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St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
September 6 - 19, 2014

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Clergy Letter
  Which Comes First?

Fall schedule begins
  Children's Chapel
  Church School
  Catechesis registration
Welcome brunch Amma Susan
Men's night out
Book studies
Call for acolytes
Ladies night out
Cats On Wheels
Cathedral Book Store
Evening Under the Oak
Memorial Garden survey
Rides Ministry
Men's retreat

Habitat build
Family Promise
Day of Service
Outreach items collections

Welcome newcomers
Facilities priorities
Church Gardens
Lemonade thanks
Preschool access changes
Ministry Fair thanks
Listen to sermons
Seen around St. Cats
Ministry focus

Mikell benefit
Health tips


Parent meetings
Youth retreat
Team applications
Emmaus Walk
Corn maze trip
Fall calendar
Ireland memories



9/6 – Friends of Music reception @Williams'

9/7 – Worship times change to fall schedule;
Church School begins;
CF Teacher commissioning;
Homecoming Brunch for Amma Susan;
Youth Parent meetings;
Habitat home dedication

9/7-14 – Family Promise week

9/8 – Men’s Book Study @Nixons’

9/10 – WNL begins

9/12 – Family Promise concert @Transfiguration Catholic

9/15 – Women’s Book Study

9/20 – Cats On Wheels @Mary Mac’s

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A Life of Choices

By Father Jim+

“The choices you make in your life will make your life. Choose wisely” (Michael Josephson)

We all live with these choices facing us in all manner of ways. In particular, as parents we are entrusted with those choices for our children in their early years. As they mature, our challenge becomes guiding those choices as they begin their work of differentiation from us as parents.

We want to encourage balance in life and the choices we make with our children communicate to them what we value. And, of course, our choices shape their value system as well. As a parent of a 34 and 37 year old I see how our choices as parents influence Katie and Matt’s value system as adults.

One of the choices we make is where the church, if at all, is to fit into our life. As people of faith we raise our children wanting them to experience a balance between the physical, spiritual, intellectual, communal, and service opportunities of life. Thus we are always trying to balance the demands of family, faith, the community and extracurricular opportunities.

As one who has worked in the church for nearly 25 years, I see the struggle parents have in making the choices that face us. What concerns me, however, is that I’ve seen a drift toward the extracurricular (sports, the arts, etc.) driving the choices we make and in particular pulling us way from both family and faith choices. As expectations from these worthwhile activities have risen we feel as parents we have little choice but to surrender our choices as parents to those expectations. And when we surrender our parental control then we move towards imbalance in our life.

A New York Times article by writer Bruce Feiler (Walking the Bible; Council of Dads, The Secrets of Happy Families, etc.) was published in August. He captures this dilemma at least from the perspective of sports. But I want to be quick to say that we can substitute many other worthwhile activities—so this is not a rant against sports. However, it is a challenge to all of us to walk the walk and talk the talk. If we say our children’s spiritual formation is a choice we want to make then we have to make that choice in our actions.

Read Bruce’s article at

After I read the article I heard from one family (and there are many) in our congregation who has struggled with these choices. I asked if they would be willing to write an article about their choice and they agreed. Below you will find that article by Sue Snape. I hope you will read my words, the article by Bruce Feiler, and Sue’s article and then let me know what you think. I’d love to hear from you.


Which comes first?

By Sue Snape

God. Family. School. Soccer. Which comes first on which day of the week? Or every day? Our family’s schedule is just as ridiculous as everyone else’s schedule with school-aged children. We want them to be well rounded in school, arts and sports, respectful and contributing to the community and often times it is difficult—maybe impossible—actually, for all of that to happen.

We have struggled from time to time with the expectations that sports organizations seem to put on their players. Even organizations that are Christian-based still schedule games on Sunday mornings. How can we be on the soccer field and be at church at the same time? Sunday is our family day. Due to our working schedules, Sunday is the ONLY day all four of us are together. We go to church and spend the afternoon doing something as a family. It’s not about going to Six Flags—it’s just about spending the time together.

Right now soccer is “our” sport. It has been for years. I say “ours” because it affects all of us. As our player got older, we were finding that the number of hours required for practice and games was really intruding on our time to spend together as a family. We have spent Mother’s Day and Father’s Day on the field. We have missed Church.

For years we have struggled and experimented with finding where soccer best fits into our family. It is not just about our player, because soccer affects all of us as a unit. After a few different teams and different organizations, we found one that we really liked. They are organized, efficient and really have a great mission when it comes to coaching these kids. What we were afraid of, though, was that it would include Wednesday and Sundays. So after we got the call inviting our player to the team, I had an open conversation with the coach. I said, “Let me be totally up front and honest with you before we make any decisions. We would love for our son to be on your team, but he is not available on Wednesdays or Sundays, we cannot go to out of state tournaments, and the week in July when there is team camp we have already planned a large family gathering out of state. If this puts him in a sticky situation with you or other players, we totally understand and we appreciate the call.” Coach asked me what it was about Wednesdays and Sundays. “Is it for religious reasons?” I said, “Yes. He has Youth Group and we have Church.” Coach said, “Let me tell you what MY priorities are. God comes first. Family comes second. School is third and for twelve year olds…. Soccer comes last. We would love to have him on our team.”

Worship times change starting Sunday, September 7

Our Sunday morning worship times and activities are changing to our schedule for fall through spring:

  • 7:30 am - Holy Eucharist
  • 8:00 am - Breakfast
  • 8:45 am - Family Holy Eucharist with Children's Chapel — music led by Choristers of St. Catherine's or Jubilate each week
  • 10:00 am - Church School for all ages
  • 11:15 am - Choral Holy Eucharist — music led by the Chancel Choir each week


Children’s Chapel at 8:45 am service

By Mary Lou Shannonhouse

Children ages 3-9 may leave the Sanctuary during the presentation hymn for Children’s Chapel, to hear the Gospel in a more child-friendly environment. The children return to the Sanctuary during the Peace.


