St. Catherine
of Siena
Episcopal Church

10435 Double R Blvd.
Reno, Nev.

A publication to promote our mission:
"In community, love God, love others, serve both."


Those on our prayer list include: 
Kansas, Gary, Bob, Eric, Alan, Connie, Mary, Barbara, Shelby, Rick, Margi, Glenn, Molly, Butch, John, Joann, Maggie, Georgia, Ed, and the Yakub family. Please keep them in your prayers.


Family Gather Service: 9 a.m.

Godly Play for children ages 4-10 : 10 a.m. on the 2nd and 4th Sundays (on break for summer)

Adult Education : 10 a.m.

Traditional Service : 11 a.m.

Aug. 11-13:  Parish Retreat at Galilee Episcopal Camp and Conference Center 

Aug. 12: Legacy Planning Seminar, Trinity Cathedral (see article), 10:30 a.m.

Aug. 13: 10th Sunday After Pentecost, the Rev. Tom Blake, Guest Celebrant, 9 and 11 a.m.

Aug. 19: Summer barbecue at the Nusbaums', 5 p.m.

Aug. 26: St. Catherine's Workday, 10 a.m.

Aug. 27: The Very Rev. Jeff Paul, Rector of St. Peter's in Carson
City,  9 and 11 a.m.

** Sept. 9:  Consecration and Dedication of St. Catherine's new building with Bishop Dan Edwards, 4 p.m.

DETAILS: Saturday, August 12  at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Reno,  8:30 AM to 12:00 Noon

8:30 AM - Session for Parish Financial Leaders to learn the importance of  promoting and encouraging planned giving. 

10:30 AM - Session for Parishioners to gather information about the  importance of having a will, legacy planning, living wills, end of life decisions, hospice, organ donations, pre-planning funerals, etc.
Hosted by Trinity Cathedral, this Planned Giving - Legacy Seminar will take place in the Parish Hall beginning at 8:30 AM for Parish Leaders; 10:30 AM for Parishioners of our Episcopal Congregations. 

John Hoskins from the St. Francis Foundation (who has led numerous stewardship conferences such as TENS for the Episcopal Church) will be our facilitator. We will have other resource people available with the late morning session as we look at wills, estate planning, living wills, end of life decisions, pre-planning funerals, hospice, and more. 


With St. Catherine's new church home and building, we're looking for people interested in helping to care for our building and furnishings.  We want to bring together a ministry team to maintain a hospitable space to meet and worship for our members and for those who have not yet found the St. Catherine's community.  

If you think you could lend a hand with some minor repairs or maintenance, light cleaning, rosebush care, etc., please contact Junior Warden Shelby Thistlewhite, at 750-7632. Thank you!


Your vestry is looking at ideas for sharing our new church home with others, i.e. Bible study, AA, Girl Scouts.  If you have ideas for ways that we might do this or would like to get involved in starting a group, please let Rev. Laurie know by leaving a message at 771-4168, or by emailing her at

With the new church building and an office for Rev. Laurie, she will be keeping regular office hours from  10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays , and  Thursdays .   If you would like to schedule some time to talk, please give her a call at 771-4168 to coordinate a time, or e-mail her at


11 a.m. Choir
Contact Molly Mitchell:  224-1156  

Coffee Hour Hosts,  Greeters & Ushers
Contact Sally Dickinson: 
853-7850 or
Lay Readers
& Eucharistic Ministers 
Contact Anne Towner:
Altar Guild  
Contact Linda Stetzell:
Please help a young person with their reading skills by v olunteering at Double Diamond Elementary School. Contact Sally at 853-7850 or , or l earn more by  visiting the 360Blueprint web site .

Name Tag
Why wear a name tag?
  • Name tags encourage conversation;
  • Name tags promote an outward focus;
  • Name tags make guests feel more comfortable; &
  • Some folks aren't great at remembering names!
If you need a name tag, call Sally D ickinson at  (775) 853-7850.
August  2017
St. Catherine

St. Catherine of Siena (1347-1380)
Rev. Laurie's Message

Dear Friends in Christ: 
My message this month will be a bit different from the usual because I'm going to be sharing with you some exciting people and events at St. Catherine's.

Most of you know the Rev. Sharon Dalrymple and her spouse, Shelley Watanabe, from their presence with us last fall.   Rev. Sharon is back and serving as a deacon at St. Catherine's.   Please take a look at the brief article she shares with us in this issue. Welcome back, Deacon Sharon and Shelley!

Recently, the Rev. Tom Blake has introduced himself to us at St. Catherine's.  He comes to the Diocese of Nevada from Muncie, Indiana, where he served as rector of Grace Episcopal Church for 13 years.  He is married to Pastor Chad Adamik, who recently accepted a position at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Carson City.  Fr. Tom is available and approved by Bishop Dan to serve in Episcopal parishes in our diocese.  We welcomed him to concelebrate at St. Catherine's last Sunday, and he has graciously agreed to preside and preach at this Sunday's services while some of us are at Galilee for our retreat.  Please take a look at some background information he shared about himself in this issue.  Welcome, Fr. Tom!

Our Northwest Mission District Dean, the Very Rev. Jeff Paul, will be with us on August 27 at both services for his annual visitation.  His presence is always a treat, with his fresh take on the Gospel.  Please plan to worship with us on August 27.

On Saturday, September 9, at 4 p.m., Bishop Dan will celebrate the consecration and dedication of our new building.  This is a seminal event in the life of our parish.  We are fortunate to have a number who were our founding members still present with us in the life of the church.  Please include this on your calendars and plan to bring a friend or neighbor.

On Saturday, August 26, at 10 a.m., we'll have a workday at St. Catherine's to spruce up the building for its dedication.  We'll be getting out more information closer to the event, but please think brooms, squeegees, window cleaner, etc.  

We're also planning a reception after the dedication.  We'll be having finger food (no knives or forks, maybe a toothpick) and are carefully planning the menu with a list of things to be made.  While we appreciate your willingness to make something to bring, we'd really like to have you bring something from the list we've made up so that we have a variety of foods to share.  There will be a sign-up in the entry area for the next few weeks.  Please contact Shelby Thistlewhite at 850-7632 or with questions or to volunteer.

There is much going on in the life of Christ's Church at St. Catherine's.  You are the Church!  These events celebrate you and our walk together as followers of Jesus.
Laurie +
The Rev. Laurie Chappelle
Welcome to the Rev. Tom Blake

By The Reverend Tom Blake

I first visited St. Catherine's for the 11 a.m. service on July 30, concelebrated at both services August 6, and will be with you again as supply celebrant and preacher for both services August 13.

I am an Episcopal priest originally from Wilmington, NC, where some of my family still lives. In 1994, I earned a Bachelor's degree in Public Policy Studies from Duke University where I was also involved with The Episcopal Center. I discerned a call to Holy Orders through the Diocese of East Carolina, and interned at congregations in Reston, VA, Bowie, MD, Edenton, NC, and Wilmington, NC.

In 2000, I earned a Master in Divinity degree from Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, VA, and was ordained to the diaconate that same year. I then served for three years as a deacon and assisting priest in the Diocese of Maryland at St. Mark's, Highland, and at Middleham and St. Peter's Parish in Solomons, MD. 

From 2004 until 2017, I served as Rector of Grace Church, Muncie, IN. In the Diocese of Indianapolis I served on the Standing Committee, on the Executive Council, as Dean of the Northeast Deanery, as a two-time delegate to the Province V Synod, as a three-time deputy to the General Convention of The Episcopal Church, as a member of the Transition Committee (preparing for our new  bishop), and as chair of the new bishop's Ordination/Consecration Committee.

In 2009, I met the Rev'd Chad Adamik, a Lutheran (ELCA) pastor, and we got married in 2015. In November 2016, Chad accepted a call to serve as Pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran Family Church, Carson City. Chad moved to Carson City ahead of me and began his pastorate on February 1. I resigned my cure in Indiana as of Easter Day and moved to Carson City in early May.

