Saint Alban's Episcopal Church

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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

The Messenger/February 10, 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

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

Deuteronomy 30:15-20
Psalm 119:1-8
I Corinthians 3:1-9
Matthew 5:21-37

Readings for Next Week

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

Bishop’s Blurb

Covenant

Covenant with God is receiving the benefit of God’s promises. It’s also keeping our promises to God. Our promises to God become flesh when they drive our real-world choices. But faithfulness has a high price, so we attempt a bait and switch. We substitute faithfulness for obsession with heritage, tradition and trimmings. But, God is not fooled! There’s no faithfulness without faith on the ground. Our worship services are hollow unless they birth worshipful lives Monday thru Saturday. Covenant is God keeping God’s promises to us and us choosing God again and again. For us, covenant with God is life.

Deuteronomy 30:15-20

Letter From Rev. Pat Merchant

Dear Friends,

One of the joys for me serving you, is the weekly immersion in the Biblical texts for the week. As you may know, we use a Lectionary (appointed readings each week). This provides us with the readings and collects that are in our worship sheet on Sundays.

Early each week I read through the lessons. As the week progresses, I try to pick which lesson or Psalm to focus my sermon. My spiritual discipline is to hold the idea and then ponder connections.

This week I was pondering last week’s Gospel. You are the Salt and the Light of the God. As beautiful as these metaphors are they require a lot from us. I know about salt. I love salty foods and how the salt is so delicious on potato chips and pretzels. To imagine that I am to serve God by making life more salty for others is a strong demand. I spend a good deal of my time thinking about myself. So on a particular day with salt as my imagine, I will try to smile at others more, write a note to someone I know needs the contact, make a phone call, and or just be more patient at the grocery checkout line.

I pray that we will be the salt and light for each other as we grow in the Spirit.

Yours,

Pat

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Announcements

The Rev. Pat Merchant’s Schedule

Sunday – February 12 & 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 14 & 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.

Free Choral Concert-The Trey Clegg Singers will be performing a free concert, with a donation to the Dave Young Vocal Scholarship. The concert is this Sunday, February 12, at 3:00 p.m. at the Porter Performing Arts Center, 140 Ram Drive, Covington. If you need more information, please contact Bill Carter at 770-464-4333.

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! Invite your friends! Tickets will be available this Sunday.

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.

Outreach Committee-Anyone interested in serving our community and planning new programs to help people, contact Carole Bond at 770-207-6564 or msus007@gmail.com to become a member of St. Alban’s Outreach Committee.

An Invitation: Called to Lead– A day of lay leadership development, Bishop Wright teaches the model of adaptive leadership to parish vestries, wardens, and treasurers. All lay leaders, including members of finance and stewardship committees, are invited to this workshop. This year’s “Called to Lead” will focus on Purpose and Vision. Participants will also be equipped with tools for effective stewardship of people and other resources.

There will be two opportunities for “Called to Lead.” The first will be on Saturday, February 11th at St. David’s, Roswell, from 9 am to 3 pm. The second opportunity will be Saturday, February 25, at Christ Church, Macon, from 9 am to 3 pm. If anyone would like to attend, please call the church office, contact Rev. Pat Merchant at 1-513-259-5117 (patmrchnt@aol.com.) or sign up online at www.episcopalatlanta.org. under Parish Support.

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

Lay Liturgical Schedule – First Quarter 2017

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The Messenger/February 3, 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

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 58:1-9a, 9b-12
Psalm 112:1-10
I Corinthians 2:1-16
Matthew 5:13-20

Readings for Next Week

Deuteronomy 30:15-20
Psalm 119:1-8
I Corinthians 3:1-9
Matthew 5:21-37

Bishop’s Blurb

Status

If you and I are immersed in a love that has no borders, limitations or litmus tests, then we have all we need to go to places that appear loveless. We walk in love so, we can walk into rooms rife with political rancor. We are ambassadors for Christ. And while we may differ on political personalities or policies, our primary citizenship is with the saints in light and so we hold fast to love and do the things that love demands: “We resist evil. We respect the dignity of every human being.” We care for the immigrant, the indigent and the ignorant. For the baptized, the present political climate is but a useful precondition for us to show the world what it means to “walk in love.”

