October 2016

Dear Parishioners:

I would like to thank Charles Patton for his organizational skills and for bringing Fr. Jerry and Stacy back to St. Alban’s. It was indeed a gift to have them and for everything they shared with us. Thank you for your generosity towards their ministry. As you well know, this can be continued throughout the year.

We will have another chance to support our Centurion, Fr. Binga this month. The Brotherhood of St. Andrew will be sponsoring an Oktoberfest on Sunday, October 23rd from noon to 3 pm in the Parish Hall. Fr. Binga has had a long time relationship with us and we have helped build his “Priest House.” I am sure he could use more help on that project as it goes in phases as funds are available. But first is to help provide a stipend for him and his family to live on. I believe our support is about $150 per month. Join in the fun, and fellowship while helping spread the gospel in Northern Malawi. Like here in the United States, the harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few.

Talking about Laborers, we could use a few of them ourselves. I want to thank Dorinda White and Janice Doerge for their volunteering to help with the Advent Project. Glenda Morgan has been a faithful leader for this outreach and I am sure thankful for the help. But liturgically we could use more acolytes, ushers, lectors, and chalice bearers. Our gratitude to those Lectors/Chalice Bearers who have taken on several services. We are thankful for your faithfulness and serving to the Glory of God.

But another area we are still looking to be blessed is for a Christian Education Teacher(s) for our 1st through 6th grades. Carole and John Lemonds, Susie Wheaton and Vincent Go have been faithfully teaching but could use your help. We have a great flock of young ones that need to know and be taught the love and mercy of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Please let me know if you are called to help.

If you are in need of some intellectual stimulation, we have plenty of opportunities. On Sunday’s in the Library we have a Christian Parenting Class. If you have passed that stage in your life, then Larry Thomas is offering an adult class on the Reformation. If that is not enough then on Wednesday’s—Faith, Food and Fellowship has not only opportunities for youth but small group for adults on the movie Son of God. Join in the fun.

Yes, we will be having the Blessing of the Animals. It will be on Wednesday, October 5th beginning at 5:30 pm. Thanks to Monica Cyphers and Randy Sparks for taking flyers to Veterinarian Offices and Groomers. We hope new people will join us for the Blessing. Food will be served at the front parking-lot. You are welcome to keep your pet with you to join in Wednesday night’s activities or take them home and come back. Let’s see if we can have a record number of blessings this year.

We have the Altar and Flower Guild Meeting and Luncheon; we are hosting the Delegates for Diocesan Convention—see Monica if you would like to donate some dessert. In other words we have a very exciting and active month of October. There are many opportunities to join in. Come be an integral part of St. Alban’s.

In Christ,
Fr. K+

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September 2016

Dear Parishioners:

Once again I would like to thank you for your love, prayers and support you have given me during and after the three surgeries I have had this past year. It hardly seems it but, yes September 16th was the first surgery. If you were not at church on my first Sunday back, then I will have to inform you that I have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. It seems as though my body has taken a beating this year but the spirit is good. Thanks to your prayers, love and God’s healing power. Hopefully with God’s grace things will move along more smoothly.

My gratitude again for the wonderful gift of funds for a new cassock. It is hard to believe that I have had only two cassocks during my 33 years of ordination. This will be my third. I will wear it with pride as Dean of the Eastern Deanery. Thank you for your expression of love and generosity.

As I write this, we are working on Christian Education for our youth on Sundays. We are looking for enough wonderful people to work in teams during the month. Do you have a calling to help our youth learn and experience our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? It would be a shame to miss out on this opportunity.

We have the privilege of having The Rev. Larry Thomas teaching one of our adult Christian Education Classes again. Larry will be sharing with the adults information on the Reformation. His class will begin on September 25th at 9:15 am. Larry’s class is starting on the 25th due to a return visit of a special visitor. He has been with us before to share his missionary zeal in countries that are not very friendly to Christians. Know who his is yet? He will be preaching on Sunday, September 18th at both the 8 am and 10:30 am. He will also be sharing his and his family’s experiences in the Parish Hall at 9:15 am. Of course you don’t want to miss this exciting presentation.

Another class for adults will be a class on Christian Parenting. This class will be led by various leaders and couples with the aid of video and workbooks. So watch the bulletin for information. Both classes will begin at 9:15 am but rooms have yet to be determined. Our Wednesday night program of Faith-Food-Fellowship will be offering not only food but food for the soul. They will be changing the focus from games which has been offered through the summer months to a study. The study will be of Rick Warren’s study and movie, Son of God with table discussions. Come and join us on Wednesdays at 6 pm for Food-Faith-Fellowship.

I thank Glenda Morgan and Heather Horn for volunteering to teach First Communion Class. Any youth first grade and up, who are of an age of reason is invited to learn about receiving their First Communion when the Bishop visits St. Alban’s. If your child has already taken the class and needs a refresher course, please speak with Glenda or Heather. We want to help our youth in their life in Christ as much as possible.
Finally but not least, is our Inquirer’s Class for those who wish to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, Reception, or Renewal of Baptismal Vows when our Bishop visits. We will have an organization meeting on Sunday, September 11th at 9:15 in room 10. We will find a time and day that we can meet as well as fill out some paperwork. It is a great class to review one’s own faith and practices of the church. If you are interested, please join us on this Sunday.

I hope everyone, as it will take everyone, has filled out a ministry sign up list that has been in your bulletin. If a leader of that ministry has not contacted you, please feel free to call the ministry leader. If St. Alban’s is going to grow in the faith of our Lord, grow in the discipleship of Christ, grow in the love and ministry to reach out to those who do not know Christ or have lapsed in their faith— we need you! Join us in learning and offering the greatest gift we have been given, Jesus Christ our Lord.

In Christ,
Fr. K+

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May 2016

Dear Parishioners:

I thank God for the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I also thank him for the saving grace and mercy that lead to salvation. That was my thought as I sat in the Appellate Court of Texas. The detail, the building argument upon argument, the precedent upon precedent; the iotas and dots go over and over in my mind straining to decipher all the arguments meant. And when it comes down to the lawsuit, all they meant was the same they had always said. The Episcopal Church stated that the court must rule by deference and thus The Episcopal Church will decide who owns the property and we who are in The Anglican Church of North America argued that neutral principals should be their guiding principal by which the case is decided.

As many of you, maybe I was hoping for something new, something exciting something to sink my teeth into. But alas, my hopes were dashed. But it proved to be a lesson. Anytime we put our hope in anything or person other than God we miss the mark. The grace of God is so much simpler to accept and understand than all the webs we weave whether they be legal, moral or ethical. So now comes the hard part of life. Waiting and praying for a time and perhaps a season. There is no time schedule for an Appellate Court to make their decision.

May is coming in with many activities. We had our Parish Picnic on Sunday May 1st which was a great success.

May 8th is Mother’s Day. This day we will recognize all mothers both living and departed with a special prayer at the conclusion of the Prayers of the People. We will have a little token of appreciation for all women of the parish on this day.

May 15th is the Day of Pentecost. We celebrate the wonderful gift of the Holy Spirit that our Lord has sent as his first gift. The Holy Spirit is not only the Third Person of the Trinity of our one God but also the giver of life. One of the manifestations of this life is the Church. This is just one of the many gifts God has given us to aid us in our journey with Him. Don’t miss out!

May 22nd we will thank our Christian Education teachers and honor those graduating from High School. I hope you will join me in thanking each and every one of our teachers for all the ministry they have done this past year. We have had two great teams for our teachers and they did a fantastic job. Congratulations to our Graduating Seniors from High School. As I have heard through the grapevine, a number of you are going to continue to be in Arlington attending UTA. We will miss those going out of town to college or a university but hope it is a wonderful and blessed experience. Don’t forget to take care of your spiritual life as you begin this new journey in Christ.

May 29th we will remember those who died in the service of our Country. They were dedicated men and women whom many of us have known. We thank them for giving the ultimate sacrifice, their lives to protect us and provide for us the freedoms that we have. Never should we take lightly the gift they have so given to us to be caretakers of.

I thank Samantha Childers, Sara Beall and Susie Wheaton for co-leading the Vacation Bible School. Remember there is still plenty of room for volunteers and we will need some items donated to help keep the costs down. The youth have a great time at VBS as well as deepening relationship with the teens and adults of the parish. Help us make this VBS a fruitful time.

