Saint Alban's Episcopal Church

Month: August 2018

The Messenger/August 24, 2018

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord!
The Weekly E-Newsletter of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church     August 24, 2018
In Our Prayers
Please pray for:
Blane; Savannah Benton; John Cannon; Edwina Johnson; Jeanne Aycock;
Laura Guest; Bobby Thomas; Eddie Farmer; Ralph Ammerman; Don Lester;  Stephanie Ceraday; Nicole Richards; Most Rev. Michael Curry; Barney Howard; Fay and Stan Brassie; Family & Friends of Tal Thompson; Family & Friends of Robert Hammond
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: Readings for Next Week:
Psalm 84
Ephesians 6:10-20
John 6:56-69
Song of Solomon 2:8-13
Psalm 45:1-2, 7-10
James 1:17-27
Pat’s Corner
Dearly Beloved,
Lou and I are really looking forward to hosting everyone at our home Sunday afternoon. We made a trip to Costco yesterday and our house is getting cleaner by the moment!  Please dress in whatever you are most comfortable wearing. Come and relax on the porch and/or the living room.
On Labor Day week-end, Lou and I are going out of town for a few days. The Rev. Beth Long will be the Celebrant and preacher on September 2.  We will be using the Rite II form for Eucharist.
On Sunday, September 9, Bishop Lambert will be with us to celebrate Confirmation and Eucharist.
Can you believe that it is almost September?  It seems that just a week ago it was Memorial Day?
I hope you find rest and peace during this transitional time of the year.
Lift up your hearts!
lovepat
Bishop’s Blurb

How to be Christian with other faiths 

How are we to be-in a climate of relativism, amongst the spiritual-with nonbelievers and with believers of every stripe? St. Paul says, “Live a life worthy of your calling” (Ephesians 4:1).

God has met us through baptism into Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. By Jesus’ ministry we are in touch with the divine heart. This is our truth, and the center of our joy. No reason for rancor. We share our adoration for God listening carefully for God’s good news in others, whether they use our words or not. Jesus has “…sheep that are not of our fold” (John 10:16). So, we resist arrogance.

Jesus calls us to believe with integrity and love without distinction. That’s how he did it! Our certainty is: God is love, our understanding of truth is evolving and we are a human family.

This For Faith originally appeared on May 23, 2013  

“Celebrations”
 
Happy Birthday!
 
August 30 – Brian Jackson
September 1 – Mallory Sanders
 
“Announcements” 
The Bishop is coming!!! Bishop Paul E. Lambert is the retired Bishop of Texas and now supply Bishop for the Diocese of Atlanta serving while Bishop Wright is on sabbatical.  Bishop Lambert will be here Sunday, September 9thWe will have members being confirmed and received and we will celebrate the Eucharist.  Please come and support our newest members.
The word “Episcopal” means Bishop.  Our denominational name means that St. Alban’s is part of the Diocese of Atlanta and we are related one to the other.  Every year we support the Diocese with a pledge which comes from your budget. So please come and celebrate together.

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To celebrate “Bread Sunday” this SundayAugust 26, Lou and I invite you to an Open House at our home. If you would like to bring either bread or wine we will share the bounty. Please come at 4:00 p.m. and stay as long as you like.
We live in DeKalb County, off I-20.  It takes about an hour to drive from our house to St. Alban’s. If you are coming on I-20 West, you pass the I-285 exits and continue onto the Glenwood Avenue (after Flat Shoals) exit.  Proceed off the exit and turn left at the light.  Pass through the one traffic light and at the stop sign, turn right on Maynard Terrace Road. Go through one light and at the 2nd light turn right onto Hosea Williams Drive. Go through the next light and at the second light, turn left onto Warren Street. We live at 120 Warren Street, NE. Our house is green with a red door. You will have to park on the street or on Howard which runs parallel to Warren.  Hope you can come.  We will also arrange car pools from the church.
lovepat
 
