Saint Alban's Episcopal Church

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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

The Messenger/March 30, 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; Wayne McDaniel; 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 10:34-43
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
I Corinthians 15:1-11
Mark 16:1-8

Readings for Next Week:

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

Priest Blurb

Dearly Beloved,

Welcome Happy Morning!

Hope to see you to celebrate the greatest feast of the Church. We will celebrate with music, flowers, words, Incense, and the Grand Finale.. an egg hunt.

Bring your friends & family.

Love,

Pat

Bishop’s Blurb

Mess

Yes, Good Friday is about Jesus. Yes, Good Friday is a paradigm: death does not get the last word. But, Good Friday is about something else. Good Friday is about our part in the mess. The same people who sang “Hosanna” later shouted “crucify him.” The one who ate with Jesus daily, betrayed him with a kiss. Those who pledged their life to Jesus slept while he agonized alone. It moves us toward maturity and humility to consider our part is in the mess of life. None are blameless. All fall short. Still, all remain in the saving embrace of God.

Luke 23:21

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!

March 30 – Ashton Sexton
April 3 – Frank Reed
April 6 – Bill Carter
April 7 – Lalla Tanner

“Announcements”

Thank You!

Many people were here last Saturday for our Church Work Day. They worked hard to straighten and clean up our church. THANK YOU!!
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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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Easter Egg Hunt

Join us for an Easter Egg Hunt after the worship service this Sunday.
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Church Yard Sale – April 14th! Please bring your items in next Sunday afternoon, April 8th. Items brought in during the week after April 8th should be brought in between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. The last day to bring in your items is Thursday, April 12th. 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. t 8:00 p.m.
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Vestry Meeting – The next Vestry Meeting is Tuesday, April 3, at 4:30 p.m. The meeting will take place in the conference room and is open to anyone who would like to attend and observe. If you would like to address the Vestry, please contact Libby Martin, Stan Brassie, or Rev. Pat.
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Tai Chi Classes
Wednesdays – 2:00 p.m.
Thursdays – 6:30 p.m.
The classes are taught by Bill Carter. The cost is $2.00 per class.
Please Note: There will be no classes this week, April 4th and 5th. Bill is out of town.

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Rev. Pat’s Schedule

Friday, March 30 – St. Alban’s – 12:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 3 – St. Alban’s – 12:00 p.m. – Vestry Meeting 4:30 p.m.
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)
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Please Note: The church office will be closed on Monday, April 2nd.

March & April Calendars 2018

Lay Liturgical Schedule – 2nd Quarter 2018

The Messenger/March 23, 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; Alice Cotton; Ricky Pie; Wayne McDaniel; Ralph Ammerman

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:

Mark 11:1-11
Isaiah 50:49a
Psalm 31:9-16
Philippians 2:5-11
Mark 14:1-15:47

Readings for Next Week:

Acts 10:34-43
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
I Corinthians 15:1-11
John 20:1-18 or
Mark 16:1-8

Bishop’s Blurb

Purge

“…despite the increasing complexity and velocity of modern life, we refuse to allow the corresponding bewilderment to drive us to the blasphemy of self sufficiency or rank tribalism. You and I have been given and have accepted the high calling of partnership with God. The substance of that partnership is to demonstrate in the real, beautiful and broken world two things: The irreducibility of God and the irreducibility of neighbor. Our loyalty to these two tenants will break the adolescent appeal and power of loathing of other, loathing of political opposition. What that means practically is that you and I must purge from ourselves every residue of contempt.”

Invitation

St. Alban’s has received 10 FREE tickets for this Sunday Athens Symphony’s Spring Concert at the Classic Center beginning at 3 PM. If you have an
interested in attending, please contact Mallory Sanders (770-310-9947). If needed, we can take the church van for convenience and to save parking spots around the center in Athens.

“Celebrations”

Happy Birthday!

March 28 – Judy Terry
March 30 – Ashton Sexton

“Announcements”

Thank you!

We would like to thank Carole Bond, Jody Emmons, and Mary Ann Lindsey for the delicious supper last Tuesday evening.
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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. Look for your invitation in the mail!
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Easter Flowers

Anyone desiring to make a contribution toward Easter Flowers, please use the envelopes that are in the pews. Put your name and the name of the person to be honored or memorialized on the envelope. Also, on the memo line of your check, please indicate “For Easter Flowers.” The Altar Guild thanks you for your support.
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Easter Egg Hunt

We will have an Easter Egg Hunt after the worship service on Easter morning, April 1st. Members are invited to participate by donating plastic eggs filled with candy, trinkets, or coins. Eggs will be collected each Sunday in a box in the lobby of the Parish Hall.

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Holy Week Events

The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday – March 25 – 10:00 a.m.
Maundy Thursday Service – March 29 – 7:00 p.m.
Good Friday Service – March 30 – 7:00 p.m.
The Resurrection of Our Lord: Easter Sunday – April 1 – 10:00 a.m.

Note: The Rev. Beth Long will be our guest priest on Maundy Thursday and the Rev. Clayborne Jones will be our guest priest on Good Friday.
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Rev. Pat’s Schedule

Tuesday, March 27 – Ebenezer Baptist Church, Atlanta
Clergy Renewal & Affirmation of Vows

Friday, March 30 – St. Alban’s – 12:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 3 – St. Alban’s – 12:00 pm.
Friday, April 6 – Newcomers Gathering – 6:30 p.m.
Friday, April 13 – 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 – Vacation
(We will have a supply priest on Sunday, April 29)

Please Note: The church office will be closed on Monday, April 2nd.
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Church Yard Sale – Mark the date – April 14th! Please start gathering and saving items for this exciting event coming this spring!

You can start bringing in your items on Sunday afternoon, April 8th. Items brought in during the week after April 8th should be brought in between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

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. to 8:00 p.m.
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Church Directory – If you want your picture in the directory, please email your picture to the church office (saintalbansmonroe@windstream.net) or come by the church office and Shirley will be glad to take your picture with her cell phone. If you already have a picture in the current directory, that picture will be used again unless you submit another picture.

March & April Calendars 2018

Lay Liturgical Schedule – 2nd Quarter 2018

The Messenger/March 16, 2018

In Our Prayers

Please pray for:

Blane; Savannah Benton; John Cannon; Edwina Johnson; Jeanne Aycock; Bo Warren; Laura Guest; Bobby Thomas; Monica Thomas; Lou Squyres; Eddie Farmer; Alice Cotton; Ricky Pie; Wayne McDaniel

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:

Jeremiah 31:31-34
Psalm 51:1-13
Hebrews 5:5-10
John 12:20-33

Readings for Next Week:

Mark 11:1-11
Isaiah 50:49a
Psalm 31:9-16
Philippians 2:5-11
Mark 14:1-15:47

Clergy’s Corner

Dearly Beloved,

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you! I hope it will bring some happiness to your day. ☘The lore of Ireland and Patrick veers from the history to the tales and mystery of a culture that embraces the image of “thin places.” Places where the real and the imagined merge and you are never sure what you are seeing.

I remember well looking under mushrooms for leprechauns and fairies. Sometimes on the side of the road in Ireland you might come across a fairy tree with pieces of yarn or string tied with notes and pictures of People who are loved. Maybe a dog or cat, or situation needing intercession and prayers. These trees always draw me to them as I look and see others I will ever know concerns, dreams and love.

These offerings are outside of the institutional Christian Church. They are A witness to a deep longing for connection and love for nature and human community. So today, when you are out and about look for the unseen and unprovable joys of life: the twinkle in the eye, the shy smile, the unexpected hug.

There is a strong chance of rain today, so it will be really like Ireland…wet and well…maybe a little misty?

Love,

Pat

Bishop’s Blurb

Trouble

Jesus understood soul trouble. In the midst of his trouble he didn’t pray for relief or to be saved. Amazing! He moved through his troubles with out-loud faith. Faith that caused others to believe. Trouble is the anvil where souls are forged and shaped; the soil from which our joy springs. And a means to showcase the trustworthiness of God. Faith applied to trouble yields more than endurance. Faith applied to trouble can yield altitude! His faith in God elevated Jesus. Our faith, despite troubles, nourished by Jesus’ example will lift our eyes, hearts and strength. John 12:20-36

“Celebrations”

Happy Birthday!

March 16 – Scott Corcoran
March 21 – Brian Jackson

“Announcements”

Lenten Supper & Program

Tuesday, March 20
6:00 p.m.

Join us this Tuesday evening, March 20, for a soup and sandwich supper and to hear our guest speaker, Vickie Gasaway, Director of the Walton County Senior Center.

We had a very nice evening last Tuesday with Dr. Rita Dickinson, founder and director of Monroe Country Day School. Thanks to Faye and Stan, Valerie and Nicole, and Riley and all that prepared the wonderful supper!
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Congratulations to Bob Hay on the birth of his 9th great grandchild, Oliver James Benavides. Oliver was born on March 12 and weighed 6 lbs.10 oz. The proud parents are Victor and Danielle Benavides.

We would also like to thank Bob for pressure washing the walk outside the glass doors. He spent hours doing this for us last Tuesday. Thank you!!
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Newcomers Gathering – We would like to invite all newcomers to come to a gathering at Carol Bond’s house on Friday, April 6. Look for your invitation in the mail!
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COMMUNITY LENTEN SERVICE

Wednesday, March 21- First United Methodist Church
Service begins at 12:00 pm; lunch is served following the service
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African Team Ministries
Products Sale

This Sunday, March 18, beautiful products from African Team Ministries will be on sale in the Parish Hall. This ministry has been serving the churches in East Africa for more than 20 years. The proceeds from the handcrafted items make it possible to provide Drip Irrigation Kits for the families in the drought and famine areas. ATM also resettles displaced people, supports orphans, provides AIDS education and prevention, and provides literacy training.
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All Church Work Day

Saturday – March 24, 2018
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Rain or Shine!!
Everyone please come and help clean the church building and grounds!

Easter Flowers

Anyone desiring to make a contribution toward Easter Flowers, please use the envelopes that are in the pews. Put your name and the name of the person to be honored or memorialized on the envelope. Also, on the memo line of your check, please indicate “For Easter Flowers.” The Altar Guild thanks you for your support.

Easter Egg Hunt

We will have an Easter Egg Hunt after the worship service on Easter morning, April 1st. Members are invited to participate by donating plastic eggs filled with candy, trinkets, or coins. Eggs will be collected each Sunday in a box in the lobby of the Parish Hall.

Holy Week Events

The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday – March 25 – 10:00 a.m.
Maundy Thursday Service – March 29 – 7:00 p.m.
Good Friday Service – March 30 – 7:00 p.m.
The Resurrection of Our Lord: Easter Sunday – April 1 – 10:00 a.m.
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Church Directory

If you want your picture in the directory, please email your picture to the church office (saintalbansmonroe@windstream.net) or come by the church office and Shirley will be glad to take your picture with her cell phone. If you already have a picture in the current directory, that picture will be used again unless you submit another picture.
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Church Yard Sale – Mark the date – April 14th! Please start gathering and saving items for this exciting event coming this spring!

You can start bringing in your items on Sunday afternoon, April 8th. Items brought in during the week after April 8th should be brought in between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
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We are sponsoring, with FISH and Walton Wellness, the Farmer’s Market this summer. Registration will be at St. Alban’s and we need parishioners to help. If you can help, please contact Shirley in the church office (770-267-2893) or Pat (513-259-5117).

2018 Market Season
April 23 – July 11
Farmer’s Market Registration
St. Alban’s Episcopal Church
210 N. Broad St. Downtown Monroe
Tuesdays, 10 am – 12 pm
March 6, 13, 20 & 27
Sponsored By: FISH, Walton Wellness, & St. Alban’s
For more info visit the mobilefarmacy.org

The Board of Directors of the Episcopal Community Foundation for Middle and North Georgia recently approved a grant of $11,990 for St. Alban’s and Walton Wellness to purchase hoop houses in order to increase the growth of vegetables and fruits for distribution to those in need in Walton County through the Mobile Farmacy Program.

