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The Newsletter of
St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
November 2 - 15
, 2013

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Clergy Letter

Estimate of Giving
Concert: Sacre Voci
Daylight Savings ends
Memorial Service
Vestry nominations
Pledge statements
Ministry Teams Quarterly
Advent reflections
Estate Planning WNL
Newcomer coffee
Christmas trees
Safeguarding People
Cats On Wheels
Preschool auction
Christmas Market
Ecumenical Thanksgiving

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

Diocesan Council
Kneelers update
Episcopal facts
Seen around St. Cat's
Ministry focus

Work of Our Hands
Epiphany's nativities
Health tips


Lock in
Church of Common Ground
Youth readers



11/1 & 2 – Youth lock-in

11/2 - Concert: Sacre Voci

11/3 – Daylight Savings ends;
All Saints’ Sunday;
Fall Memorial Service;
Youth @ Church of Common Ground

11/5 – Quarterly Ministry Teams

11/6 – WNL Estate Planning

11/8-9 – Diocesan Council @ Holy Innocents

11/9 – Parish Day of Service

11/10 – Newcomer/visitor coffee;
Family Promise Sunday

11/16 – Cats on Wheels @ Sam’s BBQ1

11/17- Last day for Christmas Trees & Operation Christmas Child

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Stewardship at St. Catherine’s

By Father Jim+

We celebrated New Consecration Sunday on October 27. It was a day of worship, celebration, and hopefulness. It is a time for us to renew our commitment to giving outside ourselves in response to God who gives abundantly to us. The question “What percentage of my income is God calling me to return to him?” always gives me pause to consider what my blessings have been over the past year. I think about my family, my health, my friends, and my vocation. Each of these bring me immense joy and through them I am aware of how God blesses me day in and day out. I find myself wondering what you might have been considering and giving thanks for as we sat together worshiping our God this past Sunday.

As I look to our future, I see many blessings. Our commitment to our children and youth continues to bless them and each of us as these programs grow both in faith and numbers. I am excited for the opening of Family Promise of Cobb County in January. St. Catherine’s in general and Fred Massey and Hale Sanders in particular have played a significant role in bringing this ministry to this place. A new ministry is on the horizon as Tom Hunter and a group of parishioners plan and execute a ministry of caring for inactive members. Amma Susan is preparing to experience the blessing of a four month sabbatical from May to August this year. Pat Pepper’s ministry of Volunteer Coordinator is just beginning but I can see the abundant fruit that this ministry is likely to bear in our life together. I could go on—these are a just a sampling of the abundant grace I see amongst us.

As I look to the future, I see many challenges. The most significant is financial. We have had to cut our budget this year just at a time when our ministries and our communities need our support the most. These cuts were made for good reason and are responsible actions in light of the income we anticipate for the year. Our buildings are aging and our ministries continue to grow and demand increasing resources. At the same time our space is under considerable pressure to accommodate the increasing demand for ministry presence. Our operating budget will be under significant pressure not just this coming year but in the foreseeable future. All of these are signs of a healthy and growing ministry.

It’s an exciting time at St. Catherine’s. My hope for the future of our life together is based on my experience of God’s blessings over the past years of our ministry together. And my experience is that God is faithful and good—all the time. His faithfulness and goodness is manifest through all of us. God has been faithful and because of his goodness we have been faithful. I hope you will continue to consider our question from New Consecration Sunday: “What percentage of my income is God calling me to return to him?” If you were not with us on Sunday, you have received a letter from our Stewardship Team along with an Estimate of Giving Card. Please pray this question, make an accounting of your many blessings, complete the card and return it at worship this Sunday or in the Sundays to come. I hope you will discover both in prayer and experience that St. Catherine’s is one of the many blessings we share in common.

Celebrating many blessings, I remain your servant,
Fr. Jim+

Estimate of Giving (2014 Pledge) Cards

Thank you to everyone who has returned their Estimate of Giving Card (pledge) for 2014. If you have not yet had the opportunity to return your card, you may obtain one from the church office or print one from our website at Cards have also been mailed to those who have not yet returned one. Please send your card to the church office or place in the alms basin at worship.

Concert Series: "For All the Saints" with Sacre Voci

Saturday, November 2, 8:00 pm

St. Catherine's Concert Series presents our first concert this year, "For All The Saints" featuring Sacre Voci, a renowned chamber choir based in Atlanta, presenting early and contemporary choral music by Palestrina, Purcell, Billings, Byrd, Dowland and more. Please bring family and friends. No tickets or admission (a freewill offering will be taken).

Founded in 2007, Sacre Voci has a vision to be a catalyst for the renaissance of sacred choral music and arts education. The choir strives to provide excellence, integrity and innovation in their performances as well as using the power of the human voice to foster a growing community of music appreciation. Director Edward Schneider is the Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church in Marietta, and is the founding Artistic Director of Sacre Voci. You can read more about this ensemble at

Be a Friend of Music at St. Catherine’s

There is another way you can be involved in our 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. If you would like to be a Friend of Music, all donations are welcome. Contributors will be recognized in the concert programs and invited to a reception in the spring; donors of gifts of $100 and above will also receive two free tickets to the Kaleidoscope concert in May, our only ticketed event in this year's series. Please make checks to St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church and designate it for“Concert Series” in the memo line. Thank you so much for your generosity! If you have any questions, please contact Concert Committee Chair Martha Bowden at

Daylight Savings Time ends Sunday, November 3

Don't miss sleeping in that extra hour! Remember this year's end of Daylight Savings Time... FALL BACK one hour on all your clocks before you go to bed on Saturday night, and we will see you at church in Eastern Standard Time.

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.

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.

Nominations for Vestry due Sunday, November 3

Are you interested in serving as a member of the Vestry? Do you know someone you think would be a good Vestry member? The time for vestry elections is approaching. This year we will select persons to serve four 3-year positions. You can nominate yourself or someone else (with their permission). Nominees must be a "member in good standing" of the parish. A list of the eligible members and nomination forms are available at church. Serving on the Vestry is a highly rewarding ministry that helps one see how the church can make a difference in people's lives. Contact any Vestry member or our clergy for questions.

Nominations are due by Sunday, November 3. 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.

Statements by email - Did you receive our message?

In an effort to give our parish members more personalized, real-time information on how they are doing in their 2013 pledge commitments, we have begun sending you monthly pledge statements. And in order to keep our costs down, we are sending out these pledge statements via email using the address we have on file for everyone.

Did you receive your first statement on October 22? (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.

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.

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.

“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 due November 17

Fall is in the air, and it's time to 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. Orders are due by Sunday, November 17, and 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).

Look for our table in the foyer, or download our order form at 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.

Cats On Wheels luncheon

Saturday, November 16 at Sam’s BBQ1

Join Cats on Wheels this month for lunch at Sam’s BBQ1 restaurant (the East Cobb location!), on Saturday, November 17 at 11:30 a.m. Please sign up on Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Alan Certain,, 404-661-2200, if you plan to attend this pay-your-own lunch, so that we can reserve seating for everyone. The restaurant is located at 4944 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta, GA 30068, visit for information. Cats On Wheels is our fellowship group for active senior adults, please join us!

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!

Save the date for Christmas Market

Saturday, December 7

  • Dozens of local vendors, 9 am-3 pm: Handcrafts, clothing, artwork, victuals, and much more to help you take care of all your holiday shopping.
  • Professional Santa Claus and photographer, 9 am–noon: Printed photos available for purchase on-site.
  • Fresh-served hot breakfast, 9 am–noon.

Please invite your friends and neighbors, and come to St. Cat’s annual Christmas Market with your whole family! Come enjoy a hot breakfast, get professional photographs with Santa (all between 9 am and 12 noon), and enjoy browsing among the more than 30 booths set up by artisans, crafters, and vendors who will be on site from 9 am to 3 pm. The annual Christmas Market is an event for all ages and benefits the Youth Program of St. Catherine’s. PLEASE NOTE: There will not be a children’s Secret Santa Shoppe this year. For further information, contact Mike Peterson, Director of Youth Ministries, or 770-971-2839.

