Once again I would like to thank you for your love, prayers and support you have given me during and after the three surgeries I have had this past year. It hardly seems it but, yes September 16th was the first surgery. If you were not at church on my first Sunday back, then I will have to inform you that I have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. It seems as though my body has taken a beating this year but the spirit is good. Thanks to your prayers, love and God’s healing power. Hopefully with God’s grace things will move along more smoothly.
My gratitude again for the wonderful gift of funds for a new cassock. It is hard to believe that I have had only two cassocks during my 33 years of ordination. This will be my third. I will wear it with pride as Dean of the Eastern Deanery. Thank you for your expression of love and generosity.
As I write this, we are working on Christian Education for our youth on Sundays. We are looking for enough wonderful people to work in teams during the month. Do you have a calling to help our youth learn and experience our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? It would be a shame to miss out on this opportunity.
We have the privilege of having The Rev. Larry Thomas teaching one of our adult Christian Education Classes again. Larry will be sharing with the adults information on the Reformation. His class will begin on September 25th at 9:15 am. Larry’s class is starting on the 25th due to a return visit of a special visitor. He has been with us before to share his missionary zeal in countries that are not very friendly to Christians. Know who his is yet? He will be preaching on Sunday, September 18th at both the 8 am and 10:30 am. He will also be sharing his and his family’s experiences in the Parish Hall at 9:15 am. Of course you don’t want to miss this exciting presentation.
Another class for adults will be a class on Christian Parenting. This class will be led by various leaders and couples with the aid of video and workbooks. So watch the bulletin for information. Both classes will begin at 9:15 am but rooms have yet to be determined. Our Wednesday night program of Faith-Food-Fellowship will be offering not only food but food for the soul. They will be changing the focus from games which has been offered through the summer months to a study. The study will be of Rick Warren’s study and movie, Son of God with table discussions. Come and join us on Wednesdays at 6 pm for Food-Faith-Fellowship.
I thank Glenda Morgan and Heather Horn for volunteering to teach First Communion Class. Any youth first grade and up, who are of an age of reason is invited to learn about receiving their First Communion when the Bishop visits St. Alban’s. If your child has already taken the class and needs a refresher course, please speak with Glenda or Heather. We want to help our youth in their life in Christ as much as possible.
Finally but not least, is our Inquirer’s Class for those who wish to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, Reception, or Renewal of Baptismal Vows when our Bishop visits. We will have an organization meeting on Sunday, September 11th at 9:15 in room 10. We will find a time and day that we can meet as well as fill out some paperwork. It is a great class to review one’s own faith and practices of the church. If you are interested, please join us on this Sunday.
I hope everyone, as it will take everyone, has filled out a ministry sign up list that has been in your bulletin. If a leader of that ministry has not contacted you, please feel free to call the ministry leader. If St. Alban’s is going to grow in the faith of our Lord, grow in the discipleship of Christ, grow in the love and ministry to reach out to those who do not know Christ or have lapsed in their faith— we need you! Join us in learning and offering the greatest gift we have been given, Jesus Christ our Lord.