Saint Alban's Episcopal Church

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The Messenger/July 21, 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; Riley Tucker; Robin Arnold; Gresford Smith & Family; John Walton Henderson; Matt Hardy; Jamie Reid; Ed Canipelli

Please pray for our Vestry:

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

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 28:10-19a
Psalm 139:1-11, 22-23
Romans 8:12-25
Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

Readings for Next Week:

Genesis 29:15-28
Psalm 105:1-11, 45b
Romans 8:26-39
Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

Bishop’s Message

Step

While the ark is evidence of Noah’s faith, it is the arc of Noah’s faith that inspires me. How does faith that is small and struggles to make room to listen for God, become faith that creates big things to the glory of God? Answer: One step at a time! How did Job, the poster child for loss and grief, become the poster child for patience and virtue? Answer: One step at a time! We are marvelously made by a wonderful God. We already have, today, what we need to take the next step with God.

Psalm 139:14

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“Celebrations”

Happy Birthday!

July 22 – Sandra Scott
July 23 – Phyllis Phillippi

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“Announcements”

Choir Rehearsals-The choir will rehearse at 9:20 a.m. on Sunday mornings rather than on Wednesday evenings throughout the summer. Regular Wednesday evening choir rehearsals will resume on Wednesday, August 9th, at 5:30 p.m.

If you would like to sing or play a solo during the Offertory this summer, please see Kristen Donaldson (Choirmaster).

Parish Building and Grounds Committee-The Parish Building and Grounds Committee recently met and brought the following request to the vestry at the July 5th meeting: The one ongoing need for the parish, concerning the upkeep of the facility has been identified in order to save money in the future, is the purchase of a commercial type carpet cleaner, as the carpets are showing more and more soiling due to increase use of the church. In the past, we have had the carpets cleaned on an annual basis at a cost of $750. The committee’s research shows that a carpet cleaner can be acquired for less than $300, which will give us the ability to stay ahead of heavy soiling and only have a professional cleaning every third year. The vestry suggested that a small campaign be started for contributions to be made to this cause in order not to exceed the annual budget for 2017 which has been stretched due to the A/C repair in the Parish Hall. If you feel inclined, please contribute to this need by placing a separate donation in the offering plate (tagging it for this project). Thanks for your support.

Marvin Gray, Jr. Warden

Backpacks and School Supplies– Please bring the backpacks and supplies in by Sunday, July 30. Please contact Carole Bond at 770-207-6564 or msus007@windstream.net with any questions Thank you!

Supper Club – A Supper Club event is scheduled at the home of Jody and Bob Emmons at 6:00 pm on Friday, August 11. Jody and Bob will provide the meat and wine. They ask everyone to please bring a side dish and any drinks desired.

Bob and Jody’s address is 3621 Apalachee Ridge, Monroe, 30656.

Directions from St. Alban’s: Start out going north on North Broad Street (Hwy. 11). Continue on Hwy. 11 then turn left onto Bold Springs Road. Turn right onto Carl Davis Road, then take the second left (7/10 of a mile) onto Apalachee Ridge. Their house, #3621, is on the right. You can park in the front yard.

It will be necessary to have a head count of those attending so please sign the sheet provided on the round table in the Narthex or contact Bob or Jody.

Vacation Announcement – Rev. Pat will be on vacation from July 24th to August 7th. We will have supply priests on Sunday, July 30 (Rev. Geoffrey Boyer), and Sunday, August 6 (Rev. Doug Coil). Pat will be back at St. Alban’s on Tuesday, August 8.

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!

July, August Calendars 2017

Lay Liturgical Schedule 3rd Quarter 2017

The Messenger/July 14, 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; Corby Brendle; Bill Pardue; Jeanne Aycock; Riley Tucker; Robin; Gresford Smith & Family; John Walton Henderson; Matt Hardy; Jamie Reid; Ed Canipelli

Please pray for our Vestry:

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

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 25:19-34
Psalm 119:105-112
Romans 8:1-11
Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

Readings for Next Week:

Genesis 28:10-19a
Psalm 139:1-11, 22-23
Romans 8:12-25
Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

Bishop’s Message

Heart

We care about heart trouble. Not just the trouble that affects the four-valved muscle in our chests. But, the trouble that causes people to lose faith and give into the world’s woes and ways. When we gather we say “Lift up your heart.” We do this because Jesus is helium for our hearts. He tells us, “Take heart, I have overcome the world.” Your eyes may dim with age. Your mind might go blank. Your height might shrink, and your hands and feet might rack with pain. But, to know that Jesus is the way, truth and life, your heart won’t give you any trouble.

John 16:33

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“Celebrations”

Happy Birthday!

July 19 – John Hart
July 22 – Sandra Scott

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“Announcements”

Choir Rehearsals-The choir will rehearse at 9:20 a.m. on Sunday mornings rather than on Wednesday evenings throughout the summer. Regular Wednesday evening choir rehearsals will resume on Wednesday, August 9th, at 5:30 p.m.

If you would like to sing or play a solo during the Offertory this summer, please see Kristen Donaldson (Choirmaster).

