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 6 - 19, 2005

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Calendar Highlights

Jun 4 - Hors d'oeuvre Competition
Jun 5 - Confirmation at Cathedral
Jun 7 - Ministry Teams
Jun 8 - Youth Laser Show trip
Jun 11-17 - Whiterocks Companion Parish Trip
Jun 12 - MUST lunch making
Jun 15-25 - J2A Pilgrimage
Jun 15 - Youth WNL @ Meadowgrove
Jun 16 - Women's Bible Study


Clergy Letter
Horsd'eouvre Competition
Confirmation at Cathedral
Summer Schedule
Lunch for MUST
Companion Parish Trip
J2A Pilgrimage
Thanks, Teachers
Ministry Teams
Vestry Notes
Parish Picnic report
Communion Wine
Christ Child Guild
Ties for Dad
Womens Bible Study
Golf Tournament
WITW Father Jim
Elizabeth Inn
Nursery Help
Holy Baptism
Complete Calendar
Wheel Schedule

Clergy Letter


I sit in a chair at the beginning of each night
Not that I'm tired but because it's a delight
I liked the way it feels, soft and warm and just for me
With shoes off and restrictive attire abandoned, what a way to be!
In it, my mind roams to far off places and ideas race through my head
Sometimes I read, watch TV and sleep in a chair that reclines like a bed
Here grandchildren come to talk, bring me a snack or heaven a little nearer
Here life and all its problems seem so much clearer
Here words pointing to mysteries come together for the Wheel
Simple ideas alive enough to speak of common things that heal
I never know what words will emerge or what images they may air
But I do a lot of being me sitting in this chair
Not that I'm streamlined or faithfully exercised but it's seems so right
My father sat in his reclining chair at the beginning of each night

George +

Hors d'oeuvres Competition

Saturday, June 4
7:30 PM in the Parish Hall

Join us for our adult Hors d'oeuvres Competition! If you're the kind who likes to play in the kitchen, bring one (or more if you like) savory or sweet treats for us to enjoy. If you don't cook, bring a can of nuts or something, but be sure to be there!

The theme is tropical -- after all, Father Jim will be in Costa Rica. So pull out your "island party" casual clothes and enjoy an evening of fun and fellowship. Adult beverages will be provided. There will be prizes for the winners! We vote for our favorite dishes by dropping coins (or folding money if you are so inclined) into a cup for each dish. The winners are those who raise the most money. We always have a great time, so mark your calendar now!

Confirmation at the Cathedral of St. Phillip

Sunday, June 5 at 4 PM

The congregation is invited to come to the Cathedral for the annual diocesan-wide confirmation, when 17 of our own youth and adults will be confirmed or received.

Please remember in your prayers for this special day: Rachel Childs, Meghan Degan, Emily Dillson, Keith Dumke, Claire Frost, Tom Heuke, Erin Hurley, Tegan Hurley, Sara-Alison Massey, Katherine Maxwell, Matthew Shannonhouse, Maggie Sloss, Rachel Tomchik, Brian West, Rebecca West, Nat Whitlow and Charlene Wyatt.

The Cathedral of St. Phillip is located at 2744 Peachtree Road, near the center of Buckhead. Click here for directions to the Cathedral or call 404-365-1000.

Summer Sunday schedule has begun!

Our summer worship schedule is now in effect -- the 11:15 Sunday service has moved to 10:30. Our Saturday service remains at 5:30 PM.

  • 7:30 AM-- Holy Eucharist
  • 8:45 AM-- Family Eucharist
  • 10:30 AM-- Holy Eucharist

Summer Adult Christian Ed begins June 12

Sunday Mornings, 9:30-10:15

Our adult offering for a summer session will be on the non-Pauline Epistles -- the "other" books of the New Testament. With a little flexibility, we can enjoy learning about these "little" jewels of the New Testament and have a good time doing it. Each class will stand alone; we will base much of the class on the text from our various translations. The class will be taught by Bill Ivey. Please bring your Bible to class. Questions? Call him at 770-953-1928.

June 12 -- Introduction: When & Who: James, Peter & John
June 19 -- James (5 chapters)
June 26 -- First Peter (5 chapters)

July 3 -- Independence Day Holiday
July 10 -- Second Peter (3 chapters) & Jude (closely related to 2 Peter)
July 17 -- I John (3 chapters)
July 24 -- II & III John (1 chapter each)
July 31 -- Hebrews (13 chapters, we will just touch on this one)

Lunch for MUST -- Special Intergenerational Activity!

Now through June 12, we are collecting items for making 300 sack lunches, and we ask that you please bring the following items based on the first letter of your last name:

  • A & B: creamy peanut butter (we need about 400 oz--total.);
  • C-F: Jelly (we'll need 40 small jars);
  • G-J : White bread (we need 30 loaves);
  • K-N : Corn chips (Individual servings--300);
  • O-R : apples (300);
  • S-V: Juice boxes (at 6 boxes/pack we need 50 packs):
  • W-Z: Ziplock sandwich bags.(300)

THEN -- Please join us on Sunday, June 12 after the 10:30 service for a lunch-making marathon! All of this is to benefit the Summer Lunch Program at M.U.S.T. Ministries. Each weekday during the summer, M.U.S.T. delivers 1,100 to 1,500 sack lunches to children in Cobb County and they need our help to make this happen. So bring your donations to the ingathering baskets in the church lobby thru June 12 and bring your family to the parish hall after the 10:30 service on June 12 for a lot of fun and a warm & fuzzy feeling inside!

Third Annual Whiterocks Trip

June 11-18

(at right -- Culture presentation at St. Elizabeth's during the 2003 trip)

This year's group of 15 from St. Catherine's leaves June 11 for the state of Utah to be guests of St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church in Whiterocks, as part of our companion relationship with St. Elizabeth's and the Ute community. This year will be extra special as St. Elizabeth's celebrates 100 years as a worshipping community on the Ouray and Uintah Reservation.

Our team will present "Construction Inc." Vacation Bible School with "Rick the Brick" in coordination with St. Elizabeth's for the children of their community. They will also worship together in the shade house, participate in various work projects, have an evening at a water park, and be privileged to attend a Bear Dance and a Powwow on the church lawn. The week culminates in a Festival Eucharist with the Bishop of Utah to celebrate the 100-year anniversary. Of course there will be a few surprises, lots of fellowship, and a lot of eating! Watch for information and photos on the St. Catherine's website!

Please pray for those on this trip: Paige and Dale Schlenker, Tom Hunter, Jim Greene, Rachel Bagby, Ginny and Scott Lummus, Carol Crosslin, Ginny Acocella, Jamie Harding, Bella Hutto, Joyce Hendricks, Carla Von Hoffman, Nancy Denton, Susan Roberts.

J2A Pilgrimage

Our J2A youth pilgrims leave on June 15 for their 11-day voyage through England and Scotland. Please keep our youth and their leaders in your prayers during this important journey of discovery.

St. Catherine's 2004-05 Teachers -- Thank you for a great year!

Nursery : Susan Roberts

Catechesis: Barbara Barrington, Lisa Cook, Anita Gardner, Ana Martin, Karen Maxwell, Barb Selby and Margaret Jourden.

Tweens : Gina Baumann, Michael Paris, and Mary Lou Shannonhouse

Rite 13 : Rachel Bagby, Bill Bowden, Jennifer Massey, Keith Muckerman

J2A : Terry Hogan, Ellis Kilgore, Fred Lopez, and Liz Rea

YA : Susan Burkholder, Ben Frost, and Fred Massey

Adult Ed : Ginny Acocella, Tom Blackstock, Tom Hunter, Bill Ivey, Mary Koenig, Elizabeth Lopez, Jim Mattox, Gail McGill, Tom Snead, Nadine Pope, and Chris Williams

Ministry Teams -- Meeting Reminder

Tuesday, June 7

7 PM in the Parish Hall

May Vestry Report

  • A help-wanted ad will be placed in the Marietta Daily Journal for our nursery worker position.
  • Bill Ivey will lead an adult Sunday School class this summer.
  • Our companion church, St. Elizabeth's in Whiterocks, Utah, will celebrate her 100 th anniversary this summer. Fifteen parishioners from St. Catherine's will go to celebrate and help lead VBS.
  • S.O.S. -- Support Our Staff teams are being formed to assist our staff.

Parish Picnic great for all!

Thank you to everyone for great food and great fun at the Parish Picnic on May 22! We made a profit of about $1000 for our Scholarship Fund.

"Safari in the Serengeti" Vacation Bible School

July 11 through 15 -- Sign up now!

