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Welcome to St. Alban’s Church! Every Sunday, and most days in between, people gather in this place to worship, to learn, to grow, to share the joys and struggles of our lives, and to seek God’s grace in the midst of our lives. We do not come because we have it all figured out, but because we are seeking light on the way. We come as we are and welcome one another.

On this website, you can find information about our worship, our classes for people of all ages, membership at St. Alban's, and about how we seek to make a difference in this world. We warmly encourage you to join us for a Sunday service or for some of the many other events that happen here. You belong at St. Alban’s.

Contact us with any questions. Call (202) 363-8286 or email the church office.

Service Times

8:00 a.m.       Holy Eucharist: Rite I (spoken)

9:15  a.m.       Holy Eucharist: Rite II

                        Children's Chapel

                        Teen Fellowship Service (Little Sanctuary)

11:00 a.m.      Misa in Español (Little Sanctuary)

11:30 a.m.      Holy Eucharist: Rite I

Weekdays, except Tuesday, 9:00 a.m.  Daily Morning Prayer

Tuesday, 7:30 a.m.                                    Holy Eucharist: Rite II


St. Alban’s Episcopal Church is located next to the Washington National Cathedral at the corner of Massachusetts and Wisconsin Avenues in the northwest section of the District of Columbia.

From either direction on the north loop of the Capital Beltway/I-495 follow signs for Route 355/Wisconsin Ave south toward DC. St. Alban’s is located on the left just before the intersection of Massachusetts and Wisconsin Avenues NW. Make a left onto Lych Gate Rd before you reach Massachusetts Ave. As you enter the drive, the church will be on your left and Satterlee Hall and the Rectory on the right. Stay on Lych Gate until it becomes Pilgrim Rd.

From any Virginia main in-bound thoroughfare (George Washington Memorial Parkway, I-395, Route 50, I-66), follow signs to Rosslyn and take the Key Bridge from Rosslyn north across the Potomac River into Georgetown. Go right on M St, left on Wisconsin Ave. St. Alban’s is located on the right just after the intersection of Massachusetts and Wisconsin Avenues NW. Make a right onto Lych Gate Rd after passing Massachusetts. As you enter the drive, the church will be on your left and Satterlee Hall and the Rectory on the right. Stay on Lych Gate until it becomes Pilgrim Rd.

Parking is available on Pilgrim Road Monday-Friday after 3:30 pm and all day Saturday and Sunday. Parking is also available in the Cathedral’s underground garage for a fee Monday- Saturday and for free on Sunday.  You may also park on neighborhood streets according to DC parking signs.

What to Expect

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For Your Kids

Children’s Ministry

At St. Alban’s Parish the formation of our children is a high priority.  While we know that a significant amount of a child’s faith comes from the home, we aim to provide excellent children’s formation throughout the year to complement the formation that is ongoing in a child’s life.  Our goal is to help children easily point to the love of God in their lives.

Worship: Children’s Chapel meets at the start of the 9:15 a.m. service in Nourse Hall. Children join the congregation in "big church" at the Peace, in time for Eucharist.

Education: All church school classes resume the Sunday after Labor Day with our annual Open House. Instruction starts the following Sunday. 

Nursery care: Child care is available from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. for children under 3 who aren't quite ready for our 2s and 3s class.

Learn more about Children's Ministries

Youth Ministry

Four teen groups participate in formation classes at St. Alban’s on Sunday mornings.  We use the nationally recognized Episcopal curriculum “Journey to Adulthood," or J2A.  J2A has two guiding principles: 1) Manhood and womanhood are gifts of God; and 2) Adulthood must be earned. This is a strong program with over 50 youth participating, many of whom engage in a wide variety of ministries at St. Alban’s. Two or three adults mentor each of the groups for two years, sharing their own faith journeys and forming strong bonds of fellowship with the participants. 

Worship:  St. Alban’s Teen Service Fellowship starts at 9:15 a.m. and is a separate service just for our teens held in the Little Sanctuary at St. Albans School. This interactive service offers teens time to talk about life, the Gospel, and to celebrate Eucharist together.  The teens return to "big church," before heading to their classes at the conclusion of the 9:15 a.m. worship service.  Friends are always welcome.

Learn more about Youth Ministries

The Episcopal Church

As Episcopalians, we follow Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. We believe in the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We believe God is active in our everyday lives through the power of the Holy Spirit.  

The mission of the Church is to restore all people to unity with God and with each other in Christ. The Church pursues its mission as it prays and worships, proclaims the gospel, and promotes justice, peace and love. The Church carries out its mission through the ministry of all of its members.

We uphold the Bible and worship with the Book of Common Prayer. We believe the Holy Scriptures are the revealed Word of God. In worship we unite ourselves with one another to acknowledge the holiness of God, to hear God's Word, to offer prayer and praise, and to celebrate the Sacraments. The Celebration of Holy Eucharist is the central act of worship in accordance with Jesus' command to His disciples. Holy Communion may be received by all baptized Christians, not only members of the Episcopal Church.

