In Our Prayers
Please pray for:
Blane; Savannah Benton; John Cannon; Anne Carter; Edwina Johnson; Bill Pardue; Jeanne Aycock; Bo Warren; Barbara; Karen; Mary; Vicky Williamson; Laura Guest; Clyde Yancey & Family; Lorena Gray; Susan McDaniel; Bobby Thomas; Monica Thomas; Bill Carter
Please pray for our Vestry and Clergy:
Marty Atkinson; Carole Bond; Libby Martin; Melissa Young; Marvin Gray; Judy Terry; Stan Bassie 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:
Jonah 3:1-5, 10
I Corinthians 7:29-31
Readings for Next Week:
I Corinthians 8:1-13
In September, our Son-in-Law, Paul, asked if we would like to take a short trip over MLK weekend. He always finds good deals, and it seemed a long time away and we said sure. By the end of that week we were all signed up for a trip to the Virgin Islands. Last Thursday we flew from Atlanta south. Four hours later as we walked through the tiny airport we were greeted by warm breezes and bright sunshine.
The condo we were staying in faced the ocean and a swimming pool that was beautiful. The beauty of the sapphire water and the rolling green islands was stunning. Water splashing up on the rocks and the sun shining off the water. Around the pool were several Iguanas and 3 signs that said do not feed the Iguanas! These animals are reptiles that look to me like small dragons. They have a spiked ridge on their back and a long tail, with skin that may be green, brown or changing. I do believe they are beggars! Hence the sign warning us not to feed the Iguanas.
They are so ugly they are cute and funny.
The sad part of the trip was observing the devastation from the Hurricane in October that has yet to be mended. There were buildings ripped apart, palm trees stripped. Driving the narrow roads there were abandoned cars and boats. We passed a FEMA site that had hundreds of refrigerators stacked high.
I met a woman who is a resident of the Island and she told me that she had no water for a month (for bathing). She also said that about half the population left. You could feel the sadness and grief of people who have had their normal lives destroyed. Many people thanked us for coming as tourists.
We arrived home Sunday night and as we carried our suitcases into our home I felt a deep gratefulness for the comfort of our home and the feeling of security it gives me. We are capable of resilience but it comes at a cost.
Life is fragile, handle with care.
Human power has an expiration date. Dynasties, empires and nations form and then shatter. But God’s power is infinite and unlimited. God’s power is love. Jesus showed us that. So, we choose to love like Jesus! Jesus’ love is the power of God offered to us. It looks like the artful application of soul force. It is zeal in an uninspired and distracted church and world. It is joyful other-centeredness as medicine for chronic me-ism. It’s a smile of forbearance in the face of brittleness and hostility. It is gentle single-mindedness. All that…that’s power.
January 22 – Vida Broach
St. Alban’s 2017 Annual Parish Meeting – Our Annual Parish Meeting for 2017 will be Sunday, January 28th, immediately following the worship service. Please mark your calendars to be here on that day. We will have a potluck lunch, then the meeting. We will be talking about this past year and looking forward to the next. It is also a wonderful chance to see the people you love.
We will be voting in two (2) new Vestry members at the meeting. We have two (2) nominations so far, Bob Emmons and Nicole Richards (see their biographies below).
If you would like to nominate someone to serve on the Vestry, please submit your nominations in writing to one of the Vestry members or to the church office. 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
4) Known by the treasurer to have made and maintained a stated
financial commitment for church support in the year
Nomination forms are available on the round table in the Narthex.
If you plan to attend the Annual Parish Meeting, please sign the sheet provided on the table in the Narthex.
Vestry Nominees 2018
Liberal Arts Degree, University of Nebraska 1963
Major in Creative Writing, Minor in Journalism
Confirmed 1965 Christ Church, Joliet, Illinois. Served on Vestry of Christ Church 1967-68. Was appointed to the Bishop of Northern Illinois Advisory Committee on Public Relations 1968.
Business Career: Public relations, advertising, marketing in both the public utilities and medical device industries. Owner of Cosmetic Surgery Suppliers, Inc.
Served on Vestries at: Christ Church, Joliet, Illinois
St. Edward’s, Lawrenceville, Georgia
St. Alban’s, Monroe, Georgia
(two terms Senior Warden)
Married: Jody Emmons
Two sons, six grandchildren.
A resident of Walton County since 2001.
I am one of three children born to Lloyd and Valerie Richards from Kingston Jamaica. As a young lady, I attended school in suburban Chicago. I played college basketball at Loyola University of Chicago on a full scholarship and earned my degree in education. After graduation, I had my son Elijah, who is in his senior year of high school. My son and I moved to Monroe in 2006, where I have taught and coached for the past 12 years. I joined St. Alban’s after my mom moved to Monroe almost three years ago. It has truly been a blessing to find a church home as loving and caring as St. Alban’s.
LEM’s, Readers, and Acolytes Needed – The more people that participate in worship the richer our worship will be. A LEM is a Lay Eucharistic Minister who serves on Sundays by reading and passing the chalice. A LEM is also authorized to take communion to those who are unable to come to church on Sunday.
Please consider these ministries. Let me know – Pat.
Church Yard Sale – Mark the date – April 14th! Please start gathering up and saving items for our Yard Sale coming this spring.
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner-Please plan to join us on Shrove Tuesday, February 13th, for our Annual Pancake Supper, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5.00 for adults, 5 tickets for $20.00. Children under 12 eat free! Invite your friends! Tickets available soon.
Ash Wednesday Services
February 14, 2018
12 noon & 7 pm
Lenten Supper and Program
February 20 through March 20
Join us every Tuesday evening during Lent for a soup and sandwich supper and a program. Please volunteer to help provide the Lenten Suppers by signing up on the sheet provided in the Narthex.