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This Week at St. Alban's

Monday, November 26, 2018

Dear all,

Yesterday in church, we celebrated the feast of Christ the King, who claims first place in our hearts, making us first citizens of God's realm. I could not help but think of the Baptismal Covenant today as I read the news of asylum-seeking families with small children being tear-gassed at the U.S./Mexico border. How does our faith call us to respond to such active disregard for the well-being of vulnerable people? I'd love to hear what you are thinking (and doing) in response.

During announcements time, I shared with the congregation that the vestry would be meeting to consider some serious financial issues. In fact, for a number of reasons (death, a modest planned deficit, unexpected expenses) we are looking to close our 2018 with a deficit of close to $34K. At the same time, we are facing close to $100K to finish the sanctuary. We are, belatedly, starting the process of seeking grants and other funds, but in the short-term, it is up to us to find ways to close this gap. This gap is due to a number of factors: some things, like the replacement wall along the labyrinth, ended up being larger, but necessary add-ons; decades of deferred maintenance have, at times, widened the necessary scope of work; and, well, we just need to raise more money. We have been careful and intentional in our decision-making and have lowered costs wherever possible.

Barbara Metcalf and I met with our contractors today and will be receiving a detailed map of outstanding work and anticipated costs in a few days. The vestry will examine this and decide what work to finish this year, and what will get done in 2019, once funding is in place. This may mean that we'll have beautiful Christmas worship in the church...but not everything will be quite done yet. Work in the basement is on hold for now, and we anticipate grants and fundraising through Calliope will help cover those (much lower) expenses.

What it means for you, those who love St. Alban's and call this your church home: if you can make a year-end gift, either for general operating expenses, or to the capital campaign, you will be lightening the load for all of us. (Did you know you can give online through our website? Or, if you are 70 1/2 or older, you can roll your mandatory IRA payment directly over to the church, and get a break on your taxes?)

In the history of St. Alban's, financial shortfalls play a recurring role in the cycle of our life together. I don't say that lightly, because, as your rector, I definitely feel the stress of these challenges. And, at the same time, I know that we can make it through this time and come out the other side. I know this because we love and are committed to one another – I see this every day. 

This Sunday, December 2, is our annual pledge and prayer in-gathering. Please bring your commitment to the spiritual practice of giving, along with your prayer request, to place in the offering. We'll celebrate God's goodness after church with a bountiful potluck, a talk by photographer Katherine Kook, and music from cellist Isaac Pastor-Chermak. I hope you will join us for this celebration.

In love and gratitude,
Rev. Julie

P.S. Click here for my sermon from Sunday.
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Construction news this week:
Interior painting continues, as does trim work, connecting new furnaces, and more!


An invitation from The Rev. Will Scott and Matt Chayt

We just moved to El Cerrito, and are having a holiday open house:
Saturday, December 8th 4 - 7pm.
Please join us for a buffet of goodies and—with luck—a nice sunset.  
RSVP by Monday, December 3 to

Our address919 Shevlin Dr., El Cerrito, CA 94530

There’s no need to bring anything, but we encourage you to make a donation to one of the many organizations helping Californians affected by the wildfire crisis. For more information, check out the article below:

Rev. Julie writes: 
I just received this request through Project Peace, a local organization that mobilizes faith communities for community service:

  Immediate temporary housing is needed for a 26-yr-old Eritrean
  woman named Ruth who is an asylum seeker and also in a
  wheelchair due to childhood polio. She is able to pay a small   
  amount of rent ($175/week) to her host. Must be wheelchair     

More details available

Please share this information with your networks.

Worship Rota for
Sunday, December 2, 2018

(The First Sunday of Advent)

Holy Eucharist, 10 am in the Parish Hall
Acolytes:         Katherine Kasameyer, Chanthip Phongkhamsavath
Altar Guild:    Margaret Doleman, Mary Doleman
Coffee hour:   First Sunday Potluck Brunch
Counters:        Sondra Lavrov, Barbara Metcalf
Peter Doleman, Don Goerlitz
Lectors:           Fred Treadwell, Sandy Burnett
Ushers:              Chuck Rose, Dani Gabriel
Visitor greeter: Don Goerlitz

Parish Cycle of Prayer
If you were there,  pray for those seated near you at church on Sunday.  

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

Barbara Lindgren took a fall and broke her arm – she will be at
St John Kronstadt Care Center, 4432 James Ave, Castro Valley, CA 94546 while she recovers.
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. Telephone is 510-230-0339. 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, please remember:
Becky Osborn-Coolidge, Paul and Imogen Osborn; Karen and Dan Parolek, Abby and Noah; Ann Partington.

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Please pray for St. Andrew's (now yoked as Sts. Elizabeth and Andrew - SEA), San Bruno (Nov. 30)

Birthdays: Adaline Rogers (Monday), Samuel Day, Ric Jesch (Friday), Clara Sneed (Sunday)

If your birthday is missing in the weekly email, please let the church know so that it can be added to our birthday rota!
How to help fire survivors.
  • The San Francisco Chronicle has compiled a list of ways to help. 
  • The Diocese of Northern California also has a fire relief fund.
  • One suggestion from the Chronicle is to check out helping individuals through GoFundMe.
  • David Zink (a musician who has performed here at St. Alban's) and his wife Lori, lost everything. Their GoFundMe page is here.

This Week 
  Monday, November 26
       Tai Chi Drop In for Experienced Students
        6:15-8:15 pm in the Parish Hall

  Tuesday, November 27                             
             St. Alban's Eats is on break until 2019.           
 Wednesday, November 28
          Tai Chi 10-12 Parish Hall
Healing Prayer Service  12pm in the Library
        Albany Irish Dance for Adults 7:30-8:30 pm

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

  Friday, November 30
Sandwich-making for the Albany Shower Program
           8 am in the Kitchen

Sunday, December 2 - First Sunday in Advent
           Worship at 10 am in the Parish Hall 
             Sunday School in the Library
Prayer & Pledge Ingathering Brunch
             11:45am  - 1:30pm Parish Hall
              Special program:
               Artist Kathleen Cook talks about the new exhibit of her  
               photos now on display in the hall, and a mini concert
               from cellist Isaac Pastor-Chermak.


                   Antika Bulgaria 3:30-6:00 pm in the Library
                   Next Week

Monday, December 3    
           Tai Chi Drop-In for Experienced Students 6:15-8:15 pm
          in the Parish Hall
Tuesday, December 4
          Centering Prayer 6:15 - 7:15 pm in the  Nursery

  Wednesday, December 5
        Fall Tai Chi 10-12 Parish Hall
      Healing Prayer Service  12pm in the Library
          Beginning Irish Dance for Kids 6:30-7:30 pm
       Albany Irish Dance for Adults 7:30-8:30 pm

 Thursday, December 6
        Morning Prayer  8 am in the Library
        Benedictine Spirituality Group  6-8 pm in the Library
           Tai Chi  6:15-8:15 pm in the Parish Hall

   Friday, December 7
           Sandwich-making for the Albany Shower Program
8 am in the Kitchen
   Sunday, December 9
           Worship at 10:00 am in the Parish Hall 
HOOT!   7-9 pm in the Parish Hall



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