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This Week at St. Alban's

Monday, December 2, 2019

Dear friends, 

Dani Gabriel became "Deacon Dani" on Saturday afternoon at Grace Cathedral, in a service that highlighted so many of the best things about our tradition. I think there were nine of us there from St. Alban's. Here's a photo of most of us, with brand new priest The Rev. Peggy Lo, who was with us last summer as a transitional deacon. (Deacon Dani is a "vocational deacon" – meaning she is not on her way to being a priest, but has been called, as were Deacons Barbara and Kathleen, her predecessors at St. Alban's.)

Join us after church on Sunday for a festive coffee hour to celebrate Dani's new role in our parish (and at All Souls – she will split her Sundays between our two congregations, which promises a lot of great new collaborations!)

Dani will be the primary leader for the "Messy Vespers" service Friday evening in the church. We're excited about this low-key service especially geared to families. 

There's so much going on this month! Deacon Dani and I are keeping you all in our prayers and feel honored to be entrusted with your Advent prayer requests. May you find this season full of hope, abundant with grace, and full of the gift of time to reflect, pray and prepare to receive Christ anew at Christmas. To that end, I invite you to bring your lunch on Tuesdays at noon for the next couple of weeks as I lead a conversation exploring three primary Advent themes. This week will be Ancestors (or, "who's that hiding in Jesus' family tree?!").

In love and gratitude,
Rev. Julie

P.S. My sermon from Sunday is here.
I've been trying to record my sermons, because apparently that's something folks do. I'm not sure if this will work, but here's an
audio version of this past Sunday's sermon.

A Visit from St Nick
The turnout was small when St. Nicholas visited St. Alban’s this past Sunday afternoon, but the children who came to see him enjoyed themselves and their folks liked the idea of the kids donating to the Big Guy. Many thanks to Chuck Rose and Rev. Julie for their help. Visitors came from the neighborhood around St. Alban’s as well as a couple of families from Kensington. St. Nick’s collection box for kids toys will be around in the Narthex for the next couple of weeks for additional (unwrapped) contributions of new toys.


Alternative Christmas Gifts

Family Harvest Farm: Mary Cherry was with us on November 17, presenting about this project of the John Muir Land Trust, which will provide training, employment, community, and life skills to traumatized transition-aged (18-12) foster youth. While they are getting the farm up and running, Mary is running a culinary training program for the youth. Deacon Dani is collecting funds to donate Full Belly Farm boxes to Mary's cooking project. Boxes are $19. To donate, email Dani here, or call her at 510-332-963. For a more detailed description of the project, click here.

First Place for Youth is an organization we have supported in the past, and which also works with foster youth. Their mission is "to help foster youth build the skills they need to make a successful transition to self-sufficiency and responsible adulthood."  We have promised to "help make some holiday magic" by putting out the word for volunteers at their holiday party, and for donations for gifts. Here is a flyer with all the details. You can also contact Barbara Metcalf, who can help you get signed up, deliver your gift, and sing the praises of this excellent organization. Gifts are needed by Monday, December 16. 
Barbara's email is
here, and her phone is 510-526-3683.

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Holy Eucharist, 10 am
Acolytes: Chanthip Phongkhamsavath, Lawrence DiCostanzo
Altar Guild: Laurie Schumacher
Coffee Hour:  Setup: Fred Treadwell,   Cleanup: All
Counters: Sandy Burnett, George Ferrick
rs: Beth Beller, Peter Doleman

Lectors: Roseann Fahrner, Robin D'Oyen
Ushers:  George Ferrick, Eric Lindgren
Visitor greeter: Deb Jesch

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:
Andrew Day & Tessa Childers-Day and Sam, Stephen Denney, Lawrence DiCostanzo, Margaret & Peter Doleman

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Please pray for St. Andrew's, San Bruno; St. Clement's, Berkeley; St. Ambrose, Foster City

Birthdays this Week: David Moody (Tuesday); Louise Erickson (Wednesday)

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 2
               Tai Chi Drop-In for Experienced Students
             6:15-8:15 pm in the Parish Hall
  Tuesday, December 3
           Advent brown-bag lunch/discussion 12 pm in the Library       
                 This week: Ancestors - who is hiding in Jesus' family tree?

         Opportunity to advocate for Youth Spirit Artworks   
                6 pm+, Berkeley City Council Meeting,
                   1231 Addison Street, Berkeley       

          Centering Prayer 6:15-7:15 pm in the Nursery

  Wednesday, December 4
       Holy Eucharist with healing prayers, 12 noon in the library
    Thursday, December 5
            Morning Prayer 8 am in the Library
          Benedictine Spirituality Group (w Compline - Evening Prayers)
            6  pm in the Library

Friday, December 6
           Sandwich-making for the Albany Shower Program,
          8 am in the Kitchen 

Messy Vespers 6 -8 pm in the Sanctuary
      Sunday, December 8
        Worship 10 am in the Sanctuary
           Festive Coffee Hour celebrating Deacon Dani follows worship

                   (please contact the church office this week if you'd like to assist)

              Forum: What's up ahead?
               Understanding the clergy transition process

                                 Follows coffee hour.

              Come talk with Vestry members about plans for January
            and beyond, following Rev. Julie's departure.

           HOOT! 7-9 pm in the Parish Hall  ($10)
            This month: the Beatles White Album!

Monday, December 9
              Tai Chi Drop-In for Experienced Students
             6:15-8:15 pm in the Parish Hall

        Tuesday, December 10
              Advent brown-bag lunch & discussion, 12 pm in the library 
                    This week: Surprising news (Mary and Elizabeth)         
              Centering Prayer
     6:15-7:15 pm in the Nursery

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

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

             Sunday, December 15
Worship 10 am in the Sanctuary            
                       Coffee Hour follows Worship

                    Yuletide Tea!    2-4 pm in the Parish Hall

**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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