March 7, 2018     
Winter Weather Storm Warning

National Weather Service update warns of  heavy snows and unsafe travel tonight and tomorrow .



Tonight, March 7th - Bible Study Cancelled 

       (Regrouping with Gospel of Luke March 14th)

Thursday, March 8th - Choir rehearsals cancelled
Thursday, March 8, Office Closed

Picture of the Week
The Prophet Isaiah never had a finer reading. @family service
Worship Schedule
Sunday
  • 8:00 am  Holy Communion Quiet, spoken and traditional 
  • 9:30 am 
      Holy Communion with choir and children's programs
  • 5:30 pm 
     Celtic Eventide...contemplative,      musical and prayerful
Monday

5:00pm  
Centering Prayer
Clergy and Music
 This Sunday
  • The Rev. Tim Boggs will be celebrating and preaching at 8:00 and 9:30 and officiating at 5:30
  • Jim Strand at the organ bench.
Meetings & Events
3/11          Spring Ahead
3/11          Health Chat with 
                 Katie Holicky
3/12          2nd Monday Lunch
3/12          Health Ministry Meeting
3/13          Vestry Meeting
3/14          Bible Study
3/18          Blood Pressure
3/25          Palm Sunday/Bishop                                     One Service at 9:30 only
3/25          Easter Garden Making
3/25          Fold Palm Crosses
3/25          Haiti Marketplace
3/26          Holy Eucharist
3/27          Holy Eucharist
3/28          Holy Eucharist
3/29          Maundy Thursday
3/30          Good Friday
3/31          The Easter Vigil
4/1             Easter Sunday
4/8             Parish Breakfast

Children's Formation
Palm Sunday, March 25th
All are welcome Palm Sunday to
Create an Easter Garden and a Palm Cross
Make a palm cross for yourself and one to share with a neighbor. 
And experience the watching and waiting for the new life of Easter as you create a small garden to take home.
 

THERE IS STILL ROOM!
SIGN UP TODAY!

 
Camp St. Alban's 2018

August 6th- 10th
9am-12pm Monday-Thursday
NEW
4pm-7pm Friday Family Night

Join us this summer for a fun filled week of games, arts and crafts, music, stories from the Bible and more!

Introducing....Friday Family Night
Families are invited to jump into the excitement of Camp together for an evening of fun and formation!
Dinner will be included.

Please Contact Katie Holicky with questions:  kholicky@stalbansmaine.org

Youth Group
News
 
High School 
Youth Group 
On the first and third Sundays of the month from 3:30-5 pm, our high schoolers gather to spend time with one another.
 
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. 

Holly Clark, Anne Sedlack, and Peter Durin are the adults primarily involved with our high school youth group. 

Health Ministry
All are welcome
March 12th at Noon
Reminder
 on March 18th
after the 9:30 service 
a member of the Health Ministry will be on hand to check your Blood Pressure. If you would like to bring your own equipment to be checked bring it along.
Be part of the 
Meals Ministry

Imagine you are recovering from a hospital stay or some other reason you are having trouble cooking for yourself.
We are here to help. 
Join the Meals Ministry to help our neighbors in time of need.
Contact Linda Card to find out how  lindacardme@gmail.com

To sign up to take a meal click on the link below:

It's a 
Beautiful thing.
Join the Altar Flower Committee
Contact Priscilla Harrison for more details.
Like us on Facebook  
 

 
  
Winter and Lent align nicely on the calendar this year and they are apparently reminding us that we have a few more weeks of each!

Even as we look for Spring and Easter, we are being told, "Not so fast!" There are some more chilly snowdrifts and spiritual awakenings to plow through.

We need  to hang in there just a bit more.

This Sunday we a short part of a seminal letter of Paul's to his little church at Ephesus. In it he gives them (and us) a central bit of God's hope for life and for the world.

