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St. Alban’s News/March 27, 2014

Please remember in prayer: Bobby Thomas; Charles Henson; Sue Henson; Mel Burress; Jeanne Aycock; Gwen Ashby; Eddie & Family.

Note:  Names will remain on this list for a month unless otherwise requested.

Pipe Organ Update:  Wednesday, April 2nd, 4:30 p.m. our third organ builder, Art Schlueter, will be meeting with us to survey our church space and to give us a proposal for our pipe organ.  YOU are welcome to come, ask questions, and to learn about pipe organs.

Spring Workday: Our first Spring Workday will be held on this Saturday, March 29th, from 8:30 a.m. to noon.  We have several work needs after our long winter.  Coffee, juice, and pastry will be available.

Lenten Supper and Program: Every Wednesday evening during Lent at 6:00 p.m., please join us for a “soup and sandwich” supper and a program given by Fr. Alan.  If you would like to help provide the suppers, please sign up on the sheet provided in the Narthex.

Lenten Worship Services in Our Community
Services begin at 12:00 p.m. and lunch is served at 12:30 p.m.
April 2  –  Grace Monroe Church
April 9  –  First United Methodist Church

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Easter Lillies: Anyone desiring to make a contribution toward Easter Flowers, please use the envelopes that are in the pews.  Put your name and the name of the person to be honored or memorialized on the envelope.  Also, on the memo line of your check, please indicate “For Easter Flowers.”  The Altar Guild thanks you for your support.

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Easter Egg Hunt:  We will have an Easter Egg Hunt after the worship service on Easter morning, April 20th.  Members are invited to participate by donating plastic eggs filled with candy, trinkets, or coins.  Eggs will be collected each Sunday in a box in the lobby of the Parish Hall between now and Palm Sunday.

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Vestry Meeting: The Vestry Meeting this month is Thursday, April 3, at 6:00 p.m. in the conference room.  The day was changed from Tuesday to Thursday to accommodate a Vestry member’s conflicting schedule.

Priest Discretionary Fund: This Sunday, March 30, all undesignated funds collected in the offering will be put into the Priest Discretionary Fund to help people in need in our neighborhood.

Everyone enjoys the Coffee Hour every Sunday morning after the worship service, but we are not having many people sign up to host the Coffee Hour and supply the goodies!  Please sign up to take care of the coffee hour on Sunday morning by signing the sheet provided on the counter in the lobby of the Parish Hall.

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Name Badge: If you do not have a name badge and would like one, please put your name on the sheet provided in the Narthex or call the Church office at 770-267-2893.

Bible Readings for This Week:
1 Samuel 16:1-13
Psalm 23
Ephesians 5:8-14
John 9:1-41

Bible Readings for Next Week:
Ezekiel 37:1-14
Psalm 130
Romans 8:6-11
John 11:1-45

St. Alban’s News/March 21, 2014

Please remember in prayer: Bobby Thomas; Charles Henson; Sue Henson; Mel Burress; Jeanne Aycock; Gwen Ashby; Eddie & Family;  Kris & Brandi Parker; Missi Rich; Stephanie Harris.
Note:  Names will remain on this list for a month unless otherwise requested.

Pipe Organ Update – Wednesday, March 26th, 4:30 p.m. our second organ builder, Phil Parkey, will be meeting with us to survey our church space and to give us a proposal for our pipe organ.  YOU are welcome to come, ask questions, and to learn about pipe organs.

Spring Workday – Our first Spring Workday will be held on Saturday, March 29th, from 8:30 a.m. to noon.  We have several work needs after our long winter.  Coffee, juice, and pastry will be available.

Priest Blurb
The Rev. Alan Hansen

I have a question for us as a community of faith and it has to do with prayer…………………

I am wondering if some of you would be willing to join me to pray for the needs of our church and our community.  What I envision is a gathering at 11:00 a.m. at the church once a week.  We would ask parishioners to give us people’s names (first names only or initials for privacy) and concerns (jobs, illnesses, relationships, addictions, etc.).

I have been here long enough to know there are many burdens, concerns, and needs and the appropriate response for us is to bring them intentionally before the Lord in prayer.  I will communicate more of this in the days and weeks ahead, but I wonder if God is calling you to be a part of a St. Alban’s Intercessory Prayer Group.

God’s Peace,

Fr. Alan

Calendar of Upcoming Events

Wednesday, March 26 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 2 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 9 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 17 – Maundy Thursday Service – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, April 18 – Good Friday Services – 12:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 20 – EASTER SUNDAY – Egg Hunt after the Worship Service.

Lenten Supper & Program – Every Wednesday evening during Lent at 6:00 p.m., please join us for a “soup and sandwich” supper and a program given by Fr. Alan.  If you would like to help provide the suppers, please sign up on the sheet provided in the Narthex.

Lenten Worship Services in Our Community:
Services begin at 12:00 p.m. and lunch is served at 12:30 p.m.

