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

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Clergy Letter

Christmas Market
Christmas greens pickup
Vestry election
Blood drive
Advent & Christmas
  Studies & resources
  Giving Tree
  Quiet Evening
  Seasonal donations
  Christmas Pageant
  Seniors Lunch
  Hanging of the Greens
  Emmaus elves
  Special Christmas Fund
  Open House
Young Lambs
Potluck Supper
Pledges due
Year end
Flowers & candles
Concert Series

Laundry Team
Operation Christmas Child
Family Promise
Volunteer matrix

Ecumenical Thanksgiving
Congrats to parishioners
Seen around St. Cat's
Ministry focus

Emmaus match campaign
Health tips


Youth Reader training
Youth/Alumni Christmas Party
Ugly Sweaters at WNL

Youth pics



12/7 - Christmas Market

12/7 & 8 – Christmas trees/greens pickup

12/8 – Second Sunday of Advent;
St. Nicholas Celebration

12/10, 17, 24 – Advent Eucharist & Study

12/11, 18 – WNL Advent program

12/13 – Advent Quiet Evening

12/15 – Third Sunday of Advent;
Seasonal donations due;
Vestry elections;
Christmas Pageant;
Youth Alumni Christmas Party

12/17 – Blood drive

12/19 – Senior Adults Christmas Lunch

12/22 – Fourth Sunday of Advent;
No Church School;
Hanging of the Greens

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Transition Time

By Amma Susan

Advent is a transition time as the church calendar begins the new liturgical year. The Johnson family is also going through a transition in our life together as we enter Advent. As many of you know, my beloved husband, Roy, has been living with vascular dementia for many years. It has now come to the point, that to keep him safe from falling on our stairs at home, I have made the difficult decision to move Roy to Bickford Assisted Living. Last Sunday, Father Jim asked a special blessing and prayer for Roy, myself and our family as we go through this time of transition. We will need those prayers to see us through this chapter in our lives. This will be a very hard change for us, after 43 years in our marriage journey.

Many of you have asked how you can help. First of all, we cherish your prayers for peace in the midst of this difficult time and that Roy will be well cared for. If you are interested in helping further, there are two things that Roy really enjoys doing that won’t be happening unless he has a visitor to make it possible: listening to classical music and going for a walk. Roy will be spending most of his time in the common room, where he can be supervised, but would love to have someone come to visit, take him to his room and sit with him to listen to classical music on his CDs or the music channel on TV. He would also enjoy going for a walk, either inside at Bickford, or on a nice day, out in the neighborhood or at the local park. If you would like to be such a friendly visitor, please let me know. We thank you all for the support you have and are continuing to give.

Christmas Market is Saturday, December 7


  • Christmas Market artisan and vendor show: 9 am – 3 pm
  • Photos with Santa, Breakfast, Kids’ crafts: 9 am – 12 noon

Please invite all your friends and neighbors! The annual Christmas Market is an event for all ages and benefits the Youth Program of St. Catherine’s. This year’s event features:

  • 40 local vendors – An array of local artisans selling handcrafts, clothing, artwork, victuals, and much more will be ready to help you take care of all your holiday shopping.
  • Professional Santa Claus and photographer – Printed photos will be available for purchase on-site.
  • Fresh-served hot Breakfast – At-the-door price: $7/adult, $4/children.
  • Kids’ crafts – For children 3-10 years old, $5 crafts to make with the help of our Youth Elves while waiting for Santa or while parents are shopping.
  • Bake Sale – lots of yummy choices!

Christmas trees & greens pickup

Saturday and Sunday, December 7 & 8

Your preordered Christmas trees, wreaths and garland 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). If you come on Saturday be sure to step inside to view our Christmas Market. Thank you for your support of our Youth Program!

Vestry Elections

Sunday, December 15 at all services

The slate of candidates is announced for our upcoming Vestry election. We are very grateful to these parish members who have stepped forward to be willing to serve us in 2014. The election will be held at all worship services on Sunday, December 15. We will elect FOUR new members to three-year terms from the slate of EIGHT candidates listed below. Absentee Ballots — If you will be unable to attend worship this date, absentee ballots are available in the church office (call 770-971-2839) and are due in the office on Friday, December 13 by 5:00 pm.

We are very thankful for the service of our members who have represented us on the Vestry this year. Our Vestry for 2013: Tom Blackstock, Nancy Denton*, Steve Diffley, Susan Heuke, Jeff Harris, Bill Hutton, Bill Lee* (Sr. Warden), Elizabeth Lopez (Jr. Warden), Bob Pepper*, Rod Pope, Tad Travis [* denotes member retiring at end of 2013].

Vestry Candidates

Therese Braman

Years at St. Catherine’s: 6+
Activities, positions held at St. Catherine’s— Substitute Teacher in the Atrium, Children’s Chapel, Christmas Pageant, Elizabeth Inn, Elf at Emmaus House, Adult Church School, Stewardship Committee, Team Leader of NCS
Occupation—Braman Family COO
Biographical Information—I am married to Tim Braman and I have 2 children. My son, Matthew, is 23, and my daughter, Amanda, is 10. Day to day, I manage our household, Amanda’s schoolwork/activities, help care for my mom, and support Tim and his career. For 17 years, I worked for various software companies as an implementation manager and consultant.
As for talents, mine are managing projects, problem solving and people skills. A few years ago, I attended Fr. Jim’s “Spiritual Gifts Workshop” where I was not surprised to find that my greatest gift is serving followed by leadership. During my time on the Stewardship Committee, I learned a great deal about the inner workings of St. Catherine’s and I believe I can use my talents and knowledge to further enhance the Vestry team.

Eric DeLaBarre

Years at St. Catherine’s: 8
Activities, positions held at St. Catherine’s—Adult Choir Member, Vestry Member, Human Resources, Security for all-night vigils, MUST Ministries, Lay Reader, Men’s Bible Study and various other ministries.
Occupation—Civil servant with Dept. of Justice working National Security matters for US Attorney’s Office in Atlanta. Retired military, US Air Force
Biographical Information— Blissfully married to Deana for 34 years; we have two children, Scott and Rachel (her husband Matt), and 2 grandchildren, Sebastjian, Zoey & Chase.
I have always tried to serve my country well, but realize I get the most out of serving my church & community.  My strongest talent is sharing the word of God through song, because I can share the joy it brings me with the congregation.  I feel my leadership, organizational, and consensus-building skills would be an asset to the Vestry. My hope is that through serving on Vestry again, I can continue to return some of the countless blessings I’ve received throughout my life, and as a member of this parish.

Julie Fulcher

Years at St. Catherine’s: 6
Activities, positions held at St. Catherine’s—Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, Communication Ministry, Women’s Retreat, Ministry Fair.
Occupation—Marketing Consultant
Biographical Information—I was born and raised until the age of 10 in the Southern Baptist church. When my parents got divorced my mom, who has all daughters, wanted to find a church that had a woman in leadership so that her girls knew they could do anything in life. St. Matthews Episcopal Church in Snellville, GA had a female deacon, and after the first service we knew we had found our new home. Being involved in the youth group at St. Matthews shaped my entire life, in more ways than I ever would have imagined. I felt the same feeling of coming home after the first time of pulling into St. Cats and seeing everyone under the great Oak Tree. And once again, that has rung true more than I ever could have imagined. I am excited about the opportunity to grow my church, my community, my home through service on the Vestry. I am confident that my marketing skills and leadership will be an asset to the Vestry and to the church family.

Susan Jenkins

Years at St. Catherine’s: 22
Activities, positions held at St. Catherine’s—Youth Leader, New Beginnings, Happening, Jr. & Sr. DYC, Youth Retreats, Mission Trips, Urban Plunge, Urban Adventure, Beach Trip, Secret Santa Shop, Valentine Dinner Dance, Altar Guild, Lay Reader, Mentor, Children’s Chapel, Greeter
Occupation—Fourth Grade Teacher at Sope Creek Elementary
Biographical Information—I am a cradle Episcopalian and Native “Marietta Girl”. I grew up at St. James Episcopal Church in Marietta, Georgia. My daughter, Stephanie Burkholder, graduated from the University of Mississippi in May 2013 and is currently teaching at Holly Springs High School as part of the Teach for America Program. My son, Scott Burkholder, is a sophomore at Georgia State and College University. Doug and I have been married for 6 years. I am excited to have the opportunity to be a part of the Vestry again. Youth work is my passion, and I do believe I could be a voice for our youth on the Vestry. St. Catherine’s has been my family for the last 22 years, and I feel so blessed and thankful to be a part of such a loving Christ centered family.

Hans Kraeger

Years at St. Catherine’s: 14
Activities, positions held at St. Catherine’s—Usher, Men’s Bible Study Organizer, Men’s Retreat Coordinator, Marriage Journey Facilitator, Foyer’s Group, Men’s Book Study, Youth House Builder
Occupation—Information Technology Leadership
Biographical Information—My wife, Karen, and I were drawn to St. Catherine’s primarily by the amazing youth program. Little did we know how the Holy Spirit, through each of you, would incrementally and patiently, regardless of our strengths or weaknesses envelope us with Love, Peace (Acceptance), and Joy. So if you wonder the reason why I may be interested to be on the Vestry, I look at it more as “why am I being called now”? Is this the right time? Will my time and talent be a match for God’s current purpose at St. Catherine’s? I have been an organized person since childhood, so naturally planning and structure come with that trait. Over the past 7 years, I have volunteered and provided short and long-term Strategic Organization Planning for Women-owned small businesses, non-for-profit organizations, and other businesses. This planning enables these organizations to meet their operating goals through analysis and alignment of skills, organizational activity, and solutions. I welcome the opportunity to be of service to St. Catherine’s and give forward for all God’s blessings.

Daniel Mikkelsen

Years at St. Catherine’s: 5
Activities, positions held at St. Catherine’s—Friday Morning Men’s Bible Study, Marriage Journey, Men’s Retreat Planning Committee, HR Committee Representative, Vacation Bible School, Sunday Morning Men’s Bible Study
Occupation—Managing Director, Information Technology, for AGL Resources & GA Natural Gas
Biographical Information—I grew up attending St James Episcopal in Marietta. I earned a Bachelor in Engineering, cum laude, from Vanderbilt University and an MBA with concentration in Finance from Emory. My wife and I have two sons Luke (7) and Jett (3). I’m excited about this Vestry nomination, because I care deeply about our church and its future. I value our church family and the friendships our family has found here. I want my children to grow up in a church where their gifts are embraced and their relationship with the Lord is nurtured. St. Catherine’s is that church. I would be honored to dedicate my time and talents to the Vestry. I would bring leadership skills including persistence, patience, honesty, compassion and intellect honed throughout my education and 16 year career. I would use good communication skills, emphasizing listening and understanding others. Most importantly, I would bring my desire to understand God’s word and will for St. Catherine’s.

Beth Sandoval

Years at St. Catherine’s: 7
Activities, positions held at St. Catherine’s—Office Help (Thursday afternoon Worker), Greeter, Sunday Morning Counter
Occupation—Currently Domestic Goddess and my husband’s Financial Advisor. Previous Receptionist for dentist & financial company. Retail (on the floor and in office), taught country dance lessons and water aerobics for seniors.
Biographical Information— I enjoy getting to know people. It has been a challenge being a greeter and getting to know others first hand in the last few years with my husband’s new career. I was not sure what my role for him was supposed to be. I am still working on that. We are a work in progress. I enjoy also working behind the scenes as in office help and counting. I am not sure what to say as far as gifts I might bring except another opinion, or thought. I value St. Catherine’s for the congregation and for those who are there to guide us spiritually. I was asked by more than a couple of people if I would run for vestry. I know it is a commitment and I am willing to attempt to the best of my capabilities to St. Catherine’s and all of those who make up St. Catherine’s.

Randy Satterfield

Years at St. Catherine’s: 6
Activities, positions held at St. Catherine’s—Facilitator for Adult Church School class, Catechist for The Journey, Lay Reader
Occupation—Housing Counselor
Biographical Information— My gifts mostly have to do with teaching. I have owned and managed several businesses. I have an extensive corporate background with twenty years in it. St. Catherine’s means a great deal to me. I am honored by the opportunity to give back to my church family.

Blood Drive Tuesday, December 17

3 – 8 pm in the Youth House

Calling all Blood Donors—those of Decembers PAST, PRESENT, and FUTURE: Please join us for a very important blood drive on Tuesday, December 17 from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the Youth House. The holiday season is a difficult time for blood collection so your donation this day is especially needed! Donors will enjoy fellowship and Nutter Butters®, and your name will automatically be entered to win a $25 AMERICAN EXPRESS GIFT CARD. Last December the winner was our own Tom Snead!

No appointment is necessary, although the Red Cross would prefer you sign up in advance at (enter sponsor code STCATS). All donors are welcome the day of the drive whether or not you reserved a time. For more information contact Jennifer Massey or 404.375.8327.

Journey through Advent and Christmas


Advent studies and resources for everyone

  • “Something To Hope For: Advent and Christmas Reflections 2013” - Our annual booklet of reflections on the seasons of Advent and Christmas written by our own St. Catherine’s parishioners is available at church, and you can even receive these reflections emailed directly to you each day throughout the season! Sign up now and/or read the complete collection on our Advent Reflections page at .
  • Wednesday Night Live (WNL) Advent study through December 18 – WNL weekly for everyone! For adults the current program is “We Three Kings.” WNL dinner 6:00-7:00 pm, programs 7:00-8:00 pm. PLEASE BE SURE to RSVP for dinner for each date you’ll dine with us, either fill out the Opportunities For Ministry form in your Sunday bulletin or contact the church office, 770-971-2839, by 5 pm on Tuesday. Dinner cost is $7 per adult, $3 children, maximum $25 per family.
  • Tuesday morning Advent Eucharist & Study through December 24 – On Tuesday mornings during Advent we celebrate an early morning Eucharist at 7:00 am, followed by a brief study at 7:30 am. We finish promptly at 8:00 am so that you can be on your way to your day’s responsibilities. Study materials are available on the resource table in the foyer.
  • Resource table – Visit our resource table in the foyer throughout Advent with materials for all ages.


The Giving Tree

  • Items for adults due Sunday, Dec. 8: These items are needed as gifts for Emmaus House children to give to their parents and grandparents: Scarves, slippers, hankies, socks, soap, shampoo, cologne, shaving cream and razors, gloves, billfolds, decorative items, costume jewelry, watches. Please deliver these donations to the Giving Tree by Sunday, December 8.
  • Children’s gifts due by Sunday, Dec. 15: Please see the tree in the foyer with ornaments with gift ideas for children of Emmaus House. Suggested items for boys and girls ages 9 to 16 years: portable CD players with batteries, back packs, sleeping bags, books, videos, socks, gloves, sports equipment, watches, CDs, sunglasses, playing cards, cologne, and manicure sets. A more complete list of suggestions and instructions can be found at the Outreach table in the foyer. Please attach the tree ornament securely to your gift and deliver the gift to the Giving Tree by Sunday, December 15.
  • Gift cards to Kroger, Publix, Wal-Mart due by December 15


Advent Quiet Evening: "Yes, Lord, I need your peace…"

Friday, December 13, 7 pm -- The theme of our Advent Meditations this year is “The Peace of Christmas: Something to hope for…” Join us Friday evening, December 13, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm in the Sanctuary for an Advent Quiet Evening. We will hear a series of meditations on the subject of “peace.” We will explore how we are agents of peace and how by our words and deeds we become the peace we hope for during this season of peace and goodwill. There will be time for personal reflection trough writing, use of the labyrinth, music, etc. The evening ends with refreshments. We invite you to set aside a few hours in this hectic season to reflect on the coming of the king of peace, Jesus Christ.


Seasonal donations due by Sunday, December 15

Each year we invite all to donate money for decorating our church for Christmas and for special music at Christmas Eve services. We remind you to insert your donation in the brown envelopes in your pews or send to the church office. Please be sure to write in or on the envelope your name and who you would like your gift to be remembered in thanksgiving or memory of, by Sunday, Dec. 15 to be listed in our Christmas bulletins.


