The Messenger/May 6, 2016
In Our Prayers
Please pray for:
Blane; Phil Brassie; Trevor Harris; Bob Lindsey; Destiny; Bobby Thomas; Robbie Thomas; Savannah Benton; Pam; Wayne Bond; Steve; Jo Ann; Jennifer Arteaga; Rebecca Rogers; Olivia; John Cannon; Roger Chapman; Nancy Manley; Max Hoglen; Bill; Roy Roberts; Richard; Pat Broach.
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.
Readings for This Week
Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21
Readings for Next Week:
Acts 2:1-21 or Genesis 11:1-9
Psalm 104:25-35, 37
John 14:8-17, 25-27
Vestry Meeting Summary…
On Tuesday, our Vestry met and I would like to give you a brief summary of this meeting.
Financially, the Lord has blessed us and we have a surplus of over $10,000 year to date. Most of this surplus has come from the rental of our facility to the movie company in March as well as donations given in memory of Sue Henson; however, we are doing well with our pledges and offerings and are managing our expenses very close to budget. Thank you for your faithfulness and keep it UP!
Regarding the memorial gifts given in memory of Sue Henson, the vestry is looking into the purchase of a piano for the main church sanctuary. The piano we currently use is on loan to us from a parishioner and is not owned by St. Alban’s.
Other positive news has to do with the Priest-in-Charge Agreement. My contract, initiated in October of 2013, was for three years and therefore would end this October. Bob Emmons and I met with the Bishop’s office in March to discuss extending the agreement. We formally requested an 18 month extension and the Bishop has agreed to keep me at St. Alban’s through April of 2018.
As far as our facilities are concerned, the original front entrance to our church is being restored and the doors painted red. Most of the white trim around the doors had faded with chipped paint as well as a good bit of wood rot. The repairs will be completed shortly and it will be a significant improvement. Also, the red carpet runner in our nave is scheduled to be replaced in the near future.
We also will be participating in FISH4Kids outreach again this year. As you know, the lunch program offered by schools is not available to underprivileged youth during the summer months. FISH asks churches to sponsor children at $60 per child and they will receive a balanced lunch all summer long. We did this last year and details on how you can participate will be coming out in the newsletter and Sunday bulletins.
Our new website is up and running and you need to make a visit to check it out. It’s a significant improvement and you can see pictures from our events, view e-Newsletters, listen to sermons and find out what’s happening at St. Alban’s.
If you want more details or information on any of these areas, please feel free to talk with me or any of the Vestry.
St. Alban’s New Red Doors
Earlier this year, many parishioners realized how much in disrepair the front entrance to our church had become. Most of the wood work had been patched and covered up many times over during the 60 year plus history of our beautiful structure. When the vestry approved the funds to have the repairs performed, bids were taken and construction was started. Once the doors were removed, it was discovered how much dry rot had occurred behind the brass kick plates and was determined that the only way to reuse these historic doors was to patch them with a synthetic filler. Unfortunately, the product would not accept stain and exterior paint was the only viable top finish. In following theological symbolism of the Highland Street entrance, red was chosen to represent the Passion of Christ and the color of the Holy Spirit as reflective at the day of Pentecost. This new entrance now gives St. Alban’s an unique identity as the “Red Door Church of Monroe” and hopefully will appeal to many people looking for a church home to expand their journey of faith.
Adult Confirmation Class-This class taught by Fr. Alan is every Sunday from 11:30 am to 12:15 pm. For those wishing to receive the sacrament of Confirmation, this will fulfill the precondition requirements and you will be presented to Bishop Don Wimberley in June. This class will also be of great value to those “inquiring” about the Christian faith and the Episcopal Church.
Wednesday Night Study Group-Join us every Wednesday evening to study and discuss the Bible with Fr. Alan. We meet from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Childcare is provided.
FISH Needs…Volunteers are needed in the Ministry Office, Pantry, Medical Office and Dental Office. Contact: Deborah Atha – 678-635-7249 or 678-628-6288.
Summer Feeding Program
We are days away from the anticipated last day of school. Most kids are excited about a summer filled with family outings and great adventures, but here in Walton County we have close to 2,300 children who fear school being out due to the challenges of their environment, including having sufficient food.
FISH is gearing up for the 11th year of their FISH4Kids summer feeding project. They ask that we prayerfully consider sponsoring children. For $60, a child will be fed each weekday this summer and receive a hygiene kit.
Please pick up a card from the basket on the round table in the Narthex. Make checks payable to St. Alban’s Episcopal Church and drop it with the completed card in the offering plate or drop it off at the church office. Thank you!!
The Camp and Conference Center for the
Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta
237 Camp Mikell Road
Toccoa, GA 30577
Camp Mikell is holding its first Open House on Saturday, June 4, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. If you’ve never been to Mikell before this is an excellent opportunity to experience a real treasure of the Atlanta Episcopal Diocese. No RSVP is necessary! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Choir Practice is every Wednesday evening at 5:30 p.m. Please Join us!
MAY 7TH – 5 PM TO 7 PM
MAKE YOUR PLANS TO ATTEND!
Live Broadcast of the Race
Ladies’ Derby Hat Contest
$1 Draw for a Horse
Winner/s Take Entire Purse
Please bring finger foods and heavy snacks to share!
“The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports”