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St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
January 10 - 23, 2015

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Clergy Letter

Recycle wreaths
Cats On Wheels
Valentine Dinner Dance
Parish Annual Meeting
Christian Formation
Great Oak items
Communion wine
Lent reflections writers
Safe Church training
Join choir

The Extension
Family Promise

Elizabeth Inn

Newcomer board
Blood drives
Volunteering corner

House blessing, chalking
Seen around St. Cat's
  Lessons & Carols
  Hanging of the Greens
  Christmas & Epiphany
Ministry focus

Health tips


New Beginnings
Change jar
Mission trip



1/11 – Choristers Bowling Party;
Youth Confirmation meeting

1/14, 21, 28 – WNL

1/16-19 – J2A Urban Adventure

1/17 – Cats On Wheels;
Concert: Lopez-Tabor Duo

1/18 – VDD ticket sale begins;
Dinner for The Extension Women’s Center

1/19 – MLK Holiday;
Church office closed

1/25 – Worship at 7:30 & 10:30 am;
Church School at 9:00 am;
Parish Annual Meeting

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My Brother

By Father Jim

My brother, Richard Paul, was 12 years younger than me. He was originally to be named Christopher, but somewhere between the house, the hospital and his birth my parents changed his name to Richard. It may have had something to do with the year he was born, 1960. Richard M. Nixon made his first and unsuccessful run for President that year. My parents, however, were not overly political so I wonder if that was an influence or not.

Our age difference, 12 years, always played a role in my relationship with Dick. Our birth order didn’t help either. I was first of four. He was the last of four. I was the first to go to college and ultimately to work with Procter & Gamble. My parents were proud of me and weren’t afraid to let everyone know – including my younger brother who struggled in my shadow. This dynamic played out in his early years and set a pattern that was always a struggle for both of us in our relationship as brothers. My father had his heart attack at age 54 (interestingly the same age Dick was at his death) and that event changed the dynamics of our household and the lives of my younger sister and Dick. I had been away from home for over 8 years at this point.

The gift my brother brought me in our adult years was his deep love and affection for his family. He was the primary care giver for both my mom and my dad. And while it was difficult at times and he would do the normally expected venting, he never turned away from that responsibility. He also was always the force with the deepest desire to bring our family together for reunions, birthdays, Christmas, etc. He never waivered in his love for us even when events of life prevented much of what he wanted to happen.

I will miss him. I am dealing with those moments when you least expect it and you run into something that reminds you of him. I know that will go on for some time. I am honored that I could officiate at his funeral and to speak some of what I have just written. He leaves behind a wife of 34 years, Dawn. They had one son, Doug, who is exactly one month younger than Matthew. They were very close cousins. My biggest sorrow is for Kaleb, Doug’s son, who loved his grandfather. At 5 years old he does not know what he has lost. I hope someday I can sit down with him and tell him of his grandfather and to share some of the love Dick would have wanted me to share with him

Recycle your Advent wreath

The Advent wreath recycling box is now in the foyer. We appreciate you returning the wreath form, candle holders and unused candles from the Advent wreaths we made at St. Cat’s for the past season. Thank you!

St. Catherine’s Concert Series

Next concert: Saturday, January 17

St. Catherines' Concert Series will continue in the new year with these stellar events. We welcome you to all our concerts and hope you'll bring family and friends as well. All programs are free, no tickets needed and the public is invited.

-> Concert reception - cookies requested: A brief reception will follow the concert. If you can assist by contributing some cookies please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Rebeccah Devault, Thank you!

  • Saturday, January 17, 7:30 p.m. - The Lopez-Tabor Duo

“Old World and New: Classics from Europe, Argentina, and Venezuela”

The Venezuelan duo, Alfonso Lopez, violin, and Dr. Michelle Tabor, piano, have performed together since 2004. Their recitals have taken place in American colleges, universities, churches, and community centers. Locations include: Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia; Florida State University in Tallahassee; Palm Beach Atlantic University in Florida; Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, North Carolina; University of North Carolina at Pembroke; and the Lindberg Farm Chamber Music Series in Huntsville, Alabama, A & M University in Corpus Christi, Texas, etc. Mr. Lopez lives in Caracas and Ms. Tabor in Tallahassee, Florida.

  • Saturday, March 28, 7:30 p.m. - Coro Vocati

Coro Vocati returns to St. Catherine’s after being featured in our inaugural 2012-13 concert series. Led by Artistic Director John Dickson, this ensemble of professional singers in the metro Atlanta area comes together for the joy of making music at the highest levels of choral artistry. Coro Vocati serves as a workshop in choral singing and rehearsal techniques for its members, and rewards audiences with an array of diverse repertoire that is both engaging and satisfying.

