Saint Alban's Episcopal Church

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The Messenger/April 22, 2016

In Our Prayers

Please pray for:

Blane; Phil Brassie; Trevor Harris; Bob Lindsey; Destiny; Bobby Thomas; Robbie Thomas; Savannah Benton; Pam; Jeff Foster; Wayne Bond; Natalia; Carol; Steve; Jo Ann; Jennifer Arteaga; Rebecca Rogers; Olivia; John Cannon; Roger Chapman; Nancy Manley; Max Hoglen.

Please pray for our Vestry and Clergy:

Marty Atkinson; Carole Bond; Bob Emmons; Libby Martin; Mallory Sanders; Melissa Young; Father Alan.

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, and our community. 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 Father Alan.

 

Bible Readings

Readings for This Week

Acts 11:1-18
Psalm 148
Revelation 21:1-6
John 13:31-35

Readings for Next Week

Acts 16:9-15
Psalm 67
Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5
John 14:23-29

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Clergy’s Corner

Adult Confirmation and Inquirers Class…

This Sunday (April 24th) from 11:30-12:15 pm I will begin the Adult Confirmation Class and it will also serve as an Inquirer’s Class. For those wishing to receive the sacrament of Confirmation, this will fulfill the pre-condition requirements and you will be presented to Bishop Don Wimberley in June. Additionally, this class will be of great value to those “inquiring” about the Christian faith and the Episcopal Church.

I will be covering a broad array of topics: The history of the Episcopal Church, the Book of Common Prayer; the Sacraments; the Creeds of the church; the Bible; church governance; church membership; core doctrines (Trinity, 2nd Coming, Virgin Birth, etc.); Eucharistic worship; seasons of the church year; church architecture and much more.

If you have been in the church for a long time this would also be a wonderful refresher course and I would encourage your attendance as well. You may already be familiar with these topics; however, as I mentioned last week, we are all lifelong learners.

So a quick test:

When was the first Anglican Prayer Book written and by whom?
When did the church in England begin?
Who were the first Episcopal Bishops in the United States?
How many bishops are needed to consecrate a new bishop?
What are the 39 Articles?
What is the Lambeth Quadrilateral?
What is the St. Athanasius Creed?
What is the Anglican Communion?
How many Sacraments are there?
What is the definition of a “communicate in good standing”?
What is the liturgical color for the season of Pentecost?
When are the two candles on the altar NOT lit?
Did you know the bishop has a special chair in every church? Where is ours?
Is the Burial Service a sacrament?
What is the Lectionary?
How is the date for Easter determined?
How often must the bishop visit each parish?

I hope this wets your appetite-come and learn!

See you Sunday,

Fr. Alan

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Celebration

Happy Birthday!

April 24 – Wayne Pickeral
April 28 – Meg Cooper

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Announcements

Adult Confirmation Class-The Adult Confirmation Class will begin this Sunday, April 24. The class will meet every Sunday from 11:30 am to 12:15 pm and will run for eight weeks.

Wednesday Night Study Group-Join us every Wednesday evening to study and discuss the Bible with Fr. Alan. We meet from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Childcare is provided.

FISH Needs-Volunteers are needed in the Ministry Office, Pantry, Medical Office and Dental Office. Contact: Deborah Atha – 678-635-7249 or 678-628-6288.

CAMP MIKELL

The Camp and Conference Center for the
Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta
237 Camp Mikell Road
Toccoa, GA 30577

Camp Mikell is holding its first Open House on Saturday, June 4, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. If you’ve never been to Mikell before this is an excellent opportunity to experience a real treasure of the Atlanta Episcopal Diocese. No RSVP is necessary! Contact amanda@campmikell.com with any questions.

CHORAL CONCERT and EVENSONG

Sunday, April 24th, 5:00 p.m

Members of the George Walton Academy Choir will perform, under the direction of Choir Master Kristen Donaldson, at St. Alban’s on Sunday, April 24, at 5:00 pm. An Evensong service will follow the concert. A reception will be held in the Parish Hall following the service.

Choir Practice is every Wednesday evening at 5:30 p.m. Please Join us!

COMING SOON!

MAY 7TH – 5 PM TO 7 PM

MAKE YOUR PLANS TO ATTEND!

Live Broadcast of the Race
Ladies’ Derby Hat Contest
$1 Draw for a Horse
Winner/s Take Entire Purse

Please bring finger foods and heavy snacks to share!

“The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports”

Sacred Threads at Grace Church

The Creative Expression Ministry at Grace Episcopal Church in Gainesville, Georgia, is very pleased to announce that we will host the nationally touring quilt exhibit, Sacred Threads, from April 13 through May 4, 2016.

The exhibition features 40 quilts with themes of joy, peace & brotherhood, inspiration, grief, healing, and spirituality. The quilts in the traveling show were chosen from a national juried exhibition of over 200 quilts held in 2015, sponsored by the Sacred Threads organization based in Fairfax, Virginia. The show does not emphasize any particular religion or theology, but conveys the spirituality, healing and inspirational messages that transcend all people.

Grace Episcopal is one of approximately 20 locations across the United States that will host this show. The quilts will be displayed in the Parish Hall and Greeting Area. Please park in the church lot at the corner of Brenau Avenue and Boulevard and enter the exhibit through the St. Francis garden

Parish Calendar April-May 2016

Lay Liturgical Schedule

The Messsenger/April 15, 2016

In Our Prayers

Please pray for:

Blane; Phil Brassie; Trevor Harris; Bob Lindsey; Destiny; Bobby Thomas; Robbie Thomas; Savannah Benton; Pam; Jeff Foster; Wayne Bond; Natalia; Carol; Steve; Jo Ann; Jennifer Arteaga; Rebecca Rogers; Olivia; John Cannon; Roger Chapman.

Please pray for our Vestry and Clergy:

Marty Atkinson; Carole Bond; Bob Emmons; Libby Martin; Mallory Sanders; Melissa Young; Father Alan

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, and our community. 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 Father Alan.

Bible Readings

Readings for This Week:

Acts 9:36-43
Psalm 23
Revelation 7:9-17
John 10:22-30

Readings for Next Week:

Acts 11:1-18
Psalm 148
Revelation 21:1-6
John 13:31-35

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Clergy’s Corner

Making Disciples…

The word for disciple in the Greek means “learner.” The original 12 disciples learned the Word of God, the Will of God and the Ways of God by following Jesus for about 3 years. They “learned” from Him so they could reproduce Him and perpetuate His message of “Good News.”

The disciples believed He Is the Messiah, they taught what he taught, they ministered as He did and they experienced, in powerful ways, the love of God. The result was profound. Thousands of people came into the faith and fellowship of the early church. This model of learning and applying the faith is the challenge for every generation of those who follow Christ.

I would also add: There is no finish line. We are lifelong learners. Of course, the basics are the basics; however, the Bible is a deep well that can be read many times over your life time. It is amazing how often a new insight or understanding comes from a familiar passage of scripture.

Investing in the knowledge of God has a great reward according to Proverbs. In fact, the writer specifically states that knowing God’s Word is more valuable than gold or silver. And the writer of Hebrews also reminds us that God rewards those who diligently seek Him.

I know there many ways you can grow in your faith and I commend any and all efforts in that regard. However, if you are looking for a place to plug in and go deeper I encourage you to join us on Wednesday evening. We go from 6:30 – 7:30 pm and child care is provided. Also, if you need a ride or would like to carpool we can help you there as well.

God’s Peace,

Fr. Alan

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Celebration

Happy Birthday!

April 15th- Marty Atkinson
April 21st- Madeline Burgess
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Announcements

Adult Confirmation Class – The Adult Confirmation Class will begin Sunday, April 24th. The class will meet every Sunday at 11:45 am and will run for 8 weeks. Please sign the sheet provided on the round table in the Narthex if you would like to attend.

Youth Confirmation Class – The Youth Confirmation Class will meet again this Sunday, April 17th, at 11:45 a.m.

Wednesday Night Study Group – Join us every Wednesday evening to study and discuss the Bible with Fr. Alan. We meet from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Childcare is provided.

FISH Needs…Volunteers are needed in the Ministry Office, Pantry, Medical Office and Dental Office. Contact: Deborah Atha – 678-635-7249 or 678-628-6288.

CAMP MIKELL

The Camp and Conference Center for the
Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

237 Camp Mikell Road
Toccoa, GA 30577

Camp Mikell is holding its first Open House on Saturday, June 4, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. If you’ve never been to Mikell before this is an excellent opportunity to experience a real treasure of the Atlanta Episcopal Diocese. No RSVP is necessary! Contact amanda@campmikell.com
with any questions.

CHORAL CONCERT and EVENSONG

Sunday, April 24th, 5:00 p.m.

Members of the George Walton Academy Choir will perform, under the direction of Choir Master Kristen Donaldson, at St. Alban’s on Sunday, April 24, at 5:00 pm. An Evensong service will follow the concert. A reception will be held in the Parish Hall following the service.

Choir Practice is every Wednesday evening at 5:30 p.m. Please Join us!

African Team Ministries Products Sale

Sunday the 17th

Beautiful products from African Team Ministries will be on sale in the Parish Hall. This ministry been serving the churches in East Africa for more than 20 years. The proceeds from the handcrafted items will help the families in the drought and famine areas.

COMING SOON!

MAY 7TH – 5 PM TO 7 PM

MAKE YOUR PLANS TO ATTEND!

Live Broadcast of the Race
Ladies’ Derby Hat Contest
$1 Draw for a Horse
Winner/s Take Entire Purse

Please bring finger foods and heavy snacks to share!

“The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports”

Sacred Threads at Grace Church

The Creative Expression Ministry at Grace Episcopal Church in Gainesville, Georgia, is very pleased to announce that we will host the nationally touring quilt exhibit, Sacred Threads, from April 13 through May 4, 2016.

The exhibition features 40 quilts with themes of joy, peace & brotherhood, inspiration, grief, healing, and spirituality. The quilts in the traveling show were chosen from a national juried exhibition of over 200 quilts held in 2015, sponsored by the Sacred Threads organization based in Fairfax, Virginia. The show does not emphasize any particular religion or theology, but conveys the spirituality, healing and inspirational messages that transcend all people.

Grace Episcopal is one of approximately 20 locations across the United States that will host this show. The quilts will be displayed in the Parish Hall and Greeting Area. Please park in the church lot at the corner of Brenau Avenue and Boulevard and enter the exhibit through the St. Francis garden.

Parish Calendar April-May 2016

Lay Liturgical Schedule

The Messenger / April 8, 2016

In Our Prayers
Please pray for:
Blane; Phil Brassie; Trevor Harris; Bob Lindsey; Destiny; Bobby Thomas; Robbie Thomas; Savannah Benton; Pam; Jeff Foster; Wayne Bond; Natalia; Carol; Steve; Jo Ann; Jennifer Arteaga; Rebecca Rogers; Olivia; Family & Friends of Byron Keene

Please pray for our Vestry and Clergy:
Marty Atkinson; Carole Bond; Bob Emmons; Libby Martin; Mallory Sanders; Melissa Young; Father Alan


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, and our community. 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 Father Alan.


Bible Readings
Readings for This Week:
Acts 9:1-20
Psalm 30
Revelation 5:11-14
John 21:1-19

Readings for Next Week:
Acts 9:36-43
Psalm 23
Revelation 7:9-17
John 10:22-30


Clergy’s Corner
Making Disciples…Wednesday Night Study Group

One of the largest churches in the USA is outside Chicago, IL. It’s founder’s name is Bill Hybels and the church is
Willow Creek.

It’s a non-denominational church that began what has been dubbed the “seeker sensitive” church movement. Hybels intentionally avoided the trappings of the traditional church – no stained glass windows, no ornamentation, no cross, no pulpit, no organ, etc. A casual setting with some music and a good sermon that was informal. His success produced a 15 acre campus with a massive bundling complex that housed worship and numerous ministries to youth, the aged, the single, the college kids, and multiple opportunities for growing spiritually. At it’s zenith, some 15,000 people worshiped at Willow Creek.

Literally thousands of churches began to model their ministries after this church. “Seeker Sensitive” services became the way to go and for almost 20 years Willow Creek was esteemed as the voice of renewal and Christian revitalization. People were coming back to church and liking what they saw.

By every statistical accounting, this church was a huge success. Attendance, buildings, cash ( the ABC’s of church growth) all were exemplary and received national acclaim…until…

In 2007, Willow Creek did a critical review of the “fruitfulness” of their ministry. With all the money, buildings, ministries and programs what was the result? The findings were painful to accept, but the honest self assessment proved that they had simply made “church goers” and not disciples.

What they learned is that participation in Christian activities did not necessarily produce maturity. The congregation of Willow Creek was “behaviorally” no different than the world around them. In almost every category (giving, prayer, volunteering, sexual behavior, honesty at work, addiction, divorce, faithfulness in marriage, drug use, viewing pornography, etc.), the church was no different from the world.

What they learned is a hard lesson for us in the church: Discipleship produces a transformed life – we have different values, behaviors than the world and they are visible to the world. We live differently because we follow Jesus. To their credit, they have radically changed tactics and are investing heavily in discipleship and not just “good programs.”

On Wednesday evening, April 13th, I would like to explore the possibility of initiating a “study group” from 6:30 pm-7:30 pm. Childcare will be provided.

I am interested in your feedback and level of commitment to digging deeper into
our faith. I am specifically interested in cultivating a greater understanding of the Holy Spirit and Christian healing.

Please join me for this conversation.

God’s Peace,
Fr. Alan


Happy Birthday!
April 9 – Wilber Ward
April 11 – Joylou Mullis
April 15 – Marty Atkinson


Announcements

Adult Confirmation Class – An Adult Confirmation Class will begin soon. The class will meet every Sunday at 11:45 am and will run for 8 weeks. Please sign the sheet provided on the round table in the Narthex if you would like to attend.

Youth Confirmation Class – The Youth Confirmation Class will meet again this Sunday, April 10th, at 11:45 a.m. Fr. Alan wants to have a couple more classes to complete the course.

Exploratory Conversation for Wednesday Night Study Group – This Wednesday evening, April 13, from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm, Fr. Alan would like to gauge interest for a mid-week study group. You are invited to join that
conversation. Childcare provided.

FISH Needs…The Monroe and Loganville Thrift Stores are in need of 10 volunteers (each store) to assist next week to get the clothing and other miscellaneous items out in the stores that were previously sorted. Volunteers are also needed in the Ministry Office, Pantry, Medical and Dental. Contact: Deborah Atha – 678-635-7249 or 678-628-6288

Camp Mikell Open House

open-houseCamp Mikell is holding its first Open House on Saturday, June 4, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. If you’ve never been to
Mikell before this is an excellent opportunity to experience a real treasure of the Atlanta Episcopal Diocese. No RSVP is necessary! Contact amanda@campmikell.com with any questions.

CHORAL CONCERT and EVENSONG
Sunday, April 24th, 5:00 p.m.

Members of the George Walton Academy Choir will perform, under the direction of Choir Master Kristen Donaldson, at St. Alban’s on Sunday, April 24, at 5:00 pm. An Evensong service will follow the concert. A reception will be held in the
Parish Hall following the service.


Choir Practice will reconvene next Thursday evening, April 14th, at 6:00 p.m. Please Join us!

strong>African Team Ministries Products Sale
Sundays – April 10th & 17th
Beautiful products from African Team Ministries will be on sale in the Parish Hall. This ministry been serving the churches in East Africa for more than 20 years. The proceeds from the handcrafted items will help the families in the drought and famine areas.


Kentucky Derby Party
MAY 7TH – 5 PM TO 7 PM
MAKE YOUR PLANS TO ATTEND!
• Live Broadcast of the Race
• Ladies’ Derby Hat Contest
• $1 Draw for a Horse
• Winner/s Take Entire Purse

Please bring finger foods and heavy snacks to share!


Sacred Threads at Grace Church

The Creative Expression Ministry at Grace Episcopal Church in Gainesville, Georgia, is very pleased to announce that we will host the nationally touring quilt exhibit, Sacred Threads, from April 13 through May 4, 2016.

The exhibition features 40 quilts with themes of joy, peace & brotherhood, inspiration, grief, healing, and spirituality. The quilts in the traveling show were chosen from a national juried exhibition of over 200 quilts held in 2015, sponsored by the Sacred Threads organization based in Fairfax, Virginia. The show does not emphasize any particular religion or theology, but conveys the spirituality, healing and inspirational messages that transcend all people.

Grace Episcopal is one of approximately 20 locations across the United States that will host this show. The quilts will be displayed in the Parish Hall and Greeting Area. Please park in the church lot at the corner of Brenau Avenue and
Boulevard and enter the exhibit through the St. Francis garden.


Parish Calendar March – April 2016

Lay Liturgical Schedule – 1st Quarter 2016

The Messenger / April 1, 2016

In Our Prayers
Please pray for:
Blane; Phil Brassie; Trevor Harris; Bob Lindsey; Destiny; Bobby Thomas; Robbie Thomas; Savannah Benton; Pam; Roger Chapman; Jeff Foster; Wayne Bond; B.J. Davis; Sydney Reid; Natalia; Carol; Steve; Jo Ann; Jennifer Arteaga; Rebecca Rogers; Olivia; Byron

Please pray for our Vestry and Clergy:
Marty Atkinson; Carole Bond; Bob Emmons; Libby Martin; Mallory Sanders; Melissa Young; Father Alan


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, and our community. 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 Father Alan.


Bible Readings
Readings for This Week:
Acts 5:27-32
Psalm 150
Revelation 1:4-8
John 20:19-31

Readings for Next Week:
Acts 9:1-20
Psalm 30
Revelation 5:11-14
John 21:1-19


Happy Birthday!
April 3 – Frank Reed
April 7 – Lalla Tanner
April 9 – Wilber Ward


F.I.S.H. Spring Cleaning

The week of March 28 – April 2 – They need volunteers to help at Lighthouse World Outreach, the Monroe store, and the Loganville store on Friday and Saturday (April 1 & 2) from 8am to 5 pm. Please contact Nancy Long at 678-635-7249 or nancy.long@fishofwalton.org if you can help.

FISH Thrift stores are embarking upon
growth with many open positions.
– Part-time trainer with audio/visual experience.
– Part-time Cashiers with experience, twenty (20) hours a week

Interested parties should send a resume listing work experience to Deborah Atha at Deborah.atha@fishofwalton.org or by fax (678) 635-7249 or by mailing to P.O. Box 1838, Monroe, 30655.

They are always in need of volunteers to be the hands and feet of Christ at Faith in Serving Humanity. Volunteers are
needed at the Monroe and Loganville Thrift Stores, Ministry Office, Pantry, Medical and Dental.


Announcements

Adult Confirmation Class – An Adult Confirmation Class will begin after Easter and will run for 8 weeks. The class will be every Sunday at 11:45 am beginning April 10th. Please sign the sheet provided on the round table in the Narthex if you would like to attend.

Choir Practice is every Thursday evening at 6:00 p.m. Join us!


strong>African Team Ministries Products Sale
Sundays – April 10th & 17th
Beautiful products from African Team Ministries will be on sale in the Parish Hall. This ministry been serving the churches in East Africa for more than 20 years. The proceeds from the handcrafted items will help the families in the drought and famine areas.


Kentucky Derby Party
MAY 7TH – 5 PM TO 7 PM
MAKE YOUR PLANS TO ATTEND!
• Live Broadcast of the Race
• Ladies’ Derby Hat Contest
• $1 Draw for a Horse
• Winner/s Take Entire Purse

Please bring finger foods and heavy snacks to share!


Vestry Meeting
The next Vestry Meeting is Tuesday evening, April 5th, at 6:00 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 Bob Emmons or Fr. Alan.


Wednesday Night Study Group – Every Wednesday evening, starting April 13th, there will be a “Wednesday Night Study Group” with Fr. Alan. The group will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Youth Confirmation Class – The Youth Confirmation Class will meet again on Sunday, April 10th, at 11:45 a.m. Fr. Alan wants to have a couple more classes to complete the course.

CHORAL CONCERT & EVENSONG
Sunday, April 24th, 5:00 p.m.

Members of the George Walton Academy Choir will perform under the direction of Choir Master Kristen Donaldson. An Evensong service will follow the concert. A reception will be held in the Parish Hall after the service.


Parish Calendar March – April 2016

Lay Liturgical Schedule – 1st Quarter 2016

The Messenger / March 25, 2016

In Our Prayers
Please pray for:
Blane; Phil Brassie; Trevor Harris; Bob Lindsey; John Cannon; Destiny; Rocco Burkitt; Bobby Thomas; Robbie Thomas; Savannah Benton; Pam; Roger Chapman; Jeff Foster; Wayne Bond; B.J. Davis; Sydney Reid; Natalia; Carol; Steve; Jo Ann; Jennifer Arteaga; Rebecca Rogers

Please pray for our Vestry and Clergy:
Marty Atkinson; Carole Bond; Bob Emmons; Libby Martin; Mallory Sanders; Melissa Young; Father Alan


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, and our community. 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 Father Alan.


Clergy’s Corner

Through the Eyes of a Child…

Years ago, I heard this true story. A Sunday school teacher was working with 5 year olds and decided to give the class an Easter assignment. She gave each of the children a plastic egg and asked them to take it home. The assignment was for each child to put something inside the egg that represented Easter for them and be ready to share it with the church on Easter Sunday.

The following week on Easter Day, she had the children all stand in front of the congregation and open their eggs and tell the parishioners what was inside and why it was meaningful. It was brilliant, fun and heartwarming. As the eggs were opened, out came Christian symbols like the cross, a small bible, a bible verse, a victor’s crown, a shepherd’s staff, and of course, there were Easter bunnies.

Toward the end of the line was a young girl who had learning disabilities. When it came her turn, she handed the egg to the teacher and shyly turned away not wanting any attention drawn to herself. When the teacher opened the egg, she
was heartbroken realizing the little girl failed to understand the assignment. Her egg was empty.

The teacher turned and hugged the girl thanking her for remembering to bring the egg back to class. It was then the little girl spoke. She said in a halting voice, “the tomb was empty.” The teacher was stunned at the magnitude of
what she just heard. The congregation was in awe. This wonderful child of God truly understood Easter and the Christian faith. The tomb was empty. He is risen! Her egg was empty because the tomb was empty.

Let’s celebrate the empty tomb this Sunday.

God’s Peace,
Fr. Alan


Bible Readings

Readings for This Week:
Acts 10:34-43
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
I Corinthians 15:19-26
Luke 24:1-12

Readings for Next Week:
Acts 5:27-32
Psalm 118:14-29
Revelation 1:4-8
John 20:19-31


Happy Birthday!
March 28 – Judy Terry
March 30 – Ashton Gordon


Announcements

Adult Confirmation Class – An Adult Confirmation Class will begin after Easter and will run for 8 weeks. The class will be every Sunday at 11:45 am beginning April 10th. Please sign the sheet provided on the round table in the Narthex if you would like to attend.

Choir Practice is every Thursday evening at 6:00 p.m. Join us!


Holy Week and Easter Services
Friday, March 25th – Good Friday Service – 12:00 p.m.
Friday, March 25th – Good Friday Service – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 27th – Easter Day Worship Service – 10:00 a.m.


Attention – The church office will be closed Monday, March 28th.


strong>Easter Egg Hunt
We will have an Easter Egg Hunt after the worship service on Easter morning, March 27th. Members are invited to participate by donating plastic eggs filled with candy, trinkets, or coins. Eggs will be collected each Sunday in a box in the lobby of the Parish Hall.


F.I.S.H. Spring Cleaning

The week of March 28 – April 2 – They need volunteers to help at Lighthouse World Outreach, the Monroe store, and the Loganville store on Friday and Saturday (April 1 & 2) from 8am to 5 pm. Please contact Nancy Long at 678-635-7249 or nancy.long@fishofwalton.org if you can help.

FISH Thrift stores are embarking upon
growth with many open positions.
– Part-time trainer with audio/visual experience.
– Part-time Cashiers with experience, twenty (20) hours a week

Interested parties should send a resume listing work experience to Deborah Atha at Deborah.atha@fishofwalton.org or by fax (678) 635-7249 or by mailing to P.O. Box 1838, Monroe, 30655.

They are always in need of volunteers to be the hands and feet of Christ at Faith in Serving Humanity. Volunteers are
needed at the Monroe and Loganville Thrift Stores, Ministry Office, Pantry, Medical and Dental.


Vestry Meeting
The next Vestry Meeting is Tuesday evening, April 5th, at 6:00 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 Bob Emmons or Fr. Alan.


African Team Ministries Products Sale
Sundays – April 10th & 17th
Beautiful products from African Team Ministries will be on sale in the Parish Hall. This ministry been serving the churches in East Africa for more than 20 years. The proceeds from the handcrafted items will help the families in the drought and famine areas.


Kentucky Derby Party
COMING SOON
MAY 7TH – 5 PM TO 7 PM
MAKE YOUR PLANS TO ATTEND!


Parish Calendar March – April 2016

Lay Liturgical Schedule – 1st Quarter 2016

The Messenger / March 18, 2016

In Our Prayers
Please pray for:
Blane; Phil Brassie; Trevor Harris; Bob Lindsey; John Cannon; Destiny; Rocco Burkitt; Bobby Thomas; Robbie Thomas; Savannah Benton; Pam; Roger Chapman; Jeff Foster; Wayne Bond; B.J. Davis; Sydney Reid; Natalia; Carol

Please pray for our Vestry and Clergy:
Marty Atkinson; Carole Bond; Bob Emmons; Libby Martin; Mallory Sanders; Melissa Young; Father Alan


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, and our community. 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 Father Alan.


Clergy’s Corner
The Crucifixion of Christ

The core of the Christian faith centers on three specific events: The death of Jesus Christ; his burial and resurrection from the dead; and His ascension to the right hand of God.

Paul tells us in I Corinthians 15 that if these three facts are false, then we have believed a lie (they did not happen); our faith is in vain; and we are to be pitied because we believe in something that is not real.

Anglican priest and author, John Stott tells us in his classic work, “Basic Christianity,” that there are four evidences for the three facts above that help us “believe” they are true.

The first evidence is that the body of Jesus Christ was never found. There was a rumor spread to say that His body was stolen; however, by all accounts this fabrication was never believed.

The second evidence was His resurrection appearances. People saw Jesus. He was with the disciples in the upper room. He appeared to over 500. He was with Peter and the disciples at the lake where he cooked fish (breakfast) for them and ate with them. He encountered two disciples on the road to Emmaus.

He presented Himself to Thomas and had him touch His side and touch the nail prints in His hand. Lastly, He was with them on a mountain in Galilee where He gave them the Great Commission.

The third evidence is the transformation of the disciples. On the night he was betrayed, they all scattered. Peter denied Christ and the rest went into hiding.

However, after the resurrection and certainly after Pentecost they were bold in their witness and testimony and all but one (John) gave up their lives for His sake. They were utterly convinced of the resurrection!

The above evidences are part of history – no body found, resurrection appearances and the faith of the disciples – but for some they may not carry enough weight to convince us that the facts are true. So, what is the fourth evidence that John Stott presents?

I am glad you asked. The fourth evidence is of course Us. The church! For over 2000 years Christians have gathered to declare His resurrection. This is the single most important event in all of history. We are forgiven. We are redeemed
(bought back), we are saved from the penalty of sin. We have eternal life. We have access to the Father.

The greatest evidence that it is all true is found in Us. We believe He is alive and we can know Him. This faith has stood the test of time and there are billions of believers on earth today!

This weekend begins Holy Week where we remember the mighty acts of God. I trust you will join us in the services on Thursday, Friday and of course, Easter Sunday.

God’s Peace,
Fr. Alan


Bible Readings
Readings for This Week:
Isaiah 50:4-9a
Psalm 31:9-16
Philippians 2:5-11
Luke 22:14-23:56

Readings for Next Week:
Acts 10:34-43
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
I Corinthians 15:19-26
Luke 24:1-12


Happy Birthday!
March 28 – Judy Terry
March 30 – Ashton Gordon


Announcements
Youth Confirmation Class – The Youth Confirmation Class, led by Fr. Alan, meets every Sunday at 11:45 a.m. through March 20th. For more information, please contact Fr. Alan.

Thank You! Libby Martin and Mary Ann Lindsey for the delicious supper last Wednesday evening prior to the Lenten Study Program.

Adult Confirmation Class – An Adult Confirmation Class will begin after Easter and will run for 8 weeks. The class will be every Sunday at 11:45 am beginning April 10th. Please sign the sheet provided on the round table in the Narthex if you would like to attend.

Choir Practice is every Thursday evening at 6:00 p.m. Join us!


All Hands on Deck Work Day at St. Alban’s
On Saturday, March 19th, the parish will be conducting a work day both inside and outside our wonderful facility in preparation for Holy Week. One of our main task on the outside is to mulch the flower and shrub beds with the pecan shells that have been delivered and to clean up the grounds for the Easter Egg Hunt that will take place on March 27th.

The inside work will spruce up our Parish Hall and other areas as we prepare to welcome our large group of worshipers on Easter Sunday. We will begin at 9 am and should be finished by lunch. Please contact Mallory Sanders for any specific area of our facilities that we need to address.


Holy Week and Easter Services
Sunday, March 20th – Palm Sunday Service – 10:00 a.m.
Thursday, March 24th – Maundy Thursday Service – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, March 25th – Good Friday Service – 12:00 p.m.
Friday, March 25th – Good Friday Service – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 27th – Easter Day Worship Service – 10:00 a.m.


Easter Lilies for Our Sanctuary
Anyone desiring to make a contribution toward Easter Flowers, please use the envelopes that are 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 Easter Flowers.”

The Altar Guild thanks you for your support.


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We will have an Easter Egg Hunt after the worship service on Easter morning, March 27th. Members are invited to participate by donating plastic eggs filled with candy, trinkets, or coins. Eggs will be collected each Sunday in a box in the lobby of the Parish Hall.


F.I.S.H. Spring Cleaning

The week of March 28 – April 2 – They need volunteers to help at Lighthouse World Outreach, the Monroe store, and the Loganville store on Friday and Saturday (April 1 & 2) from 8am to 5 pm. Please contact Nancy Long at 678-635-7249 or nancy.long@fishofwalton.org if you can help.


Parish Calendar March – April 2016

Lay Liturgical Schedule – 1st Quarter 2016

The Messenger / March 11, 2016

In Our Prayers
Please pray for:
Blane; Phil Brassie; Trevor Harris; Bob Lindsey; John Cannon; Destiny; Rocco Burkitt; Bobby Thomas; Robbie Thomas; Savannah Benton; Pam; Roger Chapman; Jeff Foster; Wayne Bond; B.J. Davis; Sydney Reid; Charles Henson; Fr. Alan & Family; Family & Friends of Harry Burress; Natalia

Please pray for our Vestry and Clergy:
Marty Atkinson; Carole Bond; Bob Emmons; Libby Martin; Mallory Sanders; Melissa Young; Father Alan


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, and our community. 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 Father Alan.


Clergy’s Corner
Mumsie…Her Legacy and Her Inheritance

On Sunday, February 28th, my mom died. Her memorial service was held at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Waxhaw, NC (just south of Charlotte) on Saturday, March 5th, and I was honored to preach the sermon and officiate the service.

At first, I was hesitant about both preaching and conducting the service. I knew it would be emotional and difficult on a personal level and I wondered if I could get through it. But my mother’s request was stated in a most profound way,
“Alan, it’s not about you. I want you to preach the gospel.” It was tearful at times, but in the end, I did get through it.

It ended up being a glorious celebration of her life. Some 600 people attended. Full church, full choir, and full ceremonial honors were given. She was a founding member of St. Margaret’s some 25 years ago and was known for three ministries. She had the ministry of hospitality, intercession and healing. With hospitality, she made the ordinary special. She had beautiful things and wonderful taste and people of all walks of life felt special, welcomed and loved at her house.

As an intercessor, she gathered with groups to pray weekly for the church and during Vestry meetings. She was also part of a broader national and international intercessor group. She traveled to England for the Lambeth Conference in 1998; to Cairo, Egypt; to Cyprus and throughout the USA to pray for the church.

Perhaps her greatest legacy at St. Margaret’s was her prayer ministry. She was gifted by our Lord to listen to someone’s story then pray for God the Holy Spirit to bring healing into their life. Amazing things happened as a result.

Wounds were healed; lives changed; captives set free; and new freedom was received. Quite a legacy for sure.

So, what about her inheritance. According to II Tim 4:7-8, Mumsie fought the fight, ran the race, kept the faith and has received a “crown of righteousness” which the Lord Jesus awards to all who do the same. She has received a precious reward and taken all the many blessings received in this life with her into eternity.

My mom was a special person and will be interned next to my dad at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, DC this spring. She told me that if she had a tomb stone she would put the following on it: I LOVED A LOT AND WAS FUN
TO BE WITH. So true!

I wrote this today as a way of sharing my grief and loss and saying thank you for all your prayers and support over the past two weeks. The loss is painful and real as most of you already know.

God’s Peace,
Fr. Alan


Bible Readings

Readings for This Week:
Isaiah 43:16-21
Psalm 126
Philippians 3: 4b-14
John 12:1-8

Readings for Next Week:
Isaiah 50:4-9a
Psalm 31:9-16
Philippians 2:5-11
Luke 22:14-23:56


Happy Birthday!
March 14 – Max Hoglen


NEW CHOIRMASTER!
We are extremely excited to announce that Kristen Donaldson will be joining us as our new Choirmaster. She has agreed to begin officially on April 1st. We are very blessed to have her.

Kristen Donaldson is the Choir Director and AP Music Theory teacher at George Walton Academy in Monroe, GA. In addition to her job at George Walton, Mrs. Donaldson has served as the music director for several On Stage Theater productions. She is also a frequent guest conductor for the Walton County Music Guild.

Mrs. Donaldson received her B.A. in Vocal Performance from Asbury University in Wilmore, KY, and her M.M. in Choral Conducting from the University of Kentucky. She is currently in candidacy for her Doctorate in Music Education at the University of Georgia.

She lives in Monroe with her husband Daniel and their dogs, Rosco (Black Lab) and Aria (Brittany). She is looking forward to her new position at St. Alban’s.


Announcements
Daylight Savings Time begins this Sunday, March 13th. Please remember to set your clocks forward one hour before you go to bed Saturday night.

Youth Confirmation Class – The Youth Confirmation Class, led by Fr. Alan, meets every Sunday at 11:45 a.m. through March 20th. For more information, please contact Fr. Alan.

Thank You! Joylou and Ron Mullis, Libby Martin, Matt & Jen Hardy for the delicious supper last Wednesday evening prior to the Lenten Study Program.

Adult Confirmation Class – An Adult Confirmation Class will begin after Easter and will run for 8 weeks. The class will be every Sunday at 11:45 am beginning April 3rd and ending May 22nd. Please sign the sheet provided on the round table in the Narthex if you would like to attend.

Choir Practice is every Thursday evening at 6:00 p.m. Join us!


All Hands on Deck Work Day at St. Alban’s
On Saturday, March 19th, the parish will be conducting a work day both inside and outside our wonderful facility in preparation for Holy Week. One of our main task on the outside is to mulch the flower and shrub beds with the pecan shells that have been delivered and to clean up the grounds for the Easter Egg Hunt that will take place on March 27th.

The inside work will spruce up our Parish Hall and other areas as we prepare to welcome our large group of worshipers on Easter Sunday. We will begin at 9 am and should be finished by lunch. Please contact Mallory Sanders for any specific area of our facilities that we need to address.


GA CHIP Program – “Georgia Child Identification Program”

St. Alban’s will be hosting the “Georgia Child Identification Program” in the Parish Hall, on Saturday, March 12, 2016,
from 9 am to 1:30 pm.

It is completely FREE of charge to all families with children up to 18 years of age.

For more Information please pick up the brochure in the Narthex.


Lenten Supper and Program
March 9th and March 16th – 6:00 p.m.

Join us on these Wednesday evenings during Lent for a light supper and a program about the Seven Covenants from God presented by Fr. Alan.

Please volunteer to help provide the Lenten Suppers by signing up on the sheet provided in the Narthex.


Community Mid-Week Lenten Services
The 2016 MAMA (Monroe Area Ministerial Association) Lenten Wednesday noon worship service schedule is as follows:
March 16th- 1st United Methodist Church

An optional light lunch will be provided for all in attendance each week.


Easter Lilies for Our Sanctuary
Anyone desiring to make a contribution toward Easter Flowers, please use the envelopes that are 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 Easter Flowers.”

The Altar Guild thanks you for your support.


Easter Egg Hunt
We will have an Easter Egg Hunt after the worship service on Easter morning, March 27th. Members are invited to participate by donating plastic eggs filled with candy, trinkets, or coins. Eggs will be collected each Sunday in a box in the lobby of the Parish Hall.


The Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta: Episcopal Charities Foundation 32nd Annual Hunger Walk/Run
March 13th – 12:00 p.m.
Turner Field, Atlanta
If interested, please go to the Episcopal Charities Foundation website.


Parish Calendar March – April 2016

Lay Liturgical Schedule – 1st Quarter 2016

The Messenger / March 4, 2016

In Our Prayers
Please pray for:
Blane; Phil Brassie; Trevor Harris; Bob Lindsey; John Cannon; Destiny; Rocco Burkitt; Bobby Thomas; Robbie Thomas; Savannah Benton; Pam; Roger Chapman; Jeff Foster; Carolyn Durham; Wayne Bond; B.J. Davis; Charles Henson & Family; Sydney Reid; Fr. Alan & Family; Family & Friends of Harry Burress

Please pray for our Vestry and Clergy:
Marty Atkinson; Carole Bond; Bob Emmons; Libby Martin; Mallory Sanders; Melissa Young; Father Alan

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, and our community. 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 Father Alan.


Clergy’s Corner
The video below from our Bishop is very insightful during this time of Lent. It truly does give us
pause to reflect.

A Blessed Lent,
Bishop Rob Wright


Bible Readings

Readings for This Week
Joshua 5:9-12
Psalm 32
II Corinthians 5:16-21
Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32

Readings for Next Week
Isaiah 43:16-21
Psalm 126
Philippians 3:4b-14
John 12:1-8


Happy Birthday!
March 4 – Michael McGarity
March 4 – Ron Mullis
March 9 – Sara Thomas


Announcements
Youth Confirmation Class – The Youth Confirmation Class, led by Fr. Alan, meets every Sunday at 11:45 a.m. through March 20th. For more information, please contact Fr. Alan.

