Around the Parish – June 1, 2016

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As of June 1, 2016

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

St. Alban’s seeks to be a welcoming Christ-centered community committed to sharing Christ love – empowering people to grow spiritually, deepening our relationship with Christ and living out our faith in the community and the world.


6/1       6:30pm, Bible Study, Parish Hall
6/5       12:15pm, Vestry Exec Comm, Parish Hall
6/6       7:00pm, Boy Scouts, Parish Hall
6/7       10:00-11:30am, Bible Study, Parish Hall
_____ 7:15pm, Prayer Beads, Annex
6/8       6:30pm, Bible Study, Parish Hall
6/11     5:00pm, Baseball with Bishop
6/13     6:30pm, Girl Scouts, Annex
_____ 7:00pm, Boy Scouts, Parish Hall
6/14     10:00-11:30am, Bible Study, Parish Hall
_____ 7:00pm, Vestry Meeting, Parish Hall
6/15     6:30pm, Soup Supper, Parish Hall
Sundays   9:15am, Bible Study, Annex


  • +June 1, 6:30pm, Bible Study, Parish Hall
  • +June 8, 6:30pm, Bible Study, Parish Hall
  • +June 11, 5:00pm, Baseball with the Bishop
  • +June 15, 6:30pm, Soup Supper
  • +June 22, 6:30pm, Bible Study, Parish Hall
  • +June 25,  St. Alban’s Celebration,  5-7pm
  • +June 26, Legacy Sunday
  • +June 29, 6:30pm, Bible Study, Parish Hall
  • +August 7, Annual Picnic, Edmonds Park

June 19 is the day we celebrate our fathers, step-fathers, fathers-in-law, grandfathers and those who have been a “father figure” in our lives. There will be a special treat for all at both coffee hours on this date. Be sure to join us.


Alban’s Day and Legacy Sunday
     Please join in a celebration of St. Alban’s on the weekend of June 25 and 26. You are invited to an Appetizer and Wine Party (other beverages also available) in celebration of St. Alban’s on Saturday, June 25, in St.
Alban’s Parish Hall from 5:00-7:00pm. Come for an evening of fellowship, plus a chance to look through our scrapbooks. If you plan to attend, please RSVP by June 19 to Mary Fowler,, or 425-225-6486.
     On Sunday, June 21, we will continue the celebration of St. Alban’s with a service to honor our patron Saint Alban whose feast day is June 22. Saint Alban is venerated as the first recorded British Christian martyr. Please let us know if you have remembered St. Alban’s in your will, estate plans or you can make a direct gift to the endowment fund. You will be recognized as a member of St.
— Alban’s Legacy Society.

     Remember Sunday, June 5, is Food Bank Sunday. Please check your cupboards for non-perishable food items, and/or add “Food Bank” to your grocery list. Summer can be especially difficult for those who are struggling, particularly for families with children who usually get a good breakfast and lunch at school. Donations of money can be made also – just remember to add “Food Bank” to the message line on your check.
Let’s help our neighbors

Parish Profile Completed and Approved
                     — Carrie Cone, Vestry Senior Warden
     The Parish Profile Committee has spent the past eight months gathering information about our parish and compiling it in a document to be used to tell prospective candidates who we are, what we do, what we have to offer and what we seek in our next Parish Priest. The Profile was reviewed by the Vestry and approved at its May 10, 2016, meeting. Then the Profile was sent to the Bishop’s   Office for review and approval.
I’m pleased to announce that the Bishop liked and approved our Profile, and it is now posted on our website. (A few printed copies will be available in the parish hall.) Please take a moment to thank the members of our Profile Committee for their important work: Brad Goergen (chair), Liz Bee, Shannon Duggan, Cara Munson and Shirley Wilson.
     Now the Call Committee begins its work. First, they will meet with the Bishop and the Canon to the Ordinary. The Call Committee is comprised of Dan Mullene (chair), Roger   Andersen, Patricia Chandler, Reilly Mannery and Shirley Wilson and will be supported by Paula Franck, Diocesan Consultant.
Please keep the Call Committee members and St. Alban’s in your prayers as we move forward, seeking to discern God’s call for our future.

Prayer for the Parish:

     Almighty and everliving God, ruler of all things in heaven and earth, hear our prayers for this parish family. Strengthen the faithful, arouse the careless, and restore the   penitent. Grant us all things necessary for our common life, and bring us all to be of one heart and mind within your holy Church; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

   — Amen.