March 26  –  First Christian Church
April 2  –  Grace Monroe Church
April 9  –  First United Methodist Church

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Easter Lillies: Anyone desiring to make a contribution toward Easter Flowers, please use the envelopes that are in the pews.  Put your name and the name of the person to be honored or memorialized on the envelope.  Also, on the memo line of your check, please indicate “For Easter Flowers.”  The Altar Guild thanks you for your support.

easterlillies

Easter Egg Hunt:  We will have an Easter Egg Hunt after the worship service on Easter morning, April 20th.  Members are invited to participate by donating plastic eggs filled with candy, trinkets, or coins.  Eggs will be collected each Sunday in a box in the lobby of the Parish Hall between now and Palm Sunday.

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Everyone enjoys the Coffee Hour every Sunday morning after the worship service, but we are not having many people sign up to host the Coffee Hour and supply the goodies!  Please sign up to take care of the coffee hour on Sunday morning by signing the sheet provided on the counter in the lobby of the Parish Hall.

coffeecup

FISH – Cashiers and other volunteers are needed at FISH’s Loganville Thrift Store.  Shifts 9 am – 1 pm and 1 pm – 5 pm Monday through Saturday.  Volunteers are asked to fill only one four-hour shift weekly.  Please call Nancy Long at 706-362-9008.

Name Badge – If you do not have a name badge and would like one, please put your name on the sheet provided in the Narthex or call the Church office at 770-267-2893.

Bible Readings for Next Week
1 Samuel 16:1-13
Psalm 23
Ephesians 5:8-14
John 9:1-41

St. Alban’s News/March 14, 2014

Please remember in prayer: Bobby Thomas; Charles Henson; Sue Henson; Mel Burress; Jeanne Aycock; Gwen Ashby; Eddie & Family; Kris & Brandi Parker; Missi Rich; Stephanie Harris
Note: Names will remain on this list for a month unless otherwise requested.

Birthday Blessings:  March 19 – Jaden Wood

Pipe Organ Update – The first of three pipe organ manufacturers, Mr. Robert Coulter, will be visiting St. Alban’s on Wednesday, March 19th, at 4:30 p.m. Although he will be meeting with the Pipe Organ Committee, other members of the congregation are invited to attend prior to the Lenten Supper. The purpose of the meeting is to recommend an installation design and to provide a bid for their organ.
The second and third manufacturers will make similar proposals on March 26th and April 2nd.
……………………………..Stan Brassie

Priest Blurb
The Rev. Alan Hansen

THE SERPENT IN THE WILDERNESS
This Sunday in our Gospel reading from John 3, Jesus makes reference to a passage of scripture found in Numbers 21. Israel was constantly grumbling against God – due to their disobedience they wandered in the wilderness for 40 years. They blamed Moses and questioned his leadership and ultimately murmured against God.

In Numbers 21, God gave Israel a victory over an enemy – Arad a Canaanite King. Instead of being grateful and thankful they “spoke against God.” To get their attention God sent “fiery serpents” (poisonous snakes). Of course they cried out for help and God instructed Moses to make a bronze serpent and put it on a pole. Everyone who looked at the bronze serpent was healed.

Jesus makes reference to this passage in a very profound way: “And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so MUST the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.” Healing comes from looking at Jesus and believing in Him.

So many times and in so many ways Jesus is prefigured in the Old Testament. Here is a perfect example; what God gave Moses to bring “salvation” and “healing” to a sinful and rebellious people was just a shadow of what HE would do for all of us. Jesus was lifted up on a cross to save us from the “fiery serpent.”
See you Sunday,
God’s Peace,
Fr. Alan

Calendar of Upcoming Events
Wednesday, March 19 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 26 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 2 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 9 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 17 – Maundy Thursday Service – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, April 18 – Good Friday Services – 12:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 20 – EASTER SUNDAY – Egg Hunt after the Worship Service

Lenten Supper & Program – Every Wednesday evening during Lent at 6:00 p.m., please join us for a “soup and sandwich” supper and a program given by Fr. Alan. If you would like to help provide the suppers, please sign up on the sheet provided in the Narthex.

In Our Community
Services begin at 12:00 p.m. and lunch is served at 12:30 p.m.
March 19 – First Presbyterian Church
March 26 – First Christian Church
April 2 – Grace Monroe Church
April 9 – First United Methodist Church

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FISH – Cashiers and other volunteers are needed at FISH’s Loganville Thrift Store. Shifts 9 am – 1 pm and 1 pm – 5 pm Monday through Saturday. Volunteers are asked to fill only one four-hour shift weekly. Please call Nancy Long at 706-362-9008.

Coffee Hour – Please sign up to take care of the coffee hour on Sunday morning. A sign-up sheet is located on the counter in the lobby of the Parish Hall.

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Name Badge – If you do not have a name badge and would like one, please put your name on the sheet provided in the Narthex or call the Church office at 770-267-2893.

