Saint Alban's Episcopal Church

Month: September 2018

The Messenger/September 28, 2018

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord!
The Weekly E-Newsletter of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church    September 28, 2018
In Our Prayers
Please pray for:
Blane; Savannah Benton; Edwina Johnson; Jeanne Aycock; Laura Guest;
Bobby Thomas; Eddie Farmer; Ralph Ammerman; Don Lester; Barney Howard; Fay and Stan Brassie; Family & Friends of Tal Thompson; Family & Friends of Robert Hammond; Charles Goodman; Family & Friends of Audley Butler; Jeannette; Cheri; Ryleigh Corcoran; Faye; Eilijah; Pat; James Powers; Edward Leon Graham
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:
Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22
Psalm 124
James 5:13-20
Mark 9:38-50
Job 1:1; 2:1-10
Psalm 26
Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12
Mark 10:2-16
Pat’s View
Dearly Beloved,
Yesterday by 10 AM, I was set up with my computer to work on St. Alban’s business and watch the Senate’s Supreme Court Nomination Hearing at the same time. It did not take long for me to become totally distracted watching the hearing. How might there be two truths? The only other professional experience that I have is working in Battered Women’s Shelters…one also served rape victims. This experience followed three years at a Seminary that was 90% men students. The contrast between these two cultures could not have been much more extreme.
Perception of what is real to each of us is a true mystery. We may see the same movie at the same time and see two different stories. My take on the hearing yesterday was that Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh both told their truths. My bias is that I believed her more than him. In my opinion if he had admitted any culpability or mistake in his life, it would have made him more believable. He came across as very agitated and his anger frightened me. It reminded me why it is not safe to sometimes speak my truth, a woman’s truth.
I am left saddened and yet hopeful. The gender divide that I experienced as a young woman is different. Today, girls and women have education, opportunity and more choices. Men and women work together as colleagues. Women are being believed more.
My prayer is that we love and respect each other and that we have the courage to not have to be right all the time. I pray that we truly listen to each other.
Grace and peace from our Lord Jesus Christ,
Lovepat
Bishop’s Blurb
Plans
The church proclaims that “Christ is King.”  King of what?  One answer is king of plans.  “I know the plans I have for you,” God said to Jeremiah. “Plans for your welfare, not for your harm.  Plans with a future with hope.”

Whose plan for you is like God’s?  Whose plan is to be with you, for you and ahead of you all at the same time?  Whose plan takes lead and makes it into gold?  Whose plan for you guarantees that the worst thing won’t be the last thing?

The world can’t know nor can the church fully proclaim that Christ is King until He becomes the king of more of our lives.  Until we exchange more of our plans for His plan.

Christ has a plan for our lives.  A plan to reconcile our blessings and our blemishes.  His love is king and His throne is mercy.

This For Faith originally appeared on November 22, 2013

“Celebrations”
 
Happy Birthday!
 
September 30 – Diane Corcoran
September 30 – Ellis Warren
 
“Announcements” 
Church Breakfast
We have truly enjoyed the breakfasts which have been prepared for us in the past few months. Hopefully, enjoying breakfast together will continue on a monthly basis. If you are interested in preparing the breakfast one Sunday, please sign the sheet provided in the Narthex.
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Thank you!
We wish to thank Suzanne and Roy Roberts for hosting our Church Picnic at their farm last Sunday.  We also wish to thank Libby Martin and everyone who worked to make it a success!
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In honor of St. Francis of Assisi, we will have a “Blessing of the Animals”Saturday, October 6th, at 2:00 p.m.  Everyone is invited to bring their beloved animals, large and small, to be blessed by Rev. Pat.
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The Monroe Fall Festival is Saturday, October 13th, 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 have a hayride for the children.  
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Cathedral Book Store at St. Alban’s
Representatives from the Cathedral Book Store will be here at St. Alban’s on Sunday, October 14th.  They will bring various books (including children’s books), devotionals, and gift items for purchase.  The items will be on sale after the worship service in the parish hall.
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Art from “Art Works”- Art pieces from this last summer’s art class are available in the parish hall.  If you would like your or your child’s art piece(s), please pick it up this Sunday.
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New Church Directory – If your picture is not in the directory and you would like for it to be or if you are new to St. Alban’s, please send your picture to Shirley at saintalbansmonroe@windstream.net.  You can also stop by the church office and drop off a picture or Shirley can take your picture with her phone.  The directory will be printed within the next two weeks.
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Vestry Meeting – The next Vestry Meeting is Wednesday afternoon, October 3rd, 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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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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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:
               _____________________________________________________
   


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

Women’s Bible Study
The Women’s Bible Study is every Tuesdayafternoon at 1:30 p.m.  Please join Rev. Pat and an enthusiastic ladies group as the scripture is discussed using many references from the CEB Women’s Bible.

October & November Parish Calendars 2018

The Messenger/September 21, 2018

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord!
The Weekly E-Newsletter of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church    September 21, 2018
In Our Prayers
Please pray for:
Blane; Savannah Benton; Edwina Johnson; Jeanne Aycock; Laura Guest;
Bobby Thomas; Eddie Farmer; Ralph Ammerman; Don Lester; Michael Curry; Barney Howard; Fay and Stan Brassie; Family & Friends of Tal Thompson; Family & Friends of Robert Hammond; Charles Goodman; Family & Friends of Audley Butler; Jeannette; Cheri; Ryleigh Corcoran; Faye; Eilijah; Pat
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:
Proverbs 31:10-31
Psalm 1
James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a
Mark 9:30-37
Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22
Psalm 124
James 5:13-20
Mark 9:38-50
Bishop’s Blurb
Sturdy
He lost all his wealth.  His children were murdered.  His marriage was broken.  His friends were enemies.  In a desolate season of life Job said, “I know my Redeemer lives….”  It would have been easier for him to say: “I’m suffering.  All I know is pain.  I’m forsaken.  God is absent, deaf or dead.”

What do you say in the middle of life’s tragic seasons?  Can’t say I have been like Job every time.  But, I want to be.  How about you?  Every time God guides us through a difficult or tragic season we could pledge to have a more sturdy faith in the next difficult season.  God deserves that. The world needs that.  Jesus did that!

No better evangelism than someone suffering faithfully and publicly. Having been comforted, blessed and provided for in difficulty and desolation, we speak and “…celebrate the memorial of our redemption.”

Just like Job.

This For Faith originally appeared on November 8, 2013

“Celebrations”
 
Happy Birthday!
 
September 21 – Joyce Cox
 
“Announcements” 
Church Breakfast
We have truly enjoyed the breakfasts which have been prepared for us in the past few months. Hopefully, enjoying breakfast together will continue on a monthly basis. If you are interested in preparing the breakfast one Sunday, please sign the sheet provided in the Narthex.
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September 23, 2018
5:30 p.m.
Roberts’ Farm
54 Nunnally Farm Rd
Monroe, GA 30655
 


RAIN OR SHINE!
Please note the time change from 6:30 pm to 5:30 pm.
Please bring a covered dish. Meat and tea will be provided, otherwise BYOB. Come earlier if you would like to swim. Please sign the sheet provided on the round table in the Narthex if you plan to attend, and tell us what you will be bringing.
Directions:
From downtown Monroe, take W. Spring Street to the intersection of Hwy. 138. Turn left onto Hwy. 138. Go 3 ½ miles and turn left onto Nunnally Farms Road. Go a full 2 ¼ miles. You will pass the cabin, go through the gate, through the pasture, pass the barn, and arrive at the house.
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In honor of St. Francis of Assisi, we will have a “Blessing of the Animals”Saturday, October 6th, at 2:00 p.m.  Everyone is invited to bring their beloved animals, large and small, to be blessed by Rev. Pat.
_____________________________________________________

