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
September 4-24, 2006

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Calendar Highlights

Sept. 4 - Labor Day
Sept. 6 - Adult choir begins; New Orleans ingathering
Sept. 8 - Women's morning bible study begins
Sept. 9, 16, 23, 20 - Habitat build
Sept. 10 - Fall worship schedule, Church School begin; Acolyte recognition; Catechesis Open House; Facilities walkthrough
Sept 13 - WWW begins; Daytime bible study begins
Sept. 16 - Faithful Mission/Stewardship dinner
Sept. 20-24 - New Orleans trip
Sept. 21 - Women's evening bible study begins
Sept. 23 - Foyers Kickoff Dinner
Sept. 24 - Newcomer coffee
Sept. 28 - Elizabeth Inn


Clergy Letter
Labor Day US 10K
Stewardship/Faithful Mission
New Orleans Ministry
Acolyte Recognition
Catechesis Open House
Facilities Walkthrough & Help
Foyers Kickoff Dinner
Fall Schedule & Church School
Bible Studies
Men's Book Study
WWW Begins
Newcomer Coffee
Catechesis for Adults
Ministry Team Focus
Web Updates
Outreach Volunteers
Join Choir
Summer Parish Mtg
Cursillo Weekend
Stephen Ministry
Habitat Build
Holy Baptism
Complete Calendar
Wheel Schedule

Clergy Letter

The Church Family

Last Sunday was probably one of the best times I've ever had at St. Catherine's. While I enjoyed the planned festivities and good food, it was the spirit of the occasion that made it so special. I was surrounded by laughing adults who seemed to forget all their troubles for the moment. I received hugs from our dear children who were drenched in sweat from playing and had sticky hands from all the cotton candy. I heard some of our members reminiscing about the early days of our Church. I saw some recent additions to our family who were already surrounded by new friends. Time seemed to stand still for a moment and all was well with our family.

I know that being part of a family isn't always as fun as rally day! Desmond Tutu speaks of our family in his book "God has a Dream":

The wonderful thing about family is that you are not expected to agree about everything under the sun. Show me a man and wife who have never disagreed and I will show you some accomplished fibbers. But those disagreements, pray God, do not usually destroy the unity of the family. And so it should be with God's family. We are not expected at all times to be unanimous or to have a consensus on every conceivable subject. What is needed is to respect one another's points of view and not to impute unworthy motives to one another or to seek to impugn the intergrity of the other. Our maturity will be judged by how well we are able to agree to disagree and yet continue to love one another, to care for one another and cherish one another and seek the greater good of the other. In a happy family you don't receive in proportion to your input. You receive in relation to your needs, the ones who make the least material contribution often being the ones who are most cared for -- the young and the aged. How I pray that in our world we can learn to emulate a true family.

Sherry +

Labor Day – Monday, September 4

Office closed for holiday

The church office will be closed for the holiday on Monday, Labor Day. Have a safe and blessed weekend!

US 10K Classic

Come on out to watch or participate in this annual multi-event road race to benefit children's charities on Monday, Sept. 4 along Hwy 41 ( Cobb Parkway). The whole family can enjoy two days of pre-race festivities at the free Family Festival on September 2-3, at Galleria Mall. For complete details visit the website at .

Stewardship and Faithful Mission

What's the difference?

One evening earlier this week we gathered in the sanctuary -- your friends, your fellow parishioners. We gathered with anxious anticipation and at least a little nervousness. We gathered to learn how to ask you prayerfully consider what being God’s steward means to you, and we came to learn how to ask you to support the Faithful Mission capital campaign.

There is a big difference between the two. Faithful Mission is a campaign to raise sufficient funds to allow us to reduce our debt so that we can accommodate our mortgage payment in our annual budget. It is a part of a well thought out and well executed plan to cover the costs of our expansion in a way that will not take away from our ministries. Faith Builds, our initial capital campaign, got us off to a good start, and we have been ramping up our budget for debt service every year since we began building. With a successful Faithful Mission we will be able to absorb the remaining mortgage into our annual budget while still growing our ministries. Faithful Mission has a financial focus. We have a goal, $750,000, and we will be asking you to consider a specific gift.

Stewardship is something completely different. Although the financial aspect is very important, stewardship is much more than that. Stewardship is about giving back, giving outside ourselves, a portion of what God has given to us. And God has given us all that we have and all that we are. Giving up part of our time, talent and treasure for the good of others is a way saying “Thank You” to God. It is acknowledging God’s part in creating our lives. It is a way of doing God’s work on this earth. There is no budget or goal for Stewardship. Although our annual budget for 2007 will be based on your pledges, it is not just about the money. It is about our spiritual health. We cannot keep the gifts God has given us. If we try, it will just cause us pain. What we can do is decide how and to whom we pass them on.

