Announcements March 17

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

DAUGHTERS OF THE KING will meet this Tuesday at 10:00 a.m.

 

VESTRY will meet this Tuesday at 6:30 a.m.

 

REMINDER:  There will be a 6:10 p.m. Lenten Eucharist with Soup & Bread supper following at Trinity Episcopal Church located at 611 W. Berry St.

 

NEWSLETTER DEADLINE is this Thursday.  Please submit your articles for the Cross & Sword if you can.  Articles are needed.  Thank you. 

 

BIBLE STUDY AND FELLOWSHIP will meet this Thursday at 7:00 p.m.

 

FRIDAY EVENINGS IN LENT:  Stations of the Cross will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, 3/22 and 3/29, 4/5 and 4/12.  Walk with Jesus down the road to Calvary on The Way of the Cross, a powerful devotional liturgy that follows Jesus through His passion and death.  At each station a meditation, versicle and response, and prayer is read. 

 

If you or a family member are in the hospital or planning to be in the hospital, please notify Deacon Sandy Ritchie at 619-3988 or call the church office.

 

If you know of someone that is in a nursing home and has changed their location please notify Judy Wall at jwall49@aol.com.  

 

ATTENDANCE for last Sunday was 79.

 

REMEMBER IN PRAYER Terry Babcock, Cassie, Paul Barker, Toby Bleck, Ray Brandes, Dick and Bonnie Camp, Bob Cowan, John Davis, Rachel Diver, Dick and Anne Donnelly, Susie Foley, Pat Frank, Denise Frede, Abbie Gillig, Greg Gillig, Tammy Gillig, Tim Hughes, ImhausenFamily, Claire Irvine, Vicki Irvine, Mary Lansford, Art Longecore, Gene Pettibone, Jack Radamaker, Cindy Spice, Rick Spice, Les Stath, Altalee Stellhorn, Carlen Trujillo,  Monique Jordan, Paul Wiseheart. 

For those unable to worship with us: John Diver, Sr.,   LuAnn Kleinschmidt, Frances Krauskopf, Tom Kurtz, Gene Pettibone, and Paul Wiseheart.

Military: Kaylee Collins, Sean Collins, Matthew Michael.

Announcements March 10

LENT BEGINS TODAY The chief purpose of Lent is preparation for the celebrations of Easter, the greatest festival of the Christian Church.  Therefore the focus of the Lenten season is on the suffering and sacrifice of Christ.

The Lunch Bunch meets this Tuesday, March 12th at The Green Frog Inn, 820 Spring Street.  The time is 12 Noon.  (Wear your green,  

if you so desire!)  A flyer is on the bulletin board in the narthex where you can sign up and indicate whether you would like to carpool or drive directly to the restaurant.  We especially invite new people to join us, too!  Please see Anita Grams at church with any questions, or you may call her at 449-9682.  

THERE IS A FINANCE MEETING scheduled at 6:00 p.m. this Wednesday.

FRIDAY EVENINGS IN LENT:  Stations of the Cross will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Friday 3/15, 3/22 and 3/29, 4/5 and 4/12.  Walk with Jesus down the road to Calvary on The Way of the Cross, a powerful devotional liturgy that follows Jesus through His passion and death.  At each station a meditation, versicle and response, and prayer is read.

If you or a family member are in the hospital or planning to be in the hospital, please notify Deacon Sandy Ritchie at 619-3988 or call the church office.

If you know of someone that is in a nursing home and has changed their location please notify Judy Wall at jwall49@aol.com.  

ATTENDANCE for last Sunday was 67.

REMEMBER IN PRAYER Terry Babcock, Cassie, Paul Barker, Toby Bleck, Ray Brandes, Dick and Bonnie Camp, Bob Cowan, John Davis, Rachel Diver, Dick Donnelly, Susie Foley, Denise Frede, Abbie Gillig, Greg Gillig, Tammy Gillig, Bill and Maria Guthrie, Imhausen Family, Claire Irvine, Vicki Irvine, Mary Lansford, Art Longecore, Gene Pettibone, Jack Radamaker, Dick Richie, Cindy Spice, Rick Spice, Les Stath, Altalee Stellhorn, Carlen Trujillo, Paul Wiseheart. 

For those unable to worship with us: John Diver, Sr.,   LuAnn Kleinschmidt, Frances Krauskopf, Tom Kurtz, Gene Pettibone, and Paul Wiseheart.

Military: Kaylee Collins, Sean Collins, Matthew Michael.

