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The Messenger/September 28, 2018

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord!
The Weekly E-Newsletter of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church    September 28, 2018
In Our Prayers
Please pray for:
Blane; Savannah Benton; Edwina Johnson; Jeanne Aycock; Laura Guest;
Bobby Thomas; Eddie Farmer; Ralph Ammerman; Don Lester; Barney Howard; Fay and Stan Brassie; Family & Friends of Tal Thompson; Family & Friends of Robert Hammond; Charles Goodman; Family & Friends of Audley Butler; Jeannette; Cheri; Ryleigh Corcoran; Faye; Eilijah; Pat; James Powers; Edward Leon Graham
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: Readings for Next Week:
Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22
Psalm 124
James 5:13-20
Mark 9:38-50
Job 1:1; 2:1-10
Psalm 26
Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12
Mark 10:2-16
Pat’s View
Dearly Beloved,
Yesterday by 10 AM, I was set up with my computer to work on St. Alban’s business and watch the Senate’s Supreme Court Nomination Hearing at the same time. It did not take long for me to become totally distracted watching the hearing. How might there be two truths? The only other professional experience that I have is working in Battered Women’s Shelters…one also served rape victims. This experience followed three years at a Seminary that was 90% men students. The contrast between these two cultures could not have been much more extreme.
Perception of what is real to each of us is a true mystery. We may see the same movie at the same time and see two different stories. My take on the hearing yesterday was that Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh both told their truths. My bias is that I believed her more than him. In my opinion if he had admitted any culpability or mistake in his life, it would have made him more believable. He came across as very agitated and his anger frightened me. It reminded me why it is not safe to sometimes speak my truth, a woman’s truth.
I am left saddened and yet hopeful. The gender divide that I experienced as a young woman is different. Today, girls and women have education, opportunity and more choices. Men and women work together as colleagues. Women are being believed more.
My prayer is that we love and respect each other and that we have the courage to not have to be right all the time. I pray that we truly listen to each other.
Grace and peace from our Lord Jesus Christ,
Lovepat
Bishop’s Blurb
Plans
The church proclaims that “Christ is King.”  King of what?  One answer is king of plans.  “I know the plans I have for you,” God said to Jeremiah. “Plans for your welfare, not for your harm.  Plans with a future with hope.”

Whose plan for you is like God’s?  Whose plan is to be with you, for you and ahead of you all at the same time?  Whose plan takes lead and makes it into gold?  Whose plan for you guarantees that the worst thing won’t be the last thing?

The world can’t know nor can the church fully proclaim that Christ is King until He becomes the king of more of our lives.  Until we exchange more of our plans for His plan.

Christ has a plan for our lives.  A plan to reconcile our blessings and our blemishes.  His love is king and His throne is mercy.

This For Faith originally appeared on November 22, 2013

“Celebrations”
 
Happy Birthday!
 
September 30 – Diane Corcoran
September 30 – Ellis Warren
 
“Announcements” 
Church Breakfast
We have truly enjoyed the breakfasts which have been prepared for us in the past few months. Hopefully, enjoying breakfast together will continue on a monthly basis. If you are interested in preparing the breakfast one Sunday, please sign the sheet provided in the Narthex.
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Thank you!
We wish to thank Suzanne and Roy Roberts for hosting our Church Picnic at their farm last Sunday.  We also wish to thank Libby Martin and everyone who worked to make it a success!
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In honor of St. Francis of Assisi, we will have a “Blessing of the Animals”Saturday, October 6th, at 2:00 p.m.  Everyone is invited to bring their beloved animals, large and small, to be blessed by Rev. Pat.
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The Monroe Fall Festival is Saturday, October 13th, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  We will be cooking and giving away hotdogs in the church parking lot during the festival.  We will also have a hayride for the children.  
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Cathedral Book Store at St. Alban’s
Representatives from the Cathedral Book Store will be here at St. Alban’s on Sunday, October 14th.  They will bring various books (including children’s books), devotionals, and gift items for purchase.  The items will be on sale after the worship service in the parish hall.
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Art from “Art Works”- Art pieces from this last summer’s art class are available in the parish hall.  If you would like your or your child’s art piece(s), please pick it up this Sunday.
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New Church Directory – If your picture is not in the directory and you would like for it to be or if you are new to St. Alban’s, please send your picture to Shirley at saintalbansmonroe@windstream.net.  You can also stop by the church office and drop off a picture or Shirley can take your picture with her phone.  The directory will be printed within the next two weeks.
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Vestry Meeting – The next Vestry Meeting is Wednesday afternoon, October 3rd, 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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Diocesan Acolyte Festival
The Diocese of Atlanta with support from the MEG Chapter of the Vergers’ Guild will have an Acolyte Festival on October 27th at 9:00 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta. This event will include fun and engaging workshops and Acolyte Olympics: team building activities for acolytes of all ages. To register, go to www.episcopalatlanta.org; click the “Connecting News & Events” tab; scroll down to the Diocesan Acolyte Festival; click the registration tab.
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Camp Mikell Folk School
 
Camp Mikell is once again having a “Folk” school Friday, October 19 through Sunday, October 21.  Classes available are Woodturning, Weaving, Painting, Photography, Soap Making, Beginner Stained Glass, and Independent Study. Information and registration forms are available in the Narthex.  Their website is:
               _____________________________________________________
   


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

Women’s Bible Study
The Women’s Bible Study is every Tuesdayafternoon at 1:30 p.m.  Please join Rev. Pat and an enthusiastic ladies group as the scripture is discussed using many references from the CEB Women’s Bible.

October & November Parish Calendars 2018

The Messenger/September 21, 2018

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord!
The Weekly E-Newsletter of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church    September 21, 2018
In Our Prayers
Please pray for:
Blane; Savannah Benton; Edwina Johnson; Jeanne Aycock; Laura Guest;
Bobby Thomas; Eddie Farmer; Ralph Ammerman; Don Lester; Michael Curry; Barney Howard; Fay and Stan Brassie; Family & Friends of Tal Thompson; Family & Friends of Robert Hammond; Charles Goodman; Family & Friends of Audley Butler; Jeannette; Cheri; Ryleigh Corcoran; Faye; Eilijah; Pat
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: Readings for Next Week:
Proverbs 31:10-31
Psalm 1
James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a
Mark 9:30-37
Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22
Psalm 124
James 5:13-20
Mark 9:38-50
Bishop’s Blurb
Sturdy
He lost all his wealth.  His children were murdered.  His marriage was broken.  His friends were enemies.  In a desolate season of life Job said, “I know my Redeemer lives….”  It would have been easier for him to say: “I’m suffering.  All I know is pain.  I’m forsaken.  God is absent, deaf or dead.”

What do you say in the middle of life’s tragic seasons?  Can’t say I have been like Job every time.  But, I want to be.  How about you?  Every time God guides us through a difficult or tragic season we could pledge to have a more sturdy faith in the next difficult season.  God deserves that. The world needs that.  Jesus did that!

No better evangelism than someone suffering faithfully and publicly. Having been comforted, blessed and provided for in difficulty and desolation, we speak and “…celebrate the memorial of our redemption.”

Just like Job.

This For Faith originally appeared on November 8, 2013

“Celebrations”
 
Happy Birthday!
 
