St. Albans Episcopal Church

    Wickenburg, Az


November 19, 2018

G’Day St. Albans,

I don’t know about you but this year the holidays seem to be coming too fast.  Maybe it’s old age or the ever-present advertising in print and on TV that seems overwhelming.  Shop, shop, buy, buy, buy!  BUT this is also a perfect time to ”take time” to breath in the cool air, kick a few fallen leaves and be grateful for what we have in this small western town.  Remember when we all thought the summer heat would never end???  Well, it has!  Remember when election politics dominated the airwaves and the streets?  That’s all gone now!  How we looked forward to the ropers returning and getting our Wickenburg economy humming?  Well they have, and it is!  The local newspaper is full of holiday events with music and song; there are many opportunities for giving and for experiencing the joy of others; and the general feeling of warmth and friendship that is the hallmark of Wickenburg.  Don’t forget to say “Howdy’ and “Have a Great Day,” to everyone you meet – the stranger you welcome today might be your neighbor tomorrow!

Happening at St. Alban’s:

Tuesday, November 20, Bishops Committee meeting at 3:30 pm

Adult Faith and Formation – Sunday, November 25 – A program on Faith and Humor will be presented at 8:30 am in the Parish Hall,  The program will adjourn prior to corporate worship at 10:00 am.

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS BAZAAR!   Saturday, December 1,  8:00 am to 1:00 pm. Bazaar setup will begin at 9:00 noon on Friday, November 30.  If you haven’t done so already, please plan to bring all the items you have made for sale, costume jewelry you no longer wear, Attic Treasure items, craft projects, Christmas table items and items for the Silent Auction. ECW members will be working hard to set everything in place so that guests can be welcomed early on Saturday morning.  Extra help will always be welcomed. One of the most popular venues is  the Bake Sale table.  Please bring your homemade donations wrapped for sale and priced to St. Alban’s by early Friday afternoon.  Be sure to invite your friends and neighbors to drop by, have a cup of tea and a cookie, and shop the unique bargains.  Ladies, this event needs us all – Plan to come and help.

In the days following the Christmas Bazaar Deacon Debra will contact and train St. Alban’s volunteers in the vital tasks of Acolytes, Ushers, Chalice Bearers, and Lectors.  These important jobs are so important to our worship and give the participant the valuable feeling of being involved.  Think it over and be ready to say “yes,” when Debra asks you.

Stewardship Letters for 2019 have been sent to all members of St. Alban’s.  Take the time to read all the enclosed information and reflect on what St. Alban’s means to you.  Your prompt reply is deeply appreciated to aid with the planning for next year.


Acolytes………………………Tony Loder, Sandie Espenshade

Altar Guild…………………Tonie Tekulve, Judy Stephens

Bishop’s Committee…………….Kelly Ryan, Pat Stewart

Chalice Bearer…………………..Dave Loder

Lector…………………………..Sally Carr

Usher…………………………..Hartley Bennett


A little boy came downstairs crying late one night.
“What’s wrong?” asked his mother.
“Do people really come from dust, like they say in church?  He sobbed.
In a way they do,” said his mother.
And when they die do they turn back to dust?”
“Yes, they do.!  The little boy began to cry again.
“Well, under my bed, there’s someone either coming or going!”

A Child’s  Prayer
A mother was teaching her 3-year-old the Lord’s Prayer.
For several evenings at bedtime she repeated it after her mother.
One night she said she was ready to go solo.
The mother listened with pride as she
carefully enunciated each word right up to the end of the prayer.
“Lead us not into temptation,” she prayed, “but deliver us some E-mail,


Go in Peace, Love the Lord, Keep the Faith, Be the Church