Saint Alban's Episcopal Church


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!

December 2016-January 2017 Parish Calendar

Middle School and High School Sunday School

Middle School and High School
Sunday School
Starts SUNDAY, September 18

We will meet in the Narthex following the service. The EYC group will meet every other week after church to participate in a variety of activities. This week will walk over to
Cotton Café for planning and fellowship as we prepare for a great year. Join us for Fun, Fellowship, and Worship as we Walk with Christ in the community.

Our Location

St. Alban’s is located at 210 North Broad Street in Monroe, GA. We have Sunday School each Sunday beginning at 9:10 am and Holy Eucharist ar 10:00 am. If you’re in or near our location, please feel free to join us!

St. Alban’s New Red Doors

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.


Choral Concert and Evensong

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.




New Choir Master

Kristen Donaldson joined us as our new choirmaster on April 1, 2016.  We are very blessed to have her.

kristendonaldsonKristen 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.