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This Week at St. Alban's

Monday, December 16, 2019

Dear friends, 

What a weekend we had here at St. Alban's! Stunningly beautiful live music in the sanctuary Saturday night, beautiful Advent worship Sunday morning, and one of the most festive Yuletide Tea events I can remember. 

Many thanks to all who helped make the tea a success (everyone had a great time, and, we raised over $1300!).  Special thanks to Peggy Murray and her fellow musicians, Mary Stocker and her phenomenally talented teen vocalists, all the bakers, Sondra Lavrov, who spent the whole party serving as cashier, Ric Jesch for resuming his role as Tea Master, all who helped set-up, serve and clean-up, and Sandy Burnett, who brought the whole thing together. We are so blessed!

This morning, Karen and I heard a large vehicle pull up out front, and then we saw two firefighters at the office door – they had come to pick up the toys you all have so generously donated. Thank you for everyone who contributed to the Toys for Tots program this year! The sun was really glaring, but here we are handing them off: 

May this last week of Advent be one of hope and renewed trust in God's love, as we draw so much closer to celebrating the birth of Christ.

In love and gratitude,
Rev. Julie

P.S. My sermon from yesterday is here

Say yes to YEAH
St. Alban’s team of volunteers who serve a monthly breakfast at the YEAH shelter in Berkeley for teens and young adults, needs a couple more volunteers. With a full team, each volunteer serves only once every quarter in this satisfying ministry. This is a match made in heaven for early birds. We start at 6:30 a.m. and are out by 8. The work includes preparing a hot breakfast (YEAH provides eggs, milk, cereal, etc. but volunteers may supplement with treats, bacon, etc) for a bunch of sleepy kids before they have to face the day on the street. YEAH requires a one-hour orientation held every second Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall at the Lutheran Church of the Cross, 1744 University Ave., Berkeley. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Sandy Burnett at 650 678-0149 or

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Holy Eucharist, 10 am
Acolytes: TBD
Altar Guild: Peter Doleman, Becky Osborn-Coolidge
Coffee Hour:  Setup: Fred Treadwell,   Cleanup: All
Counters: Susan Matteson, Patricia Elmore
rs: Beth Beller, Don Goerlitz

Lectors Sandy Burnett, Don Goerlitz
Ushers:  Ade Akanni
Visitor greeter: Beth Beller

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 remember:
Elizabeth Finlayson, Carolyn Flores, Anna Flores, Melissa and Brian, Mark Freeman

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Please pray for the Gubbio Project at St. Boniface Church and St. John the Evangelist Church in the Mission, San Francisco, and the Standing Committee of the Diocese of California

Birthdays this Week: Lisa Trever  (Tuesday), Natasha Hoehn (Wednesday)

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

This Week:
     Monday, December 16
               Tai Chi Drop-In for Experienced Students
             6:15-8:15 pm in the Parish Hall
  Tuesday, December 17
             Centering Prayer 6:15-7:15 pm in the Nursery
  Wednesday, December 18
       Holy Eucharist with healing prayers, 12 noon in the library
    Thursday, December 19
            Morning Prayer 8 am in the Library
          Benedictine Spirituality Group
          (with Compline - Evening Prayers)
            6  pm in the Library

Friday, December 20
           Sandwich-making for the Albany Shower Program,
          8 am in the Kitchen 

     Saturday, December 21
                     Blue Christmas 6-9 p.m.  in the Sanctuary
                     This is a simple, low-key service for anyone
                      having a tough time during the holidays.
      Sunday, December 22
        Worship 10 am in the Sanctuary
Coffee Hour follows Worship     
             Home for the Holidays: A Caroling Concert & Benefit  5pm in the Parish Hall
               (further information below)

         Office will be closed 12/24/19 through 1/1/20

        Monday, December 23
              Tai Chi Drop-In for Experienced Students
             6:15-8:15 pm in the Parish Hall

        Tuesday, December 24 (Christmas Eve)
                   Christmas Eve Family Service 5  pm
                 Lessons and Carols and Holy Eucharist 10 pm

         Wednesday, December 25 (Christmas)
             Festive Holy Eucharist 10 am
       Thursday, December 26
                Morning Prayer 8 am in the Library
              Benedictine Spirituality Group
              (with Compline - Evening Prayers) 6  pm in the Library

          Friday, December 27
            Sandwich-making for the Albany Shower Program,
              8 am in the Kitchen  

             Sunday, December 29
Worship 10 am in the Sanctuary            
                       Coffee Hour follows Worship
**Special Note: Barbara Hill's beautiful photographs which she fashioned into Greeting Cards will be on display and available to purchase throughout the Holiday Season.**

on sale now!

Please click below for ticket links.



Holiday Events


"Home for the Holidays: a Caroling Concert & Benefit"
Sunday, December 22 at 5 pm in the Sanctuary
A benefit for Calliope and the SF Girls Choir

Savor the warmth, wonder, and joy of the season w/your favorite holiday "pop-up"choir. Sing along with your favorite carols. Reconnect with friends old and new. Join us after the concert for a reception & neighborhood caroling party!

Natasha Hoehn, conductor
Isaac Pastor-Chermak, cello
Leon Chou, organ


We are also selling tickets (and raising underwriting funds) for a very special
Third Sunday Concert in February 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, and Timbre Folk and Baroque. We are actively seeking additional grants and sponsors to support this amazing show.
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