Saint Alban's Episcopal Church

Month: May 2016

The Messenger/May 27, 2016

In Our Prayers

Please pray for:

Blane; Phil Brassie; Trevor Harris; Bob Lindsey; Bobby Thomas; Robbie Thomas; Savannah Benton; Wayne Bond; John Cannon; Roger Chapman; Nancy Manley; Bill; Roy Roberts; Richard; Pat Broach; Mia Todd; Elaine; Wesley Carter; Lauren Peacock.

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 June 5:

I Kings 17:8-24
Psalm 146
Galatians 1:11-24
Luke 7:11-17

Celebration

Happy Birthday!

May 28 – Nancy Ward
June 2 – Nancy Manley
June 4 – Lilly Hoglen
June 4 – Sue Meredith

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Clergy’s Corner

Fr. Alan is on vacation. Clergy’s Corner will resume when he returns.

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Announcements

Adult Confirmation Class – This class taught by Fr. Alan is every Sunday from 11:30 am to 12:15 pm. For those wishing to receive the sacrament of Confirmation, this will fulfill the precondition requirements and you will be presented to Bishop Don Wimberley in June. This class will also be of great value to those “inquiring” about the Christian faith and the Episcopal Church.

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.

Please Note-Fr. Alan will be on vacation the week of May 29. The Wednesday Night Study Group will not meet on June 1. Also, we will have a guest priest on Sunday, May 29.

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.

FISH4Kids Summer Feeding Program

We are days away from the anticipated last day of school. Most kids are excited about a summer filled with family outings and great adventures, but here in Walton County we have close to 2,300 children who fear school being out due to the challenges of their environment, including having sufficient food.

FISH is gearing up for the 11th year of their FISH4Kids summer feeding project. They ask that we prayerfully consider sponsoring children. For $60, a child will be fed each weekday this summer and receive a hygiene kit.

Please pick up a card from the basket on the round table in the Narthex. Make checks payable to St. Alban’s Episcopal Church and drop it with the completed card in the offering plate or drop it off at the church office. Thank you!!

Coffee Hour Hosts Needed – Please sign up to host a Coffee Hour on the sheet provided on the counter in the parish hall lobby.

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.

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

Parish Calendar April-May 2016

Lay Liturgical Schedule April-June

The Messenger/May 20, 2016

In Our Prayers

Please pray for:

Blane; Phil Brassie; Trevor Harris; Bob Lindsey; Bobby Thomas; Robbie Thomas; Savannah Benton; Wayne Bond; John Cannon; Roger Chapman; Nancy Manley; Bill; Roy Roberts; Richard; Pat Broach; Mia Todd; Elaine; Wesley Carter; Lauren Peacock.

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:

Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31
Psalm 8
Romans 5:1-5
John 16:12-15

Readings for Next Week

I Kings 18:20-39
Psalm 96
Galatians 1:1-12
Luke 7:1-10

Celebration

Happy Birthday!

May 20 – Josh Hart
May 24 – Jennifer Hardy
May 28 – Nancy Ward

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Clergy’s Corner

Counterfeits…

Years ago, when I was in the thoroughbred auction business, I was helping at the counter when a man with a Texas style hat and boots came up and said he wanted to pay for the horses he just purchased. I was not qualified to receive payment so I got one of the financial officers to handle the transaction.

The man then put his briefcase on the counter and opened it up. It was full of cash. The accountant was uncomfortable with the transaction (large cash payment) in such a public setting so he invited the buyer to a back room and told me to join them. He wanted me to witness and verify the “count” so there would be no question about the “cash” payment.

If memory serves me correctly, we counted about $15,000 that came in $100 bills. As the financial officer counted slowly through the large number of bills he ended up putting four of those bills to the side. At the end of the count, he informed the man that the four bills put to the side were counterfeit. He was not being accused of trying to pass off counterfeit money, but the bills would be turned over to the US Treasury to be studied and destroyed.

The guy was OK with it and gave us an additional four hundred dollars, took his receipt and moved along.

Afterwards, I asked how he was so sure they were counterfeit. He shared that originally he was with the US Treasury Department and they were trained to identify counterfeit money. He said all they did was study the originals. Once you knew the original you could identify that which was fake.

I remembered this lesson years later when I discovered the value of knowing the Bible. Believing the Bible to be “true” (or the original) I realized the more I studied and learned the “original” the easier I could detect the “false” or the counterfeit.

One of the identifiers of Satan is that he is the ‘father of lies” and there is no truth in him. He is a deceiver and a liar. The best way to identify his lies is to know the truth and that means we need to know and study the “original”!

