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The Newsletter of
St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
January 25 - February 7
, 2014

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Clergy Letter

Annual Meeting
Valentine Dinner Dance
Holy Smokin BBQ
Young Families
Preschool registration
Cats On Wheels
Worship assistants
Blood drive
Lent reflections
Safeguarding training
Save the date
Draw Circle Wider

Family Promise begins
Inn Thanksgiving
Outreach collections

Vestry highlights
Calling & Caring
GIPL grant
Seen around St. Cat's
Ministry focus

Absalom Jones
Health tips


Youth advisors
Diocesan events



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

1/26-2/2 – Family Promise week

1/29, 2/5, 12 – WNL

1/31-2/2 – Vestry retreat

1/28 – Elizabeth Inn Dinner Team and Laundry Team

1/29 – Elizabeth Inn Laundry Team

2/1 – YF Parents Night @ Bankos’

2/8 – Valentine Dinner Dance/Auction

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Safe Church Practices

By Father Jim

St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church and The Diocese of Atlanta take the subject of safe church practices very seriously. We have used the Safeguarding God's Children training program since its inception in 2004. In 2006, we added the online training program, Safeguarding Online. Both programs were developed and advanced by the Church Pension Group, in partnership with Praesidium, Inc., the curriculum designer. We have St. Catherine’s specific policies in place regarding the protection of children and the safe space we desire to create for them and the adults who work with them. We also have St. Catherine’s specific policies in place regarding the protection of adults from sexual harassment and sexual exploitation. Harriet Pyburn capably administers both of these programs for our parish.

St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church and The Diocese of Atlanta require all adults who work with children and youth to attend a three-hour training called “Safeguarding God’s Children” (SGC). This training provides information on how we can each participate in protecting our children and youth from child sexual abuse, both in our own families and in our ministries. These trainings are offered at St. Catherine’s and other congregations on a regular basis.

Anyone who works with adults in specific situations and/or contexts must attend a three-hour training called “Safeguarding God's People” (SGP). This training program is designed for protection of adults with regard to sexual harassment and sexual exploitation. These two trainings, SGC and SGP, are distinct programs. The next Safeguarding God’s People training will be held at St. Peter and St. Paul Episcopal Church on February 22 from 9:30 to 12:30. Please call their church office at 770.977.7473 to register for the training.

St. Catherine’s Policies for the Protection of Children and Youth from Abuse may be obtained for your review by contacting the office at 770.971.2839 or by email These policies have been adopted by the Vestry and Preschool Board of Directors of St. Catherine’s and apply to work both as a church and a preschool. They include information and guidelines on screening, interacting, monitoring, training, and reporting with regard to adult supervision of and interaction with children and youth. They also include a leadership matrix which clearly expresses our expectations for training in specific leadership positions by both clergy and lay persons. Everyone, clergy and laity alike, are expected to adhere to these policies with no exceptions. Anyone with a complaint or concern about misconduct by laity in St. Catherine’s should contact the Rev. Jim Nixon at or 770.971.2839 (o) or 678.910.4923 (cell). Anyone with a complaint or concern about misconduct by clergy in St. Catherine’s should contact the Rev. Canon Alicia Schuster Weltner, Canon for Congregational Development for clergy concern or misconduct. Contact her by phone, email, or in person by appointment: 404-601-5349; Her office is at the Diocesan Offices at the Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road, NW, Atlanta 30305. You will receive a timely response if you leave a message.

For questions concerning Safe Church Practices at St. Catherine’s please contact the Rev. Jim Nixon at 770-971-2839 or Harriet Pyburn at For questions concerning Safe Church Practices in the diocese, please contact The Rev. Dr. Deborah Silver at 404-601-5358 or email

Parish Annual Meeting - Sunday, January 26

  • WORSHIP TIMES CHANGE: Services at 7:30 & 10:30 am ONLY
  • Church School at 9 am

The Annual Meeting of St. Catherine’s will be held on January 26 following the 10:30 principal service. A light lunch will be served first, then we'll proceed with business. There will be two worship services this day at 7:30 and 10:30 AM, and Church School at 9-10 AM.

