Friday, June 29, 2012

Hardtner Fun

You ought to be able to recognize lots of familiar faces in this photo from First Camp at Hardtner. St. Alban's  folks were there as campers and staff. Who do you see?

Note: You can always click on a photo to enlarge it. Thanks to Rita for this photo.

St. Alban's Alphabet

Today's letter is "H." You see me every time we sing... Can you find me?

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Our New Banner

St. Alban's new processional banner, pole and base are now complete and on display in the church. Special thanks to Dottie for sewing the banner. Fr. Whit sketched the design for the banner and built the pole and base. The banner was created for use in the procession for the consecration of Jake Owensby as the IV Bishop of Western Louisiana. It will be carried by two members of St. Alban's.

We will bless the completed banner prior to its use on Sunday, July 1, 2012 and after the consecration it will be on regular display in the church.

The blue field with golden yellow cross along with the sword and crown is the official crest of St. Alban's Diocese in England, which is the home of St. Alban's Cathedral. The cathedral is located on the site where Alban was martyred.

Babylon - Vacation Bible School

Join us in Babylon, where we will explore what life was like for Daniel and his friends as captives in a strange land. You’ll craft cool projects in the Marketplace, laugh as you play Bible-times’ games, sing fun songs, visit with Daniel, and eat interesting food in the Food Court. Plus, you’ll make lots of new friends!

The folks from St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church  will join us for our adventure to work and play.

·         Location – St. Alban’s Episcopal Church and McLean Hall
·         The adventure will last – Sunday, July 15 – Thursday, July 19
·         Celebration begins at – 5:30 p.m. (5:00 p.m. on the 15th for registration)
·         Each day’s adventure ends at – 7:30 p.m.
·         Ages 4- 12 years old - For more information, call 318-323-3139

Register Now! - Forms are available at the church office!

General Convention: July 5 - 12

The 77th Episcopal Church General Convention will be held July 5 through July 12 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The Episcopal Church’s General Convention is held every three years, and is the bicameral governing body of the Church. It is composed of the House of Bishops, with upwards of 200 active and retired bishops and the House of Deputies, with clergy and lay representatives elected from the 110 dioceses of the Church, at more than 800 members.

For complete and extensive information on the General Convention 2012, check the website:

Please pray for our Bishop, Bishop-elect and our deputies...
Almighty and everliving God, source of all wisdom and understanding, be present with those who take counsel at the 77th General Convention of the Episcopal Church, for the renewal and mission of your Church. Teach us in all things to seek first your honor and glory. Guide us to perceive what is right, and grant us both the courage to pursue it and the grace to accomplish it; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Hardtner Staff from St. Alban's

This year, St. Alban's is represented at Camp Hardtner by two of St. Alban's finest serving as permanent staff. Shown above are George (left) and Will (right) in a great photo by Deacon Bette Jo Kauffman. They are doing great work this summer!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

A Banner for St. Alban's

When Jake Owensby is consecrated IV Bishop of the Diocese of Western Louisiana on July 21, 2012, the whole church (at least in our part of the kingdom) will be present. Representing each individual church in the procession into St. Mark's Cathedral will be a banner.

But St. Alban's didn't have a banner. Here is a sketch of a new banner that is being made for that occasion.  Dottie is doing the sewing and Fr. Whit is putting the pole and stand together. We will bless the completed banner prior to its use and after the big day - it will be on regular display here at the church.

The blue field with golden yellow cross along with the sword and crown is the official crest of St. Alban's Diocese in England.

St. Alban's Day

What a goof! When preparing June’s calendar for the newsletter, Father Whit left off an important date – especially for the life of our parish – St. Alban’s Day! The Church remembers Alban on June 22.  Alban is noted as “First Martyr of Britain.” If you need a little Alban refresher course, here is his biographical sketch from the Lesser Feasts and Fasts:

Alban is the earliest Christian in Britain who is known by name and, according to tradition, the first British martyr. He was a soldier in the Roman army stationed at Verulamium, a city about twenty miles northeast of London, now called St. Alban’s. He gave shelter to a Christian priest who was fleeing from persecution, and was converted by him. When officers came to Alban’s house, he dressed himself in the garments of the priest and gave himself up. Alban was tortured and martyred in place of the priest, on the hilltop where the Cathedral of St. Alban’s now stands. The traditional date of his martyrdom is 303 or 304, but recent studies suggest that the year was actually 209, during the persecution under the Emperor Septimius Severus.

The site of Alban’s martyrdom soon became a shrine. King Offa of Mercia established a monastery, there about the year 793, and in the high Middle Ages St. Alban’s ranked as the premier Abbey in England. The great Norman abbey church, begun in 1077, now serves as the cathedral of the diocese of St. Alban’s, established in 1877. It is the second longest church in England (Winchester Cathedral is the longest, by six feet), and it is built on higher ground than any other English cathedral. In a chapel east of the choir and high Altar, there are remains of the fourteenth century marble shrine of St. Alban.