Thank You! Jenny & Randall Williams and Robin & John Arnold for the delicious supper last Wednesday evening.

Adult Confirmation Class – An Adult Confirmation Class will begin after Easter and will run for 8 weeks. The class will be every Sunday at 11:45 am beginning April 3rd and ending May 22nd. Please sign the sheet provided on the round table in the Narthex if you would like to attend.


All Hands on Deck Work Day at St. Alban’s
On Saturday, March 19th, the parish will be conducting a work day both inside and outside our wonderful facility in preparation for Holy Week. One of our main task on the outside is to mulch the flower and shrub beds with the pecan shells that have been delivered and to clean up the grounds for the Easter Egg Hunt that will take place on March 27th.

The inside work will spruce up our Parish Hall and other areas as we prepare to welcome our large group of worshipers on Easter Sunday. We will begin at 9 am and should be finished by lunch. Please contact Mallory Sanders for any specific area of our facilities that we need to address.


GA CHIP Program – “Georgia Child Identification Program”

St. Alban’s will be hosting the “Georgia Child Identification Program” in the Parish Hall, on Saturday, March 12, 2016,
from 9 am to 1:30 pm.

It is completely FREE of charge to all families with children up to 18 years of age.

For more Information please pick up the brochure in the Narthex.


Lenten Supper and Program
March 9th and March 16th – 6:00 p.m.

Join us on these Wednesday evenings during Lent for a light supper and a program about the Seven Covenants from God presented by Fr. Alan.

Please volunteer to help provide the Lenten Suppers by signing up on the sheet provided in the Narthex.


Community Mid-Week Lenten Services
The 2016 MAMA (Monroe Area Ministerial Association) Lenten Wednesday noon worship service schedule is as follows:
March 9th- St. Anna’s Catholic Church
March 16th- 1st United Methodist Church

An optional light lunch will be provided for all in attendance each week.


Easter Lilies for Our Sanctuary
Anyone desiring to make a contribution toward Easter Flowers, please use the envelopes that are 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 Easter Flowers.”

The Altar Guild thanks you for your support.


Easter Egg Hunt
We will have an Easter Egg Hunt after the worship service on Easter morning, March 27th. Members are invited to participate by donating plastic eggs filled with candy, trinkets, or coins. Eggs will be collected each Sunday in a box in the lobby of the Parish Hall.


The Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta: Episcopal Charities Foundation 32nd Annual Hunger Walk/Run
March 13th – 12:00 p.m.
Turner Field, Atlanta
If interested, please go to the Episcopal Charities Foundation website.


Parish Calendar March – April 2016

Lay Liturgical Schedule – 1st Quarter 2016

St. Alban’s News/June 27, 2014

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OUR LINKS:
St. Alban’s Activity Calendar
Fr. Alan’s Sermons

Your prayers are requested for:
Bobby Thomas; Charles Henson; Sue Henson; Jeanne Aycock; Gwen Ashby; Eddie & Family; Stephanie Harris; Blane; George Hearn; Phil Brassie; Dodie Freel; Sheila Powers; Trevor Harris; Gail Carrell; Roy Roberts; Jonah Young; Butch Pannell; Mary Jane; Lisa; James; Jean Blough; Jeff Blough; Barbara Cunningham; Ellen Goodrich

Note:  Names will remain on this list for a month unless otherwise requested.

Priest Blurb
The Rev. Alan Hansen

What is the “Elizabethan Settlement” and why is Queen Elizabeth more influential than Henry the VIII when it comes to the Anglican Church or Church of England?

Henry the VIII is known for many things and was one of the great monarchs in England’s History.  As king he broke ties with Rome and established the monarchy (king) as the supreme head of the church in England.  All lands and revenues that belonged to Rome now belonged to Henry and under his leadership the first Book of Common Prayer was developed through Archbishop Cramner.

Henry was follow by Queen Mary (Blood Mary) who reversed Henry’s efforts and restored Roman Catholicism and the church back to Rome.

But Mary was followed by Elizabeth who now had a huge division in her nation.  The protestant reformation produced a large number of “Calvinists” that were anti Rome, did not want bishops and sought a Presbyterian form of government (which happened briefly under Oliver Cromwell). Elizabeth wanted to retain bishops, sacramental worship, good church structure which she felt brought stability and added protection of the monarchy.

Although she did not want to return to Roman Catholicism she clearly wanted to prevent Calvinism from dominating the church.  So, in a stroke of brilliance she introduced the VIA MEDIA – OR MIDDLE WAY.  She graciously worked with both extremes and produced the 1559 Book of Common Prayer which became the form of worship throughout her long reign as queen and continues today.

The Elizabethan Settlement, as it was known, allowed the good from the protestant reformation to be embraced, yet held on to the best practices of sacramental worship and the historic episcopate.  A truly unique blend of both protestant and catholic realities.  By the time of her death the central worship of the English people centered on a common liturgy, a common faith and common prayer.

What Henry did for personal and political reasons pales in significance to what Elizabeth worked through socially and spiritually.  In fact, it is something we still benefit from today.

If you want to learn more about your church and your faith come to Confirmation/Christian Formation Class on Sunday mornings at 9:10 am.

God’s Peace,
Fr. Alan

GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Priest Discretionary Fund – This Sunday, the last Sunday of the month, all undesignated funds collected in the offering will be put into the Priest Discretionary Fund to help people in need in our neighborhood.

Vestry Meeting – The next Vestry Meeting is this Tuesday evening, July 1, at 6:00 p.m.

Confirmation and Christian Formation Class – If you would like to learn more about the Christian faith as expressed through the Episcopal Church, please join Fr. Alan on Sunday mornings at 9:10 a.m. in the Parish Hall.  This course will run throughout the summer culminating with Bishop Wright’s visitation on August 24th.  Come to class – learn more about your faith – enjoy the fellowship!

St. Alban’s Intercessory Prayer Group – “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Matthew 18:19-20.

Every Tuesday morning at 11:00 a.m. you are invited to come and pray for the needs of our church, our people, and our community. We will meet in the church in the sanctuary or chapel, depending on attendance.

Alban’s Allium Garlic is here!!
Purchase it this Sunday in the Parish Hall lobby for $4.00 per bag (1/2 lb.). This garlic is locally grown at Frank Reed’s farm and harvested by parishioners. Last Chance to Purchase Alban’s Garlic!

Frank says that this is the last year the garlic will be grown. He has supplied this garlic to St. Alban’s for 20 years!  Thank you, Frank.

Please make checks payable to St. Alban’s Episcopal Church.