The Parish Annual Meeting is a time for the congregation to to 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.

Valentine Dinner Dance & Auction

Saturday, February 8

Join us for the 15th annual Valentine’s Dinner Dance and Auction! This event is always a fabulous evening and is our biggest fundraiser for our Youth program. The night begins with bidding on the Silent Auction. We'll serve a formal meal and an open bar will be available with beer, wine, and soft drinks. During dessert we will hold our always spectacular Live Auction! We’ll conclude with dancing to music from a professional DJ.

Space is limited so don’t wait to get your tickets—we usually sell out! The entire evening is a great chance to spend time with friends, eat delicious food, bid on great items, and raise money for the youth. All proceeds go toward the YA pilgrimage to Ireland in this summer. Tickets are on sale Sundays in the foyer at $30 per person, or for information contact Mike Peterson,, 770-971-2839. Please, no walk ins at this event.

Auction items gratefully accepted

Thank you everyone in the community who has donated so far! Past items have included personal vacation homes, sports tickets, gourmet dinners, gift certificates, crafts, collectibles, gift baskets, personal services, etc. To contribute please contact Youth Director Mike Peterson,, 770-971-2839, or any of the YA Youth or Leaders. All donations are tax deductible and greatly appreciated!

Silent Auction open to everyone

The Silent Auction will be open on the day of the event in the atrium leading to the Parish Hall from 10 am to 4 pm for anyone who would like to bid on items, no ticket needed. Thank you for your support!

Holy Smoking BBQ Superbowl Sale

Order by 5 pm Monday, Jan. 27

The Deacons of Diocese of Atlanta are selling barbecue pork butts with proceeds supporting Emmaus House. A single pork butt will feed 10-12 people and is priced $45 each. Orders must be received by 5 pm on January 27, and will be brought to St. Catherine's for your pickup on Saturday, Feb. 1 or Sunday, Feb. 2. Online orders are preferred: go to -- be sure to enter "St. Catherine's" as your parish! You may also order with check payable only to "Deacon Chip Faucette" (not to the church) - be sure to designate your check "Holy Smoke BBQ, St. Catherine's" and make sure your check has name and telephone number on it. IN ADDITION PLEASE CONTACT Swiss Britt, that you have placed an order so that she may provide you with the details about delivery.

Fun & fellowship for Young Families

By Jennifer Sherwood and Molly Banko

Happy New Year, Young Families! We have fun events planned for this winter and spring. If you are a family with children under age 12 we invite you to join us:

  • Saturday, February 1: Parent’s Night Out – Please join us for a casual night of fellowship (and uninterrupted conversations!) at the home of Molly & Dave Banko at 7 pm. Sign up on our new Shutterfly website (see below) for an appetizer, dessert and/or adult beverage to share.
  • Saturday, March 8: Pizza and Movie Night – Join us in the Parish Hall. Bring your blankets and we’ll gather around the big screen as we watch “Madagascar 3.” We’ll start serving food at 5:30 with the movie beginning at 6:00. Feel free to BYOB (beer & wine only please). Please RSVP to Molly Banko, on our new Shutterfly website (see below) by Wednesday March 5.
  • New Young Families communications site: As we move into 2014, we thought we would start a new way of communicating with our Young Families group through a Shutterfly Share Site. Through this site, we will communicate information on our activities and anything else of interest to our group. You should only receive an email from the site if there is something important for you to read or know about.
    If you have a child under age 12 and would like to receive these communications from this group, please contact us at or with the following information: Parent 1 Name & Email Address (cell # optional); Parent 2 Name (email address & cell optional); Children’s Names and Month / Birth Year (home phone # optional). This site will only be accessible to members which will include our Young Families plus Father Jim and the few church staff members who advertise our events in the Wheel and emails.

Time for Preschool registration

St. Catherine’s Preschool: Cherishing Childhood — Valuing Education

Registration for our Preschool for the 2014-15 school year is coming up. We appreciate you referring your friends and neighbors to our quality program for ages one to pre-K — voted the #1 preschool in East Cobb in the Reader Choice Awards from Around About East Cobb magazine! Please visit our website at for more information on our wonderful preschool.

  • Tours are available each week on Wednesdays and Thursdays between 10 am and 12 pm, no appointment necessary.
  • Currently enrolled students will register now through January 31.
  • St. Catherine’s Church families not currently enrolled may register any Wednesday or Thursday beginning January 29 at 10:00 am in the preschool office.
  • Open registration for the general public will be held Wednesdays and Thursdays beginning February 5 until filled, first come first served.

Cats On Wheels

Saturday, February 15 trip to Booth Western Art Museum

Cats on Wheels is our fellowship group for active senior adults and we welcome you! Join us for a day trip to the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville. Admission to the museum and your lunch cost will paid by each attendee. RSVP for details and carpool on the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin or contact Alan Certain,, 404-661-2200. Information and directions for the museum:

Wednesday Night Live each week

Wednesday Night Live (WNL) is our weekly Wednesday evening program with dinner, fellowship and learning for people of all ages, with dinner 6:00-7:00 pm, followed by programs 7:00-8:00 pm. 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 5 pm Tuesday.

Our adult program for WNL during Epiphany is the BASIC video series featuring Francis Chan. Francis is an American preacher. He is the former teaching pastor of Cornerstone Community Church in Simi Valley, CA, a church he and his wife started in 1994. He is the author of the popular book, Crazy Love.

The program for children through 5th grade is "Praying in Color" for kids. Adult volunteers are needed to assist. Please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin, or contact our new coordinators, Sue Snape and Kell Owen.

Lenten suppers --chefs needed

Our Wednesday evening Lenten Series will begin March 12. We invite parish members to prepare and serve a simple Lenten meal of soup, bread and beverage. This meal could be provided by one person or a team. We ask that you consider offering a couple of different soups and, anything you wish to add to the menu. For information or to sign up please see the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Father Jim,

Worship assistants needed

Would you like to be more active in worship services at St. Catherine’s? Volunteer help is needed to serve on a rotating basis in the following positions. To learn more about any of these opportunities please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact the persons listed. (Photo, right, by Jan Potter - Communion is offered, on January 12)

  • Lay Readers – A lay reader is a person who assists in our worship services by reading the Scriptures and the prayers, as well as serving communion. A layreader wears vestments and should be willing to serve at any of our regular service times. If you would like to serve St. Catherine's as a lay reader, please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Bill Selby, or Diane Sanders, A training session will be held in late January/ early February; you will be scheduled to serve beginning with the March-April-May quarter schedule.
  • Youth Readers – Youth Readers read the Epistle (New Testament reading) during the 8:45 am service. It’s a great way to serve your parish while also improving your public speaking skills. Training is provided. For information please contact Youth Director Mike Peterson,
  • Ushers – Our ushers perform functions of hospitality and space management for Sunday and other services including handing out bulletins, collecting the offering, counting attendance, straightening up and more. Volunteers are scheduled on a rotating basis. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Jim Kareken, 770.928.2660.
  • Eucharistic Visitors are trained lay persons who take the Holy Eucharist from Sunday services to members of the parish who are not physically able to attend church. This special ministry extends the Eucharist table to those who are shut-in or infirm. Each Lay Eucharistic Visitor is trained and scheduled to serve on a regular basis. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Father Jim or Amma Susan.

Blood drive next date: Tuesday, February 25

The need is constant and your contribution is important for a healthy and reliable blood supply! Our next blood drive will be held on February 25, 3:00 to 7:00 PM in the Parish Hall. (Please note that all our blood drives this year will have a new end time, at 7:00 pm.) Reservations are helpful to get you in and out in the shortest time but are not required, all donors are welcome the day of the event. You can reserve a time now by going to and enter our sponsor code: STCATS. Help is also need for greeting donors, setup and clean up, please contact Jennifer Massey, / 404.375.8327.

