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
July 11-24, 2005

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Calendar Highlights

July 10 - VBS Set Up Day
July 11-15 VBS
July 13 - Youth WNL @ Meadowgrove
July 16 - Youth rafting; Landscaping work day
July 15 - WNL @ Hurley's
July 21 - Women's Bible Study
July 22-23 - J2A Adult training
July 25 - Golf Tournament
July 28 - Elizabeth Inn; Book study
July 29-30 - Youth Lock-in
July 30 - Wine Tasting


Clergy Letter
Landscape Work Day
Special Service
Golf Tournament
Wine Tasting
Parish Family Day
Nursery Worker
Ministry Directory
Joyful Journey
Youth Leaders
Whiterocks Trip
Vestry Notes
Summer Christian Ed
WITW Father Jim
In the Diocese
Holy Baptism
Complete Calendar
Wheel Schedule

Clergy Letter


In the lazy days of summer when retirees relax even more, I've turned my hand to other pursuits. Instead of familiar prose, I give you poetry, the kind that only friends share. It's an amateur's way to say, look what pain, suffering and death endured by nature, people and God have made for us.

When we use the moments of our life well, the sun shines
When we waste time, the sun fills our days
When our deeds are evil, the sun refuses to hide
Whatever we do, the sun remains faithful
We don't earn it and don't deserve it
Still the world turns offering more chances, new days, fresh opportunities

In short, grace knows no limits
When clouds appear and rain falls
Grace takes different shapes and keeps us alert
It may get things started; arrive in midstream or even come to end things well
One never knows when or what or how and especially not why
Saints of old have said it well; grace pervades all of life

It's so familiar it's often unseen
So common it blends with our hopes
So special it's confused with accomplishments
Still always new, grace comes tailored for you
It's all the love that gave and sustains your life
It's what God wishes for you and lures all nature and other people to help do

George +

"Safari in the Serengeti" Vacation Bible School

July 11 through 15, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

On our "Safari in the Serengeti" VBS 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

--> VBS SET UP DAY is Sunday, JULY 10, beginning after 8:45 service and continuing throughout the day. We can use lots of hands setting up our campus!

Landscaping Work Day

Saturday, July 16, 8 AM to 1 PM

We need helpers with wheelbarrows and shovels to do some preliminary landscaping on our church grounds. Your help is greatly appreciated. Please contact Roger Motter with questions.

Special Service on July 23

Our regular 5:30 PM worship service on Saturday, July 23, will be very special as we celebrate the wedding of Sarah Moore and Andrew Stanley. The congregation is invited to the Holy Eucharist and Marriage service in the sanctuary.

Golf Tournament & Dinner

Monday, July 25

You don't have to be an experienced golfer to come out and have Fun, Food, and Fellowship! Join us for the annual Golf Tournament at Indian Hills Country Club. Even if you don't golf, please join us for the Dinner which follows. We'll have lots of fun and prizes.

Golf begins at 1 PM, dinner follows at 6 PM. The cost is $100 per person for golf and dinner, or $35 for dinner only. Sign up at church this weekend or contact Scott and Ginny Lummus, 770-649-5391, or Don't miss it!

An Elegant Evening of Wine Tasting

Saturday, July 30, 7:30-10 PM

Whether you are a wine expert or just like a glass of whatever is being poured, join us in the Parish Hall for a fun evening learning about tasting wine and comparing Central/South American wines with French (following Father Jim's journey).

This event is free of charge thanks to our Clergy Renewal grant, but RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. Sign up after services or contact Maureen Donoghue, 770-973-9776 or

Parish Family Day at Red Top Mountain State Park

Sunday, August 14

Our annual parish outing to Red Top Mountain State Park on Lake Allatoona is scheduled for August 14. Mark your calendar now, and watch for details!

Nursery Worker Hired

I am pleased to announce that after three months of searching, a nursery worker has been hired. Please welcome Marilyn Whitlow as our new nursery worker. Most of you know Marilyn, as she has been a member of St. Catherine's for many years.

Thank you to the Nursery Volunteers

I would like to thank the parent volunteers and the parishioners who have helped out in the Nursery over the last three months. Your assistance has enabled me to provided a self and loving environment for our children, and has been greatly appreciated.

Susan Roberts
Church Nursery Coordinator

Ministry Directory Updates Due Now

Work begins soon on the 2005 Ministry Directory. All ministry teams and committees need to have up-to-date information describing their activities and contacts in the booklet. Updates and new entries are due before the next Ministry Teams meeting on Tuesday, August 2. Please send your information to Karen Manno at Contact Karen if you would like a copy of last year's directory entry.

