Saint Alban's Episcopal Church

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The Messenger/June 15, 2018

In Our Prayers

Please pray for:

Blane; Savannah Benton; John Cannon; Edwina Johnson; Jeanne Aycock; Laura Guest; Bobby Thomas; Monica Thomas; Eddie Farmer; Ralph Ammerman; Kim Turner; Bo Warren; Ashton Sexton; Max Hoglen; Don Lester

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:

I Samuel 15:34-16:13
Psalm 20
II Corinthians 5:6-17
Mark 4:26-34

Readings for Next Week:

I Samuel 17:57-18:5, 10-16
Psalm 133
II Corinthians 6:1-13
Mark 4:35-41

Bishop’s Blurb

Round

If God were a shape, I bet God would be round. Like a squiggly chalk circle drawn by a small child. Or, maybe even a big lavender-colored bubble. Round and whole, without end, always expanding. Gaining ground. Consuming everything that is loveless. Reversing the consequences of lovelessness. Defeating arrogance with gentleness. Hard to see God doing all that from our vantage point. Hard to always believe that God can round off all the jagged things we do and have become. But that’s what God pledged. “I will accomplish it,” is what God said. Full circle. Ezekiel 17:22-24

“Celebrations”

Happy Birthday!

June 15 – Mary Jane Mallady
June 18 – Susan McDaniel
June 23 – Gareth Fenley

“Announcements”

Welcome Back! We welcome Rev. Claiborne Jones this Sunday, June 17, as our guest priest. It is always a pleasure to have her with us.
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Attention – Rev. Pat will be on vacation June 17th through June 24th. The Rev. Claiborne Jones will be our supply priest this Sunday and Rev. Bill Deneke will officiate the service on June 24. Pat will also be off on Sunday, July 1. The Rev. Corinne Crammer will be our supply priest for that worship service.
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Many Thanks to Mary Jane and Roy Mallady for having us to your farm last Saturday evening. It was a wonderful evening! Thank you!
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St. Alban’s Presents
ART WORKS
Art Lessons & Exploration
Youth, Ages 6-16
July 9-13, 9 am – 12 pm

Lessons in drawing, painting, arrangements & more!

Cost: $15.00 – Payment to be made on the first day, July 9, at the door.

Registration forms available in the Narthex. Registration ends July 3rd.

Questions? Please call Judy at 770-312-0941.
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Farmers Market – Monroe

St. Alban’s is hosting the Walton Wellness Mobile Farmacy on Wednesday evenings through mid-July. Fresh vegetables and fruit will be distributed in our parking lot to around 100 people in need who have registered to receive this free produce. The goal of the ministry is to improve the diet, health and quality of life for the less fortunate in Walton County. Our Outreach Committee will be assisting Walton Wellness and F.I.S.H. with this complementary farmers market.

Volunteers from St. Alban’s are needed to assist with this ministry on Wednesday evenings from April 25th through July 11th. The market begins at 6 p.m. (with volunteers needed at 5:30 to set up) and is normally completed by 7 p.m. If you are able to participate, please sign up on the sheets available on the round table in the Narthex or contact Nicole Richards or Marvin Gray. For more detail information regarding this 8 year old ministry, please contact DeDe Harris, Walton Wellness Director, at 770-313-8107.

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FISH4KIDS
Help nourish our youngest neighbors by supporting the FISH4KIDS program.

More than 375 volunteers come together each summer to prepare 2,425 sack lunches each day, Monday-Friday. The lunches are then delivered door-to-door throughout Walton County. Each lunch is bag full of hope!

FISH4KIDS also serves 1,525 students during the school year through the Backpack Buddies program. These children receive food on Fridays in their backpacks to feed them through the weekend.

Text FISH4KIDS to 41444 to sponsor a child or make a donation. This gift can be made in honor of a special person like your favorite teacher, parent or pastor or designated as a memorial gift – All on your phone in just a few seconds.

Marvin Gray will once again drive the church van to Social Circle every Tuesday and Thursday this summer to deliver the sack lunches for distribution. If you would like to volunteer to help, volunteer information for all aspects of FISH can be found at fishofwalton.com.
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Pledge Reminder – Summer is fast approaching and everyone is making plans to travel and do different things. We ask that you please don’t forget St. Alban’s and continue to pay your pledge during the summer months. Thank you!
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Tai Chi Classes

Thursdays – 6:30 p.m.
Instructor – Bill Carter
$2.00 per Class

June & July Parish Calendars 2018Lay

Liturgical Schedule – 2nd Quarter 2018

Lay Liturgical Schedule Third Quarter 2018

The Messenger/June 8, 2018

In Our Prayers

Please pray for:

Blane; Savannah Benton; John Cannon; Edwina Johnson; Jeanne Aycock; Laura Guest; Bobby Thomas; Monica Thomas; Eddie Farmer; Ralph Ammerman; Kim Turner; Bo Warren; Ashton Sexton; Max Hoglen; Don Lester

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:

I Samuel 8:4-20, 11:14-15
Psalm 138
II Corinthians 4:13-5:1
Mark 3:20-35

Readings for Next Week:

I Samuel 15:34-16:13
Psalm 20
II Corinthians 5:6-17
Mark 4:26-34

Priest’s Letter

Dearly Beloved,

Often I am asked, how may I help St. Alban’s grow? I fumble around trying to think of something quickly before I lose their attention. Now I have one answer.

If you really love St. Alban’s and want to see it grow, please come to Church. Please worship regularly. The more people in the worship service the more energy and excitement. The more people to sing, to pray, to laugh and to cry together, the more we will feel this joy.

The Diocese reports how many services we have every year and what is our average attendance. We experienced a tough January and February through the cold and flu season. Few people were in church. I truly hope you will come and enjoy the air conditioning while we drink coffee. The greater our numbers now, the more viable and healthy our numbers in the long run.

Note: Numbers do not tell all the truth…but they do tell a truth. In the 90’s, I was in Fayetteville helping to start a new church. Sometimes we had 20, 50 or as we grew as many as 80 worshiping in a makeshift worship space. We were across the street from a Pike Nursery and during the service you could hear the loudspeaker announcing, “Pick up order of manure on the dock one.” It had it’s way of infusing a bit of humor. My fear was that the numbers were never good enough. While I served there, I began to trust that the numbers were telling me a truth. The numbers told me we were growing or we were on a plateau.

Come Worship the Lord in his beauty and truth.

Lovepat
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Bishop’s Blurb

Restrain

What is lovable about Jesus is he’s undeterred. He mobilized people of all kinds in his God enterprise. He drew and affected crowds that organized religion couldn’t or wouldn’t. This caused people to want to “restrain” him. Even his family. We do that, don’t we? We are moved by his words and his love. His stories still touch us…beg us to live differently. But, we restrain him. Explain him away. Reduce him to an ancient Sunday story that has no power for Monday. But, what if we stopped that? What if we let him run free through our lives?

