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This Week at St. Alban's

Monday, April 29, 2019

Dear all,

Senior Warden Sandy Burnett and I both thank you for your kind and generous Easter special gifts. We are moved by and grateful for your response. Holy Week services, from Maundy Thursday right up through our joyous Easter morning were a blessing to us all.

The vestry had a fruitful meeting yesterday, discussing matters of import for the whole parish. Please see below for a note from Sandy, and mark your calendars for a Parish Meeting after church on Sunday, May 19. 

I wanted to tell you, too, about a book we are reading as a vestry. (Forgive me if I've posted this before – I'm really liking the book.) The Agile Church, by Dwight J. Zscheile, is helping us look at what it means to take faithful risks as we consider how to adapt and be open to new ways of being church in a time of so much change. Highly recommended.

Blessings to you and yours this Eastertide.

In love and gratitude,
Rev. Julie

 P.S. My sermon from yesterday is here
From the Senior Warden

Dear St. Alban's,

The vestry met yesterday (April 28) and discussed two major items: 
     We had an extended conversation about the projected deficit of over $40,000 for 2019. You may recall that at the Annual Meeting in January, this was the budget proposed, with the caveat that the vestry would make adjustments and seek a balance as the year unfolded.  As of the end of March, the budget was about $11,000 in the red, as expected. The church no longer has savings to cover such shortfalls.
     Of the $199,890 in projected income in this deficit budget, $105,440 will come from pledges. Other church giving adds another $17,000. In other words, 60% of our income comes from within the parish. Use of the building is projected to bring in about another 32%, with remainder coming from concerts, Tai Chi classes and other fundraising events. While use of the building has expanded, the congregation has grown smaller. 
     Your vestry is considering many options to address the shortfall, and our long term viability as a parish, including (but not limited to) cuts to staffing; finding another congregation to share our sanctuary; and promoting the church as a wedding venue.

     One obvious solution is to invite more people to join our parish – 20 new pledging households would put us on an even keel. Meanwhile, as a start, the vestry is looking at how we, as a group, will contribute toward the immediate need. 

     We also had a fruitful discussion with Christine Staples, volunteer director of Calliope: East Bay Music & Arts, about the foundational documents for the organization. These will be presented to the Standing Committee of the Diocese (roughly equivalent to our vestry, but for the whole diocese) on May 7. The vestry approved the documents (by-laws, business plan, and memorandum of understanding between the church and Calliope) to be presented as working documents at the May 7 meeting.  They will be available in the office for any parishioners who would like to see them. 
     As Rev. Julie mentioned above, please mark your calendars for Sunday, May 19 when we'll have an all-parish meeting.  Do contact me, junior warden Mary Doleman, Rev. Julie, or any member of the vestry to share your thoughts. The financial reports for March, which the vestry approved yesterday, are attached below.

Sandy B
Senior Warden


Coming Soon: St. Alban's "Garage" Sale

It's time for spring cleaning
– a chance to clear out your closets/garage
and benefit St. Alban's at the same time!

Saturday, May 11
9 am - 3 pm

Please let us know what you plan to contribute (a guess is fine), and if you can help with the event. 
We've created a handy-dandy form
(click here)
to make it easy for all of us.


All items must be PRICED TO SELL
with your initials on the tag.

Unsold items will be returned to the donor.

Questions? Please contact
Sandy Burnett, or call the church office. 

Worship Rota for
Sunday, May 5, 2019

Holy Eucharist, 10 am in the Sanctuary
Acolytes: Katherine Kasameyer, Chanthip Phongkhamsavath       
Altar Guild: Mary Doleman, Margaret Doleman
Coffee Hour: no host
Counters: Sondra Lavrov, Barbara Metcalf
Cupbearers: Beth Beller, Peter Doleman

Lectors: Mary Doleman, Don Goerlitz 
Usher: Chuck Rose
Visitor greeter: Don Goerlitz

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 new address is 468 Perkins Street, Oakland, CA 94610. New direct phone #: (510) 735-9503. Visitors are welcome!

Bill Langston is now living in Richmond with his brother and sister-in-law, Hoover and Terry Langston. Phone calls are welcomed (510-222-5169) and visits by arrangement.

Please also 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:
Lenore Ralston; Patricia Reilly & Alexander Winslow, Caden and Zachary; Talbot & Carole Richardson; Myra & Chuck Rose, and Alana.

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Please pray for (all on May 5) St. James, Fremont; St. James, San Francisco; and Santiago/St. James, Oakland.

Birthdays this week:  Ade Akanni (Wednesday), Tessa Childers-Day (Saturday)

If your birthday is missing in the weekly email, please let the church know so that it can be added to our birthday rota!
Summer is coming...
 and so are camps at St. Alban's!

SF Shakespeare Festival Camps 
Camp hours: 2 week sessions, 9 am - 3 pm
Ages served: 7 - 18
(depends on the camp - see below)
Scholarships available for St. Alban's members who might not otherwise be able to attend.
Session 1   June 17 - 28 (
Shakespeare Players: 7-13 yr olds)
Session 2   Aug. 5 - 17  (
Upstart Crows: 12 - 18 yr olds)

Narrative Art Center Camps
Camp Hours: 9 am - 2:30 pm
Ages served: 10 - 16   One week: 
June 24 - 28
Discounts available for St. Alban's members.

Cooking ‘Round the World Camps
Camp hours: full day 9 am - 4 pm; half day 9 am - 1 pm
Age range served: 6 - 13

Camperships (scholarships) available; 5 different weeks of camp.  See more here:

This Week:
Monday, April 29 
       Tai Chi Drop-In for Experienced Students
             6:15-8:15 p.m. in the Parish Hall

  Tuesday, April 30   
       Centering Prayer 6:15-7:15 pm in the Nursery
  Wednesday, May 1
        Tai Chi 10-12 Parish Hall 
        Healing Service  
12 noon Library

         Beginning Irish Dance for Adults 6:30-7:30 pm
           Albany Irish Dance for Adults 7:30-8:30 pm
   Thursday, May 2
            Morning Prayer  8 am in the Library
          Benedictine Spirituality Group,
           6-8 pm in the Library    

           Tai Chi   6:15-8:15 pm in the Parish Hall       

   Friday, May 3
            Sandwich-making for the Albany Shower Program,
          8 am in the Kitchen  
          First Friday Writing Group
              6:30-8:00 pm in the Parish Hall


    Sunday, May 5
          Worship 10 am in the Sanctuary   
           First Sunday Potluck Brunch following Worship


Next Week:      
Monday, May 6 
       Tai Chi Drop-In for Experienced Students
             6:15-8:15 p.m. in the Parish Hall

  Tuesday, May 7
       Centering Prayer 6:15-7:15 pm in the Nursery
  Wednesday, May 8
        Tai Chi 10-12 Parish Hall 
        Healing Service
12noon Library   

      Beginning Irish Dance for Adults 6:30-7:30 pm
        Albany Irish Dance for Adults 7:30-8:30 pm

   Thursday, May 9
            Morning Prayer  8 am in the Library
          Benedictine Spirituality Group,
           6-8 pm in the Library    
         Tai Chi
  6:15-8:15 pm in the Parish Hall           

   Friday, May 10
            Sandwich-making for the Albany Shower Program,
          8 am in the Kitchen  

    Sunday, May 12
          Worship 10 am in the Sanctuary   
          Coffee Hour in the Parish Hall


Tickets now on sale

for Third Sunday shows:

Jeffrey LaDeur (solo piano)

MUSA Baroque (Baroque & classical)
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