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
May 17 - June 6, 2014

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Clergy Letter

Summer schedule begins
Cats On Wheels year
Fashion show
Parish picnic
Book Scholarship Fund
Ministry Teams Quarterly
Planning day
Great Oak Fund RFP
Newcomer/Visitor breakfast
Interfaith Immersion
Adult pilgrimage meeting
Where's Amma Susan
Preschool registration
Office help

Summer Lunches
Rice Bowls
Family Promise
Items collections
Clinic build

Sr. Warden's letter
Seen around St. Cat's
Ministry focus

Job openings
Grief classes
CS Lewis play
Amazon Smile
Health tips


Youth Sunday
Group photo May 18
Rite13 Beach Trip
Elizabeth Inn
VBS helpers
Summer schedule
Change a life



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

5/26 – Memorial Day Holiday;
Church office closed

5/27 – Elizabeth Inn Laundry Team

5/28 – Elizabeth Inn Dinner Team

5/28-6/6 – YA Youth Pilgrimage

6/1-6 – Youth Mission Trip @ Nashville

6/3 – Quarterly Ministry Teams meeting

6/8 – Day of Pentecost;
Parish Picnic

6/11 – MUST Summer Lunch

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Awaiting the Summer Slowdown

By Father Jim+

It’s the middle of May and my calendar confirms what many are saying these days about the month of May: “May is the second December.” Don’t get me wrong. I want to do the majority of things that fill my calendar. There are regular meetings and some special ones exploring new programs and new ways of doing church together. There are parties for our youth graduating from high school and looking to their exciting future. There are weddings and rehearsals and receptions celebrating couples whose love is solemnized in the sacraments. Our 43rd wedding anniversary for Joan and me falls in May and richly deserves our attention. The list goes on and I know that I am not alone. I watch you and talk with you, and I know you are struggling with the same question, "Will summer bring a slowdown?”

My mentor has often said when I’ve asked the same question, “Don’t expect life to slow down if you are not willing to make it slow down.” I’ve finally conceded that he’s right. I am in charge of my calendar, and as long as I say yes with abandon then life will continue at the pace I’ve chosen for myself. The challenge is, then, to find some middle way. At home we will often look at our schedule and decide it is too busy. Our response is often to not agree to anything that is optional. This lasts about two weeks and then we decide, “Well, this is boring.” But maybe there is a middle way that keeps our calendars manageable without robbing us of the time for recreation.

I hope you’ll find some time this summer to slow down. I have a visit with a friend in California (with some wine tasting) and a beach trip with the kids. It takes some planning to make these trips happen, but each will bring some rest, renewal, and re-creation. The summer has gotten shorter and shorter with the school schedule embracing August start dates, but it’s not too late to put some time on your calendar for whatever summer slowdown seems right for you and your family.

Have a blessed summer. As we see each other and worship together during these coming few months, I pray that it will be a time of renewal and re-creation for each of us.

Worship times change to summer schedule May 25

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

  • Sunday, May 18
    - Last day of Church School, 10 am
    - Graduates recognized at all three services - 7:30, 8:45, 11:15 am (see below in this newsletter)
  • Sunday, May 25 – Worship times change to summer schedule:
    - 8:00 am and 10:30 am - Holy Eucharist Rite II
    - Coffee available 7:30-8:00 am, with fellowship time 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 10:30 service
  • Sunday, June 8
    - Day of Pentecost - WEAR RED!
    - Parish Picnic immediately following 10:30 service


Favorite hymns wanted NOW 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.

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.

The year coming up!

Your Cats on Wheels Activities Committee is pleased to announce the following events through June 2015. Events are subject to change based on level of interest, weather, and venue availability. Contact Alan Certain as above to get on the mailing list for all the details.

  • Saturday, June 21 - Visit Gibbs Gardens in Ball Ground
  • Saturday, July 19 - Lunch at Fickle Pickle in Roswell
  • Saturday, August 16 - Visit Oak Hill & Martha Berry Museum in Rome
  • Saturday, September 20 - Lunch at Mary Mac’s Tea Room
  • Saturday, October 18 - Visit Foxfire Museum in Rabun County and lunch at Dillard House
  • Sunday, Nov. 16 - Saturday, Nov. 22 - Branson Missouri Show Trip
  • Thursday, December 18 - St Catherine’s Senior Eucharist
  • Saturday, January 17 - Lunch at Henry’s Louisiana Grill in Acworth
  • Saturday, February 21 - Visit National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta & lunch at The Varsity
  • Saturday, March 21 - Lunch at Rose & Crown in Marietta
  • Saturday, April 18 - Visit Museum of Avation in Warner Robins
  • Saturday, May 16 - Lunch at The Cuban Diner in Marietta
  • Saturday, June 20 - Visit Little White House in Warm Springs & lunch at Bulloch House

"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

The Day of Pentecost - Sunday, June 8

“Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful; and kindle in them the fire of your love. Alleluia.”

