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

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The Newsletter of
St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
May 9 - 22, 2015

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Clergy Letter

Stop Hunger Now
Picnic on the Pavers
WNL and Reflecting
Summer schedule
Lemonade Brigade
Favorite Hymns
Cats On Wheels
Bishop Visit, Confirmation
Parish Picnic
Book Scholarship Fund
Youth Director Farewell
Celebrating 17
Ministry Teams Quarterly
Diocesan Council
Parish Retreat

Habitat build
Bread Pickup
MUST Summer Lunch

Parishioner News
Volunteering Corner
Seen around St. Cat's
Ministry focus

MOS Singers Rock & Roll
Life Line Screening
Health tips

Youth Sunday
Tubing trip
New mission trip
Diocese Commission
Kanuga Week



5/13 – WNL (concludes)

5/9 – Stop Hunger Now

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

5/16 – Cats On Wheels @ Cuban Diner;
Confirmation dinner

5/17 – Worship at 7:30 & 10:30 am;
Last day of Church School 9 am;
Visitation, confirmation w Bishop Wright;
Graduates recognized;
The Extension dinner

5/24 – Pentecost;
Summer worship schedule begins 8:00 & 10:30 am;
Parish Picnic

5/25 – Memorial Day, office closed

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Family Promise — A Joy!

By Father Jim

Joan and I spent the night in the Youth House last evening. We were the overnight hosts for our Family Promise guests. We had three families for a total of 8 people. We have done this each of the six weeks St. Catherine’s has hosted in the first 18 months of this important ministry.

I remember the first visit I had from Family Promise. We sat in my office and I had little idea what we were about to talk about. The Family Promise representative said she’d been told that I was one of the spiritual leaders in Cobb County that she would need to talk to and invite into this ministry to have any chance of it working. Well, for my prideful side I suppose it was a hook, but I’ve never considered myself all that influential in the community. But she did get my attention. Pretty much the rest of it is history including that "little" incident in our Parish Hall where I somewhat inappropriately expressed my frustration at all the talking accompanied by little if any action. As Fred Massey would tell you, I was hungry and wanted to go to dinner with my wife. But by the end of the evening we had a Board of Directors, and a fine Board at that, including Fred Massey as President and Hale Sanders as Secretary. They took it from there and I am proud of the work they have done and are doing. Thank you, Fred and Hale, for your service to our community and to the homeless.

Diane Sanders and Eleanore Pearson agreed to become the inaugural Host Congregation Coordinators at St. Catherine’s and, with your help, have gotten this ministry off the ground and serving people in need. They have done a yeoman’s job in recruiting the 50+ volunteers needed to serve our guests over a seven day period. Thank you, Diane and Eleanore, and thanks to all those volunteers without whom we could not provide this ministry.

I have never been homeless and can’t even imagine what it is like to not have shelter that you can call your own – whether renting or owning. For our guests, however, St. Catherine’s provides a taste of home for 4 out of the 52 weeks of the year. They are journeying through this time and sometimes we serve them only once and by the time our week rolls around they have found housing. There are others we have seen a couple of times and they, too, are well on their way to finding permanent housing. Regardless of their situation, our task is to welcome them to the Youth House and make their stay as comfortable as humanly possible.

I am proud that St. Catherine’s was a founding member of Family Promise of Cobb County. And I pray that we’ll continue to be leaders in this community for providing temporary housing for families who deserve it. I hope, as well, we’ll continue to advocate for affordable housing in our community for all people. This is our biggest challenge in Cobb County and in particular East Cobb. So the next time you have the opportunity to support an affordable housing project in our area remember the three families Joan and I served last night as well as all the volunteers during this week of Family Promise at St. Catherine’s.

And by the way, if you’ve not volunteered to be a part of this ministry – I commend it to you. You will find an opportunity perfect for you and your family and I assure you it is a wonderful way for your family to work together to serve those in need. Try it! I think you’ll like it!