Announcements February 17

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

 

Today we welcome Bishop Doug Sparks.  Bishop Sparks will be the preacher and celebrant at both services today.  He will also confirm Ani Fazzaro, Claire Irvine, Andrea Pink, and Kenny White.  Amanda Fazzaro will be received, and AltaLee Stellhorn and Lewis “Smoky” Stellhorn will reaffirm their faith.  Please keep Ani, Claire, Andrea, Kenny, Amanda, AltaLee, and Smoky in your prayers.  A reception will be held after the 10:15 service.  A special offering will be taken for the Bishop’s Discretionary Fund, used to assist with emergency needs in and outside of our diocese.

CARRY-IN LUNCHEON on Sunday, Feb 24 after 10:15 service for Father Dan’s last day with St. Alban’s.  Don’t forget to sign the roster on the bulletin board if you plan to attend.

 

In January we received over $8,900 in donations but despite savings from a lower than expected gas bill and savings from prudently delaying other expenses our net income was still $700 below plan!

How much is your gas bill? St. Alban’s gas bill was still over $430! Remember to keep up with your donations because they help keep us all warm on these frigid winter days.  We also honor everyone’s dedication to St. Alban’s in giving their time and talent especially Barb Jackson for her 27 years of dedicated service leading the Altar Guild!  Thank you.  David Birchfield

DAUGHTERS OF THE KING will meet this Thursday at 10:00 a.m.

 

RESCUE MISSION VOLUNTEERS will meet this Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JACOB FAZZARO THIS TUESDAY.  HIS NAME WAS OMITTED FROM THE BIRTHDAY LISTING.

 

ATTENDANCE for last Sunday was 90.

REMEMBER IN PRAYER Terry Babcock, Cassie, Paul Barker, Toby Bleck, Ray Brandes, Dick and Bonnie Camp, Bob Cowan, Rachel Diver, Dick Donnelly, Susie Foley, Denise Frede, Abbie Gillig, Greg Gillig, Tammy Gillig, Bill and Maria Guthrie, Imhausen Family, Vicki Irvine, Mary Lansford, Art Longecore, Gene Pettibone, Holly Shepler, Cindy Spice, Rick Spice, Altalee Stellhorn, Carlen Trujillo, June Williams, Paul Wiseheart.

For those unable to worship with us: John Diver, Sr.,   LuAnn Kleinschmidt, Frances Krauskopf, Tom Kurtz, Gene Pettibone, and Paul Wiseheart.

Military: Kaylee Collins, Sean Collins, Matthew Michael.

Announcements February 10

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

As we mentioned during the Annual Meeting on Sunday, 1/21/19, St. Alban’s has formed a Search Committee to look for a new priest.  Members of the St. Alban’s committee are:  Abbie Gillig, Christina Connelly, Cindy Spice, Dale Edington, Gary Pink, John Lorenzen, Julie Naunas, Laura Birchfield, and Neal Birchfield.  Within the next few weeks members of our search committee will be conducting interviews with various members of St. Alban’s.  Each member will be interviewing 3 individuals to get their ideas on what they are looking for in a priest.  If you would like to be interviewed, please let one of us know, otherwise, team members will be making the interview selections.  To help prepare you for the interviews, we are sharing with you the questions that we will be asking:

 

1. Stability – remaining faithful to the work God is doing in your here and now, rather than pining away for either a misremembered past or an unattainable future.
 How has God been at work among you over the past 2 – 3 years? 
 What characteristics of God’s work here will it be important to preserve in one way or another? 
 In other words, how can St. Alban’s continue to provide you with a spiritual home?

 

2. Obedience – hearing and obeying God’s call to you to engage the Five Marks of Mission as individuals and as a faith community.
 How do you bring this era to a close in a way that honors what it has meant for each of you? 
 How are you opening your hearts to God’s missional call for you as a faith community and as individuals? 
 What kinds of discernment will enable you to distinguish God’s call from other noises around you?

 

3. Conversion of Life – allowing God to transform you through processes of internal and external change.
 What are the spiritual consequences of entering a new era in your life as a faith community? 
 What will you look for in a Rector that would help you address those consequences either as individuals or as groups? 
 In what ways can the wider Episcopal Church in Northern Indiana support you in meeting and adjusting to the consequences of this decision?

