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.

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The Newsletter of
St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
May 3 - 16, 2014

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Clergy Letter

Concert: Kaleidoscope
Memorial service
Stop Hunger Now
Fashion Show
Amma Susan's blog
Interfaith Immersion
Cats On Wheels
Finance report
Summer's coming
Graduates recognized
Favorite hymns
Vacation Bible School
Calendars needed
Forgiveness Challenge
2015 Adult Pilgrimage

Clinic build
Items collections
Family Promise
Mother's Day shoeboxes
The Extension dinners

Dr. Wright's talk
Vestry highlights
Parishoner news
Seen around St. Cat's
Ministry focus

ECW mystery
WHS choirs
Health tips


Youth Sunday
Rite13 Beach Trip



Holy Week & Easter schedule

5/2-3 – Stephen Ministry retreat

5/3 – Concert Series: Kaleidoscope

5/4 – Spring Memorial Service

5/7, 14 – WNL

5/8 – Wheeler H.S. choirs

5/10 – Stop Hunger Now event

5/11 – Mother’s Day;
Youth Sunday

5/17 – Cats On Wheels @ Cherokee Cattle Co.

5/18 – Last day of Church School;
Graduates recognized;
Fashion Show, Lunch & Auction

5/25 – Summer worship schedule begins: 8:00 & 10:30 am

5/27 – Elizabeth Inn Laundry Team

5/28 – Elizabeth Inn Dinner Team

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The journeys that lie before us

By Father Jim+

On April 30 we sent Amma Susan off on a four-month sabbatical as we laid 100+ hands on her in blessing. We equipped her with the tools of journey; boots, backpack, identification and certification, but we equipped her, as well, with the tools of spiritual practice; love, joy, hope, peace, and patience. God speed, Susan. Buen Camino, Susan.

Susan, however, will not be the only one of us to journey over these four months. I wonder what your journey will be in these coming months specifically as it applies to Susan’s sabbatical? I’ve been giving that question some thought over the past few days.

We were together with Bishop Wright on Tuesday and we spent a majority of our time in Bible Study and specifically studying the Gospel for this coming Sunday: the Road to Emmaus. (Luke 24: 13-35) If you remember, the disciples were so busy “talking with each other about all [the] things that had happened,” they didn’t even notice that “Jesus himself came near and went with them. Their eyes were kept from recognizing him.” I think a risk I face this summer is missing Jesus when he comes near.

It will be a busy summer with only one clergy person and many of us have spoken with one another about the challenges that lie ahead. But if I get so busy—no matter what that busyness might entail and no matter how important that busyness might seem at the time—I risk not recognizing when I am walking beside our Lord. I hope to slow down and let Jesus speak to me this summer and that includes through each of you. I am convinced that it is only then that my heart will have the opportunity to burn within me.

I pray the same for Susan+. I pray the same for you.

-> See photos from the send-off dinner below in this newsletter.

Concert Series: Kaleidoscope presents “Night & Day: Time Pieces”

Saturday, May 3, 8 pm at St. Catherine’s

Join us at 8:00 pm in the sanctuary for the final program in St. Catherine's 2013-2014 Concert Series by Kaleidoscope, the 30-voice select ensemble directed by Michael O'Neal in classical and popular music by composers including Rutter, Mendelssohn, Moses Hogan, Morten Lauridsen, plus many well-known songs including "Tonight" from West Side Story, "Music of the Night" from Phantom of the Opera and Cole Porter's "Night and Day." Tickets are $15 ($10 students), available at the door (check or cash only, please).

Formerly The Michael O'Neal Chamber Singers, Kaleidoscopehas established a reputation for choral excellence throughout the US and abroad, with its polished presentation of choral selections ranging from Gregorian chant to 20th century compositions, from opera to vocal jazz. You can listen to them on their website at .

Tickets are $15 ($10 students) in advance or at the door (all payments check or cash only, please). In addition, you are invited to become a “Friend Of Music At St. Catherine’s” by supporting this and our future concert series with your donation (see information on our Concerts page at

Cookies requested for concert reception -- A brief reception will follow this concert. If you would like to assist by contributing some cookies please contact Rebeccah Devault, Thank you!