Many ask each Sunday how am I doing? At the writing of this article I am doing okay! We will not know anything more than has been told till about mid-May. I will have seen my two doctors and know what course is going to be laid hopefully. Like the judges of the Appellate Court, the medical system has no timeline on which they must give an answer. What you might think is serious is not in their minds. So I continue to keep on moving and resting when I can….That is the best I can do for now. The Parish will know when surgery is schedule and approximately how long I will be recuperating. Thank you for all your concern and prayers. We will hopefully know more soon.

We have a very active May in store for St. Alban’s as I have not mentioned everything that is going on. St. Alban’s is a great place to be; not because of all the things we do. It is special because of the special people. Have a Blessed Mother’s Day; Ascension Day; Pentecost, Trinity Sunday, Graduation and Memorial Day. God Bless!

In Christ,
Fr. K+

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April 2016

Dear Parishioners:

Alleluia! Christ is Risen. The Lord is Risen Indeed. Alleluia!

I am so grateful for all those who participated, in one or another service, during Holy Week and the great Celebration of the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I just have to express my and St. Alban’s gratitude.

Thank you to our Altar and Flower Guild for all the services you prepared for during this time. There were ten services or more that you had a direct hand in setting up for worship.

Thank you to our Lector’s, Chalice Bearers, Acolytes, Oblationers and Ushers who helped in serving our Lord at His Altar and in His Sanctuary.

Thank you to our Choir Director Thomas Rinn for all his preparation and directing the Choir.

Thank you to Michael Hitt for sharing his talent and ministry on the Organ.

Thank you to Courtney Patten for directing our little ones in joyous song.

Thank you to our Chamber Choir and the Cherub Choir for sharing your gift of music to God’s honor and glory.

Thank you to our musicians that helped make it a very joyous worship of our Risen Lord.

Thank you to our Ultreya group for providing a wonderful and meaningful Seder Dinner.

Thank you to all our participants in the Passion Gospel in the Choir and Congregation.

Thank you to our Parish Office Staff for all the bulletin preparations and for making sure the facilities were clean and available for Holy Week and Easter.

Thank you for those who provided refreshments for Palm Sunday and Easter.

Thank you to our parents who arranged our Easter Egg Hunt and those who donated the candy filled eggs.

Thank you to those who behind the scenes have done your ministry and work—not unnoticed but well done.

Thank you to all who participated to the Glory of God in the worship during Holy Week and for the Day of Resurrection!

As a sign of our Thanksgiving let us commit ourselves to saying this prayer at least once a day during the Easter Season:

Anima Christi

Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O Good Jesu, hear me;
Within thy wounds hide me;
Suffer me not to be separated from Thee;
From the malignant enemy defend me;
In the hour of my death call me,
And bid me to come to Thee,
That with Thy Saints I praise Thee
Forever and ever. Amen.

May this time we commemorate the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior be a time of joy and thanksgiving for all our God has done.

Alleluia! Christ is Risen. The Lord is Risen Indeed. Alleluia!

Fr. K+

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December 2015

Dear Parishioners:

I guess because of my surgery and recovery, time has quickly been speeding along. December is here and I hardly realize it. It is difficult to comprehend all the preparation for the celebration of the Christ Child that must be completed soon. It is a blessing indeed that we are given this time to prepare, whether it is speeding along quickly or moving at a snail’s pace as for our children and grandchildren. The importance is not the speed which time passes but that we are preparing our hearts to let the Christ Child enter in. That is what Advent is for. It is not a “little Lent.” It is a season that is permeated with joy. Anticipation and expectation, just like a little child for Christmas Day to arrive, we should be preparing our hearts for the Child that was born for us—born to die for us–—born to bring us salvation and life everlasting with Him. What a blessing it is to have a God who loves us so much that he sent his only son.

This year, December 6th falls on a Sunday. December 6th is not just the Second Sunday of Advent, it is also St. Nicholas Day. Following the 10:30 Eucharist we will have a special visitor for our youth. St. Nicholas himself will make his appearance and invite our young ones (even the young at heart may follow) to the Bookstore where they will be listening to the classic, The Night Before Christmas. St. Nicholas will be spreading around the wealth of a few chocolate coins.

