November 12, 2020
Picture of  the Week

Angel drawing from last week's Family Service.
Music of  the Week
Service of  the Week!
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Readings of  the Week!

November 15, 2020
the 24th Sunday after Pentecost
Track 1
Worship Schedule

Sunday
Participants This Sunday.
  • 9:30 am  The Rev. Holly Hoffmann, Preacher, The Rev. Lynn Carter-Edmands, Officiant.
  • 5:30 pm The Rev. Holly Hoffmann, The Rev. Lynn Carter-Edmands.
  • Joel Pierce is on the (Zoom) organ bench.
Important Dates 

11/15 9:30 am Service via Zoom
11/15 5:30 pm Celtic Service via Zoom
11/22 Celery Sunday
11/22 10:30 am Holy Experiment 
11/26 Thanksgiving
11/28 10:00 am Fall Clean up

Getting connected to your community.
An email was sent with your invitation to Realm, and thank you for taking a few moments to create an account for Realm.
If you have questions, please contact Linda Howard at finances@stalbansmaine.org. 

For anyone who has forgotten their password, please use this link and then click on Forgot your password.  
We're excited by the prospect of having you join us in becoming regular users of St. Alban's Realm site.  We look forward to what Realm enables us to do in 2020 and beyond.

All are welcome
Middle School and High School


Middle School and High School Formation

Rite 13: Grades 7th- 8th 
Rite 13 is the name of the formation program for youth in Grades 7 and 8.  This year Rite 13 will be offered through at home formation opportunities and online through Maine Diocesan Youth, which meets the third Monday evening of each month from 7-8:30 pm for a time to Play, Pray, and Connect. From time to time, we may gather in person for a special event. The Rev. Holly Hoffmann is the staff member coordinating this program with the support of Jason and Amber Burks.

High School Youth Group: 
Grades 9-12

Our gatherings for high schoolers make space for getting to know one another and to explore our faith through times of fun and games, fellowship and conversation, and prayer. We will gather online with the Maine Diocesan Youth the third Monday evening of each month from 7-8:30 pm, and we will gather online or in person for special events at other times each month. The Rev. Holly Hoffmann is the staff member leading this program with the support of Randi Hogan. 
  
If you would like to learn about upcoming Rite 13 or High School Youth events and offerings, please contact the Rev. Holly Hoffmann.

News from Debbie Fisher


Please Note: No Holy Experiment this Sunday. 
Instead, look for the Resource Sheet that will arrive in your in-box on Friday! This will contain fun activities for you and your family to enjoy, at your convenience, over the next few days.

Coming next week: Suggestions for Celebrating Advent-at-Home, and information on our virtual Pageant. We're working hard to provide the ideas, lessons and resources you'll find helpful as we celebrate this most joyous season.

Contact Debbie for more information.
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 us
Our intercessors at worship will pray 
your prayer request aloud.

Staying Healthy
Caring for the
Caregiver Group

We will be meeting every 
Monday at 9am on Zoom.

 St. Alban's will  provide an opportunity for those caring for others to come together weekly for support. To learn more about this upcoming opportunity, please contact Liz Davy 
 
A reminder from the
Health Ministry

COVID - 19 Task Force

Covid-19 Task Force
The St. Alban's Vestry has commissioned a committee charged with providing guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We will keep you posted as we make progress, and please reach out to any of us with concerns and suggestions (email us).

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


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We are entering Maine's second wave of COVID infections, with cases creeping to more than 200 per day. Sadly, the impact of this is felt on so much that we hold dear, like large family Thanksgiving celebrations and meeting in person for worship inside our beloved church. Bishop Brown addresses the impact of the second wave on our churches in Maine, with a link to his message here.



Please consider joining Episcopalians all over the country for an evening with Dr. Fauci, on Thursday, November 12 at 7pm, sponsored by the National Cathedral. Here is the link to register. 
Finally, the US CDC offers these suggestions for a safe Thanksgiving with your loved ones.





Christopher Pezzullo
Senior Warden

Your help is welcome and needed. Nominations are open now.
Parish Leadership Nominations 
and Elections for 2021

In order to stimulate an open, fair, and well understood process for the election of Parish leadership, and pursuant to a Vestry resolution of June 10, 2014, the Transition Priest-in-Charge and Senior Warden of St. Alban's Parish are pleased to announce the plans for the 2021 election of the Parish leadership.