Saturday, May 9: Stop Hunger Now

By Mike Peterson

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 2-3 hours! We will be hosting a 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. We also welcome contributions toward this event and program, whether or not you are able to attend -- 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

For all families, youth and youth alumni! You're invited for a picnic 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 brick walk for an evening with entertainment provided by St. Catherine's favorite 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.

Graduates to be recognized - Names needed by May 10

We will recognize all graduates, preschool through graduate school, at all services on Sunday, May 17. Names are needed by Sunday, May 10 to be included in the bulletin. Please fill out the Opportunities for Ministry form 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.

A Time to Reflect and A Time to Anticipate

Wednesday Night Live ends May 13

By Father Jim

Together with your Vestry we have begun the work of leave-taking through our Wednesday evening programs in the Parlor. They have been a joy as we’ve shared memories and stories; laughter and tears together. As I write this I am anticipating a session with our youth tonight, Wednesday, May 6. Tom Blackstock tells me that the Vestry time has been well spent and they will join me this evening with the youth as we discuss not only my leave taking but Mike Peterson’s transition to his new job in Austin, Texas.

During the remaining Wednesday Night Live next Wednesday, May 13 Joan and I will be available in the Parlor starting at 6:30 pm until 7:15 pm. We’ll provide some refreshments. We’d love to have you stop by to spend some time together. We have made many memories and "written" many stories over these past 17 years. This is a time for us to share those stories and memories. During the second half (7:15 - 8:00 PM) of the evening, the Vestry will be present to talk with all interested Parishioners concerning the steps of the interim/search process. This process is managed by your Vestry in concert with the Bishop of Atlanta’s office and staff. They are just now getting to a place where they will be able to give you some information, but more importantly they want to listen to you and what you may be wondering and offering to the journey ahead.

Sunday sessions added

In addition we have decided to add two Sunday morning opportunities after the end of Church School. On Sunday, May 31 and Sunday, June 14 we will gather in the Parlor at 9:00 am to follow a similar pattern. Joan and I will be available from 9:00 to 9:30 am. A member or members of your Vestry will join us at 9:30 to 10:00 to continue the listening process.

We hope you will take advantage of these opportunities. In any case, Joan and I will see you in the Parlor at 6:30 PM Wednesday evening, May 13 and at 9:00 am on Sunday, May 31 and June 14. The Vestry will join us on all three occasions. All of us hope to see you there.

Worship times change to summer schedule May 24

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
    - Breakfast 8:00 - 8:45 am
    - Church School at 9:00 am (last day for the school year)
    - Visitation by Bishop Rob Wright
    - Graduates recognized at all services
    - Confirmation at 10:30 am with a festive reception held after the service
  • Sunday, May 24
    - Worship times change to summer schedule: 8:00 & 10:30 am

    - Day of Pentecost - Remember to wear red or other bright colors
    - Parish Picnic immediately following 10:30 service


Summer Sunday worship schedule

Each week starting May 24 through June, July and August:

  • Holy Eucharist at 8:00 am and 10:30 am
  • Coffee available 7:30-8:00 am, with fellowship time in the Parlor
  • Breakfast by Breakfast Angels served 9:00-9:45 am in the Parish Hall
  • Lemonade Brigade offers refreshments in front of the church on the brickwalk following 10:30 service
  • Church School does not meet during the summer

And save the date for the annual Ministry Fair on Sunday, August 23.


Lemonade Brigade needs you

It's a fun way to meet people! The Lemonade Brigade serves refreshments (lemonade, water, cookies) to everyone after 10:30 am Sunday service on the brick walk in front of the church. Individuals and families are needed to work on a rotation schedule -- if we have enough volunteers you'll only work one or two days this summer. Please sign up on the sheet in the foyer, on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin, or contact Deana De La Barre at / 678-354-3839.


Favorite hymns wanted now for summer

A tradition at St. Catherine's is to sing favorite hymns by request during worship in the summer months. Please send us your hymn requests now -- doesn't matter what season they are from, but please be sure they are in our blue hymnal (The Hymnal 1982). Fill out the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin with suggestions of your favorites (include title AND hymn number PLEASE), and we will schedule as many as possible.

