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St. Alban's Episcopal Church
This Week at St. Alban's
May 25, 2020
 
Dear friends,
As an Air Force brat growing up on or near bases until I was sixteen, and as the child of a World War II veteran, military cemeteries were normal family outings for us. I have pictures of my father visiting new cemeteries that were still mostly mud in Europe after the war. And I remember my sister and me in the early 1960s taking off our shoes to walk in the lush grass that grew in the huge cemetery outside of Manila. It was unthinkable to visit Hawaii without going to the Punchbowl cemetery, or Washington, D.C. without going to Arlington National Cemetery.

Today, the remains of both my mother and father are in the military cemetery outside of Dixon, here in California but I don’t think of my parents as being there. I think of them as with me. Sometimes, they feel very near.

Memorial Day reminds us of all those who have died in service to our country in wars abroad and here at home. It also reminds me of all those who live and die in service to others — something that happens every day, and has happened since time began.

It’s certainly happening now, and, like the little boy that Rev. Peggy recalled in her reflection yesterday (click here to download her reflection), we wonder how we can be happy when those we love — when Jesus himself — has gone away from us, when we can no longer see them, or touch them, or eat with them. We can bear it because we know that Jesus’ presence is always with us, when we mourn, when we love, when we rejoice.



It was a lovely service yesterday (click here to see a recording - Password: 5i&O1*.b or go to our Web site). I want to thank Rev. Peggy and all the other folks who made the service possible. It also was enriched by a recording of our own Dr. Richard Cushman playing the postlude on the organ at St. Alban’s. Many thanks to Richard and to Rick Kern for making that possible.

Pentecost
Next week, the Rev. Leslie Nipps will be guiding our Pentecost service from her home at 9 a.m. We will send out the pew bulletin and Zoom address later this week.

Bishop Marc also will be leading a Pentecost service Sunday at 11 a.m. from Grace Cathedral. The stream will be on the Grace Cathedral Website and Facebook. For more information, check the May 19 issue of DioCal News & Events here or go to the DioCal website.

When should we start on Sundays?
Speaking of timing, please send me an email at sgburnett51@gmail.com that says “yes” or “no” about returning to our 10 a.m. start time for Sunday services.  We switched to 9 a.m. when we started doing the online service but we can switch back if enough people want to.

I had a nice note from Rev. Julie earlier this week. She announced that she’s engaged to marry her boyfriend, Brad. After selling her house in Albany in March, she is living in Chico and is being considered for a couple of different positions. She sounds very happy.

Going forward
Those of you who get the Diocesan newsletter have already received this, but for those of you who don’t, please click here to see the Pastoral letter from the Episcopal Bishops in California about their thoughts on going forward as we look toward meeting again.

The Diocese of California also has a committee led by the Rev. Eric Metoyer working on developing advice and guidelines that are due around the beginning of June. Please pray for Eric and his committee as they do this important work.

See you next week, and please, please let me know your feelings about our start times on Sunday. — Sandy

 

Friends,
Someone has been using an email that looks like mine and impersonating me to request gift cards etc. from parishioners. This has happened elsewhere to clergy. If you get one of these emails please know it’s not me! I will not request donations for the church over email. If you’re even the slightest bit suspicious about an email you get please contact me directly at 510.332.0631 instead of responding. 

Please get in touch with me for any pastoral care needs. And don’t forget, we have some resources available to you if you need groceries or are struggling with bills right now! Your request will be confidential.
Peace,
Deacon Dani

deacondani@st-albans-albany.org
510.332.0631 

 

THIS WEEK: 
 
THURSDAY, MAY 28, 8:00AM MORNING PRAYER 

Topic: Thursday Morning Prayer
Time: May 28, 2020 08:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
        Every week on Thusdays, until Jun 4, 2020, 2 occurrence(s)
        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.
Weekly: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/tZMrf-yopjgoGt2E_tiiZ-tbdrdWxPZ4CqxZ/ics?icsToken=98tyKuGvqDMvGtyWshmORpwEBIqgZ_TxiHZBjbcPuSDxCilpLxf0MvBGBapPKozz

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87685083209?pwd=aklNS3BBbFJmTVlkTldJNDlpQXNDQT09

Meeting ID: 876 8508 3209
Password: 743392

Psalm 66:1-8
Lessons
Tobit. 13:1, 10-11
2 Corinthians 5:17-20a
Commemorate Augustine

 
Please let Becky (bozcool2269@gmail.com) know if you will read one of the lessons on Thursday.

UPCOMING: SUNDAY SERVICE,
MAY 31, 9AM
 
The Sunday service will be through Zoom. Please join at 8:45am to be sure to work out technical issues.


Information, including the “pew bulletin (program)” for Sunday’s services, are sent out via email on Fridays. If you don't receive the Friday e-mail with information for the Sunday service, contact Becky at bozcool2269@gmail so she can forward it to you.

For Sunday readings, see the 2020 lectionary: https://www.lectionarypage.net/CalndrsIndexes/Calendar2020.html

Marivel Calambro is the phone contact for Barbara Lindgren (510) 910-0369.
 
Talbot and Carole Richardson would welcome calls 510-735-9503.

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:
 Helen and Meso Tadeo and Asha; Fred Treadwell; Mike & Lori Trevino, Liliana and Carina; Sam Turner & Meighan Moore 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: Yolene Bannerjee, Monday, May 25; Marcia Hickman, Tuesday, May 26.


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

From Beth Beller: The Diverse Housing Working Group is excited to begin a pilot program to pay for one to two loads of laundry for homeless people. We will provide laundry soap, gloves, masks, quarters, and volunteers to make this a positive experience. Please send us good wishes and prayers. 


St. Alban's facebook page is updated weekly with information on the church and services, and also with contemplative poetry and images. Please check it out at:
https://www.facebook.com/StAlbansChurch/


We have an updated directory:
We are working on making it available to you as soon as possible. It will be provided to you in printed form when normal office/worship services resume. If you need it before that time please email the office.

 http://mailchi.mp/diocal/from-bishop-marc-a-note-to-the-diocese-about-canon-stefani?e=a46be28f37

Calliope: East Bay Center for Music & Arts upcoming concert
 
Sunday, June 21st, 2020: Ensemble 1828
Isaac Pastor-Chermak, cello; Nicole Oswald, violin; Alison Lee, piano
4 p.m. in the Parish Hall, $25 general admission, $20 seniors and students
Tickets available on Eventbrite
This concert is part of our Third Sunday Concert Series

Ensemble 1828 has announced changes to their upcoming program for their return performance: they will now be performing works by composers Piazzola, Bernstein, Mendelssohn and Beethoven. (Their previous program plan was for a special Pride Month celebration, with works by queer composers: Higdon, Tchaikovskiiy and Bernstein, but the current shelter-in-place orders have made the rehearsals and programming challenging!) You can get a sample of the ensemble's music here

Calliope: East Bay Center for Music & Arts’ mission is to build community and advance social justice through the arts. We’re housed at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church.
~ Christine Staples, Director

 

Marsha Kirschbaum's amazing imagery is exhibited in the Parish Hall, which, right now, is not accessible but you can see her magnificent landscape photography by here. If you would like to read about her adventure to photograph a recent planetary alignment click here.


 

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 | gliu@alz.org | www.alz.org | 24/7 Helpline: 800.272.3900

 

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 31. 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. 
 
**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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