Responding to COVID-19

Responding to COVID-19

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
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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

Click the button below.

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

Starting today!



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Birthday

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

Wedding Anniversary

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

Baptism Anniversary

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

Prayer List Updates

  • Jeff Sager Family – Former high school choral director of Fr. Nick. Passed away from complications due to COVID-19. Added by Fr. Nick Roosevelt.
  • Jimmy & Carole Clements – Recovering at home from COVID-19.
  • Loretta & Sam Williamson – Recovering at home from COVID-19.

UPDATED: JUly 21, 2020 | 2:45 PM

Prayer List Updates

  • John Miller – Close friend of the Gay family. Recovering from a heart attack in Athens. Added by Carolyn Gay.
  • Helen Berg – Aida Cerney’s mother. Recovering from a stroke on 7/17 in Indiana. Added by Aida Cerney.

UPDATED: JUly 14, 2020 | 5:00 PM

Beloved,

Grace and peace be with you in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The last time we gathered as a community for In-Person Worship was March 8, 2020. It has been a challenging 4 months for our city, state, country, and world. We have learned much about the virus and unlearned much about the virus during this time. Our response as a community of faith has been to offering services of worship, fellowship, and learning online, while staying connected and committed to our ministry partners on the front lines.

On July 1, the Rt. Rev. Frank Logue, XI Bishop of Georgia, released updated guidance allowing churches to worship in-person following a time of planning and self-certification. In late June, St. Patrick’s adapted these guidelines that will serve as a road map for our own in-person worship. At that time, we named Joe Wingard, Sr. Warden, as the chair of that planning initiative. In order to hear from you, our parish family, we released an extensive parish survey on IPW.

At its July 13 meeting, the Vestry, reviewing both survey results and local community health information, approved a series of actions to help us adapt to IPW at St. Patrick’s and Our Saviour. The following are a summary of our decisions and rationale that have and will guide us in the next few weeks.

Yours,


Just Mercy : Movie Viewing and Discussion

Sunday, July 19 – 3pm EDT / 2pm CDT

Join us as we gather to view the movie Just Mercy and discuss our reactions to the movie, as well as discuss past and current events regarding racial justice.

Joining Bishop Kevin Strickland for a post-movie discussion will be Dr. Elizabeth Bounds (Professor of Christian Ethics, Candler School of Theology) & Mr. Charles King (Just Mercy producer).

Be sure to REGISTER in order to receive the Zoom link and to get reminders as the event approaches.



Grades 6-12
July 23-25, 2020
Online from 8 to 10 p.m. each evening.
Register Now at  http://bit.ly/GAYouthEvent 
 
Youth in Grades 6 through 12 are invited to come together each evening from Thursday July 23 through Saturday July 25. Each night we will gather together for games, for worship, and for large group and small group activities. We will also hear talks from high school youth about Relationships with friends and family, about our sense of Home in a time of COVID, and more. 
 
We encourage youth to register in advance for this event. Early registration allows the staff to prepare in advance based on an estimate of numbers, and to communicate directly with people who have signed up.
 
Registration is live now at http://bit.ly/GAYouthEvent
Questions? Please contact Canon Joshua Varner at jvarner@gaepiscopal.org.

UPDATED: JUly 7, 2020 | 5:00 PM

Beloved,

I’m please to share a new offering from our Director of Music, Ben Gessner, called Choirmaster’s Corner. When Ben first arrived at St. Patrick’s and Our Saviour last summer, I asked him to consider ways to incorporate his learnings from his graduate program into ways we might access as parishioners. He made his first post just before the pandemic suspended our in-person worship. Now, in July and August, he will present a weekly video series of the same name. Take a deep dive into the planning and preparation for music, including historical and modern practices. Click above to watch the introduction and then join in weekly at Noon on Wednesdays, beginning July 15 to participate.

Yours,



Our Episcopal congregation asks you to pray for: Michael Dukes, 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, Gail Chapman, 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 4, 2020 | 8:00 AM

UPDATED: JUne 30, 2020 | 2:00 PM

Beloved,

Last week the Diocese released updated guidelines for congregations in planning and adapting for In-Person Worship (IPW). This has been a moving target during the month of June, and the Bishop has been responsive and collaborative in development of these guidelines.