 

We will keep you updated on our progress, and look forward to talking with you soon.  John Lorenzen, St. Alban’s Search Committee Chair

 

Bishop Doug Sparks Visit – February 17 

Bishop Sparks will be the preacher and celebrant at bothservices on February 17. He will also confirm Ani Fazzaro, Claire Irvine, Andrea Pink, and Kenny White. Amanda Fazzaro will be received, and AltaLeeStellhorn and Lewis “Smoky” Stellhorn will reaffirm their faith. Please keep Ani, Claire, Andrea, Kenny, Amanda, AltaLee, and Smoky in your prayers. A special offering will be taken on February 17 for the Bishop’s Discretionary Fund, used to assist with emergency needs in and outside of our diocese.

Youth Group meets today at noon.  

ATTENDANCE for last Sunday was 46.

 

 

REMEMBER IN PRAYER Terry Babcock, Cassie, Paul Barker, Scott Bianchini, Toby Bleck, Ray Brandes, Dick and Bonnie Camp, Bob Cowan, Rachel Diver, Dick Donnelly, Susie Foley, Denise Frede, Abbie Gillig, Greg Gillig, Tammy Gillig, Bill and Maria Guthrie, Tim Hughes, Imhausen Family, Vicki Irvine, Mary Lansford, Art Longecore, Gene Pettibone, Holly Shepler, Cindy Spice, Rick Spice, Altalee Stellhorn, June Williams, Paul Wiseheart. 

For those unable to worship with us: John Diver, Sr.,   LuAnn Kleinschmidt, Frances Krauskopf, Tom Kurtz, Gene Pettibone, and Paul Wiseheart.

Military: Kaylee Collins, Sean Collins, Matthew Michael.

Announcements January 27

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

As we mentioned during the Annual Meeting on Sunday, 1/21/19, St. Alban’s has formed a Search Committee to look for a new priest.  Since we are in the process of evaluating collaboration with Grace Episcopal to share a priest, we also are a member of a combined search committee with Grace.  Members of the St. Alban’s committee are:  Abbie Gillig, Christina Connelly, Cindy Spice, Dale Edington, Gary Pink, John Lorenzen, Julie Naunas, Laura Birchfield, and Neal Birchfield.  Within the next few weeks members of our search committee will be conducting interviews with various members of St. Alban’s.  Each member will be interviewing 3 individuals to get their ideas on what they are looking for in a priest.  If you would like to be interviewed, please let one of us know, otherwise, team members will be making the interview selections.  To help prepare you for the interviews, we are sharing with you the questions that we will be asking:

1. Stability – remaining faithful to the work God is doing in your here and now, rather than pining away for either a misremembered past or an unattainable future.
 How has God been at work among you over the past 2 – 3 years? 
 What characteristics of God’s work here will it be important to preserve in one way or another? 
 In other words, how can St. Alban’s continue to provide you with a spiritual home?
2. Obedience – hearing and obeying God’s call to you to engage the Five Marks of Mission as individuals and as a faith community.
 How do you bring this era to a close in a way that honors what it has meant for each of you? 
 How are you opening your hearts to God’s missional call for you as a faith community and as individuals? 
 What kinds of discernment will enable you to distinguish God’s call from other noises around you?
3. Conversion of Life – allowing God to transform you through processes of internal and external change.
 What are the spiritual consequences of entering a new era in your life as a faith community? 
 What will you look for in a Rector that would help you address those consequences either as individuals or as groups? 
 In what ways can the wider Episcopal Church in Northern Indiana support you in meeting and adjusting to the consequences of this decision?

We will keep you updated on our progress, and look forward to talking with you soon.  John Lorenzen, St. Alban’s Search Committee Chair

SOUPER BOWL SUNDAY Hundreds of congregations nationwide will transform Super Bowl Sunday into Souper Bowl Sunday – a unique interdenominational endeavor to glorify God and care for “the lease of these brothers and sister of mine.”  Matthew 25:40.  Please make a special effort to bring a can or two of soup to church on February 3rd for this Souper collection. 

ATTENDANCE for last Sunday was 40.

REMEMBER IN PRAYER Terry Babcock, Cassie, Paul Barker, Toby Bleck, Ray Brandes, Dick and Bonnie Camp, Bob Cowan, Rachel Diver, Dick Donnelly, Susie Foley, Denise Frede, Abbie Gillig, Greg Gillig, Tammy Gillig, Bill and Maria Guthrie, Imhausen Family, Vicki Irvine, Mary Lansford, Art Longecore, Gene Pettibone, Holly Shepler, Cindy Spice, Rick Spice, Altalee Stellhorn, June Williams, Paul Wiseheart. 

For those unable to worship with us: John Diver, Sr.,   LuAnn Kleinschmidt, Frances Krauskopf, Tom Kurtz, Gene Pettibone, and Paul Wiseheart.

Military: Kaylee Collins, Sean Collins, Matthew Michael.

Announcements January 20

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

Today is our Annual meeting. To celebrate and mark this important event in the life of Saint Alban’s, Bishop Sparks will be here.  Like all annual meetings we will elect wardens, vestry members, and convention delegates. 

This will also be a special annual meeting as it will be the last Dan+ leads.  He will worship with us at 9 am with a special liturgy.  The Bishop, wardens and Dan+ all decided that this would be a great opportunity to clearly mark a transition in our life and ministry together.  It will be a time to give thanks for the many gifts received, and a time to joyfully look to the future God has in mind.  So please do not miss this important day with worship at 9 am with brunch and Annual meeting to follow at 10 am. 

SOUPER BOWL SUNDAY Hundreds of congregations nationwide will transform Super Bowl Sunday into Souper Bowl Sunday – a unique interdenominational endeavor to glorify God and care for “the lease of these brothers and sister of mine.”  Matthew 25:40.  Please make a special effort to bring a can or two of soup to church on February 3rd for this Souper collection. 

ATTENDANCE for last Sunday was 44.

REMEMBER IN PRAYER Terry Babcock, Cassie, Paul Barker, Ray Brandes, Dick and Bonnie Camp, Rachel Diver, Dick Donnelly, Susie Foley, Denise Frede, Abbie Gillig, Greg Gillig, Tammy Gillig, Bill and Maria Guthrie, Vicki Irvine, Art Longecore, Gene Pettibone, Cindy Spice, Rick Spice, Altalee Stellhorn, June Williams, Paul Wiseheart. 

For those unable to worship with us: John Diver, Sr.,  LuAnn Kleinschmidt, Frances Krauskopf, Tom Kurtz, Gene Pettibone, and Paul Wiseheart.

Military: Kaylee Collins, Sean Collins, Matthew Michael.

Announcements January 6

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

TODAY IS THE EPIPHANY.  Following the service we will take down the greens followed by dinner.  

 

ANNUAL MEETING On Sunday January 20th with worship at 9 am, brunch and Annual meeting to follow at 10 am.

 

Our dear brother Ed Brackmann died peacefully Thursday morning.  Funeral will be Tuesday, January 8 at 11 a.m. here at church.  Visitation will be 1 hour before funeral.  Viewing will be on Monday evening 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Saint Alban’s.  

 

PLEASE NOTE WE HAVE CLEARED A NUMBER OF NAMES OFF THE PRAYER LIST.  IF YOU WANT TO ADD A NAME PLEASE LET THE OFFICE KNOW.  

 

Don’t forget, If you have not submit your article(s) for the Annual meeting please do this week.  Thank you for the articles already submitted.  

 

NOMINATING COMMITTEE.  The nominating Committee consists of Pat Stath, Josh Miller, Phil Mayer, Elaine Fazzaro, and Barb Jackson.  They will be putting together a list of Vestry and Diocesan convention delegate nominations.

 

PLEASE NOTE:  THERE ARE STILL A NUMBER OF ENVELOPES TO BE PICK UP FOR THIS 2019 YEAR OF GIVING.  

 

ALTAR FLOWER AND SANCTUARY CANDLE CHARTS FOR 2019 is posted in the narthex.  Special envelopes are found beneath the charts.  Please include on the chart in the narthex the information you would like listed in the bulletin.  More than one family may sign for the same Sunday.  Make your check payable to St. Alban‘s and place it in the offering plate.  Cost of flowers is $35.00.  Cost of sanctuary candles is $5.00.  Further, if you would like to simply give to the flower fund and not designate any Sunday then please do so.  It would help buy flowers on open Sundays.

 

NEW ADDRESS FOR FRANCES KRAUSKOPF

1832 Litle Road

Parma, MI  49269-9506

ATTENDANCE for last Sunday was 64.

REMEMBER IN PRAYER Terry Babcock, Cassie, Paul Barker, Ray Brandes, Dick and Bonnie Camp, Dick Donnelly, Alexa Foland, Susie Foley, Denise Frede, Abbie Gillig, Greg Gillig, Tammy Gillig, Fred Grams, Vicki Irvine, Art Longecore, Joshua Mahon, Gene Pettibone, Cindy Spice, Rick Spice, Altalee Stellhorn, June Williams, Paul Wiseheart.

For those unable to worship with us:  Ed Brackmann, John Diver, Sr.,  LuAnn Kleinschmidt, Frances Krauskopf, Tom Kurtz, Gene Pettibone, and Paul Wiseheart.

Military: Kaylee Collins, Sean Collins, Matthew Michael.