Spring Memorial Service

Sunday, May 4, 5:00 PM

Our Spring Memorial Service will be held to celebrate the lives of those we have lost since our last observance in the fall. Everyone is invited to join us at this beautiful service and support our parish members who have lost loved ones. The nursery will be available. A reception follows the service.

We greatly appreciate donations of finger foods for the reception—please bring them (prepared and ready to serve) to the kitchen prior to the service—as well as help with set up, serving and clean up. Thank you.

Stop Hunger Now event coming Saturday, May 10

By Mike Peterson

On Saturday, May 10 at 1:00 PM, you are invited to help St. Catherine’s provide 10,000 meals to under-nourished school children around the world, all in the span of 2-3 hours! We will be hosting a meal-packaging event through an incredible organization called Stop Hunger Now. Stop Hunger Now will bring all the necessary supplies and tools for meal packaging to St. Catherine’s, provide an orientation on world hunger and their program, and instruct and guide us in the preparation and packaging of meals containing rice, soy, vegetables, flavoring, and 21 essential vitamins and minerals. These meals are nutritionally balanced, easily transportable, and have a shelf life of up to five years.

Parishioners of all ages are invited and encouraged to take part in this event! You can sign up at the bulletin board at St. Catherine’s at the top of the stairs (next to the door to the church offices) or by emailing Mike Peterson at

Together as a parish, we can live into our Christian calling and push back against hunger in a major way! More information on Stop Hunger Now can be found at

"In Bloom" Luncheon, Fashion Show & Silent Auction

Sunday, May 18

Join us from 1 to 3 pm in the Parish Hall for a wonderful luncheon, silent auction and show of fashions by Dress Barn & Justice, all to benefit The Center For Children & Young Adults. Tickets are $15 and all ages are welcome. For reservations please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin with checks made payable to “CCYA”, or contact Lee Ann Sherry, 770-815-5299, Information about CCYA and their mission to provide a safe and nurturing environment for homeless youth and young adults who have been abused, abandoned, neglected, or are at risk, is available on their website at

In addition, we would be grateful for the following donations:

  • New and gently used men’s & women's career & special occasion clothing & shoes for the CCYA "Dress For Success" Program
  • Any type of birthday party products (cake mixes, decorations, paper products, ect) for the Fragile Kids Foundation "Birthday Bash Basket" Program

Where in the World is Amma Susan?

Amma Susan will be keeping us alongside her in words and pictures on our St. Catherine’s blog throughout her May 1 – August 31 sabbatical. Here’s her first posting, with a “selfie,” on her last day in the office:

“Sabbatical bound” – Posted on April 30, 2014

Today is my last day in the office before my sabbatical leave begins. In addition to making sure all my responsibilities will be covered while I am away, I am making lists and checking them twice. Four months is a long time to plan for when it comes to packing, not to mention all those “little things” that come with closing up the house and making arrangements for my feline companions and their care. Whew! I need more than a week to pull this all together. Ready or not, May 7th will arrive and what is done is what will be. I’m already discovering that “letting go” is going to be one of the recurring themes of this time away. I’m looking forward to tonight and the sabbatical send-off dinner. It will be good to share my plans and feel the support of this community of brothers and sisters in Christ that I have come to love and be sent on my journey enfolded in their prayers.

Journey along with her by checking frequently on our blog, “The Welcoming Journey,” You are invited to leave your comments!


Building Bridges of Peace – Interfaith Immersion Weekend

By Pierce Hale

As Amma Susan embarks on her journey abroad to Build Bridges of Peace, she has left us with a gift in the opportunity to build bridges of peace here in our own community. Interfaith Immersion Weekend is a fascinating experience in which individuals walk side by side with people of different faiths into the sacred spaces of the religions of the world. From experience, this event is not only a great way to learn about cultures from around the world, but also to strengthen your own faith by delving into the spirituality of others. St. Catherine’s will be hosting a series of these events in conjunction with Amma Susan’s sabbatical — the first of which will be held July 25th-27th. Thanks to a subsidy from Amma Susan’s sabbatical fund, the cost per person will be $20 for the weekend. Scholarships are available for those who may need them. Please look out for future publications and announcements for further details. Alternatively, please feel free to contact me at for any questions.