December 6th will also be the day we have our Advent Lessons and Carols. This year we are trying to make the evening end a little earlier for our young ones. We will be greeting each other and having a little food at 5 pm with Advent Lessons and Carols begin at 6 pm. I want to encourage everyone to take an evening out to prepare by listening to Scripture and lifting up your voice in anticipation by singing of hymns. Advent Lessons and Carols is a very moving service and I hope to see you there.

Saturday, December 12th from 2 pm until 6 pm the staff will have an Advent Open House at the Kresowaty’s. We hope you will take the time out for fellowship during the Season of Advent and join us. It is a time to meet and greet good friends and welcome people we might not know who have joined St. Alban’s this past year. Each year we have been able to have you join us has been a wonderful way to deepen and express our joy for the relationship God has given each one of us in you.

The Christmas Schedule will be as follows: On Thursday, Christmas Eve we will have the Family Christmas Eucharist at 5:30 pm. This will include our youth choir and young ones who always provide such joy with their presentations. At 8:00 pm we will have a Sung Eucharist (no incense) with the Chamber Choir and Brass. At 10:30 we will celebrate a Solemn High Eucharist with incense with the Chamber Choir and Brass. On Christmas Day we will have a said Eucharist at 10 am with Harp and Cello. We thank Dorothy Lynn Brooks and Mary Manneikis for providing the music for this service.

Of great importance: please note that on the First Sunday after Christmas Day, December 27th we will have ONE Eucharist at 9:00 am. There will be no 8:00 am or 5:30 pm Eucharist that day. Please mark it on your calendar so that the whole Parish may join us in this one celebration. In addition, following this 9:00 am Eucharist, quiche and beverages will be served in the narthex.

Please feel free to invite your family and Christmas guests to join us. We will return to our regular schedule on January 3, 2016.

I hope everyone has a fruitful preparation during this Advent Season and will make every effort to join us in worship and other activities. I and my family wish everyone a very Blessed Nativity of our Lord and Savior and New Year. See you at the Altar!

In Christ,
Fr. K+

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November 2015

When November shows its face on the calendar, I immediately start thinking of all the things that need to be done in the next few months. Not only do we have the Feast Days of All Saints’ Day and All Soul’s Day but the Holiday Tea, Diocesan Convention, Thanksgiving ending with the Feast of Christ the King and the beginning of Advent. But this year I have to stop and think of all the many blessings that have been bestowed upon me the past few months. I must express from the heart my gratitude and appreciation for all your love and prayers during my surgery and recovery. St. Alban’s was indeed a house of prayer and so many of you not only expressed your love and concern through cards, notes and gifts. Thank you on behalf of myself and my family. Many of you know, this was my first serious surgery that I have had to face. While there was no fear about the surgery, I felt your prayers and knew that God was surrounding me. I hope you will accept my sincere appreciation and gratitude for all your love and prayers.

I would also like to thank Fr. Maneikis, Fr. Horton and Fr. Crary for celebrating the various Eucharists. I thank Deacon Nancy for teaching the Inquirer’s Class, preparing our new members for the Sacrament of Confirmation and Renewal of Baptismal Vows. I thank Fr. Maneikis and Deacon Nancy for being available for pastoral needs. I would also like to express my appreciation to my Staff that helped keep things going day in and out. I greatly appreciate all you have done.

I am assuming that I will be regaining my strength in November. This will also be a time when we try a new time schedule for the week day Eucharists. The first week of November, All Soul’s Day falls on Monday and we will have a Requiem Eucharist at 6:30 pm in the Church. This week we will also restart having a weekday Eucharist on Thursday, November 5th at 8:00 am. The regular schedule following the first week for week day Eucharist will be Tuesday’s at 9:30 am and Thursday’s at 8:00 am in the Chapel. I hope you will plan to join us at these weekday celebrations.

Don’t forget to get your tickets for the Holiday Tea and come help celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the ministry of the Gift and Bookstore. Also don’t forget to start bringing in items for the Advent Project and join us for Thanksgiving Eucharist on Wednesday, November 25th at 7 pm. I know I have much to give thanks to God for.

Come join us!
Fr. K+

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September 2015

Dear Parishioners:

As I write this, I have been preparing for a necessary surgery. I know the grapevine express has been active as to what this surgery is for. I have four places that are restricting blood flow to my lower extremities. This will be corrected by having 4 bypasses of the restricted areas. After I wrote this article, I now have a date: September 16th at 9:45 am. I will be hospitalized for 5 to 7 days and then need 4 to 6 weeks to heal. I ask your prayers for healing, guidance for the doctors and peace for my family.