So when your friend and fellow parishioner calls on you, listen with an open heart. Read the material he or she brings. Ask questions. And prayerfully consider the gifts you have been given and the good you can do by passing part of them on.

Stewardship Quote

“No one has ever become poor by giving.”— Anne Frank (1929-1945), Jewish/Dutch diarist.


Kick-off Dinner for Faithful Mission/Stewardship Campaign

Please join us on Saturday, September 16 from 7:00 to 10:00 PM in the Parish Hall for an evening of fun, fellowship and a free dinner to kick-off the Stewardship and Faithful Mission campaigns. We are planning a festive adult dinner similar to what you might experience at Chastain Park. Our campaigns will supply the dinner, beverages and a D.J. We need individuals to “host” a table for eight by supplying candles, flowers and plastic utensils. We will supply tablecloths, or you can bring one of your own. This is an opportunity to be as creative and festive as you’d like!

The dinner will be held in St. Catherine’s Parish Hall and patio area. Seating will be limited and reservations are required, so please sign up in the vestibule after services soon! When you sign up you can indicate whether or not you’d like to host a table. There will be no charge and NO SOLICITATIONS at this event. We look forward to a great evening and hope to see you there!

Stewardship Quotes

“No person was ever honored by what they received. Honor has been the reward for what they gave.”— Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933), U.S. President

People who live beyond their means must always be given a lot of credit. It takes 54 years to retire an 18% interest credit card balance with minimum monthly payments.


New Orleans Ministry

Ingathering – Your donations due Sept. 6

We have finalized the trip to New Orleans to deliver our ingathering for Respite Care in the 9th Ward. We have rented a truck and plan to load it on the evening of Wednesday, September 6; drive it to New Orleans on Thursday, September 7, and return on Friday, September 8. We had an excellent ingathering, but have room for more.

The list of items needed are: Individual-serving packaged snacks and food (no refrigeration) such as Vienna sausage, fruit, pudding, soup, nuts, chips, sandwich crackers, cookies, candy; new or clean good-condition used stuffed toys (small is better); Latex gloves in pairs, individual size bottles of hand sanitizer (no water necessary) and insect repellent. If you wish to send money, make your check to St.Catherine's, and note it for Respite Care Ingathering.

Please bring your items to the church no later than Wednesday afternoon, September 6. We appreciate your continued generosity.

Next trip planned for Sept. 20-24

Our next trip to New Orleans for work crews (gutting homes, cleaning yards, church maintenance, respite care, etc) is planned for Wednesday, Sept. 20 through Sunday, Sept. 24. If you are interested in being part of the team or want additional information, please contact Paul Parisi at 404.315.8850, or Rosemary Wolfe in the church office,

Below, some pictures from the August 2006 trip:

For more pictures, visit the New Orleans Minstry Trip page on our website.

Acolyte Recognition

Sunday, Sept. 10

Please join us at the 8:45 service as we recognize and celebrate all our acolytes and their years of service. Each will be recognized at a special ceremony and receive a ribbon corresponding to the number of years served.

Open House for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

Sunday, Sept. 10, 12:30-2 PM

Parents, please be sure to RSVP to Ana Martin at 678-560-9177 as soon as possible.

Volunteers needed

Youth or adult volunteers are needed to take care of children while parents attend the Open House, please contact Ana Martin ASAP if you can help.

Facilities Walkthrough

Sunday, Sept. 10, 2:00 PM

If you would like to know more about our physical plant, the location of various controls and utilities, join us at 2 PM for about an hour and a half as we take a guided tour and answer your questions.

Lend a hand

Sometimes the "honey do" list of maintenance items at church gets a little long and we could use some additional help to complete it:

  • Clean and paint the gate to the Memorial Garden.
  • Sand, prime and paint the bottom of all outside railing posts
  • Move the handicapped and visitors signs 3 feet back from curb on front lawn.
  • Repair exposed footing between storage sheds (cement work).
  • Build vault for water pressure control valve behind the Memorial Garden.
  • Install wall charts for parish hall lighting switches.
  • Install shelf over sink in sacristy.
  • Refinish name kiosk and mount on wall in main hall.
  • Clean and seal decks and ramps outside office wing.
  • Open curb at kitchen stair to eliminate water pooling.
  • Re-glue stair tread on edge of bottom step into parish hall.
  • Repair skirt board on handicapped lift.

If you care to take on any of these projects, contact Roger Motter at or 770-971-9633.

Foyers Dinner Groups Kickoff Dinner

Saturday, Sept. 23, 7 PM in the Parish Hall

Try it, you'll like it! This is a great opportunity for new members, old members and visitors to get to know others in our parish family. "Foyers" (Dinner Groups) are a long-standing tradition at Saint Catherine's. They are an opportunity to get to know other parishioners in a social situation by having dinner together in a small group once a month.

You can join a group whether you know anyone or not, whether you can host a meal in your home or not. Traditionally the month's host provides the main course while other members provide the other dishes. Your group can be as creative as it wants to arrange its meals and settings. Please check the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin and plan to join us at the Kickoff Dinner.

Fall Worship Schedule Begins Sunday, September 10

7:30 AM — Holy Eucharist
8:45 AM — Family Holy Eucharist
10:00 AM — Church School
11:15 AM — Choral Holy Eucharist (changed from summer 10:30 time)


Church School begins Sunday, Sept. 10, 10 AM for all ages

FOR CHILDREN: The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program at St. Catherine's offers Christian formation for children ages 2 1/2 through 12. Through this experience, children are helped to form an authentic, faithful relationship with God. The Catechesis is grounded in scriptural and liturgical study framed by Montessori's principles of education. This allows children to hear the Gospel and absorb its message through the use of sensorially rich materials the work of their hands.

The vision for this faith experience began in 1954 by Sofia Cavalletti, a Hebrew and Scripture scholar, along with her colleague, Gianna Gobbi, a Montessori trained educator, in Rome, Italy. Both women are Roman Catholic. In working with young children with a particular focus on children s religious education, Dr. Cavalletti found that children, at the very youngest ages, have vital religious needs. Children desire to draw near to God but need the sensitive guidance of the adult and the inner guidance of the Holy Spirit to nurture this relationship in a sacred space. The adult prepares the sacred space for the children, called the atrium, so that they are invited to respond to a relationship with Jesus, the Good Shepherd.

The atrium is a place of community and worship rather than a classroom for academic study. It is a place to be with God, enjoy Him, listen to His Word, and to pray. It is designed to reflect the beauty of His creation and God's abiding love.

This year St. Catherine's will have four atria. The Young Lambs atrium is for children two-and-a-half- to three-and-a-half-year-olds. The Level I atrium is for children three-and-a-half through Kindergarten. The Level II atrium is for first graders through third graders. The Level III atrium is for fourth, fifth, and sixth graders.

In our experience it takes a child at least eight weeks in the atrium before he/she is fully acclimated and enjoying it. We ask that those who are new to The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd commit to coming at least eight times before deciding if it is right for their children. We have catechesis three times during the week we ask that children (except Young Lambs) attend at least four sessions in the atrium a month. One presentation builds upon the last. Any less than four sessions a month and the child loses momentum and requires more guidance from the catechists than they are able to give.

On Monday afternoons we have Level I, II, and III atriums open to children from local Catholic churches as well as children from St. Catherine's. We ask that those who come to Monday afternoon atrium make a commitment to be there regularly.


For youth in 7th through 12th grades St. Catherine’s uses the Journey to Adulthood curriculum. The program falls into three distinct phases, each of which is two years in length: Rite-13, J2A (Journey To Adulthood), and YA (Young Adults). The Journey to Adulthood is a program of spiritual formation for young people that provides a liturgical framework for their experience in our modern culture, celebrates their individuality and their creative potential, and instructs them in skills needed for successful adult participation in church and society. The program is based on two key concepts: (1) Manhood and womanhood are gifts from God, and (2) Adulthood must be earned. It includes in-depth exploration of self, spirituality, sexuality, and society. The Journey to Adulthood balances Bible study, prayer, and both serious and playful activities to nurture the whole person during the difficult passage from childhood to adulthood.

The program levels and age groups for this year (of the 2-year cycle):

  • Rite-13 - Seventh and Eighth Grades
  • J2A - Ninth and Tenth Grades
  • YA - Eleventh through Twelfth Grades


Sitcoms for the Soul: Lessons for Today from Yesterday’s Shows

Using a single 20-minute episode of a popular situational comedy as the starting point, we will discuss “the moral of the story.” As a group, we will identify the moral or ethical theme and discuss experiences and related contemporary issues. The only required materials are your own experiences and thoughts. Talk as much or as little as you wish. The material will be presented as individual episodes and topics, so drop-ins and newcomers are always welcome. This class is a great place to meet new and old members of St Catherine’s. We will meet in the parish hall and the class will be led by Tom and Kristin Blackstock.

Bible Study Class: The Messianic Prophecies

Our Bible Study class will look at the 300 Messianic Prophecies in the Old Testament, see what they say, find where they are fulfilled in the New Testament, and look and talk about what it means to us. We will begin with Genesis and go through Malachi as we find out what was prophesied and then find the fulfillment in the four gospels, Acts, Paul's Epistles, Hebrews, James' Epistle, I, II, and III John, I and II Peter, and Revelation. We will learn about the Bible and ourselves in this class, and have fun. Led by Tom Snead and Jim Mattox.

Biographies From the Bible

The Faith Explorers Group: If you ever thought that the Bible had no application to your life, we hope to help you see otherwise. As always, we will use storytelling to do our exploring. Each class is complete by itself, so it is ideal for those who can’t be in class every week. We promise you’ll learn a lot and have fun learning. Led by Ginny Acocella.

Rector’s Study

The Rector’s class on Sunday mornings will once again study the lectionary readings each week. St. Catherine’s uses the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) as opposed to the Book of Common Prayer Lectionary (BCP). The General Convention of the Episcopal Church at their meeting in June approved the official use of this lectionary throughout the Episcopal Church starting in Advent, 2007. The Revised Common Lectionary is a more ecumenical lectionary and the church has adopted its use for this and other theological readings.

The Rector’s class will use a reflection tool titled "Light on the Lessons." "Light on the Lessons" is a series of informal studies based on the Revised Common Lectionary lessons for each Sunday. The studies are prepared by Lutheran Bible Ministries and offered to the church as a resource congregations and individuals may copy and use without charge. Studies are available on the Web at at least one month ahead.

This class is a discussion-based group. Prior knowledge of Scripture is not a pre-requisite. Participants can draw on insights from the sermon, if they already attended church. For those attending church following class, our study will prepare you to listen to the sermon with "new ears."

The lesson will begin with some background for each lesson. We’ll then check the texts. Here the participants will deal with each of the three lessons. The questions here relate to the text. We’ll then ask the question: What Does It All Mean for Us? Here the group will discuss what the texts mean for us today. Some questions are offered as simply starters. We’ll end each week asking how we will apply our study into the week ahead.

Adult Bible Study Classes Offered

Wednesday Daytime Bible Study

We will offer a mid-week Bible Study beginning September 13. This study will begin each week with a time of hospitality from 9:30 to 10:00 AM. The study will begin at 10 and last until 11:30 AM. This study is open to everyone and we encourage you to invite your friends. The group will be led by Father Jim and Lisa Cook.

Our subject will be the book of Genesis. "In the beginning..." These familiar words open the Book of Genesis and give voice to one of the foundational stories of the entire Old Testament. This study is an invitation to see Genesis not simply as a story about the beginning (Creation), but as a book about beginnings. From Adam and Eve to Noah to Abraham, Genesis recounts God's persistence in "starting over" with the chosen people. It is a message both timeless and timely -- "for God's people still seek the assurance that God is always working to make right what went wrong--in the beginning."

Each participate will have a book ($9.95) to use in preparing for the study each week. Our first week (September 13) will consist of time for introductions and orientation to the study. In addition to a video-based curriculum, we will use as well Fr. Jim's seminary notes from Old Testament. Professor Bill Griffin who was one of the writers of the EFM curriculum was fond not only of the Old Testament but of the Book Genesis in particular. His notes are a wealth of information and images that bring this foundational book of Scripture to a new life. We will also blend insights from Bill Moyers’ PBS series Genesis: A Living Conversation. Participants will be encouraged to bring their own resources and will be ever mindful of applying the great stories of Genesis to our lives in the 21st Century. Join us each week for a fascinating and intriguing look at this book of which Bill Moyers wrote:

Creation, temptation, murder, exile, and family strife these themes emerge from every page of Genesis as fresh as the morning headlines or the evening news. Genesis invites readers into a lively and accessible discussion of the manifold meanings of these stories, and engages us in a fascinating exploration of the relationship between interpreter and text.

Women’s Bible Study

Two women's study groups are available.

