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This Week at St. Alban's

Monday, January 6, 2020

Dear friends, 
This Sunday we said farewell to our beloved Rector, the Rev. Julie Wakelee-Lynch, and wished her well on her next adventures. I know that I am both sad to say goodbye to Julie and excited for her as she pursues what’s next.
There’s a lot to be excited about for us as well! Please make sure to join us on the 19th for our annual meeting to talk about it. Please also consider running for Vestry to help lead the process!
I am so grateful to be here with all of you as we discern our direction. I’m available for any pastoral concerns during this time and can be reached through the office or at
Deacon Dani

Say yes to YEAH!
St. Alban’s team of volunteers who serve a monthly breakfast at YEAH! (the Berkeley shelter for teens and young adults), needs a couple more volunteers.

With a full team, each volunteer serves only once every quarter in this
satisfying ministry. This is a match made in heaven for early birds.

We start at 6:30 a.m. and are out by 8.

The work includes preparing a hot breakfast (YEAH provides eggs, milk, cereal, etc. but volunteers may supplement with treats, bacon, etc) for a bunch of sleepy kids before they have to face the day on the street.

YEAH requires a one-hour orientation held every second Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall at the Lutheran Church of the Cross, 1744 University Ave., Berkeley.

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Sandy Burnett at 650 678-0149 or

News from the Senior Warden

Vestry meeting recap
The Vestry met Sunday to plan the upcoming
Parish Annual Meeting scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 19,
in the Parish Hall after the 10 a.m. service.

In addition to the usual business of electing new Vestry members
and Deanery representatives, getting reports on various ministries and
the proposed budget, the potluck lunch also will include a short exercise
to get parishioners’ priorities on the new priest-in-charge.
We'll wrap up our meeting with a hymn-sing.  Parishioners can suggest their favorite hymns for the group to sing with piano accompaniment.

In  other business, the Vestry met with contractor Nick Christ, who hopes that the church can complete Phase 1 of the Capital Campaign renovation project this coming year. Refurbishing the downstairs offices into music practice rooms is the next project, and Calliope will do the vast majority of the fund-raising for this work. Before this gets started, we do still have a debt of just under $20,000 to pay to Nick's construction firm. He has been extraordinarily generous in extending the payment time frame for us.

Vestry positions open
Two Vestry members, Mary Doleman and Barbara Metcalf, are completing their terms as of the Jan. 19 All-Parish Annual Meeting and , due to other commitments, John Nemeth has resigned.

This means we have three openings on the six-member board (our priest is the seventh member) to be elected at the meeting. We are grateful to Rick Kern and Kathryne Ann Kinsey who have agreed to run and we are in search of an additional candidate.

In this time of transition, the Vestry’s role is even more important
because the vestry will be the search and selection team for
the new priest-in-charge.

The Vestry meets on the fourth Sunday of the month after coffee hour and also holds a Saturday retreat in February. According to the canons of the Diocese of California, potential candidates must be registered baptized members in good standing (as defined by church canons as having received communion a minimum of 3 times in the prior year). Our vestry additionally expects that members will make a financial pledge commitment to the congregation.

If you’re interested, please contact Senior Warden Sandy Burnett at 650-678-0149 or Returning Vestry members are Sandy Burnett, Mary Lee Cole, and Mike Trevino.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Festive Holy Eucharist, 10 am
Acolytes:  Chanthip Phongkhamsavath, Katherine Kasameyer
Altar Guild: Dani Gabriel, Laurie Schumacher
Cupbearers:  Beth Beller, Don Goerlitz
Coffee Hour:  Setup: Fred Treadwell,   Cleanup: All
Counters: Sandy Burnett, Mary Doleman

Lectors Sondra Lavrov, Don Goerlitz
Ushers:  Mary Lee Cole, Eric Lindgren
Visitor greeter: Deb Jesch

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

Talbot and Carole Richardson are at Lakeside Park Memory Care near Lake Merritt in Oakland. Their address is 468 Perkins Street, Oakland, CA 94610.  (510) 735-9503. Visitors are welcome (please call ahead).

Bill Langston is now living at 2850 Groom Drive, Richmond, CA 94806-2665 with his brother and sister-in-law, Hoover and Terry Langston. Phone calls, notes and visits are welcomed and encouraged. Please call 510-222-5169 to arrange a visit.