September 21 – Joyce Cox
 
“Announcements” 
Church Breakfast
We have truly enjoyed the breakfasts which have been prepared for us in the past few months. Hopefully, enjoying breakfast together will continue on a monthly basis. If you are interested in preparing the breakfast one Sunday, please sign the sheet provided in the Narthex.
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September 23, 2018
5:30 p.m.
Roberts’ Farm
54 Nunnally Farm Rd
Monroe, GA 30655
 


RAIN OR SHINE!
Please note the time change from 6:30 pm to 5:30 pm.
Please bring a covered dish. Meat and tea will be provided, otherwise BYOB. Come earlier if you would like to swim. Please sign the sheet provided on the round table in the Narthex if you plan to attend, and tell us what you will be bringing.
Directions:
From downtown Monroe, take W. Spring Street to the intersection of Hwy. 138. Turn left onto Hwy. 138. Go 3 ½ miles and turn left onto Nunnally Farms Road. Go a full 2 ¼ miles. You will pass the cabin, go through the gate, through the pasture, pass the barn, and arrive at the house.
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In honor of St. Francis of Assisi, we will have a “Blessing of the Animals”Saturday, October 6th, at 2:00 p.m.  Everyone is invited to bring their beloved animals, large and small, to be blessed by Rev. Pat.
_____________________________________________________

The Monroe Fall Festival is Saturday, October 13th, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  We will be cooking and giving away hotdogs in the church parking lot during the festival.  We will also have a hayride for the children.  
          __________________________________________________
Cathedral Book Store at St. Alban’s
Representatives from the Cathedral Book Store will be here at St. Alban’s on Sunday, October 14th.  They will bring various books (including children’s books), devotionals, and gift items for purchase.  The items will be on sale after the worship service in the parish hall.
             _____________________________________________________
Vestry Meeting – The next Vestry Meeting is Wednesday afternoon, October 3rd, 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.
             _____________________________________________________
Diocesan Acolyte Festival
The Diocese of Atlanta with support from the MEG Chapter of the Vergers’ Guild will have an Acolyte Festival on October 27th at 9:00 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta. This event will include fun and engaging workshops and Acolyte Olympics: team building activities for acolytes of all ages. To register, go to www.episcopalatlanta.org; click the “Connecting News & Events” tab; scroll down to the Diocesan Acolyte Festival; click the registration tab.
       ______________________________________________________
 
Camp Mikell Folk School
Camp Mikell is once again having a “Folk” school Friday, October 19 through Sunday, October 21.  Classes available are Woodturning, Weaving, Painting, Photography, Soap Making, Beginner Stained Glass, and Independent Study. Information and registration forms are available in the Narthex.  Their website is:
               _____________________________________________________
   


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

Women’s Bible Study
The Women’s Bible Study is every Tuesdayafternoon at 1:30 p.m.  Please join Rev. Pat and an enthusiastic ladies group as the scripture is discussed using many references from the CEB Women’s Bible.

September & October Parish Calendars 2018
St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 210 N. Broad St., Monroe, GA, 770-267-2893
St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 655, 210 N. Broad Street, Monroe, GA 30655
Sent by saintalbansmonroe@windstream.net in collaboration with
Constant Contact

The Messenger/September 14, 2018

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord!
The Weekly E-Newsletter of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church     September 14, 2018
In Our Prayers
Please pray for:
Blane; Savannah Benton; Edwina Johnson; Jeanne Aycock; Laura Guest;
Bobby Thomas; Eddie Farmer; Ralph Ammerman; Don Lester; Michael Curry; Barney Howard; Fay and Stan Brassie; Family & Friends of Tal Thompson; Family & Friends of Robert Hammond; Charles Goodman; Family & Friends of Audley Butler; Jeannette; Cheri; Ryleigh Corcoran; Faye; Eilijah; Pat
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: Readings for Next Week:
Proverbs 1:20-33
Psalm 19
James 3:1-12
Mark: 8:27-38
Proverbs 31:10-31
Psalm 1
James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a
Mark 9:30-37
Bishop’s Blurb
Connected

Jacob slept and dreamed.  He saw angels ascending and descending. Earth and heaven connected.  We in Georgia come from a long line of dreamers.  Oglethorpe dreamed of a Georgia with no slavery and no religious bigotry.  Dr. King dreamed of an America with prosperity for all.

Faith is to connect to and live out God-induced dreams.  “On earth as it is in heaven.”  Each of us can do it.  The connection is critical.  Worship! Vertical assurance for horizontal endurance.  Believers bear witness to the interrelatedness of God in daily life.

We know the benevolent invisible upholds the visible at all times and in all places.  Division is false. True reality is Oneness.  The alternative is individual ego and estrangement.  Ego cannot sustain us.  Jacob woke and said, “God is in this place and I did not know it.”  Ours is to wake, and know and live God’s dream.

This For Faith originally appeared on September 27, 2013

Pat’s Message
Dearly Beloved,
We have had three events involving many people we were caring for and the Bishop’s visit. Tal Thompson and John Robert Hammond both died too young.  Their families are reeling from shock and disbelief. I ask your prayers for their families in the days and months ahead.
I am very grateful to Shirley, for her patience and care as she devoted many extra hours to making bulletins, preparing readings, and making sure we were coordinating our efforts.  Thank you to the Altar Guild, for their faithful work, to Libby, Bob Hay, Carol, Judy Terry, Mallory, Marian and Jim, Ron and Joylou, Bob and Jody, Lou Squyres, Lou Young and  I know that I am forgetting every person who jumped in to help.
In the Hebrew Scripture, we hear many accounts of God’s action interpreted by major weather events. The obvious one is the great flood. This past week we have followed the path of Florence, this massive hurricane coming to the Carolinas, bringing historic amounts of flooding. Please pray for the safety of our fellow citizens who will experience loss, fear, and anxiety about their future.
I would like to ask your prayers for me. Since I turned 60, I have developed migraine headaches.  Yes, I see auras on occasion, the most debilitating part is the pain.  It comes in waves and can make me feel dizzy and disoriented. The medicine works for a time but when it wears off, often the pain is back.  These past weeks I have had many. Just when I think I am getting better, a day later I will be sick again. I have lost time from work and I am grateful for your patience with me.
Compassion means to suffer with someone.  Jesus is often quoted in the Gospels as having compassion for the people he encountered in his travels.  It is impossible to feel compassion for someone and not be drawn to them.
This Sunday at the end of the service we will have healing prayers at the rail.
Lift up your hearts,
lovepat
“Celebrations”
 
Happy Birthday!
 
September 14 – Jim Burgess
September 16 – Melissa Young
September 20 – Matthew Hardy
September 21 – Joyce Cox
 
“Announcements” 
Church Breakfast
Sunday, September 16, 9:00 am
 
Join us this Sunday before the worship service at 9:00 am for breakfast.  Amarie Warren, Pat & Chick Krautler, and Jessica will be preparing the breakfast.  Come and invite your family and friends!
If you would like to volunteer to prepare breakfast one Sunday, please sign the sheet provided in the Narthex.
        ______________________________________________________
 

 
 
September 23, 2018
5:30 p.m.
Roberts’ Farm
54 Nunnally Farm Rd
Monroe, GA 30655
 

 

RAIN OR SHINE!
Please note the time change from 6:30 pm to 5:30 pm.
Please bring a covered dish. Meat and tea will be provided, otherwise BYOB. Come earlier if you would like to swim. Please sign the sheet provided on the round table in the Narthex if you plan to attend, and tell us what you will be bringing.
Directions:
From downtown Monroe, take W. Spring Street to the intersection of Hwy. 138. Turn left onto Hwy. 138. Go 3 ½ miles and turn left onto Nunnally Farms Road. Go a full 2 ¼ miles. You will pass the cabin, go through the gate, through the pasture, pass the barn, and arrive at the house.
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In honor of St. Francis of Assisi, we will have a “Blessing of the Animals” Saturday, October 13th, at 12:00 p.m.  Everyone is invited to bring their beloved animals, large and small, to be blessed by Rev. Pat.
_____________________________________________________

The Monroe Fall Festival is Saturday, October 13th, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  We will be cooking and giving away hotdogs in the church parking lot during the festival.  We will also have a hayride for the children.  If you would like to help, please sign the sheet provided in the Narthex.
          __________________________________________________
Thank You!!! Stan Brassie and Bob Hay were here all day last Wednesday and Thursday with the filming crew of Queen Fur. They worked very hard helping the crew and cleaning up!
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Diocesan Acolyte Festival
The Diocese of Atlanta with support from the MEG Chapter of the Vergers’ Guild will have an Acolyte Festival on October 27th at 9:00 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta. This event will include fun and engaging workshops and Acolyte Olympics: team building activities for acolytes of all ages. To register, go to www.episcopalatlanta.org; click the “Connecting News & Events” tab; scroll down to the Diocesan Acolyte Festival; click the registration tab.
       ______________________________________________________
 
Camp Mikell Folk School
Camp Mikell is once again having a “Folk” school Friday, October 19 through Sunday, October 21.  Classes available are Woodturning, Weaving, Painting, Photography, Soap Making, Beginner Stained Glass, and Independent Study. Information and registration forms are available in the Narthex.  Their website is:
               _____________________________________________________
   


Tai Chi Classes
Thursdays – 6:30 p.m.
Instructor – Bill Carter
$2.00 per Class
 
Women’s Bible Study
NEW TIME!! 
The Women’s Bible Study is every Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 p.m.  Please join Rev. Pat and an enthusiastic ladies group as the scripture is discussed using many references from the CEB Women’s Bible.
September & October Parish Calendars 2018
Lay Liturgical Schedule-Third Quarter 2018
St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 210 N. Broad St., Monroe, GA, 770-267-2893
St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 655, 210 N. Broad Street, Monroe, GA 30655
Sent by saintalbansmonroe@windstream.net in collaboration with
Constant Contact

The Messenger/September 7, 2018

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord!
The Weekly E-Newsletter of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church     September 7, 2018
In Our Prayers
Please pray for:
Blane; Savannah Benton; Edwina Johnson; Jeanne Aycock; Laura Guest;
Bobby Thomas; Eddie Farmer; Ralph Ammerman; Don Lester; Michael Curry; Barney Howard; Fay and Stan Brassie; Family & Friends of Tal Thompson; Family & Friends of Robert Hammond; Charles Goodman; Family & Friends of Audley Butler; Jeannette; Cheri; Ryleigh Corcoran; Faye
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: Readings for Next Week:
Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23
Psalm 125
James 2:1-17
Mark 7:24-37
Proverbs 1:20-33
Psalm 19
James 3:1-12
Mark: 8:27-38
Bishop’s Blurb
For The Lost
I was born in a foundling home.  (That’s Catholic Church speak for orphanage.) That may be why I think a lot about Jesus’ three stories of being lost and found: a lost sheep, a lost coin and a lost man.

Each story tells of a God that risks all, won’t rest and who runs towards the lost. These stories must inspire us to reach out to people in Christ’s name.  Not as the spiritually smug, but as the thoroughly grateful for having been brought near and for no reason of our doing.

We hear too much in the Episcopal Church that “we don’t want to feel awkward or be like other denominations by sharing our faith.”  But, it’s not a matter of denomination.  The Bible, the Book of Common Prayer and our worship each Sunday put us in the world, with love for the lost.

This For Faith originally appeared on September 13, 2013

Pat’s Message
Dearly Beloved,
“What deadens us most to God’s presence within us, I think it is the inner dialogue that we are continuously engaged in with ourselves, the endless chatter of human thought. I suspect that there is nothing more crucial to true spiritual comfort than being able from time to time to stop that chatter, including the chatter of spoken prayer. If we choose to stop that chatter, including the chatter of spoken prayer, if we choose to seek the silence of the holy place, or to open ourselves to its seeking, I think there is no surer way than by keeping silent. God knows I am no good at it, but I keep trying and once or twice I have been lucky, graced.”
                                                                               Frederick Buechner, “Telling Secrets”
 
It has taken years for me to learn silent meditation. I love to talk, ask questions and know what other people are thinking. Waiting on silence and listening for God’s voice is much more difficult.  Anxiety often fuels my desire to have to talk. Silence is a slow but effective cure for anxiety. To just be without a screen, music or company is to stop your brain from chattering.
It is said that only a third of the population are introverts. People who get their energy from being alone are needed in our noisy lives.  Ask an introvert what is going on and their observations are often different from people like me. I have learned much from my friends who are introverted.
Jesus often left the crowds and went off to pray. To be alone and not have to answer the external demands that were constantly put on him. He was able to restore his balance and to listen to his Father. His practice is a good one for all of us.
See you Sunday!
Lift up your hearts,
lovepat
“Celebrations”
 
Happy Birthday!
 
September 12 – Jody Emmons
September 14 – Jim Burgess
 
“Announcements” 
 

The Bishop is coming!!! Bishop Paul E. Lambert is the retired Bishop of Texas and now supply Bishop for the Diocese of Atlanta serving while Bishop Wright is on sabbatical. Bishop Lambert will be here this Sunday, September 9th We will have members being confirmed and we will celebrate the Eucharist.  Please come and support our newest members.

The word “Episcopal” means Bishop. Our denominational name means that St. Alban’s is part of the Diocese of Atlanta and we are related one to the other.  Every year we support the Diocese with a pledge which comes from your budget. So please come and celebrate together.
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Altar Guild News – Marian Sweeney is the new Chairperson of the Altar Guild! Marian was appointed by Rev. Pat this past week. We wish her great success and fulfillment in her new position.
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Church Breakfast
Sunday, September 16, 9:00 am
 
Our next monthly Church Breakfast is Sunday, September 16th. Amarie Warren, Pat & Chick Krautler, and Jessica will be preparing the breakfast.  Please plan to come and invite your family and friends!
If you would like to volunteer to prepare breakfast one Sunday, please sign the sheet provided in the Narthex.
        ______________________________________________________
September 23, 2018
6:30 p.m.
Roberts’ Farm
54 Nunnally Farm Rd
Monroe, GA 30655
Please bring a covered dish. Meat and tea will be provided, otherwise BYOB. Come earlier if you would like to swim.   Please sign the sheet provided on the round table in the Narthex if you plan to attend, and tell us what you will be bringing.
Directions:
From downtown Monroe, take W. Spring Street to the intersection of Hwy. 138. Turn left onto Hwy. 138. Go 3 ½ miles and turn left onto Nunnally Farms Road. Go a full 2 ¼ miles. You will pass the cabin, go through the gate, through the pasture, pass the barn, and arrive at the house.
    _______________________________________________________
Diocesan Acolyte Festival
The Diocese of Atlanta with support from the MEG Chapter of the Vergers’ Guild will have an Acolyte Festival on October 27th at 9:00 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta. This event will include fun and engaging workshops and Acolyte Olympics: team building activities for acolytes of all ages. To register, go to www.episcopalatlanta.org; click the “Connecting News & Events” tab; scroll down to the Diocesan Acolyte Festival; click the registration tab.
       ______________________________________________________
 
Camp Mikell Folk School
Camp Mikell is once again having a “Folk” school Friday, October 19 through Sunday, October 21.  Classes available are Woodturning, Weaving, Painting, Photography, Soap Making, Beginner Stained Glass, and Independent Study. Information and registration forms are available in the Narthex.  Their website is: http://campmikell.com/mikell-folk-school/class-offerings/
          _____________________________________________________
Tai Chi Classes
Thursdays – 6:30 p.m.
Instructor – Bill Carter
$2.00 per Class
 

Women’s Bible Study
The Women’s Bible Study will resume Tuesday evening, September 11th, at 6:30 p.m.  Please join Rev. Pat and an enthusiastic ladies group as the scripture is discussed using many references from the CEB Women’s Bible.

