August 10,  2017       
Picture of the Week
Camp St. Alban's
See note below from Katie
Quote of the Week
"Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good." 
Maya Angelou Celebrations: Rituals of Peace and Prayer     
Clergy and Music
 This Sunday
  • The Rev. Judson Pealer will be preaching and celebrating  at 8:00,  9:30 and 5:30.
  • Holly Clark, summer seminarian,will be assisting.
  • Jim Strand at the organ bench.
Worship Schedule
Sunday
  • 8:00 am Quiet, spoken and traditional 
  • 9:30 am Holy Communion with choir and children's programs
  • 5:30 pm Celtic
    Eventide...contemplative, musical and prayerful

Monday

5:00pm  
Centering Prayer
Meetings & Events

August 12    Dr Strand and his son,                      John will be performing                    at Merrill Auditorium   
August 12   Preble Street 

Children's Formation
Thank you Camp St. Alban's
This year at Camp St. Alban's we made post cards to be sent to refugees around the world. Our postcards have been sent off to the Jesuit Refugee Services who have then sent them in love to our global refugee neighbors. We recently received a this letter of thanks, and I was reminded once again what a blessing it is to be a part of this community. 
Thank you! - Katie Holicky
Heifer Farm Weekend 
September 22-24 
6th-12th grades
$150 per person, scholarships available 
Contact Katie Holicky with RSVP and questions.
RSVP by 8/28 !
Sneak Peek of Fall Offerings

Godly Play: A program of wonder and storytelling for children ages 4 and 5. Come explore God's story through fun and "feast"! 

Our Place: An experiential program of Bible exploration for children grades 1-4. Come splash into the Baptismal Covenant through rotated stations like, Thou Art, Show Me Cinema, and St. Alban's Playhouse. 

Connect: God's story meets our story, every week, with games, artwork and fun. For youth in grades 5-6. 

Rite 13: A program for youth in grades 7-8 which emphasizes finding God at work in our real lives. We begin in church at the  9:30am  Sunday service, and then following the Peace we continue upstairs in the youth group room. 

Youth Group: Wild games, surprising conversations, and our own prayers. Open to all high schoolers. Gathers 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month from  3:30pm-5:30pm. (Youth Group Fall kick off  Sunday 9/17

Kids, join us for a 
giant water bash on 
August 27, 3-5 PM

Without giving too much away, think water balloons, sprinklers and obstacle courses. 

This is open to middle school and high schoolers 
Please email me annesedlack@gmail.com
 with any questions.
 
There is no cost associated with this event and we only ask that the youth come prepared to get wet 
(so towels and bathing suits!). 

Hope everyone is having a great summer! 
Anne Sedlack, youth leader 
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I thought I'd share a little secret about my personal prayer life.
 
Each day, very soon after waking, I pray out loud prayers of gratitude. I give thanks for a whole variety of gifts given to me. Doing so gets my day going, oriented toward gratitude, and less likely to anxious about the demands of the day or the unfinished work of yesterday.
 
I might give personal thanks, as I did this morning, for the beautiful day, for my dear spouse, and for my amazing mother whose birthday it is. I might give thanks for our life in Maine and the loving care of family and friends who surround us on every side.
 
And...as rectors will do...I often give thanks for the members and gifts of my parish. So today, I thought and prayed on all those dozens of you who have pitched in during the busy summer weeks with our outreach at the Preble St. soup kitchen, the Essentials Pantry and Family Promise, plus all those who made summer camp happen, and worship flow so graciously. I gave thanks for our wise vestry team with whom I had dinner on Tuesday evening.
 
Today as I begin a week's vacation, I gave thanks for our staff, my colleagues, who reliable keep things humming, God praised, and the people served.
 
And this morning I gave particular thanks for our seminarian Holly Clark who is wrapping up her summer weeks with us. I give thanks that God sent her our way and that she generously shared her many gifts of grace, care and energy. I give thanks that we are able to help her in her priestly formation, and I pray we will find ways, with thanks, to continue as partners in ministry.
 
To begin the day with a posture of gratitude honors the truth that all things come from God. I invite you to join me in this posture and word as we wake in our homes each day.
 Thanks be to God,


Thank you, Holly!

Holly Clark
As Holly Clark heads back to Yale Divinity School for her senior year, we are so grateful that she was with us this summer. Her many fruitful roles as preacher, teacher, pastor, colleague were a real blessing. Our prayers go with her! 
Stay tuned...with encouragement from Bishop Lane, we are in conversation with Holly to see how she might be an ongoing part of our St. Alban's family. 
Rev. Judson Pealer
St.  Alban's warmly welcomes
 Rev. Judson Pealer
 as our celebrant this Sunday while Tim+ is on vacation. 
Rev. Pealer was ordained as priest in 1987 in the Diocese of Vermont. He has served as rector in parishes in Maine,Vermont, New York, and West Virginia. He worked as a chaplain at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and has been involved in numerous and diverse ministry and pastoral care projects over the years. In addition to serving as supply clergy, Rev. Pealer is an active member of several boards and committees within the Diocese of Maine.

St. Alban's Cares
Please join us and serve lunch at Preble Street Soup Kitchen
August 12th  10:00 am - 1:30 pm

Please let me know if you are coming.  
Louise Sullivan  799-4419

Jubilee Center/Essentials Pantry
Midsummer greetings 
I hope everyone has had sometime this summer to "recreate," reunite with loved ones, and fall asleep over a good book. 
 
Donations for the "Starter Kits" have been coming steadily as Marjorie will attest.  Soon it will be time to request warm clothing as summer slips away.
 
Our next date at the Pantry will be  Tuesday, Aug. 29th.  Things were lively in July with many families visiting the Pantry, and I expect it will be the same at the end of August.  The high schoolers from Falmouth will probably be there helping kids with donated backpacks, always a  lovely sight kids helping kids.
 
Merci -  Obrigado -  Shukraan-  Thanks -   Waamaansuntahi

S t. Alban's is Helping Local 
Homeless Families:
Greater Portland 


If you would like to be added to the St. Alban's email list for this ministry, please contact Holly Clark at  hclark@stalbansmaine.org

Thanks to the St. Alban's parishioners who are volunteering this next week or have completed the required training as we begin helping to host families at the Cape Elizabeth United Methodist Church. 
Please hold this ministry and the families we seek to support in your prayers through the coming week.   
For more information on the program as a whole, go to:   https://greaterportlandfamilypromise.org/ 

Save The Date

Save the date!  All are welcome!



Aperitif included          BYOB for dinner
                      
 More info to follow and tickets will be available starting August 29th
On Monday, September 14 th at 7 PM
The Centering Prayer Group is hosting a viewing of


In this elegant and enlightening film, Father Thomas' deep devotion, wisdom, tenderness, vulnerability and charisma come to the forefront.
 Thomas Keating is widely recognized as the spiritual leader of the Centering Prayer movement worldwide, and is known for his exceptional approach to spiritual vitality.

To see a trailer of the film