Saint Alban's Episcopal Church

Month: February 2018

The Messenger/February 23, 2018

In Our Prayers

Please pray for:

Blane; Savannah Benton; John Cannon; Edwina Johnson; Jeanne Aycock; Bo Warren; Laura Guest; Bobby Thomas; Monica Thomas; Lou Squyres; Eddie; Alice Cotton; Ricky Pie; Jim Sweeney; Family and Friends of Anne Carter

Please pray for our Vestry and Clergy:

Marty Atkinson; Libby Martin; Marvin Gray; Judy Terry; Stan Brassie; Bob Emmons; Nicole Richards; 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:

Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16
Psalm 22:22-30
Romans 4:13-25
Mark 8:31-38

Readings for Next Week:

Exodus 20:1-17
Psalm 19
I Corinthians 1:18-25
John 2:13-22

Bishop’s Blurb

Action-ing

Is being born into a faith tradition enough? No! Sure, being a part of a family with faith is important. Sure, we learn from our tradition the meaning of faith. Still, ultimately, faith is about fidelity-the regular demonstration of loyalty. The action-ing of our lives based on who God is. We are children of Abraham, but what kind of children are we? Do we bear real resemblance to the man who trusted God with his direction, protection and provision? Lent is that season when we can refresh our faith by remembering and practicing faith in the real world.
Romans 4:13-25

“Celebrations”
Happy Birthday!
March 3 – Charles Henson

“Announcements”

Lenten Supper & Program
Tuesdays February 27 through March 20 6:00 p.m

Join us every Tuesday evening during Lent for a soup and sandwich supper and a program. We had a very nice evening last Tuesday with John Howard, Mayor of Monroe.  Hope Reese will be our speaker this week.  She is the Director of the Walton Center for the Arts.  We look forward to her being with us.

Speaker Schedule:

February 27 – Hope Reese, Director, Walton Center for the Arts

March 6 – Brian Krawczyk, Pastor, Grace at the Mill Church

March 13 – Rita Dickinson, Founder, Monroe Country Day School

March 20 – Vickie Gasaway, Director, Walton County Senior Center

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Community Lenten Services

February 28 – New Beginnings Bible Church
March 7 – First Presbyterian Church
March 14 – St. Anna’s Catholic Church
March 21 – First United Methodist Church

Service begins at 12:00 pm; lunch is served after the service.

Coming Soon African Team Ministries Products Sale-On Sundays, March 11th and 18th, beautiful products from African Team Ministries will be on sale in the Parish Hall. This ministry has been serving the churches in East Africa for more than 20 years. The proceeds from the handcrafted items make it possible to provide Drip Irrigation Kits for the families in the drought and famine areas.  ATM also resettles displaced people, supports orphans, provides AIDS education and prevention, and provides literacy training.

Church Yard Sale – Mark the date – April 14th! Please start gathering and saving items for this exciting event coming this spring!

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Bringing Faith Home
Revitalization of the Church Begins in the Home

The office of Congregation Vitality, the Commission of Christian Faith Formation of Atlanta, and Grace Episcopal Church present a exciting workshop…Bringing Faith Home: Revitalization of the Church Begins in the Home, at Grace Church on Saturday, March 3, from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm. Workshop participants will gain language and tools to nurture vibrant faith formation and help change attitudes about church from something we “do” to how we live. Learn how to:

Create bonds between church and home.
Elevate the role of home in formation and outreach.
Foster maturity of parishioners into the role of shepherd of souls.

Bringing Faith Home will be facilitated by The Rev. Dr. David Anderson, Co-Director at Milestones Ministry.  Anderson has written numerous books and articles on partnering home and congregation in faith formation. This workshop is open to anyone.  Cost is $20 at the door, which includes lunch.  Scholarships are available.  For more information, email Cheryl Kelley, ckelley@gracechurchgainesville.org . Grace Episcopal Church is located at 422 Brenau Ave., Gainesville, GA.

