Announcements

Flowers are given to the glory of God by Kim and Howard Schattenkirk
in memory of Jason Michael Schattenkirk

Guide Us to Thy Perfect Light:  Please join us Sundays, January 14 through February 4, 12-1pm for our Confirmation, Reception, Renewal Class. In the Season of Epiphany we celebrate the Revelation of Jesus as the Messiah to the whole world. Week by week, beginning with the Visit of the Magi and the calling of the first disciples, proceeding to the Transfiguration, we remember how the whole world began to understand that Jesus is the Messiah of God. So let’s explore how this revelation is happening in our individual lives. More of a discussion, this class will prepare candidates for baptism, confirmation, reception into the Episcopal Church, or formal renewal of baptismal vows at Bishop Rickel’s Visitation on February 18. Everyone is welcome to participate. Please contact Greg Peters for more information.

Soup Supper Wednesday, January 17th at 6:30pm: Join us for our first Soup Supper in the New Year on Wednesday 1/17. Please bring a soup, salad or dessert to share if you can, but please come regardless. We always have an interesting topic and plenty of time for fellowship.

Taize Prayer Service January 21:   Our next Taize Prayer Service will be held on Sunday, January 21, 2017 at 5 p.m. Experience this contemporary form of Christian contemplation based on the songs and prayers from the Taizé community in France. You won’t want to miss this experience.   This is a perfect opportunity to invite others to join you. John Lehrack, St. Alban’s Music Director, will be helping with this service of chants, scripture, repetition, silence and contemplation.

Sunday, January 28, 2018, Annual Meeting: Looking ahead to the Annual Meeting, it’s not too early to start preparing. We’ll elect 3 new members to the Vestry and 2 Delegates to Diocesan Convention. The Nominating Committee (Judy Kistner, Roger Andersen, Jeannie Wells, and Jim Gilman) have begun taking names of those who feel called to serve for these positions. Please contact them for more information. We’ll also celebrate our achievements from this last year, so if you serve on one of the many ministries of this congregation, and are tasked with writing a report it, please submit those to the Office by January 18. It’s been a busy and fruitful year, let’s celebrate!

February 18, 2018, Bishop Rickel’s Visitation: The Bishop will be with us for his regular visitation. It is usual at these to present people for baptism, confirmation, reception, and renewal of baptismal vows. If you would like to be baptized, confirmed, received from another denomination into the Episcopal Church, or formally renew your baptismal vows, please contact Greg Peters. A class, or classes, will be offered, beginning in January, to prepare for these rites in time for Bishop Rickel’s visitation.

4th Quarter Outreach: Joining us today at the 10:30 am service is Emily Smith, Volunteer and Family Support Specialist from Hand in Hand, to receive a check of $478 from our 4th Quarter 2017 Outreach Donations. Emily will also be with us at coffee hour, to share more information about this organization and answer any questions. Please help welcome Emily.

St. Alban’s Outreach Donations: It’s now time to choose organizations to be recipients for our 2018 outreach donation. Please make suggestions using the form on the tables in the Parish Hall. Previous recipients are eligible to be nominated again. We would also love to have more parishioners involved in the selection process. Our next meeting will be held on Saturday January 27th at 11 am in the Parish Hall. Any questions, please contact Carrie Cone, Connie Forsberg, Mary Fowler or Maryellen Young.

Special Offering Baskets: On the first three Sundays of each month we take special collections for programs that are important to the congregation. 1st Sunday benefits the Food Bank.   2nd Sunday goes to the Rector’s Discretionary Fund and the 3rd Sunday benefits Outreach.

Food Bank Donations: On the first week of every month, thanks to the generosity of our members, we receive donations of food items or money to support the Food Bank. Note: you can bring food donations at any time. Thanks for your generosity!

Fr. Greg’s Email Address: Fr. Greg has a new email address that matches the church office email address: gwpeters.stalbansedmonds@gmail.com. Please use it for all church business.

Church Office Hours: Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Father Greg is the office on Mondays and Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For immediate assistance, please call Dan Mullene, Parish Care Minister (425) 412-3661 or hondaguy@aol.com

Bulletin Notices: Please send notices for the Sunday bulletin by Tuesday morning at 9:00 a.m. to the church office email, StAlbansEdmonds@gmail.com.