Church School begins

Church School begins for all ages at 10 am. Read the Christian Formation article in the last Wheel newsletter for information on all our Church School offerings for children, youth, and 6 different classes for adults to choose from this fall. There will be a map in your bulletin with the location of all classes.

NOTE: Change to topic for Amma Susan's offering: "Iona Pilgrimage"
For centuries, from ancient times, to St. Columba, to the present day, travelers have been drawn to the Island of Iona in search of the sacred. Participants will become armchair pilgrims, experiencing that thin place between heaven and earth through story, pictures, poetry and various reflection opportunities. Facilitator: Amma Susan [changed from previously announced, "Celtic Spirituality."]


Catechesis registration

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is our Christian formation program for children ages 2 through 6th grade. Please fill out this year’s registration form at or copies are available at the CGS bulletin board in the atrium wing. We are asking for a materials fee of $20/child, not to exceed $40/family, to help defray the cost of consumable materials. We deeply appreciate your support of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and what it offers your children. Keep up with the latest about our program on our new Facebook page at “The Good Shepherd and the Child at St. Catherine's,”

Welcome Back Brunch for Amma Susan

Sunday, September 7, 12:30 pm

Join us for a very special Sunday celebration as we welcome home Amma Susan from her sabbatical, "Building Bridges of Peace." A delicious brunch will be served in the Parish Hall following the 11:15 am service. There is no charge for the event. For questions please contact Carol Eskew, 404-293-5225, or Donna Hutton,770-592-7346.

Wednesday Night Live — For everyone!

Weekly beginning September 10

WNL (Wednesday Night Live), our Wednesday night dinner and programs, begins on September 10. We have wonderful things in store this year, so join us weekly to deepen our walk in Christ. We’ll have food, fellowship and learning for children, youth and adults. Dinner is 6:00-7:00 pm, followed by programs 7:00-8:00 pm—you are welcome to come for either or both. Choristers of St. Catherine’s (our choir for kids and youth grades 3-12) will have rehearsals 6:15-7:00 pm. Dinner prices are $7/adult, $3/child (maximum $25/family) — be sure to make your dinner reservation each week on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin, or contact the church office by Tuesday.

  • For children: Wednesday Night Explorers — Wednesday Night Explorers for 3rd-6th graders in the Parlor. Topics will vary by week and we will explore faith formation with a fun, collaborative, hands-on approach and focus on finding ways to see, feel and communicate with God in ways that feel authentic to us. Facilitators: Harriett Pyburn, Kell Owen, Sue Snape.
  • For Youth: Grades 7-12 in the Youth House — Wednesday Night Live fellowship includes music, discussion and fun, with an emphasis on relevance for all J2A age groups.

Adult Studies for WNL this fall

  • September 10 - October 1: "Nooma Video and Discussion"

NOOMA is a series of short films produced by Flannel promoting spiritual reflections on individual life experiences. The name NOOMA comes from a phonetic spelling of the Greek word πνευμα (pneuma), meaning "wind", "spirit", or "breath". The video series consists of 24 videos created from 2002-2009 featuring Christian teacher Rob Bell. Each film is about 10 to 14 minutes of Christian teaching related to real-life situations. Each short story covers a specific topic, usually by relating various experiences from a Christian perspective.

We have used these videos before and they are both popular and challenging as we look to our own lives to make the connections Rob exploits in each video. The good news is that there are videos we have not used and these few weeks will allow us to see them with fresh eyes, hearts and minds. Join us each Wednesday evening for dinner and fellowship at 6:00 pm. We gather at 7:00 pm to study and deepen our walk in Christ.

  • October 8 - November 5: "Jesus Christ Superstar ~The Movie~"

I saw the play many years ago before I ever thought I’d be a priest. It made a huge impact on me and have always wanted to delve into the play to explore what it is saying about God and Jesus Christ. This feels like a great time to do so! So join us on Wednesday evenings (beginning October 8) at 6:00 pm for dinner and then at 7:00 pm for this five part series in which we will watch and discuss this film. If you can’t make it for dinner you’re more than welcome to join us for the study. The author of the study material we’ll use says this...

Theologically speaking, Jesus Christ Superstar THE MOVIE is a brilliant piece of work. In fact, many pastors and I have marveled at just how ON TARGET this production is...You walk about from this movie truly understanding that Jesus’ life stood out against enormous political, social, religious, and military expectations....Back when the musical and the movie first came out, it was criticized for leaving out a resurrection scene....In the 25th Anniversary restaging of the play with Ted Neeley and Carl Anderson, they did include a resurrection scene of sorts – Jesus floated off the cross and into the ceiling of the Chicago Theater. It was spectacular, but unnecessary. We know the ending. It is ok to follow Jesus just to the cross, God promises to meet us thereafter. Like the Emmaus Road Jesus, Jesus Christ Superstar will walk with your students and burn in their hearts. Down the road a bit, the Christ will reveal himself to them as the Risen Lord.

  • November 12 - December 17: "Dearly Beloved: A Study of Marriage"

You are invited to participate in a very exciting class that we will offer during the last weeks of Pentecost and the weeks of Advent. The topic is marriage. What does it mean to be married? What does the church have to say about marriage? What makes a marriage Christian? What is the role of the church in marriage? In a rapidly changing culture in the United States, what values does the church hold as indispensable to marriage? How can the church continue to speak to people about relationships, faithfulness and life in Christ? Join us Wednesday evenings at 6:00 pm for dinner and this study to follow each evening (except the week of Thanksgiving) at 7:00 pm.

Men's Night Out Thursday, September 11      

Space limited, RSVP by Monday, Sept. 8!

Free beer tasting event 6:45 -8:45 pm on Thursday, September 11 at The Craft Beer Factory in East Cobb (2145 Roswell Rd #110, Marietta, GA 30062, in East Lake shopping center next to The Wing). Tasting is limited to 16 men. RSVP as soon as possible (by Sept. 8) to Hans Kraeger,

Book study groups begin new books for fall

Men's Book Study - Monday, Sept. 8, RSVP

All men of the congregation are invited on the second Monday each month at 6:30 PM. Our next book will be "An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith" by Barbara Brown Taylor, available at the public library, in bookstores or online -- please read chapters 1 & 2 for the first meeting. This study is a fellowship-oriented look at our faith over a light dinner. Each month we meet at the home of a member of the group. In September we will be at Fr. Jim Nixon’s. RSVP on the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin or to so there can be enough food for everyone. We hope to see you there. Facilitator: Scott Lummus.

Women's Book Study - Monday, September 15

The women's book study meets on third Mondays, 9:15-11:00 am in the Library. We share our thoughts and journey together as we read some inspirational books. We will begin Barbara Brown Taylor's "Learning to Walk in the Dark" in September. You'll need a copy of the book to read, whether purchased from a store or online, or borrowed from the public library or a friend. All women of St. Catherine's and their friends are invited. Facilitator: Barb Selby.

Call for Acolytes

By Tina Kerr & Frank Adams

To all our youth members: Have you watched the procession or recession during a church service and ever wondered how you, too, could be one to carry the torch to light the way or carry one of the two crosses? Have you ever wondered how you too could help serve at St. Catherine’s? Well, search no more! The Acolyte Ministry team invites all of our young members of our congregation to come and serve with us as Acolytes! This is a wonderful ministry filled with service, fellowship and fun! The requirements are few — the rewards abounding!

The Acolyte team is in need of children and youth members willing to serve as Torch Bearers (typically age 8 to 12), 2nd Crucifer (typically age 12-14), and as Captains (typically age 15-18). While there is no specific minimum age, usually the youngest are 8 or 9 years old when they begin as torch bearer. As long as they can meet the following basic qualifications, they are welcome to join:

  • Sit quietly and attentively during the service
  • Follow the bulletin and fully participate in the service
  • Have a personal desire to serve in this position

Training is currently being held on an as needed basis with written instructions as well as walk-through training being provided. We would love to hear from you and are happy to answer any questions you might have in regards to this wonderful ministry. Please see the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin or reach out to one of our Acolyte Co-Masters, Tina Kerr ( and Frank Adams (, for more information – or just to sign up! We look forward to hearing from you!

Ladies Night Out

Thursday, September 25

Rescheduled from August 21! A Ladies Night "Favorite Things" evening out! Come to the Parish Hall on September 25 at 7:00 pm for a "Favorite Things" party. Bring a new item, maximum cost $15, that you love to have/use in your home to be put into a drawing for someone to "win."

Please also bring a dish to share. A Bellini bar and other beverages will be provided. No RSVP is needed! This evening is hosted for everyone by the Fellowship Committee. Anyone who would like to help, please contact Maureen Donoghue, Hope to see you there!

Cats On Wheels Luncheon Saturday, Sept. 20

Cats On Wheels’ next odd-month pay-your-own luncheon will be 11:30 am at Mary Mac's Tea Room, 224 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30308, (404) 876-1800. You can view menus at RSVP so we can have seating together, fill out the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Alan Certain, or 404-661-2200.

Cats on Wheels is our "social networking" group for active senior adults – if you’re old enough for AARP, we welcome you (but you do NOT need an AARP card to come!). You're invited to join us.

Cathedral Book Store coming on September 28

Sue Davy from The Cathedral Book Store is returning to St. Catherine’s on Sunday, September 28. She will have lots of books and special items to purchase for yourself and for gifts (maybe thinking ahead to Christmas?). She will be available in the Parish Hall for you to shop beginning at 8 am, between the 8:45 & 11:15 services, and after 11:15 service until around 1:30 pm. Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted.

Best of all is that the Book Store will donate 10% of the cost of our purchases to an outreach program of our choice and we have selected Family Promise. You can start taking a look through the Book Store's catalog now, online at

Evening Under the Oak

Picnic & Concert Saturday, Sept. 27

MARK YOUR CALENDAR for Saturday, Sept. 27: everyone is invited to St. Catherine’s third annual "Evening Under the Oak," starting at 6:00 pm. This will be a Chastain picnic-style concert featuring acoustic guitar musician and local favorite Jay Memory. Bring your chairs, drinks and picnic dinners and gather outside in front of the church. Bring your friends and neighbors, too! This event is sponsored by Fellowship Ministry, and is a great night for all ages. No admission or tickets needed, but donations will be accepted for this and future "Evening Under the Oak" events. Rain date TBA if needed. For questions please contact Molly Banko,

Expanding the Memorial Garden – Your input wanted!

By Beverly Fambrough

Expand our Memorial Garden!?! What expansion? Why would we do that?

WHY? Our current Memorial Garden is almost full. We estimate we have space for a maximum of 6 to 8 future interments.

We need your thoughts and opinions. Please take about 15 minutes to complete our online survey. Simply click the link below. The survey will be available for 60 days.

Please provide your input now at:

New Rides Ministry: Will you give a friend a lift?

By Alan Certain

From time to time, members of St Catherine’s would like to worship with us, but they have no transportation. Maybe the member is elderly and no longer able to drive. Maybe the member’s car is in the shop for a major repair. Maybe the member has a health issue that prevents driving for a while. Use your imagination to see possible needs.

The Calling and Caring Ministry is proposing a service to meet the transportation needs of members. “Driving members” will bring needful members to services and take them home after.

Here is how we envision this will work: About Wednesday or Thursday each week, every “Driving member” will receive an email describing any transportation needs for the upcoming week. (Service, person, address, special considerations) If you are able to meet a need, you will sign in to our “Care Calendar” web site and select the needs you can fill. On Saturday, if any needs are unfiled, every “Driving member” will receive one more email describing any unmet transportation needs for the Sunday ahead. All emails will be sent to every “Driving member;” no individual emails will be sent.

If you believe you might provide a ride as a "Driving member" when the conditions are right, send an email to You are only agreeing to receive emailed opportunities to serve. You will decide when and if you can fill a specific need. Detailed instructions will be available for volunteers who are not familiar with Care Calendar. It is very easy to use.

Yours in Christ,
The Caring and Calling Ministry Team at St Cat’s

Men’s Fall Retreat – reserve now     

October 10-12 at Montara Farm

Make your reservation today! All men are invited to the 2014 Men’s Retreat, Friday to Sunday, October 10-12 at Montaera Farm, a beautiful and peaceful setting in the north Georgia mountains, We’ll have great food, great company and great fun with spiritual refreshment. For those who have not been on this retreat before, Father Jim has something wonderful in store. More details will be coming soon but space will be limited. Hold your place now by signing up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin with your $100 deposit, or contact Daniel Mikkelsen,, 770-310-3393.


Dedication for Habitat Home is Sunday, September 7

Thank you and congratulations to everyone for a great Habitat For Humanity build this year. In spite of her shyness, homeowner Abi has expressed tremendous gratitude for our efforts in building a fantastic house for her and for her family. It is now time for the home’s dedication so we can put the finishing touches on turning her house into a home that we are all proud of.

Everyone is invited to the dedication of this year's Habitat House at 3:00 pm on September 7 at the site in Austell. We look forward to seeing as many of our volunteers as possible for this exciting occasion. Address: 6084 South Gordon Road, Austell, Georgia 30168, parking available across the street in the church parking lot.

Photos - Habitat house wraps up with completion of landscaping day on August 23. Good representation from St. Catherine's this day, thanks to Tom Hunter, Ed Pitts, Randy Satterfield and Kent Hankinson.

The "after" pictures below by Tom Hunter: Sod down, bushes planted, mulching done - yay for landscaping day!; Ed Pitts, Kent Hankinson and Tom Hunter

Family Promise Benefit Concert: "One Family"

Friday, September 12 at Transfiguration Catholic Church

The second annual “One Family, One Promise, One Song” concert to benefit Family Promise will be Friday, Sept. 12, 7:30 pm at Transfiguration Catholic Church, 1815 Blackwell Road, Marietta. The concert will feature music by 13 FP congregations including St. Catherine’s Jubilate. This is FPCC's biggest fundraiser for the year and your support is greatly appreciated! Tickets are $20 for premium seating and $10 for regular seating, and are available following all services at St. Catherine's on Sundays, or you may call 678-594-3150 or go online at


Next hosting week at St. Catherine’s is here!

St. Catherine’s will be hosting guests from Family Promise of Cobb County at our church September 7-14. Approximately 50 volunteers for the week will help provide tasty meals, a good night's sleep and activities for the guests. Contact Co-Volunteer Coordinators, Eleanore Pearson ( or Diane Sanders ( to learn more about the program and how you can become involved.

Save the date for Parish Day of Service

Saturday, November 15

Our Outreach Ministry has scheduled a Day of Service for our parish on Saturday, November 15. We'll have a variety of opportunities to serve our community including "Books for Africa" in Smyrna, "Save it Forward" with Alive Ministries in Marietta, and more. Options will be available for adults and children, so watch for details and sign up coming soon!

Outreach items collections

Continuing through September, we are collecting school supplies for high school students in need. Items needed most include calculators, spiral notebooks, index cards, 1 inch binders with dividers, 2 inch binders, 3 ring notebook paper, binder dividers, folders, blue and black ink pens, mechanical pencils, pencils, Post-it notes of all sizes, hand sanitizer, tissue packages, book bags. We will have a collection bin at the school entrance if you and your child are able to drop off any of these items.

Our year-round collection continues of: maternity, work and professional clothing, shoes, and men's belts; all non-perishable food items, baby supplies and toiletries. If you have any questions or suggestions about our collections drives, please contact Harriett Pyburn.


Welcome newcomers

Rhonda and Steve Robinson first visited St. Catherine’s in June after having visited a number of Episcopal Churches in the metro area and had never felt as warmly welcomed as they were that first Sunday and had an immediate sense that this would be “home”. As Steve says, their welcome was very warm but not overzealous or intrusive… but in Goldilocks’ words, ”It was just right.” Though Rhonda and Steve originally came from very different Christian traditions , they decided that the Episcopal Church would be their faith community, based in a large part on respect for its commitment to its schools and to education, particularly after working for 15 years with many Episcopal School colleagues around the world. They enjoy and regularly attend the Family Eucharist and plan to continue except when travel takes them away. Both Steve and Rhonda have careers in education and relocated to the Atlanta area from Arizona.

In June of 2015 Steve will become the Superintendent of Schools for the Episcopal Diocese of Honduras, where, under the leadership of its Bishop, The Rt. Rev. Lloyd Allen, the Diocese is impacting their nation in a profound way, with the schools being a major part of this impact. Steve states that in his travels as a student of schools and education systems that this group of 7 bi-lingual and 4 specialized schools has a greater opportunity to change their nation than any he has encountered before. Rhonda has recently resigned her fulltime position to immediately focus and assist the schools to improve their technology infrastructures as soon as possible. They will travel to Honduras several times this year and will locate fulltime in San Pedro Sula next summer to begin the work together.

