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This Week at St. Alban's
August 24, 2020

Wonderful Assessment News!
St. Alban’s has been relieved of paying its Diocesan assessment this year — a total of $25,634. We applied for this relief in June but were just informed Saturday night that we have been approved. This is a very welcome gift in light of this difficult year. We also may be eligible for reduced assessments in the next two years. The Rev. Debra Low-Skinner wrote in her letter to us that, “Our Committee is very much on St. Alban's side and want to see it thrive and continue its great outreach in the community.”

Dear Friends,
Larry DiCostanzo gave the reflection yesterday ranging from the readings about Moses’ discovery by an Egyptian princess, Paul’s declaration that “In one body we have many members,’ Christ’s recognition of Peter as the rock upon which the church will be built, to his childhood favorite book, “Happy Times in Finland.” To read his reflection, click here. To view a recording of the service, click here (Passcode: D%Xz2?SD).

To listen to Richard's organ music click Prelude and Postlude.
Richardsons in hospital
Carole and Talbot Richardson, longtime St. Alban’s members, have both been admitted to Kaiser Hospital in Oakland with Covid 19 symptoms. Talbot also has pneumonia. 
Their daughter Andrea has said that no visitors are allowed and that phone calls will not work at this time. But they would welcome cards sent over the next few days. These should be addressed to Kaiser Oakland, 3600 Broadway, Oakland, CA  94611 (Carole is in room 609 and Talbot is in Room 612). When they return home, cards can be sent to Lakeside Park Memory Care, 468 Perkins Street, Oakland, CA 94610. Please keep them and their family in your prayers.

Bishop’s Marc’s message on local wildfires
Bishop Marc listed resources for people in need as well as ways we can help, in a recent letter. To see the letter, please click here.  The information about how we can help is toward the end.


Project Sandwich is still going strong, bringing food to our homeless neighbors! If you would like to volunteer, the program delivers sandwiches on Sundays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Email me for details at
Deacon Dani



Becky Osborn Coolidge is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Thursday Morning Prayer Zoom Meeting
Time: Aug 27, 2020 07:15 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Psalm 25: 7-14
Isaiah 35:3-6a
Mark 7:32-37
Thomas Gallaudet with Henry Winter Syle

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

AUGUST 30, 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, Margie Carr, and Talbot and Carole Richardson. (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:
 Stephen Denny and Judy Hardin; Larry Dicostanzo; Margaret & Peter Doleman; Mary Doleman, all persons impacted by COVID-19, and all those impacted by racial injustice.

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Please pray for St. Augustine's, Oakland.

Birthdays this Week: Thursday, August 27, Elise Marks and Erika Powell.

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: We need to make room for a new tenant - 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.

Third Sunday Concerts at St. Alban's:
Sunday, September 20th
, 2020: Ricardo Peixoto Jazz Ensemble
Calliope Co-Presents with St. Alban's
Ricardo, Peixoto, guitar; Bob Afifi, flute; Ken Cook, piano
4 p.m. Live Stream; Location TBA $25 general admission, $20 seniors and students
Tickets available on Eventbrite

Born in Rio de Janeiro, guitarist, composer and arranger Ricardo Peixoto came to the U.S. by way of a scholarship to Boston’s Berklee College of Music, and later settled in the San Francisco Bay Area. His fluid melodic sense and original harmonic approach place him among the top representatives of Brazilian guitar in the U.S. today. An inspired improviser with a keen compositional sense, Ricardo’s unique and eloquent style evokes images far beyond his Brazilian territory. As a composer grounded both in the jazz and Brazilian music traditions Ricardo has continued to explore Brazil’s rich melodies, sophisticated harmonies and rhythms, while integrating them with the freedom and improvisational approach of jazz.

Did you know that attending a concert is even easier than coming to Zoom church, and that anyone can watch it from anywhere? All you have to do is click on a youtube link.  And did you know that Calliope and St. Alban's are co-producing any concerts which take place on the St. Alban's property? This means that you can enjoy a concert, support local musicians, AND support St. Alban's AND Calliope, all at the same time - it's a win-win-win-win situation! Please join us for a show!


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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