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The Newsletter of
St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
October 19 - November 1
, 2013

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Clergy Letter

New Consecration Sunday
   Stewardship series
   Reflection of the Day
YF Moms Night
Blood drive
All Saints remembrances
Concert: Sacre Voci
Fall Memorial Service
Finance report
Email statements
Vestry nominations
Ministry Teams Quarterly
WNL Estate Planning
Newcomer coffee
Christmas trees & greens
Safeguarding People
Preschool auction
Advent reflections
Ecumenical Thanksgiving
Cane wanted  

Habitat dedication
Parish Day of Service
Operation Christmas Child
Family Promise
Furniture drive
Gobble Jog
Outreach collections

Vestry resignation & appointment
Seen around St. Cat's
Ministry focus

Healing Our Nation
All Saints Homeless Vigil
Health tips


Corn maze trip
Lock in
Church of Common Ground
Youth advisors



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

10/20 – Habitat House dedication @ Mableton site

10/21 – YF Moms Night Out @ Mirko Pasta

10/22 – Blood Drive

10/26 – Caring for Inactive Members training

10/27 – No Church School;
New Consecration Sunday & Brunches;
Christmas Tree sales begin

10/22 – Elizabeth Inn Laundry Team

11/26 – Youth night @ corn maze

10/28 – Elizabeth Inn Dinner Team

10/30 – Elizabeth Inn Laundry Team

11/1 & 2 – Youth lock-in

11/2 - Concert: Sacre Voci

11/3 – Daylight Savings ends;
All Saints’ Sunday;
Fall Memorial Service

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Crucial conversations

By Father Jim+

Several years ago your Vestry studied a book titled Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High. A crucial conversation is defined as “a discussion between two or more people where 1) the stakes are high, 2) opinions vary, and 3) emotions run high.” We continue to use in our deliberations some key learnings from our study. These techniques contribute to the healthy working relationship we have as a leadership team.

In a discussion about relationships the authors write

Now what about you? Think of your own important relationships. Are there a few crucial conversations that you’re currently avoiding or handing poorly? Do you walk away from some issues only to come charging back into others? Do you hold in ugly opinions only to have them tumble out as sarcastic remarks or cheap shots? How about your significant other or family members? Are they constantly toggling from a seething silence to subtle but costly attacks? When it matters the most (after all, these are your cherished loved ones), are you on your worst behavior? If so, you definitely have something to gain by learning about how to handle crucial conversations.

I believe handling crucial conversations in a healthy manner is a very Christian way of living. We promise as people of faith that we will “respect the dignity of every human being” and that we will “love our neighbor as ourselves.” When we respect another’s dignity; when we love our neighbor we take the time to have honest and respectful conversations speaking the truth in love as the Apostle Paul commends.

What we have seen in Washington over these past weeks is an example of how not to handle crucial conversations. And in a nation that overwhelmingly identifies itself (proudly) as Christian, I wonder what people think Christianity is about if it isn’t about respect of other’s dignity and love of neighbor. We pray each Sunday for the leaders of our nation, but what we have experienced is not leadership.

It is easy for me to point fingers at Washington, but am I any different? This is the question that must occupy my imagination. “The consequences of either avoiding or fouling up crucial conversations can be severe. When we fail a crucial conversation, every aspect of our lives can be affected – from our careers, to our communities, to our relationships, to our personal health.” I believe the consequences of what we are experiencing today in our conversations as individuals and as a nation are “severe.”

Coming October 27: New Consecration Sunday!

Who? All of St. Catherine's Church: adults, youth and children!

What? Worship with a special guest preacher, followed by a Celebration Brunch made especially for St. Catherine's (there will be no Church School on this special day)

When? 7:30 am, 8:45 am, and 11:15 am on October 27, and immediately after each service.

Where? In the Sanctuary, and then the Fellowship Hall
Why? To praise God for the gift of giving

We hope you will make every effort to be present! RSVP now for the worship services and brunches on October27 -- download the reservation card at or pick up a card at church. (No charge for the brunches.)


