Saint Alban's Episcopal Church


November 2018 Activity Calendar

The Messenger/August 31, 2018

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord!
The Weekly E-Newsletter of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church     August 31, 2018
In Our Prayers
Please pray for:
Blane; Savannah Benton; John Cannon; Edwina Johnson; Jeanne Aycock;
Laura Guest; Bobby Thomas; Eddie Farmer; Ralph Ammerman; Don Lester;  Stephanie Ceraday; Nicole Richards; Most Rev. Michael Curry; Barney Howard; Fay and Stan Brassie; Family & Friends of Tal Thompson; Family & Friends of Robert Hammond; Charles Goodman; Family & Friends of Audley Butler; Jeannette; Cheri
Please pray for our Vestry and Clergy:
Marty Atkinson; Libby Martin; Marvin Gray; Judy Terry; Stan Brassie; Bob Emmons; Nicole Richards; and Rev. Pat Merchant
St. Alban’s Intercessory Prayer Group – Every Tuesday morning at 11:00 a.m. you are invited to come and pray for the needs of our church, our people, our community and nation.
If you would like for us to pray for someone or something special, please fill out a prayer card, which is found on back of the pews. You can place the card in the offering plate or give it to an usher.
Bible Readings
Readings for This Week: Readings for Next Week:
Song of Solomon 2:8-13
Psalm 45:1-2, 7-10
James 1:17-27
Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23
Psalm 125
James 2:1-17
Mark 7:24-37
Bishop’s Blurb

To Bring Fire 

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

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

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

This For Faith originally appeared on August 16, 2013  

Happy Birthday!
September 1 – Mallory Sanders
Attention – The church office will be closed this MondaySeptember 3, in observance of Labor Day.
Have a Safe and Happy Labor Day Weekend!!

The Bishop is coming!!! Bishop Paul E. Lambert is the retired Bishop of Texas and now supply Bishop for the Diocese of Atlanta serving while Bishop Wright is on sabbatical.  Bishop Lambert will be here Sunday, September 9thWe will have members being confirmed and received and we will celebrate the Eucharist.  Please come and support our newest members.

The word “Episcopal” means Bishop.  Our denominational name means that St. Alban’s is part of the Diocese of Atlanta and we are related one to the other.  Every year we support the Diocese with a pledge which comes from your budget. So please come and celebrate together.


Welcome! – This SundaySeptember 2nd, we welcome Rev. Beth Long as our supply priest.  Rev. Long has been with us before and we look forward to having her with us again.  Rev. Pat is taking a few days off and will be back September 5th.
Altar Guild News – Marian Sweeney is the new Chairperson of the Altar Guild!  Marian was appointed by Rev. Pat this past week. We wish her great success and fulfillment in her new position.
There will be a meeting of the Altar Guild this Wednesday morning, September 5th, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Alban’s.
Many Thanks to Pat and Lou! – A great time was had by all that attended the “Bread of Life” celebration hosted by Pat and Lou at their home in DeKalb County last Sunday. Great conversation along with delicious food and drink were enjoyed by all present. Approximately 20 persons were in attendance at this most wonderful outing.
Church Breakfast
Sunday, September 16, 9:00 am
Our next monthly Church Breakfast is Sunday, September 16th. Amarie Warren, Pat & Chick Krautler, and Jessica will be preparing the breakfast.  Please plan to come and invite your family and friends!
If you would like to volunteer to prepare breakfast one Sunday, please sign the sheet provided in the Narthex.
September 23, 2018
6:30 p.m.
Roberts’ Farm
54 Nunnally Farm Rd
Monroe, GA 30655
Please bring a covered dish. Meat and tea will be provided, otherwise BYOB. Come earlier if you would like to swim.   Please sign the sheet provided on the round table in the Narthex if you plan to attend, and tell us what you will be bringing.
From downtown Monroe, take W. Spring Street to the intersection of Hwy. 138. Turn left onto Hwy. 138. Go 3 ½ miles and turn left onto Nunnally Farms Road. Go a full 2 ¼ miles. You will pass the cabin, go through the gate, through the pasture, pass the barn, and arrive at the house.
Diocesan Acolyte Festival
The Diocese of Atlanta with support from the MEG Chapter of the Vergers’ Guild will have an Acolyte Festival on October 27th at 9:00 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta. This event will include fun and engaging workshops and Acolyte Olympics: team building activities for acolytes of all ages. To register, go to; click the “Connecting News & Events” tab; scroll down to the Diocesan Acolyte Festival; click the registration tab.
Vestry Meeting – The next Vestry Meeting is Wednesday afternoon, September 5th, at 4:30 p.m. The meeting will take place in the conference room and is open to anyone who would like to attend and observe. If you would like to address the Vestry, please contact Libby Martin, Stan Brassie, or Rev. Pat.


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



Women’s Bible Study
The Women’s Bible Study will resume Tuesday evening, September 11th, at 6:30 p.m.  Please join Rev. Pat and an enthusiastic ladies group as the scripture is discussed using many references from the CEB Women’s Bible.
September & October Parish Calendars 2018
St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 210 N. Broad St., Monroe, GA, 770-267-2893

The Messenger/January 6, 2017

In Our Prayers

Please pray for:

Blane; Phil Brassie; Trevor Harris; Bob Lindsey; Bobby Thomas; Robbie Thomas; Savannah Benton; Wayne Bond; John Cannon; Roy Roberts; Steven; Ann Carter; Taylor McGarity; Mildred Evans; Ron; Liz Hilton; Ken McGuire & Family; the Family & Friends of Troy Preston; Roy Mallady; Jay Rea

Please pray for our Vestry:

Marty Atkinson; Carole Bond; Bob Emmons; Libby Martin; Mallory Sanders; Melissa Young.

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, and our community. 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 for This Week

Isaiah 42:1-9
Psalm 29
Acts 10:34-43
Matthew 3:13-17

Bible Readings for Next Week

Isaiah 49:1-7
Psalm 40:1-12
I Corinthians 1:1-9
John 1:29-42

Bishop’s Blurb


We hold steady in the face of anxiety and the velocity of life. There’s a three-part recipe for that. It’s 1 part purpose, 1 part differentiation, 1 part spiritual maturity. Jesus’ purpose was to bring glory to God. Everyday, a little more glory for God. He was differentiated too. He knew who he was. He was inner-directed, not outer-directed. He held boldness and gentleness together. He spoke like he was fastened to something unchangeable. Spiritual maturity comes as we actively close the gaps between what we say are our values and how we actually live. Maturity comes by replicating Jesus, not just venerating Him.


Happy Birthday

January 7 – Arlon Griffin
January 11 – George Hart
January 14 – Mary Ann Lindsey


Welcome-We welcome The Rev. Bill Deneke as our supply priest this Sunday, January 8.

Sunday School– Elementary Sunday School will be every Sunday morning from 9:00 am to 10:00 am

Middle/High School Youth will meet after the worship service every other Sunday from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. Amarie Land, Jen Hardy, Kristin Carter, and Kristen Donaldson are our teachers.

Vestry Meeting – The next Vestry Meeting is Tuesday evening, January 10, at 6:00 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 Bob Emmons or Mallory Sanders.

St. Alban’s 2016 Annual Meeting-Our Annual Meeting for 2016 will be Sunday, January 29th, immediately following the worship service. Please mark your calendars to be here on that day. We will have a potluck lunch, then the meeting will open with comments from our Senior Warden. The financial report for 2016 and reports from all the Vestry members will be available. We will also vote in three new members to the Vestry. Nominated are Matthew Hardy, Judy Terry, and Marvin Gray.

If you plan to attend, please sign the sheet provided on the table in the Narthex.

Needed: Lay Readers-If anyone is interested in reading the Lessons during the worship services, please contact Shirley in the church office or Marvin Gray. Right now, Marvin is the only Lay Reader we have and he would like a little help!

Vestry Election 2017

At the end of 2016, two Vestry members, Bob Emmons and Mallory Sanders, will rotate off the Vestry. We are asking for nominations of people to fill these two positions, plus an additional person to raise the number of members to seven.

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

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, 2017. The election will be held at the Annual Parish Meeting on Sunday, January 29, 2017, after the morning worship service. Nominated to date are Matthew Hardy, Judy Terry, and Marvin Gray.

“Hidden Figures” – The 21st Century Fox movie, “Hidden Figures” opens this weekend at the Carmike Gateway 12 Theater in Bethlehem and also in theaters located in Athens and Snellville. This is the movie filmed in Atlanta and Monroe (Broad Street Parade) with the production company using St. Alban’s facilities for their wardrobe headquarters during the filming of the parade.

If anyone would like to attend the movie with a group, please contact Bob Emmons at 404-406-1228 or

Choir Practice is every Wednesday evening at 6:00 p.m. Please join us!

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