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- 2 John 1:12

 


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Message from Rev. Carmen

Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on December 1, 2022 at 12:20 AM

A mild case of Flu A hit our house in mid-November. With a bored kiddo home from school for a week, we were desperate for fun activities to keep us occupied!

 

So, I relented. We hauled down our Christmas tree and decorations from the attic much earlier than we typically would.

 

Usually, our decorating feels rushed as we try to squeeze it in between Thanksgiving travel and Advent activities at church. But this year, we were able to leisurely adorn the house...

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Music Notes

Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on November 21, 2022 at 11:05 AM

Advent is here, and with it are reminders in the readings and the music to “rejoice”, “wake” and “stay alert”. It is a time of preparation and anticipation as the scriptures foreshadow the Messiah’s arrival, both in his human birth and his second coming as conquering King of all kings. On the first Sunday of Advent (11/27), the closing hymn will be Hymn # 61: “Sleepers, Wake!” A Voice Astounds Us. Although this melody is associated most cl...

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Message from Deacon Valerie

Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on November 16, 2022 at 1:00 PM

 

“Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.”

1 Corinthians 13:6

 

I know for me this verse requires me to be very, very honest with myself. You see sometimes, we all have people in our lives that we don't necessarily, wish that bad things would happen to or for them but when they do, a part of us is happy. This can be true when there is someone in our life whom we have compared ourselves to; whom we may deem them ahead ...

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Message from Rev. Carmen

Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on November 9, 2022 at 11:40 AM

Tomorrow, our country observes Veteran’s Day. In recognition of the national holiday, this Sunday, November 13, we will pray the Collect for Heroic Service and the Collect for those in the Armed Forces from the Book of Common Prayer, in honor of all veterans. At our 10:30 a.m. service, we will also sing Hymn 579, Almighty Father, Strong to Save which uses the tune of the Navy Hymn, but also includes verses asking for God’s protection of the other branches of the military as...

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Message from Rev. Kevin

Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on November 2, 2022 at 1:10 PM

This coming Sunday we will be celebrating All Saints’ Sunday. All Saints’ Day is always on November 1st and is one of the principal feasts of our Church Year. In the Episcopal Church it is traditional to celebrate All Saints’ on the first Sunday following November 1st, thus All Saints’ Sunday. We also tend to combine this celebration with All Souls’ Day, which is on November 2nd and commemorates all the faithful departed. This is why on All Saints’ Sunda...

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Message from Courtney Fossett

Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on October 26, 2022 at 10:25 AM

What an exciting Sunday it was last Sunday! It was so wonderful to have Bishop Sam with us and to see all the confirmands in their Sunday best. Kevin and I spent six sessions with all the youth that were confirmed. We enjoyed dinner, conversation, and laughs with them and after we had inspirational and informative sessions with Kevin. I am so unbelievably proud of them all! It was a pleasure to spend time together and to get to know each of them. Many I have known since they were little and h...

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Message from Rev. Carmen

Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on October 19, 2022 at 1:55 PM

The date of Bishop Sam Rodman’s last scheduled visitation to St. Alban’s for Confirmation was March 15, 2020. Needless to say, that visit never happened.

 

So I am more than a little excited and a tad anxious about this coming Sunday. I’m excited because, for those who have not met Bishop Sam, he is a kind, thoughtful, deeply faithful leader. As Bishop, he shepherds the parishes and ministries of our Diocese with tenderness and strength. And I’m a tad...

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Music Notes from John Bailey

Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on October 11, 2022 at 4:05 PM

Music Notes October 13, 2022


Our appointed Psalm reading for this coming Sunday is Psalm 121. The first two verses of this Psalm are: “I lift up my eyes to the hills; from where is my help to come? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.” In a world that can seem more dysfunctional every day, these are reassuring words. Whether it be the exposing of the inequi...

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Message from Deacon Valerie

Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on October 3, 2022 at 3:50 PM

Many are the plans in a person’s heart but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. -Proverbs 19:21


Plans are interesting things.


They are certainly important. You wouldn’t trust an architect who told you, “No, I don’t really have a plan for how I am going to build your house but I’ll figure it out as I go along.” That would be horrible!


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Message from Rev. Carmen

Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on September 27, 2022 at 4:25 PM

 

While it is a bummer that Hurricane Ian will force us to be indoors for our annual Blessing of the Animals this year, we can look at it as a reminder of the power of nature. This seems fitting as we prepare to celebrate St. Francis of Assisi.

 

Indeed, Pope Francis invoked his saintly namesake when he issued his powerful papal encyclical on climate change in 2015. That encyclical warned of the link between global warming and more frequent extreme weather events. ...

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