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2 FROM THE RECTOR St. Alban s Epistle JULY 2015 Table of Contents From the Rector 2 Outreach Center 3 St. Alban s Day 4 Guest Preachers 5 St. Alban s Worship 6 Parish Life 7 VBC Photos 8 VBC Photos 9 Student Ministry 10 Music Ministry 10 Parish News 11 Women s Ministry 11 Parish Snapshots 12 Financials 13 Lay Ministers Schedule 14 Calendar 15 Hands-on mercy talk a lot about God s mercy I and grace. It is the beating heart of Christianity. Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Jason Harrod (whom many of you have heard in his two concerts at St. Alban s) has a song where he sings, Mercy is the only thing worth anything. The wonderful thing about God s mercy is that it transforms us into people who show mercy to others. We help and serve those around us in concrete ways. As God has served us in Christ, so we serve others. As St. John wrote, We love because he first loved us (1 John 1:19). In this issue we are celebrating the ways God is using St. Alban s to reach out to people in our community with real help. We have recently welcomed two new ministry partners to our Outreach Center. Last month, the Family Abuse Center (FAC) began hosting a weekly support group in our Outreach Center (ORC). It is for women who have been affected by domestic violence. And this month, Skillpoint Alliance will begin offering their Gateway workforce development class in the ORC. Specifically, they will train clients as Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs). This will allow the participants to gain entry-level medical professions, breaking the cycle of poverty. 2 The entrance of Skillpoint Alliance to Waco is just one part of the many-faceted approach to Waco s growth that has come out of Prosper Waco. This initiative (at prosperwaco.org) grew out of a small group of Wacoans talking about how we can deal with our community s 30% poverty rate. Two members of that group were St. Alban s members Tom Stanton and Pat Atkins. Prosper Waco now brings together churches, non-profits, businesses, healthcare providers, and educators and school administrators to improve education, health, and financial security for all people in Waco. It is partly through the initiative of Prosper Waco that Skillpoint is coming to Waco. And I couldn t be more excited to welcome them to St. Alban s. Thanks to all at St. Alban s who renovated the rooms for Skillpoint, and who have the open hearts to welcome these wonderful organizations to our campus. Rest Stop Rev. Zimmerman and his family will be on vacation from June 22-July 26. Our new clergy, the Rev. Ben Maddison and Deacon Al Melis, will be available for pastoral care. Contact the church office for assistance.

3 OUTREACH CENTER Partnering for maximum results St. Alban s collaborates with 3 service-oriented groups This summer, St. Alban s welcomes Waco Skillpoint Alliance (SA), a 20-year-old workforce development organization based in Austin, to the Outreach Center. The Parish also begins relationships with ProsperWaco, through Skillpoint Alliance, and the Family Abuse Center. Skillpoint Alliance inspires and prepares people for high-demand jobs in the region with Rapid Workforce Training for Adults and Project-Based STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) for Youth. It is part of many initiatives being fostered by ProsperWaco. Skillpoint Alliance was asked to come to Waco by Mayor Malcolm Duncan to address the workforce development needs identified as part of the Prosper Waco initiative, said Lonny Stern, Senior Director, Business Development, at Skillpoint Alliance. One of Skillpoint Alliance s signature programs will begin at the Outreach Center this summer. The Gateway program is for Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) training. It condenses a one- to two-year degree into a one- to two-month certification so participants can quickly gain employment. There is no cost to students of the program. Skillpoint Alliance is just one of many initiatives being propelled by ProsperWaco, a collective impact model that seeks to consolidate and build upon the efforts of existing nonprofits and community leaders. It brings together leaders and organizations in the areas of education, health and financial security to identify challenges, articulate a shared vision, establish measurable goals, facilitate implementation of strategies to address each challenge, monitor progress, share data and resources, and engage a broad spectrum of community partners. Pat Atkins and Tom Stanton, members of St. Alban s, are on the board of ProsperWaco. The Family Abuse Center (FAC) exists to eliminate domestic violence in Central Texas by sheltering victims of domestic violence and by preventing abuse from occurring through intervention and education. They offer support for those impacted by domestic violence, education for the community, support for children from violent homes, and tools to raise awareness. They approached St. Alban s this spring with an idea for a new initiative: a support group for women who are survivors of domestic violence. Women coming out of violent situations need a safe place to find support, encouragement, and strength. This is our chance to provide a resource that many have been asking for! The few who have attended keep returning. This one hour of selfcare time is immensely life-changing, to know they are not alone and can have a voice, said Natalie Jones, a case manager at FAC. The agency approached St. Alban s because of the parish s reputation of opening our facility to the community, as well as our past support of the FAC. We gladly agreed to host the group here. For the past several weeks, quietly and out of the spotlight, this group has been meeting at St. Alban s. Please pray for the women and leaders of this group, and give thanks for how God has allowed us to provide a safe place for those in need. May it be a place of healing and redemption. Aaron Zimmerman 3

