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.
Readings for This Week:
II Samuel 11:26-12:13a
Readings for Next Week:
II Samuel 18:5-9, 31-33
John 6:35, 41-51
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!
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.
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
August 7 – Marty & Kirby Atkinson
August 3 – Nicole Richards
August 5 – Jim Laird
August 5 – Missy Burns
Inquirers & Seekers Class
Sundays – July 8 through August 19
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!
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.
Women’s Bible Study-The Women’s Bible Study Class will meet this Tuesday evening, August 7th, at 6:30 p.m.
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
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/
Thursdays – 6:30 p.m.
Instructor – Bill Carter
$2.00 per Class
August, September Parish Calendars 2018
Lay Liturgical Schedule-Third Quarter 2018