Please remember in prayer:
Bobby Thomas; Charles Henson; Sue Henson; Jeanne Aycock; Gwen Ashby; Eddie & Family; Stephanie Harris; Craig Taylor; Blane; the Stroh Family; Shirley Strickland; Marilyn Guinn; George Hearn; James; Amy; Phil Brassie; Teresa
Note: Names will remain on this list for a month unless otherwise requested.
May 15 – June & John King
Congratulations to Savannah Thomas on her graduation from Walnut Grove High School on Saturday, May 17th. Savannah, we wish you every joy on your graduation day and every blessing in the future.
We wish to thank Robin Arnold for the great pictures taken at the Kentucky Derby Party! Robin, you always does such a great job and we want you to know how much it is appreciated.
The Rev. Alan Hansen
Time and Talents Matter Too
This fall we had an Every Member Canvas and received financial pledges, but financial giving or “treasure” is not the only means of being good stewards. We are also called to offer to God some of our time and certainly our talents.
Over the next several weeks I will be preaching on the stewardship of “time and talents.” If you want to get a head start, I suggest you read I Corinthians 12 (entire chapter), Romans 12 and Ephesians 4. I will also preach on the Parable of the Talents from Matthews Gospel Chapter 25.
On Pentecost Sunday we will ask each of you to make a second pledge – not of your treasure…..but of your time and talents offered to our Lord Jesus Christ.< God’s Peace, Fr. Alan Vestry News The Vestry has been working on two projects and we would like to bring the congregation up to date on our progress. Organ Update Stan Brassie has been working with the Organ Committee. The committee has met with three pipe organ builders and one electronic organ manufacturer and should have all the bids in by May 15th. They have done excellent work and the Vestry has asked Stan to give a brief presentation on Sunday, May 18th, to bring the congregation up to speed.
The reality is our existing organ is 35 years old and slowly dying. It may be hard to tell on Sunday because it is still working, but what is failing are the transistors, a very old technology and not worth repairing. It has truly outlived its time and we need to replace it.
We are also happy to announce that the organ will be purchased in memory of Marion Field McKenna. All funds contributed to the organ will go into a fund named after Marion. She was an inspiration to all of us and a wonderful saint of the Risen Christ.
We are progressing nicely with the Columbarium Committee. Carole Bond has done an excellent job researching this project and we have asked her to make a presentation as well on May 18th. If you do not know, a Columbarium is a place where the ashes of a cremated person can be laid to rest. With the Columbarium, we will also establish a Memorial Garden.
It is our goal that both these projects be self-funded and not part of the operational expenses of the church. More details as to how you can participate will be forth coming soon.
St. Alban’s Intercessory Prayer Group
“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” – Matthew 18:19-20
Every Tuesday morning at 11:00 a.m. you are invited to come and pray for the needs of our church, our people, and our community. We will meet in the church in the sanctuary or chapel, depending on attendance.
FISH Thrift Store Volunteer Opportunities
- Jewelry Merchandiser: Assist customers who are buying jewelry. Great job for person with limited mobility – little standing and no heavy lifting.
- Help receive Donations at Rear of Store
In 2013, the two thrift stores paid all FISH overhead and added $80,000 into the ministry for Walton County children and emergency assistance. Contact: Nancy Long, 706-362-9008
FISH Farmer’s Market – It is almost time to get the Farmer’s Market up and running for the 2014 season. This year they will be using the beautiful new “Marion Field-McKenna Pavilion.” They have hired a Market Coordinator, Tom Evans, and he has been hard at work since the first of April getting things prepared. They have lots of changes to this year’s market and they want to tell you about them. Everyone is invited to a “Meet and Greet” to hear about the changes to this year’s market and to meet Tom on Wednesday, May 14th, at 4:00 PM at the Walton Wellness office at 133 E. Church Street, Monroe. Contact: DeDe Harris – 770-313-8107
Everyone enjoys the coffee hour every Sunday morning after the worship service. We need people to volunteer to host the coffee hour. Please sign up on the sheet provided on the table in the Parish Hall.
Name Badge – If you do not have a name badge and would like one, please put your name on the sheet provided in the Narthex or call the Church office at 770-267-2893.
Church Financial Report – This is a report of the operating income and expenses of St. Alban’s. This is the money received and spent for the day-to-day operation of the Church. St. Alban’s also has designated funds (such as the Altar Guild Fund, Building Fund, etc.) which is money given for specific purposes and cannot be used for the operating expenses of the Church. A report of the designated funds is available in the Church office.
January 1 – April 30, 2014 Operating Income (pledges + plate offerings + other operating income)
Budgeted: $60,482.60 Actual: $63,833.97 (Over) $3,351.37
Explanation: Amount received for pledges is $42,822.00 which is $3,788.67 over the amount expected. Amount received for plate offering is $3,503.00 which is $5,279.50 less than the amount expected. Other operating income received (parish hall rental, restitution payments, donations, bank interest, etc.) is $17,508.97.
January 1 – April 30, 2014 Operating Expenses
Budgeted: $60,482.61 Actual: $62,933.09 (Over) $2,450.48
Positive Balance: $900.88
Bible Readings for May 18, 2014
Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16
1 Peter 2:2-10