Monday, November 20, 2017

Help Spread the Love!


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 2017 - Epiphany 2018 and all our collections will go to the Foodbank of NELA. Please be generous and help us "Spread the Love!"

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Veterans Day

Veterans Day - Say a prayer of thanks...  November 11, 2017
Día de los Veteranos - Diga una oración de gracias... 11 noviembre 2017



Saturday, October 28, 2017

EfM - Habitat for Humanity Work Day

The EfM group spent the morning with Habitat for Humanity today.What a crew!





Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Children Welcome! ¡Niños Bienvenidos!

Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me..." Adults are welcome too! See you every Sunday at church for Holy Eucharist at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Jesús dijo: "Dejen que los niños vengan a mí ..." ¡Los adultos también son bienvenidos! Nos vemos el domingo en la iglesia - Santa Eucaristía a las 5:00 p.m.


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Our Columbarium

Our beautiful columbarium. For more information, please contact the church.


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Prayers for Las Vegas

Presiding Bishop delivers message from Anglican Communion primates on Las Vegas, Nevada shooting

Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry and the primates of the Anglican Communion prayed to honor the victims of the shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada.
More than 50 people were killed and more than 500 were injured in a shooting on the Las Vegas Strip on Sunday evening, marking the worst mass shooting on American soil.
The primates have gathered at Canterbury Cathedral for their Oct. 2-6 meeting.
Statement from the primates
The following is a statement from the primates of the Anglican Communion to Bishop Dan Edwards of the Diocese of Nevada.
We were greatly distressed to learn of the dreadful events in Las Vegas last night. The scale of the loss of life and the numbers of injured is truly shocking. We are sending our deepest condolences to you and to the people of your diocese – in particular, the people of Las Vegas.
We are praying for the families and friends of those who have died and for the many people who have been wounded. We remember, too, everyone else caught up in this tragedy – including the emergency services (first responders).  We pray that the peace of the Lord Jesus Christ will be with the people of Las Vegas as they endure this trauma.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Barbecue - Barbacoa


Oktoberfeast Fall Fellowship & Bar-B-Que is this Sunday, October 1. We will celebrate Holy Eucharist at 8:30 a.m. as usual, but at 10:30 a.m., our Eucharist will be bilingual and Iglesia Episcopal La Esperanza de Familias Unidas will join us for communion in church and fellowship in McLean! Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Blessing of the Animals!

Blessing of the Animals
On Wednesday, October 4, 2017, at 5:30 p.m., we will bless the animals of St. Alban’s and Iglesia Episcopal La Esperanza de Familias Unidas. This follows the Church’s remembrance of Francis.

Bendición de los Animales El miércoles 4 octubre 2017, a las 5:30 p.m., bendeciremos a los animales de St. Alban's Iglesia y Iglesia Episcopal La Esperanza de Familias Unidas. Esto sigue el recuerdo de la Iglesia de Francisco.

This Sunday!

Join us this Sunday, October 1, 2017, following our 10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist for Oktoberfeast Fall Fellowship & Bar-B-Que. John will provide the ribs and meat and we will bring the rest! There's nothing like the smell of fall leaves and smoky Bar-B-Que!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Prayers and Sympathy

Our prayers and sympathy are offered for Jim and Louise Bradford and their daughter, Sharron, upon the news of the death of their son-in-law, Wayne Robbins. More information will be posted as the details are finalized.

May Wayne's soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Middle School EYC at Grace!



All are invited! Calling all middle schoolers! Bring a friend and join the fun!


Starts Wednesday, September 20th.

Friday, September 15, 2017

All That Jazz Quilt Raffle

The original Kneeling Needler and Sunshine Crafter, Dottie Johnson is at it again! This time, she has created a quilt for the church to raffle to raise money for the repairs to McLean Hall.

The beautiful quilt is called "All That Jazz" and is in a stack the deck pattern (for those in the know). Tickets will be $5 a chance and we will sell no more than 500. If we sell them all, that is $2,500 for the cause! Wow!

Our drawing for a winner will be held on December 10, 2017 - just in time to be wrapped as a Christmas gift or decorating your own home.

Tickets will be available soon and the beautiful quilt will be on display in McLean Hall.

Please support this project and say thanks to Dottie when you see her!


