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This Week at St. Alban's

Tuesday,  January 21, 2020

From the Senior Warden
Dear Friends,
Those of you who missed that Annual Meeting Sunday missed a really good time. We were happy that the Rev. Peggy Patterson, who presided at our service (Deacon Dani preached), stuck around to see our craziness. She’ll be presiding and preaching next Sunday.
Highlights at the meeting included:
•          An excellent buffet brunch.
            •          A super hymn-sing at the end with Mary Stocker at the piano. Lots of enthusiasm starting with “This Little Light of Mine.”
            •          An exercise about priorities for our priest-in-charge (see results below)
            •          Budget report from Eric Lindgren. We have what we believe to be a realistic balanced budget for 2020, but we also still have a major deficit from last year including a debt to our contractor for work already completed. There's a link to the budget below.
            •          Recognition of the hard work and devotion of outgoing Vestry members Barbara Metcalf and Mary Doleman.
            •          Election of Rick Kern and Kathryne Ann Kinsey to the two three-year Vestry vacancies and Susan Matteson to fill out the remaining year in John Nemeth’s term. Remaining on the Vestry are Mary Lee Cole, Mike Trevino and me. During the short Vestry meeting afterwards, I was elected Senior Warden and Susan was elected Junior Warden.
            •         Re-election of the current roster of Deanery representatives: Chanthip Phongkhamsavath, Laurie Schumacher, Louise Ericksen and me.
The annual meeting exercise asked people to place dots indicating how importantly they rated the following three issues.
How important is it to have Communion every Sunday? 30 dots
How important is it for the priest to be involved in the broader community? 34 dotes
How important is it for our priest to be at the church a lot? 22 dots
A list was also created by participants in response to the following question:
What are your priorities given that our new priest will by 3/4 time, at least for now?
            •          Pastoral care, meeting and getting to know parishioners in their daily lives
•          Experience in administrative matters. That the priest has some experience/ability to manage staff and supervise expenses, adhere to a budget
            •          That the priest be able to afford working as our priest
            •          That the priest be someone who can inspire our faith
            •          We need more parishioners
            •          Why do we  need a priest at all? Why can’t we get supply clergy for Sacraments? Why can’t we hire a part-time manager for administrative/financial matters?
•          We need more financial openness (i.e. details of loans, outstanding bills, etc.)
            •          Priest stays informed/supportive of Calliope
            •          Priest needs to be welcoming and inclusive of all — including at Communion. “All are welcome at God’s Table” is central to our identity.
Another parishioner who couldn’t attend suggested high motivation to attract younger members and children, fund-raising prowess, skill in serving the surrounding community and outreach to different communities.
The written reports for various ministries are available here
The financials report is available here.
— Sandy Burnett

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.

Deacon Dani's Sermon can be found here.

People who would like to participate in The Agile Church book discussion group can pick up the book in the office this week and read the first chapter. The first meeting takes place this Sunday after church in the Library. Cost of the book is $17.00 and can be paid to Mary Doleman.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Festive Holy Eucharist, 10 am
Acolytes:  Lawrence DiCostanzo, Robin D'Oyen
Altar Guild: Peter Doleman, Becky Osborn-Coolidge
Cupbearers:  Sandy Burnett, Beth Beller
Coffee Hour:  Setup: Fred Treadwell and all,   Cleanup: All
Counters: Susan Matteson, Patricia Elmore

Lectors: Margie Carr and 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 hold in your prayers:

Hillel Kim, Kathryne Ann Kinsey, Bill Langston, Sondra & Nicholas Lavrov

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Please pray for St. Paul's, Oakland; St. Paul's, Burlingame; St. Paul's, San Rafael; St. Paul's, Walnut Creek; St. Timothy's, Danville

Birthdays this Week: Julie Wakelee-Lynch (Tuesday), Helena McDaniel (Wednesday), Charlotte Moody (Thursday)

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, January 20
               Office Closed for Martin Luther KIng Jr.Holiday
               Tai Chi Drop-In for Experienced Students
             6:15-8:15 pm in the Parish Hall
  Tuesday, January 21
          Centering Prayer 6:15-7:15 pm in the Nursery
           St. Alban's Eats meets at Duo Grill House, 1491 Solano,  6 pm

  Wednesday, January 22
Holy Eucharist with Healing Prayers, 12 noon in the library 
             Wednesday Night Yoga  - Third of a  ten week session 7 - 8:30 pm in the Parish  Hall (see below for details)

    Thursday, January 23
           Morning Prayer 8 am in the Library
           Benedictine Spirituality Group
          (with Compline - Evening Prayers)
            6  pm in the Library

Friday, January 24
           Sandwich-making for the Albany Shower Program,
          8 am in the Kitchen 

            Messy Vespers 6 pm -Every Fourth Friday, see flyer below

     Sunday, January 26
              Worship 10 am in the Sanctuary
  Coffee Hour follows Worship

             Readings appointed for this Sunday are: Isaiah 9:1-4 and 1 Corinthians 1:10-18

      Monday, January 27
              Tai Chi Drop-In for Experienced Students
             6:15-8:15 pm in the Parish Hall

        Tuesday, January 28
            Centering Prayer 6:15-7:15 pm in the Nursery

       Wednesday, January 29   
               Holy Eucharist with Healing Prayers, 12 noon in the library 
                   Wednesday Night Yoga  (4th session of 10 ) 7 - 8:30 pm in the Parish Hall

       Thursday, January 30
                Morning Prayer 8 am in the Library
              Benedictine Spirituality Group
              (with Compline - Evening Prayers) 6  pm in the Library

        Friday, January 31
            Sandwich-making for the Albany Shower Program,
              8 am in the Kitchen  

         Sunday, February 2
Worship 10 am in the Sanctuary            
                    First Sunday Potluck following Worship


**Special Note: Barbara Hill's beautiful photographs which she fashioned into Greeting Cards are available in the office for a donation.


on sale now!

Please click below for ticket links.

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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