Sunday, November 29, 2020

Advent 1

Join us in person at St Alban’s or on Facebook at
9:30 a.m. for this streamed service!

To our Friends and Parishioners: We have reopened In-Person worship services as of Sunday October 4th under the guidelines as set by San Diego County, the State of CA, and the Episcopal Diocese. Please call the St Alban’s office at 619-444-8212 with any questions. Thank you for your help in continuing to keep our campus safe!

Meanwhile, services and meetings will still be live-streamed or held through ZOOM, and can also be viewed on the St Alban’s Facebook page.

Please see below for service and program suspensions, and ZOOM meeting instructions.

Coffee Hour via ZOOM St. Alban’s is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: St. Alban’s Coffee Hour Time: Nov 29, 2020 11AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 850 7170 9773 One tap mobile +16699009128,85071709773# US (San Jose)

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Meeting ID – 850 7170 9773 Password – 329523

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Dear St. Alban’s Sunday School families, We are happy to report that we will have an optional hybrid in-person Sunday School at St. Alban’s once a month on the last Sunday of each month, beginning on November 29, 2020, at 9:00 am. The children can then enjoy the family Sunday service together at 9:30am. During this in-person lesson on the last Sunday of the month we will still offer Sunday school via Zoom for those families who are more comfortable with distant Sunday School learning. (see our instructions for ZOOM below). Sunday School will still be held on Zoom for the other remaining Sundays. We will follow the guidelines set by the County, State, and the Bishop’s Office of the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego. These guidelines are posted at every exit door of the church building.

All children attending in-person Sunday School must wear face masks, get their temperature checked, and use hand sanitizer upon arrival to class. The Sunday School teachers will sign the children in after checking their temperature. If a child has a temperature of 100 degrees or above, they cannot attend class in person but can attend class virtually. Upon arrival, you will also answer the following Safety Health Questions. We will use the same Safety Health Questions, followed by the Cajon Valley School District:

1. Has your child experienced any Covid-19 symptoms in the last 14 days? Fever over 100 degrees, cough, difficulty breathing, sore throat, body aches, loss of taste or smell, runny nose, fatigue, headache, new rash, vomiting, or diarrhea? (No)

2. Has your child been exposed to anyone who has been tested positive for Covid-19 in the last two weeks? (No)

3. May Staff take the student’s temperature? (Yes)

If your responses to these questions are different from above, please attend Sunday School virtually.

Sunday School classes held on the last Sunday of the month will be in the church hall, but some lessons might be outside in the yard between the church and Head Start, depending on the weather. Children are required to sit in chairs that will be spaced for social distancing. Children will not be allowed to move their seats and must remain in their assigned seats for the entire lesson unless the Sunday School teachers approve it. Our Sunday School teachers will sanitize the chairs and tables before each class. We also will utilize a UVC disinfecting light when Sunday School is held in the church hall. We are requesting that the parent or guardian please discuss these requirements with your children.

Please keep your children home if they exhibit any symptoms of Covid 19 or have a fever.

We look forward to seeing our Sunday School children in person or via Zoom for Sunday School classes and hope we are able slowly get back to traditional in-person worship.

SPECIAL NOTICE: This year the St. Alban’s annual Children’s Christmas Pageant will be slightly different due to State and County guidelines regarding social distancing to prevent the spread of Covid- 19. We are looking for Sunday school children to volunteer to be readers or singers for our Christmas Pageant. The children will be recorded on Zoom, and we will also use pictures from past Christmas Pageants to make a picture slide show that will run during the Christmas carols portion of our pageant. Please let me know by November. 20 if your child would like to participate. If you have any past St. Alban’s Christmas Pageant pictures that you would like to share for our Christmas Pageant video, please send them to us by December. 1. The Christmas Pageant video will be played during the Sunday church service on December 20, 9:30 am; it will also be on the St. Alban’s Church Facebook.

Here are the upcoming lesson plans: For the month of December we decided to switch our in-person lesson to Dec. 20, so that the children can watch the Christmas Pageant at church service.

