Saint Alban's Episcopal Church

Author: Mallory Sanders

The Messenger / March 18, 2016

In Our Prayers
Please pray for:
Blane; Phil Brassie; Trevor Harris; Bob Lindsey; John Cannon; Destiny; Rocco Burkitt; Bobby Thomas; Robbie Thomas; Savannah Benton; Pam; Roger Chapman; Jeff Foster; Wayne Bond; B.J. Davis; Sydney Reid; Natalia; Carol

Please pray for our Vestry and Clergy:
Marty Atkinson; Carole Bond; Bob Emmons; Libby Martin; Mallory Sanders; Melissa Young; Father Alan


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 Father Alan.


Clergy’s Corner
The Crucifixion of Christ

The core of the Christian faith centers on three specific events: The death of Jesus Christ; his burial and resurrection from the dead; and His ascension to the right hand of God.

Paul tells us in I Corinthians 15 that if these three facts are false, then we have believed a lie (they did not happen); our faith is in vain; and we are to be pitied because we believe in something that is not real.

Anglican priest and author, John Stott tells us in his classic work, “Basic Christianity,” that there are four evidences for the three facts above that help us “believe” they are true.

The first evidence is that the body of Jesus Christ was never found. There was a rumor spread to say that His body was stolen; however, by all accounts this fabrication was never believed.

The second evidence was His resurrection appearances. People saw Jesus. He was with the disciples in the upper room. He appeared to over 500. He was with Peter and the disciples at the lake where he cooked fish (breakfast) for them and ate with them. He encountered two disciples on the road to Emmaus.

He presented Himself to Thomas and had him touch His side and touch the nail prints in His hand. Lastly, He was with them on a mountain in Galilee where He gave them the Great Commission.

The third evidence is the transformation of the disciples. On the night he was betrayed, they all scattered. Peter denied Christ and the rest went into hiding.

However, after the resurrection and certainly after Pentecost they were bold in their witness and testimony and all but one (John) gave up their lives for His sake. They were utterly convinced of the resurrection!

The above evidences are part of history – no body found, resurrection appearances and the faith of the disciples – but for some they may not carry enough weight to convince us that the facts are true. So, what is the fourth evidence that John Stott presents?

I am glad you asked. The fourth evidence is of course Us. The church! For over 2000 years Christians have gathered to declare His resurrection. This is the single most important event in all of history. We are forgiven. We are redeemed
(bought back), we are saved from the penalty of sin. We have eternal life. We have access to the Father.

The greatest evidence that it is all true is found in Us. We believe He is alive and we can know Him. This faith has stood the test of time and there are billions of believers on earth today!

This weekend begins Holy Week where we remember the mighty acts of God. I trust you will join us in the services on Thursday, Friday and of course, Easter Sunday.

God’s Peace,
Fr. Alan


Bible Readings
Readings for This Week:
Isaiah 50:4-9a
Psalm 31:9-16
Philippians 2:5-11
Luke 22:14-23:56

Readings for Next Week:
Acts 10:34-43
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
I Corinthians 15:19-26
Luke 24:1-12


Happy Birthday!
March 28 – Judy Terry
March 30 – Ashton Gordon


Announcements
Youth Confirmation Class – The Youth Confirmation Class, led by Fr. Alan, meets every Sunday at 11:45 a.m. through March 20th. For more information, please contact Fr. Alan.

Thank You! Libby Martin and Mary Ann Lindsey for the delicious supper last Wednesday evening prior to the Lenten Study Program.

Adult Confirmation Class – An Adult Confirmation Class will begin after Easter and will run for 8 weeks. The class will be every Sunday at 11:45 am beginning April 10th. Please sign the sheet provided on the round table in the Narthex if you would like to attend.

Choir Practice is every Thursday evening at 6:00 p.m. Join us!


All Hands on Deck Work Day at St. Alban’s
On Saturday, March 19th, the parish will be conducting a work day both inside and outside our wonderful facility in preparation for Holy Week. One of our main task on the outside is to mulch the flower and shrub beds with the pecan shells that have been delivered and to clean up the grounds for the Easter Egg Hunt that will take place on March 27th.

The inside work will spruce up our Parish Hall and other areas as we prepare to welcome our large group of worshipers on Easter Sunday. We will begin at 9 am and should be finished by lunch. Please contact Mallory Sanders for any specific area of our facilities that we need to address.


Holy Week and Easter Services
Sunday, March 20th – Palm Sunday Service – 10:00 a.m.
Thursday, March 24th – Maundy Thursday Service – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, March 25th – Good Friday Service – 12:00 p.m.
Friday, March 25th – Good Friday Service – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 27th – Easter Day Worship Service – 10:00 a.m.


Easter Lilies for Our Sanctuary
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.


strong>Easter Egg Hunt
We will have an Easter Egg Hunt after the worship service on Easter morning, March 27th. 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.


F.I.S.H. Spring Cleaning

The week of March 28 – April 2 – They need volunteers to help at Lighthouse World Outreach, the Monroe store, and the Loganville store on Friday and Saturday (April 1 & 2) from 8am to 5 pm. Please contact Nancy Long at 678-635-7249 or nancy.long@fishofwalton.org if you can help.


Parish Calendar March – April 2016

Lay Liturgical Schedule – 1st Quarter 2016

The Messenger / March 11, 2016

In Our Prayers
Please pray for:
Blane; Phil Brassie; Trevor Harris; Bob Lindsey; John Cannon; Destiny; Rocco Burkitt; Bobby Thomas; Robbie Thomas; Savannah Benton; Pam; Roger Chapman; Jeff Foster; Wayne Bond; B.J. Davis; Sydney Reid; Charles Henson; Fr. Alan & Family; Family & Friends of Harry Burress; Natalia

Please pray for our Vestry and Clergy:
Marty Atkinson; Carole Bond; Bob Emmons; Libby Martin; Mallory Sanders; Melissa Young; Father Alan


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 Father Alan.


Clergy’s Corner
Mumsie…Her Legacy and Her Inheritance

On Sunday, February 28th, my mom died. Her memorial service was held at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Waxhaw, NC (just south of Charlotte) on Saturday, March 5th, and I was honored to preach the sermon and officiate the service.

At first, I was hesitant about both preaching and conducting the service. I knew it would be emotional and difficult on a personal level and I wondered if I could get through it. But my mother’s request was stated in a most profound way,
“Alan, it’s not about you. I want you to preach the gospel.” It was tearful at times, but in the end, I did get through it.

It ended up being a glorious celebration of her life. Some 600 people attended. Full church, full choir, and full ceremonial honors were given. She was a founding member of St. Margaret’s some 25 years ago and was known for three ministries. She had the ministry of hospitality, intercession and healing. With hospitality, she made the ordinary special. She had beautiful things and wonderful taste and people of all walks of life felt special, welcomed and loved at her house.

As an intercessor, she gathered with groups to pray weekly for the church and during Vestry meetings. She was also part of a broader national and international intercessor group. She traveled to England for the Lambeth Conference in 1998; to Cairo, Egypt; to Cyprus and throughout the USA to pray for the church.

Perhaps her greatest legacy at St. Margaret’s was her prayer ministry. She was gifted by our Lord to listen to someone’s story then pray for God the Holy Spirit to bring healing into their life. Amazing things happened as a result.

Wounds were healed; lives changed; captives set free; and new freedom was received. Quite a legacy for sure.

So, what about her inheritance. According to II Tim 4:7-8, Mumsie fought the fight, ran the race, kept the faith and has received a “crown of righteousness” which the Lord Jesus awards to all who do the same. She has received a precious reward and taken all the many blessings received in this life with her into eternity.

My mom was a special person and will be interned next to my dad at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, DC this spring. She told me that if she had a tomb stone she would put the following on it: I LOVED A LOT AND WAS FUN
TO BE WITH. So true!

I wrote this today as a way of sharing my grief and loss and saying thank you for all your prayers and support over the past two weeks. The loss is painful and real as most of you already know.

God’s Peace,
Fr. Alan


Bible Readings

Readings for This Week:
Isaiah 43:16-21
Psalm 126
Philippians 3: 4b-14
John 12:1-8

Readings for Next Week:
Isaiah 50:4-9a
Psalm 31:9-16
Philippians 2:5-11
Luke 22:14-23:56


Happy Birthday!
March 14 – Max Hoglen


NEW CHOIRMASTER!
We are extremely excited to announce that Kristen Donaldson will be joining us as our new Choirmaster. She has agreed to begin officially on April 1st. We are very blessed to have her.

Kristen Donaldson is the Choir Director and AP Music Theory teacher at George Walton Academy in Monroe, GA. In addition to her job at George Walton, Mrs. Donaldson has served as the music director for several On Stage Theater productions. She is also a frequent guest conductor for the Walton County Music Guild.

Mrs. Donaldson received her B.A. in Vocal Performance from Asbury University in Wilmore, KY, and her M.M. in Choral Conducting from the University of Kentucky. She is currently in candidacy for her Doctorate in Music Education at the University of Georgia.

She lives in Monroe with her husband Daniel and their dogs, Rosco (Black Lab) and Aria (Brittany). She is looking forward to her new position at St. Alban’s.


Announcements
Daylight Savings Time begins this Sunday, March 13th. Please remember to set your clocks forward one hour before you go to bed Saturday night.

Youth Confirmation Class – The Youth Confirmation Class, led by Fr. Alan, meets every Sunday at 11:45 a.m. through March 20th. For more information, please contact Fr. Alan.

