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, Georgia
July 9 - 22, 2007

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Watering help
St. Cat's @Mountasia
Day at the Lake
Golf outings
Sunday videos
Parish Picnic pics
Parish Meeting
Rally Day
2Day Walk support
Acolyte fundraiser
Ministry Focus:Outreach
New Orleans trip
Native American ministry
Pics - June 11
Ministry Teams Quarterly
Cradle of Christianity
Morning Prayer service
Hymn humor
Father's Day pics
College Ministry
Holy Baptism
Complete Calendar
Wheel Schedule

Calendar Highlights

July 9-13 - VBS

July 11 - Youth WNL

July 14 - Acolyte fundraiser dinner

July 15 - Fashion show & lunch

July 18 - St. Cat's @ Mountasia

July 22 - Summer video series; stuffed animal/book donations due

July 25-29 - New Orleans ministry trip

July 28 - Elizabeth Inn

August 5 - Day at Lake

August 7 - Ministry Teams quarterly mtg.


"Avalanche Ranch" VBS -- July 9-13, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Snack Help Needed!!

Circle the wagons and ride on over to the church lobby to take a look at the "Wanted" poster of snack items needed for VBS. Wrestle one or more of the cattleheads from the display and help us load up on chuck wagon chow for our hungry. Any questions on the chuck wagon chow, please contact Tracey Pitts at 770.509.9136 or

Just a few spaces left!

Children who participate must be at least four years old by September 1, 2007, and are included through rising fifth graders. Cost is $20 for one child, $10 for each additional child, with a family maximum of $40. We are asking that each family have an adult or teen/tween volunteer for at least one day (or two, or the whole week).


 Watering our grounds: Help needed!

Rain or no rain, we need a hand to help to water the flowers and grounds on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays and keep our church looking good through all the varieties of weather that come this summer. Please contact Gail McGill at 770-971-8890.


St. Cat’s Night at Mountasia

Wednesday, July 18, 6:30 PM — Adults, youth and children, join us for miniature golf on at Mountasia, 175 Barrett Parkway, Marietta 30066. Cost is $3.95 for a round (children 3 & under free), food is on your own. Please RSVP By July 1, check the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or contact Gail McGill, 770-971-8890. Visit the website for information and directions.


Family Day at the Lake

Sunday, August 5 — Everyone is invited to Red Top Mountain State Park at Lake Allatoona for St. Catherine's Day at the Lake immediately following the 10:30 service. Please bring a picnic for your family. Frederick and Jennifer Massey will bring their boat for anyone who wants to take a ride. If you have a boat or other watercraft, please feel free to bring it.

We have reserved picnic shelter #7 on Red Top Mountain Road. Take I-75 north to exit #285. There will be a parking fee of $3.00 per car unless you have an annual pass. We hope that you will join us for a fun day of fellowship. Please call Diane Sanders at 770-565-2719 or Frederick Massey at 404.731.4466 if you have questions.


"Praying for Pars" Golf Outings

Next date: July 8 — Join us for our summer golf outings. We’ll go to the 7:30am service together, then eat breakfast, before heading out to a 10:00am tee time. Each person is responsible for paying for their own greens fees. Just confirm your participation by the Sunday one week before each golf outing. We will make reservations for enough foursomes to cover who has registered. Please e-mail Walt McGill at or call him at 770-971-8890.

We are planning to have these "Praying for Pars" golf outings monthly through September. We look forward to some great fellowship together playing golf, regardless of whether you are "praying for pars" or "eyeing some eagles" or "trying for triples"...... See you there!!!


Summer Sunday video series continues

Next date: July 22 — We continue our summer video series immediately following 8:45 service in the Parish Hall. The videos are produced by Join us to discuss their powerful message. For questions please contact Ash Gale.

Seen Around St. Cat's (part 1) — Parish Picnic, June 3

Adult Choir sings a special benediction to end the service
Claire F., acolyting
Meg Boyd & Vince Bagby chatting after church
Celebrating their anniversary - Audrey and James Nesbit
Cooking up a great picnic for all!
In the kitchen: Jay Hendricks, Cary Kilgore and Ellis Kilgore
A great view of picnic fun and fellowship
Jana and Brian Williams find something tasty from the food line
Carroll and Andy Mitchell enjoy some shade
Kevin & Robin Keith with children Nathan and Kelley

Summer Parish Meeting

Sunday, August 12, 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM for all parish members

We will gather as a congregation at 11:30 AM (immediately following the 10:30 service) in the sanctuary on August 12 to get a mid-year update of the life of our congregation. This is an opportunity to present some information and to hear from each of you. The meeting will last 60 minutes. We will provide nursery care and child care during this time, and coffee and lemonade refreshments will be available. We will have plenty of time for questions and answers. We hope you will set this time aside to come and hear the news of your parish.

Note - Regular summer worship schedule will be held this day.

Rally Day & Ministry Fair coming up!

Please add these dates to your calendar:

  • Sunday, August 19, 10 AM — Rally Day and Ministry Fair
    Bring friends & family! We combine for one principal worship service this day at 8:45 AM with a special liturgy to celebrate our life together at St. Catherine’s. The Ministry Fair follows immediately after in the Parish Hall. (Note -- 7:30 service will be held this day, however no 10:30 service). See you there!
  • Sunday, August 26 — Christian Education Open Houses, Fall worship schedule resumes
  • Sunday, Sept. 9 — Church School begins

Support the Atlanta 2-Day Breast Cancer Walk

A group of women from St. Catherine’s (Lee Ann Sherry, Paddy Philpotts, Maureen Donoghue, Michael & Caroline Paris, Gina Baumann) will be participating in the Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer on September 29-30. Each walker must raise $1000 to participate. We have two fund raisers we would like to ask your help with:


Luncheon & Fashion Show -- Sunday, July 15

Please join us on Sunday, July 15, at 12 noon, after the 10:30 service for a luncheon & fashion show with the latest styles from Coldwater Creek! Additionally, raffle tickets will be sold for prizes throughout the luncheon. Tickets are $11 and can be purchased from any of the Walk participants. Tickets will be on sale before and after services on July 8 and on the day of the luncheon. Please join us!


Used Electronics Collection

Please bring any used cell phones, PDAs, or laptops (any age or condition) and put them in the collection box in the church foyer.

Acolyte Fundraiser Spaghetti Dinner

Saturday, July 14, 6 PM in the Parish Hall

We need your help in raising money to send our acolytes to the National Convention in Washington D.C. this October. Don't worry, it will be painless and fun because we will be feeding you a Spaghetti dinner for your efforts! So please join us in the Parish Hall. Any and all donations will be accepted at the door. Please make reservations by checking the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or signing up in the church lobby. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Lou Shannonhouse at 770-973-2840.


28th Annual National Acolyte Festival

The National Acolyte Festival will be held at our National Cathedral on Saturday, October 6. All acolytes sixth grade and above are invited and encouraged to attend. We plan to depart from Atlanta on Thursday, October 4, after school and will return on Sunday, October 7. We are in the preliminary stages of planning and need an estimate of the number of youth attending. Total cost will be determined and sent out before school begins. Through the generous donation of time and talent by Mary Lou Shannonhouse, we will continue to host fundraising events to help offset the cost for the youth.

If you are interested in going, please reply by July 15 so that we can plan accordingly. An initial deposit of $50.00 per youth will be due on August 15.

Thank you,
Barbara Barrington and Bob Olliffe, Acolyte Masters

July Ministry Team Focus: Outreach

This month we celebrate the life and work of the Outreach Ministry Team. Projects of the Outreach team include Blood Drives, Bread Ministry, Communities In Schools, Elizabeth Inn at M.U.S.T, The Extension, Emmaus House, Habitat for Humanity, Hunger Walk/Run, Kairos Prison Ministry, Native American Ministry, US 10K Race, and New Orleans Ministry. To find out more about how you can become involved please check the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or contact Tom Snead.