Christmas Pageant – Sunday, December 15

The pageant is on Sunday, Dec. 15 at the 8:45 am service. Our pageant this year is “The Nativity.” Those without a speaking role will only need to attend rehearsal at 10:00 am on Saturday, Dec. 14. Practice for speaking roles will be Wed., Dec. 11, 5-6 pm and Saturday, Dec. 14, 10 am. Those interested in a speaking role please contact Stephanie Yucius, Volunteers are ALWAYS welcome to help out! For questions please speak to anyone on the Christmas Pageant Committee -- Kell Owen, Juliet Stone, Tinka Ivey, Roberta Griffin, Cameron Ward, Stephanie Yucius.


Seniors Adults Eucharist and Christmas Lunch – Thursday, December 19

All senior adults are invited by The Rev. Jim and Joan Nixon and Mr. Roy and the Rev. Susan Johnson, to be our special guest for a Eucharist and Christmas Luncheon at church on Thursday, December 19 at 11:00 am. Please let us know you are coming by Monday, December 16 by calling the office at 770-971-2839 or contact Ginney Linstrom, Special entertainment will be provided by the four-year-old-classes of St. Catherine’s Preschool.


Hanging of the Greens – Sunday, December 22, 5-8 pm

As Advent draws to a close and the joy of Christmas is just around the corner, we gather to decorate the church for Christmas. This is always a special time filled with laughter, joy, and a little labor. We can use every hand! This is an evening for every member of the congregation, and your friends and family as well (nursery available for little ones during the work time).

Please bring (1) a finger dessert to share, and (2) a family ornament to place on the big tree in the atrium. We will begin at 5:00 PM to decorate the church, parish hall, youth house, atrium, and outside. At 6:30 we’ll break for dinner with soup, cornbread, French bread, beverages and PBJ for kids if desired. Then we’ll return to a decorated and candle-lit sanctuary to sing some carols and play the bells. We’ll finish the evening with dessert.

Just to get you in the mood now, you can see some of the fun we had last year singing “The Twelve Days of Christmas” in this video on our Facebook page at See you there!


Be an elf at Emmaus House Christmas Festival – Tuesday, December 24

Join us to go to Emmaus House (near Turner Field in Atlanta) on the morning of Christmas Eve, December 24, to be "elves" escorting activities and distributing presents to 700+ smiling faces at their annual Christmas Festival. It’s a wonderful activity, guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit! We will carpool from the church parking lot. Please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Gina Baumann,, 770-841-1356, for all the details.


Christmas Eve Receptions

Foods requested – Festive receptions follow the 5:00 and 11:00 pm Christmas Eve services. We invite you to donate finger foods for these receptions, please bring them to the Parish Hall, prepared and ready to serve, prior to the service you attend this night.


Special Christmas Fund

Each Christmas our parishioners give to create a Special Christmas Fund, used for members of this congregation who have suffered in any number of ways, to support them at a time of year when limited resources are painfully evident. The Rector, in consultation with the staff, makes the decision as to how this fund will be used. If you would like to give to this fund simply write a check to St. Catherine’s and clearly mark it for the “Special Christmas Fund.” Any amount is gratefully accepted.


Rector's Open House

Father Jim and Joan Nixon invite you to a
Christmas Open House

Sunday, December 29,
5:00 to 8:00 PM

at their home
at 2700 Bennington Drive, Marietta
No RSVP needed

While we love children, we have found that
this evening is not a time they enjoy, so
adults only, please


Calendar of activities - Advent and Christmas

* - nursery available

  • December 8 — * Advent 2; St. Nicholas celebration (during Church School)
  • December 10, 17, 24 — Morning Advent Eucharist and Study, 7 - 8 am
  • December 11 and 18 — * Wednesday Night Live - dinner 6:00-7:00, program 7:00-8:00 pm
  • December 13 — Advent Quiet Evening, 7-9 pm
  • December 14 — Christmas pageant rehearsal 10:00 am
  • December 15 — * Advent 3; Vestry Elections at all services; Christmas decorating/music donations due; Giving Tree ingathering for children’s gifts; Youth & Alumni Christmas Party 4-6 pm
  • December 19 — Senior Adults’ Eucharist & Christmas Lunch 11 am - 2:30 pm
  • December 22 — * Advent 4; No Church School; Christmas Pageant at 8:45 service; * Hanging of the Greens, 5-8 pm
  • December 24 — Christmas Eve —
    Emmaus House’s Christmas Festival in Atlanta;
    * Family Christmas Eve Eucharist and Festive Reception – Worship procession begins 5:00 pm
    Christ Mass and Festive Reception – Music prelude with string ensemble, choir and organ 10:30-11:00 pm; 11 pm — Worship procession begins
  • December 25 — Christmas Day — one service, 10:30 am
  • December 29 — * First Sunday of Christmas —one service ONLY at 10:30am, no Church School; Rector's Open House 5-8 pm
  • January 5 — * Epiphany Sunday celebration — regular worship schedule, Church School resumes

Office schedule — The church office will be closed for the holidays on these dates:

  • Monday through Thursday, December 23-28
  • Tuesday, December 31 and Wednesday, January 1

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is growing again!

Young Lambs class begins January 5

By Claire Paglia

On January 5, Young Lambs will be returning! From the moment a baby is baptized, he or she is welcomed into the "household of God," and the community of St. Catherine's and nurturing the spiritual life of the littlest ones begins. The Young Lambs program will offer children who are two to three years old a very simple beginning in being introduced to Jesus, the Good Shepherd and prayer along with activities that will meet this young child's developmental need for movement. We hope it will provide these littlest ones a meaningful way to meet God where they are, with joy and thanksgiving.

The children will be guided by Claire Paglia, who is a Montessori trained guide and works at a Montessori school in Roswell with 2½ to 6½ year old children. She also completed her Level 1training in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd this past spring.

