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St. Alban’s Annual Fireside Christmas

Sunday, December 17th at 5:00 p.m. in the Assembly Room

Calling all Angels, Shepherds, and stable animals! Our Annual Children’s Nativity play (toddlers through 6th grade can participate) and Fireside Christmas Dinner (youth mission trip fundraiser) will be on Sunday, December 17th at 5:00pm. Rehearsals for the play will be during Christian Education on all Sundays in Advent. Please let Director of Family Ministries, Catherine LaGrone know if you or someone you know would like to be involved!

The evening begins with the play "Bethlehem's Little Boy," followed by a Christmas Dinner prepared and served by the youth and their families. The evening ends with "practicing Christmas carols! All are invited, so mark your calendars! Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children over 3. All proceeds benefit the Youth Mission Trip for Harvey relief work to Port Aransas in 2018.

 

Parish News

Poinsettias for the Altar  To sign up to donate towards poinsettias for the altar in memory or in honor of someone, please see the clipboard in the lobby of the Parish Life Center. Cost per poinsettia is $13. Please put “poinsettias” in the memo of your check.

Ways to Observe the Advent Season

- Light an Advent Wreath. An Advent Prayers for Families booklet can be found in the Lobby of the Parish Life Center.

- #PictureAdvent. Like our Facebook page www.facebook.com/StAlbansAustin for a daily word and scripture for photo and prayer inspiration throughout Advent.

- Pray in Color. Use the blank Advent calendars (there’s one for children and one for adults) found in the Narthex as well as the Lobby of Parish Life Center to pray in color. More instructions can be found on the back of the calendars. You can even use the #PictureAdvent post of the day as your starting point!

Christmastide  In Godly Play, special times in the life of the Church like Easter and Christmas are called the "Great Times." These observances draw us back to the root of our Christian faith and are times that those who don't worship regularly at a church home seek a place to reconnect with those roots. We invite you to extend the invitation to neighbors, co-workers, friends, and strangers to join the celebration. All are welcome at St. Alban's.

  • On Christmas Eve:
    • 5:30 p.m. Christmas Eve Holy Eucharist especially for young children
      • With the help of children in the congregation and with our creche, a model of the scene of that holy night when Christ was born, we hear and celebrate the Incarnation.
    • 10:40 p.m. Special Prelude Music
    • 11:00 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.

The Winter/Spring 2018 semester of One Meal at a Time (OM@T) is just around the corner! 
One Meal at a Time groups strive to connect people across different ages and stages. The goal is to help us all get to know each other better and to strengthen our church family. They consist of 8-10 members that meet once a month for a casual meal in homes or local restaurants (“Dutch treat”).  OM@T groups gather for a semester at a time with groups being reformed each semester. This affords the opportunity to meet even more of your brothers and sisters in Christ at St. Alban’s. This is a fun, short-term commitment that will foster meaningful relationships. All are invited to participate! To find out more, see the PDF at the bottom of this page.

Worship on Sunday, December 3 through Sunday, December 24 (a.m.)  We will continue to worship using Rite II language. Parishioners from the congregation will light the Advent wreath. We will use Eucharistic Prayer B and use a different prayers of the people. Beginning December 3, we will no longer print the Harvey prayer list in the bulletins. Of course, we invite all to continue holding those affected by Harvey in their thoughts and prayers.

Contribution Statements  Contribution Statements are available in the Parish Life Center Lobby today. We hope to go paperless in 2018 and of course, even then, contribution statements can be printed and mailed on request.

Please Update Your Household Information  The final piece of our Strategic Mission Grant funded the website re-design and online password-secured database for parish records and future directory. As we consolidate our existing directory information and other parish records into one comprehensive database, it would be most helpful to have current updated information. For each household, please fill out a Connections Card at the end of the rows, call the parish office at (512) 282-5631, or email Lisa Perez at lisaperez@stalbansaustin.org with your contact information. Thank you for your assistance in this project!

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.

Our Volunteer Receptionist team is the best! They answer phones, open doors, offer hospitality to visitors, help with copies, office tasks, and much more… and do it all with a joyful spirit. The staff is so thankful for them! If you would like to join this team, we are in need of someone to take on the Monday afternoon slot. Also, if this sounds like something you could do occasionally but not every week, it would be great to have a list of substitute receptionists for when our team members are out of town. Please contact Rev. Erin (erin@stalbansaustin.org) for more information.

The General Convention of the Episcopal Church is coming! 
The General Convention of The Episcopal Church is coming to the Diocese of Texas and will be held in Austin! This triennial convention is responsible for conducting the business of The Episcopal Church and God's business needs you! 

 Volunteer shifts are available from June 29 to July 13. Interested in serving as a volunteer for General Convention? 
1. Go to our volunteer Facebook page
2. Click the Sign Up button.  
Sign up today so you can have the first pick of shifts when registration opens on January 6, 2018, the Feast of the Epiphany. 


Preparation, Celebration, and Rejoicing: Advent, Christmas, & the Epiphany

 Invite a friend who could use some good news; come and worship!  
Please note our seminarian Nick Earl will be off duty from Dec. 9 to Jan. 27 with the exception of Sunday, Dec.24. He is preparing for canonical exams, which are similar to the bar exams for lawyers. Please hold Nick and his family in prayer at this time. 

 

ADVENT 

Dec. 10: Second Sunday of Advent 

- Worship at 9:00 and 11:15 a.m.; Christian Education at 10:15 a.m. 

 

Dec. 16 (Saturday): 

- Nativity Play Dress Rehearsal at 10:00 a.m. 

- Discovery Classes for 1/7/18 Baptism (10:00a.m.-12:00p.m. OR 10:00a.m.-2:00p.m.)   

Interested in Baptism for yourself or your children? Come learn about this sacrament and the Christian faith from 10:00a.m.-12:00p.m. (Infants and children welcome.)   

Interested in becoming an Episcopalian? Come at 10:00a.m. and stay until 2:00p.m. A light brunch is from 11:00a.m.-12:00p.m.   

 

Dec. 17:  Third Sunday of Advent 

- Worship at 9:00 and 11:15 a.m.; Christian Education at 10:15 a.m. 

- Fireside Christmas at 5:00 p.m. 

 

Dec. 20 (Wednesday): The Greening of the Sanctuary with light supper to follow (4:00-7:30 p.m.) 

- We invite people of all ages to assist the Altar Guild in preparing the sanctuary for Christmastide 

 

Dec. 24: Fourth Sunday of Advent 

- Morning Prayer, Rite II at 10:30 a.m. 

- No Christian Education, child care, or coffee hour this morning 

 

 

CHRISTMAS 

December 24, Christmas Eve: Holy Eucharist, Rite II (5:30 & 11:00 p.m.) 

- 5:30 p.m. Christmas Eve Holy Eucharist especially for young children 

With the help of children in the congregation and with our creche, a model of the scene of that holy night when Christ was born, we hear and celebrate the Incarnation. 

- 10:40 p.m. Special Prelude Music 

- 11:00 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. 

 

December 25: Merry Christmas! Parish Office closed today and tomorrow the 26th. 

 

December 31, The First Sunday after Christmas: Christmas Lessons and Carols with Holy Communion (one service at 10:30a.m.) 

This service of readings and congregational singing is especially meant for the season of Christmastide. The celebration that began on Christmas Eve continues! 

*No Christian education, child care, or coffee hour this morning. 

 

January 1, The Feast of the Holy Name of Our Lord: Parish Office closed (New Year's Day) 

 

 
THE EPIPHANY 

January 6, The Feast of the Epiphany: Parish Wide Epiphany Party