Christmas Bazaar News!

We hope you had an opportunity to read this month’s Word article about the bazaar and see why so many volunteers keep coming back!  If you ‘ve never attended the bazaar, it’s an excellent place to meet new friends, reconnect with neighbors and friends you haven’t seen in a while, do a little shopping, and have delicious food at the café (outdoor seating this year).

The bazaar closet is open & ready for your donations!  Please place items in boxes or sturdy bags marked with what’s inside.  As you are choosing items to donate, please consider what 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, contact please contact the bazaar co-chairs Nancy Calvert, Sue Mairena and Nick Huskins at [email protected].

Raffle Prizes needed! We need prizes that will attract ticket buyers of all ages.  You could donate 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 even gift cards!  You can use the following URL to make your raffle donation ($75 minimum): https://cmpeck.wufoo.com/forms/st-albans-christmas-bazaar-raffle/.  Please contact Chris Peck [email protected] or Stephanie Lightner or [email protected] for additional information.

Your bazaar co-chairs, Nancy, Sue & Nick

Stuff the Bus – benefitting local food pantries

Fight Hunger in Fairfax County! Donate to the Stuff the Bus Food Drive on October 9

Stuff the Bus began in 2011 in response to a critical need to help restock the shelves of local food pantries after the holidays. This collaborative program is a partnership between Fairfax County Government and local nonprofits. Now in its 10th year, Stuff the Bus continues to support food assistance efforts for families and households. Since inception, Stuff the Bus has collected over 220 tons of food to feed hungry people in Fairfax County.

The next Stuff the Bus food drive will take place on Saturday, October 9. Fastran buses will be parked at locations throughout Fairfax County from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to collect nonperishable food donations for area food pantries.

Get Involved!

See the complete list of food drop-off locations, what to put on your shopping list to donate, and tips for donating safely at Stuff the Bus.

Stuff the Bus Virtual Food Drive

For those who are unable to donate in person, monetary donations can be made by visiting Volunteer Fairfax’s Stuff the Bus Donation Page.

The Bazaar Book Room is now accepting donations

The Saint Alban’s Bazaar is on schedule for this Fall, and we are requesting book donations.

If you are interested in our preferences: popular fiction (adventure, historical, crime, romance) books, particularly in paperback format, and history/autobiography books. Cook books are also fine, as long as they are from within the past 10 years.

If you do donate books, please spare a thought for those who have to handle them; and use boxes that are not too large (and therefore too heavy).

If you have any questions, or if you would like to volunteer to help with the book sale at the Bazaar, please contact Izanne Zorin.

Thank you so much!

Your Bazaar Book team

Summer Changes to the Poe Middle School Food Distribution Program

The Poe Middle School Food Distribution Program is now the Braddock Elementary School Distribution Program 

As Heraclitus said, “There is nothing permanent except change.”  With the coming of June, our Poe Middle School food distribution program is transitioning to work with Braddock Elementary School.  We have recently learned that Poe Middle School will not need assistance during the summer months.  Our contact referred us to Braddock Elementary School (a feeder to Poe MS) as they have lost their usual assistance.  The Outreach Committee felt that support for the Braddock families was in keeping with our plans for the Poe families and therefore could move forward.  We are looking for members who can, once again, help us pack the bags and transport them to the H-Mart parking lot in Annandale for distribution.  Our Sign-Up Genius (link below) has openings for our August distribution date.   Thank you so much!

Sign up link:

Sign Up!

Get Ready to STUFF the TRUNK for Samaritan Ministry!

Q: Trunk? What Trunk?

A: The car trunks of Deacon Theresa and Ivy Kilby’s cars for

Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington’s

Empowering Our Neighbors In Need (ENN) 2021 Campaign!

When: 8:30am-Noon on Saturday, May 15th

Where: Saint Alban’s Episcopal Church parking lot.

Why: Many of SMGW’s Participants use government assistance to purchase food. Unfortunately, that benefit does not cover items such as household cleaning supplies and personal hygiene products.  We’re asking our Saint Alban’s family to donate household cleaning supplies and full size hygiene products for SMGW’s Participants.

Household Cleaning Items Needed:

  • Sponge with green scrub pad
  • Dish soap
  • Dish towel
  • All-purpose cleaner (e.g. Comet, Mr. Clean…) liquid or powder
  • Laundry pods
  • Paper Towels
  • Toilet paper

Personal Hygiene Items Needed (full size):

  • Body Lotion
  • Sunblock
  • Body Wash
  • Body Soap (bars)
  • Foot Powder
  • Dental Floss
  • Mini Tissue Packs

*Please wear your mask during this donation collection. Thank you!

Empower our Neighbors in Need (ENN) Campaign – 2021 – Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington

New ministry at St. Alban’s

As pandemic conditions in our area improve we’re looking at the resources we’ll need to live-stream our Sunday morning worship services – just one part of a very complicated process for re-gathering for in-person worship.  Early on, we will need lectors, ushers and Altar Guild members to work with us, but we’re also looking for individuals of any age who are interested in learning our new audio/video system which we’ll use for live-streaming.

