Responding to COVID-19

Responding to COVID-19

UPDATED: SEPTEMBER 9, 2021 | 12:00 pM

Thank you so much to the ECW for getting our flags & Bob Cerney for putting them out on our campus!

“We can’t go back to Eden”

Beloved, Saturday we will observe the 20th anniversary of September 11, 2001 or 9/11. I can’t begin to imagine the stories we all have from that day or that time shortly thereafter. Some of us were in school, some of us were in uniform, some of us were not yet a twinkle in our mother’s eye, most of us were waking up to what we thought was an otherwise unremarkable Tuesday morning in America.

I’m not sure what else there is to be written about this chapter in human history. If you are like me, you have been taken more recently by the immense human loss in the inept withdrawal from Afghanistan. The salvage of the evacuation by our civil servants and those in uniform on the ground does little to assuage the still older wounds from loss that linger on in many of us. A type of loss that the pandemic has reintroduced.

What I am more certain of as a follower of Jesus Christ, is that my response to this pain and these memories needs to be born always from prayer. Just as I know we can’t go back to Eden, I know we can’t go back to a world before 9/11 or before the pandemic. This morning, let us pray together and resolve faithfully to press on by the mercy and grace of God.

Yours,

The Reverend Nick Roosevelt, Rector and Pastor


WELCOME MARTIN MILLS AND CHOIR. 
This morning we welcome back to St. Patrick’s and Our Saviour, Martin Mills, who will serve as the new Director of Music for our congregations. We also celebrate the return of our choir under his direction and look forward to their many blessings in song. If you are interested in singing in the choir, rehearsals are Wednesdays at 7:00 PM.


ALBANY EPISCOPALIANS FOR NAMI. October 9th. 
St. Patrick’s, St. Paul’s, and St. John & St. Mark have answered the call for help by responding financially and joining others in the Albany community to support NAMI and its mission. Last year Albany Episcopalians for NAMI raised more than $5,000, and this year we’ve teamed up again. Join us, your fellow Episcopalians, on October 9th in supporting NAMIWalks Your Way: A United Day of Hope. More sign-up and support information will be announced soon.


Prayer List Updates:

  • Adam Moore, COVID-19. Added by Amanda Clements.
  • The Lowery Family. COVID-19. Added by Kelly Rowe.
  • Mike & Laura Coutu; Suzanne, Nonie, & Christopher Johnson; Lynn Goodburn; Tiffany Walter. COVID-19. Added by Celie Hogue.

UPDATED: SEPTEMBER 2, 2021 | 10:30 AM

“We are going to Grandma’s House!”

Growing up, we used to visit my grandparents on weekends like this one. They lived in Alabama (both familes) and we lived in the upstate of South Carolina. Because of the distance, my parents insisted we visit four-five times a year whenever there was an extended break.

The five+ hour trip to Alabama (largely depending upon traffic in Atlanta) was a long time for younger children. This was before the advent of infinite screens and handheld devices. So, my mother was always coming up with car games and songs we could play along the way. One of them, “we are going to grandma’s house,” both helped the time pass and literally was what we were in the midst of doing.

Today’s psalm is similar, in that it is a pilgrimage song, or a song of ascents. While making the journey to Jerusalem, the children of God would sing songs that spoke of God’s faithfulness and favor. Today’s psalm rang out on the theme of trusting God, something that was important when making what could be an unpredictable and perilous trek to Jersualem. What song has been on your heart in these recent or former days?

Yours,

The Reverend Nick Roosevelt, Rector and Pastor


Join us this afternoon from 2:00-2:30 PM for a birthday drive-thru celebration for Doris Alley, who turns 99 years young!


Join Lesia’s Easterseals team to collect 2,500 pairs of gently worn shoes for a Shoe Drive! 

All gently worn shoes are accepted including men’s, women’s, children’s, tennis shoes, dress shoes, sandals, boots, loafers, etc.  Shoes with holes, tears, or excessive wear will not be accepted. The competition will last until September 23.

How do I submit my shoe donation?

Place all shoes in a bag with the number of shoes written on the bag. Shoes can be brought to church on Sunday for pick up or call or text 229-894-8297 for your donation to be picked up. Shoes also can be dropped off at Easterseals, 1906 Palmyra Road. On the outside of the bag write the number of shoes in the bag and Lesia Irvin. If you are dropping off after hours, there is a donation box by the door.  

If Lesia collects the most shoes, she will be crowned the Easterseals Shoe Queen! She will receive a gold crown with all the accessories along with a gift basket fit for a Queen and bragging rights, of course.  More importantly your shoes will help an organization that provides services to individuals with disabilities, so start gathering your shoes today.


Baptism Anniversary

  • 1st – Carolyn Brunson, Michael Brunson Jr., & Hermine Holt
  • 11th – Celie Hogue  
  • 30th – Jo Cerrone & Janet Ranew

Birthday

  • 2nd – Doris Alley
  • 4th – Michael Northrop & Myra Walker
  • 8th – Billy Youngblood
  • 11th –Bella Burney & Anne Gibson
  • 12th– Fr. Nick Roosevelt
  • 13th – Evelyn Clements
  • 19th – Orva Voth & Grant Combs
  • 22nd – Autumn Hart & Emily McPeters
  • 23rd –Bill Ragan & Ellie Driggers
  • 25th – Danyelle Barber
  • 26th – Barbara Cumbee
  • 27th – Kennedy Hackett
  • 28th – Mindy Northrop & Kelly Rowe
  • 29th – Hermine Holt

Wedding Anniversary

  • 11th – Jimmy and Carole Clements
  • 24th – Sergio and Jo Cerrone & Steve and Joanne Tanner

From the Diocese:
Out of an abundance of caution, Happening #104 will now take place November 19-21 at Honey Creek. In making this shift we are trying both to keep our young people as safe as possible while still offering an amazing experience to our participants. 

The overnight youth event COVID guidelines (listed below) will remain in place for the November date.

Prayer List Updates:

  • Family of Sergeant Nicole Gee
  • Mike Coutu
  • Suzanne Johnson
  • Nonie Johnson
  • Laura Coutu
  • Lynn Goodburn
  • Christopher Johnson
  • Tiffany Walter

UPDATED: August 26, 2021 | 12:30 PM

“Somebody get Jesus some hand sanitizer!!”

Alright now, let’s have a come to Jesus moment here. Have you been washing your hands for the full 20 seconds? I have an idea, let’s make it 30 seconds because I heard some of you don’t add the Mississippi when you count. Anybody rolling their eyes yet?

This morning’s Gospel reading gets at a tendency of religion to turn a ritual, sign, or practice into an idol. This often comes about when the performative aspects of these rituals take on a greater meaning than the intention behind them. The core message of today’s lesson is about the core intentions of our hearts and the practical implications of our behaviors. In the middle of a pandemic, this is more important than ever across our society.

It is the things that we believe and the actions that arise from those believes that actually matter for the sake of God’s Kingdom. As Episcopalians and Lutherans, we have many performative rituals in our worship. But as I tell new servers and acolytes, as I once heard from a Bishop myself, “truly the only thing that can go wrong in worship is to forget why we are here.”

Yours,

The Reverend Nick Roosevelt, Rector and Pastor


On Sunday, August 15, we blessed and installed the newest Little Free Library at St. Patrick’s. It was donated by the Lynch family in memory of their aunt “Kiki” Kathy Hudgens Hitchcock, who was an educator for over 40 years. St. Patrick’s donated the first books, a copy of the Bible, as well as introductions to the Episcopal and Lutheran traditions. There are books for children through adults. The family wanted to pick out a few special books to stock the library, so they included one of Kiki’s favorite books, On the Night You were Born. They also chose some of their favorites from childhood, The Monster at the End of this Book. Sydney chose the book she had to have from the book fair when she was a little girl, Ruby Bridges Goes to School. Flannery picked her favorite book, Moon over Manifest. We hope the community will enjoy it half as much as we have enjoyed just setting it up! Check it out! And follow our FB page Little Free Library #131555. Thanks!

You are welcome to take a book and/or leave a book. If you’d like to connect with the family, who is maintaining the library, you can contact them at littlefreelibrary131555@gmail.com


SERMON+ SERIES. Ever wanted to get just a little more out of the sermon on Sundays? Have an additional question or wanted to hear something fleshed out further? Sunday, following the service, Fr. Nick will spend an extra 30-40 minutes filling in the gaps of the sermon with the scripture readings. Your questions are welcome!

Looking ahead at the upcoming schedule:

  • August 29 – Song of Songs
  • September 5 – (No Sermon+, Vestry Meeting)
  • September 12 – Proverbs
  • September 19 – Proverbs
  • September 26 – Esther
  • October 3 – (No Sermon+, Vestry Meeting)
  • October 10 – Job
  • October 17 – (No Meeting)
  • October 24 – Job
  • October 31 – Ruth

We will be starting up Holy Communion again on Wednesday evenings. Come join in Wednesday evening worship in the Chapel of Our Saviour at 6PM, starting this upcoming Wednesday – September 1st.


Prayer List Updates:

  • Suzanne Johnson
  • Nonie Johnson
  • Laura Coutu
  • Lynn Goodburn
  • Christopher Johnson
  • Tiffany Walter
  • Carol Rubinson

UPDATED: August 19, 2021 | 12:00 PM

“It’s All Too Much”
How many amps is the circuit breaker in your house rated to handle? Have you ever had an outlet stop working only to head out to the closet or garage and see that a circuit had broken?

This week I read a compelling article by the Rev. Nadia  Bolz-Weber, a Lutheran pastor, theologian, and author. She was writing about the circuit breaker in a former apartment where she lived. The place was old, real old. “Were I to audaciously assume my hair drier could run while my stereo was on, I would once again find myself opening the grey metal fuse box next to the refrigerator and flipping the breaker,” she writes.

These past couple of weeks have been full of a lot of news. However close to home or heart or however far across the expanse of the world, we have been inundated with not only news that is predictable and regular, but with the unexpected and uncertain. “It’s all too much,” Bolz-Weber writes.

This Sunday, I want us to hear the good news from 1 Kings as Solomon completes the Temple to the Holy One of Israel. I want us to hear that sometimes it is all too much for us, but never too much for God. I want us to hear that we can flip the breaker, make some adjustments, and keep going.

Yours,

The Reverend Nick Roosevelt, Rector and Pastor


Beloved, please join in remembering Betty Ann Clay (mother of Melody Sheffield), who has died. Here is a link to her obituary.

Due to audio & tech troubles, many of our streaming viewers weren’t able to clearly hear Deacon Joy’s sermon this past Sunday. For those who missed it (or just want to experience it again), we are making the text version available to you at the button below.


Our garden has provided 459 lbs of produce and eggs to Neighbors in Need so far this year. Thanks to all who have helped in the garden and with delivery! We still have a few watermelons and cantaloupes growing, and our okra (5 varieties!!!) is doing well. The deer really love the okra leaves!!! Plastic netting works well in protecting the plants, and we have been mulling over ideas to make it work even better next year. Our experiment with a second crop of red potatoes was a failure. Seeds did not germinate for some reason.  We continue to work on putting cardboard/mulch down between and behind beds. We experimented with using grass mulch from back 40 vice wood chips (grass mulch is FREE!). Hot weather, rain, and humidity make gardening tough this time of year. We are contemplating a fall garden of collards and turnips.


Our energetic team of retirees took the initiative and started mowing weekly (vice bi-weekly) towards the middle of July. We’ve discussed mowing more often in the past but never executed until now. It makes cutting easier, as grass gets real thick mid-summer (due especially to afternoon thundershowers that continue to pop up).


Update from Diocese

In all that we do in youth ministry, we are called to balance our desire to engage in potentially transformative ministries with our young people with our need to minimize the risk to their health. 

In order to hold in-person events in the fall and to increase our chances of doing so while minimizing the risks to participants, the Diocese of Georgia is implementing the following precautions:

1. Covid-19 Vaccinations are now required for any overnight event for all who are eligible.
2. Everyone must submit proof of a negative Covid-19 test administered within 96 hours of the start of the event.
3.We will make use of Honey Creek’s beautiful outdoor spaces as much as possible, and will have fans on and windows open much of the time while indoors.
4.Masks must be worn while indoors at all times, except when eating or sleeping, regardless of vaccination status.
5. Registration numbers will be limited.

To read the full guidance, visit https://gaepiscopal.org/covid-19-resources/


Prayer List Updates:

  • Family of Conner Sloan
  • Family of Gray Roland
  • Carol Rubinson
  • Mark McCracken

UPDATED: August 11, 2021 | 12:00 PM

“I am the bread of life”

I read a touching little story this week in Pulpit Digest that I want to share with you:

“There was a new young associate pastor that was given the assignment of taking communion to an elderly woman in a nearby nursing home. When she arrived the attendant on the hall said the woman is bedridden and does not even know her children. The young priest found the woman in her bed babbling incoherently while looking out the window. She did her duty and set up her communion kit and proceeded with the short service and was able to give the woman the body and blood of Christ. As she gathered her supplies and started to go, the old woman suddenly turned toward the priest and clearly said, ‘God really does love us doesn’t he?’ The Holy Communion had triggered a memory of love planted long ago.

Amen,

The Reverend Deacon Joy O. Davis



Prayer List Updates:

  • Mark McCracken
  • Kathy Fazekas, Covid-19
  • Conner Sloan, Covid-19
  • Ruth Natoli
  • Billy Bolton
  • Ken Murdoch

UPDATED: August 5, 2021 | 11:11 AM

“Our Mission Continues”

This Sunday, we welcome back to St. Patrick’s our 4th Rector, the Rev. Dr. Jim Bullion. Fr. Bullion served St. Patrick’s beginning in 1993 until his retirement in 2008.

We also have announced some additional, temporary, precautions for our in-person worship until we learn more about the prevalence of breakthrough infections and outcomes for the vaccinated as well as transmission for children under 12 who are yet able to be vaccinated. These changes include continuing our mask mandate for indoor gatherings of over 10 people and will include seating again every other row to space us out. In addition, there will be dedicated stations for those who would like to take the bread only and those who would continue to choose intinction. I promise you we will not keep to these changes any longer than we absolutely feel is necessary to be proactive in preventing the worst for anyone coming to worship in our congregation.

I will be away through next Sunday, August 15th on vacation. During this time please contact our Senior Warden, Joe Wingard (229) 376-1030 or The Rev. Deacon Joy Davis (229) 347-0034 for pastoral care needs. In the case of a sacramental emergency, they will be in contact with a priest. I’m praying for you all and asking the Holy Spirit to lead us as our mission continues to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ enfolding all in God’s love.

Yours,


SERMON+ SERIES. Will Return August 15. Ever wanted to get just a little more out of the sermon on Sundays? Have an additional question or wanted to hear something fleshed out further? Sunday, following the service, Fr. Nick will spend an extra 15-20 minutes filling in the gaps of the sermon with the scriptures readings from 1 & 2 Samuel into 1 Kings. Your questions welcomed!


FELLOWSHIP FOLLOWING WORSHIP: Sunday after the Service. Your Vestry would like to serve and greet you after worship on Sunday mornings. There will be a simple refreshment offering in hopes that you’ll find a spot in the shade and join in the fellowship. See you shortly!


Prayer List Updates:

  • Family of Tom Strickland
  • Repose of the Soul of Betty Ann Clay
  • Kathy Fazekas, Covid-19
  • Conner Sloan, Covid-19
  • Ruth Natoli
  • Billy Bolton
  • Ken Murdoch

UPDATED: JUly 29, 2021 | 11:00 AM

“You are the man”

“Nathan said to David, ‘You are the man! Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: I anointed you king over Israel, and I rescued you from the hand of Saul; I gave you your master’s house, and your master’s wives into your bosom, and gave you the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would have added as much more. Why have you despised the word of the Lord, to do what is evil in his sight?”

If the last few weeks of our readings have focused on the rise of David to the throne of a united Israel and culminated in God’s promise to make him a house forever, we begin to confront a part of David that has likely been there all along. This part of David is less preferable in the annals of history, much like we in the south (and everywhere) tend to remember selective parts of our leaders when discerning how to honor the truth of history.

This week, we will look at how Nathan’s prophecy helps turn David’s self-denial into a self-confession. We will explore just how restorative redemption, not just for David, but for Bathsheba, indeed for Israel and for us, comes about when in response to our confession we are able to make repentance, to turn away from sin and toward grace. Such justice is the loving-kindness of God, whose mercies cannot be numbered.

Yours,



A Word From Fr. Nick About Recent Coronavirus Updates from the CDC

Beloved, like many of you, I have seen the news this week that the Delta variant of the Coronavirus is the dominant strain and is resurgent among the U.S. population. 

What I want us to hear in this moment are a few things:


1) Continue to pray mightily for all who are impacted directly and indirectly by Covid, including for the courage to seek support and help even for yourself.