Behind the scenes here at St. Patrick’s and Our Saviour, your Vestry and Senior Warden have also been developing our own congregational roadmap to return “safely and sustainably” to IPW. These have included both indoor and outdoor options for gathering and have been updated to follow the diocesan guidelines.

As of tomorrow, we are ready to ask for your input on where we should focus our efforts from here. It is not our intention to plan for something that misses your needs or hopes for this time. It is our intention to continue to provide a faithful and pastoral leadership to our congregation and community. While we are a representative group of the community, we really value hearing your feedback and response to our planning.

The first tier of this feedback will be released tomorrow, in an initial congregations-wide survey sent out by email and text message. We will follow-up with those who have not completed the survey through our Vestry to get as complete a picture as we can from where your own hearts and minds are on the church’s ministry.

In all things, we pray that our ministry has been faithful to living the gospel and serving Christ in one another. I continue in prayer for you daily and welcome any feedback for how we can better serve your faith in this time.

Yours,


Birthday:

  • July 3 – Ken Jones 
  • July 4 – Lee Couch and Scott Long
  • July 7 – Miles Hall
  • July 8 – Al Armstrong
  • July 9 – Ruth Fountain
  • July 10 – John Cumbee and Daniella Okafor
  • July 12 – Daniel Vanoteghem
  • July 13 – Tom Borst
  • July 14 – Thomas Clements
  • July 15 – LeConte Talley
  • July 27 – June Lewis
  • July 28 – Cherylen Lewis
  • July 29 – Lamon Brand.

Wedding Anniversary:

  • July 14- Patton and Teresa Jones

Anniversary of Baptism:

  • July 1 – Brian Williamson
  • July 6 – John Michael Rowe Jr.
  • July 7 – Sarah Arnold and Karen Dees
  • July 9 – Beverly Ziemiecki
  • July 12 – Bob Cerney
  • July 24 – Tom Shapard

UPDATED: JUne 23, 2020 | 2:30 PM

Volunteer Opportunity with Partner Ministry
The Fuller Center for Housing
From Albany Area Fuller Center for Housing:

 We will be helping a local Veteran clean up outside, in order for him to keep his home.  The home is on Berkley Court off of Oakridge.  A dumpster has been provided. We will start at 8 AM Friday morning.  We also need donations of work gloves, masks, safety glasses, bottled water and trash bags if anyone is interested in helping that way.  We will work again Saturday morning assuming we are not done Friday.

 Contact Stacey Driggers at 229-343-4393 with questions or more information.

UPDATED: JUne 21, 2020 | 11:00 AM

Happy Father’s Day!

UPDATED: JUne 16, 2020 | 2:00 PM

Sunday’s Drive-Thru Parade was a success! Congratulations to our 2020 graduates: Autumn Hart, Ellie Driggers, and Davis Jones! 🎉 👩‍🎓

*Contest*
Best Decorated Car Winner : Stacey Odom-Driggers

If you or members of your family would like to opt out of being photographed at other events,
contact Kelly Rowe any time at office@stpatricksalbany.org or during office hours at 229-432-7964.

Digital VBS  |  Next Week  |  Register Today!

REGISTRATION IS OPEN!⁣⁣


Beginning on June 22, the diocese will offer a digital Vacation Bible School experience. VBS will begin on Monday, June 22 and end on Friday, June 26. Our theme for the week is “Who is My Neighbor?” Each day participants will watch a video interpretation of a story from the Bible. They will begin with Jesus’ commandment to Love God and Love Neighbor, and the rest of the stories will help explore what that looks like, even if being a good neighbor isn’t always the easier choice.

The video resources, including Bible stories and Art Responses, have been created for this VBS by different youth leaders and clergy across the Diocese. Each day will begin with an opening Zoom session with music and worship, led by the Rev. Joshua Varner, Canon for Children and Youth. Then there will be a story time, an art activity, and end with more music and worship. Each video will be available on our Diocesan Youtube Channel and will be linked from the VBS website. Everyone is welcome to go at their own pace, or join the Zoom calls as we stream the story videos together and then talk about them. If Tuesday’s lesson looks more doable on Monday, then feel free to switch it up!

VBS will begin at 9:30am on Monday, June 22, led by Canon Varner. If you plan for your child to attend VBS, we ask that you register in advance if possible. Your registration helps them make sure they know the ages of the children participating and that they’re creating age appropriate content. In addition, it allows them to communicate directly with you with appropriate reminders and opportunities. To register for the week, click below. 