They have been married 21 years and together have 3 children. They enjoy sporting events, the beach, movies (Rhonda), golf (Steve) but especially enjoy time spent together, evenings at home. We are so glad to welcome them to our church family!

Priority Projects for St. Catherine's Facilities

By Elizabeth Lopez

At the their annual day retreat in August, your Vestry created a priority project list for work on our facilities. We are excited to announce that the following six areas will be given special attention and resources in the coming year.

  1. Parking Lot and Street Entrance (striping and reconfiguring our lots, signage, and church visibility from the street)
  2. Flooring (replace carpet in the Parish Hall, revive stair treads, and address other flooring needs throughout the building)
  3. Memorial Garden (expansion and resolution to an easement issue)
  4. Sanctuary Lighting and Audiovisual System (function of dimmer system and compatibility issues with new, energy efficient light bulbs; may include new AV technology)
  5. Maintenance Schedule (schedule ongoing and periodic maintenance needs for facility)
  6. Space Utilization Study (document and evaluate our use of space throughout the week for various ministry needs)

These initiatives were developed based on our desire to be good stewards of the resources God has given to us. The choice of these six priority projects stemmed from examination of pages of parishioner feedback during the Holy Conversations project as well as input from ministry teams and conveners. We have identified leaders for these projects from the parish. Our commitment is to provide vestry shepherds to support this work and help ensure the right resources are available at the right times.

We have been blessed with a welcoming and lovely building in which to worship, fellowship, learn, and work. We welcome your insights, feedback, and assistance as we care for and maintain the place we love so dearly. If you have an interest in joining a project committee or have any questions, please contact Father Jim, Junior Warden Tom Blackstock, or Senior Warden Elizabeth Lopez.

Ponderings on Gardens and Grounds

Come dig in the dirt with us

By Swiss Britt

Did you know that we have a real Persimmon tree at St Catherine’s? One day while weeding I meet a friendly leopard frog. These are some of many unexpected treasures that I have found in my wanderings through our beautiful grounds.

When we came to St Cat's the first thing that we noticed was not the friendliness of the people or Father Jim’s wonderful sermons or the great choir. The first thing that we noticed was the beautiful grounds. The roses, the potted flowers, the beauty of the Great Oak and the wonderful plantings of flowering shrubs all spoke to us of God’s rich and welcoming love. The poet Christina Rossetti wrote; “Flowers preach to us if we will hear.” Our first thought was “this is home.” This was confirmed when we went inside and encountered the legendary St Catherine’s welcome.

As we settled in we felt the call to serve and share our love of gardening. In the process we met Beverly & Bill Fambrough. As a consequence we became part of the flower, water and weed brigade, otherwise known as the Church Gardens group, hence this missive. Like the early Celts I experience the love of our Creator in the wonder of Creation. For me working on the church grounds; planting and pruning, fertilizing and weeding are all part of an evangelism ministry seeking to proclaim the welcoming Love of God to all who visit St Cats. First impressions are very important.

I am convinced that there are others in our congregation who only need a small nudge to come and join us as we help tend these beautiful grounds. Remember that the first directive of God to Adam and Eve was to tend the garden that God had given them. St Cat’s grounds are our garden.

Peter and I try to be at St Cats on Tuesdays to work. We would love company. I promise to show you the Persimmon tree and its ripening fruit as well as other treasures. Call Swiss Britt, 770-422-6792, on Monday evenings if you would like to join us.

Calling and Caring: How to reach out

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 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.

  • Show your concern and God’s love by sincerely asking “How are you doing?” and then listening for the answer.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 or if you miss seeing friends or acquaintances at St. Catherine’s, you can inform a member of our Calling and Caring Ministry or the Clergy or Staff. Please let any of us know. The love of St. Catherine’s reaches out to all parishioners whether they are in Church or not.

So far, the Calling and Caring Committee has contacted twenty-seven parishioners, visited a number of shut-ins and brought communion to several. But we could still use more help. Please contact: Tom Hunter,

Summer Lemonade thanks

Thank you to the volunteers who served lemonade under the oak to us after worship this summer: to Dan and Lisa Drahushuk, Margaret Shaw, Stephanie Yucius, Mary Dailey, Steve and Harriett Pyburn, Fred and Jennifer Massey, Tom and Kristin Blackstock, Molly Banko, Christy Luttrell, Ina and David Bachmann, Amanda and Therese Braman, Daniel and Amy Mikkelsen, Elizabeth and Fred Lopez, and your families for making “Summer Lemonade Under the Oak” a huge success this year.

In Christ,

Deana De La Barre

Preschool news: Access changes in the Preschool wing

By Karolyn Olliffe, Director, St. Catherine’s Preschool

Welcome to another year at St. Catherine's preschool. We are happy to see familiar faces and eager to get to know new ones. There have been a few changes to our facility and there are a few more to come. I hope you noticed how clean and fresh our front entrance looks with the removal of the "messy" river birch trees. We will also be mulching and doing some additions to our playgrounds.

Our biggest change, that you will quickly notice, will be to security. The glass entrance doors will be kept locked during school hours. We will unlock them only for drop off and pick up. During our school day, a parent or visitor will have to ring the doorbell and be buzzed in from the preschool office. In addition, a new door, with a combination lock, will be installed at the end of the pre-K wing. Teachers will have the combination and use it to enter the school from the playground or Parish Hall. There will also be a doorbell and a camera with an intercom at this new door which will connect to the preschool office to give us both a visual of the area and a way to communicate quickly to alert us of help needed on the playground. These new procedures are not added in response to any heightened threat at St. Catherine's or incidents. They are merely a preventive measure to keep your children safe. These changes should be implemented within the next couple of weeks.

Fantastic Ministry Fair!

By Linda Scott

Thank you all for coming to our Ministry Fair on August 24, and a special thank you to those of you who found a new ministry in which to share your talents!

We value highly all the Ministry Teams, Vestry and Youth leaders who shared wonderful presentations at the Ministry Fair, and thank the team representatives who put it all together -- Michael Paris (Christian Nurture), Al Jones (Facilities, Grounds & Technology), Linda Smith (Human & Financial Resources), Susan Hueke (Invitation), Shirley Childs & Frances Bowden (Fellowship), Bill Ivey (Communications), Margaret Shaw (Pastoral Care) and Connie Bergeron (Outreach). Thank you as well to Father Jim and Volunteer Coordinator Pat Pepper who provided the perfect "sermon for the day" (listen to it at in addition to their guidance in planning, and to Daniel Mata, one of Brian Williams' students, for the wonderful music during the service; to the Breakfast Angels for our morning meal; and to Julie Fulcher for A Moveable Feast Food Truck, always a great ending! Our special thanks go to Bill and Frances for their helpful signage and especially to Keith Dumke for his colorful design of our signs and printing of our program which was designed by Bill. Finally, a big thank you to Karen Manno and Rose Wolfe for getting our new St. Catherine's Ministry Directory booklet ready and out. What a wonderfully gifted parish we have!

Our bravest staff members
(Father Jim, Rose Wolfe, Karolyn Olliffe and Pat Pepper)
took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, sending our donation
and challenging our Bishop and his staff!
Watch the video on Karolyn's page at:

Photos by Jan Potter and Bettye Harris, see lots more full-size in the album at MinistryFair2014.

Sermon recordings online

Did you know that you can listen to audio recordings of past sermons on our website? You'll find them on the Sermons page of our website,

Check for some of the latest recordings:

  • Father Jim and Pat Pepper's "interview" sermon on Ministry Fair Sunday, August 24
  • Father Jim's homily at the memorial service for Rob Stuart

Thank you to the volunteers who work to make these recordings available!

Seen around St. Cat's

Newcomer Ice Cream Social

We had fun and kept cool with ice cream on August 17! (Photos by Betttye Harris)

Summertime at St. Cat's

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:

  • September 8-14 : Garden Keepers — This week we celebrate the life and work of Garden Keepers. Volunteers are needed throughout the year to help with planting and maintaining flowers and shrubs around the church grounds. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Beverly Fambrough, 770.993.5444,
  • September 15-21 : Bread Makers — This week we celebrate the life and work of Bread Makers, who help in the welcome to our first-time visitors by baking small loaves of bread. The loaves are packaged with a note to say, "Welcome to St. Catherine's, we are glad you worshiped with us this week". To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Ann Snead, 678.795.9508,


Dear St. Catherine's Family,

There are no words to express our heartfelt thanks for the meals, flowers, cards, phone calls and outpouring of love that was extended to us with the passing of our son Rob. We find tremendous comfort and strength knowing that we are in your thoughts and prayers.

Lee & Marlene Stuart

Dear St. Catherine’s Family,

I thank you all so much for the prayers, cards, hugs, kind words and visits after the death of my father. The death of loved one is difficult, but it brings great comfort knowing so many people care.

Much love,
Gina Baumann

Thank you to the following who have recently contributed communion wine to our parish:

  • Swiss and Peter Britt

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

  • From Habitat for Humanity NW Metro Atlanta, on August 15 for $$60.00
  • From National Association of The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, on May 21 for $285.00

Pig roast to benefit Camp Mikell

Come one, come all to the second annual Pig Roast on Saturday, October 25 from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM at St. Aidan's Episcopal Church, 13560 Cogburn Rd., Alpharetta, GA 30004, The event is to benefit Camp Mikell. There will be food, fun, and games for all ages. Tickets are $15 per person or $40 per family (kids 3 and under are free). The cost will cover all the food you can eat (vegetarian options available) and non-alcoholic beverages, BYOB. We will have music and activities for children and adults, with a setting for fellowship with old and new friends. To register please go to

Health Tips - from our Congregational Nurses

  • Storing olive oil
    Olive oil is not like a good wine; it does not improve with age. According to our registered dietitian, once opened, it is best to use the oil within three months for optimum flavor. Extra virgin olive oil can last up to 2 years depending on the quality of the oil and how it is stored. Store it away from light and heat, in a tightly sealed container. Olive oil does not have to be refrigerated. Substituting olive oil for other fats can be a heart-healthy cooking strategy! Source: The Olive Oil Source
  • Understanding muscle failure
    One key to weight training for increased strength is to work muscles beyond their present capacity, also known as muscle failure. Once you have completed several weight training workouts with lighter resistance, choose a weight for each exercise that you can only lift 8 to 12 times with proper form. You know you have reached muscle failure when you cannot do another repetition properly. This “training to failure” gives you the biggest gains in the least amount of time. Source: American College of Sports Medicine

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: 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: Nancy Dupuis, Sarah Wayne Rice, Gail Everett, Alan, Kimberly Meyer & her grandfather, David Mace, Sr., Dave Banko, Rosemary Wolfe, Lenny Campbell, Trish Stump, Carol Eskew, Paige Schlenker, David Gooder, Sue Jones, Kenneth Hartzfeld, Kathleen Aaron, Erwin Jung, Kerri Huitt, Melva & Billy Kittsell, Marc Krouse, Frank Durden, Mitch Mcbrayer, Tara Nesbit, Talmadge Ayers, Amanda Braman, Dinah Harmon, Olivia Glenn, Payton Szpindor, Jeff Martin, Marcia Markette, Martha Bowden, Althea Dillard, Kevin Dickson, Lelli Rocha, Bill Lane, Michelle Zimmerman, Andrew, Andrea & Aidan Preather, Elizabeth Darden, Susan Jenkins, Susie Ivey, Liz Burlas, Julie Brannock, Bill Selby, Julianne Steiner, Carol Leavell

