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This Week at St. Alban's

Monday, April 15, 2019

Dear all,

This week, Holy Week, is a week that invites us to go deep. It is a week that takes time to do its spiritual work in us. As Rev. Will Scott did in his sermon yesterday (see link below), I invite you to make time and space to really mark the days, and to listen to the call of the Holy Spirit as you journey through the sacred story of this week.

For those who have not heard, Barbara Counsell (96) died this past week. I'm in conversation with her children and we are likely planning for a late May memorial service.

Anyone who was around St. Alban's from about 5 years ago back almost to its founding has Barbara stories – she was, at one time or another, involved in pretty much every aspect of life at this church. She was also an incredible advocate for refugees and made a huge difference in the lives of many. May she rise in peace, and rest in glory. 

Please be in touch with Becky Osborn-Coolidge if you'd like to be part of bringing meals to Barbara's son Stuart as he begins the work of grief and sorting out the household.

Blessings on your journey.

In love and gratitude,
Rev. Julie

 P.S. Rev. Will Scott's sermon from Sunday is here.
Worship Rota for
Saturday, April 2o, 2019

(Holy Saturday)

Acolytes:           Katherine Kasameyer, Chanthip Phongkhamsavath
Cupbearers:     Peter Doleman, Sandy Burnett
Ushers:             Needed

Worship Rota for
Sunday, April 21, 2019

(Easter Sunday)

Holy Eucharist, 10 am in the Sanctuary
Acolytes:           Lawrence DiCostanzo, Dani Gabriel
Altar Guild:      Deborah Tabor, Sondra Lavrov
Easter brunch: Vestry
Counters:          Mary Doleman, Sandy Burnett
Peter Doleman, Sandy Burnett
Lectors:             Helen Tadeo, Mike Trevino
Ushers:              Mary Lee Cole, Beth Beller
Visitor greeter:  Becky Osborn-Coolidge

Parish Cycle of Prayer
Barbara Lindgren has moved to 
Santa Teresa Care Home, 10 Santa Teresa Court, Pittsburg, CA 94565  Phone contact: Marivel Calambro  (510) 910-0369

Talbot and Carole Richardson have moved to Lakeside Park Memory Care near Lake Merritt in Oakland. Their new address is 468 Perkins Street, Oakland, CA 94610. New direct phone #: (510) 735-9503. Visitors are welcome!

Please also pray for those who are home-bound and/or healing at this time: Burt Kessler, William 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 remember: Becky Osborn-Coolidge; Ann Partington; Jeff Peterson & Elise Marks, Miriam and Noah; Chanthip Phongkhamsavath.

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Please pray for The Bishop's Ranch

Birthdays this week:  Eric Lindgren (Friday).

If your birthday is missing in the weekly email, please let the church know so that it can be added to our birthday rota!
Holy Week at St. Alban's
Let's mark together the days of this holiest season of our year. 

The sanctuary will be open during office hours this week,
if you're looking for a quiet place to pray.

Here are the services (with a little explanation):

April 18
Maundy Thursday
6:30 pm Potluck Dinner and Worship

We gather first in the upstairs parish hall for a potluck dinner, foreshadowing the readings in the worship service about
the last supper Jesus had with his friends in the "upper room." 

If you'd like, you may have your feet washed, and/or wash someone else's, as Jesus washed the feet of his friends.

After communion, the service concludes with the dramatic clearing of the altar and removal of all items from the altar area. We leave in darkness, anticipating Jesus' nighttime arrest
in the garden, and the events of Good Friday.

April 19
Good Friday
Services at 12 noon and 7 pm

Today we gather mostly in silence, share again the reading of
the Passion narrative (the trial and death of Jesus), offer our prayers, and, for those who wish, offer special prayers or veneration at the cross. There is no Eucharist today
– we are at the cross, and in the tomb, with Jesus.

April 20
Holy Saturday
Easter Vigil Service
7 pm

This service, which traditionally starts at sundown (we'll be a little early this year), is all about new life. We light the "new fire" for the Christ candle, hear a beautiful chanted prayer called the "Exsultet" (the Easter proclamation), retell the stories of salvation, and then...Christ is risen! We go from candle-light to brightness, singing alleluias and sharing the joy of life sprung anew. Many years back, we began a tradition of closing this service with a little sweetness – sharing sparkling beverages and tasty treats to honor the sweetness of God's love.

April 21
Easter Sunday!
10 am worship with holy baptism

All of life is new today! Come celebrate with beautiful music and the official welcome into the life of the church for twins
Bea and Izzy. We'll also renew our own promises from baptism.
Easter egg hunt and an abundant brunch follow.

Summer is coming...
            and so are camps!

Here's what's on the menu at St. Alban's:

SF Shakespeare Festival Camps 
Camp hours: 2 week sessions, 9 am - 3 pm
Ages served: 7 - 18
(depends on the camp - see below)
Scholarships available for St. Alban's members who might not otherwise be able to attend.

Session 1   June 17 - 28
Shakespeare Players Camp: 7-13 yr olds)
Session 2   Aug. 5 - 17  
Upstart Crows: 12 - 18 yr olds)

About the camps: 
Shakespeare Players Campers will perform in Playing the Fool, As You Like It, and The Tempest. A performance for family and friends is presented on the final day of each camp, followed by a celebratory cast party! Previous acting experience welcome but not required.

