October 31,  2019
Picture of  the Week!

Beautiful fall colors at Saint Alban's.
In case you didn't make it to Joel's Concert last week
Music of  the Week!
Ashoken Farewell
Message from former
Summer Seminarian
Maryann Younger
We couldn't  be happier for her!
My dear friends at St. Albans,
It is with great joy and gratitude that I share that I will be ordained to the Diaconate on the Feast of St. Thomas the Apostle, December 21, 2019 at 11:00 at Christ Church Christiana Hundred, in Wilmington Delaware.  
More details and a formal invitation will follow.  
Thank you so much for being part of my formation. 

...be kinder than necessary

Readings of  the Week!
All Saints' Day

Sermon of  the Week!
The Rev. Tom Mousin
October 27th
20th Sunday after Pentecost
Fall Back This Sunday November 3rd at 2 a.m.
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. Holly Hoffmann  preaching and celebrating at 8 am, 9:30 am and celebrating at 5:30 pm
  • The Rev. Timothy Boggs will be off recovering from a successful hip surgery
  • Joel Pierce is at the organ bench.
Meetings & Events
10/31     Happy and Safe Halloween 
11/3       Time to Fall Back Clocks  
11/3       Parish Breakfast
11/3       Dedication Sunday
11/3       Youth Group
11/13      Rite 13 
11/3       Heartsavers 
11/3       All Saints Rembrances 
11/3       Music In The Morning
11/4       Caregivers 
11/5       St.E's  Essentials Pantry
11/10     St. Alban's Cares Ministry 
11/11      Office Closed
11/12      2nd Monday Lunch 
11/13      Book Discussion/ Rev. Holly  
11/17      Blood Pressure Check
11/17      ANGEL cards ready for you 
11/24      Celery Sunday  
12/1        Advent Wreath Making
12/2        Angel Card Gifts Due  
12/5        Celtic Music Concert
12/7        St. Alban's Cleanup / 8 am 
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
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 Durgin 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.

Health Ministry

Caring for the
Caregiver Group

Next meeting is
November 4th

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
2nd Monday Lunch  
(on Tuesday this month) 
November 12th  
at Noon
St. Alban's provides soup, bread, music and fellowship that is good for body and soul. All are welcome. 
A reminder from your  
Health Ministry 

A reminder from the
Health Ministry

A Health Ministry Professional will be on hand to
check your blood pressure on
November 17th
after morning services

A reminder from the
Health Ministry
Knit and Stitch Resumes!
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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This Sunday, November 3rd is All Saints & Dedication Sunday.  
In this special service, we remember those personal saints who have shaped, inspired, and framed our lives. Also, we turn our reflections towards our future together. We bring support to the church for the new year as pledges of time and talent and treasure to God's ongoing work at St. Alban's. Each of these elements provide the means by which we pursue our life together, one that reflects God's healing, wholeness, and love. Our pledge cards are offered at the altar at Communion, reflecting the prayerful way in which we have discerned the many ways we are called as individuals to participate in our common life as a church.  
I invite you to participate in this tradition, one that reflects our gratitude for the past and the present as well as our hope for the future.   
Yours in Christ,

Stewardship Update
This Sunday we are continuing our tradition of Dedication Sunday during our All Saints' Day celebration.   
Once again, we invite you to honor your saints who have made a difference in your life, as you make a pledge of time, talent, and treasure to St. Alban's for 2020.  
We will all bring our pledge cards, reflecting our stewardship offerings, to the altar at Communion. We celebrate the gifts God has given us as we honor the saints of our lives!  If you won't be present on Dedication Sunday, you can drop your pledge card in the collection plate at any other service, deliver it to the parish office, or mail it.
As you consider your pledge for 2020, we invite you to read recent emails from the Stewardship Committee, and take a look at some additional information on stewardship and pledging on our  website .  You'll find Father Tim's stewardship sermon here , as well as affirmations from members of our parish family.   You can also pledge online .
We are grateful for the ongoing and generous contributions of our parish family in support of all the good works of St. Alban's ministries.
Faithfully yours, 
Your Stewardship Committee

Nominations Open Now
St. Alban's Episcopal Church
Parish Leadership
Nomination & Election Process

Our vestry nomination box is now available in Bonoff Hall for your nominations. Please be sure to submit your nominations by Nov 13. You may nominate someone you feel has gifts to bring to serving on the vestry or you may nominate yourself if you feel called to this unique ministry.
A commitment to democracy is an important part of governance in the Episcopal Church.
This commitment is embodied as follows: Our national church is led by a triennial General Convention consisting of two houses: the House of Bishops and the House of Deputies. The House of Deputies consists of elected deputies, lay and clergy, from each diocese. The General Convention sets church standards, plans and budget.  The Diocese of Maine is led by our elected Bishop and our annual Diocesan Convention with delegates elected from every Parish. The Convention elects Diocesan officers and committees and approves an annual budget.
 For more information click here.

200th Convention Update
200th Convention of the Diocese of Maine

Click here to read Bishop Brown's Address given at the Cathedral last Saturday.

For a summary of other business conducted at Diocesan Convention and for links to the videos of Convention and of highlights from the Formal Seating of the Tenth Bishop of Maine, visit: this website .

Here is a link to the Highlights from the Ordination and Consecration of the Tenth Bishop of Maine

Thank you, delegates who served at the Diocesan Convention on behalf of St. Alban's: Lisa Leighton, Tim Queeney, Lynne Lovett, Robert Stoddard, and Anne Sedlack.  We greatly appreciate your service and your commitment to our church.  The Episcopal Church's governance functions because of the commitment of people like you.

Pageant Update

Christmas Pageant Cast & Volunteer Sign Up  
Is Open.  

Calling all angels, shepherds, innkeepers, travelers and royalty: sign-up for the 2019 Christmas Pageant begins Sunday, October 27th! All children, ages 4 - 6th grade, are welcome to be part of this cherished St. Alban's tradition. (Youth are encouraged to participate, too!)  
The Pageant will be presented during the Family Service on Sunday, December 15th at the 9:30 am service. Be part of the greatest story ever told! Contact Debbie Fisher at dfisher@stalbansmaine.org for more information.
Be Prepared with CPR Training
Heartsavers and CPR Courses at St. Alban's - 
an invitation for all to feel prepared to respond at home or in the community.

You are invited to sign up for one of the classes below.


Sunday, November 3rd    10:45 am - 12:45 pm    BCLS certification
Sunday, November 3rd    3:30 - 5:15 pm    Heartsavers

The courses are brought to you by the Cape Elizabeth Public Safety/Rescue and the St. Alban's Health Ministry. Please sign up on via e-mail at events@stalbansmaine.org .
An invitation from Reverend Holly
November 13th

An Invitation from the Rev. Holly+ 
to read and discuss
The Hundred Story Home
Kathy Izard
I invite you to join me this fall in reading her book and for a discussion
at St. Alban's on
Wednesday, November 13th
at 6:30 - 8 pm.
For more information on the book and author click here

RSVP please to Holly

Dessert will be provided.

Saint Alban's Cares
November 10th

St. Alban's Cares

A group of parishioners and clergy working together in the St. Alban's community to see  that no  one is forgotten in this busy world
We Offer
  • Meals in times of transition or difficulty
  • Rides to medical appointments, church or other needs
  • Home or hospital visits, including Holy Communion, if desired
If you  are  interested in volunteering, or if you  or a loved one desire support, please call the church office  at 799-4014 during business hours
St. Alban's Cares Coordinators

Peggy and Ogden Williams
Linda  Card,  Lynne Lovett
Home Visits
Grace Kimball, Audrey Delafield
Frank  Governali
Caregiver Support Group
Liz Davy

Be An Angel ... November 17th

The Root Cellar
Angel Project
Coming November 17th
Once again, St. Alban's has the privilege of partnering with the Root Cellar in their mission to meet the spiritual needs of inner-city youth and their families in Portland's East End communities.
Beginning Sunday, November 17th, you will see the Angel Tree set up in Bonoff Hall with tags that include the names, ages, and wish lists for more than 50 children of Root Cellar families.
Please note: Your gifts will be due back to St. Alban's by, December 1st

Self Care for All
at Saint Alban's morning YOGA
A Perfect Way  
To Start Your Day!
Yoga at St. Alban's
All levels & all ages  
"A perfect way to start your day, Holly is so kind and gentle in her direction and understands each persons' needs. " - Karen, a participant
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.
 Sign up today.  The cost for each 4-week session is $60.
To sign up, Click here and then bring a check payable to St. Alban's for $60 to the office at St. Alban's. Note in the memo line that the check is for yoga class.   

November 24th, Celery Sunday

You can't have Thanksgiving stuffing without celery?

Which is why the Root Cellar has asked St. Albans' to provide 100 bunches of fresh, whole stalk celery (to help stock the Thanksgiving baskets they provide for their families.  Thank you for your help!
Just place one or two bunches of celery in the cooler on November 24th, at all service and we will deliver it to the Root Cellar.  Thank you!

Celtic Concert

Please purchase tickets at this website:
for questions or more info email: 

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.  
Your Clynk returnables helps the Pilgrims too. Bags are always available in Bonoff Hall. Thank you. 
Help the 2020 Pilgrims.