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St. Alban’s News/May 2, 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

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

Birthday Blessings:

May 5 – Marvin Gray
May 6 – Alan Hansen

Priest Blurb 

The Rev. Alan Hansen

VERY ​ENCOURAGED

This past Tuesday we had our first organized time of Intercessory Prayer.  At 11 am there were 5 parishioners and myself gathered in the church before the altar and we had an extended time of prayer.

We had prayer requests for employment, physical healing (mostly people dealing with cancer), marriage, children and families.  However, the number one prayer request was for St. Alban’s church to be healed and restored.  We were before our loving Lord asking Him to bring a renewal to our church that includes children, young families and unity.

It was an awesome time and I look forward to gathering next week on Tuesday at 11 am for more corporate intercession.  All are welcome and I hope you can join us.

God’s Peace,

Fr. Alan

Calendar of Upcoming Events

Tuesday, May 6 – St. Alban’s Intercessory Prayer Group – 11:00 a.m

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.

Vestry Meeting: The next Vestry Meeting is Tuesday, May 6, at 6:00 p.m.

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.

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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.

Bible Readings for May 11, 2014

Acts 2:42-47

Psalm 23

1 Peter 2:19-25

John 10:1-10

St. Alban’s News

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

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

Birthday Blessings

April 28 – Meg Cooper

Calendar of Upcoming Events

Tuesday, April 29 – St. Alban’s Intercessory Prayer Group – 11:00 a.m.

Saturday, May 3 – Kentucky Derby Party – 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Priest Blurb
The Rev. Alan Hansen

LUNATIC, LIAR OR LORD?

C.S. Lewis once said of Jesus, “He is either a lunatic, a liar or He is Lord.”

Lunatic:

This reference was about the claims that Jesus made about himself.  He identified himself as the messiah, the Christ, the eternal Son of God.  He said he came from the Father.  He was with the Father in the beginning.  His miracles and works of power authenticated his claims.  He would rise from the dead.  Some would say Jesus was delusional believing himself to be God, but was really mentally ill and crazy.

Liar:

Some would also say Jesus was intentionally deceiving us and lying.  He was not who he claimed to be and was leading us astray.

Lord:

If he is not crazy, not lying, then the only conclusion one can make is Jesus is Lord.  C.S. Lewis concluded his remarks by adding that Jesus did not give us an option.  He is either Lord of all or he is NOT lord at all.  If he is not crazy, not lying, then he is truly LORD!

The Easter Season declares his Lordship and celebrates his resurrection.  He has defeated death, sin and the grave.  Alleluia Christ Has Risen Indeed!

God’s Peace,

Fr. Alan​

We wish to thank everyone who provided Easter Eggs for our hunt last Sunday morning.  We also wish to thank everyone who helped hide the eggs and provided the refreshments.  Thank you!!

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

Beginning Tuesday, April 29th, 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 chapel, depending on attendance.  We will begin at 11:00 a.m. and conclude before noon.

Kentucky Derby Party

Saturday, May 3rd, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Activities:

“Derby Hat Competition” – Wear your craziest hat and you may win a prize.

“Winner Take All” – Make $1 donation and draw a horse’s name out of the pot.

Heavy snacks and finger food will be served so just bring yourself and have fun!

Please sign the sheet provided on the round table in the Narthex if you plan to attend.

Vestry Meeting – The next Vestry Meeting is Tuesday, May 6, at 6:00 p.m.

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.

coffeecup

Name BadgeIf 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 Next Week

Acts 2:14a, 36-41

Psalm 116:1-3, 10-17

1 Peter 1:17-23

Luke 24:13-35

 

 

St. Alban’s News

Please remember in prayer: Bobby Thomas; Charles Henson; Sue Henson; Jeanne Aycock; Gwen Ashby; Eddie & Family; Stephanie Harris; Craig TaylorBlane; the Stroh Family.

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

Birthday Blessings
April 21 – Madeline Burgess
April 24 – Wayne Pickeral

Calendar of Upcoming Events
Sunday, April 20 – Community Sunrise Service @ Monroe High School – 6:30 a.m.

