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The Newsletter of
St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
September 7 - 20
, 2013

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Clergy Letter

Fall schedule
Children's Chapel
Adjusting thermostats
Great Oak update
Young Families
Women's Book Study
Men's Book Study
Join choirs
Wednesday Bible Study
Stephen Ministry
Foyers Dinner Groups
Safeguarding training
Evening Under the Oak
Cats On Wheels
Stewardship Statement
Christmas Market
Lessons & Carols
Adult Pilgrimage report
Caring for Inactive Members
Blessing of the Animals
Low Country Boil
Concert Series

Day of Service: Emmaus House
Furniture drive
Family Promise
Outreach collections

Diocesan delegates
Congratulations Sally
Welcome newcomers
Seen around St. Cat's
  Jr. DOK installation
  Ice cream social
  Country Fair
  Ministry Fair
  Parish Retreat
Ministry focus

ECF conferences
HBCU event
Jewelry sale

Health tips


Parent meeting
Youth texts
Teacher commissioning
Emmaus House
Youth calendar



89/8 – Fall worship schedule begins;
Church School begins;
Youth Parents meeting;
YF Pool Party @ Ashebrooke

9/9 – Men’s Book Study @ Hunters’

9/11 – WNL begins

9/14 – Stephen Ministry workshop;
Foyers kickoff @ Valencia Hills

9/15 – Safeguarding God’s Children training

9/16 – Women’s Book Study

9/17 – Jubilate rehearsals begin

9/21 – Cats on Wheels @ Seed Kitchen;
Evening Under The Oak

9/22 – Emmaus Walk @ Emmaus House

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Coordinator of Volunteer Ministries

By Father Jim+

I am excited that Pat Pepper has agreed to act as a Coordinator of Volunteer Ministries at St. Catherine’s. While we might refer to her as “being on the staff,” it’s important to say that she will not have an office or phone at St. Catherine’s, or attend staff meetings on a regular basis but as needed. She has an email address at which you can reach her,

The goal of her position is to partner with St. Catherine’s staff, Ministry Team Conveners, Vestry and church leadership to maximize volunteerism at St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church through recruitment, retention and recognition. Some steps you will become aware of over these coming weeks include Pat meeting with St. Catherine’s staff and Ministry Team Conveners to collect and receive feedback on volunteer positions that are currently being filled and identify members/volunteers that are filling those positions. She will create a list of volunteer needs that includes short term and long term, job descriptions and time commitment. Together we will create a system of invitation after a member has stated a willingness to volunteer and a database that includes volunteers and the positions that are being held.

A big part of increasing volunteers in the Church is finding ways to recognize volunteers and to thank them for their work. To this end, Pat will develop ways to recognize current volunteers as well as create a measurement system for recognition.

This “position” will be a work in progress and I’m sure you will be seeing and hearing from Pat as it develops. Pat has a depth of experience with this subject both from her work with other congregations and her work with Campbell-Stone Senior Living. I look forward to her empowering and leading us to recruit, retain and recognize our volunteers. I think I can speak for Pat when I say we’d be interested in hearing your thoughts about developing a culture of volunteerism at St. Catherine’s. Thank you and welcome, Pat.

Worship times change Sunday, September 8

Our Sunday morning worship times and activities are changing to our schedule for fall through spring:

  • 7:30 am - Holy Eucharist
  • 8:00 am - Breakfast
  • 8:45 am - Family Holy Eucharist, with music led by Choristers of St. Catherine's or Jubilate each week
  • 10:00 am - Church School for all ages
  • 11:15 am - Choral Holy Eucharist, with music led by the Adult Choir each week

Church School begins Sunday, Sept. 8

Church School begins for all ages at 10 am. Read the Christian Formation article in the last Wheel newsletter for information on all our Church School offerings for children, youth, and 7 different classes for adults to choose from this fall. There will be a map in your bulletin with the location of all classes.

Children’s Chapel: Come to the parlor

Weekly at 8:45 services, beginning September 8

By Mary Lou Shannonhouse

All two- to ten-year-old kids are invited to hear the Gospel of the day in a relaxed setting in the Parlor each Sunday during the 8:45 am Family Eucharist. Follow the Cross during the Processional Hymn before the reading of the Gospel. We leave the Sanctuary for the Parlor during the hymn and return at the Peace. During Children’s Chapel (that is what we call this special time) we stretch our legs, read the Gospel and discuss it with our friends. We also talk about the Church seasons, vestments, sacraments, Jesus, God and our lives together. If you want to bring Mom or Dad that is OK, too. We look forward to seeing our old friends and meeting new friends. If you have questions please contact either Megan Shannonhouse or Mary Lou Shannonhouse at 770-973-2840 or

Youth volunteers needed

Youth volunteers are needed to assist with Children’s Chapel. Please sign up on the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or contact Mary Lou Shannonhouse as above. Thanks!

“But it’s chilly!”

By Father Jim+

We know it can be chilly in the sanctuary, especially at the early Sunday service. It needs to be, however, to accommodate the 250+ bodies that will occupy the space over the whole morning time (each radiating 98.6 degrees of heat). Adjusting the thermostats for the sanctuary only aggravates the problem—so please don’t. We have a basket of shawl-like-blankets in the narthex for those who wish to be a bit warmer.

Someone “adjusted” one of the sanctuary thermostats a couple of weeks ago enough so that the heat actually turned on even though it’s summer time, and in the confusion about “why is the heat on” the whole system was shut down in the midst of worship. Needless to say the morning ended with a very warm and uncomfortable sanctuary for all who attended the 10:30 am service. We are working on replacement thermostats that will remove the temptation for budding heating and air conditioning engineers, but until we can make this switch we ask you to bear with us and think of all those who will suffer because of your action.