September & October Parish Calendar 2018
St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 210 N. Broad St., Monroe, GA, 770-267-2893
St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 655, 210 N. Broad Street, Monroe, GA 30655
Sent by saintalbansmonroe@windstream.net in collaboration with
Constant Contact

The Messenger/August 24, 2018

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord!
The Weekly E-Newsletter of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church     August 24, 2018
In Our Prayers
Please pray for:
Blane; Savannah Benton; John Cannon; Edwina Johnson; Jeanne Aycock;
Laura Guest; Bobby Thomas; Eddie Farmer; Ralph Ammerman; Don Lester;  Stephanie Ceraday; Nicole Richards; Most Rev. Michael Curry; Barney Howard; Fay and Stan Brassie; Family & Friends of Tal Thompson; Family & Friends of Robert Hammond
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: Readings for Next Week:
Psalm 84
Ephesians 6:10-20
John 6:56-69
Song of Solomon 2:8-13
Psalm 45:1-2, 7-10
James 1:17-27
Pat’s Corner
Dearly Beloved,
Lou and I are really looking forward to hosting everyone at our home Sunday afternoon. We made a trip to Costco yesterday and our house is getting cleaner by the moment!  Please dress in whatever you are most comfortable wearing. Come and relax on the porch and/or the living room.
On Labor Day week-end, Lou and I are going out of town for a few days. The Rev. Beth Long will be the Celebrant and preacher on September 2.  We will be using the Rite II form for Eucharist.
On Sunday, September 9, Bishop Lambert will be with us to celebrate Confirmation and Eucharist.
Can you believe that it is almost September?  It seems that just a week ago it was Memorial Day?
I hope you find rest and peace during this transitional time of the year.
Lift up your hearts!
lovepat
Bishop’s Blurb

How to be Christian with other faiths 

How are we to be-in a climate of relativism, amongst the spiritual-with nonbelievers and with believers of every stripe? St. Paul says, “Live a life worthy of your calling” (Ephesians 4:1).

God has met us through baptism into Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. By Jesus’ ministry we are in touch with the divine heart. This is our truth, and the center of our joy. No reason for rancor. We share our adoration for God listening carefully for God’s good news in others, whether they use our words or not. Jesus has “…sheep that are not of our fold” (John 10:16). So, we resist arrogance.

Jesus calls us to believe with integrity and love without distinction. That’s how he did it! Our certainty is: God is love, our understanding of truth is evolving and we are a human family.

This For Faith originally appeared on May 23, 2013  

“Celebrations”
 
Happy Birthday!
 
August 30 – Brian Jackson
September 1 – Mallory Sanders
 
“Announcements” 
The Bishop is coming!!! Bishop Paul E. Lambert is the retired Bishop of Texas and now supply Bishop for the Diocese of Atlanta serving while Bishop Wright is on sabbatical.  Bishop Lambert will be here Sunday, September 9thWe will have members being confirmed and received and we will celebrate the Eucharist.  Please come and support our newest members.
The word “Episcopal” means Bishop.  Our denominational name means that St. Alban’s is part of the Diocese of Atlanta and we are related one to the other.  Every year we support the Diocese with a pledge which comes from your budget. So please come and celebrate together.

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To celebrate “Bread Sunday” this SundayAugust 26, Lou and I invite you to an Open House at our home. If you would like to bring either bread or wine we will share the bounty. Please come at 4:00 p.m. and stay as long as you like.
We live in DeKalb County, off I-20.  It takes about an hour to drive from our house to St. Alban’s. If you are coming on I-20 West, you pass the I-285 exits and continue onto the Glenwood Avenue (after Flat Shoals) exit.  Proceed off the exit and turn left at the light.  Pass through the one traffic light and at the stop sign, turn right on Maynard Terrace Road. Go through one light and at the 2nd light turn right onto Hosea Williams Drive. Go through the next light and at the second light, turn left onto Warren Street. We live at 120 Warren Street, NE. Our house is green with a red door. You will have to park on the street or on Howard which runs parallel to Warren.  Hope you can come.  We will also arrange car pools from the church.
lovepat
 
SPECIAL TRANSPORTATION TO PAT AND LOU’S OPEN HOUSE:
The St. Alban’s van will depart the church parking at 3 pm this Sunday in order to arrive at the “Open House” by 4 pm. All that wish to ride please sign the list on the round table in the Narthex. We should be back in Monroe no later than 8 pm in order for all riding to make it safely home before dark.
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Dan Marineau is back with us this Sunday as our Organist/Choir Director. Dan has graciously agreed to be with us until his house sells or we find a permanent Organist/Choir Director. Thank you, Dan!
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Thank you Marian & Jim Sweeney, Melissa & Lou Young, Jody Emmons, and Mary Ann Lindsey for providing the delicious breakfast last Sunday morning!
Our next monthly Church Breakfast is Sunday, September 16th. Amarie Warren, Pat & Chick Krautler, and Jessica will be preparing the breakfast. Please plan to come and invite your family and friends!
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Supply Priest – Sunday, September 2nd, Rev. Beth Long will be with us as our supply priest.  Rev. Long has been with us before and we look forward to having her with us again.  Rev. Pat is taking a few days off and will be back September 4th.
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Diocesan Acolyte Festival
The Diocese of Atlanta with support from the MEG Chapter of the Vergers’ Guild will have an Acolyte Festival on October 27th at 9:00 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta. This event will include fun and engaging workshops and Acolyte Olympics: team building activities for acolytes of all ages. To register, go to www.episcopalatlanta.org; click the “Connecting News & Events” tab; scroll down to the Diocesan Acolyte Festival; click the registration tab.
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Vestry Meeting – The next Vestry Meeting is Tuesday evening, September 4th, 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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Camp Mikell Folk School
Camp Mikell is once again having a “Folk” school Friday, October 19 through Sunday, October 21.  Classes available are Woodturning, Weaving, Painting, Photography, Soap Making, Beginner Stained Glass, and Independent Study. Information and registration forms are available in the Narthex.  Their website is: http://campmikell.com/mikell-folk-school/class-offerings/
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Tai Chi Classes
Thursdays – 6:30 p.m.
Instructor – Bill Carter
$2.00 per Class
 
Cub Scouts at St. Alban’s
Cub Scout Pack 726 raised the American Flag last Sundayafter repairing the flag pole following high wind damage. St. Alban’s is very honored to be sponsoring the pack as the new school year begins. The Pack will be meeting at the church and we encourage young men in the community to become a part of this great organization.

