Earlier this year, many parishioners realized how much in disrepair the front entrance to our church had become. Most of the wood work had been patched and covered up many times over during the 60 year plus history of our beautiful structure. When the vestry approved the funds to have the repairs performed, bids were taken and construction was started. Once the doors were removed, it was discovered how much dry rot had occurred behind the brass kick plates and was determined that the only way to reuse these historic doors was to patch them with a synthetic filler. Unfortunately, the product would not accept stain and exterior paint was the only viable top finish. In following theological symbolism of the Highland Street entrance, red was chosen to represent the Passion of Christ and the color of the Holy Spirit as reflective at the day of Pentecost. This new entrance now gives St. Alban’s an unique identity as the “Red Door Church of Monroe” and hopefully will appeal to many people looking for a church home to expand their journey of faith.
On April 24, 2016, St. Alban’s hosted a choral concert and Evensong under the direction of St. Alban’s choirmaster, Kristen Donaldson. The choral event performers were the George Walton Academy Middle School Meistersingers and High School Chorale, with the St. Alban’s choir performing the Evensong. Below are pictures from this event.
Readings for This Week
Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31
Readings for Next Week
I Kings 18:20-39
Kristen Donaldson joined us as our new choirmaster on April 1, 2016. We are very blessed to have her.
Kristen is the Choir Director and AP Music Theory teacher at George Walton Academy in Monroe, GA. In addition to her job at George Walton, Mrs. Donaldson has served as the music director for several On Stage Theater productions. She is also a frequent guest conductor for the Walton County Music Guild.
Mrs. Donaldson received her B.A. in Vocal Performance from Asbury University in Wilmore, KY, and her M.M. in Choral Conducting from the University of Kentucky.
She is currently in candidacy for her Doctorate in Music Education at the University of Georgia. She lives in Monroe with her husband Daniel and their dogs, Rosco (Black Lab) and Aria (Brittany).
She is looking forward to her new position at St. Alban’s.
Shrove Tuesday has become the last day of celebration and feasting before the Lenten season.
The name “Shrove Tuesday” is derived from the word “shrive”, which means to confess and receive absolution. The name denotes a period of cleansing, wherein a person brings their lusts and appetites under subjection through abstention and self-sacrifice.
The concept behind this practice is found in 1 Corinthians 9:27, where the Apostle Paul states: “I buffet my body and make it my slave…” Ironically, Shrove Tuesday has evolved into a day of frivolity and indulgence, during which people participate in as much pleasure and self-gratification as they can before Lent begins. (Source: ShareFaith.com).
On February 9, 2016, St. Alban’s observed Shrove Tuesday with sausage, bacon and, of course, pancakes! Pictures are below.
I am writing to let you know that Sue Henson passed away earlier this morning. I was at the house just after she passed and ministered the Episcopal Liturgy for “Ministry at Time of Death.”
I will be meeting with her daughters this afternoon and as soon as the funeral arrangements are decided, we will let you know.
I also had a special prayer time with Charles who is deeply grieving the loss of his wife.
Follow Up Regarding Funeral Arrangements for Sue:
Hello Everyone: A funeral service will be held at St. Alban’s on Friday, February 12, at 2:00 p.m. Interment will follow at Rest Haven Cemetery.There will be no viewing/visitation. People are invited to come by the house between 4 – 6 pm on Friday. Thank you, Shirley
February 7 (continuing through March 20)-Children’s Confirmation Class-11:45 a.m.
February 17-March 16 (Wednesdays)-Lenten Supper & Program-6:00 p.m.
March 24-Maundy Thursday Service-7:00 p.m.
March 25-Good Friday Services-12:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
March 27-Easter Day Service-10:00 a.m.
March 27-Easter Egg Hunt-11:15 a.m.
April 24-Choral Concert and Evensong-5:00 pm
On June 27 and June 28, 2015, the youth of St. Alban’s enjoyed a great Saturday evening and Sunday morning at the church. Under the leadership of Amarie Land, an enthusiastic group of young parishioners participated in a Lock-In on Saturday night and conducted the morning worship service on Sunday.
How refreshing it is to witness such wonderful participation from God’s children at St. Alban’s. All of you keep up the great work and enthusiasm!