Come spend your Sunday mornings with us! We have Sunday School beginning at 9:10 AM with Holy Eucharist at 10:00 AM. We hope you will join us no matter where you are on your spiritual journey, whether you have been baptized as a Christian or are seeking God or a greater understanding of God. All are welcome at our table.
On Sunday, September 20th, we had our second parish conversation following the 10 am service. The survey results were presented highlighting our Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats. After a thorough review, the congregation was asked to provide feedback by letting us know where to focus our energies as we move forward.
Highest on the list was for St. Alban’s to host community events. So this fall, we are participating in the Monroe Fall Festival offering a hayride and the Blessing of the Animals. We will have a booth from 10 am to 4 pm and need a few volunteers to help out as this will increase our visibility in the greater community.
Secondly, we will be hosting an Advent Concert and Evensong service on Sunday, December 6th, at the church. The program and service begins at 5 pm with a wine and cheese reception following. This special event will highlight our strengths as a historical and liturgical church and showcase the beauty of our church and worship style.
Next highest on the list was the revitalization of our music ministry. We all know how important music is to our Sunday morning worship experience. We have a small committee being organized to address this area of our church life as we move forward.
The third area of interest was finding Youth and Christian Ed Interns – hopefully volunteers that are looking for some on the job training, as well as a chance to test their interest in Christian Ministry. Although we have a small number of youth/children this would be a very positive addition to our Sunday school and youth ministry.
Other areas of interest included a Wednesday night discipleship training, supper clubs, a day of healing prayer, and a mid-week Morning Prayer and Communion service.
Although we can’t do everything all at once, most of what has been suggested is doable in the very near future, so what I am looking to see is our level of commitment and participation. It is my hope and prayer that our good ideas become fruitful realities with life, energy and growth.
Remember, with God all things are possible.
PRAY FOR ST. ALBAN’S
As most of you know, Bishop Keith Whitmore was with us on the evening of September 30 and shared a great deal about faith and God’s faithfulness. During the course of our conversation, he asked us if we were willing to pray daily for St. Alban’s. I am sure most of us do this, however, he challenged us to pause daily at noon wherever we are and say a prayer for our church. Those of us who were present accepted this challenge and I would like to extend the invitation to the entire congregation. So take out your cellphone and set an alarm at noon and it will remind you to pause and pray. We will continue this exercise for 30 days. Beginning today, October 1, and continuing through October 31st.
Fear lowers the ceiling height of our hopes. Fear can make us tyrants and blind to opportunity. Fear robs us of the boldness God has given each of us.
The insidious part of fear is that we can make it sound plausible even prudent. But fear is fear. And remember, “We have not been given a spirit of fear, but of power and of love.”
If Moses had succumbed to his fears he couldn’t have led the Hebrew revolution. If beautiful Esther had become a prisoner of her fears, she wouldn’t have saved her generation and generations unborn.
Only “perfect love casts out fear.” Only love is dense enough to displace fear. Only love’s arms are hungry enough to embrace and purge fear. So let love increase in us to sustain our struggle against fear as we walk towards righteousness.
Readings For This Week:
Job 23:1-9, 16-17
LOCATION AND DIRECTIONS
210 North Broad Street
Monroe, Georgia 30655
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CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS
October 6-Vestry Meeting-6:00 p.m. The meeting will take place in the conference room and is open to anyone who would like to attend and observe. If you would like to address the Vestry, please contact Stan Brassie, Ron Mullis or Fr. Alan.
Oct. 10 – Blessing of the Animals -11:30 a.m.
In honor of St. Francis of Assissi, we will have a “Blessing of the Animals”, on Saturday, October 10 at 11:30 a.m. The “Blessing” will take place in our tent in downtown Monroe during Monroe’s Fall Festival (right after the Pet Costume Contest). Everyone is invited to bring their beloved animals, large and small, for Fr. Alan to bless.