  • Weekly morning study on Fridays 10-11 am
  • Monthly evening study on third Thursday each month 7-8:30 pm

The study we will use this fall is “A Guide Through the Old Testament” by Celia Brewer Marshall and Dr. James Tabor. If we finish this one in the fall, we will do the New Testament overview study in the spring. We invite you to bring your friends to our study groups. The daytime study begins September 8 and the facilitator is Elizabeth Lopez. The evening study group begins September 21 and the facilitator is Stephanie Yucius.

Men’s Saturday Bible Study

Each Saturday morning at 8:30 am we spend one hour reading and discussing our texts. We start with prayers for those needs known to us and ask the Holy Spirit to help us take our learning into the world to bring others to Christ. We have a great time reading and discovering relations with other texts and with our lives. We use different versions of the Bible and get some different insights. We welcome all men to join us. Tom Snead leads this group.

Men’s Book Study

First meeting: Monday, Sept. 18, 6:30 PM in the conference room

This book study is a fellowship-oriented look at our faith with lots of discussion and sharing. Men of all ages are invited to look at what it means to be man in search of faith. It is a great group and we hope you can join us in the Conference Room at 6:30 pm.

Tom Hunter and Father Jim will provide a gourmet delight (is that really what they said??) for a light supper. We'll discuss our book options (bring suggestions if you have them), and decide if we want to move around to individual homes, as we have in the past, or simply meet at the church each month. As a discussion starter in September please bring a show-and-tell item that helps you tell "What I did on my summer vacation!"

Due to calendar conflicts the September meeting was moved to the above date, Sept.18. In October we will return to our regular scheduled second Monday of the month, October 9.

Wonderful Wacky Wednesday

For Everyone, Beginning Sept. 13!

WWW, our Wednesday night program, has wonderful things in store all this year! We will gather for dinner 6:00 to 6:45 pm (adult and child versions available including a salad bar). Programs for adults, youth, and children follow at 7:00. Our evening ends with a simple worship experience such as compline.

Adult Program this Fall: Who is a thoughtful Christian?

Come join us each Wednesday evening this fall at Wonderful Wacky Wednesday. Each week we will wrestle with the questions that inform the way we live out our faith in everyday life. Jesus called us to love God with our minds, as well as our hearts and souls. This, he said, is the greatest commandment. "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind" (Matt. 22:37 NRSV).

Our studies will draw each week from a wonderful new website published by the Presbyterian Church for those people who want to use their minds, as well as their hearts and souls to live most fully into our life as a Christian witness in the world. is a web-based resource center filled with studies ranging from one to four sessions each for adult groups and individuals. Each session is designed for forty-five minutes to one hour and comes with a three- to four-page Participant Handout and a two- to five-page Leader's Guide with lesson plans and resources. The studies can be downloaded as Acrobat PDF files, printed out, and photocopied for use in classes or for personal study and devotion. In addition, leaders can e-mail the Participant Handout to students in advance of the next meeting. New studies, including rapid responses to current events, will be added to the site on a regular, ongoing basis.

What topics will we cover at Wonderful Wacky Wednesdays? Here are just a few to make you look forward to stimulating conversations throughout the fall. What do Episcopalians believe? (September 13/20) Bible 101 (September 27) Who is God? (October 4/11) Are You Saved? (October 18/25) What Happens When We Sin? (November 1) Is There Life After Death? (November 8) Which Bible Should I Buy? (November 15)

Newcomer Coffee

Sunday, Sept. 24, 10 AM in the Parish Hall

All newcomers at St. Catherine's are cordially invited to a "get acquainted" coffee during the Sunday School hour in the Parish Hall. This will be a social as well as informative gathering. Clergy and lay leaders will be present to answer any questions that you may have regarding our programs, services and ministries. Please come for coffee and "goodies," and get acquainted with your parish family!

Catechesis for Adults

Catechesis for Adults is available at St. Catherine's this year. This course is designed to be a spiritual formation experience for adults. During this time catechumens will hear the gospel proclaimed in a manner that can be described as radically and profoundly essential. This course of study is available to all adults interested in an intentional formation that will deepen and enrich their relationship with Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd. We will hear kingdom parables, messianic prophecies, infancy narratives, and paschal narratives. We will come to a more profound understanding of the sacraments of Eucharist and baptism. And we will learn how to foster stillness, peace, wonder, joy, and prayer in our own lives. In addition, we will learn about the articles of the Eucharist, the gestures of worship, and the vestments of the priest.

This course meets one Saturday a month from 9:00-5:00. The dates are: October 7, November 4, January 13, February 10, March 3, April 14, May 5, June 2, August 11, September 8 (2007), and October 6 (2007). The course fee for this formation is $500 per participant. The formation is free of charge to adults in the parish who will be working in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for two or more years. The parish can offer scholarship to those who are interested in this formation for whom the fee is prohibitive. Please contact Karen Maxwell for more information: 770-993-0653.

