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This Week at St. Alban's

Monday, December 9, 2019

Dear friends, 

Probably not surprisingly, I'm finding this Advent feels different. It's hard to remember back to when I was pregnant with Grace, but I feel a little bit like that – getting ready to let go of what has been my loved and known world, but knowing something I can't yet see is up ahead. 

What does Advent feel like for you, in your life, your body, this year? I invite you to join me tomorrow (Tuesday) for a brown-bag lunch and conversation. We'll be talking this week about Mary and Elizabeth, strong women with prophetic voices, who didn't really know exactly what was up ahead, but who were clear and faithful on their path. Let's talk about what we can learn from them! (12 pm in the Library)

Thank you to the many folks who stuck around on Sunday to talk with the vestry about the transition process. As Sandy and others said, we want to be as transparent as possible, and as inclusive as possible. 
I am loving, as I do every year, praying through your Advent prayer requests. Whether you filled out a card or not, you are in my prayers this holy season. 

In love and gratitude,
Rev. Julie

P.S. Deacon Dani's sermon from Sunday is here.
P.P.S. Don't forget to get your tickets for and/or sign up to help with this coming Sunday's Yuletide Tea! (See ticket and sign-up links below).

Messy Vespers!

Here are a few photos from our inaugural service on Friday, December 6.  Clockwise from upper right: The Rev. Liz Munoz of Santiago/St. James, Oakland, confers with Deacon Dani before the service; musicians from All Souls lead the music; Miss Sally puts some joyful "messy" into the vespers; making a joyful noise together!

Again, many thanks to our CCD (College for Congregational Development) team, John Nemeth, Chanthip Phongkhamsavath, and especially Deacon Dani, for bringing this to fruition!

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Holy Eucharist, 10 am
Acolytes: Katherine Kasameyer, Lawrence DiCostanzo
Altar Guild: Deborah Tabor, Sondra Lavrov
Coffee Hour:  Setup: Fred Treadwell,   Cleanup: All
Counters: Sandy Burnett, Mary Doleman
rs: Lawrence DiCostanzo
, Sandy Burnett
Lectors: Fred Treadwell, TBD
Ushers:  Mary Lee Cole, Beth Beller
Visitor greeter: Beth Beller

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 remember:
Mary Doleman, Patricia Elmore, Louise Erickson & Richard Kern, Maria and Olivia, George Ferrick

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Please pray for the Campus ministries at the University of California at Berkeley, Stanford University, and San Francisco State University,   These ministries support students as they grow in faith.

Birthdays this Week: Ann Partington (Monday), Madeline Trever (Tuesday), Andrea Mendelssohn (Friday), Lani Borgwardt (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!

Help needed for Yuletide Tea

More volunteers are needed for the Yuletide Tea, which is set for
Sunday, December 15 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Parish Hall.
(Thanks mucho to  volunteers who have already signed up!)

We could use some more baked goods, volunteer servers, and people who can help clean up after.

Please contact Sandy Burnett at 650 678 0149 or if you can help.

We’re also hoping for  good turnout, and tickets sold in advance
will help us with the logistics of this fundraiser.
Advance tickets can be ordered from
Cost is $15 each or $30 for a family.

This year, we’ll be having two musical groups, as well as local artists and crafters offering their wares. 

This Week:
     Monday, December 9
               Tai Chi Drop-In for Experienced Students
             6:15-8:15 pm in the Parish Hall
  Tuesday, December 10
             Centering Prayer 6:15-7:15 pm in the Nursery
            Advent brown-bag lunch & discussion,
           12 pm in the library
           This week: Surprising news (Mary and Elizabeth)   

  Wednesday, December 11
       Holy Eucharist with healing prayers, 12 noon in the library
    Thursday, December 12
            Morning Prayer 8 am in the Library
          Benedictine Spirituality Group
          (with Compline - Evening Prayers)
            6  pm in the Library

Friday, December 13
           Sandwich-making for the Albany Shower Program,
          8 am in the Kitchen 

      Saturday, December 14
Albany Flute Ensemble Christmas Concert
                1:30-4:00 pm in the Parish Hall

             Yuletide Tea Setup 4-6 pm in the Parish Hall

             Jon Hatamiya Jazz Trio, 7 pm in the Sanctuary

                 Click here for tickets.
               (Want to volunteer? We have room for 1 or 2 folks)

      Sunday, December 15
        Worship 10 am in the Sanctuary
     Yuletide Tea!    2-4 pm in the Parish Hall 
                   Click the link above for advance tickets.
        Monday, December 16
              Tai Chi Drop-In for Experienced Students
             6:15-8:15 pm in the Parish Hall

        Tuesday, December 17
               Centering Prayer      6:15-7:15 pm in the Nursery
         Wednesday, December 18
           Holy Eucharist with healing prayers 12 noon, Library   
       Thursday, December 19
                Morning Prayer 8 am in the Library
              Benedictine Spirituality Group
              (with Compline - Evening Prayers) 6  pm in the Library

          Friday, December 20
            Sandwich-making for the Albany Shower Program,
              8 am in the Kitchen  

              Saturday, December 21
                     Blue Christmas 6-9 p.m.  in the Sanctuary
                     This is a simple, low-key service for anyone
                      having a tough time during the holidays.

             Sunday, December 22
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.**

So Many Tickets 
on sale now!

Please click below for ticket links.

Jon Hatamiya trio with Emma Dayhuff and Arlyn Anderson
Saturday, December 14 at 7 pm in the Sanctuary

Perhaps best known for his own hard hitting and high energy brand of contemporary jazz, trombonist/composer Jon Hatamiya offers a new perspective in the form of his trio project with guitarist Arlyn Anderson (Sacramento) and bassist Emma Dayhuff (Los Angeles).

With a focus on melody and musical conversation, the trio presents their interpretations of jazz standards, ballads, and other popular tunes (with a few originals thrown in) in a format that will most certainly highlight the wonderful acoustics at St. Alban's.

Holiday Events

Yuletide Tea!
Sunday, December 15, 2-4 pm in the Parish Hall
Tickets: $15/person; $30/family (= 1 or 2 adults + 1-3 children)
It's back, and it's going to be one not to miss this year!
Traditional tea treats, not one but two live music groups, and holiday gifts from local artisans. Bring your friends, your family (your sweet tooth, and the savory one, too!)


"Home for the Holidays: a Caroling Concert & Benefit"
Sunday, December 22 at 5 pm in the Sanctuary
A benefit for Calliope and the SF Girls Choir

Savor the warmth, wonder, and joy of the season w/your favorite holiday "pop-up"choir. Sing along with your favorite carols. Reconnect with friends old and new. Join us after the concert for a reception & neighborhood caroling party!

Natasha Hoehn, conductor
Isaac Pastor-Chermak, cello
Leon Chou, organ


We are also selling tickets (and raising underwriting funds) for a very special
Third Sunday Concert in February 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, and Timbre Folk and Baroque. We are actively seeking additional grants and sponsors to support this amazing show.
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