St. Albans Episcopal Church

    Wickenburg, Az


June 11, 2018

G’Day St. Alban’s,

About the time we begin to think it is too hot to walk from our houses to our air-conditioned cars reflect on the 22 bicyclists from the Fuller Group who are coming through Wickenburg this week.  From here they will travel on to Prescott.  They left from Ocean City near San Diego.  Their destination is Ocean City on the East Coast.  Their purpose is to draw attention to the homeless and the need for adequate housing.  Along the way they will stay at churches that provide food and lodging.  Kelly Ryan who is leading the St. Alban’s welcoming committee says the outpouring of contributions from our parishioners has been outstanding – breakfast casseroles, breads, drinks, salads, desserts and cash donations for pizza will provide plenty of food and the bikers will be able to spread their sleeping bags in the parish hall.  Wickenburg High School will open their showers for the riders to clean up.  The trip will take about 2 ½ months.  Not all the bikers can devote the entire time so there are some joining and some leaving at various points in the journey.   The Fuller Riders have stopped in Wickenburg before and it is always a pleasure and an honor to be on their route.

Deacon Debra reported on the installation of new Deacons last weekend in Phoenix.  Ten new Deacons were installed; 7 of them are Transitional Deacons.  Transitional Deacons plan to continue their preparation and become priests.

Speaking of “installation” be sure to notice the new carpeting that has been placed in the parish hall.  It is sturdy, colorful and makes the room seem much larger. Thanks to the Bishops Committee for making a good choice.


Denny’s Restaurant, 8:00 am

A great way to start your day – everyone welcome


Acolytes……………………………Dave Loder, Susan Henton

Altar Guild……………………………Mary Teetsel

Chalice Server………………………..William Espenshade

Coffee Hosts…………………………

Lector…………………………………Sandie Espenshade

Ushers……………………………….Hartley Bennett, Pat Stewart

Bishop’s Committee…………………Tom Foster, Dave Iwanski



-Remember Slow Food?

'Someone asked the other day, 'What was your favorite fast food when you were growing up?'

We didn't have fast food when I was growing up  I informed him.  'All the food was slow.'

'C'mon, seriously. Where did you eat?'

'It was a place called 'at Home,'' I explained. !

'Mom cooked every day and when Dad got home from work, we sat down together at the dining room table, and if I didn't like what she put on my plate I was allowed to sit there until I did like it.'

By this time, the kid was laughing so hard I was afraid  he was going to suffer serious internal damage, so I didn't tell him the part about how I had to have permission to leave the table.

But here are some other things I would have told him about my childhood if I figured his system could have handled it :

Some parents NEVER owned their own house, never wore
Levis, never set foot on a golf course, never traveled out of the country or had a credit card.

1.      In their later years they had something called a revolving charge card. The card was good only at Sears Roebuck. Or maybe it was Sears & Roebuck. Either way, there is no Roebuck anymore. Maybe he died.

My parents never drove me to soccer practice. This was mostly because we never had heard of soccer.

I had a bicycle that weighed probably 50 pounds, and  only had one speed, (slow)

We didn't have a television in our house until I was 11.

It was, of course, black and white, and the station went off the air at midnight, after playing the national anthem and a poem about God; it came back on the air at about 6 a.m. And there was usually a locally produced news and farm show on, featuring local people.

I was 19 before I tasted my first pizza, it was called 'pizza pie.' When I bit into it, I burned the roof of
my mouth and the cheese slid off, swung down, plastered itself against my chin and burned that, too. It's still the best pizza I ever had.

I never had a telephone in my room.
The only phone in the house was in the living room and it was on a party line. Before you could dial, you had to listen and make sure some people you didn't know weren't already using the line.

Pizzas were not delivered to our home. But milk was.

All newspapers were delivered by boys and all boys delivered newspapers—my brother delivered a newspaper, six days a week. It cost 7 cents a paper, of which he got to keep 2 cents. He had to get up at 6 AM every morning.

On Saturday, he had to collect the 42 cents from his customers. His favorite customers were the ones who gave him 50 cents and told him to keep the change. His least favorite customers were the ones who seemed to never be home on collection day.

Movie stars kissed with their mouths shut. At least, they did in the movies. There were no movie ratings because all movies were responsibly produced for everyone to enjoy viewing, without profanity or violence or most anything offensive.

If you grew up in a generation before there was fast food, you may want to share some of these memories with your children or grandchildren

Just don't blame me if they bust a gut laughing.

Growing up isn't what it used to be, is it?

 Go in Peace, Remember God, Keep the Faith, Be the Church