  • Worship times: 8:00 am and 10:30 am
  • Remember to WEAR RED or other bright, "fiery" colors
  • Parish Picnic follows 10:30 am service

Pentecost, "the Fiftieth Day," is a prominent feast in the calendar of ancient Israel celebrating the giving of the Law on Sinai, and also later in the Christian liturgical year commemorating the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the remaining eleven Apostles of Christ after the Resurrection of Jesus. Pentecost is sometimes described as the "Birthday of the Church." The feast has also been called Whit Sunday, especially in the Anglican Church. Pentecost is celebrated seven weeks (50 days) after Easter Day, and is on the tenth day after Ascension Thursday.

The main sign of Pentecost in Western churches is the color red to symbolize joy and the fire of the Holy Spirit. Priests wear red vestments, and in modern times lay people may wear red clothing as well. Red banners (as on our cross) are often hung to symbolize the blowing of the "mighty wind" of the Spirit. They may depict words or symbols related to the church and the Holy Spirit, such as the dove or flames. Red flowers are often used to adorn the church and grounds.

As one of the great feasts of the year, you might consider how your family will mark it at home. Inspired by the roar of the Spirit’s wind and fire, consider making a mobile with seven red doves representing the Gifts of the Spirit. Wear red clothes and eat red foods—strawberries look like flames when turned stem-down. Discuss the seven gifts of the spirit and who in your family demonstrates particular gifts.

The Day of Pentecost is a day of baptism and renewal of our baptismal vows. We will hear the story from the Acts of the Apostles (2:1-15) in as many different languages we can muster so we can experience the “amazement and perplexity” of the event. Our great oak will be adorned with wind socks in fiery colors and as they catch the breeze we are reminded of our call to set the world on fire with our faith. Then, join us after the 10:30 service for our Parish Picnic!


Readers needed for Pentecost

Our custom during worship on Day of Pentecost is to have people read one of the scripture lessons in as many languages as possible. If you speak any foreign language or sign language, and are interested in participating, please let us know and we will provide you the translation by mail or email ahead of time. Check the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Rose Wolfe in the church office,

Parish Picnic - Sunday, June 8

Come celebrate the start of summer with a picnic! Join us immediately after the 10:30 service on Pentecost (about 12 noon) to enjoy hamburgers, hot dogs and all the fixin’s. No tickets or reservations are needed. Donations go to benefit the St. Catherine's College Book Scholarship Fund (see below in this newsletter).

Picnic help needed! – We need lots of help particularly from the men of the parish to run the picnic. Opportunities are available on Saturday, June 7 for set up, and on Sunday before, during and after the picnic. Please sign up on the Opportunities for Ministry form in your Sunday bulletin or contact Dave Banko if you would like to volunteer.

College Book Scholarship Fund – at the Parish Picnic and beyond

By Father Jim

In 2001 St. Catherine’s began to award college book scholarships to our fine young adults who are headed to college to continue their education. It has been a wonderful gift to our parish and to each of these young people. However, income to the Fund has not kept up with the growing youth program.

The St. Catherine’s College Book Scholarship Fund began as the Dorothy Hanson Memorial Fund, in memory of the mother of parishioner Dani Dickson, and is funded each year by gifts in her honor as well as proceeds from the Parish Picnic and other individual gifts. To date, we have presented over 100 scholarships in a total amount of nearly $20,000. At this time, we are able to give small scholarships to our rising college freshmen (and even that may not be possible after this year), but with additional gifts to this fund, we hope to expand either the amount of the gift of have the ability to help support our students each year of their college careers.

How can you help? First, be generous when you attend the Parish Picnic on June 8 and are asked for a contribution towards the cost of the picnic. Second, consider an outright gift to the Fund (tax deductible) by writing a check to St. Catherine’s and noting its use for the College Book Scholarship Fund. Third, keep the fund, its purpose and future, and the young people who benefit from it in your prayers.

