In Our Prayers
Please pray for:
Lou Squyres; Blane; Phil Brassie; Trevor Harris; Bobby Thomas; Robbie Thomas; Savannah Benton; John Cannon; Anne Carter; Edwina Johnson; Bill Pardue; Jeanne Aycock; Marty Atkinson; Laura Guest; Drucilla Malcom; Riley Tucker; Mary Jane; Sara Allen; Kimberly Wilson; June King and Family; People affected by all the Hurricanes; People affected by the shooting in Las Vegas
Please pray for our Vestry:
Marty Atkinson; Carole Bond; Libby Martin; Melissa Young; Marvin Gray; Judy Terry; Matthew Hardy and Rev. Pat Merchant.
St. Alban’s Intercessory Prayer Group – Every Tuesday morning at 11:00 a.m. you are invited to come and pray for the needs of our church, our people, our community and nation.
If you would like for us to pray for someone or something special, please fill out a prayer card, which is found on back of the pews. You can place the card in the offering plate or give it to an usher.
Readings for This Week:
I Thessalonians 1:1-10
Readings for Next Week
Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17
I Thessalonians 2:1-8
Light is good and darkness is bad, right? Not always, according to God. “I’ll give you the treasures of darkness…,” God says. Nothing shiny here as we understand shiny. Dark time treasure reveals the truth. We see God clearer in the dark. The treasure of the darkness is adoption. In the dark we are chosen and surnamed by God. The treasure of the dark is learning we are not forsaken. Those who know the treasure of darkness are all around us. This peculiar treasure comes to us during the heartbreak, as pure unmerited gift.
Stewardship Reflections-Abraham cast Hagar and her baby into the desert with nothing but some bread and water. When those ran out, Hagar left Ishmael alone because she could not bear to watch him die. When baby Ishmael lost everything-parents, sustenance, shelter-he had nothing-but the God that saved him.
Ishmael’s polar opposite is Willy Loman in “The Death Of A Salesman.” Thomas Dumm describes
Willy as lonely, alienated, and trapped in the struggle to succeed by having. But the life of having is empty. “Getting and spending we lay waste our powers. Little we see in nature that is ours.” (Wordsworth)
Psychoanalyst Eric Fromm said that Western culture had promised us happiness through possessions, but that a life of getting, spending, and clutching had failed to deliver. It cuts us off from ourselves and reduces us to jumping through economic hoops. But we can live happily through participation in the dance of humanity. Fromm calls that “being.” We develop the capacity for being through letting go of possessions and connecting with each other.
Gabriel Marcel says the problem is treating the world as something we can watch, dominate, possess, manipulate. He calls that “having.” We can”have” our families as much as our homes. We stand one step removed from everything; using instead of celebrating.
Real life happens when we give ourselves away. It’s as vulnerable as baby Ishmael because it is engaged with others, participating rather than controlling. It’s surfing.
Jesus’ disciples left everything to follow him. Eventually, they asked, “Now what will we get in return?” Jesus said, “Whoever finds his life will lose it; but anyone who loses his life for my sake will find it.” The word translated as “life” is psyche. It means our core identity.
Communion is about plunging into a spontaneous flowing state of appreciation and gratitude. We place our gifts on God’s altar to represent all we have and all we are. Our gifts are blessed, broken, and shared with one another. It is the exchange of having for being. We give ourselves to God and open our hearts to life.
Meister Eckhart said, “The person who is full of things is empty of God; but the person who is empty of things is full of God.” He also said, “No one ever gave so much of himself away that he did not have more to give.”
Reflections of The Rt. Rev. Dan Edwards, the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Nevada
How does “having” mark the habits and values of your life?
How do you practice “being” in the world rather than having?
How has God opened your heart?
Operation Christmas Child–We are once again participating in Operation Christmas Child, a project that provides shoe boxes filled with everyday items to needy children around the world.
As we enter this Thanksgiving season, what better way to express our thanks for the many blessings God has given us than to pass on some blessings to a child in need? For very little money and time, we can help a child by filling a shoebox with those things that we tend to take for granted.
Shoeboxes and lists of items needed are available in the Parish Hall. Please return all filled boxes by Sunday, November 12th.
