Saint Alban's Episcopal Church

The Messenger/September 14, 2018

The Messenger/September 14, 2018

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord!
The Weekly E-Newsletter of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church     September 14, 2018
In Our Prayers
Please pray for:
Blane; Savannah Benton; Edwina Johnson; Jeanne Aycock; Laura Guest;
Bobby Thomas; Eddie Farmer; Ralph Ammerman; Don Lester; Michael Curry; Barney Howard; Fay and Stan Brassie; Family & Friends of Tal Thompson; Family & Friends of Robert Hammond; Charles Goodman; Family & Friends of Audley Butler; Jeannette; Cheri; Ryleigh Corcoran; Faye; Eilijah; Pat
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:
Proverbs 1:20-33
Psalm 19
James 3:1-12
Mark: 8:27-38
Proverbs 31:10-31
Psalm 1
James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a
Mark 9:30-37
Bishop’s Blurb

Jacob slept and dreamed.  He saw angels ascending and descending. Earth and heaven connected.  We in Georgia come from a long line of dreamers.  Oglethorpe dreamed of a Georgia with no slavery and no religious bigotry.  Dr. King dreamed of an America with prosperity for all.

Faith is to connect to and live out God-induced dreams.  “On earth as it is in heaven.”  Each of us can do it.  The connection is critical.  Worship! Vertical assurance for horizontal endurance.  Believers bear witness to the interrelatedness of God in daily life.

We know the benevolent invisible upholds the visible at all times and in all places.  Division is false. True reality is Oneness.  The alternative is individual ego and estrangement.  Ego cannot sustain us.  Jacob woke and said, “God is in this place and I did not know it.”  Ours is to wake, and know and live God’s dream.

This For Faith originally appeared on September 27, 2013

Pat’s Message
Dearly Beloved,
We have had three events involving many people we were caring for and the Bishop’s visit. Tal Thompson and John Robert Hammond both died too young.  Their families are reeling from shock and disbelief. I ask your prayers for their families in the days and months ahead.
I am very grateful to Shirley, for her patience and care as she devoted many extra hours to making bulletins, preparing readings, and making sure we were coordinating our efforts.  Thank you to the Altar Guild, for their faithful work, to Libby, Bob Hay, Carol, Judy Terry, Mallory, Marian and Jim, Ron and Joylou, Bob and Jody, Lou Squyres, Lou Young and  I know that I am forgetting every person who jumped in to help.
In the Hebrew Scripture, we hear many accounts of God’s action interpreted by major weather events. The obvious one is the great flood. This past week we have followed the path of Florence, this massive hurricane coming to the Carolinas, bringing historic amounts of flooding. Please pray for the safety of our fellow citizens who will experience loss, fear, and anxiety about their future.
I would like to ask your prayers for me. Since I turned 60, I have developed migraine headaches.  Yes, I see auras on occasion, the most debilitating part is the pain.  It comes in waves and can make me feel dizzy and disoriented. The medicine works for a time but when it wears off, often the pain is back.  These past weeks I have had many. Just when I think I am getting better, a day later I will be sick again. I have lost time from work and I am grateful for your patience with me.
Compassion means to suffer with someone.  Jesus is often quoted in the Gospels as having compassion for the people he encountered in his travels.  It is impossible to feel compassion for someone and not be drawn to them.
This Sunday at the end of the service we will have healing prayers at the rail.
Lift up your hearts,
Happy Birthday!
September 14 – Jim Burgess
September 16 – Melissa Young
September 20 – Matthew Hardy
September 21 – Joyce Cox
Church Breakfast
Sunday, September 16, 9:00 am
Join us this Sunday before the worship service at 9:00 am for breakfast.  Amarie Warren, Pat & Chick Krautler, and Jessica will be preparing the breakfast.  Come and invite your family and friends!
If you would like to volunteer to prepare breakfast one Sunday, please sign the sheet provided in the Narthex.

September 23, 2018
5:30 p.m.
Roberts’ Farm
54 Nunnally Farm Rd
Monroe, GA 30655


Please note the time change from 6:30 pm to 5:30 pm.
Please bring a covered dish. Meat and tea will be provided, otherwise BYOB. Come earlier if you would like to swim. Please sign the sheet provided on the round table in the Narthex if you plan to attend, and tell us what you will be bringing.
From downtown Monroe, take W. Spring Street to the intersection of Hwy. 138. Turn left onto Hwy. 138. Go 3 ½ miles and turn left onto Nunnally Farms Road. Go a full 2 ¼ miles. You will pass the cabin, go through the gate, through the pasture, pass the barn, and arrive at the house.


In honor of St. Francis of Assisi, we will have a “Blessing of the Animals” Saturday, October 13th, at 12:00 p.m.  Everyone is invited to bring their beloved animals, large and small, to be blessed by Rev. Pat.

The Monroe Fall Festival is Saturday, October 13th, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  We will be cooking and giving away hotdogs in the church parking lot during the festival.  We will also have a hayride for the children.  If you would like to help, please sign the sheet provided in the Narthex.
Thank You!!! Stan Brassie and Bob Hay were here all day last Wednesday and Thursday with the filming crew of Queen Fur. They worked very hard helping the crew and cleaning up!
Diocesan Acolyte Festival
The Diocese of Atlanta with support from the MEG Chapter of the Vergers’ Guild will have an Acolyte Festival on October 27th at 9:00 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta. This event will include fun and engaging workshops and Acolyte Olympics: team building activities for acolytes of all ages. To register, go to; click the “Connecting News & Events” tab; scroll down to the Diocesan Acolyte Festival; click the registration tab.
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
Women’s Bible Study
The Women’s Bible Study is every Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 p.m.  Please join Rev. Pat and an enthusiastic ladies group as the scripture is discussed using many references from the CEB Women’s Bible.
September & October Parish Calendars 2018
Lay Liturgical Schedule-Third Quarter 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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