Welcome-We welcome Garrett Boyte back to St. Alban’s this Sunday, July 16, as our guest preacher. Garrett is currently a student at the St. Luke’s School of Theology at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee.

Parish Building and Grounds Committee-The Parish Building and Grounds Committee recently met and brought the following request to the vestry at the July 5th meeting: The one ongoing need for the parish, concerning the upkeep of the facility has been identified in order to save money in the future, is the purchase of a commercial type carpet cleaner, as the carpets are showing more and more soiling due to increase use of the church. In the past, we have had the carpets cleaned on an annual basis at a cost of $750. The committee’s research shows that a carpet cleaner can be acquired for less than $300, which will give us the ability to stay ahead of heavy soiling and only have a professional cleaning every third year. The vestry suggested that a small campaign be started for contributions to be made to this cause in order not to exceed the annual budget for 2017 which has been stretched due to the A/C repair in the Parish Hall. If you feel inclined, please contribute to this need by placing a separate donation in the offering plate (tagging it for this project). Thanks for your support.

Marvin Gray, Jr. Warden

Backpacks and School Supplies-One of the ways St. Alban’s is sponsoring and supporting the children at the Young Learners Christian Academy is by providing backpacks and school supplies for the 2017-2018 school year. The students’ names, grades, and information are available in the parish hall. Kindly look into your heart and see if there is room to help these children!

Please bring the backpacks and supplies in by Sunday, July 30. Please contact Carole Bond at 770-207-6564 or msus007@windstream.net with any questions.

Supper Club – A Supper Club event is scheduled at the home of Jody and Bob Emmons at 6:00 pm on Friday, August 11. Jody and Bob will provide the meat and wine. They ask everyone to please bring a side dish and any drinks desired.

Bob and Jody’s address is 3621 Apalachee Ridge, Monroe, 30656.

Directions from St. Alban’s: Start out going north on North Broad Street (Hwy. 11). Continue on Hwy. 11 then turn left onto Bold Springs Road. Turn right onto Carl Davis Road, then take the second left (7/10 of a mile) onto Apalachee Ridge. Their house, #3621, is on the right. You can park in the front yard.

It will be necessary to have a head count of those attending so please sign the sheet provided on the round table in the Narthex or contact Bob or Jody.

Vacation Announcement – Rev. Pat will be on vacation from July 24th to August 7th. We will have supply priests on Sunday, July 30 (Rev. Geoffrey Boyer), and Sunday, August 6 (Rev. Doug Coil). Pat will be back at St. Alban’s on Tuesday, August 8.

Bible Study Class-The last Wednesday afternoon Bible Study Class will be next Wednesday, July 19. The classes may resume in the fall.

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!

July, August Calendars 2017

Lay Liturgical Schedule 3rd Quarter 2017

The Messenger/July 7, 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; Corby Brendle; Bill Pardue; Jeanne Aycock; Riley Tucker; Susan McDaniel; Robin; Gresford Smith & Family.

Please pray for our Vestry:

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

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 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67
Psalm 45:11-18
Romans 7:15-25a
Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

Readings for Next Week:

Genesis 25:19-34
Psalm 119:105-112
Romans 8:1-11
Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

Bishop’s Message

Same…

There is a time for everything, the Bible tells us. Except, there is no time for fear! Fear lowers the ceiling of possibility, shrinks our hearts and awakens our inner tyrants. Fear pits us against neighbors and decreases our dependence on God. Yet, people are fainting from fear all around us. They justify their fear by saying, “our times are uncertain.” They’re wrong! We live in difficult times, even challenging times, but we don’t live in uncertain times. Our times are not uncertain because God is certain! Our times are in God’s hands. And God is the “…same, yesterday and today and forever.”

Hebrews 13:8

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“Celebrations”

Happy Birthday!

July 8 – Coleton Sexton
July 11 – Ed Almand

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“Announcements”

Choir Rehearsals-The choir will rehearse at 9:20 a.m. on Sunday mornings rather than on Wednesday evenings throughout the summer. Regular Wednesday evening choir rehearsals will resume on Wednesday, August 9th, at 5:30 p.m.

If you would like to sing or play a solo during the Offertory this summer, please see Kristen Donaldson (Choirmaster).

Parish Building and Grounds Committee-The Parish Building and Grounds Committee recently met and brought the following request to the vestry at the July 5th meeting: The two ongoing needs for the parish, concerning the upkeep of the facility have been identified in order to save money in the future, are the purchase of a commercial type carpet cleaner, as the carpets are showing more and more soiling due to increase use of the church, and a replacement commercial exterior door for the mechanical room off the Narthex. In the past, we have had the carpets cleaned on an annual basis at a cost of $750. The committee’s research shows that a carpet cleaner can be acquired for less than $300, which will give us the ability to stay ahead of heavy soiling and only have a professional cleaning every third year. All exterior doors on the original parish building (circa 1954) have been replaced with the exception of the furnace room. It has begun to delaminate and has become a security liability. Unfortunately, it is an oversized model and is somewhat difficult to locate. The vestry suggested that a small campaign be started for contributions to be made to these causes in order not to exceed the annual budget for 2017 which has been stretched due to the A/C repair in the Parish Hall. If you feel inclined, please contribute to these needs by placing a separate donation in the offering plate (tagging it for either one of the projects). Thanks for your support, Marvin Gray, Jr. Warden

The Athens VA Clinic is seeking compassionate caregivers that would like to open their homes and their hearts to provide care to our veterans. If you would like to learn more about the VA Medical Foster Home Program, please contact Hallie Cheek, LCSW, at (706)945-9447 or Hallie.cheek@va.gov.