On our "Safari in the Serengeti" we will discover Jesus, our King, as we journey through the Bible using a story from each of the first five books of the New Testament (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John and Acts). Our mission project this year will benefit an Episcopal mission in Africa. The missionary family is from Columbus, Georgia

The dates are Monday through Friday, July 11-15, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM daily. VBS is open to all children, ages 4 (as of September 1) through rising 5th grade. The cost is $20 for the first child, $10 for each additional child with a $50 family maximum. To register, please pick up a form in the narthex and return it to the office.

We need lots of volunteers to guide us on our trek! Youth, parents, grandparents... we want you! You can help all week or just one morning, and/or for registration, set up, or clean up. To volunteer, please call Barbara Barrington, 770-516-9224.

Congratulations, Graduate!

We are proud to recognize another of St. Catherine's graduates in 2005 -- Brian Greer graduated from the University of Virginia on May 22 with a B.A. in Foreign Affairs and a minor in Classics.

Communion Wine Needed

Thank you to everyone who recently made a contribution of communion wine. If you would like to help with a donation, please leave it in the church office. Wine may be in memory of, or thanksgiving for a loved one. Please remember to mark your donation accordingly. We use Taylor Tawny Port. Note: We appreciate the smaller size bottles since the wine does not "keep" for long after a bottle is opened.

Guild of the Christ Child

The Guild of the Christ Child is a joyous ministry that supports families from pregnancy through birth and baptism. Some of the ways that Guild members help is by helping parents obtain information about the sacrament and celebration of baptism, selection of godparents and nursery schedules. Interested or need additional information? Please check your bulletin or contact Barbara Barrington at 770-516-9224.

A Surprise for Dad!

We need donated ties in good condition for a Father's Day craft. If you have any you can spare please leave them at the church office. Thank you.

Is EFM for you?

EFM (Education for Ministry) is a nine-month course of study that covers topics such as the Old and New Testament and church history. Additionally, the program stimulates and deepens spirituality. Tuition is $340.

The course begins the first Monday after Labor Day, September 12. Right now, there are two classes, Monday evenings at 6:30 PM and Wednesday morning at 9:30 AM. For more information about EFM, contact Gail McGill at 770-971-8890.

Women's Bible Study

Next date -- June 19

The Women's Bible Study group meets the third Thursday of each month from 6:30-8:00 in the Library. We will continue to learn about Jesus' life by watching Jesus: The Complete Story (a 3-part video series published by the BBC). This video documents Jesus' early years, His mission and final days using biblical texts as well as contemporary scholarship and science. This series will continue for our meeting on June 19. We will view a 50-minute segment of the video each month and have time for discussion after.

Light snacks, beverages, and childcare are provided. Please join us and feel free to invite a neighbor or friend. For more information or to sign up for childcare, please contact Elizabeth Lopez at 770-514-1482 or

St. Catherine's Golf Tournament & Dinner

Save The Date -- Monday, July 25

Help is needed for the annual Golf Tournament. We need help with Sunday signups, finding prizes, and helping with the tournament itself. It's great fun every year -- Sign up in your bulletin, or contact Scott and Ginny Lummus, 770-649-5391 or

(Right -- At last year's tournament -- You don't need to be a pro to participate!)

Where In the World Is Father Jim Nixon?

Check the bulletin board at church for great photos, and go to our Clergy Renewal page for the latest communications from Father Jim:

  • Photos!
  • Videos!
  • Schedule!

Elizabeth Inn

Next date: Tuesday, June 28

Saint Catherine's volunteers staff the Elizabeth Inn and provide dinner for the guests on the 28th of each month. If you would like to help with dinner please call Tracy Buckalew (770-956-9606) or Connie Bergeron (770-951-1411). To volunteer to stay overnight call Carolyn Hilley (770-973-8636) or Fred Massey (404-731-4466). Both tasks are very rewarding!

Parents -- Nursery Help Still Needed!

Until we get a replacement worker in the nursery, I need volunteers every Sunday morning, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. Please let me know when you will be able. I can be reached at 770-578-6634.

Thank you,
Susan Roberts, Church Nursery Coordinator

Church Nursery Worker Needed:. Individual must be 18 years or older; enjoy working with infants ages 0-5; have own transportation; reliable worker; able to work flexible hours; a team player. Background checks will be conducted. Experience working with infants a plus. This is a paid position. Contact Susan Roberts.


