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The Newsletter of
St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
October 5 - 18
, 2013

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Clergy Letter

Blessing of the Animals
Furniture drive
Stewardship sermons
Reflection of the Day
Low Country Boil
Caring for inactive members
Cats On Wheels
All Saints remembrances
Email financial statements
Wheeler choir concert
Blood drive
Moms night out
Estate Planning WNL
Safeguarding training
Concert: Sacre Voci
Fall memorial service
Ecumenical Thanksgiving
Urgent prayer
Outreach collections
Habitat dedication
Parish Day of Service
Family Promise

Staff emails
ACA resources
A prayer for trees
Seen around St. Cat's
Ministry focus

Pride festival
Ham radio tailgate
Health tips


Corn maze trip
Lock in
New Beginnings
Pics - Emmaus Walk



10/5 – Blessing of the Animals

10/5 & 6 – Furniture Drive

10/11-13 – New Beginnings @ Camp Mikell

10/12 – Training: Caring for Inactive Members

10/17 – Wheeler HS Chorus concert

10/19 – Cats on Wheels @ Blue Ridge Railway;
Low Country Boil

10/20 – Habitat House dedication @ Mableton site

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Lilly Endowment Grant awarded: Building bridges of peace

By Amma Susan+

Last fall, I invited parishioners John Brooks, Carol Eskew, Elizabeth Lopez, and Paul Parisi to serve as a team to join me in writing a proposal for a grant from the 2013 National Clergy Renewal Program funded by the Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc. administered by Christian Theological Seminary. As a result of that proposal, St. Catherine’s has received a grant from the Endowment of $48,500.00 which will fund the renewal plans for my sabbatical leave scheduled to take place from May through August in 2014 and will also provide funds for parallel activities to enrich St. Catherine’s during my absence. St. Catherine’s is one of 87 congregations across the country selected to receive this competitive grant.

Ministers whose congregations are awarded the grants use their time away from the demands of daily ministry to engage in a period of reflection and renewal. The approach respects the “Sabbath time” concept, offering ministers a carefully considered respite that may include travel, study, rest, immersive arts and cultural experiences, and prayer.

The Endowment encourages clergy to envision “What will make your heart sing?” as they consider plans for their renewal proposal. The theme of my proposal, “Building Bridges of Peace,” developed out of an acute awareness of the divisiveness in the world around us and the longing for peace that is deep and close to the heart of all earth’s spiritual traditions. People long for peace: peace in our inner selves, peace within families and between neighbors, peace within our own denomination, peace between denominations, and especially peace within the household of Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar. Jews, Christians and Muslims are painfully divided even though we share biblical ancestors. We are living in a polarized time where divisions threaten the relationships that bind people together and deafen ears to hear Christ’s call to “love God and our neighbor as ourselves.” We live in a global community; diverse people are our neighbors. The renewal experiences are designed to give me new insights into building bridges of peace within ourselves, within our congregation and between those different beliefs.

The renewal program for my sabbatical leave has five components: (1) making pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago, Spain, where for a period of 100 years, Jews, Muslims and Christians lived in peace at a time when that was not the norm; (2) experiencing the community of Corrymeela, Ireland, where key players in “the troubles” between Roman Catholics and Protestants were lifted out of conflict situations into this community founded on reconciliation, where they could talk in hopes of averting violence; (3) interacting with people from various parts of the world in the Taizé community in France; (4) spending quiet time on Iona, Scotland for reading, study, reflection and writing; and (5) making pilgrimage with my adult children in Ireland.

There are parallel activities planned for St. Catherine’s enrichment during my sabbatical absence: (1) a movie night to watch “The Way,” (depicting a father’s journey on the Camino de Santiago; (2) Christian formation classes on Celtic Christianity for today; (3) worship services to include music from Taizé; (4) a pilgrimage walk (a hike in the North Georgia Mountains as a taste of the larger trek on the Camino); (5) an Interfaith Immersion Weekend; and (6) shared meals with international food to mark my leaving and homecoming.

The parish will track my sabbatical travels on maps around the church labeled, “Where in the World is Amma Susan?” My progress will be communicated on the parish web site and The Wheel newsletter and I will write a blog throughout my time away. The congregational dinner in September 2014 will include a sabbatical travel log. Members of the parish are invited to be involved in both planning for and participating in these parallel activities at St. Catherine’s.