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! Next month’s planned outing is Saturday, June 20 when we will take a day trip to visit Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Little White House in Warm Springs. Contact Alan to be on the mailing list for details.

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

Sunday, May 17

  • Services at 7:30 and 10:30 am ONLY
  • Breakfast 8:00 - 8:45 am
  • Last day of Church School - 9:00-10:00 am
  • Confirmation Service at 10:30
  • Graduates recognized at all services

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 at the 10:30 service. 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!

The Day of Pentecost - Sunday, May 24

  • Worship times: 8:00 am and 10:30 am
  • Remember to WEAR RED or other bright, "fiery" colors
  • Parish Picnic follows 10:30 am service

“Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful; and kindle in them the fire of your love. Alleluia.” Pentecost, "the Fiftieth Day," is a prominent feast in the calendar of ancient Israel celebrating the giving of the Law on Sinai, and also later in the Christian liturgical year commemorating the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the remaining eleven Apostles of Christ after the Resurrection of Jesus. Pentecost is sometimes described as the "Birthday of the Church." The feast has also been called Whit Sunday, especially in the Anglican Church. Pentecost is celebrated seven weeks (50 days) after Easter Day, and is on the tenth day after Ascension Thursday.

The main sign of Pentecost in Western churches is the color red to symbolize joy and the fire of the Holy Spirit. Priests wear red vestments, and in modern times lay people may wear red clothing as well. Red banners (as on our cross) are often hung to symbolize the blowing of the "mighty wind" of the Spirit. They may depict words or symbols related to the church and the Holy Spirit, such as the dove or flames. Red flowers are often used to adorn the church and grounds.

As one of the great feasts of the year, you might consider how your family will mark it at home. Inspired by the roar of the Spirit’s wind and fire, consider making a mobile with seven red doves representing the Gifts of the Spirit. Wear red clothes and eat red foods—strawberries look like flames when turned stem-down. Discuss the seven gifts of the spirit and who in your family demonstrates particular gifts.

The Day of Pentecost is a day of baptism and renewal of our baptismal vows. We will hear the story from the Acts of the Apostles (2:1-15) in as many different languages we can muster so we can experience the “amazement and perplexity” of the event. Then, join us after the 10:30 service for our Parish Picnic!


Foreign language and sign language readers needed

Our custom during worship on the Day of Pentecost 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).

Picnic help needed! – We need lots of help particularly from the men of the parish to run the picnic. Opportunities are available for three shifts: 1. Saturday evening to set up tents, tables and chairs; 2. Sunday morning to prep the food, grill and serve; 3. After the picnic to break down and clean up. Please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin or contact Kris Cook,, or Mel Paris,


College Book Scholarship Fund – at the Parish Picnic and beyond

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.

Farewell for Youth Director Mike Peterson

Sunday, May 31

Join us to bid farewell to our beloved Youth Director Mike Peterson and his lovely wife Mary Bess as they prepare for their move to Austin, Texas this summer. We will celebrate Mike’s ministry during the 10:30 am service this morning.

Going Away Luncheon - RSVP

A lunch celebration will be held in the Parish Hall at 12 pm (following our 10:30 am service). Please RSVP (no cost) by May 25 on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Katja Michael,

“Safeguarding God’s People” Saturday, May 30 at St. Peter & St. Paul

“Safeguarding God’s People” training class with a 5-year certification will be offered at The Episcopal Church of St. Peter & St. Paul on Saturday, May 30 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm in their Parish Hall. This training is open to all in the Diocese of Atlanta and is intended for anyone serving adults in ministry. Training will be facilitated by The Rev. Deborah Silver. The church is located at 1795 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta, GA 30062. To register, please phone the St. Peter & St. Paul parish office at 770-977-7473 or contact Suzy Bristow, Parish Administrator at

Friday, June 26: Celebrating 17 Years

Under the Tent at St. Catherine's

6:30 - 10:30 pm

Libations, Food, Entertainment & Dancing

You are invited to a celebration honoring Father Jim and Joan Nixon. This event is for all adults of the parish and invited guests (21 and older).

