Saint Alban's Episcopal Church

The Messenger/September 15, 2017

The Messenger/September 15, 2017

In Our Prayers

Please pray for:

Blane; Phil Brassie; Trevor Harris; Bobby Thomas; Robbie Thomas; Savannah Benton; John Cannon; Anne Carter; Edwina Johnson; Bill Pardue; Jeanne Aycock; Leanne Mathis; Marty Atkinson; Lalla Tanner; People affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Please pray for our Vestry:

Marty Atkinson; Carole Bond; Libby Martin; Melissa Young; Marvin Gray; Judy Terry; Matthew Hardy and Rev. Pat Merchant.

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, our community and nation.

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.

Bible Readings

Readings for This Week:

Exodus 14:19-31
Psalm 114
Romans 14:1-12
Matthew 18:21-35

Readings for Next Week:

Exodus 16:2-15
Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45
Philippians 1:21-30
Matthew 20:1-16

Bishop’s Blurb


On their journey towards freedom. In a whirl of uncertainty. With extreme danger pursuing. Entangled by fear. Even tempted to give up the gift of liberation. Moses spoke two words to his fellow travelers, “stand firm.” Firm, not rigid. Rigid is inelastic. Rigid shatters. Rigid has a detailed memory, but no imagination. Firm is adaptable. Firm is an observation station. A watch post. Firm remembers God’s previous works and knows God is making an odds-defying way forward. Firm sees the danger, the uncertainty, the temptation and the fear in HD and still whispers a defiant whisper, God is able!

Exodus 14:13



Happy Anniversary

September 21 – Jennifer & Matthew Hardy

Happy Birthday!

September 16 – Melissa Young
September 20 – Matthew Hardy
September 21 – Joyce Cox



Please Note-Rev. Pat will be at the Presbyters Conference at Rock Eagle in Eatonton this Monday, September 18, and Tuesday, September 19. She will be at St. Alban’s on Wednesday, September 20.

Episcopal Relief and Development urges prayers for communities along the US Gulf Coast dealing with the impact of Hurricane Harvey. Please donate to the Hurricane Harvey Response Fund and visit the organization’s website for more information about relief and recovery efforts.

Adult Education Class-Rev. Pat Merchant and Daniel Donaldson will have a 15 minute study class following coffee time on Sunday mornings at 11:30 am and on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. These classes will begin this Sunday, September 17. The book used in this study is “Living the Questions” by David M. Felten and Jeff Procter-Murphy. This study explores questions and answers about religion and the Bible that people are usually afraid to ask. It is “the wisdom of progressive Christianity.” Please plan to join us!

Church Picnic

Date: September 17, 2017
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Roberts’ Farm
54 Nunnally Farm Rd.
Monroe, GA 30655

Please bring a covered dish. Meat and tea will be provided, otherwise BYOB. Come earlier if you would like to swim.

Please sign the sheet provided on the round table in the Narthex if you plan to attend, and tell us what you will be bringing. For more information, contact Libby Martin at 770-207-9245 or

Directions: From downtown Monroe, take W. Spring Street to the intersection of Hwy. 138. Turn left onto Hwy. 138. Go 3 ½ miles and turn left onto Nunnally Farms Road. Go a full 2 ¼ miles. You will pass the cabin, go through the gate, through the pasture, pass the barn, and arrive at the house.

Tai Chi-We will begin Tai Chi lessons here at St. Alban’s with Bill Carter as the instructor. Bill has been certified as an instructor by the Tai Chi for Health Institute. The first meeting will be on Wednesday, September 20, at 3:00 pm, followed by another meeting on Thursday, September 21, at 6:00 pm.

The format will primarily follow Tai Chi for Health Institute’s Tai Chi for Arthritis. For more information about this style, please visit
Classes are tentatively scheduled for 3:00 pm on Wednesdays and also at 6:00 pm on Thursdays.

Costs are currently set at $2.00 per person/per lesson. If this will cause financial hardship, alternate arrangements may be considered.

Tai Chi for Arthritis has been found to be effective in the relief of Arthritis for many people. It is an exercise program specifically designed for people with Arthritis. Additionally, it has been found to be helpful in relieving stress and promoting good health for most people. The program is recognized and recommended by the CDC and also by most of the Arthritis Foundations throughout the world. It is also recommended to help prevent falls by seniors.

AARP Driver Safety Class Coming Soon!– St. Albans Episcopal Church will host the AARP Driving Safety Class on Saturday, September 30, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The AARP Driver Safety Program is the nation’s first and largest classroom course, designed especially for licensed drivers age 50 and older and for all licensed drivers of all ages. Course completion helps drivers refine existing skills and develop safe driving strategies in today’s challenging driving environment. There are no tests required.

Participants receive a comprehensive course workbook, which provides a thorough review of the “rules of the road” with an emphasis on safety strategies for drivers. The course also covers normal changes in vision, hearing, and reaction time associated with aging, and provides practical techniques to adjust for these changes.

Participants are charged a minimal fee of $15.00 for AARP members and $20.00 for nonmembers.

Auto Insurance Discounts: Legislation in Georgia require all automobile insurance companies conducting business in this state to offer a premium discount to participants completing a state-approved driver improvement course. (Participants must contact their insurance company or agent.)

Please bring your AARP card, valid driver’s license, lunch, and a drink and snack, and of course, your money (cash or check).

Please call Shirley at 770-267-2893 to make your reservation.

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry to Visit the Diocese-Our Presiding Bishop, The Most Reverend Michael Curry, will visit the Diocese of Atlanta, October 11 – 13. As our Chief Evangelist, Bishop Curry will bring his passion for the Jesus Movement to Atlanta. The event below is open to the public:

Bishop Curry Keynote Address at Candler School of Theology-Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 7:00 p.m. – This event will include a keynote address by the Presiding Bishop on “Racial Realities and the Beloved Community.” There will also be a panel discussion at 7:45 p.m. including the Presiding Bishop Michael Curry; Bishop Wright from the Diocese of Atlanta; The Rev. Dr. Robert M. Franklin, Jr. from Candler School of Theology; and The Rev. Kim Jackson, Associate Rector at All Saints, Atlanta. This event is open to the public, with registration required by Oct. 9.

Location: Candler School of Theology at Emory University, 1531 Dickey Drive, Atlanta, GA 30322

“Being a Christian is not essentially about joining a church or being a nice person, but about following in the footsteps of Jesus, taking his teachings seriously, letting his Spirit take the lead in our lives, and in so doing helping to change the world from our nightmare into God’s dream.” Michael Curry, Crazy Christians: A Call to Follow Jesus

For more information and to register, visit

If you are interested, notify Pat and maybe everyone can ride together in the church van.

Reformation Day at Emory 2017-The 30th Reformation Day at Emory will be held on Thursday, October 26, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Kessler Reformation Collection and marking the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses. This year’s program explores the question, “Did the Reformation fail?” by inviting bishops from the Lutheran and Methodist Churches and an arch-bishop from the Catholic Church to share their perspectives and thinking with us.

Cost is $10 per person, registration is required by calling 404-727-6352.

The Richard C. Kessler Reformation Collection is a repository of rare and valuable documents produced in connection with the Protestant Reformation. The collection now contains more than 3,800 pieces written by Martin Luther, his colleagues, and his opponents, and printed during their lifetimes. The collection is housed in the Pitts Theology Library of Candler School of Theology.

For more information about the collection, contact:

M. Patrick Graham
Pitts Theology Library
Emory University
Atlanta, GA 30322

Registration is now open for our 9th Annual Spirituality Conference!
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Holy Envy: Learning to Live with Religious Difference
A Day with The Rev. Dr. Barbara Brown Taylor

Fifty years ago, only international explorers, foreign missionaries, or soldiers deployed overseas encountered people of vastly different faiths. Now anyone with a computer can go on a virtual Hajj to Mecca or learn meditaiton from a Zen master online. Spirituaity has become as global as trade, raising all sorts of questions for people who never had cause to think about how many ways there are to approach the divine. What is a Chirstian to do? Barbara Taylor has some ideas, based on teaching world religions to college students over the past twenty years. Join us for an introduction to “holy envy” and a few other rules of religious understanding.

If you are not familiar with Barbara, she is a New York TIME best-selling author, college professor, and Episcopal priest. Her first memoir, Leaving Church, won a 2006 Author of the Year award from the Georgia Writers Association. Her last book, Learning to Walk in the Dark, was featured on the cover of TIME magazine. She has served on the faculty of Piedmont College since 1998 as the Buman Professor of Religion and has been a guest speaker at Emory, Duke, Princeton, and Yale, as well as a guest on SuperSoul Sunday with Oprah Winfrey. Taylor and her husband, Ed, live on a farm in the foothills of the Appalachians, sharing space with wild turkeys, red foxes, white-tailed deer and far too many chickens

This day-long conference will include lectures, discussion and question & answer. The cost is $65/person and includes lunch. For groups of 4 or more, the rate is $60/person, and the late registration (after October 22) price is $70/person. To register, go to

The location of the conference is the Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30305.

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!

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