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This Week at St. Alban's
June 15, 2020
Dear Friends,
Deacon Dani pointed out in her reflection during yesterday’s service (click here to link-Password: 6C.9*R3#
) that when Jesus gave the apostles “authority over unclean spirits. . . and to cure every disease and every sickness,” it might not have been the gift that the apostles expected or even wanted.

Then she listed a few of the unexpected and in some cases, unwanted, gifts of the COVID epidemic. To read her reflection, click here.

She also read Bishop Marc’s letter to the Diocese endorsing a statement from the Union of Black Episcopalians. To read the letter and statement, please click here.

Next week, we’ll be welcoming back the Rev. Anna Rossi back, a former St. Alban’s seminarian, as presider and presenter.

Have a safe and healthy week — Sandy
Deanery meets with Regathering Committee members
The Alameda Deanery, the consortium of representatives from 14 northern Alameda County parishes, met with three members of the Diocesan committee that developed the new guidelines and template for regathering churches in their physical spaces, during its first Zoom meeting June 11.

All parishes in the California Diocese are due to submit regathering plans in order to re-open. However, the Rev. Eric Metoyer, who headed the committee, said that churches can choose not to regather at this time as part of their plans. The guidelines for re-opening include a series of spacing and hygiene measures, as well as discouraging people in “vulnerable” groups from attending in-person activities.

In other business, the Deanery debuted a proposed new Website and agreed to fund it. Sandy Burnett from St. Alban’s was elected to a second two-year term as president and Carolyn George from St. John’s, Oakland, was elected again as vice-president. The Rev. Jon Owens from St. John’s was elected to join lay person Bruce Morrow as representatives to the Diocesan Executive Council.
Vestry starts work on regathering plan
The Vestry appointed Deacon Dani and Parish Administrator Karen Sjoholm to draft a plan for regathering in the physical plant. Deacon Dani was directed to express that St. Alban’s, at this time, does not plan to hold in-person services until they can be safely open to all, including people in vulnerable groups. Karen will draft rules for hygiene, spacing and numbers of participants for tenants and others who may be able to use the facilities.

In other business, the Vestry:
            • Approved grants to half a dozen charities suggested by the Ina Lawrence Outreach Fund Committee. The Vestry delayed a proposed $2,000 grant to Calliope pending more information.
            • Heard from Treasurer Eric Lindgren that the budget is covering anticipated expenses at present, less what we owe to the Diocese in assessments (which we are currently appealing), and Capital Campaign expenses. Click here to see the May financial reports.
            • Heard a suggestion from Barbara Metcalf to consider offering smaller discussion groups as part of the on-line “coffee hour” after Sunday services.
            • Vestry representative to the Calliope Board Mike Trevino reported that Calliope’s new bylaws are a bit different from what was proposed a year ago. He and Rick Kern agreed to work with a Calliope representative to draft a memorandum of understanding concerning rent, shared expenses and St. Alban’s participation on the board.


Sunday Service time change: After polling parish members, we are changing the Sunday service to 10 AM starting on July 5th. Reminders will be sent in upcoming newsletters.

This week I’d like to ask: is there anyone who could use the weekly produce box St. Alban’s gets donated from Full Belly? We’re looking to share it with a person or family who could use all the great veggies consistently. If you’re interested please let me know.
Also, this week sign-ups will start for Sacred Ground, the anti-racist study program All Souls is launching online. You can learn more here:
Details will be shared through your small groups later this week as well as next week in this newsletter. I hope you can join us!

Please get in touch with me for any pastoral care needs. And don’t forget, we have some resources available to you if you need groceries or are struggling with bills right now! Your request will be confidential.
Deacon Dani


Let our Senators know what you think: More than 5,000 personalized emails were sent to Congress following Bread for the World’s Advocacy Summit last week.  You can still send your own personalized email messages or hand-written letters to Senator Feinstein and Senator Harris.  By taking just a few minutes, you can help persuade Congress to get desperately needed food assistance to people in our own country and abroad.  If you would like to learn more now and write immediately, download the attached document from Bread for the World here.


