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The Newsletter of
St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
April 25 - May 8, 2015

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Clergy Letter

Youth Director search
Rector Transition process
Concert: St. Paul's Chamber Choir
Rite 13 Ceremony
Stop Hunger Now
Party on the Pavers
Cats On Wheels
Parish Retreat
Stephen Ministers rededication
Bishop visit, Confirmation
Looking ahead
Graduates recognized
Pentecost readers
Parish Picnic
Book Fund
Calendaring needed
New dinner groups

Rice Bowls success
Bread Pickup
Family Promise
Habitat build
Laundry team
Summer Lunch

Finance update
Gracias for newcomers
Volunteering Corner
Vestry notes
Why parish phone calls
Seen around St. Cat's
Ministry focus

WHS Chorus
MOS Singers Rock & Roll
Life Line Screening
Georgia Festival Chorus
Health tips

Mission trip
Confirmation class
Tie Dye WNL
Youth Sunday
Special WNL
Diocese Youth Commission
VBS help
Kanuga Week
Congrats Elizabeth



4/24– Wine tasting @ Gales’ home

4/24-25 – Youth lock-in

4/26 - Youth confirmation class

4/28 – Elizabeth Inn laundry team & dinner team

4/29, 5/6, 13 – WNL

4/29 – Elizabeth Inn laundry team

5/1-2 – Stephen Ministry Retreat

5/2 – Rite 13 dinner;
Concert: St. Paul’s Chamber Choir

5/3-10 – Family Promise hosting

5/3 – Rite 13 Ceremony;
Stephen Minister rededication

5/7 - Wheeler H.S. Choruses

5/9 – Stop Hunger Now

5/10 – Mother’s Day;
Youth Sunday;
DOK Installation;
Party on the Pavers

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Our Parish Secretary

By Father Jim

I am pleased to announce that I have hired Ms. Becky Adams as our new Parish Secretary. Becky will start her work with us on Friday, May 1. I am very excited about Becky’s gifts and the experience she brings to our staff. I hope you will take the opportunity to stop by the office and introduce yourself to her. We will find some ways in the coming weeks to introduce her to the congregation.

Becky’s immediate past position was as Parish Administrator at St. Teresa’s Episcopal Church for seven years. Becky attended St. Catherine’s in the early ‘90's and her two children were baptized here. She is a member of St. Teresa’s. She has extensive experience in all areas of the Episcopal Church and managed the one person office at St. Teresa’s with efficiency and accuracy. She is a member of the Diocesan PANDA (Parish Administrators Network of the Diocese of Atlanta) group.

Her expertise as an administrator is in both office administration and financial administration. She has a thorough knowledge of our ACS Parish database including the people and financial sides of the database. She brings to us knowledge and work in social media platforms including Facebook. The skill sets Becky adds to St. Catherine’s will allow us to explore and employ a redistribution of job responsibilities between our Parish Administrator, Rose Wolfe, and Becky as Parish Secretary. Becky will report to Rose.

Thank you, Cathy

I want to take this time to thank Cathy Larsh who has graciously filled the role of Interim Parish Secretary. It is not easy to come into an office environment such as St. Catherine’s where a lot of work gets done by a very few people week in and week out. Cathy has done this, and done it with grace and a sense of humor. We are deeply grateful to her and her willingness to "jump on board" and to support us since late February. I hope you, too, will extend your thanks to her for this time.

Update: Search for the Director of Youth Ministries

By Susan Jenkins

The Search Committee for the Director of Youth Ministries has now been formed. The committee consists of five adults (youth leaders and parents) and nine youth (three from each group of the J2A program). Ads were placed in Diocesan publications in Georgia and the surrounding states. The position description is available on our website at, please communicate this to persons you feel may be qualified.

All applications are due by April 30th. At that point, the committee will review the candidates’ applications and begin to narrow down the list of candidates to begin conducting phone interviews. We will keep you posted as we progress through this process. We appreciate your prayers and support as we search for our new Director of Youth Ministries. Please contact Keith Dumke (770.361.8688 or or Susan Jenkins (404.895.3663 or if you have any questions.

The Rector Transition process

By Tom Blackstock, Senior Warden

We are beginning a period of much transition in clergy and lay staff over the next few months. I wanted to take this opportunity to update you specifically on activities related to Father Jim’s retirement, the selection of an Interim Rector and the search for a permanent Rector. The Diocese of Atlanta is very supportive during the period of rector transition and offers much help to us along the way. The Canon to the Ordinary, The Reverend Alicia Schuster-Weltner, is the Bishop’s staff person responsible for coordinating this support. Daniel Mikkelsen, your Junior Warden, and I talked with her to begin the process. The most important point she made was that we should, as a parish, take the time between now and June 30th to say a proper goodbye to Father Jim and Joan and to celebrate their 17 years of ministry with us. We have a committee that is working diligently to plan and coordinate many activities to accomplish this celebration time.

The Diocese estimates that the search process will take about 12 to 16 months. You can visit the Diocesan web page (reference below) and see that several congregations are in various stages of transition. The Human Resources Committee and the Finance Committee have begun some initial work on the structure of the offer we will have in place for the Interim Rector position. The Diocese has a list of potential candidates. Canon Shuster-Weltner will recommend two or three high quality candidates for the Vestry to interview.She will join us in July to talk about the process of an Interim Rector and the search for a permanent Rector. We would expect the Interim Rector to begin around mid-August and should be in place for 12 to 18 months. The Vestry will begin work on establishing a search (or nominating) committee in July. This committee will be representative of the parish and will begin work on developing a parish profile. The committee will update the Vestry periodically and in turn update the parish through various means. St Catherine’s is a vibrant parish with solid financial position and good reputation throughout the Diocese. We should attract several highly qualified candidates as a permanent Rector. Some of those candidates may even be local whereas in the past the nominating committee had to travel out of state to meet candidates in person.

