Mar
10
2017

Missions, Prayer & Outreach

 

April Legate

Missions, Outreach & Prayer

 

 

In Missions, we are getting ready to leap into a busy part of the year. The Benton’s, Guy & Summer, who are Missionaries to Cambodia, just welcomed their third child into this world in January. They are now safely back in Cambodia- their Mission field after the delivery and baptism in New Zealand.. The Kramer’s left last month for 3 weeks to check on their adopted children- in 3 orphanages in Kenya & Tanzania. They will leave to move to Kurdistan on the Wednesday of Holy Week. Their daughter, Nina, will be going to Perth, Australia this summer for YWAM training and then joining them this Fall. Blaise graduates from Boarding school in May and will then go to an Ivy League school in the Fall for International  studies. He was highly recruited due to his GPA. Before they leave for Kurdistan, they will visit 2 US churches- one in Allen, Texas on 3-23, they will then spend 4 days in Savannah, Georgia, and then leave on April 10th for Kurdistan. Finally, we are beginning  the work of preparing for a grand 20th Anniversary celebration for our Companion Diocese of Northern Malawi  ON Saturday, June 3rd, Bishop Fanuel Magangani will come here and we will be together for a retreat to begin the next chapter in our relationship. Please pray for me as I begin to fill the shoes as the new chair of this committee.  As I have said before, Lord Willing, I will travel  to visit with them in Northern Malawi and I look forward to bringing our greetings.    Stay tuned for more details about this celebration in the coming weeks!

 

In prayer, much of what is done is behind the scenes. In one of Father K’s most recent sermons, he elaborated on that with the gospel being about praying in secret. In our church, we have many faithful who pray daily for those on our Parish prayer list. We have ministries whose core founding is rooted in prayer. We have a group who commit to praying for the Vestry team every month in a Vigil during their meeting. Another group commit to praying in 15 minute segments of the meeting times from 6:45 to 9:00 every month during the Vestry meetings. Many have come into the church to kneel before God and the alter to pray additionally. Our Lord delights in the prayers of His people! Those of us who go to BSF remember the chapter we just finished where Jesus explained to the disciples that “the Father will give you whatever you ask in My Name” John 15:16 NIV

In addition to our own prayers, there are several other groups involved in praying for other ministries in our Diocese. Whenever there is a SOMA Mission going to anywhere else in the world, there is an Intercessory Prayer team praying for that team and their members. I was blessed to be a part of one of these Missions. There is also a group of people who get together every Tuesday night on a Conference call to pray for the ministry of the Kramer’s, missionaries to E. Africa. On Tuesday, March 7th, they left to go visit E. Africa for 3 weeks in several places that they have Orphanages taking care of many displaced children. They also have a school, affectionately called Father Jerry Academy. They also support many groups of widows. They will celebrate the completion of a new hospital building. There are 3 orphanages in Kenya &  Tanzania. Since their visit to our church last September, we have also began to connect with intercessor teams in the churches that they are going to visit while in the US. We have these calls on Friday evenings and try to involve the local prayer teams in these calls. We call ourselves the Kramer Intercessory Team. There are just 2 more church visits in 2017 left- in Allen Texas on the 26th of March and then in Savannah, Georgia on the 30th. They returned from E. Africa on the 23rd of March.  The Kramer Intercessory  Team will pray them into both of these visits, as we have all year in the others. They have reported to us that it has made a very definite impact on the congregations they visit, the prayer teams in that Parish, as well as how the Lord uses them to preach & teach there. On April 10th, they will “deploy” to Kurdistan, in Northern Iraq. This team will then begin the fervent prayers for the relief & recovery efforts that they will be doing there with those displaced by the ISIS regime and the liberation of Mosul. They maintain that it is safer there than in E. Africa! The Kurds love the US and watch our backs there always. The greatest blessing is we get real, accurate information that is not “spun” in any way. It is surprising how different that news can be! I will post pictures as I get them.