FEBRUARY & MARCH CALENDARS 2018

Lay Liturgical Schedule – 1st Quarter 2018

The Messenger/February 16, 2018

In Our Prayers

Please pray for:

Blane; Savannah Benton; John Cannon; Anne Carter; Edwina Johnson; Jeanne Aycock; Bo Warren; Laura Guest; Clyde Yancey & Family; Susan McDaniel; Bobby Thomas; Monica Thomas; Bill Carter; Lou Squyres; Eddie

Please pray for our Vestry and Clergy:

Marty Atkinson; Libby Martin; Marvin Gray; Judy Terry; Stan Brassie; Bob Emmons; Nicole Richards; 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:

Genesis 9:8-17
Psalm 25:1-9
I Peter 3:18-22
Mark 1:9-15

Readings for Next Week:

Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16
Psalm 22:22-30
Romans 4:13-25
Mark 8:31-38

Priest’s Letter

Dearly Beloved,

The first week in Lent is being marked by several important events.

This Sunday, Lent 1, we will share the pleasure of Dr. Kristen Donaldson as our guest soloist singing the Lord’s Prayer.

Tuesday evening, February 20, 6:00 pm, we will welcome our first Lenten speaker, the new Mayor of Monroe, John Howard. Please sign up for dinner.

Wednesday, at 12 noon, I will be the preacher at the first of the Lenten Mid-Day Services at Monroe First Baptist Church. Free lunch provided! If you are able, I hope you will come and support St. Alban’s.

Thank you to all who provided such a wonderful Pancake Dinner. The food and decorations were a big hit!

I hope that you will practice for yourself a specific Lenten discipline. A suggestion is to pray the Lord’s Prayer twice a day…thinking about what the words mean to you.

Hope to see you in Church this Sunday!

Love,

Pat

Bishop’s Blurb

Hearts: A message for Ash Wednesday

Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday should fall on the same day every year! After all, both are about the heart. Valentine’s Day gives us an occasion to show our heart to others. And, Ash Wednesday inaugurates a season to examine our hearts. Since we challenge ourselves to love like Jesus, we can take three steps over the next 40 days: examine the ways in which we presently love, identify opportunities to increase in love and ask God’s help going forward to radiate love in the real world. Neither Ash Wednesday nor Valentine’s Day promise any magic. Still, both give us an occasion to offer our
heart to the Heart of the Universe.

I invite you to the keeping of a holy Lent.

“Celebrations”

Happy Birthday!

February 20 – Anna Grace McGarity

“Announcements”

UGA Basketball – The church is planning an outing to attend a UGA Basketball Game if there is enough interest. Dates are Saturday afternoon, February 24th, or Wednesday evening, February 28th. If you are interested in either of those dates, let Stan Brassie (770-267-2681) or Shirley know by February 18th. Tickets are $15 each.

Lenten Supper & Program

Tuesdays
February 20 through March 20
6:00 p.m.

Join us every Tuesday evening during Lent for a soup and sandwich supper and a program.

We will have a different special guest speaker every week:

February 20 – John Howard, newly elected Mayor of Monroe
February 27 – Hope Reese, Director, Walton Center for the Arts
March 6 – Brian Krawczyk, Pastor, Grace at the Mill Church
March 13 – Rita Dickinson, Founder, Monroe Country Day School
March 20 – Vickie Gasaway, Director, Walton County Senior Center
Please volunteer to help provide the Lenten Suppers by signing up on the sheet provided in the Narthex.

Please note the time change from 5:30 pm to 6:00 pm.

Community Lenten Services

February 21 – First Baptist Church of Monroe
February 28 – New Beginnings Bible Church
March 7 – First Presbyterian Church
March 14 – St. Anna’s Catholic Church
March 21 – First United Methodist Church

Note: Rev. Pat will preach the sermon on February 21st at the First Baptist Church.

Service begins at 12:00 pm; lunch is served after the service.

Special Soloist – Kristen Donaldson will be here this Sunday, February 18, to sing “The Lord’s Prayer.” We are very excited to have her with us again!

Coming Soon
African Team Ministries
Products Sale

On Sundays, March 11th and 18th, beautiful products from African Team Ministries will be on sale in the Parish Hall. This ministry has been serving the churches in East Africa for more than 20 years. The proceeds from the handcrafted items make it possible to provide Drip Irrigation Kits for the families in the drought and famine areas. ATM also resettles displaced people, supports orphans, provides AIDS education and prevention, and provides literacy training.

Church Directory – An updated Church Directory is needed. If you would like your picture in the directory, please email your picture to the church office (saintalbansmonroe@windstream.net) or come by the church office and Shirley will be glad to take your picture with her cell phone. Photos will also be taken following worship service on Sundays.

Church Yard Sale – Mark the date – April 14th! Please start gathering and saving items for this exciting event coming this spring!

Bringing Faith Home
Revitalization of the Church Begins in the Home

The office of Congregation Vitality, the Commission of Christian Faith Formation of Atlanta, and Grace Episcopal Church present a exciting workshop…Bringing Faith Home: Revitalization of the Church Begins in the Home, at Grace Church on Saturday, March 3, from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm.

Workshop participants will gain language and tools to nurture vibrant faith formation and help change attitudes about church from something we “do” to how we live.

Learn how to:
Create bonds between church and home.
elevate the role of home in formation and outreach.
foster maturity of parishioners into the role of shepherd of souls.
Bringing Faith Home will be facilitated by The Rev. Dr. David Anderson, Co-Director at Milestones Ministry. Anderson has written numerous books and articles on partnering home and congregation in faith formation.

This workshop is open to anyone. Cost is $20 at the door, which includes lunch. Scholarships are available. For more information, email Cheryl Kelley, ckelley@gracechurchgainesville.org.

Grace Episcopal Church is located at 422 Brenau Ave., Gainesville.

FEBRUARY & MARCH CALENDARS 2018

Lay Liturgical Schedule – 1st Quarter 2018

The Messenger/February 9, 2018

In Our Prayers

 

Please pray for:

Blane; Savannah Benton; John Cannon; Anne Carter; Edwina Johnson; Jeanne Aycock; Bo Warren; Laura Guest; Clyde Yancey & Family; Susan McDaniel; Bobby Thomas; Monica Thomas; Bill Carter; Lou Squyres; Laura Thompson

 

Please pray for our Vestry and Clergy:

Marty Atkinson; Libby Martin; Marvin Gray; Judy Terry; Stan Brassie; Bob Emmons; Nicole Richards; 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:

II Kings 2:1-12
Psalm 50:1-6
II Corinthians 4:3-6
Mark 9:2-9

Readings for Next Week:

Genesis 9:8-17
Psalm 25:1-9
I Peter 3:18-22
Mark 1:9-15

 

Bishop’s Blurb

 

Air

The air is not where God lives. God is rooted in the world. Rooted in us and in all creation. Present in our challenges. Some want an “air” God. Having the properties of vapor. Ethereal. Vapid. An idea that caresses the imagination but demands nothing. Has no body. We are not those people. We are runners of a race. A race as old as Adam and Eve and as new as you and I. We fight for life abundant for ourselves and others. We wage war on everything that is not love. “We do not box with the air.”

1 Corinthians 9:24-27

 

“Celebrations”

Happy Birthday!

February 9 – Roy Mallady

February 9 – Shirley Morgan

 

“Announcements”

UGA Basketball – The church is planning an outing to attend a UGA Basketball Game if there is enough interest. Dates are Saturday afternoon, February 24th, or Wednesday evening, February 28th. If you are interested in either of those dates, let Stan Brassie (770-267-2681) or Shirley know by February 18th. Tickets are $15 each.

 

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner-Please plan to join us on Shrove Tuesday, February 13th, for our Annual Pancake Supper, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5.00 for adults, 5 tickets for $20.00. Children under 12 eat free! Invite your friends! Purchase your tickets this Sunday!

If you can possibly help with set-up, cooking, or clean-up, please be at the church at 4:00 p.m.

 

Ash Wednesday Services

February 14, 2018
12:00 pm – Rite I
7:00 pm – Rite II

 

Lenten Supper and Program

Tuesdays
February 20 through March 20
6:00 p.m.

Join us every Tuesday evening during Lent for a soup and sandwich supper and a program.

We will have a different special guest speaker every week:

February 20 – John Howard, newly elected Mayor of Monroe
February 27 – Hope Reese, Director, Walton Center for the Arts
March 6 – Brian Krawczyk, Pastor, Grace at the Mill Church
March 13 – Rita Dickinson, Founder, Monroe Country Day School
March 20 – Vickie Gasaway, Director, Walton County Senior Center
Please volunteer to help provide the Lenten Suppers by signing up on the sheet provided in the Narthex.

Please note the time change from 5:30 pm to 6:00 pm.

 

Community Lenten Services

February 21 – First Baptist Church of Monroe
February 28 – New Beginnings Bible Church
March 7 – First Presbyterian Church
March 14 – St. Anna’s Catholic Church
March 21 – First United Methodist Church

Note: Rev. Pat will preach the sermon on February 21st at the First Baptist Church.

Service begins at 12:00 pm; lunch is served after the service.

 

Vestry News-Congratulations to our new Vestry members, Bob Emmons and Nichole Richards!

Congratulations to our new Senior Warden for 2018, Libby Martin; our new Junior Warden, Stan Brassie, and our Treasurer, Mallory Sanders.

 

Church Directory – An updated Church Directory is needed. If you would like your picture in the directory, please email your picture to the church office (saintalbansmonroe@windstream.net) or come by the church office and Shirley will be glad to take your picture with her cell phone. Photos will also be taken following worship service on Sundays.

 

Tai Chi Class – Starting Wednesday, February 4th, and continuing for 3 weeks, the Tai Chi Class will begin at 1:00 p.m.

 

Church Yard Sale – Mark the date – April 14th! Please start gathering and saving items for this exciting event coming this spring!

 

A CASE FOR LIFE

Death Penalty Discussion and Book Signing

Hear first-hand perspectives from lawyers, a former Supreme Court justice, and faith leaders on the need to end the death penalty. Join Bishop Wright and special guests on February 15 for a discussion and book signing of A Case for Life: Justice, Mercy, and the Death Penalty.

Date: Thursday, February 15, 2018
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church
805 Mount Vernon Highway
Atlanta, GA 30327

 

Bringing Faith Home

Revitalization of the Church Begins in the Home

The office of Congregation Vitality, the Commission of Christian Faith Formation of Atlanta, and Grace Episcopal Church present a exciting workshop…Bringing Faith Home: Revitalization of the Church Begins in the Home, at Grace Church on Saturday, March 3, from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm.

Workshop participants will gain language and tools to nurture vibrant faith formation and help change attitudes about church from something we “do” to how we live.

Learn how to:
Create bonds between church and home.
elevate the role of home in formation and outreach.
foster maturity of parishioners into the role of shepherd of souls.
Bringing Faith Home will be facilitated by The Rev. Dr. David Anderson, Co-Director at Milestones Ministry. Anderson has written numerous books and articles on partnering home and congregation in faith formation.

This workshop is open to anyone. Cost is $20 at the door, which includes lunch. Scholarships are available. For more information, email Cheryl Kelley, ckelley@gracechurchgainesville.org.

Grace Episcopal Church is located at 422 Brenau Ave., Gainesville.

 

YOU ARE INVITED TO THE CELEBRATION OF THE LIFE
AND MINISTRY OF
Absalom Jones

(First African American Priest in the Episcopal Church)
Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing & Reconciliation
807 Fair Street
Atlanta, GA 30314

Sunday, February 11, 2018
Three O’clock in the Afternoon
A reception will follow the worship service

Somewhere we must come to see that HUMAN PROGRESS never rolls in on the wheels of inevitability. It comes through the tireless efforts and the persistent work of dedicated individuals who are willing to be CO-WORKERS WITH GOD. And without this HARD WORK, time itself becomes an ally of the primitive forces of social stagnation. So we must help time and realize that THE TIME IS ALWAYS RIPE TO DO RIGHT. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

FEBRUARY & MARCH CALENDARS 2018

 

Lay Liturgical Schedule – 1st Quarter 2018