The people of St. Catherine's seek to share in the love that Jesus Christ has for us and the world by welcoming, accepting, nurturing, and serving all people through the power of the Holy Spirit.

We Welcome You!

The Newsletter of
St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
January 11 - 24
, 2014

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Clergy Letter

Vestry election results
Volunteer training
Annual Meeting
Email statements
Concert: Atlanta Guitar Trio
Potluck supper
Ladies Trivia Night
Valentine Dinner Dance
Wreath recycle
Christan Formation offerings
Wednesday Night Live
Lenten suppers
Make music
Women's retreat
Draw Circle Wider

Outreach collections
Family Promise begins

Kneelers update
MDJ article
Seen around St. Cat's
Ministry focus

"Foot Soldiers" @ St.James
Health tips


Parent/Youth meeting
Breakfast signup
New Beginnings
Youth pics



1/12 – Safeguarding God’s Children;
YA Parent & Youth meeting

1/13 - Men’s Book Study

1/15, 22, 29 – WNL

1/18 – Cats On Wheels trip;
Family Promise training;
Concert: Atlanta Guitar Trio

1/19 – Potluck Sunday Supper

1/20 – MLK Holiday, Church office closed

1/23 – Ladies Trivia Night

1/26 – Parish Annual Meeting, worship 7:30 & 10:30 only, Church School 9 am

1/26-2/2 – Family Promise week

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An Anniversary

By Father Jim

Friday, January 10 was ten years since a fire swept through our unfinished sanctuary. The memories of that day are as fresh today as though it were yesterday. The fire came as we had struggled through a difficult year at St. Catherine’s, dealing with the reaction to the consecration of the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church. On the day of the fire there was very little time to reflect—but I do remember thinking, “What else, dear God, will you ask of us?” Towards the end of the day a parishioner left to catch a plane flight. As he did he said this to me, “Jim, the last year has torn us apart. This fire will bring us back together.” No truer words were ever spoken. Much has changed in 10 years both at St. Catherine’s and the wider church. But what hasn’t changed is the basic character of this congregation and the faith we exhibit in our life together. The following is a letter I received from Bishop Neil Alexander the night of the fire. His words describing St. Catherine’s are as relevant today as they were 10 years ago.

To the People of God who are St. Catherine's Parish:

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!

In the liturgy of the Prayer Book for the dedication and consecration of a church, we express to God our profound thanksgiving for the gifts of our life together in Christ. In those prayers, we recognize that the Church of Jesus is far more than a building; it is the mysterious intersection of human lives with the divine life of God. But we recognize also that the building that shelters our prayer is for us a strong and sturdy symbol of what God is doing among us as the People of God. One of the prayers that has been prayed over St. Catherine's in the past, and that will be prayed over St. Catherine's again very soon, contains these words: “Holy Spirit, open our eyes, our ears, and our hearts, that we may grow closer to you through joy and suffering."

Joy and suffering. Those are the words that most aptly describe my feelings on Saturday as we weathered the cold, keeping vigil as the fire fighters and inspectors carried out their work. Suffering is just the right word to capture a whole range of feelings that all of us share just now, as we wonder how such a thing could happen to us. But our suffering is tempered with joy. I saw this so clearly on Saturday. Amidst the suffering -- the tears, the anger, and the fear of the unknown -- there was, among the people of St. Catherine's, a deep and profound joy that, unlike the fire, cannot be extinguished, joy that cannot be taken away. It is clear that the joy of the Lord runs deep at St. Catherine's.

In the days to come, God will continue to call us together to bear good news to the world and to serve those in need in Christ's name. God will give us a strength we've never known we have. The clergy and people of St. Catherine's will be carried on the prayers of all the parishes in our diocesan family and by fellow Christians throughout the community. We stand together in solidarity with you and we are prepared to serve you in whatever ways are helpful to you.

In the gospel according to Saint Paul, the apostle reminds us of the source of our hope. He writes: "I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us. We are fully persuaded that in all things God works for good among those who love him and are called according to his purpose" (Roman 8:18, 28). What good is to come out of all this is presently unknown, but we can be confident that God will use all of this for good, and God will work wonders of grace among us, and through us.

Know that you are loved.

Faithfully, in Christ,
The Right Reverend J. Neil Alexander, Bishop of Atlanta

See the reprint of the January 26, 2004 article in the Marietta Daily Journal about the fire, below in this newsletter.

Photos below from 2004: Signs on Holt Road; firemen assesing the fire status (note fire-blackened beams); the new sanctuary beams against the sky as reconstruction begins

Vestry election results

Congratulations to the four persons who were elected to 3-year positions on our Vestry in the elections held in December: Eric DeLaBarre, Susan Jenkins, Hans Kraeger and Daniel Mikkelson.

We thank Therese Braman, Julie Fulcher, Beth Sandoval and Randy Satterfield for allowing their names to be put in nomination. The Vestry is at the very heart of our life together. Each of these eight individuals offered their time and talents and considerable commitment to this ministry. We are deeply grateful for their generosity.

Important training classes for volunteers

  • "Safeguarding God's Children" training Sunday, Jan. 12 –
    We will offer a Safeguarding God's Children course from 3 to 6 pm at St. Catherine's. This training is required to volunteer with Family Promise, catechesis, youth, or other volunteering at St. Catherine's involving children or youth. No cost to attend, please RSVP to Harriett Pyburn ( so we will have materials available for you.
  • Family Promise volunteer training Saturday, Jan. 18
    Training for all those who wish to volunteer with Family Promise is scheduled for January 18, 10 am-noon in the Parish Hall. ALL volunteers must have this training no matter what position you volunteer to do. No cost to attend, please RSVP to Eleanore Pearson, or Diane Sanders, so we will have materials available. If you are unable to attend this date be sure to contact Eleanore or Diane for classes being scheduled at other churches.

Parish Annual Meeting - Sunday, January 26

  • Worship services at 7:30 & 10:30 am
  • Church School at 9 am

St. Catherine’s Annual Parish Meeting will be held on January 26 at 12:00 PM. Worship services will be held this day at 7:30 and 10:30 AM, and Church School will move to 9-10 am. A light lunch will be served immediately following the 10:30 service, followed by the meeting. The Annual Parish Meeting is a time for the congregation reflect on the year past and to explore the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead in the new year. We hope you will be a part of this most important time in our common life.

Annual reports due

Now is the time for all committees, groups and ministries of St. Catherine's to submit their annual reports. We really want to have everyone included in the annual report which is distributed to the entire parish at the Annual Meeting. Please send reports by email to by Sunday, January 12. Contact Rose if you would like a copy of last year's report for your group or ministry.

Pledge statements emailed directly to you

By Father Jim

We began sending monthly pledge statements by email in the last quarter of 2013. We will continue to do so each month on the second Monday of the month. Be sure to look for your end of 2013 pledge statement in your email on Monday, January 13.

If you do not receive it then it is likely that we do not have a current email address for you. You can email Ginney Linstrom at or Karen Manno at to update your email address. If you prefer your statement delivered to a different email than we have on file, please provide it to either Ginney or Karen and we will be delighted to update our records. As always if you discover some discrepancy between your records and ours, please contact Ginney by email or phone, 770-971-2839.

Please note that paper financial statements are no longer being mailed with quarterly or annual summaries.

St. Catherine’s Concert Series: Atlanta Guitar Trio

Saturday, January 18, 8 pm

Join us for the next concert in our series featuring the Atlanta Guitar Trio. Please invite your friends and family — admission is free and no tickets are needed, open seating. A brief reception will follow the program and audience members will have an opportunity to meet the musicians.

Bill Hearn, Scott Plato, and Adam Craighead have many decades of experience in guitar performance and as educators of guitar. Working together as The Atlanta Guitar Trio, they provide audiences with exciting, fun, and entertainingly musical concert programs. The group performs music from many different historical time periods. Bill, Scott, and Adam incorporate not only guitar in the trio ensemble, but they also perform arrangements including mandolin and orbo. The program will include arrangements of traditional Spanish folk songs, classical works by Vivaldi, Scarlatti and more, as well as a medley of favorite tunes by The Beatles. The trio will entertain audience members with historical information on the instruments they use as well as insights into the composers and compositions.

Our series will continue in the new year with these stellar events:

  • Sunday, March 30, 3:00 pm: Georgia Festival Chorus (free concert)
  • Saturday, May 3, 8:00 pm: Kaleidoscope, directed by Michael O’Neal (tickets on sale soon)

-> Concert reception - cookies requested

A brief reception will follow this concert. If you can assist by contributing some cookies please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Rebeccah Devault, Thank you!

Be a Friend of Music

You can 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!

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

Ladies’ Night Out Trivia

Thursday, January 23

All women of the parish are invited to join us in the new year for a fun night of food and games at 6:30 pm in the Parish Hall. Please bring a covered dish/salad/dessert to share and your Thinking Caps for Trivia.

Valentine Dinner Dance & Auction

Saturday, February 8

The annual Valentine Dinner Dance & Auction is always a fabulous evening and is our biggest fundraiser for our Youth program. This year it will take place on Saturday, February 8 here at St. Catherine’s. The event includes food, live and silent auctions, and, of course, music and dancing. Tickets will be on sale at $30 per person after each Sunday service starting January 12. Space is limited so don’t wait—we usually sell out! All proceeds will go to defray the costs of the YA Pilgrimage to Ireland this summer.

Auction items needed now

We are now collecting items for the live and silent auctions at the Valentine's Dinner Dance. Please consider donating an item this year -- past items have included personal vacation homes, sports tickets, gourmet dinners, gift certificates, crafts, collectibles, gift baskets, personal services, etc. For information contact Youth Director Mike Peterson, or any of the YA Youth or Leaders. Thank you, and remember, donations are tax deductible.

Recycle your Advent wreath

The Advent wreath recycling box is now in the foyer. We appreciate you returning the wreath form, candle holders and unused candles from the Advent wreaths we made at St. Cat’s for the past season. Thank you!

Christian Formation – Winter & Spring

Look at church for your updated Christian Formation brochure of complete offerings for winter and spring 2013.

Church School resumes Sunday, January 6, 10 AM

  • For children ages 2 to fifth grade: Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
  • For youth sixth through twelfth grades: Journey to Adulthood
  • Adult classes:
    • Discovering God's Vision for Your Life: You and Your Spiritual Gifts
    • The Lectionary
    • Life is Short And...
    • Many Paths, One God
    • Men’s Sunday Bible Study
    • New class: “Mom Always Loved Me Best: Families Through the Scriptures
    • Why and What: A Roving Look at the Episcopal Church and St. Catherine’s

Weekday Bible study groups

  • Morning Bible Study – Wednesdays, 9:30 to 11:00 AM
  • Men’s Thursday evening Bible Study, 7:00-8:30 PM
  • Men’s Friday morning Bible Study, 6:30-7:30 AM
  • Women’s weekly Friday morning study, 10-11:15 AM
  • Women's monthly evening study, second Mondays, 7-8:30 PM

Book Studies

  • Men’s Evening Book Study, second Mondays, 6:30 PM - at the home of a member of the group, contact the church office for the next location
  • Women’s Morning Book Study, third Mondays, 9:00-11:00 AM, in the Parlor

WNL - Wednesday Night Live

WNL, our weekly Wednesday night program, has something for everyone—dinner, fellowship and learning for people of all ages. The schedule is dinner 6:00-7:00 pm, followed by programs 7:00-8:00 pm. Rehearsals for Choristers of St. Catherine’s (our choir for kids and youth grades 2-12) are 6:15-7:00 pm. Youth groups meet weekly throughout winter and spring. Dinner prices are $7 adults, $3 children (maximum $25 per family) — be sure to make your dinner reservation each week that you will dine with us on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin, or contact the church office by Tuesday.

Children’s WNL program help needed

The good news: we have a growing number of elementary children attending our Wednesday Night Live (WNL) dinner and program. The bad news: We do not have a program for them. Are you willing to help us? We would like a group of 2-3 adults who would be willing to plan and offer a simple but fun program that would be spiritually based for our children—in other words something more than watching a movie or playing a game. If you are an adult who enjoys working with elementary age children and are willing to offer such a program please contact Fr. Jim or complete the Opportunity for Ministry form you will find in your Sunday bulletin.