This also means that St. Alban’s will be having several guest priests to take Saturday and Sunday Services. We will stop weekday services until I return. Knowing for several months that I will need the surgery but not knowing a date until now has impeded some of the organization of things for the fall. Following is what I know is organized and what is unknown at the present time.

Our Youth Choir will begin their rehearsals on Wednesday’s at 6 pm in Room 4. I hope our youth and parents will give a warm welcome to Courtney Patten, our new director for our youth choir. She will be teaching not only music but incorporating how music blends with our liturgy. It is going to be an exciting year to watch our youth grow in knowledge about music as well as liturgy.

Our Chamber Choir will also begin rehearsals on Wednesday’s at 7:15 pm. If you are interested in joining our superb choir with our outstanding choir director, Thomas Rinn and organist, Michael Hitt, please see Thomas either at a rehearsal or following the 10:30 Eucharist.

Adult Christian Education will be held at 9:15 am on Sunday’s. For those wishing to be Confirmed, Received into the Anglican Communion, or Renew their Baptismal Vows we will also meet at 9:15 am in room 10 for class on September 13th. Deacon Nancy will lead this class due to my surgery and healing process. The Bishop’s Visitation to St. Alban’s is scheduled for Sunday, October 25thth. This class may change its meeting time due to Deacon Nancy’s work schedule. This will be discussed with the class on the 13th.

We will also have the privilege of having The Rev. Larry Thomas teaching an adult class. It will meet in room 3 at 9:15. The title of the class is: “The Narnian” The Life and Thoughts of C. S. Lewis.” We are very fortunate to have such a scholar. Please join in learning about this great Anglican writer and theologian.

I want to thank our volunteers for our youth education. For teachers we have Susie Wheaton, Vincent Go, Jeanette Hamilton and Lynn Kresowaty. We are still looking for a few more teachers who can help out as needed. This will be for grades 1st through 6th and they will meet in room 26 upstairs.

I also thank our pre-school teachers: Sara Beall; Didi Eigbobo; Eric Darrow and Janice Doerge. This group meets in room 1 and begins with music and activities that express basic Biblical Stories and Christianity.

First Communion will meet in room 7. If your child has reached an age of reason and the parents believe the child is ready to partake in the Holy Sacrament of Holy Communion, then our great teachers of Glenda Morgan and Heather Horn will be happy to teach them. We thank them also for preparing our young ones to receive this great Sacrament on October 25th when the Bishop makes his visitation.

Our Youth Group for Junior and Senior High aged youth will have their first meeting in September, also on the 13th at 6 pm. Our youth group not only does fun activities but also serves as an educational opportunity for our Junior and Senior High youth. I thank Amy Wagoner and the host of volunteers that help with our youth group. As announced in church, our youth group is watching over a flock of flamingos during the month of September. They might gather in your yard, or a yard of your choice if you don’t have the insurance that helps the youth keep them from flocking to specific destinations. Better watch out as they are gaudy and you’ll have to pay for removal.

And of course our other ministries continue to meet and have other activities to join in as announced in the Newsletter and Sunday Bulletin. I thank them for all they do and for the wonderful ministry they provide in our life in Christ at St. Alban’s.

Events in early October are planned and I hope you will mark them on your calendar. On Friday, October 2nd we will have an Organ Concert featuring Isabelle Demers. This will be a great event to attend. The concert begins at 7 pm followed by a reception in the Parish Hall.

The other activity this weekend will be Octoberfest hosted by our own Brotherhood of Saint Andrew. Brats and the fixings will be delights for our taste buds beginning at 5 pm in the Parish Hall.

Mark these wonderful events and opportunities to bring family, friends and neighbors to be a part of great St. Alban’s hospitality and fellowship.

I give thanks for all of you and express my gratitude for all you do. We welcome all the members that have signed up for the various ministries during Rally Day. If you missed it, please don’t hesitate to call the ministry leader and add your name as a way to serve Christ and others.