Bible Readings for February 23, 2014
Exodus 17:1-7
Psalm 95
Romans 5:1-11
John 4:5-42

St. Alban’s News/March 7, 2014

Please remember in prayer: Bobby Thomas; Charles Henson; Sue Henson; Mel Burress; Jeanne Aycock; Gwen Ashby; Eddie & Family; Judy Adams; Kris & Brandi Parker; Missi Rich; Stephanie Harris
Note: Names will remain on this list for a month unless otherwise requested.

Anniversary Blessings: March 10 – Dianne Hardin & David Field

Birthday Blessings: March 12 – John King
March 14 – Max Hoglen

Thank You – “Charles and I would like to thank the members of St. Alban’s, especially the Malladys, for the honor they paid to Charles on his 90th birthday at the Pancake Supper. It was a fun evening and the men did a terrific job with the cooking. The decorations were very impressive and it was a complete surprise to us. We love St. Alban’s very much and hope our health will enable us to be present at the services soon.
Charles & Sue Henson”

Thank you to everyone who shopped for supplies, cooked, and cleaned for the Pancake Supper. Total ticket sales was $517.00, minus $231.58 for supplies, for a net profit of $285.42 and a wonderful night of good food and fellowship!

Priest Blurb
The Rev. Alan Hansen

Lenten Opportunity…..
This week we begin our Lenten series on Wednesday night beginning at 6:00 p.m. with soup and sandwich followed by the program ending at 7:30 p.m. I’m asking all of you to prayerfully consider making this a priority for your Lenten discipline. I have several topics that we are going to cover together – focusing on the cross. It is my hope if by the time we reach Palm Sunday and enter Holy Week, our understanding and appreciation of what God has done for us in Christ will produce a mighty celebration on Easter Sunday. I also encourage you to think about who you might invite and have them join us.
God’s Peace,
Fr. Alan

Calendar of Upcoming Events

Wednesday, March 12 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 19 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 26 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 2 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 9 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 17 – Maundy Thursday Service – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, April 18 – Good Friday Services – 12:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 20 – EASTER SUNDAY – Egg Hunt after the Worship Service

The Diocese of Atlanta Ministry Summit is like the traditional diocesan ministry fair but with a new name, a new format, and a new purpose. You are invited to come and talk it up!

The theme for this special day at the Cathedral of St. Philip – Saturday, March 8 – is Faith in Transition. The day starts at 8:30 a.m. with check-in, coffee, displays and special bookstore hours, followed by the Great Gathering with a special guest speaker at 9:30 a.m.

The guest speaker will be the Rev. Thomas Brackett, officer for church planting and ministry redevelopment for The Episcopal Church. He will talk about how to take advantage of new directions in diocesan, parish and individual ministries.

You may sign up for two 90-minute conversations, one before lunch and one after. People knowledgeable and experienced on each topic will lead, share and listen. Cost for the day (with lunch and morning snack) is $20. (Bring materials for note-taking.) Copies of the topics are available on the round table in the Narthex.
You can register online at www.episcopalatlanta.org or forms for mail-in registration are available on the round table in the Narthex.

Lenten Supper & Program – Wednesdays, March 12 through April 9 – 6:00 p.m. Join us every Wednesday evening during Lent for a light supper and program. Please volunteer to help provide the Lenten Suppers by signing up on the sheet provided in the Narthex.

Lenten Worship Services in Our Community:
March 12 – First Baptist Church
March 19 – First Presbyterian Church
March 26 – First Christian Church
April 2 – Grace Monroe Church
April 9 – First United Methodist Church
Services begin at 12:00 p.m. and lunch is served at 12:30 p.m.

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FISH Needs Help at the Loganville Thrift Store. They are in need of cashiers throughout the week. There are 4-hour shifts from 9 am to 1 pm and 1 pm to 5 pm Monday through Friday. If you can fill one of those slots one day a week, please call Nancy Long at 706-362-9008. No cashier experience? They will be happy to train you!

Coffee Hour – Please sign up to take care of the coffee hour on Sunday morning. A sign-up sheet is located on the counter in the lobby of the Parish Hall.

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Name Badge – If you do not have a name badge and would like one, please put your name on the sheet provided in the Narthex or call the Church office at 770-267-2893.

Bible Readings for Next Week
Genesis 12:1-4a
Psalm 121
Romans 4:1-5, 13-17
John 3:1-17

St. Alban’s News

Please remember in prayer: Bobby Thomas; Charles Henson; Sue Henson; Mel Burress; Jeanne Aycock; Gwen Ashby; Eddie & Family; Judy Adams; Kris & Brandi Parker; Missi Rich; Stephanie Harris; Family & Friends of Jane Griffin
Note: Names will remain on this list for a month unless otherwise requested.

Birthday Blessings:
March 4 – Michael McGarity
March 4 – Ron Mullis

New Revised Directory – Pick up a copy of the new St. Alban’s Directory this Sunday. The directories are in a basket on the round table in the Narthex.