Paul's key phrase, one of the most impactful in all of scripture, begins with two short words: But God. He seems to be saying even when we are mere followers of our human passions and angers, God's love, redemption and care are waiting on us.  We are small, like everyone else, Paul says. But God is not. But God, rich in mercy, steps up. But God , in love with us, invites us to step beyond ourselves and to live in expectation of . 

The human storms (and those we didn't cause at all) can be seen through in his light.

Spring and Easter are coming. But God is here already.  See you in church. The walks and parking will be plowed and safe, the Good News is here for us all...if you get my drift.

Peace,
 
 
Spring Ahead
March 11th at 2:00 am

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Haiti Spring Bazaar

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The first Sunday of Spring!

Following our gracious Palm Sunday worship on  March 25th....a fresh chance to purchase a gift from Haiti and share in the joy of sustaining 
St. Luc's School


 Palm Sunday
March 25th
One service only on this special Sunday as we welcome the Rt. Rev. Stephen Lane.
Sunday of the Palms and Passion of Christ with the Bishop of Maine, presiding.
9:30 am -  Holy Communion begins with an outdoor palm procession, banners & brass. Families, make an Easter Garden to take home. 

Welcome our Summer Seminarian!
After good reflection and prayer on this, Tim has called Shawn Evelyn to be our summer
Shawn Evelyn
seminarian. Shawn will be a rising senior at Virginia Theological Seminary and is a postulant for Holy Orders from the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles. He expects to be ordained a deacon and then priest and to serve in parish life. 

Shawn will be a terrific addition to our parish life this summer. His exact dates and plans are being determined now.

Shawn, a single man, will need housing from the parish for his ten weeks with us. Please contact Tim.


Needing Self Care?
Health Chat 
March 11 at 11:00 am with Katie
Self Care 
What's on your to do list this week? 
Is your calendar filling up by the second? 
Feeling like there are never enough hours in the day to accomplish all that needs accomplishing? 
Spend some time with our very own Katie Holicky wondering what it means, looks like, and feels like to really take care of yourself.

 Katie will be sharing her thoughts on Self Care with as a Spiritual Director.

 Come prepared to take some time to reflect on your daily life in ways that inspire and encourage you to spend time caring yourself so that you may better sustain the fullness of life. 

A few more hands are needed this Saturday
 
Join the Preble Street Ministry!
Lunch Is Served! 

The Preble Street Resource Center feeds 350 people three times a day - breakfast, lunch and dinner.  We at St. Alban's prepare, serve and clean up lunch on the second Saturday of each month.  Our next chance to reach out to our homeless sisters and brothers is  Saturday, March 10th.  Would you like to help out?  
Children, 13 years or older are welcome.  Our window of opportunity is 10-1:30 but many tasks, such as food prep and serving take only an hour.  
Contact Louise Sullivan, rsullivan1@maine.rr.com 


Helping with Coffee Hour is a simple and fun way to support
our Saint Alban's community!

Be a HOST Hosts need only bring cream for coffee and fruit.  Everything else provided.  Hosts set-up, maintain coffee, and clean up afterwards. 

Not up to hosting just yet?  That's okay, too!

Be a BAKER  Bakers are essential! Provide two baked items such as a banana bread, cookies or brownies.  (Feel free to drop off any time during the week)  

 WASH A LOAD OF LAUNDRY
 Volunteers are needed to do just one load of laundry before the following Sunday.  Table cloths and hand towels need cleaning.   No ironing required! Phew! 

Adult Formation...not tonight but next week!
Taking the Bible seriously...
but not literally.
with Father Tim  & some superstars!
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You are invited on a six-part adventure into reading and appreciating the Bible in a new way on Wednesday evenings in 
February and March.
 
We will dig and explore with the help of a stimulating course that draws on some brilliant Protestant theologians, plus our own reason, experience and tradition...and maybe, just maybe, some fresh understandings!
 
Tim is excited and hopes you will be, too!
 
We will meet Wednesdays from 
6:30 -8:00 PM on
 March 14, 21 & 28
To sign up and for more info email