Join us tonight (Christmas Eve 5:30 or 10:45 p.m. - with special music from our choir or tomorrow, Christmas Day, at 10:30 a.m. in English and Spanish), and we will light all the candles on the Advent wreath including the Christ Candle. Merry Christmas and Feliz Navidad! Nuestra Santa Eucaristía de Navidad a las 10:30 a.m. será en inglés y español.
Memorial services for Corinne “Coy” Theus Adams will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, December 16, 2016, in the chapel of Mulhearn Funeral Home, Sterlington Road, Monroe.
Coy was a member of Grace Episcopal Church where she served on the Altar Guild and later St. Alban's Episcopal Church where she served on the Altar Guild and a member of the Vestry. Father Whit will officiate.
Tomorrow we celebrate the Third Sunday of Advent, which is also called Gaudete Sunday for rejoice or joy. We light the third candle, pink candle. The Advent wreath’s circular shape symbolizes eternity; the greenery represents life; three candles in blue, and one in pink and on Christmas the white Christ candle. Every week we focus on a theme; including: hope, faith, peace, joy and love. Candles anticipate the coming of Jesus Christ, who comes as the light that illuminates the darkness of the world.
"Thanksgiving Song" by Mary Chapin Carpenter Grateful for each hand we hold Gathered round this table. From far and near we travel home, Blessed that we are able. Grateful for this sheltered place With light in every window, Saying "welcome, welcome, share this feast Come in away from sorrow." Father, mother, daughter, son, Neighbor, friend and friendless; All together everyone in the gift of loving-kindness. Grateful for what's understood, And all that is forgiven; We try so hard to be good, To lead a life worth living. Father, mother, daughter, son, Neighbor, friend, and friendless; All together everyone, let grateful days be endless. Grateful for each hand we hold Gathered round this table.
St. Alban's Advent / Christmas Project for this year is the "Spread the Love" Peanut Butter Drive. Why Peanut Butter? Peanut butter is fun and nutritious! Peanut butter is an excellent source of protein and serves as a great substitution or alternative to meat products because it is much less expensive, it is filling, and it contains fiber. Finally, peanut butter is jam-packed with nutrients like phosphorus, potassium, zinc, folate, and the antioxidant vitamin E and is easy to keep and store. Peanut butter is a popular food bank item and is always in high demand! We will collect jars of peanut butter - any size or brand - from Advent 2016 - Epiphany 2017 and all our collections will go to the Foodbank of NELA. Please be generous and help us "Spread the Love!"
For Heroic Service, The Book of Common Prayer, page 839
O Judge of the nations, we remember before you with grateful hearts the men and women of our country who in the day of decision ventured much for the liberties we now enjoy. Grant that we may not rest until all the people of this land share the benefits of true freedom and gladly accept its disciplines. This we ask in the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Beginning today and until the day of the inauguration, we will add the following to the prayers of the people in the section where we pray for the leaders of our country...
We pray for Donald, our president-elect.
We pray for all who
govern and hold authority in the nations of the world, That
there may be justice and peace on the earth. (This wording is an example from Form III - following the inauguration, "Barack, our president" will become "Donald, our president").
¡Hoy es nuestro aniversario! Hace dos años, en el Día de Todos los Santos y Santas, celebramos nuestra primera Eucaristía. ¡Esta es nuestra tercera celebración de ese día!
Mientras nos preparábamos para ese día, recuerdo una conversación que tuve con María. Miró el folleto y dijo que tenía el nombre del día equivocado. Debe ser el Día de Todos los Santos. Cuando lo discutimos, me di cuenta de que ”Santos y Santas” era una mejor traducción de lo que proclamamos.
En el Día de Todos los Santos y Santas, recordamos que todas las personas en la iglesia son santos. Hombres y mujeres famosos y desconocidos, pueblo de Dios del pasado, presente y futuro. María y yo aprendimos ese día, que la teología de la iglesia decía algo importante. Fue un llamado para celebrar algo importante. La iglesia nos fue dada por aquellos en el pasado.
Hoy, podamos renovar nuestro compromiso de ser los santos y santas de nuestros días. Que Dios nos bendiga en nuestro trabajo. Que hoy podamos cuidar de la Iglesia para que podamos darla a las generaciones futuras.
¡Damos gracias a Dios cuando entramos en nuestro tercer año de ser la Iglesia! Amén.
We created these two baskets for Camp Hardtner's 75th Anniversary Silent Auction.
St. Alban's Best of Louisiana Sampler Basket - Landry Vineyard’s Muscadine Country Wine, Two Glass Bottle Coca-Colas (Monroe is the home of the Coke Museum), Two Bottle Abita Root Bear (pure Louisiana Cane Sugar), Community Coffee, Panola Gourmet Pepper Sause, Tabasco Pepper Sause, Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning, Zapp’s Spicy Cajun Crawtator Chips, Zapp’s Who Dat? Chips, Holiday Fried Pecans, Two St. Alban’s Coffee Mugs, Photo Note Cards by Archdeacon Bette Jo Kauffman, Sunshine Crafter’s Knitted Hat (given to folks worldwide), Louisiana Life Best of Louisiana Magazine, Images of American – Monroe, West Monroe Photo Book, Cotton Country Collection Cookbook – Junior Charity League of Monroe, Jimmy Choo Sunglasses in Fleur de Lis case.