Highlighting Ministry Teams At St. Catherine’s

Each month we celebrate the work of one of the seven Ministry Teams at St. Catherine’s. You will hear about them during Sunday worship, see displays on the bulletin boards around the church, and read about them in The Wheel and other communications. Ministry Teams are the principal organization of our parish to carry out programs and ministry. For information about all the ministries at St. Catherine’s and how you can get involved, look for our 2006-07 Ministry Directory, available at church.

September Focus: Youth Ministry Team

The Youth Ministry Team is made up of members of the congregation, vestry, and staff, and serves as support for the youth programs. The team meets once a month to discuss issues relevant to the youth program, vision for long range planning, plan events for the youth group, and evaluate programs already in progress. Members of the Youth Ministry Team also come to youth group events outside of church school and support the youth leaders and youth director at these events. Some of the events being planned for this school year are the Fall Retreat to Kanuga and the Spring Break Mission Trip.

If you are interested in learning more about the Youth Ministry Team you can contact the Youth Director, Amelia Snider, at 770-971-2839, or team convenor Susan Burkholder.


Cooking up fun at the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, an annual fundraiser for our youth program

Website Updates

Is your ministry page on the St. Catherine's website up to date? If not, please e-mail any text you would like added to Ron Bergeron at

Outreach volunteers needed

We are looking for people to help deliver our ingathered items to the MUST warehouse, off Cob Parkway. Currently we do ingatherings for MUST 2 ot 3 times a year – so that would be 8-12 trips total to be shared by several volunteers. Please check the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or contact Nadine Pope for additional information.

Join Choir this year

Now is the right time for you to try us out! There is no audition, and sight-reading ability is not required. We welcome new members now or any time during the year.

Youth Choir

Practices have begun! The Youth Choir welcomes all young people (boys who still have treble voices and all girls) from second through tenth grade. We sing every Sunday at the 8:45 service, and rehearse every Wednesday, 6:45-8:00 PM. If you have any questions, please contact Director Martha Bowden, 770-998-3853 or .

Adult Choir

The parts we need most are soprano, alto, tenor, and bass! All adults, and youth who are past the age for Youth Choir, are welcome. Simply talk to Director Brian Williams, Organist Jana Williams, or any choir member to find out more. We rehearse in the choir room every Wednesday, 7:30-8:45 PM, beginning September 6. On Sundays we gather at 10:45 AM to warm up and run though the music for 11:15 service. If these times overlap another activity at St. Cat's, please come anyway — we want to find what will work for you.


Summer Parish Meeting

Bill Ivey and Liz Rea

Karen Maxwell speaks on Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

George and Sheila Bishop (center) received their sendoff at the Parish Meeting, and report that they are now unpacking boxes and fixing up their new yard at their new address, 809 Memory Lane, Southport, NC 28461. Their new phone number is 910.454.9430.

Cursillo Weekend coming up

Cursillo is one of many renewal movements. Cursillo ("little course") brings people together at a lay-led retreat that deepens understanding of the faith and helps to renew and deepen Christian commitment. Many people have said Cursillo provides an important learning experience, which causes many to feel like newly-made Christians with a purpose and with support.

Cursillo Weekend in the Diocese of Atlanta will be held Thursday evening, Sept. 28, through Sunday, Oct. 1. To apply for this weekend or learn more about it, contact one of our clergy, Carla von Hoffmann at 770-565-4122, or any of the many persons in our congregation who have attended this weekend.

Stephen Ministry is looking for a few good men and women

Every couple of years, Saint Catherine's Stephen Ministry recruits and trains people from our congregation to become Stephen Ministers. We are now identifying our new class of trainees this fall. A Stephen Minister undertakes 50 hours of training to equip him or her to provide one-on-one, medium- to long-term care for people who are dealing with a crisis or otherwise difficult time in their lives.

Does the idea of becoming a Stephen Minister seem daunting? If you think it does, just reflect on these simple questions:

  • Have you ever shown up at the funeral of someone that you might not have known that well, just to show your support and care for the family?
  • Have you ever let a family member, friend, or co-worker "pour their heart out" to you, and all they needed was for you to be a good listener?
  • Have you ever sat quietly at the bedside of a friend who was sick, not necessarily saying anything, but allowing your presence to say everything?

And perhaps the most important question on which to reflect is:

  • Has anyone in you life been that caring and supportive listener when you were in need?

