|Posted by communications on November 11, 2020 at 4:10 PM|
Greetings to all of my St. Alban’s family! I think about all of you often and I am really missing hugs, laughs and fellowship! Thankfully we are starting to do a few in person gatherings as I know we all really need it now more than ever. Centering yourself is so important in this crazy time of uncertainty for all of us. There are so many great devotions available in apps and online and even our own wonderful Kevin Lloyd referenced one from Richard Rohr in the powerful sermon this past week. Kevin also offers some amazing options of morning prayer and centering prayer, which I keep meaning to join in on. If you haven’t, please do so, as will I very soon.
This brings me to one of my devotions this morning that literally shouted to me from 1 Corinthians 16:13 saying, “Watch! Stand firm in the faith! Be courageous! Be strong!”. Sometimes I question my overuse of exclamation points, but I have to say in this instance they really spoke to me today. We must stand firm in the Faith in this strange and uncomfortable year of Covid, virtual school, natural disasters and many other various individual challenges we face. May we all feel courageous and strong being fortified by our faith in God and his almighty word. Corinthians also reminds us, “And so Faith, Hope and Love abide and of these three, the greatest of these is Love.” Unconditional Love of God will see us through, but we must not forget the place of Faith and Hope, which I believe to be the channels through which we experience the greatest unconditional love of Christ. May the Love of Christ envelop us all in this difficult time. Stand firm!
We will stand firm, be courageous and strong that we will eventually see each other and hug once again at some point! With that said, we have finally made a first step with 10 of our youth gathering this past Sunday evening for a fire pit, pizza, s’mores, games, fun and fellowship IN PERSON! All of them really seemed to enjoy just having the opportunity to be together, my heart was full seeing all of it take place finally! It couldn’t have happened without dedicated volunteers! Thank you so much! Well there I go again with more exclamation points, but we need them!
Our children and preschoolers seem to be enjoying the Sunday School packets. November packets were lovingly delivered by our wonderful volunteers. This was a surprise and I am so excited we could make it happen. December packets will also be delivered as part of our holiday gift. A new take on Advent wreaths will also be included! We hope you enjoy these Sunday School packets, we have had fun putting them together and including some creative fun for the kids over the holidays.
Happy Thanksgiving! I am so very thankful for all of you!