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This Week at St. Alban's

Monday, October 14, 2019

Dear friends, 

At the fabulous vestry-hosted brunch yesterday, we shared stories together of what drew us to St. Alban's and/or the Episcopal Church, what keeps us here, and what we want to pass along to others.  Prayer and worship were clear winners, right next to a strong sense of community, and service in the world. 

I went from there to a meeting I'll admit I was somewhat dreading: an interfaith conversation (with law enforcement and other safety experts) about keeping houses of worship safe.  Guess what is the number one best way of being a safe house of worship? Being a welcoming place, where people look out for one another, newcomers are greeted, and people trust one another. 

Turns out we are pretty secure.  I was so happy to hear from an FBI agent, as well as a professional whose work is focused on houses of worship and safety both talked about this as an essential starting place. In other words, being the community that we are, loving people, watching out for one another, welcoming and integrating new folks is also the safest way to build a healthy place that is not attractive to people who might be looking for an easy target. 

We have launched our 2020 stewardship campaign. If you weren't in church on Sunday, your pledge packet will be along in this week's mail. Please read the materials and mark your calendars for Sunday, November 17, when we will dedicate our pledges and prayers together.

I am leaving in a few hours for some much-needed vacation. I'll be back in the office on Thursday, Oct. 24. While I am away, if you have pastoral care needs, please contact Dani Gabriel or The Rev. Will Scott. Either of them can be contacted through the church office. 

My sermon from Sunday is below. If you just want Mary Oliver's poem "When I am among trees," you can find it here
In love and gratitude,
Rev. Julie

P.S. My sermon from Sunday is here

Starting This Week:
"Not Your Parents'
Episcopal Church 101"

A few things have changed in the Church some of us called our childhood home. And, many deep things remain. 

Join this four-week journey with Dani Gabriel that follows the arc of our own lifespans and development.

Class meets in the library at 11:45 am

October 20: In the Beginning
                (Birth, baptism, and other beginnings)

October 27: Wisdom
               (Scripture, Reason, Tradition, and the Sacraments) 

November 3: Awe and Authority
               (Worship, The Book of Common Prayer, and Authority)

November 10: In the End
                  (Death, Resurrection and the great mystery!)

This course is intended for everyone: new to the Episcopal Church; new to Christianity; born in the church and never left; coming home after a long time away – it's all for you!

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Holy Eucharist, 10 am
Acolytes: Chanthip Phongkhamsavath, Dani Gabriel
Altar Guild: Deborah Tabor, Sondra Lavrov
Coffee Hour:  Setup: Fred Treadwell, Cleanup: All
Counters: Mary Doleman, Susan Matteson
rs: Don Goerlitz, Peter Doleman

Lectors: Margie Carr, Christine Staples
Ushers: Mary Lee Cole, Beth Beller
Visitor greeter: Becky Osborn-Coolidge

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:

Deborah Tabor, Helen and Meso Tadeo and Asha, Fred Treadwell, Mike & Lori Trevino, Liliana and Carina

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Please pray for St. Luke's, San Francisco and St. Luke's, Walnut Creek

Birthdays this Week: Meighan Moore Turner, Duane Sisson (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, October 14
               Columbus Day   - Office is open
            Tai Chi Drop-In for Experienced Students
             6:15-8:15 p.m. in the Parish Hall
  Tuesday, October 15
       Centering Prayer 6:15-7:15 pm in the Nursery
          Friends of Five Creeks - 7 - 9 pm in the Parish Hall

  Wednesday, October 16
       Holy Eucharist with healing prayers, 12 noon in the library 
    Thursday, October 17
            Morning Prayer  8 am in the Library  
         Benedictine Spirituality Group
             (with Compline – evening prayers)
                      6 pm in the library

    Friday, October 18
            Sandwich-making for the Albany Shower Program,
          8 am in the Kitchen 

      Sunday, October 20
Worship 10 am in the Sanctuary
Coffee Hour in the Parish Hall following Worship
             "Not Your Parents' Episcopal 101: Creation"
               First installment of a 4-part class with Dani Gabriel
                   In the library at 11:45 am
                  Third Sunday Concert Series 4 pm in the Parish Hall
                         Shtrykov-Tanaka Duo  Tickets here.
                                  Next Week:      
     Monday, October 21
            Tai Chi Drop-In for Experienced Students
             6:15-8:15 p.m. in the Parish Hall

         Tuesday, October 22
            Centering Prayer      6:15-7:15 pm in the Nursery
         Wednesday, October 23
           Holy Eucharist with healing prayers 12 noon, Library   
        Thursday, October 24
             Morning Prayer  8 am in the Library
          Benedictine Spirituality Group
              (with Compline - evening prayers)
                      6 pm in the library

           Friday, September October 25
            Sandwich-making for the Albany Shower Program,
              8 am in the Kitchen  

             Fourth Friday Formal Poetry Series 7-9 pm
                 in the Parish Hall (free)

                    Last in the series. Program information here.

         Sunday, October 27   
           Worship 10 am in the Sanctuary
           Coffee hour follows worship
           "Not Your Parents' Episcopal 101: Wisdom"
               Second installment of a 4-part class with Dani Gabriel
                   In the library at 11:45 am

Third Sunday Concert Tickets 
on sale now!

All shows begin at 4 pm in the Parish Hall.
Please click below for ticket links.

October 20: Shtrykov-Tanaka Duo (clarinet/piano)

November 17: Flauti Diversi
        (medieval, renaissance, baroque and more!)

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 are actively seeking other grants and advertising to support this amazing show.
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