CHILD CARE UPDATE
We have successfully re-staffed our nursery and expanded our hours to include both the 9:00 a.m. service as well as the forum and program hour. Our new caregivers are Maria Arias and Ruth Rodriguez. Maria works for St. Charles Early Education Center in Arlington and has worked with the Teddy Bear Camp that is held here each summer. Ruth is a parishioner and who attends our Spanish service and is an anchor of that community. Please help us welcome them in their new roles. Our nursery is open from 9:00 to 11:05 a.m. for children up to age 3. Questions? Contact the Rev’d Emily Griffin.
FEBRUARY VESTRY NEWS FROM THE SENIOR WARDEN
By Laura Ingersoll
We began this first regular meeting of the new Vestry on February 28 by celebrating the Eucharist, and commissioning the new members and officers. Priest-in-Charge Geoffrey Hoare offered a thought-provoking homily reflecting on the important role of leaders in providing a “non-anxious presence” within a community.
The Vestry heard a report from member Adrienne Allison on the work of the Global Mission committee, and Associate Rector Debbie Kirk provided a written update on Diocesan efforts on behalf of immigrants, particularly from Latin American countries. Vestry member Michele Bond, on behalf of the Parish Life committee, asked the Vestry to help identify parishioners who might help work on the upcoming Gala silent auction. We appointed members to the Vestry’s standing committees (listed on the parish website under “Our Lay Leaders”) for the 2018-19 term.
Geoffrey and Associate Rector Emily Griffin reported on the thriving children’s program, noting that several of our children participated in last weekend’s joyous Cathedral Music Festival under guidance of parishioner Brian Glosh (who is the Cathedral Chorister Program Manager). Thank you, Brian!
We expressed thanks and appreciation to our part-time Program Assistant Arrien Davison, who since last summer has done great work updating our parish membership rolls, and who is leaving to take a full-time job at Epiphany, downtown.
Regarding the Vestry’s ongoing process of discerning a potential call to Geoffrey to serve as our Rector, we shared input we’ve received from the parish in anticipation of our vote at the next Vestry meeting on March 21.
Previous Vestry meeting summaries can be found here.
THANKS FROM ST. SAVIOUR'S
John Lent, acting executive director of The American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, spoke at a Sunday forum in February and sent word that St. Alban's is making a difference in the lives of children and their families at Saviour's school in Jordan, through scholarships for students from families that struggle financially, the purchase of modern Braille machines and general support of the school. "You are changing the opportunities and life trajectories for children in Zarqa," he wrote.
Lent also sent a letter from one of the teachers at St. Saviour's, who also expressed deep thanks for the Braille machine provided by St. Alban's.
ANNUAL MEETING HIGHLIGHTS
by Laura Ingersoll, Senior Warden
At the 2018 Annual Meeting on January 28, Geoffrey Hoare reported on the state of the parish, noting that after a vigorous “scrub” of the parish rolls we have 1,316 baptized members (including children) who have expressed a commitment to St. Alban’s. He observed that only 450 are “confirmed members” and encouraged those who are not to join an Enquirers’ Class in preparation for confirmation or, if confirmed in another denomination, reception into the Episcopal Church. Geoffrey spoke of his vision for the parish’s near future, including the music and children/youth programs and the San Albano community.
Laura Ingersoll presented the Wardens’ Report, noting particularly that a first priority of the new Vestry would be discernment – together with Geoffrey and Bishop Mariann Budde – of a potential call to Geoffrey to serve as our Rector. She invited parishioners to convey to Vestry members their views on the matter. Treasurer Hollis McLoughlin reported on the solid state of the parish financial system, the strong performance of pledges for 2018 and our investments, and the balanced budget recently passed by the Vestry. These written annual reports are available on the parish website. Parishioner Paul Brewster, a Diocesan Council member, reported on the previous day’s Diocesan Convention, noting that its main features were diversity and unity. He joyfully announced that the Convention elected our parishioner Anton Vanterpool to serve on the Diocesan Standing Committee.
Geoffrey and Laura both expressed deep appreciation to the out-going elected leaders, and to the parishioners who had stood for election this year. Election results were announced the next day: Junior Warden: Diane Adams; Vestry: Walker Carter, Leo Coco, Glenn Davis, and Lucy Fraser (three-year terms), and Lara McCoy Roslof (one-year term); Diocesan Delegates: Barbara Manard and Heather Sondel; Amie Vandersluis (alternate).
Click here to read the Annual Reports.
There will be a called meeting of the new Vestry on February 7 at 7:15 p.m. for the purpose of meeting with Bishop Marianne regarding discernment of a potential Rector call to Geoffrey; it is expected that the meeting will largely be in Executive Session. The Vestry's first regular meeting will be on February 28.
NEW STEPHEN MINISTERS
Margie Delaney, Mary Beth Evans, Mercy Lightsey, Carol Aschenbrener, and Marcy Fisher have completed extensive training and are ready to serve. Our Stephen Ministers offer confidential one-on-one support to parishioners in life transitions such as illness, bereavement, divorce, unemployment, aging, relocation, caregiver stress and challenges within families. They are caring people of mature faith who can listen, pray and provide encouragement. Also commissioned as a Stephen Leader today is Ann Nix, joining Jo Turner in that role. Ann completed leadership training last summer. If you or someone you know might benefit from the care of a Stephen Minister, contact Jo.
YOUTH MISSION TRIP
This summer, St. Alban's youth will have a new destination for their mission trip. They'll be working with the people of Irvine, Kentucky through St. Timothy’s Episcopal Outreach Center. Youth who are rising 9th graders and above, and any interested adults, will depart from the St Alban’s Day Picnic on June 24 and return the following Saturday, June 30. The cost per participant is $225.00. Scholarship assistance is available on request. Contact Rev'd Geoffrey for more information.
Children's pageant. Candlelit services. Community dinner. St. Alban's celebrated Christmas 2017 with great joy. Some 200 neighbors joined us at noon on Christmas day to enjoy a delicious feast of roast turkey, mashed potatoes and other vegetables and—always a crowd favorite--many homemade pies. The guests include elderly or homeless neighbors, celebrating together as a community of friends. Dozens of St Alban’s parishioners, members of the Washington Hebrew Congregation, and some local residents volunteered their time and talents to make this a bountiful, joyful occasion. Sincere thanks to each of you. Watch for a story about our Christmas season celebrations in the next issue of Alban Life. Subscribe to receive blog updates by email.
A large contingent of St. Albanites (19!) gathered at Memorial House in Rehoboth Beach on December 1 for the annual Advent retreat. The weekend, spent largely in silence, was centered around meditations on T.S. Eliot's Four Quartets, led by The Rev'd Geoffrey Hoare. The retreat was nourishing and centering, providing respite from the daily barrage of news and the press of our individual agendas--a chance to worship, reflect and prepare for the coming of Christ. If you've never attended, consider going next year. Read more about it on our new blog, Alban Life.
COMBINED CHOIRS FOR ALL SAINTS SUNDAY
St. Alban's choirs sang excerpts from Gabriel Fauré's Requiem at the 9:00 and 11:15 services on November 5, marking All Saints Day. It was glorious. We'll be posting more videos soon on our YouTube channel. Please subscribe!
BISHOP BUDDE VISITATION
Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde of the Diocese of Washington made her annual visit to St. Alban's in October. She preached about prayer, and then led a forum and discussion about spiritual traditions and change in the church.
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