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St. Alban's Episcopal Church
This Week at St. Alban's
April 27, 2020
Dear Friends,
The Vestry met again last Monday evening — technically our regular business meeting — and decided to give our tenants some relief. As Treasurer Eric Lindgren pointed out, we are asking the Diocese for assessment relief and will be applying for any other aid for which we might qualify. So, it makes sense to provide the same kind of relief to our tenants, who are shut out of their place of business due to the quarantine. We have offered them several options including to relieve them of their rent obligations for April and May. Parish Administrator Karen is notifying them. The amount totals approx. $4,500 per month.

A couple of our 12-step groups have already notified us that they have chosen to continue to pay rent, even though they’ve switched to on-line meetings, in support of St. Alban’s. Other renters have asked about making partial payments.

In other news, the vestry scheduled its next meeting for Monday, May 11 at 4 p.m. All Vestry meetings are open (unless we’re discussing confidential personnel issues). If you’d like to attend, just contact Rick Kern at and ask to be put on the list for the Zoom meeting.

During Sunday’s Morning Prayer service, Steve Hitchcock noted how the apostles’ eyes didn’t open to the presence of Christ after the resurrection until He broke bread with them.

This meal recalled other significant meals during the life of Christ such as the 5,000 fed with loaves and fishes and the Great Passover before Christ’s death. Today, our own meals, often taken alone, still recall that we are still one with the rest of humanity. “Every meal is a meal we share with others,” Steve pointed out.

Deacon Dani and Beth Beller are working with St. Alban’s parishioners to provide nutritious sandwiches for the folks in our local homeless encampments. Again, we may not be in church but our ministry continues.
Steve's reflection may be downloaded here.

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.

Today’s newsletter includes information below  on how to access the Thursday Morning Prayer service. Many thanks to Becky, Steve, Dani and all the others involved in putting together these services. 

Have a wonderful week. — Sandy


I would like to share with you a reflection I published in Episcopal Cafe this week. It’s about pronouns, and my ordination.
Please look for an upcoming adult education session on pronouns! It will be on Zoom and I hope you can join us.
As always 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 or 510.332.0631.
Becky Osborn Coolidge is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
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Psalm 96
Jeremiah  30:  17-22
Matthew  5: 1-12
Commemoration: Sara Josepha Buell Hale

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

The Sunday service will be through Zoom. Please join at 8:45am to be sure to work out technical issues. The bulletin and online information will be sent out on Friday.
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:
 Jeff Peterson & Elise Marks, Miriam and Noah; Chanthip Phongkhamsavath; Lenore Ralston;
Patricia Reilly & Alexander Winslow, Caden & Zachary and all persons impacted by Covid 19.

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

Birthdays this Week: Ade Akanni (Friday, May 1)
If your birthday is missing in the weekly email, please let the church know so that it can be added to our birthday rota!

REMINDER: UPCOMING EVENT of Special Interest-From parishioner Margaret Miles “I will be having a "conversation" with Malcolm Young, Dean of Grace Cathedral (and my former Harvard doctoral student ) in the Grace Cathedral Forum series on April 29 at 6 p.m. (live streamed from the cathedral website). The topic is the book I am working on (on St. Augustine's meditation practice), but I have done this before (with Malcolm and the former Dean, Jane Shaw), and I know that Malcolm's questions range broadly.”

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 3. 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. 



A virtual Mother's Day Brunch concert with Anais Azul on May 10th. 

SUNDAY, MAY 10, (live-streamed concert, 11am)
Local singer, songwriter, and teacher Anaís Azul will be celebrating their new video release with a livestream concert. Stay tuned - we'll share the details soon. Anaís is a Berkeley High graduate who has recently returned to Berkeley after a number of years as a performer and arts organizer in the Boston area. We are thrilled to have them join Calliope's leadership team - and some of this concert's proceeds will also benefit Calliope! You can check out some of their music here.


CLASSROOM MATTERS leases space from St. Alban’s nine months out of the year for their award-winning after-school program. Because of the shelter-in-place mandate they have transitioned to virtual programs. They are working hard to keep things running and their tutors employed. They sent us information (below) as to some of the offerings they have going on. If you know of any families with children who would benefit from their programs please pass this information on.

     We have an amazing staff who are offering their talents for classes this week, priced at $35 per 2-hour class for grades K-8. 
     We have a free story hour with Ms. Nikki for grades K-5. 
     And we have a fantastic tutor, Tyger, who is hosting a virtual lounge 2-5pm Monday through Thursday for kids in grades 6-12 to hang out, learn, get organized, and do some work in a relaxed environment.
     We continue to offer individual support in content areas, standardized test preparation, and executive function skills for grades K-12.
     We have an executive function workbook for grades 6-10 available on Amazon.
     We have free online resources for families.
     We have a parenting blog featuring useful tips and strategies for navigating adolescence.

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


Parish Hall exhibition: Marsha Kirschbaum. You can see her magnificent landscape photography by here.

**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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