 

Last but certainly not the least is Outreach. We have to begin to live Matthew 28:18-20 to paraphrase, says to; to Go- Make- Teach. The go is certainly Outreach! We never know who or how our visits will be received. If we love the Lord, He expects us to reach out to the world and show them what we have- peace & joy from Jesus! The world is sadly lacking in both, and He offers it willingly! Won’t you join us in going out? Every time we go into a grocery store or gas station, we have an opportunity to be a witness for the Gospel. It can be as simple as how we greet someone or answer a question- our joy can be radiated to all we come into contact with.It is not just sharing our testimony, but that is important too. In our Discipleship training, which we now call TALENT for The Anglican Lay Evangelist Next Training, that is what we are trying to do- is make disciples that make disciples that make more disciples. Our next TALENT meeting will be on April 23 at 6:30 and we will hear all about our relationship with La Gran Familia, an orphanage our diocese supports in Northern Mexico. We will also hear about the Mother’s Day ingathering for the Orphanage that starts that same day, April 23rd. We will meet starting at 6:30 in the Parish Hall. You won’t want to miss this meeting! Watch for updates in our weekly church bulletins!  As I said before, we have so much to be thankful for- never forget to thank God often for how he blesses us! May this Easter season make you grow & glow! Remember, Go- Make- Teach!

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Jan
16
2017

Prayers, Mission & Outreach

Outreach- Kathy Jones and I went out for Advent Lessons & Carols and for Christmas Eve  Services times and went through the neighborhood handing out flyers to invite the community to both. I am also looking into getting events added to Next Door on line to target specific zip codes. We plan to go out again and invite via hand-outs our neighbors to the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper. We need more participation from the church to cover more territory.  We just finished our weekend with Canon Steven Saul, and much has been given to us to help us grow the body of Christ. I am thankful to be able to have attended and heard the excitement for things to come. Please come and join us! We will be doing some invitation cards this time that should be quick & easy. The more we have show up the farther we can go and the faster we will be done!

 

Evangelism & Missions- Formulating plans for the coming months for guest speakers for Telet follow-up meetings. One who already have agreed to come are Bishop Ackerman, another is Barbara Hautenman, from La Gran Familia. World Mission Sunday is Feb. 19th  and I would like to ask Fr. K to have her come that day during CE hour and speak about the Orphanage.  Our Missionary friend the Kramer’s finished up their US Church visits on December 18th at Christ Church Waco. Father Jerry left that afternoon for a quick trip to Kurdistan to finish delivering the relief supplies and Christmas gifts that  our donations helped to provided for. Their goal was to  provide for 1250 families- they ended up providing for 1653 families. The current situation there is very cold, many, many more refugees who are escaping from Mosul as it becomes more and more liberated, relief supplies were taken to the hold outs on Mount Sinja to take care of the remaining 650 Yezhidi’s on top of the mountain.  On Friday, Feb. 10 and Saturday the 11th, Retired Nigerian Arch-Bishop Ben Kawashi will be the keynote speaker at the Annual Men’s Conference held in St. Peter & Paul Church. We will go all out to get as many as we can to attend as he has an amazing testimony of life in Nigeria battling Boko Haram, and Al Queda affiliate. He and Gloria his wife have an orphanage that takes care of some 400+ orphaned children from Nigeria.

 

As a extra note, we are beginning the plans for a 25th Anniversary celebration in June of our relationship with the Diocese of Northern Malawi. Bishop Fanuel, the first indigenous Bishop of the Diocese will be accepting his Doctorate of Divinity degree on Thursday June 1st, and the celebration will be on Wednesday June 7th at St. Andrews, downtown. There will be much more about this in the coming months. Lord willing, I plan to lead a Mission there in 2018. Please begin to pray for me as the planning begins! I would love for several of us to go from St. Alban’s.

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Nov
02
2016

November 2016

Dear Parishioners:
There are so many things going on this November I don’t know where to start. We begin with All Saints’ and All Souls’ Day and their celebrations. We have the changing of the time (before you go to bed, please) on Sunday morning about 2 am. We have the Bishop’s Visitation to St. Alban’s on Sunday, November 6th for Confirmation. I hope everyone will join us for this important service. Our Congratulations to Chase Krieger as he receives the Sacrament of Confirmation. Following the Eucharist, please come down to the Parish Hall for a Potluck reception and to celebrate this wonderful day with our Bishop and our new Confirmand.

I know we have thanked in the Sunday bulletin those who helped with painting, removal of wall paper, cleaning and taking tape off items in the kitchen which has been stuck for years, but I want to say how much we appreciate all you have done once again. Things look so much better and refreshed. Job well done!

We also kick off our collecting food and donations for our Advent Project. We give kudo’s to Glenda Morgan for all the years she has overseen the Advent Project. We also give thanks for Janice Doerge and Dorinda White for joining the team to help with this fantastic outreach. Please start bringing in canned food items to help those families in need that the Arlington Urban Ministries refer to us. The more given the more families we can help with.

Remember the First Sunday of Advent, November 27th our Christian Education Classes are suspended and everyone is invited to prepare the boxes for donations.

We have Diocesan Convention on the 18th and 19th of November. There are no controversial issues in our Diocese which we are thankful for. But please continue to pray for our Bishop, all Clergy and Laity of our Diocese, and our Delegates as we gather in worship and the business of the Church. We have indeed been blessed with godly Bishops and Archbishop. It is indeed a blessing we should be very thankful about.

We have our annual celebration in anticipation of Thanksgiving Day on Wednesday November 23rd at 7 pm. There is so much for us to give Thanks for — you don’t want to miss this opportunity. Please remember even if you are traveling, to stop and give thanks to God for all the blessing he has given us. If you are staying in town, join us in worship that evening, it is a great time to bring in food for those who are hungry.

We have two events that arrive very quickly in December that I would like to ask you to reserve the dates. The first is Advent Lessons and Carols. A beautiful service that combines Scripture and Music in anticipation of our Lord’s Coming. Advent Lessons and Carols will be on December 4th beginning at 5:30 pm followed by a reception.

The second exciting event will be the celebration of Fr. Maneikis’ 50th Anniversary of his Ordination to the Priesthood. We will celebrate a Solemn Evensong beginning at 6:30 pm. Our Bishop will join us; our choir is preparing some special treats and there will be a special reception following in the Parish Hall. Please sure to mark your calendars to join us on Friday, December 16th.

Many thanks to Jacob Neal for becoming our Parish Liaison between the Cub Scouts and the Parish. This group of Scouts has been growing and it is hoped that they will grow large enough to reinstitute our Troop 82. Please say your prayers for them. I also want to thank Tom Immke for the many years of service he has so freely given as Liaison. We greatly appreciate all he has done.

I am also thankful for those working on our roof situation. If you have not been down in the Parish Hall for a while, please go down and look at the west wall by the kitchen. There has been massive leaking that has peeled the paint. In the hallway above the water faucet there is another place where water has come down and peeled the paint. The leakage through all this area has been happening for some time. It has come to our attention there may be structural damage in this area also. We have some very competent people looking into the matter and will suggest a permanent solution. This will be complicated as the power, gas and heating and air conditioning units run across this section of the roof. As more details come available I will let you know. Please pray for those working on a solution.

On a personal note, I am thankful for you. I greatly appreciate all the concern and love you express for me and my health. I am doing well. And please continue with your prayers. Healing is sometimes slower than we want and sometimes comes in unexpected ways and times. God is good and has blessed me in so many ways. I also want to give thanks for my staff. They keep me on my toes and help so greatly. They really help keep things going and moving around here. My thanks and praise to God and for you my St. Alban’s family.

I hope you will have a Blessed Thanksgiving and hope to see you at the many opportunities for celebration and thanksgiving.

In Christ,
Fr. K+

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Oct
01
2016

October 2016

Dear Parishioners:

I would like to thank Charles Patton for his organizational skills and for bringing Fr. Jerry and Stacy back to St. Alban’s. It was indeed a gift to have them and for everything they shared with us. Thank you for your generosity towards their ministry. As you well know, this can be continued throughout the year.

