September 10, 2020
Picture of  the Week!
 
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 3rd, Our very talented Music Director demonstrated another of his skills for a group of socially distanced parishioners.

Music of  the Week!
Service of  the Week!
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Readings of  the Week!

September 13th, 2020
the 15th Sunday after Pentecost
Track 1
Zoom Worship Schedule

Sunday
Participants This Sunday.
  • The Rev. Holly Hoffmann officiating at the 9:30 am and 5:30 pm.
  • The Rev. Lynn Carter-Edmands will be preaching at 9:30 am 
  •  Joel Pierce is on the (zoom) organ bench.
Saint 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. Alban's Prayer Box by emailing prayers@stalbansmaine.org
Our intercessors at worship will pray 
your prayer request aloud.

Stay Connected To 
Saint Alban's
Don't miss another important announcement, event, worship times, and other spiritual sharings. To be added to our email list simply send us an email at stalbans@stalbansmaine.org
Free Firewood
 
Unseasoned oak firewood is available for the taking behind the rectory.
 
  
Email the the office first to arrange for pickup (we don't provide delivery....) donations are welcome.
Any wood not taken by end of season to be donated to Cumberland Wood Bank.

Staying Healthy

 
Healthy church in time of Virus
 
Click here for more information  

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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Thank you.
Beware of Phishing



Beware of email and text "phishing" in Maine churches
Please note that fraudulent email and text requests for money wire transfers and gift cards in the names of Bishop Brown and other clergy continue to circulate around our diocese. The names on these attempts may be familiar, but the email address or phone number used will not be the one you know. No one from the Bishop's office will ask you for gift cards or similar items (for themselves or for others) via email or text. Nobody's email or phone has been "hacked". Phishing and whaling are when someone creates a NEW email or profile to impersonate a real person.
 
Please don't answer these messages! These are phishing or whaling scams and the addresses should be marked as spam/blocked and reported to your provider. Phone numbers should be blocked. You may also report these attempts to the government on the Department of Homeland Security page.
 
Learn more:
"Whaling" email attacks: How to foil them from the Diocese of Newark
Phishing Scams Targeting Pastors: Who's Next? from Government Technology
 
Please stay safe! Take caution in responding to any message that seems unlikely or suspicious
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Welcome Home!  This Sunday we celebrate our annual Homecoming for the family and friends of St Alban's.  Join us for worship online via Zoom at 9:30am with our virtual Sunday breakfast following the service and Holy Experiment for the children at 10:30am.  Celtic Eventide gathers virtually at 5:20 for a time of music with our worship service beginning at 5:30pm.  Those who remain are encouraged to have their own snack and beverage at the ready to celebrate Homecoming.
   
What homecoming also means at this time for the people of St Alban's is that we will be coming home to on-site gatherings in small, socially distanced groups for outside celebrations of the Holy Eucharist.  The parish Covid19 task group has been meeting regularly to support best practices for our reopening and other opportunities to gather outside of Zoom worship and meetings.  In fact, we are currently working on replacing the 20 year-old air handlers in the church - focusing first on Bonhoff Hall due to its flexibility of use and lower cost.  The HVAC system for the nave is part of our Celebrate St Alban's Anew capital campaign project; the air handler situation is what we might call a "Covid19" project of greater urgency to get us inside sooner.  

On Sunday mornings we will continue to provide our worship service of Prayer, the Word, and Sacred Music at 9:30am via Zoom with full sermon.  Beginning September 20th we will be celebrating the Holy Eucharist on Sunday mornings at 8 in the Memorial Garden and at 11 in the Crispin amphitheater or on the Shore Road lawn.  Bring your own chair if possible and a blanket if needed.  Masks must be worn, and social distancing must be respected.  Family groups of four may sit together.  Each gathering will be limited as to number of participants; a schedule will be available on the parish website with registration required to keep the number within prescribed limits.

Additionally, you are invited to register for a meet and greet with me in the garden during the week.  If the group is small enough, we may meet on the rectory porch.  Masks will need to be worn and social distancing respected.

The schedules with registration via a link will be available on the parish website soon.  Sign up will be first come first served.  It will be wonderful to gather, if in smaller groups, once again to share in the breaking of the bread and the prayers!  I look forward to meeting you in person in the near future!

With every blessing,











(The Rev.) Lynn Carter-Edmands
Transition Priest-in-Charge
Chancel Is Open
The Chancel Now Open For Individual Prayer
 
The Chancel is open for individual (or family group) prayer 

Tuesdays from 2:00-4:00 pm and 
Thursdays from 9:00-11:00 am.
Registration is required. Please sign up here.
 
The Covid-19 Task Force has developed a plan, in accordance with CDC Guidelines, that provides a safe way for individuals, or a family of up to 4 people, to pray in the Chancel for 15-minute sessions. Masks are required, and please socially distance with others you see while on the church grounds.
 
Please enter and exit through the door by the statue of Mary off Oakhurst Road.Seating is in the Chancel only. 
Detailed directions will be posted about sanitizing hands and surfaces.
A volunteer greeter will be available to answer questions. 
 
If you are interested in being a part of the chancel prayer greeter team, please contact one of the clergy or the church office.
 
"For prayer is nothing else than being on terms of friendship with God." St. Teresa of Avila.

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 .

Sunday Worship!
September 13th, the 15th Sunday After Pentecost

We are a gathering people! 
On September 13th, the 15th Sunday after Pentecost, we will gather together live 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. 

 

HOMECOMING SUNDAY and VIRTUAL PARISH BREAKFAST!
 
  • 9:30  Morning Worship with the Rev. Lynn Carter-Edmands, our Transition Priest-in-Charge who will be preaching; The Rev. Holly Hoffmann, our Associate Rector; and Joel Pierce, Music Director. Bulletin here

Stay after for a "virtual" parish breakfast in honor of "Homecoming Sunday." B.Y.O.C. Bring Your Own Coffee and special breakfast treat to enjoy after worship!

 

If you are a reader or intercessor, please arrive between 
9 - 9:15 am
  • 5:00 - 5:20 pm "Gather for conversation in the Narthex" Zoom microphones will be open for evening greeting. An extended instrumental prelude will begin at 5:20 pm. 

 

If you are a reader or intercessor, please arrive between 
5 - 5:15 pm.

 

  • 5:30 pm "Homecoming Sunday" Celtic Eventide led by the Rev. Lynn Carter-Edmands, the Rev. Holly Hoffmann, and Joel Pierce, Music Director. Bulletin here

 

Stay for a special, large group fellowship gathering after Celtic Eventide in honor of "Homecoming" led by Peggy and Odgen Williams. B.Y.O.B. Bring Your Own Beverage and appetizer to enjoy as a part of this festive virtual community gathering.

 

 

September 14th, 2nd Sunday Lunch In the Garden 

Second Monday Lunch in the Garden with the Clergy!

Join the Revs. Lynn Carter-Edmands and Holly Hoffmann for a bring-your-own-bagged, socially-distanced lunch outside at St. Alban's this Monday, September 14 from Noon - 1 pm. Please wear a mask and bring your own chair. 

RSVP to THIS LINK.

If it's raining, we will reschedule to the following week. Call the office if you are unsure if the gathering will be happening because of the weather. 

 
Holy Experiment Returns

HOLY EXPERIMENT THIS SUNDAY @ 10:30am!
September 13th is Homecoming Sunday and Holy Experiment Returns!
All are welcome to tune in
We'll reconnect and begin anew as all this month we consider the questions
"Why Do We Pray? How Do We Pray? What's Up With The Lord's Prayer?"
a n d
We'll create a special prayer space at home!
Use this link or the link in Sunday's Invitation to Worship e-mail.
 
Realm Is Here For You!

Introducing Realm: St. Alban's Membership and Donation Management System
We've heard that you want to be better connected with others in our parish community... 
Realm is our membership management system, and it can be used to help you to connect directly with one another. 

During the week of September 14, you will receive an emailed invite to create your Realm account.  The invitation will include instructions and additional information.  Please note that only those known to St. Alban's will receive an invitation to create a login at St. Alban's Realm website.

