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.

We Welcome You!

The Newsletter of St. Catherine's Episcopal Church
Marietta, GA
June 7 - June 20, 2004

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Calendar Highlights

June 6 --
Summer Schedule begins;
Parish Update Meeting

June 11-13 -- Rite13 Beach Trip

June 13 -- YA/J2A Lake Trip

June 14-18 -- Children's Arts & Crafts

June 20 -- Father's Day

June 21-25 -- VBS

June 28 -- Elizabeth Inn


Clergy Letter

Summer Schedule

Pentecost Pics

Parish Meeting


Blood Drive

Confirmation at Cathedral

More graduates


Medal Winner

Let's go to the show

Delegates Elected

Golf Tournament

Construction Update

New Church Art

Nursery Reminders

Grounds Maintenance

Lemonade Brigade

Children's art

Moving Sale

Emmaus camp kids

Finance Seminar

Thank Yous

Next Baptisms



Wheel Deadlines

Clergy Letter

To be like Jesus

I'm sitting at gate C23 in the Atlanta airport. I'm on my way to see my dad in the hospital in Pennsylvania. It's not a planned trip any more than visits to the hospital are planned. Although the doctors said on Friday that he's in no danger, when you're 82 a week's stay in the hospital is rarely of no concern or without its dangers. And so I sit waiting to see if I'll get a seat on the 4:21 PM flight to Harrisburg. (I didn't but rather waited until the next morning at 8:50 AM)

Sitting here gives way to time for thoughts. What I'm thinking is how fortunate I am to be working in the church. It is not just that I am clergy but rather that I am working with a group of people who remind me of the important things in life. On Tuesday morning as I raced around the office making plans to be gone for at least a couple of days everyone pitched in to be sure I can make this trip without worry. My very nature makes such a possibility very unlikely. But the important thing is they were eagerly supporting me without question in leaving the office at a difficult time.

To be like Jesus is to be "not of this world." This applies to our individual behavior -- our words and deeds -- certainly, but it applies as well to the behavior of our organizations, whether they be a club, a corporation or a church staff. It is good to work with and for a body of Christ who pitch in and support our common life, and allows me or any other staff member to pay attention to their family needs, both in the good and the bad times. I cannot judge the rest of the world because I'm just too far away from my corporate experience. I can say, however, I want to lead a church that encourages people to put God and family first and shows the profound grace required to live into that commitment.

I deeply appreciate your care and your prayers. They mean a great deal! They help me, as well, to live into our commitment as Christians to be like Jesus.

Jim +

Summer Worship Schedule Begins!

Remember to set your clock for our summer worship schedule starting Sunday, June 6. Our 11:15 AM service moves to 10:30, and Church School is on vacation for the season.

Pentecost Pics
Deacon Judy Padgett with Susanne Muckerman at the reception honoring Judy's ministry
Wearing red for Pentecost -- Linda Scott, Natalie Whitlow
More red! Keith Muckerman, Fred Lopez, Allen Jablonski

Parish Update Meeting

Sunday, June 6
after 10:30 service

The Rector and Vestry of St. Catherine's are holding a Parish Update Meeting immediately following the 10:30 service on Sunday, June 6. It will be an opportunity to keep you current on 4 topics:

  • To introduce you to our new Youth Director, Brian West
  • To keep you posted on the planning for Jim Nixon's sabbatical in 2005
  • Status of the fire recovery and building construction
  • Current state of the parish's finances

Our purpose is simply to keep the lines of communication and flow of information as wide open as possible. We urge you to attend and to bring your questions. As always, any time you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to talk to your vestry and clergy.

VBS -- Join the "Construction I.N.C." Crew!

VBS logo

Construction I.N.C. (In the Name of Christ) Vacation Bible School is all set for June 21-25! In these five days, we'll learn all about God the builder of everything. Kids will have lots of fun while they find out how God's blueprint includes them. Life-application lessons, catchy music, and one-of-a-kind crafts are built right in!

Children ages four years through fifth grade are invited to attend daily from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM. The cost is $20.00 per child (maximum $40.00 per family). We expect a great response, so enroll your child today! Look for registration forms outside the church office.

Volunteers are needed -- teachers, teacher assistants, photographer, bringing snacks, etc. Your help will keep our VBS in its great tradition of fun and learning for our community. Please contact Barbara Barrington right away at!

Blood Drive Coming Up

Earn your wings this summer -- donate blood and be someone's guardian angel! On Sunday, June 20 (yes, on Father's Day,) the Red Cross Bloodmobile will be in our parking lot for your convenience. Check the sign-up sheet near the church office and choose your time slot between 8 AM and 1 PM. Thank you!

Confirmation/Reception at Cathedral
Adult Confirmation/Reception was held at the Cathedral Of St. Phillip on May 23.

We welcome you!

Back to front: David and Mary Lou Shannonhouse, Sean and Lesley Foote, Father Jim, Jim and Diane Danford, Judith and Carey Phillips, Lynn Gates, George Bishop

More on this year's list of graduates

Marilyn Whitlow has completed all of her requirements for a college prep diploma from Independence High School in Roswell. She has applied to Kennesaw State University and hopes to attend school there in the fall.

E.F.M. Diplomas

EFM Logo

We are proud to recognize our Education For Ministry program graduates, Steve Diffley and Carla Von Hoffman. Please join us in congratulating them on their accomplishment!

Olympic Medal Winner!

Congratulations to Nat Whitlow who competed in the Georgia Special Olympics Games at the end of May. He won a gold medal in the 100M dash and a silver medal in the 400M race/walk. We're proud of you, Nat!!

Let's go to the show!

Mark your calendars and plan on joining us to see the musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, at the Fox Theater in Atlanta. The show is based on the story of Joseph found in the Book of Genesis. We're planning on attending the Saturday, August 28, at 2 PM. The cost is $20 (NOTE CORRECTION!). Adults, youth and children are invited. Call Gail McGill for more information.

Council Delegates Elected

Thank you to all our candidates for delegates to the 2004 Diocesan Council of the Diocese of Atlanta. The following five parishioners were elected by our Vestry and will represent St. Catherine's at the Council in November: Bill Bowden, Steve Diffley, Bettye Harris, Gail McGill and Sharon Parisi. Thanks again to everyone who volunteered!

Tee Up for the Golf Tournament!

It's time again for the annual St. Cat's Golf Tournament and Dinner. Great news is that it is back again at Indian Hills! Come join us for fellowship and to see the beautiful renovations made to the clubhouse and numerous course improvements. The tournament will take place Monday, August 2, with an Italian dinner to follow. The cost is $100 per person for golf and dinner and $25 for just dinner. If you are interested in participating, please fill out the opportunity for ministry in the Sunday bulletin or contact Scott and Ginny Lummus,, 770-649-5391. We hope to see you there!

Construction Update

A little dry weather makes all the difference! The Education Wing has been tied into the new Sanctuary and the new roof is complete. Interior remediation work continues and we hope to start framing new walls both down and upstairs in the next couple of weeks. Everyone is working hard to finish the wing by the end of July, so our Preschool and Nursery can move back in.

The Sanctuary work continues with the high deck due to be completed by the end of next week. Afterwards the roofers will come in and complete their task. Once we are dried in, then wallboard and other interior work can begin. Don't hesitate to ask questions!
Exterior view -- the new Atrium
The roof rises again

New Church Art Featured

Have you noticed? There's a new original drawing on the cover of your Sunday bulletin of how our church will look at the finish of construction. Thank you to parishioner Jason Snape for your beautiful artwork.

Nursery Reminders

Now that the warmer weather is here, we would like to take the children outside. This will depend on the weather on Sunday mornings, the number of children in the nursery and the age group of the children. When you bring your children to the nursery, please bring sunscreen and sunhats for your child. Also as a reminder, if you are bringing a child who is using diapers, please bring extra diapers. We do not have extras in the nursery.

Lemonade Brigade

The Lemonade Brigade is responsible for serving refreshments after 8:45 and 10:30 services during the summer, beginning on June 6. Are you interested in helping? It's a great way to meet people! Lemonade and cookies are provided or you may bring your own. Sign up in your Sunday bulletin or contact the office.

Grounds Maintenance Teams

Let's keep it up! We need volunteers to maintain our grounds and the beautful plantings we just did. Grounds Maintenance Teams work in groups of three to four people who primarily cut the lawn. Other responsibilities include pulling weeds and blowing/raking leaves. Contact Gail McGill for more information. P.S. This is an earth-y ministry!

Seen around St. Cat's!

Lucy Hilley, Gail McGill, Dorothy and Joe Hill

Send your child around the world this summer!

Does your child love to make things, paint, and do arts and crafts? Come visit other countries through arts and crafts! This will be a fun time where your child will have the opportunity to learn a little art history, a little about other cultures and have LOTS of fun with art!

The program is for children rising kindergarten to 5th grade, and will be held at St. Catherine's June 14-18, 10 AM to 12:30 PM. Cost is $75 including all supplies. Contact teacher Tinka Ivey at 770-953-1928 for information.

Parishioner's Moving Sale

Parishioners Joe and Dorothy Hill announce a moving sale at their home on Friday and Saturday, June 4-5, 9 AM to 4 PM. They will have lots of great items available, especially furniture and tools. The sale will be held at the house on Cynthia Court in Marietta, off Sandy Plains Road. For directions, please call 770-971-0150.

Help Emmaus House kids get ready for camp!

