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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

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“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

______________________________

“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

______________________________

“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

______________________________

“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

The Messenger/August 25, 2017

In Our Prayers

Please pray for:

Blane; Phil Brassie; Trevor Harris; Bob Lindsey; Bobby Thomas; Robbie Thomas; Savannah Benton; John Cannon; Anne Carter; Edwina Johnson; Bill Pardue; Jeanne Aycock; Chuck Bradley; Leanne Mathis; Marty Atkinson; Lalla Tanner.

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 1:8-2:10
Psalm 124
Romans 12:1-8
Matthew 16:13-20

Readings for Next Week:

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

Bishop’s Blurb

Mercy

The scientists call it neuroplasticity. It means our brains are always learning. It means we are not damned to habit, upbringing or culture. It means if we choose and rehearse generosity, interdependence and joy the brain will make those connections. God’s mercy is in our capacity to learn throughout life. Paul said this ages ago, “…be transformed by the renewing of your minds.” Scripture and science together, I love it! God has done God’s part with our design. Our part is to activate this capacity. Not to do that is arrogance which, is the rejection of God’s mercy.

Romans 12:2

______________________________

“Celebrations”

Happy Birthday!

August 30 – Kristen Donaldson
August 30 – Brian Jackson
September 1 – Mallory Sanders

Happy Anniversary!

August 29 – Nancy & Wilber Ward

_________________________________

“Announcements”

Potluck Luncheon-Join us for a potluck luncheon after the worship service on Sunday, August 27. Please bring your favorite dish or dessert! Meat and beverages will be provided.

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.

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!

August, September Calendars 2017

Lay Liturgical Schedule 3rd Quarter 2017

The Messenger/August 18, 2017

In Our Prayers

Please pray for:

Blane; Phil Brassie; Trevor Harris; Bob Lindsey; Bobby Thomas; Robbie Thomas; Savannah Benton; John Cannon; Anne Carter; Edwina Johnson; Bill Pardue; Jeanne Aycock; Robin Arnold; Jamie Reid; Chuck Bradley; Leanne Mathis; Marty Atkinson; Lalla Tanner.

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:

Genesis 45:1-15
Psalm 133
Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32
Matthew 15:10-28

Readings for Next Week:

Genesis 1:8-2:10
Psalm 124
Romans 12:1-8
Matthew 16:13-20

Bishop’s Blurb

Defiled

Watching what you eat is important. Watching what you say is paramount. NO invitation to be politically correct here. This is deeper. What comes to the mouth is born in the heart, Jesus said. From the mouth it rides on breath, becomes action and finds allies… character and culture get formed. We defile ourselves. This can be redeemed! Confess the distance you sit from your faith’s ideals. Take the medicine of seeing God in the face of neighbor. Vomit up the contempt you secretly harbor for others. Daily give voice to the cleansing words of grace. This is faith’s invitation.

Matthew 15:10-20

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“Celebrations”

Happy Anniversary

August 20 – Mary Jane and Roy Mallady

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“Announcements”

Thanks! – Mallory Sanders replaced the gate and fence to our playground.

Ron Mullis purchased a new door for our furnace room. He will install it when the weather is cooler.

Wilber Ward and Wayne Pickeral are repairing the railing out front.

Sue Meredith made the beautiful new worship linens.

Jim Laird, Brenda Cathey, and Lou Young did the diocesan required internal audit for us.

Jody and Bob Emmons and Wilber and Nancy Ward hosted the “Supper Club” at their homes.

Thank you so much for your generosity, time, talent, and labor!!

Potluck Luncheon-Join us for a potluck luncheon after the worship service on Sunday, August 27. Please bring your favorite dish or dessert! Meat and beverages will be provided.

Please sign the sheet provided in the narthex so we will have any idea of how many people will be attending and what you will bring.

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.

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!

August, September Calendars 2017

Lay Liturgical Schedule 3rd Quarter 2017

The Messenger/August 11, 2017

In Our Prayers

Please pray for:

Blane; Phil Brassie; Trevor Harris; Bob Lindsey; Bobby Thomas; Robbie Thomas; Savannah Benton; John Cannon; Anne Carter; Edwina Johnson; Bill Pardue; Jeanne Aycock; Robin Arnold; Gresford Smith & Family; John Walton Henderson; Jamie Reid; Chuck Bradley; Lisa Canipelli & Family

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:

Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28
Psalm 105:1-6, 16-22, 45b
Romans 10:5-15
Matthew 14:22-33

Readings for Next Week:

Genesis 45:1-15
Psalm 133
Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32
Matthew 15:10-28

Bishop’s Message

All doubt. It’s a human thing. Still, Jesus asks the question, “why did YOU doubt?” We doubt for at least three reasons: lack of information, lack of experience or fear. How about you? Being curious about why we doubt can cause our faith to grow. What information do you need about God to shore up your faith? When it comes to experience, there’s no substitute for “tasting and seeing.” Faith not grounded in experience is not faith. Being faithful in your real life is what counts. And fear? Fear is malignant without the medicine of faith. Faith never lets fear have the last word

Matthew 14:31

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“Celebrations”

Happy Birthday

August 14 – Jeanne Aycock

Happy Anniversary

August 15 – Mary Ann & Bob Lindsey

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“Announcements”

This Sunday, August 13, Suzanne Roberts will be playing “hymns with classical themes” on the piano before the worship service. Please plan to arrive 15 minutes early to enjoy this performance.

Rev. Pat Merchant’s Schedule – August

Monday, August 14 – Here at St. Alban’s
Tuesday, August 15 – Pat has hand surgery
Friday, August 18 – Here at St. Alban’s
August 20-31 – Regular Schedule of Tuesday, Wednesday, & Sunday

Pat is having surgery on her hand Tuesday, August 15. Tuesday is the usual day she is here, but it is the only day the doctor does surgery. She will be here on Friday, August 18, instead.

Contact information for Pat: 513-259-5117 or patmrchnt@aol.com.

Potluck Luncheon-Join us for a potluck luncheon after the worship service on Sunday, August 27. Please bring your favorite dish or dessert! Meat and beverages will be provided.

Please sign the sheet provided in the narthex so we will have any idea of how many people will be attending and what you will bring.

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.

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!

August, September Calendars 2017

Lay Liturgical Schedule 3rd Quarter 2017


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