March & April Calendars 2018

Lay Liturgical Schedule – 1st Quarter 2018

The Messenger/March 9, 2018

In Our Prayers

Please pray for:

Blane; Savannah Benton; John Cannon; Edwina Johnson; Jeanne Aycock; Bo Warren; Laura Guest; Bobby Thomas; Monica Thomas; Lou Squyres; Eddie Farmer; Alice Cotton; Ricky Pie; Wayne McDaniel

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:

Numbers 21:4-9
Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22
Ephesians 2:1-10
John 3:14-21

Readings for Next Week:

Jeremiah 31:31-34
Psalm 51:1-13
Hebrews 5:5-10
John 12:20-33

Bishop’s Blurb

God’s Friendship

“When you’re weary, feeling small. When tears are in your eyes, I’ll dry them all. I’m on your side, when times get rough. And friends just can’t be found. Like a bridge over troubled water. When you’re down and out-When you’re on the street. When evening falls so hard, I will comfort you. I’ll take your part, oh, when darkness comes. And pain is all around. Sail on silver girl-Sail on by. Your time has come to shine. All your dreams are on their way. See how they shine. Oh, if you need a friend I’m sailing right behind.”
“Bridge Over Troubled Water”

“Celebrations”

Happy Birthday!

March 9 – Sara Thomas
March 12 – Devine Wild
March 14 – Max Hoglen
March 16 – Scott Corcoran

“Announcements”

Lenten Supper & Program

Tuesdays
March 13 & March 20
6:00 p.m.

Join us this Tuesday evening, March 13, for a soup and sandwich supper and to hear our guest speaker, Rita Dickinson, Founder & Director of the Monroe Country Day School.

We had a very nice evening last Tuesday with Pastor Brian Krawczyk. Thank you to Ron & Joylou Mullis, Pat & Vida Broach, and Wayne & Carolyn Pickeral for the wonderful supper!

Speaker Schedule:

March 13 – Rita Dickinson, Founder, Monroe Country Day School
March 20 – Vickie Gasaway, Director, Walton County Senior Center
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Community Lenten Services

March 14 – St. Anna’s Catholic Church
March 21 – First United Methodist Church

Service begins at 12:00 pm; lunch is served after the service.
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African Team Ministries Products Sale

This Sunday, March 11, beautiful products from African Team Ministries will be on sale in the Parish Hall. This ministry has been serving the churches in East Africa for more than 20 years. The proceeds from the handcrafted items make it possible to provide Drip Irrigation Kits for the families in the drought and famine areas. ATM also resettles displaced people, supports orphans, provides AIDS education and prevention, and provides literacy training. The products will also be on sale Sunday, March 18.
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Church Work Day

Saturday – March 24, 2018
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Everyone please come and help clean the church building and grounds!

Easter Flowers

Anyone desiring to make a contribution toward Easter Flowers, please use the envelopes that are in the pews. Put your name and the name of the person to be honored or memorialized on the envelope. Also, on the memo line of your check, please indicate “For Easter Flowers.” The Altar Guild thanks you for your support.

Easter Egg Hunt

We will have an Easter Egg Hunt after the worship service on Easter morning, April 1st. Members are invited to participate by donating plastic eggs filled with candy, trinkets, or coins. Eggs will be collected each Sunday in a box in the lobby of the Parish Hall.

Holy Week Events

The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday – March 25 – 10:00 a.m.
Maundy Thursday Service – March 29 – 7:00 p.m.
Good Friday Service – March 30 – 7:00 p.m.
The Resurrection of Our Lord: Easter Sunday – April 1 – 10:00 a.m.
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In Memory Donation – If you would like to make a donation to St. Alban’s Music Program in memory of Anne Carter, please place the donation in the offering plate this Sunday and designate “In Memory of Anne Carter” on the envelope or on the check or you can mail the donation to the church.
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Church Directory

If you want your picture in the directory, please email your picture to the church office (saintalbansmonroe@windstream.net) or come by the church office and Shirley will be glad to take your picture with her cell phone. If you already have a picture in the current directory, that picture will be used again unless you submit another picture.
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Church Yard Sale – Mark the date – April 14! Please start gathering and saving items for this exciting event coming this spring!

