St. Albans Episcopal Church

    Wickenburg, Az


September 18. 2017

G’Day St. Alban’s,

You know you’re from Arizona when you say “I think we’ve turned the corner,” and everyone knows you’re talking about the weather.  It certainly has been a long hot summer but a lot of rain too which accounts for a more green and lush desert then usual.  There may be a future day or two when the temperature spikes but those days will become fewer and fewer until, one day, we will wear coats to go outside and our breath will be frosty.  (Believe!) Then my dog and I can venture out into our garden and I can do pruning and cleaning tasks without the concern for snakes.  I am looking forward.

Warm things needed !   Speaking of cold – Northern Arizona can be bitter in winter and many on the Native American Reservations do not have adequate warm clothing and blankets.  St. Alban’s is cooperating with Church of the Advent in Sun City to take coats, blankets, and anything else suitable to tribal members. Last year St. Alban’s contributed a truck load of items that were very gratefully received.  Let’s try to do the same this year! Please bring blankets, coats, etc. to the parish hall and leave them on the table at the back.  They will be collected in late November or early December and taken north.

This last Sunday was the first day of the Parish Nurse Program.  A lot of members took advantage of the services that were offered by three nurses: Linda Brockwell, Vicky Keel and Robert Sopher.  Thank you all so much for your time and expertise.  The experts will be back on a Sunday in October – date to be announced.

Deacon Debra’s St. Alban’s Mission Outreach Program to fed the needy has been gathering supplies to create 50 meal  packets for the Wickenburg Food Bank (CAP).  Claudia Conly is organizing the drive and states that she almost has enough supplies to provide the “fixings” for a tuna casserole complete meal.  The packets will also include the recipe and a prayer.  Claudia and her crew will meet to assemble the kits on Monday. 

Wickenburg Breast Cancer Walk will be October 22, 8:00 am at Ortega Park, downtown Wickenburg.  Registration forms are available from Sally Carr or Mary Teetsel .

On October 10, the Episcopal Church Women will host their annual fellowship luncheon with guests from Yarnell Community Church and the First Presbyterian Church of Wickenburg.  Each year these ladies gather to enjoy each other’s company.  This year St. Alban’s theme is Oktoberfest with delicious food and all the ambiance of fall and festival.  Everyone is pitching in to help.  The program will conclude with a sing along directed by Sally Carr and Janelle Downing.

The ECW Craft Days are returning.  They will be lead by Carolyn Cranford.  The first one will be on October 18, in the parish hall.  The day will start at 10:00 am and end at 2:00 pm.  Please bring a sack lunch and any project you are working on.  Kelly Ryan says that we really need crafts for the December 2 Annual Bazaar.   If you don’t have ideas there will be plenty to share at the event. This is very fun time of fellowship and productivity. 

Don’t forget that 8:00 am, Tuesday, September 26, will be the next Breakfast and Fellowship at the Country Kitchen.  Everyone is welcome/ Please Come!
Next Sunday Father Ron will be away and the Reverend Young will preach.  His wife Kay will provide her wonderful flute music.  We all missed Janelle this week and will enjoy Kay’s talents.

Ministries for Sunday, September 24, 2017

Acolytes……………………………………..Sandie Espenshade, Ron Hahn

Altar Guild…………………………………..Jan Heineman

Chalice Server……………………………….Dave Loder

Coffee Host…………………………………..CAP Café

Lector…………………………………………Linda Brockwell

Usher………………………………………….John Carr

Subject: Grumpy Pharmacist

Upon arriving home, a husband was met at the door by his sobbing wife.
Tearfully she explained, "It's the pharmacist.  He insulted me terribly this morning on the phone.  I had to call multiple times before he would even answer the phone."
Immediately, the husband drove down town to confront the chemist and demand an apology.
Before he could say more than a word or two, the chemist told him, "Just a minute, listen to my side of it.  This morning the alarm failed to go off, so I was late getting up.  I went without breakfast
and hurried out to the car, just to realize that I'd locked the house with both house and car keys inside and had to break a window to get my keys."
"Then, driving a little too fast, I got a speeding ticket.  Later, when I was about three blocks from the store, I had a flat tire."
"When I finally got to the store a bunch of people was waiting for me to open.  I got the store opened and started waiting on these people, all the time the darn phone was ringing."
He continued, "Then I had to break a roll of coins against the cash register drawer to make change, and they spilled all over the floor. I had to get down on my hands and knees to pick up the coins and the
phone was still ringing.  When I came up I cracked my head on the open cash drawer, which made me stagger back against a showcase with a bunch of perfume bottles on it.  Half of them hit the floor andbroke."
"Meanwhile, the phone is still ringing with no let up, and I finally got back to answer it.  It was your wife.  She wanted to know how to use a rectal thermometer."
"Believe me mister, as God is my witness, all I did was tell her."

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