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The Messenger/January 19, 2018

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.

Bible Readings

Readings for This Week:

Jonah 3:1-5, 10
Psalm 62:6-14
I Corinthians 7:29-31
Mark 1:14-20

Readings for Next Week:

Deuteronomy 18:15-20
Psalm 111
I Corinthians 8:1-13
Mark 1:21-28

Priest’s Letter

Dearly Beloved,

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.

Love,

Pat

Begging iguana on my towel.

Bishop’s Blurb

Power

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.

Psalm 62:11

Celebrations

January 22 – Vida Broach

Announcements

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
election.
4) Known by the treasurer to have made and maintained a stated
financial commitment for church support in the year
preceding election.

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.

Biographies
Vestry Nominees 2018

Bob Emmons

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.

Nicole Richards

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

Tuesdays
February 20 through March 20
5:30 p.m.

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.

January/February Calendars 2018

Lay Liturgical Schedule – January 2018

The Messenger/January 12, 2018

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

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.

Bible Readings

Readings for This Week:

I Samuel 3:1-20
Psalm 139:1-5, 12-17
I Corinthians 6:12-20
John 1:43-51

Readings for Next Week:

Jonah 3:1-5, 10
Psalm 62:6-14
I Corinthians 7:29-31
Mark 1:14-20

Priest’s Letter

Dearly Beloved,

Many thanks to Marian Sweeney for coordinating the Secret Santa. If you were not here last Sunday, call her or see her on Sunday and she will tell you who was your Secret Santa. I hope you enjoyed this part of our Advent Celebration.

February 13th is Fat Tuesday and we will have our Annual Pancake Supper. We thought it would be fun to have a Square Dance after we eat. Do you know anyone who calls Square Dances? Call Shirley at the office if you have a name and phone number.

Lou and I have been discussing the possibility of moving to Monroe in the next several months. We would like to be here and share more of our time with the parish and get to know Monroe. We would like to find some place to rent that we could bring Luke, our dog and our cat. Please let us know if you know of any possibilities. We really do not want to move totally out of our house, so any place that was even partially furnished would be great.

Lift up your hearts!

Love,
Pat

Bishop’s Blurb

Ultimate

“I have also decided to stick with love, for I know that love is ultimately the only answer to mankind’s problems. I know it isn’t popular to talk about it in some circles today. And I’m not talking about emotional bosh when I talk about love; I’m talking about a strong, demanding love. For I have seen too much hate…hate is too great a burden to bear. I have decided to love. If you are seeking the highest good, I think you can find it through love. God is love. He who hates does not know God, but he who loves has the key that unlocks the door to the meaning of ultimate reality.”

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
16 August 1967
“Where Do We Go From Here?”

Celebrations

Happy Birthday!

January 14 – Mary Ann Lindsey

Announcements

Please Note – Pat and Lou are out of town this week. The Rev. Dr. Harold Lockett will return this Sunday, January 14. Pat will be in the office next week onTuesday, January 16 and Wednesday, January 17.

St. Alban’s 2017 Annual Meeting – Our Annual 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. The financial report for 2017 and reports from all the Vestry members will be available. We will also vote in two new members to the Vestry.

If you would like to nominate anyone to serve on the Vestry, please submit your nominations in writing to one of the Vestry members or to the church office. Nomination forms are available on the round table in the Narthex.

If you plan to attend the Annual Meeting, please sign the sheet provided on the table in the Narthex.

St. Alban’s 2017 Annual Meeting – Our Annual 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. The financial report for 2017 and reports from all the Vestry members will be available. We will also vote in two new members to the Vestry.

If you would like to nominate anyone to serve on the Vestry, please submit your nominations in writing to one of the Vestry members or to the church office. Nomination forms are available on the round table in the Narthex.

If you plan to attend the Annual Meeting, please sign the sheet provided on the table in the Narthex.

VESTRY ELECTION 2018

At the end of 2017, two Vestry members, Melissa Young and Carole Bond, will rotate off the Vestry. We are asking for nominations of people to fill these two positions.

Qualifications are as follows:

1) Confirmed communicant in good standing of the Parish.

2) Not less than eighteen (18) years of age.

3) Regular attendant upon the services in the year preceding election.

4) Known by the treasurer to have made and maintained a stated
financial commitment for church support in the year preceding
the election.

Please Note – In observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the church office will be closed Monday, January 15.

LEM and Acolyte Training – This Sunday, January 14, after the worship service, Bob Emmons is having a training session for Lay Eucharistic Ministers and Acolytes. If you are interested in becoming a LEM or an Acolyte, please attend this session.

Secret Santa – Anyone who was in the Secret Santa program and who was not in church last Sunday, please contact Marian Sweeney (sweenm22@yahoo.com or 770-634-1130). We would like information about your Secret. Next week we will post all names on the bulletin board opposite the kitchen.

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 ProgramTuesdays, February 20 through March 20, 5:30 p.m.

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.

January/February Calendars 2018

Lay Liturgical Schedule – January 2018

The Messenger/January 5, 2018

In Our Prayers

Please pray for:

Blane; Savannah Benton; John Cannon; Anne Carter; Edwina Johnson; Bill Pardue; Jeanne Aycock; Margaret McDaniel Pearson; Allison; Bo Warren; Barbara; Karen; Mary; Vicky Williamson; Laura Guest; Clyde Yancey & Family; Lorena Gray; Susan McDaniel

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.

Bible Readings

Readings for This Week:

Genesis 1:1-5
Psalm 29
Acts 19:1-7
Mark 1:4-11

Readings for Next Week:

I Samuel 3:1-20
Psalm 139:1-5, 12-17
I Corinthians 6:12-20
John 1:43-51

Letter From Kristen

Dear Rev. Pat and Saint Alban’s Family,

It has been my honor to serve as the Choirmaster for Saint Alban’s Choir these last two years. During this time, Daniel and I have been greatly impressed with the loving and supportive nature of this church. I am personally honored to have been given the chance to get to know and work with our wonderful choir members. In our time together, the choir has lead worship in a beautiful and powerful way. Our organist, Tom Ayer, has also been a blessing to work with. He has inspired growth in our choir in number, musically, and spiritually. Rev. Pat has been such an incredible mentor to me. It has been an honor learning through her example and her powerful sermons. I feel truly blessed to have the opportunity to work with such an incredible team of leaders.

As many of you know, I enjoy being very involved in our community. In addition to living my passion teaching students in Oconee, I have also continued many of the activities in Monroe that I started while working at GWA, including lessons, community projects, and helping to lead worship at St. Alban’s.

This fall, I was diagnosed with Stage IV Endometriosis. As many of you know, I also have Celiac Disease, which presents its own challenges. Unfortunately, with everything I am currently involved with, I have not had any time to focus on my own health and the necessary treatments and time that will allow me to heal.