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:

Howard & Marcia Hickman, Howie and Melinda, Stephen Hitchcock, Cynthia Ivy and Bobbi Ryan, Arthur and Charles Omura, Bill Jacobson

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Please pray for True Sunshine, San Francisco, Church of the Epiphany, San Carlos

Birthdays this Week: Gryffen Mendelssohn (Monday)

If your birthday is missing in the weekly email, please let the church know so that it can be added to our birthday rota!
Give the gift of music!
Gift Certificates for the Third Sunday Concert Series now available: single tickets, and choose-your-own 3-show series.
Individual tickets: $25/general; $20 senior/student
Buy a three-show certificate and save $10:
$65 general; $50 senior/student

For more information, contact Christine Staples (or call the church office)

This Week:

     Monday, January 6
               Tai Chi Drop-In for Experienced Students
             6:15-8:15 pm in the Parish Hall
  Tuesday, January 7
          Centering Prayer 6:15-7:15 pm in the Nursery

  Wednesday, January 8
Holy Eucharist with Healing Prayers, 12 noon in the library 
             Wednesday Night Yoga begins a ten week session 7 - 8:30 pm in the Parish  Hall (see below for details)

    Thursday, January 9
           Morning Prayer 8 am in the Library
           Benedictine Spirituality Group
          (with Compline - Evening Prayers)
            6  pm in the Library

Friday, January 10
           Sandwich-making for the Albany Shower Program,
          8 am in the Kitchen 

     Sunday, January 12
              Worship 10 am in the Sanctuary
Coffee Hour in the Parish Hall follows Worship     
             HOOT! 7-9 pm in the Parish Hall

      Monday, January 13
              Tai Chi Drop-In for Experienced Students
             6:15-8:15 pm in the Parish Hall

        Tuesday, January 14
            Centering Prayer 6:15-7:15 pm in the Nursery

       Wednesday, January 15   
               Holy Eucharist with Healing Prayers, 12 noon in the library 
                   Wednesday Night Yoga  7 - 8:30 pm in the Parish Hall
       Thursday, January 16
                Morning Prayer 8 am in the Library
              Benedictine Spirituality Group
              (with Compline - Evening Prayers) 6  pm in the Library

        Friday, January 17
            Sandwich-making for the Albany Shower Program,
              8 am in the Kitchen  

         Saturday, January 18
               Harpsichord Concert 2:30pm in the Sanctuary  (see below)

         Sunday, January 19
Worship 10 am in the Sanctuary            
                     Annual Meeting with Potluck follows Worship
                 Third Sunday Concert Series 4:00 pm (see flyer below)

**Special Note: Barbara Hill's beautiful photographs which she fashioned into Greeting Cards are available in the office for a donation.


The Centering Circle
An afternoon of mixed modality meditation with artist Lisa Thorpe

(Registration deadline: January 15, 2020)
COST: $40 (includes materials fee)
Tickets available through Eventbrite:
World religions are filled with spiritual imagery that contains the circle–the Hindu mandala represents the divine at the center of four gates offering entrance; Tibetan Buddhism has ritualized the mandala form and incorporated it into meditation on the universe; Christianity employs the sacred circle in rose windows, the Celtic cross, and the Labyrinth, to name a few.
Explore the Centering Circle with teacher and artist, Lisa Thorpe. The afternoon will begin with light movement and humming meditation. Then the exploration will turn to the visual through an exploration of the circle in nature as well as the human embrace of the circle as a sacred and mysterious form. Movement and walking meditation will be woven into the afternoon and an exploration of simple mandala making using oil pastels, colored pencil, and watercolors on paper. We will be focusing on the physical movement of mark-making on paper while exploring color, overlapping forms, and personal meaning. No art or drawing experience needed. This is a meditation and day of centering not an art class. Each participant will take home a booklet of the mandalas they made and a calm and receptive mind to carry into the New Year.


on sale now!

Please click below for ticket links.

Third Sunday Concert: January 19 at 4 pm
Clarinet Thing
Four phenomenal jazz clarinetists = one amazing concert!  Beth Custer, Sheldon Brown, Ben Goldberg, and Harvey Wainapel.

Third Sunday Concert,  February 16, 2020:

Violins of Hope: Along the Trade Route
This concert features instruments from a collection lovingly restored violins once played by prisoners in Nazi concentration camps. We will feature four violinists playing folk music from various parts of the world. Led by Cookie Segelstein playing Klezmer, other musicians will offer Celtic, South Indian and Middle Eastern tunes.

We are grateful for an initial grant from the Albany Community Foundation, and for sponsorship from
Congregation Netivot Shalom of Berkeley, North Berkeley Investment Partners, Roland Feller Violins and Timbre Folk and Baroque. We are actively seeking additional grants and sponsors to support this amazing show.
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