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.