BEFORE SURGERY: Raymond Higgins

DECEASED: Ro Countryman, friend of Paul & Karen Manno

FOR THOSE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS: (9/8) Tyler Wolfe, Nick Wolfe, (9/9) Hale Sanders, Connor Pyburn, (9/10) Paul Partus, Jerilyn Gardner, Sally Moore, Jim Snape, Abbye Stooksbury, (9/11) Erin Hurley, Tegan Hurley, David Bottoms, Michael Dirksen, (9/12) Doris Samples, (9/13) Garrett Brogdon, Charlene Scheuer, David Goldman, Barbara Larsh, (9/14) Becky Smith, Laurie Smith, Phil Spessard, Will McGhee, Luke Paglia, (9/15) Emma Markette, Maddie Zimmerman, (9/16) Stephanie Gardiner, (9/17) David Bowden, Elizabeth Carswell, (9/18) Kyleigh Paris, Malcolm Haymes, Molly Banko, Madelyn Pierce, Sydney Pierce, (9/19) Ryan Nienaber, Jennifer Gale

ANNIVERSARIES: (9/10) John & Barbara Barrington; (9/14) Matt & Lucille Bayless Heil; Kell & Jimmy Owen

(9/7) Scott & Ginny Lummus; Christy, Robert & Ella Luttrell; Charles, Tami, Noelle & Justice Mace; Todd Magill; Paul, Karen & Kevin Manno
(9/14) Marilyn Marcus; Marcia & Emma Markette; Don, Ana, Oak & Ben Martin; John & Susan Martin; Fred & Jennifer Massey

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:

  • Saturday, October 4 - Blessing of the Animals
  • October 10-12 – Men’s Retreat
  • October 31 - November 2 - Youth Retreat
  • November 7-8: Diocesan Council
  • Thursday, November 20 - Ecumenical Thanksgiving Celebration at Temple Kol Emeth

Holy Baptism next scheduled dates

Sunday, November 2 (All Saints)
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, 9/6 Saturday, 9/13


Jubilate Practice
Friends of Music


Sunday, 9/7 Sunday, 9/14


Family Promise Week
Holy Eucharist
Holy Eucharist
 / CF Teacher Commissioning
Church School
Holy Eucharist
 / CF Teacher Commissioning
Amma Susan’s Brunch
Habitat Dedication @site
Rite13 Parent Meeting
J2A Parent Meeting


Holy Eucharist
Holy Eucharist
Church School
Holy Eucharist

Monday, 9/8 Monday, 9/15

Amma Susan's day off
CGS Catholic
Men’s Book Study
Memorial Garden Group
Stephen Ministry
Women’s Bible Study
Boy Scout Troop 713


Amma Susan's day off
Cobb Schools Fall Break
Women’s Book Study
Kneeler Group
Memorial Garden Group
Vestry Meeting
Boy Scout Troop 713

Tuesday, 9/9 Tuesday, 9/16


Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Fellowship Meeting
Outreach Meeting
Youth Ministry

Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Wednesday, 9/10 Wednesday, 9/17


Executive Meeting
Bible Study
WNL Dinner
WNL Programs
Chancel Choir


Chancel Choir

Thursday, 9/11 Thursday, 9/18
Finance Meeting
Men’s Night Out
Calling & Caring Group
HR Committee
Men’s Bible Study
Men’s Bible Study
Friday, 9/12 Friday, 9/19

Fr. Jim's day off
Men’s Bible Study
Women’s Bible Study
Loan Closing
Family Promise Concert @
  Transfiguration Catholic
AA 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

Important Rite 13 & J2A Parent meetings – Sunday, September 7

We will be holding important informational meetings for all Rite 13ers, J2Aers, and their parents on Sunday, September 7. Both classes have a big year ahead of them, and we want to be sure that everyone starts the year off fully informed and ready to go! We will have the Rite 13 meeting at 4 PM and the J2A meeting at 5 PM.


Fall Youth Retreat! October 31 – November 2

Join the youth of St. Catherine’s for a great weekend of fun, fellowship, music, worship, ropes course, zip-lining, and other exciting activities at Earthshine Mountain Lodge in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina! Ask anyone who has been on either of our last two youth retreats to Earthshine and they will tell you it is an experience that you don’t want to miss! The registration deadline is Sunday, October 5. Space is limited, so sign up today!

What: St. Catherine’s Fall Youth Retreat
Who: All youth in grades 7-12. Friends are welcome!
When: Oct. 31 - Nov. 2, 2014
Where: Earthshine Mountain Lodge, Lake Toxaway, NC
Cost: $150 , which covers all meals, lodging, activities, and transportation. *Confidential scholarship is available by request.*
How to Sign Up: Turn in an $80 deposit to Mike by October 5.


New Beginnings and Happening Team Applications Available

If you would like to serve on team (the crew that runs the weekend) for the upcoming New Beginnings and/or Happening weekends, applications are now available.


Emmaus Walk on Sunday, September 28

We will once again be participating in the annual “Walk the Road” event at Emmaus House this year on the afternoon of Sunday, September 28. Emmaus House is a mission of the Diocese of Atlanta that serves the residents of the Peoplestown neighborhood in an amazing variety of ways. This event is a fun chance to learn about the work that Emmaus House does, understand what life can be like for the residents of Peoplestown and the challenges they face, help out with a bit of service, connect with other groups from around the Diocese of Atlanta, and enjoy a delicious cook out. Cost for the event is $5 or 5 canned goods for Emmaus House’s food pantry and includes a t-shirt and cook-out dinner. We will meet at St. Catherine’s at 2:20 PM on Sunday, September 28, head down to Emmaus House, enjoy the event, and return to St. Catherine’s by 6:00 PM. Please email Mike no later than Wednesday, September 24 if you would like to come. You can find more information about Emmaus House and Walk the Road at


Youth Night Out to the Corn Maze on Saturday, October 4

On Saturday, October 4 from 7-11:30 PM, we will be gathering at St. Catherine’s, heading to Cagle’s Family Farm Corn Maze in Canton, GA, hitting up the Marietta Diner for some late night dessert, then returning to St. Cat’s to call it a night. This event has been a LOT of fun the last few year and promises to be just as great this time around! Here are the details:

What: Evening trip to the Cagle’s Farm Corn Maze and Marietta Diner
Where: Cagle’s Farm; Canton, GA; Marietta Diner
When: Saturday, October 4, 7-11:30 PM
What to Bring: $10 for the maze, extra money for late-night dessert at Marietta Diner (their cake slices are HUGE but are usually at least $7 plus tax, so plan accordingly)
How/When to Sign Up: Email Mike Peterson at by Wednesday, October 1 if you plan to come! Please note that we will be purchasing tickets in advance and will be unable to accommodate late registrants!
*Note: This event has been very well attended in the past, so we will likely need several adult volunteer drivers. If you will be available and willing to help out, please contact Mike.


Fall Calendar of Events

The 2014-2015 calendar for the St. Catherine’s Youth Program is now available. Additionally, hard copies can be picked up in the Youth House, and you can view the calendar online at any time at Youth Calendar online:

Sept. 7 – 10 AM: First Day of Church School; Rite 13 Parent Meeting at 4 pm; J2A Parent Meeting at 5 pm
Sept. 10 – 7 PM: Wednesday Night Live (WNL) Youth Group begins (Dinner at 6 PM in Parish Hall)
Sept. 15-19 – Cobb Fall Break. Church School will be held. WNL schedule TBD.
Sept. 28 – 3-6 PM: Emmaus Walk at Emmaus House in Atlanta
Oct. 4 – New Beginnings Team training at St. Philip’s Cathedral
7-11:30 PM: “Youth Night Out” Corn Maize Trip
Oct. 10-12 – New Beginnings at Camp Mikell
Oct. 24-25 – Happening Team training
Oct. 26 – No Church School; Christmas Tree Sales before/after services through Nov. 16
Oct. 31-Nov. 2 – Fall Youth Retreat
Nov. 7-8 – Diocesan Youth Lock-In at St. James
Nov. 16 – Last day for Christmas Tree Sales
Nov. 21-23 – Happening at Camp Mikell
Nov. 26 – No WNL
Nov. 30 – No Church School; Parish Advent Wreath Making
Dec. 6 – 7:30-10 AM: Christmas Tree pickup trip; 10AM-2PM: Christmas Tree distribution
Dec. 7 – 1-2 PM: Christmas Tree distribution
Dec. 14 – Christmas Pageant at 8:45 service;
Journey to Adulthood leader meeting at 11:15 am;
Youth & Alumni “Homecoming” Party at 6 pm
Dec. 21 & 28 – No Church School
Dec. 24 & 31 – No WNL
Dec. 27-Jan. 1 – Winterlight at Kanuga


Memories from Ireland

Here are some excerpts from the communal Ireland Pilgrimage 2014 journal, used in our pilgrimage presentation dinner on August 17:

  • “Today was a great start to an awesome trip!”
  • “We learned about ‘wandering in Christ’ and finding yourself – being open to possibilities and things that come at you sideways through your dreams and intuition, listening for a sense of calling and openness, ever living in the divine, and finding your ‘places of resurrection.’”
  • “Climbing Croagh Patrick [St. Patrick’s mountain] was far more difficult and physically demanding than I ever would have predicted, but it was a blessing that I will never forget to finally reach this peak where pilgrims have come for centuries to pray, reflect, rejoice, and be still in the vast, awe-inspiring presence of God. It was an experience beyond description…and one I did not undertake alone.”
  • “In many ways, the church service [at St. Brigid’s Cathedral] was identical to our services at St. Cat’s, but minor details broke us from our usual rhythms and caused us to pay more attention during the service. Despite travelling across an ocean to a different continent and country where the culture and day-to-day life are not quite the same as in the US, I found the service and sermon extremely relatable.”
  • “There are some journeys we must walk alone, or seemingly alone, and learn to trust God whether or not we can always feel God…God loves us whether or not we experience amazing ‘God moments’ or incredible blessings. We shouldn’t become dependent on signs to be sure of God’s love.”
  • “This earth does not belong to us; we belong to the earth.”
  • “We don’t know what God is in our minds, but we know God in our hearts. The journey from your head to your heart is the biggest journey.”
  • “‘Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?’”
  • “You can’t find yourself by yourself.”
  • “The first couple of ice cream sandwiches we made were going pretty well. Then it all went downhill from there…”
  • “After breakfast, we went to a cemetery to look at some dead people.”
  • The final journal entry, from a classic Irish/Scottish folk song, "The Parting Glass":
    “‘Of all the money that ever I had
    I spent it in good company
    Of all the hurt that ever I’ve done
    Alas it was to none but me
    And all I’ve done for want of wit
    To memory now I can’t recall
    Come fill to me the parting glass
    Goodnight and joy be to you all.’”

See even more full-size pictures from the pilgrimage in the Ireland Pilgrimage 2014 albums at


Beautification Day pics

We worked hard (yes, actually!) on the August 23 clean-up day for the Youth House.

Wheel schedule:

Next publications:

  • September 19
  • October 3
  • October 17

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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