Wednesdays in Lent, 2019. We had the first three of this year’s soup suppers in March. Nineteen attended the first soup supper. Marilyn Slocumbe cooked her wonderful Irish beef stew, and Charles Duke contributed his always-popular homemade Irish soda bread. Robyn Keeler brought cookies, and Dorothy Snyder baked the best carrot cake I ever tasted.
The second week we had fourteen people to eat chicken stew provided by Nancy Seymour. Suzanne Moore brought French bread, and there was choice of two desserts: Dorothy followed her carrot cake of the week before with two kinds of hard-to-choose-between cookies and Louise Martin contributed Trader Joe’s New York–style cheesecake, chopped fruit, and cream. The third week of Lent we traveled to Hartwell to have soup with the members of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. Both the food and the company were very enjoyable. There were eleven of them and thirteen of us.
Our fourth and last soup supper of the year was on April 3, with beef stew provided by Louise Martin. Attendance remained good, and we await next year's continuance of the tradition.
March 5, 2019. Our annual Shrove Tuesday pancake supper was held in the parish hall, with pancakes provided, as is tradition, by the estimable Charles Duke, our Senior Warden. Attendance was good - and so were the pancakes and sausage.
January 13, 2019. The annual parish meeting was held in the parish hall; two new members were elected to the vestry and the wardens, treasurer, and rector gave reports on the state of the church and its finances and membership. A catered meal was provided.
December 24, 2018. St. Alban's had its Christmas Eve service with plenty of people in attendance. Poinsettias decorated the church and Steve Jenkins closed out the service with Silent Night on guitar.
November 26, 2018. St. Alban's and First Presbyterian Church of Elberton held two joint yard sales to raise money for Helping Overcome Poverty In Elbert County. About $1000 was raised for the cause.
June 2018. Fr. John Keeler and Steve Jenkins with Mr. and Mrs. Tom Adams, who recently donated a lot on Lake Russell to St. Alban's. Steve kindly took care of the title change for the church.
June 10, 2018. Members of the Church of the Mediator in Washington, GA, joined uus for a cookout on the lake. Good food and good fellowship were had by all.
April 25, 2018. Mary Randall, long-term parish administrator and verger of St. Alban's, died. We will miss her.
March 29, 2018. The Easter Week services, most of which were ecumenical, were well-attended.Following the Maundy Thursday service at St. Alban's we served refreshments.
February 13, 2018. Another enjoyable Shrove Tuesday pancake supper at St. Alban's.
January 18, 2018. The St. Alban's annual parish meeting took place after Eucharist and a catered lunch. The church treasurer, rector, and senior warden gave reports, and Natasha Clay and Allen Nicas were elected to the vestry.
December 23, 2017. We decorated the church for Christmas. On Christmas Eve, which was also the fourth Sunday in Advent) we had our usual 10:30 AM Eucharist, and also our traditional Christmas Eve service at 6:30 PM.
November 10-11, 2017. At the annual diocesan council in Gainesville, Bishop Wright announced that a scholarship at the University of Sewanee is being created in honor of Fr. Herschel Atkinson, our rector emeritus, in thanks for his years of service as secretary of Council. Our verger, Natasha Clay, assisted at Eucharist, helped with counting of votes, and performed other general duties.
October 29, 2017. Following a brief Compline service, attendees enjoyed a lasagna dinner and fellowship in the parish hall.
October 15, 2017. Father John joined the Reverend Susan Louttit-Hardaway, rector of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Hartwell, for the blessing of the animals, an annual event.
October 2017. Marty Barclay became our newest server. He has been acting as greeter on Sunday mornings.
August 26, 2017. Allen Nicas's family threw him a surprise 85th birthday party in the St. Alban's parish hall. Many friends and family members attended.
August 13, 2017. The diocesan Canon for Ministry, John Thompson-Quartey, visited St. Alban's, delivered the sermon at Eucharist, and ate lunch with us in the parish hall. Following lunch, he shared with us his ideas on how to grow a small church.
July 28, 2017. The Hawes family have been long-time supporters of St. Alban's. On July 19, Peyton Hawes Jr. died, and on July 28, a service was held for him at St. Alban's.
June 23, 2017. Our newest acolyte, Thomas Barclay, made his debut.
June 11, 2017. We enjoyed a visit from Bishop Don Wimberly and his wife Wendy.
Photo 1: Bishop and Mrs. Wimberly with Father John at the rear of the church.
Photos 2,3,4: Scenes from lunch in the Parish Hall following the Eucharist.
