July 5,  2018      
Picture of  the Week!
Quiet, Meditative, Musical 
Celtic Eventide
Every Sunday 5:30 pm.
 
There is room everyone.  
 
Readings of the Week
Lectionary page readings,
 Sunday, July 8th
click here for a preview.

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-Thursday
  • 9:00 am Morning Prayer
 
Monday
  • 5:00 pm Centering Prayer
 
Starting the Day  
with Prayer
This summer St. Alban's will be holding a short service of
Morning Prayer  
Mondays-Thursdays  
at 9:00 am  
 We will meet in the chancel by the altar for this simple service of reading of Scripture and prayer. The service will be completed before 9:30 am. Please see Holly Clark or Shawn Evelyn with questions. Hope you can join us!    
Clergy and Music
 This Sunday
  • The Rev. Tim Boggs will be  celebrating  at 8:00 AM, 9:30 AM at 5:30 PM.
  • Shawn Evelyn  preaching at 8:00 AM and 9:30 AM
  •  Rev. Holly Clark will be assisting.
  • James Strand at the organ bench.
Meetings & Events

7/8        BCP Services  8:00  and 9:30
7/8        Sermon Talkback with Shawn
7/8       Self Care with Katie after
            9:30 service
7/9        Lunch with Holly Noon
7/10      Vestry (no meeting in Aug.)
7/14      Preble Street
7/15      Blood Pressure
7/17      Book Club
7/29      Sermon Talkback with Holly


All Are Welcome
Summer Formation

 
Summer Fun and Formation! 
 
Children ages 4- 6th grade are invited to join in some summer Sunday School fun!  
 
We will start each morning with a Bible story from the week's scripture lessons and open ended craft time.  
 
Then, we will enjoy some fun and fellowship outside. Children will rejoin their families in worship during the Passing of the Peace.
 
Contact Katie Holicky if you have any questions or would like to help out.    kholicky@stalbansmaine.org   
Children's Formation
Camp St. Alban's
August 6th- 10th
9am-12pm Monday-Thursday
NEW
4pm-7pm Friday Family Night
 
Join us this summer for a fun filled week of games, arts and crafts, music, stories from the Bible and more!
 
Introducing....Friday Family Night
Families are invited to jump into the excitement of Camp together for an evening of fun and formation!
Dinner will be included.
 
Click HereTo Register 
Please Contact Katie Holicky
with questions:  holicky@stalbansmaine.org  

Youth Group
News
   
On the first and third Sundays of the month during the school year from 3:30-5 pm, our high schoolers gather to spend time with one another.
 
Our gatherings make space for getting to know one another and to explore our faith through times of fun and games, food and fellowship, and conversation and prayer. The High School Youth Group goes on retreats, spends extended time together in overnights at the church, and participates in mission trips. 
 
Holly Clark, Anne Sedlack, and Peter Durin are the adults primarily involved with our high school youth group. 
 
Book Club
 
Here are the upcoming  
books and dates:

The Girl with Seven Names 
Hyeonseo Lee 
July 17 at 7:30 pm

Homegoing 
Yaa Gyasi 
August. No date yet

The July date is a change. There were too many conflicts on the  
On the original date.  
 
The August book Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Is now in at Nonesuch Books. And the meeting will
On August 21.

Also, there are several copies of The Girl With Seven Names 
at Nonesuch Books.
 
Health Ministry
Save the date 
July 15  
after 9:30 service 
Blood Pressure Screening  
Reminder! 

Always use sunscreen  
Do you know anyone suffering from loneliness?
Excellent Reading From Your Health Ministry  
Like us on Facebook  
 
   
If we want to live authentic, faithful, purposeful lives that have healthy consequences for ourselves, those whose lives are closely linked with ours, and even those beyond our reach, we have to take care of ourselves. You and I need to look into the mirror, and ask, "What do you need? Where does it hurt? What do you love? How can I help? What does that dream mean for you?"

The wonderful, wise Quaker, Parker Palmer says, " Self-care is never a selfish act - it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer others. Anytime we can listen to true self and give the care it requires, we do it not only for ourselves, but for the many others whose lives we touch." 

We must look beyond ourselves of course, but Jesus also asked us to feed our selves, our souls and our bodies. Next Sunday, Katie Holicky will return for a Health Chat on self-care. Our minister for children and families, is also a trained Spiritual Director and has great insight and experience in guiding good folks into accepting the dignity of every human being...starting right with ourselves.

As we get into Maine summer routines, what a great set of questions and options to consider. Please join Katie on July 8th
as she shares her thoughts on Self Care with us from her context as a Spiritual Director.   
 
Come prepared to take some time to reflect on your daily life in ways that inspire and encourage you to spend time caring yourself so that you may better sustain the fullness of life.

See you in church.

Blessings,
 
Bishop Lane  
invites Katie Holicky  
forward
 
For all Christians, a key question of faith is: "How can we best follow Jesus and bring our gifts forward for God's good purposes?". We are all invited to look for a coherence between what we percieve we have to offer and what God's purposes and peoples might need. 
 
