Saint Alban's Episcopal Church

Newsletter

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

The Messenger/April 21, 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; Family & Friends of Eileen Smith; Family & Friends of Sue Anne McTindal

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, 22-32
Psalm 16
I Peter 1:3-9
John 20:19-31

Readings for Next Week

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

Priest’s Blurb

Dearly Beloved,

Happy Easter! From now until Pentecost (June 4) we will be celebrating Easter. I hope you will find Joy in this season.

I ask you in this Eastertide how you might help St. Alban’s grow in the months to come. We want to be sure to welcome and talk with our visitors.

Beginning Wednesday, May 3, we will conduct a Bible Study, informal Eucharist, and share our bag lunches. The Bible Study will be on the lessons for the coming Sunday. I hope you will come and enjoy fellowship, study and worship on Wednesdays at 12 noon in the parish hall.

A few housekeeping details…the large air-conditioning unit in the parish hall is not functioning. Your wardens and vestry are working to determine the proper repair as soon as possible. It is hopeful to have it up and running by Sunday, April 30th.

On Saturday, May 6, St. Alban’s will host a Kentucky Derby party in the parish hall. I truly hope you will come and wear your most festive hat. Since we have some parishioners who truly know and have horses, it is anticipated they will wear their most outrageous derby outfits. I heard that there would be wine??? Really? Also, hang around me for a real mint julep. We held a party last year at our home and I did some extensive research on the ingredients of that traditional celebratory drink, so I will bring them. Also, bring a little cash that you are prepared to lose on your horse.

Last summer when I visited with you in August, I began to feel a pull to St. Alban’s. I felt some of the pain from Alan’s absence, although at that time I did not know he had resigned. I experienced you as good and caring people and knew a little of your history. Now I am so glad to be here! I am excited about what God is calling us to do together.

Yours in Christ,
Pat
513-259-5117 Cell

Bishop’s Message

Unlocked

After Jesus is raised, he attacks locked doors and fear with peace. His friends hid behind locked doors. “… they were locked because of fear.” If Christ is Risen in us, then the locked doors we hide behind will be unlocking. Great faith and fear cannot occupy the same space. Resurrection displaces fear – it renders it an outgrown former acquaintance. With Resurrection as the ultimate reality, crosses and crucifixion don’t deserve fear, only faith. Jesus’ peace for us isn’t in the absence of pain or the presence of protection, but in the certainty that Life can’t be locked up.

John 20:19-31

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Celebrations

Happy Birthday

April 24 – Wayne Pickeral
April 28 – Meg Cooper

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Announcements

Attention-Rev. Pat will be on a Spring Retreat April 24th through April 30th. The Rev. Geoffrey Boyer will be with us on Sunday, April 30th.

After next week, Pat will be here 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.

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!

April-May Calendars 2017

Lay Liturgical Schedule 2nd Quarter 2017

The Messenger/April 7, 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; Vida Broach; Sue McTyndal; Edwina Johnson; Corby Brendle;
Jimmy; Judy Terry

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

Isaiah 50:4-9a
Psalm 31:9-16
Philippians 2:5-11
Matthew 26:14-27:66

Readings for Next Week

Acts 10:34-43
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
Colossians 3:1-4
John 20:1-18

Bishop’s Blurb


Ridiculous

Palm Sunday makes me feel ridiculous! But, I continue with this absurdity because ridiculous is the point! This silly parade is meant to question all the other ridiculousness of our lives, culture and world. That was Jesus’ original intention – to show us that the way we do power, politics, religion, leadership and the sharing of resources is foolish, biased and arrogant. The gift of being ridiculous, like Jesus, if only for a bit, is that it illuminates how far our lives are from his example. And maybe, for a crazy few of us, ridiculous shows us the way back along side of him.

Matthew 21:1-11

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Celebrations

Happy Birthday

April 7 – Lalla Tanner
April 9 – Wilber Ward
April 11 – Joylou Mullis
April 15 – Marty Atkinson

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Announcements

Sunday School-Elementary Sunday School Every Sunday morning from 9:00 am to 10:00 am.

Middle/High School Youth will meet after the worship service every other
Sunday from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Thank You!-We wish to thank Marty Atkinson, Joylou Mullis, and Sue Meredith for providing the meal last Wednesday evening for the Lenten Study.

Kristen Donaldson in Concert
Tuesday, April 18, at 6:30 p.m.
Edge Recital Hall
UGA School of Music
250 River Road, Athens, GA 30602
Free Admission

Holy Week and Easter Service

Come Worship With Us

Palm Sunday – April 9 – 10:00 a.m.
Maundy Thursday – April 13 – 7:00 p.m.
Good Friday – April 14 – 12:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Easter Sunday – April 16 – 10:00 a.m.

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!!

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, April 16th. 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.

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!

April-May Calendars 2017

Lay Liturgical Schedule 2nd Quarter 2017

The Messenger/March 31, 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; Vida Broach; Sue McTyndal; Edwina Johnson; Mary Ann Conley; Doug Coil; Corby Brendle

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

Ezekiel 37:1-14
Psalm 130
Romans 8:6-11
John 11:1-45

Readings for Next Week

Isaiah 50:4-9a
Psalm 31:9-16
Philippians 2:5-11
Matthew 26:14-27:66

Bishop’s Blurb


Shine-time

God knows precisely the length of time it takes to make a redwood, or a universe, or a soul. And, God knows how long it takes to make God’s glory shine so we can see it – and know we’ve seen it. Jesus didn’t rush frantically to Lazarus’ sick bed or his tomb. He was working on glory time. I call it shine-time. Shine-time comes after waiting, after tears, sometimes even after they pronounce death. Shine-time waits long enough so God can call life out of death and so many will believe. Faith is knowing God’s timing is the perfect timing.

John 11:1-4

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Celebrations

Happy Birthday

March 28 – Judy Terry
March 30 – Ashton Sexton
April 3 – Frank Reed
April 7 – Lalla Tanner

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Announcements

Sunday School-Elementary Sunday School Every Sunday morning from 9:00 am to 10:00 am.

Middle/High School Youth will meet after the worship service every other
Sunday from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Lenten Supper & Program
“5 MARKS OF LOVE”
Wednesday Nights – March 8th – April 5th
6:00 p.m. – Soup and Sandwich Supper
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. – Program
Childcare Provided

We wish to thank Brenda Cathey and Melissa and Lou Young for providing the meal last Wednesday evening for the Lenten Study.

Vestry Meeting-The next Vestry Meeting is this Tuesday evening, April 4th, 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.

Holy Week and Easter Service

Come Worship With Us

Palm Sunday – April 9 – 10:00 a.m.
Maundy Thursday – April 13 – 7:00 p.m.
Good Friday – April 14 – 12:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Easter Sunday – April 16 – 10:00 a.m.

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!!

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, April 16th. 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.

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!

Community Lenten Services

April 5-First United Methodist Church

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

April-May Calendars 2017

Lay Liturgical Schedule 2nd Quarter 2017

The Messenger/March 24, 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; Vida Broach; Sue McTyndal; Edwina Johnson; Mary Ann Conley; Doug Coil; Corby Brendle

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

I Samuel 16:1-13
Psalm 23
Ephesians 5:8-14
John 9:1-41

Readings for Next Week

Ezekiel 37:1-14
Psalm 130
Romans 8:6-11
John 11:1-45

Bishop’s Blurb


Yuck

Mud and spit caused a man to see. That’s the story. Dirt and spit! Yuck! It’s not hard for me to believe that disgusting things can make miracles. I’ve seen babies born. Seen pain become joy. Watched a cancer diagnosis make marriage vows come alive. Seen grief at the grave become extraordinary alive-ness. And more…. We may not like how bodily God chooses to work God’s thing in the world and in us – we may even be repulsed by God’s process. But one thing is certain, no one is as good with the Yuck as God.

John 9:1-41

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Announcements

Important Announcement

We are pleased to announce that the Rev. Patricia L. Merchant will be our Interim Priest-in-Charge for a period of 12 months, starting April 1, 2017. Rev. Pat will be here 1-1/2 days during the week and on Sundays. We are very happy and blessed to have her with us!

Rev. Pat will also be serving as our supply priest the remainder of March. She will be here on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Sunday School-Elementary Sunday School Every Sunday morning from 9:00 am to 10:00 am.

Middle/High School Youth will meet after the worship service every other
Sunday from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Lenten Supper & Program
“5 MARKS OF LOVE”
Wednesday Nights – March 8th – April 5th
6:00 p.m. – Soup and Sandwich Supper
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. – Program
Childcare Provided

This six-week series invites us to observe and reflect on the ways in which the Divine Life expresses itself in and through us; individually and in our faith communities, as well as in the world around us. Be sure to check out the online site at: www.ssje.org/ssje/5marksoflove/

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

We wish to thank Marian Sweeney, Jody Emmons, Mary Ann Lindsey, and Fay Brassie for providing the meal last Wednesday evening for the Lenten Study.

Guest Organist-Mr. Keith Nash will be our guest musician on Sunday, March 26th. He will be playing a special organ prelude beginning at 9:40 am. We hope you will come early that Sunday to hear his special Lent music prelude!

Dear St. Alban’s,

Thomas Merton wrote that deep communication is not really communication, but communion. He went on to say it is without words. And I will say it is without time or place, or perhaps, even thought. But I know that deep communion is the deep love that reaches beyond all boundaries of doubt and despair, and, that your love and prayers touched Corby, Suzanne, and me in the most tender and beautiful ways and I am tearfully and joyfully grateful to you all.
Nancy Manley

Holy Week and Easter Service

Come Worship With Us

Palm Sunday – April 9 – 10:00 a.m.
Maundy Thursday – April 13 – 7:00 p.m.
Good Friday – April 14 – 12:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Easter Sunday – April 16 – 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.

Easter Egg Hunt – We will have an Easter Egg Hunt after the worship service on Easter morning, April 16th. 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.

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!

Community Lenten Services

March 8-First Presbyterian CChurch
March 15-Rivers of Mercy Church29
March 22-First Baptist Church
March 29-St. Anna’s Catholic Church
April 5-First United Methodist Church

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

Lay Liturgical Schedule – First Quarter 2017

Lay Liturgical Schedule 2nd Quarter 2017

The Messenger/March 17, 2017

In Our Prayers

Please pray for:

Blane; Phil Brassie; Trevor Harris; Bob Lindsey; Bobby Thomas; Robbie Thomas; Savannah Benton; John Cannon; Roy Roberts; Steven; Anne Carter; Taylor McGarity; Vida Broach; Ashton; Eileen Smith; Sue McTyndal; Bryant Family; Charlotte Gattis; Tal Thompson; Rickey Chastain; Edwina Johnson; Mary Ann Conley; Doug Coil; Corby Brendle


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

Exodus 17:1-7
Psalm 95
Romans 5:1-11
John 4:5-42

Readings for Next Week

I Samuel 16:1-13
Psalm 23
Ephesians 5:8-14
John 9:1-41

Bishop’s Blurb


Truth

In a city called “falsehood,” Jesus speaks truth. At a deep well, water and truth are both drawn up. Truth and well water both have to be coaxed above ground. Because, truth can live under the ground of fearful convenience and polite euphemisms forever. At this “high noon” conversation with a woman, Jesus draws and serves some truths. First, God is a thirst-quenching God. Second, there is a reality that surpasses ethnicity and belief. Third, God affirms us beyond the sad half-truths we adorn our lives and relationships with. And fourth, that the sure sign of authentic worship is that denial and deceit get drowned.
John 4:5-42

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Announcements

Important Announcement

We are pleased to announce that the Rev. Patricia L. Merchant will be our Interim Priest-in-Charge for a period of 12 months, starting April 1, 2017. Rev. Pat will be here 1-1/2 days during the week and on Sundays. We are very happy and blessed to have her with us!

Rev. Pat will also be serving as our supply priest the remainder of March. She will be here on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Sunday School-Elementary Sunday School Every Sunday morning from 9:00 am to 10:00 am.

Middle/High School Youth will meet after the worship service every other
Sunday from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Lenten Supper & Program
“5 MARKS OF LOVE”
Wednesday Nights – March 8th – April 5th
6:00 p.m. – Soup and Sandwich Supper
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. – Program
Childcare Provided

This six-week series invites us to observe and reflect on the ways in which the Divine Life expresses itself in and through us; individually and in our faith communities, as well as in the world around us. Be sure to check out the online site at: www.ssje.org/ssje/5marksoflove/

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

We wish to thank Vida Broach, Carolyn and Wayne Pickeral, and Ron and Joylou Mullis for providing the meal last Wednesday evening for the Lenten Study.

Guest Organist-Mr. Keith Nash will be our guest musician on Sunday, March 26th. He will be playing a special organ prelude beginning at 9:40 am. We hope you will come early that Sunday to hear his special Lent music prelude!

Holy Week and Easter Service

Come Worship With Us

Palm Sunday – April 9 – 10:00 a.m.
Maundy Thursday – April 13 – 7:00 p.m.
Good Friday – April 14 – 12:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Easter Sunday – April 16 – 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.

Easter Egg Hunt – We will have an Easter Egg Hunt after the worship service on Easter morning, April 16th. 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.

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!

Community Lenten Services

March 8-First Presbyterian CChurch
March 15-Rivers of Mercy Church29
March 22-First Baptist Church
March 29-St. Anna’s Catholic Church
April 5-First United Methodist Church

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

Lay Liturgical Schedule – First Quarter 2017

Lay Liturgical Schedule 2nd Quarter 2017

The Messenger/March 10, 2017

In Our Prayers

Please pray for:

Blane; Phil Brassie; Trevor Harris; Bob Lindsey; Bobby Thomas; Robbie Thomas; Savannah Benton; John Cannon; Roy Roberts; Steven; Anne Carter; Taylor McGarity; Vida Broach; Ashton; Eileen Smith; Sue McTyndal; Bryant Family; Charlotte Gattis; Tal Thompson; Rickey Chastain; Edwina Johnson; Mary Ann Conley; Doug Coil; Corby Brendle; Carole Bond & 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, 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

Genesis 12:1-4a
Psalm 121
Romans 4:1-5, 13-17
John 3:1-17

Readings for Next Week

Exodus 17:1-7
Psalm 95
Romans 5:1-11
John 4:5-42

Bishop’s Blurb


See

You can talk about God, Jesus says, without actually seeing God’s movement. That’s sad. The word “movement” is the best translation of the word “kingdom” in scripture. Movement, like the way Jesus described Spirit. A wind blowing. A wind growing – and causing growth. The temptation here is to think that by thinking a new thought, we’ll get a new life. WRONG. New thoughts are the consequence of new living. Jesus’ friend struggled to get this. The rut of his life had become a grave. Born again is what Jesus prescribed. Born again can happen if we are willing to endure the labor pains.

John 3:1-17
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Celebrations

Happy Birthday!

March 14-Max Hoglen

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Announcements

The Reverend Pat Merchant’s Schedule

Sunday – March 12, 19, & 26 (Rev. Geoffrey Boyer will be here on March 5th)
April 2

Wednesday – March 8, 15, 22, 29; April 5

Contact Information:

1-513-259-5117 or patmrchnt@aol.com
Please call the church office (770-267-2893) if you would like to schedule an appointment with Pat.

Sunday School-Elementary Sunday School Every Sunday morning from 9:00 am to 10:00 am.

Middle/High School Youth will meet after the worship service every other
Sunday from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Lenten Supper & Program
“5 MARKS OF LOVE”
Wednesday Nights – March 8th – April 5th
6:00 p.m. – Soup and Sandwich Supper
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. – Program
Childcare Provided

This six-week series invites us to observe and reflect on the ways in which the Divine Life expresses itself in and through us; individually and in our faith communities, as well as in the world around us. Be sure to check out the online site at: www.ssje.org/ssje/5marksoflove/

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

We wish to thank Kristen Donaldson and Mallory Sanders for providing the meal last Wednesday evening for the Lenten Study.

Guest Organist-Mr. Keith Nash will be our guest musician on Sunday, March 26th. He will be playing a special organ prelude beginning at 9:40 am. We hope you will come early that Sunday to hear his special Lent music prelude!

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!

Community Lenten Services

March 8-First Presbyterian CChurch
March 15-Rivers of Mercy Church29
March 22-First Baptist Church
March 29-St. Anna’s Catholic Church
April 5-First United Methodist Church

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

Lay Liturgical Schedule – First Quarter 2017

Lay Liturgical Schedule 2nd Quarter 2017

The Messenger/March 3, 2017

In Our Prayers

Please pray for:

Blane; Phil Brassie; Trevor Harris; Bob Lindsey; Bobby Thomas; Robbie Thomas; Savannah Benton; John Cannon; Roy Roberts; Steven; Anne Carter; Taylor McGarity; Mildred Evans; Jay Rea; Vida Broach; Ashton; Eileen Smith; Sue McTyndal; Bryant Family; Charlotte Gattis; Tal Thompson; Rickey Chastain; Edwina Johnson; Mary Ann Conley; Robert Hay, Jr.; Doug Coil; Corby Brendle; Family and friends of Wayne Bond.


