Around the Parish – September 1, 2014

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As of September 1, 2014

Current News & Events from St. Alban’s Parish
in the City of Edmonds, Snohomish County, Washington

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8/31     8:00/10:30am, Arienne’s last service at St. Alban’s
9/1       Labor Day, Office Closed
7:00pm, Boy Scouts, PH
9/2       7:15pm, Prayer Beads, Annex
9/8       7:00pm, Boy Scouts, PH
9/9       Parish Care Meeting, PH
7:00pm, Vestry Meeting, Rectory
9/15     7:00pm, Boy Scouts, PH



Monday thru Saturday – 6 to 7 AM – Sanctuary

Wednesday – 7:30 to 9 PM – Sanctuary

 Sunday – 7:45 to 8:45 AM Service in Annex
                    1  to 3 PM – Sanctuary, Annex, and Sunday School



Sarah and Jim Burns
Chateau Pacific
3333 – 148th St SW
Lynnwood, WA  98087

Lisa Coale

begins again Sunday, September 7th at 9:15 a.m. in the Annex.  This year’s study will be Isaiah and will be a good lead-in to Advent.  We will explore themes of restoration, servant-hood and God’s faithfulness.  Everyone is welcome at any time; you do not need to attend all sessions.

    We say goodbye to Arienne Davison this Sunday, August 31, a short year after she joined us in August 2013.  She has shared her gifts of leadership, preaching, wisdom, listening and caring.  With Arienne’s guidance, we have recovered from a vulnerable financial situation and are once again hopeful about our future.  Although we are grieved to see Arienne leave St. Alban’s, we send with her our gratitude and great affection.  Her new congregation will quickly love and appreciate her as we have at St. Alban’s.  We will keep Arienne, Doug and Gerry in our prayers.
Thanks to all who contributed to Arienne’s reception on Sunday, August 24th.  We were able to present her with a combined prayer book and hymnal to replace the one that went missing during her time with us, and the remainder was a cash gift in grateful appreciation for the blessings she shared with us.  Be sure to view the pictures in the Parish Hall from the party (thanks to Evie Arneson and Maryellen Young).

On Sunday, August 24th we served a very grateful group of 18 veterans living at the Compass Center a dinner of chicken, au gratin potatoes, green beans with onions and bacon, coleslaw, apples and grapes and brownies.  We also shared melons, sandwiches and cake leftover from Arienne’s farewell celebration.  It was heartwarming to see the residents so appreciative of St. Alban’s generosity and cooking.  Thanks you for making this possible.  Our next Compass Center dinner will be November 16th.”

    As Christians we represent the Body of Christ.  The Church is the visible symbol of that Body in the world; thus we strive to make it as safe as we can for all who come to it for comfort and nourishment, especially children and youth.  Christ teaches us that the children among us are to be welcomed and cared for; they possess a crucial openness and trust, which serves as an example for all of us – they model for us an entry into life in the kingdom (Matthew 18:3-4; paraphrased from a letter by Bishop Rickel).
    As we the Vestry seek better ways to serve God’s children and their families, we intend to provide childcare during the 10:30am service in the near future.  This will involve hiring a childcare professional and selecting parish volunteers to assist (as it always takes two people) in this important ministry.
We will be seeking people who have the capacity to serve; people with some or all of the following characteristics:  people who are patient, responsible and calm in a crisis; people who like children, are tolerant and are physically able; people who are able to commit to one Sunday a month and are FUN!
We would ask that you prayerfully consider if you would fit well in this kind of ministry.
     Matthew 18:3-4: Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
    – Carrie Cone,  Vestry Liaison for Education

    Grace, Gratitude & Generosity is the theme for this year’s stewardship fall campaign.  We are generous with the gifts we receive from God when we share our time, talent and treasures not only with St. Alban’s, but also with the community and the world.  As we say in the closing prayer on page 366 of the Book of Common Prayer, “And now Father, send us out to do the work you have given us to do.”  We know about the work we do at St. Alban’s but often we don’t know about the work we do individually out in the world.
St. Alban’s stewardship committee would like to know what local greater Edmonds area groups you support with your time, talents and treasures so we can celebrate all of our generosity to our community.  During September there will be a form available for you to complete.  Please complete this form so that we have a bigger picture of the impact the St. Alban’s Community has in our neighborhoods.

It is good to see new faces in our congregation.  We will be sending follow-up letters to visitors.  Your help is appreciated by continuing to welcome them and encouraging them to sign our guest book.

SAVE THE DATE:    October 2
Thursday, October 2, 2014, starting at 5:00pm, St. Alban’s Stewardship group will be sponsoring a “Stew Fest” with Lance Ousley, Diocesan Canon for Stewardship & Development, as speaker.  Dinner will feature a variety of stews.  This year’s stewardship theme is Grace, Gratitude and Generosity.  This evening will be an opportunity for us to come together in gratitude for God’s blessings on St. Alban’s.  Watch for more information, but be sure to save the date.  If you would be willing to donate a pot of stew, please contact Maryellen Young, 425-776-2461 or