Pat, Stan, and Marty presented me with a very generous offer to take an extended leave of absence. However, I am unsure of what is to come in the next few months as Daniel and I work to prioritize my health and our family. We are also hoping to make the move to Oconee County by this Summer so I can be closer to my full- time job.

With all these things in mind, and after much prayer and careful thought, Daniel and I have made the decision not to renew my contract with St. Alban’s this year. This has been an extremely hard decision to make, especially due to the fact that we love you all very dearly. But as of this January, we cannot continue our weekly commitments at St. Alban’s.

Tom Ayer has generously agreed to lead as Choir Master and Organist in the coming weeks. I am very excited about this as he held both positions at his last Parish and I know he will do an excellent job with both the choir and service music.

Daniel and I will come back and visit when we can and St. Alban’s will always hold a very special place in our hearts. I hope that St. Alban’s Choir will continue to grow and thrive under new direction. Thank you for your love and support these last two years. We covet your thoughts and prayers during this time.

With Love,

Kristen and Daniel Donaldson
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Priest’s Letter

Dearly Beloved,

In Kristin’s letter to the parish, you have received the news of her resignation. I was very sad to hear of her illness and of her leaving us. Her many gifts to us of her leadership of the choir, her beautiful voice, and her sheer joy in life have been a light in our life together. I hope that you will thank her and Daniel for their presence and ministry with us, and that you keep them in your prayers in the future.
As we move into Epiphany we are grateful for the talents of Tom Ayer as our new organist and choirmaster. Music is at the core of our worship. It transports us into the mystery of our experience of, and our love for God. Music is the language of the ear and of the heart.
This Sunday we will celebrate together our time with Kristen and Daniel and send them forth on their new journey.
Love,

Pat

Bishop’s Blurb

Half-Step

Happy New Year! Let’s keep three words in front of us this year, “Loving like Jesus.” Loving like Jesus… as I read and watch the news is as timely as ever. Jesus loves by telling stories that make us free. He loves by being humbly bold, by breaking bread with unusual dining partners, by putting his reputation on the line for outcasts. He loves by reminding us that God is lively, effective and trustworthy. My hope and prayer for the Diocese of Atlanta in 2018 is that we might be a half-step more courageous. A half-step more faithful. A half-step more loving as Jesus loved.

God bless you!

“Celebrations”

Happy Birthday!

January 11 – George Hart

“Announcements”

Epiphany Party Cancelled – Due to the extreme cold weather, the Epiphany Party at Mary Jane and Roy Mallady’s farm has been cancelled.

Secret Santa Friends will be revealed during the coffee hour this Sunday, January 7.
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Please Note – Pat and Lou will be out of town starting Thursday, January 11 and returning Monday, January 15. The Rev. Dr. Harold Lockett will be here next Sunday, January 14. Pat will be in the office Tuesday, January 16 and Wednesday, January 17.
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St. Alban’s 2017 Annual Meeting – Our Annual 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. The financial report for 2017 and reports from all the Vestry members will be available. We will also vote in two new members to the Vestry.

If you would like to nominate anyone to serve on the Vestry, please submit your nominations in writing to one of the Vestry members or to the church office. Nomination forms are available on the round table in the Narthex.

If you plan to attend the Annual Meeting, please sign the sheet provided on the table in the Narthex.

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VESTRY ELECTION 2018

At the end of 2017, two Vestry members, Melissa Young and Carole Bond, will rotate off the Vestry. We are asking for nominations of people to fill these two positions.

Qualifications are as follows:

1) Confirmed communicant in good standing of the Parish.
2) Not less than eighteen (18) years of age.
3) Regular attendant upon the services in the year preceding election.
4) Known by the treasurer to have made and maintained a stated
financial commitment for church support in the year preceding
the election.

Vestry Meeting – The next Vestry Meeting is this Tuesday, January 9, at 12:00 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 Marty Atkinson, Marvin Gray, or Rev. Pat.

January – February 2018 Calendars

Lay Liturgical Schedule – January 2018

The Messenger/December 22, 2017

In Our Prayers

Please pray for:

Blane; Bobby Thomas; Robbie Thomas; Savannah Benton; John Cannon; Anne Carter; Edwina Johnson; Bill Pardue; Jeanne Aycock; Margaret McDaniel Pearson; Allison; Bo Warren; Pam Smith; Barbara; Karen; Mary; Vicky Williamson; Laura Guest; Clyde Yancey & Family

Please pray for our Vestry:

Marty Atkinson; Carole Bond; Libby Martin; Melissa Young; Marvin Gray; Judy Terry; Matthew Hardy and Rev. Pat Merchant.

St. Alban’s Intercessory Prayer Group-Every Tuesday morning at 11:00 a.m. you are invited to come and pray for the needs of our church, our people, our community and nation. If you would like for us to pray for someone or something special, please fill out a prayer card, which is found on back of the pews. You can place the card in the offering plate or give it to an usher.

Bible Readings

Readings for This Week:

II Samuel 7:1-11, 16
Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26
Romans 16:25-27
Luke 1:26-38

Readings for Next Week

Isaiah 61:10-62:3
Psalm 147
Galatians 3:23-25; 4:4-7
John 1:1-18

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Celebrations

Happy Birthday

December 27 – Dolphis Scott
December 30 – Mary Brandenburg

Happy Anniversary

December 22 – Fay & Stan Brassie
December 22 – Libby & Ken Martin
December 25 – Vida & Pat Broach
December 26 – Marian & Jim Sweeney
December 29 – Robin & John Arnold

“Announcements”

Christmas Flowers – Anyone desiring to make a contribution toward Christmas flowers, please use the envelopes that are now in the pews. Put your name and the name of the person to be honored or memorialized on the envelope. Also, on the memo line of your check, please indicate “For Christmas Flowers.” Thank you for your support!

Christmas for Young Learners Christian Academy-Thank you to everyone who has brought in bicycles, toys, and books for the children at the Young Learners Christian Academy.

These gifts were delivered to the academy on Tuesday and were received with much joy! If you would still like to give to this worthy cause, contact Jim Laird at 404-386-9240. These gifts to this school, for low income families, truly assist in bringing a very Merry Christmas to the students!

Christmas Eve

10:00 a.m.- Worship Service

11:00 p.m.- Candle Light Service

A musical prelude before the Christmas Eve Candlelight Service will be performed at 10:30 pm. Please arrive early in order to enjoy the beautiful music of the season.

