March 7, 2019
Picture of  the Week!
Thank you Parish Breakfast Team for a delish Sunday.
Spring Ahead
Sunday, March 10th at 2 am.
Readings of  the Week
The First Sunday In Lent
March10th
 
Sermon of the Week
The Rev. Holly Hoffmann
The Last Sunday after Epiphany,
March 3rd
Music of the Week
Agnus Dei
In Lent we pray the Agnus Dear, saying Lord, have mercy. We invite you to listen to this renditions...a truly spiritual moment.

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. Martin Smith  will  be preaching at 8 am and 9:30 am.
  • The Rev. Holly Hoffmann will be celebrating at
    8 am.
  • The Rev. Tim Boggs will be celebrating at 9:30 am, celebrating and reflecting at 5:30 pm
  • Jim Strand is on the organ bench.
Meetings & Events  

3/10      Spring Ahead
3/11      2nd Monday Lunch
3/13      Wednesday Eucharist
3/15      Eventide Musicians Concert  
3/17      Blood Pressure Check
3/20      Wednesday Eucharist
3/24      Parent Meeting
3/27      Wednesday Eucharist
3/31      Bring a Friend to Church
3/31      Easter Garden Creating
4/3        Wednesday Eucharist
4/7        Parish Breakfast
4/7        Family Service
4/8        2nd Monday Lunch
4/10      Wednesday Eucharist
4/11      Family Service
4/14      Palm Sunday
4/18      Maundy Thursday
4/19      Good Friday
4/21      Easter     

Camp St. Alban's
 
Camp  
St. Alban's 2019 
 
July 15th- 19th
9am-12pm Monday-Thursday
4pm-7pm Friday Family Night
Returning for 2019 ....
Friday Family Night
Families are invited to jump into the excitement of Camp together for an evening of fun and formation!
Dinner will be included.
Save the dates ... registration opening soon!
 
 
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 Hoffmann at hclark@stalbansmaine.org.   
 
Health Ministry

March 11 at Noon
Nourish your body & soul  
at
St. Alban's
2nd Monday Lunch
A reminder from your
Health Ministry.
liz blood pressure
BLOOD PRESSURE CHECK
March 17
 
after 9:30 service
A reminder from your
Health Ministry.
All Are Welcome ...
Contemplative Stitching
Save The Date
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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Bringing ourselves to Lent has begun. We began yesterday by bringing ourselves to prayer and standing in a posture of asking for and offering forgiveness.

Ash Wednesday, with its unusual and challenging symbols, invites us to see both the fundamental nature of our lives, springing from mere dust, and the startling possibilities of new life and hope that comes from God's grace and love. Some hundred of you joined in the day, including kids at our after-school gathering.

Now we plan to bring ourselves to a focused and formative workshop with the Rev. Martin Smith this Saturday from 9:00-1:00 with a break for a snack. Martin, a gifted spiritual director is the author of our Lenten Reader, A Season for the Spirit. And as you see below, he'll grace our pulpit on Sunday morning at 8 and 9:30.

One of Martin's insights is God at work in Christ embraces every aspect of humanity...exactly the truth we embrace in Lent. Let's bring ourselves to it!
   

Bring yourself to a special workshop and worship on March 10th
 
Bring a bit of your time and attention to our 2019 Lenten Reader
A Season for the Spirit, by Martin Smith. Available now before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, March 6th; this is a marvelous daily reader, inspiring, enlightening and a joy to absorb.
 
And then...bring yourself to a special workshop for spiritual growth with author, priest and spiritual guide, Martin Smith.
Satur day, March 9th, 9:00 AM to 1:00PM, snack included.
 
It's a rare treat to have  
Fr. Martin with us for a full morning of teaching, reflection and growth. He will grace our pulpit Sunday March 10th, the first Sunday in Lent.
 
Celtic Eventide Musician Series
Celtic Music Concert
and Reception

at St. Alban's in Cape Elizabeth 
Friday, March 15th at 7 PM

Four of Portland's finest musicians
An evening of sublime and compelling music



Suggested Donation - $20
 
All proceeds to support the missions and ministries of
St. Alban's Episcopal Church
885 Shore Road , Cape Elizabeth, ME
 

Midweek Evening  Eucharist
Midweek Evening Eucharist in Lent
Gather around the altar this Lent  
on Wednesday evenings at 6 pm for Holy Eucharist.  
March 13, 20, 27
April 3, 10 &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.


Save the Date, March 24th
Rite 13 Parent Conversation

 
Attention Parents! 
During coffee hour after the 9:30 service on Sunday, March 24, there will be a conversation for parents of current 6th, 7th, and 8th graders with the Rev. Holly Hoffmann about our formation offerings for this age group. Current 6th grade parents are included in this conversation of Rite 13 since the outcome of the discussion this day will shape Rite 13 for the spring and next year. Please join us in the Connect classroom!   
 
   
Meet Your Summer Seminarian
We are delighted to announce that Maryann Younger a postulant for Holy Orders from the Diocese of Delaware and soon a rising senior General Theological Seminary will be our Summer Seminarian 2019.   
 
Maryann who enjoys the confidence of your rector, staff and parishioners who have met her while visitng GTS, brings many gifts to this summer internship.  
 
Maryann will serve with us us from early June through early August.  We will soon begin a search for housing for Maryann. She alone will need housing as her husband is in an intensive summer program of his own and will visit on occasion.  
For more information about Maryann please      click here.  
 
If you have an idea for summer housing, please be in touch with Fr. Tim tboggs@stalbansmaine.org

  
   
March 31st
Bring A Friend Sunday
Create An Easter Garden
March 31st is a special Sunday, at 9:30 am start by bringing a friend to church and then make an Easter Garden with us it is a fun and easy to find out more about what happened at the first Easter.
Flower Offerings
 
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
 Book Club Update 

The next book discussion will be on Tuesday, March 19
at 7 p.m., to talk about "Fortune's Children: The Fall of the House of Vanderbilt," by Arthur T. Vanderbilt.

Copies of the book are available at Nonesuch Books.
Synopsis:
Vanderbilt: the very name signifies wealth. The family patriarch, "the Commodore," built up a fortune that made him the world's richest man by 1877. Yet, less than fifty years after the Commodore's death, one of his direct descendants died penniless, and no Vanderbilt was counted among the world's richest people. "Fortune's Children" tells the dramatic story of all the amazingly colorful spenders who dissipated such a vast inheritance.

On April 16, we'll be discussing "Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup," by John Carreyrou. This title is a departure for the book group as it is only available in hardcover. Nonesuch likely has the hardcover in stock, as it's still a bestseller. I would prefer not to order multiple copies at this time because several members are using other sources. A copy can be ordered online, as an e-book, or through inter-library loan..allow a little bit of time if you choose this last method. If you have any questions about this, do not hesitate to contact me for help. .

A riveting story of the biggest corporate fraud since Enron, a tale of ambition and hubris set amid the bold promises of Silicon Valley.

For next book discussion, I hope we pick a book with a short title
A Loving Good Bye 
HELP SAY GOOD BYE TO BISHOP LANE

A quilt is being made for Bishop Steve and each parish has received a small square to be added to the quilt as a warm reminder of the Diocese of Maine.

If you would like to suggest a short message or sentiment to be written in St. Albans' square, please send your ideas to Sara Merrill at pmerrill@maine.rr.com by March 20.