Saint Alban's Episcopal Church

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The Messenger / March 4, 2016

In Our Prayers
Please pray for:
Blane; Phil Brassie; Trevor Harris; Bob Lindsey; John Cannon; Destiny; Rocco Burkitt; Bobby Thomas; Robbie Thomas; Savannah Benton; Pam; Roger Chapman; Jeff Foster; Carolyn Durham; Wayne Bond; B.J. Davis; Charles Henson & Family; Sydney Reid; Fr. Alan & Family; Family & Friends of Harry Burress

Please pray for our Vestry and Clergy:
Marty Atkinson; Carole Bond; Bob Emmons; Libby Martin; Mallory Sanders; Melissa Young; Father Alan

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 Father Alan.


Clergy’s Corner
The video below from our Bishop is very insightful during this time of Lent. It truly does give us
pause to reflect.

A Blessed Lent,
Bishop Rob Wright


Bible Readings

Readings for This Week
Joshua 5:9-12
Psalm 32
II Corinthians 5:16-21
Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32

Readings for Next Week
Isaiah 43:16-21
Psalm 126
Philippians 3:4b-14
John 12:1-8


Happy Birthday!
March 4 – Michael McGarity
March 4 – Ron Mullis
March 9 – Sara Thomas


Announcements
Youth Confirmation Class – The Youth Confirmation Class, led by Fr. Alan, meets every Sunday at 11:45 a.m. through March 20th. For more information, please contact Fr. Alan.

Thank You! Jenny & Randall Williams and Robin & John Arnold for the delicious supper last Wednesday evening.

Adult Confirmation Class – An Adult Confirmation Class will begin after Easter and will run for 8 weeks. The class will be every Sunday at 11:45 am beginning April 3rd and ending May 22nd. Please sign the sheet provided on the round table in the Narthex if you would like to attend.


All Hands on Deck Work Day at St. Alban’s
On Saturday, March 19th, the parish will be conducting a work day both inside and outside our wonderful facility in preparation for Holy Week. One of our main task on the outside is to mulch the flower and shrub beds with the pecan shells that have been delivered and to clean up the grounds for the Easter Egg Hunt that will take place on March 27th.

The inside work will spruce up our Parish Hall and other areas as we prepare to welcome our large group of worshipers on Easter Sunday. We will begin at 9 am and should be finished by lunch. Please contact Mallory Sanders for any specific area of our facilities that we need to address.


GA CHIP Program – “Georgia Child Identification Program”

St. Alban’s will be hosting the “Georgia Child Identification Program” in the Parish Hall, on Saturday, March 12, 2016,
from 9 am to 1:30 pm.

It is completely FREE of charge to all families with children up to 18 years of age.

For more Information please pick up the brochure in the Narthex.


Lenten Supper and Program
March 9th and March 16th – 6:00 p.m.

Join us on these Wednesday evenings during Lent for a light supper and a program about the Seven Covenants from God presented by Fr. Alan.

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


Community Mid-Week Lenten Services
The 2016 MAMA (Monroe Area Ministerial Association) Lenten Wednesday noon worship service schedule is as follows:
March 9th- St. Anna’s Catholic Church
March 16th- 1st United Methodist Church

An optional light lunch will be provided for all in attendance each week.


Easter Lilies for Our Sanctuary
Anyone desiring to make a contribution toward Easter Flowers, please use the envelopes that are in the pews. Put your name and the name of the person to be honored or memorialized on the envelope. Also, on the memo line of your check, please indicate “For Easter Flowers.”

The Altar Guild thanks you for your support.


Easter Egg Hunt
We will have an Easter Egg Hunt after the worship service on Easter morning, March 27th. 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.


The Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta: Episcopal Charities Foundation 32nd Annual Hunger Walk/Run
March 13th – 12:00 p.m.
Turner Field, Atlanta
If interested, please go to the Episcopal Charities Foundation website.


