Saint Alban's Episcopal Church

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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

The Messenger/November 24, 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; Clark Morris; Kyle Vavra; Bill Pardue; Michael; Grayson Cooper; Ed Almand; 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 November 27


Isaiah 2:1-5
Psalm 122
Romans 13:11-14
Matthew 24:36-44


Bible Readings for December 4


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


Bishop’s Blurb


Thanksgiving in America


Gatherings around the Thanksgiving meal prompt reflections, silent or spoken, individual or collective. Hearts swell with gratitude for life, health, hope, community, safety and opportunity. Soaring awe and deep gratitude present themselves.

These moments of awe locate us among all the beloved-ness that God has created. We breathe in and realize that we are made to be partners with the Divine, with one another and all the created things. In those moments, my gratitude lets me see you for what you are, brother and sister. No less. These aren’t simply feelings. There’s something to this.


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Announcements


Welcome – We welcome The Rev. Geoffrey Boyer this Sunday, November 27, 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 November 27, December 25, and 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


Children’s Sunday School – There will be no Children’s Sunday School on Sunday, November 27.


2017 Episcopal Church Calendars are on sale in the Parish Hall lobby for $3.65 each.


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/November 18, 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; Clark Morris; Kyle Vavra; Bill Pardue; Michael; Grayson Cooper; Ed Almand; Nancy Manley; Jim Mullen; Ron


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 November 20


Jeremiah 23:1-6
Canticle 16
Colossians 1:11-20
Luke 23:33-43


Bible Readings for November 27


Isaiah 2:1-5
Psalm 122
Romans 13:11-14
Matthew 24:36-44

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Announcements


Welcome – We welcome The Rev. Bill Deneke this Sunday, November 20, as our supply priest. We are thankful and blessed to have him with us.


Choir News – The choir is moving its regularly scheduled Wednesday rehearsal the week of Thanksgiving to Sunday, November 20, at 4:00 p.m.


Children’s 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 November 27, December 25, and 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 Sunday, November 20……..-Each year we ask you to make a pledge to help fund the work and ministry of Jesus through St. Alban’s. We mailed a letter with a pledge card to you and asked that you fill the card out and return it to us this Sunday, November 20th. You can also mail the card to the church office or bring It by the church office. If you did not receive a card in the mail, pledge cards will be available this Sunday. Thank you so much for your prayerful consideration.


Nursery Announcement – Parents, please remember that the nursery is for children 6 years of age and under. Children older than 6 years old should attend the worship service with their parent(s). There are entertainment bags available in the Narthex to keep your child occupied during the service, if desired.


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.


Thank you for the great response to the “Operation Christmas Child” shoebox campaign. We collected 38 boxes!! There will be happier children this Christmas thanks to your generosity.


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


Children’s Sunday School – There will be no Children’s Sunday School next Sunday, November 27.


2017 Episcopal Church Calendars are on sale in the Parish Hall lobby for $3.65 each.


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/November 11, 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; Clark Morris; Kyle Vavra; Bill Pardue; Michael; Grayson Cooper; Ed Almand; Nancy Manley; Jim Mullen


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 November 13


Isaiah 65:17-25
Canticle 9
II Thessalonians 3:6-13
Luke 21:5-19


Bible Readings for November 20


Jeremiah 23:1-6
Canticle 4 or Canticle 16
Colossians 1:11-20
Luke 23:33-43


Bishop’s Blurb


Citizens


We are All citizens of God’s Kingdom and one American family. I pray in the days ahead we will distinguish ourselves as people utterly committed to reconciliation in thought, word and deed. Rancor and vitriol destroy fellowship, but “a soft answer turns away wrath.” Right now, you and I have an opportunity to exercise our discipleship of Jesus Christ by being peacemakers here in middle and north Georgia. The power and grace to accomplish this is found in a simple prayer: “Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred, let us sow love.” God bless you, God bless the state of Georgia and God bless the United States of America.


Proverbs 15:1 Prayer of St. Francis


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Announcements


Welcome – We welcome The Rev. Bill Deneke this Sunday, November 13, as our supply priest. We are thankful and blessed to have him with us.


Choir News – The choir is moving its regularly scheduled Wednesday rehearsal the week of Thanksgiving to Sunday, November 20, at 4:00 p.m.


Children’s 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 November 27, December 25, and 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.


Just a reminder-The shoeboxes for the Christmas Child Operation and the Chrismons for our tree are due this Sunday, November 13! Please remember to bring them with you to church Sunday morning. Thank you!!


Our Stewardship Effort has begun…-You received a letter from our senior warden this past week and you heard from our treasurer about stewardship during last week’s worship service. This Sunday, Bob Emmons, our senior warden, will speak to you about his personal experience with stewardship.

Next week you will receive another letter with a pledge card asking you to make your stewardship commitment. Sunday, November 20th, is Consecration Sunday. We ask that you bring your pledge card with you to the worship service and put it in the collection plate. You can also mail the card to the church or bring it by the church office.

Please continue to give prayerful thought to your commitment to the church.


Nursery Announcement – Parents, please remember that the nursery is for children 6 years of age and under. Children older than 6 years old should attend the worship service with their parent(s). There are entertainment bags available in the Narthex to keep your child occupied during the service, if desired.


Bring Canned Goods-Please bring canned goods to the church to decorate the altar for Thanksgiving before Wednesday, November 16. Please place the goods in the Chapel. We will take the food to FISH after the November 20 worship service. Thank you!


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.


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/October 28, 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; Harper McCrary; Taylor McGarity; Lanny Lesser; Paul Stallings; Mildred Evans; Clark Morris; Kyle Vavra; Bill Pardue; Michael; Grayson Cooper; Ed Almand


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 October 30


Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4
Psalm 119:137-144
II Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12
Luke 19:1-10


Bible Readings for November 6


Haggai 1:15b-2:9
Psalm 98
II Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17
Luke 20:27-38


Bishop’s Blurb


Pivot


Life with Jesus is full of pivot points. Some people pivot to him because they want to see what all the fuss is about. Some pivot when they hear his call. Some pivot to Jesus because they sense he could be the only one who sees them beyond their chronic sins. Some pivot away from Jesus because he really loves and accepts sinners. Some people moved by Jesus pivot away from the accumulation of things and move toward others. Some of us have pivoted to joy knowing that God pivoted toward us through Jesus to seek and save the lost! Luke 19:1-10


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Announcements


Welcome – We welcome The Rev. Doug Coil this Sunday, October 30, as our supply priest. This will be Fr. Doug’s last Sunday with us this year. We are thankful and blessed to have had him with this month.


Vestry Meeting – The next Vestry Meeting is Tuesday evening, November 1, 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.


Choir News – The choir is moving its regularly scheduled Wednesday rehearsal the week of Thanksgiving to Sunday, November 20th, at 4:00 p.m.


Children’s Sunday School– Elementary Sunday School will be 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. Amarie Land, Jen Hardy, Kristin Carter, and Kristen Donaldson are our teachers.


Acknowledgement – We wish to acknowledge and thank Suzanne Roberts and the Athenaeum Literary Club for the beautiful Japanese Maple Tree and flowering bushes they had planted outside the church office in memory of Sue Henson. Thank you!!


Pictorial Directories Are Now Available – Pick up your copy this Sunday in the Narthex.


It’s Chrismon Time! If you would like to make one or several Chrismons for our beautiful tree this year, there are kits available in the church Narthex. This is a quick and easy project for those of you who do counted cross-stitch. Please return the kits by Sunday, November 13th. If you have any questions, please contact Carole Bond.


All Saints Remembrance List


If you have a loved one or a special person who passed away within the last year and would like to have him/her remembered during the service on All Saints’ Sunday, November 6, please put their name(s) on the list provided in the Narthex.