The Great Oak Tree Update

By Father Jim+

The Great Oak tree in the front of our church was severely damaged in a storm on Saturday, August 31. A major branch of the tree is down and another branch is damaged from the fall of the first branch. No picture can capture the magnitude of the damage but we’ve included one for those who may not have seen it yet. I released a statement on Sunday, September 1 after the damage was discovered.

I am deeply saddened by the news of damage to our beloved great oak tree. I remember similar feelings nearly 10 years ago at news of the fire. Of course, there are many questions to be answered over the coming hours and days. It is important that we not jump to any conclusions about our next steps. For now we can remember with great fondness this marvelous creation of God. Its shade has been to us as the loving arms of a parent. Whatever happens over the coming days it cannot erase the memories of this great tree. We will keep you informed as decisions are made.

At the time of this article we have talked with one arborist. We are waiting to hear from another so that we have a second opinion. The news is mostly good. The tree appears to be salvageable. We use the word “appears” because close-up examination may present more and surprising information, but we don’t think so. The damage is most likely due to high winds, not lightning, causing a failure at a place of weakness caused by internal wood rot. The wood rot is due most likely to water, no insect activity is apparent. The opinion is that the tree is healthy and stable. We need not worry that somehow the tree will be unstable because a major limb on one side of it is removed. The repair will include removing the damaged limbs, removing the internal wood rot, filling the cavity with foam, shaping the foam and finishing it all with pruning sealer. The recommendation is to proceed as quickly as possible to seal the “wound”—certainly within 2 weeks and to do nothing else (i.e. pruning) to the tree at this time. If the tree is going to react negatively to this event, we’ll know this by next year at this time. We were assured that the work we have done under and near the tree has not caused the damage but, if anything, contributed to the health of the tree.

We appreciate all the suggestions we have received especially the referrals we’ve been given for various arborists and tree services. I hope we’ll make a decision by this weekend so that clean-up can progress next week. We will update the news of our action steps when they are clear. We plan to celebrate our September 21 “Evening under the Oak” picnic and concert evening as planned. We will certainly retain the larger pieces of tree, as has been suggested by many, for some sort of project yet to be determined.

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 11 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 7:15-8:30 pm. PLEASE 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?

WNL children’s program: please reply!

We are asking if there is interest in a supervised activity for elementary school age kids during the WNL (Wednesday Night Live) program time from 7 to 8 pm. The nursery is will be available, but if there is a need another room could be opened for K-5 kids. If you would like to attend the WNL adult program and have children that would like activity in this time period, please reply on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Lisa Spessard

Events for Young Families

Pool Party Sunday, Sept. 8

By Molly Banko and Jennifer Sherwood

Join us on Sunday, September 8 at 2:00-4:00 pm at the pool in Ashebrooke neighborhood (2930 Ashebrooke Dr., Marietta 30068). Bring a snack to share. Water and juice boxes will be provided. For questions or to get on the Young Families activities mailing list please contact Molly Banko or Jennifer Sherwood

Here are more upcoming events for our Young Families:

  • Mom’s Night Out - Monday, October 21 at 7:00 pm
    Join us at Mirko Pasta in the Merchant’s Walk shopping center (Johnson Ferry Rd. at Roswell Rd.) to catch up or get to know some other moms of St. Cat’s. Please RSVP to Jennifer Sherwood at so we can reserve tables.
  • Operation Christmas Child - Boxes collected November 10-17
    This annual service opportunity is a great and simple way to teach kids about the importance of giving. Start collecting shoeboxes and toys now to make a child’s Christmas special. Look for packing instructions and labels at church and in the preschool in October.

New Women’s Book Study group forming

First meeting Monday, Sept. 16

We are starting a new Book Study for Women from 9 to 11 AM on the third Monday morning of each month in the Library at church. We are hoping to take this opportunity to share our thoughts on some inspirational books and will begin our journey together with a study of Barbara Brown Taylor’s book, An Altar in the World. The book is available at most bookstores or from the Cobb County library. Please come share a discussion about this awarding-winning, thought-provoking book which will hopefully help us see the sacred in our everyday lives.

All women of St. Catherine’s and their friends are welcome to join us on Sept. 16 for a discussion on chapters 1 & 2. For questions contact Barb Selby, 770-952-3857 or

Men’s Book Study group begins new book Monday, Sept. 9

This study 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 on the second Monday each month at 6:30 PM. Our next book beginning September 9 is The Religion of Jesus the Jew by Geza Vermes, available at bookstores or online. Each month we meet at the home of a member of the group. In September we will be at the home of Tom Hunter, 3539 Montwood Ct, Marietta, GA, 678-488-6675. RSVP to Tom at so there can be enough food. We hope to see you there.

Join us to make music this fall

Ensembles are open to everyone with no auditions:

  • 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,
  • Rehearsals have begun for our other choirs but it’s not too late to join! Choristers of St. Catherine's (for boys and girls in grades three through twelve) -- contact Dr. Jana Williams, 678.461.9656. Chancel Choir (for adults and all youth past the age for Choristers) -- contact Brian Williams or 678.461.9656, or speak to any choir member.