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Oktoberfeast

Mark your calendars now and join us on Sunday, October 1, 2017, following our 10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist for Oktoberfeast Fall Fellowship & Bar-B-Que. John will provide the ribs and meat and we will bring the rest! There's nothing like the smell of fall leaves and smoky Bar-B-Que! Join us!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Lifting Up Our Hearts

Click to read at Episcopal Cafe

I was at Camp Hardtner this day...
Even at the grave we make our song: Alleluia,
alleluia, alleluia.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Joy in the Journey


2017 Joy in the Journey Retreat
"The Joy of Living: Action is the Key Word" is a three-day retreat presented by the Bishop's Commission on Addiction and Recovery. Retreat leader is John McAndrew, M.A., M.Div.
The joy of living is the theme of AA’s 12th Step, and action is its key word. We’ll consider how we practice these principles in all our affairs in the company of other men and women who have embraced this way of life. How do the 12 Steps work? How can I better practice my program in my relationships? How do I enlarge my spiritual life? This weekend is designed for people who are seeking deeper engagement with their spiritual lives, partners, spouses and friends: men, women, couples, singles--all seekers and 12 and 12 Fellowships welcome!
Plan to arrive at Camp Hardtner between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. for check-in and room assignments. The program begins at 7:00 p.m. No dinner will be served on Friday, but heavy hors d'oeuvres will be available.
REGISTRATION CLOSES SEPTEMBER 15

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

St. Thomas' Annual BBQ


Mark your calendars and let's join our friends at St. Thomas' for food, fun, and fellowship!

Friday, September 1, 2017

Labor Day



This Labor Day, weekend - we will do what we always do. Pray! Join us for Holy Eucharist at 8:30 a.m, 10:30 a.m. (La Santa Eucaristía –  5:00 p.m.) This year we will pray especially for Hurricane Harvey victims and rescuers. 

Have a safe and happy Labor Day weekend, if you're traveling,  travel safely

A reminder that the church office will be closed on Monday. 

The Collect for Labor Day:
Almighty God, you have so linked our lives one with another that all we do affects, for good or ill, all other lives: So guide us in the work we do, that we may do it not for self alone, but for the common good; and, as we seek a proper return for our own labor, make us mindful of the rightful aspirations of other workers, and arouse our concern for those who are out of work; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Help ERD Help!

Episcopal Relief and Development's Harvey Fund - Click here.


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

From Bishop Jake...

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Dear Friends,

Our hearts have been rent by the images and stories of Hurricane Harvey's destruction in Texas. Many in our Diocese fear for family and friends in the storm's path. Responses from our congregations have been swift and generous, whether through Episcopal Relief and Development or other services.

Now Harvey has turned toward Louisiana. Schools and offices have been closed in several of our parishes. Floodwaters are encroaching on some homes and businesses in the south and west. We wait together not only to see what this storm brings but also to discern how to be most helpful to those in need.

Our Disaster Relief Coordinator Deacon Lois Maberry has been hard at work for days preparing and coordinating responses and providing resources. I have been communicating with clergy in charge of our congregations to stay informed about all of you. You are in my prayers for safety. Together we will get through this and bring aid to those in need.

We have received notes and phone calls of support from around the Church. The Presiding Bishop, my fellow bishops, and fellow Episcopalians around the country are praying for us and offering their support. I'm sure you share my gratitude.

May our holy and gracious God guide, guard, and comfort us through this storm. And may our common hope sustain us in the weeks ahead as we begin the work of recovery.

Blessings....

+Jake

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

More Camp Able 2017 at Camp Hardtner - A life changing experience!







Sunday, July 30, 2017

Justin Tensley Ewing

A celebration of the life of Justin Tensley Ewing, will be held at St. Alban's on Monday, July 31,
2017.

Visitation for family and friends is scheduled from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m., with The Burial of the Dead: Rite Two with Holy Eucharist, at 3:00 p.m. Father Whit and the Rev'd Steve Ferguson will officiate. A reception will follow immediately in McLean Hall.

 In lieu of flowers and other donations, the family requests that memorials for Justin be sent to St. Alban’s Episcopal Church for the establishment of the Justin Tensley Ewing Scholarship Fund to aid those attending Camp Hardtner, the summer camping program of the Diocese of Western Louisiana.

