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March 28 - April 10, 2015

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Concert: Coro Vocati
Journey to Easter
  Stations of the Cross
  Holy Wednesday
  Rites of Reconciliation
  Maundy Thursday
  Prayer Vigil
  Good Friday
  Monastic Dinner
  Great Vigil
  Children's Chapel
  Office schedule
Easter Day
  Receptions help
  Flowering the Cross
  Easter Egg Hunt
  Parking help
  Easter Communions
Safeguarding training
Newcomer social
Cats On Wheels
Rite 13 Ceremony
Words of Wisdom
Call for Acolytes

Rice Bowls
Day of Service
United Way shoebox
Hunger Walk

Youth Director search committee
Lent series
Volunteering corner
Vestry notes
Seen around St. Cat's
Ministry focus

Georgia Festival Chorus
Health tips

World Dinner
Mission trip
Upcoming dates



-> Holy Week & Easter schedule

3/28 – Concert: Coro Vocati

3/31 – Lenten Morning Eucharist & Study

4/13 – Men’s Book Study

4/15, 22, 29 – WNL

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Father Jim announces his retirement this summer

May 17, 2015

Dear Members and Friends of St. Catherine's,

After nearly 17 years here at St. Catherine's, Joan and I will be leaving for my retirement. When I first arrived here in 1998, retirement was so far in the future that it never entered my mind. But as it looms in the immediate future, we are getting more and more excited about it. I have been a priest and deacon for 25 years and during that time my family has been integral to my ministry. You have often heard me say that my ministry was made possible by the love and support of my family. Now it's time for me to return such love and support by making them my focus as I move into retirement.

My last Sunday with you will be June 28 and I look forward to celebrating with joy and grief a liturgy of leave taking. My last day in the office will be June 30. After this Joan and I will be preparing to move to Chicago as soon as we are able to accomplish the details of selling and buying a new home.

My ministry at St. Catherine's has been a profound gift of God as each of you have ministered to me and to my family. Together we have built a ministry that is both healthy and good. With the help and guidance of the Holy Spirit many wonderful things have happened here in these past 17 years. And to keep it all in perspective - together we've built on the work of clergy and lay persons who have gone before us.

Leaving is difficult! It is the most difficult thing that I've been called upon to do in my ministry. Be assured the decision to do so is not taken lightly by either Joan or me. The love and affection that you have shown us over the years have made a deep impression on our entire family now including Peyton and Harper. I cannot imagine a happier decision than the one we made 17 years ago this month to come to St. Catherine's.

Now that it is time to say good bye there are several things I must ask of you. It is important that you and your Vestry begin the work of searching for and calling your next Rector. This is a period of both apprehension and anticipatory joy. I ask that each of you make a commitment to the continued life of this congregation and to the calling of the next priest who will lead you into an exciting future. Your commitment to continue the journey will not only sustain the vibrancy of this congregation but prepare this community of faith to welcome its next Rector with joy and grace. His or her style of ministry is likely to be different from mine. It is in this difference that I ask you to rejoice and see the opportunities for health, growth and deepening faith. Let the Spirit work among you for the blessing of all concerned. These 17 years have been happy and fruitful. My prayer for you is that in another 17 years the same can be said by your new Rector.

The church is the place of many moments that touch us most deeply - funerals, weddings, baptisms, etc. After June 30, I will no longer be an official part of worship at St. Catherine's. Therefore one of the most difficult things I must ask of you is to respect that I am retired and no longer your Rector. Joan and I have made lasting friendships and look forward to those continuing - but as friends not as pastor and people. We imagine ourselves, at your invitation and with the permission of your clergy, sitting in the pews of St. Catherine's celebrating with you these high points in your life.

The past 17 years have been some of the happiest in my life. The past 17 years, as well, have been some of the most challenging in my life. All in all I think this is the way it is to engage life. I leave with few if any regrets and I leave knowing that you are a healthy and vibrant congregation who will move with obedience and joy into the future to which God is calling you. Joan and I leave St. Catherine's with deep feelings of thanksgiving for a wonderful congregation who has always tried to live up to our vision "to share the love that Jesus Christ has for us and the world..."

I leave you with the words that we have grown so fond of as a community of faith.... "Life is short and we do not have much time to gladden the hearts of those who journey with us. So be swift to love. Make haste to be kind. And go in peace [and joy] to love and serve the Lord."

In Christ's love I remain your servant,

The Rev. Jim Nixon

St. Catherine’s Concert Series: Coro Vocati

Saturday, March 28, 7:30 pm

Join us for the next concert in our 2014-2015 series. Coro Vocati returns to St. Catherine’s after being featured in our inaugural concert series, to present their spring concert, "Doors". Coro Vocati, led by Artistic Director John Dickson, is an ensemble of professional singers in the metro Atlanta area who come together for the joy of making music at the highest levels of choral artistry. Coro Vocati rewards audiences with an array of diverse repertoire that is both engaging and satisfying.