SPECIAL TRANSPORTATION TO PAT AND LOU’S OPEN HOUSE:
The St. Alban’s van will depart the church parking at 3 pm this Sunday in order to arrive at the “Open House” by 4 pm. All that wish to ride please sign the list on the round table in the Narthex. We should be back in Monroe no later than 8 pm in order for all riding to make it safely home before dark.
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Dan Marineau is back with us this Sunday as our Organist/Choir Director. Dan has graciously agreed to be with us until his house sells or we find a permanent Organist/Choir Director. Thank you, Dan!
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Thank you Marian & Jim Sweeney, Melissa & Lou Young, Jody Emmons, and Mary Ann Lindsey for providing the delicious breakfast last Sunday morning!
Our next monthly Church Breakfast is Sunday, September 16th. Amarie Warren, Pat & Chick Krautler, and Jessica will be preparing the breakfast. Please plan to come and invite your family and friends!
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Supply Priest – Sunday, September 2nd, Rev. Beth Long will be with us as our supply priest.  Rev. Long has been with us before and we look forward to having her with us again.  Rev. Pat is taking a few days off and will be back September 4th.
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Diocesan Acolyte Festival
The Diocese of Atlanta with support from the MEG Chapter of the Vergers’ Guild will have an Acolyte Festival on October 27th at 9:00 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta. This event will include fun and engaging workshops and Acolyte Olympics: team building activities for acolytes of all ages. To register, go to www.episcopalatlanta.org; click the “Connecting News & Events” tab; scroll down to the Diocesan Acolyte Festival; click the registration tab.
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Vestry Meeting – The next Vestry Meeting is Tuesday evening, September 4th, at 4:30 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 Libby Martin, Stan Brassie, or Rev. Pat.

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Camp Mikell Folk School
Camp Mikell is once again having a “Folk” school Friday, October 19 through Sunday, October 21.  Classes available are Woodturning, Weaving, Painting, Photography, Soap Making, Beginner Stained Glass, and Independent Study. Information and registration forms are available in the Narthex.  Their website is: http://campmikell.com/mikell-folk-school/class-offerings/
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Tai Chi Classes
Thursdays – 6:30 p.m.
Instructor – Bill Carter
$2.00 per Class
 
Cub Scouts at St. Alban’s
Cub Scout Pack 726 raised the American Flag last Sundayafter repairing the flag pole following high wind damage. St. Alban’s is very honored to be sponsoring the pack as the new school year begins. The Pack will be meeting at the church and we encourage young men in the community to become a part of this great organization.

 

 

Women’s Bible Study
Bible Study from a female’s prospective meets every Tuesday evening at 6:30. Please join Rev. Pat and an enthusiastic ladies group as the scripture is discussed using many references from the CEB Women’s Bible.
August & September Calendars 2018
St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 210 N. Broad St., Monroe, GA, 770-267-2893

The Messenger/August 17, 2018

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord!
The Weekly E-Newsletter of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church     August 17, 2018
In Our Prayers
Please pray for:
Blane; Savannah Benton; John Cannon; Edwina Johnson; Jeanne Aycock;
Laura Guest; Bobby Thomas; Eddie Farmer; Ralph Ammerman; Max Hoglen; Don Lester; Sara Wesley; Stephanie Ceraday; Nicole Richards; the Young Family; Most Rev. Michael Curry; Barney Howard; Fay and Stan Brassie; Family & Friends of Tal Thompson; Family & Friends of Robert Hammond
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: Readings for Next Week:
I Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14
Psalm 111
Ephesians 5:15-20
John 6:51-58
Psalm 84
Ephesians 6:10-20
John 6:56-69
Special Request
What is your favorite HYMN?  Please let me or Shirley know. We have one more month of summer and I would truly love to include our favorites in the worship music for the season.
“O God, Our Help in Ages Past; A Mighty Fortress Is Our God; I Come to the
Garden Alone; Alleluia Sing to Jesus” are some suggestions.
We will make a list!
lovepat
Pat’s Corner
Dearly Beloved,
Years ago, I experienced an important learning.  I learned that I could not change or fix other people.  I could not change my family or my friends.  I began a practice of monitoring my critical mind to be aware of my own anxiety and my need for others to change.
To live a Christian life takes discipline and love.  We are encouraged by Jesus to continue to grow in love every day.  Love and care for ourselves and for others.  In a church community, we lean into each other and need the love of others to carry us through our suffering to the other side of darkness.  In our day to day living we need each other to share our daily lives. The frustrations and changes and the joy and laughter of daily life.
The best part of my work as a priest is when I am with people, when I see you during the week and Sunday‘s. Time slips past me and I forget my own problems.  I love to hear your stories. I am sad when you are sad especially at the time of death.  The death of a child, a spouse or of a friendship. Yes, there are many small deaths in our lives. Time changes everything.
I am reminded of this most clearly when children and youth return to school.  Each year is a moment to recognize that time moves forward.  The year that our daughter went to college I wept a lot.  I felt very sorry for myself.  She was ready to move on.  It became clear that life was moving forward.

