The people of St. Catherine's seek to share in the love that Jesus Christ has for us and the world by welcoming, accepting, nurturing, and serving all people through the power of the Holy Spirit.

We Welcome You!

The Newsletter of
St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
October 18 - November 7, 2014

The Wheel archive page

St. Catherine's home


Clergy Letter

Low Country Boil
All Saints
Blood drive
Interfaith weekend
Newcomer vouchers
Vestry nominations
Christmas trees
WHS Chorus
Ministry Teams meeting
Ecumenical Thanksgiving
Advent reflections
Flowers & candles
Memorial Garden survey

Undies Sunday
Operation Christmas Child
Day of Service
Gobble Jog
Stephen Ministers

Volunteering corner
Kneeler update
Young Families
Seen around St. Cats
Ministry focus

Health tips


Diocesan lock-in
Parent/Youth meeting



10/18 – Cats On Wheels daytrip

10/19 – Undies Sunday for MUST

10/22, 29, 11/5, 12, 19 – WNL

10/22 – Diocesan Service @ Cathedral & St. Cat’s

10/25 – Low Country Boil

10/26 – New Consecration Sunday & brunches;
No Church School;

Christmas tree sales begin

10/28 & 29 – Elizabeth Inn laundry team

10/28 – Blood drive;
Elizabeth Inn dinner team

10/30 – Wheeler choral concert

10/31-11/2 – Youth Retreat @ Earthshine

11/2 – Daylight Savings Time ends;
All Saints Sunday

11/4 – Election Day;
Quarterly Ministry Teams meeting

11/6-8 – Diocesan Council

See below for complete calendar



"Like" us to keep
up to date with
news and photos:
St. Catherine’s community
St. Catherine's Youth

St. Catherine's Preschool

St. Catherine's Catechesis

Tag: #StCatsGa

My Stewardship Story

By Amma Susan+

My stewardship story is one that covers a lifetime, from my childhood to the present day. Each of us has a one, a story that is, whether or not we give of our time, talent and treasure, and that story shapes our relationship with God.

As a young child, I learned about the important things in life by observing my parents’ actions. That learning included my first lessons in stewardship. When I was little, I didn’t even know the word, stewardship, let alone understand what it meant. However, I knew that giving to the church was important, because each Sunday at church I watched my parents put their envelope into the offering plate. What’s more, they gave my sisters and me a few coins, so that we would not be empty-handed when the plate came to us. When I asked why we did this, my father said, “We do this to say ‘Thank you’ for everything God has given us and to remember that it’s all a gift from our heavenly Father.” So I began to learn at an early age the importance of a grateful heart in my relationship with God. I had much to be thankful for: a loving family, a nice home, food and clothing, friends, and the beauty of the outdoors that I loved to play in, but until then I had pretty much taken these things for granted, never thought of them as coming from God. Putting those coins in the offering took on a new significance and it felt good to say, “Thank you.”

My parents also taught me the importance of giving of ourselves and our time to God’s work. Again it was first through their actions, not their words. When the youth group needed adult helpers, my parents volunteered. When the flower guild needed people to make flower arrangements, my mother showed up. When the stewardship committee needed people to campaign, my Dad was there. I saw the joy they had in doing these things, so when Mother said the junior choir was taking new members and asked if I would be interested, I said, “Yes.” It was the beginning of a life-long deepening of my spiritual relationship with God. From the 2nd grade through seminary I continued singing in the choir, for I discovered in worshiping God through the gift of music I could pray in a language that spoke to the depths of my soul. It is a joy that has never left me.

It wasn’t until I was in the fourth grade when I was being prepared for confirmation that I received formal teaching about tithing and being a steward of all the gifts I had been given. Those gifts included the things I was good at and that could benefit others, like singing in the choir or helping cut the lawn for an elderly neighbor. It also included giving back to God a portion of the money I had at my disposal. This was important for our spiritual health, because giving of our time, talent and treasure helps us to remember to put our trust in God, rather than things that do not last. At the time, I had an allowance each week of one dollar, so I began putting a dime in the offering plate each week.

