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This Week at St. Alban's

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Dear friends, 

This past Friday, I had the opportunity to go with a colleague (The Rev. Melanie Donohoe, rector at Epiphany, San Carlos) to serve as chaplains at an anniversary gathering for survivors of the Camp Fire up north in Paradise, CA. It was an incredible experience. We gave out information about resources; we gave some hugs: but mostly we were there to help hold stories – of loss, of survival, of new life. Some people came from miles away from their new homes, others from their temporary housing or campers or FEMA trailers, or, for a fortunate few, their homes that were somehow spared when the wind shifted or just somehow skipped them. 

Overwhelmingly, the spirit there was one of gratitude. I've never had so many people say thank you, for everything – for those of us standing around in our volunteer vests, for the amazing folks from World Central Kitchen who fed anyone who came all afternoon until 7 pm amazing, tasty meals, for artists, for the literally hundreds of names of fire agencies and municipalities all over the Western U.S. whose names scrolled along during a presentation, for people who held the door open for one another...  There is plenty to grieve, and it will take years to rebuild, though it won't be rebuilding the community, because the heart of it is clearly still there. Here I am with Melanie and The Rev. Richard Yale, the rector of St. John's, Chico, which has been and remains an epicenter of fire recovery, with scores of groups using their space for case-work, support groups, and more. Dani, John, Chanthip and I knew him a little bit from the College for Congregational Development, but getting to see him and others from that church in action was really wonderful. 

As we gather in our pledges and prayer requests this Sunday (extra cards will be available at church if you need them), I encourage you to take some time this week to think about what it is at the heart of our community that makes you grateful. Our giving is meant to be an expression of thanks to God for our blessings. Take some time to count yours. I look forward to celebrating God's love together again this Sunday.

In love and gratitude,
Rev. Julie

P.S. Dani Gabriel's sermon from Sunday is here.
P.P.S. To all Veterans - thank you for your service! We gave thanks and prayed for you in church on Sunday.
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.

Week 4 – November 24

"Not Your Parents'
Episcopal Church 101"

Note: We're skipping this coming Sunday, because of another great presentation.
See the calendar below for details.

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

Join this 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!
A musical note, from Christine Staples, Calliope director

In addition to our beautiful 1914 Hooks and Hastings pipe organ, St. Alban’s Sanctuary now features a beautiful Baldwin R Artist’s Model Grand Piano, built in 1989, and one of the last American-made pianos from the Baldwin line.

The piano comes to us as a gift from the Hendrickson Family, and belonged to their late mother, Jaimee Lukka Hendrickson. Here is a little bit about Jaimee and her piano:

Jaimee, born in 1927,  grew up very poor in a small town in Nebraska during the Great Depression. Her mother was the choir director at their church, and that’s where Jaimee learned to play the piano; playing music was a symbol of joy for her during hard times.

Jaimee was a gifted mathematician, and when she earned her Master’s Degree in Mathematics from UCLA, she was the only woman in the program. Upon graduation, she became a high school math teacher, and then worked as a mathematician and in the aviation industry for a few years. She left work to marry and raise their four children, and after they had grown, returned to school to learn computer programming. She then went on to yet another career as programming rocket guidance systems for the government. She purchased the Baldwin R upon her retirement in 1989. 

Her son, Craig Hendrickson, shares the following: “I will have lasting memories of my Mom playing Moonlight Sonata on that piano on Saturday afternoons. I hope everyone gets as much joy out of the piano as she did.”

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Holy Eucharist, 10 am
Acolytes: Dani Gabriel, Lawrence DiCostanzo
Altar Guild: Deborah Tabor, Sondra Lavrov
Coffee Hour:  Setup: Fred Treadwell, Cleanup: All
Counters: Sandy Burnett, Mary Doleman
rs: Peter Doleman, Sandy Burnett

Lectors: Fred Treadwell, Robin D'Oyen
Ushers:  Mary Lee Cole, Beth Beller
Visitor greeter: Becky Osborn-Coolidge

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:

Tish Berlin, Bonnie K. Bishop, Marge Black, Janice Bowen

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Please pray for Holy Child and St. Martin's, Daly City

Birthdays this Week: Burt Kessler (Monday), Richard Cushman (Thursday)  Bob Bennett, Maria Kern (Sunday)

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 11
               Veteran's Day - Office Closed
              Tai Chi Drop-In for Experienced Students
             6:15-8:15 p.m. in the Parish Hall
  Tuesday, November 12
       Centering Prayer 6:15-7:15 pm in the Nursery
  Wednesday, November 13
       Holy Eucharist with healing prayers, 12 noon in the library 
    Thursday, November 14
            Morning Prayer  8 am in the Library  
         Benedictine Spirituality Group

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

Friday, November 15
            Sandwich-making for the Albany Shower Program,
          8 am in the Kitchen 

      Sunday, November 17
Worship 10 am in the Sanctuary
           Coffee Hour follows worship

           Forum: Mary Cherry, of Family Harvest Farm
               This 3.5 acre urban farm will be located in Pittsburg, Ca.
              They will employ transition-age foster youth and
               teach them to grow organic produce,
               along with other skills. While Family Harvest Farm
                is getting off the ground, Mary has been organizing
               cooking classes for youth using facilities available through
               the Contra Costa County Independent Living
               Skills Program (ILSP) and using Full Belly Farm produce.
              We have provided some produce boxes for Mary’s project
              through Full Belly and it will be exciting to learn more
               about her work!

           Third Sunday Concert: Flauti Diversi  -   
                    Baroque music from the Mediterranean 
                  4 pm in the Parish Hall

                    Tickets and more information available here.

           United Against Hate Week Event
              6:30 - 8:00 pm, at Belmont Village,
             1100 San Pablo Ave, Albany (free)
              Please see the flyer below for details 

     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, 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
Further ahead: 
         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!

So Many Concert Tickets 
on sale now!

Please click below for ticket links.

November 17: Flauti Diversi  4 pm in the Parish Hall
"Music in the Garden of Delight: Medieval music from the Mediterranean"
The band members include: Dr Frances Feldon, recorders/medieval flute; Allison Zelles Lloyd, soprano/medieval harp; Peter Maund, percussion; Sarah Michael, qanun; and David Rogers, oud. The musicians are collectively some of the Bay Area’s most esteemed long time practitioners of the early and world music scene; they will be joined by guest artist Dave Rogers from Eugene OR.

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.


Coming Soon: 
"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 are actively seeking other grants and advertising to support this amazing show.
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