So we each mark time differently, but we know that time does not stand still.  We are comforted by the words of Jesus loving us and by the constant presence of the Holy Spirit.

lovepat
Bishop’s Blurb
Sleeper, awake!

It’s easy to sleepwalk through life, school, marriage, work and retirement. This kind of life sleep is so insidious we can be asleep to the fact that we’re asleep!  We would go on sleeping if pain or calamity didn’t shake us and wake us.

Paul woke up the people of his community with this simple phrase, “Try to find out what is pleasing to the Lord.”  With this clear and gentle invitation he called people to look at life, as it is, with the light of Jesus’ words and teaching.

When we do this, if we do this, we wake up to three facts: We fall short. God is merciful.  Life is a gift.  In this light we now see light.  New possibilities-for ourselves and for things we touch-spring up.  We are the children of a bright morning, but we have to wake up first.                                          Ephesians 5:8-14

“Celebrations”
 
Happy Anniversary!
August 20 – Mary Jane & Roy Mallady
 
Happy Birthday!
 
August 22 – Pam McGarity 
 
“Announcements” 
Inquirers & Seekers Class

Sunday – August 19
11:30 a.m.
The Bishop is coming!!! Bishop Lambert is the retired Bishop of Texas and now supply Bishop for the Diocese of Atlanta serving while Bishop Wright is on sabbatical.  We will have members being confirmed and received and we will celebrate the Eucharist.  Please come and support our newest members.
The word “Episcopal” means Bishop.  Our denominational name means that St. Alban’s is part of the Diocese of Atlanta and we are related one to the other.  Every year we support the Diocese with a pledge which comes from your pledges.
So please come and celebrate together.

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Prayers for Healing
This Sunday, the 19th of August, after the Blessing at the end of the service, Pat will stay at the Altar to offer the laying on of hands for healing and anointing with chrism.  Chrism is oil blessed by the Bishop for the purpose of healing.  If you would like to receive this sacrament, please come back to the communion rail during the singing of the final hymn.
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The Women’s Bible Study Class will meet this Tuesday evening, August 21st at 6:30 p.m.
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Marian & Jim Sweeney, along with Melissa & Lou Young, Jody Emmons, and Mary Ann Lindsey, are preparing breakfast for everyone this Sunday morning, August 19, at 9:00 a.m.
T-shirt Sunday and a wonderful breakfast.  Please wear a T-shirt that makes you happy.      lovepat
 
Hopefully enjoying breakfast together will continue on a monthly basis.  If you would like to volunteer to prepare breakfast, please sign the sheet available in the Narthex!
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Welcome! This SundayAugust 19, we welcome David Singer as our substitute organist.  David has a degree in Sacred Music with organ concentration and has over 30 years of experience playing in churches.
Dan Marineau will be back with us August 26.  Dan has graciously agreed to be with us until his house sells or we find a permanent Organist/Choir Director.
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The next two Sundays the Gospel lesson will be from the 6th Chapter of John’s Gospel…or more affectionately known as the “Bread of Life” weeks. Sunday,August 26, Lou and I invite you to an Open House at our home to celebrate Bread Sundays.  If you would like to bring either bread or wine we will share the bounty. Please come at 4:00 p.m. and stay as long as you like.
We live in Atlanta, off I-20.  It takes us an hour to drive from our house to the church.  If you are coming on I-20 West, you pass the 285 exits and continue on to the Glenwood Avenue (after Flat Shoals) exit.  Proceed off the exit and at the light go left.  Pass through the next two lights and go right on Maynard Terrace Road.  Go on Maynard Terrace through one light and at the 2nd light…. Hosea Williams Drive.  Go through the next light and at the second light, turn left at Warren Street.  We live at 120 Warren Street, NE.  Our house is green with a red door.  You will have to park on the street or on Howard which is parallel to Warren.  Hope you can come.  We will also arrange car pools from the church.                                                                                                 – Pat
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Flag Raising – This SundayAugust 19, after the worship service, the Cub Scouts will raise our new United States of America flag. The scouts, along with several members of the church, repaired the flag pole in front of the church. Carole Bond donated a new flag in memory of her husband, Wayne.
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Camp Mikell Folk School
Camp Mikell is once again having a “Folk” school Friday, October 19 through Sunday, October 21.  Classes available are Woodturning, Weaving, Painting, Photography, Soap Making, Beginner Stained Glass, and Independent Study. Information and registration forms are available in the Narthex.  Their website is:http://campmikell.com/mikell-folk-school/class-offerings/
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Tai Chi Classes
Thursdays – 6:30 p.m.
Instructor – Bill Carter
$2.00 per Class
 