Stewardship sermons series online

The season of stewardship has begun at St. Catherine's. Our tradition is to have members of the parish share their stories during this period. Don't miss the chance to hear from our very own Tom Donoghue as he takes to the pulpit to deliver the sermon at all service times this Sunday, Oct 20.

You can read and/or hear this stewardship sermon series on our website: Jason and Sue Snape's sermon given on October 6 is available both in audio and written form; Father Jim's sermon on October 13 is available as weel. Go now to the Sermons page of our website.

Photo, right: Jason and Sue in the pulpit on October 6 (photo by Connie Bergeron)


Stewardship 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:

  • 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

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.

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!

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.

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.

Finance update

By Steve Pyburn, Treasurer of St. Catherine’s

Please see the chart (right) for an update on our pledge revenue through the month of September.
Click chart to enlarge

Projected pledge revenue for the year is pretty flat vs. last month’s estimate, so we are still estimating a ~$32k shortfall vs. budget. Again, we are extremely thankful to the families who have let us know what to expect from them between now and the end of the year. This information is critical for us to plan our expenses in a responsible, efficient way. If any other families feel like they will not be able to fulfill their 2013 pledge, please contact Rose or Father Jim directly. Your information will be kept strictly confidential – no one other than Rose and/or Father Jim will have any idea that you have had to decrease your pledge amount.

As you all know, we run a balanced budget at St. Catherine’s, which means we do not have any padding in the budget to offset revenue shortfalls. If we are not able to close a balanced book this year, we will need to make expense cuts in 2014 to make up for this year’s deficit. Since a high percentage of our expenses are fixed (e.g., the mortgage, Diocesan loan, salaries and benefits), any expense cuts will have material impact on most, if not all, of our Ministry Teams. So if you have the ability to fulfill your 2013 pledge this year, it would greatly help our Ministry Teams both this year and next.

And as always, if you have any questions about the numbers above, please contact me, Senior Warden Bill Lee or Junior Warden Elizabeth Lopez. Thank you!

Statements by email - Did you receive our message?

  • Initial message was send on Tuesday, October 15
  • First statements will be sent Monday, October 21

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 email using the address we have on file for everyone.

Did you receive our initial email on October 15? (Message subject line was "Parish Announcements - IMPORTANT: Email Pledge Statement".) If you did not, or 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 Parish Secretary Ginney Linstrom as soon as possible.

Nominations for Vestry - consider being a candidate

Due Sunday, November 3

By Elizabeth Lopez, Vestry Junior Warden

It is the time to elect new vestry members. I hope you are thinking, "How exciting! What an excellent opportunity. I have good gifts to offer and I would like to serve the church in this role." However, you may also be asking, "Where does God want me to use my talents? Do I have the right gifts? Will it be tedious or contentious? Do I have the time?" I believe that asking any of these questions means you are being a good steward. Your use of your time and talent is something to be considered prayerfully, thought through, and discussed.

When it was time for vestry elections in 2011, I asked all of the same questions you are probably asking. After prayerful consideration, I made the decision to put my name on the ballot and have been blessed by that decision ever since.

Serving on the vestry has allowed me to form close friendships, to appreciate our wonderful church home more deeply, to gain a clearer understanding of how the church operates, and to see our extraordinarily hard-working staff and lay leaders in action. Remarkably, the things that I thought might take too much time, be tedious or be contentious have not been. I am continually impressed and amazed by the ways in which our leadership can celebrate successes, work through problems, innovate, strategize, and make difficult decisions as a community of faith.

I hope I have been of service in my term thus far and contributed to our community. I know I have learned a great deal and gained practical skills through this work (from understanding budgets and facility maintenance to ministry teams and leadership skills). I know I have grown spiritually, watching other faithful servants and God at work. Being in this position of responsibility is challenging me to be my best self. It may sound clichéd, but I truly feel that I am gaining as much or more than I give.

If you want to know more about the work of the vestry, please ask. Talk to any of the clergy or vestry about our experiences. My charge to you is to seriously consider this opportunity. Take a leap of faith and agree to run for election. It just might challenge you to be your best self.

