Saint Alban's Episcopal Church

Author: CDSherlock

The Messenger/November 17, 2017

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

Dearly Beloved,

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!

Love,

Pat

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:

Judges 4:17
Psalm 123
I Thessalonians 5:1-11
Matthew 25:14-30

Readings for Next Week

Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24
Psalm 100
Ephesians 1:15-23
Matthew 25:31-46

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Bishop’s Blurb

Proximate

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.

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Celebrations

Happy Birthday

November 20 – Chris Sherlock
November 22 – Louis Young
November 25 – Jim Sweeney

“Announcements”

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?

1.

Pray for that person.

2.

Send a note or card, anonymously.

3.

Secretly get a small (under $10) gift, if you wish.

4.

Do not reveal that you are the Secret Santa for that
person.

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
partner!

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.

Christmas Party

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
and Chorus
Saturday, December 9, 8:00 p.m.
The Classic Center Theatre
Athens, GA

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

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!

October, November 2017 Calendars

Lay Liturgical Schedule – 4th Quarter

The Messenger/Novermber 3, 2017

In Our Prayers

Please pray for:

Lou Squyres; Blane; Phil Brassie; Trevor Harris; Bobby Thomas; Robbie Thomas; Savannah Benton; John Cannon; Anne Carter; Edwina Johnson; Bill Pardue; Jeanne Aycock; Laura Guest; Drucilla Malcom; Mary Jane; Sara Ellen; Kimberly Wilson; Mike; Daniel Donaldson; 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.

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:

Revelation 7:9-17
Psalm 34:1-10, 22
I John 3:1-3
Matthew 5:1-12

Readings for Next Week

Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25
Psalm 78:1-7
I Thessalonians 4:13-18
Matthew 25:1-13

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Bishop’s Blurb

Awe

“Awe is a way of being in rapport with the mystery of all reality. The awe we sense or ought to sense when standing in the presence of a human being is a moment of intuition for the likeness of God which is concealed in the person’s essence. The secret of every being is the divine care and concern that are invested in it. Something sacred is invested in every event. Awe is a sense for the reference everywhere to God who is beyond all things. Awe enables us to feel in the rush of the passing the stillness of the eternal.”

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, God in Search of Man, Pg. 294-295

Stewardship Reflections-When Jesus found out that his friend Lazarus was dead, he started his journey toward “unbinding” him. Jesus had been teaching and showing his followers the abundance of living in God’s realm. God gives life, not takes it. God releases resources, not buries them. God expects us to circulate and “flow” our gifts, not bind and restrict them. Perhaps Jesus was “greatly disturbed in spirit” because of the way the people around him. resisted his movement toward showing God’s abundance. First they declared Lazarus dead and buried him; there was no hope and there was nothing anyone could do. Then they blamed Jesus for his death: “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” When Jesus insisted that they take away the stone, they complained: “Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead four days.”

How often do we use the same techniques to resist giving and releasing our resources? We might say: How can we give when we are still grieving our loss? We blame it on the bad economy. Some of us blame God for not doing something to turn our economy around. In fear of losing more, we lock up our resources. And yet, we complain that it might smell really bad if we open it since we instinctively know that by stopping the flow of resources, they will decay and turn rotten. Resources are like water: When it doesn’t flow, it turns rotten and smells and becomes opportunities for destructive things to grow.

Jesus finally confronts us by naming the heart of the issue: “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?”

Do you believe in God the giver? Do you believe in the abundance that Jesus had shown us? Do you believe in the resurrection? When we believe in the abundance of God, we can have the courage to open and unbind our resources. In doing so, we join Jesus, with all the saints in the past and in the future, in becoming the extension of God the Giver causing resources to flow and rejuvenate our lives, communities and creation.

The Rev. Dr. Eric H.F. Law is the founder and executive director of the Kaleidoscope Institute for Competent Leadership in a Diverse Changing World based in Los Angeles, California.

Reflection Questions:

In what way do you resist giving and releasing your resources?
How has giving in the past opened your heart to God and others?
What steps might you take to “unbind” your spirit of generosity and abundance?

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Celebrations

Happy Birthday

November 11 – Victoria McDaniel

“Announcements”

Christmas Child Shoeboxes-Please return all filled shoe boxes by Sunday, November 12.

Singles Lunch Bunch-Not too old; Not too young; Just Single! Join us after the worship service on Sundays for lunch at the Cotton Café.

Please Bring Canned Goods-Please bring canned goods to the Church to decorate the altar for Thanksgiving before Wednesday, November 15. Please place the goods in the Chapel. We will take the food to FISH after the November 19 worship service. Thank you!

Welcome!-This Sunday, November 5, All Saints’ Sunday, we will have a guest priest. The Rev. Canon C. John Thompson-Quartey will be with us during the worship service.

Rev. Canon Thompson-Quartey is the Canon for Ministry at the Atlanta Diocese.

Vestry Meeting-The next Vestry Meeting is Tuesday evening, November 7, at 5:30 p.m. The meeting will take place in the conference room and is open to anyone who would like to attend and observe. If you would like to address the Vestry, please contact Marty Atkinson, Marvin Gray, or Rev. Pat.

Attention-Rev. Pat will not be here on Wednesday, November 8. She will be attending the Annual Council Meeting in Gainesville on November 10 and November 11, so she will just be here on Tuesday, November 7.

Flag Ceremony and Dedication-After the worship service Sunday, November 12, at 11:30 a.m., we will have a flag dedication and raising to commemorate the veterans.

We were presented with a flag that flew over Afghanistan by Richard Ward, Wilber and Nancy Ward’s son, several years ago as a thank you from the platoon that we had adopted. This is the flag that will be raised.

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.

Christmas Party

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.

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

Tai Chi for Arthritis Lessons with Bill Carter.
Wednesdays – 3:00 p.m.
Thursdays – 6:00 p.m.
$2.00 per person/per lesson

FISH is in need of the following;

Saturdays – November 4, 11, & 18 – Taking applications from 9 am to 3 pm at the Ministry Office at 700 S. Madison Ave. in Monroe from parents who need help with providing Christmas toys for their children this year. Need volunteers to take these applications.

Need volunteers to help serve and clean up at the Thanksgiving dinner for the less fortunate souls among us on Sunday, November 19, at 5:00 pm at the Lighthouse Church on Gene Bell Road Monroe.

Ministry office at 700 S. Madison Ave. in Monroe needs someone who can help answer phones and help make appointments for those who call who are in need. Hours are from 9 am to 5 pm. The food pantry needs volunteers who can help in the afternoons, from 1 pm to 5 pm, with food sorting, stocking, and general clean-up.

Both thrift stores, Monroe and Loganville, need volunteers every day to help sort, price, and display items that have been donated.

If you feel led to volunteer, please call Karen Hammond at 678-635-8943 or email her at volunteers@fishofwalton.org. You can also fill out an online volunteer application at www.fishofwalton.com/volunteer

Remember the Poor-Our Alms Box is located on the right side on the wall when you walk out of the sanctuary. Please remember the poor and give your spare change. Checks and bills are accepted also. Thank you!

October, November 2017 Calendars

Lay Liturgical Schedule – 4th Quarter

The Messenger/October 27, 2017

In Our Prayers

Please pray for:

Lou Squyres; Blane; Phil Brassie; Trevor Harris; Bobby Thomas; Robbie Thomas; Savannah Benton; John Cannon; Anne Carter; Edwina Johnson; Bill Pardue; Jeanne Aycock; Marty Atkinson; Laura Guest; Drucilla Malcom; Riley Tucker; Mary Jane; Sara Allen; Kimberly Wilson; People affected by all the Hurricanes; People affected by the shooting in Las Vegas

Please pray for our Vestry:

Marty Atkinson; Carole Bond; Libby Martin; Melissa Young; Marvin Gray; Judy Terry; Matthew Hardy and Rev. Pat Merchant.

St. Alban’s Intercessory Prayer Group – Every Tuesday morning at 11:00 a.m. you are invited to come and pray for the needs of our church, our people, our community and nation.

If you would like for us to pray for someone or something special, please fill out a prayer card, which is found on back of the pews. You can place the card in the offering plate or give it to an usher.

Bible Readings

Readings for This Week:

Deuteronomy 34:1-12
Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17
I Thessalonians 2:1-8
Matthew 22:34-46

Readings for Next Week

Revelation 7:9-17
Psalm 34:1-10, 22
I John 3:1-3
Matthew 5:1-12

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Bishop’s Blurb

Inclined

Grace is the undeserved, unmerited, unearned, unpurchasable favor of God. God is inclined toward us. Grace is the effect of love. Grace is how God moves, beautifully, with agility, encompassing power and gentleness. Peace is the consequence of Grace. Peace is Shalom: a penetrating sense of well-being predicated on the fact that God is real, able, good and generous. Peace is not contingent on fleeting material or physical well-being. That’s why the bible talks about “peace that surpasses all understanding.” All of this is gift! I know why the caged bird sings…Grace and Peace.

Philippians 4:7

Stewardship Reflections-It was Saturday afternoon. I was taking a solitary walk in the historic area of Philadelphia when I encountered a handicapped beggar on the street. He was sitting with his legs sprawled. His tattered clothes and unkempt appearance repelled me. I tried to ignore him, hoping not be noticed. But that was not to be. He yelled out, “Sister, stop and talk to me!” I paused, knowing God was watching and waiting for my response.

I reluctantly approached him to look squarely in his face. As I bent down he grabbed a cross hanging around my neck and asked, “Are you a Christian?” Stunned, I replied “Yes.” I asked if he, too, was a Christian and he replied, “Oh yes, and let me tell you everything God has done for me.” What flowed out of his soul was a litany of blessings, healings, provision and gratitude for never being without the necessities of life. He then asked my name and for my prayers. I reciprocated. My tears welled up as the encounter drew to a close. I put money into his cup and said goodbye.

But he wasn’t finished with me. As I walked away he yelled out, “Mary, I love you!” I stopped dead in my tracks. This broken, gentle man was a messenger from God! It was as if God was directly speaking to me and saying, “Mary, can’t you see that I am the source, the giver of every good and necessary thing in your life? You have cried out many times asking for mercy and blessing and I have granted them to you. And above all, I love you.”

This profound encounter 17 years ago changed me. No longer do I give or serve out of obligation or duty, but out of a deep gratitude for God’s generosity. Giving of my life and my resources has become pure joy.

Mark 10:46-52 tells the story of Bartimaeus, a blind beggar who was not afraid to cry out to Jesus for mercy and healing. Nothing would stop him for asking for what he needed. Jesus heard his cry of faith and healed him. In return, Bartimaeus became a follower. Both Bartimaeus and the man I encountered were deeply aware of God’s mercy and provision in their lives and were so thankful.

Let us be bold and cry out to God when we are in need! For God’s other name is Giver. Our new name will be Thankful.

Reflections of Mary M. MacGregor, Canon for Evangelism and Congregation Development, Episcopal Diocese of Texas

Reflection Questions:

Recall a time you were deeply aware of God’s provision in your life?
How has God the Giver been exemplified in your life story?
Do you give out of obligation or thankfulness?

“Announcements”

Operation Christmas ChildWe are once again participating in Operation Christmas Child, a project that provides shoe boxes filled with everyday items to needy children around the world.

As we enter this Thanksgiving season, what better way to express our thanks for the many blessings God has given us than to pass on some blessings to a child in need? For very little money and time, we can help a child by filling a shoebox with those things that we tend to take for granted.

Shoeboxes and lists of items needed are available in the Parish Hall. Please return all filled boxes by Sunday, November 12th.

Singles Lunch Bunch-Not too old; Not too young; Just Single! Join us after the worship service on Sundays for lunch at the Cotton Café.

Please Bring Canned Goods-Please bring canned goods to the Church to decorate the altar for Thanksgiving before Wednesday, November 15. Please place the goods in the Chapel. We will take the food to FISH after the November 19 worship service. Thank you!

Remembering All Saints Who Have Gone Before Us-If you have a loved one or a special person who passed away within the last year and would like to have him/her remembered during the service on All Saints’ Sunday, November 5, please put his/her name(s) on the list provided in the Narthex. If you are unable to be here this Sunday, you can call the church office at 770-267-2893 or email the name(s) to: saintalbansmonroe@windstream.net. Next Sunday, November 5th, All Saints’ Sunday, we will have a guest priest. The Rev. Canon C. John Thompson-Quartey will be with us during the worship service. Rev. Canon Thompson-Quartey is the Canon for Ministry at the Atlanta Diocese.

Vestry Meeting-The next Vestry Meeting is Tuesday evening, November 7, at 5:30 p.m. The meeting will take place in the conference room and is open to anyone who would like to attend and observe. If you would like to address the Vestry, please contact Marty Atkinson, Marvin Gray, or Rev. Pat.

Adult Education Class-This Sunday will be the last adult education class for the year. Classes will resume in January.

Please read Chapter 7 of “Living The Questions”. It is only about 20 pages of easy reading and will give us much insight during our discussion on Sunday following coffee or Tuesday evening at 6:30.

Vestry Election 2018-At the end of 2017, two Vestry members, Melissa Young and Carole Bond, will rotate off the Vestry. We are asking for nominations of people to fill these two positions.

Qualifications are as follows:

1) Confirmed communicant in good standing of the Parish.

2) Not less than eighteen (18) years of age.

3) Regular attendant upon the services in the year preceding election.

4) Known by the treasurer to have made and maintained a stated financial commitment for church support in the year preceding election.

Please submit your nominations in writing to one of the Vestry members or to the church office. Nomination forms are available on the round table in the Narthex. Please return forms by January 1, 2018. The election will be held at the Annual Parish Meeting in January.

Tai Chi

Tai Chi for Arthritis Lessons with Bill Carter.
Wednesdays – 3:00 p.m.
Thursdays – 6:00 p.m.
$2.00 per person/per lesson

FISH is in need of the following;

Saturdays – November 4, 11, & 18 – Taking applications from 9 am to 3 pm at the Ministry Office at 700 S. Madison Ave. in Monroe from parents who need help with providing Christmas toys for their children this year. Need volunteers to take these applications.

Need volunteers to help serve and clean up at the Thanksgiving dinner for the less fortunate souls among us on Sunday, November 19, at 5:00 pm at the Lighthouse Church on Gene Bell Road Monroe.

Ministry office at 700 S. Madison Ave. in Monroe needs someone who can help answer phones and help make appointments for those who call who are in need. Hours are from 9 am to 5 pm. The food pantry needs volunteers who can help in the afternoons, from 1 pm to 5 pm, with food sorting, stocking, and general clean-up.

Both thrift stores, Monroe and Loganville, need volunteers every day to help sort, price, and display items that have been donated.

If you feel led to volunteer, please call Karen Hammond at 678-635-8943 or email her at volunteers@fishofwalton.org. You can also fill out an online volunteer application at www.fishofwalton.com/volunteer

Remember the Poor-Our Alms Box is located on the right side on the wall when you walk out of the sanctuary. Please remember the poor and give your spare change. Checks and bills are accepted also. Thank you!

October, November 2017 Calendars

Lay Liturgical Schedule – 4th Quarter

The Messenger/October 20, 2017

In Our Prayers

Please pray for:

Lou Squyres; Blane; Phil Brassie; Trevor Harris; Bobby Thomas; Robbie Thomas; Savannah Benton; John Cannon; Anne Carter; Edwina Johnson; Bill Pardue; Jeanne Aycock; Marty Atkinson; Laura Guest; Drucilla Malcom; Riley Tucker; Mary Jane; Sara Allen; Kimberly Wilson; June King and Family; People affected by all the Hurricanes; People affected by the shooting in Las Vegas

Please pray for our Vestry:

Marty Atkinson; Carole Bond; Libby Martin; Melissa Young; Marvin Gray; Judy Terry; Matthew Hardy and Rev. Pat Merchant.

St. Alban’s Intercessory Prayer Group – Every Tuesday morning at 11:00 a.m. you are invited to come and pray for the needs of our church, our people, our community and nation.

If you would like for us to pray for someone or something special, please fill out a prayer card, which is found on back of the pews. You can place the card in the offering plate or give it to an usher.

Bible Readings

Readings for This Week:

Exodus 33:12-23
Psalm 99
I Thessalonians 1:1-10
Matthew 22:15-22

Readings for Next Week

Deuteronomy 34:1-12
Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17
I Thessalonians 2:1-8
Matthew 22:34-46

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Bishop’s Blurb

Darkness

Light is good and darkness is bad, right? Not always, according to God. “I’ll give you the treasures of darkness…,” God says. Nothing shiny here as we understand shiny. Dark time treasure reveals the truth. We see God clearer in the dark. The treasure of the darkness is adoption. In the dark we are chosen and surnamed by God. The treasure of the dark is learning we are not forsaken. Those who know the treasure of darkness are all around us. This peculiar treasure comes to us during the heartbreak, as pure unmerited gift.

Isaiah 45:3

Stewardship Reflections-Abraham cast Hagar and her baby into the desert with nothing but some bread and water. When those ran out, Hagar left Ishmael alone because she could not bear to watch him die. When baby Ishmael lost everything-parents, sustenance, shelter-he had nothing-but the God that saved him.

Ishmael’s polar opposite is Willy Loman in “The Death Of A Salesman.” Thomas Dumm describes
Willy as lonely, alienated, and trapped in the struggle to succeed by having. But the life of having is empty. “Getting and spending we lay waste our powers. Little we see in nature that is ours.” (Wordsworth)

Psychoanalyst Eric Fromm said that Western culture had promised us happiness through possessions, but that a life of getting, spending, and clutching had failed to deliver. It cuts us off from ourselves and reduces us to jumping through economic hoops. But we can live happily through participation in the dance of humanity. Fromm calls that “being.” We develop the capacity for being through letting go of possessions and connecting with each other.

Gabriel Marcel says the problem is treating the world as something we can watch, dominate, possess, manipulate. He calls that “having.” We can”have” our families as much as our homes. We stand one step removed from everything; using instead of celebrating.

Real life happens when we give ourselves away. It’s as vulnerable as baby Ishmael because it is engaged with others, participating rather than controlling. It’s surfing.

Jesus’ disciples left everything to follow him. Eventually, they asked, “Now what will we get in return?” Jesus said, “Whoever finds his life will lose it; but anyone who loses his life for my sake will find it.” The word translated as “life” is psyche. It means our core identity.

Communion is about plunging into a spontaneous flowing state of appreciation and gratitude. We place our gifts on God’s altar to represent all we have and all we are. Our gifts are blessed, broken, and shared with one another. It is the exchange of having for being. We give ourselves to God and open our hearts to life.

Meister Eckhart said, “The person who is full of things is empty of God; but the person who is empty of things is full of God.” He also said, “No one ever gave so much of himself away that he did not have more to give.”

Reflections of The Rt. Rev. Dan Edwards, the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Nevada

Reflection Questions:

How does “having” mark the habits and values of your life?
How do you practice “being” in the world rather than having?
How has God opened your heart?

“Announcements”

Operation Christmas ChildWe are once again participating in Operation Christmas Child, a project that provides shoe boxes filled with everyday items to needy children around the world.

As we enter this Thanksgiving season, what better way to express our thanks for the many blessings God has given us than to pass on some blessings to a child in need? For very little money and time, we can help a child by filling a shoebox with those things that we tend to take for granted.

Shoeboxes and lists of items needed are available in the Parish Hall. Please return all filled boxes by Sunday, November 12th.

Singles Lunch Bunch-Not too old; Not too young; Just Single! Join us after the worship service on Sundays for lunch at the Cotton Café.

Adult Education Class-Rev. Pat Merchant and Daniel Donaldson conduct an adult Bible study class every Sunday morning at 11:30 am and every Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. The book used in this study is “Living the Questions” by David M. Felten and Jeff Procter-Murphy. This study explores questions and answers about religion in the Bible that people are usually afraid to ask. It is “the wisdom of progressive Christianity.” Please join us this Sunday or Tuesday. We will be discussing the first two chapters of the book on Sunday. Please read Chapter 1-“An Invitation to Journey” and Chapter 2-“Taking the Bible Seriously”. It is only about 20 pages of easy reading and will give us much insight during our discussion.

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

Tai Chi for Arthritis Lessons with Bill Carter.
Wednesdays – 3:00 p.m.
Thursdays – 6:00 p.m.
$2.00 per person/per lesson

Reformation Day at Emory 2017-The 30th Reformation Day at Emory will be held on Thursday, October 26, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Kessler Reformation Collection and marking the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses. This year’s program explores the question, “Did the Reformation fail?” by inviting bishops from the Lutheran and Methodist Churches and an arch-bishop from the Catholic Church to share their perspectives and thinking with us.

Cost is $10 per person, registration is required by calling 404-727-6352.

The Richard C. Kessler Reformation Collection is a repository of rare and valuable documents produced in connection with the Protestant Reformation. The collection now contains more than 3,800 pieces written by Martin Luther, his colleagues, and his opponents, and printed during their lifetimes. The collection is housed in the Pitts Theology Library of Candler School of Theology.

For more information about the collection, contact:

M. Patrick Graham
Pitts Theology Library
Emory University
Atlanta, GA 30322
404-727-4165

Registration is now open for our 9th Annual Spirituality Conference!
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Holy Envy: Learning to Live with Religious Difference
A Day with The Rev. Dr. Barbara Brown Taylor

Fifty years ago, only international explorers, foreign missionaries, or soldiers deployed overseas encountered people of vastly different faiths. Now anyone with a computer can go on a virtual Hajj to Mecca or learn meditaiton from a Zen master online. Spirituaity has become as global as trade, raising all sorts of questions for people who never had cause to think about how many ways there are to approach the divine. What is a Chirstian to do? Barbara Taylor has some ideas, based on teaching world religions to college students over the past twenty years. Join us for an introduction to “holy envy” and a few other rules of religious understanding.

If you are not familiar with Barbara, she is a New York TIME best-selling author, college professor, and Episcopal priest. Her first memoir, Leaving Church, won a 2006 Author of the Year award from the Georgia Writers Association. Her last book, Learning to Walk in the Dark, was featured on the cover of TIME magazine. She has served on the faculty of Piedmont College since 1998 as the Buman Professor of Religion and has been a guest speaker at Emory, Duke, Princeton, and Yale, as well as a guest on SuperSoul Sunday with Oprah Winfrey. Taylor and her husband, Ed, live on a farm in the foothills of the Appalachians, sharing space with wild turkeys, red foxes, white-tailed deer and far too many chickens
.

This day-long conference will include lectures, discussion and question & answer. The cost is $65/person and includes lunch. For groups of 4 or more, the rate is $60/person, and the late registration (after October 22) price is $70/person. To register, go to

https://www.stphilipscathedral.org/

The location of the conference is the Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30305.

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!

October, November 2017 Calendars

Lay Liturgical Schedule – 4th Quarter

The Messenger/October 13, 2017

In Our Prayers

Please pray for:

Lou Squyres; Blane; Phil Brassie; Trevor Harris; Bobby Thomas; Robbie Thomas; Savannah Benton; John Cannon; Anne Carter; Edwina Johnson; Bill Pardue; Jeanne Aycock; Marty Atkinson; Lalla Tanner; Laura Guest; Drucilla Malcom; Riley Tucker; John King; People affected by all the Hurricanes; People affected by the shooting in Las Vegas; Family and Friends of Tommy Roberts

Please pray for our Vestry:

Marty Atkinson; Carole Bond; Libby Martin; Melissa Young; Marvin Gray; Judy Terry; Matthew Hardy and Rev. Pat Merchant.

St. Alban’s Intercessory Prayer Group – Every Tuesday morning at 11:00 a.m. you are invited to come and pray for the needs of our church, our people, our community and nation.

If you would like for us to pray for someone or something special, please fill out a prayer card, which is found on back of the pews. You can place the card in the offering plate or give it to an usher.

Bible Readings

Readings for This Week:

Exodus 32:1-14
Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23
Philippians 4:1-9
Matthew 22:1-14

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Bishop’s Blurb

Beside

You can feel the love in every chapter. Of all the places Paul visited, Philippi was where he felt the grace of people beside him. “Companions,” he calls them, “co-workers.” They inspire him. They care for him. They embody what he preaches and his preaching is emboldened by what he sees in them. But, it’s more than a feeling here. Paul sees they are beside him in aspirations. They share hope driven labor together. Maybe in part Paul tells us that “he can do all things through Christ who strengthens him,” because of the Christ in the people beside him.