Children’s Nativity– The Nativity Scene in the Parish Hall lobby was made by 7, 8 and 9 year olds in 1991 at St. Alban’s and was used at the Christmas Eve service. The manger is made of cuttings from treed and shrubs on the church property. Marvin cut out the figures and Sally Howard directed the children with painting them. Thanks to Marvin for bringing this treasure from storage and restoring it for the parish’s enjoyment.

Christmas Holiday Announcement -The church office will be closed December 25 to January 2.

Guest Priest -Next Sunday, December 31, the parish welcomes Rev. Dr. Harold Lockett, as our supply priest. He has delivered very inspiring sermons to St. Alban’s in the past and his words on his upcoming visit will be greatly cherished. Pat will return to the office on January 2.

Tai Chi for Arthritis Lessons with Bill Carter
Wednesdays – 2:00 p.m.
Thursdays – 6:00 p.m.
$2.00 per person/per lesson

Please note the new time for the lessons on Wednesday.

Epiphany Party – Saturday, January 6, 2018, 5-7 pm, at the farm home of Mary Jane and Roy Mallady, 1380 Adcock Road, Monroe, GA 30655. Everyone make plans to attend! Hot dogs, wine and beer will be served. Secret Santa Friends will be revealed. Bring lawn chairs and dress according to the weather as we will gather around the outdoor fire. Please bring your favorite appetizer, side dish or dessert. Please sign up on the sheet provided in the Narthex!


Contact Info: Mary Jane & Roy-(404) 735-5012
mjmallady@concast.net

VESTRY ELECTION 2018

At the end of 2017, two Vestry members, Melissa Young and Carole Bond, will rotate off the Vestry. We are asking for nominations of people to fill these two positions.

Qualifications are as follows:

1) Confirmed communicant in good standing of the Parish.
2) Not less than eighteen (18) years of age.
3) Regular attendant upon the services in the year preceding election.
4) Known by the treasurer to have made and maintained a stated
financial commitment for church support in the year preceding
the election.

Please submit your nominations in writing to one of the Vestry members or to the church office. Nomination forms are available on the round table in the Narthex. Please return forms by January 1, 2018. The election will be held at the Annual Parish Meeting on January 28, 2018.

Remember the Poor-Our Alms Box is located on the right side on the wall when you walk out of the sanctuary. Please remember the poor and give your spare change. Checks and bills are accepted also. Thank you!

December 2017 & January 2018 Calendars

Lay Liturgical Schedule – 4th Quarter

Lay Liturgical Schedule – January 2018

The Messenger/December 8, 2017

In Our Prayers

Please pray for:

Blane; Trevor Harris; Bobby Thomas; Robbie Thomas; Savannah Benton; John Cannon; Anne Carter; Edwina Johnson; Bill Pardue; Jeanne Aycock; Mike; Ryan Wilson; Kimberly Wilson; Jessica Braswell; Will; Margaret McDaniel Pearson; Allison; Connie Patton; Laura Guest; Bo Warren; Pam Smith; Stan Brassie and Family (Phil, Stan’s brother, passed away this week)

Please pray for our Vestry:

Marty Atkinson; Carole Bond; Libby Martin; Melissa Young; Marvin Gray; Judy Terry; Matthew Hardy and Rev. Pat Merchant.

St. Alban’s Intercessory Prayer Group-Every Tuesday morning at 11:00 a.m. you are invited to come and pray for the needs of our church, our people, our community and nation. If you would like for us to pray for someone or something special, please fill out a prayer card, which is found on back of the pews. You can place the card in the offering plate or give it to an usher.

Bible Readings

Readings for This Week:

Isaiah 40:111
Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13
II Peter 3:8-15a
Mark 1:1-8

Readings for Next Week

Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11
Psalm 126
I Thessalonians 5:16-24
John 1:6-8, 19-28

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Bishop’s Blurb

For Faith No. 2

To love like Jesus, we’re going to have to: “Be curious.” John left his congregation because he was curious about God. People were curious about John’s preaching, so they joined him at the river. Some folks were only curious about John’s clothes and food. Life without God-curiosity is a starless night. But, God-curiosity leads to a universe decorated with shimmering stars. Nowhere does God ask us to be defensive – to garrison ourselves. Scripture invites us to explore, investigate and learn. God is in the mystery of life and mystery will pry us open if we say yes.

Mark 1:1-8

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Celebrations

Happy Birthday

December 13 – Carole Bond

“Announcements”

Please contact Marian Sweeney (770-634-1130) if you didn’t receive a name for the Secret Santa program and you submitted your name.

Advent Lessons and Carols-Sunday, December 10, 2017, 4:00 PM

Christmas Flowers – Anyone desiring to make a contribution toward Christmas flowers, please use the envelopes that are now in the pews. Put your name and the name of the person to be honored or memorialized on the envelope. Also, on the memo line of your check, please indicate “For Christmas Flowers.” Thank you for your support!

Thank You!-We wish to express our appreciation for the generous Christmas bonuses given to us this year. We are very proud to be a part of St. Alban’s. Our work here is extremely rewarding. Thank you!!
St. Alban’s Staff

We wish to thank Fay and Stan Brassie and Carolyn and Wayne Pickeral for hosting the Christmas Party at the McDaniel-Tichenor House last Sunday evening. It was a wonderful party!!

Christmas Eve Service

10:00 a.m.- Worship Service

11:00 p.m.- Candle Light Service

Tai Chi

Tai Chi for Arthritis Lessons with Bill Carter.
Wednesdays – 3:00 p.m.
Thursdays – 6:00 p.m.
$2.00 per person/per lesson

Remember the Poor-Our Alms Box is located on the right side on the wall when you walk out of the sanctuary. Please remember the poor and give your spare change. Checks and bills are accepted also. Thank you!

December 2017 & January 2018 Calendars

Lay Liturgical Schedule – 4th Quarter

The Messenger/December 1, 2017

In Our Prayers

Please pray for:

Blane; Phil Brassie; Trevor Harris; Bobby Thomas; Robbie Thomas; Savannah Benton; John Cannon; Anne Carter; Edwina Johnson; Bill Pardue; Jeanne Aycock; Mike; Ryan Wilson; Kimberly Wilson; Jessica Braswell; Will; Margaret McDaniel Pearson; Allison; Connie Patton; Laura Guest; Bo Warren

Please pray for our Vestry:

Marty Atkinson; Carole Bond; Libby Martin; Melissa Young; Marvin Gray; Judy Terry; Matthew Hardy and Rev. Pat Merchant.

St. Alban’s Intercessory Prayer Group-Every Tuesday morning at 11:00 a.m. you are invited to come and pray for the needs of our church, our people, our community and nation. If you would like for us to pray for someone or something special, please fill out a prayer card, which is found on back of the pews. You can place the card in the offering plate or give it to an usher.