Mark 3:20-35

“Celebrations”

Happy Birthday!

June 15 – Mary Jane Mallady

“Announcements”

St. Alban’s Day
Beaver Creek Farm
This Saturday, June 9 – 5:00 p.m.

St. Alban’s Day at Beaver Creek Farm is Saturday, June 9th, at 5:00 p.m. If it is raining Saturday, we will have it the next day, Sunday, June 10th (rain or shine!!). Roy and Mary Jane will provide the meat (barbeque), beer, wine, and soft drinks. Everyone is asked to bring a side dish or dessert. Please sign the sheet provided in the Narthex or just call at the last minute (404-735-5009).

Directions: From the church, head towards the courthouse and go 1.2 miles on Main Street (towards Social Circle). Turn left at Atha Road by the Chevron Gas Station. Go straight for 5-3/4 miles and turn right on Adcock Road (one mile past Harmony Baptist Church). Beaver Creek Farm is half a mile on the right.
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New Organist / Choir Director

The Vestry of St. Alban’s is pleased to announce the appointment of Vince Evans as the new Organist/Choir Director for the congregation.

A search committee was formed in early May to develop a job description and qualifications that we desired. Vince Evans exceeded all of the qualifications and after an intensive interview, including playing the organ, the committee unanimously recommended Mr. Evans to the Vestry who approved the appointment on June 5th.

Vince Evans has a Bachelor of Music, a Bachelor of Church Music, and a Master of Music. He has done graduate studies in education, theology, church music, and organ. He has served Holy Trinity in Decatur, the Episcopal Church of the Holy Cross in Decatur, St. Clare’s Episcopal Church in Blairsville, and churches of other denominations. He is currently the principal organist for all chapel services at the Lovett School in Atlanta.

The search committee was impressed with his commitment to the role of music as a ministry in the church. He is excited to grow our choir, both in numbers and quality.

The members of St. Alban’s are deeply indebted to Tom Ayer who has served as our organist and choir director during the past year. Tom is excited to begin retirement in Cape Coral, Florida. We wish God’s richest blessings on his retirement and thank him for a job WELL DONE.

Please join us for a reception after the worship service in the parish hall to welcome Vince Evans and say farewell to Tom Ayer.
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Attention – Rev. Pat will be on vacation June 17th through June 24th. The Rev. Claiborne Jones will be our supply priest on June 17; The Rev. Bill Deneke will be our supply priest on June 24. Rev. Pat will also be off on Sunday, July 1. The Rev. Corinne Crammer will our supply priest that Sunday.
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Farmers Market – Monroe

St. Alban’s is hosting the Walton Wellness Mobile Farmacy on Wednesday evenings through mid-July. Fresh vegetables and fruit will be in our parking lot to around 100 people in need who have registered to receive this free produce. The goal of the ministry is to improve the diet, health and quality of life for the less fortunate in Walton County. Our Outreach Committee will be assisting Walton Wellness and F.I.S.H. with this complementary farmers market.

Volunteers from St. Alban’s are needed to assist with this ministry on Wednesday evenings from April 25th through July 11th. The market begins at 6 p.m. (with volunteers needed at 5:30 to set up) and is normally completed by 7 p.m. If you are able to participate, please sign up on the sheets available on the round table in the Narthex or contact Nicole Richards or Marvin Gray. For more detail information regarding this 8 year old ministry, please contact DeDe Harris, Walton Wellness Director, at 770-313-8107.

DeDe has put together a pictorial story display of the garden and the market. Be sure and check it out this Sunday, June 10th, in the parish hall.!

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FISH4KIDS
Help nourish our youngest neighbors by supporting the FISH4KIDS program.

More than 375 volunteers come together each summer to prepare 2,425 sack lunches each day, Monday-Friday. The lunches are then delivered door-to-door throughout Walton County. Each lunch is bag full of hope!

FISH4KIDS also serves 1,525 students during the school year through the Backpack Buddies program. These children receive food on Fridays in their backpacks to feed them through the weekend.

Text FISH4KIDS to 41444 to sponsor a child or make a donation. This gift can be made in honor of a special person like your favorite teacher, parent or pastor or designated as a memorial gift – All on your phone in just a few seconds.

Marvin Gray will once again drive the church van to Social Circle every Tuesday and Thursday this summer to deliver the sack lunches for distribution. If you would like to volunteer to help, volunteer information for all aspects of FISH can be found at fishofwalton.com.



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Pledge Reminder – Summer is fast approaching and everyone is making plans to travel and do different things. We ask that you please don’t forget St. Alban’s and continue to pay your pledge during the summer months. Thank you!
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Tai Chi Classes

Thursdays – 6:30 p.m.
Instructor – Bill Carter
$2.00 per Class

June & July Parish Calendars 2018

Lay Liturgical Schedule – 2nd Quarter 2018

The Messenger/May 25, 2018

In Our Prayers

Please pray for:

Blane; Savannah Benton; John Cannon; Edwina Johnson; Jeanne Aycock; Laura Guest; Bobby Thomas; Monica Thomas; Eddie Farmer; Ralph Ammerman; Kim Turner; Bo Warren; Ashton Sexton; Max Hoglen; Don Lester

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:

Isaiah 6:1-8
Psalm 29
Romans 8:12-17
John 3:1-17

Readings for Next Week:

I Samuel 3:1-20
Psalm 13:1-5, 12-17
II Corinthians 4:5-12
Mark 2:23-3:6

Clergy’s Corner

Dearly beloved,

Thank you for your response to my sermon last week. I was very surprised and humbled. I believe that good preaching happens best when the preacher loves the people she serves.

Let us pray that the Pentecostal fire will grow in each of us as we move forward together.

I hope you will talk with me or a Vestry member about your ministry at St. Alban’s. Our lives are enriched double fold each time we serve and ask each other to join.

Enjoy this Memorial Day weekend as we remember with gratitude all those who are serving and who have served our Country in the Armed Forces.

Lift up your hearts!
Lovepat

Bishop’s Blurb

The Way

“Imagine our homes and families where love is the way. Imagine our neighborhoods and communities where love is the way. Imagine our governments and nations where love is the way. Imagine business and commerce where this love is the way. Imagine this tired old world where love is the way. When love is the way-unselfish, sacrificial, redemptive.

When love is the way, then no child will go to bed hungry in this world ever again. When love is the way, we will let justice roll down like a mighty stream and righteousness like an ever flowing brook. When love is the way, poverty will become history. When love is the way, the earth will be a sanctuary. When love is the way, we will lay down our swords and shields, down by the riverside, to study war no more.”

An excerpt of Presiding Bishop Curry’s homily at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

“Celebrations”

Happy Birthday!

May 28 – Nancy Ward
June 1 – Riley Tucker
June 2 – Nancy Manley
June 4 – Lilly Hoglen
June 4 – Sue Meredith

“Announcements”

St. Alban’s Day
Beaver Creek Farm Rescheduled!
Saturday, June 9 – 5:00 p.m.

St. Alban’s Day at Beaver Creek Farm will now be Saturday, June 9th, at 5:00 p.m. If it is raining Saturday, we will have it the next day, Sunday, June 10th (rain or shine!!). Roy and Mary Jane will provide the meat (barbeque), beer, wine, and soft drinks. Everyone is asked to bring a side dish or dessert. Please sign the sheet provided in the Narthex or just call at the last minute (404-735-5009).

Directions: From the church, head towards the courthouse and go 1.2 miles on Main Street (towards Social Circle). Turn left at Atha Road by the Chevron Gas Station. Go straight for 5-3/4 miles and turn right on Adcock Road (one mile past Harmony Baptist Church). Beaver Creek Farm is half a mile on the right.

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Farmers Market – Monroe

St. Alban’s is hosting the Walton Wellness Mobile Farmacy on Wednesday evenings through mid-July. Fresh vegetables and fruit will be distributed in our parking lot to around 100 people in need who have registered to receive this free produce. The goal of the ministry is to improve the diet, health and quality of life for the less fortunate in Walton County. Our Outreach Committee will be assisting Walton Wellness and F.I.S.H. with this complementary farmers
market.

Volunteers from St. Alban’s are needed to assist with this ministry on Wednesday evenings from April 25th through July 11th. The market begins at 6 p.m. (with volunteers needed at 5:30 to set up) and is normally completed by 7 p.m. If you are able to participate, please sign up on the sheets available on the round table in the Narthex or contact Nicole Richards or Marvin Gray. For more detail information regarding this 8 year old ministry, please contact DeDe Harris, Walton Wellness Director, at 770-313-8107.

FISH4KIDS
Help nourish our youngest neighbors by supporting the FISH4KIDS program.

More than 375 volunteers come together each summer to prepare 2,425 sack lunches each day, Monday-Friday. The lunches are then delivered door-to-door throughout Walton County. Each lunch is bag full of hope!

FISH4KIDS also serves 1,525 students during the school year through the Backpack Buddies program. These children receive food on Fridays in their backpacks to feed them through the weekend.

Consider playing in the 9th annual Ed Reinagel FISH4KIDS golf tournament happening on May 24th. Each player sponsors 1 child for the summer – 45 sack lunches and a hygiene kit. Be a tournament sponsor. Sign up at fishofwalton.com.

Text FISH4KIDS to 41444 to sponsor a child or make a donation. This gift can be made in honor of a special person like your favorite teacher, parent or pastor or designated as a memorial gift – All on your phone in just a few seconds.

Marvin Gray will once again drive the church van to Social Circle every Tuesday and Thursday this summer (starting May 29th) to deliver the sack lunches for distribution. If you would like to volunteer to help, volunteer information for all aspects of FISH can be found at fishofwalton.com.

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Vacation Notice – Shirley Morgan will be on vacation next week, May 28th through June 1. She will be back in the church office on June 4.
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Pledge Reminder – Summer is fast approaching and everyone is making plans to travel and do different things. We ask that you please don’t forget St. Alban’s and continue to pay your pledge during the summer months. Thank you!
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Tai Chi Classes

Wednesdays – 2:00 p.m.

Thursdays – 6:30 p.m.

Instructor – Bill Carter

$2.00 per Class

May & June Parish Calendars 2018

Lay Liturgical Schedule – 2nd Quarter 2018

The Messenger/May 18, 2018

In Our Prayers

Please pray for:

Blane; Savannah Benton; John Cannon; Edwina Johnson; Jeanne Aycock; Laura Guest; Bobby Thomas; Monica Thomas; Eddie Farmer; Ralph Ammerman; Bill Carter & Family; Kim Turner; Bo Warren; Ashton Sexton; Max Hoglen

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.

Readings for This Week:

Acts 2:1-21
Psalm 104:25-35, 37
Romans 8:22-27
John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15

Readings for Next Week:

Isaiah 6:1-8
Psalm 29
Romans 8:12-17
John 3:1-17

Clergy’s Corner

Dearly beloved,

Several weeks ago, I spoke with Canon Schuster Weltner about our future plans.

We are a small parish so the Vestry will do the work of the Search Committee when these decisions are needed.

This summer we are to forward our monthly financial statements, audit reports and Parochial (yearly) reports to the Diocese so that they can assess our financial health.

In September, we will set up the online Church Assessment Tool…CAT or more affectionately, the Holy Cow. Everyone participates by individually answering some basic questions. We will receive this analysis a few months later. Then, we will do the work of evaluating our future steps.

Canon Weltner confirmed that I may continue to recommit to Saint Albans every six months. The next time will be September.

Sunday, we celebrate Pentecost-the birthday of the church! Happy Birthday to the Christian Church! Wear some red to join the celebration.

See you at church❤️
Lovepat

Bishop’s Blurb

Words

There’s real resistance by individuals and the institutional church to engage friends and strangers with what we call, “the good news of Jesus Christ.” Sure, many preachers preach it and many worshippers nod but, quietly we know and accept no progress will be made. Maybe there’s an opportunity in Jesus’ prayer for us. When he prays to God he says, “the words that you gave to me I have given to them….” Maybe we could start there. Don’t call it evangelism, call it “words.” Just say the words God put on your heart: Love. Forgiveness. Truth. Faith. Would you share those?

“Celebrations”

Happy Birthday!

May 19 – Ryleigh Corcoran
May 22 – Marian Sweeney
May 24 – Jennifer Hardy

“Announcements”

Party at Beaver Creek Farm Postponed – Due to the rainy weather, the party at Mary Jane and Roy Mallady’s farm this Saturday night is cancelled. The party will be rescheduled soon.
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Congratulations! – Eli, Nicole Richards’ son, will attend the College of Coastal Georgia in the fall on a basketball scholarship.
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New Parish Directory! – Our new parish directory is now available in the Narthex. Pick one up this Sunday.

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Farmers Market – Monroe

St. Alban’s is hosting the Walton Wellness Mobile Farmacy on Wednesday evenings through mid-July. Fresh vegetables and fruit will be distributed in our parking lot to around 100 people in need who have registered to receive this free produce. The goal of the ministry is to improve the diet, health and quality of life for the less fortunate in Walton County. Our Outreach Committee will be assisting Walton Wellness and F.I.S.H. with this complementary farmers
market.