Wednesday Morning Bible Study

By Father Jim+

Our Wednesday morning Bible Study meets each Wednesday in the Library from 9:30 to 11:00 am. This is a Bible Study for men and women who want to read and study Scripture and discuss how it shapes our life in the here and now. We recently completed the book of Job and began a study of Luke/Acts on August 28. Luke/Acts is the name usually given by Biblical scholars to the composite work of the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles in the New Testament. Together they describe the Ministry of Jesus and the subsequent lives of the Apostles and the Apostolic Age. Both the books of Luke and Acts are anonymous narratives dedicated to a person named Theophilus and written by the same person referred to as Luke the Evangelist.

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.

We have many Bible study offerings – for men and women, mornings and evenings, Sundays and weekdays. For information please see the Christian Formation article in the last Wheel newsletter (Aug. 23-Sep. 6). All our groups welcome new members to join!

Workshop: Introduction to Stephen Ministry

Saturday, September 14, 9 am to 1 pm

Saint Catherine’s will host a workshop for churches in our area to learn about Stephen Ministry. This is a real opportunity to see how Stephen Ministry is organized in a congregation from the ground up from the national Stephen Ministry leadership. We encourage you to join us! 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.

“Foyers” Dinner Groups Kick-Off

Saturday, September 14 at Valencia Hills clubhouse

Foyers is a wonderful tradition at St. Catherine's of dinner groups open to all adults, singles and couples. It’s a great way to meet people in the parish and share your favorite recipes. We meet in groups of 6-8 once a month from fall through spring. The host rotates each month with everyone bringing a dish to contribute to the meal at the host’s home.

Every adult is welcome to participate. Our kick-off dinner is set for September 14 at 6:30 PM. The Certains have been kind enough to offer their clubhouse for our dinner, in the Valencia Hills neighborhood at 3019 Balearic Drive, Marietta, GA 30067. Please bring an appetizer, side dish or dessert to share at our kickoff. RSVP by Thursday, Sept. 12 on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Meg and Larry Boyd, 770-977-9362. We look forward to a great turn-out and another year of good fellowship and good food!

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.

“Evening Under the Oak” picnic concert– for everyone!

Saturday, September 21

Everyone is invited to St. Catherine’s second annual "Evening Under the Oak," featuring acoustic guitar musician and local favorite Jay Memory who will perform beginning at 6:00 pm. This is an event in the style of a Chastain picnic & concert (if you’re familiar with this Atlanta tradition). So, bring your chairs, drinks and picnic dinners to our gathering outside in front of the church. Bring your friends and neighbors, too! The event is a show for all ages, for all St. Catherine’s parishioners, preschool families, and friends, sponsored for you by our Young Families Ministry. No admission or tickets are needed, donations will be accepted for this and future "Evening Under the Oak" events.

Photo - An enjoyable evening at last year's event (photo by Father Jim)

NOTE: We are keeping our event location and our name “ Evening Under The Oak” despite the recent damage to our beloved tree. See Father Jim’s message about our tree above in this newsletter.

Cats On Wheels Luncheon Saturday, Sept. 21

Cats On Wheels’ next odd-month pay-your-own luncheon will be 11:30 am at Seed Kitchen restaurant, 1311 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 504, Marietta, 678-214-6888. It is located in Merchant’s Walk shopping center between Whole Foods and Steinmart, get directions and view the menu at . RSVP so we can have seating together, fill out the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Alan Certain, or 404-661-2200.

Cats on Wheels is our "social networking" group for active senior adults – if you’re old enough for AARP, we welcome you (but you don’t need an AARP card to come!). Add these upcoming Cats On Wheels dates to your calendar now and watch for announcements of trip details coming soon.

  • Saturday, October 19, 2013 — Blue Ridge Scenic Railway day trip
  • Saturday, November 16, 2013 — Sam’s BBQ1
  • Thursday, December 19, 2013 — Seniors’ Eucharist with carols by St. Catherine’s Preschool Chorus
  • Saturday, January 18, 2014 — Georgia Ensemble Theatre – “The Only Light in Reno”
  • Saturday, February 15, 2014 — Booth Western Art Museum, Cartersville day trip
  • Saturday, March 29, 2014 — Gibbs Nursery day trip
  • Wednesday-Saturday, April 9-12, 2014 — Trip: three nights in Savannah
  • Saturday, May 17, 2014 — Cherokee Cattle Company
  • Saturday, June 21, 2014 — Lunch, location to be announced
  • Saturday, July 19, 2014 — Mary Mac’s Tea Room

Stewardship Statement

The Vestry at our summer retreat on Saturday, August 24 developed a Stewardship Statement under the guidance of our Stewardship Consultant, Mal Underwood. It was an exercise that asked us to look within ourselves to remember our earliest instruction about money and especially our first experience of money as an offering. We then proceeded to study scripture to identify God’s commandments and God’s promises concerning money. Once we identified both commandments and promises we asked ourselves, “What are the barriers that keep us from realizing God’s promises. Our list included “fear, lack of trust, greed, scarcity, envy, pride and misplaced responsibilities” among many others. Our conversation was challenging but enlightening. We then divided into two groups led by the Senior Warden and the Rector to write a statement with this framework: “We believe… We commit… We invite…” We were amazed at how similar the two statements were as we emerged from our groups. We then merged the two statements into one. Our finished statement follows:

We believe all things come from God who desires to bless us abundantly. As we welcome, accept, nurture and serve, God will provide for every need.

In joy and out of gratitude, we commit to prayerfully pursuing the tithe of our Time, Talent and Treasure as a standard of Christian giving. We will lead as humble and faithful stewards of these resources entrusted to this community by God.

We invite you, whoever you are and wherever you are on your journey to God, to reflect on all that God has entrusted to you and to join us.

