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This Week at St. Alban's

Monday, October 22, 2018

Dear all,

What an incredible weekend! Following on a remarkable DioCal annual convention, we gathered for worship and Bread for the World Sunday, and, Sunday afternoon, a number of us had great fun at the Third Sunday concert with Nomad Session, after the concert we got to try out any instrument we wanted!

Here is Barbara Metcalf's granddaughter, Leilia, trying out the clarinet. (It sounded great!) Music is so important – it relaxes, brings joy, and even helps organize our brain! I'm so grateful to be in a place that celebrates this gift that engages our whole bodies (I tried out the brass instruments and can testify that it takes a lot more than just wind!)
In the vestry meeting which preceded the concert, we began with a reflection that continued the theme of Bread for the World Sunday, sharing stories of hunger and abundance. (Report from the vestry meeting business will be in next week's email.) Many thanks to all who wrote letters supporting strong food policies relating to the most vulnerable. I encourage you to take time this week to reflect on your own experience of plenty and scarcity, and how that shapes your faith, your word-view, and how you live your life.

Many thanks to Chanthip and Sandy who wrote up the summary of Diocesan Convention found here. It includes a link to the incredible panel conversation on Saturday morning, in which our own Rev. Sara was a featured speaker. 

May your week be blessed with gratitude.

In love and gratitude,
Rev. Julie

P.S. Click here for Steve Hitchcock's sermon from Sunday.
Making organic food accessible
to low-income members of the church and neighborhood

On Sunday, the vestry heard a proposal from intern Dani Gabriel about a program to combine grants funds with  SNAP (food stamps) to make purchasing the Full Belly organic farm boxes delivered here each week very affordable. 

We'll be working out the details and hoping to start the program in December. We're  are looking for one (or two) more adults who would like to work with her to set this up. 
If you are interested, please contact Rev. Julie (
or Dani Gabriel ( for more information!

Construction clean-up this week:

For any folks who were sad to miss cleanup last week, 
this Tuesday (perhaps even TODAY) as you are reading this:
     to get ready for sheet-rock (new walls) on Wednesday! 
When: 3 pm Tuesday, Oct. 23
      ('til it's done – the more helpers, the sooner it's dinnertime!)
Where: St. Alban's Sanctuary
Who: You! Your friends, neighbors, and distant relations!

And, mark your calendar, because the party returns NEXT Tuesday, Oct. 30, cleaning up after the sheetrock, and getting ready for (YES!) PAINTING!


Worship rota for Sunday, October 28, 2018
(Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost)

Holy Eucharist, 10 am in the Parish Hall
Acolytes:          Chanthip Phongkhamsavath, Katherine Kasameyer
Altar Guild:     Peter Doleman, Carole Richardson
Coffee hour:     No Host Coffee Hour
Counters:         Susan Matteson, Sandy Burnett
Cupbearers:     Beth Beller, Don Goerlitz
Katherine Kasameyer, Don Goerlitz
Ushers:              Howard Hickman, Ade Akanni
Visitor greeter: Beth Beller

Parish Cycle of Prayer
If you were there,  pray for those seated near you at church on Sunday.  

Barbara Counsell is home and on hospice care. Please contact Stuart Counsell if you'd like to visit: 510-604-8060.

Barbara Lindgren is home and would benefit from brief visits. (She lives with Eric at 801 Carmel Ave, Albany.) Check with Eric for best times to stop by.

Talbot Richardson is in room 111A at the Elmwood Care Center: 2829 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705 (across the street from the Berkeley Bowl). He'd love to get a note or have a visit!

Please also pray for those who are home-bound and/or healing at this time: Burt Kessler, William Langston, Tim Sisson, 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, please remember:
Lenore Ralston; Patricia Reilly, Caden and Zachary; Talbot and Carole Richardson; Myra and Chuck Rose.

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Please pray for the following newly elected leaders in the Diocese of California
The Rev. Dr. Deb White and Ms. Norene Huey , Standing Committee
The Rev. Merry Chan Ong and Mr. Don Miller, Executive Council
Mr. Brad Barber, Treasurer of the Diocese
The Revs. Beth Phillips, Elizabeth Munoz, Jay Watan, and Beth Foote, Commission on Ministry

Birthdays: Bill Langston, Tuesday, October 23 and Deb Jesch, Thursday, October 25

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

(Or was that the Turduckin?)

Thanksgiving Day is Thursday, November 22. 

Our usual Potluck hosts will be out of town.
Are there a few folks who will definitely be in town who would like to coordinate?
(The church provides the turkey/s.)

This is meal, often accompanied by games and
other frivolity and also provides a celebratory
space for folks who do not have other
family in the area on this holiday.

Last Sunday was Bread for the World Sunday – we sent an offering of letters to our elected representatives in support of food justice. Now  mark your calendar for a day of respite and renewal with others who care about justice. RSVP now for this free event.


This Week 
Tuesday, October 23

Clean-up party  3pm
           At least 3 people needed to help clean up and prepare
           the Sanctuary for sheetrock!

        Centering Prayer 6:15 - 7:15 pm in the Nursery

        St. Alban's Eats meets at 6pm at
        White Lotus Thai, 843 San Pablo Ave.

        Transgender Day of Remembrance Service
         7:00 pm, Good Shepherd Episcopal Church
         1823 9th Street (at Hearst Ave), Berkeley

 Wednesday, October 24
          Tai Chi 10-12 Parish Hall

Healing Prayer Service  12pm in the Library

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

         Beginning Irish Dance for Kids 6:30-7:30 pm

 Thursday, October 25
         Morning Prayer  8:00 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, October 26
          Sandwich-making for the Albany Shower Program
8 am in the Kitchen

   Sunday, October 28
           Worship at 10:00 am in the Parish Hall
Coffee Hour  following Worship in the Parish Hall

Next Week

Monday, October  29

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

Tuesday, October 30
          Clean-up party, 3:00 pm
           3+ people needed to help clean up and prepare the
           Sanctuary for painting!!

          Centering Prayer 6:15 - 7:15 pm in the  Nursery
           St. Alban's Eats will not meet this week
  Wednesday, October 31
        Fall Tai Chi 10-12 Parish Hall

      Healing Prayer Service  12pm in the Library

          Beginning Irish Dance for Kids 6:30-7:30 pm

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

 Thursday, November 1 (All Saints Day)
        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, November 2( All Souls Day)

            Sandwich-making for the Albany Shower Program
8 am in the Kitchen

   Sunday, November 3 (Celebrating All Saints & All Souls)

           Worship at 10:00 am in the Parish Hall 
            Coffee Hour follows worship.  

            Sunday Forum...stay tuned for details!

Further Ahead

Sunday, November 18
Third Sunday Concert Series features Musa Baroque – Derek Tam and friends play Baroque & Classical music. 
4 pm in the Parish Hall
on sale now!

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