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 23 - June 5, 2015

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Clergy Letter

Parish Picnic
Book Scholarship Fund
Youth Director Farewell
Summer schedule
Lemonade Brigade
Favorite hymns
Parish Hall painting
The City
Transition conversations
Men's Night Out
Cats On Wheels
Celebrate 17
Ministry Teams Quarterly
Calendars needed
Parish Retreat
Council delegates

Habitat build
MUST Summer Lunch
Save It Forward
Stop Hunger Now

Housing need
Vestry notes
Sermon recordings
Seen around St. Cat's
Ministry focus

Rib Fest
Life Line Screening
Health tips

Rite 13 Ceremony
Youth Sunday

Year in review
Elizabeth Inn
Tubing trip
Mission trip
Diocese Commission
Kanuga Week



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

5/25 – Memorial Day
Office closed;
Parish Hall painting

5/26 – Elizabeth Inn laundry team

5/27 – Lifeline Screening

5/27-29 – Youth local mission trip

5/28 – Elizabeth Inn dinner team

5/31 – Transition Conversations;
Youth Director Farewell & Luncheon

6/1-5 – Preschool camp

6/3 – Youth tubing trip

6/4 – Quarterly Ministry Teams meeting

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Come Holy Spirit, Come… Confirmation Sunday

By Amma Susan

What a glorious day May 17, Confirmation Sunday, was! The Holy Spirit’s presence was tangible in our worship as Bishop Wright confirmed twenty young adults and 11 adults were received into the Episcopal Church or reaffirmed their baptismal vows.

The Bishop spoke in glowing terms about what a vibrant, healthy parish St. Catherine’s is, he praised the 17 years of ministry that Father Jim and Joan Nixon have had in this faith community, and assured us that God will continue to lead us into the future. The Bishop challenged us as a parish to think outside the box in bringing the wonderful worship, ministry and community of faith that we experience within these four walls to the world outside our doors. The Episcopal Church does a great job in welcoming people once they enter the church’s doors but the bishop reminded us that the culture has shifted and we cannot expect people to just show up. He said, “Jesus didn’t wait for the world to come to him, he took the show on the road.” How can St. Catherine’s do that today, here in Cobb County?

During the adult forum when the Bishop was asked where he sees a need for people to get involved in ministry in the diocese, he responded with this question: “When all else is burned away, what is it that you cannot not do?” Each of us has different life experiences and have been given gifts from God that enable our individual response to that question: “What is it that you cannot not do?” Answer that question and you will know where your ministry lies. How fitting that on the day the Holy Spirit was confirmed in God’s people at St. Catherine’s that we consider that question as a faith community: “When all else is burned away, what is it that you cannot not do?”

Listen to Bishop Wright's sermon this day - go to the Sermons page of our website at

Photos by Jan Potter, Bill Ivey, Bettye Harris - see lots more full-size in the albums at ChurchConfir051715 and Bishop Robert Wright and Confirmation

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!

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...


College Book Scholarship Fund – at the Parish Picnic and beyond

In 2001 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. However, income to the Fund has struggled to keep up with our growing youth program. We are able to give small scholarships to help with the cost of books for only our rising college freshmen. Additional gifts to this fund could make it possible to expand either the amount of the gift or help support our students each year.

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 Wednesday, May 27 on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Katja Michael,

Worship times change to summer schedule May 24

Here is our schedule for Sundays 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.

Parish Hall painting May 25

Help is needed as we repaint the Parish Hall walls on Monday, May 25 (Memorial Day) morning beginning at 9 am. Many hands will make this job go quickly. If you’d like to join in please contact Fred Massey,

St. Catherine’s is moving to “The City”

By Tad Travis

St. Catherine’s is moving to The City! Our parish has begun testing a new web-based communications tool called The City. When completed, it will be our new place for the parish directory, event RSVPs, volunteer sign up and parish communications. We will roll out The City to everyone at St. Catherine’s in August. For more information, see Tad Travis ( or Alison Travis (

Transition conversations continue

Sundays, May 31 & June 14 — 9-10 am

Join us for our continuing conversations about the Rector transition process. On Sunday, May 31 and Sunday, June 14 Father Jim and Joan will be available in the Parlor at 9:00 - 9:30 am to share your memories and stories of our 17 years together. Then, members of your Vestry will join us at 9:30 to 10:00 to continue the listening process and hear what you have to contribute as we move into the changes to come. All are welcome.