4 ST. ALBAN S DAY Some good, saintly fun At the end of a wonderful week of Vacation Bible Camp, the church celebrated St. Alban s Day June 21 with worship under the Big Tent on the Great Lawn. Campers sang one of the songs they had learned. After the service, there was food, games, and fun for every age. You never have to tell children more than once to have fun. 4 Once again, Dunk the Priest was a big favorite and helped raise funds for Malawi Missions. That s a natural smile, don t you think...

5 GUEST PREACHERS Welcome to the Pulpit this Summer... The Rev. Tom Rardin JUNE 28 Fr. Tom Rardin preached for us on June 28. Born in Akron, Ohio, he married Christine in They have three grown daughters who are married and living happy lives as parents here in Texas. The Rardins moved to Texas in 1990 when Fr. Tom began work as Chief, Chaplain Service, at the local VA Medical Center. He continued in that post, to include the hospitals in Temple and Marlin in the mid-1990s, until his retirement in He and Chris attend Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit, where he sings in the choir and they both enjoy being loving, supportive grandparents in retirement. Mr. Korey Wright JULY 12 Korey Wright graduated from George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University in 2013 He received his bachelor s degree in religion from Baylor in Korey has worked at Methodist Children s Home since 2006, first as a youth care counselor and since 2014 as manager of the Price Unit. He received the Methodist Home s Core Value Award for Relationships in May of this year. At St. Alban s, he serves regularly as a Lay Eucharist Minister and volunteers often with the Student Ministry. Korey and wife, Lisa, have one child. The Rev. John Wells JULY 5 Fr. John Wells is the priest in charge at St. John s Episcopal Church in Marlin. Prior to retirement, he was the Rector of Church of the Holy Spirit in Waco for ten years. Before he was ordained, Fr. Wells had a long and distinguished career in the Army, with many years of service in Korea, Germany and two combat tours in Vietnam. The Very Rev. John Newton JULY 19 Canon John provides vision, leadership, and oversight to all diocesan formation ministries. He also supervises the diocesan formation team, which hosts a wide variety of continuing education opportunities. He is a resource to parishes looking to identify best practices in Christian formation and has a ministry of presence throughout the Diocese as a teacher and a preacher. As the Bishop s Canon, he works closely with other diocesan ministry staff team-members and takes on special assignments as given by the Bishop. 5