In Christ,
Elizabeth Lopez

(Photo above - 2013 Vestry on their February retreat)

Nomination and election details

Nominations are due by Sunday, November 3. This year we will elect four new vestry members to serve three-year terms. You may nominate yourself or someone else (with their permission). Nominees must be a member in good standing of the parish, in that they “work, pray and give for the spread of God’s Kingdom.” A list of the eligible members and nomination forms will be available in your bulletin and at church beginning October 20. The slate of candidates will be announced at the start of December and the election will be held at all services on Sunday, December 15. If you cannot be present for the election you may vote by absentee ballot available from the church office. Contact any member of the Vestry or our clergy for questions.

Ministry Teams Quarterly Meeting

Tuesday, November 5, 7:00 PM

All leaders and members of St. Catherine’s ministry teams and committees, please be sure to be present at this very important meeting in the Parish Hall as we begin the 2014 budget process. Anyone who is interested in the ministry work of our church is welcome to attend.

“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.

Newcomer and Visitor Coffee: All are welcome

Sunday, November 10

By Bettye Harris

Our next “Newcomer Coffee” is scheduled for Sunday, November 10 at 10:15 am in the Parish Hall (during the Church School hour). Visitors, newcomers, and new members are invited to an informal gathering with clergy, staff and lay leaders. Please join us for coffee, goodies, and conversation about our ministries. All are welcome. Please contact Bettye Harris (678-463-7827), Jay Hendricks (678-520-3667), or Ann Snead (678-795-9508) if you can assist or if you have questions.

Christmas trees & greens orders begin October 27

The end of October is approaching and fall is in the air. But—it's time to look ahead and order your Christmas trees, wreaths and garland, all to benefit the Youth Program! Our items come direct from the farm in North Carolina and we get comments every year on how nice and fresh they are.

Look for our order table in the foyer beginning Sunday, October 27. Your items will be ready for pick up at church on Saturday, December 7 (10 am to 2 pm) or Sunday, December 8 (1 to 2 pm). For questions please contact Mike Peterson, 770-971-2839 or Thanks for your support!

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 Preschool Silent Auction

November 11-15

It is time for the Preschool’s Annual Silent Auction! The annual auction raises funds to enhance our facility and update our curriculum. We will kick off the event on Monday, November 11 and will conclude at 12:00 noon on Friday, November 15. The auction will be open each day during preschool hours (9:30 am to 1:00 pm), and during Wednesday Night Live.

Your support of donating goods or services and bidding on items is greatly appreciated. Last year church members helped make our auction a huge success. Please contact Karolyn Olliffe at to give a donation. We can also be reached at the church at 770-971-2839. Thanks for your support!

Advent Reflections writers wanted

A special annual tradition at St. Catherine’s is our booklet of reflections on the seasons of Advent and Christmas written by our own parishioners. Won't you consider writing for this year’s collection? You will be assigned a Scripture passage on which to write a brief (1 or 2 paragraphs) meditation. Reflections will be due by Friday, November 15.

Names are not attributed to individual writings, so only you (and the editors) will know which one is yours! Still hesitant? You can view last year's booklet to see what other contributions have looked like... go to Please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Karen Manno at We will be in touch with your assignment.

Ecumenical Thanksgiving Celebration

Thursday, November 21: one week before Thanksgiving Day

St. Catherine’s 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. The public is invited. Please bring canned food donations.

  • 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 as we have held in previous years.

Cane wanted

St. Catherine's keeps an assortment of small medical equipment items donated by parishioners (walkers, shower benches, wheelchairs, etc.) which are available on loan to anyone in need. If you have a cane which is not in use and is in nice condition, please consider donating to the church. Contact Parish Administrator Rosemary Wolfe,, 770-971-2839, to get the details. Also, if you have a need at any time for one of our items please contact Rosemary. Thank you!


