Jun
19
2015

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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.

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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.

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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

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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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Jun
01
2015

June 2015

Dear Parishioners:

The month of May brought many changes, not only in the weather but around St. Alban’s. As I said in one of my sermons lately: When you’re down, God is up to something. Yes it will be difficult operating without an assistant. But it is an opportunity for us to bloom also. God always gives us an opportunity to respond to what happens to and around us. How we respond depends on our maturity and the depth of our faith. We can bury our heads and deny what has or is happening; we can get angry and quit; we can take our anger out on others; or we can find a golden nugget in the call that God has given us to do. If there was any message that kept coming from my assistant, Fr. Scalisi, it was a call to action. Do what God has commanded and expects of a Christian: repent, pray, read your scriptures, participate in his Body, the Church, and most important bring others to Christ. That not only leaves us with a challenge it leaves us with an opportunity to go forward in Christ.

Remember we are ambassadors of Christ. We are his body and the body needs exercise to be strong and healthy. We are not just called to pray but be also prayer in action. So what has happened so far?

As announced, we brought on Amy Wagoner as our Youth Group Director. The continuity of having Amy is beneficial to our Youth as they know and have had experience with her previously. Amy’s ministry will be to build up the youth group again but that will depend upon your help. We ask for your commitment and help ministering to our youth as we also reach out to other youth. We also are praying for God to send us another college age male student that would like to work with youth. Matthew Roger’s who has been assisting, is moving up to Denton for college this August. The youth have requested another if possible and it will help in activities.

We have found and hope soon to be on board a Music Director for our young ones. Thomas Rinn has interviewed with her and we will be making a decision soon. Please keep in your prayers as we fill this staff position left by the retirement of Vicki Keller. Music is very much part of our being here at St. Alban’s. We continue to offer not only excellent music in our worship but concerts throughout the year. It is a great way to invite someone to St. Alban’s.

There has also been a committee formed to prepare a five year plan for St. Alban’s. This requires your prayers as we look to the future. The plan is in its infant form but is being worked on to have realistic goals for us as a parish to reach. These will cover items such as: finances; growth; parish ministries; infrastructure; and church identity. As I stated, this is still in its infancy stage but is being worked on by a great team of people. Look for updates as things progress.

Vacation Bible School is almost here. Many and great thanks to Mandy McFarland who has been doing a fantastic ministry. Also we thank Samantha Childers who has been faithfully helping. It is a big job and these two have worked very hard to get all the details lined up and moving. I also want to thank in advance all who have donated and will be the teachers, assistants, workers and helpers. They could still use many hands in setting up and cleaning up. Join in and let’s do this together.

Many thanks to Heather Horn for her wonderful ministry in getting our new Pictorial Directory organized and ready to go to print. This also is a very large undertaking and we greatly appreciate all she and her volunteers have done. As of this writing I know we are just finishing up picture taking, but I already know it will be a great directory for all who had their pictures taken.

Finally, I would be remiss to say that summer is about here. Vacations are just around the corner. Remember God nor His Church go on vacation. Wherever you go, seek out an Anglican Church to worship. If you are going for an extended period, please call the Church Office and let us put you on the prayer list. And yes, don’t forget your offering to God. Remember those who are still here as St. Alban’s is open and ready for prayer and worship of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

Have a most Blessed Summer.

In Christ,
Fr. K+

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May
01
2015

May 2015

Dear Parishioners:

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.

In Christ,
Fr. K+

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Mar
01
2015

March 2015

Dear Parishioners:

Here we are in the second full week of Lent. How is it going? Many of us try to give up something that our appetites desire. Some take on an additional discipline. The Church asks us to take up the disciplines of fasting, prayer and almsgiving. Lent is a time to deepen our relationship with our Lord. It is not a feeling but an act of the will. In many ways it is like a marriage relationship. In a relationship with our spouse, it is only the will to love them that makes a difference what course of action is going to help both of you make it through rough times.