August, September Parish Calendars 2018
St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 210 N. Broad St., Monroe, GA, 770-267-2893
St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 655, 210 N. Broad Street, Monroe, GA 30655
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The Messenger/August 10, 2018

Please pray for:

Blane; Savannah Benton; John Cannon; Edwina Johnson; Jeanne Aycock;
Laura Guest; Bobby Thomas; Eddie Farmer; Ralph Ammerman; Max Hoglen; Don Lester; Sara Wesley; Stephanie Ceraday; Nicole Richards; the Young Family; Most Rev. Michael Curry; Barney Howard; Fay and Stan Brassie; Family & Friends of Tal 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 Samuel 18:5-9, 31-33
Psalm 130
Ephesians 4:25-5:2
John 6:35, 41-51

Readings for Next Week:

I Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14
Psalm 111
Ephesians 5:15-20
John 6:51-58

Special Request

What is your favorite HYMN? Please let me or Shirley know. We have one more month of summer and I would truly love to include our favorites in the worship music for the season.

“O God, Our Help in Ages Past; A Mighty Fortress Is Our God; I Come to the
Garden Alone; Alleluia Sing to Jesus” are some suggestions.

We will make a list!

lovepat

Pat’s Corner

Dearly Beloved,

Our hearts are broken at the death of Tal Thompson, son of Faye and Stan Brassie. In truth there are no words to describe this suffering. We pray that they will know and feel the healing power of Christ’s love. We are the body of Christ as we hear this month in Ephesians.

Jesus is the bread of life. Please pray for the Brassie Family and the Thompson family. They will need more than prayers in the days and months to come. They will need bread in the form of food, kindness shown in phone calls, listening, being present. This is our witness in the name of Jesus that love is stronger than death.

We are not people of the tomb. We are Easter people, and in the face of death we say “Alleluia, Alleluia.”

lovepat

Bishop’s Blurb

Test

Do you remember fire drills? Class interrupted. Walking quickly and quietly outside. It was a test for the principal, the teachers and the students. The building might burn, but we would be fine.

St. Paul said our work for Jesus will be tested, too. And by fire! Some people think that when fire of one sort or the other comes, that God has abandoned them. Fire as punishment. Others think that God sends particular kinds of fire down on us to test us. So we can be better Christians.

I find myself in a third group. My group knows that fire happens to all kinds of people. Into every life must come a little fire. And when fire comes we learn quickly what is precious and durable and what is made of inferior quality. Fire won’t burn our faith, but the heat will refine us. (1 Corinthians 3:11-15)

This For Faith originally appeared on February 21, 2014.

“Celebrations”

Happy Anniversary!

August 15 – Mary Ann & Bob Lindsey

Happy Birthday!

August 15 – Jeanne Aycock

“Announcements”

Inquirers & Seekers Class
Sundays – July 8 through August 19
11:30 a.m.

What does the Episcopal Church believe? Bring a prayer book and let’s learn more about our kind of Christianity. Do you know what the 2 most important sacraments are in our Church? Who is welcome at the Eucharist? Have you read our Catechism? See you soon, lovepat

Bishop Paul E. Lambert is filling in for Bishop Wright while Bishop Wright is on sabbatical at the Atlanta Diocese. Bishop Lambert will be here at St. Alban’s during the worship service on September 9th. Attending the Inquirers & Seekers Class will prepare you if you wish to be confirmed, received, or baptized by the bishop on that Sunday. Please contact Rev. Pat if you want to be confirmed, received, or baptized.
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Women’s Bible Study-The Women’s Bible Study Class will meet this Tuesday evening, August 14th, at 6:30 p.m.

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Breakfast at the Church-Marian & Jim Sweeney, along with Melissa & Lou Young, Jody Emmons, and Mary Ann Lindsey, are preparing breakfast for everyone on Sunday, August 19, at 9:00 a.m.