November 29- 1st Sunday of Advent. Sunday school lesson in-person or families can join us on Zoom at 9am (The children can join their families for the 9:30am service.) Watching and Waiting based on Mark 13:32-37. Activity-making Advent wreaths. Give out Advent Devotionals and calendars.

December 6- 2nd Sunday of Advent. Sunday school lesson on Zoom at 9am . In the Potter’s Hand based on Isaiah 64:1-9. Activity- Soapy Sculptures.

December 13- TBA

December 20- 4th Sunday of Advent. Sunday school lesson in-person or families can join us on Zoom at 9am. (The children can join their families for the 9:30am service.) A Visit from an Angel based on Luke 1:26-38. Activity- TBA craft.

December 27-Sunday school lesson on Zoom at 9am. Clean Hands- Clean Heart based on Mark 7:1-7,14-15, 21-23. Activity Ivory Soap Experiment.

God’s peace be with you, Caroline, Joanne, Ibtisam, and Naomi, St. Alban’s Sunday School teachers



Sunday School Lessons via ZOOM:

The group is named “St Alban’s Sunday School”. Please send a text to 619-820-0674 if your children would like to join in the ZOOM lesson and Caroline will add your cell phone number to the Sunday School families who will have access to join this weekly group. Lessons will run about 20 min and begin at 9:00am so families can enjoy the St Alban’s live stream of the Morning Prayer Sunday worship services at 9:30am. Also please note: St. Alban’s Sunday School has an email address: please use this as well with any questions about Sunday School or attending the Zoom Sunday School meetings.

Sunday School Zoom info:

If your child doesn’t have a computer they can join the meeting via telephone by calling either of the phone numbers below and typing in the meeting ID.

MEETING INFO: For the recurring meeting at 9am for Sunday School for each Sunday through the end of December :

Zoom Meeting ID: 78815477328 Password: xK61BY

One tap mobile +16699009128, 93662640101# US (San Jose)



Thanksgiving Eve Service on Wednesday, 11/25 at 6:15pm view on the St Alban’s Facebook page only.

This year’s Sunday School Pageant on Sunday, 12/20. The Pageant will be pre-recorded in a lovely artful way by the St Alban’s Sunday School and will be presented during the regular worship service starting at 9:30am. Come and sit outside with us or view on the St Alban’s Facebook page.

The Christmas Eve Service this year will be on Thursday, 12/24 at 6:15pm This will be presented online only and can be viewed on the St Alban’s Facebook page.

The Christmas Day Service will be on Friday, 12/25, at 9:30am. with Bishop Susan and St Paul’s Cathedral. View on the St Alban’s Facebook page only.


St Alban’s Needs Help for Christmas Gifts In this year’s season of giving for Christmas St Alban’s is giving out Gift Cards instead of food bags for Christmas. Many gift cards for groceries will be given to families at the Headstart school behind us as well as our own families in need. We would like to ask your help in the form of checks or cash donations made to St Alban’s to help fray the cost of these gifts. We will start accepting these donations on Sunday, November 29 thru Christmas. If you are able to help, we thank you for your consideration of this special donation for this special cause!


The St Alban’s Vestry meeting has changed from every Saturday morning to the 2nd Saturday of each month. It is still an online meeting, and it happens at 10 a.m.
If you are part of the St Alban’s Vestry, please put this on your calendar starting with the 2nd Saturday in July. Thanks!


Meeting ID – 235 055 010 Password – 688794


Table Talk is meeting in person once again!!

Come join us! We meet outdoors every Wednesday morning at 10am for conversational English. Fun, games and learning outdoors, safely! For more information, please contact the church office T-F, 9am-1pm, 619-444-8212


Scout Troop 308G is meeting in person once again!!

BSA Troop 308G meets on Wednesday evenings from 6:30pm to 8:pm at St. Alban’s. We welcome any girl between the ages of 11 and 18 to come and check it out.

For more information about the Troop, please email Joanne Bishop at



Saturday Morning “Coffee with Father Dave”

We now have a weekly Virtual Coffee meeting with Father Dave. All are invited to attend. It will be every Saturday at 10 am except the Second Saturday of the month (which will be a Vestry meeting).

