Saint Alban's Episcopal Church

Author: CDSherlock

The Messenger/September 15, 2017

In Our Prayers

Please pray for:

Blane; Phil Brassie; Trevor Harris; Bobby Thomas; Robbie Thomas; Savannah Benton; John Cannon; Anne Carter; Edwina Johnson; Bill Pardue; Jeanne Aycock; Leanne Mathis; Marty Atkinson; Lalla Tanner; People affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Please pray for our Vestry:

Marty Atkinson; Carole Bond; Libby Martin; Melissa Young; Marvin Gray; Judy Terry; Matthew Hardy and Rev. Pat Merchant.

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, our community and nation.

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

Readings for This Week:

Exodus 14:19-31
Psalm 114
Romans 14:1-12
Matthew 18:21-35

Readings for Next Week:

Exodus 16:2-15
Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45
Philippians 1:21-30
Matthew 20:1-16

Bishop’s Blurb

Firm

On their journey towards freedom. In a whirl of uncertainty. With extreme danger pursuing. Entangled by fear. Even tempted to give up the gift of liberation. Moses spoke two words to his fellow travelers, “stand firm.” Firm, not rigid. Rigid is inelastic. Rigid shatters. Rigid has a detailed memory, but no imagination. Firm is adaptable. Firm is an observation station. A watch post. Firm remembers God’s previous works and knows God is making an odds-defying way forward. Firm sees the danger, the uncertainty, the temptation and the fear in HD and still whispers a defiant whisper, God is able!

Exodus 14:13

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“Celebrations”

Happy Anniversary

September 21 – Jennifer & Matthew Hardy

Happy Birthday!

September 16 – Melissa Young
September 20 – Matthew Hardy
September 21 – Joyce Cox

_________________________________

“Announcements”

Please Note-Rev. Pat will be at the Presbyters Conference at Rock Eagle in Eatonton this Monday, September 18, and Tuesday, September 19. She will be at St. Alban’s on Wednesday, September 20.

Episcopal Relief and Development urges prayers for communities along the US Gulf Coast dealing with the impact of Hurricane Harvey. Please donate to the Hurricane Harvey Response Fund and visit the organization’s website for more information about relief and recovery efforts.
http://www.episcopalrelief.org/hurricane-harvey-response

Adult Education Class-Rev. Pat Merchant and Daniel Donaldson will have a 15 minute study class following coffee time on Sunday mornings at 11:30 am and on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. These classes will begin this Sunday, September 17. The book used in this study is “Living the Questions” by David M. Felten and Jeff Procter-Murphy. This study explores questions and answers about religion and the Bible that people are usually afraid to ask. It is “the wisdom of progressive Christianity.” Please plan to join us!

Church Picnic

Date: September 17, 2017
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location:
Roberts’ Farm
54 Nunnally Farm Rd.
Monroe, GA 30655

Please bring a covered dish. Meat and tea will be provided, otherwise BYOB. Come earlier if you would like to swim.

Please sign the sheet provided on the round table in the Narthex if you plan to attend, and tell us what you will be bringing. For more information, contact Libby Martin at 770-207-9245 or libmartin2@hotmail.com.

Directions: From downtown Monroe, take W. Spring Street to the intersection of Hwy. 138. Turn left onto Hwy. 138. Go 3 ½ miles and turn left onto Nunnally Farms Road. Go a full 2 ¼ miles. You will pass the cabin, go through the gate, through the pasture, pass the barn, and arrive at the house.

Tai Chi-We will begin Tai Chi lessons here at St. Alban’s with Bill Carter as the instructor. Bill has been certified as an instructor by the Tai Chi for Health Institute. The first meeting will be on Wednesday, September 20, at 3:00 pm, followed by another meeting on Thursday, September 21, at 6:00 pm.

The format will primarily follow Tai Chi for Health Institute’s Tai Chi for Arthritis. For more information about this style, please visit www.tchi.org
.
Classes are tentatively scheduled for 3:00 pm on Wednesdays and also at 6:00 pm on Thursdays.

Costs are currently set at $2.00 per person/per lesson. If this will cause financial hardship, alternate arrangements may be considered.

