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This Week at St. Alban's
April 20, 2020
Dear Friends,
So sorry about yesterday’s technical glitch which resulted in the 9am service starting much later. We’re all still getting used to the new Zoom world but I think we’re making some progress. Steve Hitchcock's homily may be downloaded from here.

Lawrence DiConstanza also offered this tip for trying to figure out whether the problem is with you or at the source. “There is a Zoom phone number for the meeting included with the Zoom prompt/invitation,  (It’s for people joining the meeting on their phones.)” he wrote.  “I called that number to check things out yesterday morning after my screen said several times ‘The leader is in another meeting.’  The phone message was that the ‘meeting has not started yet.’  That little phrase gave me the confidence to wait.  I figured there was some technical glitch.” So, please follow this helpful information and if you need further help Becky has offered her contact information: 510-384-6223.

The Gospel reading was about Christ’s appearance to the apostles, including “Doubting” Thomas, in a locked room after the Resurrection. Steve Hitchcock noted in his comments that a lot of us are huddled these days in “locked” rooms, but as “siblings of God’s Number One kid,” we’re all connected to each other. And, unlike Thomas, we don’t have to see God — or other people — in the flesh, to know that they exist and are part of us.

Earlier last week, the Vestry met with Bishop Marc Andrus, Canon Abbot Bailey and Office of Transitional Ministry head Denise Obando (via Zoom of course), on Wednesday evening to discuss our search for a priest-in-charge and our financial situation. The Bishop extended his love and care to all of us. He also wanted to know if we are financially viable. The answer is yes and no. We were on track this year to cover our operating expenses, including the costs of a part-time priest, especially if we’re able to receive relief from our assessment obligation to the Diocese. However, we still have debts left over from last year and from the Capital Campaign. I believe we can handle all of these debts in time. 

Of course, the quarantine has shut down a chunk of our income, The quarantine also has made the Vestry reluctant to start the hiring process with people that we can’t meet face to face and who can’t meet us. I think most of us really miss the support and leadership a priest could be providing in this difficult time, but we also want to make sure we have the best possible chance of choosing a priest-in-charge who is right for us.

Thanks to all of you who are providing so much support and effort for St. Alban’s in this confusing era.
See you Sunday — Sandy

What goes on . . . 
We all know that St. Alban’s is usually a pretty busy place. But now we have a pretty good idea of how busy. Christine Staples, our Calliope coordinator, and Parish Administrator Karen Sjoholm put together this chart (click here) that show how St. Alban’s is used (not including church services) when we’re not under quarantine. This was prepared as one of the documents we submitted to the Diocese along with financial information.



Our homeless neighbors are increasingly hungry as food programs and stores shut down. All Souls Church is launching a project to try to get more food to folks, and I am inviting St. Alban’s to be a part of it. This is a great way we can collaborate!

We are hoping to get up to 200 sandwiches to folks in camps in Berkeley on Wednesdays and Sundays during this crisis. ANY number we can offer is great, but they could use up to 200. 
We’re going to do this in households, 5-10 sandwiches at a time. Households can make any type of sandwich they want. They will provide the ingredients. All Souls will add drinks, fruit, and snacks.
We’re going to have drivers pick up, bag, and deliver meals, with the help of our contacts in the camps.

Contact Deacon Dani at

Becky Osborn Coolidge is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Thursday Morning Prayer
Time: Apr 23, 2020 08:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
        Every week on Thu, until Jun 4, 2020, 7 occurrence(s)
        Apr 23, 2020 08:00 AM
        Apr 30, 2020 08:00 AM
        May 7, 2020 08:00 AM
        May 14, 2020 08:00 AM
        May 21, 2020 08:00 AM
        May 28, 2020 08:00 AM
        Jun 4, 2020 08:00 AM
Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 876 8508 3209
Password: 743392

Psalm 140
Job 13:13-22
Luke 22:47-53
Commemoration: Toyohiko Kagawa

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

The Sunday service will be through Zoom. Please join at 8:45am to be sure to work out technical issues. The bulletin and online information will be sent out on Friday.
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 510-530-0399.

 Phone calls and notes to Bill Langston are welcomed and encouraged. Please call 510-222-5169.

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:
 Becky Osborn-Coolidge; Paul and Imogen Osborn; Karen and Dan Parolek, Abby and Noah; Celia I. Ann Partington and all persons impacted by Covid 19.

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Please pray for all members of St. Alban's, the Diocese, our country and the world.

Birthdays this Week: Stephen Denney (Saturday, April 25)
If your birthday is missing in the weekly email, please let the church know so that it can be added to our birthday rota!

UPCOMING of Special Interest: From parishioner Margaret Miles “I will be having a "conversation" with Malcolm Young, Dean of Grace Cathedral (and my former Harvard doctoral student ) in the Grace Cathedral Forum series on April 29 at 6 p.m. (live streamed from the cathedral website). The topic is the book I am working on (on St. Augustine's meditation practice), but I have done this before (with Malcolm and the former Dean, Jane Shaw), and I know that Malcolm's questions range broadly.”

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 May 3. 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. 


A message from Christine Staples about CALLIOPE events:
Many thanks to those of you who tuned in for a stellar virtual sonata night with Isaac Pastor-Chermak and Alison Lee. While it was not the same as hearing it in person in our wonderful Parish Hall, it had its benefits, too: lying on the couch with your favorite companion animal and having a snack at the same time!
Next up: a virtual Mother's Day Brunch concert with Anais Azul on May 10th. 

SUNDAY, MAY 10, (live-streamed concert, 11am)
Local singer, songwriter, and teacher Anaís Azul will be celebrating their new video release with a livestream concert. Stay tuned - we'll share the details soon. Anaís is a Berkeley High graduate who has recently returned to Berkeley after a number of years as a performer and arts organizer in the Boston area. We are thrilled to have them join Calliope's leadership team - and some of this concert's proceeds will also benefit Calliope! You can check out some of their music here.


CLASSROOM MATTERS leases space from St. Alban’s nine months out of the year for their award-winning after-school program. Because of the shelter-in-place mandate they have transitioned to virtual programs. They are working hard to keep things running and their tutors employed. They sent us information (below) as to some of the offerings they have going on. If you know of any families with children who would benefit from their programs please pass this information on.

     We have an amazing staff who are offering their talents for classes this week, priced at $35 per 2-hour class for grades K-8. 
     We have a free story hour with Ms. Nikki for grades K-5. 
     And we have a fantastic tutor, Tyger, who is hosting a virtual lounge 2-5pm Monday through Thursday for kids in grades 6-12 to hang out, learn, get organized, and do some work in a relaxed environment.
     We continue to offer individual support in content areas, standardized test preparation, and executive function skills for grades K-12.
     We have an executive function workbook for grades 6-10 available on Amazon.
     We have free online resources for families.
     We have a parenting blog featuring useful tips and strategies for navigating adolescence.

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


Parish Hall exhibition: Marsha Kirschbaum. You can see her magnificent landscape photography by here.

**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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