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
November 5-18, 2007

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Clergy Letter
Memorial Service
Daylight Savings ends
Ministry Teams meeting
Preschool auction
Ministry focus
Jamestown trip
Habitat dedication
Operation Christmas Child
Blood Drive
New Orleans trip
Gobble Jog
MUST needs
Holiday Grief Group
Wine tasting
Advent schedule
Advent reflections
Advent retreat
Decorating donations
Advent wreaths
Christmas items
Newcomer party
Low Country Boil
Vestry elections
Women's retreat
Thanksgiving schedule
Seen around St. Cat's
ESL teachers
Flu shots
Shingles vaccine
Craft sale
Water conservation
Holy Baptism
Complete Calendar
Youth House build
Acolyte Festival reflections

Wheel Schedule

Calendar Highlights

Nov. 7, 14, 28 - WNL

Nov. 6 - Ministry Teams Quarterly

Nov. 9-10 - Diocesan Council

Nov. 11 - Stewardship ingathering, Op. Christmas Child ingathering, Holiday Grief Group begins, Habitat House dedication

Nov. 11-16 - Preschool silent auction

Nov. 12 - Blood Drive

Nov. 16-18 -Youth Happening

Nov. 17 - Wine tasting

Nov. 20 - Thanksgiving Eucharist

Nov. 22 - Thanksgiving Day; Gobble Jog

Nov 25 - Advent wreath making

Nov. 28 - Elizabeth Inn

A few reflections on the Dalai Lama

A couple of months ago, a dear friend of mine gifted me with tickets for two sessions of presentations at Emory with His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama. I knew the weekend would be special; I am overwhelmed still by the experience.

It would be impossible to relate all of what was presented, partly because of the volume and depth of the discussions and partly because I am sure I have not processed the entire experience, but I will try to share with you some of what I walked away with.

The two sessions that I attended were held on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday was an all day discussion on Mindfulness, Compassion, and the Treatment of Depression. The Sunday afternoon program was a Summit on Religion, Conflict, and PeaceBuilding.

Saturday’s session opened with an address from the Dalai Lama. His Holiness began by telling us that he was committed to two goals - first, to the promotion of human value and second, to the promotion of religious harmony through the secular environment. He said that he was interested in the integration of ancient and modern sciences in the hope of moving toward a more “full” awareness of ourselves in the interest of the elimination of suffering. To this end, six experts presented their findings from individual studies on the relationship between meditation practices and the treatment of depression. To bottom line their findings – It Works. Meditative practices have an actual physiological affect which improves and sustains resistance to illnesses such as depression, heart disease, diabetes and stroke. Depression does not occur in the absence of stress and meditation helps regulate certain specific brain chemicals brought on by stress.

This is exciting stuff! One of the comments made by the Dalai Lama which interested me was that he thinks that since God is such a powerful image to so many people, “We need to implement methods to bring God into therapy to alleviate depression and disease.” For the Christian then, contemplative prayer practice could prove to have some of the same benefits as mindfulness meditation. I am excited and hopeful knowing that the discussion of integration between the medical field and the spiritual community has begun in such concrete ways.

Sunday’s session was directed toward the importance of all faith communities in the promotion of Peace among all people. Spiritual leaders from five major religions gathered for a discussion of how we might come together in our mutual understandings of love and compassion to cultivate and support peace building among people. The religions represented were; Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. In addition to the Dalai Lama, two other notable panelists were Sister Joan Chittister and Rajmohan Gandhi (grandson of Mahatma Gandhi).

His Holiness spoke of the importance of “difference.” He said that “understanding begins with difference.” He said that it is inner strength that makes good leaders and that close relationship between people is of primary importance. He pointed out that it is human affection that brings happiness to all creatures (even our cats and dogs) and that ALL religious traditions hold to ideals of love and compassion toward other humans. Rabbi Rosen encouraged us to see the “Angel” in others. Rajmohan Gandhi spoke of looking beyond negative images in our own religion and in other religions to see the peace and compassion which all traditions hold. Sister Chittister asked that we be bold to speak up as we see injustice and to remember that love and sacredness of life is the foundation of our being. Ahmen An-Na’im, our Muslim brother, called us to personal accountability. He said, “ BE the change you want to MAKE.”

So, here is a very small part of what I carried home with me from this very rich weekend – It is the divine nature in us all that carries the potential for love and compassion toward those around us. We must be intentional in cultivating and nurturing our relationship with God because it is through a sustained relationship with God that love and compassion for ourselves and others will grow and support relationship with all that surrounds us. And, it is the integration of “heart” and “mind” which will open new doors for us as we seek to live healthy, FULL lives.