We have a brand new audio/video system, and we’ll need volunteers to run it on Sunday mornings.  If you have any interest in learning about live-streaming on the internet and learning some new skills in the area of video production, please contact Fr. Jeff or Fr. Paul.

Palm Sunday palms are here!

Waving palms branches on Palm Sunday to reenact Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem is an ancient and cherished tradition.  While we won’t be gathering again this year for our Palm Sunday procession, blessed palm fronds are available in front of the narthex doors at St. Alban’s.

Come pick up palms for your household as a reminder that Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week and Jesus’ passion.  (For those allergic to cats, Clark did not touch any of the palms, and he may or may not be present.)

Palms will be available until 5:00 pm Saturday evening, and from 8:00-5:00 Palm Sunday.  If you are unable to come to St. Alban’s, please let me know via email and I will deliver them to your home.

Click here for easy instructions to make your own palm cross.

 

A chance to make a new friend, and to give generously!

Hi, I’m Margaret Pendley, a member of St. Alban’s (originally of the 110:15 service persuasion), and I was recently challenged to make lemonade from a lemon.  You see, last month I broke my right foot in NINE PLACES, and will be wearing a series of casts for the next 8 weeks (the lemon).  I decided to sell advertising space on these casts to raise funds for the St. Alban’s Clergy Discretionary Funds (the lemonade).

Fr. Jeff, Fr. Paul, and Deacon Theresa receive a small stipend each year in the budget to use at their discretion to answer the needs of God’s children, both inside and outside of our church.  I myself have been the recipient of its bounty when Fr. Jeff sent me an amazingly relevant book when I was going through a rough patch.  These stipends are usually supplemented over the year by donations that they receive for officiating at weddings, funerals, and other religious services.  Well, as you can imagine, COVID has put a serious dent into this ministry for them, so I thought it would be a grand thing on our part to help them out.

Below is a partial shot of the first cast, with parishioners’ signatures, and the latest edition with LOTS of open space.

You can either come to my house and sign it yourself, or send me your signature request via email or snail mail. Minimum requested donation is $1, but feel free to give more!  As a bonus, if you’re in the mood to hear some of the hilarious stories of how some of these signatures got on these casts, you can give me a call!  My contact information is:  [email protected],.

Come enjoy a lovely glass of lemonade with me!

Stay current with news from The Diocese of Virginia

Diocese Coat of ArmsIn our continually evolving circumstances, we’ve all been anxious to have the most current status updates, especially the status of worship protocols and regathering for public worship. Many of our policies are guided by the Office of the Bishop of the Diocese of Virginia.

While St. Alban’s will always communicate the latest information from the Bishop’s office, you are eligible to get these updates directly from the Bishop’s office by subscribing to the diocesan e-news service.

There’s another important reason you should subscribe. Last year, the Diocese made the difficult decision to discontinue the printing of the quarterly magazine, the Virginia Episcopalian. In a time of decreasing budgets, a costly magazine was simply not a luxury that our church or the Diocese could afford to continue.

The good news is that the monthly diocesan newsletter, the eCommunique, will now be incorporating some of the great storytelling and features you enjoyed in the Virginia Episcopalian, but without the lag time and hefty price tag of a traditional print publication. By subscribing to the diocesan news service, you will receive the monthly eCommunique email plus announcements from your Bishops as they happen. Rest assured that the diocesan offices will never share your information with any other parties.

Please share this information with those who you think might not see it.

Wednesday Evenings in Lent (on zoom)

One of the most fascinating writings in all the New Testament is the Letter to the Hebrews. The words of Hebrews are deeply embedded in the Christian tradition. Yet, the Letter to the Hebrews is cloaked in mystery.

Hebrews presents a startling portrait of Jesus and his mission. He is not presented as a prophet, nor as the king, nor as the suffering servant, but instead as our One Great High Priest. Nowhere else in the New Testament is this designation used for the Son of God.

The powerful words of Hebrews were written to encourage an early Christian congregation which had lost sight of its direction and its purpose. In this Lenten presentation, we will listen to what the author of Hebrews teaches us about Jesus, and learn how these words can encourage us in our own life of faith.

  • 6:30-7:45 PM – Program – Walking the Walk while Talking the Talk
  • 8:00-8:20 PM – Compline *note new time* during Lent

No pre-registration is necessary. Have a Bible nearby!

2/17 – Ash Wednesday (view the Ash Wednesday service beginning at 12:00 noon on 2/17)

2/24 – “On homeless shelters and alien residences” (Hebrews 11-13)

3/03 – “Nothing but the best: On the superiority of Jesus” (Hebrews 1:1-3:6)

3/10 – “Rebellion and religion: Apostasy and holy rest” (Hebrews 3:7-6:20)

3/17 – “Now this Melchizedek…A new priesthood for a new day” (Hebrews 7:1-8:13)

3/24 – “Once for all: Jesus and Eternal Atonement” (Hebrews 9-10)

Join us for this fascinating dive into the Book of Hebrews, as we prepare our hearts for Holy Week.