The Vestry will be in the Parlor on Wednesday evenings from 7:15 to 8:00 to listen to your thoughts, concerns and questions. This will continue through the school year, ending on May 13. If you wish to contact me directly, please email me at or you may contact Daniel at You may also find more info on the Diocesan web page at .

We will see many transitions in the next few months. We expect some feelings of joy, grief, anxiety, and concern about the future. Please feel free to talk with me or any of your Vestry if you have any questions or concerns. As a community of faith and hope, I’m confident that we will continue to fulfill our mission of sharing in the love that Jesus Christ has for us and the world by welcoming, accepting, nurturing and serving all people through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Concert Series: Chamber Singers of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Atlanta

Saturday, May 2, 7:30 pm

Join us at 7:30 pm in the sanctuary for the final program in St. Catherine's 2014-2015 Concert Series by The Chamber Singers of St. Paul’s Episcopal (Atlanta) Church Choir, directed by Organist and Choirmaster Trey Clegg. A smaller group drawn from the 90-voice St. Paul’s 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 Spoleto. (St. Paul’s was Bishop of Atlanta Rob Wright’s parish.) St. Paul’s 2014 Christmas Concert included performance by the Chamber Choir and can be watched in entirety at .

--> Cookies requested for concert reception

A brief reception will follow this concert. If you would like to assist by contributing some cookies or other finger desserts please contact sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin. Please leave your items clearly marked for “May 2 Concert” in the kitchen or bring them to the reception table in the foyer prior to the concert. Thank you!

Be a Friend Of Music

You are invited to become a “Friend Of Music At St. Catherine’s” by supporting this and our future concert series with your donation. See information on our Concerts webpage at

Rite 13 Ceremony - Sunday, May 3

During the 8:45 am Family Eucharist on Sunday, May 3, we will celebrate an important Rite of Passage with some of our teens. The Liturgy is formally called “The Celebration of Manhood and Womanhood,” but is more well-known as “Rite 13” since it takes place near the celebrants 13th birthday. During the ceremony, we recognize the gift of womanhood and manhood that God gives to each one of us. Please keep our young people in your thoughts and prayers as they prepare for this ceremony. Also, please plan to be with us to witness this important event and support these teens on their journey into adulthood.

Rite 13 Dinner May 2

Come join in the Celebration of our Rite 13 Class as they begin their Journey to Adulthood with a dinner celebration on Saturday, May 2 in the Parish Hall at 5:00 pm. Please bring a side dish to share (meat and drinks will be provided). RSVP to Mary Lou Shannonhouse, Help is also needed for clean up in the kitchen and make to tea and lemonade, please contact Mary Lou if you can assist. Thank you!

Saturday, May 9: Make Hunger a thing of the past

Sign up for Stop Hunger Now!

By Mike Peterson

As you read this sentence, 925 million people do not have enough to eat. Ninety-eight percent of them live in developing countries, where one out of every seven people suffers from hunger. Heartbreakingly, 400 million of these people are starving children. In just the time it will take you to read this paragraph, a child somewhere in the world will die because he or she is severely underweight or lacks essential nutrients. Every year, more people die from hunger-related causes than AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined. Numbers and statistics such as these can be staggering and dispiriting, but there is good news: YOU have a chance to make a very real difference in fighting world hunger!

On Saturday, May 9 at 11:00 AM, you are invited to help St. Catherine’s provide over 10,000 meals to under-nourished school children around the world, all in the span of 2 to 3 hours! We will be hosting our third annual meal-packaging event through an incredible organization called Stop Hunger Now. Stop Hunger Now will bring all the necessary supplies and tools for meal packaging to St. Catherine’s, provide an orientation on world hunger and their program, and instruct and guide us in the preparation and packaging of meals containing rice, soy, vegetables, flavoring, and 21 essential vitamins and minerals. These meals are nutritionally balanced, easily transportable, and have a shelf life of up to five years!

Parishioners of all ages are invited and encouraged to take part in this event! You can sign up at the bulletin board in the foyer (just to the right of the name tags) or by emailing Mike Peterson at We also welcome contributions toward this event and program, whether or not you are able to attend this day -- please make checks to “St. Catherine’s” and designate for “Stop Hunger Now.” This event is sponsored for everyone by the St. Catherine’s Youth Program and Outreach Committee.

Party on the Pavers Sunday, May 10         

Family & Youth retirement celebration with Fr. Jim & Joan

All are invited for a family and youth celebration with Father Jim and Joan Nixon on Sunday, May 10, 5-9 pm. We will celebrate 17 years with Father Jim and Joan and the wonderful growth we have seen in our children's and youth ministries in those years! Please pack a picnic-style dinner and chairs and join us on the front lawn and brickwalk pavers for an evening with entertainment provided by Jay Memory. This will be a rain or shine event (in the Parish Hall if it rains). No need to RSVP, you may contact Stephanie Yucius or Maureen Donoghue with questions.

Save the Date: Friday, June 26 – An adult evening of celebrating 17 years of ministry for Father Jim & Joan

Cats on Wheels luncheon - Saturday, May 16

Join us at 11:30 am on Saturday, May 16 for our next pay-your-own lunch gathering, this time at the Cuban Diner in the East Marietta Shopping Center, 1484 Roswell Road, Marietta GA 30062, 770-509-2576, RSVP so we can save you a seat -- contact Alan Certain,, 404-661-2200.