Bible Readings

Readings for This Week:

Isaiah 64:1-9
Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18
I Corinthians 1:3-9
Mark 13:24-37

Readings for Next Week

Isaiah 40:111
Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13
II Peter 3:8-15a
Mark 1:1-8

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Bishop’s Blurb

For Faith No. 1

To love like Jesus, we’re going to have to: “Tell our real stories.” Paul wrote, “God is faithful…” He had an encounter with God, so logic-defying he spent the rest of his life referring to it. Trying to live it. Your real story is no less wonderful. Tell your real story. Make your peace with the highs and the lows, God is present in both. Tell your real story. Warm up the world with authenticity. Claim yourself as God claims you, totally! Love will increase for yourself and for others. You’ll see.

1 Corinthians 1:9

Stewardship-Thank you to everyone who turned in a pledge card last Sunday!
If you have not returned your intention to give card, please do so as soon as possible. You may bring it to church this Sunday and place it in the collection plate, mail it to the church or deliver it to the church office. Extra cards are available in the Narthex, if needed. Thank you!

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Celebrations

Happy Birthday

December 1 – Jane Hoglen

“Announcements”

Secret Santa-The launch of this program last week was wonderfully successful, however, we have encountered one small problem. Four folks who submitted their names to participate forgot to draw a name. If you are one of those people, please see Marian Sweeney today or call her (770-634-1130) so that she can get a name to you.

Special Choir Rehearsal-Wednesday, December 6, 6:00 p.m.
The choir rehearsal is to prepare for the Lessons and Carols Service.

Christmas “Thank You” Donation-The Advent and Christmas seasons give us special pause to remember our St. Alban’s staff who have dedicated themselves to serving us. Each year we request a “thank you” donation for them as a special Christmas bonus. If you would like to contribute you can put your donation in the offering, give it to a Vestry member, or mail it to the office. We will present the bonuses at our Christmas Party on December 3rd.

Marty Atkinson, Senior Warden

Christmas Party

Date: Sunday, December 3, 2017

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Location: McDaniel-Tichenor House
319 McDaniel Street
Monroe, GA 30655

Hosted By: Fay & Stan Brassie
Carolyn & Wayne Pickeral

Please join us for our annual Christmas Party. Meat, mixers, and soft drinks will be provided. Please bring a festive side dish or dessert. Also, please sign the attendance sheet provided on the round table in the Narthex. Childcare will be provided at the church.

Directions: From the church, turn left on N. Broad St./
GA-11; Turn right onto McDaniel Street.

Christmas Concert-The Walton Choral Society Christmas Concert will be held on Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. in the sanctuary of Monroe First United Methodist Church, 400 S. Broad St. Admission is free!

Athens Symphony Orchestra
and Chorus
Saturday, December 9, 8:00 p.m.
The Classic Center Theatre
Athens, GA

Kristen Donaldson and Marvin Gray would like to invite you to the Athens Symphony Orchestra and Chorus Christmas Concert. Marvin is willing to drive the church van and will secure 10 free tickets for the first 10 people who sign up to go. If you are interested in going, please sign the sheet provided in the narthex.

Advent Lessons and Carols-Sunday, December 10, 2017, 4:00 PM

2018 Episcopal Church calendars are on sale in the parish hall lobby for $3.75 each.

Vestry Meeting-The next Vestry Meeting is Tuesday, December 5, at 5:30 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 Rev. Pat, Marty Atkinson, or Marvin Gray.

Tai Chi

Tai Chi for Arthritis Lessons with Bill Carter.
Wednesdays – 3:00 p.m.
Thursdays – 6:00 p.m.
$2.00 per person/per lesson

Remember the Poor-Our Alms Box is located on the right side on the wall when you walk out of the sanctuary. Please remember the poor and give your spare change. Checks and bills are accepted also. Thank you!

November, December Calendars 2017

Lay Liturgical Schedule – 4th Quarter

The Messenger/November 24, 2017

In Our Prayers

Please pray for:

Blane; Phil Brassie; Trevor Harris; Bobby Thomas; Robbie Thomas; Savannah Benton; John Cannon; Anne Carter; Edwina Johnson; Bill Pardue; Jeanne Aycock; Mary Jane; Sara Ellen; Kimberly Wilson; Mike; Ryan Wilson; Jessica Braswell; Will; Margaret McDaniel Pearson; Allison; Connie Patton; Laura Guest

Please pray for our Vestry:

Marty Atkinson; Carole Bond; Libby Martin; Melissa Young; Marvin Gray; Judy Terry; Matthew Hardy and Rev. Pat Merchant.

St. Alban’s Intercessory Prayer Group-Every Tuesday morning at 11:00 a.m. you are invited to come and pray for the needs of our church, our people, our community and nation. If you would like for us to pray for someone or something special, please fill out a prayer card, which is found on back of the pews. You can place the card in the offering plate or give it to an usher.

Bible Readings

Readings for This Week:

Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24
Psalm 100
Ephesians 1:15-23
Matthew 25:31-46

Readings for Next Week

Isaiah 64:1-9
Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18
I Corinthians 1:3-9
Mark 13:24-37

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Bishop’s Blurb

Bounty

Today many will sit at tables overflowing with food. At these tables will be family and friends, in-laws and outlaws, maybe even a few strangers. Beginning with the Pilgrims, this meal was about a death-defying celebration of life. You know the story with European immigrants were welcomed and helped by native people without precondition. They were assisted in finding bread in a desolate place. So then the Thanksgiving table should be an altar of remembrance. Remember, most of us have ancestors whose tables were once sparse and whose futures were perilous. Remember that need has or will visit us all no matter our planning or portfolio. And remember that but for the grace of God at work in the heroic compassion of others, we would not understand the soul growing effect of bounty.

For all your mercies God we give you sincere thanks.

Stewardship-Thank you to everyone who turned in a pledge card last Sunday!
If you have not returned your intention to give card, please do so as soon as possible. You may bring it to church this Sunday and place it in the collection plate, mail it to the church or deliver it to the church office. Extra cards are available in the Narthex, if needed. Thank you!

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Celebrations

Happy Anniversary

November 26 – Joylou & Ron Mullis

Happy Birthday

November 26 – Stan Brassie
November 27 – Bob Hay
December 1 – Jane Hoglen

“Announcements”

Attention-The church office will be closed next Thursday, November 23, and Friday, November 24, for Thanksgiving.

Advent Wreath Making Party-Join us after the worship service on Sunday, November 26, to make Advent Wreaths. Please bring greenery and cutters. The styrofoam and candles will be provided.

Secret Santa-You are invited to join us for a fun event during the next several weeks here at St. Alban’s. The Secret Santa program will begin November 27th during our Advent wreath making time. During that time you will be invited to submit your name as a participant. Before you leave that day, you will be given the name of another participant.

