CANDIDATE VIDEOS NOW ONLINE
The presentations made by candidates for Vestry and Diocesan Delegate are posted here. Just click on a name to watch what the candidate had to say.
A link to all of the candidates' written statements is on the same page.
VESTRY NEWS FROM THE SENIOR WARDEN
The last regular meeting of this Vestry on May 17 heard from Gala co-chair Abby Davis of the event’s record-breaking fundraising, benefiting our three partner schools – in DC, Jordan, and South Sudan – and we extended heartfelt appreciation to the many parishioners who worked to make the Gala such a great success and so much fun.
The financial year-to-date report shows us on track with the budget.
Geoffrey Hoare described, and the Vestry discussed, efforts among St. Alban’s, Church House, and the Cathedral to develop a coherent approach to our shared ministries on the Close, also incorporating the schools, which would both optimize scarce resources and enhance each part of our Close community. Responding to a comment about broken relationship, Geoffrey observed that “one of the first things to go when a relationship goes bad is gratitude” – and he urged us to make sure that the Great Thanksgiving (BCP 333 and elsewhere) is at the heart of whatever we undertake.
On Sunday, June 4, the polls (for elections to fill Vestry and Diocesan Delegate vacancies) will be open from 8:30 am to noon, with the Annual Meeting starting at 11:30.
Members present whose terms are concluding, Sandy Kolb and Youth Representative Emma Morrison, shared moving reflections on their Vestry service. Following the meeting, the Vestry launched the mid-year Canvass by beginning to phone parishioners to express gratitude for each one’s participation in the life of our community, to elicit questions or concerns, and to update parish records. The Canvass will continue, through the Vestry and other volunteers, with the goal of reaching every person on our parish contact list.
The next regular Vestry meeting will be on June 21.
THANKS, GARDEN GUILD
Thanks to all the volunteers who came out on Saturday, May 20, to help weed and add new plantings to the many gardens around our church buildings. Everything looks beautiful. If you weren't able to join us, here's a video glimpse of what you missed.
Our annual gala and auction dedicated to our Transforming the Lives of Children initiative was a smashing success. Preliminary results suggest we raised more than last year for our three beneficiaries: Harriet Tubman School, Hope and Resurrection School (South Sudan) and St. Saviour's School (Jordan). Photos from the evening are posted here.
Thanks to everyone who attended, donated and bid on auction items, assisted with set-up, tending bar, serving and clean-up, and special thanks to the organizers: Julie Clements-Smith, Abby Davis, Dudley Winthrop, the auction guru, and Donna Palmer, who made the raffle possible.
Don’t be surprised if you see organ pipes in unexpected places over the summer. It has been nearly 20 years since St. Alban’s organ was rebuilt and installed into its current location. A major cleaning and refurbishment is beginning this month on this marvelous musical asset (the replacement value is north of $1M). DiGenaro-Hart, the builders of this latest incarnation, will be removing, cleaning, and repairing all of the thousands of pipes, replacing some of the electronic and mechanical controls, and moving some pieces around to provide more flexibility in range and tone for Justin’s inspired performances. But don’t worry – the work will be done in phases and we have been assured we will always have sufficient organ for services of any type. The work is scheduled to finish by the end of August so the organ will be ready in all its glory for the beginning of the program year. Questions? Just ask Junior Warden Rich Turner or interim music director Justin Boyer.
Did you know you can subscribe to Sermons from St. Alban's? Just copy and add the following URL to your podcast player: http://ow.ly/gAKL30aTGPj. You'll be able to download each week's sermon as soon as it's posted online.
We're working to get the podcast up on iTunes and Overcast, so stay tuned for updates!
SPECTACULAR SHROVE TUESDAY
Thanks to our Rite 13 youth and leaders for a fantastic feast on Shrove Tuesday. Trenbath was packed with parishioners and guests, including about 40 students from Paul Public Charter School in DC, who found out about our annual celebration on the church website. The crowd enjoyed three kinds of pancakes--plain, blueberry and chocolate chip--plus sausages and fruit salad. There were beads, masks and other traditional Mardi Gras decorations aplenty. More photos of the event are online here.