Sunday, April 20 – EASTER SUNDAY – Egg Hunt after the Worship Service

Saturday, April 26 – Marion Field McKenna Celebration of Life @ Field’s House – 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 3 – Kentucky Derby Party – 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Priest Blurb
The Rev. Alan Hansen

“Alleluia CHRIST has risen, The Lord has risen indeed. Alleluia!” – (BCP #355)

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the basis for the entire gospel – It is the Good News we believe and proclaim. It means he is ALIVE and he loves you – Happy Easter!

God’s Peace,
Fr. Alan

Community Easter Sunrise Service – The Annual Community Sunrise Service will be at Monroe Area High School’s Athletic Field at 6:30 a.m. Easter morning. All area churches and the Walton/Monroe community are invited. Rev. Edwin Beckles of the First African Baptist Church will be preaching.

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Easter Egg Hunt: Please join us after the worship service this Easter Sunday morning, April 20, for an Easter Egg Hunt and refreshments.

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Celebration of Life for Marion Field McKenna

Please join us for an open house celebration of life for Marion Field McKenna on Saturday, April 26th, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., at our house, 110 Davis Street, Monroe. All are welcome.

We are grateful for your loving care and support during Marion’s long illness and death in January.

Hardin-Field-McKenna Families

Kentucky Derby Party

Saturday, May 3rd, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Activities:

“Derby Hat Competition” – Wear your craziest hat and you may win a prize.

“Winner Take All” – Make $1 donation and draw a horse’s name out of the pot.

Heavy snacks and finger food will be served so just bring yourself and have fun!

More details to come.

Parish Life Committee

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.

coffeecup

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.

Bible Readings for This Week
Acts 10:34-43
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
Colossians 3:1-4
Matthew 28:1-10

Bible Readings for Next Week
Acts 2:14a, 22-32
Psalm 16
1 Peter 1:3-9
John 20:19-31

St. Alban’s News

Please remember in prayer: Bobby Thomas; Charles Henson; Sue Henson; Jeanne Aycock; Gwen Ashby; Eddie & Family; Stephanie Harris; Craig Taylor; Family & Friends of Mel Burress
Note:  Names will remain on this list for a month unless otherwise requested.

Birthday Blessings:
April 3 – Frank Reed
April 7 – Lalla Tanner
April 9 – Wilber Ward
April 11 – Joylou Mullis
April 15 – Marty Atkinson

Calendar of Upcoming Events
Thursday, April 17 – Maundy Thursday Service – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, April 18 – Good Friday Services – 12:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 20 – EASTER SUNDAY – Egg Hunt after the Worship Service
Saturday, May 3 – Kentucky Derby Party – 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Funeral Arrangements for Mel Burress – Monday, April 14, 12:30 p.m. at St. Martin in the Fields, 3110 Ashford-Dunwoody Road, Atlanta, GA, 30319.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Harry Burress and his family.

Priest Blurb
The Rev. Alan Hansen

This Sunday we begin Holy Week where we focus on the events surrounding the last week of Jesus’ life.  We begin with Palm Sunday and the Triumphal Entry when Jesus rides into Jerusalem on a donkey and the people sing “blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord.”

On Palm Sunday we read the Passion Narrative and recall the betrayal and eventual crucifixion of Christ, his brutal scourging and horrific death on the cross.

On Maundy Thursday we commemorate the institution of the Lord’s Supper or Eucharist.  Jesus redefines the Passover Meal and identifies Himself as the bread (by body) and wine (my blood) and commands us to “do this in remembrance of me.”  After supper He washes their feet.  We too will celebrate the Eucharist, give opportunity for those who wish to participate in the foot washing and then we will strip the altar.

Good Friday we will do the Stations of the Cross reminding us of the events that took place on that painful day and reflecting on His gracious and merciful act to “take our place” and bear our sins.  As you know, the cross is the central symbol of the church and of the faith.  This instrument of death has given us forgiveness and life.

Of course, we conclude with Easter Sunday.  Although Jesus died, He rose again!  The Easter acclamation “alleluia Christ has risen…the Lord has risen indeed!” has been proclaimed for over 2000 years.
I would encourage all of you to participate fully in these services and embrace the palms, the passion and the praise!

God’s Peace,
Fr. Alan

Thank You!!  We wish to thank everyone who helped set up, clean, and prepare the Wednesday evening suppers during Lent

Easter Lillies: 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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Easter Egg Hunt:  We will have an Easter Egg Hunt after the worship service on Easter morning, April 20th.  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 between now and Palm Sunday.

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Choir – Due to Maundy Thursday worship, choir practice will be on Wednesday, April 16, at 6:00 p.m.

Kentucky Derby Party
Saturday, May 3rd, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Activities:
“Derby Hat Competition” – Wear your craziest hat and you may win a prize.
“Winner Take All” – Make $1 donation and draw a horse’s name out of the pot.
Heavy snacks and finger food will be served so just bring yourself and have fun!
More details to come.
Parish Life Committee

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.

coffeecup

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.

Bible Readings for This Week
Matthew 21:1-11
Isaiah 50:4-9a
Psalm 31:9-16
Philippians 2:5-11
Matthew 26:14-27:66
Matthew 27:11-54

Bible Readings for Next Week
Acts 10:34-43
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
Colossians 3:1-4
Matthew 28:1-10

St. Alban’s News/March 27, 2014

Please remember in prayer: Bobby Thomas; Charles Henson; Sue Henson; Mel Burress; Jeanne Aycock; Gwen Ashby; Eddie & Family.

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

Pipe Organ Update:  Wednesday, April 2nd, 4:30 p.m. our third organ builder, Art Schlueter, will be meeting with us to survey our church space and to give us a proposal for our pipe organ.  YOU are welcome to come, ask questions, and to learn about pipe organs.

Spring Workday: Our first Spring Workday will be held on this Saturday, March 29th, from 8:30 a.m. to noon.  We have several work needs after our long winter.  Coffee, juice, and pastry will be available.

Lenten Supper and Program: Every Wednesday evening during Lent at 6:00 p.m., please join us for a “soup and sandwich” supper and a program given by Fr. Alan.  If you would like to help provide the suppers, please sign up on the sheet provided in the Narthex.

Lenten Worship Services in Our Community
Services begin at 12:00 p.m. and lunch is served at 12:30 p.m.
April 2  –  Grace Monroe Church
April 9  –  First United Methodist Church

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Easter Lillies: 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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Easter Egg Hunt:  We will have an Easter Egg Hunt after the worship service on Easter morning, April 20th.  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 between now and Palm Sunday.

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Vestry Meeting: The Vestry Meeting this month is Thursday, April 3, at 6:00 p.m. in the conference room.  The day was changed from Tuesday to Thursday to accommodate a Vestry member’s conflicting schedule.

Priest Discretionary Fund: This Sunday, March 30, all undesignated funds collected in the offering will be put into the Priest Discretionary Fund to help people in need in our neighborhood.

Everyone enjoys the Coffee Hour every Sunday morning after the worship service, but we are not having many people sign up to host the Coffee Hour and supply the goodies!  Please sign up to take care of the coffee hour on Sunday morning by signing the sheet provided on the counter in the lobby of the Parish Hall.

coffeecup

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.

Bible Readings for This Week:
1 Samuel 16:1-13
Psalm 23
Ephesians 5:8-14
John 9:1-41

Bible Readings for Next Week:
Ezekiel 37:1-14
Psalm 130
Romans 8:6-11
John 11:1-45

St. Alban’s News/March 21, 2014

Please remember in prayer: Bobby Thomas; Charles Henson; Sue Henson; Mel Burress; Jeanne Aycock; Gwen Ashby; Eddie & Family;  Kris & Brandi Parker; Missi Rich; Stephanie Harris.
Note:  Names will remain on this list for a month unless otherwise requested.

Pipe Organ Update – Wednesday, March 26th, 4:30 p.m. our second organ builder, Phil Parkey, will be meeting with us to survey our church space and to give us a proposal for our pipe organ.  YOU are welcome to come, ask questions, and to learn about pipe organs.

