Apr
14
2014

Parish Happenings – April 2014

Saint Alban’s Parish
911 S. Davis Drive
Arlington, Texas 76013
(817) 274-7826


Holy Week is the most sacred week of the Christian Year.  We commemorate the events of our Lord’s command to love one another; the institution of the Eucharist; and our Lord’s Passion and Death.  These lead us to the Feast of the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Easter Day.  The Lenten Season of sacrifice and self-denial are about to come to an end.  But the greatest focus for  this week is the Passion and Resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ and the events that led up to it.

Please make note of our services offered during Holy Week. Come participate in all of these wonderful services.


Eggs for Easter Egg Hunt

We are still collecting candy filled eggs (no chocolate, please) for our annual Easter Egg Hunt which will follow the 10am service on Easter Sunday. Please take your filled eggs to the kitchen and leave them on the counter in the container provided.


Mass of Collegiality
Tuesday, April 15 at 10:30am
St. Vincent’s Cathedral in Bedford


This is the service where the Diocese of Ft. Worth gather and  
the clergy of the Diocese renew their ordination vows and concelebrate the Eucharist. The Holy Oils are also blessed during this service and distributed to all parishes for yearly use. All are invited. Come join us for this special service.


Presentation on the Shroud of Turin

BOSA will be sponsoring a presentation by Larry Crowder on Friday, May 2nd in the Parish Hall at St. Alban’s.

Tickets are FREE! Pick yours up after each Sunday morning service or contact a BOSA member.
 
“The Mysterious Shroud of Turin – A Message of Hope”  

Larry Crowder will present a powerpoint with over 60 slides  
which present scientific evidence that the Shroud of Turin is truly the burial cloth of Christ! Come discover details that you did not know about the Crucifixion.


Work Day at Camp Crucis


Calling all men of St. Alban’s! Young and Old.

On Saturday, May 17th, we will be gathering for a Diocesan work day at Camp Crucis in Granbury. We will be clearing the horse trails of excess brush and low hanging limbs, replacing trim & some exterior painting, and many other small jobs the Director needs our help with.

Any questions, please call Charles Patton at (817) 475-8291.

If you are interested, please CLICK HERE to go the the website and sign up to let them know how many will attend. 


Pro-Life Baby Shower

This year, our Pro-Life Baby Shower will be held over 2 Sundays: May 18th and May 25th. The items we collect will be donated to the Arlington and Mansfield Pregnancy Centers which offer free prenatal medical services, education and counseling to women in our area.

Watch for sales & start collecting items now! The following is a list of items they need. Be sure they are gender neutral!

Baby Clothes * Bibs * Booties * Bottles * Diapers * Small Toys Blankets * Rattles * Pacifiers * Hooded Towels * Wash Cloths Receiving Blankets * Stuffed Animals

Hand made blankets, booties & hats are especially appreciated, so please remember this ministry when starting a new sewing project! 

Holy Week Schedule

 

April 13
Palm Sunday

Holy Eucharist
8:00 am, 10:00 am and 5:30 pm

April 14
Holy Eucharist
6:00 pm
April 15
Holy Eucharist
6:00 pm

Mass of Collegiality
St. Vincent’s Cathedral – Bedford
10:30 am 

April 16
Holy Eucharist
6:00 pm

April 17
Maundy Thursday

Seder Dinner
6:00 pm

Holy Eucharist
8:00 pm

April 18 
Good Friday

Stations of the Cross 12:00 noon

Mass of the Pre-Sanctified
7:00 pm

April 19 
Holy Saturday

The Great Vigil
of Easter
8:00 pm

April 20 
Easter Sunday

Holy Eucharist 
8:00 & 10:00 am

Easter Egg Hunt following 10:00 am service

 

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Apr
01
2014

April 2014

Dear Parishioners:

We once again find ourselves looking toward Holy Week and Easter this month. Once again we find the answer to our most terrible questions. Where is God when evil seems to overwhelm us? Does God care that children are being killed by other children? Where is God when I am in pain and sorrow? Contrary to our experience, is God consistently reliable against evil, all evil? To get at the answer we must carefully look at what happened at the end of Jesus’ life.