At the Send-Off Dinner

A wonderful evening on April 30 with great food and fellowship as we all wished God-speed to Amma Susan! (Photos by Bill Ivey)

Cats On Wheels luncheon

Saturday, May 17 at Cherokee Cattle Company

— Cats On Wheels is our fellowship group for active senior adults, please join us! — Cats On Wheels' next odd-month, pay-your-own luncheon will be 11:30 am at Cherokee Cattle Company, 2710 Canton Road, Marietta, GA 30066. For menus and directions see the website at . Please REPLY so we can save a place for you at our group table, sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Alan Certain,, 404-661-2200.

Financial update

By Steve Pyburn

Please see below for an update on our pledge revenue through March.

[Click chart to enlarge]

This is my third year as Treasurer, and I cannot recall a better pledge revenue report than the one above. We’ve already had 12 pledging units fulfill their entire 2014 pledge this year. That’s 3 more than last month and 5 more than this same time period last year. More impressively, an additional 52% of our pledging units (118 out of 228) are on or ahead of pace for the year (i.e., have contributed at least 25% of their pledge). Only 40% were on pace as of last month and only 42% were on pace at this time last year. Finally, out of the 37 pledging units that had not yet contributed any pledge revenue as of last month, a little over 20% contributed revenue in March. Let’s keep up this great work!

In total, our YTD pledge revenue is almost exactly what we would “expect” it to be through 3 months of the year. Last year, we already had a deficit of ($18k) at this point in the year. So this is wonderful news! I would like to thank our incredible staff for all of the hard work they’ve done around distributing monthly pledge statements, as it seems like more regular communication to the congregation is helping the numbers above. If you are a pledging unit and did not receive your emailed statement on Tuesday, April 15, please let Karen Manno know immediately at

I mentioned last month that we reviewed the feedback from the Annual Meeting around Finances, and more than a handful of people suggested that we focus some energy on online bill pay. For those of you who are not aware, you do not need to be present at church to contribute your pledge payment. Instead, you can go online to your bank’s website and schedule online payments to be made weekly, monthly, quarterly, etc. Thus, if you are going to miss some Sundays during the busy summer months, you can use online bill pay and rest assured that St. Catherine’s is still receiving regular contributions from you. This helps us tremendously with our cash flow concerns (as our checking account gets much leaner in the summer), but it also helps families stay true to their pledge commitment as they don’t have to remember where they stand each week. If you would like any help figuring out how to setup online bill pay with your bank, please let me, Senior Warden Elizabeth Lopez or Junior Warden Tom Blackstock know what bank you use and we will find someone who can help you navigate your bank’s website. Thank you to all for everything you do to help St. Catherine’s ministries!

WNL through May

Adult WNL Series: “The Golden Rule as Compassion” May 7, 14 and 21

Join us on May 7, 14 and 21 to experience a special Easter series during the WNL Adult gathering 7:00 - 8:00 pm. We are calling this series “The Golden Rule as Compassion.” Each of the three Wednesdays we will review and discuss a TED talk that focuses us on Compassion. We will see James Forbes, retired pastor of Riverside Church in New York City, Karen Armstrong, famous author of such books as The History of God, and Krista Tippett, famous NPR commentator. Each of them will challenge us to explore the nature of Compassion and especially their commitment to the Charter for Compassion. The Charter for Compassion is a document which urges the peoples and religions of the world to embrace the core value of compassion. The charter is currently available in thirty languages, and is being translated into more.

Trip to Lyric Theater's "Spamalot"

Reserve by May 10

Fellowship Ministry Team invites you to "Spamalot" at Jennie Anderson Theater on Saturday, June 14 at 8 pm. Tickets are $37 each if we have minimum of 10 to attend. Reserve with your payment by Saturday, May 10. Seats may not be all together. Contact Sally Powers,

Summer's coming!