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

Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7
Psalm 32
Romans 5:12-19
Matthew 4:1-11

Readings for Next Week

Genesis 12:1-4a
Psalm 121
Romans 4:1-5, 13-17
John 3:1-17

Bishop’s Blurb


Temptation

It’s so appealing, temptation. It searches us. It appeals to our secret wants. Our fears. We succumb. Slightly, then chronically. Knowingly or naively. We fall. Sometimes falling gives birth to wisdom, humility and new devotion. Sometimes it just makes more falling. Jesus faced epic temptation. It was all about power. His temptation is ours too. We have immense power. Power to build or break. Power to be self-centered or other-centered. The tempter’s hope was to siphon off Jesus’ power for good. He knew distracted power is diminished power. And diminished power is ultimately surrendered power. Jesus found his way through temptation by remembering his role in God’s story. So must we.

Matthew 4:11
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Celebrations

Happy Birthday!

March 9-Sara Thomas

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Announcements

The Reverend Pat Merchant’s Schedule

Sunday – March 12, 19, & 26 (Rev. Geoffrey Boyer will be here on March 5th)
April 2

Wednesday – March 8, 15, 22, 29; April 5

Contact Information:

1-513-259-5117 or patmrchnt@aol.com
Please call the church office (770-267-2893) if you would like to schedule an appointment with Pat.

Sunday School-Elementary Sunday School Every Sunday morning from 9:00 am to 10:00 am.

Middle/High School Youth will meet after the worship service every other
Sunday from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Vestry Meeting-The next Vestry Meeting is this Tuesday evening, March 7, 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.

THANK YOU!!!-We wish to thank the following people for making our Pancake Supper a great success:

Libby Martin

Judy Terry

Mallory Sanders

Marvin Gray

Jim Laird

John Arnold

Marty Atkinson

Wayne Pickeral

Jim Sweeney

Roy Mallady

Nicole Richards

Ron Mullis

Bob Hay

Valerie Richards

Joylou Mullis

And all who helped!!!

Lenten Supper & Program
“5 MARKS OF LOVE”
Wednesday Nights – March 8th – April 5th
6:00 p.m. – Soup and Sandwich Supper
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. – Program
Childcare Provided

This six-week series invites us to observe and reflect on the ways in which the Divine Life expresses itself in and through us; individually and in our faith communities, as well as in the world around us. Be sure to check out the online site at: www.ssje.org/ssje/5marksoflove/

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

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!

Community Lenten Services

March 8-First Presbyterian CChurch
March 15-Rivers of Mercy Church29
March 22-First Baptist Church
March 29-St. Anna’s Catholic Church
April 5-First United Methodist Church

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

Lay Liturgical Schedule – First Quarter 2017

Lay Liturgical Schedule 2nd Quarter 2017

The Messenger/February 24, 2017

In Our Prayers

Please pray for:

Blane; Phil Brassie; Trevor Harris; Bob Lindsey; Bobby Thomas; Robbie Thomas; Savannah Benton; Wayne Bond; John Cannon; Roy Roberts; Steven; Anne Carter; Taylor McGarity; Mildred Evans; Jay Rea; Vida Broach; Ashton; Eileen Smith; Sue McTyndal; Bryant Family; Charlotte Gattis; Tal Thompson; Rickey Chastain; Edwina Johnson; Mary Ann Conley; Robert Hay, Jr.; Doug Coil


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

Exodus 24:12-18
Psalm 2
II Peter 1:16-21
Matthew 17:1-9

Readings for Next Week

Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7
Psalm 32
Romans 5:12-19
Matthew 4:1-11

Bishop’s Blurb


Necessary

Church is necessary! It’s a place we can “…name our masters and confess our servitude.” A place to tell the truth, that we are idol worshipers – the whole lot of us. A place to cough up our asphyxiating indifference toward the suffering of neighbors. A place to catch a glimpse of the absurdity and triviality of our worries. It’s also the place we expect to hear of God’s epic grace and redemption – that we are not condemned. That, there’s hope for us and the world in Jesus. If you don’t hear all this in your church, get a new church!

Matthew 6:24-34

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Announcements

The Reverend Pat Merchant’s Schedule

(Rev. Dr. Harold Lockett will be here this Sunday, February 26)

Sunday – March 12, 19, & 26 (Rev. Geoffrey Boyer will be here on March 5th)
April 2

Wednesday – March 8, 15, 22, 29; April 5

Contact Information:

1-513-259-5117 or patmrchnt@aol.com
Please call the church office (770-267-2893) if you would like to schedule an appointment with Pat.

