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The Newsletter of
St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
October 4 - 17, 2014

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Blessing of the Animals
Men's retreat
Cats On Wheels
Blood drive
All Saints
Interfaith Immersion
Low Country Boil
Flowers & candles
Memorial garden
Golf tournament

Undies Sunday
Family Promise
Habitat build
Elizabeth Inn
Reality U

Young Families leaders
Volunteering:Why I give
Finance update
Seen around St. Cats
Ministry focus

Diocesan service, letter
Voting reminder
Health tips


Parent/Youth meeting
Youth retreat
New Beginnings
Diocesan lock-in



10/4 – Blessing of the Animals;
Youth trip to corn maze

10/5 – J2A Parent/Youth meeting

10/8, 15, 22, 29 – WNL

10/10-12 – Men’s Retreat @ Montara Farm;
New Beginnings @ Camp Mikell

10/12 – Concert: Sarah & Eugene Martin

10/18 – Cats On Wheels daytrip

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Blessing of the Animals

Saturday, October 4 at 10 am

Bring your pet for a blessing at 10 AM under the Big Oak Tree. We expect our usual delightful morning celebrating our animal friends and companions. Jubilate music team will lead us in some fun and favorite songs. Our observance commemorates St. Francis of Assisi, who dedicated his life to peace, caring for the poor, and teaching respect for all God's creatures. This year we are celebrating on his official feast day, October 4.

Remember to bring your pet leashed or caged as appropriate. A few treats for dogs and cats will be provided. Our collection this day will benefit PetSmart Charities, which works to find a lifelong, loving home for every pet through adoption events and centers, pet rescue programs and support for spay/neuter efforts. You can get information about this organization at

Photo by Bill Ivey

Menís Retreat October 10-12

"TED Talks, Outlaws, Leadership and... Food"

Wondering what these four diverse topics have to do with each other? Then join us for our Men’s Retreat, October 10-12 at Montara Farm, a beautiful and peaceful setting in the north Georgia mountains,

  • TED Talks — TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a global set of conferences owned by the private non-profit Sapling Foundation, under the slogan: "Ideas Worth Spreading." TED was founded in 1984 as a one-off event. Since June 2006 TED Talks have been offered for free viewing online and in November, 2012 TED Talks had been watched one billion times worldwide. (You'll find many to watch on a huge variety of topics on YouTube.)
    We will be viewing TED Talks that will change the way you view leadership. We’ll reflect on each talk in light of our faith and business experience. We’ll then put some of what we know and/or learn into practice when we gather under Montara Farm’s leadership to participate in a team competition which will call forth all of our leadership skills...
  • The Posse — “Outlaws are at it again and have stolen the Montara Payroll. Posses are sent to the 60 towns in the territory to find the hideouts and capture the outlaws and reward.” This is a map and compass orienteering team competition. Teams must develop a strategic plan and a tactical process; they must use human and other resources wisely, and execute a strategy to capture the outlaws. This program has a planning component and an execution phase. There are 120 outlaws with total reward points of 75,000 scattered over 400 acres. Which team will round up the most and how?
  • Food — Chasing outlaws and showing leadership makes one hungry. Meals at Montara Farm are always a highlight of our time with our hosts at Montara, Larry and Trish. Food is prepared with caring and uses only the freshest of ingredients – some grown on the “farm” itself. The staff work to be sure all of our needs are considered. Anyone who has experienced the meals here will tell you that the enjoyment of the weekends is enhanced by the blending of many things including the food.

The Particulars —The cost of the weekend is $316.25 which includes your room and 6 meals. Feel free to bring any adult beverages you wish, Montara Farm provides a selection of water and sodas. We begin with supper on Friday evening and end with worship followed by brunch on Sunday.Sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Daniel Mikkelsen at or 770.310.3393. Scholarships are available, contact Fr. Jim or Daniel.

Wednesday Night Live every week

Wednesday night dinner and programs continue each week with 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. Dinner prices $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.

New adult program begins October 8: “Jesus Christ Superstar ~The Movie~"

Led by Father Jim: “I saw the play many years ago before I ever thought I’d be a priest. It made a huge impact on me and I 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... You walk out from this movie truly understanding that Jesus’ life stood out against enormous political, social, religious, and military expectations.... Like the Emmaus Road Jesus, Jesus Christ Superstar will walk with [you] and burn in [your] heart."