2) This resurgence is overwhelmingly among the unvaccinated, with breakthrough cases being the “rare occasion” (per CDC)


3) Even among those breakthrough cases, the incidence of hospitalization or severe illness is currently exceptionally rare on a population wide basis


4) Further, thus far, we don’t have evidence that the delta variant has any greater transmission than the original strain among pre-pubescent children outside of the home


5) Finally, it is now definitively clear that receiving a vaccine is one of the easiest life-saving medical decisions of our century, and not only for ourselves, but for our community. If you are eligible and haven’t spoken with your doctor or any qualified health professional, please be encouraged to do so and become vaccinated.


6) With the percentage of folks vaccinated in our congregations, there is no reason, at this time, to restrict our behavior further. The Vestry will discuss this Sunday, August 1.

I would welcome your own thoughts/reflections/feedback for our discussion to the Senior Warden – Joe Wingard: josephrwingard@yahoo.com


Neighbors in Need Donation from Food For A Thousand Garden

Along with grocery donations last week, Marian White delivered church-grown watermelons and cantaloupes to Neighbors in Need. Our hardworking garden volunteers, headed by Joe Wingard, are dedicated to providing fresh fruits and veggies to those in need of them.


Birthday

  • 1 – Stacey Driggers
  • 4 – Kay Ragan
  • 6 – Jimmy Davis, Celie Hogue, & Bert Windham
  • 7 – Karen Dees, Glenda Franklin & Tracy Stringer
  • 11 – Ralph Rodgers
  • 12 – Jim Sheffield & Alan White
  • 13 – Kathryn Daniels
  • 16 – Alex Moreschi
  • 18 – Alex Hart
  • 19 – Adia Sakura-Lemessy
  • 21 – Anna Arnold & Theodore Freeman
  • 22 – Joseph Freeman
  • 23 – Buster Arnold & Brenda Gray
  • 27 – Jane Swanson
  • 30 – Dylan Armstrong & Tony Moreschi
  • 31 – John Michael Rowe Jr.

Wedding Anniversary

  • 10 – Bob and Aida Cerney
  • 14 – Tim and Joy Davis

Baptism Anniversary

  • 1 – Sam Williamson
  • 3 – Anne Goodburn
  • 9 – James Clements
  • 10 – Melody Sheffield
  • 12 – William Ragan Jr.
  • 13 – Kathryn Daniels
  • 19 – Sam Stringer & Tracy Stringer


Prayer List Updates:

  • Family of Sylvia Berry
  • Family of Bert Wagnon
  • Ruth Natoli
  • Billy Bolton
  • Ken Murdoch

UPDATED: JUly 9, 2021 | 3:30 PM

“Doing the Thing Right or Doing the Right Thing”

As part of our scripture story today from Samuel, King David has resolved to move the ark of the covenant to Jerusalem. In this effort, Uzzah, son of Abinajab, is walking with the ark and the oxen along the route. When one of the oxen stumbles, Uzzah reaches out his hand to steady the ark so that it won’t touch the ground and perhaps even break. Uzzah’s violation is absolute as no one should touch the ark and live. 

There are many good reasons to take up anger with God’s anger, as David did (the words for their feelings are the same in the Hebrew). Rabbi Kook offers this wisdom: it was the oxen that were unstable, and therefore Uzzah should have steadied the animals instead of the ark.

How often do we think we are doing the right thing when we try to address symptoms and end up avoiding addressing the underlying root causes? One advantage of community is the opportunity to speak up and to hear about the larger issues that lead to such stumbling among the vulnerable, for they often bear the highest cost of trying to do the thing right. In Jesus call to protect the poor and vulnerable, how might the church speak more clearly?

Yours,

The Reverend Nick Roosevelt, Rector and Pastor


Prayer List Updates:

  • Family of Ann Roosevelt
  • Family of Harris Povlot
  • Zack Turner, Motorcycle Accident
  • Hanna Jones, Eye Surgery
  • Betty Ann Clay
  • Mary Lou Porter, Spine Surgery
  • Rob Kirk & Family, Leukemia Diagnosis

UPDATED: JUly 1, 2021 | 3:30 PM

“The Birth of a Nation”

Happy Independence Day!

This Sunday, we remember the birth of a nation, but not just our own! In our scriptures, we hear the account of the birth of the nation of Israel with David as its King. This continues the fascinating saga of Israel’s monarchy and its growth from a fledgling group of tribal affiliations to a more perfect (or complete) union. Of course, we know from history this is not long-lived for Israel as Samuel’s prediction of the travails of monarchy outweigh its benefits. No form of governance is perfect, and yet we continually yearn to the cause of liberty and justice for all. Let us pray today for Israel, for the United States, and for nascent and fledgling nations seeking the same.

Lord God Almighty, in whose Name the founders of this country won liberty for themselves and for us, and lit the torch of freedom for nations then unborn: Grant that we and all the people of this land may have grace to maintain our liberties in righteousness and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.  Collect for Independence Day, Book of Common Prayer p. 242

Yours,


Women’s Night Out will be THIS Monday, July 5th – 6PM, at El Vaquero, 3007 Kensington Court (behind Zaxby’s). All adult women are invited and encouraged to join this fun fellowship time together and bring a friend or colleague with you. Please RSVP to Shirley Tyner by 10:00 AM Monday morning to help get a right number.


Potato Harvest – Food for a Thousand Garden

This past Saturday a dedicated group of children and adults worked hard to harvest and wash potatoes from our FFT garden.  We ended up with 155 lbs of red potatoes coming from 5 beds.  Another 10 lbs was saved and is being used for seed potatoes for a second crop.  The potato harvest was then donated to Neighbors in Need.On Saturday we began replanting  the second crop of red potatoes for this year.  We are experimenting with growing the potatoes in mulch versus in the dirt, which eliminates the need to wash after harvest. The second crop is expected to be ready in early October, so mark your calendar!


Fr. Nick was recently inducted as a member of the Rotary Club of Albany and appointed Chaplain to the Club. Pictured with Fr. Nick is Deanna Julian, Executive Director of the The Arc of Southwest Georgia.

One Voice Georgia

July 23rd – 25th

One Voice Georgia for Disability Rights will bring together community members with and without disabilities from across the state to move with a unified voice in support of disability rights. Participants can choose to run, walk, roll, or bike for 1 mile, a 5K (3.1 miles), or 10K (6.2 miles), or simply move for exercise at any point during July 23-25, 2021. Participants can complete their race individually, with family & friends, at a park, their backyard, or even inside! The Arc of Southwest Georgia in person events: July 23 (ADA Celebration) & July 24 (One Voice Race). Register at ga.thearc.org/one-voice-georgia.


Baptism Anniversary

  • 1 – Brian Williamson
  • 6 – John Michael Rowe Jr.
  • 7 – Sarah Arnold & Karen Dees
  • 12 – Bob Cerney
  • 24 – Tom Shapard

Wedding Anniversary

  • 14 – Patton & Teresa Jones

Birthday

  • 3 -– Ken Jones
  • 4 – Lee Couch and Scott Long
  • 7 – Miles Hall
  • 8 – Al Armstrong
  • 9 – Ruth Fountain
  • 10 – John Cumbee and Daniella Okafor
  • 12 – Daniel Vanoteghem
  • 13 – Tom Borst
  • 14 – Thomas Clements
  • 15 – LeConte Talley
  • 27 – June Lewis
  • 29 – Lamon Brand

Prayer List Updates:

  • Family of Tiffani Whitaker
  • Family of Diane Erickson
  • Hanna Jones, Eye Surgery
  • Betty Ann Clay
  • Mary Lou Porter, Spine Surgery
  • Rob Kirk & Family, Leukemia Diagnosis

UPDATED: JUNE 24, 2021 | 12:00 PM

The Warrior Lament”

This Sunday’s portion in our continuing journey through the initial period of kings in Ancient Israel comes at a transition point in the story. Last week, we read the story of David and Goliath. Since then, David has been on the run from Saul, who has desired to kill this threat to his rule.


Through his music, David had been Saul’s only relief from the evil spirit which turned against him, but now David would seem to torment him even more than the spirit. Saul’s son Jonathan has saved David several times and they have bonded with an intimate connection that comes with shared suffering and isolation.


Saul and Jonathan will eventually be overcome by the Philistines, and Saul will fall on his own sword rather than be killed by the enemy.
Today, we read (or listen) to David the musician singing his lament. There are several fascinating layers to these words. Some of them pick up on the Song of Hannah and the reversal motif in this set of stories. Others connote a classic warrior lament over losing close ones in battle. It signals that we are moving from a Saul-David story now to a David story. Soon, it will be time for David to become King of Israel.


Yours,

The Reverend Nick Roosevelt, Rector and Pastor


There will be an ECW meeting Monday at 6PM in the Parish Hall. All ladies welcome! Please bring an appetizer to share.

Apply for Happening #104 Staff & Steering Committee

From the Diocese:
Happening #104 is scheduled to be IN PERSON at Honey Creek September 17-19, 2021, and we are so excited!

Staff Applications are currently being accepted online and we are also receiving nominations for the Happening Steering Committee. Links to each form are below. In order to apply to serve on staff you must have attended Happening at least once. Remember that applying for staff does not guarantee selection. In order to allow for some spacing, especially in the dorms, we are limiting the total number of Candidates and Staff to fifty people. In addition, as we ease back into the in-person aspect of youth events, we strongly recommend that everyone who wishes to participate receive a Covid vaccine if eligible. Applicants who are selected for either Steering Committee or Happening Staff will be contacted via email by Happening Coordinator Sarah Brittany Greneker (sbsandbach@gmail.com).

Candidate Registration will open soon, and we look forward to greeting the newest group of Happeners. We are so excited to finally be able to meet again and hope will help us take the necessary precautions to continue to do so. The Georgia Happening website is updated and will continue to be updated as we move closer to our Happening date! 

Remember the BEST is yet to come!


Back to the Creek Retreat for Youth!

July 30 – August 1
Grades 6-12
Cost: $125
Registration Opens Next Week!

At the end of July, after a hiatus of almost 17 months, the Diocese is excited to start offering in-person gatherings for youth at Honey Creek!

Our first event will take place Friday, July 30 – Sunday, August 1 and will be for youth in Grades 6-12. his “Back to the Creek Retreat” will allow our young people to take a break before their school year begins.

Because Covid-19 is still a risk, participant numbers will be limited for this event. Smaller numbers will enable everyone to spread out in the dorms and during worship and other activities. Sign up quickly when registration opens next week!

Please contact Canon Varner at jvarner@gaepiscopal.org with questions about this event! We strongly encourage all participants who are able to do so to get vaccinated before the event!

BACK 40. Mowing Week, Friday & Saturday (as required – would like to get as much done on Friday so as to not interfere with potato harvest)


FOOD FOR A THOUSAND GARDEN, Potato Harvest, this Saturday, June 26th at 9:00 AM. We have a nice crop of Red Potatoes, ready for harvesting!  All ages are welcome to come and help, or just watch. Bring work gloves, knee pads, and expect to get dirty. Plan is to also plant a second follow-on crop of Red Potatoes, using some of those we harvest as seed. Mild Georgia weather allows for a second crop, but we’ve never tried, so should be interesting. Will also try planting a bed in wood chips/mulch and see how that works… supposedly makes harvesting easier and potatoes don’t get “dirty” when grown in mulch.


COVID Worship Updates, Season after Pentecost

Masks and Vaccination

Consistent with guidance from the Diocese, all persons are encouraged to wear masks during communal gatherings of worship. Fully Vaccinated persons are not required to wear a mask at any time during worship. Anyone not fully vaccinated is required to continue to mask indoors at all times and outdoors when within 10ft of another unvaccinated person.

Sitting in the Sanctuary

With recent guidance from the CDC, the Diocese has loosened seating restrictions. Social distancing will now be emphasized between any two unvaccinated persons not from the same family. Beginning this Sunday, we will adopt a new seating plan with the following guidance: There will be eight areas throughout the sanctuary reserved for families with persons unvaccinated (see seating chart). Fully vaccinated persons may sit anywhere in the congregation following two rules: 
1) you may not sit directly in front of or behind anyone and
2) you should not be within an arm’s reach (3ft.) of anyone else vaccinated or unvaccinated from outside your family.


If you have financial concerns, contact Fr. Nick. For more information, contact Canon Joshua Varner at jvarner@gaepiscopal.org

Prayer List Updates:

  • Family of Bob Parker
  • Family of Tim Everett
  • Betty Ann Clay
  • Mary Lou Porter, Spine Surgery
  • Rob Kirk & Family, Leukemia Diagnosis
  • Ann Roosevelt (Fr. Nick’s Grandmother), Hospice Care
  • Le Anna Walton, Recovery from Procedure

UPDATED: JUNE 17, 2021 | 12:00 PM

Rooting for the Underdog”

One of the things my father learned from his father, and I in turn learned from my father was to root for the underdog. By that, I’m not asking for all of you Bulldog fans to root against your own team when favored (which is most of the time I hear). However, I’ve found rooting for the underdog can change the whole experience of enjoying sports.

Perhaps this is best illustrated in a recent series I watched on Disney+ called “Mighty Ducks: Game Changers.” If you are familiar with the original movie franchise, Emilio Estévez reprises his role, except this time the Ducks have become a corporatized, win-at-all-costs team. When one of their players, Evan, gets cut from the team, he decides to start a new team called the “Don’t Bothers.” As you might expect, this new team is filled with kids who’ve never touched the ice or even thought of playing hockey. 

When you begin to pull for the underdog, every achievement brings on a new level of enjoyment and fun. As I remember the many hundreds of games I’ve spent with my dad in the pressbox or on the sidelines, I’m most grateful this Father’s day for the enjoyment I gained from learning to root for the underdog. God sort of has a track record of doing the same in the scriptures, perhaps, something we all might learn from our heavenly father.

Yours,


UTO Spring Ingathering

This spring’s United Thank Offering Sundays will be June 20th and June 27th. Get your blue boxes ready! You can also make a special gift by putting “UTO” in the memo line on your gift.


This summer’s Vacation Bible School will be interactive “take-home” boxes serving our youth ages 4-12. They will be ready for pickup on Sunday, June 27, 2021.  

The Fourth Sunday After Pentecost

June 20, 2021

10:00 AM | In-Person and Online Worship

READINGS FROM YEAR B, THE REVISED COMMON LECTIONARY: 
1 Samuel 17:32-49 OR; Psalm 9:9-20; [2 Corinthians 6:1-13]; Mark 4:35-41

WORSHIP LEADERS
Greeter Tracy Stringer
Ushers Sam Stringer, Marian White
Altar Guild Jane Braun, Adia Sakura-Lemessy, Donna Sakura-Lemessy, Sandra Rowe
Flower Guild Joyce Bridges-Judkins, Shirley Tyner
A/V Team Michael Plowden
Reader Lamon Brand
Eucharistic Minister Gabriel Perkins-Lawrence
Verger Carolyn Brunson, Casey Perkins-Lawrence
Guest Pianist Amanda Latona
Deacon The Reverend Deacon Joy O. Davis
Guest Presider The Reverend Joe Clift
*The Reverend Nick Roosevelt is away this week at Diocesan Family Camp


MEN’S STEAK NIGHT. Monday, June 21 | 6:00 PM. Bring your own meat and beverage, and the church will provide the ready grill, a salad, and baked potato. Everyone is encouraged to invite a friend for this evening of fellowship and brotherhood.


SERMON+ SERIES. Sundays after the Service beginning June 27. Ever wanted to get just a little more out of the sermon on Sundays? Have an additional question or wanted to hear something fleshed out further? Beginning Sunday, June 27, immediately following the service, Fr. Nick will spend an extra 15-20 minutes filling in the gaps of the sermon with the scriptures readings from 1 & 2 Samuel into 1 Kings. Your questions welcomed!


REFRESHMENTS WITH THE VESTRY Beginning June 27 after the Service. Your Vestry would like to serve and greet you after worship on Sunday mornings. Beginning June 27, there will be a simple beverage and snack offering in hopes that you’ll find a spot in the shade and fellowship. Join us!


VESTRY VACANCY. Election Scheduled for July 12. Due to a recent resignation from the Vestry, there is an open spot to fill a 2.5 year term. The Vestry will elect a new member at its July 12 meeting. If you are interested in serving, please contact Fr. Nick or a current Vestry member.


VESTRY MINUTES AND FINANCIALS. Available at stpatricksalbany.org    A reminder to all guests and members of our congregations that the Vestry minutes and financial reports are made available on the home page of our website each month as part of our commitment to transparency and communication with you. 


MOVIE NIGHT at Christ UMC – 505 Byron Plantation Road
Friday, June 18 at 6:30 PM & Everyone is invited!

This Christian movie is the animated version of the classic movie with the same name “Pilgrim’s Progress”. The beautiful movie in spectacular colours is a good way to introduce the Christian life to both adults and kids. The movie tells the story of John Bunyan and his adventures. Kids will love the animation and the message of faith and redemption. 
Genre – Classics, Inspirational, Animated, Faith, Evangelism & Redemption

*Bring your family, friends, lounge chairs and blankets.
This event will be held inside the Parlor of the Educational Building.

Prayer List Updates:

  • Ann Roosevelt (Fr. Nick’s Grandmother), Hospice Care
  • Le Anna Walton, Recovery from Procedure
  • Bob Parker, Cancer and Organ Failure

UPDATED: JUNE 3, 2021 | 12:00 PM

Beloved,

Grace and peace be with you all in Christ our Lord!

This Sunday begins the Season after Pentecost (and Trinity Sunday), as the long arc of the warmer months are among us. I wanted to share a couple of announcements:

1) Birthday and Anniversary Blessings
Beginning this Sunday, June 6, we will once again have blessings time at the first of the month for those who have birthdays, anniversaries, baptismal dates, etc. during the month of June. At the announcements you will be invited to come forward together for a blessing.

2) Scripture Readings
“The major sequence that runs, from 1 Samuel 1 to 1 King 2 is one of the most astounding pieces of narrative that has come down to us from the ancient world.” – Robert Alter, Ph.D, Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature

Each church year (Advent to Christ the King, typically November to November), we read through the bible using a series of selected lessons from something called a lectionary. The Revised Common Lectionary, specifically, sets forth readings in common with major mainline denominations in the West as a sign of Christian unity. During the Season after Pentecost, there is an optional track to read through portions of the Old Testament narratives. This Summer, we will start reading through the story of Israel during its monarchies. 

I sometimes get flack for preaching the political (read: not partisan) implications of the Gospel. Any mature Christian understands you can’t read Scripture without an awareness of the world behind the text, including its politics. And you can’t read through 1 Samuel 1 to 1 Kings 2 without recognizing any politicalquestion is a theological question for ancient Israel. Israel just can’t wait to have a King. How will it turn out? Let us (re-)read together…

See you Sunday!

Yours in Christ,


Bikers Staying At The Church While Working With Our Local Fuller Center For Housing
From Stacey Driggers:
Twenty-two bike riders are staying at our church June 2nd – 4th (they are all vaccinated), and we will be fixing a roof and painting the Fuller Center office. They are riding across the country to raise awareness and money for the ministry of the Fuller Center for Housing.

“Everyone who gets sleepy at night should have a simple decent place to lay their heads, on terms they can afford to pay.”
-Millard Fuller

Birthday

  • June 1 – Spencer Williamson
  • June 2 – Erin Freeman, Seth Daniels, & Gabi and Gabriel Okafor
  • June 6 – Ann Young & Zoe Shipley
  • June 9 – Bert Baranko
  • June 11 – Riley Driggers & Alan Seely-Wilson
  • June 13 –Bob Cerney
  • June 14 – Eloise Talley
  • June 17 – Andy Davis & Bonnie Walton
  • June 19 – Marcia Killingsworth
  • June 23 – Joan Northrop
  • June 24 – David Hogue
  • June 25 – Carolyn Brunson
  • June 26 – Tom Strickland
  • June 28 – Clay Sisson & Angela Szpak
  • June 29 – Joe Wingard.

Wedding Anniversary

  • June 2 – David and Celie Hogue 
  • June 8 – Randy and Leigh Ann Shipley
  • June 15 –Tom and Jackie Driggers & Joe and Erin Freeman
  • June 17 – Bill and Kay Ragan
  • June 21 – Tony and Tricia Moreschi

Anniversary of Baptism

  • June 1 – Doris Alley, Danielle Arnold, Joyce Bridges-Judkins, Mark Brunson, Michael Brunson Sr., Joy Davis, Jackie Driggers, Hill Gillespie, Fran Kempf, Steve Kender, Barb Strickland, Jane Swanson, Steve Tanner, Al Voss, Orva Voth, and Bonnie Walton (We also choose this day to celebrate those whose date of baptism is not recorded in our church register.) 
  • June 3 – Nancy Griffin
  • June 4 – John Griffin
  • June 10 – John Cumbee
  • June 11 – Laura Talley
  • June 14 – Lindsey Stewart
  • June 19 – Casey Perkins-Lawrence
  • June 29 – Kelly Rowe

Prayer List Updates:

  • Tammy Mathis. Added by Kelly Rowe.
  • Marsha Killingsworth.
  • Abagail Elaine. Added by Sharyn Davis.

UPDATED: May 27, 2021 | 2:30 PM

Beloved,

This Sunday, May 30, 2021, Trinity Sunday, we bid farewell to Ben Gessner, our Director of Music for these past two years. We have all been blessed by his ministry, including his great care, teaching, musicianship, and leadership. It is amazing to me that most of his ministry with us was during the pandemic, and yet, he continued to offer us his very best and more. Ben has just completed the Masters of Arts in Church Music from Mercer University, Macon, and will continue on to a Masters in Arts in Theology from the McAfee School of Theology in Atlanta. While we knew this time was coming, we nevertheless mourn this transition even as we celebrate Ben’s accomplishments among us.

With current restrictions, we won’t be able to have the full reception we might normally have under these circumstances. I would like to ask a couple of things from you.
1. Please arrive early to hear Ben’s full prelude and plan to stay seated as a congregation through the full postlude (we’ll greet him outside afterwards).
2. Please consider a donation to Ben’s Purse to support him in this transition and into his future studies (gifts can be marked ‘Ben’s Purse’ and will be forwarded on to him, these gifts are not tax-deductible).

Rare in Southwest Georgia do we encounter such a rich liturgical depth and care with the scriptures, and we give thanks that Ben has joined a line of musicians who have served St. Patrick’s and Our Saviour so faithfully. We now pray both for his future endeavors and for the Holy Spirit to bring us a new musician as our search picks up this summer. See you Sunday!

Yours in Christ,


This summer’s VBS will be interactive “take-home” boxes serving our youth ages 4-12. So we may best serve each family, please share the following information before June 14, 2021.


Bikers Staying At The Church While Working With Our Local Fuller Center For Housing
From Stacey Driggers:
Twenty-two bike riders will be staying at our church June 2nd – 4th (they are all vaccinated), and we will be fixing a roof and painting the Fuller Center office. If anyone would like to assist with a dinner, snacks or lunch, please let me know! Fruit: oranges, apples and bananas requested. Appreciate you all!

PENTECOST SUNDAY VISITATION FROM CANON LOREN LASCH 

St. Patrick’s and Our Saviour welcomed the The Rev. Canon Loren Lasch, Canon to the Ordinary for the Diocese of Georgia this past Sunday on Pentecost Sunday.


Prayer List Updates:

  • Family of Bobby Gay.
  • Abagail Elaine. Added by Sharyn Davis.
  • Family of Dick Grebel. Added by Carol Wilch.
  • Sue Woods. Added by Joyce Bridges-Judkins.
  • Diane Erickson. Added by Myra Walker.

UPDATED: May 21, 2021 | 3:00 PM

Covid Worship Updates, 
effective Pentecost Sunday Masks and VaccinationConsistent with guidance from the Diocese, all persons are encouraged to wear masks during communal gatherings of worship. Fully Vaccinated persons are not required to wear a mask at any time during worship. Anyone not fully vaccinated is required to continue to mask indoors at all times and outdoors when within 10ft of another unvaccinated person.
 Sitting in the SanctuaryWith recent guidance from the CDC, the Diocese has loosened seating restrictions. Social distancing will now be emphasized between any two unvaccinated persons not from the same family. Beginning this Sunday, we will adopt a new seating plan with the following guidance: There will be eight areas throughout the sanctuary reserved for families with persons unvaccinated (see seating chart). Fully vaccinated persons may sit anywhere in the congregation following two rules: 
1) you may not sit directly in front of or behind anyone and
2) you should not be within an arm’s reach (3ft.) of anyone else vaccinated or unvaccinated from outside your family.
 Book of Common Prayer and HymnalsWith recent updates to guidance affirming that surface spread of Covid is negligible, we will once again have our prayer books and hymnals in the pews.
 SingingConsistent with last week’s change, we are now allowing all persons to join in congregational singing. Please use the insert and hymnal to find music.
 OfferingWith recent updates to guidance affirming that surface spread of Covid is negligible, we will return to a traditional offertory with the passing of plates.
 Contact Tracing CardsContact tracing cards will now only be necessary for guests or anyone whose information the parish does not already have on file.
 Holy CommunionHoly Communion will be offered in two kinds only by intinction (dipping) served by the priest or deacon only. If you would like to receive in two kinds, please point to the wine when you come forward for communion. Everyone may choose to continue receiving by bread only. This Sunday, there will be two communion stations that ushers will direct you to depending upon which side of the nave you are seated. You will come forward via the center aisle, and return to your seat by the outer aisle.
 Exiting WorshipFollowing the final hymn, during the postlude, you may exit following the direction of the ushers via the side door of the Chapel of Our Saviour. Those wishing to hear the full postlude may remain seated and exit after the postlude.
 RestroomsRestrooms are no longer emergency use only. Please do use the available wipes to clean the surfaces that may have been dirty. This is a good sanitization practice for bathrooms even beyond the pandemic.
 Coming Later in SummerNursery
Birthday Blessings
Coffee Hour
 Personal NoteI do give so much thanks to God for your diligence and care in cooperating with guidance during the pandemic. We have had no cases of spread in our worship, and you have committed to one another’s safety. As the dimmer switch continues to brighten and risk lowers, I trust we will continue to watch, pray, and act for each other’s safety and wellbeing.

Thank you beloved!!


UPDATED: May 15, 2021 | 11:00 AM

Beloved,
 
Grace and peace be with you in the risen Christ!

Like many of you, I was excited to hear the great news announced by the CDC this Thursday. Not so much that the vaccinated could dispense in most cases with mask wearing, but with the amazing scientific evidence that supports such a shift in guidance. Starting last year with the pandemic, your prayers, the commitment of the scientific community, and heaps of money from our federal government, have delivered to us a safe, effective vaccine, in which much of our daily lives can resume with no more risk than when we buckle our seat belts to drive to church on Sunday morning. Thanks be to God!!

Now, all that being said, this guidance applies to only the fully vaccinatedMy first thought when the announcement was made was, but what about our children?Within five minutes, I had reached out to the Bishop, and we texted back and forth to offer some guidance and feedback. One of the things he emphasized, as he has from the beginning of the pandemic, is that we are still reopening on a dimmer switch. He wrote a letter yesterday to the priests and wardens of the parishes. Here is part of what he wrote:

At the time of this announcement, less than 29% of Georgia residents were fully vaccinated. No one ages 12-15 has had sufficient time to get fully vaccinated, no one under 12 has been cleared to receive a vaccine at all, and many of those 16 and over have decided to not yet get the vaccine at this time…While I have read this newest CDC announcement in full, as of this morning the CDC has yet to revise their guidance for Communities of Faith based on this change. The new CDC announcement is welcome news for us as individuals, but it is also a challenge for communities of faith because, as followers of Jesus, we welcome all people, not just those who are fully vaccinated. The CDC is clear that indoor gatherings, including church services, remain a risk for the unvaccinated. This may seem like a small point, but it can have a great impact. Our May 17 guidance allows us to sing indoors while we are masked and distanced from other households. But I am deeply concerned about what it will mean for us to sing with no masks and no distancing with unvaccinated persons among us, especially children. – Bishop Logue

Our approach at St. Patrick’s and Our Saviour:

After consulting with our Senior Warden and following the Bishop’s Guidance, I have come, prayerfully to the following:

  • Sunday, May 16 everyone will remain in masks, seated distanced
  • Sunday, May 16 everyone is invited to sing wearing their masks

Following this Sunday, I will further consult with our families with children and with the full Vestry to assess our path forward.

I have been so thankful for you all during this pandemic. You have adapted well, loved and cared for each other well, you have been patient and kind, all of these things in the character of Christ himself! I hope to see you all tomorrow, and I look forward to more soon!


In Christ,


In Honor / Memory of Someone – $50
(contact Fr. Nick for any financial concerns)

Sign up by contacting Kelly in the office:
office@stpatricksalbany.org or (229) 432-7964


Upcoming Available Dates: May 30th, June 6th, June 13th, and June 20th.

Prayer List Updates:

  • Sue Woods. Added by Joyce Bridges-Judkins.
  • Diane Erickson. Added by Myra Walker.
  • Bobby Gay. Hopsitalized. Added by Joyce Bridges-Judkins.

UPDATED: May 6, 2021 | 2:00 PM

St. Patrick’s & Our Saviour would like to wish a Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful ladies in both congregations! Be sure to grab your gift this Sunday as you enter the church for service. These gifts are for all our awesome women: mothers, stepmothers, grandmothers, foster mothers, godmothers, aunts, and all who give mothering care!

Sylvia Berry has announced that a local author and playwright has produced a radio production telling the story of Author and Sylvia Berry. It will premiere this Saturday, May 8 at 10:00 AM on WUTU 88.3 FM and can be listened to online here: http://wutu883fm.com


Sundays, May 23rd and 30th, at 10:00 AM. 
Please join us in recognizing several graduates in the congregation from all levels of education: high school, graduate, and doctoral studies.

Prayer List Updates:

  • Bobby Gay. Hopsitalized. Added by Joyce Bridges-Judkins.
  • Families of Kelby Bryant and Chris Bryant. Added by Kelly Rowe.
  • Addison Brown. Seizure and Brain Issues. Added by Monica Plowden.
  • John Griffin. Heart Troubles. Added by Marian White.
  • Thom Bear. Awaiting Transplant. Added by Sharyn Davis.
  • Kurt Carow. Parkinson’s Disease Troubles. Added by Karen Dees.
  • David Hogue. Heart Troubles. Added by Ann Young.

UPDATED: April 29, 2021 | 2:00 PM


We are so pleased to share a target date for the Spring Yard Sale: May 22nd. As guidance is relaxed in light of increasing vaccinations, we feel confident in this date for our yard sale. We will need volunteers to help with pricing (starting Monday, May 17th), Day-Of work, and clean up. Contact Aida Cerney or the office to volunteer.

PENTECOST SUNDAY VISITATION FROM CANON LOREN LASCH
Sunday, May 23rd at 10:00 AM
Common Worship St. Patrick’s and Our Saviour will welcome the The Rev. Canon Loren Lasch, Canon to the Ordinary for the Diocese of Georgia for Pentecost Sunday. More information soon.


Baptism Anniversary

  • 5th – Ann Bolton
  • 9th – Mary Shapard
  • 18th – Clay Sheffield and Catherine Talley
  • 25th – Kristi Baranko and Lee Ann Burkart

Birthday

  • 2nd – William Ragan Jr.
  • 3rd – Jordon Knight
  • 4th – Casey Perkins-Lawrence
  • 8th – Gabriel Perkins-Lawrence
  • 9th – Ava Mc Donald, Ian Sakura-Lemessy and Beverly Ziemiecki
  • 10th – Gil Gillespie
  • 13th – Jay O’Neil
  • 14th – Jim Kempf and Cathy Stocks
  • 19th – Kaidin Burney
  • 20th – James Clements
  • 22nd – Dana O’Neil
  • 23rd – Peggy Hamlin 
  • 24th – Carmen Moore, Jo Cerrone, Jan Dukes and Tim Davis
  • 25th – Ellie Northrop 
  • 28th – Brent Driggers, John Griffin and Ed Northrop
  • 29th – Sally Behrend
  • 30th – William Behrend, Melissa Goodin, and Brent Northrop

Wedding Anniversary

  • 3rd –Tom and Orva Voth
  • 6th – Jim and Fran Kempf
  • 8th – Grant and Jennifer Combs
  • 9th – Hill and May Gillespie & Uzoma and Toyin Okafor
  • 22nd – Michael and Carol Brunson

In Honor / Memory of Someone – $50
(contact Fr. Nick for any financial concerns)

Sign up by contacting Kelly in the office:
office@stpatricksalbany.org or (229) 432-7964


Upcoming Available Dates: May 16th, May 23rd, May 30th, and June 6th.

Prayer List Updates:

  • Family of Bobby Smith.
  • Family of Molly Arnold.
  • Addison Brown. Seizure and Brain Issues. Added by Monica Plowden.
  • John Griffin. Heart Troubles. Added by Marian White.
  • Thom Bear. Awaiting Transplant. Added by Sharyn Davis.
  • Kurt Carow. Parkinson’s Disease Troubles. Added by Karen Dees.
  • David Hogue. Heart Troubles. Added by Ann Young.
  • Joey Nichols. Emergency Hospitalization. Added by Kelly Rowe.
  • Gloria Gladney. Hospitalization. Added by Chrystal Michie.

UPDATED: April 21, 2021 | 2:00 PM

It has been advised that Vaccination Cards not be laminated. The church has purchased Vaccination Card holders. If you would like one to protect your card, let the church office know.


Our Vestry Minutes and Financial Reports are now easily accessible on the homepage of our website. Go to stpatricksalbany.org and scroll down until you see “Responsible Leadership and Reporting.” Click on the Minutes and Financials button, and there you are!


If you have financial concerns, contact Fr. Nick. For more information, contact Canon Joshua Varner at jvarner@gaepiscopal.org.



Prayer List Updates:

  • Family of Kori Gauthier. Added by Celie Hogue.
  • Joey Nichols. Emergency Hospitalization. Added by Kelly Rowe.
  • Gloria Gladney. Hospitalization. Added by Chrystal Michie.
  • Gary Flanigan. Added by Fr. Nick.
  • John Everett. Possible Pancreatitis. Added by Celie Hogue.
  • Richard Harless. Heart Valve Replacement. Added by Carolyn Brunson.