Tai Chi for Arthritis has been found to be effective in the relief of Arthritis for many people. It is an exercise program specifically designed for people with Arthritis. Additionally, it has been found to be helpful in relieving stress and promoting good health for most people. The program is recognized and recommended by the CDC and also by most of the Arthritis Foundations throughout the world. It is also recommended to help prevent falls by seniors.

AARP Driver Safety Class Coming Soon!– St. Albans Episcopal Church will host the AARP Driving Safety Class on Saturday, September 30, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The AARP Driver Safety Program is the nation’s first and largest classroom course, designed especially for licensed drivers age 50 and older and for all licensed drivers of all ages. Course completion helps drivers refine existing skills and develop safe driving strategies in today’s challenging driving environment. There are no tests required.

Participants receive a comprehensive course workbook, which provides a thorough review of the “rules of the road” with an emphasis on safety strategies for drivers. The course also covers normal changes in vision, hearing, and reaction time associated with aging, and provides practical techniques to adjust for these changes.

Participants are charged a minimal fee of $15.00 for AARP members and $20.00 for nonmembers.

Auto Insurance Discounts: Legislation in Georgia require all automobile insurance companies conducting business in this state to offer a premium discount to participants completing a state-approved driver improvement course. (Participants must contact their insurance company or agent.)

Please bring your AARP card, valid driver’s license, lunch, and a drink and snack, and of course, your money (cash or check).

Please call Shirley at 770-267-2893 to make your reservation.

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry to Visit the Diocese-Our Presiding Bishop, The Most Reverend Michael Curry, will visit the Diocese of Atlanta, October 11 – 13. As our Chief Evangelist, Bishop Curry will bring his passion for the Jesus Movement to Atlanta. The event below is open to the public:

Bishop Curry Keynote Address at Candler School of Theology-Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 7:00 p.m. – This event will include a keynote address by the Presiding Bishop on “Racial Realities and the Beloved Community.” There will also be a panel discussion at 7:45 p.m. including the Presiding Bishop Michael Curry; Bishop Wright from the Diocese of Atlanta; The Rev. Dr. Robert M. Franklin, Jr. from Candler School of Theology; and The Rev. Kim Jackson, Associate Rector at All Saints, Atlanta. This event is open to the public, with registration required by Oct. 9.

Location: Candler School of Theology at Emory University, 1531 Dickey Drive, Atlanta, GA 30322

“Being a Christian is not essentially about joining a church or being a nice person, but about following in the footsteps of Jesus, taking his teachings seriously, letting his Spirit take the lead in our lives, and in so doing helping to change the world from our nightmare into God’s dream.” Michael Curry, Crazy Christians: A Call to Follow Jesus

For more information and to register, visit https://connecting.episcopalatlanta.org/news/2017/8/10/presiding-bishop-michael-curry-to-visit-diocese-of-atlanta

If you are interested, notify Pat and maybe everyone can ride together in the church van.

Reformation Day at Emory 2017-The 30th Reformation Day at Emory will be held on Thursday, October 26, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Kessler Reformation Collection and marking the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses. This year’s program explores the question, “Did the Reformation fail?” by inviting bishops from the Lutheran and Methodist Churches and an arch-bishop from the Catholic Church to share their perspectives and thinking with us.

Cost is $10 per person, registration is required by calling 404-727-6352.

The Richard C. Kessler Reformation Collection is a repository of rare and valuable documents produced in connection with the Protestant Reformation. The collection now contains more than 3,800 pieces written by Martin Luther, his colleagues, and his opponents, and printed during their lifetimes. The collection is housed in the Pitts Theology Library of Candler School of Theology.

For more information about the collection, contact:

M. Patrick Graham
Pitts Theology Library
Emory University
Atlanta, GA 30322
404-727-4165

Registration is now open for our 9th Annual Spirituality Conference!
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Holy Envy: Learning to Live with Religious Difference
A Day with The Rev. Dr. Barbara Brown Taylor

Fifty years ago, only international explorers, foreign missionaries, or soldiers deployed overseas encountered people of vastly different faiths. Now anyone with a computer can go on a virtual Hajj to Mecca or learn meditaiton from a Zen master online. Spirituaity has become as global as trade, raising all sorts of questions for people who never had cause to think about how many ways there are to approach the divine. What is a Chirstian to do? Barbara Taylor has some ideas, based on teaching world religions to college students over the past twenty years. Join us for an introduction to “holy envy” and a few other rules of religious understanding.