The Red Cross gave us a $25 AXP Gift Card to give away during our December Blood Drive. The drawing was held at our Hanging of the Greens on December 22. A member of our local community was the winner, and below is a nice letter from him in thanks:


I was glad to be able to participate in the blood drive. I will put it on calendar for February. It is always nice to win something, but knowing I may have helped save a life is reward enough for me. Instead of sending me the card, could you use it towards another charity the church supports, or give it to an unsung hero that deserves some recognition at your church? I would rather pay it forward and see it go to someone who needs to feel God's blessing. I am already blessed and would love for you to use the card to brighten someone's world during these dark days of winter.

See you in February! Regards,

Lent Reflections writers needed

A special annual tradition at St. Catherine’s is our booklet of reflections on the season of Lent written by our own parishioners. Won't you consider writing for this year’s collection? You will be assigned a Scripture passage on which to write a brief (1 or 2 paragraphs) meditation. Reflections will be due by Sunday, February 23. Names are not attributed to individual writings, so only you (and the editors) will know which one is yours! Still hesitant? You can view last year's booklet to see what other contributions have looked like... go to . Please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Karen Manno at We will be in touch with your assignment.

Safeguarding God's People training Feb. 22 at Sts. Peter & Paul

A "Safeguarding God's People" training will be held on Saturday, February 22 at St. Peter and St. Paul Episcopal Church, 1795 Johnson Ferry Rd, Marietta, GA 30062, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. To register please call the office of St. Peter and St. Paul at 770.977.7473. Anyone who wishes to volunteer with Family Promise at St. Catherine’s as an Evening Host or Overnight Host MUST have this training, as well as for other volunteer opportunities working with adults such as Stephen Ministry.

Save the Date

  • Vacation Bible School -- Mark your calendar now! St. Catherine's VBS will be Monday through Thursday, June 30 to July 3, 9 am - 12 noon. More information and registration forms will be available in March. Plenty of help is needed to carry out this popular summer event, if you are interested in helping with planning please contact Harriett Pyburn now,
  • The annual Wine Tasting evening hosted by our Fellowship Ministry will be held on Saturday, April 26, 7 pm at the home of Emily & Nelson Gale. Watch for details and RSVP coming soon.
  • The Choirs of Wheeler High School will use our sanctuary to present their spring concert, “Love and Devotion,” on Monday, March 10 at 7:00pm. St. Catherine's is pleased to host our Holt Road neighbor school and their music program. The public is invited, no charge.

"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.


Family Promise

St. Cat's hosting week: January 26 - Feb. 2

Thank you to all the folks who came to be trained for Family Promise at St. Catherine's on January 18! The first guests stayed at St. James Episcopal for the first week of the program, then at Covenant Presbyterian and Pilgrimage United Church of Christ for the following weeks, and will be at St. Catherine's beginning January 26! Everyone involved so far has said it was a wonderful experience. Challenges continue with getting the required day center upgrades completed, so the weekday programs continue to be held in St. Cat's Youth House. You can keep up with all the ongoing news and activies on the website and Facebook page.

We are working to finish renovating our day center and fill it with furniture. Thanks to a great team who came out to help paint the interior earlier this month. It looks so much better and now we have beautiful hardwood floors to boot. On Saturday, January 25, we will need about four volunteers to help move the furniture into the house. We will start at 9 am and should be done within the hour. To help, please contact Hale Sanders.

We are beginning to receive applicants to volunteer to drive our van. All such applicants should contact our Director, Camilla Worrell, at We still need a 15-seat van (we currently have a six-seater) and prefer one with less than 40k miles. Do let us know if you have any leads on this.

