News and Upcoming Events
Love the song "O come, o come Emmanuel"? Looking for a prayer practice to ground your Christmastide amidst the hustle and bustle of consumerism?
Then come to the church building for worship from 6:00-6:30 p.m. on any or all of the 7 nights before Christmas Eve: December 17 (Tues.) through December 23 (Mon.). These special prayers especially focus on the descriptions of God as sung in each verse of "O come, o come Emmanuel."
Tuesday, Dec. 24
5:30 p.m. Christmas Eve Holy Eucharist
with choral quartet
With the help of children in the congregation and our creche, a model of the scene of that holy night when Jesus was born, we hear and celebrate the Incarnation.
7:40 p.m. Special Prelude Music
8:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Holy Eucharist, Rite II
with St. Alban’s Choir
Come and hear the angels sing from heaven above and earth below.
Add your voice to that number as we ponder the one true light on this holy night.
11:00 p.m. Contemplative Holy Eucharist
With the help of Enriching Our Worship, quiet and thought provoking hymns, and gentle piano, we ponder the peace the Holy One ushered into the world and pray to be such peacemakers.
Calling all angels, shepherds, and stable animals! Our Annual Children’s Nativity play and Fireside Christmas Dinner, a fundraiser for St. Alban’s 2020 summer mission trip, is Sunday, December 22nd at 5:00p.m. Rehearsals for the Nativity Play are during Education Hour at 10:15 a.m. on Sunday Dec. 1, 8, 15, and 22. The dress rehearsal is mandatory and will be on Saturday, 12/21 at 10:00 am. Please let Director of Family Ministries, Catherine LaGrone, (firstname.lastname@example.org) know if there's a child in your life that would like to be involved!
Poinsettias for the altar
When we decorate the church for the Christmas Eve Services, we use poinsettias purchased by the congregation. This year each poinsettia will cost $16 and you can designate a dedication (for example, "to the Glory of God" or "in memory of someone") that will be included in the insert in the Christmas Eve bulletin. Please sign up on the clip board in the lobby of the Parish Life Center.
St. Alban's and the Daughters of the King are in need of an 8 ft artificial Christmas tree with white lights that work and is in good shape for next year. The Chrismon Tree that has been used for years in the foyer of the Parish Life Center has served well and has been retired. The Daughters of the King decorate this tree each year using ornaments that have been mostly made by the Order. They needed to borrow one this year and are now asking for a new tree. Won't you consider if YOU need to replace your gently used one for next year and can donate it? Contact Kathy Doane at email@example.com. A pick-up service can be arranged if necessary.
The Way of Love: Sundays at 10:15 a.m. in the Upper Room
Last summer Presiding Bishop Michael Curry called the Church to practice The Way of Love. This invitation is for all people of the Church to "grow more deeply with Jesus Christ at the center of our lives, so we can bear witness to his way of love in and for the world." Bishop Curry has named seven practices: Turn-Learn-Pray-Worship-Bless-Go-Rest. These practices help us live Jesus-centered lives and bear witness to love as decisively revealed in God incarnate.
This fall 14 parishioners, 2 for each practice, are sharing their sense of these practices. Come and hear fellow parishioners speak to the Way of Love every Sunday from 10:15-11:00 a.m. in the Upper Room (upstairs in the Parish Life Center.) For a list of topics and speakers, click here.
Lower Parking Lot If you do not have a mobility impairment, please consider parking in the lower parking lot on Sunday mornings. The main parking lot fills up quickly and we have many parishioners that have mobility impairments or have small children. Thank you!
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.)