Habitat House Dedication

Sunday, October 20 at 2:00 pm 

Everyone is invited to celebrate the completion of the Habitat House we have helped build this year, as part of the Cobb Interfaith Coalition, in Mableton, Georgia. The new home is located on Cooper Lake Road (off Veterans Memorial Drive). Please note that parking is not available at the build site, park at Leland Plaza at the corner of Cooper Lake Road and Veterans Memorial Drive. If you would like to carpool please contact Al Jones,

Parish Day of Service - Sign up soon!

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!). Donations are needed of flats of pansies. 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.

Operation Christmas Child

Ingathering Nov 10-17

By Molly Banko

This Christmas, you and your family can share love and hope with a needy child in a country like Uganda, Honduras, Kosovo, or El Salvador by using a simple shoe box. Operation Christmas Child is an easy project that both children and adults can do by filling a shoe box with small gifts and toiletries. Ready-to-fold shoe boxes will be available in the foyer beginning October 20 – no need to wrap a box this year! Operation Christmas Child packing guides will be available in your bulletin or in the foyer. Donations are also accepted, please make your check out to St. Catherine’s and indicate it’s for OCC.

Young Families Ministry is sponsoring this collection of filled shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child from November 10 to 17. Additional information can be found on Samaritan’s Purse website at Please contact Molly Banko with any questions at

Family Promise "See Box City" -- November 15-17

By Hale Sanders

Family Promise of Cobb County is holding a big fundraising event on November 15-17, named “See Box City.” The purpose of this event is to get the word out to the greater Cobb County community about homeless families in Cobb and our new program Family Promise. The timing of this event is perfect since it will be during national Homeless Awareness Week and we are opening our doors in January at our new Day Center.

This event will be held in the parking lot at St. James Episcopal just off the square in downtown Marietta on the nights of November 15 and 16. We are looking for families to spend the night in their cars, and for teens and others to spend the night in cardboard boxes which we will provide (or in their own tents) and there will be a charge to do this. The charge is $50 per family sleeping in a car or $35 per person sleeping in a cardboard box or tent. The fees charged will be our principal source of income, but we are also asking folks, particularly young people, to go to their neighbors and friends and seek donations in support of our program. The real concept behind asking folks to sleep outside is that this is exactly what homeless families are confronted with doing on a daily basis. Experiencing this first hand will help us to better understand what they have to go through. For those of us who will be volunteering to host the families in January, this will help us to relate better to their predicament. I hope you will support this in some form whether sleeping with us, seeking donations from others, or donating directly to the program. Please contact Hale Sanders at or Fred Massey at if you have any questions.

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Furniture drive success!

By Deacon Swiss Britt

Blessed St Catherine’s,

You outdid yourselves again. Your generous donations of furniture and other needed items for the Deacons Furniture Drive helped to produce the most successful furniture drive yet for the Furniture Bank. With your help we filled the truck! The Deacons of the Marietta Convocation thank you one and all. We also thank Fr. Jim for allowing us to use St Catherine's as a collection site. We are especially grateful to our truck drivers Peter and Hank Britt, Ron Brannock, Ralph Patrick and John Patton of the Brotherhood of St. Andrew at St. Peter and St. Paul. To our main loaders, John Patton, Rod Pope, and Deacon Juan Sandoval we give the "strong back award" for service above and beyond the call of duty.

With God's help, God’s children have been given the gift of a chair to sit on, a bed to sleep on and the assurance of their Creator's love and care because you gave.

Thank you,
Deacon Swiss

Photos below by Swiss Britt, Bill Ivey, Connie Bergeron -- see lots more fullsize at Deacons Furniture Drive (by Bill Monk for the Diocese of Atlanta).

Gobble Jog 2013

It’s time to start planning for the Gobble Job on Thanksgiving Day morning, the annual MUST Ministries benefit featuring a 10K run/walk, 5K, a 1K, and Tot Trot. It starts and ends at the Marietta Square. Join many other St. Cat’s members and the community for a fun time and great fundraiser for MUST. You will still have plenty of the TV parade to watch and have more room for all that yummy Thanksgiving feast. Can't run? Support the event as a "phantom runner" and get your well-deserved race shirt by mail! Find out all about it at

Outreach items collection for October

Here 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. 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


Vestry resignation and appointment

The Vestry received Deborah Guy’s resignation from the Vestry at our October meeting. Susan Heuke was appointed by the Vestry to fill the remaining year of Deborah’s term. Our gratitude goes to Deborah for her service for the past two years and to Susan’s willingness to serve next year.

