July 30, 2020
Picture of  the Week!

Two of our Celtic musicians, Tom Kovacevic and Michael Albert, record wonderful music for the Celtic Eventide service!

Music of  the Week!
Lift Every Voice and Sing (with text):   
  Click here   
Service of  the Week!
Missed  Last Week's Service on Zoom?
July 26, 2020
the 8th Sunday after Pentecost

If you missed any other services check out our You Tube Channel here.
Readings of  the Week!
August 2nd, 2020
the 9th Sunday after Pentecost
Zoom Worship Schedule

Sunday
Participants  This Sunday .
  • The Rev. Claudia Smith will be officiating and preaching at 9:30 am
  • Matt Roberts, Summer Seminarian will be assisting at 9:30 am and officiant at 5:30 pm
  •  Joel Pierce is on the (zoom) organ bench.
S aint Alban's Prayer Box
If you would like a name spoken aloud during our Sunday worship prayers for healing and hope, please put your prayer request in the St. Albans Prayer Box by emailing  prayers@stalbansmaine.org
Our intercessors at worship will pray 
your prayer request aloud.

Summer Formation
with Matt Roberts



The Enchantment of Narnia
If you're curious about diving deep into the hidden treasures of Narnia, whether you are a teenager, parent, or retiree, this class is for you!  Join Matt Roberts, our St. Alban's Summer Seminarian, on Zoom for a formation hour reading and interpreting this classic series on Tuesday afternoons at 3 p.m. to learn more email Matt at  mroberts@stalbansmaine.org.

Summer Formation: Theology and Racial Justice

How did concepts of race originate, and what do they have to do with Christian theology? In this course, join co-facilitators Matt Roberts and Linda Card in unpacking J. Kameron Carter's four week course on Theology and Racial Justice. Dr. Carter explores the connections between contemporary racial concepts in the United States and how they ... read more here.


Calling All Zergers!

What's a "Zerger?" you ask? 
A Zerger is a Verger on Zoom. 

This person has just a few things to do to help us worship well on Zoom: arrive early, make sure all readers are there and know how to mute/unmute (teach if necessary), help us record the service so we can share it and the sermon later, and do a few other behind the scenes technology tasks that helps everything to go smoothly. (The music details are all handled by our Music Director, Joel Pierce). 

Are you comfortable with Zoom technology and looking for an essential role to play in our community? The Zerger be just for you! Contact the Rev. Holly Hoffmann to learn more ( hhoffmann@stalbansmaine.org).
   
Staying Healthy

Healthy church in time of Virus
 
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Covid-19 Task Force
The St. Alban's Vestry has commissioned a committee charged with providing guidance on re-gathering safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are focusing now on CDC guidance regarding cleaning and maintaining our worship space, as well as scientific guidelines to consider for both outdoor and indoor meetings and gatherings. 

We will keep you posted as we make progress, and please reach out to any of us with concerns and suggestions at stalbans@stalbansmaine.org

Bill Bell, Debbie Fisher, Rev. Holly Hoffmann, Marybeth Nolt, Chris Pezzullo, Joel Pierce, Maryann Sedlack, Red Sullivan, Karen Tucker
 

The AA meeting which are normally scheduled at 
St. Alban's church are now meeting online.

 for more information.

 Maine CDC
 
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CLYNK UPDATE

 
CLYNK! DURING COVID-19
Redeemable cans and bottles put in these green Clynk! bags benefit the Youth Pilgrimage. 
Thank you for your continued support.  

You can pick up Clynk! Bags in the shed by the back parking lot of St. Alban's.

After filling your CLYNK bag and tying it tight, please hold on to it for 3 days before you drop it off at any CLYNK drop location.  
Please take your bags to Hannaford, as usual, and do not leave them in this shed for the church to transport. 
For more information click here 

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In addition to a pandemic, our country is experiencing a social upheaval. What came before is now being questioned. Certainly many wonderful things will and should remain. But there is a chance for us to do better and to be better. There is a chance for us all to reconcile and account for what was done by us, what was done in spite of us, and even what was done without our consent or knowledge.
St. Alban's is changing, too. Not a great social upheaval, perhaps, but certainly change is in the air. Our rector has retired. Our Discernment Committee has started doing its good work. And our Transition Priest-In-Charge has been named, the Reverend Lynn Carter-Edmands, who will start with us on August 17th.
 
