January 2012

Dear Parishioners:

Happy New Year! New Year’s is a wonderful time to assess, plan, and go forward. The old year has passed and the New Year lies ahead with new experiences and opportunities. We can commit ourselves our souls and bodies to the work of the Lord. We can commit ourselves to the knowledge and love of the Lord. We can trust in the Lord more. We can look to Him more deeply for guidance and strength. We can be open to his grace and love. We can use the gifts he has given us to his honor and glory. A New Year offers so many ways we can open ourselves to his way and leave our way behind in the past. What a wonderful gift God has given us.

I would like to thank you all for being such blessings this past year. You have added such a spirit and life to our family at St. Alban’s. I keep hearing over and over when people visit that they feel the presence of God at St. Alban’s. While we do have a beautiful building, it is not the building. It is the people with whom God dwells. St. Alban’s, in my humble opinion, can truly be called a community of faith because of you whom God has blessed. Your generous sharing of those blessings with others is what makes St. Alban’s dear to all our hearts.

Sunday, January 1st is the feast of The Holy Name of Jesus our Lord and Savior. Our Brotherhood of St. Andrew along with some volunteers have offered to serve breakfast this day. Come and join our St. Alban’s family for Breakfast this day at 9:15 in the Parish Hall. It is a great way to begin the New Year joining together in worship and sharing a meal with our family. We will keep our regular Sunday Schedule for services.

On Sunday, January 8th we have another opportunity to join the St. Alban’s family with the celebration of the Baptism of our Lord. We will have lunch served in the Parish Hall following the 10:30 Eucharist as we begin to celebrate the various ways God has manifested his Son to the world during the season of Epiphany. We will have a delicious meal and again it allows us to have fellowship, meet people we may not have known and grow in our relationships with each other and with God.

Fr. Scalisi and I will be attending the Diocesan Clergy Retreat from January 23rd through January 26th. Monday’s Eucharist will be celebrated as scheduled but Wednesday’s and Thursday’s Eucharist will not be celebrated this week. Retreats are a very important part of the spiritual life not only for clergy but should be something we all participate in each year. It is a wonderful and fruitful way to be still and allow God to speak to us. We don’t realize how busy and noisy our lives are and how we fill them with clutter and unnecessary activities. Retreats allow us to stop and refocus upon our God, Lord and Savior.

On Sunday, January 29th there will be ONE Eucharist at 9 am. While we are creatures of habit, this gives everyone an opportunity to worship as one family no matter which Eucharist you regularly attend. Following the Eucharist, we will meet in the Parish Hall to have our Annual Parish Meeting. Our nursery will be available for the Eucharist as well as the Annual Parish Meeting. Snacks and drinks will be available before we begin our meeting. Please mark this date on your calendar, especially the time change and be present with us.

I do want to thank all those involved in making Christmas such a wonderful and spiritual celebration. A former Rector of mine once told me it takes about 100 people’s ministry to “put on” a special feast day like Christmas. When you think about it—he was right. The various choirs: Chamber, St. Alban’s Singers, the Hand Bell Choir; the musicians; the directors, the Ushers, the Greeters; the Lectors and Chalice Bearers; the numerous Acolyte teams; the bulletin maker; the phone message being changed; the Newsletter information; the ad in the paper; the Priests; the ones who count the offering; the various teams of Altar Guild; the Volunteers and members of the Flower Guild; the one who brings in the Baby Jesus for the Creche; and this does not even take in account you, your families and friends. We are indeed blessed by all who minister and give so freely of themselves to the glory of God.

Finally I would like to thank everyone for their great support of our Advent Project. Food and donations, as well as volunteers help to feed some very special families in need. I thank also those who work at the Arlington Life Shelter during this time feeding the hungry. We not only have those who serve or make lunch and dinner but also a couple who go early and feed breakfast to those less fortunate. Thank you for fulfilling the Gospel command. You are greatly appreciated.

Happy New Year everyone! May God Bless and Keep us this New Year.

In Christ,

Fr. K+

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