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This Week at St. Alban's

Monday, December 17, 2018

Dear all,

It was another amazing weekend at St. Alban's! On Saturday, a small army of volunteers helped uncover the pews, vacuum and move construction materials from the sanctuary. In the evening, our friend Isaac Pastor-Chermak (cello) and pianist Miles Graber teamed up for a gorgeous musical tribute to the year 1918 (and raised a nice chunk of change for the capital campaign). This afternoon, Jon Hatamiya brought a quartet that played two diverse and lush sets of original jazz.

It's always so much fun to host shows with artists and audience members who are attending for the first time – everyone is agog at the acoustic warmth and beauty of our hall. We have such treasure, yes, in the buildings we love, but more importantly, in the community we share, which I am convinced is what infuses our space with love, and with the sense of warmth and welcome people feel when they are here, whether for after school care, a concert, a healing 12-step meeting, or worship. 

Today is orange-carpet removal day in the sanctuary(!). Here's a little picture, just for old-times' sake. Can't wait for us all to enjoy the new look together at Christmas. Please see below for ways you can help us get ready.
Meanwhile, I know that this season is not joyful for everyone. If you or someone you know is struggling, please come/invite your friends to the Blue Christmas service this Thursday at 7 pm (in the Parish Hall). It's a simple, quiet, intimate service, and a safe place for folks who need a place to park their grief and share some love.

It's been quite a year at St. Alban's.
I'm so glad we are on this journey together.

Have a beautiful week!

In love and gratitude,
Rev. Julie

P.S. Click here for my sermon from Sunday.
Vestry update 
The vestry met yesterday, December 16. 
Minutes from the November meeting may be found
November financial reports approved today are here:
profit & loss, balance sheet, November campaign report, Jan 2015- Oct 2018 campaign overview
This month's meeting included approving the rector's 2019 housing allowance (designating what portion of Rev. Julie's income will go to housing – this is a tax benefit available to clergy which, especially here in the Bay Area, makes it possible for clergy to afford to live here. Clergy are considered "consultants" by the IRS, and thus pay employer and employee shares of SECA taxes, so it's a bit of a wash. FYI, Julie indicated that she will spend roughly 46% of her income on housing in the year ahead.)
In other business, the vestry received an update on the status of the capital campaign, discussed the development of the board and business plan for Calliope - East Bay Music & Arts; took a look at leadership changes on the vestry for 2019; and heard a report from intern Dani Gabriel on a new program that will make the Full Belly organic produce boxes affordable for people receiving SNAP benefits ("food stamps").
The next vestry meeting will be Sunday, January 20, 2019. 

The annual meeting of the parish will take place after worship on Sunday, January 27. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend!
Getting Ready for Christmas!
It takes a village!

As we prepare to move back into the sanctuary for worship, there are many tasks, large and small, to prepare for beautiful worship services. 

Help with Christmas services
we still have the following slots open for

      Christmas Eve 5 pm
  • 1 acolyte
  • 2 ushers
  • 2 cup-bearers

      Christmas Eve 10 pm
  • 2 ushers
  • 2 cupbearers
  • 1 reader
      Christmas Morning 10 am
  • 1 reader
  • 1 usher

Greening the church
Sunday, December 23, following 10 am worship
  • Moving hymnals, altar and other items 
  • Installing candle-stands on pews
  • Putting up the greens and Christmas tree
  • (We need a volunteer to get the tree, too!)

Donating poinsettias & tree
Bring to the church any time after this Wednesday.
We still need about 8 more red one, and three LARGE white ones. 
We would also love for someone to get the tree (or at least pick it up and get reimbursed.)
here or call (510-525-1716) if you will donate.

Donating Ear Buds for YEAH shelter residents: 
A crew will once again be serving breakfast at YEAH on Christmas morning. 
We've volunteered to contribute cellphone ear buds to the gift bags being provided. There are about 37 residents right now. A basic pair generally runs about $10. Here's an example at
Best Buy, but you can find them at Staples, Office Depot, CVS and probably even the grocery store. If you'd rather donate the cash and let us do the shopping, just let us know(Please don't buy anything fancier than the $10 model–we want each guest to receive roughly the same item)

Construction news this week:

New carpet! (Monday and Tuesday)
Plus, touch-up painting, installing the lighting controls and exit lights, finishing new furnace hook-ups,
cleaning, polishing,
getting ready for Christmas!