Canned Goods-Please bring canned goods to the church to decorate the altar for Thanksgiving before Wednesday, November 16th. Please place the goods in the Chapel. We will take the food to FISH after the November 20th worship service. Thank you!


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.


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.


Parishioner Care Committee – If you are interested in being part of a committee to help and care for members of the congregation in need, please contact Melissa Young at 404-918-4344 or dr.melissayoung@gmail.com. The members of this committee will visit shut-ins, take meals to people in need, be responsible for mailing out anniversary and birthday cards, and in general seeing about the needs of our parishioners.


Good News, Great Joy-As we enter this Thanksgiving season, what better way to express our thanks for the many blessings God has given us than to pass on some blessings to a child in need? For very little money and time, we can help a child by filling a shoe box with those things that we tend to take for granted.

This year, St. Alban’s is once again participating in Operation Christmas Child, a project that provides shoe boxes filled with everyday items to needy children around the world.

Shoe boxes and lists of items needed are available in the Parish Hall. Please return all filled boxes by Sunday, November 13th.

Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD your God which He has given you. (Deuteronomy 16:17)


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


October-November 2016 Parish Calendar

The Messenger/October 21, 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; Ed Almand; Steven; Ann Carter; Eddie Farmer; Jerry; Harper McCrary; Taylor McGarity; Lanny Lesser; Paul Stallings; Mildred Evans; Clark Morris; Kyle Vavra; Bill Pardue; Michael


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 October 23


Joel 2:23-32
Psalm 65
II Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18
Luke 18:9-14


Bible Readings for October 30


Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4
Psalm 119:137-144
II Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12
Luke 19:1-10


Bishop’s Blurb


Lift


His prayer had two parts: Tell God how good you are. Look down on others. For all his right deeds, he got it wrong. He didn’t need God’s mercy to lift him. He lifted himself. Our good ought to lift people’s eyes to God. The good we are able to do is evidence of God’s mercy. The other man looked down at his shoes. He remembered his failings. How he missed the mark. He stood afar off. He hoped for mercy’s lift. For all his wrong, he got it right. The wrong we do ought to lift people’s eyes to God’s mercy. Luke 18:9-14


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Announcements


Welcome – We welcome The Rev. Doug Coil this Sunday, October 23, as our supply priest. Fr. Doug will be with us through the month of October. We are very blessed to have him with us.


Children’s Sunday School– Elementary Sunday School will be 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. Amarie Land, Jen Hardy, Kristin Carter, and Kristen Donaldson are our teachers.


Pictorial Directories Are Now Available – Pick up your copy this Sunday in the Narthex.


It’s Chrismon Time!-If you would like to make one or several Chrismons for our beautiful tree this year, there are kits available in the church Narthex. This is a quick and easy project for those of you who do counted cross-stitch. Please return the kits by Sunday, November 13th. If you have any questions, please contact Carole Bond.


All Saints Remembrance List


If you have a loved one or a special person who passed away within the last year and would like to have him/her remembered during the service on All Saints’ Sunday, November 6, please put their name(s) on the list provided in the Narthex.


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.


Parishioner Care Committee – If you are interested in being part of a committee to help and care for members of the congregation in need, please contact Melissa Young at 404-918-4344 or dr.melissayoung@gmail.com. The members of this committee will visit shut-ins, take meals to people in need, be responsible for mailing out anniversary and birthday cards, and in general seeing about the needs of our parishioners.


Good News, Great Joy-As we enter this Thanksgiving season, what better way to express our thanks for the many blessings God has given us than to pass on some blessings to a child in need? For very little money and time, we can help a child by filling a shoe box with those things that we tend to take for granted.

This year, St. Alban’s is once again participating in Operation Christmas Child, a project that provides shoe boxes filled with everyday items to needy children around the world.

Shoe boxes and lists of items needed are available in the Parish Hall. Please return all filled boxes by Sunday, November 13th.

Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD your God which He has given you. (Deuteronomy 16:17)


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


October-November 2016 Parish Calendar

The Messenger/October 14, 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; Ed Almand; Steven; Ann Carter; Eddie Farmer; Jerry; Harper McCrary; Taylor McGarity; Lanny Lesser; Paul Stallings; Mildred Evans; Clark Morris; Kyle Vavra; Bill Pardue; Michael


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 October 16


Jeremiah 31:27-34
Psalm 119:97-104
II Timothy 3:14-4:5
Luke 18:1-8


Bible Readings for October 23


Joel 2:23-32
Psalm 65
II Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18
Luke 18:9-14


Bishop’s Blurb


Limping


Sleepless nights happen. Seized by fear, Jacob planned and prayed, tossed and turned. He’d “wrestled” with God, humanity and himself until daybreak. He was changed by that long, hard night – his name and his stride. Now, he limped because of the wrestling. We are Jacob! Before our long nights and limping, we were so ignorant. So asleep. But now, we have seen the Holy face to face. Heard the whisper. Because of our limping, we can run right now. Because of the gift of this new daybreak we can see the path, the pioneer and the perfecter of the faith.

Genesis 32:24-31

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Announcements


Welcome – We welcome The Rev. Doug Coil this Sunday, October 16, as our supply priest. Fr. Doug will be with us through the month of October. We are very blessed to have him with us.


Children’s Sunday School– Elementary Sunday School will be 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. Amarie Land, Jen Hardy, Kristin Carter, and Kristen Donaldson are our teachers.


Coffee Hour Hosts Needed – Please sign up to host a Coffee Hour on the sheet provided on the counter in the parish hall lobby.


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.


Parishioner Care Committee – If you are interested in being part of a committee to help and care for members of the congregation in need, please contact Melissa Young at 404-918-4344 or dr.melissayoung@gmail.com. The members of this committee will visit shut-ins, take meals to people in need, be responsible for mailing out anniversary and birthday cards, and in general seeing about the needs of our parishioners.

Good News, Great Joy-As we enter this Thanksgiving season, what better way to express our thanks for the many blessings God has given us than to pass on some blessings to a child in need? For very little money and time, we can help a child by filling a shoe box with those things that we tend to take for granted.

This year, St. Alban’s is once again participating in Operation Christmas Child, a project that provides shoe boxes filled with everyday items to needy children around the world.

Shoe boxes and lists of items needed are available in the Parish Hall. Please return all filled boxes by Sunday, November 13th.

Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD your God which He has given you. (Deuteronomy 16:17)


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


October-November 2016 Parish Calendar

The Messenger/October 7, 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; Ed Almand; Steven; Ann Carter; Eddie Farmer; Jerry; Harper McCrary; Taylor McGarity; Lanny Lesser; Paul Stallings; Mildred Evans; Clark Morris; Kyle Vavra; Bill Pardue; Michael


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 October 9

Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7
Psalm 66:1-11
II Timothy 2:8-15
Luke 17:11-19


Bible Readings for October 16


Jeremiah 31:27-34
Psalm 119:97-104
II Timothy 3:14-4:5
Luke 18:1-8


Bishop’s Blurb


Foreigner


The Samaritan was the only one who gave thanks to Jesus for his healing. And, it was a Samaritan woman who Jesus had his longest conversation with. It is a Samaritan who starred in Jesus’ epic story about being a good neighbor. Jesus talked to people outside of his neighborhood and religious tradition as an act of faithfulness to his tradition! Jesus isn’t so insecure about his faith that he can’t celebrate the faith of foreigners. The very Jesus who some use as a wedge between Christians and everybody else interacted with foreigners. In fact, he marveled at their faith.
Luke 17:18
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Announcements


Welcome – We welcome The Rev. Doug Coil this Sunday, October 9, as our supply priest. Fr. Doug will be with us through the month of October. We are very blessed to have him with us.


Children’s Sunday School– Elementary Sunday School will be 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. Amarie Land, Jen Hardy, Kristin Carter, and Kristen Donaldson are our teachers.


Coffee Hour Hosts Needed – Please sign up to host a Coffee Hour on the sheet provided on the counter in the parish hall lobby.


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.


Parishioner Care Committee – If you are interested in being part of a committee to help and care for members of the congregation in need, please contact Melissa Young at 404-918-4344 or dr.melissayoung@gmail.com. The members of this committee will visit shut-ins, take meals to people in need, be responsible for mailing out anniversary and birthday cards, and in general seeing about the needs of our parishioners.


Please Note– Shirley Morgan will be on vacation October 10 through October 14. She will be back in the office Monday, October 17.


The FISH Ministry is in urgent need of a receptionist to answer the phones and direct calls on Mondays (9 am – 12 pm), Tuesdays (1 pm – 3 pm), Thursdays (9 am – 12 pm), and/or Thursdays (1 pm – 3 pm). If you are someone that is available, able, and would love be the hands and feet of Christ at the FISH Ministry, please contact Deborah Atha, FISH Volunteer Coordinator, at 678-635-8943 or email her at deborah.atha@fishofwalton.org


October Assistance– FISH is in need of someone to help load the FISH truck with items that are left from the consignment sale at the YMCA on Saturday, October 8th. If you are able to assist, please call Randy Watkins at 770-207-5601.


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


September-October Parish Calendar

The Messenger/September 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; Ed Almand; Steven; Ann Carter; Vida Broach; Eddie Farmer; Jerry; Harper McCrary; Taylor McGarity; Lanny Lesser; Paul Stallings; Mildred Evans; Clark Morris


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 October 2
Lamentations 1:1-6
Psalm 137
II Timothy 1:1-14
Luke 17:5-10


Bible Readings for October 9
Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7
Psalm 66:1-11
II Timothy 2:8-15
Luke 17:11-19


Bishop’s Blurb


A Word to the Church for the World


We lament the stark joylessness that marks our present time. We decry angry political rhetoric which rages while fissures widen within society along racial, economic, educational, religious, cultural and generational lines. We refuse to look away as poverty, cruelty and war force families to become migrants enduring statelessness and demonization. We renounce the gun violence and drug addiction that steal lives and crush souls while others succumb to fear and cynicism, abandoning any sense of neighborliness. Yet, in all this, “we do not despair.” (2 Cor. 4:8) To this current crisis we bring our faith in Jesus. By God’s grace, we choose to see in this moment an urgent opportunity to follow Jesus into our fractured neighborhoods, the nation and the world. Every member of the church has been “called for a time such as this.” (Esther 4:14)
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Announcements
Welcome – We welcome The Rev. Doug Coil this Sunday, October 2, as our supply priest. Fr. Doug will be with us through the month of October. We are very blessed to have him with us.


Children’s Sunday School– Children’s Sunday School will officially start on Sunday, September 11, at 9:10 a.m. This year we are going to mix Sunday School with Kids Choir. Amarie Land, Jen Hardy, Kristin Carter, and Kristen Donaldson will be the teachers.


Coffee Hour Hosts Needed – Please sign up to host a Coffee Hour on the sheet provided on the counter in the parish hall lobby.


The Monroe Fall Festival is Saturday, October 8th, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. We will be cooking and giving away hot-dogs during the festival in the church parking lot. There will also be a FREE hayride for the children and adults.


Blessing of the Animals– In honor of St. Francis of Assisi, we will conduct a “Blessing of the Animals” Saturday, October 8th, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm in downtown Monroe during the Fall Festival. The blessing booth will be set up next to WAG’s display in the old courthouse area. Ask your friends as everyone is invited to bring their beloved animals, large and small, to be blessed at this community event.


Pet Wash– Following the Blessing of the Animals on Saturday, October 8th, our youth group will have a Pet Wash at St. Alban’s. Bring your pets to be blessed and bathed! The bathing will take place in the parish’s parking lot.


Vestry Meeting– The next Vestry Meeting is Tuesday evening, October 4, 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.


Please Note– Shirley Morgan will be on vacation October 10 through October 14. She will be back in the office Monday, October 17.


The FISH Ministry is in urgent need of a receptionist to answer the phones and direct calls on Mondays (9 am – 12 pm), Tuesdays (1 pm – 3 pm), Thursdays (9 am – 12 pm), and/or Thursdays (1 pm – 3 pm). If you are someone that is available, able, and would love be the hands and feet of Christ at the FISH Ministry, please contact Deborah Atha, FISH Volunteer Coordinator, at 678-635-8943 or email her at deborah.atha@fishofwalton.org


October Assistance– FISH is in need of someone to help load the FISH truck with items that are left from the consignment sale at the YMCA on Saturday, October 8th. If you are able to assist, please call Randy Watkins at 770-207-5601.
Choir Practice is every Wednesday evening at 5:30 p.m. Please join us!


September-October Parish Calendar

The Messenger/September 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; Ed Almand; Steven; Ann Carter; Barbara Reid; Patrick Brandenburg; Nancy Manley; Vida Broach; Eddie Farmer; Jerry; Harper McCrary; Taylor McGarity; Lanny Lesser; Paul Stallings; Mildred Evans; Clark Morris.


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 September 25


Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15
Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16
I Timothy 6:6-19
Luke 16:19-31


Bible Readings for October 2


Lamentations 1:1-6
Psalm 137
II Timothy 1:1-14
Luke 17:5-10


Bishop’s Blurb


Agony


Rich never noticed Lazarus’ agony. His sickness. His hunger. Rich was comfortable. He ate well, dressed fine, died and went to Hell. There, Rich finally saw Lazarus. Maybe hell is finally seeing. Maybe hell is being near to God, totally enveloped in love and now, seeing and feeling everything that’s not love…all the missed opportunities to love. Maybe that’s what burns like fire and feels like a pitchfork. Agony! And, it would be agony to watch your family choose selfishness over love, now knowing the consequences My guess is that’s the point of the story, to avoid the agony. Luke 16:19-31


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Announcements
Welcome – We welcome The Rev. Doug Coil this Sunday, September 25, as our supply priest. Fr. Doug will be with us through the month of October. We are very blessed to have him with us.


Children’s Sunday School -Children’s Sunday School will officially start on Sunday, September 11, at 9:10 a.m. This year we are going to mix Sunday School with Kids Choir. Amarie Land, Jen Hardy, Kristin Carter, and Kristen Donaldson will be the teachers.


Coffee Hour Hosts Needed – Please sign up to host a Coffee Hour on the sheet provided on the counter in the parish hall lobby.


New Directory – We will soon have a new directory with the pictures of the parishioners in it. If you did not have your picture taken before and would like to have your picture in the directory, please email your photograph to saintalbansmonroe@windstream.net or bring it by the church office.


The FISH Ministry is in urgent need of a receptionist to answer the phones and direct calls on Mondays (9 am – 12 pm), Tuesdays (1 pm – 3 pm), Thursdays (9 am – 12 pm), and/or Thursdays (1 pm – 3 pm). If you are someone that is available, able, and would love be the hands and feet of Christ at the FISH Ministry, please contact Deborah Atha, FISH Volunteer Coordinator, at 678-635-8943 or email her at deborah.atha@fishofwalton.org


Senior Committee – There will be a meeting for volunteers who are willing to assist with the process of the CSFB applications. They need volunteers to assist the elderly with filling out their paperwork. The CSFB application meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 27th at 9:30 am in the executive office (131A Church Street, Monroe).

There will be a meeting for volunteers interested in delivering the food boxes to the elderly on Wednesday, September 28th at 9:30 am in the executive office (131A Church Street, Monroe).

If you have any questions, please contact Cindy Little at 404-557-8860 or cindyblittle@aol.com


October Assistance – FISH is in need of someone to help load the FISH truck with items that are left from the consignment sale at the YMCA on Saturday, October 8th. If you are able to assist, please call Randy Watkins at 770-207-5601.


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


September-October Parish Calendar


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