Mark your calendar for these activities and schedule changes for the end of the school year:

  • Sunday, May 11 – Mother’s Day
    - Youth Sunday at 8:45 service
  • Sunday, May 18
    - Last day of Church School
    - Graduates recognized at all services (see below)
  • Wednesday, May 14 - Last day for WNL Adult program (Wednesday Night Live)
  • Sunday, May 25 – Worship times change to summer schedule!
    - 8:00 am - Holy Eucharist Rite II
    - 10:30 am - Holy Eucharist Rite II
    - Coffee available 7:30-8:00 am in the Parlor
    - Breakfast by Breakfast Angels served 9:00-9:45 am in the Parish Hall
    - Lemonade Brigade offers refreshments under our great oak following 8:00 & 10:30 services
  • Sunday, June 8
    - Day of Pentecost - WEAR RED!
    - Parish Picnic immediately following 10:30 service


Graduates recognized Sunday, May 18 - Names needed by May 11

We will recognize all graduates, preschool through graduate school, at all services on May 18. Please fill out the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or contact Rose Wolfe at with the graduate’s name, grade & institution, and if a high school graduate what their post-graduation plans are.


Favorite hymns wanted for summer

A tradition at St. Catherine’s is to sing favorite hymns by request during worship in the summer months. Please send us your hymn requests -- doesn't matter what season they are from, but please be sure they are in our blue hymnal (The Hymnal 1982). Fill out the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin with suggestions of your favorites (include title AND hymn number), and we will schedule as many as possible.

Vacation Bible School registration now open

Monday, June 30 - Thursday, July 3

Join us for “Weird Animals” Vacation Bible School, where Jesus’ love is One-Of-A-Kind! Our program will take children on a wild adventure with great music, games, stories, science activities and more as we explore God’s love for us.

VBS this year is Monday, June 30 through Thursday, July 3, at 9 am – 12 noon each day, and is open to children ages 4 by July 1st through rising 4th graders. Space is limited so preregistration is preferred. Early registration cost is $25 per child if paid by May 15, $35 per child after. If you have any questions, please contact Harriett Pyburn, Plenty of help is needed, we welcome adult and youth volunteers for one or two days, or the whole week. We're looking forward to a great time!


  1. Go to to fill out the registration form and click the “Submit” button (please fill out a separate registration form for each child).
  2. Send your registration payment either in person or by mail to St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church (you may use online bill pay and mail to 571 Holt Rd NE, Marietta, GA 30068). Checks should be made to “St. Catherine’s Church” and you MUST put “VBS” and your child(ren)’s name in the memo line.

2014-2015 calendars needed

Attention all St. Catherine’s ministries, groups and committees: Make sure rooms, resources and publicity will be available for you! Your church staff is having a calendaring day in late June to plan out the coming year. We need to know of ALL meetings and events for your group from June 2014 through May 2015—tentative or confirmed, one time or on-going. Remember, if your activity is not on the church calendar, another event may occur at the same time and/or your space may be in use by others.

Please send all information to Rose Wolfe,, no later than Friday, June 15.

The Forgiveness Challenge

By Father Jim+

I just bumped into "The Forgiveness Challenge" with Desmond Tutu and his daughter online at I’ve signed up myself, and invite you, too:

The Forgiveness Challenge will help you discover how the act of forgiving can bring more love and peace to your life. When enough of us forgive – we can change the world! Sign up, and starting May 4 you’ll receive a daily inspirational email from the Archbishop and Mpho Tutu, with a link to join their online forgiveness community. Inside, you’ll get:
- Daily exercises to teach you how to forgive anyone for anything.
- Extraordinary stories from ordinary people who have been transformed through forgiving or being forgiven.
- Interviews with the world’s top forgiveness experts, great spiritual leaders, and well-known celebrities, including Alanis Morissette and Arianna Huffington.
- Community support from people just like you who are trying to live a more forgiving life.

And it’s free!

Won't you join me?

2015 Adult Pilgrimage to Ireland

The 2015 Adult pilgrimage, “Exploring our Celtic Spirituality: A Pilgrimage to Ireland” will led by The Rev. Jim Nixon, March 2 – 12, 2015. Our time together will be about searching for God in places that others have found God over the centuries; it will also be about exploring our friendship and joy in God’s creation.

Watch for announcement of an informational meeting to learn more about our trip. You will find a detailed itinerary below as well as a reservation form. Airfare will be Atlanta - Dublin round trip. The pricing information is preliminary, please note that it does not include airline taxes and fuel surcharges which are at $505 currently. For questions now please contact Fr. Jim, 770.981.2839,


New outreach project: Good Samaritan Clinic build in north Georgia

By Fred Massey

Over the past year the diocese of Atlanta has decided they want to assist in the building of a new medical clinic in Gilmer County (near Jasper, Ga.). They have now poured the slab and are ready to assemble a crew to erect the walls etc. Al Jones and I have been in conversation with Hanna Phillips, a diocese rep, about helping out and have been given some weekends in May to work.

