I would like to thank Charles Patton for his organizational skills and for bringing Fr. Jerry and Stacy back to St. Alban’s. It was indeed a gift to have them and for everything they shared with us. Thank you for your generosity towards their ministry. As you well know, this can be continued throughout the year.
We will have another chance to support our Centurion, Fr. Binga this month. The Brotherhood of St. Andrew will be sponsoring an Oktoberfest on Sunday, October 23rd from noon to 3 pm in the Parish Hall. Fr. Binga has had a long time relationship with us and we have helped build his “Priest House.” I am sure he could use more help on that project as it goes in phases as funds are available. But first is to help provide a stipend for him and his family to live on. I believe our support is about $150 per month. Join in the fun, and fellowship while helping spread the gospel in Northern Malawi. Like here in the United States, the harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few.
Talking about Laborers, we could use a few of them ourselves. I want to thank Dorinda White and Janice Doerge for their volunteering to help with the Advent Project. Glenda Morgan has been a faithful leader for this outreach and I am sure thankful for the help. But liturgically we could use more acolytes, ushers, lectors, and chalice bearers. Our gratitude to those Lectors/Chalice Bearers who have taken on several services. We are thankful for your faithfulness and serving to the Glory of God.
But another area we are still looking to be blessed is for a Christian Education Teacher(s) for our 1st through 6th grades. Carole and John Lemonds, Susie Wheaton and Vincent Go have been faithfully teaching but could use your help. We have a great flock of young ones that need to know and be taught the love and mercy of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Please let me know if you are called to help.
If you are in need of some intellectual stimulation, we have plenty of opportunities. On Sunday’s in the Library we have a Christian Parenting Class. If you have passed that stage in your life, then Larry Thomas is offering an adult class on the Reformation. If that is not enough then on Wednesday’s—Faith, Food and Fellowship has not only opportunities for youth but small group for adults on the movie Son of God. Join in the fun.
Yes, we will be having the Blessing of the Animals. It will be on Wednesday, October 5th beginning at 5:30 pm. Thanks to Monica Cyphers and Randy Sparks for taking flyers to Veterinarian Offices and Groomers. We hope new people will join us for the Blessing. Food will be served at the front parking-lot. You are welcome to keep your pet with you to join in Wednesday night’s activities or take them home and come back. Let’s see if we can have a record number of blessings this year.
We have the Altar and Flower Guild Meeting and Luncheon; we are hosting the Delegates for Diocesan Convention—see Monica if you would like to donate some dessert. In other words we have a very exciting and active month of October. There are many opportunities to join in. Come be an integral part of St. Alban’s.