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This Week at St. Alban's

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Dear all,

Merry Christmas! 

The wonder of the feast was palpable at St. Alban's, as we gathered early, late and the next morning to celebrate the Incarnation in our beautifully renovated sanctuary. You all made this possible, and it was so moving to see so many people share the beauty and love of coming together to celebrate Jesus, and his love which builds and sustains our community. 

I'm heading out of town for some Christmas celebrations with my family, and I'll be back in the office on Wednesday, January 2 (Karen, our administrator, and Steve, our book keeper, are also off during this period.)

The Revs. Duane Sisson and Will Scott will lead worship next Sunday, so I know you'll be in good hands!

I look forward to seeing what the New Year holds for all of us. 

In love and gratitude,
Rev. Julie

P.S. Need sermons? We've got plenty! Click here for Steve Hitchcock's from the 4th Sunday of Advent. Here is mine from the 10 pm Christmas Eve service. And, here is my Christmas morning reflection. (5 pm was a beautiful story book This is the Star, by Joyce Dunbar, illustrated by Gary Blythe. Plus, beautiful shining gold stars...)
Worship Rota for
Sunday, December 30, 2018

(The First  Sunday after Christmas Day)

Holy Eucharist, 10 am in the Sanctuary
Acolytes:          Lawrence DiCostanzo, Dani Gabriel
Altar Guild:     Peter Doleman, Becky Osborn-Coolidge
Coffee hour:     No Host Coffee Hour
Counters:          Susan Matteson, tbd 
Sandy Burnett, Don Goerlitz
Lectors:              Fred Treadwell
Ushers:               Howard Hickman, Ade Akanni
Visitor greeter:  Beth Beller

Worship Rota for 
Sunday, January 6, 2018

(Feast of the Epiphany)
Holy Eucharist, 10 am in the Sanctuary
Acolytes:          Dani Gabriel, Chanthip Phongkhamsavath
Altar Guild:     Margaret Doleman, Mary Doleman
Coffee hour:     You?
Counters:          TBD *
Cupbearers:      TBD*

Lectors:              TBD*
Ushers:               TBD*
Visitor greeter:  TBD*

*If you are in one of these groups and have not yet given Sandy Burnett your schedule, please contact her. Thanks!

Parish Cycle of Prayer
Barbara Counsell is home and on hospice care. Please contact Stuart Counsell if you'd like to visit: 510-604-8060.

Barbara Lindgren is now at La Casa Via Transitional Care Center, 1449 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek, CA 94598. She will be there for several weeks – cards (and visits) are welcomed!

Talbot and Carole Richardson have moved to Lakeside Park Memory Care near Lake Merritt in Oakland. Their new address is 468 Perkins Street, Oakland, CA 94610. New direct phone #: (510) 735-9503. Visitors are welcome!

Please also pray for those who are home-bound and/or healing at this time: Burt Kessler, William Langston, Tim Sisson, 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:
Helen and Meso Tadeo and Asha; Fred Treadwell; Mike & Lori Trevino, Liliana and Carina; Sam Turner & Meighan Moore

Next week's cycle of prayers
Julie Wakelee-Lynch and Grace; Kathleen Van Sickle, Charlotte Wilson; and Jennifer Winch.

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: There are enough feasts this week for at least two weeks! Please pray for Incarnation, San Francisco;
Church of the Nativity, San Rafael; 
St. Stephen's, Belvedere; 
St. Stephen's, Orinda;
Iglesia del Buen Samaritano & St. John the Evangelist, San Francisco;
St. John's, Oakland
St. John's, Ross;
St. John's, Clayton.

Birthdays: Sara Cosca-Warfield (yesterday!), Lawrence DiCostanzo (Friday). Next week: 

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

This Week 

        Wednesday, December 26
        Tai Chi 10-12 Parish Hall
Healing Prayer Service is on hiatus this week
         Albany Irish Dance for Adults 7:30-8:30 pm

          Beginning Irish Dance for Kids 6:30-7:30 pm

          Cooking Round the World day camp  8 am - 4 pm
        Open to ages 6 - 13. For more information, click
         12/26 -12/28/18 and 12/31/18 -1/4/19

      Thursday, December 27
              Office Closed

          Morning Prayer 8 am in the Library 
        Benedictine Spirituality Group
 does NOT meet tonight.

  Friday, December 28
Office Closed
        Sandwich-making for the Albany Shower Program
           8 am in the Kitchen

    Sunday, December 30
            Worship at 10 am in the Sanctuary

                Antika Bulgaria 3:30-6:00 pm in the Library
            (Bulgarian cultural group)

             HOOT! Special    7-9 pm in the Parish Hall
                   Next Week

Monday, December 31  (New Year's Eve) 
         Office closed       
        Have fun, be safe, and get ready for a great 2019!

  Tuesday, January 1, 2019  (New Year's Day)
          Office closed (re-opens Wednesday,  Jan. 2) 

  Wednesday, January 2
        Tai Chi 10-12 Parish Hall
      Healing Prayer Service  12  pm in the Library

          Cooking Round the World day camp  8 am - 4 pm
        Open to ages 6 - 13. For more information, click
         12/26 -12/28/18 and 12/31/18 -1/4/19

 Thursday, January 3
        Morning Prayer  8 am in the Library
       Benedictine Spirituality Group 6-8 pm in the Library        

   Friday, January 4
            Sandwich-making for the Albany Shower Program
8 am in the Kitchen

     Sunday, January 6
           Worship at 10:00 am in the Sanctuary

             First Sunday Brunch follows Worship  (who is bringing the 3 Kings cake?)


Looking for great music in 2019? 

Tickets now on sale for the

1st three concerts of 2019:

Veretski Pass (Klezmer!)

Evan Price/Lewis Patzner (Jazz!)

Quinteto La Moderna (Cuban!)

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