Lenten suppers beginning in March

By Father Jim

Lent begins with our Ash Wednesday celebrations on March 5. Our Wednesday Lenten Series will begin the following week, further information concerning the series will be coming soon. In the meantime, we are going to recover a part St. Catherine’s tradition for Lenten dinners. We are inviting individuals to prepare and serve a simple Lenten meal of soup, bread and beverage on each of the five Wednesdays of our Lenten series. This meal could be provided by one person or a group of people who join together to enjoy fellowship in serving. The meal will be served on the same schedule as our regular Wednesday Night Live meal from 6:00 - 7:00 pm. We ask that you consider offering a couple of different soups so that people have a choice and, of course, you can add anything you wish to the menu however keep in mind that our desire is to offer simplicity in this season of reflection and prayer. We will be glad to reimburse you for your expenses, but we plan to make the cost of the meal a free will offering for these five weeks. There will be an Opportunity for Ministry in our weekly bulletin in the coming weeks. Let us know that you are willing and tell us which Wednesday in Lent (March 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9) works best for you or your team.

Make music with us

St. Catherine’s has a variety of music ensembles which are open to everyone with no auditions... and now is a great time to join in. Please come and try us out!

  • Choristers of St. Catherine’s — Boys and girls in 3rd through 12th grades are welcome to join the Choristers of St. Catherine’s for the spring term. Come to rehearsal on Wednesdays, 6:15 - 7:00 pm in the sanctuary, and join the fun. We vest, sing/ring three Sundays each month. For information contact Dr. Jana Williams,, 678.461.9656.
  • Chancel Choir — Adults, and all youth past the age for Choristers, please join us. Rehearsals are Wednesdays, 7:15-8:30 pm, and we meet at 10:30 am on Sundays to prepare to lead in the 11:15 am service. Sight-reading ability, while helpful, is not required. For information contact Director of Music Brian Williams at, 678.461.9656, or speak to any choir member for questions.
  • Jubilate — For instruments and singers! This ensemble leads contemporary music at the family Eucharist on the first Sunday each month plus occasional special services. A good ear and willingness to learn by listening are the most desired skills for this group. Rehearsals are Tuesdays at 7:00 pm with an added rehearsal & sound check Saturdays before performance. For information contact Jeff Harris,, 770-977-1157.
  • Jubilate sound technicians and crew — Help is needed to set up equipment, balance sound systems, and take down. For information contact Bill Ivey,, 770-578-1945.

Women's Retreat March 21-23

Join the planning team

This year's Women's Retreat will be March 21-23 at Montara Farm. If you would like to join in the fun of planning for the retreat please call Amma Susan (770-971-2839 or 706-835-6129) or sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin.

"Drawing The Circle Wider" this Lent

By Audrey Nesbit

All St. Catherine's parishioners are invited to join a five-part conversation on dismantling racism. The series of talks, entitled "Drawing the Circle Wider," is coming this spring. Why hold these conversations? An answer can be found in a quote from our bishop, "Faith is to connect to and live out God-induced dreams.... Division is false. True realty is Oneness." (Bishop Rob Wright in his For Faith weekly devotionals, "Connected," Sept. 27, 2013).

Watch for more information and mark your calendars for Sunday evenings in Lent. Questions? Please contact Marilyn Hunter, Althea Dillard or Audrey Nesbit.


Outreach items collection report

By Harriett Pyburn

Thank you to all who brought in coats for the Coats for Cobb collection in November and December. St. Catherine's Church and Preschool collected 63 coats for CFC, which distributes coats locally through the help of MUST Ministries! Coats for Cobb gathered and distributed 1,125 coats prior to Christmas this year. For more information, you can visit Coats for Cobb via their Facebook page.

Moving forward, in 2014 we will continue our "food of the month" collection for MUST Ministries. January's item of focus is canned meats (tuna, chicken, etc). Additionally, we are collecting NEW socks and underwear (all sizes) for the MUST Clothes Closet this month. We will also continue our year-round collection of work and professional clothing for MUST Ministries. Collection bins are located to the left of the main sanctuary doors across from the Parlor.

Interested in getting involved? The collections ministry is looking for a few individuals to help plan, advertise and deliver monthly collections. This is a great opportunity to involve children in ministry work. If you have any interest, please contact Harriett Pyburn at

Family Promise: first hosting week is January 26 - Feb. 2

We are proud that Family Promise of Cobb County opened its doors to begin serving homeless families starting January 5. St. James Episcopal Church was the hosting church for the first week. The new day center is not yet ready, so daytime activities are occurring in St. Catherine’s Youth House for the first few weeks.

Volunteers will be painting inside walls of the day center on Saturday, January 11, 9 am to noon. If you can help please contact Hale Sanders, 678-472-1839, The day center is located at 2325 Roswell Road behind East Cobb United Methodist Church.

St. Catherine’s will have its first week to host January 26 to February 2. Diane Sanders and Eleanore Pearson have been receiving applications for volunteers for our first week, and your help is still needed!

Volunteer training - Saturday, January 18

All volunteers, no matter what position you volunteer to do, will need the Family Promise training which will be held January 18 (see the article above in this newsletter). In addition, all volunteers should have attended the Safeguarding God’s Children and Safeguarding God’s People training sessions. If you cannot attend the sessions currently scheduled, please contact Eleanore Pearson, and Diane Sanders, for training times being offered at other churches.


Altar rail needlepoint kneeler update

By Beverly Fambrough

The past thirty days represented significant progress in the needlepoint altar rail kneeler endeavor with the dedication of the 12th and 13th kneelers which brings the total in place to 13 out of 22. On December 22, the kneeler “The Last Supper” was dedicated. It was sponsored by Father Jim and Joan Nixon in memory of their parents. The Last Supper was stitched by Courtney Shillington and represented the fourth full size kneeler that she has stitched. Courtney is presently finishing up the last altar party kneeler which is The Seal of The Atlanta Diocese. It is the kneeler that will be used when the Bishop visits St. Catherine’s. Father Jim conducted the dedication service and then he and Joan placed the kneeler at its permanent location at the altar rail.

Again on January 5, "The Gift of The Magi" kneeler was dedicated. It was brought to the railing by Alan and Carol Fey. Alan and Carol sponsored the kneeler which was stitched by Carol and dedicated “In Honor of the Alan Fey Family.” Father Jim conducted the dedication service.

Another kneeler has been stitched and is awaiting finishing by our upholstering company. It will be dedicated in approximately one month.

Photos below - Dedications of “The Last Supper” and "The Gift of The Magi" (by Bill Fambrough)

An article in our history

"After fire ravages church, neighborhood congregations reach out to help"
Marietta Daily Journal - Monday, January 26, 2004

Since fire swept through his east Cobb church two weeks ago, Father Jim Nixon says he has witnessed firsthand the good works of Christ that he has spent a lifetime preaching to others. "While I don't think God does these things (like the fire) to us, I think he does allow us to realize how to use these things for a greater good," he said.

It was the early morning hours of Jan. 10 when flames broke out in a small room off the sanctuary of St. Catherine's Episcopal Church on Holt Road near Wheeler High School in east Cobb. The fire destroyed most of the sanctuary and left extensive fire and water damage throughout the church's pre-school. Investigators later determined that faulty electrical wiring caused the blaze. Investigators from the church's insurance company have not yet been able to put a dollar amount on the damage, though the building can be salvaged.

While certainly tragic for the 800 parishioners at St. Catherine's, the fire became a unifying force for the other half-dozen or so churches located within a mile of St. Catherine's. The fire started on a Saturday, and, by Sunday evening, St. Catherine's had begun receiving offers for help from churches representing a diverse collection of denominations - Eastside Baptist, Faith Lutheran and Transfiguration Catholic Church, to name a few. "The outpouring of love and caring from the community has been a tangible reminder of the presence of Christ," Nixon said. "The footprints of Jesus are stomped all over Holt Road right now - It has once more reminded me that there is much more that unites us than divides us."

Holt Road Baptist, located just a few hundred yards down the street from St. Catherine's, offered 14 classrooms and three offices used for Sunday school as a temporary home for its neighbor's displaced preschool. The school started having class in the new location on Tuesday and will stay until the end of May. Pastor Jim Carlson with Holt Road Baptist Church said it was just a given that his congregation would help its sister church down the street. "They were in need, and they would have done the same thing for us," he said.

On the floor of her makeshift office, preschool director Karolyn Olliffe has piles of bags filled with stuffed animals, books, puzzles and other toys, all donated to replace items destroyed in the fire. Although the flames did not reach part of St. Catherine's that houses the school, water and smoke destroyed anything made from cloth or paper. Ms. Olliffe said it could have taken a month or more to get the school up and running after the fire, but the dedication of her staff and the outpouring of help from others allowed students to return in just a week. "Our main goal was to get the school back up, to get the children going," she said. "The kids have done great - they've been so resilient." Explaining the fire to the almost 200 small children was made a little easier, Ms. Olliffe said, because Cobb County fire fighters visited the school only about a month earlier to teach the students about fire safety. But, that didn't make it any easier for her to accept it personally. "Being the pre-school director was secondary to seeing my church burn," Ms. Olliffe said. "That was a horrid day."

The fire was not as tragic for St. Catherine's as it could have been, though. The church was in the middle of a large-scale renovation at the time of the blaze, and the sanctuary and other areas damaged by flames were empty of furniture and equipment during construction. The church had planned to hold a dedication ceremony to mark the end of renovations on Feb. 22, but the fire extended construction for another six to eight months. The congregation will continue to hold Sunday services from St. Catherine's parish hall, where they have been held since August. But even though church members will have to remain in cramped quarters for a little bit longer, Nixon said the fire has provided a difficult but meaningful experience. "It has just united the congregation in powerful ways," he said.

Seen around St. Cat's


Hanging of the Greens, December 22

A great time was had by everyone: decorating in & out, supper and the all-important Twelve Days of Christmas! (photos by Bill Ivey)


The visit of the Three Wisemen on January 5

At 8:45 - Bob Pepper, Fred Lopez and Ed Pitts (photo by Bill Ivey) and 11:15 - Nelson Gale, Bill Ivey and Cary Phillips (photo by Jan Potter) -- see more, full size, at Church2014January.

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:

  • January 13-19: Children’s Ministry St. Catherine’s offers many opportunities for children’s Christian formation, including the Church School Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program, and Vacation Bible School in the summer. Trained volunteers lead the programs, and all children through sixth grade are invited to participate. For information on Catechesis of the Good Shepherd please contact Karen Maxwell, 770.993.0653, or Ana Martin, 770.862.9191,
  • January 20-26: Family Promise Family Promise of Cobb County is committed to assisting homeless families with children achieve adequate and consistent income, stable housing, and lasting independence by mobilizing our local interfaith community to provide temporary emergency meals, shelter, compassionate hospitality, and professional services. St. Catherine’s is one of several congregations participating in this network. Our first hosting week is January 26-February 2. To find out more about being part of this ministry please see or contact Hale Sanders, 770.565.2719,


To [St. Catherine’s,]

First of all, I’m sorry this thank you note is so late in coming I’m writing to thank you all for the lovely flowers you sent t o me after my surgery in August. It was nice to know my exteneded St. Cat’s Family was thinking of me. But I was so out of it that week that I completely blanked about writing a think you note until very recently. But I did want you all to know the thought was very much appreciated.

Thank you all!
Elizabeth Ivey

Dear Members of St. Catherine’s,

On behalf of Communities in Schools of Marietta/Cobb County, Inc. (CISMCC) we want to thank you for your generous on-going donation in support of our organization… To bring you up to date with all our activities, the Performance Learning Centers (PLCs), our non-traditional high schools, have graduated 25 students so far this school year with the assistance of Communities in Schools… Over 600 students are working one-on-one with the CISMCC site coordinator and 1200+ students have receive preventive services through various programs… 400+ of our high school students have participated in college-related activities. Our Parents as Teachers Program has served over 58 preschool children with monthly home visits. Our goal is to improve the kindergarten readiness for children in low income families so they start school being successful. We continue to recruit volunteers to be mentors for our students at the various schools and literacy tutors for the elementary school age children. Reality U workshops (a financial literacy simulation) have been facilitated at various schools very successfully and with the help of over 100 volunteers, 600 students have benefited from that experience. CISMCC believe that every child can succeed if encouraged and shown that someone cares…

Carol Fey, Executive Director, Communities in Schools of Marietta/Cobb County


“Foot Soldiers: Class of 1964” at St. James' on January 30

St. James Episcopal Church and its Pathfinders group announces a viewing of Foot Soldiers: Class of 1964 on Thursday, January 30 at 6:45 PM. This award-winning locally-produced documentary chronicles the dangers and courage of Atlanta college students who participated in the Civil Rights Movement in the early sixties, focusing on the first-hand stories of the Spelman College women from the class of 1964. We are extremely pleased and honored that eight of these women will be with us to personally share their stories and to answer questions after the film. Copies of the movie will be available for purchase after the program.