Thank You! Joylou and Ron Mullis, Libby Martin, Matt & Jen Hardy for the delicious supper last Wednesday evening prior to the Lenten Study Program.

Adult Confirmation Class – An Adult Confirmation Class will begin after Easter and will run for 8 weeks. The class will be every Sunday at 11:45 am beginning April 3rd and ending May 22nd. Please sign the sheet provided on the round table in the Narthex if you would like to attend.

Choir Practice is every Thursday evening at 6:00 p.m. Join us!


All Hands on Deck Work Day at St. Alban’s
On Saturday, March 19th, the parish will be conducting a work day both inside and outside our wonderful facility in preparation for Holy Week. One of our main task on the outside is to mulch the flower and shrub beds with the pecan shells that have been delivered and to clean up the grounds for the Easter Egg Hunt that will take place on March 27th.

The inside work will spruce up our Parish Hall and other areas as we prepare to welcome our large group of worshipers on Easter Sunday. We will begin at 9 am and should be finished by lunch. Please contact Mallory Sanders for any specific area of our facilities that we need to address.


GA CHIP Program – “Georgia Child Identification Program”

St. Alban’s will be hosting the “Georgia Child Identification Program” in the Parish Hall, on Saturday, March 12, 2016,
from 9 am to 1:30 pm.

It is completely FREE of charge to all families with children up to 18 years of age.

For more Information please pick up the brochure in the Narthex.


Lenten Supper and Program
March 9th and March 16th – 6:00 p.m.

Join us on these Wednesday evenings during Lent for a light supper and a program about the Seven Covenants from God presented by Fr. Alan.

Please volunteer to help provide the Lenten Suppers by signing up on the sheet provided in the Narthex.


Community Mid-Week Lenten Services
The 2016 MAMA (Monroe Area Ministerial Association) Lenten Wednesday noon worship service schedule is as follows:
March 16th- 1st United Methodist Church

An optional light lunch will be provided for all in attendance each week.


Easter Lilies for Our Sanctuary
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.


Easter Egg Hunt
We will have an Easter Egg Hunt after the worship service on Easter morning, March 27th. 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.


The Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta: Episcopal Charities Foundation 32nd Annual Hunger Walk/Run
March 13th – 12:00 p.m.
Turner Field, Atlanta
If interested, please go to the Episcopal Charities Foundation website.


Parish Calendar March – April 2016

Lay Liturgical Schedule – 1st Quarter 2016

New Choir Master

Kristen Donaldson joined us as our new choirmaster on April 1, 2016.  We are very blessed to have her.

kristendonaldsonKristen is the Choir Director and AP Music Theory teacher at George Walton Academy in Monroe, GA. In addition to her job at George Walton, Mrs. Donaldson has served as the music director for several On Stage Theater productions. She is also a frequent guest conductor for the Walton County Music Guild.

Mrs. Donaldson received her B.A. in Vocal Performance from Asbury University in Wilmore, KY, and her M.M. in Choral Conducting from the University of Kentucky.

She is currently in candidacy for her Doctorate in Music Education at the University of Georgia. She lives in Monroe with her husband Daniel and their dogs, Rosco (Black Lab) and Aria (Brittany).

She is looking forward to her new position at St. Alban’s.

Shrove Tuesday 2016

Shrove Tuesday has become the last day of celebration and feasting before the Lenten season. 

The name “Shrove Tuesday” is derived from the word “shrive”, which means to confess and receive absolution. The name denotes a period of cleansing, wherein a person brings their lusts and appetites under subjection through abstention and self-sacrifice.  

The concept behind this practice is found in 1 Corinthians 9:27, where the Apostle Paul states: “I buffet my body and make it my slave…” Ironically, Shrove Tuesday has evolved into a day of frivolity and indulgence, during which people participate in as much pleasure and self-gratification as they can before Lent begins. (Source: ShareFaith.com).

On February 9, 2016, St. Alban’s observed Shrove Tuesday with sausage, bacon and, of course, pancakes!  Pictures are below.

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Sue Henson

Dear Parishioners:

I am writing to let you know that Sue Henson passed away earlier this morning.  I was at the house just after she passed and ministered the Episcopal Liturgy for “Ministry at Time of Death.”

I will be meeting with her daughters this afternoon and as soon as the funeral arrangements are decided, we will let you know.

I also had a special prayer time with Charles who is deeply grieving the loss of his wife.

God’s Peace,
Fr. Alan

Follow Up Regarding Funeral Arrangements for Sue:
Hello Everyone:  A funeral service will be held at St. Alban’s on Friday, February 12, at 2:00 p.m. Interment will follow at Rest Haven Cemetery.There will be no viewing/visitation. People are invited to come by the house between 4 – 6 pm on Friday. Thank you, Shirley


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