Saint Alban's Episcopal Church

Month: February 2014

St. Alban’s News

Please remember in prayer: Bobby Thomas; Charles Henson; Sue Henson; Mel Burress; Jeanne Aycock; Gwen Ashby; Eddie & Family; Judy Adams; Kris & Brandi Parker; Missi Rich; Stephanie Harris; Family & Friends of Jane Griffin
Note: Names will remain on this list for a month unless otherwise requested.

Birthday Blessings:
March 4 – Michael McGarity
March 4 – Ron Mullis

New Revised Directory – Pick up a copy of the new St. Alban’s Directory this Sunday. The directories are in a basket on the round table in the Narthex.

We are sad to report that Mrs. Jane Griffin, who was a member of St. Alban’s in the 80’s, has passed away at the age of 86. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.

Priest Blurb
The Rev. Alan Hansen

Remember you are dust and to dust you will return……….

History is filled with stories about people who are searching for the Fountain of Youth. The desire to live forever has been written about, talked about, and dreamed about. The Bible tells us that we will only have so many years on this earth. Our bodies will grow old and return to the dust of the earth.

Lent is the season of our liturgical year that reminds us of our mortality, but it also points us to the cross that opens for us eternal life. Jesus said in Luke 10:20: 20 “However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

As we enter this season together, I pray you will take advantage of Sunday school, Sunday worship, and our Wednesday evening Lenten programs. (Adult Sunday school starts up again this Sunday, March 2, 9:10 a.m. to 9:50 a.m.)

God’s Peace,
Fr. Alan

Calendar of Upcoming Events

Tuesday, March 4 – Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper – 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 5 – Ash Wednesday Services – 12:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 12 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 19 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 26 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 2 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 9 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 17 – Maundy Thursday Service – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, April 18 – Good Friday Services – 12:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 20 – EASTER SUNDAY – Egg Hunt after the Worship Service

SHROVE TUESDAY PANCAKE SUPPER
Please join us on March 4th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for one of the highlights of the church family year, the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper. Purchase your tickets this Sunday after the worship service. Tickets are also available in the church office or at the door – $5.00 for adults, 5 tickets for $20.00. Children under 12 eat free! Invite your friends! See you there.

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Ash Wednesday Services
Wednesday, March 5th, 12:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

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The Diocese of Atlanta Ministry Summit is like the traditional diocesan ministry fair but with a new name, a new format, and a new purpose. You are invited to come and talk it up!

The theme for this special day at the Cathedral of St. Philip – Saturday, March 8 – is Faith in Transition. The day starts at 8:30 a.m. with check-in, coffee, displays and special bookstore hours, followed by the Great Gathering with a special guest speaker at 9:30 a.m.

The guest speaker will be the Rev. Thomas Brackett, officer for church planting and ministry redevelopment for The Episcopal Church. He will talk about how to take advantage of new directions in diocesan, parish and individual ministries.

You may sign up for two 90-minute conversations, one before lunch and one after. People knowledgeable and experienced on each topic will lead, share and listen. Cost for the day (with lunch and morning snack) is $20. (Bring materials for note-taking.) Copies of the topics are available on the round table in the Narthex.
You can register online at www.episcopalatlanta.org or forms for mail-in registration are available on the round table in the Narthex.

Lenten Supper & Program – Wednesdays, March 12 through April 9 – 6:00 p.m. Join us every Wednesday evening during Lent for a light supper and program. Please volunteer to help provide the Lenten Suppers by signing up on the sheet provided in the Narthex.

Lenten Worship Services in our Community
March 12 – First Baptist Church
March 19 – First Presbyterian Church
March 26 – First Christian Church
April 2 – Grace Monroe Church
April 9 – First United Methodist Church
Services begin at 12:00 p.m. and lunch is served at 12:30 p.m.

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FISH Needs Help at the Loganville Thrift Store. They are in need of cashiers throughout the week. There are 4-hour shifts from 9 am to 1 pm and 1 pm to 5 pm Monday through Friday. If you can fill one of those slots one day a week, please call Nancy Long at 706-362-9008. No cashier experience? They will be happy to train you!

