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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/
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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/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.
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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!
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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

The Messenger/July 13, 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

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 6:1-5, 12b-19
Psalm 24
Ephesians 1:3-14
Mark 6:14-29

Readings for Next Week:

II Samuel 7:1-14a
Psalm 89:20-37
Ephesians 2:11-22
Mark 6:30-34, 53-56

Pat’s Corner

Dearly Beloved,

Vacations are great, but it is always sweet to come home. I felt this way last Sunday, happy to see everyone and to be home. Lou and I had a good time on a cruise with our daughter and grandsons. I have been having trouble with my glasses, so I went to the doctor. He told me that I have a fast growing cataract in my left eye and the right eye also needs the surgery .. Tuesdays, the 17th and the 24th, I will have the surgeries. As a result I will work Monday and Thursday starting July 16 through July 31.

This week I have enjoyed having the children’s Art Works in the parish hall in morning. It makes my heart fill with hope for the future when we will have more and more children joining us at worship and in our lives together. I am so grateful to Nancy Manley for her vision for this project. Thank you so much to Judy Terry for her leadership daily in coordinating artist-teachers. In addition many thanks to our teachers and thanks to those who brought food for snacks. Our walls are covered with the beauty of color and the imaginations of the young. You may see the art show on Sunday.

This Sunday you are invited to come for Breakfast at 9:00 am. Ron and Joylou have planned this wonderful meal to be a time for visiting with our friends and for making new friends with our newcomers. Thank you to them and all who help them for this gift.

Hope to see you on Sunday.
lovepat

Bishop’s Blurb

Wow!

People say “wow” a lot in conversations today. Have you noticed that? Mostly it’s an expression of polite interest. But wow is a spiritual state. Wow is the grandchild of awe and majesty. Wow is how we respond to beauty, immensity and complexity. Wow is a fast car to God. Wow is stars on a black night, lightning at sea, a hovering full moon. It’s a tall pine tree waving, a sleeping child, a Maya Angelou sentence.

Wow offers us a chance at real humility. Wow is to stand before something superior in genius and feel an elegance we did not create, could not create. Wow orders the chin upward in praise. Or, downward in solidarity with the lowly. Wow softens the heart. Wow is considering the works of God’s fingers, galaxies, quasars and quarks and knowing “the Lord is mindful of us and cares for us.” Wow!

Psalm 8

This For Faith originally appeared on June 13, 2014

“Celebrations”

Happy Anniversary!

July 21 – Diane & Shawn Corcoran

Happy Birthday!

July 19 – John Hart

“Announcements”

Thank You Judy Terry, Nancy Manley, Riley Tucker, Pamela McGarity, Fay Brassie, Shay Youngblood, Mallory Sanders, and Bob Hay for planning, teaching, and helping at our Art Works classes this past week.

Please check out the children’s artwork in the parish hall!!

We also wish to thank everyone who brought in snacks for the children.

Thank you everyone who helped on Wednesday evenings with the Farmer’s Market and the Farmacy Bus. Everyone who helped is invited to a “Thank You” reception this Thursday evening, July 19, at 7:00 p.m. in the parish hall.

Thank you Lalla Tanner for rearranging your schedule to help us by being our organist for the remainder of July. Our search committee is actively trying to find someone to fill the position left open by Vince Evans’ unexpected resignation.

Thank you Bob Hay for cleaning and polishing our processional cross.
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ART WORKS

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Please Note – Rev. Pat will be having eye surgery (cataracts removed) Tuesdays, July 17th and 24th. As a result, she will work Monday and Thursday starting July 16 through July 31.
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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-We had our first meeting this past Tuesday evening. To help accommodate Pat with her eye surgery, we will meet the next three Monday nights, July 16, 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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Altar Guild News – Carolyn Pickeral is resigning as the Chair of the Altar Guild. As of September 1, Carolyn has asked to be relieved of her duties for the last 13 years. Her competence and high standards are well known to all of us who see the work that is done. She has inspired others to care for our liturgical life together in worship and in their love for each other in this service.

I have served six parishes and one cathedral in these years, and this Altar Guild is the best organized and the work is accomplished by many working together. Carolyn’s dedication, her high standards, and her attention to detail are a testimony to her service. I am very grateful to her and to Wayne for their support of St. Alban’s.

The Vestry met on Tuesday and they join me in our gratitude. The Vestry and the Altar Guild members are planning to honor Carolyn before September 1. We will let you know the date and time soon. ………….. lovepat
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Breakfast at St. Alban’s
Sunday, July 15, 9:00 a.m.

Joylou and Ron Mullis are preparing breakfast for everyone this Sunday, July 15th, prior to the worship service at 9:00 a.m. Please bring your family and friends!

We would like for this breakfast to be 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

The Messenger/July 6, 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; Kim Turner; Bo Warren; Ashton Sexton; Max Hoglen; Don Lester; Family & Friends of Mary Soloman; Sara Wesley

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 5:1-5, 9-10
Psalm 48
II Corinthians 12:2-10
Mark 6:1-13

Readings for Next Week:

II Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19
Psalm 24
Ephesians 1:3-14
Mark 6:14-29

Bishop’s Blurb

Rest

When I rest, I feel so good, such that I don’t know why I don’t rest more. Summertime, for many, brings a slowdown. I pray that you will use this slowdown to rest your minds, bodies and souls this summer.

Rabbi Abraham Heschel reminds us, “Labor is a craft, but perfect rest is an art. Rest or Sabbath is a palace in time which we build. It’s practice for eternity.” Rest, he says, “is not an interlude but the climax of living. Humans are no beasts of burden.”
(The Sabbath, p. 14-15)

Your life is too precious, your family too dear, your calling too essential, your creativity too necessary to be chronically diminished by exhaustion. Rest is one way to reject this world’s commodification of humanity.

This summer, go back to the places, the books, the embraces or the quiet that replenishes you. Or, find new ways to just rest!

This For Faith originally appeared on June 21, 2013

“Celebrations”

Happy Anniversary!

July 6 – Robbie & Sara Thomas

Happy Birthday!

July 8 – Coleton Sexton
July 11 – Ed Almand

“Announcements”

Welcome!-We welcome Lalla Tanner as our organist this Sunday, July 8. Vince is on vacation and will be back Sunday, July 15th.
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St. Alban’s Presents
ART WORKS
Art Lessons & Exploration
Youth, Ages 6-16
July 9-13, 9 am-12 pm

Lessons in drawing, painting, arrangements & more!

Cost: $15.00 – Payment to be made on the first day, July 9, at the door.

Registration forms available in the Narthex.

If you would like to help by bringing snacks or coming to help with the children, please sign the sheets provided in the Narthex.

Questions? Please call Judy Terry at 770-312-0941.
___________________________________________________

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
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Women’s Bible Study
Tuesdays, July 10 – August 21
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

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Breakfast at St. Alban’s
Sunday, July 15, 9:00 a.m.

Joylou and Ron Mullis are preparing breakfast for everyone on Sunday, July 15th, prior to the worship service at 9:00 a.m. Please bring your family and friends!

We would like for this breakfast to be 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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Vestry Meeting – The next Vestry Meeting is Tuesday evening, July 10, 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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Free Farmers Market provided by F.I.S.H. & Walton Wellness

We have one more Wednesday evening to assist Walton Wellness and the Mobile Farmacy, July 11th, from 6 p.m. to around 7 p.m. Please join us at 5:30 p.m. if you would like to participate in this community ministry.

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FISH4KIDS
Help nourish our youngest neighbors by supporting the FISH4KIDS program.

More than 375 volunteers come together each summer to prepare 2,425 sack lunches each day, Monday-Friday. The lunches are then delivered door-to-door throughout Walton County. Each lunch is bag full of hope!

FISH4KIDS also serves 1,525 students during the school year through the Backpack Buddies program. These children receive food on Fridays in their backpacks to feed them through the weekend.

Text FISH4KIDS to 41444 to sponsor a child or make a donation. This gift can be made in honor of a special person like your favorite teacher, parent or pastor or designated as a memorial gift – All on your phone in just a few seconds.

