February 8, 2018     
Picture of the Week
#haiti #stlucs #troudnord
Worship Schedule
Sunday
  • 8:00 am  Holy Communion      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
Clergy and Music
 This Sunday
  • The Rev. Tim Boggs will be celebrating and preaching at 8:00 and 9:30 and officiating at 5:30
  • Jim Strand at the organ bench.
Meetings & Events

2/1-2/9      Haiti Trip
2/10          Preble Street
2/12          2nd Monday Lunch
2/13          Vestry meeting
2/14          Ash Wednesday
2/15          Civil Tea
2/18          Blood Pressure
2/18          Sermon Talkback
2/19          Office Closed
2/20          Jubilee Ctr


Children's Formation
Let your voice 
be heard!
Camp St. Alban's Survey
 
St. Alban's has a rich history of offering a summer program, Vacation Bible School, which we have lovingly named Camp. St. Alban's, for elementary school children.

This year, as we start to plan for our beloved Camp St. Alban's we are exploring some fresh ideas in family formation. I would love to know more about what type of Camp formation would best suit your family. 

Please fill out this quick form so I may have a better idea as to what would  best serve our parish. As always,  please contact me with any  questions or additional feedback. Thanks! 
Katie Holicky, 
Minister of Children's 
and Family Formation: 
 
Youth Group
News
 
High School 
Youth Group 
On the first and third Sundays of the month 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. 

Health Ministry
All are welcome
February 12th at Noon
Flu Season is here!
Did you get your 
flu shot yet?
Reminder that on February 18th, after the 9:30 service a member of the Health Ministry will be on hand to check your Blood Pressure. If you would like to bring your own equipment to be checked bring it along.
Be part of the 
Meals Ministry
Imagine you are recovering from a hospital stay or some other reason you are having trouble cooking for yourself.
We are here to help. 
Join the Meals Ministry to help our neighbors in time of need.
Contact Linda Card to find out how  lindacardme@gmail.com

To sign up to take a meal click on the link below:

Stewardship 
Pledge Envelopes 
are in!
Pick up yours in 
Bonoff Hall

Thank you!
The Stewardship Committee
Like us on Facebook  
 
It's a 
Beautiful thing.
Join the Altar Flower Committee
Contact Priscilla Harrison for more details.
 

"Be Prepared" 
Maybe it is was the time spent looking ahead to Lent, or perhaps anticipation of this week's snow storm, but I have found myself considering what it really means to be prepared. 
The famous Scout Motto is one I have heard and said time and time again. I have always sensed that this motto is one that implies both a physical readiness and a mental or spiritual readiness, and that both are needed for success. By being prepared we are ready for the surprises of the future. As this week slips by and we inch closer to the Holy season of Lent I wonder....how is God calling each of us, both inwardly and outwardly, to prepare to grow and stretch ourselves into a deeper relationship with God? How might we be prepared for the ways God is sure to surprise us throughout Lent?

With peace and wonder, 

 

Ash Wednesday Observance 2018



Wednesday, February 14th at 
9:00 a.m. 4:00 pm 
and 7:00 p.m.

The Ash Wednesday service of Holy Eucharist and the Imposition of Ashes begins the Season of Lent, a time of self-examination, spiritual growth and regular prayer. In this traditional, quiet service we confess our sins and ask God to make our hearts clean and renew our right spirits.

New this year!  
A brief Children's Ash Wednesday 
service at 4:00 PM,
Led by Katie Holicky, Minister for Children and Families 

There will be services of Holy Eucharist and the Imposition of Ashes on Wednesday, February 14th at 9:00 am and again at 7:00 p.m.
The Rev. Tim Boggs will officiate and preach at both services.
Invitation to be part
of an important conversation

Sunday, February 11th 
after the  9:30 am service 
or
Sunday, March 4th at 4:15pm 
before the Eventide service

The Diocese of Maine is beginning its search process for a new bishop. All of the parishes are being given the opportunity to have a real part in this process. One of these opportunities includes holding a conversation around some specific questions (see below). These questions will help the Discernment Committee get a real sense of who the parishes are and what they want to see in their next bishop, and will help them to develop a diocesan profile. The answers to these questions will not only be helpful to the diocese but to St. Alban's as we chart our future together, grow and stay true to all that is important to us.

