Saint Alban's Episcopal Church

The Messenger/April 22, 2016

The Messenger/April 22, 2016

In Our Prayers

Please pray for:

Blane; Phil Brassie; Trevor Harris; Bob Lindsey; Destiny; Bobby Thomas; Robbie Thomas; Savannah Benton; Pam; Jeff Foster; Wayne Bond; Natalia; Carol; Steve; Jo Ann; Jennifer Arteaga; Rebecca Rogers; Olivia; John Cannon; Roger Chapman; Nancy Manley; Max Hoglen.

Please pray for our Vestry and Clergy:

Marty Atkinson; Carole Bond; Bob Emmons; Libby Martin; Mallory Sanders; Melissa Young; Father Alan.

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 Father Alan.


Bible Readings

Readings for This Week

Acts 11:1-18
Psalm 148
Revelation 21:1-6
John 13:31-35

Readings for Next Week

Acts 16:9-15
Psalm 67
Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5
John 14:23-29


Clergy’s Corner

Adult Confirmation and Inquirers Class…

This Sunday (April 24th) from 11:30-12:15 pm I will begin the Adult Confirmation Class and it will also serve as an Inquirer’s Class. For those wishing to receive the sacrament of Confirmation, this will fulfill the pre-condition requirements and you will be presented to Bishop Don Wimberley in June. Additionally, this class will be of great value to those “inquiring” about the Christian faith and the Episcopal Church.

I will be covering a broad array of topics: The history of the Episcopal Church, the Book of Common Prayer; the Sacraments; the Creeds of the church; the Bible; church governance; church membership; core doctrines (Trinity, 2nd Coming, Virgin Birth, etc.); Eucharistic worship; seasons of the church year; church architecture and much more.

If you have been in the church for a long time this would also be a wonderful refresher course and I would encourage your attendance as well. You may already be familiar with these topics; however, as I mentioned last week, we are all lifelong learners.

So a quick test:

When was the first Anglican Prayer Book written and by whom?
When did the church in England begin?
Who were the first Episcopal Bishops in the United States?
How many bishops are needed to consecrate a new bishop?
What are the 39 Articles?
What is the Lambeth Quadrilateral?
What is the St. Athanasius Creed?
What is the Anglican Communion?
How many Sacraments are there?
What is the definition of a “communicate in good standing”?
What is the liturgical color for the season of Pentecost?
When are the two candles on the altar NOT lit?
Did you know the bishop has a special chair in every church? Where is ours?
Is the Burial Service a sacrament?
What is the Lectionary?
How is the date for Easter determined?
How often must the bishop visit each parish?

I hope this wets your appetite-come and learn!

See you Sunday,

Fr. Alan



Happy Birthday!

April 24 – Wayne Pickeral
April 28 – Meg Cooper



Adult Confirmation Class-The Adult Confirmation Class will begin this Sunday, April 24. The class will meet every Sunday from 11:30 am to 12:15 pm and will run for eight weeks.

Wednesday Night Study Group-Join us every Wednesday evening to study and discuss the Bible with Fr. Alan. We meet from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Childcare is provided.

FISH Needs-Volunteers are needed in the Ministry Office, Pantry, Medical Office and Dental Office. Contact: Deborah Atha – 678-635-7249 or 678-628-6288.


The Camp and Conference Center for the
Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta
237 Camp Mikell Road
Toccoa, GA 30577

Camp Mikell is holding its first Open House on Saturday, June 4, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. If you’ve never been to Mikell before this is an excellent opportunity to experience a real treasure of the Atlanta Episcopal Diocese. No RSVP is necessary! Contact with any questions.


Sunday, April 24th, 5:00 p.m

Members of the George Walton Academy Choir will perform, under the direction of Choir Master Kristen Donaldson, at St. Alban’s on Sunday, April 24, at 5:00 pm. An Evensong service will follow the concert. A reception will be held in the Parish Hall following the service.

Choir Practice is every Wednesday evening at 5:30 p.m. Please Join us!


MAY 7TH – 5 PM TO 7 PM


Live Broadcast of the Race
Ladies’ Derby Hat Contest
$1 Draw for a Horse
Winner/s Take Entire Purse

Please bring finger foods and heavy snacks to share!

“The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports”

Sacred Threads at Grace Church

The Creative Expression Ministry at Grace Episcopal Church in Gainesville, Georgia, is very pleased to announce that we will host the nationally touring quilt exhibit, Sacred Threads, from April 13 through May 4, 2016.

The exhibition features 40 quilts with themes of joy, peace & brotherhood, inspiration, grief, healing, and spirituality. The quilts in the traveling show were chosen from a national juried exhibition of over 200 quilts held in 2015, sponsored by the Sacred Threads organization based in Fairfax, Virginia. The show does not emphasize any particular religion or theology, but conveys the spirituality, healing and inspirational messages that transcend all people.

Grace Episcopal is one of approximately 20 locations across the United States that will host this show. The quilts will be displayed in the Parish Hall and Greeting Area. Please park in the church lot at the corner of Brenau Avenue and Boulevard and enter the exhibit through the St. Francis garden

Parish Calendar April-May 2016

Lay Liturgical Schedule

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