I am deeply grateful to the members of my Lilly Grant team and to the Endowment for making it possible for this sabbatical renewal dream to now enter the realm of reality. It is my hope and prayer that these renewal experiences will be transformative, not only for myself and my family but also for St. Catherine’s, and will return me to the parish with new insights and reenergized for continued ministry in your midst as we seek together to build bridges of peace.

Blessing of the Animals

Saturday, October 5 at 10 am

Bring your pet for a blessing at 10 AM under the Big Oak Tree. Our observance commemorates St. Francis of Assisi, who dedicated his life to peace, caring for the poor, and teaching respect for all God's creatures. We expect our usual delightful morning celebrating our animal friends and companions. Music for this service is provided by Jubilate.

Remember to bring your pet leashed or caged as appropriate. A few treats for dogs and cats will be provided. Our collection this day will benefit the Humane Society of Boulder in Colorado which is assisting pets in the wake of the recent floods affecting Boulder County.

(Photo at last year's service by Jan Potter)

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. Please bring donations during our collection times to the collection van located in St. Catherine’s parking lot: Saturday 9 am – 4 pm, and Sunday 1:00 pm – 4 pm. There will be limited service available to pick up donations from homes if needed. Items are tax deductible, forms will be available at dropoff.

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 are needed to help staff this project to help load furniture into the van, and individuals with trucks to collect items from homes and bring them to the church. For information or to volunteer please contact Swiss Britt,

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

  • Furniture Items Needed (Please NO super-sizes as they will not fit into homes of recipients)
    Bedroom Furniture: Dressers, Nightstands, Chests
    Living Room: Coffee Tables/ End Tables / Sofas / Loveseats
    Kitchen: Kitchen Tables / Kitchen Chairs
    Twin Mattresses & Box Springs
    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

Sermons: Stories of Stewardship

The season of Stewardship has begun at St. Catherine's. One of our traditions is to have members of the parish share their stories on two Sundays during this period. Don't miss the chance to hear from our friends as they take to the pulpit to deliver the sermon at all service times these dates:

  • Sue and Jason Snape on Sunday, October 6
  • Tom Donoghue on Sunday, October 20

Reflection of the Day

Now through October 27

St. Catherine's presents its collection of reflections, “Flourish in Spirit,” thirty-five meditations on stewardship written by our own St. Catherine's members. This year we have three ways to get your Reflection of the Day now through October 27:

  • NEW! By daily email – A new service available now: you can receive the Reflection of the Day each day by email direct to you. Go to sign up for Reflection of the Day (or find the subscription link on the Reflections web page below). The service is free of charge, and you'll begin receiving reflections the day after you begin your subscription.
  • On our website at
  • Pick of your copy of the printed booklet at church

Low Country Boil — Saturday, October 19

Tickets going fast!

Let the good times roll! The Low Country Boil will take place Saturday October 19 beginning at 7 pm in the Parish Hall. Enjoy music from the beach and bayou as you fellowship with old and new friends. Join us for bountiful servings of shrimp, potatoes, corn, sausage, corn bread, and dessert. Beverages, including wine and beer, are included in the $17.50 per person ticket cost.

Tickets will be sold in the church foyer on October 6. For more information, please contact Fred Lopez at or Hans Kraeger at

Photo - The Iveys dig beach music at last year's Low Country Boil (photo by Bettye Harris)

Training sessions for new ministry October 12 & 26

A new ministry is beginning at St. Catherine's, “Caring for Inactive Members.” 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.

“Caring for Inactive Members” is an attempt to reach out to those parishioners who have drifted away from St. Catherine’s, people who no longer attend worship or participate in church activities. 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.

Cats On Wheels trip on Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

Saturday, October 19 - RSVP

By Alan Certain

All aboard the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway for a fall foliage excursion on Saturday, October 19! We will depart St. Catherine’s promptly at 7:45 a.m. The scenic railway is 3½ hours round trip from Blue Ridge, including a 1½ hour lunch-time lay-over in the quaint sister towns of McCaysville, Georgia and Copperhill, Tennessee. We will return to St. Catherine’s no later than 5:00 p.m. The cost of this excursion is $50, which includes the scenic train ride and transportation to and from Blue Ridge. Lunch is extra.

These fall foliage excursions are very popular, and the train is already more than half sold out. If you will join us, REPLY right away. I will buy tickets each day until they are gone. If you snooze, you lose. More information: To RSVP sign up on the Opportunties For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Alan Certain,, 404-661-2200. Cats On Wheels is our fellowship group for active senior adults, please join us!

All Saints’ Sunday remembrances

Reply by Sunday, October 27

The celebration of the Feast of All Saints falls on Sunday, November 3 this year. On this date we would like to remember at the altar the saints in your lives. Please share with us both the names of people in your life who you have lost (whether last week or 25 years ago), and also those who grace your life in the here and now. Please fill out the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact the church office by Sunday, October 27.

Coming this month: statements by email

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

An initial message will be sent in the coming week, please watch for it.

Wheeler Choir concert Thursday, October 17 at St. Catherine's

The Wheeler High School Choir will perform their fall concert, "Songs of Joy and Beauty," in our sanctuary on Thursday, October 17 at 7:00 pm. Everyone is invited for this delightful evening of music, no tickets or admission.

Blood Drive next date: Tuesday, October 22

The Red Cross Blood Drive truck makes its next stop at St. Catherine's on October 22. Making an appointment is easy: go to and enter Sponsor Code STCATS to sign up for available times. However, appointments are not required, if you don’t get around to making one you are still welcome to come! Help is also need for greeting donors, setup and clean up.

Remember to join us at St. Catherine's for our blood drives throughout the year. In Georgia we must collect 1,300 units of blood daily to meet the needs of our patients and hospitals. And you’ll feel good knowing you've helped change a life!

Moms Night Out

Monday, October 21 at Mirko Pasta

Young Families Ministry invites moms to a night out! Join us at 7:00 pm at Mirko Pasta in the Merchant’s Walk shopping center (1281 Johnson Ferry Rd., at Roswell Rd. We'll catch up and get to know some other moms of St. Cat’s. Please RSVP to Jennifer Sherwood at so we can reserve tables. For questions or to get on the Young Families activities mailing list please contact Molly Banko or Jennifer Sherwood as above.

“Estate Planning 101” at Wednesday Night Live

November 6 at 7:00 pm

By Harry Tear

The Great Oak Endowment Fund is pleased to present Brian Smith, a Marietta attorney with over 17 years of estate planning experience, at Wednesday Night Live on November 6. Brian will help debunk some of the myths and misconceptions regarding wills and estate planning (for instance, trusts aren't just for "rich" people). Regardless of net worth, each of us at St. Catherine's has been blessed with many gifts from God and proper planning (including living wills /durable powers of attorney) will ensure good stewardship of those gifts. Please join us for a light-hearted look at a topic most of us try to avoid and see that it's really not scary (and will bring you peace in knowing that you and your loved ones are prepared).

WNL (Wednesday Night Live) continues each week with dinner, fellowship and programs for everyone. The schedule is dinner 6:00-7:00 pm, followed by programs 7:00-8:00 pm. PLEASE MAKE DINNER RESERVATIONS 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.

Safeguarding God's People training - November 10

By Harriett Pyburn

St Catherine's will be hosting a "Safeguarding God's People" training course on Sunday, November 10, 3-6 pm. Safeguarding God's People is the training program for protection of adults with regard to sexual exploitation and sexual harassment. This training is required for volunteers, staff and clergy who work with adults at St. Catherine’s and should be renewed every 3 years. There is no cost to attend, but please RSVP to Harriett Pyburn ( so we can plan for appropriate space and materials.

If you have not been trained before, please consider investing the time to take this class. This class is only offered a few times a year throughout the diocese, and there is no place as convenient as St. Cat's! Those interested in getting involved with Family Promise are encouraged to attend, as this training will likely be required for some of the Family Promise volunteer positions. If you have any questions regarding training requirements for volunteer positions or the status of your training certification, please feel free to reach out to Harriett.

St. Catherine’s 2013-14 Concert Series

First concert Saturday, November 2: Sacre Voci

By Martha F. Bowden, Chair, St. Catherine’s Concert Committee

St. Catherine’s Concert Series announces the first concert in our 2013-2014 series! Sacre Voci, directed by Edward R. Schneider, Director of Music and Worship at First Presbyterian Church, Marietta, will perform on Saturday, November 2, at 8:00 p.m.. A chamber choir specializing in both early polyphonic repertoire and more contemporary choral music, the group performed at the Picolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston this past spring. Sacre Voci’s musical choices will be particularly effective in our vibrant space. No tickets are required, but there will be a freewill offering. We look forward to welcoming you all to our opening performance!

