The Messenger/March 24, 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; Vida Broach; Sue McTyndal; Edwina Johnson; Mary Ann Conley; Doug Coil; Corby Brendle
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
I Samuel 16:1-13
Readings for Next Week
Mud and spit caused a man to see. That’s the story. Dirt and spit! Yuck! It’s not hard for me to believe that disgusting things can make miracles. I’ve seen babies born. Seen pain become joy. Watched a cancer diagnosis make marriage vows come alive. Seen grief at the grave become extraordinary alive-ness. And more…. We may not like how bodily God chooses to work God’s thing in the world and in us – we may even be repulsed by God’s process. But one thing is certain, no one is as good with the Yuck as God.
We are pleased to announce that the Rev. Patricia L. Merchant will be our Interim Priest-in-Charge for a period of 12 months, starting April 1, 2017. Rev. Pat will be here 1-1/2 days during the week and on Sundays. We are very happy and blessed to have her with us!
Rev. Pat will also be serving as our supply priest the remainder of March. She will be here on Wednesdays and Sundays.
Sunday School-Elementary Sunday School Every Sunday morning from 9:00 am to 10:00 am.
Middle/High School Youth will meet after the worship service every other
Sunday from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm.
Lenten Supper & Program
“5 MARKS OF LOVE”
Wednesday Nights – March 8th – April 5th
6:00 p.m. – Soup and Sandwich Supper
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. – Program
This six-week series invites us to observe and reflect on the ways in which the Divine Life expresses itself in and through us; individually and in our faith communities, as well as in the world around us. Be sure to check out the online site at: www.ssje.org/ssje/5marksoflove/
Please volunteer to help provide the Lenten Suppers by signing up on the sheet provided in the Narthex.
We wish to thank Marian Sweeney, Jody Emmons, Mary Ann Lindsey, and Fay Brassie for providing the meal last Wednesday evening for the Lenten Study.
Guest Organist-Mr. Keith Nash will be our guest musician on Sunday, March 26th. He will be playing a special organ prelude beginning at 9:40 am. We hope you will come early that Sunday to hear his special Lent music prelude!
Dear St. Alban’s,
Thomas Merton wrote that deep communication is not really communication, but communion. He went on to say it is without words. And I will say it is without time or place, or perhaps, even thought. But I know that deep communion is the deep love that reaches beyond all boundaries of doubt and despair, and, that your love and prayers touched Corby, Suzanne, and me in the most tender and beautiful ways and I am tearfully and joyfully grateful to you all.
Holy Week and Easter Service
Come Worship With Us
Palm Sunday – April 9 – 10:00 a.m.
Maundy Thursday – April 13 – 7:00 p.m.
Good Friday – April 14 – 12:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Easter Sunday – April 16 – 10:00 a.m.
Easter Lilies For Our Sanctuary– Anyone desiring to make a contribution toward Easter Flowers, please use the envelopes that are in the pews. Put your name and the name of the person to be honored or memorialized on the envelope. Also, on the memo line of your check, please indicate “For Easter Flowers.” The Altar Guild thanks you for your support.
Easter Egg Hunt – We will have an Easter Egg Hunt after the worship service on Easter morning, April 16th. Members are invited to participate by donating plastic eggs filled with candy, trinkets, or coins. Eggs will be collected each Sunday in a box in the lobby of the Parish Hall.
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!
Community Lenten Services
March 8-First Presbyterian CChurch
March 15-Rivers of Mercy Church29
March 22-First Baptist Church
March 29-St. Anna’s Catholic Church
April 5-First United Methodist Church
Choir Practice is every Wednesday evening at 5:30 p.m. Please Join us!