News and Upcoming Events
Save the Date: One Service, All-Parish Annual Meeting, Potluck!
We will all worship together at one service at 10:00 a.m. on Jan. 20. After worship, we will have our All-Parish Annual Meeting followed by a potluck lunch. Make sure to pick up a Frequently Asked Questions handout from your usher about what a vestry is, vestry nominations, and what happens during our annual parish meeting.
Voting on the 2019 Ministry Funding Plan (also known as our annual operating budget) is part of the annual parish meeting. If you would like to know more about the Ministry Funding Plan, members of the finance committee and vestry will respond to questions in the Parlor of the Parish Life Center after both services on Sunday, January 13.
Good News About Friends of St. Alban's
The Rev. Pam Graham Called to Serve in Santa Fe
The Rev. Pam Graham, long-time parishioner, former seminarian, and former Minister to Children, has been called to serve as the Associate Rector at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Faith in Santa Fe, New Mexico. January 13 was her last Sunday at St. Thomas in Rockdale, TX. She starts her new calling on February 3. We are thankful for Pam’s longtime friendship and ministry and wish her well on this new endeavor.
The Rev. Nick Earl Ordained to the Priesthood
On January 5, St. Alban’s former seminarian Nick Earl was ordained to the priesthood at Grace Episcopal Church in Galveston, TX where he is serving as Priest-In-Charge. Congratulations to Nick and his family!
The Rev. Suzanne Smith Ordained to the Priesthood
On Jan. 13, Suzanne Smith was ordained to the priesthood and is serving at Grace Episcopal Church in Alvin, TX. Suzanne is married to the Rev. Travis Smith (Rector at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church in Angleton, TX) who is a former St. Alban’s seminarian. Suzanne was a valued part of our community when Travis was with St. Alban’s.
Congregational Discernment about Our Liturgical Life In the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, a priest may officiate at a same-sex marriage in an Episcopal sanctuary only if the congregation has participated in study, prayer, and reflection regarding this and has received the diocesan bishop’s approval. The study, prayer, and reflection are part of a discernment process. “Discernment” refers to an intentional period of shared attention to God, one another, and the wider world with a particular question in mind. This process allows for everyone in the congregation to study, share, and seek Jesus’ leading together. Here is our question: “Is Jesus leading us to liturgically celebrate same sex marriage in St. Alban's sanctuary?
Rev. Erin invites you to share in this important work that will unfold over time, be enveloped in prayer, and grounded in deep listening. Please attend all sessions or as many as you are able. Each session will include a presentation of material, small group discussion, and end with reflections on what we’ve learned.
Childcare for children, from infants up to age 0-4, is available via reservation (email email@example.com) no later than a week prior to the session. Please email Rev. Erin (firstname.lastname@example.org) to let her know which session(s) you’ll attend for the purpose of room set up and materials.
January 26 Biblical Perspectives on Creation and Procreation 3-4:30 p.m.
February 2 Biblical Perspectives on Marriage and Sexuality 3-4:30 p.m.
February 9 Reflections on the Liturgy for Same Sex Marriage 3-4:30 p.m.
What Why How This Christian Education offering for youth and adults resumes Sunday, January 27 and goes through March 3. Join us in the upper room of the Parish Life Center as we finish an in-depth look at “What, Why, How” we worship. This class is informal and a lot of fun! Everyone’s invited!
Saints and Sinners Saints and Sinners Adult Dinner Group is going to have our kick-off dinner at St. Albans in the PLC on Jan 26th at 5:30pm. Pulled pork has been requested to be served. Please bring a side to complete our main dish. This is an opportunity to meet your fellow parishioners. Members will meet with his/her assigned group starting in February and will take turns hosting monthly dinners, lunches, or breakfasts either in homes, restaurants, parks, winery, or in the Parish Life Center. Everyone should have hosted by August and we will take a break and start up again in September. Let's enjoy great food, fellowship, and have fun! Want to know more? Contact Mary Capps at email@example.com
Please remember to turn in your St. Alban's ministries receipts. 2018 approved expenses related to St. Alban's ministries can be reimbursed so long as the receipts
alongside the check request form are completed and received before 4:00 p.m. on January 30, 2019. In kind donation forms as well as check request forms are located just outside the bookkeeper's office upstairs in the Parish Life Center.
Hi, Ministry Leaders! 2019 Calendar Info Needed Are you the coordinator of a ministry or group here at St. Alban’s? If so, please email part time communications officer Lisa Perez at firstname.lastname@example.org with your group and your meeting dates and times for 2019, so that this can be updated on the parish calendar.
And please remember, as always, that information for weekly eNews and announcement inserts in worship bulletins is needed before Wednesday morning. Please make sure to email Lisa before then for the following Sunday.
Update on Refreshments after 11:15a.m. Sunday Worship Life is so full for so many at this time. We sought eight volunteers to bring and serve light refreshments after the second worship service on Sundays during the school year. At this time, no volunteers are able to do so.
Everyone is welcome to the Parish Life Center Assembly Room after worship for a cup of coffee, hot tea, or water, of course! Please remember to push in your chair and place you mug in the dishwasher in the kitchen before you go for the day.
Jesus needs some helping hearts and hands in St. Alban’s nursery! In the midst of changing seasons of ministry for St. Alban’s Shepherds, our nursery caregiving team, we are urgently seeking 4 teams of 2 kind adults who enjoy caring for and learning from the youngest ones among us. Contact Catherine LaGrone, our Director of Family Ministries, at email@example.com today to serve.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
Can you read music and keep the beat? The St. Alban’s Handbell Choir could be for you! This group rehearses on Sundays from 2:30-3:30 p.m.. For more information, please contact Director of Music Dottie Norman at email@example.com.
Nurturing Faith Opportunities: Sundays This Fall: Christian Education for all ages takes place from 10:15 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Please join the fun, fellowship, and learning!
- Lectionary Bible Study (LBS). Rev. Erin leads this group which delves deeper into the day’s appointed readings. LBS meets in the Parlor of the Parish Life Center.
- What Why How (WWH). Youth Minister Lisa Perez leads this new class for youth and adults that explores what, why, and how we do what we do during Holy Eucharist, from our opening hymn to the dismissal. WWH meets in the Upper Room of the Parish Life Center.
Youth (grades 7-12):
- Youth attend What Why How.
Children (4 years through 6th grade):
- Godly Play. Godly Play offers a creative, child-honoring way of entering into and experiencing the stories of God and God’s People. Children already understand spirituality – Godly play helps them learn a language system that helps them engage with God. Join us in the Godly Play Room on the first floor of the Parish Life Center.
Coffee Hosts The people of St. Alban’s love to be together! One opportunity for this is during coffee hour following the service. When we return to two services on September 2, we will only be able to have coffee hour at 10:00 a.m. (after the 9:00 a.m. service). With a few more helping hands, 5 new teams of 2 people each, we’ll be able to have it after the 11:15 a.m. service as well. Want to bring some goodies (picked up or homemade), brew coffee, and make a new friend to help keep the feast? Contact Coffee Host Coordinator Mary Capps at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.