If you are not familiar with Barbara, she is a New York TIME best-selling author, college professor, and Episcopal priest. Her first memoir, Leaving Church, won a 2006 Author of the Year award from the Georgia Writers Association. Her last book, Learning to Walk in the Dark, was featured on the cover of TIME magazine. She has served on the faculty of Piedmont College since 1998 as the Buman Professor of Religion and has been a guest speaker at Emory, Duke, Princeton, and Yale, as well as a guest on SuperSoul Sunday with Oprah Winfrey. Taylor and her husband, Ed, live on a farm in the foothills of the Appalachians, sharing space with wild turkeys, red foxes, white-tailed deer and far too many chickens
.

This day-long conference will include lectures, discussion and question & answer. The cost is $65/person and includes lunch. For groups of 4 or more, the rate is $60/person, and the late registration (after October 22) price is $70/person. To register, go to

https://www.stphilipscathedral.org/

The location of the conference is the Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30305.

Remember the Poor-Our Alms Box is located on the right side on the wall when you walk out of the sanctuary. Please remember the poor and give your spare change. Checks and bills are accepted also. Thank you!

September, October Calendars 2017

Lay Liturgical Schedule 3rd Quarter 2017

The Messenger/September 8, 2017

In Our Prayers

Please pray for:

Blane; Phil Brassie; Trevor Harris; Bobby Thomas; Robbie Thomas; Savannah Benton; John Cannon; Anne Carter; Edwina Johnson; Bill Pardue; Jeanne Aycock; Chuck Bradley; Leanne Mathis; Marty Atkinson; Lalla Tanner; People affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Please pray for our Vestry:

Marty Atkinson; Carole Bond; Libby Martin; Melissa Young; Marvin Gray; Judy Terry; Matthew Hardy and Rev. Pat Merchant.

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, our community and nation.

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

Readings for This Week:

Exodus 12:1-14
Psalm 149
Romans 13:8-14
Matthew 18:15-20

Readings for Next Week:

Exodus 14:19-31
Psalm 114
Romans 14:1-12
Matthew 18:21-35

Bishop’s Blurb

Loose

Not the opposite of tight. But, loose, as in what we release into the world. Loose like what we sustain or reject. People have immense spiritual power. Immense. The universe has a mathematical precision to it. Our action or inaction creates reality. Sowing dictates reaping. There are no spectators in life! Jesus taught that heaven can be loosed by face to face conversion. Especially, with an offender or enemy. Sure, he understood disagreement and brokenness. But, the invitation is still clear, let loose a little heaven today. You can do it. It’s inside of you.

Matthew 18:18

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“Celebrations”

Happy Birthday!

September 12 – Jody Emmons
September 14 – Jim Burgess
September 16 – Melissa Young

_________________________________

“Announcements”

Episcopal Relief and Development urges prayers for communities along the US Gulf Coast dealing with the impact of Hurricane Harvey. Please donate to the Hurricane Harvey Response Fund and visit the organization’s website for more information about relief and recovery efforts.
http://www.episcopalrelief.org/hurricane-harvey-response

Sunday School-Our children and youth Sunday school will begin on Sunday, September 10, and will run through the month of April. We will meet the first and third Sunday of each month with Elementary meeting at 9:15 am and Middle/High School meeting at 11:15 a.m.

In the month of September, we will meet on the 10th and 17th. Beginning in October, we will meet the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month.

Vestry Meeting -The next Vestry Meeting is Wednesday evening, September 12, at 5:30 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 Marty Atkinson, Marvin Gray, or Rev. Pat.

Adult Education Class-Rev. Pat Merchant and Daniel Donaldson will have a 15 minute study class following coffee time on Sunday mornings and on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. These classes will begin on Sunday, September 17. The book used in this study is “Living the Questions” by David M. Felten and Jeff Procter-Murphy. This study explores questions and answers about religion and the Bible that people are usually afraid to ask. It is “the wisdom of progressive Christianity.” Please plan to join us!

Church Picnic

Date: September 17, 2017
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location:
Roberts’ Farm
54 Nunnally Farm Rd.
Monroe, GA 30655

Please bring a covered dish. Meat and tea will be provided, otherwise BYOB. Come earlier if you would like to swim.