Photo 5: Tammy Clay, who was received into the church during the service.
April 16, 2017. The church was decorated with beautiful lilies for Easter.
March 2017. Our Lenten soup soup suppers were especially enjoyable this year. We had good food and good guests.
February 26, 2017. Don Beitzel of SafeHouse visited at St. Alban's, and during Eucharist he presented Robyn Keeler with flowers and a Barnes & Noble gift certificate in appreciation of her twenty-year service on the SafeHouse board, her chairmanship of the Walkathon committee, and other valuable services.
January 29, 2017. After the Eucharist, we enjoyed a catered lunch in the Parish Hall, and then had our annual meeting with reports from the rector and wardens, followed by election of three vestry members. Mary Randall (third photo, left), St. Alban's parish administrator, was presented with a gift from the congregation upon the occasion of her retirement from office duties.
December 24, 2016. We had a lovely Christmas Eve service with candles and poinsettias. Grandchildren of members participated in the service, one member sang a solo, and we also had guitar as accompaniment to traditional carols.
Fall 2016. A long-time St. Alban's member, Dolores Jefferson (photo 1) celebrated her 90th birthday on Oct. 20. Then, on Dec. 5, Holman Haley turned 100, and his wife Sara turned 90. On Nov. 26, their family and friends honored them in advance with a birthday party at Magnolia Estates in Elberton. A field representative from US Rep. Doug Collins's office, Bill Kokolay, attended and presented a proclamation in recognition of Mr. Haley's service in the Army Air Corps in World War II. An active duty member of the Air Force presented him with a flag that has flown over the US Capitol (Photos 2 & 3).
October 2, 2016. Fr. John joined the Rev. Susan Louttit-Hardaway, rector of St. Andrew’s (pictured in first photo at right), Hartwell, in providing a blessing of animals service for pets and their owners for the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals. The weather was fair and attendance good. The Rev. Susan Louttit Hardaway blessing Bear, a service dog (second image). Bear seems happy with the occasion (third image). This was Bear's second blessing of the day. She and companions Scruffy and Jack had already been blessed at the morning Eucharist at St. Alban’s.
October 1, 2016. Our rector emeritus, Herschel Atkinson, recently posed for a Sewanee School of Theology campaign to encourage giving to scholarships for theology students.
Sunday, June 26, 2016. St. Alban's special day was on June 22 this year, so we celebrated by decorating the base of his statue with flowers.
Sunday, June 19, 2016. Bishop Keith Whitmore and his wife Suzie visited St. Alban's. After the Eucharist, we enjoyed a salad lunch in the Parish Hall.
Lonnie Blackwell, Sr., died on April 11, 2016. He was sexton at St. Alban's for forty-five years. In this photo, taken on August 3, 2014, he is shown receiving from Fr. John a certificate of appreciation for his long service at St. Alban's. Seated beside him is his daughter Monteary Almond, who succeeded him as sexton.
Holy Week, 2016. The photos show the altar and door at St. Alban's, decorated for Palm Sunday. On Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday, we participated in joint services with Elberton First Methodist and Holy Trinity Lutheran churches.
Lenten Season, 2016. On the day before Lent (Feb. 9 this year), Charles Duke cooked up the pancakes for twelve attendees at the annual St. Alban’s Shrove Tuesday pancake supper. Bob and Marilyn Slocumbe provided sausage. A good time was had by all.
On Ash Wednesday (Feb. 10), Fr. John was robed and at the church from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to offer members ashes at a time convenient to them. The imposition of ashes was accompanied by a short service of prayers. Seven members availed themselves of the service. At 6:30 p.m., St. Alban’s joined with First Methodist and Holy Trinity Lutheran churches in a joint Ash Wednesday service at First Methodist. The Rev. Karen Schwindler of Holy Trinity delivered the sermon, and estimated attendance was 150.
During Lent, we had a series of four soup suppers on February 17, February 24, March 2, and March 9 (see photos). We enjoyed delicious food and Fr. John's talks on how Episcopalians tell their story as Christians through visual imagery, language, and motion.
Sunday, January 17, 2016. Fr. John Keeler led a special Sunday School class on the results of the recent Anglican Communion meeting in Canterbury and its meaning for us. The photo is of Penny McLanahan, one of those who enjoyed the session.
Sunday, January 10, 2016. The Annual Meeting was held after the Eucharist. Twenty-six enjoyed a catered lunch, following which the church treasurer and rector gave reports, and two vacancies in the vestry were filled by election.
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