Justin's full obituary is available at thenewsstar.com here, or at  mulhearnfuneralhome.com here.

Please join us as we pray for the Breard and Ewing families.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Bread Baking Ministry Team

St. Alban's Bread Baking Ministry Team will meet on Monday, July 10th at 9:00 a.m. in McLean Hall.

Join us!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Bouncing Bette!

The Archdeacon Bette Jo Kauffman bounces around from church to church - that is her job!


That is because the Archdeacon works first and foremost for the Bishop and serves the whole church. We learned yesterday from the Bishop (both St. Thomas' and St. Alban's), that the Archdeacon will soon be bouncing on to her next assignment. 

That is her story to tell, but the Episcopal church is small and we all talk - so you may hear it somewhere else first. 

Thanks for all you've given us Bette Jo and prayers for your continued ministry to the Church!





Looking for Hope

For those of you who missed it... Bishop Jake Owensby's sermon for The Second Sunday after Pentecost given at St. Alban's Episcopal Church, Monroe, Louisiana and our visitors from Iglesia Episcopal La Esperanza de Familias Unidas. Thanks, Bishop and Happy Father's Day!


The apostle Paul tells us that hope does not disappoint. Some will find this naive.
After all, he was beaten and stoned. Slandered, shipwrecked, snake-bit, and imprisoned. Eventually, the Romans beheaded him.
a_southern_chain_gang_c1903-header-copy-1050x590But once you know more of the story, it actually gets harder to swallow Paul’s apparently sunny attitude.
Paul wasn’t just banking on a happy ending for his own personal story. The substance of Paul’s hope was the reconciliation of all people. All People. Everywhere.
We humans would no longer divide ourselves into competing tribes. Us and them. Jew and Greek. Slave and free.
Every step Paul took was animated by his commitment to a world where difference didn’t divide. Where diversity brought strength. Where cooperation displaced competition. Where compassion and justice gave birth to perpetual peace. You know, the Kingdom of God.
In God’s Kingdom, the dignity of each would be respected by all. The well-being of all would be the heart’s desire of each. We would never again hear, “My tribe before all others.”
That was a lot to hope for in the Roman Empire. Mercilessly leveraging their military superiority, the Romans subdued all other states and cowed their own citizens.
The Pax Romana came down to this.
A privileged elite enjoyed immense wealth and exercised power with little accountability to the masses.
The vast majority of people lived in five-story walkups and struggled to put Ramen noodles on the dinner table. The ruling class brutally suppressed attempts to change the social order in favor of what they saw as the nobodies. Think crucifixion, for instance.os-lake-eola-pulse-vigil-orlando-50000-20160620
Paul had another sort of peace in mind. Jesus’ sort of peace. And yet, in the face of what Rome tried to pass off as peace, Paul says that hope does not disappoint.
And Paul has the same word for us today.
We have seen children and teachers slaughtered in their classrooms. Disgruntled citizens have opened fire on elected officials. Nightclubs have become shooting galleries.
Thousands of additional American troops are headed to Afghanistan after more than a decade of war.
Terrorists in Great Britain bombed concert goers and drove their vehicles into crowds of unsuspecting pedestrians. We’re experiencing a sharp rise in violence against ethnic minorities, non-Christian religious groups, and members of the LGBTQ community.
Given all of this, how can Paul say that hope does not disappoint?
I think it’s because Paul sees that hope is not a theme only of his individual story. Or mine or yours. Hope is a theme of our story. Paul understands his own life as part of a much larger story. The story of God embracing humans just as God finds us all throughout history.
Paul words about hope come after he has explained the significance of Abraham for the followers of Jesus. So let’s take a few minutes to reflect on the Abraham narrative.
God called Abraham and Sarah to leave their family and to start a new one. Actually, they were leaving their tribe.
maxresdefaultIn Abraham’s day, everybody was part of a tribe composed basically of their extended family. Nobody left their tribe. So this already makes Abraham’s story pretty unusual.
All other tribes were competitors if not enemies. Even allies were just potential adversaries. Violent clashes between tribes for land and resources was the norm.
Each tribe would do whatever it took to protect its way of life and to enhance its position among the tribes. Their conflicts could reach a nauseating level of savagery.
A conquering force would sometimes slaughter every man, woman, and child of their enemy. Or, the victor might put all the males to death and take the women for themselves. In any event, they didn’t want any males or male heirs left to plot future retaliation. And get this. The winners all said that God told them to do it.
If this is news to you, you’ve skipped significant parts of the Hebrew Scriptures. I understand. It’s disturbing reading.
Anyway, God sends Abraham and Sarah to a distant land to start a new tribe. Tribes come to be by having children, and that’s why God promises Abraham and Sarah that they will have a veritable Milky Way of kids.
Put a pin in that for now and we’ll come back to it. Right now, I want to circle back to this new tribe idea. God didn’t intend for Abraham to start a tribe that was just like other tribes only stronger. God wasn’t going to equip Abraham with a bigger military force and more advanced weapons.
All the other tribes were dedicated to taking what they could get and defending what they had accumulated. Every existing tribe was entirely self-interested.
Abraham’s new tribe was to grow from a radically new idea. Here’s how God explains it to Abraham. “You will be a blessing…. In you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (Genesis 12:2b, 3b)
Abraham was not starting up just one more tribe. He was going to be the father of an entirely new kind of tribe. That tribe’s purpose is to bless all comers. To restore God’s peace to creation. To end us-them consciousness once and for all.kids and hope
Abraham and Sarah waited decades for Isaac. But by the time he came along, I suspect that they both realized that their Milky Way of descendants would be decades, centuries, millennia in the making.
Their personal stories—though important—were part of a vast web of stories. With God right at the center all along.
So you see, Abraham’s story continues in Christ. That’s how Paul saw it. In Christ, all the tribes of the world will be blessed. As Christ’s Body, his followers are that new kind of tribe that exists to bring God’s healing to the creation.
In his day, the same old self-centered tribes still surrounded his fledgling little tribe. Violence and oppression, exploitation and poverty still mar human life in our own day. In some seasons, like our own, these dehumanizing forces seem to be gaining the upper hand. But Paul would remind us not to despair.
Hope does not disappoint so long as we feed the hungry and shelter the homeless. So long as we refuse to greet the stranger as an enemy. So long as we insist that our own welfare depends upon our neighbor’s well-being. So long as we not only respect but guard the dignity of every human being.
So when Paul said that hope doesn’t disappoint, I think he was getting at something like this. Don’t just cling to hope. Be it.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Father's Day with Bishop Jake!