New Orleans Ministry News

  • Stuffed animal/book collection -- through July 22

Since Hurricane Katrina St. Catherine’s has been involved in recovery efforts in the city of New Orleans, namely through our connection with St. George’s Episcopal Church. Many of the opportunities to help involve actually going to New Orleans, however, this summer we have an easy way to help our brothers and sisters in the Big Easy. When the youth visited New Orleans over Holy Week one need that touched our hearts was for donations of new or gently used stuffed animals and books.

Now through July 22, bring your new or gently used stuffed animals and books to the two collection boxes (one in the foyer and one outside Amelia’s office) labeled “New Orleans Stuffed Animals and Books.” Your donations will be taken to New Orleans during the July trip (July 25-29). If you want to help out with the drive or have any questions please contact Amelia at 770-971-2839.

  • Next trip: July 25 - 29

Hot time, summer in the city... New Orleans, that is! If you’re looking for a way to spend a few days in New Orleans this summer, plus help out with a variety of volunteer projects, look no further! St. Catherine’s is planning a summer ministry trip to assist people in New Orleans with house construction, yard clearing and other chores, including assistance to St. George’s. Please contact Paul Parisi at 404-315-8850 if you’d like to be involved with this trip.

Clearing a devastated New Orleans house on the summer 2006 work trip



Native American Ministry News

  • Important news of St. Elizabeth’s

Recent wildfires endangered our companion parish, St. Elizabeth's in Whiterocks, Utah. The community was evacuated the weekend of June 29 - July 1. The evacuation order was lifted on Monday morning, July 2, and residents were allowed to return to their homes. Vicar Sue Duffield happily reported that St. Elizabeth's and the immediate surrounding areas appeared normal thanks to prayers, air tankers and a major shift in the wind. The church remains a staging area for emergency medical personnel. Sue and her husband, Jim, offer their heartfelt thanks to everyone for their prayers and concern.

  • Trip opportunity: "Paths Crossing" Conference + Celebrating 400 years

While our 2007 Companion Parish trip to Whiterocks, Utah, has been postponed until 2008, we do have an opportunity to join with St. Elizabeth’s on November 1-3 in celebrating 400 years of the Episcopal Church’s Native American ministries and The Second Decade of Remembrance, Recognition, and Reconciliation.

These events will be held at Colonial Williamsburg, the Williamsburg Lodge, Historic Jamestown, Bruton Parish Church, and St. Martin’s Church, and will include the Jamestown Commemorative Eucharist on November 1 along with the Paths Crossing Conference on November 2 and 3. Rooms are available at the Williamsburg Lodge @ $240 per night and The Woodlands Inn for $135.00 per night. For reservations, please call 1-800-447-8679 and use group code: DOMBO7A. The conference fee is $100 which covers conference meetings, transportation to and from the historic Jamestown Chapel, lunches on Nov. 2 and 3 and dinners on November 1, 2 and 3. The Outreach Committee intends to offer financial support to interested trip participants, the exact nature of which has yet to be determined.

Visit the Episcopal Church Native American Ministries website for information about this event. Please call Paige and Dale Schlenker (770-993-4507) should you have questions or need additional information.

Seen Around St. Cat's (part 2) — Celebrating summer under our Great Oak Tree, June 11

Celebrating marriage at St. Cat's, left to right:
Bill and Elaine Krupp - married 46 years
Richard and Linda Carter - married 50 years
Mark and Sally Moore - married 31 years
Paul and Sharon Parisi - married 38 years
Enjoying refreshments by Lemonade Brigade
David Bowman thanking Carol Starr, overnight volunteer on May 28 at Elizabeth Inn.
Beth Sandoval wishing Carol Rai a happy 65th birthday, with husband Jimmy Rai
Tom Donoghue and Keith Muckerman take some time under the tree
Ron Bergeron and Juan Sandoval thanking Steve Diffley for his great narration of the Instructional Eucharist

Ministry Teams Quarterly Meeting

Tuesday, August 7, 7 PM

The June Quarterly Ministry Team Meeting will be August 7 in the Parish Hall. Anyone interested in ministry of any type at St. Catherine’s is invited to join us as we discuss Rally Day and plan for the upcoming year. All Ministry Team conveners and committee chairs/coordinators/contacts, please plan to attend.


