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201 S Killingsworth Ave, Bolivar, MO 65613
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 844, Bolivar, MO 65613

News from St. Alban's Episcopal Church,

Bolivar, Missouri

new red roof



November 21 , 2014         

"...the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods"



3rd century painting of Christ the Good Shepherd 


.The image of Christ as the Shepherd-King who lays down his life for the sheep is one of the most common images in ancient art.

It isn't the mental picture most of us have when we think of a "King", but it is wholly biblical -


This Sunday 

We'll celebrate the last Sunday before Advent and a new Church year: Christ the King, November 23.

Mother Virginia will be here for this Sunday, before she leaves to go to her family for Thanksgiving.

Kathy Brown will be gone, but Daniel Hancock will be here to play the organ - Most of you remember how hard he worked to get this organ for us. Come enjoy his music!  

ALSO please make sure that if you have boxes for Operation Christmas Child that you get them back this Sunday morning.


There will be a Community Thanksgiving Service at First Assembly of God Church in Bolivar, on THIS Sunday evening, November 23, at 6 pm. Rev Patty Smith, the pastor of two rural Methodist Churches will be the speaker. She is delightful, and wise. This service is organized and sponsored by the Bolivar Ministerial Alliance which includes clergy from our different denominations,

                           Upcoming Events

We will begin Sunday School again on November 30, Advent 1 - and instead of dividing the classes, we'll just all meet in the parish hall and do Advent activities and stories together - We'll all just get ready for Christmas together!


THANKSGIVING DINNER at Church on Thanksgiving afternoon - November 27, beginning at 1 pm.

We will celebrate with Thanksgiving Eucharist at the table, sing our favorite Thanksgiving hymns - eat and then play games and do other activities together in the afternoon - EVERYONE is invited to come and share dinner with us - Turkey and stuffing will be provided - so sign up tomorrow to bring a vegetable, bread, drinks, a salad or dessert if you can.


Share Your Christmas - Please do pick up a yellow tag from one of the angel trees in stores in Bolivar - for OUR age group - 14-18!

We had 93 sign ups by Wednesday and there will be more before the final sign up day Dec. 3.

We will need help on December 5 beginning at 10:00 am to build the bags in the church; final shopping and delivery of bags will be Dec 9; We will need help distributing gifts on Wednesday and Thursday Dec. 10 and 11. PLEASE do sign up to help on one or more of these days!


Festival of Christmas - Sunday December 7 at 6:00 PM at Maybee Chapel, at SBU: Community celebration of Christmas with choirs and orchestra from SBU and the high school: Music and Scripture readings. The offering is for Community Outreach Ministries - and BAMA. 



  Please try to keep your hands off the thermostats! Eric Schmidt has set them on a weekly cycle so that we should have adequate heat. If there is a real problem, we'll fix it - so let us know if you're too hot or too cold during worship. Thanks!


November 23, 2014
Christ the King
10:30 AM
Old Testament:
Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24
Psalm 95:1-7a
Lee Schmidt
Ephesians 1:15-23
The Gospel:
Matthew 25:31-46
Brenda Sickler
Prayers of the People
Debra Beal

Altar Guild
Louise Ritter

What does it do to our view of God if we take the Bible seriously when it speaks of God as the "Shepherd of the flock, leading Israel"
or of Jesus as the "Good Shepherd" who is also the King of all Kings?
What does this suggest about God's view of
royal privilege and power?