January 2, 2020
Picture of  the Week!


This Sunday we will be celebrating The Feast of the Epiphany. All are welcome to share special music and liturgy.

Celtic Eventide
Music Ensemble!
In case you missed the concert on December 5th
Readings of  the Week!
Feast of the Epiphany
Worship Schedule

Sunday
  • 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
      
 
Monday
  • 5:00 pm Centering Prayer
Clergy and Music
 This Sunday .
  • The Rev. Tim Boggs will be preaching 8 am and 9:30 am and  5:30 pm 
  • The Rev. Holly Hoffmann be celebrating at 8 am and 9:30 am and  5:30 pm 
  •  Joel Pierce is at the organ bench.
Meetings & Events
1/5          Long John Sunday AND 1/12  
1/5          Music In The Morning
1/5          Parish Breakfast
1/6          Caregivers meeting 
1/8          20's, 30's+ meeting
1/12        Long John Sunday EXTENDED  
1/12        Children's Programs resume  1/12        Treble Choir begins
1/13        2nd Monday Lunch
1/14        Vestry  
1/19        Blood Pressure Screening 
1/26        Annual Meeting 
 
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: hhoffmann@stalbansmaine.org 
 
Contact Debbie Fisher, Director of Children and Family's Formation, for all other programs listed above:  
Youth Group
News
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 hhoffmann@stalbansmaine.org.

 
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

January 13th
Noon - 1:30 pm

All are welcome for some soul warming soup and conversation.

A reminder from the
Health Ministry
liz blood pressure
Have your blood pressure checked by a Health Ministry Professional.
January 19th
After both morning services

All are welcome for some soul warming soup and conversation.

A reminder from the
Health Ministry


Caring for the
Caregiver Group
Next meeting
1/6 and 1/20

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

Take these steps to prevent the spread of illness this flu season: 
  • Wash your hands
  • Cover your cough
  • Stay home when you're sick
  • Get vaccinated
More information here

A reminder from the
Health Ministry
Knit and Stitch
 Contemplative
Knit/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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A Blessing for the New Year
by John O'Donohue
 
When the canvas frays
In the currach of thought
And a stain of ocean
Blackens beneath you,
May there come across the waters
A path of yellow moonlight
To bring you safely home.

May the nourishment of the earth be yours,
May the clarity of light be yours,
May the fluency of the ocean be yours,
May the protection of the ancestors be yours.

And so may a slow
Wind work these words
Of love around you,
An invisible cloak
To mind your life.    
Warming
St Luke's Warming Center for Asylum Seekers Needs Your Help!

As you may be aware, the city of Portland has had a recent influx of asylum seekers and refugees. Food and overnight shelter are covered. However, the city has been struggling to find warming centers, where they could gather during the day and has asked if St. Luke's could help. The warming centers will continue until the guests have found permanent housing. For more information click here.
  
Save the Date, Annual Meeting
Whether you attend the 8:00 service, 9:30 service or Celtic Eventide service, please come be a part of the annual meeting, Sunday, January 26th at 11:00 AM.

Help us honor our wonderful community and the good works we strive to do. Hear about the all that is going on at St. Alban's and learn about our finances and the foundation they provide for all we do. Be a part of electing new vestry members and leaders, planning for the future we want for St. Alban's.

Let us hear from you.

As you know from the special reports our Senior Warden Sara Merrill and Rector Tim Boggs sent to you in spring, summer and fall 2019, plans have been underway for this winter's capital campaign. The fall report, sent to you right before Thanksgiving, is linked here. Watch for more news soon after Christmas, with a formal launch of the campaign right after our annual meeting in January.  
 
In the meantime, quiet work continues! And, as always, our leadership welcomes you being part of everything that happens at St. Alban's. So, if you have a thought, a dream or a suggestion, now or at any point in this exciting project, please write to Tim directly at tboggs@stalbansmaine.org 
If you'd like your thought to be kept confidential, it will be.  
 
As the committees and staff continue their planning work, there will be continual opportunity for your input in public and private settings. Please don't be shy!
Family Promise
Helping Others in the New Year through Family Promise
 
Greater Portland Family Promise (GPFP) is one of our Outreach ministries, which supports families as they are experiencing a time of homelessness. GPFP has helped just under 30 families find permanent housing in its first two years of existence in our area. 
 