Becky Osborn Coolidge is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
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Time: Jun 18, 2020 07:45 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Psalm:  119:89-96
Isaiah 6:6-10
Acts 13-38-44
George Berkeley and Joseph Butler

Please let Becky ( know if you will read one of the lessons on Thursday.

JUNE 21, 9:00 AM
The Sunday service will be through Zoom. Please join at 8:45 am to be sure to work out technical issues.

Information, including the “pew bulletin (program)” for Sunday’s services, are sent out via email on Fridays. If you don't receive the Friday e-mail with information for the Sunday service, contact Becky at bozcool2269@gmail so she can forward it to you.

For Sunday readings, see the 2020 lectionary:

Marivel Calambro is the phone contact for Barbara Lindgren (510) 910-0369.
Talbot and Carole Richardson would welcome calls at 510-735-9503, especially this week since Carole's birthday is Saturday.

Please pray for those who are home-bound and/or healing at this time: Burt Kessler, William (Bill) Langston and Charlotte Wilson. (If you would like to be on this list, or know of other parishioners who should be noted here, please let us know).

In our regular cycle of prayers this week,  please hold in your prayers:
 Peterson & Elise Marks, Miriam and Noah; Chanthip Phongkhamsavath; Lenore Ralston; Patricia Reilly & Alexander Winslow, Caden & Zachary, all persons impacted by COVID-19, and all those impacted by racial injustice.

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Please pray for all members of St. Alban's, the Diocese, our country and the world.

Birthdays this Week: Carole Richardson, Saturday, June 20.

If your birthday is missing in the weekly email, please let the church know so that it can be added to our birthday rota!

St. Alban's facebook page is updated weekly with information on the church and services, and also with contemplative poetry and images. Please check it out at:

We have an updated directory:
 It will be provided to you in printed form when normal office/worship services resume. If you need it before that time please email the office.

Calliope: East Bay Center for Music & Arts upcoming concert
Sunday, June 21st, 2020: Ensemble 1828

Isaac Pastor-Chermak, cello; Nicole Oswald, violin; Alison Lee, piano
4 - 6 p.m. 
Tickets available on Eventbrite
This concert is part of our Third Sunday Concert Series

Ensemble 1828 has announced changes to their upcoming program for their return performance: they will now be performing works by composers Piazzola, Bernstein, Mendelssohn and Beethoven. (Their previous program plan was for a special Pride Month celebration, with works by queer composers: Higdon, Tchaikovskiiy and Bernstein, but the current shelter-in-place orders have made the rehearsals and programming challenging!) You can get a sample of the ensemble's music here

Calliope: East Bay Center for Music & Arts’ mission is to build community and advance social justice through the arts. We’re housed at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church.
~ Christine Staples, Director


Marsha Kirschbaum's amazing imagery is exhibited in the Parish Hall, which, right now, is not accessible but you can see her magnificent landscape photography by here. If you would like to read about her adventure to photograph a recent planetary alignment click here.


The Alzheimer's Association Support Group that meets at St. Alban's now has online education programs. Information can be downloaded here.
Contact: 925.284.7942 x1293 | | | 24/7 Helpline: 800.272.3900


In light of public health recommendations to increase social distancing and reduce the incidence and spread of COVID-19, St. Alban’s will suspend rental use of the building until at least June 28. No group or individual use of the building will take place. At that point we will reevaluate the situation and decide on future rental policies. St. Alban’s has no known cases of the virus currently among its staff, visitors, or volunteers. However, as a community gathering place for people of all ages, we have determined that these additional measures are required to ensure the safety of the St. Alban’s community and the public at large. 
**Special Note: Barbara Hill's beautiful photographs which she fashioned into Greeting Cards are available in the office for a donation.
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