Saint Alban's Episcopal Church

Month: April 2016

The Messsenger/April 15, 2016

In Our Prayers

Please pray for:

Blane; Phil Brassie; Trevor Harris; Bob Lindsey; Destiny; Bobby Thomas; Robbie Thomas; Savannah Benton; Pam; Jeff Foster; Wayne Bond; Natalia; Carol; Steve; Jo Ann; Jennifer Arteaga; Rebecca Rogers; Olivia; John Cannon; Roger Chapman.

Please pray for our Vestry and Clergy:

Marty Atkinson; Carole Bond; Bob Emmons; Libby Martin; Mallory Sanders; Melissa Young; Father Alan

St. Alban’s Intercessory Prayer Group– Every Tuesday morning at 11:00 a.m. you are invited to come and pray for the needs of our church, our people, and our community. If you would like for us to pray for someone or something special, please fill out a prayer card, which is found on back of the pews. You can place the card in the offering plate or give it to Father Alan.

Bible Readings

Readings for This Week:

Acts 9:36-43
Psalm 23
Revelation 7:9-17
John 10:22-30

Readings for Next Week:

Acts 11:1-18
Psalm 148
Revelation 21:1-6
John 13:31-35

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Clergy’s Corner

Making Disciples…

The word for disciple in the Greek means “learner.” The original 12 disciples learned the Word of God, the Will of God and the Ways of God by following Jesus for about 3 years. They “learned” from Him so they could reproduce Him and perpetuate His message of “Good News.”

The disciples believed He Is the Messiah, they taught what he taught, they ministered as He did and they experienced, in powerful ways, the love of God. The result was profound. Thousands of people came into the faith and fellowship of the early church. This model of learning and applying the faith is the challenge for every generation of those who follow Christ.

I would also add: There is no finish line. We are lifelong learners. Of course, the basics are the basics; however, the Bible is a deep well that can be read many times over your life time. It is amazing how often a new insight or understanding comes from a familiar passage of scripture.

Investing in the knowledge of God has a great reward according to Proverbs. In fact, the writer specifically states that knowing God’s Word is more valuable than gold or silver. And the writer of Hebrews also reminds us that God rewards those who diligently seek Him.

I know there many ways you can grow in your faith and I commend any and all efforts in that regard. However, if you are looking for a place to plug in and go deeper I encourage you to join us on Wednesday evening. We go from 6:30 – 7:30 pm and child care is provided. Also, if you need a ride or would like to carpool we can help you there as well.

God’s Peace,

Fr. Alan

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Celebration

Happy Birthday!

April 15th- Marty Atkinson
April 21st- Madeline Burgess
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Announcements

Adult Confirmation Class – The Adult Confirmation Class will begin Sunday, April 24th. The class will meet every Sunday at 11:45 am and will run for 8 weeks. Please sign the sheet provided on the round table in the Narthex if you would like to attend.

Youth Confirmation Class – The Youth Confirmation Class will meet again this Sunday, April 17th, at 11:45 a.m.

Wednesday Night Study Group – Join us every Wednesday evening to study and discuss the Bible with Fr. Alan. We meet from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Childcare is provided.

FISH Needs…Volunteers are needed in the Ministry Office, Pantry, Medical Office and Dental Office. Contact: Deborah Atha – 678-635-7249 or 678-628-6288.

CAMP MIKELL

The Camp and Conference Center for the
Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

237 Camp Mikell Road
Toccoa, GA 30577

Camp Mikell is holding its first Open House on Saturday, June 4, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. If you’ve never been to Mikell before this is an excellent opportunity to experience a real treasure of the Atlanta Episcopal Diocese. No RSVP is necessary! Contact amanda@campmikell.com
with any questions.

CHORAL CONCERT and EVENSONG

Sunday, April 24th, 5:00 p.m.

Members of the George Walton Academy Choir will perform, under the direction of Choir Master Kristen Donaldson, at St. Alban’s on Sunday, April 24, at 5:00 pm. An Evensong service will follow the concert. A reception will be held in the Parish Hall following the service.

Choir Practice is every Wednesday evening at 5:30 p.m. Please Join us!