Iglesia San Albán Episcopal, Cesta Misión Latino / Hispana - Rose-Orange Fleece Blanket, Black Lace Scarf, Fiesta Paper Cups, Plates and Table Cloth, Cathedral Photo by Archdeacon Bette Jo Kauffman, Handmade Hardtner Coasters, Ceramic Candy Skull and Dia de los Muertos plaque, Un Libro De Oracion Racion Para le Disipulo Prayer Booklet, tacolicious Cookbook by Sara Deseran, Ornamental Flowers
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry speaks from Rome during a week when Anglicans and Roman Catholics are participating in a series of events to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the historic meeting in 1966 between Pope Paul VI and Archbishop of Canterbury Michael Ramsey.
Father Whit, Thomas Whitfield Stodghill III, blesses a pet at the Oct. 1 Bark in the Park. The people and pet-friendly event raise funds for the Ouachita Valley Animal Rescue League. Jeanette Robinson/The News-Star
St. Alban's will have its Blessing of the Animals on October 5, at 5:30 p.m. on the circle drive. Join us for what is always a lively liturgy!
Please join the folks at St. Thomas' on the bayou for the
61st annual St. Thomas BBQ. The event
will be held Saturday, October 1st from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
includes chicken, pork loin, sausage, baked beans, potato salad, and homemade
desserts - the fun includes music and a
The cost is
$15 per ticket or 5 for $50. Students with ID will be $5. Tickets can be
purchased from the church or at the BBQ. All proceeds will go to our community
outreach this year.
This is an opportunity for good food, fun and
fellowship. If you have any questions,
please call and leave a message at 318-343-4089. St. Thomas Episcopal Church is
located at 3706 Bon Aire Drive on beautiful Bayou DeSiard, here in Monroe.
Join us as we celebrate the life and musical ministry of Dr. J.L. "Larry" Simmons at St. Alban's. The Burial liturgy begins at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 10, 2016. A reception in McLean Hall will follow for family and friends. Until then, please pray the Simmons' family, and give thanks for Larry's life and all his gifts shared with us!
The News Star had a great article by Hope Young on how to help flood victims in south Louisiana - You can find it here.
You can also make financial donations to St. Alban's, the Diocese of Western Louisiana or Episcopal Relief and Development (E.R.D.) - mark your donations with "Louisiana flood relief." Remember that E.R.D. provided the monies that helped us during our recent floods!
And, of course, pray, pray, pray! Reach out in love to those you know in that part of the state!
This year's Surf Shack V.B.S. is a wrap! Thanks to Archdeacon Kauffman for all the great photos this week. More photos and videos are on our Facebook page here. Thanks to the children, helpers, adults, parents and all who made it an adventure!
More great photos from V.B.S. thanks to our Archdeacon, Bette Jo! A great video compilation is here on Facebook too! Come and see all the fun - 5:30 - 7:15 p.m. in McLean Hall at St. Alban's. Grace, St. Alban's St. Thomas' and St. Patrick's are together again!
Surf Shack V.B.S. is Underway! Our 2016 Vacation Bible School is once again and collaboration of Grace, St. Alban's, St Thomas' and St. Patrick's Episcopal Churches. Here are some photos from day one thanks to Archdeacon Kauffman.
Finger foods are needed on Monday, July 11 so we can provide proper hospitality for the visitation of family and friends of Jane Mott to be held from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. that evening.
Our hospitality committee is asking that finger foods, sandwiches, or sweets be delivered to McLean Hall on Monday morning. There will be as sign-in sheet so that you can record your donation.
We will discuss this on Sunday too! Thanks in advance for this and for all the ways you support one another!
The St. Alban's community, friends, and Mott family will celebrate the life of Jane Turpin Mott next week. Jane was a long-time resident of Oak Ridge and Monroe, and a vary active member of St. Alban's. Jane died on Wednesday, the 11th of May, 2016 in Glen Rock, New Jersey.
Visitation with family will be held in the church and McLean Hall on Monday, July 11, 2016 from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. The Burial liturgy with Holy Eucharist will be celebrated on Tuesday, July 12, at 10:00 a.m. at the church. Interment will follow in Oak Ridge. Join us as we thank God for Jane and her life shared with us.
Primary Camp 2016 at Camp Hardtner is almost in the books - it is our last night! Even though priestly duties required me to miss the camp photo - my friend and star of the Lego Movie, Emmett stood in for me.
See you all at church on July 3 and we will celebrate the Eucharist and Independence Day weekend!