Ephesians 5:2
An excerpt from my address to the Diocese of Virginia, January 27, 2017

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Celebrations

Happy Birthday

February 7 – Brenda Cathey

February 9 – Roy Mallady

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Announcements

Welcome— The Rev. Pat Merchant will be at St. Alban’s this Sunday, February 5th, as our supply priest.

Pat is going to be with us through the first quarter of this year. She will be present one day a week and on Sundays. Following is the schedule of when she will be at St. Alban’s:

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

Monday – February 6

Tuesday – February 14 & 21; March 14, 21, & 28

Thursday – March 9

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 pmr

Congratulations to our new Vestry members, Matthew Hardy, Judy Terry, and Marvin Gray. Congratulations also to our new Senior Warden, Marty Atkinson, and our new Junior Warden, Marvin Gray!

Vestry Meeting-The next Vestry Meeting is Monday evening, February 6, 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.

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, 5 tickets for $20.00. Children under 12 eat free! Invite your friends! Tickets will be available soon.

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

Needed – Lay Readers-If anyone is interested in reading the Lessons during the worship services, please contact Shirley in the church office or Marvin Gray.

Outreach Committee-Anyone interested in serving our community and planning new programs to help people, contact Carole Bond at 770-207-6564 or msus007@gmail.com to become a member of St. Alban’s Outreach Committee.

Congratulations!!!

Kristen Donaldson and the George Walton Academy Choir will perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City in April. They will also do a concert at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. We are very excited for Kristen and the choir!

An Invitation: Called to Lead– A day of lay leadership development, Bishop Wright teaches the model of adaptive leadership to parish vestries, wardens, and treasurers. All lay leaders, including members of finance and stewardship committees, are invited to this workshop. This year’s “Called to Lead” will focus on Purpose and Vision. Participants will also be equipped with tools for effective stewardship of people and other resources.

There will be two opportunities for “Called to Lead.” The first will be on Saturday, February 11th at St. David’s, Roswell, from 9 am to 3 pm. The second opportunity will be Saturday, February 25, at Christ Church, Macon, from 9 am to 3 pm. If anyone would like to attend, please call the church office, contact Rev. Pat Merchant at 1-513-259-5117 (patmrchnt@aol.com.) or sign up online at www.episcopalatlanta.org. under Parish Support.

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

Lay Liturgical Schedule – First Quarter 2017

The Messenger/December 30, 2016

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; Ann Carter; Taylor McGarity; Mildred Evans; Ron; Liz Hilton; Ken McGuire & Family


Please pray for our Vestry:


Marty Atkinson; Carole Bond; Bob Emmons; Libby Martin; Mallory Sanders; Melissa Young.


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 for This Week


Numbers 6:22-27
Psalm 8
Galatians 4:4-7
Luke 2:15-21


Bible Readings for Next Week


Isaiah 42:1-9
Psalm 29
Acts 10:34-43
Matthew 3:13-17


Bishop’s Blurb


Plea


Christmas is a heart-to-heart plea to have a heart. It’s God attempting to reach past our defended hearts, our polite hostility and our convenient ignorance. The news of the baby comes first to the poor people living outdoors because all they had was heart. The news comes first to the sheep and not the corridors of power because power corrodes hearts. Maybe the news of the baby comes to the field first and not the temple because those people had more religion than heart. In Christmas we see God’s heart-to-heart plea to have a heart.


An excerpt of Bishop Wright’s sermon preached on Christmas eve at the Cathedral of St. Philip.



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Celebrations


Happy Anniversary


December 31 – Judy & Mallory Sanders
January 2 – Rev. Patricia Merchant – 40th Anniversary to Ordination to the Priesthood


Happy Birthday


December 30 – Mary Brandenburg
January 3 – Robbie Thomas
January 4 – Libby Martin
January 7 – Arlon Griffin


Announcements


Welcome-We welcome The Rev. Patricia Merchant as our supply priest. Rev. Merchant will be with us through the first quarter of 2017. She will be here one day a week and on Sundays. Following is the schedule of when she will be here in January:

Sundays – January 15 & 29 (Rev. Bill Deneke will be here on the 8th and Rev. Boyer will be here on the 22nd)

Tuesdays – January 3 (10:30 am – 3:30 pm), 10, 17, & 31

Wednesday – January 25

Contact Information: 1-513-259-5117 or patmrchnt@aol.com


Sunday School– Elementary Sunday School will be every Sunday morning from 9:00 am to 10:00 am. There will be no Sunday school on January 1.