6 ST. ALBAN S WORSHIP Please Pray For... Jeanette Barkett Larry Blount Glenda Branch Curtis Butcher Mildred Dixon Linnie Donnelly Karla Eckert Almuth Ewing Larry Fuchs Rebecca Hartberg Suzanne Herbert Joshua Taylor Brad Thomas Frank Voltin Charlene Wyant Sunday Worship July 5 Sixth Sunday after Pentecost 2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10 Psalm 48 2 Corinthians 12:2-10 Mark 6:1-13 July 19 Eighth Sunday after Pentecost 2 Samuel 7:1-14a Psalm 89:20-37 Ephesians 2:11-22 Mark 6:30-35, July 12 Seventh Sunday after Pentecost 2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19 Psalm 24 Ephesians 1:3-14 Mark 6:14-29 June 26 Ninth Sunday after Pentecost 2 Samue1 11:1-15 Psalm 14 Ephesians 3:14-21 John 6:1-21 Photo: Aaron Zimmerman Faithful Old Turtle by Vicki Kabat My course is sure my path is true and never do I vary. Arise at dawn and carry on of stops I must be wary With eyes ahead I clear the doors and settle in quite merry In time to feel the organ s WHOOOSH! that cools the shell I carry. JULY ALTAR FLOWERS If you would like to donate flowers in memory or honor of a loved one, please contact Beth Sartwelle at (254) Share a fun photo and verse from your travels this summer! Send them to for use in the August Epistle. 6 July 5 - To the honor and glory of God by St. Alban s Church. July 12 - To the honor and glory of God and in celebration of our 48th wedding anniversary by Kathy and Mike Davidson. July 19 - To the honor and glory of God and in loving memory of Powell Banning by the Banning family. July 26 - To the honor and glory of God and in celebration of our 35th wedding anniversary by Dixie and Garry Miller. To the honor and glory of God and in loving memory of Miriam Gwendolyn Cantrell by Rae Ann Altwater and Wendy and Grace Callan.

7 PARISH LIFE Happy Birthday Sue Clair 07/01 Lezlie Rogers 07/01 Brenda Eastland 07/02 Jole Cromwell 07/05 John Merkh 07/07 Jane Muchoki 07/07 Bryce Smith 07/07 Scott Calhoun 07/09 Caleb Martin 07/09 Joelle Ramsey 07/09 Julie Snider-Sipes 07/09 Margaret Stout 07/10 John Fisher 07/11 Jean Green 07/11 Dixie Miller 07/11 Dean Boelter 07/12 Elizabeth Chudej 07/12 Tom Smith 07/12 Margaret Lane 07/13 James Sartwelle III 07/13 Emily Edwards 07/14 Chris Slinkard 07/14 Beau Biarnesen 07/15 Linda Morris 07/15 Jacob Ticknor 07/15 Stewart Kelly 07/16 Jack Knorr 07/16 Felix Fornelius 07/17 Susan Leverenz 07/17 Natalie Navara 07/17 Evan Garrett 07/18 Eleanor Gebhardt 07/18 Dennis Guill 07/18 Tatum Morissette 07/18 Jack Boyd 07/21 Francesca Melis 07/21 Kathleen Stanton 07/21 Jesse Davis 07/24 Mary Ann Thompson 07/25 Bob Barkley 07/26 Nick Poehl 07/28 Kristen Schlemmer 07/28 Michael Whiteley 07/31 ANNIVERSARIES Bruce and Tammy Patton 07/02 Steven & Elizabeth Chudej 07/03 William & Kelly Ammouri 07/05 Richard and Bonnie Sneed 07/05 Matthew & Claudia Bachofen 07/13 Paul and JoAnn Stringer 07/13 Aaron & Andrea Zimmerman 07/13 Mike and Kathy Davidson 07/15 Bob and Cathy Ratcliff 07/15 John and Jill Wood 07/17 Doug and Loraine Smith 07/18 John and Jean Phillips 07/19 Steve and Betty Claggett 07/21 Quyen and Sam Vo 07/22 Clay and Penelope Hicks 07/26 Garry and Dixie Miller 07/27 Luther & Barbara Brunson, Jr. 07/29 Keith and Dinka Poehl 07/29 Tom and Kathleen Stanton 07/31 Jeremy & Elisabeth Uecker 07/31 Pictured (left to right) following Alberto Melis s ordination Saturday at Christ Church Cathedral in Houston: Ben Maddison, Curate: Jeff Fisher, Bishop Suffragan and 10th Rector of St. Alban s; Alberto Melis, Deacon; Aaron Zimmerman, 11th and current Rector of St. Alban s; and Carol Melis 7 The Rt. Rev. Dena Harrison, far right, joined us at a 5:00 PM service June 14 to receive and confirm new members. Following the service a reception was held in the Parish Hall.

