September 10, 2018

 

G’Day St. Alban’s,

Good things are happening at St. Alban’s.  People are returning, plans are being made and the promise of fall is in the air. 

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BREAKFAST FELLOWSHIP

Tuesday, September 11, 8:00 am, Denny’s  Everyone Welcome!

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Our wonderful office manager Mary Rhoades will be leaving us soon.  She has been such a blessing in so many ways and we will miss her.  An excellent replacement has been found, Helen Richards, who will begin on Wednesday, Sept 12.  Mary will be in and out to help Helen learn all  all the office procedures. Please stop by and say hello to Helen and make her welcome to our church family.

 

Episcopal Church Women  (ECW)  will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 11:30 am in the Parish Hall.  Bring a sack lunch for eating at 11:30 with the meeting starting at 12:00.

Every woman at St. Alban’s is automatically a member of the ECW.  There will be some very important topics that will need to be addressed for the coming year, and we would like as many participants as possible to attend. We will be planning fun social events with other women’s groups from community churches, a Christmas Party (maybe), and field trips to interesting places (possibly).  What do YOU want your ECW to do and be?

 

Bishop Election – Your opinion and input is invited,

The candidates for Bishop of Arizona will be meeting, answering questions and explaining their positions on important issues at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church 400 S. Old Litchfield Road, Litchfield Park, AZ 85340.  The gathering is scheduled for Tuesday, September 25, from 6:00 – 9:00 pm.  If you are interested in attending, shared rides/car pools will be organized.  Please indicate your interest by signing up at the rear of the church or in the parish hall.

 

Adult Faith & Formation

As summer draws to a close and our church friends and neighbors return to St. Alban’s, an Adult Faith and Formation education series is being planned.  Meeting at 8:30 am on Sunday mornings, a series of Christian education topics will be offered on a scheduled basis prior to corporate worship at 10:00 am/  A wide range of subjects are available through the ChurchNext educational program, featuring video presentations and discussion guides.  Watch for additional information soon!

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Dear Ones,  Oh, my!  I asked, you RESPONDED.  This morning (Sunday) while sitting in bed with Dave, drinking our first cup of coffee, I asked Dave “How do I just keep asking?  God places this on my heart and sometimes I feel that I just ask too much, too often.”  Dave assured me that responding to the needs of others is what I was called to do.  Today I brought “Joe” (no, not his real name) to your attention.  “Joe” is a “homeless” 60-year-old man in our community.  Several years ago he suffered a stroke and was left with some difficulties.  He is not able to work and only has an income of about one thousand dollars a month.  He does qualify for more government benefits but has not had help to maneuver through the piles of paperwork.  He has spent the past month or so as a “swing” bed patient at Wickenburg Community Hospital.  His insurance will no longer pay for his hospitalization and he will be discharged tomorrow.  Prior to his hospitalization, “Joe” lived in an old, dilapidated RV which has now been condemned as “uninhabitable”.  By combining Joe’s income along with some other financial aid, he will be discharged to a local extended stay motel.  This commitment is for 3 months after which we hope that “Joe” will be able to qualify for a “group home” type facility.  Meanwhile, “Joe” needs to eat and that is where I am going with this story.  This morning I asked the ushers to hand out a little story about “Joe” along with a plea for financial assistance to purchase “Joe” food.  I am always amazed with God’s call to me as He presents these situations to me.  And, then, as I present these situations to you, I am amazed by your response!  Today, I told you about Joe and you RESPONDED!  You responded by giving me $200.00 to purchase groceries for “Joe”.  I shopped this afternoon and will deliver YOUR groceries to Joe tomorrow.  I still have some money left and will use it to replenish Joe’s cupboards as his food diminishes.  You are an amazing and GENEROUS congregation and I love you and thank you from the bottom of my heart.  “Joe” has a long road ahead of him and I know that he will appreciate any and all help that we can give.  For the rest of September, I will continue to feature “Joe” as our ministry for the month.  As I receive more information regarding his needs, I will communicate that to you.  If you feel called to contribute in any way, please let me know.  I am always available by phone 928-231-1762 or email djlrd@q.com.   Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your generosity!  Deacon Debra

 
MINISTRIES FOR SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2018

Acolytes………………………………….Susan Henton, Sandie Espenshade

Altar Guild……………………………….Mary Teetsel

Chalice Server………………………….Margaret Leirmoe

Coffee Host………………………………


Lector……………………………………Linda Brockwell

Usher………………………………………John Carr

Bishop’s Committee………………………John Carr, Patti Gilinski

From Father Ron Keel –  POINTS TO PONDER

·         Why isn’t the number 11 pronounced onety-one?

·         If 4 out of 5 people SUFFER from diarrhea….does that mean that one out of five ENJOYS it?

·         Why do croutons come in airtight packages?  Aren’t they just stale bread to begin with?

·         If a pig loses its voice, is I disgruntled?

·         Why is a person who plays the piano called a pianist, but a person who drives a race car is not called a racist?

·         If it’s true that we’re here to help others, then what exactly are the others here for?

·         If lawyers are disbarred and clergymen defrocked, then doesn’t it follow that electricians can be delighted, musicians denoted, cowboys deranged, models deposed, tree surgeons debarked and dry cleaners depressed?

·         If Fed EX and UPS were to merge, would they call it Fed UP?

·         Do Lipton Tea employees tale “coffee breaks”?

·         What hair color do they put on the driver’s licenses of bald men?

·         I thought about how mothers feed their babies with tiny little spoons and forks, so I wondered what do Chinese mothers use, toothpicks?

·         Why do they put pictures of criminals up in the Post Office?  What are we supposed to do, write them?  Why don’t they just put their pictures on the postage stamps, so the mailmen can look for them while they deliver the Mail.

·         Is it true that you never really learn to swear until you learn to drive?

·         If a cow laughed, would milk come out of her nose?

·         Whatever happened to Preparations A through G?
 

 


St. Albans Episcopal Church

    Wickenburg, Az