What do I do?

1.

Pray for that person.

2.

Send a note or card, anonymously.

3.

Secretly get a small (under $10) gift, if you wish.

4.

Do not reveal that you are the Secret Santa for that
person.

When will it end?

January 6th at a bonfire party at the home of Roy and Mary Jane
Mallady. You will have the fun of revealing the name of your secret pal
partner!

We hope you will participate with us in this fun adventure. Who knows, as a congregation, what good and wonderful gifts will come to us just because we chose to participate!!

Questions? Call Marian Sweeney at 770-634-1130.

Christmas “Thank You” Donation-The Advent and Christmas seasons give us special pause to remember our St. Alban’s staff who have dedicated themselves to serving us. Each year we request a “thank you” donation for them as a special Christmas bonus. If you would like to contribute you can put your donation in the offering, give it to a Vestry member, or mail it to the office. We will present the bonuses at our Christmas Party on December 3rd.

Marty Atkinson, Senior Warden

Christmas Party

Date: Sunday, December 3, 2017

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Location: McDaniel-Tichenor House
319 McDaniel Street
Monroe, GA 30655

Hosted By: Fay & Stan Brassie
Carolyn & Wayne Pickeral

Please join us for our annual Christmas Party. Meat, mixers, and soft drinks will be provided. Please bring a festive side dish or dessert. Also, please sign the attendance sheet provided on the round table in the Narthex. Childcare will be provided at the church.

Directions: From the church, turn left on N. Broad St./
GA-11; Turn right onto McDaniel Street.

Christmas Concert-The Walton Choral Society Christmas Concert will be held on Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. in the sanctuary of Monroe First United Methodist Church, 400 S. Broad St. Admission is free!

Athens Symphony Orchestra
and Chorus
Saturday, December 9, 8:00 p.m.
The Classic Center Theatre
Athens, GA

Kristen Donaldson and Marvin Gray would like to invite you to the Athens Symphony Orchestra and Chorus Christmas Concert. Marvin is willing to drive the church van and will secure 10 free tickets for the first 10 people who sign up to go. If you are interested in going, please sign the sheet provided in the narthex.

Advent Lessons and Carols-Sunday, December 10, 2017, 4:00 PM

Priest Discretionary Fund-This Sunday, November 26, all undesignated funds will go into the Priest Discretionary Fund to help those in need in our neighborhood. Thank you for your generosity!

2018 Episcopal Church calendars are on sale in the parish hall lobby for $3.75 each.

Vestry Meeting-The next Vestry Meeting is Tuesday, December 5, at 5:30 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 Rev. Pat, Marty Atkinson, or Marvin Gray.

Vestry Election 2018-At the end of 2017, two Vestry members, Melissa Young and Carole Bond, will rotate off the Vestry. We are asking for nominations of people to fill these two positions.

Qualifications are as follows:

1) Confirmed communicant in good standing of the Parish.

2) Not less than eighteen (18) years of age.

3) Regular attendant upon the services in the year preceding election.

4) Known by the treasurer to have made and maintained a stated financial commitment for church support in the year preceding election.

Please submit your nominations in writing to one of the Vestry members or to the church office. Nomination forms are available on the round table in the Narthex. Please return forms by January 1, 2018. The election will be held at the Annual Parish Meeting in January.

Tai Chi

Tai Chi for Arthritis Lessons with Bill Carter.
Wednesdays – 3:00 p.m.
Thursdays – 6:00 p.m.
$2.00 per person/per lesson

Remember the Poor-Our Alms Box is located on the right side on the wall when you walk out of the sanctuary. Please remember the poor and give your spare change. Checks and bills are accepted also. Thank you!

November, December Calendars 2017

Lay Liturgical Schedule – 4th Quarter

The Messenger/November 17, 2017

In Our Prayers

Please pray for:

Blane; Phil Brassie; Trevor Harris; Bobby Thomas; Robbie Thomas; Savannah Benton; John Cannon; Anne Carter; Edwina Johnson; Bill Pardue; Jeanne Aycock; Mary Jane; Sara Ellen; Kimberly Wilson; Mike; Ryan Wilson; Jessica Braswell; Will

Please pray for our Vestry:

Marty Atkinson; Carole Bond; Libby Martin; Melissa Young; Marvin Gray; Judy Terry; Matthew Hardy and Rev. Pat Merchant.

A Message From Pat

Dearly Beloved,

Please come to church on Sunday! We are celebrating Commitment Sunday! The church has been beautifully decorated for Thanksgiving, and we will have a toasting celebration in the parish hall with Mimosas and
finger food and desserts.

Thanksgiving is a time of gathering with family and friends. A time to remember and give thanks for all our many blessings. We are people who have food and shelter, clothes and transportation. We benefit from technology and we are free to live our lives as we choose without fear.

Generosity is a spiritual gift. It is a letting go what we own to others to share and benefit. No one can make you generous. Generosity is a gift of those of us who have plenty. Jesus speaks often about money and generosity in the Gospels. We are loved unconditionally by our Savior, Jesus. This love is given with no cost and the promise of abundant life.

Please bring your pledge card or make a pledge while you are in church to sustain and help us to grow this coming year.

Lift up your hearts!

Love,

Pat

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:

Judges 4:17
Psalm 123
I Thessalonians 5:1-11
Matthew 25:14-30

Readings for Next Week

Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24
Psalm 100
Ephesians 1:15-23
Matthew 25:31-46

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Bishop’s Blurb

Proximate

How might we challenge ourselves to love like Jesus in the days and months ahead? Two words, be proximate. Individually and collectively. That was Bryan Stevenson’s challenge to us some months ago. And that is what God did two millennia ago and ever since. Draw near! To love like Jesus is to reject separateness in the form of fear, indifference or contempt. To love like Jesus is to love how, what, and those that Jesus loved and loves. Remember, “the precondition to contact is vulnerability.” Another way to say that is, “For God so loved the world, God gave his Son.”

An excerpt from Bishop’s Wright’s Annual Council Address 2017

Stewardship-This Sunday, November 19, is Commitment Sunday. We ask that you please bring your pledge card to the worship service and place them in the collection plate. If you do not have a one, pledge cards are available on the round table in the Narthex.

Please bring a hors d’oeuvre or dessert for a celebration after the worship service.

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Celebrations

Happy Birthday

November 20 – Chris Sherlock
November 22 – Louis Young
November 25 – Jim Sweeney

“Announcements”

Community Thanksgiving Service-The Community Thanksgiving Service is this Sunday, November 19, at 6:00 p.m. at the Lighthouse World Outreach Center. Dinner will be served to over 400 invited F.I.S.H. guests starting at 5:00 p.m. Meal delivery to our “in-home” clients starts at 4:00 p.m.