Clean-up helpers needed this week: 
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday afternoons - odds and ends.
Please call the office day-of to see what's needed. 
Worship Rota for
Sunday, December 23, 2018

(The Fourth Sunday of Advent)

Holy Eucharist, 10 am in the Parish Hall
Acolytes:         Lawrence DiCostanzo, Dani Gabriel
Altar Guild:    Peter Doleman, Becky Osborn-Coolidge
Coffee hour:   No Host Coffee Hour
Counters:        Mary Doleman, Susan Matteson
Beth Beller, Peter Doleman
Lectors:             Lawrence DiCostanzo, Margie Carr
Ushers:             Beth Beller, Ade Akanni
Visitor greeter: Beth Beller

Parish Cycle of Prayer
If you were there,  pray for those seated near you at church on Sunday.  

Barbara Counsell is home and on hospice care. Please contact Stuart Counsell if you'd like to visit: 510-604-8060.

Barbara Lindgren is now at La Casa Via Transitional Care Center, 1449 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek, CA 94598. She will be there for several weeks – cards (and visits) are welcomed!

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, Tim Sisson, 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, please remember:
The Rev. Duane Sisson and Burt Kessler; Gabriel Snell and Kat Weller-Fahy; Susan Jones-Yamawaki and Doug Yamawaki, Trefor & Sabrina Szabo; Deborah Tabor

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Please pray for all churches in the diocese, as they prepare to welcome many and celebrate the feast of Christmas.

Birthdays: Lisa Trever (Monday), Natasha Hoehn (Wednesday), Meso Tadeo (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!

This Week 
  Monday, December 17
       Tai Chi Drop In for Experienced Students
        6:15-8:15 pm in the Parish Hall
 Wednesday, December 19
          Tai Chi 10-12 Parish Hall
Healing Prayer Service  12pm in the Library
        Albany Irish Dance for Adults 7:30-8:30 pm

         Beginning Irish Dance for Kids 6:30-7:30 pm

  Thursday, December 20
         Blue Christmas Service 7 pm in the Parish Hall
        This is a peaceful, intimate service for anyone who finds the
         holidays a difficult time. We pray together, enjoy candlelight,
         share stories and a few carols and a simple Eucharist.

  Friday, December 21
Sandwich-making for the Albany Shower Program
           8 am in the Kitchen

    Sunday, December 23
            Worship at 10 am in the Parish Hall

Greening the church (THE SANCTUARY!)
             grab some coffee after worship and join the fun!

                Antika Bulgaria 3:30-6:00 pm in the Library
            (Bulgarian cultural group)

                   Next Week

Monday, December 24       (Christmas Eve!)
          Family Service 5:00 pm in the Sanctuary
         Lessons and Carols with Festive Eucharist
        10:00 pm in the Sanctuary

Tuesday, December 25  (Christmas Day)
         Office Closed through January 1, 2019

           Worship Service 10:00 am in the Sanctuary
  Wednesday, December 26
         Office Closed
        Tai Chi 10-12 Parish Hall
      Healing Prayer Service  is on hiatus this week
          Cooking Round the World day camp  8 am - 4 pm
        Open to ages 6 - 13. For more information, click
         12/26 -12/28/18 and 12/31/18 -1/4/19

 Thursday, December 27
          Office Closed
        Morning Prayer  8 am in the Library
        Benedictine Spirituality Group  does NOT meet tonight.
   Friday, December 28
           Office Closed
           Sandwich-making for the Albany Shower Program
8 am in the Kitchen

     Sunday, December 30
           Worship at 10:00 am in the Parish Hall 

     Monday, December 31  (New Year's Eve) 
         Office closed       
        Have fun, be safe, and get ready for a great 2019!

   Tuesday, January 1, 2019
          Office closed (re-opens Wednesday,  Jan. 2) 


Looking for a great Christmas gift? 

Tickets now on sale for the

1st three concerts of 2019:

Veretski Pass (Klezmer!)

Evan Price/Lewis Patzner (Jazz!)

Quinteto La Moderna (Cuban!)

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