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- 2 John 1:12

 


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Message from Rev. Kevin

Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on September 21, 2022 at 9:55 AM

I was able to watch some of the wall-to-wall coverage of the various events related to the Queen Elizabeth II’s death. The pageantry, always done with such precision and dignity by the Brits, was truly something to behold. The mix of poignancy and gratitude exhibited by the participants and gathered crowds was palpable, even for those of us watching the events unfold on TV. It was hard not to be moved.


Our Anglican heritage as Episcopalians provides us with a deep hist...

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Message from Courtney Fossett

Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on September 12, 2022 at 5:30 PM

My heart is full! Last weekend we kicked off Sunday School, in what I would say is about the most normal environment since Covid, and it was a huge success! With 17, yes 17!, kids in our PreK-4th grade class and 12 in the Middle/High Youth class, we were so excited to welcome everyone back. About 7 teachers were in attendance to get to know all the children and youth and we had a wonderful time “Showing Our Spirit” to get excited for our Sunday School year. We saw Spirit for Sport...

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Message from Rev. Carmen

Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on September 8, 2022 at 12:05 AM

This coming Sunday marks the 21st anniversary of the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001.

 

I was a college sophomore walking back to my dorm after an 8:00 a.m. world politics class. I noticed a crowd gathered in the Common Room of my dorm, so I went in to find out what was going on. In the days before Facebook, Twitter, and smartphones, the small TV in the Common Room was our main source of news. We were glued to it the rest of the day, until my suitemates...

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Music Notes

Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on August 30, 2022 at 3:20 PM

Much has been written about the sense of loss that many feel about the events of the last few years. It hardly seems possible that it has been 2 ½ years since the majority of us first heard of the word COVID. So much loss and pain, but yet, we have learned so much: not only about a disease, but about ourselves and our world. Many, perhaps the majority of people in our midst, escaped the worst of the illness and financial pain brought on by the pandemic. However, there are those who have ...

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Message from Deacon Valerie

Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on August 24, 2022 at 1:10 PM

Stand Firm

 

As many of us prepare to start the new school year or a new job or anything new, we are anxious and potentially fearful of what we may encounter. We are not sure if we are ready or have made the necessary steps to prepare. I am in this season, myself. I have recently started a new position. I have had many of these thoughts and doubts the days and nights leading up to my first day. When I found myself worrying, I would cry out to God and ask him to remove my unbe...

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Message from Rev. Carmen

Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on August 17, 2022 at 10:40 AM

I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.” – Psalm 122:1

 

Earlier this week, I was having coffee with a delightful newcomer, which I always love to do.

 

She asked me how St. Alban’s has weathered the past couple of years of pandemic. She wondered if we’d seen a decrease in giving. I was happy to share with her that annual giving has actually increased, plus we rece...

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Message from Rev. Kevin

Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on August 10, 2022 at 9:40 AM

Not that you would know it from the temperatures, but summer, at least from the perspective of the academic calendar, is nearly over! I know this can be a time of mixed emotions for many of us, as we start to shift from summer vacation mode back into the busy schedules of the academic year. In the church world, it is the time when we are busily preparing for the start of a new program year. For me specifically, it is a time of excitedly preparing for the return of the college students and ...

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Message from Rev. Carmen

Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on August 3, 2022 at 10:15 AM

While many of us have been on the road this summer, it’s also been a major travel summer for The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion.

 

In early July, our denomination’s leaders met in Baltimore for the 80th General Convention (GC). Normally, GC meets for eight days every three years, but this GC was delayed a year and shortened because of the ongoing pandemic.

 

Each Diocese sends its bishops and elected clergy and lay deputies to GC to...

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Message from Courtney Fossett

Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on July 26, 2022 at 2:25 PM

Summer is the time of vacations, camps, VBS, high temperatures (we have certainly had those!), pool fun, beach fun, water fun, and most of all quality time with friends and family. My time recently has been mostly driving for vacation and picking my daughter up from Camp Trinity, where I also spent some of my teenage years. It always warms my heart to go back to that special place where I have so many precious memories. We all have those places I am sure that will forever hold those spaces in...

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Music Notes - July 2022

Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on July 18, 2022 at 9:15 AM

Music Notes July 21, 2022

 

It never ceases to amaze me that God accomplishes so much for us through other people, often without us ever being aware that God has done so. Not that he needs us, necessarily, to accomplish these things, but he chooses to do some things through our efforts. Sometimes, it is the combined efforts of different people, over time, that produce a final gift that will be meaningful to many people. At times, the person offering his (her) humble gifts or ...

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