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St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
February 21 - March 6, 2015

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Clergy Letter

Blood drive
Ministry Teams Quarterly
Wed. Evening Series
Quiet Morning
Morning Eucharist & study
Resources & reflections
YF bowling
Brick Walk
Safeguarding training
Preschool registration
Sermons online

Reality U
Hunger Walk
Rice Bowls
Family Promise
Save It Forward

Valentine Dinner Dance
Vestry Highlights
Volunteering corner

When to call your priest
Seen around St. Cat's
Ministry focus

Health tips

Rite 13 Ceremony
Hunger Walk



2/20-22 – Happening @ Camp Mikell

2/21 – Cats On Wheels

2/22-3/1 – Family Promise hosting

2/24, 3/3 – Lenten Morning Eucharist & Study

2/24 – Ministry Teams Quarterly Meeting;
Blood drive;
Elizabeth Inn laundry team

2/25, 3/4 – Wednesday Lenten Series

2/28 – Lent Quiet Morning;
Elizabeth Inn dinner team;
Young Families bowling

3/1 – Celebration for Ginney Linstrom

3/3-12 – Adult Ireland Pilgrimage

3/8 – Daylight Savings Time begins

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Ginney Linstrom retires

By Father Jim

Ginney Linstrom will be retiring as the Parish Secretary of St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church on February 28. Ginney’s last day in the office will be Friday, February 27. We will miss Ginney, but rejoice in the new opportunities that lie before her. And as Ginney is quick to point out – she’s not leaving the church. She will continue to volunteer each week to help the office staff with some very specific responsibilities. Ginney’s already got plans, as well, to join some of the various Bible studies that meet weekly during the daytime. It will give her time, also, to be with her daughter. Erika, in addition to her parents, has been a faithful member of St. Catherine’s as she grew up here doing all those things our young people do – acolyting, youth group, etc. Now she’ll be able to spend more leisure time with her mom.

There are no words that can adequately and succinctly summarize Ginney’s ministry in and to this congregation. “Amazing” may be one. Ginney in one way or another has supported the ministry of St. Catherine’s from our beginning – 1961. She volunteered for the early years as one of several people who staffed the office of the church. In the mid-1980's during Fr. David Wayland’s time as Rector, Ginney was hired as the Parish Secretary. She has continued this role to this very day. This means Ginney Linstrom has worked for and ministered in this congregation for 54 years. How many of us can point to a career of 54 years – and with one organization? “Amazing.”

I am proud to have worked with Ginney. She has cared for and protected me as Rector as I am certain she did for David Wayland and Larry Packard. Ginney wrote the book on confidentiality. I can trust that Ginney is there to take on whatever crazy task I think up and to do so without much fuss. She has been my mind when I had too much to remember on my own. She has been my care giver when I wouldn’t give myself the permission to seek a willing ear. She has been there to hug me before I leave on vacation, sabbatical, continuing ed., etc., and the first to welcome me back as I return. She has been there to remind me to mourn the loss of my mother, my father, and recently my brother. She has made it okay for me to grieve. And, of course, I had the unsought but special honor to celebrate the life of her beloved husband, Bill.

Thank you, Ginney Linstrom!

We will celebrate Ginney’s ministry on Sunday, March 1 during and after the 11:15 am worship. I hope you will come to be part of this special time. And, of course, I hope you will stop by the office to thank Ginney personally for all that she has contributed to this congregation. She is working from 9 am to 1 pm each day.

Celebration Lunch - Sunday, March 1, 12:30 pm

Join us in the Parish Hall for a BBQ Lunch honoring Ginney Linstrom on Sunday, March 1 immediately after the 11:15 am service. Spend this special time with Ginney, share your stories, and show your love for the many years of service she has given to everyone at St Catherine’s. No RSVP necessary.

Blood drive Tuesday, February 24

3 - 7 pm in the Choir Room

The need is constant and your contribution is important for a healthy and reliable blood supply! Our next blood drive will be held on February 24, 3:00 to 7:00 PM. PLEASE NOTE: this time we will be set up for your donation in the Choir Room, due to the other activities taking place at church on this date.

Reservations are helpful to get you in and out in the shortest time but are not required, all donors are welcome the day of the event. You can reserve a time now by going to and enter our sponsor code: STCATS. Help is also need for greeting donors, setup and clean up, please contact Jennifer Massey, / 404.375.8327.

Ministry Teams Quarterly Meeting

Tuesday, February 24 – Special Leader Appreciation Evening

Leaders of all the St. Catherine's ministry teams and committees, please be sure to join us at 7-8:30 pm in the Parish Hall. This meeting will be a special evening of celebration and appreciation for you, our outstanding leaders of the ministries of St. Catherine's. For questions please contact Pat Pepper.

