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This Week at St. Alban's

Monday, September 23, 2019

Dear friends, 

If you are looking for a haven of peace, with music and meditation, I encourage you to check out a rare opportunity this evening: Taize evening prayer with two of the brothers from the Taize community in France. (Apologies for the late notice!)  Details: 7 pm tonight, All Soul's Episcopal Parish, 2220 Cedar Street, Berkeley (at the corner of Spruce).
Meso, Helen and Asha Tadeo are settling into their new home in Port Townsend, Washington. They sent along this photo, and their new address:
P.O. Box 1715, Port Townsend, WA 98368

Helen sent word that they have already served soup at St. Paul's (the local episcopal church) weekly free "Just Soup" lunch.

Please mark your calendars for a vestry-hosted brunch on Sunday, October 13, for the kick-off of "Living in Faith, Thriving in Hope," our 2020 stewardship campaign. A brief update from yesterday's vestry meeting (along with minutes and financial reports), is in the box below.

Last week, I posted the first of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's "Way of Love" video series. This week, check out "Learn" – the second chapter. 

May your week be filled with the awareness of God's abundant grace.
In love and gratitude,
Rev. Julie

P.S. Rev. Will's powerful sermon from Sunday is here.

Vestry News, Sept. 22

Sandy Burnett, Senior Warden

Budget matters, including a projected end-of-year deficit of $12,000 (down from $40,000 projected last January) continued to occupy the Vestry during their Sept. 22 meeting. (We projected a smaller deficit last month, but some expected expenses have changed.) As planning begins for the 2020 budget, the Vestry discussed the necessity of reducing the priest’s hours.

More positively, the Vestry gave the go-ahead to explore new leases for next year with a youth chorus and a theatre group. In other business, the Vestry:
  • Appointed a committee to work with the parish administrator to develop guidelines for weddings, summer camps and other rentals.
  • Agreed that although St. Alban’s is hosting more rental guests, our core identity remains and shall remains as a Christian community. 
  • Approved a required diocesan benefits package, except for one component concerning compensation for benefitted employees who don’t need church health insurance. The issue will be decided in October, after more study by a small vestry team.
  • Discussed hosting the October 13 kickoff for the 2020 stewardship campaign. The Vestry will host a brunch and program after the 10 a.m. service.
  • Heard plans for an Advent program, and also Dani's upcoming "Not Your Parents' Episcopal Church 101" series, starting mid-October.
  • Granted $500 from the Ina Lawrence Fund to help support the weekly meal program hosted by Good Shepherd Church in Berkeley.

Census 2020 info

2020 will be a national census year, and funding for our schools, social services and so much more depends on an accurate count. 

Here are some ways you can be involved: 
Meeting with Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson
Wednesday, Sept. 25; 5:30 - 7:30 pm at the Albany Senior Center

Serve as an ambassador on a subcommittee focusing on particular populations. Click the image below for details.


Sunday, September 29, 2019

Holy Eucharist, 10 am
Acolytes: Katherine Kasameyer
Altar Guild: Mary Doleman, Margaret Doleman
Coffee Hour:  Setup: Fred Treadwell, Cleanup: All
Counters: Sondra Lavrov, Barbara Metcalf
rs: Beth Beller, Lawrence DiCostanzo

Lectors: Kathryne Ann Kinsey, Don Goerlitz
Usher: Barbara Metcalf, Peter Doleman
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 new address is 468 Perkins Street, Oakland, CA 94610.  (510) 735-9503. Visitors are welcome!

Bill Langston is now living in Richmond with his brother and sister-in-law, Hoover and Terry Langston. Phone calls and visits are welcomed and encouraged. Please call 510-222-5169 to arrange.

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 remember:

Celia I. Ann Partington; Jeff Peterson & Elise Marks, Miriam and Noah; Chanthip Phongkhamsavath; Lenore Ralston

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Please pray for Grace Cathedral, San Francisco  and St. Michael and All Angels, Concord

Birthdays this Week: Cait James, Sally Sanger (Friday)

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

This Week:
  Monday, September 23
            Tai Chi Drop-In for Experienced Students
             6:15-8:15 p.m. in the Parish Hall
               Taize Evening Prayer
               with Brothers Emile and John from the Taizé Community
                in Burgundy, France. 
                7 - 8 pm, All Souls Episcopal Church, 2220 Cedar St., Berkeley

  Tuesday, September 24
       Centering Prayer 6:15-7:15 pm in the Nursery
  Wednesday, September 25
        Healing Service   12 noon Library
    Thursday, September 26
            Morning Prayer  8 am in the Library  
         Benedictine Spirituality Group (with Compline - evening prayers)
                      6 pm in the library

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

      Sunday, September 29
Worship 10 am in the Sanctuary
            Coffee Hour following Worship

                                  Next Week:      
     Monday, September 30
            Tai Chi Drop-In for Experienced Students
             6:15-8:15 p.m. in the Parish Hall

         Tuesday, October 1
            Centering Prayer      6:15-7:15 pm in the Nursery
         Wednesday, October 2
           Healing Service 12 noon, Library   
        Thursday, October 3
             Morning Prayer  8 am in the Library
          Benedictine Spirituality Group (with Compline - evening prayers)
                      6 pm in the library

           Friday, September October 4
            Sandwich-making for the Albany Shower Program,
              8 am in the Kitchen  

         Sunday, October 6   
           Worship 10 am in the Sanctuary
            First Sunday Potluck Brunch following Worship

New concert just added!
If you love a great horn section, get your tickets now!

Many of you heard Kyle play the vibraphone at the Calliope launch party last fall, but he is also a phenomenal band leader and accomplished composer.

Note: the name of the big band is "Kyle Athayde Dance Party." 
You WILL want to dance, and this is a show...

Third Sunday Concert Tickets 
on sale now!

All shows begin at 4 pm in the Parish Hall.
Please click below for ticket links.

October 20: Shtrykov-Tanaka Duo (clarinet/piano)

November 17: Flauti Diversi
        (medieval, renaissance, baroque and more!)

We are also selling tickets (and raising underwriting funds) for a very special Third Sunday Concert in February 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 are actively seeking other grants and advertising to support this amazing show.
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