God’s Peace,

Fr. Alan

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Announcements

Adult Confirmation Class – This class taught by Fr. Alan is every Sunday from 11:30 am to 12:15 pm. For those wishing to receive the sacrament of Confirmation, this will fulfill the precondition requirements and you will be presented to Bishop Don Wimberley in June. This class will also be of great value to those “inquiring” about the Christian faith and the Episcopal Church.

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.

Please Note-Fr. Alan will be on vacation the week of May 29. The Wednesday Night Study Group will not meet on June 1. Also, we will have a guest priest on Sunday, May 29.

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.

FISH4Kids Summer Feeding Program

We are days away from the anticipated last day of school. Most kids are excited about a summer filled with family outings and great adventures, but here in Walton County we have close to 2,300 children who fear school being out due to the challenges of their environment, including having sufficient food.

FISH is gearing up for the 11th year of their FISH4Kids summer feeding project. They ask that we prayerfully consider sponsoring children. For $60, a child will be fed each weekday this summer and receive a hygiene kit.

Please pick up a card from the basket on the round table in the Narthex. Make checks payable to St. Alban’s Episcopal Church and drop it with the completed card in the offering plate or drop it off at the church office. Thank you!!

Coffee Hour Hosts Needed – Please sign up to host a Coffee Hour on the sheet provided on the counter in the parish hall lobby.

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.

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

Parish Calendar April-May 2016

Lay Liturgical Schedule April-June

The Messenger/May 13, 2016

In Our Prayers

Please pray for:

Blane; Phil Brassie; Trevor Harris; Bob Lindsey; Destiny; Bobby Thomas; Robbie Thomas; Savannah Benton; Wayne Bond; Jennifer Arteaga; Rebecca Rogers; Olivia; John Cannon; Roger Chapman; Nancy Manley; Bill; Roy Roberts; Richard; Pat Broach; Mia Todd; Family of Ryan Atkinson.

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 2:1-21 or Genesis 11:1-9
Psalm 104:25-35, 37
Romans 8:14-17
John 14:8-17, 25-27

Readings for Next Week

Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31
Psalm 8
Romans 5:1-5
John 16:12-15

Celebration

Happy Birthday!

May 20 – Josh Hart

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Clergy’s Corner

And He will Baptize You with the Holy Spirit……..

In all four gospels, John the Baptist tells us about another baptism. John, of course, was preaching repentance and people were being baptized as a way to demonstrate their repentance. But this baptism was incomplete – the one coming after John (Jesus) would be mightier than John and baptize us with the Holy Spirit and with fire.

This Sunday is Pentecost. Many could rightly argue that Pentecost is the “birthday” of the church. Pentecost was a mandatory feast of Israel which meant that Jews from all over the Roman Empire had gathered to Israel for this celebration. It was on this day that the Holy Spirit manifested with a mighty rushing wind and tongues of fire and fell on 120 people in an upper room. This new life spilled into the temple mount and the church began.

This dramatic event resulted in Peter preaching the first sermon and some 3000 people responded with conversion and baptism with water. The prophetic voice of John the Baptist came true. Jesus indeed baptized the people with the Holy Spirit and with fire.

We have all this recorded in the Book of Acts and through the ministry of Peter and Paul and the early disciples. The Holy Spirit manifested Himself with “signs and wonders” as the gospel was preached to Jews and Gentiles. This wonderful gift enabled the church to endure persecution, do evangelism, go on mission trips, teach gentiles the ways of God, minister to the poor, heal the sick and plant churches.

In our Book of Common Prayer we begin our Holy Communion service with these words:

“Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open and all desires known, cleanse the thought of our hearts by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, that we can perfectly love you and worthily magnify your holy name.”

With the Holy Spirit we are able to do two things. First, we can perfectly love God. Second, we can worthily magnify His holy name. Being filled with the Holy Spirit enables us to love and worship in Spirit and in truth. This is a beautiful thing and I hope you remember to wear RED on Sunday as we celebrate Pentecost!

God’s Peace,

Fr. Alan

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St. Alban’s New Red Doors

Earlier this year, many parishioners realized how much in disrepair the front entrance to our church had become. Most of the wood work had been patched and covered up many times over during the 60 year plus history of our beautiful structure. When the vestry approved the funds to have the repairs performed, bids were taken and construction was started. Hardie Plank was used to replace the deteriorated framing, so the life expectancy of the repair should solid be for years to come. Once the doors were removed, it was discovered how much dry rot had occurred behind the brass kick plates and was determined that the only way to reuse these historic doors was to patch them with a synthetic filler.

Unfortunately, the product would not accept stain and exterior paint was the only viable top finish. In following theological symbolism of the Highland Street entrance, red was chosen to represent the Passion of Christ and the color of the Holy Spirit as reflective at the day of Pentecost. This new entrance now gives St. Alban’s an unique identity as the “Red Door Church of Monroe” and hopefully will appeal to many people looking for a church home to expand their journey of faith.

Many thanks to Howard Dew for his craftsmanship and expertise is producing this beautiful look to the historic entrance of St. Alban’s.

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“Two of the Most Fun Hours in Parish Life”

The second annual parish Kentucky Derby Party was enjoyed by over twenty St. Alban’s parishioners and friends last Saturday afternoon. Some very festive hats were adorned and enthusiasm ran high as the participants cheered on their favorite horse. Congratulations to Sue Meredith as she took home “Mad Hatter” honors with the most interesting hat. We are looking forward to next year’s gathering and hope many more friends and St. Alban’s members will join in the festivities.

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Announcements

Adult Confirmation Class – This class taught by Fr. Alan is every Sunday from 11:30 am to 12:15 pm. For those wishing to receive the sacrament of Confirmation, this will fulfill the precondition requirements and you will be presented to Bishop Don Wimberley in June. This class will also be of great value to those “inquiring” about the Christian faith and the Episcopal Church.

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.

Attention – The carpet runner in our sanctuary is going to be replaced soon with a new carpet runner. If you would like to have the old carpet runner, please let us know before it is removed.

Thank you-We wish to thank Libby Martin, Mary Ann Lindsey, and everyone who worked to make our Kentucky Derby Party so fun and enjoyable!

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.

FISH4Kids Summer Feeding Program

We are days away from the anticipated last day of school. Most kids are excited about a summer filled with family outings and great adventures, but here in Walton County we have close to 2,300 children who fear school being out due to the challenges of their environment, including having sufficient food.

FISH is gearing up for the 11th year of their FISH4Kids summer feeding project. They ask that we prayerfully consider sponsoring children. For $60, a child will be fed each weekday this summer and receive a hygiene kit.

Please pick up a card from the basket on the round table in the Narthex. Make checks payable to St. Alban’s Episcopal Church and drop it with the completed card in the offering plate or drop it off at the church office. Thank you!!

Coffee Hour Hosts Needed – Please sign up to host a Coffee Hour on the sheet provided on the counter in the parish hall lobby.

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.

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

Parish Calendar April-May 2016

Lay Liturgical Schedule April-June

Our Location

St. Alban’s is located at 210 North Broad Street in Monroe, GA. We have Sunday School each Sunday beginning at 9:10 am and Holy Eucharist ar 10:00 am. If you’re in or near our location, please feel free to join us!

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St. Alban’s New Red Doors

Earlier this year, many parishioners realized how much in disrepair the front entrance to our church had become. Most of the wood work had been patched and covered up many times over during the 60 year plus history of our beautiful structure. When the vestry approved the funds to have the repairs performed, bids were taken and construction was started. Once the doors were removed, it was discovered how much dry rot had occurred behind the brass kick plates and was determined that the only way to reuse these historic doors was to patch them with a synthetic filler. Unfortunately, the product would not accept stain and exterior paint was the only viable top finish. In following theological symbolism of the Highland Street entrance, red was chosen to represent the Passion of Christ and the color of the Holy Spirit as reflective at the day of Pentecost. This new entrance now gives St. Alban’s an unique identity as the “Red Door Church of Monroe” and hopefully will appeal to many people looking for a church home to expand their journey of faith.

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The Messenger/May 6, 2016

In Our Prayers

Please pray for:

Blane; Phil Brassie; Trevor Harris; Bob Lindsey; Destiny; Bobby Thomas; Robbie Thomas; Savannah Benton; Pam; Wayne Bond; Steve; Jo Ann; Jennifer Arteaga; Rebecca Rogers; Olivia; John Cannon; Roger Chapman; Nancy Manley; Max Hoglen; Bill; Roy Roberts; Richard; Pat Broach.

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 16:16-34
Psalm 97
Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21
John 17:20-26

Readings for Next Week:

Acts 2:1-21 or Genesis 11:1-9
Psalm 104:25-35, 37
Romans 8:14-17
John 14:8-17, 25-27

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Clergy’s Corner

Vestry Meeting Summary…

On Tuesday, our Vestry met and I would like to give you a brief summary of this meeting.