The nature of sin is alienation from God and the goodness of God, so that the goodness of God is no longer understood. Nothing of His goodness; not His love, not His forgiveness, not His mercy, not His power and glory, can be understood as long as sin clouds the human mind. It is this fact that caused Jesus’ death. Sin blinding men is what killed Him. He died at the hands of blind men. “I came,” Jesus said, “to give sight to the blind, and to take sight from those who say they see.”(John 9:39)

Because of sin, all those who held the fate of Jesus in their hands could not see the truth about this man. He is innocent but they can’t see it. Strictly speaking, it is sin which condemns Jesus.

Our own sins may be many or few, but we are all involved in the sinful situation of our race. We live by choosing, choosing between self and God. And sometime or another we have all chosen self, and that is the opposite of love; and that is sin. Why do people not see the hand of God? We are blinded in our sin.

Choosing self-separates us from God; sin is separation. But God hates this separation, and means to destroy everything that causes it. “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and wickedness of men who by their wickedness suppress the truth.” (Romans 1:18)

Jesus is love, the love of God in the flesh; it is a love that contains all goodness. But condemned by sin, Jesus’ love is so self-less, He chooses to accept the verdict of sin—that He is a sinner. If sin proclaims Him guilty, so be it. He chooses to take upon Himself that which sin sees in Him, the sin of all men and women who have ever lived or ever will live.

He, who knew no sin, chooses to become sin for us. And what is the upshot? That men crucify him. Not only that, but in the crucifixion He feels all the wrath of His Father–the wrath of the Father against the Son.

The wrath of God, as St. Paul tells us, is against all ungodliness and unrighteousness, not against men and women, themselves. But Jesus must experience the separation of sin from His Father because He has chosen to become sin and so he cries out from the Cross: “My God, My god, why has Thou forsaken me.”

Jesus becomes the focal point, the place where all sin is gathered, and God’s wrath can be directed against it, and destroy it. And we see it happening.

It is here at the cross we find our terrible questions about God answered. Evils, injustices, moral failures, distresses and sorrows surround and we cry out, does God care? Does God care that children are killing other children? Does He care that a mother is taken away from her young children by cancer. Does He care that so many have to make their way through life unloved by anyone?

And in our daily life itself there is a hardness, a stress, unavoidable failure as we strain after goodness and kindness and love, that grinds and fossilizes us against our own will.

Does God care? Contrary to our experience, is God consistently reliable against evil, all evil? The cross is the answer. All evil is here as if under a magnifying glass. In the passion of Christ, the wrath of God is revealed. Here the righteousness, the overflowing, forceful, energizing holiness of God is finally revealed for all to see.

If you want to know if God cares about evil, look here. God will go to all lengths against evil, even the length of killing His own Son to deliver mankind from it.
Because we, along with all who have ever lived, have taken into ourselves impiety, ungodliness (something deliberately anti- God), and unrighteousness (sinning out of weakness and selfishness) and made them our own, made them by our choices part of ourselves; because of that, God’s rescue from evil is a rescue from ourselves, that is our false selves.

But because it is a rescue from ourselves, it cannot but be painful. Take up your cross and follow me; as Christians the pain of our daily lives is one with the cross. Was God successful in destroying all sin and evil on the cross? Don’t look at yourself; we are still on the cross. Look at Easter for the “wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through our Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)

I hope to see you at all the services offered in Holy Week, especially Maundy Thursday; The Good Friday Liturgy; The Great Vigil of Easter or the Sunday of the Resurrection. Come participate in the great salvific act of our God.

Faithfully,
Fr. K+

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Mar
01
2014

March 2014

Dear Parishioners:

Do you remember the phrase, “spring cleaning?” I know some of our younger ones have no clue what spring cleaning is about. In the good old days before technology freed us from this chore, area rugs would be hung on the clothesline and beaten to get the winter dirt and soot from the coal furnaces we had in our homes. I remember as a child going down to my grandmother’s basement and looking at the coal furnace—no longer working of course—and other antiques such as a pedal sewing machine that were stored there. When growing up in Illinois, we still had spring cleaning in our house. While we did not have to beat the area rugs, we did have to hand wax the wooden floors; clean the storm windows; clean the window sills as well as the windows themselves; clean out closets and drawers; as well as vacuum and dust the whole house. All the dust, dirt, and things we had collected over the winter months now needed attention. The windows were flung open for clean fresh air to fill the house.