Often we don’t do anything because we are afraid, worried or have anxiety about doing something. The message of the Gospel over and over is “Do not be afraid!” I recently read on an email about marriage that fear is an emotion that paralyses us into doing nothing. Anxiety is being nervous about something that is not in our control. Worry is dwelling on something chronically, yet no action is taken.

We often, just like with our spouse, get angry over situations. God is not being fair. God is giving me a bum hand. Why did God let this happen? Often the question needs to be answered with a question: Did He? So often we find ourselves in the middle of something we have participated in creating. It may be an argument; it may be poor economic conditions choices to spend when there was nothing to spend. It can also be things that are out of our control and we don’t like what that means—the world economy-the breaking down of the physical body-a tragic event that we were in the wrong place at the wrong time. These out of our control situations are most convenient to blame God.

Isn’t that what Lent is about? To help us learn and understand there is no “I” but a “we” in our relationship with God. Just like in a marriage, the question is not what I want out of this relationship but what do we want; what is best for us and the family; what is God calling us to do or be? On a radio station the other day I heard a pastor say: If God is your co-pilot, who is flying the plane? God should be the pilot in our lives and not the other way around. Lent is a time for us to examine ourselves and check our egos at the door.

Are we addicted to satisfying the appetites of the body? Too much food? Not the right kind of nutrition- sex, drugs, sugar, drinks are some examples? Are we filling our minds with Godly things rather than things of the world—too much TV, pornography, fantasies? Are we listening to what God is telling us or are we distracted by worry, anxiety, fear, business, and distractions? You see that the only time the word “I” should be used in Lent is when we take a hard look at our lives and accuse ourselves of the things we have done and left undone that have broken our marriage and relationship with God. He is faithful but we tend to go astray.

So Lent is actually a love journey. It is not a time to blame the other in the relationship. It is time we are to see how short we have come up, not the other way around. God is God and we are his creatures and the sheep of his hand. God is always living up and fulfilling his side of the promise and covenant he has made. The question is are we? Are we loving God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength or are we just giving him a bit here and there? This is a commandment for Christians, not a choice or option although God will always respect what choice we have made. May this Lent be a time to help us love God more and deepen our relationship with Him.

In Christ,
Fr. K+

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Jan
01
2015

January 2015

Dear Parishioners:

January is here and so is the New Year. As we put away our Christmas decorations and say goodbye to 2014 we also have to welcome the New Year! It is a beginning again and although it may have some familiarity about it, things that were old are being made new once again in our Lord Jesus Christ. Is it not time for you to be new again? To be raised up from sin and death to new life everlasting. You see each and every day of the New Year is an opportunity to hope and renew ourselves in Christ Jesus. It is a time to thank God for the blessings He has given to us. There is a practice that seems to be fairly popular on Facebook. It is a seven day practice to name something each day of what you are thankful for. While this is a great beginning, we need to practice this 365 days of the year. Each day no matter what it brings is an opportunity to grow, learn, help, and enrich our lives. Even when the day doesn’t start out the best, can we see the goodness of the Lord?

The New Year is also a time of hope. Not a hope that is naïve that wishes all things were better but a hope that has its deep roots in our Lord. Hope that we can be changed into his likeness. Hope that we may grow deeper in love and service to Him. Hope that we can know that the kingdom of God is near. Hope that we can share the Good News with those we love, those we know, those who we do not know. In the New Year, God is calling all of use to use the gifts he has given us to great good to his glory. We are asked to be his servants not his volunteers. Do you remember the difference between a volunteer and a servant? A volunteer does what he/she wants when he/she wants. The decision is ours how much we are involved or not. A servant is open to serving all the time—when God calls, what he calls you to do and when He calls you to do it. It is not on our time schedule or how convenient it is for us. It is being open to the Spirit that blows where it wills.

What we are talking about is a transformation of our lives in Jesus Christ. Being a Christian is seven days a week and 24 hours a day. It is not just coming to church on Sunday but an active part of Christ’s Body each day of the week. Do we realize that as we are interacting with others each day, God is calling us to show forth his Kingdom. It may be in an act of kindness. It may be in the words we say. It may being inconvenienced and our attitude towards the interruption. It may even be speaking up against an untruth or injustice we see. But we are each called to have our goal to be Christ-like.

