June 7, 2018     
Picture of  the Week!

A beautiful day last Sunday for our first "Lemonade on the Lawn" after the 9:30 am service.
Thank you to the volunteers that made it possible.
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
 
Starting the Day  
with Prayer
This summer St. Alban's will be holding a short service of
Morning Prayer  
Mondays through Thursdays at 9 am  
starting on June 11. 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 preaching and celebrating at 8:00 AM, 9:30 AM and celebrating at 5:30 PM.
  • Shawn and Holly will be assisting
  • James Strand at the organ bench.
Meetings & Events

6/9         Holly's Ordination
6/9         Preble Street
6/12       Vestry Meeting
6/17       Blood Pressure Screening
6/22       Pilgrims Leave
6/26       Book Club
6/30       Pilgrims Return

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 d  uring 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. 
 
Health Ministry
Reminder! 
It's that  
time of year!

Always use Sunscreen
when you
go outside anytime. 
  Save the date!
June 17th 
A member of the Health Ministry will be here
to check your blood pressure.  

Book Club
VERY IMPORTANT
ANNOUNCEMENT
 
We have changed the meeting times to
7:00 pm
instead of 7:30

Be part of the 
Book Group     
 
This Side of Brightness by Colum McAnn 
Tuesday June 26

This Side of Brightness is now in at Nonesuch Books 
I f you order the books from Nonesuch Books and  mention Saint Albans book group there is a  20% discount.
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The thing about gratitude is that it sometimes just catches you by surprise.
 
This happened to me last Sunday when I sat in my chair in the church and listened to our Bell Choir as they finished their season of preludes and postludes. I just felt so startled and grateful that this group of volunteers makes such beauty as a gift to God and us...and they do it again and again.    
 
Speaking to Harry Potter and his Hogwarts classmates Professor Dumbledore, wiping his eyes, said, " Ah, music, a magic beyond all we do here!" 
 
Well, we don't do any magic here; that's not what we're about. But the Holy Spirit certainly stirs our musicians and our voices, and great beauty is created to grace our common worship.
 
I just want to use this space this week to thank the musical among us. Some will take the summer off, some will join us in the congregation, and others will continue to lead us into sacred moments.
 
Each week at Celtic Eventide we are grateful for the four gifted instrumentalists, Nicole on the flute, Michael and Shannon on their strings and Tom on the key board.
 
We thank the Chancel Choir who rehearse and rehearse and present and lead us in morning worship each week. Out of love of music, worship and St. Alban's they raise their voices with constancy and joy. And...I have such great gratitude for Jim Strand who makes our old organ sing and guides our voices in praise and thanks.
 
As we work to renew and enrich our worship and enhance our songs of love to God, I am so grateful that we have such beauty and effort all around us.  Thanks be to God.
 
See you in church,
 
 
 
Mary Townsend
May 23, 1963 - June 7, 2018

Mary Townsend, a longtime member of the parish and a distinctive leader in our community, has died following her valiant struggle with cancer.

In life and in death Mary was surrounded by the abundant love of her family, her parish and her many, many friends--a love that endures.

A Celebration and Thanksgiving for the life of Mary
will be held at the
Cathedral Church of St. Luke's on State Street in Portland on  
Sunday, June 10th at two o'clock in the afternoon
with a reception to follow.
All are welcome.

An Invitation
 
 
An invitation to
Adult Confirmation!

St. Alban's is preparing for summer Confirmation classes for adults who wish to
  • deepen their belief,
  • engage more fully in the Episcopal tradition, and
  • freshen their commitment by a renewed understanding of  Christian faith.

Assistant Rector Holly Clark and Seminarian Shawn Evelyn will lead this five part series, and Rector Tim Boggs will join at the conclusion of the sessions.

Confirmation is an expression of adult commitment, through study, prayer, and dialogue. Confirmation is a sacred offering of the church and is blessed by the bishop's prayers and hands. Bishop Stephen Lane will preside in a special confirmation service October 18.