UPDATED: April 8, 2021 | 1:00 PM

Easter Sunday 2021


Easter Small Group Studies to Begin THIS SUNDAY

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Beginning THIS SUNDAY, St. Patrick’s is joining our Bishop, Frank Logue, and the Diocese of Georgia in reading our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s book, Love is the Way: Holding on to Hope in Troubling Times which will meet Sundays at 11:00 AM in the Parish Hall. There is also an audio book option for this study. Please contact Fr. Nick if planning to attend.

Beginning in THIS SUNDAY, Kristi Baranko is offering a small group study/activity with Christ Walk: A 40-Day Spiritual Fitness Program by Anna Fitch Courie.

This book can be found on Church Publishing website and Amazon
(Link to the book at Amazon above)

Upcoming Available Dates: April 25th, May 2nd, May 9th, & May 16th

Prayer List Updates:

  • Family of Theora Whittlesey Brown. Added by Fr. Nick.
  • Family of Marge Ann Coxey. Added by Celie Hogue.
  • Gary Flanigan. Added by Fr. Nick.
  • John Everett. Possible Pancreatitis. Added by Celie Hogue.
  • Richard Harless. Heart Valve Replacement. Added by Carolyn Brunson.
  • Joe Sports. Recovery from Stroke. Added by Karen Dees.
  • Harris Povlot. Recovery from Surgery. Added by Fr. Nick.
  • Al Voss. Stage 1 Throat Cancer. Added by Fr. Nick.

UPDATED: April 1, 2021 | 2:00 PM

HOLY WEEK IS HERE

Beloved,

You are invited to walk with Jesus in these next three days, from his last supper to the cross, and finally to the tomb empty again.

I want to thank you so much again for the edifying and uplifting worship for Palm and Passion Sunday this past week! The strength of our community was evident by your participation in-person and online. We have almost 70 in-person and another 20 or so online…it was a community choosing to be community together.

This week, all of our services will have an in-person and online option for you, and I pray that this year we would continue our strong participation by attending all three services of the Triduum, right up to Easter Sunday itself. I hope to see you along the way, holding you all in my prayers.

Yours,


“FOOD FOR A THOUSAND” GARDEN

Upcoming Schedule:

  • Saturday, April 10th: Plant garden (Note this schedule change! This will no longer be on Saturday, April 3rd.)

If interested, contact Joe Wingard at josephrwingard@yahoo.com or cell phone 229-376-1030 (feel free to leave a message). 

Potatoes are growing!


Baptism Anniversary

  • 1st – Jimmy Chandler, Sharyn Davis, Tim Davis, Tamra Parks, and Michael Plowden 
  • 2nd – Juby Phillips
  • 4th – Bella Burney and Kaiden Burney
  • 5th – Emily Hogue
  • 8th – Jeremiah Hoskinson and Ella Shipley 
  • 9th – Nancy Behringer
  • 19th – Gabriel Perkins-Lawrence
  • 21st – Cecilia Vanoteghem

Birthday

  • 1st – Tamra Parks and Monica Plowden
  • 3rd – Melody Sheffield and Al Voss
  • 4th – Sunny Anne LaFontaine
  • 7th – Santha Jetty
  • 10th – Sharon Gross
  • 12th – Danielle Arnold, Toyin Okafor and Brian Williamson
  • 13th – Mary Shapard
  • 15th – Rachael Arnold
  • 18th – Jeremiah Hoskin and Todd Northrop
  • 19th –Bryce Northrop
  • 20th – Fran Kempf and Dee Knight
  • 22nd – Sergio Cerrone
  • 23rd – Kay Rodgers
  • 28th – Faryn Hackett
  • 29th – Sally Behrend, Rachel Rodriquez Wingard
  • 30th – William Behrend, Melissa Goodin and Brent Northrop

The Easter Bunny got some help from St. Pat’s members as they gathered to stuff baskets to be donated to Liberty House and Foster Care families. Many donations were made to this fun project by folks not pictured here. Thanks to so many for sharing your hearts with children on Easter.

Prayer List Updates:

  • Joe Sports. Recovery from Stroke. Added by Karen Dees.
  • Harris Povlot. Recovery from Surgery. Added by Fr. Nick.
  • Al Voss. Stage 1 Throat Cancer. Added by Fr. Nick.
  • Jerry Castleberry. Cancer. Added by Aida Cerney.
  • Jonathan McDonald. Possible Stroke. Added by Celie Hogue.

UPDATED: march 23, 2021 | 2:20 PM


Potato Planting Team on Saturday, March 13th

This Good Friday, we will be taking up a dedicated offering for the support of the Episcopal Church in the Holy Land. Click above to hear about this appeal from the Presiding Bishop.

*Please make sure all checks are made out to: “St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church” with “Good Friday Offering” added in the note field.
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The bishops, priests, and people of the Province of the Diocese of Jerusalem and the Middle East thank you very much for your support as we come together in the One Body of Christ, strengthening our faith by living the Good News.


Our thanks go out to Fran Kempf for creating a dozen lovely Easter arrangements that have been delivered to home bound Hospice families for them to enjoy this spring. Designed to be maintenance-free for those who may be mobility-limited or bed-bound, these were reused from decorations at a wedding. How wonderful to be able to use the leftovers of one as the ingredients of an entirely new thing…indeed such is with Christ, with all things becoming new. What a perfect story for Eastertide and for those with terminal diagnoses in Hospice Care.

Newly Created St. Patrick Festal Garden Outside of the Parish Hall

Bonnie Walton received a grant for this effort and contributed along with a few others to support this meaningful project. For years, water would gather here and it was difficult for grass to grow. These water thirsty plants will thrive, and Patrick promises to keep the snakes away. As we came to the end, the price of rocks increased, so if you would like to contribute to this or other projects around the parish, please contact Fr. Nick. Thank you to all who made contributions and for those who used their time and effort and skill to beautify our campus!!


We are excited to share that Gabriel Perkins-Lawrence (pictured left) was granted Candidacy for Holy Orders in the Diocese of Georgia by The Rt. Rev. Frank S. Logue. This is the final step as he enters his last academic year of seminary before ordination as a transitional deacon. Please join us in congratulating Gabriel!


UPDATED: march 16, 2021 | 2:00 PM


“FOOD FOR A THOUSAND” GARDEN

Upcoming Schedule:

  • Saturday 27 March:  First combined Back 40/Food for a Thousand workday, begin at 8:00 am
  • Saturday 3 April: Plant garden

If interested, contact Joe Wingard at josephrwingard@yahoo.com or cell phone 229-376-1030 (feel free to leave a message). 


Prayer List Updates:

  • Alan Conard. Cancer. Added by Amanda Clements.
  • Linda & Bill Adair. Added by Loretta Williamson.
  • Janie Williams. In need of a liver transplant. Added by Mary Shapard.
  • Chris Alba. COVID-19. Added by Celie Hogue.
  • Jeff Woodford. COVID-19. Added by Celie Hogue.

UPDATED: march 9, 2021 | 2:15 PM

Food For A Thousand Returns

“FOOD FOR A THOUSAND” GARDEN
 Join us in the Food for a Thousand Garden at 9 am this Saturday, 13th of March, as we prepare for spring and remember the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day by planting potatoes!  The potato was important to Ireland because the plant was hardy, nutritious, calorie dense, and relatively easy to grow.  Children & youth are especially welcome and encouraged to come learn the art of potato planting. It’s easy and fun! Come and see!   

Upcoming Schedule:

  • Saturday 13 March:  Potato planting – families and children of all ages invited, 9:00 AM
  • Saturday 27 March:  First combined Back 40/Food for a Thousand workday, begin at 8:00 am
  • Saturday 3 April: Plant garden

If interested, contact Joe Wingard at josephrwingard@yahoo.com or cell phone 229-376-1030 (feel free to leave a message). 




Begins at 6:00 PM

Prayer List Updates:

  • Family of Daniel Castellano. Added by Kristi Baranko.
  • Janie Williams. In need of a liver transplant. Added by Mary Shapard.
  • Chris Alba. COVID-19. Added by Celie Hogue.
  • Jeff Woodford. COVID-19. Added by Celie Hogue.

UPDATED: march 5, 2021 | 8:45 PM

Worship In-Person This Sunday

Beloved,

It is with great hope and anticipation that we return to in-person worship this Sunday, March 7, the third Sunday in Lent. We will continue to offer a livestream of the services online at 10:00 AM.

Our services will still have restrictions, but we hope they will loosen as we emerge from this pandemic together. Thank you beloved, and I hope to see you in-person on Sunday.

Yours,



“Food For A Thousand” Garden

Spring is just around the corner and it’s time to start planning this year’s “Food for a Thousand” Garden. If you think raising and delivering fresh produce for the local food bank is a worthwhile endeavor, and would like to help, we need you!  Join us for some of the upcoming activities:

· Sunday 7 March:  After 10 am service, cut up seed potatoes in kitchen
· Saturday 13 March:  Potato planting…families and children of all ages invited, time TBA
· Saturday 27 March:  First combined Back 40/Food for a Thousand workday start 8 am
· Saturday 3 April:  Plant garden

If interested, contact Joe Wingard at josephrwingard@yahoo.com or cell phone 229-376-1030 (feel free to leave a message). 


Prayer List Updates:

  • Family of Anise Morris. Added by Kelly Rowe.
  • Nancy. Added by Myra Walker.
  • Melissa Decker. Recovery from Surgery. Added by Kay Ragan.
  • Frank Jones. Upcoming Surgery. Added by Sunny LaFontaine.

UPDATED: February 25, 2021 | 11:00 AM

Ashes-To-Go at St. Patrick’s

Ashes-to-go was a success! Pictured above is our afternoon team of volunteers. Thank you to all who assisted in any way!

Ashes to Go was featured on CBS South GA TV!

Souper Bowl of Caring Donation

Teresa Jones and Aida Cerney join Deacon Joy and the team from St. Clare’s Soup Kitchen celebrating the successful partnership fundraiser between the ELCA’s Souper Bowl of Caring and St. Clare’s. Together we raised over $600 for St. Clare’s this year! Thank you everyone!

Birthday

  • 1st – Mike Brunson
  • 2nd – Sam Williamson
  • 3rd – Kearsten Jones
  • 7th – Le Anna Walton
  • 8th – Teresa Jones
  • 14th – Kristi Baranko
  • 16th – Tom Shapard
  • 19th – Anne Wilson
  • 20th – Lauren Williamson
  • 28th – Davis Goodin
  • 29th – Randy Shipley
  • 31st – Lesia Irvin

Baptism Anniversary

  • 1st – Loretta Williamson
  • 3rd – Kay Ragan
  • 4th – Bob Baranko
  • 17th – Griffin Ragan
  • 19th – Barbara Cumbee
  • 26th – Seth Daniels

Wedding Anniversary

  • 11th – Clay and Libby Sisson
  • 13th – Bill and Ann Young
  • 15th – Bert and Kristi Baranko
  • 23rd – Brian and Loretta Williamson
  • 30th – Michael and Monica Plowden


Small Group Studies Have Commenced!

Groups met Tuesday for the start of the Walk in Love book study. Pictured above is the 2pm in-person group. If interested, details for the study are listed below!


Prayer List Updates:

  • Anise Morris. COVID-19. Added by Kelly Rowe.
  • Nancy. Added by Myra Walker.
  • Melissa Decker. Recovery from Surgery. Added by Kay Ragan.
  • Frank Jones. Upcoming Surgery. Added by Sunny LaFontaine.
  • Family of Margie Davis. Added by Tim Davis.
  • Family of Senie Griffin. Kay Ragan’s sister. Added by Shirley Tyner.
  • Deacon Ed Williams. Added by Deacon Joy.
  • Monica Plowden. Added by Marian White.
  • Michael & Beth Montgomery. COVID-19. Added by Kristi Baranko.

UPDATED: February 17, 2021 | 2:20 PM


If you would like to remember before God the special people in your lives in thanksgiving and / or in memory, please contact Kelly Rowe in the office at office@stpatricksalbany.org 
or (229) 432-7964.

Deadline to order is Sunday, March 14th.

The cost is $15.
(Any additional donations you feel moved to give will enhance the beauty of the floral presentation in our church during Easter)

The Valentine’s Day cards you made were delivered to residents at both Montezuma Health and Rehab (pictured, left) and Evergreen Assisted Living (pictured, right). The delivery was a great success and brought joy to many! (Including Administrator at Montezuma, John Michael Rowe – pictured, middle!)


“FOOD FOR A THOUSAND” GARDEN
 
Spring is just around the corner and it’s time to start planning this year’s “Food for a Thousand” Garden. If you think raising and delivering fresh produce for the local food bank is a worthwhile endeavor, and would like to help, we need you!  A planning meeting will be forthcoming for those who like to get their hands dirty in the garden, as well as those who prefer to support the
effort but stay clean. 

If interested, contact Joe Wingard at joseph.wingard@yahoo.com or cell phone 229-376-1030 (feel free to leave a message). 

Prayer List Updates:

  • Deacon Ed Williams. Added by Deacon Joy.
  • Monica Plowden. Added by Marian White.
  • Michael & Beth Montgomery. COVID-19. Added by Kristi Baranko.

UPDATED: February 10, 2021 | 2:30 PM

Vestry Affirms and Postpones St. Patrick’s Dinner Celebration

Beloved,

It is with great hope and anticipation that I share the Vestry’s decision to target Sunday, March 7, the third Sunday in Lent, for returning to in-person worship. While local health data has improved significantly following the holiday spike, we are also moved by the proactive steps taken by those eligible to be vaccinated. We will continue to offer a livestream of the services online at 10:00 AM.

We are not yet ready to have a gathering of any scale as the St. Patrick’s Dinner. The Vestry affirmed the desire to have our annual celebration, but proposed that we identify a time uncertain in the future to safely gather for a big party when we can. Stay tuned for more information later in the year!

If you are ready to return to in-person worship and are willing to assist and serve in a worship ministry, now is the time to reach out to Kelly Rowe, our parish administrator, so we can find the right fit for you. Our services will still have restrictions, but we hope they will loosen as we emerge from this pandemic together. Thank you beloved, and I hope to see you in-person on March 7th.

Yours,




This year the Diocese will be offering daily reflections during Lent, written by both clergy and laity throughout the Diocese. Monday through Friday will be reflections on the Daily Office readings, Saturday reflections will be focused on a spiritual practice that you may be able to incorporate into your routine, and Sunday will be dedicated to a reflection of a piece of music. These reflections may be used as a resource for your congregation or as a personal guide through Lent.

The reflections will begin on Ash Wednesday and carry through to Easter Sunday. These reflections continue with the theme for November’s convention. Jesus gave this image of him as the vine and us as the branches to his followers on the night before he died as he knew they would face tremendous hardships and he wanted them to see how life-giving connection to him is for each of us.

The Diocese of Georgia’s social media will have the reflections each day. Additionally, a PDF file of all of the reflections will go out this Friday.

Details of when, where, and how this study will work are coming soon.
(Link to the book at Amazon below)

Baptism Anniversary

  • 5th – Santha Jetty
  • 18th – Anna Arnold
  • 22nd – Leigh Ann Shipley
  • 26th – Tricia Moreschi and Ellie Northrop

Birthday

  • 6th – Jo Ann Wright
  • 7th – Carole Clements
  • 10th – Michael Plowden
  • 11th – Ann Bolton
  • 16th – Amber Youngblood
  • 18th – David Martin Mills
  • 20th – Dylan Youngblood
  • 21st – Joyce Bridges-Judkins
  • 23rd – Sandra Rowe and Catherine Talley
  • 27th – Laura Talley and Loretta Williamson
  • 28th – Laura Smith
  • 29th – Parker Goodin

Wedding Anniversary

  • 8th – Doug and Karen Dees
  • 10th – John and Nancy Griffin
  • 14th – Al and Alan Seely-Wilson

Prayer List Updates:

  • Family of Bobby Watkins. Added by Loretta Williamson.
  • Michael & Beth Montgomery. COVID-19. Added by Kristi Baranko.
  • The Castellanos Family. COVID-19. Added by Kristi Baranko.
  • Heidi. Breast Cancer. Added by Orva & Tom Voth.
  • Nicki. Thyroid Cancer. Added by Doris Alley.

UPDATED: February 4, 2021 | 10:00 AM

Online Ashes Wednesday| Ashes to Go In-Person

Beloved,

As the Lenten season is before us in just two short weeks, the Episcopal Churches in Albany are announcing two opportunities to experience Ash Wednesday. The graphic above gives the times for Ashes to Go In-Person at various points and times around town. St. Patrick’s will have two times for Ashes to Go, in the morning and evening commuting hours.

7:00-8:30 AM: St. Patrick’s Ashes-to-Go
5:00-6:00 PM: St. Patrick’s Ashes-to-Go

There will also be a jointly produced online offering for Ash Wednesday that will premier at 7:00 AM on Ash Wednesday and be available to you at any time.