Marvin Gray will once again drive the church van to Social Circle every Tuesday and Thursday this summer to deliver the sack lunches for distribution. If you would like to volunteer to help, volunteer information for all aspects of FISH can be found at fishofwalton.com.
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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

The Messenger/June 29, 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; Kim Turner; Bo Warren; Ashton Sexton; Max Hoglen; Don Lester; Family & Friends of Cliff Denny; Sara Wesley

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 1:1, 17-27
Psalm 130
II Corinthians 8:7-15
Mark 5:21-43

Readings for Next Week:

II Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10
Psalm 48
II Corinthians 12:2-10
Mark 6:1-13

Bishop’s Blurb

Desperate

He must have been desperate. Leaders of the upper class don’t seek out low-class street preachers unless they’re desperate. His daughter was dying. Parents will do anything to save their children. Parents who don’t pray will pray. Those who have been indifferent to Jesus will call on his power, if the fear is great and the loss will devastate. Jesus didn’t judge him or lecture him. He blessed him. He saved the child. I guess what lower and upper class folks have in common is the space for new faith that desperation creates. And, a merciful God. Mark 5:21-43

“Celebrations”

Happy Anniversary!

July 6 – Robbie & Sara Thomas

Happy Birthday!

June 29 – Christopher Hardy
June 30 – Ashlyn McGarity
June 30 – Virginia Flanigan
July 2 – Pat Merchant

“Announcements”

Welcome! We welcome Rev. Corinne Crammer this Sunday, July 1, as our guest priest. Rev. Crammer has been with us before and we are honored to have her officiate our worship service again.

We also welcome Tom Ayer back this Sunday as our organist. Vince is on vacation and will be back Sunday, July 15th.
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Attention – Rev. Pat is on vacation through July 5th. She will be back at the church on Friday, July 6th.

The church office will be closed Wednesday, July 4th, in observance of Independence Day. Also, Shirley will be on vacation July 5th and 6th.
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St. Alban’s Presents
ART WORKS
Art Lessons & Exploration
Youth, Ages 6-16
July 9-13, 9 am-12 pm

Lessons in drawing, painting, arrangements & more!

Cost: $15.00 – Payment to be made on the first day, July 9, at the door.

Registration forms available in the Narthex. Registration ends July 3rd.

If you would like to help by bringing snacks or coming to help with the children, please sign the sheets provided in the Narthex.

Questions? Please call Judy Terry at 770-312-0941.
___________________________________________________

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
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Women’s Bible Study

Tuesdays, July 10 – August 21
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

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Breakfast at St. Alban’s
Sunday, July 15, 9:00 a.m.

Joylou and Ron Mullis are preparing breakfast for everyone on Sunday, July 15th, prior to the worship service at 9:00 a.m. Please bring your family and friends!

We would like for this breakfast to be 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!
_____________________________________________________

Vestry Meeting – The next Vestry Meeting is Tuesday evening, July 10, 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.
_____________________________________________________

Free Farmers Market provided by F.I.S.H. & Walton Wellness

We have one more Wednesday evening to assist Walton Wellness and the Mobile Farmacy, July 11th, from 6 p.m. to around 7 p.m. Please join us at 5:30 p.m. if you would like to participate in this community ministry.

____________________________________________________

FISH4KIDS
Help nourish our youngest neighbors by supporting the FISH4KIDS program.

More than 375 volunteers come together each summer to prepare 2,425 sack lunches each day, Monday-Friday. The lunches are then delivered door-to-door throughout Walton County. Each lunch is bag full of hope!

FISH4KIDS also serves 1,525 students during the school year through the Backpack Buddies program. These children receive food on Fridays in their backpacks to feed them through the weekend.

Text FISH4KIDS to 41444 to sponsor a child or make a donation. This gift can be made in honor of a special person like your favorite teacher, parent or pastor or designated as a memorial gift – All on your phone in just a few seconds.