As we begin this New Year we can expect challenges in our lives. As we look to the future, we can expect that we will have successes and failures. But what we must remember is that God is opening up opportunities and challenges to allow us to grow more mature and faithfully in Him.

On Sunday, January 25th we will have one Eucharist in the morning at 9 am. There will be a 5:30 pm Eucharist also that day. Following the 9 am Eucharist we will have our Annual Parish Meeting in the Parish Hall. There are many important items to report on and I hope all our members will join us for this meeting. Activities will be available for the youth while we are in our meeting. Please plan to join us.

May God bless and keep you in this New Year no matter what it may bring. May hope and faithfulness abound and may we grow in the love of our Lord.

Faithfully in Christ,
Fr. K+

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Dec
01
2014

December 2014

Dear Parishioners:

The great themes of Advent have been traditionally “Heaven, Hell, Death, and Judgment”. While they don’t seem to fit with the modern mind as we prepare for Christmas, they are subjects we need to consider very seriously. With Christmas preparation beginning commercially sometime after Halloween or sooner, the whole meaning of Advent has been obscured. The ancient tradition of the church was that Advent was a time of preparation for the second coming of Christ. Christmas was not to be celebrated until December 25th that would conclude with the great Feast of the Epiphany on January 6th.

I remember that when I was a young priest I use to rant and rail against making Advent a season just for the commercial side of Christmas. Well, we all know what a losing battle feels like to try and keep that tradition in our secular world. However, those four themes must be faced in the church which has often diluted this message to the extent that these themes have been neglected.

There is a heresy or wrong teach among many Christians today called “Universalism,” which denies the reality of Hell. What Universalism states in effect is that God is simply too loving and good to allow judgment that would result in Hell. But, from the lips of the one who in His Incarnation revealed total love and goodness, has also come some of the strongest words of warning about the consequences of sin and the rejection of God. Jesus minced no words, while at the same time telling us that “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believed in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Scripture tells us that “God desires not the death of a sinner, but rather that he repent and live.” Jesus tells us that there are those who would rather go to Hell than to repent and live. Without the possibility of judgment and Hell, the Cross is robbed of its meaning and power. This is because in effect the Incarnation and the Cross were not really necessary if the message is we are all going to Heaven.

God emptied Himself in Jesus’ Incarnation, but in the end He will respect our choices and allow our hearts to be hardened, if that is the way we choose to go. He persistently offers us the opportunity to choose Him rather than hardening of our hearts.

Persistent sin on our part can harden our hearts; just look at the parable of the rich man who refused to help the poor man at his gate. He went to Hell, while the poor man was to be found in the bosom of Abraham. It was the persistent refusal to see Christ in that poor man that in the end condemned the rich man. Judgment is the natural consequence of our choices, whether in this life or the life to come. God has provided a means of redemption through Christ to all who reach out to Him in faith.

Time and time again the Church briefly touches on these major issues which the tradition of the church hold up as the themes of Advent against the current sentimentalized holiday mood. We state in the Creed, and affirm from the Scripture, that Jesus will return in power and great glory to judge the living and the dead. Our preparation for that is not a fascination with the details of prophecy, but rather we live a holy life given up to God in service to Him and our fellow brothers and sisters.

May God bless each one of us as we prepare for Christmas by dwelling on the great themes of Advent, and realizing that our life here on this earth counts in crucial ways.

And I cannot resist the temptation: Have a Merry Christmas—see you at the Altar—and a Blessed New Year.

In Christ,
Fr. Kresowaty+

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Nov
01
2014

November 2014

Dear Parishioners:

As we anticipate making out our regular giving to God in November, too often there is an air of hurried, guilty distaste surrounding the task. “Here are those cards once again!” We don’t mind giving, but must it be so often? We almost begrudge the church its need. But in doing so we are liable to overlook our own need.

In the heart of us all there is a stubborn kernel of covetousness. The whole point of giving to God is that our giving itself becomes a sacramental path for grace to enter our hearts, softening and finally consuming that kernel. Joy Davidman, in “Smoke of the Mountain”, beautifully describes the process.

“Not until Christ came were we shown the real alternative to covetousness, in that charity which not only loves to give but also takes with love. And not until Paul taught us did we understand how a man may appeal to the Grace for help against the covetousness in his own heart.

Christianity is everywhere paradoxical, everywhere too difficult for simple black-and-white thinking; but nowhere more so that in its doctrine of worldly goods. For they are good things—and yet we must not long for them. They are to be enjoyed—and yet we must not make that enjoyment our goal.

They are God’s plenty; in the form of bread and wine, they are the very symbols of that act of God which makes and keeps us man; they devote our lives to getting them. If we have them, the best possible thing we can do is to give them away; if we don’t have them, we may expect to get them, but we mustn’t worry about it! The Savior who bestows miraculous loaves and fishes upon the multitude is the same who proclaims that man does not live by bread alone, and he who teach us to pray, “Give us this day our daily bread,” also warns us, “Take no thought, saying, “What shall we eat?” It seems almost that we are told not to desire what, by our very natures, we cannot live without.

The paradox is easier once we remember that the text runs, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God”—once we remember the distinction between the ends and the means. Seeing God face to face is our goal; the pleasures of life, and even life itself, are the means to it. Therefore the milk and honey and corn and wine and soft chairs and fine houses and swift automobiles—all those pleasant things—exist primarily as a kind of currency of love; a means whereby we can exchange love with one another and thus become capable of the love of God.

In Charity, we value such things not only for their pleasantness, but also because we can give them away and give our love with them; or else because, in receiving them we receive other’s love for us as a baby at the breast sucks his mother’s love with her milk.

Nowadays we usually praise the power to give, which implies worldly success, far beyond the power to take, and we are sometime ashamed of “receiving charity.” Yet Christ and the apostles were not. Though it be more blessed to give than to receive, to be fully Christian one must know how to do both with the same humility and the same joy.”

After all, God’s love has given us this creation and the freedom of choice. The Father’s love has given his only Son to die for us and our salvation. The Son’s love has given us the way of life, forgiveness of sin and the promise to be with him forever. The Holy Spirit’s love gives us strength and wisdom. Are we willing to accept these gifts of love in humility? Are we willing to give back in joy and love?

In Christ,
Fr. K+

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Sep
01
2014

September 2014

Dear Parishioners:

September brings us the opportunity to renew our desire, our hope, our commitment to our Lord and Savior. Why do I say that September brings this? Doesn’t every day? The answer is of course each day should be desiring to serve our Lord with our whole heart, soul, mind and strength. Each day we should place our hope in our Lord and Savior. And each day we should be renewing our commitment to the Lord. But September brings us the end of summer relaxation and rest but also the opportunity to become engaged in the ministry of our Lord at St. Alban’s. Bible Study resumes on Wednesday; Choir resumes on Wednesday evenings; Christian Education resumes on Sundays at 9:15 am; the Life Shelter continues to serve those in need; the Age to Perfection group continues to meet for lunch; the Greeters and Newcomers continue to welcome those known and unknown into our community of faith; the Ushers, Acolytes, Altar and Flower Guild continue to serve the Lord for worship; the nurses continue to provide blood pressure checks for the parish; the St. Alban’s Singers begin their rehearsals; the Youth Group continues to meet; Inquirer’s Class begins –and the list goes on and on. This September brings us the opportunity to work—yes I said work—for our Lord. The Letter to St. Timothy states very clearly that faith without work is dead.

Although our Rally Day has come and passed, September still offers us the opportunity to work and live out our faith. I was at a conference in August focusing on the revitalization of the church. The speaker quoted an author. I don’t remember the author’s name who coined the question but I thought I would at least share a paraphrased version with you: Are you a person who waits for the golden opportunity or are you one who looks for the gold in every opportunity?