Confirmation is also for those who have been confirmed in another Christian denomination and wish to join more fully in the Episcopal understanding. Those from other denominations are "Received" into the Episcopal Church through the confirmation study. They, too, are blessed by the bishop.

If you are not baptized and are interested in being baptized and/or confirmed, please let us know. This offering may be for you. Baptism and Confirmation are not just for young folks! You are welcome and there's room for everyone!

The classes will be led by Shawn Evelyn and Holly Clark on Monday evenings from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM at St. Alban's in the Upper Room on June 18, 25; July 9, 16, and 30 with a make-up day and Q&A session with Fr. Tim Boggs on August 13.

There will be a regional service of confirmation and music followed by a reception here at St. Alban's at 6:00 PM, October 18.

To sign up, please click here or RSVP to Shawn Evelyn at sevelyn@stalbansmaine.org, speak with Shawn Evelyn or Holly Clark, or sign up on the clipboard in Bonoff Hall to get your name on the class list.

By the Grace of God
 
 
 
Can't Make it to the Cathedral?
You can live stream the ordination here. 

Click here for a highlight of Holly as one of Yale Divinity School's notable grads.  Click here to view a video of the commencement ceremony.
 
Enriching Our Worship Continues!
St. Alban's has begun a parish-wide project to enhance and celebrate
our liturgy, worship and music for all ages and for all the seasons ahead.
  

And what a great beginning!
  • A group of nearly 60 parishioners spent most of Saturday, May 5 th with a wonderful guide, Ellen Johnston--director of The Center on Liturgy and Music at Virginia Episcopal Seminary. We shared laughter and song as we worked and prayed to imagine how to enhance our worship together. So many constructive, creative, fun and faithful ideas were joyfully raised!  
  • Since then, a working team of twenty has been digging into three key topics: the content of worship and music, the dreams for children's worship, and the options for organs and instruments...all in hopes of discerning how we might strengthen our beloved worship and music.
  • During this formative time, please reach out to any of the committee members to let us know what you love about our worship and what you might want to enhance in the seasons to come.
  • Please feel free to share your thoughts and dreams with your Enriching our Worship Working Group by email at enriching@stalbansmaine.org Or, if you'd prefer, Fr. Tim and/or Jim Strand will confidentially listen to any worship ideas you have!
To keep you in the loop, Notes from meetings and other resources can be found on the parish website.
  
 

Make A Difference
 
Jubilee Center/Essentials Pantry Summer Update
Our straw baskets for donations have been overflowing, thanks to all of you.  As you know, the need for clothing and household items is ever present.  Here is a current list of desired and undesired items to donate.
 
Top 10 Desirables
1.  Summer clothing for adults and children
2. Toothbrushes (only one per package, please)
3.  Soup pots, 4 qt. and larger
4.  Footwear
5.  New socks for adults and children
6.  New underwear for adults and children
7. For eating: plates, bowls, cups, mugs, glasses, spoons, forks, and knives
8.  Bedding: blankets, sheets, pillowcases, and towels
9.  Backpacks (both child and adult sizes)
10.  Child strollers
 
Undesirables
1.  Ripped, stained, or dirty clothing
2.  Worn out shoes, sandals, and boots
3.  Puzzles and games with pieces missing
4.  Broken toys
5.  Furniture (with limited storage, consider contacting "Furniture Friends")
6.  Small appliances
7.  Electronics
8.  Text books
9.  VHS tapes
 
Merci          Shukraan          Obrigado          Botondi mingi          Gracias          Waamaansuntahi 
Reminder: During your summer travels, bring back hotel toiletries (bars of soap, shampoo, lotion, toothbrushes, etc.)  
Let's Make Lemonade!
Thank you to Lisa and Daphne for signing up.   
  Helping is a simple and fun way to support
our Saint Alban's community!
  
HOSTS NEEDED FOR
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. 

click here to sign up