I am gathering responses to see if there's any interest in going up on a Thursday, Friday Saturday or any day during the weekends in May. Please let me know if you'd like to join me the weekend of the 10th or 17th as I plan to help out those weekends. I don't have much more info at this time but should be in communication with "The Team" while I'm away and will update anyone that expresses interest in helping. To get information and/or indicate your interest contact Fred Massey, Sr., 770.971.4466 Office, 404.731.4466 Cell.

Outreach collections for May

By Harriett Pyburn

Bring your books and balls! For May, we are continuing our "Books and Balls" collections until school is out. Also, we are kicking off a food drive to fill the MUST Food pantry for summer lunches—peanut butter and jelly. Items may be placed in the collection bins at the Outreach table outside the church parlor or at the entrance to the church preschool. Thank you!

  • New and like-new children's book drive: Time to check out the bargain bins at the local book store, add one of your old favorites to your Amazon shopping cart, or look through your bookshelves at home to see if your family has a few gently loved books that could be repurposed! Communities in Schools will distribute these books to families in our community that may not have many if any children's books at home. Through this outreach service, these families also become aware of the many programs that Communities in Schools has available to them from elementary through high school.
  • Playground equipment drive: Each summer, Emmaus House sponsors a free summer day camp for children of the Peoplestown neighborhood. We are asking for donations of playground equipment that can be used during this camp (kickballs, footballs, soccer balls, sidewalk chalk, jump ropes, etc.).
  • MUST Pantry food item of focus is peanut butter and jelly. All non-perishable food items, baby supplies and toiletries are welcome as always.

Family Promise update


Once again St. Catherine's welcomed Family Promise and provided a loving, safe haven for our guests for the week of April 6-13. To make this happen, it took 50 volunteers giving approximately 140 hours of their time over the past week. Your willingness to give to help change the lives of others in such a positive way is much appreciated. The spirit which which all this was accomplished can only happen with many people giving of their time and talent. Thank you.

Diane Sanders and Eleanore Pearson, Co-Volunteers Hosts of St. Catherine's Family Promise


FPCC graduates a family!

We are happy to report the good news that one of our FPCC guest families has received permanent housing. Kim and Demetrius will be moving soon and the network will have its first graduate. Thanks to all the volunteers who fed them, housed them, prayed for them and supported them through this journey. Please continue to keep all our FPCC guests in your prayers, and keep up with all our news on the FPCC Facebook page.

Shoebox success!

By Gina Baumann

Thank you to everyone who contributed supplies and shoeboxes to the United Way Shoebox Project. 22 shoeboxes were wrapped, filled and taken to the United Way to be distributed to homeless mothers on Mother's Day! Thank you to Abby and Nathalie for all your hard work!

Outreach opportunity: Dinner for The Extension

Come help prepare and serve dinner for 20 people at The Extension Women's Center. St. Catherine's provides this service on the third Sunday each month. The Center is located in Marietta, about 5 miles from St. Cat's. Time required: 6:45 pm to 7:45 pm. Please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Ron and Connie Bergeron, 770-951-1411. For information about The Extension visit We look forward to your service with us.


Listen to Dr. Wright's Quiet Evening talk

Dr. Beth-Sarah Wright, the wife of our Bishop, spoke at our Lenten Quiet Evening on April 11. She inspired us all by telling her stories and urging us to tell ours. She gave us all a gentle nudge to be open to the spirit within. You can listen to a recording of her inspiring talk on the Sermons page of our website at .

