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St. Alban’s News/May 9, 2014

Please remember in prayer:
Bobby Thomas; Charles Henson; Sue Henson; Jeanne Aycock; Gwen Ashby; Eddie & Family; Stephanie Harris; Craig Taylor; Blane; the Stroh Family; Shirley Strickland; Marilyn Guinn; George Hearn; James; Amy; Phil Brassie; Teresa

Note:  Names will remain on this list for a month unless otherwise requested.

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Anniversary Blessings:
May 15 – June & John King

Congratulations to Savannah Thomas on her graduation from Walnut Grove High School on Saturday, May 17th.  Savannah, we wish you every joy on your graduation day and every blessing in the future.

We wish to thank Robin Arnold for the great pictures taken at the Kentucky Derby Party!  Robin, you always does such a great job and we want you to know how much it is appreciated.

Priest Blurb
The Rev. Alan Hansen

Time and Talents Matter Too

This fall we had an Every Member Canvas and received financial pledges, but financial giving or “treasure” is not the only means of being good stewards.  We are also called to offer to God some of our time and certainly our talents.

Over the next several weeks I will be preaching on the stewardship of “time and talents.”  If you want to get a head start, I suggest you read I Corinthians 12 (entire chapter), Romans 12 and Ephesians 4.  I will also preach on the Parable of the Talents from Matthews Gospel Chapter 25.

On Pentecost Sunday we will ask each of you to make a second pledge – not of your treasure…..but of your time and talents offered to our Lord Jesus Christ.< God’s Peace, Fr. Alan Vestry News The Vestry has been working on two projects and we would like to bring the congregation up to date on our progress. Organ Update Stan Brassie has been working with the Organ Committee.  The committee has met with three pipe organ builders and one electronic organ manufacturer and should have all the bids in by May 15th.  They have done excellent work and the Vestry has asked Stan to give a brief presentation on Sunday, May 18th, to bring the congregation up to speed.

The reality is our existing organ is 35 years old and slowly dying.  It may be hard to tell on Sunday because it is still working, but what is failing are the transistors, a very old technology and not worth repairing.  It has truly outlived its time and we need to replace it.

We are also happy to announce that the organ will be purchased in memory of Marion Field McKenna.  All funds contributed to the organ will go into a fund named after Marion.  She was an inspiration to all of us and a wonderful saint of the Risen Christ.

Columbarium Update
We are progressing nicely with the Columbarium Committee.  Carole Bond has done an excellent job researching this project and we have asked her to make a presentation as well on May 18th.  If you do not know, a Columbarium is a place where the ashes of a cremated person can be laid to rest.  With the Columbarium, we will also establish a Memorial Garden.

It is our goal that both these projects be self-funded and not part of the operational expenses of the church.  More details as to how you can participate will be forth coming soon.

St. Alban’s Intercessory Prayer Group
“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.  For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” – Matthew 18:19-20

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.  We will meet in the church in the sanctuary or chapel, depending on attendance.

FISH Thrift Store Volunteer Opportunities

  • Jewelry Merchandiser:  Assist customers who are buying jewelry.  Great job for person with limited mobility – little standing and no heavy lifting.
  • Help receive Donations at Rear of Store
  • Cashiers

In 2013, the two thrift stores paid all FISH overhead and added $80,000 into the ministry for Walton County children and emergency assistance. Contact: Nancy Long, 706-362-9008

FISH Farmer’s Market – It is almost time to get the Farmer’s Market up and running for the 2014 season.  This year they will be using the beautiful new “Marion Field-McKenna Pavilion.”  They have hired a Market Coordinator, Tom Evans, and he has been hard at work since the first of April getting things prepared.  They have lots of changes to this year’s market and they want to tell you about them.  Everyone is invited to a “Meet and Greet” to hear about the changes to this year’s market and to meet Tom on Wednesday, May 14th, at 4:00 PM at the Walton Wellness office at 133 E. Church Street, Monroe. Contact: DeDe Harris – 770-313-8107

Everyone enjoys the coffee hour every Sunday morning after the worship service.  We need people to volunteer to host the coffee hour.  Please sign up on the sheet provided on the table in the Parish Hall.

Name Badge – If you do not have a name badge and would like one, please put your name on the sheet provided in the Narthex or call the Church office at 770-267-2893.

Church Financial Report – This is a report of the operating income and expenses of St. Alban’s.  This is the money received and spent for the day-to-day operation of the Church.  St. Alban’s also has designated funds (such as the Altar Guild Fund, Building Fund, etc.) which is money given for specific purposes and cannot be used for the operating expenses of the Church.  A report of the designated funds is available in the Church office.

January 1 – April 30, 2014 Operating Income (pledges + plate offerings + other operating income)
Budgeted:  $60,482.60     Actual:  $63,833.97     (Over) $3,351.37

Explanation:  Amount received for pledges is $42,822.00 which is $3,788.67 over the amount expected.  Amount received for plate offering is $3,503.00 which is $5,279.50 less than the amount expected.  Other operating income received (parish hall rental, restitution payments, donations, bank interest, etc.) is $17,508.97.

January 1 – April 30, 2014 Operating Expenses
Budgeted:  $60,482.61      Actual:  $62,933.09      (Over) $2,450.48

Positive Balance: $900.88

Bible Readings for May 18, 2014
Acts 7:55-60
Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16
1 Peter 2:2-10
John 14:1-14

St. Alban’s News

Please remember in prayer: Bobby Thomas; Charles Henson; Sue Henson; Jeanne Aycock; Gwen Ashby; Eddie & Family; Stephanie Harris; Craig Taylor; Blane; the Stroh Family; Shirley Strickland

Note:  Names will remain on this list for a month unless otherwise requested.

Birthday Blessings

April 28 – Meg Cooper

Calendar of Upcoming Events

Tuesday, April 29 – St. Alban’s Intercessory Prayer Group – 11:00 a.m.

Saturday, May 3 – Kentucky Derby Party – 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Priest Blurb
The Rev. Alan Hansen

LUNATIC, LIAR OR LORD?

C.S. Lewis once said of Jesus, “He is either a lunatic, a liar or He is Lord.”

Lunatic:

This reference was about the claims that Jesus made about himself.  He identified himself as the messiah, the Christ, the eternal Son of God.  He said he came from the Father.  He was with the Father in the beginning.  His miracles and works of power authenticated his claims.  He would rise from the dead.  Some would say Jesus was delusional believing himself to be God, but was really mentally ill and crazy.

Liar:

Some would also say Jesus was intentionally deceiving us and lying.  He was not who he claimed to be and was leading us astray.

Lord:

If he is not crazy, not lying, then the only conclusion one can make is Jesus is Lord.  C.S. Lewis concluded his remarks by adding that Jesus did not give us an option.  He is either Lord of all or he is NOT lord at all.  If he is not crazy, not lying, then he is truly LORD!

The Easter Season declares his Lordship and celebrates his resurrection.  He has defeated death, sin and the grave.  Alleluia Christ Has Risen Indeed!

God’s Peace,

Fr. Alan​

We wish to thank everyone who provided Easter Eggs for our hunt last Sunday morning.  We also wish to thank everyone who helped hide the eggs and provided the refreshments.  Thank you!!

St. Alban’s Intercessory Prayer Group

“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.  For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” – Matthew 18:19-20

Beginning Tuesday, April 29th, at 11:00 a.m. you are invited to come and pray for the needs of our church, our people, and our community.  We will meet in the church in the chapel, depending on attendance.  We will begin at 11:00 a.m. and conclude before noon.

Kentucky Derby Party

Saturday, May 3rd, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Activities:

“Derby Hat Competition” – Wear your craziest hat and you may win a prize.

“Winner Take All” – Make $1 donation and draw a horse’s name out of the pot.

Heavy snacks and finger food will be served so just bring yourself and have fun!

Please sign the sheet provided on the round table in the Narthex if you plan to attend.

Vestry Meeting – The next Vestry Meeting is Tuesday, May 6, at 6:00 p.m.

Coffee Hour – Everyone enjoys the coffee hour every Sunday morning after the worship service.  We need people to volunteer to host the coffee hour.  Please sign up on the sheet provided on the table in the Parish Hall.

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Name BadgeIf you do not have a name badge and would like one, please put your name on the sheet provided in the Narthex or call the Church office at 770-267-2893.

Bible Readings for Next Week

Acts 2:14a, 36-41

Psalm 116:1-3, 10-17

1 Peter 1:17-23

Luke 24:13-35

 

 

St. Alban’s News

Please remember in prayer: Bobby Thomas; Charles Henson; Sue Henson; Jeanne Aycock; Gwen Ashby; Eddie & Family; Stephanie Harris; Craig Taylor; Family & Friends of Mel Burress
Note:  Names will remain on this list for a month unless otherwise requested.

Birthday Blessings:
April 3 – Frank Reed
April 7 – Lalla Tanner
April 9 – Wilber Ward
April 11 – Joylou Mullis
April 15 – Marty Atkinson

Calendar of Upcoming Events
Thursday, April 17 – Maundy Thursday Service – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, April 18 – Good Friday Services – 12:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 20 – EASTER SUNDAY – Egg Hunt after the Worship Service
Saturday, May 3 – Kentucky Derby Party – 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Funeral Arrangements for Mel Burress – Monday, April 14, 12:30 p.m. at St. Martin in the Fields, 3110 Ashford-Dunwoody Road, Atlanta, GA, 30319.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Harry Burress and his family.

Priest Blurb
The Rev. Alan Hansen

This Sunday we begin Holy Week where we focus on the events surrounding the last week of Jesus’ life.  We begin with Palm Sunday and the Triumphal Entry when Jesus rides into Jerusalem on a donkey and the people sing “blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord.”

On Palm Sunday we read the Passion Narrative and recall the betrayal and eventual crucifixion of Christ, his brutal scourging and horrific death on the cross.

On Maundy Thursday we commemorate the institution of the Lord’s Supper or Eucharist.  Jesus redefines the Passover Meal and identifies Himself as the bread (by body) and wine (my blood) and commands us to “do this in remembrance of me.”  After supper He washes their feet.  We too will celebrate the Eucharist, give opportunity for those who wish to participate in the foot washing and then we will strip the altar.

Good Friday we will do the Stations of the Cross reminding us of the events that took place on that painful day and reflecting on His gracious and merciful act to “take our place” and bear our sins.  As you know, the cross is the central symbol of the church and of the faith.  This instrument of death has given us forgiveness and life.

Of course, we conclude with Easter Sunday.  Although Jesus died, He rose again!  The Easter acclamation “alleluia Christ has risen…the Lord has risen indeed!” has been proclaimed for over 2000 years.
I would encourage all of you to participate fully in these services and embrace the palms, the passion and the praise!

God’s Peace,
Fr. Alan

Thank You!!  We wish to thank everyone who helped set up, clean, and prepare the Wednesday evening suppers during Lent

Easter Lillies: Anyone desiring to make a contribution toward Easter Flowers, please use the envelopes that are 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 Easter Flowers.”  The Altar Guild thanks you for your support.

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Easter Egg Hunt:  We will have an Easter Egg Hunt after the worship service on Easter morning, April 20th.  Members are invited to participate by donating plastic eggs filled with candy, trinkets, or coins.  Eggs will be collected each Sunday in a box in the lobby of the Parish Hall between now and Palm Sunday.

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Choir – Due to Maundy Thursday worship, choir practice will be on Wednesday, April 16, at 6:00 p.m.

Kentucky Derby Party
Saturday, May 3rd, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Activities:
“Derby Hat Competition” – Wear your craziest hat and you may win a prize.
“Winner Take All” – Make $1 donation and draw a horse’s name out of the pot.
Heavy snacks and finger food will be served so just bring yourself and have fun!
More details to come.
Parish Life Committee

Coffee Hour – Everyone enjoys the coffee hour every Sunday morning after the worship service.  We need people to volunteer to host the coffee hour.  Please sign up on the sheet provided on the table in the Parish Hall.

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Name Badge – If you do not have a name badge and would like one, please put your name on the sheet provided in the Narthex or call the Church office at 770-267-2893.

Bible Readings for This Week
Matthew 21:1-11
Isaiah 50:4-9a
Psalm 31:9-16
Philippians 2:5-11
Matthew 26:14-27:66
Matthew 27:11-54

Bible Readings for Next Week
Acts 10:34-43
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
Colossians 3:1-4
Matthew 28:1-10

St. Alban’s News/March 21, 2014

Please remember in prayer: Bobby Thomas; Charles Henson; Sue Henson; Mel Burress; Jeanne Aycock; Gwen Ashby; Eddie & Family;  Kris & Brandi Parker; Missi Rich; Stephanie Harris.
Note:  Names will remain on this list for a month unless otherwise requested.

Pipe Organ Update – Wednesday, March 26th, 4:30 p.m. our second organ builder, Phil Parkey, will be meeting with us to survey our church space and to give us a proposal for our pipe organ.  YOU are welcome to come, ask questions, and to learn about pipe organs.

Spring Workday – Our first Spring Workday will be held on Saturday, March 29th, from 8:30 a.m. to noon.  We have several work needs after our long winter.  Coffee, juice, and pastry will be available.