St. James Episcopal Church is located at 161 Church Street, Marietta, GA 30060. Members of the Pathfinders will assist you in finding your way in St. James. Light refreshments will be provided. Parking is located on Polk Street, behind the church, and across the railroad tracks. Additional parking (for the handicapped) is located between the St. James and the First Presbyterian Church next door. This lot may be used for dropping off passengers near the Parish Hall doors prior to parking in the Polk Street lot.

The film will be shown in the Parish Hall and seating is limited, so please RSVP to Rita Connell ( (770-792-2468) OR to Ken Buxton ( (770-424-6948). For additional information please go to the Pathfinders webpage at There is no charge for this event.

Health Tips - from our Congregational Nurses

  • Get the most out of your fitness center equipment
    Are you new to the exercise machines in your fitness center? Familiarize yourself with them. Ask a fitness professional how to adjust the equipment for your size, and how to change speed and resistance settings. You should also learn how to quickly stop motor-powered machines, such as treadmills, in case of an emergency. The staff is there to help you, so utilize their expertise to get the best results from your workouts.
  • Manage your weight
    Losing weight doesn’t have to mean eating less food. By substituting fruits and vegetables for higher calorie foods, you can eat the same amount of food with fewer calories. In place of a high-calorie snack from a vending machine, try taking some cut-up vegetables or fruit from home. One snack-size bag of chips (1 ounce) has the same number of calories as a small apple, 1 cup of whole strawberries AND 1 cup of carrots with one-fourth cup of low-calorie dip.

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

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

FOR THE SICK: Lewis Gunter, Iris Phillips, Sally Rattey, Joyce Mason, Angelika & family, Jan, Paul Beswick, Sybil Hudacko, Ed Markette, Elaine Krupp, Betty Davis, Mick Phillips, Lisa Shearer, Nancy Saunders, Misty & John Burdette, Elizabeth Blackstock, Djenba Fields, Cammie Holmes McCook, Richard Moser, Joan & Family, David Smith, Kyleigh Crapps, Sharon Foster, Fran Coraggio, Nancy Certain, Courtney, Nancy Mattox, Annette Hutson, Margaret Caudle, Kevin, Brooke Bell, Barbara Markette, Dick, Byron Bagby, Erin Holt & her family, April Nall, Bianca Lengsfeld, Elizabeth Welch, The Allen Family, Marie Grace Hale, Samantha Caldwell, Swiss Britt, Judith Harrison, Barry Dillard, Ben Frost, Charles Ohl, Vincent, Trevor & family, Susannah Campbell, Allen Jablonski


BIRTHS: We celebrate the birth of Logan Anderson McMichael on January 4, parents are Dina and J. Robert McMichael.

DECEASED: The Rev. Margaret Greenhow, friend of Martha & Bill Bowden

FOR THOSE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS: (1/11) Brian Paglia, (1/13) George Cain, Dianne Blackshear-Wood, Emily Gale, (1/14) Kristin Sheehan, Rob Bibbings, Alan Fey, Carol Starr, Penn Worden, (1/15) Zach Pope, (1/16) Carla von Hoffmann, (1/17) Joann Sampson, Susannah Campbell, (1/19) Sarah Stanley, Bill Krupp, Margaret Shaw, Jillian Fulcher, (1/20) Chase Paris, Jake McGhee,(1/21) Matthew Iobst, Jr., (1/22) Maxson Santivanez, Danielle Nabinger, (1/23) Amy Morris, Eli Snape, (1/24) Allen Jablonski, Kendall Brown

ANNIVERSARIES: (1/19) Sarah & Tony Antonucci; (1/24) Claudia & Ellis Kilgore

(1/12/14) Frank, Ellen, Alison & Grace Adams; Norma & George Alexander; Nicole & Shameka Amos, Madisyn, Porter, Harper-Zahara; Joe, Tina, Claire &Trevor Atchison; David, Ina, Isaac & Lucas Bachmann
(1/19/14) Rachel Bagby, Vincent Bagby; Brad, Ashley Byrd, Lane & Woodson Bailey; Ray, Nancy, Katie, Becky & Jonathan Ban; David, Molly, Leah & Spencer Banko; Curtis, Karley & Lauren Barber

