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This Week at St. Alban's

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Dear all,

I hope you had a beautiful Memorial Day!  Karen and I are back in the office this morning, ready for a new week. 

Your vestry met on Sunday: please see the "vestry news" box below for an update, minutes from April, financial reports, etc. 

I mentioned in church on Sunday that I still have some spaces available for the St. Alban's table at the Youth Spirit Artworks Gala this Saturday (6:30- 8:30 pm in S. Berkeley).  As of this writing, I have 2 seats available. Please let me know if you'd like to join us! (The seats are paid for – it is a fundraiser for this project. You will have a chance to contribute, if you'd like.)

The night before, Kyra Gordon, a Berkeley-based singer/songwriter and storyteller is the star of the show for a Calliope "coffee house" style event. See the flyer below,  or purchase tickets here. (Probably most appropriate for older teens and adults.)

Finally, the Albany Shower Program, which happens weekly at the Albany Aquatic Center, needs clean, good-condition bath towels. If you have some you can spare, please drop them off at the church office. 

I hope you have a most beautiful week!

In love and gratitude,
Rev. Julie

 P.S. My sermon from Sunday is here.
Vestry Update

Your vestry met on Sunday, May 26

Business included:
Presentation, discussion and approval of financial reports.(
P&L and Balance Sheet). The worksheet discussed at the Parish meeting is here.

Approval of
minutes from the April meeting.

A unanimous vote to join
Integrity, USA, the Episcopal Church's LGBTQ+ support and advocacy organization. As part of this action, the vestry approved the following statement of inclusion (and accepted a gift of a rainbow flag from Dani Gabriel):
     St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Albany, CA affirms the dignity
     of all LGBTQ+ people. We welcome LGBTQ+ people into our
     congregation and celebrate the contributions they make to our
     communal life. We actively strive for equality for LGBTQ+
      people, together with other faith and civic organizations.
      We enthusiastically encourage LGBTQ+ people to join us for
     worship on Sunday and at all of our activities.

Discussion of Chapter 4 "Failing Well, or What the Church Can Learn from Silicon Valley," in The Agile Church: Spirit-Led Innovation in an Uncertain Age, by Dwight Zscheile
Discussion of the parish meeting on May 19, and follow-up conversation about possibilities for finding another congregation to share our sanctuary. A small group is working on this and is looking forward to a meeting with DCG Strategies, an area real estate firm that works with churches, schools and other public-benefit organizations to help maximize the use of space to everyone's benefit.

Accepting the resignation from the vestry of Peggy Murray and Steve Hitchcock, both of whom discerned that this is not the particular ministry fit for them at this time. Steve is our new chair of stewardship, and will be working closely with senior warden Sandy Burnett and others. We are grateful to both Peggy and Steve for being willing to try on vestry service, and know they will be contributing in other ways. 

The vestry is very focused on attending to parish needs right now, and may choose to continue with six members this year. And, if you feel called to this important work, please talk with senior warden Sandy Burnett or with Rev. Julie. We are currently looking for a treasurer, and are grateful to Eric Lindgren, who is serving temporarily in this capacity. The treasurer does not need to be a member of the vestry. 

As we always do, the meeting concluded with prayers for one another and for the parish. 

The next meeting will be Sunday, June 30, to accommodate summer travels plans of members.

All are welcome at vestry meetings, except when personnel matters are discussed. Minutes and financial reports are always posted on the bulletin board just outside the parish hall.
It's never too soon to plan ahead for

All Souls' Berkeley is again heading up a
multi-parish tailgate dinner and ballgame outing
to see the Oakland A's.

Mark your calendar for Saturday, August 3,
when they take on the St. Louis Cardinals.
Game time: 7:05 pm, tailgate probably = 5 pm

And, if you're super-excited about this,
maybe you'd like to help by being our
parish point person for this outing?
(It just means keeping track of who is coming, collecting
ticket money, and working with Don Gates at All Souls)
Please let either Karen or Julie know!

Worship Rota for
Sunday, June 2, 2019

Holy Eucharist, 10 am in the Sanctuary
Acolytes: Dani Gabriel, Lawrence DiCostanzo
Altar Guild: Mary Doleman, Margaret Dolelman
Coffee Hour: Potluck Brunch
Counters: Sondra Lavrov, Barbara Metcalf
Cupbearers: Lawrence DiCostanzo, Ade Akanni

Lectors: Robin D'Oyen, Erick Lindgren
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 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.

Roseann Fahrner shared Sunday that her husband, John Fahrner, is home and recovering well from a bout with guillain-barré syndrome. Please keep the prayers and love coming!

Larry Chang (who sometimes worships with us, and is the architect that designed our lift and accessible bathroom) asks prayers for his parents, Shu (Sue) and Frank Chang. They were in a "wrong way" car accident May 6 in Mississippi (apparently the driver, on the wrong side of the road, hit them head-on). Frank is home with broken ribs, but Shu remains in the hospital, awaiting further surgery. 

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:

Kat Weller-Fahy and Gabriel Snell; Charlotte Wilson;  Ade, Seyi & Mayo Akanni; Karen Andersen, Erika and Christopher

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Please pray for  The Venerable Canon Nina Pickerrell's Installation as Archdeacon for the Diocese of California, May 30, 5:15 pm Evensong service at Grace Cathedral. (All are welcome!)

Birthdays this week:  Beth Foote (Thursday), Nelson Matteson (Saturday)

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, May 27 
Office Closed for Memorial Day Holiday

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

  Tuesday, May 28   
       Centering Prayer 6:15-7:15 pm in the Nursery
  Wednesday, May 29
        Tai Chi 10-12 Parish Hall 
        Healing Service  
12 noon Library

          Albany Irish Dance for Adults 7:30-8:30 pm
   Thursday, May 30
            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 31
            Sandwich-making for the Albany Shower Program,
          8 am in the Kitchen  

         Kyra Gordon coffee house concert 
           7:30 pm in the Parish Hall
            Fundraiser for Calliope. 
           Tickets and more information
here, or click the flyer below.

   Sunday, June 2
          Worship 10 am in the Sanctuary   
          First Sunday Potluck Brunch in the Parish Hall
             following Worship

              Forum: Judith Redmond of Full Belly Farms
               starts off a multi-part series on loving the earth.

                   We'll welcome her to brunch and make space for conversation.

Next Week:      
Monday, June 3 
       Tai Chi Drop-In for Experienced Students
             6:15-8:15 p.m. in the Parish Hall

  Tuesday, June 4
       Centering Prayer 6:15-7:15 pm in the Nursery
  Wednesday, June 5
        Tai Chi 10-12 Parish Hall 
        Healing Service
12noon Library   

          Albany Irish Dance for Adults 7:30-8:30 pm
   Thursday, June 6
            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, June 7
            Sandwich-making for the Albany Shower Program,
              8 am in the Kitchen  

    Sunday, June 9
          Worship 10 am in the Sanctuary   
           Coffee Hour in the Parish Hall
            Forum: this week we welcome folks from
              Planting Justice! Learn more about their work

Mark your calendar for a fun and thoughtful evening of music and story with local singer/songwriter/storyteller Kyra Gordon.

Tickets now on sale

for Third Sunday shows:

MUSA Baroque (Baroque & classical)
featuring Derek Tam, harpsichord, Andrew Levy, recorder and
Gretchen Claassen, cello

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