God asks each one of us to step out in faith and trust in him. Are you up to taking an opportunity to look for the gold that He has placed in the various ministries he has given St. Alban’s? In a very secular way perhaps we have heard it before: you only get out of something how much you are willing to invest in it. If we are looking for the Church to provide us with a cafeteria of delights and looking for just the right opportunity, we will be greatly disappointed. If we are looking to deepen our faith and love of the Lord, then we must look for the gold in every opportunity that God has put before us. Putting our desire for God, living and working for God, and committing our whole self to God is living our life searching for the gold in the opportunity. After all, does not Jesus say that the kingdom of God is like a pearl of great price and the merchant sells everything to purchase it? Or the kingdom of Heaven is like a hidden treasure of great price and the man sells all that he has to purchase the field? The gold is in every opportunity that God puts before us—are we willing to give ourselves up to finding it?

We have been given Good News. Our Lord Jesus Christ came to us and is with us always. He died on the cross for our sins and the sin of the world. Are we willing to take every opportunity to share the Good News with others? Are we willing to change our routines we have made for ourselves and accept the routine of God? September provides this opportunity as each and every day does.

I thank you for such a generous response to our appeal for Ellis Elementary School and to Carole Shunk for organizing the drive for school supplies. Your giving to help those students in need was overwhelming and I know it will be appreciated by both the students and teachers. There may be other opportunities come available through the school year but please keep the principle, teachers and students in your daily prayers.

Fr. Binga, our centurion has received the first of our giving towards his new “priest’s house.” He asked that I express his deep gratitude for the gift. If it pleases the Diocese of Northern Malawi and us, he stated the name of the house would be St. Alban’s. It will cost $25,000 to completely build the house so if you wish to commit to an ongoing gift, please mark in the memo that it is for the “priest’s house.” He is most grateful for your generous support.

September is a great time for us to turn our attention to supporting the USO. With our world in turmoil and tensions, our military service men and women need to know we support them and appreciate them for putting their lives on the line for us and others. I hope we will be as generous as possible to help stock the shelves with the items that are needed. They may be small tokens but meaningful for our military people as they travel to the torn places as well as come home. It is another opportunity for us to find gold in.

Finally, I pray and give thanks that as I write this article many of the Christians have been rescued from the plight and horrible persecution of ISIS. There are still 8000 still needing help. The stories told about the suffering and persecution of Christians by ISIS is horrifying. It is overwhelming the faith and courage they have shown in the face of torture, rape, beheading, dehydration and starvation they are enduring. As I have stated, I admonish you to pray for them daily. As refugees they still have more than a tough time to face. If you wish to do something, please go to the Anglican Relief and Development web-site to give a donation to help the refugees. Archbishop Anis, the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East are overseeing direct relief efforts.

Yes September offers many opportunities. Seek and you will find them. Knock and the door will be open. What a wonderful and glorious God we have.

Faithfully in Christ,
Fr. K+

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Aug
01
2014

August 2014

Dear Parishioners:

Hope you have had or are having a relaxing summer and/or vacation. Welcome home if you have been away during our Texas summer, although it has not been that hot yet. Things at the Church also begin to warm up as we begin the month of August. Mark on your calendars that Sunday, August 3rd we return to our former schedule of 10:30 am Eucharist. This will give us six Sundays to adjust to the schedule before Christian Education for all ages begins again. Christian Education for all ages will begin on Sunday September 7th at 9:15 am. That is except for…

We will begin Inquirer’s Class on August 17th at 5 pm in Room 10. With the Bishop planning his visitation to St. Alban’s on Sunday, October 19th, we will have to begin Inquirer’s Class earlier for an organizational meeting. Inquirer’s Class is for those who wish to “inquire” about the Church, the Sacraments, what we believe and why, the practices of the Church and most important our faith and belief in our Lord and Savior. The class is especially for those seeking Confirmation (the gift of the Holy Spirit to a mature faith in Christ); Reception (you have been already Confirmed in the Roman or Orthodox Church and wish to be received into the Anglican Communion); or you have been away from the Church for a while and wish to Renew your Baptismal Vows. It is always a great way to refresh your mind as to what you may have learned (or not) in your Inquirer’s Class taken some time ago.