Visit our website to nominate someone by November 22nd, and to learn more about the Vestry and the nomination process, here.
Important Stewardship Update
A quick update from the Stewardship Committee
 
To the over 100 households who have heard our messages and have made your 2021 Pledge, THANK YOU!

To the 90+ households who have yet to get to that task, please help us plan for 2021!  The ONLY way the Parish can continue to do all of the great things we do together is through all of our financial gifts. 
Thank you for considering how you want to contribute to Saint Alban's today.

Update on St. Alban's 
Building and Grounds

Due to the recent increased cases of coronavirus in Maine, and upon the advice of the Bishop of Maine, the church building is now closed to the general public. If you do enter the building for any reason, please be sure to sign in and out using the clipboard in Bonoff Hall or in the parish office. This record will assist the Maine CDC in contact tracing, should that become necessary.
 
We also ask that people are mask with a face covering while on church grounds and to keep at least a six-foot social distance from anyone not in your family unit. 
 
Please know you are welcome to visit and enjoy the church grounds at any time. The memorial garden may be just the place you want to sit on a sunny afternoon and listen to the breeze or to come and walk the labyrinth that was installed this fall.  
 
Please use this link to view Bishop Brown's recent update on Regathering.

Your opinion is important to us.
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The Discernment Committee continues to meet every two weeks, and we are making significant progress in our work. To read more about our progress or the email us with questions please click here.
 
Discernment Committee Survey: This survey is an opportunity for you to share with us the things you value most about St. Alban's and the qualities in a priest you find especially important. You can complete the survey by clicking here. We look forward to hearing from you!
Worship with us on November 15th

We are a gathering people! 
on November 15th
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 interactive offerings. 

If you are a reader or intercessor, please arrive at 9:00 am.
  • 5:30 pm Celtic Eventide via Zoom led by the Rev. Lynn Carter-Edmands, the Rev. Holly Hoffmann, and Joel Pierce, Music Director. Bulletin here.
    • An extended instrumental prelude will begin at 5:20 pm.
    • Consider creating a sacred space with a candle to light during the candle lighting in the service.
    • The opportunity for conversation before the service has been moved to following the service.
If you are a reader or intercessor, please arrive at 5:00 pm.
Celery Sunday is November 22nd

You can't have Thanksgiving stuffing without celery!
The Root Cellar has asked St. Alban's to provide bunches of fresh, whole stalk celery (to help stock the Thanksgiving baskets they provide to local families living in need.) 

You may drop off stalks of celery on Sunday, November 22nd from 9am-noon. Please put the celery in the cooler that will be on the curb of the Oakhurst Road parking lot at St. Alban's. 

Here is the link if you prefer to donate monetarily instead.
Saint Elizabeth's Essentials Pantry Update

St. Elizabeth's Essential Pantry 

ADULT WINTER BOOTS 
Winter boots for adults will be distributed on the morning of Tuesday, Nov. 17.  Warm socks and additional boots in hard to find sizes have been purchased with funds donated from the St. Alban's Capital Campaign.  Your generosity has made a difference in the daily lives of people in our wider community. Thank you! 

All these items can be put in the bins located outside St. Alban's on the pathway from the large parking lot to the amphitheater.  

OTHER NEEDS 
We still appreciate personal care items, please see Our Amazon Wishlist for items of greatest need), and especially BABY WIPES.   We are still in need of soft household goods such as sheets/ towels/ blankets. (Please label the bed linens with their size.) 
 
Peace and health to all, 

Liz Cutler
St. Alban's Representative 
to St. Elizabeth's Essential Pantry

For more information please contact Liz Cutler.
Saint Alban's Cares

St. Alban's Cares 
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.
 
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 a 30 minute chat with other St. Alban's folks?
Drop in for a St. Alban's Zoom Coffee Chat 
on Thursdays 9:30am - 10:00am.
This casual conversation will be facilitated by other parishioners. See some familiar and new faces. Email to be sent the links to these gatherings.
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St. Alban's Meal Ministry
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. Visit our website for more details.
SAVE THE DATE, FALL CLEANU UP
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28TH

Save the Date! November 28th
 
Please join the Building and Grounds Committee to help with a fall clean up of our campus! Outside and safe. Bring gloves and rakes. 




We will start at 8am and have pizza for all rakers. Please bring a leaf blower if you have
one.

Gratefully,

Buildings and Grounds

Email Lisa Newbold with any questions.