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This Week at St. Alban's

Monday, April 8, 2019

Dear all,

We are in the last week of Lent, heading toward Holy Week. It's grey out today, and that feels appropriate, as if the weather, too, is getting ready for something. 

See the box below for the schedule (with explanation) of the services coming up. 

We can use some extra volunteers to help with various things, liturgical, social and otherwise. Please contact the church if you can pitch in with any of these: 
Ushering, Greeting, Reading at the Easter Vigil service, Czar of the Easter Egg Hunt, 2-3 volunteers at Alison Lee's concert on 4/13, 2-3 volunteers for the Third Sunday concert Easter afternoon, 1-2 additional volunteers at Arthur Omura's concert on 4/27 (see poster below) (Many thanks to Peggy Murray for taking the lead on this event!)

And, do take time this week to be present to Lent. Maybe a quiet walk, time with a favorite piece of art, read and reflect on a spiritual work – whatever it is that helps quiet your soul and open your heart to God. 

Please keep Barbara Counsell and her family in your prayers. She is at the very end stage of her walk on this earth, and I've been visiting her and her family regularly. Barbara is St. Alban's oldest member. She and her family worshipped here before the sanctuary was built!

Blessings on your journey.

In love and gratitude,
Rev. Julie

 P.S. My sermon from Sunday is here.

Worship Rota for
Sunday, April 14, 2019

(Palm Sunday)

Holy Eucharist, 10 am in the Sanctuary
Acolytes:           Dani Gabriel, Chanthip Phongkhamsavath
Altar Guild:      Dani Gabriel, Laurie Shumacher
Coffee hour:      no host
Counters:           Sandy Burnett, George Ferrick
Cupbearers:       Sandy Burnett, George Ferrick

Lectors:              Kathryne Ann Kinsey, Patricia Elmore

Ushers:              George Ferrick, Eric Lindgren
Visitor greeter:  Deb Jesch

Parish Cycle of Prayer
Barbara Counsell is in her last days. Please keep her and her family in your prayers.   She is at home, on hospice care, and her family is with her. Rev. Julie is visiting regularly.

Marge Black has moved to 683 Santa Ray Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610. Her cell phone #: 510-704-3684. She would love to stay in contact with parish members.

Barbara Lindgren has moved to 
Santa Teresa Care Home, 10 Santa Teresa Court, Pittsburg, CA 94565  Phone contact: Marivel Calambro  (510) 910-0369

Talbot and Carole Richardson have moved to 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!

Please also pray for those who are home-bound and/or healing at this time: Burt Kessler, William 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:
Peggy Murray; Margaret Nettles; Irene Nikkah; Nancy Olson and Aaron

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Please pray for St. Dorothy's Rest.

No birthdays of record this week.
If your birthday is missing in the weekly email, please let the church know so that it can be added to our birthday rota!
Holy Week at St. Alban's
Let's mark together the days of this holiest season of our year. 

The sanctuary will be open during office hours this week,
if you're looking for a quiet place to pray.

Here are the services (with a little explanation):

April 14
Palm Sunday: The Sunday of the Passion
10 am Worship

Our service begins on the patio, with the liturgy of the palms,
the singing of a hymn, and a little parade around the building,
re-enacting (on a tiny scale) Jesus' entry into Jerusalem.
Things take a more serious turn inside, where the Gospel
is a dramatic reading of the Passion narrative
(this year, according to Luke).

April 18
Maundy Thursday
6:30 pm Potluck Dinner and Worship

We gather first in the upstairs parish hall for a potluck dinner, foreshadowing the readings in the worship service about
the last supper Jesus had with his friends in the "upper room." 

If you'd like, you may have your feet washed, and/or wash someone else's, as Jesus washed the feet of his friends.

After communion, the service concludes with the dramatic clearing of the altar and removal of all items from the altar area. We leave in darkness, anticipating Jesus' nighttime arrest
in the garden, and the events of Good Friday.

April 19
Good Friday
Services at 12 noon and 7 pm

Today we gather mostly in silence, share again the reading of
the Passion narrative (the trial and death of Jesus), offer our prayers, and, for those who wish, offer special prayers or veneration at the cross. There is no Eucharist today
– we are at the cross, and in the tomb, with Jesus.

April 20
Holy Saturday
Easter Vigil Service
7 pm

This service, which traditionally starts at sundown (we'll be a little early this year), is all about new life. We light the "new fire" for the Christ candle, hear a beautiful chanted prayer called the "Exsultet" (the Easter proclamation), retell the stories of salvation, and then...Christ is risen! We go from candle-light to brightness, singing alleluias and sharing the joy of life sprung anew. Many years back, we began a tradition of closing this service with a little sweetness – sharing sparkling beverages and tasty treats to honor the sweetness of God's love.

April 21
Easter Sunday!
10 am worship with holy baptism

All of life is new today! Come celebrate with beautiful music and the official welcome into the life of the church for twins
Bea and Izzy. We'll also renew our own promises from baptism.
Easter egg hunt and an abundant brunch follow.

Summer is coming...
            and so are camps!

Here's what's on the menu at St. Alban's:

SF Shakespeare Festival Camps 
Camp hours: 2 week sessions, 9 am - 3 pm
Ages served: 7 - 18
(depends on the camp - see below)
Scholarships available for St. Alban's members who might not otherwise be able to attend.

Session 1   June 17 - 28
Shakespeare Players Camp: 7-13 yr olds)
Session 2   Aug. 5 - 17  
Upstart Crows: 12 - 18 yr olds)

About the camps: 
Shakespeare Players Campers will perform in Playing the Fool, As You Like It, and The Tempest. A performance for family and friends is presented on the final day of each camp, followed by a celebratory cast party! Previous acting experience welcome but not required.