We are sad to report that Mrs. Jane Griffin, who was a member of St. Alban’s in the 80’s, has passed away at the age of 86. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.

Priest Blurb
The Rev. Alan Hansen

Remember you are dust and to dust you will return……….

History is filled with stories about people who are searching for the Fountain of Youth. The desire to live forever has been written about, talked about, and dreamed about. The Bible tells us that we will only have so many years on this earth. Our bodies will grow old and return to the dust of the earth.

Lent is the season of our liturgical year that reminds us of our mortality, but it also points us to the cross that opens for us eternal life. Jesus said in Luke 10:20: 20 “However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

As we enter this season together, I pray you will take advantage of Sunday school, Sunday worship, and our Wednesday evening Lenten programs. (Adult Sunday school starts up again this Sunday, March 2, 9:10 a.m. to 9:50 a.m.)

God’s Peace,
Fr. Alan

Calendar of Upcoming Events

Tuesday, March 4 – Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper – 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 5 – Ash Wednesday Services – 12:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 12 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 19 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 26 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 2 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 9 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 17 – Maundy Thursday Service – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, April 18 – Good Friday Services – 12:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 20 – EASTER SUNDAY – Egg Hunt after the Worship Service

SHROVE TUESDAY PANCAKE SUPPER
Please join us on March 4th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for one of the highlights of the church family year, the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper. Purchase your tickets this Sunday after the worship service. Tickets are also available in the church office or at the door – $5.00 for adults, 5 tickets for $20.00. Children under 12 eat free! Invite your friends! See you there.

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Ash Wednesday Services
Wednesday, March 5th, 12:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

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The Diocese of Atlanta Ministry Summit is like the traditional diocesan ministry fair but with a new name, a new format, and a new purpose. You are invited to come and talk it up!

The theme for this special day at the Cathedral of St. Philip – Saturday, March 8 – is Faith in Transition. The day starts at 8:30 a.m. with check-in, coffee, displays and special bookstore hours, followed by the Great Gathering with a special guest speaker at 9:30 a.m.

The guest speaker will be the Rev. Thomas Brackett, officer for church planting and ministry redevelopment for The Episcopal Church. He will talk about how to take advantage of new directions in diocesan, parish and individual ministries.

You may sign up for two 90-minute conversations, one before lunch and one after. People knowledgeable and experienced on each topic will lead, share and listen. Cost for the day (with lunch and morning snack) is $20. (Bring materials for note-taking.) Copies of the topics are available on the round table in the Narthex.
You can register online at www.episcopalatlanta.org or forms for mail-in registration are available on the round table in the Narthex.

Lenten Supper & Program – Wednesdays, March 12 through April 9 – 6:00 p.m. Join us every Wednesday evening during Lent for a light supper and program. Please volunteer to help provide the Lenten Suppers by signing up on the sheet provided in the Narthex.

Lenten Worship Services in our Community
March 12 – First Baptist Church
March 19 – First Presbyterian Church
March 26 – First Christian Church
April 2 – Grace Monroe Church
April 9 – First United Methodist Church
Services begin at 12:00 p.m. and lunch is served at 12:30 p.m.

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FISH Needs Help at the Loganville Thrift Store. They are in need of cashiers throughout the week. There are 4-hour shifts from 9 am to 1 pm and 1 pm to 5 pm Monday through Friday. If you can fill one of those slots one day a week, please call Nancy Long at 706-362-9008. No cashier experience? They will be happy to train you!

Coffee Hour – Please sign up to take care of the coffee hour on Sunday morning. A sign-up sheet is located on the counter in the lobby of the Parish Hall.

coffeecup

Name Badge – If you do not have a name badge and would like one, please put your name on the sheet provided in the Narthex or call the Church office at 770-267-2893.

Bible Readings for March 9, 2014
Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7
Psalm 32
Romans 5:12-19
Matthew 4:1-11

St. Alban’s News/February 21, 2014

Please remember in prayer: Bobby Thomas; Charles Henson; Sue Henson; Mel Burress; Jeanne Aycock; Gwen Ashby; Eddie & Family; Alvin White; Judy Adams; Kris & Brandi Parker; Missi Rich; Stephanie Harris; Family & Friends of Edna Pannell
Note: Names will remain on this list for a month unless otherwise requested.

Birthday Blessings: March 1 – Jesse Wood

Adult Bible Study – The Adult Sunday Bible Study Class taught by Fr. Alan is scheduled to start again in March, depending on Fr. Alan’s steady recovery from his knee surgery.

Priest Discretionary Fund – This Sunday, the last of the month, all undesignated funds collected in the offering will be put into the Priest Discretionary Fund to help people in need in our neighborhood.

Priest Blurb
The Rev. Alan Hansen

Mountains and Valleys
Scripture talks about the mountain tops and the valleys. On Mt. Sinai, Moses received the 10 Commandments. On the Mt. of Transfiguration, Jesus was revealed as the eternal Son of God. Mountain tops are often considered a place of closeness and intimacy with God. A place where significant transformation and revelation take place. A place we often want to stay “forever.”

