Sunday, July 23, 11:15 a.m., Nourse Hall
St. Alban’s has a long history of helping to find housing for people who are homeless in our city. Our transitional housing program is now in transition. Come to Nourse Hall this Sunday morning to hear what we’ve done in the past and join in a discussion of where we might be going. Rich Jensen, Bob Witten and the Rev’d Geoffrey Hoare will lead the forum, part three in our series on responding to poverty.
Fill the Backpacks: July/August Mustard Seed for Harriet Tubman Elementary School
Three miles away from St. Alban’s, Tubman serves children from three homeless shelters and two housing projects. Most students receive free breakfast and lunch on school days, but may not get anything to eat on weekends. Our Food Backpack Program sends food home on weekends with 5 students from the neediest families who otherwise would not have any. Our Mustard Seed offering covers the cost of the food needed to fill the backpacks. Contact: Tom Jansen
Wanted: Favorite Foods
As part of our August forum series on Food and Faith, we’ll explore Christian food traditions from around the world. On Sunday, August 13, everyone is invited to bring something to share, whether it’s a favorite at your family Christmas gatherings or an Easter treat you loved when living abroad. Please bring a written label, copies of the recipe if you want to share it, and a serving piece, if needed. Let Sandy Kolb (202-337-8635) know what you’re bringing so we can set up for you.
Vestry Meeting Highlights – July 19, 2017
By Laura Ingersoll, Senior Warden
The Vestry authorized a new employment contract for the Rev’d Debbie Kirk, providing that she will work half-time to continue serving the Parish’s Spanish-language worship community and half-time to support the Parish’s Global Mission program by working with CASA of Maryland to serve the people of Central and South America in the Washington area.
The Vestry approved the appointment of Mary Kostel to serve as Parish Chancellor (lawyer), a non-paid function most recently served by former Warden Jim Sottile.
Director of Finance Doug Dykstra reported that pledge payments and other contributions are strong, although no new pledges have been received recently, and expenses are closely tracking the budget. Geoffrey Hoare noted the serious challenge we face in increasing pledges by 20% in order to maintain our current level of mission and ministry in 2018 and beyond. He also reported on good progress in cleaning up and updating the parish rolls.
The Vestry voted to move the date of the annual meeting and parish elections to January 28, 2018, and every fourth Sunday of Epiphany thereafter. (A nominating committee will be formed in September.) The Vestry also elected Lucy Fraser to fill the Vestry position of Andrea Fraser-Reid, who will leave the Vestry at the conclusion of the August meeting in order to relocate away from the Washington area. Lucy will serve until the January 2018 elections.
The next regularly scheduled Vestry meeting will be on August 16.
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