FISH FARMERS’ MARKET – The market began on June 3 and will run every Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. and every Saturday at 10:00 am at the FISH pavilion. Each market will last about 1.5 hours. Volunteers are needed. They will need to be at the market an hour before the market begins, Tuesdays at 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. To volunteer to help, please contact Tom Evans at 770-815-3230.

FISH Volunteer Opportunity – Tuesday, July 1, 5:15 pm  to 8:00 pm – Sorting and Pricing Clothes – Finger food and beverages will be available – Loganville Store (2887 Hwy. 78), or Monroe Store (432 E. Spring Street) – Contact Nancy Long at 706-362-9008.

Coffee Hour – Everyone enjoys the coffee hour every Sunday morning after the worship service. We need people to volunteer to host the coffee hour. Please sign up on the sheet provided on the table in the Parish Hall.

Name Badges – If you do not have a name badge and would like one, please put your name on the sheet provided in the Narthex or call the Church office at 770-267-2893.

Bible Readings for This Week
Genesis 22:1-14
Psalm 13
Romans 6:12-23
Matthew 10:40-42

Bible Readings for Next Week
Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67
Psalm 45:11-18
Romans 7:15-25a
Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

Celtic Cross

St. Alban’s News/May 9, 2014

Please remember in prayer:
Bobby Thomas; Charles Henson; Sue Henson; Jeanne Aycock; Gwen Ashby; Eddie & Family; Stephanie Harris; Craig Taylor; Blane; the Stroh Family; Shirley Strickland; Marilyn Guinn; George Hearn; James; Amy; Phil Brassie; Teresa

Note:  Names will remain on this list for a month unless otherwise requested.

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Anniversary Blessings:
May 15 – June & John King

Congratulations to Savannah Thomas on her graduation from Walnut Grove High School on Saturday, May 17th.  Savannah, we wish you every joy on your graduation day and every blessing in the future.

We wish to thank Robin Arnold for the great pictures taken at the Kentucky Derby Party!  Robin, you always does such a great job and we want you to know how much it is appreciated.

Priest Blurb
The Rev. Alan Hansen

Time and Talents Matter Too

This fall we had an Every Member Canvas and received financial pledges, but financial giving or “treasure” is not the only means of being good stewards.  We are also called to offer to God some of our time and certainly our talents.

Over the next several weeks I will be preaching on the stewardship of “time and talents.”  If you want to get a head start, I suggest you read I Corinthians 12 (entire chapter), Romans 12 and Ephesians 4.  I will also preach on the Parable of the Talents from Matthews Gospel Chapter 25.

On Pentecost Sunday we will ask each of you to make a second pledge – not of your treasure…..but of your time and talents offered to our Lord Jesus Christ.< God’s Peace, Fr. Alan Vestry News The Vestry has been working on two projects and we would like to bring the congregation up to date on our progress. Organ Update Stan Brassie has been working with the Organ Committee.  The committee has met with three pipe organ builders and one electronic organ manufacturer and should have all the bids in by May 15th.  They have done excellent work and the Vestry has asked Stan to give a brief presentation on Sunday, May 18th, to bring the congregation up to speed.

The reality is our existing organ is 35 years old and slowly dying.  It may be hard to tell on Sunday because it is still working, but what is failing are the transistors, a very old technology and not worth repairing.  It has truly outlived its time and we need to replace it.

We are also happy to announce that the organ will be purchased in memory of Marion Field McKenna.  All funds contributed to the organ will go into a fund named after Marion.  She was an inspiration to all of us and a wonderful saint of the Risen Christ.

Columbarium Update
We are progressing nicely with the Columbarium Committee.  Carole Bond has done an excellent job researching this project and we have asked her to make a presentation as well on May 18th.  If you do not know, a Columbarium is a place where the ashes of a cremated person can be laid to rest.  With the Columbarium, we will also establish a Memorial Garden.

It is our goal that both these projects be self-funded and not part of the operational expenses of the church.  More details as to how you can participate will be forth coming soon.

St. Alban’s Intercessory Prayer Group
“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.  For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” – Matthew 18:19-20

Every Tuesday morning at 11:00 a.m. you are invited to come and pray for the needs of our church, our people, and our community.  We will meet in the church in the sanctuary or chapel, depending on attendance.

FISH Thrift Store Volunteer Opportunities

  • Jewelry Merchandiser:  Assist customers who are buying jewelry.  Great job for person with limited mobility – little standing and no heavy lifting.
  • Help receive Donations at Rear of Store
  • Cashiers

In 2013, the two thrift stores paid all FISH overhead and added $80,000 into the ministry for Walton County children and emergency assistance. Contact: Nancy Long, 706-362-9008

FISH Farmer’s Market – It is almost time to get the Farmer’s Market up and running for the 2014 season.  This year they will be using the beautiful new “Marion Field-McKenna Pavilion.”  They have hired a Market Coordinator, Tom Evans, and he has been hard at work since the first of April getting things prepared.  They have lots of changes to this year’s market and they want to tell you about them.  Everyone is invited to a “Meet and Greet” to hear about the changes to this year’s market and to meet Tom on Wednesday, May 14th, at 4:00 PM at the Walton Wellness office at 133 E. Church Street, Monroe. Contact: DeDe Harris – 770-313-8107

Everyone enjoys the coffee hour every Sunday morning after the worship service.  We need people to volunteer to host the coffee hour.  Please sign up on the sheet provided on the table in the Parish Hall.

Name Badge – If you do not have a name badge and would like one, please put your name on the sheet provided in the Narthex or call the Church office at 770-267-2893.

Church Financial Report – This is a report of the operating income and expenses of St. Alban’s.  This is the money received and spent for the day-to-day operation of the Church.  St. Alban’s also has designated funds (such as the Altar Guild Fund, Building Fund, etc.) which is money given for specific purposes and cannot be used for the operating expenses of the Church.  A report of the designated funds is available in the Church office.

January 1 – April 30, 2014 Operating Income (pledges + plate offerings + other operating income)
Budgeted:  $60,482.60     Actual:  $63,833.97     (Over) $3,351.37

Explanation:  Amount received for pledges is $42,822.00 which is $3,788.67 over the amount expected.  Amount received for plate offering is $3,503.00 which is $5,279.50 less than the amount expected.  Other operating income received (parish hall rental, restitution payments, donations, bank interest, etc.) is $17,508.97.

January 1 – April 30, 2014 Operating Expenses
Budgeted:  $60,482.61      Actual:  $62,933.09      (Over) $2,450.48

Positive Balance: $900.88

Bible Readings for May 18, 2014
Acts 7:55-60
Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16
1 Peter 2:2-10
John 14:1-14


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