Meeting ID – 235 055 010 Password – 688794 One tap mobile +16699009128, 235055010# US (San Jose)



Tuesday Morning Food Distribution

NOTE: This program will continue on the usual days for Food Distribution Only. (1st & 3rd Tuesdays of each month)

The Eucharist Service will be suspended until further notice.

The Joy Knight Memorial Refugee Task Force presents an opportunity for community involvement: On the first and third Tuesdays there is a bilingual English/Arabic Eucharistic Service. This begins at 8:45am and is followed by the Food Pantry, distributing food to our local refugee community. Everyone is welcome, come just for the service, or stay after and help with the food pantry. We will be happy to see you, so please join us!






Please remember in your prayers all who are refugees, Dick Walter, Heather and baby Elias, Samson, Hilda & Due family, Christine Peters, Judith Taylor, Victoria, Penny, Betty Levie, Ralph McMillen, Betty Johnsen, Arlene French, Tommy, Lillian, Duncan, Jaye, Dave B, David E. and Parker.

Pray for those serving in the military especially, Kendall, Lindzy, Denny, Cris, Ben, Bryan, Matt, Kristin, Joe Bates, Donovan Burns, David Nye, Kristyn, Eric, Stephanie, Donovan, Madison, and for our country’s veterans.

We pray for peace in Holy Land most especially for our Christian brothers and sisters in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Burma, India, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Egypt, Pakistan, Tunisia, Eritrea, Yemen, Nigeria, and Somalia who are suffering deprivation, torture, and death for confessing Christ as their Lord.

We pray for all people in our country who are suffering from poverty, injustices, brutality, racial and sexual discrimination; for those that are sexually, physically and verbally abused or bullied; for the unemployed and the underemployed; for the uninsured and the under insured.

In our Diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray and give thanks today for the clergy and people of St Paul’s in Yuma. And also for the Dioceses of Province VIII: Oregon, San Diego, San Joaquin, Spokane, Taiwan, and Utah. Let us give thanks this week for blessings we have received.

In the Anglican cycle of prayer, we give thanks today for the Church of Bermuda (Extra-Provincial to the Archbishop of Canterbury); The Rt. Rev’d Nicholas Dill – Bishop of Bermuda.

You may also call Penny Park at (619) 328-0692 or email: for prayer request needs.





St. Alban’s Giving Opportunities By Judy Brown, Treasurer

You’ve asked & we have found a way to answer the question – St. Alban’s now has the ability for individuals to give financial support electronically. We have an account with Tithely. Web location: Tithely allows people to make donations by setting up their own online giving accounts or via a downloadable phone app.

Tithely allows individuals to make payments from their checking/savings accounts or by credit card. They just create an account online or on the phone app and create the payment they want. Tithely has great online support to ask questions of as people set up their account or create their payments. When they make a payment, they get an email receipt for their donation to use for their tax purposes. The system will ask if the giver wants to pay the processing fee so the church won’t pay it & it will be reflected in their receipt if they choose to do so.

Payments can be one time or recurring. This will make it easier for those who are unable to attend church for any reason to continue their giving. We have set up categories for the various church accounts people can donate to.

The giving options are:

  • General Fund
  • Capital/Building Fund
  • Refugee
  • Pastoral
  • Outreach
  • Welcome Ministry of El Cajon

We are excited to provide this additional opportunity for giving as we’ve been asked by many how people can give online. If you are interested, you can get the phone app, go online, or ask me, Judy Brown, for more info.



Other programs that are currently suspended indefinitely or until we are given the “OK” by the State of CA, the County of San Diego, and the EDSD:

The Welcome Ministry, please see the website at or hook up with them on their Facebook page to stay informed of all changes and progress regarding this ministry.

The Saturday Morning Men’s Breakfast at St Alban’s

St Alban’s Teen Youth Group

All the weekly Recovery Groups

For these last few groups please keep checking this eNews bulletin which is sent weekly or call the St Alban’s church office at (619) 444-8212 to get updates on the continuing re-opening progress. We thank you for your consideration and patience as we continue to go through this process!