Around the Parish – February 15, 2015

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As of February 15, 2015

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

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2/15     7:00pm, Boy Scouts, PH
2/16     10:00-11:30am, Bible Study, PH
2/17     5:00-7:00pm, PANCAKE SUPPER
2/18     Noon & 7:00pm, Ash Wednesday Services
2/23     6:30-7:30pm, Girl Scouts, SS
___      7:00pm, Boy Scouts, PH
2/24     10:00-11:30am, Bible Study, PH
2/25     6:30pm, Soup Supper, PH
___      7:00pm, Lenten Program PH
2/26     6:30-9:30pm, Girl Scouts Camp Training
2/28     1:00pm-5:00pm, Eagle Scout Court


Wednesday:  7:30pm to 8:30pm – Annex
Sunday:  1:00pm to 4:00pm – Sanctuary, Annex, and Sunday School



Services at Noon and 7:00pm imposition of ashes at both services.

6:30 Lent Soup Supper
7:00 Lenten Study to be conducted by Fr. Bob and Eric Hanson

     Reports of your financial contributions to St. Alban’s have been mailed to homes. If you did not receive yours, or have a question, please call the church office at 425-778-0371.

$5 per person
$2 for children under age 10
Babes in arms are free

__ Each Wednesday in Lent, starting on February 25 and ending March 26, there will be a supper of soup, salad and dessert at 6:30pm with teaching by either Eric Hanson and/or Fr. Bob Dunn to follow. “The Creative Tension that We Face as We Live Out Our Lives as Christians and Episcopalians” is the challenge that Fr. Bob and Eric will address in their lesson each Wednesday. Come and see what they mean.
__ Sign-up sheets can be found in the Parish Hall. Please bring something to share with others, if you can.
__ Questions?  Contact Carrie Cone at 206-367-7402 or

A Note From Father Bob:
__ Are you ready for Lent? Ready or not, here it comes!
__ February 18th is Ash Wednesday. There will be two opportunities at St. Alban’s to enter into a “Holy Lent.” At noon and at 7pm, we will offer a service of prayer and the imposition of ashes. As we place the ashes on our foreheads in the sign of the Cross, we are reminded that dust we are and to dust we shall return. Our awareness of how human we are is enhanced and we are reminded of how much we need Jesus. The sign of the Cross also reminds us that Jesus gave himself on the Cross as a statement of God’s love.
__ A Holy Lent and participation in Holy Week will make our experience of the Day of Resurrection so much richer.
__ Lent also brings the opportunity to gather in a smaller group to share a simple supper with our brothers and sisters in Christ and to explore our Christian Faith with one another. I am pleased to lead some of this conversation with Eric Hanson, and we encourage you to join us as you are able.
__ Throughout Lent each of our Sunday services will include a unique entrance rite. Lent 1, February 22nd, will begin with the Southwell Litany, A Litany for Personal Life. This Litany might be an enrichment you would like to incorporate into your daily prayers.
__ An older tradition is that we give up something for Lent. That may still be a good idea for some of us, especially if we give up something that is bad for us. However, another idea is to take on something. Take on a time of quiet — bible reading or prayer. This is an excellent time to use Forward Day By Day, a small booklet of daily reading and prayer. It may be a good time to take on some ministry, perhaps calling someone from whom you are separated or someone who is shut-in. The opportunities abound!
__ May God Bless you in every way.
– Father Bob Dunn

__ The lowly pancake has been in the human diet for as long as can be remembered. It was around before the birth of Jesus. It was familiar to the yester-world as was the olive tree.
__ The pancake is known in the diet of every human being of the modern world and offered with every flavoring imaginable. Just try to remember a breakfast menu that doesn’t offer the pancake with at least four to six wonderful flavorings.
__ It is only fitting that our early ancestors incorporated it into Shrove Tuesday to give the Lent season a great start. It was used in times of old to use up butter, fats and other food enhancers to give Lent fasting a good send-off and to usher in the “Shriving” or the forgiving of sins.
__ Shrove Tuesday and the “Shriving” is a celebration of rituals from gone-by years that help to make our Episcopal faith so wonderful. The fellowship that is enjoyed by old and new friends brings us to the realization that our ancestors were believers of rituals that were stepping stones of great religions.
__ This year we celebrate Shrove Tuesday on February 17th. This fun supper will be offered for a token charge of $5 per person and $2 for children under age ten. (Babes in arms are free.) It’s an all-you-can-eat feast!


 Ash Wednesday, February 18th, two services, Noon HE1 (with music) AND 7:00pm HE2 (with music)

 Lent 1, February 22, Southwell Litany, A Litany for Personal Life. This Litany might be an enrichment you would like to incorporate into your daily prayers.

 February 25, 6:30pm, Soup Suppers, Program



Ash Wednesday
There are two key stewards’ reminders in today’s lessons. Psalm 103 urges us to “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits,” and the conclusion of Matthew’s Gospel passage points out that we need to choose carefully what our life treasures are to be, and to whom or what they will be committed.

Lent I
Psalm 25 says in part: “Show me your ways, O Lord, and teach me your paths…” Do we depend on reading and study, regular worship with our parish family, generous thankful giving, and regular prayer time to help us be open to what the Lord may indeed want to show us?



February 15 – Last Sunday after the Epiphany
2 Kings 2:1-12, Psalm 50:1-4,
2 Corinthians 4:3-6, Mark 9:2-9
8:00     Lector: JoAn Andenes
Eucharistic Minister:  Shannon Duggan
10:30   Lector: Chloe Veillon
Eucharistic Minister:  Reilly Mannery

February 18 – Ash Wednesday
Joel 2:1-2, 12-17, Psalm 103
2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10,
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
Noon:  Lector: Susie Nichols
Eucharistic Minister:  Reilly Mannery
7:00     Lector: Eric Hanson
Eucharistic Minister:  Claudia Walker, Shannon Duggan

February 22 – Lent I
Genesis 9:8-17, Psalm 25:1-9
Peter 3:18-22, Mark 1:9-15
8:00     Lector: Howard Hayden
Eucharistic Minister:   Jeff Tobin
10:30   Lector: Cara Munson
Eucharistic Minister:  Mary Fowler

March 1 – Lent II
Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16, Psalm 22:22-30
Romans 4:13-25, Mark 8:31-38
8:00     Lector: Sharon Joy
Eucharistic Minister:  Jeff Tobin
10;30   Lector: Susie Nichols
Eucharistic Minister:  Connie Forsberg

March 8 – Lent III
Exodus 20:1-17, Psalm 19
1 Corinthians 1:18-25, John 2:13-22
8:00     Lector: Shannon Duggan
Eucharistic Minister:  Howard Hayden
10:30   Lector: Carol Hicks
Eucharistic Minister:  Dan Mullene



Office Hours:
Wednesdays:                       10:00am – noon
By appointment                  1:00 – 3:00pm
Evening by appointment
Thursdays:                           10:00am – noon
By appointment                  1:00 – 3:00pm

Phone numbers:
Church office            425-778-0371
Cell phone                 425-350-5065
Rectory                      425-640-5443


An important focus of Fr. Bob’s ministry at St. Alban’s is making pastoral visits to those who are shut-ins or are ill. Please be sure to let him know if you would like a visit. Fr. Bob will be making these visits on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sunday after services

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