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.