The Messenger/April 29, 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; Bill; Roy Roberts.
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.
Readings for This Week
Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5
Readings for Next Week
Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21
A Little Bit about Francis Schaeffer..
One of the great Christian minds of the 20th Century was Francis Schaeffer. A brilliant theologian, philosopher, writer and pastor, Schaeffer was very influential in Evangelical Christianity during the 1970’s-1980’s, encouraging Christian activism in politics and issues of governance on the state, local and federal level.
As an apologist to the Christian faith, he was adept at showing why Christianity is so essential to the well-being of society and without Christianity how cultures decay. His book, “How Shall We Then Live” focuses on this reality in great clarity and depth.
Besides his writings, he established a Christian Community called L’Abri (the shelter) where people could come to live, study, rest and join others in the faith journey. It attracted many young people and eventually spread from its original location in Switzerland across Europe and to the USA.
Although Francis died in 1984, his legacy lives on through the L’Abri community and his writings. In fact, I recently read an article from a L’Abri conference held a few months ago, in Minneapolis, MN. The article was a summary of the conference that echoed Francis Schaeffer prophetic insights. If the USA continues on its current secular path, there will be tremendous opposition to Christian faith, belief and practice.
Here are quotes from the article that I found especially insightful:
Francis Schaeffer said, “Finite and fallible and sinful human beings need a reference point to make sense of our lives”.
“When we declare autonomy from God, we have the burden of defining ourselves apart from God, who is then not our savior.”
“Humans make very miserable gods.”
So the secular worldview would say: There is no transcendent authority concerning objective morality or spirituality. There is no final judgment, in which all humans will be brought to account for the way they have lived their lives. There are no absolute universal truths of morality, human beings construct and deconstruct values.
Against this encroaching darkness, Francis advocated “Light”. Remember Jesus said, “You are the light of the world.” Our prayers, witness and proclamation of God’s truth in Jesus Christ must not be silenced or sidelined.
Jesus also said, “Be of good Cheer. I have overcome the world.”
May 5 – Marvin Gray
May 6 – Alan Hansen
Vestry Meeting-The next Vestry Meeting is Tuesday evening, May 3rd, at 6:00 pm. 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 Bob Emmons, Mallory Sanders, or Fr. Alan.
Adult Confirmation Class-This class taught by Fr. Alan is every Sunday from 11:30 am to 12:15 pm. For those wishing to receive the sacrament of Confirmation, this will fulfill the precondition requirements and you will be presented to Bishop Don Wimberley in June. This class will also be of great value to those “inquiring” about the Christian faith and the Episcopal Church.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
National Day of Prayer
Thursday, May 5th
A Super Thank You!
GWA Combined Choirs
St. Alban’s wishes to express our most sincere appreciation to George Walton Academy’s choirs for their wonderful performance in concert on April 24th. What a beautiful way to lead us into our Evensong Service which followed. We were truly blessed to have Choir Master Kristen Donaldson conduct these students and lead the attendees of the Evensong service in music.
Choir Practice is every Wednesday evening at 5:30 p.m. Please Join us!
KENTUCKY DERBY PARTY
MAY 7TH – 5 PM TO 7 PM
MAKE YOUR PLANS TO ATTEND
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.