Please invite family and friends to come and be part of this very special evening. All St. Catherine’s concerts are open seating and are free with no tickets needed (a collection will be taken). For more information about Coro Vocati and to listen to samples from past performances go to


Next Concert Date: Saturday, May 2

Mark your calendar now for our fifth and final concert of our 2014-2015 season: Saturday, May 2 at 7:30 pm we will present The Chamber Singers of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Choir directed by Organist and Choirmaster Trey Clegg. A smaller group drawn from the 90-voice Choir, this dynamic group of singers performs 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 at many outstanding venues including Spoleto Festival.


Be a Friend of Music at St. Catherine’s

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

Journey to Easter

We invite you to set aside the demands of the everyday and join together with family and friends March 29 - April 5 for Holy Week and Easter Day, a week of intense observance and liturgy with word and sacraments that touch our lives as in no other ways during the rest of the year. If you have never made this journey you will find it life changing. Please come!

This time marks the days of Jesus' passion and resurrection and is the most important time of the church year. In rites and words the mysteries of Jesus' final hours are with us again, his passion, his cruel suffering, his rising from the dead. And we discover the answer to age old questions: Does God love us? Is God merciful? Does God care for us? We have only to look and learn from Jesus Christ.

Palm Sunday, Mar. 29...

7:30 am

Holy Eucharist (HE)

8:00 am


8:45 am

Liturgy of the Palms + HE (nursery)

10:00 am

No Church School (nursery)

11:15 am

Liturgy of the Palms + HE (nursery)

Tuesday, March 31...

7:00 am

HE + Study

10:00 am

Morning Prayer

6:30 pm

Children’s Stations of the Cross

Wednesday, April 1...

7:30 pm

HE + Healing Service (nursery)

Maundy Thursday, April 2...

7:30 pm

Proper Liturgy (nursery)

9:00 pm

All-night Prayer Vigil

Good Friday, April 3...

9:00 am

Morning Prayer

12:00 pm

Stations of the Cross (outdoor)

6:30 pm

Stations of the Cross (indoor)

7:30 pm

Proper Liturgy (nursery)

9:00 pm

Monastic Supper

Holy Saturday, April 4...

10:00 am

Proper Liturgy

7:30 pm

Easter Vigil + Baptisms (nursery)

  • Stations of the Cross March 31 and April 3

We invite you to use our Stations of the Cross during Lent, Holy Week or any time as a way of enjoying our beautiful church. We have both Outdoor Stations which are sited around our grounds, and Indoor Stations in the main sanctuary. Our Outdoor Stations of the Cross is complete with liturgies for your use, laminated and in a housing near Station Number 1 (by the church front doors, to the right as you face the entry), including a history of Stations of the Cross plus a map and description of our Stations. The Indoor Stations are the plaques on the walls of the sanctuary. Station 1 is at the right-hand rear of the nave as you face the altar.
- A Way of the Cross for Children — Tuesday, March 31. We offer a special family Stations of the Cross during Holy Week on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. This is an interactive Stations designed to stimulate imaginations and help our children experience the walk through Holy Week. The characters in the drama of the Passion can inspire our own efforts to offer friendship, care and support to those in need. Children old enough to read will enjoy this experience in particular, but we invite all children ages 7-12. This experience will help them understand what happened to Jesus, and encourage both children and parents to think about God's presence and action in their lives.  
- Guided Stations of the Cross — Good Friday, April 3. Outdoor Stations is held at 12:00 pm, and Indoor Stations at 6:30 pm.

  • Wednesday Healing Service April 1, 7:30 pm

“While Jesus was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at the table, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very costly ointment of nard, and she broke open the jar and poured the ointment on his head.” (Mark 14:3)

The mystery of the anointing with holy oil (holy unction) provides both physical and spiritual healing. The sacrament, with holy oil blessed by the Holy Spirit, is most commonly celebrated during Holy Week on Holy Wednesday evening. Everyone in the parish may be anointed with the holy oil for the healing of spiritual and bodily ills. The oil carries God's grace both to renew the body and to cleanse the spirit. The service follows the apostolic tradition mentioned in the New Testament: "...let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will save the sick man, and the Lord will raise him up; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven" (James 5:14-15). Holy unction is a mystery of great comfort and integral to our journey through Holy Week to the new life of resurrection. It provides uplifting and asks for patience to accept the will of God whatever the physical outcome. Come and receive the anointed grace of our Lord and know how God sustains us even in these times of great need.

  • Rites of Reconciliation

Our clergy offer the opportunity for private confession during Holy Week. Holy Week is a great time to explore areas in our lives where forgiveness would be appropriate. Confessions are not restricted to times of sickness. They may be heard any time and anywhere. The Reconciliation of a Penitent, (Book of Common Prayer, pg. 446-452) is available for all. The Anglican tradition has always been that all people can avail themselves of this sacrament, some should, but none must. If you want to explore this sacrament or simply inquire about it, please contact Father Jim or Amma Susan by noon on Good Friday, April 3.