Men's Night Out

Tuesday, June 16 at Johnny McCracken’s

All men of the parish are invited to an evening out together with beer tasting at Johnny McCracken's Celtic Pub just off the Marietta Square, at 15 Atlanta St. SE, Marietta, GA 30060, 678-290-6641, Enjoy some fine beers and fellowship with us. We'll meet starting at 6:30 pm. For more information please contact Randy Satterfield ( or Hans Kraeger (

Cats on Wheels coming up

Cats On Wheels fellowship for active senior adults -- We welcome you!

  • Cats on Wheels extra: "CATS, the Musical" - RSVP by Sunday, May 24. See CATS with your friends (for the first time or the hundredth) on Sunday, July 19, 2:00 matinee at Cobb Energy Center. Tickets $58 each. REPLY to Alan Certain,, 404-661-2200 before Sunday, May 24, and send in your payment by June 7.
  • Saturday, June 20 -- Day trip to Warm Springs. Join Cats On Wheels to take a day trip to visit Franklin Roosevelt’s Little White House in Warm Springs. RSVP soon for trip details to Alan Certain,, 404-661-2200.

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 as they retire at the end of June. This event is for all adults of the parish and invited guests (21 and older).

Tickets are available on Sundays through June 14, or contact the church office. Cost is $35 per person and must be purchased in advance, no tickets available at the door. (Scholarships are available on request.)

“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

NEW DATE: Ministry Teams Quarterly Meeting - Thursday, June 4

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

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

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

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

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.

Parish Retreat registration open

For everyone: adults, youth, children, singles, couples and families! Join us at Lake Logan Conference Center in the beautiful North Carolina mountains on Labor Day weekend, September 4-7. 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.

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). You can see photos and get details about Lake Logan at If you have any questions please contact Ginny Lummus,, 770-845-1742.

Represent St. Catherine's at Diocesan Council

The Vestry will elect five lay delegates to represent St. Catherine's at the 2015 Diocesan Council on 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.


Habitat House 2015

Home Blessing & construction start Saturday, June 27

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.

Day One of any Habitat house build is "Framing Day". We'll begin with the House Blessing at 7:45 am. 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. Three to five volunteer builders from St. Catherine's are needed tol participate in the work on this date. 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.

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.

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

Summer Lunch Program

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

Save It Forward - any week

By Harriett Pyburn

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

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

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

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

Stop Hunger Now - Success!

Thank you to everyone who turned out for our Stop Hunger Now event on May 10. We had a great time building nearly 11,000 meals to feed over 65,000 hungry people. This amazing ministry included our youth, families and seniors. Thanks to Mike Peterson for organizing this for our third year!

See LOTS more photos full-size in the albums at Stop Hunger Now 2015 and Stop Hunger Now.


Member of our congregation needs housing

By Father Jim

A member of St. Catherine's needs a place for himself and Kramer and Newman (his two cats) for a maximum time of one year. Move-in date desired is Monday, July 20 -- he needs to know by Monday, June 1 where he will move to. The smaller the space, the better. He can pay $750.00 per month and will assist keeping the grounds and other parts of the property clean and orderly as part of the agreement. Right now he is comfortably living in a one-bedroom space of 640 square ft. Large items include a couch, bed, TV and table.

If you can help with this need, please contact Father Jim as soon as possible and he will get you connected with this parishioner.

Graduates 2015

We are proud of our all graduates, recognized at services on May 17.


