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This Week at St. Alban's
May 18, 2020
Dear friends,
We got two pieces of excellent news this week. First, St. Alban’s has received a $10,500 payroll protection plan loan, which we do not expect to have to repay. Many thanks to our Parish Administrator Karen Sjoholm and to our banker, Jason Albanza at Mechanics Bank, for their efforts at getting this done so quickly. This should take care of our payroll for 2 1/2 months.

Second, Calliope is at last a designated 501(c)3 non-profit organization (see article at the end of the newsletter). This has been a long time coming. Kudos to everyone who has worked on this.

We had a pretty good crowd online for the May 17 Sunday Morning Prayer service, including Faith Matteson, who joined us from her boat on the Thames in London with her dog and cat. Lovely to see her.

And, it was nice to see her mom, Junior Warden Susan Matteson, although she’s wearing a full arm cast after breaking her wrist earlier this week. Margaret Carr also had a fall last week. Here’s wishing  both of them a speedy recovery.

If you want to see a recording of the service, click here (password: 1o^!$989), or visit our website. Steve Hitchcock’s reflection can be downloaded here. The Very Rev. Dr. Peggy Patterson will offer the reflection next Sunday and the Rev. Leslie Nipps will preside at the Pentecost service the following week.

In other news, the Vestry met last Monday and learned that Mary Doleman has agreed to extend the date of starting to pay back the principal on her loan to the Capital Campaign until July 2021. We will continue to make interest payments.

The Vestry also discussed opening the Parish Hall for a summer cooking camp, but asked for additional information and more thorough insurance coverage as a condition for consideration. All state, county and Diocesan pandemic safety rules would have to be met as a prerequisite.

Stay safe. Stay well. Have a wonderful week
— Sandy


Please get in touch with me for any pastoral care needs. And don’t forget, we have some resources available to you if you need groceries or are struggling with bills right now! Your request will be confidential.
Deacon Dani


The link to the May 10 sermon by Ethan Lowery can be found here:

Becky Osborn Coolidge is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Thursday Morning Prayer
Time: May 21, 2020 08:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
        Every week on Thursdays, until Jun 4, 2020, 3 occurrence(s)
        May 21, 2020 08:00 AM
        May 28, 2020 08:00 AM
        Jun 4, 2020 08:00 AM
Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system.

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 876 8508 3209
Password: 743392
Ecclesiastics  1:1-11
Romans  15:13-21 
Commemoration: John Eliot

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

MAY 24, 9AM
The Sunday service will be through Zoom. Please join at 8:45am 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.
Talbot and Carole Richardson would welcome calls 510-735-9503.

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 hold in your prayers:
 The Rev. Duane Sisson and Burt Kessler; Gabriel Snell and Kat Weller-Fahy; Susan Jones-Yamawaki, Trefor & Sabrina Szabo; Deborah Tabor and all persons impacted by Covid 19.

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Please pray for all members of St. Alban's, the Diocese, our country and the world.

No Birthdays this 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!

From Beth Beller: The Diverse Housing Working Group is excited to begin a pilot program this Thursday to pay for one to two loads of laundry for homeless people. We will invite two people from the guests who attend the shower program to participate. We will provide laundry soap, gloves, masks, quarters, and volunteers to make this a positive experience. Right now, we only need good wishes and prayers.

Calliope: East Bay Center for Music & Arts Announcement:
Calliope is officially a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization! The letter arrived from the IRS this past week - and there was much rejoicing! What does this mean for us? Well, now we can write grant proposals readily, and any of your donations to us are fully tax deductible.....  We are so grateful to our pro bono lawyer, Matt Trejo, who works for Bullivant Houser Attorneys and was provided to us by California Lawyers for the Arts. Matt has guided us every step of the way, complete with virtual hand-holding. And much gratitude also to Jane Bartke of the El Cerrito Community Foundation, who provided fiscal sponsorship to us for the past 2 years. Thank you!!!!
Calliope: East Bay Center for Music & Arts’ mission is to build community and advance social justice through the arts. We’re housed at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church.
~ Christine Staples, Director


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. If you would like to read about her adventure to photograph a recent planetary alignment click 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 will suspend rental use of the building until at least May 31. No group or individual use of the building will take place. At that point we will reevaluate the situation and decide on future rental policies. St. Alban’s has no known cases of the virus currently among its staff, visitors, or volunteers. However, as a community gathering place for people of all ages, we have determined that these additional measures are required to ensure the safety of the St. Alban’s community and the public at large. 
**Special Note: Barbara Hill's beautiful photographs which she fashioned into Greeting Cards are available in the office for a donation.
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