This year, due to the pandemic, the imposition of ashes will be done by…you! Interestingly, our prayerbook and hymnal traditions do not require this to be done by a member of the clergy. In light of this, each family should receive by US Mail, a copy of the bulletin for the service, together with a small bag of ashes that you’ll use when it comes to that point in the service on our website or on Facebook.

I know, beloved, this year will not be the same for us, and, in the spirit of humility and mortality which this day marks, let us continue to be safe together in community. I hope to see many of you for Ashes to Go at St. Patrick’s or encourage you to visit our sister and brother Episcopalians at a location most convenient for you.

Yours,



Valentine Kits are due back THIS SUNDAY, February 7th.


New Small Group Studies Coming Soon!

Starting Ash Wednesday (and preparing the Sunday prior) via Zoom, Leigh Ann Shipley is leading a book study on Healthy by Design: Weight Loss, God’s Way by Cathy Morenzie. Those interested should email Leigh Ann at lavs_20@hotmail.com for access to the Zoom meeting and to get in on the Facebook group for daily motivation and discussions.

Link to the book at Amazon below.

Al Armstrong is preparing for a book study of Walk in Love starting February 23rd.

For those of you who feel safe meeting in person, we’ll meet in the All Saint’s room at 2pm on Tuesdays.  (Of course, we’ll be observing social distancing and wearing masks.)  We’ll also have a Zoom session on Tuesday nights at 7pm.  Feel free to attend either session.

These sessions will be sufficient for confirmation or re-affirmation, but they should also provide a framework for anyone who is seeking to deepen their walk with God or strengthen their rule of life.  The book is available from virtually all retailers (including Forward Movement) and is available in electronic and physical formats.

To help better prepare/plan, please contact either the church office or
Al Armstrong, speakeral@gmail.com, and let us know that you plan to attend.

See you then!
Beginning in the Easter Season, and following the end of Leigh Ann’s study, Kristi Baranko is offering another small group study/activity with Christ Walk: A 40-Day Spiritual Fitness Program by Anna Fitch Courie. More details to come!

This book can be found on Church Publishing website and Amazon
(Link to the book at Amazon below)

Prayer List Updates:

  • The Castellanos Family. COVID-19. Added by Kristi Baranko.
  • Heidi. Breast Cancer. Added by Orva & Tom Voth.
  • Family of Denyse Bass. Added by Kelly Rowe.
  • Nicki. Thyroid Cancer. Added by Doris Alley.
  • JP Coleman. COVID-19. Added by Kelly Rowe.
  • Dan & Alice Chappell. COVID-19. Added by Nancy Griffin.

UPDATED: January 28, 2021 | 2:00 PM


It’s time again for the annual Souper Bowl of Caring to tackle hunger in Albany.


Valentine’s Day Kits are still available inside the front hall of the Parish Building.


Proposed Book Study

Church family, I’m thinking about doing this book program. Please see the link below. I am eager to strengthen my faith and treat my body the way God has intended. As most of you know, I have struggled with food most of my life. Would anyone like to join me? I’d be happy to lead a study group and do this together virtually. I’m thinking about starting on Ash Wednesday. Who is in?

If interested, contact Leigh Ann Shipley. 


Forward Day by Days devotional books for February – April
are available for pick up in the office.



Have an underused or unused midsize or larger vehicle you are open to selling? We have a couple looking for a used vehicle to help them with around town driving and daycare. Contact Fr. Nick if you or anyone you might be interested.

Prayer List Updates:

  • JP Coleman. COVID-19. Added by Kelly Rowe.
  • Dan & Alice Chappell. COVID-19. Added by Nancy Griffin.
  • Bob, Kathy, Betty, Donnie. COVID-19. Added by Kristi Baranko.
  • Bob Krause. Cancer. Added by Fr. Nick.
  • Margie & Clyde Davis. Added by Tim Davis.
  • Bailey & Will Barber. Newlyweds. Added by Jim Kempf.

UPDATED: January 21, 2021 | 2:00 PM

Beloved,

This is a special edition email announcing our Annual Meeting for January 24, 2021 at 11:00 AM.

The theme of our Annual Meeting will be “A Still More Excellent Way!” from Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians.

It will be hosted as a Zoom meeting, and broadcast on our website as well as Facebook with a mixture of pre-recorded reports and live question and answer. Please see the information below that covers several topics for the Annual Meeting, including the slate of Vestry Nominations, and an update from Joe Wingard, Senior Warden, on IMA Reserve Chaplaincy.

There are 2 Ways to Participate:
1. Click on the Button Below at 11:00 AM to enter the Zoom Meeting Online
2. From your cell phone or landline: Dial (1) 301-715-8592 and then enter:
Meeting ID: 882 5531 5671
Passcode: 4800

Yours,


2021 Annual Meeting Agenda

Opening Prayer
Senior Warden’s Report
Vestry Elections
Deacon’s Report
Presentation of the Budget
Musician’s Report
Rector’s Report
Question and Answer
Closing Prayer and Blessing


2021 Vestry Nominees

The Vestry is pleased to announce the Slate of Nominees for the 2021 Annual Meeting. Vestry nominees must receive a majority of the eligible votes to be elected. Please join in congratulating Peggy Hamlin, Sandra Rowe, and Tom Driggers and in praying for them as they respond to this calling.

Because the number of nominees is equal to the number of eligible positions, we will send the balloting in advance by electronic survey and phone those who do not have digital access to ensure we receive the required votes to be certified and affirmed at the Annual Meeting itself.




Ladies Gentlemen,


Now that pecan season is past, would like to plan to refresh the flower beds/borders around the church while it’s cool and no grass to mow.  

Date:  Saturday, January 23rd (Weather:  High – 67 Low – 49 and partly cloudy with a 20% chance of rain)

Time: 9 am – noon

What to bring?  Work gloves, kneeling pads/knee pads (if desired), jacket/hat, cardboard/pasteboard

Execution:

  • Weed eat any grass/weeds if necessary, lay cardboard, cover with pine straw, edge as needed 
  • We will start with the front, then move down the breezeway area through the columbarium, and finish up with sides of the church/rear as appropriate.

Laying cardboard helps prevent weed growth without a need for chemicals.  I have used this in my beds, and it helps a lot!  If you have cardboard/pasteboard that we can use – please drop it off at the church, stage in Parish Hall over by main conference room. You will see a pile. (please flatten)

Back 40 Crew will arrange for pine straw delivery or pickup and haul to church. 

Please coordinate with your friends.  This is an outdoor activity. We will be able to social distance easily, but will need to maintain awareness of not getting too close to each other.

Please let me know if you have any questions at 229-376-1030.

Hope to see you there!
Joe Wingard


Let’s have some creative fun and and share our love with others,
❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Deacon Joy

We still have 2021 calendars available for anyone wanting one for the new year. There are a variety of themes to choose from. Contact Kelly in the office if you would like one.

Update on IMA Reserve Chaplaincy from Senior Warden

At our January Vestry meeting, the IMA Reserve Chaplaincy for Father Nick initiative was discussed. Preparations for this discussion consisted of providing the Vestry with the following information:

•    Input received from the congregation in response to the briefing presentation provided earlier;
•    Questions and answers received from congregation members;
•    A financial analysis showing anticipated parish savings of ~$13,500/year and cost-neutral initial training.

The Vestry agreed that this is a most worthwhile initiative, everyone affirming this calling for Fr. Nick. A slim majority is ready to support the initiative at this time given the accession timeline presented. Some questioned the timing, with the pandemic raging and us recently going back to virtual only worship. These felt that our emphasis at this time needs to be focused exclusively on planning and preparing for St. Pat’s/Our Saviour coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic stronger. 

After hearing from each Vestry member, Father Nick expressed that he wanted unanimous consensus (100% agreement) from the Vestry to proceed. He then tabled the initiative for future discussion mid-year, which is seen as having no major overall impact to his discernment at this time.

Further Vestry discussions highlighted the need for increased congregational participation/engagement from Lay Leadership with a focus on parish health and growth. This needs to be an “all hands on deck” effort.

In Christ;
Joe Wingard


Prayer List Updates:

  • Bob, Kathy, Betty, Donnie. COVID-19. Added by Kristi Baranko.
  • Bob Krause. Cancer. Added by Fr. Nick.
  • Margie & Clyde Davis. Added by Tim Davis.
  • Family of Dan Williams. Added by Tim Davis.
  • Family of Matt Gallaher. Added by Fr. Nick.
  • Bailey & Will Barber. Newlyweds. Added by Jim Kempf.
  • Matthew Gay. Added by Fr. Nick.
  • Goodin Family. Added by Sharon Gross.
  • Ann Willis. Added by Kelly Rowe.
  • Molly Arnold. Added by Fr. Nick.
  • Leon Taylor. Added by Sandra Rowe.
  • Karen & Doug Dees. Added by Jane Braun.
  • Melanie Rozelle. Added by Lamon Brand.
  • Linda Oxley. Added by Lamon Brand.

UPDATED: January 13, 2021 | 2:00 PM

Beloved,

At our Monday meeting, your Vestry affirmed the suspension of in-person worship in light of local public health data and our commitment to love one another in our common life together. With new guidance from the Diocese, it appears that we will not reevaluate in-person worship until the beginning of February as we pray case counts and hospitalizations drop again. If interested, you can read more about the Diocesan guidance here.

I have been really heartened that some of you have already taken a first dose of the vaccine even as we double our prayer commitment to those who have been diagnosed in our congregations in the past week. Please see the information below about the vaccine and let us know if you have any questions regarding worship.

Tomorrow, a special edition of our email will come out focusing on the Annual Meeting, Vestry Nominations, Pastoral Connection, Ministry Development, IMA Chaplaincy Update, and Leadership initiatives as we plan to come out strengthened for the post-pandemic church.

Yours,


Sunday Morning Worship
Website and Facebook
10:00 AM

Zoom Coffee Hour and Fellowship
11:00 AM
Join Zoom Coffee Hour Sunday at 11:00 AM


Poinsettias from Christmas are available in the Sanctuary if anyone would like to pick one up. They may need a little love, but should have some life in them yet. First come, first serve.


TOTALS for 2020-2021:  3,566 lbs for $2,254.33 


Thanks to Lamon Brand, Ida & Bob Cerney, Patton & Teresa Jones, Steve Kender , Father Nick Roosevelt, Jim Sheffield, Myra Walker, Marian White and Lucas Wingard who helped with our harvesting/sales efforts this year.  We set a record for pounds sold, but with prices considerably lower than in past years, we did not set a $ sales record.  Although $2,254.33 is certainly a number we can be proud of, the second highest since we started recording!

We still have some 1 lb bags of shelled nuts for sale at $10.00/ lb. Point of Contact: Joe Wingard at josephrwingard@yahoo.com or call cell at 229-376-1030 and leave a voice mail. Funds go to the Men’s Steak Night Fund, and are used to support our Back 40 Lawn Crew Mowing ministry, as well as purchase of miscellaneous items needed by the church.


 Respectfully Submitted,
Joe Wingard   



Prayer List Updates:
– Goodin Family. Added by Sharon Gross.
– Ann Willis. Added by Kelly Rowe.
– Molly Arnold. Added by Fr. Nick
– Leon Taylor. Added by Sandra Rowe
– Karen & Doug Dees. Added by Jane Braun.
– Melanie Rozelle. Added by Lamon Brand.
– Linda Oxley. Added by Lamon Brand.
– Michael Brunson. Added by Carolyn Brunson.

Our Episcopal congregation asks you to pray for the Goodin Family, Ann Willis, Leon Taylor, Karen & Doug Dees, Michael Brunson, Kim Dwoskin, Jake Dwoskin, Melissa Goodin, Linda Oxley, Melanie Rozelle, James Luckie , Judy Hensley, Steve Tanner, Kalah Williams, Elizabeth Buchannan, Bobby Smith, Elaine Balmer, Donna Prescott, Nick Cerrone, Elsbeth Hebert, Danella Warren, John Jordan, Jackie L., Bert Windham, David Deshazo, Crystal Rivera, Holly & Mike Pitts, Greg & Michelle Everett, Angela Szpak, Jimmy & Carole Clements, John Miller, Shavonya Wade, Sharon Armbrust, Troy KIllete, Riley Driggers, Jake Fletcher, Pete Jones, Pete Fletcher, Kathy Butchart, Mitch Glausier, Charlie Hough, Cindy Blauck, Donna and Perry McClain, Linda Adair, Tommy Skender, Stacie, Luana Shafer, J. W. Willis, Rev. Tar Drazdowski, Rev. Freeman Cross, John Sheffiel, James Everett, Lindsey Bridges, Maxx Bourgeault, David Wiggins, Bob Parker, Marybeth Tucker, Constance and Troy Petty, Morgen and the Young family, Vanessa Bruce, Glenda Franklin, Caroline Williams, Carlton Davis, Savanna Esway, Emily, Tom Shapard, Lisa Farris, Libby Pieplow, Darell and Ali Dunn, Mike Coutu, Sylvia Berry, Betsy Connell, Rick Goodburn, Carol Wilson Slappey, Kendra, Darrien Conley and Frances King, Nancy Swanberg, Jim, Tricia Moreschi, baby J.D. Howard, parents of J.D. Howard, The Hudson family, Harris Povlot, Eudora Pundavela, Nancy Behringer, Jim Howard, Jerry Hines, Joel Williams, Lindsey Drone, Bonnie Pittman, Cassidy Hill, Kathy Bishop, Al Seely-Wilson, Jennifer Bishop, Maureen Pate, Annie Jamerson, Chet Dreschel, Shannon Parcel, Terry Tanner, Nancy and Dickson Alley, Michael Price, Judson, Ron Andrews, Donna DeReus, Patricia Haines, Ryan Smith, Sherrie Cowart, Vivian Fleming, Jennifer Freeman, James Hogan, Donna Willis, Michael Joiner, Donna Mc Kenna, and Evie Tsasis.

Our Lutheran congregation asks you to pray for Molly Arnold, Tom Strickland, Sue Williams, Paul (Pete) W. Jones, Pastor Charles Thompson, Butch Tiell, Carolyn Taylor, Beau Borst, Becky Lamb, Lynn McCracken, Rick Wilson, Gail Lane, Jeff Allison, Rueben Bargfrede, Wanda Beasley, Annie Collins, Barbara Danzer, Vivian Fleming, Helen Frazier, Tom Fuchs, Dick Grebel, Winifred Harris, Gina Hayes, Griffin Hill, Becky Kimsey, Pat Landin, Verna Lanier, Christoffer Ober, Shirley Poole, David Reed, William Searcy, Donna Timmons, Jana West, George Weeks, Stacey Fleming Weeks and Elaine White.
** If the person(s) you have placed on the prayer list is no longer in need of prayer and may be removed, please let the church office know.

UPDATED: January 6, 2021 | 2:00 PM

Feast of the Epiphany
6:00 PM  |  Online and Facebook
TONIGHT

Join Fr. Nick and Deacon Joy for Evening Prayer on the Feast of the Epiphany. Homily Title: “By Another Road”


Beloved,

Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have prioritized your health and safety as the Vestry has considered decisions related to the ministry of our parish. As previously shared, we have chosen to follow the White House’s “Reopening America Again” guidance released last March. Under this guidance, with the rising case counts and public health information available, we will again suspend In-Person Worship at St. Patrick’s. It grieves my heart to miss you all again in this way, but even more so that our sisters and brothers with Covid and those treating them are suffering so much! At this time, we are announcing this suspension for Sunday, January 10th, but anticipate further Sundays following the Vestry meeting on Monday, January 11th. It is also possible we’ll have further diocesan restrictions or guidance as we move forward.

At the same time, I rejoice that some of you over 65 have already signed up for an appointment to get the vaccine. There is an information sheet that Melissa Goodin shared below in this email for you to try if you qualify. I’ll pray for your patience as you navigate this process. I urge you to consult your physicians and make plans for the vaccine swiftly. It is my great hope this is the last time we’ll need to suspend in-person worship for the foreseeable future. Beginning this Sunday, we will offer the following schedule:
Sunday Morning Worship
Website and Facebook
10:00 AM

Zoom Coffee Hour and Fellowship
11:00 AM
Link Here and at the button below.
Following the Vestry meeting, we’ll have more to announce regarding the Annual Meeting and Worship during January. Please be in touch with me for further questions.

Yours,


14-Day Average Positive Case/Capita

Dougherty County (Georgia DPH)


Prayer List Updates:

– Judy Hensley. Added by Myra Walker.
– Molly Arnold
– Tom Strickland
– Kim and Jake Dwoskin. Added by Sharon Gross.
– James Luckie. Added by Sam Jones.
Michael Brunson

UPDATED: December 31, 2020 | 9:00 AM

Beloved,

Whether turning in for an early night, burning a representation of Covid/2020 in a bond fire, or zooming with friends and family to sing Auld Lang Syne after the stroke of midnight, we, by God’s grace, will wake up tomorrow to a new year. I want to leave you with my love and two intentions of prayer as we welcome the new year together.

