November 21,  2019
Picture of  the Week!

Pagaent rehearsals began this week.
Music of  the Week!
Henry Purcell - Christ is made the sure foundation
Readings of  the Week!
November 24th
The last Sunday
After Pentecost

Sermon of  the Week!
The Rev. Tim Boggs
November 17th
23rd Sunday after Pentecost

Reflection of  the Week!
Ogden Williams
November 17th
23rd Sunday after Pentecost
Worship Schedule

  • 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
  • 5:00 pm Centering Prayer
Clergy and Music
 This Sunday .
  • The Rev. Tim Boggs  preaching at 8 am, 9:30 am  
  • The Rev. Holly Hoffmann will be celebrating at 8 am, 9:30 am and reflecting and celebrating at 5:30 pm
  • Joel Pierce is at the organ bench.
Meetings & Events
11/24      Celery Sunday
11/24       Pilgrim meeting after 9:30 am   
11/24       Pageant Rehearsal   
11/27       office closed
11/28       Happy Thanksgiving  
12/1         Pageant Rehearsal 
12/1         Parish Breakfast  
12/1        Advent Wreath Making
12/1        Advent 1 
12/1        ANGEL card gifts DUE
12/2        Caregivers 
12/3        Pageant Rehearsal    
12/4        Last Bible Study Class 
12/5        Celtic Musician Concert
12/7        St. Alban's Cleanup / 8 am
12/8       Pageant Rehearsal  
12/9        2nd Monday Lunch  
12/10      Pageant Rehearsal
12/14      Pageant Dress Rehearsal
12/15      Cookie Walk at all services 
12/15      Christmas Pageant
12/16       Caregivers 
12/22       Blood Pressure Checks 
12/22      Celtic Evening Prayer 
Ecumenical Interfaith Celebration of 
Thanksgiving Eve,
7:00 pm Nov 27  
St Luke's Cathedral, 143 State Street, Portland, ME 04101
All Are Welcome

Overview of Children and Youth Programs

Children's Chapel
Ages four through sixth grade! A space of welcome, music, and prayer before lessons in our age groups. 9:30am, downstairs in Godly Play.

Nursery : During 9:30am worship for babies and toddlers.

Godly Play : ages 4- grade k
Wonder and storytelling with inviting object lessons.

Our Place : grades 1st- 4th
A rotation based program of Bible exploration.

Connect : grades 5th -6th  
God's story meets our story with games, artwork and fun!

Rite 13 :  grades 7th- 8th 
Meeting the first and third Sundays of the month  
at the 9:30 am service
Rite 13 is the name of the formation program for youth in Grades 7 and 8.  Rite 13 will be offered on the first and third Sundays of each month during the 9:30 am worship service.
The Rev. Holly Hoffmann is the staff member coordinating this program. Chris Callaway, Jason Burks, and Amber Burks are the teachers. Please speak to any of us about Rite 13. 
Parents, please email Holly+ to make sure she has an accurate email address for your family so that communications about this youth offering can be sent directly to you. Thank you!
The Rev. Holly C. Hoffmann
Contact the Rev. Holly Hoffmann for more information about Rite 13: 
Contact Debbie Fisher, Director of Children and Family's Formation, for all other programs listed above:  
Youth Group
High School Youth Gatherings
  We meet on the first and third Sundays of each month  from  
3:30-5 pm
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. 
The Rev. Holly Hoffmann, Anne Sedlack, and Peter Durin are the adults primarily involved with our high school youth group.  
If you would like to be added to our email list to learn about upcoming high school youth events, please contact the Rev. Holly Hoffmann at

Keep Warm and 
Help the Pilgrims

G et Your Cracklin' Christian Kindling.  
Recycled Dried Red Cedar Shingles from Church renovation. $10 Suggested.
Available in Bonoff Hall. 
Help the 2020 Pilgrims.
Health Ministry

Caring for the
Caregiver Group
Next meetings 12/2
and 12/16

We will be meeting every other Monday at 9 am.
  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 at
A reminder from the
Health Ministry

