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.
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.
Readings for This Week:
Philippians 3: 4b-14
Readings for Next Week:
March 14 – Max Hoglen
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.
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.