News and Upcoming Events
Thank you, Education for Ministry mentors!
Education for Ministry (EfM) is a four-year distance learning certificate program in theological education grounded in small-group study and practice. Given the numbers this year, St. Alban’s Education for Ministry will be taking a break. We give God thanks especially for Nelson Smith’s faithful mentoring of this community of learners for the last seven years. We give thanks as well for Alice Smith who mentored for six years and who with Nelson has been the driving force for EfM here for almost a decade. Thanks to Marcy Leonard who stepped in to help last year and the numerous St. Alban’s staff, seminarians, and parishioners who led EfM groups before Alice and Nelson. We’re proud of the almost 20-year legacy of learning and look forward to more EfM groups when the timing is right!
We also encourage all Education for Ministry Alumni (or students) to consider the monthly EfM Alumni Continuum Group; contact John Rouse email@example.com for more information.
Circle of Care Meeting: Saturday, Sept. 21 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
St. Alban’s Community of Hope is inviting all parishioners to our next Circle of Care Meeting on Sept. 21 in the Assembly Room. Our guest speaker will be Irit Umani, the Executive Director of Trinity Center, a day resource center for the homeless. Her topic will be based on Micah 6:8 and how it relates to our Christian service today. Refresments will be served. An RSVP to either Kay Penney (512-422-9750) or John Rouse (512-925-6859) would be much appreciated by Thursday, Sept. 19.
Saints and Sinners: Adult Dinner Group
This monthly gathering allows you to meet and build relationships with other parishioners over a meal at a park, brewery, private home, winery, restaurant, or at St. Albans. Saints and Sinners groups meet year round and are organized in groups of 8. This year's kick-off will be on Thursday, Sept. 12th at 7:00 p.m. in the PLC at St. Alban's. The main course will bea meat dish. Please bring a side or dessert to enjoy. Please contact lay leader Mary Capps at (512) 695-9789 to let her know you will be there or if you have questions. Join the fun!!
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!
Update on St. Alban’s relationship with Refugee Services of Texas (RST) As many of you may know, St. Alban's has worked with Refugee Services of Texas over the last ten years to help with the resettlement of 20 families fleeing suffering and war in their home countries. St. Alban's Welcome Team now consists of almost 20 parishioners, with many of you helping by contributing furnishings, money, and physical labor. That program has been on hold at St Alban's while the political climate sorted itself out and while we found new storage facilities for your generous contributions. The good news is “We're Back!" RST is now receiving families and parishioner Jennifer Price has generously provided a storage unit for our use. This past Thursday, May 23, Megan Wright, Volunteer Coordinator for RST, joined us for a pot luck dinner to help us understand the current status of the program, and how we at St Alban's can best help them with their very important mission. Thanks to each of you who have been so generous in the past with your donations, contributions and encouragement. We expect to receive news of our 21st family soon; stand by for opportunities to know and help our newest neighbors!
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.