Saint Alban's Episcopal Church

Month: October 2016

The Messenger/October 28, 2016

In Our Prayers


Please pray for:


Blane; Phil Brassie; Trevor Harris; Bob Lindsey; Bobby Thomas; Robbie Thomas; Savannah Benton; Wayne Bond; John Cannon; Roy Roberts; Steven; Ann Carter; Harper McCrary; Taylor McGarity; Lanny Lesser; Paul Stallings; Mildred Evans; Clark Morris; Kyle Vavra; Bill Pardue; Michael; Grayson Cooper; Ed Almand


Please pray for our Vestry:


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


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 an usher.


Bible Readings for October 30


Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4
Psalm 119:137-144
II Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12
Luke 19:1-10


Bible Readings for November 6


Haggai 1:15b-2:9
Psalm 98
II Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17
Luke 20:27-38


Bishop’s Blurb


Pivot


Life with Jesus is full of pivot points. Some people pivot to him because they want to see what all the fuss is about. Some pivot when they hear his call. Some pivot to Jesus because they sense he could be the only one who sees them beyond their chronic sins. Some pivot away from Jesus because he really loves and accepts sinners. Some people moved by Jesus pivot away from the accumulation of things and move toward others. Some of us have pivoted to joy knowing that God pivoted toward us through Jesus to seek and save the lost! Luke 19:1-10


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Announcements


Welcome – We welcome The Rev. Doug Coil this Sunday, October 30, as our supply priest. This will be Fr. Doug’s last Sunday with us this year. We are thankful and blessed to have had him with this month.


Vestry Meeting – The next Vestry Meeting is Tuesday evening, November 1, 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 Mallory Sanders.


Choir News – The choir is moving its regularly scheduled Wednesday rehearsal the week of Thanksgiving to Sunday, November 20th, at 4:00 p.m.


Children’s Sunday School– Elementary Sunday School will be every Sunday morning from 9:00 am to 10:00 am.

Middle/High School Youth will meet after the worship service every other Sunday from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. Amarie Land, Jen Hardy, Kristin Carter, and Kristen Donaldson are our teachers.


Acknowledgement – We wish to acknowledge and thank Suzanne Roberts and the Athenaeum Literary Club for the beautiful Japanese Maple Tree and flowering bushes they had planted outside the church office in memory of Sue Henson. Thank you!!


Pictorial Directories Are Now Available – Pick up your copy this Sunday in the Narthex.


It’s Chrismon Time! If you would like to make one or several Chrismons for our beautiful tree this year, there are kits available in the church Narthex. This is a quick and easy project for those of you who do counted cross-stitch. Please return the kits by Sunday, November 13th. If you have any questions, please contact Carole Bond.


All Saints Remembrance List


If you have a loved one or a special person who passed away within the last year and would like to have him/her remembered during the service on All Saints’ Sunday, November 6, please put their name(s) on the list provided in the Narthex.


Canned Goods-Please bring canned goods to the church to decorate the altar for Thanksgiving before Wednesday, November 16th. Please place the goods in the Chapel. We will take the food to FISH after the November 20th worship service. Thank you!


Church Christmas Party


Date: Sunday, December 4, 2016
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: McDaniel Tichenor House
319 McDaniel Street
Monroe, GA 30655

Hosts: Fay & Stan Brassie
Carolyn & Wayne Pickeral

Please join us for our annual Christmas Party. Meat, mixers, and soft drinks will be provided. Please bring a festive side dish or dessert. Please sign the sheet provided on the round table in the Narthex if you plan to attend and let us know what you will be bringing. Childcare will be provided at the church.


Directions: From the church, turn left on N. Broad St./GA-11; Turn right onto McDaniel Street.


VESTRY ELECTION 2017


At the end of 2016, two Vestry members, Bob Emmons and Mallory Sanders, will rotate off the Vestry. We are asking for nominations of people to fill these two positions, plus an additional person to raise the number of members to seven.

Qualifications are as follows:

1) Confirmed communicant in good standing of the Parish.

2) Not less than eighteen (18) years of age.

3) Regular attendant upon the services in the year preceding
election.

