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!
NOVEMBER VESTRY NEWS FROM THE SENIOR WARDEN
By Laura Ingersoll
The Vestry took a “first look” at a preliminary 2018 budget, and heard how our final budget could be re-shaped around aspirational assumptions that the Annual Appeal will raise $1.2 million in pledges for 2018 – 20% more than was pledged for 2017 – and that budgeted operating expenditures for 2018 will be brought in tighter line with anticipated actual spending requirements based on recent years’ experience. A more finely-tuned budget will be examined at the December Vestry meeting, for ultimate passage in January. We heard that, as of early this week – even before fundraising letters were mailed – 42 pledges had been received, for a total of $219,652. All but one of the Vestry members, officers, and Diocesan Delegates have already made their pledges. Geoffrey Hoare announced that the parish will celebrate the Annual Appeal’s “in-gathering” of pledges at Sunday services on December 10. Meanwhile, parishioners are invited to a celebration of the Annual Appeal at the home of co-chairs Dominic and Ashley Bianchi on Sunday, November 19.
The Vestry adopted a policy that any contract involving the expenditure of $10,000 or more should be entered into after at least two competing bids have been obtained, unless the nature of the project (e.g., highly specialized, or emergency) makes doing so impracticable, in which case that decision should be memorialized and reported to the Vestry.
The next regularly scheduled Vestry meeting will be on December 20.
Notes on previous Vestry meetings are available in the archive.
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.
NOMINATIONS ARE OPEN
Rich Turner (outgoing junior warden) – Chair
Eliot Edgar (outgoing diocesan delegate)
Ivan Fermin (outgoing vestry member)
Kristie Hassett (outgoing vestry member)
Hollis McLoughin (parishioner & current parish treasurer)
Kate McNamara (parishioner)
Ken Patterson (outgoing vestry member)
Virginia Schofield (parishioner)
St. Alban’s scholarship students at Hope and Resurrection School in South Sudan have sent thank-you notes to the parish. Deborah Athiei Malith (pictured) writes, “for the support you gave me (I) am glad and I pray that the Lord will help you in whatever you are doing, so that you help others who are in need.”
Mary Aweil Maker says, “I . . . appreciate you for the tremendous work you are doing, particularly for the big finger of generosity you have lifted to me.”
Both girls add that their parents are grateful for the financial aid provided their daughters. Click here to see their letters.
St. Alban's also pays the salary of assistant headmaster Dovico Kyabanawandi, who sent this thank you video by way of Hope for Humanity, the nonprofit that launched the school.
SECRETS OF ST. ALBAN'S ORGAN
Organ builder Michael Hart spoke at the fall OWLs luncheon and described the challenges of designing and installing the instrument we're lucky enough to listen to every Sunday. Did you know the organ is suspended from the roof of the church? And that it weighs about as much as two Honda Accords?
Learn more "secrets" of our unique instrument after Lacey Gude's introduction:
FIRST WEDNESDAYS ARE BACK
The Altar Guild hosted the first First Wednesday dinner of the fall, providing delicious food for one and all. These gatherings give us a chance to relax in fellowship with parishioners of all ages. A free-will offering is gratefully accepted. Mark your calendar to join us for an upcoming First Wednesday in Satterlee Hall.
December 3: Advent wreath making and potluck dinner (starting at 5:00 p.m.)
January 6: Tres Reyes, hosted by the San Albano congregation (starting at 5:00 p.m.)
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