St. Catherine 
of Siena
Episcopal Church

10435 Double R Blvd.
Reno, NV

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


Those on our prayer list include: Gary, Bob, Eric, Alan, Rick, Glenn, Butch, Maggie, Carol, Sharon, Georgia, Ed, Pat, Mark, Harvey, Connie, and the Yakub family. We pray for the soul of Shelby who passed away on July 31. Please keep them in your prayers. 

Family Gather Service: 9 a.m.

Godly Play for kids ages 5-10 :
10 a.m. on the 1st & 3rd Sundays

Adult Education : 10 a.m.

Traditional Service : 11 a.m.
AA Men's Group: Meets at St. Catherine's on Wednesday evenings at  7 p.m.

October is Clergy Appreciation Month

Oct 7:  Baby Bundles donation collection, 9:00 and 11:00 a.m.

Oct 13:  Ordination of the Rev. Peter Skewes-Cox, St. John's in the Wilderness, Camp Galilee, 2:00 p.m.

Oct 19: Halloween Theme Dinner at the home of Kris and Rob McCain, 6:00 pm

Oct 21: Bread for the World Sunday, Special Offering, 9 and 11 am

Oct 24: Vestry Meeting, St. Catherine's, 5:15 p.m.

Oct 25:  Quilters' Meeting, St. Catherine's, 10:00 a.m.

Oct 31: "Meet and Greet" the three candidates for Bishop of the Diocese of Nevada, 6-8 p.m., Trinity Cathedral in downtown Reno

Nov 3: Eucharistic Visitor Training, Trinity, 9 a.m.-noon


Prayer Ministry
Contact Joann McKeeman:

Coffee Hour Hosts,  Greeters
& Ushers
Contact Sharyl Milegich:
853-5016 or
Lay Readers
& Eucharistic Ministers 
Contact Anne Towner:
827-3784 or
Altar Guild  
Contact Linda Stetzell:
826-8585 or

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

Lap Quilts for Seniors
Contact Amy Heintz: 
851-1026 or

Children's Flannel Blankets
Contact Carol Dyer:  702-496-8595

Episcopal Recovery Ministry
Contact Joann McKeeman:
Help a young person with reading skills at our Partner In Education school: Double Diamond Elementary! Please contact Sally Dickinson at 853-7850 or to get involved; you can also l earn more by  visiting the 360Blueprint web site .  This is such an important and rewarding way to be useful to our community. Thank you!

Michael Nusbaum Sr. Warden
Liz Skogerson, Jr. Warden
Gretchen Korver
Andy Kuhn
Carol Lacy
Peggy Manes
Linda Rosenthal
Donna Sanders, Clerk
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.
You can provide flowers for our  Sunday  services, and  also celebrate someone you love.

Flowers can be donated in the name of someone special for a birthday or anniversary; you can also dedicate the bouquet in memory of someone who's passed on, or to the Glory to God.

On the bulletin board by the coffee pot is a sign-up sheet where you can choose an open date.  The cost is $35.  A check for the cost can be dropped into the collection plate any Sunday with "Flowers" in the memo line.  Thank you!
A group from St. Catherine's meets to talk and make lap quilts, which we then donate to Manor Care, or to someone from St. Catherine's who might need a bit of TLC.  Our next meeting is set for Thursday, Oct. 25, at 10 a.m. at St. Catherine's.  We always welcome anyone who might be interested in learning to make a quilt, or just to be a part of this ministry. No sewing experience is needed, just a pair or willing hands.

Questions? Contact either Amy Heintz at, or Sally Dickinson at 853-7850, or

October 2018
St. Catherine

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

In the next few weeks, we will begin anew a conversation about giving... of our time, talent and treasure.  We were each made in God's image and, by God's grace, were born in one of the most affluent countries in the world -- with clean water, health care, education, safety.  Without these social underpinnings, our lives could be very different.  Many people in the world don't have these blessings.  They scrape by on $2.00 per day eking out a living for themselves and their children.  Did you know that if you make $25,000 a year, you are wealthier than 90% of the world's people?  Did you know that if you earn $50,000 a year, you are wealthier than 99% of the world's people?

Everything we have comes from God.  We can say that we worked hard for what we have and, often, that is true.  If we don't have our health, our ability to work hard might be impacted.  If the intellect we were given were not ours, working hard might not be enough.  If we lacked education, the opportunities presented to us might not be there. All of these things are gifts.  

There is a wonderful saying that goes like this: "Stewardship is everything I do after I say, 'I believe.'"  As we enter this season, contemplating the abundance of God's blessings upon us, let us faithfully consider what we give back to God from the first fruits of his bounty.

The theme of our conversation this year will be "Enough," based on a book written by Methodist pastor Adam Hamilton.  You might remember that we heard from Adam during Advent last year when he shared with us the calling and journey of Jesus' earthly father Joseph.    

Being in our new church home, where we are able to provide new types of ministry to our congregation and the larger community, what will we each do to further our journey with God?  