The reason for the earlier start is manifold. First, I have been asked by Fr. Maneikis who has been helping out at St. Joseph’s, Grand Prairie if we would welcome some of their youth to join us for Confirmation Classes. Of course the answer was ‘yes’. Second, we have the Labor Day weekend when many take their “last” vacation before school is in full swing. Third, I will be on vacation two weeks to attend my niece’s wedding mid-September. So this first meeting we will fill out paperwork, pass out materials and find a day and time to meet which allows us the best preparation. There will be a sign-up list for parishioners to let us know of your intention to join us.

Our choir has had some time off during July and we welcome them back. During the month of August the choir will rehearse at 9:15 am on Sunday’s. They will return to their regular Wednesday evening rehearsals in September. If you are interested in being part of our Music Ministry, please see Thomas, our Chamber Choir Director. The St. Alban’s Singers, our youth choir could use more voices. If your children or grandchildren might be interested in being part of our music ministry, please see Vicki Keller who will be at our Rally Sunday.

Rally Sunday will be on Sunday, August 24th in the Parish Hall. You can join in Rally Day after each of the Eucharists. Please mark your calendars as Rally Sunday is when the whole parish is invited to participate in the ministry of our Lord and the Church. There will be the various ministries we have available for you to participate in as well as the leaders of these ministries for you to ask questions and learn about how you can participate in the life of the Church. There will be food and fellowship for all to join in the work of our Lord. There will also be some drawings for gifts if you sign up for a new ministry. Everyone should have a ministry they participate in to the honor and glory of the Lord. Come join us.

The Diocese is offering some excellent opportunities also during the month of August. On August 9th the Christian Education Commission will be offering a conference: To Be a Christian: Exploring the New Catechism. It will be an informative conference about what is catechism? How do you use it? What is the catechumenate? It would be wonderful to start the Catechumenate process here at St. Alban’s. On line reservation is available. Look for the flyer found in this Legate.

On August 21st, 28th, and September 4th (all Thursdays) The Right Reverend Fanuel Magangani, Bishop of Northern Malawi will be teaching a Bible Study on Faith Hope and Charity. It will be held at Christ the Redeemer, off the Hulen exit, from 7 pm until 8:30 pm. His last class was excellent and I am sure this one will be also. Again there is a flyer in this Legate for more information.

I would like to thank everyone who has been participating in our outreach programs for the summer and fall. Thanks to your generous response for the appeal for a “priest’s house” for Fr. Binga, our Centurion, we have surpassed our goal. I know he will be grateful for the additional help and continue your prayers for Fr. Binga and his family. Thank you again for your outpouring of love.

Please remember to pick up one of the items on the lists for Ellis Elementary School and/or the USO. We will continue to collect these items into the Fall. Carole Shunk has written an article about the student population. These youth need our help and we can make a difference. There is also a list for items needed by the USO. The USO provides a welcoming home for all the military that comes through DFW. We need and should be welcoming our military people as they come through DFW, not just the first but the last also. Let’s make a difference for them and thank them for putting their lives on the line for us and our freedom. Jay or Kathy King are our contact people if you have any questions or would like to volunteer to the USO.

Things are warming up now not only outside but at St. Alban’s. Come be an active part of the mission and ministry that God has called us to be.

In Christ,
Fr. K+

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July 2014

Dear Parishioners:

First I would like to thank our choir, Thomas Rinn our Choir Director, Michael Hitt our Organist, Vicki Keller, Youth Choir Director and the Saint Alban’s Singers for all the wonderful and worshipful music they have provided. They get a little vacation during the month of July and yet many of our faithful choir members still sing out to provide beautiful music during this time. Thank you for all your dedication and your vocation to sing to the glory of God.

Our congratulations to Thomas Rinn who is now going to be working at Heritage High School in Colleyville. While this will not change his ministry at St. Alban’s, it is a great opportunity for him and we wish him the best!

Second, a few business items need to be announced. The first Friday in July, July 4th the Parish Office will be closed for the holiday. The following Friday’s through August 1st the Parish Office will be closing on Friday’s at Noon! Please remember that for an emergency the cell phone number to be called is in your Sunday Bulletin. A good reason to take your bulletin home as this number changes each month depending who is on call.

On Thursday, July 17th the Staff will be having an all-day Staff meeting and the Office will be closed. This meeting allows us to start the planning for the coming months. So please be aware that the phone will not be answered and the Office will not be open.

Third, please mark on your calendars that on Sunday, August 3rd we will return to the 10:30 am time for the Eucharist. 8 am and 5:30 pm will remain the same but the 10 am Eucharist will return to its former time of 10:30 am. This will give us a few Sunday’s to become use to the time again before everything begins once again. Why? We tried as an experiment to have Christian Education following the 10 am Eucharist. This was to give those who visited a chance to join us in Education as well as allow the youth to have a later starting time that would encourage attendance. This just did not happen. Starting in September we will have our former schedule of 8 am Eucharist; 9:15 Christian Education for all ages; 10:30 am Eucharist; and 5:30 pm Eucharist on Sunday’s.

Talking about the Eucharist, I would like to encourage everyone to try one of our weekday Eucharist. We had a faithful group on Mondays and Wednesdays, but for various reasons attendance has fallen off. Why not add a little something to your rule of life or spiritual discipline? The weekday Eucharists only take about a half hour and are a great way to reconnect our lives during the week with our Lord and Savior. Need Unction? Try the Wednesday Eucharist which is a healing service as well. If you need to get to work, the Thursday Eucharist is at 6:30 am which allows plenty of time to get to your daily chores. Come and join us for these celebrations to add assured grace and worship of our Lord to your daily life.

Fourth: A big Thank you to Marsha Neal and all the volunteers who did a fantastic ministry for Vacation Bible School. Many hands helped in donating needed items; many hands were needed to set up the Parish Hall and Classrooms; many hands, talent, and ministry was needed to teach and help these young ones to learn and be enthusiastic about the Gospel Message. Thanks to each of you who helped make this outreach to our neighbors, children, and friends such an enjoyable and fun filled week.

Fifth, there are three outreach programs that I ask you to rise to the occasion. An article and the Mayor of Fort Worth, Betsy Price asked the community to get behind the USO. Dallas/Fort Worth has always been a great stop for our service people coming back from the hostilities of battle in foreign countries. The USO has greeted them with cheers and provided a meal or snack. Volunteerism as well as supplies are low now perhaps because it has been such a long battle. But whatever the reason, I believe Saint Alban’s can get behind this ministry and welcome our service people who have put their lives on the line for our freedom and safety. The last should be welcomed home as strongly as the first. I have asked Kathy King to help gather information and procedures for helping out.

I also have heard from Fr. Binga, our Centurion. He has given a plea to ask if St. Alban’s could help in completing a “priest’s” house for his family. At present they are renting a house that has no doors or windows in it. There are no other available housing in the area to buy or rent. The parish he is serving at, has been able to come up with funds enough for half the bricks. It would cost about $1000 to $1500 to complete the “priest’s” house and make it livable with windows and doors. Can you help?

The end of July and the first part of August we begin to collect funds and supplies for Operation School Supplies. We are in a relationship with Ellis Elementary School that is always in need of our help. Carol Shunk is our contact person and will have a list of supplies that are needed as the time draws near. We did a fantastic job last year providing supplies and underwear for the school last year. Can we do more?

Finally we will be starting our Inquirer’s Class for those wishing to be Confirmed, Received into the Anglican Communion, Renewing their Baptismal Vows or just like to review and re-learn what was forgotten in August. Please watch the Newsletter and Bulletin for information. Our Bishop will make his Visitation on Sunday, October 19th this year so even First Communion Class may begin a little earlier this year.

I hope you will all have a wonderful 4th of July Celebration and continue in faithfulness and prayer during our summer months. Don’t forget to pray and worship even when traveling as God is the source of our life and being.

In Christ,

Fr. K+

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