FISH4Kids-FISH4Kids is in need of help in making and packing lunches for children in need throughout our county, Monday through Friday (9:30 am to 11:30 am). Tuesdays and Fridays are the days most needed, but any day, any time will be greatly appreciated. For more information, please contact Joylou Mullis (770-267-5830).

Appointments with Pat – Rev. Pat will be at St. Alban’s every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday. If you would like to meet with her, call the church office or contact here at 1-513-259-5117 or patmrchnt@aol.com

Bible Study-Every Wednesday, at 12 noon, Rev. Pat conducts a Bible Study. (The study is on the lessons for the coming Sunday.) We also enjoy lunch together (self-provided bag lunches). Please come and enjoy fellowship, study and worship.

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!

June, July Calendars 2017

Lay Liturgical Schedule 3rd Quarter 2017

The Messenger/June 23, 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; Corby Brendle; Bill Pardue; Jan Abernathy; Jeanne Aycock

Please pray for our Vestry:

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

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:

Wisdom 3:1-9
Psalm 31:1-5
I John 3:13-16
Matthew 10:34-42

Readings for Next Week:

Genesis 22:1-14
Psalm 13
Romans 6:12-23
Matthew 10:40-42

Bishop’s Message

Overpowered

Jeremiah complains to God. He thought being a God person wouldn’t be so hard. Now he knows. To love God is to have your image of God surpassed. Obliterated. Tranquility is not as high up on God’s list as it is on ours. God’s mission for Jeremiah is to afflict superficial comfort. To ask, “who have we crushed to achieve our peace?” Or, “why do we avert our eyes from the image of God shown to us in the poor?” Us overpowered with God’s care for all is God’s hope for us. Until then, don’t look to God for peace.

Jeremiah 7:13-20

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“Celebrations”

Happy Birthday!

June 29 – Christopher Hardy
June 30 – Ashlyn McGarity

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“Announcements”

Choir Rehearsals-Our last regular Wednesday choir rehearsal for the summer was last Wednesday evening, June 21st. Starting July 2nd, the choir will rehearse at 9:20 a.m. on Sunday mornings rather than on Wednesday evenings throughout the summer. Regular Wednesday evening choir rehearsals will resume on Wednesday, August 9th, at 5:30 p.m.

If you would like to sing or play a solo during the Offertory this summer, please see Kristen Donaldson (Choirmaster).

St. Alban’s Feast Day-Join us this Sunday, June 25, at 10:00 a.m. to acknowledge and celebrate St. Alban’s Feast Day. We will be honored with a guest preacher, Seminarian Garrett Boyte. Garrett is a postulant for Holy Orders in the Diocese of Western Louisiana. He grew up in the small town of Oak Grove in the northeast corner of the state. He holds a B.A. in Mass Communications and Classical Studies from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. He’s currently working on his M.Div. at the St. Luke’s School of Theology at the University of the South in Sewanee, TN. Part of his coursework requires a summer intensive course as a hospital chaplain, which he is currently doing at Atlanta Medical Center in downtown Atlanta and East Point, Ga. He’s the proud dog dad of a 4-year old Catahoula Leopard dog, a member of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Monroe, Louisiana, an avid francophone and adamantly opposed to the serial comma.

There will be a potluck lunch following the worship service. We ask everyone to please bring a dish to share with everyone.

St. Alban-Alban is the earliest Christian in Britain who is known by name and, according to tradition, the first British martyr. He was a soldier in the Roman army stationed at Verulamium, a city about twenty miles northeast of London, now called St. Alban’s. He gave shelter to a Christian priest who was fleeing from persecution, and was converted by him. When officers came to Alban’s house, he dressed himself in the garments of the priest and gave himself up. Alban was tortured and martyred in place of the priest, on the hilltop where the Cathedral of St. Alban’s now stands. The traditional date of his martyrdom is 303 or 304, but recent studies suggest that the year was actually 209, during the persecution under the
Emperor Septimius Severus.

The site of Alban’s martyrdom soon became a shrine. King Offa of Mercia established a monastery there about the year 793, and in the high Middle Ages St. Alban’s ranked as the premier Abbey in England. The great Norman abbey church, begun in 1077, now serves as the cathedral of the diocese of St. Alban’s, established in 1877. It is the second longest church in England (Winchester Cathedral is the longest, by six feet), and it is built on higher ground than any other English cathedral. In a chapel east of the choir and high Altar, there are remains of the fourteenth century marble shrine of St. Alban.

The Venerable Bede gives this account of Alban’s trial: “When Alban was brought in, the judge happened to be standing before an altar, offering sacrifice to devils..”What is your family and race?” demanded the judge. “How does my family concern you?” replied Alban; “If you wish to know the truth about my religion, know that I am a Christian and am ready to do a Christian’s duty.” “I demand to know your name,” insisted the judge. “Tell me at once.” ‘My parents named me Alban,” he answered, “and I worship and adore the living and true God, who created all things.”

New Prayer Books-Please note We have new prayer books (The Book of Common Prayer) given in loving memory of Wayne Bond. These books replaced some of the old books with missing pages.

Cake Challenge-Judy Terry and Marvin Gray have challenged each other to a best cake contest! Please join us this Sunday, June 25, at the potluck lunch following the worship service and discover the scrupulous winner!

FISH4Kids-FISH4Kids is in need of help in making and packing lunches for children in need throughout our county, Monday through Friday (9:30 am to 11:30 am). Tuesdays and Fridays are the days most needed, but any day, any time will be greatly appreciated. For more information, please contact Joylou Mullis (770-267-5830).

Vestry Meeting-The next Vestry Meeting is Wednesday, July 5, at 5:30 p.m. (Please note the change in day and time.)

Appointments with Pat – Rev. Pat will be at St. Alban’s every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday. If you would like to meet with her, call the church office or contact here at 1-513-259-5117 or patmrchnt@aol.com

Bible Study-Every Wednesday, at 12 noon, Rev. Pat conducts a Bible Study. (The study is on the lessons for the coming Sunday.) We also enjoy lunch together (self-provided bag lunches). Please come and enjoy fellowship, study and worship.

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!

June, July Calendars 2017

Lay Liturgical Schedule 3rd Quarter 2017

The Messenger/June 2, 2017

In Our Prayers

Please pray for:

Blane; Phil Brassie; Trevor Harris; Bob Lindsey; Bobby Thomas; Robbie Thomas; Savannah Benton; John Cannon; Anne Carter; Taylor McGarity; Edwina Johnson; Corby Brendle; Judy Terry; Bill Pardue; Jan Abernathy; Nick; Jeanne Aycock

Please pray for our Vestry:

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

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:

Acts 2:1-21
Psalm 104:25-35, 37
I Corinthians 12:3b-13
John 20:19-23

Readings for Next Week:

Genesis 1:1-2:4a
Psalm 8
II Corinthians 13:11-13
Matthew 28:16-20

Bishop’s Message

All

Real spirituality is being a real human being. Jesus taught open-arms living not spiritual contortions. Jesus and Spirit guide us to true volition-an invitation to choose God. Really. The positive consequence of choosing God is fear gets overcome with trust, and crippling passivity is replaced with active partnership with God and others. God put the potential for this spirituality in each of us. This life is open to all people. We don’t rely on magic from the sky or incantations once a week. God’s desire is for all of us to have this. All of us. Numbers 11:29

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“Celebrations”

Happy Birthday!

June 2 – Nancy Manley
June 4 – Lilly Hoglen
June 4 – Sue Meredith

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“Announcements”

Appointments with Pat – Rev. Pat will be at St. Alban’s every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday. If you would like to meet with her, call the church office or contact here at 1-513-259-5117 or patmrchnt@aol.com

Please note: Pat will not be here from June 20 through June 23.

Bible Study-Every Wednesday, at 12 noon, Rev. Pat conducts a Bible Study. (The study is on the lessons for the coming Sunday.) We also enjoy lunch together (self-provided bag lunches). Please come and enjoy fellowship, study and worship.

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!

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

May-June Calendars 2017

Lay Liturgical Schedule 2nd Quarter 2017

The Messenger/May 26, 2017

In Our Prayers

Please pray for:

Blane; Phil Brassie; Trevor Harris; Bob Lindsey; Bobby Thomas; Robbie Thomas; Savannah Benton; John Cannon; Anne Carter; Taylor McGarity; Edwina Johnson; Corby Brendle; Judy Terry; Bill Pardue; Randy; Jan Abernathy; Nick; Jeanne Aycock

Please pray for our Vestry:

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

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:

Acts 1:6-14
Psalm 68:1-10, 33-36
I Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11
John 17:1-11

Readings for Next Week:

Acts 2:1-21
Psalm 104:25-35, 37
I Corinthians 12:3b-13
John 20:19-23

Bishop’s Message

Free

“Ah… the moon belongs to everyone, the best things in life they’re free. Stars belong to everyone, they gleam there for you and for me. The flowers in Spring the robins that sing…the sunbeams that shine, they’re yours and they’re mine. Love can come to everyone. The best things in life they’re free. Moon belongs to everyone the best things in life they’re free. Stars belong to everyone, they glitter there for you and me. Love can come to everyone. All of the good things… Everyone of the better things… The best things in life, they are free!”

Sam Cooke-
The Copacabana, 1964

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“Celebrations”

Happy Anniversary!

June 1 – Carolyn & Wayne Pickeral
June 1 – Brian & Mary Jackson

Happy Birthday!