Kathy +

Fall Memorial Service and Reception

Sunday, November 4, 6 PM

Everyone in the congregation is invited to join us at our semi-annual Holy Eucharist and Memorial Service in support of those in our parish who have lost friends and loved ones since our spring celebration. A reception follows the service (donations of finger foods are welcome).

Daylight Savings Time ends -- THIS YEAR: NOV. 4!

Remember the change of date for the end of Daylight Savings Time! FALL BACK 1 hour on the morning of the first Sunday in November, and we will see you at church on Eastern Standard time on All Saints Sunday, November 4.

Ministry Teams Meeting

Tuesday, Nov. 6, 7:00 PM

All leaders and members of St. Catherine’s ministry teams and committees, please mark your calendar and be sure to be there. Anyone who is interested in the ministry work at our church is welcome to attend. Our community wide business includes:

  • A discussion of ministry orbits and how it impacts the work of the Ministry Teams.
  • A discussion of the 2008 budget and the distribution of budget request forms.
  • A preview of a new video to be placed on our website.

For future planning, the Finance Team has scheduled a Ministry Team Convener meeting for budget review on Saturday, January 5. Now is the time to begin considering your budget requests for 2008.

Stewardship 2008: Blooming while sowing new seeds

Ingathering Celebration Sunday, November 11

Only 2 more Sundays until our Ingathering Celebration! Won’t you join us for food, fun and fellowship as we celebrate our many gifts from God and give back to his kingdom? This year we have a goal of increasing our participation rate to 70% (36 more pledges than last year).

You can read the text of Margaret Shaw's October 6 lay stewardship talk on our website at Lay Stewardship Talk!

The theme developed this year by the Stewardship committee introduces a new concept of Year Round Stewardship. “Blooming While Sowing New Seeds” allows us to celebrate St. Catherine’s past while we look forward to our future. This new concept will enable us to share with one another how our gifts of time, talent and treasure impact peoples lives both in our community, nation and the world. Each new season we will see the introduction of a new sub theme:

  • Giving to deepen our roots -- Expand and cultivate relationships
  • Giving to bear new fruit -- Focus on our Outreach ministries
  • Giving to nourish our ministries -- Sustain our vibrant and growing ministries
  • Giving to grow into servanthood -- Provide abundant opportunities for Christian nurture and development

In addition to our new concept of year round stewardship we set a goal of increasing our participation rate to 70% for 2008. This means we need to have 280 of the approx 400 families in this parish make a financial pledge. As of Monday, October 29, we had 23 pledges including 1 new pledge, 57% of those pledges we had increase from last year. Our total pledge so far is approximately $131,000.00. Please remember our budgets for the year are not set until all pledges are returned.

The most import part of our work together is you! Without your many gifts of time, talent and treasure the impact on our community, nation and world would not be possible, please join us on Sunday, November 11, as we celebrate our ingathering with fun and fellowship.

St. Cat’s Preschool Silent Auction

November 11-16

It is time for the annual Preschool Silent Auction. The auction raises funds to enhance our facility and update our curriculum. We will kick off the event on Sunday, Nov. 11, 10:00-11:15 AM, be sure to see the wonderful items available and enter your bids. The auction will be open during preschool hours November 12-16, concluding at noon on the 16th.

Your support in donating goods or services and bidding on items is greatly appreciated! Last year church members helped make our auction a huge success. To donate items please contact Karolyn Olliffe at 770-645-8164, or pick up a donation form outside the preschool office. Thank you for your support!

Ministry Team Focus: Outreach

This month we celebrate the life and work of our Outreach Ministry Team, which includes committees for Native American Ministry, Habitat For Humanity, Operation Christmas Child, Blood Drives, New Orleans Relief Ministry, Gobble Jog, Elizabeth Inn and MUST Ministries, Bread Ministry, Communities in Schools, The Extension, Emmaus House, Hunger Walk, Kairos, and US 10K Race. To find out more about their activities please check the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or contact convenor Nadine Pope.


Native American Ministry: Jamestown Covenant Signing

Please pray for those on the trip to Jamestown, Virginia, this week, Oct. 31-Nov. 4, for the signing of the new Jamestown Covenant, beginning the Episcopal Church's new Decade of Remembrance, Reconciliation and Renewal with our Native American brothers and sisters. For news about this event and information about Native American ministry in the Episcopal Church visit


Habitat House Dedication
Nov. 11, 2 PM

Please join us for the dedication of the new home on Sunday, November 11, 2 PM at the new home site. View more photos of the building project on our website photo album at October 13 workday photos.

Note from Clet Ray, leader of the BEEL construction team:

I would like to take this time to say thanks to all of you for your unwavering dedication to this year's build. This was a challenging year to put it mildly. The heat was blistering at the beginning. Sometimes our volunteers were slow to materialize. Sometimes our materials were short. But through it all, you all persevered.

The BEEL team has a reputation of working hard, staying on or ahead of schedule, and having great lunches. In addition, most folks think it's a fun site to work on. That is why I am especially proud to be a part of your team...

Again, thanks to each of you for supporting this Habitat for Humanity ministry! Through your work, you helped one family have a safe environment in which to grow. You put your faith into action by doing what God has asked us all to do, love thy neighbor. To give 1 -10 week(s) of your time is a true expression of that love. I look forward to seeing you at the dedication!


Operation Christmas Child
Ingathering November 11

Make a child’s Christmas special: Operation Christmas Child brings joy and hope to children in desperate situations through gift-filled shoe boxes and the news of God's love. This is a great opportunity for families of all ages to pack one or more shoe boxes with new gift items to be distributed to needy children worldwide. Young Families Ministry will host an ingathering on Sunday, Nov. 11, in the foyer. You can bring already assembled shoeboxes then or drop them off anytime the week of November 4-11.

For a complete list of suggested gift items as well items NOT to include, check the Operation Christmas Child website. Brochures are also available in the foyer. Please complete the form from the website or in the brochure and drop off your check for $7 along with your box. We want to beat last year’s total of 75 boxes, so we hope you’ll support Operation Christmas Child this year. Questions? Contact Jennifer Gale, 770-579-0657 or Lisa Spessard at


Blood Drive
Monday, Nov. 12, 2:30- 7:30 PM

Give the gift of life! The Red Cross is coming to St. Catherine's to accept all types of blood from people age 16 and older. Sign up for a time slot on the sheet in the church lobby.


New Orleans Ministry

Linda Smith and Al Jones represented St. Catherine’s on the last work trip September 12-16 to New Orleans and our partner parish, St George’s our partner parish. Since St Catherine’s first began this ministry in August 2006, there has been obvious progress but the devastation still in need of repair is very large. During the September visit, St George’s, St. Matthew's (Wilton, CT), and St. Catherine’s agreed to rededicate our effort during the coming year to rebuilding. Five dates are planned with the next being December 5-9. Please consider joining us! For information sign up in your bulletin or contact Al Jones or Paul Parisi.

Time for the 5th Annual Gobble Jog on Thanksgiving Day to benefit MUST Ministries! To participate on the St. Cat’s team contact Carol Eskew, or Nadine Pope, For complete details visit

  • Not a runner? Busy cooking your own Thanksgiving feast? We have the perfect way to participate with no attendance required: be a Phantom Cook (register for just $25).
  • For runners/walkers, there is a 1K, 5K, 10K run/walk and the Tot Trot (for kids 5 and under). Teams are eligible for $2 discount per person, members may participate in any race division.


From the MUST Marietta Weekly Newsletter, October 17, 2007:

  • Immediate Seasonal Needs...
    Winter Hats, Scarves, Blankets (all sizes), Flashlights & Batteries, New Underwear & socks (adult & children sizes).
  • Christmas is Coming
    MUST is once again collecting new toys and clothing items for children in our community.
  • Our Pantry needs:
    Peanut Butter & Jelly, Dry Baby Cereal, Dry Cereal, Baby Formula, Baby Food (Jars), Spaghetti Sauce, Canned Fruit, Mac & Cheese, Canned Meats

Holiday Grief Group begins

“Clocks ticked but time did not pass, the sun rose and the sun set but the shadows remained, where once there was sound, now there was silence, what once was whole now is shattered.” (From the movie We are Marshall)

Grief is a process that one experiences after losing a loved one. Just as the quote describes, time does seem to stand still and what was once familiar is forever changed. Grieving the loss of a loved one is particularly difficult over the holidays when others are celebrating at family gatherings or parties. With this in mind, St. Catherine’s is offering a Holiday Grief Group where individuals can safely share memories and feelings that come up over Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. The group will meet Sundays immediately following the 11:15 service in the Parlor for these six sessions:

  • November 11 and 18
  • December 2 and 9
  • January 6 and 13.