Please sign the sheet provided on the round table in the Narthex if you plan to attend, and tell us what you will be bringing. For more information, contact Libby Martin at 770-207-9245 or libmartin2@hotmail.com.

Directions: From downtown Monroe, take W. Spring Street to the intersection of Hwy. 138. Turn left onto Hwy. 138. Go 3 ½ miles and turn left onto Nunnally Farms Road. Go a full 2 ¼ miles. You will pass the cabin, go through the gate, through the pasture, pass the barn, and arrive at the house.

Tai Chi-We will begin Tai Chi lessons here at St. Alban’s with Bill Carter as the instructor. Bill has been certified as an instructor by the Tai Chi for Health Institute. The first meeting will be on Wednesday, September 20, at 3:00 pm, followed by another meeting on Thursday, September 21, at 6:00 pm.

The format will primarily follow Tai Chi for Health Institute’s Tai Chi for Arthritis. For more information about this style, please visit www.tchi.org
.
Classes are tentatively scheduled for 3:00 pm on Wednesdays and also at 6:00 pm on Thursdays.

Costs are currently set at $2.00 per person/per lesson. If this will cause financial hardship, alternate arrangements may be considered.

Tai Chi for Arthritis has been found to be effective in the relief of Arthritis for many people. It is an exercise program specifically designed for people with Arthritis. Additionally, it has been found to be helpful in relieving stress and promoting good health for most people. The program is recognized and recommended by the CDC and also by most of the Arthritis Foundations throughout the world. It is also recommended to help prevent falls by seniors.

AARP Driver Safety Class Coming Soon!– St. Albans Episcopal Church will host the AARP Driving Safety Class on Saturday, September 30, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The AARP Driver Safety Program is the nation’s first and largest classroom course, designed especially for licensed drivers age 50 and older and for all licensed drivers of all ages. Course completion helps drivers refine existing skills and develop safe driving strategies in today’s challenging driving environment. There are no tests required.

Participants receive a comprehensive course workbook, which provides a thorough review of the “rules of the road” with an emphasis on safety strategies for drivers. The course also covers normal changes in vision, hearing, and reaction time associated with aging, and provides practical techniques to adjust for these changes.

Participants are charged a minimal fee of $15.00 for AARP members and $20.00 for nonmembers.

Auto Insurance Discounts: Legislation in Georgia require all automobile insurance companies conducting business in this state to offer a premium discount to participants completing a state-approved driver improvement course. (Participants must contact their insurance company or agent.)

Please bring your AARP card, valid driver’s license, lunch, and a drink and snack, and of course, your money (cash or check).

Please call Shirley at 770-267-2893 to make your reservation.

Remember the Poor-Our Alms Box is located on the right side on the wall when you walk out of the sanctuary. Please remember the poor and give your spare change. Checks and bills are accepted also. Thank you!

September Calendar 2017

Lay Liturgical Schedule 3rd Quarter 2017

The Messenger/September 1, 2017

In Our Prayers

Please pray for:

Blane; Phil Brassie; Trevor Harris; Bobby Thomas; Robbie Thomas; Savannah Benton; John Cannon; Anne Carter; Edwina Johnson; Bill Pardue; Jeanne Aycock; Chuck Bradley; Leanne Mathis; Marty Atkinson; Lalla Tanner; People on the Gulf Coast dealing with the impact of Hurricane Harvey.

Please pray for our Vestry:

Marty Atkinson; Carole Bond; Libby Martin; Melissa Young; Marvin Gray; Judy Terry; Matthew Hardy and Rev. Pat Merchant.

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, our community and nation.

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

Readings for This Week:

Exodus 3:1-15
Psalm 105:1-6, 23-26, 45c
Romans 12:9-21
Matthew 16:21-28

Readings for Next Week:

Exodus 12:1-14
Psalm 149
Romans 13:8-14
Matthew 18:15-20

Bishop’s Blurb

Loss

Profound images of loss surround us. We can turn the TV off but the loss remains. Rather than face loss, we deny it or euphem-ize it. Just like Jesus’ friends of old. Yes, denial and euphemism temporarily dull pain, but ultimately they are a stumbling block to depth, growth and healing. There’s no life without loss! Into this comes Jesus, the gift. In his suffering and loss we find strength to face our own. Because of him we understand the cadence of life is life, death and life again. Be not afraid, beloved God can be trusted in our loss.

