St. Patrick’s Welcomes You!
St. Patrick’s is the Episcopal church in NW Albany. We are located at the intersection of Old Dawson Rd. and Byron Plantation Rd. We are both traditional and open-minded, liturgical and friendly. Sunday worship is at 9:00 and 10:45. St. Patrick’s is also home to the Lutheran Church of Our Savior ( LCOS), the ELCA Lutheran church in Albany. Sunday’s 9:00 service uses the Lutheran worship book
St. Patrick’s welcomes the Rev. Galen Mirate as our interim rector while the search continues for a permanent rector. Rev. Mirate is from Valdosta and has served as visiting celebrant and preacher at Episcopal churches in the Diocese of Georgia on an as-needed basis. She has previously served as assistant rector at Christ the King Episcopal Church in Valdosta, Vicar at St. Margaret of Scotland Episcopal Church in Moultrie, and Associate Priest at Christ the King Episcopal. She is a graduate of the University of the South School of Theology in Sewanee, TN, and the University of Georgia School of Law. The Rev. Mirate joined us on October 2 for an introductory visit and then began her interim duties during the following week and started officiating and preaching on October 9.
- Every Sunday in Lent! Worship services – Holy Communion at 9 a.m., using the ELW; at 10:45 using the BCP; Compline, beginning with a Penitential Order, at 7 p.m. Nursery – Available during both Sunday morning services. Sunday school for adults, at 10 a.m. in the All-Saints’ Room. Children’s church at 10:45 a.m. in the children’s classroom. Lessons and projects that connect to the scripture readings appointed for the day. Coffee and fellowship – Following both morning worship services. Come to the Parish Hall to enjoy
- Lenten Wednesday program series, each Wednesday in Lent, beginning Wednesday, March 8 – The beginning of our Agape Supper of soup and sandwiches, provided this week by members of the Men’s Steak Night crew, at 6:30 p.m., with a Eucharist to follow.
- The Lap A Leprechaun 5K Run and Family Fun Walk, Saturday, March 11 – beginning at 9 a.m.
- Musical Offerings Sunday, March 12 – The 10:45 service will include several musical offerings in thanksgiving for the many wonderful musical instruments which have been generously donated to enrich our liturgies.
- Vestry and Administrators’ Training led by Canons Frank Logue and Katie Willoughby and a Communicator Roundtable led by Ann Iredale, Director of Communications for the Diocese of Georgia, will be held Sunday, March 12. These events are free and will be held in our Parish Hall from 2 p.m. till 5 p.m. See Mother Galen if you wish to register for either of these events.
- St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Saturday, March 18, to celebrate the feast day of our patron, St. Patrick, in the Parish Hall, 6 p.m. Do you plan to attend? Will you be available to help? Please see the sign-up sheets in the entrance-way of the Parish Hall.
- Invite, Welcome, Connect Sunday, March 19 – There will be an hour-long meeting on the “Invite” portion of Invite, Welcome, Connect in the Parish Hall at 4 p.m.
- LOOKING AHEAD: Presiding Bishop Michael Curry visits the Diocese of Georgia Saturday, September 17 and leads a revival service at Honey Creek. Yes, a revival! More details to come.
- Sunday School for all ages every Sunday morning at 10 a.m. Coffee and Fellowship follows after the 9 a.m. and after the 10:45 a.m. worship services. Come share in this time of fellowship with one another.
- Wednesday Mid-Week Worship at 6:30 p.m.
- St. Patrick’s hosts a First Sunday Brunch every month. Parishioners provide wonderful food and fellowship after the 10:45 service.
- Men’s Steak Night is the third Monday of each month at 6 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Bring a steak or whatever you prefer to put on the grill.
- Women’s Night Out is the third Monday of each month at 6 p.m.at a local restaurant.
- Food for a Thousand: St. Patrick’s Signature Ministry (to grow healthy food for local feeding ministries and families) is thriving!
- Ongoing Outreach: St. Patrick’s continues to be heavily involved in Storm Relief efforts after both storms, spearheaded by Deacon Joy Davis. Many parishioners have joined in the clean-up efforts through their chainsaws, sweat, and generous donations. In addition the parish ongoing outreach includes personal hygiene items for GraceWay residents – a list for specific needs may be found in the Parish Hall; food staple items for Neighbors in Need; magazines for hospitals/nursing homes; travel-size toiletries for homeless shelters; and prescription eyeglasses for the Lions Club sight program.
- Sunday, February 5 – Annual Episcopal Parish Meeting, including elections of three Vestry members, during the brunch immediately following the 10:45 service. A brief Vestry Meeting followed immediately after the Parish Meeting.
Sunday, February 5 – Souper Bowl of Caring. Each year as the Super Bowl comes, we collect food and donations for Albany’s Neighbors in Need as part of the national Souper Bowl of Caring. Additionally, because it is on the first Sunday of the month, we incorporated this into First Sunday Brunch. We had a chili cook-off in addition to the regular food offerings.
- Presentation of the Parish Survey, February 12 – A joint Episcopal and Lutheran service was held at 10:45 a.m., with the survey results presented following the service during First Sunday Brunch. This event was well attended.
- Tuesday, February 28, Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, 6 p.m. in the Parish Hall. This was the church’s final social event prior to the beginning of Lent.
Special Eucharist for Storm Victims
The regular Wednesday evening service at St. Patrick’s for this week was canceled in order for our clergy and parishioners to participate in a special Eucharist being hosted at St. Paul’s Episcopal in downtown Albany. This also included a healing service and a supper. Everyone was invited; folks were asked to bring a covered dish or other food item. There were boxes to pack up any leftovers for those needing lunch and dinner the following day. People can bring canned food or other supplies for the victims of the weekend’s storm; they can also give checks earmarked for St. John/St. Mark’s, since that church’s campus was damaged by the storm, or they can contribute checks or gift cards to be used for the benefit of those who are homeless or in need in the aftermath of the storm.
Friday, January 6 – The Annual Epiphany Party at 6 p.m. at the home of Sandra Rowe, Please RSVP – there is a signup sheet located in the Parish Hall. Please bring heavy hors d’oeuvres and desired beverages.Canceled because of the severe damage in Albany area and the curfew. Our prayers are lifted up for all affected people. Annual Parish Meeting – Sunday, January 8, including elections for three Vestry members, during the brunch immediately following the 10:45 a.m. service. A brief Vestry meeting will follow immediately after the Parish Meeting.Out of respect and consideration for our members who have been hugely inconvenienced or even displaced from their homes this past week by the severe storm damage, the First Sunday Brunch and Annual Parish Meeting that was scheduled for this Sunday, January 8, will be postponed until the first Sunday in February (February 5). However, the 9 a.m. and 10:45 worship services will be held as scheduled, with a focus on how we can continue to help in our city’s recovery.. Our prayers continue for relief as quickly as possible in these areas that were hit so hard!
- Snackin’ With the Rev, January 15, 6 p.m. Meet with the Interim Rector at a casual local restaurant, hang out, and enjoy low-key conversations on topics of your choice. This event was held at Five Guys in November, but is in need of a new location; the Rev eagerly awaits your location suggestions.