  • Maundy Thursday Service April 2, 7:30 pm

In this celebration Jesus sacramentally anticipates the gift he makes of himself on the cross. His command to serve others is dramatically recalled in the ceremony of the washing of the feet, which he performed for his disciples. Like the Paschal lamb, killed and eaten by the people, Jesus is a sign of God's salvation.

  • Maundy Thursday Prayer Vigil

He came and found them sleeping; and he said to Peter, ‘Simon, are you asleep? Could you not keep awake one hour? Keep awake and pray that you may not come into the time of trial; into temptation the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.’ And again he went away and prayed, saying the same words. And once more he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were very heavy; and they did not know what to say to him. He came a third time and said to them, Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? Enough! The hour has come; the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Get up, let us be going. See, my betrayer is at hand.’ (Mark 14:37-42)

Our custom is to keep Vigil with our Lord through the night from immediately following the Maundy Thursday liturgy until Morning Prayer on Good Friday at 9:00 AM. Security is in the building through the night. The sign up poster is in the foyer on the bulletin board next to the name tag kiosk, and there is no limit on the number who may come per time period. Please find a half-hour or hour period you can sit in prayer with Christ in his passion. Won't you spend one hour with your Lord?
  • Good Friday service April 3, 7:30 pm
These liturgies retell the story of that last day with a simple dignity and drama not seen at other times in the church. During this time we pray for the entire world asking that this powerful paschal mystery bring blessings to the world. According to ancient tradition, the cross is venerated this day, and the sacrament of Christ's love for his church is received. It is one of two days the Episcopal Church asks us to fast—the other is Ash Wednesday, therefore a fitting beginning and end to our Lenten journey.
  • Monastic Dinner following Good Friday service

We will gather after our April 18 Good Friday service for an adult monastic dinner in the Parish Hall immediately following the liturgy. It serves to break our Good Friday fast as we come together in silence and candlelight to enjoy a delicious fish stew, bread, and a little wine or other beverage. We will gather in candlelight to eat and listen to spiritual readings and special music including Celtic violin specialties by parishioner Hannah Harris. As the meal progresses it is always a delight to hear the room move from silence to a solemn joy as we anticipate the rest of the story of the death and resurrection of Christ. Call the office, 770-971-2839, to sign up and join us.

  • Great Vigil of Easter April 19, 7:30 pm - Bring your favorite and loudest bells to this service!

The Great Vigil is the high point celebrating the passion and resurrection of Jesus. It is the most beautiful of all liturgies – the queen of all festivals! With a rich display of symbol, liturgy and readings, the church expresses her faith in the mystery that brings her into being. The vigil opens with a service of light. The lighting of the fire and the Easter candle go back to time before Christianity. The candle, carried with loving reverence and lyrically praised, is a sign of Christ, "the light of the world," and celebrates the victory of light that humanity longs for. Next, a series of readings recalls the great interventions of God in history, from creation to the redemption of Israel from Egypt, and ends with the story of Jesus' resurrection. The water is blessed and signifies the blessing of new life as we renew our baptismal vows. The great "alleluia" proclaims with quiet joy the triumph of God's Son. And finally, Rejoice! this night says to all creation as it brings before us the deepest symbols of our hopes and fears. The Word who made all things freshly proclaims God's promise of life. All creation celebrates God's love.

  • Children’s Chapel omitted on Palm Sunday and Easter

Children’s Chapel will not be held during 8:45 services on Palm Sunday or Easter Day. Children will remain in the sanctuary for the whole service on these dates. This program will resume the following Sunday.

  • No meetings to be scheduled for Holy Week

Holy Week is that time when our focus is on coming together as a community off and on through these special days to journey with Jesus to the cross. In order to ensure that everyone has every opportunity to do just this I am asking that no church meetings be scheduled during Holy Week, March 29 – April 4.

  • Office closed for Good Friday and Easter Monday

The church office will be closed on Good Friday, April 3, and Easter Monday, April 6. The Preschool and Preschool office will be closed on Good Friday.


Easter Day - April 5

6:30 am...

Outdoor Sunrise Eucharist (rain or shine)

7:30 am...


8:45 am...

Festive Family Eucharist (nursery)

10:00 am...

Reception + Easter Egg Hunt
(no Church School)

11:15 am...

Festive Choral Eucharist (nursery)

12:45 pm...


  • Easter Receptions

Festive receptions will be held for everyone after the 8:45 and 11:15 services on Easter morning. Your Fellowship Committee will need plenty of volunteers to provide finger foods and/or assist with set-up and clean-up for these events. Please contact Shirley Childs, or Jennifer Massey, if you can help in any way.

  • Flowering of the Cross

We invite all children to bring cut flowers to the 8:45 AM Easter morning worship service. It is our custom to flower the cross in front of the sanctuary just as the glorious worship service begins. Be sure to bring flowers for each child, and we always appreciate some extras for children who are visiting or simply forgot theirs in the rush of dressing in their Easter finery.

  • Easter Egg Hunt

The Easter Egg Hunt will be on Easter Day for children through 5th grade immediately after 8:45 service (about 10:00 am). We ask that parents be present and supervise their own children during the hunt. Young children (toddlers-2nd grade) meet under the Great Oak, older children (3rd-5th grade) meet in the downstairs atrium. Youth may be helpers, please contact Mike Peterson,

  • Easter parking helpers

Help provide all our members, newcomers and guests with that important initial welcome — we need three people before the 8:45 and the 11:15 services on Easter Sunday to direct traffic in our parking lot and people into the building. If you are able to arrive 30 minutes before either service to help, please contact contact the office.

  • Easter Communions

The Church's tradition is to bring the communion of Sunday of the Resurrection to those unable to celebrate in the midst of the community of faith. We invite you to let us know if you or another parish member will not be able to be in church on Easter due to illness. Simply contact the office and we'll have one of our Eucharistic Visitors call to arrange a visit.

"Safeguarding" trainings

Saturday, April 18 at St. Catherine’s, register now

"Safeguarding God's Children" and "Safeguarding God's People" training workshops 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. Safeguarding trainings will be held at St. Catherine's on Saturday, April 18.

"Safeguarding God's Children" training will be 9 am to noon, and is for those who work with children or youth. "Safeguarding God's People" will be 12:30-3:30 pm, and is for those who work with adults. You may attend either or both as you need. There is no cost to attend either course but registration is required for space and materials. To register, please contact Harriett Pyburn,, 770-509-3552. Boxed lunches can be provided to you if desired at noon for $10 (includes sandwich, chips, cookie and drink), please inform Harriet when you reserve your place.

Clergy-hosted Tapas Party and Newcomer Social

Saturday, April 18, 5:00-6:30 pm

By Bettye Harris

Newcomers & New Members - Save the Date! If you have visited us, became a new member, or returned to St. Catherine’s in the past year, please be our guest at this informal gathering in the Parish Hall. Childcare provided (ages 5 and under). More details to follow. RSVP and questions to Bettye Harris ( or Susan Heuke (

Cats on Wheels coming up

Cats on Wheels is our fellowship group for active senior adults and we welcome you! Here is some of our schedule coming up. Annoucements are coming soon with details, so please join us. To get on the mailing list for these activities contact Alan Certain,, 404-661-2200.

  • 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

Rite 13 Ceremony Sunday, May 3

“Nothing Goes Without Saying”

By Mary Lou Shannonhouse

Photo - The Rite 13 group on their beach trip last summer

How often do we think to ourselves, “She knows I love her – it goes without saying” or “He knows how much I appreciate all his hard work – it goes without saying?” Words are a powerful affirmation, and the absence of the right words can leave a void that hurts. The truth is that very little goes without saying. The important things should NEVER go without saying. We know this but sometimes we need to hear these things loud and clear.

During the 8:45am Eucharist on Sunday, May 3, we will celebrate an important rite of passage with our 7th and 8th graders, our Rite 13 youth group. In some respects, this is a new way of saying to our young people things we have meant to convey all along: “We stand with you as you make your way on the journey; we are here if you need us; we think you are terrific; we love you.” We often assume that our teens feel appreciated and accepted as a vital part of our congregation, but adolescence can be such a time of uncertainty that some things cannot be said often enough.

One of the unique aspects of the Journey to Adulthood program is that it seeks to provide rites of passage that are often lacking in our culture. We help define points along the path to adulthood that tell our young people they are making progress; they are growing; they are becoming adults. Rite 13 is the liturgical cornerstone that lays the foundation for the entire congregation at St. Catherine’s. It provides the opportunity to rise up with one voice and tell our young people: “You matter to us. Your lives are of great value. The journey you are now embarking on is significant.” It is a way that we fulfill our baptismal covenant of “seeking and serving Christ in all persons.”

The Rite 13 Liturgy is a rite of passage that recognizes the gift that God bestows upon each one of us: the gift of manhood or womanhood. This is a free gift that we cannot earn and need not prove. This gift is the essence of who we are. The same energy that pushes us through adolescence gives us the power to change the world. As these young people grow and mature, their knowledge and skills will increase, but the core of who they are remains the same. These are the young adults we will celebrate and recognize on May 3rd:

Grace Adams
Miller Anderson
Josie Brown
Riley Devault
Michael Dirksen
Coleman Dupuis
Seamus Fahy
Ian Goldman

Megan Goldman
Benjamin Goodstone
Nicholas Goodstone
Kathleen Iacobelli
Kelsey Kimball
Oak Martin
Rachel Miner
Madison Morey

Jacob Morris
Wyatt Pitts
Madisyn Porter
Christian Pumpelly
Owen Snape
Lauren Tear
Jennifer Vavra
Penn Worden

Here is a priceless opportunity for us to affirm all that is good in the young people who live and grow around us and to recognize them as young men and women in our midst. Do not miss this incredible opportunity to say in a loud and powerful way what we have meant to say all along. Remember – nothing goes without saying!