And there is another way you can be involved in the Concert Series: Become a Friend of music at St. Catherine’s! The high quality of last year’s inaugural series was made possible by the generous support of the Friends of Music. We are very grateful to our supporters, and we would like to extend an invitation to all of you to consider contributing to our program. All contributors will be recognized in the concert programs and are invited to a reception in the spring; donors of gifts of $100 and above will receive two free tickets to the Kaleidoscope concert in May, our only ticketed event. You can make your gift to the Concert Series by writing a check to St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church; write “Concert Series” in the memo line. Thank you so much for your generosity! If you have any questions, please contact Martha Bowden at

Fall Memorial Service and Reception

Sunday, November 3, 5:00 PM

Everyone in the congregation is invited to our semi-annual Holy Eucharist and Memorial Service in support of those in our parish who have lost friends and loved ones since our spring celebration. Please join us for this moving service to offer love and comfort to those who grieve. If you have someone to be remembered please send your information to Karen Manno, by Sunday, October 20.

A reception will follow in the Parish Hall immediately following worship. Donation of finger foods are greatly appreciated — please bring them (prepared and ready to serve) to the kitchen prior to the service. Help is also appreciated with set-up, serve and clean-up.

Ecumenical Thanksgiving Celebration

Thursday, November 21: one week before Thanksgiving Day

St. Catherine’s is pleased to announce that we will join twelve other congregations in the 9th Annual Ecumenical Thanksgiving Celebration on Thursday, November 21, 7:00 pm at Temple Kol Emeth, 1415 Old Canton Rd, Marietta, GA 30062, Everyone is invited to usher in the Thanksgiving season with a joyous celebration of the things that bring us together. The evening will be inspiring, humorous and music-filled, and followed by a dessert reception.

Our parishioners will be very involved in the event: providing a youth member to join in writing and presenting prayers, singers for the joint choir, assisting with the reception, and writing spiritual messages as part of the announcements to our general community. The other congregations presenting and organizing this event are: Baitul Baqi Mosque, East Cobb United Methodist Church, Eastminster Presbyterian Church, Emerson Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Interfaith Community Initiative, Islamic Center of Marietta, Islamic Speakers Bureau, Masjid Al-Muminum, North River Church of Christ, Sikh Educational Welfare Association, Temple Kol Emeth, Transfiguration Catholic Church, and Unity North Atlanta Church. The public is invited. Please bring canned food donations.

Please note:

  • This service will be held on the Thursday one week before the date of Thanksgiving.
  • St. Catherine’s will NOT have a worship service on the Tuesday evening before Thanksgiving which we have held in previous years.

Urgent Prayer Requests

By Barbara Cordery

Have you ever had a crisis in the middle of the night? Have you ever had a sudden, urgent need for the help that only prayer can provide? Sure, at the moment of the crisis, we are usually wrapped up in dealing with the issues, nursing a sick child, dressing a wound or calling 911. But there comes a moment when the immediacy has let up a bit and we feel the need for God’s help and all the prayers we can get. That is what St. Catherine’s Urgent Prayer Ministry is for. Did you know that you can call the Urgent Prayer Coordinator, Barbara Cordery, at 770-552-7061 any time day or night, and she will contact a group of volunteers to immediately pray for you? You can also call St. Catherine’s at 770-971-2839 and follow the prompts. Sudden tragedy is always difficult to deal with but prayer help is always available.


Outreach items collection

By Harriett Pyburn

In August and September we have been collecting school supplies for high school youth involved in Communities in Schools. Your response has been overwhelming. This week I was able to deliver to Communities in Schools:

  • 25 spiral notebooks
  • 24 3-ring binders
  • 8 calculators
  • 1,700 index cards
  • 6,270 sheets of notebook paper
  • 23 dividers
  • 14 folders
  • 196 pens
  • 111 mechanical pencils
  • 122 wooden pencils
  • 1,700 Post-it notes
  • 9 bottles of hand sanitizer
  • 10 packages of tissues
  • a handful of other great supplies such as
    protractors, compasses, highlighters, small note pads, etc.

Thank you to everyone at the church and preschool who made this school supply drive such a great success!