This Sunday, June 18, is Father's Day. God our Father, in your wisdom and love you made all things. Bless and strengthen our fathers and those who have been fathers to us. Let the example of their faith and love shine forth. Grant that we, their sons, daughters, may honor them always with a spirit of profound respect. Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Bishop Jake Owensby will make his visit to St. Alban's that day. We will celebrate Holy Eucharist at 10:30 a.m. We will be joined by the folks from Iglesia Episcopal La Esperanza de Familias Unidas and the liturgy will be in Spanish and English. A short reception will follow so we all - including the Bishop - can get home to spend time with family! Join us!



Sunday, June 11, 2017

Trinity Sunday

Happy Trinity Sunday all! Praying for you all at Camp! 


Next week is The Second Sunday after Pentecost, Father's Day, and Bishop Jake Owensby's visit. Join us for Holy Eucharist at 10:30 a.m. followed by a short reception and then go celebrate with Dad!


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Day of Pentecost

On the Day of Pentecost, we celebrate the birthday of the Church. On Pentecost, the Holy Spirit comes down and sets the disciples’ hearts on fire, so that they can proclaim the Good News to all peoples in language they can understand.
Join us to celebrate this Sunday, June 4 at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. and wear red!


En el Día de Pentecostés, celebramos el cumpleaños de la Iglesia. En Pentecostés, el Espíritu Santo desciende y enciende los corazones de los discípulos, para que puedan proclamar la Buenas Noticias a todos los pueblos en un lenguaje que puedan entender.
Únase a nosotros para celebrar este domingo, 4 de junio a las 11:45 a.m. y usar rojo! 

Friday, May 26, 2017

Memorial Day Weekend

Join us this weekend as we celebrate Holy Eucharist on the Seventh Sunday of Easter: The Sunday after Ascension Day at 8:30 a.m. or 10:30 a.m., or 11:45 a.m., La Santa Eucaristía. Have a safe and prayer filled Memorial Day. Remember to say thanks!

