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This Week at St. Alban's

Monday,  March 2, 2020

Dear Friends,
What a kick-off for Lent! This Sunday, Deacon Dani told us how we might want to think more about letting go of things like doubt, guilt, fear, etc. for Lent, rather than giving up something like chocolate, although it’s not as slimming. For her sermon, click here.

Congratulations everyone for making it through our first regular Lenten service using the Book of Common Prayer (BCP). I didn’t hear any BCPs or hymnals hitting the floor, so I think everybody managed. The service began with the beautiful Great Litany using language from the 1600s.
Earlier, the Rev. Will Scott brought tools from his garden to illustrate his take on the season during the Ash Wednesday services. Those of us at the noon services were especially blessed with the presence of soprano Yvette Devalcourt, one of our tenants, who sang Faure’s Pie Jesu, accompanied by pianist Diana Lee. Just gorgeous.

Then, on Friday night, St. Alban’s welcomed 50 kids, parents and others to Messy Vespers, including youngsters from the children’s choir, another tenant, that rehearses in the Sanctuary on Saturday mornings. Deacon Dani has had a small grant to pay for a musician for this, but used her own resources to buy the dinner. Music and food each average about $100 per monthly service. Anyone who would like to contribute is welcome to send a check payable to St. Alban’s but with “Messy Vespers” in the memo line, or to drop a check in the collection plate.
Thanks also to the Very Rev Dr. Peggy Patterson, who presided, and let us know about the Diocese’s suggestions for dealing with Communion, passing the Peace and gathering for church. See the information below.

This coming Sunday, our own Rev. Duane Sisson will be presiding and preaching.
See you then. — Sandy

Guidelines from the Diocese:
  • If you are sick, please stay home — both to heal and to protect the most vulnerable from infection.
  • Please refrain from intinction — the practice of dipping the bread/wafer in the chalice. Intinction is not a safer practice than sipping from the chalice (there is a risk that the bacteria on our hands may come in contact with the wine).
  • During worship services, if you are feeling even slightly unwell, you are encouraged to refrain from contact with the chalice. 
  • If you are at all concerned about your health, you are also welcome to refrain from contact with the chalice.
  • Please remember that consuming only bread is also full communion with the Body of Christ.
  • At the peace, please consider alternatives to handshaking or hugging. A nod, a wave, or touching our hands to our hearts are among the many ways we can acknowledge Christ in one another.
The Primary Election is tomorrow,Tuesday, March 3 and St. Alban's is a polling site. VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED from 6am-8pm. Please see the March 3 calendar listing below for details on how you can help!

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

The Lent Book Group will be meeting for one Sunday after the service on April 5th. The book to be discussed is Writing in the Dust by Rowan Williams, and you can order it from Pegasus book store on Solano Avenue or get it here:
Description of Writing in the Dust: “Rowan Williams was close by when the terrorists struck New York and the World Trade Center fell. In this short meditation, he takes his personal experience of the horror as the starting point for some broader reflections on the feelings of powerlessness which prompted the attacks, and the appropriate Christian response to this rage [and] understanding where the rage comes from. There are no easy answers, but this little meditation aims to give hope that risk and reconciliation are a new way to avoid the relentless spiral downward to more and worse aggression.”


Sunday, March 8, 2020

Festive Holy Eucharist, 10 am
Acolytes:  Chanthip Phongkhamsavath, Lawrence DiCostanz0
Altar Guild: Janet Kirkpatrick, Laurie Schumacher
Cupbearers: Beth Beller, Don Goerlitz
Coffee Hour:  Setup: Fred Treadwell and all,   Cleanup: All
Counters: Sandy Burnett, Mary Doleman

Lectors: Kathryne Ann Kinsey, Don Goerlitz
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:
  Jeff Peterson & Elise Marks, Miriam and Noah,
Chanthip Phongkhamsavath, Lenore Ralston,
Patricia Reilly & Alexander Winslow, Caden & Zachary

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Please pray for the DioCal Migration and Immigration Task Force that represents DioCal in public comments to local, state, and federal governments.

Birthdays this Week: Dev Cuny (Monday)

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, March 2 
               Tai Chi Drop-In for Experienced Students
             6:15-8:15 pm in the Parish

  Tuesday, March 3
          St. Alban's is a voting location for the 2020 Primary Election! VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED to open and close the church, come for two hour shifts to welcome voters, and bring refreshments for voting staff and voters. Please call the Parish Office to sign up!     

    Wednesday, March 4
             Wednesday Night Yoga  - 9th of a  ten week session 7 - 8:30 pm in the Parish  Hall (see below for details)

    Thursday, March 5
              Morning Prayer 8 am in the Library
              Benedictine Spirituality Group
          (with Compline - Evening Prayers)
            6 pm in the Library

February March 6
             Sandwich-making for the Albany Shower Program,
          8 am in the Kitchen 

         Sunday, March 8 (Second Sunday in Lent)
              Worship 10 am in the Sanctuary
Coffee Hour in the Parish Hall following Worship

             For Sunday readings, see the 2020 lectionary:

March 9 
              Tai Chi Drop-In for Experienced Students
             6:15-8:15 pm in the Parish Hall

        Tuesday, March 10          
             Centering Prayer 6:15-7:15 pm in the Nursery
       Wednesday, March 11 
              Holy Eucharist with Healing Prayers, 12 noon in the library 
                 Wednesday Night Yoga  (final session of 10 ) 7 - 8:30 pm in the Parish Hall

       Thursday, March 12
              Morning Prayer 8 am in the Library
               Benedictine Spirituality Group
              (with Compline - Evening Prayers) 6  pm in the Library

        Friday, March 13
                 Sandwich-making for the Albany Shower Program,
              8 am in the Kitchen  

Transition Albany's Potluck with a Purpose 6-9 pm in the Parish Hall
Join other local people interested in developing resilient community at this monthly event (usually first Tuesdays). These potlucks are a project of local Transition towns (Albany, Berkeley and Kensington) and open to everyone. Great food, good company, challenging ideas, camaraderie - it beats sitting at home with the idiot box! The church kindly provides real plates and silverware and a dishwasher... all we need is the food...
       Sunday, March 15
Worship 10 am in the Sanctuary            
                   Coffee Hour in the Parish Hall follows Worship

                Third Sunday Concert Series, 4-6 pm in the Parish Hall
Tickets: $25/general and $20 seniors and students. Children 12 and under are always free (must be accompanied by an adult)

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)


Parish Hall exhibition: Landscape photography by Marsha Kirschbaum through May 7. Artist talk on Sunday, March 15th 11:30am.

**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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