The Monroe Fall Festival is Saturday, October 13th, 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 have a hayride for the children.  
          __________________________________________________
Cathedral Book Store at St. Alban’s
Representatives from the Cathedral Book Store will be here at St. Alban’s on Sunday, October 14th.  They will bring various books (including children’s books), devotionals, and gift items for purchase.  The items will be on sale after the worship service in the parish hall.
             _____________________________________________________
Vestry Meeting – The next Vestry Meeting is Wednesday afternoon, October 3rd, 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.
             _____________________________________________________
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.
       ______________________________________________________
 
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:
               _____________________________________________________
   


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

Women’s Bible Study
The Women’s Bible Study is every Tuesdayafternoon at 1:30 p.m.  Please join Rev. Pat and an enthusiastic ladies group as the scripture is discussed using many references from the CEB Women’s Bible.

September & October 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
Sent by saintalbansmonroe@windstream.net in collaboration with
Constant Contact

October 2018 Activity Calendar

The Messenger/September 14, 2018

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord!
The Weekly E-Newsletter of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church     September 14, 2018
In Our Prayers
Please pray for:
Blane; Savannah Benton; Edwina Johnson; Jeanne Aycock; Laura Guest;
Bobby Thomas; Eddie Farmer; Ralph Ammerman; Don Lester; Michael Curry; Barney Howard; Fay and Stan Brassie; Family & Friends of Tal Thompson; Family & Friends of Robert Hammond; Charles Goodman; Family & Friends of Audley Butler; Jeannette; Cheri; Ryleigh Corcoran; Faye; Eilijah; Pat
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:
Proverbs 1:20-33
Psalm 19
James 3:1-12
Mark: 8:27-38
Proverbs 31:10-31
Psalm 1
James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a
Mark 9:30-37
Bishop’s Blurb
Connected

Jacob slept and dreamed.  He saw angels ascending and descending. Earth and heaven connected.  We in Georgia come from a long line of dreamers.  Oglethorpe dreamed of a Georgia with no slavery and no religious bigotry.  Dr. King dreamed of an America with prosperity for all.

Faith is to connect to and live out God-induced dreams.  “On earth as it is in heaven.”  Each of us can do it.  The connection is critical.  Worship! Vertical assurance for horizontal endurance.  Believers bear witness to the interrelatedness of God in daily life.

We know the benevolent invisible upholds the visible at all times and in all places.  Division is false. True reality is Oneness.  The alternative is individual ego and estrangement.  Ego cannot sustain us.  Jacob woke and said, “God is in this place and I did not know it.”  Ours is to wake, and know and live God’s dream.

This For Faith originally appeared on September 27, 2013

Pat’s Message
Dearly Beloved,
We have had three events involving many people we were caring for and the Bishop’s visit. Tal Thompson and John Robert Hammond both died too young.  Their families are reeling from shock and disbelief. I ask your prayers for their families in the days and months ahead.
I am very grateful to Shirley, for her patience and care as she devoted many extra hours to making bulletins, preparing readings, and making sure we were coordinating our efforts.  Thank you to the Altar Guild, for their faithful work, to Libby, Bob Hay, Carol, Judy Terry, Mallory, Marian and Jim, Ron and Joylou, Bob and Jody, Lou Squyres, Lou Young and  I know that I am forgetting every person who jumped in to help.
In the Hebrew Scripture, we hear many accounts of God’s action interpreted by major weather events. The obvious one is the great flood. This past week we have followed the path of Florence, this massive hurricane coming to the Carolinas, bringing historic amounts of flooding. Please pray for the safety of our fellow citizens who will experience loss, fear, and anxiety about their future.
I would like to ask your prayers for me. Since I turned 60, I have developed migraine headaches.  Yes, I see auras on occasion, the most debilitating part is the pain.  It comes in waves and can make me feel dizzy and disoriented. The medicine works for a time but when it wears off, often the pain is back.  These past weeks I have had many. Just when I think I am getting better, a day later I will be sick again. I have lost time from work and I am grateful for your patience with me.
Compassion means to suffer with someone.  Jesus is often quoted in the Gospels as having compassion for the people he encountered in his travels.  It is impossible to feel compassion for someone and not be drawn to them.
This Sunday at the end of the service we will have healing prayers at the rail.
Lift up your hearts,
lovepat
“Celebrations”
 
Happy Birthday!
 