  • Saturday, May 2, 7:30 pm - The Chamber Singers of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Choir

A smaller group drawn from the 90-voice Choir, these dynamic singers directed by Organist and Choirmaster Trey Clegg perform a wide range of music from traditional liturgical music to spirituals. The Choir of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Atlanta, is comprised of both volunteers and professionals and has performed by invitation at Spoleto. St. Paul’s was the parish of Diocese of Atlanta Bishop Robert Wright.

Be a Friend of Music

You can also support our series by becoming a Friend of Music at St. Catherine’s! If you would like to be a Friend of Music, all donations are welcome. Contributors will be recognized in the concert programs and invited to a reception. Please make checks to St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church and designate it for “Concert Series” in the memo line. Thank you so much for your generosity!

Cats On Wheels

Next date: Saturday, January 17 lunch at Henry’s Louisiana

Cats on Wheels is our fellowship group for active senior adults and we welcome you! Join us for our next odd-month pay-your-own lunch, this time at Henry’s Louisiana Grill, 4835 N. Main Street in Historic Downtown Acworth, 770-966-1515, . RSVP so we can save you a seat -- see the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin or contact Alan Certain,, 404-661-2200.

Cats On Wheels is our fellowship group for active senior adults. Here is more of our schedule coming up, please join us!

  • Saturday, February 21 - Visit National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta & lunch at The Varsity
  • Saturday, March 21 - Lunch at Rose & Crown in Marietta
  • Saturday, April 18 - Visit Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins
  • Saturday, May 16 - Lunch at The Cuban Diner in Marietta
  • Saturday, June 20 - Visit Little White House in Warm Springs & lunch at Bulloch House

Valentine Dinner Dance & Auction - February 14

Ticket sales begin Sunday, January 18

The 2015 annual Valentine Dinner, Dance and Auction will be held on the evening of Saturday, February 14. This is always our biggest fundraiser for our Youth program and we thank you for your support! Proceeds go to defray costs of the Youth Pilgrimage. With the event falling on Valentine’s Day this year (and thanks to very generous parishioner support), the event will feature a special one-year-only format with a formal, sit-down dinner prepared under the direction of Executive Chef Tracy Melton of the Rose and Crown.

Tickets are $35 per person, and ticket sales will be held before and after each church service starting on January 18 until February 8 (or until tickets are sold out). Seating will be limited, so be sure to get your tickets early! For further information, contact Donna Hutton at or Mike Peterson at

Auction items being accepted now

We are already accepting donations for the fabulous Live and Silent Auctions – items, services, vacation homes, etc. Donations are tax deductible, which you may find helpful now as we come to the end of 2014. Contact Youth Director Mike Peterson for information and forms.

Parish Annual Meeting - Sunday, January 25

  • Worship services at 7:30 & 10:30 am
  • Church School at 9 am

St. Catherine’s Annual Parish Meeting will be held on January 25 at 12:00 PM. Worship services will be held this day at 7:30 and 10:30 AM, and Church School will move to 9-10 am. A light lunch will be served immediately following the 10:30 service, followed by the meeting. The Annual Parish Meeting is a time for the congregation reflect on the year past and to explore the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead in the new year. We hope you will be a part of this most important time in our common life.

Annual reports due January 11

Now is the time for annual reports. We really want to have all committees, groups and ministries of St. Catherine's included in the annual report which is distributed to the entire parish at the Annual Meeting. Please send reports by email to by Sunday, January 11. Contact Rose if you would like a copy of last year's report for your group or ministry.

Lunch help needed

Lunch is served to everyone as part of the Parish Annual Meeting and many hands are needed! Can you help out with set up, cooking, serving, or clean up? Please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin or contact either Jennifer Massey or Shirley Childs

Christian Formation – Winter & Spring

Look at church for your updated Christian Formation brochure of complete offerings for winter and spring 2015.

Church School - Sundays, 10 AM

  • For children ages 2 to sixth grade: Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
  • For youth seventh through twelfth grades: Journey to Adulthood
  • Adult classes:
    • The Lectionary
    • Life is Short And...
    • Take It As Gospel
    • New class: The Journey - Adult inquirers program
    • New class: The Bible and Me: Down-to-Earth
    • New class: Ready To Be Connected?

