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This Week at St. Alban's

Monday, July 29, 2019

Dear all,

Mass shootings moved a little closer to home last night when a 19-yr-old gunman opened fire at the Gilroy Garlic Festival, a Bay Area annual event that has for ages been a safe and festive space for families. All of his victims (so far) were young: 6, 13 and a recent college graduate. The gun he used, an assault rifle, was purchased legally in Nevada, but illegally transported into California. 
Please pray for the repose of the souls of both the victims and the perpetrator, and for all those whose lives have been changed forever by simply being present at this horrible event.

And, you might want to call your U.S. representatives. California can pass its own legislation, but until the U.S. as a nation takes on access to weapons of mass destruction, there is no universal policy. 

What can we do? I have always liked the advice from Mary Harris Jones, aka "Mother Jones:" "Pray for the dead, and fight like hell for the living. How to do the latter? Calling your congressperson and senators is one way to start, as is doing your own work to learn more about the roots of violence, and ways we can work together to address them. (The Episcopal Peace Fellowship is one fine resource for this, and there are many more!)

Another thing we can do is continue strengthening our own communities. The Tiny House Village coming together at Youth Spirit Artworks will provide safe, sanitary, community-oriented housing with support staff, for vulnerable young adults. Ways you can help: 
Donate funds to the project
Volunteer at a work day (three work weekends coming up)
Sign up to help us provide snacks on August 17. (Click here for the list, and let Dani know what you'll contribute. Note that there is a very specific list of items, so PLEASE do check in with Dani!)

Please see the Vestry Meeting Summary box below for minutes, financials and a general update from yesterday's meeting.

Finally, Karen and I invite you to join us Thursday morning at 9:30 am for a mini "work party" to put up cover on patio and bring down tables for the Shakespeare camp coming next week. We need a few more pairs of hands.

In love and gratitude,
Rev. Julie
P.S. Peggy Lo's sermon from yesterday is here.

Welcome to the newest member

of the Melville/Gugelmann flock!

M.L. writes from a toasty (98F!) Switzerland:
We join Annemarie and Emanuele in giving thanks for
Louis Marcello Carlotto, born in Bern on July 27, 2019. 

Louis is our 11th grandchild: 5 boys and 6 girls!

Vestry Meeting Summary (from 7/28/19 meeting)
The vestry met on Sunday and addressed a number of items:
  • approval of financial reports from May and June
  • gave a thumbs up to Dani to pursue a grant that would help us start monthly vespers services in 2020
  • budget issues and staffing cuts
With additional income and cuts approved on Sunday, our anticipated deficit has gone from over $40K to $8,100. We have some great fund-raising events planned, and are also starting to rent out the downstairs practice room. 

Staffing: with his approval, Richard Cushman will move to playing 3 Sundays/month and Brett Wheeler, who has often subbed for him over the years, will take on the 4th Sunday, in exchange for access to practice on the organ during the week.
Rev. Julie will be continuing to do some consulting work and will reimburse the church for the time she is away doing that work. 

Also, the vestry approved a change in the way our bookkeeper, Steve Zimmerman, is employed. He is currently working for 7 congregations, which is just too much. Starting in August, a group of four Episcopal Churches (All Souls, St. Alban's, St. Michaels, Concord and one other parish in East Contra Costa). While keeping Steve's salary basically the same, this cost-sharing arrangement will allow him to have healthcare benefits (and a lot less stress!)

As we always do, we closed the meeting in prayer for one another and St. Alban's.

Senior warden Sandy Burnett will be sharing more as we go forward – it was decided that a September meeting to discuss budget issues was not necessary; a parish gathering will be planned for early October that will include an update.

Documents from the meeting: 
June Minutes
May P&L
May Balance Sheet
June P&L
June Balance Sheet

Sunday forums in August
We continue to welcome a parade of folks from organizations doing good work to love the earth and build healthy community.  See below for details.

This Sunday, August 4
Nature Photographer Becky Jaffe talks about her work on display at St. Alban's, her process, and 
 how, she sees the natural environment through her lens as an artist. Check out her website. She will also have prints for sale (feel free to bring your checkbook).

Sunday, August 11
Sean McConnell, Senior Director of Engagement at Episcopal Relief and Development, will be with us as preacher and forum presenter.


Worship Rota for
Sunday, August 4, 2019

Holy Eucharist, 10 am in the Sanctuary
Acolytes:  Dani Gabriel, Chanthip Phongkhamsavath
Altar Guild: Mary Doleman, Margaret Doleman
Coffee Hour/First Sunday Brunch Set-up: Fred Treadwell
Coffee Hour Clean-up: All
Counters: Barbara Metcalf, TBD
Cupbearers: Peter Doleman, Ade Akanni

Lectors: Christine Staples, Don Goerlitz
Usher: 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 new address is 468 Perkins Street, Oakland, CA 94610.  (510) 735-9503. Visitors are welcome!