Priest Blurb
The Rev. Alan Hansen

I have a question for us as a community of faith and it has to do with prayer…………………

I am wondering if some of you would be willing to join me to pray for the needs of our church and our community.  What I envision is a gathering at 11:00 a.m. at the church once a week.  We would ask parishioners to give us people’s names (first names only or initials for privacy) and concerns (jobs, illnesses, relationships, addictions, etc.).

I have been here long enough to know there are many burdens, concerns, and needs and the appropriate response for us is to bring them intentionally before the Lord in prayer.  I will communicate more of this in the days and weeks ahead, but I wonder if God is calling you to be a part of a St. Alban’s Intercessory Prayer Group.

God’s Peace,

Fr. Alan

Calendar of Upcoming Events

Wednesday, March 26 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 2 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 9 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 17 – Maundy Thursday Service – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, April 18 – Good Friday Services – 12:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 20 – EASTER SUNDAY – Egg Hunt after the Worship Service.

Lenten Supper & Program – Every Wednesday evening during Lent at 6:00 p.m., please join us for a “soup and sandwich” supper and a program given by Fr. Alan.  If you would like to help provide the suppers, please sign up on the sheet provided in the Narthex.

Lenten Worship Services in Our Community:
Services begin at 12:00 p.m. and lunch is served at 12:30 p.m.

March 26  –  First Christian Church
April 2  –  Grace Monroe Church
April 9  –  First United Methodist Church

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Easter Lillies: Anyone desiring to make a contribution toward Easter Flowers, please use the envelopes that are 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 Easter Flowers.”  The Altar Guild thanks you for your support.

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Easter Egg Hunt:  We will have an Easter Egg Hunt after the worship service on Easter morning, April 20th.  Members are invited to participate by donating plastic eggs filled with candy, trinkets, or coins.  Eggs will be collected each Sunday in a box in the lobby of the Parish Hall between now and Palm Sunday.

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Everyone enjoys the Coffee Hour every Sunday morning after the worship service, but we are not having many people sign up to host the Coffee Hour and supply the goodies!  Please sign up to take care of the coffee hour on Sunday morning by signing the sheet provided on the counter in the lobby of the Parish Hall.

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FISH – Cashiers and other volunteers are needed at FISH’s Loganville Thrift Store.  Shifts 9 am – 1 pm and 1 pm – 5 pm Monday through Saturday.  Volunteers are asked to fill only one four-hour shift weekly.  Please call Nancy Long at 706-362-9008.

Name Badge – If you do not have a name badge and would like one, please put your name on the sheet provided in the Narthex or call the Church office at 770-267-2893.

Bible Readings for Next Week
1 Samuel 16:1-13
Psalm 23
Ephesians 5:8-14
John 9:1-41

St. Alban’s News/March 7, 2014

Please remember in prayer: Bobby Thomas; Charles Henson; Sue Henson; Mel Burress; Jeanne Aycock; Gwen Ashby; Eddie & Family; Judy Adams; Kris & Brandi Parker; Missi Rich; Stephanie Harris
Note: Names will remain on this list for a month unless otherwise requested.

Anniversary Blessings: March 10 – Dianne Hardin & David Field

Birthday Blessings: March 12 – John King
March 14 – Max Hoglen

Thank You – “Charles and I would like to thank the members of St. Alban’s, especially the Malladys, for the honor they paid to Charles on his 90th birthday at the Pancake Supper. It was a fun evening and the men did a terrific job with the cooking. The decorations were very impressive and it was a complete surprise to us. We love St. Alban’s very much and hope our health will enable us to be present at the services soon.
Charles & Sue Henson”

Thank you to everyone who shopped for supplies, cooked, and cleaned for the Pancake Supper. Total ticket sales was $517.00, minus $231.58 for supplies, for a net profit of $285.42 and a wonderful night of good food and fellowship!

Priest Blurb
The Rev. Alan Hansen

Lenten Opportunity…..
This week we begin our Lenten series on Wednesday night beginning at 6:00 p.m. with soup and sandwich followed by the program ending at 7:30 p.m. I’m asking all of you to prayerfully consider making this a priority for your Lenten discipline. I have several topics that we are going to cover together – focusing on the cross. It is my hope if by the time we reach Palm Sunday and enter Holy Week, our understanding and appreciation of what God has done for us in Christ will produce a mighty celebration on Easter Sunday. I also encourage you to think about who you might invite and have them join us.
God’s Peace,
Fr. Alan

Calendar of Upcoming Events

Wednesday, March 12 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 19 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 26 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 2 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 9 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 17 – Maundy Thursday Service – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, April 18 – Good Friday Services – 12:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 20 – EASTER SUNDAY – Egg Hunt after the Worship Service

The Diocese of Atlanta Ministry Summit is like the traditional diocesan ministry fair but with a new name, a new format, and a new purpose. You are invited to come and talk it up!