Weekday Bible study groups

  • Morning Bible Study – Wednesdays, 9:30 to 11:00 AM
  • Men’s Thursday evening Bible Study, 7:00-8:30 PM
  • Men’s Friday morning Bible Study, 6:30-7:30 AM
  • Women’s weekly Friday morning study, 10-11:15 AM
  • Women's monthly evening study, second Mondays, 7-8:30 PM

Book Studies

  • Men’s Evening Book Study, second Mondays, 6:30 PM - at the home of a member of the group, contact the church office for the next location
  • Women’s Morning Book Study, third Mondays, 9:00-11:00 AM, in the Parlor

WNL - Wednesday Night Live

WNL, our weekly Wednesday night program, has something for everyone—dinner, fellowship and learning for people of all ages. The schedule is dinner 6:00-7:00 pm, followed by programs 7:00-8:00 pm. Rehearsals for Choristers of St. Catherine’s (our choir for kids and youth grades 2-12) are 6:15-7:00 pm. Youth groups meet weekly throughout winter and spring. Dinner prices are $7 adults, $3 children (maximum $25 per family) — be sure to make your dinner reservation each week that you will dine with us on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin, or contact the church office by Tuesday.

  • Adults, Jan. 7—Feb. 11: Special Diocesan-wide study of Civil Rights Martyr Jon Daniels
    St. Catherine’s will participate in a diocesanwide book study underway during Epiphany. Come join us for dinner and then this provocative study during the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights movement in Alabama. The study is organized by the Beloved Community: Commission for Dismantling Racism. The book is Outside Agitator: Jon Daniels and the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama by Charles W. Eagles. It is recommended copies be ordered through the University of Alabama press directly at We have arranged for a discount price of $20 if you enter the promo code AGITATOR. In addition St. Catherine’s has received a generous donation to help offset the cost of the book for those who might wish to have the book but find $20 a challenge. Please contact Fr. Jim to avail yourself of this generous gift.
  • Children: Wednesday Night Explorers — Wednesday Night Explorers for 3rd-6th graders in the Parlor. Topics will vary by week and we will explore faith formation with a fun, collaborative, hands-on approach and focus on finding ways to see, feel and communicate with God in ways that feel authentic to us. Facilitators: Harriett Pyburn, Kell Owen, Sue Snape.
  • Youth: Grades 7-12 in the Youth House — Wednesday Night Live fellowship includes music, discussion and fun, with an emphasis on relevance for all J2A age groups.

Wednesday Night Lenten Series

Our Lenten Program for 2015 will seek to understand Sin and Forgiveness from the view of diverse faith traditions. We hope to speak to the topic from the view of Christianty, Judiasm, Islam, Baha'i, and another tradition yet to be confirmed. Each Wednesday (February 25, March 4, 11, 18, and 25) we will gather for a simple meal of soup and bread followed by a presentation and question and answer session led by a spiritual leader from each of these faith traditions. More details will be coming soon.

Great Oak artifacts available

By Allen Jablonski

There was a huge response to the variety of items crafted from the wood of the Great Oak at the Christmas Craft Sale in December. Many Crosses, Cutting Boards and Wood Utensils were purchased and many more are still available.

If you did not get a chance to pick up a piece of St. Cat's history at the craft sale, you can still do so by contacting Allen Jablonski at 770-712-0462 or Custom orders can be created including plaques, signs or other unique designs.

Communion wine donations requested

Our supply of communion wine is getting low. We are fortunate to have parishioners donate our wine either in memory of, or in thanksgiving for, a loved one. If you would like to help, please leave donations in the church office, marked with your name and information for remembrance. Please note: we use Taylor Tawny Port. Thank you.

Lent Reflections writers - time to sign up

A special annual tradition at St. Catherine’s is our booklet of reflections on the season of Lent 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, February 8. 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.

Safe Church trainings coming up

As the people of God in the Diocese of Atlanta we are committed to the safety of all God’s people and to the integrity of all work carried out by our clergy and people. “Safeguarding God’s Children” and “Safeguarding God’s People” training is required of all volunteers, staff and clergy at St. Catherine’s and in our diocese to protect children and youth from abuse and adults from sexual exploitation and sexual harassment.

Safe Church trainings will be held Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Cathedral of St. Philip. The morning session (9 a.m. to noon) is set aside for those who work with children. An afternoon session (12:30-3:30 p.m.) is for those who work with adults. A boxed lunch will be available for $7 for those who want lunch between the two sessions. To register, contact The Rev. Deborah Silver, or 404-601-5358. Please visit these web pages to see if you are one of those needing training and for more information.

Make music with us

St. Catherine’s has a variety of music ensembles which are open to everyone with no auditions... and now is a great time to join in. Please come and try us out!