Spring Workday – Our first Spring Workday will be held on Saturday, March 29th, from 8:30 a.m. to noon.  We have several work needs after our long winter.  Coffee, juice, and pastry will be available.

Priest Blurb
The Rev. Alan Hansen

I have a question for us as a community of faith and it has to do with prayer…………………

I am wondering if some of you would be willing to join me to pray for the needs of our church and our community.  What I envision is a gathering at 11:00 a.m. at the church once a week.  We would ask parishioners to give us people’s names (first names only or initials for privacy) and concerns (jobs, illnesses, relationships, addictions, etc.).

I have been here long enough to know there are many burdens, concerns, and needs and the appropriate response for us is to bring them intentionally before the Lord in prayer.  I will communicate more of this in the days and weeks ahead, but I wonder if God is calling you to be a part of a St. Alban’s Intercessory Prayer Group.

God’s Peace,

Fr. Alan

Calendar of Upcoming Events

Wednesday, March 26 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 2 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 9 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 17 – Maundy Thursday Service – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, April 18 – Good Friday Services – 12:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 20 – EASTER SUNDAY – Egg Hunt after the Worship Service.

Lenten Supper & Program – Every Wednesday evening during Lent at 6:00 p.m., please join us for a “soup and sandwich” supper and a program given by Fr. Alan.  If you would like to help provide the suppers, please sign up on the sheet provided in the Narthex.

Lenten Worship Services in Our Community:
Services begin at 12:00 p.m. and lunch is served at 12:30 p.m.

March 26  –  First Christian Church
April 2  –  Grace Monroe Church
April 9  –  First United Methodist Church

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Easter Lillies: 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.

easterlillies

Easter Egg Hunt:  We will have an Easter Egg Hunt after the worship service on Easter morning, April 20th.  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 between now and Palm Sunday.

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Everyone enjoys the Coffee Hour every Sunday morning after the worship service, but we are not having many people sign up to host the Coffee Hour and supply the goodies!  Please sign up to take care of the coffee hour on Sunday morning by signing the sheet provided on the counter in the lobby of the Parish Hall.

coffeecup

FISH – Cashiers and other volunteers are needed at FISH’s Loganville Thrift Store.  Shifts 9 am – 1 pm and 1 pm – 5 pm Monday through Saturday.  Volunteers are asked to fill only one four-hour shift weekly.  Please call Nancy Long at 706-362-9008.

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.

Bible Readings for Next Week
1 Samuel 16:1-13
Psalm 23
Ephesians 5:8-14
John 9:1-41

St. Alban’s News/March 14, 2014

Please remember in prayer: Bobby Thomas; Charles Henson; Sue Henson; Mel Burress; Jeanne Aycock; Gwen Ashby; Eddie & Family; Kris & Brandi Parker; Missi Rich; Stephanie Harris
Note: Names will remain on this list for a month unless otherwise requested.

Birthday Blessings:  March 19 – Jaden Wood

Pipe Organ Update – The first of three pipe organ manufacturers, Mr. Robert Coulter, will be visiting St. Alban’s on Wednesday, March 19th, at 4:30 p.m. Although he will be meeting with the Pipe Organ Committee, other members of the congregation are invited to attend prior to the Lenten Supper. The purpose of the meeting is to recommend an installation design and to provide a bid for their organ.
The second and third manufacturers will make similar proposals on March 26th and April 2nd.
……………………………..Stan Brassie

Priest Blurb
The Rev. Alan Hansen

THE SERPENT IN THE WILDERNESS
This Sunday in our Gospel reading from John 3, Jesus makes reference to a passage of scripture found in Numbers 21. Israel was constantly grumbling against God – due to their disobedience they wandered in the wilderness for 40 years. They blamed Moses and questioned his leadership and ultimately murmured against God.

In Numbers 21, God gave Israel a victory over an enemy – Arad a Canaanite King. Instead of being grateful and thankful they “spoke against God.” To get their attention God sent “fiery serpents” (poisonous snakes). Of course they cried out for help and God instructed Moses to make a bronze serpent and put it on a pole. Everyone who looked at the bronze serpent was healed.