Since then, I have enjoyed some sabbath time and growth in my newer vocation as a clergy spouse. I volunteered as a chaplain for one of the sessions at Camp Galilee. I am now serving part-time on the staff of the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Reno, (as high school youth pastor), am available to supply intermittently in other Episcopal and Lutheran congregations, and am praying and listening patiently for God's still, small voice to lead me and guide me to what is next.   It is a pleasure being in this area and getting to know the wonderful people here.

Welcome Back, Deacon Sharon

By The Reverend Sharon G. Dalrymple, Deacon

I was born in San Antonio, Texas, and spent 55 years living in and around the area.  I graduated from Arizona State University with a BA in Liberal Arts as well as a Teaching Certificate.  I returned to San Antonio and taught junior high English before joining our family-owned business and spent almost 30 years there full time.  I met Shelley, my spouse, while volunteering at a camp for children with severe disabilities.  Because of my increasing allergy problems and our love for horses, we moved to Kentucky and eventually Arizona.

There I felt called to the Diaconate, and while having been raised in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) which has been in full fellowship with the Episcopal Church since 2007, I was accepted into the Episcopal Deacon Academy in the Diocese of Arizona.  I was ordained in 2013.  Shelley and I both worked on the White River Apache Reservation in the mountains of Eastern Arizona; she taught, we both did outreach, and I substitute taught.  Once again because of allergy issues, we moved to Los Osos, California.  

Wanting to experience a different environment, we decided to split our time between Los Osos and Reno and enjoy all that both areas have to offer.  We love our 5 rescue dogs and 5 horses, and we are happy to be able to serve in both St. Benedict's in Los Osos and St. Catherine's in Reno.

Goal Reached in School Fundraiser!
kids_with_art_supplies.jpg By Sally Dickinson

A huge Thank You to all of you who donated to our School Supply fundraiser in July. We raised over $1,100.
A bag of "goodies" including post-it-notes, dry erase markers, highlighters and glue sticks were put together for the 48 teachers at Double Diamond Elementary School.   On Friday the 4th of August, 75% of our goody bags were distributed to the teachers who started school on the 7th of August. The remaining bags will be given to those teachers who start in September on the new multi-track system they have at DDES.
The teachers who were present were VERY thrilled and grateful for the supplies. Given the new school budget for the 2017-2018 school year, supply budgets have been greatly reduced. Any support we can give will be very much appreciated.
St. Catherine's is a partner in education with Double Diamond Elementary School. There are many opportunities to volunteer if you are interested. A few hours a week can make a HUGE difference for children struggling with school. In fact, our very own Amy Heintz was given an award at the last year's volunteer appreciation breakfast for her 10 years of volunteering and service.
Please see her or contact me (Sally Dickinson, 775-853-7850 or if you think you would like more information.
"When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, I used everything you gave me." -- Erma Bombeck

Thank you from a teacher at Double Diamond Elementary School:

        "My name is Chelsea, and I am a teacher at Double Diamond Elementary School.  I just wanted to call and thank you very much for the box of supplies I found on my desk.  I am very grateful that you were able to get us some supplies.  Sometimes these are hard to come by.  I wanted to call and extend my appreciation to your group and say thank you so much for thinking of teachers.  We really appreciate it.  Hope you have a wonderful day."

Baby Bundles:  S haring Our Blessings with Others

By Ann Crase

Baby Bundles is composed of and supported by members of St. Catherine's and Trinity Episcopal Churches.  With items donated by both congregations, we assemble "Bundles" of  layette items for St. Mary's and Renown hospitals. They are then distributed by hospital staff to disadvantaged new parents who have little or nothing for their newborn.

  • Plain white onesies
  • Girls' sleepers and bibs
  • Boys' summer hats
  • Washcloths
  • All unisex / neutral-colored clothing, especially hats & pants
Any help with these items would be greatly appreciated. Clothing should be between 0 and 6 months. Thanks to the generosity of Linda Rosenthal we have enough diapers and wipes to last the next 2-3 months. I'll let everyone know when our supply starts running short.

Monetary donations are always welcome, too. (We'll shop for yo u!) God Bless!

If you have any questions, please contact Susan Lombardi at 329-2044 or Ann Crase at 356-1155.

St. Catherine of Siena Episcopal Church |
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10435 Double R Blvd.  Reno, NV 89521