There's no easy way to do this wondering; it takes time, energy and prayer...and it takes each other. For the past year or more Katie Holicky, our own lay minister for children and families, has been wondering aloud and in the quiet of prayer whether God is now calling her into ordained ministry. When Katie went to seminary to recieve her Master of Divinity degree, she imagined that she would remain a lay leader and teacher, and that her work in the church would not include the especially sacramental roles that pristhood calls for. But over time, while serving with us at St. Alban's, she has felt a tug to ordained ministry. With my permission and the bishop's encouragment, Katie began a formal discernment process, starting right here in the parish, meeting for months with a diverse committee of lay folks, appointed to question with her, "Where is God calling Katie?". They joined her in seeing and hearing and feeling a strong call for Katie to be considered for ordination to the priesthood. Their report endorsing the next steps toward ordination was approved by me and your Vestry and then the Diocesan Commission on Ministry. Last week, Bishop Lane has written to Katie and St. Alban's naming her a Postulant for Holy Orders. We will be Katie's sponsoring parish in the sacred steps forward.
 
This exciting news, now public, means that Katie will have more months ahead of discernment, study, some challenging work, such as CPE in a hospital setting, and the daunting General Ordination Exams before she could be named a Candidate for Ordination. The Bishop and Standing Committee of the Diocese will need to approve each step forward. With God's grace and the continued consent of the Church, Katie could be ordained a deacon and then a priest in the next couple of years. An exact timeline is still in formation, but in these years Katie will continue to serve us in her essential ministry with children and families, continuing as a teacher, leader and yes, pastor to our parish. I invite you to celebrate this good news with Katie, who can easily be reached at kholicky@st.albansmaine.org 
 
Thanks be to God,
 
 
Is God male? The Episcopal Church debates whether to change its Book of Common Prayer.
 
 
St. Alban's isn't the only corner of the Episcopal Church that is wondering how best to refresh and enrich our worship experience. The national churchs' triennial General Convention is underway now is and Austin. Your bishop and delegates are there at work. This article from the Washington Post covers the debate about enhancing the Book of Common Prayer.  
 
Take care of yourself
 
Health Chat with Katie 
July 8th  
following 9:30 worship: SelfCare
What's on your to do list this week?
Is your calendar filling up by the second?  
Feeling like there are never enough hours in the day to accomplish all that needs accomplishing?
   
Spend some time with our very own Katie Holicky wondering what it means, looks like, and feels like to really take care of yourself.
 
Katie will be sharing her thoughts on Self Care with us from her context as a Spiritual Director.   
 
Come prepared to take some time to reflect on your daily life in ways that inspire and encourage you to spend time caring yourself so that you may better sustain the fullness of life.
 
You are invited to have lunch
with Holly
Lunch with Rev. Holly on July 9 noon- 1 pm

Bring a bag lunch and join the Rev. Holly Clark our new Assistant Rector, for a casual, lunchtime, get-to-know-you conversation on Monday, July 9. We will meet in the circle of chairs by the Connect Classroom in Bonoff Hall around noon. The church will provide lemonade and dessert.

This is the first of a few opportunities to get to know Rev. Holly in an informal setting.
Essential Pantry Update
St. Elizabeth's Essentials Pantry and Jubilee Center announces new
Executive Director!
 
The Rev. Holly Clark has been named to serve as the Executive Director of the St. Elizabeth's Essentials Pantry and Jubilee Center a part-time leadership role. Her involvement with this ministry of the Diocese of Maine and one of St. Alban's long-standing ministries will be an excellent complement to her half-time position at St. Alban's as Assistant Rector. 

St. Elizabeth's is: 
  • A mission distributing non-food essentials, clothes, and small household items to the most needy among us.
  • A gathering place where people chat with friends and enjoy companionship.
  • A place where individuals can sit down with a member of our chaplaincy group for prayers and for small conversation.
  • A place where every week we can be Christ for others as we see Christ in others.
St. Alban's has generously supported this ministry in a variety of ways over the years, including the many donations that are collected each week in the baskets outside the doors to our sanctuary. If you are interested in volunteering at the Pantry on Tuesdays from 9-11:15 am at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke or have questions about this ministry, please speak with Rev. Holly or Janet Gordon, St. Alban's parish lay leader of this ministry.  

Family Promise
    
Building Community  
Strengthening Lives 
 
Our next host dates are August 12 - 19
Please contact Holly Clark for more information.
 Upcoming training date:
 
Make A Difference
 
Jubilee Center/Essentials Pantry Summer Update
Our straw baskets for donations have been overflowing, thanks to all of you.   
 
Toothbrushes and Toothpaste 
The Essentials Pantry/Jubilee Center is in need of individually wrapped toothbrushes and toothpaste.  Consider picking up a package or two at the drugstore, and when next visiting your dentist, ask if he or she could spare a couple of  samples given to patients. When a dentist was asked recently, he promptly offered a case of sample size tubes of toothpaste!   
It never hurts to ask.
 
Let's Make Lemonade!
  Helping is a simple and  
fun way to support
our Saint Alban's community!
  
 
 
Serve LEMONADE ON THE LAWN
Lemonade on the lawn has started
 the weekly coffee hour will be re placed by Lemonade on the Lawn.  Lemonade on the Lawn is an easy and fun way to get involved at Saint Alban's.  All you need to do is provide lemonade and cookies or other light summer refreshments.