Hale Sanders,, 678-472-1839


Special donation to Family Promise of Cobb County

January 20, 2014
To: Mr. Fred Massey, President, Board of Trustees, Family Promise of Cobb County

I am delighted to send two checks on behalf of the people of St. Catherine’s and in support of the mission and ministry of Family Promise of Cobb County. The total of $11,262.99 represents our 2013 Christmas offering ($3,881.25) and a special offering in honor of the 10th anniversary of our fire on January 10, 2004 ($7,381.74).

We are very excited about FPCC and have been so honored to be part of the vision for this new ministry as well as a home to your team over these past months. In particular the special offering on January 12, 2014 represents to us both the grace and love of God in Jesus Christ who was very near to us following our fire and was ever ready, through the words and deeds of others, to provide shelter and comfort to our congregation. We believe that at the very heart of Family Promise this is what you are doing for homeless families; providing grace filled shelter and comfort to those who come to our doors. We look forward to hosting Family Promise at St. Catherine’s for the first time the week of January 26. I am confident that it will be an experience that will begin a transformation in this congregation leading us to a new place and new understanding of homelessness in our community.

In Christ’s love,
(The Rev.) Jim Nixon, Rector

Elizabeth Inn - A Thanksgiving Miracle

By Connie Bergeron

For the St. Catherine's families and friends who signed up to help provide, prepare and serve the evening meal on Thanksgiving Day at MUST's Elizabeth Inn, November 28 was an opportunity to witness a true miracle. Volunteers and food sponsors included Kell Owens and her family, Cathy Donley and her family, Bill and Tinka Ivey, Karen and Paul Manno, and Ron and Connie Bergeron. Following our monthly meal plan, we arranged for broccoli, salad, fruit and cake, etc., and chickens ordered by our liaison with our usual barbecue restaurant. However upon arrival at the restaurant, we found they were closed for Thanksgiving. Okay, plan B: we can pick up chicken at the Big Chicken—which was also dark and closed for the holiday.

We drove on to Elizabeth Inn, and we were just approaching the kitchen coordinator to ask her if there were any leftovers from lunch that could be stretched to make enough for dinner, when a couple walked in carrying pans of turkey and ham to donate. Even more amazing, due to limited refrigerator space at MUST that night, the donated food would have had to be discarded if we could not use it for dinner. God is so generous. He knows our needs before we even utter words to ask, and we were incredibly blessed to have Him provide our entree for Thanksgiving. We are still overwhelmed with gratitude, and all of the volunteers and guests at the Inn that night shared in the Thanksgiving bounty. Please join us as we say "Thanks be to God!"

We invite you to volunteer for dinner service at MUST's Elizabeth Inn homeless shelter on the 28th of any month. Please email Connie Bergeron ( or Tracy Buckalew ( for more information.

Photos below: Serving at the Inn (by Connie Bergeron)

Outreach items for January

By Harriett Pyburn

  • MUST food item of focus: canned meats (tuna, chicken, etc.). All non-perishable food items, baby supplies and toiletries are welcome as always.
  • NEW socks and underwear (all sizes) for MUST Clothes Closet
  • Year-round needs: maternity, work and professional clothing & shoes

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


Vestry highlights

By Tom Blackstock

Here’s what happened at the Vestry’s regular meeting on January 21:

  • We had a community building discussion centering on the qualities of a wise leader with great listening abilities.
  • We discussed the agenda for the upcoming Annual Parish Meeting on January 26.
  • We reviewed the final financial report for 2013 and the pledge summary for 2014 and we accepted the proposed 2014 budget from the finance committee. The 2013 financial report and the 2014 budget will be presented to the parish at the annual meeting.
  • Fr. Jim recognized the outgoing members and we all expressed our thanks for their service to the parish.
  • We accepted a grant from the Georgia Interfaith Power and Light to improve our mechanical systems. The grant is for $6,875 and will be used for updating thermostats, HVAC units and insulation.
  • We reviewed the required annual Vestry certification of insurance.
  • We wrote thank you notes to parishioners who made extra contributions to our St. Catherine’s family during last month.
  • We reported on Vestry phone calls and adjourned at 10:02 pm.