The theme for this special day at the Cathedral of St. Philip – Saturday, March 8 – is Faith in Transition. The day starts at 8:30 a.m. with check-in, coffee, displays and special bookstore hours, followed by the Great Gathering with a special guest speaker at 9:30 a.m.

The guest speaker will be the Rev. Thomas Brackett, officer for church planting and ministry redevelopment for The Episcopal Church. He will talk about how to take advantage of new directions in diocesan, parish and individual ministries.

You may sign up for two 90-minute conversations, one before lunch and one after. People knowledgeable and experienced on each topic will lead, share and listen. Cost for the day (with lunch and morning snack) is $20. (Bring materials for note-taking.) Copies of the topics are available on the round table in the Narthex.
You can register online at www.episcopalatlanta.org or forms for mail-in registration are available on the round table in the Narthex.

Lenten Supper & Program – Wednesdays, March 12 through April 9 – 6:00 p.m. Join us every Wednesday evening during Lent for a light supper and program. Please volunteer to help provide the Lenten Suppers by signing up on the sheet provided in the Narthex.

Lenten Worship Services in Our Community:
March 12 – First Baptist Church
March 19 – First Presbyterian Church
March 26 – First Christian Church
April 2 – Grace Monroe Church
April 9 – First United Methodist Church
Services begin at 12:00 p.m. and lunch is served at 12:30 p.m.

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FISH Needs Help at the Loganville Thrift Store. They are in need of cashiers throughout the week. There are 4-hour shifts from 9 am to 1 pm and 1 pm to 5 pm Monday through Friday. If you can fill one of those slots one day a week, please call Nancy Long at 706-362-9008. No cashier experience? They will be happy to train you!

Coffee Hour – Please sign up to take care of the coffee hour on Sunday morning. A sign-up sheet is located on the counter in the lobby of the Parish Hall.

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Name Badge – If you do not have a name badge and would like one, please put your name on the sheet provided in the Narthex or call the Church office at 770-267-2893.

Bible Readings for Next Week
Genesis 12:1-4a
Psalm 121
Romans 4:1-5, 13-17
John 3:1-17

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper March 4, 2014

Shrove Tuesday, which is sometimes known as “Pancake Tuesday”, is the day before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday.  As the name “Pancake Tuesday” suggests, many people celebrate the day by eating pancakes.

St. Alban’s is no exception.  Our annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper took place on March 4, 2014.

In addition to the Shrove Tuesday festivities, we also celebrated Charles Henson’s ninetieth birthday.  Happy birthday, Charles!

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St. Alban’s News/February 21, 2014

Please remember in prayer: Bobby Thomas; Charles Henson; Sue Henson; Mel Burress; Jeanne Aycock; Gwen Ashby; Eddie & Family; Alvin White; Judy Adams; Kris & Brandi Parker; Missi Rich; Stephanie Harris; Family & Friends of Edna Pannell
Note: Names will remain on this list for a month unless otherwise requested.

Birthday Blessings: March 1 – Jesse Wood

Adult Bible Study – The Adult Sunday Bible Study Class taught by Fr. Alan is scheduled to start again in March, depending on Fr. Alan’s steady recovery from his knee surgery.

Priest Discretionary Fund – This Sunday, the last of the month, all undesignated funds collected in the offering will be put into the Priest Discretionary Fund to help people in need in our neighborhood.

Priest Blurb
The Rev. Alan Hansen

Mountains and Valleys
Scripture talks about the mountain tops and the valleys. On Mt. Sinai, Moses received the 10 Commandments. On the Mt. of Transfiguration, Jesus was revealed as the eternal Son of God. Mountain tops are often considered a place of closeness and intimacy with God. A place where significant transformation and revelation take place. A place we often want to stay “forever.”

Valleys are the other end of the spectrum. The beloved 23 Psalm references the “valley of the shadow of death”.. a dark place.. a deserted place…a fearful place. We also have Ezekiel talking about the “valley of dry bones.” Difficult and painful part of our Christian faith and journey.

The good news is, God has chosen to be with us in both places. Both the mountain tops of our lives and the valleys. Look at what David writes in Psalm 139:
7 Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
No matter where you are our Lord Jesus is with you.

