On October 6, we were joined at both of our Sunday morning services by some special furry friends for the annual Blessing of the Animals, in conjunction with the Feast of St. Francis. We are thankful for all of these faithful companions, and their good behavior, on this special day! Check out a few photo highlights below (photos courtesy of Barbara Hallman).
Our annual Parish Weekend was held September 27-29 at Shrine Mont in Orkney Springs, Virginia. It was a time of relaxation and fun with new friends and old, in a beautiful mountain setting. Some folks hiked, some folks fished, some folks read, some folks napped, some folks even attended a program or two, but everybody came together for conversation, music, and a chance to enjoy the company of our parish family.
Here are just a few memories from the weekend (photos by Duncan McBride). We hope even more of our fellow parishioners will enjoy the weekend with us next year!
For over 60 years, the St. Alban’s Christmas Bazaar has been a highlight of the year for our parish and our neighborhood. This year’s Bazaar is happening Saturday, November 23 from 9:00am to 2:00pm. At the Bazaar, you’ll discover a cornucopia of gifts and treasures, including toys, jewelry, books, decor, tools, baked goods, and more.
The Bazaar is an excellent place to make new friends, reconnect with neighbors and friends you haven’t seen in a while, do a little shopping, and enjoy delicious food at the café. The kids can enjoy face painting, a visit with Santa, and the moon bounce (weather permitting). Best of all, proceeds from the Bazaar go directly back into the community as we use all the funds to support our many outreach ministries and programs.
Join the Fun, Make a Difference
The Bazaar is one of our biggest annual programs and is only possible with the enthusiastic support of dozens of volunteers. From donation of goods to set-up and take-down, from decoration to promotion, we rely on the entire St. Alban’s family to make this event possible.
For additional information, please contact Nancy Calvert at firstname.lastname@example.org, Sue Mairena at email@example.com or one of the many area leads — view this document for a complete contact list.
Why do folks volunteer and help out with the Bazaar?
“I participate in the Christmas Bazaar to get closer to all those St. Albanites I don’t see that often. The best way to get to know people is to work together.” (Ann Gates)
“I like participating in the St. Alban’s Bazaar because of the sense of community I feel while I am there. Not only from our St. Albanites – but also from the neighbors and friends that participate!” (Camille Stern)
“I was new at St. Alban’s when I first volunteered at the Bazaar. It was such a great way to get to know people that I did not hesitate when I was asked to be a co-chair a couple of years later. Working with so many fellow parishioners on the wide range of bazaar activities showed me how much everyone does to make St. Alban’s the friendly, welcoming and supportive place that it is.” (Betsy Anderson)
“I love working with our church family at the Bazaar! It is so much fun to see everyone put their best efforts in for the community of people who come to shop, eat and take in the day with us. Working at this event is a fantastic way to get to know my fellow churchmates.” (Ivy Kilby)
See even more testimonials and stories from volunteers in the October issue of The Word.
Please consider joining our band of enthusiastic volunteers! Our next meeting is Wed, 10/30 @ 6:30 pm in the Parish Hall. Everyone is welcome!
The Bazaar closet is open for your donations! Please place items in boxes or sturdy bags marked with a description of the contents. As you choose which items to donate, please consider the sorts of items that you or others would like to buy.
All items should be clean and in good condition. Please make sure any battery‐operated items have a battery, so the customer can see that they work. For more information about donations, please contact Nancy Calvert or Sue Mairena.
Raffle Prizes Needed!
Our raffle is one of the most popular items at the Bazaar, but its success depends on the prizes being offered. Please consider donating a raffle prize, such as sporting event, theater or concert tickets; an offer of professional services (such as decorating a special cake or raking leaves or detailing a car); or gift cards, which are always popular!
To donate an item (preferred value of $75 or greater), please complete this form (you can also use the form to upload a photo, if possible). Actual prizes can be delivered to the church now or during the event set-up. Please contact Chris Peck or Stephanie Lightner for more information about the raffle.
Breakfast on day three was courtesy of Harry’s team. Harry and crew delighted us with biscuits and gravy and fried June apples. Landon and MacGregor picked the apples the day before during some down time on their worksite. Most of the kids ate cereal.
Harry’s team continued their work on the bathroom project, redoing some old plumbing and working on a shower surround.
George’s team (with Allison and Liv) began working on a wheelchair ramp and plans to have their work finished Thursday.
Meanwhile, the painting crew finished scraping (thanks to Darius’ dogged determination to get every last loose bit of paint off the house!). Unfortunately, an afternoon downpour slowed their worked considerably.
After an hour break under the shelter of the front porch, the crew was able to put a coat of paint over the entire house but weren’t able to finish the project.
Pearl, the owner of the house, was very pleased with her freshly scraped and painted house. Today (Thursday) may be a short work day as part of our team (Ted and MacGregor) are helping load a shipment of USDA food that they’ll be delivering to the Center around noon, and all hands will be necessary to unload the truck.
|Team 2 started the day off for us with pancakes, ham and scrambled eggs. Ted even got fancy and sprinkled little colorful candy sprinkles into the pancakes…not sure if they gave the exact effect he was hoping for. But, it’s the thought that counts! Thanks, Ted, Victor and George!|
Our valiant team of painters returned to their project to finish scraping, and begin painting, their house. With rain threatening their work, the team worked feverishly to complete painting the front porch and one side of the house.
|Battling wasps and the heat, the painting team persevered. Tomorrow is another day.|
Harry’s team laid linoleum flooring. MacGregor and Landon learned to cut the flooring to fit.
|George’s team laid flooring and applied a coating of koolseal to the roof of a trailer|
|We ended the day with a brief service of compline on the front porch.|
Nothing like a couple of happy missioners!
Our annual weekend at the diocesan retreat center in the Shenandoah’s is a great time to relax, and spend time getting to know one another over mealtimes, worship, singing, and fellowship. While there are different programs offered, the only thing that is “mandatory” is that you enjoy yourself, have fun and take advantage of the slow pace of life over the weekend. If a glass of sweet-tea or a tasty Anglican beverage are calling to you from a porch rocker, then that’s where you need to be!Read More
On June 2, after the 10:15am service, the congregants joined the clergy outside for the blessing of the new St. Alban’s Pet Memorial Grove. It’s a peaceful area on the church grounds for members of the St. Alban’s family to place the ashes of their dearly-departed furry friends (or finny or scaley, as the case may be).
Photos by Barbara Hallman
Join us at St. Alban’s on March 6 as we begin our annual journey through Lent. We offer a number of ways and services during which you can begin this vital observance, a time of repentance, meditation, fasting, and prayer.
- Stop by the Narthex in the morning, starting at 7am, for imposition of ashes
- Join us for Daily Prayer at 8am in the chapel
- Holy Eucharist at noon with imposition of ashes
- A special Children’s Ash Wednesday service at 6pm
- Holy Eucharist at 7pm with imposition of ashes
From The Book of Common Prayer:
“The first Christians observed with great devotion the days of our Lord’s passion and resurrection, and it became the custom of the Church to prepare for them by a season of penitence and fasting. This season of Lent provided a time in which converts to the faith were prepared for Holy Baptism. It was also a time when those who, because of notorious sins, had been separated from the body of the faithful were reconciled by penitence and forgiveness, and restored to the fellowship of the Church. Thereby, the whole congregation was put in mind of the message of pardon and absolution set forth in the Gospel of our Savior, and of the need which all Christians continually have to renew their repentance and faith. I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word.”