Calling and Caring Ministry

How we all can help

By Tom Hunter

The community of St. Catherine’s is much larger than those we regularly see in church on Sunday or that we work with in our ministries. We are all still members of St. Catherine’s. We may encounter friends, relatives, neighbors, and work associates who have drifted away from St. Catherine’s, people who no longer attend worship or participate in church activities. We want to reach out to them and minister to them—but we’re not always sure how. Below are some thoughts about how to handle a chance encounter with someone you haven’t seen in a while.

  1. Show your concern and God’s love by sincerely asking “How are you doing?” and then listening for the answer.
  2. Do not ask why they have not been in church or make a joke like, “I’m glad to see you are still alive.” Their absence from church may be a sensitive subject for them and they may be hurt or feeling embarrassed.
  3. When should you talk about church? Never and always. Never specifically mention church and don’t jump in when they open the subject. Let your genuine concern for them as a person be your invitation to church.
  4. Remember we are all part of the St. Catherine’s family. The goal is not necessarily to get people back to church it is to carry God’s love to all our brothers and sisters.

If you run into some issues in your conversation that could use further contact you can inform a member of our new Calling and Caring Ministry. The Ministry has started with fifteen members who attended six hours of training. We will be wearing white name badges with purple lettering. Please let any of us know if you miss seeing friends or acquaintances at St. Catherine’s. The love of St. Catherine’s will reach out to all parishioners whether they are in Church or not. Contact: Tom Hunter,

Georgia Interfaith Power and Light to present grant on January 26

As announced in the December 21 Wheel newsletter, St. Catherine’s has received a Power Wise Energy Improvement Matching Grant from the Georgia Interfaith Power and Light. Rev. Alexis Chase, Executive Director of GIPL and a transitional Deacon in the Diocese of Atlanta, will join us on Sunday, January 26, at the 10:30 am service to present the grant. GIPL is a non-profit organization celebrating its 10 th anniversary this year which equips congregations to care for creation through worship, education, and the stewardship of our natural resources. Here is their letter announcing the awarding of our grant:

Congratulations on being selected as a recipient of the Georgia Interfaith Power and Light Power Wise Energy Improvement Matching Grant. The Grant Committee was very impressed with your application and is pleased to offer $6,875 to install WIFI thermostats, upgrade to high efficiency HVAC unit and install attic insulation in administration building… Again, congratulations on your outstanding application. We look forward to continuing our relationship with St. Catherine's and assisting you with your energy improvement and creation care efforts.

Peace and Light,
Alexis Chase, Executive Director, Georgia Interfaith Power and Light

Over this year we will be working to upgrade our HVAC scheduling system and improve our insulation in an effort to make our facility more energy efficient. Many thanks to GIPL for this grant, to all who helped with the writing of our grant proposal, and to those who are performing the work of this project. To find out more about Georgia Interfaith Power and Light please visit their website at .

Seen around St. Cat's

Some new and old faces seen around St. Catherine's (photos by Bettye Harris)

Atlanta Guitar Trio

The Atlanta Guitar Trio delighted a large audience in our sanctuary in the second of this year's Concert Series events on January 18. (Photo by Bill Ivey)

Baptisms on January 12

A great day at the 8:45 am celebration of Our Lord's Baptism, with four new members baptized and sealed as Christ's own forever! (Photos by Jan Potter, see lots more full size at ChurchBaptisms011214)

Choristers of St. Catherine's present their anthem

Potluck Sunday Supper on January 18

A fun and tasty dinner on January 18, hosted by Peter and Colleen Morich, to tell us about the Slow Food movement and their year in Italy. (Photos by Colleen Morich)

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 27 – February 2: Adult Education Committee — St. Catherine’s offers many opportunities for adult Christian formation, including Church School, Bible study groups, Wednesday Night Live, The Journey and much more. Trained volunteers and our clergy lead the programs. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Michael Paris, 770.509.0161,, Amma Susan, 770.971.2839,, or Father Jim,
  • February 3–9: Vestry — This week we celebrate the life and work of our Vestry which is the board of directors for the church and is responsible for overseeing its operation including finances, facilities, personnel and policies. Members are elected by the congregation for three-year terms, with four members rotating off each year. Vestry members also serve as facilitators for our ministry teams. The Senior and Junior Wardens head the Vestry; the Junior Warden is elected by the Vestry for one year and becomes Senior Warden for the subsequent year. To find out more please contact our clergy or any current Vestry member.


