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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.

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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:

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

St. Alban’s News/January 9, 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; Marilyn Guinn; Tim Holder; Tash Ramsey; Fr. Alan Hansen; Eddie & Family

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

Birthday Blessings:

January 14 – Mary Ann Lindsey

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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

Meals for Marion:

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.

Greetings all in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 My surgery has been successful and I am now in the early stages of rehab.  As all of you know this is very painful!  I am doing physical therapy three times a week at home through the end of the week.  After that I will continue physical therapy at an outpatient facility near my home for an additional 4 weeks.  By that time my knee should be fully functional and my mobility restored.  I hope to be back with you for the Annual Meeting on the 26th!

I want to thank all of you for your prayers and support through this difficult time.  I have received numerous cards and phone calls encouraging a quick recovery and prayers for my healing.  These are so appreciated by Teresa and I.

God’s Peace,

Fr. Alan

We will welcome The Rev. Doug Coil this Sunday, January 12, as our Supply Priest.  Rev. Coil will officiate the morning worship service in Fr. Alan’s absence.

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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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 – December 31, 2013 Operating Income
(Pledges + Plate Offerings + other operating income)

Projected:  $154,660.00     Actual:  $163,798.98      (Over) $9,138.98

Explanation:  Amount received for pledges is $109,518.30 which is $481.70 under the amount expected.  Amount received for plate offering is $26,128.02 which is $6,128.02 more than the amount expected.  Other operating income received (parish hall rental, restitution payments, donations, bank interest, etc.) is $28,152.66.

January 1 – December 31, 2013 Operating Expenses

 Projected:  $154,660.00     Actual:  $158,654.45      (Over) $3,994.45

 Positive Balance:       $5,144.53

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 This Week

Isaiah 42:1-9

Psalm 29

Acts 10:34-43

Matthew 3:13-17

Bible Readings for Next Week

Isaiah 49:1-7

Psalm 40:1-12

1 Corinthians 1:1-9

John 1:29-42

St. Alban’s News

PLEASE REMEMBER IN PRAYER: Bobby Thomas; Edna Pannell; Charles Henson; Marion Field McKenna; Sue Henson; Mel Burress; Jeanne Aycock; Jim Burgess; Stephanie Harris; Jaimie & Family; Marilyn Brooks; Gwen Ashby; Marilyn Guinn; Tim Holder; Jabbar Malcom; Tash Ramsey; Fr. Alan Hansen

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

December 29 – Robin & John Arnold

December 31 – Judy & Mallory Sander

December 27 – Dolphis Scott

December 30 – Mary Brandenburg

January 2 – Judy Sanders

January 3 – Robbie Thomas

There will be no Sunday school classes on December 29, January 5, and January 19.  Fr. Alan will not be here due to having knee surgery on December 27th.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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

NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Vestry Nominees – At the end of 2013, three Vestry members, Bob Emmons, Libby Martin, and Chris Sherlock, will rotate off the Vestry.  We are asking for nominations of people to fill these positions on the Vestry.  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 give your nominations to one of the Vestry Nominating Committee members, Libby Martin, Chris Sherlock, or Fr. Alan.  (Bob Emmons is eligible to be nominated because he is fulfilling an unexpired vacancy Vestry term.)  The committee will report to the next Vestry meeting in January. Any member of the Parish who meets the qualifications to hold the office of Vestry Member can be nominated as a candidate for the Vestry from the floor of the Annual Meeting also. Nomination forms will be in this Sunday’s bulletin.

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FISH always needs 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 January 5, 2014

Jeremiah 31:7-14

Psalm 84

Ephesians 1:3-6, 15-19a

Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23

December 13 Parish Newsletter

Welcome to St. Alban’s News

Please use the information in this newsletter to inform yourself and others about the happenings at St. Alban’s.

The Adult Sunday School is held every Sunday morning at 9:10 a.m. in the Parish Hall.   Please bring your Bibles!  The class is taught by Fr. Alan Hansen.