For additional questions, contact the Rev. Canon Joshua Varner at jvarner@gaepiscopal.org.

UPDATED: JUne 9, 2020 | 3:00 PM

Beloved,

I continue daily in prayer for you all during this time of pandemic and broader civic unrest. When you hear from or contact your vestry members, please give them your thanks for their leadership in this time.

As our Senior Warden, Joe Wingard, shared in his recent letter, we are in active planning as we adapt for in-person worship. I have asked Joe to chair our IPW Team (In-Person Worship), and he will be working with Vestry members and ministry leaders to plan and adapt with the mission of safely and sustainably adapting for in-person worship.

We expect Diocesan restrictions begin to loosen in the July timeframe, but not sufficiently, in the Vestry’s opinion, for us to attempt in-person worship in Diocesan Phase I. Our hope is to continue coordinating with other Albany parishes and learn from ecumenical partners who have different restrictions.

This morning, we held the funeral service for Larry Danzer, a beloved member of Our Saviour (and well known to many at St. Patrick’s). It offered us a look at some of the challenges and graces with pulling together when it matters most. His and Barbara’s long-tenured leadership and persistence at Our Saviour over the years should remind us of how much we can pull together to overcome this trying time. Keep the faith!

Thank you for your continued support and prayers for our congregations and our mission.

Yours,


REGISTRATION IS OPEN!⁣⁣


The Episcopal Diocese of Georgia is offering a digital Vacation Bible School, beginning on June 22. Join for the week as we learn more about what it means to be a good neighbor. Each day will have an opening session with music and worship, story time, art fun, and a closing session. ⁣

To register and find out more, visit http://georgia.anglican.org/vbs2020/ or contact the Rev. Canon Joshua Varner at jvarner@gaepiscopal.org. ⁣

UPDATED: JUne 5, 2020 | 2:00 PM

Bishop Frank Logue’s Visit to Albany

Trinity Sunday – June 7, 2020
10:00 AM | Facebook & YouTube

As the first pastoral visitation of his episcopacy, the Rt. Rev. Frank Logue will make a ‘virtual’ visit to the churches here in Albany, in recognition of the impact and hurt of the virus in this part of the body of Christ. All are invited to tune in to the Diocesan Worship service online to see our Bishop leading the service from our Sanctuary in what he hopes will be a healing and hopeful act of presence in the midst of our separation.

*The Bishop’s visit will also be in lieu of Evening Prayer on Sunday. Episcopal Evening Prayer will resume the following week, Sunday, June 14 at 6:00 PM.

Letter from the Senior Warden

Members of St. Patrick’s and Our Saviour,

While we have recently seen progress in addressing COVID-19, we continue to face uncertainty of the way ahead.  I want to ensure you that the leadership of St. Patrick’s – Our Saviour continues to monitor the COVID-19 trends as more and more restrictions are eased in the community.  Active planning is underway, exploring adaptations on how to safely return to worship with both indoor and outdoor scenarios.  This will be a topic of serious discussion at our next Vestry meeting.  We do feel confident to say the restriction on returning to worship won’t be lifted until at least the July timeframe.  

Both the local City and County leaders have put forth a joint resolution to encourage citizens to continue to wear masks, practice social distancing, and to follow all other CDC and Georgia Department of Public Health guidelines.  And as Georgia’s Governor lifts additional restrictions and reopens more previously closed parts of the state, please remember to continue to follow the aforementioned safety guidelines, check on your family and friends, stay safe and aware as you venture out more and remain informed and vigilant. Only time will tell how long this new normal will last.  And remember, expanded testing is offered to everyone, regardless of symptoms, by the Southwest Georgia Public Health Department. Please call for an appointment, 229-352-6567 and visit their website or Facebook page for additional information, www.southwestgeorgiapublichealth.org

The past couple months have reminded me of the movie “Passengers”.  In this movie a young man is a passenger along with many others on a spaceship headed to a new world with the mission of colonization.  All of these passengers are in “hibernation”, which prevents the aging process.  This young fellow awakens early, to find himself surrounded by others still sleeping.  It does not take him long to become lonely, and desperately seek ways to put himself back into hibernation.  The crew of a few robots just doesn’t cut it.  He seeks human companionship, to the point of finally bringing a young lady out of hibernation.  Things go well for him until she learns what he’s done to her!  

