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St. Alban's Episcopal Church
This Week at St. Alban's
June 1, 2020
Dear Friends,
We had a lovely, moving Pentecost service yesterday led by the Rev. Leslie Nipps. Many thanks to everyone involved. To see a recording of it, please click here.

Last week, Deacon Dani and I joined more than 200 other clergy and wardens for a Zoom meeting with Diocesan leaders, including Bishop Marc, about going forward in a time of peril.

The two agenda topics were finance and regathering — regathering rather than re-opening, because the church hasn’t ever closed, it’s just gathered differently. The return to our buildings won’t happen until we feel that we can express our love to ourselves and others by ensuring a safe environment, even if the government or other entities are more liberal about it. As the Bishop said, “The burden of keeping our neighborhoods and our people safe is a heavy one.”

The main take-aways about regathering:
  • June 28 is the earliest the Diocese will allow returning to churches, but even that is unlikely due to the criteria for regathering.
  • One of the criteria is that every church in the Diocese must establish a regathering team and a plan for reopening the physical church.
  • The Diocese is to issue guidelines this week.
  • The Beloved Community Institute will be sending representatives to listen to clergy and lay leaders at every congregation in the Diocese.
The main take-aways about finance:
  • The Diocese has inaugurated a Resurrection Fund. So far, it has raised $500,000 toward a $1 million goal. The fund is to be used to help parishes in need (applications will be due in September) due to Covid, and assist Diocesan camps and young children.
  • The Diocese will provide information to congregations about setting up virtual offering plates, on-line collections, new stewardship materials and planned giving efforts.
  • Congregations that need it were encouraged to apply for assessment relief. (St. Alban’s has submitted its application).
Have a safe and healthy week — Sandy

Yesterday I participated with my family in a car caravan protesting the police killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. The line of cars stretched as far as I could see, and I’m told thousands participated. The honking cars were decorated with messages calling for justice for the Black community. It was a great opportunity to be in solidarity and say Black Lives Matter! I was also on KCBS, sharing the message of solidarity. I look forward to sharing more ideas for action with our community.

Please get in touch with me for any pastoral care needs. And don’t forget, we have some resources available to you if you need groceries or are struggling with bills right now! Your request will be confidential.
Deacon Dani


Watch Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s Pentecost sermon from the live-streamed service at Washington National Cathedral


Food Assistance Programs: Get Ready to Write Letters: Sunday, June 7
Stay on Zoom for five minutes after Morning Prayer and you will learn how to send personalized email messages or hand-written letters to Senator Feinstein and Senator Harris.  By taking just a few minutes, you can help persuade Congress to get desperately needed food assistance to people in our own country and abroad.  If you would like to learn more now and write immediately, download the attached document from Bread for the World here.


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

Topic: Thursday Morning Prayer
Time: Jun 4, 2020 08:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
        Every week on Thu, until Jun 4, 2020, 1 occurrence(s)
        Jun 4, 2020 08:00 AM
Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 876 8508 3209
Password: 743392
Psalm 50:1-6
Joel 2:26-29
John 21:15-17

John XXIII (Angelo Roncalli)

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

JUNE 7, 9:00 AM
The Sunday service will be through Zoom. Please join at 8:45 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 510-735-9503.

Please pray for those who are home-bound and/or healing at this time: Burt Kessler, William (Bill) 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 hold in your prayers:
 Peggy Murray, Margaret Nettles, Irene Nikkah, Nancy Olson, all persons impacted by COVID-19 and all those impacted by racial injustice.

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Please pray for all members of St. Alban's, the Diocese, our country and the world.

Birthdays this Week: Nelson Matteson, Monday, June 1; George Ferrick, Friday, June 5.

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 you in printed form when normal office/worship services resume. If you need it before that time please email the office.

Calliope: East Bay Center for Music & Arts upcoming concert
Sunday, June 21st, 2020: Ensemble 1828
Isaac Pastor-Chermak, cello; Nicole Oswald, violin; Alison Lee, piano
4 p.m. in the Parish Hall, $25 general admission, $20 seniors and students
Tickets available on Eventbrite
This concert is part of our Third Sunday Concert Series

Ensemble 1828 has announced changes to their upcoming program for their return performance: they will now be performing works by composers Piazzola, Bernstein, Mendelssohn and Beethoven. (Their previous program plan was for a special Pride Month celebration, with works by queer composers: Higdon, Tchaikovskiiy and Bernstein, but the current shelter-in-place orders have made the rehearsals and programming challenging!) You can get a sample of the ensemble's music here

Calliope: East Bay Center for Music & Arts’ mission is to build community and advance social justice through the arts. We’re housed at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church.
~ Christine Staples, Director


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. If you would like to read about her adventure to photograph a recent planetary alignment click 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 will suspend rental use of the building until at least May 31. No group or individual use of the building will take place. At that point we will reevaluate the situation and decide on future rental policies. St. Alban’s has no known cases of the virus currently among its staff, visitors, or volunteers. However, as a community gathering place for people of all ages, we have determined that these additional 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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