  • Rehearsal Dinner - Saturday, May 2, 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  • Rite 13 Ceremony - Sunday,May 3, during the 8:45 am Family Eucharist


Got Wisdom?? Share It…

Your Words of Wisdom wanted for our Rite 13 Teens

In the spirit of such books as “Life’s Little Instruction book,” we are compiling advice from St. Catherine’s parishioners. Please use the space below to give a small bit of advice (one sentence or less) to our Rite 13ers who will be celebrating an important rite of passage on Sunday, May 3rd at the 8:45am service. Your advice can be something practical (Don’t go to bed with gum in your mouth) or something more profound (Be content to be who you really are). Both are important to know.

Use the special form in your Sunday bulletin or download a copy now at Please identify yourself by your first name and age or stage in life (for example Bob, age 41 or Susan, mother of 3). Please put your completed forms in the green Words of Wisdom box in the foyer or return them to Mary Lou Shannonhouse by Sunday, April 19. Thank you!

Call for Acolytes

The Acolyte Ministry team invites all youth members of our congregation to come and serve with us as acolytes! This is a wonderful ministry filled with service, fellowship and fun. The Acolyte team is in need of youth members of all ages and those willing to serve as Torch Bearers (typically age 8 to 12), 2nd Crucifer (typically age 12-14), and as Captains (typically age 15-18). While there is no specific minimum age, usually the youngest are 8 or 9 years old. As long as they can meet the following basic qualifications, they are welcome to join: sit quietly and attentively during the service; follow the bulletin and fully participate in the service; have a personal desire to serve in this position.

Training is held on an as needed basis with written instructions and walk-through. We are happy to answer any questions you might have in regards to this wonderful ministry. Please see the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin or contact our Acolyte Co-Masters, Tina Kerr ( and Frank Adams (, to get information or sign up.


Rice Bowls Ingathering is Easter Day

Everyone has been encouraged to use our plastic "rice bowsl" to collect 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,

Day of Service at Alive Ministries

Monday, April 6, 10 am – 12 pm

St. Catherine's will gather at the Alive Ministries warehouse in Marietta to clip coupons, sort food, and see first-hand how this amazing food pantry works. All ages are welcome. If you have been wondering about the"Save it Forward" shopping envelopes people are carrying around at church, or you've read about it in our bulletins or newsletters but still have questions, this is a great opportunity to learn more and help at the same time!

Note: this is during Cobb County's Spring Break. While a weekday activity does not work for all, we wanted to take advantage of this opportunity to expose more people to this ministry. We hope to plan future weekend activities as well. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Harriett Pyburn ( with how many will be in your group. For more info about Alive Ministries visit


Save It Forward opportunities continue every week

The "Save It Forward" outreach couponing program for Alive Ministries continues every week. Coupon and shopping envelopes are on the Outreach table across from the parlor. Pick them up each week starting on Wednesdays and shop by the date printed on your envelope. Food purchases can be returned to the bins next to the envelope pickup. This is an ongoing program -- please pick any week to participate and help shop for hungry school kids in Cobb!

United Way Shoebox Project -- now through April 17

By Harriett Pyburn

It’s the 10th Anniversary of United Way’s Shoebox Project. Last year, 44,000 shoeboxes were collected and distributed to homeless women and children across Great Atlanta in time for Mother's Day. This year, the Wednesday Night Explorers will be coordinating this work at St. Catherine's. They are asking for donations of empty shoeboxes as well as the supplies listed below. They will wrap and pack the boxes, and include some encouraging notes in each of the boxes. Thank you for supporting this project!

Requested items (must be NEW):

travel size shampoo
travel size soap
toothbrush and toothpaste
travel size lotion
hair comb/brush

sun protector
lip balm
adhesive bandages
hand towels
antibiotic ointment

Note: we cannot accept: medicine, food, sewing kits, razors, used or opened items. All donations may be placed in the labeled donation bins at the Outreach table across from the Parlor. Questions? Please ask Harriett Pyburn,

Hunger Walk "bravo" to St. Catherine's

By Connie Bergeron

To everyone who donated, walked, ran and prayed for this year's Hunger Walk/Run on March 15, thank you for helping fight hunger in Georgia! The contributions to this event benefit both the Atlanta Community Food Bank and the Episcopal Charities Foundation. Every dollar raised will help provide meals to hungry children, seniors, and families across metro Atlanta and north Georgia. Your participation means that shelves will be stocked and hungry struggling neighbors fed throughout the year.

Sunday, March 15 was a beautiful day for runners and walkers alike. More than 16,000 people gathered in support at Turner Field. Our Episcopal teams were personally greeted and encouraged by Bishop Wright, who challenged the Youth of the Diocese especially to lace up their running shoes and join him for this important event. We had great representation by St. Catherine's with more than 30 participants, and this year's donations raised by our parishioners currently total $4,054.00. Special thanks to Daniel Mikkelsen for being St. Catherine's top fundraiser two years in a row; by emailing family, friends and colleagues, Daniel raised $2,150 in donations, which is double his 2013 total.

If you meant to contribute and have not done so yet, the good news is: online donations continue to be accepted through Monday, March 31. The link to give is:

Thank you all again for "stepping up to stop hunger."

Photos by Bill Monk for the Diocese of Atlanta, and Bettye Harris -- see more full-size in our album at Hunger Walk March 15, 2015 and in Bill Monk's album at Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta at the Hunger Walk


Youth Director Search Committee forming

Susan Jenkins and Keith Dumke are the Co-Chairs for the search committee for our new Youth Director. They will be building a committee of both youth and adults and will start formalizing the process immediately with the goal of having a new youth director in place this summer. Should you have any questions about this process please contact Susan,, or Keith,

Wednesday Lenten Series concludes

By Bettye Harris

The final night of our Lenten Interfaith Speaker Series was March 25 with Amjad Taufique of the Islamic Center of Marietta, "well-respected and active proponent of peace in our community". He spoke about the Islamic perspective on Sin and Forgiveness, about his own experiences and beliefs, and he responded eloquently to all of our questions. Excellent evening! Excellent series!

Said Father Jim, "It was a glorious evening and a great series. I was particularly impressed and grateful that Iraj Khodadoost made the commitment to be here for each of the evenings. I wish more had participated but I am deeply grateful to those who took the time to be a part of it. "

Thank you all our speakers for this program:

  • Dr. Iraj Khodadoost, Lay Leader, Atlanta Baha’i Community
  • Rabbi Erin Boxt, Assistant Rabbi, Temple Kol Emeth
  • The Rev. Brian Germano, Senior Pastor, East Cobb United Methodist Church
  • Amjad Taufique, Outreach Director, Islamic Center of Marietta
  • The Rev. Kimberley Buchanan, Pastor, Pilgrimage United Church of Christ (this date was cancelled due to winter weather but we still appreciate Kimberly's committment to be part our series!)

Photos by Iraj Khodadoost, Bettye Harris

Volunteering Corner

Connecting Like Jesus…

By Pat Pepper, Coordinator of Volunteer Ministry (

A friend has recommended the book, Connecting Like Jesus, by Tony Campolo and Mary Albert Darling. I haven't started the book, but the title has captured my interest and attention. The title itself is a 'mini sermon.' Father Jim and I have been facilitating a Sunday morning class titled "Getting Connected." The Vestry has talked about the importance of being connected and engaged. What does Connecting Like Jesus mean to you? How does that look? For me it means to practice Christ-like behavior. I have asked myself, how do I care for others? How do I connect to another? It is clear many of our friends here at St. Catherine's have the answer and have been the face and hands of Jesus in the many ways they serve.

In Father Jim's letter to the congregation announcing his retirement he says, "I leave with few if any regrets and I leave knowing that you are a healthy and vibrant congregation, who will move with obedience and joy into the future to which God is calling you." He is right. We are a healthy and vibrant congregation and there are many reasons why we are. Fr. Jim has led us with a clear vision and has modeled Christ-like behavior. We are also healthy and vibrant because we have so many dedicated volunteers that are practicing the same behavior. One of the farewell gifts we can give to Fr. Jim and Joan is to continue to be the healthy and vibrant congregation they led us in building. They will be missed, so much, but they deserve this time to retire, they have worked hard. Congratulations to them! I have confidence we will not disappoint, we will "move with obedience and joy into the future."

Are you looking for an opportunity to make that connection, to care for someone else? I have suggestions and places that need your hands and your heart. Look at the bulletin board next to the name tag kiosk in the foyer and find an opportunity that fits your gifts. Or send me an email or give me a call.

Peace to you.

Vestry notes

By Daniel Mikkelsen

Highlights of the Vestry meeting on March 17

  • 7:40 PM - Convened and discussed an article on “Making Tough Choices.”
  • Bill Lee provided an update on the water main repairs which were still in progress as of Tuesday night.
  • Bill Lee made recommendations on replacing the roof over the Administrative Wing, also replacing the Parish Hall and Hallway area carpet as well as painting that same area. Both were voted on and approved.
  • Bill Hutton provided an update on The City parish communication and collaboration tool which will have a pilot training meeting on March 28. The new application is targeted for a full launch this summer.
  • Father Jim provided updates on progress in recruiting for the Parish Secretary and Youth Director staff positions.
  • Tom Blackstock updated plans for the Vestry to serve dinner at Elizabeth Inn on March 28.
  • Father Jim announced his retirement effective June 30 with his last Sunday service being June 28. The Vestry offered heartfelt prayers together for Jim and Joan, the Staff, and our Congregation. Be swift to love and go in peace to love and serve the Lord!
  • 9:46 PM – Adjourned

Seen around St. Cat's

2015 Adult Pilgrimage

A community of twenty-five pilgrims led by Father Jim traveled to Ireland March 3-12 to explore Celtic spirituality and find for God in places that others have found God over the centuries.

