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This Week at St. Alban's

Monday, April 1, 2019

Dear all,

All jokes aside (Happy April Fools Day!), we're drawing closer and closer to our annual marking of the final days of Jesus' life on earth. How is your Lent practice going?  Have you shared it with anyone?  Have you noticed any changes in your heart?

My practice this year feels somewhat backwards: I'm trying not to do something I'm very often caught doing – trying to fix people (relationships). I'm trying to just be present with some hard stuff. Although it initially raised my anxiety, I'm starting to realize that I feel more at peace. It's a good feeling. 

Meanwhile, a huge thank you to everyone who had a part in Calliope's open house on Saturday. It's impossible to choose a favorite musical event, but this photo of teacher KC Still and her students starting us off on the patio is pretty sweet:

Have a beautiful week.

In love and gratitude,
Rev. Julie

 P.S. My sermon from Sunday is here.

Worship Rota for
Sunday, April 7, 2019

(The Fifth Sunday in Lent)

Holy Eucharist, 10 am in the Sanctuary
Acolytes:           Lawrence DiCostanzo
Altar Guild:      Mary Doleman, Laurie Schumacher
Coffee hour:      First Sunday Potluck Brunch
Counters:           Sandy Burnett, Barbara Metcalf
Cupbearers:       Ade Akanni, Peter Doleman

Lectors:              Kathryne Ann Kinsey, Patricia Elmore

Ushers:               Chuck Rose
Visitor greeter:  Don Goerlitz

Parish Cycle of Prayer
Barbara Counsell is home and on hospice care. Please contact Stuart Counsell if you'd like to visit: 510-604-8060.

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.

Birthdays: Emily Jesch (Wednesday), Mary Doleman ( Thursday), Marcie Avalon, Jennifer Winch (Saturday)

If your birthday is missing in the weekly email, please let the church know so that it can be added to our birthday rota!
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

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 1
              Tai Chi Drop-In for Experienced Students
             6:15-8:15 p.m. in the Parish Hall

    Tuesday, April 2
           Centering Prayer 6:15-7:15 pm in the Nursery            
             Bridge Group 9 am - 1 pm in the Parish Hall
   Wednesday, April 3
          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 Julie's house.

    Thursday, April 4       
                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 5
Sandwich-making for the Albany Shower Program
                8 am in the Kitchen
                    First Friday Writing Workshop
                6:30 - 8 pm Parish Hall   
                This month's theme: Projects & Prompts, + short fiction.

                Host: Dani Gabriel.    Free!

      Sunday, April 7
                 Fifth Sunday in Lent
                 Worship at 10 am in the Sanctuary

                  HOOT!  7:00 - 9:00 pm in the Parish Hall
                  Songs about radio, part 2  Suggested donation, $10

                   Next Week

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

  Tuesday, April 9     
         Bridge Group 9 am - 1 pm in the Parish Hall
       Centering Prayer 6:15-7:15 pm in the Nursery
          Friends of Five Creeks 7:00 - 9:00 pm in the Parish Hall

     Wednesday, April 10
        Tai Chi 10-12 Parish Hall         
       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 11
            Morning Prayer  8 am in the Library
          Benedictine Spirituality Group 6-8 pm 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

                    Alison Lee Piano Concert
                7:30-9:30 pm in the Parish Hall

                    See flyer below.  Tickets on sale here.

    Sunday, April 14  (Palm Sunday)
       Worship at 10:00 am in the Sanctuary
        Egg Dying for all ages -- during coffee hour. 


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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