You can start bringing in your items on Sunday afternoon, April 8. Items brought in during the week after April 8 should be brought in between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
_______________________________________________

We are sponsoring, with FISH and Walton Wellness, the Farmer’s Market this summer. Registration will be at St. Alban’s and we need parishioners to help. If you can help, please contact Shirley in the church office (770-267-2893) or Pat (513-259-5117).

2018 Market Season
April 23 – July 11
Farmer’s Market Registration
St. Alban’s Episcopal Church
210 N. Broad St. Downtown Monroe
Tuesdays, 10 am – 12 pm
March 6, 13, 20 & 27
Sponsored By: FISH, Walton Wellness, & St. Alban’s
For more info visit the mobilefarmacy.org

The Board of Directors of the Episcopal Community Foundation for Middle and North Georgia recently approved a grant of $11,990 for St. Alban’s and Walton Wellness to purchase hoop houses in order to increase the growth of vegetables and fruits for distribution to those in need in Walton County through the Mobile Farmacy Program.

March & April Calendars 2018

Lay Liturgical Schedule – 1st Quarter 2018

The Messenger/March 2, 2018

In Our Prayers

Please pray for:

Blane; Savannah Benton; John Cannon; Edwina Johnson; Jeanne Aycock; Bo Warren; Laura Guest; Bobby Thomas; Monica Thomas; Lou Squyres; Eddie; Alice Cotton; Ricky Pie; Jim Sweeney; Wayne McDaniel

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:

Exodus 20:1-17
Psalm 19
I Corinthians 1:18-25
John 2:13-22

Readings for Next Week:

Numbers 21:4-9
Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22
Ephesians 2:1-10
John 3:14-21

Priest’s Letter

Dearly beloved,

Next week, March 9 & 10, the Vestry will be on retreat. We have work to do planning and organizing for this year’s ministry & mission. Bob & Jody Emmons have invited us to their home in North Carolina for our meeting. I ask your prayers for our work. The Rev. E. Claiborne Jones will be facilitating our process. Claiborne was the first woman Rector in our Diocese.. serving the Church of the Epiphany in Decatur. She then took a call at The Emmaeus House in West Atlanta. Claiborne served as Chair of the Commission on Ministry & many other Committees in the Diocese. She has served as a consultant to parishes in the Interim for over 20 years.

I remind you of our continuing Lenten Program on Tuesday night. The dinner is at
6 pm and the speaker begins about 6:30. We are casual and relaxed, come join us.

Jews at the time of death would rip their clothes in displaying their grief. It has been adapted in the Christian world to….Rend your heart not your garment.

Love,

Pat

Bishop’s Blurb

Turned

Imagine you are standing in the temple when Jesus turns over the tables. Are you the merchant trying to feed his family? The worshipper trying to comply with tradition? A cheering fan of Jesus’ behavior? This year let’s be the table. The table gets turned! The table starts off passively supporting an abusive and blasphemous status quo. Then, Jesus turns it into a symbol for repentance and realignment with a forgiving God. Blithe collusion is turned into a moment of acknowledgment and transformation. Turn over the tables of our hearts, Jesus, by your irreducible love of truth and justice. John 2:13-25

“Celebrations”

Happy Birthday!

March 3 – Charles Henson
March 4 – Michael McGarity
March 4 – Ron Mullis
March 9 – Sara Thomas

Lenten Supper & Program

Tuesdays
March 6 through March 20
6:00 p.m.

Join us this Tuesday evening, March 6, for a soup and sandwich supper and to hear our guest speaker, Brian Krawczyk, Pastor of Grace at the Mill Church.

We had a very enjoyable evening last Tuesday with Hope Reese, Director of the Monroe/Walton Center for the Arts. Thank you to Judy Terry, Meg Cooper, and Bob Hay for the wonderful supper!