4) Known by the treasurer to have made and maintained a
stated financial commitment for church support in the
year preceding election.

Please submit your nominations in writing to one of the Vestry members or to the church office. Nomination forms are available on the round table in the Narthex. Please return forms by January 1, 2017. The election will be held at the Annual Parish Meeting on Sunday, January 22, 2017, after the morning worship service.


Parishioner Care Committee – If you are interested in being part of a committee to help and care for members of the congregation in need, please contact Melissa Young at 404-918-4344 or dr.melissayoung@gmail.com. The members of this committee will visit shut-ins, take meals to people in need, be responsible for mailing out anniversary and birthday cards, and in general seeing about the needs of our parishioners.


Good News, Great Joy-As we enter this Thanksgiving season, what better way to express our thanks for the many blessings God has given us than to pass on some blessings to a child in need? For very little money and time, we can help a child by filling a shoe box with those things that we tend to take for granted.

This year, St. Alban’s is once again participating in Operation Christmas Child, a project that provides shoe boxes filled with everyday items to needy children around the world.

Shoe boxes and lists of items needed are available in the Parish Hall. Please return all filled boxes by Sunday, November 13th.

Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD your God which He has given you. (Deuteronomy 16:17)


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


October-November 2016 Parish Calendar

The Messenger/October 21, 2016

In Our Prayers


Please pray for:


Blane; Phil Brassie; Trevor Harris; Bob Lindsey; Bobby Thomas; Robbie Thomas; Savannah Benton; Wayne Bond; John Cannon; Roy Roberts; Ed Almand; Steven; Ann Carter; Eddie Farmer; Jerry; Harper McCrary; Taylor McGarity; Lanny Lesser; Paul Stallings; Mildred Evans; Clark Morris; Kyle Vavra; Bill Pardue; Michael


Please pray for our Vestry:


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


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 an usher.


Bible Readings for October 23


Joel 2:23-32
Psalm 65
II Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18
Luke 18:9-14


Bible Readings for October 30


Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4
Psalm 119:137-144
II Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12
Luke 19:1-10


Bishop’s Blurb


Lift


His prayer had two parts: Tell God how good you are. Look down on others. For all his right deeds, he got it wrong. He didn’t need God’s mercy to lift him. He lifted himself. Our good ought to lift people’s eyes to God. The good we are able to do is evidence of God’s mercy. The other man looked down at his shoes. He remembered his failings. How he missed the mark. He stood afar off. He hoped for mercy’s lift. For all his wrong, he got it right. The wrong we do ought to lift people’s eyes to God’s mercy. Luke 18:9-14


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Announcements


Welcome – We welcome The Rev. Doug Coil this Sunday, October 23, as our supply priest. Fr. Doug will be with us through the month of October. We are very blessed to have him with us.


Children’s Sunday School– Elementary Sunday School will be every Sunday morning from 9:00 am to 10:00 am.

Middle/High School Youth will meet after the worship service every other Sunday from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. Amarie Land, Jen Hardy, Kristin Carter, and Kristen Donaldson are our teachers.


Pictorial Directories Are Now Available – Pick up your copy this Sunday in the Narthex.


It’s Chrismon Time!-If you would like to make one or several Chrismons for our beautiful tree this year, there are kits available in the church Narthex. This is a quick and easy project for those of you who do counted cross-stitch. Please return the kits by Sunday, November 13th. If you have any questions, please contact Carole Bond.


All Saints Remembrance List


If you have a loved one or a special person who passed away within the last year and would like to have him/her remembered during the service on All Saints’ Sunday, November 6, please put their name(s) on the list provided in the Narthex.


VESTRY ELECTION 2017


At the end of 2016, two Vestry members, Bob Emmons and Mallory Sanders, will rotate off the Vestry. We are asking for nominations of people to fill these two positions, plus an additional person to raise the number of members to seven.

Qualifications are as follows:

1) Confirmed communicant in good standing of the Parish.

2) Not less than eighteen (18) years of age.

3) Regular attendant upon the services in the year preceding
election.

4) Known by the treasurer to have made and maintained a
stated financial commitment for church support in the
year preceding election.

