News and Upcoming Events

St. Alban's Annual Season of Giving

"Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, 
for God loves a cheerful giver." - 2 Corinthians 9:7

St. Alban's ministries are primarily funded through the people of St. Alban's. During our Annual Season of Giving, we celebrate what God is doing through St. Alban's and invite all to prayerfully consider sharing their time, talent, and treasure in 2018. 

Rev. Erin, her staff, and your vestry are discerning how God is calling us collectively in terms of worship, learning, and serving. The vestry is currently working on a 2018 Ministry Funding Plan proposal. (Any needed adjustments will be made after the annual season of giving ingathering on November 5.) Just like a household budget, knowing the available funding enables us to be better stewards of the gifts that are shared.

During this time, we are seeing and hearing about cheerful giving. Each week there will be a new prayer card featuring artwork from various artists in the parish. Rev. Erin, husband Sam, and parishioner Don Pitts made an awesome playlist called "Songs for Cheerful Giving" which can be found on Spotify here

 

 

Parish News

Discovery Class, Saturday Oct. 21

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

Interested in becoming an Episcopalian? Come at 10:00 a.m. and stay until 2:00 p.m. 

There will be a light brunch for all from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Infants and children are welcome to attend the 10a.m.-noon portion. Small toys and rocking chairs will be available.

 

Fall Beautification Project, Saturday Oct. 21

Interested in participating in some outdoor projects here on the hill? Please contact Elizabeth Hinson at (512) 280-8141 or ephinson@hotmail.com

 

Continuum Group

The Continuum Group is for Education for Ministry (EfM) graduates, current EfM students, and anyone interested in “continuing the conversation” on our Christian faith. Their next meeting is on October 26 at the Rouse House. For more information, please contact John Rouse at john-pam_rouse@sbcglobal.net

 

Fall Harvest Festival, Saturday Oct. 28 at 5:00 p.m.

All are invited to this parish-wide event! Want to join the fun? Sign up to bring a baked good for our legendary Cake Walk or to host a game on the clipboards in the lobby of the Parish Life Center. If you feel you make the best chili in the land, you can sign up on the sign-up genius link here. Cost is $5 for ages 12 and over, free for children under 12. All proceeds benefit the St. Alban's Early Readers Initiative with Menchaca Elementary. And don’t forget to wear your favorite costume for the contest!

 

Looking Ahead:

Oct. 21: Discovery Class in the Parlor
Interested in Baptism for yourself or your children? Come to learn about this sacrament and the Christian faith from 10:00a.m.-12:00p.m. Interested in exploring becoming an Episcopalian? Come at 10:00a.m. as well and plan to stay until 2:00p.m. There will be a light brunch for all from 11:00a.m.-12:00p.m. Infants and children are welcome to attend the 10a.m.-12noon portion. There will be small toys and rocking chairs available.

Oct. 21: Fall Beautification Project Contact Elizabeth Hinson for more information.

Oct. 28: Fall Harvest Festival and Chili Cook-Off benefitting St. Alban's Early Readers Initiative with Menchaca Elementary

Oct. 29: Move back to the church building for worship; worship services at 9:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.

Nov. 5: Annual Season of Giving Ingathering (bring your pledge cards)

 

Christian Education for Adults (at 9:30 a.m.; changing to 10:15 a.m. on 10/29)

Oct. 22: Parishioner Panel on Cheerful Giving and Second/Forth

Oct. 29: God’s Dream for St. Alban’s: St. Alban’s 2018 Proposed Ministry Funding Plan (Parlor)

Nov. 5: Gifts That Keep on Giving

Nov. 12: Veterans' Stories (Parlor) and Second/Forth (Upper Room)

Nov. 19: Talk on C.S. Lewis by Parishioner Charles Wukasch

Nov. 26: Moving from Holiday to Holy Days: Tips for Sanity & Spirituality (Parlor) and Second/Forth (Upper Room)

 

From the Wider Church

"For Such a Time" is a commitment for each of us to pray, fast and act on the 21st of each month through December 2018, when the 115th Congress will conclude. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton of the ELCA invite us to commit to pray, fast and act to remember those in poverty and the challenges they face, and then to do something about it.

October 2017: #PrayFastAct for all who face homelessness

As the seasons transition and the days become colder, we answer the call to pray, fast, and act this month by supporting action for people facing homelessness, unaffordable heating utility bills, and extreme housing insecurity.

ON OCTOBER 21, JOIN THE EPPN AND PRESIDING BISHOPS OF THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH AND THE ELCA AS WE:

PRAY for our nation’s elected leaders to stand with those who struggle to secure safe and affordable shelter: “God of compassion, your love for humanity was revealed in Jesus, whose earthly life began in the poverty of a stable and ended in the pain and isolation of the cross: we hold before you those who are homeless and cold especially in this bitter weather. Draw near and comfort them in spirit and bless those who work to provide them with shelter, food and friendship. We ask this in Jesus' name. Amen.” –For the Cold and Homeless, The Church of England

FAST to call attention in our own minds and actions human plight that eviction, poverty, and homelessness create. 

ACT by urging our elected leaders to support strong policy solutions that address affordable housing needs and homelessness.

Share on social media using #PrayFastAct and @TheEPPN. On the 21st, post a picture of a dinner place setting with the reason you are fasting this month. We fast on this day in solidarity with people who must choose between paying their utility and housing bills and buying food for their family. Consider participating in an electricity or heating fast by turning it off in your home for the day. 

 

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!

 

Saints and Sinners Supper Club

This great way to form friendships and enjoy good food with your fellow church family is back. Coordinator Bev Drawe shares we've gotten a good response and we're hoping to have at least one more group. Still want to sign up? It's not too late; there's room for about 12 more people. Contact Bev Drawe at (512) 282-0726 or beverlydrawe@aol.com.

 

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.

 

It’s hot outside and our plants are thirsty! There is a dedicated group of parishioners who take turns watering the plants around our campus. If you are interested in this ministry, please contact Elizabeth Hinson at (512) 280-8141 or ephinson@hotmail.com


Restoration Repairs for the Church Building and Parish Life Center

Church building repairs are in progress. The 6 new dormer windows are installed; roofwork has begun. The contractor working on the stucco repair in the Parish Life Center is finishing their work this week. Barring bad weather, returning to two services in the church building on October 29 seems possible. The organ will not be tuned by then, but our baby grand can be. 

Questions? Contact Paul Veihman, our Junior Warden, at 281-300-6603.