Lunch will be provided. The group will be led by Kathy Holman and Gail McGill. If interested in attending please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin or call the church office.

Young Families event

Wine Tasting, November 18

Make plans now to attend an adults-only wine tasting on Sunday, November 18, at the home of Dave and Stephanie Yucius. We’ll have a social hour from 7 to 8 PM with the wine-tasting program following from 8 to 10 PM. The theme is “ABCs of Wine – Anything but Chardonnay and Cabernet.” Bob Cochran, wine steward at Sherlock’s, will introduce us to some tasty alternatives to the wine you usually order. Cost is $10 per person and we’re asking each couple to bring an appetizer to share (for 6-8 people) and BYOG (bring your own tasting glasses). Limited space so RSVP as soon as you can. Final RSVP date is November 12 – please respond to Lisa Spessard at or

Advent at St. Catherine’s

Advent is a few weeks away, but we want you to have some dates to put on your calendar as you plan ahead to this very special time of preparation:

  • November 25 (Last Sunday of Pentecost) — Intergenerational Event: making family Advent wreaths, during Church School; Advent reflection material for all ages
  • November 27 — Advent Eucharist & Study, 7:00-8:00 am, continues Dec. 4, 11, & 18
  • Nov. 29-Dec. 2 — Advent Retreat, north Georgia mountains
  • December 2 (Advent 1) — A Musical Walk through Advent presented by St. Catherine’s Adult Choir, during Church School
  • December 8 — Secret Santa Workshop sponsored by our Youth
  • December 9 (Advent 2) — St. Nicholas Celebration, during Church School
  • December 15 — Seasonal Sabbath, 9:00 am - 12 noon in the Sanctuary
  • December 16 (Advent 3) — Christmas Pageant
  • December 23 (Advent 4) — Hanging of the Greens, 5:00-8:00 pm


Writers Wanted!

A special annual tradition at St. Catherine’s is our booklet of reflections on the season of Advent and Christmas written by our own parishioners. The printed booklet is made available at church and also on our website as the “Reflection of the Day.”

Won’t you consider writing something for this year’s collection? You will be assigned a Scripture passage on which to write a brief (1 or 2 paragraphs) meditation. Names are not attributed to individual writings, only you (and the editor) will know which one is yours. Still hesitant? You can view the 2006 booklet to see what your contribution might look like... visit

Many more writers are needed, so please sign up now on the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin or contact Karen Manno at We will be in touch with your assignment. Reflections will be due by Sunday, Nov. 18. We thank you for participating in this important spiritual work.


Advent Retreat
November 30 – December 2

If as Herod we fill our lives with things and again with things. If we consider ourselves so unimportant that we must fill every moment of our lives with action. When will we have time to make the long slow journey across the desert as did the Magi? Or sit and watch the stars as did the shepherds? Or brood over the coming of the child as did Mary? For each one of us there is a desert to travel, a star to discover, and a being within ourselves to bring to life.        — Michael Podesta

Does it seem that you never have enough time? That you always have too much to do? That you go faster and faster, but your "to do list" gets longer and longer? Is the quiet voice of God lost in the noise and hurry? Do you think "there has to be a better way?"

Come away with us for an Advent Retreat. We’ll spend Friday night through Sunday noon in the mountains of North Georgia, where we’ll unwind and slow down before the holiday season begins. Our retreat leader, Sharon Parisi, will use the "Liturgy of Hours" as our guide to help us consider our relationship to time, and whether there might be some ways to increase our awareness of the presence of God throughout all seasons of the day, the year, and our lives.

The retreat will be November 30 through December 2 at the Center for New Beginnings in Dahlonega, GA. The cost will be $230 per person, double occupancy and includes two nights lodging and all of our meals. For information or to sign-up see the Opportunity for Ministry insert or contact the office, Father Jim ( or Sharon Parisi (


Seasonal Donations

Each year we invite the congregation to donate money towards offsetting the cost of decorating the church for Christmas. You will see the familiar brown envelopes appear in the pews on the Sunday after Thanksgiving. This year we will add to our request the cost of some very special music for Christmas Eve. This is a way to give thanks for special blessings or to remember a loved one at this special time of year. We remind you to insert your donation in the envelope and to let us know (in or on the envelope) your name and who you want your gift to be remembered in thanksgiving or memory of, to be included in our Christmas bulletins.


Make an Advent Wreath –
November 25, 10 AM

Please join us in the Parish Hall on Sunday, November 25, at 10 AM to make an Advent Wreath for your family. This year's program includes an environmentally friendly message in conjunction with the traditional liturgy guide. Help is needed in planning, please contact Kristin Blackstock at or 770-971-2649.


Christmas Cards, Ornaments and Mugs available

The Fellowship Committee is selling beautiful St. Catherine's Christmas cards, ornaments and mugs on Sundays before and after services. A packet of 25 Christmas cards and envelopes is $15.00. The ornaments and mugs are $5.00 each. Be sure to get yours before they run out!

Newcomer Party

Sunday, November 18, 6 PM

All newcomers to St. Catherine’s are invited to our upcoming adult Newcomer’s Party on Sunday, November 18, at 6pm at the home of Hale & Diane Sanders, 770.565.2719. We ask that you bring an hors d’oeuvre to share. Please mark your calendars and plan on attending a wonderful evening.

Fun at the Low Country Boil

Good food and dancing... shrimp & sausage, conga line and the Electric Slide... lots of fun was had by all at the Low Country Boil on October 13! Many thanks to Meg and Larry Boyd (right) for organizing this great evening of fun and fellowship. See lots more photos on our website photo album at Low Country Boil 2007

Vestry Elections

During this time of so much discussion in the media about the next “elections,” we are in the midst of preparing for a very important election at St. Catherine’s – Vestry Elections. As we continue our period of stewardship discussion and planning for next year, please be prayerful about standing for election to the Vestry of St. Catherine’s.

During the next four weeks we will be accepting nominations for Vestry. The list of eligible members of St. Catherine’s will be published Sunday, November 4, in the service bulletin and will also be available at church.

Here is the schedule of events. Please be prayerful for our community as we go through this annual time of election.

  • November 4 – List published of eligible members
  • December 2 – Deadline for nominees’ biographies and photos to be submitted to the office
  • December 4 – Nominees meet with Father Jim at 7 pm in the Conference Room
  • December 9 – Vestry nominees published in bulletin at all services
  • December 14 –Absentee ballots due to the church office by 5 PM
  • December 16 – Vestry elections held at all services


Vestry Feed Back/Questionnaires

Have you ever wanted to ask someone a question about something to do with St. Catherine’s but never knew who to ask? Well, now you can fill out a Vestry Feedback / Questionnaire form and get a response. The forms are in the narthex to the right of the name tag display. Simply fill out the form and deposit in the box. The Senior Warden will pick-up the forms that are deposited into the box on Thursdays before the monthly Vestry meeting. Then during the meeting, responses to those parishioners who ask or provide feedback will be prepared and given back to the parishioner at the earliest convenience.

Find out the answers to those questions. Let us know what you are thinking. We are all a part of the great family that I call St. Catherine’s.

Ben Frost, Senior Warden

Women’s Retreat

The women of St. Catherine’s are invited to a special weekend retreat February 22-24 at Montara Farm in the mountains of north Georgia. A $100 deposit will hold your reservation. Check the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin or contact Ginny Lummus, 770-649-5391.

Thanksgiving: We Gather Together

  • Tuesday, November 20 -- Thanksgiving Eucharist at 7 PM
    Dessert follows, we ask everyone to bring your favorite pie! Coffee, tea and cider will be provided.
  • Wednesday, November 21 -- No Wednesday Night Live this evening
  • Thursday, November 22 -- Thanksgiving Day and the 5th Annual Gobble Jog to benefit MUST Ministries
  • November 22-23 -- The church office will be closed. Have a safe and blessed holiday!

Seen around St. Cat's!

Thank you to everyone who contributes such great photos to the Wheel and our website. Be sure to check online often for new pictures, we are a busy congregation!

"Cats On Wheels," our group for active seniors, went whitewater rafting!! Watch for their next activites coming soon.
Blessing of the Animals on October 6 -- see more photos at Blessing of the Animals 2007
Five young persons were sealed as Christ's own forever on October 14 -- see more photos at October 14 Baptisms.

Our Community and Ourselves

English as a Second Language – Teachers wanted

We are exploring the possibility of training teachers for ESL classes at St. Catherine’s to be offered to the public. If you are interested or know someone who is, please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin or contact Hale Sanders, 770-565-2719.


Flu Shots available

Flu shots will be given at St. Catherine’s by our Congregational Nurses on Sundays beginning November 11 to those who would like one. We expect the cost to be approximately $25. As always, Medicare will be accepted.