African Team Ministries Products Sale

Sunday the 17th

Beautiful products from African Team Ministries will be on sale in the Parish Hall. This ministry been serving the churches in East Africa for more than 20 years. The proceeds from the handcrafted items will help the families in the drought and famine areas.

COMING SOON!

MAY 7TH – 5 PM TO 7 PM

MAKE YOUR PLANS TO ATTEND!

Live Broadcast of the Race
Ladies’ Derby Hat Contest
$1 Draw for a Horse
Winner/s Take Entire Purse

Please bring finger foods and heavy snacks to share!

“The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports”

Sacred Threads at Grace Church

The Creative Expression Ministry at Grace Episcopal Church in Gainesville, Georgia, is very pleased to announce that we will host the nationally touring quilt exhibit, Sacred Threads, from April 13 through May 4, 2016.

The exhibition features 40 quilts with themes of joy, peace & brotherhood, inspiration, grief, healing, and spirituality. The quilts in the traveling show were chosen from a national juried exhibition of over 200 quilts held in 2015, sponsored by the Sacred Threads organization based in Fairfax, Virginia. The show does not emphasize any particular religion or theology, but conveys the spirituality, healing and inspirational messages that transcend all people.

Grace Episcopal is one of approximately 20 locations across the United States that will host this show. The quilts will be displayed in the Parish Hall and Greeting Area. Please park in the church lot at the corner of Brenau Avenue and Boulevard and enter the exhibit through the St. Francis garden.

Parish Calendar April-May 2016

Lay Liturgical Schedule

The Messenger / April 8, 2016

In Our Prayers
Please pray for:
Blane; Phil Brassie; Trevor Harris; Bob Lindsey; Destiny; Bobby Thomas; Robbie Thomas; Savannah Benton; Pam; Jeff Foster; Wayne Bond; Natalia; Carol; Steve; Jo Ann; Jennifer Arteaga; Rebecca Rogers; Olivia; Family & Friends of Byron Keene

Please pray for our Vestry and Clergy:
Marty Atkinson; Carole Bond; Bob Emmons; Libby Martin; Mallory Sanders; Melissa Young; Father Alan


St. Alban’s Intercessory Prayer Group
Every Tuesday morning at 11:00 a.m. you are invited to come and pray for the needs of our church, our people, and our community. If you would like for us to pray for someone or something special, please fill out a prayer card, which is found on back of the pews. You can place the card in the offering plate or give it to Father Alan.


Bible Readings
Readings for This Week:
Acts 9:1-20
Psalm 30
Revelation 5:11-14
John 21:1-19

Readings for Next Week:
Acts 9:36-43
Psalm 23
Revelation 7:9-17
John 10:22-30


Clergy’s Corner
Making Disciples…Wednesday Night Study Group

One of the largest churches in the USA is outside Chicago, IL. It’s founder’s name is Bill Hybels and the church is
Willow Creek.

It’s a non-denominational church that began what has been dubbed the “seeker sensitive” church movement. Hybels intentionally avoided the trappings of the traditional church – no stained glass windows, no ornamentation, no cross, no pulpit, no organ, etc. A casual setting with some music and a good sermon that was informal. His success produced a 15 acre campus with a massive bundling complex that housed worship and numerous ministries to youth, the aged, the single, the college kids, and multiple opportunities for growing spiritually. At it’s zenith, some 15,000 people worshiped at Willow Creek.

Literally thousands of churches began to model their ministries after this church. “Seeker Sensitive” services became the way to go and for almost 20 years Willow Creek was esteemed as the voice of renewal and Christian revitalization. People were coming back to church and liking what they saw.

By every statistical accounting, this church was a huge success. Attendance, buildings, cash ( the ABC’s of church growth) all were exemplary and received national acclaim…until…

In 2007, Willow Creek did a critical review of the “fruitfulness” of their ministry. With all the money, buildings, ministries and programs what was the result? The findings were painful to accept, but the honest self assessment proved that they had simply made “church goers” and not disciples.

What they learned is that participation in Christian activities did not necessarily produce maturity. The congregation of Willow Creek was “behaviorally” no different than the world around them. In almost every category (giving, prayer, volunteering, sexual behavior, honesty at work, addiction, divorce, faithfulness in marriage, drug use, viewing pornography, etc.), the church was no different from the world.

What they learned is a hard lesson for us in the church: Discipleship produces a transformed life – we have different values, behaviors than the world and they are visible to the world. We live differently because we follow Jesus. To their credit, they have radically changed tactics and are investing heavily in discipleship and not just “good programs.”

On Wednesday evening, April 13th, I would like to explore the possibility of initiating a “study group” from 6:30 pm-7:30 pm. Childcare will be provided.

I am interested in your feedback and level of commitment to digging deeper into
our faith. I am specifically interested in cultivating a greater understanding of the Holy Spirit and Christian healing.

Please join me for this conversation.

God’s Peace,
Fr. Alan


Happy Birthday!
April 9 – Wilber Ward
April 11 – Joylou Mullis
April 15 – Marty Atkinson


Announcements

Adult Confirmation Class – An Adult Confirmation Class will begin soon. The class will meet every Sunday at 11:45 am and will run for 8 weeks. Please sign the sheet provided on the round table in the Narthex if you would like to attend.

Youth Confirmation Class – The Youth Confirmation Class will meet again this Sunday, April 10th, at 11:45 a.m. Fr. Alan wants to have a couple more classes to complete the course.

Exploratory Conversation for Wednesday Night Study Group – This Wednesday evening, April 13, from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm, Fr. Alan would like to gauge interest for a mid-week study group. You are invited to join that
conversation. Childcare provided.

FISH Needs…The Monroe and Loganville Thrift Stores are in need of 10 volunteers (each store) to assist next week to get the clothing and other miscellaneous items out in the stores that were previously sorted. Volunteers are also needed in the Ministry Office, Pantry, Medical and Dental. Contact: Deborah Atha – 678-635-7249 or 678-628-6288

Camp Mikell Open House

open-houseCamp Mikell is holding its first Open House on Saturday, June 4, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. If you’ve never been to
Mikell before this is an excellent opportunity to experience a real treasure of the Atlanta Episcopal Diocese. No RSVP is necessary! Contact amanda@campmikell.com with any questions.

CHORAL CONCERT and EVENSONG
Sunday, April 24th, 5:00 p.m.

Members of the George Walton Academy Choir will perform, under the direction of Choir Master Kristen Donaldson, at St. Alban’s on Sunday, April 24, at 5:00 pm. An Evensong service will follow the concert. A reception will be held in the
Parish Hall following the service.


Choir Practice will reconvene next Thursday evening, April 14th, at 6:00 p.m. Please Join us!

strong>African Team Ministries Products Sale
Sundays – April 10th & 17th
Beautiful products from African Team Ministries will be on sale in the Parish Hall. This ministry been serving the churches in East Africa for more than 20 years. The proceeds from the handcrafted items will help the families in the drought and famine areas.


Kentucky Derby Party
MAY 7TH – 5 PM TO 7 PM
MAKE YOUR PLANS TO ATTEND!
• Live Broadcast of the Race
• Ladies’ Derby Hat Contest
• $1 Draw for a Horse
• Winner/s Take Entire Purse

Please bring finger foods and heavy snacks to share!


Sacred Threads at Grace Church

The Creative Expression Ministry at Grace Episcopal Church in Gainesville, Georgia, is very pleased to announce that we will host the nationally touring quilt exhibit, Sacred Threads, from April 13 through May 4, 2016.

The exhibition features 40 quilts with themes of joy, peace & brotherhood, inspiration, grief, healing, and spirituality. The quilts in the traveling show were chosen from a national juried exhibition of over 200 quilts held in 2015, sponsored by the Sacred Threads organization based in Fairfax, Virginia. The show does not emphasize any particular religion or theology, but conveys the spirituality, healing and inspirational messages that transcend all people.

Grace Episcopal is one of approximately 20 locations across the United States that will host this show. The quilts will be displayed in the Parish Hall and Greeting Area. Please park in the church lot at the corner of Brenau Avenue and
Boulevard and enter the exhibit through the St. Francis garden.