Stewardship of time and talent

Stewardship of one's time and talent can be haphazard or planned. Here's an interesting perspective about Saint Benedict:

Benedictine Time Management: 'a full agenda but never busy' *

By Evelyn Piety

Benedict, who was born about 480 and died in 550, lived his entire life within 80 miles of Rome. He spent his time in prayer and in reading scripture. He developed a Rule for life as a school for service to God -- guidance for time management that is relevant to our non-monastic lives in the 21 st century. The Rule encompasses three vows: stability, fidelity, and obedience.

Stability must be in relation to God because God is the only eternal rock on which we stand.

The vow of fidelity allows God to transform our lives. Following God's plan for us may involve change, or it may mean to do what God calls us to do where we are.

God always wants the best for us, and obedience is not about getting your arm twisted and doing stupid stuff, rather it is a matter of listening to God and following his call.

Balance and humility assist us in living up to Benedict's vows. His rhythm for a wholesome life involves a balance of prayer, study, work and rest. Benedictine time management is having "a full agenda, but never busy." Humility means being honest with ourselves, with God and with each other. We must strive to know ourselves as God knows us, a lifelong process.

Wisdom and guidance are offered by the Rule, which advises moderation. The point of the Rule is to get to the "inexpressible delight of love."
* Condensed from the Episcopal News Service, 2004

The Stewardship Committee will publish articles regularly as part of our effort to communicate with and educate the parish. Watch for the coming Stewardship Calendar, and this fall we will have talks about Money Anxiety and the annual giving campaign.

Joyful Journey Book Study

Scripture and Sacrament: Revealing the Good News to Children
Fourth Thursdays at 8 PM beginning July 28

Join us as we discuss Sophia Cavalletti's The Religious Potential of the Child and The Good Shepherd and The Child: A Joyful Journey. This book study will focus on the relationship between God and children, scripture, sacraments, prayer, and moral formation. If you have a child or are interested in the religious formation of children, this study is for you.

We will meet on the fourth Thursday of the month, 8-9:30 PM in the library: July 28, August 25, September 22, and October 27 .The cost of the books is $35, but we have two sets that we can loan out. Books will be provided free of charge for those who volunteer to be assistants in an atrium this year. Please contact Ana Martin at or 678-560-9177 to let her know you'll be joining this study.

Youth Ministry Needs Leaders

The Journey To Adulthood youth program changes lives. It makes a huge difference in the way we reach youth and allow them to reach us; but its success depends almost entirely on our J2A leaders. These leaders make a two-year commitment to our youth; they teach Sunday School from a pre-written curriculum and help with some trips.

We need 1-3 more leaders for the term beginning this fall. If you would like to investigate the possibility that God could be calling you to this ministry, please contact Youth Director Brian West.

Congratulations, Confirmand!

Congratulations to Charlene Wyatt who was confirmed at the annual Diocesan Confirmation held at the Cathedral of St. Phillip on June 5.

Third Annual Whiterocks Trip

June 11-18, 2005

A beautiful new sign for St. Elizabeth's ...
In Front -- Jamie Harding, Ginny and Scott Lummus, Dale Schlenker,
Carla von Hoffmann, Rachel Bagby
Standing -- Susan Roberts, Ginny Acocella, Tom Hunter, Joyce Hendricks,
Bella Hutto, Carol Crosslin, Nancy Denton, Paige Schlenker

Susan Roberts, Ginney Acocella, Bella Hutto help with crafts at "Construction, Inc." VBS
See my picture!
Rachel Bagby, Ginny Lummus, and Paige Schlenker unload tshirts with helpers
Nancy Denton supervises painting
Children prepare for Pow Wow
Parade opens Pow Wow
Charlie Denny's Hoop Dance just gets better and better!
The Bear Dance -- Everyone joins in

St. Elizabeth's church, parish hall, and teepee under a beautiful Utah sky

June Vestry Notes

  • Natalie Whitlow has been hired to work full-time in the nursery.
  • Kevin Keith, Kevin Hogan, Barbara Perry, Ben Frost, and Liz Rea have been elected as delegates to represent St. Catherine's at the Diocesan Council.
  • 300 brown bag lunches were prepared on June 12 for children at M.U.S.T. Ministries

Summer Adult Christian Ed Continues

Sunday Mornings, 9:30-10:15

Our adult offering for summer continues on the non-Pauline Epistles -- the "other" books of the New Testament. Each class stands alone; we will base much of the class on the text from our various translations.

  • 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)

Where In the World Is Father Jim Nixon?

Where is Father Jim this week? The Renewal Schedule on our website tells you where... Watch the bulletin board at church for great photos, and read all of our Clergy Renewal page for the latest communications.

In Our Diocese

Choral Concert at St. Luke's

The choir of St. Luke's in Atlanta is going on tour to England from July 20 through August 1. On Tuesday, July 19 at 7:00 PM they will give a Farewell Concert at St. Luke's. Bonita Clark, the choir's director and occasional organist/choir director for St. Catherine's, will play the organ. Everyone is invited to the concert. Directions to St. Luke's can be found on St Luke's website .

While on tour the choir's first performance in England will be for services at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, and Bonita will be organist for those services. They will spend most of the trip in residence at Bristol Cathedral.

Epiphany's Annual Jumble Sale

Don't miss the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany's annual Jumble Sale, on Saturday, July 16, 9 AM to 2 PM. Toys... books... appliances... furniture... and hundreds of other items, available at great prices! Proceeds from this year's sale will benefit the Journey to Adulthood pilgrimage trip.

The Church of the Epiphany is located at 2089 Ponce de Leon Ave, at the corner of Ponce de Leon and East Lake Road, about one mile west of Decatur. The entrance to the parking lot is off East Lake Road. For information call 404-373-8338 or visit Epiphany's website .


Dear St. Catherine's Friends,

What a lovely gift for our anniversary. We are thrilled with the beautiful flowers and appreciate the thoughtfulness of the note and the visit from Arlyn and Ron.

Thank you, St. Catherine's, for a lovely gift that has made our anniversary very special indeed. We felt blessed to be a part of such a loving and caring church.

With love,
Linda and Richard Carter


St. Catherine's Parish,

Thank you for your recent donation to Episcopal Relief and Development. Your gift enables ERD to continue its mission of relief and rebuilding in southeast Asia.

In Christ,
Thomas Ader +


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Thank you for your gift of $1,250. It will be put to good use supporting our many and varied programs. During the year it will:

Enable our Seniors to meet three times a week for food, fellowship, and activities; Enable our Poverty Rights Office to provide advocacy and support to those in need; Enable our Community Art Project to provide creative activities for neighborhood residents of all ages; Help fund our monthly trip to Reidsville Prison enabling family members to visit loved ones; Support our Summer Program which provides over 150 neighborhood children with academic support, creative activities, and a trip to Camp Mikell; Support our Christmas Ministry to over 600 children.

Your partnership with us is what makes our work possible. We hope that you have a real sense of being connected to the people whose lives are changed because of the presence of Emmaus House in their community.

Again, thank you for your gift. You have the gratitude of our staff, board, volunteers, and those we serve. Again, wonderful!

Yours faithfully,
The Rev. Elizabeth Claiborne Jones, Vicar-Director


Holy Baptism

Next Date -- July 24

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, Jean Pitts, Tom Bryan, Agnes Floyd, Natalie May, Patricia Kincaid, Velma Kutzbach, Brant Frost, Jan Frost, Martha Bryan, Elaine York, Joan Unger, Jack Stuart, Debbie Brown, Anne Pagel, Lila Cook, Cheryl Jones, Jamie Sweeney, Jack Harte, Joan Harte, Robin Fidler, Suzanne McCarthy, Patty, Bud Sims, Ethel Sims, Lori Stinnett, Shirley McGaha, Karen Isherwood, Bill Fambrough, Jean Windrow, Yolande Collins, Julius, Scott Buxton, Elaine Parker, Alexander Whitfield, Virginia O'Neal, Family of Holt Garrison, Michelle Parisi, Allie Blackshear, Devon Parker, Sylvia Franks, Lori Matteson, Terry Adams, Paul Acker, Natan Sluss, Michelle, Scott & Alex Parisi, Lem & Gayle Hines

BEFORE SURGERY: Louis Ogden, 7/20/05; Henric Soderstrom, 7 /23/05; Art Bayless, 7/26/05.

FOR THE DECEASED: Stephen Motley, friend of Nick & Tyler Wolfe; Irene Feather, David Craig's great aunt; Holt Garrison, student of Jim Waddell.

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.