Volunteers Needed! Come help prep meals, serve tables, or clean up following dinner and dessert. If you can, please report to the volunteer desk anytime between 3-4 pm and they will find a place for you to serve.

Everyone is invited to come out and celebrate the season of Thanksgiving with all our community partners and give thanks for all the blessings received this year. This year the celebratory theme is “The Heart of Community is Love.

Thank You!!!-Thank you for the great response to the “Operation Christmas Child” shoebox campaign. Also, thank you to everyone who brought in the canned goods to decorate our altar this Sunday. The food will be taken to F.I.S.H. after the worship service.

Attention-The church office will be closed next Thursday, November 23, and Friday, November 24, for Thanksgiving.

Advent Wreath Making Party-Join us after the worship service on Sunday, November 26, to make Advent Wreaths. Please bring greenery and cutters. The styrofoam and candles will be provided.

Secret Santa-You are invited to join us for a fun event during the next several weeks here at St. Alban’s. The Secret Santa program will begin November 27th during our Advent wreath making time. During that time you will be invited to submit your name as a participant. Before you leave that day, you will be given the name of another participant.

What do I do?

1.

Pray for that person.

2.

Send a note or card, anonymously.

3.

Secretly get a small (under $10) gift, if you wish.

4.

Do not reveal that you are the Secret Santa for that
person.

When will it end?

January 6th at a bonfire party at the home of Roy and Mary Jane
Mallady. You will have the fun of revealing the name of your secret pal
partner!

We hope you will participate with us in this fun adventure. Who knows, as a congregation, what good and wonderful gifts will come to us just because we chose to participate!!

Questions? Call Marian Sweeney at 770-634-1130.

Christmas Party

Date: Sunday, December 3, 2017

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Location: McDaniel-Tichenor House
319 McDaniel Street
Monroe, GA 30655

Hosted By: Fay & Stan Brassie
Carolyn & Wayne Pickeral

Please join us for our annual Christmas Party. Meat, mixers, and soft drinks will be provided. Please bring a festive side dish or dessert. Also, please sign the attendance sheet provided on the round table in the Narthex. Childcare will be provided at the church.

Directions: From the church, turn left on N. Broad St./
GA-11; Turn right onto McDaniel Street.

Christmas Concert-The Walton Choral Society Christmas Concert will be held on Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. in the sanctuary of Monroe First United Methodist Church, 400 S. Broad St. Admission is free!

Athens Symphony Orchestra
and Chorus
Saturday, December 9, 8:00 p.m.
The Classic Center Theatre
Athens, GA

Kristen Donaldson and Marvin Gray would like to invite you to the Athens Symphony Orchestra and Chorus Christmas Concert. Marvin is willing to drive the church van and will secure 10 free tickets for the first 10 people who sign up to go. If you are interested in going, please sign the sheet provided in the narthex.

Advent Lessons and Carols-Sunday, December 10, 2017, 4:00 PM

Vestry Election 2018-At the end of 2017, two Vestry members, Melissa Young and Carole Bond, will rotate off the Vestry. We are asking for nominations of people to fill these two positions.

Qualifications are as follows:

1) Confirmed communicant in good standing of the Parish.

2) Not less than eighteen (18) years of age.

3) Regular attendant upon the services in the year preceding election.

4) Known by the treasurer to have made and maintained a stated financial commitment for church support in the year preceding election.

Please submit your nominations in writing to one of the Vestry members or to the church office. Nomination forms are available on the round table in the Narthex. Please return forms by January 1, 2018. The election will be held at the Annual Parish Meeting in January.

Tai Chi

Tai Chi for Arthritis Lessons with Bill Carter.
Wednesdays – 3:00 p.m.
Thursdays – 6:00 p.m.
$2.00 per person/per lesson

Remember the Poor-Our Alms Box is located on the right side on the wall when you walk out of the sanctuary. Please remember the poor and give your spare change. Checks and bills are accepted also. Thank you!

October, November 2017 Calendars

Lay Liturgical Schedule – 4th Quarter

The Messenger/Novermber 3, 2017

In Our Prayers

Please pray for:

Lou Squyres; Blane; Phil Brassie; Trevor Harris; Bobby Thomas; Robbie Thomas; Savannah Benton; John Cannon; Anne Carter; Edwina Johnson; Bill Pardue; Jeanne Aycock; Laura Guest; Drucilla Malcom; Mary Jane; Sara Ellen; Kimberly Wilson; Mike; Daniel Donaldson; Ryan Wilson; Jessica Braswell; Will

Please pray for our Vestry:

Marty Atkinson; Carole Bond; Libby Martin; Melissa Young; Marvin Gray; Judy Terry; Matthew Hardy and Rev. Pat Merchant.

St. Alban’s Intercessory Prayer Group – Every Tuesday morning at 11:00 a.m. you are invited to come and pray for the needs of our church, our people, our community and nation.

If you would like for us to pray for someone or something special, please fill out a prayer card, which is found on back of the pews. You can place the card in the offering plate or give it to an usher.

Bible Readings

Readings for This Week:

Revelation 7:9-17
Psalm 34:1-10, 22
I John 3:1-3
Matthew 5:1-12

Readings for Next Week

Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25
Psalm 78:1-7
I Thessalonians 4:13-18
Matthew 25:1-13

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Bishop’s Blurb

Awe

“Awe is a way of being in rapport with the mystery of all reality. The awe we sense or ought to sense when standing in the presence of a human being is a moment of intuition for the likeness of God which is concealed in the person’s essence. The secret of every being is the divine care and concern that are invested in it. Something sacred is invested in every event. Awe is a sense for the reference everywhere to God who is beyond all things. Awe enables us to feel in the rush of the passing the stillness of the eternal.”

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, God in Search of Man, Pg. 294-295

Stewardship Reflections-When Jesus found out that his friend Lazarus was dead, he started his journey toward “unbinding” him. Jesus had been teaching and showing his followers the abundance of living in God’s realm. God gives life, not takes it. God releases resources, not buries them. God expects us to circulate and “flow” our gifts, not bind and restrict them. Perhaps Jesus was “greatly disturbed in spirit” because of the way the people around him. resisted his movement toward showing God’s abundance. First they declared Lazarus dead and buried him; there was no hope and there was nothing anyone could do. Then they blamed Jesus for his death: “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” When Jesus insisted that they take away the stone, they complained: “Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead four days.”

How often do we use the same techniques to resist giving and releasing our resources? We might say: How can we give when we are still grieving our loss? We blame it on the bad economy. Some of us blame God for not doing something to turn our economy around. In fear of losing more, we lock up our resources. And yet, we complain that it might smell really bad if we open it since we instinctively know that by stopping the flow of resources, they will decay and turn rotten. Resources are like water: When it doesn’t flow, it turns rotten and smells and becomes opportunities for destructive things to grow.

