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.
Readings for This Week:
Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17
I Thessalonians 2:1-8
Readings for Next Week
Psalm 34:1-10, 22
I John 3:1-3
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.
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
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?
Operation Christmas Child–We 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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 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 email@example.com. 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!