Sunday School-Elementary Sunday School Every Sunday morning from 9:00 am to 10:00 am.

Middle/High School Youth will meet after the worship service every other
Sunday from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner-Please plan to join us on Shrove Tuesday, February 28, for our Annual Pancake Supper, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Tickets will be $5.00 for adults, five tickets for $20.00. Children under 12 eat free! Purchase your tickets this Sunday! Invite your friends!

If you can possibly help with decorating, cooking, serving, or clean-up, please contact Ron Mullis, Libby Martin, or Mallory Sanders.

Ash Wednesday Worship-Please note that we will have one service on Ash Wednesday (March 1, 2017) at 5:30 p.m. The Rev. Bill Deneke will be the officiant. The choir will meet at 4:15 p.m. on Ash Wednesday.

Lenten Supper & Program
March 8 through April 5, 5:30 p.m.-Join us every Wednesday evening during Lent for a light supper (soup and sandwich) and a program given by Rev. Pat Merchant.

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

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!


Camp Mikell 2017 Folk School-Camp Mikell’s Annual Folk School will be from Friday March 3 to Sunday, March 5, 2017. If interested, information packets and registration forms are available on the table in the Narthex.

Community Lenten Services

March 8-First Presbyterian CChurch
March 15-Rivers of Mercy Church29
March 22-First Baptist Church
March 29-St. Anna’s Catholic Church
April 5-First United Methodist Church

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

Lay Liturgical Schedule – First Quarter 2017

The Messenger/February 17, 2017

In Our Prayers

Please pray for:

Blane; Phil Brassie; Trevor Harris; Bob Lindsey; Bobby Thomas; Robbie Thomas; Savannah Benton; Wayne Bond; John Cannon; Roy Roberts; Steven; Anne Carter; Taylor McGarity; Mildred Evans; Jay Rea; Vida Broach; Ashton; Eileen Smith; Sue McTyndal; Bryant Family; Charlotte Gattis; Tal Thompson; Rickey Chastain; Edwina Johnson


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

Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18
Psalm 119:33-40
I Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23
Matthew 5:38-48

Readings for Next Week

Exodus 24:12-18
Psalm 2
II Peter 1:16-21
Matthew 17:1-9

Bishop’s Blurb

Duplication

“An eye for an eye” is what Jesus grew up hearing. Somewhere along his life, it changed. Somehow he began rejecting “eye for eye” logic for this: “Turn your cheek. Go the extra mile. Love enemy.” Could be, Jesus’ shift came when he realized that “eye for eye” thinking must not dictate our response. Why? Because it makes the offender’s behavior the pattern. Jesus figured out that our devotion of duplication belongs to God, not an offender or enemy! And since our lineage and heritage is of God, our pattern in the face of offense – even hatred – must be Godly.

Matthew 5:38-48

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Announcements

The Reverend Pat Merchant’s Schedule

Sunday – February 19 (Rev. Doug Coil will be here on February 26); March 12, 19, & 26 (Rev. Geoffrey Boyer will be here on March 5th)
April 2

Tuesday – February 21

Wednesday – March 8, 15, 22, 29; April 5

Contact Information: 1-513-259-5117 or patmrchnt@aol.com
Please call the church office (770-267-2893) if you would like to schedule an appointment with Pat.

Sunday School-Elementary Sunday School Every Sunday morning from 9:00 am to 10:00 am.

Middle/High School Youth will meet after the worship service every other
Sunday from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner-Please plan to join us on Shrove Tuesday, February 28, for our Annual Pancake Supper, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Tickets will be $5.00 for adults, five tickets for $20.00. Children under 12 eat free! Purchase your tickets this Sunday! Invite your friends!

If you can possibly help with decorating, cooking, serving, or clean-up, please contact Ron Mullis, Libby Martin, or Mallory Sanders.

Ash Wednesday Worship-Please note that we will have one service on Ash Wednesday (March 1, 2017) at 5:30 p.m. The Rev. Bill Deneke will be the officiant. The choir will meet at 4:15 p.m. on Ash Wednesday.

Lenten Supper & Program
March 8 through April 5, 5:30 p.m.-Join us every Wednesday evening during Lent for a light supper (soup and sandwich) and a program given by Rev. Pat Merchant.

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

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

Lay Liturgical Schedule – First Quarter 2017


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