ASP MISSION TRIP
St. Alban's sent a team of 13--eight youth and five adults--on the annual mission trip to work with the Appalachia Service Project. We traveled as a group with other churches in the Diocese of Washington to St. Paul in Southwest Virginia, and worked on a variety of projects. A quick video compilation is below. Come to the Sunday forum on July 16 after the 10 a.m. service to hear more from our missionaries.
GLOBAL MISSION REPORT
St. Alban's works with people in need around the world and with people from around the world who face problems in our community. These efforts are coordinated by the Global Mission Committee, which has just issued its annual report. Their work focused on helping our partner schools in Jordan and South Sudan, assisting refugees and immigrants here at home, and maintaining interfaith contacts and dialogue.
ANNUAL MEETING & ELECTIONS
The annual meeting was held on Sunday, June 4, in Nourse Hall. A quorum was present. No votes were taken. The Rev'd Geoffrey Hoare, Priest-in-Charge, reported on the state of the parish and discussed challenges and opportunities on the horizon. Read more.
Our new Vestry members, elected to three-year terms, are Jane Schubert, Michele Bond, Emily DiBari and Adrienne Allison. Our new Diocesan Delegate is Ted Swett. The Vestry expresses gratitude to these parishioners and to all who stood for election.
WE'RE SOCIAL AT ST. ALBAN'S
St. Alban’s loves sharing and we’re doing it in lots of new ways. You can now find us on Instagram and YouTube. We have an active, public Facebook page, where you can find out what’s happening at St. Alban’s. There’s also a Facebook group you can join to have conversations with fellow parishioners. Sermons are available on our website and mobile site, of course; what’s new is that you can now subscribe to sermons as a podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, GooglePlay or wherever you get your podcasts! Please follow or subscribe to all of our channels so you’ll know when new content is posted.
Our first ever Strawberry Sunday was a huge hit. Thanks to all the volunteer berry slicers, whipped cream bringers, pie bakers and ice cream scoopers.
The weather couldn't have been better, so we all gathered on the columbarium patio. What a great way to celebrate our first-of-the-season 10 a.m. service.
Strawberry Sunday may just have to become an annual event!
VESTRY NEWS FROM THE SENIOR WARDEN
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.
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