November 8, 2018      
Picture of  the Week!
Last Sunday an organ was built and played.
Music of  the Week!
O day of peace that dimly shines 
Readings of  the Week!
Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
November 11th
In case you missed it...
Homily of  the Week!
The  Rev. Tim Boggs   
November 4th sermon
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 celebrating and preaching at 8 am, 9:30 am and 5:30 pm.
  • The Rev. Holly Clark will be assisting
  • Jim Strand is on the organ bench.
Meetings & Events  
11/10    Preble Street
11/11    Veteran's Day
11/12    Office Closed
11/13    2nd Monday Lunch
11/18    Long John Sunday
11/18    Celery Sunday
11/18    Blood Pressure Screening
11/18    Youth Group meets
11/21    Office Closed
11/22    Thanksgiving
11/22    Office Closed
12/2      Parish Breakfast
12/2      Rectory Carol Sing
12/10    2nd Monday Lunch
12/13    Holly Ordination
12/16    Pageant

Mark Your Calendars
November 18th
Celery Sunday

We have pledged to provide 200 bunches of celery to help fill Thanksgiving Baskets for folks at the Root Cellar in Portland.
All Are Welcome
Angel Tree 2018
This year we will once again be partnering with the Root Cellar in Portland to help provide families with gifts for the holiday season. Tags will be created and placed on the tree by our very own children and youth.
Please pick up a donation tag on Sunday 11/11 or Sunday 11/18 and return the tags and gifts by Sunday 11/25.
Please leave gifts unwrapped. 
Contact Katie Holicky with questions.... 

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.

Katie Holicky, Minister for Children and Families
Youth Group
High School Youth
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   
High School Youth
This past Sunday St. Alban's High School Youth Group baked chocolate chip cookies as a part of the Greater Portland Family Promise ministry. Thank you to all who volunteered this past week helping to host local families experiencing homelessness! 
Health Ministry Tip
Mark Your Calendars
Good Food and Fellowship

November 13th at Noon
Even a 10 minute walk may be good for your brain.
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A reminder from your
Health Ministry.
A reminder from your
Health Ministry.
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Save The Date
Blood Pressure Screening
November 18th
after 9:30 am service
A reminder from your
Health Ministry.
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This Sunday is a very special Veterans Day; it comes on the 100 th anniversary of the peace that followed the First World War. And we intend through our prayers, hymns and words from the pulpit to acknowledge the veterans of the nation and the special link  
St. Alban's has to those who have served.

In the 1910s the U.S. Army requested of the Episcopal Bishop of Maine that clergy be made available to lead Sunday worship for the troops and personnel at Fort Williams.   
This ministry grew, and on St. Alban's Day, June 22, 1914, under an Army tent the Bishop of Maine consecrated St. Alban's Chapel to serve the those young men and women in training for the coming war.
"It is sweet and fitting to sacrifice for one's country," said the Roman poet Horace. Such phrases were in the mind-set of many young Americans and Europeans as they went off to fight the First World War. The sacrifices would be many; most would not be sweet, and how fitting they were is to be debated by history. 
As we and many parishes around the world gather to remember this centennial, we know the realities of trench warfare and the "shell-shock" that left many disabled, turned out to be quite different from the sweet and galant battles many had imagined. The great English poet of the Great War, Wilfred Owen, took Horace's phrase and made it the ironic title of his anti-war poem, "Dulce et decorum est." Owen's poem shares the realities of the indignities to which soldiers are exposed.
We are too quick to forget the sacrifices of those who serve, including sacrifices of veterans who survive, This Sunday we will pause and do just that at St. Alban's.  
Please plan to be part of this thanksgiving and recognition, and prayers for healing and peace. 


At your National Cathedral

Veterans Initiative
Join Washington National Cathedral online or in person on Nov. 11, 2018, as we celebrate the resilience of America's military families and
commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

Maine Bishop Candidates Announced

It is with great joy and gratitude that the Standing Committee of the Diocese of Maine announces a
preliminary slate of candidates who will stand for election as 10
th Bishop of Maine at a special convention on February 9, 2019.

The candidates are:

The Rev. Kenneth H. Brannon, Rector of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Sun Valley, Idaho

The Rev. Thomas James Brown, Rector of The Parish of the Epiphany in Winchester, Massachusetts

The Rev. Canon Anne Mallonee, Executive Vice President and Chief Ecclesiastical Officer of The Church Pension Group, New York, New York

The Rev. Rachel Taber-Hamilton, Rector at Trinity Episcopal Church, in Everett, Washington

The Rev. Canon Janet C. Waggoner,
Canon to the Ordinary, Transition Ministry Officer and Administrative Officer for the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, Texas
Click here to read more

Save The Date

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  

A Pilgrimage to Manhattan?
Are you interested in joining your rector for a  
two-day pilgrimage to New York City?  
 February 11-12, 2019
The heart of this pilgrimage will be the annual Paddock Lecture at the General Theological Seminary offered this year by former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, a theological giant of our era. Also included will be a Choral Evensong at the Chapel of the Good Shepherd, a guided tour by the Dean of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, plus dinner and reflection with a Williams scholar.
Tim will arrange free lecture, tour and dinner tickets, and will prepare your cost estimate for your travel and housing. Interested?  
Contact Tim at     

Stewardship Update and Personal Affirmation

 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

Vestry Nominations
Nominations will close this Sunday! Basic St Albans Logo a place to grow together  
The Episcopal Church elects its leaders from Bishops to Vestry Members! And at St. Alban's we have a particularly open and transparent process that you are a big part of. Nominations are open for two vestry members, three officers and delegates to the 2019 Diocesan Convention. A Nominating Committee will consider every suggestion you make and present a recommendation well before the Annual Meeting January 27.  Put your names in the box in Bonoff Hall. Nominations are open until Novemebr 11th and the Committee will meet to discuss on the 15th. 

A Beautiful 2019 Calendar celebrates our Apostles' Windows
On Sale Now!
Thinking of
an early 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 

St. Alban's Gives Back
Alban's Helps Out
at Preble Street, Saturday,  
November 10, 10-1

Come join the St. Alban's team as we prepare and serve lunch at Preble Street Soup Kitchen.  It's a wonderful way to meet fellow parishioners and help feed about 250  hungry and grateful souls.  Preble Street serves hot, nutritious meal 3 times a day, every day of the year. Our parish has the lunch shift every second Saturday of each month. It's a great ministry!  Come join us!  Contact Louise Sullivan or Nancy Koglmeier

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.  
Next Sunday is  
Long John Sunday
November 18, 2018
Ahoy !   Once again, the crew from the St. Elizabeth's Jubilee Center ministry at the Essentials Pantry is collecting brand new long underwear to keep our neighbors who come from far off ports of call warm this winter.  
While supplies are fresh in local stores, please purchase a package or two of thermal or insulated tops, bottoms, or socks for women, children or men. Our Essential Pantry neighbors come in all sizes, so any size or gender are welcome!   
There are alternatives for landlubbers...
*Donate "pieces of eight" by writing a check: made out to St. Alban's Episcopal Church with "Long John Sunday" written on the memo line
*Order items in the "Heat Tech" line from Uniqlo ( )
*Order from other companies on-line
Drop off your purchases in the Treasure Chest at church during the next weeks.  On "Long John Sunday," November 18th, our gifts will be received, blessed and sent on their warming way!
Merci   Obrigado   Gracias   Botondi mingi   Shukraan