Bourke Brennan – St. Catherine’s Preschool
Zoe Hutton - St. Catherine’s Preschool
Frannie Hitchins - St. Catherine’s Preschool
Sadie Culberson - St. Catherine’s Preschool
Christina Pyburn - St. Catherine’s Preschool
Jett Mikkelsen - St. Catherine’s Preschool
Ryan Nienaber - St. Catherine’s Preschool
Colin Dailey - St. Catherine’s Preschool
Lilli Buckalew - Kiddie Kollege Preschool
Harper-Zahar Amos - Little Apron Academy
Creed Smith - Queen of Angels Preschool


Justin Kerr - Sedalia Park Elementary, will attend East Cobb Middle School
Jordan LaGarde – Indian Knoll Elementary School, will attend Dean Rusk Middle School
Madeline Zimmerman - Eastvalley Elementary School, will attend East Cobb Middle School
Sebastian Hunter - Blackwell Elementary School
Mile Thomas - Sope Creek Elementary


Michael Dirksen - Simpson Middle School, will attend Wheeler High School STEM Magnet Program
Grace Adams - East Cobb Middle School, will attend Wheeler High School
Madison L. Porte r- Baycreek Middle School
Jacob Morris - Lovinggood Middle School, will attend Hillgrove high School
Jack Smith - Mabry Middle School, will attend Lassiter High School


Elizabeth Blackstock - Wheeler High School, will attend Ole Miss University
Nigel Blackwood - Wheeler High School, will attend The University of Pennsylvania
Lauren Barber - Wheeler High School, will attend Georgia College & State University
Marshall Jones - Sprayberry High School
K. Noelle Mace - The Cottage School, will attend Kennesaw State University
Caroline Miner - Lassiter High School
Cody Pitts - Walton High School, will attend The University of South Carolina Honors College
Rae Reeves - Vista Peak High School, will attend Colorado State University
Alexandra Smith - Lassiter High School, will attend the University of Georgia
Kathryn Smith - Lassiter High School, will attend Kennesaw State University


Emma Markette - The University of Georgia
Zach Pope - Rhodes College
Alexandria (Alex) Lewis - Appalachian State University
Jake Ellis - The University of Georgia, Athens with a degree in Mathematics
Karen Kraeger - Kennesaw State University with a Doctorate in Elementary Education
Tyler Southern - Southern Polytechnic Institute with a BS in Accounting
Taylor Baumann - The University of Alabama (in December 2015)
Vincent A. Bagby - Kennesaw State University, with a degree in Modern Language and Culture in Spanish/Minor in International Affairs
Richard Kuebbing - Education for Ministry (EfM), St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church

Photos below by Jan Potter, see lots more full-size in the album at ChurchConfir051715

Vestry notes

By Daniel Mikkelsen, Jr. Warden ('16)

Highlights of the Vestry meeting on May 19:

  • Convened at 7:47 PM
  • Watched and discussed a video on our new church neighbors on Holt Road, Grace Marietta Church ( )
  • Parish Hall painting to begin this weekend.
  • Approved HR recommendations on compensation for the Youth Director and the Interim Rector positions. A sample Interim Rector agreement was requested to be obtained from the diocese.
  • Discussed the Rector Transition and the Vestry again validated the plan communicated by the Senior Warden at the advice of Cannon Alicia Schuster-Weltner that we hold off on beginning to determine the process by which the Rector Search (Nominating) Committee for the next permanent Rector will be selected until after Father Jim's last day. The Vestry is planning to meet the week of July 5th to have our first discussion about that process. The Vestry will likely meet weekly in July in order to ensure assembling the Nominating Committee makes progress.
  • The Vestry voted that Amma Susan should observe her customary summer vacation during the latter part of July in line with recommendations from the Wardens in order that she may return re-energized for the fall and what should be the welcoming of our Interim Rector sometime in August.
  • The Great Oak Fund distribution will follow the same process as years prior to solicit RFPs from parishioners on how to best use the $1,500 being distributed for 2015.
  • Bishop Rob Wright's visit was discussed. It was noted how inspiring and glorious a day it was! A couple of the logistical challenges were also debriefed.
  • The Valentine’s Dinner Dance for 2016 has been recommended to move up before Valentine’s Day weekend, on February 6. And, the Vestry Retreat is recommended to move up to January 29-31.
  • Adjourned at 9:47 PM