Marvin Gray will once again drive the church van to Social Circle every Tuesday and Thursday this summer to deliver the sack lunches for distribution. If you would like to volunteer to help, volunteer information for all aspects of FISH can be found at fishofwalton.com.
____________________________________________________

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

The Messenger/June 22, 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; Kim Turner; Bo Warren; Ashton Sexton; Max Hoglen; Don Lester; Family & Friends of Cliff Denny

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:

I Samuel 17:57-18:5, 10-16
Psalm 133
II Corinthians 6:1-13
Mark 4:35-41

Readings for Next Week:

II Samuel 1:1, 17-27
Psalm 130
II Corinthians 8:7-15
Mark 5:21-43

Bishop’s Blurb

Agency

People remember Jesus calmed the wind and the sea with a phrase, “Peace! Be still!” What is less remembered is Jesus taught his followers to be able to do the same. “Where is your faith?” Jesus asked them. Following Jesus is about taking up agency. It’s about Jesus believing in us to do the things he taught us. Following Jesus is not some always-trepidatious, hand-wringing kind of hope. Following Jesus is about being immersed in his teachings and hazarding faithful, audacious actions. Maybe church has taught us to be fans of Jesus instead of partners with Jesus. Mark 4:35-41

“Celebrations”

Happy Birthday!

June 23 – Gareth Fenley
June 29 – Christopher Hardy
June 30 – Ashlyn McGarity
June 30 – Virginia Flanigan

“Announcements’

Welcome! We welcome Rev. Bill Deneke this Sunday, June 24, as our guest priest. Rev. Deneke has been with us before and we are honored to have him with us again.
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Attention – Rev. Pat is on vacation through July 5th. The Rev. Bill Deneke will officiate the service this Sunday, June 24. The Rev. Corinne Crammer will serve as our supply priest on July 1.

The church office will be closed Wednesday, July 4th, in observance of Independence Day. Also, Shirley will be on vacation July 5th and 6th.
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St. Alban’s Presents
ART WORKS
Art Lessons & Exploration
Youth, Ages 6-16
July 9-13, 9 am – 12 pm

Lessons in drawing, painting, arrangements & more!

Cost: $15.00 – Payment to be made on the first day, July 9, at the door.

Registration forms available in the Narthex. Registration ends July 3rd.

Questions? Please call Judy Terry
770-312-0941
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Inquirers & Seekers Bible Study
Sundays – July 8 through August 19
11:30 a.m.

Women’s Bible Study
Wednesdays, July 10 – August 21
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

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Breakfast at St. Alban’s
Sunday, July 15, 9:00 a.m.

Joylou and Ron Mullis are preparing breakfast for everyone on Sunday, July 15th, before the worship service at 9:00 a.m. Please bring your family and friends!

We would like for this breakfast to be a start of having a breakfast once a month. If you would like to volunteer to cook breakfast, please sign the sheet available in the Narthex!
_____________________________________________________

Vestry Meeting – The next Vestry Meeting is Tuesday evening, July 10, 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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Farmers Market – Monroe

St. Alban’s is hosting the Walton Wellness Mobile Farmacy on Wednesday evenings through mid-July. Fresh vegetables and fruit will be distributed in our parking lot to around 100 people in need who have registered to receive this free produce. The goal of the ministry is to improve the diet, health and quality of life for the less fortunate in Walton County. Our Outreach Committee will be assisting Walton Wellness and F.I.S.H. with this complementary farmers
market.

Volunteers from St. Alban’s are needed to assist with this ministry on Wednesday evenings from April 25th through July 11th. The market begins at 6 p.m. (with volunteers needed at 5:30 to set up) and is normally completed by 7 p.m. If you are able to participate, please sign up on the sheets available on the round table in the Narthex or contact Nicole Richards or Marvin Gray. For more detail information regarding this 8 year old ministry, please contact DeDe Harris, Walton Wellness Director, at 770-313-8107.

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FISH4KIDS
Help nourish our youngest neighbors by supporting the FISH4KIDS program.

More than 375 volunteers come together each summer to prepare 2,425 sack lunches each day, Monday-Friday. The lunches are then delivered door-to-door throughout Walton County. Each lunch is bag full of hope!

FISH4KIDS also serves 1,525 students during the school year through the Backpack Buddies program. These children receive food on Fridays in their backpacks to feed them through the weekend.

Text FISH4KIDS to 41444 to sponsor a child or make a donation. This gift can be made in honor of a special person like your favorite teacher, parent or pastor or designated as a memorial gift – All on your phone in just a few seconds.

