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St. Alban’s Youth at Camp Allen Nov. 16-18  The Diocese of Texas hosts weekend retreats for middle and high schoolers at Camp Allen several times a year. Six youth from St. Alban’s will be attending this weekend’s transformational retreats: Y.E.S. (Youth Encountering Spirit) for middle schoolers and Happening for high schoolers. Please pray for Kadence, Austin, Shaley, Nick, Mariam, and George as they experience God’s love in a new way, and pray for youth minister Lisa Perez who will be on staff at Y.E.S.
 
The Vestry Meets Nov. 18  The Vestry, St. Alban’s elected board of leaders, meets this Sunday from 1:00-3:00 downstairs in the parlor of the Parish Life Center. Parishioners are welcome and encouraged to attend. There is time set aside at the beginning of the meeting to hear parishioners’ joys and/or concerns.
 

St. Alban's Family Playgroup kicks off this month! On the last Friday of each month, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., all parents/caregivers and their children under age 5 are welcome at the home of Lisa Trahan for a supportive time of prayer, fellowship, and playtime. First meeting will be Friday, November 30th. Please contact Director of Family Ministries Catherine LaGrone at 214-236-1522 for location details and more information.
 
Sunday, Nov. 25: One service at 10:00 a.m. followed by all-parish potluck!  Did you know the Church Year begins with the first Sunday of Advent? On the last Sunday of the church year (this year it’s 11/25), Christ the King Sunday, we celebrate the grace poured out in the last liturgical year and feast on the blessing of God’s most gracious rule -  the way of love. Bring a friend, a dish to share, and a heart to celebrate the blessings that have gone before and look towards our new liturgical year with anticipation and wonder.

Advent Wreath Making
Our Annual Advent Wreath making event and soup potluck supper will be on Sunday, December 2nd at 5:00pm. $5 per wreath is requested to offset supplies. Please RSVP and give monies to Catherine LaGrone by 11/25 to ensure a wreath. All are welcome! 

 
Annual Children’s Nativity Play   Calling all Angels, Shepherds, and stable animals!!! Our Annual Children’s Nativity play and Fireside Christmas Dinner will be on Sunday, December 16th at 5:00 pm. Rehearsals will be during Education Hour at 10:15 a.m. on all Sundays in Advent. Please let Director of Family Ministries, Catherine LaGrone know if there's a child in your life that would like to be involved!

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 catherine@stalbansaustin.org 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 revannbrotherton@gmail.com
 

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!

Handbell Choir
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 dnorman4@austin.rr.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!
Adults:

  • 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 mcapps07@yahoo.com
 

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 lisaperez@stalbansaustin.org. 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 erin@stalbansaustin.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.

Rev. Erin (512) 282-5632 or erin@stalbansaustin.org                  Diane (832) 407-5041 or dvman22@gmail.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.