September 14 – Jim Burgess
September 16 – Melissa Young
September 20 – Matthew Hardy
September 21 – Joyce Cox
 
“Announcements” 
Church Breakfast
Sunday, September 16, 9:00 am
 
Join us this Sunday before the worship service at 9:00 am for breakfast.  Amarie Warren, Pat & Chick Krautler, and Jessica will be preparing the breakfast.  Come and invite your family and friends!
If you would like to volunteer to prepare breakfast one Sunday, please sign the sheet provided in the Narthex.
        ______________________________________________________
 

 
 
September 23, 2018
5:30 p.m.
Roberts’ Farm
54 Nunnally Farm Rd
Monroe, GA 30655
 

 

RAIN OR SHINE!
Please note the time change from 6:30 pm to 5:30 pm.
Please bring a covered dish. Meat and tea will be provided, otherwise BYOB. Come earlier if you would like to swim. Please sign the sheet provided on the round table in the Narthex if you plan to attend, and tell us what you will be bringing.
Directions:
From downtown Monroe, take W. Spring Street to the intersection of Hwy. 138. Turn left onto Hwy. 138. Go 3 ½ miles and turn left onto Nunnally Farms Road. Go a full 2 ¼ miles. You will pass the cabin, go through the gate, through the pasture, pass the barn, and arrive at the house.
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In honor of St. Francis of Assisi, we will have a “Blessing of the Animals” Saturday, October 13th, at 12:00 p.m.  Everyone is invited to bring their beloved animals, large and small, to be blessed by Rev. Pat.
_____________________________________________________

The Monroe Fall Festival is Saturday, October 13th, 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 have a hayride for the children.  If you would like to help, please sign the sheet provided in the Narthex.
          __________________________________________________
Thank You!!! Stan Brassie and Bob Hay were here all day last Wednesday and Thursday with the filming crew of Queen Fur. They worked very hard helping the crew and cleaning up!
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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.
       ______________________________________________________
 
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:
               _____________________________________________________
   


Tai Chi Classes
Thursdays – 6:30 p.m.
Instructor – Bill Carter
$2.00 per Class
 
Women’s Bible Study
NEW TIME!! 
The Women’s Bible Study is every Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 p.m.  Please join Rev. Pat and an enthusiastic ladies group as the scripture is discussed using many references from the CEB Women’s Bible.
September & October Parish Calendars 2018
Lay Liturgical Schedule-Third Quarter 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
Sent by saintalbansmonroe@windstream.net in collaboration with
Constant Contact

Bishop Lambert’s Visit/Confirmations of Ryleigh Corcoran and Devine Wild

We were honored to have Rt. Rev. Paul Lambert with us at St. Alban’s for the September 9, 2018 worship service. Bishop Lambert delivered the sermon during his visit and also performed the confirmations of Ryleigh Corcoran and Devine Wild. What follows are pictures from the confirmation service as well as the reception for Bishop Lambert after the service. Many thanks to Nicole Richards and Riley Tucker for their help with the pictures!