Do you have a favorite t-shirt? Please wear it! We will enjoy knowing new and maybe not so new information about each other. I already know of two shirts that I love. Most original? Funniest? Religious? (But of course.) – Pat

Hopefully enjoying breakfast together will continue on a monthly basis. If you would like to volunteer to prepare breakfast, please sign the sheet available in the Narthex!
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Open House-The next three Sundays, the Gospel lesson will be from the 6th Chapter of John’s Gospel…or more affectionately known as the “Bread of Life” weeks. Sunday, August 26, Lou and I invite you to an Open House at our home to celebrate Bread Sundays. If you would like to bring either bread or wine we will share the bounty. Please come at 4:00 p.m. and stay as long as you like.

We live in Atlanta, off I-20. It takes us an hour to drive from our house to the church. If you are coming on I-20 West, you pass the 285 exits and continue on to the Glenwood Avenue (after Flat Shoals) exit. Proceed off the exit and at the light go left. Pass through the next two lights and go right on Maynard Terrace Road. Go on Maynard Terrace through one light and at the 2nd light…. Hosea Williams Drive. Go through the next light and at the second light, turn left at Warren Street. We live at 120 Warren Street, NE. Our house is green with a red door. You will have to park on the street or on Howard which is parallel to Warren. Hope you can come. We will also arrange car pools from the church. – Pat
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Flag Raising – Next Sunday, August 19, after the worship service, the Cub Scouts will raise our new United States of America flag. The scouts, along with several members of the church, repaired the flag pole in front of the church. Carole Bond donated a new flag in memory of her husband, Wayne.

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Camp Mikell Folk School

Camp Mikell is once again having a “Folk” school Friday, October 19 through Sunday, October 21. Classes available are Woodturning, Weaving, Painting, Photography, Soap Making, Beginner Stained Glass, and Independent Study. Information and registration forms are available in the Narthex. Their website is: http://campmikell.com/mikell-folk-school/class-offerings/
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Tai Chi Classes

Thursdays – 6:30 p.m.
Instructor – Bill Carter
$2.00 per Class

August, September Parish Calendars 2018

Lay Liturgical Schedule-Third Quarter 2018

September 2018 Event Calendar

The Messenger/August 3, 2018

In Our Prayers

Please pray for:

Blane; Savannah Benton; John Cannon; Edwina Johnson; Jeanne Aycock; Laura Guest; Bobby Thomas; Monica Thomas; Eddie Farmer; Ralph Ammerman; Max Hoglen; Don Lester; Sara Wesley; Stephanie Ceraday; Nicole Richards; the Young Family; Most Rev. Michael Curry

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 Samuel 11:26-12:13a
Psalm 51:1-13
Ephesians 4:1-16
John 6:24-35

Readings for Next Week:

II Samuel 18:5-9, 31-33
Psalm130
Ephesians 4:25-5:2
John 6:35, 41-51

Special Request

What is your favorite HYMN? Please let me or Shirley know. We have one more month of summer and I would truly love to include our favorites in the worship music for the season.

“O God, Our Help in Ages Past; A Mighty Fortress Is Our God; I Come to the Garden Alone; Alleluia Sing to Jesus” are some suggestions.

We will make a list!

lovepat

Pat’s Corner

Dearly Beloved,

School is back in session for many families. What ever happened to Summer? It is still August and it will be warm a good two more months. Even if we don’t have children at home, the public schedule affects us. The traffic patterns are different, the stores have less customers during the day, and we begin to think about the Fall.

St. Alban’s is open almost everyday. We use air conditioning, the bathrooms work and the lights are on. Please remember to pay your pledge. We are low on cash.

We all need money. We need an income to pay our bills. We pay the Diocese every month a portion of our pledge. It once embarrassed me to talk about money. Not any more. As we come together as a community, we each take a share of our responsibility for the whole. The way we spend our money tells the story of our values. I lived for several years of my life below the poverty level. I worried about money a lot. I worried I couldn’t pay my bills and I worried about my daughter. We would pay off one bill and two seemed to replace it.

How much money we have or don’t have is not our worth. Our worth is incalculable in the eyes of God. Life is a precious gift. So should we love each other and respect each other.

This is not an easy calling. I don’t watch much TV anymore because it if filled with people who are always angry. I watch PBS and old movies. I find that if I am overexposed to anger and hatred, I start to feel agitated. My mind becomes filled with questions and the knowledge of the peace of Christ has left me.

Time is precious. Spending it on hoping for another person’s demise is wasted time. The more I focus on love and forgiveness I have my time filled.

