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
June 6 - 19, 2015

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St. Catherine's home


Clergy Letter

Celebrating 17
Fr Jim's Leave-taking
Rector Transition
Cats On Wheels
Bulletin online
Men's Night Out
Blood drive
Contrasts In Belief
Flower delivery
CF Library
Patriotic Potluck
Parish retreat
The City
Diocesan Council

Family Promise
Habitat build

MUST Summer Lunch

Reflection garden
Volunteer Corner
Housing need

Seen around St. Cat's
Ministry focus

Concert recital
ERD & Texas floods
Health tips

Youth Director search
Farewell Mike
Tubing trip
Kanuga Week



6/9 – Staff calendaring day;
Office closed

6/14 – Transition Conversations

6/14-19 – Youth Week @ Kanuga

6/16-19 – Vacation Bible School

6/20 – Cats On Wheels @ Warm Springs

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By Father Jim

We have had the opportunity in a number of settings to talk about changes since the middle of March. These conversations have been a delight as we’ve shared with one another all those moments over the past 17 years that have fundamentally changed our common life together. We still have the opportunity to be together on Sunday, June 14 following the 8:00 am service. I hope you will join Joan and me for this one last time of exploring the transition.

I was asked a question on Sunday that gave me pause for reflection and I want to take this space to do some of that reflection. The question was prefaced with the acknowledgment that St. Catherine’s has changed under my leadership. The question continued, "But, how have you been changed by St. Catherine’s?" The answer was not immediately apparent to me. I had, however, nearly 11 hours of time on the road in our drive to Chicago. I came up with a few things.

  1. I am more confident in who I am. There have been a number of situations during these 17 years which have demanded that I know what I believe. In addition, seventeen years of therapy has given me the ability to step outside myself and look critically at what I am saying, doing and believing.
  2. I am more able to be present with people. I have been cast into the midst of many glorious and painful situations over these past 17 years. I believe I can be more present and less anxious in those moments than I was when I first arrived at St. Catherine’s. I believe this is not just because of years of ministry but the diversity and intensity of some of the situations I have experienced. I have learned what Hazel Glover always says... to show up, shut up and be present.
  3. I am more aware of what matters in leadership and in life. I can be an idealist about myself, the church and life in general. But I have learned that most of the time it doesn’t matter. I remember being asked to talk to the acolytes about the types of shoes they wore. Seventeen years ago I waded into the discussion and got my "authority" handed to me by two teenage boys (twins to be exact) and they were right. I learned that it doesn’t matter what shoes the acolytes wear. What matters is they are in church. I could give you quite a list on this one.
  4. I am more comfortable preaching the Gospel of Jesus even when it is contrary to the "American gospel." This is one I am proud of. My mentor often says that if you don’t make someone uncomfortable with your preaching then you’re not preaching the Gospel. My intent has never been to offend anyone, but my reading of Scripture suggests that Jesus did not come to tell us that everything is all right. Anyone can read the newspaper or watch the news or encounter life with a sense of justice and mercy and know that everything is not all right. In the United States today we are far better at showing mercy than doing justice. I have grown comfortable bringing the Gospel to bear against a broken world.

Those are some thoughts. If you have others or want to reflect with me, I would welcome the opportunity.

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

-> Register children now - Space is limited

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 $35 per child. 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.

-> Help wanted

  • 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! Set-up Monday, June 15, 9:00-11:00 am; Welcome and signin table - 2 adults/shift each day, 8:30-10:00 or 11:15-12:15; Tear down Friday, June 19, noon - 2:00 pm. 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:

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.)

Father Jim and Joan Nixon’s Leave-taking Sunday: June 28

  • One worship service ONLY at 10:30 am
  • Breakfast not served this day
  • Festive Reception follows, 12 noon

Reception foods and help requested – Finger foods and volunteers are requested for the reception following worship this day. If you can help with set up, serving, providing food, or clean up contact Ginny Lummus, Please bring food items to the kitchen, prepared and ready to serve, prior to the service this day.

NOTE – We are expecting a large attendance for this service so our parking lot will be very full. Please allow extra time for parking before start of the service, and we encourage carpooling this day if at all possible.

