April 11, 2019
Picture of  the Week!

A very special thank you and remembrance book was presented to the Rev. Holly Hoffmann this past Sunday .
Readings of  the Week
Sunday of the Passion
April 14th
Music of the Week 
All Glory, Laud and Honour
 


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Worship Schedule
 
N OTE: NO 8 AM service on April 14th, Palm Sunday
 

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
Wednesday during Lent
  • 6:00 pm Holy Communion
Clergy and Music
 This Sunday .
  • The Rev. Tim Boggs will be  assisting at 9:30 am and celebrating at 5:30 pm
  • The Rev. Holly Hoffman will be celebrating at the 9:30 am
  • Jim Strand is on the organ bench.
Meetings & Events  

4/13      Preble Street
4/13      Spring Clean Up
4/14      NO 8:00 am service
4/14      Palm Sunday 9:30 am
4/15      Tax Day
4/15      Quiet Morning Communion
4/15      Candlelight Labyrinth
4/16      Book Club
4/16      Quiet Morning Communion
4/16      Candlelight Labyrinth
4/17      Quiet Morning Communion
4/17      Evening Communion
4/18      Maundy Thursday
4/19      Good Friday
4/21      Easter
4/21      Blood Pressure   
5/1        20/30s dinner 
5/5        Celtic Eventide Supper  
5/5        Family Service  
5/5        Parish Breakfast
5/12      Mother's Day
5/13      2nd Monday Lunch 
5/15      Jim Strand with Gratitude 
 
Make a cross to take home

April 14th, Sunday of the Palms and Passion of Christ 9:30 am Holy Communion begins with an outdoor palm procession, banners & brass, as the Chancel Choir leads us all into a journey from the joyful gates of Jerusalem to the darkness of Calvary.

Families, make an Easter Cross to take home with you!

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, Interim
Minister for Children and Families
Youth Group
News

Dear Youth and Families,

We have had requests from several families to offer a Confirmation class that would include our teens. 
 
Confirmation is a rite in which a person makes a mature commitment to Christ and declares their interest in practicing this commitment within the Episcopal tradition. 
 
We need your help in picking when to start this class. It would most likely be a class offered in 8 sessions. 
 
Please take this short, quick survey to give your input and to express an interest in this class for yourself or on behalf of your child. 

 
High School Youth Gatherings
 
  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 Hoffmann at hclark@stalbansmaine.org.   
 
Health Ministry


Caring for the
Caregiver Group
Starting this spring, 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

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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

liz blood pressure
April 21st
Blood Pressure Screening
after 9:30 am service.

A reminder from your
Health Ministry

Always apply sunscreen before you go outside.

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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"A whole week?!," my secular friend asked. Why does it take a whole week to get ready for Easter?"
 
It's not a bad question.  
If our God is a God of resurrection and a God of hope why does the story take a whole week of twists and turns to reach its joyous purpose?
 
The story takes a whole and holy week for two reasons...that's the way it happened, the way it was given to us... and it is only in the step-by-human-step of actual life that we can truly come to see that God came into this world as it is. The story is a story of a journey through real life...and death,
 
We're give the whole story, as it is...in the struggle and pain, the needs and realities, and, yes, death, in order to point us, drag us, insist for us, on the beauty and hope of life in the light of love.  
 
 
"Seven whole days, not one in heaven", as the poet wrote. Our task is to walk, not rush, through those days in prayer and openness to the grace that is coming our way.  It's quite an experience, this Holy Week of ours! It's yours for the taking.
 
And then... our task, our invitation as  Spirit-filled Christians is to announce, on  Easter morning and every day that follows, God's loving redemption of our every day world. Our task is to proclaim love and trust to a world that knows fear and trouble.   
 
Please make your Holy Week plans to be in church each day. Seven whole days that changed the world. Your world and mine.
 
  
Holy Week and Easter
With so much going on this  
coming week   
visit our website for more information

Spring Clean Up This Saturday 
 
Spring Clean-up...
April 13th
Please Plan to take part!
 
 
 
 
 
Join the Building and Grounds Committee  
with spring parish yard clean ups.    
 
Many hands make light work.   
Families encouraged.  Refreshments provided.
 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM   
Please bring fan rakes, tarps, blowers
 
Your B&G committee thanks you

Save The Date
SAVE THE DATE!
All are welcome
Wednesday, May 15th
at 7 o'clock  
In gratitude to Jim Strand
 
We cannot let Jim retire without gathering for an evening of delightful music and appreciation. Your personal invitation is to come, but for now, please mark  your calendar!  

