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Mailing Address: P.O. Box 844, Bolivar, MO 65613

News from St. Alban's Episcopal Church,

Bolivar, Missouri

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

"The Lord is near to the broken-hearted, and will save those whose spirits are crushed."
Psalm 34:18

 Mother Cathy, Deacon Brenda, and  Kathy Brown
Sunday, September 6, 10:30 AM 
In two weeks, we will begin our fall schedule with a celebratory event, grateful first for our longest-serving retiree, Kathy Brown, who has shared her extraordinary musical gifts with this congregation for 20 years; for Brenda's faithfulness during her 18 years as our deacon, and for Cathy's dozen years as vicar.
All of them are officially retiring.

No one is moving, though, so you will still see them frequently. Ken and Brenda will still attend St Alban's, Mother Cathy will be supplying at least once a month and for special occasions, and Kathy will be available to substitute at the organ when Jennifer Smith is away. 

We will celebrate Eucharist at 10:30 and then continue to celebrate with a meal together afterwards. Lynn O'Brien and Heather Pacheco are in charge of this event, so expect to hear from them about ways you can help make it a great time for everyone!

Fall Sunday School will begin Sunday, September 13, 9:30 for all ages, followed by worship at 10:30.

Please welcome Norman Bayer, recently widowed and new to        St Alban's, and his sister, Vickie Willeston, who is in the process of moving into the area from Kansas City.
Congregational Leaders
Lee Schmidt is currently the bishop's warden, who will call bishop's committee meetings and chair those meetings after Mother Cathy's retirement, and in that way he will make sure that all your concerns are heard as we go forward.
Deann Megonnell is the secretary of the committee, and teaches the older children's Sunday School class. She will assist Lee in whatever ways are helpful or necessary going forward. She brings a wealth of experience having been bishop's warden for many years. 
Terri Mainard bakes the Sunday Eucharistic bread and teaches the littlest Sunday School children..
Louise Ritter is the head of the altar guild, responsible for setting up for Eucharist, for teaching others to do it, and to keep all the linens and vestments clean and ready to use.
Lynn O'Brien and Heather Pacheco are in charge of our fellowship events; this does not mean they need to do everything, but that they will let you know what YOU need to do!
Eric Schmidt is in charge of general maintenance and repair; let him know if there are things you see that need fixing.
Joyce Schmidt is responsible for the women's sewing projects - ragdolls2love, (yes, we still make them - most recently for the local division of children's services, where they are distributed to foster children) and the DaysforGirls project making washable menstrual pads and shields for girls in areas where disposable ones are expensive and not readily available.  
Barbara Chapman continues as the treasurer for the congregation with Rick Carr as her assistant. 
Rebecca Cox serves as the Pastoral Administrator.That means she will be in the Office from 9-12 every Tuesday and Thursday morning, will send out the e-newsletter, get the mail from the PO box, make sure that bills are ready for the treasurer to pay, print bulletins and make worship schedules  - so that everyone can see two months in advance when they will serve, and when one of the clergy will be here for Eucharist. If you have news items, prayer requests, changes in personal information, or other items that need to be included, please email her: anglicanhaitianmomma@yahoo.com.

And each of these is also responsible to teach at least one other to do their jobs - so that nothing falls through the cracks if someone is ill or away. Remember, the older children are "teachable" as well!
The Bishop's Committee will meet every Thursday morning this month, continuing tomorrow, August 20 at 11:00  AM.

October 11, 2015 Organ Concert at St Alban's - We have never actually had a celebration of the organ, so that SBU students and others who are interested can hear it played. Bill and Kathy Brown, Daniel Hancock and perhaps others will show off our 100 year old Vocalion that afternoon. Time to be announced. But save the date!

November 1, 2015  baptism of Nicholle Schmidt during the All Saint's Day Eucharist.
Saturday, November 14, 2015  Regional Confirmation service at Christ Church, Springfield.    
As of today we have four persons who will be confirmed: Vance Halfaker, Julie Strubinger, Heather Pacheco and Joann Pyle. We have one person to be received into the Episcopal Church from the Roman Catholic Church, Russell Gomez.  
Everyone is invited to this event, and we will also celebrate them on Sunday, November 15 at St Alban's.

August 23, 2015
 9:30 AM
    Joshua 24:1-2,      14-18 
    Psalm 34:15-22
Olivia Cox
 Ephesians 6:10-20
Deann Megonnell


 Prayers of the People
Timothy Schmidt



John 6:35, 41-51 The Rev. Brenda Sickler



Lay Eucharistic minister
Lee Schmidt


Altar Guild
Louise Ritter



Jesus scandalized everyone by saying these impossibly things not just on the hillsides, but in the synagogue itself. Some of his disciples complained,

"This teaching is difficult; who can accept it?"

Eventually, as Jesus pressed his point to the limit,

"Many of his disciples turned back and no longer went about with him."

  Does this surprise you?

 Peter remarked:

"Lord to whom can we go?

You have the words of eternal life."

 Does this ring true to you?

If so, do you read, study, pay attention to his words - even when they might offend you?!