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This Week at St. Alban's
August 31, 2020

Dear Friends,
The Very Rev. Dr. Peggy Patterson explored with us what it means to be on holy ground Sunday when she reflected on the story of Moses and the burning bush. As she  pointed out, this encounter wasn’t one-sided. Moses and God discussed how Moses was to carry out his assignment, and Moses even had the audacity to ask God’s name. To read Peggy’s reflection, click here. To view the recording of the service, click here (Passcode: =1f+#az4).
To listen to Richard's organ music click Prelude and Postlude.

The Vestry met, via Zoom of course, last Thursday with Denise Obando, the Diocesan transitions minister. We discussed how other churches have conducted clergy searches in the time of COVID. So far, the Vestry continues to hold-off on conducting a search until such time as they can meet in person with candidates. Denise continues to support the vestry in our decisions.

I can’t believe that it will be September tomorrow. Please pray for all teachers and students as they begin this most unusual and challenging school year. The new Montessori preschool is due to open Sept. 8 in the nursery and Godly Play rooms under strict sanitation and health guidelines. A small committee of St. Alban’s parishioners — Janet Kirkpatrick, Beth Beller and Susan Weinberg — are working with Parish Administrator Karen Sjoholm to monitor St. Alban's health and safety measures.
That’s about it for now. Have a safe and healthy week. — Sandy

Richardsons Update
(Long time St. Alban's parish members Talbot and Carole Richardson have been hospitalized with COVID symptoms). Talbot Richardson has left Kaiser hospital and returned to Lakeside Park Memory Care. Cards can be sent to Lakeside Park Memory Care, 468 Perkins Street, Oakland, CA 94610.
Carole Richardson is continuing to stay at Kaiser hospital. Cards may be sent to Kaiser Oakland, 3600 Broadway, Oakland, CA  94611 (Carole is in room 609).
Please keep them and their family in your prayers.


Project Sandwich is still going strong, bringing food to our homeless neighbors! If you would like to volunteer, the program delivers sandwiches on Sundays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Email me for details at
Deacon Dani



Becky Osborn Coolidge is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Thursday Morning Prayer Zoom Meeting
Time: Sep 3, 2020 07:45 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Psalm 30
Daniel 6:10b-16, 19-23
James 1:2-4, 12a
Commemoration: Elie Naud

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

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:
 Patricia Elmore; Louise Erickson & Richard Kern, Maria and Olivia; George Ferrick; Elizabeth Finlayson, all persons impacted by COVID-19, and all those impacted by racial injustice.

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Please pray for St. Aidan's, San Francisco.

Birthdays this Week: Thursday, September 3, Helen Tadeo; Saturday, September 5, Becky Osborn-Coolidge.

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

A poem by parish member, Larry DiCostanza, “Contemplating the continuation of quiet revolution,” has been published in the  August 26 printed edition of Christian Century. You can read it online here.


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:
Upcoming concerts are in the planning stages and more information will be available 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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