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O God our Creator, you have divided our life into days and seasons, and called us to acknowledge your providence year after year: Accept your people who come to offer their praises, and, in your mercy, receive their prayers; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. – Book of Occasional Services, p.42

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God of the New Year,
We enter this new year full of emotions:
excitement, nerves, wonder, hope, and sadness.
As we reflect on the past year, we see your love scattered through our days.
We see your grace raining upon us.
We see your reflection in us.

You’re in the business of making all things new.
This year may our eyes turn to you in seeing what new thing you’re doing in us.
How your story of redemption is our story, too.
How your story of grace begs to be known in our lives.
How your story of unending love finds us in the darkest corners.
How your forgiveness reaches to our hearts and transforms us into people who forgive.
Make us new in you.

Turn our eyes to the small and quiet ways you make yourself known.
In the simple and serene, the mundane and daily.
In our waking and sleeping, may we turn to you.
In our playing and working, may we offer our gifts to you.
In our questioning and believing, may we keep our hearts on your word.

You walked with Abraham into an unknown land,
You counted the multitude of stars as his descendants.
You walked with the Israelites into a new home and identity.
You called prophets to new lands to share your word. 
You called your people to hear words of hope and restoration from your prophets.
You walked with Mary and Joseph to welcome the Savior in a manger.
You called fisherman and tax collectors to leave all they knew to proclaim your kingdom.
You turned a symbol of death into a symbol of hope and resurrection for all time.

You are no stranger to bringing your people from desperation to hope,
from sickness to healing,
from unbelief to belief,
from uncertainty to peace.

You’re in the business of making all things new.
This year, this day, this moment, make me new.
Amen.
-Written by Kimberly Knowle-Zeller


Sunday, January 3rd

With the weather cooling off, windy, and the ground soaked from rain, we will gather indoors for worship January 3rd.

In-Person Worship Indoors
9:00 AM  |  Holy Communion
10:00 AM  |  Holy Communion (livestream)

FINAL CHANCE TO GIVE IN 2020

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Those making last minute gift plans for 2020 are reminded that gifts either can be postmarked by 2020 (today) to count towards this year or can be submitted by tonight, December 31, 2019 at 11:59 PM via the secure online giving form below. Thank you for helping us finish our year of ministry on a strong and secure financial footing.


Baptism Anniversary

  • 1st – Al Armstrong, Yvette Armstrong, Sylvia Berry, Jane Braun, Aida Cerney, Tom Driggers, Barbara Durham, Jim Durham, Glenda Franklin, June Lewis, Anne Northrop, Monica Plowden, Jim Sheffield, Shirley Tyner, and Annie Vanoteghem (We also choose this day to celebrate those whose date of baptism is not recorded in our church register.) 
  • 8th – Dennis Alston and Tom Borst 
  • 10th – Edie Cohen
  • 11th – Danyelle Barber and Adia Sakura-Lemessy
  • 12th – Jordyn Janea
  • 13th – Gretchen Hogue
  • 21st – Tom Voth

Birthday

  • 1st – Leigh Windham
  • 2nd – Jimmy Chandler
  • 3rd – Hilsman Knight
  • 8th – Dennis Alston, Juby Phillips, and Albert Timmons
  • 9th – Michael Brunson and Lydia Freeman
  • 10th – Jean White and Tom Driggers
  • 11th – Joy Davis
  • 13th – Ella Grace Shipley
  • 14th – Hill Gillespie
  • 15th – Nancy Griffin
  • 16th – Finley Northrop
  • 18th – Jace White
  • 21st – Bill Young
  • 23rd – Aida Cerney
  • 26th – Sylvia Berry
  • 27th – Nash Northrop
  • 28th – Steve Tanner
  • 29th – Steve Kender, Bob Parker and Clay Sheffield
  • 30th – Emily Hogue and Edie Cohen
  • 31st – Tricia Moreschi.

Wedding Anniversary

  • 6th –Brent and Stacey Driggers
  • 10th – Albert and Donna Timmons
  • 21st – Sam and Tracy Stringer
  • 28th – Jake and Faryn Hackett
  • 29th – Ralph and Kay Rodgers

Prayer List Updates:
Steve Tanner
Judy Hensley. Added by Myra Walker.
Molly Arnold
Tom Strickland
Jake Dwoskin. Added by Sharon Gross.
James Luckie. Added by Sam Jones.

UPDATED: December 23, 2020 | 12:35 PM

Wednesday, December 23rd 
Virtual Christmas Pageant
6:00 PM Website/Facebook

Christmas Eve Services
Indoors with organ and soloist singing
2:00 PM & 4:00 PM
*Due to Weather: 4:00 PM Service will be Indoors*

Sunday, December 27th 
No in-person worship at St. Patrick’s 
Online Lessons & Carols with Bishop Logue
10:00 AM on Website/Facebook

Sunday, January 3rd
First Sunday of the Month 
Outdoor Worship with
Epiphany Picnic (weather permitting)
Bring your own Beverage
10:00 AM





Pecan Gathering Crew on Saturday, December 19th.

UPDATED: December 15, 2020 | 2:00 PM

Sunday, December 20
The Fourth Sunday of Advent
In-Person Worship
9:00 AM   |  10:00 AM (Online)

Monday, December 21
Longest Night (via Zoom)
7:00 PM

Tuesday, December 22nd
Beer & Carols (via Zoom)
TIME

Wednesday, December 23rd 
Virtual Christmas Pageant
6:00 PM (on Facebook)

Thursday, December 24th
Christmas Eve Services
Indoors with organ and soloist singing
2:00 PM
Outdoors with congregational singing (weather permitting)
4:00 PM

Sunday, December 27th 
No in-person worship at St. Patrick’s 
Online Lessons & Carols with Bishop Logue
10:00 AM on Website/Facebook

Sunday, January 3rd
First Sunday of the Month 
Outdoor Worship with
Epiphany Picnic (weather permitting)
Bring your own Beverage
10:00 AM



Prayer List Updates:

  • Kalah Williams. Added by Sandy Wingard.
  • Melissa Goodin. Added by Sharon Gross.

**If the person(s) you have placed on the prayer list is no longer in need of prayer and may be removed, please let the church office know.

UPDATED: December 8, 2020 | 3:00 PM

Join St. Patrick’s and Our Saviour’s Director of Music, Ben Gessner, for his Fall Organ Recital series on Facebook Live. His final performance will feature works for the Advent and Christmas seasons by Bach, Langlais, Dupré, and others.

THIS SUNDAY, December 13 at 11:30 AM


Beloved,
 
Thank you for your continued prayers for Anna Vong. She has continued to decline and, as I shared Sunday, has been on a ventilator supporting her breathing. After conferencing with her medical team, Mike and family have made the decision to withdraw life sustaining treatment tomorrow (Wednesday morning). Fr. Nick will be present to offer prayers and final blessings. An additional email will be sent out tomorrow. Please hold Mike, their family, and the Albany community in your prayers as we mourn together.

The Longest Night

You can register to attend by clicking the button below.

Congratulations to Peggy Hamlin, who Monday evening completed the course requirements for graduation from the Education for Ministry certificate program through Sewanee’s School of Theology! Education for Ministry (EfM for short) is a robust discipleship training for lay people in the Episcopal Church and involves a four year commitment studying scripture, history, theology, and the practice of baptized ministry. We look forward to honoring Peggy in person when we are able, but in the meantime please join us in celebrating this tremendous accomplishment!

Pledge Update


Prayer List Updates:

  • Elizabeth Buchannan. Carbon Monoxide Poisoning. Added by Celie Hogue.
  • Jim Love
  • Billy Smith
  • Family of Tricia Baker. Auto accident. Added by Celie Hogue.
  • Family of Denise Sanders. Brain Cancer. Added by Celie Hogue.

**If the person(s) you have placed on the prayer list is no longer in need of prayer and may be removed, please let the church office know.

UPDATED: December 1, 2020 | 2:00 PM

100% of your donation to the Deacon’s Fund at St. Patrick’s supports local people in need in the form of direct aid, as well as local and regional partner organizations for the relief of the poor.

Your #GivingTuesday gift would support causes like:

  • Neighbors in Need & St. Clare’s Soup Kitchen (recently to provide meals throughout the Thanksgiving holidays)
  • The ARC of Southwest GA (currently in the form of an Angel Tree to provide gifts for the disabled during the Christmas season). 
  • Those transitioning from homelessness 
  • Providing direct aid to those suffering in the pandemic who may lose economic protections at the end of this month.

Click the button below if you wish to donate to our #GivingTuesday Fundraiser.


Advent is starting and gift giving for Christmas is not far behind! This year St. Patrick’s is going to be partnering with Toys for Tots to help collect toys for area children. The basic mission of the program is to collect new unwrapped toys and distribute those toys to less fortunate children at Christmas. The primary goal of Toys for Tots is, through the gift of a new toy, to help bring the joy of Christmas and send a message of hope to America’s less fortunate children.

Donations of new, unwrapped toys can be brought by the office or placed in the donation box as you walk in for Sunday Morning services. The gifts can be toys for any age or gender.

The deadline for donations is December 10th.


If you prefer: we are making available names from clients of ARC to have the opportunity to furnish their Christmas Wish. There will be a little tree out on the table in the breezeway with tags that contain a name and a wish. Please choose one, purchase the gift, put it in a gift bag with the tag attached and leave on the back pew or the church office. Deacon Joy will see that they are delivered. If you would rather order online and have it delivered, send it to:
     Marcy McCarty
     c/o ARC
     2200 Stuart Ave.
     Albany, GA 31707


The deadline for gifts is December 16th.


Baptism Anniversary

  • 1st – Rachel Arnold and Lamon Brand
  • 20th – Fr. Nick Roosevelt
  • 23rd – Libby Sisson

Birthday

  • 1st – Lily Roosevelt
  • 2nd – Barbara Danzer
  • 4th – Lea Ann Burkhart
  • 5th – Sarah Arnold and Sam Jones
  • 6th – Jake Hackett and Patton Jones
  • 8th – Frank Jones
  • 13th – Davis Jones and Luke Wingard
  • 14th – Nancy Behringer, Rose Dunlap, Dawn Hart and Sarah Youngblood
  • 17th – Shirley Tyner
  • 21st – Barbara Durham
  • 22nd – Mark Brunson and Marian White
  • 27th – Christina Northrop
  • 28th – Carol Wilch
  • 29th – Cecilia Vanoteghem
  • 30th – Donna Sakura-Lemessy, Annie Moreschi Vanoteghem and Sandy Wingard

Wedding Anniversary

  • 7th – Casey and Gabriel Perkins-Lawrence
  • 9th – Jay and Dana O’Neil
  • 16th – John and Kelly Rowe
  • 24th – Sanford and Dee Knight
  • 29th – Ed and Joan Northrop & Tom and Barbara Strickland

Prayer List Updates:

  • Elizabeth Buchannan. Carbon Monoxide Poisoning. Added by Celie Hogue.

** If the person(s) you have placed on the prayer list is no longer in need of prayer and may be removed, please let the church office know.

UPDATED: November 25, 2020 | 9:00 AM

First Sunday of Advent 
New Church Year Begins


The office will be closed Thursday & Friday for Thanksgiving holiday.
We will be back open on Monday, November 30, 2020 at 9AM.

Thanksgiving Food Drive with Neighbors in Need

With our help, Neighbors in Need was able to give out 160 turkeys and all the trimmings to families for Thursday’s Thanksgiving celebration. St. Patrick’s was able to donate enough food for twenty large families through the generosity of our caring people. Thank you to all who helped make this outreach a success!


Ministry Work with St. Clare’s

Marian White and Deacon Joy helped make lunch bags at St. Claire’s soup kitchen on Monday. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the soup kitchen hands out sack lunches and drinks from the kitchen door. On this day 220 people were furnished lunch to go. Numbers of people using the soup kitchen have steadily risen during the pandemic and St. Patrick’s makes regular donations to St. Claire’s through the Deacon’s Fund. We have volunteers that staff the kitchen the last Monday of each month.


Toys For Tots Toy Drive

Advent is starting and gift giving for Christmas is not far behind! This year St. Patrick’s is going to be partnering with Toys for Tots to help collect toys for area children. The basic mission of the program is to collect new unwrapped toys and distribute those toys to less fortunate children at Christmas. The primary goal of Toys for Tots is, through the gift of a new toy, to help bring the joy of Christmas and send a message of hope to America’s less fortunate children.

Donations of new, unwrapped toys can be brought by the office or placed in the donation box as you walk in for Sunday Morning services. The gifts can be toys for any age or gender.

The deadline for donations is December 10th.


If you prefer: we are making available names from clients of ARC to have the opportunity to furnish their Christmas Wish. There will be a little tree out on the table in the breezeway with tags that contain a name and a wish. Please choose one, purchase the gift, put it in a gift bag with the tag attached and leave on the back pew or the church office. Deacon Joy will see that they are delivered. If you would rather order online and have it delivered, send it to:
     Marcy McCarty
     c/o ARC
     2200 Stuart Ave.
     Albany, GA 31707

UPDATED: November 18, 2020 | 10:40 AM

St. Patrick’s & Neighbors in Need Thanksgiving Food Drive

This year we are going to gather Thanksgiving meals for the community of Neighbors in Need. They provide everything needed for Thanksgiving Dinner for a family of four. We hope to be able to give to 20-25 families. You can donate in parts or a full meal. All donations are welcome and appreciated! Everything is needed by before Friday, November 20th.

If you are dropping your donations off directly at Neighbors in Need: 
Please drop off any items at Neighbors in Need Monday, Wednesday, or Friday 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM by November 20th.

Fall Organ Recital Series Continues THIS SUNDAY


2021 Pledge Campaign Update


Newest Priest in Diocese to Supply

St. Patrick’s and Our Saviour will welcome the Rev. Leeann Culbreath for Christ the King Sunday on November 22. Mother Leeann was the first priest to be ordained by Bishop Frank Logue and hails from Tifton. Fr. Nick will have vision correction surgery this Friday, November 20th and will return for the First Sunday in Advent, November 29. Please offer Mother Leeann our warmest welcome!



2nd Sell of 2020 – 2021:  14 Nov 20
    430 lbs for $206.80 @ Cobbs Pecan Farm
Totals to Date:
    988 lbs for $514.10  (total $ to date also includes sales to individuals)

Thanks to Marian White, Steve Kender, Ida & Bob Cerney, Jim Sheffield, Patton and Teresa Jones, and Lucas Wingard who helped with our most recent efforts to roll pecans.  And thanks to Patton Jones who helped us execute both sales.  Prices offered at our second sell were considerably lower than for our first sell.

Pecans “in the shell” are available for sale at approximately $15/5 gl bucket (~20 lbs).  And we had 80 lbs shelled which are available at $10.00/ lb.    

If anyone has pecans in their yard that they do not plan on harvesting, we would be interested in harvesting them.  

Funds go to the Men’s Steak Night Fund, and are used to support our Back 40 Lawn Crew Mowing ministry, as well as purchase of miscellaneous items needed by the church.

Point of Contact: Joe Wingard at josephrwingard@yahoo.com or call cell at 229-376-1030 and leave a voice mail. 


Respectfully Submitted,
Joe Wingard

UPDATED: November 10, 2020 | 2:00 PM

Prayer for Veterans Day (November 11)


2021 Pledge Campaign Update


United Thank Offering Ingathering

November 15 and 22, we will have our Fall Ingathering for the United Thank Offering. The UTO gives grants to ministries that help vitalize the church. Bring your blue boxes or make a contribution marked “UTO.”


1st Sell of 2020 – 2021:  07 Nov 20    473 lbs for $325.30 @ Cobbs Pecan Farm Thanks to Marian White, Lamon Brand, Myra Walker, Ida & Bob Cerney, Jim Sheffield, and Lucas Wingard who helped with rolling pecans for our first sell of the year.  Prices are low, due to U.S. economic relations with China.  Hopefully that will improve!  The good news is that we have a bumper crop this year!  Appears the trees have recovered from the beating they took from Hurricane Michael.  We’re off to a good start working towards our 2nd Sell with ~250 lbs harvested.  We will be rolling again on Veteran’s Day, Wed 11/11/20 starting at 1 pm.  We still have a lot of pecans on the ground.

St. Pat/LCOS members may purchase pecans in the shell (5 GL buckets @ fair market price) from our team.  If anyone is interested in shelled pecans, let our Point of Contact below know and we will work to provide.

If anyone has pecans in their yard that they do not plan on harvesting, we would be interested in harvesting them.  

Funds go to the Men’s Steak Night Fund, and are used to support our Back 40 Lawn Crew Mowing ministry, as well as purchase of miscellaneous items needed by the church such as additional chairs for the Parish Hall.

Point of Contact: Joe Wingard at josephrwingard@yahoo.com or call cell at 229-376-1030 and leave a voice mail. 


Respectfully Submitted,
Joe Wingard


Fr. Nick named Board Member of the Year

At its Fall Awards Gathering, The Arc of Southwest Georgia (formerly Albany ARC) awarded Fr. Nick with the Board Member of the Year award following his first year of service on the board.

Pictured on the right is the President of the Board, Daniel Willis and the Executive Director of The Arc, DeAnna Julian.


