The Messenger/July 7, 2017
In Our Prayers
Please pray for:
Blane; Phil Brassie; Trevor Harris; Bob Lindsey; Bobby Thomas; Robbie Thomas; Savannah Benton; John Cannon; Anne Carter; Edwina Johnson; Corby Brendle; Bill Pardue; Jeanne Aycock; Riley Tucker; Susan McDaniel; Robin; Gresford Smith & Family.
Please pray for our Vestry:
Marty Atkinson; Carole Bond; Libby Martin; Melissa Young; Marvin Gray; Judy Terry; Matthew Hardy.
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, our community and nation.
If you would like for us to pray for someone or something special, please fill out a prayer card, which is found on back of the pews. You can place the card in the offering plate or give it to an usher.
Readings for This Week:
Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67
Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30
Readings for Next Week:
Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
There is a time for everything, the Bible tells us. Except, there is no time for fear! Fear lowers the ceiling of possibility, shrinks our hearts and awakens our inner tyrants. Fear pits us against neighbors and decreases our dependence on God. Yet, people are fainting from fear all around us. They justify their fear by saying, “our times are uncertain.” They’re wrong! We live in difficult times, even challenging times, but we don’t live in uncertain times. Our times are not uncertain because God is certain! Our times are in God’s hands. And God is the “…same, yesterday and today and forever.”
July 8 – Coleton Sexton
July 11 – Ed Almand
Choir Rehearsals-The choir will rehearse at 9:20 a.m. on Sunday mornings rather than on Wednesday evenings throughout the summer. Regular Wednesday evening choir rehearsals will resume on Wednesday, August 9th, at 5:30 p.m.
If you would like to sing or play a solo during the Offertory this summer, please see Kristen Donaldson (Choirmaster).
Parish Building and Grounds Committee-The Parish Building and Grounds Committee recently met and brought the following request to the vestry at the July 5th meeting: The two ongoing needs for the parish, concerning the upkeep of the facility have been identified in order to save money in the future, are the purchase of a commercial type carpet cleaner, as the carpets are showing more and more soiling due to increase use of the church, and a replacement commercial exterior door for the mechanical room off the Narthex. In the past, we have had the carpets cleaned on an annual basis at a cost of $750. The committee’s research shows that a carpet cleaner can be acquired for less than $300, which will give us the ability to stay ahead of heavy soiling and only have a professional cleaning every third year. All exterior doors on the original parish building (circa 1954) have been replaced with the exception of the furnace room. It has begun to delaminate and has become a security liability. Unfortunately, it is an oversized model and is somewhat difficult to locate. The vestry suggested that a small campaign be started for contributions to be made to these causes in order not to exceed the annual budget for 2017 which has been stretched due to the A/C repair in the Parish Hall. If you feel inclined, please contribute to these needs by placing a separate donation in the offering plate (tagging it for either one of the projects). Thanks for your support, Marvin Gray, Jr. Warden
The Athens VA Clinic is seeking compassionate caregivers that would like to open their homes and their hearts to provide care to our veterans. If you would like to learn more about the VA Medical Foster Home Program, please contact Hallie Cheek, LCSW, at (706)945-9447 or Hallie.email@example.com.
FISH4Kids-FISH4Kids is in need of help in making and packing lunches for children in need throughout our county, Monday through Friday (9:30 am to 11:30 am). Tuesdays and Fridays are the days most needed, but any day, any time will be greatly appreciated. For more information, please contact Joylou Mullis (770-267-5830).
Appointments with Pat – Rev. Pat will be at St. Alban’s every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday. If you would like to meet with her, call the church office or contact here at 1-513-259-5117 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Bible Study-Every Wednesday, at 12 noon, Rev. Pat conducts a Bible Study. (The study is on the lessons for the coming Sunday.) We also enjoy lunch together (self-provided bag lunches). Please come and enjoy fellowship, study and worship.
Remember the Poor-Our Alms Box is located on the right side on the wall when you walk out of the sanctuary. Please remember the poor and give your spare change. Checks and bills are accepted also. Thank you!