We are gathering goods for the footlockers of some 50 kids as they prepare to go off to camp in New England and to Camp Mikell. Please bring new t-shirts, socks and underwear for kids 6 to 15years old, and men's XL and XXL t-shirts, to the collection site under our great oak between worship services, now through July 11..If you would like more details regarding sizes and/or you would like to learn more about Emmaus House come by the collection site or call...

Finance Seminar Offered to Community

Secretary of State Cathy Cox and UGA Extension Service in Cobb County presents "Money Counts" Investment Education Seminar, with Personal Finance Expert Jane Bryant Quinn. The seminar will be held Tuesday, June 29, 6-9 PM at Cobb Galleria Centre. Topics will include:

  • Your family budget -- how to craft a spending plan and manage credit
  • Safe investing -- don't become a victim
  • Retirement planning issues and options to consider
  • Education planning
  • Economic forecasting
  • Investment fraud
  • Understanding mutual funds
  • Credit management
  • Women and investing

Attendance is free! To reserve a seat, call the office of the Secretary of State at 1-888-265-1115 or visit .

Thank Yous

To all at St Catherine's,

Over the last few months the community of faith at St Catherine's has been a tremendous support for our family. Thank you for the prayers for our nephew, Jeffrey Mitchell, as he served our country in Iraq and brought him safely home in April. Thank you for the prayers and kind words of support for Claudia as she searched for her recently acquired new job. Thank you for the prayers of healing for Catie as she underwent recent medical tests. Thank you, Sonshine and friends, for the meals and everyone for the prayers, cards, phone calls and understanding as Claudia dealt with her mother's recent illness and passing.
It is times like these when we realize how blessed we are to be a part of such a wonderful community of faith. Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts.

Claudia, Ellis, Catie and Kelley Kilgore



To My St. Catherine's Family,

During my recent surgery I was the recipient of prayers, cards, phone calls, visits and meals. A heartfelt thank you to you all.

Barbara Cordery



Dear Rev. Nixon,

Thank you for your kind letter and follow-up to the Silent Auction Event, which you held at our facility. I am glad to know that it has helped your community and I am also very happy to have had this opportunity to assist your community in your time of need as St. Catherine's helped us in our formative years.

I would like to invite you and your community to revive some sister events between our parishes in the coming year, as was the custom some years ago, by such events as church choirs, education opportunities and prayer services.

Wishing you a glorious Pentecost.
He is Risen -- Alleluia

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Reverend Edward J. Thein
Pastor, Holy Family Catholic Church



Dear Tom Snead,

We are pleased to acknowledge receipt of [your] gift of $7,500 to Cobb Habitat for Humanity from St. Catherine's Episcopal Church
St. Catherine's has been an important partner in our efforts to eliminate poverty housing and provide decent, affordable shelter to families. Since 1986, Cobb Habitat has helped over 200 families experience the pride of home ownership, and we intend to fulfill the same dream for more than 100 families in the next five years. Thanks to church leaders like you and congregations like St. Catherine's we get closer to this goal every day.

Cobb Habitat for Humanity
John R. Kerwood, President



Dear Jim Nixon,

MUST Ministries, The Extension and Communities in Schools are very grateful to you and St. Catherine's Episcopal Church for participating in the Clergy Cook-off on June 1. Wasn't it a wonderful day?
Your contribution of the delicious chicken salad added greatly to our success. Congratulations on winning third place in the People's Choice Awards. Please share our congratulations and thanks with all who participated from St. Catherine's.
We hope that you will be planning your participation at next year's event. As soon as we know the date, we will let you know.

Joyce Tripp Miller, Clergy Cook-off Steering Committee



Dear Jim Nixon,

Thanks you for your recent [Easter] gift to the Episcopal Charities Foundation. Thanks to generous donors such as yourself, the hungry can be fed and the homeless can be housed. It has always been the mission of the foundation that the poor be sharers in the Good News of the Gospel. We appreciate your willingness to make that possible.

Wonderful! Thanks so much!
Faithfully yours,
The Rev. Canon Connie Dee Belmore +
Director, Episcopal Charities Foundation



Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

As Diocesan Coordinator for Episcopal Relief and Development I want to express my personal appreciation for your recent generous gift. As it was undesignated ERD can put it to use in an area of greatest need. Again, thanks.

John Titus +



Dear St. Catherine's Parish,

I was so delighted over the beautiful flowers and card delivered to me Sunday. Your thoughtfulness was appreciated so much.

Jane Smith

Next Baptisms:

July 11

November 7

Please check with the office for more information and to request the customary booklet about Holy Baptism.


