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This Week at St. Alban's
October 5, 2020

Dear Friends,
What a joyous occasion we had yesterday with the Rev. Jim Stickney returning to the St. Alban’s (Zoom) pulpit after 14 years and on the 23rd anniversary of his wedding at St. Alban’s to Joni. Rev. Jim was St. Alban’s longtime rector before a series of interim priests and Rev. Julie.

During our virtual coffee hour, Jim and Joni shared a couple of wedding photos, including one of Joni with her 14 flower girls and our own Ade Akanni. If you were not at coffee hour and would like to see the photo mentioned above, please contact the Parish office. Of course, it also was a celebration of the Feast of St. Francis so photos were shared of pets and a few fur babies even attended in person, via Zoom. 

To read Rev. Jim’s reflection, which spoke of Jesus’ parable of the evil tenants who kill their landlord’s son, click here. To see a recording of the service, click here (Passcode: Zt6xl?ya). Organist Richard Cushman also observed the special day by playing the music he played for the Stickney wedding, J.S. Bach’s Sonata IV: Andante as the prelude and Zipoli’s Offertorio as the postlude. Thanks to everyone who helped put on the service. 

This week’s Diocal News and Events was full of interesting material.
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A Prayer for those Facing Wildfires
As wildfires once again bring suffering and loss to Napa and Sonoma counties, we pray:
O God, our refuge and strength,
our help in times of trouble.
Have mercy on the lands
damaged by fires.
Have mercy on the lands
where the weather has destroyed livelihoods.
Protect those who evacuate houses,
and strengthen those who rebuild hope
so that entire communities

may face the future without fear. Amen
Prayer from: Episcopal Relief and Development
Have a safe and healthy week everyone — Sandy


Becky Osborn Coolidge is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
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Time: Oct 8, 2020 08:50 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Psalm: 18:21-31
Isaiah    61:1-4
Luke      16:19-31
Commemoration  William Dwight Porter Bliss and Richard Theodore Ely.

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


OCTOBER 11, 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.
Please pray for those who are home-bound and/or healing at this time: Burt Kessler, William (Bill) Langston, Charlotte Wilson, and Talbot and Carole Richardson. Talbot and Carole have both returned from the hospital, are back at home, and would welcome cards. Cards can be sent to: Lakeside Park Memory Care, 468 Perkins Street, Oakland, CA 94610.

(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:
 Kathryne Ann Kinsey; Janet Kirkpatrick; Bill Langston; Sondra & Nicholas Lavrov, all persons impacted by COVID-19, and all those impacted by racial injustice.

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Please pray for St. Francis of Assisi, Novato.

Birthdays this Week: none.

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. 

**Special Note: If you would like any of Barbara Hill's beautiful greeting cards, please let us know how many and whether you prefer animals, flowers, or a combination of both and we will prepare a packet for you. We would welcome donations of any amount.

Coming Up Next at Calliope @ St. Alban's
Bob Kenmotsu Jazz Quartet
SUNDAY OCT. 18, 4-5:30 PM

Legendary East Bay Jazz Saxophonist with a stellar ensemble - LIVE STREAMED from the St. Alban's Courtyard!


Bob Kenmotsu, sax; Robb Fisher, bass; Ron Marabuto, drums; Jeffrey Burr, guitar
A Calliope/St. Alban's Co-Production, with generous support from Jazz in the Neighborhood's Guaranteed Fair Wage Fund, which ensures our ability to pay these artists a fair wage!
This event is part of our Third Sunday Concert Series: Third Sunday is a curated monthly concert series, led by Artistic Director and noted flautist Jane Lenoir. The series offers a diverse selection of genres and styles, as well as a balance between new and established artists, all with one thing in common: wonderful music!

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. 

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