May 28 – Nancy Ward
June 2 – Nancy Manley

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“Announcements”

Appointments with Pat – Rev. Pat will be at St. Alban’s every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday. If you would like to meet with her, call the church office or contact here at 1-513-259-5117 or patmrchnt@aol.com

Please note: Pat will not be here from June 20 through June 23.

Bible Study-Every Wednesday, at 12 noon, Rev. Pat conducts a Bible Study. (The study is on the lessons for the coming Sunday.) We also enjoy lunch together (self-provided bag lunches). Please come and enjoy fellowship, study and worship.

Supper ClubA supper club event is scheduled at the home of Wilber and Nancy Ward on Friday, June 2, at 6:00 pm. Dress will be casual. Please see the details below:

The Wards will provide the meat and wine for the meal. Everyone else is asked to bring a side dish and any drinks they desire.

Please invite your friends, as we would like to “reintroduce” ourselves to the community as well as to each other at St. Albans.

It will be necessary to have a head count of those attending no later than Monday, May 29, so please sign the sheet provided on the round table in the Narthex or contact Nancy or Wilber Ward.

Wilber and Nancy’s address is: 1141 Gresham Road, Good Hope, GA, 30641.

Directions:

Turn left out of St. Alban’s parking lot. Proceed down Broad Street to Church Street, and turn left onto Church Street. Church St. becomes Hwy. 83 outside Monroe.

Continue on Hwy. 83 straight through Good Hope. From the red caution light at the center of Good Hope, continue straight for 5 1/2 miles to Hardeman Mill Rd.; (this will be just before the city limit sign of Bostwick). Turn right onto Hardeman Mill Rd. (right is the only way you can turn).

Continue 2 1/4 miles to Gresham Road. Turn right onto Gresham Road and go 1/4 mile to our house, which is 1141 (it is the second house on the right).

We look forward to seeing everyone.

Nancy and Wilber Ward

Vacation Notice– Shirley Morgan will be on vacation next week, the week of May 29. She will be back in the office on June 5.

Wanted-If anyone has a nice sofa that you would like to find a good home for, we would like to have it for our conversation group. Pat suggested having more of a comfortable seating arrangement when people want to just sit and talk.

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!

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

HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY!

May-June Calendars 2017

Lay Liturgical Schedule 2nd Quarter 2017

The Messenger/May 19, 2017

In Our Prayers

Please pray for:

Blane; Phil Brassie; Trevor Harris; Bob Lindsey; Bobby Thomas; Robbie Thomas; Savannah Benton; John Cannon; Anne Carter; Taylor McGarity; Edwina Johnson; Corby Brendle; Jimmy; Judy Terry; Bill Pardue; Randy; Jan Abernathy; Nick; Jeanne Aycock; Family & Friends of Jess Mulkey

Please pray for our Vestry:

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

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:

Acts 17:22-31
Psalm 66:7-18
I Peter 3:13-22
John 14:15-21

Readings for Next Week:

Acts 1:6-14
Psalm 68:1-10, 33-36
I Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11
John 17:1-11

Bishop’s Message

Knowing

We walk by faith! Yet, a life of faith produces knowing. From tradition and experiences we develop a character sketch of God. God discovered through faith guides our belief in God for tomorrow. There’s a knowing. On a walk, Paul noticed a memorial to an “unknown” god. Seeing that, he starts talking about what he knows about God. God is a: Creator, breath-giver, maker of worlds, living, causing life, not limited to worship spaces, not dependent on humanity but desiring a relationship with humanity. A seeking-and-finding God. An appointing God. An always close, yearning-to-be-known God.

Acts 17:22-31

“Celebrations”

Happy Birthday!

May 20 – Josh Hart
May 22 – Marian Sweeney
May 24 – Jennifer Hardy

“Announcements”

Appointments with Pat – Rev. Pat will be at St. Alban’s every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday. If you would like to meet with her, call the church office or contact here at 1-513-259-5117 or patmrchnt@aol.com

Bible Study-Every Wednesday, at 12 noon, Rev. Pat conducts a Bible Study. (The study is on the lessons for the coming Sunday.) We also enjoy lunch together (self-provided bag lunches). Please come and enjoy fellowship, study and worship.

Supper ClubA supper club event is scheduled at the home of Wilber and Nancy Ward on Friday, June 2, at 6:00 pm. Dress will be casual. Please see the details below:

The Wards will provide the meat and wine for the meal. Everyone else is asked to bring a side dish and any drinks they desire.

Please invite your friends, as we would like to “reintroduce” ourselves to the community as well as to each other at St. Albans.

It will be necessary to have a head count of those attending no later than Monday, May 29, so please sign the sheet provided on the round table in the Narthex or contact Nancy or Wilber Ward.

Wilber and Nancy’s address is: 1141 Gresham Road, Good Hope, GA, 30641.

Directions:

Turn left out of St. Alban’s parking lot. Proceed down Broad Street to Church Street, and turn left onto Church Street. Church St. becomes Hwy. 83 outside Monroe.