Rector Transition update

By Tom Blackstock, Senior Warden

We continue to work through a period of much transition in clergy and lay staff at St. Catherine’s. We have welcomed our parish secretary, Becky Adams, and she is now integrated into our daily business. As I stated in an earlier article, 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, has provided the Vestry with two candidates for interim rector and the Vestry will begin work on selecting our interim as soon as possible. We expect Canon Schuster-Weltner to join us for Eucharist on July 12 and for the interim rector to begin work around August 1. The Vestry will also begin meeting weekly in July to establish the search committee that will begin working with our diocesan consultant on the parish profile and other search related activities.

Once the search committee is established, the committee will update the Vestry periodically and in turn update the parish through various means. As a note of reassurance, St. Catherine’s is a vibrant parish with a solid financial position and a good reputation throughout the Diocese. We should attract several highly qualified candidates as a permanent rector.

The Vestry will be in the parlor on Sunday morning, June 14 from 9:00 to 10:00 am to listen to your thoughts, concerns and questions. We will continue to offer these opportunities during the coming months. If you wish to contact me directly, please email me at or you may contact Daniel at We have also established a central mailbox for any thoughts, questions, concerns and/or nominations for the search committee at . You may also find more info on the Diocesan web page at

We will continue to see changes 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.


Transition conversation Sunday, June 14, 9-10 am

Join us for our continuing conversations about the Rector transition process. 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 invited.

Cats on Wheels coming up

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.


2015-2016 activities announced

Cats On Wheels is our fellowship group for active senior adults, please join us! We meet usually on the third Saturday of the month, alternately for lunch or for a day trip (or longer). Transportation is by carpool and/or the church van. Your Cats On Wheels planning team (Amma Susan, Vera Bibbings, Ron Cook& Alan Certain) have proposed a schedule of events through July 2016. Mark your calendars now for any events that appeal to you and watch for announcements of the details as each date approaches. Costs for all events are self-paid.

  • Saturday, June 20 Warm Springs Little White House & Bulloch House
  • Saturday, July 18 Lunch: Marlow’s Tavern
  • Saturday, August 15 Oak Hill and Martha Berry Museum , Rome
  • Saturday, September 19 Lunch: O’Charley’s, Sandy Plains
  • Friday, October 2 Atlanta Botanical Gardens – Bruce Munro “Light” installation
  • Saturday, November 21 Lunch: Hong Kong Star Restaurant
  • Thursday, December 17 Senior Eucharist and Preschool Christmas Concert
  • Saturday, January 16, 2016 Lunch: J. Christopher, Powers Ferry Road
  • Saturday, February 20 Rhodes Hall and Museum of Design Atlanta
  • Saturday, March 19 Lunch: Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub, Alpharetta
  • Wednesday, April 20 –Saturday, April 23 Charleston, South Carolina Tour (4 days, 3 nights)
  • Saturday, May 21 Lunch: Pappasito's Cantina, Windy Hill Road
  • Saturday, June 18 Dahlonega Gold Museum & Smith House
  • Saturday, July 16 Lunch: Jade Palace, Cobb Parkway

NEW! Sunday bulletin available online

The Sunday worship bulletin is now available each week on our website. You’ll find the link to the bulletin on the home page in the “Worship With Us” section (bottom, right). You can go direct to the bulletin at

Men's Night Out

DATE UPDATE: Tuesday, June 23 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 (

Blood drive next date: Tuesday, June 23

Our next blood drive will be 3:00 to 7:00 pm in the Parish Hall. Reservations are helpful to get you in and out in the shortest time but are not required, all donors are welcome the day of the event. You can reserve a time now by going to and enter our sponsor code: STCATS. Help is also need for greeting donors, setup and clean up, please contact Jennifer Massey, / 404.375.8327.

New class begins Sunday, June 28: "Contrasts: Explorations in Belief"

All adults are invited for a new facilitated discussion class on four Sundays this summer. The class will meet from 9:30 to 10:20 on June 28, July 12, 19, 26. At each gathering we will start with information on a practice or belief from another religion. Then we'll introduce a comparable belief or practice from our own faith and discuss the differences and commonalities. In so doing we hope to gain a deeper understanding not only of other's beliefs but also our own. Please join us for open-ended questions and lively conversation. The class will be facilitated by Randy Satterfield.