 

 

Women’s Bible Study
Bible Study from a female’s prospective meets every Tuesday evening at 6:30. Please join Rev. Pat and an enthusiastic ladies group as the scripture is discussed using many references from the CEB Women’s Bible.
August & September Calendars 2018
St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 210 N. Broad St., Monroe, GA, 770-267-2893

The Messenger/August 17, 2018

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord!
The Weekly E-Newsletter of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church     August 17, 2018
In Our Prayers
Please pray for:
Blane; Savannah Benton; John Cannon; Edwina Johnson; Jeanne Aycock;
Laura Guest; Bobby Thomas; Eddie Farmer; Ralph Ammerman; Max Hoglen; Don Lester; Sara Wesley; Stephanie Ceraday; Nicole Richards; the Young Family; Most Rev. Michael Curry; Barney Howard; Fay and Stan Brassie; Family & Friends of Tal Thompson; Family & Friends of Robert Hammond
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: Readings for Next Week:
I Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14
Psalm 111
Ephesians 5:15-20
John 6:51-58
Psalm 84
Ephesians 6:10-20
John 6:56-69
Special Request
What is your favorite HYMN?  Please let me or Shirley know. We have one more month of summer and I would truly love to include our favorites in the worship music for the season.
“O God, Our Help in Ages Past; A Mighty Fortress Is Our God; I Come to the
Garden Alone; Alleluia Sing to Jesus” are some suggestions.
We will make a list!
lovepat
Pat’s Corner
Dearly Beloved,
Years ago, I experienced an important learning.  I learned that I could not change or fix other people.  I could not change my family or my friends.  I began a practice of monitoring my critical mind to be aware of my own anxiety and my need for others to change.
To live a Christian life takes discipline and love.  We are encouraged by Jesus to continue to grow in love every day.  Love and care for ourselves and for others.  In a church community, we lean into each other and need the love of others to carry us through our suffering to the other side of darkness.  In our day to day living we need each other to share our daily lives. The frustrations and changes and the joy and laughter of daily life.
The best part of my work as a priest is when I am with people, when I see you during the week and Sunday‘s. Time slips past me and I forget my own problems.  I love to hear your stories. I am sad when you are sad especially at the time of death.  The death of a child, a spouse or of a friendship. Yes, there are many small deaths in our lives. Time changes everything.
I am reminded of this most clearly when children and youth return to school.  Each year is a moment to recognize that time moves forward.  The year that our daughter went to college I wept a lot.  I felt very sorry for myself.  She was ready to move on.  It became clear that life was moving forward.

So we each mark time differently, but we know that time does not stand still.  We are comforted by the words of Jesus loving us and by the constant presence of the Holy Spirit.

lovepat
Bishop’s Blurb
Sleeper, awake!

It’s easy to sleepwalk through life, school, marriage, work and retirement. This kind of life sleep is so insidious we can be asleep to the fact that we’re asleep!  We would go on sleeping if pain or calamity didn’t shake us and wake us.

Paul woke up the people of his community with this simple phrase, “Try to find out what is pleasing to the Lord.”  With this clear and gentle invitation he called people to look at life, as it is, with the light of Jesus’ words and teaching.

When we do this, if we do this, we wake up to three facts: We fall short. God is merciful.  Life is a gift.  In this light we now see light.  New possibilities-for ourselves and for things we touch-spring up.  We are the children of a bright morning, but we have to wake up first.                                          Ephesians 5:8-14

“Celebrations”
 
Happy Anniversary!
August 20 – Mary Jane & Roy Mallady
 
Happy Birthday!
 
August 22 – Pam McGarity 
 
“Announcements” 
Inquirers & Seekers Class

Sunday – August 19
11:30 a.m.
The Bishop is coming!!! Bishop Lambert is the retired Bishop of Texas and now supply Bishop for the Diocese of Atlanta serving while Bishop Wright is on sabbatical.  We will have members being confirmed and received and we will celebrate the Eucharist.  Please come and support our newest members.
The word “Episcopal” means Bishop.  Our denominational name means that St. Alban’s is part of the Diocese of Atlanta and we are related one to the other.  Every year we support the Diocese with a pledge which comes from your pledges.
So please come and celebrate together.

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Prayers for Healing
This Sunday, the 19th of August, after the Blessing at the end of the service, Pat will stay at the Altar to offer the laying on of hands for healing and anointing with chrism.  Chrism is oil blessed by the Bishop for the purpose of healing.  If you would like to receive this sacrament, please come back to the communion rail during the singing of the final hymn.
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The Women’s Bible Study Class will meet this Tuesday evening, August 21st at 6:30 p.m.
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Marian & Jim Sweeney, along with Melissa & Lou Young, Jody Emmons, and Mary Ann Lindsey, are preparing breakfast for everyone this Sunday morning, August 19, at 9:00 a.m.
T-shirt Sunday and a wonderful breakfast.  Please wear a T-shirt that makes you happy.      lovepat
 
Hopefully enjoying breakfast together will continue on a monthly basis.  If you would like to volunteer to prepare breakfast, please sign the sheet available in the Narthex!
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Welcome! This SundayAugust 19, we welcome David Singer as our substitute organist.  David has a degree in Sacred Music with organ concentration and has over 30 years of experience playing in churches.
Dan Marineau will be back with us August 26.  Dan has graciously agreed to be with us until his house sells or we find a permanent Organist/Choir Director.
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The next two Sundays the Gospel lesson will be from the 6th Chapter of John’s Gospel…or more affectionately known as the “Bread of Life” weeks. Sunday,August 26, Lou and I invite you to an Open House at our home to celebrate Bread Sundays.  If you would like to bring either bread or wine we will share the bounty. Please come at 4:00 p.m. and stay as long as you like.
We live in Atlanta, off I-20.  It takes us an hour to drive from our house to the church.  If you are coming on I-20 West, you pass the 285 exits and continue on to the Glenwood Avenue (after Flat Shoals) exit.  Proceed off the exit and at the light go left.  Pass through the next two lights and go right on Maynard Terrace Road.  Go on Maynard Terrace through one light and at the 2nd light…. Hosea Williams Drive.  Go through the next light and at the second light, turn left at Warren Street.  We live at 120 Warren Street, NE.  Our house is green with a red door.  You will have to park on the street or on Howard which is parallel to Warren.  Hope you can come.  We will also arrange car pools from the church.                                                                                                 – Pat
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Flag Raising – This SundayAugust 19, after the worship service, the Cub Scouts will raise our new United States of America flag. The scouts, along with several members of the church, repaired the flag pole in front of the church. Carole Bond donated a new flag in memory of her husband, Wayne.
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Camp Mikell Folk School
Camp Mikell is once again having a “Folk” school Friday, October 19 through Sunday, October 21.  Classes available are Woodturning, Weaving, Painting, Photography, Soap Making, Beginner Stained Glass, and Independent Study. Information and registration forms are available in the Narthex.  Their website is:http://campmikell.com/mikell-folk-school/class-offerings/
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Tai Chi Classes
Thursdays – 6:30 p.m.
Instructor – Bill Carter
$2.00 per Class
 
August, September Parish Calendars 2018
St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 210 N. Broad St., Monroe, GA, 770-267-2893
St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 655, 210 N. Broad Street, Monroe, GA 30655
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The Messenger/August 10, 2018

Please pray for:

Blane; Savannah Benton; John Cannon; Edwina Johnson; Jeanne Aycock;
Laura Guest; Bobby Thomas; Eddie Farmer; Ralph Ammerman; Max Hoglen; Don Lester; Sara Wesley; Stephanie Ceraday; Nicole Richards; the Young Family; Most Rev. Michael Curry; Barney Howard; Fay and Stan Brassie; Family & Friends of Tal Thompson

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:

II Samuel 18:5-9, 31-33
Psalm 130
Ephesians 4:25-5:2
John 6:35, 41-51

Readings for Next Week:

I Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14
Psalm 111
Ephesians 5:15-20
John 6:51-58

Special Request

What is your favorite HYMN? Please let me or Shirley know. We have one more month of summer and I would truly love to include our favorites in the worship music for the season.

“O God, Our Help in Ages Past; A Mighty Fortress Is Our God; I Come to the
Garden Alone; Alleluia Sing to Jesus” are some suggestions.

We will make a list!

lovepat

Pat’s Corner

Dearly Beloved,

Our hearts are broken at the death of Tal Thompson, son of Faye and Stan Brassie. In truth there are no words to describe this suffering. We pray that they will know and feel the healing power of Christ’s love. We are the body of Christ as we hear this month in Ephesians.

Jesus is the bread of life. Please pray for the Brassie Family and the Thompson family. They will need more than prayers in the days and months to come. They will need bread in the form of food, kindness shown in phone calls, listening, being present. This is our witness in the name of Jesus that love is stronger than death.

We are not people of the tomb. We are Easter people, and in the face of death we say “Alleluia, Alleluia.”

lovepat

Bishop’s Blurb

Test

Do you remember fire drills? Class interrupted. Walking quickly and quietly outside. It was a test for the principal, the teachers and the students. The building might burn, but we would be fine.

St. Paul said our work for Jesus will be tested, too. And by fire! Some people think that when fire of one sort or the other comes, that God has abandoned them. Fire as punishment. Others think that God sends particular kinds of fire down on us to test us. So we can be better Christians.

I find myself in a third group. My group knows that fire happens to all kinds of people. Into every life must come a little fire. And when fire comes we learn quickly what is precious and durable and what is made of inferior quality. Fire won’t burn our faith, but the heat will refine us. (1 Corinthians 3:11-15)

This For Faith originally appeared on February 21, 2014.

“Celebrations”

Happy Anniversary!

August 15 – Mary Ann & Bob Lindsey

Happy Birthday!

August 15 – Jeanne Aycock

“Announcements”

Inquirers & Seekers Class
Sundays – July 8 through August 19
11:30 a.m.

What does the Episcopal Church believe? Bring a prayer book and let’s learn more about our kind of Christianity. Do you know what the 2 most important sacraments are in our Church? Who is welcome at the Eucharist? Have you read our Catechism? See you soon, lovepat

Bishop Paul E. Lambert is filling in for Bishop Wright while Bishop Wright is on sabbatical at the Atlanta Diocese. Bishop Lambert will be here at St. Alban’s during the worship service on September 9th. Attending the Inquirers & Seekers Class will prepare you if you wish to be confirmed, received, or baptized by the bishop on that Sunday. Please contact Rev. Pat if you want to be confirmed, received, or baptized.
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Women’s Bible Study-The Women’s Bible Study Class will meet this Tuesday evening, August 14th, at 6:30 p.m.

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Breakfast at the Church-Marian & Jim Sweeney, along with Melissa & Lou Young, Jody Emmons, and Mary Ann Lindsey, are preparing breakfast for everyone on Sunday, August 19, at 9:00 a.m.

Do you have a favorite t-shirt? Please wear it! We will enjoy knowing new and maybe not so new information about each other. I already know of two shirts that I love. Most original? Funniest? Religious? (But of course.) – Pat

Hopefully enjoying breakfast together will continue on a monthly basis. If you would like to volunteer to prepare breakfast, please sign the sheet available in the Narthex!
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Open House-The next three Sundays, the Gospel lesson will be from the 6th Chapter of John’s Gospel…or more affectionately known as the “Bread of Life” weeks. Sunday, August 26, Lou and I invite you to an Open House at our home to celebrate Bread Sundays. If you would like to bring either bread or wine we will share the bounty. Please come at 4:00 p.m. and stay as long as you like.

We live in Atlanta, off I-20. It takes us an hour to drive from our house to the church. If you are coming on I-20 West, you pass the 285 exits and continue on to the Glenwood Avenue (after Flat Shoals) exit. Proceed off the exit and at the light go left. Pass through the next two lights and go right on Maynard Terrace Road. Go on Maynard Terrace through one light and at the 2nd light…. Hosea Williams Drive. Go through the next light and at the second light, turn left at Warren Street. We live at 120 Warren Street, NE. Our house is green with a red door. You will have to park on the street or on Howard which is parallel to Warren. Hope you can come. We will also arrange car pools from the church. – Pat
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Flag Raising – Next Sunday, August 19, after the worship service, the Cub Scouts will raise our new United States of America flag. The scouts, along with several members of the church, repaired the flag pole in front of the church. Carole Bond donated a new flag in memory of her husband, Wayne.

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Camp Mikell Folk School

Camp Mikell is once again having a “Folk” school Friday, October 19 through Sunday, October 21. Classes available are Woodturning, Weaving, Painting, Photography, Soap Making, Beginner Stained Glass, and Independent Study. Information and registration forms are available in the Narthex. Their website is: http://campmikell.com/mikell-folk-school/class-offerings/
_____________________________________________________

Tai Chi Classes

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

August, September Parish Calendars 2018

Lay Liturgical Schedule-Third Quarter 2018

The Messenger/August 3, 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; Max Hoglen; Don Lester; Sara Wesley; Stephanie Ceraday; Nicole Richards; the Young Family; Most Rev. Michael Curry

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:

II Samuel 11:26-12:13a
Psalm 51:1-13
Ephesians 4:1-16
John 6:24-35

Readings for Next Week:

II Samuel 18:5-9, 31-33
Psalm130
Ephesians 4:25-5:2
John 6:35, 41-51

Special Request

What is your favorite HYMN? Please let me or Shirley know. We have one more month of summer and I would truly love to include our favorites in the worship music for the season.

“O God, Our Help in Ages Past; A Mighty Fortress Is Our God; I Come to the Garden Alone; Alleluia Sing to Jesus” are some suggestions.

We will make a list!

lovepat

Pat’s Corner

Dearly Beloved,

School is back in session for many families. What ever happened to Summer? It is still August and it will be warm a good two more months. Even if we don’t have children at home, the public schedule affects us. The traffic patterns are different, the stores have less customers during the day, and we begin to think about the Fall.

St. Alban’s is open almost everyday. We use air conditioning, the bathrooms work and the lights are on. Please remember to pay your pledge. We are low on cash.

We all need money. We need an income to pay our bills. We pay the Diocese every month a portion of our pledge. It once embarrassed me to talk about money. Not any more. As we come together as a community, we each take a share of our responsibility for the whole. The way we spend our money tells the story of our values. I lived for several years of my life below the poverty level. I worried about money a lot. I worried I couldn’t pay my bills and I worried about my daughter. We would pay off one bill and two seemed to replace it.

How much money we have or don’t have is not our worth. Our worth is incalculable in the eyes of God. Life is a precious gift. So should we love each other and respect each other.

This is not an easy calling. I don’t watch much TV anymore because it if filled with people who are always angry. I watch PBS and old movies. I find that if I am overexposed to anger and hatred, I start to feel agitated. My mind becomes filled with questions and the knowledge of the peace of Christ has left me.

Time is precious. Spending it on hoping for another person’s demise is wasted time. The more I focus on love and forgiveness I have my time filled.

Now, I have two clear eyes and I am very grateful for the cataract operation. I am grateful for Lou, and of course grateful for your concern and prayers.

lovepat

Bishop’s Blurb

Clay

Jeremiah heard a whisper from God: Go and watch the potter work the clay. See how he takes something flawed and spoiled and reworks it according to his good purpose. There’s a spectacular image for our best relationship to God! Malleable clay, on a spinning world, in the hands of a genius potter.

How’s your Christian formation going? Not just hearing the words of the Potter but allowing them to shape you, the marriage, the money, the response to fear, the response to neighbor. It’s worth it to ask: What categories of my life do I push the hands of the Maker away and say I know best?

