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This Week at St. Alban's
September 14, 2020

Dear Friends,
We heard Lawrence DiCostanzo reflect yesterday on forgiveness, a country which he said shares a very long border with the land of sin. To read the reflection, click here. To watch a recording of the service, click here (Passcode: KA23%iuS). To link to the New York Times article Larry mentioned about reconciliation in Rwanda, click here.
Click on prelude and postlude to listen to the organ music.
Thanks to everyone who worked so hard on putting the service together.
Have a safe and healthy week. — Sandy
Vestry approves courtyard fence
The Vestry met following the past Sunday service. They:
           • Heard from Treasurer Eric Lindgren that the St. Alban’s is keeping financially. To date, pledges are ahead of budget (some pledgers paid in advance). Assessment relief and a federal loan, which we expect to be forgiven, are also helping.
           • Approved the design for a fence necessary for the Montessori school to use the courtyard as a play area. The fence will cross the front of the courtyard. Located near the boundary of the labyrinth, the fence will feature a 12-foot removable mesh section in the middle with a permanent fence section closest to the sanctuary and a gate closest to the parish hall. Click here to see the design and here to see the location (marked by blue tape on the photo).
           • Discussed the upcoming pledge campaign, which will be done mostly via mail. An ingathering celebration will be held toward the end of November.
           • Heard a report that the Diocesan Technical Chaplain is helping St. Alban’s staff and volunteers to update our website.
Deanery prepares for Diocesan Convention
Representatives of the churches in the Alameda Deanery, including St. Alban’s, met online last  Thursday to hear about issues due to be presented at the online Diocesan Convention Oct. 16-17.
            • Bishop Marc Andrus described overlapping crises that have dramatically  impacted the 2020 Budget: the COVID 19 Pandemic, the Northern California wildfires, and the financial crisis brought on by the Shelter in Place order. The 2021 budget should see an improved situation because of the effort of each congregation and the Diocesan Office to obtain federal payroll protection loans.  In addition, Expanding Horizon contributors responded to Bishop Marc’s request to help with assessment relief. Ten requests for relief have been granted and there may be an additional 10 granted in the next round. Expanding Horizons also contributed to cover the shortfall in the budgets for the temporarily  closed St. Dorothy‘s Rest and evacuated Bishop’s Ranch. The Diocesan budget for DioHouse has been trimmed by $60,000 without personnel cuts. 
            • The 2020 Diocesan convention will be held virtually and each representative will have to register and sign in on a separate device in order to be able to vote. Bishop Marc believes all seven proposed resolutions will go to the floor of the 2020 convention.
            • The seven resolutions that will be decided at the 2020 Diocesan Convention were presented.  They concern response to Covid 19, sabbatical leave for interim pastors and for deacons, anti-racism training for national convention delegates, an anti-lynching act, and recognition of Juneteenth. Resolutions on Diocesan financial transparency and climate change are due to be on the consent agenda. The resolutions can be found on the DioCal website at

Project Sandwich is still going strong, bringing food to our homeless neighbors! If you would like to volunteer, the program delivers sandwiches on Sundays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Email me for details at
Deacon Dani



Becky Osborn Coolidge is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
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Psalm 104:25-34
Sirach (Ecclesiasticus) 43:1-2, 6-7
Colossians 3:14-17
Commemoration: Hildegard

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

SEPTEMBER 20, 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. (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:
 Don and Cecelia Goerlitz; Harry & Ruth Hanham; Catie & Josh Hausman, and Alex; Howard & Marcia Hickman, all persons impacted by COVID-19, and all those impacted by racial injustice.

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Please pray for St. Cyprian's, San Francisco and Holy Cross, Castro Valley.

Birthdays this Week: none.

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: We need to make room for a new tenant - 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.

Third Sunday Concerts at St. Alban's:
Meet the Illy Bogart Jazz Quartet. Illy Bogart's unique musical voice draws from a wide variety of music influences, from classic jazz to modern funk and hip hop. (Click this link to get a tasty sample!)
Led by Grammy Award-winner Tony Peebles (Pacific Mambo Orchestra) with Lyle Link (Warren Wolf, Ralph Peterson) on Saxophones; Ian McArdle (Erik Jekabson, Jacam Manricks) on Keyboards; and Isaac Schwartz (Negative Press Project, High Standards) on Drums, this is one heck of a band! 

The show, co-produced with St. Alban's, will be livestreamed from the St. Alban's Courtyard on Sunday, September 20th at 4 p.m. Tickets are on Eventbrite. As always, the recording of the live show will be up and available for a full week after the show has aired. This means ticket-holders can watch it as many times as they like, replay favorite parts, and even miss the initial show and have it as their own personal "on demand" viewing.

As always, Safety First! The courtyard will be closed to the public, and masks, distancing and other safety measures will be in play, and the musicians have committed to the social bubble guidelines put forth by the Alameda County Health Officer. In case of unsafe conditions on the Courtyard, the concert will be livestreamed from the Parish Hall, using all available safety precautions.


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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