Our 2014 Stewardship Program kicks off on Sunday, September 22 and concludes on New Consecration Sunday, October 27. We invite each and every person at St. Catherine’s to engage this time in our life and to seriously reflect on our statement and join us in committing your time, talent and treasure to the mission and ministry of this congregation.

Your Vestry, 2013

Vendors – apply now for Christmas Market

By Mike Peterson

The annual St. Catherine’s Christmas Market will be held on Saturday, December 7 to benefit our Youth Program. The event will include a craft and vendor fair open from 9 am to 3 pm. A hot, fresh-served breakfast and a professional Santa Claus & photographer will be available 9 am to noon. We are now accepting vendor applications. For more information please go to to view details and download the vendor reservation form.

Reserve soon for Advent Lessons & Carols at Sewanee

Saturday, December 7

By Father Jim+

We have acquired 12 tickets for the 5:00 pm 54th Festival of Lessons and Carols at the University of the South in Sewanee, TN on Saturday, December 7. If you want to get a flavor of this beautiful liturgy take a look at highlights from last year's Festival at . These tickets went very fast and we are fortunate to have assembled 12 of them. We have commitments for three so far with 9 still available as of publication date on a first come basis. If you are interested in a magnificent liturgy and are willing to travel including a late night arrival back in Marietta, please contact Fr. Jim ASAP at

2015 Adult Pilgrimage: Survey results

By Father Jim+

I want to thank everyone who took the opportunity to fill out the adult pilgrimage survey we distributed in May and June. We received 27 responses. 23 persons indicated that they are likely to consider participating in an adult pilgrimage. The majority of positive responses indicates that the range of their budgets for such trips is $3,500-$4,500 per person. The best time for people to travel was either spring (19) or fall (15).

Of course, the big question was where would you be most interested in traveling! Of the eleven destinations offered (not including “Other” for which we received “Scotland/Wales”) the following received the most endorsements: England/Scotland (13), Ireland (12), Italy (9), Scotland (9), and Spain (8).

In the comments section I received several comments which I’d like to address.

  1. Airfare really increased the price for Greece, would like airfare included in tour package.
    We cannot include taxes and fuel surcharge portion of the airfare in the original price because at the time of planning and pricing these figures are not known. It is only when we ticket the trip—4 to 6 weeks from departure—that we know those numbers. In the future I will include an estimate of those surcharges at the time the trip is announced, but we won’t have firm numbers until the reservations are finalized. In this volatile oil environment the airlines are not interested in giving us those numbers until we put a credit card number in and press “purchase.”
  2. We are new to St. Cat’s and do not know many folks, so we may be a bit timid/unsure about a trip. Is there some get to know each other time prior to the trip?
    I completely understand. Wow, taking off for 10-12 days with people you may not know is an act of faith if there ever was one. Yes, we spend time together preparing for the trip. Everyone on the trip has a role within the community and it takes time together for all of us find our place. We usually meet 2-3 times before traveling and each time is focused on getting to know one another as well as the “business” of the trip. I will say that there is a core group of people who have made each pilgrimage. They know the ropes but they also know that it is important to embrace and welcome those who are new to the experienceit’s the St. Cat’s way.
  3. If Ireland, England, or Scotland are seriously considered, I would like to help plan or give what advice I can.
    Welcome to the planning team! You're on it.

My conclusions from this survey are... I will begin planning a 10-12 day pilgrimage to England and Scotland for the spring of 2015. I’ve chosen not to include Ireland simply because I think trying to include England, Scotland and Ireland in one 10-12 day trip is too much. Ireland deserves its own trip. In the process of planning I will take a look at a fall date, but the spring shoulder season is the cheapest time to travel and in most cases the prettiest time to travel. I’ve stayed away from the British Isles because the sterling pound remains very strong against the US dollar. A similar trip in 2012 (13 days; 11 days on the ground) cost $4,389 not including airline fees and fuel surcharges. We’ll need to be very sensitive to the length of the trip, meals included, type of bus, etc. in order to keep at or below $4,000 (including airline fees and fuel surcharges).

I’d love to hear what you think about this. Feel free to stop me on Sundays or email me at or call me at 770-971-2839 (office) or 678-910-4923 (cell). Oh, by the way, I’m keeping a list of the people who returned the survey and will keep you informed. Indeed, you’ve already received this article from me. Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey. It was truly helpful.

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

Training sessions October 12 & 26

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.

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 new ministry. 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. Please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin. 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

  • Blessing of the Animals – Saturday, October 5, 10 am
    Bring your pet for a blessing at our annual observance commemorating St. Francis of Assisi, who dedicated his life to peace, caring for the poor, and teaching respect for all God's creatures.
  • Low Country Boil – Saturday, October 19
    Don't miss our annual evening of great food, dancing and fellowship!
  • St. Catherine’s Concert Series 2013-14 – Saturday, November 2
    Join us for the first concert of this year’s series, featuring the 16-voice chamber choir, Sacra Voci.


Day of Service at Emmaus House "Walk The Road"

Sunday, September 22

Everyone is invited to St. Catherine's fall Day of Service on Sunday, September 22 from 3 to 6 pm. We will travel to Emmaus House in Atlanta where we will join in their 8th annual Walk The Road event. Come and experience the diversity of housing in the Peoplestown area of Atlanta and the challenges facing this neighborhood. We'll learn from housing leaders and residents, serve as we walk to a variety of houses, and celebrate at a community cookout hosted by Church of the Annunciation. We will meet in the church parking lot to carpool (watch for announcement of meeting time). Cost is $5 or bring 5 canned goods for their food pantry, and you'll receive a tshirt!