Prayers are requested for

Bobby Thomas; Edna Pannell; Charles Henson; Marion Field McKenna; Sue Henson; Becky; Mel Burress; Jeanne Aycock; Jim Burgess; Stephanie Harris; Jaimie & Family; Marilyn Brooks; Gwen Ashby; Marilyn Guinn; Tim Holder; Jabbar Malcom

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

Birthdays

December 13 – Carole Bond

December 19 – Robin Arnold

CALENDAR OF EVENTS 

Sunday – December 15 – Parish Christmas Party – 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday – December 24 – Christmas Eve Services – 5:00 p.m. & 11:00 p.m.

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

Please note that the early Christmas Eve Service will start at 5:00 p.m., instead of 4:00 p.m. as in previous years.  The candlelight service will be at 11:00 p.m. as usual.

A Message from the Priest-in-Charge, Rev. Alan Hansen

Remembering Christmas……

Over the course of our lives we have all received many Christmas presents.  Some are more memorable than others, but most of them have long been forgotten.  The beauty of Christmas is that we receive God’s gift to us.  The gift never wears out, doesn’t break, the gift is not forgotten or put away in a box or a drawer.  God’s gift is always with us.  We just remember to thank him in a special way every year.  My prayer for you is whatever you give to others for Christmas and whatever you receive will remind you of the ultimate gift, Jesus Christ.

God’s Peace,

Fr. Alan

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Investing in Our Future – 

To date we have received 28 Pledge Cards, which is a wonderful start to our 2014 Every Member Canvas.  As we prepare the budget for next year, we would like to hear from all our members.  If you have not yet responded, we look forward to hearing from you soon.

                                                – St. Alban’s Stewardship Committee

St. Alban’s Financial Report is now available. Please check Shirley’s email version of this newsletter for more information

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.

Vestry Nominees – At the end of 2013, three Vestry members, Bob Emmons, Libby Martin, and Chris Sherlock, will rotate off the Vestry.  We are asking for nominations of people to fill these positions on the Vestry.  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 give your nominations to one of the Vestry Nominating Committee members, Libby Martin, Chris Sherlock, or Fr. Alan.  (Bob Emmons is eligible to be nominated because he is fulfilling an unexpired vacancy Vestry term.)  The committee will report to the next Vestry meeting in January.

Any member of the Parish who meets the qualifications to hold the office of Vestry Member can be nominated as a candidate for the Vestry from the floor of the Annual Meeting also.

Nomination forms will be in this Sunday’s bulletin.

Music Director’s Note – Our choir will be Christmas caroling every Sunday in Advent.  We will leave the church at 11:30 a.m.  Everyone is welcome to join us!!

Upcoming caroling events schedule:

Sunday, December 15 – Dean & Anna Johnson’s House & Westbury Nursing Home in Conyers

Sunday, December 22 – Private Homes in Oxford and Covington

St. Alban’s Christmas Party

Sunday, December 15, 2013

5:30 p.m. – Parish Hall

Please join us for our annual Christmas Party this Sunday evening, December 15th, at 5:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall.  Please bring your favorite hors d’oeuvre.  Let us know if you will attend and what you will be bringing by signing the sheet provided on the round table in the Narthex. 

Piano Benefit Recital – Suzanne Roberts and her students are giving a Two Piano Benefit Recital on December 23rd at 5:00 p.m. at Bethel Baptist Church.  All donations will be given to a needy family.  For more information, please contact Suzanne at 770-267-2706 or rnroberts@mindspring.com.

St. Alban’s received 15 names of families or individuals in Walton County who won’t have a merry Christmas without a little help.  If you would like participate in a gift-giving service, please pick up one of the envelopes at the Church on Sunday.  The information or all the details will be provided as well.  If you have questions, please contact Brenda Cathey, Vestry Chair of Outreach, at 770-713-4698 or b_cathey@yahoo.com.

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.  

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 35:1-10

Psalm 146:4-9

James 5:7-10

Matthew 11:2-11

Bible Readings for Next Week

Isaiah 7:10-16

Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18

Romans 1:1-7

Matthew 1:18-25


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