The Venerable Bede gives this account of Alban’s trial: “When Alban was brought in, the judge happened to be standing before an altar, offering sacrifice to devils . . . ‘What is your family and race?’ demanded the judge. ‘How does my family concern you?’ replied Alban; ‘If you wish to know the truth about my religion, know that I am a Christian and am ready to do a Christian’s duty.’ ‘I demand to know your name,’ insisted the judge. ‘Tell me at once.’ ‘My parents named me Alban,’ he answered, ‘and I worship and adore the living and true God, who created all things.’ ”

The Collect for Alban:
Almighty God, by whose grace and power your holy martyr Alban triumphed over suffering and was faithful even to death: Grant us, who now remember him in thanksgiving, to be so faithful in our witness to you in this world, that we may receive with him the crown of life; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Readings for the Day:
Psalm 34:1-8 or 31:1-5
Lessons: 1 John 3:13-16, Matthew 10:34-42

We will remember St. Alban’s at our Wednesday Eucharist on Wednesday, June 20 at 5:30 p.m. Join us!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Farewell to Bishop MacPherson

A reminder that Saturday, June 23, 2012 is the farewell celebration for Bishop MacPherson and his wife Susan. The event will be held at Camp Hardtner from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and ore information is available here.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

St. Alban's Alphabet

Today's letter is "G." I'm normally part of someone's church vestments (clothes)....otherwise I hang in a closet.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Flag Day

Since 1916, when President Woodrow Wilson issued a presidential proclamation establishing a national Flag Day on June 14, Americans have commemorated the adoption of the Stars and Stripes by celebrating June 14 as Flag Day.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Primary Camp 2012

Fr. Whit just got back from a great week at Camp Hardtner. This year, he served as the Dean of Primary Camp. Primary Camp is for entering 4th and 5th Graders.

The theme for Primary Camp was "I'm a Believer - a Journey with Shrek."  There were lots of kids there from Monroe and a big group from St. Alban's. Serving on the permanent (college-age) staff are George Flynn and Will Phelps. Serving with Fr. Whit on the Camp Staff was Zonnie Patterson Back - who grew up at St.. Alban's. Campers included Helen J., Hanna Grace P. and William A.  The Bishop visited and celebrated Holy Eucharist too!

More young people from St. Alban's will attend later sessions. Hardtner has shaped the lives of many people in this diocese and many of the clergy.

For more information about Camp - just ask Fr. Whit or visit

A Prayer for Father's Day

Sunday, June 17, 2012 is Father's Day. Let us remember our fathers and all fathers on that day in our prayers.

God our Father, in your wisdom and love you made all things. Bless those fathers who have taken upon themselves, the responsibility of parenting. Bless those who have lost a spouse to death ... or divorce who are parenting their children alone. Strengthen them by your love that they may be and become the loving, caring persons they are meant to be. Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Another Anniversary

June 7 is another anniversary day for the clergy of St. Alban's. The Rev'd Dr. Bette Jo Kauffman, Deacon celebrates her 4-year anniversary as Deacon and Fr. Whit celebrates his 15th anniversary as a priest.

The photo above is from Deacon Bette's ordination day. She is second from the left. The photo below is of Father Whit on his ordination day - he is the bald one.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Benbrook to Preach and Celebrate

The Rev'd Jim Benbrook will be at St. Alban's to preach and celebrate on The Second Sunday after Pentecost, June 10, 2012. Fr. Jim will join us for both the 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. liturgies. Please give him a warm welcome.

Fr. Whit will be away at Camp Hardtner serving as the Dean of Primary Camp.

Friday, June 1, 2012

This Day - 16 Years Ago

On this day, sixteen years ago, Fr. Whit was ordained a Deacon at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco by Bishop William Swing. Note the brown beard!

Vacation Bible School

Babylon Vacation Bible School will begin on Sunday evening, July 15. Come learn about Daniel and his great courage and faith in God. Mark you calendars now! More information will follow soon...

Burial Services for Canon Wilkes

Canon Larry Wilkes died suddenly this past Monday while working in his yard. Wilkes was the former Canon to the Ordinary, a nominee in our recent election for the 4th Bishop of Western Louisiana, and up until his death, the Rector at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, New Iberia. 

The Mass of the Resurrection will be held at Epiphany Parish, New Iberia on Saturday, June 2, 2012. There will be visitation in the parish hall beginning at 12:30 p.m. through the start of the service at 1:30 p.m. Bishop MacPherson will preach and celebrate. A reception will follow in the parish hall.

Please pray for the repose of Larry's soul, and God's care and love for his wife, Debbie, and the entire family.

"Rest eternal grant to him, O Lord; And let light perpetual shine upon him.
May his soul, and the souls of all the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen."