Saint Alban's Episcopal Church

The Messenger/August 17, 2018

The Messenger/August 17, 2018

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord!
The Weekly E-Newsletter of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church     August 17, 2018
In Our Prayers
Please pray for:
Blane; Savannah Benton; John Cannon; Edwina Johnson; Jeanne Aycock;
Laura Guest; Bobby Thomas; Eddie Farmer; Ralph Ammerman; Max Hoglen; Don Lester; Sara Wesley; Stephanie Ceraday; Nicole Richards; the Young Family; Most Rev. Michael Curry; Barney Howard; Fay and Stan Brassie; Family & Friends of Tal Thompson; Family & Friends of Robert Hammond
Please pray for our Vestry and Clergy:
Marty Atkinson; Libby Martin; Marvin Gray; Judy Terry; Stan Brassie; Bob Emmons; Nicole Richards; and Rev. Pat Merchant
St. Alban’s Intercessory Prayer Group – Every Tuesday morning at 11:00 a.m. you are invited to come and pray for the needs of our church, our people, our community and nation.
If you would like for us to pray for someone or something special, please fill out a prayer card, which is found on back of the pews. You can place the card in the offering plate or give it to an usher.
Bible Readings
Readings for This Week: Readings for Next Week:
I Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14
Psalm 111
Ephesians 5:15-20
John 6:51-58
Psalm 84
Ephesians 6:10-20
John 6:56-69
Special Request
What is your favorite HYMN?  Please let me or Shirley know. We have one more month of summer and I would truly love to include our favorites in the worship music for the season.
“O God, Our Help in Ages Past; A Mighty Fortress Is Our God; I Come to the
Garden Alone; Alleluia Sing to Jesus” are some suggestions.
We will make a list!
Pat’s Corner
Dearly Beloved,
Years ago, I experienced an important learning.  I learned that I could not change or fix other people.  I could not change my family or my friends.  I began a practice of monitoring my critical mind to be aware of my own anxiety and my need for others to change.
To live a Christian life takes discipline and love.  We are encouraged by Jesus to continue to grow in love every day.  Love and care for ourselves and for others.  In a church community, we lean into each other and need the love of others to carry us through our suffering to the other side of darkness.  In our day to day living we need each other to share our daily lives. The frustrations and changes and the joy and laughter of daily life.
The best part of my work as a priest is when I am with people, when I see you during the week and Sunday‘s. Time slips past me and I forget my own problems.  I love to hear your stories. I am sad when you are sad especially at the time of death.  The death of a child, a spouse or of a friendship. Yes, there are many small deaths in our lives. Time changes everything.
I am reminded of this most clearly when children and youth return to school.  Each year is a moment to recognize that time moves forward.  The year that our daughter went to college I wept a lot.  I felt very sorry for myself.  She was ready to move on.  It became clear that life was moving forward.

So we each mark time differently, but we know that time does not stand still.  We are comforted by the words of Jesus loving us and by the constant presence of the Holy Spirit.

Bishop’s Blurb
Sleeper, awake!

It’s easy to sleepwalk through life, school, marriage, work and retirement. This kind of life sleep is so insidious we can be asleep to the fact that we’re asleep!  We would go on sleeping if pain or calamity didn’t shake us and wake us.

Paul woke up the people of his community with this simple phrase, “Try to find out what is pleasing to the Lord.”  With this clear and gentle invitation he called people to look at life, as it is, with the light of Jesus’ words and teaching.

When we do this, if we do this, we wake up to three facts: We fall short. God is merciful.  Life is a gift.  In this light we now see light.  New possibilities-for ourselves and for things we touch-spring up.  We are the children of a bright morning, but we have to wake up first.                                          Ephesians 5:8-14

Happy Anniversary!
August 20 – Mary Jane & Roy Mallady
Happy Birthday!
August 22 – Pam McGarity 
Inquirers & Seekers Class

Sunday – August 19
11:30 a.m.
The Bishop is coming!!! Bishop Lambert is the retired Bishop of Texas and now supply Bishop for the Diocese of Atlanta serving while Bishop Wright is on sabbatical.  We will have members being confirmed and received and we will celebrate the Eucharist.  Please come and support our newest members.
The word “Episcopal” means Bishop.  Our denominational name means that St. Alban’s is part of the Diocese of Atlanta and we are related one to the other.  Every year we support the Diocese with a pledge which comes from your pledges.
So please come and celebrate together.


Prayers for Healing
This Sunday, the 19th of August, after the Blessing at the end of the service, Pat will stay at the Altar to offer the laying on of hands for healing and anointing with chrism.  Chrism is oil blessed by the Bishop for the purpose of healing.  If you would like to receive this sacrament, please come back to the communion rail during the singing of the final hymn.

The Women’s Bible Study Class will meet this Tuesday evening, August 21st at 6:30 p.m.

Marian & Jim Sweeney, along with Melissa & Lou Young, Jody Emmons, and Mary Ann Lindsey, are preparing breakfast for everyone this Sunday morning, August 19, at 9:00 a.m.
T-shirt Sunday and a wonderful breakfast.  Please wear a T-shirt that makes you happy.      lovepat
Hopefully enjoying breakfast together will continue on a monthly basis.  If you would like to volunteer to prepare breakfast, please sign the sheet available in the Narthex!
Welcome! This SundayAugust 19, we welcome David Singer as our substitute organist.  David has a degree in Sacred Music with organ concentration and has over 30 years of experience playing in churches.
Dan Marineau will be back with us August 26.  Dan has graciously agreed to be with us until his house sells or we find a permanent Organist/Choir Director.
The next two Sundays the Gospel lesson will be from the 6th Chapter of John’s Gospel…or more affectionately known as the “Bread of Life” weeks. Sunday,August 26, Lou and I invite you to an Open House at our home to celebrate Bread Sundays.  If you would like to bring either bread or wine we will share the bounty. Please come at 4:00 p.m. and stay as long as you like.
We live in Atlanta, off I-20.  It takes us an hour to drive from our house to the church.  If you are coming on I-20 West, you pass the 285 exits and continue on to the Glenwood Avenue (after Flat Shoals) exit.  Proceed off the exit and at the light go left.  Pass through the next two lights and go right on Maynard Terrace Road.  Go on Maynard Terrace through one light and at the 2nd light…. Hosea Williams Drive.  Go through the next light and at the second light, turn left at Warren Street.  We live at 120 Warren Street, NE.  Our house is green with a red door.  You will have to park on the street or on Howard which is parallel to Warren.  Hope you can come.  We will also arrange car pools from the church.                                                                                                 – Pat

Flag Raising – This SundayAugust 19, after the worship service, the Cub Scouts will raise our new United States of America flag. The scouts, along with several members of the church, repaired the flag pole in front of the church. Carole Bond donated a new flag in memory of her husband, Wayne.
Camp Mikell Folk School
Camp Mikell is once again having a “Folk” school Friday, October 19 through Sunday, October 21.  Classes available are Woodturning, Weaving, Painting, Photography, Soap Making, Beginner Stained Glass, and Independent Study. Information and registration forms are available in the Narthex.  Their website is:
Tai Chi Classes
Thursdays – 6:30 p.m.
Instructor – Bill Carter
$2.00 per Class
August, September Parish Calendars 2018
St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 210 N. Broad St., Monroe, GA, 770-267-2893
St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 655, 210 N. Broad Street, Monroe, GA 30655
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