September 5, 2019
Picture of  the Week!

This Sunday!
All are welcome and there is room for everyone!
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 will be  preaching  at 8 am, 9:30 am and 5:30 pm
  • The Rev. Holly Hoffmann will be celebrating at 8 am, 9:30 am and 5:30 pm
  • Joel Pierce is at the organ bench. Chancel Choir returns with Jennifer Bates, soprano
Meetings & Events

9/5         Choir/Bells rehearsal begins   
9/8         Children's Formation Starts 
9/8         Homecoming
9/8         Parish Breakfast Returns
9/9         Feasting on the Word begins 
9/9         2nd Monday Lunch  
9/14       Preble Street 
9/15       Blood Pressure Check
9/15       Rite 13 at the 9:30 service starts
9/15       Youth Group Starts/3:30-5 pm    
9/17       Book Club meets  
10/6       Parish Breakfast
10/13     Celtic Supper
10/14     2nd Monday Lunch
10/14     Office closed  
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 : Beginning 9/15  
grades 7th- 8th 
Meeting the first and third Sundays of the month  
Youth Formation for 7th and 8th Graders (Rite 13) starts Sunday, September 15 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
September 15 is our first meeting of the high school youth group for the new program year.  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

CLYNK For Pilgrims
Please take a St. Alban's Clynk bag for your returnables to your home or camp to support St. Alban's youth. Money collected through the Clynk bags from St. Alban's go to support the High School Youth Pilgrimage in the Summer of 2020.
How it works
When the bags are full, bring them directly to a Hannaford Grocery Store, scan the bag's tag, and know your donation is then credited to our Clynk account.
(Please do not bring full Clynk bags to the church.)

If you have questions, please see our Associate Rector and high school youth group leader The Rev. Holly Hoffmann
Health Ministry

Caring for the
Caregiver Group
Meeting change
September 9th at 9am and then
 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

Join the team to help fight Alzheimer's.

 I am walking in the Alzheimer's Walk to end Alzheimer's on
Saturday, September 28th
at Payson Park.

       I invite you to walk with me and/or donate to my team which is Liz Davy.

Search by my name.

Walk September 28th

 September 9th at Noon
A reminder from the
Health Ministry

Wear Sunscreen
A reminder from the
Health Ministry

Blood Pressure Screening
September 15th after the 9:30 am service
A reminder from the
Health Ministry

Note: Ticks in the Fall are still very active - still looking for a warm place.
A reminder from the
Health Ministry
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Read a Psalm with me, please! 
Psalm 100, a favorite of many. Let's read it aloud...
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness;
come into his presence with singing.
Know that the Lord is God.
It is he that made us, and we are his;[a]
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
 and his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him, bless his name.
For the Lord is good;
 his steadfast love endures forever...
This Sunday we claim as Homecoming, and we return to church with a refreshed spirit after our summer wanderings.
And this year we are indeed going to be making a joyful noise!
  • At 9:30 our Chancel Choir returns with its new director Joel Pierce, and will be joined by the delightful visiting soprano Jennifer Bates in solo and with the choir. 
  •  At Eventide...a real Homecoming as all four of our regular musicians are joined and our wandering cellist Shannon Allen, coming home.
  • And at 8:00 o'clock we gather in early light and quiet to share our thanks and praise.
See you in church! Many blessings.

This Sunday!

Parish Breakfast returns this Sunday,
September 8th after 9:30 am service

Everyone is welcome.
Bible Study with Tim...
still room for you!

Safe Church

Being Safe Church Trained is required by the Diocese of Maine for all clergy, paid church staff, regular pastoral visitors, Eucharistic Ministers and Visitors, Worship Leaders, and adults who supervise children and youth on and off church premises. 
Safe Church certification remains current for 4 years and can be completed fully online and at home. Click here for directions for both Part A and Part B.  
Send completed certificates to or drop hard copies to the church office.  
If you would like technical support with the online training modules, contact  Debbie Fisher or the Rev. Holly Hoffmann. The training takes about 3 hours to complete, if done in one sitting. It is recommended, though, that you complete the training over several sessions.

St. Alban's Gives Back
Can You Help?
Will You Help Us?
From "Preble Street Today"; Summer 2019:  Driven by our mission, Preble Street has a 45-year history of filling service gaps, meeting urgent needs, and working collaboratively to provide opportunity and hope for our vulnerable neighbors.

For many years, Saint Alban's has been a collaborative partner by making and serving the noon meal for 250 people on the second Saturday of each month. 

We start cooking at 10, serve at noon and are cleaned up and finished by 1:15.

Saturday, September 14th is our next opportunity.

 Would you like to be a part of the team?  Adults and children who are 13 years or older are very welcome.  If you are interested or would like more information, please email Louise Sullivan ( or Nancy Shablom (

St. Alban's Gives Back
Can You Help?
St. Elizabeth's Essentials Pantry: Helping all who come to our doors
 Thank you for labeling your donations  
(as pictured above).
Help our neighbors in need! You can help support the work of St. Elizabeth's Essentials Pantry by direct donations of these items that they purchase to distribute to those living in need in Greater Portland. You can find their Amazon Wishlist here  
St. Elizabeth's top three needs for donated items this week are:
1) large bath towels / beach towels 
2) bed sheets and blankets or comforters (label with size)
3) winter coats and boots (no other winter clothing yet; please put coats and boots in a separate bag and label the donation as "winter coats," etc.)
Donations are left in coat closet from now on.  
If you would like to help with the Monday set up of St. Elizabeth's from 9-11 am, please contact the Rev. Holly Hoffmann Thank you!
Family Promise Update

Dear Friends of Family Promise,
Our host week was fabulous! Would you like a peek inside? Read about our host week, by clicking here  
To join or if you have questions about this life-changing ministry at St. Alban's, please speak with David Klimkowski or The Rev. Holly Hoffmann To learn more about Greater Portland Family Promise, go to:

Coffee Hour Volunteers

We need Coffee Hour volunteers!
Your help would be most welcome!

Detailed information is provided to hosts well in advance.

We now use this link to schedule coffee hour! Simply click this link to find an available Sunday that fits your schedule.
For your well-being
Yoga for all
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. The next 4-week session begins on September 25 and will meet 9/25, 10/2, 10/9, and 10/30 and beyond.  The cost for each 4 week session is $60.
Holly Hofmann  (a local   yoga   teacher and not our Associate Rector) is a compassionate, experienced and certified    yoga  teacher who encourages patience, humor and kindness as the body naturally unfolds.   
The contemplative practices of yoga can bring an inner calm and peace to daily life.  Or as poet Galway Kinnell so beautifully expresses, a form of "self-blessing" --- "The bud stands for all things, for everything flowers, from within, of self-blessing".  
To sign up, email  and then bring a check payable to St. Alban's for $60 to the office at St. Alban's by Sunday, September 22. Note in the memo line that the check is for yoga class.  

Save the date! All are Welcome!
You are invited!
Celtic Eventide Supper!
Soup, Salad, Bread provided.
October 13th  
after 5:30 pm Service.