Candidates for Vestry (four to be elected to a 3-year term)
Candidates for Diocesan Delegate (one to be elected to a 2-year term)
The Committee is very grateful to all the candidates who have agreed to stand and, if elected, to serve in leadership positions at St. Alban’s. A candidates’ forum will be held on Sunday, May 21, at 10:30 a.m. in Satterlee Hall.
SUNDAY FORUMS: SANCTUARY
All of us are affected by the current public rhetoric around the issue of immigration, which is stirring up violence and racism, and further dehumanizing the population of immigrants in the United States. Current efforts to ramp up immigration enforcement efforts--including raids, detention and deportation--are sowing fear and tearing families apart. How do we, as Christians, respond? Join us for a three-part Sunday forum series as we explore what our faith teaches us, how the church is responding, and the rights of citizens and non-citizens alike under the law.
Sunday, April 23: Sanctuary--Theological Reflection
Led by the Rev'd Jim Quigley, we explore the Christian imperative to welcome the stranger.
Sunday, April 30: Sanctuary--Faith in the Public Square
Lacy Broemel of The Episcopal Church will discuss what the church and individual dioceses and parishes are doing.
Sunday, May 7: Sanctuary--Know Your Rights
A bilingual session led by the Rev'd Debbie Kirk and Laura Stump Kennedy on the rights citizens and undocumented residents have under the law. Small group discussions will be held in English and Spanish.
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WATER INTO WINE
Afghans and Iraqis serving as US military interpreters and their families find their lives threatened when the US pulls out. No One Left Behind helps bring them to safety and supports them in setting up a new life in the US.
From April 23 to May 14 we are collecting supplies for NOLB’s diaper bank. Please bring diapers (any size), baby wipes, baby lotion, and baby powder to place in the bins in the nave. Contact: Sandy Kolb
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.
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.
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!