Saint Alban's Episcopal Church

Author: CDSherlock

December 13 Parish Newsletter

Welcome to St. Alban’s News

Please use the information in this newsletter to inform yourself and others about the happenings at St. Alban’s.

The Adult Sunday School is held every Sunday morning at 9:10 a.m. in the Parish Hall.   Please bring your Bibles!  The class is taught by Fr. Alan Hansen.

Prayers are requested for

Bobby Thomas; Edna Pannell; Charles Henson; Marion Field McKenna; Sue Henson; Becky; Mel Burress; Jeanne Aycock; Jim Burgess; Stephanie Harris; Jaimie & Family; Marilyn Brooks; Gwen Ashby; Marilyn Guinn; Tim Holder; Jabbar Malcom

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

Birthdays

December 13 – Carole Bond

December 19 – Robin Arnold

CALENDAR OF EVENTS 

Sunday – December 15 – Parish Christmas Party – 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday – December 24 – Christmas Eve Services – 5:00 p.m. & 11:00 p.m.

Sunday, January 26 – Annual Meeting – 11:30 a.m. 

Please note that the early Christmas Eve Service will start at 5:00 p.m., instead of 4:00 p.m. as in previous years.  The candlelight service will be at 11:00 p.m. as usual.

A Message from the Priest-in-Charge, Rev. Alan Hansen

Remembering Christmas……

Over the course of our lives we have all received many Christmas presents.  Some are more memorable than others, but most of them have long been forgotten.  The beauty of Christmas is that we receive God’s gift to us.  The gift never wears out, doesn’t break, the gift is not forgotten or put away in a box or a drawer.  God’s gift is always with us.  We just remember to thank him in a special way every year.  My prayer for you is whatever you give to others for Christmas and whatever you receive will remind you of the ultimate gift, Jesus Christ.

God’s Peace,

Fr. Alan

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Investing in Our Future – 

To date we have received 28 Pledge Cards, which is a wonderful start to our 2014 Every Member Canvas.  As we prepare the budget for next year, we would like to hear from all our members.  If you have not yet responded, we look forward to hearing from you soon.

                                                – St. Alban’s Stewardship Committee

St. Alban’s Financial Report is now available. Please check Shirley’s email version of this newsletter for more information

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.

Vestry Nominees – At the end of 2013, three Vestry members, Bob Emmons, Libby Martin, and Chris Sherlock, will rotate off the Vestry.  We are asking for nominations of people to fill these positions on the Vestry.  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 give your nominations to one of the Vestry Nominating Committee members, Libby Martin, Chris Sherlock, or Fr. Alan.  (Bob Emmons is eligible to be nominated because he is fulfilling an unexpired vacancy Vestry term.)  The committee will report to the next Vestry meeting in January.

Any member of the Parish who meets the qualifications to hold the office of Vestry Member can be nominated as a candidate for the Vestry from the floor of the Annual Meeting also.

Nomination forms will be in this Sunday’s bulletin.

Music Director’s Note – Our choir will be Christmas caroling every Sunday in Advent.  We will leave the church at 11:30 a.m.  Everyone is welcome to join us!!

Upcoming caroling events schedule:

Sunday, December 15 – Dean & Anna Johnson’s House & Westbury Nursing Home in Conyers

Sunday, December 22 – Private Homes in Oxford and Covington

St. Alban’s Christmas Party

Sunday, December 15, 2013

5:30 p.m. – Parish Hall

Please join us for our annual Christmas Party this Sunday evening, December 15th, at 5:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall.  Please bring your favorite hors d’oeuvre.  Let us know if you will attend and what you will be bringing by signing the sheet provided on the round table in the Narthex. 

Piano Benefit Recital – Suzanne Roberts and her students are giving a Two Piano Benefit Recital on December 23rd at 5:00 p.m. at Bethel Baptist Church.  All donations will be given to a needy family.  For more information, please contact Suzanne at 770-267-2706 or rnroberts@mindspring.com.

St. Alban’s received 15 names of families or individuals in Walton County who won’t have a merry Christmas without a little help.  If you would like participate in a gift-giving service, please pick up one of the envelopes at the Church on Sunday.  The information or all the details will be provided as well.  If you have questions, please contact Brenda Cathey, Vestry Chair of Outreach, at 770-713-4698 or b_cathey@yahoo.com.

There is always a need at FISH for volunteers to help in the stores or to help with the deliveries or cleaning of the buildings. Please contact Nancy Long at 706-362-9008 or nancyfish11@gmail.com.

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.  

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

Isaiah 35:1-10

Psalm 146:4-9

James 5:7-10

Matthew 11:2-11

Bible Readings for Next Week

Isaiah 7:10-16

Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18

Romans 1:1-7

Matthew 1:18-25

Passport to a World of Fun

On the evening of October 20, 2013, St. Alban’s had a special night of fun and entertainment in the Parish Hall.  “Passport to a World of Fun” had five couples serving as hosts for the evening and each set of hosts served cuisine from their chosen country/region. 

Attendees were able to sample cuisines from all tables and dressed in attire typical of their country’s/region’s residents.

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Back to Church Sunday – September 15th

This is a nationwide effort to encourage people in our communities to get back to “church”. This would be a great opportunity to invite people back to St. Alban’s or invite people who need to find a church home. Pray about who you might ask or encourage.

New Choir Vestments

The St, Alban’s choir recently got new vestments. Below are some pictures of the choir members in their new attire. Photos by Robin Arnold. Thanks, Robin!

Pictured: Top row (l-r): Chris Sherlock, Dianne Hardin, Dan Marineau  Bottom Row:  (l-r):Judy Sanders.  Brian Wing, Sally Howard.
Not Pictured: Marty Atkinson, Brenda Cathey.

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Rev. Alan Hansen Named Priest in Charge of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church

The wardes and vestry of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, Monroe, have announced the appointment of the Reverend Alan Hansen to be the new priest in-charge beginning Sunday, July 14.

Fr. Hansen has a long career in the Episcopal Church as a rector to churches in Kentucky and Florida. He has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the Virginia Military Institute and a Masters of Divinity,Theology, from the Episcopal Theological Seminary, in Lexington, Kentucky. He also served as President and CEO of ACTS 29 Ministries, a consulting firm that worked with clergy, lay leaders, vestries, dioceses and congregations throughout the Episcopal Church. In this position, Rev. Hansen hosted teaching conferences that addressed the challenges of numerical, spiritual and financial growth.

Fr. Hansen and his wife, Teresa, have three children and three grandchildren.


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