8 VACATION BIBLE CAMP JUNE 2015 Dear VBC Volunteers, Thank you for serving with me as we embarked on a VBC for the first time in a while! It was a fun and exciting time at Camp Discovery and there were so many that helped make it that way. We discovered how Jesus works through us in our everyday lives. Jesus saves us, gives us courage, faith, and His wisdom to serve Him. Everyone is so busy during this time of year, and we all have to make choices as to how we will spend our time and our energy. I am so grateful to each of you that you followed God s call to serve His children. I could not have done this without so many helping hands! Thank you for helping our little treasures learn more about Jesus. Jole Cromwell We need two Safeguarded individuals to lead Children s Chapel on July 12. Please contact Jole Cromwell if you are available. 8

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10 STUDENT MINISTRY Movie night, Hawaiian Falls round out Summer Summer is here! Student Ministry is no longer meeting for MIDWEEK or Sunday School but we encourage students to join the adults on Sunday mornings at 9:00 am in Parish Hall. Student Ministry also welcomed in three new 6th grade students to our ministry. We have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of Abigail Zimmerman, J. D. Sartwelle, and Kate Burton. Please keep Abigail, J. D., and Kate in your prayers as they transition into new schools and ministries. Throughout the summer Student Ministry will continue to have a new event every month. A few of these dates have changed. Be sure to update your calendar with the latest schedule! MIDWEEK begins again on Sept. 16 and Sunday School on Sept. 20. Questions? Contact Grace Brown, Director of Student Ministry, at COMING UP! July 8 Movie Starplex Theatres 333 S. Valley Mills Dr. Time TBD Aug. 22 Hawaiian Falls 12 Noon to 2:00 PM 900 Lake Shore Drive MUSIC MINISTRY GETTING TO KNOW: William Priest Singing has always been one of my favorite things to do. I joined my school choir in elementary school and never looked back. In high school, choir was at the center of my life. I was in two choirs under the direction of Florence Scattergood (a member of St. Alban s). Mrs. Scatt, as we called her, helped me develop confidence as a singer and performer. At age 16, I started singing and acting at the Scarborough Renaissance Festival, which I still do every spring. At Baylor, I found a musical family in Sing Alliance and performed at All-University Sing for four years. After graduation, the lack of choir left a void in my life until I came to St. Alban s, where I found not only a wonderful choir, but also a loving fellowship of believers, and I knew I wanted to be a part of both. I couldn t be happier with my church home. My love of music is rivaled only by my love of languages. After taking French in high school, I signed up for Latin in my first semester of college as a fun elective. I loved Latin so much that I added Greek for a BA in Classics. I also minored in German after spending a semester abroad at the University of Freiburg. For the past three years, I have been teaching Latin and Intro to Foreign Languages at Vanguard College Preparatory School. After graduation the lack of choir left a void in my life, until I came to St. Alban s. 10

11 PARISH NEWS WOMEN S MINISTRY First Wednesday Lunch July 1 The First Wednesday Lunch will be 11:30 AM, July 1, in the Parish Hall, with food by Patti s Kitchen. Please RSVP to the church office if you can, but drop-ins also are welcome. Let There Be Light (on 30th St)! If you ve ever left the church offices, music room, or Outreach Center in the evening, you know how dark it was on 30th St. To address safety and aesthetics (and to increase our visibility from Waco Dr.), the Vestry approved use of funds from the Memorial Fund for new exterior lighting on 30th St. We truly are letting our light shine! Operation Christmas Child When you re out shopping, keep this list handy and plan ahead for the items Operation Christmas Child will be collecting throughout the summer. JULY: Hygiene products (nothing liquid). AUGUST: School supplies. The collection basket is in the Parish Hall (in the corner by the Wall of Crosses). If you have questions, contact Deborah Vlam at net. Women s Retreat Planned for Oct. 30-Nov. 1 St. Alban s women s retreat is being planned A for Friday, October 30 Sunday, November 1, It will be held at Cedarbrake Renewal Center (http://www.austindiocese.org/cedarbrake) in Belton, TX. The committee (Regina Easley-Young, Rebecca Hartberg, Lisa Wright, and Lynn Wisely) is actively planning the theme and sessions, and we look forward to a rich time of study, reflection, and relaxation among women in the parish. The retreat expenses are estimated to be between $180 to $200/person and that includes six meals and accommodation (single bed in a double room) for two nights, as well as supplies. The committee has reserved space for twenty women although the center can accommodate more with some planning. If you are interested and have not yet contacted the church office, please Hilary at the church office or contact Lynn Wisely at Any of the committee members would be happy to receive questions as we plan. Finally, look in future newsletters for more information. Questions? Contact Lynn Wisely at baylor.edu. We look forward to a rich time of learning, fellowship, and reflection together. 11

