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

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The Newsletter of
St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
November 8 - 21, 2014

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Clergy Letter

Newcomer coffee
Vestry nominations
Cats On Wheels
Christmas trees
Marriage study
Ecumenical Thanksgiving
Interfaith Immersion
Looking toward Advent
  Lessons & Carols
  Wreath making
  Wreath sale
  Advent helping
  Advent studies
Ladies Night Out
The Journey

Parish Day of Service
Operation Christmas Child
Coats For Cobb
Bake sale
The Extension
Holiday Outreach
Gobble Jog
Undies Sunday success
Family Promise training
Stephen Ministers

Memorial Services
Volunteering corner
Finance report
Kneeler update
Young Families
Seen around St. Cats
Ministry focus

Georgia Festival Chorus
Epiphany's Nativities
Health tips


Parent/Youth meeting
Youth in the news



11/6-8 – Diocesan Council

11/9 – Newcomer/visitor coffee;
Vestry nominations due

11/15 – Parish Day of Service;
Cats On Wheels lunch

11/12, 19 – WNL

11/16 – Christmas tree orders due;
Operation Christmas Child ingathering;
Flowers/music donations begin;
Advent Reflections due

11/20 – Ecumenical Thanksgiving @ Temple Kol Emeth

11/21-23 – Interfaith Immersion;
Happening @ Camp Mikell

11/23 – Bake sale for Fragile Kids

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The Wideness of God’s Mercy

By Father Jim

Many of you have asked me about my experience on the Camino de Santiago with my son Matt. I have taken to answering that it was a time when I encountered the wideness of God’s mercy and love. There are more stories to tell than the space of one clergy article will allow. So just one will need to suffice for this article.

After 5 days and 112 kilometers of walking we entered the square outside the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. It was a long and difficult walk, but entering that square brought not just physical but emotional and spiritual relief. Matt and I had both agreed that if we didn’t make the noon Pilgrim’s Mass that it would not be the end of the world. The truth be known however, we adjusted our last few days to be sure that the last day’s walk would ensure our arrival at the Cathedral well before the 11:00 AM time everyone suggested was required to get a seat.

The walk challenged me physically and emotionally. It was a profound time of spiritual refreshment both by myself and in my conversations with Matt. But by the end of each 15-20 mile day my body had given nearly all it had and I found it increasingly difficult to eat—which, of course, was exactly the wrong thing to be doing, not giving nourishment to my body. So I arrived in Santiago having lost a few pounds and lost my appetite for any food or drink. I know now that I entered the doors of that church with a hunger deeper than I imagined.

As we celebrated the Mass I was aware of the profound sense of peace and safety, rest and joy—and accomplishment—I felt sitting next to Matt. The Mass, of course, was in Spanish, but our common catholic bonds made the flow of the Mass familiar and comforting. When it came time to receive the sacrament there was an energy in the church that was palpable. As I received the body of Christ from the priest and put it in my mouth, it was like a powerful wave of energy went through me. I have never in my life felt anything like that when receiving the body and blood of Christ. And even more miraculous, as I consumed the body of Christ, I heard these words, “This sacrament is mine; not yours, and I open my arms to all who come to me desiring it.” It was then that I remembered my words on Sunday mornings, “whoever you are and wherever you are on your journey to God, you are welcome at this altar.”

We sing a marvelous 19th century hymn, “There’s a wideness in God’s mercy.” The last verse of the hymn captures my feelings from that magnificent Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela on that day when I stood beside my son and before God hungrier and needier than I could have ever imagined.

For the love of God is broader than the measure of the mind;
And the heart of the Eternal is most wonderfully kind.
If our love were but more faithful we should take him at his word;
And our love would be thanksgiving for the goodness of the Lord.

New Consecration Sunday update

RSVP now for brunch

By Therese Braman

The Stewardship Committee is very excited to announce results from New Consecration Sunday (NCS) which was held on October 26. 280 people attended NCS and we received 139 adult/household pledges plus 11 pledges from our children and youth. The total pledges for 2015 which have been received at latest report (November 4) is 189, and the total dollars pledged is $682,770. It is so wonderful to see the Holy Spirit at work in our lives! Stay tuned for final details at the annual meeting in January.

Did you miss NCS? Have you misplaced your Estimate of Giving Card?

If so, it’s not too late. You may obtain an Estimate of Giving (pledge) card at church in the pews, or print one from our website at Please return your card in the alms basin or to the church office as soon as possible. Your pledges are needed now as we begin the budgeting process for 2015! Thank you for your prayers and support of St. Catherine’s ministries and missions.