Matthew 16:21

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“Celebrations”

Happy Birthday!

September 1 – Mallory Sanders

_________________________________

“Announcements”

Note-The church will be closed on Monday, September 4 in observance of the Labor Day holiday.

Episcopal Relief and Development urges prayers for communities along the US Gulf Coast dealing with the impact of Hurricane Harvey. Please donate to the Hurricane Harvey Response Fund and visit the organization’s website for more information about relief and recovery efforts.
http://www.episcopalrelief.org/hurricane-harvey-response

Sunday School-Our children and youth Sunday school will begin on Sunday, September 10, and will run through the month of April. We will meet the first and third Sunday of each month with Elementary meeting at 9:15 am and Middle/High School meeting at 11:15 a.m.

In the month of September, we will meet on the 10th and 17th. Beginning in October, we will meet the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month.

Vestry Meeting -The next Vestry Meeting is Wednesday evening, September 12, at 5:30 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 Marty Atkinson, Marvin Gray, or Rev. Pat.

Church Picnic

Date: September 17, 2017
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location:
Roberts’ Farm
54 Nunnally Farm Rd.
Monroe, GA 30655

Please bring a covered dish. Meat and tea will be provided, otherwise BYOB. Come earlier if you would like to swim.

Please sign the sheet provided on the round table in the Narthex if you plan to attend, and tell us what you will be bringing. For more information, contact Libby Martin at 770-207-9245 or libmartin2@hotmail.com.

Directions: From downtown Monroe, take W. Spring Street to the intersection of Hwy. 138. Turn left onto Hwy. 138. Go 3 ½ miles and turn left onto Nunnally Farms Road. Go a full 2 ¼ miles. You will pass the cabin, go through the gate, through the pasture, pass the barn, and arrive at the house.

Tai Chi-We will begin Tai Chi lessons here at St. Alban’s with Bill Carter as the instructor. Bill has been certified as an instructor by the Tai Chi for Health Institute. The first meeting will be on Wednesday, September 20, at 3:00 pm, followed by another meeting on Thursday, September 21, at 6:00 pm.

The format will primarily follow Tai Chi for Health Institute’s Tai Chi for Arthritis. For more information about this style, please visit www.tchi.org
.
Classes are tentatively scheduled for 3:00 pm on Wednesdays and also at 6:00 pm on Thursdays.

Costs are currently set at $2.00 per person/per lesson. If this will cause financial hardship, alternate arrangements may be considered.

Tai Chi for Arthritis has been found to be effective in the relief of Arthritis for many people. It is an exercise program specifically designed for people with Arthritis. Additionally, it has been found to be helpful in relieving stress and promoting good health for most people. The program is recognized and recommended by the CDC and also by most of the Arthritis Foundations throughout the world. It is also recommended to help prevent falls by seniors.

AARP Driver Safety Class Coming Soon!– St. Albans Episcopal Church will host the AARP Driving Safety Class on Saturday, September 30, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The AARP Driver Safety Program is the nation’s first and largest classroom course, designed especially for licensed drivers age 50 and older and for all licensed drivers of all ages. Course completion helps drivers refine existing skills and develop safe driving strategies in today’s challenging driving environment. There are no tests required.

Participants receive a comprehensive course workbook, which provides a thorough review of the “rules of the road” with an emphasis on safety strategies for drivers. The course also covers normal changes in vision, hearing, and reaction time associated with aging, and provides practical techniques to adjust for these changes.

Participants are charged a minimal fee of $15.00 for AARP members and $20.00 for nonmembers.

Auto Insurance Discounts: Legislation in Georgia require all automobile insurance companies conducting business in this state to offer a premium discount to participants completing a state-approved driver improvement course. (Participants must contact their insurance company or agent.)

Please bring your AARP card, valid driver’s license, lunch, and a drink and snack, and of course, your money (cash or check).

Please call Shirley at 770-267-2893 to make your reservation.

Remember the Poor-Our Alms Box is located on the right side on the wall when you walk out of the sanctuary. Please remember the poor and give your spare change. Checks and bills are accepted also. Thank you!