Parish Calendar March – April 2016

Lay Liturgical Schedule – 1st Quarter 2016

St. Alban’s News/June 27, 2014

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OUR LINKS:
St. Alban’s Activity Calendar
Fr. Alan’s Sermons

Your prayers are requested for:
Bobby Thomas; Charles Henson; Sue Henson; Jeanne Aycock; Gwen Ashby; Eddie & Family; Stephanie Harris; Blane; George Hearn; Phil Brassie; Dodie Freel; Sheila Powers; Trevor Harris; Gail Carrell; Roy Roberts; Jonah Young; Butch Pannell; Mary Jane; Lisa; James; Jean Blough; Jeff Blough; Barbara Cunningham; Ellen Goodrich

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

Priest Blurb
The Rev. Alan Hansen

What is the “Elizabethan Settlement” and why is Queen Elizabeth more influential than Henry the VIII when it comes to the Anglican Church or Church of England?

Henry the VIII is known for many things and was one of the great monarchs in England’s History.  As king he broke ties with Rome and established the monarchy (king) as the supreme head of the church in England.  All lands and revenues that belonged to Rome now belonged to Henry and under his leadership the first Book of Common Prayer was developed through Archbishop Cramner.

Henry was follow by Queen Mary (Blood Mary) who reversed Henry’s efforts and restored Roman Catholicism and the church back to Rome.

But Mary was followed by Elizabeth who now had a huge division in her nation.  The protestant reformation produced a large number of “Calvinists” that were anti Rome, did not want bishops and sought a Presbyterian form of government (which happened briefly under Oliver Cromwell). Elizabeth wanted to retain bishops, sacramental worship, good church structure which she felt brought stability and added protection of the monarchy.

Although she did not want to return to Roman Catholicism she clearly wanted to prevent Calvinism from dominating the church.  So, in a stroke of brilliance she introduced the VIA MEDIA – OR MIDDLE WAY.  She graciously worked with both extremes and produced the 1559 Book of Common Prayer which became the form of worship throughout her long reign as queen and continues today.

The Elizabethan Settlement, as it was known, allowed the good from the protestant reformation to be embraced, yet held on to the best practices of sacramental worship and the historic episcopate.  A truly unique blend of both protestant and catholic realities.  By the time of her death the central worship of the English people centered on a common liturgy, a common faith and common prayer.

What Henry did for personal and political reasons pales in significance to what Elizabeth worked through socially and spiritually.  In fact, it is something we still benefit from today.

If you want to learn more about your church and your faith come to Confirmation/Christian Formation Class on Sunday mornings at 9:10 am.

God’s Peace,
Fr. Alan

GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Priest Discretionary Fund – This Sunday, the last Sunday 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.

Vestry Meeting – The next Vestry Meeting is this Tuesday evening, July 1, at 6:00 p.m.

Confirmation and Christian Formation Class – If you would like to learn more about the Christian faith as expressed through the Episcopal Church, please join Fr. Alan on Sunday mornings at 9:10 a.m. in the Parish Hall.  This course will run throughout the summer culminating with Bishop Wright’s visitation on August 24th.  Come to class – learn more about your faith – enjoy the fellowship!

St. Alban’s Intercessory Prayer Group – “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Matthew 18:19-20.

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. We will meet in the church in the sanctuary or chapel, depending on attendance.

Alban’s Allium Garlic is here!!
Purchase it this Sunday in the Parish Hall lobby for $4.00 per bag (1/2 lb.). This garlic is locally grown at Frank Reed’s farm and harvested by parishioners. Last Chance to Purchase Alban’s Garlic!

Frank says that this is the last year the garlic will be grown. He has supplied this garlic to St. Alban’s for 20 years!  Thank you, Frank.

Please make checks payable to St. Alban’s Episcopal Church.

FISH FARMERS’ MARKET – The market began on June 3 and will run every Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. and every Saturday at 10:00 am at the FISH pavilion. Each market will last about 1.5 hours. Volunteers are needed. They will need to be at the market an hour before the market begins, Tuesdays at 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. To volunteer to help, please contact Tom Evans at 770-815-3230.

FISH Volunteer Opportunity – Tuesday, July 1, 5:15 pm  to 8:00 pm – Sorting and Pricing Clothes – Finger food and beverages will be available – Loganville Store (2887 Hwy. 78), or Monroe Store (432 E. Spring Street) – Contact Nancy Long at 706-362-9008.

Coffee Hour – Everyone enjoys the coffee hour every Sunday morning after the worship service. We need people to volunteer to host the coffee hour. Please sign up on the sheet provided on the table in the Parish Hall.

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

Bible Readings for Next Week
Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67
Psalm 45:11-18
Romans 7:15-25a
Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

Celtic Cross

St. Alban’s News/May 9, 2014

Please remember in prayer:
Bobby Thomas; Charles Henson; Sue Henson; Jeanne Aycock; Gwen Ashby; Eddie & Family; Stephanie Harris; Craig Taylor; Blane; the Stroh Family; Shirley Strickland; Marilyn Guinn; George Hearn; James; Amy; Phil Brassie; Teresa

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

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Anniversary Blessings:
May 15 – June & John King

Congratulations to Savannah Thomas on her graduation from Walnut Grove High School on Saturday, May 17th.  Savannah, we wish you every joy on your graduation day and every blessing in the future.

We wish to thank Robin Arnold for the great pictures taken at the Kentucky Derby Party!  Robin, you always does such a great job and we want you to know how much it is appreciated.

Priest Blurb
The Rev. Alan Hansen

Time and Talents Matter Too

This fall we had an Every Member Canvas and received financial pledges, but financial giving or “treasure” is not the only means of being good stewards.  We are also called to offer to God some of our time and certainly our talents.

Over the next several weeks I will be preaching on the stewardship of “time and talents.”  If you want to get a head start, I suggest you read I Corinthians 12 (entire chapter), Romans 12 and Ephesians 4.  I will also preach on the Parable of the Talents from Matthews Gospel Chapter 25.

On Pentecost Sunday we will ask each of you to make a second pledge – not of your treasure…..but of your time and talents offered to our Lord Jesus Christ.< God’s Peace, Fr. Alan Vestry News The Vestry has been working on two projects and we would like to bring the congregation up to date on our progress. Organ Update Stan Brassie has been working with the Organ Committee.  The committee has met with three pipe organ builders and one electronic organ manufacturer and should have all the bids in by May 15th.  They have done excellent work and the Vestry has asked Stan to give a brief presentation on Sunday, May 18th, to bring the congregation up to speed.

The reality is our existing organ is 35 years old and slowly dying.  It may be hard to tell on Sunday because it is still working, but what is failing are the transistors, a very old technology and not worth repairing.  It has truly outlived its time and we need to replace it.

We are also happy to announce that the organ will be purchased in memory of Marion Field McKenna.  All funds contributed to the organ will go into a fund named after Marion.  She was an inspiration to all of us and a wonderful saint of the Risen Christ.

Columbarium Update
We are progressing nicely with the Columbarium Committee.  Carole Bond has done an excellent job researching this project and we have asked her to make a presentation as well on May 18th.  If you do not know, a Columbarium is a place where the ashes of a cremated person can be laid to rest.  With the Columbarium, we will also establish a Memorial Garden.

It is our goal that both these projects be self-funded and not part of the operational expenses of the church.  More details as to how you can participate will be forth coming soon.

St. Alban’s Intercessory Prayer Group
“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.  For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” – Matthew 18:19-20

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.  We will meet in the church in the sanctuary or chapel, depending on attendance.

