October 3, 2019
Picture of  the Week!

This past Saturday was the national walk for Alzheimer Awareness. Our team "Davy" was there.

Music of  the Week!
Amazing Grace
Homily of  the Week!
September 29th
16th Sunday after Pentecost
The Rev. Tim Boggs
Readings of  the Week!
October 6th
17th Sunday after Pentecost
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  preaching at 8 am, 9:30 am and 5:30 pm
  • The Rev. Holly Hoffmann will be celebrating at 8 am, 9:30 am and 5:30 pm
  • Joel Pierce is at the organ bench.
Meetings & Events
10/6       Parish Breakfast
10/6       Ministry Fair 
10/7       Caregiver Meeting 
10/13     Celtic Supper
10/13     Blood Pressure
10/14     Office closed  
10/23     Joel Pierce Concert  
11/3       Parish Breakfast   
11/5       Essential Pantry 
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 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
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
Have your Blood Pressure reviewed by a Health Ministry Professional
October 13th after the 9:30 am service
A reminder from your  
Health Ministry 

Caring for the
Caregiver Group

Next meetings are
10/7and 10/21

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

A reminder from the
Health Ministry

November 11th at Noon
there is no lunch in October

A reminder from the
Health Ministry

Calling all knitters!
Do you love to knit, and want to be a part of our Parish Health Ministry?
 Prayer Shawls are created, blessed, and then available for us to give to others who are in need of comfort, whether due to sickness, bereavement, recovery from illness or surgery, or any number of reasons.
The Prayer Shawls are then available to our parish to be taken and given away to other parishioners, family members, or friends in need.
Imagine the joy of sharing a beautifully knitted Prayer Shawl with a loved one in need; wrapping someone in a prayer when they need it most. If you are interested in being part of this effort, please contact Liz Davy at lizdavy43@gmail.com
Knit and Stitch Resumes!
Knit/stitch will meet on the 2nd &4th THURSDAYS in the upper room at St. Alban's from 9-10:30 am. We welcome any level and any projects.

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In college, I milked cows on a small farm while on summer excursion in the Swiss Alps. Some of the fresh milk was poured by my host into a glass bottle. By the time breakfast was ready, the thick cream had floated to the top, above the milk.  It was considered a special treasure and poured over berries in a bowl the whole family shared with grateful smiles. It was as though the cream had come from a different part of the farm's bounty, a special part. It was a different gleaning altogether; and the receiving and sharing of it fed us in an especially rich way. It was a gift. And I had the feeling that it had been shared in that way for long time.
Our personal gifts to the good work of St. Alban's Church have come from a different part of our own harvests, our own work and earnings and bounty. And it's been that way for a long time. In fact, our gifts are the only way St. Alban's has ever been able to thrive as it does. Our stewardship pledges represent our own pouring from the top of the bottle of resources we've each been graced with. 
Before we make any other commitments for the new year, we pause and pour off a full measure of that cream and dedicate it to God's mission and hopes as we best discern them here. It's a gift that comes from a different part of our bounty. It's a gift that brings us all grateful smiles; and the receiving and sharing of it feeds us in an especially rich way. In the next days, please join me in sharing in the bounty we enjoy!

Our short Stewardship Season begins!
This Sunday your Stewardship Committee will begin distributing personalized pledge packets for our 2020 commitments to the life of this good place. Please pick up yours!

This year we ask, how can each of us honor the saints of our lives as we pledge our gifts of time, talent, and treasure to St. Alban's for 2020? 
You can pledge online here. It's easy and confidential!
We are grateful for the ongoing and generous contributions to our parish family in support of all the good works of St. Alban's ministries.
Faithfully yours,  
Your Stewardship Committee
Connie Babcock      Frank Governali      Philip Hamilton           Joan Hankinson  
Peg Keyser  Michael Moore    Lisa Newbold Nancy Pezzullo

Save the date! All are Welcome!
You are invited!
Celtic Eventide Supper!
Soup, Salad, Bread
Conversation and dreaming together.
October 13th  
after 5:30 pm Service.
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. The Heartsavers class is free. Certification is not necessary; if you'd like to be certified, please choose the "BCLS" course and, upon completion, you will receive an official American Heart Association certification card. Everyone is welcome at either course, but please RSVP to stalbans@stalbansmaine.org. The "BCLS" is a bit more in depth and has practicum videos. The "BCLS" course is 30 minutes longer that the Heartsavers course in order to provide time for testing.

Tuesday, October 8th    5:00 - 7:00 pm        Heartsavers and BCLS certification
Sunday, October 20th    10:45 am - 12:45 pm        BCLS certification
Sunday, October 20th    3:30 - 5:15 pm        Heartsavers
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 October 6th after church services, or via e-mail at events@stalbansmaine.org . Please indicate the course you wish to attend.
Safe Church

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.  
Click here to enroll.  
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, contact  Debbie Fisher or the Rev. Holly Hoffmann. 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.

Joel Pierce  Concert

Joel Pierce, our new music director, will present a concert on organ and piano at 
St. Alban's on October 23rd at 7:00 pm. The program will feature electrifying organ toccatas, meditative piano nocturnes, new music from living composers, and more.
You are warmly invited to this free event! Please join Joel before the concert for refreshments in Bonhoff Hall.

20s/30's Gathering
Save the Date

20s/30s Gathering
Save the Date Wednesday,
October 9th

The 20s/30s Group will gather for conversation over a simple meal on Wednesday, October 9 at 5:30-7 pm in Bonoff Hall. Children are welcome to attend. Please RSVP to the Rev. Holly Hoffmann at hhoffmann@stalbansmaine.org

Music In The Morning
Starts Next Sunday, October 6th

Music in the Morning
Today at the 9:30 am service we're pleased to welcome Susan Brown, musician at St. Paul's, Brunswick, and Music Director at last summer's Camp St. Alban's. Susan is leading the Godly Play, Our PLACE and Connect children in Music in the Morning, a quarterly program designed to expand our musical offering to the children. There will be lots of joyful noise and merriment! Thank you, Susan!
We'll sing, dance and make all sorts of joyful noise!
St. Alban's Gives Back
Can You Help?
St. Elizabeth's Essentials Pantry: Helping all who come to our doors
1.  Amazon "Wishlist"
Select items from the list of essentials on Amazon and order directly here
2.  Donations
Please bag and label your donations (type of item and size) and leave them in the coat closet.   
-winter coats and jackets
-winter boots and warm new socks for boots
-large bath and beach towels
-bed sheets, blankets, and comforters - label with size
-large cooking pots, 6 quarts and up
-suitcases with wheels
Tempting as it is when cleaning out closets and cupboards to donate everything, there is limited storage space at St. Luke's, and items have to be hand carried away, so please only donate clean seasonal clothing and items that are essential for a household.
3.  Working
Help sort donations and set up for the Essentials Pantry at St. Luke's on Monday mornings from 9-11 am; for more information, contact the Rev. Holly Hoffmann, hhoffmann@stalbansmaine.org.
Obrigado   Merci   Gracias   Shukraan   Thanks!
Family Promise Update
Greater Portland Family Promise (GPFP) is one of our Outreach ministries, which helps support families as they are experiencing a time of homelessness. GPFP has helped just under 30 families find permanent housing in its first two years of  existence  in our area.    
Our next Family Promise Host Week is October 13-20. To sign uo go to this link  

In order to serve directly with families, you need to have completed a training led by GPFP.  
The next training before our host week is TONIGHT:  Thursday, September 26th, 5:30-8:30 pm, Saint Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, 268 Brown Street, Westbrook 
To join or 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 

Take Care of Yourself at Saint Alban's with morning YOGA
"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.
 The next session will meet 10/2, 10/9, and 10/30 and beyond.  The cost for each 4-week session is $60.
To sign up, register at Click here and then bring a check payable to St. Alban's for $60 to the office at St. Alban's by Sunday, September 22. Note in the memo line that the check is for yoga class.