beginning-of-the-year parent meeting on September 8 at 1:00 PM. We will use this time to discuss plans for the upcoming year, the variety of events and activities we will have available, parent/family involvement in the Youth Program, and some other basic but important information. This will also be a great opportunity to ask any questions you may have of me and/or our wonderful youth leaders, as well as to share your insight and experience with the parents of our new Rite 13 class!


Youth serving at Elizabeth Inn on August 28

The St. Cat’s Youth will be serving dinner at Elizabeth Inn, an emergency shelter for those in need, on Wednesday, August 28. You can meet us directly there at 5:30 pm or catch a ride from the church at 5:00. Please RSVP to Mike if you plan to come and whether you will ride from St. Cat's or meet at the Inn. We always have a great time grilling dinner and meeting people, so come join us!

Wheel schedule:

Next publications:

  • September 6
  • Sepember 20
  • October 4

The Wheel is published two times per month on Fridays. All editions are in electronic form (HTML) posted on our newsletter page and distributed by email to all members subscribed to the "Parish Announcements" email list. Printed copies of each newsletter are available for pickup at church in the foyer, in the wall rack near the welcome table. We welcome contributions of articles and photos of interest to the parish. Articles are due Wednesday 2 days before the publication date, by midnight. Please submit articles via email (below) or to Editor Karen Manno's mailbox at church.

The Wheel: get every issue!

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

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