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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Dear friends, 

On this New Year's Eve, my prayers are with each of you for a healthy, joyous and faithful 2020. 

And, I have to admit, I've been putting off sending this email. It is hard to believe that our time together is coming to an end. I hope you will all be able to join in worship this Sunday, January 5, as we celebrate the gifts of community, remember our baptism, and wrap up our time together. 

While I am excited about the beautiful adventures ahead (for St. Alban's, for Calliope, and for myself), it's going to be really different. You all have taught me so much about God's love and mercy. About celebration. About what a truly loving community looks like, and what it feels like to be in that embrace. 

Gosh, I'm sure going to miss you all!  And, you will always remain in my heart and in my prayers. You are in good hands, both with staff and vestry leadership. There are amazing, talented folks leading Calliope into the next chapter. And, as has ever been, St. Alban's is deeply beloved in the surrounding community. 

At St. Alban's, I have been blessed with life-changing love, a love that has freed me to be myself, that continues, I hope, to free and open your heart. This Gospel love makes me think of a favorite poem by Wendall Berry. May your heart be freed by God's magnificent love. May you sing your song, whatever it is.
And, thank you, from the bottom of my heart. 

To Go By Singing
by Wendell Berry

He comes along the street, singing, 
a rag of aman, with his game foot and bum's clothes.
He's asking for nothing–his hand
aren't even held out. His song
is the gift of singing, to him
and to all who will listen. 

To hear him, you'd think the engines
would all stop, and the flower vendor would stand
with her hands full of flowers and not move.
You'd think somebody would have hired him
and provided him a clean quiet stage to sing on.

But there's no special occasion or place
for his singing–that's why it needs
to be strong. His song doesn't impede the morning
or change it, except by freely adding itself.

In love and gratitude,
Rev. Julie

My Christmas eve sermon is here
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.

This means we have two openings on the six-member board (our priest is the seventh member) to be elected at the meeting. We are grateful to Rick Kern who has agreed to run and 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, John Nemeth and Mike Trevino.

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Festive Holy Eucharist, 10 am
Acolytes:  Chanthip Phongkhamsavath, Robin D'Oyen
Altar Guild: Margaret Doleman, Mary Doleman
Cupbearers:  Ade Akanni, Peter Doleman
Coffee Hour:  Setup: Fred Treadwell,   Cleanup: All
Counters: Sondra Lavrov, Barbara Metcalf

Lectors TBD
Ushers:  Chuck Rose
Visitor greeter: Don Goerlitz

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:

Violy Galas, Don and Cecelia Goerlitz, Harry & Ruth Hanham, Catie & Josh Hausman, and Alex

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Please pray for Holy Family, Half Moon Bay

Birthdays this Week: Patrick Matteson  (Thursday), Paul and Imogen Osborn, ML Melville (Friday), Marge Black (Saturday)

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:

Office will be closed through 1/1/20
     Monday, December 30
               Tai Chi Drop-In for Experienced Students
             6:15-8:15 pm in the Parish Hall
  Tuesday, December 31 (New Year's Eve)
          Centering Prayer 6:15-7:15 pm in the Nursery

  Wednesday, January 1, 2020      (New Year's Day)
       No mid-day service today. 

    Thursday, January 2
           Morning Prayer 8 am in the Library
           Benedictine Spirituality Group
          (with Compline - Evening Prayers)
            6  pm in the Library

Friday, January 3
           Sandwich-making for the Albany Shower Program,
          8 am in the Kitchen 

       Saturday, January 4
                   Farewell Party for Rev. Julie   4:00 - 9:00 pm Parish Hall

     Sunday, January 5 -  Rev. Julie's last day
              Worship 10 am in the Sanctuary
Potluck Brunch follows Worship     

      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 
       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 follows Worship
**Special Note: Barbara Hill's beautiful photographs which she fashioned into Greeting Cards will be on display and available to purchase throughout the Holiday Season.**

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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