Speaker Schedule:

March 6 – Brian Krawczyk, Pastor, Grace at the Mill Church
March 13 – Rita Dickinson, Founder, Monroe Country Day School
March 20 – Vickie Gasaway, Director, Walton County Senior Center
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Community Lenten Services

March 7 – First Presbyterian Church
March 14 – St. Anna’s Catholic Church
March 21 – First United Methodist Church

Service begins at 12:00 pm; lunch is served after the service.
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Coming Soon
African Team Ministries
Products Sale

On Sundays, March 11th and 18th, beautiful products from African Team Ministries will be on sale in the Parish Hall. This ministry has been serving the churches in East Africa for more than 20 years. The proceeds from the handcrafted items make it possible to provide Drip Irrigation Kits for the families in the drought and famine areas. ATM also resettles displaced people, supports orphans, provides AIDS education and prevention, and provides literacy training.
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Members at Work

Saturday – March 24, 2018
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Everyone please come and help clean the church building and grounds!

Easter Flowers

Anyone desiring to make a contribution toward Easter Flowers, please use the envelopes that are in the pews. Put your name and the name of the person to be honored or memorialized on the envelope. Also, on the memo line of your check, please indicate “For Easter Flowers.” The Altar Guild thanks you for your support.

Easter Egg Hunt

We will have an Easter Egg Hunt after the worship service on Easter morning, April 1st. Members are invited to participate by donating plastic eggs filled with candy, trinkets, or coins. Eggs will be collected each Sunday in a box in the lobby of the Parish Hall.

Tai Chi – Bill is back! Tai Chi classes will resume on Wednesdays at 2:00 pm and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.

Church Directory – An updated Church Directory is needed. If you would like your picture in the directory, please email your picture to the church office (saintalbansmonroe@windstream.net) or come by the church office and Shirley will be glad to take your picture with her cell phone. Photos will also be taken following worship service on Sundays.
_______________________________________________

Church Yard Sale – Mark the date – April 14th! Please start gathering and saving items for this exciting event coming this spring!
__________________________________________________

We are sponsoring, with FISH and Walton Wellness, the Farmer’s Market this summer. Registration will be at St. Alban’s and we need parishioners to help. If you can help, please contact Shirley in the church office (770-267-2893) or Pat (513-259-5117).

2018 Market Season
April 23 – July 11
Farmer’s Market Registration
St. Alban’s Episcopal Church
210 N. Broad St. Downtown Monroe
Tuesdays, 10 am – 12 pm
March 6, 13, 20 & 27
Sponsored By: FISH, Walton Wellness, & St. Alban’s
For more info visit the mobilefarmacy.org

March Calendar 2018

Lay Liturgical Schedule – 1st Quarter 2018

The Messenger/February 23, 2018

In Our Prayers

Please pray for:

Blane; Savannah Benton; John Cannon; Edwina Johnson; Jeanne Aycock; Bo Warren; Laura Guest; Bobby Thomas; Monica Thomas; Lou Squyres; Eddie; Alice Cotton; Ricky Pie; Jim Sweeney; Family and Friends of Anne Carter

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:

Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16
Psalm 22:22-30
Romans 4:13-25
Mark 8:31-38

Readings for Next Week:

Exodus 20:1-17
Psalm 19
I Corinthians 1:18-25
John 2:13-22

Bishop’s Blurb

Action-ing

Is being born into a faith tradition enough? No! Sure, being a part of a family with faith is important. Sure, we learn from our tradition the meaning of faith. Still, ultimately, faith is about fidelity-the regular demonstration of loyalty. The action-ing of our lives based on who God is. We are children of Abraham, but what kind of children are we? Do we bear real resemblance to the man who trusted God with his direction, protection and provision? Lent is that season when we can refresh our faith by remembering and practicing faith in the real world.
Romans 4:13-25

“Celebrations”
Happy Birthday!
March 3 – Charles Henson

“Announcements”

Lenten Supper & Program
Tuesdays February 27 through March 20 6:00 p.m

Join us every Tuesday evening during Lent for a soup and sandwich supper and a program. We had a very nice evening last Tuesday with John Howard, Mayor of Monroe.  Hope Reese will be our speaker this week.  She is the Director of the Walton Center for the Arts.  We look forward to her being with us.

Speaker Schedule:

February 27 – Hope Reese, Director, Walton Center for the Arts

March 6 – Brian Krawczyk, Pastor, Grace at the Mill Church

March 13 – Rita Dickinson, Founder, Monroe Country Day School

March 20 – Vickie Gasaway, Director, Walton County Senior Center

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Community Lenten Services

February 28 – New Beginnings Bible Church
March 7 – First Presbyterian Church
March 14 – St. Anna’s Catholic Church
March 21 – First United Methodist Church

Service begins at 12:00 pm; lunch is served after the service.

Coming Soon African Team Ministries Products Sale-On Sundays, March 11th and 18th, beautiful products from African Team Ministries will be on sale in the Parish Hall. This ministry has been serving the churches in East Africa for more than 20 years. The proceeds from the handcrafted items make it possible to provide Drip Irrigation Kits for the families in the drought and famine areas.  ATM also resettles displaced people, supports orphans, provides AIDS education and prevention, and provides literacy training.

Church Yard Sale – Mark the date – April 14th! Please start gathering and saving items for this exciting event coming this spring!

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Bringing Faith Home
Revitalization of the Church Begins in the Home

The office of Congregation Vitality, the Commission of Christian Faith Formation of Atlanta, and Grace Episcopal Church present a exciting workshop…Bringing Faith Home: Revitalization of the Church Begins in the Home, at Grace Church on Saturday, March 3, from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm. Workshop participants will gain language and tools to nurture vibrant faith formation and help change attitudes about church from something we “do” to how we live. Learn how to:

Create bonds between church and home.
Elevate the role of home in formation and outreach.
Foster maturity of parishioners into the role of shepherd of souls.

Bringing Faith Home will be facilitated by The Rev. Dr. David Anderson, Co-Director at Milestones Ministry.  Anderson has written numerous books and articles on partnering home and congregation in faith formation. This workshop is open to anyone.  Cost is $20 at the door, which includes lunch.  Scholarships are available.  For more information, email Cheryl Kelley, ckelley@gracechurchgainesville.org . Grace Episcopal Church is located at 422 Brenau Ave., Gainesville, GA.

FEBRUARY & MARCH CALENDARS 2018

Lay Liturgical Schedule – 1st Quarter 2018

The Messenger/February 16, 2018

In Our Prayers

Please pray for:

Blane; Savannah Benton; John Cannon; Anne Carter; Edwina Johnson; Jeanne Aycock; Bo Warren; Laura Guest; Clyde Yancey & Family; Susan McDaniel; Bobby Thomas; Monica Thomas; Bill Carter; Lou Squyres; Eddie

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:

Genesis 9:8-17
Psalm 25:1-9
I Peter 3:18-22
Mark 1:9-15

Readings for Next Week:

Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16
Psalm 22:22-30
Romans 4:13-25
Mark 8:31-38

Priest’s Letter

Dearly Beloved,

The first week in Lent is being marked by several important events.

This Sunday, Lent 1, we will share the pleasure of Dr. Kristen Donaldson as our guest soloist singing the Lord’s Prayer.

Tuesday evening, February 20, 6:00 pm, we will welcome our first Lenten speaker, the new Mayor of Monroe, John Howard. Please sign up for dinner.

Wednesday, at 12 noon, I will be the preacher at the first of the Lenten Mid-Day Services at Monroe First Baptist Church. Free lunch provided! If you are able, I hope you will come and support St. Alban’s.

Thank you to all who provided such a wonderful Pancake Dinner. The food and decorations were a big hit!

I hope that you will practice for yourself a specific Lenten discipline. A suggestion is to pray the Lord’s Prayer twice a day…thinking about what the words mean to you.

Hope to see you in Church this Sunday!

