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This Week at St. Alban's

Monday, November 18, 2019

Dear friends, 

I'm writing this today at my dining room table, and out the window I see the tracks of a jetliner, carrying who knows how many people to someplace far off. Maybe it will be a new place, or maybe it will be home. What I know is this: it's a new week, which means there will be lots of both old and new, all waiting with gifts we have not yet uncovered. 

I am thinking a lot these days about "ending well" with my time at St. Alban's. It's going to be an incredibly bittersweet departure for me, and I am already getting pangs of how much I will miss you all. Apparently I have a reputation as a busy person (how could that be?!), but I would just like to put it out there that I would like to spend time with you, if you'd like – take a walk, share some tea or a meal. Maybe a little group of folks?

I'm making time in my calendars. Please let me know if you'd like to get together. A small team is working on a farewell party for Saturday, January 5, which will be lots of fun, but probably provide less time for meaningful conversation. 

Jan Richardson, whom I've oft-cited in my sermons, wrote one of her poems that fits so well with what I was getting at in my sermon yesterday, with the call to hope amid the world's chaos (linked below). It's called "Blessing When the World Is Ending." You can find the whole poem here. This is an excerpt, a blessing on your week:

Look, the world
is always ending

[This blessing] is simply here
because there is nothing
a blessing
is better suited for
than an ending,
nothing that cries out more
for a blessing
than when a world
is falling apart.

This blessing
will not fix you,
will not mend you,
will not give you
false comfort;
it will not talk to you
about one door opening
when another one closes.

It will simply
sit itself beside you
among the shards
and gently turn your face
toward the direction
from which the light
will come,
gathering itself
about you
as the world begins

May God's love abound in your life this week.

In love and gratitude,
Rev. Julie

P.S. My sermon from Sunday is here.
Coming Soon: 

Ordination to the diaconate
Saturday, November 30, 2019
3:00 pm
Grace Cathedral

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

Do you need a ride? Can you offer one?
Please call the office and leave your name/phone number.

Last Class – November 24

"Not Your Parents'
Episcopal Church 101"


A few things have changed in the Church some of us called our childhood home. And, many deep things remain. 

Join this final class in our four-week journey with Dani Gabriel that follows the arc of our own lifespans and development.

Class meets in the library at 11:45 am

Final Class:  November 24: In the End
                  (Death, Resurrection and the great mystery!)

This course is intended for everyone: new to the Episcopal Church; new to Christianity; born in the church and never left; coming home after a long time away – it's all for you!
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?

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Holy Eucharist, 10 am
Acolytes: Dani Gabriel, Chanthip Phongkhamsavath
Altar Guild: Peter Doleman, Becky Osborn-Coolidge
Coffee Hour:  Setup: Fred Treadwell, Cleanup: All
Counters: Susan Matteson, Patricia Elmore
rs: Beth Beller, Don Goerlitz

Lectors: Robin D'Oyen, Margie Carr
Ushers:  Ade Akanni
Visitor greeter: Beth Beller

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: Marge Black, Morel & Nadia Briones, Sandy Burnett, and Margie Carr.

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Please pray for St. Edmunds, Pacifica (Wednesday)

Birthdays this Week: Maria Kern (today!); Violy Galas (Wednesday); Vivian Balis, Patricia Elmore, and Blondelle Barnes (Thursday)

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 18
               Tai Chi Drop-In for Experienced Students
             6:15-8:15 p.m. in the Parish Hall
  Tuesday, November 19
       Centering Prayer 6:15-7:15 pm in the Nursery
         St. Alban's Eats
                6 pm, Troy Greek Cuisine, 1843 Solano Ave.
                 All welcome! Please let
Becky Osborn-Coolidge 
                 know if you will attend.

  Wednesday, November 20
       Holy Eucharist with healing prayers, 12 noon in the library 
    Thursday, November 21
            Morning Prayer  8 am in the Library  
         Benedictine Spirituality Group

           (with Compline - Evening Prayers)
               6 pm in the Library

Friday, November 22
            Sandwich-making for the Albany Shower Program,
          8 am in the Kitchen 

      Sunday, November 24
Worship 10 am in the Sanctuary
           Coffee Hour follows worship

Not Your Parents' Episcopal Church 101
                 In the End (Death, Resurrection and the Great Mystery)
                       11:45 in the Library

      Monday, November 25
              Tai Chi Drop-In for Experienced Students
             6:15-8:15 p.m. in the Parish Hall

         Tuesday, November 26
            Centering Prayer      6:15-7:15 pm in the Nursery
         Wednesday, November 27
           Holy Eucharist with healing prayers 12 noon, Library   
        Thursday, November 28
            Office will be closed
         Thanksgiving Worship 9:45-10:45 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
            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 Brunch follows worship
              Advent Forum (1st of 3) follows brunch (library)

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.

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, and Timbre Folk and Baroque. We are actively seeking additional grants and sponsors to support this amazing show.
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