The Messenger/September 30, 2016
In Our Prayers
Please pray for:
Blane; Phil Brassie; Trevor Harris; Bob Lindsey; Bobby Thomas; Robbie Thomas; Savannah Benton; Wayne Bond; John Cannon; Roy Roberts; Ed Almand; Steven; Ann Carter; Vida Broach; Eddie Farmer; Jerry; Harper McCrary; Taylor McGarity; Lanny Lesser; Paul Stallings; Mildred Evans; Clark Morris
Please pray for our Vestry:
Marty Atkinson; Carole Bond; Bob Emmons; Libby Martin; Mallory Sanders; Melissa Young.
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 an usher.
Bible Readings for October 2
II Timothy 1:1-14
Bible Readings for October 9
Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7
II Timothy 2:8-15
A Word to the Church for the World
We lament the stark joylessness that marks our present time. We decry angry political rhetoric which rages while fissures widen within society along racial, economic, educational, religious, cultural and generational lines. We refuse to look away as poverty, cruelty and war force families to become migrants enduring statelessness and demonization. We renounce the gun violence and drug addiction that steal lives and crush souls while others succumb to fear and cynicism, abandoning any sense of neighborliness. Yet, in all this, “we do not despair.” (2 Cor. 4:8) To this current crisis we bring our faith in Jesus. By God’s grace, we choose to see in this moment an urgent opportunity to follow Jesus into our fractured neighborhoods, the nation and the world. Every member of the church has been “called for a time such as this.” (Esther 4:14)
Welcome – We welcome The Rev. Doug Coil this Sunday, October 2, as our supply priest. Fr. Doug will be with us through the month of October. We are very blessed to have him with us.
Children’s Sunday School– Children’s Sunday School will officially start on Sunday, September 11, at 9:10 a.m. This year we are going to mix Sunday School with Kids Choir. Amarie Land, Jen Hardy, Kristin Carter, and Kristen Donaldson will be the teachers.
Coffee Hour Hosts Needed – Please sign up to host a Coffee Hour on the sheet provided on the counter in the parish hall lobby.
The Monroe Fall Festival is Saturday, October 8th, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. We will be cooking and giving away hot-dogs during the festival in the church parking lot. There will also be a FREE hayride for the children and adults.
Blessing of the Animals– In honor of St. Francis of Assisi, we will conduct a “Blessing of the Animals” Saturday, October 8th, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm in downtown Monroe during the Fall Festival. The blessing booth will be set up next to WAG’s display in the old courthouse area. Ask your friends as everyone is invited to bring their beloved animals, large and small, to be blessed at this community event.
Pet Wash– Following the Blessing of the Animals on Saturday, October 8th, our youth group will have a Pet Wash at St. Alban’s. Bring your pets to be blessed and bathed! The bathing will take place in the parish’s parking lot.
Vestry Meeting– The next Vestry Meeting is Tuesday evening, October 4, at 6:00 p.m. The meeting will take place in the conference room and is open to anyone who would like to attend and observe. If you would like to address the Vestry, please contact Bob Emmons or Mallory Sanders.
Please Note– Shirley Morgan will be on vacation October 10 through October 14. She will be back in the office Monday, October 17.
The FISH Ministry is in urgent need of a receptionist to answer the phones and direct calls on Mondays (9 am – 12 pm), Tuesdays (1 pm – 3 pm), Thursdays (9 am – 12 pm), and/or Thursdays (1 pm – 3 pm). If you are someone that is available, able, and would love be the hands and feet of Christ at the FISH Ministry, please contact Deborah Atha, FISH Volunteer Coordinator, at 678-635-8943 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
October Assistance– FISH is in need of someone to help load the FISH truck with items that are left from the consignment sale at the YMCA on Saturday, October 8th. If you are able to assist, please call Randy Watkins at 770-207-5601.
Choir Practice is every Wednesday evening at 5:30 p.m. Please join us!