I wish I could say that I continued to tithe for the rest of my life. Somewhere along the way, I forgot those early lessons. When I married, Roy and I had a very tight budget, so in the beginning what we gave was what we had left over at the end of the month. Then one year, we had a stewardship campaign that focused on giving a percentage of our income to God, with the tithe being the gradual goal. We looked carefully at our budget and where our checkbook revealed that our priorities were. It was clear that we were not making our relationship with God a priority. So we made some changes so that we could start giving a percentage of our income each month. I confess that that first year our giving was more in the one percent range. Each year we made a new step up, until we not only reached the tithe but had the joy of surpassing it. The amazing thing was that the more we gave, the less we missed it and the happier our lives were.

My stewardship journey has richly blessed my life and deepened my trust in God. The life lessons learned as a child of the importance of stewardship have taught me the joy of having a grateful heart and of giving back to God the giver. To this day it helps me to keep putting my trust in God and that trust has never been disappointed.

Coming October 26: New Consecration Sunday

RSVP now for brunch

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 there! RSVP now to let us know if you will or will not be present for the worship services and brunches -- download the reservation card at or pick up a card at church. (There is no charge for the brunches.)
Photo - Therese Braman, Stewardship committee chair, and Father Jim want you to return your brunch reservation! (photo by Connie Bergeron)

Stewardship sermons series: coming up, and online

The season of stewardship is active at St. Catherine's. Our tradition is to have members of the parish share their stories during this period. On October 12 we heard from Audrey Nesbit; on October 19 we will hear Bill Lee as he takes to the pulpit to deliver the sermon at all service times this day. You can read and/or hear this stewardship series (and sermons from the Sundays past as well) on our website on the Sermons page,

Stewardship Reflection of the Day

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

All called to Diocesan Service of Repentance and Reconciliation

Wednesday, Oct. 22 at the Cathedral or at St. Catherine's

Bishop Rob Wright has issued his first Pastoral Letter on Dismantling Racism and called us to participate in a Service of Repentance & Reconciliation for the Sin of Racism, 7:00 pm at The Cathedral of St. Philip. We invite you to join Amma Susan and other members of our congregation at the Cathedral for this service. The Liturgy of the Word (readings and sermon) will also be available via live webcast.

For those who do not wish to or cannot make their way to the Cathedral we will gather at St. Catherine’s at 7 pm in the Board Room to participate in the webcast followed by sharing Eucharist led by Father Jim. We hope that these two opportunities will make it possible to have the broadest participation in this important time together as a Diocese. To access the video stream and a copy of the evening's liturgy on October 22 at 7 pm, go to

  • If you wish to travel with us to the Cathedral we will depart St. Catherine’s promptly at 6:00 pm -- please RSVP on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Amma Susan,, 770-971-2839.
  • Wednesday Night Live (WNL) dinner, youth program and choir rehearsals will be held as usual this evening. Adults will be invited to participate in this special service in the program time.

Low Country Boil        

Saturday, October 25

Space is limited so get your ticket soon! Join us at 6:30 pm for our annual Low Country Boil. Enjoy music from the beach and bayou along with a full Low Country Boil—shrimp and all the 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 until we sell out. (Please, no walk-ins for this limited-capacity event.) For questions please contact Fred Lopez or Elizabeth Lopez ,

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.

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 – please contact Jennifer Massey,, 404.375.8327.

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!

Interfaith Immersion Weekend – reserve now!

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 2014 sabbatical, Building Bridges of Peace. The fee will for the entire weekend will be $20 per person (scholarships are available). This is an incredible deal as the food alone will cost more than that. We are able to offer this wonderful opportunity at such a nominal fee thanks to Amma Susan's Sabbatical Fund. Commitment to the full weekend is required.

Do not delay! There is limited space available for the weekend. Any places available after November 2 will be opened to organizations outside of St. Cat's. (Please Note: You are welcome to sign up a friend who is not a member before that date). Send your fee to the church (be sure to indicate that it is for the Fall Interfaith Immersion Weekend) to reserve your spot.

Each day we will gather at St. Catherine’s. From there, we will travel to sacred spaces around Atlanta to hear from leaders in each faith community and to witness their traditions, customs and cuisine. For questions please contact Pierce Hale,, 770-331-3014. I look forward to embarking on this spiritually explosive journey with you!

AGENDA (return times each day are approximate)

Friday, Nov. 21 (Islam and Judaism) 8:45 am – 8:30 pm

  • Mosque Al Farooq, 14th Street - Tour and Q&A with Kemal Korucu
  • Atlanta Masjid of Al Islam - Islam Presentation and Q&A with Imam Plemon El-Amin; Lunch at Marie's Ummat Café; Worship Service (Jumah)
  • Temple Sinai (Sandy Springs) Tour and Q&A with Rabbi Mitch Cohen; Supper and conversations with Jewish members; Worship service (Shabbat) with the congregation; Evening social with congregants

Saturday, Nov. 22 (Vedanta, Hinduism) 8:30 am – 2:30 pm

  • Vedanta Center Chapel - Presentation, Communal Worship, and Q&A with Brother Shankara
  • Riverdale Temple – Tour, Indian lunch, Q&A with Manhar Valand

Sunday, Nov. 23 (Buddhism) 8:30 am – 2:00 pm

  • Buddhism Presentation and Q&A
  • Drepung Loseling Monastery - Guided Meditation and lunch

To prepare:

  1. Dress comfortably with casual, modest clothing. Women will need scarves, on Friday only.
  2. We will remove our shoes for entering mosques, Hindu temples, Buddhist centers; it is strongly recommended to wear SOCKS and easy, comfortable shoes
  3. Bring a pen and small notebook for keeping track of key points and questions; a sweater or long sleeves for those who get chilly in air-conditioning. Bottled water will be available on the bus for everyone.

Newcomer vouchers: Have you seen them?

By Bettye Harris

Earlier this year, the Invitation Ministry team began including a special coupon-voucher (see picture below) in the green visitor gift bags handed out on Sunday mornings. The double-sided voucher invites guests and their families to join us for a Sunday morning breakfast or a Wednesday evening (WNL) dinner.

If you meet a newcomer at one of these meals, please thank them for coming and assist them with any questions they might have. If you are hosting one of these meals, please collect the voucher, jot down the guests’ name on the voucher, and return voucher to the church office or reimbursement envelope. Thank you to Bill Ivey who helped us with our design and layout! Contact Bettye Harris or Susan Heuke if you have questions.

Nominations for Vestry: Consider being a candidate       

Due Sunday, November 9

Nominations to serve on the Vestry are due by Sunday, November 9. This year we will elect four new vestry members to serve three-year terms. You may nominate yourself or someone else (with their permission). Nominees must be a member in good standing of the parish, in that they “work, pray and give for the spread of God’s Kingdom.” A list of the eligible members and nomination forms will be available in your bulletin and at church beginning October 26. The slate of candidates will be announced at the start of December and the election will be held at all services on Sunday, December 14. If you cannot be present for the election you may vote by absentee ballot available from the church office. Contact Senior Warden Elizabeth Lopez or our clergy for questions.

Christmas trees & greens orders begin October 26

The end of October is approaching and fall is in the air. But—it's time to look ahead and order your Christmas trees, wreaths and garland, all to benefit the Youth Program! Our items come direct from the farm in North Carolina and we get comments every year on how nice and fresh they are.

Look for the sale table in the foyer on Sundays, October 26 through November 16, or a form will be available on our website. For questions please contact Mike Peterson, 770-971-2839 or Thank you in advance for your support!

Wheeler Chorus concert at St. Catherine's, October 30

The Wheeler High School Choruses will perform their fall concert in our sanctuary on Thursday, October 30 at 7:00 pm. Everyone is invited for this delightful evening of music, no tickets or admission.

Ministry Teams Quarterly Meeting

Tuesday, November 4, 7:00 pm

All leaders and members of St. Catherine’s ministry teams and committees, please be sure to be present at this very important meeting in the Parish Hall as we begin the 2015 budget process. Anyone who is interested in the ministry work of our church is welcome to attend.

Ecumenical Thanksgiving Celebration - You're invited!

Thursday, November 20: one week before Thanksgiving Day

Usher in the Thanksgiving season with a joyous celebration of the things that bring us together! St. Catherine’s invites you to join us in the 10th Annual Ecumenical Thanksgiving Celebration on Thursday, November 20, 7:00 pm at Temple Kol Emeth, located at the corner of Old Canton Road and East Piedmont Road. The address is 1415 Old Canton Rd, Marietta, GA 30062, The evening will be inspiring, humorous and music-filled, and a reception will follow the service. Last year’s service included 12 other Cobb and Marietta congregations presenting and organizing this event. The public is invited.

Reception foods donations needed

A reception will follow this service and we request your donations of finger food appetizers or desserts. Please be sure that items contain NO PORK or SHELLFISH. Meatless is preferred. Please label items if they affect dietary requirements such as being gluten-free, or containing dairy products or allergens such as peanuts, strawberries, etc. You may drop off your items in the St. Catherine’s kitchen by 5:00 pm that day, or bring to Temple Kol Emeth between 9:00 am -5:00 pm that day. For questions please contact Jennifer Massey,, 404.375.8327.

Advent Reflections writers wanted

A special annual tradition at St. Catherine’s is our booklet of reflections on the seasons of Advent and Christmas written by our own parishioners. Won't you consider writing for this year’s collection? You will be assigned a scripture passage on which to write a brief (1 or 2 paragraphs) meditation. Reflections will be due by Sunday, November 16. Names are not attributed to individual writings, so only you (and the editors) will know which one is yours! Still hesitant? You can view last year's booklet to see what other contributions have looked like... go to

Please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Karen Manno at We will be in touch with your assignment.

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.

The program for adults through Nov. 5 is "Jesus Christ Superstar – The Movie". (Note – the adult program on Oct. 22 will be to attend the Diocesan Service of Repentance and Reconciliation either at the Cathedral or in St. Catherine’s Board Room).

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

Survey closes October 31! St. Catherine’s Memorial Garden is almost full, we estimate we have space for a maximum of 6 to 8 future interments. Don’t miss this chance to provide your thoughts and opinions on plans to build an expansion of this space. Please take 10-15 minutes for our online survey at:


October 19 is Undies Sunday for MUST

“Dignity Starts with the Basics”

What are the most needed, least provided commodities that people who live at MUST Ministries, or visit the MUST Marketplace need? Underwear and socks -- 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? Just buy a new, sealed package of underwear, undershirts, t-shirts or socks – in your family’s sizes – and bring it to church on "Undies Sunday," 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 day? 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.

Operation Christmas Child

Ingathering Sunday, November 16

By Molly Banko

This Christmas, you and your family can share love and hope with a needy child in a country like Uganda, Honduras, Kosovo, or El Salvador by using a simple shoe box. Operation Christmas Child is an easy project that both children and adults can do by filling a shoe box with small gifts and toiletries. Ready-to-fold shoe boxes are available now in the church foyer – no need to wrap a box this year! Operation Christmas Child packing guides will be available in your bulletin or in the foyer. Donations are also accepted, please make your check out to St. Catherines and indicate it’s for OCC. Please bring filled shoeboxes to church during the week of November 9 to 16.

Additional information can be found on Samaritan’s Purse website at Please contact Molly Banko with any questions at Sponsored for everyone by our Young Families Ministry.

Parish Day of Service - and more!

Saturday, November 15

Saturday, November 15, St. Catherine's will be hosting a Parish Day of Service in our community. We have 2 local volunteer opportunities. Please contact Harriett Pyburn ( to sign up or with any questions:

    9 - 11 am
    (Must be 12 or older to volunteer)
    Help inspect, sort and pack books for shipping. Books For Africa is the largest shipper of donated text and library books to the African continent, shipping over 31 million books to 49 different countries since 1988. The organization's one goal: to end the book famine in Africa.
  • SAVE IT FORWARD Program of Alive Ministries - MARIETTA
    1:00 - 3:30 pm
    (All ages are welcome)
    Come help inventory, sort and pack donated grocery items at the main warehouse right off of the South Marietta Loop at I-75. Alive Ministries partners with local schools providing food and toiletries to students and their families within Cobb County Schools (this year their goal is to provide monthly boxes for 200 families in need). Items are resourcefully collected through couponing and a partnership with the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

In addition, we will be hosting two collections projects at church to support these organizations:

    Please see guidelines below and drop off books in the collections area across from the parlor. We will take the book donations with us on our volunteer day.
    Acceptable Items:
    - 15 years old or newer popular fiction and nonfiction reading books (soft and hard cover).
    - 1998 or newer publish date primary, secondary, and college textbooks (soft and hard cover).
    - 2003 or newer reference books such as encyclopedias and dictionaries.
    - 1998 or newer publish date medical, nursing, IT, and law books.
    - Bibles are sent when requested by African recipients. We will accept Bibles or religious books, please place them in a box separate from other donations and mark the box as “Religious texts.”
    Not acceptable items:
    - Magazines or journals of any kind, including academic journals.
    - Home decorating or wedding books.
    - Cookbooks.
    - Ethnocentric books, such as the biography of Abraham Lincoln or the history of Ohio.
    - Foreign language books except for French books. French novels and dictionaries are welcome.
    - American history or civics.
    - Music books for K–12.
    - Murder mysteries or anything with “kill,” “die,” “murder,” etc. in the title.
    On Sundays November 2 and 9, we will have a table set up in the foyer at church with an opportunity for you to pick up a Save it Forward coupon envelope. You can choose either PUBLIX or KROGER, depending on where you like to shop. Inside, you will have a shopping list as well as relevant coupons (total cost to you after coupons will be less than $6). You are asked to go purchase those items by the following Thursday (to coincide with store sales) and then return them to the church. We will take all of the food items to the Save it Forward warehouse on Saturday, November 15 and you can see how they are put to work. It is so exciting to participate in this process to see how couponing can be used to feed the hungry!

Gobble Jog 2014

It’s time to register for the Gobble Jog on Thanksgiving Day morning, the annual MUST Ministries benefit featuring a 10K run/walk, 5K, a 1K, and Tot Trot. It starts and ends at the Marietta Square. Join many other St. Cat’s members and the community for a fun time and great fundraiser for MUST. Many volunteers are needed, too. You will still have plenty of the Thanksgiving Day TV parades and football to watch and have more room for all that yummy Thanksgiving feast.

This year you may pick up your race packets the day before at the Cobb Galleria Exhibit Hall B between 11:00 am and 6:00 pm, oron the Square on the morning of the race. Here is the Race Day schedule:
6:30 a.m. - Packet Pickup and Registration
7:30 a.m. - 10K Run (timed)
8:45 a.m. - 1K Fun Run/Walk
9:00 a.m. - 5K Run (timed)
9:30 a.m. - 5K Run/Walk (untimed)
10:30 a.m. - Tot Trot

Can't be there that day? Support the event as a "phantom runner" and get your well-deserved race shirt by mail! Get all the details and register at

New this year: Concert

A new Gobble Jog event will be held this year on the Sunday after the race, November 30 at 6:00 pm. Grammy-winning Christian artists NewSong, Sanctus Real, and Jamie Grace will kick off their Very Merry Christmas Tour at Piedmont Church, 570 Piedmont Road, Marietta. If you listen to 104.7 The Fish you will have heard these singers. Tickets are $15 online or $20 at the door.

Attention: Stephen Ministers, active and inactive

By Amy Morris

Wellstar Hospice is in need of volunteers. There are several opportunities for volunteering: one on one patient family assignments, greeter at reception desk, creating socials for staff, help filing paperwork or serving tea! Since Stephen Ministers have received multiple hours of training in Listening and Confidentiality, Janis Kleinberger, Volunteer Services Manager, has adapted the regular training program to create one specific for Stephen Ministers. Janis will be coming to St. Catherine's to provide group training for Stephen Ministers. Her goal is to get most trained before Christmas holidays so these sessions will be starting right away. This training is open to all who have been commissioned as Stephen Ministers, active or inactive.

  • Monday, Oct. 20, 5-7 pm (Conference Room)
  • Monday, Nov. 17, 5-7 pm (Conference Room)
  • Saturday, Dec. 6, 9-12 (Board Room)

Please invite other Stephen Ministers, RSVP, and contact Amy Morris, if you have any questions.


Volunteer Corner

Why I Serve - By Stephanie Yucuis

Overall I believe that God brings us together in community to love one another and what we do with that time together can take different forms. Sometimes it's in fellowship, sometimes it's in celebration, sometimes it's in quiet and sometimes it's in service. When I am serving others there are two quotes that often ring true to me. I serve "Because I Can." Many of you recall this article title written by Jason Snape. It has resonated with me and I believe it is a common thread in many of the stewardship talks that I have heard given here at St. Catherine's. God has blessed me with the gift of organization which enables me to oversee a project or plan an event. Whether it is a VBS, a Christmas Pageant or a dinner, the gift of organization has served me to serve others.

The second quote that rings true for me is "When the Christ in me meets the Christ in you." I have heard Father Jim say this and so often during my time of service I have found the fruits of the spirit to come from the interaction with those who I am serving. These fruits—love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control—are what I try to keep my eyes and heart focused on so that I can better serve the Lord.