But don’t stop at the question. Confess with the author of Proverbs that “the beginning of wisdom is awe and reverence of God and that the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” Glory to the Potter. Choose to be clay today.

This For Faith originally appeared on September 6, 2013

“Celebrations”

Happy Anniversary!

August 7 – Marty & Kirby Atkinson

Happy Birthday!

August 3 – Nicole Richards
August 5 – Jim Laird
August 5 – Missy Burns

“Announcements”

Inquirers & Seekers Class
Sundays – July 8 through August 19
11:30 a.m.

What does the Episcopal Church believe? Bring a prayer book and let’s learn more about our kind of Christianity. Do you know what the 2 most important sacraments are in our Church? Who is welcome at the Eucharist? Have you read our Catechism? See you soon, lovepat

Bishop Paul E. Lambert is filling in for Bishop Wright while Bishop Wright is on sabbatical at the Atlanta Diocese. Bishop Lambert will be here at St. Alban’s during the worship service on September 9th. Attending the Inquirers & Seekers Class will prepare you if you wish to be confirmed, received, or baptized by the bishop on that Sunday. Please contact Rev. Pat if you want to be confirmed, received, or baptized.
___________________________________________________

We welcome Dan Marineau as our supply organist this Sunday, August 5th. Dan was with us for several years as our organist and choir director. We are very happy to have him back at St. Alban’s!
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Vestry Meeting – The next Vestry Meeting is this Tuesday evening, August 7, 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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Women’s Bible Study-The Women’s Bible Study Class will meet this Tuesday evening, August 7th, at 6:30 p.m.

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Breakfast at the Church-Marian & Jim Sweeney and Melissa & Lou Young are preparing breakfast for everyone on Sunday, August 19, at 9:00 a.m.

Do you have a favorite t-shirt? Please wear it! We will enjoy knowing new and maybe not so new information about each other. I already know of two shirts that I love. Most original? Funniest? Religious? (But of course.) – Pat

Hopefully enjoying breakfast together will continue on a monthly basis. If you would like to volunteer to prepare breakfast, please sign the sheet available in the Narthex!
_____________________________________________________

Open House-The next four Sundays the Gospel lesson will be from the 6th Chapter of John’s Gospel…or more affectionately known as the “Bread of Life” weeks. Sunday, August 26, Lou and I invite you to an Open House at our home to celebrate Bread Sundays. If you would like to bring either bread or wine we will share the bounty. Please come at 4:00 p.m. and stay as long as you like.

We live in Atlanta, off I-20. It takes us an hour to drive from our house to the church. If you are coming on I-20 West, you pass the 285 exits and continue on to the Glenwood Avenue (after Flat Shoals) exit. Proceed off the exit and at the light go left. Pass through the next two lights and go right on Maynard Terrace Road. Go on Maynard Terrace through one light and at the 2nd light…. Hosea Williams Drive. Go through the next light and at the second light, turn left at Warren Street. We live at 120 Warren Street, NE. Our house is green with a red door. You will have to park on the street or on Howard which is parallel to Warren. Hope you can come. We will also arrange car pools from the church. – Pat

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Camp Mikell Folk School

Camp Mikell is once again having a “Folk” school Friday, October 19 through Sunday, October 21. Classes available are Woodturning, Weaving, Painting, Photography, Soap Making, Beginner Stained Glass, and Independent Study. Information and registration forms are available in the Narthex. Their website is: http://campmikell.com/mikell-folk-school/class-offerings/
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    Tai Chi Classes

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

August, September Parish Calendars 2018

Lay Liturgical Schedule-Third Quarter 2018

The Messenger/July 27, 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; Max Hoglen; Don Lester; Sara Wesley; Stephanie Ceraday; Nicole Richards; the Young Family; Most Rev. Michael Curry

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.

Special Request

What is your favorite HYMN? Please let me or Shirley know. We have one more month of summer and I would truly love to include our favorites in the worship music for the season.

“O God, Our Help in Ages Past; A Mighty Fortress Is Our God; I Come to the Garden Alone; Alleluia Sing to Jesus” are some suggestions.

We will make a list!

Pat’s Corner

Dearly Beloved,

How to speak about faith and God? Each time I start to write a sermon or a newsletter article, I begin in my my own mind to see what has brought me closer to my own faith. This is a bit of a sticky place. It is always probable that it will seem that I am only talking about myself. So the next step is to imagine if my experience is universal. As you know this is very subjective work.

Let me see what you think of these thoughts. One of my own deep values for myself and others is authenticity. People who let you see their imperfections without trying to be someone we are not. It takes some courage to not try and hide our imperfections. We know ourselves the best and we know our faults and imperfections.

In the early 1970’s when I went to Seminary, the priests that I knew often seemed to me to be superficial. Using religious language or custom to protect themselves from being known. As a young person this is often understandable, but as we age one of the freedoms is to be more and more ourselves. My guide for this is Jesus. Jesus was beloved by thousands of people and deeply hated by others. When we read the Gospels we know this man as one who was misunderstood even by his disciples. As Jesus taught and healed, he moved deeper into his calling. I would say that he moved deeper into himself. He knew that the more true he was to God the truer he was to his unique self. This gave him the courage for self sacrifice.

To love and follow Jesus is to be truer to your authentic self. This involves self examination, honesty and courage. I often cop out. I decide it is too difficult and painful to love. I try to be more kind, thoughtful and helpful, and I fail. No one knows our sins of omission. We can ignore them or we can learn to have intimate knowledge of ourselves so that we grow and become more truly ourselves.

Let me give an example. Often I can be very grumpy and negative. I can find fault with others for hours at a time. Then I decide that I need to fix what is wrong with others. I make myself miserable. How ridiculous can I be? So if I step back and look at my self made misery my woes are lifted. My problems seem not very important. My authentic voice is heard if I forgive myself and let it go.

Don’t be fooled. This is my ideal self. This is my work to follow Jesus. I fail most times. I am selfish, whine, and critical. It is a path that I fail many days. To keep coming back to this work is my internal struggle to live near the light and not to hide in the darkness.

I hope that this self revelation makes some sense to you.

Love to you in our shared struggle.

lovepat

Bishop’s Blurb

Note to Church:

Jesus said we should “pray to God to send laborers out into his harvest” (Matthew 9:35-10:23). Laborers, not spectators. Christianity was always supposed to be a verb, an exertion amidst the unfamiliar. Second, the labor is out; out is where the harvest is! The church is the people called out to be out in the world for God.

Notice among many declining and dying churches there is more “our-ness” than out-ness. One indicator of a church’s vitality is the percentage of church members engaged in some form of out-ness.

But, Jesus doesn’t leave us out and alone. He gives us a parting gift: authority or power. The thing is, you won’t be sure you have it until you activate with action. Then, we’re told to go to the lost-physically be with. You know who Jesus means.

Want to do God’s will? Here we go!

This For Faith originally appeared on January 24, 2014

“Celebrations”

Happy Birthday!

July 25 – Taylor McGarity
July 27 – Jo Ann Powers
July 29 – Pat Krautler
August 1 – Bob Emmons
August 3 – Nicole Richards

“Announcements”

Special Outreach Announcement – In our continuing connection to the children of Monroe’s Young Learner Christian Academy (Day Care), along with supplying the younger children with school backpacks, there has been a special request to help one family’s mom struggling with cancer and their need for school clothing and supplies. A list and sizes of the three children along with a listing of backpack ages/gender for the school will be available at church this weekend. Due to school opening very soon, we have limited time to gather the supplies. Thank-you in advance for all your support.