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:

  • January 26-February 2: Family Promise hosting week
  • January 31-February 2: Vestry Retreat
  • Saturday, February 8: Valentine Dinner Dance
  • Tuesday, March 4: Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
  • Wednesday, March 5: Ash Wednesday, Lent begins
  • Sunday, March 9: Atlanta Hunger Walk
  • March 21-23: Women’s Retreat at Montara Farm

Holy Baptism next scheduled date - Saturday, April 19 (Great Vigil of Easter)

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, 1/11 Saturday, 1/18


Budget Meeting
Frost Private Party
BCA Private Party


Family Promise Training
Cats on Wheels
Concert:Atlanta Guitar Trio
Sunday, 1/12 Sunday, 1/19


Holy Eucharist
Family Holy Eucharist/Baptism
Church School
Choral Holy Eucharist
Safeguarding God’s Children


Holy Eucharist
Family Holy Eucharist
Church School
Choral Holy Eucharist
Potluck Supper

Monday, 1/13 Monday, 1/20

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


Amma Susan's day off
MLK Holiday

Office & School closed
Women’s Book Study
Kneeler Group
Stephen Ministry
Boy Scouts Troop 713

Tuesday, 1/14 Tuesday, 1/21


Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Jubilate Practice
Youth Ministry

Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Jubilate Practice
Vestry Meeting
Wednesday, 1/15 Wednesday, 1/22


Bible Study
Adult Ed.
WNL Program
Youth WNL
Chancel Choir


MUST Breakfast
Bible Study
Youth WNL
Chancel Choir

Thursday, 1/16 Thursday, 1/23
HR Committee
Ladies Night Out
Friday, 1/17 Friday, 1/24
Fr. Jim's day off
Women’s Bible Study

Fr. Jim's day off
PANDA Meeting
Women’s Bible Study


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

Click here for the Youth Calendar online

Important YA Parent & Youth meeting - Sunday, Jan. 12, 7 PM

There is an important meeting for all YA youth and at least one parent in the Parish Hal. We will be covering some details about this summer’s pilgrimage to Ireland as well as a good deal of important information for the Valentine Dinner Dance.


Sign up for Sunday breakfast

Our youth share a light breakfast and a bit of good fellowship with each other for the first 10-15 minutes of their Church School hour each Sunday before breaking up into their individual classes. Each semester, parents of the youth generously volunteer to bring breakfast or beverages (juice/milk) for ~75 people. It can be as simple as bagels and fruit. Please head over to the link below and sign up for one of the available spots. You’ll receive a reminder email the Thursday before you are scheduled which will also update you on any food or beverages that we may have left from the week before so that you won’t buy any more than you need to. Thank you all for your generosity and your support of our Youth Program! Here’s the link:


Calling all 6-9 Graders! New Beginnings at Camp Mikell, Feb. 14-16

If you are currently in 6th-9th grade, then you can attend the next New Beginnings conference at Camp Mikell over the weekend of February 14-16. New Beginnings is a wonderful opportunity to have fun, grow in many ways, and make friends from all over the Diocese of Atlanta (which includes churches from all over northern Georgia) during a weekend that is filled with wonderful talks, skits, sharing, praying, singing, games, and lots of great food! A large portion of the weekend is led by teenagers like you! Ask any of us who have been before, and we’ll tell you that it’s an experience you won’t regret! Confidential scholarship is readily available by request to help with the cost of the weekend. For more information about New Beginnings, contact me or visit the Diocese of Atlanta’s New Beginnings website at


Calling all 10-12 Graders! Happening at Camp Mikell, Feb. 21-23

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 10th-12th graders from all around the Diocese of Atlanta (including several of your friends from St. Cat’s). Confidential scholarship is readily available by request to help with the cost of the weekend.

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


Youth in pics

Winterlight at Kanuga December 27-January 1 -- See lots more (full size) on the Youth Facebook page album at St. Cat's at Winterlight 38

Wheel schedule:

Next publications:

  • January 24
  • February 7
  • February 21

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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