October 15, 2020
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Picture of  the Week
Our Organ is progressing. Pipes!
Music of  the Week
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Joel's Concert Link
Did you miss the fabulous concert last Sunday?
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Service of  the Week!
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Readings of  the Week!

October 18th, 2020
the 20th Sunday after Pentecost
Track 1
Worship Schedule

Sunday
Participants This Sunday.
  • 9:30 am The Rev. Lynn Carter-Edmands, Officiant and Bishop Thomas Brown, Preacher.
  • 10:15 am St. Francis on the puppet stage.
  • 5:30 pm The Rev. Holly Hoffmann, Officiant.
  • Joel Pierce is on the (Zoom) organ bench.
Getting connected to your community.
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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

St. Francis and the Wolf Puppet Show October 18th!
The feast day of St. Francis 
falls in October, so we thought 
we'd honor the 
patron saint of animals 
with a puppet show in the Crispin Amphitheatre!

Sunday, October 18th @ 10:15 am
Please register here for this special event.

Stay for the 11:00 am Service of Holy Eucharist, if you'd like!

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.

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 .

Staying Healthy

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 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
 
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.) For more information click here.
 
 
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The church as a diocese gathers in convention every year. Each congregation is represented by delegates - those who do their best to reflect the spirit of the congregation in matters concerning diocesan life and its mission and ministry. Our delegates are Randi Hogan, Ed Rea, Ruth Dodge, Judy Sides, and Robert Stoddard .  The Rev. Holly and I also have the privilege of seat, voice and vote at convention.  This year's convention will take place online via Zoom (no surprise there).  Delegates and clergy have been meeting Tuesday afternoons for a while to discuss the resolutions, receive instructions, and practice registering, raising our hands, voting, and getting acclimated to a new Zoom convention experience.  It's been great for me because I've been able to meet folks in the diocese through these Town Hall gatherings - something I would otherwise have to wait for until an in-person convention.  So there appears to be some silver lining in this otherwise over-Zoomed pandemic cloud.

The resolutions presented for consideration largely reflect compassionate interest concerning issues of justice - racial, environmental, employment accountability and compensation - and ways to address not only the concerns associated with injustice but to establish structures to provide support and leadership for future action.  Our St. Alban's delegates will respond as our representatives. 

On this diocesan convention weekend, our worship Sunday morning at 9:30 will include Bishop Brown's sermon address to convention.  And in a week, on October 25th, Bishop Brown will be with us for his annual episcopal visitation at our outdoor celebrations of the Holy Eucharist at 8:00 and 11:00 am, as well as over Zoom at 9:30 am and 5:30 pm.  We will celebrate the baptism of Hannah Rockefeller and Sybi Dienstag at 11:00 am.  All are welcome.  Please pray for beautiful weather!  

Rarely do we get to experience a diocesan convention without having to be elected to it and then drive to get to it.  Yet, this year everyone throughout the diocese is invited to participate as guests of diocesan convention by following this link to the diocesan YouTube channel.  The convention webpage can be found here where you will find the agenda and information about resolutions, nominations, budget, and other matters of interest.

I hope you will find the time to engage in all or part of diocesan convention.  Who knows, you just may want to serve as a delegate to convention from St. Alban's next year!

With every blessing,






(The Rev.) Lynn Carter-Edmands
Transition Priest-in-charge

Saint Francis and the Wolf!

LIVE IN THE CRISPIN AMPHITHEATRE

St. Francis and the Wolf Puppet Show!
Sunday, October 18th @ 10:15 am

The young and the young-at-heart are invited to 
join the patron saint of animals
as he preaches to birds, a wolf ... and even a chicken!
Please note that the show will begin promptly at 10:15 am

All are welcome to stay and attend Holy Eucharist at 11:00 am.

Pre-registration required, as are masks and social distancing.  Register here.

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Family Pumpkin Carving 
Sunday, October 25th at 10:15 am!

All are welcome for some fun and fellowship 
while we 
carve pumpkins on the Crispin Amphitheatre.

And, we'll discover how, in God's eyes, we're kind of like pumpkins, too!
Please provide your own pumpkin(s) and carving tools,
And we'll provide the tables and trash cans!
This is a weather-permitting event.
Registration, masks and social distancing required.
Please register here .

Questions? Contact Debbie  dfisher@stalbansmaine.org

Hope Flourishes At Saint Alban's
Here at Saint Alban's we are called. We are called to be in community with one another. We are called to share God's love in the wider world. We are called to discern our path through this time to a time when we can gather together again, led by a new Rector who will walk with us. What a lot we have to think about as we consider the resources that we will share with our parish for 2021!
 
This week we want to Focus on sharing God's love in the wider world. We asked Chip Leighton, who leads our Haiti Ministry to share a few thoughts:
 
"This is a community that adds something unique to my life. It's distinct from my work colleagues.  Distinct from my family.  Distinct from neighborhood friends.  It's having another 'home' in addition to those other wonderful communities.  And part of what I like about this community is that my kids have had a chance to learn and grow here too."  - Chip Leighton
Fact: We are a serving community?  We have supported Saint Luc's School in Trou du Nord, Haiti for the past 13 years.  For over the past five years, together we have funded the salaries of teachers who this year, are educating over 300 students.  
  
"Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received." (1 Peter 4:10) 
 
Here is the link to the 2021 Stewardship Pledge page. 

 In Person Eucharistic Worship 
this Sunday at 8:00 am and 11:00 am
We will be gathering outside for celebrations of the Holy Eucharist this Sunday at 8:00 am and 11:00 am and have established some guidelines and expectations for our outside worship.
  1. Registration is required to maintain pandemic precautionary limits.  Please follow this link to register.  If you are registering as a family unit, the number of persons named in your registration should equal the quantity asked for.
  2. Please watch this brief video for an idea of how we will be handling the distribution of Holy Communion.  Note that we will use example #2 where a person exits her row, sanitizes her hands, walks forward to receive the sacrament (in one kind only), moves aside to raise her mask to consume the sacrament, and then returns to her seat by the opposite aisle.  
  3. We will be in the garden and you will be asked to follow the person in front of you (at a safe distance); an usher will be available to direct you.
  4. Masks are to be worn at all times; social distancing of six feet is to be respected.
  5. Please bring your own chair(s) and/or blankets.  We will have some chairs available. The temperature may be cool, so do what you'd normally do to stay warm. 
  6. Clean prayer books will be available on a book cart.  Please take one and then return it to the "quarantined" container when you leave.
  7. A plate will be available to receive any offerings.
  8. If it is raining, the outside worship will be cancelled; you will not receive any notice of cancellation other than the rain itself.  Please pray for good weather!
     
We hope this opportunity to join together for the Holy Eucharist will be a blessed time to gather together in person.  For more information about receiving the sacrament in one kind only, please follow this link

Finally, the church Chancel area continues to be open for individual or family group prayer on Thursday mornings from 9:00 am - 11:00 am. Registration is required. Please sign up 
here.

Interested in Holy Baptism?

Holy Baptism on October 25th
 
Some may be interested in baptism for yourself or your child.  We will offer the Sacrament of Baptism at the 11:00 am outdoor celebration of the Holy Eucharist on October 25th.  Please contact Mother Lynn for more information. 
 
Sunday Worship!
October 18th, the 20th Sunday 
After Pentecost

We are a gathering people! 
On October 18th, the 
20th Sunday after Pentecost, 
we will gather together live and 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. 

For participation in the Holy Eucharist at 8:00 am and a 11:00 am, please register below to reserve your spot. 
 
  • 8:00 am Outdoor Holy Eucharist Register here
If you are a reader or intercessor, please arrive at 9:00 am.
  • 11:00 am Outdoor Holy Eucharist Register here
  • 5:30 pm Celtic Eventide via Zoom led by 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.
Support Team St. Alban's for a Virtual 
"Hike for Hospice
Thank you to all that have donated. There is still time to donate through the end of October, link below.


The Rev. Holly Hoffmann and staff members Karen Tucker and Linda Howard have started a St. Alban's Team for the annual "Hike for Hospice" fundraiser.
 
You can make a donation  here to Hospice towards our goal.

Haiti Update
Haiti Update
New Matching Gift Opportunity
The new school year has started for our good friends at St. Luc's in Trou du Nord, Haiti and we have a wonderful opportunity to help provide our support.  The Vestry has approved a matching gift, up to $5,000, from the Celebrate St. Alban's Anew Capital Campaign to go to our ministry in Haiti. Please consider making a contribution to help leverage this matching gift fully.
To donate and read more please click here.

Saint Elizabeth's Update

St. Elizabeth's This Week 


 

Volunteer at the annual Winter Coat Distribution Day, October 20, 2020

To sign up for assisting our neighbors as a personal shopper or volunteer outside or restocking racks behind the scenes, click this link.


 


 

On Wednesday, October 21at 1 pm there will be a Zoom Party honoring Janet Gordon's many years of volunteering at St. Elizabeth's and coordinating St. Alban's volunteers for Tuesday morning and for driving donations to St. Luke's. If you would like to attend this online event and have not yet received the link information, contact Liz Cutler. Adult boots are still collected for distribution in mid-November. 


 


There are volunteer opportunities at St. Elizabeth's behind the scenes. On Wednesday evening, Amber Burks helped Rev. Holly deliver over 5,000 diapers from the Jewish Community Alliance to St. Elizabeth's storage the Cathedral. Contact the Rev. Holly Hoffmann and Liz Cutler if you are interested in helping with similar tasks for St. Elizabeth's.

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.
 
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 9:30 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. Email to be sent the links to these gatherings.
UPDATE: THE THURSDAY 9:30-10 ZOOM GATHERINGS ARE TAKING A BREAK, AND WILL RESUME THURSDAY NOV. 5.
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St. Alban's Meal Ministry
DID YOU KNOW? . . . for more information visit our website.