The Season of Lent is a time for us to have a kind of spring cleaning. We have collected all kinds of dirt and soot in our lives. We need to clean out the things we have stuck in our closets and drawers that we have not wanted to deal with. We need to be open to a washing away of the dirt we have collected and been prevented from dealing with. Lent is a season for us to open ourselves up to the cleansing grace given to us by our Lord, Jesus Christ.

We begin not by belly gazing but lifting up our eyes to the Cross. This is not an exercise of self-awareness but of realization and response to what God has done for us. He is the one that has taken away the sin of the world and calls us to participate in that life he calls us to. Has pride been something we have ignored to the detriment of a relationship with God? Has anger caused us to cause damage and hurt to others? Have lies, twisting the truth, been used to make us appear something we are not? What have we stuck in a closet or in a drawer that we have been unwilling to deal with?

The Church, in God’s wisdom is here to help. Lent is the time for examination, repentance and amendment of life with God’s help. It is a time of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving to the glory of God as a means to open ourselves, our souls and bodies, to his healing and saving grace.

March 2nd starts off with World Mission Sunday. This Sunday is dedicated to helping the Mission and Ministry of SOMA –Sharing of Ministry Abroad. If you remember, Dr. Glen Petta came to speak to us about the ministry and mission of SOMA a couple of years ago. It is an opportunity to celebrate that we are a missionary Parish. We will take a special “mission offering” to be used for the international work of SOMA. Its mission is to build up clergy, spouses, and lay leaders through short-term mission and retreats to serve God in the strength of the Holy Spirit.

In addition to Mission Sunday, enclosed with this newsletter are a prayer guide and Lenten Mite Box for each family to use. The Sunday School students will also be receiving a Mite Box for their personal use. As individuals and families, I commend to your use these prayer guides and Lenten Mite Boxes each and every day of Lent. “They will help everyone learn a little more about our brothers and sisters in Christ from Myanmar, frank peretti speaker olympian winner of mary lou retton wedding texasUganda, Peru, Pakistan, Ethiopia and around the world and have the opportunity to place a small thanksgiving donation in your mite box on their behalf. There will be suggested daily prayers for those suffering poverty during Lent. After all Lent is a time of reflection and remembrance in which we acknowledge our own need for mercy and the desperate needs for food, security and love in the world around us. During Lent we recognize that we are all equally poor—whether spiritually or materially—before God, and equally the recipients of His radical Grace.” (Paraphrased from the Anglican Development and Relief Fund Web site)

Shrove Tuesday we will once again have the opportunity to help our Boy Scout Troop 82. By joining us for our Pancake Supper you will have a “fat” meal served as well as some great entertainment. Our own Jon Stutler and Razzmajazz will provide the fantastic music. I hope you will come and join us as we celebrate Shrove Tuesday with a pancake supper, fellowship and great entertainment. Shrove Tuesday derives its name from “Shriving” or to confess our sins and receive absolution pronounced by a priest. This tradition of “shriving” on Shrove Tuesday is more than to just feast on fattening food. It is our preparation for the season of Lent. Confession will be available from 11:30 am to Noon.

Ash Wednesday is March 5th and again we will have Confessions available from 11 am to 11:30 am and 6 pm to 6:30 pm. The Imposition of Ashes and Eucharist will be a Noon and at 7 pm. Ash Wednesday should be of high priority as it sets the tone for the Season of Lent. Our Lenten Schedule of other offerings is available elsewhere in this Legate. We will have speakers and Lenten Concerts; a defense class; and Deacon Nancy will offer on Sunday evening at 6:30 pm a class on Prayer and the Gospel of St. Matthew. One of the speakers will be our own Fr. Maneikis who will share his recent trip to Turkey and the Hagia Sophia. At the writing of this Newsletter things are still in the organizing phase so please watch your Sunday Bulletin for more complete information. Concerts, classes and speakers are great times to invite family, friends and neighbors, so please invite them to join us.