Concert Series first date: Sunday, October 12

Sarah & Eugene Martin, Organ and Piano

Join us on Sunday, October 13 at 5:00 pm for the first concert in our 2014-2015 series. This year all concerts will be free with no tickets needed, held in our beautiful sanctuary distinguished for its acoustics. Please invite family and friends!

Sarah and Eugene Martin will present a concert of organ and piano solos and duets including works by Bach, Franck, Pachelbel, Debussy, Lubeck and more. Sarah Martin, MM, Organ Performance, Emory University, BA, Agnes Scott College, and Eugene Martin, MSM, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY, BME, University of Evansville, IN, have served churches in the Atlanta area for many years. They worked as Minister of Music and as Organist at College Park First Baptist and Druid Hills Baptist for a total of 35 years, and at Oakhurst Baptist for 7 years. Since “retirement” they have held interim positions at Covenant Presbyterian, North Decatur Presbyterian , Epiphany Episcopal Church, Holy Trinity Episcopal and Morningside Presbyterian. Sarah is recently retired as Organ Instructor at Georgia State University, but remains there as Adjunct Professor of Organ; she continues an independent organ studio. Her distinguished students include Alan Morrison and our own Jana Williams. The Martins both maintain independent piano studios.

Cookies requested for concert reception

A brief reception will follow this concert. If you can assist by contributing some cookies please contact Rebeccah Devault, Thank you!

Be a Friend of Music at St. Catherine’s

This concert series and our future concerts are made possible and kept affordable by the generous contributions of music lovers. We invite you to become a “Friend Of Music At St. Catherine’s” this year and help enhance the musical and spiritual life of our community. All contributors will be acknowledged in the concert programs and invited to a reception. Gifts in any amount are welcome. Please make checks to St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church and designate it on the memo line for “Friends of Music.” Donations are tax deductible.

Cats On Wheels

Day trip on Saturday, October 18

Cats On Wheels is our fellowship group for active senior adults, you are invited to join us!

Join Cats on Wheels this month for a day trip to visit the Foxfire Museum & Heritage in Rabun County, Georgia and have lunch at the Dillard House. You can see photos and information about these places at and Please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Alan Certain,, 404-661-2200, for details and to coordinate transportation.

Coming October 26: New Consecration Sunday!

Who? All of St. Catherine's Church: adults, youth and children!

What? Worship with a special guest preacher, followed by Celebration Brunches made especially for St. Catherine's (there will be no Church School on this special day)

When? 7:30 am, 8:45 am, and 11:15 am on October 26, and brunches immediately after each service.

Where? In the Sanctuary, and then the Parish Hall

Why? To praise God for the gift of giving

We hope you will make every effort to be present! Walk the Way!

Read the Reflection of the Day

Now through October 26

St. Catherine's presents "This I Believe... about Stewardship", four weeks of meditations written by our own members, with three ways to get your Reflection of the Day now through October 26:

Blood Drive next date: Tuesday, October 28

The Red Cross Blood Drive truck makes its next stop at St. Catherine's on October 28. Making an appointment is easy: go to and enter Sponsor Code STCATS to sign up for available times. However, appointments are not required, if you don’t get around to making one you are still welcome to come! Help is also need for greeting donors, setup and clean up.

Remember to join us at St. Catherine's for our blood drives throughout the year. In Georgia we must collect 1,300 units of blood daily to meet the needs of our patients and hospitals. And you’ll feel good knowing you've helped change a life!

All Saints’ Sunday remembrances

Reply by Sunday, October 26

The celebration of the Feast of All Saints falls on Sunday, November 2 this year. On this date we would like to remember at the altar the saints in your lives. Please share with us both the names of people in your life who you have lost (whether last week or 25 years ago), and also those who grace your life in the here and now. Please fill out the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact the church office by Sunday, October 26.

Interfaith Immersion Weekend

Fall Edition: November 21-23

By Pierce Hale

Come take advantage of an opportunity to mindfully and prayerfully explore four of the main faith traditions of the world through interaction and participation in the culture and practices surrounding them. This event is hosted in conjunction with Amma Susan's sabbatical, Building Bridges of Peace. Dates are Friday through Sunday, November 21-23. Please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Pierce Hale directly for more information at or 770-331-3014.

Low Country Boil        

Saturday, October 25

Save the date for October 25 at 6:30 pm for our annual Low Country Boil! Enjoy music from the beach and bayou as you fellowship with old and new friends. Join us for shrimp, all of the usual boil fixings, and dessert. Beer and wine will also be served.

Tickets are $17.50 per person and will be sold in the church foyer on Sundays, October 5, 12, and 19 (until we sell out). Space is limited; get your ticket right away! (Please, no walk ins for this limited-capacity event.) For questions please contact Fred Lopez or Elizabeth Lopez,

Flowers & candles sponsors needed

The schedule of upcoming dates is listed on the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin and available in the church office. You may sign up to dedicate altar flowers or candles in thanksgiving for or in memory of a loved one or special occasion such as anniversaries, birthdays, etc. Sponsorship of any date is not limited to one or two persons, please choose the date(s) which apply to the persons or occasions you wish, and you may also partner with others to sponsor a date. Please remember to send your payment to the church office on or before your chosen dates. Flowers are $60 per vase and candles are $20 each.

Our church flowers and altar candles are solely supported by your direct sponsorship of these ministries, and we thank you!

Memorial Garden – Your opinion wanted!

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:

Charity Golf Tournament: “The Bishop’s Trophy”      

Thursday, November 6 – sign up soon

By Scott Lummus

“The Bishop’s Trophy” Diocesan Pre-Council Golf Tournament will be Thursday, November 6 at the City Club of Marietta (adjacent to the Marietta Conference Center) as part of the 108th Annual Council of the Atlanta Diocese being held in Marietta this year. The Council team expects the tournament to raise $6,000-$8,000 for diocesan ministries as well as providing great fun and fellowship! The field will be limited to just 36 teams (144 golfers). Teams will be flighted by scores and prizes will be available at all levels of ability.

  • What: a four-person scramble.
  • Where: City Club Marietta (adjacent to the Marietta Conference Center)
  • When: 12:00 noon shotgun start on Thursday, November 6
  • Cost: $400 per 4-person team or $100 per individual golfer. Includes green fees, range balls for practice, boxed lunch, prizes. Beverages available on the course.

If you are interested pllease reply soon on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Scott Lummus for more details,, 770.649.5391.


October 19… Undies Sunday for MUST

“Dignity Starts with the Basics”

By Bill Ivey

What is the most needed, least provided commodity that people who live at MUST Ministries, or visit the MUST Marketplace need? UNDERWEAR! And socks. Why? Because people give away all sorts of clothes, but because of health laws, MUST cannot give away used underwear and socks.

SO, how can you help? Bring your undies to church -- REALLY! The Outreach Team is sponsoring Undies Sunday! Just buy a new, sealed package of underwear, undershirts, t-shirts or socks – in your family’s sizes – and bring it to church on October 19. All sizes are needed, but M, L, XL are the most often asked for: Mens’, Womens’, Boys’ and Girls’. We’ll collect all the undies and bless them at all services this day and then send them off to MUST in time for the cold weather coming our way this winter. New underwear and socks are a blessing to all who will receive them!

Not coming to church that Sunday? Just drop them off at the big blue barrel at the Outreach table across from the Church Parlor (next to the steps down to the nursery). And speaking of nursery … diapers are ALWAYS needed.

We can make this a joyous Christmas for many who are underserved. Thank you!

Family Promise

By Eleanore Pearson and Diane Sanders

Thank you St. Catherine’s….during our Family Promise week (September 7 to 14) a total of 52 volunteers gave 412.5 hours of their time and talent to provide a safe haven to our families. During this week two of our families obtained housing of their own. Praise God! We hope you will be willing to serve when we host again from December 28, 2014 to January 4, 2015.

Below is another letter received from our September guests:

St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church,

Thank you so much for everything you guys have done for us this week.

Tajah, Camba & Zion

Habitat for Humanity project wraps up for 2014

By Connie Bergeron

Thank you to everyone from St. Catherine's who gave of their time, provided food, helped build, bought Habitat t-shirts, made donations to support Habitat for Humanity, wrote well wishes on the 2' x 4' that went into the home, and supported this year's Habitat for Humanity house project in any way. Special thanks to Father Jim for participating in the blessing of the home as construction began at 8 am on June 28 and for his prayer during the dedication on September 7. We appreciate especially Tom & Shirley Day, Beth Sandoval, Tom Hunter, Dwight and Nigel Blackwood, Bettye Harrris, Joyce Hendricks, Roberta Griffin, Swiss & Peter Britt, Ed Pitts, Jennifer Buckalew, Caro Carter, Kent Hankinson, Joan Nixon, Karley Barber, Ron Cook, Ron Bergeron, and Hale Sanders for coming out to build and for supplying meals at the home site. Being part of the Cobb Habitat Interfaith Coalition is a great experience, and we are grateful to Henry Hene, the Chair of the group, for his excellent organizational skills that kept us all on track.

The Director of Development for NW Metro Atlanta Habitat for Humanity, Camille Cordak, shared these words regarding the dedication of this year's home: "Thanks to each and every one of you who attended the dedication of the Ogunbode House on Sunday, 9/7/14. It was a wonderful turnout and a true demonstration of what a community can do when artificial barriers are ignored. To those of you who participated in the program, thank you for bringing your unique perspective to bear on this happy occasion. Please also extend our appreciation to the clergy from your organizations who so eloquently shared their faith with the group. We appreciate everything each of you does to support our ministry and fully recognize that we cannot do this without your support—thank you. It’s a joy and privilege to work with all of you."

Photo by Tom Hunter

MUST Elizabeth Inn dinner thank you

By Connie Bergeron

September 28 was a great evening at MUST thanks to Sybil Coote, Lisa Johnston, Sally & Mark Moore, Janet Livingston, Margaret Wilson, Joan Thurston, Carol Fey, Susie Davis, Marlene Stuart and Ron Bergeron for your generous contributions of food, time and talent to make a delicious dinner possible at the Elizabeth Inn this month. Everyone who wanted seconds was served, and the 60 guests and volunteers were appreciative of the nutritious meal. Special thanks to Fred Massey and Williamson Bros Barbecue for the great value on chickens that are a big hit at The Inn!

St. Catherine's cooks and serves dinner at the Elizabeth Inn shelter on the 28th of every month year-round. To volunteer to help with the next dinner on Tuesday, October 28, please email Tracy Buckalew at

In addition St. Catherine's also provides Laundry Team on the 3rd Tuesday and 5th Wednesday (when there is one) each month (contact Fred Massey, And we cook and serve breakfast on the 4th Wednesday each month (sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Father Jim).

Reality U help needed

Reality U is a financial simulation opportunity offered to 9th-10th grade youth in Cobb County Schools via Community in Schools (CIS). This is a fun way for these young people to "experience" what it's like to live in a world pulling at their purse strings—housing, transportation, child care, etc. and still have a few dollars in their wallet at the end of the month.

Volunteers are needed for one of these opportunities held throughout the school year at middle and high schools for a few hours, or all day if you can. It's simple job to learn and it'sa lot of fun. The kids are hilarious!

Sessions coming soon are Cobb Performance Learning Center on Joyner Rd 10/15, Campbell High School 10/15, Marietta Performance Learning Center 10/31, Osborne High School 11/7, South Cobb High School 11/14, McCleskey Middle School 11/21, and Pine Mountain Middle School 1/23. Register to volunteer at or look for a flyer posted around the church, or see Joan Nixon or Carol Fey. Thanks!


New leaders for Young Families Ministry

We offer a BIG thank you to Molly Banko and Jennifer Sherwood who have so ably led the Young Families Ministry. We are pleased to announce that Amy Mikkelsen and Ina & David Bachmann are now the chairs of this group.

Young Families Ministry is designed for families with children ages 12 and younger and organizes fun activities for children outside of church, as well as adult-only events for their parents to have grown-up fellowship. To get on the mailing list for all their activities please contact Amy,, or Ina,

An introduction

From Ina Bachmann:
About me: I studied architecture at Georgia Tech - received both my bachelor and master degrees there. I'm an architect and work as a project manager for a brand experience firm, Big Red Rooster. I enjoy art, music, crafting and sewing, and photography. I serve on the boards of the Georgia Tech Wesley Foundation and Georgia Tech Band Alumni Association.

My family: We have 2 boys and 2 cats... I'm originally from Aiken, South Carolina, and have been in Atlanta since I started at Georgia Tech. David and I met at GT and have been married for 12 years.

Finding St. Cat's: David and I actually have a United Methodist background, but after visiting all the nearby churches in East Cobb, we still didn't find a place that felt like a church home. We decided to start visiting St. Cat's when I was pregnant, so it's been about 2 years now. We felt right at home and love that we can worship at a place so close to our home and active in our community.

Goals for Young Families: To give a fun outlet for families to meet and have good fellowship together, show our children ways to serve God outside of Sundays, and use my time and talent to help Amy where I can with other young families like ours.

Volunteer Corner

By Pat Pepper, Coordinator of Volunteer Ministry

Photo, right: Caught in the act of giving back! Philip Hutton said "Yes", and lends a hand to Bella Hutto. He helped her complete the on-line Memorial Garden Survey. Thank you, Philip, for giving your time.


"Why do I give?"

During this season of Stewardship I have asked a few active volunteers at St. Catherines' to share why they give of their time and talent. Thank you, Keith Dumke, for writing this inspiring reflection:

"Why do I give?"

By Keith Dumke

Why do I give? I have never really thought much about that. So this took some real reflection and I have concluded the answer is multifaceted.

I suppose in part there is still some Catholic guilt buried deep in my soul that says I must. And I suppose that really can’t be all bad. So I give because I know that I should. I also know that giving is what Jesus calls us to do. I am confident that what we give comes back to us tenfold. I believe that in my heart and have seen it played out in my own life. But yet it often seems so scary to give.

Recently I read somewhere that if we are so willing to ask God ‘why me?’ when life is challenging us, then we must also be willing to ask the same question when blessing are bestowed upon us. This really hit home with me especially when I related it to the blessing that God has provided me. Considering these blessings, I suppose I give because I can.

The challenge has been finding the right balance of my time, treasure and talent. Time is something that we all possess and it is ours to determine how best to use it. Treasure, in regards to our worldly resources, is different for all of us, but what we have, we must surely use wisely. Talent, however, is a unique gift from God. It is a blessing He placed securely upon our individual souls.

The writer and philosopher, Kahlil Giban, wrote “You give but little when you give of your possessions alone. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.”

Truth is, I suppose, is that I give simply because I must. But not from guilt – it is from a deep seeded desire to do the best I can with what has been given to me. The longer I live, the more I come to realize the true joy experienced in giving.

Be blessed – and be a blessing to others.

Finance update

By Steve Pyburn, Treasurer

Please see chart for a summary of our January-August financials.

Click chart to enlarge  

  • Pledge revenue is 2% higher than budget and 8% higher than last year. After a challenging June, we had very good pledge months in July and August. I’d like to thank the increasing number of families utilizing online bill pay for their pledge payments. This helps us maintain stable cash flow for our ministries and helps pledging families stay on track with their pledge. If you would like assistance setting up online bill pay, please feel free to contact me or anyone on Vestry or the Finance Committee.
  • Other Revenue is 27% over budget but 29% lower than last year. This year’s positive performance is primarily due to Rose Wolfe’s determination. Rose received a notice from EMC in Fall 2013 about a class action lawsuit, and she submitted the paperwork for our ~14 accounts. We received a check for . . . $6000! Please thank Rose for her diligence when you see her! The decline vs. 2013 is due to an additional health care refund that we received last year (i.e., we only received one health care refund this year) as well as the fact that we haven’t received our check from the summer Science Camp yet for 2014, which were partially offset by Rose’s $6000.
  • Outreach & Pastoral Care is 7% over budget and 7% higher than last year. As a reminder, we will carry this budget variance all year due to the donation of our Jan 12 plate offering to Family Promise. For those of you haven’t heard, our donation in January has helped St. Catherine’s become the largest donor to Family Promise Cobb County in 2014. We should all be immensely proud of our collective efforts to help homeless Cobb County families rebuild their lives.
  • Facilities, Ground and Technology expenses are 1% higher than budget and 12% lower than last year. The variance vs. budget is due to an annual HVAC maintenance contract we decided to sign this year. While this expense was not budgeted, we deemed it to be a wise long-term decision given the age of most of our HVAC units.
  • Communication is 170% over budget and 197% higher than last year. This is primarily due to unbudgeted radio spots, sound system repairs and a fantastic website video.
  • The combination of our Building and Contingency Funds is at a healthy level of $145k. The Vestry had a Summer Retreat in August and identified some major Ministry Team projects, some of which will utilize a portion of these funds. Some of you are likely assisting with the planning for these projects, and we thank you for your efforts! The Finance Committee will work closely with all project teams to understand how we will use these funds and ensure that we don’t drop below a safe “rainy day” balance.

As always, let me know if you have any questions about any of these numbers.

Seen around St. Cat's


Evening Under the Oak

We had a great night with picnics under the Oak Tree and concert with Jay Memory on September 27! Thanks for playing so many fun songs. Can't wait to listen to your CD. Giddy up! Photos by Bill Ivey


From Father Jim traveling the Camino de Santiago, Spain

September 22: We made it! Arrived in Santiago at 10:30 am. Sore but overjoyed to have been together and, now, safe. Overnight in Santiago and then meet Joan and Kari in Barcelona, then back to Atlanta. Thanks everyone for your prayers! And peace be to you. Photo – Father Jim Nixon and Matt Nixon


Congratulations on Anniversaries!