Following are our Outreach collection focuses for October. 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,
  • The MUST food item of focus is dried pasta and spaghetti sauce. All non-perishable food items, baby supplies and toiletries are welcome as always.
  • Seasonal focus: good condition coats, jackets, hats, scarves and blankets
  • Year-round needs: men's belts; maternity, work and professional clothing & shoes

Habitat House Dedication

Sunday, October 20 at 2:00 pm 

Everyone is invited when we will celebrate the completion of the Habitat House we have helped build this year in Mableton, Georgia for Army veteran Vanessa Johnson and her family. The build began on August 9. St. Catherine's joined with Cobb Interfaith Habitat Coalition 2013 in this build, supplying funds and volunteer builders as well as food for the workers during construction. Contact Al Jones or Connie Bergeron for directions to the ceremony at the build site.

Parish Day of Service

Saturday, November 9

By Harriett Pyburn

November is a time to pause and give thanks for all we have. Before the season gets too busy, why not pause and take a day to give back? St. Catherine's will be hosting a Day of Service on Saturday, November 9 for all ages and all interests. We will meet at the church at 8:30 am for a quick prayer and coffee, and then we will break out into groups:

  • Atlanta Community Food Bank: 20 people will travel to Atlanta Community Food Bank to help sort food items in their Product Rescue Center. Our volunteer shift is 9 am-12 noon. Ages 8 and up are welcome. Sign up soon for this opportunity.
  • St. Catherine's Cleanup: We will have a punch list of items inside the church that need to be tackled before the holiday season. Details to be announced soon, but possibilities include painting, cleaning beyond the scope of the weekly cleaners, etc. All ages welcome.
  • St. Catherine's Pansy Planting Party (and More!): We will have a third group working on the grounds of St. Catherine's. We will be planting pansies as well as starting the groundwork on a cutting garden for the Flower Guild (and need someone with a rototiller to help!). All ages welcome.

This promises to be a fun and rewarding day for all—and you are done by lunch time! We will have a table in the foyer starting October 13 for signups. Please contact Nancy Denton or Harriett Pyburn for more information.

Family Promise update

By Hale Sanders

  • “See Box City” Event November 15-17 at St. James’ Marietta

Did you know that there are approximately 1,400 homeless school-aged children in Cobb County that are living either in cars, motels, or other unsuitable places, simply because their parents were no longer able to afford their rent? But did you also know that St. Catherine’s is reaching out to provide shelter to these homeless families through the Family Promise program starting in January? This program will enable homeless families to stay together at 13 different churches (including St. Catherine’s) throughout the year until Family Promise can get them long-term housing. But, Family Promise still needs to raise funds, and one way we will do that is to hold a homelessness awareness event on the weekend of November 15-17 in downtown Marietta at St. James Episcopal Church. We are asking adults and youth to consider spending one or both nights in a security-guarded parking lot at St. James in either a cardboard box (that Family Promise will provide), your own tent, or car to demonstrate support for the homeless families who have to do this all the time just to survive. There is a charge of $35 for each person staying in a box or tent, or $50 for each family staying in a car. We are also encouraging donations from neighbors and friends using a donor form that we will provide. There will also be events during the day as well. If you have any questions, contact Hale Sanders at or 678-472-1839.

  • East Cobber Parade

We had an interesting although very wet East Cobber Parade on September 21. As we walked down the parade, we explained to bystanders about our program and found a lot of interest. We also went from booth to booth getting out the word at the festival and received much verbal support there as well. This was a great opportunity to let the community know about us.

  • Family Promise Week is October 20-27

Family Promise Week is a great time to celebrate the hope and promise we are intent on providing to families in our communities. Nationally, Family Promise will celebrate 25 years of serving homeless families across the country — 160,000 volunteers, 6,000 congregations, and more than 500,00 people served.


Staff email addresses changed

Please note the following email addresses for our staff effective immediately. Any former "bellsouth" email accounts which some of our staff have used will be available for a short while but please make these changes now:

Father Jim -

Brian Williams –

Amma Susan -

Jana Williams –

Rosemary Wolfe -

Pat Pepper –

Ginney Linstrom -

Karolyn Olliffe -

Mike Peterson -

Preschool -

Karen Manno -

general contact –

Affordable Care Act and the Episcopal Church

(adopted from Episcopal Café

The Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare) went into effect on October 1. Church Pension Group and Episcopal Church Health Ministries have some helpful information. You will find some of that information on St. Catherine’s resource table at the top of our stairs to the atrium.

