The Messenger/April 21, 2017
In Our Prayers
Please pray for:
Blane; Phil Brassie; Trevor Harris; Bob Lindsey; Bobby Thomas; Robbie Thomas; Savannah Benton; John Cannon; Steven; Anne Carter; Taylor McGarity; Edwina Johnson; Corby Brendle; Jimmy; Judy Terry; Bill Pardue; Randy; Family & Friends of Eileen Smith; Family & Friends of Sue Anne McTindal
Please pray for our Vestry:
Marty Atkinson; Carole Bond; Libby Martin; Melissa Young; Marvin Gray; Judy Terry; Matthew Hardy
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, and our community.
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.
Readings for this Week
Acts 2:14a, 22-32
I Peter 1:3-9
Readings for Next Week
Acts 2:14a, 36-41
Psalm 116:1-3, 10-17
I Peter 1:17-23
Happy Easter! From now until Pentecost (June 4) we will be celebrating Easter. I hope you will find Joy in this season.
I ask you in this Eastertide how you might help St. Alban’s grow in the months to come. We want to be sure to welcome and talk with our visitors.
Beginning Wednesday, May 3, we will conduct a Bible Study, informal Eucharist, and share our bag lunches. The Bible Study will be on the lessons for the coming Sunday. I hope you will come and enjoy fellowship, study and worship on Wednesdays at 12 noon in the parish hall.
A few housekeeping details…the large air-conditioning unit in the parish hall is not functioning. Your wardens and vestry are working to determine the proper repair as soon as possible. It is hopeful to have it up and running by Sunday, April 30th.
On Saturday, May 6, St. Alban’s will host a Kentucky Derby party in the parish hall. I truly hope you will come and wear your most festive hat. Since we have some parishioners who truly know and have horses, it is anticipated they will wear their most outrageous derby outfits. I heard that there would be wine??? Really? Also, hang around me for a real mint julep. We held a party last year at our home and I did some extensive research on the ingredients of that traditional celebratory drink, so I will bring them. Also, bring a little cash that you are prepared to lose on your horse.
Last summer when I visited with you in August, I began to feel a pull to St. Alban’s. I felt some of the pain from Alan’s absence, although at that time I did not know he had resigned. I experienced you as good and caring people and knew a little of your history. Now I am so glad to be here! I am excited about what God is calling us to do together.
Yours in Christ,
After Jesus is raised, he attacks locked doors and fear with peace. His friends hid behind locked doors. “… they were locked because of fear.” If Christ is Risen in us, then the locked doors we hide behind will be unlocking. Great faith and fear cannot occupy the same space. Resurrection displaces fear – it renders it an outgrown former acquaintance. With Resurrection as the ultimate reality, crosses and crucifixion don’t deserve fear, only faith. Jesus’ peace for us isn’t in the absence of pain or the presence of protection, but in the certainty that Life can’t be locked up.
April 24 – Wayne Pickeral
April 28 – Meg Cooper
Attention-Rev. Pat will be on a Spring Retreat April 24th through April 30th. The Rev. Geoffrey Boyer will be with us on Sunday, April 30th.
After next week, Pat will be here every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday. If you would like to meet with her, call the church office or contact here at 1-513-259-5117 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
FISH4Kids Summer Lunch Program-We are days away from the anticipated last day of school. Most kids are excited about a summer filled with family outings and great adventures. Here in Walton County we have close to 2,300 children who fear school being out due to the challenges of their environment, including having sufficient food. Faith in Serving Humanity (FISH) will provide daily sack lunches again this summer to these children. Will you prayerfully consider sponsoring a child? For $60, a child will be fed each weekday this summer and receive a hygiene kit. Any donation will be greatly appreciated and will help purchase food for the program.
Please pick up a card from the basket on the round table in the Narthex. Make checks payable to St. Alban’s Episcopal Church and drop it with the completed card in the offering plate or turn in to the St. Alban’s front office. Thank you!!
The “Day1” Radio Program is asking us to promote their radio program. You can listen to Day1 – the hope-filled message of faith – on NEWS 95.5 FM and AM750 Sundays at 7:05 a.m. or anytime on Day1.org.
Kentucky Derby Party
Saturday, May 6th
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Make your plans now to attend!
*A Live Broadcast of the Races for the Day
*Derby Hat Competition for the Ladies
*$1 Draw for a Horse – Winner Take the Entire Pool
Bring Finger Foods and Heavy Snacks to Share!
Remember the Poor-Our Alms Box is located on the right side on the wall when you walk out of the sanctuary. Please remember the poor and give your spare change. Checks and bills are accepted also. Thank you!
Choir Practice is every Wednesday evening at 5:30 p.m. Please Join us!