Sermon recordings online

Did you know that you can find audio recordings of past Sunday sermons on our website? You'll find them on the Sermons page of our website, Check here for some of the latest recordings: Holy Week and Easter sermons by Father Jim and Amma Susan, the Bishop Wright's sermon on Confirmation Day. Thank you to Bill Ivey for his work to make these recordings available!

Seen around St. Cat's

Many thanks to our photographers -- we appreciate all your efforts in observing and recording our busy life together! Photos by Jan Potter, Bettye Harris, Bill Ivey, Amy Morris, and many others!

What a gift it is to serve the guests at Elizabeth Inn:
Where the Christ in you meets the Christ in me. (April 28)
See more in the album at MUST Minisitries Elizabeth Inn
Stephen Ministers - on their annual retreat May 1-2,
and Rededication Ceremony on May 3

This year's Concert Series concluded on May 2 with the most amazing,
spirit-filled concert by St. Paul's Chamber Singers. Outstanding!!
See more in the album at St. Paul's comes to St. Cats

Daughters of the King - Three new members were installed
in the ceremony on May 10. Congratulations!
Party on the Pavers - fun and music on May 10
See lots more in the album at Party on the Pavers 5-10-2015

Do you know about these ministries?

In our Parish Cycle of Ministries, we celebrate the life and work of these ministries in the upcoming weeks. Please read on to find out about each and consider if you’d like to become involved:

  • May 25-31: Education for Ministry – This week we celebrate the life and work of Education for Ministry (EFM), a four year program from the University of the South which meets weekly from September to May. EFM offers education and opportunity to discover how to respond to our individual call to Christian service. Registration is yearly and a charge is involved, scholarships available. To find out more please contact Jan Potter, 404.444.8627,, or Chris Potter, 404.376.7430,
  • June 1-7: Coffee Hour/Lemonade Brigade – This week we celebrate the life and work of Coffee Hour and Lemonade Brigade, which provides for fellowship after our principal worship services. Refreshments are set up in the foyer or under the oak tree. Volunteers are scheduled on a rotating basis to share making, serving and cleaning up after the services -- it's a great opportunity to meet and get to know other members of the congregation. For information please contact Deanna DeLaBarre, 678.354.3839,


Dear [St. Catherine’s],

Thank you for the overwhelming support you give Family Promise of Cobb County. I myself think that the love being generated at St. Cat’s is amazing. You all make such a difference and I am glad to stand with you!
[Acknowledgement of gift of $2,010.84 on April 29]

Thank you, thank you!
Camilla Worden, Executive Director, Family Promise of Cobb County

Dear [St. Catherine’s],

The Senior Class of 2015 at Wheeler High School would like to thank you for your extremely generous donation. It will be used for students in need; especially those who need graduation items and dues funding, in addition to basic needs. Thank you so very much for reaching out to us!

Juli Angert, SK Advisor
Michelle A., Senior Class President

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

  • From American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem on May 7 for $1,462.06 (Holy Week offering)


Benefit Rib Fest and Pork Butt Sale hosted by Brotherhood of St. Andrew

The annual Benefit Rib Fest and Pork Butt Sale will be hosted by Brotherhood of St. Andrew and the Deacons of the Diocese of Atlanta at St. Peter & St. Paul Episcopal Church, 1795 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta, GA 30062. All proceeds help send kids from Emmaus House Community Center to summer camp. Come and enjoy barbecued ribs for sale on Saturday, June 6; 11:00 am – 7:00 pm. In addition, the deacons will offer smoked pork butts for sale, vacuum-packed and ready to heat or freeze, $45 each.See information and order pork butts on the website at or phone Deacon Chip Faucette, 770-361-597. Pick up orders on Friday, June 5, 1 to 7 pm, or Saturday, June 6, 9 am to noon.