The Episcopal Church Health Ministries offers some advice to churches assisting people with enrollment and questions. Many of our ministries (Outreach and Stephen Ministry to name two) come into contact with those likely to be uninsured. Food pantries and other ministries that serve the homeless or working poor will have the opportunity to identify many who need help accessing the benefits of the Affordable Care Act. Here is how your ministry can help:

  • Know what's happening: Do you know the significance of October 1, January 1, and March 31? Do you understand the basics of the Affordable Care Act? Do you know where to find additional help?
  • Make a plan: How involved do you want to be? Consider the scenarios at and how your ministry might participate.
  • Offer help: Do not assume that no one in our parish or community needs this information. People can lack health insurance for many reasons and it is not always clear who needs the information. At a minimum, commit to providing information and knowing where to direct people for more help.

See Episcopal Church Health Ministries’ ACA page at to catch up on the latest information and best resources.

A prayer for trees

Please see this lovely prayer for trees (scroll down and right), sent in by Margaret Shaw, at

Blog by Chuck Currie, June 29, 2008

Seen around St. Cat's

Above - Photos by Bettye Harris

Below -- Evening Under the Oak September 21:
It wasn't under the oak (due to rain)... but a good time was had by all!
(Photos by Bill Ivey)

Do you know about these ministries?

In our Parish Cycle of Ministries, we celebrate the life and work of these ministries in the upcoming weeks. Please read on to find out about each and consider if you’d like to become involved:

  • October 7-13: Friday Morning Folders This week we celebrate the life and work of the Friday Morning Folders committee, part of the Parish Administration and Facilities Ministry Team. This committee brings volunteers together at 10 am on Friday mornings to prepare Sunday bulletins and special mailings, and to have some time for enjoyable conversation and fellowship. Help is always welcome. For information on how to get involved please contact Bette Hamilton, 770.590.0428,
  • October 14-20: Fellowship Committee — This week we celebrate the life and work of the Fellowship Committee, which plans a variety of fellowship offerings for the parish, plus receptions in conjunction with many events at church, all to build community and provide opportunities for fun and fellowship for adults, youth and children. The committee also oversees the kitchen and Parish Hall activities and supplies. Many hands are needed to help plan and carry out these events, and new ideas are invited. For information please contact Shirley Childs 404.217.3558, or Jennifer Massey, 404.375.8327,


Thank you to all my sisters and brothers at St. Catherine's for the lovely flowers, prayers, cards and phone calls that have come my way during this challenging time. September has been a difficult month for Bill and me and my family, but we have been sustained through the outpouring of love from our dear friends.

With deep appreciation and love,
Kathy Holman

I would like to thank our St. Catherine's for the all the prayers for our son. His surgery was on September 9 and all went well. He was in the hospital for five days and will be off work until his surgeon says he is okay to go back. When we left him he was progressing very well. Please keep him in your prayers. Thank you so much for your love and prayers.

Beth Sandoval

Dear St. Catherine’s,

Thank you for the beautiful altar plant and the visit by Meg Boyd at David’s death. The presence of many old friends and Father Nixon were a balm for our family’s pain at the funeral. David Stone took pleasure in seeing Fr. Nixon ministering and being ministered to by the island church of St. Cuthbert’s. May our sweet Lord guide you all in your walks with the Holy Spirit.

Thank you,
Nancy Stone and family


Seventy parishes “welcoming and affirming” in 25th Annual Gay Pride Festival

Seventy parishes of the Diocese of Atlanta are listed as “Welcoming and Affirming” in Integrity Atlanta’s 25th Annual Gay Pride activities. The Gay Pride Eucharist will be held on Thursday, October 10, 7:30 pm at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Atlanta. A reception follows the service. The Rt. Rev. Mary Douglas Glasspool, 8th Bishop Suffragan, Diocese of Los Angeles, will preach and preside at the service. Anyone wishing to sing in the volunteer choir should report to the Choir Room by 6:30 pm.

The Diocese of Atlanta will have a booth at the Pride Festival in Piedmont Park on October 12 and 13. Volunteers to help staff it. Go to to sign up electronically. The booth is numbered as G49.

The Pride Parade kicks off at 1 pm on Sunday, October 13 on West Peachtree in front of the Civic Center Marta Station near the corner of Ralph McGill and West Peachtree. Our position will be in the “D” section and we should be toward the front of this section nearer Ralph McGill. Volunteers are needed to carry their parish sign, ride on the float, carry the banner for the Diocese of Atlanta and march in the parade. The parade is less than two miles ending at 12th Street and Piedmont at the entrance into the park.