Please do see if you can join us for one of these opportunities. 

Discussions will be facilitated by Parish Delegates, Tim Queeney and Lisa Leighton, and Anne Sedlack and Lynne Lovett.

Consider giving these questions some thought ahead of time. You do not need to
have an answer to all of them. This is simply time for good conversation and listening. Thank you.

Open Ended Questions for Parish Congregations:

1. In the long tradition of the church, a bishop is guide, pastor and leader of of our spiritual and corporal life. What are the qualities for a new bishop that suits the needs of our changing world? 
2. Who are you as a parish?
What do you value and how do you demonstrate that? What stories/foundational events have shaped you? What do you want the new bishop to know about you?
3. Where do you want to go as a parish?
How close are you to getting there?
What gifts do you have that will help you get there? What challenges lie in your path?
4. How would you describe your parish's relationship with the diocese? What would you like your relationship to be in the future?
5. What qualities in a bishop would facilitate this relationship? 

If you have any questions before the conversation dates please contact Tim at   tboggs@stalbansmaine.org or Sara Merrill at 
 
SAVE THE DATE
You are invited to tea!
 
A CivilTea...in which we are going to relearn and practice the ways of civil discourse and listening to each other.
 
Thursday, February 15 th 6:30-8:00 pm at St. Alban's.
 
Tea and crumpets will be served at a CivilTea, led by girls from the Maine Girls' Academy, who've been trained in a program of their own creation!
 
CivilTea is a program where the girls guide us as we sit and talk, really talk, over a cup of tea and a few crumpets. Led by life-long St. Alban's member Candy Anderson-Ek, Director of Admission at the Academy, these girls are amazing! Candy brings them to us. 
 
As student facilitators, they have led their own peers in building mental muscle to listen, to hear another, and to learn. And now they're bringing their skills to us for a fun and engaging evening, doing something truly important...refining our gifts for civility in a world that sorely needs it, our own world!
 
RSVP now!   events@stalbansmaine.org
or sign up one the sheet in Bonoff Hall
Giving Back At St. Alban's
 
Join the Preble Street Ministry!
Lunch Is Served! 

The Preble Street Resource Center feeds 350 people three times a day - breakfast, lunch and dinner.  We at St. Alban's prepare, serve and clean up lunch on the second Saturday of each month.  Our next chance to reach out to our homeless sisters and brothers is  Saturday, February 10th.  Would you like to help out?  
Children, 13 years or older are welcome.  Our window of opportunity is 10-1:30 but many tasks, such as food prep and serving take only an hour.  
Contact Louise Sullivan, rsullivan1@maine.rr.com 

 
  Jubilee Center/Essentials Pantry
We have been asked to donate warm, winter weight blankets and comforters for  new Mainers who need our help.  Throws are not needed, but new, and gently used and clean, wool and down products for all bed sizes are requested.

In addition, cutlery sets, place settings of knives, forks and spoons for four, are always needed for Starter Kits that are given to newly arrived families.

            Thanks to everyone for your continuing generosity to this ministry.
The next day we serve at the 
Essentials Pantry will be  February 20th .  
 
Helping with Coffee Hour is a simple and fun way to support
our Saint Alban's community!

Be a HOST Hosts need only bring cream for coffee and fruit.  Everything else provided.  Hosts set-up, maintain coffee, and clean up afterwards. 

Not up to hosting just yet?  That's okay, too!

Be a BAKER  Bakers are essential! Provide two baked items such as a banana bread, cookies or brownies.  (Feel free to drop off any time during the week)  

 WASH A LOAD OF LAUNDRY
 Volunteers are needed to do just one load of laundry before the following Sunday.  Table cloths and hand towels need cleaning.   No ironing required! Phew! 


Adult Formation
Taking the Bible seriously...
but not literally.
with Father Tim  & some superstars!
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You are invited on a six-part adventure into reading and appreciating the Bible in a new way on Wednesday evenings in 
February and March.
 
We will dig and explore with the help of a stimulating course that draws on some brilliant Protestant theologians, plus our own reason, experience and tradition...and maybe, just maybe, some fresh understandings!
 
Tim is excited and hopes you will be, too!
 
We will meet Wednesdays from 
6:30 -8:00 PM on
February 21, 28 & March 7, 14, 21 & 28
To sign up and for more info email