The Young Lambs class will be held during the Church School hour each Sunday. Any interested families with 2 (or almost two) to 3 year old children are invited to contact Claire Paglia at for further information.

An invitation to a “More Rich Year in Slow Food* Italy”

Potluck Sunday Supper on January 19

By Peter and Colleen Morich

As many of you know, we spent last year in Italy. Peter attended the Masters Program in Food Culture and Communication at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo, Italy, a Slow Food University, while Colleen played! We have been asked by many people to share our memories, pictures and stories of our magical year in Slow Food Italy.

We especially enjoyed the Potluck Sunday Suppers that we hosted regularly throughout the year. So, now we are eager to invite all of you to a Potluck Sunday Supper in St. Catherine’s Parish Hall on Sunday evening, January 19, 5:00-7:00 pm. Bring a dish made from local ingredients to share and a beverage of your choice. Space is limited, so sign up soon by going to this link:

We are looking forward to sharing our memories, pictures and stories of our magical “More Rich Year in Slow Food Italy!” Email Colleen at with any questions.

Arrivederci! A presto!
Colleen and Peter

* Slow Food is a global, grassroots organization linking the pleasures of good food with a commitment to local communities and the environment. A non-profit, member-supported association, Slow Food was founded in 1989 to counter the rise of fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world.

Estimate of Giving (2014 Pledge) needed now

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.

End of Year / New Year

  • Donations to the church for 2013 must be postmarked no later than Dec. 31.
  • Please turn in invoices and requests for reimbursement for 2013 expenses by Dec. 31.
  • Annual reports will be due from all ministry teams and committees by January 12! Now is the time to start thinking about annual reports. We will gladly accept them early. We really want to have all groups and ministries included in the report which will be distributed at the Parish Annual Meeting on January 26. Please send yours by email to

Flowers & Candles 2014

Our church flowers and altar candles are entirely supported by your direct sponsorship of these ministries, and we thank you! The 2014 schedule is now available in the foyer for you to sign up to dedicate altar flowers or candles in memory of thanksgiving for a loved one in the coming year. Note that sponsorship of any date is not limited to one or two persons, please choose the date(s) which apply to the persons or occasions you wish, and you may also partner with others to sponsor a date.

And, please remember if you signed up for 2013 flowers or candles, send your payment to the church office by December 31 if you have not yet done so. Flowers are $60 per vase and candles are $20 each.

Be a Friend of Music at St. Catherine’s

St. Catherines' Concert Series will continue in the new year with these stellar events:

  • January 18, 8:00 p.m.: Atlanta Guitar Trio (free concert)
  • March 30, 6:00 p.m.: Georgia Festival Chorus (free concert)
  • May 3, 8:00 p.m.: Kaleidoscope, directed by Michael O’Neal (tickets on sale soon)

We welcome you to all our concerts and hope you'll bring family and friends as well. You can also support our series by becoming a Friend of Music at St. Catherine’s! 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!


Laundry Night at MUST

By Cindy Tuemmler

Where can you help a man get just the right pillow for a good night’s sleep? Where can you make someone’s day by cleaning their personal burgundy sheets? And how about providing those two bars of soap to a homeless man who takes cleanliness very seriously? Our family did laundry at MUST Ministries on November 26 and learned how a little bit of effort can make a big difference to people who need a meal and some clean clothes to make it through the next day.

If you get the opportunity to do laundry at MUST Ministries, you will find it rewarding. Each person who stays at MUST puts their laundry in a numbered box. Not all boxes are washed every night, because it would be impossible to wash all of the clothes every night. On our night we were tasked with washing the clothes in boxes 1 through 22, and we got to know many of those guys and learned how important our service was to them.

The other thing you do at MUST is hand out the little hotel shampoos and conditioners, donated bars of soaps, as well as clean towels and sheets and pillows to those who need them. Sometimes the customers will be familiar with the different blankets available on a cold night, and will steer you away from selecting the stripy one in favor of the purple one. Sometimes they know which pillow is which. Helping someone get what they need can be worth all the (small) effort of giving up one’s evening.

Our teenagers were very helpful and took over the folding task with great skill. They also enthusiastically helped the clients get the shampoo or soap or towel that they wanted. But more importantly, they got a glimpse of a different world than their own, and a chance to see how serving others in need can be rewarding. The work you put in is worthwhile and as long as the man with the burgundy sheets has a clean place to sleep that night, it’s all right.

Steve, Cindy, Frederick and Forrest Tuemmler


Laundry Team – learn more about it

St. Catherine’s volunteers staff the laundry team for MUST Ministries’ Elizabeth Inn shelter every month year-round on the fourth Tuesday and fifth Wednesday (when there is one). The next dates coming up are December 24, January 28 and January 29. If you would like to learn more about helping with this important service to our neighbors in need right here in Marietta, please contact Fred Massey,

Operation Christmas Child success!

By Molly Banko

A BIG thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Operation Christmas Child outreach project! Thanks to church and preschool families, we were able to send almost 100 gift-filled boxes, which will be used to make Christmas brighter for needy children all over the world.

Family Promise’s “See Box City”

By Hale Sanders and Fred Massey

Family Promise of Cobb County (FPCC) held an event on November 16 to recognize homeless people and the conditions they have to endure, and to raise funds for the program. Approximately 50 members of our 15 different congregations chose to spend the night in a car or box and pay the program for doing it. We were fortunate to have very good weather (no rain and not cold), which is not always the case for people that are homeless, as we all know. We also had wonderful music from the Australian Bakery Bluegrass Jam band (thanks to Greg Beyer) and from our own Jubilate choir (thank you Jeff Harris for leading the music!). All in all, this was a very successful first Box City event for FPCC as we collected over $3,600 from registrants and donors, and had 26 cars and seven boxes with people spending the night. We also had food donated by Chick-fil-A, Jersey Mike’s, and some of our own members, so we were fed, and shared our food with some homeless men who happened by.

