Saint Alban's Episcopal Church

The Messenger/September 7, 2018

The Messenger/September 7, 2018

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord!
The Weekly E-Newsletter of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church     September 7, 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
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 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23
Psalm 125
James 2:1-17
Mark 7:24-37
Proverbs 1:20-33
Psalm 19
James 3:1-12
Mark: 8:27-38
Bishop’s Blurb
For The Lost
I was born in a foundling home.  (That’s Catholic Church speak for orphanage.) That may be why I think a lot about Jesus’ three stories of being lost and found: a lost sheep, a lost coin and a lost man.

Each story tells of a God that risks all, won’t rest and who runs towards the lost. These stories must inspire us to reach out to people in Christ’s name.  Not as the spiritually smug, but as the thoroughly grateful for having been brought near and for no reason of our doing.

We hear too much in the Episcopal Church that “we don’t want to feel awkward or be like other denominations by sharing our faith.”  But, it’s not a matter of denomination.  The Bible, the Book of Common Prayer and our worship each Sunday put us in the world, with love for the lost.

This For Faith originally appeared on September 13, 2013

Pat’s Message
Dearly Beloved,
“What deadens us most to God’s presence within us, I think it is the inner dialogue that we are continuously engaged in with ourselves, the endless chatter of human thought. I suspect that there is nothing more crucial to true spiritual comfort than being able from time to time to stop that chatter, including the chatter of spoken prayer. If we choose to stop that chatter, including the chatter of spoken prayer, if we choose to seek the silence of the holy place, or to open ourselves to its seeking, I think there is no surer way than by keeping silent. God knows I am no good at it, but I keep trying and once or twice I have been lucky, graced.”
                                                                               Frederick Buechner, “Telling Secrets”
It has taken years for me to learn silent meditation. I love to talk, ask questions and know what other people are thinking. Waiting on silence and listening for God’s voice is much more difficult.  Anxiety often fuels my desire to have to talk. Silence is a slow but effective cure for anxiety. To just be without a screen, music or company is to stop your brain from chattering.
It is said that only a third of the population are introverts. People who get their energy from being alone are needed in our noisy lives.  Ask an introvert what is going on and their observations are often different from people like me. I have learned much from my friends who are introverted.
Jesus often left the crowds and went off to pray. To be alone and not have to answer the external demands that were constantly put on him. He was able to restore his balance and to listen to his Father. His practice is a good one for all of us.
See you Sunday!
Lift up your hearts,
Happy Birthday!
September 12 – Jody Emmons
September 14 – Jim Burgess

The Bishop is coming!!! Bishop Paul E. Lambert is the retired Bishop of Texas and now supply Bishop for the Diocese of Atlanta serving while Bishop Wright is on sabbatical. Bishop Lambert will be here this Sunday, September 9th We will have members being confirmed and we will celebrate the Eucharist.  Please come and support our newest members.

The word “Episcopal” means Bishop. Our denominational name means that St. Alban’s is part of the Diocese of Atlanta and we are related one to the other.  Every year we support the Diocese with a pledge which comes from your budget. So please come and celebrate together.

Altar Guild News – Marian Sweeney is the new Chairperson of the Altar Guild! Marian was appointed by Rev. Pat this past week. We wish her great success and fulfillment in her new position.

Church Breakfast
Sunday, September 16, 9:00 am
Our next monthly Church Breakfast is Sunday, September 16th. Amarie Warren, Pat & Chick Krautler, and Jessica will be preparing the breakfast.  Please plan to 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
6:30 p.m.
Roberts’ Farm
54 Nunnally Farm Rd
Monroe, GA 30655
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.
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 will resume Tuesday evening, September 11th, at 6:30 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 Calendar 2018
St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 210 N. Broad St., Monroe, GA, 770-267-2893
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