Stewardship sermons series online

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 Bill Lee; and for New Consecration Sunday our special guest preacher was Tammy Pallot of the Atlanta Diocesan Stewardship Commission. You can read and/or hear this stewardship series (and sermons from the Sundays past as well) on our website on the Sermons page,

Below: New Consecration Sunday featured Tammy Pallot in the pulpit, and we enjoyed the Celebration Brunches! Photos by Jan Potter, see lots more pictures full-size in the album at Church10262014.

Newcomer/Visitor Coffee: All are welcome!

Sunday, November 9

By Bettye Harris

Our next Newcomer and Visitor Welcoming Coffee will be Sunday, November 9, at 10:00 am in the Parish Hall (during the Church School hour). Visitors, newcomers, and new (or returning) members are invited to an informal gathering with clergy, staff and lay leaders. We will offer coffee, fruit, pastries, and conversation about our programs & ministries. We encourage you to invite a friend or neighbor, no reservation needed. Contact Bettye Harris (678-463-7827) or Susan Heuke (678-231-8558) if you can assist or if you have questions.

Nominations due Sunday, November 9 for Vestry

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 is available at church. 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.

Cats On Wheels lunch Saturday, November 15

Cats On Wheels' next pay-your-own lunch will be 11:30 am at the Kennesaw location of Ted’s Montana Grill, 2500 Cobb Place Lane, Kennesaw 30144 (near AMC Barrett Commons Theater). 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 fellowship group for active senior adults, we welcome you to join us! Photos below (by Ron Cook): our October trip to Foxfire and the Dillard House.

Christmas trees & greens

Order by Sunday, November 16

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 through November 16, or download a form from our website at . Your order will be ready for pickup from church on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 6 & 7. For questions please contact Mike Peterson, 770-971-2839 or Thank you in advance for your support!

Dearly Beloved... A Study of Marriage

Beginning Wednesday, November 12

By Father Jim

We invite you to participate in a very exciting class/event that we are offering. 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?

These classes will be held on Wednesday evenings November 12, 19 and December 3, 10, 17 at 7:00 PM for one hour as part of our Wednesday Night Live programs. Come and have dinner at 6:00 and stay for the study. We would be pleased if you could join us for this study and conversation.

WNL (Wednesday Night Live) continues each 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.

Ecumenical Thanksgiving Celebration Thursday, Nov. 20

7:00 pm at Temple Kol Emeth

One week before the date of Thanksgiving! Join St. Catherine's for the 10th Annual Ecumenical Thanksgiving Celebration at Temple Kol Emeth, 1415 Old Canton Rd, Marietta, GA 30062, This year’s theme is “Peace Begins With Me.” Fourteen congregations encompassing Catholics, Jews, Methodists, Muslims, Hindus, Presbyterians, Sikhs, Unitarian Universalists and others will gather as one for an inspiring, humorous, and music-filled evening. Our interfaith success story will feature Palestinian Youth Montaser Amro of the Atlanta Chapter of Kids For Peace, a global movement of Jewish, Christian & Muslim youth, dedicated to ending conflict and inspiring hope in divided societies around the world.

Collections will be held of non-perishable food and donations for MUST Ministries and Temple Kol Emeth’s Give A Gobble Thanksgiving Turkey Outreach. There will be a reception afterwards with ecumenical foods, and attendees can talk with each other over a snack, maybe with someone who believes or worships a little differently. The public is invited.

Reception foods requested

Food and paper supplies donations are requested for the reception. Items can be dropped off in the St. Cat’s kitchen up to 5:00 pm on the day of the service or taken to Temple Kol Emeth between 9 am to 5 pm. All food must be labeled, precut and ready to eat. Suggestions: desserts, fruit platters, cheese/crackers, veggies/dip, appetizer type items, finger foods. NO PORK, MEAT, OR SHELLFISH ITEMS. For more details contact Jennifer or Shirley Childs

Interfaith Immersion Weekend November 21-23

Space is limited! 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, on Friday through Sunday, November 21-23. Cost is just $20 including all meals. Please see the sign up table at church this Sunday, or sign up with your check on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Pierce Hale for information at or 770-331-3014.

Looking toward Advent

Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols – Sunday, December 7, 5 pm

What a wonderful start to the holiday season! Join us in the sanctuary for the story of Salvation in dramatic readings and glorious music. You’ll hear fellow parishioners enact dialogues by biblical figures including Eve, Abraham, Miriam, David, Isaiah, Zechariah and Elizabeth, and Mary of Nazareth. Our choirs will offer musical responses tailored to each reading. The nursery will be open.

