VESTRY NEWS FROM THE SENIOR WARDEN
July 19, 2017
By Laura Ingersoll, Senior Warden
Before convening, the Vestry and others gathered in the church for Holy Eucharist, during which the Rev'd Geoffrey Hoare commissioned the new Vestry members.
The Vestry authorized a new employment contract for the Rev’d Debbie Kirk, providing that she will work half-time to continue serving the Parish’s Spanish-language worship community and half-time to support the Parish’s Global Mission program by working with CASA of Maryland to serve the people of Central and South America in the Washington area.
The Vestry approved the appointment of Mary Kostel to serve as Parish Chancellor (lawyer), a non-paid function most recently served by former Warden Jim Sottile.
Director of Finance Doug Dykstra reported that pledge payments and other contributions are strong, although no new pledges have been received recently, and expenses are closely tracking the budget. Geoffrey noted the serious challenge we face in increasing pledges by 20% in order to maintain our current level of mission and ministry in 2018 and beyond. He also reported on good progress in cleaning up and updating the parish rolls.
The Vestry voted to move the date of the annual meeting and parish elections to January 28, 2018, and every fourth Sunday of Epiphany thereafter. (A nominating committee will be formed in September.) The Vestry also elected Lucy Fraser to fill the Vestry position of Andrea Fraser-Reid, who will leave the Vestry at the conclusion of the August meeting in order to relocate away from the Washington area. Lucy will serve until the January 2018 elections.
The next regularly scheduled Vestry meeting will be on August 16.Summaries of previous Vestry meetings and meeting minutes are available in the archive.
SOME SENDS THANKS
So Others Might Eat has sent a letter thanking St. Alban's for our 33 years of service to this ministry. Many of us provide casseroles and fresh fruit to SOME one Sunday each month and it all adds up. "We could not address the hunger crisis in our city without your support," the letter says. "The lunch we receive monthly from Saint Alban's for the men, women and children who come to SOME enabled us to provide 230,741 meals in our dining room and 51,645 meals in our housing programs last year."
Special thanks to Marty and Faye Kerns, the coordinators of this ministry!
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. At a forum on July 16, our missioners shared a video about their trip.
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.
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