2018 YOUTH MISSION TRIP
Seven St. Albanites spent a week in Kentucky in June, repairing homes and getting to know some of the people of Estill County. If that area sounds familiar, it's because the county is named for the Estill family; native son Bob was our Rector at one time.
The trip was our first to that area but it won't be our last. St. Alban's has a new partnership with St. Timothy's Episcopal Outreach Center and will send another team there in 2019.
Read more about the trip and what the participants say they learned on the Alban Life blog.
JUNE VESTRY NEWS FROM THE SENIOR WARDEN
By Laura Ingersoll
The Vestry took an hour-long guided tour of the parish buildings, led by Director of Operations Charles Porter and Junior Warden Diane Adams, to develop a common understanding of the range and condition of our spaces. Charles is winding up a comprehensive space-use assessment, and he and Diane are working to complete a list of long-deferred-maintenance projects (developed in part by parishioner Marc Fetterman; thank you, Marc!). Rector Geoffrey Hoare described the importance of making decisions about our extraordinary but complicated, spaces based on the evolving programmatic needs and ministry visions of the community, and the need to prioritize our spending on refurbishing and repurposing spaces. Myriad significant potential projects were identified.
The Vestry applauded the leadership of Vestry member Lucy Fraser in continuing to beautify our landscape, working in concert with the Cathedral grounds staff.
The Vestry approved funds for a specific plan to upgrade the parish's telecommunications and internet connection infrastructure. This is a long-studied and extremely important step that will give us the capability to support improved;phone service, a better website, and significantly enhanced cloud-based record-keeping and communications. The Vestry also approved funds to install upgraded audio-visual equipment and capability in Nourse Hall, and expressed gratitude to Ed Roslof and Warren Clark for their work on this, with Charles Porter. Both projects should be operational near the start of the program year in September.
Senior Warden Laura Ingersoll presented a plan for a new online parish
pictorial directory (also to be available in printed form), that will be enabled by the imminent internet connection upgrade. The directory project will be led by parishioners Marcy Fisher and Barbara Manard, and implemented in the fall.
The next regular Vestry meeting will be on July 18.
Previous Vestry meeting summaries can be found here.
Great news! St. Alban's is reviving our chorister program for children age 7 through 12th grade under our new music director, Jeremy Filsell, who arrives later this summer. All children in the area are welcome to join, so please spread the word. Registration will open in August; the program will start on September 13 with rehearsals on Thursdays after school. Read more about the program.
CONGRATULATIONS, GORDON AVERY
Celebrating the service of a longtime St. Albanite, Seabury Resources for Aging honored our own Gordon Avery at its annual "Celebration of Service" event at the National Cathedral. Each year, Seabury recognizes the contributions of older adults for extraordinary service in their church and the broader community. Dr. Avery’s years as a vestry member, junior and senior warden, choir member, lay reader, and musician at our Washington Home Sunday services are extraordinary indeed. A neonatologist, his many years at Children’s Hospital resulted in countless healthy babies. Lunch in Satterlee Hall followed the festive service at the Cathedral. Congratulate Gordon when you see him!
Renée Patrick has joined our staff as Parish and Youth Ministry Administrator. Renée comes to us with five years of experience in Episcopal Church administration. She was born and raised in Neptune, NJ (a mere 14 blocks from the beach). After completing her Bachelor’s in Business at Stockton State College, Renée relocated to the D.C. Metro area to continue her career. In her spare time Renée enjoys traveling, the beach, and amusement rides. She and her husband Ernest live in Columbia, MD, along with their two children and two dogs.
Renée will take on most of communications at St. Alban’s and will manage the church office, in addition to providing administrative support to the rector for our youth program.
With Renée joining the staff, Charles Porter has become our Director of Operations and will focus more of his time and energy on our property and facilities.
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