We were delighted this month to recognize two of our dedicated staff members for their service to St. Catherine's: Parish Administrator Rosemary Wolfe for 30 years with our church, and Karolyn Olliffe for 15 years as Director of our Preschool. THANK YOU!!
Photos by Bill Ivey

Father Jim presents a plaque to
Rose while Karolyn looks on
Rosemary with husband Steve,
son Nick and his fiancee Whitney

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:

  • October 6-12: MUST Ministries — This week we celebrate the life and work of MUST Ministries,, a volunteer-driven community organization which addresses the basic needs of individuals and families in Cobb and Cherokee counties and beyond. St. Catherine’s is highly involved through our Outreach Committee (Hale Sanders, 770.565.2719, with dinner, breakfast and laundry volunteers at its Elizabeth Inn homeless shelter, Summer Lunch program and much more.
  • October 13-19: Great Oak Fund — This week we celebrate the life and work of the Great Oak Endowment Fund, a coordinated plan to provide for resources to grow the mission and ministry of St. Catherine’s including capital gifts and planned giving. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Harry Tear,


Service of Repentance and Reconciliation October 22

Our Bishop, The Right Rev. Robert C. Wright, in a Pastoral Letter (below) calls all to come together for a Service of Repentance and Reconciliation at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, at the Cathedral of St. Philip. While everyone's presence at the service is preferred, the Liturgy of the Word will be carried live via video stream from the Cathedral website.

-> To access the live video stream on October 22 at 7 pm, go to


A Pastoral Letter on Dismantling Racism

October 1, 2014

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Greetings in the name of the God of love, truth and justice.

I write at the invitation of our Diocesan Commission on Dismantling Racism and in advance of the Diocesan Service for Repentance and Reconciliation to be held at the Cathedral of St. Philip at 7 p.m. October 22.

The enterprise of dismantling racism as agents of racial reconciliation is the work of all the baptized in every age. We are the disciples of a Lord who gave His life for love, truth and justice. No less is required of us today!

You know that racism, in all its forms, is sin. It is founded on a lie and is therefore an affront to God, an abuse of power and a demonic spirit. Racism is depravity and deviance from Jesus' example and teaching about the sanctity of human dignity and the oneness of the human family.

Racism injures both the victim and the perpetrator. The victim of racism is constantly and culturally force-fed a diet of inferiority, indignity and shame simply for being born as God designed. So insidious is this process that in many instances its victims not only ingest but internalize and actively participate in their own oppression.

The perpetrators of racism injure God, themselves, their communities and their progeny by accepting culturally and reinforcing economically the tragic lie of racial superiority. Into these souls goes the putrid mix of idolatry, arrogance, guilt and shame. Then there is the haunting sense of some that their present well-being owes its genesis to stolen personhood and stolen labor. From the founding of our country and state until now, racism continues to diminish us.

The history books tell us The Episcopal Church, in the U.S. and in Georgia, is not innocent concerning racism. Though we as the church have been called to live differently and have been given the spiritual power to accomplish this calling, the church has actively participated in and profited from the institutionalizing of the sin of racism.

Though we sing on Sunday with one voice the familiar hymn "In Christ there is no East or West .... Join hands, disciples of the faith, whate’er your race may be," by the close of worship, in many places, it seems we have a double mind. Faced with this reality -- whether perpetrator or victim – as the church, you and I are invited to "repent and return to The Lord."

What scripture calls "the more excellent way" forward for us is not to be consumed by blame or guilt but to take inventory of our hearts and amend our lives. We do this courageously because, though we may be culpable, we are not condemned. We must confess all that is in us that’s hostile to love, and remember we are assured of God's absolute forgiveness. Then we commit, from this day forward, to lives that actively enlarge justice, tear down inequity, make restitution and increase reconciliation. Only these things can purge us of the awful lie that divides and destroys us. By these works we are tuned instruments of peace and ambassadors for Christ now.

To do this work is to hear Jesus say again, "By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” To do this work is to hear Jesus say again, "Well done, good and faithful servant."

I implore you, beloved, by the mercies of God let us be transformed by the renewing of our hearts and minds. I look forward to taking this step with you at 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 22, at our Cathedral. This comes with my love and gratitude for the life and faith we share.

In Christ,
The Right Rev. Robert C. Wright, Bishop

Remember: Voter registration deadline is Monday, Oct. 6

For important information about the elections in Georgia this year including how to register, advance voting times and locations and much more please visit

Health Tips - from our Congregational Nurses

  • Shorter walks, same results
    If an hour or even 30 minutes of exercise seems daunting, break it up. By taking 10- to 15-minute walks several times each day, you can get many of the same health benefits as exercising in one session. According to the American College of Sports Medicine, these shorter bouts of activity also burn calories and improve aerobic conditioning. Source: American College of Sports Medicine
  • Healthy burger alternative
    Did you know that a veggie burger can have as much as 82 percent less total fat and 75 percent less saturated fat than a hamburger made with lean ground beef? Generally, most frozen veggie burger varieties sold in the supermarket have about 100-120 calories, 2-4 grams of total fat, 10-14 grams of protein, up to 4 grams of dietary fiber and zero to 1 gram of saturated fat. Turkey burgers made with ground turkey breast and salmon burgers are also great options. Top with sliced onions, tomatoes, greens, and mustard for a healthier alternative to the traditional hamburger.

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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

ON MISSION: Juan Sandoval in Haiti.

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

FOR THE SICK: Sarah Wayne Rice, Lenny Campbell, Trish Stump, Carol Eskew, Paige Schlenker, David Gooder, Kathleen Aaron, Erwin Jung, Kerri Huitt, Melva & Billy Kittsell, Marc Krouse, Frank Durden, Talmadge Ayers, Amanda Braman, Dinah Harmon, Olivia Glenn, Payton Szpindor, Martha Bowden, Althea Dillard, Lelli Rocha, Elizabeth Darden, Susan Jenkins, Susie Ivey, Carol Leavell, Julianne Steiner, Julie Brannock, Holly Griffin, Pat Hazlin, Rick Venable, Marti Graham, Nancy Burnaugh, Raymond Higgins, Allen Jablonski, Reed, Catherine Ransdell, Carol Bowser, Bob Geer, Bill Hutton, Kristen Rayfield, Melissa, Laurie Edwards & family, Julie Johnson, Kris Graper, Tara Nesbit, Gail Cook, Dave Banko, Bradley, Frank, Fran Coraggio, Cathy, Janna, Allyson & Cy, Roberta Lowey, Kathryn Burgher, Charlene Schever, Celeste McDermott, Brenda Marshall, Holly Krupp, Elaine Krupp, Flora, Judson Fish, Mathew, Denis Waldron, Maria Ortiz, Kelly Dugan, Laura Berry, Evelyn Loo, Matthew Keel

DECEASED: Tiffany Leonard, Joyce Hendricks’ niece

FOR THOSE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS: (10/4) Rusty Bird, Abby Baumann, Allison Dupuis, Adam Stone, (10/5) Palmer Bayless, Matt Greene, Mason Smith, Baylee Heil, Cam Graham, (10/6) Richard Motter, Kaitlin Thomas, Geoffrey Gardner, Stuart Gardner, Tom Donoghue, (10/7) Kevin Sluss, Lou Dini, (10/8) Aubrey Nall, Jennifer Sherwood, (10/9) Tom Hunter, Justin Baker, (10/10) Austin Jablonski, Rod Pope, (10/11) Katherine Maxwell, Tina Kerr, Jason Nienaber, (10/12) Suzanne McGhee, (10/13) Kitty Diffley, Audrey Nesbit, Althea Dillard, (10/14) Jason Cook, Sydney Spessard, (10/15) Bill Bowden, Erin Donoghue, Annabelle Stooksbury, Ella Lea, Luttrell, (10/16) Marion Cook, Megan Snook, Kelly Beard, Shannon Jablonski, Gabrielle Harwell, Edwina Tims, (10/17) Lee Ann Sherry

ANNIVERSARIES: (10/9) Will & Suzanne McGhee; (10/10) Jim & Linda Snape; (10/13) Susie & James Davis

(10/5) Andy & Carroll Mitchell; Beatriz Montalvo, Sofia & Nathalie Gratas; David & Mary Moore; Mark & Sally Moore; Michael, Kim, Ryan & Adam Moran
(10/12) Tim, Kristin, Madison & Maxwell Morey; Peter & Colleen Morich; Chris, Amy, Jacob, James & Naomi Morris; Richard Motter, Roger Motter

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 25 – Low Country Boil
  • Sunday, October 28 – New Consecration Sunday
  • Sunday, November 2 – All Saints Sunday
  • Tuesday, November 4 – Ministry Teams Quarterly Meeting, 7:00 PM
  • Thursday, November 20 – Ecumenical Thanksgiving Celebration at Temple Kol Emeth
  • Friday-Sunday, November 21-23 – Interfaith Immersion Weekend
  • Thursday, November 27 (Thanksgiving Day) – Gobble Jog fun run for MUST Ministries

