News & Information

St. Alban’s 

Episcopal Church

(828) 324-1351

 Office Hours:   Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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  • Wednesday, December 5, 12 & 19 at 6 p.m. St. Alban’s Advent Program (see below for details)
  • Wednesday, December 5, 6 p.m. St. Alban’s Advent Program (See below for details)
  • Sunday, December 9
    • 7:30 a.m. Morning Prayer
    • 8:30 a.m. Early Service
    • 10:30 a.m. Late Service 
    • Noon Silent Auction Bidding Ends
    • 5:30 p.m. Youth Meeting
  • Wednesday, December 12, 6 p.m. St. Alban’s Advent Program (See below for details)
  • Sunday, December 16
    • 7:30 a.m. Morning Prayer
    • 8:30 a.m. Early Service
    • 10:30 a.m. Late Service (Lessons & Carols)
    • 11:30 a.m. (immediately following 10:30 service) Gingerbread House Day 
  • Wednesday, December 19, 6 p.m. St. Alban’s Advent Program (See below for details)
  • Sunday, December 23
    • 7:30 a.m. Morning Prayer
    • 8:30 a.m. Early Service
    • 10:30 a.m. Late Service 
  • Monday, December 24 (Christmas Eve)
    • 3 p.m. Walk to Bethlehem (Family centered service with Holy Eucharist)
    • 8:30 p.m. Music to honor the Christ Child
    • 9 p.m. Festival Eucharist

GINGERBREAD HOUSE DAY!!!

Sunday, December 16, immediately following 10:30 a.m. worship

Get your creative juices flowing!  Join the kids for a time of decorating gingerbread houses.  We are accepting donations of candy for decorating.  Please bring NON-whipped white frosting. 

Sign up at the kiosk or email Cami (roberts.cami@gmail.com)

 

 

Interrupted by HopeCafé St. Alban’s & Advent series:  As new Christian year is upon us, the Season of Advent seeks to shift our focus and give us a greater expectation and purpose than our day-in/day-out living. Advent seeks to help us explore how God, always in new ways, is seeking to interrupt the ordinary, and impregnate us with a richer and hope-filled life.  Something of which the marketplace of “jingle bells” and “boughs of holly” can never create for us. With our Wednesday nights – Café St. Alban’s / Advent series – Interrupted by Hope, we will explore how God seeks make us pregnant with this holy hope that ultimately is manifest in the birth of the Prince of Peace.

Schedule:

  • Wednesday, December 5
  • Wednesday, December 12
  • Wednesday, December 19

Supper begins at 6 p.m. and the Advent program begins promptly at 6:30 p.m.

Please RSVP by doing one of the following:

  • Calling the Office (828)324-1351
  • Emailing Cami (roberts.cami@gmail.com)
  • Sign up at the kiosk

Please remember, RSVPing allows us to prepare for our meal and child care.

This series incorporates short video clips and guided discussion.  No preparation or material required.

 

 

ADVENT GIFT BASKET SILENT AUCTION

BEGINS NOW!!!

St. Alban’s Silent Auction Gift Baskets are now being collected!  Just drop yours off at the church with a list of items.  Bidding will begin immediately.  The auction will end promptly at noon on December 9.  If you need a fresh idea for a basket, just Google “silent auction gift basket ideas” and you will find limitless fun ideas.  Another idea is to go in with a friend to make a basket!  Remember, bidding is not only fun and a great way to do some holiday shopping, BUT, more importantly, all money collected goes directly to St. Alban’s Outreach Ministries, so bid high and bid often!

 

 

 Christmas On The Corner

Bringing Christmas Cheer to our neighbors in need!

 

In 2017, more than 340 men, women, & children were served barbecue and given a gift bag filled with food and toiletries.  With the help of Santa and people like you, children were given gifts of books, toys, and stuffed animals.

“I attended this event last year and to see the looks on the children’s faces as they entered the room filled with toys was a sight I will never forget!”  (Brent Watts)

Help to make this year by purchasing some of the items on the shopping list and dropping them off at St. Alban’s anytime before Thursday, December 13.

Adult items:

  • Toothbrushes (individually packaged)
  • Toothpaste (2.8 or 6 oz.)
  • Soap (4 oz bar)
  • Shampoo (8 or 12.5 oz.)
  • Disposable Razors
  • Deodorant (.5 oz. or larger)
  • Toilet Paper
  • Powder Laundry Detergent (Pack 2 loads in a sandwich bag)
  • Alcohol Free Mouthwash (4 oz.)
  • Canned Ham
  • Mac-N-Cheese (7.25 oz. box)
  • Canned Apples (15 oz)

Children’s Gifts:

  • Toys
  • Books
  • Stuffed Animals

The holidays can be a time of great joy, but for many of the hungry & homeless, Christmas celebrations may not come at all.  Because of the loving support of people like you, The Corner Table is able to provide Christmas cheer for the men, women, & children who are in need.

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St. Alban’s Music Ministry Opportunities

Choir Opportunities for all ages.  Please come join us and bring a friend.  God loves a cheerful Ringer & Singer!  All the action and preparation happens on Wednesday evenings:

  • 5:00 p.m.  Wee Ringers, Grades K-5, downstairs;
  • 5:30 p.m.  Cantor Kids, Grades K-5, downstairs;
  • 5:30 p.m.  New Bell Choir, Grades 6 to INFINITY!!!  This is the opportunity many of you have been waiting for!  If you want to learn how to ring handbells, this group is for you.  We will meet in the church and Miss Tammy will teach everything you need to know about bells.
  • 6:00 p.m.  Oxford Ringers, this group is for advanced, experienced ringers.  Contact Tammy if you are interested in ringing.
  • 7:00 p.m.  Adult Choir, if you love to sing and read music, please join us every week as we rehearse wonderful music working toward enhancing the 10:30 a.m. worship service.

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VESTRY NOMINATIONS:  We are now welcoming names of parishioners to be considered for nominees for the proposed slate of the Vestry Class of 2019. The slate will be voted on at the Parish Annual Meeting on Sunday – January 13.  Please make sure that the parishioner whose name you submit has agreed to be considered as a possible vestry nominee.  Please submit suggested name to Barbara Johnson, Office Administrator by December 9.

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The Giving Tree:  Don’t forget to do your most important holiday shopping at the St. Alban’s Giving Tree.  Gift cards will be available on Sunday, December 2.  This year you can pick up donation cards for Episcopal Relief & Development and Exodus House.  It’s a perfect way to honor someone one by giving a donation in their name to these wonderful charities.  

 

images-3ST. ALBAN’S MEN’S STUDY GROUP meets at 7:30 a.m. the first and third Tuesday each month. The group’s purpose is to expand our ability to serve the people we meet in our daily lives through study and prayer.  These methods include Bible study, book study and videos.  The Men’s Study Group is open to all men. Newcomers are always welcome.

Upcoming Meetings:  Tuesday, December 4, 7:30 a.m.  & Tuesday, December 18, 7:30 a.m.