Stephen Ministry is looking for a few men and women who want to make a difference in someone's life by simply showing up, listening, and caring. A daunting task? Well, those who have not only been a Stephen Minister, but who have also had a Stephen Minister to lean on, can attest that it is far less daunting as it is eminently rewarding. A Stephen Minister is equipped to give so much to someone who is in need of a caring friend but the blessings that are returned to the Stephen Minister are astounding. As any trained Stephen minister will testify, this ministry is indeed life changing!

We are taking applications and conducting interviews now for the new class which will begin in the first week of October. Please contact David Moore, Elizabeth Lopez, Tom or Marilyn Hunter for information if you are interested in this very rewarding ministry.

Habitat Build continues

Our Habitat For Humanity house build takes a break this week for Labor Day, then continues each Saturday through the beginning of November. Look for signup at church to help build, and to help with food on Sept. 16 and Oct. 7. For information please contact Tom Snead, 678-795-9508/, for building questions, and Connie Bergeron, 770-951-1411, for questions about food.

Below, some pictures from the first build day, August 12:

Tom Snead, left, and Connie Bergeron, right, with our Habitat Home Owner, Mohammed Bockarie Silla, who is originally from Sierra Leone.

Left to right, Clet Ray, our House Project Manager, Jennifer & Fred Massey, who contributed Williamson Bros Barbeque for lunch, and Roger Motter, St. Cat's Master Builder without whom no Habitat House would be complete.

Sara-Alison and Jennifer Massey delivering lunch!

Many thanks from all of our volunteer builders for the terrific food volunteers: Susan Jones, who provided a great continental breakfast, and our lunch crew: Sue Snape, Jennifer and Sara-Alision Massey, Emily and Jennifer Gale, and Tom Snead. All of the construction volunteers agreed: Yumm!

Tom Snead (left) and Al Jones working on framing - in the rain - now that is dedication!

Fred Massey showcasing his handiwork for Habitat along with fellow St. Cat's parishioners and our partner volunteers from First United and other churches.




Dear Rev. Nixon,

Thank you so very much for the generous donation. Your group of 3 moved me so much that I got my volunteers to go and do her backyard. So, mission accomplished and her home looks great. We have plugged her into a lawn maintenance program.

Thank you also for your kind and encouraging words, it really helps to keep me going. I am very excited to be joining St. Paul’s next week.

I truly believe that our community will come back, for 2 Cor.: “We walk by faith and not by sight.”
We are opening 4 more Beacons in Lakeview next week.

God Bless,
Connie Uddo

[A donation was sent to Connie Uddo for her work at the Lakeview Beacon in the Lakeview section of New Orleans]


Dear St. Catherine’s,

Thank you for your support of Episcopal Relief and Development. One year ago, Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast. Episcopal Relief and Development responded immediately and worked with diocesan partners and local outreach ministries in Mississippi and Louisiana to develop a long-term, comprehensive recovery program. From the generosity of supporters throughout the world, we received close to $15 million. ERD also received $3 million from United Methodist Committee on Relief to expand case management work for Katrina evacuees across the country.

A year later, ERD has reached close to 500,000 people who lost everything. In 2006, we committed $8.6 towards a multi-year recovery program. The program focuses on the following areas: health and psychosocial care, livelihood recovery, housing renewal, case management services and distribution of supplies.

Here are a just a few highlights from Hurricane Katrina Response: One Year Report. The report provides a detailed overview of ERD s initial response and long-term recovery work over the past 12 months.

  • In Mississippi, ERD is supporting Camp Coast Care, a long-term resource facility in Long Beach. 7,500 volunteers have helped 200 families clean their home of debris and salvage personal belongings.
  • Distribution centers in New Orleans have served 36,000 people, providing food, cleaning supplies, and other essential goods.
  • Case management services in Connecticut, Texas, Kentucky, and Minnesota have linked 1021 families displaced by the disaster to public and private services.

You can visit the Hurricane Response Center to read Hurricane Katrina Response: One Year Report. Please continue to support and pray for people affected by Hurricane Katrina. It will take many years to rebuild and the needs continue to be enormous.

Thank you again for your continued compassion and kindness, helping Episcopal Relief and Development rebuild lives and renew hope worldwide.