  • Breakfast reservations - preregistration discount

Reservations are recommended for breakfast. Prepurchase price is $5/adult, $2/children 12 and under (at-the-door price will be $7/adult, $4/children). For reservations please pick up a form at church or preschool, or download one now at

  • Kids' craft help needed

Help is needed from an adult who is willing to oversee the making of kid's crafts during the Christmas Market from 9 am - 2 pm, or two adults to split the time. The crafts items will be ready to go, we just need someone to lead the youth in helping little ones put the crafts together while they are waiting to visit Santa and while their parents shop. If you are willing to help, please contact Mike Peterson at the church, or Maureen Donoghue at 678-770-1173.

  • Artistans, crafters, vendors -- limited space available

Space is limited and filling rapidly! We are still accepting applications for vendors for the Christmas Market. If you or any other artist/crafter/vendor you know would like to apply please pick up a form from the church office or preschool office, or get one from our website at

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. Mark your calendar carefully: this service will be on the Thursday one week before the date of Thanksgiving. (Please note that St. Catherine’s will NOT have a worship service on the Tuesday evening before Thanksgiving as we have held in previous years.)


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 news

Family Promise Sunday at St. Catherine's on November 10

By Diane Sanders

Sunday, November 10 has been designated Family Promise Sunday at St. Catherine’s. Please make an effort to attend one of the services and church school that day to hear about the exciting progress that Family Promise of Cobb County has made over the past several months. In the new year St. Catherine’s and the 12 other churches in the Cobb County affiliate will begin to host families in need. Many volunteers will be needed during the four weeks that we will host. Eleanore Pearson and Diane Sanders, our Co-Volunteer Coordinators, Fred Massey, President of the Board, and Hale Sanders, Board Secretary will be available to tell you how you can help with this exciting new ministry. There will also be a short “lunch and learn” following the 11:15 service for those who cannot attend church school that day and would like to learn more.


"See Box City" November 16-17

By Hale Sanders

Family Promise of Cobb County is holding an event on November 16-17 called “See Box City.” This is a reduced one night event from what we’d originally planned as two nights, so it’s more within reach for a first-time event. The purpose is to get the word out to the greater Cobb County community about homeless families in Cobb and our new program Family Promise. This event will be held in the parking lot at St. James Episcopal just off the square in downtown Marietta on the night of November 16. We are asking participants to spend the night in their cars, in cardboard boxes (which we will provide), or in their own tents in order to experience a little of what homeless families have to do on a regular basis. Since this is a fund-raiser, there will be a charge of $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 to consider approaching their neighbors and friends to seek donations in support of our program. For those of us that will be volunteering to host the families in January, this will help us to relate better to their experience. 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.


Executive Director announced

By Fred Massey

It is with much joy that I have confirmed that Mrs. Camilla Worrell has accepted our offer of employment as Executive Director of Family Promise Cobb County. Her resume was stunning, her references glowing and her personality shines like the brightest light. She will be an asset that all other FP chapters will covet! We still have much work to do so hang on and be ready… We have come a long way since March of 2012 and I'm excited about our future with such a great lady running our program. God has blessed us again and for that I say, thanks be to God.

Outreach items collection for November

Here are our Outreach collection focuses for November. 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 canned fruit . All non-perishable food items, baby supplies and toiletries are welcome as always.
  • Seasonal focus: Operation Christmas Child, see above in this newsletter (return boxes to church by Nov. 17)
  • Year-round needs: men's belts; maternity, work and professional clothing & shoes

Habitat House dedicated

By Al Jones

On October 20 we celebrated and dedicated the Habitat House which people from St. Catherine’s helped to build this year. We participated as one of the members of the Cobb Interfaith Habitat Coalition. Many of those organizations were also represented.

Many from St. Catherine’s helped with this build. It was the eightenth structure our church has erected. This time we partnered with the Cobb Interfaith Habitat Coalition, a group of 14 synagogues, churches, mosques and local businesses. The motto of this group is “We Build to Coexist—We Coexist to Build.” Those of us who were able to participate in this build and prior builds know the truth of this motto. In a note from the new homeowner, Vanessa says “It's sometimes easy to forget that there are nice people out there doing nice things for others. Thanks for being such a special reminder.”

A letter from the chair of the coalition says

As a member of such a diverse coalition, we all feel a great sense of accomplishment working together to give back to the community and provide a ‘Hand up’ to a deserving family in need. Clergy from the diverse cultures blessed the house during our October 20th dedication that is now becoming a home for the Johnson family. The clergy emphasized how great it is for each of the groups to be able to work together and donate our financial resources and ‘sweat equity’ to accomplish what we did. As a part of my Sponsor remarks, I also elaborated on the significance that not only are we from different backgrounds, but when we work together as a part of the build, you really can’t tell any differences looking at the volunteers as they labor side by side. I compared the seamless cooperation to the landscaping effort of placing 16 pallets of sod in the yard of the Habitat house. Individuals placed the sod, green side up, piece by piece on the last weekend of the build. And here we are, 2 weeks later at the dedication of the home and the sod has already grown together to become one seamless green carpet. No one individual element stands out, but it all comes together in the end. As we say of our Coalition, ‘We Build to Coexist, We Coexist to Build.”

Henry Hene, Chairperson of the Cobb Interfaith Habitat Coalition

And a letter from the Director of Development of NW Metro Atlanta Habitat for Humanity received following the dedication says

To all of you who participated in the dedication ceremony, my heartfelt thanks for making the event special, touching and unique. Each of your contributions enhanced the ceremony and made the day a memorable one for our wonderful homeowner, Vanessa, and her family. Each of your talents is a blessing—thank you.

Sincerely, Camille Cordak, Director of Development, NW Metro Atlanta Habitat for Humanity

Bettye Harris in front of the
completed home
Homeowner Vanessa Johnson in her
very nice acceptance speech
Father Jim gives the closing blessing Ms. Johnson with her daughter
at the ceremony

Gobble Jog 2013

On Thanksgiving morning, more than 11,000 people will come to the Marietta Square to participate in the 11th Annual Gobble Jog, benefitting MUST Ministries. The Gobble Jog is the seventh largest Thanksgiving run in America and offers options for all skill levels. Participants come from all over the country to participate in the run with their families and to help MUST provide the basic needs of life to area residents who are struggling: food, housing, employment services and clothing.

This annual event features a timed 10K and 5K Run, untimed 5K and 1K Fun Run/Walk and Tot Trot (the 5K and 10K are certified as qualifiers for seeding in the Peachtree Road Race). The course 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! Get all the details and register at

This year: Be a part of a world record!

The Gobble Jog is one of a series of races being monitored by the Guinness Book of World Records that will determine the largest number of participants/runners in a multi-venue event. Thanksgiving races all over the country have banded together to take the world record which is currently in Malaysia. Let's do this for MUST Ministries... and the USA!


The 107th Council of the Diocese of Atlanta

By Father Jim+

The 107th Council of the Diocese of Atlanta meets November 8-9 on the campus of Holy Innocents' Episcopal Church and School, 805 Mt. Vernon Highway NW, Atlanta. This year we are hosted by the North Atlanta Convocation of parishes. Your delegates this year from St. Catherine’s are Bettye Harris, Bill Ivey, Marilyn Hunter, Tom Hunter and Joan Nixon as well as Fr. Jim and Amma Susan. Registration is from 8 to 9:15 a.m. Friday at the church entrance. The Council Eucharist begins at 9:30 a.m. Following the service, we will walk a short distance from the church to the school's gymnasium for the convening of Council at 11 a.m.

I have always likened Diocesan Council to a family gathering as delegates from 100+ worshiping communities in the Diocese of Atlanta assemble to renew friendships, to transact business, to worship our Lord and to discuss our current and future ministries together. This year we will hear from our Bishop and the several initiatives he envisioned last year at the 106th Council. Much listening, planning, and visioning has happened over the last 12 months and we are all excited to hear the results of Bishop Wright’s vision for our Diocese.

In addition we’ll be electing Diocesan Deputies to the 78th General Convention of the Episcopal Church. The 78th General Convention of the Episcopal Church will meet in the Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, June 25 to July 3, 2015. Elected Deputies also participate in any special session of the Convention called before the 79th General Convention in 2018 and be invited to a pre-convention meeting of Province IV in June of 2015.

Four clerical deputies canonically resident in the Diocese of Atlanta and four lay deputies communicants in good standing in the Diocese of Atlanta and a like number of alternate deputies in each order. Deputies are not delegates; that is, they are not elected to represent the electing dioceses, but are free to vote their conscience on the legislation before them for the good of the Church.

At the end of Council on Saturday morning we always receive an invitation to the next year’s Council from the hosting Convocation of Churches in the Diocese. This year the Marietta Convocation will issue that invitation to gather at the Marietta Conference Center for the 108th Annual Council of the Diocese of Atlanta, November 7-8, 2014.

Kneeler Project update

By Beverly Fambrough

This project began in late 2006. It took almost 2 years to research and design the canvases for the kneelers. The first 4 kneelers were given to the first of our stitchers in May, 2009. The first dedication was in May, 2011. Currently there are 11 kneelers in place and 2 more ready for dedication. An additional 2 should be complete late this year. Also, the last clergy party kneeler is being stitched and should be complete very shortly.

We have reached the halfway point of this project. While it seems to be taking an extremely long time to complete this work, there are several other churches that I know of that have been 10 years or more working on their kneelers and they are still not complete! Below is a chart showing the status of each kneeler with photos of those still in process.
(click on each photo to enlarge)

Old Testament (left side of altar)

Kneeler Name




Joyce L. Carter

In Place


Susan Heuke

In Place

Adam & Eve

Ron & Connie Bergeron

Noah’s Ark

Bill & Beverly Fambrough

In Place

Abraham & Isaac

Vera Bibbings, Ginney Linstrom,
Dick Karaken

Joseph & Coat of Many Colors

Peter & Colleen Morich

In Place


Tom & Marilyn Hunter

10 Commandments

Tom & Maureen Donoghue

In Place

Ark of the Covenant

Scott & Ginny Lummus

David & Goliath

Nancy Denton

Jonah & the Whale

Karen Tindall

In Place

New Testament (right side of altar)


Daughters of the King

Birth of Christ

The Choirs

In Place

Gift of the Magi

Alan & Carol Fey

At Upholsterer


Linda L. Minzenberger

St. Peter

Carolyn Hilley

In Place

Good Shepherd

Hale & Diane Sanders

In Place

Palm Sunday

Susan Heuke

In Place

Last Supper

Father Jim & Joan Nixon

At Upholsterer

Peter’s Denial



Melinda Stuk


David & Mary Lou Shannonhouse

In Place

Episcopal Church facts and figures

Here are some new facts and figures about membership in the Episcopal Church, in a report from The Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs published October 31:

  • In 2012, membership in the Episcopal Church is 2,066,710 with 1,894,181 in the domestic (50 U.S. states) dioceses and 172,529 in the non-domestic (non U.S. states) dioceses.
  • Thirty-three domestic dioceses showed growth in membership in the past year: Alaska; Arkansas; Atlanta; California; Central Florida; Chicago; Colorado; East Tennessee; El Camino Real; Florida; Fond du Lac; Hawaii; Idaho; Iowa; Kansas; Maryland; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Navajoland; North Carolina; North Dakota; Northern California; Oklahoma; Pittsburgh; San Joaquin; Tennessee; Texas; Upper South Carolina; Washington; West Tennessee; Western Massachusetts; Western New York.
  • In the non-domestic dioceses, growth in membership was marked in three dioceses: Ecuador-Litoral, Puerto Rico, Venezuela.

Seen around St. Cat's

Photos by Connie Bergeron unless otherwise noted

(above) Father Jim sent us this photo of taking
his granddaughters trick-or-treating while
visiting his family in Chicago
(above) Dani Dickson prepares a seasonal
container for church flowers on October 27
(photo by Nancy Certain)

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:

  • November 4-10: Young Families — This week we celebrate the life and work of Young Families Ministry, designed for families with children ages 12 and younger. The group organizes fun activities for children to play together outside of church, as well as adult-only events for their parents to have grown-up fellowship. Young Families provides a cake reception following baptisms at church, and sponsors outreach activities including Operation Christmas Child and Rice Bowls. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Molly Banko, 770.977.8336, or Jennifer Sherwood, 678.795.0687,
  • November 11-17: Shepherds — This week we celebrate the life and work of Shepherds, part of our Invitation Ministry. This group staffs the welcome table in the foyer to give newcomers and visitors directions, encourage them to sign the guest book, offer them a gift bag, help to introduce them to others, make follow-up phone calls, and generally be a friend over the coming months to help them feel at home. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Bill Selby 770-952-3857,


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

  • Cam & Marti Graham

Communications at St. Catherine’s

I was one who was reluctant to give up the paper "Wheel" newsletter. Like many folks in corporate America, I spend a large portion of my work day in front of a computer screen: opening, reading, replying to, deleting or filing emails. One more email was an "ugh!" concept for me. But… I knew it was the right direction for us to take, in terms of cost to mail, in terms of not adding more paper to our landfills, etc.