Jesus finally confronts us by naming the heart of the issue: “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?”

Do you believe in God the giver? Do you believe in the abundance that Jesus had shown us? Do you believe in the resurrection? When we believe in the abundance of God, we can have the courage to open and unbind our resources. In doing so, we join Jesus, with all the saints in the past and in the future, in becoming the extension of God the Giver causing resources to flow and rejuvenate our lives, communities and creation.

The Rev. Dr. Eric H.F. Law is the founder and executive director of the Kaleidoscope Institute for Competent Leadership in a Diverse Changing World based in Los Angeles, California.

Reflection Questions:

In what way do you resist giving and releasing your resources?
How has giving in the past opened your heart to God and others?
What steps might you take to “unbind” your spirit of generosity and abundance?

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Celebrations

Happy Birthday

November 11 – Victoria McDaniel

“Announcements”

Christmas Child Shoeboxes-Please return all filled shoe boxes by Sunday, November 12.

Singles Lunch Bunch-Not too old; Not too young; Just Single! Join us after the worship service on Sundays for lunch at the Cotton Café.

Please Bring Canned Goods-Please bring canned goods to the Church to decorate the altar for Thanksgiving before Wednesday, November 15. Please place the goods in the Chapel. We will take the food to FISH after the November 19 worship service. Thank you!

Welcome!-This Sunday, November 5, All Saints’ Sunday, we will have a guest priest. The Rev. Canon C. John Thompson-Quartey will be with us during the worship service.

Rev. Canon Thompson-Quartey is the Canon for Ministry at the Atlanta Diocese.

Vestry Meeting-The next Vestry Meeting is Tuesday evening, November 7, at 5:30 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 Marty Atkinson, Marvin Gray, or Rev. Pat.

Attention-Rev. Pat will not be here on Wednesday, November 8. She will be attending the Annual Council Meeting in Gainesville on November 10 and November 11, so she will just be here on Tuesday, November 7.

Flag Ceremony and Dedication-After the worship service Sunday, November 12, at 11:30 a.m., we will have a flag dedication and raising to commemorate the veterans.

We were presented with a flag that flew over Afghanistan by Richard Ward, Wilber and Nancy Ward’s son, several years ago as a thank you from the platoon that we had adopted. This is the flag that will be raised.

Advent Wreath Making Party-Join us after the worship service on Sunday, November 26, to make Advent Wreaths. Please bring greenery and cutters. The styrofoam and candles will be provided.

Christmas Party

Date: Sunday, December 3, 2017

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Location: McDaniel-Tichenor House
319 McDaniel Street
Monroe, GA 30655

Hosted By: Fay & Stan Brassie
Carolyn & Wayne Pickeral

Please join us for our annual Christmas Party. Meat, mixers, and soft drinks will be provided. Please bring a festive side dish or dessert. Also, please sign the attendance sheet provided on the round table in the Narthex. Childcare will be provided at the church.

Directions: From the church, turn left on N. Broad St./
GA-11; Turn right onto McDaniel Street.

Advent Lessons and Carols-Sunday, December 10, 2017, 4:00 PM

Vestry Election 2018-At the end of 2017, two Vestry members, Melissa Young and Carole Bond, will rotate off the Vestry. We are asking for nominations of people to fill these two positions.

Qualifications are as follows:

1) Confirmed communicant in good standing of the Parish.

2) Not less than eighteen (18) years of age.

3) Regular attendant upon the services in the year preceding election.

4) Known by the treasurer to have made and maintained a stated financial commitment for church support in the year preceding election.

Please submit your nominations in writing to one of the Vestry members or to the church office. Nomination forms are available on the round table in the Narthex. Please return forms by January 1, 2018. The election will be held at the Annual Parish Meeting in January.

Tai Chi

Tai Chi for Arthritis Lessons with Bill Carter.
Wednesdays – 3:00 p.m.
Thursdays – 6:00 p.m.
$2.00 per person/per lesson

FISH is in need of the following;

Saturdays – November 4, 11, & 18 – Taking applications from 9 am to 3 pm at the Ministry Office at 700 S. Madison Ave. in Monroe from parents who need help with providing Christmas toys for their children this year. Need volunteers to take these applications.

Need volunteers to help serve and clean up at the Thanksgiving dinner for the less fortunate souls among us on Sunday, November 19, at 5:00 pm at the Lighthouse Church on Gene Bell Road Monroe.

Ministry office at 700 S. Madison Ave. in Monroe needs someone who can help answer phones and help make appointments for those who call who are in need. Hours are from 9 am to 5 pm. The food pantry needs volunteers who can help in the afternoons, from 1 pm to 5 pm, with food sorting, stocking, and general clean-up.

Both thrift stores, Monroe and Loganville, need volunteers every day to help sort, price, and display items that have been donated.

If you feel led to volunteer, please call Karen Hammond at 678-635-8943 or email her at volunteers@fishofwalton.org. You can also fill out an online volunteer application at www.fishofwalton.com/volunteer

Remember the Poor-Our Alms Box is located on the right side on the wall when you walk out of the sanctuary. Please remember the poor and give your spare change. Checks and bills are accepted also. Thank you!

October, November 2017 Calendars

Lay Liturgical Schedule – 4th Quarter

The Messenger/October 27, 2017

In Our Prayers

Please pray for:

Lou Squyres; Blane; Phil Brassie; Trevor Harris; Bobby Thomas; Robbie Thomas; Savannah Benton; John Cannon; Anne Carter; Edwina Johnson; Bill Pardue; Jeanne Aycock; Marty Atkinson; Laura Guest; Drucilla Malcom; Riley Tucker; Mary Jane; Sara Allen; Kimberly Wilson; People affected by all the Hurricanes; People affected by the shooting in Las Vegas

Please pray for our Vestry:

Marty Atkinson; Carole Bond; Libby Martin; Melissa Young; Marvin Gray; Judy Terry; Matthew Hardy and Rev. Pat Merchant.

St. Alban’s Intercessory Prayer Group – Every Tuesday morning at 11:00 a.m. you are invited to come and pray for the needs of our church, our people, our community and nation.

If you would like for us to pray for someone or something special, please fill out a prayer card, which is found on back of the pews. You can place the card in the offering plate or give it to an usher.

