August 8, 2019
Picture of  the Week!

This Sunday, August 11 will be the last Sunday Maryann Younger our Summer Seminarian will be at St. Alban's. We have loved having her here, wish her God's blessings on her path, and will miss her greatly. She would be delighted if you wanted to stay in touch here is her contact information
Maryann D. Younger
440 W 21st Street
New York, NY 10011

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Readings of  the Week
9th Sunday
After Pentecost
August 11th
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. Holly Hoffmann will be celebrating at 8 am and 9:30 am
  • Summer Seminarian, Maryann Younger will be  preaching 8:00 am and 9:30 am.
  • The Rev. Tim Boggs will  assisting at 8 am and 9:30 am and celebrate at 5:30 pm
  • Joel Pierce is at the organ bench.
Meetings & Events
 
8/12       2nd Monday Lunch
8/18       Blood Pressure Check  
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 and Family's Formation 
Youth Group
News
High School Youth Gatherings
 
Starting on September 15, the high school youth group will resume meeting on the first and third Sundays 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.   
 
CLYNK For Pilgrims
 
Summer is here! 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 hhoffmann@stalbansmaine.org
Health Ministry

Caring for the
Caregiver Group
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Meeting changes
August 14th and 24th at 8:45 am
Look for an updated schedule starting in September for
Mondays 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 lizdavy43@gmail.com
 

Second Monday Lunch
August 12th
NOON
Join us for Good food, fellowship, music and discussions
All Are Welcome
A reminder from the
Health Ministry

Walk To END Alzheimer's
To register and for more info click here

A reminder from the
Health Ministry


A reminder from the
Health Ministry
liz blood pressure
A Professional from the Health Ministry will be available on August 18th for Blood Pressure check after the 9:30 am service.

A reminder from the
Health Ministry

Wear sunscreen everyday.

A reminder from the
Health Ministry
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These mid-August days are precious to revel in. I know I certainly cherish the steady warmth and light. Many of you are at camp or enjoying staycations in this terrific summer air. 

And yet all around us, we seem to be reminded of transitions. Our big group of high school juniors are about to become seniors, and some are touring college campuses... a big transition underway.  These past weeks have included four weddings of parish young adults; and one more beautiful couple will exchange vows Saturday in the August evening light. A life-changing transition for all involved!  
 
Also on Saturday, it will be my privilege to officiate at the celebration of the life of dear Anne who has died, and a transition of huge dimensions is underway for all who love her.

What is the constant in all transitions, beautiful and hard? God is with us.  We often don't feel equipped for transitions. We get a bit unsteady or anxious. And yet transitions are inevitable, often turning us in a new direction, toward a fresh challenge and time of life, rich if deeply changed.  
 
As the scholar wrote, "Bidden or unbidden God is with us." Karl Jung, the Swiss therapist had these words carved into his doorway so that all who came into his care would know that no matter what transitions they faced, or were trying to create, God was there. 

In my own life, and as I experience yours as a pastor, I know how easy it is to forget that we are never alone in whatever we face as individuals, families, communities or nations. We set our blinders or block our ears or build our walls in resistance to change, or simply become overwhelmed in confusion or worry. My prayer is that transitions in this season of your life, though challenging, are graced by God's tangible presence. That you see your way ahead in the light of warm August rest and the enduring hope that it is God who makes all things new.  


   

Celebrating a life...Anne Newbury
 

Anne Newbury
Saturday, August 10th
11:00 AM at Saint Alban's 
Your prayers and presence are welcome.
Reception to follow.
 
More Summer Fun
SUMMER FUN DAYS ARE HERE!

All summer we have Summer Fun Days at the 9:30 am service.

Each Sunday from June 16th-August 25th, we'll delight children ages 4 - rising 6th grade with outdoor fun & games, creative art projects, and perhaps even a friendly soccer match. We're looking for one or two families to host each Sunday - we'll help with ideas (seashell picture frames, sand art, life-size Noah's Ark) or provide your own! 
 
 
 Contact Debbie Fisher at dfisher@stalbansmaine.org to sign up.

Save the Date
Save the date: A 20s/30s Gathering on Sunday, August 18 after the 9:30 service

The 20s/30s group (or those near to!) will gather for a potluck picnic at Fort Williams Park after the 9:30 am service on Sunday, August 18. We will meet at the picnic tables near the children's playground past the pavilion, and children are invited. 

If its a rainy day, we will stay at St. Alban's. Share ideas for what you will bring here.

RSVP to the Rev. Holly Hoffmann and see her or vestry member David Stankiewicz for more information.
Safe Church
Safe Church training technical support: August 14 and 21 at 1 pm at St. Alban's. 
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 hhoffmann@stalbansmaine.org or drop hard copies to the church office.  
 
If you would like technical support with the online training modules, two support sessions being led by the Rev. Holly Hoffmann and Debbie Fisher before the program year begins on August 14 and August 21 at 1 pm. 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. Please see the Rev. Holly Hoffmann or Debbie Fisher if you have questions. 

Saint Alban's Cares
Saint Alban's Cares
Needs Care
 

One facet of the "St. Alban's Cares" ministry is cooking meals for individuals and families who need additional support during a time of illness, recovery from surgery, or after another life event, such as the birth of a child. 
We need more people to help bake and prepare these foods. If you are interested in putting your culinary skills to work to provide this kind of care for others in our community, please contact Linda Card or the Rev. Holly Hoffmann. We need more people to help with the preparation or purchase of foods for this important ministry.
 

Saint Alban's Cares
St. Elizabeth's Essentials Pantry: Helping all who come to our doors, including asylum seekers new to Maine
 
    
 
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
   
 
Item Donations will be in coat closet from now on.  
 
Household items:  large cooking pasta pots, place settings (large and small plates, soup bowls, mugs,  spoons, forks, and knives) No kitchen knives or glassware, please. Sheets and blankets (labeled with size) are also needed. 
 
Babies and children:  strollers (no car seats), shoes, children's books and dictionaries for children and youth
 
Everybody: single toothbrushes, toothpaste, bar body soap, deodorant, shampoo and French and Portugese dictionaries.
 
It would be very helpful to our volunteers if you would label your donations and put them in bags, i.e. "boys summer shirts," "women's shoes," "twin sheet set," etc.
 
If you have questions about St. Elizabeth's, please speak with Janet Gordon (who coordinates the Tuesday volunteers and the transportation of donations), Laura Tennenhouse (St. Alban's board member), or the Rev. Holly Hoffmann (the Executive Director of St. Elizabeth's).
 
Obrigado   Merci   Gracias   Shukraan   Thanks!
Click here to learn about some exciting news from St. Elizabeth's Essentials Pantry 
Family Promise Update

Greater Portland FamilyPromise: Cape Elizabeth Host Week Sign up for August 4-11 
 
Our next date to help host families through Greater Portland Family Promise is August 4-11. Sign up to volunteer during our host week:  https://signup.com/go/WLjrFqP

In order to volunteer directly with the families when they are staying at the Cape Elizabeth United Methodist Church, you need to have completed a training offered by GPFP.  There are many other roles (such as set up and meal preparation) that do not require training. 

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 Hoffmann  hhoffmann@stalbansmaine.org. To learn more about Greater Portland Family Promise, go to:  https://greaterportlandfamilypromise.org

 
Lemonade On The Lawn!
Lemonade on the Lawn is hosted by us all!
Would you like a turn?
 
Your help would be most welcome!

Hosts make lemonade (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.