Please bring your family and friends, no admission or tickets. This is the second in St. Catherine’s Concert Series 2014-2015. Our Series will continue in 2015 with these stellar events: The Lopez-Tabor Duo - Saturday, January 17; Coro Vocati - Saturday, March 28; and The Chamber Singers of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Choir - Saturday, May 2. All concerts in this year’s series are free and we hope you'll bring family and friends as well. You can also support our series by becoming a Friend of Music at St. Catherine’s: please make checks to St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church and designate it for“Concert Series” in the memo line. Gifts in any amount are welcome.


Advent Wreath Making – Sunday, November 30

—> NO CHURCH SCHOOL this day

Join us in the Parish Hall on the first Sunday of Advent, during the Church School hour to make an Advent wreath for your home. This is always a special time for families and friends to gather and create their own symbol of Advent to be used throughout the season to anticipate with joy, hope and patience the coming of Christ. We offer this time as a community event and so we encourage everyone – children, youth, and adults to gather with us to anticipate this season. We can always use people who are willing to "tutor" one of our younger members in the making of the wreath or simply to be present to experience the joy of the first wreath or most creative one.


Handmade Advent wreaths available

Our very own Mel Paris will be selling his beautifully crafted Advent wreaths on Sunday, November 30 at the Advent Wreath Making. The wreaths will be $25. The tradition of Advent wreaths is enjoyed by many families of St. Catherine's. We offer our thanks to Mel for adding his special touch of craftsmanship to the tradition. (We will have the free foam wreath forms available at the wreath making as we always have. But consider the earth, budget and tradition friendliness of a wreath that you personally own year to year!)


Advent opportunities

By Stephanie Yucius

In the spirit of giving this Advent season - we invite you to give of your time to one or more of the Advent celebrations we have at St. Catherine's. These activities are the Advent Wreath Making Sunday (November 30), St. Nicholas Sunday (December 7) and the Christmas Pageant (December 14). On the bulletin board by the name tag kiosk you will find sign-up sheets with opportunities for you to help out. Please check it out and see if you have time to offer to these wonderful programs that we all enjoy!! Your contribution is greatly appreciated!


Preparing for Advent?!

The Parish Office is in full prepare mode for Advent and Christmas. One of the tasks on our “to-do” list is to order Advent study material for our Advent resource table. The resource table is made available to you, our households, to provide for you some opportunity to make this journey a spiritual exercise. We will do this again this year. And, of course we will have our annual collection of reflections written by our own parish members ready with other materials on the first Sunday of Advent.

We recognize that in this day and time there are other ways for you to access study material. So following is a list of titles available on Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook:

  • Joy in Jesus: Daily Devotions for Advent by Jerry Castleman
  • Prepare Him Room: Advent Family Devotions by Amy Welbom
  • Prepare Ye the Way: Daily Devotions for Advent by Andrew Bartelt
  • Living the Gospel Life: Daily Devotions for Christians on a Mission
  • Faithful Facts for Advent: Daily Devotions for the Sacred Season by Paul L. Maier
  • The AH-HAs of Advent: Devotions for Advent by Rich Bimler
  • Elements of Advent: Daily Devotions for the Season of Advent by Ron Glusenkamp
  • It’s ADVENT-ageous! Contagious, Outrageous Ways to Wait for Teens and Young Adults by David Meed
  • For the Advent Eucharist & Study on Tuesday mornings, if you wish to download our study book to your Kindle or Nook, we will be using While We Wait: Living the Questions of Advent by Mary Lou Redding.

Ladies' Kick off the Season Dinner      

Thursday, December 4

Come join us in the Parish Hall for Ladies' Night Out Kick off the Season Dinner on Thursday, December 4, from 6:30 to 9 pm! We will have a Most Fabulous Christmas Outfit contest, so break out your holiday sweaters, hats, light up jewelry, etc.! Please bring a side dish or dessert to share. The main dish and drinks will be provided.

Also, a representative from The Noonday Collection will be with us. Noonday's jewelry and accessories are hand-crafted by over 2,000 artisans in over 10 resource poor countries. A great opportunity to get some unique Christmas gifts while learning about this wonderful company that helps artisans out of poverty. To pre-shop, go to

Hope you join us for an evening of fun! For questions please contact Maureen Donoghue,

A New Journey for Inquirers begins January 4

By Amma Susan

We are excited to offer St. Catherine’s newly revised adults’ inquirers class, The Journey, beginning January 4, 2015. In the past, The Journey was a nine month course offered every other year, which made for a long wait for those interested in participating but who began worshiping with us after the course was underway. We have shortened the course to four months which will make it possible for us to now offer The Journey every year.

The Journey prepares adults new to St. Catherine’s or the Episcopal tradition and those seeking adult baptism for membership in the church. Some long-standing St. Catherine’s members also attend the class to refresh their faith journey and life in Christ. The Journey is an opportunity to explore your questions about the faith and the church, to learn about St. Catherine’s and the Episcopal church, to gain spiritual tools for your faith journey, and to discern where God may be calling you to use your spiritual gifts, all while getting to know others at St. Catherine’s in a small group setting.

As our planning team prepares for The Journey, it will be helpful to know how many participants to expect, so please contact Amma Susan, or 770-971-2839, if you have any questions or want to sign up to participate when The Journey begins on January 4. The first six sessions will meet Sunday mornings during the Church School hour. There will be one Saturday morning in-house-retreat on February 21. The remaining ten sessions meet Sunday mornings from 10 to 11:30 am. Childcare will be available.

St. Catherine’s Library

By Ralph Patrick

For those who are unaware of it, St. Catherine's has a library located near the administrator's office. Parishioners are invited to browse the shelves and check out books for home reading.

Donations of nonfiction books with contents related to interests of the church are welcome and can be left on the shelf next to the sign-out sheet. Unfortunately, due to limited shelf space, we are not able to accept books of fiction unless they are being discussed by one of our study groups.


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 are hosting two collections projects at church to support these organizations -- please bring all items by November 15:

    On Sunday, November 9, you can pick up a Save it Forward coupon envelope from the Outreach table near the Parlor -- 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!
    Please see guidelines below and drop off books in the Outreach 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.

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.

Outreach items collection: Coats for Cobb

Time to clean out those closets! We are collecting new and used coats for Coats for Cobb during November, all sizes, to be distributed to those in need in our county in early December through MUST Ministries. Please bring donations to the Outreach collections area across from the Parlor.

Bake sale to benefit Fragile Kids Foundation

Sunday, November 23

Stop by on November 23 in between services to purchase your Thanksgiving bake sale items from parishioner Chandler Sherry. Pies and Hummingbird Cakes are available for advance orders now (also available day of sale): Pumpkin Chiffon or Key Lime Pie ($10); Derby Pie (Chocolate/Pecan) $13, Hummingbird Cake $25. Other items available on sale day will include cupcakes, cookies, breads and more goodies! For more information or to order please contact 770-815-5299 or

All proceeds will benefit the Fragile Kids Foundation “Birthday Bash” program. The Fragile Kids Foundation helps medically fragile children and their families with equipment, medical supplies and other support that they cannot afford and which is not covered by insurance. The Birthday Bash Basket Program, which Chandler oversees, collects all types of birthday party items for these children. For more information visit

Dinner at The Extension

By Harriett Pyburn and Stephanie Yucius

Harriett Pyburn and Stephanie Yucius provided dinner on October 19 at The Extension Women's Center in Marietta. We prepared and shared a fall meal with an apple chutney over pork, fresh vegetables, salad and delicious lemon squares and cookie bites. The women were very grateful. The Extension Women's Center is an avenue for rehabilitation from drugs/alcohol in a residential setting. The program has many steps that are challenging but can prove to be life changing. Stephanie witnessed the change through a friend that went through the steps, graduated and continues to give back in support to the women in the program.

St. Catherine’s provides dinner at the Women’s Center on the third Sunday of every month. If you would be interested in serving a meal, contact Connie Bergeron about scheduling at We typically prepare food in advance and bring it to The Extension to serve 20-25 people at 7:00 pm. Multiple people can team together to split up the parts of a meal. We eat with the ladies, and then they handle all cleanup. While the time commitment on our part is not huge, the impact of witnessing the strength and resolve of these women is lasting. Stephanie and Harriett had such a positive experience, they will be dinner chefs as an encore on November 16.

Outreach opportunities this holiday season

The Giving Tree and more!

By Nancy Denton

Emmaus House is one of a number of Outreach Ministries that St. Catherine’s supports. Emmaus House is a center for community life in the Peoplestown neighborhood just south of Turner Field. Grounded in the Episcopal tradition, Emmaus House provides education, opportunity, assistance, and advocacy in partnership with our neighbors in Peoplestown. For more information about Emmaus House please go to their website, . The following are opportunities listed below that are available to be a part of this coming Advent season.

  • Secret Santa items - due by December 7: We are collecting scarves, slippers, hankies, socks, soap, shampoo, cologne, shaving cream and razors, gloves, billfolds, decorative items, costume jewelry, watches for the Emmaus House Secret Santa Shop to be held on Sunday, December 15. After the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service, children visit the Secret Santa Shop to buy gifts for their parents and grandparents. All items are priced at 10 cents. Please deliver these donations for Secret Santa to the Giving Tree by Sunday, December 8.
  • The Giving Tree - available starting Nov. 23, due by Dec. 14: St. Catherine’s parishioners buy gifts for the Emmaus House Children’s Christmas Festival on the morning of December 24. Beginning November 23, we will have a tree with ornaments set up in the church foyer with suggested gift ideas for the 700+ children who come for the festivities on Christmas Eve morning. These gifts should be returned to St. Catherine’s no later than Sunday, December 14 to be taken to Emmaus House. Suggestions for the Giving Tree – We are asking that you shop for boys and girls ages 9 to 16 years. Some suggested gifts include: portable CD players with batteries, back packs, sleeping bags, books, videos, socks, gloves, sports equipment, watches, CDs, sunglasses, playing cards, cologne, and manicure sets. A more complete list of suggestions and instructions can be found at the Outreach table in the foyer. Once you have bought a gift, we ask that you (1) wrap the gift, particularly for gift cards (but not if it’s too hard, like a football), (2) attach the tree ornament securely to your gift and (3) deliver the gift to the Giving Tree at St. Cat’s by December 14.
  • Children’s Christmas Festival at Emmaus House: For the past few years, several parishioners have gone to Emmaus House on Christmas Eve morning to be “elves”, helping to distribute presents to 700+ smiling faces, and escort the guests to the various events. It’s a wonderful activity, guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit, and we would love for you to join us! If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Gina Bauman,

If you have any questions about these Outreach opportunities, please contact Nancy Denton, or 770-428-6058.

Gobble Jog on Thanksgiving Day

Don't forget! 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, or on the Square on the morning of the race.

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

Undies Sunday success!

Thanks to everyone who supported Undies Sunday on October 19! The collection was a huge success, and MUST Ministries was able to pick up 2 overflowing barrels holding 108 diapers, 44 undershirts, 519 pairs of socks, and 615 pairs of underwear.

Thank you to the WNL Explorers for their great publicity posters, and to all in this ministry for the most basic of needs! Photos by Harriett Pyburn and Bill Ivey

Family Promise volunteer training sessions

St. Catherine's will next host Family Promise from DECEMBER 27, 2014 TO JANUARY 4, 2015. Family Promise volunteer training is available every 2nd Tuesday of the month -- the next training is Tuesday, November 11 at East Cobb United Methodist Church, 7-9 pm. Contact or Camilla at 404-556-5465404-556-5465 to participate. And please be sure to inform Eleanore Pearson, or Diane Sanders, if you attend this training or if you need more information.

For 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.

Remaining training days are Monday, Nov. 17, 5-7 pm (Conference Room) and Saturday, Dec. 6, 9-12 (Board Room). Please invite other Stephen Ministers, RSVP, and contact Amy Morris, if you have any questions.


Memorial Services at St. Catherine’s

By Father Jim

In 1999 we began a series of services that came to be known as our Spring and Fall Memorial Services. It was our hope at that time “that these regular Memorial Services will strengthen our assurance of God’s love. These services are intended to celebrate the lives of those who have passed into eternal life. In today’s world, funeral liturgies and life celebrations can occur all over the world and apart from this parish community. It is our desire to come together in the midst of this body of Christ to share the grief and joy of these lives. We hope these liturgies will become a regular part of our life and pastoral care at St. Catherine’s.”

We believe these liturgies, indeed, met the goal we had for them. And they did become a regular part of our life and pastoral care at St. Catherine’s. The number of people who found comfort and hope through these liturgies cannot be numbered. Yet, over time these services proved less and less well attended and finally at this spring’s Memorial Service it became clear to me that their place in our life had run its course. Not wanting to make a hasty decision I prayed and reflected about it through the summer and have reluctantly concluded that we cannot continue them.

It is always difficult to take something away that is treasured by so many. I loved the quietness and the joyful stories as we gathered. I always looked forward to hearing about the people who we celebrated each Spring and Fall. I often found myself thinking “I wonder what someone will say about me.” However, planning and celebrating such liturgies requires the work and time of many people and one must ultimately make the decision to respect the time and talents of the many who come together to make liturgy the beautiful work of the people that it is.

Perhaps a time will come again in our lives when such celebrations will be valued and desired. Until that time please know that our prayers and blessings are with parish families who travel throughout this country and the world to celebrate the lives of those so dear to them. If you have any thoughts or comments, I’d be delighted to discuss them with you.

Volunteer Corner

By Pat Pepper, Coordinator of Volunteer Ministry

The majority of us have turned in our pledge cards and before we filled in the blanks we listened. We listened as Audrey Nesbit, Bill Lee, Steve Pyburn and Father Jim shared their faith journey. And we listened as each of them shared why they give of their treasure but we also heard why they give of their time and talent. They were a united voice when they shared how much joy they experience when they serve.

Audrey Nesbit asked us during her lay stewardship sermon last month, "Have you been the face of God?" "Have you been the hands and feet of Christ?" Were you able to instantly say "Yes, I have," or did you pause and then have to say no?

St. Catherine's gives us many opportunities to be the hands and feet of Christ. Can you give...

  • One hour a month to help set up for Jubilate?
  • Four hours per quarter to do laundry at MUST?
  • Two hours per month to serve as a Counter?
  • One hour, when called, to drive a friend to church?
  • Three hours per month to lead a ministry team?

I can help you find a ministry that fits your gifts, your time. Please contact me at or 770-971-1269.

Finance report

By Steve Pyburn, Treasurer

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

Click chart to enlarge

  • Pledge revenue is essentially flat to budget and 6% higher than last year. September pledge revenue came in lighter than expected, and so we have dropped below YTD budget for the first time this year. If you have fallen behind on your 2014 pledge and do not feel like you can catch up by year end, please let me, Parish Administrator Rose Wolfe, Junior Warden Tom Blackstock or Senior Warden Elizabeth Lopez know so that we can adjust ministry team spending accordingly and maintain a balanced overall budget.
  • Other Revenue is 13% over budget but 35% lower than last year. This year’s positive performance is primarily due to the EMC class action lawsuit that Rose tracked down for us. 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.
  • Outreach & Pastoral Care is 6% 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% lower than budget and 12% lower than last year. Please continue to thank Al Jones and his Facilities, Grounds & Technology Ministry Team for the wonderful job they do keeping our facility running!
  • Communication is 140% over budget and 157% 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 $141k. 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 the numbers above!

Kneeler Project update

By Beverly Fambrough

Sunday, October 19 saw the dedication of the “Annunciation” kneeler. It was sponsored by the Daughters of the King and Barbara Perry, and dedicated in thanksgiving for the Daughters of the King and in loving memory of Beryl Beswick. Julie Brannock was the stitcher of the kneeler. Photos by Bill Fambrough

Young Families new leaders: Part 3

In the last Wheel newsletter we spotlighted Amy Mikkelsen as one of the new leaders of our Young Families Ministry. We are pleased to announce that Anne Hitchins is joining Amy and Ina & David Bachmann as chairs of Young Families Ministry. Below is an introduction from Anne.

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, David, or Anne

An introduction

About Anne Hitchins:
I am a Connecticut native that has slowly made my way down the east coast and landed in Georgia by way of Virginia and North Carolina. While I long for the New England seasons, I am definitely becoming fond of flip flops in February! After many years of working in advertising, I chose to leave the agency life and now work from home as a freelance graphic designer and have a small business designing invitations, stationery and personalized gifts. When not spending time with our family or working, I can usually be found on the tennis court.

My family: My husband, Todd and I have a son and a daughter who keep us laughing and on the go.

How we found St. Catherine's: We moved here in April, 2008, and started our search for a church a few months later. Todd's theory was to start with the Episcopal church closest to our home and work our way out until we found one we both liked. St. Catherine's was our first stop as it is a 2 minute drive from our house and the search stopped here and we couldn't be happier!

Seen around St. Cat's

Diocesan Service of Repentance and Reconciliation

By Bill Ivey

On October 22 we joined our brothers and sisters of the Diocese of Atlanta in a service of repentance and reconciliation—some in person and others by internet. James O. carried the St. Catherine's banner in the procession at the Cathedral.

The text from Bishop Wright's sermon given at this service is available at . According to the statistics, over half of the churches in the Diocese joined by internet feed, many others were represented in the 800 in person at the Cathedral. We really are "joined" together! Photos below by Jan Potter and Bill Ivey

Low Country Boil

Great food, great music, great dancing at the annual Low Country Boil on October 25 -- and for a good cause: proceeds benefitted Episcopal Relief and Development. Photos by Bettye Harris and Bill Ivey

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:

  • November 10-16: Young Families — This week we celebrate the life and work of Young Families Ministry, designed for families with children ages 12 and younger. The group organizes fun activities for children to play together outside of church, as well as adult-only events for their parents to have grown-up fellowship. Young Families provides a cake reception following baptisms at church, and sponsors outreach activities including Operation Christmas Child and Rice Bowls. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Amy Mikkelsen, Ina Bachman, David Bachman, Anne Hitchins
  • November 17-23: Shepherds —This week we celebrate the life and work of Shepherds, part of our Invitation Ministry. This group staffs the welcome table in the foyer to give newcomers and visitors directions, encourage them to sign the guest book, offer them a gift bag, help to introduce them to others, make follow-up phone calls, and generally be a friend over the coming months to help them feel at home. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Susan Heuke,, 678-354-1199.