Flower Delivery Ministry – new drivers wanted

Do you enjoy seeing people smile? Consider joining our Flower Delivery Ministry. Volunteers deliver our beautiful altar flower arrangements after the last service each Sunday 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. Committee members serve in rotation to deliver one of the two arrangements available each week. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Margaret Shaw, 770.641.7022,

St. Cat’s Christian Formation Library – resources for adults and children

By Linda Scott

In loving memory of Eileen Motter, a faithful long-time member of St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, St. Catherine’s is now offering a special library of her very extensive collection of books. Although the topics vary somewhat, she would no doubt consider them all under the category of Christian Formation.

Eileen was the consummate Christian educator for all ages for over 30 years, both at St. Catherine’s and at several other churches in the Diocese of Atlanta. She was also a founding and dedicated member of the diocesan Christian Education Coordinators group that met monthly for over 26 years. Eileen passed away on November 27, 2010, and sometime later, her husband Roger and son Dean asked me to look over some of her books. I wanted to offer this very extensive collection to the library of St. Catherine’s, however our current library doesn’t have room for them all. Therefore we are keeping a catalog online and all items are quickly available to you on request. Some examples:

  • “The Faces of Jesus”
  • “The Bible for Today’s Family”
  • “God on a Harley: A Spiritual Fable”
  • “Bringing Up Children in the Christian Faith”
  • “John F. Kennedy and PT-109”
  • “Small Plays for Special Days”
  • “7 Steps to Effective Communication”
  • Advent & Christmas resources, biographies, children’s books, Bibles, Christian formation & education, Christian literature, intergenerational activities, psychology, social sciences, theology

You are invited to look over the list of items in our website catalog with a wide variety of topics for children and adults. If you would like to borrow any number of the items, simply contact Linda Scott at I will put them into a special basket in the library with your name on them and you can pick them up and return them there. If you have any questions or need more information about any of these resources, please don’t hesitate to email me. I hope you enjoy Eileen’s books as much I have!

-> To view the complete catalog and request books please see the Christian Nurture page of our website at

St. Catherine’s thanks Linda for her special effort to establish and serve our new Christian Formation Library.

Save the date: "Patriotic Potluck" on July 5

Save the date now for a Patriotic Potluck brunch between services at 9:15 am on Sunday, July 5. Bring a summer brunch dish to share as we celebrate the Independence Day holiday weekend. Think fruits, muffins, coffee cakes, deviled eggs - yummmm!! Breakfast Angels will provide eggs and sausage, coffee, juice and milk. Bring your dish and your appetite, no signup necessary. See you there!

Parish Retreat - register soon

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.

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

The City is coming to St. Catherine’s! Our parish is now is the initial stage of implementing a new web-based communications tool called The City. When completed, it will be our new place for all these and more:

  • Parish directory
  • Event RSVPs
  • Volunteer sign up
  • 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 (

Represent St. Catherine's at Diocesan Council

Apply by July 1

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.


Family Promise news

Promise House Dedication Wednesday, June 24

Family Promise of Cobb County and Kirkwood Presbyterian Church invite everyone to the dedication of the new Promise House, a transitional house for homeless families, at 9:00 am on Wednesday, June 24. Meet at Kirkwood Presbyterian Church, 618 Acworth Due West Rd., Kennesaw, Georgia 30152. . Promise House will be available for FPCC guests who have been successful in the rotational shelter but who are having difficulty finding an affordable rental unit. One family will be able to stay an additional 90 days in the home.

--> See the FPCC video: “Promise House: Stewardship in Action” at

BBQ benefit at Righteous Que - Saturday, June 20

On Saturday, June 20 Righteous Que barbecue restaurant will host a Family Promise day. Righteous Que will give 10% of their proceeds to FPCC! The restaurant is located at 1050 East Piedmont, Marietta (across from East Cobb YMCA). Hours are 11 am – 9 pm.

Volunteer training: next date June 9

Volunteer training is required of everyone who will assist with our Family Promise guests when we host them at St. Catherine's. Trainings are available every second Tuesday of the month. The next training is June 9 at East Cobb UMC, 7-9 pm. To sign up contact or Camilla Worden at 404-556-5465.

Next hosting date: September 27 - October 4

Habitat House blessing and construction start - Saturday, June 27

Our 2015 Habitat House 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.) We will provide a specific number of volunteers on the following Saturdays, and meals onsite on July 25. 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 contact Connie Bergeron,, 770-951-1411r.