Where is the Church in the 21st Century
                                       — Maryellen Young
     Starting at the April 20th Soup Supper and continuing at the May and June Soup Suppers, Maryellen Young is sharing some information she’s learned about The Unknown Future of the Church in the 21st Century from books she and others have been reading. A copy of the April 10th talk is available in the Parish Hall. Portions of it will be condensed in the Around the Parish. This is the last part of the April 10 talk. Plan on joining us to continue the conversation at the June 15th Soup Supper.
The realities facing the church today are complex and ambiguous, realities for which there are no quick and ready-made solutions. In our culture of technical expertise and professionalism, we look to leaders to resolve this ambiguity by providing quick fixes, giving us a clear map of where to go, or offering the program, project, or plan that will get us out of this wilderness back into what was comfortable and familiar. For many churches, that means trying to return to a time period in which the culture supported church participation and Christian identity. For others, it means replicating proven models of what church should look like, rather than engaging in the messy discernment of bringing forth something genuinely new.
The point is not an either/or claim about where God is to be found. Churches presume that the church is the primary focus of their energy; they work on being attractional, on growing, on meeting needs and helping    people, or on designing programs to send a segment of their members to serve outside their walls. What has happened through this long period of introversion and anxious search to fix the unraveling is that these churches have lost the capacity to discern the disruptive work of the Spirit beyond their circles. They have yet to be convinced that God’s primary location is out ahead of the churches, and not only inside them.

Wednesday Night Bible Study
Don’t miss the continuing Bible study of the Gospel of Mark on Wednesday nights at 6:30pm at St. Alban’s.  Jeff Tobin is leading this eye-opening study of the Gospel from the point of view of the culture of the times and how that can help us understand Jesus’ teaching in a new way. Jeff’s teaching is always enlightening and informative. Sessions are scheduled for Wednesday, June 1, 8, 22 and 29. (No class June 15, date of next Soup Supper.)

Project Homeless Connect
We are collecting toiletries for both men and women that will be distributed to the homeless at a special one-day event in Everett in July. A collection box will be available in the Parish Hall on Sunday, June 5 and 12 for your donations of:

  • Soap
  • Body wash
  • Lotion
  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Washcloths
  • 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner
  • Razors for shaving (for both men and women )

Checks are also welcome to enable the YWCA to purchase any necessary items. Please make out checks to St. Alban’s and specify “Project Connect.”

Labyrinth continues
Our grass labyrinth is available for use at any time. If you would like to try a new way of spending time with God, come walk the labyrinth. With longer days and warmer weather, this is a great way to have a few peaceful moments with God. You can use walking the labyrinth as a way to pray a specific request, meditate or just have a conversation with God.  A brochure is available at the entrance to the labyrinth that provides more information. Please sign our guest book so that we know the labyrinth is being used. This labyrinth is one of our ministries to the community. Thanks to Lee Forsberg for continuing to maintain it.


June 5 – Pentecost 3
“O, God, from whom all good proceeds…” We need to instill that reminder constantly in our hearts and, consequently, to live our lives in gratitude and service to others as a sign of our thanksgiving to the Lord who sends all blessings.

June 12 – Pentecost 4
Having heard the parable about debt forgiveness, Simon says he supposes the one who had the larger debt forgiven will love the master more. And how does that message translate for us? Are we forever grateful for the debt that has been willingly paid for all of us by the sacrifice of our loving Saviour? Do we live our lives accordingly?



June 5 –Pentecost 3
1 Kings: 17:17-24, Psalm 30
Galatians 1:11-24; Luke 7:11-17
8:00     Lector: Sharon Joy
Ecumenical Minister:  Jeff Tobin
10:30   Lector: Stephen Hayden
Ecumenical Minister:  Claudia Walker

June 12 – Pentecost 4
2 Samuel 11:26-12:10, 13-15, Psalm 32
Galatians 2:15-21; Luke 7:36-8:
8:00     Lector: Shannon Duggan
Ecumenical Minister:  Howard Hayden
10:30   Lector: Shirley Clark
Ecumenical Minister:  Reilly Mannery

June 19 – Pentecost 5
Isaiah 65:1-9; Psalm 22:18-27
Galatians 3:23-29; Luke 8:26-39
8:00     Lector: Howard Hayden
Ecumenical Minister:  Jeff Tobin
10:30   Lector: John Lehrack
Ecumenical Minister:  Mary Fowler 

June 26 – Pentecost 6
1 Kings 19:15-16, 19-21: Psalm 16
Galatians 5:1, 13-25; Luke 9:51-62
8:00     Lector: Jim Gilman
Ecumenical Minister:  Shannon Duggan
10:30   Lector: Dan Mullene
Ecumenical Minister:  Claudia Walker

Also serving as Crucifer/Acolyte
   1st Sunday at 10:30: Sam Wells
   Other Sundays at 10:30: Emily Goergen 




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