Please submit your nominations in writing to one of the Vestry members or to the church office. Nomination forms are available on the round table in the Narthex. Please return forms by January 1, 2017. The election will be held at the Annual Parish Meeting on Sunday, January 22, 2017, after the morning worship service.


Parishioner Care Committee – If you are interested in being part of a committee to help and care for members of the congregation in need, please contact Melissa Young at 404-918-4344 or dr.melissayoung@gmail.com. The members of this committee will visit shut-ins, take meals to people in need, be responsible for mailing out anniversary and birthday cards, and in general seeing about the needs of our parishioners.


Good News, Great Joy-As we enter this Thanksgiving season, what better way to express our thanks for the many blessings God has given us than to pass on some blessings to a child in need? For very little money and time, we can help a child by filling a shoe box with those things that we tend to take for granted.

This year, St. Alban’s is once again participating in Operation Christmas Child, a project that provides shoe boxes filled with everyday items to needy children around the world.

Shoe boxes and lists of items needed are available in the Parish Hall. Please return all filled boxes by Sunday, November 13th.

Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD your God which He has given you. (Deuteronomy 16:17)


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


October-November 2016 Parish Calendar

The Messenger/October 14, 2016

In Our Prayers

Please pray for:

Blane; Phil Brassie; Trevor Harris; Bob Lindsey; Bobby Thomas; Robbie Thomas; Savannah Benton; Wayne Bond; John Cannon; Roy Roberts; Ed Almand; Steven; Ann Carter; Eddie Farmer; Jerry; Harper McCrary; Taylor McGarity; Lanny Lesser; Paul Stallings; Mildred Evans; Clark Morris; Kyle Vavra; Bill Pardue; Michael


Please pray for our Vestry:

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


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 an usher.


Bible Readings for October 16


Jeremiah 31:27-34
Psalm 119:97-104
II Timothy 3:14-4:5
Luke 18:1-8


Bible Readings for October 23


Joel 2:23-32
Psalm 65
II Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18
Luke 18:9-14


Bishop’s Blurb


Limping


Sleepless nights happen. Seized by fear, Jacob planned and prayed, tossed and turned. He’d “wrestled” with God, humanity and himself until daybreak. He was changed by that long, hard night – his name and his stride. Now, he limped because of the wrestling. We are Jacob! Before our long nights and limping, we were so ignorant. So asleep. But now, we have seen the Holy face to face. Heard the whisper. Because of our limping, we can run right now. Because of the gift of this new daybreak we can see the path, the pioneer and the perfecter of the faith.

Genesis 32:24-31

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Announcements


Welcome – We welcome The Rev. Doug Coil this Sunday, October 16, as our supply priest. Fr. Doug will be with us through the month of October. We are very blessed to have him with us.


Children’s Sunday School– Elementary Sunday School will be every Sunday morning from 9:00 am to 10:00 am.

Middle/High School Youth will meet after the worship service every other Sunday from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. Amarie Land, Jen Hardy, Kristin Carter, and Kristen Donaldson are our teachers.


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


VESTRY ELECTION 2017


At the end of 2016, two Vestry members, Bob Emmons and Mallory Sanders, will rotate off the Vestry. We are asking for nominations of people to fill these two positions, plus an additional person to raise the number of members to seven.

Qualifications are as follows:

1) Confirmed communicant in good standing of the Parish.

2) Not less than eighteen (18) years of age.

3) Regular attendant upon the services in the year preceding
election.

4) Known by the treasurer to have made and maintained a
stated financial commitment for church support in the
year preceding election.

Please submit your nominations in writing to one of the Vestry members or to the church office. Nomination forms are available on the round table in the Narthex. Please return forms by January 1, 2017. The election will be held at the Annual Parish Meeting on Sunday, January 22, 2017, after the morning worship service.


Parishioner Care Committee – If you are interested in being part of a committee to help and care for members of the congregation in need, please contact Melissa Young at 404-918-4344 or dr.melissayoung@gmail.com. The members of this committee will visit shut-ins, take meals to people in need, be responsible for mailing out anniversary and birthday cards, and in general seeing about the needs of our parishioners.