Continue on Hwy. 83 straight through Good Hope. From the red caution light at the center of Good Hope, continue straight for 5 1/2 miles to Hardeman Mill Rd.; (this will be just before the city limit sign of Bostwick). Turn right onto Hardeman Mill Rd. (right is the only way you can turn).

Continue 2 1/4 miles to Gresham Road. Turn right onto Gresham Road and go 1/4 mile to our house, which is 1141 (it is the second house on the right).

We look forward to seeing everyone.

Nancy and Wilber Ward

Vacation Notice– Shirley Morgan will be on vacation the week of May 29. She will be back in the office on June 5.

FISH4Kids Summer Lunch Program-We are days away from the anticipated last day of school. Most kids are excited about a summer filled with family outings and great adventures. Here in Walton County we have close to 2,300 children who fear school being out due to the challenges of their environment, including having sufficient food. Faith in Serving Humanity (FISH) will provide daily sack lunches again this summer to these children. Will you prayerfully consider sponsoring a child? For $60, a child will be fed each weekday this summer and receive a hygiene kit. Any donation will be greatly appreciated and will help purchase food for the program.

Please pick up a card from the basket on the round table in the Narthex. Make checks payable to St. Alban’s Episcopal Church and drop it with the completed card in the offering plate or turn in to the St. Alban’s front office. Thank you!!

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!

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

May-June Calendars 2017

Lay Liturgical Schedule 2nd Quarter 2017

The Messenger/May 12, 2017

In Our Prayers

Please pray for:

Blane; Phil Brassie; Trevor Harris; Bob Lindsey; Bobby Thomas; Robbie Thomas; Savannah Benton; John Cannon; Anne Carter; Taylor McGarity; Edwina Johnson; Corby Brendle; Jimmy; Judy Terry; Bill Pardue; Randy; Jan Abernathy; Nick; Jeanne Aycock

Please pray for our Vestry:

Marty Atkinson; Carole Bond; Libby Martin; Melissa Young; Marvin Gray; Judy Terry; Matthew Hardy

St. Alban’s Intercessory Prayer Group

Every Tuesday morning at 11:00 a.m. you are invited to come and pray for the needs of our church, our people, and our community.

If you would like for us to pray for someone or something special, please fill out a prayer card, which is found on back of the pews. You can place the card in the offering plate or give it to an usher.

Bible Readings

Readings for this Week

Acts 7:55-60
Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16
I Peter 2:2-10
John 14:1-14

Readings for Next Week

Acts 17:22-31
Psalm 66:7-18
I Peter 3:13-22
John 14:15-21

Bishop’s Message

Refuge

The Psalms are poetry. The words come from ordinary people’s experiences of God. They imagine God for and with the community of faith. The Psalms sustain and supercharge hope in God. They urge us to seek and know God for ourselves. They share, we are reminded, and our reliance on God increases. That’s the aim. God is “refuge,” we hear. God is a God we can flee back to. God is a shelter from shame. Adherence to God’s ways is a hiding place from the self-induced storms of life. God’s building materials are compassion, wisdom and guidance.

Psalm 31

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Celebrations:

Happy Birthday

May 20-Josh Hart

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Announcements

Appointments With Pat-Rev. Pat will be at St. Alban’s every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday. If you would like to meet with her, call the church office or contact here at 1-513-259-5117 or patmrchnt@aol.com

Bible Study-Every Wednesday, at 12 noon, Rev. Pat conducts a Bible Study. (The study is on the lessons for the coming Sunday.) We also enjoy lunch together (self-provided bag lunches). Please come and enjoy fellowship, study and worship.

Supper Club– A Supper Club event is scheduled at the home of Wilber and Nancy Ward on Friday, June 2, at 6:00 pm. Dress will be casual. Please see the details below:

The Wards will provide the meat and wine for the meal. Everyone else is asked to bring a side dish and any drinks they desire.

Please invite your friends, as we would like to “reintroduce” ourselves to the community as well as to each other at St. Albans.

It will be necessary to have a head count of those attending no later than Monday, May 29, so please sign the sheet provided on the round table in the Narthex or contact Nancy or Wilber Ward.

Wilber and Nancy’s address is: 1141 Gresham Road, Good Hope, GA, 30641. Directions will be provided; please look for them on the round table in the Narthex the Sunday before the dinner (May 28).

Voice Recital-The voice students of Kristen Donaldson and Ammie Bruce will give a voice recital here at St. Alban’s on Monday, May 15, at 5:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to come. Admission is free.

Abbey Hospice is seeking volunteers in your area! Whether you’re interested in helping around an office, visiting with patients and their families, delivering treats, or cleaning up a patient’s garden, there are plenty of ways to show you care! If you are dedicated to caring for people in mind, body, and spirit, Abbey Hospice needs you! For more information, please contact Rachael at (770) 464-5858, or email at volunteer@abbeyhospice.com.