Parish Calendar March – April 2016

Lay Liturgical Schedule – 1st Quarter 2016

The Messenger / April 1, 2016

In Our Prayers
Please pray for:
Blane; Phil Brassie; Trevor Harris; Bob Lindsey; Destiny; Bobby Thomas; Robbie Thomas; Savannah Benton; Pam; Roger Chapman; Jeff Foster; Wayne Bond; B.J. Davis; Sydney Reid; Natalia; Carol; Steve; Jo Ann; Jennifer Arteaga; Rebecca Rogers; Olivia; Byron

Please pray for our Vestry and Clergy:
Marty Atkinson; Carole Bond; Bob Emmons; Libby Martin; Mallory Sanders; Melissa Young; Father Alan


St. Alban’s Intercessory Prayer Group
Every Tuesday morning at 11:00 a.m. you are invited to come and pray for the needs of our church, our people, and our community. If you would like for us to pray for someone or something special, please fill out a prayer card, which is found on back of the pews. You can place the card in the offering plate or give it to Father Alan.


Bible Readings
Readings for This Week:
Acts 5:27-32
Psalm 150
Revelation 1:4-8
John 20:19-31

Readings for Next Week:
Acts 9:1-20
Psalm 30
Revelation 5:11-14
John 21:1-19


Happy Birthday!
April 3 – Frank Reed
April 7 – Lalla Tanner
April 9 – Wilber Ward


F.I.S.H. Spring Cleaning

The week of March 28 – April 2 – They need volunteers to help at Lighthouse World Outreach, the Monroe store, and the Loganville store on Friday and Saturday (April 1 & 2) from 8am to 5 pm. Please contact Nancy Long at 678-635-7249 or nancy.long@fishofwalton.org if you can help.

FISH Thrift stores are embarking upon
growth with many open positions.
– Part-time trainer with audio/visual experience.
– Part-time Cashiers with experience, twenty (20) hours a week

Interested parties should send a resume listing work experience to Deborah Atha at Deborah.atha@fishofwalton.org or by fax (678) 635-7249 or by mailing to P.O. Box 1838, Monroe, 30655.

They are always in need of volunteers to be the hands and feet of Christ at Faith in Serving Humanity. Volunteers are
needed at the Monroe and Loganville Thrift Stores, Ministry Office, Pantry, Medical and Dental.


Announcements

Adult Confirmation Class – An Adult Confirmation Class will begin after Easter and will run for 8 weeks. The class will be every Sunday at 11:45 am beginning April 10th. Please sign the sheet provided on the round table in the Narthex if you would like to attend.

Choir Practice is every Thursday evening at 6:00 p.m. Join us!


strong>African Team Ministries Products Sale
Sundays – April 10th & 17th
Beautiful products from African Team Ministries will be on sale in the Parish Hall. This ministry been serving the churches in East Africa for more than 20 years. The proceeds from the handcrafted items will help the families in the drought and famine areas.


Kentucky Derby Party
MAY 7TH – 5 PM TO 7 PM
MAKE YOUR PLANS TO ATTEND!
• Live Broadcast of the Race
• Ladies’ Derby Hat Contest
• $1 Draw for a Horse
• Winner/s Take Entire Purse

Please bring finger foods and heavy snacks to share!


Vestry Meeting
The next Vestry Meeting is Tuesday evening, April 5th, at 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 Bob Emmons or Fr. Alan.


Wednesday Night Study Group – Every Wednesday evening, starting April 13th, there will be a “Wednesday Night Study Group” with Fr. Alan. The group will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Youth Confirmation Class – The Youth Confirmation Class will meet again on Sunday, April 10th, at 11:45 a.m. Fr. Alan wants to have a couple more classes to complete the course.

CHORAL CONCERT & EVENSONG
Sunday, April 24th, 5:00 p.m.

Members of the George Walton Academy Choir will perform under the direction of Choir Master Kristen Donaldson. An Evensong service will follow the concert. A reception will be held in the Parish Hall after the service.


Parish Calendar March – April 2016

Lay Liturgical Schedule – 1st Quarter 2016


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