*No Flowers During Advent*

If you would like to remember before God the special people in your lives in thanksgiving and/ or in memory, please contact Kelly Rowe in the office at office@stpatricksalbany.org or (229) 432-7964. 
Deadline to order is Sunday, December 13.

The cost is $15.
(Any additional donations you feel moved to give will enhance the beauty of the floral presentation in our church during Christmastide.)


Prayer List Updates:

  • Sylvia Berry. Recurrence of cancer.
  • Donna Prescott. Added by Loretta Williamson.
  • Tony Cerrone. Suffered a head injury. Added by Jo Cerrone.
  • Marilyn McClelland. Hospitalized for COVID-19. Added by Nancy Griffin.

** If the person(s) you have placed on the prayer list is no longer in need of prayer and may be removed, please let the church office know.

UPDATED: November 3, 2020 | 2:45 PM

Prayer On Election Day


Drive-Thru Trunk-or-Treat with Christ United Methodist Church

Thank you to all who made this event a success! Your donations and hard work are much appreciated!
Our trunk contest winner: Inside Out (top left)
Our pumpkin-carving contest winners: Ted & Renae Weischman
(CUMC, bottom right) 



New Items Needed for Donation!

If you are dropping your donations off directly at Neighbors in Need: 

Please drop off any items at Neighbors in Need Monday, Wednesday, or Friday 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM by November 20th.


Prayer List Updates:

  • Nick Cerrone. Suffered a head injury. Added by Jo Cerrone.
  • John M. Oliver who has died October 27. Father of Deacon Joy O. Davis.
  • Sylvia Berry. Recurrence of cancer.
  • Donna Prescott. Added by Loretta Williamson.

UPDATED: October 27, 2020 | 2:00 PM

Remember:
There will be incense in this service.
Daylight Savings Time ends this weekend. Clocks will fall back an hour.

Birthdays

  • 2nd – Jennifer Combs
  • 3rd – Mary Gillespie
  • 4th – Jerra McDonald and Lindsey Stewart
  • 10th – Bert Wagnon
  • 13th – Gretchen Hogue and Barbara Strickland
  • 19th – Jim Durham
  • 20th – Merlene Deiseroth and Angie Talley
  • 23rd – Mallory Driggers
  • 24th – Lisa Schexnayder
  • 25th – Tom Voth
  • 28th – Sharyn Davis and Donna Timmons
  • 30th – Dale Schexnayder

Wedding Anniversary

  • 5th – Alan and Jean White
  • 6th – Jim and Melody Sheffield
  • 18th – Tom and Mary Shapard
  • 28th – Joe and Sandy Wingard

Baptism Anniversary

  • 1st – Lou Little
  • 2nd – Riley Driggers
  • 3rd – Dylan Armstrong and Zoe Shipley
  • 4th – Ellie Driggers
  • 6th – Thomas Clements
  • 16th – Mallory Driggers
  • 28th – Bryce Northrop

Prayer List Updates:

  • Nick Cerrone. Suffered a head injury. Added by Jo Cerrone.
  • John M. Oliver who has died October 27. Father of Deacon Joy O. Davis.

UPDATED: October 21, 2020 | 2:00 PM

We Need Your Voice!

St. Patrick’s and Our Saviour 2021 Pledge Campaign Video

*We will have one final opportunity to record at the church this Sunday morningThe church will have cardboard and markers for everyone to use. After the 9:00 AM and 10:00 AM services, we will have a camera set up and ready to record testimonials. Bring your cardboard or pick up some pasteboard on the way into church that morning!


Trunk-or-Treat Updates

We will have two contests – A “Best Trunk” and a “Best Pumpkin” (pumpkin-carving contest). Pumpkins (already carved) will need to be brought in on Tuesday, October 27th by Noon. We will have 4 judges: 2 from St. Patrick’s & 2 from CUMC. Prizes TBD.


Thriving in the Vine : Convention 2020

Because the 2020 Diocesan Convention is virtual, there is an opportunity for you to attend or watch from your own home. This year, the Vestry elected Lamon Brand and Jackie Driggers as our delegates. Find out more information at the link below.

Click to see a short video that is sure to get you excited for the 199th Convention of the Diocese of Georgia!

With the COVID virus hitting this year, it’s with sadness that I make the decision to postpone our Annual Yard Sale until February 2021. It has been a tough decision to make, but in speaking with several ladies – we don’t have enough to work on the day of the sale, and we are fast approaching the fall holidays. This year COVID would require us to take extra steps in allowing customers into the church and extra stress if it were to be held outside. I do want to thank everyone for their patience and understanding.

-Aida Cerney, Jr. Warden


Join St. Patrick’s and Our Saviour’s Director of Music, Ben Gessner, for a Fall Organ Recital series on Facebook Live.

Sunday, October 18 at 11:30 AM
Sunday, November 22 at 11:30 AM 
Sunday, December 13 at 11:30 AM

New Items Needed!

UPDATED: October 15, 2020 | 1:10 PM

A Future With Hope

St. Patrick’s and Our Saviour 2021 Pledge Campaign Video

Instead of hearing from a few people about their stewardship stories, this year we wanted to invite everyone to share your stories using Cardboard Testimonials.

How It Works

On a piece of poster or cardboard (which the church can provide or you can use your own), respond to the following “before and after prompt by writing in big letters with a marker:

  • Side One: At the start of the Pandemic, I was concerned about __.
  • Side Two: Now, by faith, I find hope in __.

Sample of Cardboard Testimonial

Our Interim Parish Administrator, Kelly Rowe, has already started contacting everyone for scheduling a time to come by the church and share your testimonial. You can email her at office@stpatricksalbany.org or call (229) 432-7964 if you have any questions or are ready to schedule your recording session. We also have DIY instructions (below) if you would like to participate but are not able to come to the church to record. Recordings will need to be completed by noon on October 22nd.


Tune in on our Facebook page or website for a half-hour livestreamed recital from St. Patrick’s. Featuring works by J.S. Bach, Mendelssohn, and Reger.

St. Patrick’s and Our Saviour will partner again with Christ United Methodist Church for the 2020 Trunk or Treat. This year, in order stay safe and practice social distancing, we are looking at a Drive-Thru Trunk or Treat!

Drive-Thru
Cars will enter from the Old Dawson Road entrance and exit on Byron Plantation. Children will remain in the car and our Trunk Hosts will approach with gloved hands and a candy bowl. In order to keep the line moving, we will not have any games this year. At the beginning of the drive through – CUMC will be giving small bags of games and we will be giving small bags of arts/crafts – all donations are welcome!
***We will need volunteers for traffic control*** Traffic vests are needed if we know anyone that has some.

Trunks
Cars will need to be spaced every other parking space starting in the middle and working their way out. Cars need to be ready to go by 4:30. Members need to RSVP for trunks.

Contests
We will have two contests – A “Best Trunk” and a “Best Pumpkin” (pumpkin-carving contest). Pumpkins will need to be brought in at an earlier date, already carved. We will have 4 judges: 2 from St. Patrick’s & 2 from CUMC. Prizes TBD.

Dinner
This will be “Grab n Go” this year. Members will be encouraged to take back to their cars or space out social-distancing style along the property. This will be for members only! (Members need to RSVP for the dinner as well) Men’s Night crew have agreed to handle the grilling, and we’re planning for hamburgers and hotdogs. There will be a section on the RSVP sheet to sign up for volunteers & people to donate water and paper supplies. CUMC will be supplying desserts, chips, soda and condiments. We will also need volunteers for signage and decorating! CUMC will help with the décor as well.

UPDATED: October 7, 2020 | 9:00 AM

A Pastoral Letter from Bishop Logue
“You do well if you really fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’”- James 2:8

Dear Followers of Jesus,

In less than a month, we will have all cast our votes for the next President of the United States. I write to call upon you to pray, to vote, and to show your love of God as found in Jesus Christ, through your words and actions, as you love your neighbor as yourselves. In these ways, we demonstrate our essential trust in the Holy Spirit as we take part in the political process.I have heard that the soul of our nation is at stake in this presidential election. I have heard that sentiment from across the entire political spectrum, from liberals to conservatives and everyone in between. I do believe that this election is momentous because the tensions that have accrued in this unusual year may tempt us to lose sight of the mark set by Jesus to love God and love our neighbors as we love ourselves. Everything, as Jesus clearly told us, hangs on these two commandments.This month I ask you join me in praying, voting, and loving:
Pray
Daily prayer always matters as we offer those needs in our hearts and minds. The Apostle Paul writes in Romans that even when we do not know how to pray, the “Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.” Forward Movement will offer a Novena, an ancient practice of nine successive days of prayer, in the week before through the day after the election. You can sign up for A Season of Prayer: For an Election online here. Whether you opt for praying the prayers offered by this Episcopal Church ministry of discipleship and evangelism or not, I hope you will join me in praying daily as we approach the election and in the days following.
Vote
As we pray faithfully for God’s will, we are also called to act. We have a duty to our country to cast our ballots as our faith and prayers lead us to vote.
Love
I so value that each of our congregations have people who disagree strongly on politics yet enjoy gathering together to worship and serve God. Even though we can’t kneel alongside others at the altar rail right now, I know that those same connections remain strong. Following Jesus isn’t easy. Even as we hold strong convictions, we must do so without demonizing those who disagree with us. Our words and actions toward those whose political choices are opposed to ours, reveals our love of God and neighbor and is our witness to the world.Holding an election in a pandemic means we will also need to have patience as we await the results, continuing to pray as we wait.No matter which candidate is elected, we must not lose sight of love, even if we were to gain the whole world, we could lose our own souls. Each of the candidates is a flawed human being who will fall short of the glory of God, as do we all. Neither candidate will bring about the Kingdom of God on earth. But if we respond to the neighbor whom we know with anger or hatred for their differing political views – or for any reason – we are unfaithful to Jesus’ call to love even our enemies. And it is that steadfast love that bears witness to Jesus and carries on Christ’s work of reconciliation in the world – the responsibility of every Christian.No matter who is elected, scripture calls us to pray faithfully for that person once in office. Knowing the weight of responsibility a President of the United States bears, everyone who serves in that role needs our steady prayers. And no election ends our call to remain active citizens, writing to those who represent us to advocate on behalf of causes our faith enlivens us to support. For no matter what happens, we know that long after we have voted, we will still need to pray and to love and so follow the way of Jesus.

Pax et Bonum,

The Rt. Rev. Frank S. Logue Bishop of Georgia

Blessing of the Animals

October 4, 2020 – The Feast Day of St. Francis, Assisi

UPDATED: September 29, 2020 | 2:00 PM

Hymnsing Live on Wednesday, September 30
Beloved,

We will continue our music-focused Wednesday services tomorrow, September 30. This Wednesday, we will be doing a hymnsing LIVE! on Facebook. We hope to do around 6-8 hymns, and we want your help in song selection!

We encourage you all to pick a song from the Episcopal or Lutheran Hymnals and prepare to share it with us when we are live. We will be starting our livestream at 6:00 PM on Facebook. When it starts, type up your requests in the comments and we will be reading them throughout the service. If you don’t use Facebook, send a hymn request in advance and we’ll try to work it in. Come sing with us!

Yours,

Hello friends!
 My name is Steve Kender, and you can usually find me sitting in the back next to Ms. Sylvia Berry. The coronavirus has been a challenging time for all of us. I didn’t realize how much more challenging it would be without my Georgia (my most recent dog, who I laid to rest before the pandemic started).
I first saw Scooter posted as a rescue on a neighborhood web posting. I didn’t think much of it because someone had already rescued him. However, about 3 weeks later I saw another posting about him where his home hadn’t worked out. That’s when I decided, upon seeing him a second time, that I could give him a home. 

This little 10 pound fur baby has brought a surprising new spark to my life. I have had many dogs over the years, but I guess I sort of forgot how uplifting a lovable pet can be. He has been a blessing for me and Scooter and I hope to join you Sunday for our blessings.See you there!
Albany Episcopalians
support NAMI Walk Your Way 2020 
October 3-10


Please join this team, Albany Episcopalians for NAMI, in support of the National Alliance on Mental Illness for their annual NAMI Walk Your Way.  The goal of the walk is to bring awareness to mental health issues and to raise money for the continued programs offered in our community by NAMI Albany.  You can support the NAMI Walk by joining our team, participating in the activities, and or writing a check.  Click on button below to join our team / donate.   Our team continues growing each day as we work toward our goal to support NAMI.
Join our team here.
Activities planned by our team:Saturday, October 3
7:30-10:00 a.m.

Location: Exchange Club Grounds: NAMI members will distribute mental health information and “Hopeful Rocks” at drive through health fair.

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: St. John & St. Mark’s ChurchOpportunity to use the outside labyrinth for a safe meditative walk.Opportunity to string Anglican prayer beads or assemble packets for beads.Opportunity to donate items to Neighbors in Need.Saturday, October 10: World Mental Health Day
Location: St. Paul’s Church
Walk from St Paul church to Riverfront Park and back. Please bring your mask.

Those unable to participate in the above activities can support NAMI Walk Your Way by walking around your block or yard, walking on your treadmill, or by doing your choice of meaningful activity to celebrate our walk. 
 
If you are unable to participate and would like to make a donation please send a check made out to St. Patrick’s Church / Deacon’s  Fund / NAMI.

For additional information, please call Fran Kempf at 229-854-0215.

New Items Needed for Donation!

Birthday
October 1 – Anne Northrop and Jo Anne Tanner
October 3 – Emmanuella Okafor
October 5 – Yvette Armstrong
October 7 – John Talley
October 10 – Uzzie Okafor and Lynette Talley
October 11 – Libby Sisson
October 14 – Jane Braun and Bunny Hamlin
October 16 – Katie Morris
October 17 – Molly Arnold and Henry Ziemiecki
October 20 – Al Seely-Wilson
October 23 – Amanda Clements, James Goodin, Louise Little and Joy Sheckels
October 25 – Sam Stringer
October 26 – Bob Baranko
October 29 – Jackie Driggers
October 30 – John Belk
October 31 – Leigh Ann Shipley.
Wedding Anniversary
October 6  – Al and Yvette Armstrong
October 7 – Daniel and Annie Vanoteghem
October 22 – Ian and Donna Sakura-Lemessy
October 23  – Frank and Sam Jones
October 28 – John and Barbara Cumbee
Baptism Anniversary
October 1 – Ruth Fountain
October 5 – Carol Wilch
October 13 – Evelyn Clements
October 19 – Randy Shipley
October 25 – LeConte Talley III
October 27 – Tina Burney
October 29 – David Hogue


Prayer List Updates
Leisa Howell. Covid-19 Relapse. Added by Hogue Family.
Danella Warren. Heart and lung issues. Added by Kelly Rowe.
If the person(s) you have placed on the prayer list is doing fine and may be removed, please let the church office know.

UPDATED: September 22, 2020 | 2:30 PM

Annual Blessing of the Animals and Humane Society Partnership

Blessing of the Animals 2018

Beloved,

As we round the corner to October, we also look ahead on our calendars to some opportunities to gather outside more safely as a congregation. One of these opportunities much loved by those with pets is the annual Blessing of the Animals to coincide with the Feast of St. Francis. This year’s effort will include a new partnership with the Albany Humane Society.

Blessing of the Animals
Sunday, October 4th from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (drop-in)
Bring Fido and all of your pets, animals, critters for our annual blessing of the animals. This will be a drop-in event to allow space for people to physically distance. Looking forward to being with you all!

Food Drive
The Humane Society serves over 200lbs of dry food a day at its shelter locations. They have asked us to provide the following types of dog food that can be brought directly to the church. Best Value: Member’s Mark at Sam’s Club along with Pedigree, Science Diet (particularly for large dog breeds). (Link)

Heartgard Medicine Drive
Heart warms might be considered a local epidemic for dogs in the Albany and Southwest GA areas. Purchasing Heartgard medicine stems the growth of heart warms and contains the disease until hopefully a longer lasting treatment can be attained. The Society needs the following: Heartgard Plus (Ivermectin-Pyrantel) 51- 100lbs tablets that are available at Sam’s Club Pharmacy, Local Vet offices, and Grocery Stores. (Link)

Yours,


Update on Albany Episcopalians for NAMI

NAMI is made up of 600 local affiliates dedicated to raising awareness and providing support and education about mental illness and recovery. Our local Episcopal churches will be supporting NAMI for raising awareness and funds to support our local affiliate in Albany.
Activities planned by our team:Saturday, October 3
7:30-10:00 a.m.

Location: Exchange Club Grounds: Albany NAMI members will distribute painted rocks and mental health information at drive-through health fair for Albany Area Mental Health Care.

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: St. John & St. Mark’s Church

  1. Opportunity to use the outside labyrinth for a safe meditative walk.
  2. Opportunity to string Anglican prayer beads or assemble packets for beads.
  3. Opportunity to donate items to Neighbors in Need.

Saturday, October 10: World Mental Health Day
Location: St. Paul’s Church
Walk from the church to a downtown location (exact route TBA)
More details to follow.

Please prayerfully consider how you could participate in raising awareness for NAMI. Such as participating in the planned activities, making a monetary donation to the Deacon’s Discretionary Fund, or anything else which would bring attention to this much needed cause.

