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Transitioning to a New Rector

A Transition Prayer

O Faithful God,

we ask you to guide us

in our time of transition.

We need your wisdom,

that we might be receptive

to change, conversion and growth.


We need your grace

to redirect our hearts

so that we may be willing

to offer ourselves in joyful service.


Do not allow fear, ignorance, or pride

to limit the work of your Spirit,

through Christ our Lord, Amen.

Latest News

July 16, 2019

Parish Profile published

Read comprehensive statement of who we are and what we hope for in a new rector.

January 19, 2019

Search committee selection

Suzanne Scarmack, next year's Senior Warden, is gathering together names for the Search Committee for the next rector. The comiittee will be working on finalizing a list of three candidates to be elected by the Vestry. If you are interested in serving, the work will be intensive, prayerful and rewarding. You do need to be able to give fully of your time and talents. Please contact her if you feel called to this ministry:

January 02, 2019

Interim Rector Selected



The Vestry has called, and the Bishop has approved, the appointment of The Reverend Hartshorn Murphy to be the Interim Rector upon the retirement of The Reverend Susan Klein on February 10, 2019


Hartshorn comes to St. Alban's with a wealth of experience in the Church. He received his B.A. from the University of Maryland, and his M. Div. from Virginia Theological Seminary. After a curacy in Baltimore, he became a Vicar in Milwaukee, before moving to Los Angeles. In our diocese he has served as the Rector of St. Philip's in Los Angles, Archdeacon for Congregational Development for Bishop Fred Borsch, and Rector of St. Augustine's, Santa Monica. While he worked for Bishop Borsch, he supervised forty missions and two parishes as evangelism officer and interim deployment officer, and created a program for clergy in transition. In his retirement, he has served as a sabbatical supply priest and interim rector. 


Hartshorn is married to Marla Harris Murphy, and they have one adult son, Taran, who is living in Baltimore.


After Susan's last Sunday, she and Hartshorn will work during the next last two weeks of February on having the parish make a smooth transition as we search for our Fifth Rector. We give thanks to God that Hartshorn will be our Interim, and look forward to welcoming him to St. Alban's in February.

January 03, 2019

Parish Story Day

The PARISH STORY DAY will be held on Saturday, January 12from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm. Led by Rebecca Rollinson, this will be a morning of gathering to tell stories about what our parish means to us. Sharing our stories is an important part of developing a profile for the Rector search. All new and long-lived members of St. Alban's are strongly encouraged to join us. A simple lunch will be served, so please either call the Church Office to RSVP or sign up at church on Sunday.

August 10, 2018

Rector Susan Klein announces retirement

​After 14 years of ministry at St. Alban's, Susan Klein to retire on February 10, 2019. Read Susan's letter to the parish by clicking below.

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