20s and 30s
SAVE THE DATE!
 
2 0s / 30s Dinner and Conversation, Wednesday, May 1 at 6 pm

If you are in your twenties or thirties, you are invited to a simple dinner on May 1 at 6 pm in Bonoff Hall to get to know one another better and to discuss how St. Alban's could support you in your faith journey even more. If you have questions, please speak with the Rev. Holly Hoffmann or Vestry member David Stankiewicz. Please RSVP to ktucker@stalbansmaine.org
by Sunday, April 28.

Earth Day
Join St Alban's Volunteer's for an

Earth Day Cleanup

Saturday, April 20, 8:30 AM
Mill Creek Park (Across from Hannaford's)
Sponsored by the South Portland Land Trust



Check in at Mill Creek Park between 8:30 -11:30 AM to sign in and find our assigned location. Gloves, bags and refreshments are readily available.  If you arrive a little later, please come join us at our assigned sight. Stay as long as you wish. Call Peter Merrill at 239-9445 for more details.

Wednesday Evening Eucharist
Midweek Evening Eucharist in Lent
Gather around the altar this Wednesday evening at 6 pm for  
Holy Eucharist.   
April 17 
The evening will include the reading of a short passage from our Lenten Reader, A Season of the Spirit by Martin L. Smith, followed by a time for silent individual reflection and Holy Eucharist.  
Stay after for conversation with others or return to your evening having paused in your week to nurture your relationship with God through prayer.  

Spring Training
 
2019 Spring Training: Diocesan Workshop Day on Saturday April 27
 

 
Gather with Bishop Lane and Episcopalians from all across the diocese for a day of learning, sharing and growth. With 22 diverse workshops to choose from, you'll find what you're looking for.  It will be held at South Parish Church in Augusta. Coffee begins at 8:30, workshops are at 9:30, and we'll gather together at mid-day for worship and an address by Bishop Steve.  There's no charge. But registration by Easter is required.  
 
Share Spring Training with members of your congregation! Download a flyer.

More information, the day's schedule, registration and full workshop descriptions may be found at episcopalmaine.org/spring-training
 

Bring a donation Maundy Thursday
At our 7 pm Maundy Thursday service the children will be baking the bread AND adults will have the opportunity to bring a bottle of Taylor or Fairbanks brand PORT WINE for Communion to be blessed with the bread.  
Be a part of this rich, engaging hour.
 
Bread and wine symbolize a wonderful cooperation between God and humans. We lay upon the altar not only creation's goods but ours, too. The gifts are not mere wheat and grapes, but "the work of human hands." Symbolically, that's us on the altar, offering ourselves to God. In the Eucharistic prayer, we ask God to send the Spirit to change the gifts and change us as well.

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.

Registration now open
www.stalbansmaine.org
 
Farewell Gatherings for Bishop Steve
Mark Your Calendars
Farewell Gatherings for Bishop Steve and Gretchen Lane are planned for May 11th in Orono, and May 17-18th
in Portland.  
 
The events will offer clergy, members of the diocese and friends the opportunity to share memories and offer gratitude and thanks to Bishop Lane and Gretchen for leadership e for the past 11 years.                                                                               
The Farewell Gathering South will begin Friday evening, May 17th at 5 p.m. at the Westin Portland Harborview Hotel and will include a Farewell Reception with music and a brief program.  
        
(Note: Pre-registration for tickets will be required and available in advance (only) at $20 each. Watch for more information in a few weeks .)
 
The Farewell Gathering South will continue with Festive Holy Eucharist at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 18th at St. Luke's Cathedral, followed by hospitality and the unveiling of the Bishop's official portrait. 

(Note: this gathering is free and open to all, however advance/pre-registration will be required.  Additional information will be provided in a few weeks .)
 
Note: please...no gifts, however if so inclined, the Lanes have indicated donations to Camp Bishopswood would be welcome.
Family Promise
  
Our next host date for Greater Portland Family Promise is May 12-19. 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. This training will be open only to volunteers who have already been trained and are looking for more in depth information about the following topics: the basics of housing, financial assistance programs, and the asylum process. They will also reexamine and look deeper into the concepts of hospitality and volunteer roles. 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 Debbie Phelan ( dphelan203@gmail.com ) or David Klimkowski ( posattitude@earthlink.net ).