Now, I have two clear eyes and I am very grateful for the cataract operation. I am grateful for Lou, and of course grateful for your concern and prayers.

lovepat

Bishop’s Blurb

Clay

Jeremiah heard a whisper from God: Go and watch the potter work the clay. See how he takes something flawed and spoiled and reworks it according to his good purpose. There’s a spectacular image for our best relationship to God! Malleable clay, on a spinning world, in the hands of a genius potter.

How’s your Christian formation going? Not just hearing the words of the Potter but allowing them to shape you, the marriage, the money, the response to fear, the response to neighbor. It’s worth it to ask: What categories of my life do I push the hands of the Maker away and say I know best?

But don’t stop at the question. Confess with the author of Proverbs that “the beginning of wisdom is awe and reverence of God and that the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” Glory to the Potter. Choose to be clay today.

This For Faith originally appeared on September 6, 2013

“Celebrations”

Happy Anniversary!

August 7 – Marty & Kirby Atkinson

Happy Birthday!

August 3 – Nicole Richards
August 5 – Jim Laird
August 5 – Missy Burns

“Announcements”

Inquirers & Seekers Class
Sundays – July 8 through August 19
11:30 a.m.

What does the Episcopal Church believe? Bring a prayer book and let’s learn more about our kind of Christianity. Do you know what the 2 most important sacraments are in our Church? Who is welcome at the Eucharist? Have you read our Catechism? See you soon, lovepat

Bishop Paul E. Lambert is filling in for Bishop Wright while Bishop Wright is on sabbatical at the Atlanta Diocese. Bishop Lambert will be here at St. Alban’s during the worship service on September 9th. Attending the Inquirers & Seekers Class will prepare you if you wish to be confirmed, received, or baptized by the bishop on that Sunday. Please contact Rev. Pat if you want to be confirmed, received, or baptized.
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We welcome Dan Marineau as our supply organist this Sunday, August 5th. Dan was with us for several years as our organist and choir director. We are very happy to have him back at St. Alban’s!
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Vestry Meeting – The next Vestry Meeting is this Tuesday evening, August 7, at 4:30 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 Libby Martin, Stan Brassie, or Rev. Pat.
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Women’s Bible Study-The Women’s Bible Study Class will meet this Tuesday evening, August 7th, at 6:30 p.m.

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Breakfast at the Church-Marian & Jim Sweeney and Melissa & Lou Young are preparing breakfast for everyone on Sunday, August 19, at 9:00 a.m.

Do you have a favorite t-shirt? Please wear it! We will enjoy knowing new and maybe not so new information about each other. I already know of two shirts that I love. Most original? Funniest? Religious? (But of course.) – Pat

Hopefully enjoying breakfast together will continue on a monthly basis. If you would like to volunteer to prepare breakfast, please sign the sheet available in the Narthex!
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Open House-The next four Sundays the Gospel lesson will be from the 6th Chapter of John’s Gospel…or more affectionately known as the “Bread of Life” weeks. Sunday, August 26, Lou and I invite you to an Open House at our home to celebrate Bread Sundays. If you would like to bring either bread or wine we will share the bounty. Please come at 4:00 p.m. and stay as long as you like.

We live in Atlanta, off I-20. It takes us an hour to drive from our house to the church. If you are coming on I-20 West, you pass the 285 exits and continue on to the Glenwood Avenue (after Flat Shoals) exit. Proceed off the exit and at the light go left. Pass through the next two lights and go right on Maynard Terrace Road. Go on Maynard Terrace through one light and at the 2nd light…. Hosea Williams Drive. Go through the next light and at the second light, turn left at Warren Street. We live at 120 Warren Street, NE. Our house is green with a red door. You will have to park on the street or on Howard which is parallel to Warren. Hope you can come. We will also arrange car pools from the church. – Pat

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Camp Mikell Folk School

Camp Mikell is once again having a “Folk” school Friday, October 19 through Sunday, October 21. Classes available are Woodturning, Weaving, Painting, Photography, Soap Making, Beginner Stained Glass, and Independent Study. Information and registration forms are available in the Narthex. Their website is: http://campmikell.com/mikell-folk-school/class-offerings/
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    Tai Chi Classes

Thursdays – 6:30 p.m.
Instructor – Bill Carter
$2.00 per Class

August, September Parish Calendars 2018

Lay Liturgical Schedule-Third Quarter 2018