Episcopal Relief and Development

Holy Baptism

Next Date: November 5 (All Saints' Sunday)

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


SICK: Sharon Parisi, James, Natalie May, Betty Boyce, Lisa Arnold,George Schnorf, Carrie LaMorte, Marie DeLong, Margaret White, Dick Kareken, David Shannonhouse, Tom Hutchinson, Jenny Thomas, Bill Woods, Alexis Merritt, Vincent Bagby, Betty Motter, Reese & Margaret Ivey, The Mohler Family, Jon Stine, Bill Fambrough, Paige Schlenker, Kathy Shalaby, The Walsh Family, Evelyn, John, Denecia, Paul Beswick, Mallory teenager, Kathryn & Paul, Diane, Jody, Fiona & Eric Brown, John Giampoli, Ross Croy, Elaine Krupp, Doris Ramsay, Colin Freeman, Jan Sigmon, Tina & Eileen Kokko, Frank White, Elizabeth Hotchkiss, Jim Nixon (father of Father Jim)

BEFORE SURGERY: Curtis Bagby, 9/11/06 ; Marion Cook, 9/28/06

DECEASED: Arthur Armbrust, Carol Fey’s brother; Dan Hodges, friend of Joan Thurston; Ann Fuchs, friend of Vera Bibbings


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.

We thank you Lord, for the blessings we receive through the work of the Youth Ministry Team.


( 9/10/06 ) Beverly & Jimmy Denney; Ken, Nancy, Sarah & Julia Denton; Rod Deutscher, Carla von Hoffmann, Nathan & Kevin Sluss; Stan & Dani Dickson; Steve & Kitty Dickson;
(9/17/06) Zanny, Michael, Emily & Alex Dillson; Jim, Laurie, Matthew & Michael Dirksen; Tom, Maureen, Kelly &Erin Donoghue; Lu, Keith, Jillian & Mitch Dumke; Erica & Dale Edwards;
(9/24/06) Bill & Beverly Fambrough; Alan, Carol & Kathy Fey; Mit FitzSimons; Greg, Sera, Gregory, Chase & Camille Forbes; William Forrester


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, 9/4 Monday, 9/11
Sherry's Day Off
Office closed - Labor Day
Boy Scouts Troop 713
Sherry's Day Off
Faithful Mission
Girl Scouts
Boy Scout Troop 713
Tuesday, 9/5 Tuesday, 9/12


Staff Meeting
Cub Scouts
Staff Meeting
Cub Scouts
Youth Ministry
Mothers & More
Fellowship Meeting
Wednesday, 9/6 Wednesday, 9/13


Youth Choir
A.A. New Beginnings
Youth Parents Meeting
Adult Choir


Bible Study
WWW Dinner
Youth Choir
A.A. New Beginnings
Programs & WNL
Adult Choir

Thursday, 9/7 Thursday, 9/14
Daisy Troop
New Orleans Steering Committee
Friday, 9/8 Friday, 9/15


Jim's Day Off
Women’s Bible Study

Jim's Day Off
Women’s Bible Study
Preschool Spaghetti Lunch
Saturday, 9/9 Saturday, 9/16
Habitat House
Men’s Bible Study


Habitat House
Men’s Bible Study
Finance Committee
Stephen Leaders
  Mission Dinner

Sunday, 9/10 Sunday, 9/17

Holy Eucharist
Family Holy Eucharist,
   Acolyte Recognition
Church School
Choral Holy Eucharist
Catechesis Welcome
Facilities Walk thru


Holy Eucharist
Family Holy Eucharist,
  Teacher Commissioning
Church School
Choral Holy Eucharist
Stephen Ministers


“ A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words.”


Upcoming Events:

  • Wednesday, September 6
    Parent Meeting for parents of any youth grade 7-12, 7pm, Parish Hall
  • Sunday, September 10
    First Day of Church School 10am
  • Wednesday, September 13
    First WNL of the school year, 7pm
  • Friday, September 22-Saturday, September 23
    Youth Lock-in, 8pm-8am, Parish Hall
  • Friday, October 27-Sunday, October 29
    Fall Retreat at Kanuga for all youth and youth leaders


Thanks for a Great Rally Day!!

Thanks to all the youth, youth leaders, and parents who helped out to make Rally Day a huge success!! The dunk tank proceeds go to benefit our New Orleans ministry.


Whirly Ball

The youth played Whirly Ball on Sunday, August 27, from 5 to 7pm . The event was a great success and we hope everyone had a good time! Come out for our next youth event, the Lock-in, September 22 at 8pm.


Wheel Schedule:

Next publications:

  • September 22 -- print edition
  • October 6 -- electronic edition
  • October 20 -- 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.

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!

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Editor: Karen Manno
Phone: 770-973-8668