Ham radio tailgate Saturday, October 12

By Karen Manno

The Kennehoochee Amateur Radio Club will hold an informal tailgate and equipment swap in St. Catherine’s parking lot the morning of Saturday, October 12, starting at 8:00 am. If you have ever wondered about amateur (“ham”) radio you’re invited to come by to chat and learn more about this active hobby, a unique mix of fun and public service. For more information visit the club’s website at


Health Tips - from our Congregational Nurses

  • Do sweat the small stuff!
    Sweating the small stuff may not be good advice when dealing with daily stresses, but experts say it may be the most effective approach when it comes to weight control. Try setting small, specific goals such as substituting every other soda with a glass of water or committing to a one-mile walk three times per week after dinner. Procrastination also gets in the way of forming healthier habits, so start today! For more useful tips, go to
  • Cheese for nutrition
    Many of us avoid eating cheese because it is high in cholesterol and fat, especially saturated fat. However, cheese is also an excellent source of protein and calcium. Eating 1½ ounces of lower-fat natural cheese, like mozzarella, will give you the same amount of calcium and a little more protein as drinking one cup of milk. There are also specially made low-fat cheeses. Consider using the low-fat varieties and eating smaller portions. If you are careful with other sources of saturated fat, you can use cheese to get extra calcium and protein into your meals and snacks. Source:

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If you have a name to be added to the Prayers please fill out the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin, or contact the church office, 770-971-2839, Names will remain on the Prayer Chain list for one month unless indicated for a longer period.

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

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

FOR THE SICK: Eric Fruchtnicht, Julia Weeks, Walter Duffey, Franklin Eason, John Giles, Bob Davis, Rich, Diondi, Hugh Norman, Lisa Marshall, Terry Hall, Raymond Higgins, Al Rowe, Destiny, Gina Duncan, Kathy Holman, Erin Strunk, Mr. Wilson, Dick McKibben, Nancy Mangiante & family, Maria Ortiz, Marty Chapman, Theresa Lengsfeld, Deborah Guy, Risa Maier, Allison Ross, Traci Landis, Opal, Matt Gibson, Tillie Carter, Peter Coupe, Gina Barnes, Emmie, Aidan, Beverly Harvey, Morgan, Jane Atkins, Jan Severs, Erminie Leppo, Barbara Markette, Iris Phillips, Nancy Certain, Elaine Krupp, Samantha Caldwell, Bill Woods, Genie Lee, Larry Boyd, Dan Narocki, Rod Deutscher


FOR THOSE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS: (10/5) Palmer Bayless, Matt Greene, Mason Smith, Baylee Heil, Cam Graham, (10/6) Richard Motter, Kaitlin Thomas, Geoffrey Gardner, Stuart Gardner, Tom Donoghue,(10/7) Kevin Sluss, Lou Dini, (10/8) Aubrey Nall, Jennifer Sherwood, (10/9) Tom Hunter, Justin Baker, (10/10) Austin Jablonski, Rod Pope, (10/11) Katherine Maxwell, Tina Kerr, Jason Nienaber, (10/12) Suzanne McGhee, (10/13) Kitty Diffley, Audrey Nesbit, Althea Dillard, (10/14) Jason Cook, Sydney Spessard, (10/15) Bill Bowden, Erin Donoghue, Annabelle Stooksbury, Tony Khan, (10/16) Marion Cook, Megan Snook, Kelly Beard, Shannon Jablonski, Gabrielle Harwell, Edwina Tims, (10/17) Lee Ann Sherry, (10/18) Bill Woods, Chandler Sherry, Lisa Johnston

ANNIVERSARIES: (10/9) Will & Suzanne McGhee; (10/10) Jim & Linda Snape; (10/13) James & Susie Davis

(10/6/13) Vic, Paddy, Ian, Keely & Quinn Phillpotts; Jeff, Jessica, Arrevia, Ginny, Kellen, Madelyn, Sydney Pierce; Ed, Tracey, Cody & Wyatt Pitts; Rod, Nadine & Zach Pope; Chris , Jan & Gene Potter, Arthur & Kelly Weissinger
(10/13/13) Sally Powers, Steve, Harriett, Connor, Bryce & Christina Pyburn; Eric, Courtney, Gladys & Jackson Ragan; Carol Eskew/Shelley Ransdell; Jim, Dana, Erin & Jill Rawls

TRANSFERS IN: Tim Brown, Ellen Ewing, Josie Brown & Kendall Brown from St. Peter & St. Paul Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia

We love to recognize birthdays and wedding anniversaries for everyone in our parish! We have a year-round calendar to pray for these special dates, send birthday cards, and publish in our bulletin and newsletter. Would you like your birthday or anniversary included in our remembrances? Please send names and dates to us using the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin, or contact the church office.


