A Service of Advent Lessons & Carols

Sunday, December 12, 2021

4:00 pm

Advent Lessons and Carols is a service of scripture and song that dates to the late 19th century.  As the opening Bidding Prayer reminds us, through readings and music, we “prepare ourselves to hear again the message of the Angels, and in heart and mind to go even unto Bethlehem, to see the Babe lying in a manger.”

Join us for this cherished Anglican tradition at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church.

Christmas Flower Dedications

Christmas altarSt. Alban’s will be decorated with wreaths, roping and poinsettias for the Christmas season.  Our nave, decked with Christmas greens and flowers, is truly a beautiful sight.

Clark and Christmas
Clark says “Don’t forget to submit your
dedication by December 20th!”

A contribution toward the purchase of these flowers would be greatly appreciated. Flower donation forms are available in the narthex, or you can submit your dedication online here.

Please submit your dedications before Monday December 20.

Poe Middle School After-School Meal Program Continues This Week

St. Albans will be serving a hot meal to middle schoolers who participate in Poe’s after-school activities next Thursday, December 9.

At the second serving last month, 110 students took advantage of these meals. More than two-thirds of the students in the after-school programs are eligible for free- or reduced-priced breakfasts and lunches, and so our meals support those who face food insecurity at home at the end of the day. Here’s your opportunity to support this outreach: we need help shopping, cooking, warming, transporting, serving, and cleaning!

Click here to learn more and sign up.
For more info, contact Remy Jurenas.

St. Alban’s Gift Wrapping fundraiser is back!

Each remaining Sunday in Advent the Wrappers will be hard at work in Room 11, doing what we do best for you! Beginning at 8:00am, bring in your Christmas gifts prior to a service, and pick them up afterwards.

Wrapping is free, but please consider making a donation to help send our youth on their annual mission trip.

What? Santa can’t get those packages to church without the little ones finding out? Email [email protected] to make arrangements for mid-week wrapping!

St. Alban’s Hosts the Area Hypothermia Shelter: December 12-25

Hypothermia Shelter Meals 2021

What is the Hypothermia Project?

For many years, St. Alban’s has participated in the Hypothermia Project, a local endeavor supported by religious and community organizations to feed and provide overnight shelter during the winter to clients of the Bailey’s shelter.

St. Alban’s will participate for TWO WEEKS this year:  December 12-25. 

Last year, organizations provided meals only, directly to the shelter.  This year, we are able to welcome the shelter clients and staff back to St. Alban’s.  Shelter staff transport and supervise the clients during their overnight stay.  Plates, napkins, and eating and serving utensils are provided.  Here are the guidelines for St. Alban’s volunteers:

WHAT WE DO EACH DAY [dinner is served at 5:30pm]:

  • Provide 1 meal (2 main, 2 sides, bread, sweet) to feed 40 people [If you provide pork, please provide a non-pork option as well]
  • Provide 40 sandwiches (the shelter will distribute these to clients the next day)
  • Set up and Serve the meal
  • Clean up after the meal

Click here to sign up!

Questions?  Contact Delores Baisden at 703-533-9532  or  [email protected]   Thank you!

Samaritan Ministry 35th Anniversary Gala

On Saturday, November 6, 2021 from 7pm to 8pm, Samaritan Ministry will be hosting its annual fundraiser. Please join St. Albans and over forty parishes in the tri-state area (DC, Maryland and Virginia) who will be participating virtually to celebrate Samaritan 35th year celebrating their service to help participants meet their goals. During this gala, Samaritan Ministry will be providing awards for Outstanding Achievement, Compassionate Service and Outstanding Partner.

In addition, there will be a silent auction of baskets assembled by partner churches, including 2 gift baskets submitted by St. Albans! To see all the baskets in the auction, please go to Samaritan Ministry Gala’s site . When you click “auction”, you will see all the baskets but in order to bid on a basket you will need to register for the event. Below is how to register for the event.

Please click here to register now!

The gala will be live-streamed on Facebook and YouTube. If you’re watching on your own device, the Gala will be streamed live on Facebook and YouTube, and it will be available to watch on their Website.

Poe Middle School After-School Meal Program Begins

St. Albans will be serving a hot meal to middle schoolers who participate in Poe’s after-school activities next Thursday, October 28. Here’s your opportunity to participate in this outreach, which began in 2013. Kids there have been asking when we’d return.

More than two-thirds of the students in the after-school programs receive free or reduced-priced breakfasts and lunches, and so our meals support those who face food insecurity at home at the end of the day. Here’s your opportunity to support this outreach!

To see volunteer slots (shopping, cooking, transporting, serving/cleaning), click this link to learn more and to sign up. Contact Remy Jurenas with any questions at [email protected].

Now taking pre-orders for frozen, ready-to-bake Bazaar Café sausage rolls!

We had such a great response to our frozen sausage rolls in the online bazaar catalog last year, that we decided to do it again.  In order to make sure you don’t miss out, please email [email protected] to reserve yours now.

Each order of six savory sausage rolls comes frozen and vacuum sealed, with instructions for how to bake at home.  And we are happy to note that the price has not increased – still only $6 per order!

Frozen sausage rolls make great gifts (your friends and neighbors will love you)!  They’re easy to prepare and make a tasty surprise at the breakfast table, or can be cut into smaller pieces for savory bites on a buffet.  And they’ll stay fresh even several months in the freezer.

You can submit your pre-order now; payment will be due at time of pick up.

Thank you!

 

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.