We will have another chance to support our Centurion, Fr. Binga this month. The Brotherhood of St. Andrew will be sponsoring an Oktoberfest on Sunday, October 23rd from noon to 3 pm in the Parish Hall. Fr. Binga has had a long time relationship with us and we have helped build his “Priest House.” I am sure he could use more help on that project as it goes in phases as funds are available. But first is to help provide a stipend for him and his family to live on. I believe our support is about $150 per month. Join in the fun, and fellowship while helping spread the gospel in Northern Malawi. Like here in the United States, the harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few.

Talking about Laborers, we could use a few of them ourselves. I want to thank Dorinda White and Janice Doerge for their volunteering to help with the Advent Project. Glenda Morgan has been a faithful leader for this outreach and I am sure thankful for the help. But liturgically we could use more acolytes, ushers, lectors, and chalice bearers. Our gratitude to those Lectors/Chalice Bearers who have taken on several services. We are thankful for your faithfulness and serving to the Glory of God.

But another area we are still looking to be blessed is for a Christian Education Teacher(s) for our 1st through 6th grades. Carole and John Lemonds, Susie Wheaton and Vincent Go have been faithfully teaching but could use your help. We have a great flock of young ones that need to know and be taught the love and mercy of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Please let me know if you are called to help.

If you are in need of some intellectual stimulation, we have plenty of opportunities. On Sunday’s in the Library we have a Christian Parenting Class. If you have passed that stage in your life, then Larry Thomas is offering an adult class on the Reformation. If that is not enough then on Wednesday’s—Faith, Food and Fellowship has not only opportunities for youth but small group for adults on the movie Son of God. Join in the fun.

Yes, we will be having the Blessing of the Animals. It will be on Wednesday, October 5th beginning at 5:30 pm. Thanks to Monica Cyphers and Randy Sparks for taking flyers to Veterinarian Offices and Groomers. We hope new people will join us for the Blessing. Food will be served at the front parking-lot. You are welcome to keep your pet with you to join in Wednesday night’s activities or take them home and come back. Let’s see if we can have a record number of blessings this year.

We have the Altar and Flower Guild Meeting and Luncheon; we are hosting the Delegates for Diocesan Convention—see Monica if you would like to donate some dessert. In other words we have a very exciting and active month of October. There are many opportunities to join in. Come be an integral part of St. Alban’s.

In Christ,
Fr. K+

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Sep
01
2016

September 2016

Dear Parishioners:

Once again I would like to thank you for your love, prayers and support you have given me during and after the three surgeries I have had this past year. It hardly seems it but, yes September 16th was the first surgery. If you were not at church on my first Sunday back, then I will have to inform you that I have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. It seems as though my body has taken a beating this year but the spirit is good. Thanks to your prayers, love and God’s healing power. Hopefully with God’s grace things will move along more smoothly.

My gratitude again for the wonderful gift of funds for a new cassock. It is hard to believe that I have had only two cassocks during my 33 years of ordination. This will be my third. I will wear it with pride as Dean of the Eastern Deanery. Thank you for your expression of love and generosity.

As I write this, we are working on Christian Education for our youth on Sundays. We are looking for enough wonderful people to work in teams during the month. Do you have a calling to help our youth learn and experience our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? It would be a shame to miss out on this opportunity.

We have the privilege of having The Rev. Larry Thomas teaching one of our adult Christian Education Classes again. Larry will be sharing with the adults information on the Reformation. His class will begin on September 25th at 9:15 am. Larry’s class is starting on the 25th due to a return visit of a special visitor. He has been with us before to share his missionary zeal in countries that are not very friendly to Christians. Know who his is yet? He will be preaching on Sunday, September 18th at both the 8 am and 10:30 am. He will also be sharing his and his family’s experiences in the Parish Hall at 9:15 am. Of course you don’t want to miss this exciting presentation.

Another class for adults will be a class on Christian Parenting. This class will be led by various leaders and couples with the aid of video and workbooks. So watch the bulletin for information. Both classes will begin at 9:15 am but rooms have yet to be determined. Our Wednesday night program of Faith-Food-Fellowship will be offering not only food but food for the soul. They will be changing the focus from games which has been offered through the summer months to a study. The study will be of Rick Warren’s study and movie, Son of God with table discussions. Come and join us on Wednesdays at 6 pm for Food-Faith-Fellowship.