In Christ,

The Vestry of St. Catherine’s

Seen around St. Cat's - Blessing of the Animals

It was a beautiful day on October 5 as we gathered for the annual Blessing of the Animals! Our collection from this service is being donated to benefit the Humane Society of Boulder County, Colorado and their efforts to aid pets in the wake of the recent floods.

Photos by Bill Ivey, see more full-size in the photo album on our Facebook page at Blessing of the Animals (you don't need to be a Facebook user to view the pictures).

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 21-27: Stewardship Committee This week we celebrate the life and work of our Stewardship Committee, which is responsible for the leadership and planning of the fall Stewardship Campaign and for developing year-round education for the parish on the Stewardship of Time, Talent and Treasure. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Therese Braman, 770.509.3484,
  • October 28-Nov. 3: Greeters — This week we celebrate the life and work of our Greeters, who offer a warm welcome to visitors before and after Sunday services and other special services; assist the clergy by helping to guide visitors to our Welcome Table; and work closely with the Shepherds to assist newcomers during their visit. Greeters also look for opportunities to introduce visitors to others. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Jay Hendricks, 770.218.0513,


Dear Beautiful Church Family,

After hearing Father Jim's sermon on Sunday, I realized that I'm not feeling "whole" until I formally thank you all for all the prayers, food, flowers, hugs, phone calls, & genuine concern for Raymond & me. We have been on this journey for a year with many blessings & angels along the way. You, along with my faith, & family are carrying me through this journey. You are beautiful people. Below is a saying that explains it in a profound way:

The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do NOT just happen.

God bless,
Kristina Higgins

(At right is a picture of the most recent altar flowers that I arranged in a vase, a reminder of your love & God's love for us.)


"Healing Our Nation" Workshops

Everyone is invited to attend this nationally acclaimed workshop, designed to help people of all backgrounds understand and address the sources of prejudice in ourselves and the community. Several 2.5 hour “healing our nation” introductory sessions are being held October 17-19, including Saturday, October 19, 1;30-4:00 pm at Powder Springs Public Library and 7:00-9:30 pm at Unity North Church. Free to the public, donations accepted. For more information contact or call 404-573-1199


MUST Annual All Saints’ Day Homeless Vigil and Memorial Service

"Remembering those who have passed, and rededicating ourselves to working together for a future without homelessness"

Cobb Community Collaborative Homelessness Council cordially invites you to a Memorial Vigil & Service of Remembrance on Friday, November 1 to remember those who have lived & died in homelessness in Cobb County in 2013, at First United Methodist Church, 56 Whitlock Avenue, Marietta, GA 30064. The Service is 6:00-6:30 pm, followed by dinner 6:30-7:00 pm. The service will be held outdoors unless it rains.


Health Tips - from our Congregational Nurses

  • Think twice about taco salads
    Don’t let the word “salad” mislead you when dining out. According to our registered dietitian, some salads, like taco salads, often contain more calories and fat (from the fried shell, cheese and meat) compared with other menu items. A typical taco salad contains close to 800 calories and about 40 grams of fat. Instead, try a chicken soft taco. At 180 calories and 6 grams of fat each, it's a much leaner option.
  • Sitting pretty
    When sitting at your computer, sit with your back straight and your shoulders back. Your buttocks should touch the back of your chair. You can use a rolled up towel to help maintain the natural curve of your lower back. Both your elbows and legs should bend at 90-degree angles and try to keep your feet flat on the floor (use a foot rest if necessary). This position reduces your chances of developing computer-related back, arm and wrist problems.

