The Messenger/May 20, 2016
In Our Prayers
Please pray for:
Blane; Phil Brassie; Trevor Harris; Bob Lindsey; Bobby Thomas; Robbie Thomas; Savannah Benton; Wayne Bond; John Cannon; Roger Chapman; Nancy Manley; Bill; Roy Roberts; Richard; Pat Broach; Mia Todd; Elaine; Wesley Carter; Lauren Peacock.
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:
Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31
Readings for Next Week
I Kings 18:20-39
May 20 – Josh Hart
May 24 – Jennifer Hardy
May 28 – Nancy Ward
Years ago, when I was in the thoroughbred auction business, I was helping at the counter when a man with a Texas style hat and boots came up and said he wanted to pay for the horses he just purchased. I was not qualified to receive payment so I got one of the financial officers to handle the transaction.
The man then put his briefcase on the counter and opened it up. It was full of cash. The accountant was uncomfortable with the transaction (large cash payment) in such a public setting so he invited the buyer to a back room and told me to join them. He wanted me to witness and verify the “count” so there would be no question about the “cash” payment.
If memory serves me correctly, we counted about $15,000 that came in $100 bills. As the financial officer counted slowly through the large number of bills he ended up putting four of those bills to the side. At the end of the count, he informed the man that the four bills put to the side were counterfeit. He was not being accused of trying to pass off counterfeit money, but the bills would be turned over to the US Treasury to be studied and destroyed.
The guy was OK with it and gave us an additional four hundred dollars, took his receipt and moved along.
Afterwards, I asked how he was so sure they were counterfeit. He shared that originally he was with the US Treasury Department and they were trained to identify counterfeit money. He said all they did was study the originals. Once you knew the original you could identify that which was fake.
I remembered this lesson years later when I discovered the value of knowing the Bible. Believing the Bible to be “true” (or the original) I realized the more I studied and learned the “original” the easier I could detect the “false” or the counterfeit.
One of the identifiers of Satan is that he is the ‘father of lies” and there is no truth in him. He is a deceiver and a liar. The best way to identify his lies is to know the truth and that means we need to know and study the “original”!
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.
Please Note-Fr. Alan will be on vacation the week of May 29. The Wednesday Night Study Group will not meet on June 1. Also, we will have a guest priest on Sunday, May 29.
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!