I thank Glenda Morgan and Heather Horn for volunteering to teach First Communion Class. Any youth first grade and up, who are of an age of reason is invited to learn about receiving their First Communion when the Bishop visits St. Alban’s. If your child has already taken the class and needs a refresher course, please speak with Glenda or Heather. We want to help our youth in their life in Christ as much as possible.
Finally but not least, is our Inquirer’s Class for those who wish to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, Reception, or Renewal of Baptismal Vows when our Bishop visits. We will have an organization meeting on Sunday, September 11th at 9:15 in room 10. We will find a time and day that we can meet as well as fill out some paperwork. It is a great class to review one’s own faith and practices of the church. If you are interested, please join us on this Sunday.

I hope everyone, as it will take everyone, has filled out a ministry sign up list that has been in your bulletin. If a leader of that ministry has not contacted you, please feel free to call the ministry leader. If St. Alban’s is going to grow in the faith of our Lord, grow in the discipleship of Christ, grow in the love and ministry to reach out to those who do not know Christ or have lapsed in their faith— we need you! Join us in learning and offering the greatest gift we have been given, Jesus Christ our Lord.

In Christ,
Fr. K+

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May
01
2016

May 2016

Dear Parishioners:

I thank God for the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I also thank him for the saving grace and mercy that lead to salvation. That was my thought as I sat in the Appellate Court of Texas. The detail, the building argument upon argument, the precedent upon precedent; the iotas and dots go over and over in my mind straining to decipher all the arguments meant. And when it comes down to the lawsuit, all they meant was the same they had always said. The Episcopal Church stated that the court must rule by deference and thus The Episcopal Church will decide who owns the property and we who are in The Anglican Church of North America argued that neutral principals should be their guiding principal by which the case is decided.

As many of you, maybe I was hoping for something new, something exciting something to sink my teeth into. But alas, my hopes were dashed. But it proved to be a lesson. Anytime we put our hope in anything or person other than God we miss the mark. The grace of God is so much simpler to accept and understand than all the webs we weave whether they be legal, moral or ethical. So now comes the hard part of life. Waiting and praying for a time and perhaps a season. There is no time schedule for an Appellate Court to make their decision.

May is coming in with many activities. We had our Parish Picnic on Sunday May 1st which was a great success.

May 8th is Mother’s Day. This day we will recognize all mothers both living and departed with a special prayer at the conclusion of the Prayers of the People. We will have a little token of appreciation for all women of the parish on this day.

May 15th is the Day of Pentecost. We celebrate the wonderful gift of the Holy Spirit that our Lord has sent as his first gift. The Holy Spirit is not only the Third Person of the Trinity of our one God but also the giver of life. One of the manifestations of this life is the Church. This is just one of the many gifts God has given us to aid us in our journey with Him. Don’t miss out!

May 22nd we will thank our Christian Education teachers and honor those graduating from High School. I hope you will join me in thanking each and every one of our teachers for all the ministry they have done this past year. We have had two great teams for our teachers and they did a fantastic job. Congratulations to our Graduating Seniors from High School. As I have heard through the grapevine, a number of you are going to continue to be in Arlington attending UTA. We will miss those going out of town to college or a university but hope it is a wonderful and blessed experience. Don’t forget to take care of your spiritual life as you begin this new journey in Christ.

May 29th we will remember those who died in the service of our Country. They were dedicated men and women whom many of us have known. We thank them for giving the ultimate sacrifice, their lives to protect us and provide for us the freedoms that we have. Never should we take lightly the gift they have so given to us to be caretakers of.

I thank Samantha Childers, Sara Beall and Susie Wheaton for co-leading the Vacation Bible School. Remember there is still plenty of room for volunteers and we will need some items donated to help keep the costs down. The youth have a great time at VBS as well as deepening relationship with the teens and adults of the parish. Help us make this VBS a fruitful time.

Many ask each Sunday how am I doing? At the writing of this article I am doing okay! We will not know anything more than has been told till about mid-May. I will have seen my two doctors and know what course is going to be laid hopefully. Like the judges of the Appellate Court, the medical system has no timeline on which they must give an answer. What you might think is serious is not in their minds. So I continue to keep on moving and resting when I can….That is the best I can do for now. The Parish will know when surgery is schedule and approximately how long I will be recuperating. Thank you for all your concern and prayers. We will hopefully know more soon.

