HOLY WEEK AT ST. ALBAN'S
Our schedule for Holy Week this year is a little different than in recent years.
Maundy Thursday will feature a family service with foot washing before dinner, with services in English and Spanish to follow.
The three hours on Good Friday will be structured as six 30-minute services, so those who wish to can come and go.
There will be no Saturday evening service.
Instead, our worship on Easter Sunday will begin with the new fire in the darkness at 6 a.m., with the Easter Vigil and Festal Eucharists to follow. More details.
FORUMS: WORSHIP AND EUCHARIST
The final Sunday forum in the series on worship conducted by the Rev'd Geoffrey Hoare will be on April 3. We've discussed what we expect from worship, how scripture and sermon fit into worship, and what we actually mean when we say the creed and confession. The final two forums focus on the Eucharist: how to approach it in a spirit of generosity and how to be nourished by it for service to others.
If you've missed any of the forums, a brief introduction and the audio of each session are posted online.
VESTRY NEWS FROM THE SENIOR WARDEN
Emily DiBari reported briefly on the City’s proposed Ward 3 short-term housing project for families (sited next to the 2nd District Police Station near McLean Gardens), and we agreed that the God’s Work in the World team would track the project and recommend support as appropriate.
The Vestry engaged in robust discussion of a Global Missions team proposal to provide certain support for the still-evolving “sanctuary movement” forming among religious institutions. Geoffrey Hoare stressed that for St. Alban’s the issue of how to respond to concerns around current immigration policies is pastoral, not political. The Adult Forum Committee will sponsor a related 3-part series after Easter Sunday. Our pastoral and social service ministries will continue to address immigration-related issues in the context of ongoing work. And the clergy and Global Missions team will monitor the “sanctuary movement” and the Episcopal Church response to it, and propose St. Alban’s participation or action if and as appropriate.
Upcoming events include an Earth Day event on April 22 (with a related OWLS Luncheon speaker on 4/20), and the Parish Gala on May 13.
This was the first Vestry meeting presided over by Geoffrey Hoare, and he and the Vestry expressed mutual appreciation for the opportunity to work together to build a strong future for St. Alban’s. The next regularly-scheduled Vestry meeting will be April 19.
LENT AT ST. ALBAN'S
During this season of Lent, instead of asking, "What are you giving up for Lent?" we're asking, "What are you doing for Lent?" and providing a host of options. A five-part Sunday forum series, led by Priest-in-Charge Geoffrey Hoare; Lenten reading groups, discussing one of four books selected for the season; Lenten practices for you to follow at home; and a Stations of the Cross art exhibit to visit across the city. Read more about Lent at St. Alban's, and contact The Rev'd Jim Quigley if you have questions.
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.
St. Alban's welcomed our new Priest-in-charge, Rev. Geoffrey Hoare, with a festive celebration after Evensong on Sunday, February 26. Geoffrey is in the office as of Wednesday, March 1, and will lead a five-part forum series on Sundays beginning March 5. Nourse Hall was beautifully decorated (thanks, Flower Guild) and bursting with good cheer and great food. Thanks to all who helped with set up, greeting, serving, bar tending, clean up and delivery to Joseph's House, and especially to Susan Morris, who organized it all. More photos are online here. St. Alban's parishioners and Welcome Team members are hosting a number of smaller social events during March and April to help welcome Geoffrey and his family into our community. Find a date that suits you here.
MORALITY AND WAR
Our February forum series on the conflict between morality and war kicked off with a talk by journalist and parishioner David Wood. He's the author of "What Have We Done: The Moral Injury of Our Longest Wars." Our second speaker was Matt Zeller, founder of the nonprofit No One Left Behind, which works to bring Iraqi and Afghan translators who worked with the U.S. military to the United States. Read more about the series and listen to Wood's talk and Zeller's presentation.
OP SHOP SETS A RECORD
Congratulations to all who pitched in to help our Opportunity Shop set a sales record in 2016. The shop raised $298,000 for charitable donations. Thanks to Op Shop manager Laura Ferrara and the many volunteers who accept and price donations, staff the shop floor and ring up the sales. Thanks to the many members of St. Alban's who donate amazing clothes, housewares, books and other goods to make the Op Shop THE place to shop in Northwest DC. And thanks to everyone who shopped at the Op Shop in 2016. Come on back as often as you like. They're open Tuesday through Saturday!