Although we have come to an end, morning dawns....
 
Why I Wake Early
        by Mary Oliver
Hello, sun in my face.
Hello, you who made the morning
and spread it over the fields
and into the faces of the tulips
and the nodding morning glories,
and into the windows of, even, the
miserable and the crotchety -
best preacher that ever was,
dear star, that just happens
to be where you are in the universe
to keep us from ever-darkness,
to ease us with warm touching,
to hold us in the great hands of light -
good morning, good morning, good morning.
Watch, now, how I start the day 
in happiness, in kindness.
 
Peace,
 
 
 
 
 
 
Christopher Pezzullo
Senior Warden

Welcome
Reverend Claudia Smith  
as Guest Officiant and Preacher this Sunday

Welcome the Rev. Claudia Smith to be our visiting preacher and officiant this Sunday, August 2 at 9:30 am.
We look forward to "seeing" her at Saint Alban's again (on Zoom).

The Rev. Claudia Wyatt Smith was a late vocation having held a number of executive positions in the healthcare field prior to answering God's call to ordained ministry. She received her MDiv from the School of Theology at the University of the South in Sewanee, TN in 2005 and upon her ordination, immediately accepted the position of Vicar in a small mountain town in Colorado. In 2007 Claudia moved to Maine accepting the call to become the 3rd Rector of St. Francis by the Sea in Blue Hill where she served for almost 12 years until her retirement in 2019. Claudia now lives in South Portland where she has remained active in the Diocese of Maine and routinely does supply work.


Sunday Worship!
August 2nd, the 9th Sunday After Pentecost

We are a gathering people! 
On August 2nd, the 9th Sunday after Pentecost we will gather together online. 

Below are the service links. You will also receive a reminder Zoom invitation and copies of the bulletins on Sunday morning with the live links for our faith-filled and stimulating offerings. 
  • 9:00 - 9:20 am "Gather for conversation in the Narthex" Zoom microphones will be open for morning greeting. 
  • 9:30 am  Morning Worship  with The Rev. Claudia Smith, guest preacher and officiant, Matt Roberts, Summer Seminarian and Joel Pierce, Music Director. Bulletin here.
  • 10:30 am Holy Experiment led by Debbie Fisher
  • 5:00 - 5:20 pm "Gather for conversation in the Narthex" Zoom microphones will be open for evening greeting.
  • 5:30 pm  Celtic Eventide led, Matt Roberts, Summer Seminarian and Joel Pierce, Music Director. Bulletin here.
  • This Sunday after Celtic Eventide, we will be gathering in the small "break out" groups for conversation. We will alternate every other week between meeting in one large group and meeting in the small "break out" groups.
You Don't Want To  Miss This!
Holy Experiment 
Sunday, August 2nd
Holy Experiment This Sunday, August 2nd at 10:30 am

The Feeding of the 5,000
Jesus performed a miracle to transform a humble lunch into a meal for thousands.

Inspired by that miracle, parent volunteer Mary Beth Nolt will demonstrate  how to transform a simple cup into a 
snack basket of our own.
Look for the Zoom link will be sent to you again in this weekend's Invitation to Worship!
  
You are invited! Zoom Choir!

I invite you to observe (and even participate in) an online Zoom choir gathering! The choir meets at 7:00 p.m. tonight on Zoom to chat, catch up, and sing! When singing the vocal exercises and hymns, we remain muted, just like on Sunday mornings. I hope you'll consider visiting us this evening at the link below!   Thursday, 7:00 pm Choir: Click here.
Pass The Plate For All

Please remember to mail your pledge or donation to support the ministry of St. Alban's to:

St. Alban's Episcopal Church, 
885 Shore Road, 
Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107 

Or to give online  here .