Updating Realm with your current information is an important step in St. Alban's being able to publish a new online directory and to welcome The Reverend Lynn Carter-Edmands as she joins us as our Transition Priest-in-Charge. Please watch for your invitation via email.  Participation in the online directory is encouraged but not mandatory.  You can select this option in your online account.
Once you create your account in Realm, you will be able to:
  • access and update your contact and other information
  • Update your individual and family photos.  If you include photos of your children, and you elect to participate in the online directory, please remember that your children's photos will be visible to others within St. Alban's who have access to the online directory.
  • find and stay in touch with other St. Alban's people
  • Give online when / if you choose.  Giving is private and confidential information, known only to you and those few who are granted administrative responsibility for maintaining Realm Giving records. It is not visible to others.
  • review your giving history and pledge status
Next steps...
Watch your email for your invitation to Realm, and thank you for taking a few moments to create an account.  
If you have questions, please contact Linda Howard at finances@stalbansmaine.org or Karen Tucker at ktucker@stalbansmaine.org.
Click here for a message from our Wardens.

 
Family Promise Update

As many of you know, St. Alban's partners with Cape Elizabeth United Methodist Church and St. Bartholomew's Catholic Church to serve families through Greater Portland Family Promise.  We are now called up to assist a family who graduated from the GPFP navigate life in Portland, particularly during these challenging times.  Some of you might remember meeting Anette and her children, Kevin (10) and Fabiola (2) at CEUMC.  I had the pleasure of spending a little time with Anette on Sunday and plan to meet with her regularly.  (Yes, outside, masked, and socially distanced.)

If anyone is fluent in French or Portuguese, please contact me (mcauley_pt@msn.com) and perhaps you can join me for our next meeting.

In the near future, our GPFP workgroup for which David Klimkowski and I represent St. Alban's, will be sharing a sign-up to provide needed items like diapers and clothing.  As our relationship develops, we look forward to other opportunities to engage with Anette and her children.   

Lastly, thank you
 to all who have donated a Hannaford gift card to GPFP.  Anyone who would still like to purchase an electronic Hannaford gift card is welcome to do so.
 
Link: purchase a gift card online; recipient email: 

Respectfully,
Adrienne McAuley
 
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 or 3:00 - 3:30 pm.
This casual conversation will be facilitated by other parishioners. See some familiar and new faces and be part of something new. Email stalbanscares@stalbansmaine.org to be sent the links to these gatherings.
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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
 
Greetings to all.   The Essential's Pantry continues to operate on a limited basis offering soap, personal care products, diapers and dental products, serving our neighbors outside following CDC guidelines. This week we started offering soft housewares, too. Although St. Alban's is not accepting donations at this time, donations of the above items can be brought to the Cathedral back parking lot when St. Elizabeth's is open on Tuesdays mornings. 
 
St. Elizabeth's is now accepting donations of adult winter coats and boots as we plan for distribution this fall. Even though it is still warm right now, please think ahead to our frosty days ahead! 
 
You can bring the coats directly to St. Luke's rear parking lot on a Tuesday morning (see below) OR please contact me for drop off at a bin outside my garage.  Lizcutler18@gmail.com, 207-831-6238  Many thanks for helping our neighbors in need at this time.
 
Liz Cutler, Board Member from St. Alban's 
 
Adult Winter Coats and Boots: St. Elizabeth's is now accepting donations of adult winter coats and winter boots. Donations can be brought to the rear parking lot of St. Luke's (134 Park Street) on any Tuesday between 8:30-11 am and placed in the bin provided during these hours.   
 
Boots: Please label the toe of the boots with its size (ex. Men's 10) and tie the laces together. 

Coats: Please make sure all coats are in good working order and are clean. 
 
Please donate children's coats and boots to one of the many organizations that specialize in these items.
 
We Need Volunteers:  
If you are willing to serve directly with the public during our distribution days of coats and boots this fall and winter, please contact the St. Elizabeth's board member for your parish, Liz Cutler at lizcutler18@gmail.com. Marks and face shields will be provided. 
 
If you would be willing to serve behind the scenes by repairing jackets (sewing on buttons or organizing inventory), please also contact your board representative. 
 
Cash Donations: If you would like to make a cash donation to St. Elizabeth's for the purchase of coats and boots in hard to find sizes or for the purchase of wool socks, please send checks payable to St. Elizabeth's to: St. Elizabeth's Jubilee Center Attn: Rev. Holly Hoffmann PO Box 4036 Portland, ME 04101
 
In kind donations: Consider purchasing our high need items listed on our Amazon wishlist: http://a.co/eV6rZyn