We’ll also have important discussions of the 2015 budget and ministry plans for this year. Please be sure that a representative of all minstry teams and committees will be there to hear and participate.

Keeping a Holy Lent

Wednesday Lenten Series begins February 25: Five interfaith guest speakers on "Sin and Forgiveness"

By Father Jim

Our Lenten Program for 2015 will seek to understand Sin and Forgiveness from the view of diverse faith traditions. We will speak to the topic from the views of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and Baha'i. Each Wednesday in Lent (February 25, March 4, 11, 18, and 25) we will gather at 6:00 PM for a simple meal of soup and bread followed at 7:00 PM by a presentation and question and answer session led by a spiritual leader from each of these faith traditions.

Each Lent our Book of Common Prayer invites us to a time of "self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word." This year we will explore the theme of sin and forgiveness. Each of our guest presenters will explore that theme from the perspective of their faith tradition. This will be a time for them to give us an overview of their understanding of sin and forgiveness from the viewpoint of their faith tradition followed by an opportunity for the community to reflect on their words (perhaps through some questions they pose) and then a time of questions and answers. I’ve told each presenter that they are free to approach the theme in any way that makes sense to them and is consistent with their tradition. I am hoping that these evenings will lead to greater understanding among our faith traditions and instill a desire to learn more.

We’ve encouraged our guests to invite their faith community to join us for dinner and to be a part of their particular evening as well as the entire series if they so desire. Our presenters and the date they will be with us is as follows:

  • February 25 - The Rev. Kimberley Buchanan, Pastor, Pilgrimage United Church of Christ
  • March 4 - Dr. Iraj Khodadoost, Lay Leader, Atlanta Baha’i Community
  • March 11 - Rabbi Erin Boxt, Assistant Rabbi, Temple Kol Emeth
  • March 18 - The Rev. Brian Germano, Senior Pastor, East Cobb United Methodist Church
  • March 25 - Amjad Taufique, Outreach Director, Islamic Center of Marietta

We are deeply committed to the work that these leaders along with Amma Susan and I have begun together and truly hope this Lenten series at St. Catherine’s can and will be another step in our understanding one another’s faith traditions and be a step toward building community across our faith communities.

--> Please be sure to make your meal reservation each week that you will dine with us on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin, or contact the church office by 5 pm Tuesday. Dinner is by freewill donation to help offset the costs to our guest chefs.


Photo - The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd class "burying the alleluias" in front of the church on Sunday, February 15 in preparation for Lent (photo by Lisa Spessard).


Lenten Quiet Morning: “Living Intentionally” - Saturday, February 28

By Father Jim

Join us on the second Saturday of Lent, February 28, 9 am to noon, to spend time reflecting on our lives and how we take them seriously enough to live intentionally. We will use as our reference Patti Digh’s book, “Life Is a Verb: 37 Days To Wake Up, Be Mindful, And Live Intentionally.” In her book she writes about the "deeper things – how to know what to care about, how to treat others around [ourselves], what to question, how to love, what to stand up for, and why [we] should tell stories and listen to the stories of others." We will use three of her Six Practices for Intentional Living to look at our lives at the beginning of this Lenten season where we are invited to the "observance a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial, and by reading and meditating on God’s holy word."

Nursery will be provided if requested. Please let the office know by Wednesday, February 25 if you desire childcare during the Quiet Morning. We will gather starting 8:45 am over light morning snacks and beverages. Morning Prayer will begin at 9:15 am. We will have meditation and reflection on these 3 topics:

  • Be Generous - "Say hi to Yaron"
  • Love More - "Put your own mask on first"
  • Slow Down - "Close the Boardroom Closet"

We conclude with Noonday Prayer ending at 12 noon. Weather permitting, the Labyrinth will be available for meditation and reflection (you may wish to dress appropriately for the day’s weather). The Lenten Quiet Morning is for everyone, sponsored by the Daughters of the King as their ministry to the people of St. Catherine’s.


Tuesday morning Lenten Eucharist and study begins February 24: “The Power of a Focused Heart”

Each Tuesday during Lent we will gather at 7:00 am for a quiet Eucharist to begin our day. Following the Eucharist we will gather at 7:30 am for a brief study. We conclude by 8:00 am so that we can all be on our way to our day’s activities.

This Lent we will use “The Power of a Focused Heart” by Mary Lou Redding. We used one of her books during our 2014 Advent study and all of us enjoyed her writing. In this book she uses Jesus’ sayings that we call the Beatitudes and guides users in simplifying their life by finding ways to say no to people in order to remain free to say yes to God. This study provides a strong basis for learning to live out of one’s own particular spiritual gifts. Eight chapters examine one Beatitude each week with daily Bible readings. Brief chapters may be read in fifteen minutes followed by daily exercises in responding to Scripture.

Our books are being provided those who participate through the generosity of an anonymous donor. Please contact Fr. Jim ASAP at if you wish to receive a copy of the book prior to our first meeting on February 24.


Lent reflections and resources

A variety of Lenten materials for children, youth and adults is now available to you on our resource table in foyer. In particular you’ll find "Lenten Trust," this year’s booklet of reflections on the season of Lent written by our own St. Catherine's parishioners. There is, of course, no charge to receive our publication in any of these ways:

Young Families Bowling Night

Saturday, February 28 at Brunswick Marietta

The Young Families of St. Catherine's will meet for a night of bowling and pizza from 4 to 6 pm at Brunswick’s Marietta bowling alley, 2749 Delk Road, We will also be decorating brown lunch bags for MUST Ministries between frames. Cost will be $10 per bowler which includes 2 hours of play, shoe rental and pizza. For those only wishing to indulge in pizza and fellowship, the cost will only by $5. Please RSVP by Wednesday, February 25 by contacting Amy Mikkelsen, to ensure we have enough lanes and food for everyone. Looking forward to a fun night together!

Sponsor a brick for St. Catherine's Brick Walk

If you would like to sponsor our St. Catherine's legacy in the Brick Walk in front of the church, orders are now being taken for one of 17 additional bricks which are about to be added to the walk. Bricks are 8'' x 8'' and are laser-engraved with your message of up to four lines, up to 18 characters per line (including spaces). The cost is $50 each. If you are interested please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Rosemary Wolfe,, 770-971-2839.

"Safeguarding" trainings February 28

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. Safe Church trainings titled “Safeguarding God’s Children” and/or “Safeguarding God’s People” are required of all volunteers, staff and clergy at St. Catherine’s and in our diocese to protect children and youth from sexual abuse and adults from sexual exploitation and sexual harassment.

These trainings will be offered on Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Cathedral of St. Philip. The morning session (9 a.m. to noon) is 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. And when you have completed a training please be sure to inform Harriett Pyburn,, so that we can keep our records up to date.

Preschool registration

St. Catherine’s Preschool: Cherishing Childhood — Valuing Education

Registration for the 2015-2016 preschool year is underway, every Wednesday and Thursday until all spots are filled, first come, first served. Tours are available every Wednesday and Thursday, 10 am -12 pm, no appointment necessary. As always, we appreciate you referring friends and neighbors to our quality program for children ages 1 through young 5’s. Please visit our website at for more information on our wonderful preschool.

Sermon recordings online

Did you know that you can find audio recordings of past Sunday sermons on our website? You'll find them on the Sermons page of our website, Check here for some of the latest recordings: sermons throughout Advent and Christmas; Father Jim's sermon on Martin Luther King Jr. weekend January 18 (with the Chancel Choir’s anthem at 11:15 service, "Precious Lord, Take My Hand" following); Amma Susan's sermon from last Sunday, Feb. 15, and more! Thank you to Bill Ivey for his editing skills to make these recordings available!


Celebrate Episcopal Relief & Development on Sunday, February 22

All Episcopalians are invited on the First Sunday in Lent, February 22, to pray for those living in poverty or without the basics for life, for victims of conflict and natural disasters and for all those around the world utilizing local resources and expertise to counter scarcity and imbalance. Episcopal Relief & Development (ERD) works with local partners in almost 40 countries to tackle these issues. You can support this work by contributing to a plate offering or Your participation is a simple way to help convey Jesus’ love for our most vulnerable neighbors.

Parish Representative for ERD: Ellis Kilgore

I have been so blessed to be involved with some amazing and devoted young people that introduced me to global and domestic missions, from Mexico, Peru, Belize, Columbia, Haiti, Indonesia, Africa, Cambodia and Ireland to disaster relief in New Orleans. God has put these places on my heart and I have been searching for the proper way to fulfill this passion. As it turns out the answer was right here at St. Catherine's in the face of Episcopal Relief and Development. I was fortunate to be introduced to one of our members, Janet Livingston, who is the Diocesan representative for ERD. Janet has already been a huge help sharing her expertise and offering assistance as I move into the role of Parish representative for ERD here at St Catherine's

I ask for your prayers, suggestions and ideas as we seek God's guidance with the direction of ERD and as we work to bring a fuller awareness to the people of St. Catherine's of this amazing ministry and as we "draw the circle wider."

In His Name,
Ellis Kilgore

Volunteers needed for Reality U

Reality U is a fun one-day event in financial literacy for Cobb secondary schools students sponsored by Communities in Schools of Marietta/Cobb County. Reality U helps students understand some of the “realities” involved in preparing for an employable future and adulthood. At Reality U, students are provided an adult scenario of their chosen career, complete with marital status, number of children, occupation, and net monthly income. Students visit a variety of booths to “purchase” housing, transportation, communication services, child care, food, utilities, insurance, etc. Each event serves approximately 100-150 students.