12 PARISH SNAPSHOTS SPRINGTIME FLURRIES! Rector Aaron Zimmerman welcomed Janet Timmins Koran who was delivering a painting of St. Alban s that was a gift to her late husband, the Rev. Cotton Timmins, who served as interim rector in Children felt right at home as they welcomed folks to an Open House to see the renovated Children s Classrooms. Bright, clean, spacious, and colorful - Well done all you DIYers! Members of the Central Texas Spring Academy participated in a week-long Chamber Camp June 8-12 in the Outreach Center. They are under the direction of Dr. Julia Hardy. Make a Difference in Waco: Unique Volunteer Opportunity If you have been looking for a practical way to engage the next generation and create positive change in our local community, we have a great opportunity for you! In the school year Waco ISD is looking to partner with the Waco community (including churches) to launch over 20 community service learning (CSL) groups inside of Indian Springs Middle School. This initiative grew out of substantive conversations among Dr. Bonny Cain, superintendent, and local pastors, including our Rector, the Rev. Aaron M. G. Zimmerman, on how to address issues of poverty and risky behavior among Waco youth. These CSL groups will integrate community service with instruction and reflection in order to teach civic responsibility, increase local leadership, improve self-esteem and strengthen our community. In order to make these learning groups function, we are inviting local community members to volunteer as leaders of these small groups. The commitment is for the academic year, 1-3 hours per week. Next Steps: If you are interested in being a part of this great opportunity, please contact our Deacon, the Rev. Alberto Melis at Al is coordinating this effort to recruit volunteers from all three Episcopal Churches in Waco. 12

13 FINANCIAL UPDATE Giving With Joy: Stewardship 2015 Total Annual Pledged: $488,539 (131 Total Annual Pledges) Received Pledges Year-to-Date* 203,982 For month ending May 31: Pledges Received: 35,565 Non Pledged Contributions 12,447 Total Contributions Received 48,012 Pledges Budgeted: 40,712 Thank you for giving towards 2015 Stewardship and your 2015 Pledge! Please remember to stay current on your pledge. For questions about ACH payments, planned giving, Endowment Fund, stock gifts, or your pledge, contact Business Manager Anna Shuford at Financial Snapshot: May 2015 Income and Expenses: Annual Year-to-Date Year-to-Date Budget Budget Actual 2015 Income 618, , ,842 Prepaid in ,350 49,350 TOTAL INCOME 618, , ,192 Expense 614, , ,292 Surplus (Deficit) 3,848 49,129 26,900 Assets and Liabilities: Assets Operating Account $ 42,709 Memorial Fund 11,718 Endowment Fund 663,671 Organ Renovation 34,319 Total Assets $752,417 Total Liabilities (2013 A/C Loan Bal.) (92,331) Excess of Fund Balance over Liabilities 660,086 As of May 31, 2015 ST. ALBAN S HAS BEEN BLESSED WITH THESE GIFTS: Endowment Fund Thomas and Kathleen Stanton 13