Valleys are the other end of the spectrum. The beloved 23 Psalm references the “valley of the shadow of death”.. a dark place.. a deserted place…a fearful place. We also have Ezekiel talking about the “valley of dry bones.” Difficult and painful part of our Christian faith and journey.

The good news is, God has chosen to be with us in both places. Both the mountain tops of our lives and the valleys. Look at what David writes in Psalm 139:
7 Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
No matter where you are our Lord Jesus is with you.

God’s Peace,
Fr. Alan

Calendar of Upcoming Events
Tuesday, March 4 – Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper – 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 5 – Ash Wednesday Services – 12:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 12 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 19 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 26 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 2 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 9 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 17 – Maundy Thursday Service – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, April 18 – Good Friday Services – 12:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 20 – EASTER SUNDAY – Egg Hunt after the Worship Service

The Diocese of Atlanta Ministry Summit is like the traditional diocesan ministry fair but with a new name, a new format, and a new purpose. You are invited to come and talk it up!

The theme for this special day at the Cathedral of St. Philip – Saturday, March 8 – is Faith in Transition. The day starts at 8:30 a.m. with check-in, coffee, displays and special bookstore hours, followed by the Great Gathering with a special guest speaker at 9:30 a.m.

The guest speaker will be the Rev. Thomas Brackett, officer for church planting and ministry redevelopment for The Episcopal Church. He will talk about how to take advantage of new directions in diocesan, parish and individual ministries.

You may sign up for two 90-minute conversations, one before lunch and one after. People knowledgeable and experienced on each topic will lead, share and listen. Cost for the day (with lunch and morning snack) is $20. (Bring materials for note-taking.) Copies of the topics are available on the round table in the Narthex.
You can register online at www.episcopalatlanta.org or forms for mail-in registration are available on the round table in the Narthex.

SHROVE TUESDAY PANCAKE SUPPER
Please join us on March 4th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for one of the highlights of the church family year, the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper. Purchase your tickets this Sunday after the worship service. Tickets are also available in the church office or at the door – $5.00 for adults, 5 tickets for $20.00. Children under 12 eat free! Invite your friends! See you there.

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Ash Wednesday Services: Wednesday, March 5th, 12:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

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Lenten Supper & Program – Wednesdays, March 12 through April 9 – 6:00 p.m. Join us every Wednesday evening during Lent for a light supper and program. Please volunteer to help provide the Lenten Suppers by signing up on the sheet provided in the Narthex.

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Camp Mikell Folk School – February 28 – March 2 – The only folk school in Georgia – Wide variety of art and craft classes. For more information and to register, go to www.campmikell.com.

Dear FISH Friends,
Due to the recent cuts in food stamps and the extremely high electric bills the ministry is now running 2 shifts on Monday thru Friday.

We have increased in one month the number of people we feed by 269. Those (especially our elderly) are receiving extremely high electric and gas bills. If we do not get the help we need we will have to put these folks as far as 2 to 3 weeks out getting help. Our fear is the elderly will have their utilities cut off and then be in the cold. It will be a total shame that folks die in the cold because we cannot find 20 folks to take one 3 hour shift to help. The sad part is we have the money but not the people to process it.

We need anyone who is willing to help. This is the worst we have seen it in years and we have put off going to a second shift due to the lack of volunteers. We are stepping out in faith. Our long time volunteers are filling in but it is too much to ask when they are doing all and more.

We are desperate. Truly I am begging for help. I have never been at this point but I am now. I refuse to allow our elderly to sit in a cold house with no food because we simply cannot get enough folks to give 3 hours to interview, pack food box, stock shelves or fill out simple paperwork for an emergency food bag.

If anyone tells you at the church that they were refused food at FISH it is not true. We are doing emergency food bags in the morning only from 9 to 11:30. The afternoons are for our fishcare recipients. We serve between 45 and 55 fishcares in a 3 hour span. We cannot do anymore in the afternoons since we are also doing interviews who will need food also. We are also interviewing folks for medical assistance such as test, x-rays etc… in the afternoons.
PLEASE BE IN PRAYER FOR THOSE WE SERVE AND THOSE WHO SO WILLINGLY SERVE.

BLESSINGS
In His Service,
Cindy Little
FISH, Executive Director
404-557-8860

Coffee Hour – Please sign up to take care of the coffee hour on Sunday morning. A sign-up sheet is located on the counter in the lobby of the Parish Hall.

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Name Badge – If you do not have a name badge and would like one, please put your name on the sheet provided in the Narthex or call the Church office at 770-267-2893.

Bible Readings for This Week
Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18
Psalm 119:33-40
1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23
Matthew 5:38-48

Bible Readings for Next Week
Exodus 24:12-18
Psalm 99
2 Peter 1:16-21
Matthew 17:1-9

St. Alban’s News/February 6, 2014

Please remember in prayer: Bobby Thomas; Edna Pannell; Charles Henson; Sue Henson; Mel Burress; Jeanne Aycock; Marilyn Brooks; Gwen Ashby; Eddie & Family; Alvin White; Judy Adams.  Note: Names will remain on this list for a month unless otherwise requested.

Birthday Blessings:
February 7 – Brenda Cathey
February 9 – Roy Mallady

Choir Retreat – The choir retreat is this Saturday, February 8, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. here at St. Alban’s. For more information, contact Dan Marineau at 678-457-5463 or danmarineau@gmail.com.

Choir Notes: Our weekly choir rehearsals are Thursday nights at 6 PM in the choir room.  Sunday rehearsals are at 8:45 AM in the choir loft.  If you have any ideas for hymns you’d like the choir to perform, please contact our choir director, Dan Marineau, with the title of the song.

Vestry News: At the February Vestry Meeting, Rev. Alan Hansen appointed Bob Emmons Senior Warden. The Vestry elected Stan Brassie to remain as Junior Warden. Congratulations to Bob and Stan.

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Adult Bible Study – The Adult Sunday Bible Study Class taught by Fr. Alan is scheduled to start again in March, depending on Fr. Alan’s steady recovery from his knee surgery.

Priest Blurb
The Rev. Alan Hansen

Faith without Works is Dead – A Thought for Today

In the Epistle of James we have a very brief summation statement that elevates a balance between “faith” (what you believe) and “works” (what you do). James puts this in very simple language:
“4 What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food,16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? 17 Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.”

To believe Jesus is savior and Lord is only part of the equation. Living as a Christian is the “works” – the evidence – the manifestation that your faith has translated into behavior.

This is equally true of the other extreme. Remember the Pharisees were very “external” and did notable and visible “works” yet Jesus chastised them by saying their hearts and motivations were wrong. They were after the praises of man. They were doing the right things for the wrong reasons.

The point is our behavior, our actions, and our works do matter but are only alive when combined with a true faith.

To have faith without works is dead.

To have works without faith is equally dead.

See you all Sunday.
God’s Peace,
Fr. Alan

Calendar of Upcoming Events
Saturday, February 8 – Choir Retreat – 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 4 – Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper – 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 5 – Ash Wednesday Services – 12:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 12 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 19 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 26 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 2 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 9 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 17 – Maundy Thursday Service – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, April 18 – Good Friday Services – 12:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 20 – EASTER SUNDAY – Egg Hunt after the Worship Service

Shrove Tuesday is coming and that means it is time for St. Albans’ Pancake Supper! Tickets are now available – $5.00 for adults, 5 tickets for $20.00. Children under 12 will eat free!
Set your calendar now for March 4th, get your tickets early and invite your friends! Join us for one of the highlights of the church family year! See you there.
Tickets can be purchased after the worship service this Sunday.
Tickets are also available from the church office or can be purchased at the door.

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Ash Wednesday Services: Wednesday, March 5th, 12:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

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Lenten Supper & Program – Wednesdays, March 12 through April 9 – 6:00 p.m. Join us every Wednesday evening during Lent for a light supper and program. Please volunteer to help provide the Lenten Suppers by signing up on the sheet provided in the Narthex.

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Camp Mikell Folk School – February 28 – March 2 – The only folk school in Georgia – Wide variety of art and craft classes. For more information and to register, go to www.campmikell.com.

FISH needs help receiving donations at the Loganville Thrift Store on Saturdays and Mondays. Also, they need persons to lead the morning prayer at the Loganville store. Please call Nancy Long at 706-362-9008 for further information.

Coffee Hour – Please sign up to take care of the coffee hour on Sunday morning. A sign-up sheet is located on the counter in the lobby of the Parish Hall.

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Name Badge – If you do not have a name badge and would like one, please put your name on the sheet provided in the Narthex or call the Church office at 770-267-2893.

Church Financial Report-This is a report of the operating income and expenses of St. Alban’s. This is the money received and spent for the day-to-day operation of the Church. St. Alban’s also has designated funds (such as the Altar Guild Fund, Building Fund, etc.) which is money given for specific purposes and cannot be used for the operating expenses of the Church. A report of the designated funds is available in the Church office.
January 31, 2014 Operating Income
(Pledges + Plate Offerings + Other Operating Income)
$10,777.16
January 31, 2014 Operating Expenses
$14,745.21
Net Loss: ($3,968.05)’

Bible Readings for This Week
Isaiah 58:1-9a, 9b-12
Psalm 112:1-10
1 Corinthians 2:1-16
Matthew 5:13-20

Bible Readings for Next Week
Deuteronomy 30:15-20
Psalm 119:1-8
1 Corinthians 3:1-9
Matthew 5:21-37

St. Alban’s News/January 30, 2014

Please remember in prayer: Bobby Thomas; Edna Pannell; Charles Henson; Sue Henson; Mel Burress; Jeanne Aycock; Marilyn Brooks; Gwen Ashby; Eddie & Family; Alvin White; Family & Friends of Marion Field McKenna
Note: Names will remain on this list for a month unless otherwise requested.

