News and Upcoming Events
Rector's Summer Book Study
Join the Rector’s Summer Book Study, from 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. in the Upper Room! You can participate in every session, or just the few that fit your schedule and your interest. Simply purchase the book or eBook and if possible read the assigned pages before the session. We’ll talk about the selected reading in the book and then have guided discovery about our own lives. This summer we will read and discuss The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brené Brown, Ph.D., LMSW. Brené has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy. Even if you don’t read before you come, you’ll still leave with some food for thought and wholehearted living. This Book Study begins June 23, when we will discuss the first chapter (p. 1-48) “Wholehearted Living, the Gifts of Imperfection and the Power of Love.” Scholarship help is available for book purchase – just talk with Rev. Erin.
School Supply Drive St. Alban’s is collecting school supplies for Menchaca Elementary and El Buen Samaritano, two of our community partners. Both organizations serve children who may or may not have the ability to afford school supplies. Thank you for your support! Final collection date is Sunday, August 11. Prior to August 11, items can be placed in the Parish Life Center lobby. On August 11, items can be placed around the altar before worship or during the offertory. Items needed:
El Buen Samaritano: pencils, erasers, dry erase markers of different colors, folders, three-ring binders, bilingual children's books in good condition, non-fiction children's books in good condition
Menchaca Elementary School: backpacks for students, composition notebooks, Ticonderoga brand pencils, packs of 4T/5T/Small underwear (for nurse’s office), and raffle gifts for teachers such as coffee shop gift cards, Gel or felt pens, and Expo brand spray cleaner for white boards.
Choir Rehearsals Resume August 14 After their summer break, St. Alban’s Choir will begin weekly evening rehearsals again on Wednesday, August 14 from 7:00 p.m. until 8:15 pm. In the PLC choir room. The choir sings every Sunday from mid-August until the end of June as well as Christmas Eve and for Holy Week services. Anyone interested in singing is welcome! For
more information, please see Dottie Norman after church or call her at 512-796-3785.
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 email@example.com.
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!
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.