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This Week at St. Alban's
September 28, 2020

Dear Friends,
Woke up today to the smell of smoke — smoke that’s not from Saturday night’s unfortunate incident in my microwave. The now familiar odor reminded me once again of how fortunate we are not to be waking to evacuation orders here in the immediate area, and how much need there is in California for all kinds of help.
On Sunday, Barbara Metcalf made her debut reflection during the service as she took on the theme of who has the authority — who is worthy — to tell us what to do, especially when doing what is right can be so very difficult. She wondered what expression Jesus wore as he told the Pharisees that tax collectors and prostitutes would make it to heaven because of their faith and recognition of Jesus’ authority. 
I also wondered what expression his listeners wore. To read Barbara’s reflection, click here. To view the service, click here (Passcode: +$KB&=6H). To listen to Richard Cushman on the organ playing the prelude, click here. To listen to the postlude, click here.

Thanks to all of the people who helped put on the service. It sounds like upgrades to Zoom service will create a better experience for all of us with the music and hymns. And Barbara, I think we all look forward to hearing more from you.
Also on Sunday, at Grace Cathedral, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, preaching from his home in Raleigh, NC, observed the feast of St. Michael and All Angels (Sept. 29). St.Michael and his angels defeated the Devil and his angels during the war in Heaven, and cast the devil to Earth.

The Presiding Bishop, who preached at Prince Harry and Megan’s wedding, is a truly compelling pastor. To see the service, or to listen to his sermon, visit
I didn’t have time to attend the forum held after the Grace service. If any of you did, I’d love to know how it went.
At St. Alban’s, the foundation for the side pieces of the new courtyard fence have been poured. I expect the rest of it will go up shortly.

I can’t believe it’s almost October. Have a safe and healthy week everyone. — Sandy


Andrew Quint makes sandwiches for distribution to the homeless.
St. Alban's members participated in "Project Sandwich," which has now ended but information about further volunteer opportunities will be upcoming.



Becky Osborn Coolidge is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
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Psalm: 135: 3-21
            Jeremiah 10:1-11
            John 14:3-7
            Remigius Bishop of Rheims  c. 530

Please let Becky ( know if you will read one of the lessons on Thursday.


OCTOBER 4, 10:00 AM
The Sunday service will be through Zoom. Please join at 9:45 am to be sure to work out technical issues.

Information, including the “pew bulletin (program)” for Sunday’s services, are sent out via email on Fridays. If you don't receive the Friday e-mail with information for the Sunday service, contact Becky at bozcool2269@gmail so she can forward it to you.

For Sunday readings, see the 2020 lectionary:

Marivel Calambro is the phone contact for Barbara Lindgren (510) 910-0369.
Please pray for those who are home-bound and/or healing at this time: Burt Kessler, William (Bill) Langston, Charlotte Wilson, Margie Carr, and Talbot and Carole Richardson. Talbot and Carole have both returned from the hospital, are back at home, and would welcome cards. Cards can be sent to: Lakeside Park Memory Care, 468 Perkins Street, Oakland, CA 94610.

(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:
 Deborah & Ric Jesch and Emily; Katherine Kasameyer and Andrew; Burt Kessler and the Rev. Duane Sisson; Hillel Kim, all persons impacted by COVID-19, and all those impacted by racial injustice.

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Please pray for St. Michael and All Angels, Concord; Grace Cathedral, San Francisco; Christ Church, Alameda.

Birthdays this Week: Sunday, October 4, Arthur Omura.

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

St. Alban's facebook page is updated weekly with information on the church and services, and also with contemplative poetry and images. Please check it out at:

We have an updated directory:
It will be provided to parish members though email if you request it from the office at or in printed form when normal office/worship services resume. 

**Special Note: If you would like any of Barbara Hill's beautiful greeting cards, please let us know how many and whether you prefer animals, flowers, or a combination of both and we will prepare a packet for you. We would welcome donations of any amount.

Coming Up Next at Calliope @ St. Alban's
Bob Kenmotsu Jazz Quartet
SUNDAY OCT. 18, 4-5:30 PM

Legendary East Bay Jazz Saxophonist with a stellar ensemble - LIVE STREAMED from the St. Alban's Courtyard!


Bob Kenmotsu, sax; Robb Fisher, bass; Ron Marabuto, drums; Jeffrey Burr, guitar
A Calliope/St. Alban's Co-Production, with generous support from Jazz in the Neighborhood's Guaranteed Fair Wage Fund, which ensures our ability to pay these artists a fair wage!
This event is part of our Third Sunday Concert Series: Third Sunday is a curated monthly concert series, led by Artistic Director and noted flautist Jane Lenoir. The series offers a diverse selection of genres and styles, as well as a balance between new and established artists, all with one thing in common: wonderful music!

Marsha Kirschbaum's amazing imagery is exhibited in the Parish Hall, which, right now, is not accessible but you can see her magnificent landscape photography by here. She has recently been on a three week Comet Neowise chase, starting in San Leandro and working her way to the Alabama Hills in the Eastern Sierra. You can see those photographs here.


The Alzheimer's Association Support Group that meets at St. Alban's now has online education programs. Information can be downloaded here.
Contact: 925.284.7942 x1293 | | | 24/7 Helpline: 800.272.3900


In light of public health recommendations to increase social distancing and reduce the incidence and spread of COVID-19, St. Alban’s is suspending rental use of the building until further notice. St. Alban's will follow the diocese, state, and county mandates as to re-opening phases. As a community gathering place for people of all ages, we have determined that these measures are required to ensure the safety of the St. Alban’s community and the public at large. 

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