Good News, Great Joy-As we enter this Thanksgiving season, what better way to express our thanks for the many blessings God has given us than to pass on some blessings to a child in need? For very little money and time, we can help a child by filling a shoe box with those things that we tend to take for granted.

This year, St. Alban’s is once again participating in Operation Christmas Child, a project that provides shoe boxes filled with everyday items to needy children around the world.

Shoe boxes and lists of items needed are available in the Parish Hall. Please return all filled boxes by Sunday, November 13th.

Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD your God which He has given you. (Deuteronomy 16:17)


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


October-November 2016 Parish Calendar

The Messenger/October 7, 2016

In Our Prayers

Please pray for:

Blane; Phil Brassie; Trevor Harris; Bob Lindsey; Bobby Thomas; Robbie Thomas; Savannah Benton; Wayne Bond; John Cannon; Roy Roberts; Ed Almand; Steven; Ann Carter; Eddie Farmer; Jerry; Harper McCrary; Taylor McGarity; Lanny Lesser; Paul Stallings; Mildred Evans; Clark Morris; Kyle Vavra; Bill Pardue; Michael


Please pray for our Vestry:

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


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 an usher.


Bible Readings for October 9

Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7
Psalm 66:1-11
II Timothy 2:8-15
Luke 17:11-19


Bible Readings for October 16


Jeremiah 31:27-34
Psalm 119:97-104
II Timothy 3:14-4:5
Luke 18:1-8


Bishop’s Blurb


Foreigner


The Samaritan was the only one who gave thanks to Jesus for his healing. And, it was a Samaritan woman who Jesus had his longest conversation with. It is a Samaritan who starred in Jesus’ epic story about being a good neighbor. Jesus talked to people outside of his neighborhood and religious tradition as an act of faithfulness to his tradition! Jesus isn’t so insecure about his faith that he can’t celebrate the faith of foreigners. The very Jesus who some use as a wedge between Christians and everybody else interacted with foreigners. In fact, he marveled at their faith.
Luke 17:18
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Announcements


Welcome – We welcome The Rev. Doug Coil this Sunday, October 9, as our supply priest. Fr. Doug will be with us through the month of October. We are very blessed to have him with us.


Children’s Sunday School– Elementary Sunday School will be every Sunday morning from 9:00 am to 10:00 am.

Middle/High School Youth will meet after the worship service every other Sunday from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. Amarie Land, Jen Hardy, Kristin Carter, and Kristen Donaldson are our teachers.


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


VESTRY ELECTION 2017


At the end of 2016, two Vestry members, Bob Emmons and Mallory Sanders, will rotate off the Vestry. We are asking for nominations of people to fill these two positions, plus an additional person to raise the number of members to seven.

Qualifications are as follows:

1) Confirmed communicant in good standing of the Parish.

2) Not less than eighteen (18) years of age.

3) Regular attendant upon the services in the year preceding
election.

4) Known by the treasurer to have made and maintained a
stated financial commitment for church support in the
year preceding election.

Please submit your nominations in writing to one of the Vestry members or to the church office. Nomination forms are available on the round table in the Narthex. Please return forms by January 1, 2017. The election will be held at the Annual Parish Meeting on Sunday, January 22, 2017, after the morning worship service.


Parishioner Care Committee – If you are interested in being part of a committee to help and care for members of the congregation in need, please contact Melissa Young at 404-918-4344 or dr.melissayoung@gmail.com. The members of this committee will visit shut-ins, take meals to people in need, be responsible for mailing out anniversary and birthday cards, and in general seeing about the needs of our parishioners.


Please Note– Shirley Morgan will be on vacation October 10 through October 14. She will be back in the office Monday, October 17.


The FISH Ministry is in urgent need of a receptionist to answer the phones and direct calls on Mondays (9 am – 12 pm), Tuesdays (1 pm – 3 pm), Thursdays (9 am – 12 pm), and/or Thursdays (1 pm – 3 pm). If you are someone that is available, able, and would love be the hands and feet of Christ at the FISH Ministry, please contact Deborah Atha, FISH Volunteer Coordinator, at 678-635-8943 or email her at deborah.atha@fishofwalton.org


October Assistance– FISH is in need of someone to help load the FISH truck with items that are left from the consignment sale at the YMCA on Saturday, October 8th. If you are able to assist, please call Randy Watkins at 770-207-5601.