Upstart Crows: Teens have something to say. Shakespeare gives us the best words in the world. This summer Upstart Crows will be performing an abridged version of Shakespeare's complex comedy The Taming of the Shrew. Experience welcome but not required. At Upstart Crows Camps you'll:

  • Explore Shakespeare’s text, themes and language
  •  Enhance your performance abilities
  •  Expand your vocal and movement skills
  •  Learn advanced stage combat 
  •  Develop audition technique and more!

Narrative Art Center Camps
Camp Hours: 9 am - 2:30 pm
Ages served: 10 - 16
Session 1: June 17-21 (full)
Session 2: June 24 - 28
Discounts available for St. Alban's members.

About the camps: We'll study film history, video creation techniques, and visual communication to inspire campers to think and talk about the movies they love. We'll learn a DIY “Makers” approach to filmmaking by creating our own individual short films in one week’s time using equipment provided by the camp. 
Focused on the art and design behind narrative filmmaking, we emphasize story structure and the relationship between character and environment.  Campers research and storyboard their ideas crafting them into a short live action video. They then design and build their own miniature environments and workshop their characters to fit within the worlds they make. By the end of the week, using basic green screen and compositing techniques, they create a short film where their characters interact within the world they built.

Cooking ‘Round the World Camps
Camp hours: full day 9 am - 4 pm; half day 9 am - 1 pm
Age range served: 6 - 13

Camperships (scholarships) available

July 22 - 26: Regions of China
July 22-26: Regions of China        
July 29 - Aug. 2: Cooking Round the World
August 5 - 9: Pizza Mania 
Aug. 12 - 16: Cooking Round the USA

About the program: Cooking Round the World summer camp immerses a child in a cooking and cultural exploration. Each camp day we cook and eat 4 to 8 recipes, read a folktale, play an international/national game, observe a cooking demonstration, and learn to think critically about the foods we just cooked. In the afternoon we see a slide presentation, play a trivia game, and bake desserts. 

This WeekHoly Week
   Monday, April 15
              Tai Chi Drop-In for Experienced Students
             6:15-8:15 p.m. in the Parish Hall

   Tuesday, April 16
           Centering Prayer 6:15-7:15 pm in the Nursery            
Wednesday, April 17
          Tai Chi 10-12 Parish Hall
           Healing Service 12-1pm Library

           Beginning Irish Dance for Adults 
6:30-7:30 pm
           Irish Dance for Adults 7:30-8:30 pm


            Lent Book Group and Potluck, 
             6:00-7:30pm at Mary Doleman's home.

  Thursday, April 18 – Maundy Thursday        
                Morning Prayer 8 am in the Library 
            Maundy Thursday Potluck Dinner and Service,
6:30 pm-8:30pm in the Parish Hall and Sanctuary 

Friday, April 19  – Good Friday
Sandwich-making for the Albany Shower Program
                8 am in the Kitchen

                  Good Friday services
                12 noon (cello music and vocal soloist)  and
                7 pm (with organ and hymns)
                  in the Sanctuary

Saturday, April 20  – Holy Saturday
             Easter Vigil 7 pm             
  This dramatic service begins on the patio with the lighting
            of the "great fire," includes beautiful music & readings, and 

              concludes with a little party to celebrate the sweetness
            of resurrection.

Sunday, April 21   – EASTER SUNDAY
                 Easter Worship with Holy Baptism 
        10:00 am in the Sanctuary
        Join us to celebrate resurrection,
        and also the baptism of Beatrice and Isaline Nemeth!

       Egg hunt and Easter Brunch follow worship
          (gather in the Parish Hall)

      Third Sunday Concert: Ensemble Illumne
         4 pm in the Parish Hall
Jessica Chang, viola, Allegra Chapman, piano, and Laura Gayon, cello,
           offer a passionate performance of Brahms and Saariaho.

         Tickets available here.   (Free tickets available for 2 volunteers)
      Next Week

Monday, April 22  OFFICE CLOSED

       Tai Chi Drop-In for Experienced Students
             6:15-8:15 p.m. in the Parish Hall

  Tuesday, April 23    
       Centering Prayer 6:15-7:15 pm in the Nursery
  Wednesday, April 24
        Tai Chi 10-12 Parish Hall 
        No Healing Service
this week.     

         Beginning Irish Dance for Adults 6:30-7:30 pm
           Albany Irish Dance for Adults 7:30-8:30 pm

   Thursday, April 25
            Morning Prayer  8 am in the Library

          Benedictine Spirituality Group,
           6-8 pm in the Library               

   Friday, April 26
            Sandwich-making for the Albany Shower Program,
          8 am in the Kitchen  

    Saturday, April 27 
          Harpsichord concert with Arthur Omura

             7:30pm in the Sanctuary
             A fundraiser for St. Alban's Capital Campaign.
             Tickets available here or at the door.

    Sunday, April 28  
          Worship 10 am in the Sanctuary   
           Vestry meets at 11:45 am in the Library.


Looking for great music in 2019? 

Tickets now on sale

for Third Sunday shows:

Ensemble Illume (classical)

Jeffrey LaDeur (solo piano)

MUSA Baroque (Baroque & classical)
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