Tickets will be available Sunday, May 10 through Sunday, June 14. Cost is $35 per person and must be purchased in advance, no tickets at the door. Scholarships are available on request.

Ministry Teams Quarterly Meeting - Tuesday, June 9

7:00 pm in the Parish Hall

All leaders of St. Catherine’s ministry teams and committees, please be sure to be present. Anyone who is interested in the ministry work of our church is welcome to attend.


Calendar planning! -- 2015-16 dates needed by Friday, June 5

Attention all St. Catherine’s ministries, groups and committees: Make sure that 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.

The staff's calendar planning day will be Tuesday, June 9. The church office will be closed this day.

Vacation Bible School: June 16-19, 9 am to noon

Adult volunteers wanted

Plenty of adult help is needed for our Vacation Bible School this summer. To lend a hand or to get more information please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Susie Davis, for these opportunities:

  • Pick up VBS supplies: Friday, June 12 - Christ Church in Kennesaw is sharing VBS supplies with us. We need help transporting these items this day (meet at St. Catherine's at 11:45 am to drive to Christ Church).
  • VBS set-up: Monday, June 15, 9:00 - 11:00 am
  • Nursery assistant (no certification needed)
  • Welcome table
  • VBS break-down: Friday, June 19, Noon - 2:00 pm

Youth – you are needed!

We’re excited about another summer session of Vacation Bible School at St. Catherine’s. The St. Catherine’s Youth have always been a HUGE factor in the success of VBS, and this year will be no exception. Your help will make this a fun, exciting, and spiritual week for the kids! If interested please sign up on the list in the main room of the Youth House or contact Sara Thomas at

Register children now

Space is limited, pre-registration is preferred - St. Catherine's “Everest” Vacation Bible School will explore new heights with great music, games, stories, science activities and more. Open to children age 4 by July 1st. Cost is $30 per child if paid by May 15 ($35 after May 15). Space is limited so pre-registration is preferred. Go to to fill out the registration form (please fill out a separate form for each child). Then be sure to send your registration payment either in person or by mail to St. Catherine’s. Checks should be made to St. Catherine’s and put “VBS” and your child(ren)’s name in the memo line. For more information, contact: Joy Ettel at or 770-641-8067.

Delegates to Diocesan Council

The Vestry will elect five lay delegates to represent St. Catherine's at this year's Diocesan Council. The Council will be Friday and Saturday, November 13-14 at Gwinnett Center. Delegates must be confirmed communicants of St. Catherine's "in good standing" (meaning that they "pray, work, and give for the spread of God's Kingdom" on a regular basis). Delegates are required to attend all meetings in the given year including pre-council convocation meetings.

If you are interested in serving in this important role of representing our parish, please check the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Sr. Warden Tom Blackstock, Jr. Warden Daniel Mikkelsen, Amma Susan or Father Jim. Applications are due by July 1.

Parish Retreat registration open

Our 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! The entire Lake Logan Conference Center in the beautiful North Carolina mountains will be reserved just for us as we gather on 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. You can see photos and get details about Lake Logan at

For information about retreat accommodations, activities and cost please pick up our registration form at church or get it now at If you have any questions about our retreat please contact Ginny Lummus,, 770-845-1742. Register soon with your deposit (balances will be due by July 26). See you at Lake Logan!


Habitat House Build

By Connie Bergeron

  • Support our build with Tshirts, order by May 15
  • Home Blessing & construction start Saturday, June 27

Please be there for Father Jim's blessing of our 2015 Habitat For Humanity house on June 27! Father Jim always does a wonderful job of blessing the start of construction for our Habitat houses, and we hope everyone can come out to support this great project.

