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This Week at St. Alban's
June 22, 2020
Dear Friends,
The Rev. Anna Rossi, St. Alban’s seminarian from two years ago and currently a priest and liturgist at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, presided and preached at yesterday’s extraordinary service.

Her sermon, which talked about how God stood with Hagar and her son Ismael, as he stands with all of us in the battle against racism, can be found here. To see the whole service (except for the very first part), click here (password: 5C@$$%^a).

It was wonderful to see John and Natasha Nemeth with twins Izzy and Bea, who continue to be the best-behaved babies ever. Those girls just keep growing! Dick and Susan Rossi, Anna’s parents, also joined us. The Rev. Peggy Patterson took a break from All Souls to join our congregation for the day.

Faith Matteson in London, and her mother, Susan, here, both sang a cappela parts of the service. We had recordings of Dr. Richard Cushman at the St. Alban’s organ for both the prelude and postlude. Many thanks to everyone who works so hard on putting these services together. I really think we’re getting much better at this Zoom thing.

We concluded the service with a prayer for the happiness of our former long-time rector, Rev. Julie, on her marriage to Brad Pierce last Thursday. She’s now the Rev. Julie Wakelee-Pierce. 
We also said the Travel Prayer for the Wineberg-Matteson family.  Susan, Nelson and Patrick are flying to Jamaica on June 24. Faith will join them for London. Please keep them in your prayers.
Have a good week everyone, and stay safe.

— Sandy

Sunday Service time change: After polling parish members, we are changing the Sunday service to 10 AM starting on July 5th. Reminders will be sent in upcoming newsletters.

Join us after church for a discussion of the Bishop’s recent letter and the UBE statement ( and race and racism in our context this upcoming Sunday the 28th. Also, please consider joining the 10 session Sacred Ground anti racism study and discussion group hosted by All Souls. You can sign up at
Please enjoy this banner message from St. Alban’s, with love, that was approved by the Vestry at their last meeting:

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


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

Topic: Thursday Morning Prayer Zoom Meeting
Time: Jun 25, 2020 07:45 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Psalm 46:1-8
Sirach (Ecclesiasticus)  39:1-11
Ephesians 6:10-18
Commemoration:  James Weldon Johnson

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

JUNE 28, 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 at 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:
 Talbot & Carole Richardson; Myra & Chuck Rose and Alana; Sally and David Sanger; Laurie Schumacher, 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: Cynthia Ivy, Wednesday, June 24; Howie Hickman, Friday, June 26; Chuck Rose, Saturday, June 27.

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
Hold the date: July 19th, 4pm
The Meráki Quartet 
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 June 28. 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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