Saint Alban's Episcopal Church

The Messenger/September 28, 2018

The Messenger/September 28, 2018

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord!
The Weekly E-Newsletter of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church    September 28, 2018
In Our Prayers
Please pray for:
Blane; Savannah Benton; Edwina Johnson; Jeanne Aycock; Laura Guest;
Bobby Thomas; Eddie Farmer; Ralph Ammerman; Don Lester; 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; James Powers; Edward Leon Graham
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:
Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22
Psalm 124
James 5:13-20
Mark 9:38-50
Job 1:1; 2:1-10
Psalm 26
Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12
Mark 10:2-16
Pat’s View
Dearly Beloved,
Yesterday by 10 AM, I was set up with my computer to work on St. Alban’s business and watch the Senate’s Supreme Court Nomination Hearing at the same time. It did not take long for me to become totally distracted watching the hearing. How might there be two truths? The only other professional experience that I have is working in Battered Women’s Shelters…one also served rape victims. This experience followed three years at a Seminary that was 90% men students. The contrast between these two cultures could not have been much more extreme.
Perception of what is real to each of us is a true mystery. We may see the same movie at the same time and see two different stories. My take on the hearing yesterday was that Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh both told their truths. My bias is that I believed her more than him. In my opinion if he had admitted any culpability or mistake in his life, it would have made him more believable. He came across as very agitated and his anger frightened me. It reminded me why it is not safe to sometimes speak my truth, a woman’s truth.
I am left saddened and yet hopeful. The gender divide that I experienced as a young woman is different. Today, girls and women have education, opportunity and more choices. Men and women work together as colleagues. Women are being believed more.
My prayer is that we love and respect each other and that we have the courage to not have to be right all the time. I pray that we truly listen to each other.
Grace and peace from our Lord Jesus Christ,
Bishop’s Blurb
The church proclaims that “Christ is King.”  King of what?  One answer is king of plans.  “I know the plans I have for you,” God said to Jeremiah. “Plans for your welfare, not for your harm.  Plans with a future with hope.”

Whose plan for you is like God’s?  Whose plan is to be with you, for you and ahead of you all at the same time?  Whose plan takes lead and makes it into gold?  Whose plan for you guarantees that the worst thing won’t be the last thing?

The world can’t know nor can the church fully proclaim that Christ is King until He becomes the king of more of our lives.  Until we exchange more of our plans for His plan.

Christ has a plan for our lives.  A plan to reconcile our blessings and our blemishes.  His love is king and His throne is mercy.

This For Faith originally appeared on November 22, 2013

Happy Birthday!
September 30 – Diane Corcoran
September 30 – Ellis Warren
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.
Thank you!
We wish to thank Suzanne and Roy Roberts for hosting our Church Picnic at their farm last Sunday.  We also wish to thank Libby Martin and everyone who worked to make it a success!

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.
Art from “Art Works”- Art pieces from this last summer’s art class are available in the parish hall.  If you would like your or your child’s art piece(s), please pick it up this Sunday.
New Church Directory – If your picture is not in the directory and you would like for it to be or if you are new to St. Alban’s, please send your picture to Shirley at  You can also stop by the church office and drop off a picture or Shirley can take your picture with her phone.  The directory will be printed within the next two weeks.
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.

October & November Parish Calendars 2018