Lent is a very important time for a Christian. It sets the tone, it allows us to enter into the spring cleaning of our selves, our souls and bodies. It prepares us to enter in the celebration of Easter with joy that comes only from our Lord and his Resurrection. May we all have a blessed and fruitful Lent.

In Christ,
Fr. K+

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Jan
01
2014

January 2014

Dear Parishioners:

First you are a blessing when we had to be homebound during the ice storm. Although it is probably a distant memory now, I want to thank you for responding as you did. Yes it was a very difficult decision to make to cancel Sunday Services, but you took it in stride and were excellent about your stewardship. Thank you for your understanding.

Second, you are a blessing for a wonderful celebration of my 30th Anniversary of Ordination to the Sacred Priesthood. Your love, your presence and your generosity are beyond words. My heartfelt gratitude, appreciation and love to each one of you for a wonderful celebration. Thank you also for your most generous gift. It is greatly appreciated. I would like to mention a few names although I know I will miss someone. My expressed gratitude to Randy Sparks who oversaw the arrangements for the celebration: to Susie and Don Wheaton for the floral arrangements and decorations in the Parish Hall; to our Flower Guild for the Sunday Floral arrangement; to Thomas, Michael and our choir for their beautiful music for the Evensong; to Julie and Britt Todd for the Bulletins; to Bob Yarger for his excellent photography; to our Vestry who provided for this special occasion to occur; to our Acolytes, Ushers, and Clergy who graciously joined in the celebration; to our Bishop for his presence and renewal of Ordination Vows; to those who loaned lamps and vases for the reception; to my staff for all their help and organization; and not least but to my family and my parish family who have been and continually are loving, supportive, and an inspiration to me despite all my faults. Thank you all from my heart.

Third, you were a blessing helping to make the celebration of the Incarnation of our Lord so beautiful and meaningful. Christmas is a very special time of year. We give thanks to God for the birth of his Son, our Lord and Savior and pray that his presence and grace will be with us. The love our God has for us is indescribable. It is a time of family and friends and the celebration of love come down. Thank you for all your ministry and help you have given to make it a special time of year.

January brings us the celebrations of the Epiphany, the manifestation of our Lord and the Baptism of our Lord. There will be no Christian Education as we will be having a brunch on January 5th in anticipation of the Epiphany. On the day of Epiphany, January 6th the Eucharist will be celebrated in the Church at 10 am. The Baptism of our Lord is on the 12th of January and it is a great time to look up your own Baptism date. Many of us were baptized as infants and don’t know when we were made new people in Christ. Look around in family Bibles or in one of those important paper boxes we all have. Since at this time we do not have any Baptisms scheduled, we will renew our own Baptismal Vows on this Sunday.

On January 26th is our Annual Parish Meeting. Please mark your calendars as we will have one service at 9 am followed by our Meeting in the Parish Hall. We have a great slate of candidates to be elected to the Vestry. The budget for 2014 will be presented as well as reports of the various ministries will be available. All parishioners in good standing and giver of record are eligible to vote. This is another good reason to get that pledge card in.

Again Thank You for all the Blessings you have been to me this past year. May you be blessed this New Year with God’s abundant love and mercy.

In Christ,
Fr. K+

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Nov
01
2013

November 2013

Dear Parishioners:

November brings not only the cool weather but the countdown to the Holidays. We begin November with All Saints’ Day, November 1st. We commemorate those living and departed who have been the chosen vessels of God. The Eucharist will be celebrated at 10 am in the Chapel on November 1st. November 2nd is All Soul’s Day. We will remember all those loved ones who have gone before us at the 10am Eucharist on Saturday, November 2nd. Also, please remember to fall back one hour on Saturday as the time is here.

November 3rd our Bookstore will host a Holiday Tea. I ask you to invite your friends and neighbors to this wonderful event. Even our youth will have a table at the Holiday Tea. Our Bookstore is part of the ministry of outreach at St. Alban’s. Not only do they offer books and gifts to the Parish and community, profits of items sold at our Bookstore are given to organizations that help the community of Arlington. It is also a great time to do a little shopping for the holidays as well as pick up a new Church Calendar, Advent Candles or wreath. Please join us in supporting this ministry and outreach of St. Alban’s.

