St. Albans Episcopal Church

    Wickenburg, Az


 






January 14, 2018

G’Day St. Alban’s,

Well, it came, it rained and then it left.  I’ve heard Wickenburg rainfall estimates everywhere from .10 to 1.5 inches.  At my home I got 1 inch even.  Everything is grateful but wishes for more.  Lately the javalina have been raiding my garden every night. I don’t have an elaborate garden just desert shrub and a lot of transplanted native cactus.  Everything has been dug up and the roots eaten.  I can’t feel anger at the poor critters.  They must be starving to be so desperate.  The coyotes are abnormally skinny.  There just isn’t any food.  Those rabbits that still remain are very wary.  I’m sure that in past decades the desert has gone through periods of extreme drought and this is just another one now, but it is sure taking its toll on every living thing.

The congregation of St. Alban’s has a new challenge from Deacon Debra in her mission to feed the hungry.  Next Sunday a big box will be on the table at the front of the parish hall.  St. Alban’s has been challenged to FILL THE BOX.!    Next Sunday, January 21 will hereafter be known as FILL THE BOX SUNDAY.  We are asked to bring any kind of non-perishable food in a container or package.  Emphasis should be placed on protein items such as peanut butter (and jelly), canned meats, canned seafood, etc.

Have you submitted your thoughts to the search committee for the new bishop?  Please get them in to the church office as soon as possible.  This is YOUR chance to have a voice in the process. Speak up or be forever silent.

Deacon Debra has announced that the CAP Café meal on Sunday, January 28, will also be a side dish potluck.  Debra and Dave will provide roasted turkey breast and we will bring the accompaniments.  The lunch afterwards will also incorporate the Annual Meeting.  Plan to be there.

COMING UP:

January 16, Tuesday, ECW Meeting at 11:30 am.  Starts at 11:30 am – please bring a sack lunch.

January 17, Bishop’s Committee Meeting, 4:00 pm

January 21, Sunday – Parish Nurse Program, Fill A Box Sunday

January 23, Tuesday, Breakfast Fellowship, 8:00 Cowboy Cookin’  P.S. they have great biscuits and gravy.  Everyone welcome!!

January 28, Sunday, Annual Meeting plus the CAP Café  - potluck


Ministries for Sunday, January 21, 2018

Acolytes……………………………………Tony Loder, Ron Hahn

Altar Guild…………………………………Claudia Conly, Lois Walters

Chalice Server……………………………...William Espenshade

Coffee Hosts………………………………Bill & Sandie Espenshade

Lector……………………………………..Deb Poteet

Usher………………………………………John Carr

Bishop’s Committee……………………….Jewell Halla, Deb Poteet

A retirees last trip to Costco

Yesterday I was at Costco buying a large bag of Purina dog chow for my loyal pet, Necco, the Wonder Dog, who weighs 191 lbs. I was in the check-out line when a woman behind me asked if I had a dog. What did she think I had an elephant? So because I'm retired and have little to do, on impulse I told her that no, I didn't have a dog, I was starting the Purina diet again. I added that I probably shouldn't, because I ended up in the hospital last time, but that I'd lost 50 pounds before I awakened in an intensive care ward with tubes coming out of most of my orifices and IVs in both arms.
I told her that it was essentially a perfect diet and that the way that it works is, to load your jacket pockets with Purina Nuggets and simply eat one or two every time you feel hungry. The food is nutritionally complete so it works well and I was going to try it again. (I have to mention here that practically everyone in line was now enthralled with my story.) Horrified, she asked if I ended up in intensive care, because the dog food poisoned me. I told her no, I stopped to pee on a fire hydrant and a car hit me.
I thought the guy behind her was going to have a heart attack he was laughing so hard.
Costco won't let me shop there anymore.


 Go in Peace; Remember God; Keep the Faith; Be the Church