Cats On Wheels is our fellowship group for active senior adults and we welcome you!

Parish Retreat registration now open

By Ginny Lummus

It seems a long ways away but before you know it we’ll be on retreat at Lake Logan Conference Center as we gather for our Parish Retreat this Labor Day weekend, September 4-7. Our past two Parish Retreats have been held at Lake Logan and everyone has raved about the location, facilities, the program, and recreational opportunities. Well, it’s time to start planning for our next visit.

A Parish Retreat is a time for the people of St. Catherine’s to come together for renewal, to celebrate being a child of God, to make new friends and to strengthen our bonds with one another in the name of Jesus Christ. It’s for everyone: adults, youth, children, singles, couples and families!

It’s time to mark our calendars and to begin the process of registration. We must tell Lake Logan a number by the end of July. The last date for registration and final payment will be due by July 26. Ginny Lummus has worked with Lake Logan to reserve the entire conference center for St. Catherine’s. You can see photos and get details about Lake Logan at

Let’s plan to fill it with sounds of laughter, playing children, singing and worshiping Christians, people making new friends, and all together good will in the name of God. See you at Lake Logan!

For information about retreat accommodations, activities and cost please pick up our registration form at church or get it now at Register soon with your deposit (balances will be due by July 26).

Stephen Ministers past & present: Rededication Ceremony

Sunday, May 3 at 11:15 service

All St. Catherine’s past and present Stephen Ministers are invited to attend a Stephen Ministry Rededication Ceremony. Please come and be recognized for your service as a trained Stephen Minister and join us as we re-dedicate our service to one another through this powerful and life changing ministry.

Bishop’s Visitation and Confirmation at St. Catherine’s

Sunday, May 17

  • Services at 7:30 and 10:30 am ONLY
  • Last day of Church School - 9:00 am

Bishop Robert C. Wright will join us at St. Catherine’s on May 17. We have been preparing our Adult and Youth confirmation classes throughout the fall and spring to participate. It will be a glorious day of celebration as these members of the body of Christ make a mature commitment of faith through confirmation, are received into the Episcopal Church, or reaffirm their baptismal vows. A festive reception will follow the service. We hope that you will circle this date on your calendar, and plan to be in attendance to support those who will give themselves to the ministry of Jesus Christ through the mission and ministry of the Episcopal Church.

Reception help wanted

A reception will follow the 10:30 service this date in honor of our bishop and in celebration of our confirmands. Help is needed to provide foods and to help with set up, serving and clean up. To lend a hand please indicate on the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Shirley Childs or Jennifer Massey Thank you!

Wednesday Night Live continues

WNL, our weekly Wednesday night program, continues through May 13 with something for everyone—dinner, fellowship and learning for people of all ages. Dinner begins at 6:00 pm, followed by programs. Dinner prices are $7 adults, $3 children (maximum $25 per family) — be sure to make your dinner reservation each week that you will dine with us on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin, or contact the church office by Tuesday.


  • 6:30 to 7:15 pm - Father Jim & Joan will be available in the Parlor. We’d love to have you stop by to spend some time together over refreshments and share stories and memories. (No meeting with Fr. Jim & Joan on April 29.)
  • 7:15 to 8:00 PM - The Vestry will be present to talk with everyone concerning the steps of the rector interim/search process, to listen to you and what you may be wondering and offering to the journey ahead. Please join us.

Looking ahead

Mark your calendar for these important activities and schedule changes for the end of the school year and the start of summer:

  • Sunday, May 10 – Mother’s Day
    - Youth Sunday at 8:45 service
  • Wednesday, May 13
    - Last day for WNL (Wednesday Night Live)
  • Sunday, May 17
    - Two worship times ONLY - 7:30 am and 10:30 am
    - Church School at 9:00 am (end day for the school year)
    - Visitation by Bishop Rob Wright
    - Graduates recognized at all services (see below)
    - Confirmation at 10:30 am with a festive reception held after the service
  • Sunday, May 24
    – Worship times change to summer schedule: 8:00 am and 10:30 am
    - Day of Pentecost - WEAR RED or other bright colors!
    - Parish Picnic immediately following 10:30 service

Graduates recognized Sunday, May 17 - Names needed by May 10

We will recognize all graduates, preschool through graduate school, at all services on May 17. Please fill out the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or contact Rose Wolfe at with the graduate’s name, grade & institution, and if a high school graduate what their post-graduation plans are.

Readers needed for Pentecost

Our custom during worship on the Day of Pentecost (this year on Sunday, May 24) is to have people read one of the scripture lessons in as many languages as possible. If you speak any foreign language or sign language, and are interested in participating at the 8:00 am or 10:30 am service this day, please let us know and we will provide you the translation by mail or email ahead of time. Check the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Rose Wolfe in the church office,

Parish Picnic - Sunday, May 24

Come celebrate the start of summer with a picnic! Join us immediately after the 10:30 service on Pentecost (about 12 noon) to enjoy hamburgers, hot dogs and all the fixin’s. No tickets or reservations are needed. Donations go to benefit the St. Catherine's College Book Scholarship Fund (see below in this newsletter).

Picnic help needed! – We need lots of help to run the picnic. Opportunities are available for set up, food & cooking, and clean up. Please sign up on the Opportunities for Ministry form in your Sunday bulletin or contact Mel Paris or Kris Cook if you would like to volunteer.

College Book Scholarship Fund – at the Parish Picnic and beyond

By Father Jim

In 2001 St. Catherine’s began to award college book scholarships to our fine young adults who are headed to college to continue their education. It has been a wonderful gift to our parish and to each of these young people. However, income to the Fund has struggled to keep up with our growing youth program.

The St. Catherine’s College Book Scholarship Fund began as the Dorothy Hanson Memorial Fund, in memory of the mother of parishioner Dani Dickson, and is funded each year by gifts in her honor as well as proceeds from the Parish Picnic and other individual gifts. To date, we have presented over 100 scholarships in a total amount of nearly $20,000. At this time, we are able to give small scholarships to our rising college freshmen (and even that may not be possible after this year), but with additional gifts to this fund, we hope to expand either the amount of the gift of have the ability to help support our students each year of their college careers.

How can you help? First, be generous when you attend the Parish Picnic on May 24 and are asked for a contribution towards the cost of the picnic. Second, consider an outright gift to the Fund (tax deductible) by writing a check to St. Catherine’s and noting its use for the College Book Scholarship Fund. Third, keep the fund, its purpose and future, and the young people who benefit from it in your prayers.

Calendar planning -- all 2015-16 dates needed

Attention all St. Catherine’s ministries, groups and committees: Make sure rooms, resources and publicity will be available for you! Your church staff is having a calendaring retreat day to plan out the coming year. We need to know of ALL meetings and events for your group from June 2015 through May 2016—tentative or confirmed, one time or on-going.

Communication about this will be more important than ever in the coming year! Remember, if your activity is not scheduled on the church calendar, another event may occur at the same time and/or the space you need may be in use by others. Please send all information to Rose Wolfe,, no later than Friday, June 5.

New dinner groups program: Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

Inquire by April 30!

  • Meet new people or get reacquainted with old...
  • Enjoy fellowship in a setting outside of the church...
  • Help build relationships and community...

Good friends, good food, good fun in our new program: “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner”! Join us for a new, creative dinner program where only the HOST knows who’s coming for dinner. This program is open to anyone 21 years of age and older, singles and couples welcome. Inquire for information by April 30 on the Opportunties For Ministry form in your bulletin or email Hans Kraeger, Hosts will reach out to guests in May for a June start date.

Register now for Vacation Bible School

June 16-19 - Registration now open

New friends! Amazing experiments! Glacier games! Lip-smacking snacks! Surprising adventures! Incredible music! Welcome to St. Catherine's “Everest” Vacation Bible School, the Coolest week of the summer! We will explore new heights with great music, games, stories, science activities and more as children learn how to conquer challenges with God's mighty power. VBS is Tuesday, June 16 to Friday, June 19, 9:00 AM to noon each day. A snack is included but lunch is NOT provided. The program is open to children ages 4 by July 1st through rising 4th graders. Cost is $30 per child if paid by May 15 ($35 after May 15). We're looking forward to a great time!

Space is limited -- pre-registration is preferred:

  1. Go to to fill out the registration form and click the “Submit” button (please fill out a separate registration form for each child).
  2. Send your registration payment either in person or by mail to St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, 571 Holt Rd NE, Marietta, GA 30068. Checks should be made to “St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church” and you MUST put “VBS” and your child(ren)’s name in the memo line.

For more information, contact: Joy Ettel at or 770-641-8067.


Rice Bowls success

By Molly Banko

During Lent, St. Catherine’s Church and Preschool partnered with Rice Bowls, a faith-based non-profit in Spartanburg, S.C. to raise funds for a network of orphanages overseas. Plastic rice bowls were taken to homes, filled with change, and returned on Easter. Together we raised $1,182.35! These funds will supply much-needed food to a network of orphanages in Haiti, India, Africa and other areas of the world where the HIV/AIDS crisis and other factors have greatly marginalized the lives of children. Thank you to everyone who participated in this important outreach opportunity!

Bread Pickup Ministry

New volunteers wanted

By Ron Cook

St. Catherine's volunteers have been picking up expired-date baked goods—bread, pies, cakes, donuts, cookies, etc.—at the Publix store at Sandy Plains and Scufflegrit Roads on Thursday mornings for several years and delivering them to Cobb Family Resources’ Food Bank. We now are adding Wednesday pickups to our ministry and could use more volunteers to help with this additional load.

Each year our present nine volunteers deliver about $40,000 worth of baked goods to help feed our needy neighbors.. .can you help with this valuable ministry by picking up once a month? Sign up on the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Ron Cook at 770 428 4286.

Family Promise hosting week May 3 - May 10

Many volunteers are needed! St. Catherine’s will next host the guests of Family Promise of Cobb County from Sunday, May 3 to Sunday, May 10. For information or to sign up please visit the table in the foyer after services on Sunday, April 26, or contact Eleanore Pearson, or Diane Sanders,

Transitional house fix-up April 26 & 27

Family Promise of Cobb County is looking for volunteers to help with fixing up a house for transitional housing for the program guests: minor repairs, yard clean up, painting, removing counter tops and toilets, hanging ceiling fans. Work days scheduled are: Saturday, April 25, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM; Sunday, April 26, noon to 4:00 PM. The house is located at 618 Acworth Due West Road, Kennesaw. If you can help or have questions please contact Fred Massey, 404.731.4466,

Thank you, St. Catherine’s

Speaking for the Family Promise of Cobb County Board, thanks so much for your generosity for the additional $2,000 from the Outreach budget plus the $1,608 representing 1/3 of the Easter Offering. This comes to $4,000 that we will receive from this year’s Outreach budget that is so important for FPCC which depends on donations and grants for all of its funding. We also appreciate the time that our volunteers spend at the youth house or serving meals for the families that we care for. FPCC is so appreciative of all that St. Catherine’s has done and continues to do for us.

Blessings to all,

Frederick Massey, President
Hale Sanders, Treasurer

2015 Habitat House Build

By Connie Bergeron

St. Catherine’s will again be working with a consortium of other area churches, mosques, synagogues and companies to build a new Habitat for Humanity home. This work is being coordinated by the Cobb Interfaith Habitat Coalition (CIHC) with which we are participating. The build will start on Saturday, June 27. We will provide workers on Saturdays, including June 27, July 25. August 1, 8, 15 and 22; in addition we will provide breakfast and lunch on site on July 25. Please mark your calendars for these dates now and watch for signup (there are minimum age requirements for participation).

Support Habitat with our Tshirt -- order by May 15

The coalition is offering special Habitat T-shirts at a cost of $10 each. This shirt sale is a small part of the funds needed for this build, and will identify those of us who want to support this outreach ministry. T-shirt sales need to be confirmed by May 15. Sign up for shirts by contacting Connie Bergeron,, with the number and size of shirts you would like and also please email your available dates to build and help with July 25's meals for this year.

Your engagement with Habitat for Humanity is greatly appreciated, and we look forward to a great build for our 2015 homeowner.

Just one evening out of 365: MUST Laundry Team

Can you give one day in a year to help with the Men’s Laundry at MUST Ministries’ Elizabeth Inn shelter? St. Catherine’s assists with this service every month year-round on the fourth Tuesday and, when there is one, the fifth Wednesday, approximately 6:00 – 11:00 PM. The next opportunities coming up are Tuesday, April 28 and Wednesday, April 29. Please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Fred Massey at or 404.731.4466.

Summer Lunch Team members wanted: Minimal time commitment

By Jennifer Massey

Be part of the team to host St. Cat’s annual MUST Summer Lunch program. Events will take place on Wednesday(s) June 24 and July 1 in our Parish Hall. There will be only ONE planning meeting prior to the event(s). Please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Jennifer Massey for more information: / 404.375.8327. You can find information about MUST’s program to feed the hungry school children in our community each summer at .


Finance update

By Rebeccah Devault, St. Catherine’s Treasurer

Please see the graph for a summary of our January – March 2015 financials.

  • Pledge revenue is on track with budget for the first quarter and is 8% ahead of Q1 2014!
  • Outreach & Pastoral Care are behind budget year-to-date due to timing of some key projects.
  • In March, the Vestry approved spending approximately $16,000 from the Strategic Reserves to pay for the replacement of the main water line following a break in the line ($8,550) and the replacement of the roof over the Administration Wing ($7,225). The Administration Wing roof was original to the building and badly in need of replacement due to multiple leaks.
  • As a result of the water line break, the March water bill was $5,600 (we did receive a credit of $3,000 towards the sewer portion of the bill).
  • The Finance and Buildings & Grounds Committees are working together to develop a 3–5 year plan for utilization of the Strategic Reserves for planned replacement & repair of our facilities. The building is aging and we need to be proactive in our planning to avoid any additional potentially catastrophic events (such as the water line break).

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If you have any questions about the numbers above, please let me know. Financial statements for January–March 2015 were emailed on April 14 to all pledging households who have made contributions this year, please contact the office if you did not receive yours.


By Bettye Harris & Susan Heuke

The Invitation Ministry team extends hearty thanks to all members of our “Volunteer Tapas Brigade” who helped us plan, set up, serve, clean up, host and provide a delicious assortment of homemade tapas dishes for our April 18 Newcomer Social. We had an excellent turnout including eighteen newcomers and new members, and we think that everyone had a very fine time. One of our new families, the Monteses (photo #1 below, Alejandro and Melissa and their two children), added two special dishes from their catering menu.

Our next scheduled newcomer event is a Breakfast on Sunday, June 14 at 9:00 am in the Parish Hall. All are welcome!

Photos by Bettye Harris & Bill Ivey, see lots more full-size in our album at Newcomer Tapas Party April 2015.

Volunteering Corner

Connecting Like Jesus: Part 2

By Pat Pepper, Coordinator of Volunteer Ministry (

Nelson Searcy, a minister and author has written a very good book on volunteering, “Connect, How to Double your Volunteer Numbers.” In this book he says the following:

  • If you want to grow but do not know how for now, then serve.
  • If you want to serve but do not know what, then ask.
  • If you do not know what to ask, then pray.

The dictionary says the definition of ministry is the act of serving. Serving is the act of putting the needs of others before our own needs. Bottom line, we cannot connect like Jesus unless we become a servant.

Connecting during our time of transition is going to be even more important. In this book Searcy also says "the role of the pastor is to equip people for ministry" and I am certain we will all agree, Father Jim has certainly equipped us. He has also taught us that first, a ministry mindset must be instilled.

Do you have a ministry mindset? It really is up to us, connecting so that we can continue serving one another, and connecting so that we can serve others. St Catherine's has so many incredible ministries, we are serving so many people within our church walls and in the community. So much we can do, so many ways to grow.

You are needed. Don't know where you want to serve? Just ask.