On Saturday, November 9th our Altar and Flower Guild will have their annual luncheon. We will gather for the Eucharist at 10 am followed by the luncheon in the Parish Hall. I especially want to thank our Altar and Flower Guild for their ministry to our Lord by preparing the Altar for the celebration of the Eucharist and our Flower Guild for providing beautiful arrangements also for the glory of our Lord. If you are interested in being part of this ministry, please see Janie Lundy for the Altar Guild or Jana Stutler for the Flower Guild.

Diocesan Convention is the next Friday and Saturday at St. Peter and St. Paul, Arlington. Our Delegates will be there representing St. Alban’s as well as our clergy. Bishop Ray Sutton, Bishop Coadjutor of Mid-America will be our guest preacher at the Eucharist Friday evening. Please pray for our Bishop and our Convention as they meet. As far as a report on the lawsuit, late Friday October 18th, TEC appealed to the Texas Supreme Court for a rehearing of their case. We are once again in the “wait” pattern to see if the Supreme Court will agree or deny the rehearing. The odds for a rehearing are very small, as Scott Brister, one of our lawyers and former Texas Supreme Court Judge has written. Please continue your prayers as we wait with patience for the case to move forward.

Sunday, November 17th is a very important day as our Bishop will be with us at the 10am Eucharist. We will have Baptisms, Confirmation, Reception and Renewal of Baptismal Vows celebrated. The children who have been attending First Communion Classes will share in receiving Christ’s Body and Blood for the first time this Sunday. A covered dish potluck reception will follow in the Parish Hall where you may also greet our Bishop. Meat and dessert will be provided by the church. It is an exciting day to welcome our Bishop and celebrate the Sacraments of the Church. Please join us.

November 17th is also the deadline to bring in your Operation Christmas Child Shoebox. If you haven’t picked one up, please do so. You fill the box with small items for a boy or a girl as per the instructions in the box and return it to the Church no later than the 17th as they will be gathered on the 18th for shipping to boys and girls around the world who would not have a Christmas without your help. It is a great ministry to help children know the love of our Lord and Christians around the world.

November is also the month we kick off our Advent Project. Glenda Morgan is leading this ministry and we thank her for her leadership. We ask that you bring in cans of food or give donations to the Advent Project. We can also use your help sorting the food and wrapping boxes to put the food in. Again it is an outreach ministry to those who could not have a holiday season without our help.

Thanksgiving is on November 28th this year. We will anticipate Thanksgiving with a Eucharist at 7 pm on Wednesday, November 27th. It is a great time to bring in food for our Advent Project. Let us give thanks for the bountiful blessings God has poured and is pouring upon us. The Parish Office will be closed for Thanksgiving Day and Friday. There will be no 9:30 am Wednesday Eucharist as we will gather that evening.
December 1st is the beginning of the New Year for the Church. We anticipate our Lord’s coming again as we also anticipate celebrating his Nativity. Since this is usually a very busy time for each one of us, I would like you to mark your calendars for Sunday, December 15th at 5:30 pm. I hope you will join in the celebration of the 30th Anniversary of my Ordination to the Priesthood. We will begin at 5:30 pm with Evensong. Our guest preacher will be a long time priest and friend, The Reverend Larry Bausch from San Diego. Our Bishop will be here and I hope all of our Parish family will be also. A reception in the Parish Hall has been planned with a delicious menu. Babysitting will also be available. If you don’t drive in the evening, please let us know as we will try to find a ride for you. I hope you will join me in this celebration.

Finally, but very important, I encourage everyone to fill out and turn in their commitment card for Stewardship. Writing down our commitment is saying I am accountable for my vows to God. Don’t worry if something might happen that would not allow you to fulfill your decision. God is very aware of what is going on in your life and spirit. As far as the Church goes, you may change your commitment amount any time emergencies or unexpected expenses pop up as they do. Just let Pat Sparks or myself know so we can make the necessary change. Our stewardship is one of the ways we can say yes to God and support the ministry of his Church.

Many opportunities are available for us at St. Alban’s this November. May God bless our endeavors and bless each one of you as we approach this holiday season.

In Christ,
Fr. K+

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Oct
01
2013

October 2013

Dear Parishioners:

As we anticipate our Stewardship for 2014 there is often an air of hurried, guilty distaste surrounding the task. “Here are those cards to fill out 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 on 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 covetous-ness in his own heart.

Christianity is everywhere paradoxical, everywhere too difficult for simple black and white thinking; but nowhere more so than 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 are ‘things we need of;’ yet we must not 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 teaches 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 end and 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 men can exchange love with one another and thus be 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 others’ 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.”

I would like to thank Thomas Rinn, Jon Stutler and our Jazz ensemble as well as our St. Alban’s Singers for a moving Jazz Mass for Rally Sunday. They did an excellent ministry and I hope they jazzed you up to Celebrate Ministry: Time, Talent and Treasure. Our focus on Rally Sunday was time and talent. If you did not join in a ministry, please take the time to call one of our ministry leaders found in our Come, Belong, Become booklet and join in the ministry of our Lord and St. Alban’s.

On Saturday, October 5th at 10 am in the Parish Hall we will have our Annual Blessing of the Animals. Bring those cherished pets to receive God’s Blessing. As I have said many times it does not guarantee any better behavior on their part or ours–but is a great way to thank God for the wonderful gift of our animals and pets.

On Saturday, October 12th, from 9 am until 2 pm at Christ the King, Fort Worth, all women of the parish are invited to join in the Fall Women’s Congress. The topic is Today’s Modern Gal—Embracing Modern Life through Biblical Principals. The cost is $15 or $17 by credit card.

Sunday, October 13th we will have a special Compline Service. Thomas Rinn our Choir Director has written an article on this special service. In addition our Brotherhood of Saint Andrew and our Youth Group will join together to host an Oktoberfest Dinner– Brats, and hotdogs for the little ones. This Oktoberfest dinner is also a fund raiser for the youth. They are raising funds to help furnish the youth room with new furniture. I hope you will join us not only for the sung service of Compline but the dinner to help support our youth group.

As I write this article we are in the last phase of hiring a new organist for the Parish. Please keep this ministry in your prayers. Hopefully soon, maybe before this article is read, I will be announcing a new staff member for our wonderful music ministry.

On Sunday, October 27th there will be a special treat for our youth. They will receive it from their Christian Education teacher. Following Christian Education, we will have pumpkin carving in the Parish Hall. Come join in this family and fun activity. Learn again the meaning of the jack-o-lantern.

Finally, you have been sent a letter and a commitment card for 2014 by our Stewardship Committee. Please place it where you will see it every day to remind you to pray to God about your commitment. Am I giving according to the Biblical Tithe? Am I able to move my commitment towards the tithe? Am I giving joyfully to the Lord? Then fill it out and return it by placing it in the box provided or the offering plate.

May God Bless and Keep you!

In Christ,
Fr. K+

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Sep
23
2013

Habitat for Humanity

We will be doing another 1 day painting project in partnership with Habitat for Humanity on Saturday, October 5, 2013 from 8 am to 3 pm. We will provide transportation to and from the church leaving at 7:15 am and returning as soon as we get done and all cleaned up. Lunch and drinks will be provided and all who participate will get a T-shirt in homor of their efforts. If you can help with this, please email Charles Patton at [email protected] or call at 817-475-8291. We are hoping to have at least 15 people helping with this. It was a lot of fun and the homeowner and many of the neighbors were incredibly grateful for what we were able to do. It is a great opportunity for fellowship, work in the community and serve others, which the Lord wants us all to do. Come join us and let’s plan of having fun!

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Sep
02
2013

Letter to Parish

Dear Parishioners:

The Texas Supreme Court decision on the lawsuit brought on The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth by The Episcopal Church (TEC) was published on Friday, August 30, 2013. As your Rector and Vestry have said, we are writing to inform you of their favorable decision. Many of you are already aware of their decision as this is a highly publicized case and information has been abundant on the internet.

First, The Texas Supreme Court has reversed the Lower Court Order which took us to appeal directly to The Texas Supreme Court. The ruling of the lower court is no longer binding upon our case, we stay in our property and continue our ministry and worship of our Lord and Savior.

Second, The Texas Supreme Court sent our case back to the Trial Court with guidance to use Neutral Principles in deciding this case brought against us. TEC had used a Hierarchical argument which basically states that TEC is a hierarchical church. They claim that the court must rule in its favor as the court has no jurisdiction in religious matters or disputes over property. The Texas Supreme Court has rejected that argument and stated that Neutral Principles must be used in deciding property disputes. Neutral principles are basically “whose name is legally on the title is the owner of the property.”

Third, The Texas Supreme Court has stated that TEC’s Dennis Canon is ineffective in the State of Texas. The Dennis Canon was passed by the General Convention TEC to try and create a Trust which stated that all property belongs to the larger Church and not to the Diocese or the Corporation of the Diocese. The Texas Supreme Court stated that it does not apply in Texas. When a Trust does not state it is irrevocable it can be revoked. The Dennis Canon does not state it is irrevocable and thus it is ineffective.

What does this mean for us? It means that we first must give thanks to God for the decision given to us. It means that we must continue to be strong in prayer for our Bishop, Diocese, Clergy and People as we still must take this journey through the Court System. It means we continue to strongly support and uphold our lawyers and judicial system in prayer that they may make wise decisions, and as we pray each Sunday in the Eucharist, that in all they do they may honor the Lord. It means we continue strongly in glorifying God by our participation in our worship and ministries at St. Alban’s, using to God’s honor our time, talent and treasure.

We have been blessed with the path The Texas Supreme Court’s decision has put us on. May God’s guidance, love, forgiveness, and mercy continue to be our focus and action in this broken and torn world in which we live.

In Christ,
St. Alban’s Rector and Vestry

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Sep
01
2013

September 2013

Dear Parishioners:

I waited to the last possible moment to write this article. I was hoping that some news from the Texas Supreme Court was going to be coming but all things do come if we wait patiently upon the Lord. It is sometimes so hard to trust that God has everything in his hands. So many times we want to take it from his hands and do something about it. We even ask God when is he going to do something about it. But that is not what a Christian does, is it? We wait patiently upon the Lord and then work with the answer he has given us. You know there are three answers that God does give us all the time. The first we like very much-it is when he says ‘Yes” to what we desire. The second is one we don’t like very well—it is when he says “No” to what we want. The third we dislike the most—it is when he says “Wait” we want to scream and say if not now, then When! We have become very demanding creatures have we not? In an age of technology, we find that even the fastest speeds and the most convenient tools we have are often shaping our thoughts of immediate gratification even with God. Sometimes we need to remember that it takes time for a plant, animal, human to grow and there is nothing in the world that is going to make it grow any faster than time and experience. Patience with ourselves also shows how much we lack in our relationship with our Lord.

First the sad news: It with sadness that I must announce the resignation of one of our staff members. Sueda, our Organist and Director of the Bell Choir will be leaving us. The first of September will be her last Sunday with us. She has taken a position as Ministry Assistant/Music Associate at Gambrell Street Baptist Church in Fort Worth. She and her family have had strong ties to this church and has provided ministry for the past three years during her time at St. Alban’s. I hope you will keep Sueda and her family in your prayers as we wish her farewell on September 1st. Please also keep in your prayers St. Alban’s as we search for a talented and gifted person for this ministry. As of September, our bell choir will have to be suspended until further notice. We thank Sueda for all her love and gift of music she has shared with us for these past three years. We thank our former organist, Dorinda White for stepping in and filling in for us. We greatly appreciate her and her willing to help us out.

The good news now: We will begin our Sunday Christian Education for all ages beginning on September 8th following the 10 am Eucharist. I hope you have already registered, that is you and the youth, for our Classes. It is good to see so many signed up for our class on Revelation as well as Inquirer’s Class for those who wish to review, be confirmed, received into the Anglican Communion, or renew their Baptismal Vows. The Bishop will have his official visitation to St. Alban’s on Sunday, November 17th when we will have Baptisms, Confirmation, Renewal and Reception . It will be an exciting day so please mark it on your calendars.