Love,

Pat

Bishop’s Blurb

Hearts: A message for Ash Wednesday

Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday should fall on the same day every year! After all, both are about the heart. Valentine’s Day gives us an occasion to show our heart to others. And, Ash Wednesday inaugurates a season to examine our hearts. Since we challenge ourselves to love like Jesus, we can take three steps over the next 40 days: examine the ways in which we presently love, identify opportunities to increase in love and ask God’s help going forward to radiate love in the real world. Neither Ash Wednesday nor Valentine’s Day promise any magic. Still, both give us an occasion to offer our
heart to the Heart of the Universe.

I invite you to the keeping of a holy Lent.

“Celebrations”

Happy Birthday!

February 20 – Anna Grace McGarity

“Announcements”

UGA Basketball – The church is planning an outing to attend a UGA Basketball Game if there is enough interest. Dates are Saturday afternoon, February 24th, or Wednesday evening, February 28th. If you are interested in either of those dates, let Stan Brassie (770-267-2681) or Shirley know by February 18th. Tickets are $15 each.

Lenten Supper & Program

Tuesdays
February 20 through March 20
6:00 p.m.

Join us every Tuesday evening during Lent for a soup and sandwich supper and a program.

We will have a different special guest speaker every week:

February 20 – John Howard, newly elected Mayor of Monroe
February 27 – Hope Reese, Director, Walton Center for the Arts
March 6 – Brian Krawczyk, Pastor, Grace at the Mill Church
March 13 – Rita Dickinson, Founder, Monroe Country Day School
March 20 – Vickie Gasaway, Director, Walton County Senior Center
Please volunteer to help provide the Lenten Suppers by signing up on the sheet provided in the Narthex.

Please note the time change from 5:30 pm to 6:00 pm.

Community Lenten Services

February 21 – First Baptist Church of Monroe
February 28 – New Beginnings Bible Church
March 7 – First Presbyterian Church
March 14 – St. Anna’s Catholic Church
March 21 – First United Methodist Church

Note: Rev. Pat will preach the sermon on February 21st at the First Baptist Church.

Service begins at 12:00 pm; lunch is served after the service.

Special Soloist – Kristen Donaldson will be here this Sunday, February 18, to sing “The Lord’s Prayer.” We are very excited to have her with us again!

Coming Soon
African Team Ministries
Products Sale

On Sundays, March 11th and 18th, beautiful products from African Team Ministries will be on sale in the Parish Hall. This ministry has been serving the churches in East Africa for more than 20 years. The proceeds from the handcrafted items make it possible to provide Drip Irrigation Kits for the families in the drought and famine areas. ATM also resettles displaced people, supports orphans, provides AIDS education and prevention, and provides literacy training.

Church Directory – An updated Church Directory is needed. If you would like your picture in the directory, please email your picture to the church office (saintalbansmonroe@windstream.net) or come by the church office and Shirley will be glad to take your picture with her cell phone. Photos will also be taken following worship service on Sundays.

Church Yard Sale – Mark the date – April 14th! Please start gathering and saving items for this exciting event coming this spring!

Bringing Faith Home
Revitalization of the Church Begins in the Home

The office of Congregation Vitality, the Commission of Christian Faith Formation of Atlanta, and Grace Episcopal Church present a exciting workshop…Bringing Faith Home: Revitalization of the Church Begins in the Home, at Grace Church on Saturday, March 3, from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm.

Workshop participants will gain language and tools to nurture vibrant faith formation and help change attitudes about church from something we “do” to how we live.

Learn how to:
Create bonds between church and home.
elevate the role of home in formation and outreach.
foster maturity of parishioners into the role of shepherd of souls.
Bringing Faith Home will be facilitated by The Rev. Dr. David Anderson, Co-Director at Milestones Ministry. Anderson has written numerous books and articles on partnering home and congregation in faith formation.

This workshop is open to anyone. Cost is $20 at the door, which includes lunch. Scholarships are available. For more information, email Cheryl Kelley, ckelley@gracechurchgainesville.org.

Grace Episcopal Church is located at 422 Brenau Ave., Gainesville.

FEBRUARY & MARCH CALENDARS 2018

Lay Liturgical Schedule – 1st Quarter 2018


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