May 2, 2019
Picture of  the Week!

This Sunday support our on-going, loving relationship with St. Luc's School in Trou du Nord, Haiti.
Readings of  the Week
3rd Sunday of Easter
May 5th
Music of  the Week
This Joyful Eastertide - King's College Cambridge   
 
Clergy and Music
 This Sunday .
  • The Rev. Tim Boggs will be  preaching at 8 a.m. and 9:30 am and celebrating at 5:30 pm
  • The Rev. Holly Hoffman will be celebrating at the 8 am and 9:30 am. Reflecting at 5:30 pm
  • Jim Strand is on the organ bench.

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

Meetings & Events  

5/4        Sacred Stroll  
5/5        Celtic Eventide Supper  
5/5        Family Service  
5/5        Parish Breakfast
5/5        Haiti Bazaar 
5/12      Mother's Day
5/13      2nd Monday Lunch 
5/15      Jim Strand with Gratitude 
 
St. Alban's Podcasts:
A Nourishing Word
Missed a sermon?  Want to listen to a certain preacher, date or week ? You can find them on our website. But now we have a new offering:

Introducing our Podcast channel called
A Nourishing Word.
 
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  
Focusing on God at work in our lives through service and formation.

Debbie Fisher,  
Director of Children's and Family Formation 
Youth Group
News
High School Youth Gatherings
The St. Alban's Youth Group will meet this  
Sunday, May 5  3:30 - 5 pm
 
Our usual meetings for fun, food, fellowship, and prayer are on the first and third Sundays of each month at 3:30 - 5 pm. 
 
This month that is May 5 and May 19. We are planning a high school youth group "Lock In" overnight for either Friday, May 31 or Saturday, June 1. Please let us know which date works best for your family and return the permission slip by Sunday, May 26 to the Rev. Holly Hoffmann so the correct amount of food and snacks can be purchased.  
 
The adults involved with leading the high school youth group are the Rev. Holly Hoffmann, Anne Sedlack, and Peter Durgin.  
   
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   
 
Health Ministry


All Are Welcome!
May 8th 10:30 am
Caring for the
Caregiver Group
 To learn more about this upcoming opportunity, please contact Liz Davy at lizdavy43@gmail.com

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May 9th
Plan on attending this special event for Caregivers


Scott Simon from NPR Weekend edition will be speaking on May 9th at Hannaford Hall, USM about
"A Resilient Spirit: Living and Caregiving Through the End of Life'
For more information at
or 207-289-3643


May 13th
2nd Monday Lunch
Noon to 1 PM
Good for your body and soul.

A reminder from your
Health Ministry
liz blood pressure
May 19th
Blood Pressure Screening
After 9:30 service

A reminder from your
Health Ministry


A reminder from your
Health Ministry
Contemplative Stitching
Contemplative Stitching
All are welcome
Any level of handwork
quilting, embroidery anything.
9 am - 10 am
Every 2nd and 4th Friday
of the month at St. Alban's

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As you may have noticed, I just took ten days off.
I enjoyed myself. We took in museums and shows. I saw new things and old. I slept late, and had dinner out and smooth travel with good friends and my beloved.    
 
And then I came home and found this wisdom from the brilliant N.T. Wright in my in-box:
 
Easter week ought not to be the time when all the clergy sigh with relief and go on holiday. It ought to be an eight-day festival, with champagne served after Morning Prayer or even before, with lots of alleluias and extra hymns and spectacular anthems.
 
Oops. Maybe I've screwed up.  
 
Maybe I left town just as the show should have begun right here. No foreign travel required. You see, Easter is still with us with all its joyous, generative possibilities. Let's claim it.  
 
Eastertide...this odd and wonderful season, illuminates God's gift of new life for us.  Take it on! I t might just give you a bushel of new possibilities, new hopes, new ventures and capacities you never dreamed of.  
 
It might bring something of resurrection into your innermost life. It might help you wake up in a whole new way.  
 
And that's what Easter is all about. Easter may or may not offer champagne in the morning, but it guarantees a refreshment of infinite more power all day long.
 
