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This Week at St. Alban's
April 13, 2020

Dear Friends,

First, many thanks to the Rev. Leslie Nipps, Becky Osborn-Coolidge, Christine Staples and everyone who helped put on the lovely Easter service yesterday. For those of you who couldn’t make it, click here to view a recording.  
For the most part, we were able to see and hear each other. We had music and candles and the great fellowship of all Christians who celebrate this holy and joyous occasion.

Thanks also to Deacon Dani for our Good Friday service. There’s an item below about how you can see that one too.

The resurrection always reminds me that no matter the weather or the circumstances, new life has come again.

Don’t know if that’s a good segue or not, but the Vestry is having a special meeting tonight at 7:30pm to discuss two main things — a request from tenants for rent relief and to prepare for our Wednesday evening meeting — via Zoom of course — with Bishop Marc Andrus. We’ll be discussing our finances and our search for a priest-in-charge. Materials will include our current finance statements (click here to link) from our bookkeeper and a revised budget (click here) prepared by Finance Committee chair Steve Hitchcock. We’re also sending some information about how St. Alban’s is used, and by how many people, during non-quarantine times. We’re still working on those figures.
All Vestry meetings are open. If you want to join us this evening, please contact Rick Kern at so he can invite you.

In other business, the office staff hopes to send out quarterly statements by the end of the week with a letter from me and an Easter season contribution envelope for your convenience. I’m looking forward to being in touch with you again. 

As Rev. Leslie said in her sermon yesterday, despite “social distancing,” we are still all one, a global community. May we all continue to find grace in the wilderness.
~ Sandy



Our homeless neighbors are increasingly hungry as food programs and stores shut down. All Souls Church is launching a project to try to get more food to folks, and I am inviting St. Alban’s to be a part of it. This is a great way we can collaborate!

We are hoping to get up to 200 sandwiches to folks in camps in Berkeley on Wednesdays and Sundays during this crisis. ANY number we can offer is great, but they could use up to 200. 
We’re going to do this in households, 5-10 sandwiches at a time. Households can make any type of sandwich they want. They will provide the ingredients. All Souls will add drinks, fruit, and snacks.
We’re going to have drivers pick up, bag, and deliver meals, with the help of our contacts in the camps.
What we need to make this happen:
1-3 coordinators:
 Are you great at logistics and schedules? Have time but maybe don’t want to make sandwiches? We really need a small team of folks to step up and coordinate this project. I will also be here to support.
Sandwich Teams:
As many households as want to participate! Recruit your friends! Connect with other churches! This is a great way to help out.
Could you drive and pick up sandwiches from porches? You would then bag them with other items provided by All Souls (Drink, fruit, snack), and deliver to the camps.
We need someone ASAP who can do some research and put together a guide on kitchen safety for our teams. During this crisis we need to be especially careful with our food prep, and we need to offer folks a guide and possibly provide supplies.
We have a generous grant from the Episcopal Impact Fund to help make all of this happen. So let’s do this! I have attached a sign up sheet. 
Please let me know if you have questions or ideas.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Deacon Dani

You can view our Good Friday service in the St. Alban’s Morning Prayer Facebook group! Warning: you need to be using your phone to watch this video. Apologies for that!

Becky Osborn Coolidge is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Time: Apr 16, 2020 08:00AM Pacific Time (US and Canada) Please check in at 7:55am in case you have technical difficulties.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 305 931 3988
Password: 890622
Psalm 111:2-10
Sirach (Ecclesiasticus)  15: 1-7, 15-19
Matthew 19: 28-30
Commemoration: Mary (Molly) Brant

Alison Lee, piano; Isaac Pastor-Chermak, cello
Livestreaming from Alison's livingroom to yours!
Tickets $25 on on Eventbrite
Works by Beethoven, Schumann, and Debussy. 
(See Calliope information below for details) 

The Sunday service will be through Zoom. Please join at 8:45am to be sure to work out technical issues. The bulletin will be sent on Friday. Here’s the info:
Dani Gabriel is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 267 154 7848
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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 510-530-0399.

 Phone calls and notes to Bill Langston are welcomed and encouraged. Please call 510-222-5169.

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 and Aaron 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: Eric Lindgren (Sunday, April 19)
If your birthday is missing in the weekly email, please let the church know so that it can be added to our birthday rota!

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 message from Christine Staples about CALLIOPE events:
Our in-person concerts are on hold for now and will resume in June, BUT MEANWHILE, we're planning some live-streamed concerts to keep you all entertained:

Alison Lee and Isaac Pastor-Chermak 
have a treat in store for us - a virtual sonata night of cello and piano duets by Debussy, Beethoven and Schumann live from Alison's living room!
Tickets $25 : available on Eventbrite

East Bay classical music power couple Alison Lee, piano and Isaac Pastor-Chermak, cello are a mainstay of Northern California's performing arts scene, appearing as a duo and as two-thirds of piano trio Ensemble 1828. This ticketed event is presented by Calliope - East Bay Music and Arts, the Bay Area's newest arts nonprofit, and a portion of every ticket sale goes to support Calliope's mission of building community and advancing social justice in the arts. 

Debussy, Sonata for Cello and Piano
Beethoven, Sonata No.3 for Cello and Piano in A major, Op.69
Schumann, Fantasiestücke (Fantasy Pieces) for cello and piano

When you purchase a ticket on EventBrite you'll receive a link to the stream in advance of the event. While only one ticket purchase is required per household to view the stream, we hope you would consider purchasing a ticket for each viewer, or adding a donation equivalent to the number of tickets you would purchase for a live event (e.g. if two people plan to watch, purchase one ticket, and consider adding a donation for the value of a second ticket).

SUNDAY, MAY 10, (time to be determined)
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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