In Our Prayers
Please pray for:
Blane; Phil Brassie; Trevor Harris; Bobby Thomas; Robbie Thomas; Savannah Benton; John Cannon; Anne Carter; Edwina Johnson; Bill Pardue; Jeanne Aycock; Mary Jane; Sara Ellen; Kimberly Wilson; Mike; Ryan Wilson; Jessica Braswell; Will
Please pray for our Vestry:
Marty Atkinson; Carole Bond; Libby Martin; Melissa Young; Marvin Gray; Judy Terry; Matthew Hardy and Rev. Pat Merchant.
A Message From Pat
Please come to church on Sunday! We are celebrating Commitment Sunday! The church has been beautifully decorated for Thanksgiving, and we will have a toasting celebration in the parish hall with Mimosas and
finger food and desserts.
Thanksgiving is a time of gathering with family and friends. A time to remember and give thanks for all our many blessings. We are people who have food and shelter, clothes and transportation. We benefit from technology and we are free to live our lives as we choose without fear.
Generosity is a spiritual gift. It is a letting go what we own to others to share and benefit. No one can make you generous. Generosity is a gift of those of us who have plenty. Jesus speaks often about money and generosity in the Gospels. We are loved unconditionally by our Savior, Jesus. This love is given with no cost and the promise of abundant life.
Please bring your pledge card or make a pledge while you are in church to sustain and help us to grow this coming year.
Lift up your hearts!
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:
I Thessalonians 5:1-11
Readings for Next Week
Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24
How might we challenge ourselves to love like Jesus in the days and months ahead? Two words, be proximate. Individually and collectively. That was Bryan Stevenson’s challenge to us some months ago. And that is what God did two millennia ago and ever since. Draw near! To love like Jesus is to reject separateness in the form of fear, indifference or contempt. To love like Jesus is to love how, what, and those that Jesus loved and loves. Remember, “the precondition to contact is vulnerability.” Another way to say that is, “For God so loved the world, God gave his Son.”
An excerpt from Bishop’s Wright’s Annual Council Address 2017
Stewardship-This Sunday, November 19, is Commitment Sunday. We ask that you please bring your pledge card to the worship service and place them in the collection plate. If you do not have a one, pledge cards are available on the round table in the Narthex.
Please bring a hors d’oeuvre or dessert for a celebration after the worship service.
November 20 – Chris Sherlock
November 22 – Louis Young
November 25 – Jim Sweeney
Community Thanksgiving Service-The Community Thanksgiving Service is this Sunday, November 19, at 6:00 p.m. at the Lighthouse World Outreach Center. Dinner will be served to over 400 invited F.I.S.H. guests starting at 5:00 p.m. Meal delivery to our “in-home” clients starts at 4:00 p.m.
Volunteers Needed! Come help prep meals, serve tables, or clean up following dinner and dessert. If you can, please report to the volunteer desk anytime between 3-4 pm and they will find a place for you to serve.
Everyone is invited to come out and celebrate the season of Thanksgiving with all our community partners and give thanks for all the blessings received this year. This year the celebratory theme is “The Heart of Community is Love.
Thank You!!!-Thank you for the great response to the “Operation Christmas Child” shoebox campaign. Also, thank you to everyone who brought in the canned goods to decorate our altar this Sunday. The food will be taken to F.I.S.H. after the worship service.
Attention-The church office will be closed next Thursday, November 23, and Friday, November 24, for Thanksgiving.
Advent Wreath Making Party-Join us after the worship service on Sunday, November 26, to make Advent Wreaths. Please bring greenery and cutters. The styrofoam and candles will be provided.
Secret Santa-You are invited to join us for a fun event during the next several weeks here at St. Alban’s. The Secret Santa program will begin November 27th during our Advent wreath making time. During that time you will be invited to submit your name as a participant. Before you leave that day, you will be given the name of another participant.
What do I do?
Pray for that person.
Send a note or card, anonymously.
Secretly get a small (under $10) gift, if you wish.
Do not reveal that you are the Secret Santa for that
When will it end?
January 6th at a bonfire party at the home of Roy and Mary Jane
Mallady. You will have the fun of revealing the name of your secret pal
We hope you will participate with us in this fun adventure. Who knows, as a congregation, what good and wonderful gifts will come to us just because we chose to participate!!
Questions? Call Marian Sweeney at 770-634-1130.
Date: Sunday, December 3, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: McDaniel-Tichenor House
319 McDaniel Street
Monroe, GA 30655
Hosted By: Fay & Stan Brassie
Carolyn & Wayne Pickeral
Please join us for our annual Christmas Party. Meat, mixers, and soft drinks will be provided. Please bring a festive side dish or dessert. Also, please sign the attendance sheet provided on the round table in the Narthex. Childcare will be provided at the church.
Directions: From the church, turn left on N. Broad St./
GA-11; Turn right onto McDaniel Street.
Christmas Concert-The Walton Choral Society Christmas Concert will be held on Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. in the sanctuary of Monroe First United Methodist Church, 400 S. Broad St. Admission is free!
Athens Symphony Orchestra
Saturday, December 9, 8:00 p.m.
The Classic Center Theatre
Kristen Donaldson and Marvin Gray would like to invite you to the Athens Symphony Orchestra and Chorus Christmas Concert. Marvin is willing to drive the church van and will secure 10 free tickets for the first 10 people who sign up to go. If you are interested in going, please sign the sheet provided in the narthex.
Advent Lessons and Carols-Sunday, December 10, 2017, 4:00 PM
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
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!