Middle/High School Youth will meet after the worship service every other Sunday from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. Amarie Land, Jen Hardy, Kristin Carter, and Kristen Donaldson are our teachers.


St. Alban’s 2016 Annual Meeting-Our Annual Meeting for 2016 will be Sunday, January 29th, immediately following the worship service. Please mark your calendars to be here on that day. We will have a potluck lunch, then the meeting will open with comments from our Senior Warden. The financial report for 2016 and reports from all the Vestry members will be available. We will also vote in three new members to the Vestry. Nominated are Matthew Hardy, Judy Terry, and Marvin Gray.

If you plan to attend, please sign the sheet provided on the table in the Narthex.


Vestry Meeting-The next Vestry Meeting is Tuesday evening, January 10, 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 Bob Emmons or Mallory Sanders.


Needed: Lay Readers-If anyone is interested in reading the Lessons during the worship services, please contact Shirley in the church office or Marvin Gray. Right now, Marvin is the only Lay Reader we have and he would like a little help!


Epiphany Celebration and House Blessing
When: January 6, 2017
Where: Marian & Jim Sweeney’s House
196 Larkton Lane
Grayson, GA 30017


Please join us for the blessing of Marian and Jim Sweeney’s house and an Epiphany Celebration on Friday evening, January 6, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. The Rev. Geoffrey Boyer will be the officiant.

Directions: Go Hwy. 78 West to Lawrenceville Rd./GA-81 (turn right). Continue on GA-81 (turns into Loganville Hwy/GA-20) to Rosebud Road. Turn right on Rosebud and drive through the gate (Olde Town Grayson). Turn left on Bishopton St., follow the curve, turn left on Bishopton Ct. to stop sign. Turn right on Townsend Street (which becomes Larkton Lane), continue to new construction. Marian and Jim’s house is the 3rd house on the right past the model home (sales office).

There is ample parking on the street. The homes are vacant on both sides of Marian and Jim’s house.

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


Vestry Election 2017


At the end of 2016, two Vestry members, Bob Emmons and Mallory Sanders, will rotate off the Vestry. We are asking for nominations of people to fill these two positions, plus an additional person to raise the number of members to seven.

Qualifications are as follows:

1) Confirmed communicant in good standing of the Parish.

2) Not less than eighteen (18) years of age.

3) Regular attendant upon the services in the year preceding
election.

4) Known by the treasurer to have made and maintained a
stated financial commitment for church support in the
year preceding election.

Please submit your nominations in writing to one of the Vestry members or to the church office. Nomination forms are available on the round table in the Narthex. Please return forms by January 1, 2017. The election will be held at the Annual Parish Meeting on Sunday, January 22, 2017, after the morning worship service.


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


December 2016-January 2017 Parish Calendar

The Messenger/December 23, 2016

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; Ann Carter; Taylor McGarity; Mildred Evans; Jim Mullen; Ron; Liz Hilton; Ken McGuire & Family; Family of James N. West.


Please pray for our Vestry:


Marty Atkinson; Carole Bond; Bob Emmons; Libby Martin; Mallory Sanders; Melissa Young.


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 for This Week


Isaiah 9:2-7
Psalm 96
Titus 2:11-14
Luke 2:1-20


Bible Readings for Next Week


Numbers 6:22-27
Psalm 8
Galatians 4:4-7
Luke 2:15-21


Bishop’s Blurb


Christmas Heart


Christmas is a heart to heart thing. At Christmas we see God’s heart – God loved the world so much he gave a son. God could have sent an army, but God sent a baby. God knows logic and reason only go so far. If only logic and reason were necessary, there’d be no poverty and no hate. But in Christmas we see God taking a risk. We see God reaching out from God’s heart to the heart of all humanity. We see God keeping God’s heart open to us, even as we reject him and harm one another. God’s open heart is medicine for our broken and frightened hearts. What we all need this coming year is a Christmas heart. In the coming of Jesus among us, my prayer is that the heart that sent him to us would increasingly take over our hearts.


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Celebrations


Happy Anniversary


December 25 – Vida & Pat Broach
December 26 – Marian & Jim Sweeney
December 29 – Robin & John Arnold
December 31 – Judy & Mallory Sanders


Happy Birthday


December 27 – Dolphis Scott
December 30 – Mary Brandenburg


Announcements


Welcome-We welcome The Rev. Geoffrey Boyer, December 24, Christmas Eve, as our supply priest. We are thankful and blessed to have him with us!


Sunday School– Elementary Sunday School will be every Sunday morning from 9:00 am to 10:00 am. There will be no Sunday school on December 25 or January 1.

Middle/High School Youth will meet after the worship service every other Sunday from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. Amarie Land, Jen Hardy, Kristin Carter, and Kristen Donaldson are our teachers.


Christmas Eve Candlelight Service-Our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, December 24, will be from 11:30 pm to 12:30 am this year. This will be a combined service for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.


Please note-Shirley will be on vacation December 23 and 27. The church office will be closed December 26 for the Christmas holiday. Shirley will be back in the office on December 28.


Needed: Lay Readers-If anyone is interested in reading the Lessons during the worship services, please contact Shirley in the church office or Marvin Gray. Right now, Marvin is the only Lay Reader we have and he would like a little help!


Epiphany Celebration and House Blessing
When: January 6, 2017
Where: Marian & Jim Sweeney’s House
196 Larkton Lane
Grayson, GA 30017


Please join us for the blessing of Marian and Jim Sweeney’s house and an Epiphany Celebration on Friday evening, January 6, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. The Rev. Geoffrey Boyer will be the officiant.

Directions: Go Hwy. 78 West to Lawrenceville Rd./GA-81 (turn right). Continue on GA-81 (turns into Loganville Hwy/GA-20) to Rosebud Road. Turn right on Rosebud and drive through the gate (Olde Town Grayson). Turn left on Bishopton St., follow the curve, turn left on Bishopton Ct. to stop sign. Turn right on Townsend Street (which becomes Larkton Lane), continue to new construction. Marian and Jim’s house is the 3rd house on the right past the model home (sales office).

There is ample parking on the street. The homes are vacant on both sides of Marian and Jim’s house.

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


Vestry Election 2017


At the end of 2016, two Vestry members, Bob Emmons and Mallory Sanders, will rotate off the Vestry. We are asking for nominations of people to fill these two positions, plus an additional person to raise the number of members to seven.

Qualifications are as follows:

1) Confirmed communicant in good standing of the Parish.

2) Not less than eighteen (18) years of age.

3) Regular attendant upon the services in the year preceding
election.

4) Known by the treasurer to have made and maintained a
stated financial commitment for church support in the
year preceding election.

Please submit your nominations in writing to one of the Vestry members or to the church office. Nomination forms are available on the round table in the Narthex. Please return forms by January 1, 2017. The election will be held at the Annual Parish Meeting on Sunday, January 22, 2017, after the morning worship service.


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


November/December 2016 Parish Calendar

The Messenger/December 16, 2016

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; Ann Carter; Taylor McGarity; Mildred Evans; Jim Mullen; Ron; Liz Hilton


Please pray for our Vestry:


Marty Atkinson; Carole Bond; Bob Emmons; Libby Martin; Mallory Sanders; Melissa Young.


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 for December 18
Isaiah 7:10-16
Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18
Romans 1:1-7
Matthew 1:18-25


Bishop’s Blurb


Drama

Some call the ups and downs, frights, tension, disappointments and uncertainties of life drama. Some pray for an end to the drama of life. Some spend a life running from drama. Some think the presence of drama means God is absent. Not me. The Christmas story is full of drama. Call it Christmas drama. Look, Mary and Joseph risked public disgrace because of their faith. Both heard God whisper infectious boldness to them. Both used their faith to see the gift in the ridiculous. In the drama of faithfulness we get one promise, that the with-ness of God is our constant


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Announcements


Welcome-We welcome The Rev. Patricia Merchant this Sunday, December 18, as our supply priest. Rev. Merchant will be with us through the first quarter of next year. She will be here one day a week and on Sundays. We are thankful and blessed to have her with us!


Sunday School– Elementary Sunday School will be every Sunday morning from 9:00 am to 10:00 am. There will be no Sunday school on December 25 or January 1.

Middle/High School Youth will meet after the worship service every other Sunday from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. Amarie Land, Jen Hardy, Kristin Carter, and Kristen Donaldson are our teachers.


Stewardship-If you have not turned in your pledge card, please bring it with you this Sunday or mail the card to the church or drop it by the church office. Thank you for your generous and prayerful consideration.


Christmas Flowers – Anyone desiring to make a contribution toward Christmas flowers, please use the envelopes that are now in the pews. Put your name and the name of the person(s) to be honored or memorialized on the envelope. Also, on the memo line of your check, please indicate “For Christmas Flowers.” Thank you for your support.


Christmas Eve Candlelight Service-Our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, December 24, will be from 11:30 pm to 12:30 am this year. This will be a combined service for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.


Thank you


We wish to express our appreciation for the generous Christmas bonuses given to us this year. We are very proud to be a part of St. Alban’s. Our work here is extremely rewarding. Thank you!!


– St. Alban’s Staff


We wish to thank Fay and Stan Brassie and Carolyn and Wayne Pickeral for hosting our Christmas Party at the McDaniel-Tichenor House last Sunday. It was a wonderful party!


Please note-Shirley will be on vacation December 23 and 27. The church office will be closed December 26 for the Christmas holiday. Shirley will be back in the office on December 28.


Needed: Lay Readers-If anyone is interested in reading the Lessons during the worship services, please contact Shirley in the church office or Marvin Gray. Right now, Marvin is the only Lay Reader we have and he would like a little help!


Epiphany Celebration and House Blessing
When: January 6, 2017
Where: Marian & Jim Sweeney’s House
196 Larkton Lane
Grayson, GA 30017


Please join us for the blessing of Marian and Jim Sweeney’s house and an Epiphany Celebration on Friday evening, January 6, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. The Rev. Geoffrey Boyer will be the officiant.

Directions: Go Hwy. 78 West to Lawrenceville Rd./GA-81 (turn right). Continue on GA-81 (turns into Loganville Hwy/GA-20) to Rosebud Road. Turn right on Rosebud and drive through the gate (Olde Town Grayson). Turn left on Bishopton St., follow the curve, turn left on Bishopton Ct. to stop sign. Turn right on Townsend Street (which becomes Larkton Lane), continue to new construction. Marian and Jim’s house is the 3rd house on the right past the model home (sales office).

There is ample parking on the street. The homes are vacant on both sides of Marian and Jim’s house.

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


Vestry Election 2017


At the end of 2016, two Vestry members, Bob Emmons and Mallory Sanders, will rotate off the Vestry. We are asking for nominations of people to fill these two positions, plus an additional person to raise the number of members to seven.

Qualifications are as follows:

1) Confirmed communicant in good standing of the Parish.

2) Not less than eighteen (18) years of age.

3) Regular attendant upon the services in the year preceding
election.

4) Known by the treasurer to have made and maintained a
stated financial commitment for church support in the
year preceding election.

Please submit your nominations in writing to one of the Vestry members or to the church office. Nomination forms are available on the round table in the Narthex. Please return forms by January 1, 2017. The election will be held at the Annual Parish Meeting on Sunday, January 22, 2017, after the morning worship service.


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


November/December 2016 Parish Calendar

The Messenger/December 9, 2016

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; Ann Carter; Taylor McGarity; Mildred Evans; Grayson Cooper; Nancy Manley; Jim Mullen; Ron; Liz Hilton


Please pray for our Vestry:


Marty Atkinson; Carole Bond; Bob Emmons; Libby Martin; Mallory Sanders; Melissa Young.


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 for December 11
Isaiah 35:1-10
Psalm 146:4-9
James 5:7-10
Matthew 11:2-11


Bible Readings for December 18
Isaiah 7:10-16
Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18
Romans 1:1-7
Matthew 1:18-25


Bishop’s Blurb


Deliverers


Peace talk sounds absurd to many in our country and state right now. Hope for and explanation of Gospel Peace is absurd to some and inexplicable for others. Nevertheless, we know a peace that “…passes all understanding.” Inexplicable peace is not impossible peace! Or, undeliverable peace. Therefore, we are not waiting for elected officials of any political party, or priests or bishops to deliver peace to our doorsteps. By water and spirit, we are the stewards and deliverers of peace! Our peace comes from being children of God and from taking up the work we are privileged to take up.


An excerpt from Bishop Wright’s sermon at Annual Council 2016


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Announcements


Welcome – We welcome The Rev. Geoffrey Boyer this Sunday, December 11, as our supply priest. We are thankful and blessed to have him with us again.


Sunday School– Elementary Sunday School will be every Sunday morning from 9:00 am to 10:00 am. There will be no Sunday school on December 25 or January 1.

Middle/High School Youth will meet after the worship service every other Sunday from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. Amarie Land, Jen Hardy, Kristin Carter, and Kristen Donaldson are our teachers.


Stewardship-If you have not turned in your pledge card, please bring it with you this Sunday or mail the card to the church or drop it by the church office. Thank you for your generous and prayerful consideration.


Christmas Eve Candlelight Service-Our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, December 24, will be from 11:30 pm to 12:30 am this year. This will be a combined service for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.


Thank you


We wish to express our appreciation for the generous Christmas bonuses given to us this year. We are very proud to be a part of St. Alban’s. Our work here is extremely rewarding. Thank you!!
– St. Alban’s Staff


We wish to thank Fay and Stan Brassie and Carolyn and Wayne Pickeral for hosting our Christmas Party at the McDaniel-Tichenor House last Sunday. It was a wonderful party!


Please note-Shirley will be on vacation December 23 and 27. The church office will be closed December 26 for the Christmas holiday. Shirley will be back in the office on December 28.


Needed: Lay Readers-If anyone is interested in reading the Lessons during the worship services, please contact Shirley in the church office or Marvin Gray. Right now, Marvin is the only Lay Reader we have and he would like a little help!


Epiphany Celebration and House Blessing
When: January 6, 2017
Where: Marian & Jim Sweeney’s House
196 Larkton Lane
Grayson, GA 30017


Please join us for the blessing of Marian and Jim Sweeney’s house and an Epiphany Celebration on Friday evening, January 6, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. The Rev. Geoffrey Boyer will be the officiant.

Directions: Go Hwy. 78 West to Lawrenceville Rd./GA-81 (turn right). Continue on GA-81 (turns into Loganville Hwy/GA-20) to Rosebud Road. Turn right on Rosebud and drive through the gate (Olde Town Grayson). Turn left on Bishopton St., follow the curve, turn left on Bishopton Ct. to stop sign. Turn right on Townsend Street (which becomes Larkton Lane), continue to new construction. Marian and Jim’s house is the 3rd house on the right past the model home (sales office).

There is ample parking on the street. The homes are vacant on both sides of Marian and Jim’s house.

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


Congratulations to Victoria and Taylor McDaniel on the birth of their son, John Ellis Tyrion McDaniel, on November 30th! John Ellis weighed 6 lbs., 8 oz. and is 20″ long. Everyone is doing well.

Congratulations to the proud grandparents, Sara and Robbie Thomas and Susan McDaniel, and the proud great grandparents, Carolyn and Wayne Pickeral!!


Vestry Election 2017


At the end of 2016, two Vestry members, Bob Emmons and Mallory Sanders, will rotate off the Vestry. We are asking for nominations of people to fill these two positions, plus an additional person to raise the number of members to seven.

Qualifications are as follows:

1) Confirmed communicant in good standing of the Parish.

2) Not less than eighteen (18) years of age.

3) Regular attendant upon the services in the year preceding
election.

4) Known by the treasurer to have made and maintained a
stated financial commitment for church support in the
year preceding election.

Please submit your nominations in writing to one of the Vestry members or to the church office. Nomination forms are available on the round table in the Narthex. Please return forms by January 1, 2017. The election will be held at the Annual Parish Meeting on Sunday, January 22, 2017, after the morning worship service.


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


November/December 2016 Parish Calendar

The Messenger/December 2, 2016

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; Ann Carter; Taylor McGarity; Mildred Evans; Grayson Cooper; Nancy Manley; Jim Mullen; Ron; Liz Hilton


Please pray for our Vestry:


Marty Atkinson; Carole Bond; Bob Emmons; Libby Martin; Mallory Sanders; Melissa Young.


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 for December 4


Isaiah 11:1-10
Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19
Romans 15:4-13
Matthew 3:1-12


Bible Readings for December 11


Isaiah 35:1-10
Psalm 146:4-9
James 5:7-10
Matthew 11:2-11


Bishop’s Blurb


Threshold


“We have left everything and followed you,” Peter told Jesus. People talk like that when they’re in transition. Like being between coming too far to turn back and far from your destination. Like investing, but not seeing any sign of return yet. People call that place liminal. A transition place. Some use transitions like a seat at a bus stop, sitting and waiting for a preferred future to roll in on “…wheels of inevitability.” Luck might work that way, faith doesn’t. Mere existence might work that way, life abundant doesn’t. Every transition is a threshold. Every threshold is an opportunity to refresh faith.


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Announcements


Welcome – We welcome The Rev. Pat Merchant this Sunday, December 4, as our supply priest. We are thankful and blessed to have her with us again.


Sunday School– Elementary Sunday School will be every Sunday morning from 9:00 am to 10:00 am. There will be no Sunday school on December 25 or January 1.

Middle/High School Youth will meet after the worship service every other Sunday from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. Amarie Land, Jen Hardy, Kristin Carter, and Kristen Donaldson are our teachers.


Stewardship-If you have not turned in your pledge card, please bring it with you this Sunday or mail the card to the church or drop it by the church office. Thank you for your generous and prayerful consideration.


Chrismon Tree-Our beautiful Chrismon Tree is now in the Narthex. There are over 100 Chrismons on this year’s tree! Thank you to everyone who made this tree possible by producing the Chrismons. A special “Thank You” goes to Carole Bond for organizing the construction of the Chrismons and decorating the tree.


Church Christmas Party


Date: Sunday, December 4, 2016
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: McDaniel Tichenor House
319 McDaniel Street
Monroe, GA 30655

Hosts: Fay & Stan Brassie
Carolyn & Wayne Pickeral

Please join us for our annual Christmas Party. Meat, mixers, and soft drinks will be provided. Please bring a festive side dish or dessert. Please sign the sheet provided on the round table in the Narthex if you plan to attend and let us know what you will be bringing. Childcare will be provided at the church.


Directions: From the church, turn left on N. Broad St./GA-11; Turn right onto McDaniel Street.


Christmas Flowers-Anyone desiring to make a contribution toward Christmas flowers, please use the envelopes that are now in the pews. Put your name and the name of the person to be honored or memorialized on the envelope. Also, on the memo line of your check, please indicate “For Christmas Flowers.” Thank you for your support!


Christmas “Thank You” Donation

The Advent and Christmas seasons give us special pause to remember our St. Alban’s staff who have dedicated themselves to serving us. Each year we request a “thank you” donation for them as a special Christmas bonus. If you would like to contribute you can put your donation in the offering, give it to a Vestry member, or mail it to the office. We will present the bonuses at our Christmas Party on December 4th.

Bob Emmons, Senior Warden


Christmas Eve Candlelight Service-Our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, December 24th, will be from 11:30 pm to 12:30 am this year. This will be a combined service for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.


Congratulations to Victoria and Taylor McDaniel on the birth of their son, John Ellis Tyrion McDaniel, on November 30th! John Ellis weighed 6 lbs., 8 oz. and is 20″ long. Everyone is doing well.

Congratulations to the proud grandparents, Sara and Robbie Thomas and Susan McDaniel, and the proud great grandparents, Carolyn and Wayne Pickeral!!


Vestry Election 2017


At the end of 2016, two Vestry members, Bob Emmons and Mallory Sanders, will rotate off the Vestry. We are asking for nominations of people to fill these two positions, plus an additional person to raise the number of members to seven.

Qualifications are as follows:

1) Confirmed communicant in good standing of the Parish.

2) Not less than eighteen (18) years of age.

3) Regular attendant upon the services in the year preceding
election.

4) Known by the treasurer to have made and maintained a
stated financial commitment for church support in the
year preceding election.

Please submit your nominations in writing to one of the Vestry members or to the church office. Nomination forms are available on the round table in the Narthex. Please return forms by January 1, 2017. The election will be held at the Annual Parish Meeting on Sunday, January 22, 2017, after the morning worship service.


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


November/December 2016 Parish Calendar


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