February 7, 2019
Picture of  the Week!
Rainbow over the Casco Bay Islands taken by our own Parish Administrator, Karen Tucker during her morning commute to St. Alban's.
Music of  the Week!
Come Thou Fount  
Of Every Blessing
We will sing this hymn in a slightly different rendition on Sunday.  
Here's Chris Hall's beautiful offering!
Enjoy.
 

Readings of  the Week
The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany
February 10th
 
Sermon of the Week
The Rev. Holly Hoffmann
The Fourth Sunday after Epiphany, February 3th
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  preaching at 8 am and 9:30 am and celebrating at 5:30 pm.
  • The Rev. Holly Hoffmann will be celebrating at
    8 am, 9:30 am and assisting at 5:30 pm.
  • Jim Strand is on the organ bench.
Meetings & Events  

2/9        Preble Street
2/10      Safe Church Training
2/11      2nd Monday Lunch
2/13      Newcomers Dinner
2/14      Valentine's Day
2/17      Blood Pressure Checked
2/18      Office Closed. Holiday.
2/19      Book Club
2/26      Essentials Pantry
3/3        Parish Breakfast returns
3/6        Ash Wednesday
3/11      2nd Monday Lunch
4/7        Parish Breakfast
4/7        Easter Garden Creating
4/7        Family Service
4/8       2nd Monday Lunch
4/11      Family Service
4/14      Palm Sunday


Parents Meeting
   
Parent's Meeting This  Sunday, February 10th.  
Save the date for an important meeting regarding children's programming after the 9:30 am service.
 
Grab a cup of coffee and join Father Tim and Debbie Fisher to discuss Godly Play, Our PLACE and Connect, our programs for children ages 4 - 6th grade.  
 
We'll share how we've incorporated several ideas and imaginings envisioned during two brainstorming sessions held last autumn, and are eager to hear other input and suggestions.  
(Naturally, there will be an opportunity to sign up to teach.) Please join us!
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
 
Souper Bowl of Caring Drive
We exceeded our goal! 
 
The St. Alban's High School Youth Group collected soup broth, prepared soups, and money to support the Souper Bowl of Caring, a national food drive made up of nearly 3,000 groups from across the country.  After attending the bishop election process discussion with the parish this past Sunday, the youth went shopping for more broth and brought the donations to the Preble Street Soup Kitchen. The remaining money collected of $81.37 is being mailed as a check to Preble Street so that they can purchase additional supplies needed to prepare the high quality foods they provide each week. It's even possible that this next Saturday's volunteers from St. Alban's might serve some foods prepared with the broth that our youth group donated! Prepared soups that were donated are being given to a local food pantry. In total the youth collected 148 cans / cartons of soup and donated additional cash of $81.37 to Preble Street Soup Kitchen. This far exceed our goal of 100 items.
 
A heartfelt thanks to all in the community who supported the Youth Group's efforts to fight hunger.
 
To learn more about The   Souper   Bowl  of Caring, please visit:   https://souperbowl.org  

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
All are welcome

February 11
at Noon
Bonoff Hall
Blood Pressure Screening
liz blood pressure
February 17
after the 9:30 am service

A reminder from your
Health Ministry.

A reminder from your
Health Ministry.
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Do you know the word "charism"? It is the Greek term used in the New Testament for "favor" or "gracious gift." Charisms,  spiritual gifts, are special capacities given to all people by God for us to use as we live in community and in hope.

I think one of the special charisms of St. Alban's is the
multi-generational quality of our gatherings. It is steeped in our history, and our present, as we shout out that folks of all ages are welcome, encouraged and essential to our common life. This is intentional on our part, and we even have a sign on the lawn that says, Room for everyone.
 
We mean it.

I think our charism of multi-generational reach is one of the many gifts we're given to confront the silos and isolation of our times.

This week alone we have  
  • a meeting of parents of grade-school children,
  • a feeding  project with our the teenagers,
  • a fairly silver-haired centering prayer group,
  • a new 20's-30's conversation underway,
  • plans for newcomers of all ages to meet for a meal and fellowship.
  • We have folks retiring and babies being baptized.  
      
     My commitment is to nurture this charism of broad welcome of all ages.
We say, "Come as you are for God's embrace is wide."  Room for everyone .  
We mean it!

Pastoral Letter from the Bishop
 
Dear Friends in Christ:
As you are well aware, the church is not immune to the sins that beset every human institution. The   news frequently carries stories of improper and abusive behavior on the part of clergy, a great deal of which is coming to light in response to the activism of victims, the #MeToo movement. The Episcopal Church has made great strides over the last generation... read more here 

February 10th Training
 
Save the Date
Mandatory Training
February 10th 
This fall our Vestry passed a resolution expressing our commitment to following our diocesan Safe Church Guidelines.  You can read the resolution here. 
 
While the training is available to all, it is required 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. 
 
To learn more about the Safe Church training requirements or to complete the online training, see the directions found here. We are hosting a training on Sunday, February 10 after the 9:30 worship service for anyone who needs technical assistance completing the online training. See the clergy or staff with questions.  