Similar to our situation, we have found ourselves in a form of isolation.  And even though I have the fortune to share life with a couple family members, there still seems to be something missing.  Daily FaceTime calls with our daughter and grandson helps, but it’s just not the same as being there.  All the members of our Back 40 Crew seems to relish the short time of fellowship we share after we complete our yard work.  We’ve learned it is human nature to enjoy the company of others!   

So keep communicating with each other, and keep up the faith.  Do not be discouraged.  Let us know if you need help with anything.  We’re ready to assist! 

In Christ,

Joe Wingard, Senior Warden

UPDATED: JUne 2, 2020 | 3:00 PM

I hope you all are doing well! Much like with Mother’s Day, COVID-19 is still present and disrupting worship and celebrations that we would all be having in-person together. With Father’s Day coming up, I have offered to do a similar ministry project to honor and celebrate our fathers and grandfathers and anyone who has taken on the “dad” role. Like previously, I would love it if you all could send me pictures (office@stpatricksalbany.org) of these people and include a short caption which details their name and possibly include who all they father/ed or grandfather/ed, etc. This includes a picture of you if you’re a dad! Pictures with children and grandchildren are encouraged, but solo portraits will work too (even in memory). I would like to have these in by Thursday, June 18th. If you have any questions or need help with this process, I am here to help.

Peace,
Kelly Rowe
office@stpatricksalbany.org



Birthday

  • June 1 – Spencer Williamson
  • June 2 – Erin Freeman, Seth Daniels, & Gabi and Gabriel Okafor
  • June 6 – Ann Young & Zoe Marie 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 – Brantley Talley & 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
  • June 26 –Austin and Molly Arnold

Anniversary of Baptism

  • June 1 – Doris Alley, Danielle Arnold, Joyce Bridges-Judkins, Mark Brunson, Michael Brunson Sr., Larry Danzer, Joy Davis, Jackie Driggers, Hill Gillespie, Fran Kempf, Steve Kender, Kay Ragan, Barb Strickland, Jane Swanson, Steve Tanner, Anna Vong, 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 6 – Carolyn Gay
  • June 10 – John Cumbee
  • June 11 – Laura Talley
  • June 14 – Lindsey Stewart
  • June 19 – Casey Perkins-Lawrence
  • June 29 – Kelly Rowe

UPDATED: MAY 26, 2020 | 3:00 PM



VIRTUAL PENTECOST SUNDAY SERVICE

Send photos of you/your family wearing red. These photos will be included in the video for Pentecost Sunday service. Send submissions to office@stpatricksalbany.org by Friday, May 30 at noon.

SAVE THE DATE!
Join us in celebrating the graduates from the Class of 2020 – Ellie Driggers, Autumn Hart, and Davis Jones!

UPDATED: MAY 19, 2020 | 3:00 PM

Beloved,

Even in the midst of pandemic, of suffering and uncertainty, comes the call to give thanks. For over 125 years, the United Thank Offering, a ministry of the Episcopal Church has provided grants across the church for the benefit of the gospel. The initial intention was to return gratitude to God by making an offering of loose change when giving thanks to God in our every day lives. 

In the past decade alone, the Diocese of Georgia has received over $230,000 in granted support for ministry projects such as the Ecology Center at Honey Creek, launch of the Community of St. Joseph consisting of the homeless of Savannah, as well as feeding and development grants.

Because of our unusual circumstances this year, you are invited to bring your blue box or a donation by the church Monday-Thursday 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM or Sunday from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM. You can also mail a donation indicating “UTO” in the memo line. We’ll take our Spring Ingathering through the last two Sundays in May. 

Simply put, our giving to the UTO “cup runneth over” as we grow our generosity in these 100% granted funds across the church. I hope you’ll join me in saying thank you through these gifts of gratitude.