Emmaus House is a center for community life on the corner of Hank Aaron Drive and Haygood Avenue in the Peoplestown neighborhood just south of Turner Field. Founded by the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, Emmaus House offers over 150,000 hours of direct service in programs for youth, adults, seniors and families each year, and St. Catherine's participates in many activities with them each year. For more information visit

Furniture collection drive for Metro Atlanta Furniture Bank

Saturday, October 5: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday, October 6: 1:00 - 4:00 pm

The Episcopal Deacons of the Marietta Convocation are sponsoring a collection of furniture and certain household goods for Metro Atlanta Furniture Bank. Churches of the whole convocation will bring their items to the collection van located in St. Catherine’s parking lot on these dates. The Furniture Bank works to improve the lives of people in our community by distributing essential home furnishings to individuals and families in need. It does not sell the items donated, instead giving them to clients who are moving out of homelessness, living with HIV/AIDS, or fleeing domestic violence. You can find information about Metro Atlanta Furniture Bank at .

Please bring donations during our collection times: Saturday 9 am – 4 pm, and Sunday 1:00 pm – 4 pm. There may be limited service offered to pick up donations from homes if needed. Please read carefully the following lists of items which are desired AND those which will NOT be accepted. Your donations should be in good condition: no repairs needed to be usable, and fabrics without rips, tears, stains or visible pet hair. Volunteers will be needed to help staff this project. For information about our drive contact Swiss Britt,

  • Furniture Items Most Needed (Please NO super-sizes as they will not fit into homes of recipients)
    Bed Room Furniture: Dressers, Nightstands, Chests
    Living Room: Coffee Tables/ End Tables / Sofas / Loveseats
    Kitchen: Kitchen Tables / Kitchen Chairs
    Twin Mattresses & Box Springs
  • Other Needed Items
    Bed linens - twin or full size (sheets, blankets, pillows)
    Twin and full bed frames (with mattress only)
    Working small appliances (microwaves, vacuums, coffee makers, etc.)
    Boxed dishes, glasses, pots, pans, kitchen flatware
    Small Entertainment Centers, bookcases
    New or gently used Mattresses (twin or full size only)
  • Items we CANNOT accept
    Worn furniture with rips, tears, stains, or visible pet hair; Furniture in need of repair to be usable.
    Desks; File cabinets; Office furniture; Outdoor furniture; Large appliances; Pianos; Game tables
    Exercise equipment; Hospital beds; Waterbeds; Knick-knacks; Light fixtures;
    Window treatments, Carpets or rugs; Computers; Books, Clothing; Toys;
    Car seats; Strollers; Playpens; Cribs, Changing tables, other children's furniture

Family Promise update

Some great news: Zion Baptist Church has signed their Covenant Letter for hosting for 2014. We are thrilled to have Zion Baptist as part of our hosting team for Family Promise of Cobb County. This makes 12 hosting congregations so we are nearly to our goal of 13 hosting congregations. Keep up with all our news at

We have fundraising events coming up in the community soon, including Yoga Mala event on September 14, 2 to 6 pm at Unity North Church ($20 at the door or $15 online at In addition we will be marching in the East Cobber Parade along Johnson Ferry Road on September 21 and have a booth in the festival which follows in the Fountains of Olde Towne Shopping Center. Come see us and help get the word out!

Outreach items collection

By Harriett Pyburn

Thank you to everyone who donated and addressed our August items of focus. On August 22 we took a van-load of items to MUST Ministries. Included were: 23 jars of peanut butter, 33 cans of other proteins (mostly tuna and chicken), 33 boxes of macaroni, 30 breakfast items, and several additional boxes and cans. These represent items in highest need at the given time of year and are much appreciated!

Here are the Outreach collection focuses for September:

  • The MUST food item of focus is peanut butter. 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: men's belts; maternity, work and professional clothing & shoes
Any and all donations are greatly appreciated. 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,


Diocesan Council delegates announced

By Father Jim+

I want to thank each person who volunteered for your willingness to place your name in nomination as a Delegate to The Diocese of Atlanta Council. As Episcopalians we believe that we are an integral part of a greater faith community called by God to act with one another in obedience to Him. The work of Council is just one way we exercise that belief. The Vestry at its summer retreat on August 24 elected 5 delegates and 3 alternates to Diocesan Council at the Cathedral of St. Philip on Friday and Saturday, November 8-9. These delegates will serve for the entire year between Councils:

Delegates: Bettye Harris, Marilyn Hunter, Tom Hunter, Bill Ivey, Joan Nixon
Alternates: Steve Diffley, Deborah Guy, Ann Snead

Congratulations, Sally

Congratulations to our own Sally Paris who has been called to Christ Episcopal Church in Kennesaw to serve as their Youth Director. Says Sally, “I am excited to start this new adventure and see what God has in store for both me and the people at CEC.” We're so proud of you!