Kneeler Project Update

By Beverly Fambrough

Sunday, October 5 was a momentous day. The final clergy party kneeler, the Bishop's kneeler, was dedicated at the 8:45 am service. The sponsor was Margaret Shaw in thanksgiving for all of God’s blessings. The Seal of the Diocese of Atlanta proved to be a challenge for stitchers Susan Jablonski and Courtney Shillington. The final result is nothing short of spectacular!


This year we will have completed and dedicated a total of 5 kneelers. There are 6, I repeat 6, kneelers remaining and currently being stitched. They are:

(Click each kneeler picture to enlarge)

Adam & Eve
Stitched by Peggy Towery
David & Goliath
Stitched by Nancy Denton
Abraham & Isaac
Stitched by Courtney Shillington
Peter’s Denial
Stitched by Karen Tindall
Stitched by Jennifer Buckalew
Stitched by Courtney Shillington

While this has been a long journey, I believe this endeavor adds a wonderful feature to our sanctuary which is unique to St. Catherine’s. Photos by Bill Fambrough

Young Families new leaders: Part 2

In the last Wheel newsletter we announced that Amy Mikkelsen and Ina & David Bachmann are now the chairs of Young Families Ministry, and featured an introduction from Ina about herself and goals for YF. Below Amy provides a similar introduction.

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,, Ina,, or David,

An introduction

From Amy Mikkelson:
About me: I'm a Georgia native and graduate of the University of West Georgia. After working in medical sales for several years, I quit the corporate world to work inside the home and care for my family. I work part-time as a website moderator and freelance blogger/writer. I write a personal lifestyle blog titled, “Your Southern Peach” which features my food photography as well as southern culture, recipes and other domestic delights. I also enjoy yoga and am approaching the eleventh year of my practice.

My family: I married my husband Daniel at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta, Georgia. We have two sons, and I grew up in Woodstock, Georgia. We enjoy spending time with our extended family on the weekends and have five nieces and one nephew.

How we found St. Cat's: After the birth of our oldest son Luke, we needed a church closer to home and transferred our membership from St. Philip's to St. Catherine's in 2008. We feel blessed to be part of such a wonderful church family!

Goals for Young Families: To invite and welcome new young families to St. Catherine's as well as coordinate social activities and service opportunities for this group.

Seen around St. Cat's

Several St. Cat's folks traveled to the international Celebration of the 60th
Anniversary of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd October 1-4 in Phoenix.
Congrats to Karen Maxwell for such an amazing conference!
(photos by Bill Ivey)
Concert on October 12 - Sarah and
Eugene Martin (center) presented a
delightful organ and piano recital,
pictured with Brian & Jana Williams
(photo by Paul Manno)
Usher Ron Bergeron (right)
with parishioner Roger Motter
(photo by Connie Bergeron)

Blessing of the Animals

It was a beautiful day under our great oak on October 4 as we gathered to give thanks for and bless animals large and small! See LOTS more photos full-size in the album at BlessingAnimalsOct2014 (photos by Jan Potter).

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 20-26: Stewardship Committee — This week we celebrate the life and work of our Stewardship Committee, which is responsible for the leadership and planning of the fall Stewardship Campaign and for developing year-round education for the parish on the Stewardship of Time, Talent and Treasure. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Therese Braman, 770.509.3484,
  • October 27-Nov. 2: Altar Guild — This week we celebrate the life and work of our Altar Guild, responsible for set up and cleanup of the altar whenever a service is held at St. Catherine’s. The guild also takes care of the altar linens and hangings, and bakes the communion bread. Volunteers work in teams on a rotating basis and training is provided. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Molly Frost, 404.285.1741,
  • November 3-9: Greeters — This week we celebrate the life and work of our Greeters, who offer a warm welcome to visitors before and after Sunday services and other special services; assist the clergy by helping to guide visitors to our Welcome Table; and work closely with the Shepherds to assist newcomers during their visit. Greeters also look for opportunities to introduce visitors to others. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Jay Hendricks, 770.218.0513,


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

  • From The Extension on October 1, for $750.00.
  • From Episcopal Relief and Development on September 25, for $202.82.


