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This Week at St. Alban's

Monday, November 4 , 2019

Dear friends, 

Last Sunday, meeting with our vestry, I let them know of my plans to conclude my time at St. Alban’s. My last day here will be Sunday, January 5, 2020.
On November 9, 2009, I began what has become ten years of the best work of my life: serving as your rector.  We have been through a lot – personally and collectively. For a small congregation, we have accomplished more than many would think possible. I know, and I think you do, too, that this is true because of the amazing foundation of love that is the hallmark of our community.
You have been such kind and patient teachers for me, coming into your midst as a newly single mother, a first-time rector, and, so soon after joining you, a cancer survivor. You made me and my daughter Grace profoundly welcome.  Part of my heart will always be planted here. (I have made my estate plans, so I know some of my resources will land here, too!)
When I accepted your call as rector, I told folks that I anticipated my tenure would be 8- 12 years. Well, we are at 10, and I have, for several months now, been discerning a call from the Spirit to move on to the next adventure.
There are many factors in my decision to move on, and it has been a long and rich process of discernment and prayer. While I do not yet know exactly where I will be next, I am in active consideration for other positions, and expect to know in the next two months where I’ll be headed.
My decision to leave is complicated by my abiding love for this beautiful, beautiful community. And, a number of factors draw me on in my journey: I am ready to be in a new place – the grief of losing my partner Jeff in 2017 continues to be part of my daily life, and it is time for me to physically be somewhere else.
The cost of living in the Bay Area also looms large: I can no longer afford, as a single person, to live on a non-profit salary in the home I own. I have considered housemates, or renting my home and finding something smaller, but the overall reality is, I have gone into debt to stay here, and that is not sustainable.
Finally, it’s just time. It’s time for someone new to lead St. Alban’s into the next chapter, and good things lie ahead. Calliope is getting firmly established and has strong leadership, our support in the surrounding community is strong, we have great staff in the office, Dani Gabriel will soon be ordained a deacon and will remain a key figure at St. Alban’s, and I feel I’ve given what I have, with joy, for my time in your midst.
I am so grateful for our wardens, Sandy Burnett and Mary Doleman, who have walked with me through this process for the past couple of months, and for all who serve on the Vestry. I hope you all know what a treasure we have in this hard-working group.
I told the vestry last week that I have not let myself feel the emotional impact of leaving just yet, and I know it will be huge. Weighing my decision since this past spring, I have been blessed with so many moments of grace and joy. Over the past 10 years, I cannot remember a day celebrating the Eucharist in your midst that wasn’t ridiculously rich with love and gratitude.
There is plenty of work to do before January. The wardens and I are already in contact with Denise Obando, the transitions minister for the diocese, and she, along with The Rev. Cn. Abbott Bailey, canon to the ordinary, will soon be in conversation with the whole vestry.
You will be in very good hands. There is something magical about this parish – I have seen, again and again, how St. Alban’s draws in the right people at the right time.
Meanwhile, I treasure my remaining weeks with you, and will ever be grateful for the honor and blessing of being your priest.

In love and gratitude,
Rev. Julie

My sermon from Sunday is here.
Coming Soon: 

Ordination to the diaconate
Saturday, November 30, 2019
3:00 pm
Grace Cathedral

Dani's first Sunday as deacon with us will be December 8 (Advent 2)
contact Rev. Julie if you'd like to be part of an ordination gift and/or arranging a special coffee hour on Dec. 8

Week 3:
"Not Your Parents'
Episcopal Church 101"

A few things have changed in the Church some of us called our childhood home. And, many deep things remain. 

Join this four-week journey with Dani Gabriel that follows the arc of our own lifespans and development.

Class meets in the library at 11:45 am
(or after you get your brunch this Sunday)


November 10: Awe and Authority
               (Worship, The Book of Common Prayer, and Authority)

November 24: In the End
                  (Death, Resurrection and the great mystery!)

This course is intended for everyone: new to the Episcopal Church; new to Christianity; born in the church and never left; coming home after a long time away – it's all for you!

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Holy Eucharist, 10 am
Acolytes: Dani Gabriel
Altar Guild: Laurie Schumacher, Dani Gabriel
Coffee Hour:  Setup: Fred Treadwell, Cleanup: All
Counters: Sandy Burnett
rs: Beth Beller, Sandy Burnett

Lectors: Robin D'Oyen, Don Goerlitz
Ushers:  Eric Lindgren
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 address is 468 Perkins Street, Oakland, CA 94610.  (510) 735-9503. Visitors are welcome (please call ahead).

Bill Langston is now living at 2850 Groom Drive, Richmond, CA 94806-2665 with his brother and sister-in-law, Hoover and Terry Langston. Phone calls, notes and visits are welcomed and encouraged. Please call 510-222-5169 to arrange a visit.

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:

Leena & Joel Banerjee, Yvonne and Yoline; Blondelle Barnes; Beth and Jim Beller; Bob Bennett

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Please pray for Saint Elizabeth's, South San Francisco

Birthdays this Week: Karen Andersen (Tuesday), Piper and Lucas James (2013) (Wednesday) , Karen Parolek (Saturday), Deborah Tabor (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!

This Week:
     Monday, November 4
              Tai Chi Drop-In for Experienced Students
             6:15-8:15 p.m. in the Parish Hall
  Tuesday, November 5
       Centering Prayer 6:15-7:15 pm in the Nursery
  Wednesday, November 6
       Holy Eucharist with healing prayers, 12 noon in the library 
    Thursday, November 7
            Morning Prayer  8 am in the Library  
         Benedictine Spirituality Group

           (with Compline - Evening Prayers)
               6 pm in the Library

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

          Transition Albany's Potluck With A Purpose  - 6-9 pm Parish Hall
      Sunday, November 10
Worship 10 am in the Sanctuary
           Coffee Hour follows worship

            Not Your Parents' Episcopal Church 101

 Oh, Merci! Songs that give thanks:
                     a fundraiser for St. Alban's
             7-9 pm in the Parish Hall, $10 contribution
             (and feel free to bring your checkbook!)


     Monday, November 11
               Veteran's Day - Office Closed

            Tai Chi Drop-In for Experienced Students
             6:15-8:15 p.m. in the Parish Hall

         Tuesday, November 12
            Centering Prayer      6:15-7:15 pm in the Nursery
         Wednesday, November 13
           Holy Eucharist with healing prayers 12 noon, Library   
        Thursday, November 14
             Morning Prayer  8 am in the Library
          Benedictine Spirituality Group
              (with Compline - evening prayers)
                      6 pm in the library

           Friday, November 15
            Sandwich-making for the Albany Shower Program,
              8 am in the Kitchen  

         Sunday, November 17
Worship 10 am in the Sanctuary
              Coffee Hour follows worship
               Third Sunday Concert: Flauti Diversi  -   
                    Baroque music from the  Mediterranean 
                  4 pm in the Parish Hall

                    Tickets and more information available here.

         Tuesday, November 19
              St. Alban's Eats
                6 pm, Troy Greek Cuisine, 1843 Solano Ave.
                 All welcome! Please let
Becky Osborn-Coolidge know if you will attend.

Third Sunday Concert Tickets 
on sale now!

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

November 17: Flauti Diversi

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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