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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.

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 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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