September Calendar 2017

Lay Liturgical Schedule 3rd Quarter 2017

The Messenger/August 25, 2017

In Our Prayers

Please pray for:

Blane; Phil Brassie; Trevor Harris; Bob Lindsey; Bobby Thomas; Robbie Thomas; Savannah Benton; John Cannon; Anne Carter; Edwina Johnson; Bill Pardue; Jeanne Aycock; Chuck Bradley; Leanne Mathis; Marty Atkinson; Lalla Tanner.

Please pray for our Vestry:

Marty Atkinson; Carole Bond; Libby Martin; Melissa Young; Marvin Gray; Judy Terry; Matthew Hardy and Rev. Pat Merchant.

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, our community and nation.

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

Readings for This Week:

Exodus 1:8-2:10
Psalm 124
Romans 12:1-8
Matthew 16:13-20

Readings for Next Week:

Exodus 3:1-15
Psalm 105:1-6, 23-26, 45c
Romans 12:9-21
Matthew 16:21-28

Bishop’s Blurb

Mercy

The scientists call it neuroplasticity. It means our brains are always learning. It means we are not damned to habit, upbringing or culture. It means if we choose and rehearse generosity, interdependence and joy the brain will make those connections. God’s mercy is in our capacity to learn throughout life. Paul said this ages ago, “…be transformed by the renewing of your minds.” Scripture and science together, I love it! God has done God’s part with our design. Our part is to activate this capacity. Not to do that is arrogance which, is the rejection of God’s mercy.

Romans 12:2

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“Celebrations”

Happy Birthday!

August 30 – Kristen Donaldson
August 30 – Brian Jackson
September 1 – Mallory Sanders

Happy Anniversary!

August 29 – Nancy & Wilber Ward

_________________________________

“Announcements”

Potluck Luncheon-Join us for a potluck luncheon after the worship service on Sunday, August 27. Please bring your favorite dish or dessert! Meat and beverages will be provided.

Sunday School-Our children and youth Sunday school will begin on Sunday, September 10, and will run through the month of April. We will meet the first and third Sunday of each month with Elementary meeting at 9:15 am and Middle/High School meeting at 11:15 a.m.

In the month of September, we will meet on the 10th and 17th. Beginning in October, we will meet the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month.

Vestry Meeting -The next Vestry Meeting is Wednesday evening, September 12, at 5:30 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 Marty Atkinson, Marvin Gray, or Rev. Pat.

Church Picnic

Date: September 17, 2017
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location:
Roberts’ Farm
54 Nunnally Farm Rd.
Monroe, GA 30655

Please bring a covered dish. Meat and tea will be provided, otherwise BYOB. Come earlier if you would like to swim.

Please sign the sheet provided on the round table in the Narthex if you plan to attend, and tell us what you will be bringing. For more information, contact Libby Martin at 770-207-9245 or libmartin2@hotmail.com.

Directions: From downtown Monroe, take W. Spring Street to the intersection of Hwy. 138. Turn left onto Hwy. 138. Go 3 ½ miles and turn left onto Nunnally Farms Road. Go a full 2 ¼ miles. You will pass the cabin, go through the gate, through the pasture, pass the barn, and arrive at the house.

AARP Driver Safety Class Coming Soon!– St. Albans Episcopal Church will host the AARP Driving Safety Class on Saturday, September 30, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The AARP Driver Safety Program is the nation’s first and largest classroom course, designed especially for licensed drivers age 50 and older and for all licensed drivers of all ages. Course completion helps drivers refine existing skills and develop safe driving strategies in today’s challenging driving environment. There are no tests required.

Participants receive a comprehensive course workbook, which provides a thorough review of the “rules of the road” with an emphasis on safety strategies for drivers. The course also covers normal changes in vision, hearing, and reaction time associated with aging, and provides practical techniques to adjust for these changes.

Participants are charged a minimal fee of $15.00 for AARP members and $20.00 for nonmembers.

Auto Insurance Discounts: Legislation in Georgia require all automobile insurance companies conducting business in this state to offer a premium discount to participants completing a state-approved driver improvement course. (Participants must contact their insurance company or agent.)

Please bring your AARP card, valid driver’s license, lunch, and a drink and snack, and of course, your money (cash or check).

Please call Shirley at 770-267-2893 to make your reservation.