(Photo by Bill Ivey)

Vestry highlights

by Daniel Mikkelsen

Here’s what happened at the regular Vestry meeting on April 8:

  • The meeting convened on time at 7:30 PM
  • We had a faith building discussion on an article regarding Caring for the Caregivers which provided interesting perspective on how caregivers also need care provided to them. It expanded on how hard that can be for some caregivers to accept care from others, and offered some ways for others to help make that happen.
  • We continued our conversation on exploring alternative funding resources for the purpose of expanding and growing our ministries currently facing funding challenges. In Part Three of this conversation we delved into new funding sources and the role of Invitation and Engagement with our Ministry teams lead by the Vestry Shepherds of the various Ministry Teams. Elizabeth Lopez was nominated to lead a small team in articulating how to best engage Ministry Team conveners by June.
  • We voted unanimously to thank Pat Pepper for writing thank you notes on behalf of the Vestry.
  • We approved the fourth application for a tax credit under the Affordable Care Act after only expecting to receive the credit for three years.
  • We were provided an update that the ACS coordinator has been uploading data, running reports and reconciling filings for the Parochial Report. The full report will be presented to the vestry in the May meeting
  • Bill Hutton provided an update on the Memorial Garden Committee. The garden was created in 1996. The garden has 10-12 spots remaining. The expectation is to have a plan including funding options and a recommendation for expansion in spring 2015.
  • Steve Pyburn provided an update on the Mortgage Loan renegotiation. Both the bank loan and the loan from the Diocese are being evaluated for options. Decision will be made by September.
  • Elizabeth Lopez spoke on behalf of Harry Tear for the Great Oak Fund. A $1,500 disbursement has been approved for this year. On May 10 a meeting will be held at the Donoghues’ home.
  • Amma Susan provided an update on her sabbatical planning in which she will travel to Ireland, France, Spain and Scotland. She will return in September.
  • Vestry Phone Calls were discussed included hearing about excitement regarding the Concert Series.
  • March meeting minutes were approved
  • March Financials were reviewed and approved
  • Pre-School Financials were provided
  • The meeting adjourned at 9:30 PM

Parishioner news

  • Congratulations to Dr. Brian Williams, Director of Music at St. Catherine’s, who successfully defended his PhD dissertation, "Transformational Leadership in a High School Choral Program," at Boston University on April 8. We’re proud of you!
  • Congratulations to parishioner Chander Sherry, who was featured on the Fragile Kids Foundation Facebook page and on 11Alive's "#Unselfie Gallery”. Said FKF, “We love Chandler Sherry who runs our Birthday Bash program. She volunteers countless hours and raises money on her own so our Fragile Kids can have special birthdays. Here she is shopping for supplies for their gift boxes, which she stocks with presents, party favors, and all the makings for a great birthday party. She's also an excellent baker!”

Seen around St. Cat's

  • Cats on Wheels - a fantastic 4-day "Spring in Savannah" tour in April! (Photos by Ron Cook, Nancy Certain, Susan Johnson)
  • Palm Sunday and the start of Holy Week, followed by intense preparation and all the services of Holy Week. See lot more in the albums at ChurchPalmSunday2014 and Church041214. (Photos by Jan Potter, Bill Ivey, Keith Dumke)
  • A glorious Easter 2014, from our biggest gathering ever for the sunrise service, through 8:45 service, the Easter Egg hunt, 11:15 service and the festive receptions. See lots more photos in the album at Easter2014! Christ is risen, alleluia! (photos by Bill Ivey, Jan Potter, Bettye Harris)

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:

  • May 5-11: Stephen Ministry — This week we celebrate the life and work of Stephen Ministry, trained laity who minister to parishioners in need by listening in a sensitive, nonjudgmental way through a caring, supportive, and confidential relationship. Stephen Ministers make a 2-year commitment and receive 50 hours of initial training as well as continuing education and peer supervision. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact one of our Stephen Leaders David Moore, Nelson Gale, Amy Morris, Chris Potter.
  • May 12-18: Flower Delivery — This week we celebrate the life and work of Flower Delivery, volunteers who deliver the altar flowers after services on Sundays to parishioners who are ill at home or in the hospital, parish shut-ins, and others to whom we would like to show special remembrance. Directions are provided, volunteers serve in rotation. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Margaret Shaw 770.641.7022,


Dear St. Catherine's family,

Thank you so much for all your hugs, prayers, cards, and support of my brother, and Jim and me as we mourn the loss of my niece, Tammy. It really means a lot knowing we're surrounded and supported by your love and concern. I sincerely appreciate each of you.

Joan Nixon

April 11, 2014

Just wanted to send a thank you on behalf of Family Promise and the families being hosted for the leadership you showed last week... What I know about St. Catherine’s is that everyone there always rises to the challenge. The whole team is always so impressive. I am so grateful to be working for such a loving caring community of people. Thank you again.

Camilla Worrell, Executive Director, Family Promise of Cobb County

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your in-kind contribution of 1,642 food items! Your support directly impacts the many families in need in our community. We are currently in the process ofmeasuring our service results from last year and working on our annual report. In 2013, over 14,000 people called for help; ovr 3,500 came in to our center for help; and the total dollar amount of those requests was nearl $4.5 million. A great need continues, and thanks to firneds like you, so does our wrok. Thank you again for your support of CFR’s programs and services.

Jennifer Cain, Development Director, The Center for Family Resources


Marietta ECW presents mystery dinner theater fund-raiser

The Episcopal Church Women of St. James' Church in Marietta will present a parish fundraiser for outreach ministries a Mystery Dinner Theater and Silent Auction at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 2 and 3. The play is entitled "The Curse of the Waffling Bishop," and a gourmet dinner is included: $50 per person. Information: 770-428-5841.


Wheeler High School concert – Thursday, May 8 at St. Cat’s

St. Catherine’s will host the choirs of our Holt Road neighbor, Wheeler High School, for their spring concert on Thursday, May 8 at 7:00 pm. Please come and hear the fine program the students of our community have prepared. Free, no tickets needed.


Health Tips - from our Congregational Nurses

  • CPR saves lives
    Knowing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can make the difference between life and death for a friend or loved one. Effective CPR, provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest, can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival. To learn CPR, contact the American Heart Association at or your local chapter of the American Red Cross at Source: American Heart Association
  • Obesity and arthritis
    Obesity is a well-established risk factor for osteoarthritis. The extra weight puts added stress on the knees, hips and feet. This causes cartilage in the joints to breakdown more quickly. People who have arthritis may benefit from losing weight. Exercise also helps improve range of motion and strength. Water exercise is ideal for those with arthritis because it is gentle on joints and muscles; high-impact activities such as running should be avoided. If you are overweight, but don't yet experience arthritis, weight loss is one way to help prevent it. Source: Obesity Action Coalition

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: Don Killian, Jonathan Huff, Roger Madden, Paul Lange, Bill Woods, Billy, Karl Lehman, the Rev. Randall Hansen, wife Susan and daughters Saray & Hilary, Peter Paglia, Hugh & Valerie Fenlon, Andrew, Grant Butler, Tara Nesbit, Lacey, Sandra Partlow, Richard McCloud, George Maslak, Anne Willcocks, Lee Courtemanche, Michelle Hunter, Lori, Denise Jillette, Joan Schlesinger & family, Kathryn Burgher, Katrina Williams, Carl Larsh, Betty Robinson, Jay Nienaber, Bette Hamilton, Eleanor Thomason, Pastor Chris Neikirk, Kathie Elliot, Marge Watkins, Iris Phillips, Lewis Gunter, Bill Hutton, Shelley Hayes, Lisa, Rob, David Smith, Anna, Reuel Kaighn, Ansley Billimek, Fred Carter, Deanna Nicke

BEFORE SURGERY: Bill Fambrough

DECEASED: Gina Belcher, added by Karolyn Olliffe; Luke McWilliams, father of Carol Eskew

FOR THOSE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS: (5/3) Nancy Denton, Cindy Sheehan, Preston Parker, Declan Walls, Susan Vavra, (5/4) Mark Taylor, Jay Starr, Beth Thomas, (5/5) Bill Selby, Laura Moore, Beau Paris, (5/6) Bettye Harris, Shepherd Smith, Marlene Stuart, Jack Khan, (5/7) Scott Harwell, (5/8)Madison Handell, Sheila Bishop, (5/9) Carol Murphy, Maddie Billingsley, (5/10) Ryan O’Neill, Elizabeth Blackstock, (5/11) Alan Carter, Jodi Gammon, (5/12) Chris Selby, Ken Minzenberger, Mary Lou Shannonhouse, Scott DeLaBarre, (5/13) Ginny Lummus, David Frank, Kristina Higgins, Mackenzie Ward, Briana Ward, Laurel Smith, (5/14) Michelle Zimmerman, Suzanne Gardiner, (5/15) Dani Dickson, Ryan Olliffe, Maelin Alexander, (5/16) Hans Kraeger