14 JULY 2015 WORSHIP SCHEDULE 5-Jul 12-Jul 19-Jul 26-Jul VPOW John Wood Carol Melis Debbie McMahon Andy Wisely SWaT Team Heidi Buchanan Lucy Murphy Mike & Kathy Davidson NEED Need VOLUNTEER Volunteer Terry Randall-Wong 7:30 AM Minister Korey Wright Cathy Ratcliff (Lector) Korey Wright (Minister) Valda Rispoli (Lector) Korey Wright (Minister) Lector Beth Richards Cathy Capers Ryan Thompson Matthew Bachofen Intercessor Jerry Campbell Pat Atkins Doug Smith Lynn Wisely Jerry Campbell John Burton Guy Cox Lynn Wisely Eucharistic Ministers Stewart Kelly Pat Atkins Doug Smith Andy Wisely Tom Smith Eucharistic Visitors Mike Davidson Terry Randall-Wong Lucy Murphy Tim McMahon Kathy Davidson John Merkh Connie Murphy Angela Tekell Crucifer Brandon Butler Nick Atkins Michael Nealy Amelia Bachofen Torchbearers Ragan Kelly Kate Burton Michael Whitely Chloe Bachofen Jackson Kelly Dana Burton JD Sartwelle Karlson Smith Bob Frahm Jerry Campbell Keith Poehl Doug Smith Allan Dinsmore Paula Campbell John Burton Ric Peavy Jeff Ward Bill Aston Ron Fadal Bennie Buchanan Pat Atkins Jeff Raimondo Phil Price Jay Hernandez Ushers Altar Guild Kurt Hulett Tommy Bundrant Charles Branch Dean Riley Towne Adams Aleah Nichols Glenda Branch Linda Adams Blake Browder Chrissy Browder Jacqueline Frahm Paula Campbell Diana Whitely Peggy Aston Robert Frahm Maurice Hunt Jennifer Whitely Jeanie Hinshaw Jole Cromwell Pam Hunt JoAnn Stringer Ric Peavy Sara Teichelmann Beth Richards Carol Melis Kathy Davidson Kenn Harding Lisa Wright Rebecca Hartberg Mike Davidson Candace Banning Sue Parrigin Heidi Buchanan Foy du Bois Schedule is available online at or from our home page. Go to Worship>Lay Minister Schedule 14

15 PLEASE NOTE: DEADLINE FOR THE EPISTLE IS THE 15TH OF THE PRECEDING MONTH. Send text and photos to and copy to Thank you! 15

16 305 North 30th Street Waco, TX stalbanswaco.org Non-Profit Org. U.S. Postage PAID WACO, TEXAS Permit No. 386 RETURN SERVICE REQUESTED St. Alban s Growing with Waco, p. 3 St. Alban s Staff The Rev. Aaron M. G. Zimmerman, Rector The Rev. Benjamin B. Maddison, Curate The Rev. Alberto Melis, Deacon Grace Brown, Youth Minister Jole R. Cromwell, Coordinator of Children s Ministry & Parish Life Hilary Gardner, Parish Administrator David Gilbreath, Organist Rebekah Hughes, Newcomer Ministry Vicki Kabat, Communications Coordinator Elaine Karban, Outreach Center Coordinator Anna Shuford, Business Manager Howard L. Thompson, Choirmaster Mary Ann Thompson, Carillonneur A Parish of the Diocese of Texas The Rt. Rev. C. Andrew Doyle IX Bishop of Texas The Rt. Rev. Jeff Fisher Bishop Suffragan The Rt. Rev. Dena A. Harrison Bishop Suffragan As followers of Jesus Christ, we are One Church within the Anglican Communion and The Episcopal Church. All are sought and embraced in worship, mission and ministry in a spirit of mutual love and respect. And here at St. Alban s, we carry out the above Diocesan Vision by Proclaiming to all, through word and deed, the grace of God in Jesus Christ. St. Alban s Sunday Worship 7:30 AM Holy Eucharist, Rite I 10:00 AM Holy Eucharist, Rite II (nursery available) St. Alban s Vestry David Tekell, Senior Warden John L. Wood, Junior Warden Bart Townsend, Treasurer Liaison for Adult Programs Pat Danley, Clerk Liaison for Outreach & Mission Mary Fadal Liaison for Stewardship Rebecca Hartberg Liaison for Christian Formation Carol Melis Liaison for Pastoral Care Debbie McMahon Liaison for Youth Ministry Sue Parrigin Liaison for Parish Life Paul Thorp Liaison for Newcomers Andrew Wisely Liaison for Worship Jeremy Uecker Liaison for Children s Ministry

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