The parishioners of St.Alban’s (and all Episcopal Churches) are represented by the elected members of the Vestry to help define and articulate the mission of the congregation, to support the church’s mission by word and deed, to select the clergy, to ensure effective organization and planning, and to manage resources and finances.
Each of the twelve members of the Vestry serves three year term, with four new members being elected each year at the annual parish meeting. The officers of the vestry are the Senior & Junior Wardens, the Treasurer, and the Secretary or Clerk. The Senior Warden is usually the primary elected lay leader of the congregation, and serves as a principal liaison between the parish and the clergy. The Junior Warden is often given responsibility for the upkeep of the parish buildings and grounds.
St.Alban’s Vestry Members:
Fr. John Inserra
For most of the year our Sunday worship consists of two services.
8:00 am – A quiet traditional service of the proclamation of the Word of God and celebration of Holy Communion, with a sermon, but without music.
9:15 am – Formation.
10:30 am – This traditional celebration includes a mix of traditional and contemporary music along with a sermon and Holy Communion. This service also includes a “Children’s Church” for younger children. Childcare is offered.
During the Summer months, we have one Sunday Service at 9:30 am
We also offer a mid-week worship service on Wednesdays year-round at 12:15 pm with the reading of God’s Word, a brief sermon, Holy Communion, and healing prayers.
During the seasons of Advent and Lent, we offer Morning Prayer each weekday at 7:15 am in the chapel.
Information about Worship
Everyone is welcome to join us in worship, whether you have gone to church your whole life or never set foot in one. Whether you are a long-time Episcopalian or a first time visitor, St.Alban’s is a place where we can all come to find a closer relationship with God.
Our worship form comes from the Book of Common Prayer. This prayer book forms our worship and our theology. Worship is at the center of who we are as a Christian community. We gather each week on Sunday to pray and to share in the bread and wine at the table of the Lord, which Jesus Christ told his disciples to share each time they gathered together in his name. This service, which we call the Eucharist (from the Greek meaning to give thanks), is a service of thanksgiving for God’s love and presence in our midst.
Stewardship is all about recognizing that all we have is a gift from God; our very lives and all the things that make us happy, the beauty of creation, our families and yes, even our money. All of it is a gift of God and Stewardship is a way that we recognize that gift by giving back a small portion of the gift to the giver, God.
St.Alban’s offers several ways to give back to God: through yearly pledge to the ministries of the church. Pledge cards are always available in the Church Narthex or the Church Office. Our formal pledge in-gathering is in the fall.
You may make your pledge by check, by bank draft, or by credit card.
Who We Are
Welcome to St.Alban’s Episcopal Church! You are invited to be our guest any time we open the doors to St.Alban’s. You do not have to “join” the parish in a formal way in order to worship, attend classes, participate in activities, and support the ministries of the parish. Regardless of your denomination or background, you are welcome at St.Alban’s.
St.Alban’s began as a mission church of the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas in 1921 and was established as a parish in 1939. St.Alban’s Day School opened it’s doors in 1948. Through our long history we have grown and moved and rebuilt and added on. Our clergy have participated in shaping who we are and helped us grow as disciples of Jesus. Our culture and personality have changed through the years as we have all worked to follow the path God has for us as a part of the Body of Christ. We invite you into our community and embrace the knowledge that your presence with us will also change us as we continue to grow.
If you are interested in formally becoming a member of St.Alban’s, there are several ways to do this. If you or your children have not been baptised, please call the parish office or speak with one of the clergy to arrange a baptism. If you are a member of another Christian denomination, and have been baptised with water in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, please provide the parish office with your birth date and baptismal information.
If you are a member of another Episcopal congregation and/or have been confirmed in an Episcopal Church, you can transfer your membership. Provide our parish office with the name and location of the church and the approximate dates of your membership or, if you were confirmed there, the approximate date of confirmation, and we will send for a letter of transfer, or you may wish to contact your previous parish yourself.
If you have been baptised and wish to be confirmed, The Book of Common Prayer defines Confirmation as “the rite in which we express a mature commitment to Christ, and receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop.” Youth Confirmation classes and adult Inquirers’ classes are offered each year. Any baptised adult and any baptised youth in sixth grade or higher is eligible. Persons who have been confirmed in another denomination by a bishop in the apostolic succession (most often Roman Catholic) are received by the bishop rather than confirmed. Speak with one of the clergy if you are interested in confirmation or reception.
We are delighted that you are considering being married in the Christian Church and specifically at St.Alban’s Episcopal Church. Should you choose St. Alban’s as the location for one of the most joyous and sacred days of your life there are a few items that we would like you to consider. The first consideration for you, as a couple, is to ask yourselves whether or not you want a Christian marriage or simply a place in which to be married.
It is vital for couples planning to be married in the church to understand that Christian marriage implies a belief that God, through Jesus Christ, will play an important role in their new relationship and throughout their life together and the wedding service is the beginning of that remarkable journey. By having your wedding at St.Alban’s we hope that you will experience the deep and wonderful meaning of Christian marriage which can be lost when the church is reduced to no more than a beautiful setting for a ceremony.
“Who may be married at Alban’s Church?”
Any man and woman, if:
- They are sincerely committed to establishing a Christian marriage
- One of the two parties is baptised
- One of the two parties is presently a member, or whose parents, or grandparents are members of record of St. Alban’s, or as a couple you desire to become members
- They complete pre-marriage counseling by one of our clergy
If there has been a divorce for one or both parties intending to be married, permission of the Bishop of the Diocese West Texas must be obtained. This upholds the Church’s pastoral responsibility to ensure that divorced persons fully comprehend the reasons for the failure of the first marriage. Therefore, a minimum of three months is needed between initiating the wedding paperwork and the date of the proposed wedding.
“How are wedding arrangements made?”
After discussing the above considerations and agreeing that marriage in a Christian context is the desire of both parties, the couple contacts a member of St.Alban’s clergy asking for a consultation to go over the various details of scheduling a wedding at St.Alban’s.
I am the resurrection and the life, saith the Lord: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. — John 11:25,26
From the beginning of the Church’s life, Christian burial has been an important and integral part of the life of the parish community. The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ put an end to the power of death; thus followers of Jesus believe that death is but the entrance to new and eternal life with Him. We wait in joyful expectation for the resurrection of the dead. Accordingly, Christians show a proper reverence and respect for the body which awaits that resurrection.
Christian burial is marked by three characteristics. First and foremost, it is an act of worship wherein we glorify God for the gift of eternal life offered in Jesus Christ our Lord. Second, it is a commitment of the one we love to the mercies of God in the faith that He will preserve in peace those who have died in the faith of Christ. Third, it is a time when members of the Body of Christ gather in the context of worship to comfort one another and to offer mutual assurance of God’s abiding love. The liturgy is an offering in which joy and sorrow are mixed, for while we say an earthly farewell, we know that the dead live in Christ. The Holy Eucharist is most appropriate at the burial of a Christian, for in Holy Communion we “proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes” (1 Corinthians 11:26).
To bury the dead is one of the Church’s seven corporal works of mercy; therefore at St.Alban’s the Burial Office is available to anyone and accordingly no fees are charged except those for musicians and florist. Honoraria may be made to the participating clergy but such gifts are not required.
Safeguarding God’s Children
St.Alban’s is committed to creating and maintaining a safe environment for children and the people who work with them. All individuals, whether staff or volunteer, who regularly work with children during St.Alban’s sponsored events must submit to a background check and attend our Safeguarding God’s Children workshops. St.Alban’s schedules the workshop as needed to accommodate our volunteers and staff. Please contact the Church Office or Pam Warner (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.