Alleluia,
 
  
The Rev. Tim Boggs 
Connect With God In Nature
Sacred Stroll:
Connecting with God in Nature:
Saturday, May 4, 
9 - 11 am 

Walking prayer and conversation with moments of quiet reflection; an opportunity to connect with God through nature and one another through contemplative moments of poetry, prayer, silence, and creative individual and group activities. This is the first event of a series of outings that will be offered once a season. For more information and to RSVP click here.

Family Service - May 5th
Family Service on the  
First Sunday in May!  
   
As part of our commitment to have children be familiar and comfortable with our rich liturgy, we're pleased to offer the third family service of the 2018-2019  church year.  
 
Children and youth will serve on Sunday, May 5th at the 9:30 am service, as we highlight our on-going, loving relationship with St. Luc's School in Trou du Nord, Haiti. Child friendly sermon and hymns, fishing for people ... and perhaps even a dinghy, too! Plan to come - it will be fun!

Music and a Celebration
Haiti Spring Fundraiser
Spring Fundraiser for St. Luc's School in Haiti. 
Unfortunately, political unrest forced the cancellation of our annual winter trip to St. Luc's School in Trou du Nord, Haiti ... but not our continued love for our sister parish and school. We remain committed to fulfill our obligation to help fund teachers' salaries and modest improvement projects to the school's restroom facility. The recent civil uprising has made an extreme need even more dire.   
On May 5th and May 12th, please visit the Haiti Marketplace in Bonoff Hall and give generously to help support our friends at St. Luc's.  
 
Eventide Spring Supper
May 5th please plan to join the Eventide community for a Spring Supper of soup and salad and conversation.

As we have done many times, we will gather around the large table for a casual time of reflection on our worship life together. Please bring your appreciation for what you love about Eventide and also any refinements or suggestions for continued improvement of the service.

What has made this unique gathering so rewarding each week has been that we each bring ourselves to it. We bring our bodies and hearts and prayers and  voices, and our delight in its comfort and stimulating rhythms. And we all work to  keep it alive and fresh.

Our casual suppers are part of this practice and I certainly hope you will plan to join me and Holly+ and the Eventide leaders for Spring Supper on May 5th immediately followers the service!

 
 
Helping made even easier
Coffee Hour is hosted by church members.
Your help would be most welcome!
Hosts make coffee (supplied by the church), provide cookies, coffee cake or something similar, cream, and their time on the scheduled Sunday morning.

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.

Yoga at St. Alban's:
Yoga Benefits Mind, Body, Spirit
And Community
Yoga at St. Alban's: Wednesdays
in June, 
9:30-10:45 am  
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.

Holly Hofmann (a local yoga teacher and not our Associate Rector) is a compassionate yoga teacher who encourages patience, humor and kindness as the body naturally unfolds.  She was certified in 1998 and has taught in a range of settings: universities, corporations, public and private schools, churches, gyms, and studios.  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 ktucker@stalbansmaine.org  and then bring a check payable to St. Alban's for $60 to the office at St. Alban's by the end of May. Note in the memo line that the check is for yoga class. 

Registration now open
www.stalbansmaine.org
 
Family Promise
  
Our next
host date
for Greater Portland Family Promise is May 12-19.

You can sign up here.
 

Please join us in this important ministry, which helps families to stay together during a period of temporary homelessness. If you have completed the GPFP training, you can sign up for any role. If you have not completed the training, you can sign up to help to prepare food or with set up or clean up.
In order to volunteer directly with the families, you need to have completed a training offered by GPFP.  

In May, GPFP will be offering a new training that they are calling Volunteer Training 2.0. The training will be offered on Saturday, May 4 from 9:30am-12pm at HopeGateWay. Please consider attending if you are an active and already trained volunteer for the Family Promise ministry at St. Alban's and are looking for ways to go deeper in helping to support families experiencing homeless in our greater Portland area community.  

If you have questions about this life-changing ministry, please speak with the Reve. Holly Hoffmann hhoffmann@stalbansmaine.org or David Klimkowski posattitude@earthlink.net