May 2012

Dear Parishioners:

May does bring us a host of activities. The first up to bat is a trivia night sponsored by our youth. This is a fund raiser to help improve the Youth Room. The Game Room, Room 15 has been painted and better organized thanks to the youth and Don Wheaton who came up with a wonderful design and paint color. The rooms the Youth meet in on a regular basis have not had this great improvement. While some cleanup has been done, we also need to be in mind, does the environment our youth meet in make a statement about how we value our youth ministry? I hope you will join us for a wonderful and fun filled evening of trivia and fellowship. Join us at 5:30 in the Parish Hall. Friends and family are invited.

Mother’s Day is Sunday May 13th. We have a special offering for La Gran Familia available for those who would like to give something special in thanksgiving or in loving memory of their mother. La Gran Familia is located in our Companion Diocese of Northern Mexico. Our Diocese has long been involved in helping this orphanage to grow and expand its ministry. Often each year a parish goes down to help in painting, cleaning, and building this outreach ministry. Cards and envelopes are available on our Welcome Desk. All names turned in before the 12th will be placed on our Diocesan Web page in honor of our mothers.

May 18th, Friday at 7 pm we will have our Inaugural Recital on our completed Organ. Joel Martinson, organist at the Church of the Transfiguration, Dallas, will be our guest organist for the recital. It has taken a long time but Ross King has done a fantastic job of using some of our old pipes; installing new pipes and cases; re-voicing and re-voicing again and again to make our organ work and sound great during all the changes. Our many and grateful thanks to Charlene Dorsey who has overseen and kept the ball rolling on this project. My gratitude for all benefactors and for your patience as we progressed through the years. (I am bragging now and don’t mind) I believe we have an excellent, one of the best music programs and people here at St. Alban’s. Come out for this beginning concert and reception.

May 20th will be our Last Sunday School Classes. We will recognize and express our gratitude for all those who have faithfully served our youth and adults as teachers during this school year. Attendance waxes and wanes through the year in our youth classes but our teachers who are volunteers have been faithfully committed to any children and adults that come to learn about our Lord and Savior. We thank them for all their service to God’s glory.

We will also be Commissioning our new Stephen Ministers on May 20th. They have completed their training in this wonderful and effective ministry and are ready to be sent to those who would like to have someone walk beside them in times of conflict, trouble, stress, illness or many other situations. We have an excellent group of Stephen Ministers and I know we will be strengthened and grow from the people who will be commissioned on this day. If you know of someone or you yourself would like to have support, encouragement, building up and comfort from a Christian brother or sister, please let me, or Laura Horton or Ben Doerge know so that we may have a Stephen Minister be there for you.

Two Feast Days fall within the month of May. First is Ascension Day. Ascension Day is forty days after Easter Day. It marks the close of the post-Resurrection appearances and the teaching of the Apostles about all things he had told them and all that the scriptures had foretold. It is the exaltation of Christ to the heavenly life and its significance is that through his ascension Christ’s human nature was taken into Heaven where He is now Lord and King and exercises all power, in Heaven and on earth. The Eucharist will be celebrated at 6:30 am in the Chapel and at 6:30 pm in the Church. Our second major Feast Day is that of Pentecost. Pentecost is the fiftieth day after Easter and is marked as the day the gift of the Holy Spirit was given to us and the birthday of the Church. Our celebrations of the Eucharist will be our regular Sunday Eucharistic schedule for this major Feast Day.

If you have kept up with Facebook, you know Fr. Peterson Binga, our Centurion, has been very gracious to send notes and pictures of St. Mark’s, Likoma Island in the Diocese of Northern Malawi. With the help of the Daughters of the King and their bake sales and the Good Friday offering, we are almost at the half way mark for supporting our commitment for our Centurion. We have committed to raising $1600 in support for his stipend. Besides just supporting a stipend, there are other needs such as Bibles and Blue exercise books (books the students write in) needed for the school at St. Mark’s and for the Parish. To provide for 2000 Blue exercise books for the year, the total cost is $740. The Bibles are $10.50 each. A Bible knowledge class can have anywhere from 75 to 120 students. If we set a goal of 60 Bibles, which would be 1 for every 2 students, the total cost would be $630.00. I hope we can fill this need and continue to build up our relationship not only with Fr. Binga but St. Marks’ Parish. It is an exciting and growing place.

I would like to thank all those who have given towards the need of new vestments for our Acolytes, Lectors and Chalice Bearers. Unfortunately each vestment with a new cincture will cost about $130 for children and more for adults. We are not quite there at present but will continue our efforts until we can provide new vestments. Our present ones are getting to the point of no return.

Don’t forget to join in the fun of the Bishop Iker Golf Challenge on Friday, June 1st. All golfers are called into action for this event to support Camp Crucis. If you would like to be part of this Challenge, please see or call David Weaver. I hope we can get several teams in play. Finally, but not least, our Vacation Bible School is coming up on June 11 through the 15th. Many hands are needed to make this a successful outreach not only to our own but to the community. Many volunteers are needed not only in the preparation but leading our young ones in learning about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. If you cannot work the VBS, volunteer to help set up and take down. If you can give a couple of hours, volunteer to help with preparation or serving snacks. Stop what you are doing right now—Call Gretchen Hosea at 817-226-1385 or email her at [email protected] and volunteer. This is indeed a very rewarding experience. The theme for VBS is SKY—Everything is Possible with God. And it is!

In Christ,

Fr. K+

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