We have a very active May in store for St. Alban’s as I have not mentioned everything that is going on. St. Alban’s is a great place to be; not because of all the things we do. It is special because of the special people. Have a Blessed Mother’s Day; Ascension Day; Pentecost, Trinity Sunday, Graduation and Memorial Day. God Bless!

In Christ,
Fr. K+

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Apr
01
2016

April 2016

Dear Parishioners:

Alleluia! Christ is Risen. The Lord is Risen Indeed. Alleluia!

I am so grateful for all those who participated, in one or another service, during Holy Week and the great Celebration of the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I just have to express my and St. Alban’s gratitude.

Thank you to our Altar and Flower Guild for all the services you prepared for during this time. There were ten services or more that you had a direct hand in setting up for worship.

Thank you to our Lector’s, Chalice Bearers, Acolytes, Oblationers and Ushers who helped in serving our Lord at His Altar and in His Sanctuary.

Thank you to our Choir Director Thomas Rinn for all his preparation and directing the Choir.

Thank you to Michael Hitt for sharing his talent and ministry on the Organ.

Thank you to Courtney Patten for directing our little ones in joyous song.

Thank you to our Chamber Choir and the Cherub Choir for sharing your gift of music to God’s honor and glory.

Thank you to our musicians that helped make it a very joyous worship of our Risen Lord.

Thank you to our Ultreya group for providing a wonderful and meaningful Seder Dinner.

Thank you to all our participants in the Passion Gospel in the Choir and Congregation.

Thank you to our Parish Office Staff for all the bulletin preparations and for making sure the facilities were clean and available for Holy Week and Easter.

Thank you for those who provided refreshments for Palm Sunday and Easter.

Thank you to our parents who arranged our Easter Egg Hunt and those who donated the candy filled eggs.

Thank you to those who behind the scenes have done your ministry and work—not unnoticed but well done.

Thank you to all who participated to the Glory of God in the worship during Holy Week and for the Day of Resurrection!

As a sign of our Thanksgiving let us commit ourselves to saying this prayer at least once a day during the Easter Season:

Anima Christi

Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O Good Jesu, hear me;
Within thy wounds hide me;
Suffer me not to be separated from Thee;
From the malignant enemy defend me;
In the hour of my death call me,
And bid me to come to Thee,
That with Thy Saints I praise Thee
Forever and ever. Amen.

May this time we commemorate the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior be a time of joy and thanksgiving for all our God has done.

Alleluia! Christ is Risen. The Lord is Risen Indeed. Alleluia!

Fr. K+

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Dec
01
2015

December 2015

Dear Parishioners:

I guess because of my surgery and recovery, time has quickly been speeding along. December is here and I hardly realize it. It is difficult to comprehend all the preparation for the celebration of the Christ Child that must be completed soon. It is a blessing indeed that we are given this time to prepare, whether it is speeding along quickly or moving at a snail’s pace as for our children and grandchildren. The importance is not the speed which time passes but that we are preparing our hearts to let the Christ Child enter in. That is what Advent is for. It is not a “little Lent.” It is a season that is permeated with joy. Anticipation and expectation, just like a little child for Christmas Day to arrive, we should be preparing our hearts for the Child that was born for us—born to die for us–—born to bring us salvation and life everlasting with Him. What a blessing it is to have a God who loves us so much that he sent his only son.

This year, December 6th falls on a Sunday. December 6th is not just the Second Sunday of Advent, it is also St. Nicholas Day. Following the 10:30 Eucharist we will have a special visitor for our youth. St. Nicholas himself will make his appearance and invite our young ones (even the young at heart may follow) to the Bookstore where they will be listening to the classic, The Night Before Christmas. St. Nicholas will be spreading around the wealth of a few chocolate coins.