Jesus makes reference to this passage in a very profound way: “And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so MUST the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.” Healing comes from looking at Jesus and believing in Him.

So many times and in so many ways Jesus is prefigured in the Old Testament. Here is a perfect example; what God gave Moses to bring “salvation” and “healing” to a sinful and rebellious people was just a shadow of what HE would do for all of us. Jesus was lifted up on a cross to save us from the “fiery serpent.”
See you Sunday,
God’s Peace,
Fr. Alan

Calendar of Upcoming Events
Wednesday, March 19 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 26 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 2 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 9 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 17 – Maundy Thursday Service – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, April 18 – Good Friday Services – 12:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 20 – EASTER SUNDAY – Egg Hunt after the Worship Service

Lenten Supper & Program – Every Wednesday evening during Lent at 6:00 p.m., please join us for a “soup and sandwich” supper and a program given by Fr. Alan. If you would like to help provide the suppers, please sign up on the sheet provided in the Narthex.

In Our Community
Services begin at 12:00 p.m. and lunch is served at 12:30 p.m.
March 19 – First Presbyterian Church
March 26 – First Christian Church
April 2 – Grace Monroe Church
April 9 – First United Methodist Church

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FISH – Cashiers and other volunteers are needed at FISH’s Loganville Thrift Store. Shifts 9 am – 1 pm and 1 pm – 5 pm Monday through Saturday. Volunteers are asked to fill only one four-hour shift weekly. Please call Nancy Long at 706-362-9008.

Coffee Hour – Please sign up to take care of the coffee hour on Sunday morning. A sign-up sheet is located on the counter in the lobby of the Parish Hall.

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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.

Bible Readings for February 23, 2014
Exodus 17:1-7
Psalm 95
Romans 5:1-11
John 4:5-42

St. Alban’s News/March 7, 2014

Please remember in prayer: Bobby Thomas; Charles Henson; Sue Henson; Mel Burress; Jeanne Aycock; Gwen Ashby; Eddie & Family; Judy Adams; Kris & Brandi Parker; Missi Rich; Stephanie Harris
Note: Names will remain on this list for a month unless otherwise requested.

Anniversary Blessings: March 10 – Dianne Hardin & David Field

Birthday Blessings: March 12 – John King
March 14 – Max Hoglen

Thank You – “Charles and I would like to thank the members of St. Alban’s, especially the Malladys, for the honor they paid to Charles on his 90th birthday at the Pancake Supper. It was a fun evening and the men did a terrific job with the cooking. The decorations were very impressive and it was a complete surprise to us. We love St. Alban’s very much and hope our health will enable us to be present at the services soon.
Charles & Sue Henson”

Thank you to everyone who shopped for supplies, cooked, and cleaned for the Pancake Supper. Total ticket sales was $517.00, minus $231.58 for supplies, for a net profit of $285.42 and a wonderful night of good food and fellowship!

Priest Blurb
The Rev. Alan Hansen

Lenten Opportunity…..
This week we begin our Lenten series on Wednesday night beginning at 6:00 p.m. with soup and sandwich followed by the program ending at 7:30 p.m. I’m asking all of you to prayerfully consider making this a priority for your Lenten discipline. I have several topics that we are going to cover together – focusing on the cross. It is my hope if by the time we reach Palm Sunday and enter Holy Week, our understanding and appreciation of what God has done for us in Christ will produce a mighty celebration on Easter Sunday. I also encourage you to think about who you might invite and have them join us.
God’s Peace,
Fr. Alan

Calendar of Upcoming Events

Wednesday, March 12 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 19 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 26 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 2 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 9 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 17 – Maundy Thursday Service – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, April 18 – Good Friday Services – 12:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 20 – EASTER SUNDAY – Egg Hunt after the Worship Service

The Diocese of Atlanta Ministry Summit is like the traditional diocesan ministry fair but with a new name, a new format, and a new purpose. You are invited to come and talk it up!