Upstart Crows: Teens have something to say. Shakespeare gives us the best words in the world. This summer Upstart Crows will be performing an abridged version of Shakespeare's complex comedy The Taming of the Shrew. Experience welcome but not required. At Upstart Crows Camps you'll:

  • Explore Shakespeare’s text, themes and language
  •  Enhance your performance abilities
  •  Expand your vocal and movement skills
  •  Learn advanced stage combat 
  •  Develop audition technique and more!

Narrative Art Center Camps
Camp Hours: 9 am - 2:30 pm
Ages served: 10 - 16
Session 1: June 17-21 (full)
Session 2: June 24 - 28
Discounts available for St. Alban's members.

About the camps: We'll study film history, video creation techniques, and visual communication to inspire campers to think and talk about the movies they love. We'll learn a DIY “Makers” approach to filmmaking by creating our own individual short films in one week’s time using equipment provided by the camp. 
Focused on the art and design behind narrative filmmaking, we emphasize story structure and the relationship between character and environment.  Campers research and storyboard their ideas crafting them into a short live action video. They then design and build their own miniature environments and workshop their characters to fit within the worlds they make. By the end of the week, using basic green screen and compositing techniques, they create a short film where their characters interact within the world they built.

Cooking ‘Round the World Camps
Camp hours: full day 9 am - 4 pm; half day 9 am - 1 pm
Age range served: 6 - 13

Camperships (scholarships) available

July 22 - 26: Regions of China
July 22-26: Regions of China        
July 29 - Aug. 2: Cooking Round the World
August 5 - 9: Pizza Mania 
Aug. 12 - 16: Cooking Round the USA

About the program: Cooking Round the World summer camp immerses a child in a cooking and cultural exploration. Each camp day we cook and eat 4 to 8 recipes, read a folktale, play an international/national game, observe a cooking demonstration, and learn to think critically about the foods we just cooked. In the afternoon we see a slide presentation, play a trivia game, and bake desserts. 

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

   Tuesday, April 9
           Centering Prayer 6:15-7:15 pm in the Nursery            
             Friends of Five Creeks 7:00 - 9:00 pm in the Parish Hall
             This month's topic: Insects and the "Apocalypse"
            Dr. Peter Oboyski, curator of the Essig Museum of
            Entomology at UC Berkeley, about insects, ecosystems,
            and what you can do to help               
             More information here.

Wednesday, April 10
          Tai Chi 10-12 Parish Hall
           Healing Service 12-1pm Library

           Beginning Irish Dance for Kids 6:30-7:30 pm
            Irish Dance for Adults 7:30-8:30 pm

Lent Book Group and Potluck, 
             6:00-7:30pm at Rev. Julie's house.

  Thursday, April 11       
                Morning Prayer 8 am in the Library 
             Benedictine Spirituality Group,
              6-8 p.m. in the Library

                 Tai Chi 6:15-8:15 pm in the Parish Hall       

Friday, April 12
Sandwich-making for the Albany Shower Program
                8 am in the Kitchen

Saturday, April 13
                Palm Saturday work day, 9 am - 1 pm
                 Help get everything ready for Holy Week

                Pianist Alison Lee in concert, 7:30 pm, Parish Hall
                   (see below for tickets and more information)

Sunday, April 14  (Palm Sunday)
                 The Sunday of the Passion
                 Worship at 10 am, begins on the patio
                          with the liturgy of the palms.
Egg Dyeing for all ages -- during Coffee Hour. 

                            Can you bring a dozen hard-boiled eggs?
                        Please let the office know this week!

      Next Week (Holy Week)

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

  Tuesday, April 16    
       Centering Prayer 6:15-7:15 pm in the Nursery

     Wednesday, April 17
        Tai Chi 10-12 Parish Hall 
        Healing Service
12-1pm Library         

       Beginning Irish Dance for Kids 6:30-7:30 pm
           Albany Irish Dance for Adults 7:30-8:30 pm
           Lent Book Group and Potluck,
         6:00-7:30pm at Julie's house.

     Thursday, April 18 (Maundy Thursday)
            Morning Prayer  8 am in the Library
          Benedictine Spirituality Group,
           6-8 pm in the Library               
          Maundy Thursday Dinner and Service,
6:30 pm-8:30pm in the Parish Hall and Sanctuary

   Friday, April 19 (Good Friday)
            Sandwich-making for the Albany Shower Program,
          8 am in the Kitchen
         Good Friday Services 
          12 noon (cello music)  and 7 pm (with organ and hymns)
          in the Sanctuary

    Saturday, April 20 (Holy Saturday)
          Easter Vigil 7 pm
          This dramatic service begins on the patio with the lighting
           of the "great fire," includes beautiful music & readings, and 

            concludes with a little party to celebrate the sweetness
           of resurrection.

    Sunday, April 21  (Easter Sunday)
        Easter Worship with Holy Baptism 
        10:00 am in the Sanctuary
        Join us to celebrate resurrection,
        and also the baptism of Beatrice and Isaline Nemeth!

       Egg hunt and Easter Brunch follow worship
          (gather in the Parish Hall)

      Third Sunday Concert: Ensemble Illumne
         4 pm in the Parish Hall
Jessica Chang, viola, Allegra Chapman, piano, and Laura Gayon, cello,
           offer a passionate performance of Brahms and Saariaho.

         Tickets available here.

Looking for great music in 2019? 

Tickets now on sale

for Third Sunday shows:

Ensemble Illume (classical)

Jeffrey LaDeur (solo piano)

MUSA Baroque (Baroque & classical)
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