  • Choristers of St. Catherine’s — Boys and girls in 3rd through 12th grades are welcome to join the Choristers of St. Catherine’s for the spring term. Choristers of St. Catherine's is our choir for guys and girls in grades three through twelve. We lead music September through May at the 8:45 am family service except the last Sunday of each month. For information contact Dr. Jana Williams,, 678.461.9656.
  • Chancel Choir — Adults, and all youth past the age for Choristers, please join us. Rehearsals are Wednesdays, 7:15-8:30 pm, and we meet at 10:30 am on Sundays to prepare to lead in the 11:15 am service. Sight-reading ability, while helpful, is not required. For information contact Director of Music Brian Williams at brianw, 678.461.9656, or speak to any choir member for questions.
  • Jubilate — For instruments and singers! This ensemble leads contemporary music at the family Eucharist on the first Sunday each month plus occasional special services. A good ear and willingness to learn by listening are the most desired skills for this group. Rehearsals are Tuesdays at 7:00 pm with an added rehearsal & sound check Saturdays before performance. For information contact Jason Gardiner,, Mike Moran,, or Susie Davis,
  • Jubilate sound technicians and crew — Help is needed to set up equipment, balance sound systems, and take down. For information contact Bill Ivey,, 770-578-1945.


Dinner at The Extension Women's Center: Angels among us

Next date: Sunday, January 18

By Connie Bergeron

Thanks to Kristen and Tom Blackstock for having the inspiration and driving the church van, residents from The Extension Women's Center joined St. Catherine's for "Hanging of the Greens" and enthusiastically decorated the Christmas tree in the Parish Hall and helped trim the tree in the atrium. They gave two thumbs on on the soups prepared for the evening's meal, especially enjoying the cream of mushroom.

We are grateful for every parishioner who has supported this ministry over the last two years. Special thanks to the Blackstock family, Tom, Kristen and Elizabeth, who mark the third Sunday on their calendar every month to ensure they are available to help provide, serve and join the ladies at The Extension for dinner. We are grateful as well to Stephanie Yucius, Nadine Pope, Harriett Pyburn, Suzanne Muckerman, Linda Smith, Carol Eskew, Sara Thomas, Ron Bergeron, and everyone who has been a part of this Outreach activity.

The Women's Extension is an avenue for rehabilitation from drugs/alcohol. As Stephanie Yucius confirms, from a good friend who graduated from The Extension, the program has many steps that are challenging but can prove to be life changing. If you would be interested in serving a meal, please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or 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 the third Sunday of every month. 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.

Family Promise news

Thank you to the many, many volunteers who helped with our December 28-January 4 Family Promise of Cobb County (FPCC) hosting week. Two families moved into permanent housing while they were staying with us. We’re so happy for them!

  • 2015 hosting dates -- Please mark your calendar!
    February 22-March 1
    May 3-10
    September 27-October 4
    November 29-December 6
  • Item donations needed
    FPCC has sign up lists for those who would like to help by donating items needed by our guest families as they move into their own housing, including furniture, household goods and supplies. If you would like to see what’s needed and what you might like to contribute please contact us to view the list.
  • January 13th purchases at Harry’s Farmers Market benefit FPCC
    FPCC was selected by Harry’s Farmers Market, 70 Powers Ferry Rd, as the beneficiary of 5% of the proceeds on Tuesday, January 13. If you shop at Harry’s please make a note!
  • Volunteer training
    Family Promise volunteer training is held every 2nd Tuesday of the month. The next training is January 13 at East Cobb United Methodist Church from 7-9 pm. Contact or Camilla at 404-556-5465 to participate. And please be sure to let Diane or Eleanore know when you attend this training or if you need more information -- Eleanore Pearson, or Diane Sanders,

Serving at Elizabeth Inn

Thanks to Kell and Jimmy Owen and family, Janet Livingston and Paul & Karen Manno for cooking and serving, and also to the Buckalews, Mark & Sally Moore, Margaret Shaw, Claire Harrison, Nancy Denton, Lisa Johnson for providing food, for the dinner at MUST Ministries’ Marietta shelter, Elizabeth Inn, on December 28.

St. Catherine’s provides dinner on the 28th of every month: Laundry Team on the fourth Tuesday AND fifth Wednesday; and breakfast on the fourth Wednesday year-round. Your help is welcome! For Dinner Team please contact Connie Bergeron ( or Tracy Buckalew ( For Laundry Team contact Fred Massey ( For Breakfast Team please see sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Father Jim.

Photos by Kell Owen



See our new Newcomers Bulletin Board

By Bettye Harris

Have you seen our new Newcomers bulletin board? It's located just to the right of the name tag kiosk in our church foyer, and features visitor and new member faces from recent events. Please check the board often, look out for these names and faces, and help us say welcome. And don’t forget to wear your name tag! Contact Susan Heuke or Tillie Carter for more information.