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


September-October Parish Calendar

The Messenger/September 30, 2016

In Our Prayers

Please pray for:

Blane; Phil Brassie; Trevor Harris; Bob Lindsey; Bobby Thomas; Robbie Thomas; Savannah Benton; Wayne Bond; John Cannon; Roy Roberts; Ed Almand; Steven; Ann Carter; Vida Broach; Eddie Farmer; Jerry; Harper McCrary; Taylor McGarity; Lanny Lesser; Paul Stallings; Mildred Evans; Clark Morris


Please pray for our Vestry:

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


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 an usher.


Bible Readings for October 2
Lamentations 1:1-6
Psalm 137
II Timothy 1:1-14
Luke 17:5-10


Bible Readings for October 9
Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7
Psalm 66:1-11
II Timothy 2:8-15
Luke 17:11-19


Bishop’s Blurb


A Word to the Church for the World


We lament the stark joylessness that marks our present time. We decry angry political rhetoric which rages while fissures widen within society along racial, economic, educational, religious, cultural and generational lines. We refuse to look away as poverty, cruelty and war force families to become migrants enduring statelessness and demonization. We renounce the gun violence and drug addiction that steal lives and crush souls while others succumb to fear and cynicism, abandoning any sense of neighborliness. Yet, in all this, “we do not despair.” (2 Cor. 4:8) To this current crisis we bring our faith in Jesus. By God’s grace, we choose to see in this moment an urgent opportunity to follow Jesus into our fractured neighborhoods, the nation and the world. Every member of the church has been “called for a time such as this.” (Esther 4:14)
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Announcements
Welcome – We welcome The Rev. Doug Coil this Sunday, October 2, as our supply priest. Fr. Doug will be with us through the month of October. We are very blessed to have him with us.


Children’s Sunday School– Children’s Sunday School will officially start on Sunday, September 11, at 9:10 a.m. This year we are going to mix Sunday School with Kids Choir. Amarie Land, Jen Hardy, Kristin Carter, and Kristen Donaldson will be the teachers.


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


The Monroe Fall Festival is Saturday, October 8th, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. We will be cooking and giving away hot-dogs during the festival in the church parking lot. There will also be a FREE hayride for the children and adults.


Blessing of the Animals– In honor of St. Francis of Assisi, we will conduct a “Blessing of the Animals” Saturday, October 8th, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm in downtown Monroe during the Fall Festival. The blessing booth will be set up next to WAG’s display in the old courthouse area. Ask your friends as everyone is invited to bring their beloved animals, large and small, to be blessed at this community event.


Pet Wash– Following the Blessing of the Animals on Saturday, October 8th, our youth group will have a Pet Wash at St. Alban’s. Bring your pets to be blessed and bathed! The bathing will take place in the parish’s parking lot.


Vestry Meeting– The next Vestry Meeting is Tuesday evening, October 4, 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 Mallory Sanders.


Please Note– Shirley Morgan will be on vacation October 10 through October 14. She will be back in the office Monday, October 17.


The FISH Ministry is in urgent need of a receptionist to answer the phones and direct calls on Mondays (9 am – 12 pm), Tuesdays (1 pm – 3 pm), Thursdays (9 am – 12 pm), and/or Thursdays (1 pm – 3 pm). If you are someone that is available, able, and would love be the hands and feet of Christ at the FISH Ministry, please contact Deborah Atha, FISH Volunteer Coordinator, at 678-635-8943 or email her at deborah.atha@fishofwalton.org


October Assistance– FISH is in need of someone to help load the FISH truck with items that are left from the consignment sale at the YMCA on Saturday, October 8th. If you are able to assist, please call Randy Watkins at 770-207-5601.
Choir Practice is every Wednesday evening at 5:30 p.m. Please join us!


September-October Parish Calendar


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