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

  • High fiber defined
    The Food and Drug Administration defines “high fiber” as one serving of a food that has at least 5 grams of dietary fiber. The recommendation is that we eat about 25 grams of dietary fiber per day. The average American only eats about 10 to 15 grams per day. Make sure your diet is rich in high-fiber cereals, beans, whole-grain breads, and fruits and vegetables. Eating these foods boosts fiber intake and appears to aid in weight management and in lowering cholesterol, blood pressure, blood glucose and some cancer risks. Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • The power of music
    Listening to music was the most common stress management technique in the 2014 American Psychological Association Stress in America Survey (exercise/walking was a close second). Music absorbs our attention and can be a distraction at the same time. Some types of music (especially slow, classical music) can help slow heart rate, blood pressure, and decrease levels of stress hormones. So the next time you feel tension and stress, turn on your favorite tunes and enjoy! Source: Collingwood, J. (2007). The Power of Music To Reduce Stress. Psych Central.

Provided by HealthStart,


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

ALL MEMBERS OF THE ARMED SERVICES: Tom Blackstock; Josh England, Jennifer Buckalew’s cousin; Lucas Elgie, Emma Markette’s brother; and Zach Hurley

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

SICK: Anita Gardner, Dallas & Brittney Caudle, Brittany Boyd, Lily, Harper Nixon, Andy White, Casey, Tom Culver, Cara Seckman, Lynne and Roger Albee, Joe Burlas III, Bill Evans, Ashley Bhatia, Althea Dillard, Jimmy Maier, Doris Bailey, Katrina, Joanne Foster, Tony Couch, Kevin Daniels, Bob Estes, Mit FitzSimons, Tim Siebert, Katherine Waddle, Kyle Pfaff, Loring Pitts, Paula Thompson, Chris Higgins, Rita Yahnke, Brianne Sparkman, Heather Parrott, Bronx deKlyn Tonner, Christian Stringer, and Stephen Dickson.

BEFORE SURGERY: Bob Pepper, Mona Fouts

DECEASED: Jay Williams, Olsen Caudle, Michael Vavra, Mary Taylor

BIRTHDAYS: (5/23) Frank Adams (5/24) Rob Harrison (5/25) Peter Britt, Piper Brennan (5/26) Caroline Brennan, Blake Sherry, The Rev. Juan Sandoval, Reagan Claire Jones (5/27) Karen Maxwell (5/28) Bella Hutto, Jason Snape, Jennifer Vavra, Dick Sjoblom, Sullivan Thomas (5/29) Isaac Backmann (5/30) Tanya Bowers-Dean (5/31) Shelley Ransdell, Coleman Dupuis (6/1) Jane Smith, Grace Harwell (6/2) Fran Brooks, Emily Travis, Julie Fulcher, Tillie Carter (6/3) Ryan Moran (6/4) Mary Moore, Mary Dailey (6/5) Willow Riney, Frances Bowden, Garrett Scott, Michael Fey.

ANNIVERSARIES: (5/28) Alan & Nancy Certain; (5/29) Harry & Jennifer Tear; Susannah & Neil Campbell; (5/30) Fred & Elizabeth Lopez; (6/2) Karen & Hans Kraeger; (6/3) Beth & Clarke Thomas, James & Audrey Nesbit.

(5/24) Saffold Barksdale, Brian Smith; Irene Barrassa; John, Barbara, Riley, Katie, Mary Alice & Thad Barrington; Meredith Bateh; Regina, Andrew & Abigail Baumann.
(5/31) Art & Susan Bayles; Susan Bennett; Ron & Connie Bergeron; Gregory, Wendy & Hannah Beyer; Vera Bibbings.

