Saint Alban's Episcopal Church

Month: November 2016

The Messenger/November 24, 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; Taylor McGarity; Mildred Evans; Clark Morris; Kyle Vavra; Bill Pardue; Michael; Grayson Cooper; Ed Almand; Nancy Manley; Jim Mullen; Ron; Liz Hilton


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 November 27


Isaiah 2:1-5
Psalm 122
Romans 13:11-14
Matthew 24:36-44


Bible Readings for December 4


Isaiah 11:1-10
Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19
Romans 15:4-13
Matthew 3:1-12


Bishop’s Blurb


Thanksgiving in America


Gatherings around the Thanksgiving meal prompt reflections, silent or spoken, individual or collective. Hearts swell with gratitude for life, health, hope, community, safety and opportunity. Soaring awe and deep gratitude present themselves.

These moments of awe locate us among all the beloved-ness that God has created. We breathe in and realize that we are made to be partners with the Divine, with one another and all the created things. In those moments, my gratitude lets me see you for what you are, brother and sister. No less. These aren’t simply feelings. There’s something to this.


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Announcements


Welcome – We welcome The Rev. Geoffrey Boyer this Sunday, November 27, as our supply priest. We are thankful and blessed to have him with us.


Sunday School– Elementary Sunday School will be every Sunday morning from 9:00 am to 10:00 am. There will be no Sunday school on November 27, December 25, and January 1.

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.


Stewardship-If you have not turned in your pledge card, please bring it with you this Sunday or mail the card to the church or drop it by the church office. Thank you for your generous and prayerful consideration.


Chrismon Tree-Our beautiful Chrismon Tree is now in the Narthex. There are over 100 Chrismons on this year’s tree! Thank you to everyone who made this tree possible by producing the Chrismons. A special “Thank You” goes to Carole Bond for organizing the construction of the Chrismons and decorating the tree.


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.


Christmas Flowers-Anyone desiring to make a contribution toward Christmas flowers, please use the envelopes that are now in the pews. Put your name and the name of the person to be honored or memorialized on the envelope. Also, on the memo line of your check, please indicate “For Christmas Flowers.” Thank you for your support!


Christmas “Thank You” Donation

The Advent and Christmas seasons give us special pause to remember our St. Alban’s staff who have dedicated themselves to serving us. Each year we request a “thank you” donation for them as a special Christmas bonus. If you would like to contribute you can put your donation in the offering, give it to a Vestry member, or mail it to the office. We will present the bonuses at our Christmas Party on December 4th.

Bob Emmons, Senior Warden


Children’s Sunday School – There will be no Children’s Sunday School on Sunday, November 27.


2017 Episcopal Church Calendars are on sale in the Parish Hall lobby for $3.65 each.


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.


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


November/December 2016 Parish Calendar

The Messenger/November 18, 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; Taylor McGarity; Mildred Evans; Clark Morris; Kyle Vavra; Bill Pardue; Michael; Grayson Cooper; Ed Almand; Nancy Manley; Jim Mullen; Ron


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 November 20


Jeremiah 23:1-6
Canticle 16
Colossians 1:11-20
Luke 23:33-43


Bible Readings for November 27


Isaiah 2:1-5
Psalm 122
Romans 13:11-14
Matthew 24:36-44

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Announcements


Welcome – We welcome The Rev. Bill Deneke this Sunday, November 20, as our supply priest. We are thankful and blessed to have him with us.


Choir News – The choir is moving its regularly scheduled Wednesday rehearsal the week of Thanksgiving to Sunday, November 20, 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. There will be no Sunday school on November 27, December 25, and January 1.

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.


Stewardship Sunday, November 20……..-Each year we ask you to make a pledge to help fund the work and ministry of Jesus through St. Alban’s. We mailed a letter with a pledge card to you and asked that you fill the card out and return it to us this Sunday, November 20th. You can also mail the card to the church office or bring It by the church office. If you did not receive a card in the mail, pledge cards will be available this Sunday. Thank you so much for your prayerful consideration.


Nursery Announcement – Parents, please remember that the nursery is for children 6 years of age and under. Children older than 6 years old should attend the worship service with their parent(s). There are entertainment bags available in the Narthex to keep your child occupied during the service, if desired.


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.


Thank you for the great response to the “Operation Christmas Child” shoebox campaign. We collected 38 boxes!! There will be happier children this Christmas thanks to your generosity.


Christmas “Thank You” Donation

The Advent and Christmas seasons give us special pause to remember our St. Alban’s staff who have dedicated themselves to serving us. Each year we request a “thank you” donation for them as a special Christmas bonus. If you would like to contribute you can put your donation in the offering, give it to a Vestry member, or mail it to the office. We will present the bonuses at our Christmas Party on December 4th.

Bob Emmons, Senior Warden


Children’s Sunday School – There will be no Children’s Sunday School next Sunday, November 27.


2017 Episcopal Church Calendars are on sale in the Parish Hall lobby for $3.65 each.


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.


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


November/December 2016 Parish Calendar

The Messenger/November 11, 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; Taylor McGarity; Mildred Evans; Clark Morris; Kyle Vavra; Bill Pardue; Michael; Grayson Cooper; Ed Almand; Nancy Manley; Jim Mullen


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 November 13


Isaiah 65:17-25
Canticle 9
II Thessalonians 3:6-13
Luke 21:5-19


Bible Readings for November 20


Jeremiah 23:1-6
Canticle 4 or Canticle 16
Colossians 1:11-20
Luke 23:33-43


Bishop’s Blurb


Citizens


We are All citizens of God’s Kingdom and one American family. I pray in the days ahead we will distinguish ourselves as people utterly committed to reconciliation in thought, word and deed. Rancor and vitriol destroy fellowship, but “a soft answer turns away wrath.” Right now, you and I have an opportunity to exercise our discipleship of Jesus Christ by being peacemakers here in middle and north Georgia. The power and grace to accomplish this is found in a simple prayer: “Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred, let us sow love.” God bless you, God bless the state of Georgia and God bless the United States of America.


Proverbs 15:1 Prayer of St. Francis


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Announcements


Welcome – We welcome The Rev. Bill Deneke this Sunday, November 13, as our supply priest. We are thankful and blessed to have him with us.


Choir News – The choir is moving its regularly scheduled Wednesday rehearsal the week of Thanksgiving to Sunday, November 20, 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. There will be no Sunday school on November 27, December 25, and January 1.

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.


Just a reminder-The shoeboxes for the Christmas Child Operation and the Chrismons for our tree are due this Sunday, November 13! Please remember to bring them with you to church Sunday morning. Thank you!!


Our Stewardship Effort has begun…-You received a letter from our senior warden this past week and you heard from our treasurer about stewardship during last week’s worship service. This Sunday, Bob Emmons, our senior warden, will speak to you about his personal experience with stewardship.

Next week you will receive another letter with a pledge card asking you to make your stewardship commitment. Sunday, November 20th, is Consecration Sunday. We ask that you bring your pledge card with you to the worship service and put it in the collection plate. You can also mail the card to the church or bring it by the church office.

Please continue to give prayerful thought to your commitment to the church.


Nursery Announcement – Parents, please remember that the nursery is for children 6 years of age and under. Children older than 6 years old should attend the worship service with their parent(s). There are entertainment bags available in the Narthex to keep your child occupied during the service, if desired.


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


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


November/December 2016 Parish Calendar


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