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This Week at St. Alban's
September 21, 2020

Dear Friends,
Chanthip Phongkhamsavath ably took on, during Sunday’s service, the Old Testament story of the quails and manna with Christ’s parable of the landowner and the day laborers. Both are stories about people who complain, and a God who is beyond generous. In a world where the gap between wealthy and poor is growing wider, what would it be like if we all were even partially as generous?
To read Chanthip’s reflection, click here. To see the entire service, click here (Passcode: 4x+0#p8K). To hear the organ music click prelude and postlude.

Next Sunday, in addition to our St. Alban’s service at 10 AM, we are all invited at 11 AM to join Presiding Bishop Michael Curry as he preaches at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco (see below). Information about how to access that service will be in Friday’s bulletin or check the Diocesan website (

The new courtyard fence for the Montessori school is under construction. Although the right and left portions will be fixed, the central part of the fence will be removable. The school has delayed its opening until the first of October.

Meanwhile, the courtyard served as the stage yesterday afternoon for Calliope’s live concert broadcast of the Illy Bogart Jazz Quartet. 

Have a safe and generous week. — Sandy


On September 27, 2020, Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will be visiting (virtually) the Diocese of California! Bishop Curry will be the guest preacher at Grace Cathedral’s 11 AM Choral Eucharist. He will also be speaking live with Bishop Marc at a special 12:30 PM Forum. Both events are being planned with the entire diocese in mind. 



Becky Osborn Coolidge is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
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Psalm: 87
Lessons: Proverbs 4: 1-9; Luke 8:16-21
Commemoration:  Sergius  Abbot of Holy Trinity, Moscow 1392

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

SEPTEMBER 27, 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, Margie Carr, and Talbot and Carole Richardson. (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:
 Stephen Hitchcock; Cynthia Ivy and Bobbi Ryan; Bill Jacobson; Cait James, Holli, Piper and Lucas, all persons impacted by COVID-19, and all those impacted by racial injustice.

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Please pray for St. Matthew's, San Mateo; St. Anna's, Antioch.

Birthdays this Week: Last Monday, September 13, Barbara Metcalf and Andrew Day (left out inadvertently from last week's email); Sunday, September 27, Cait James and Sally Sanger.

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: We need to make room for a new tenant - 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.

Third Sunday Concerts at St. Alban's:
Fall concert schedule information will be coming soon!

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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