Blood drive success!

2014 was a great year for our blood drives at St. Cat’s. Our grand total was 151 pints, saving up to 453 lives! Here is a summary of our collection, noting a great turnout even during the December holiday time:

  • Feb. 25 – 26 pints
  • April 22 – 23 pints
  • June 24 – 20 pints
  • August 26 – 30 pints
  • October 28 – 22 pints
  • December 23 – 30 pints

P.S. The NEXT Blood Drive will be Tuesday, February 24 from 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Please note that on this date we will be in the Parlor and Choir Room. Hope to see you then!

Volunteering Corner

A new year, a fresh page

By Pat Pepper, Coordinator of Volunteer Ministry

On January 1st one of the first things I did was take down my 2014 calendar and put up the 2015 calendar. My calendar is the old fashioned kind, made of paper, twelve pages, and each page is filled with 31 squares and each square represents a day. The squares are large enough to write multiple activities on, and I do. The calendar is a very telling tool about our priorities and what is really important to us. It is not what we say, it is not what we communicate to one another. It is what is on our calendar.

Does the activity on our calendars match up with our personal vision or mission? Do the majority of our appointments, obligations and time allocations reflect what we want them to reflect? Have we fallen into a trap of mistaking activity for the results we say we are committed to? Are we intentional in scheduling our priorities? The calendar, like our check book, reflects who we are. Does your calendar tell the story of your life the way you want it told?

I can help you fill the squares on your calendar. Talk to me about your personal vision, your mission, and we can find the way to connect you with a ministry or outreach project that will help you be intentional about what is on your calendar.

Wishing you a 2015 that is filled opportunities to make your vision become reality.

An Epiphany Blessing of Homes and Chalking the Door

This short liturgy is a way of marking our homes, usually at the front or main entrance, with sacred signs and symbols as we ask God's blessing upon those who live, work, or visit throughout the coming year. In Exodus, the Israelites marked their doors with blood so that the Lord would pass over their homes; but in this service, we mark our doors with chalk as a sign that we have invited God's presence and blessing into our homes. Although the service is intended for use in private family dwellings, it is certainly appropriate when adapted for use in offices, apartments, college dormitories, choir rooms, Sunday school classrooms, churches, places of business, and -- perhaps especially -- in nursing homes, hospitals and hospital rooms, and extended-care facilities. This liturgy is also appropriate as a devotional, as a children's sermon, in visits to hospital and nursing home rooms, as well as in your own home.

Due to the linking of the liturgy to the visit of the three Magi, it is most appropriately used at the start of the season of Epiphany. But because the service is so flexible in where it may be used, it might be used any time during the seasons of Christmas and Epiphany -- or as part of a celebration observing the changing of the secular calendar from one year to the next. On Twelfth-Night (January 5) in Europe, many families gather in their homes to celebrate this feast with friends, food, singing, and gifts. It is at these Twelfth-Night celebrations that "Chalking the Door" is most often observed.

Chalk, a substance made of common elements of the earth, is used by teachers to instruct students and by children in their games and play. We use chalk in this service as an ordinary substance put to holy use. Further, chalk will not permanently mar the dwelling. As its image fades from view over time, those who participated in its original placement will remember it and the purpose for which it was intended. In doing so, they may rededicate themselves to that purpose.

Traditionally we remember the names of the Magi as Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar, although these names are not to be found in Scripture. During the chalking ceremony, the first letters of these three names -- C, M, B -- are inscribed on the door frame. Some suggest the C M B may also stand for "Christus Mansionem Benedicat," meaning "May Christ bless this dwelling." These letters are inscribed between the numbers of the year of the ceremony as follows: 20 C M B 15. The symbols are usually written on the upper horizontal piece of the door frame of the front entrance to a home or hospital room; but if younger children or people in wheelchairs participate, encourage them to place the symbols anywhere on the door frame they can comfortably reach.

There is great flexibility in organizing the liturgy, but simple is usually best. There may be corporate and individual prayers, Scripture readings, remembrances of the past, anticipations of the future, and hymns such as these from The Hymnal, 1982: 101, "Away in a Manger" (stanza 3) 115, "What Child Is This" (stanza 3) 93, "Angels from the Realms of Glory" (stanza 3) 112, "In the Bleak Midwinter" (stanza 4) 91, "Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light" (stanza 3) 114, " 'Twas in the Moon of Wintertime" (stanza 3) 109, "The First Noel" 128, "We Three Kings".

The liturgy that follows is rather simple. Sections marked C are to be spoken by the entire group -- the "Community" -- and those marked L are for a solo Leader, one person or several in turn. You may use this service as presented, or augment it with your own prayers, Scriptures, and songs.