"We listened, we searched, we learned, grew, laughed, shed some tears, stretched, and we all agreed it was terrific. We followed in the footsteps of many that went before us and experienced grace. Along the way beautiful Irish Robins followed us and became a strong symbol and a great reminder." -- Pat Pepper.

Photos by Jim Nixon, see more full-size at Ireland Pilgrimage 2015.

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:

  • April 6-12: Flower Guild – This week we celebrate the life and work of our Flower Guild, which obtains and arranges the flowers and plants which adorn the altar and church for worship services. We work in rotating teams, and training is provided. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Emily Gale, 770.953.3407,


Thanks to all of you for my retirement celebration on Sunday, March 1. During the service: to Fr. Jim for all his kind words and for the Laying On of Hands from many you. For those who attended the luncheon following the 11:15 service and for the many hands that were responsible for the luncheon and cleaning up afterwards. For those who signed cards, the best wishes and the flowers—Thank you! Erika and I feel truly blessed to have had St. Catherine’s as part of our lives for many years and look forward to seeing you many more.

God bless,

Ginney Linstrom

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

  • From Emmaus House on February 26, $250

Georgia Festival Chorus spring concert: “Reflections”

The 110 voices of The Georgia Festival Chorus invite you to their spring concert series, "Reflections," with classic and contemporary choral works by Mozart, Beethoven, Moses Hogan, William Dawson, Randall Thompson, Mack Wilberg and many more. The April 26 concert at Johnson Ferry Baptist will be a celebration of "71 Years of Song" for founding director Frank Boggs including special guests Lisa Klausman with David Carnes. All concerts are free, no tickets needed. Dates:

  • Sunday, April 12 at Hillside United Methodist Church, Woodstock, 3 pm
  • Sunday, April 19 at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, Sandy Springs, 3 pm
  • Sunday, April 26 at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, Marietta, 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, May 3 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, 6 pm
  • Friday, May 8 at Lenbrook Square, Atlanta, 7:30 pm

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. Several members of our parish participate in this community chorus well-known to us through their concerts in previous years at St. Catherine’s. For details and directions please visit


Health Tips - from our Congregational Nurses

  • White noise for better sleep
    If you’re looking for something to help soothe you into sleep, a little white noise may be the answer. White noise or white sound can filter and mask distracting noises that may be keeping you awake. Technically, white noise is a sound frequency that uses the entire spectrum of frequencies the human ear is able to hear. Examples of white-noise machines include electric fans, air purifiers, humidifiers, nature-sound devices and electronic white noise generators. White noise is even available on CDs or as a downloadable audio file. Source: The National Sleep Foundation
  • Heartburn
    Heartburn occurs when acidic stomach juices pass upward, into the esophagus. There are many things you can do to help avoid or ease heartburn. Avoid smoking. Choose smaller, more frequent meals and avoid eating two to three hours before bedtime. Limit coffee (both decaf and regular), alcohol, peppermint, greasy or spicy foods, tomatoes and tomato products, and chocolate. Refrain from lying down soon after eating and elevate the head of your bed six to eight inches. Source: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

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: Althea Dillard, Marti Graham, Dave Fieser, Tony, Kyler Seagle, David Bridges, James, Laura, Scott, Mit FitzSimmons, Margaret Ivey, Nancy, Tim Seibert, Mary Hamilton Jennings, Martha Crabendam, Charlie, Gabriel, Julie Brannock, Barbara Markette, Clayton Ellis, John Kish, Charlie, Edith Cook, Rita Yanke, Kathie Elliott

DECEASED: Charlotte Elias, mother of Elisha Elias; Jeanette Glynn, mother of Maureen Donoghue; M. Clayton Ellis, friend of Marcia and Emma Markette

BIRTHDAYS: (3/29) Forrest Tuemmler, Catherine Moore, Alison Gale, Adam Moran; (3/30) Marilyn Whitlow, Sienna Glidewell; (3/31) Tate Phillips, Ryan Morris; (4/1) Lucas Cardona; (4/2) Tom Snead, Bart Kareken, Linda Langston; (4/3) Steve Diffley, Ralph Patrick; (4/4) Andrew Boyd, Danielle Yucius, Jack Owen, (4/5) Monica Kraeger, Jett Mikkelson, (4/6) Olivia Smith, Karla Smolen, (4/7) Meg Ramsay, Grace Adams, (4/8) Tad Selby, Harper Nixon, McCall Kimball, (4/9) Audrey Greene, (4/10) Molly Frost, Eric Miner

ANNIVERSARIES: (4/6) David and Ina Bachmann; (4/10) Tom and Kristin Blackstock

FOR OUR RITE 13 CELEBRITIES: Grace Adams, Miller Anderson, Josephine Brown, Riley Devault, Michael Dirksen, Coleman Dupuis, Seamus Fahy, Ian Goldman, Megan Goldman, Benjamin Goodstone, Nicholas Goodstone, Kathleen Iacobelli, Kelsey Kimball, Oak Martin, Rachel Minor, Madison Morey, Jacob Morris, Wyatt Pitts, Madisyn Porter, Christian Pumpelly, Owen Snape, Lauren Tear, Jennifer Vavra, Penn Worden

PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER: Alison, Emily, and Lauren Travis; Isabel, Abi, and Madi Trono; Steve, Cindy, Frederick, and Forrest Tuemmler; Steven, Susan, Mary, Nicholas, and Jennifer Vavra; Robert Yili, Nick, and Leo Vincent

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 - Sunday, May 24 (Pentecost)

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, 3/28 Saturday, 4/4


Jubilate Practice
The City Training
Concert Rehearsal
Elizabeth Inn
Coro Vocati Concert


Baptismal Prep
Acolyte Practice
Proper Liturgy
Easter Vigil Liturgy
Sunday, 3/29 Sunday, 4/5


Holy Eucharist
Holy Eucharist
Church School
Holy Eucharist


Holy Eucharist
Holy Eucharist
Easter Egg Hunt, Reception
No Church School
Holy Eucharist, Reception

Monday, 3/30 Monday, 4/6

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


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

Tuesday, 3/31 Tuesday, 4/7


Eucharist & Study
Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Children's Stations of the Cross

Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Wednesday, 4/1 Wednesday, 4/8

Bible Study
H.E. & Healing Service


Bible Study

Thursday, 4/2 Thursday, 4/9
Men’s Bible Study
Maundy Thursday Liturgy
Prayer Vigil
Men’s Bible Study
Friday, 4/3 Friday, 4/10
Fr. Jim's day off
Office Closed
Morning Prayer
Women’s Bible Study
Outdoor Stations of the Cross
Indoor Stations of the Cross
Good Friday Liturgy
A.A. Women’s Meditation
Monastic Dinner

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

Future planning

Please hold these dates:

  • Saturday, May 9 - Stop Hunger Now
  • May 3-10 - next Family Promise hosting week
  • Saturday, May 16 - Retirement celebration for Father Jim & Joan
  • 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 12 pm
  • 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


World Dinner for grades 5-12

Sunday April 19, 6-8 pm in the Parish Hall. Parents will receive a letter with full details. RSVP by Friday April 17 or for any questions please contact Gina Baumann,


Sign up now for summer mission trip to Chattanooga, June 21-26

Join us for a week of service, sights, fun, and friendship in the beautiful Appalachian foothills! Spaces are limited and are filling up fast, so sign up today!

Located at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, and with the Tennessee River running through it, Chattanooga (nicknamed the “Scenic City”) has beautiful scenery and lots of opportunities for exploration and adventure. We’ll engage in a variety of service activities that may include working with underprivileged children, in a food bank, serving at soup kitchens, elderly care, land preservation, and more. We’ll also have time to explore the well-known Lookout Mountain, enjoy swimming and playing at Chester Frost Park, spend time with new and old friends at a community cookout, and experience a great deal of what this beautiful city has to offer!

When: June 21-26
Who: 7th-12th grade youth (including just-graduated seniors)
How Much: $300 (confidential scholarship IS available by request)
How Do I Sign Up: Submit $150 deposit to Mike Peterson by Sunday, April 26
For more information or to request confidential scholarship, contact Mike Peterson at


Important upcoming dates

We’ve got a LOT going on over the remainder of the school year. Be sure to mark these dates on your calendars!

April 5 – Easter Egg Hunt
April 19 – Church of the Common Ground
April 19 – World Dinner
April 24-25 – Spring Lock-In
May 2 – Rite 13 Banquet
May 3 – Rite 13 Ceremony
May 9 – Youth Sunday rehearsal
May 9 – Stop Hunger Now
May 10 – Youth Sunday
May 17 – Confirmation
May 28 – Serving at Elizabeth Inn



Hunger Walk/Run 2015 on March 15

Photos by Bill Monk for the Diocese of Atlanta, and Bettye Harris -- see more full-size in our album at Hunger Walk March 15, 2015 and in Bill Monk's album at Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta at the Hunger Walk

Wheel schedule:

Next publications:

  • April 10
  • April 24
  • May 8

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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