In Christ,
Fr. K+

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August 2015

Dear Parishioners,

While August is usually a time when preparation for mission and ministry is going on behind the scenes, this year there are some superb opportunities for us to participate in those preparations. I would first like all members of St. Alban’s, families, friends and neighbors to join us where we should always start—the study of Scripture. We have a great opportunity on Wednesdays, August 12th and 19th at 7:00 pm until 8:30 pm. The study will be on Joseph from the Book of Genesis. Bishop Fanel Magangani is the Bishop of our Companion Diocese, The Diocese of Northern Malawi. This is the Diocese of which our Centurion, Fr. Binga is a part of our Outreach and Mission. I hope you will make every effort to be present. If you need childcare please let the Parish Office know as soon as possible so we can make arrangements. I would love to see us have to move from the Parish Hall to the Church because of your presence. I know you will receive many blessings from participating in this opportunity to study God’s Word together.

One thing I know that Bishop Fanuel always states is: Come and see. His has an open invitation to come to our Companion Diocese and be in relationship with them. On Friday, August 14th at St. Andrew ‘s Church downtown Fort Worth is a evening with Bishop Fanuel as he shares with us what is happening in the Diocese of Northern Malawi and ways to be in relationship with them. It is another way for us to join in the mission and outreach of our Diocese and Parish.

Have you noticed? Bet you haven’t. Saint Alban’s has a new Mission Statement. I haven’t seen it you say! Oh yes you have if you have looked at a bulletin the past month. It is short enough to memorize which all of us should do. What is it? St. Alban’s Parish is dedicated to the mission of Jesus Christ, through the sacraments, sharing the gospel and service to others. I was reading a book about stewardship a few days ago. In it the author pointed out the Mission in the Army is everything. Everyone is dedicated to the mission they have been given and at meetings, if the question involves matters that don’t pertain to the mission, then it has no relevance to the meeting. An example of this might be a question is raised about the softness of the cots. It will be asked: What does that have to do with the mission of fighting the battle. If none then the focus is turned back to questions about the mission. In other words we as individuals and children of God should focus all we do at St. Alban’s on our Mission.

One way to do this is to take advantages of the various ministries we offer to God, our community, and our Parish. Rally Day is coming up on Sunday, August 30th. After each Eucharist, we ask you to join us in the Parish Hall to sign up to participate in the ministry and mission of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Each table has a ministry leader there to answer questions about the ministry and the responsibility of their part in the mission of Jesus Christ. Can you teach our young ones? We need Christian Education leaders. Can you call and organize rides for some of our parishioners that need help? Then a new ministry can be started to help those in need. Can you organize groups for food and fellowship? Then the dinner club is right for you. Can you sing, serve, read, or polish? Then the Lector’s, the Choir, the Acolytes, the Altar or Flower Guild is right for you. Do you love to serve food? Then the Arlington Life Shelter ministry is right for you. I could go on and on about the various ways we have available to serve God and the Mission of St. Alban’s. Are you dedicated to the Mission? What way are you helping in that mission?

As the world is becoming more and more a hostile place for Christianity, we must re-dedicate ourselves to the Mission of Jesus Christ. We must not only help in that mission but prepare ourselves to be able to answer at any time and in any circumstances about the joy that is ours in Jesus Christ. Let’s make St. Alban’s that place where we dedicate ourselves to the Mission of Jesus Christ, through the Sacraments, through the sharing of the Gospel and in service to others.

In Christ,
Fr. K+

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July 2015

Dear Parishioners:

July is one of my favorite months—that is after December. It is a month when we celebrate the birth of our country and remember the principle of freedom on which this country was founded. There are few countries in the world that gives its people a Bill of Rights as well as a Constitution that guarantees those principles. We need to set this day apart not just for parties, parades and libation. We should remember all those who fought for those principles and be thankful. They are easily given up when a good person does nothing to keep them. Freedom is a basic fundamental principle in our Christian thought. God never forces us to accept him nor do anything for him. Our relationship with God can slip through our fingers as well as our freedom to choose as we become more and more enslaved by sin.

We lose sight of him rather than choose the true freedom to love him and do as he wills—living an abundant life in him. There will be a Eucharist on July 4th at 10 am. It would be a great way to start this important day in the life of our country. The Parish Office will be closed on Friday in honor of this holiday.