Singles Lunch Bunch-Not too old; Not too young; Just Single! Join us after the worship service on Sundays for lunch at the Cotton Café.
Adult Education Class-Rev. Pat Merchant and Daniel Donaldson conduct an adult Bible study class every Sunday morning at 11:30 am and every Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. The book used in this study is “Living the Questions” by David M. Felten and Jeff Procter-Murphy. This study explores questions and answers about religion in the Bible that people are usually afraid to ask. It is “the wisdom of progressive Christianity.” Please join us this Sunday or Tuesday. We will be discussing the first two chapters of the book on Sunday. Please read Chapter 1-“An Invitation to Journey” and Chapter 2-“Taking the Bible Seriously”. It is only about 20 pages of easy reading and will give us much insight during our discussion.
Vestry Election 2018-At the end of 2017, two Vestry members, Melissa Young and Carole Bond, will rotate off the Vestry. We are asking for nominations of people to fill these two positions.
Qualifications are as follows:
1) Confirmed communicant in good standing of the Parish.
2) Not less than eighteen (18) years of age.
3) Regular attendant upon the services in the year preceding election.
4) Known by the treasurer to have made and maintained a stated financial commitment for church support in the year preceding election.
Please submit your nominations in writing to one of the Vestry members or to the church office. Nomination forms are available on the round table in the Narthex. Please return forms by January 1, 2018. The election will be held at the Annual Parish Meeting in January.
Tai Chi for Arthritis Lessons with Bill Carter.
Wednesdays – 3:00 p.m.
Thursdays – 6:00 p.m.
$2.00 per person/per lesson
Reformation Day at Emory 2017-The 30th Reformation Day at Emory will be held on Thursday, October 26, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Kessler Reformation Collection and marking the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses. This year’s program explores the question, “Did the Reformation fail?” by inviting bishops from the Lutheran and Methodist Churches and an arch-bishop from the Catholic Church to share their perspectives and thinking with us.
Cost is $10 per person, registration is required by calling 404-727-6352.
The Richard C. Kessler Reformation Collection is a repository of rare and valuable documents produced in connection with the Protestant Reformation. The collection now contains more than 3,800 pieces written by Martin Luther, his colleagues, and his opponents, and printed during their lifetimes. The collection is housed in the Pitts Theology Library of Candler School of Theology.
For more information about the collection, contact:
M. Patrick Graham
Pitts Theology Library
Atlanta, GA 30322
Registration is now open for our 9th Annual Spirituality Conference!
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Holy Envy: Learning to Live with Religious Difference
A Day with The Rev. Dr. Barbara Brown Taylor
Fifty years ago, only international explorers, foreign missionaries, or soldiers deployed overseas encountered people of vastly different faiths. Now anyone with a computer can go on a virtual Hajj to Mecca or learn meditaiton from a Zen master online. Spirituaity has become as global as trade, raising all sorts of questions for people who never had cause to think about how many ways there are to approach the divine. What is a Chirstian to do? Barbara Taylor has some ideas, based on teaching world religions to college students over the past twenty years. Join us for an introduction to “holy envy” and a few other rules of religious understanding.
If you are not familiar with Barbara, she is a New York TIME best-selling author, college professor, and Episcopal priest. Her first memoir, Leaving Church, won a 2006 Author of the Year award from the Georgia Writers Association. Her last book, Learning to Walk in the Dark, was featured on the cover of TIME magazine. She has served on the faculty of Piedmont College since 1998 as the Buman Professor of Religion and has been a guest speaker at Emory, Duke, Princeton, and Yale, as well as a guest on SuperSoul Sunday with Oprah Winfrey. Taylor and her husband, Ed, live on a farm in the foothills of the Appalachians, sharing space with wild turkeys, red foxes, white-tailed deer and far too many chickens
This day-long conference will include lectures, discussion and question & answer. The cost is $65/person and includes lunch. For groups of 4 or more, the rate is $60/person, and the late registration (after October 22) price is $70/person. To register, go to
The location of the conference is the Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30305.
Remember the Poor-Our Alms Box is located on the right side on the wall when you walk out of the sanctuary. Please remember the poor and give your spare change. Checks and bills are accepted also. Thank you!