Laurie +
The Rev. Laurie Chappelle
Rev. Peter Skewes-Cox
Welcome to our new Assisting Priest

St. Catherine's new assisting priest is Peter Skewes-Cox, who will be ordained a priest on Oct.13 at 2 p.m. at St. John's in the Wilderness Church at Camp Galilee, his sponsoring church for ordination. All are welcome to attend his ordination! 

Peter earned his Master of Divinity degree in 2017 from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP) in Berkeley, Calif., one of the ten seminaries of the Episcopal Church. Peter lives in Kingsbury, NV in the Tahoe Township of Douglas County, and most recently served his transitional diaconate at St. Patrick's Episcopal Church in Incline Village.  As a seminarian, Peter spent a year at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Sparks.

When Peter asked Bishop Dan where he should go to train as a new priest in Northern Nevada, Bishop Dan sent him to talk with Rev. Laurie about St. Catherine's. Peter will participate in the liturgy at both services, preach, attend Vestry, stewardship, prayer, outreach and other ministry meetings, and generally try to learn how St. Catherine's lives out our mission: "In community, love God, love others, serve both." 

Based on the time he has spent with us so far, Peter says, "St. Catherine's is a place where the Holy Spirit is at work among us and within us, moving us individually and collectively towards transformation in Jesus Christ."

Peter and his late wife, Colleen, were married for 40 years and raised their family of five children in San Francisco.  Peter worked as a tax partner in PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in the Silicon Valley until his retirement in June 2015 when they made the move to Northern Nevada. Their church community was the Episcopal Church of St. Mary the Virgin in San Francisco. Peter was baptized there 62 years ago, and Colleen served as the co-director of the Sunday School for 32 years while Peter took on a number of lay roles.  Their family has grown to include two married children and four grandchildren (with a fifth due in February).

In addition to his M.Div. from CDSP, Peter has an A.B. degree in Physics and Applied Mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
We are fortunate to have Peter with us!  Please join us in welcoming him into the St. Catherine's community.
Report from St. Catherine's Rector Search & Parish Profile Committee

The St. Catherine's Search/Profile Committee has been established: the members are Amy Heintz, Joann McKeeman, Kirk Korver, Charles Lacy, and Charlie Dickinson.

The Committee is working on creating a profile of the parish, which will include our parish history, financial and membership information, and a description of who St. Catherine's is and what characteristics we are seeking in our next rector. This information comes from the meetings that were held with Canon Catherine and the forms that parishioners completed on characteristics or strengths that we would like to see in our new rector.  Note: We are still seeking these forms from parish members!  Please fill out a form at church this Sunday.

As Canon Catherine explained, there are two approaches that a parish can use to call a rector.  The traditional approach is the use of a formal search committee whereby the committee undertakes a national search to locate potential candidates, interviews candidates and then proposes 2 or 3 candidates to the vestry who then calls the Rector.  The alternative approach is use of a Priest-In-Charge/Under Special Circumstances which entails bringing in a temporary Rector who can be called as the permanent Rector after a mutually agreed to time period.

Because of the cost and time associated with a formal search process, the Vestry has voted to pursue the Priest-In-Charge/Under Special Circumstances approach to calling our next rector.  

The Committee plans to complete the parish profile and then support the Vestry in any additional tasks that they wish the committee to perform as part of the Rector search process.

It's Time to Think Blue

It's time to do  our Ingathering for UTO 2018. Our Fall Ingathering will start Oct. 7 and conclude Nov. 4. Martina Beatty and Georgia Tachoires will have the blue boxes at the the church on Oct. 7. Please take at least one box, keep it in a regularly visible place and put your everyday change in it. You can return a box at any time during the month but no later than Nov. 4!  We also have envelopes if you wish to donate by check or cash. Checks should be made out to St. Catherine's.  We will aggregate your contributions to send one check to UTO.  Thank you!

An Invitation to Eucharistic Visitor Training, Nov. 3 at Trinity

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in downtown Reno will be hosting a free training for Eucharistic Visitors on Saturday Nov. 3, from 9 a.m. to noon.  Lunch will be provided. 

Making sure no one is left out of the Eucharistic Feast is rooted in ancient Christian practice.  This training session is appropriate for current Eucharistic Visitors who might like a refresher course, as well as for new people interested in this lay ministry.  A booklet called "An Introduction to Pastoral Care," provided by the Diocese, will frame the discussions.  

Please contact Rev. Laurie to RSVP.

Baby Bundles

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, volunteers 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.  Any help with the following items would be greatly appreciated:

  • Diapers
  • Wipes
  • Hats for boys, girls, and in gender-neutral colors
  • Bibs for boys and girls
  • Girls' receiving blankets
  • Gender-neutral sleepers
  • Gender-neutral outfits
Clothing should be size 0-6 months.  If you'd like us to shop for you, monetary donations are always welcome, too. God Bless! 

Questions? 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