For Heroic Service
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.


Note: The offices of St. Alban's will be closed on Monday.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Tomorrow - Mañana

The Good Shepherd - Holy Eucharist - 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. - La Santa Eucaristía - 11:45 a.m.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Perfect!

Picnic weather forecast from the Weather Channel for May 6... See you tomorrow from 11:00 a.m. till 2:00 p.m.! Food, fun, and fellowship with our neighbors!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Picnic Time!

This Saturday is Picnic Day! Join us for the fun and if you are a St. Alban's member, bring a dessert to share...


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Picnic!

From your friends at St. Alban's Episcopal Church. Mark your calendars and join us!
De tus amigos en la Iglesia Episcopal La Esperanza de Familias Unidas. ¡Marque sus calendarios y únase a nosotros!


Sunday, April 16, 2017

Alleluia!

Alleluia. Christ is risen.
The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia.

Join us to celebrate!


Saturday, April 15, 2017

Easter - Dia de Pascua

Tonight, after dark, at 8:00 p.m., our celebration of Easter begins with all of our churches together at Grace Episcopal.  We will continue our celebration tomorrow in our individual churches...

The Great Vigil of Easter - Vigilia Pascual - 8:00 p.m. at Grace Episcopal (en inglés)
This is the Church’s ancient first celebration of Easter. Come and experience this wonderful liturgy and Holy Baptism!

Easter at St. Alban’s - Dia de Pascua en Iglesia Episcopal La Esperanza de Familias Unidas

Easter Day - Dia de Pascua
Easter Day Holy Eucharist – 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

A wonderful celebration of our Lord’s resurrection. Come celebrate with us!

Easter Egg Hunt - Buscar Huevos de Pascua – 9:15 a.m. Bring your basket and help us search for eggs and prizes!

Dia de Pascua La Santa Eucaristía – 11:45 p.m.

Please join us and bring your friends! 
¡Por favor, únase a nosotros y trae a tus amigos y amigas!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Holy Week / Semana Santa


Holy Week and Easter at St. Alban’s
Semana Santa y Dia de Pascua en Iglesia Episcopal La Esperanza de Familias Unidas

Holy Monday -_Lunes de Semana Santa
Evening Prayer – 6:00 p.m. (en inglés)

Holy Tuesday - Martes de Semana Santa
Evening Prayer – Oración Vespertina Diaria – 6:00 p.m. – (bilingüe)

Holy Wednesday - Miércoles de Semana Santa
Tenebrae – 7:00 p.m. at Grace Episcopal with St. Thomas’(en inglés)
Tenebrae is a beautiful liturgy that symbolizes the growing darkness as we move toward Good Friday and the return of the light at Easter.

Maundy Thursday - Jueves Santo
Eucharist and Foot Washing – Eucaristía y Lavado de Pies - 6:00 p.m. (bilingüe)
The Maundy Thursday Liturgy is a beautiful service that includes foot washing. Following the Eucharist, we will strip the altar for Good Friday.

Good Friday - Viernes Santo
Good Friday Liturgy – Noon (en inglés)
The Good Friday Liturgy remembers the death of our Lord.
Good Friday Liturgy & Stations of the Cross – 6:00 p.m. at St. Thomas’ (en inglés)
Liturgia del Viernes Santo y Vía Crucis – 6:00 p.m.

Holy Saturday - Sábado Santo
The Great Vigil of Easter - Vigilia Pascual - 8:00 p.m. at Grace Episcopal (en inglés)
This is the Church’s ancient first celebration of Easter. Come and experience this wonderful liturgy! St. Thomas’ will join us!

Easter Day - Dia de Pascua
Easter Day Holy Eucharist – 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
A wonderful celebration of our Lord’s resurrection. Come celebrate with us!
Easter Egg Hunt - Buscar Huevos de Pascua – 9:15 a.m.
Bring your basket and help us search for eggs and prizes!
Dia de Pascua La Santa Eucaristía – 11:45 p.m.

Please join us and bring your friends! 
¡Por favor, únase a nosotros y trae a tus amigos y amigas!