 

The Messenger/September 7, 2018

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord!
The Weekly E-Newsletter of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church     September 7, 2018
In Our Prayers
Please pray for:
Blane; Savannah Benton; Edwina Johnson; Jeanne Aycock; Laura Guest;
Bobby Thomas; Eddie Farmer; Ralph Ammerman; Don Lester; Michael Curry; Barney Howard; Fay and Stan Brassie; Family & Friends of Tal Thompson; Family & Friends of Robert Hammond; Charles Goodman; Family & Friends of Audley Butler; Jeannette; Cheri; Ryleigh Corcoran; Faye
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:
Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23
Psalm 125
James 2:1-17
Mark 7:24-37
Proverbs 1:20-33
Psalm 19
James 3:1-12
Mark: 8:27-38
Bishop’s Blurb
For The Lost
I was born in a foundling home.  (That’s Catholic Church speak for orphanage.) That may be why I think a lot about Jesus’ three stories of being lost and found: a lost sheep, a lost coin and a lost man.

Each story tells of a God that risks all, won’t rest and who runs towards the lost. These stories must inspire us to reach out to people in Christ’s name.  Not as the spiritually smug, but as the thoroughly grateful for having been brought near and for no reason of our doing.

We hear too much in the Episcopal Church that “we don’t want to feel awkward or be like other denominations by sharing our faith.”  But, it’s not a matter of denomination.  The Bible, the Book of Common Prayer and our worship each Sunday put us in the world, with love for the lost.

This For Faith originally appeared on September 13, 2013

Pat’s Message
Dearly Beloved,
“What deadens us most to God’s presence within us, I think it is the inner dialogue that we are continuously engaged in with ourselves, the endless chatter of human thought. I suspect that there is nothing more crucial to true spiritual comfort than being able from time to time to stop that chatter, including the chatter of spoken prayer. If we choose to stop that chatter, including the chatter of spoken prayer, if we choose to seek the silence of the holy place, or to open ourselves to its seeking, I think there is no surer way than by keeping silent. God knows I am no good at it, but I keep trying and once or twice I have been lucky, graced.”
                                                                               Frederick Buechner, “Telling Secrets”
 
It has taken years for me to learn silent meditation. I love to talk, ask questions and know what other people are thinking. Waiting on silence and listening for God’s voice is much more difficult.  Anxiety often fuels my desire to have to talk. Silence is a slow but effective cure for anxiety. To just be without a screen, music or company is to stop your brain from chattering.
It is said that only a third of the population are introverts. People who get their energy from being alone are needed in our noisy lives.  Ask an introvert what is going on and their observations are often different from people like me. I have learned much from my friends who are introverted.
Jesus often left the crowds and went off to pray. To be alone and not have to answer the external demands that were constantly put on him. He was able to restore his balance and to listen to his Father. His practice is a good one for all of us.
See you Sunday!
Lift up your hearts,
lovepat
“Celebrations”
 
Happy Birthday!
 
September 12 – Jody Emmons
September 14 – Jim Burgess
 
“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 this Sunday, September 9th We will have members being confirmed 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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Altar Guild News – Marian Sweeney is the new Chairperson of the Altar Guild! Marian was appointed by Rev. Pat this past week. We wish her great success and fulfillment in her new position.
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Church Breakfast
Sunday, September 16, 9:00 am
 
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!
If you would like to volunteer to prepare breakfast one Sunday, please sign the sheet provided in the Narthex.
        ______________________________________________________
September 23, 2018
6:30 p.m.
Roberts’ Farm
54 Nunnally Farm Rd
Monroe, GA 30655
Please bring a covered dish. Meat and tea will be provided, otherwise BYOB. Come earlier if you would like to swim.   Please sign the sheet provided on the round table in the Narthex if you plan to attend, and tell us what you will be bringing.
Directions:
From downtown Monroe, take W. Spring Street to the intersection of Hwy. 138. Turn left onto Hwy. 138. Go 3 ½ miles and turn left onto Nunnally Farms Road. Go a full 2 ¼ miles. You will pass the cabin, go through the gate, through the pasture, pass the barn, and arrive at the house.
    _______________________________________________________
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.
       ______________________________________________________
 
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/
          _____________________________________________________
Tai Chi Classes
Thursdays – 6:30 p.m.
Instructor – Bill Carter
$2.00 per Class
 

Women’s Bible Study
The Women’s Bible Study will resume Tuesday evening, September 11th, at 6:30 p.m.  Please join Rev. Pat and an enthusiastic ladies group as the scripture is discussed using many references from the CEB Women’s Bible.