Health Tips - from our Congregational Nurses

  • Healthy lifestyle may reduce risk of dementia
    Staying physically active and having a healthy lifestyle may help keep the brain healthy as we age, according to a recent study. Researchers found that people who followed four out of five healthy behaviors—getting regular exercise, eating a healthy diet, keeping their weight down, not smoking and moderating alcohol intake—were 60 percent less likely to develop Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia than people who had none of these healthy behaviors. Researchers noted that healthy behaviors have far more benefits than any medical treatment and even adopting one healthy behavior could reduce dementia risk. Source: Alzheimer’s Research Foundation
  • Back pain? Stretch your hamstrings
    One cause of lower-back pain is tight hamstring muscles. Try this simple stretch: Sit on the floor with legs extended in front of you, toes up to the ceiling. Keeping your chest up, and back long, lean forward from your hips, sliding your hands toward your ankles until you feel slight tension in the back of your legs. For additional assistance, loop a towel around your feet and pull yourself toward your ankles. Avoid rounding your back or locking your knees. Hold stretch for 30 seconds, without bouncing. Repeat two to four times, at least two days per week. Source: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Provided by HealthStart,


If you have a name to be added to the Prayers please fill out the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin, or contact the church office, 770-971-2839, Names will remain on the Prayer Chain list for one month unless indicated for a longer period.

FOR ALL MEMBERS OF THE ARMED SERVICES: Tom Blackstock; Josh England, Jennifer Buckalew’s cousin; Lucas Elgie, Emma Markette’s brother

MISSION TRIP: Juan Sandoval to Haiti

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

FOR THE SICK: Lenny Campbell, Carol Eskew, David Gooder, Kathleen Aaron, Erwin Jung, Kerri Huitt, Melva & Billy Kittsell, Marc Krouse, Talmadge Ayers, Dinah Harmon, Olivia Glenn, Payton Szpindor, Althea Dillard, Elizabeth Darden, Julianne Steiner, Holly Griffin, Pat Hazlin, Rick Venable, Marti Graham, Nancy Burnaugh, Catherine Ransdell, Carol Bowser, Bob Geer, Bill Hutton, Melissa, Kris Graper, Tara Nesbit, Gail Cook, Dave Banko, Bradley, Frank, Fran Coraggio, 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, Richard Stamper, Charlotte Elias, Faith & her mother Hope , Kerri Huitt, Ann McCarthy, Katie Rohert, Georgene Schnorf, Larry Bishop, Camden Bradbury, Nancy Arrington, Jim Greene, Sybil

DECEASED: Sam Carter, Barry Dillard’s step-father; Rev. Ron LaMarche, added by Susan Cromer; Ryan Frank, added by Susan Cromer; Tyler Stephens, former parishioner; Youmans Arrington, husband of Harry Tear’s co-worker.

FOR THOSE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS: (10/18) Fleming Rowell, Lisa Johnston, (10/19) Mason Lewis, Michael Sherwood, (10/20) Kevin Acocella, David Moore, Amelie Cardona, Kathryn Burgher, (10/21) Woodie Patrick, Claire Selby, ((10/22) Scott Butzen, (10/23) Holly Krupp, Cody Ellis, (10/24) Ginny Acocella, (10/25) Anna McCoy, Cy Cardona, (10/26) Oak Martin, (10/27) Preston Paris, Devon Durbrow, Alex Shillington, (10/28) Doug Jenkins, (10/29) Susan Bayless, Sally Paris, (10/30) Alan Massey, Keely Phillpotts, Marilyn Marcus, (10/31) Tracy Buckalew, Clarke Thomas, Mitch Dumke, Tom Blackstock, David Banko, (11/1) Clay Buckalew, Rachel Childs, Paul Acocella, Bob Jansen, Christy Luttrell, (11/2) Sara Thomas, (11/4) Deana DeLaBarre, Missy Greene, (11/5) Arlyn Cook, Colleen Morich, Christopher Scott, (11/6) Collin Rayfield, (11/7) Jerry Scott, Jason Gardiner, Olivia Shillington, Richard Bowers-Dean, Jackson Ragan, Cindy Tuemmler

ANNIVERSARIES: (10/20) Rachel & Matt Hutton; (10/22) Tom & Maureen Donoghue; (10/23) Al & Sue Jones; (10/24) Christina & Josh McLean; Claire & Rob Harrison; (10/25) Sue & Jason Snape; (10/28) Terry & Lezlie Degan; Jerry & Linda Scott; (11/6) Steve & Rosemary Wolfe

