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This Week at St. Alban's
August 17, 2020

Dear Friends,
So nice to have the Rev. Anna Rossi presiding and preaching yesterday. The Gospel lesson was on Jesus’ response to the Canaanite (foreign) woman whose daughter suffered from a demon. Initially, Christ turned her down. To read Anna’s homily, click here. To see the entire service, click here.

Vestry Meeting
The Vestry meeting took place after the service, via Zoom, of course. Here are a couple of the high points:
            •  Treasurer Eric Lindgren reported that we are doing well financially due to reduced expenses from not having a rector, not paying our Diocesan assessment (we have applied for assessment relief), and people prepaying pledges. Click on the following to see the balance sheet, capital campaign statement and end-of-July budget.
            •  Steve Hitchcock brought up that we need to do some work on our Website. He is looking into what we can do.
            •  The Vestry considered whether they wanted to begin the search for a priest-in-charge to have someone in place for the holidays. They decided to continue, for now, their position on not doing a search until the Vestry can meet in person with potential candidates. They plan to meet via Zoom with Diocesan Transitions Minister Denise Obando to discuss interim measures.
            •  Mike Trevino reported that Calliope is doing very well with its on-line concerts and its leadership is very happy with St. Alban’s cooperation in making those happen and with upgrading our wireless system
            •  Began discussing recruiting additional Vestry members. Sandy Burnett will finish her three-year term in January, Susan Matteson, who was elected to fill in for another vestry member who resigned last January, will complete that term but plans to stand for her own three-year term in 2021. At six, we currently have the minimum number of Vestry members (maximum is 15).
            •  Considered a design for a fence to be used in the courtyard during Montessori School playtimes. The vestry had several questions to forward to the designer.
Thanks all. Stay cool this week.

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


Online Sunday services are now at 10 AM.
See information below for details. 



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

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Psalm 19:7-14
Sirach 39:1-10
John 15:7-11
Bernard - Abbot of Clairvaus  1153

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AUGUST 23, 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.
Talbot and Carole Richardson would welcome calls at 510-735-9503.

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 Richardson who has tested positive for Covid 19. (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:
 Mary Lee Cole; D Cuny; Richard Cushman; Andrew Day & Tessa Childers-Day and Sam, and all persons impacted by COVID-19, and all those impacted by racial injustice.

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Please pray for St. Bartholomew's, Livermore.

Birthdays this Week: Wednesday, August 19, Elizabeth Finlayson; Friday, August 21, Charlotte Wilson; Sunday, August 23, StellaMae Holt.

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

Hello friends,
Here’s the great St. Alban’s sign outside my stained glass studio, behind my work table. I’ve got fine memories of that sign, and even more of what it signifies.
I’m glad you let it find a new home here. The sign joins the old altar in my studio, where it serves as a perfectly ergonomic work table.
Thanks again!


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.

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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