Remember the Poor-Our Alms Box is located on the right side on the wall when you walk out of the sanctuary. Please remember the poor and give your spare change. Checks and bills are accepted also. Thank you!

August, September Calendars 2017

Lay Liturgical Schedule 3rd Quarter 2017

The Messenger/August 18, 2017

In Our Prayers

Please pray for:

Blane; Phil Brassie; Trevor Harris; Bob Lindsey; Bobby Thomas; Robbie Thomas; Savannah Benton; John Cannon; Anne Carter; Edwina Johnson; Bill Pardue; Jeanne Aycock; Robin Arnold; Jamie Reid; Chuck Bradley; Leanne Mathis; Marty Atkinson; Lalla Tanner.

Please pray for our Vestry:

Marty Atkinson; Carole Bond; Libby Martin; Melissa Young; Marvin Gray; Judy Terry; Matthew Hardy and Rev. Pat Merchant.

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, our community and nation.

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

Readings for This Week:

Genesis 45:1-15
Psalm 133
Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32
Matthew 15:10-28

Readings for Next Week:

Genesis 1:8-2:10
Psalm 124
Romans 12:1-8
Matthew 16:13-20

Bishop’s Blurb

Defiled

Watching what you eat is important. Watching what you say is paramount. NO invitation to be politically correct here. This is deeper. What comes to the mouth is born in the heart, Jesus said. From the mouth it rides on breath, becomes action and finds allies… character and culture get formed. We defile ourselves. This can be redeemed! Confess the distance you sit from your faith’s ideals. Take the medicine of seeing God in the face of neighbor. Vomit up the contempt you secretly harbor for others. Daily give voice to the cleansing words of grace. This is faith’s invitation.

Matthew 15:10-20

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“Celebrations”

Happy Anniversary

August 20 – Mary Jane and Roy Mallady

_________________________________

“Announcements”

Thanks! – Mallory Sanders replaced the gate and fence to our playground.

Ron Mullis purchased a new door for our furnace room. He will install it when the weather is cooler.

Wilber Ward and Wayne Pickeral are repairing the railing out front.

Sue Meredith made the beautiful new worship linens.

Jim Laird, Brenda Cathey, and Lou Young did the diocesan required internal audit for us.

Jody and Bob Emmons and Wilber and Nancy Ward hosted the “Supper Club” at their homes.

Thank you so much for your generosity, time, talent, and labor!!

Potluck Luncheon-Join us for a potluck luncheon after the worship service on Sunday, August 27. Please bring your favorite dish or dessert! Meat and beverages will be provided.

Please sign the sheet provided in the narthex so we will have any idea of how many people will be attending and what you will bring.

Sunday School-Our children and youth Sunday school will begin on Sunday, September 10, and will run through the month of April. We will meet the first and third Sunday of each month with Elementary meeting at 9:15 am and Middle/High School meeting at 11:15 a.m.

In the month of September, we will meet on the 10th and 17th. Beginning in October, we will meet the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month.

AARP Driver Safety Class Coming Soon!– St. Albans Episcopal Church will host the AARP Driving Safety Class on Saturday, September 30, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The AARP Driver Safety Program is the nation’s first and largest classroom course, designed especially for licensed drivers age 50 and older and for all licensed drivers of all ages. Course completion helps drivers refine existing skills and develop safe driving strategies in today’s challenging driving environment. There are no tests required.

Participants receive a comprehensive course workbook, which provides a thorough review of the “rules of the road” with an emphasis on safety strategies for drivers. The course also covers normal changes in vision, hearing, and reaction time associated with aging, and provides practical techniques to adjust for these changes.

Participants are charged a minimal fee of $15.00 for AARP members and $20.00 for nonmembers.

Auto Insurance Discounts: Legislation in Georgia require all automobile insurance companies conducting business in this state to offer a premium discount to participants completing a state-approved driver improvement course. (Participants must contact their insurance company or agent.)

Please bring your AARP card, valid driver’s license, lunch, and a drink and snack, and of course, your money (cash or check).

Please call Shirley at 770-267-2893 to make your reservation.

Remember the Poor-Our Alms Box is located on the right side on the wall when you walk out of the sanctuary. Please remember the poor and give your spare change. Checks and bills are accepted also. Thank you!