After however long it's been—I now think I would not go back! I appreciate the links that can be included the Wheel for more information (on any topic), and wonderful photos that you can share in electronic format which would be prohibitive for a paper Wheel.

All that said, I appreciate so much that a paper Wheel does exist for those folks who do not have email as an option. My father is one such individual, and I am grateful that his church provides a paper version of their newsletter for him—there are people like him in every congregation. I just wanted to let the Communications team hear some positive feedback on what I imagine was a hard decision.

Margaret Shaw

Dear MUST Partners,

MUST Ministries has existed for 42 years with the support of donations. Individuals, churches, businesses, organizations and grants have sustained the now $5 million annual budget. As it became increasingly difficult to raise funds needed to meet the growing demands and federal grants were being dramatically cut, MUST has been researching ways to become more self-sustaining so that our programs can continue. After analyzing many resources, it became abundantly clear that the organization has generous in-kind donors who bring more than enough clothing, housewares, furniture, shoes and other items to the Donation Center. Allocating the excess items to a thrift shop concept would allow MUST to continue giving clothing to clients, and to sell the “extra” to gain funds that support our mission to help those in need.

Clients will now have the option to purchase items in addition to the free vouchers they receive, giving them a feeling of parity and not just charity. Key financial donors and donors bringing items to the Donation Center were surveyed and overwhelmingly supported MUST's need to acquire a new income stream and favored the thrift store concept. With that strong base of support, MUST is moving forward with a plan to put a thrift store, “MUST Marketplace”, in the Foothills location to pilot this innovative way of continuing programs in a difficult economy. The transformation of a portion of our intake area, some of the support offices and interview rooms into the new Thrift Store will take about two months and will cost a little over $100,000. Your gifts are needed to support this transformation, too. Please consider a year-end gift to MUST to help us make this new MUST Marketplace a reality. Please indicate on your check memo area: “MUST Marketplace.”

I wanted you all to be aware of our continued effort to support MUST and the many lives we touch daily. Your assistance is always appreciated.

Thank you and God Bless!
Dwight “Ike” Reighard, President and CEO, MUST Ministries


Dear St. Catherine’s,

A warm blanket to sleep on, life-saving medical care and behavioral support from profession trainers. These are just a few things your gift of $57.00 [Blessing of the Animals offering] to the Humane Society of Boulder Valley provides for the thousands of homeless animals we see here every year. Your donation truly makes a difference. While a dog or cat may not understand the meaning of a dollar, they certainly feel the impact of each donation we receive… Thank you for choosing to support the Humane Society of Boulder Valley. Your gift gives the animals exactly what they need: a second chance. Together we are saving more lives.

Lisa Pedersen, CEO, Humane Society of Boulder Valley


Dear [St. Catherine’s],

Thank you for contributing toward improving the lives of our neighbors in Peoplestown. Your support of the programs of Emmus House strengthens our mission to diminish poverty and its broader consequences. Peoplestwon residents and neighbors are taking full advantage of our fall programs. Our new onday Night Live program provides a time for community building and leadership development for children and youth. Young people are busy exercising their creativity in our Saturday Arts Program, Great Start for Children and Parents is once again a big success, and the Lokey Ceter continues to provide numerous services to many of our neighbors in Peopletown and beyond. We have much for which to be grateful as God blesses our efforts to serve God’s people in this neighborhood. For all the ways in shich you support the residents of Peoplestown through the programs of Emmaus House, we are grateful.

Yours faithfully,
The Rev. E. Claiborne Jones, Director and Vicar, Emmaus House


Work of Our Hands Artists’ Market at Cathedral November 21-24

The Work of Our Hands Artists’ Market will celebrate its 11th anniversary November 21- 24 at the Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road in Buckhead. This acclaimed market features over 80 local and regional artists offering fine art, folk art, and crafts, including paintings, glass, fabric and wood art, pottery, jewelry, sculptures, and many other handmade and original gifts in a variety of price ranges.

An opening night reception will take place on Thursday, November 21, 6:00 - 8:00. Tickets, available at the door, are $15 per person. Hors d’oeuvres, wine, and other beverages will be served. Admission to the market is free and open to the public. Hours are Friday and Saturday 9:00-5:00 and Sunday 8:30-1:30.

The Work of Our Hands is a non-profit organization founded in 2000 by Bishop Frank K. Allan, retired Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta. Proceeds from the market benefit organizations that promote and support arts and crafts programs that serve persons marginalized by socioeconomic, mental health, and intellectual challenges.


Tour Epiphany’s Nativities Exhibit November 30-December 1

For the eighteenth holiday season, The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany presents an exhibit of nativity scenes from around the world on Saturday, November 30 and Sunday, December 1 and from Wednesday, December 4 through Sunday, December 8. Over the years, the exhibit has grown to over 300 crèches. From the elegant to the eccentric, the birth scenes are sculpted in materials ranging from carved wood to volcanic ash. Each nativity is accompanied by scriptural quotes and hymn texts.

Schedule: Sat., Nov. 30, 10 am-4 pm; Sunday, Dec. 1, 2-4 pm; Wed., Dec. 4 – Friday, Dec. 6, 10 am - 2 pm; Friday, Dec. 6, 7 - 9 pm; Sat., Dec. 7, 10 am - 4 pm; Sunday, Dec. 8, 2-4 pm. Admission: $5.00 for adults; $4.00 for Seniors & Students, Children under 12 free. The church is located at 2089 Ponce de Leon Ave., NE, Atlanta, GA 30307. For a brochure of times or more information contact Epiphany at 404.373.8338 / or visit


Health Tips - from our Congregational Nurses

  • Stay healthy with good oral health
    Did you know that preventing periodontitis (the advanced form of gum disease that can cause tooth loss) is not only important for your oral health, but can also be an important step in maintaining overall health? Researchers have found that periodontitis can be associated with other health problems such as cardiovascular disease, stroke and bacterial pneumonia. In most cases, good oral health can be maintained with good daily oral hygiene—brushing and flossing—and through regular visits with your dentist. Source: American Dental Association.
  • Sauté tip
    Do you enjoy your veggies sautéed in a little oil? If so, you can keep calories and fat down by using oil sparingly. All cooking oils are high in calories, approximately 125 calories per tablespoon. When sautéing, heat the oil to a searing-hot cooking temperature before adding veggies to your skillet. Doing so will decrease the amount of oil the veggies absorb. Consider using canola oil. It is low in saturated fat, has more omega-3s than other vegetable oils, and it does well with high-temperature cooking. Source: American Heart Association.

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, Destiny, Gina Duncan, Erin Strunk, Dick McKibben,Maria Ortiz, Theresa Lengsfeld, Allison Ross, Traci Landis, Opal, Matt Gibson, Gina Barnes, Emmie, Aidan, Jane Atkins, Samantha Caldwell, Nancy Certain, Genie Lee, Larry Boyd, Raymond Higgins, Dan Narocki, Jim Mattox, Carol, Carl, Kristen Blackstock, Tom Moniak, Kitty Diffley, Lewis Gunter, Mark Tidwell & wife Lee, Al Rowe, Mitchell Waldron, Ed Markette, Brian Williams, Sheila Bishop, Iris Phillips, Jean Rousseau, Peter, Sally Rattey, Joyce Mason, Angelika & family, Susan, Charlie & Rachel Porter, Sharon, Alycen Widdon, Marilyn, Jack Dumke, Barry Dillard, Althea Dillard

BEFORE SURGERY: Jan Severs; Barbara, Tim Braman’s mother; Elaine Krupp; Rod Deutscher

DECEASED: Bobby Chadwick, son of Deana DeLaBarre’s aunt; Trish Holtz, friend of Steve Wolfe; Beverly Harvey, co-worker of Althea Dillard’s daughter

