Our acolytes are Scott Corcoran and Sissy Sexton.
Earlier this year, many parishioners realized how much in disrepair the front entrance to our church had become. Most of the wood work had been patched and covered up many times over during the 60 year plus history of our beautiful structure. When the vestry approved the funds to have the repairs performed, bids were taken and construction was started. Once the doors were removed, it was discovered how much dry rot had occurred behind the brass kick plates and was determined that the only way to reuse these historic doors was to patch them with a synthetic filler. Unfortunately, the product would not accept stain and exterior paint was the only viable top finish. In following theological symbolism of the Highland Street entrance, red was chosen to represent the Passion of Christ and the color of the Holy Spirit as reflective at the day of Pentecost. This new entrance now gives St. Alban’s an unique identity as the “Red Door Church of Monroe” and hopefully will appeal to many people looking for a church home to expand their journey of faith.
On April 24, 2016, St. Alban’s hosted a choral concert and Evensong under the direction of St. Alban’s choirmaster, Kristen Donaldson. The choral event performers were the George Walton Academy Middle School Meistersingers and High School Chorale, with the St. Alban’s choir performing the Evensong. Below are pictures from this event.
Shrove Tuesday has become the last day of celebration and feasting before the Lenten season.
The name “Shrove Tuesday” is derived from the word “shrive”, which means to confess and receive absolution. The name denotes a period of cleansing, wherein a person brings their lusts and appetites under subjection through abstention and self-sacrifice.
The concept behind this practice is found in 1 Corinthians 9:27, where the Apostle Paul states: “I buffet my body and make it my slave…” Ironically, Shrove Tuesday has evolved into a day of frivolity and indulgence, during which people participate in as much pleasure and self-gratification as they can before Lent begins. (Source: ShareFaith.com).
On February 9, 2016, St. Alban’s observed Shrove Tuesday with sausage, bacon and, of course, pancakes! Pictures are below.
On June 27 and June 28, 2015, the youth of St. Alban’s enjoyed a great Saturday evening and Sunday morning at the church. Under the leadership of Amarie Land, an enthusiastic group of young parishioners participated in a Lock-In on Saturday night and conducted the morning worship service on Sunday.
How refreshing it is to witness such wonderful participation from God’s children at St. Alban’s. All of you keep up the great work and enthusiasm!