Ministry Teams Quarterly Meeting - Tuesday, June 3

7:00 pm in the Parish Hall

All leaders of St. Catherine’s ministry teams and committees, please be sure to be present. Anyone who is interested in the ministry work of our church is welcome to attend.


2014-2015 planning dates needed by June 15

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.

     RFP for Great Oak Endowment Fund grants

Proposals due by Sunday, June 15

The Great Oak Endowment Fund of St. Catherine’s was established to assist the parish in fulfilling its mission beyond ministries supported through annual operating funds. The Endowment Fund Board allocates a percentage of the endowment each year to fund proposals in one of three areas: capital needs of the parish; outreach ministries and grants; or initiation of new ministries or special one-time projects.

For 2014, $1,500 is available to fulfill one or more project requests from the parish in these areas. Any parishioner wishing to make a proposal should first contact the convener of the ministry team most closely aligned with the proposed project. The deadline for proposals for this cycle is June 15.

For complete details of requirements, please pick up a copy of the RFP document at church or download one now at . For more information about the fund or the proposal process, please contact Senior Warden Elizabeth Lopez or Junior Warden Tom Blackstock.

Newcomer/Visitor Breakfast: All are welcome!

Sunday, June 22, 9 am

By Bettye Harris

Newcomers, visitors, and new members of St. Catherine's are invited to be our guests for our next Newcomer and Visitor Breakfast on Sunday, June 22 at 9:00 am in the Parish Hall (after the 8:00 am service).

Everyone in the parish is welcome to attend this breakfast and help extend a warm welcome. Breakfast prices for parishioners are still $3.00 for adults and $2.00 for kids. If you can assist, bring something, or if you have questions, please contact Bettye Harris (678-463-7827), Susan Heuke (678-231-8556), or Ann Snead (678-795-9508).

Interfaith Immersion Weekend July 25-27

By Pierce Hale

While Amma Susan is on her journey abroad to Build Bridges of Peace, we have 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 just $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.

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. Cost is $35 per child. Space is limited so preregistration is preferred. 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.

2015 Adult Pilgrimage - Information meeting announced

Sunday, June 29, 5 pm

The 2015 Adult pilgrimage, “Exploring our Celtic Spirituality: A Pilgrimage to Ireland” will led by The Rev. Jim Nixon, March 2 – 12. An informational meeting to learn more about our trip will be held in the Board Room on Sunday, June 29 at 5 pm -- bring an appetizer to share and ask all your questions!

Our pilgrimage 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. 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 were at $505. For questions now please contact Fr. Jim, 770.981.2839,

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 sabbatical. Watch for her next entry by checking frequently on our blog, “The Welcoming Journey,” You are invited to leave your comments!

Preschool spaces available

St. Catherine's Preschool has a few spots open for the 2014-15 school year. Please tell friends and new families in your neighborhood about our quality program for ages 1 to pre-K. Tours are available over the summer, contact the office at 770-971-2839. Complete information is available on our website at

Office help needed

Volunteers are needed for occasional half day or full day help in the St. Catherine’s office to answer the phone and perform light office work. If you are interested please check the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Rosemary Wolfe or Ginney Linstrom.


MUST Summer Lunches

Wednesday, June 11 AND Wednesday, June 25

Thousands of children who normally eat free or reduced-price meals while in school are home during the summer with little to no food. Every year for the last 19 years this critical situation has been overcome in part with the effective MUST Ministries Summer Lunch Program. Each weekday for 10 weeks, sack lunches are packed and hand delivered to targeted locations suggested by school counselors throughout the area. Bartow, Cherokee, Cobb, Douglas, Gwinnett, North Fulton, Paulding, and Pickens counties are all in the Summer Lunch network. Many groups throughout these areas are involved in this enormous effort to provide supplies, packaging and even drivers.

St. Catherine’s will host two events to assemble 1,000 lunches each time on Wednesdays, June 11 and 25, in our Parish Hall beginning at 9:30 am and finishing within 2 hours. In addition to making the lunches on these dates, help is needed for: shopping for items needed; collecting boxes prior to the events; set up and cleanup of Parish Hall after each event; drivers for the St. Cat’s Van to take all the lunches to the drop-off point at First Baptist Smyrna after each event. Donations to cover the food costs will be requested as well. To sign up please contact Jennifer Massey,, 404.375.8327. You can learn more about this program on the MUST website at

Rice Bowls success!