Financially, the Lord has blessed us and we have a surplus of over $10,000 year to date. Most of this surplus has come from the rental of our facility to the movie company in March as well as donations given in memory of Sue Henson; however, we are doing well with our pledges and offerings and are managing our expenses very close to budget. Thank you for your faithfulness and keep it UP!

Regarding the memorial gifts given in memory of Sue Henson, the vestry is looking into the purchase of a piano for the main church sanctuary. The piano we currently use is on loan to us from a parishioner and is not owned by St. Alban’s.

Other positive news has to do with the Priest-in-Charge Agreement. My contract, initiated in October of 2013, was for three years and therefore would end this October. Bob Emmons and I met with the Bishop’s office in March to discuss extending the agreement. We formally requested an 18 month extension and the Bishop has agreed to keep me at St. Alban’s through April of 2018.

As far as our facilities are concerned, the original front entrance to our church is being restored and the doors painted red. Most of the white trim around the doors had faded with chipped paint as well as a good bit of wood rot. The repairs will be completed shortly and it will be a significant improvement. Also, the red carpet runner in our nave is scheduled to be replaced in the near future.

We also will be participating in FISH4Kids outreach again this year. As you know, the lunch program offered by schools is not available to underprivileged youth during the summer months. FISH asks churches to sponsor children at $60 per child and they will receive a balanced lunch all summer long. We did this last year and details on how you can participate will be coming out in the newsletter and Sunday bulletins.

Our new website is up and running and you need to make a visit to check it out. It’s a significant improvement and you can see pictures from our events, view e-Newsletters, listen to sermons and find out what’s happening at St. Alban’s.

If you want more details or information on any of these areas, please feel free to talk with me or any of the Vestry.

God’s Peace,

Father Alan

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St. Alban’s New Red Doors

Earlier this year, many parishioners realized how much in disrepair the front entrance to our church had become. Most of the wood work had been patched and covered up many times over during the 60 year plus history of our beautiful structure. When the vestry approved the funds to have the repairs performed, bids were taken and construction was started. Once the doors were removed, it was discovered how much dry rot had occurred behind the brass kick plates and was determined that the only way to reuse these historic doors was to patch them with a synthetic filler. Unfortunately, the product would not accept stain and exterior paint was the only viable top finish. In following theological symbolism of the Highland Street entrance, red was chosen to represent the Passion of Christ and the color of the Holy Spirit as reflective at the day of Pentecost. This new entrance now gives St. Alban’s an unique identity as the “Red Door Church of Monroe” and hopefully will appeal to many people looking for a church home to expand their journey of faith.

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Announcements

Adult Confirmation Class-This class taught by Fr. Alan is every Sunday from 11:30 am to 12:15 pm. For those wishing to receive the sacrament of Confirmation, this will fulfill the precondition requirements and you will be presented to Bishop Don Wimberley in June. This class will also be of great value to those “inquiring” about the Christian faith and the Episcopal Church.

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.

Summer Feeding Program

We are days away from the anticipated last day of school. Most kids are excited about a summer filled with family outings and great adventures, but here in Walton County we have close to 2,300 children who fear school being out due to the challenges of their environment, including having sufficient food.

FISH is gearing up for the 11th year of their FISH4Kids summer feeding project. They ask that we prayerfully consider sponsoring children. For $60, a child will be fed each weekday this summer and receive a hygiene kit.

Please pick up a card from the basket on the round table in the Narthex. Make checks payable to St. Alban’s Episcopal Church and drop it with the completed card in the offering plate or drop it off at the church office. Thank you!!

 

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.
 

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

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”

Parish Calendar April-May 2016

Lay Liturgical Schedule April-June

The Messenger/April 29, 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; Nancy Manley; Max Hoglen; Bill; Roy Roberts.

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 16:9-15
Psalm 67
Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5
John 14:23-29

Readings for Next Week

Acts 16:16-34
Psalm 97
Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21
John 17:20-26

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Clergy’s Corner

A Little Bit about Francis Schaeffer..

One of the great Christian minds of the 20th Century was Francis Schaeffer. A brilliant theologian, philosopher, writer and pastor, Schaeffer was very influential in Evangelical Christianity during the 1970’s-1980’s, encouraging Christian activism in politics and issues of governance on the state, local and federal level.

As an apologist to the Christian faith, he was adept at showing why Christianity is so essential to the well-being of society and without Christianity how cultures decay. His book, “How Shall We Then Live” focuses on this reality in great clarity and depth.

Besides his writings, he established a Christian Community called L’Abri (the shelter) where people could come to live, study, rest and join others in the faith journey. It attracted many young people and eventually spread from its original location in Switzerland across Europe and to the USA.