Peace to you,


Partner Ministry Feature

Updated: May 12, 2020 | 2:00 PM


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

Wedding Anniversary
May 3 –Tom and Orva Voth
May 6 – Jim and Fran Kempf
May 8 – Larry and Barbara Danzer & Grant and Jennifer Combs
May 9 – Hill and May Gillespie & Uzoma and Toyin Okafor
May 22 –Michael and Carol Brunson

Anniversary of Baptism
May 5 – Ann Bolton
May 9 – Mary Shapard
May 18 – Clay Sheffield and Catherine Talley
May 25 – Kristi Baranko and Lee Ann Burkart

Updated: May 5, 2020 | 4:00 PM

Beloved,

Some of you may be familiar with the high holy day of American capitalism known as Black Friday, which follows Thanksgiving Thursday. In recent years, a Cyber Monday was added as an online shopping day for more deals on items we likely don’t need. Finally, a group of nonprofits launched an idea for #GivingTuesday on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving. It serves as an informal start to the most generous time of giving for the entire year for causes we care about, the Christmas (or Advent) time.

In the middle of the pandemic, this organization decided to sponsor a #GivingTuesdayNow campaign to call us to give to those organizations that are working the gaps of the government’s response to Covid-19. Today, Tuesday, May 5th, I’m pleased to share several organizations that have received gifts of $100-250 out of our Deacon’s Discretionary Fund due to your generous giving before and during the pandemic, as well as in honor of Diana’s retirement. I hope you’ll join your church in giving to these or other organizations today for that gospel imperative of serving Jesus in serving the least of these. Thank you all!

Yours,

Updated: May 1, 2020 | 2:00 PM

Beloved,

I greet you in the name of our Christ as we enter this month of May. It is sad, perhaps, when I can barely keep up with which day it is how a new month is such an event! May holds some very special events this year, even as we still observe shelter-in-place guidance and a suspension of in-person worship. Our Interim Parish Administrator wants your help for a project she’s working on for Mother’s Day, we’ll start some more church activities geared to our families with young children, and by the end of the month, we’ll have a new Bishop and celebrate Pentecost. My hope is this May 1 brings you something to look forward too as we read with the psalmist, “I lift up my eyes to the hills, from where is my help to come? My help comes from the Maker of Heaven and Earth!”

Yours,

I hope this message sees you all well. Due to the current environment and COVID-19, we aren’t all able to meet and celebrate much of anything together. Mother’s Day is coming up, and I need your help for a ministry project. I want to create a presentation/slideshow/video that will honor our mothers and grandmothers and anyone who has taken on that “mom” role. I would love it if you all could send me pictures (to office@stpatricksalbany.org) of these people and include a short paragraph which details their name and possibly include who all they mother/ed or grandmother/ed, etc. This includes a picture of you if you’re a mom! Pictures with children and grandchildren are encouraged, but I love and will accept a beautiful solo portrait too (even in memory). Because it will take some time to put together, I would like to have these in by May 7th (next Thursday). If you have any questions or need help with this process, don’t hesitate to ask – I am here to help.
Peace,
Kelly Rowe
office@stpatricksalbany.org


Beloved, one of the things about working for the Kingdom is that there will always be more to do and in the end, it is really God’s work accomplished in us. Many of you know my efforts at being available to you most any time when needed. In addition to this, the Vestry has given me feedback about publishing stable ‘office hours’ to be available for walk-ins. While I encourage us to continue observing health guidance, I wanted to offer a way we could offer office hours during the pandemic. Unfortunately, it can’t truly be walk-in right now for safety reasons, but please don’t hesitate to give me a call during these times on Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00 AM – Noon (Call ahead to 864-923-4263). I’ll either be on the porch at the church or at my house. We can make space for most anything on your heart. – Nick


Surprised By Hope
New Bible Study Series
Wednesdays at Noon (Zoom)

“Hope Comes as a Surprise, Several Levels all at once.”

Join Fr. Nick for this video study series by Bishop N.T. Wright. Order or download the Participant’s Guide for this Study from this link: https://smile.amazon.com/Surprised-Hope-Participants-Guide-Resurrection/dp/031032470X/


Family Fellowship
For Families with Young Children
With Fun and Lesson
Tuesdays at 6:00 PM (Zoom)

Join Fr. Nick and others for some Church Family Fun and a Lesson on Tuesday Nights at 6:00 PM via Zoom. Families with Young Children will receive a separate Zoom invitation to join the meeting safely and securely.

Updated: April 26, 2020 | 2:00 PM

Beloved,

Christ is risen. The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!