Welcome to our Newcomers

By Tillie Carter

  • Carolyn Geer and her father, Dick Furer – Carolyn and Dick visited several Episcopal churches in the area and found St. Catherine’s to be the most friendly, comfortable and welcoming, also Carolyn’s daughter (Dick’s granddaughter) attended pre-school at St. Cat’s in 1995! Carolyn has been a Marietta resident for over 25 years, originally from Mobile AL. The Geers lived in in a number of places before being transferred to Atlanta in 1987. Carolyn worked in Human Resources before leaving the workforce. She and her husband Eric have 2 adult children, and 2 grandchildren.
    Dick is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and after several years in the military, serving a year in Korea, spent 48 years running paper mills in a number of locations. Retiring as a division Vice President, he and his wife were members of St. Francis in the Valley Episcopal Church in Green Valley, Arizona for 20 years and Dick served on the vestry for 13 years, chairing the Search Committee, serving on the Finance committee and also President of the men’s group! After the death of his wife he lived in a retirement community for a year but felt it made sense to move to Marietta and lives with Carolyn and her family, his son David also lives next door. Dick has 5 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren, most of who are here in Marietta.
    They have been attending the summer early service and enjoy the breakfast afterward. Kudos to the Breakfast Angels! Please give them a warm welcome whenever you see them!
  • Julie and Adam Stone (photo at the August Ice Cream Social -- by Bettye Harris)
    Julie and Adam met at an Episcopal Church and married in the Chapel at Camp Mikell four years ago. Julie is a cradle Episcopalian who grew up in Sandy Springs and attended St. Martin in the Fields, and Holy Innocents’ school. Adam grew up in a secular Jewish household in Los Gatos, California. As a child he regularly visited St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Saratoga, California and enjoyed the service because it was always in English. As an adult, Adam came to Christ in the Episcopal Church. Julie’s younger son is a sophomore at Sprayberry High School and is active in the youth program at St. Catherine’s. Julie's older son is a college student. Julie taught ballet for twenty five years. Adam is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Georgia Perimeter College. You will find them at the later service, please give them a warm St. Cat’s welcome!

Seen around St. Cat's

Junior DOK Chapter instituted -- A great day at St. Catherine's on August 11 as a chapter of Junior Daughters of the King, the Alexandria Chapter (named for St. Catherine of Alexandria), was instituted and the first seven young women of our congregation were admitted, promising to "wear the cross faithfully, to observe the Rule of daily prayer and service, always praying for and working towards the spread of Christ's Kingdom, and making an earnest effort to lead others nearer to Christ through His Church" (photos by Jan Potter, see lots more, full size, at ChurchJrDOK081113 ).


Who can resist ice cream?? At the Newcomer Ice Cream Social on August 17 (photos by Bettye Harris)


Country Fair concluded on August 18 with a guest bluegrass band including our own Greg Byer, and Miss B. was a star! (photos by Bill Ivey)


Ministry Fair August 25 -- What a wonderful day it was! All the ministries of our very busy parish presented 27 different workshops for just a taste of the opportunities we have to be involved in service to our neighbors and our world. Hope you had fun and learned something new!

See lots more pictures (full size!):

Below: (1) Pat Pepper, Coordinator of Volunteer Ministry, guides us through the opportunities on the Volunteer Tree; (2) Guessing the Custodial Riddles presented by Facilities, Grounds & Technology Ministry; (3) Talking about the Sacred Art of Doing Dishes from Molly Frost for Altar Guild; (4) Invitation Ministry tells about the Red Carpet Treatment we give our visitors; (5) Trying out the church's lawn mowers for size; (6) Fred Massey's multimedia presentation about laundry ministry at Elizabeth Inn; (7) IT Committee Chair Paul Manno and Senior Warden Bill Lee meet up on their way to the next workshop; (8) A tasty lunch was on hand from Happy Belly food truck.


Parish Retreat 2013 -- A fabulous Labor Day weekend for everyone at Lake Logan (and not too much rain!). We can't wait until our next parish-wide retreat -- save the date now for Labor Day 2015!!

Photos by Bill & Beth Lee, Pat & Bob Pepper, Lisa Spessard -- see lots more full-size on our Facebook page at Parish Retreat , Parish Retreat FUN and More Retreat Pics

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:

  • September 2-8: Choristers of St. Catherine’s — This week we celebrate the life and work of Choristers of St. Catherine’s, our choir for boys and girls grades 3-12. This group leads worship for 8:30 service 3 Sundays per month, September through May, plus the Christmas Eve family service. Rehearsals are Wednesdays 6:15-7:00 pm when we practice pieces to be sung and develop music skills by playing tone chimes. To find out more contact Director Jana Williams, 678.461.9656,
  • September 9-15: Chancel Choir — This week we celebrate the life and work of Chancel Choir, our adult singers and youth past the age for Choristers. This choir sings for 11:15 service, September through May, plus special services. Rehearsals are Wednesdays 7:15-8:30 pm and Sundays at 10:30 am. Sight-reading ability, while helpful, is not required. Please come for a rehearsal any time during the year and give us a try! To find out more contact Director Brian Williams, 678.461.9656,, or ask any choir member.
  • September 16-22: Jubilate and Sound Crew — This week we celebrate the life and work of Jubilate, our ensemble of instruments and voices which leads the congregation in contemporary worship music at the Family Eucharist on the first Sunday each month, plus occasional special services. Rehearsals are Tuesdays at 7:00 pm with an added rehearsal/sound check Saturday mornings before performance. Help is also needed as Sound Technicians and Crew. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Jeff Harris, 770.977.1157, or Bill Ivey, 770.578.1945,


Thank you to the following who have recently contributed communion wine to our parish:

  • Linda and Jerry Scott
  • Barbara and Cathy Larsh
  • Joyce Carter, in memory of her husband, Cyrus F. Carter, Jr.
  • Connie and Ron Bergeron, in thanksgiving for our wonderful St. Catherine's church family and especially in honor of Ginney Linstrom.
  • Susan & Art Bayless, in honor of Susan Jane McComb, Palmer Cooper.