By Molly Banko

During Lent, St. Catherine’s Church and Preschool partnered with Rice Bowls, a faith-based non-profit in Spartanburg, S.C. to raise funds for a network of orphanages overseas. Plastic rice bowls were taken to homes, filled with change, and returned on Easter. Together we raised nearly $1,000! These funds will supply much needed food to a strong network of orphanages in Haiti, Indian, and sub-Saharan Africa, areas of the world where the HIV/AIDS crisis and other factors have greatly marginalized the lives of children. Thank you everyone who participated in this important outreach opportunity!

Family Promise update

Family Promise of Cobb County introduces its new Partner, Smallcakes. Visit them the week of May 18-25 at 2424 Roswell Rd., Marietta, 678-540-3568, . Mention "Family Promise" and treat yourself, family or group to their quality gourmet cupcakes... They in turn will support FPCC by donating 15% of their proceeds that week. Your support is appreciated.

Outreach collections for May

Items may be placed in the collection bins at the Outreach table outside the church parlor or at the entrance to the church preschool. All donations are greatly appreciated!

  • MUST Pantry food item of focus is peanut butter and jelly. All non-perishable food items, baby supplies and toiletries are welcome as always.
  • 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.).
  • Year-round collection continues of maternity, work and professional clothing, shoes, and men’s belts.

MUST Food Pantry -- Did you know that MUST Ministries gives out ten barrels (2,000 lbs.) of food or 2,500 canned items every single day to feed the hungry in Cobb and Cherokee counties? Here are the items currently in short supply in their food pantry. Donations of any of these items are always welcome (and note that grocery gift cards are also accepted if you don't have time to shop):
Peanut butter; jelly; canned tuna; boxed dinners; coffee; canned meats; beef stew; pancake mix; canned/dry milk; canned pastas; dry beans; dry potatoes; canned baked beans/pork & beans; sugar; stuffing; flavored rice; flavored pasta; chili; spaghetti sauce; oatmeal; grits; bread/muffin mix; tea; pancake syrup; cereal.

The Matthew Project building medical clinic in north Georgia

Sponsored by Diocese of Atlanta Episcopal Charities Foundation, The Matthew Project is using volunteers to construct a new free medical clinic for Pickens County in Jasper. St. Catherine’s is participating in the project. If you are interested in helping please contact Fred Massey,, 770.971.4466 Office, 404.731.4466 Cell.

Photo, right, from "Connecting," the Atlanta Diocese newsletter.


From our Senior Warden: "Tell your story"

By Elizabeth Lopez

Easter greetings in the name of our savior Jesus Christ! What a special journey we shared through Lent, Holy Week, and Easter this year. Individually and as a community, we prayed, communed, fasted, mourned, and celebrated together. Our common life continues to be marked by meaningful worship and fellowship. We clearly are living into our parish mission to "welcome, accept, nurture, and serve all people through the power of the Holy Spirit." Thanks be to God!

Financially, we stand in a strong position this year to date. Pledge income is strong. Givers of record are generous. Expenses are being tracked and watched carefully. Your monthly email financial statement should provide a personal snapshot of your giving. We appreciate your faithful and timely attention to your giving because without your prayerful commitments of time, talent, and treasure, St. Catherine’s could not have the impact it does. We appreciate the work of every person with oversight of any ministry because without you we could not stay on budget.

At the annual meeting this year, the parish was asked to dialog about our parish finances and facilities. You provided rich response to our questions and your vestry has been diligent in discerning the best courses of action in these areas. We have continued conversations about fiscal health and our budgeting process to ensure we are good stewards of what we have been given. We have established a committee to work on long-range planning. We have also begun to explore invitation and engagement so that we are able to nurture those elements within our parish. I wonder what powerful stories we would hear if we all shared how we were invited into the parish or into a particular group, if we told our own story of finding a task or ministry within the church that gave us joy?

I invite you to tell someone your story. I invite you to ask someone to tell their story. I'd love to hear your story. Let me tell you mine...

Elizabeth Lopez, Senior Warden

If you have any questions about your financial statement or online bill pay for your pledge, please contact Rose Wolfe at For questions about the work of your finance team or the vestry, please contact your treasurer Steve Pyburn, your Junior Warden Tom Blackstock, or me at


We are proud of our all graduates who will be recognized at services on May 18.


Maddock Jones– St. Catherine’s Preschool
George Campbell - Kids R Kids Preschool, will attend East Side Elementary


Leah Banko - East Side Elementary, will attend Dodgen Middle School
Michael Kerr - Sedalia Park Elementary, will attend East Cobb Middle School
Jake McGhee - Kincaid Elementary, will attend Simpson Middle School
Willow Riney - Eastvalley Elementary, will attend East Cobb Middle School
Sydney Spessard - Eastvalley Elementary, will attend East Cobb Middle School
Emily Travis - Bells Ferry Elementary, will attend J.J. Daniel Middle School
Riley Yucius - East Side Elementary, will attend Dodgen Middle School


Stephanie Gardiner - 8th Grade at The Wood Acres School, will attend Campbell High School International Baccalaureate Program
Olivia Lopez - Daniel M.S., will attend Sprayberry High School
Nicholas Muckerman - East Cobb M.S., will attend Wheeler High School
Phillip Hutton - ET Booth M.S., will attend Etowah High School
Charlie Zimmerman - East Cobb M.S., will attend Wheeler High School


Katie Barrington - Lassiter H.S., will attend Kennesaw State University
Kelly Donoghue - Walton H.S., will attend University of Georgia
Allison Dupuis - Wheeler Center for Advanced Studies, will attend Agnes Scott College
Andrew Hutton - Etowah H.S., will attend Valdosta State University
M. Adam Moran - Kell H.S., will attend West Georgia College
Megan Shannonhouse - Pope H.S., will attend Meredith College, Raleigh NC
Mary Vavra - Walton H.S., will attend the University of South Carolina


Rachel Bottoms - Emory University
David M. G. Bowden - J.D. Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Downsview, Ontario
Jennifer Gardiner - George Washington University, Bachelor’s in International Studies and Chinese
Alex Ellis - University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, Bachelor’s in English, minor in Spanish, and certification to teach middle and high school (grandson of Barbara & Chris Kallas)
Sara-Alison Massey - Kennesaw State University, Masters in Accounting
Sally Paris - Kennesaw State University, magna cum laude
Phillip Roberts - Reinhardt University, magna cum laude, Bachelor’s in Graphic Communication, minor in Art
Brian Williams - Boston University, Doctor of Musical Arts

Seen around St. Cat's

  • Congratulations to new Stephen Leader Sheila Bishop and new Stephen Ministers Kristen Blackstock, Tom Blackstock, Jeffrey Boyd and Joan Nixon commissioned at the 11:15 service on May 4. Below, left is the group on its spring retreat (thank you to Amy Morris); right is the new class at the comissioning -- see more photos (by Jan Potter) at StephenMinisters050414.

  • The Youth and Outreach Ministries of St. Catherine's hosted the parish-wide Stop Hunger Now meal packaging event on May 10. We packaged 10,000 meals in under 2 hours! Great job!! See lots more photos full size on the album on the Youth Facebook page at Stop Hunger Now 2014 (photos by Mary Bess & Mike Peterson).

  • Seen around St. Catherine's... Left: new friend Michael Wherry (center) with Tinka Ivey and Ron Bergeron; Right: Fellowship Committee sets out a lovely reception for the Spring Memorial Service on May 4 (photos by 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 19-25: Breakfast Angels — This week we celebrate the life and work of Breakfast Angels, volunteers who prepare, serve and clean up a hot breakfast available to everyone on Sunday mornings year round. Teams are scheduled on a rotating basis. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Margaret Shaw, 770.641.7022,
  • May 26-June 1: Youth Ministry — This week we celebrate the life and work of our Youth Ministries, providing Christian formation and fellowship for youth through grade 12 with the Journey to Adulthood curriculum (J2A) in Church School, Wednesday Night Live meetings, and opportunities in programs in the diocese and beyond. Adult volunteers are needed as class leaders, activity helpers, trip chaperones and more. Training is provided. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Youth Director Mike Peterson, 770-971-2839,
  • June 2-8: Grounds Teams — This week we celebrate the life and work of our Grounds Teams, volunteers who maintain our church lawns and grounds including mowing, debris removal, trimming, blowing, etc. Groups are scheduled on a rotating basis as needed through the seasons. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Richard Pearson, 678-290-0097,


Thank you, thank you for all the kind words and thoughtful gestures during my recent health concerns. I also especially want to thank Amma Susan, Brian and Jana Williams, the Chancel Choir, all the women who attended the retreat at Montara Farm, and Alan Certain for bringing the lovely altar flowers to my home. Blessings on you all.

