The Messenger/May 13, 2016
In Our Prayers
Please pray for:
Blane; Phil Brassie; Trevor Harris; Bob Lindsey; Destiny; Bobby Thomas; Robbie Thomas; Savannah Benton; Wayne Bond; Jennifer Arteaga; Rebecca Rogers; Olivia; John Cannon; Roger Chapman; Nancy Manley; Bill; Roy Roberts; Richard; Pat Broach; Mia Todd; Family of Ryan Atkinson.
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:
Acts 2:1-21 or Genesis 11:1-9
Psalm 104:25-35, 37
John 14:8-17, 25-27
Readings for Next Week
Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31
May 20 – Josh Hart
And He will Baptize You with the Holy Spirit……..
In all four gospels, John the Baptist tells us about another baptism. John, of course, was preaching repentance and people were being baptized as a way to demonstrate their repentance. But this baptism was incomplete – the one coming after John (Jesus) would be mightier than John and baptize us with the Holy Spirit and with fire.
This Sunday is Pentecost. Many could rightly argue that Pentecost is the “birthday” of the church. Pentecost was a mandatory feast of Israel which meant that Jews from all over the Roman Empire had gathered to Israel for this celebration. It was on this day that the Holy Spirit manifested with a mighty rushing wind and tongues of fire and fell on 120 people in an upper room. This new life spilled into the temple mount and the church began.
This dramatic event resulted in Peter preaching the first sermon and some 3000 people responded with conversion and baptism with water. The prophetic voice of John the Baptist came true. Jesus indeed baptized the people with the Holy Spirit and with fire.
We have all this recorded in the Book of Acts and through the ministry of Peter and Paul and the early disciples. The Holy Spirit manifested Himself with “signs and wonders” as the gospel was preached to Jews and Gentiles. This wonderful gift enabled the church to endure persecution, do evangelism, go on mission trips, teach gentiles the ways of God, minister to the poor, heal the sick and plant churches.
In our Book of Common Prayer we begin our Holy Communion service with these words:
“Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open and all desires known, cleanse the thought of our hearts by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, that we can perfectly love you and worthily magnify your holy name.”
With the Holy Spirit we are able to do two things. First, we can perfectly love God. Second, we can worthily magnify His holy name. Being filled with the Holy Spirit enables us to love and worship in Spirit and in truth. This is a beautiful thing and I hope you remember to wear RED on Sunday as we celebrate Pentecost!
St. Alban’s New Red Doors
Earlier this year, many parishioners realized how much in disrepair the front entrance to our church had become. Most of the wood work had been patched and covered up many times over during the 60 year plus history of our beautiful structure. When the vestry approved the funds to have the repairs performed, bids were taken and construction was started. Hardie Plank was used to replace the deteriorated framing, so the life expectancy of the repair should solid be for years to come. Once the doors were removed, it was discovered how much dry rot had occurred behind the brass kick plates and was determined that the only way to reuse these historic doors was to patch them with a synthetic filler.
Unfortunately, the product would not accept stain and exterior paint was the only viable top finish. In following theological symbolism of the Highland Street entrance, red was chosen to represent the Passion of Christ and the color of the Holy Spirit as reflective at the day of Pentecost. This new entrance now gives St. Alban’s an unique identity as the “Red Door Church of Monroe” and hopefully will appeal to many people looking for a church home to expand their journey of faith.
Many thanks to Howard Dew for his craftsmanship and expertise is producing this beautiful look to the historic entrance of St. Alban’s.
“Two of the Most Fun Hours in Parish Life”
The second annual parish Kentucky Derby Party was enjoyed by over twenty St. Alban’s parishioners and friends last Saturday afternoon. Some very festive hats were adorned and enthusiasm ran high as the participants cheered on their favorite horse. Congratulations to Sue Meredith as she took home “Mad Hatter” honors with the most interesting hat. We are looking forward to next year’s gathering and hope many more friends and St. Alban’s members will join in the festivities.
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.
Attention – The carpet runner in our sanctuary is going to be replaced soon with a new carpet runner. If you would like to have the old carpet runner, please let us know before it is removed.
Thank you-We wish to thank Libby Martin, Mary Ann Lindsey, and everyone who worked to make our Kentucky Derby Party so fun and enjoyable!
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.
FISH4Kids Summer Feeding 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, but 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.
FISH is gearing up for the 11th year of their FISH4Kids summer feeding project. They ask that we prayerfully consider sponsoring children. For $60, a child will be fed each weekday this summer and receive a hygiene kit.
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 drop it off at the church office. Thank you!!
Coffee Hour Hosts Needed – Please sign up to host a Coffee Hour on the sheet provided on the counter in the parish hall lobby.
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.
Choir Practice is every Wednesday evening at 5:30 p.m. Please join us!