Birthday Blessings:
January 31 – Fay Brassie
February 5 – Julie Wood
February 7 – Brenda Cathey

Marion Field McKenna passed away peacefully Monday morning at her home surrounded by loving family. Thank you all for your prayers, support, and care. A memorial service will be held at a later time.
Love & Gratitude…….Field, McKenna, Hardin Family

Vestry Meeting – The next Vestry meeting is Tuesday, February 4, at 6:00 p.m.

Choir Retreat – The choir retreat will be Saturday, February 8, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. here at St. Alban’s. For more information, contact Dan Marineau at 678-457-5463 or danmarineau@gmail.com.

Musical Notes

Choir Notes: Our weekly choir rehearsals are Thursday nights at 6 PM in the choir room.  Sunday rehearsals are at 8:45 AM in the choir loft.  If you have any ideas for hymns you’d like the choir to perform, please contact our choir director, Dan Marineau, with the title of the song.

Priest Blurb
Rev. Alan Hansen

Gridlock in Atlanta

As most of you have seen Atlanta was totally shut down over the past 48 hours with 1,000’s of horror stories. People were stranded on the motorways, sleeping in cars, running out of gas, ending up in wrecks and abandoning their cars to walk home. It was a disaster to say the least.

Just as it began to snow I was out with a friend running an errand. As we headed home a young girl slid through a stop sign and broadsided our car. An hour later the police came – thankfully the damage was minimal and the car driveable. We got home an hour later going only 2 miles!

My wife, Teresa, was stuck for over 7 hours in the gridlock that took place when everybody left work at the same time. All it took was one vehicle spinning out and blocking the road to shut it all down. She ended up at a restaurant. Later that night I went out to get her – it took me three hours with many detours to get to her location and get her home. We were both stressed to the max but grateful to find our shelter in the storm. I would say we were one of the “blessed” ones.

My son-in-law, Matt, left his car on the side of the interstate after sitting for several hours with no movement. He ended up walking home. It was nine miles in loafers.

In the midst all the hardships there were also great acts of kindness and charity. Numerous people helped to push cars free. Others went out into their neighborhoods with water and food. People opened up their homes for children stranded on buses and one of my neighbors went out with his 4 wheel drive jeep and chain to pull cars out of ditches. He gave many people rides home and merrily offered himself freely late into the night.

I trust all of you were sheltered from the storm and remained safe and warm. I will be with you again this Sunday and trust the warming trend will melt the snow and make the roads passable. It’s been one heck of a week here in Atlanta!

God’s Peace,
Fr. Alan

Camp Mikell Folk School – February 28 – March 2 – The only folk school in Georgia – Wide variety of art and craft classes. For more information and to register, go to www.campmikell.com.

FISH needs help receiving donations at the Loganville Thrift Store on Saturdays and Mondays. Also, they need persons to lead the morning prayer at the Loganville store. Please call Nancy Long at 706-362-9008 for further information.

Calendar of Upcoming Events: Saturday, February 8 – Choir Retreat – 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 19 – Parish Event – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 4 – Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper – 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 5 – Ash Wednesday Services – 12:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 12 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 19 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 26 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 2 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 9 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 17 – Maundy Thursday Service – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, April 18 – Good Friday Services – 12:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 20 – EASTER SUNDAY – Egg Hunt after the Worship Service

Coffee Hour – Please sign up to take care of the coffee hour on Sunday morning. A sign-up sheet is located on the counter in the lobby of the Parish Hall.

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Name Badge – If you do not have a name badge and would like one, please put your name on the sheet provided in the Narthex or call the Church office at 770-267-2893.

Bible Readings for This Week
Malachi 3:1-4
Psalm 24:7-10
Hebrews 2:14-18
Luke 2:22-40

Bible Readings for Next Week
Isaiah 58:1-9a, 9b-12
Psalm 112:1-10
1 Corinthians 2:1-16
Matthew 5:13-20

St. Alban’s News/January 24, 2014

Please remember in prayer: Bobby Thomas; Edna Pannell; Charles Henson; Marion Field McKenna; Sue Henson; Mel Burress; Jeanne Aycock; Marilyn Brooks; Gwen Ashby; Tash Ramsey; Fr. Alan; Eddie & Family; Alvin White

Note:  Names will remain on this list for a month unless otherwise requested.

 

Birthday Blessings: January 30 – Savannah Thomas
January 31 – Fay Brassie

Meals for Marion!   Here’s the opportunity you’ve been looking for to show off your cooking skills and show your support.  A group is being formed to provide some meals (as needed) for Marion Field McKenna and her family.  A sign-up sheet is on the round table or call Joylou Mullis at 770-267-5830 or 770-364-1058.

 

 

Priest Blurb
The Rev. Alan Hansen

Greetings all,

I am going to be with you this Sunday and look forward to seeing everybody.  My recovery continues at a normal pace so I am “on track” for a full recovery.  Conservative estimates are about 3 to 6 months to get back to normal.

My plans are to start back slowly and to listen to my body.  I will be using a stool this Sunday and be seated for the sermon to rest the knee.  I may also have to use it at the altar during the consecration.  Hopefully in another 3 or 4 weeks my strength and stamina will increase.

I also plan on driving over once a week on Thursdays with the goal of being back fully engaged by the end of February.  You guys have been great and I deeply appreciate your prayers and patience!

See you Sunday –

God’s Peace,

Fr. Alan

Vestry Meeting: The next Vestry meeting is Tuesday, February 4, at 6:00 p.m.

 

Priest Discretionary Fund: This Sunday, January 26, the last Sunday of the month, all undesignated funds collected will be put into the Priest Discretionary Fund to help people less fortunate than ourselves.

 

There is always a need at FISH for volunteers to help in the stores or to help with the deliveries or cleaning of the buildings.  Please contact Nancy Long at 706-362-9008 or nancyfish11@gmail.com.

Coffee Hour: Please sign up to take care of the coffee hour on Sunday morning.  A sign-up sheet is located on the counter in the lobby of the Parish Hall.
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Name Badge: If you do not have a name badge and would like one, please put your name on the sheet provided in the Narthex or call the Church office at 770-267-2893.

 

 

Bible Readings for February 2, 2014:
Malachi 3:1-4
Psalm 84
Hebrews 2:14-18
Luke 2:22-40

 

St. Alban’s News/January 17, 2014

Please remember in prayer: Bobby Thomas; Edna Pannell; Charles Henson; Marion Field McKenna; Sue Henson; Mel Burress; Jeanne Aycock; Jim Burgess; Marilyn Brooks; Gwen Ashby; Tash Ramsey; Fr. Alan Hansen; Eddie & Family; Alvin White

Note: Names will remain on the list for a month unless otherwise requested.

Birthday Blessings:

January 21 – Sue Henson

January 22 – Vida Broach

Calendar of Events:

Sunday, January 26 – Annual Parish Meeting – 11:30 a.m

Meals for Marion!

Here’s the opportunity you’ve been looking for to show off your cooking skills and show your support.  A group is being formed to provide some meals (as needed) for Marion Field McKenna and her family.  A sign-up sheet is on the round table or call Joylou Mullis at 770-267-5830 or 770-364-1058.

Priest Blurb:

Greetings all,

I continue to make good progress in my recovery from a full knee replacement.  The injury occurred over 40 years ago and the joint finally gave out and had to be replaced.  I met with the surgeon last Thursday and got a very positive review so it’s now up to me to diligently engage in physical therapy.  Everything I have been told is true!  It is painful and slow.

All that being said, I anticipate my return to ministry on Sunday, the 26th of January.  I am looking forward to being with all of you for the Annual Parish Meeting and growing together in 2014.  I am so grateful for all your prayers and many cards and calls I have received.  They have meant so much to me!  Being stuck inside for almost three weeks has given me a strong dose of cabin fever and I am eager to get back to work and life.

Please know you have been in my prayers.

God’s Peace,

Fr. Alan

We welcome Rev. Doug Coil back this Sunday, January 19, as our Supply Priest.  We appreciate Fr. Coil being with us again while Fr. Alan is recovering from knee surgery.

Vestry Election 2014:

At the January 7, 2014 meeting of the Vestry, the members selected the following nominees to be on the slate for election to serve on the Vestry for 2014-16:

Bob Emmons

Mallory Sanders

Julie Wood

The election will be held at the Annual Meeting on Sunday, January 26, 2014, immediately following the worship service.  Nominations can be made from the floor at the Annual Meeting.

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Annual Parish Meeting:

The Annual Parish Meeting is Sunday, January 26, immediately following the worship service.  There will be reports given on the status of our church and three Vestry members will be elected.  Please plan to attend.

There is always a need at FISH for volunteers to help in the stores or to help with the deliveries or cleaning of the buildings.  Please contact Nancy Long at 706-362-9008 or nancyfish11@gmail.com

Coffee Hour:

Please sign up to take care of the coffee hour on Sunday morning.  A sign-up sheet is located on the counter in the lobby of the Parish Hall.

coffeecup

Name Badge:

If you do not have a name badge and would like one, please put your name on the sheet provided in the Narthex or call the Church office at 770-267-2893.

Bible Readings for This Week:

Isaiah 49:1-7

Psalm 40:1-12

1 Corinthians 1:1-9

John 1:29-42

Bible Readings for Next Week:

Isaiah 9:1-4

Psalm 27:1, 5-13

1 Corinthians 1:10-18

Matthew 4:12-23


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