Our first ever Strawberry Sunday on Memorial Day weekend 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!
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.
Our annual gala and auction dedicated to our Transforming the Lives of Children initiative was a smashing success. We raised more than last year for our three beneficiaries: Harriet Tubman School, Hope and Resurrection School (South Sudan) and St. Saviour's School (Jordan). Here are the details on how the money was used. Photos from the evening are posted here.
Thanks to everyone who attended, donated and bid on 2017 auction items, assisted with set-up, tending bar, serving and clean-up, and special thanks to the organizers: Julie Clements-Smith, Abby Davis, Dudley Winthrop, the auction guru, and Donna Palmer, who made the raffle possible.
Don’t be surprised if you see organ pipes in unexpected places over the summer of 2017. It has been nearly 20 years since St. Alban’s organ was rebuilt and installed into its current location. A major cleaning and refurbishment is beginning this month on this marvelous musical asset (the replacement value is north of $1M). DiGenaro-Hart, the builders of this latest incarnation, will be removing, cleaning, and repairing all of the thousands of pipes, replacing some of the electronic and mechanical controls, and moving some pieces around to provide more flexibility in range and tone for Justin’s inspired performances. But don’t worry – the work will be done in phases and we have been assured we will always have sufficient organ for services of any type. The work is scheduled to finish by the end of August so the organ will be ready in all its glory for the beginning of the program year. Questions? Just ask Junior Warden Rich Turner or interim music director Justin Boyer.
SPECTACULAR SHROVE TUESDAY
Thanks to our Rite 13 youth and leaders for a fantastic feast on Shrove Tuesday 2017. 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.
WELCOME OUR NEW PRIEST-IN-CHARGE
St. Alban's welcomed the Rev'd Geoffrey Hoare with an Evensong service and reception on February 26, 2017. Under the priest-in-charge model, he and the Vestry have agreed to a three-year commitment. At about the halfway point – in 18 months – we will mutually discern whether he should become our rector. Read more about Geoffrey here. More photos of the event are online here.
MUSIC ADVISORY GROUP REPORT
A Music Advisory Group, formed during the interim period and tasked with seeking a comprehensive understanding of the music at St. Alban's, presented their final report to the Vestry on February 15. The report may be viewed here.
A CHRISTMAS TO CELEBRATE 2016
St. Alban's sanctuary was packed on Christmas Eve, especially for the 4 p.m. service featuring the children's pageant. This year's program, The World Sings Noel, was produced by Amie Vandersluis, with the help of angels, shepherds and friendly beasts of all shapes and sizes. Special thanks to our narrators, Annie and Matthew! More photos are available here.
On Christmas Day, Satterlee Hall was filled with joy as we served a delectable dinner to our neighbors. More than 175 guests, friends and parishioners feasted on turkey with all the trimmings and pies galore. An impromptu chorus joined our guest pianist in song. Santa came too! Many thanks to all who helped, including the Mattheis, who organized, and kitchen captain Phoebe Jane Winthrop. It was fabulous all around! View more photos here.
OP SHOP SETS A RECORD IN 2016
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!