Anne Willcocks

April 29, 2014
Dear Members of St. Catherine’s,

On Behalf of Communities in School of Marietta/Cobb County, Inc. (CISMCC) we want to thank you for your generous on-going donation in support of our organization. Your support continues to be vital to us as we work with students and their families in both school systems especially in these economic times… To bring you up to date with all of our activities, the Performance Learning Centers (PLCs), our non-traditional high schools, have graduated 39 students so far this school year with the assistance of Communities in Schools. The majority of those students were on the path to dropping out of school. Over 800 students are working one-on-one with their CISMCC site coordinator and 1500+ students have received preventive services…. 400+ of our high school students have participatedin college-related activities. Our Parents As Teachers Program has served 68 preschool children with monthly home visits…. We continue to recruit volunteers to be mentors for our students and the various schools and literacy tutors for the elementary school age children. Reality U workshops have been facilitated at various schools very successfully and with the help of over 25 vounteers, 1,700 students have benefited from that experience. CISMCC believes that every child can succeed if encouraged and shown that someone cares… The advocacy for CISMCC that you do in our community is important and very much appreciated. IF you have any questions or are interested in volunteering, please don’t hesitate to call me at 678-503-0901.

Thank you for your continued support. It means so much to our youth.

Carol Fey, Executive Director, Communities in School of Marietta/Cobb County, Inc.

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

  • From The Extension dated May 1, $750.00.

Part-time positions available with CISMCC

Communities In Schools of Marietta/Cobb County (CISMCC) has openings for part time Bookkeeper and part time Volunteer Coordinator/Office Administrator. Qualifications required for Bookkeeper include a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Business Administration, or a related field; Qualifications required for Volunteer Coordinator/Office Administrator include Bachelor’s degree or Volunteer Management Certification. Qualifications for both positions include: Experience working with nonprofits; Basic computer skills in QuickBooks (for Bookkeeper), word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software; Excellent written and verbal communication skills; Excellent interpersonal skills; Strong management and organizational skills; Able to work independently, meet deadlines, have the ability to multi-task, possess innovative and creative problem-solving abilities, be resourceful and function as an effective team member; Able to maintain flexible work hours; Valid Georgia driver’s license and proof of vehicle liability insurance. If interested, please send resume to Carol Fey at


“Living with Loss: As You Journey Towards Acceptance & Hope"

"It is in walking by faith through the valley of grief and loss that true healing occurs." Pastoral Counselor Doyle R. Hamilton III, D.Min., LMFT will offer a group in July for adults who have experienced a loss. Sessions are Wednesdays 1-2 pm at the Care and Counseling Center of Georgia, 717 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell, GA 30075. There is no charge to participate.

  • July 9: “The uniqueness of your particular grief”
  • July 16: “Factors which impact your experience of loss”
  • July 23: “Walking by faith in the midst of frustration and anger”
  • July 30: “Soul care while depressed and sad”


C.S. Lewis’ “The Great Divorce” at Alliance Theater June 5-15

C.S. Lewis’ “The Great Divorce” will be presented for 10 performances only, from Thursday, June 5, through Sunday, June 15, at the Alliance Theatre, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. NE in Atlanta. This journey to Heaven and Hell is a provocative exploration of human nature, featuring vivid characters drawn with Lewis’ trademark wit. The Great Divorce remains one of Lewis' most influential pieces and rightly earns its place among classics such as The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, The Screwtape Letters and Mere Christianity. Regular prices are $25 to $55, students $20. You can save $10 when you buy two $55 tickets using this code: HPR11. Groups of 10 or more can save even more. For tickets and information about this production visit


Amazon Smile can benefit Episcopal Relief & Development

Do you shop online at Amazon? For no extra cost to you, Amazon will make a charitable contribution of 0.5% of the purchase price of many of the things you buy to a charity of your choice. Episcopal Relief and Development is one of the eligible charities. If you spend $500 per year, that’s just $2.50, but 50 million Episcopalians can add up! For more information, see


Health Tips - from our Congregational Nurses

  • Healthy eating can be simple
    According to food author Michael Pollan, you can sum up healthy eating in seven words: "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." While it may sound silly or too simplistic to some, this is great advice. According to our registered dietitian, "eat food" means a balanced diet of whole foods—fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish and lean meats—rather than processed foods. "Not too much" means stop before you are full. "Mostly plants" means that most of your plate should be filled with fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes. Only about one-third of your meal should be comprised of animal protein. Source: "In Defense of Food" by Michael Pollan
  • Know your cholesterol values
    One important way you can lower your risk for heart disease and stroke is to keep your LDL or "bad" cholesterol level down and your HDL or “good” cholesterol level up. If you have a family or personal history of stroke, heart disease or high cholesterol, try to keep your LDL below 100 mg/dL. The good cholesterol should be at least 40 mg/dL but higher is better, and 60 mg/dL or greater gives some protection against heart disease. Source: National Heart Lung and Blood Institute