Ministry Directory updates due by August 7

Our Ministry Directory is published annually as a guide to all the ministries at St. Catherine’s and how everyone can get involved. The next issue is being prepared for Ministry Fair & Rally Day, August 19. All Ministry Teams, please review your section in the booklet and make sure all your activities and committees are included with up-to-date descriptions and contact information. Send your updates to Karen Manno by August 7 -- email or place them in her mailbox at church. Please contact her ASAP if you would like a copy of your team’s information from last year’s edition.

"Cradle of Christianity" Exhibit – Join us!

We are planning a group trip to the “Cradle of Christianity” exhibit, and want to know how many people would be interested. The Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University is one of only three U.S. venues for this important traveling exhibition tracing the shared roots of Jewish and Christian beliefs and practices through biblical archaeology. Organized by The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, “Cradle of Christianity” explores the concurrent histories of early Christian and Jewish life through some of the most significant biblical artifacts ever found, including a section of the Temple Scroll, a major Dead Sea Scroll.

Adult group tickets are $13.50. Please contact Fr. Jim if you would like to join us, he will be in touch with you regarding proposed dates. For information about the exhibit visit the Michael C. Carlos Museum website.

Morning Prayer celebrated on Tuesdays

We have added Morning Prayer service to our schedule on Tuesdays at 10 AM. You are invited to join the staff in this weekly worship opportunity.

A little hymn humor

As we sing everyone’s favorite hymns at Sunday worship this summer, we thought you might enjoy these favorites (not all from The Hymnal 1982)...

The Dentist's Hymn............................"Crown Him with Many Crowns"
The Weatherman's Hymn....................."There Shall Be Showers of Blessings"
The Contractor's Hymn......................."The Church's One Foundation"
The Tailor's Hymn........................."Holy, Holy, Holy"
The Golfer's Hymn........................"There's a Green Hill Far Away"
The Politician's Hymn....................."Standing on the Promises"
The Optometrist's Hymn......................"Open My Eyes That I May See"
The IRS Agent's Hymn.................."I Surrender All"
The Gossip's Hymn........................"Pass It On"
The Electrician's Hymn..................."Send The Light"
The Shopper's Hymn....................."Sweet By and By"
The Realtor's Hymn......................."I've Got a Mansion, Just Over the Hilltop"
The Massage Therapist's Hymn......"He Touched Me"
The Doctor's Hymn......................."The Great Physician"

And for those who speed on the highway, a few hymns:

  45 mph..............................."God Will Take Care of You"
  65 mph..............................."Nearer My God To Thee"
  85 mph..............................."This World Is Not My Home"
  95 mph..............................."Lord, I'm Coming Home"
  100 mph............................."Precious Memories"

Give me a sense of humor, Lord,
Give me the grace to see a joke,
To get some humor out of life,
And pass it on to other folk.

Seen around St. Cat’s (part 3) — Father's Day, 2007

Bettye Harris, Chair of our Newcomer ministry, at the Newcomer Coffee
Natalie Whitlow receiving her EFM graduation certificate from Jan and Chris Potter as her son, Nat, looks on with pride
Tom Snead & daughter Ginny Lummus
The Shannonhouses
The O'Tooles
Mikel Parker & son

College Ministry to begin at KSU

Christ Episcopal Church in Kennesaw is beginning a college ministry at Kennesaw State University in the fall semester. If you know a current or entering KSU student who might be interested please contact Fr. Jim with the student's name, address and phone number.



Dear Fr. Jim and all the parishioners at St. Catherine’s,

The flowers, the food, the beautiful cards and the sympathy and prayers extended to me and my family before and after Peter’s passing was very much appreciated. Even though he could not participate a lot, he so loved St. Catherine’s and all of you. The Memorial Service was beautiful and he would have been so pleased and grateful. In fact, I am sure of it.

You are all in my prayers and in my heart.
Rita Horne


Dear St. Catherine’s

When Richard and I came home from our granddaughter’s graduation, there we found some beautiful flowers for our anniversary. We are so grateful for such a special church family which is helping us celebrate our 50 years together. Thank you, friends, for your kindness and love. You all mean a great deal to both of us.

With love and appreciation,
Linda and Richard Carter


Dear Friends in Christ,

We gratefully acknowledge your generous gift to The Extension. Thank you for your loving response to assist in the many needs of our ever growing ministries. Without support from our friends like you, our vital programs would not be possible. Please continue to support us daily with your prayers and take joy in knowing that through your gifts and prayers, broken lives are being changed.

Keisha, for The Extension


Dear Friends at St. Catherine’s,

Thank you for your generous contribution of $196.00. Established in 1967, Emmaus House serves seniors, families, children and the homeless in Peoplestown, one of the poorest neighborhoods in Atlanta just south of Turner Field. The most recent U.S. census figures reveal that the median household income in the census block in which Emmaus House is located is just $6,000.00 per year.

In a typical year Emmaus House provides more than 150,000 client hours of service with an annual operating budget of $531,000 and a staff of approximately five full time staff. Our programs include after school tutoring for elementary school children, a Saturday morning arts program for children and youth, a thrice weekly senior citizens program which includes a hot lunch, activities and field trips, and a free monthly neighborhood supper. Through the Poverty Rights Office Emmaus House serves as an advocate for people around the city needing help and/or referrals for housing, work, food and Georgia I.D. cards.

We depend on individual gifts for $200,000 of our operating budget and Emmaus House could not continue its programs without your heartfelt commitment. You are a beacon of hope in the lives of the people we serve and your kindness is a source of comfort, joy and healing to others.

You have the gratitude of our staff, board, volunteers and those we serve.

Yours faithfully,
The Rev. Elizabeth Lcaiborne Jones, Emmaus House Vicar and Director


Dear (Father) Jim,

Your gift of compassion has given comfort and hope to families in need in our community. Thank you for your contribution of $197.00 received on June 4, 2007 for MUST. This summer MUST volunteers and staff will deliver comfort in the form of over 80,000 lunches to children living in poverty in Cobb and Cherokee counties... You are the heart behind the services we provide.

Rev. John R. Moeller, Jr., MUST Ministries Executive Director


The Reverend James Nixon,

Thank you for St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church’s recent gift of $1,545.49, which we received on May 17, designated for our General Fund, which helps us respond to the areas in greatest need around the world.

Through your support, ERD hopes to reach more than two million people in 40 countries in 2007. Your contribution helps to save lives worldwide by fighting poverty, hunger and disease and rebuilding communities devastated by disasters. With your contriubition , our programs help achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight goals that aim to cut extreme global poverty in half by 2015...

We cherish your partnership and are grateful for your generosity. Your gift makes it possible for ERD to work with communities in Latin America, Africa and Asia, creating a better future for people and their families.

To learn more about Episcopal Relief and Development and EFD’s work around the world, please visit our website at On behalf of the people we serve around the world, thank you.

Robert W. Radtke, Episcopal Relief and Development President

Holy Baptism

Baptisms are next scheduled at St. Catherine's for All Saint’s Sunday in the fall. If you are interested in a date before then, please contact our clergy for information.


SICK: Sharon Parisi, James, Natalie May, William Fleming, Dianne Blackshear-Wood, Donna Arrants, Frank Lavar, Ed, Courtney, Davin McCanny, Bill Fisher, Tom Greger, Risa Maier, Justin, Fran Coraggio, Jean Hampton, Carol Cox, Jane Dituiro, Harry Murphy, Gracie Mountainlion, Lois Liverman, Barbara Eberhardt Ryan, Christopher Repotski, Brandon, Barbara, Sarah Forsyth, Javier, Tom Carter, Carla von Hoffmann, Bob Blaske, Charles Loewy, Eileen Motter, Judy Harrison, Taylor Baumann, Shiela Hamilton, Wes, Joshua, Anne Betts, Larry Boyd, Ethel Jane Blaske, Kathi Wagner, Jane Silvers, Pat Brent, Pamela Anderson, Hugh Webb, Mildred Webb, Gene Ruggiero, Joanne Hawks, Mary Daneke, Ellanda Najar & Family, Amanda Jones, Gerri Ray, June Young, Linda Smith, Rev. Canon John Fralick, Nancy, Amy Montero, Lockie Miniat, Paul Parisi, Betty Early

BEFORE SURGERY: Robby Bibbings, 7/9/07; Al Seneviratne, 7/10/07

DECEASED: Georgia Pierce (a Preschool family)

(7/8/07) Dan, Angela, Grace & Joy Yochem; David, Stephanie, Riley & Danielle Yucius; Chuck, Michelle, Charlie & Maddie Zimmerman; Paul, Ginny, Kevin, Corey & Kerry Acocella; Frank, Ellen, Alison & Grace Adams
(7/15/07) George & Norma Alexander; Rachel & Vincent Bagby; Rodney, Joy & Molly Bailey; Ray, Nancy, Katie, Becky & Jonathan Ban

SPECIAL PRAYERS: Pray for the safety of St. Elizabeth’s in Whiterocks, Utah, who have been threatened by forest fires.


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, 7/9 Monday, 7/16

Vacation Bible School
Adult C.E.
Women’s Bible Study
Boy Scouts Troop 713

Women’s Spirituality Group
Boy Scout Troop 713
Tuesday, 7/10 Tuesday, 7/17


Staff Meeting
Morning Prayer
Mothers & More
Youth Ministry

Staff Meeting
Morning Prayer
New Orleans Team
Wednesday, 7/11 Wednesday, 7/18


Youth WNL


Miniature Golf @ Mountasia

Thursday, 7/12 Thursday, 7/19


Friday, 7/13 Friday, 7/20

Jim's Day Off
Jim's Day Off
Saturday, 7/14 Saturday, 7/21
Newcomer Planning
Spaghetti Dinner


Stephen Ministry Quarterly

Sunday, 7/15 Sunday, 7/22

Holy Eucharist
Family Holy Eucharist
Holy Eucharist
Fashion Show & Luncheon


Holy Eucharist
Holy Eucharist
Video Series
Holy Eucharist
Steven Ministry


Summer WNL -- get ready!

On Wednesday, July 11, we will have a special Summer WNL, 6:30-8:30pm. We will have dinner, music, games and some fun surprise activities! Come join us!


New Orleans Trip: July 25-29!

Any youth age 16 and older is invited to join St. Catherine’s for a trip to New Orleans this July. “We are heading back to New Orleans on Wednesday, July 25th and returning on Sunday, July 28th. We are planning to help with several projects: Clearing yards, Respite Care - handing out supplies to people in St. Bernard Parish, helping rebuild houses with Project Hope, and whatever else we can find. When we went over Spring Break, we realized that we can make a difference. This is another opportunity to do it again. Come join us!!!” - Liz Rea

If you are interested, please contact Amelia at 770-971-2839 or Thanks!

Wheel Schedule:

Next publications:

  • July 20 -- print edition
  • August 3-- online edition
  • August 24 -- print edition

The Wheel is published two times per month. The usual schedule is as follows: The first edition is the eWheel, in electronic form (HTML) posted on our newsletter page and distributed to all members subscribed to the "Parish Announcements" email list. The next edition is printed and mailed to all parish families, and also posted on our newsletter page in PDF form. Extra copies of each newsletter are available for pickup at church. (Extra print editions are scheduled before Easter and Christmas)

Articles are due the Wednesday before publication. Please submit articles to the editor via email (below) or to The Wheel mailbox at church.

The Wheel: get every issue!

Does everyone in your family receive this eWheel, the electronic version of St. Catherine's newsletter? Is everyone subscribed? Email is becoming an important means for our parish communications. Just send the email addresses of everyone who would like get their own copy to Karen Manno at the email address below, or note them on the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin, or contact the church office at 770-971-2829. You'll receive your online version via email, and you can find all current and prior issues of The Wheel on our website at

Editor: Karen Manno
Phone: 770-973-8668