Saint Alban's Episcopal Church

Month: October 2017

The Messenger/October 27, 2017

In Our Prayers

Please pray for:

Lou Squyres; Blane; Phil Brassie; Trevor Harris; Bobby Thomas; Robbie Thomas; Savannah Benton; John Cannon; Anne Carter; Edwina Johnson; Bill Pardue; Jeanne Aycock; Marty Atkinson; Laura Guest; Drucilla Malcom; Riley Tucker; Mary Jane; Sara Allen; Kimberly Wilson; People affected by all the Hurricanes; People affected by the shooting in Las Vegas

Please pray for our Vestry:

Marty Atkinson; Carole Bond; Libby Martin; Melissa Young; Marvin Gray; Judy Terry; Matthew Hardy and Rev. Pat Merchant.

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.

Bible Readings

Readings for This Week:

Deuteronomy 34:1-12
Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17
I Thessalonians 2:1-8
Matthew 22:34-46

Readings for Next Week

Revelation 7:9-17
Psalm 34:1-10, 22
I John 3:1-3
Matthew 5:1-12

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Bishop’s Blurb

Inclined

Grace is the undeserved, unmerited, unearned, unpurchasable favor of God. God is inclined toward us. Grace is the effect of love. Grace is how God moves, beautifully, with agility, encompassing power and gentleness. Peace is the consequence of Grace. Peace is Shalom: a penetrating sense of well-being predicated on the fact that God is real, able, good and generous. Peace is not contingent on fleeting material or physical well-being. That’s why the bible talks about “peace that surpasses all understanding.” All of this is gift! I know why the caged bird sings…Grace and Peace.

Philippians 4:7

Stewardship Reflections-It was Saturday afternoon. I was taking a solitary walk in the historic area of Philadelphia when I encountered a handicapped beggar on the street. He was sitting with his legs sprawled. His tattered clothes and unkempt appearance repelled me. I tried to ignore him, hoping not be noticed. But that was not to be. He yelled out, “Sister, stop and talk to me!” I paused, knowing God was watching and waiting for my response.

I reluctantly approached him to look squarely in his face. As I bent down he grabbed a cross hanging around my neck and asked, “Are you a Christian?” Stunned, I replied “Yes.” I asked if he, too, was a Christian and he replied, “Oh yes, and let me tell you everything God has done for me.” What flowed out of his soul was a litany of blessings, healings, provision and gratitude for never being without the necessities of life. He then asked my name and for my prayers. I reciprocated. My tears welled up as the encounter drew to a close. I put money into his cup and said goodbye.

But he wasn’t finished with me. As I walked away he yelled out, “Mary, I love you!” I stopped dead in my tracks. This broken, gentle man was a messenger from God! It was as if God was directly speaking to me and saying, “Mary, can’t you see that I am the source, the giver of every good and necessary thing in your life? You have cried out many times asking for mercy and blessing and I have granted them to you. And above all, I love you.”

This profound encounter 17 years ago changed me. No longer do I give or serve out of obligation or duty, but out of a deep gratitude for God’s generosity. Giving of my life and my resources has become pure joy.

Mark 10:46-52 tells the story of Bartimaeus, a blind beggar who was not afraid to cry out to Jesus for mercy and healing. Nothing would stop him for asking for what he needed. Jesus heard his cry of faith and healed him. In return, Bartimaeus became a follower. Both Bartimaeus and the man I encountered were deeply aware of God’s mercy and provision in their lives and were so thankful.

Let us be bold and cry out to God when we are in need! For God’s other name is Giver. Our new name will be Thankful.

Reflections of Mary M. MacGregor, Canon for Evangelism and Congregation Development, Episcopal Diocese of Texas

Reflection Questions:

Recall a time you were deeply aware of God’s provision in your life?
How has God the Giver been exemplified in your life story?
Do you give out of obligation or thankfulness?

“Announcements”

Operation Christmas ChildWe are once again participating in Operation Christmas Child, a project that provides shoe boxes filled with everyday items to needy children around the world.

As we enter this Thanksgiving season, what better way to express our thanks for the many blessings God has given us than to pass on some blessings to a child in need? For very little money and time, we can help a child by filling a shoebox with those things that we tend to take for granted.

Shoeboxes and lists of items needed are available in the Parish Hall. Please return all filled boxes by Sunday, November 12th.

Singles Lunch Bunch-Not too old; Not too young; Just Single! Join us after the worship service on Sundays for lunch at the Cotton Café.

Please Bring Canned Goods-Please bring canned goods to the Church to decorate the altar for Thanksgiving before Wednesday, November 15. Please place the goods in the Chapel. We will take the food to FISH after the November 19 worship service. Thank you!

Remembering All Saints Who Have Gone Before Us-If you have a loved one or a special person who passed away within the last year and would like to have him/her remembered during the service on All Saints’ Sunday, November 5, please put his/her name(s) on the list provided in the Narthex. If you are unable to be here this Sunday, you can call the church office at 770-267-2893 or email the name(s) to: saintalbansmonroe@windstream.net. Next Sunday, November 5th, All Saints’ Sunday, we will have a guest priest. The Rev. Canon C. John Thompson-Quartey will be with us during the worship service. Rev. Canon Thompson-Quartey is the Canon for Ministry at the Atlanta Diocese.

Vestry Meeting-The next Vestry Meeting is Tuesday evening, November 7, at 5:30 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 Marty Atkinson, Marvin Gray, or Rev. Pat.

Adult Education Class-This Sunday will be the last adult education class for the year. Classes will resume in January.

Please read Chapter 7 of “Living The Questions”. It is only about 20 pages of easy reading and will give us much insight during our discussion on Sunday following coffee or Tuesday evening at 6:30.

Vestry Election 2018-At the end of 2017, two Vestry members, Melissa Young and Carole Bond, will rotate off the Vestry. We are asking for nominations of people to fill these two positions.

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 submit your nominations in writing to one of the Vestry members or to the church office. Nomination forms are available on the round table in the Narthex. Please return forms by January 1, 2018. The election will be held at the Annual Parish Meeting in January.

Tai Chi

Tai Chi for Arthritis Lessons with Bill Carter.
Wednesdays – 3:00 p.m.
Thursdays – 6:00 p.m.
$2.00 per person/per lesson

FISH is in need of the following;

Saturdays – November 4, 11, & 18 – Taking applications from 9 am to 3 pm at the Ministry Office at 700 S. Madison Ave. in Monroe from parents who need help with providing Christmas toys for their children this year. Need volunteers to take these applications.

Need volunteers to help serve and clean up at the Thanksgiving dinner for the less fortunate souls among us on Sunday, November 19, at 5:00 pm at the Lighthouse Church on Gene Bell Road Monroe.

Ministry office at 700 S. Madison Ave. in Monroe needs someone who can help answer phones and help make appointments for those who call who are in need. Hours are from 9 am to 5 pm. The food pantry needs volunteers who can help in the afternoons, from 1 pm to 5 pm, with food sorting, stocking, and general clean-up.

Both thrift stores, Monroe and Loganville, need volunteers every day to help sort, price, and display items that have been donated.

If you feel led to volunteer, please call Karen Hammond at 678-635-8943 or email her at volunteers@fishofwalton.org. You can also fill out an online volunteer application at www.fishofwalton.com/volunteer

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!

October, November 2017 Calendars

Lay Liturgical Schedule – 4th Quarter

The Messenger/October 20, 2017

In Our Prayers

Please pray for:

Lou Squyres; Blane; Phil Brassie; Trevor Harris; Bobby Thomas; Robbie Thomas; Savannah Benton; John Cannon; Anne Carter; Edwina Johnson; Bill Pardue; Jeanne Aycock; Marty Atkinson; Laura Guest; Drucilla Malcom; Riley Tucker; Mary Jane; Sara Allen; Kimberly Wilson; June King and Family; People affected by all the Hurricanes; People affected by the shooting in Las Vegas

Please pray for our Vestry:

Marty Atkinson; Carole Bond; Libby Martin; Melissa Young; Marvin Gray; Judy Terry; Matthew Hardy and Rev. Pat Merchant.

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.

