Saint Alban's Episcopal Church

The Messenger/May 4, 2018

The Messenger/May 4, 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

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 10:44-48
Psalm 98
I John 5:1-6
John 15:9-17

Readings for Next Week:

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

Clergy’s Corner

Dear Beloved,

In a recent edition of the Walton Tribune, there was a glossy insert called “Visions.” This large magazine covers much of the social, political and educational life of Walton County. I have been reading it with great interest. The focus of this periodical is to encourage the readers to be aware of what is happening now in the county and what is planned for the future.

I am only the Interim Priest serving you at St. Alban’s. My work includes preparing you to call a new Rector to serve St. Alban’s. The Vestry and I are inviting you to attend an important step in this process. This Sunday following the worship service we will have potluck, homemade ice cream and an experience of sharing our memories of St. Alban’s history. We will look at the 68-year history of our parish.

Sharing our story, our corporate story in this public way, will allow those of us who do not know the history to understand and appreciate it in greater detail. Why is this important? It allows all of us to tell and hear stories about the past that will help create our future.

Each of us knows the importance of the events in our childhood that shaped the choices we have made and the people we are today. The same is true for the history of the people of our community.

An important part of this exercise is to consider what have we learned from these stories and our history. What might we do differently in the future and what do we wish to remain doing? We will use information from this gathering to begin to seek a clearer view of our future.

I am asking you to be in church on Sunday, regardless of how long you have attended St. Alban’s…a few weeks or 60 plus years. If you have some stories you would like to tell, please be prepared to share them with us. Think of a time and/or an event that was significant to you and your spiritual journey. What was it about that event that you remember and why do you think it has remained important to you?

We will have newsprint lining the walls of the parish hall with the dates of past Clergy’s tenure and the events that are part of St. Alban’s history. Examples would be: who were the music directors, who taught Sunday School, and when did the ECW and the Men’s group become inactive.

Please, please prayerfully consider being here on Sunday. I believe when we gather after church for lunch, we will have more than adequate time for this most important review.

With all my heart, I hope to see and hear from you on Sunday.


Bishop’s Blurb


We are “chosen” by God-chosen to understand that faith is more than a function of cognition or willpower. Being chosen starts with the heart of God and means God is deliberate with a definite outcome in mind. It means down in a place we can’t explain or control, we know God is for us. Chosen means abundant life is a dynamic dialogue, not a tragic ego-driven monologue. We are chosen for a fruitful friendship with God. Chosen to stand beside the other chosen 7 billion people of this planet. Chosen to sail on grace.

    John 15:16


Happy Birthday!

May 5 – Marvin Gray


Pot Luck & History Day

Please join us this Sunday, May 6th, after the worship service in the parish hall for good food, homemade ice cream, and to celebrate our history as a church. Please plan to bring your favorite side dish or dessert. Meat and drinks will be provided.

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.

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