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.
Readings for This Week:
I Samuel 8:4-20, 11:14-15
II Corinthians 4:13-5:1
Readings for Next Week:
I Samuel 15:34-16:13
II Corinthians 5:6-17
Often I am asked, how may I help St. Alban’s grow? I fumble around trying to think of something quickly before I lose their attention. Now I have one answer.
If you really love St. Alban’s and want to see it grow, please come to Church. Please worship regularly. The more people in the worship service the more energy and excitement. The more people to sing, to pray, to laugh and to cry together, the more we will feel this joy.
The Diocese reports how many services we have every year and what is our average attendance. We experienced a tough January and February through the cold and flu season. Few people were in church. I truly hope you will come and enjoy the air conditioning while we drink coffee. The greater our numbers now, the more viable and healthy our numbers in the long run.
Note: Numbers do not tell all the truth…but they do tell a truth. In the 90’s, I was in Fayetteville helping to start a new church. Sometimes we had 20, 50 or as we grew as many as 80 worshiping in a makeshift worship space. We were across the street from a Pike Nursery and during the service you could hear the loudspeaker announcing, “Pick up order of manure on the dock one.” It had it’s way of infusing a bit of humor. My fear was that the numbers were never good enough. While I served there, I began to trust that the numbers were telling me a truth. The numbers told me we were growing or we were on a plateau.
Come Worship the Lord in his beauty and truth.
What is lovable about Jesus is he’s undeterred. He mobilized people of all kinds in his God enterprise. He drew and affected crowds that organized religion couldn’t or wouldn’t. This caused people to want to “restrain” him. Even his family. We do that, don’t we? We are moved by his words and his love. His stories still touch us…beg us to live differently. But, we restrain him. Explain him away. Reduce him to an ancient Sunday story that has no power for Monday. But, what if we stopped that? What if we let him run free through our lives?
June 15 – Mary Jane Mallady
St. Alban’s Day
Beaver Creek Farm
This Saturday, June 9 – 5:00 p.m.
St. Alban’s Day at Beaver Creek Farm is Saturday, June 9th, at 5:00 p.m. If it is raining Saturday, we will have it the next day, Sunday, June 10th (rain or shine!!). Roy and Mary Jane will provide the meat (barbeque), beer, wine, and soft drinks. Everyone is asked to bring a side dish or dessert. Please sign the sheet provided in the Narthex or just call at the last minute (404-735-5009).
Directions: From the church, head towards the courthouse and go 1.2 miles on Main Street (towards Social Circle). Turn left at Atha Road by the Chevron Gas Station. Go straight for 5-3/4 miles and turn right on Adcock Road (one mile past Harmony Baptist Church). Beaver Creek Farm is half a mile on the right.
New Organist / Choir Director
The Vestry of St. Alban’s is pleased to announce the appointment of Vince Evans as the new Organist/Choir Director for the congregation.
A search committee was formed in early May to develop a job description and qualifications that we desired. Vince Evans exceeded all of the qualifications and after an intensive interview, including playing the organ, the committee unanimously recommended Mr. Evans to the Vestry who approved the appointment on June 5th.
Vince Evans has a Bachelor of Music, a Bachelor of Church Music, and a Master of Music. He has done graduate studies in education, theology, church music, and organ. He has served Holy Trinity in Decatur, the Episcopal Church of the Holy Cross in Decatur, St. Clare’s Episcopal Church in Blairsville, and churches of other denominations. He is currently the principal organist for all chapel services at the Lovett School in Atlanta.
The search committee was impressed with his commitment to the role of music as a ministry in the church. He is excited to grow our choir, both in numbers and quality.
The members of St. Alban’s are deeply indebted to Tom Ayer who has served as our organist and choir director during the past year. Tom is excited to begin retirement in Cape Coral, Florida. We wish God’s richest blessings on his retirement and thank him for a job WELL DONE.
Please join us for a reception after the worship service in the parish hall to welcome Vince Evans and say farewell to Tom Ayer.
Attention – Rev. Pat will be on vacation June 17th through June 24th. The Rev. Claiborne Jones will be our supply priest on June 17; The Rev. Bill Deneke will be our supply priest on June 24. Rev. Pat will also be off on Sunday, July 1. The Rev. Corinne Crammer will our supply priest that Sunday.
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 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.
DeDe has put together a pictorial story display of the garden and the market. Be sure and check it out this Sunday, June 10th, in the parish hall.!
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