FOR THOSE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS: (11/3) Cindy Tuemmler, (11/4) Deana DeLaBarre, Missy Greene, (11/5) ArlynCook, Colleen Morich, Christopher Scott, (11/6) Collin Rayfield, (11/7) Jerry Scott, Olivia Shillington, Jason Gardiner, Richard Bowers, Jackson Ragan, (11/8) Laurel Glidewell, Melissa Korwan, Harry Tear, IV, Ethan Nienaber, (11/9) Alison Travis, Lauren Barber, (11/10) Roger Motter, (11/11) Rex Moore, Chuck Zimmerman, Bailey Brooks, Talia Brooks, (11/12) John Starr, Alison Harris, Jimmy Owen, (1/13) Pescale Hunter, Sally Powers, Joe Parker, Marti Graham, Robert Turner, Josie Brown, (11/14) Chuck Severs, Lucas Bachmann, (11/15) Risa Maier, Morgan Durbrow

ANNIVERSARIES: (11/6) Steve & Rosemary Wolfe

(11/3) Lisa Scheidt; Jerry & Linda Scott; Derek, Kerry, Ava & Emy Seiling; Bill & Barb Selby; Chuck & Jan Severs;
(11/10) David, Mary Lou, Matthew & Megan Shannonhouse; Margaret Shaw; Terry, Cindy & Kristen Sheehan; Kevin, Lee Ann, David, Blake & Chandler Sherry; Jenifer, Michael, Sarah & Katherine Sherwood

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, November 17 – Christmas trees & greens order deadline; Operation Christmas Child Ingathering
  • Thursday, November 21 – Ecumenical Thanksgiving Celebration, 7:00 pm at Temple Kol Emeth
  • Thursday, November 28 – Thanksgiving Day; Gobble Jog on the Marietta Square
  • Sunday, December 1 – First Sunday of Advent; Advent wreath making at 10-11 am

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, 11/2 Saturday, 11/9


CGS Catechist Meeting
Jubilate Practice
Sacre Voci Concert


Parish Day of Service
Diocesan Council
  @ Holy Innocents
Sunday, 11/3 Sunday, 11/10


Daylight Savings Time Ends
Holy Eucharist
Family Holy Eucharist
  / Baptism / Jubilate
Church School
Choral Holy Eucharist/Baptism
Youth @ Church of Common Ground
Fall Memorial Service


Holy Eucharist
Family Holy Eucharist
Church School
Newcomer Coffee
Choral Holy Eucharist
Safeguarding God’s People

Monday, 11/4 Monday, 11/11

Amma Susan's day off
Facilities Planning
Boy Scout Troop 713


Amma Susan's day off
Preschool Auction
Boy Scouts
Court of Honor
Men’s Book Study
Stephen Ministry
Women’s Bible Study
Boy Scouts Troop 713

Tuesday, 11/5 Tuesday, 11/12


Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Jubilate Practice
Ministry Teams Quarterly Meeting

Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Jubilate Practice
Outreach Meeting
Youth Ministry
Wednesday, 11/6 Wednesday, 11/13


Bible Study
Christian Formation
WNL Estate Planning
Youth WNL
Chancel Choir


Bible Study
WNL Program
Youth WNL
Chancel Choir

Thursday, 11/7 Thursday, 11/14
Great Oak Board
Men’s Bible Study
Executive Committee
Men’s Bible Study
HR Committee
Friday, 11/8 Friday, 11/15
Fr. Jim's day off
Diocesan Council
  @ Holy Innocents
Men’s Bible Study
Women’s Bible Study
Preschool Lunch

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


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


Youth Readers wanted

If you are not currently a Youth Reader, I would encourage you to consider becoming one. It requires minimal time commitment but is a great way to serve your church community while getting some practice with public speaking at the same time! Youth Readers are scheduled on periodic Sundays (you would definitely not be scheduled every Sunday!) to read the Epistle (the 2nd Bible reading in the service) out loud to the congregation. We provide training for all new readers. If you think you might be interested in doing this, please let me know and we’ll make it happen!

If you are currently a Youth Reader and you know of any Sundays between December 1, 2013 - February 28, 2014 for which you would not be able to read, please get in touch with Mike as soon as you’re able.


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.

Wheel schedule:

Next publications:

  • November 15
  • December 6
  • December 20

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
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