November 29, 2018      
Picture of  the Week!
Thank you all!
 St. Alban's has another bountiful Angel Tree.  
Music of  the Week
We begin our Advent Hymns
Creator of the Stars of Night  
In case you missed it...
Homily of  the Week!
The  Rev. David Illingworth 
The Last Sunday After Pentecost 
November 25th sermon
Readings of  the Week!
The First Sunday in Advent
December 2nd
 
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. Tim Boggs will celebrating at 8 am, 9:30 am and at 5:30 pm.
  • The Rev. Holly Clark will be Preaching at 8 am and 9:30 am and assisting at 5:30 pm
  • Jim Strand is on the organ bench.
Meetings & Events  


12/2      Rectory Carol Sing
12/2      Wreath Making
12/8      Preble Street
12/10    2nd Monday Lunch
12/13    Holly Ordination
12/14    Contemplative Knitting Group
12/16    Pageant

Root Cellar Angel Tree 
 
Thank you to all the angels who donated to a child from our Root Cellar Angel Tree. The gifts arrived and we had quite a load to deliver to the Root Cellar. We provided for over 100
of our neighbors' children. Thank you again from the families, and Root Cellar.
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.



Peace,
Katie Holicky, Minister for Children and Families
Youth Group
News
 
High School Youth
Gatherings
Youth Group This Sunday
 
The St. Alban's High School Youth Group meets this Sunday for fun, food, formation, and fellowship from 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.   
 
The adults involved with leading the high school youth group are the Rev. Holly Clark, 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 Clark at hclark@stalbansmaine.org.   
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Health Ministry
December 10th at Noon
Lunch with the Rev. Holly Clark
All are welcome to join.

Have you blood pressure screened by one of our Health Professionals on
December 16th
after 9:30 am service.

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A reminder from your
Health Ministry.
A reminder from your
Health Ministry.
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This Sunday is the first of the Advent season, those four short weeks before Christmas.  
 
Advent is a season of anticipation, but also of proclamation. Week by week we light the candles of the Advent wreath not as a talisman against the darkness, but as testimony to the Light.  
 
It was Isaiah who saw the Light and proclaimed it in a vision of a world where the darkness of hostility and isolation are overcome by good common work and genuine hope, a sacred world that belongs not to darkness, but to God and God's people.

In such a world, there is no need to prepare for God's coming; God is already here. Advent is about our paying of attention to this truth. We are ready.

Come, live into the light!

I look forward to sharing this rich season with you.


It's challenge for us all to meet!
 
St. Alban's
Fall Clean Up

Saturday
 
December 1st
9 am - 1 pm

Join in for as long as you can.
Bundle up! 

You are invited This Sunday
 
Rectory Carol Sing
and Christmas Party
December 2, 6:00 pm
Benefits our partners at St.Luc's School Haiti.

Continuing the Commitment,  
It's All About Love  

Make your own wreath to take home
 

Advent Wreath Making
Sunday, December 2nd after 9:30 am service



Advent Reader
 
Advent Readers have arrived
Advent is a time of hopeful anticipation and reflection. St. Alban's has selected for this year's Advent Reader You Are Already Praying: Stories of God at Work by the Rev. Dr. Cathy George. This book shares stories of prayer in the experiences of everyday life and affirms that prayer is both a quiet act of reverence and an active dynamic in daily life.  
 
Join with others this Advent at St. Alban's in reading this creative work...deepening and broadening your experience of prayer.
 
After serving as Rector at several parishes in the Diocese of Massachusetts, the Rev. Dr. Cathy George is the Associate Dean and Director of Formation for Berkeley Divinity School at Yale. She has been a mentor and advisor to our Assistant Rector and will be one of the Presenters for Holly's ordination to the priesthood on Thursday, December 13. The Rev. Dr. Cathy George has graciously agreed to sign books and chat with parishioners about the book at the reception following the ordination that evening.  
 
Books can be purchased for $10 at St. Alban's or from the church and is available in Kindle or Amazon. 
 
Hoping you will come
 
You are invited ...

The Ordination of our deacon the Rev. Holly Clark to the Sacred Order of Priests on Thursday, December 13 at 6:30 pm 

In our Episcopal tradition, the bishop is called to perform unique and sacramental leadership. The Bishop of Maine, the Right Reverend Stephen Lane, will be at St. Alban's on Thursday, December 13 at 6:30 pm to ordain our Assistant Rector to the Sacred Order of Priests.  
 
Please plan to make this sacred event a part of your experience of Advent this year.  
 
The service will begin at 6:30 pm and a reception in Bonoff Hall will follow.

 
The Zen of Knitting
 
Save The Date
Contemplative Knitting
Is starting at St. Albans
Friday 12/14 at 9 am

We will repeat every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month.

Celebrating Newcomers
 
Newcomer Dinner
Save the Date
January 23 at 6:30 pm

New to the St. Alban's community and want to get to know others new to the parish beyond what's possible over coffee or after Celtic Eventide? The evening of January 23 will be a time to gather for conversation in small groups over a simple supper. RSVP to  events@stalbansmaine.org

Stewardship Update

    Thank you, thank you! So many of St. Alban's households have made their generous pledges for the new year. Our stewardship campaign is off to a wonderful start!   If your pledge is not in yet, now's the time!
 
 You can pledge online. It's easy and confidential!
 
Click here for the latest affirmations. 

Faithfully yours,
Your Stewardship Committee
 
Connie Babcock      Frank Governali                        Phillip Hamilton    Joan Hankinson      Peg Keyser
Nancy Koglmeier   Michael Moore   Nancy Pezzullo
 

A Beautiful 2019 Calendar celebrates our Apostles' Windows
On Sale Now!
Thinking of a Christmas gift?
 
Have you ever wondered about the twelve windows at the rear of the sanctuary? 
Do you know what they represent? 
One of the windows shows a snake coming out of chalice.
Another shows a battle axe. 
What could they mean?
Find out by purchasing a beautifully designed 2019 calendar.   The colorful pictures were taken by Peg Keyser and the research was completed by Rev. Ben Thomas.  Do you remember our summer intern from 2017?.  Here is a "colorful" story:  one Apostle met his end after being struck by a fullers' bat and then sawed in two.  Who was that and what is a fullers' bat anyway?  The mystery just gets deeper.  The calendars cost $20 each and are a wonderful gift for family and friends.  They will be on sale after services throughout the fall. 
Help support St. Alban's.
Your Sacred Story
Interested in sharing your Sacred Story? 

This January and beyond St. Alban's is returning to a great parish tradition...the opening and sharing of our stories...our Sacred Stories.
 
A Sacred Story group is a small, confidential gathering of St. Alban's adults who want to deepen their faith, build community, and draw closer to God by sharing key moments of life with one another. These may be formative tales or  remembrances of where we experienced the holy or the sacred in our every day lives.  We have refreshed the similar, but not identical program, that was offered several years ago. 
 
Assistant Rector Holly Clark and Ogden Williams will co-lead this offering for adults in the January session. Other cohorts will be formed in the coming year. 
 
To express interest and to indicate your availability: click here 


Jubilee Center Update

The Farmers' Almanac's prediction for this winter is "pointing toward a very long, cold and snow-filled winter...teeth chattering cold ahead!"


Urgent appeal for winter coats!!
There is an immediate need; please donate clean warm coats for our neighbors in Portland.   Coats for adults in all sizes are especially needed, particularly in men's, size large and extra-large.