Abbey Hospice Spring Memorial Service-Abbey Hospice is hosting their semi-annual Spring Memorial Service Thursday, May 18th, at the Social Circle United Methodist Church. The reception is at 5:30 p.m. and the service begins at 6:30 p.m. Anyone that has lost a loved one is welcome to attend. Please bring a picture of your loved one to the service, as you will have an opportunity to speak about this person as a candle is lit in his/her memory. All are welcome! For more information, please call (770) 464-5858.

FISH4Kids Summer Lunch Program-We are days away from the anticipated last day of school. Most kids are excited about a summer filled with family outings and great adventures. Here in Walton County we have close to 2,300 children who fear school being out due to the challenges of their environment, including having sufficient food. Faith in Serving Humanity (FISH) will provide daily sack lunches again this summer to these children. Will you prayerfully consider sponsoring a child? For $60, a child will be fed each weekday this summer and receive a hygiene kit. Any donation will be greatly appreciated and will help purchase food for the program.

Please pick up a card from the basket on the round table in the Narthex. Make checks payable to St. Alban’s Episcopal Church and drop it with the completed card in the offering plate or turn in to the St. Alban’s front office. Thank you!!

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!

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

May, June Calendars 2017

Lay Liturgical Schedule 2nd Quarter 2017

The Messenger/May 5, 2017

In Our Prayers

Please pray for:

Blane; Phil Brassie; Trevor Harris; Bob Lindsey; Bobby Thomas; Robbie Thomas; Savannah Benton; John Cannon; Anne Carter; Taylor McGarity; Edwina Johnson; Corby Brendle; Jimmy; Judy Terry; Bill Pardue; Randy; Jan Abernathy; Azlynne Sexton; Nick; Family & Friends of Joe Baccus; Family & Friends of Kathleen Sanders

Please pray for our Vestry:

Marty Atkinson; Carole Bond; Libby Martin; Melissa Young; Marvin Gray; Judy Terry; Matthew Hardy

St. Alban’s Intercessory Prayer Group

Every Tuesday morning at 11:00 a.m. you are invited to come and pray for the needs of our church, our people, and our community.

If you would like for us to pray for someone or something special, please fill out a prayer card, which is found on back of the pews. You can place the card in the offering plate or give it to an usher.

Bible Readings

Readings for this Week

Acts 2:42-47
Psalm 23
I Peter 2:19-25
John 10:1-10

Readings for Next Week

Acts 7:55-60
Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16
I Peter 2:2-10
John 14:1-14

Bishop’s Message

Big Four

The baptized pledge to, “…continue in the apostles teaching, fellowship, breaking of bread and prayers.” The big four! Each shapes our community. Each needs the other for depth. Notice, fellowship is bookended by the apostles’ teaching and the breaking of bread. “Teaching” meaning, to do what Jesus taught – to be busied by His purposes. So fellowship is partnership with Jesus and one another. Fellowship in Jesus is sweetened and sustained by gathering for a common meal that reveals the power of Jesus’ last supper. Fellowship without the meal lacks sustenance…the meal without the work is superficial.

Acts 2:42

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Announcements

Rev. Pat will be at St. Alban’s every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday. If you would like to meet with her, call the church office or contact here at 1-513-259-5117 or patmrchnt@aol.com.

Bible Study-Every Wednesday, at 12 noon, Rev. Pat conducts a Bible Study. (The study is on the lessons for the coming Sunday.) We also enjoy lunch together (self-provided bag lunches). Please come and enjoy fellowship, study and worship.

EMail Address Update– If we do not have your email address or if your address has changed, please email the address to: saintalbansmonroe@windstream.net or write it down and put it in the offering plate at the worship service on Sunday. Thank you!

Kentucky Derby Party

Saturday, May 6th
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Make your plans now to attend!
*A Live Broadcast of the Races for the Day
*Derby Hat Competition for the Ladies
*$1 Draw for a Horse – Winner Take the Entire Pool
Bring Finger Foods and Heavy Snacks to Share!

Abbey Hospice is seeking volunteers in your area! Whether you’re interested in helping around an office, visiting with patients and their families, delivering treats, or cleaning up a patient’s garden, there are plenty of ways to show you care! If you are dedicated to caring for people in mind, body, and spirit, Abbey Hospice needs you! For more information, please contact Rachael at (770) 464-5858, or email at volunteer@abbeyhospice.com.

Abbey Hospice Spring Memorial Service-Abbey Hospice is hosting their semi-annual Spring Memorial Service Thursday, May 18th, at the Social Circle United Methodist Church. The reception is at 5:30 p.m. and the service begins at 6:30 p.m. Anyone that has lost a loved one is welcome to attend. Please bring a picture of your loved one to the service, as you will have an opportunity to speak about this person as a candle is lit in his/her memory. All are welcome! For more information, please call (770) 464-5858.

FISH4Kids Summer Lunch Program-We are days away from the anticipated last day of school. Most kids are excited about a summer filled with family outings and great adventures. Here in Walton County we have close to 2,300 children who fear school being out due to the challenges of their environment, including having sufficient food. Faith in Serving Humanity (FISH) will provide daily sack lunches again this summer to these children. Will you prayerfully consider sponsoring a child? For $60, a child will be fed each weekday this summer and receive a hygiene kit. Any donation will be greatly appreciated and will help purchase food for the program.