Letters have been received from the following to acknowledge gifts from our parish:

  • Communities in Schools of Marietta/Cobb County: $250 received December 2013

Absalom Jones celebration at the Cathedral January 25

Every parish in the Diocese of Atlanta is invited to participate in a celebration commemorating the life and witness of Absalom Jones, the first African-American priest to be ordained in the Episcopal Church. The celebration will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Cathedral of St. Philip. Bishop Robert C. Wright will preach the sermon. Lynn Swanson, music director and organist for St. Benedict’s Episcopal Church in Smyrna and director of the Lynn Swanson Festival Singers, will direct the mass choir, which comprises choirs from around the diocese, plus the Lynn Swanson Festival Singers, Cobb Summer Singers and the William Baker Festival Singers. Trey Clegg, music director and organist for St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Atlanta will play the organ. Details of the service are available at . Please contact Bettye Harris ( if you would like to join St. Cat's carpool to the event.

Health Tips - from our Congregational Nurses

  • Considering group exercise?
    If group exercise classes are new to you, take it slow. Jumping into an intermediate or advanced class can be too difficult, both physically and mentally. This may leave you sore, injured and/or discouraged. It is a good idea to start with an introductory class if possible. Arrive early and tell the instructors you are a beginner. Your instructors can provide special guidance and answer any questions you have. Then, pace yourself, enjoy the group environment and have fun!
  • Setting goals
    Changing a behavior is not always easy. It can partly depend on believing in your ability to do the behavior and what you're asked to do. For example, you might strongly believe in your ability to walk for another five minutes per day, but have no confidence that you can eat two servings of fish next week. Behavioral scientists call this belief in your own ability to succeed “self-efficacy.” One way to strengthen your self-efficacy is to set small, achievable goals. Success with smaller goals can greatly improve your ability to take charge of the larger ones. Source: Self-Efficacy by Albert Bandura

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, 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, Ed & Marcia Markette & Kay Pace, Dick, Byron Bagby, Erin Holt & her family, April Nall, Bianca Lengsfeld, Elizabeth Welch, The Allen Family, Marie Grace Hale, Swiss Britt, Judith Harrison, Barry Dillard, Ben Frost, Charles Ohl, Vincent, Susannah Campbell, Allen Jablonski, Maxwell Miles Knight & family, The Rev. Alan Sandlin, Linda Smith, Bill White, Becky Kohl, Trevor, Shirley Day, Anne Miller, David Chase, Barbara Chase, Eric DeLaBarre, Bo Berry, Mark Moore, Bette Hamilton, Ron Brannock, Mrs. McGowan, Eleanor Thomason, Trisha Bennett, Michelle, Johnny


DECEASED: Samantha Caldwell, added by Althea Dillard; David Hooper, friend of a friend of Jim Nixon in Memphis.

FOR THOSE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS: (1/25) Sidney Nabinger, (1/26) Keyton Potter, Ross Taylor, (1/27) Nick Vavra, (1/28) Tami Mace, Greg Caudle, Michael Caudle, Kate Buckalew, Nicholas Carswell, Foster Walton, Brooklynn Walker, Devon Cox, Katja Michael, (1/29) Ben Kareken, Caitlyn Buckalew, Rod Deutscher, David Bowman, Al Maxwell, (1/30) Riley Devault, Ash Gale, Christian Hollis, (2/1) John Martin, Anita Gardner, Jana Williams, (2/2) Julie Miner, (2/3) Jacqueline Hurley, (2/4) Kristin Blackstock, Wayne Gammon, (2/5) Fred Massey, Kelly Ely, Tom Day, (2/6) Nigel Blackwood