Convention News
 
February 9th Electing Convention Draws Near
 
With the Electing Convention this Saturday, February 9th at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, we reach another milestone in our journey along a prayerful and thoughtful process of discernment and transition  
to name our 10th Bishop. We hope everyone has taken the opportunity to learn more about the five nominees and the skills and vision each has to offer. We are indeed blessed to have such a highly qualified slate to consider.
 
You are invited to watch the Electing Convention and announcement of the results live Saturday, February 9th beginning at 10 a.m., and urge you to gather members of your parish to watch this important event:
 
A Warm Invitation
 
Joyful
Thankful
Useful
Hopeful

In recent years this is how St. Alban's has described who we are. These words reflect both our experience of this good place and our aspiration of who God is calling us to be.

We hope your experience here has begun to reflect this as well!
And we invite you to get to know your new church more deeply.

Please accept a warm invitation

Newcomers' Dinner
Wednesday, February 13th
6:00 pm
At
St. Alban's Church

Important Announcement and Training for Celtic Eventide
 
Dear Celtic Eventide community!
 
As you saw from the note sent earlier, our increasingly vibrant community has gotten itself reorganized a bit. With great thanks to Karen Rea and Peggy Williams, who are stepping into new roles, we now have new organizers for each of our tasks.
 
Maryann & Jeff Sedlack  Hospitality: Set up/Clean Up Kitchen and Sanctuary, Greeters
Altar Guild: Judy Kline
Donald Hankinson: Readers
Peggy Williams with the Rev Tim: Reflections
Joan Hankinson: Chalice Bearers, Candle-lighters
Marby Payson: Healing Prayers
 
In order to make our tasks flow smoothly all sign-ups will now be online. Go to Celtic Eventide on www.stalbansmaine.org and click to Participate with Service.  That link is also. A Google doc with dates and tasks will open up!
 
And...we're going to try on a few key organizational refinements to keep things going smoothly. The key thing is that your help is needed and all sign-ups are on-line. Find your spot! Please note these changes:

1.  We are separating the Kitchen setup/cleanup from the Church setup/cleanup.  There are now two columns on the Google document. 

2. Those signing up for Kitchen setup/cleanup will be responsible for providing the refreshments and nonalcoholic drinks (church provides the wine). Upon turning in your receipt for the refreshments, you will be reimbursed. Some supplies will remain for you.
There is a new envelope in the kitchen to place your reimbursement request. 

3.  There will be a training with Tim for readers and chalice bearers at 4:30 p.m. on January 27.

4.  There will be a training for greeters and church setup/cleanup at 4:30 p.m. on February 10.

Thank God for all your gracious commitment!
 

Haiti Trip Needs your Help!
We are again traveling to Haiti in February and are looking forward to taking school supplies and games to the children of St. Luc's.   
 
Some of the items we would like to take are pencils, crayons, paper, composition books, and frisbees, soccer balls, volleyballs and basketballs.   
 
There will be a signup list in Bonoff Hall beginning today.  Please sign up for what you are able to contribute.   
Items will need to be at the church by Tuesday Feb. 12.   
We will be packing our bags on Thursday Feb. 14th and leaving on the 16th.   
 
Thank you so much for all you do for the students and teachers at St. Luc's.
Essential Pantry Update
Jubilee Center/Essentials Pantry
 
The Polar Vortex may return!! 
35 warm winter coats were given out recently to newly arrived immigrants.  Please keep donating warm coats/parkas, and consider adding hats, mittens, gloves, and scarves too.  Also, of great need are warm socks, boots and sturdy shoes.  
 
Always on the Wish List are large cooking stock pots for families, feminine products (pads, not tampons are preferred), seasonal clothing and footwear, and housewares.
 
We are serving more families than ever that need our help.
 
Merci Shukraan Obrigado Thanks Gracias
Family Promise Update
 
Company's Coming:
Family Promise Host Week is Here! 
 
St. Alban's next Family Promise hosting date is February 3-10. Please support this ministry by signing up for one of the volunteer duties.   
 
If you have comple ted a training by GPFP, you can sign up to work directly with the families. If you have not, there are still shifts and responsibilities you can do.  
 
Please go to: http://signup.com/go/kWGOLFg
to sign up. 
 
Please contact the Deborah Phelan, David Klimkowski, or the Rev. Holly Hoffmann if you are interested in joining this ministry team or to learn more about this important, life-changing ministry. Thank you!  
 
All Are Welcome
Book Club Update
Book Club Update 
 
The book to be discussed on February 19, is "Night," by Elie Wiesel. Copies of that book ( 20% discount) are available at Nonesuch.

The book for discussion in March (also the 19th) is "Fortune's Children: The Fall of the House of Vanderbilt," by Arthur T. Vanderbilt II .  
That book has been ordered at Nonesuch and should be in very soon.

Both meetings are at 7 p.m. at the church.


The Joy of Knitting
 
Save The Date
Contemplative Knitting
All are welcome
Every 2nd and 4th Friday
of the month at St. Alnan's