May brings not only changes in our weather and May Flowers but some transformations in Staff and ministry to St. Alban’s. Vicki Keller who has been a faithful teacher of music to our young ones will be retiring from this Ministry this month. The last Sunday our St. Alban’s Singers will sing this spring will be on Mother’s Day, May 10th. I hope you will join with me in thanking Vicki for all her devotion, dedication and love she has shown to our youth as she has developed and taught our young ones in the ministry of Music to the glory of God and our Lord, Jesus Christ!
I have spoken to Thomas Rinn, our Music Director and he is already on board for searching for a new Children’s Choir Director. This ministry of Music for our youth is important to all and I hope we will see a renewed dedication when our new person comes aboard. This ministry as usual, will take a break during the summer months but will resume in the fall. I ask your prayers as we move forward with a new director. Again, my thanks and gratitude to Vicki for all she has done for us and our youth. If you wish to send a card and/or a gift, please bring and place it in the basket provided in the entrance.
May 31st will be Fr. Scalisi’s last Sunday with us. I thank Father, Erin, Katie and Andrew for being part of the St. Alban’s family. God gives us people and gifts for a time and we were blessed by their presence and ministry. We will say our farewells on Sunday, May 31st following both the 8 am and 10:30 am Eucharists. At the writing of this Newsletter Article, Father Scalisi has not revealed any future plans except that they will be staying in the Diocese. We wish him and his family many blessings and God’s Grace as they move forward in their ministries and future. There will be a basket in the entrance to place cards and/or gifts you may want to give. Again my gratitude and appreciation for all Fr. Scalisi has done and for his ministry here at St. Alban’s.
With Father leaving us at the end of the month, I have already filled in the position of Youth Group Director. We have added someone who is already familiar with the youth and the program as she was a great influence in organizing and helping getting it off the ground and revitalized. Amy Wagoner will be joining the staff to take over our Youth Group Ministry. She will be on board as of May 1st as Father Scalisi decreases his involvement and Amy increases her ministry.
There are other ministries that still need to be looked at and leadership positions filled. As most of these ministries vacation during the summer months, we will be working to reorganize and do the best we can in fulfilling these needs.
Please join us in two very big activities for our Parish during the month of May. First we have the all Parish Picnic in the park just north of the Church. The picnic is a great way to meet people you have not met before and have fun. It is a relaxing time so come to church May 3rd in your casual wear. Why not wear your red St. Alban’s shirt?
The second is a very important tool for the Parish. We will be making a new pictorial directory. Many thanks to Heather Horn and volunteers for making this happen. But it will only be successful if everyone participates. You can sign up for the selected dates in May three different ways. First is to go online to St. Alban’s Web-page. There is a selection for you to make your appointment to have your picture taken online. Second, we have sign up lists on Sundays in the entrance. You can sign up at a convenient time. The third way is to call Heather Horn and she will be glad to make your appointment. After your information is verified and picture taken, Life touch will show you the pictures and you may choose to purchase or not. By having your picture taken however, you will receive a new free directory when it is published. Heather and Steve Altman will be organizing times and dates for the various ministries to have their pictures taken. Be watching for this information.
May is also a time to enrich your spiritual life. Ascension Day is Thursday, May 14th. We will celebrate the Ascension of our Lord, when he was taken back into heaven, at the 6:30 am Eucharist in the Chapel. Pentecost Sunday is May 24th. We celebrate the giving of the gift of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the Church. It is a great day to wear red again as we pray for the gifts of the Holy Spirit. And don’t forget about Trinity Sunday on May 31st. This is when we celebrate the one and equal glory of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
May is indeed a time of change and transformation. And yes, last but not least I wish you a Happy Mother’s Day. We have a special little something for the women of the parish as we say thanks for all you are and do.