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, the Rev. Randall Hansen, Tara Nesbit, Lacey, Sandra Partlow, Richard McCloud, Michelle Hunter, Joan Schlesinger & family, Kathryn Burgher, Katrina Williams, Carl Larsh, Betty Robinson, Pastor Chris Neikirk, Kathie Elliot, Raymond Higgins, Bill Woods, Lelia Waits, Darrell Dean, Eleanor Thomason, Mike Knight, Karen & Chris Horton, Margie Watkins, Bill Hutton, Shelley Hayes, Lisa, Rob, David Smith, Anna, Reuel Kaighn, Ansley Billimek, Fred Carter, Deanna Nickel, Christy Dahlhauser, Linda Smith, Bill Fambrough, Linda, Jennifer Kellam, Amy McWilliams, Tom Nichols, Larry Boyd, Marion Cook, Michael Porter, Dick Nixon, Tammy Fisher, Julie Brannock, Amy, Hope, Charlie Zimmerman, Dave Banko

DECEASED: Pinkie Parisi, Paul Parisi’s mother

BEFORE SURGERY: Peter Paglia, Brian Paglia’s father

FOR THOSE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS: 5/18) Rachel Bottoms, Joseph Owen; (5/21) Gordon O’Neill, Joan Thurston, Alexandra Herndon, Nathalie Gratas, Sofia Gratas, (5/22) John Fulcher, (5/23) Frank Adams, (5/24) Rob Harrison, (5/25) Peter Britt, (5/26) Caroline Brennan, Blake Sherry, Juan Sandoval, Reagan Jones, (5/27) Lynn Gates, Karen Maxwell, Larry Ellis, (5/28) Bella Hutto, Nancy Certain, Jason Snape, Jennifer Vavra, Dick Sjoblom, Sullivan Thomas, (5/29) Isaac Bachmann, (5/30) Tanya Bowers-Dean, (5/31) Sallie Carter, Shelley Ransdell, Coleman Dupuis, Nora Snape, Cecelia Selby, (6/1) Jane Smith, Dianne Lee, Grace Harwell, Derek Hailey, (6/2) Fran Brooks, Emily Travis, Julie Fulcher, Tillie Carter, Beth Knife, (6/3) Ryan Moran, (6/4) Dawn Lyons, Mary Moore Mary Dailey, (6/5) Julien Saunders, Willow Riney, (6/6) Frances Bowden, Garrett Scott, Laura Christian, Michael Fey

ANNIVERSARIES: (5/21) Peter & Colleen Morich; Sara & Kevin Thomas; (5/22) Norma & George Alexander; Jim & Joan Nixon; Bill & Beverly Fambrough; (5/28) Alan & Nancy Certain; (5/29) Jim & Nancy Mattox; Amy & Eric Hollis; Harry & Jennifer Tear; Susannah & Neil Campbell; (5/30) Fred & Elizabeth Lopez; Scott & Laura Butzen; (6/2) Karen & Hans Kraeger; (6/3) Beth & Clarke Thomas; James & Audrey Nesbit

(5/18) Keith, Lu, Jillian & Mitch Dumke; Tom & Jane Dunn; Tad, Sarah, Allison & Coleman Dupuis; Judy, Ayana & Ryleigh Edward; Erica Edwards
(5/25) Elisha Elias, Joleigh Josephs; Jada, James, Cody & Larry Ellis; Kelly & Jeff Ely; Joy, Forrest & Anna Ettel; Mark, Janice, Seamus & Treholm Fahy

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:

  • Wednesday, June 11 and 25: MUST Summer Lunch
  • Sunday, June 29: Adult Pilgrimage information meeting, 5 pm
  • June 30-July 3: Vacation Bible School
  • July 18-20: Rite13 Youth Beach Trip
  • July 25-27: Interfaith Immersion Weekend
  • Sunday, July 27 – College Book Scholarships awarded
  • 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, 5/17 Saturday, 5/24


Cats on Wheels
  @ Cherokee Cattle Co.