August, September Calendars 2017

Lay Liturgical Schedule 3rd Quarter 2017

The Messenger/August 11, 2017

In Our Prayers

Please pray for:

Blane; Phil Brassie; Trevor Harris; Bob Lindsey; Bobby Thomas; Robbie Thomas; Savannah Benton; John Cannon; Anne Carter; Edwina Johnson; Bill Pardue; Jeanne Aycock; Robin Arnold; Gresford Smith & Family; John Walton Henderson; Jamie Reid; Chuck Bradley; Lisa Canipelli & Family

Please pray for our Vestry:

Marty Atkinson; Carole Bond; Libby Martin; Melissa Young; Marvin Gray; Judy Terry; Matthew Hardy and Rev. Pat Merchant.

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, our community and nation.

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

Readings for This Week:

Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28
Psalm 105:1-6, 16-22, 45b
Romans 10:5-15
Matthew 14:22-33

Readings for Next Week:

Genesis 45:1-15
Psalm 133
Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32
Matthew 15:10-28

Bishop’s Message

All doubt. It’s a human thing. Still, Jesus asks the question, “why did YOU doubt?” We doubt for at least three reasons: lack of information, lack of experience or fear. How about you? Being curious about why we doubt can cause our faith to grow. What information do you need about God to shore up your faith? When it comes to experience, there’s no substitute for “tasting and seeing.” Faith not grounded in experience is not faith. Being faithful in your real life is what counts. And fear? Fear is malignant without the medicine of faith. Faith never lets fear have the last word

Matthew 14:31

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“Celebrations”

Happy Birthday

August 14 – Jeanne Aycock

Happy Anniversary

August 15 – Mary Ann & Bob Lindsey

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“Announcements”

This Sunday, August 13, Suzanne Roberts will be playing “hymns with classical themes” on the piano before the worship service. Please plan to arrive 15 minutes early to enjoy this performance.

Rev. Pat Merchant’s Schedule – August

Monday, August 14 – Here at St. Alban’s
Tuesday, August 15 – Pat has hand surgery
Friday, August 18 – Here at St. Alban’s
August 20-31 – Regular Schedule of Tuesday, Wednesday, & Sunday

Pat is having surgery on her hand Tuesday, August 15. Tuesday is the usual day she is here, but it is the only day the doctor does surgery. She will be here on Friday, August 18, instead.

Contact information for Pat: 513-259-5117 or patmrchnt@aol.com.

Potluck Luncheon-Join us for a potluck luncheon after the worship service on Sunday, August 27. Please bring your favorite dish or dessert! Meat and beverages will be provided.

Please sign the sheet provided in the narthex so we will have any idea of how many people will be attending and what you will bring.

Sunday School-Our children and youth Sunday school will begin on Sunday, September 10, and will run through the month of April. We will meet the first and third Sunday of each month with Elementary meeting at 9:15 am and Middle/High School meeting at 11:15 a.m.

In the month of September, we will meet on the 10th and 17th. Beginning in October, we will meet the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month.

AARP Driver Safety Class Coming Soon!– St. Albans Episcopal Church will host the AARP Driving Safety Class on Saturday, September 30, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The AARP Driver Safety Program is the nation’s first and largest classroom course, designed especially for licensed drivers age 50 and older and for all licensed drivers of all ages. Course completion helps drivers refine existing skills and develop safe driving strategies in today’s challenging driving environment. There are no tests required.

Participants receive a comprehensive course workbook, which provides a thorough review of the “rules of the road” with an emphasis on safety strategies for drivers. The course also covers normal changes in vision, hearing, and reaction time associated with aging, and provides practical techniques to adjust for these changes.

Participants are charged a minimal fee of $15.00 for AARP members and $20.00 for nonmembers.

Auto Insurance Discounts: Legislation in Georgia require all automobile insurance companies conducting business in this state to offer a premium discount to participants completing a state-approved driver improvement course. (Participants must contact their insurance company or agent.)

Please bring your AARP card, valid driver’s license, lunch, and a drink and snack, and of course, your money (cash or check).

Please call Shirley at 770-267-2893 to make your reservation.

Remember the Poor-Our Alms Box is located on the right side on the wall when you walk out of the sanctuary. Please remember the poor and give your spare change. Checks and bills are accepted also. Thank you!

August, September Calendars 2017

Lay Liturgical Schedule 3rd Quarter 2017


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