St. Albans Episcopal Church

    Wickenburg, Az

December 10, 2018

G’Day St. Alban’s,

Have you taken a drive down town lately?  There are Christmas lights everywhere.  Many home owners seem to have outdone themselves with festive decorations.   Some displays even have moving parts and creative animation.  At My Father’s Ranch all the housing units are outlined with lights and the big mesquite grove looks like a fairyland.  Several afternoons this month carolers from the schools and churches will walk through the grounds and the Assisted Care wing bringing song and cheer to all the residents.  And then, on Friday, December 14, everyone in town will be able to enjoy the Parade of Lights.

Rene Savoie is recovering at home from knee surgery.  The surgery was a bit more demanding than expected but everything is under control and he is eating and feeling stronger each day.  Of course, he wanted to come to church on Sunday and do other  active things, but wife Jan is firmly keeping him quiet until he heals more.

Coming soon to St. Alban’s:

Kelly Ryan, ECW Treasurer announced that the Annual Bazaar on December 1 realized a profit of over $5000.  This wonderful, record amount will do a lot to support the local ECW charities.  Thanks and congratulations to everyone!

Monday, December 10, ECW Christmas Party at Margaret Leirmoe’s:  All women of the church are invited to attend the Annual ECW Christmas Party at 4:00 pm at the home of Margaret Leirmoe., 945 Falcon Dr, Wickenburg. Please bring an appetizer to share, drinks will be provided.  RSVP to Margaret or Jan Savoie.

Tuesday, December 11, 8:00 am at Denny’s- Breakfast Fellowship – a great way to start your day.

Day of Discovery: On Sunday, December 16, 2018, St. Alban’s will offer s DAY OF DISCOVERY.  Following Holy Eucharist at 10:00 am, a lunch will be offered in the Parish Hall….followed by an organized and led  discussion about the past and present history of our church, but more importantly, a frank and open discussion of our faith community’s future.  EVERYONE’S ideas, comments, suggestions and hopes are important and requested.  Please plan to be in attendance.  YOUR PARTICIPATION IS IMPORTANT!!.

Blue Christmas -  A service of Light in the Darkness will be held on Wednesday, December 19 at 5:30 pm at St. Alban’s.  This service has been offered in recent years and is designed to offer comfort and healing to those who may feel grief or loss during the holiday season.  For those who have lost loved ones, jobs, independence, or any other kind of  difficulty, Christmas can be an especially difficult time of year.  The Blue Christmas service is a quiet and peaceful service of readings psalms, music and prayers for those who wish to feel God’s healing presence in their lives.

Pledge Cards   If you have completed your Plan and Pledge for supporting the ministry of St. Alban’s in 2019 - THANK YOU!  If you have not yet offered this to your church family, please consider doing so.  The Bishop’s Committee will begin work on our 2019 operating and ministry plan soon and your assistance is very much a part of this important planning process.

From Father Ron: 

A SHOT OF WHISKEY -  In the old west a .45 cartridge for a six-gun cost 12 cents, so did a glass of whiskey. If a cowhand was low on cash he would often give the bartender a cartridge in exchange for a drink. This became known as a "shot" of whiskey.

 THE WHOLE NINE YARDS -American fighter planes in WW2 had machine guns that were fed by a belt of cartridges. The average plane held belts that were 27 feet (9 yards) long. If the pilot used up all his ammo he was said to have given it the whole nine yards.

 BUYING THE FARM  During WW1 soldiers were given life insurance policies worth $5,000. This was about the price of an average farm so if you died you "bought the farm" for your survivors.

 IRON CLAD CONTRACT -This came about from the ironclad ships of the Civil War. It meant something so strong it could not be broken.

  PASSING THE BUCK / THE BUCK STOPS HERE Most men in the early west carried a jack knife made by the Buck knife company. When playing poker it was common to place one of these Buck knives in front of the dealer so that everyone knew who he was. When it was time for a new dealer the deck of cards and the Knife were given to the new dealer. If this person didn't want to deal he would "pass the buck" to the next player. If that player accepted then "the buck stopped there".

 RIFF RAFF -The Mississippi River was the main way of traveling from north to south Riverboats carried passengers and freight but they were expensive so most people used rafts. Everything had the right of way over rafts which were considered cheap. The steering oar on the rafts was called a "riff" and this transposed into riff-raff, meaning low class.

 COBWEB -The Old English word for "spider" was "cob".

 SHIP STATE ROOMS -Traveling by steamboat was considered the height of comfort. Passenger cabins on the boats were not numbered. Instead they were named after states To this day cabins on ships are called staterooms.

 SLEEP TIGHT -Early beds were made with a wooden frame. Ropes were tied across the frame in a criss-cross pattern. A Straw mattress was then put on top of the ropes. Over time the ropes stretched, causing the bed to sag. The owner would then tighten the ropes to get a better night's sleep.

 SHOWBOAT -These were floating theaters built on a barge that was pushed by a steamboat. These played small towns along the Mississippi River. Unlike the boat shown in the movie "Showboat" These did not have an engine. They were gaudy and attention grabbing which is why we say someone who is being the life of the party is showboating".

 OVER A BARREL -In the days before CPR a drowning victim would be placed Face down over a barrel and the barrel would be rolled back and forth in a effort to empty the lungs of water. It was rarely effective. If you are over a barrel you are in deep trouble.

 BARGE IN - Heavy freight was moved along the Mississippi in large barges pushed by steamboats. These were hard to control and would sometimes swing into piers or other boats. People would say they "barged in".

  HOGWASH - Steamboats carried both people and animals. Since pigs smelled so bad they would be washed before being put on board. The mud and other filth that was washed off was considered useless "hog wash".

  CURFEW - The word "curfew" comes from the French phrase "couvre-feu", which means "cover the fire". It was used to describe the time of blowing out all lamps and candles It was later adopted into Middle English as "curfeu", which later became the modern "curfew". In the early American colonies homes had no real fireplaces so a fire was built in the center of the room. In order to make sure a fire did not get out of control during the night it was required that, by an agreed upon time, all fires would be covered with a clay pot called-a "curfew".

  BARRELS OF OIL When the first oil wells were drilled they had made no Provision for storing the liquid so they used water barrels. That is why, to this day, we speak of barrels of oil rather than gallons.

  HOT OFF THE PRESS -As the paper goes through the rotary printing press friction causes it to heat up. Therefore, if you grab the paper right off the press It is hot. The expression means to get immediate Information.

 AND....Now You Know!