Dear St. Catherine’s Church,

Thank you for letting us use your beautiful facility. The space provided an astounding aesthetic. Also, thank you for the delightful refreshments. We are grateful for your generosity and continued support of the Wheeler Choral Program.

John Perry and Wheeler High School Chorus

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

  • From Emmaus House on October 16, for $250.00.
  • From Emmaus House on October 22, for donation of pantry items at the Walk The Road event.


Georgia Festival Chorus concert

The Georgia Festival Chorus presents its 24th annual "Carols By Candlelight" Christmas concert on Sunday, November 23, 7:00 PM at McEachern United Methodist Church and Thursday, December 4, 7:30 PM at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church. All concerts are free, no tickets needed. Several members of St. Catherine’s sing in this well-known community chorus of 100 voices.

The Georgia Festival Chorus serves the spiritual needs and ministers to both local audiences and the greater global community by singing a repertoire of classical, contemporary, spiritual and traditional sacred choral works in live concert presentations and through professionally produced recordings. The Chorus invites you to enhance your Daily Meditations or to share a Gift of Faith with your family and friends with their recordings. For the full selection and to hear a sample from each CD, please go to and click on to the CDs page. A single CD is $5 (plus $3 S&H) and the full collection of 8 CDs is $20 (plus $12.35 S&H).


Epiphany’s Nativities Exhibit

For the nineteenth holiday season, The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany presents an exhibit of nativity scenes from around the world on Saturday, November 29 and Sunday, November 30 and from Wednesday, December 3 through Sunday, December 7. Over the years, the exhibit has grown to over 300 crèches. From the elegant to the eccentric, the birth scenes are sculpted in materials ranging from carved wood to volcanic ash. In the narthex and gallery, there will be a special exhibit of nativity scenes that highlight the differences between the birth story as told in the Gospels of Luke and Matthew. Each nativity is accompanied by scriptural quotes and hymn texts. Additional birth scenes will be exhibited in the Parish Hall. Admission: $5.00 for adults; $4.00 for Seniors & Students, Children under 12 free. For a brochure of times or more information contact Epiphany at 404.373.8338 / or visit


Health Tips - from our Congregational Nurses

  • Pumpkin packs a powerful nutritional punch
    Autumn is a great time to discover the versatility, flavor and nutritional benefits of pumpkin. Often the star ingredient in many sweet delights, such as pie and custard, pumpkin can also make a savory side dish. Pumpkin seeds are among the tastiest and most nutritious seeds around. Don’t throw away your carvings; instead, roast, sauté, steam or mash… and enjoy! When you do, count on getting a good supply of beta-carotene, vitamin C, fiber, iron, potassium, and other nutrients. Hint: two- to five-pound pumpkins are best for cooking.
  • Flu vaccination time
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends getting the flu shot or nasal spray vaccine as soon as it is available because it takes about two weeks for the body to develop protection. It is especially important to get the vaccine if you, someone you care for, or someone you live with is at high risk for complications from the flu. Many employers offer annual flu shots at the workplace so look for announcements or contact your employee health department. You can also visit to find where to get the flu vaccine in your area. Source:

Provided by HealthStart,


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

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

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

FOR THE SICK: Lenny Campbell, Carol Eskew, David Gooder, Erwin Jung, Kerri Huitt, Marc Krouse, Olivia Glenn, Payton Szpindor, Althea Dillard, Elizabeth Darden, Julianne Steiner, Holly Griffin, Pat Hazlin, Marti Graham, Nancy Burnaugh, Catherine Ransdell, Carol Bowser, Bob Geer, Bill Hutton, Tara Nesbit, Gail Cook, Dave Banko, Fran Coraggio, Kathryn Burgher, Charlene Schever, Celeste McDermott, Mathew, Denis Waldron, Maria Ortiz, Kelly Dugan, Laura Berry, Matthew Keel, Richard Stamper, Ann McCarthy, Katie Rohert, Georgene Schnorf, Larry Bishop, Camden Bradbury, Jody Peligrino, Nancy Arrington, Sybil, Karen, David, Jeff Martin, Julie Brannock, Margaret White, Betty Partridge, Debbie Bruner, Susan Martin, Katrina Williams, Polly Schadt, Shelley Ransdell, Holly Krupp, Graham Schadt, Mike Harris, Tolbert Williams