ANNIVERSARIES: (5/13) Tony & Molly Khan; (5/14) Bill & Tinka Ivey

(5/4) Michael, Rebeccah & Riley Devault; Camille & Indiana Diaz; Stan & Dani Dickson; Steve & Kitty Diffley; Barry & Althea Dillard, Ashlee Wilson
(5/11) Michael, Emily & Alex Dillson; Lou, Jeanette & Emily Dini, Phillip & Alex Roberts; Laurie, Jim, Matthew & Michael Dirksen; Tom, Maureen, Kelly & Erin Donoghue; Daniel, Peter, Jake & Alexandra Drahushuk, Lisa Billars

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:

  • May 28 - June 6: J2A Youth Pilgrimage to Ireland
  • Tuesday, June 3: Quarterly Ministry Teams meeting, 7 pm
  • Sunday, June 8: Pentecost; Parish Picnic following 10:30 worship
  • Wednesday, June 11: MUST Summer Lunch
  • June 30-July 3: Vacation Bible School
  • July 18-20: Rite13 Youth Beach Trip
  • October 10-12: Men’s Retreat

Holy Baptism next scheduled dates

Sundays: June 8 (Pentecost), June 29, August 3
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, 5/3 Saturday, 5/10


Pre-Pilgrimage Overnight
Beswick Funeral
Concert Rehearsal
Concert: Kaleidoscope


Youth Sunday Practice
Stop Hunger Now
Sunday, 5/4 Sunday, 5/11


Holy Eucharist
Family Eucharist
Church School
Choral Eucharist
Memorial Service


Holy Eucharist
Family Eucharist
Church School
Choral Eucharist

Monday, 5/5 Monday, 5/12

CGS Catholic
Loan Renegotiation
Boy Scout Troop 715
Women’s Bible Study


Men’s Book Study
Women’s Bible Study
Boy Scout Troop 713

Tuesday, 5/6 Tuesday, 5/13


Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Conveners Meeting
Jubilate Practice

Staff Meeting
Fellowship Meeting
Jubilate Practice
Youth Ministry
Wednesday, 5/7 Wednesday, 5/14


Bible Study
PANDA Spring Workshop
Preschool Program
WNL Dinner
Youth WNL
Chancel Choir


Bible Study
Christian Formation
WNL Dinner
Youth WNL
Chancel Choir

Thursday, 5/8 Thursday, 5/15
Calling & Caring Ministry
Men’s Bible Study
Wheeler H. S. Concert
Finance Meeting
HR Committee
Men’s Bible Study
Friday, 5/9 Friday, 5/16

Fr. Jim's day off
Men’s Bible Study
Women’s Bible Study
Preschool Beach Party
AA Women’s Meditation


Fr. Jim's day off
Men’s Bible Study
Women’s Bible Study
Preschool Graduation
Wedding Rehearsal
A.A. Women’s Meditation


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

Click here for the Youth Calendar online

Youth Sunday is May 11

We will be holding our annual Youth Sunday service this year at the 8:45 service on Sunday, May 11 (Mother’s Day). Youth Sunday is a church service during which the youth (that’s you) run almost everything! This is always one of the most energetic and sprit-filled services of the year! As usual, we have a LOT of different roles for YOU to help fill! It’s a great chance to show-case our Youth Program’s awesomeness and to give back to the parish that gives so much in support of us!. Please note that we will be having a Youth Sunday rehearsal at 9 AM on Saturday, May, 10th in the sanctuary for EVERYONE involved in Youth Sunday.


Registration open for Rite13 Beach Trip, July 18-20

It is time to register for the always exciting Rite 13 Beach Trip, which will take place in Panama City Beach, Florida over the weekend of July 18-20. If you are a Rite 13 youth, parent, or leader, you should have received an email with detailed information and registration forms. Forms will also be distributed in the Youth House this Sunday, and are available from Mike. We are very excited and hope to have as many Rite 13ers as possible on this fun and formative trip!


It's almost here!

May 28 - June 6: J2A Youth Pilgrimage to Ireland!


Hard at work

Photos by Jan Potter, Bill Ivey

Wheel schedule:

Next publications:

  • May 16
  • June 6
  • June 20

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

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

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