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- 2 John 1:12

 


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Message from Rev. Kevin

Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on March 2, 2022 at 11:30 AM

If you’re like me, you have been wondering what, if anything, we should be doing in response to the events in Ukraine, apart from expressions of support for the Ukrainians on our social media platforms. It is easy to feel a certain level of helplessness in the face of such unprovoked and gratuitous violence, especially when it is so far removed from us geographically. How should we respond as followers of Jesus? I’d like to share a few thoughts on this.


The fi...

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Message from Rev. Carmen

Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on February 23, 2022 at 4:40 PM

Next month will mark two years since life (and church) as we knew it changed dramatically. As we prepare to enter a third Lent with COVID-19 as a reality, we also hope very much that we are beginning to turn a corner. We know that many people are weary of restrictions, while others feel anxious about the loosening of restrictions. But the reality is that our community is highly vaccinated. The transition from “pandemic” to “endemic” is approaching, and navigating this ...

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Message from Courtney Fossett

Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on February 16, 2022 at 9:30 AM

As we near the end of Epiphany and get closer to the beginning of Lent, I begin to think about the wonder and awe of each of these seasons and what they mean to each of us. With Epiphany brings a wonder of discovery or “sudden revelation” of the “manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles” as the dictionary defines it. As we enter Lent, we stand in awe of the “season of fasting and penitence in preparation for Easter” as defined by the Episcopal Church.

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Message from Rev. Carmen

Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on February 9, 2022 at 9:45 AM

Today, I write to share with you the bittersweet news of a staff transition. Lisa Givens has accepted a full-time position and will need to wrap up her time on staff at St. Alban’s as our part-time Communications Director. I know you all join me in congratulating Lisa on this exciting opportunity! While I am thrilled for her, I will deeply miss having her as part of our wonderful staff.

 

Lisa began working at St. Alban’s in 2012, first in ministry with children a...

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Music Notes - February 2022

Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on February 2, 2022 at 11:40 AM

"…and the greatest of these is love." These are the closing words of I Corinthians, chapter 13, and this passage was the epistle reading from last Sunday. It is a very familiar scripture passage, and like many familiar things, it’s importance can be taken for granted or over-looked. Last Sunday, we had the privilege of hearing both of our priests make comment on this beautiful(and somewhat indicting) passage: Mother Carmen in her opening remarks at the annual meeting, and F...

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Message from Rev. Kevin

Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on January 27, 2022 at 12:35 AM

I am happily preparing for the return of the college students this week for the spring semester, after a slight precautionary delay by the administration. Last week someone shared with me the following recent quote from the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, Andy Doyle:


“One of the most important things the church can do today is plant communities on college campuses. Full time, part time, l...

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Message from Rev. Carmen

Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on January 19, 2022 at 4:50 PM

How did you mark MLK Day on Monday?

 

One of my traditions is to read King’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” in its entirety. If you have never read it, or if you have not read it recently, I encourage you to take the time to do so:

 

https://www.africa.upenn.edu/Articles_Gen/Letter_Birmingham.html

 

Many people default to quoting ...

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Message from Courtney Fossett

Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on January 12, 2022 at 10:10 AM

Happy New Year sweet St. Alban’s Family! It feels a little late to be saying that, but I wanted to make sure to wish you all the best of new years! We all very much need it with yet another variant, Covid rising rates and services suspended again. The need for perseverance is more important than ever now to enable us to move forward with positivity, creativity, and flexibility. The last couple years have certainly presented us with our fair share of challenges and yet we continue to mov...

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Music Notes - January 2022

Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on January 5, 2022 at 11:35 AM

Today is Epiphany. It is the day on our church calendar when the twelve days of Christmas are completed and we remember when the Magi followed the star that led them to the Christ Child. The word ‘epiphany’ also has taken on the meaning of suddenly seeing or understanding something. In fact, the Merriam-Webster’s dictionary gives the following definitions of the term ‘epiphany’: 1. A(usually) sudden manifestation or perception of the essential nature of something...

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Message from Rev. Carmen

Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on December 29, 2021 at 10:50 AM

This past Sunday morning, we awoke to news of the death of Archbishop Desmond Tutu. He was a theologian of renown and a bishop in the Anglican Church of Southern Africa. While he was much-beloved, let us also remember that his activism was considered “too radical” by many during the height of South African apartheid.

 

I had the opportunity to hear him preach once, in 2010 in Hartford, CT. I do not recall his exact words, but I do remember how the room felt when h...

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