Coffee Hour – Please sign up to take care of the coffee hour on Sunday morning. A sign-up sheet is located on the counter in the lobby of the Parish Hall.

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Name Badge – If you do not have a name badge and would like one, please put your name on the sheet provided in the Narthex or call the Church office at 770-267-2893.

Bible Readings for March 9, 2014
Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7
Psalm 32
Romans 5:12-19
Matthew 4:1-11

St. Alban’s News/February 21, 2014

Please remember in prayer: Bobby Thomas; Charles Henson; Sue Henson; Mel Burress; Jeanne Aycock; Gwen Ashby; Eddie & Family; Alvin White; Judy Adams; Kris & Brandi Parker; Missi Rich; Stephanie Harris; Family & Friends of Edna Pannell
Note: Names will remain on this list for a month unless otherwise requested.

Birthday Blessings: March 1 – Jesse Wood

Adult Bible Study – The Adult Sunday Bible Study Class taught by Fr. Alan is scheduled to start again in March, depending on Fr. Alan’s steady recovery from his knee surgery.

Priest Discretionary Fund – This Sunday, the last of the month, all undesignated funds collected in the offering will be put into the Priest Discretionary Fund to help people in need in our neighborhood.

Priest Blurb
The Rev. Alan Hansen

Mountains and Valleys
Scripture talks about the mountain tops and the valleys. On Mt. Sinai, Moses received the 10 Commandments. On the Mt. of Transfiguration, Jesus was revealed as the eternal Son of God. Mountain tops are often considered a place of closeness and intimacy with God. A place where significant transformation and revelation take place. A place we often want to stay “forever.”

Valleys are the other end of the spectrum. The beloved 23 Psalm references the “valley of the shadow of death”.. a dark place.. a deserted place…a fearful place. We also have Ezekiel talking about the “valley of dry bones.” Difficult and painful part of our Christian faith and journey.

The good news is, God has chosen to be with us in both places. Both the mountain tops of our lives and the valleys. Look at what David writes in Psalm 139:
7 Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
No matter where you are our Lord Jesus is with you.

God’s Peace,
Fr. Alan

Calendar of Upcoming Events
Tuesday, March 4 – Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper – 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 5 – Ash Wednesday Services – 12:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 12 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 19 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 26 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 2 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 9 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 17 – Maundy Thursday Service – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, April 18 – Good Friday Services – 12:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 20 – EASTER SUNDAY – Egg Hunt after the Worship Service

The Diocese of Atlanta Ministry Summit is like the traditional diocesan ministry fair but with a new name, a new format, and a new purpose. You are invited to come and talk it up!

The theme for this special day at the Cathedral of St. Philip – Saturday, March 8 – is Faith in Transition. The day starts at 8:30 a.m. with check-in, coffee, displays and special bookstore hours, followed by the Great Gathering with a special guest speaker at 9:30 a.m.

The guest speaker will be the Rev. Thomas Brackett, officer for church planting and ministry redevelopment for The Episcopal Church. He will talk about how to take advantage of new directions in diocesan, parish and individual ministries.

You may sign up for two 90-minute conversations, one before lunch and one after. People knowledgeable and experienced on each topic will lead, share and listen. Cost for the day (with lunch and morning snack) is $20. (Bring materials for note-taking.) Copies of the topics are available on the round table in the Narthex.
You can register online at www.episcopalatlanta.org or forms for mail-in registration are available on the round table in the Narthex.

SHROVE TUESDAY PANCAKE SUPPER
Please join us on March 4th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for one of the highlights of the church family year, the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper. Purchase your tickets this Sunday after the worship service. Tickets are also available in the church office or at the door – $5.00 for adults, 5 tickets for $20.00. Children under 12 eat free! Invite your friends! See you there.

shrove

Ash Wednesday Services: Wednesday, March 5th, 12:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

ashwednesday

Lenten Supper & Program – Wednesdays, March 12 through April 9 – 6:00 p.m. Join us every Wednesday evening during Lent for a light supper and program. Please volunteer to help provide the Lenten Suppers by signing up on the sheet provided in the Narthex.