  • June 27 - House Blessing (all invited)
  • Workers needed for build: June 27, July 25, August 1, August 8, August 15, August 22.
  • Provide breakfast and lunch July 25
  • August 30 - House Dedication (all invited)

Summer Lunch Program

Wednesday, June 24 AND Wednesday, July 1

St. Catherine’s will again make 1,000 lunches on two dates for the MUST Ministries Summer Lunch Program. Ways you can help:
- Donate empty corrugated boxes to transport the assembled lunches;
- Donate money for the lunch supplies;
- Be part of the team to coordinate this annual effort, volunteers are needed for various tasks.

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 To help contact Jennifer Massey,, 404.375.8327.


Eagle Scout project builds new reflection garden at St. Catherine’s

Parishioner Mitchell Waldron of Boy Scout Troop 433 has led the construction of a new reflection garden as his Eagle Scout Service Project. It is located behind Father Jim's office and our Memorial Garden. Highlight of the garden is two handmade benches nestled underneath our lovely cherry tree. New shrubbery, plantings and fresh paint frame out the beautified area, with a new bronze bird bath as the finishing touch. A brief blessing ceremony is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, June 14 following the 10:30 am service. All will be invited to see the new garden and participate in the blessing, please watch for confirmation of the date.

Mitchell and all of us offer a special thank you to those who graciously donated toward this project. Mitchell's Eagle Board of Review is Thursday, June 18 and we wish him good luck in this final step toward achieving the rank of Eagle Scout.

Photo by Claire Harrison - Mitchell shows off the new bench installation

Volunteering Corner

"What can you say 'Yes' to today?"

By Pat Pepper, Coordinator of Volunteer Ministry (

On Confirmation Sunday When Bishop Wright asked us 'What can you say Yes to today?" I heard a challenge and I heard an invitation.

The Bishop had many important things to say to St. Catherine's people that morning. Another was the reminder that we were going to be entering a "Season of Transition" with Father Jim and Joan leaving. Bishop Rob said "I know Jim's heart" and Jim wants for our congregation "to move from strength to strength." He then said, "It will happen if we pledge to ourselves to do the work."

What does 'doing the work' mean to you? Each of us have the place where we are the most comfortable 'doing our work'. For some of us it is as simple as painting a wall. Memorial Day morning 19 individuals did the work they were called to do, they said 'Yes' and their joy and laughter filled Parish Hall as they painted the walls on that holiday morning. Thank you to those that brought their joy and did the work: Vincent Bagby, Alan Certain, Stan & Dani Dixon, Tom & Maureen Donoghue, Eric DeLaBarre, Jim Greene, Jeff Harris, Al Jones, Bill & Beth Lee, Fred & Jennifer Massey, Mel & Michael Paris, Bob & Pat Pepper and Jim Snape. Parish Hall looks great.

We each have special God-given gifts, and using our gifts is 'doing the work' we are called to do. We were also reminded by the Bishop that we have a Resource (I added the capital R) that we can call on when it counts the most. I call on that Resource on an almost hourly basis. I invite you to do the same, and then be prepared to say 'Yes' today.

Hear Bishop Wright’s sermon again on St. Catherine’s website: listen now at Sermons.
(Thank you, Bill Ivey, for making the weekly sermon recordings available!)

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.

Seen around St. Cat's

Stephen Leaders Chris Potter and David Moore addressed the congregation on May 3 about the long history and importance of Stephen Ministry at St. Catherine's. You hear recordings of what Chris and David had to say on the Sermons of our website -- listen now at Chris Potter May 3 and David Moore May 3.


Congratulations to EFM (Education For Ministry) graduate Richard Kuebbing. We were pleased to witness the awarding of his certificate on May 31. Jan and Chris Potter lead the class for this four-year education program (photo by Bill Ivey).

The Journey in action - This year's inquirer's class, The Journey, ended their season together with an outreach workday at MUST Ministries (photos by Tom Hunter)

Parish Hall painting day

A great turnout on Memorial Day for a much-needed painting of the walls in the Parish Hall. Amazing what can be accomplished when a great team works together! In addition we had lots of fun, good laughs and terrific food. It looks great and is ready for the new carpet to be installed soon. Thank you Bill Lee, Fred Massey and Maureen Donoghue for leading us. Painters, trimmers, and clean up done by: Vincent Bagby, Tom and Maureen Donoghue, Alan Certain, Stan and Dani Dickson, Eric DeLaBarre, Jim Greene, Jeff Harris, Al Jones, Bill and Beth Lee, Fred and Jennifer Massey, Michael and Mel Paris, Bob and Pat Pepper, and Jim Snape. Photos by Bill Ivey, see more in the album at Memorial Day Painting Crew.