It is my great joy to announce the newest member of our team, Kelly Rowe, who will serve us as Interim Parish Administrator. Kelly brings to us a background in writing and photography which will fit our growing needs to communicate in the digital age. She also brings a servant’s heart and passion for the ministry of the church. Kelly came into the Episcopal Church because of St. Patrick’s. She and her husband, John Michael, now attend Calvary Episcopal Church following their move to Americus last year.

Our hope is to utilize Kelly’s gifts during the interim to learn more about how this position can support the ministry of the church in a post-virus reality as we prepare to conduct a search for a permanent administrator. Kelly will start with us Monday, April 27, working with Diana to orient her to a training resource that Diana has developed over these past few weeks. Asked about Kelly’s hire, Diana said, “Kelly will be great, and I know that you all will show her just how wonderful and gracious you are!”

My gratitude to Aida Cerney, Lesia Irvin, and Joe Wingard who serve on the hiring team. They adapted quickly in light of the changing needs for an interim and will stay on board for the full search. 

I hope you’ll join me in welcoming Kelly to this position and partnership in ministry. See below to read a note from Kelly.

Yours,


Kelly Rowe, Interim Parish Administrator

Hello friends at St. Patrick’s and Our Saviour,

I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to serve you all as interim parish administrator. It’s exciting to know that I will be working for and with a community of people who are near and dear to my heart. I look forward to meeting some of you and continuing to grow in love and faith with all. It is my hope that I can make this transition between administrators as smooth and easy as possible for you all. I’m aware that I’m taking on a pretty big challenge – because, as we all know and are grateful for, Diana is incredible and does quite a lot! If any of you have questions or ideas, feel free to float them along to me. I am open and eager! And finally, to answer some of you: yes, I’m that Kelly who is married to John Michael – the red-head with the deep voice who sang in the choir before we moved to Americus. It’s my personal goal to make more connections with you during my tenure.

I love you all and can’t wait to get started!

Peace,
Kelly Rowe

Updated: April 24, 2020 | 5:00 PM

Beloved,

Grace and peace be with you! I write today to share, in as brief a way as this pastor can, some thoughts surrounding the church’s continuing social concerns and outreach ministry in the coming days and weeks in our state, in our community, and for our congregations.

I want to start by admitting, humbly, that the numbers I’ve seen in the news are beyond my mind’s comprehension. They are important(!), and yet I find that trying to understand them is exhausting most days. My heart, on the other hand, hurts because I’ve known someone who has died, because I know some of you have lost your jobs, because we are hurting, and the world is hurting. Our world needs and will need, post-virus, the loving and compassionate ministry of Christians through the church.



I…beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
– Ephesians 4:1-3

Even as my brain catches up to my heart, I recognize that decisions must be made in real time. I don’t envy our public or political officials, even as I pray for them fervently. In our various outlets of public communication, some of us have addressed the matter of ‘choice’ in terms of going out and getting our hair cut or nails done (and y’all see how badly I need a haircut). Yes, it is our choice to go out or stay in, and wisdom prevails for vulnerable individuals* to stay home. And, as robust a response as the government has taken to this crisis, there remain gaps for the economically vulnerable whose business, whose wages, whose livelihoods, yes even their lives, may be on the line. This is one of the ways the church (and other nonprofits) should be ready to respond because our lives in Christ are more than our livelihoods.

For those who have less choice, I want to personally appeal for your help. Our discretionary funds have been sustained through previous disasters and are ready to support people now. If you are aware of a family or person in need, including yourself, please refer them to me. We don’t have all the monetary resources in the world, but what we have was given for this purpose, to support those in need (and some of you have indicated a willingness to donate more if needed). Now isn’t the time for ideological rigidity…the virus doesn’t discriminate. We as the church can support those who have needs, who can’t safely return to work, and make sure the barber, esthetician, etc. has a cushion to land on and rise from when it is safe to do so once again.

Finally, in-person worship remains suspended as a policy of the Diocese. In the coming days, we’ll share a press release from the Bishop with some forward-looking guidance for the criteria he is considering for a return to in-person worship by region. Your Vestry will be working with those guidelines and additional measures as we plan and prepare for a safe return together. We will communicate more in the coming weeks about a safe and sustainable return to worshipping together in person. Thank you for your patience and prayers.

May you know the peace that surpasses our understanding, and may it guard you hearts in the knowledge and love of Christ.