Day One of any Habitat house build is "Framing Day" and is somewhat different for each home being built. We need three to five volunteer builders for this date. For the current project in which St. Catherine's is participating, and with our being a member of the Cobb Interfaith Habitat Coalition, Day One - Framing Day - of course will begin with prayer. Deepest thanks to Father Jim for agreeing to be there at 7:45 am on June 27 and participating in the Home Blessing to launch the build on a positive note.

The location of this year's build is close to Dobbins Air Force Base, near the intersection of Austell and Atlanta Roads. We encourage carpooling from St. Catherine's if possible. Details about parking near the build site will be sent to all volunteers.

If you want to have the feeling of “CREATION” of a new and brighter future for this year's homeowner, we encourage you to be a part of year's build. Even if you have never volunteered for a Habitat build before, the crew leaders are excellent trainers. Please consider signing up, and you will help join boards together into the outlines of walls, and raise walls together with other volunteer builders to form the framework of a home.

St. Catherine's will provide a specific number of volunteers on the following Saturdays. Construction work is 7:45 am to 4:00 pm each date. There are minimum age requirements for participation. To volunteer to build or to help provide the July 25 meals please email Connie at or call her at 770-951-1411, and leave your name and number. Please let Connie know as far in advance as possible of your preferred date.

  • June 27 - 3 to 5 people
  • July 25 - 10 people ** St. Catherine's is also providing breakfast and lunch at the build site this day
  • August 1 - 2 people
  • August 8 - 2 people
  • August 15 - 7 people
  • August 22 - 3 people (landscaping day)
  • August 30 - House Dedication (all invited)


At $10 each, the T-shirts are a great value and are a cool neon yellow-green this year. Please buy a shirt to help fund this year's Habitat House, whether you or not you’ll be working on site. Email Connie (as above) with the number of shirts and sizes as soon as possible.

Bread Pickup Ministry

New volunteers wanted

St. Catherine's volunteers pick up expired-date baked goods—bread, pies, cakes, donuts, cookies, etc.—from the Publix store at Sandy Plains and Scufflegrit Roads on Thursday mornings and deliver them to Cobb Family Resources’ Food Bank. We have added Wednesday pickups to our ministry and could use more volunteers to help with this additional load. Each year our 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.

Summer Lunch Program - Save the date

Wednesday, June 24 AND Wednesday, July 1

Again this summer, St. Catherine’s will host two events to assemble lunches for the MUST Summer Lunch program. This program has been sponsored by MUST Ministries since 1995. During the summer months children who are eligible to receive a free or reduced lunch during the school year can have a free lunch delivered to them. Volunteers and community effort make it possible to keep this program running. You can learn more about it on the MUST website at


Our People

  • Congratulations to parishioner Karley Barber who was recognized by Wheeler High School PTSA as Wheeler Volunteer of the Year. Great job!
  • We send prayers and best wishes to parishioners Karla and Mark Smolen as they relocate to Montana (50 miles from Glacier National Park). Karla was one of our original unvested Lay Readers. Blessings to you in your new home!

Volunteering Corner

Start the process

By Pat Pepper, Coordinator of Volunteer Ministry (

Are you connected? Start the process with these opportunities coming up. Minimal commitment – you can give as little as one hour of your time. No experience required, great rewards!

  1. Confirmation Dinner Saturday, May 16 - Help set up, serve and/or clean up. Contact: Mike Peterson, mikestcatherines.og
  2. Parish Picnic Sunday, May 24 - Men needed for set up and/or cooking. Contact: Mel Paris, or Kris Cook,
  3. Reception with Bishop Wright Sunday, May 17 - Honoring Youth & Adult Confirmation. Assist with all aspects of reception. Contact: Jennifer Massey,
  4. Vacation Bible School, June 16-19, 9:00 am to noon - Nursery, snacks, or other opportunities. Contact: Susie Davis,
  5. Mowing and grounds work – On your schedule. Contact Bill Lee,

Contact any of the leaders above or call or email me—you will be glad you did!

