May 3, 2018     
Picture of the Week 
Celebrate with us at  
Pentecost Sunday  
Family Service, May 20th 
Music of the Week
Got one minute
and forty-eight seconds for some extraordinary beauty?
 
 
This Sunday at Celtic Eventide we will sing this short, simple hymn. 
 
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. Tim Boggs will be preaching and celebrating at 8:00 AM, 9:30 AM and celebrating at 5:30 PM.
  • Katie Holicky will be reflecting at 5:30
  • James Strand at the organ bench.
Meetings & Events

5/5         Enriching our Worship
5/11        Happy Birthday Katie
5/12        Preble Street
5/14       2nd Monday Lunch
5/15       Vestry Meeting
5/16       Book Group
5/20       Family Service
5/20       Blood Pressure
5/28       Memorial Day
6/9         Holly's Ordination
6/12       Vestry Meeting
6/22       Pilgrims Leave
6/30       Pilgrims Return

Children's Formation
Pentecost
Family Service 
Come Holy Spirit  
May 20th 
There is much to celebrate at this year's Pentecost Family Service, and you are invited to join in the festivities! We will honor graduating seniors, thank our Sunday School teachers, and enjoy some lively worship as we offer our praise for the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Stick around during coffee hour to make origami birds that will remind us of this joyful time together
    
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
Save the Date 
May 20th 
Blood Pressure Screening 
Book Club
Be part of the 
Book Group   
Wednesday May 16th  
  at 7:30 pm in Bonoff Hall
 
The Alice Network
by Kate Quinn


I f you order the books from Nonesuch Books and  mention Saint Albans book group there is a  20% discount.
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What do we do in our worship at St. Alban's?
 
And why do we do it?
 
I confess we don't often ask ourselves those good questions.
 
But, I am delighted that we are starting a fresh conversation called Enriching our Worship to do just that.  
 
This Saturday morning, and continuing for the next few weeks we'll be gently digging into our understandings and hopes for our liturgy, music and worship at St. Alban's. We'll be listening and talking and singing and praying in guided conversation led by experienced hands.  I hope through Enriching our Worship we'll more completely own our common sacred  life and share it more fully!
 
I hope we'll better see that our worship life guides us in our daily life and world. There's nothing like it. Together in worship we are invited to create with God something new...a new world, far beyond our parish campus.
 
We who worship together at St. Alban's do so in part because we know that God loves us; and we gather to respond to that love. All that love wants is a response. And a love the quality of God's asks for an joyful, full and beatiful response.
 
And that's a sacred thing, a joyful and powerful thing.

Blessings,

Enriching Our Worship This Saturday!
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:
Meet & Welcome Ellen!
Ellen Johnston will be our Leader and Guide this Saturday for Enriching our Worship

As you see in her bio below, Ellen is extraordinarily experienced and qualified to lead us, but more importantly she has a great heart, loves worship and approaches every congregation with a fresh   
Ellen Johnston is the Director of the Center for Liturgy
Ellen Johnston 
and Music at Virginia Theological Seminary. She has served churches widely, enhancing liturgy and music in a career spanning over thirty years. After receiving a Ba  chelor's in piano, she attended South ern Methodist University for a Master of Music.  Ellen was Director of the Mississippi Conference on Church Music and Liturgy for sixteen years.
She is past Chair of the National Board for the Leadership Program for Musicians, and has also taught courses for that program since its inception. She is the past Chair of the Music and Liturgy Commission of the Diocese of Virginia, a member of the national Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music of the Episcopal Church, and leads workshops focusing on worship renewal and music in congregations.
Ellen works every week in a vibrant Episcopal Church, currently as Interim Director of Music at the Church of the Holy Comforter in Richmond where she lives in Richmond with her husband, Shannon, plus a dog and four cats. Shannon is the Bishop of Virginia. Ellen is an avid reader, has practiced yoga for many years, and meditates regularly.   
Bird Dog Roadhouse Pizza!
Too tired to cook dinner?
On
Monday, May 21st

Bird Dog Roadhouse fundraiser  
for our youth group's trip to Ireland.    
From 3:00 - 8:30 pm, dine-in or take-out and Bird Dog will donate back money for each large or small pizza sold
 to the youth group.
We appreciate your support! 
Call to order your pizza 799-0270!
or visit the website here   
 
Making A Difference!
 
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!
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HOSTS NEEDED FOR
LEMONADE ON THE LAWN
Starting Sunday, June 3rd, 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 
 
 
Discretionary Fund Update
The Clergy Discretionary Fund at St. Alban's

As called for in the traditions and canons of the Church, St. Alban's sustains a modest fund for u
rgent gifts to those facing real hardships. As in generations past, our rector uses these funds to support people in the parish or community who have special financial needs, often from some unexpected displacement or loss.
This past year such gifts have included grocery cards, help with rent, transportation and fuel oil payments.

As often happens after a long winter, our discretionary fund is at a low level. So, in the next weeks Fr. Tim will be asking you to join him in making a gift of under $100 to St. Alban's for the Clergy Discretionary Fund. Watch for a gift envelope on Sundays!

The Canons of the Episcopal Church provide as follows:
Offerings for the poor shall be deposited with the Rector or with such Church officer as the Rector shall appoint to be applied to such pious and charitable uses as the Rector shall determine.