BEFORE SURGERY: Carroll Mitchell

DECEASED: Opal Litton, Elizabeth Lopez’s grandmother

FOR THOSE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS: (11/8) Laurel Glidewell, Harry Tear, IV, Ethan Nienaber; (11/9) Alison Travis, Lauren Barber; (11/10) Roger Motter; (11/11) Rex Moore, Chuck Zimmerman, Bailey Brooks, Talia Brooks, (11/12) John Starr, Alison Harris, Jimmy Owen; (11/13) Pascale Hunter, Sally Powers, Camilo Calvo, Marti Graham, Robert Turner, Josie Brown; (11/14) Chuck Severs, Lucas Bachmann; (11/15) Risa Maier, Morgan Durbrow, Kelly Calvo; (11/16) Ellis Kilgore, Larry Boyd; (11/17) Paul Parisi, Helen Davis, Roberta Hoyt-Johnson; (11/19) Tyler Perry, Don Martin; (11/21) Linda Carter

ANNIVERSARIES: (11/21) Erica & Adam Handell

(11/9) Scott, Michelle, Mason, Logan & Gavin Parisi; Anne Parke; Gary & Brenda Parker; Mikel Parker; Susan & Paul Partus
(11/16) Ralph & Woodie Patrick; Richard & Eleanore Pearson; John & Laura Pennington; Bob & Pat Pepper; Nancy Perkins

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 30 – First Sunday of Advent; Advent wreath making for all ages 10-11 am (No Church School)
  • Tuesday, December 2 – Tuesday morning Advent Eucharist & Study begins, 7 - 8 am
  • Saturday & Sunday, December 6-7 – Pick up Christmas trees & greens orders
  • Sunday, December 7 – Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols, 5 pm

Holy Baptism next scheduled dates

Sunday, January 11
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, 11/8 Saturday, 11/15


Jubilate Practice
Private Meeting


Day of Service
Cats on Wheels@ Ted’s
Sunday, 11/9 Sunday, 11/16


Holy Eucharist
Holy Eucharist
Church School
Newcomer’s Coffee
Holy Eucharist
Corn Maze 5 & 6 gr.
J2A Parent Meeting


Holy Eucharist
Holy Eucharist
Church School
Holy Eucharist

Monday, 11/210 Monday, 11/17

Amma Susan's day off
CGS Catholic
Boy Scouts Court of Honor
Men’s Book Study
Women’s Bible Study


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

Tuesday, 11/11 Tuesday, 11/18


Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Fellowship Meeting
Outreach Meeting
Youth Ministry

Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting/Lunch
Vestry Meeting
Wednesday, 11/12 Wednesday, 11/19


Executive Committee
Bible Study
Preschool Project
WNL Dinner
DOK Meeting
WNL Program
Chancel Choir


Bible Study
WNL Dinner
WNL Program
Chancel Choir

Thursday, 11/13 Thursday, 11/20
Preschool Project
Finance Meeting
Men’s Bible Study
Calling and Caring
HR Committee
Men’s Bible Study
Ecumenical Thanksgiving
 @Temple Kol Emeth
Friday, 11/14 Friday, 11/21

Fr. Jim's day off
Men’s Bible Study
Kitchen Clean-up
Women’s Bible Study
A.A. Women’s Meditation



Fr. Jim's day off
Happening @Camp Mikell
Interfaith Immersion
Men’s Bible Study
Immersion Meeting
Women’s Bible Study


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

Click here for the Youth Calendar online


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.


New album - listen in!

St. Catherine’s YAer and resident rock star McCall Kimball’s long-awaited new EP, “Can’t Keep Waiting” was released last week, and it’s great! You can go check it out on iTunes at the link below (or see McCall for a CD if you’re old school). Here’s the link:


Come to Winterlight: The BEST WEEK EVER!

Are you in 9th-12th grade? Do you enjoy things that are AWESOME?? Would you like to meet lots of other cool people your age from all over the country? Does a weekend never feel long enough for a youth conference? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then Winterlight is right up your alley. Winterlight just might be the best youth conference, nay, the best week of the year, and I want you to be part of it! There's no better place to ring in the New Year than the Kanuga Conference Center in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina! Ask anyone who has been to Kanuga, and they’ll give you an earful about how it will change your life! Take a look at the link below or contact Mike for further information. Remember, confidential scholarship is available and Mike can talk to Kanuga on your behalf to lower your rate if needed. If you want to go, we WILL make sure that you are able.


Photos of our incredible summer

We had a very active and exciting summer in the St. Cat’s Youth Program! It’s taken a few months, but photos of our various activities are now all on the St. Cat’s Youth Facebook page. You can view the photos even if you don’t have a Facebook account. Photos of the rest of the year will be added soon! Here are the links to various albums:

Wheel schedule:

Next publications:

  • November 21
  • December 5
  • December 19

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!

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

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