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, October 27 – New Consecration Sunday and Celebration Brunches
  • Saturday, November 2 – Concert Series: Sacre Voci
  • Sunday, November 3 – Feast of All Saints; Fall Memorial Service at 5:00 pm
  • Saturday, November 9 – Parish Day of Service
  • Thursday, November 21 – Ecumenical Thanksgiving Celebration 7:00 pm at Temple Kol Emeth

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, 10/5 Saturday, 10/12


Furniture Drive
Jubilate Practice
Blessing of the Animals


Ham Radio Tailgate
Ministry Non-Attending
Private Dinner
Sunday, 10/6 Sunday, 10/13


Holy Eucharist
Family Holy Eucharist
    / Jubilate
Church School
Choral Holy Eucharist
Concert Committee
Furniture Drive


Holy Eucharist
Family Holy Eucharist
Church School
  / Teacher Appreciation
Choral Holy Eucharist

Monday, 10/7 Monday, 10/14

Amma Susan's day off
Cobb Schools Closed


Amma Susan's day off
Men’s Book Study
Stephen Ministry
Women’s Bible Study
Boy Scouts Troop 713

Tuesday, 10/8 Tuesday, 10/15


Cobb Schools Closed
Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Facilities Group
Jubilate Practice
Youth Ministry

Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Safeguarding Committee
Jubilate Practice
Vestry Meeting
Wednesday, 10/9 Wednesday, 10/16


Bible Study
WNL Program
Youth WNL
Chancel Choir


Bible Study
Adult Ed.
WNL Program
Youth WNL
Chancel Choir

Thursday, 10/10 Thursday, 10/17
Executive Committee
Finance Committee
Men’s Bible Study
HR Committee
Men’s Bible Study
Wheeler Choir Concert
Friday, 10/11 Friday, 10/18
Fr. Jim's day off
New Beginnings @ Camp Mikell
Men’s Bible Study
Women’s Bible Study
PANDA Meeting

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


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

Youth Calendar available online

Night Out at the Maze - Saturday, Oct. 26

Let's get lost! Youth Night Out is the evening of Saturday, October 26 from 7 to 11 PM. We will meet at St. Catherine's, head up to the Cagle's Family Farm Corn Maze in Canton, hit up the Marietta Diner for some late night dessert, and then head back to St. Cat's. Tickets will be between $8-12, and you'll want to bring money for the Marietta Diner as well. Photo below -- last year's Maze trip

Lock-in with St. Benedict's Youth Friday, Nov. 1

We will hold a Youth Lock-In on Friday, November 1 at St. Catherine's. Lock-ins are among the most popular events on the youth calendar each year and, to make this one even better, we will be joined by the youth group of St. Benedict's in Smyrna! Details for cost and registration will be announced next week, but go ahead and mark your calendar.


Last chance for New Beginnings at Camp Mikell Oct.11-13

Registration closes Sunday, Oct. 6! If you are currently in 6-9 grade, then you can attend the next New Beginnings conference at Camp Mikell over the weekend of October 11-13. New Beginnings is a wonderful opportunity to have fun, grow in many ways, and make friends from all over the Diocese of Atlanta (which includes churches from all over northern Georgia) during a weekend that is filled with wonderful talks, skits, sharing, praying, singing, games, and lots of great food! A large portion of the weekend is led by teenagers like you! Ask any of us who have been before, and we’ll tell you that it’s an experience you won’t regret! Confidential scholarship is readily available by request to help with the cost of the weekend. For more information about New Beginnings, contact Mike or visit the Diocese of Atlanta’s New Beginnings website:


Walk the Road at Emmaus House

On September 22 -- see more pics (full size) in our Facebook album at Emmaus Walk 2013 (photos by Mike Peterson)

Wheel schedule:

Next publications:

  • October 18
  • November 1
  • November 15

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

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

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