Pentecost 2015

A great day of celebration as we baptized Kyle Robert as Christ's own forever! Service was followed the always-fabulous Parish Picnic. Photos by Bettye Harris and Jan Potter, see lots more full-size in the albums at Baptism05242015 and Pentecost 2015 . And, hear us read the Scripture in many languages in Jan's video at

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:

  • June 8-14: Vacation Bible School – This week we celebrate the life and work of our Vacation Bible School program. VBS is open to the community and is held one week each summer for children ages 4 through rising 5th graders. Adults, and Youth Rite-13 and older, are needed to plan the week and help as directors, group leaders, craft and activity teachers, snack helpers, musical leaders and many other tasks. For information about VBS please contact Susie Davis, Joy Ettel or Sara Thomas.
  • June 15-21: Sonshine –This week we celebrate the life and work of Sonshine Ministry, volunteers who cook and deliver meals to fellow parishioners during a time of special need. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Nancy Certain, 678.576.9459,


To Father Jim, Amma Susan, Jana, the sweet Choristers, their parents, Rosemary, and all of our kind parish friends of St. Catherine's:

Simply put, we want to thank you, from our hearts, for the enormous outpouring of love during these months after the recurrence of my cancer. The beautiful altar flowers, my lovely shawl from the Daughters of the King, all the cards, calls, e-mails, and expressions of love were so amazing — that is truly the word. But most of all, we thank you for keeping us in your hearts with all the prayers that I know were being said on our behalf. We both could not have gone through what we did without them, and they truly lifted us up (I could feel them!) as the days and months went by. We will never forget this experience and your understanding, and we will always remember with gratitude that we remained a part of you during the time we were gone. Thank you again, and blessings to you and those you love.

Marti and Cam Graham

Dear Friends in Christ,

Thank you! We just received your generous donation in the amount of $750... and it means the world to us. Because of you, we can continue to serve men and women who are homeless and in recovery from substance abuse. We are so lucky to have you as donor. Thank you for investing in our residents and organization. Your generous gift will go to good use and we'll update you throughout the year with program progress and special events.

Thank you again for your investment in The Extension and your belief that our residents deserve a second chance and are worthy of your support.

Kindest regards,
Dawn, for The Extension


Concert: “Over My Head, I Hear Music in the Air” June 7

The Music Ministry at First Christian Church of Decatur will present on Sunday, June 7 a concert recital by four outstanding Atlanta-based vocal artists: Indra Thomas (soprano), Ann Marie McPhil (soprano), Pamela Dillard (mezzo soprano) and Marcus Hill (baritone). The concert begins at 4:00 pm and refreshments and merriment will follow. Tickets are $10, child care will be available. The church is located at 601 W. Ponce de Leon Ave. Decatur, Georgia 30030, 404-378-3621, .


ERD partners with Texas dioceses on flood response

Episcopal Relief & Development (ERD) is partnering with the Episcopal dioceses of Texas and West Texas in response to the recent severe flooding caused by weeks of heavy rain across the region. Church teams in both dioceses are providing pastoral care and conducting needs assessments in areas where people lost homes and belongings to the floods, and church facilities are acting as ministry bases for outreach efforts. Episcopal Relief & Development support will assist affected households with gas, groceries and repair supplies, as well as storage for salvaged belongings and temporary housing for evacuees.

For more information about Episcopal Relief & Development’s US Disaster Program, visit their website at . Donations to enable Episcopal Relief & Development to respond to disasters are invited at .


Health Tips - from our Congregational Nurses

  • A moment of mindfulness
    What are you doing right now? Chances are you’re doing more than one thing. Multi-tasking isn’t just tiring, it can affect your ability to remember things and even change the pathways in the brain because of its ability to adapt (neuroplasticity). Take a moment now to stop. Close your eyes, focus on your breathing for one minute. Then come back to the hustle bustle and commit to moments of mindfulness at least three times a day. Source: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Journal
  • Chocolate milk: the new sports drink
    Serious and recreational athletes alike are returning to a childhood favorite—chocolate milk—in place of more common sports drinks. When pitted against commercial sports recovery drinks, several studies have found that chocolate milk is the superior beverage when it comes to post-exercise recovery and fluid replacement. Chocolate milk is 90 percent water, so it’s ideal for rehydration. It also has the perfect combination of carbohydrates and protein to refuel a tired athlete’s body and it’s packed with many other nutrients including calcium and vitamins A and D. Source: Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism

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: Al Jones, Mit FitzSimons, Sarah Kilgore, Mike Miller, Dewaine Morris, Leslie York, Jim Gauntt, Anita Gardner, Judy Padgett, Joe Burlas III, Tim Siebert, Bronx deKlyn Tonner, Barry Dillard.

DECEASED: John (Jack) Craven, son of Jim & Nancy Mattox; Hazel Holden, friend and neighbor of Candy Jansen.

ANNIVERSARIES: (6/9) Kris & Lisa Cook , (6/11) Jim & Bobbye Greene, Michael & Katie Morris, (6/12) Mark & Sally Moore, Bruce & Barbara Perry, (6/15) Chris & Christy Jones, (6/19) David & Molly Banko.

BIRTHDAYS: (6/7) Peyton Nixon, (6/8) Fred Lopez, Kelly Donoghue, (6/9) Paul Maxwell, Harriett Pyburn, (6/10) Leah Banko, Bourke Brennan, Robert Dailey, (6/11) Naomi Morris, Justice Mace, (6/13) Paris Brennan (6/15) Frannie Hitchins, (6/17) Paul Manno, Michael Dillson, David Bachmann, (6/18) Judith Phillips, Peggy Snook, Beverly Fambrough, Linda Snape, Jeffrey Clark.

(6/7) Tom & Jane Bird, Sheila Bishop, Diane Blackshear-Wood, Tom, Kristin & Elizabeth Blackstock, Dwight, Dianne, Nigel & Ingrid Blackwood.
(6/14) Karen Blakey; Christian & Dane Bohnstedt; David Bottoms, Kelly Beard & Rachel Bottoms; Bill & Martha Bowden; Frances Bowden.

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, June 14; Sunday, November 8 (All Saints)

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, 6/6 Saturday, 6/13


Private Party

Sunday, 6/7 Sunday, 6/14


Holy Eucharist/Jubilate
Holy Eucharist/Jubilate


Youth Week @ Kanuga
Holy Eucharist
Transition Conversations
Holy Eucharist/Baptism
Celebration Planning

Monday, 6/8 Monday, 6/15

Amma Susan's day off
Boy Scouts


Amma Susan's day off
Stephen Ministry
Boy Scouts

Tuesday, 6/9 Tuesday, 6/16


Office Closed
Staff Retreat
Ministry Team Planning

Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Wednesday, 6/10 Wednesday, 6/17

Executive Committee
Bible Study


Bible Study

Thursday, 6/11 Thursday, 6/18
Preschool Board Lunch
Men’s Bible Study
Men’s Bible Study
Friday, 6/12 Friday, 6/19

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


Fr. Jim's day off
Men’s Bible Study
Women's Bible Study
Staff Party @ Williams'
A.A. Women’s Meditation

Future planning

Please hold these dates:

  • Youth Mission Trip to Chattanooga - June 21-26
  • Blood Drive - Tuesday, June 23, 3-7 pm
  • 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 ONLY
  • Sunday, July 5 - Patriotic Potluck brunch
  • Sunday, August 23 - Ministry Fair
  • Parish Retreat – September 4-7 (Labor Day weekend)


Youth Calendar online


Update on search for the new Director of Youth Ministry

By Susan Jenkins

The Search Committee for the new Director of Youth Ministry continues our process of narrowing down our prospective candidates. We have conducted online video interviews with prospects and will next conduct face-to-face interviews. The goal is to have a final recommendation by the end of June. Please continue to pray for our search committee that God will lead us and send us the candidate that will lead our thriving youth program.


Farewell to Mike and Mary Bess

Our farewell was marked with smiles and laughter and tears... Blessings and God-speed to you, Mike & Mary Bess Peterson, as you move to a new home in Austin, Texas, and new ministry at Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd! Photos by Bill Ivey and Jan Potter, see more full-size in the albums at Farewell Mike and Mary Bess and Church053015.

Tubing trip

Summer fun! Massive Atlanta diocese youth tubing trip in Helen, Georgia on June 3.

Youth Week at Kanuga

Last call - 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. Register for all three conferences at

Finally, if you find yourself unable to make it to Youth Week this year, 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 19
  • July 3
  • July 17

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

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Editor: Karen Manno
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