Donors Create Record-Breaking Year for Summer Lunch

Thanks to generous donors, dedicated volunteers and a tireless staff, almost a quarter of a million sack lunches reached hungry children during the summer months. With an overwhelming effort by communities in eight counties, MUST Ministries has coordinated the program for 18 years and this year saw a 31 percent increase in lunches as the final tally soared to 247,087. This is an amazing accomplishment for the Summer Lunch 2013 team. Not only did they meet the hunger needs of more than 6,000 children across eight counties, they worked together to serve our little neighbors in need. This monumental effort showcases MUST's continued commitment to working with local community partners in service across North GA.

A special thank you to our partners, volunteers, benefactors, sandwich makers, bag decorators, checkers and packers, drivers, PB&J mixers, cold cut stackers, and of course our outstanding team of staff. With numerous groups and organizations involved in making this happen, the list is too long to innumerate, but we are grateful to churches, civic clubs, sports teams, scout troops, families, businesses and individuals who all pitched in to make this happen.

We estimate a 58 percent increase over the last four years as MUST has gone from serving Cobb and Cherokee Counties to reaching Bartow, Douglas, Gwinnett, North Fulton, Paulding and Pickens as well. It's remarkable what a community can do when they all work together on one cause. We are pleased to help lead this crusade to serve children in need in our area.

With Gratitude,
Kelley Henderson - Vice President and Chief Programs Officer, MUST Ministries


Free web conferences by Episcopal Church Foundation

ECF (Episcopal Church Foundation) is offering a range of web conferences this month, covering stewardship, vestry leadership, vision and planning, and community engagement. There is no cost to participate and all lay and clergy leaders are welcome to take part. We hope these web conferences will engage and empower Episcopal leaders throughout the Church to transform their faith communities and respond to God's call. For a full list and registration for upcoming web conferences go to Some upcoming conferences in September include:

  • Best Practices for Vestry Leadership (September 17, 7:00-8:00 PM ET), presented by ECF Program Director, Miguel Angel Escobar
  • Flourishing in Faith: Celebrating the Harvest (September 18, 7:00-8:00 PM ET), presented by the Rev. Angela Emerson, Diocese of Vermont; and the Rev. J.R. Lander, Vicar, St. Columba episcopal church, Diocese of Olympia
  • Las Campañas Anuales de Mayordomía (19 de septiembre de 7 a 8:30 de la noche, hora del este de EE UU), presentado por el Rev. Juan Ángel Monge, Asesor de ECF, Diócesis de Puerto Rico
  • Picturing the Future: Vision and Planning (September 24, 7:00-8:00 PM ET), presented by ECF President, Donald V. Romanik
  • Homegrown Communion: Connecting our Faith Communities with Land and Neighbor (September 26, 7:00-8:00 PM ET)


Recognition Event for Historically Black Colleges - Sept. 11-14 at St. Luke’s

The Episcopal Church Office of Black Ministries and the leaders of Voorhees College and St. Augustine’s University present an event which will give attendees a perspective of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) today, and serve as a forum for students from these institutions to come together, learn from one another, hear from their college presidents and the Presiding Bishop, and talk about challenges, opportunities and the hope for the future: The event will feature a Keynote Address by the Presiding Bishop, The Most Reverend Katharine Jefferts Schori. The event will be held at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 435 Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30308. All are invited.


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

  • Healthy Dining Finder
    Eating out is one of America’s favorite pastimes. But, if you’re not careful the calories can add up quickly. “Healthy Dining” is a free online resource where consumers can easily search for their favorite restaurants to find healthier choices when eating out. The website includes nutrition information for select dietitian-approved healthy menu options served at nearly 60,000 restaurant locations, including fast-food and upscale restaurants. For more information visit .
  • Engaging your core
    When you are sitting at your desk, try taking a moment to practice engaging your core muscles. Doing so can improve your posture, prevent low-back pain and help flatten your belly. Sit up tall; place one hand on your belly and the other in the small of your back. Bring your hands closer together through compressing your abdominal wall. Next, move your hands to the sides of your natural waist. While breathing normally, draw them toward one another without pressing, narrowing your waist.

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, Tom Thornley, Patti Sousa, Polly Schadt, Ashlee Wilson, Jim McNiff, Eric Fruchtnicht, Barry Dillard, Stanley Hummel, Grey Bissinger, Marta Sanchez, Aiden, Ted Harrison, John Ryan and his parents, Julia Weeks, Walter Duffey, Katja Michael, Norman Webster, Mischa Davis, Fred Brannock, Ruth Jones, Gloria Azevedo, Franklin Eason, Mrs. Casey, the Hurst family, Jean Rousseau, John Giles, Elizabeth Solter, Bob Davis, Rich, Diondi, Hugh Norman, Elaine Krupp, Ken Litton, Bill Krupp, Mrs. Jones, Lisa Marshall, Terry Hall, Raymond Higgins, Frances Short, Al Rowe, Destiny, Elspeth DeLaBarre, Cathy Larsh, Nancy Saunders, Gina Duncan, Jim Greene, Austin Jablonski, Kathy Holman, Robbie Roy, Roberta Abstein, Chandler, Carol Viering,


DECEASED: Ruth Virginia “Gin” Snead, Tom Snead’s mother & Ginny Lummus’s grandmother

