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!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Spanish Word of the Day


Ash Wednesday - Miércoles de Ceniza



Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. Join us for the imposition of ashes and Holy Eucharist at Noon and 6:00 p.m.

Hoy es el Miércoles de Ceniza, el comienzo de la Cuaresma. Únase a nosotros para la imposición de cenizas y la Santa Eucaristía al mediodía y 6:00 p.m.

Note: The beautiful art is from Clip Art, published by Liturgy Training Publications and by artist Steve Erspamer, SM

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Lent 2017

Join us again in 2017 as we travel from church to church for Holy Eucharist, simple suppers, visiting preachers, and fellowship with one another...


Grace's Lenten Lunch series on each Tuesday is on again in 2017 too. This year, we will learn to Live Well in Lent with reflections from Living Compass.



Pre-Planning Workshop


It's Migration Season Again...


Friday, January 20, 2017

Peace and Wonder!



Dear All,
I attended a talk by author Diana Butler Bass on Wednesday for the clergy of our Diocese. Below is one of the graphics she presented. It is from Pew Research.
Good news, I believe, for all of us! The trend up is good news as well!
Firstly, (in spite of what many believe), more and more of us feel at spiritual peace and sense of well-being. Good news during a difficult and divisive time in our nation, neighborhood, work (maybe), and even in our own families. Most of us believe everything is going to be all right! We feel at peace and a sense of well-being.
Secondly, more and more folks feel a sense of wonder about the universe. That means we are inquisitive and want to learn. That is where you all come in. Thanks for your willingness to grow, learn, and share your faith with others!
Keep up the good work. See you Sunday!
 Whit+


Thursday, January 19, 2017

Partner - Compañero

St. Alban's is a proud partner of Iglesia Episcopal La Esperanza de Familias Unidas! A part of the Episcopal Church's branch of the Jesus Movement.

Iglesia Episcopal La Esperanza de Familias Unidas - Una parte de la rama de la Iglesia Episcopal del Movimiento Jesús.


Monday, January 16, 2017

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Almighty God, by the hand of Moses your servant you led your people out of slavery, and made them free at last: Grant that your Church, following the example of your prophet Martin Luther King, may resist oppression in the name of your love, and may secure for all your children the blessed liberty of the Gospel of Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Spread the Love!

With some help from of our friends at St. Thomas' - St. Alban's Episcopal Church collected 167 pounds of Peanut Butter for the Foodbank of NELA. That should spread some love!






Friday, January 6, 2017

Epiphany

Happy Epiphany Friday! 

The Collect for Epiphany
"O God, by the leading of a star you manifested your only Son to the peoples of the earth: Lead us, who know you now by faith, to your presence, where we may see your glory face to face; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen."

❤ & prayers! Garrett and Lee will read Evening Prayer tonight at 5:30 p.m.

Stay warm!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Start the New Year with St. Alban's!

On Wednesday, January 3, 2017, the 11th Day of Christmas, St. Alban's will celebrate Holy Eucharist at 5:30 p.m. Our seminarian, Garrett Boyte will preach. Following Eucharist, our Wednesday Evening Adult Study Group will meet at 6:15 p.m. and begin our study of Bishop Jake Owensby's book - Gospel Memories. On Friday, January 6, 2017, The Epiphany, postulants Garrett Boyte and Lee Jefferson will read Evening Prayer and Garrett will preach. Join us for any or all of these activities - all are welcome!