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:

  • May 11-17: Flower Delivery – This week we celebrate the life and work of Flower Delivery, volunteers who deliver the altar flowers after services on Sundays to parishioners who are ill at home or in the hospital, parish shut-ins, and others to whom we would like to show special thanks or remembrance. Directions are provided, volunteers serve in rotation. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Margaret Shaw 770.641.7022,
  • May 18-24: Grounds Teams – This week we celebrate the life and work of our Grounds Teams, volunteers who maintain our church lawns and grounds including mowing, debris removal, trimming, blowing, etc. Groups are scheduled on a rotating basis as needed through the seasons. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Bill Lee,


My dear friends,

Thank you for your calls, notes, cards, Facebook posts and hugs at church. My mother’s death has been a culmination of a long goodbye. She had Alzheimer’s and at the end she declined rapidly. Your support in prayer at this time was palpable. Again, thank you for loving us through this time.

God bless,
Bill Ivey

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

  • From Holy Comforter Church on April 27 for $250.


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.


Health Tips - from our Congregational Nurses

  • Shrug off shoulder tension
    Some people react to stress with increased muscle tension in their neck and shoulders. Progressive muscle relaxation, which involves tensing and relaxing of key muscle groups, can help. Shoulder shrugs are an example of this technique and an easy exercise that can be done almost anywhere, anytime to help relax these muscles. Sit up tall with shoulders back and arms at your side. Lift up your shoulders into an "I don't know" position, hold for two seconds, and then release them. Let your shoulders fall down as far from your ears as possible. Source: American College of Sports Medicine
  • Pre-Diabetes means prevention is possible
    Pre-diabetes is when a person’s blood glucose (sugar) levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be called diabetes. It is a serious condition, but there is good news. Studies show that a person can lower their risk for type 2 diabetes by almost 60 percent with two modest lifestyle changes: Losing about 7 percent of your body weight and exercising moderately, such as walking 30 minutes, five days a week. Source: American Diabetes Association

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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: Joe Burlas III, Sheila Bishop, Bill Evans, Ashley Bhatia, 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, Bronx deKlyn Tonner, Christian Stringer, and Stephen Dickson
DECEASED: Jean Turner, friend of Linda and Chuck Shrake

BIRTHDAYS: (5/9) Carol Murphy, Maddie Billingsly, (5/10) Ryan O’Neill, Elizabeth Blackstock (5/11) Jodi Gammon (5/12) Chris Selby, Ken Minzenberger, MaryLou Shannonhouse, Scott DeLaBarre (5/13) Ginny Lummus, David Frank, Kristina Higgins, Mackenzie Ward, Brianna Ward, Laurel Smith (5/14) Michelle Zimmerman, Suzanne Gardiner (5/15) Dani Dickson, Deelee Freeman, Ryan Olliffe, Maelin Alexander (5/16) Hans Kraeger (5/17) Don Clark (5/18) Joseph Owen (5/21) Gordon O’Neill, Joan Thurston, Nathalie Gratas, Sofia Gratas (5/22) John Fulcher.

ANNIVERSARIES: (5/14) Bill and Tinka Ivey (5/16) John and Kelly Iacobelli (5/17) Emily & Nelson Gale; Adam & Mahala Scott (5/21) Peter & Colleen Brown; Sara & Kevin Thomas (5/22) Norma & George Alexander; Jim & Joan Nixon; Bill & Beverly Fambrough.

FOR THOSE BEING CONFIRMED ON MAY 17: 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.

(5/10) Nicole, Shameka, and Harper-Zahar Amos; Madysin Porter; Nicole Amos; Paul, Jackie and Miller Anderson; Joe, Tina, Claire and Trevor Atchison; David, Ina, Lucas and Isaac Bachmann.
(5/17) Rachel and Vincent Bagby; Brad, Ashley, Byrd and Woodson Bailey; Raymond and Nancy Ban; David, Molly, Leah and Spencer Banko; Curtis, Karley Ann and Lauren Barber.