Again, our experience was not meant to simulate true homelessness but merely to give us a taste of what it might be like to sleep in a car or box for a full night in a noisy environment with freight trains passing by every 30 minutes or so. We can at least say that it was a moving experience and helps us to empathize better with folks who experience this on a regular basis.

Family Promise at St. Catherine’s in January!

Our first hosting dates have been tentatively scheduled for the week of Jan. 26-Feb. 2 and we need lots of help! Please view the list of our needs of volunteer time and item & money donations on our website at or pick up a form at church. Please return as soon as possible to the church office or in the alms basin. Training will be provided prior to our first hosting week. Our Co-volunteer Coordinators are Eleanore Pearson, and Diane Sanders,

Photos below -- See Box City to raise awareness of homelessness (pictures by Bill Ivey -- see more fullsize in the Family Promise album on our Facebook page).

Outreach Volunteer Activities Matrix available online

By Hale Sanders and the Outreach Ministry Team

In response to requests from our parishioners for more information about possible volunteer activities that you and your families can do, we have placed a matrix of activities on the St. Catherine’s website. In an attempt to make it more useable, we have put age requirements on each activity, so that families can determine if their children can get involved. For each program in addition to age requirements, we have provided the name and description of the opportunity, location, frequency requirements, contact information, and a website address if available. Included in this list are activities from the Atlanta Food Bank, Blood Drive, Communities in Schools, Day of Service, Emmaus House, The Extension, Family Promise, Gobble Jog, Hunger Walk, Habitat for Humanity, The Matthew Project, Hands on Atlanta, MUST Ministries, and several other opportunities.

We hope that this will provide our parishioners with a better idea of possible places for them and their families to volunteer. To locate this on our website, go to the “Outreach” page (under the “Serving” tab) -- direct page link is -- then scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “Outreach Volunteer Opportunities Resources List.” Special thanks go to Connie Bergeron for developing this list. Please let us know if the information is useful, if you have ideas on how to improve it, or if you know of some other volunteer activity that we should include in further updates. For feedback please contact Hale Sanders,


Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service a wonderful experience

By Father Jim

What an amazing evening! From the Islamic Call to Prayer to the Judaic blessing this was the most enriching and uplifting experience. With so much hate and fear in the world, it was a delight to sit with our brothers and sisters of so many faiths and to say thanks to God no matter what we may call Him or believe Him to be. It was truly a night of great thanksgiving. And thanks to the very many people who participated and attended from St. Catherine’s. It was remarkable. I’m looking forward to next year.

The entire service was recorded and is available to view online: go to and click on “Ecumenical Thanksgiving Celebration.”

Photo -- Representatives, including Father Jim, of the participating congregations who spoke at the service on November 21 (picture by Ronni Landau)

Congratulations, parishioners!

  • Congratulations to Chandler Sherry, who put together a bake sale at St. Cat’s and raised $500 for the Fragile Kids Foundation. She also made some crazy-good pies, to which many of us (and our waistlines) can attest. Thank you for your initiative and generosity!
  • Congratulations to Amy Mikkelsen — a recipe from her blog,, was published in the December 2013 issue of Southern Living magazine. We can’t wait to try her “Ambrosia Cocktail”!

Seen around St. Cat's

Thanksgiving Day dinner at Elizabeth Inn

EXTRA-SPECIAL thanks to those who devoted part of Thanksgiving Day to cook and serve dinner to our neighbors in need at MUST Ministries' Elizabeth Inn shelter. St. Catherine's volunteers serve dinner at the Inn on the 28th of every month year-round -- to learn more about how to help please contact Connie Bergeron, Connie Bergeron (, 404-819-0891) or Tracy Buckalew ( Photos by Bill Ivey and Kell Owen.

Advent wreath making on December 1, the First Sunday of Advent (photos by Phil Spessard)

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:

  • December 9-15: Lay Readers – This week we celebrate the life and work of our Lay Readers, who assist in serving communion and reading the Scripture and the prayers at worship services. Training is held regularly (no more than twice per year). Lay Readers wear vestments and should be flexible to serve at any of our regular service times. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Bill Selby, 770.952.3857,
  • December 16-22: Bible/Book Study Groups – This week we celebrate the life and work of our Bible and Book Studies. Groups are led by facilitators who bring a desire to teach and an interest in the material. A variety of offerings are available, please check our publications for dates and times, including The Wheel, Ministry Directory, Christian Formation brochure and the church calendar. For information please contact our Adult Christian Education committee, The Rev. Susan Johnson, 770.971.2839, ammasusan or Michael Paris, 770.509.0161,


Your visit and simple prayer; the Altar Flowers and kind words; my HOME church is always in my heart. To you, staff and my brothers and sisters—GOD'S PEACE.

Rod Deutscher

Dear [St. Catherine’s],

Thank you so much for opening your beautiful church to us for our chorus concert. The space was so aesthetically pleasing and perfect for our needs. I can’t tell you how many parents came up to me afterwards asking if we could have all our concerts there. Your generosity and kindness made it an incredible experience for myself and the students. Thank you!

John Perry and the Wheeler High School Chorus

Thank you to everyone at St. Catherine’s for their loyal support of MUST. Your gifts enable MUST to transform lives. Serving 247,000 lunches to children during the summer, providing safe and warm nights of rest to 65 people, and providing a ton of non-perishable food to those in need is where your support is utilized. We understand about church budgets and are very thankful of all the ways St. Catherine’s supports MUST. Your prayers, service and gifts are greatly appreciated.

Warm regards,
Howard, for MUST Ministries

Dear St. Catherine’s Vacation Bible School,

Thank you for your donation in the amount of $835.84 on August 1. Your donation is helping in the fight to end homelessness in Cobb County… one family at a time.

With gratitude,
Paul Grady, Fundraising Committee, Family Promise of Cobb County


Emmaus House match campaign doubles your impact

Emmaus House, an Atlanta Diocese community center in one of our nation’s poorest neighborhoods, has received a wonderful challenge from a longtime friend. The donor will give up to $60,000 in matching funds to Emmaus House for three years. This promise of $180,000 depends on others—individuals and parishes—making a three year commitment as well. These funds will secure Emmaus House’s mission to promote economic security for their neighbors.

For new donors, all of their three year pledge will be matched. For returning donors, all the increase in their giving, pledged for three years, will be matched. Setting up monthly gifts through your financial institution may make your participation easier. For example, new gifts or increases of $25/month will result in $1800 for Emmaus House over three years. For more information, go to or contact Greg Cole or The Rev. Claiborne Jones at Emmaus House, 404.525.5948.

Health Tips - from our Congregational Nurses

  • F.A.S.T. way to recognize a stroke!
    Few people know the symptoms of stroke. Learning them could save your life or the life of a loved one. F.A.S.T. is a simple test to help you recognize stroke symptoms: F = FACE – Ask the person to smile; A = ARMS – Ask them to raise both arms; S = SPEECH – Ask them to repeat a simple sentence; T = TIME – Call 911 if the person has trouble with any of these tasks. Describe their symptoms to the dispatcher. Mention the possibility of stroke. If there is any doubt, don't wait; CALL 911. Remember, strokes strike fast. Source: National Stroke Association
  • Evaluating weight-loss programs
    Are you about to purchase a weight-loss product or service? If so, be sure to do your homework and ask plenty of questions! Be extra cautious when you see the words breakthrough, revolutionary, miraculous, effortless, quick, or secret. Safe and successful programs are based on regular physical activity and an eating plan that is balanced, healthy and easy to follow. Lasting weight loss requires permanent change. Be a savvy consumer and invest wisely in your health! Source: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

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: Allison Ross, Larry Boyd, Raymond Higgins, Dan Narocki, Tom Moniak, Lewis Gunter, Mark Tidwell & wife Lee, Iris Phillips, Jean Rousseau, Peter, Sally Rattey, Joyce Mason, Angelika & family, Sharon, Jan, Barbara, Paul Beswick, Sybil Hudacko, Jon & Nancy Numair, Sothy, Dalath, Ed Markette, Elaine Krupp, Elizabeth Guy, Betty Davis, Mick Phillips, Lisa Shearer, Megan Shannonhouse, Nancy Saunders, Rod Deutscher, Margaret Caudle, Allison Dupuis, Misty & John Burdette, Holly Griffin, Cameron Smith, Christina Jones, Danny, Elizabeth Blackstock, Djenba Fields, Cammie Holmes McCook, Richard, Joan & Family, Kathy Kareken, Jackie Heckel, David Smith, Kyleigh Crapps, Jyll Pickett Laws, Sharon Foster, Fran Coraggio

BEFORE SURGERY: Nancy Certain; Steve Diffley

DECEASED: Jack Dumke, Keith Dumke’s father; Laura Hope Laws, added by Claire Harrison; Don Thomas, Rosemary Wolfe’s uncle; Laura Lee Gross, Jeff Harris’s aunt; Melvin Johnson, Jay Hendricks’s brother-in-law

BIRTHS: We celebrate the birth of Mark Chandler Massey born December 3 to Alan & Annie Massey, grandparents Jennifer & Fred Massey.

FOR THOSE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS: (12/7) Peggy Towery, Luke Mikkelsen, (12/8) Gail McGill, Chris Jones, Macyn Alexander, (12/9) Gene Carter, Sebastjan Hutton, Megan Goldman, Ian Goldman, (12/10) Ann Snead, Barbara Perry, Nick Muckerman, Megan Shannonhouse, (12/11) Bobbye Greene, Margaret Caudle, Elaine Krupp, Mark Herndon, (12/12) Chris Kiefer, Lee Stuart, Glady Ragan, (12/13) Terry Sheehan, Ben Frost, Jr., (12/14) Ken Denton, (12/15) Jennifer Massey, Kevin Manno, (12/16) Vann Bartlett, Mike Moran, (12/17) Mary Bess Peterson, (12/18) Tom Bird, Riley Yucius, Jennifer Tear, (12/19) Catherine Boyd, Christopher Nesbit, Andrew Hutton, Elisha Elias, (12/20) Kendall Cook, Liana McLean

ANNIVERSARIES: (12/12) Roy & Susan Johnson; (12/1) John & Fran Brooks

FOR OUR PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER: (12/8) Mark, Shelly, Bronte & Ross Taylor; Harry, Jennifer, Lauren & Harry, IV, Tear; Clarke, Beth & Kaitlin Thomas; Gaye Thomas; Matt, Cindy, Nate & Bryce Thompson; (12/15) Joan Thurston; Edwina Tims; Karen Tindall; Kate, Rachel & Nathan Tomchik, Rhett & Tori Brogdon; Peggy Towery

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:

  • Concert Series: Atlanta Guitar Trio - Saturday, January 18, 8 pm
  • Parish Annual Meeting - Sunday, January 26 at 12 pm; One worship service only this date at 10:30 am
  • Hosting week for Family Promise of Cobb County - Sunday, January 26 through Saturday, February 1

Holy Baptism next scheduled date - Sunday, January 12

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, 12/7 Saturday, 12/14


Christmas Market
Christmas Trees/Greens Pickup


Pageant Rehearsal
Sunday, 12/8 Sunday, 12/15


Holy Eucharist
Family Holy Eucharist
Church School
 / St. Nicholas Celebration
Choral Holy Eucharist
Christmas Trees/Greens Pickup
Youth Reader Training


Holy Eucharist
Family Holy Eucharist
 / Christmas Pageant
Church School
Choral Holy Eucharist
Staff Christmas Party

Monday, 12/9 Monday, 12/16

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


Amma Susan's day off
Women’s Book Study
Facilities Planning
Kneeler Group
Family Promise
Stephen Ministry
Boy Scouts Troop 713

Tuesday, 12/10 Tuesday, 12/17


Eucharist & Study
Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Jubilate Practice
Radio Club Party
Youth Ministry

Eucharist & Study
Eastvalley Chorus
Staff Meeting
Preschool Puppet Show
Blood Drive
Preschool Staff Party
Jubilate Practice
Vestry Meeting
Wednesday, 12/11 Wednesday, 12/18


Bible Study
Preschool Holiday Party
WNL Program
Youth WNL
Chancel Choir


Bible Study
Adult Ed.
Youth WNL
Chancel Choir

Thursday, 12/12 Thursday, 12/19
Executive Committee
Stewardship Meeting
Preschool Holiday Program
Calling & Caring Ministry
HR Committee
Seniors Eucharist/Luncheon
Friday, 12/13 Friday, 12/20
Fr. Jim's day off
Men’s Bible Study
Women’s Bible Study
Advent Quiet Evening

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


Youth Reader training Sunday, Dec. 8

There is a training this Sunday, Dec. 8 at 12:45 for all current Youth Readers as well as those who would like to become Youth Readers. Youth readers read the Epistle (New Testament reading) during the 8:45 service each week. It’s a great way to serve your parish while also improving your public speaking skills! Lunch will be provided.


Youth & Alumni Christmas Homecoming Party, Sunday, Dec. 15

All current and former St. Cat’s Youth (that means YOU) are invited to a Christmas Homecoming Party in the Youth House on Sunday, Dec. 15 from 4 to 6 PM. Come out and welcome back our beloved former St. Catherine’s Youth alums as they return home from their various exciting spots on the globe! Snacks and beverages will be provided, but feel free to bring your favorite snack to share. Spread the word to any St. Cat’s Youth alums you know!


Tacky Christmas sweater contest at WNL on Dec. 18

During our final WNL Youth Group meeting of 2013 on Dec. 18, we will be holding a contest to see who has the “best” tacky Christmas sweater. Go ahead and hit up thrift stores, your grandparents’ closet, Bill Cosby, or wherever else you might find a delightfully atrocious Christmas sweater and rock it at Youth Group that night!


DYC at Camp Mikell, Jan. 3-5

DYC is a fun and refreshing weekend-long youth conference for all 6-12 grade youth that is held at Camp Mikell each year. It is planned and led by a committee of 10-12 graders and adults (including Mike) from around the Diocese of Atlanta, and changes up a bit each year. It is a great chance to make new friends and catch up with old ones and involves games, singing, skits, videos, relaxing free time, and much more, plus you’ll get a cool shirt! If you’ve been to Happening, New Beginnings, or summer camp at Camp Mikell, there’s a good chance you’ll see some people you know at DYC. In the past, we’ve had two separate DYC events for middle and high schoolers, but this year it will all be combined into on mega-DYC for everyone! The cost for the weekend is $100, and confidential scholarship is available for any who need it. For more information or to sign up, talk to Mike or visit and click on “DYC Retreat.” If you are an adult who would like to come to DYC, please contact Mike ASAP!


All 9-12 graders: come to Winterlight

Do you enjoy things that are AWESOME?? Would you like to meet lots of other cool people your age from all over the country? Does a weekend never feel long enough for a youth conference? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then Winterlight is right up your alley. Winterlight just might be the best youth conference, nay, the best week of the year, and I want you to be part of it! There's no better place to ring in the New Year than the Kanuga Conference Center in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina! Ask anyone who has been to Kanuga (Caitlyn Buckalew, Adryn Bowers-Dean, Megan Shannonhouse, Caroline Miner, Mary Bess Peterson), and they’ll give you an earful about how it will change your life! Take a look at the link below or contact Mike for further information. Remember, confidential scholarship is available. If you want to go, we WILL make sure that you are able! Get all the details at


Youth in pics

Photos by Mike Peterson, Connie Bergeron, Phil Spessard -- see lots more (full size) on the Youth Facebook page at Photo Albums

Below - WNL Pumpkin carving party in October
Selling all those Christmas trees Advent wreath making on
December 1

Wheel schedule:

Next publications:

  • December 20
  • January 10
  • January 24

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

The Wheel: get every issue!

Does everyone in your family receive The Wheel, St. Catherine's newsletter? Is everyone subscribed? Email is a primary means for our parish communications. You may sign up on on our Subscription page. Or you may send the names and email addresses of everyone who would like get their own copy to Karen Manno at the email address below, or note them on the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin, or contact the church office at 770-971-2829. You'll receive your online version via email, and you can find all current and prior issues of The Wheel on our website at

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

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