FISH Thrift Store Volunteer Opportunities

  • Jewelry Merchandiser:  Assist customers who are buying jewelry.  Great job for person with limited mobility – little standing and no heavy lifting.
  • Help receive Donations at Rear of Store
  • Cashiers

In 2013, the two thrift stores paid all FISH overhead and added $80,000 into the ministry for Walton County children and emergency assistance. Contact: Nancy Long, 706-362-9008

FISH Farmer’s Market – It is almost time to get the Farmer’s Market up and running for the 2014 season.  This year they will be using the beautiful new “Marion Field-McKenna Pavilion.”  They have hired a Market Coordinator, Tom Evans, and he has been hard at work since the first of April getting things prepared.  They have lots of changes to this year’s market and they want to tell you about them.  Everyone is invited to a “Meet and Greet” to hear about the changes to this year’s market and to meet Tom on Wednesday, May 14th, at 4:00 PM at the Walton Wellness office at 133 E. Church Street, Monroe. Contact: DeDe Harris – 770-313-8107

Everyone enjoys the coffee hour every Sunday morning after the worship service.  We need people to volunteer to host the coffee hour.  Please sign up on the sheet provided on the table in the Parish Hall.

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 1 – April 30, 2014 Operating Income (pledges + plate offerings + other operating income)
Budgeted:  $60,482.60     Actual:  $63,833.97     (Over) $3,351.37

Explanation:  Amount received for pledges is $42,822.00 which is $3,788.67 over the amount expected.  Amount received for plate offering is $3,503.00 which is $5,279.50 less than the amount expected.  Other operating income received (parish hall rental, restitution payments, donations, bank interest, etc.) is $17,508.97.

January 1 – April 30, 2014 Operating Expenses
Budgeted:  $60,482.61      Actual:  $62,933.09      (Over) $2,450.48

Positive Balance: $900.88

Bible Readings for May 18, 2014
Acts 7:55-60
Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16
1 Peter 2:2-10
John 14:1-14

St. Alban’s News/May 2, 2014

Please remember in prayer: Bobby Thomas; Charles Henson; Sue Henson; Jeanne Aycock; Gwen Ashby; Eddie & Family; Stephanie Harris; Craig Taylor; Blane; the Stroh Family; Shirley Strickland; Marilyn Guinn; George Hearn; James

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

Birthday Blessings:

May 5 – Marvin Gray
May 6 – Alan Hansen

Priest Blurb 

The Rev. Alan Hansen

VERY ​ENCOURAGED

This past Tuesday we had our first organized time of Intercessory Prayer.  At 11 am there were 5 parishioners and myself gathered in the church before the altar and we had an extended time of prayer.

We had prayer requests for employment, physical healing (mostly people dealing with cancer), marriage, children and families.  However, the number one prayer request was for St. Alban’s church to be healed and restored.  We were before our loving Lord asking Him to bring a renewal to our church that includes children, young families and unity.

It was an awesome time and I look forward to gathering next week on Tuesday at 11 am for more corporate intercession.  All are welcome and I hope you can join us.

God’s Peace,

Fr. Alan

Calendar of Upcoming Events

Tuesday, May 6 – St. Alban’s Intercessory Prayer Group – 11:00 a.m

St. Alban’s Intercessory Prayer Group

“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.  For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”   Matthew 18:19-20

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.  We will meet in the church in the sanctuary or chapel, depending on attendance.

Vestry Meeting: The next Vestry Meeting is Tuesday, May 6, at 6:00 p.m.

Coffee Hour: Everyone enjoys the coffee hour every Sunday morning after the worship service.  We need people to volunteer to host the coffee hour.  Please sign up on the sheet provided on the table in 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 May 11, 2014

Acts 2:42-47

Psalm 23

1 Peter 2:19-25

John 10:1-10

St. Alban’s News

Please remember in prayer: Bobby Thomas; Charles Henson; Sue Henson; Jeanne Aycock; Gwen Ashby; Eddie & Family; Stephanie Harris; Craig Taylor; Blane; the Stroh Family; Shirley Strickland

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

Birthday Blessings

April 28 – Meg Cooper

Calendar of Upcoming Events

Tuesday, April 29 – St. Alban’s Intercessory Prayer Group – 11:00 a.m.

