Saint Alban's Episcopal Church

The Messenger/September 21, 2018

The Messenger/September 21, 2018

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord!
The Weekly E-Newsletter of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church    September 21, 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 31:10-31
Psalm 1
James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a
Mark 9:30-37
Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22
Psalm 124
James 5:13-20
Mark 9:38-50
Bishop’s Blurb
He lost all his wealth.  His children were murdered.  His marriage was broken.  His friends were enemies.  In a desolate season of life Job said, “I know my Redeemer lives….”  It would have been easier for him to say: “I’m suffering.  All I know is pain.  I’m forsaken.  God is absent, deaf or dead.”

What do you say in the middle of life’s tragic seasons?  Can’t say I have been like Job every time.  But, I want to be.  How about you?  Every time God guides us through a difficult or tragic season we could pledge to have a more sturdy faith in the next difficult season.  God deserves that. The world needs that.  Jesus did that!

No better evangelism than someone suffering faithfully and publicly. Having been comforted, blessed and provided for in difficulty and desolation, we speak and “…celebrate the memorial of our redemption.”

Just like Job.

This For Faith originally appeared on November 8, 2013

Happy Birthday!
September 21 – Joyce Cox
Church Breakfast
We have truly enjoyed the breakfasts which have been prepared for us in the past few months. Hopefully, enjoying breakfast together will continue on a monthly basis. If you are interested in preparing the 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 6th, at 2:00 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.  
Cathedral Book Store at St. Alban’s
Representatives from the Cathedral Book Store will be here at St. Alban’s on Sunday, October 14th.  They will bring various books (including children’s books), devotionals, and gift items for purchase.  The items will be on sale after the worship service in the parish hall.
Vestry Meeting – The next Vestry Meeting is Wednesday afternoon, October 3rd, at 4:30 p.m. The meeting will take place in the conference room and is open to anyone who would like to attend and observe. If you would like to address the Vestry, please contact Libby Martin, Stan Brassie, or Rev. Pat.
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 Tuesdayafternoon 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
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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