Adult volunteers are needed to run the booths. No experience or special skills necessary. A brief training is provided at the event and then the fun begins! Help is needed at these upcoming dates (all will be held at Marietta High School, 1171 Whitlock Ave):

  • February 24 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
  • February 27 7:00 AM – 1:00 PM
  • March 9 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM
  • March 20 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM.

Sign up at the Sign Up Genius site at Individuals are welcome, or this makes for a great group participation project. For more information contact Patty Yohn, 678-503-0901, You can find more about Communities in Schools of Marietta/Cobb County at

Sunday, March 15: Atlanta Hunger Walk/Run

By Connie Bergeron

  • LUNCH: A light lunch will be provided in St. Cat’s Parish Hall by Connie & Ron Bergeron from 11:00 am to noon. PLEASE be sure to RSVP if you are planning to walk or run and would like to join us before leaving for Turner Field. Lunch service will end promptly at 12:00 noon so we can be on our way. RSVP on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Connie at
  • Please note: If you are walking or running, you definitely need to attend the 7:30 am or 8:45 am service on March 15
  • Car pooling to Turner Field: If you plan to drive to the Hunger Walk/Run and would be willing to have others ride with you, please let us know so we can coordinate drivers and riders. Reply on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Connie at

Let's make the 2015 Hunger Walk/Run another record-breaking year for St. Catherine's participation! Yes, it's time to register for this year's Hunger Walk/Run. You are invited to join thousands in the fight against hunger at Turner Field in downtown Atlanta. The 5K walk /run benefits the Atlanta Community Food Bank and five other local nonprofits, including the Episcopal Charities Foundation, that have strong hunger relief programs.

The event opens at noon and the 5K walk and 5K “fun run” begin at 2 p.m. Pre-register online as a St. Catherine's Episcopal Church team member (see link and directions below) or at the registration tent the day of the event. Walk registration is $25 and includes an official Hunger Walk/Run 2015 event tshirt. Run registration is $35 and includes a special moisture-wicking tshirt. Come enjoy the fun, festival-like atmosphere with activities for the entire family including games, Atlanta’s finest food trucks, live entertainment and more!

To sign up for St. Catherine's Team or to make a donation in support of our Team, go to this link: For this year's special Diocesan Youth team please see the article below in this newsletter .

Thank you for your support of Hunger Walk/Run 2015!

Rice Bowls available now

Pick up a plastic "rice bowl" in the foyer of the church or by the preschool office and use it to collect your spare change throughout Lent to make a difference in the lives of children worldwide made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS, poverty, and other circumstances. Ingathering will be Easter Day, April 5. Information about Rice Bowls is available at Sponsored for everyone by our Young Families Ministry, for questions contact Molly Banko,

Family Promise news

Hosting week is here again, February 22-March 1. Thank you all our many volunteers who will extend a warm St. Catherine’s welcome to our guests!


Family Promise Bed Race - March 28

Please join us for the First Annual Bed Race on Saturday, March 28 at 9 am at the Kennesaw State U Marietta (Southern Polytechnic) campus to benefit homeless families and homeless students. Grab five of your co-workers, church members, or friends and race other teams to show you have a heart for the homeless. Teams will build a bed with four wheels, and run to greatness. The bed race will be fun to participate in and fun to watch. Pajama Parade, too—if bed-racing isn't your style, partake in the Pajama Parade by sporting your family-friendly sleepwear! Awards will go to the fastest, funniest, and most creative beds. All proceeds will benefit Family Promise of Cobb County and the C.A.R.E. Center of KSU. Participants, donors, supporters, and sponsors are needed. For questions, please contact Hale Sanders ( or Fred Massey (, visit the FPCC website at or call 678-594-3150.

Save It Forward any week

By Harriett Pyburn

  • Do you grocery shop at Kroger or Publix?
  • Do you wish you could resourcefully help hungry families in Cobb County on your own schedule?
  • Do you want to do your part, but don't want to make another weekly commitment?

Then “Save it Forward” is right for you! Here's how it works:

  1. You pick up a shopping envelope marked either Kroger or Publix from the Outreach table across from the parlor between Thursday and Tuesday of any week you choose.
  2. The envelope will contain a shopping list and appropriate coupons for the week. You are told exactly what to buy. With sale and coupon savings, your bill will be under $6 before tax. You must shop by the date printed on the envelope in order to get the sale prices.
  3. At your convenience, you return the food items to the collection bin marked “Save it Forward” across from the parlor at St. Catherine's
  4. Save it Forward will pick up these food items from St. Catherine’s and use them in their monthly bins that they distribute to needy families in Cobb County Schools (as identified through school social workers). They will then drop off new coupon envelopes for us.

