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Annual Mtg 2017
We met after church on January 29th to review are activities and accomplishments for 2016.  Bob Moody, outgoing Senior Warden, gave his report.  Then Betsy Shelley, Treasurer, led a review of the 2016 Income and Expenses and then presented the 2017 budget for discusssion and acceptance.   The nominating committee presented the slate for 2017 and a new Vestry was voted in.  
   For a little fun amid all the serious business, our rector, Rebekah Hatch showed us how to apply temporary tattoos.
 

Christmas
At our festival eucharist for Christmas, our young people brought forward the creche figures for Mary, Joseph, the ChristChild, shepherds and the wise men. The the rest of the congregation brought forward a star upon which was written their hopes and prayers.
We ended with Silent Night sung by candlelight.












 

Voce Concert 2016
For the second year in a row, St. Alban's hosted a concert by Voce under the direction of Mark Singleton.  All seats were sold out and the attendance was near capacity, despite a snow storm that day.  Once again, the choir delighted with exquisite singing and selections, that included audience sing alongs.  We also enjoyed hearing "Primi Voci", an elite girls choir from the Hartt School, do several pieces on their own and join Voce for the finale.  Watch this site next fall for the date of their return.
 

Stars Up 2016
Our large mobile was assembled with stars again this year.  People often remark about what an addition it is, both for the Voce Concert and for our Christmas Eve service.   It will come down for the solemn nature of Lent.  We then put it up again for Pentecost, using orgami cranes to represent "doves". 














 

Convention 2016
Members of St. Alban's joined with others from congregations throughout the state for an inspiring celebration of the Spirit working among us.   This service was held on November 20th at the Convention Center in downtown Hartford.  The highlight of the morning was the sermon by our Presiding Bishop, The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry.  Besides our convention delegates who were there for the entire convention, several others attended and participated both in the choir and distributing communion (to 2000+ !).


 

Celebration Dinner 2016
This parish dinner was held November 4th, 2016 in celebration and in thanksgiving.   We gave thanks for a good year in this parish:  for our parish family and all we do for each other, for the leadership of our Rector and Vestry, for stability and solid financials that permit us to "Celebrate, Inspire and Serve" as our mission calls for.  We look forward to 2017 with a sense of mission and the unshakeable  Hope that Love will prevail.



 

Blessing Pets - St. Francis
Saturday October 1st was our day to have a Fun Dog Show and have a blessing of pets in honor of St. Francis. Except it was a rainy sort of day.  Yet we had a "fun" time and got interesting and helpful information from our presenters/experts.



 

Church in the Park - July 2016
Our rector, the Rev. Rebekah Hatch, accepted an invitation to lead the service in Bushnell Park one Saturday in July.  This is a ministry of our cathedral in Hartford called Church by the Pond, a way to bring church out to the people of Hartford.  Members of our parish attended and enjoyed the experience.









 

Celebration of New Ministry - May 2016
Friends and clergy gathered from afar to formally install our new rector, the Rev. Rebekah Hatch, with Bishop Ian Douglas presiding.  We began with a light supper.  In the service, Rebekah was present as our choice by the Wardens and given tokens or her office by members of the congregation.  In his charge to Rebekah and the Parish, Bishop Douglas stressed that it is the ministry of the parishioners that is essential;  Rebekah will be here to help us, but it is our mission to spread the Love of God.   After the service there was a reception where Rebekah was presented with painted sled with an image of a peach as a good natured welcome to Connecticut from the Atlanta area.


 

Supper and a Story - May 2016
Once a month, typically on the second Tuesday, we host a light supper and a story for families with children.  There is a craft opportunity while the dinner is prepared.   After a simple dinner, Rebekah tells a story/sermon which lately has come to draw from all ages attending.

 

Easter 2016
The altar was surrounded by flowers and the cross was draped in resurrection white for a glorious festival Eucharist on this the Day of Resurrection.  After the service, all were invited to join in the singing of Handel's Halleluia Chorus from the Messiah.   Activities in the Parish Hall included decorating buns with a "hot cross" or other more elaborate artwork.




 

Good Friday 2016
A real highlight of our Good Friday observance was "Walking with Christ," an event for all ages.
We listened to the story one more time, and acted out the "scenes" from being in the garden, to Pilate's hand washing, then carrying the cross outside and then back for adding our prayers to it.  We ended with some crafts activities.

 

Maundy Thursday 2016
We started our Maundy Thursday observance with a symbolic seder to get the feel of the Last Supper.  Then we participated in the foot washing that was part of that special night.  After the Holy Eucharist that "... He did institute and command us to continue ...", we watched as the altar was stripped reminding us of our loss.   A prayer vigil was observed until the next day.



 

Coloring our Prayers
On Wednesday March 16th we gathered for some quiet time and the meditative benefits of coloring our prayers.
It was a good way to observe Lent with a time out and the added benefits of fellowship for the evening.



 

Church St Eats March2016
We have an ongoing ministry of donations of food to this effort based at our Cathedral in Hartford, but we also "pitch in" from time to time with a group of volunteers to help fill the plates and serve a meal to the needy in the city.