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Camp Mikell Folk School – February 28 – March 2 – The only folk school in Georgia – Wide variety of art and craft classes. For more information and to register, go to www.campmikell.com.

Dear FISH Friends,
Due to the recent cuts in food stamps and the extremely high electric bills the ministry is now running 2 shifts on Monday thru Friday.

We have increased in one month the number of people we feed by 269. Those (especially our elderly) are receiving extremely high electric and gas bills. If we do not get the help we need we will have to put these folks as far as 2 to 3 weeks out getting help. Our fear is the elderly will have their utilities cut off and then be in the cold. It will be a total shame that folks die in the cold because we cannot find 20 folks to take one 3 hour shift to help. The sad part is we have the money but not the people to process it.

We need anyone who is willing to help. This is the worst we have seen it in years and we have put off going to a second shift due to the lack of volunteers. We are stepping out in faith. Our long time volunteers are filling in but it is too much to ask when they are doing all and more.

We are desperate. Truly I am begging for help. I have never been at this point but I am now. I refuse to allow our elderly to sit in a cold house with no food because we simply cannot get enough folks to give 3 hours to interview, pack food box, stock shelves or fill out simple paperwork for an emergency food bag.

If anyone tells you at the church that they were refused food at FISH it is not true. We are doing emergency food bags in the morning only from 9 to 11:30. The afternoons are for our fishcare recipients. We serve between 45 and 55 fishcares in a 3 hour span. We cannot do anymore in the afternoons since we are also doing interviews who will need food also. We are also interviewing folks for medical assistance such as test, x-rays etc… in the afternoons.
PLEASE BE IN PRAYER FOR THOSE WE SERVE AND THOSE WHO SO WILLINGLY SERVE.

BLESSINGS
In His Service,
Cindy Little
FISH, Executive Director
404-557-8860

Coffee Hour – Please sign up to take care of the coffee hour on Sunday morning. A sign-up sheet is located on the counter in the lobby of the Parish Hall.

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Name Badge – If you do not have a name badge and would like one, please put your name on the sheet provided in the Narthex or call the Church office at 770-267-2893.

Bible Readings for This Week
Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18
Psalm 119:33-40
1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23
Matthew 5:38-48

Bible Readings for Next Week
Exodus 24:12-18
Psalm 99
2 Peter 1:16-21
Matthew 17:1-9

Tribute Page for Edna Pannell

Long-time St. Alban’s member Edna Pannell passed away in the early hours of February 15, 2014.   If you feel so inclined, please post your tributes to and memories of Edna in the Comments section of this page.  The page will be closed to comments on March 1, 2014 and all comments will require moderation before they will appear in the Comments section.

Update from Wayne Pickeral (thanks, Wayne!) regarding the funeral arrangements for Edna Pannell: “The funeral arrangements for Edna have now been completed. Visitation will be at Meadows Funeral Home form 5 till 8 pm, on Sunday February 16. The funeral will be at St. Albans on Monday at 2: 00 pm.”

St. Alban’s News/February 6, 2014

Please remember in prayer: Bobby Thomas; Edna Pannell; Charles Henson; Sue Henson; Mel Burress; Jeanne Aycock; Marilyn Brooks; Gwen Ashby; Eddie & Family; Alvin White; Judy Adams.  Note: Names will remain on this list for a month unless otherwise requested.

Birthday Blessings:
February 7 – Brenda Cathey
February 9 – Roy Mallady

Choir Retreat – The choir retreat is this Saturday, February 8, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. here at St. Alban’s. For more information, contact Dan Marineau at 678-457-5463 or danmarineau@gmail.com.

Choir Notes: Our weekly choir rehearsals are Thursday nights at 6 PM in the choir room.  Sunday rehearsals are at 8:45 AM in the choir loft.  If you have any ideas for hymns you’d like the choir to perform, please contact our choir director, Dan Marineau, with the title of the song.

