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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



September 12, 2014         

"Welcome those who are weak in faith, but not for the purpose of quarreling over opinions."

 A huge reason that adolescent girls in many parts of the world do not attend school regularly, is the difficulty of managing their periods without modern, western disposable sanitary pads or tampons. http://www.daysforgirls.org is meeting a need for  washable pads - which gives girls extra days in school. 


Our first sewing day was fun and successful - Thanks to Joyce Schmidt, Elaine Yarmouth, Lynn O'Brien, Becca Cox and Brenda Sickler. There are materials ready to sew at home if anyone would like to participate in that way - 


   Joyce Schmidt gave us careful, step-by-step directions for cutting, sewing and assembling the washable sanitary pads, and shields we are making for daysforgirls.org.


Sunday School

Christian Education classes this year will include Episcopal liturgy, sacraments and the Church year. First session, for all ages runs from September 7-October 5 and focuses on baptism.

Remember to have your children here on time! Pre-K through first grade will have Terri Mainard for their teacher.

Children in grades 2-4 will have Deann Megonnell.

tool guy


Eric Schmidt will be repairing our groundsource heating and cooling system this Monday - just in time for winter, it seems! No one had actually recognized what the problem was that has kept us too hot or too cold for the last couple of years until Eric did... Be sure to thank  him when you see him!



Remember that we can use your extra home-canned fruits and vegetables in our pantry, as well as purchased ones -     And thanks to Deann Megonnell for bringing so many beautiful jars of tomatoes to mix with noodles and hamburger or a can of beef stew!




Don't be a Grinch -

BUT Christmas is coming sooner than you think!

This means we need to begin collecting items we know we will need for Share Your Christmas:

new underwear all sizes for teen girls and boys

socks - any color or styles for teen girls and boys

board games, puzzle books, makeup and hair things,

art supplies, and projects.

There will be a box for these items in the back of the parish hall -  



 Proper 19
   Sept 14 

Exodus 14:19-31
Psalm 114
Louise Ritter

Romans 14:1-12
Debra Beal

Matthew 18:21-35
Brenda Sickler
Prayers of the People
Deann Megonnell

Altar Guild
Louise Ritter

Eucharistic minister
Lee Schmidt

Psalm 114
portrays creation
fairly dancing with delight at God's victory for his people.
Listen to these images of the Exodus:
"The sea beheld it and fled; Jordan turned and went back."
"The mountains skipped like rams, and the little hills like young sheep!"
Later on, Jesus even says that if people do not praise God then the "stones themselves will cry out!"
Paul's letter to the Romans reflects the differences that early (and later!) Christians experienced -
Some people, for example, insisted the only "right" day to worship was Sunday; others said it had to be the Sabbath/Saturday;
others said all days are the same to God.
Some Christians apparently believed that they should never eat meat,
others that they could eat meat if it was not sacrificed to idols before it ended up in the market,
others said that those things made no difference to God.
Churches still divide over whether the waters of baptism can be poured (as the Holy Spirit was "poured out")
or must be administered in running water like a river,
(which is what "living waters" meant to the first readers)
or whether baptism in water is necessary at all...
Paul's response?
"Welcome those who are weak in faith, but not for the purpose of quarreling over opinions."
And who are the "weak?"
 Those with rigid opinions and fears.
"Some believe in eating anything while the weak eat only vegetables."
Neither is to judge the other...