(7/17/05) -- Ron & Julie Brannock; Frank & Pat Brent; John, Fran, Patrick & Addison Brooks; Lani & Bailey Brooks; Colleen Brown

(7/24/05) -- Jennifer, Michael, Caitlyn & Connor Buckalew; Rick, Tracy, Kate & Clay Buckalew; Susan, Stephanie & Scott Burkholder; Paul & Valerie Buxton; George & Marilyn Cain


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, 7/11 Monday, 7/18
Sherry's Day Off
Boy Scout Troop 713
Sherry's Day Off
Boy Scout Troop 713
Tuesday, 7/12 Tuesday, 7/19
Staff Mtg.
Mothers and More
Staff Meeting
Christian Nurture Team
Wednesday, 7/13 Wednesday, 7/20

A.A. New Beginnings

A.A. New Beginnings
Thursday, 7/14 Thursday, 7/21
    6:30PM Women's Bible Study
Friday, 7/15 Friday, 7/22

Capital Gifts

Wedding Rehearsal
J2A Adult Training
Saturday, 7/16 Saturday, 7/23


Youth Rafting
Holy Eucharist
Men's Bible Study
J2A Adult Training
Holy Eucharist/Wedding
Sunday, 7/17 Sunday, 7/24

Holy Eucharist
Family Holy Eucharist
Scripture Study
Holy Eucharist


Holy Eucharist
Family Holy Eucharist
Scripture Study
Holy Eucharist
Stephen Ministers


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

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 -- transportation space is limited!


Our LASER SHOW trip is rescheduled for August 3. We will be able to take 11-16 people, depending on how our transportation works out. If you want to go, be sure to contact Brian ASAP!


The Nick and Tyler Wolfe Show

Brian sez: I hear rumors of Whirlyball. Never having actually played Whirlyball myself, I asked for a description of how it's played. Sounds like a cross between bumper cars and lacrosse... Sounds like just my brand of bedlam. If you're planning to be there, please let Rose Wolfe know in the church office. hope I'll see you there!



And speaking of trips: our rafting adventure on July 16 is coming up fast. That trip is closed -- we had more people wanting to go than we had spaces. Please be sure to drop off your check and fill out your forms this week... if you haven't gotten in your forms and check by July 12, you risk losing your spot! Check out the website -- Ocoee Adventure Center if you need more information.


The Thunder-awesome Summer Lock In

When: July 29-30
Time: 8 pm - 8 am
Cost: $10

Brian sez: Every New Year's Eve, our youth group had a lock in. I remember it pretty well, because New Year's Eve is my birthday, and I always spent it with my church family.

I really looked forward to it. It always seemed like our church leaders and our teachers and our parents were always telling us to sit down, to talk quieter, to act more grown up. This was our big chance to act like kindergarteners again: run around, drink too much Mountain Dew, scream the doggone paint off the walls. If you'd asked us why back then, we would have just stared at you. It's a lock in, that's what it's for.

Not only did we watch movies and play basketball and run around like utter lunatics, but we played the best game ever thought of.
Underground Church.

If you haven't ever played it, it's useless for me to try to explain it. Even if I could explain it well enough for you to get the hang of it, it still would be like the real thing. Because nothing is like the real thing.

We never had lock ins in the summer back then, and now I think I know why! It takes about a year for a grown-up's body to recover from one! But if they'd given us a chance, I'm positive we would have gone. It's too much fun to miss.

Unlike last year's lock in, we encourage you to bring a friend! No more than 2 friends per person, please, and make sure they're friends you can trust! We'll follow the same guidelines -- if your friend breaks the Lock In Laws, you both have to go home.


As of July 1, 2005

Wed, Jul 13

WNL at Meadowgrove Pool

Sat, Jul 16

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

Wed, Jul 20

WNL at the Hurley Pool

Fri, Jul 22

J2A Adult Leader Training

Sat, Jul 23

J2A Adult Leader Training

Fri, Jul 29


Sun, Jul 31

The Nick & Tyler Wolfe Show

Wed, Aug 03
(5:00P-11:00P )

The RESCHEDULED Laser Show Trip

Wed, Aug 10

School Starts
End of Summer Bash

Wheel Schedule:

Summer Wheel publication dates:

  • July 29 -- print Wheel
  • Aug. 12 -- eWheel
  • Aug. 26 -- print Wheel

Articles due the Wednesday before publication

To subscribe to the Wheel, contact Editor Karen Manno, or the church office at 770-971-2829.

Editor: Karen Manno
Email: karen
Phone: 770-973-8668