Saint Alban's Episcopal Church

The Messenger/September 8, 2017

The Messenger/September 8, 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; Chuck Bradley; 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 12:1-14
Psalm 149
Romans 13:8-14
Matthew 18:15-20

Readings for Next Week:

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

Bishop’s Blurb


Not the opposite of tight. But, loose, as in what we release into the world. Loose like what we sustain or reject. People have immense spiritual power. Immense. The universe has a mathematical precision to it. Our action or inaction creates reality. Sowing dictates reaping. There are no spectators in life! Jesus taught that heaven can be loosed by face to face conversion. Especially, with an offender or enemy. Sure, he understood disagreement and brokenness. But, the invitation is still clear, let loose a little heaven today. You can do it. It’s inside of you.

Matthew 18:18



Happy Birthday!

September 12 – Jody Emmons
September 14 – Jim Burgess
September 16 – Melissa Young



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.

Sunday School-Our children and youth Sunday school will begin on Sunday, September 10, and will run through the month of April. We will meet the first and third Sunday of each month with Elementary meeting at 9:15 am and Middle/High School meeting at 11:15 a.m.

In the month of September, we will meet on the 10th and 17th. Beginning in October, we will meet the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month.

Vestry Meeting -The next Vestry Meeting is Wednesday evening, September 12, at 5:30 p.m. 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 Marty Atkinson, Marvin Gray, or Rev. Pat.

Adult Education Class-Rev. Pat Merchant and Daniel Donaldson will have a 15 minute study class following coffee time on Sunday mornings and on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. These classes will begin on 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.

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!

September Calendar 2017

Lay Liturgical Schedule 3rd Quarter 2017

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