Bible Readings

Readings for This Week:

Exodus 33:12-23
Psalm 99
I Thessalonians 1:1-10
Matthew 22:15-22

Readings for Next Week

Deuteronomy 34:1-12
Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17
I Thessalonians 2:1-8
Matthew 22:34-46

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Bishop’s Blurb

Darkness

Light is good and darkness is bad, right? Not always, according to God. “I’ll give you the treasures of darkness…,” God says. Nothing shiny here as we understand shiny. Dark time treasure reveals the truth. We see God clearer in the dark. The treasure of the darkness is adoption. In the dark we are chosen and surnamed by God. The treasure of the dark is learning we are not forsaken. Those who know the treasure of darkness are all around us. This peculiar treasure comes to us during the heartbreak, as pure unmerited gift.

Isaiah 45:3

Stewardship Reflections-Abraham cast Hagar and her baby into the desert with nothing but some bread and water. When those ran out, Hagar left Ishmael alone because she could not bear to watch him die. When baby Ishmael lost everything-parents, sustenance, shelter-he had nothing-but the God that saved him.

Ishmael’s polar opposite is Willy Loman in “The Death Of A Salesman.” Thomas Dumm describes
Willy as lonely, alienated, and trapped in the struggle to succeed by having. But the life of having is empty. “Getting and spending we lay waste our powers. Little we see in nature that is ours.” (Wordsworth)

Psychoanalyst Eric Fromm said that Western culture had promised us happiness through possessions, but that a life of getting, spending, and clutching had failed to deliver. It cuts us off from ourselves and reduces us to jumping through economic hoops. But we can live happily through participation in the dance of humanity. Fromm calls that “being.” We develop the capacity for being through letting go of possessions and connecting with each other.

Gabriel Marcel says the problem is treating the world as something we can watch, dominate, possess, manipulate. He calls that “having.” We can”have” our families as much as our homes. We stand one step removed from everything; using instead of celebrating.

Real life happens when we give ourselves away. It’s as vulnerable as baby Ishmael because it is engaged with others, participating rather than controlling. It’s surfing.

Jesus’ disciples left everything to follow him. Eventually, they asked, “Now what will we get in return?” Jesus said, “Whoever finds his life will lose it; but anyone who loses his life for my sake will find it.” The word translated as “life” is psyche. It means our core identity.

Communion is about plunging into a spontaneous flowing state of appreciation and gratitude. We place our gifts on God’s altar to represent all we have and all we are. Our gifts are blessed, broken, and shared with one another. It is the exchange of having for being. We give ourselves to God and open our hearts to life.

Meister Eckhart said, “The person who is full of things is empty of God; but the person who is empty of things is full of God.” He also said, “No one ever gave so much of himself away that he did not have more to give.”

Reflections of The Rt. Rev. Dan Edwards, the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Nevada

Reflection Questions:

How does “having” mark the habits and values of your life?
How do you practice “being” in the world rather than having?
How has God opened your heart?

“Announcements”

Operation Christmas ChildWe are once again participating in Operation Christmas Child, a project that provides shoe boxes filled with everyday items to needy children around the world.

As we enter this Thanksgiving season, what better way to express our thanks for the many blessings God has given us than to pass on some blessings to a child in need? For very little money and time, we can help a child by filling a shoebox with those things that we tend to take for granted.

Shoeboxes and lists of items needed are available in the Parish Hall. Please return all filled boxes by Sunday, November 12th.

Singles Lunch Bunch-Not too old; Not too young; Just Single! Join us after the worship service on Sundays for lunch at the Cotton Café.

Adult Education Class-Rev. Pat Merchant and Daniel Donaldson conduct an adult Bible study class every Sunday morning at 11:30 am and every Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. The book used in this study is “Living the Questions” by David M. Felten and Jeff Procter-Murphy. This study explores questions and answers about religion in the Bible that people are usually afraid to ask. It is “the wisdom of progressive Christianity.” Please join us this Sunday or Tuesday. We will be discussing the first two chapters of the book on Sunday. Please read Chapter 1-“An Invitation to Journey” and Chapter 2-“Taking the Bible Seriously”. It is only about 20 pages of easy reading and will give us much insight during our discussion.

Vestry Election 2018-At the end of 2017, two Vestry members, Melissa Young and Carole Bond, will rotate off the Vestry. We are asking for nominations of people to fill these two positions.

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 submit your nominations in writing to one of the Vestry members or to the church office. Nomination forms are available on the round table in the Narthex. Please return forms by January 1, 2018. The election will be held at the Annual Parish Meeting in January.

Tai Chi

Tai Chi for Arthritis Lessons with Bill Carter.
Wednesdays – 3:00 p.m.
Thursdays – 6:00 p.m.
$2.00 per person/per lesson

Reformation Day at Emory 2017-The 30th Reformation Day at Emory will be held on Thursday, October 26, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Kessler Reformation Collection and marking the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses. This year’s program explores the question, “Did the Reformation fail?” by inviting bishops from the Lutheran and Methodist Churches and an arch-bishop from the Catholic Church to share their perspectives and thinking with us.

Cost is $10 per person, registration is required by calling 404-727-6352.

The Richard C. Kessler Reformation Collection is a repository of rare and valuable documents produced in connection with the Protestant Reformation. The collection now contains more than 3,800 pieces written by Martin Luther, his colleagues, and his opponents, and printed during their lifetimes. The collection is housed in the Pitts Theology Library of Candler School of Theology.

For more information about the collection, contact:

M. Patrick Graham
Pitts Theology Library
Emory University
Atlanta, GA 30322
404-727-4165

Registration is now open for our 9th Annual Spirituality Conference!
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Holy Envy: Learning to Live with Religious Difference
A Day with The Rev. Dr. Barbara Brown Taylor

Fifty years ago, only international explorers, foreign missionaries, or soldiers deployed overseas encountered people of vastly different faiths. Now anyone with a computer can go on a virtual Hajj to Mecca or learn meditaiton from a Zen master online. Spirituaity has become as global as trade, raising all sorts of questions for people who never had cause to think about how many ways there are to approach the divine. What is a Chirstian to do? Barbara Taylor has some ideas, based on teaching world religions to college students over the past twenty years. Join us for an introduction to “holy envy” and a few other rules of religious understanding.

If you are not familiar with Barbara, she is a New York TIME best-selling author, college professor, and Episcopal priest. Her first memoir, Leaving Church, won a 2006 Author of the Year award from the Georgia Writers Association. Her last book, Learning to Walk in the Dark, was featured on the cover of TIME magazine. She has served on the faculty of Piedmont College since 1998 as the Buman Professor of Religion and has been a guest speaker at Emory, Duke, Princeton, and Yale, as well as a guest on SuperSoul Sunday with Oprah Winfrey. Taylor and her husband, Ed, live on a farm in the foothills of the Appalachians, sharing space with wild turkeys, red foxes, white-tailed deer and far too many chickens
.

This day-long conference will include lectures, discussion and question & answer. The cost is $65/person and includes lunch. For groups of 4 or more, the rate is $60/person, and the late registration (after October 22) price is $70/person. To register, go to

https://www.stphilipscathedral.org/

The location of the conference is the Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30305.

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!

October, November 2017 Calendars

Lay Liturgical Schedule – 4th Quarter

The Messenger/October 13, 2017

In Our Prayers

Please pray for:

Lou Squyres; Blane; Phil Brassie; Trevor Harris; Bobby Thomas; Robbie Thomas; Savannah Benton; John Cannon; Anne Carter; Edwina Johnson; Bill Pardue; Jeanne Aycock; Marty Atkinson; Lalla Tanner; Laura Guest; Drucilla Malcom; Riley Tucker; John King; People affected by all the Hurricanes; People affected by the shooting in Las Vegas; Family and Friends of Tommy Roberts

Please pray for our Vestry:

Marty Atkinson; Carole Bond; Libby Martin; Melissa Young; Marvin Gray; Judy Terry; Matthew Hardy and Rev. Pat Merchant.

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.

Bible Readings

Readings for This Week:

Exodus 32:1-14
Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23
Philippians 4:1-9
Matthew 22:1-14

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Bishop’s Blurb

Beside

You can feel the love in every chapter. Of all the places Paul visited, Philippi was where he felt the grace of people beside him. “Companions,” he calls them, “co-workers.” They inspire him. They care for him. They embody what he preaches and his preaching is emboldened by what he sees in them. But, it’s more than a feeling here. Paul sees they are beside him in aspirations. They share hope driven labor together. Maybe in part Paul tells us that “he can do all things through Christ who strengthens him,” because of the Christ in the people beside him.

Philippians 4:1-13

“Announcements”

Episcopal Relief and Development invites you to pray for and support communities devastated by the hurricanes. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria have impacted communities from Texas to Florida to Georgia and the Caribbean islands. To receive more information about relief and recovery efforts and to contribute, go to:
http://www.episcopalrelief.org/hurricane-harvey-response

Bishop Wright Designates October 15 Relief and Rebuild Sunday-The recent devastations of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have affected many people. As Christians, scriptures commend we ae to respond to the needs of others, not only through our prayers, but also through our generous financial support.

I am therefore designating Sunday, October 15th, “Relief and Rebuild Sunday” in the Diocese of Atlanta. This designation coincides with the Feast of St. Teresa of Avila, who said “Christ has no hands on earth but yours.”

I am appealing to all congregations to have a special collection at each service on October 15th to benefit hurricane victims. Checks may be made out to Diocese of Atlanta with a note: “Relief and Rebuild Sunday,” and we will send the total sum collected to Episcopal Relief and Development as our diocesan contribution to their relief efforts. I ask you in all sincerity, given the immense needs of so many, please be as generous as you can.

In the Name of Christ,

The Rt. Rev. Robert C. Wright
Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Adult Education Class-Rev. Pat Merchant and Daniel Donaldson conduct an adult Bible study class every Sunday morning at 11:30 am and every Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. The book used in this study is “Living the Questions” by David M. Felten and Jeff Procter-Murphy. This study explores questions and answers about religion in the Bible that people are usually afraid to ask. It is “the wisdom of progressive Christianity.” Please join us this Sunday or Tuesday. We will be discussing the first two chapters of the book on Sunday. Please read Chapter 1-“An Invitation to Journey” and Chapter 2-“Taking the Bible Seriously”. It is only about 20 pages of easy reading and will give us much insight during our discussion.

Tai Chi

Tai Chi for Arthritis Lessons with Bill Carter.
Wednesdays – 3:00 p.m.
Thursdays – 6:00 p.m.
$2.00 per person/per lesson

The Monroe Fall Festival is Saturday, October 14th, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. We will be cooking and giving away hotdogs in the church parking lot during the festival. We will also provide a hayride for the children and adults in attendance.

Reformation Day at Emory 2017-The 30th Reformation Day at Emory will be held on Thursday, October 26, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Kessler Reformation Collection and marking the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses. This year’s program explores the question, “Did the Reformation fail?” by inviting bishops from the Lutheran and Methodist Churches and an arch-bishop from the Catholic Church to share their perspectives and thinking with us.

Cost is $10 per person, registration is required by calling 404-727-6352.

The Richard C. Kessler Reformation Collection is a repository of rare and valuable documents produced in connection with the Protestant Reformation. The collection now contains more than 3,800 pieces written by Martin Luther, his colleagues, and his opponents, and printed during their lifetimes. The collection is housed in the Pitts Theology Library of Candler School of Theology.

For more information about the collection, contact:

M. Patrick Graham
Pitts Theology Library
Emory University
Atlanta, GA 30322
404-727-4165

Registration is now open for our 9th Annual Spirituality Conference!
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Holy Envy: Learning to Live with Religious Difference
A Day with The Rev. Dr. Barbara Brown Taylor

Fifty years ago, only international explorers, foreign missionaries, or soldiers deployed overseas encountered people of vastly different faiths. Now anyone with a computer can go on a virtual Hajj to Mecca or learn meditaiton from a Zen master online. Spirituaity has become as global as trade, raising all sorts of questions for people who never had cause to think about how many ways there are to approach the divine. What is a Chirstian to do? Barbara Taylor has some ideas, based on teaching world religions to college students over the past twenty years. Join us for an introduction to “holy envy” and a few other rules of religious understanding.

If you are not familiar with Barbara, she is a New York TIME best-selling author, college professor, and Episcopal priest. Her first memoir, Leaving Church, won a 2006 Author of the Year award from the Georgia Writers Association. Her last book, Learning to Walk in the Dark, was featured on the cover of TIME magazine. She has served on the faculty of Piedmont College since 1998 as the Buman Professor of Religion and has been a guest speaker at Emory, Duke, Princeton, and Yale, as well as a guest on SuperSoul Sunday with Oprah Winfrey. Taylor and her husband, Ed, live on a farm in the foothills of the Appalachians, sharing space with wild turkeys, red foxes, white-tailed deer and far too many chickens
.

This day-long conference will include lectures, discussion and question & answer. The cost is $65/person and includes lunch. For groups of 4 or more, the rate is $60/person, and the late registration (after October 22) price is $70/person. To register, go to

https://www.stphilipscathedral.org/

The location of the conference is the Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30305.

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!

October, November 2017 Calendars

Lay Liturgical Schedule – 4th Quarter

The Messenger/October 6, 2017

In Our Prayers

Please pray for:

Blane; Phil Brassie; Trevor Harris; Bobby Thomas; Robbie Thomas; Savannah Benton; John Cannon; Anne Carter; Edwina Johnson; Bill Pardue; Jeanne Aycock; Marty Atkinson; Lalla Tanner; Laura Guest; Drucilla Malcom; Riley Tucker; John King; People affected by all the Hurricanes; People affected by the shooting in Las Vegas; Family and Friends of Tommy Roberts

Please pray for our Vestry:

Marty Atkinson; Carole Bond; Libby Martin; Melissa Young; Marvin Gray; Judy Terry; Matthew Hardy and Rev. Pat Merchant.

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.

Bible Readings

Readings for This Week:

Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20
Psalm 19
Philippians 3:4b-14
Matthew 21:33-46

Readings for Next Week:

Exodus 32:1-14
Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23
Philippians 4:1-9
Matthew 22:1-14

_________________________________

“Announcements”

Vacation Announcement– Shirley Morgan will be on vacation next week, October 9 – 13. She will be back in the church office on Monday, October 16.

Rev. Pat will be in the office Tuesday next week, but will not be here Wednesday. She will be attending a clergy conference at the Diocese with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry.

Yard Sale/Bake Sale-Marvin Gray is organizing a Yard Sale / Bake Sale to be held at St. Alban’s on November 4. More details to come.

Episcopal Relief and Development invites you to pray for and support communities devastated by the hurricanes. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria have impacted communities from Texas to Florida to Georgia and the Caribbean islands. To receive more information about relief and recovery efforts and to contribute, go to:
http://www.episcopalrelief.org/hurricane-harvey-response

Bishop Wright Designates October 15 Relief and Rebuild Sunday-The recent devastations of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have affected many people. As Christians, scriptures commend we ae to respond to the needs of others, not only through our prayers, but also through our generous financial support.

I am therefore designating Sunday, October 15th, “Relief and Rebuild Sunday” in the Diocese of Atlanta. This designation coincides with the Feast of St. Teresa of Avila, who said “Christ has no hands on earth but yours.”

I am appealing to all congregations to have a special collection at each service on October 15th to benefit hurricane victims. Checks may be made out to Diocese of Atlanta with a note: “Relief and Rebuild Sunday,” and we will send the total sum collected to Episcopal Relief and Development as our diocesan contribution to their relief efforts. I ask you in all sincerity, given the immense needs of so many, please be as generous as you can.

In the Name of Christ,

The Rt. Rev. Robert C. Wright
Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Adult Education Class-Rev. Pat Merchant and Daniel Donaldson conduct an adult Bible study class every Sunday morning at 11:30 am and every Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. The book used in this study is “Living the Questions” by David M. Felten and Jeff Procter-Murphy. This study explores questions and answers about religion in the Bible that people are usually afraid to ask. It is “the wisdom of progressive Christianity.” Please join us this Sunday or Tuesday. We will be discussing the first two chapters of the book on Sunday. Please read Chapter 1-“An Invitation to Journey” and Chapter 2-“Taking the Bible Seriously”. It is only about 20 pages of easy reading and will give us much insight during our discussion.

Tai Chi

Tai Chi for Arthritis Lessons with Bill Carter.
Wednesdays – 3:00 p.m.
Thursdays – 6:00 p.m.
$2.00 per person/per lesson

The Monroe Fall Festival is Saturday, October 14th, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. We will be cooking and giving away hotdogs in the church parking lot during the festival. We will also provide a hayride for the children and adults in attendance.

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry to Visit the Diocese-Our Presiding Bishop, The Most Reverend Michael Curry, will visit the Diocese of Atlanta, October 11 – 13. As our Chief Evangelist, Bishop Curry will bring his passion for the Jesus Movement to Atlanta. The event below is open to the public:

Bishop Curry Keynote Address at Candler School of Theology-Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 7:00 p.m. – This event will include a keynote address by the Presiding Bishop on “Racial Realities and the Beloved Community.” There will also be a panel discussion at 7:45 p.m. including the Presiding Bishop Michael Curry; Bishop Wright from the Diocese of Atlanta; The Rev. Dr. Robert M. Franklin, Jr. from Candler School of Theology; and The Rev. Kim Jackson, Associate Rector at All Saints, Atlanta. This event is open to the public, with registration required by Oct. 9.

Location: Candler School of Theology at Emory University, 1531 Dickey Drive, Atlanta, GA 30322

“Being a Christian is not essentially about joining a church or being a nice person, but about following in the footsteps of Jesus, taking his teachings seriously, letting his Spirit take the lead in our lives, and in so doing helping to change the world from our nightmare into God’s dream.” Michael Curry, Crazy Christians: A Call to Follow Jesus

For more information and to register, visit https://connecting.episcopalatlanta.org/news/2017/8/10/presiding-bishop-michael-curry-to-visit-diocese-of-atlanta

If you are interested, notify Pat and maybe everyone can ride together in the church van.

Reformation Day at Emory 2017-The 30th Reformation Day at Emory will be held on Thursday, October 26, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Kessler Reformation Collection and marking the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses. This year’s program explores the question, “Did the Reformation fail?” by inviting bishops from the Lutheran and Methodist Churches and an arch-bishop from the Catholic Church to share their perspectives and thinking with us.

Cost is $10 per person, registration is required by calling 404-727-6352.

The Richard C. Kessler Reformation Collection is a repository of rare and valuable documents produced in connection with the Protestant Reformation. The collection now contains more than 3,800 pieces written by Martin Luther, his colleagues, and his opponents, and printed during their lifetimes. The collection is housed in the Pitts Theology Library of Candler School of Theology.

For more information about the collection, contact:

M. Patrick Graham
Pitts Theology Library
Emory University
Atlanta, GA 30322
404-727-4165

Registration is now open for our 9th Annual Spirituality Conference!
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Holy Envy: Learning to Live with Religious Difference
A Day with The Rev. Dr. Barbara Brown Taylor

Fifty years ago, only international explorers, foreign missionaries, or soldiers deployed overseas encountered people of vastly different faiths. Now anyone with a computer can go on a virtual Hajj to Mecca or learn meditaiton from a Zen master online. Spirituaity has become as global as trade, raising all sorts of questions for people who never had cause to think about how many ways there are to approach the divine. What is a Chirstian to do? Barbara Taylor has some ideas, based on teaching world religions to college students over the past twenty years. Join us for an introduction to “holy envy” and a few other rules of religious understanding.

If you are not familiar with Barbara, she is a New York TIME best-selling author, college professor, and Episcopal priest. Her first memoir, Leaving Church, won a 2006 Author of the Year award from the Georgia Writers Association. Her last book, Learning to Walk in the Dark, was featured on the cover of TIME magazine. She has served on the faculty of Piedmont College since 1998 as the Buman Professor of Religion and has been a guest speaker at Emory, Duke, Princeton, and Yale, as well as a guest on SuperSoul Sunday with Oprah Winfrey. Taylor and her husband, Ed, live on a farm in the foothills of the Appalachians, sharing space with wild turkeys, red foxes, white-tailed deer and far too many chickens
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This day-long conference will include lectures, discussion and question & answer. The cost is $65/person and includes lunch. For groups of 4 or more, the rate is $60/person, and the late registration (after October 22) price is $70/person. To register, go to

https://www.stphilipscathedral.org/

The location of the conference is the Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30305.

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!

October, November 2017 Calendars

Lay Liturgical Schedule-4th Quarter


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