The members of Holsey Chapel CME Church would like to thank you for your contribution to our yard sale. Your kindness did not go unnoticed and will not be forgotten.

Thank you, God bless you.

[Note: The unsold items from our April yard sale were donated to Holsey Chapel CME Church for them to use in their own church-wide yard sale.]

Holy Baptism

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


SICK: Sharon Parisi, James, Tommy Hill, Karen Ann Mosso, Lisa Arnold, Sue Palmer, Tom Bryan, Agnes Floyd, Natalie May, Patsy Ramsey, Chris Sexton, Chuck Hays, Ursula Schutz, Rebecca Branchero, Jonathan Kennedy, Leonard Carter, Jenny Ward, Nancy Riley, Susan Stanton, Roy Clish, Don Drafall, Patricia Kincaid, Paul Acker, Zanny Dillson, Rick, Majorie Mokedanz, Nancy, the Blizzard Family, Elizabeth Martin, Velma Kutzbach, Bob Whittle, Molly Frost, Brant & Jan Frost, Martha Bryan, Sallie Hicks, Elaine York, Arthur Loewy, Mary Beth Christian.

FOR THE DECEASED: Robert B. Moore III, Mark Moore's nephew; Weipske Patrick, Ralph Patrick's mother; Bill Brodie, friend of Nancy Denton's mother; Dana Carlton Curtis, father of Rev. James Curtis; Olivia McLeod, Nancy Denton's niece.

SPECIAL PRAYERS: 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 those being Confirmed and Received: "O God, you prepared your disciples for the coming of your Spirit through the teaching of your Son Jesus Christ: Make the hearts and minds of your servants Rachel Childs, Meghan Degan, Emily Dillson, Keith Dumke, Claire Frost, Tom Heuke, Erin Hurley, Tegan Hurley, Sara-Alison Massey, Katherine Maxwell, Matthew Shannonhouse, Maggie Sloss, Rachel Tomchik, Brian West, Rebecca West, Nat Whitlow and Charlene Wyatt, ready to receive the blessing of the Holy Spirit, that they may be filled with his presence; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."


(6/12/05) -- Curtis, Rachel, and Vincent Bagby, Rodney and Joy Bailey; Todd, Ann, Matthew, and Andrew Ballantine; Raymond, Nancy, Katie, Becky, and Jonathan Ban; John, Barbara, Riley, Katie, Mary Alice and Thad Barrington.

(6/19/05) -- Brian Baskette; Michael, Regina, Taylor, and Abigail Baumann, Art and Susan Bayless; Palmer, Trudi, Emily and Ansley Bayless; Tim and Joan Benedetto.


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
Monday, 6/6 Monday, 6/13
Sherry's Day Off
Mothers and More
Boy Scouts Troop 713
Sherry's Day Off
Boy Scout Troop 713
Tuesday, 6/7 Tuesday, 6/14
Staff Mtg.
Liturgy & Music
Ministry Teams
Staff Meeting
Mothers and More
Wednesday, 6/8 Wednesday, 6/15
Youth @ Laser Show
A.A. New Beginnings
Cursillo Reunion #316
J2A Pilgrimage
WNL @ Meadowgrove
A.A. New Beginnings
Cursillo Group #316
Thursday, 6/9 Thursday, 6/16

Theater Group

Women's Bible Study
Theater Group
Friday, 6/10 Friday, 6/17
Saturday, 6/11 Saturday, 6/18


Whiterocks Companion

Men's Bible Study
VBS Planning
Century 2000
Holy Eucharist
Men's Bible Study
Holy Eucharist
Sunday, 6/12 Sunday, 6/19

12:00 PM

Holy Eucharist
Family Holy Eucharist
Choral Holy Eucharist
  /EFM Graduation
MUST Lunch making
Theater Group


Father's Day
Holy Eucharist
Family Holy Eucharis
Choral Holy Eucharist
Stephen Ministry
Theater Group


Keep up with everything at the St. Cat's Youth Webpage


  • Check the schedule -- It's changed recently, and may change again!
  • Sign up early for things -- This summer we're going to the Stone Mountain Laser Show and rafting on the Ocoee River. But we can only bring 10 people on each trip, so register early!

WNL all summer!
6:30 PM at Meadowgrove Pool unless otherwise announced!

We're going to have fun -- especially this summer. We'll continue our weekly meet-ups. This keeps us from losing contact with each other, and even more importantly... it gives us a chance to get ready for the fall. When we're still rockin' and rollin' as fall comes around, we'll be the sort of youth group you'll want to bring your friends to. And that will make us stronger.

The Stone Mountain Laser Show Outing

When: Wednesday, June 8 -- NO WNL THIS NIGHT!
Leaving: 5 pm
Returning: 11 pm-ish
Cost: $20
Bring: blankets, bug spray, good attitude.

There WON'T be a Wednesday Night Live that night. We'll leave the church around 5 pm, and pick up dinner and arrive at the park in time to...well, in time to wait for the show and do some mullet-spotting. Bring blankets to lay on, bug spray, and about $20 for dinner and tickets. Wouldn't hurt to bring a Frisbee either, just in case they'll let us throw it around before the lawn gets too crowded.

The show will start once it gets dark, and we'll head home around 10ish. That puts us in Marietta around 11. If you want to go, remember that we only have 10 spaces, since that's all we can fit in the Catmobile. Let Brian know as soon as possible -- you're "signed up" when he has a medical release form signed for you. No deposit is required for this trip.

Whitewater Rafting on the Ocoee

When -- July 16
Leaving -- 7:30 am
Returning -- 4:00 pm
Cost -- $45 plus lunch money
Wear -- t-shirt, bathing suit or shorts, river sandals or old tennis shoes.
Bring -- a change of clothes, a towel, toiletries, sunscreen, sunglasses you don't mind losing.
Deadline -- Register by June 10.

Check out the website -- Ocoee Adventure Center

Brian sez: Rafting. It never gets old. We'll take the Catmobile up to Ducktown, Tennessee and raft one of the best stretches of river in the Southeast: the middle section of the Ocoee River.

This year we'll be heading down the river with the Ocoee Adventure Center. I've worked with them before, and they're a great group with a good safety record. The rapids of the middle section are (very) slightly less intense than the Olympic section, but there are a lot more of them. We'll get our share of whitewater before it's all said and done.

Many of you have been rafting before, but for those of you who haven't, it's a LOT of fun. You wear a t-shirt and shorts or a bathing suit, and you wear river sandals or old tennis shoes while rafting. Flip flops won't work! And remember that you have to be 12 to go.

We only have 10 spots for this trip: if you're interested in going, you should go ahead and sign up as soon as possible. You're "signed up" when I have all your paperwork and a check for the cost of the trip. I'll need two waiver forms: a St. Cat's release and one for the Ocoee Adventure Center (available at their website). The cost of the trip is $45, plus money for a meal when we get to Ducktown.


As of May 25, 2005

Sun, Jun 05 (11:15A-2:00P)

The Nick & Tyler Wolfe Show
Confirmation at 4:00P -- Note: if you are going to be confirmed, you probably don't have time to participate in the Nick & Tyler Wolfe Show

Wed, Jun 08 (5:00P-12:00P)

Laser Show Outing! ($20)

Wed, Jun 15 (6:30P-8:30P)

WNL at St. Cats
Pilgrimage (J2A) – leave 9:00AM

Wed, Jun 22 (6:30P-8:30P)

WNL at Meadowgrove Pool

Sat, Jun 25 (7:30P)

Pilgrimage (J2A) – return

Wed, Jun 29 (6:30P-8:30P)

WNL at Meadowgrove Pool

Wed, Jul 06 (6:30P-8:30P)

WNL at Meadowgrove Pool

Wed, Jul 13 (6:30P-8:30P)

WNL at Meadowgrove Pool

Sat, Jul 16 (7:30A-4:00P)

Whitewater Rafting on the Ocoee River ($45 + lunch money)

Wed, Jul 20 (6:30P-8:30P)

WNL at the Hurley Pool

Fri, Jul 29 (8:00P-8:00A)


Sun, Jul 31 (11:15A-2:00P)

The Nick & Tyler Wolfe Show

Wed, Aug 03 (6:30P-8:30P)

WNL at Meadowgrove Pool

Wed, Aug 10 (6:00P-9:00P)

End of Summer Bash
School Starts

St. Cat's Youth ---
What we're about: Learning to know God and to live like Jesus.

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