(10/19) Keith, Susanne, & Nicky Muckerman, Gaby Sutton; Carol Murphy; John, Danielle, Sidney & Cole Nabinger; Madeline, Hank & Christi Nakajima; Dave, Bobbie Joe & Eli Nelson
(10/26) James & Audrey Nesbit; Jason, Taryn, Ethan & Ryan Nienaber; Jim & Joan Nixon; Gordon & Nancy O’Neill; Bob, Karolyn, Sean & Ryan Olliffe

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:

  • 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
  • Sunday, November 30 - First Sunday of Advent; Advent wreath making for all ages 10-11 am (No Church School)

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, 10/18 Saturday, 10/25


Cats on Wheels trip
Jubilate Practice


Stephen Leaders Meeting
Low Country Boil
Sunday, 10/19 Sunday, 10/26


Holy Eucharist
Holy Eucharist
Church School
Holy Eucharist
NCS Leadership Dinner


New Consecration Sunday
Holy Eucharist
Celebration Breakfast
Holy Eucharist/Jubilate
No Church School
Celebration Brunch
Holy Eucharist
Celebration Brunch

Monday, 10/20 Monday, 10/27

Amma Susan's day off
Women’s Book Study
CGS Catholic
Stephen Ministry
Kneeler Group
Boy Scout Troop 713


Amma Susan's day off
Memorial Garden Group
Boy Scout Troop 713

Tuesday, 10/21 Tuesday, 10/28


Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
ACS Meeting
Technology Group
Vestry Meeting

Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Blood Drive
Wheeler Concert Rehearsal
Elizabeth Inn
MUST Laundry Team
Wednesday, 10/22 Wednesday, 10/29


MUST Breakfast
Bible Study
WNL Dinner
Youth WNL Program
Service of Repentance
Chancel Choir


Bible Study
WNL Dinner
WNL Program
Chancel Choir

Thursday, 10/23 Thursday, 10/30
Preschool Board
Men’s Bible Study
Men’s Bible Study
Wheeler Choral Concert
Friday, 10/24 Friday, 10/31

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


Fr. Jim's day off
Youth Fall Retreat
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

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 7– Saturday, November 8
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!


J2A Youth and Parent Meeting

Sunday, November 9, 1:00 PM

We will be holding a brief but important meeting for all J2A (9th and 10th grade) youth and parents on Sunday, November 9 at 1:00 PM in the Youth House. We will use this time to discuss the process of collecting donations for our Valentine Dinner, Dance, and Auction and will give out forms and information to assist in this process. The Valentine Dinner Dance is the primary fundraiser for the pilgrimage this class will be making in the summer of 2016, and its success is largely driven by auction donations you collect. Please make every effort to be present at this meeting, which will be our last meeting of 2014.


Happening at Camp Mikell, Nov. 21-23

Happening is a weekend long conference for second semester 9th graders up to seniors that occurs twice a year at Camp Mikell and that many St. Cat’s youth and adults have been deeply involved with for several years. As the Happening brochure says, “More than just a retreat, Happening is a powerful encounter in which young people minister to young people, bringing Jesus joyfully alive in an enthusiastic community of disciples.” Happening consists of talks, skits, songs, games, and a lot of great surprises, and is attended and almost entirely led by other 10-12 graders from all around the Diocese of Atlanta (including several of your friends from St. Cat’s). Confidential scholarship is readily available by request to help with the cost of the weekend. If you can’t make it this time, don’t worry, there’s another Happening next Feb. 20-22.

If you are curious about Happening, feel free to talk to Mike or any of the many St. Cat’s youth and adults who have been before. You can also find more information and register to attend by visiting .



See lots more photos full-size in the albums at Youth Facebook photo albums (remember, you do NOT need to be a Facebook user to view the photos!).

Below - Bowling in July Below - Corn maze in October
(photo thanks to Jack O.)
Below - Whirly Ball in July

Wheel schedule:

Next publications:

  • November 7
  • November 21
  • December 5

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

The Wheel: get every issue!

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

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

Subscribe to "CONNECTING" — Atlanta Diocesan eNews: Are you receiving CONNECTING, the weekly email news published by the Diocese of Atlanta? Each week it reports on events, classes, conferences, concerts, job offerings, clergy moves and much more from all around our diocese, plus a selection of news items from our national church. To begin receiving CONNECTING, go to the diocesan website at

Copyright 2014 St. Catherine's Episcopal Church
571 Holt Road, Marietta, Georgia 30068