Our next Family Promise Host Week is January 26-February 2. In order to serve directly with families, you need to have completed a training led by GPFP. The next training before our host week is:  Saturday, January 4, 9:00am-12:00pm Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodford Street, Portland. No pre-registration is required. 
 
To join or if you have questions about this life-changing ministry at St. Alban's, please speak with David Klimkowski posattitude@earthlink.net or The Rev. Holly hhoffmann@stalbansmaine.org
 
To learn more about Greater Portland Family Promise, go to: https://greaterportlandfamilypromise.org 

 Perpetual Resting Places in St. Alban's Memorial Graden
St. Alban's sustains a beautiful columbarium in our Memorial Garden. These are granite niches set into our fine stone walls, and they provide safe and secure homes for the remains of loved ones, placed in urns behind engraved family plaques. Our garden is consecrated ground, set aside in perpetuity for worship. celebration and the honoring of life, love and Christina hope.  
 
There are several niches available for purchase for the current fee of $1600. A 50% deposit is requested. In 2020 the parish will begin to ask $2000, the more common cost of a columbarium niche. If you would like to reserve a niche or learn more about the Memorial Garden email stalbans@stalbansmaine.org   
 
 
 
For more information click here 

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Parish Breakfast This Sunday
January 5th

Join us for a  Parish Breakfast
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!
   
LONG JOHN SUNDAY EXTENDED TO
JANUARY 12TH
Long John Sunday, January 12th
Once again, the crew from the St. Elizabeth's Jubilee Center ministry at the Essentials Pantry is collecting brand new long underwear and socks to keep our neighbors who come from far off ports of call warm this winter.   
While supplies are fresh in local stores, please purchase a package or two of thermal or insulated tops and bottoms, or socks for women, children or men. Our Essential Pantry neighbors come in all sizes, so any size or gender are welcome!   
There are alternatives for you 
*Donate "pieces of eight" by writing a check: made out to St. Alban's Episcopal Church with "Long John Sunday" written on the memo line 
*Order online 
Drop off your purchases in the Treasure Chest at church during the next weeks.  On "Long John Sunday," January 12, 2020, our gifts will be received, blessed and sent on their warming way! 
 
Merci   Obrigado   Gracias  
Botondi mingi   Shukraan
An Invitation To Help

I n June 2020 our high school youth are taking a pilgrimage to The El Camino de Santiago de Compostela (The Way of St. James). We will hike more than 100 kilometers through the spiritually rich and beautiful countryside of Galician Spain. We will walk on holy ground, behold sacred shrines, and experience timeless works of art regarded as the most awe-inspiring and important of the world while we renew our commitment to the roots of our Christian faith. Approximately half of the cost of this experience will be funded by the family and the other half the Pilgrims will fundraise within our parish and the wider community. This is a significant financial commitment on behalf of our families and will be difficult for some. 

Would you consider funding a $500 scholarship towards the cost for one of our youth? Scholarship donors will have their name written on one of the shells associated with this historic pilgrimage, and we will carry you with us, literally and spiritually, as we make this journey. Please let the Rev. Holly Hoffmann if you would like to sponsor a scholarship ( hhoffmann@stalbansmaine.org).  Your generosity will help create a once in a lifetime experience of Christian formation for one of our youth.  Thank you for your support!

Saint Alban's Cares
 
 

Treble Choir Begins January 12th
Beginning January 12, 2020, the St. Alban's Treble Choir will begin to meet after Sunday  
services for short rehearsals and continue singing together in song. I invite all children from St. Alban's and from the community, grades 1 - 6, to join us. Information can be found below.
 
Start Date: January 12, 2020
Season: September - Pentecost
Rehearsal Length: After church until ~11:30 am
Curriculum: The Royal School of Music (America)
The curriculum of the RSCM is used in both small churches and cathedral music programs alike. It provides youthful singers with the tools they need to find and master their singing voices, all while singing the rich repertoire of the church. All materials needed are provided by St. Alban's.
Purpose:
The purpose of this treble choir is to sing! It exists to encourage our youth to offer their voices and lead in our worship. From time to time, the treble choir will lead us in hymn-singing and offer anthems of their very own. They will also collaborate with our adult chancel choir and bell choir, becoming an integral part of music at St. Alban's.  

 
 
 
 
 
To register, please email: