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.