Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Herbal Harvest at St. Patrick's

Bill and Lynn enjoy the Herbal Harvest and Arts & Crafts Show on October 20 at St.Patrick's Episcopal Church in West Monroe. It was a beautiful day and the weather was perfect.

St. Alban's Alphabet

Today's letter is "N." Can you find me?

Hint: I'm the first letter of our picnic guests.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Bishop's Message

October 24, 2012

Dear Friends in Christ,

Last Friday I had the privilege of celebrating and preaching at the Red Mass, hosted this year by Mtr. Catherine Thompson and the good folks at Trinity, Natchitoches. As you may know, in the Red Mass we seek God’s wisdom and guidance for our jurists.

Mtr. Catherine and the rest of the worship planners and leaders did us proud with a reverent and uplifting service, and I am very grateful for their hard work and liturgical excellence. It was especially exciting that the Louisiana Supreme Court attended the service.

For this week’s Wednesday message, I’m offering this excerpt from my sermon at the Red Mass:

Life is not fair.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Church Porch Treat Night

St. Alban's Church Porch Treat Night
October 31 - Halloween
6:00 - 8:00 p.m. 
Join us as we give treats to the neighborhood goblins!

Training Day

Training Day
Eucharistic Ministers, Readers and Acolytes


October 27, 2012
9:00 till Noon

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Picnic Time...

Mark you calendars now for St. Alban's Neighborhood Picnic! More info soon.

Friday, October 19, 2012

The Bishop's Weekly Message

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Thank you all for the encouraging emails and texts and FB messages about Diocesan Convention. Gathering with you in common faith and mutual joy has energized and delighted me! It’s a gift to know that so many of you feel the same way. Thanks to the Alexandria Convocation for doing such a fabulous job hosting our Convention and to the Commission on Liturgy and Music for crafting such meaningful worship!

Now what will we do with the energy, excitement, fellowship, and vision we shared last weekend?

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

What's in a Name?

"What's in a name? That which we call a rose
by any other name would smell as sweet."

Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare

I’m not saying that Chris Eby smells sweet, but he does have a new name. We will now call him Sexton. Wikipedia says that, “A sexton is a church, congregation, or synagogue officer charged with the maintenance of its buildings and/or the surrounding graveyard” (in our case, grounds). Our Junior Warden suggested the title, after Chris volunteered to help out with various projects around St. Alban's.

Chris accepted the job, but was not too sure about the title. Let’s use it anyway!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Convention Fun!

Lynda and Harry cut a little rug...
Dawnell and Whit
What a wonderful convention the Diocese of Western Louisiana had this weekend! Bishop Jake lead the charge and the Alexandria Convocation out did themselves and the delegation from St. Alban's had a ball...

Our delegates were Lynda, Harry,  Rita and Lee. Ask them about Convention.

Lee and Rita enjoy the music...

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Conversations about Ouachita Parish

Northern & Central Louisiana Interfaith will meet to have a conversation about Ouachita Parish on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 6:15 p.m. at New Light Baptist Church located at 1623 South. 4th Street in Monroe

A diverse group of people will gather Tuesday evening to share a potluck meal and their visions for Monroe and Ouachita Parish. Episcopalians volunteered to provide desserts. To keep it simple, I have encouraged everyone to pick up a dozen cookies.

Northern & Central Louisiana Interfaith is a coalition of primarily faith-based institutions that purposefully crosses lines that historically divide people, lines of religion, race, socio-economic status and geography. We cross these lines in order to work together to improve the quality of life in the community for everyone.

Deacon Bette Kauffman will co-chair Tuesday's meeting with The Rev. James Johnson, pastor of New Light Baptist Church.

To get to New Light, go south on Hwy 165 to Winnsboro Road (a.k.a. Hwy 15), turn right, go to either 4th or 5th St., turn right again. In the first block, you'll see New Light Baptist Church, with a large parking lock and blonde brick buildings that extend from 5th to 4th St., just around the corner from Winnsboro Rd.

If you have a vision for Ouachita Parish, this will be a great place to share it. Hope to see you there!

P.S. Unfortunately, this meeting conflicts with Ultreya, but, hey, not everyone goes to Ultreya, right!

Photo: The Rev. Dale Farley, Messiah Lutheran, and Minister Mary Ann Cooper, Bethel COGIC, co-chair a recent Interfaith assembly.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Blessing of the Animals!

Annie and her Mom.

Zoe and Great-grandmother.
On Wednesday, October 3, 2012, at 5:30 p.m., St. Alban's had its Blessing of the
Animals liturgy in front of the church on the circle drive.  Sixteen humans and eleven other beasts showed up for a blessing. Here are a few photos.

Isometric and her Mom.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The Episcopal Church Welcomes You!

This sign says it all... But if you need more come to our Adult Education Class where we are reading Good News of Jesus by L. William Countryman. We meet at 9:15 a.m. on Sunday mornings in the Conference Room.

St. Alban's Alphabet

Today's letter is "M." Can you find me?

Hint: When I'm not hanging around with Fr. Whit, I'm hiding in a closet.