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, 5/9 Saturday, 5/16


Family Promise Hosting
Youth Sunday Rehearsal
Stop Hunger Now


Stephen Leaders
Donoghue Meeting
Cats On Wheels
Confirmation Dinner
Sunday, 5/10 Sunday, 5/17


Family Promise Hosting
Holy Eucharist
Holy Eucharist/Youth Sunday
Church School
The Journey
Holy Eucharist/DOK Install.
Party on the Pavers


Bishop Wright Visitation
Graduate Recognition
Holy Eucharist
Church School Last Day
Holy Eucharist/Confirmation
Vestry w/ Bishop

Monday, 5/11 Monday, 5/18

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


Amma Susan's day off
Women's Book Study
Preschool Packup Day
CGS Catholic
Kneeler Group
Stephen Ministry
Boy Scouts

Tuesday, 5/12 Tuesday, 5/19


Staff Meeting
Youth Ministry

Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Wednesday, 5/13 Wednesday, 5/20

Executive Committee
Bible Study
WNL Dinner
WNL Program
Chancel Choir


Bible Study
Chancel Choir

Thursday, 5/14 Thursday, 5/21
6:00PM 6:30PM
HR Committee
Men’s Bible Study
Science Camp Training
Calling & Caring Ministry
Men’s Bible Study
Friday, 5/15 Friday, 5/22

Fr. Jim's day off
Preschool Last Day
Men’s Bible Study
Women’s Bible Study
Preschool Graduation
A.A. Women’s Meditation


Fr. Jim's day off
Men’s Bible Study
Science Camp Training
Great Oak Society
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
  • Sunday, August 23: Ministry Fair
  • Parish Retreat – September 4-7 (Labor Day weekend)


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

Youth Calendar online


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.


Tubing Trip Wednesday, June 3

The St. Cat’s Youth will be returning to Helen on Wfor another day of river-tubing and fun! This year’s tubing trip is an event for the entire Diocese of Atlanta, so we’ll be joined by a lot of new and old friends. All of the details are below, but I want to emphasize that, due to a very short deadline from the Diocese, you will need to sign-up by next Thursday, May 14 if you want to be included in receiving a t-shirt for this event. Adult drivers are needed so that we can accept everyone who wants to sign up! Here are the details:

When: Wednesday, June 3; 8AM-5PM.
Where: Helen Tubing & Water Park and Church of the Resurrection; Helen, GA
How Much: $25, which cover your tubing, lunch, and t-shirt (bring $ with you day of trip). Confidential scholarship is available by request.
Who: All youth in the Diocese of Atlanta
What will we be doing: We’ll leave St. Cat’s by 8 AM, join our friends from lots of other churches and hit the river in Helen, then head to nearby Church of the Resurrection for a cook-out and closing service. We’ll aim to return to St. Catherine’s by 5.
How to sign up: Email Mike at no later than Friday, May 29 to let him know you plan to come.
What to bring: $25 cash, swim suit (recommended that you arrive already wearing it), change of clothes, towel, water shoes, sunscreen.
Important Note: In order to receive a t-shirt for the event, you must sign up no later than next Thursday, May 14 (no exceptions)

Call For Drivers!: The amount of space on this trip will be determined by the number of drivers/chaperons who are able to come. Spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you are an adult who is able to help drive/chaperon for this trip, please contact Mike as soon as possible!


New Mission Trip opportunity June 14-19

If you couldn’t make St. Catherine’s mission trip to Chattanooga and are still looking for an opportunity to serve this summer, St. Columba’s is sponsoring a Diocesan Mission Trip to Harrisburg, PN. There are 4-5 church’s participating in the trip comprising of about 60 youth at this point and 5 spaces for youth are still available. There will be two charter busses to handle the transportation to Harrisburg and back. Cost: $500, covers food, transportation, lodging.

If you are interested and have any questions, please contact Keith Dumke at 770.361.8688 or Note: This trip occurs the same week as Vacation Bible School and Youth Week at Kanuga, so be sure to only sign up for one of those options.


Serve on Youth Ministry Commission

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


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!

Wheel schedule:

Next publications:

  • May 22
  • June 5
  • June 19

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

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