Bible Readings

Readings for This Week:

Deuteronomy 34:1-12
Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17
I Thessalonians 2:1-8
Matthew 22:34-46

Readings for Next Week

Revelation 7:9-17
Psalm 34:1-10, 22
I John 3:1-3
Matthew 5:1-12

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Bishop’s Blurb

Inclined

Grace is the undeserved, unmerited, unearned, unpurchasable favor of God. God is inclined toward us. Grace is the effect of love. Grace is how God moves, beautifully, with agility, encompassing power and gentleness. Peace is the consequence of Grace. Peace is Shalom: a penetrating sense of well-being predicated on the fact that God is real, able, good and generous. Peace is not contingent on fleeting material or physical well-being. That’s why the bible talks about “peace that surpasses all understanding.” All of this is gift! I know why the caged bird sings…Grace and Peace.

Philippians 4:7

Stewardship Reflections-It was Saturday afternoon. I was taking a solitary walk in the historic area of Philadelphia when I encountered a handicapped beggar on the street. He was sitting with his legs sprawled. His tattered clothes and unkempt appearance repelled me. I tried to ignore him, hoping not be noticed. But that was not to be. He yelled out, “Sister, stop and talk to me!” I paused, knowing God was watching and waiting for my response.

I reluctantly approached him to look squarely in his face. As I bent down he grabbed a cross hanging around my neck and asked, “Are you a Christian?” Stunned, I replied “Yes.” I asked if he, too, was a Christian and he replied, “Oh yes, and let me tell you everything God has done for me.” What flowed out of his soul was a litany of blessings, healings, provision and gratitude for never being without the necessities of life. He then asked my name and for my prayers. I reciprocated. My tears welled up as the encounter drew to a close. I put money into his cup and said goodbye.

But he wasn’t finished with me. As I walked away he yelled out, “Mary, I love you!” I stopped dead in my tracks. This broken, gentle man was a messenger from God! It was as if God was directly speaking to me and saying, “Mary, can’t you see that I am the source, the giver of every good and necessary thing in your life? You have cried out many times asking for mercy and blessing and I have granted them to you. And above all, I love you.”

This profound encounter 17 years ago changed me. No longer do I give or serve out of obligation or duty, but out of a deep gratitude for God’s generosity. Giving of my life and my resources has become pure joy.

Mark 10:46-52 tells the story of Bartimaeus, a blind beggar who was not afraid to cry out to Jesus for mercy and healing. Nothing would stop him for asking for what he needed. Jesus heard his cry of faith and healed him. In return, Bartimaeus became a follower. Both Bartimaeus and the man I encountered were deeply aware of God’s mercy and provision in their lives and were so thankful.

Let us be bold and cry out to God when we are in need! For God’s other name is Giver. Our new name will be Thankful.

Reflections of Mary M. MacGregor, Canon for Evangelism and Congregation Development, Episcopal Diocese of Texas

Reflection Questions:

Recall a time you were deeply aware of God’s provision in your life?
How has God the Giver been exemplified in your life story?
Do you give out of obligation or thankfulness?

“Announcements”

Operation Christmas ChildWe are once again participating in Operation Christmas Child, a project that provides shoe boxes filled with everyday items to needy children around the world.

As we enter this Thanksgiving season, what better way to express our thanks for the many blessings God has given us than to pass on some blessings to a child in need? For very little money and time, we can help a child by filling a shoebox with those things that we tend to take for granted.

Shoeboxes and lists of items needed are available in the Parish Hall. Please return all filled boxes by Sunday, November 12th.

Singles Lunch Bunch-Not too old; Not too young; Just Single! Join us after the worship service on Sundays for lunch at the Cotton Café.

Please Bring Canned Goods-Please bring canned goods to the Church to decorate the altar for Thanksgiving before Wednesday, November 15. Please place the goods in the Chapel. We will take the food to FISH after the November 19 worship service. Thank you!

Remembering All Saints Who Have Gone Before Us-If you have a loved one or a special person who passed away within the last year and would like to have him/her remembered during the service on All Saints’ Sunday, November 5, please put his/her name(s) on the list provided in the Narthex. If you are unable to be here this Sunday, you can call the church office at 770-267-2893 or email the name(s) to: saintalbansmonroe@windstream.net. Next Sunday, November 5th, All Saints’ Sunday, we will have a guest priest. The Rev. Canon C. John Thompson-Quartey will be with us during the worship service. Rev. Canon Thompson-Quartey is the Canon for Ministry at the Atlanta Diocese.

Vestry Meeting-The next Vestry Meeting is Tuesday evening, November 7, at 5:30 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 Marty Atkinson, Marvin Gray, or Rev. Pat.

Adult Education Class-This Sunday will be the last adult education class for the year. Classes will resume in January.

Please read Chapter 7 of “Living The Questions”. It is only about 20 pages of easy reading and will give us much insight during our discussion on Sunday following coffee or Tuesday evening at 6:30.

Vestry Election 2018-At the end of 2017, two Vestry members, Melissa Young and Carole Bond, will rotate off the Vestry. We are asking for nominations of people to fill these two positions.

Qualifications are as follows:

1) Confirmed communicant in good standing of the Parish.

2) Not less than eighteen (18) years of age.

3) Regular attendant upon the services in the year preceding election.

4) Known by the treasurer to have made and maintained a stated financial commitment for church support in the year preceding election.

Please submit your nominations in writing to one of the Vestry members or to the church office. Nomination forms are available on the round table in the Narthex. Please return forms by January 1, 2018. The election will be held at the Annual Parish Meeting in January.

Tai Chi

Tai Chi for Arthritis Lessons with Bill Carter.
Wednesdays – 3:00 p.m.
Thursdays – 6:00 p.m.
$2.00 per person/per lesson

FISH is in need of the following;

Saturdays – November 4, 11, & 18 – Taking applications from 9 am to 3 pm at the Ministry Office at 700 S. Madison Ave. in Monroe from parents who need help with providing Christmas toys for their children this year. Need volunteers to take these applications.

Need volunteers to help serve and clean up at the Thanksgiving dinner for the less fortunate souls among us on Sunday, November 19, at 5:00 pm at the Lighthouse Church on Gene Bell Road Monroe.

Ministry office at 700 S. Madison Ave. in Monroe needs someone who can help answer phones and help make appointments for those who call who are in need. Hours are from 9 am to 5 pm. The food pantry needs volunteers who can help in the afternoons, from 1 pm to 5 pm, with food sorting, stocking, and general clean-up.

Both thrift stores, Monroe and Loganville, need volunteers every day to help sort, price, and display items that have been donated.

If you feel led to volunteer, please call Karen Hammond at 678-635-8943 or email her at volunteers@fishofwalton.org. You can also fill out an online volunteer application at www.fishofwalton.com/volunteer

Remember the Poor-Our Alms Box is located on the right side on the wall when you walk out of the sanctuary. Please remember the poor and give your spare change. Checks and bills are accepted also. Thank you!

October, November 2017 Calendars

Lay Liturgical Schedule – 4th Quarter


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