Suggestions for the Holidays While Grieving 

The holidays are often an emotionally challenging time, particularly if we are grieving the loss of a loved one. Here are some suggestions of support for the upcoming holiday season: 
  • When responding to invitations to holiday gatherings, don't make firm commitments.  Leave yourself room to back out if you need to. Don't be afraid to say "no" to invitations, or attend for only attending for part of the gathering.
  • When attending holiday gatherings, drive yourself. That way, if you need to leave, you can do so. 
  • Script your responses to difficult questions.  Some folks are uncomfortable around grief, and may not know what to say or what they should/shouldn't ask. 
  • Feel free to change the topic away from your grief ("I'm working on that with God's help, thank you for asking.  Tell me what's new in your life.")
  • Give permission to talk about your lost loved one.  Sometimes, folks will avoid talking about him/her altogether because they aren't sure how you will react.
  • Don't try to numb the pain of the loss (drugs, alcohol, sex, overtime, etc.). God is bigger than your grief, distractions aren't.  
  • Make a list of all holiday traditions, events, etc.  Everything you can think of around the holidays.  Then prioritize those things that you think are manageable, and leave the rest to re-evaluate next year.
A reminder from the
Health Ministry

A reminder from the
Health Ministry
Knit and Stitch
will meet on the the  
2nd and 4th Fridays of the month, 9 -10:30 am,  
beginning in November in the upper room at
St. Alban's from 9-10:30 am.
We welcome any level and any projects.

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This Thanksgiving week...take a minute and watch this stunning video on Gratitude. It makes me smile. and pray with thanks. 
  Don't be surprised if you want to watch it more than once.
The gifted filmmaker, Louis Schwartzberg 
uses the words of David Steindl-Rast, a Benedictine brother deeply steeped in the power of gratitude. Educated in Vienna and at Cornell, Brother David has received global recognition for his teaching and reaching beyond the expected.
Henry Nouwen, who is often a source and a guide for our formation at St. Alban's has this to say...
Knowing Brother David is a special grace. Whenever he speaks, it always is much more than a brilliant lecture. He enters into the heart and mind of his listener something new happens to them and they know it.  
Thanksgiving blessings! 

David Abbiati Celebration of Life
Cel ebration and Thanksgiving for the the life of David Abbiati.
Your prayers and Presence are welcome.
Friday, November 22
11:00 AM at Saint Alban's.
Reception to Follow.
Bring in celery ... this Sunday

You can't have Thanksgiving stuffing without celery?

Which is why the Root Cellar has asked St. Albans' to provide 100 bunches of fresh, whole stalk celery (to help stock the Thanksgiving baskets they provide for their families.  Thank you for your help!
Just place one or two bunches of celery in the cooler on November 24th, at all service and we will deliver it to the Root Cellar.  Thank you!

Celtic Concert...get your tickets now!

Please purchase tickets at this website:
for more info email: 

Fall Clean up Need you! Really!

All the leaves will be down...finally!  We're expecting a warm day and clear skies, so put on your garden gloves, bring a rake or leaf blower and join in!  Saturday,
D ecember 7th 8:00 AM -Noon

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Thank you.
Be An Angel ...  Gifts due back no later than December 1

The Root Cellar
Angel Project
THE ANGEL TREE IS IN BONOFF HALL, full of tags to help Root Cellar families. Each tag is a wish list from a needy family with a request for winter boots, warm clothes and/or a simple toy; the child's name, gender, clothes size and boot size is included. Take a tag, purchase the items, and place the UNWRAPPED gifts, one roll of wrapping paper and the tag in one large holiday bag under the tree by Sunday, December 1st. Contact Debbie Fisher for more information.

Advent Reader Available now.

Advent Reader Available
We invite you to take part in the Advent tradition of reading a reflective book. This year's wisdom is Advent with Evelyn Underhill edited by Christopher L.Webber. The book is available for purchase through the church, online, and is available on Kindle.

Evelyn Underhill was an English writer known for her numerous works on religion and spiritual practice,  in particular Christian mysticism . In the English-speaking world, she was one of the most widely read writers on such matters in the first half of the 20th century.  For generations, readers have found in the writings of Evelyn Underhill the guidance to help them deepen their own interior lives in the Christian mystical tradition.  

In this book, Anglican author, editor, and Episcopal priest, Christopher Webber, has carefully selected inspirational passages from Underhill's most significant works, providing readings for every day of Advent and Christmas, and sharing the timeless treasure of Underhill's spiritual vision. 

Each day's inspiring passage is followed by a short thought for meditation and a prayer based on the reading.  We will have a discussion on the reader in Advent and another during the season of Christmas.

Parish Breakfast
Join us for a  Parish Breakfast
December 1st, Served after 8:00 am and 9:30 am services
Enjoy a delicious breakfast accompanied by juice and coffee and wonderful fellowship! $ 5.00 Donation, please.

Feel free to chip in for a friend or a stranger
Volunteers are always welcome!
Especially for clean up!

Wow! What a great start...
Friends, our annual stewardship drive for 2020 is off to an incredible start! Some 150 of us have pledged for the new year...and many have increased their pledges. And...lots of new pledges have arrived. These tallies are terrific!
Thank you! 
BUT IF YOU HAVE NOT YET PLEDGED, please do so now. It's as easy as one-click below. We are looking for another 50 of us to make a personal commitment for St. Alban's. Remember, pledging permits your leaders to to plan for the new year.    
Additional information on stewardship and pledging on our  website .  You'll find Father Tim's stewardship sermon here , as well as affirmations from members of our parish family.   You can also pledge online
We are grateful for the ongoing and generous contributions of our parish family in support of all the good works of St. Alban's ministries.
Faithfully yours, 
Your Stewardship Committee

Parish Breakfast
Calling All Cookie Bakers!

On Sunday, December 15 we will have a community Christmas Cookie Walk after each of the Sunday services. Would you bake a dozen or so Christmas cookies to donate for the sale? 

From the table of assorted cookies, parishioners will be able to select a wide Christmas cookies to purchase by the dozen. They make excellent hostess and holiday gifts.

The proceeds of the sale will support our Youth Pilgrims on their upcoming Pilgrimage to Spain to hike the Buen Camino, the Way of St. James in June.  

Please sign up here or let the Rev. Holly Hoffmann know if you will bake a dozen or two cookies for the sale:
Self Care for All
at Saint Alban's morning YOGA
A Perfect Way  
To Start Your Day!
Yoga at St. Alban's
All levels & all ages  
"A perfect way to start your day, Holly is so kind and gentle in her direction and understands each persons' needs. " - Karen, a participant
All Levels Yoga is suitable for continuing and beginning students. Our focus will be on cultivating a clear, intelligent and balanced practice of postures, breathing techniques and relaxation.  Class size is small and props are used to individualize student's needs / abilities. The yoga props will be provided. If you own a yoga mat, please bring it with you.
 Sign up today.  The cost for each 4-week session is $60.
To sign up, Click here and then bring a check payable to St. Alban's for $60 to the office at St. Alban's. Note in the memo line that the check is for yoga class.   

Family Promise Update

If you would like to volunteer directly with families in our outreach ministry Greater Portland Family Promise, you need to have completed a training. 
For more information about this life-changing ministry, please contact David Klimkowski at  or the Rev. Holly Hoffmann at

News from the Music Director

Beginning in January next year, St. Alban's will embark on a new journey: The Treble Choir. The Treble Choir will be open to all children, grades 1 - 6 (older kids and teens are invited to join the adult choir). Children need not attend or be members of St. Alban's to participate. The program will follow the Royal School of Church Music format ( and 45-minute rehearsals will be held on Sundays after church. To give you a sense of how this program will work, I'll be employing a few of the techniques I use during our Christmas Pageant rehearsals. In fact, children participating in this year's pageant will get a taste of this new Treble Choir. Please look for an informational pamphlet in the coming weeks!