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, 10/4 Saturday, 10/11


Jubilate Practice
Blessing of the Animals
Youth to Corn Maze


Sunday, 10/5 Sunday, 10/12


Holy Eucharist
Holy Eucharist
Church School
Holy Eucharist
Ministry Fair Review
J2A VDD Meeting


Holy Eucharist
Cathedral Bookstore
Holy Eucharist
Church School
Holy Eucharist
Sarah/Eugene Martin Concert

Monday, 10/6 Monday, 10/13

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


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

Tuesday, 10/7 Tuesday, 10/14


Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Conveners Meeting

Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Youth Ministry
Wednesday, 10/8 Wednesday, 10/15


Bible Study
WNL Dinner
WNL Program
Chancel Choir


Executive Committee
Bible Study
WNL Dinner
WNL Program
Chancel Choir

Thursday, 10/9 Thursday, 10/16
Caring and Calling
Men’s Bible Study
Finance Meeting
Men’s Bible Study
HR Committee
Friday, 10/10 Friday, 10/17

Fr. Jim's day off
Men’s Retreat
New Beginnings
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

Important Meeting For J2A Youth and Parents

Sunday, October 5, 2:00 PM

We will be holding a very important meeting for all of our J2A (9th and 10th grade) youth and at least one parent on Sunday, October 5 at 2 PM in the parish hall. We will be discussing the Valentine Dinner Dance, which is the primary fundraiser in support of the pilgrimage this class will be making in the summer of 2016. We hope that you will be able to make this time a priority. Please notify Mike if you will be unable to attend.


Youth Retreat Oct. 31 – Nov. 2

Registration due by Sunday, October 5

We only do this trip every 2 years, and it’s about as much fun as you can fit into one weekend. If you like beautiful mountains, ziplining, ropes courses, goats, campfires, night-hikes under the stars, good food, friends, and FUN, then you don’t want to miss this! Remember that confidential scholarship is available to any who need it by request. Space is limited, so sign up asap!

What: St. Catherine’s Fall Youth Retreat
Who: All youth in grades 7-12. Friends are welcome!
When: Friday - Sunday, Oct. 31 - Nov. 2
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 at Camp Mikell Oct. 10-12

Sign up by Sunday, October 5 -- If you are currently in 6th - 9th grade, then you can attend the next New Beginnings conference at Camp Mikell over the weekend of October 10-12. New Beginnings is a wonderful opportunity to have fun, grow in many ways, and make friends from all over the Diocese of Atlanta (which includes churches from all over northern Georgia) during a weekend that is filled with wonderful talks, skits, sharing, praying, singing, games, and lots of great food! A large portion of the weekend is led by teenagers like you! Ask any of us who have been before, and we’ll tell you that it’s an experience you won’t regret! Confidential scholarship is readily available by request to help with the cost of the weekend. For more information about New Beginnings, contact Mike or visit the Diocese of Atlanta’s New Beginnings website here. New Beginnings takes place twice a year, so there will be another New Beginnings weekend Feb. 6-8, 2015. If you are planning to attend New Beginnings, please let Mike know as soon as possible so that transportation to/from the weekend can be arranged for you!


Diocese of Atlanta Youth Lock-In November 7-8

All 9th-12th grade youth in the Diocese of Atlanta are invited to join in for an evening of fellowship and fun with old and new friends from all around the diocese at St. James Episcopal Church in Marietta! This event coincides with the Diocesan Annual Council (which, in essence, is where important people and delegates from every church in the diocese gather to make important decisions for the Diocese of Atlanta), which is being held in Marietta this year. We will spend the night at St. James and then head over to the Marietta Conference Center for worship at the Annual Council Saturday morning. Let’s make sure the youth of our diocese, and especially St. Catherine’s (it is in our own back yard, after all!), are well represented this year at Annual Council and have a lot of fun doing it!

What: Annual Council Youth Lock-In
Who: All 9th-12th grade youth in the Diocese of Atlanta
When: Friday, November 7th – Saturday, November 8th
Cost: $30 per person ($50 max for siblings); Confidential scholarship is available by request!
How to Sign Up: Register online at
Important Note: Please tell Mike if you sign up for this event!

Wheel schedule:

Next publications:

  • October 17
  • November 7
  • November 21

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

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

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