The theme for this special day at the Cathedral of St. Philip – Saturday, March 8 – is Faith in Transition. The day starts at 8:30 a.m. with check-in, coffee, displays and special bookstore hours, followed by the Great Gathering with a special guest speaker at 9:30 a.m.

The guest speaker will be the Rev. Thomas Brackett, officer for church planting and ministry redevelopment for The Episcopal Church. He will talk about how to take advantage of new directions in diocesan, parish and individual ministries.

You may sign up for two 90-minute conversations, one before lunch and one after. People knowledgeable and experienced on each topic will lead, share and listen. Cost for the day (with lunch and morning snack) is $20. (Bring materials for note-taking.) Copies of the topics are available on the round table in the Narthex.
You can register online at www.episcopalatlanta.org or forms for mail-in registration are available on the round table in the Narthex.

Lenten Supper & Program – Wednesdays, March 12 through April 9 – 6:00 p.m. Join us every Wednesday evening during Lent for a light supper and program. Please volunteer to help provide the Lenten Suppers by signing up on the sheet provided in the Narthex.

Lenten Worship Services in Our Community:
March 12 – First Baptist Church
March 19 – First Presbyterian Church
March 26 – First Christian Church
April 2 – Grace Monroe Church
April 9 – First United Methodist Church
Services begin at 12:00 p.m. and lunch is served at 12:30 p.m.

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FISH Needs Help at the Loganville Thrift Store. They are in need of cashiers throughout the week. There are 4-hour shifts from 9 am to 1 pm and 1 pm to 5 pm Monday through Friday. If you can fill one of those slots one day a week, please call Nancy Long at 706-362-9008. No cashier experience? They will be happy to train you!

Coffee Hour – Please sign up to take care of the coffee hour on Sunday morning. A sign-up sheet is located on the counter in the lobby of the Parish Hall.

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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.

Bible Readings for Next Week
Genesis 12:1-4a
Psalm 121
Romans 4:1-5, 13-17
John 3:1-17

St. Alban’s News

Please remember in prayer: Bobby Thomas; Charles Henson; Sue Henson; Mel Burress; Jeanne Aycock; Gwen Ashby; Eddie & Family; Judy Adams; Kris & Brandi Parker; Missi Rich; Stephanie Harris; Family & Friends of Jane Griffin
Note: Names will remain on this list for a month unless otherwise requested.

Birthday Blessings:
March 4 – Michael McGarity
March 4 – Ron Mullis

New Revised Directory – Pick up a copy of the new St. Alban’s Directory this Sunday. The directories are in a basket on the round table in the Narthex.

We are sad to report that Mrs. Jane Griffin, who was a member of St. Alban’s in the 80’s, has passed away at the age of 86. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.

Priest Blurb
The Rev. Alan Hansen

Remember you are dust and to dust you will return……….

History is filled with stories about people who are searching for the Fountain of Youth. The desire to live forever has been written about, talked about, and dreamed about. The Bible tells us that we will only have so many years on this earth. Our bodies will grow old and return to the dust of the earth.

Lent is the season of our liturgical year that reminds us of our mortality, but it also points us to the cross that opens for us eternal life. Jesus said in Luke 10:20: 20 “However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

As we enter this season together, I pray you will take advantage of Sunday school, Sunday worship, and our Wednesday evening Lenten programs. (Adult Sunday school starts up again this Sunday, March 2, 9:10 a.m. to 9:50 a.m.)

God’s Peace,
Fr. Alan

Calendar of Upcoming Events

Tuesday, March 4 – Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper – 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 5 – Ash Wednesday Services – 12:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 12 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 19 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 26 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 2 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 9 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 17 – Maundy Thursday Service – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, April 18 – Good Friday Services – 12:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 20 – EASTER SUNDAY – Egg Hunt after the Worship Service

SHROVE TUESDAY PANCAKE SUPPER
Please join us on March 4th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for one of the highlights of the church family year, the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper. Purchase your tickets this Sunday after the worship service. Tickets are also available in the church office or at the door – $5.00 for adults, 5 tickets for $20.00. Children under 12 eat free! Invite your friends! See you there.

