Saint Alban's Episcopal Church

The Messenger/May 11, 2018

The Messenger/May 11, 2018

In Our Prayers

Please pray for:

Blane; Savannah Benton; John Cannon; Edwina Johnson; Jeanne Aycock; Laura Guest; Bobby Thomas; Monica Thomas; Eddie Farmer; Ralph Ammerman; Bill Carter & Family; Kim Turner; Bo Warren; Ashton Sexton

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:

Acts 1:15-17, 21-26
Psalm 1
I John 5:9-13
John 17:6-1

Readings for Next Week:

Acts 2:1-21
Psalm 104:25-35, 37
Romans 8:22-27
John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15

Clergy’s Corner

Dearly beloved,

Thank you so much for your participation in History Day. I learned a lot and I am grateful for the stories that were told. I hope if you have not been in the parish hall and looked at the newsprint you will visit and participate by using the sticky notes and the instruction that goes with them. I believe that when we gather the sheets we will have a better understanding of who we have been and where we feel called to go from here.

I hope you will join me in welcoming our own Dr. Nancy Manley to her new office in the old choir room, next to the gathering space where we gather to go into worship. Her counseling center is called Alcovy Spring Counseling Services. A couple of months ago she told me her lease was up in the building she rented space. I invited her to consider space at St. Alban’s. Talking to the Warden’s she found the space and is still getting arranged and comfortable. She works with families, and often with young people and children.

The Prayer Book that we are using was completed and voted by the General Convention in 1979 to the standard for Episcopal Worship. As you may know at that time we changed from having Morning Prayer three weeks and the Eucharist or Holy Communion only once a month. In teaching about the change to the weekly celebration of Eucharist, we were educated about the meaning of the arrangement of the different parts of the liturgy. One central piece of our practice was to find alternatives to the Doxology as the presentation anthem. The reason is that the Doxology precedes The Great Thanksgiving which is the liturgical high point of the liturgy.

Beginning the Sunday after Pentecost, we will sing a presentation anthem that is appropriately called “Thank you, Lord.” It is easy to sing and we will be learning it the next three weeks.

Hope you have the Mallady Picnic on your calendar for May 19.

Peace, grace and blessings,


Bishop’s Blurb


The story of Moses is really a story of four women. Shiphrah and Puah were midwives that defied the evil decree of Pharaoh and showed us motherhood as advocacy. Though their own children weren’t in harm’s way, they advocated for the safety of all children. Then there’s Moses’ biological mother, Jochebed. She represents the spirit of sacrifice common among mothers. Because of her hard choice to give her son a future beyond her means, Moses is launched on his journey. Then comes Pharaoh’s daughter. Her heart was so large and soft she adopted another woman’s child as her own. On this Mother’s Day weekend, we salute the spirit of advocacy, sacrifice and compassion displayed by so many mothers.
Exodus 1:15-2:9


Happy Birthday!

May 19 – Ryleigh Corcoran


Congratulations 2018 Graduates

Savannah Wayne Thomas – Graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Finance – (Daughter of Sara & Robbie Thomas; Granddaughter of Carolyn & Wayne Pickeral)

Elijah Goodman – Graduating from Monroe Area High School (Son of Nicole Richards; Grandson of Valerie Richards)

Jamie Atkinson – Graduated from the University of Georgia with a PhD in Education. (Son-in-law of Judy Terry)


New Parish Directory! Our new parish directory is now available in the Narthex. Pick one up this Sunday.


Pentecost-Sunday, May 20, is Pentecost, the celebration of the gift of the Holy Spirit to the Church. It is also called the “Birthday of the Church.”

If you would like to be baptized, please call the church office so that Pat may arrange a time to meet with you.

Remember that we wear red to church on this day.

Farmers Market – Monroe

St. Alban’s is hosting the Walton Wellness Mobile Farmacy on Wednesday evenings through mid-July. Fresh vegetables and fruit will be distributed in our parking lot to around 100 people in need who have registered to receive this free produce. The goal of the ministry is to improve the diet, health and quality of life for the less fortunate in Walton County. Our Outreach Committee will be assisting Walton Wellness and F.I.S.H. with this complementary farmers market.

Volunteers from St. Alban’s are needed to assist with this ministry on Wednesday evenings from April 25th through July 11th. The beginning time for the market is 6 p.m. (with volunteers needed at 5:30 to set up) and is normally completed by 7 p.m. If you are able to participate, please sign up on the sheets available on the round table in the Narthex or contact Nicole Richards or Marvin Gray. For more detail information regarding this 8 year old ministry, please contact DeDe Harris, Walton Wellness Director, at 770-313-8107.


Help nourish our youngest neighbors by supporting the FISH4KIDS program.

More than 375 volunteers come together each summer to prepare 2,425 sack lunches each day, Monday-Friday. The lunches are then delivered door-to-door throughout Walton County. Each lunch is bag full of hope!

FISH4KIDS also serves 1,525 students during the school year through the Backpack Buddies program. These children receive food on Fridays in their backpacks to feed them through the weekend.

Consider playing in the 9th annual Ed Reinagel FISH4KIDS golf tournament happening on May 24th. Each player sponsors 1 child for the summer – 45 sack lunches and a hygiene kit. Be a tournament sponsor. Sign up at

Text FISH4KIDS to 41444 to sponsor a child or make a donation. This gift can be made in honor of a special person like your favorite teacher, parent or pastor or designated as a memorial gift – All on your phone in just a few seconds.

Marvin Gray will once again drive the church van to Social Circle every Tuesday and Thursday this summer (starting May 29th) to deliver the sack lunches for distribution. If you would like to volunteer to help, volunteer information for all aspects of FISH can be found at

Pledge Reminder – Summer is fast approaching and everyone is making plans to travel and do different things. We ask that you please don’t forget St. Alban’s and continue to pay your pledge during the summer months. Thank you!

Do You Like to Paint? If you do, would you donate your time to paint some of the classrooms here at St. Alban’s? We will supply the paint and supplies. Please contact Stan Brassie at 770-267-2681 or



St. Alban’s Day at Beaver Creek Farm Saturday, May 19 5:00 p.m.

Roy and Mary Jane Mallady have graciously invited everyone to come to their farm on May 19th at 5:00 p.m. They have horses, cows, dogs, cats, goats, sheep, ducks, rabbits, lots of chickens, and small birds (canaries and love birds). Children and adults are welcome to hold a rabbit, baby chicken, or feed a horse a carrot. There will be a hayride on a tractor drawn trailer to see the woods, and maybe a wild deer, and to feed the fish in the lake. If the weather is a little cool, there will be a fire in the barbeque building or outside in a hugh fire pit. There is also a beautiful flower garden to enjoy.

Roy and Mary Jane will provide the meat (barbeque), beer, wine, and soft drinks. Everyone is asked to bring a side dish or dessert. You can sign up on the sheet provided in the Narthex or just call at the last minute! If the weather is nice, it will be a fun and relaxing evening.

Directions: From the church, head towards the courthouse and go 1.2 miles on Main Street (towards Social Circle). Turn left at Atha Road by the Chevron Gas Station. Go straight for 5-3/4 miles and turn right on Adcock Road (one mile past Harmony Baptist Church). Beaver Creek Farm is half a mile on the right.

If raining, we will move to the next day, Sunday, May 20th. If in doubt, call 404-735-5009

Tai Chi Classes

Wednesdays – 2:00 p.m.
Thursdays – 6:30 p.m.
Instructor – Bill Carter
$2.00 per class.

May & June Parish Calendars 2018

Lay Liturgical Schedule – 2nd Quarter 2018