Celebration and Thanksgiving 
If you missed us online for a
Celebration and Thanksgiving 
for  the life of Elizabeth Sibley Saltonstall
on  Saturday, July 25 at 11 am here it is on You Tube.

The family is planning an additional in person gathering at a later date.
Saint Alban's Cares

St. Alban's Cares  Update
Feeding your heart, mind, home...and more!
 
For more information on what you can do to help or if you need assistance please email us at stalbanscares@stalbansmaine.org.
 
St. Alban's Cares that you stay connected...
St. Alban's Cares that you stay connected...
Pull up a chair! Bring your mug and join in!
Interested in connecting informally mid-week for 30 minute chat withother St. Alban's folks?
Drop in for a St. Alban's Zoom Coffee Chat 
on Thursdays 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM. 
This casual conversation will be facilitated by other parishioners. See some familiar and new faces and be part of something new. Click the link below to join the St. Alban's Cares Coffee Chat next Thursday at 9:30-10 am:   https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82974511667 
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St. Alban's Meal Ministry
 
DID YOU KNOW . . .
 
We offer high quality frozen meals for any member of the parish in need and without charge. Delicious meals are stocked in the church freezer and will be packed up for pick-up or delivery. If you are going through a crisis and need food/meals from the church freezer, please email  stalbanscares@stalbansmaine.org.
 
In order to keep the freezer stocked, we need volunteers who are willing to cook when there is a need. Do you enjoy the satisfaction that comes with feeding others? Would you occasionally be willing to double a recipe when you're preparing dinner? If so, the Meals Ministry would love to add you to our list of St. Alban's chefs! Please email the Rev. Holly Hoffmann at  hhoffmann@stalbansmaine.org, and she will add you to the list of volunteers.
 
Thank you very much for considering joining this important ministry of St. Alban's. Lay leaders Linda Card ( lindacardme@gmail.com ) and Lynne Lovett ( lynnelovett@mac.com ) can also answer questions you have about this ministry.
Essential Pantry Update
 
T he St. Elizabeth's Essential's Pantry has not fully re-opened yet, but we are serving our neighbors on a limited basis by providing laundry soap, personal care items, dental products, diapers, and face masks - all distributed outside behind St. Luke's following CDC guidelines.   We are working on a plan to safely open to offer our usual items (household, kitchen, winter coats, and winter boots) and hope to be open more fully in the coming month. Personal hygiene products, household, and kitchenware can be dropped off on Tuesday mornings behind St. Luke's from 8:30 - 11 am. Contact St. Alban's Board Member Liz Culter at 
lizcutler18@gmail.com  for more information about the ministry of this parish through St. Elizabeth's.  
 
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Thank you.
Spam Alert!
Neither Bishop Brown nor I have sent emails asking for crisis assistance, money, gift cards or sensitive information. We know that "phishing" emails doing so have been sent. They may look like our addresses, but are not from us. 
 
The only address I will write to you from is  hhoffmann@stalbansmaine.org or the parish address:  stalbans@stalbansmaine.org The Bishop's email will have diocese address, not gmail. 

Chris Pezzullo has been spammed too: Do not respond to anything like this:

From: Pastor Christopher Pezzullo < churchoffice44@gmail.com>
Date: July 20, 2020 at 7:28:22 AM EDT
To:  hhoffmann@stalbansmaine.org
Subject: Holly Hoffmann

Blessings!

Do you have a moment? I have a request I need you to handle discreetly. I am going into a meeting now, no calls so just reply my email as soon as you get it. God bless you!


Sent from a mobile device
 
Sadly, there is a nationwide increase in these phishing attempts using clergy names and parishioners' addresses, hoping to play on our compassionate hearts.  Please DO NOT answer these messages or click on any attached links.  These are scams and the addresses should be marked as spam/blocked and reported to Google.  
To report to Google, please visit:  
https://support.google.com/mail/contact/abuse 

Sorry for any confusion this has caused you! Thanks to the several of you for your alerts.

Call the office if you have any questions or concerns. 207-799-4014 or email me at my correct address.