    Our supply priest for September, Fr. Jim Friedrich, is a priest of 40 years with many talents and experiences.  A life-long Episcopalian, his first church was a backyard movie theater and Sunday School where his father (also a priest) showed his productions of biblical films to neighborhood children during World War II.  Fr. Jim attended Episcopal schools in Los Angeles, attended Stanford, majoring in history and literature.  He then went to the Episcopal Theological School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  Fr. Jim was ordained a deacon in Los Angeles in 1969 and to the priesthood in 1970.
Fr. Jim came to Puget Sound in 1995 and has done both teaching and creative liturgy with many parishes in the diocese.  He has served as a supply priest with us at St. Alban’s in the past.  He is married to the Rev. Karen Haig, associate priest at St. Thomas, Medina.  They live on Bainbridge Island.  Fr. Jim is an avid backpacker, runner and hiker.  He walked the 500-mile Camino de Santiago this spring.
Fr. Jim is a filmmaker, writer, musician, storyteller, teacher and has led retreats and wilderness encounters.  He has made videos used widely throughout the church, and teaches cinema and theology at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley.

at Chase Lake Community School sends food home with students who otherwise wouldn’t have enough food to eat on the weekends.  We are offering members of St. Alban’s the opportunity to donate food items to this program between now and the end of September.  The most pressing needs are plain pasta, canned spaghetti sauce and canned fruits.  All items must be non-perishable.  A list is available in the parish hall of other non-perishable options.  Please consider picking up an item or two the next time you are at the grocery store, bringing it to church and placing it in the designated container.
Vestry has authorized $500 from Outreach funds that have already been donated to go along with the items we collect.  We will work with Chase Lake for the best way to use these funds.

a St. Alban’s member for many years, died August 4 as a result of a bicycle accident.  John has been a volunteer helping with the grounds, the annual picnic and the pancake supper.  Please keep his wife
Vicki and their family in your prayers.

Our next Food Bank opportunity is on Saturday, September 20th.  Please sign up on the form in the Parish Hall.  Next Hands On Meeting is at Maryellen Young’s on October 30th. Anyone who is interested in helping us plan our next activities is welcome to come.

Members of St. Alban’s Legacy Society are invited to this year’s Bishop’s Society Event on Wednesday, September 3, 6:30-9:00pm,for a sumptuous northwest style buffet dinner while listening to the dulcet tones of harpist, Naomi Kato.  To carpool, contact Maryellen Young, 425-776-2461.  For more information about how you can become a member of the Legacy Society.

Concern for Neighbors Food Bank in Mountlake Terrace is looking for volunteer drivers and/or riders with good driving records to go out on their trucks on Monday (8:00am to noon) and/or Tuesday (8:00am to 11:00am) mornings. If you are able to help, please call the food bank at 425-778-7227 or email at and they will give you further information.


August 31 – 12th Sunday after Pentecost
Now here’s a very vivid vision.  How can we live in God’s love and power so it will seem to us and to others that we’ve had some radical surgery – and that the love of His name (and all that that implies) is truly “grafted in our hearts”?   It’s probably easier for us to consider the challenges of physical heart surgery than to pray for the blessed addition to our bodies and minds the true Healer can make if called upon.

September 7 – 13th Sunday after Pentecost
“For wherever two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.”  I read or heard somewhere that Jesus said, “feed my sheep, don’t count them!”  But in reality, numbers do count, and the support we give each other by faithful attendance at worship and by our personal and financial participation for parish ministries is a morale boost to all who are involved.  Pray (and do your part) to be an active part of a lively, God-centered congregation!

September 14 – 14th Sunday after Pentecost
“Not seven times, but seventy times seven,” says Jesus about how often we should forgive others.  How hard it is for us not to hang on to our hurts and (real or imagined) “sins against us.”  But if we truly want to live our lives in God, we need to use His extravagant model, and not allow the “energy leak” of nursing those grudges and hurts to affect our own serenity and acceptance.


August 31 – Pentecost 12 (Proper17)
Jeremiah 15:15-21, Psalm 26:1-8
Romans 12:9-21, Matthew 16:21-29
8:00     Reader:  JoAn Andenes
Eucharistic Minister:  Jeff Tobin
10:30   Reader:  Susie Nichols
Eucharistic Minister:  Connie Forsberg

September 7 – Pentecost 13 (Proper 18)
Ezekiel 33:7-11, Psalm 119:33-40
Romans 13:8-14, Matthew 18:15-20
8:00     Reader:  Sharon Joy
Eucharistic Minister:  Jeff Tobin
10:30   Reader:  Susie Nichols
Eucharistic Minister:  Reilly Mannery

September 14 – Pentecost 14 (Proper 19)
Genesis 50:15-21, Psalm 103:1-13
Romans 14:1-12, Matthew 18:21-35
8:00     Reader:  Shannon Duggan
Eucharistic Minister:  Howard Hayden
10:30   Reader:  Carol Hicks
Eucharistic Minister:  Claudia Walker

September 21 – Pentecost 15 (Proper 20)
Jonah 3:10-4:11, Psalm 145:1-8
Philippians 1:21-30, Matthew 20:1-16
8:00     Reader:  JoAn Andenes
Eucharistic Minister:  Jeff Tobin
10:30   Reader:  Barbara Lagozzino
Eucharistic Minister:  Mary Fowler

September 28 – Pentecost 16 (Proper 21)
Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32, Psalm 25:1-8
Philippians 2:1-13, Matthew 21:23-32
8:00     Reader:  Howard Hayden
Eucharistic Minister:  Shannon Duggan
10:30   Reader:  Keith Oles
Eucharistic Minister:  Dan Mullene

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