December 6th will also be the day we have our Advent Lessons and Carols. This year we are trying to make the evening end a little earlier for our young ones. We will be greeting each other and having a little food at 5 pm with Advent Lessons and Carols begin at 6 pm. I want to encourage everyone to take an evening out to prepare by listening to Scripture and lifting up your voice in anticipation by singing of hymns. Advent Lessons and Carols is a very moving service and I hope to see you there.

Saturday, December 12th from 2 pm until 6 pm the staff will have an Advent Open House at the Kresowaty’s. We hope you will take the time out for fellowship during the Season of Advent and join us. It is a time to meet and greet good friends and welcome people we might not know who have joined St. Alban’s this past year. Each year we have been able to have you join us has been a wonderful way to deepen and express our joy for the relationship God has given each one of us in you.

The Christmas Schedule will be as follows: On Thursday, Christmas Eve we will have the Family Christmas Eucharist at 5:30 pm. This will include our youth choir and young ones who always provide such joy with their presentations. At 8:00 pm we will have a Sung Eucharist (no incense) with the Chamber Choir and Brass. At 10:30 we will celebrate a Solemn High Eucharist with incense with the Chamber Choir and Brass. On Christmas Day we will have a said Eucharist at 10 am with Harp and Cello. We thank Dorothy Lynn Brooks and Mary Manneikis for providing the music for this service.

Of great importance: please note that on the First Sunday after Christmas Day, December 27th we will have ONE Eucharist at 9:00 am. There will be no 8:00 am or 5:30 pm Eucharist that day. Please mark it on your calendar so that the whole Parish may join us in this one celebration. In addition, following this 9:00 am Eucharist, quiche and beverages will be served in the narthex.

Please feel free to invite your family and Christmas guests to join us. We will return to our regular schedule on January 3, 2016.

I hope everyone has a fruitful preparation during this Advent Season and will make every effort to join us in worship and other activities. I and my family wish everyone a very Blessed Nativity of our Lord and Savior and New Year. See you at the Altar!

In Christ,
Fr. K+

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Oct
29
2015

November 2015

When November shows its face on the calendar, I immediately start thinking of all the things that need to be done in the next few months. Not only do we have the Feast Days of All Saints’ Day and All Soul’s Day but the Holiday Tea, Diocesan Convention, Thanksgiving ending with the Feast of Christ the King and the beginning of Advent. But this year I have to stop and think of all the many blessings that have been bestowed upon me the past few months. I must express from the heart my gratitude and appreciation for all your love and prayers during my surgery and recovery. St. Alban’s was indeed a house of prayer and so many of you not only expressed your love and concern through cards, notes and gifts. Thank you on behalf of myself and my family. Many of you know, this was my first serious surgery that I have had to face. While there was no fear about the surgery, I felt your prayers and knew that God was surrounding me. I hope you will accept my sincere appreciation and gratitude for all your love and prayers.

I would also like to thank Fr. Maneikis, Fr. Horton and Fr. Crary for celebrating the various Eucharists. I thank Deacon Nancy for teaching the Inquirer’s Class, preparing our new members for the Sacrament of Confirmation and Renewal of Baptismal Vows. I thank Fr. Maneikis and Deacon Nancy for being available for pastoral needs. I would also like to express my appreciation to my Staff that helped keep things going day in and out. I greatly appreciate all you have done.

I am assuming that I will be regaining my strength in November. This will also be a time when we try a new time schedule for the week day Eucharists. The first week of November, All Soul’s Day falls on Monday and we will have a Requiem Eucharist at 6:30 pm in the Church. This week we will also restart having a weekday Eucharist on Thursday, November 5th at 8:00 am. The regular schedule following the first week for week day Eucharist will be Tuesday’s at 9:30 am and Thursday’s at 8:00 am in the Chapel. I hope you will plan to join us at these weekday celebrations.

Don’t forget to get your tickets for the Holiday Tea and come help celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the ministry of the Gift and Bookstore. Also don’t forget to start bringing in items for the Advent Project and join us for Thanksgiving Eucharist on Wednesday, November 25th at 7 pm. I know I have much to give thanks to God for.

Come join us!
Fr. K+

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Sep
01
2015

September 2015

Dear Parishioners:

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.

In Christ,
Fr. K+

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