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This Week at St. Alban's
August 10, 2020
Dear Friends,
Steve Hitchcock did an excellent job of relating the Gospel story of Christ’s walk upon the sea with both the Exodus and the rough seas of modern life. To download his reflection, click here. To view a recording of the entire service, click here (password: &a+8+1=x).
To listen to Richard Cushman's organ music click prelude and

The Vestry will be meeting next Sunday at 11:15 a.m. to discuss plans for autumn. The traditional start of the church year will be upon us before you know it. We have to plan now for our stewardship campaign and handling the holidays. To see the draft agenda, click here. The draft July minutes are here. The financial document won’t be available until later this week. Vestry meetings are generally open to the public. If you’d like to join us, please contact Rick Kern at to receive a Zoom link.

Denise Obando, the Diocesan Transitions Minister, also has asked the vestry to meet with her to discuss St. Alban’s concerns about scheduling the search for our priest-in-charge. We’re currently trying to schedule that meeting.

I’m looking forward today to our first meeting of the Sacred Ground dialogue series on faith and race. Deacon Dani is leading the St. Alban’s group. The film and readings are excellent, so I’m anticipating a lively discussion.

That’s it for now. Have a wonderful week — Sandy


Online Sunday services are now at 10 AM.
See information below for details. 



Becky Osborn Coolidge is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Thursday Morning Prayer Zoom Meeting
Time: Aug 13, 2020 07:45 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Psalm 16:5-11
Proverbs 7:1-4
John 3:11-21
Jeremy Taylor

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

AUGUST 16, 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.
Talbot and Carole Richardson would welcome calls at 510-735-9503.

Please pray for those who are home-bound and/or healing at this time: Burt Kessler, William (Bill) Langston, Charlotte Wilson, Margie Carr and Joni Stickney. (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:
 Dale & Christine Bruso, Sam and Ben; Sandy Burnett; Margie Carr; Judith Carrillo, all persons impacted by COVID-19, and all those impacted by racial injustice.

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Please pray for  St. Clare's, Pleasanton and St. Mary the Virgin, San Francisco.

Birthdays this Week: Monday, August 10, Deacon Kathleen Van Sickle; Tuesday, August 11, Peter Doleman; Wednesday, August 12, Jim Beller and Saul Ifshin; Thursday, August 13, Charles Omura and Ruth Hanham.

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.

Third Sunday Concerts at St. Alban's:
Sunday, August 16, 2020, 4-6 pm

The Berkeley Choro Ensemble
The Berkeley Choro Ensemble concert will be pre-recorded at the church courtyard and streamed on Sunday, August 16th at 4 pm.

Jane Lenoir, flute
Harvey Wainapel, clarinet
Ricardo Peixoto, 7-string guitar
Brian Rice, pandeiro

Tickets on sale now through eventbrite.
General: $25. Students/Seniors: $20

In preparation for their upcoming concert broadcast on Sunday, August 16th at 4 p.m., Berkeley Choro Ensemble will be recording their show live in the St. Alban's Courtyard on Wednesday, August 12th from 4-6.

In an agreement with Calliope and St. Alban's, the musicians and their sound engineer will be following all Alameda County Health guidelines: they have agreed to be a socially exclusive bubble, and will be practicing all manner of safety measures: social distancing, masks, face shields, and a special flute safety attachment. Masked Calliope team members will be on hand to block off the courtyard, set up chairs for the musicians, etc. (No one will be allowed on the courtyard for the taping.)
Did you know that concert tickets for home-viewing are only $20 for seniors and students, and $25 general admission? And for this particular event, Albany Community Foundation has given a generous grant which is covering free and super-reduced tickets for youth 12-18 - buy one for $5, get one for a friend for FREE.

Did you know that attending a concert is even easier than coming to Zoom church, and that anyone can watch it from anywhere? All you have to do is click on a youtube link. (Just ask Becky Osborn-Coolidge how easy it is! She's a regular concert-goer). And did you know that Calliope and St. Alban's are co-producing any concerts which take place on the St. Alban's property? This means that you can enjoy a concert, support local musicians, AND support St. Alban's AND Calliope, all at the same time - it's a win-win-win-win situation! Please join us for a show!


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. 
**Special Note: Barbara Hill's beautiful photographs which she fashioned into Greeting Cards are available in the office for a donation.
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