Vestry notes

By Daniel Mikkelsen, Junior Warden

Highlights from the Vestry meeting on April 21:

  • The Vestry approved the Human Resources committee recommendation to update the St Catherine’s health benefit package for all clergy and staff to a capped dollar amount which still allows those needing family medical, dental or vision coverage to be fully covered. It also covers a life insurance benefit.
    The cap paves the way for the church to be able to manage rising healthcare costs but also give staff and clergy the option to choose higher premium plans.
  • The Vestry approved the compensation package for the new parish secretary position.
  • Rector Transition Planning was discussed with Ginny Lummus who is leading a committee planning retirement celebrations for Father Jim and Joan.
  • Roof replacement has been completed at $1,000 less than estimated.
  • Reviewed a detailed presentation for a potential new church sign (including the Preschool) with drawings and estimates. Given the investment required, the Vestry decided to place the project in queue among other large capital initiatives being managed by the long term facilities and grounds planning committee.
  • Parish Hall painting will be done prior to carpet replacement. Target completion date is the end of June.
  • Susan Jenkins provided an update on the Youth Director Search Committee which has received 4 candidate applications as of 4/22 from the job posting in the beginning of April.
  • The Parish Parochial Report was accepted reflecting 996 Active Baptized Members at St. Catherine’s as of December 31, 2014.

Why does the Vestry make parish phone calls each week?

By Susan Jenkins

I will never forget my first phone call from a St. Catherine’s Vestry member many years ago. I do not remember who called, but I do remember the panic I felt because I was not actively involved in church activities at the time, so I was very confused as to why someone from the Vestry would be calling me. Immediately, I began thinking, “Oh my, did I fill out my pledge card?”, “Did I volunteer to do something, and I forgot to do it?”, “Hmm, what did one of my kids do?” My mind raced trying to answer these questions, and I did not even hear the person identify himself, nor did I hear the beginning of the conversation. I am sure the only sound the Vestry member heard when he asked, “How are you today?” was total silence.

So, how is a family chosen to receive a phone call from a member of the Vestry, and what is the purpose of phone call? First, each week families from the Parish Cycle of Prayer are prayed for during the “Prayers of the People” at the altar. The Vestry Person of the Day (VPOD) receives the contact information for each family prior to the service. Sometime during that week, the VPOD will contact the family initially with a phone call. If the Vestry member cannot reach a family member via phone, then the Vestry member will send an email, a written note, or contact a family member in person ( Don’t run the other way when you see a Vestry person approaching you at church.) The purpose of the phone call is a way for the Vestry to stay connected to the members of the congregation to “check-in” with the family to see if there are any questions, concerns, celebrations, or needs that the Vestry or the clergy can address.

In Romans 12:5 the Apostle Paul writes “so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others”. We are one body in Christ to love, support, and help each other. Vestry phones calls are just one opportunity for us as members of the body of Christ to reach out to our fellow members to welcome, accept, nurture, and serve all people through the power of the Holy Spirit. So, when you answer the phone and hear the voice on the other end say, “Hi, my name is __________, and I am a member of your Vestry at St. Catherine’s”, take a deep breath, and engage in the conversation, and know that your thoughts, cares, and opinions are valued.

--> See the Parish Cycle of Prayer each week in your bulletin or below in this newsletter.

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 27-May 3: Family Promise – Family Promise of Cobb County is committed to assisting homeless families with children achieve adequate and consistent income, stable housing, and lasting independence by mobilizing our local interfaith community to provide temporary emergency meals, shelter, compassionate hospitality, and professional services. St. Catherine’s is one of several congregations participating in this network. To find out more about being part of this ministry please see or contact Eleanore Pearson, or Diane Sanders,
  • May 4-10: Youth Ministry – This week we celebrate the life and work of our Youth Ministries, providing Christian formation and fellowship for youth through grade 12 with the Journey to Adulthood curriculum (J2A) in Church School, Wednesday Night Live meetings, and opportunities in programs in the diocese and beyond. Adult volunteers are needed as class leaders, activity helpers, trip chaperones and more. Training is provided. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Youth Director Mike Peterson, 770-971-2839,


Wheeler High School Chorus at St. Catherine's – Thursday, May 7

St. Catherine’s will host the choirs of our Holt Road neighbor, Wheeler High School, for their final concert of the year on May 7 at 7:00 pm. Please come and hear the fine program the students of our community have prepared. Free, no tickets needed.


Michael O’Neal Singers present “Rock, Roll and Remember” Friday, May 15

The Michael O’Neal Singers Chorus, dancers, and rock and roll musicians will pay tribute to the early years of the American Bandstand era, including hits from Bill Haley and His Comets, the Everly Brothers, Neil Sedaka, the Four Seasons, and Elvis! Join the fun on Friday, May 15, 8:00 pm at Roswell United Methodist Church, 814 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell GA 30075, Pre-ordered tickets are $20 adults / $15 students & seniors (60+), or $2 additional at the door. Several members of St. Catherine’s are part of this outstanding choral ensemble of over 130 auditioned voices. Get information and tickets now at or call 770.594.7974.


Life Line Screening at St. Catherine’s Wednesday, May 27

St. Catherine's will host a preventive health screenings by Life Line Screening on Wednesday, May 27 for residents in and around our community. Life Line Screening will perform screenings for:

  • Stroke / carotid artery blockage
  • Heart rhythm / atrial fibrillation
  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm
  • Peripheral arterial disease
  • Osteoporosis (bone loss)

These screenings are non-invasive, painless, and take 60-90 minutes to complete. Please sign up at the following phone number or webpage to receive a $10 package discount and in addition St. Catherine’s will receive a matching $10 donation from Life Line Screening. Call 1-800-324-9458 or visit, or pick up a form to fax at church to schedule your appointment.