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Ash Wednesday Services
Wednesday, March 5th, 12:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

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The Diocese of Atlanta Ministry Summit is like the traditional diocesan ministry fair but with a new name, a new format, and a new purpose. You are invited to come and talk it up!

The theme for this special day at the Cathedral of St. Philip – Saturday, March 8 – is Faith in Transition. The day starts at 8:30 a.m. with check-in, coffee, displays and special bookstore hours, followed by the Great Gathering with a special guest speaker at 9:30 a.m.

The guest speaker will be the Rev. Thomas Brackett, officer for church planting and ministry redevelopment for The Episcopal Church. He will talk about how to take advantage of new directions in diocesan, parish and individual ministries.

You may sign up for two 90-minute conversations, one before lunch and one after. People knowledgeable and experienced on each topic will lead, share and listen. Cost for the day (with lunch and morning snack) is $20. (Bring materials for note-taking.) Copies of the topics are available on the round table in the Narthex.
You can register online at www.episcopalatlanta.org or forms for mail-in registration are available on the round table in the Narthex.

Lenten Supper & Program – Wednesdays, March 12 through April 9 – 6:00 p.m. Join us every Wednesday evening during Lent for a light supper and program. Please volunteer to help provide the Lenten Suppers by signing up on the sheet provided in the Narthex.

Lenten Worship Services in our Community
March 12 – First Baptist Church
March 19 – First Presbyterian Church
March 26 – First Christian Church
April 2 – Grace Monroe Church
April 9 – First United Methodist Church
Services begin at 12:00 p.m. and lunch is served at 12:30 p.m.

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FISH Needs Help at the Loganville Thrift Store. They are in need of cashiers throughout the week. There are 4-hour shifts from 9 am to 1 pm and 1 pm to 5 pm Monday through Friday. If you can fill one of those slots one day a week, please call Nancy Long at 706-362-9008. No cashier experience? They will be happy to train you!

Coffee Hour – Please sign up to take care of the coffee hour on Sunday morning. A sign-up sheet is located on the counter in the lobby of the Parish Hall.

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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.

Bible Readings for March 9, 2014
Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7
Psalm 32
Romans 5:12-19
Matthew 4:1-11

St. Alban’s News/February 21, 2014

Please remember in prayer: Bobby Thomas; Charles Henson; Sue Henson; Mel Burress; Jeanne Aycock; Gwen Ashby; Eddie & Family; Alvin White; Judy Adams; Kris & Brandi Parker; Missi Rich; Stephanie Harris; Family & Friends of Edna Pannell
Note: Names will remain on this list for a month unless otherwise requested.

Birthday Blessings: March 1 – Jesse Wood

Adult Bible Study – The Adult Sunday Bible Study Class taught by Fr. Alan is scheduled to start again in March, depending on Fr. Alan’s steady recovery from his knee surgery.

Priest Discretionary Fund – This Sunday, the last 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.

Priest Blurb
The Rev. Alan Hansen

Mountains and Valleys
Scripture talks about the mountain tops and the valleys. On Mt. Sinai, Moses received the 10 Commandments. On the Mt. of Transfiguration, Jesus was revealed as the eternal Son of God. Mountain tops are often considered a place of closeness and intimacy with God. A place where significant transformation and revelation take place. A place we often want to stay “forever.”

Valleys are the other end of the spectrum. The beloved 23 Psalm references the “valley of the shadow of death”.. a dark place.. a deserted place…a fearful place. We also have Ezekiel talking about the “valley of dry bones.” Difficult and painful part of our Christian faith and journey.

The good news is, God has chosen to be with us in both places. Both the mountain tops of our lives and the valleys. Look at what David writes in Psalm 139:
7 Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
No matter where you are our Lord Jesus is with you.

God’s Peace,
Fr. Alan

Calendar of Upcoming Events
Tuesday, March 4 – Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper – 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 5 – Ash Wednesday Services – 12:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 12 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 19 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 26 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 2 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 9 – Lenten Supper & Program – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 17 – Maundy Thursday Service – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, April 18 – Good Friday Services – 12:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 20 – EASTER SUNDAY – Egg Hunt after the Worship Service

The Diocese of Atlanta Ministry Summit is like the traditional diocesan ministry fair but with a new name, a new format, and a new purpose. You are invited to come and talk it up!

The theme for this special day at the Cathedral of St. Philip – Saturday, March 8 – is Faith in Transition. The day starts at 8:30 a.m. with check-in, coffee, displays and special bookstore hours, followed by the Great Gathering with a special guest speaker at 9:30 a.m.

The guest speaker will be the Rev. Thomas Brackett, officer for church planting and ministry redevelopment for The Episcopal Church. He will talk about how to take advantage of new directions in diocesan, parish and individual ministries.

You may sign up for two 90-minute conversations, one before lunch and one after. People knowledgeable and experienced on each topic will lead, share and listen. Cost for the day (with lunch and morning snack) is $20. (Bring materials for note-taking.) Copies of the topics are available on the round table in the Narthex.
You can register online at www.episcopalatlanta.org or forms for mail-in registration are available on the round table in the Narthex.

SHROVE TUESDAY PANCAKE SUPPER
Please join us on March 4th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for one of the highlights of the church family year, the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper. Purchase your tickets this Sunday after the worship service. Tickets are also available in the church office or at the door – $5.00 for adults, 5 tickets for $20.00. Children under 12 eat free! Invite your friends! See you there.

shrove

Ash Wednesday Services: Wednesday, March 5th, 12:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

ashwednesday

Lenten Supper & Program – Wednesdays, March 12 through April 9 – 6:00 p.m. Join us every Wednesday evening during Lent for a light supper and program. Please volunteer to help provide the Lenten Suppers by signing up on the sheet provided in the Narthex.

lent

Camp Mikell Folk School – February 28 – March 2 – The only folk school in Georgia – Wide variety of art and craft classes. For more information and to register, go to www.campmikell.com.

Dear FISH Friends,
Due to the recent cuts in food stamps and the extremely high electric bills the ministry is now running 2 shifts on Monday thru Friday.

We have increased in one month the number of people we feed by 269. Those (especially our elderly) are receiving extremely high electric and gas bills. If we do not get the help we need we will have to put these folks as far as 2 to 3 weeks out getting help. Our fear is the elderly will have their utilities cut off and then be in the cold. It will be a total shame that folks die in the cold because we cannot find 20 folks to take one 3 hour shift to help. The sad part is we have the money but not the people to process it.

We need anyone who is willing to help. This is the worst we have seen it in years and we have put off going to a second shift due to the lack of volunteers. We are stepping out in faith. Our long time volunteers are filling in but it is too much to ask when they are doing all and more.

We are desperate. Truly I am begging for help. I have never been at this point but I am now. I refuse to allow our elderly to sit in a cold house with no food because we simply cannot get enough folks to give 3 hours to interview, pack food box, stock shelves or fill out simple paperwork for an emergency food bag.

If anyone tells you at the church that they were refused food at FISH it is not true. We are doing emergency food bags in the morning only from 9 to 11:30. The afternoons are for our fishcare recipients. We serve between 45 and 55 fishcares in a 3 hour span. We cannot do anymore in the afternoons since we are also doing interviews who will need food also. We are also interviewing folks for medical assistance such as test, x-rays etc… in the afternoons.
PLEASE BE IN PRAYER FOR THOSE WE SERVE AND THOSE WHO SO WILLINGLY SERVE.

BLESSINGS
In His Service,
Cindy Little
FISH, Executive Director
404-557-8860

Coffee Hour – Please sign up to take care of the coffee hour on Sunday morning. A sign-up sheet is located on the counter in the lobby of the Parish Hall.

coffeecup

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.

Bible Readings for This Week
Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18
Psalm 119:33-40
1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23
Matthew 5:38-48

Bible Readings for Next Week
Exodus 24:12-18
Psalm 99
2 Peter 1:16-21
Matthew 17:1-9


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