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This Week at St. Alban's

Monday, November 19, 2018

Dear all,

I know I say this every Sunday, but it was really beautiful to gather for worship together on Sunday. (Honestly, I was expecting only a handful of folks, and that we might all be too tired to sing.) If you weren't here, you missed practicing the version of the Our Father we will be singing together during Advent. We'll run through it again next week, but maybe you want to practice at home. Click here for the sheet music.

The season around Thanksgiving is also a time to consider how we will give thanks for our church life in the year ahead: if you have not received a pledge and prayer packet for 2019, please let us know. 

Our shared stewardship action this week is in connection with Jubilee Sunday (through Jubilee USA) If you did not get a chance to sign the petition, you can do so here.
Next Sunday, November 25, we'll focus on treasures we carry within: 
Our role as keepers of the word– stewards of our stories      Presenter: Dani Gabriel, poet laureate of El Cerrito
     What stories do you want to steward? Maybe a story about your 
     great grandfather, or a secret recipe, or a truth you’ve never told
     anyone?  Losing our stories means losing who we are.
     Let’s document our personal stories
       and our cherished stories of the community of St. Alban’s.
(Follows worship in the parish hall.)

Finally, many folks are wondering how to help victims of the fires. Click here for a list of organizations and other ways to help.

Blessings on you and yours, wherever you gather for worship and giving thanks this week. The church office will be closed this Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday.

In love and gratitude,
Rev. Julie

P.S. Click here for my sermon from Sunday.
Do you

We want your stories!
Please click here to fill out
a quick, simple form.

Thank you!

Construction news this week:
Interior painting continues, as does trim work, connecting new furnaces, and more!

Thank you to clean-up volunteers. We have one more opening (Weds).
Monday: Sandy Burnett
Tuesday: Fred Treadwell
Wednesday: you?

Worship Rota for
Thanksgiving, Thursday,  November 22, 2018

Acolytes:         Lawrence DiCostanzo, Dani Gabriel
Altar Guild:    Deb Tabor (Weds. setup),
                          (Thursday) Laurie Schumacher, Dani Gabriel
Cupbearers:     Peter Doleman, Don Goerlitz
Lectors:           TBD  (call the office if you are interested!)    

Usher:              TBD (you?)      

Worship Rota for
Sunday, November 25, 2018

(The Last Sunday after Pentecost)

Holy Eucharist, 10 am in the Parish Hall
Acolytes:         Lawrence DiCostanzo, Chanthip Phongkhamsavath
Altar Guild:     Peter Doleman, TBD
Coffee hour:     No Host Coffee Hour
Counters:         Mary Doleman, Susan Matteson
Lawrence DiCostanzo, Beth Beller
Lectors:             LeClaire Atkins, Dani Gabriel

Usher:               Howard Hickman, Ade Akanni
Visitor greeter: Beth Beller

Parish Cycle of Prayer
If you were there,  pray for those seated near you at church on Sunday.  

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

Barbara Lindgren is home and is so grateful for cards, visits and all the love she is receiving. She loves having brief visits. (She lives with Eric at 801 Carmel Ave, Albany.) Check with Eric for best times to stop by.

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. Telephone is 510-230-0339. Visitors are welcome!

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

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Please pray for St. Edmund's, Pacifica (Edmund, King of East Anglia)

Birthdays: Joel Banerjee (Monday), Violeta Galas (Tuesday), Blondelle Barnes, Vivian Balis, and Patricia Elmore (Wednesday), Barbara Counsell (Thursday), Stephen Trever (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!

Thanksgiving is this Thursday!

Worship at 10 a.m.

Community Potluck dinner at 2 p.m.

Joining us for dinner?

Please let us know what you'll be bringing to share, and if you can help with setup or cleanup.
Either call the church,
or click on this
handy form.

Many thanks to our hosts, Dani and Jonah Gabriel! 

How to help fire survivors.
  • The San Francisco Chronicle has compiled a list of ways to help. 
  • The Diocese of Northern California also has a fire relief fund.
  • One suggestion from the Chronicle is to check out helping individuals through GoFundMe.
  • David Zink (a musician who has performed here at St. Alban's) and his wife Lori, lost everything. Their GoFundMe page is here.

This Week 
  Monday, November 19
       Tai Chi Drop In for Experienced Students
        6:15-8:15 pm in the Parish Hall

  Tuesday, November 20                             
             St. Alban's Eats is on break until 2019.           
 Wednesday, November 21
          Tai Chi 10-12 Parish Hall
Healing Prayer Service  12pm in the Library
        Albany Irish Dance for Adults 7:30-8:30 pm

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

 Thursday,  November 22  (Thanksgiving)
          Worship at 10 am in the Parish Hall
           Office closed for Thanksgiving
           Thanksgiving Potluck  2 - 5 pm Parish Hall

Friday, November 23
 Office Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday     
          Sandwich-making for the Albany Shower Program
8 am in the Kitchen

Sunday, November 25
           Worship at 10 am in the Parish Hall     
             Forum: Stewards of our Stories, with Dani Gabriel,
                     follows worship      
             Vestry meeting (rescheduled from last week)
                     12 pm in the library

           Antika Bulgaria 3:30-6:00 pm in the Library

Next Week

Monday, November 26     
           Tai Chi Drop-In for Experienced Students 6:15-8:15 pm
              in the Parish Hall
Tuesday, November 27
          Centering Prayer 6:15 - 7:15 pm in the  Nursery

  Wednesday, November 28
        Fall Tai Chi 10-12 Parish Hall
      Healing Prayer Service  12pm in the Library
          Beginning Irish Dance for Kids 6:30-7:30 pm
       Albany Irish Dance for Adults 7:30-8:30 pm

 Thursday, November 29
        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, November 30
           Sandwich-making for the Albany Shower Program
8 am in the Kitchen
   Sunday, December 2 - First Sunday in Advent
           Worship at 10:00 am in the Parish Hall 
Prayer & Pledge Ingathering Brunch
11:45am  - 1:30pm Parish Hall

             Special program: 
               Artist Kathleen Cook talks about the new exhibit of her  
               photos now on display in the hall, and a mini concert
               from cellist Isaac Pastor-Chermak and pianist Alison Lee.




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