Please pick up a card from the basket on the round table in the Narthex. Make checks payable to St. Alban’s Episcopal Church and drop it with the completed card in the offering plate or turn in to the St. Alban’s front office. Thank you!!

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!

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

May, June Calendars 2017

Lay Liturgical Schedule 2nd Quarter 2017

The Messenger/April 28, 2017

In Our Prayers

Please pray for:

Blane; Phil Brassie; Trevor Harris; Bob Lindsey; Bobby Thomas; Robbie Thomas; Savannah Benton; John Cannon; Steven; Anne Carter; Taylor McGarity; Edwina Johnson; Corby Brendle; Jimmy; Judy Terry; Bill Pardue; Randy; Fay Brassie; Jan Abernathy; Azlynne Sexton; Nick

Please pray for our Vestry:

Marty Atkinson; Carole Bond; Libby Martin; Melissa Young; Marvin Gray; Judy Terry; Matthew Hardy

St. Alban’s Intercessory Prayer Group

Every Tuesday morning at 11:00 a.m. you are invited to come and pray for the needs of our church, our people, and our community.

If you would like for us to pray for someone or something special, please fill out a prayer card, which is found on back of the pews. You can place the card in the offering plate or give it to an usher.

Bible Readings

Readings for this Week

Acts 2:14a, 36-41
Psalm 116:1-3, 10-17
I Peter 1:17-23
Luke 24:13-35

Readings for Next Week

Acts 2:42-47
Psalm 23
I Peter 2:19-25
John 10:1-10

Bishop’s Message

God Story

Most folks have a God story. Most are reluctant to tell theirs for fear of seeming weak-minded or childish. Yet, we have them. The Resurrection of Jesus is a God story. It will never be more than that. It will always shake hands with doubt. Still, that God did the impossible dances around us like butterflies around a flower. All my God stories have the same fragrance as the Resurrection: God refuses to be dismissed. God forgives our rejection. God reconciles us to ourself and others. God gives us a story to share.

Luke 24:13-46

Priest Blurb

Dearly Beloved,

Thank you to everyone who helped make Holy Week and Easter such a joy. I am so grateful to all of you on the Altar Guild, Vestry, Choir, Ushers, Hospitality, egg collectors. Thank you especially to Shirley who produced all the many bulletins. Eastertide has begun and will culminate in the celebration of Pentecost on June 4.

On Wednesday, May 3, we will begin a Bible Study at noon. Please bring a sack lunch to eat together after the Bible Study. During these Easter Weeks we will use the Gospel for the coming Sunday to study. If there is interest we will continue through June.

I hope to see you at the Kentucky Derby Party on Saturday, May 6th.

Yours in Christ,

Pat

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Celebrations

Happy Birthday

May 5 – Marvin Gray

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Announcements

Attention-Rev. Pat is on a Spring Retreat this week. We welcome Rev. Geoffrey Boyer this Sunday, April 30th, as our guest priest.

Rev. Pat will be at St. Alban’s every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday. If you would like to meet with her, call the church office or contact here at 1-513-259-5117 or patmrchnt@aol.com.

Bible Study-Beginning Wednesday, May 3, Rev. Pat will conduct a Bible Study and informal Eucharist. We will also enjoy our self provided bag lunches. The Bible Study will be on the lessons for the coming Sunday. Please come and enjoy fellowship, study and worship on Wednesdays at 12 noon in the parish hall.

Easter Lilies-Please take home one or more of the Easter Lilies in the parish hall.

Vestry Meeting-The next Vestry Meeting is this Tuesday evening, May 2nd, at 6:00 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 or Marvin Gray.

FISH4Kids Summer Lunch Program-We are days away from the anticipated last day of school. Most kids are excited about a summer filled with family outings and great adventures. Here in Walton County we have close to 2,300 children who fear school being out due to the challenges of their environment, including having sufficient food. Faith in Serving Humanity (FISH) will provide daily sack lunches again this summer to these children. Will you prayerfully consider sponsoring a child? For $60, a child will be fed each weekday this summer and receive a hygiene kit. Any donation will be greatly appreciated and will help purchase food for the program.

Please pick up a card from the basket on the round table in the Narthex. Make checks payable to St. Alban’s Episcopal Church and drop it with the completed card in the offering plate or turn in to the St. Alban’s front office. Thank you!!

The “Day1” Radio Program is asking us to promote their radio program. You can listen to Day1 – the hope-filled message of faith – on NEWS 95.5 FM and AM750 Sundays at 7:05 a.m. or anytime on Day1.org.

Kentucky Derby Party

Coming Soon!
Saturday, May 6th
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Make your plans now to attend!
*A Live Broadcast of the Races for the Day
*Derby Hat Competition for the Ladies
*$1 Draw for a Horse – Winner Take the Entire Pool
Bring Finger Foods and Heavy Snacks to Share!

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!

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

May, June Calendars 2017

Lay Liturgical Schedule 2nd Quarter 2017


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