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This Week at St. Alban's

Monday, January 13, 2020

Dear friends,

It’s almost time for a new adult education series! Join us for five sessions starting January 26th to discuss the book The Agile Church.
About The Agile Church: “In today’s dynamic cultural environment, churches have to be more than faithful―they have to be agile. That means embracing processes of trial, failure, and adaptation as they form Christian community with new neighbors. And that means a whole new way of being church.“ Sign up and get your book on Sunday, at our Annual Meeting!
Looking forward to seeing you there!
Deacon Dani

P.S. We’re stocking up on wine! This is the wine we use for communion from Trader Joe’s and donations are welcome! Thank you.


News from the Senior Warden

Parish Annual Meeting scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 19,
in the Parish Hall after the 10 a.m. service.
Dear Friends,
I’m so glad to be back home. Andrew and I had a lovely vacation over New Year’s but I hated missing Julie’s goodbye events. Sounds like you all had a wonderful time and gave her a sendoff worthy of her years of devotion to St. Alban’s.
This coming Sunday, Jan. 19, is the start of a new chapter as we begin 2020 (still not used to writing it) with our annual All Parish Meeting. We’ll have a potluck directly after the 10 a.m. services (the Rev. Peggy Patterson will preside and Deacon Dani will preach) and conclude with a hymn-sing with piano music from Mary Stocker. Start thinking now about favorite hymns you’d like us all to sing and don’t forget your hymnbooks when you come up to the Parish Hall from church.
In between, we will:
  • Do a little exercise about what we want in a new priest. What do you think our next priest should prioritize, given that at least for the time being, the priest will be working three-quarters time?
  • Hear how we finished up 2019 financially and what the budget is likely to be for 2020
  • Say thankyou to Mary Doleman and Barbara Metcalf for completing their terms n the Vestry
  • Elect two new Vestry members
  • Elect Deanery representatives
  • Receive minutes from last years meeting as well as written reports on various ministries
Afterward, the newly reconstituted Vestry will meet to pass the budget, choose the senior and junior wardens for this year, and plan their February retreat.
I’m looking forward to seeing everyone on Sunday.
— Sandy Burnett

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Festive Holy Eucharist, 10 am
Acolytes:  Lawrence DiCostanzo, Katherine Kasameyer
Altar Guild: Deborah Tabor, Sondra Lavrov
Cupbearers:  Sandy Burnett, Peter Doleman
Annual Meeting Brunch:  Setup: Fred Treadwell and all,   Cleanup: All
Counters: Sandy Burnett, George Ferrick

Lectors Robin D'Oyen,  TBD
Ushers:  George Ferrick, Beth Beller
Visitor greeter: Becky Osborn-Coolidge

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:

Cait James, Holli, Piper and Lucas, Deborah & Ric Jesch and Emily, Katherine Kasameyer and Andrew, Burt Kessler and the Rev. Duane Sisson

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Please pray for St. Peter's, Redwood City; St. Peter's, San Francisco

Birthdays this Week: Jessica Sevey (Thursday)

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 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  - Second of a  ten week session 7 - 8:30 pm in the Parish  Hall (see below for details)

    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)

      Monday, January 20
              Tai Chi Drop-In for Experienced Students
             6:15-8:15 pm in the Parish Hall

        Tuesday, January 21
            Centering Prayer 6:15-7:15 pm in the Nursery

       Wednesday, January 22   
               Holy Eucharist with Healing Prayers, 12 noon in the library 
                   Wednesday Night Yoga  (3rd session of 10 ) 7 - 8:30 pm in the Parish Hall

       Thursday, January 23
                Morning Prayer 8 am in the Library
              Benedictine Spirituality Group
              (with Compline - Evening Prayers) 6  pm in the Library

        Friday, January 24
            Sandwich-making for the Albany Shower Program,
              8 am in the Kitchen  

            The Centering Circle: An afternoon of mixed modality meditation with  artist Lisa Thorpe,  1-4 PM (see below-register through Eventbrite by Jan. 15th).
Lisa is the artist who is currently showing her beautiful textile/quilt in the parish hall and Library!

         Sunday, January 26
Worship 10 am in the Sanctuary            
                    Coffee Hour following Worship


**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.
Tickets available at Eventbrite.

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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