Volunteers from St. Alban’s are needed to assist with this ministry on Wednesday evenings from April 25th through July 11th. The beginning time for the market is 6 p.m. (with volunteers needed at 5:30 to set up) and is normally completed by 7 p.m. If you are able to participate, please sign up on the sheets available on the round table in the Narthex or contact Nicole Richards or Marvin Gray. For more detail information regarding this 8 year old ministry, please contact DeDe Harris, Walton Wellness Director, at 770-313-8107.

FISH4KIDS

Help nourish our youngest neighbors by supporting the FISH4KIDS program.

More than 375 volunteers come together each summer to prepare 2,425 sack lunches each day, Monday-Friday. The lunches are then delivered door-to-door throughout Walton County. Each lunch is bag full of hope!

FISH4KIDS also serves 1,525 students during the school year through the Backpack Buddies program. These children receive food on Fridays in their backpacks to feed them through the weekend.

Consider playing in the 9th annual Ed Reinagel FISH4KIDS golf tournament happening on May 24th. Each player sponsors 1 child for the summer – 45 sack lunches and a hygiene kit. Be a tournament sponsor. Sign up at fishofwalton.com.

Text FISH4KIDS to 41444 to sponsor a child or make a donation. This gift can be made in honor of a special person like your favorite teacher, parent or pastor or designated as a memorial gift – All on your phone in just a few seconds.

Marvin Gray will once again drive the church van to Social Circle every Tuesday and Thursday this summer (starting May 29th) to deliver the sack lunches for distribution. If you would like to volunteer to help, volunteer information for all aspects of FISH can be found at fishofwalton.com.
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Vacation Notice – Shirley Morgan will be on vacation May 28th through June 1. She will be back in the church office on June 4.
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Pledge Reminder – Summer is fast approaching and everyone is making plans to travel and do different things. We ask that you please don’t forget St. Alban’s and continue to pay your pledge during the summer months. Thank you!

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Do You Like to Paint? If you do, would you donate your time to paint some of the classrooms here at St. Alban’s? We will supply the paint and supplies. Please contact Stan Brassie at 770-267-2681 or stanbrassie@gmail.com.

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Tai Chi Classes
Wednesdays – 2:00 p.m.
Thursdays – 6:30 p.m.
Instructor – Bill Carter
$2.00 per class.

May & June Parish Calendars 2018

Lay Liturgical Schedule – 2nd Quarter 2018

The Messenger/May 11, 2018

In Our Prayers

Please pray for:

Blane; Savannah Benton; John Cannon; Edwina Johnson; Jeanne Aycock; Laura Guest; Bobby Thomas; Monica Thomas; Eddie Farmer; Ralph Ammerman; Bill Carter & Family; Kim Turner; Bo Warren; Ashton Sexton

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:

Acts 1:15-17, 21-26
Psalm 1
I John 5:9-13
John 17:6-1

Readings for Next Week:

Acts 2:1-21
Psalm 104:25-35, 37
Romans 8:22-27
John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15

Clergy’s Corner

Dearly beloved,

Thank you so much for your participation in History Day. I learned a lot and I am grateful for the stories that were told. I hope if you have not been in the parish hall and looked at the newsprint you will visit and participate by using the sticky notes and the instruction that goes with them. I believe that when we gather the sheets we will have a better understanding of who we have been and where we feel called to go from here.

I hope you will join me in welcoming our own Dr. Nancy Manley to her new office in the old choir room, next to the gathering space where we gather to go into worship. Her counseling center is called Alcovy Spring Counseling Services. A couple of months ago she told me her lease was up in the building she rented space. I invited her to consider space at St. Alban’s. Talking to the Warden’s she found the space and is still getting arranged and comfortable. She works with families, and often with young people and children.

The Prayer Book that we are using was completed and voted by the General Convention in 1979 to the standard for Episcopal Worship. As you may know at that time we changed from having Morning Prayer three weeks and the Eucharist or Holy Communion only once a month. In teaching about the change to the weekly celebration of Eucharist, we were educated about the meaning of the arrangement of the different parts of the liturgy. One central piece of our practice was to find alternatives to the Doxology as the presentation anthem. The reason is that the Doxology precedes The Great Thanksgiving which is the liturgical high point of the liturgy.

Beginning the Sunday after Pentecost, we will sing a presentation anthem that is appropriately called “Thank you, Lord.” It is easy to sing and we will be learning it the next three weeks.

Hope you have the Mallady Picnic on your calendar for May 19.

Peace, grace and blessings,

Lovepat+

Bishop’s Blurb

Salute

The story of Moses is really a story of four women. Shiphrah and Puah were midwives that defied the evil decree of Pharaoh and showed us motherhood as advocacy. Though their own children weren’t in harm’s way, they advocated for the safety of all children. Then there’s Moses’ biological mother, Jochebed. She represents the spirit of sacrifice common among mothers. Because of her hard choice to give her son a future beyond her means, Moses is launched on his journey. Then comes Pharaoh’s daughter. Her heart was so large and soft she adopted another woman’s child as her own. On this Mother’s Day weekend, we salute the spirit of advocacy, sacrifice and compassion displayed by so many mothers.
Exodus 1:15-2:9

“Celebrations”

Happy Birthday!

May 19 – Ryleigh Corcoran

“Announcements”

Congratulations 2018 Graduates

Savannah Wayne Thomas – Graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Finance – (Daughter of Sara & Robbie Thomas; Granddaughter of Carolyn & Wayne Pickeral)

Elijah Goodman – Graduating from Monroe Area High School (Son of Nicole Richards; Grandson of Valerie Richards)

Jamie Atkinson – Graduated from the University of Georgia with a PhD in Education. (Son-in-law of Judy Terry)

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New Parish Directory! Our new parish directory is now available in the Narthex. Pick one up this Sunday.

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Pentecost-Sunday, May 20, is Pentecost, the celebration of the gift of the Holy Spirit to the Church. It is also called the “Birthday of the Church.”

If you would like to be baptized, please call the church office so that Pat may arrange a time to meet with you.

Remember that we wear red to church on this day.
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Farmers Market – Monroe

St. Alban’s is hosting the Walton Wellness Mobile Farmacy on Wednesday evenings through mid-July. Fresh vegetables and fruit will be distributed in our parking lot to around 100 people in need who have registered to receive this free produce. The goal of the ministry is to improve the diet, health and quality of life for the less fortunate in Walton County. Our Outreach Committee will be assisting Walton Wellness and F.I.S.H. with this complementary farmers market.

Volunteers from St. Alban’s are needed to assist with this ministry on Wednesday evenings from April 25th through July 11th. The beginning time for the market is 6 p.m. (with volunteers needed at 5:30 to set up) and is normally completed by 7 p.m. If you are able to participate, please sign up on the sheets available on the round table in the Narthex or contact Nicole Richards or Marvin Gray. For more detail information regarding this 8 year old ministry, please contact DeDe Harris, Walton Wellness Director, at 770-313-8107.
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FISH4KIDS

Help nourish our youngest neighbors by supporting the FISH4KIDS program.