God’s Peace,
Fr. Alan

Calendar of Upcoming Events
Tuesday, March 4 – Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper – 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 5 – Ash Wednesday Services – 12:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 12 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 19 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 26 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 2 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 9 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 17 – Maundy Thursday Service – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, April 18 – Good Friday Services – 12:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 20 – EASTER SUNDAY – Egg Hunt after the Worship Service

The Diocese of Atlanta Ministry Summit is like the traditional diocesan ministry fair but with a new name, a new format, and a new purpose. You are invited to come and talk it up!

The theme for this special day at the Cathedral of St. Philip – Saturday, March 8 – is Faith in Transition. The day starts at 8:30 a.m. with check-in, coffee, displays and special bookstore hours, followed by the Great Gathering with a special guest speaker at 9:30 a.m.

The guest speaker will be the Rev. Thomas Brackett, officer for church planting and ministry redevelopment for The Episcopal Church. He will talk about how to take advantage of new directions in diocesan, parish and individual ministries.

You may sign up for two 90-minute conversations, one before lunch and one after. People knowledgeable and experienced on each topic will lead, share and listen. Cost for the day (with lunch and morning snack) is $20. (Bring materials for note-taking.) Copies of the topics are available on the round table in the Narthex.
You can register online at www.episcopalatlanta.org or forms for mail-in registration are available on the round table in the Narthex.

SHROVE TUESDAY PANCAKE SUPPER
Please join us on March 4th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for one of the highlights of the church family year, the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper. Purchase your tickets this Sunday after the worship service. Tickets are also available in the church office or at the door – $5.00 for adults, 5 tickets for $20.00. Children under 12 eat free! Invite your friends! See you there.

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Ash Wednesday Services: Wednesday, March 5th, 12:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

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Lenten Supper & Program – Wednesdays, March 12 through April 9 – 6:00 p.m. Join us every Wednesday evening during Lent for a light supper and program. Please volunteer to help provide the Lenten Suppers by signing up on the sheet provided in the Narthex.

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Camp Mikell Folk School – February 28 – March 2 – The only folk school in Georgia – Wide variety of art and craft classes. For more information and to register, go to www.campmikell.com.

Dear FISH Friends,
Due to the recent cuts in food stamps and the extremely high electric bills the ministry is now running 2 shifts on Monday thru Friday.

We have increased in one month the number of people we feed by 269. Those (especially our elderly) are receiving extremely high electric and gas bills. If we do not get the help we need we will have to put these folks as far as 2 to 3 weeks out getting help. Our fear is the elderly will have their utilities cut off and then be in the cold. It will be a total shame that folks die in the cold because we cannot find 20 folks to take one 3 hour shift to help. The sad part is we have the money but not the people to process it.

We need anyone who is willing to help. This is the worst we have seen it in years and we have put off going to a second shift due to the lack of volunteers. We are stepping out in faith. Our long time volunteers are filling in but it is too much to ask when they are doing all and more.

We are desperate. Truly I am begging for help. I have never been at this point but I am now. I refuse to allow our elderly to sit in a cold house with no food because we simply cannot get enough folks to give 3 hours to interview, pack food box, stock shelves or fill out simple paperwork for an emergency food bag.

If anyone tells you at the church that they were refused food at FISH it is not true. We are doing emergency food bags in the morning only from 9 to 11:30. The afternoons are for our fishcare recipients. We serve between 45 and 55 fishcares in a 3 hour span. We cannot do anymore in the afternoons since we are also doing interviews who will need food also. We are also interviewing folks for medical assistance such as test, x-rays etc… in the afternoons.
PLEASE BE IN PRAYER FOR THOSE WE SERVE AND THOSE WHO SO WILLINGLY SERVE.

BLESSINGS
In His Service,
Cindy Little
FISH, Executive Director
404-557-8860

Coffee Hour – Please sign up to take care of the coffee hour on Sunday morning. A sign-up sheet is located on the counter in the lobby of the Parish Hall.

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Name Badge – If you do not have a name badge and would like one, please put your name on the sheet provided in the Narthex or call the Church office at 770-267-2893.

Bible Readings for This Week
Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18
Psalm 119:33-40
1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23
Matthew 5:38-48

Bible Readings for Next Week
Exodus 24:12-18
Psalm 99
2 Peter 1:16-21
Matthew 17:1-9

St. Alban’s News/February 6, 2014

Please remember in prayer: Bobby Thomas; Edna Pannell; Charles Henson; Sue Henson; Mel Burress; Jeanne Aycock; Marilyn Brooks; Gwen Ashby; Eddie & Family; Alvin White; Judy Adams.  Note: Names will remain on this list for a month unless otherwise requested.

Birthday Blessings:
February 7 – Brenda Cathey
February 9 – Roy Mallady

Choir Retreat – The choir retreat is this Saturday, February 8, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. here at St. Alban’s. For more information, contact Dan Marineau at 678-457-5463 or danmarineau@gmail.com.

Choir Notes: Our weekly choir rehearsals are Thursday nights at 6 PM in the choir room.  Sunday rehearsals are at 8:45 AM in the choir loft.  If you have any ideas for hymns you’d like the choir to perform, please contact our choir director, Dan Marineau, with the title of the song.

Vestry News: At the February Vestry Meeting, Rev. Alan Hansen appointed Bob Emmons Senior Warden. The Vestry elected Stan Brassie to remain as Junior Warden. Congratulations to Bob and Stan.

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Adult Bible Study – The Adult Sunday Bible Study Class taught by Fr. Alan is scheduled to start again in March, depending on Fr. Alan’s steady recovery from his knee surgery.

Priest Blurb
The Rev. Alan Hansen

Faith without Works is Dead – A Thought for Today

In the Epistle of James we have a very brief summation statement that elevates a balance between “faith” (what you believe) and “works” (what you do). James puts this in very simple language:
“4 What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food,16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? 17 Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.”

To believe Jesus is savior and Lord is only part of the equation. Living as a Christian is the “works” – the evidence – the manifestation that your faith has translated into behavior.

This is equally true of the other extreme. Remember the Pharisees were very “external” and did notable and visible “works” yet Jesus chastised them by saying their hearts and motivations were wrong. They were after the praises of man. They were doing the right things for the wrong reasons.

The point is our behavior, our actions, and our works do matter but are only alive when combined with a true faith.

To have faith without works is dead.

To have works without faith is equally dead.

See you all Sunday.
God’s Peace,
Fr. Alan

Calendar of Upcoming Events
Saturday, February 8 – Choir Retreat – 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 4 – Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper – 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 5 – Ash Wednesday Services – 12:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 12 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 19 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 26 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 2 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 9 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 17 – Maundy Thursday Service – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, April 18 – Good Friday Services – 12:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 20 – EASTER SUNDAY – Egg Hunt after the Worship Service

Shrove Tuesday is coming and that means it is time for St. Albans’ Pancake Supper! Tickets are now available – $5.00 for adults, 5 tickets for $20.00. Children under 12 will eat free!
Set your calendar now for March 4th, get your tickets early and invite your friends! Join us for one of the highlights of the church family year! See you there.
Tickets can be purchased after the worship service this Sunday.
Tickets are also available from the church office or can be purchased at the door.

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Ash Wednesday Services: Wednesday, March 5th, 12:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

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Lenten Supper & Program – Wednesdays, March 12 through April 9 – 6:00 p.m. Join us every Wednesday evening during Lent for a light supper and program. Please volunteer to help provide the Lenten Suppers by signing up on the sheet provided in the Narthex.

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Camp Mikell Folk School – February 28 – March 2 – The only folk school in Georgia – Wide variety of art and craft classes. For more information and to register, go to www.campmikell.com.

FISH needs help receiving donations at the Loganville Thrift Store on Saturdays and Mondays. Also, they need persons to lead the morning prayer at the Loganville store. Please call Nancy Long at 706-362-9008 for further information.

Coffee Hour – Please sign up to take care of the coffee hour on Sunday morning. A sign-up sheet is located on the counter in the lobby of the Parish Hall.

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Name Badge – If you do not have a name badge and would like one, please put your name on the sheet provided in the Narthex or call the Church office at 770-267-2893.

Church Financial Report-This is a report of the operating income and expenses of St. Alban’s. This is the money received and spent for the day-to-day operation of the Church. St. Alban’s also has designated funds (such as the Altar Guild Fund, Building Fund, etc.) which is money given for specific purposes and cannot be used for the operating expenses of the Church. A report of the designated funds is available in the Church office.
January 31, 2014 Operating Income
(Pledges + Plate Offerings + Other Operating Income)
$10,777.16
January 31, 2014 Operating Expenses
$14,745.21
Net Loss: ($3,968.05)’

Bible Readings for This Week
Isaiah 58:1-9a, 9b-12
Psalm 112:1-10
1 Corinthians 2:1-16
Matthew 5:13-20

Bible Readings for Next Week
Deuteronomy 30:15-20
Psalm 119:1-8
1 Corinthians 3:1-9
Matthew 5:21-37

St. Alban’s News/January 30, 2014

Please remember in prayer: Bobby Thomas; Edna Pannell; Charles Henson; Sue Henson; Mel Burress; Jeanne Aycock; Marilyn Brooks; Gwen Ashby; Eddie & Family; Alvin White; Family & Friends of Marion Field McKenna
Note: Names will remain on this list for a month unless otherwise requested.

Birthday Blessings:
January 31 – Fay Brassie
February 5 – Julie Wood
February 7 – Brenda Cathey

Marion Field McKenna passed away peacefully Monday morning at her home surrounded by loving family. Thank you all for your prayers, support, and care. A memorial service will be held at a later time.
Love & Gratitude…….Field, McKenna, Hardin Family

Vestry Meeting – The next Vestry meeting is Tuesday, February 4, at 6:00 p.m.

Choir Retreat – The choir retreat will be Saturday, February 8, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. here at St. Alban’s. For more information, contact Dan Marineau at 678-457-5463 or danmarineau@gmail.com.

Musical Notes

Choir Notes: Our weekly choir rehearsals are Thursday nights at 6 PM in the choir room.  Sunday rehearsals are at 8:45 AM in the choir loft.  If you have any ideas for hymns you’d like the choir to perform, please contact our choir director, Dan Marineau, with the title of the song.

Priest Blurb
Rev. Alan Hansen

Gridlock in Atlanta

As most of you have seen Atlanta was totally shut down over the past 48 hours with 1,000’s of horror stories. People were stranded on the motorways, sleeping in cars, running out of gas, ending up in wrecks and abandoning their cars to walk home. It was a disaster to say the least.

Just as it began to snow I was out with a friend running an errand. As we headed home a young girl slid through a stop sign and broadsided our car. An hour later the police came – thankfully the damage was minimal and the car driveable. We got home an hour later going only 2 miles!

My wife, Teresa, was stuck for over 7 hours in the gridlock that took place when everybody left work at the same time. All it took was one vehicle spinning out and blocking the road to shut it all down. She ended up at a restaurant. Later that night I went out to get her – it took me three hours with many detours to get to her location and get her home. We were both stressed to the max but grateful to find our shelter in the storm. I would say we were one of the “blessed” ones.

My son-in-law, Matt, left his car on the side of the interstate after sitting for several hours with no movement. He ended up walking home. It was nine miles in loafers.

In the midst all the hardships there were also great acts of kindness and charity. Numerous people helped to push cars free. Others went out into their neighborhoods with water and food. People opened up their homes for children stranded on buses and one of my neighbors went out with his 4 wheel drive jeep and chain to pull cars out of ditches. He gave many people rides home and merrily offered himself freely late into the night.

I trust all of you were sheltered from the storm and remained safe and warm. I will be with you again this Sunday and trust the warming trend will melt the snow and make the roads passable. It’s been one heck of a week here in Atlanta!

God’s Peace,
Fr. Alan

Camp Mikell Folk School – February 28 – March 2 – The only folk school in Georgia – Wide variety of art and craft classes. For more information and to register, go to www.campmikell.com.

FISH needs help receiving donations at the Loganville Thrift Store on Saturdays and Mondays. Also, they need persons to lead the morning prayer at the Loganville store. Please call Nancy Long at 706-362-9008 for further information.

Calendar of Upcoming Events: Saturday, February 8 – Choir Retreat – 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 19 – Parish Event – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 4 – Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper – 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 5 – Ash Wednesday Services – 12:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 12 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 19 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 26 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 2 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 9 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 17 – Maundy Thursday Service – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, April 18 – Good Friday Services – 12:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 20 – EASTER SUNDAY – Egg Hunt after the Worship Service

Coffee Hour – Please sign up to take care of the coffee hour on Sunday morning. A sign-up sheet is located on the counter in the lobby of the Parish Hall.

coffeecup

Name Badge – If you do not have a name badge and would like one, please put your name on the sheet provided in the Narthex or call the Church office at 770-267-2893.

Bible Readings for This Week
Malachi 3:1-4
Psalm 24:7-10
Hebrews 2:14-18
Luke 2:22-40

Bible Readings for Next Week
Isaiah 58:1-9a, 9b-12
Psalm 112:1-10
1 Corinthians 2:1-16
Matthew 5:13-20

Marion Field McKenna

“To All Parishioners: Marion Field McKenna passed away peacefully Monday morning at her home surrounded by loving family. Thank you all for your prayers, support, and care during her long illness. A memorial service will be held at a later time. Love and gratitude, Field – McKenna – Hardin Family”


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