FOR THOSE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS: (9/7) Trip Sheehan, Dana Rawls, (9/8) Tyler Wolfe, Nick Wolfe, (9/9) Hale Sanders, Connor Pyburn, (9/10) Paul Partus, Jerilyn Gardner, Sally Moore, Jim Snape, Abbye Stooksbury, (9/11) Erin Hurley, Tegan Hurley, David Bottoms, Michael Dirksen, (9/12) Doris Samples, (9/13) Garrett Brogdon, Charlene Scheuer, David Goldman, Barbara Larsh, (9/14) Becky Smith, Laurie Smith, Phil Spessard, Will McGhee, Luke Paglia, Tom Burgher, (9/15) Emma Markette, Maddie Zimmerman, (9/16) Stephanie Gardiner, (9/17) David Bowden, Elizabeth Carswell, (9/18) Kyleigh Paris, Malcolm Haymes, Molly Banko, Madelyn Pierce, Sydney Pierce, (9/19) Ryan Nienaber, Jennifer Gale, (9/20) Eric DeLaBarre, Victoria Frank, Arrevia Pierce

ANNIVERSARIES: (9/10) John & Barbara Barrington; (9/14) Matt & Lucille Bayless Heil; (9/20) Ken & Linda Minzenberger

(9/8) Brian, Claire & Luke Paglia; Chase, Lindsey & Beau Paris; Mel, Michael, Preston, Sally & Kyleigh Paris; Paul & Linda Parisi; Scott, Michelle, Mason, Logan & Gavin Parisi
(9/15) Anne Parke; Gary & Brenda Parker; Joe, Devon, Brenton & Nathan Parker; Mikel Parker; Susan & Paul Partus


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:

  • Saturday, October 5 – Blessing of the Animals at 10 am
  • October 5-6 – Furniture Bank Drive
  • Saturdays, October 12 & 26 – Training sessions for new “Caring For Inactive Members” Ministry
  • Saturday, October 19 – Low Country Boil
  • Sunday, October 20 – Habitat House Dedication Ceremony at Mableton build site
  • Sunday, October 27 – New Consecration Sunday
  • Saturday, November 2 – St. Catherine's Concert Series: Sacra Voci
  • Sunday, November 3 – Feast of All Saints; Fall Memorial Service at 5 pm

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, 9/7 Saturday, 9/14


Habitat Build @ site
Stephen Ministry Workshop
Foyers Kickoff Dinner @
Valencia Hills
Sunday, 9/8 Sunday, 9/15


Holy Eucharist
Family Holy Eucharist
Church School
Choral Holy Eucharist
Youth Parent Meeting
YF Pool Party@ Ashebrooke


Holy Eucharist
Family Holy Eucharist
Church School
Choral Holy Eucharist
Safeguarding Training

Monday, 9/9 Monday, 9/16

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


Amma Susan's day off
Women’s Book Study
Kneeler Group
Boy Scouts Troop 713

Tuesday, 9/10 Tuesday, 9/17


Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Fellowship Meeting
Outreach Meeting
Youth Ministry

Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Jubilate Practice
Wednesday, 9/11 Wednesday, 9/18


Bible Study
Family Promise
WNL Program
Youth WNL
Chancel Choir


Bible Study
Adult Ed.
WNL Program
Youth WNL
Chancel Choir

Thursday, 9/12 Thursday, 9/19
Executive Committee
Family Promise
Finance Meeting
HR Committee
Friday, 9/13 Friday, 9/20
Fr. Jim's day off
Women’s Bible Study

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


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

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!


NEW! Sign up for Youth text messages

The St. Catherine’s Youth Program is now sending periodic announcements via text messaging in addition to our various other means of communication. You will only receive text messages from the Youth Director and can opt out of the service at any time that you choose. If you would like to receive text announcements just use your phone to send the code for your class to (404) 445-1371. (Click the picture at left to enlarge.)


WNL Youth Group begins Wednesday, Sept. 11

We will hold our first Wednesday Night Live (WNL) Youth Group meeting of the year on September 11 from 7 to 8 PM in the Youth House. Parish-wide dinner is also served in the Parish Hall starting at 5:45 PM. WNL Youth Group is open to ALL youth in grades 6-12, and is an opportunity to connect with other youth, sing, play games, discuss a wide variety of topics, engage in different weekly activities, play loads of Four Square, share your weekly highs and lows with your friends, and much more! I hope to see you there!


Teacher Commissioning on Sept. 8

We will take a moment during the 8:45 service to recognize and bless the wonderful parishioners who serve as Church School leaders for Catechesis, Youth, and Adult Formation classes. Come out and show your leaders how much they mean to you!


Emmaus Walk on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2:20-6:00 PM

We will once again be participating in the annual “Walk the Road” event at Emmaus House this year on the afternoon of September 22. Emmaus House is a mission of the Diocese of Atlanta that serves the residents of the Peoplestown neighborhood in an amazing variety of ways. This event is a fun chance to learn about the work that Emmaus House does, understand what life can be like for the residents of Peoplestown and the challenges they face, help out with a bit of service, connect with other groups from around the Diocese of Atlanta, and enjoy a delicious cook out. Cost for the event is $5 or 5 canned goods for Emmaus House’s food pantry and includes a t-shirt cook-out dinner. We will meet at St. Catherine’s at 2:20 PM on Sunday, September 15, head down to Emmaus House, enjoy the event, and return to St. Catherine’s by 6:00 PM. Please email me no later than Wednesday, September 18 if you would like to come. You can find more information about Emmaus House and Walk the Road at .


Youth Calendar now online

Though paper copies are always available in the Youth House, the 2013-2014 Youth Calendar is now also available online -- click here.


Youth Pics

Serving at Elizabeth Inn, August 28

See lots more photos (full size) in the Youth Facebook album at St. Cat's Youth Serve at Elizabeth Inn (photos by Mike Peterson).

On the Parish Retreat, Labor Day weekend

Photos by McCall Kimball and more -- see more above in this newsletter.

Wheel schedule:

Next publications:

  • Sepember 20
  • October 4
  • October 18

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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