Georgia Festival Chorus spring concert series concludes

The 110 voices of The Georgia Festival Chorus invite you to their spring concert series, "Reflections," with classic and contemporary sacred 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 special celebration of "71 Years of Song" for founding director Frank Boggs including guests Lisa Klausman with David Carnes. Several members of our parish participate in this auditioned community chorus well-known to us through their concerts in previous years at St. Catherine’s. For details and directions please visit All concerts are free, no tickets needed. Dates:

  • Sunday, April 26 at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, Marietta, 7:30 pm - Special "71 Years of Song"
  • Sunday, May 3 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, 6 pm
  • Friday, May 8 at Lenbrook Square, Atlanta, 7:30 pm


Health Tips - from our Congregational Nurses

  • What is the DASH diet?
    The DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet was developed to help people lower their blood pressure, but it is really a healthy plan for most people. The DASH eating plan is a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and low-fat or nonfat dairy foods. It also includes grains, especially whole grains; lean meats, fish and poultry; and nuts and beans. In addition to lowering blood pressure, the DASH eating plan may also help you achieve or maintain a healthy weight. Source: National Heart Lung and Blood Institute
  • Replacing nicotine
    Did you know that the stimulant nicotine is the only addictive chemical in cigarettes? Research suggests that nicotine is as addictive as heroin and cocaine. However, there are more than 7,000 other chemicals, including many that can cause cancer, in cigarette smoke. Using nicotine gum or patches to help yourself or a loved one quit smoking will not cause cancer and may help you be more successful in overcoming the addiction. For more information about quitting smoking, visit Source: American Lung Association, American Cancer Society

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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; Zach Hurley.

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

SICK: Althea Dillard, Swiss Britt, Jimmy Maier, Doris Bailey, Katrina, Joanne Foster, Kevin Daniels, Bob Estes, Mit FitzSimons, Tim Siebert, Katherine Waddle and Kyle Pfaff , Ed Pitts’ father, Paula Thompson, Zach Hurley, Chris Higgins, Rita Yahnke, Brianne Sparkman, Heather Parrott, Alan Certain, Bronx deKlyn Tonner, and Stephen Dickson.

BIRTHDAYS: (4/26) Martha Castelli (4/27) Brinna Dickson, Karoline Fendley, Lindsey Paris (4/28) Susan Partus, Caitlyn Nichols, Will Rouleau, Eric Scott, Matt Nixon, Therese Braman, Sarah Sherwood, Whitney Wolfe (4/29) Frank Brent, Cody Pitts (04/30) Marilyn Cain, Ina Bachmann (05/01) Steve Wolfe, Ashley Kareken, Scott Parisi, Douglas Carswell, Taylor Baumann, Jacob Thompson, Mike Peterson, (5/3) Nancy Denton, Cindy Sheehan, Preston Parker, Declan Walls, Susan Vavra, (5/4) Mark Taylor, Jay Starr, Beth Thomas, John Iacobelli, (5/5) Bill Selby, Laura Moore, Beau Paris, (5/6) Bettye Harris, Shepherd Smith, Marlene Stuart, (5/7) Scott Harwell, (5/8) Madison Handel, Sheila Bishop

ANNIVERSARIES: (4/26) Doug and Susan Jenkins, (4/30) Kelly and Camilo Calvo, (5/02) Julie and John Fulcher

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

CONFIRMANDS: David Bachmann, Ina Bachmann, Joy Ettel, Rhonda Robinson, Steve Robinson, Barbara Saunders, Hannah Seger, Sara Thomas, Dorothea Westin, Vince Westin, Michael Wherry, Alison Adams, Thad Barrington, Matthew Dirksen, Stephanie Gardiner, Phillip Hutton, Sofi Jones, Olivia Lopez, Justice Mace, Nick Muckerman, Jack Owen, James Owen, Chandler Sherry, Cheyne Thompson-Quartey, Abi Trono, Madi Trono, Forrest Tuemmler, Nick Vavra, Elisabeth Walton, Beca Westin, Charlie Zimmerman.

(4/26) Larry, Monica, Daniel, and Amanda Woist: Bill and Rujeania Woods; David and Missy Worden; Stephanie, David, Riley, and Danielle Yucius; and Charles, Michelle, and Madeline Zimemrman
(5/3) Paul, Virginia, Corey and Kerry Acocella; Frank, Ellen, Alison, and Grace Adams; Josh, Mary Barbara, Walt, and Harry Adams; Matthew Agori-Iwe; Norma Alexander

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); Sunday, June 14

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, 4/25 Saturday, 5/2


Youth Lockin
Preschool Social


Stephen Ministry Retreat
Rite 13 Dinner
Concert: St. Paul's Chamber Choir
Sunday, 4/26 Sunday, 5/3


Holy Eucharist
Holy Eucharist
Church School
The Journey
Holy Eucharist
Youth Confirmation


Family Promise Hosting
Holy Eucharist
Holy Eucharist/Rite 13 Ceremony
Church School
The Journey
Holy Eucharist/
  Stephen Minister Dedication

Monday, 4/27 Monday, 5/4

Amma Susan's day off
CGS Catholic
The City
Boy Scouts


Amma Susan's day off
CGS Catholic
Memorial Garden Group
Stephen Ministry
Boy Scouts

Tuesday, 4/28 Tuesday, 5/5


Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting/Lunch
Elizabeth Inn Dinner
Elizabeth Innn Laundry
Space Planning
Christian Formation

Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
WHS Chorus Rehearsal
Wednesday, 4/29 Wednesday, 5/6

Bible Study
WNL Dinner
WNL Program
Chancel Choir


Bible Study
WNL Dinner
WNL Program
Chancel Choir

Thursday, 4/30 Thursday, 5/7
Men’s Bible Study
Great Oak Board
Men’s Bible Study
WHS Choral Concert
Friday, 5/1 Friday, 5/8
Fr. Jim's day off
Stephen Ministry Retreat
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:

  • Vacation Bible School – Tuesday through Friday, June 16-19, 9 am to noon
  • Youth Mission Trip - June 21-26
  • Friday, June 26 – Adult evening of celebrating 17 years of ministry for Father Jim & Joan
  • Sunday, June 28 - Father Jim's last Sunday, 1 worship service at 10:30 am
  • Parish Retreat – September 4-7 (Labor Day weekend)


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

Youth Calendar online


Sign up by April 26 for summer mission trip

This trip is now technically filled up, but we can add a few more spots if you act very quickly to sign up! Please remember that spots are officially held by your deposit, so if you have signed up but have not yet turned in a deposit or scholarship request, then your spot is not officially reserved. Join us June 21-26 for a week of service, sights, fun, and friendship in Chattanooga! Submit $150 deposit to Mike Peterson by Sunday, April 26. For more information or to request confidential scholarship, contact Mike Peterson at


Confirmation Class Sunday, April 26

We will have our final evening Confirmation class this Sunday in the parish hall at 6:00 PM for all confirmands and their sponsors. We should be all wrapped up by 7:15 PM. The class will be led by Father Jim and will focus on the final chapter of My Faith, My Life, entitled “What Is God Calling Me To Do?” Please come prepared to discuss this chapter.


Tie-Dye WNL, April 29

We will be tie-dyeing at Wednesday Night Live Youth Group on Wednesday, April 29. We’ll provide all of the tie-dye supplies, so just be sure to bring a t-shirt, pillow case, old pair of socks, your very white-furred dog, or whatever you want to tie-dye with you that night! (OK, maybe don’t bring the dog.)


Youth Sunday May 10

Our annual Youth Sunday service will be at the 8:45 service on Sunday, May 10 (Mother’s Day). Youth Sunday is a church service during which the youth run almost everything, serving as greeters, ushers, lay readers and lectors, chalice bearers, musicians and more. In particular a member of the senior youth class will give the sermon this day at all three services. This is always one of the most energetic and sprit-filled services of the year so be sure to join us.


WNL on May 6: Special session with Father Jim and Vestry

Father Jim and members of the Vestry will be joining us at WNL Youth Group on Wednesday, May 6 to chat with us about some of the future transitions that are coming up at St. Catherine’s. They want to hear your input and give you a chance to ask any questions that you have for them about the future of YOUR church. There will also be time to just enjoy the fantastic company of Father Jim and Joan Nixon. We hope to see you there!


Serve on Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta Commission on Youth Ministry

The Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta Commission on Youth Ministry is now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 school year! The Commission on Youth Ministry's purpose is to assist the diocese in maintaining current diocesan youth events and to plan to new events. The Commission will consist of adults and youth with sharing the same goal of strengthening youth ministries around the diocese. The commission will do this by planning and carrying out diocesan youth events. The application process is open to all rising 9th grade youth through young adults entering their senior year of undergrad for the 2015-2016 school year. The application deadline is May 31. You can apply online at


Help out with VBS this summer, June 16-19

We’re excited about another summer session of Vacation Bible School at St. Catherine’s. This year’s VBS will be held from Tuesday, June 16 through Friday, June 19, from 8:45AM-12noon. The theme will be “Everest: Conquering Challenges With God’s Mighty Power.” As usual, your help is needed to make this a fun, exciting, and spiritual week for the kids! The St. Catherine’s Youth have always been a HUGE factor in the success of VBS, and this year will be no exception. If you are able to help out, please sign up on the list in the main room of the Youth House or contact Sara Thomas at


Youth Week at Kanuga

Youth Week is a week-long conference that takes place June 14-19 at the beautiful Kanuga Conference Center in the mountains of North Carolina (only 3 hours away!). There are two conferences for youth (AND one for adults) that take place during this week: one for rising 7th-9th graders called JYP and one for rising 10th graders through just-graduated seniors called SYP. These conferences are a ludicrous amount of fun and give you a chance to have a great time with other people your age from all over the country! I can’t say enough about this wonderful week, and I encourage ALL of you to check it out! Those who have been to Kanuga conferences recently (ahem, Emily Dini, Stephanie Gardiner, Oak Martin, Caroline Miner, Jack Owen, James Owen, Chyanne Thompson-Quartey, and a whole bunch of our alums) can vouch for how truly transformational and FUN they are! Please feel free to talk to me if you have any questions at all and remember that financial scholarship is available to anyone who needs it. I promise that we WILL make it possible for you to go to Kanuga no matter what your financial situation may be. So what are you waiting for?? Those of you who attend JYP will have the added bonus of already knowing the conference musician (Hint: it’s me). For you adults who’d like to experience Kanuga, there is a third conference during that week called Adults Who Work With Youth. It’s a lot of fun and a great resource. You can find more information on all three conferences at

Finally, if you find yourself unable to make it to Youth Week this year (though I hope you can!), go ahead and start thinking about coming to Winterlight at Kanuga, a fantastic conference that takes place in between Christmas and New Year’s Day. It’s never too early to start planning…and IT’S WORTH IT!


Congratulations to Elizabeth Blackstock

Congratulations to Elizabeth Blackstock who was presented with the Margie Hatfield Scholarship this past Thursday by the East Cobb County Council PTA! Each year one senior from each high school in East Cobb is selected based upon their community service and citizenship.



What a wonderful night with the youth at St. Catherine's and the World Hunger event on April 19. Such great kids with great hearts! Great job to leaders Gina, Keith, Deelee and Ellis!

Wheel schedule:

Next publications:

  • May 8
  • May 22
  • June 5

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