Although Francis died in 1984, his legacy lives on through the L’Abri community and his writings. In fact, I recently read an article from a L’Abri conference held a few months ago, in Minneapolis, MN. The article was a summary of the conference that echoed Francis Schaeffer prophetic insights. If the USA continues on its current secular path, there will be tremendous opposition to Christian faith, belief and practice.

Here are quotes from the article that I found especially insightful:

Francis Schaeffer said, “Finite and fallible and sinful human beings need a reference point to make sense of our lives”.

“When we declare autonomy from God, we have the burden of defining ourselves apart from God, who is then not our savior.”

“Humans make very miserable gods.”

So the secular worldview would say: There is no transcendent authority concerning objective morality or spirituality. There is no final judgment, in which all humans will be brought to account for the way they have lived their lives. There are no absolute universal truths of morality, human beings construct and deconstruct values.

Against this encroaching darkness, Francis advocated “Light”. Remember Jesus said, “You are the light of the world.” Our prayers, witness and proclamation of God’s truth in Jesus Christ must not be silenced or sidelined.

Jesus also said, “Be of good Cheer. I have overcome the world.”

God’s Peace,

Fr. Alan

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Celebration

Happy Birthday!

May 5 – Marvin Gray
May 6 – Alan Hansen

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Announcements

Vestry Meeting-The next Vestry Meeting is Tuesday evening, May 3rd, at 6:00 pm. 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, Mallory Sanders, or Fr. Alan.

Adult Confirmation Class-This class taught by Fr. Alan is every Sunday from 11:30 am to 12:15 pm. For those wishing to receive the sacrament of Confirmation, this will fulfill the precondition requirements and you will be presented to Bishop Don Wimberley in June. This class will also be of great value to those “inquiring” about the Christian faith and the Episcopal Church.

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.
 

National Day of Prayer
Community Service
Thursday, May 5th
12:00 pm
Historic Courthouse

 

A Super Thank You!

to the

GWA Combined Choirs

St. Alban’s wishes to express our most sincere appreciation to George Walton Academy’s choirs for their wonderful performance in concert on April 24th. What a beautiful way to lead us into our Evensong Service which followed. We were truly blessed to have Choir Master Kristen Donaldson conduct these students and lead the attendees of the Evensong service in music.

 

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

 

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!

“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 April-June

The Messenger/April 22, 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; Nancy Manley; Max Hoglen.

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

Readings for Next Week

Acts 16:9-15
Psalm 67
Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5
John 14:23-29

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Clergy’s Corner

Adult Confirmation and Inquirers Class…

This Sunday (April 24th) from 11:30-12:15 pm I will begin the Adult Confirmation Class and it will also serve as an Inquirer’s Class. For those wishing to receive the sacrament of Confirmation, this will fulfill the pre-condition requirements and you will be presented to Bishop Don Wimberley in June. Additionally, this class will be of great value to those “inquiring” about the Christian faith and the Episcopal Church.

I will be covering a broad array of topics: The history of the Episcopal Church, the Book of Common Prayer; the Sacraments; the Creeds of the church; the Bible; church governance; church membership; core doctrines (Trinity, 2nd Coming, Virgin Birth, etc.); Eucharistic worship; seasons of the church year; church architecture and much more.

If you have been in the church for a long time this would also be a wonderful refresher course and I would encourage your attendance as well. You may already be familiar with these topics; however, as I mentioned last week, we are all lifelong learners.

So a quick test:

When was the first Anglican Prayer Book written and by whom?
When did the church in England begin?
Who were the first Episcopal Bishops in the United States?
How many bishops are needed to consecrate a new bishop?
What are the 39 Articles?
What is the Lambeth Quadrilateral?
What is the St. Athanasius Creed?
What is the Anglican Communion?
How many Sacraments are there?
What is the definition of a “communicate in good standing”?
What is the liturgical color for the season of Pentecost?
When are the two candles on the altar NOT lit?
Did you know the bishop has a special chair in every church? Where is ours?
Is the Burial Service a sacrament?
What is the Lectionary?
How is the date for Easter determined?
How often must the bishop visit each parish?

I hope this wets your appetite-come and learn!

See you Sunday,

Fr. Alan

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Celebration

Happy Birthday!

April 24 – Wayne Pickeral
April 28 – Meg Cooper

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Announcements

Adult Confirmation Class-The Adult Confirmation Class will begin this Sunday, April 24. The class will meet every Sunday from 11:30 am to 12:15 pm and will run for eight weeks.

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!

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


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