Children of mother battling cancer:
Ty – 5th Grade, Shoe size 5 1/2, clothes size 10

Backpacks:
Pre K – 8 girls and 3 boys
Kindergarten – 2 girls and 4 boys
1st grade – 2 girls
2nd grade – 3 girls and 2 boys
3rd grade – 1 girl and 4 boys
6th grade – 2 boys

Jim Laird
Email: Jim.laird@multisiteenergy.com
Phone: 404.386.9240
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Please Note – Rev. Pat will have her second eye surgery (cataract removed) this Tuesday, July 31st. As a result, she will work Monday and Thursday next week.
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Inquirers & Seekers Class
Sundays – July 8 through August 19
11:30 a.m.

What does the Episcopal Church believe? Bring a prayer book and let’s learn more about our kind of Christianity. Do you know what the 2 most important sacraments are in our Church? Who is welcome at the Eucharist? Have you read our Catechism? See you soon, lovepat

Bishop Paul E. Lambert is filling in for Bishop Wright while Bishop Wright is on sabbatical at the Atlanta Diocese. Bishop Lambert will be here at St. Alban’s during the worship service on September 9th. Attending the Inquirers & Seekers Class will prepare you if you wish to be confirmed, received, or baptized by the bishop on that Sunday. Please contact Rev. Pat if you want to be confirmed, received, or baptized.
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Women’s Bible Study-To help accommodate Pat with her eye surgery, we will meet Monday night, July 30, at 6:30 pm.

If you are interested in this Bible Study but cannot attend in the evening, please let Pat or Shirley know and Pat will have an additional class during a week day.
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Church Breakfast -Marian & Jim Sweeney and Melissa & Lou Young are preparing breakfast for everyone on Sunday, August 19, at 9:00 a.m. Please plan to come and invite your family and friends!

Hopefully enjoying breakfast together will continue on a monthly basis. If you would like to volunteer to prepare breakfast, please sign the sheet available in the Narthex!
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Camp Mikell Folk School

Camp Mikell is once again having a “Folk” school Friday, October 19 through Sunday, October 21. Classes available are Woodturning, Weaving, Painting, Photography, Soap Making, Beginner Stained Glass, and Independent Study. Information and registration forms are available in the Narthex. Their website is: http://campmikell.com/mikell-folk-school/class-offerings/
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Thank You – Tom Ayer wishes to thank everyone for the lovely farewell reception and gift.
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Pledge Reminder – Summer is upon us 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

July & August Parish Calendars 2018

Lay Liturgical Schedule-Third Quarter 2018

The Messenger/July 20, 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; Max Hoglen; Don Lester; Sara Wesley; Stephanie Ceraday; Nicole Richards

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

Special Request

What is your favorite HYMN? Please let me or Shirley know. We have one more month of summer and I would truly love to include our favorites in the worship music for the season.

“O God, Our Help in Ages Past; A Mighty Fortress Is Our God; I Come to the
Garden Alone; Alleluia Sing to Jesus” are some suggestions.

We will make a list!

Pat’s Corner

Dearly Beloved,

Two months ago, Lou and I adopted 3 kittens from a friend. I was going to take one, but they were so adorable together. So now we have three brothers and they provide some of the best entertainment. Lots of chasing, pouncing and when they are tired they fall asleep wherever they land. After much discussion, we have decided to name them after Lou’s Texas Uncles. Years ago, I met his uncles at a family reunion in Nacogdoches. Their family names were Dude, Tuggie and Runt. On the fourth of July, Runt was down to one pound and looked like he was dying. So off to the emergency vet and $500 later. We fed Runt with a syringe and slowly he came back around. His brothers now look like they are from a different litter.

You may be wondering why I’m talking about kittens. Small animals and children are totally dependent on us. The kittens remind me of the joy of and the responsibility for the young. Their curiosity, energy, vulnerability and beauty are beyond words. Last week, I loved having the Parish Hall filled with paint, paper and kids of all ages. The kids were accompanied by adults who were teachers and helpers. What I have discovered about times like this is that I experience being grounded. I experience being present to the moment. I am more aware of joy and pleasure. I feel this when I see flowers, dogs, cooking, and in the water.

Do you know what it feels like to be grounded? I experience it as being present in the moment, aware of the touch and feel of what is around me. The smell of food and flowers and the kittens loud purr and soft bodies. remind me of the abundance of life around me. I am aware of God’s presence with me, around me and in me.

Prayer is also grounding as we experience it in our mind’s eye. We use our words and we listen for God’s word coming to us. We are aware of our breathing and our body. We listen for God’s word.

It seems to me that everyday the news cycle gets more and more intense and loud. It is at times like this we need to remember that we are called to be grounded in God. I hope in the beauty of the abundance of summer that you look for the spirit of God in the living that is closest to you.

lovepat

Bishop’s Blurb

Titles

The world gives and we accept its titles: disabled, racial minority, elderly, immigrant, widow, poor, rich, retired, liberal and conservative, just to name a few. Such titles can’t possibly describe what God wants to accomplish with us.

If we’re not careful, accepting these titles will limit what we think of ourselves and others and diminish what we think God can do through us. Consider the titles God offers: watered garden, repairer of the breach, salt, light, a city on a hill, spiritually wise, friend, conqueror and great.

God’s titles remind us that when we put ourselves at God’s disposal by partnering with Jesus, abundance will flow through us. We are divinely designated to be flavor amidst the bland, candles never to be covered over, bright billboards on display in public places. You are light. So shine!

This For Faith originally appeared on February 7, 2014

“Celebrations”

Congratulations!

Congratulations to Tom and Kristin Carter on the birth of their son,
Sebastian McCoy Carter, on July 19th.
Congratulations to the proud grandfather, Bill Carter!

Happy Anniversary!

July 21 – Diane & Shawn Corcoran

Happy Birthday!

July 22 – Sandra Scott
July 23 – Phyllis Phillippi
July 27 – Jo Ann Powers

“Announcements”

Please Note – Rev. Pat will have her second eye surgery (cataract removed) this Tuesday, July 24th. As a result, she will work Monday and Thursday next week.
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Inquirers & Seekers Class
Sundays – July 8 through August 19
11:30 a.m.

What does the Episcopal Church believe? Bring a prayer book and let’s learn more about our kind of Christianity. Do you know what the 2 most important sacraments are in our Church? Who is welcome at the Eucharist? Have you read our Catechism? See you soon! …….Lovepat

Bishop Paul E. Lambert is filling in for Bishop Wright while Bishop Wright is on sabbatical at the Atlanta Diocese. Bishop Lambert will be here at St. Alban’s during the worship service on September 9th. Attending the Inquirers & Seekers Class will prepare you if you wish to be confirmed, received, or baptized by the bishop on that Sunday. Please contact Rev. Pat if you want to be confirmed, received, or baptized.
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Women’s Bible Study-To help accommodate Pat with her eye surgery, we will meet the next two Monday nights, July 23 and 30, at 6:30 pm.

If you are interested in this Bible Study but cannot attend in the evening, please let Pat or Shirley know and Pat will have an additional class during a week day.
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Breakfast at St. Alban’s

Thank you so much to Joylou and Ron Mullis for the delicious breakfast last Sunday morning.

Hopefully last Sunday’s breakfast was the beginning of enjoying breakfast together on a monthly basis. If you would like to volunteer to prepare breakfast, please sign the sheet available in the Narthex!
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Pledge Reminder – Summer is upon us 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!
____________________________________________________

Tai Chi Classes

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

July & August Parish Calendars 2018

Lay Liturgical Schedule-Third Quarter 2018


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