January 10, 2019
Picture of  the Week!
One of the decorated master piece cookies at our last youth group meeting.   
In case you missed it...
Homily of  the Week!
The  Rev. Tim Boggs  
The Epiphany  
January 6th sermon
Readings of  the Week!
The First Sunday after the Epiphany
January 13th
 
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 and celebrating at 8 am and 9:30 am and celebrating at 5:30 pm.
  • Jim Strand is on the organ bench.
Meetings & Events  

1/12       Preble Street
1/13      Organ Donor Health Chat
1/14      2nd Monday Lunch
1/15      Essential Pantry
1/20      Blood Pressure
1/21      Office Closed
1/27      Annual Meeting & Pot Luck
2/10      Safe Church Training
2/11      2nd Monday Lunch
2/13      Newcomers Dinner
2/14      Valentine's Day


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

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 Clark at hclark@stalbansmaine.org.   
 
 
Health Ministry
Organ Transplantation
SAVES LIVES
But many more are needed
Learn more at the Health Ministry sponsored
Health Chat
SUNDAY, January 13th after 9:30 am service
ALL ARE WELCOME
 

A reminder from your
Health Ministry.
Second Monday Lunch
There is room for everyone at St. Alban's
Second Monday Lunch January 14th at NOON!
Join us for this delicious and lively community building monthly event.
We would love to have you join us for these gatherings to touch base with your St. Alban's friends.


A reminder from your
Health Ministry.
Have you blood pressure screened by one of our Health Professionals on
January 20th
after 9:30 am service.
liz blood pressure
A reminder from your
Health Ministry.
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The first days of a new year are always a good time to change things up a bit!

For better or worse, many of us make resolutions around this time. And we try on new routines, if only for a few weeks, while setting aside some old habits. This can often be good stuff, and some suggest that the change up of habits stimulates personal growth.

I invite you to change it up at St. Alban's!

How?

As you know, we offer three distinct gatherings each Sunday, and I bet there is one that is your favorite, perhaps habitual, service. I invite you to change it up and try a new hour for worship. Each are each offered fifty-two weeks a year, feel free to sample one you haven't tried.

Our 8:00 AM service is a sublime and quiet gathering for Holy Communion, a sermon and classic prayers at the start of the day. There are about fifty folks who consider this "their" service, and on any given Sunday about twenty-five of us gather in an especially a warm and welcoming way. It is a spoken service with no music, but lots of other beauty...early light through the windows, the gorgeous language of Rite I with its Elizabethan "thee's and thou's" and the smiles of pew mates. Our preachers deliver the first sermon of the day in a relaxed and conversational way, sometimes trying out ideas and language for the first time.  

At 9:30 AM
we gather for a larger service with the choir and organist leading us in hymns and joy. With worshippers of all ages, we use a range of language for our prayers, but it is always contemporary and accessible. Mostly we use Rite II from the Book of Common Prayer, but also other sources. Children's programs in classrooms meet while adults, young and old, gather in the nave and all regroup for Communion at the altar rail.  

Celtic Eventide closes the day at 5:30 pm. This continually growing service offers unique quiet and beauty, with Celtic Musicians on flute, cello, violin or piano, poetry, scripture, personal reflection and an opportunity for prayer. Come as you are for God's embrace is wide. Stay for refreshments and fellowship.

It's a New Year and I invite you to change it up and try a new hour for worship.


Nominating Committee Report
 
Report of St. Alban's
Parish Leadership Nominating Committee
January 2019

The members of the Committee are:  Sara Merrill, Lisa Newbold, Doug Jones, Beth Callaway, Liz Davy, Grace Kimball, Julie Merriam, the Revs. Holly Clark and Tim Boggs

The Committee met and reviewed dozens of suggestions from the parish, and unanimously nominated the following candidates for election to leadership positions in the parish.

This slate will be presented at the Annual Meeting on January 27, 2019. Nominations may also be made from the floor.

Officers for 2019
Sara Merrill, Senior Warden
Christopher Pezzullo, Junior Warden
Doug Jones, Treasurer

Vestry
Heidi Larson and Terry Ann Scriven, term to expire end of 2021

Diocese of Maine Convention Delegates for 2019
Lisa Leighton
Lynn Lovett
Tim Queeney
Anne Sedlack
Red Sullivan

Continuing Vestry members: David Stankiewicz, Bill Bell, Sarah Choi, Maryann Sedlack, Sheila Zimmerman, Joan Hankinson, Katie Payson



Teachers Needed! Please help out!
 
Debbie Fisher Says THANK YOU ... But We Still REALLY Need Teachers.  
Three people recently signed up to teach in Godly Play and Our PLACE, which is terrific and greatly appreciated. But ... teachers are still needed in all three programs (Godly Play for 4 & 5 year olds, Our PLACE for 1st-4th graders, and Connect for 5th & 6th graders). You decide which age group you'd like to lead, determine three or four Sundays you're available between now June 9th, We provide all supplies & materials and teacher training as well. It's fun, worthwhile, and a great way to get to know the children of our parish. Thank you!

Please help out! It's fun, rewarding and necessary. See Debbie after church, call her @ 799-4014,
e-mail her @
dfisher@stalbansmaine.org, or sign up directly by clicking here .
Thank you!
 
Welcome
 
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

You are invited!
 
Our Assistant Rector, Holly Clark, and her fianc√©, Jonathan Hoffmann, are getting married on Saturday, January 19 at 1 pm at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke at 143 State Street, Portland. Bishop Stephen Lane and Fr. Thomas Murphy of All Saints Parish, Brunswick will be the officiants. 

The St. Alban's community is invited to the wedding and the simple reception to follow in the parish hall. If you plan to attend, please let us know by email, so we can hope to have enough cake for everyone! 


Stewardship Update
PLEDGE ENVELOPES WILL BE AVAILABLE THIS SUNDAY, JANUARY 13TH AFTER ALL SERVICES
St. Alban's Gives back
Preble Street Update

St. Alban's Makes Lunch at Preble Street Soup Kitchen
Saturday, January 12th
Join your fellow parishioners as we make and serve a hot, nuitritous meal.  It's a great way to work together for a great cause.
Please contact Louise Sullivan rsullivan1@maine.rr.com , 799-4419 for more information.
 
Jubilee Center/Essentials Pantry
Thanks for the warm parkas and coats that keep appearing in the donations baskets destined for those facing their first winter, ever.  Please keep them coming, and consider adding (or knitting) some hats, mittens, gloves, scarves too.  Also, of great need are warm socks and boots.

There are more families than ever that need our help.
 
Merci Shukran Obrigado Thanks Gracias
 
Book Club Update
The holidays are over, and now it's time to remind you all about the
January 22nd Book Club meeting.

Since the December meeting was cancelled, I hope it's still agreeable to discuss both "The Summer House," and "The Trouble with Goats and Sheep," on the 22nd.
Whether you've read both books or just one, it will be good to get back together to launch another year!  
Also, please think about some titles we can consider for 2019.
 
Please email Sheila at sheilamz@aol.com 
if you have any questions.