News and Upcoming Events
Thank you all for your presence and participation in last Sunday’s annual meeting. We celebrated shared accomplishments in 2019 and highlighted more celebrations to come in 2020. We elected Alice Smith, Kathy Doane, Nelson Smith, and Rosemary Cole to serve as St. Alban’s delegates to diocesan council. We thanked outgoing vestry members Annette Greenfield, Claudia McKee, and Marcy Leonard for their service. Eric Ray, Liz Swofford, and Roxanne Voglezon were elected as the three new vestry members. We especially appreciated that we had 4 gifted nominess for 3 vestry positions; thank you to Ryder Wood who was also willing to serve as a nominee! Returning vestry members are Don Pitts (Jr. Warden), Jennifer Cawley (Sr. Warden), Ken Kuntz (Treasurer), Steve Martel (Clerk), Jill Binder, and Nelson Smith.
Nursery Care Update
For the last several years, our nursery has been staffed by excellent and caring volunteers, called St. Alban’s Shepherds, from our St. Alban’s family. This created an environment for all involved in the nursery (children, parents/guardians/Shepherds) to build lasting relationships. We are so excited to announce that part of the budget passed this past Sunday allows for a paid employee to be in the nursery for the full time on Sunday mornings. The second safeguarded adult will be a St. Alban’s Shepherd. This allows us to continue to offer that relationship-building opportunity as well as have continuity from Sunday to Sunday. We hope to have this hybrid approach in place by Feb. 2; the nursery hours will be 8:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Thank you to all of the St. Alban’s Shepherds for their commitment to our youngest parish members!
Episcopal Youth Community (EYC) Needs Lunch!
EYC meets Sundays right after worship for lunch, Bible study, and fellowship. These 7th-12th graders are hungry! We need lunch for 7-12 people – cook it, pick it up – whatever works for you! If it’s easier, you can give money to Lisa Perez to use towards lunch. Sign up is on the clipboard in the Parish Life Center lobby. Thank you so much for supporting Youth Ministry at St. Alban's!
St. Alban’s and Trinity Center Did you know that one of St. Alban’s community partners is Trinity Center? Trinity Center is a faith-based organization conducting programs that serve the spiritual, emotional and physical needs of the poor and homeless in Austin. You can help! In the lobby of the Parish Life Center you will find a plastic bin to place items that are always needed by the Center. They will be delivered weekly. Items needed: sundries (items from motel/hotel rooms such as shampoo conditioner, soap, lotion, etc.), combs, new socks, magazines on most any subject (Time, Newsweek, People, U.S. News World Report, Women's magazines, Sports Illustrated, etc.). Any questions regarding suitable items can be directed to John Rouse at 512-925-6859. All donations will be appreciated!
On Sunday, February 17, St. Alban’s Rector and Vestry unanimously voted that Jesus was indeed leading us to liturgically celebrate same sex marriage in St. Alban’s sanctuary. Details to follow in a parish wide mailing. Your Rector and vestry appreciate your prayers, comments, and participation in biblical and liturgical study.
Gentle Reminder about Driving Carefully Round the Remembrance Garden
Please take extra care when circumnavigating the Remembrance Garden. The limestone blocks surrounding the garden are fragile and lose every time they make contact with a vehicle. Help us conserve this special place by making sure not to turn too sharply.
El Buen Samaritano Episcopal Mission
One of our Community Partners is El Buen Samaritano, whose mission is a “commitment to helping Latino and other families in Central Texas lead healthy, productive and secure lives through high-quality and affordable healthcare, education and basic needs services.” St. Alban’s collects canned goods year-round for El Buen’s food pantry! You can place items in the red wagon in the lobby of the Parish Life Center. Want more information? Contact St. Alban’s parishioner Jennifer Cawley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senior Serenity: Senior Serenity meets on the second Friday of the month at 11:30 a.m. Come and join us for a potluck luncheon, sharing, prayer, and study! For more information, please contact Ann Brotherton at email@example.com
Brotherhood of St. Andrew (BoSA): The St. Alban’s chapter of the Brotherhood of St. Andrew meets on the second Saturday (8:30 a.m.) and third Sunday (10:15 a.m.) of each month for fellowship, prayer, service, and study. All St. Alban’s men are invited!
Clickety Clack: Crafters who Care: Clickety Clack typically meets the second and fourth Saturday of each month from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in the parlor of the Parish Life Center. Knitters, crocheters, all crafters are invited and welcome!
Parish Announcements Want something about your ministry in the bulletin announcement insert, weekly eNews, St. Alban's Facebook page, and/or parish website? Send information to St. Alban's Communication Officer Lisa Perez at firstname.lastname@example.org. Even if the meeting is a recurring one, please make sure to contact Lisa so that we double check that it's on the parish calendar in the parish office and we get out timely reminders.
Want something in the spoken announcements or do you want to make a spoken parish ministry related announcement on a Sunday? Contact Rev. Erin email@example.com, 512-282-5631 (office), or 512-297-9981 (cell).
Parish Prayer Lists St. Alban’s maintains two separate parish prayer lists. One is public, and is published each Sunday in the worship bulletin. Names remain on this list for a month, unless Rev. Erin is contacted to renew that request. The second prayer list is unpublished and confidential, maintained by the Daughters of the King.
Large Print Worship Materials: Large print materials for Sunday morning worship are available in the Narthex (lobby) of the church. Please return the large print materials after the service.
Please contact Parish Life Administrator Lisa Perez for more details (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- If you would like to reserve space at St. Alban's for your ministry, please use the Facilities Reservation Request Form found here.
- If you do not need to reserve space, but would like to have something publicized for the wider parish, please click here for the Opportunity Publicity Request. (For example, if you would like to let people know what your ministry is up to or to invite people to join.)