Yours,

*https://www.whitehouse.gov/openingamerica/#appendix


Dear Friends,

I hope that you are all well and safe. Your Vestry and Rector are taking a proactive approach to ensure our health through the crisis. Fr. Nick asked me to provide you with a brief and transparent update with the financial response of the parish in the midst of the pandemic.

1. Because of your generosity, the church remains in a strong position to enter a time of economic crisis. While giving was down in the first quarter of the year, our reserves have provided enough money to continue our essential ministries. We are sharing our balance sheet for the first quarter, which does not yet account for the decline in our investments. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me or our Treasurer, Sam Stringer.

2. Thank you for responding to the Senior Warden’s letter to keep current, as able, in your giving. In addition to mailing your tithe or making a gift online, I’m pleased to announce that our Treasurer, Sam Stringer, will be at the church from 11:00 AM – Noon on Sundays to receive your offerings if you wish to drop them off. You should receive a quarterly giving statement from the church at the beginning of next week by email or mail.

3. PPP/CARES Act: The church was approved for a Paycheck Protection Program ‘forgivable’ loan through Renasant Bank for approximately $25,000 in the first round of funding. Over the next 8 weeks starting in May, the portion of this loan spent on personnel, mortgage interest, and utilities will be forgiven and help our cashflow through July. Because of this, we’ll be able to return our team to full hours and pay for May and June.

If you have any questions at all about our finances, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. JoAnne and I are praying for health and safety for you all.

Yours in Christ,

Steve Tanner, Chair
Finance Committee

"Because of your generosity, 
the church remains in a strong position to enter a time of economic crisis."
- Steve Tanner, Finance Chair

Updated: April 20, 2020 | 4:00 PM


From the Rector’s Desk


Beloved,

I write today to share the news of our beloved Diana Rogers’ retirement on April 30, 2020, after 20+ years of faithful ministry as our parish secretary. Some version of this letter has probably been started by my two predecessors as the idea has come and gone over the past few years. However, there is a quality of faithfulness that Diana has to the Lord, and to the Church (within and beyond her own tradition), that kept her prayer and discernment focused on the right time for this decision. She has been the steady rock in our leadership transitions, and for her forbearance, there is much rejoicing in the Kingdom of Heaven.

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven. 

– Ecclesiastes 3:1


One of the first conversations I had with Diana after arriving was about something with the computer and bulletins. I had asked her what she does when something doesn’t work right (as technology is bound to fail), and her response: “I look it up.” I give thanks to God for that quality in her, where curiosity, practicality, and fidelity make for a good and faithful disciple and partner in ministry. Y’all, Holy Week and Christmas, church week in and week out and just about everything else receives the joy and competence she has brought to us so lovingly. 

I know you all have lived these stories with her over the years. In so many ways, she has been the first pastoral care giver, the voice you knew you could hear when you called the church, and she has held us in many seasons and “every matter under heaven.” In another time, we might say to ourselves that we could celebrate her better. But in a “time to refrain from embracing” physically together, I hope you will join me in giving thanks to God for the ministry of Diana Rogers. I hope you’ll email, write, or call or show her love in these next two weeks. We will announce staff transition plans in a separate communication. (See her note on below.)

In lieu of the customary purse we give to departing team members, Diana has asked instead for us to contribute to the Deacon’s Discretionary Fund. In talking with her, she said she wants our gratitude to return to the Lord and help people who need it most. While we have benefited most from her faithful ministry, I invite your generosity so that others may do the same.

With gratitude for the ministry of Diana Rogers,


Dear friends of St. Pat’s and Our Saviour,

As you most of you know, and to those who do not know, I am retiring.   As this has not been an easy decision for me, I believe at this time, it is the right one. This is not a “goodbye”, as we will continue to see each other out and about when this is all over: Publix, Target, Walmart, Lowes, Starbucks,  Newks,  doctor & dentist offices, and DW school events.

I want to say that I love each and every one of you. It has been my blessing to be with you all at St. Pat’s and Our Saviour.  I could fill pages of memories that we have shared together over the years.  You have been a wonderful part of my life and so many of you hold a very special place in my heart as dear sisters & brothers in Christ. 

Thank you for the kindness, grace and love given to me over these many years.

The Lord bless and keep you all,
Diana


Updated: April 17, 2020 | 11:00 AM

Beloved