Vestry News: At the February Vestry Meeting, Rev. Alan Hansen appointed Bob Emmons Senior Warden. The Vestry elected Stan Brassie to remain as Junior Warden. Congratulations to Bob and Stan.

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Adult Bible Study – The Adult Sunday Bible Study Class taught by Fr. Alan is scheduled to start again in March, depending on Fr. Alan’s steady recovery from his knee surgery.

Priest Blurb
The Rev. Alan Hansen

Faith without Works is Dead – A Thought for Today

In the Epistle of James we have a very brief summation statement that elevates a balance between “faith” (what you believe) and “works” (what you do). James puts this in very simple language:
“4 What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food,16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? 17 Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.”

To believe Jesus is savior and Lord is only part of the equation. Living as a Christian is the “works” – the evidence – the manifestation that your faith has translated into behavior.

This is equally true of the other extreme. Remember the Pharisees were very “external” and did notable and visible “works” yet Jesus chastised them by saying their hearts and motivations were wrong. They were after the praises of man. They were doing the right things for the wrong reasons.

The point is our behavior, our actions, and our works do matter but are only alive when combined with a true faith.

To have faith without works is dead.

To have works without faith is equally dead.

See you all Sunday.
God’s Peace,
Fr. Alan

Calendar of Upcoming Events
Saturday, February 8 – Choir Retreat – 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 4 – Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper – 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 5 – Ash Wednesday Services – 12:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 12 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 19 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 26 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 2 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 9 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 17 – Maundy Thursday Service – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, April 18 – Good Friday Services – 12:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 20 – EASTER SUNDAY – Egg Hunt after the Worship Service

Shrove Tuesday is coming and that means it is time for St. Albans’ Pancake Supper! Tickets are now available – $5.00 for adults, 5 tickets for $20.00. Children under 12 will eat free!
Set your calendar now for March 4th, get your tickets early and invite your friends! Join us for one of the highlights of the church family year! See you there.
Tickets can be purchased after the worship service this Sunday.
Tickets are also available from the church office or can be purchased at the door.

shrove

Ash Wednesday Services: Wednesday, March 5th, 12:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

ashwednesday

Lenten Supper & Program – Wednesdays, March 12 through April 9 – 6:00 p.m. Join us every Wednesday evening during Lent for a light supper and program. Please volunteer to help provide the Lenten Suppers by signing up on the sheet provided in the Narthex.

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Camp Mikell Folk School – February 28 – March 2 – The only folk school in Georgia – Wide variety of art and craft classes. For more information and to register, go to www.campmikell.com.

FISH needs help receiving donations at the Loganville Thrift Store on Saturdays and Mondays. Also, they need persons to lead the morning prayer at the Loganville store. Please call Nancy Long at 706-362-9008 for further information.

Coffee Hour – Please sign up to take care of the coffee hour on Sunday morning. A sign-up sheet is located on the counter in the lobby of the Parish Hall.

coffeecup

Name Badge – If you do not have a name badge and would like one, please put your name on the sheet provided in the Narthex or call the Church office at 770-267-2893.

Church Financial Report-This is a report of the operating income and expenses of St. Alban’s. This is the money received and spent for the day-to-day operation of the Church. St. Alban’s also has designated funds (such as the Altar Guild Fund, Building Fund, etc.) which is money given for specific purposes and cannot be used for the operating expenses of the Church. A report of the designated funds is available in the Church office.
January 31, 2014 Operating Income
(Pledges + Plate Offerings + Other Operating Income)
$10,777.16
January 31, 2014 Operating Expenses
$14,745.21
Net Loss: ($3,968.05)’

Bible Readings for This Week
Isaiah 58:1-9a, 9b-12
Psalm 112:1-10
1 Corinthians 2:1-16
Matthew 5:13-20

Bible Readings for Next Week
Deuteronomy 30:15-20
Psalm 119:1-8
1 Corinthians 3:1-9
Matthew 5:21-37


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