More than 375 volunteers come together each summer to prepare 2,425 sack lunches each day, Monday-Friday. The lunches are then delivered door-to-door throughout Walton County. Each lunch is bag full of hope!

FISH4KIDS also serves 1,525 students during the school year through the Backpack Buddies program. These children receive food on Fridays in their backpacks to feed them through the weekend.

Consider playing in the 9th annual Ed Reinagel FISH4KIDS golf tournament happening on May 24th. Each player sponsors 1 child for the summer – 45 sack lunches and a hygiene kit. Be a tournament sponsor. Sign up at fishofwalton.com.

Text FISH4KIDS to 41444 to sponsor a child or make a donation. This gift can be made in honor of a special person like your favorite teacher, parent or pastor or designated as a memorial gift – All on your phone in just a few seconds.

Marvin Gray will once again drive the church van to Social Circle every Tuesday and Thursday this summer (starting May 29th) to deliver the sack lunches for distribution. If you would like to volunteer to help, volunteer information for all aspects of FISH can be found at fishofwalton.com.

Pledge Reminder – Summer is fast approaching and everyone is making plans to travel and do different things. We ask that you please don’t forget St. Alban’s and continue to pay your pledge during the summer months. Thank you!
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Do You Like to Paint? If you do, would you donate your time to paint some of the classrooms here at St. Alban’s? We will supply the paint and supplies. Please contact Stan Brassie at 770-267-2681 or stanbrassie@gmail.com.

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Announcing!!!

St. Alban’s Day at Beaver Creek Farm Saturday, May 19 5:00 p.m.

Roy and Mary Jane Mallady have graciously invited everyone to come to their farm on May 19th at 5:00 p.m. They have horses, cows, dogs, cats, goats, sheep, ducks, rabbits, lots of chickens, and small birds (canaries and love birds). Children and adults are welcome to hold a rabbit, baby chicken, or feed a horse a carrot. There will be a hayride on a tractor drawn trailer to see the woods, and maybe a wild deer, and to feed the fish in the lake. If the weather is a little cool, there will be a fire in the barbeque building or outside in a hugh fire pit. There is also a beautiful flower garden to enjoy.

Roy and Mary Jane will provide the meat (barbeque), beer, wine, and soft drinks. Everyone is asked to bring a side dish or dessert. You can sign up on the sheet provided in the Narthex or just call at the last minute! If the weather is nice, it will be a fun and relaxing evening.

Directions: From the church, head towards the courthouse and go 1.2 miles on Main Street (towards Social Circle). Turn left at Atha Road by the Chevron Gas Station. Go straight for 5-3/4 miles and turn right on Adcock Road (one mile past Harmony Baptist Church). Beaver Creek Farm is half a mile on the right.

If raining, we will move to the next day, Sunday, May 20th. If in doubt, call 404-735-5009
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Tai Chi Classes

Wednesdays – 2:00 p.m.
Thursdays – 6:30 p.m.
Instructor – Bill Carter
$2.00 per class.

May & June Parish Calendars 2018

Lay Liturgical Schedule – 2nd Quarter 2018

The Messenger/May 4, 2018

In Our Prayers

Please pray for:

Blane; Savannah Benton; John Cannon; Edwina Johnson; Jeanne Aycock; Laura Guest; Bobby Thomas; Monica Thomas; Eddie Farmer; Ralph Ammerman; Bill Carter & Family; Kim Turner; Bo Warren

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:

Acts 10:44-48
Psalm 98
I John 5:1-6
John 15:9-17

Readings for Next Week:

Acts 1:15-17, 21-26
Psalm 1
I John 5:9-13
John 17:6-1

Clergy’s Corner

Dear Beloved,

In a recent edition of the Walton Tribune, there was a glossy insert called “Visions.” This large magazine covers much of the social, political and educational life of Walton County. I have been reading it with great interest. The focus of this periodical is to encourage the readers to be aware of what is happening now in the county and what is planned for the future.

I am only the Interim Priest serving you at St. Alban’s. My work includes preparing you to call a new Rector to serve St. Alban’s. The Vestry and I are inviting you to attend an important step in this process. This Sunday following the worship service we will have potluck, homemade ice cream and an experience of sharing our memories of St. Alban’s history. We will look at the 68-year history of our parish.

Sharing our story, our corporate story in this public way, will allow those of us who do not know the history to understand and appreciate it in greater detail. Why is this important? It allows all of us to tell and hear stories about the past that will help create our future.

Each of us knows the importance of the events in our childhood that shaped the choices we have made and the people we are today. The same is true for the history of the people of our community.

An important part of this exercise is to consider what have we learned from these stories and our history. What might we do differently in the future and what do we wish to remain doing? We will use information from this gathering to begin to seek a clearer view of our future.

I am asking you to be in church on Sunday, regardless of how long you have attended St. Alban’s…a few weeks or 60 plus years. If you have some stories you would like to tell, please be prepared to share them with us. Think of a time and/or an event that was significant to you and your spiritual journey. What was it about that event that you remember and why do you think it has remained important to you?

We will have newsprint lining the walls of the parish hall with the dates of past Clergy’s tenure and the events that are part of St. Alban’s history. Examples would be: who were the music directors, who taught Sunday School, and when did the ECW and the Men’s group become inactive.

Please, please prayerfully consider being here on Sunday. I believe when we gather after church for lunch, we will have more than adequate time for this most important review.

With all my heart, I hope to see and hear from you on Sunday.

Lovepat+

Bishop’s Blurb

Chosen

We are “chosen” by God-chosen to understand that faith is more than a function of cognition or willpower. Being chosen starts with the heart of God and means God is deliberate with a definite outcome in mind. It means down in a place we can’t explain or control, we know God is for us. Chosen means abundant life is a dynamic dialogue, not a tragic ego-driven monologue. We are chosen for a fruitful friendship with God. Chosen to stand beside the other chosen 7 billion people of this planet. Chosen to sail on grace.

    John 15:16

“Celebrations”

Happy Birthday!

May 5 – Marvin Gray

“Announcements”

Pot Luck & History Day

Please join us this Sunday, May 6th, after the worship service in the parish hall for good food, homemade ice cream, and to celebrate our history as a church. Please plan to bring your favorite side dish or dessert. Meat and drinks will be provided.
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Pentecost-Sunday, May 20, is Pentecost, the celebration of the gift of the Holy Spirit to the Church. It is also called the “Birthday of the Church.”

If you would like to be baptized, please call the church office so that Pat may arrange a time to meet with you.

Remember that we wear red to church on this day.
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Farmers Market – Monroe

St. Alban’s is hosting the Walton Wellness Mobile Farmacy on Wednesday evenings through mid-July. Fresh vegetables and fruit will be distributed in our parking lot to around 100 people in need who have registered to receive this free produce. The goal of the ministry is to improve the diet, health and quality of life for the less fortunate in Walton County. Our Outreach Committee will be assisting Walton Wellness and F.I.S.H. with this complementary farmers market.

Volunteers from St. Alban’s are needed to assist with this ministry on Wednesday evenings from April 25th through July 11th. The beginning time for the market is
6 p.m. (with volunteers needed at 5:30 to set up) and is normally completed by 7 p.m. If you are able to participate, please sign up on the sheets available on the round table in the Narthex or contact Nicole Richards or Marvin Gray. For more detail information regarding this 8 year old ministry, please contact DeDe Harris, Walton Wellness Director, at 770-313-8107.
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Pledge Reminder – Summer is fast approaching and everyone is making plans to travel and do different things. We ask that you please don’t forget St. Alban’s and continue to pay your pledge during the summer months. Thank you!
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Do You Like to Paint? If you do, would you donate your time to paint some of the classrooms here at St. Alban’s? We will supply the paint and supplies. Please contact Stan Brassie at 770-267-2681 or stanbrassie@gmail.com.

Announcing!!!

St. Alban’s Day at Beaver Creek Farm Saturday, May 19 5:00 p.m.

Roy and Mary Jane Mallady have graciously invited everyone to come to their farm on May 19th at 5:00 p.m. They have horses, cows, dogs, cats, goats, sheep, ducks, rabbits, lots of chickens, and small birds (canaries and love birds). Children and adults are welcome to hold a rabbit, baby chicken, or feed a horse a carrot. There will be a hayride on a tractor drawn trailer to see the woods, and maybe a wild deer, and to feed the fish in the lake. If the weather is a little cool, there will be a fire in the barbeque building or outside in a hugh fire pit. There is also a beautiful flower garden to enjoy.

Roy and Mary Jane will provide the meat (barbeque), beer, wine, and soft drinks. Everyone is asked to bring a side dish or dessert. You can sign up on the sheet provided in the Narthex or just call at the last minute! If the weather is nice, it will be a fun and relaxing evening.

Directions: From the church, head towards the courthouse and go 1.2 miles on Main Street (towards Social Circle). Turn left at Atha Road by the Chevron Gas Station. Go straight for 5-3/4 miles and turn right on Adcock Road (one mile past Harmony Baptist Church). Beaver Creek Farm is half a mile on the right.

If raining, we will move to the next day, Sunday, May 20th. If in doubt, call 404-735-5009 ____________________________________________________

Tai Chi Classes

Wednesdays – 2:00 p.m.
Thursdays – 6:30 p.m.
Instructor – Bill Carter
$2.00 per class.

May & June Parish Calendars 2018

Lay Liturgical Schedule – 2nd Quarter 2018

The Messenger/April 27, 2018

In Our Prayers

Please pray for:

Blane; Savannah Benton; John Cannon; Edwina Johnson; Jeanne Aycock; Bo Warren; Laura Guest; Bobby Thomas; Monica Thomas; Eddie Farmer; Ralph Ammerman; Diane Corcoran; Bill Carter & Family; Lalla Tanner and Family and Friends of Audie; Kim Turner

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

Acts 8:26-40
Psalm 22:24-30
I John 4:7-21
John 15:1-8

Readings for Next Week:

Acts 10:44-48
Psalm 98
I John 5:1-6
John 15:9-17

Clergy’s Corner

Dearly Beloved,

I am having a wonderful week in South Carolina.. very relaxing retreat.

Just a quick note. Please … Please come to Church on May 6. We will have an important Potluck & discussion after Church. I call it “History Day.”
Why is it important? As a community we will review our past as a congregation & THEN we will see what we have LEARNED from our experiences & how it will shape the future.

If you have been a member 40 years, 10 years, or several weeks, we need you present at this gathering.

Please sign up in the Narthex.

Lovepat+

Bishop’s Blurb

Linger

“There is no fear in love,” says the bible. Which means, Freud is wrong when he says, “…religion is simply an illusion that offers consolation.” Love casts out fear because, “…religiously serious people do not seek and do not find consolation in their faith. What they find is realism about their circumstance. What they find is a place to linger with courage and in which to practice faith in God.” So, we don’t need cheap consolation or protective hedge-ism for our souls. We need that sense of Reality that overthrows all competing realities. That Reality is Love.

“Celebrations”

Happy Birthday!

April 28 – Meg Cooper
May 5 – Marvin Gray

“Announcements”

This Sunday, April 29, we will welcome Rev. Geoffrey Boyer back with us as our supply priest. Pat is on retreat and will be back next week.

Sunday, May 6th, we are having a Potluck Lunch and History Day in the parish hall after the worship service. Please plan to bring your favorite side dish or dessert. Meat and drinks will be provided. Please sign the sheet provided on the round table in the Narthex if you plan to attend and tell us what you will bring.

Farmers Market Monroe-Walton Wellness will be using our parking lot and Parish Hall to distribute fresh fruit and vegetables to around 100 people in need who have registered to receive the produce. Our outreach committee will be helping Walton Wellness with the market from the Mobile Farmacy Bus.

Volunteers from St. Alban’s are needed to assist with this ministry on Wednesday evenings from April 25th through July 11th. The beginning time for the market will be 6 p.m. and is normally completed by 7 p.m. If you are able to participate, please sign up on the sheets available on the round table in the Narthex or contact Nicole Richards or Marvin Gray. For more information regarding this 8 year old ministry, please contact DeDe Harris, Walton Wellness Director, at 770-313-8107.

Vestry Meeting – The next Vestry Meeting is Tuesday, May 1, 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 Libby Martin, Stan Brassie, or Rev. Pat.

National Day of Prayer – The community meeting for the National Day of Prayer is Thursday, May 3, at 12:00 pm behind the Historic Courthouse.

Do You Like to Paint? If you do, would you donate your time to paint some of the classrooms here at St. Alban’s? We will supply the paint and supplies. Please contact Stan Brassie at 770-267-2681 or stanbrassie@gmail.com.

Announcing!! St. Alban’s Day at Beaver Creek Farm, Saturday, May 19
5:00 p.m

Roy and Mary Jane Mallady have graciously invited everyone to come to their farm on May 19th at 5:00 p.m. They have horses, cows, dogs, cats, goats, sheep, ducks, rabbits, lots of chickens, and small birds (canaries and love birds). Children and adults are welcome to hold a rabbit, baby chicken, or feed a horse a carrot. There will be a hayride on a tractor drawn trailer to see the woods, and maybe a wild deer, and to feed the fish in the lake. If the weather is a little cool, there will be a fire in the barbeque building or outside in a hugh fire pit. There is also a beautiful flower garden to enjoy.

Roy and Mary Jane will provide the meat, beer, wine, and soft drinks. Everyone is asked to bring a side dish or dessert. You can sign up on the sheet provided in the Narthex or just call at the last minute! If the weather is nice, it will be a fun and relaxing evening.

Directions: From the church, head towards the courthouse and go 1.2 miles on Main Street (towards Social Circle). Turn left at Atha Road by the Chevron Gas Station. Go straight for 5-3/4 miles and turn right on Adcock Road (one mile past Harmony Baptist Church). Beaver Creek Farm is half a mile on the right.

If raining, we will move to the next day, Sunday, May 20th. If in doubt, call 404-735-5009.

Tai Chi Classes

Wednesdays – 2:00 p.m.
Thursdays – 6:30 p.m.
Instructor – Bill Carter
$2.00 per class.

May & June Parish Calendars 2018

Lay Liturgical Schedule – 2nd Quarter 2018

The Messenger/April 20, 2018

In Our Prayers

Please pray for:

Blane; Savannah Benton; John Cannon; Edwina Johnson; Jeanne Aycock; Bo Warren; Laura Guest; Bobby Thomas; Monica Thomas; Eddie Farmer; Ralph Ammerman; Diane Corcoran; Bill Carter & Family; Lalla Tanner and Family and Friends of Audie

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:

Acts 4:5-12
Psalm 23
I John 3:16-24
John 10:11-18

Readings for Next Week:

Acts 8:26-40
Psalm 22:24-30
I John 4:7-21
John 15:1-8

Clergy’s Corner

Dearly Beloved,

Thank you to everyone who donated, bought, arranged, moved furniture, cleaned up, took money and helped in many ways. After some expenses we made about a $1,000.00.

Now we need to move on toward summer. Sunday, May 6, we will have a pot luck after church. The purpose of our time together is to talk about the history of St. Alban’s. Since I began to serve here, I have heard many stories about the past. Especially about the conflicts and clergy. May 6 we will tell stories, write down dates and people, and putting it all on newsprint, we will have a visual picture of our history.

This is important information for all of us to see. In the summer, we will be gathering additional information and putting it all together in a profile that you will use to find a new Rector. If you are invested in the future of St. Alban’s, I hope you will be present for this History Day. What have we learned from the past? What do you want to stay the same and what do you want to do differently?

I have done this History Day with several other congregations I have served. The information gleaned often surprises. We remember the same events differently. If you were on the Vestry or not it makes a difference.

The future is yours to choose. Changes will be made and hopefully newcomers will have helpful perspectives.

Hoping to see our way to a new vision for St. Alban’s.

Lift up your hearts.

Love,

Pat

Bishop’s Blurb

Good

There’s so much that’s good about Jesus! Because of him, in no way, am I allowed to see myself as an ultimate waste of space. Through him, I gain a perspective that everything around me is valuable…that everything is really gift. By his example, we understand that the natural way to live as human beings is in the mutual intimacy of giving and receiving. What’s good about Jesus is he’s always making us more human. Though we want to “draw the whole world into the hungry stomach of our ego,” Jesus always sees us, all of us, as redeemable.

Based on “What is Christianity?” by Archbishop Rowan Williams

Invitation

Athens Symphony Orchestra Pops Concert
Featuring Green Flag Band with Drake School Irish Dancers
The Classic Center Theatre
Athens, Georgia
Friday, April 27 & Saturday, April 28, 2018
8:00 p.m.

We can get free tickets to either one of these concerts if anyone is interested in attending. A Celtic group will be playing, singing, and dancing with the orchestra and you can bring light refreshments. Contact Marvin Gray (678-315-4680 or Marvinsantiques@monroeaccess.net) if you would like to attend this concert.

“Celebrations”

Happy Birthday!

April 21 – Madeline Burgess
April 24 – Wayne Pickeral
April 28 – Meg Cooper

“Announcements”

Please Note – Rev. Pat will not be here next week. She will be on a retreat April 23rd through April 30th. The Rev. Geoffrey Boyer will be with us as our supply priest Sunday, April 29.
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Last Call for Pictures – The Church Directory will be printed hopefully next week. If you want your picture in the directory or if you don’t want the picture from last year to be used, please send your picture to Shirley at saintalbansmonroe@windstream.net

Sunday, May 6th, we are having a Potluck Lunch and History Day in the parish hall after the worship service. Please plan to bring your favorite side dish or dessert. Meat and drinks will be provided. Please sign the sheet provided on the round table in the Narthex if you plan to attend and tell us what you will bring.

Farmers Market – Monroe

Walton Wellness will be using our parking lot and Parish Hall to distribute fresh fruit and vegetables to around 100 people in need who have registered to receive the produce. Our outreach committee will be helping Walton Wellness with the market from the Mobile Farmacy Bus.

Volunteers from St. Alban’s are needed to assist with this ministry on Wednesday evenings from April 25th through July 11th. The beginning time for the market will be 6 p.m. and is normally completed by 7 p.m. If you are able to participate, please sign up on the sheets available on the round table in the Narthex or contact Nicole Richards or Marvin Gray. For more information regarding this 8 year old ministry, please contact DeDe Harris, Walton Wellness Director, at 770-313-8107.
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Vestry Meeting – The next Vestry Meeting is Tuesday, May 1, 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 Libby Martin, Stan Brassie, or Rev. Pat.

Tai Chi Classes
Wednesdays – 2:00 p.m.
Thursdays – 6:30 p.m.
Instructor – Bill Carter
$2.00 per class.

April & May Parish Calendars 2018

Lay Liturgical Schedule – 2nd Quarter 2018

The Messenger/April 13, 2018

In Our Prayers

Please pray for:

Blane; Savannah Benton; John Cannon; Edwina Johnson; Jeanne Aycock; Bo Warren; Laura Guest; Bobby Thomas; Monica Thomas; Eddie Farmer; Ralph Ammerman; Diane Corcoran; Bill Carter & Family; Lalla Tanner and Family and Friends of Audie

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:

Acts 3:12-19
Psalm 4
I John 3:1-7
Luke 24:36b-48

Readings for Next Week:

Acts 4:5-12
Psalm 23
I John 3:16-24
John 10:11-18

Clergy’s Corner

Dearly Beloved,

Alleluia…Christ is Risen.! The Lord has Risen…Alleluia!

This ancient Easter Greeting gives me joy to say and to hear. It zings through the dead and weary burdens we bear. The beauty of Spring in nature transforms death to life. I hope you feel the positive energy.

Last week at the vestry meeting, I signed a six month contract for my work with St. Alban’s. April 1st of this year ended my yearly contract. The diocese has a policy that after a year an Interim Priest may only sign up for six months additional work. At the conclusion of this time which would be at the end of September, we will need the Bishop’s permission for me to continue.

