June 6, 2019
Picture of  the Week!

Normandy Cemetery  

Readings of  the Week
Day Of Pentecost
June 9th
Sermon of the Week  
The Rev. Holly Hoffmann 
Sermon from the 7th week of  Easter June 2nd 
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  celebrating  at 8 am and preaching at 8 am, 9:30 am and 5:30 pm.
  • The Rev. Holly Hoffman will be celebrating at 9:30 am and at 5:30 pm
  • Jim Strand is on the organ bench for the last time.
  • Maryanne Younger our Summer Seminarian assiting

This Sunday we celebrate our dear Music Director Jim Strand as he retires from our organ bench and the directing of our choir.  
We will laugh and sing together and give Jim a special send-off.
Meetings & Events  

6/8        Preble Street  
6/9        Teacher Appreciation 
6/10      2nd Monday Lunch 
6/12      Yoga 
6/14      Last Knitting Group until Fall
6/16      Joel Pierce on the organ bench
6/16      Father's Day  
6/16      Blood Pressure Check  
6/19      Yoga
6/19       Caregiver Meeting 
6/22       Consecration of Bishop  
6/26      Yoga
7/4         July 4th / 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 : 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
High School Youth Gatherings
Our second meeting of June will be going to a diocesan youth event on Saturday, June 22 in celebration of the consecration of our new bishop. The diocese has put together an amazing experience: watch party, fun and games, "lock in" (meaning overnight), and then worship on Sunday to hear our Presiding Bishop preach live at Ocean Park (Yes, he's the preacher from the Royal Wedding!).
  Our usual meetings for fun, food, fellowship, and prayer are on the first and third Sundays of each month at 3:30 - 5 pm.
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 hhoffmann@stalbansmaine.org.   
Health Ministry

All are welcome on
June 10th at Noon

Wear sunscreen every time you go outside .
A reminder from the
Health Ministry

A health Professional will be here on June 16th after the 9:30 am service
A reminder from your
Health Ministry
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In Holly's sermon last Sunday she called us to wonder about Jesus' invitation to live as one. She shared how hard it can be to live into the love of God, accepting it as an awesome gift and then sharing it as our own gift.
Holly reminded us that in Jesus' last prayer with the disciples we are all invited into a relationship in Him and he in us .  All the pronouns and the direction of the flow of love, as described in Jesus' words may seem complicated...but as Holly taught us, it's really quite simple and hopeful.
It involves understanding ourselves as one with God and one with each other in our love, sacred love.
As we've all noticed, today is the 75 th anniversary of the landing on the Normandy beaches. In watching the veterans and the images, I am struck anew by the awesome power of sacrificing to be one. In this case of course, the sacrifices to be one people were tragic and made in dreadful violence and pain. And yet, their common purpose was to halt one of the greatest expressions of evil in history.
Setting aside any debate on "just war," I found myself watching the news coverage in awe of the human sacrifices, while thinking about the possibility of peoples being one to confront the pain and troubles of our world. What, as our preacher asked us, if we could harness the power of love, live into it, and make it known?
We pray for an end to war, of course. In some ways it is our first and continual prayer.
And we pray for the power of being one with each other and our God on this earth. We know a bit about it, don't we?   
The Rev. Timothy Boggs
Camp St. Alban's
Registration closing soon,  space is limited, please visit our website for more information  
and to sign up.
More Summer Fun

With the arrival of summer comes the arrival of 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! 
Hosts needed on June 23rd, July 7th, August 11th, and August 25th. Contact Debbie Fisher @ dfisher@stalbansmaine.org to sign up.

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.
Welcome To St. Alban's
To all our newcomers and our returning summer season folks welcome, we are so glad you are here.
An Invitation
An invitation to Confirmation for
Adults and Teens!
St. Alban's is preparing for summer Confirmation classes for those adults and teens who wish to:
  • deepen their belief,
  • engage more fully in the Episcopal tradition, and
  • freshen their commitment by a renewed understanding of  Christian faith.
Associate Rector the Rev. Holly Hoffmann and Seminarian Maryann Younger will lead this series of classes this summer.
Confirmation is an expression of mature commitment, through study, prayer, and dialogue. Confirmation is a sacred offering of the church and is blessed by the bishop's prayers and hands. Confirmation is also for those who have been confirmed in another Christian denomination and wish to join more fully in the Episcopal understanding. Those from other denominations are "Received" into the Episcopal Church through the confirmation study. They, too, are blessed by the bishop. The date for the service of Confirmation has not yet been set.
If you are not baptized and are interested in being baptized, please let us know. This Confirmation class may be for you. Baptism and Confirmation are not just for young folks! You are welcome and there's room for everyone!
To sign up, please RSVP to Maryann at myounger@stalbansmaine.org by June 16, speak with one of us, or sign up on the clipboard in Bonoff Hall to get your name on the class list.
We are looking forward to walking with you as your faith deepens, your knowledge increases, and your affirmation of faith is confirmed.

St. Alban's Gives Back
Saturday, June 9 
St. Alban's Serves Lunch at Preble Street

The St. Alban's Preble Street Crew always welcomes new volunteers to help cook and serve a nourishing lunch to Portland's homeless population.  Our next opportunity is  Saturday, June 9 at 10 a.m.  If you are 13 or older and would like to help please contact Fr. Tim at the church or Louise Sullivan  at rsullivan1@maine.rr.com; 207-400-6998.

We need your help and would love to meet you.

Summer Is Here

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