On Sunday, July 5th, we will again welcome The Rev. Brandon Walsh. Fr. Walsh is not only Paul and Debbie Nelson’s nephew, but is Ambassador to Archbishop Rwaje of the Anglican Church in Rwanda. Fr. Walsh will be preaching at the 8 and 10:30 am Eucharist. In addition, he will give a presentation in the Parish Hall at 9:15 am. Please put this on your calendars and join us. Don’t forget to invite others to join us to learn more about the Church in Rwanda. It will indeed be a blessing. Coffee and snacks will be available.

Another blessing we have is an addition to the staff of St. Alban’s. Courtney Patten will be joining us as Director of our youth and children’s choirs. Courtney is a Middle School music teacher and has the experience of working with youth. Courtney will be teaching a whole program to our youth to include not only basics of music but how music fits into our liturgy. In addition to her position, Courtney is also planning to sing in our Chamber Choir. She will be attending the all-day Staff meeting on July 8th and her duties begin in September.

I would like to thank Mandy McFarland and Samantha Childers for organizing and their leadership for Vacation Bible School. Our gratitude also to all our donors and volunteers who did such a superb ministry teaching our VBS participants. They did a fantastic job! We had 42 participants, 10 youth leaders, three in the nursery and a host of volunteers decorating, working in the kitchen preparing snacks, teaching and clean up. Thank you for all your hard work and for being a blessing.

I would once again encourage you to attend the International Catholic Congress of Anglicans. It is being held July 13th through 17th. It is being held at the Hilton, downtown Fort Worth and St. Andrew’s, downtown. In this Legate you will find the information on some of the workshops. Go to fifna.org to register. You don’t want to miss this. There will be no weekday Eucharist this week as I will be attending.

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for August 12th and 19th for an exceptional Bible Study. Bishop Fanuel Magangani will be at St. Alban’s for these two Wednesday evenings. Make sure to invite family, friends and neighbors to join us for this rare opportunity.
I will be on vacation beginning July 26th. On this Sunday we will have the privilege of having The Very Rev. Crary as celebrant and preaching at the 8 and 10:30 Eucharist. Please give him a warm St. Alban’s welcome. On August 2nd Fr. Maneikis will be our celebrant and preaching at both Eucharists. I thank them for allowing me to take a rest and vacation.

I hope everyone will have a blessed summer and exercise every opportunity that God places in front of us to choose in our freedom God and his abundant life he offers.

In Christ,
Fr. Kresowaty+

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God Always Prepares and Provides For Us!

Charles Patton of Arlington Texas writes of God preparing him for mission in unexpected ways and shares the blessings of SOMA mission.


In April, I traveled to Kenya to be a part of a SOMA Mission to the clergy of the newly formed Diocese of Makueni under Bishop Joseph Kanuku. It was a significant time to be with the ninety clergy in attendance, as many had experienced great trauma and had recently buried church members as a result of the Garissa University massacre. Yet, they were attentive, joyous, and very encouraged by what we had to share with them. We felt God began to work powerfully during our time together to bring about deep healing.


Our team led discussions on several topics. I was a part of a team who spoke about evangelism in a changing world. As it happened, the week prior to going to Kenya I had attended TELET, an evangelism workshop. I was able to share that teaching and illustration at the conference, which was well received. God had prepared me for the mission in advance of my going!

I am changed forever by the experience and was blessed to be with our African brothers and sisters to worship the Lord. Thank you, Lord, for this great honor to be a part of this – I will never forget it!

Retired Bishop Ogori has been working with Bishop Kanuku since he fled his own diocese under threats to his life and family. His testimony is an example of God’s grace and healing through the Holy Spirit.

Sending and Receiving Missions

A word from SOMA USA, National Director, Dr. Glen Petta


The mission to the Diocese of Makueni was a blessing to both the team sent and to the clergy who received them. And we believe God has great plans for this new diocese!

With the summer months before us, SOMA is preparing to send and receive mission teams. In July, a SOMA team will be sent to the Diocese of Fianarantsoa and the Diocese of Toliara in Madagascar. SOMA is also sponsoring a clergy retreat as a Mission to the USA receiving Archbishop Ben Kwashi and Bishop Rennis Ponniah as retreat leaders.

Thank you for your partnership with SOMA in mission abroad and to our own country!

Taken from the SOMA USA newsletter, June 2015.

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