MAY VESTRY NEWS FROM THE SENIOR WARDEN
By Laura Ingersoll
Parish Gala co-chair Abby Davis joyfully reported to the Vestry that the Gala raised nearly $37,000 for the schools we support in South Sudan, in Jordan, and in DC’s Columbia Heights, and she invited the Vestry to help re-think the purpose and format of future fundraising galas. Vestry member Walker Carter updated the Vestry on early plans for next Fall’s annual appeal campaign, which he and Suzy Mink will work on together with co-chairs Ashley and Dominic Bianchi in order to help parishioners commit to support the ongoing mission and ministries of our faith community.
Senior Warden Laura Ingersoll reported on the Governance committee’s bylaws revision project, explaining that the proposed revised bylaws will be vetted by the Vestry over the summer and presented to the parish for comment, and then for approval, in the fall. She noted Geoffrey Hoare’s observation that the purpose of bylaws is not to address or resolve relational issues through legalistic means, but simply to set forth some procedures for managing certain canonically-required activities relating to parish governance. Geoffrey noted that the recent Diocesan Clergy Conference keynote speaker, Tony Morgan, authored a book entitled “The Unstuck Church” that offers interesting ideas for future consideration by the Vestry.
The Vestry approved funds to repair an aged failed compressor in the Satterlee Hall air conditioning system.
The Vestry expressed dismay at the resignation of Emily DiBari, who has moved with her family to Clinton NY, for a new job and to be closer to the DiBari clan; the entire parish misses Emily, Chester, and their two boys! The Vestry elected Ted Swett to fill Emily’s seat, with the proviso that he continue his able service as Secretary. The Vestry appointed parishioner Abel Smith to the Standing Committee on Personnel. It was noted that parishioner Diana Gustafson will be
ordained to the priesthood on June 16.
The next regular Vestry meeting will be on June 20.
Previous Vestry meeting summaries can be found here.
Justin Boyer, who has been our music director for two years, will be leaving St. Alban's this summer. Rector Geoffrey Hoare announced the change in a letter to the parish. "Justin has led our music with grace,
good humor, exquisite keyboard skills, and wonderful compositions through a challenging period," Geoffrey wrote, "and I hope you will join me in expressing appreciation to him over the next few months." Our new music director, Jeremy Filsell, arrives in mid-August. In addition to serving as organist and leading our choirs, he will launch a music program for children and youth beginning this fall.
CONGRATULATIONS, GORDON AVERY
Celebrating the service of a longtime St. Albanite, Seabury Resources for Aging honored our own Gordon Avery at its annual "Celebration of Service" event at the National Cathedral. Each year, Seabury recognizes the contributions of older adults for extraordinary service in their church and the broader community. Dr. Avery’s years as a vestry member, junior and senior warden, choir member, lay reader, and musician at our Washington Home Sunday services are extraordinary indeed. A neonatologist, his many years at Children’s Hospital resulted in countless healthy babies. Lunch in Satterlee Hall followed the festive service at the Cathedral. Congratulate Gordon when you see him!
Renée Patrick has joined our staff as Parish and Youth Ministry Administrator. Renée comes to us with five years of experience in Episcopal Church administration. She was born and raised in Neptune, NJ (a mere 14 blocks from the beach). After completing her Bachelor’s in Business at Stockton State College, Renée relocated to the D.C. Metro area to continue her career. In her spare time Renée enjoys traveling, the beach, and amusement rides. She and her husband Ernest live in Columbia, MD, along with their two children and two dogs.
Renée will take on most of communications at St. Alban’s and will manage the church office, in addition to providing administrative support to the rector for our youth program.
With Renée joining the staff, Charles Porter has become our Director of Operations and will focus more of his time and energy on our property and facilities.
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.
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