ANNIVERSARIES: (1/31) Meg & Mike Reeves; (2/7) Shirley & Tom Day

(1/26/2014) John, Barbara, Riley, Katie, Mary Alice & Thad Barrington; Gina, Taylor & Abby Baumann; Art & Susan Bayless; Mary, Brian, Andrew & Jennifer Benton; Ron & Connie Bergeron
(2/2/2014) Greg, Wendy & Hannah Beyer; Vera Bibbings; Tom, Jane, & Rusty Bird; Sheila Bishop; Dianne Blackshear-Wood

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:

  • 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, 1/25 Saturday, 2/1

Sunday, 1/26 Sunday, 2/2


Family Promise Week
Holy Eucharist
Church School
Holy Eucharist
Annual Parish Meeting
Private Party


Holy Eucharist
Family Holy Eucharist
Church School
Choral Holy Eucharist

Monday, 1/27 Monday, 2/3

Amma Susan's day off
Stephen Ministry Training
Boy Scout Troop 713


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

Tuesday, 1/28 Tuesday, 2/4


Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting/Lunch
Elizabeth Inn
MUST Laundry Team
DOK Training
Jubilate Practice

Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Preschool Puppet Show
Conveners Meeting
DOK Training
Jubilate Practice
Wednesday, 1/29 Wednesday, 2/5


Bible Study
WNL Program
Youth WNL
Chancel Choir


Bible Study
Christian Formation
Youth WNL
Invitation Ministry
Chancel Choir

Thursday, 1/30 Thursday, 2/6
Men’s Bible Study
Preschool Program
Great Oak Board
Men’s Bible Study
Weddington HOA
Friday, 1/31 Friday, 2/7
Fr. Jim's day off
Vestry Retreat
Men’s Bible Study
Women’s Bible Study

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


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

Click here for the Youth Calendar online

Youth Advisors meeting Sunday, January 26

At the beginning of Church School on January 26 the Youth Advisors from each class will meet with Mike for 5-10 minutes. If you have any thoughts regarding the St. Catherine’s Youth Program, anything you’d like to see us do, not do, do more of, etc., please feel free to pass those on to your Advisors. Your Youth Advisors are Grace Adams, Michael Dirksen, Stephanie Gardiner, James Owen, Elizabeth Blackstock, Mark Boutilier, and 2 TBD Seniors.


WNL in Board Room on January 29

On Wednesday, January 29, WNL Youth Group will be held in the Board Room (upstairs at the front of the office wing of the church) in order to accommodate the families we will be hosting in the Youth House this week as part of Family Promise. We will return to the Youth House the following week.


E.Y.E. July 8-16, 2014: “Marked for Mission”

The Episcopal Youth Event (EYE) is the largest youth event in the Episcopal Church. Gathering high school youth from Parishes and Diocese across the country and beyond. EYE offers shared experiences of worship, fun, and fellowship. This event is held only once every three years. The Diocese of Pennsylvania will host EYE 2014 at Villanova University in Philadelphia. Gathering from far and wide, 1000+ Episcopal youth and their adult chaperones will pray, play and learn together. In addition to EYE, this year Province IV will be gathering for PYE, 3 days of mission following EYE.

Each Diocese is allotted a certain number of spots for youth who are currently in grades 9-12 (this includes those who will have just graduated this summer) to attend, and I’d love for some youth from St. Catherine’s to be part of that group! Both Mary Bess and I will be attending as chaperons for the Diocese of Atlanta group. In order to ensure that St. Catherine’s will be represented this year, we will be assisting with covering the cost of the event on an individual, first-come basis. If you are interested in participating in this once in a lifetime opportunity with Episcopal Youth from all over the globe, please contact Mike as soon as possible. For complete information about EYE and PYE please see .


Diocesan Youth events

Wheel schedule:

Next publications:

  • February 7
  • February 21
  • March 7

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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