Sunday September 22nd will be Rally Sunday. You already have been introduced to some of the ministries we have at St. Alban’s. There are still some to come this month and we will be handing out a booklet with the various ministries that are available. We also will have a special kind of Eucharist on this Sunday. With our theme this year being “Celebrate Ministry: Time, Talent and Treasure,” we want a special day when we can commit ourselves to the service of the Lord. Thomas has been working with others to provide a Jazz Eucharist. I have never been to one so it will be a new experience for us but what an exciting way to Celebrate Ministry. Please plan to be here for this special occasion with ministry sign-ups in the Parish Hall following the Eucharist as well as some tasty treats.

I would like to express my gratitude to the youth and their adult leadership for a wonderful painting job on the youth rooms. If you haven’t seen them yet, please take a look. Our youth group is growing and becoming more active. I would like to see us encourage them by refurnishing their rooms with new furniture and the tools needed to help them continue to grow—more about that another time.

September means we are geared up to have a great year of celebrating ministry at St. Alban’s. Our time, talent and treasure are to be given to God’s Glory and worship of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Ministry and giving are ways to practice as we wait upon the Lord. It is a way of life as we strive to become more Christ-like each and every day.

In Christ,
Fr. K+

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Aug
01
2013

August 2013

Dear Parishioners:

Do you belong to St. Alban’s? Yes, it is a question we may ask of ourselves but it is the question that I want to ask you: “Do you belong to St. Alban’s Parish?”

As we start up Christian Education Classes, I will be offering a class for Confirmation, Reception and Renewal of Baptismal Vows. Everyone could always use a refresher so everyone is invited. But there are those who should and are expected to come.

First we have to ask what kind of member are you? Everyone who has received the Sacrament of Holy Baptism with water in the Name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, whether in this Church or in another Christian church, and whose Baptism have been recorded in this Parish are considered Baptized Members. Please note that your Baptism has to be recorded in our Parish Records before you can be considered a member. How do you get recorded in our Parish Records? If you are Baptized at St. Alban’s; you are transferred in from another Anglican Parish; you are Received or Confirmed in this Parish then your Baptism and/or Confirmation/Reception is recorded in our Parish Records.

If you are a Baptized Member, then it is expected that you will make a mature public affirmation of your faith and commitment to the responsibilities of your Baptism (Confirmation) and will be confirmed or received by the laying on of hands by the Bishop of this Church or by a Bishop in communion with this Church. Those who have previously made a mature public commitment in another Church with apostolic succession (i.e. Roman Catholics and Orthodox Christians) are Received into this Church by the laying on of hands by a Bishop of this Church, rather than Confirmed.

So the question of: “Are you a member of St. Alban’s?” is a complicated question. Are you or have you been Baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit in another Christian denomination and has that been recorded in St. Alban’s Records? Have you made a mature public affirmation of your faith and commitment, have you been confirmed in this Church? Have you been confirmed in another Christian denomination with apostolic succession and if so, have you been Received into this Church by the laying on of hands by our Bishop? If you cannot answer in the affirmative to the first two questions or if you come from the Roman Catholic or Orthodox tradition and cannot answer in the affirmative to the third question—then you need to come to the Confirmation/ Reception/ Renewal of Baptismal Vows Class being offered this Fall term.

And now you thought the lesson was over! Not quite! What kind of member are you? Are you a communicant in good standing or a communicant not in good standing? All members of this church who have received Holy Communion in this Church at least three times are considered communicants of this Church. Those 16 and above are considered as adult communicants. All communicants of this church who for the previous year have been faithful in corporate worship, unless for good cause prevented, and have been faithful in working, praying, and giving for the spread of the Kingdom of God are to be considered communicants in good standing.

You may say all that is too complicated for me! But isn’t that the reason we have Christian Education? Doesn’t Education help us to learn about our Faith? Doesn’t Education help us learn about our Church and its practices? Doesn’t education help us grow in the knowledge of our Lord? Come be a member and communicant in good standing; come learn about your Church; come be a part of this wonderful Parish as a member, baptized, confirmed or received and in good standing!

In Christ,
Fr. K+

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