Bill Langston is now living in Richmond with his brother and sister-in-law, Hoover and Terry Langston. Phone calls and visits are welcomed. Please call 510-222-5169 to arrange.

Roseann Fahrner's husband, John Fahrner, is home and recovering well from a bout with guillain-barré syndrome. Please keep the prayers and love coming! Also, please contact the office if you are able to help with rides to (East Bay) medical appointments.

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 remember:

Catie & Josh Hausman, and Alex; Howard & Marcia Hickman, Howie and Melinda,;Stephen Hitchcock; Cynthia Ivy and Bobbi Ryan, Arthur and Charles Omura

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Please pray for all congregations as we implement A Whole and Healthy Church,  the updated safe church policies for our diocese, in accordance with our Mission of church being a safe place for all.

Birthdays this week:  Tina Ochoa (Monday), Margie Carr (Tuesday), Rick Kern, Noah Marks-Peterson, Nancy Olson (Sunday)

If your birthday is missing in the weekly email, please let the church know so that it can be added to our birthday rota!

Snack providers needed for
Youth Spirit Artworks house building party

(Saturday, August 17)

We need:
  • Coffee (to make 6 gallons)
  • 1 large container lemonade powder
  • 150 bottles of water
  • 6 bags tortilla chips
  • 6 containers salsa
  • 100 packs of fruit snacks 
  • Giant bag of mixed candy (200 pieces)
AND if anyone wants to bake something in addition, that would be welcome!

Please contact Dani for more information and to coordinate at


This Week:
Monday - Friday:
        Cooking 'Round the World day camp
         9 am - 4 pm in the kitchen and parish hall

Monday, July 29
      Tai Chi Drop-In for Experienced Students
        6:15-8:15 p.m. in the Parish Hall

  Tuesday, July 30  
       Centering Prayer 6:15-7:15 pm in the Nursery
        St. Alban's Eats
       6 pm at Ajanta Indian Restaurant
       1888 Solano Avenue Berkeley

  Wednesday, July 31
        Tai Chi 10-12 Sanctuary
        Healing Service   12 noon Library

   Thursday, August 1
            Morning Prayer  8 am in the Library  

        Mini work party – help put up a canopy on the church patio
         9:30 - 10:30 am

let Karen know if you can pitch in. 
         We need 4 sets of hands to get this up – the next two weeks
          we'll be hosting summer camp led by the San Francisco
         Shakespeare Festival, and they need the space for their work.

    Friday, August 2
            Sandwich-making for the Albany Shower Program,
          8 am in the Kitchen 

  Saturday,  August 3     
   A's Baseball Game and Tailgate with All Souls
          4:30-9:00 pm Oakland Coliseum (end time est. - it's baseball)
          Please make sure you have paid for your ticket(s).
          Maps available to the tailgate, or can be emailed.

   Sunday, August 4
          Worship 10 am in the Sanctuary   
          First Sunday Brunch in the Parish Hall following Worship

             Forum with photographer Becky Jaffe 
           11:45am in the Parish Hall
           Come meet the woman who has graced our hall with elegant
           egrets, and hear about her time as artist in residence at the
           Berkeley Botanical Garden.

            HOOT! 7-9 pm in the Parish Hall
               This month: "Seen Your Video: Songs of the 80s"

                   More info here

Next Week:      

Monday - Friday:
      Cooking 'Round the World day camp
       9 am - 4 pm in the kitchen and parish hall
Monday, August 5
       Tai Chi Drop-In for Experienced Students
             6:15-8:15 p.m. in the Parish Hall

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

  Wednesday, August 7
        Tai Chi 10-12 Parish Hall 
        Healing Service
12 noon, Library   

    Thursday, August 8
             Morning Prayer  8 am in the Library
          Benedictine Spirituality Group,
           6-8 pm in the Library   

   Friday, July August 9
            Sandwich-making for the Albany Shower Program,
              8 am in the Kitchen  

     Sunday, July August 11
          Worship 10 am in the Sanctuary   
          Coffee Hour in the Parish Hall, follows worship
          Forum: Sean McConnell of
Episcopal Relief & Development


Tickets now on sale

for Third Sunday shows 
(and more!)

4 pm, August 18, 2019

Amilton Godoy/Lea Freire duo, with Berkeley Choro Ensemble

Flute/piano duo from Brazil, with local guest artists

A new musical theater show from 
David Schweidel, creator of
The Kidnapped Heiress Blues:

Eve vs. Adam: Who Gets the Garden?
Two showings:
Saturday, August 24 at 7 pm
Sunday, August 25 at 7 pm


4 pm,  September 15, 2019

Paul Caccamo, solo piano

Beloved St. Alban's pianist Paul Caccamo returns for
a solo recital, featuring a tour of early 20th Century composers Bartok, Debussy, Gershwin and Prokofiev.
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