Shingles vaccine developed

If you’ve had chicken pox, you’re at risk for shingles (also called herpes zoster or HZ), a painful and potentially serious disease. A vaccine is now available for persons age 60 and older to prevent shingles – talk to your doctor for information about it and whether it is right for you. You can find out more the disease and the vaccine from (1) the CDC website and (2) the Merck-sponsored website at


Faith Lutheran Church Craft Sale

Time for the annual Faith’s Craft Shoppe at Faith Lutheran Church, 2111 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta, GA 30068. Hours are Saturday, Nov. 10, 9 AM to 5 PM and Sunday, Nov. 11, 1 to 5 PM. The sale features over 25 different vendors with unique handcrafted items, food court and bake sale, scissors and knife sharpening, hayrides and children’s games. Admission and parking are free. Visit their website at


Ways to be good stewards of our water

Posted Tuesday, October 23, 2007 on the Atlanta Diocese website
by Nan Ross and Alicia Allen

Alicia Allen, a member of St. Columba's, Suwanee, is baffled. Baffled why there are no water-saving public service announcements on TV and radio, for instance, during a major drought. "I was thinking maybe the diocese could encourage people to be good stewards of water," she wrote last week. "I couldn't find a good list of things the average person could do, so I pulled together my own. Maybe we could post it, and let churches put it in their newsletters if they'd like. And maybe others have some to add."

Allen, a computer programmer for Macy's, says reporting water leaks at your workplace to the facilities manager should be at the top of one's list. She's already checked her company's ladies restroom and had the men's room checked, too. "My parents raised us to conserve water because it saved money," she says. When the drought got serious she began scouring the Internet for water-saving measures. "I got maybe a dozen from especially repair ones. But the rest came out of my head or from conversations with others."

At St. Columba's, Allen is coordinator for Episcopal Relief and Development, a member of Daughters of the King, Episcopal Church Women, and leads a lectio divina group. (It sounds like she's got a good start on an environmental stewardship committee.)

"Oooo another tip: Check your outdoor spigots for leaks, says Allen. "I never walk past my backyard one." Please write to if you have items to add to Alicia's list..

Ways to Conserve Water

A collection of tips from Alicia Allen, a member of St. Columba's, Suwannee

Repairs / Improvements (home or business)

  1. Retrofit household faucets to use aerators with flow restrictors.
  2. Repair dripping faucets by replacing washers. A faucet dripping at the rate of one drop per second wastes 2,700 gallons per year.
  3. If the toilet flush handle sticks, letting water run, replace or adjust it.
  4. Check for toilet tank leaks by adding food coloring to the tank. If the toilet is leaking, color will appear within 30 minutes. Check the toilet for worn out, corroded or bent parts. (Flush as soon as test is done; food coloring may stain tank.)
  5. To see if your home is leak-free, read the water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used.
  6. Insulate water pipes to get hot water faster and avoid wasting water while it heats up.
  7. Report leaks at your workplace to its facilities manager. Also report leaks at restaurants or stores.

In the Kitchen

  1. Be conscious of putting water down the drain when it might be used for something else, like watering plants or cleaning. Keep a bucket in the kitchen sink to collect runoff. Vegetable rinse water and diluted soap won't hurt your plants, but chemicals will.
  2. Garbage disposals require much water to operate properly. A compost pile is an alternate method of disposing of food waste.
  3. Paper plates and cups reduce the number of dishes needing washing.
  4. Don't put your dirty dish in the sink and leave water running to scour it.
  5. When washing dishes by hand, fill one sink or basin with soapy water. Quickly rinse under a slow-moving stream from the faucet.
  6. If your dishwasher is less than ten years old, dishes should not need to be rinsed first.
  7. Don't use running water to thaw meat or other frozen food. Defrost food overnight in the refrigerator, or use the defrost setting on the microwave.
  8. Store drinking water in the refrigerator instead of letting the tap run every time you want a cool glass of water.
  9. Consider installing an instant water heater on your kitchen sink so you don't have to let the water run while it heats up.

In the bathroom

  1. Don't let water run while brushing your teeth, washing your face, or shaving.
  2. Take shorter showers. Use less water for a bath.
  3. Replace showerheads with ultra-low-flow versions.
  4. Close the bathtub drain before starting the water. The initial burst of cold water can be warmed by adding hot water later.
  5. Avoid flushing the toilet unnecessarily. Dispose of tissues, insects and other such waste in the trash rather than the toilet.
  6. A bucket in the shower can collect water for plants or for cleaning.

General Indoors

  1. Make sure the faucet is completely off after use - at home, work, etc.
  2. Operate automatic dishwashers and clothes washers only fully loaded, or properly set the water level for the size of load you are washing.
  3. Consider replacing older dishwashers and clothes washers with water-saving ones. They use less electricity too, so could pay for themselves in two years.
  4. When adjusting water temperatures, if the water is too hot or cold, turn the offender down rather than increasing water flow.
  5. Dehumidifier water can be used for cleaning. Or a hose could carry it to a plant.

Holy Baptism

Baptisms are next scheduled for January 6. Please contact the church office for information and the customary booklet about Holy Baptism.


SICK: : Justin, Sharon Parisi, John Jaeger, Susan, Courtney, Diane, Steve Boyce, Page Loyd, George Wyatt, Dianne Blackshear-Wood, Travis Jordan, Jamie Harding, Carolyn Flythe, Betty Boyce and family, Lillian Vu, Laura Ann Stallings, Cristalia Smith, Barbara Dilbeck, Karen Loomis, Bruce Perry, Jodi Gammon, Ann Frensley, Margaret Ausec, Gaye Alexander, Dallas Ryder, Don, Jim Smith, Allen Jablonski, Sallie Bowes, Britnay Buckalew, Denise, Cindy, Gary Parker, Hugh Wolfe, Travis Hagner, Lisa Spessard, David Kerley, Dan Morris, Kalique Woodbury, Sharon Busch, Ruby Schaefer, Shirley Walter, Louise Reid, Katrina Dickerson, Cynthia Snider, Agnes Floyd, Mary Alice Barrington, Paige Schlenker, Frank Boggs, Rosemary, Joan, Sally, Frank Boggs, Genie, Andrew, Annalee & Andy Rhea

BEFORE SURGERY: Kim Brown, November 14

DECEASED: Dorothy, mother of a friend of Amelia Snider’s from Emmaus House; Eldred Reid, friend of Susan Roberts’ family; John Hutto, friend of Fred Massey; Frank White, friend of Ron Cook; Jimmy Parker, Joan Nixon’s uncle; Will Rhea, son of Nancy Denton’s friend , who died in the fire in North Carolina

( 11/4/07 ) John, Barbara, Matthew & Patrick Garner; Lynne & Bob Gates; Daniel, Elizabeth & David Goldman; Steve, Valerie & Gabi Gosnell; Donna Green & Angela Giles
( 11/11/07 ) Jim & Bobbye Greene; Matthew, Meredith & Caroline Greene; Germany Greer; Ron, Susan & Joe Greger; Bette Hamilton


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, 11/5 Monday, 11/12

Cobb Schools Closed
Grief Group
Men's Book Study
Kneelers Group
Boy Scouts Troop 713

Blood Drive
New Orleans Team
Grief Group
Women’s Bible Study
Kneeler Group
Boy Scout Troop 713
Tuesday, 11/6 Tuesday,11/13


Cobb Schools Closed
Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Nominating Committee
Ministry Teams Quarterly mtg.

Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Cub Scouts
Fellowship Meeting
Mothers & More
Wednesday, 11/7 Wednesday,11/14


Bible Study
WNL Dinner
Youth Choir
WNL Programs
Adult Choir


Bible Study
WNL - Dinner
Youth Choir
WNL - Programs
Adult Choir

Thursday, 11/8 Thursday, 11/15

Executive Committee@Nixons
Men’s Bible Study

Adult Ed
Men’s Bible Study
Mutual Ministry Review
Friday, 11/9 Friday, 11/16
Jim's Day Off
Diocesan Council
Women’s Bible Study
Jim's Day Off
Happening Weekend
Women’s Bible Study
Saturday, 11/10 Saturday, 11/17
Diocesan Council


Seniors Group
Marriage Encounter

Sunday, 11/11 Sunday, 11/18


Stewardship Ingathering
OCC Ingathering

Holy Eucharist
Family Holy Eucharist
Church School
Choral Holy Eucharist
Stewardship Committee
Holiday Grief Group
Habitat Dedication
Stephen Ministry


Advent Reflections Due
Holy Eucharist
Holy Eucharist
Church School
Newcomer Coffee
Holy Eucharist
Holiday Grief Group
YF Wine Tasting@Yucius'
Happening Closing


Youth House building underway

The permits are in place, the lot is cleared, sewer line moved, concrete is coming and soon the walls will be going up! Saturday, November 17, is the anticipated date for the "barn-raising" (framing & erecting the walls). We'll need lots of help with construction, and with food for the workers. Look for sign up in the foyer or on the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin. Food volunteers can also call Larry or Meg Boyd at 770.977.9362.


Reflections on the 2007 National Acolyte Festival

Below are reflections written by the participants on the October trip to the National Acolyte Festival in Washington, D.C. (as published in service bulletins on October 14). You can see a poster of photos from the trip in the church lobby!

“I hope we made you proud while we walked into the National Cathedral, as St. Catherine’s acolytes.” – Alexander Dillson

“ Faith – Reverence – Love” – Sally Paris

“With the beauty of a rose and the power of an ox, there is nothing like the friendships established under the watchful eye of God.” - Matthew Shannonhouse

“The trip was amazing!” – Sean Olliffe

“It might have not been the least stressful time ever, but it was pretty funny when some of us got stuck on the train.” – Ryan Olliffe

“Going to the Holocaust Museum was interesting and I found stuff that I didn’t really know. The one that really hit me though is that it really happened to innocent people. The trip overall was amazing and I hope I can come back again next year.” – Scott Burkholder

“This whole trip was an amazing experience! The Cathedral was beautiful. It was really an honor to walk down the aisle. One thing that I noticed a lot was that there are a lot of police officers there. The sermon at the service really made me feel like I can make a difference in the world. I really hope I can come back.” – Caitlyn Buckalew

“This trip felt really long but it was only a couple of days. I liked walking and riding the subway as well as going to the Holocaust Museum. I just liked everything!” – Gaby Sutton

“D.C. Rocks! During this trip I enjoyed getting to know everyone a lot better than before. One of the most amazing and somewhat scary things was the Holocaust Museum. All around, this trip was amazing!!” – Keely Phillpotts

“I got to know a lot of people on this trip that I knew at church but didn’t really talk to. Everything was so wonderful . . . except the whole clown brother thing! Walking down the aisle at the Cathedral representing St. Cat’s was the most amazing experience of my life. I will never forget! We are the evidence.” – Emily Dillson

This trip has been AMAZING! I am so honored to be here or there! The Holocaust Museum was INDESCRIBABLE and an experience I will NEVER forget! It wasn’t fun getting sick, but I hope I can come back! We are the evidence!” – Jenna Gardiner

“Thank you, it was awesome!” – Kelly Donoghue

“Being with friends in the Word, is fun.” – Katie Barrington

“The processional crosses at the festival were very numerous and unique. I liked the diversity of our Christianity.” – Riley Barrington

“Well, this trip was really fun. I’ve decided I’m moving into the Library of Congress. I’m getting married in a chapel at the Cathedral – it’s so beautiful. That’s all.” – Emma Markette

“From the fullness in my heart, my gratitude overflows. For all of the experiences, from the sacred to any other, we grown, we’ve laughed, I’ve cried! What a blessing to have shared with such incredible people. Oh, and 17 teenagers create lots of energy!” – Marcia Markette

“What a trip. What an AWESOME group of young people and leaders. The Native American Museum was truly inspiring and the Holocaust Museum left all somber to reflect on how the world could sit idly by and allow such a horrific event. The awe inspiring National Cathedral and the seemingly endless parade of acolytes, leaders and clergy surely stirred up every emotion imaginable. When do we come back?” – Ellis Kilgore

“Lots of energy! Lots of fun! What a privilege to have shared the rededication of our ministry together. We can be very proud of our acolytes and the leadership of this group – past and present.” – Kathy Holman

“What a weekend!! It was a blessing to spend this time in community with each other. I was completely awed by the reverence and grace in each of our youth as they processed down the aisle of the National Cathedral. It was truly an honor to be a part of their rededication and stand in support of each of them. The sermon was a wonderful reminder that these youth are the future of our church and I am so grateful for them. Thank you to the entire parish for your love, support, and prayers.” – Barbara Barrington

“Our Acolyte Trip was AWESOME.  God’s protective arm was around us through the secular world of the Capitol, the Smithsonian and the Metro and His presence was overwhelming at the National Cathedral.  I am so proud of the dedication of our youth to their ministry and humbled by their commitment to serve to the Lord.  We were blessed with spiritual nourishment, good food, good laughs and memories to last a lifetime.  Who could ask for anything more?” – Mary Lou Shannonhouse

“All of the adults there were very proud of our acolytes -- especially during the service on Saturday.  They were awesome!  The entire service was so moving -- the opening prayer for the acolytes, the sermon, the blessing by the Bishop -- and, of course, the procession.  It was an incredible experience that I hope every acolyte can be a part of it at least once.” – Bob Olliffe

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  • November 30 -- print edition
  • December 14 -- print edition

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