Philippians 4:1-13

“Announcements”

Episcopal Relief and Development invites you to pray for and support communities devastated by the hurricanes. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria have impacted communities from Texas to Florida to Georgia and the Caribbean islands. To receive more information about relief and recovery efforts and to contribute, go to:
http://www.episcopalrelief.org/hurricane-harvey-response

Bishop Wright Designates October 15 Relief and Rebuild Sunday-The recent devastations of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have affected many people. As Christians, scriptures commend we ae to respond to the needs of others, not only through our prayers, but also through our generous financial support.

I am therefore designating Sunday, October 15th, “Relief and Rebuild Sunday” in the Diocese of Atlanta. This designation coincides with the Feast of St. Teresa of Avila, who said “Christ has no hands on earth but yours.”

I am appealing to all congregations to have a special collection at each service on October 15th to benefit hurricane victims. Checks may be made out to Diocese of Atlanta with a note: “Relief and Rebuild Sunday,” and we will send the total sum collected to Episcopal Relief and Development as our diocesan contribution to their relief efforts. I ask you in all sincerity, given the immense needs of so many, please be as generous as you can.

In the Name of Christ,

The Rt. Rev. Robert C. Wright
Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Adult Education Class-Rev. Pat Merchant and Daniel Donaldson conduct an adult Bible study class every Sunday morning at 11:30 am and every Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. The book used in this study is “Living the Questions” by David M. Felten and Jeff Procter-Murphy. This study explores questions and answers about religion in the Bible that people are usually afraid to ask. It is “the wisdom of progressive Christianity.” Please join us this Sunday or Tuesday. We will be discussing the first two chapters of the book on Sunday. Please read Chapter 1-“An Invitation to Journey” and Chapter 2-“Taking the Bible Seriously”. It is only about 20 pages of easy reading and will give us much insight during our discussion.

Tai Chi

Tai Chi for Arthritis Lessons with Bill Carter.
Wednesdays – 3:00 p.m.
Thursdays – 6:00 p.m.
$2.00 per person/per lesson

The Monroe Fall Festival is Saturday, October 14th, 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 provide a hayride for the children and adults in attendance.

Reformation Day at Emory 2017-The 30th Reformation Day at Emory will be held on Thursday, October 26, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Kessler Reformation Collection and marking the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses. This year’s program explores the question, “Did the Reformation fail?” by inviting bishops from the Lutheran and Methodist Churches and an arch-bishop from the Catholic Church to share their perspectives and thinking with us.

Cost is $10 per person, registration is required by calling 404-727-6352.

The Richard C. Kessler Reformation Collection is a repository of rare and valuable documents produced in connection with the Protestant Reformation. The collection now contains more than 3,800 pieces written by Martin Luther, his colleagues, and his opponents, and printed during their lifetimes. The collection is housed in the Pitts Theology Library of Candler School of Theology.

For more information about the collection, contact:

M. Patrick Graham
Pitts Theology Library
Emory University
Atlanta, GA 30322
404-727-4165

Registration is now open for our 9th Annual Spirituality Conference!
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Holy Envy: Learning to Live with Religious Difference
A Day with The Rev. Dr. Barbara Brown Taylor

Fifty years ago, only international explorers, foreign missionaries, or soldiers deployed overseas encountered people of vastly different faiths. Now anyone with a computer can go on a virtual Hajj to Mecca or learn meditaiton from a Zen master online. Spirituaity has become as global as trade, raising all sorts of questions for people who never had cause to think about how many ways there are to approach the divine. What is a Chirstian to do? Barbara Taylor has some ideas, based on teaching world religions to college students over the past twenty years. Join us for an introduction to “holy envy” and a few other rules of religious understanding.

If you are not familiar with Barbara, she is a New York TIME best-selling author, college professor, and Episcopal priest. Her first memoir, Leaving Church, won a 2006 Author of the Year award from the Georgia Writers Association. Her last book, Learning to Walk in the Dark, was featured on the cover of TIME magazine. She has served on the faculty of Piedmont College since 1998 as the Buman Professor of Religion and has been a guest speaker at Emory, Duke, Princeton, and Yale, as well as a guest on SuperSoul Sunday with Oprah Winfrey. Taylor and her husband, Ed, live on a farm in the foothills of the Appalachians, sharing space with wild turkeys, red foxes, white-tailed deer and far too many chickens
.

This day-long conference will include lectures, discussion and question & answer. The cost is $65/person and includes lunch. For groups of 4 or more, the rate is $60/person, and the late registration (after October 22) price is $70/person. To register, go to

https://www.stphilipscathedral.org/

The location of the conference is the Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30305.

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!

October, November 2017 Calendars

Lay Liturgical Schedule – 4th Quarter

The Messenger/October 6, 2017

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; Marty Atkinson; Lalla Tanner; Laura Guest; Drucilla Malcom; Riley Tucker; John King; People affected by all the Hurricanes; People affected by the shooting in Las Vegas; Family and Friends of Tommy Roberts

Please pray for our Vestry:

Marty Atkinson; Carole Bond; Libby Martin; Melissa Young; Marvin Gray; Judy Terry; Matthew Hardy and Rev. Pat Merchant.

St. Alban’s Intercessory Prayer Group – Every Tuesday morning at 11:00 a.m. you are invited to come and pray for the needs of our church, our people, our community and nation.

If you would like for us to pray for someone or something special, please fill out a prayer card, which is found on back of the pews. You can place the card in the offering plate or give it to an usher.

Bible Readings

Readings for This Week:

Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20
Psalm 19
Philippians 3:4b-14
Matthew 21:33-46

Readings for Next Week:

Exodus 32:1-14
Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23
Philippians 4:1-9
Matthew 22:1-14

_________________________________

“Announcements”

Vacation Announcement– Shirley Morgan will be on vacation next week, October 9 – 13. She will be back in the church office on Monday, October 16.

Rev. Pat will be in the office Tuesday next week, but will not be here Wednesday. She will be attending a clergy conference at the Diocese with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry.

Yard Sale/Bake Sale-Marvin Gray is organizing a Yard Sale / Bake Sale to be held at St. Alban’s on November 4. More details to come.

Episcopal Relief and Development invites you to pray for and support communities devastated by the hurricanes. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria have impacted communities from Texas to Florida to Georgia and the Caribbean islands. To receive more information about relief and recovery efforts and to contribute, go to:
http://www.episcopalrelief.org/hurricane-harvey-response

Bishop Wright Designates October 15 Relief and Rebuild Sunday-The recent devastations of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have affected many people. As Christians, scriptures commend we ae to respond to the needs of others, not only through our prayers, but also through our generous financial support.

I am therefore designating Sunday, October 15th, “Relief and Rebuild Sunday” in the Diocese of Atlanta. This designation coincides with the Feast of St. Teresa of Avila, who said “Christ has no hands on earth but yours.”

I am appealing to all congregations to have a special collection at each service on October 15th to benefit hurricane victims. Checks may be made out to Diocese of Atlanta with a note: “Relief and Rebuild Sunday,” and we will send the total sum collected to Episcopal Relief and Development as our diocesan contribution to their relief efforts. I ask you in all sincerity, given the immense needs of so many, please be as generous as you can.

In the Name of Christ,

The Rt. Rev. Robert C. Wright
Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Adult Education Class-Rev. Pat Merchant and Daniel Donaldson conduct an adult Bible study class every Sunday morning at 11:30 am and every Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. The book used in this study is “Living the Questions” by David M. Felten and Jeff Procter-Murphy. This study explores questions and answers about religion in the Bible that people are usually afraid to ask. It is “the wisdom of progressive Christianity.” Please join us this Sunday or Tuesday. We will be discussing the first two chapters of the book on Sunday. Please read Chapter 1-“An Invitation to Journey” and Chapter 2-“Taking the Bible Seriously”. It is only about 20 pages of easy reading and will give us much insight during our discussion.

Tai Chi

Tai Chi for Arthritis Lessons with Bill Carter.
Wednesdays – 3:00 p.m.
Thursdays – 6:00 p.m.
$2.00 per person/per lesson

The Monroe Fall Festival is Saturday, October 14th, 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 provide a hayride for the children and adults in attendance.

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry to Visit the Diocese-Our Presiding Bishop, The Most Reverend Michael Curry, will visit the Diocese of Atlanta, October 11 – 13. As our Chief Evangelist, Bishop Curry will bring his passion for the Jesus Movement to Atlanta. The event below is open to the public:

Bishop Curry Keynote Address at Candler School of Theology-Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 7:00 p.m. – This event will include a keynote address by the Presiding Bishop on “Racial Realities and the Beloved Community.” There will also be a panel discussion at 7:45 p.m. including the Presiding Bishop Michael Curry; Bishop Wright from the Diocese of Atlanta; The Rev. Dr. Robert M. Franklin, Jr. from Candler School of Theology; and The Rev. Kim Jackson, Associate Rector at All Saints, Atlanta. This event is open to the public, with registration required by Oct. 9.

Location: Candler School of Theology at Emory University, 1531 Dickey Drive, Atlanta, GA 30322

“Being a Christian is not essentially about joining a church or being a nice person, but about following in the footsteps of Jesus, taking his teachings seriously, letting his Spirit take the lead in our lives, and in so doing helping to change the world from our nightmare into God’s dream.” Michael Curry, Crazy Christians: A Call to Follow Jesus

For more information and to register, visit https://connecting.episcopalatlanta.org/news/2017/8/10/presiding-bishop-michael-curry-to-visit-diocese-of-atlanta

If you are interested, notify Pat and maybe everyone can ride together in the church van.

Reformation Day at Emory 2017-The 30th Reformation Day at Emory will be held on Thursday, October 26, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Kessler Reformation Collection and marking the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses. This year’s program explores the question, “Did the Reformation fail?” by inviting bishops from the Lutheran and Methodist Churches and an arch-bishop from the Catholic Church to share their perspectives and thinking with us.

Cost is $10 per person, registration is required by calling 404-727-6352.

The Richard C. Kessler Reformation Collection is a repository of rare and valuable documents produced in connection with the Protestant Reformation. The collection now contains more than 3,800 pieces written by Martin Luther, his colleagues, and his opponents, and printed during their lifetimes. The collection is housed in the Pitts Theology Library of Candler School of Theology.

For more information about the collection, contact:

M. Patrick Graham
Pitts Theology Library
Emory University
Atlanta, GA 30322
404-727-4165

Registration is now open for our 9th Annual Spirituality Conference!
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Holy Envy: Learning to Live with Religious Difference
A Day with The Rev. Dr. Barbara Brown Taylor

Fifty years ago, only international explorers, foreign missionaries, or soldiers deployed overseas encountered people of vastly different faiths. Now anyone with a computer can go on a virtual Hajj to Mecca or learn meditaiton from a Zen master online. Spirituaity has become as global as trade, raising all sorts of questions for people who never had cause to think about how many ways there are to approach the divine. What is a Chirstian to do? Barbara Taylor has some ideas, based on teaching world religions to college students over the past twenty years. Join us for an introduction to “holy envy” and a few other rules of religious understanding.

If you are not familiar with Barbara, she is a New York TIME best-selling author, college professor, and Episcopal priest. Her first memoir, Leaving Church, won a 2006 Author of the Year award from the Georgia Writers Association. Her last book, Learning to Walk in the Dark, was featured on the cover of TIME magazine. She has served on the faculty of Piedmont College since 1998 as the Buman Professor of Religion and has been a guest speaker at Emory, Duke, Princeton, and Yale, as well as a guest on SuperSoul Sunday with Oprah Winfrey. Taylor and her husband, Ed, live on a farm in the foothills of the Appalachians, sharing space with wild turkeys, red foxes, white-tailed deer and far too many chickens
.

This day-long conference will include lectures, discussion and question & answer. The cost is $65/person and includes lunch. For groups of 4 or more, the rate is $60/person, and the late registration (after October 22) price is $70/person. To register, go to

https://www.stphilipscathedral.org/

The location of the conference is the Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30305.

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!

October, November 2017 Calendars

Lay Liturgical Schedule-4th Quarter

The Messenger/September 22, 2017

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; Marty Atkinson; Lalla Tanner; Laura Guest; Drucilla Malcom; Riley Tucker; People affected by all the Hurricanes

Please pray for our Vestry:

Marty Atkinson; Carole Bond; Libby Martin; Melissa Young; Marvin Gray; Judy Terry; Matthew Hardy and Rev. Pat Merchant.

St. Alban’s Intercessory Prayer Group – Every Tuesday morning at 11:00 a.m. you are invited to come and pray for the needs of our church, our people, our community and nation.

If you would like for us to pray for someone or something special, please fill out a prayer card, which is found on back of the pews. You can place the card in the offering plate or give it to an usher.

Bible Readings

Readings for This Week:

Exodus 16:2-15
Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45
Philippians 1:21-30
Matthew 20:1-16

Readings for Next Week:

Exodus 17:1-7
Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16
Philippians 2:1-13
Matthew 21:23-32

Bishop’s Blurb

Firm

There’s a gift in Jesus stories. Each one reminds us how usual we are. How quid pro quo the world that we have designed is. How too often life is cold, scared, prose. Into this world- the world of our usual brutalities- comes the saving poet, Jesus! His stories seduce us with the unusual. His stories touch the unusual in us and for a moment we remember. For a moment we are warmed. Like the story of workers and wages. We think money, hours, fairness. Usual. Jesus thinks unusually: God is generous. Work gives dignity. Equal dignity.

Matthew 20:4

Priest’s Corner

Dearly Beloved,

Last Sunday, I preached about having a common theological language. We are all theologians, meaning that we all think, experience and talk about God. Over the last forty or more years there has been a huge shift not only in Academic Theology, but in the many ways we think and talk about God. My experience of this change has been that the conversation has moved from the Seminaries and Universities to the church, coffee shop, or bar. More people have claimed their experience of God. At St. Alban’s we are invited to learn a theological language, a way of just talking about God so that we may better understand God’s Call to Us.

The DVD, book and Bible study we began last week “Living the Questions,” will give us the community experience of talking about God. I was thrilled that so many of you stayed for the DVD last week. I am happy to report that Daniel fixed the flaw in the DVD and we will begin at that point this Sunday. On Tuesday night another five people shared the conversation.

Monday and Tuesday I was attending a clergy conference held at the 4-H Center in Eatonton. Since I have been semi-retired I have not attended every year. It is a time that I enjoy meeting with friends that I have known for years and new clergy. I enjoy the fellowship in the Diocese of Atlanta. New clergy always bring a perspective that is interesting and the young clergy make the rest of us happy for sharing the work.

On Wednesday morning, I woke up with a migraine. What a bummer. Thursday, the intensity of the migraine was worse. The medicine is good, but strong and has its own problems. I know I drove Shirley nuts as I called her from my dark room to check on the things that I was needing to do. So, I am very grateful to her.

Each of us has some suffering in our daily lives. Especially as we age. I am trying to teach myself to have more patience. I have been working on patience most of my life. I know that when I am down, I am aware of my dependency on others more and this is humbling. We need each other.

Another celebration is our first Newcomer’s Dinner Friday night at Lou and Melissa Young’s home. A great thank you to them and to the Vestry for making this happen.

Please pray for all those who are suffering from the hurricanes, flooding, and earthquakes. Pray that they may know the healing power of Jesus’ love.

Lift up your hearts!

Love,

Pat

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“Announcements”

Thank You!-We wish to thank Suzanne and Roy Roberts for hosting us once again at their farm for our annual picnic last Sunday evening. Good food, nice surroundings and good company made for a great time that was had by all!

Episcopal Relief and Development invites you to pray for and support communities devastated by the hurricanes. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria have impacted communities from Texas to Florida to Georgia and the Caribbean islands. To receive more information about relief and recovery efforts and to contribute, go to:
http://www.episcopalrelief.org/hurricane-harvey-response

Adult Education Class-Rev. Pat Merchant and Daniel Donaldson conduct an adult Bible study class every Sunday morning at 11:30 am and every Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. The book used in this study is “Living the Questions” by David M. Felten and Jeff Procter-Murphy. This study explores questions and answers about religion in the Bible that people are usually afraid to ask. It is “the wisdom of progressive Christianity.” Please join us this Sunday or Tuesday. We will be discussing the first two chapters of the book on Sunday. Please read Chapter 1-“An Invitation to Journey” and Chapter 2-“Taking the Bible Seriously”. It is only about 20 pages of easy reading and will give us much insight during our discussion.

Blessing of the Animals-In honor of St. Francis of Assisi, we will have a “Blessing of theAnimals” Sunday, October 8th, at 2:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to bring their beloved animals, large and small, to be blessed by Rev. Pat.

Choir Practice-In an effort to encourage membership in the St. Alban’s Choir, we will be changing our rehearsal day and time to Sundays at 9:00 a.m. We hope this will encourage members who are not able to meet during the week to come out and join the choir! Rehearsals will start next Sunday, October 1st, from 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m., and will take the place of Wednesday evening rehearsals.

Please email Dr. Donaldson if you plan to join us: kristenchoirlady@gmail.com.

Tai Chi

Tai Chi for Arthritis Lessons with Bill Carter.
Wednesdays – 3:00 p.m.
Thursdays – 6:00 p.m.
$2.00 per person/per lesson

The Monroe Fall Festival is Saturday, October 14th, 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 provide a hayride for the children and adults in attendance.

AARP Driver Safety Class Coming Soon!– St. Albans Episcopal Church will host the AARP Driving Safety Class on Saturday, September 30, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The AARP Driver Safety Program is the nation’s first and largest classroom course, designed especially for licensed drivers age 50 and older and for all licensed drivers of all ages. Course completion helps drivers refine existing skills and develop safe driving strategies in today’s challenging driving environment. There are no tests required.

Participants receive a comprehensive course workbook, which provides a thorough review of the “rules of the road” with an emphasis on safety strategies for drivers. The course also covers normal changes in vision, hearing, and reaction time associated with aging, and provides practical techniques to adjust for these changes.

Participants are charged a minimal fee of $15.00 for AARP members and $20.00 for nonmembers.

Auto Insurance Discounts: Legislation in Georgia require all automobile insurance companies conducting business in this state to offer a premium discount to participants completing a state-approved driver improvement course. (Participants must contact their insurance company or agent.)

Please bring your AARP card, valid driver’s license, lunch, and a drink and snack, and of course, your money (cash or check).

Please call Shirley at 770-267-2893 to make your reservation.

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry to Visit the Diocese-Our Presiding Bishop, The Most Reverend Michael Curry, will visit the Diocese of Atlanta, October 11 – 13. As our Chief Evangelist, Bishop Curry will bring his passion for the Jesus Movement to Atlanta. The event below is open to the public:

Bishop Curry Keynote Address at Candler School of Theology-Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 7:00 p.m. – This event will include a keynote address by the Presiding Bishop on “Racial Realities and the Beloved Community.” There will also be a panel discussion at 7:45 p.m. including the Presiding Bishop Michael Curry; Bishop Wright from the Diocese of Atlanta; The Rev. Dr. Robert M. Franklin, Jr. from Candler School of Theology; and The Rev. Kim Jackson, Associate Rector at All Saints, Atlanta. This event is open to the public, with registration required by Oct. 9.

Location: Candler School of Theology at Emory University, 1531 Dickey Drive, Atlanta, GA 30322

“Being a Christian is not essentially about joining a church or being a nice person, but about following in the footsteps of Jesus, taking his teachings seriously, letting his Spirit take the lead in our lives, and in so doing helping to change the world from our nightmare into God’s dream.” Michael Curry, Crazy Christians: A Call to Follow Jesus

For more information and to register, visit https://connecting.episcopalatlanta.org/news/2017/8/10/presiding-bishop-michael-curry-to-visit-diocese-of-atlanta

If you are interested, notify Pat and maybe everyone can ride together in the church van.

Reformation Day at Emory 2017-The 30th Reformation Day at Emory will be held on Thursday, October 26, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Kessler Reformation Collection and marking the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses. This year’s program explores the question, “Did the Reformation fail?” by inviting bishops from the Lutheran and Methodist Churches and an arch-bishop from the Catholic Church to share their perspectives and thinking with us.

Cost is $10 per person, registration is required by calling 404-727-6352.

The Richard C. Kessler Reformation Collection is a repository of rare and valuable documents produced in connection with the Protestant Reformation. The collection now contains more than 3,800 pieces written by Martin Luther, his colleagues, and his opponents, and printed during their lifetimes. The collection is housed in the Pitts Theology Library of Candler School of Theology.

For more information about the collection, contact:

M. Patrick Graham
Pitts Theology Library
Emory University
Atlanta, GA 30322
404-727-4165

Registration is now open for our 9th Annual Spirituality Conference!
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Holy Envy: Learning to Live with Religious Difference
A Day with The Rev. Dr. Barbara Brown Taylor

Fifty years ago, only international explorers, foreign missionaries, or soldiers deployed overseas encountered people of vastly different faiths. Now anyone with a computer can go on a virtual Hajj to Mecca or learn meditaiton from a Zen master online. Spirituaity has become as global as trade, raising all sorts of questions for people who never had cause to think about how many ways there are to approach the divine. What is a Chirstian to do? Barbara Taylor has some ideas, based on teaching world religions to college students over the past twenty years. Join us for an introduction to “holy envy” and a few other rules of religious understanding.

If you are not familiar with Barbara, she is a New York TIME best-selling author, college professor, and Episcopal priest. Her first memoir, Leaving Church, won a 2006 Author of the Year award from the Georgia Writers Association. Her last book, Learning to Walk in the Dark, was featured on the cover of TIME magazine. She has served on the faculty of Piedmont College since 1998 as the Buman Professor of Religion and has been a guest speaker at Emory, Duke, Princeton, and Yale, as well as a guest on SuperSoul Sunday with Oprah Winfrey. Taylor and her husband, Ed, live on a farm in the foothills of the Appalachians, sharing space with wild turkeys, red foxes, white-tailed deer and far too many chickens
.

This day-long conference will include lectures, discussion and question & answer. The cost is $65/person and includes lunch. For groups of 4 or more, the rate is $60/person, and the late registration (after October 22) price is $70/person. To register, go to

https://www.stphilipscathedral.org/

The location of the conference is the Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30305.

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!

September, October Calendars 2017

Lay Liturgical Schedule 3rd Quarter 2017

The Messenger/September 15, 2017

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; Leanne Mathis; Marty Atkinson; Lalla Tanner; People affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Please pray for our Vestry:

Marty Atkinson; Carole Bond; Libby Martin; Melissa Young; Marvin Gray; Judy Terry; Matthew Hardy and Rev. Pat Merchant.

St. Alban’s Intercessory Prayer Group – Every Tuesday morning at 11:00 a.m. you are invited to come and pray for the needs of our church, our people, our community and nation.

If you would like for us to pray for someone or something special, please fill out a prayer card, which is found on back of the pews. You can place the card in the offering plate or give it to an usher.

Bible Readings

Readings for This Week:

Exodus 14:19-31
Psalm 114
Romans 14:1-12
Matthew 18:21-35

Readings for Next Week:

Exodus 16:2-15
Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45
Philippians 1:21-30
Matthew 20:1-16

Bishop’s Blurb

Firm

On their journey towards freedom. In a whirl of uncertainty. With extreme danger pursuing. Entangled by fear. Even tempted to give up the gift of liberation. Moses spoke two words to his fellow travelers, “stand firm.” Firm, not rigid. Rigid is inelastic. Rigid shatters. Rigid has a detailed memory, but no imagination. Firm is adaptable. Firm is an observation station. A watch post. Firm remembers God’s previous works and knows God is making an odds-defying way forward. Firm sees the danger, the uncertainty, the temptation and the fear in HD and still whispers a defiant whisper, God is able!

Exodus 14:13

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“Celebrations”

Happy Anniversary

September 21 – Jennifer & Matthew Hardy

Happy Birthday!

September 16 – Melissa Young
September 20 – Matthew Hardy
September 21 – Joyce Cox

_________________________________

“Announcements”

Please Note-Rev. Pat will be at the Presbyters Conference at Rock Eagle in Eatonton this Monday, September 18, and Tuesday, September 19. She will be at St. Alban’s on Wednesday, September 20.

Episcopal Relief and Development urges prayers for communities along the US Gulf Coast dealing with the impact of Hurricane Harvey. Please donate to the Hurricane Harvey Response Fund and visit the organization’s website for more information about relief and recovery efforts.
http://www.episcopalrelief.org/hurricane-harvey-response

Adult Education Class-Rev. Pat Merchant and Daniel Donaldson will have a 15 minute study class following coffee time on Sunday mornings at 11:30 am and on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. These classes will begin this Sunday, September 17. The book used in this study is “Living the Questions” by David M. Felten and Jeff Procter-Murphy. This study explores questions and answers about religion and the Bible that people are usually afraid to ask. It is “the wisdom of progressive Christianity.” Please plan to join us!

Church Picnic

Date: September 17, 2017
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location:
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. For more information, contact Libby Martin at 770-207-9245 or libmartin2@hotmail.com.

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.

Tai Chi-We will begin Tai Chi lessons here at St. Alban’s with Bill Carter as the instructor. Bill has been certified as an instructor by the Tai Chi for Health Institute. The first meeting will be on Wednesday, September 20, at 3:00 pm, followed by another meeting on Thursday, September 21, at 6:00 pm.

The format will primarily follow Tai Chi for Health Institute’s Tai Chi for Arthritis. For more information about this style, please visit www.tchi.org
.
Classes are tentatively scheduled for 3:00 pm on Wednesdays and also at 6:00 pm on Thursdays.

Costs are currently set at $2.00 per person/per lesson. If this will cause financial hardship, alternate arrangements may be considered.

Tai Chi for Arthritis has been found to be effective in the relief of Arthritis for many people. It is an exercise program specifically designed for people with Arthritis. Additionally, it has been found to be helpful in relieving stress and promoting good health for most people. The program is recognized and recommended by the CDC and also by most of the Arthritis Foundations throughout the world. It is also recommended to help prevent falls by seniors.

AARP Driver Safety Class Coming Soon!– St. Albans Episcopal Church will host the AARP Driving Safety Class on Saturday, September 30, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The AARP Driver Safety Program is the nation’s first and largest classroom course, designed especially for licensed drivers age 50 and older and for all licensed drivers of all ages. Course completion helps drivers refine existing skills and develop safe driving strategies in today’s challenging driving environment. There are no tests required.

Participants receive a comprehensive course workbook, which provides a thorough review of the “rules of the road” with an emphasis on safety strategies for drivers. The course also covers normal changes in vision, hearing, and reaction time associated with aging, and provides practical techniques to adjust for these changes.

Participants are charged a minimal fee of $15.00 for AARP members and $20.00 for nonmembers.

Auto Insurance Discounts: Legislation in Georgia require all automobile insurance companies conducting business in this state to offer a premium discount to participants completing a state-approved driver improvement course. (Participants must contact their insurance company or agent.)

Please bring your AARP card, valid driver’s license, lunch, and a drink and snack, and of course, your money (cash or check).

Please call Shirley at 770-267-2893 to make your reservation.

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry to Visit the Diocese-Our Presiding Bishop, The Most Reverend Michael Curry, will visit the Diocese of Atlanta, October 11 – 13. As our Chief Evangelist, Bishop Curry will bring his passion for the Jesus Movement to Atlanta. The event below is open to the public:

Bishop Curry Keynote Address at Candler School of Theology-Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 7:00 p.m. – This event will include a keynote address by the Presiding Bishop on “Racial Realities and the Beloved Community.” There will also be a panel discussion at 7:45 p.m. including the Presiding Bishop Michael Curry; Bishop Wright from the Diocese of Atlanta; The Rev. Dr. Robert M. Franklin, Jr. from Candler School of Theology; and The Rev. Kim Jackson, Associate Rector at All Saints, Atlanta. This event is open to the public, with registration required by Oct. 9.

Location: Candler School of Theology at Emory University, 1531 Dickey Drive, Atlanta, GA 30322

“Being a Christian is not essentially about joining a church or being a nice person, but about following in the footsteps of Jesus, taking his teachings seriously, letting his Spirit take the lead in our lives, and in so doing helping to change the world from our nightmare into God’s dream.” Michael Curry, Crazy Christians: A Call to Follow Jesus

For more information and to register, visit https://connecting.episcopalatlanta.org/news/2017/8/10/presiding-bishop-michael-curry-to-visit-diocese-of-atlanta

If you are interested, notify Pat and maybe everyone can ride together in the church van.

Reformation Day at Emory 2017-The 30th Reformation Day at Emory will be held on Thursday, October 26, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Kessler Reformation Collection and marking the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses. This year’s program explores the question, “Did the Reformation fail?” by inviting bishops from the Lutheran and Methodist Churches and an arch-bishop from the Catholic Church to share their perspectives and thinking with us.

Cost is $10 per person, registration is required by calling 404-727-6352.

The Richard C. Kessler Reformation Collection is a repository of rare and valuable documents produced in connection with the Protestant Reformation. The collection now contains more than 3,800 pieces written by Martin Luther, his colleagues, and his opponents, and printed during their lifetimes. The collection is housed in the Pitts Theology Library of Candler School of Theology.

For more information about the collection, contact:

M. Patrick Graham
Pitts Theology Library
Emory University
Atlanta, GA 30322
404-727-4165

Registration is now open for our 9th Annual Spirituality Conference!
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Holy Envy: Learning to Live with Religious Difference
A Day with The Rev. Dr. Barbara Brown Taylor

Fifty years ago, only international explorers, foreign missionaries, or soldiers deployed overseas encountered people of vastly different faiths. Now anyone with a computer can go on a virtual Hajj to Mecca or learn meditaiton from a Zen master online. Spirituaity has become as global as trade, raising all sorts of questions for people who never had cause to think about how many ways there are to approach the divine. What is a Chirstian to do? Barbara Taylor has some ideas, based on teaching world religions to college students over the past twenty years. Join us for an introduction to “holy envy” and a few other rules of religious understanding.

If you are not familiar with Barbara, she is a New York TIME best-selling author, college professor, and Episcopal priest. Her first memoir, Leaving Church, won a 2006 Author of the Year award from the Georgia Writers Association. Her last book, Learning to Walk in the Dark, was featured on the cover of TIME magazine. She has served on the faculty of Piedmont College since 1998 as the Buman Professor of Religion and has been a guest speaker at Emory, Duke, Princeton, and Yale, as well as a guest on SuperSoul Sunday with Oprah Winfrey. Taylor and her husband, Ed, live on a farm in the foothills of the Appalachians, sharing space with wild turkeys, red foxes, white-tailed deer and far too many chickens
.

This day-long conference will include lectures, discussion and question & answer. The cost is $65/person and includes lunch. For groups of 4 or more, the rate is $60/person, and the late registration (after October 22) price is $70/person. To register, go to

https://www.stphilipscathedral.org/

The location of the conference is the Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30305.

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!

September, October Calendars 2017

Lay Liturgical Schedule 3rd Quarter 2017

The Messenger/September 8, 2017

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; Chuck Bradley; Leanne Mathis; Marty Atkinson; Lalla Tanner; People affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Please pray for our Vestry:

Marty Atkinson; Carole Bond; Libby Martin; Melissa Young; Marvin Gray; Judy Terry; Matthew Hardy and Rev. Pat Merchant.

St. Alban’s Intercessory Prayer Group – Every Tuesday morning at 11:00 a.m. you are invited to come and pray for the needs of our church, our people, our community and nation.

If you would like for us to pray for someone or something special, please fill out a prayer card, which is found on back of the pews. You can place the card in the offering plate or give it to an usher.

Bible Readings

Readings for This Week:

Exodus 12:1-14
Psalm 149
Romans 13:8-14
Matthew 18:15-20

Readings for Next Week:

Exodus 14:19-31
Psalm 114
Romans 14:1-12
Matthew 18:21-35

Bishop’s Blurb

Loose

Not the opposite of tight. But, loose, as in what we release into the world. Loose like what we sustain or reject. People have immense spiritual power. Immense. The universe has a mathematical precision to it. Our action or inaction creates reality. Sowing dictates reaping. There are no spectators in life! Jesus taught that heaven can be loosed by face to face conversion. Especially, with an offender or enemy. Sure, he understood disagreement and brokenness. But, the invitation is still clear, let loose a little heaven today. You can do it. It’s inside of you.

Matthew 18:18

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“Celebrations”

Happy Birthday!

September 12 – Jody Emmons
September 14 – Jim Burgess
September 16 – Melissa Young

_________________________________

“Announcements”

Episcopal Relief and Development urges prayers for communities along the US Gulf Coast dealing with the impact of Hurricane Harvey. Please donate to the Hurricane Harvey Response Fund and visit the organization’s website for more information about relief and recovery efforts.
http://www.episcopalrelief.org/hurricane-harvey-response

Sunday School-Our children and youth Sunday school will begin on Sunday, September 10, and will run through the month of April. We will meet the first and third Sunday of each month with Elementary meeting at 9:15 am and Middle/High School meeting at 11:15 a.m.

In the month of September, we will meet on the 10th and 17th. Beginning in October, we will meet the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month.

Vestry Meeting -The next Vestry Meeting is Wednesday evening, September 12, at 5:30 p.m. The meeting will take place in the conference room and is open to anyone who would like to attend and observe. If you would like to address the Vestry, please contact Marty Atkinson, Marvin Gray, or Rev. Pat.

Adult Education Class-Rev. Pat Merchant and Daniel Donaldson will have a 15 minute study class following coffee time on Sunday mornings and on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. These classes will begin on Sunday, September 17. The book used in this study is “Living the Questions” by David M. Felten and Jeff Procter-Murphy. This study explores questions and answers about religion and the Bible that people are usually afraid to ask. It is “the wisdom of progressive Christianity.” Please plan to join us!

Church Picnic

Date: September 17, 2017
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location:
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. For more information, contact Libby Martin at 770-207-9245 or libmartin2@hotmail.com.

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.

Tai Chi-We will begin Tai Chi lessons here at St. Alban’s with Bill Carter as the instructor. Bill has been certified as an instructor by the Tai Chi for Health Institute. The first meeting will be on Wednesday, September 20, at 3:00 pm, followed by another meeting on Thursday, September 21, at 6:00 pm.

The format will primarily follow Tai Chi for Health Institute’s Tai Chi for Arthritis. For more information about this style, please visit www.tchi.org
.
Classes are tentatively scheduled for 3:00 pm on Wednesdays and also at 6:00 pm on Thursdays.

Costs are currently set at $2.00 per person/per lesson. If this will cause financial hardship, alternate arrangements may be considered.

Tai Chi for Arthritis has been found to be effective in the relief of Arthritis for many people. It is an exercise program specifically designed for people with Arthritis. Additionally, it has been found to be helpful in relieving stress and promoting good health for most people. The program is recognized and recommended by the CDC and also by most of the Arthritis Foundations throughout the world. It is also recommended to help prevent falls by seniors.

AARP Driver Safety Class Coming Soon!– St. Albans Episcopal Church will host the AARP Driving Safety Class on Saturday, September 30, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The AARP Driver Safety Program is the nation’s first and largest classroom course, designed especially for licensed drivers age 50 and older and for all licensed drivers of all ages. Course completion helps drivers refine existing skills and develop safe driving strategies in today’s challenging driving environment. There are no tests required.

Participants receive a comprehensive course workbook, which provides a thorough review of the “rules of the road” with an emphasis on safety strategies for drivers. The course also covers normal changes in vision, hearing, and reaction time associated with aging, and provides practical techniques to adjust for these changes.

Participants are charged a minimal fee of $15.00 for AARP members and $20.00 for nonmembers.

Auto Insurance Discounts: Legislation in Georgia require all automobile insurance companies conducting business in this state to offer a premium discount to participants completing a state-approved driver improvement course. (Participants must contact their insurance company or agent.)

Please bring your AARP card, valid driver’s license, lunch, and a drink and snack, and of course, your money (cash or check).

Please call Shirley at 770-267-2893 to make your reservation.

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!

September Calendar 2017

Lay Liturgical Schedule 3rd Quarter 2017

The Messenger/September 1, 2017

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; Chuck Bradley; Leanne Mathis; Marty Atkinson; Lalla Tanner; People on the Gulf Coast dealing with the impact of Hurricane Harvey.

Please pray for our Vestry:

Marty Atkinson; Carole Bond; Libby Martin; Melissa Young; Marvin Gray; Judy Terry; Matthew Hardy and Rev. Pat Merchant.

St. Alban’s Intercessory Prayer Group – Every Tuesday morning at 11:00 a.m. you are invited to come and pray for the needs of our church, our people, our community and nation.

If you would like for us to pray for someone or something special, please fill out a prayer card, which is found on back of the pews. You can place the card in the offering plate or give it to an usher.

Bible Readings

Readings for This Week:

Exodus 3:1-15
Psalm 105:1-6, 23-26, 45c
Romans 12:9-21
Matthew 16:21-28

Readings for Next Week:

Exodus 12:1-14
Psalm 149
Romans 13:8-14
Matthew 18:15-20

Bishop’s Blurb

Loss

Profound images of loss surround us. We can turn the TV off but the loss remains. Rather than face loss, we deny it or euphem-ize it. Just like Jesus’ friends of old. Yes, denial and euphemism temporarily dull pain, but ultimately they are a stumbling block to depth, growth and healing. There’s no life without loss! Into this comes Jesus, the gift. In his suffering and loss we find strength to face our own. Because of him we understand the cadence of life is life, death and life again. Be not afraid, beloved God can be trusted in our loss.

Matthew 16:21

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“Celebrations”

Happy Birthday!

September 1 – Mallory Sanders

_________________________________

“Announcements”

Note-The church will be closed on Monday, September 4 in observance of the Labor Day holiday.

Episcopal Relief and Development urges prayers for communities along the US Gulf Coast dealing with the impact of Hurricane Harvey. Please donate to the Hurricane Harvey Response Fund and visit the organization’s website for more information about relief and recovery efforts.
http://www.episcopalrelief.org/hurricane-harvey-response

Sunday School-Our children and youth Sunday school will begin on Sunday, September 10, and will run through the month of April. We will meet the first and third Sunday of each month with Elementary meeting at 9:15 am and Middle/High School meeting at 11:15 a.m.

In the month of September, we will meet on the 10th and 17th. Beginning in October, we will meet the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month.

Vestry Meeting -The next Vestry Meeting is Wednesday evening, September 12, at 5:30 p.m. The meeting will take place in the conference room and is open to anyone who would like to attend and observe. If you would like to address the Vestry, please contact Marty Atkinson, Marvin Gray, or Rev. Pat.

Church Picnic

Date: September 17, 2017
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location:
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. For more information, contact Libby Martin at 770-207-9245 or libmartin2@hotmail.com.

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.

Tai Chi-We will begin Tai Chi lessons here at St. Alban’s with Bill Carter as the instructor. Bill has been certified as an instructor by the Tai Chi for Health Institute. The first meeting will be on Wednesday, September 20, at 3:00 pm, followed by another meeting on Thursday, September 21, at 6:00 pm.

The format will primarily follow Tai Chi for Health Institute’s Tai Chi for Arthritis. For more information about this style, please visit www.tchi.org
.
Classes are tentatively scheduled for 3:00 pm on Wednesdays and also at 6:00 pm on Thursdays.

Costs are currently set at $2.00 per person/per lesson. If this will cause financial hardship, alternate arrangements may be considered.

Tai Chi for Arthritis has been found to be effective in the relief of Arthritis for many people. It is an exercise program specifically designed for people with Arthritis. Additionally, it has been found to be helpful in relieving stress and promoting good health for most people. The program is recognized and recommended by the CDC and also by most of the Arthritis Foundations throughout the world. It is also recommended to help prevent falls by seniors.

AARP Driver Safety Class Coming Soon!– St. Albans Episcopal Church will host the AARP Driving Safety Class on Saturday, September 30, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The AARP Driver Safety Program is the nation’s first and largest classroom course, designed especially for licensed drivers age 50 and older and for all licensed drivers of all ages. Course completion helps drivers refine existing skills and develop safe driving strategies in today’s challenging driving environment. There are no tests required.

Participants receive a comprehensive course workbook, which provides a thorough review of the “rules of the road” with an emphasis on safety strategies for drivers. The course also covers normal changes in vision, hearing, and reaction time associated with aging, and provides practical techniques to adjust for these changes.

Participants are charged a minimal fee of $15.00 for AARP members and $20.00 for nonmembers.

Auto Insurance Discounts: Legislation in Georgia require all automobile insurance companies conducting business in this state to offer a premium discount to participants completing a state-approved driver improvement course. (Participants must contact their insurance company or agent.)

Please bring your AARP card, valid driver’s license, lunch, and a drink and snack, and of course, your money (cash or check).

Please call Shirley at 770-267-2893 to make your reservation.

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!

September Calendar 2017

Lay Liturgical Schedule 3rd Quarter 2017


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