The plan is to have a search committee in place by late summer. We will also be looking for a new Music Director. Tom Ayer has committed to serve as our Minister of Music until the end of September. Stan Brassie has agreed to lead this search committee for our new Music Ministry.

Children and Youth Ministry- As you know we need to provide our children and youth Christian education and formation. This is a responsibility we make in our Baptismal Covenant. Mary Anne Lindsey has agreed to serve as the Chair for a Committee to evaluate our most urgent needs, focus on a job description and with her committee recommend a part time person to the Vestry that will help us begin this work. The job will be for 10-15 hours a week. The money to fund this ministry will come from our Memorial Account. We will look for someone to fill this position from outside our own membership.

I hope you will come tonight to the Preview party and enjoy refreshing drink and cheese, while you look over the what we have to sell. Even if you don’t “need” anything, please come for the fellowship.

Blessings and Joy!

Love,

Pat

Bishop’s Blurb

4

What we believe is on display when we worship. When we worship, we use 4 pieces of Scripture. Though it’s a complicated thing, we believe God speaks through the Bible! Will Willimon says, “A congregation is Christian to the degree that it is confronted by and attempts to form its life in response to the Word of God.” So we are to have a familiarity and friendship with God’s word that’s regularly changing us. Making more of us. Making us in the image of God. Our hearts are soil, God’s words are seed yearning to see the surface of our lives.

Invitation

Athens Symphony Orchestra Pops Concert
Featuring Green Flag Band with Drake School Irish Dancers
The Classic Center Theatre
Athens, Georgia
Friday, April 27 & Saturday, April 28, 2018
8:00 p.m.

We can get free tickets to either one of these concerts if anyone is interested in attending. A Celtic group will be playing, singing, and dancing with the orchestra and you can bring light refreshments. Contact Marvin Gray (678-315-4680 or Marvinsantiques@monroeaccess.net) on or before April 15th if you would like to attend this concert.

“Celebrations”

Happy Birthday!

April 14 – Tom Ayer
April 15 – Marty Atkinson
April 21 – Madeline Burgess

“Announcements”

Pastoral Care – If you know of someone in our parish who is sick or needs help, please let us know by contacting the church office (770-267-2893 or saintalbansmonroe@windstream.net); Marty Atkinson (404-372-2963 or marthaatk@gmail.com); or Rev. Pat (513-259-5117 or patmrchnt@aol.com). Thank you!

Tai Chi Classes
Wednesdays – 2:00 p.m.
Thursdays – 6:30 p.m.
Instructor – Bill Carter
$2.00 per class.

Rev. Pat’s Schedule

Friday, April 13 – 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm – Preview Sale – 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 14 – Yard Sale
Tuesday, April 17 – St. Alban’s – 12:00 p.m.
April 19 – 21 – Out of Town (Washington)
April 23rd through 29th – Retreat

(The Rev. Geoffrey Boyer will be with us as our supply priest on Sunday,
April 29.)

Sunday, May 6th, we are having a Potluck Lunch and History Day in the parish hall after the worship service. Please plan to bring your favorite side dish or dessert. Meat and drinks will be provided.

Please sign the sheet provided on the round table in the Narthex if you plan to attend and tell us what you will bring.

April and May Parish Calendars 2018

Lay Liturgical Schedule – 2nd Quarter 2018

The Messenger/April 6, 2018

In Our Prayers

Please pray for:

Blane; Savannah Benton; John Cannon; Edwina Johnson; Jeanne Aycock; Bo Warren; Laura Guest; Bobby Thomas; Monica Thomas; Eddie Farmer; Ralph Ammerman; Diane Corcoran; Bill Carter & Family

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:

Acts 4:32-35
Psalm 133
I John 1:1-2:2
John 20:19-31

Readings for Next Week:

Acts 3:12-19
Psalm 4
I John 3:1-7
Luke 24:36b-48

Invitation

Athens Symphony Orchestra Pops Concert
Featuring Green Flag Band with Drake School Irish Dancers
The Classic Center Theatre
Athens, Georgia
Friday, April 27 & Saturday, April 28, 2018
8:00 p.m.

We can get free tickets to either one of these concerts if anyone is interested in going. A Celtic group will be playing, singing, and dancing with the orchestra and you can bring light refreshments.

Please contact Marvin Gray (678-315-4680 or Marvinsantiques@monroeaccess.net) on or before April 15th if you would like to attend this concert.

“Celebrations”

Happy Birthday!

April 6 – Bill Carter
April 7 – Lalla Tanner
April 9 – Wilber Ward
April 11 – Joylou Mullis
April 14 – Tom Ayer

“Announcements”

Thank You!

A special “Thank you” to everyone who helped make Easter Sunday so special. The worship service, the wonderful refreshments, and the egg hunt made for a perfect Easter Sunday.
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Welcome to St. Alban’s

All newcomers to St. Alban’s are invited to come to a social at Carole Bond’s house on Friday, April 6, at 6:30 p.m. If you have not received your invitation in the mail, please contact Judy Terry (770-313-0941 or jmterry7@yahoo.com) or Jan Abernathy (678-863-8304 or jabern08@comcast.net).
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Church Yard Sale – April 14th!-Please bring your items in this Sunday or by Thursday, April 12th. Items can be brought in brought in between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Also, we need volunteers to help price the items, set- up, and to work at the sale. Please contact Nicole Richards (404-293-2796 or nickinmonroe@yahoo.com) or Marvin Gray (678-315-4680 or Marvinsantiques@monroeaccess.net if you can help.

Preview Sale – All parishioners are invited to a Wine and Cheese Preview Sale on Friday evening, April 13th, 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

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Pastoral Care – If you know of someone in our parish who is sick or needs help, please let us know by contacting the church office (770-267-2893 or saintalbansmonroe@windstream.net); Marty Atkinson (404-372-2963 or marthaatk@gmail.com); or Rev. Pat (513-259-5117 or patmrchnt@aol.com). Thank you!
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Tai Chi Classes
Wednesdays – 2:00 p.m.
Thursdays – 6:30 p.m.
Instructor – Bill Carter
$2.00 per class.
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Rev. Pat’s Schedule

Friday, April 6 – 12:00 pm – 8:30 p.m. – Newcomers Gathering – 6:30 p.m.
Friday, April 13 – 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm – Preview Sale – 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 14 – Yard Sale
Tuesday, April 17 – St. Alban’s – 12:00 p.m.
April 19 – 21 – Out of Town (Washington)
April 23rd through 29th – Retreat

(The Rev. Geoffrey Boyer will be with us as our supply priest on Sunday,
April 29)

APRIL & MAY CALENDARS 2018

Lay Liturgical Schedule – 2nd Quarter 2018


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