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This Week at St. Alban's

Monday, December 23, 2019

Dear friends, 

Merry Christmas Eve!

A  huge thank you to everyone who helped make the church so beautiful
on Sunday. It was the perfect setting for the absolutely packed house for Natasha Hoehn's stunning "Home for the Holidays" choir concert. (That's her conducting the 30++ woman choir in the middle of the photo.) In addition to wowing the audience with beautiful music, the concert raised money for Calliope, St. Alban's capital campaign, and the San Francisco Girls Choir (of which many of the singers are alumnae).

And, on Monday, Walter Tarczynski, a master craftsman who works for our contractor, Nicholas Christ, put up our new sign on the corner out in front of the church. Many thanks to Mary Lee Cole who designed the content, and to Sandy Burnett, who had it printed. The frame will be painted after the holidays (when the weather dries up). Nick and his firm donated the labor to create this beautiful sign. We are so blessed to be in such a loving community! 

I confess I am approaching this evening's celebration of Christmas with both joy and sadness. The decade just passing has been so full of blessings as we have worshiped, celebrated, mourned and shared life together. It is so strange to think this is my last Christmas as your rector.

As we prepare for Christ to be born again this night, know that you are so beloved. 

Christmas joy to you and all those dear to you!

In love and gratitude,
Rev. Julie

P.S. My sermon from Sunday is here
Say yes to YEAH!
St. Alban’s team of volunteers who serve a monthly breakfast at YEAH! (the Berkeley shelter for teens and young adults), needs a couple more volunteers.

With a full team, each volunteer serves only once every quarter in this
satisfying ministry. This is a match made in heaven for early birds.

We start at 6:30 a.m. and are out by 8.

The work includes preparing a hot breakfast (YEAH provides eggs, milk, cereal, etc. but volunteers may supplement with treats, bacon, etc) for a bunch of sleepy kids before they have to face the day on the street.

YEAH requires a one-hour orientation held every second Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall at the Lutheran Church of the Cross, 1744 University Ave., Berkeley.

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Sandy Burnett at 650 678-0149 or

News from the Senior Warden

Vestry meeting recap
The Vestry met Sunday to plan the upcoming
Parish Annual Meeting scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 19,
in the Parish Hall after the 10 a.m. service.

In addition to the usual business of electing new Vestry members
and Deanery representatives, getting reports on various ministries and
the proposed budget, the potluck lunch also will include a short exercise
to get parishioners’ priorities on the new priest-in-charge.
We'll wrap up our meeting with a hymn-sing.  Parishioners can suggest their favorite hymns for the group to sing with piano accompaniment.

In  other business, the Vestry met with contractor Nick Christ, who hopes that the church can complete Phase 1 of the Capital Campaign renovation project this coming year. Refurbishing the downstairs offices into music practice rooms is the next project, and Calliope will do the vast majority of the fund-raising for this work. Before this gets started, we do still have a debt of just under $20,000 to pay to Nick's construction firm. He has been extraordinarily generous in extending the payment time frame for us.

Vestry positions open
Two Vestry members, Mary Doleman and Barbara Metcalf, are completing their terms as of the Jan. 19 All-Parish Annual Meeting.

This means we have two openings on the six-member board (our priest is the seventh member) to be elected at the meeting. We are grateful to Rick Kern who has agreed to run and are in search of an additional candidate.

In this time of transition, the Vestry’s role is even more important
because the vestry will be the search and selection team for
the new priest-in-charge.

The Vestry meets on the fourth Sunday of the month after coffee hour and also holds a Saturday retreat in February. According to the canons of the Diocese of California, potential candidates must be registered baptized members in good standing (as defined by church canons as having received communion a minimum of 3 times in the prior year). Our vestry additionally expects that members will make a financial pledge commitment to the congregation.

If you’re interested, please contact Senior Warden Sandy Burnett at 650-678-0149 or Returning Vestry members are Sandy Burnett, Mary Lee Cole, John Nemeth and Mike Trevino.

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Morning Prayer, 10 am
Acolytes: Lawrence DiCostanzo
Altar Guild:
Coffee Hour:  Setup: Fred Treadwell,   Cleanup: All
Counters: George Ferrick, Susan Matteson

Ushers:  Ade Akanni
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, as we turn toward a new year, please hold the whole parish family in your prayers. 

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Please pray for Incarnation, San Francisco; Church of the Nativity, San RafaelSt. Stephen's, Belvedere; St. Stephens, Orinda; St. John the Evangelist, San Francisco; St. John's, Oakland; St. John's, Ross; St. John's, Clayton; Holy Innocents', San Francisco; Holy Innocents', Corte Madera

Birthdays this Week: Sara Warfield (Wednesday), Lawrence DiCostanzo, (Saturday)

If your birthday is missing in the weekly email, please let the church know so that it can be added to our birthday rota!
Give the gift of music!
Gift Certificates for the Third Sunday Concert Series now available: single tickets, and choose-your-own 3-show series.
Individual tickets: $25/general; $20 senior/student
Buy a three-show certificate and save $10:
$65 general; $50 senior/student

For more information, contact Christine Staples (or call the church office)

This Week:
     Monday, December 23
               Tai Chi Drop-In for Experienced Students
             6:15-8:15 pm in the Parish Hall
  Tuesday, December 24
             December 24 (Christmas Eve)

                   Christmas Eve Family Service 5  pm
                 Lessons and Carols and Holy Eucharist 10 pm

  Wednesday, December 25       (Christmas)
             Festive Holy Eucharist 10 am

    Thursday, December 26
           (Cancelled this week)
        Morning Prayer 8 am in the Library
          Benedictine Spirituality Group
          (with Compline - Evening Prayers)
            6  pm in the Library

Friday, December 27
           Sandwich-making for the Albany Shower Program,
          8 am in the Kitchen 

     Sunday, December 29
        Worship 10 am in the Sanctuary
Coffee Hour follows Worship     

         Office will be closed 12/24/19 through 1/1/20
        Monday, December 30
              Tai Chi Drop-In for Experienced Students
             6:15-8:15 pm in the Parish Hall

            Cooking Round the World 8:30 - 4:30 pm
        Tuesday, December 31
       Cooking Round the World 8:30 - 4:30 pm

         Wednesday, January 1, 2020 (New Year's Day)

       Thursday, January 2
                Morning Prayer 8 am in the Library
              Benedictine Spirituality Group
              (with Compline - Evening Prayers) 6  pm in the Library

              Cooking Round the World 8:30 - 4:30 pm

          Friday, January 3
            Sandwich-making for the Albany Shower Program,
              8 am in the Kitchen  

                Cooking Round the World 8:30 - 4:30 pm

        Saturday, January 4
                   Farewell Party for Rev. Julie   4:00 - 9:00 pm Parish Hall

             Sunday, January 5 - Rev. Julie's last day
Worship 10 am in the Sanctuary            
                       Coffee Hour follows Worship
**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.**

on sale now!

Please click below for ticket links.

Third Sunday Concert: January 19 at 4 pm
Clarinet Thing
Four phenomenal jazz clarinetists = one amazing concert!  Beth Custer, Sheldon Brown, Ben Goldberg, and Harvey Wainapel.

Third Sunday Concert,  February 16, 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, Roland Feller Violins and Timbre Folk and Baroque. We are actively seeking additional grants and sponsors to support this amazing show.
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