Sunday, 5/18 Sunday, 5/25


Graduates Recognition
Holy Eucharist
Holy Eucharist
Church School Last Day
Holy Eucharist
Parent & Youth Meeting
Fashion Show
Girl Scout Party


Summer Worship Schedule Begins
Coffee & Fellowship
Holy Eucharist
Holy Eucharist

Monday, 5/19 Monday, 5/26

Preschool Pack Day
Women’s Book Study
CGS Catholic
Kneeler Group
Stephen Ministry
Boy Scout Troop 715


Memorial Day
Church Office Closed


Tuesday, 5/20 Tuesday, 5/27


Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Youth Ministry
Jubilate Practice
Family Promise Training
Outreach Meeting
Vestry Meeting

Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting/Lunch
MUST Laundry Team
Jubilate Practice
Wednesday, 5/21 Wednesday, 5/28


Bible Study


Youth Pilgrimage to Ireland
MUST Breakfast
Camp Scientific Training
Bible Study
Elizabeth Inn

Thursday, 5/22 Thursday, 5/29
Men’s Bible Study
Camp Scientific Training
Men’s Bible Study
Friday, 5/23 Friday, 5/30

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


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


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

Click here for the Youth Calendar online

Thank you to everyone for Youth Sunday

Thank you to every single one of you who greeted, “ushed,” preached, acolyted, administered bread/wine, sang, played an instrument, read, or otherwise participated in Youth Sunday service on May 18! It was a wonderful, joyous service and incredibly positive feedback has been pouring in from all corners of the congregation. You all represented the St. Catherine’s Youth Program beautifully and really shared who we are with the rest of the parish. Thank you!

See lots more photos full size on our Facebook album at Youth Sunday 2014! (photos by Mary Bess & Mike Peterson)

-> Youth Sunday talks recording -- Listen to a recording of the lay sermons given for Youth Sunday by four of our graduating seniors, on the “Sermons” page of our website at


Group photo on May 18

We will be taking a large group photo at the end of Church School on Sunday, May 18, so please try to be here and be sure to wear whatever you’d prefer to have on for such an event!


Youth Pilgrimage is May 28 - June 6

Twenty-five pilgrims from the St. Catherine’s Young Adult Class will be travelling to Ireland for a youth pilgrimage in only a few weeks. 19 teenagers and 6 chaperons will be making this voyage from May 28 until June 6. With the help of their families, communities, and the parishioners of St. Catherine’s, the group has worked very hard over the last two years to make this trip a reality, and they are all very excited about the journey they will be taking together. Please pray for each of these pilgrims, both for their safe travel and that they be moved by the transformational power of the Holy Spirit.


Congratulations to Cody Pitts, National Honors Society Inductee

Cody Pitts was inducted to the Walton High School chapter of the National Honor Society having met the criteria for scholarship, service, character, and leadership. Of the juniors invited to apply, given their cumulative g.p.a. of 3.80 or higher, Cody was one of the approximately 105 students to meet all the criteria for membership.


Rite 13 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, from Mike, or at . We are very excited and hope to have as many Rite 13ers as possible on this fun and formative trip!


Youth serving at Elizabeth Inn on May 28

The St. Cat’s Youth will be serving dinner at Elizabeth Inn, an emergency shelter for those in need on Wednesday, May 28. You can meet us directly there at 5:30. Feel free to contact Mike if you need the address and/or directions. We always have a great time grilling and meeting people, so come join us!


Sign up to help with Vacation Bible School

It’s time to sign up to help with our annual Vacation Bible School! Many of you have helped with VBS in the past and can attest to how much fun it is to lead and play with the young children of our parish! This year, VBS will take place from Monday, June 30 until Thursday, July 3, from 8:45 AM until 12 noon each day. To sign up, you can either add your name and contact info to the sign-up sheet posted in the Youth House or contact Kell Owen at


Summer youth schedule coming soon

We have a lot of fun planned for this summer in the Youth Program! While a few dates are still being settled before the schedule can be released, we will definitely have A LOT going on over the next few months. The summer schedule will include: regular Wednesday night meetings/outings, Whirley Ball with the St. Columba’s Youth (on July 2), tubing in Helen, GA with several other youth groups (on July 23), a cook-out at East Cobb Park, a pool party, and much more! Stay tuned for the release of the summer schedule!


Thank you for bringing in your change this year

Thank you to everyone who dropped your spare change and bills into our change jar in the Youth House this year. Over the course of the year, we raised $125.72, every penny of which went toward packaging 10,000 meals to feed the hungry at our Stop Hunger Now meal packaging event last weekend! You provided 502 meals just by bringing in your change! Thanks!

Wheel schedule:

Next publications:

  • June 6
  • June 20
  • July 4

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

The Wheel: get every issue!

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

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

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