SICK: Sharon Parisi, Hazel Roberts, Terry Hall, MaryKoenig, Arlene Brooks, Allen Davis, Frances Greene, Lee Blackshear, Mervyn Morgan, Audrey Stevens, Vettie Clay, Sallie Sompayrac, Jamie Harding, Kevin Dickson, Dianne Blackshear-Wood, Dorothy Hill, Linda Bray, Tom Snook, Sherry Coulter, Joe Smith, Ted Gunter, Jamie Dellinger, Kevin M., George Wyatt, Louise Overman, Miss Iva, James, Margaret Davis, Victoria Matthews, Lisa Arnold, Jim Nixon (Fr. Jim's father), Walker Smith, Betty Wilson, Warren Brevard, Winnie Spratlin

BEFORE SURGERY: John Brooks, 6/22/04

DECEASED: Joe Dawkins, Ernie Norsworthy's cousin; Sally Stump, Margaret Wilson's mother

Defend all the men and women of our armed forces at home or abroad especially in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Kuwait that they will have a sense of your abiding presence wherever they may be. For Adele, health and safety.


Curtis, Rachel & Vincent Bagby; Rodney & Joy Bailey; Ray, Nancy, Katie, Becky, & Jonathan Ban; John, Barbara, Riley, Katie, Mary Alice & Thad Barrington; Brian Baskette

Michael, Gina, Taylor & Abigail Baumann; Art & Susan Bayless; Palmer, Trudi, Emily & Ansley Bayless; Faye Beddingfield; Joan & Tim Benedetto

St. Catherine's Calendar
Monday, 6/7 Monday, 6/14
Youth Leader's Meeting
Boy Scouts Troop # 713
Children's Arts & Crafts
Boy Scouts Troop 713
Tuesday, 6/8 Tuesday, 6/15
Staff Meeting
Fellowship Meeting
Executive Meeting
Rite 13 Beach Trip Meeting
Staff Meeting
Children's Arts & Crafts
Vestry Meeting
Wednesday, 6/9 Wednesday, 6/16
8:30AM Construction Team 8:30AM
Construction Meeting
Children's Arts & Crafts
Thursday, 6/10 Thursday, 6/17
    10:00AM Children's Arts & Crafts
Friday, 6/11 Jim's Day Off
Rite 13 Beach Trip, 11th-13th
Friday, 6/18 Jim's Day Off
Children's Arts & Crafts
Saturday, 6/12 Saturday, 6/19
Men's Bible Study
Finance Meeting
Century 2000
Holy Eucharist
Men's Bible Study
Holy Eucharist Service
Sunday, 6/13 Affirmation of Stephen Ministers
Youth leave for Lake Trip
Sunday, 6/20
Holy Eucharist
Family Holy Eucharist
Choral Holy Eucharist
Stephen Ministers
Holy Eucharist
Blood Drive
Family Holy Eucharist
Holy Eucharist


Our new youth director is here!
Brian West started at St. Catherine's this week and he looks forward to meeting you soon. His email is already set up at Brian West

Rite 13 Beach Trip Youth and Parents Meeting

There will be a mandatory meeting for Youth and Parents regarding the Rite 13 Beach Trip. This meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 8th at 7:00 PM in the Youth House. This is a very important meeting. All Rite 13 Youth going on this trip and their Parents need to plan to attend. This includes any "friends of Youth" and their Parents as well! If you have any questions please contact one of the Rite 13 Youth Leaders.

J2A / YA Picnic and Boating Trip - Sunday, June 13th

WHO? J2A (Rising 9th and 10th graders) & Young Adults (Rising 11th and 12th graders)
WHAT? Lake Trip!!!
WHEN? Sunday, June 13th
Departure Time: Immediately after the 8:45 AM Service
Return Time: Should be back to St. Cats by 6:00 PM
WHERE? Meet at church; we're going to Lake Allatoona.
WHY? To have fun in the sun! (hopefully)
HOW? Chaperones needed - interested adults, please contact Fred Massey at 404.731.4466.

RSVP Please send an email to to reserve a seat on the boat (and so we can get a rough idea of how many to expect). Thanks!

YANKS - [Young Adults No KidS]

College Age Youth are invited to join YANKS! If you're home from college for the summer, come hang out with YANKS. They meet alternate Wednesday evenings, with regular "road trips" to area restaurants. The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, June 16. If you're interested, we meet at St Cat's at 8:30 p.m. You can get on the cell phone network by calling Kevin Hogan at (404) 509-8408 or Bill Bowden at (678) 784-3130.


Vacation Bible School is June 21 - 25. This is an opportunity for the youth (Rite 13 and up) to help with the parish. Please contact the church or Barbara Barrington at if you are interested.

For more information on these and other events, please log on to the youth website at

Please send news, photos and announcements to Youth Director Brian West at stcatsyouth, or to the Youth website Webmaster, Stuart Wallace at

Wheel Schedule:

e-Wheel on the first Friday of the month (articles due the Wednesday before)
Print Wheel mailed on the third Friday of the month (articles due the Wednesday before)

Editor: Karen Manno
Phone: 770-973-8668