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St. Alban's Episcopal Church
This Week at St. Alban's
October 12, 2020

Dear Friends,
I always think of unanswered RSVP cards when I hear Christ’s parable about the wedding guests who declined to show up, which was the Gospel reading yesterday. Dani talked about what it is like to fear that you won’t fit in when invited to some over-the-top event, and how she resisted going to an Episcopal Church for half a year before she went. To find out who she met and why she’s never left, click here to read her reflection.

Then we heard Katherine Kasameyer give a brief talk on why she pledges financial support to St. Alban’s. The service wasn’t recorded, so I’ll try to summarize for you. She and her wife had undergone a complicated delivery of their son, which was not at all what they planned on. However, they met a nurse at the hospital who took the time to answer their questions and offer comfort. A few months later, Katherine decided to give the nearest Episcopal Church (St. Alban's) a visit. When she saw the nurse, who had been so kind, in the congregation — Beth Beller — she decided to continue looking into the church and became a member.

Another highlight of yesterday’s service was seeing Carole and Talbot Richardson, who were able to Zoom in from their senior residence in Oakland with the help of daughter Andrea Mendelssohn. Both recently returned from hospital stays due to Covid, so it was extra special to see them looking well.
Thanks to everyone who contributed to the service. To hear Richard Cushman playing the organ click prelude and postlude.

Next Sunday, the Vestry will meet 11:15 a.m. To see the draft agenda click here and to see the September draft minutes, click here. We won’t have the financial documents until later in the week. Our meetings are open. If you want to attend, please contact Michael Trevino at to receive the link.

I’m taking this opportunity to recommend a book I’m reading that I think is relevant to everyone at St. Alban’s. Part Time Is Plenty: Thriving Without Full-time Clergy by G. Jeffrey MacDonald, discusses how churches that plan well for part-time clergy can have active and vibrant congregations.

Finally, I got my ballot. I hope you did too. Please vote.
Have a safe and healthy week. — Sandy


Becky Osborn Coolidge is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

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 Lessons:  Song of Songs 4:12-16
                   Matthew: 5:13-16
 Commemoration:  Teresa of Avila

Please let Becky ( know if you will read one of the lessons on Thursday.

OCTOBER 18, 10:00 AM
The Sunday service will be through Zoom. Please join at 9:45 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:

Marivel Calambro is the phone contact for Barbara Lindgren (510) 910-0369.
Please pray for those who are home-bound and/or healing at this time: Burt Kessler, William (Bill) Langston, Charlotte Wilson, and Talbot and Carole Richardson. Talbot and Carole have both returned from the hospital, are back at home, and would welcome cards. Cards can be sent to: Lakeside Park Memory Care, 468 Perkins Street, Oakland, CA 94610.

(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:
 Chris Liljedahl; Eric Lindgren; Elise Marks & Jeff Peterson, Miriam & Noah; Helena McDaniel, 
all persons impacted by COVID-19, and all those impacted by racial injustice.

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Please pray for St. Francis, San Francisco.

Birthdays this Week: Tuesday, October 13, Margaret Doleman; Wednesday, October 14, Duane Sisson and Meighan Moore Turner.

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:

We have an updated directory:
It will be provided to parish members though email if you request it from the office at or in printed form when normal office/worship services resume. 

**Special Note: If you would like any of Barbara Hill's beautiful greeting cards, please let us know how many and whether you prefer animals, flowers, or a combination of both and we will prepare a packet for you. We would welcome donations of any amount.

Coming Up Next at Calliope @ St. Alban's
Bob Kenmotsu Jazz Quartet
SUNDAY OCT. 18, 4-5:30 PM

Legendary East Bay Jazz Saxophonist with a stellar ensemble - LIVE STREAMED from the St. Alban's Courtyard!


Bob Kenmotsu, sax; Robb Fisher, bass; Ron Marabuto, drums; Jeffrey Burr, guitar
A Calliope/St. Alban's Co-Production, with generous support from Jazz in the Neighborhood's Guaranteed Fair Wage Fund, which ensures our ability to pay these artists a fair wage!
This event is part of our Third Sunday Concert Series: Third Sunday is a curated monthly concert series, led by Artistic Director and noted flautist Jane Lenoir. The series offers a diverse selection of genres and styles, as well as a balance between new and established artists, all with one thing in common: wonderful music!

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. She has recently been on a three week Comet Neowise chase, starting in San Leandro and working her way to the Alabama Hills in the Eastern Sierra. You can see those photographs 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 | | | 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 is suspending rental use of the building until further notice. St. Alban's will follow the diocese, state, and county mandates as to re-opening phases. As a community gathering place for people of all ages, we have determined that these measures are required to ensure the safety of the St. Alban’s community and the public at large. 

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