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St. Alban's Episcopal Church
This Week at St. Alban's
June 8, 2020
 
Dear Friends,
It’s been quite a week. Larry DiCostanzo, who gave the reflection Sunday, suggested that the perfect sermon addressing what’s happening now was given 2000 years ago in the Beatitudes. Then he went on to give his fine and moving observations on the Trinity. To see the service, click here (password:3B+78^2X). Thanks to everyone who helped put on the service, which takes on a slightly different format from what we’ve been using.

We got both a prelude (click here) and postlude (click here) from Dr. Richard Cushman at the St. Alban’s organ, and Faith Matteson did a wonderful job singing the Psalm from her boat in London.
Deacon Dani will be giving the reflection next Sunday.

Time Change
The results of our poll on changing the Sunday service time from 9 to 10 a.m. — three in favor of 9 a.m., eight in favor of 10 a.m. and two who could go either way. We plan to start having the service at 10 a.m. starting in July, so everyone has time to plan accordingly.

Moving Forward
The Diocese published on Friday its long-awaited guidelines for regathering the church. To see them, click here.

Vestry Next Sunday
The Vestry will meet via Zoom next Sunday at  11 a.m. The meeting is open. If you want to join, please contact Rick Kern at rkern@berkeley.edu in advance so you can be admitted. The draft agenda, May minutes and Ina Lawrence grant proposal are available here. Financial information won’t be available until Wednesday.
 
Stay safe, stay healthy, stay kind. Until next week — Sandy.
 


Friends,
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 

 

Monday and Tuesday, June 8 and 9 – Rick Steves and Bread for the World
As of Sunday, the Bread for the World website was still accepting registrations for its two-day virtual (online) lobby event: bread.org/advocacy-summit.  Monday will be re-prerecorded presentations.  Tuesday at 10:00 am (our time) will be a live legislative briefing.  Tuesday afternoon, at 3:00 pm, Rick Steves will host a special preview of his new PBS documentary, “Hunger and Hope,” featuring stories from his travels last year to Ethiopia and Guatemala.


Food Assistance Programs: You can send personalized email messages or hand-written letters to Senator Feinstein and Senator Harris.  By taking just a few minutes, you can help persuade Congress to get desperately needed food assistance to people in our own country and abroad.  If you would like to learn more now and write immediately, download the attached document from Bread for the World here.


 

THIS WEEK: 
 
THURSDAY, JUNE 11, 8:00 AM MORNING PRAYER 
Becky Osborn Coolidge is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Thursday Morning Prayer
Time: Jun 11, 2020 08:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Psalm: 112
Lessons:
Isaiah 42:5-12
Matthew 10:7-16
Commemoration: Saint Barnabas the Apostle


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

UPCOMING: SUNDAY SERVICE,
JUNE 14, 9:00 AM
 
The Sunday service will be through Zoom. Please join at 8:45 am 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 at 510-735-9503, especially this week, since Talbot's birthday is Wednesday.

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, all persons impacted by COVID-19, and all those impacted by racial injustice.

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

Birthdays this Week: Talbot Richardson, Wednesday, June 10; Mike Trevino, Thursday, June 11; Katherine Kasameyer, Friday, June 12.


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

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:
 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 June 28. 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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