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, 5/23 Saturday, 5/30


Private Party

Scout Troop Overnight
Sunday, 5/24 Sunday, 5/31


Holy Eucharist
Holy Eucharist/Baptism
Parish Picnic


Holy Eucharist/Jubilate
Transition Conversations
Holy Eucharist/Jubilate
Youth Director Farewell
VBS Meeting

Monday, 5/25 Monday, 6/1

Amma Susan's day off
Memorial Day
Office Closed
Parish Hall Painting


Amma Susan's day off
Preschool Summer Camp
Stephen Ministry
Boy Scouts

Tuesday, 5/26 Tuesday, 6/2


Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting/Lunch
MUST Laundry Team
Space Planning
Christian Formation
Invitation Ministry

Morning Prayer
Preschool Summer Camp
Staff Meeting
Wednesday, 5/27 Wednesday, 6/3

YA Local Mission Trip
MUST Breakfast
Lifeline Screening
Bible Study


Youth Tubing Trip
Bible Study
Preschool Summer Camp

Thursday, 5/28 Thursday, 6/4
Science Camp Training
Elizabeth Inn Dinner
Men’s Bible Study
Preschool Board
Preschool Summer Camp
Quarterly Ministry Teams
Men’s Bible Study
Friday, 5/29 Friday, 6/5

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


Fr. Jim's day off
Men’s Bible Study
Preschool Summer Camp
Women's Bible Study
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
  • MUST Summer Lunches - Wednesdays, June 24 and July 1, 9:30 am
  • 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


Rite 13 Ceremony

A great dinner, an amazing rite of passage for an amazing class, May 2 & 3. Photos by Jan Potter, Mike Peterson - see LOTS more full-size in the albums at Church050315 and Rite 13 Ceremony 2015.

Youth Sunday 2015

What a glorious day on May 10! You can read the text of the outstanding youth sermons delivered this day by Elizabeth and Marshall on the church’s Sermons page – click for Elizabeth’s Youth Sunday sermon and Marshall’s Youth Sunday sermon (pdf files).

Photos by Bill Ivey, Mike Peterson, Jan Potter and more... see LOTS more photos full-size in the albums at Youth Sunday 2015, Youth Sunday & Mother's Day 2015 and Church051015

The Year in Review

Watch the St. Cat’s Youth 2014-2015 slideshow for great moments and memories from the last year here:

We also have lots and lots of photos from most of our major events this year (and past years) at our Facebook page, which ANYONE can easily view -- whether you have a Facebook account or not! Peruse our albums from Youth Sunday, Stop Hunger Now, the Rite 13 Ceremony, WNL Tie-Dye Night, the Spring Lock-In, the World Dinner, Church of the Common Ground, the Pancake Supper, the Valentine Dinner Dance, the J2A Urban Adventure to New Orleans, Rite 13 Movie Night, Winterlight, the Tacky Christmas Sweater Contest, the Diocesan Youth Lock-In, the Fall Retreat, WNL pumpkin carving, Youth Night Out to the Corn Maze, Emmaus Walk, the Rite 13 Beach Trip, the national Episcopal Youth event in Philadelphia, the YA Ireland Pilgrimage, and much, much more here:


Youth Serving at Elizabeth Inn May 28

The St. Cat’s Youth will be serving dinner on Thursday, May 28 at Elizabeth Inn, an emergency shelter for those in need. You can meet us directly there at 5:30 (55 Elizabeth Church Road, Marietta, GA 30060) if you’d like to join in the fun and help members of your community in need. We always have a great time grilling and meeting people, so come join us!


Tubing Trip Wednesday, June 3 - sign up by May 28

The St. Cat’s Youth will be returning to Helen on Wednesday, June 3 for 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. Here are the details:

What: Tubing Trip to Helen, GA
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 Thursday, May 28 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.


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.

Dates: June 14-19
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 VBS 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. 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:

  • June 5
  • June 19
  • July 3

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

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