A Blessing of the Home

L: The Lord be with you;
C: And also with you.
All: Peace be to this house and to all who live, work, and visit here.
L: The three wise men came to Bethlehem in search of the Lord. They brought to him precious gifts: gold to honor the newborn king, incense to the true God in human form, and myrrh to anoint his body, which one day would die like our own.
L: Let us pray. O God, you once used a star to show to all the world that Jesus is your Son. May the light of that star that once guided wise men to honor his birth, now guide us to recognize him also, to know you by faith, and to see you in the epiphanies of the daily experiences of our lives.
L: Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord -- Jesus born of Mary -- shall be revealed.
C: And all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken it.
All: As the Wise Men once sought your brilliant light, O Lord, so may we seek to live and work in your splendor.
L: O God of Light, bless our house and our family. May this be a place of peace and health. May each member of this family cultivate the gifts and graces you have bestowed, dedicating our talents and works for the good of all.
L: Make this house a shelter in the storm and a haven of rest for all in need of your warmth and care. And when we go out from this place, may we never lose sight of that Epiphany star.
C: As we go about our work, our study, our play, keep us in its light and in your love.

A Blessing for Marking the Door

L: Lord Jesus, through your Incarnation and birth in true human form, you have made all the earth holy. We now use this simple gift of your creation as a tool to mark the doors of our home with the symbols of your wise servants who, so long ago, came to worship and adore you in your first home.
People in turn mark the doorway with this symbol: 20 C M B 15
L: May we, in this house, and all who come to visit, to work, and to play, remember these things throughout the coming year. May all who come and go here find peace, comfort, joy, hope, love, and salvation, for Christ has come to dwell in this house and in these hearts.
All: May we be Christ's light in the world. Amen.

From The General Board of Discipleship of The United Methodist Church Copyright © 1999. Used by permission.

Seen around St. Cat's


Advent Lessons & Carols

A wonderful evening hearing the story of salvation with glorious music! See lots more pictures full-size at AdventCL2014. (By Jan Potter)

Hanging of the Greens

Photos by Bettye Harris, Bill Ivey

Celebrating Christmas Eve and Epiphany

(Photos by Bettye Harris, Emily Gale) Wisemen -- 8:45: Phil Spessard, Tom Donoghue, Bill Selby; 11:15: Paul Manno, Cary Phillips, 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:

  • January 12-18: Bible and Book Study Groups — This week we celebrate the life and work of our Bible and Book Studies. Groups are led by facilitators who bring a desire to teach and an interest in the material. A variety of offerings are available, please check our publications for dates and times, including The Wheel, Ministry Directory, Christian Formation brochure and the church calendar. For information please contact our Adult Christian Education committee, The Rev. Susan Johnson, 770.971.2839, or Michael Paris, 770.509.0161,
  • January 19-25: Finance Committee — This week we celebrate the life and work of the Finance Committee, which is responsible for the leadership of planning for St. Catherine’s financial future and security, as well as reviewing and managing the church’s finances throughout the year. For information please contact Susan Jablonski, 404.713.7370,


Dear Father Jim,

I write to you to tell how moved and touched I was during the Christmas Eve services on December 24, 2014. The Holy Spirit was certainly in the sanctuary during the service because I felt His presence in me and among all the parishioners including the children, especially the children! Emily Dini did a great job with her Christmas Selection on the piano. As you processed with the children after inviting them to join the procession they seemed somewhat timid, but they soon joined in as the crowd did on Palm Sunday for Jesus' procession into Jerusalem.

The Choristers of St. Catherine's did a magnificent presentation of the anthem and their hand chime work during the singing of "Silent Night" was superb (I have rung bells before and know what difficulty is involved!). Dr. Jana Williams is commended for her fantastic work with the Choristers!.

Your sermon was superb and thought provoking as you pulled items from your story bag. I watched the congregation from the transept and I saw no person, child, parent, or grandparent, whose attention was not on you and they all seemed to be soaking your words in as I was. Even the rock from the shepherds was so meaningful for the poor among us.

When I stood to say the Nicene Creed I almost had tears in my eyes as I drank in all the holiness. And as I administered the chalice I really felt the Holy Spirit moving in us for all the communicants, children, youth, parents, singles, grandparents, young and old, those known and unknown to me.

The later service, although different, was still very moving for me. The music by the Chancel Choir and the Take5Strings Quartet was fantastic. I can't find enough superlatives for the work that Drs. Brian and Jana Williams did and do with our choir and organ, piano, and harp. The choir is commended for their diligence and long hours in rehearsals for the many pieces of music they performed with skill and majesty.

Again the sermon was meaningful to me as I sat and listened and heard all you said. Christ, God, and the Holy Spirit are in each of us. We should serve Him in all ways, every day, at all times, in all situations we encounter each other and Him through each other. You have become and are a skilled speaker of sermons and thought provoking producer of sermons.

Our services are great but these two services were the crème-de-la-crème. I had to write to give you my thoughts and feelings. Thank you for all you do!

Tom Snead

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

  • Emmaus House on November 24 for gift of $250.
  • Episcopal Relief and Development on Decemeber 16 for gift of $341.26.
  • Holy Comforter Church on December 17 for gift of $250.
  • Emmaus House on December 20 for gift of $250.
  • The Extension on Decmeber 30 for $750.

Health Tips - from our Congregational Nurses

  • Appealing exercises for seniors
    Lack of interest in exercise is a common roadblock for older adults. To make it more appealing, many fitness centers offer a social aspect to physical activity with group-exercise classes specifically for seniors. These include tai chi, low-impact, chair exercise, step aerobics or dance and water aerobics. These same activities make great low-risk classes for younger people too. If you don’t already do these forms of exercise, consider giving them a try. Source: Journal of Applied Sport Psychology
  • Healthy dip for veggies
    Looking for a quick and healthy dip? Here's a tip from our registered dietitian: Combine 1 cup of plain nonfat or low-fat yogurt with 1 teaspoon of lemon juice, a clove of minced garlic, and 1 tablespoon of fresh dill. Store in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight. Use as a dip for fresh veggies, including sliced red and green peppers, carrots, celery, broccoli, and cauliflower.

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, David Gooder, Althea Dillard, Pat Hazlin, Marti Graham, Catherine Ransdell, Carol Bowser, Tara Nesbit, Gail Cook, Dave Banko, Kathryn Burgher, Charlene Schever, Katie Rohert, Georgene Schnorf, Camden Bradbury, Jody Peligrino, Nancy Arrington, Sybil, Jeff Martin, Susan Martin, Katrina Williams, Polly Schadt, Graham Schadt, Mike Harris, Tolbert Williams, Bill Hutton, Carroll Mitchell, David Lewis, Jamie, Susan, Jake & Spencer Smith, Elspeth DeLaBarre, Tristan Patterson, Stephen Kruse, Denny Waldron, Genie, Mary Lou Shannonhouse, Ken Litton, Amanda Hwang, Ginney Linstrom, Robert Morris, Catherine Moore, Tony, Kyler Seagle, Martha Bowden, Deborah Guy, David, Bella Hutto, Kyler Seagle, Tony, John Hurd, James Bowers, Laura Butzen, Scott Hargreaves, Yony Campos, Mary Mayton, Mit FitzSimons, Ann Williams, Roberta Abstein, Margaret Ivey, Laurie Smith


DECEASED: Lenny Sumner, friend of Pam & Cary Phillips; Beverly Green, friend of Arlyn Cook; Arjun Chopra, friend of the Pumpelly family; Marjorie Huckeba, mother-in-law of Harry Tear’s assistant; Ruth Kell, Deborah Guy’s grandmother

FOR THOSE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS: (1/10) Sara-Alison Massey, Linda Scott, (1/11) Brian Paglia, (1/13) George Cain, Jr., Dianne Blackshear-Wood, Emily Gale, (1/14) Kristin Sheehan, Robert Bibbings II, Alan Fey, Carol Starr, Penn Worden, (1/15) Zach Pope, Barri Gehrand, (1/16) Carla von Hoffman-Deuscher, (1/17) JoAnn Sampson, Susannah Campbell, (1/19) Sarah Moore, Bill Krupp, Margaret Shaw, Jillian Alise Fulcher, (1/20) Charles Paris, Jake McGhee, (1/21) Mathew Iobst, Jr., (1/22) Maxon Santivanez, Danielle Nabinger, (1/23) Amy Morris, Eli James Snape


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

Holy Baptism next scheduled date - Saturday, April 4 (Great Vigil)

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, 1/10 Saturday, 1/17


CGS Catechists
BCA Party


Family Promise
Cats On Wheels @Henry's
Private Function
Sunday, 1/11 Sunday, 1/18


Holy Eucharist
Family Holy Eucharist
Church School
Choral Holy Eucharist
Choristers Bowling
Confirmation Orientation


Holy Eucharist
Family Holy Eucharist
Church School
Choral Holy Eucharist

Monday, 1/12 Monday, 1/19

Amma Susan's day off
CGS Catholic
Men's Book Study
Women's Bible Study
Boy Scouts