Marvin Gray will once again drive the church van to Social Circle every Tuesday and Thursday this summer to deliver the sack lunches for distribution. If you would like to volunteer to help, volunteer information for all aspects of FISH can be found at fishofwalton.com.
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Pledge Reminder – Summer is fast approaching 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

June & July Parish Calendars 2018

Lay Liturgical Schedule-Second Quarter 2018

Lay Liturgical Schedule-Third Quarter 2018

The Messenger/June 15, 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; Kim Turner; Bo Warren; Ashton Sexton; Max Hoglen; Don Lester

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:

I Samuel 15:34-16:13
Psalm 20
II Corinthians 5:6-17
Mark 4:26-34

Readings for Next Week:

I Samuel 17:57-18:5, 10-16
Psalm 133
II Corinthians 6:1-13
Mark 4:35-41

Bishop’s Blurb

Round

If God were a shape, I bet God would be round. Like a squiggly chalk circle drawn by a small child. Or, maybe even a big lavender-colored bubble. Round and whole, without end, always expanding. Gaining ground. Consuming everything that is loveless. Reversing the consequences of lovelessness. Defeating arrogance with gentleness. Hard to see God doing all that from our vantage point. Hard to always believe that God can round off all the jagged things we do and have become. But that’s what God pledged. “I will accomplish it,” is what God said. Full circle. Ezekiel 17:22-24

“Celebrations”

Happy Birthday!

June 15 – Mary Jane Mallady
June 18 – Susan McDaniel
June 23 – Gareth Fenley

“Announcements”

Welcome Back! We welcome Rev. Claiborne Jones this Sunday, June 17, as our guest priest. It is always a pleasure to have her with us.
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Attention – Rev. Pat will be on vacation June 17th through June 24th. The Rev. Claiborne Jones will be our supply priest this Sunday and Rev. Bill Deneke will officiate the service on June 24. Pat will also be off on Sunday, July 1. The Rev. Corinne Crammer will be our supply priest for that worship service.
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Many Thanks to Mary Jane and Roy Mallady for having us to your farm last Saturday evening. It was a wonderful evening! Thank you!
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St. Alban’s Presents
ART WORKS
Art Lessons & Exploration
Youth, Ages 6-16
July 9-13, 9 am – 12 pm

Lessons in drawing, painting, arrangements & more!

Cost: $15.00 – Payment to be made on the first day, July 9, at the door.

Registration forms available in the Narthex. Registration ends July 3rd.

Questions? Please call Judy at 770-312-0941.
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Farmers Market – Monroe

St. Alban’s is hosting the Walton Wellness Mobile Farmacy on Wednesday evenings through mid-July. Fresh vegetables and fruit will be distributed in our parking lot to around 100 people in need who have registered to receive this free produce. The goal of the ministry is to improve the diet, health and quality of life for the less fortunate in Walton County. Our Outreach Committee will be assisting Walton Wellness and F.I.S.H. with this complementary farmers market.

Volunteers from St. Alban’s are needed to assist with this ministry on Wednesday evenings from April 25th through July 11th. The market begins at 6 p.m. (with volunteers needed at 5:30 to set up) and is normally completed by 7 p.m. If you are able to participate, please sign up on the sheets available on the round table in the Narthex or contact Nicole Richards or Marvin Gray. For more detail information regarding this 8 year old ministry, please contact DeDe Harris, Walton Wellness Director, at 770-313-8107.

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FISH4KIDS
Help nourish our youngest neighbors by supporting the FISH4KIDS program.

More than 375 volunteers come together each summer to prepare 2,425 sack lunches each day, Monday-Friday. The lunches are then delivered door-to-door throughout Walton County. Each lunch is bag full of hope!

FISH4KIDS also serves 1,525 students during the school year through the Backpack Buddies program. These children receive food on Fridays in their backpacks to feed them through the weekend.

Text FISH4KIDS to 41444 to sponsor a child or make a donation. This gift can be made in honor of a special person like your favorite teacher, parent or pastor or designated as a memorial gift – All on your phone in just a few seconds.

Marvin Gray will once again drive the church van to Social Circle every Tuesday and Thursday this summer to deliver the sack lunches for distribution. If you would like to volunteer to help, volunteer information for all aspects of FISH can be found at fishofwalton.com.
____________________________________________________

Pledge Reminder – Summer is fast approaching 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

June & July Parish Calendars 2018Lay

Liturgical Schedule – 2nd Quarter 2018

Lay Liturgical Schedule Third Quarter 2018


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