April 12, 2018     
Picture of the Week 
 
Save the Date!
May 5th. 
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
Clergy and Music
 This Sunday
  • The Rev. Tom Cushman, The Rev. Audrey Delafield and The Rev Mary Cushman will be preaching and celebrating at 8:00 AM, 9:30 AM and 5:30 PM.
  • James Strand at the organ bench.
Meetings & Events

4/14           Preble Street
4/14           Spring Cleanup
4/15           Blood Pressure 
4/17           Book Group
4/22          Youth Trip to Church of the Woods in Canterbury, NH for Earth Day
Celebration and Thanksgiving
 
A Celebration
and Thanksgiving
 for the Life of
Shirley Grange
Saturday, April 21st at 11:00 AM
Your prayers and presence are most welcome
   
Children's Formation
Camp St. Alban's Registration
Is Open!
 
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
High School Youth Group
This month we will be meeting 2nd and 4th Sundays and not our usual days of the month   
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
  Blood Pressure
Screening
April 15th
Bonoff Hall
After 9:30 service
Be part of the 
Book Group 

T uesday April 17th
at 7:30 pm in Bonoff Hall
 
Lily and the Octopus
by Steven Rowley
 
 
Wednesday May 16th
at 7:30 pm in Bonoff Hall
 
The Alice Network
by Kate Quinn


If you order the books from Nonesuch Books and  mention Saint Albans book group there is a  20% discount.
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Part of my plan for this season is to enjoy some serious Eastertide reflection and renewal at a CREDO retreat for clergy wellness.
 
This is a week-long gift provided to priests of the Episcopal Church every seven years or so by our parishes and the Church Pension Fund. CREDO helps keep us healthy through expertly guided reflection on all-around wellness, looking at vocational, spiritual, bodily and financial health. Over the course of my week I'll be in prayer and community with a cohort of other priests from around the country at Chapel Rock Episcopal Retreat Center outside Prescott, Arizona, elevation 6000'. I'm told it will be sunny and warm during the day and cool and starry at night!  Thank you for the time away and the financial support of the St. Alban's and the national church. I promise to come back healthy on the 17th, and will gladly share all that I learn. I'm told wellness is contagious.
 
This Sunday while I am away you will be well-led by three terrific clergy. Mary and Tom Cushman, retired Episcopal priests and members of St. Alban's will join Audrey Delafield, retired deacon. Mary will celebrate Holy Communion, and Tom will preach, while Audrey will serve as your Gospeller, deacon and guide. Tom will offer a personal reflection at Celtic Eventide. I am so grateful to each of these dear friends for stepping up so graciously. I urge you to be in church this Sunday as these three are a rare gift to worship with!  Thank you for your prayers and presence. Thanks also to Jim Strand and all who lead our worship for making this Sunday smooth and joyful for our guest clergy.
 
It is a healthy thing for a parish to have a mix of voices to bring alive the pulpit, the altar, and the Gospel. Please plan to be part of this Sunday's service of your preference. Or two or three!
 
Blessings and thanks,
   
 
 
Enriching Our Worship
Enriching our Worship
A parish project to enhance our
fine liturgy, worship and music for the days ahead.

Your parish leadership invites you to join in the kick-off of an exciting inquiry at
St. Alban's on May 5th 9:00 AM-2:00 PM
Healthy lunch served and great conversation promised.
Your voice and presence are called for!

We will talk and listen, sing and pray as we
look joyfully at what we do in worship and why we do it...and then we will wonder
how God calls us forward.

Led by Ellen Johnston, Director of the Center for Liturgy and Music
at Virginia Theological Seminary
RSVP today:
Making A Difference!

All are welcome 
to our  
Spring Cleanup  
Saturday April 14th 
9AM-2 PM.  


Your muscle and spirit are really needed!
Please come.
Bring gloves,a rake and some good cheer.
Stay an hour...stay all day.
 
 
Please join the
St. Alban's
Green Team
in recognition of
Earth Day 2018.

Members of our church will be joining other community volunteers working to clean up local beaches and parks.
 
The event, organized by the South Portland Land Trust, will take place on
Saturday, April 21, 2018 (rain date 4/28)
 
Meet us at the St. Alban's church parking lot
at
9:00 AM
or at Mill Creek Park (opposite Hannaford) at 9:15 AM .
 
Participants will be given gloves and bags and our assigned location. City workers will pick up the bagged litter when we are done!
 
Please contact Peter Merrill 799-8651 or pmerrill@maine.rr.com for more information

Preble 
Street 
Update 
 

It looks like this ole winter is finally "departing the building," as Weatherman Lou McNally says and our next lunch service at Preble Street is coming up.   
Mark your calendars for
Saturday, April 14, 10 -1:15ish.   
     

Family Promise Training for
New Volunteers and Host Dates
 
Want to make a difference in the life of a young child, teen or adult? Feel like you need to give back to a good cause?

Well the opportunity is coming up soon: Our new families through the Greater Portland Family Promise program will be arriving for the week on  Sunday 4/22 to Sunday 4/29. For more information click here.

If you have any questions or need help, please contact Debbie Phelan  207-650-1927 , Ruth Dodge, or Holly Clark.

Again, thank you in advance for your commitment
to this ministry!
    
Alert!
First Quarter Statements Distributed
First Quarter  
Giving Statements Distributed
This past Tuesday our Stewardship Committee emailed out (and mailed to those without email) the first quarter Giving Statements, for the first time generated by our new database system, Realm. 

Hopefully you found the statements accurate and easy to understand.   
However, they are coming from a non-St. Alban's email address ( notifications@onrealmmail.org ) and we want to make sure they end up seen and in your Inbox and not the Junk Mail box. 

So, if you haven't seen your statement or have any questions or feedback please contact your Stewardship Committee at  stewardshipcommittee@stalbansmaine.org
or Frank Governali at frankgovernali@me.com.   
 
Celtic Eventide Survey
Learning About Your Experience of Adult  Spirituality, Religious Identity, and the Celtic Eventide Service
 
Holly Clark, our seminarian, is interested in learning more about the experience of adults in the Celtic Eventide service as a part of her studies at Yale Divinity School. The purpose of the study is to better understand the function of the Celtic Eventide service in adult spirituality and religious identity. She will use an online survey, hold a reflective writing activity after a Celtic Eventide service one evening, and conduct several interviews as a part of this project. 
Please go to: this website
to read the consent form and to volunteer to take the survey. In the survey, there will be an opportunity to volunteer for the interviews and/or reflective writing activity.  
If you prefer not to take the survey online, you may obtain a hard copy of it from the table in Bonoff Hall  and return it to Holly's mailbox in the office by Thursday, April 19. Handwritten responses will be collated with the online surveys.