Please call Fran Kempf at 229-854-0215 if interested in this project.


1st Wednesday: Plainchant Evensong
2nd Wednesday: Prayer and Praise
3rd Wednesday: Contemplative Taizé
4th Wednesday: Gospel and Spirituals
5th Wednesday: Hymnsing Live

UPDATED: September 15, 2020 | 2:15 PM

Deacon Joy Returns from Sabbatical

While on sabbatical, Deacon Joy served at the Bishop Frank Logue’s first ordination, that of the Rev. Leeann Culbreath as Priest..

Beloved,

We are so excited to share the news of Deacon Joy’s return from Sabbatical this Sunday, September 20. We have been planning together for the past couple of weeks in anticipation of this date and shared our work at last evening’s Vestry Meeting.

Clergy Sabbaticals are similar to sabbaticals taken by professors at universities, and offer a time of rest and renewal from the daily grind of ministry. Deacon Joy had been overdue for a full sabbatical, having marked her 8th year of serving the faithful of St. Patrick’s. Asked about her sabbatical, Joy shared, “Well, like many of us, our plans changed with Covid-19, but we gladly welcomed our granddaughter Elsie, cared for my 89 year old father, and enjoyed the time of rest.”

As she returns to her ministry at St. Patrick’s and Our Saviour, the Vestry, the Bishop, Deacon Joy, and I wanted to share some of the planning we’ve been doing to help with the transition and clarify the roles of Deacon and Priest in the parish. We look forward to taking a Clergy Team approach to serving you faithfully together in the years ahead!

Yours,


Come to Fr. Nick for matters of:

  • Prayer; 
  • Pastoral Care and Counseling; 
  • Worship; 
  • Faith and Discipleship; 
  • Vision or Mission of the Church and its Ministries; 
  • Concern within the Congregation or Diocese; 
  • Needs your family may have for Assistance

Come to Deacon Joy for matters of:

  • Prayer; 
  • Outreach and servant ministries; 
  • Eucharistic Visitation; 
  • Concern beyond the Congregation or Diocese; 
  • Needs someone outside the congregation may have for Assistance

*In addition to these, Deacon Joy has a longer list of matters beyond the congregation


Clergy Team and Confidentiality
As a clergy team, Fr. Nick and Deacon Joy will adopt the practice of a single clergy mind. This practice allows for the full and diverse gifts of the clergy to support and nurture your life in faith. Unless otherwise guided, assume anything you share with Nick may be known by Joy or vice versa. Two exceptions to this will be something asked in advance to be shared in confidence with Fr. Nick (Deacons do not hold confidential information within the congregation) or what is shared with Fr. Nick within the rite of reconciliation (often referred to as hearing confession).


1st Wednesday: Plainchant Evensong

2nd Wednesday: Prayer and Praise

3rd Wednesday: Contemplative Taizé

4th Wednesday: Gospel and Spirituals

5th Wednesday: Hymnsing Live

UPDATED: September 9, 2020 | 9:00 AM

Albany Episcopalians for NAMI
 Our local Episcopal churches will be supporting NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness) for their virtual fundraiser Oct. 3-10. NAMI (a nonprofit charitable organization) is made up of 600 local affiliates dedicated to raising awareness and providing support and education about mental illness and recovery. 1 in 5 adults and 1 in 6 kids have symptoms of mental illness each year. The numbers are expected to be higher during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Previously, NAMI Walk has been a 5K held in several locations. Due to COVID-19, this will be a virtual experience held on Oct. 10. Participants get to make their own walk…thru your neighborhood, around your yard or church, on your treadmill or whatever. And, it doesn’t have to be a 5K! There will be other suggested activities if walking is not appropriate for you. 

The goal is twofold: 
1. raise awareness and stand up for families and individuals with mental illness
2. raise funds to support our local NAMI affiliate 

More info will be coming as our 3 churches continue to plan for this project. We welcome your thoughts and ideas.

Please call Fran Kempf at 229-854-0215 if interested in this project.


Join us online today for Wednesday evening worship at 6:00 PM that is focused on some of the best musical offerings in our tradition. We will rotate these musically focused worship services each week, hoping to fill your soul with the joy of music and prayer. We also hope you’ll see some more familiar faces from our virtual choirs as well as new participants to lead worship. These services will be available on our website and Facebook. Come sing and pray with us!

1st Wednesday: Plainchant Evensong
2nd Wednesday: Prayer and Praise
3rd Wednesday: Contemplative Taizé
4th Wednesday: Gospel and Spirituals
5th Wednesday: Hymnsing Live

UPDATED: September 1, 2020 | 5:00 PM

Wednesday Worship: Music!

Beloved,

“Can we have more music?” is one of the top questions I hear from you about our worship. Indeed, music is so precious at St. Patrick’s and Our Saviour in how we pray in community. With the current restrictions on music (no singing or wind instruments), we have been left with the good gift of Ben Gessner’s skilled and edifying organ offerings. Still, some of us want to sing and hear singing! Knowing this, Ben and I have been working during August to develop music-focused offerings for our Wednesday services.

Starting tomorrow evening, we will resume Wednesday evening worship at 6:00 PM that is focused on some of the best musical offerings in our tradition. We will rotate these musically focused worship services each week, hoping to fill your soul with the joy of music and prayer. We also hope you’ll see some more familiar faces from our virtual choirs as well as new participants to lead worship. These services will be available on our website and Facebook. Come sing and pray with us!

1st Wednesday: Plainchant Evensong
2nd Wednesday: Prayer and Praise
3rd Wednesday: Contemplative Taizé
4th Wednesday: Gospel and Spirituals
5th Wednesday: Hymnsing Live

Yours,


Using the newly released volume from the popular Day by Day Meditation publisher, Forward Movement, this offering will focus on the daily practices that draw us closer with the holy and equip us to live the gospel in practical and meaningful ways.

Please contact Kelly Rowe at office@stpatricksalbany.org to pre-order the book.
Class needs 8 participants to go ahead.

Beginning Wednesday, September 16th at 6:30 PM

Birthday

  • September 2 – Doris Alley
  • September 4 – Michael Northrop and Myra Walker
  • September 8 – Billy Youngblood 
  • September 11 – Lexijean Aleman Burney and Anne Gibson
  • September 12 – Fr. Nick Roosevelt
  • September 13 – Evelyn Clements
  • September 19 – Orva Voth and Grant Combs
  • September 22 – Autumn Hart and Emily McPeters
  • September 23 – Bill Ragan and Ellie Driggers
  • September 25 – Danyelle Barber
  • September 26 – Barbara Cumbee
  • September 27 – Kennedy Madison Hackett
  • September 28 – Mindy Northrop and Kelly Rowe
  • September 29 – Hermine Holt.

Wedding Anniversary

  • September 11 – Jimmy and Carole Clements
  • September 24 – Sergio and Jo Cerrone & Steve and Joanne Tanner

Baptism Anniversary

  • September 1 – Carolyn Brunson, Michael Brunson Jr., and Hermine Holt
  • September 9 – Lenn Lewis
  • September 11 – Celie Hogue
  • September 30 – Jo Cerrone and Janet Ranew

UPDATED: August 18, 2020 | 2:00 PM

Beloved,

A word on behalf of the Rector and Vestry:

The Vestry is pleased that we are returning to in-person worship, and has striven to do so responsibly in light of the available guidance and local community health data. Even as we resume services, we will continue to monitor this information to adapt swiftly, even pausing in-person services again if appropriate.

For now, we offer a word of gratitude to our parish staff and members who have put much effort into this Sunday. From suspending services to putting one up online within 24 hours back in March, to worshipping online through Holy Week and Easter, continuing online with our new Bishop, Frank Logue, and returning to worship from our Sanctuary, we hope you have remain engaged in prayer and worship through our online efforts. 

We are grateful for the commitment of our parish family to our ministry during the pandemic season. We have been sustained by your generosity and the wise stewardship of our staff and wardens. We have made a little go a long way, which is gift of our parish.

Moving forward, we will continue to assess how to bring more of our ministry offerings back in-person in a safe way or how to offer more online in a meaningful and engaging manner. As we hold you, please continue to hold us in prayer during this season.

Yours,



No Choirmaster’s Corner This Week
 (Computer Repair)


Prayer List Updates

  • David Deshazo – Recovering from a stroke. Added by Carolyn Gay.
  • Ann Bolton – Recovering from COVID-19.

UPDATED: August 11, 2020 | 2:30 PM

Beloved,

I am please to announce that the Vestry has affirmed our return to In-Person Worship this Sunday, August 16. We will offer two identical worship services on Sunday mornings at 9:00 AM and 10:00 AM, with the latter live-streamed on Facebook and stpatricksalbany.org.

Responding to your survey results, which overwhelmingly showed support for adapting in a safe and responsible manner, we have been monitoring local health data trends and are on track based on the White House’s Phase III guidance by this Sunday. The Vestry will continue to monitor the public health data and adapt as necessary to best ensure our safety.

Our Senior Warden has put together a one-page summary of changes for parishioners attending worship. It is available here and at the button below.

For those who are not attending worship, we will be offering communion visitations immediately following the second service. Please contact Fr. Nick if you wish to receive communion. The same procedures will be used to ensure a safe distribution for all.

Above all, let us continue faithfully in prayer for those who are ill and suffering, for those working to relieve suffering, and those working for a vaccine.

Hope to see you soon,
Nick


Prayer List Updates

  • Holly & Mike Pitts – Close friends of the Gay family. Recovering at home from COVID-19. Added by Carolyn Gay. 
  • Crystal Rivera – Close friend of the Rowe family. Multiple pressing health issues. Added by Sandra Rowe.

UPDATED: August 5, 2020 | 2:30 PM

Holy Communion and In-Person Worship
If the sick person cannot receive either the consecrated Bread or the Wine, it is suitable to administer the Sacrament in one kind only. – Book of Common Prayer p.457
 We believe that Christ is fully present in one kind. – ELCA’s “How do we distribute Holy Communion?” p. 3

Beloved,

When we gather together again, with a target date of August 16th, we will share Holy Communion together. Some of you have been in touch with me about ideas for the distribution of wine (that are quite creative, I might add). Under current restrictions from the Episcopal Bishop, we will receive communion in one kind (bread). The following is a brief (as possible) history of this for those who would like to nerd out a bit with their pastor (for everyone else tl;dr is acceptable and just scroll down to the other announcements). I’ll end with a brief pastoral and practical explanation for how we will share communion together.

The above quotes from both Episcopal and Lutheran sources harken back to some clarifying years of eucharistic doctrine and practice during the Reformation (1500s). The pre-reformation church had a teaching of the Eucharist called Concomitance which “teaches us that the fullness of communion is available by receiving either the consecrated bread or wine.” While we affirm this teaching today, it was used in some places and increasingly others to deny the Sacrament of Wine to the laity, perhaps because wine was expensive or as another error in clericalism pervasive in the pre-reformation church (and still today). 

Following some of Luther’s reforms on the continent and those of Cranmer in England, the Bishops and Clergy of the Church of England, affirmed by King Charles I, offered the 39 Articles of Religion in 1562. While the number of these articles has changed over the years, Article XXX (30) is the relevant protest (made by Protestants) to this practice of offering communion in one kind. It reads: The Cup of the Lord is not to be denied to the Lay-people: for both the parts of the Lord’s Sacrament, by Christ’s ordinance and commandment, ought to be ministered to all Christian men alike.

So, even as these 39 Articles are not considered binding doctrine on the church today, it is noted that people were martyred in the cause of these teachings and reformation of the church.

How can I be sure the communion I do receive is full and valid?

Both of our traditions affirm the full presence of Christ and the benefits of His grace in the sacrament of each kind. More recently, this has been affirmed in the pastoral context of gluten-sensitive persons who might only partake of the wine when an alternative wafer is unavailable. As Christians, indeed not only do we not limit the means of God’s grace to a sacrament of one kind or another, but affirm that grace is extended solo fide (by faith alone). Holy Communion, as a sacrament, are outward and visible signs of inward and spiritual grace, given by Christ as sure and certain means by which we receive that grace (BCP p. 857). They are, however, not the only means of grace.

How then do we deny the cup in our current age?

We do so with a humble and pastoral caution. While hereunto, we have not been concerned with known viruses spreading across the surface of the typically silver chalice, there is sufficient concern to warrant our caution with this novel coronavirus. It is my pastoral position, consistent with this article, not to deny the cup under any circumstances (save for BCP p.409), even if taking extreme precaution to do so safely. With the current restrictions from the Bishop, St. Patrick’s will refrain from distributing the cup during this time. Once this restriction is lifted, we will review ways of offering the cup broadly without denying it to any individual.

How will we share communion at St. Patrick’s and Our Saviour?

There was a clear supermajority of preference in the survey that we strive to offer communion for in-person worship. Out of an abundance of caution, we have taken mitigating steps to ensure communion can be shared as safely as possible when we return. In consultation with the altar guild, Fr. Nick has approved a no-touch option for distributing the bread. Admittedly unusual, this combination of single glove use, mask wearing, and distribution device is the safest way we can confidently commune the congregation. We will use the same method to commune persons choosing to remain at home who wish to receive communion (more details forthcoming).

We will consecrate the sacrament in both kinds, with a presider’s bread being used and touched (per the rubrics of the Prayer Book) and the wine in a traditional chalice. However, no one will partake of the wine during this time, including Fr. Nick. In the Eucharistic traditions of the Episcopal Church, sacraments of both kind will be reserved in the Aumbry for the duration of the week until being returned to the earth. If you have a particular devotion or desire to pray with the sacrament in both kinds, you may come to the church Tuesday, Thursday, or any time to pray in this way of Christ’s presence. We will continue to adapt as we learn more together as a community. Indeed, if you have read this far, you’ll likely be more flexible with us as we strive to faithfully and nimbly serve you.

Yours in Christ,



Time and New Location Announced


Prayer List Updates

  • Angela Szpak. Added by Ann Young.
  • Greg and Michelle Everett. Recovering from COVID-19. Added by Celie Hogue.

Our Episcopal congregation asks you to pray for
Greg & Michelle Everett, Angela Szpak, Sam & Loretta Williamson, Jimmy & Carole Clements, Helen Berg, John Miller, Shavonya Wade, John Michael Rowe, Sharon Armbrust, Troy Killete, Riley Driggers, Jake Fletcher, Pete Fletcher, Jenny Cochran, Kathy Butchart, Mitch Glausier, Charlie Hough, Cindy Blauck, Donna and Perry McClain, David Ponthier, Linda Adair, David Prisant, Tommy Skender, Stacie, Luana Shafer, J. W. Willis, Rev. Tar Drazdowski, Rev. Freeman Cross, John Sheffiel, Michael Brunson, David Ponthier, James Everett, Lindsey Bridges, Maxx Bourgeault, David Wiggins, Bob Parker, Carole Utlaut, Marybeth Tucker, Constance and Troy Petty, Harold Hatcher, Morgen and the Young family, Vanessa Bruce, Glenda Franklin, Caroline Williams, Linda Adair, Bob Gegg, Carlton Davis, Vincent Sneed, Savanna Esway, Emily, Tom Shapard, Lisa Farris, Pattie Inlow, Libby Pieplow, Darell and Ali Dunn, Mike Coutu, Sylvia Berry, Betsy Connell, Rick Goodburn, Carol Wilson Slappey, Kendra, Darrien Conley and Frances King, Nancy Swanberg, Jim, Tricia Moreschi, Helen Mercer, Marilyn Lose, baby J.D. Howard, parents of J.D. Howard, The Hudson family, Harris Povlot, Eudora Pundavela, Nancy Behringer, the family of Vera Spraggins, Jim Howard, Jerry Hines, , Joel Williams, Lindsey Drone, Bonnie Pittman, Cassidy Hill, Kathy Bishop, Al Seely-Wilson, Nova Fleming, Jennifer Bishop, Maureen Pate, Annie Jamerson, Chet Dreschel, Shannon Parcel, Bobbi Windham, Terry Tanner, Nancy and Dickson Alley, Michael Price, Richard Goodburn, Judson, Ron Andrews, Cindy Griffin, Donna DeReus, Patricia Haines, Ryan Smith, Sherrie Cowart, Vivian Fleming, Jennifer Freeman, James Hogan, Donna Willis, Michael Joiner, Donna Mc Kenna, and Evie Tsasis.

Our Lutheran congregation asks you to pray for
Paul (Pete) W. Jones, Pastor Charles Thompson, Cliff Ledford, Butch Tiell, Carolyn Taylor, Beau Borst, Becky Lamb, Lynn McCracken, Rick Wilson, Gail Lane, Jeff Allison, Rueben Bargfrede, Wanda Beasley, Annie Collins, Barbara Danzer, Vivian Fleming, Helen Frazier, Tom Fuchs, Dick Grebel, Winifred Harris, Gina Hayes, Griffin Hill, Becky Kimsey, Pat Landin, Verna Lanier, Christoffer Ober, Shirley Poole, David Reed, William Searcy, Donna Timmons, Jana West, George Weeks, Stacey Fleming Weeks and Elaine White.

UPDATED: JUly 30, 2020 | 1:00 PM

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