Saturday, May 3 – Kentucky Derby Party – 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Priest Blurb
The Rev. Alan Hansen

LUNATIC, LIAR OR LORD?

C.S. Lewis once said of Jesus, “He is either a lunatic, a liar or He is Lord.”

Lunatic:

This reference was about the claims that Jesus made about himself.  He identified himself as the messiah, the Christ, the eternal Son of God.  He said he came from the Father.  He was with the Father in the beginning.  His miracles and works of power authenticated his claims.  He would rise from the dead.  Some would say Jesus was delusional believing himself to be God, but was really mentally ill and crazy.

Liar:

Some would also say Jesus was intentionally deceiving us and lying.  He was not who he claimed to be and was leading us astray.

Lord:

If he is not crazy, not lying, then the only conclusion one can make is Jesus is Lord.  C.S. Lewis concluded his remarks by adding that Jesus did not give us an option.  He is either Lord of all or he is NOT lord at all.  If he is not crazy, not lying, then he is truly LORD!

The Easter Season declares his Lordship and celebrates his resurrection.  He has defeated death, sin and the grave.  Alleluia Christ Has Risen Indeed!

God’s Peace,

Fr. Alan​

We wish to thank everyone who provided Easter Eggs for our hunt last Sunday morning.  We also wish to thank everyone who helped hide the eggs and provided the refreshments.  Thank you!!

St. Alban’s Intercessory Prayer Group

“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.  For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” – Matthew 18:19-20

Beginning Tuesday, April 29th, at 11:00 a.m. you are invited to come and pray for the needs of our church, our people, and our community.  We will meet in the church in the chapel, depending on attendance.  We will begin at 11:00 a.m. and conclude before noon.

Kentucky Derby Party

Saturday, May 3rd, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Activities:

“Derby Hat Competition” – Wear your craziest hat and you may win a prize.

“Winner Take All” – Make $1 donation and draw a horse’s name out of the pot.

Heavy snacks and finger food will be served so just bring yourself and have fun!

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

Vestry Meeting – The next Vestry Meeting is Tuesday, May 6, at 6:00 p.m.

Coffee Hour – Everyone enjoys the coffee hour every Sunday morning after the worship service.  We need people to volunteer to host the coffee hour.  Please sign up on the sheet provided on the table in the Parish Hall.

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Name BadgeIf 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

Acts 2:14a, 36-41

Psalm 116:1-3, 10-17

1 Peter 1:17-23

Luke 24:13-35

 

 

St. Alban’s News

Please remember in prayer: Bobby Thomas; Charles Henson; Sue Henson; Jeanne Aycock; Gwen Ashby; Eddie & Family; Stephanie Harris; Craig TaylorBlane; the Stroh Family.

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

Birthday Blessings
April 21 – Madeline Burgess
April 24 – Wayne Pickeral

Calendar of Upcoming Events
Sunday, April 20 – Community Sunrise Service @ Monroe High School – 6:30 a.m.

Sunday, April 20 – EASTER SUNDAY – Egg Hunt after the Worship Service

Saturday, April 26 – Marion Field McKenna Celebration of Life @ Field’s House – 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 3 – Kentucky Derby Party – 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Priest Blurb
The Rev. Alan Hansen

“Alleluia CHRIST has risen, The Lord has risen indeed. Alleluia!” – (BCP #355)

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the basis for the entire gospel – It is the Good News we believe and proclaim. It means he is ALIVE and he loves you – Happy Easter!

God’s Peace,
Fr. Alan

Community Easter Sunrise Service – The Annual Community Sunrise Service will be at Monroe Area High School’s Athletic Field at 6:30 a.m. Easter morning. All area churches and the Walton/Monroe community are invited. Rev. Edwin Beckles of the First African Baptist Church will be preaching.

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Easter Egg Hunt: Please join us after the worship service this Easter Sunday morning, April 20, for an Easter Egg Hunt and refreshments.

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Celebration of Life for Marion Field McKenna

Please join us for an open house celebration of life for Marion Field McKenna on Saturday, April 26th, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., at our house, 110 Davis Street, Monroe. All are welcome.

We are grateful for your loving care and support during Marion’s long illness and death in January.

Hardin-Field-McKenna Families

Kentucky Derby Party

Saturday, May 3rd, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Activities:

“Derby Hat Competition” – Wear your craziest hat and you may win a prize.

“Winner Take All” – Make $1 donation and draw a horse’s name out of the pot.

Heavy snacks and finger food will be served so just bring yourself and have fun!

More details to come.

Parish Life Committee

Coffee Hour: Everyone enjoys the coffee hour every Sunday morning after the worship service. We need people to volunteer to host the coffee hour. Please sign up on the sheet provided on the table in 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
Acts 10:34-43
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
Colossians 3:1-4
Matthew 28:1-10

Bible Readings for Next Week
Acts 2:14a, 22-32
Psalm 16
1 Peter 1:3-9
John 20:19-31

St. Alban’s News

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

Birthday Blessings:
April 3 – Frank Reed
April 7 – Lalla Tanner
April 9 – Wilber Ward
April 11 – Joylou Mullis
April 15 – Marty Atkinson

Calendar of Upcoming Events
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
Saturday, May 3 – Kentucky Derby Party – 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Funeral Arrangements for Mel Burress – Monday, April 14, 12:30 p.m. at St. Martin in the Fields, 3110 Ashford-Dunwoody Road, Atlanta, GA, 30319.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Harry Burress and his family.

Priest Blurb
The Rev. Alan Hansen

This Sunday we begin Holy Week where we focus on the events surrounding the last week of Jesus’ life.  We begin with Palm Sunday and the Triumphal Entry when Jesus rides into Jerusalem on a donkey and the people sing “blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord.”

On Palm Sunday we read the Passion Narrative and recall the betrayal and eventual crucifixion of Christ, his brutal scourging and horrific death on the cross.

On Maundy Thursday we commemorate the institution of the Lord’s Supper or Eucharist.  Jesus redefines the Passover Meal and identifies Himself as the bread (by body) and wine (my blood) and commands us to “do this in remembrance of me.”  After supper He washes their feet.  We too will celebrate the Eucharist, give opportunity for those who wish to participate in the foot washing and then we will strip the altar.

Good Friday we will do the Stations of the Cross reminding us of the events that took place on that painful day and reflecting on His gracious and merciful act to “take our place” and bear our sins.  As you know, the cross is the central symbol of the church and of the faith.  This instrument of death has given us forgiveness and life.

Of course, we conclude with Easter Sunday.  Although Jesus died, He rose again!  The Easter acclamation “alleluia Christ has risen…the Lord has risen indeed!” has been proclaimed for over 2000 years.
I would encourage all of you to participate fully in these services and embrace the palms, the passion and the praise!

God’s Peace,
Fr. Alan

Thank You!!  We wish to thank everyone who helped set up, clean, and prepare the Wednesday evening suppers during Lent

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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Choir – Due to Maundy Thursday worship, choir practice will be on Wednesday, April 16, at 6:00 p.m.

Kentucky Derby Party
Saturday, May 3rd, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Activities:
“Derby Hat Competition” – Wear your craziest hat and you may win a prize.
“Winner Take All” – Make $1 donation and draw a horse’s name out of the pot.
Heavy snacks and finger food will be served so just bring yourself and have fun!
More details to come.
Parish Life Committee

Coffee Hour – Everyone enjoys the coffee hour every Sunday morning after the worship service.  We need people to volunteer to host the coffee hour.  Please sign up on the sheet provided on the table in 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
Matthew 21:1-11
Isaiah 50:4-9a
Psalm 31:9-16
Philippians 2:5-11
Matthew 26:14-27:66
Matthew 27:11-54

Bible Readings for Next Week
Acts 10:34-43
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
Colossians 3:1-4
Matthew 28:1-10

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

lent

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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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

lent

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

lent

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.

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


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