News and Upcoming Events
Fellowship Sundays In 2018, we offer the gift of time to adult parishioners on the first and third (and fifth when applicable) Sunday of every month; we're calling this Fellowship Sundays. Color or play a board game in the Kingdom Kids room, read a book in the parlor, or make a new friend over a cup of coffee in between the two worship services (9:00 and 11:15a.m.).
Episcopal Youth Community (EYC) is hungry! EYC meets on Sundays right after the 11:15 a.m. service for lunch, Bible study, and fellowship. These 7th-12th graders are hungry! Want to provide lunch for them? Please sign up on the clipboard in the lobby of the Parish Life Center. We need lunch for 7-12 people – cook it, pick it up – whatever works for you! In fact, if it’s easier, you can give money to Lisa Perez to use towards lunch. Thank you for supporting our youth!
Eucharist Instruction for ages 4 years through 12th grade Sundays, Feb. 18-Mar. 18 from 10:15 -11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary
During Lent, Seminarian Nick Earl, along with Director of Family Ministries Catherine LaGrone, will lead Eucharist Instruction, using curriculum written for the Diocese of TX by Janie Stevens, former Missioner for Children's Formation. This curriculum is modeled on the Eucharist format itself: We gather, we hear the Word of God, we respond to the Word, we offer our gifts, we celebrate and we are sent out. Children and youth will have opportunities to examine closely the furnishing and layout of the church, the sacristy, the baptismal font, and the altar area. All are welcome!
Please hold our diocesan council in your prayers, Feb. 15-17. The 2018 Council of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, our wider diocesan Episcopal family, is in Waco February 15-February 17. Rev. Erin asks for your prayers for the council and especially St. Alban’s delegates Hardy Cole, the Rev. Erin Hensley, Dr. Gwendolyn Hustvedt, Claudia McKee, and Nelson Smith (laity delegates elected by vestry). Please also pray for Marcy Leonard and Laurie Garnes who will share how to crochet recycled bags into mats for those who are homeless at an exhibit hall booth.
All are welcome to vestry meetings! Like in previous years, vestry meetings are open to all. In 2018 the vestry meets the third Sunday of each month, with some rare exceptions to 3rd Sundays that will be shared, in the Upper Room of the Parish Life Center. The first ten minutes of every vestry meeting are reserved for parishioner comments. You can come and share something you love about St. Alban’s or a concern. The first 10 minutes are yours. Of course, we encourage any and all to stay for the whole meeting. All are welcome! The next Vestry meeting is February 18 beginning at 1:00p.m.
Discovery Classes for Baptism and Confirmation
Saturday, Feb. 24, 10:00a.m.-2:00p.m.
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? In the sacrament of confirmation/reception, one confirms baptismal promises made when one was younger and affirms living the Christian faith through the Episcopal Way. Come at 10:00 a.m. as well and plan to stay until 2:00p.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.-12:00 p.m. portion. RSVP to Rev. Erin (firstname.lastname@example.org) with name, preferred contact information, and dietary needs for lunch by Thursday, Feb. 22.
Wednesday Evenings in Lent: Planning for a Graceful Exit
Feb. 21 and 28; March 7, 14, and 21; 6:00-7:15 p.m.
Please bring soup or bread to share for a simple soup supper in the Assembly Room. Stay for a reprise edition of the 2010 Series “Planning for a Graceful Exit.” With the help of The Book of Common Prayer (1979), Faithful Living and Faithful Dying: Anglican Reflections on End of Life Care, and wider community resources, Rev. Erin and guest speakers will help us prepare for a graceful exit from this side of heaven.
Mark your calendars now for walking with Jesus in Holy Week 2018, March 25-April 1
The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday, March 25
9:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II with Children’s Chapel
11:15 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II with Children’s Chapel and Choir
Maundy Thursday, March 29
7:00 p.m. Maundy Thursday Liturgy with Choir
Good Friday, March 30
12:00 p.m. Stations of the Cross & Children’s Service
7:00 p.m. Good Friday Liturgy with Choir
Holy Saturday, March 31
8:00p.m. The Great Vigil of Easter including Holy Baptism/Renewal of Baptismal Covenant with Choir
Easter Sunday, April 1
9:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II with Children’s Chapel and Choir
10:15 a.m. Easter Egg Hunt
11:15 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II with Children’s Chapel and Choir
Altar Flowers The Altar Flower Sign Up Calendar is on the magnetic board in the Parish Life Center lobby. Altar flowers are a beautiful way to honor God and an occasion or person in your life; arrangements are $25 each and there are two arrangements each Sunday. Please note we do not have altar flowers in Lent. Look at the open dates on the 2018 Altar Flower calendar to sign up for a particular date in honor/memory/thanksgiving of a person or occasion. Make your check out to St. Alban's Episcopal Church and write "altar flowers" as well as the appropriate date on the memo line of your check.
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
In the New Year, the ongoing prayers lists will get a fresh start. If you want to continue, add, or update a request, please let Rev. Erin (published list) or Diane Veihman (unpublished/confidential list) know by the morning of Dec. 28th.
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 (email@example.com) 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.
Have questions about your pledge and or contribution statements? Please contact our part-time bookkeeper Patt Brower (firstname.lastname@example.org) and she'll get back to you as soon as she can.
Want to publicize a parish event or ministry opportunity? Email Lisa Perez at email@example.com by Wednesday mornings.
Is your event on the parish calendar? To avoid double-booking the space, please call the parish office to speak with an office volunteer to help us maintain an accurate calendar.