Amma Susan's day off
MLK Holiday
Office Closed
Women's Book Study
CGS Catholic
Kneeler Group
Stephen Ministry
Family Promise

Tuesday, 1/13 Tuesday, 1/20


Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Youth Ministry

Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Wednesday, 1/14 Wednesday, 1/21

Executive Committee
Bible Study
Preschool Staff Meeting
WNL Dinner
WNL Program
Chancel Choir


Bible Study
WNL Dinner
Invitation Ministry
WNL Program
Chancel Choir

Thursday, 1/15 Thursday, 1/22
HR Committee
Men's Bible Study
Men's Bible Study
Friday, 1/16 Friday, 1/23
Fr. Jim's day off
J2A Urban Adventure
Men's Bible Study
Women's Bible Study
A.A. Women's Meditation

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

Future planning

Please hold these dates:

  • Sunday, January 25 – worship services 7:30 and 10:30 am; Church School 9 am; Parish Annual Meeting at 12:00 pm
  • Saturday, February 14 – Valentine Dinner Dance & Auction
  • Sunday, February 15 – Next Newcomer/Visitor Welcoming Coffee
  • February 17 – Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
  • February 18 – Ash Wednesday
  • February 22 – March 1 – Next Family Promise hosting week
  • Tuesday, February 24 – Morning Lenten Eucharist & study begins (6 weeks);
    Next Blood Drive;
    Quarterly Ministry Teams Meeting
  • Wednesday, February 25 – Lenten Wednesday Evening Series begins (5 weeks)
  • Saturday, February 28 – Lenten Quiet Morning
  • March 3-12 – Adult Pilgrimage to Ireland
  • March 29 – April 4 – Palm Sunday and Holy Week
  • Sunday, April 5 – Easter Day
  • Saturday, May 9 – Stop Hunger Now
  • Sunday, May 17 – Last Day of Church School; Graduates recognized
  • Sunday, May 24 – Pentecost; Summer worship schedule begins; Parish Picnic
  • June 21-26 – Youth Mission Trip
  • September 4-7 – Parish Retreat


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

Youth Calendar online


Confirmation Orientation Sunday, January 11

Important: EVERY J2Aer, Their Confirmation Sponsor, and Parent(s)

The J2A class (9th and 10th grades) will be starting their Confirmation course with a Confirmation orientation on Sunday, January 11 at 6:00 PM in the parish hall. All J2Aers, their confirmation sponsors, and at least one parent should plan on attending. Please contact Mike for further information.


Calling All 10-12 Graders! Happening at Camp Mikell, Feb. 20-22:

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 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 the Happening website here.


Calling All 6-9 Graders! New Beginnings at Camp Mikell Feb. 6-8:

If you are currently in 6-9 grade, then you can attend the next New Beginnings conference at Camp Mikell over the weekend of Fe. 6-8. New Beginnings is a wonderful opportunity to have fun, grow in many ways, and make friends from all over the Diocese of Atlanta (which includes churches from all over northern Georgia) during a weekend that is filled with wonderful talks, skits, sharing, praying, singing, games, and lots of great food! A large portion of the weekend is led by teenagers like you! Ask any of us who have been before, and we’ll tell you that it’s an experience you won’t regret! Confidential scholarship is readily available by request to help with the cost of the weekend. For more information about New Beginnings, contact Mike or visit the Diocese of Atlanta’s New Beginnings website here. The sign-up deadline is January 24. If you are planning to attend New Beginnings, please let Mike know as soon as possible so that transportation to/from the weekend can be arranged for you!


The Change Jar Is Feeling Lonely This Year

Bring your change and change a life! The St. Catherine’s Youth Program participates in and/or organizes multiple events per year that help feed the hungry. To help us achieve this mission, we keep a large change jar in the main room of the Youth House that helps fund these efforts. If you find any loose change (or even bills, why not?) in your pocket, car, sofa, or anywhere else, bring it in, drop it in the jar, and help feed someone who needs it! Last year we brought in over $120 from the change jar, but there’s probably less than $10 in it right now. Let’s see what we can do with our loose change to help make the world a better place!


Save the Date: Youth Mission Trip - June 21-26, 2015

This summer, we will be taking a mission trip to do some service work and have a lot of fun in the beautiful city of Chattanooga, TN. Many more details will be announced in the new year, but go ahead and mark your calendars!



Fall Youth Retreat in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina on Oct. 31 - Nov. 2. On the first morning we awoke to snow! See LOTS more photos in our album on our Facebook page at Fall Youth Retreat 2014 (you don't need to be a Facebook user to view the pictures).

Wheel schedule:

Next publications:

  • January 23
  • February 6
  • February 20

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

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

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