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This Week at St. Alban's

Monday, November 25, 2019

Dear friends, 

Well, it's that time of year when we are invited to especially turn our hearts to gratitude. One of the things for which I'm very grateful is this coming Saturday's ordination to the diaconate of our beloved Dani Gabriel. 

The service is at 3 pm at Grace Cathedral. A number of folks have signed up requesting rides. It would be really great to have one more driver. It is also really easy to get there on BART: exit Embarcadero station, and either take the Cable Car up California Street, or, walk over to Sacramento Street (one short block) and take the California 1 bus.

My car will leave St. Alban's at 1:15 pm. I highly recommend that others who are driving plan to leave no later than between 1:30-1:45. Riders, please plan to pitch in for parking, which is likely to be close to $40.

Dani's first Sunday as deacon with us will be December 8 (Advent 2)
contact Rev. Julie if you'd like to be part of an ordination gift and/or arranging a special coffee hour on Dec. 8

Finally, I am thankful, more deeply than I can ever say, for you!
For calling me to be your priest (and keeping me on these many years!), for showing me what a congregation that really loves one another looks like, for being open to new things while treasuring tradition, for loving the people outside our doors as much as those at coffee hour, for having a sense of humor, for loving beautiful music, for generous, joyful hearts, and for so much more. 

May you find yourselves awash with gratitude this week: open to the gift of seeing the bounty of this amazing life.

In love and gratitude,
Rev. Julie

P.S. My sermon from Sunday is here.

Vestry charts transition

In yesterday's meeting, the vestry charted a preliminary schedule to cover congregational needs and to begin informing, listening and self-study for the transition process after Julie’s departure in early January. The vestry is committed to being as open, transparent and receptive to thoughts, fears, hopes, etc. as possible.

While meeting with Denise Obando, the transition officer for the Diocese of California, yesterday afternoon, the vestry:
  • Designated coffee hour on Sunday, Dec. 8, for an informational session about the process that will be used to select a new priest. This will be quite different from previous transitions at St. Alban’s. The new priest is expected to serve on a three-quarter time basis, which opens St. Alban’s to a variety of configurations for telling the good news of Christ.
  • Confirmed plans to celebrate Julie’s ministry at St. Alban’s with a gala event Saturday afternoon/evening, January 4, and a festive coffee hour on Sunday, January 5.
  • Committed to scheduling substitute priests for Sundays, January through March. Ms.Obando will help with arranging substitutes. Deacon Dani Gabriel and congregation member Steve Hitchcock have volunteered to preach once a month each during this time. Deacon Dani will provide pastoral care during the transition.
  • Encourages all to attend our annual meeting, to be held on Sunday, Jan. 19, after church. We will focus together on describing who we are as a congregation, and defining our values and our priorities for our priest, as part of the process of developing a job description for our clergy search.
  • Committed themselves to communicating as much as possible with the congregation as more information becomes available.
Documents from the meeting are here: October Minutes, Profit/Loss report, Balance Sheet
As you can see below,
St. Nick is coming to St. Alban's! 

He needs some helpful elves (serving refreshments and being kindly directors of the children waiting to talk with him).
All the details for this free event are noted in the flyer below.

Two ways YOU can help:
1. Contact Sandy Burnett at or 650-678-0149
      to volunteer as an "elf" (costume not necessarily required),


2. Get out the word to family friends, neighbors, etc. 
     We have fliers at the church: would you post a few for us?
Deanery news
A plea for volunteers to help out on Sunday afternoons at the Sacred Spaces open-air congregation in downtown Oakland was one of the main topics at the Alameda Deanery meeting held Nov. 14 at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Berkeley. 

Anne Meyer said her team from St. John’s handles one Sunday a month but more is needed. Other churches have been involved from time to time. This ministry involves holding either a prayer service or Eucharist (if clergy is present), distributing sandwiches and providing fellowship. If you’re interested in learning more about Sacred Spaces or volunteering, please contact Anne at

In other business, the deanery heard about another option for church insurance. St. Alban’s already has switched its insurance to the new company, which provides more coverage at a lower cost.

The deanery also approved grants to 10 recipients. St. Alban’s will receive a grant for Messy Vespers, and sponsored a grant to Youth Spirit Artworks for its Tiny House Village.

St. Alban’s deanery delegates are Sandy Burnett, Louise Erickson, Chanthip Phonkhamsavath, and Laurie Schumacher, as well as our clergy.

Alternative Christmas Gifts

Family Harvest Farm: Mary Cherry was with us on November 17, presenting about this project of the John Muir Land Trust, which will provide training, employment, community, and life skills to traumatized transition-aged (18-12) foster youth. While they are getting the farm up and running, Mary is running a culinary training program for the youth. Deacon Dani is collecting funds to donate Full Belly Farm boxes to Mary's cooking project. Boxes are $19. To donate, email Dani here, or call her at 510-332-963. For a more detailed description of the project, click here.

First Place for Youth is an organization we have supported in the past, and which also works with foster youth. Their mission is "to help foster youth build the skills they need to make a successful transition to self-sufficiency and responsible adulthood."  We have promised to "help make some holiday magic" by putting out the word for volunteers at their holiday party, and for donations for gifts. Here is a flyer with all the details. You can also contact Barbara Metcalf, who can help you get signed up, deliver your gift, and sing the praises of this excellent organization.
Barbara's email is
here, and her phone is 510-526-3683.

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Holy Eucharist, 10 am
Acolytes: Katherine Kasameyer, Lawrence DiCostanzo
Altar Guild: Mary Doleman, Margaret Doleman
Potluck Brunch:  Setup: Fred Treadwell and all, Cleanup: All
Counters: Sondra Lavrov, Barbara Metcalf
rs: Ade Akanni, Don Goerlitz

Lectors: Sondra Lavrov, Margie Carr
Ushers:  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 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:
Judith Carrillo, Mary Lee Cole, D Cuny, Richard Cushman

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Please pray for Christ Church, Alameda; Christ Church, Los Altos; Christ Church, Portola Valley; Christ Church Sei Ko Kai, San Francisco; Christ the Lord, Pinole; Church of the Advent of Christ the King, San Francisco 

Birthdays this Week: Adaline Rogers (Tuesday); Samuel Day (2014), Ric Jesch (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!

This Week:
     Monday, November 25
               Tai Chi Drop-In for Experienced Students
             6:15-8:15 pm in the Parish Hall
             Cooking Round the World Camp
  Tuesday, November 26
       Centering Prayer 6:15-7:15 pm in the Nursery
       Cooking Round the World Camp  9am-1pm
  Wednesday, November 27
       Holy Eucharist with healing prayers, 12 noon in the library
       Cooking Round the World Camp
    Thursday, November 28
            Office will be closed
         Thanksgiving Worship 10:00 - in the Sanctuary
         Thanksgiving Potluck 2:00 - 4:00 pm in the Parish Hall
                Please sign up to help/contribute if you will attend.
               (Call the church office).

Friday, November 29
          Office will be closed
            Sandwich-making for the Albany Shower Program,
          8 am in the Kitchen 

     Saturday, November 30
            Dani Gabriel's Ordination to the Diaconate!
               Grace Cathedral, 3 pm             

      Sunday, December 1 - First Sunday in Advent
        Worship 10 am in the Sanctuary
           First  Sunday Potluck follows worship

          A visit with St. Nicholas!
               Sunday, December 1, 2 - 4 pm in the Parish Hall
                All children welcome (accompanied by adult). 
                Free. Please bring an unwrapped gift for a child who
                 might not otherwise get one, or canned food for the
                 Alameda County Food Bank.
                 Sweet treats and a kindly St. Nick will be present!
            Kyle Athayde Dance Party returns!
                 20-piece jazz big band, 4 pm in the Sanctuary
                 If you like the big band music of Duke Ellington,
                 Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, or Don Ellis,
                  not to mention music to get you in the Holiday spirit,
                  then you'll love the Dance Party!

                 Tickets on sale here.

      Monday, December 2
              Tai Chi Drop-In for Experienced Students
             6:15-8:15 pm in the Parish Hall

        Tuesday, December 3
            Centering Prayer      6:15-7:15 pm in the Nursery
         Wednesday, December 4
           Holy Eucharist with healing prayers 12 noon, Library   
       Thursday, December 5
                Morning Prayer 8 am in the Library
              Benedictine Spirituality Group (with Compline - Evening Prayers) 6  pm in the Library

           Friday, November December 6
            Sandwich-making for the Albany Shower Program,
              8 am in the Kitchen  

                  Messy Vespers 6 -8 pm in the Sanctuary

              Sunday, December 8 
Worship 10 am in the Sanctuary            
                       Coffee Hour following Worship
                HOOT! 7-9 pm in the Parish Hall

**Special Note: Barbara Hill's beautiful photographs which she fashioned into Greeting Cards will be on display and available to purchase throughout the Holiday Season.**

So Many Tickets 
on sale now!

Please click below for ticket links.

Kyle Athayde Dance Party Returns!
Sunday, December 1 at 4 pm in the Sanctuary

Back by popular demand! The Kyle Athayde Dance Party returns to St. Alban's on Sunday, December 1st for a two set performance. The 20-piece big band features world class musicians from New York City, Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Kyle's music draws inspiration from a wide variety of sources, from video games and internet memes to jazz and classical masterworks. If you like the big band music of Duke Ellington, Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, or Don Ellis, not to mention music to get you in the Holiday spirit, then you'll love the Dance Party!


Jon Hatamiya trio with Emma Dayhuff and Arlyn Anderson
Saturday, December 14 at 7 pm in the Sanctuary

Perhaps best known for his own hard hitting and high energy brand of contemporary jazz, trombonist/composer Jon Hatamiya offers a new perspective in the form of his trio project with guitarist Arlyn Anderson (Sacramento) and bassist Emma Dayhuff (Los Angeles).

With a focus on melody and musical conversation, the trio presents their interpretations of jazz standards, ballads, and other popular tunes (with a few originals thrown in) in a format that will most certainly highlight the wonderful acoustics at St. Alban's.

Holiday Events

Yuletide Tea!
Sunday, December 15, 2-4 pm in the Parish Hall
Tickets: $15/person; $30/family (= 1 or 2 adults + 1-3 children)
It's back, and it's going to be one not to miss this year!
Traditional tea treats, not one but two live music groups, and holiday gifts from local artisans. Bring your friends, your family (your sweet tooth, and the savory one, too!)


"Home for the Holidays: a Caroling Concert & Benefit"
Sunday, December 22 at 5 pm in the Sanctuary
A benefit for Calliope and the SF Girls Choir

Savor the warmth, wonder, and joy of the season w/your favorite holiday "pop-up"choir. Sing along with your favorite carols. Reconnect with friends old and new. Join us after the concert for a reception & neighborhood caroling party!

Natasha Hoehn, conductor
Isaac Pastor-Chermak, cello
Leon Chou, organ


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 for sponsorship from
Congregation Netivot Shalom of Berkeley, North Berkeley Investment Partners, and Timbre Folk and Baroque. We are actively seeking additional grants and sponsors to support this amazing show.
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