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This Week at St. Alban's

Monday,  February 3, 2020
Dear friends,
It’s hard to believe it’s February already. We have Pisces in the family so I tend to associate February with birthday cake and Girl Scout cookies. Of course, we’re also running up to Lent, as Rev. Will reminded us yesterday. He gave us an interesting take on the devout man named Simeon and the prophetess Anna, who recognized the infant Jesus in the Temple. Simeon predicted that Jesus would “stand as a sign of contradiction, while a sword will pierce your own soul,” not what one usually hears from doting elders at the appearance of an infant.

Will will be back next Sunday to preside when Deacon Dani preaches, and again for the services at noon and 7 p.m. Ash Wednesday (Feb. 26). Our own Rev. Duane Sisson will preside Feb. 16 with Steve Hitchcock preaching, and the Rev. Leslie Nipps will preach and preside Feb. 23.

The post-coffee hour discussion on The Agile Church continued led by Barbara Metcalf. I think Dani is leading it next week. You don’t need to be reading the book to take part in this discussion, which continues on many of the themes of change and transition begun at the Annual Meeting last month,

Special thanks to new Junior Warden Susan Matteson, who is working on bringing night light to our corner sign.

The Vestry also asks for your prayers for our afternoon-long retreat after church next Sunday. We’ll be meeting to develop a first draft of a document we’ll use to describe St. Alban’s as a church, and what we hope to find in a priest-in-charge. Of course, we’ll be looking for your input after we complete the draft.

Enjoy the rest of your week. I’m awaiting the first sign of Girl Scout cookies.

P.S. We’re stocking up on wine! This is the wine we use for communion from Trader Joe’s and donations are welcome! Thank you.


Sunday, February 9, 2020

Festive Holy Eucharist, 10 am
Acolytes:  Katherine Kasameyer, Lawrence DiCostanzo
Altar Guild: Janet Kirkpatrick, Laurie Schumacher
Cupbearers:  Beth Beller, Peter Doleman
Coffee Hour:  Setup: Fred Treadwell and all,   Cleanup: All
Counters: Sandy Burnett, Mary Doleman

Lectors: Patricia Elmore, Margie Carr
Ushers: Mary Lee Cole, Eric Lindgren
Visitor greeter: Deb Jesch

Parish Cycle of Prayer
Barbara Lindgren is at the Santa Teresa Care Home, 10 Santa Teresa Court, Pittsburg, CA 94565  Phone contact: Marivel Calambro  (510) 910-0369

Talbot and Carole Richardson are at Lakeside Park Memory Care near Lake Merritt in Oakland. Their address is 468 Perkins Street, Oakland, CA 94610.  (510) 735-9503. Visitors are welcome (please call ahead).

Bill Langston is now living at 2850 Groom Drive, Richmond, CA 94806-2665 with his brother and sister-in-law, Hoover and Terry Langston. Phone calls, notes and visits are welcomed and encouraged. Please call 510-222-5169 to arrange a visit.

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:

Susan & Patrick Matteson, Faith and Nelson, Ann May & Rodney Freeland, Michelle Meech, Andrea Mendelssohn and Gryffen

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Please pray for the Disaster Preparedness Committee.

Birthdays this Week: Lori Trevino (Wednesday), Christine Bruso (Sunday)

If your birthday is missing in the weekly email, please let the church know so that it can be added to our birthday rota!
Give the gift of music!
Gift Certificates for the Third Sunday Concert Series now available: single tickets, and choose-your-own 3-show series.
Individual tickets: $25/general; $20 senior/student
Buy a three-show certificate and save $10:
$65 general; $50 senior/student

For more information, contact Christine Staples (or call the church office)

This Week:

     Monday, February 3
               Tai Chi Drop-In for Experienced Students
             6:15-8:15 pm in the Parish Hall
  Tuesday, February 4
          Centering Prayer 6:15-7:15 pm in the Nursery
February 5
       Holy Eucharist with Healing Prayers will not meet this week
             Wednesday Night Yoga  - 5th of a  ten week session 7 - 8:30 pm in the Parish  Hall (see below for details)

    Thursday, February 6
           Morning Prayer 8 am in the Library
           Benedictine Spirituality Group
          (with Compline - Evening Prayers)
            6 pm in the Library

February 7
           Sandwich-making for the Albany Shower Program,
          8 am in the Kitchen 

    Saturday, February 8
From Steve Hitchcock and Bread for the World.
Bread for the World and the Pacific School of Religion invite you to a forum on the role government plays in addressing hunger.
Our invited speaker is U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee. Her staff will be in attendance. Lee is a longtime leader on issues that affect vulnerable people.
Please join us on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 10 a.m. in the chapel on the campus of the Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Ave., Berkeley, CA 94709
Sunday, February 9

              Worship 10 am in the Sanctuary
Coffee Hour in the Parish Hall follows Worship

            HOOT! 7-9 pm in the Parish Hall

             Readings appointed for this Sunday are:
Isaiah 58:1-9a, [9b-12] and 1 Corinthians 2:1-12
February 10
              Tai Chi Drop-In for Experienced Students
             6:15-8:15 pm in the Parish Hall

        Tuesday, February 11
            Centering Prayer 6:15-7:15 pm in the Nursery

       Wednesday, February 12  
               Holy Eucharist with Healing Prayers, 12 noon in the library 
                   Wednesday Night Yoga  (6th session of 10 ) 7 - 8:30 pm in the Parish Hall

       Thursday, February 13
                Morning Prayer 8 am in the Library
              Benedictine Spirituality Group
              (with Compline - Evening Prayers) 6  pm in the Library

        Friday, February 14
            Sandwich-making for the Albany Shower Program,
              8 am in the Kitchen  

         Sunday, February 16
Worship 10 am in the Sanctuary            
                    Coffee Hour following Worship


Upcoming exhibition in the Parish hall: landscape photography by Marsha Kirschbaum beginning Feb. 6.
**Special Note: Barbara Hill's beautiful photographs which she fashioned into Greeting Cards are available in the office for a donation.

Further Ahead:



Third Sunday Concert,  February 16, 2020:
Violins of Hope: Along the Trade Route
This concert features instruments from a collection lovingly restored violins once played by prisoners in Nazi concentration camps. We will feature four violinists playing folk music from various parts of the world. Led by Cookie Segelstein playing Klezmer, other musicians will offer Celtic, South Indian and Middle Eastern tunes.

We are grateful for an initial grant from the Albany Community Foundation, and for sponsorship from
Congregation Netivot Shalom of Berkeley, North Berkeley Investment Partners, Roland Feller Violins and Timbre Folk and Baroque. We are actively seeking additional grants and sponsors to support this amazing show.
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