September & October Parish Calendar 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
Sent by saintalbansmonroe@windstream.net in collaboration with
Constant Contact

The Messenger/August 31, 2018

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord!
The Weekly E-Newsletter of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church     August 31, 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; Charles Goodman; Family & Friends of Audley Butler; Jeannette; Cheri
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:
Song of Solomon 2:8-13
Psalm 45:1-2, 7-10
James 1:17-27
Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23
Psalm 125
James 2:1-17
Mark 7:24-37
Bishop’s Blurb

To Bring Fire 

To bring fire is Jesus’ purpose statement in Luke 12:49. Purpose guides like the bright North Star in a black sky. Our purpose is uniquely ours. It’s our mature decision and commitment. It doesn’t come from parents or preachers. Purpose anchors us when chaos erupts. It helps us prioritize budgets and calendars. Purpose is the thing you are willing to trade the rest of your life for! Purpose work is honesty enfleshed and in motion.

What’s your purpose? There’s too much guilt, shame and obligation in the church! Jesus never guilted or shamed anyone into discipleship. He taught. He invited people to join him. He sought purposeful partnership with people. He also respected people when they said no.

If you’re willing, in one sentence, try to write out your purpose statement. That done, ask yourself: Where is the overlap with Jesus, and where is the conflict?

This For Faith originally appeared on August 16, 2013  

“Celebrations”
 
Happy Birthday!
 
September 1 – Mallory Sanders
 
“Announcements” 
Attention – The church office will be closed this MondaySeptember 3, in observance of Labor Day.
Have a Safe and Happy Labor Day Weekend!!
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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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Welcome! – This SundaySeptember 2nd, we welcome Rev. Beth Long 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 5th.
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Altar Guild News – Marian Sweeney is the new Chairperson of the Altar Guild!  Marian was appointed by Rev. Pat this past week. We wish her great success and fulfillment in her new position.
There will be a meeting of the Altar Guild this Wednesday morning, September 5th, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Alban’s.
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Many Thanks to Pat and Lou! – A great time was had by all that attended the “Bread of Life” celebration hosted by Pat and Lou at their home in DeKalb County last Sunday. Great conversation along with delicious food and drink were enjoyed by all present. Approximately 20 persons were in attendance at this most wonderful outing.
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Church Breakfast
Sunday, September 16, 9:00 am
 
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!
If you would like to volunteer to prepare breakfast one Sunday, please sign the sheet provided in the Narthex.
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September 23, 2018
6:30 p.m.
Roberts’ Farm
54 Nunnally Farm Rd
Monroe, GA 30655
Please bring a covered dish. Meat and tea will be provided, otherwise BYOB. Come earlier if you would like to swim.   Please sign the sheet provided on the round table in the Narthex if you plan to attend, and tell us what you will be bringing.
Directions:
From downtown Monroe, take W. Spring Street to the intersection of Hwy. 138. Turn left onto Hwy. 138. Go 3 ½ miles and turn left onto Nunnally Farms Road. Go a full 2 ¼ miles. You will pass the cabin, go through the gate, through the pasture, pass the barn, and arrive at the house.
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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 Wednesday afternoon, September 5th, 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 recently after 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
The Women’s Bible Study will resume Tuesday evening, September 11th, at 6:30 p.m.  Please join Rev. Pat and an enthusiastic ladies group as the scripture is discussed using many references from the CEB Women’s Bible.
September & October Parish Calendars 2018
St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 210 N. Broad St., Monroe, GA, 770-267-2893

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