Provided by HealthStart,


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: Lisa Marshall, Al Rowe, Destiny, Gina Duncan, Erin Strunk, Mr. Wilson, Dick McKibben,Maria Ortiz, Marty Chapman, Theresa Lengsfeld, Deborah Guy, Risa Maier, Allison Ross, Traci Landis, Opal, Matt Gibson, Peter Coupe, Gina Barnes, Emmie, Aidan, Beverly Harvey, Morgan, Jane Atkins, Jan Severs, Erminie Leppo, Barbara Markette, Samantha Caldwell, Nancy Certain, Bill Woods, Genie Lee, Larry Boyd, Raymond Higgins, Dan Narocki, Nancy Mattox, Mary Hutton, Jim Mattox, Carol, Carl , Bill Bowden, Kristen Blackstock, Jim Greene, Al Jones, Tom Moniak, Kitty Diffley, Lewis Gunter, Fleming Rowell, Mark Tidwell & wife Lee, Al Rowe, Mitchell Waldron

BEFORE SURGERY: Brian Williams; Sheila Bishop; Iris Phillips; Rod Deutscher; Elaine Krupp

DECEASED: John A. Christian, Sr., grandfather of John & Laura A. Christian, III

FOR THOSE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS (10/1) Mason Lewis, Michael Sherwood, (10/20) Mike Herndon, Kevin Acocella, David Moore, Amelie Cardona, Kathryn Burgher, (10/21) Woodie Patrick, Claire Selby, (10/22) Scott Butzen, (10/23) Holly Krupp, Cody Ellis, (10/24) Ginny Acocella, (10/25) Anna McCoy, Cy Cardona, (10/26) Oak Martin, (10/27) Preston Paris, Devon Durbrow, Alex Shillington, (10/28) Doug Jenkins, (10/29) Susan Bayless, Sally Paris, (10/30) Alan Massey, Keely Phillpotts, Marilyn Marcus, (10/31) Tracy Buckalew, Clarke Thomas, Mitch Dumke, Tom Blackstock, David Banko, 11/1) Clay Buckalew, Rachel Childs, Paul Acocella, Bob Jansen, Christy Luttrell,

ANNIVERSARIES: (10/20) Rachel & Matt Hutton; (10/22)Tom & Maureen Donoghue; (10/23) Al & Sue Jones; (10/24) Christina & Joshua McLean; Rob & Claire Harrison; (10/25) Sue & Jason Snape; (10/28) Terry & Lezlie Degan; Jerry & Linda Scott

BIRTHS: Ella Lea Luttrell on October 15, daughter of Christy and Robert Luttrell

(10/20) Mike, Meg & Thomas Reeves; Laurie Remter; Rebecca & Willow Riney; Fleming Rowell; Robbie Roy, Risa, Mandy & Reese Maier
(10/27) Doris Samples; James & Joann Sampson; Hale & Diane Sanders; Corry & Nancy Sandlin; Beth Sandoval

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:

  • Saturday, November 9 – Parish Day of Service
  • Sunday, November 10 - Family Promise Sunday
  • Sunday, November 17 - Christmas trees & greens order deadline; Final day for Operation Christmas Child ingathering
  • 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, 10/19 Saturday, 10/26


Cats on Wheels
   @ Blue Ridge Railway
Low Country Boil


Ministry Non-Attending
Youth @ Corn Maze
Sunday, 10/20 Sunday, 10/27


Holy Eucharist
Family Holy Eucharist
Church School
Choral Holy Eucharist
Habitat House Dedication
   in Mableton
NCS Leadership Dinner


New Consecration Sunday
Holy Eucharist & Breakfast
Family Holy Eucharist & Brunch
No Church School
Choral Holy Eucharist & Brunch

Monday, 10/21 Monday, 10/28

Amma Susan's day off
Women’s Book Study
Kneeler Group
YF Mom’s Night @ Mirko Pasta
Boy Scout Troop 713


Amma Susan's day off
Elizabeth Inn
Stephen Ministry
Boy Scouts Troop 713

Tuesday, 10/22 Tuesday, 10/29


Cobb Schools Closed
Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Blood Drive
MUST Laundry
Family Promise
Jubilate Practice
Thanksgiving Choir @ Eastminster

Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Invitation Ministry
Jubilate Practice
Wednesday, 10/23 Wednesday, 10/30


MUST Breakfast
Bible Study
Preschool Board
WNL Program
Youth WNL
Chancel Choir


Bible Study
MUST Laundry
WNL Program
Youth WNL
Chancel Choir

Thursday, 10/24 Thursday, 10/31
Family Promise
Wheeler Parade, Holt Rd.
Men’s Bible Study
Men’s Bible Study
Friday, 10/25 Friday, 11/1
Fr. Jim's day off
Men’s Bible Study
Women’s Bible Study

Fr. Jim's day off
Men’s Bible Study
Women’s Bible Study
Concert Rehearsal
Youth Lock-in


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

Youth Calendar available online

Night Out at the Maze - Saturday, Oct. 26

RSVP required by Wed., October 23

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, stop at the Marietta Diner for some late night dessert, and then head back to St. Cat's. Tickets are $10, plus bring money for the Marietta Diner as well. RSVP by October 23 to Mike -- we will be purchasing tickets in advance and will be unable to accommodate late registrants!


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

On the evening of Friday, November 1, starting at 7:00 pm, until the morning of Saturday, November 2 at 8:30 am, we will be holding a good old fashioned lock-in here at St. Catherine’s with friends from St. Benedict’s in Smyrna (and possibly elsewhere). Lock-ins are among the most popular activities that we hold in the St. Cat’s Youth Program! As usual, this will be a FULL night of fun, games, music, fellowship, and more! Cost is $10 (confidential scholarship available by request) and includes Friday dinner, late night snack, and Saturday breakfast. What to bring: yourself, sleeping bag, pillow, toiletries, your favorite snack to share (optional). Turn in a lock-in RSVP form and $10 no later than Wednesday, October 30. You can download the lock-in RSVP form at


Church of the Common Ground November 3

On Sunday, November 3, we will have an opportunity to serve others, participate in a new and different worship experience, and meet some new people! Those of us who participated last year really enjoyed it and got a lot out of it; just ask any of us about it! We will be taking a group to join with the Church of the Common Ground, which is “a worshiping community of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta which provides support for the spiritual, social, emotional and physical needs of Atlanta's unhoused men and women.” Each week, they hold Episcopal church services at Woodruff Park in Atlanta for the homeless.

On November 3, we will prepare bagged lunches at St. Catherine’s right after Church School, travel to Woodruff Park for the service at 1:00 PM, worship with the congregants of the Church of the Common Ground, and then stay afterwards to share lunch and fellowship with them before heading back up to St. Cat’s. We should be back by 3:00 PM. We will only have be able to take a small group, so if you would like to join in, reply to Mike as soon as possible. You can read more about the Church of the Common Ground at


Happening at Camp Mikell, Nov. 15-17

Happening is a weekend long conference that occurs twice a year at Camp Mikell that many St. Cat’s youth and adults have been deeply involved with for several years. As the Happening brochure says, “More than just a retreat, Happening is a powerful encounter in which young people minister to young people, bringing Jesus joyfully alive in an enthusiastic community of disciples.” Happening consists of talks, skits, songs, games, and a lot of great surprises, and is attended and almost entirely led by other 10-12 graders from all around the Diocese of Atlanta (including several of your friends from St. Cat’s).

If you are curious about Happening, feel free to talk to Mike or any of the many St. Cat’s youth and adults who have been before. You can also find more information and register to attend by visiting Youth who have attended Happening in the past and wish to sign up for Celebration Team can also do so at this link.


Youth Advisors

During Church School on Sunday, November 3, each class (Rite 13, J2A, YA, and Seniors) will select two representatives to serve as their Youth Advisors. Youth Advisors meet with Mike once a month at the beginning of Church School to talk about the Youth Program, how we think things are going, where we’d like to see the program go in the future. If you have some thoughts and ideas for your Youth Program and think you could also advocate for your peers in your class, then consider becoming a Youth Advisor!

Wheel schedule:

Next publications:

  • November 1
  • November 15
  • December 6

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

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

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