Midweek Message

August 16, 2016

Jim Hopkins

August 16, 2016

Dear LABC,
Many of us enjoyed a wonderful retreat at Redwood Glen over the weekend. There were several themes but the need to be mindful of the power of welcome and power of claiming our own strengths resonated most deeply with me. We enjoyed the leadership of Father Aidan McAleenan but after the Saturday morning session he was called away by a pastoral emergency in his parish. Pastor Tanner stepped in and brought us home in a marvelous way. (By the way – Redwood Glen is about half-way to its goal of $400,000 for a new water system.)
This coming Sunday our “Till The Work Is Done” New Orleans team will lead our worship, the Forum and afterwards Reverend Paul Keener will be serving a New Orleans style lunch.
If you have an hour to spare on Saturday please come by Albany High School  between 10:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. and walk a few laps in the American Cancer Society Relay for life. Our participation will mean much to LABC Team Captain, Whitley Joachim,  and indeed every family in our congregation, that has been touched by cancer. This is the link to sign-up in advance.

Prayers of the Congregation

  • Thanksgiving with the Hopkins family that Ethan is recuperating slowly but steadily
  • Thanksgiving with the Keener family that Jessica is rebounding from her illness
  • All who are searching for housing (I regularly receive inquires about rooms and apartments for rent. If you have suggestions please forward them to me)
  • All who are trying to overcome addiction
  • Chris Schelin for his family and all the people of flood ravaged Louisiana (20,000 evacuated, 11,000 in shelters, 6  dead – Contributions can be made to LABC designated Louisiana – they will be sent directly through One Great Hour of Sharing)
  • Margaret Aleander for Renaldo, children and grandchildren
  • Jessie Guiton and family for baby Valentina
  • Katrina Lau as she begins a new job
  • Ruben Artery for his father
  • Ginny Axtel (health concerns)
  • Joel Reyes for his sister, Virginia
  • Jim Jeffery, pain relief
  • Thanksgiving with and for John and Jo Giles as they become members of LABC
  • Mary Karne for her daughter Maryla
  • Dorothy Paul for her sister (health concerns)
  • Edie Parrott (Bancroft Convalescent Hospital)
  • Kay Baxter for her family
  • Jo Robinson (health concerns)
  • Charlotte Myers for her sister, Myrna (hospice care)
  • All our homebound members
  • The people of Lake County (Californina) who again face  devastating fires
  • Peace with Justice in Milwaukee, WI, Queens, NY, Chicago, IL and the cities of our nation
  • The American electorate as it evaluates candidates and issues in advance of the November elections


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