There will be new envelopes each week, but there is no weekly commitment on your part – participate only when it works for you. This program is an amazing food pantry that has grown from a small project on one woman's dining room table into a real source of change for our local community, helping hungry kids be more prepared to succeed in school. If you would like to know more, please visit or contact Harriett Pyburn at


A beautiful evening at the Valentine Dinner Dance

By Mike Peterson

On February 14 the J2A class of the St. Catherine’s Youth Program hosted the sixteenth annual Valentine Dinner, Dance and Auction in support of the pilgrimage that the class will be making in the summer of 2016. The evening included a delicious sit-down dinner, live and silent auctions, and some impressive dance moves from several of our parishioners. By the end of the evening, the ninety-six attendees had enjoyed their meals while being waited upon by our J2A youth, celebrated each other’s company, and many went home with some wonderful items, services, and vacation homes from the auctions.

While the accounting is still being finalized, the final fundraising total will likely exceed $30,000, which puts this year’s event on par with 2014’s as one of the most successful Valentine Dinner Dances ever held! These funds will help greatly in off-setting the pilgrimage’s cost and will ensure that every member of the class will be able to participate in this formative and important facet of our Journey to Adulthood curriculum.

There are more people deserving of recognition and gratitude for this event than could possibly fit here, but there are several whom I would be remiss in neglecting to recognize. First and foremost, I extend my deepest and most heart-felt thanks to Donna Hutton, the chair of the event. Donna began all the way back in August, and has tirelessly and gracefully put in full-time hours ever since. It is a complicated operation to oversee, and Donna did so with a constantly calm and cheerful presence. This event simply could not have been what it was without Donna, and we are incredibly grateful!

Donna would be the first to tell you that she did not do this work alone. Cindy Tuemmler served her third consecutive year as the head of the kitchen. Lee Ann Sherry headed up the live auction. Laurie Dirksen organized the silent auction and, along with Susanne Muckerman could be found at almost any hour of the day for weeks before the date. Elizabeth Lopez headed up the accounting and check-out for the third year in a row. Barbara Barrington put together the program brochure for the evening. We also thank Margaret Shaw for her tireless help in the kitchen all evening. All twenty of our J2A families were involved in contributing and helping to make the event a success, and I am thankful to each of them.

This year featured a special sit-down dinner in honor of the event falling on Valentine’s Day. The food and beverages, as well as the services of executive chef Tracey Melton of the Rose and Crown were made available to us through the incredible generosity of Fred and Jennifer Massey. And, Fred reprised his role as M.C. for the live auction yet again. It is hard to imagine it without him!

I also want to thank the youth and leaders of the J2A class. The youth worked hard for months collecting donations. They performed fantastically as the wait staff, and they represented our Youth Program well. I could not have been more proud of them, and I am honored to serve as their youth director. The J2A class leaders helped guide them along in this process.

Finally, we owe a huge debt of gratitude to the people of St. Catherine’s. Whether you donated to our auctions, bid on items, attended the event, or just prayed for our success, we are sincerely grateful for your continued support of our young people. St. Catherine’s is a place where our youth know that they are loved, affirmed, and supported. Thank you all so much!

Photos by Pat Pepper, Bill Ivey, Daniel Mikkelsen -- see lots more fullsize in our Facebook album at 2015 Valentine Dinner Dance.

2015 Vestry takes office

The Vestry held its annual winter retreat at Montara Farm February 6-8, and was commissioned during the 8:45 service on February 15. Our vestry for this year is: Senior Warden Tom Blackstock, Junior Warden Daniel Mikkelsen, Eric DeLaBarre, Jason Gardiner, Jeff Harris, Bill Hutton, Bill Ivey, Susan Jenkins, Hans Kraeger, Rod Pope, Beth Sandoval, Natalie Whitlow. Treasurer is Rebeccah Devault; Clerk of the Vestry is Sheila Bishop. (Commisioning photos by Jan Potter, see more fullsize at Church021515.)

Vestry Highlights

by Daniel Mikkelsen, Junior Warden

Notes from the Vestry meeting on February 17:

  • The Vestry worshipped together and celebrated Holy Eucharist beginning at 7:00 PM. Four parish members joined us. Others are always welcome.
  • The Vestry held a community discussion of “Building Strong Teams” from the Episcopal Church Foundation which referenced “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Fable by Patrick M. Lencioni.”
  • Bill Hutton presented an update on the upcoming implementation of the new parish communications tool, “The City.” Pilot groups will be Women’s Friday Morning Bible Study and the Invitation ministries. Initial rollout will be June/July.
  • The Vestry retreat was reviewed.
  • Tom Blackstock reviewed the new process for initiating, approving and implementing projects.
  • Hans Kraeger provided an update on the parking lot project.
  • Eric DeLaBarre provided an update on the carpet project.
  • The sanctuary dimmer system upgrade was discussed.
  • Pat Pepper is doing a wonderful job handling thank you notes on behalf of the Vestry.
  • Recognition of Ginney Linstrom’s service at St. Catherine’s which began in 1961. An announcement will be made of her upcoming retirement and of a celebration of her ministry to be held on March 1.
  • Natalie Whitlow reported that Fellowship Ministry inquires whether the church will hold a Parish Clean Up Day this year.
  • The Vestry will serve as dinner team at the Elizabeth Inn for the church’s March date.
  • The Treasurer presented the financial report for January.
  • Preschool financials were presented for December. It was noted that Georgia legislation is pending on changing the cutoff date for Kindergarten and that a Young Five’s class is being offered in the fall to accommodate this.
  • Vestry phone calls will remain on hold. Susan Jenkins will update on discovery work on reorganizing this process at the March Vestry meeting.
  • Father Jim read a hand-written note from the Bishop thanking us for our donation to the diocese from our 2014 surplus.
  • The meeting adjourned at 9:18 PM

Volunteering Corner

Lenten journey

By Pat Pepper, Coordinator of Volunteer Ministry (

Scripture for Ash Wednesday - Rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the Lord, your God. For gracious and merciful is he, slow to anger, rich in kindness.[ Joel 2:13]

As part of my Lenten discipline I am reading a Lenten devotional, "The Fellowship of Prayer." The scripture for Ash Wednesday (today, as I write) is Joel 2:13. Many of the Lectionary scriptures are difficult for me to understand and many don't speak to me at all, but this scripture is very clear - in summary, I am told I need to give back.

Lent is about our personal journey to the place where the mystery of death and resurrection is fulfilled, the journey to place ourselves before God and respond to God's presence in our lives and in our world. Lent is an opportunity to get our life centered on what matters most. We so easily get sidetracked. If we could improve one area in our life, even a small step, we would be on the road to a better life.

If you are looking for taking that small step and finding a way to 'give back' please get in touch with me. There are many opportunities to return to the Lord your God; needs that will match your gifts. Find the blessings as you set aside the days of Lent, a time of introspection and renewal.

When to call your priest

By Father Jim and Amma Susan

When to call...

  • When someone in your family dies. Call immediately. We want to be involved as your loved one approaches death. We don’t mind you waking us up, and we want to be on hand and available to you in the midst of your grief, not just after the fact.
  • When someone in your family is critically ill. Call immediately. We will do our best to see them in the hospital as soon as possible.
  • When someone in your family is going to have surgery. Call in advance. Let us know time and place. In this age of outpatient surgery centers, the more detail you can give us the better. We are happy to bring communion to the hospital or to have healing prayers with those awaiting surgery.
  • When you or someone in your family is having a crisis of faith. Call to make an appointment to come and sit down for a conversation. You really are our top priority and we will see you just as soon as possible.
  • When someone in your family is planning a wedding. Call to make an appointment to come in and meet the priest who will perform the service.
  • When someone in your family loses a job, or loses a friend to death, or is suffering from chemical dependency or depression.
  • When a child is born. It’s great to get a call even before the birth. We’d like the opportunity to make a visit to bless both parents and child.
  • When something wonderful is happening in your life. We know it is important to share your saddest times, but we want to be with you in the best times of your life, too.

How to reach us…

  • Telephone is the best method, please do NOT rely on email or social media posting when the matter is urgent. We watch our email and sometimes find ourselves on social media sites like Facebook or Caring Bridge – but not always, so when you want us please call. We take our calls 24 hours a day.
  • During or after hours, simply call the church office (770.971.2839 | toll free 1-877-991-9762) – you can reach us no matter the time of day. Father Jim’s extension is 202 and Amma Susan’s extension is 203. You can reach us on our cell phones and we are delighted to share those numbers when requested. A priest is in the office from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm five days a week and we can be paged through our cell phones when needed outside this time. You can page us by leaving a message on our office phones and then marking your message urgent after you leave it (press #32 at the end of your message).

Seen around St. Cat's

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

Mardi Gras, St. Cat's style, on Shrove Tuesday, February 17 (Photos by Jan Potter, see lots more fullsize at ShroveTuesdayPancakes02171502 AND below in this newsletter).

Newcomer coffee, February 15

Photos by Bettye Harris and Jan Potter, see lots more fullsize at Newcomer coffee Feb. 15, 2015 and Church021515.

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:

  • February 23-March 1: Communities in Schools — This week we celebrate the life and work of Communities In Schools, a nationwide organization with a mission to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Volunteers may assist in local schools serving as mentors, tutors and much more. To find out more about helping with the local Cobb/Marietta affiliate please contact Joan Nixon or Carol Fey.
  • March 2-18: Friday Morning Folders — This week we celebrate the life and work of the Friday Morning Folders committee, part of the Parish Administration and Facilities Ministry Team. This committee brings volunteers together at 10 am on Friday mornings to prepare Sunday bulletins and special mailings, and to have some time for enjoyable conversation and fellowship. Help is always welcome. For information on how to get involved please contact Bette Hamilton, 770.590.0428,


February 11, 2015
Dear [St. Catherine's,]

Thank you for your donations of gift items and for playing such an integral role in the 2014 Emmaus House Christmas Programs! Your generosity filled our neighborhood with great joy and made God's love known to many families in our community and beyond. We had a successful Christmas season full of blessings for our Peoplestown neighbors, volunteers from near and far, and our own staff... Here’s a brief look at all of the holiday festivities!

  • During Christmas in Peoplestown, children from the community made ornaments, decorated Christmas cookies, and lit the Christmas tree on the Emmaus House front lawn.
  • We celebrated a Christmas luncheon for 63 Senior Strollers.
  • 108 neighborhood grandparents enjoyed an evening out with a lasagna supper, raffle prizes, a visit from Santa, and DJ music and dancing.
  • The Emmaus House Chapel hosted a Secret Santa shop that allowed nearly 40 neighborhood children to shop for gifts for their loved ones. Volunteers provided shopping assistance and giftwrapping services.
  • In addition, we were able to partner 19 families with a holiday sponsor for a total of 95 family members served.
  • The season culminated with 673 children receiving a new gift from Mr. and Mrs. Claus… during our Christmas Eve Festival. Thanks to the generosity of so many, not a single child walked away empty-handed.

On behalf of the Emmaus House family, I wanted to express gratitude for what has been and amazing first six months for me at Emmaus House… Thank you for make my first Christmas at Emmaus House a joyous and memorable one.

Grace and Peace,
Joseph D. Mole LMSW, Executive Director, Emmaus House

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

  • Family Promise of Cobb County on February 4 for $1,311.50 [Christmas collection]
  • The Center for Family Resources on February 9 for in-kind donation of 879 food items.

Health Tips - from our Congregational Nurses

  • Egging you on to a healthy weight
    Eating eggs for breakfast may help you feel full longer, stay energized and reduce overall calorie intake, which contributes to a healthy weight, research says. One large egg has just 70 calories and provides 6 grams of high-quality protein, which helps to keep you satisfied. Nearly half of the protein is found in the egg yolk. And although the yolk also contains cholesterol, for most people, eggs can be part of a heart healthy diet when eaten in moderation. Consider eggs enriched with omega-3 fatty acids for added health benefits. Source: International Journal of Obesity
  • Should I exercise with cold symptoms?
    Feeling under the weather, but still want to work out? If your symptoms are from the neck and above such as a stuffy nose, sneezing or mild sore throat, you can proceed with exercise but pay attention to how your body feels by modifying or stopping if your symptoms get worse. If your symptoms are below the neck such as coughing, chest tightness or an upset stomach, skip your workout until you feel better. Never exercise if you are running a fever. When in doubt, check with your doctor. Source: American College of Sports Medicine

Provided by HealthStart,


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

FOR ALL MEMBERS OF THE ARMED SERVICES: 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, Tara Nesbit, Gail Cook, Dave Banko, Katie Rohert, Jody Peligrino, Nancy Arrington, Sybil, Jeff Martin, Genie, Robert Morris, Catherine Moore, Tony, Klyer Seagle, David, Tony, Lauren Butzen, Scott Hargreaves, Yony Campos, Mary Mayton, Ann Williams, Robert Abstein, Margaret Ivey, Raymond Higgins Will Fambrough, Warren Martin, Bill Martin, Donna Burton, Swiss Britt, Richard Pearson, Beverly Fambrough, Nancy Burnaugh, Wanda Johnson, Debbie, Rick Venable, Chris, Lisa, Ted & Cheryl Simon, Joan Pfeffer, Martin Michael, Bill Selby, Cary Phillips, Jay Hendricks, Ron Brannock, Emily Estes, Vernice Knatt, Lanie Bartlett, Ian Gross, Dr. Tolbert Williams, Caitlyn Buckalew, David Bridges, Carroll Mitchell, Savannah Grace Bennett, Chuck Severs, Jeanette Glynn

FOR THOSE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS: (2/21) Marilyn Hunter, Cosette Gale, Steve Pyburn; (2/22) Joyce Carter, Sarah Antonucci, Michael Baumann, Katie Barrington; (2/23) Swiss Britt; (2/24) Natalie Whitlow, Gwen Gillespie; (2/25) John Pennington, Emily Dillson; (2/26) Nate Thompson; (2/27) Will Korwan, Jeff Harris; (2/28) Hannah Harris; (3/1) Bryce Edwards, Candy Jansen; (3/2) Charlie Zimmerman, Millie Fey, Martin Michael; (3/3) Gary Parker, Elizabeth Lopez; (3/4) Mit FitzSimons, Ethan Cook, Rebecca Riney, Stephen Lee, Creed Smith, Barbara Saunders; (3/5) Jim Dirksen, Wesley Boutilier; (3/6) Courtney Ragan, Sebastian Calvo

ANNIVERSARIES: (2/25) Swiss & Peter Britt; (2/26) Chris & Alyce Brennan; (3/4) Jeff & Alison Harris

DEATHS: Jean Rousseau, mother of Therese Braman

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, 2/21 Saturday, 2/28


Happening @ Mikell
CGS Catechists
Journey Retreat
Jubilate Practice
Cats on Wheels Outing
Preschool Movie Night


Jubilate Practice
Lenten Quiet Day
Boy Scout Court of Honor
Elizabeth Inn
Sunday, 2/22 Sunday, 3/1


Holy Eucharist
Holy Eucharist
   /Liturgy of Candidacy
Church School
The Journey
Holy Eucharist


Holy Eucharist
Holy Eucharist/Jubilate
Church School
The Journey
Holy Eucharist

Monday, 2/23 Monday, 3/2

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


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

Tuesday, 2/24 Tuesday, 3/3


Eucharist & Study
Morning Prayer
Preschool Bee Man
Staff Meeting/Lunch
Blood Drive
MUST Laundry Team
Quarterly Ministry Team

Eucharist & Study
Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Wednesday, 2/25 Wednesday, 3/4

MUST Breakfast
Bible Study
Lenten Series
Youth WNL


Lenten Series
Youth WNL
Chancel Choir

Thursday, 2/26 Thursday, 3/5
Preschool Board
Men’s Bible Study
DOK Training
Men’s Bible Study
DOK Training
Friday, 2/27 Friday, 3/6
Fr. Jim's day off
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
Preschool Lunch
A.A. Women's Meditation

Future planning

Please hold these dates:

  • Next Concert Series program - Saturday, March 28: Coro Vocati
  • Sunday, April 5 – Easter Day
  • Sunday, May 17 – Visitation by Bishop Rob Wright; Worship at 7:30 & 10:30 am; Youth & Adult Confirmation; Last Day of Church School; Graduates recognized
  • Sunday, May 24 – Pentecost; Summer worship time schedule begins (8:00 & 10:30 am, no Church School); Parish Picnic
  • Vacation Bible School - Tuesday through Friday, June 16-19, 9 am to noon
  • Youth Mission Trip - June 21-26
  • Parish Retreat - September 4-7 (Labor Day weekend)


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

Youth Calendar online


Pray for everyone at Happening

Please say a prayer for everyone who will be attending the Happening conference at Camp Mikell on February 20-22. We have over twenty youth and adults from St. Catherine’s participating as candidates (first-time participants) or on team helping run the conference. Our candidates this time around are Alison Adams, Thad Barrington, Phillip Hutton, Jack Owen, Chandler Sherry, Chyanne Thompson-Quartey, Trevor Tilley, Abi Trono, and Madi Trono.


Rite 13 Ceremony - information meeting Sunday, March 1

All Rite 13 parents are invited and strongly encouraged to come down to the Youth House and join their Rite 13er for a very important class session on Sunday, March 1 at 10:15 AM in the Youth House. We will be going over important details of the Rite 13 Ceremony collecting some necessary information from each family for the ceremony, and taking a group photo of the Rite 13 class that will appear on the cover of the bulletin for the Rite 13 Ceremony. Please make every effort to join us!


Hunger Walk – special team for Diocesan youth

The Hunger Walk is an annual event held at Turner Field that benefits the Atlanta Food Bank. Many of us have participated in the past by joining thousands of other to walk/run the course through Atlanta and raise money for a great cause. This year will be extra-exciting, as the Diocese of Atlanta Youth will be hosting a worship, cook-out, and pep rally with Bishop Wright before the Hunger Walk begins. We hope that you’ll join sign up for the Diocesan youth team and join us for the events. Please let Mike know if you sign up and plan to attend the Youth Rally before the Hunger Walk. The link to sign up for the youth team is



Pancakes! Shrove Tuesday, February 17 (photos by Bill Ivey and Jan Potter).

Rite 13 Movie Night

The Rite 13ers hung out on a Saturday night, December 13, watched The Princess Bride, had a Bible-trivia scavenger hunt, and enjoyed all the junk food their hearts could desire! (Photos by Mike Peterson, see more fullsize in the Facebook album at Rite 13 Movie Night 2014.)

Wheel schedule:

Next publications:

  • March 6
  • March 20
  • April 3

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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