The Episcopal Church is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion with 70 million members in 165 countries.  The word "Episcopal" refers to government by bishops. The historic episcopate continues the work of the first apostles in the Church, guarding the faith, unity and discipline of the Church. Both men and women, including those who are married, are eligible for ordination as deacons, priests and bishops. 

We strive to love our neighbors as ourselves and respect the dignity of every person. We welcome all to find a spiritual home in the Episcopal Church.

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Vestry News & Meeting Minutes

01.23.17 | News, Connect

    Vestry meetings are usually held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 6:30 pm in Room 301 of Satterlee Hall, and are open to all. The Senior Warden provides a summary of each month's meeting.

    Click here for Vestry Meeting minutes.

    Vestry News, March 8, 2017

    After previous discussion, we approved a $45,000 Reserve Fund draw for major repair and refurbishment of our organ (which hasn’t been overhauled since it was built nearly 20 years ago, and has gone badly out of tune).  The work will be done by Michael Hart, the organ’s builder, during Spring/Summer, and isn’t expected to disrupt worship services.  Governance Committee Chair Ken Patterson reported that a Vestry vote on proposed bylaws changes would be deferred until our new Priest-in-Charge, Geoffrey Hoare, has a chance to consider and weigh in on them, giving us the benefit of his substantial experience.  
    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.

    Vestry News, February 15, 2017

    The Vestry heard from two of our Diocesan Delegates, Leo Coco and Eliot Edgar, about last month’s Diocesan Convention.  We had an open discussion with members of the Music Advisory Group (MAG) about their final report, and we expressed deep appreciation to the MAG for a careful and deeply insightful examination of our community’s wishes and hopes for the future of our parish music program: Andrew Brown, Bruce Barrow, Eliot Edgar, Mary Beth Evans, Richard Leland (chair), and Paul Loether.  We received proposed Parish Bylaws amendments, which after further work will be published to the Parish and put forth for approval in May.  The Nominating Committee presented “job descriptions” for the positions of Vestry member and Diocesan Delegate, and noted that names of potential candidates for election in June must be submitted by March 1.  Junior Warden Rich Turner presented a detailed plan for badly-needed but costly repair and refurbishment of our otherwise-excellent organ (which had not been regularly maintained for several years); the Vestry will carefully consider the proposal in the context of other anticipated demands on the budget, and will likely vote on it in March.  In furtherance of the conversation that began with our January 31 mini-retreat on multiculturalism, the Senior Warden distributed a draft document compiling all Vestry records, and related information, reflecting the history of the St. Alban’s Spanish-language worship ministry since it began in 2009.  The next regularly-scheduled Vestry meeting will be on March 8, 2017.

    Vestry News, January 31, 2017

    The Vestry held a special meeting at which the 2017 budget was unanimously approved.  It is a balanced budget with total income and expenses of $1,728,436.  Income conservatively assumes pledge receipts of $1 million – in line with pledges made to date but less than prior years’ pledges (and we earnestly hope our final 2017 pledge level will be substantially greater!).  Income also includes certain designated income as well as substantial receipts from WSA’s Opportunity Shop, special fundraising events such as the Gala, and special offerings such as Mustard Seed – totaling just over $225,000 and virtually all of which is passed directly through as Outreach. Excluding pass-throughs, net operating income is $1,485,188.  Expenditures for 2017 are essentially flat to 2016 actual expenditures – imposing strict limits on our spending unless/until income increases. The budget is slightly restructured to allow for greater flexibility within the major categories, and includes a one-time set-aside of $45,000 that can be assigned once our new Priest-in-Charge comes on board and works with the staff and Vestry on program priorities. Vestry members were especially concerned that parishioners understand that, while this tight budget does not explicitly address some important pending issues, the Vestry will be tackling those issues and will budget for them as we are able.  In making financial and program decisions, the Vestry will be aided by a new financial management report, developed by Treasurer Hollis McLoughlin to supplement the detailed monthly accounting reports. 
    The next regular meeting of the Vestry will be on February 15.

    Vestry News, January 18, 2017

    2016 Finances: In a strong signal of our community’s faith and hope for the future, payments of 2016 pledges soared in December, bringing us just above the budgeted $1.1 million. Other year-end income (such as bequests and the annual Nascelli Trust distribution) also came in higher than expected. At the same time, because of cautious and restricted spending, 2016 expenses fell sharply in all categories except outreach. These factors, together with the carried-over 2015 surplus, allow us to close the 2016 books with no deficit. The Executive Committee has lifted the spending freeze the Vestry imposed in October.

    2017 Pledges: As of this day, we’ve received 241 pledges totaling $990,893, putting us very close to the $1 million on which we’ll build our 2017 budget. The Vestry calls on parishioners who haven’t yet pledged to please do so, so we can finalize the budget with confidence. (Of course, we hope to end up with significantly more in 2017 pledge income.)

    2017 Budget: The Vestry received the proposed 2017 budget, which will be voted on at the end of January. Treasurer Hollis McLoughlin described a new management-oriented financial reporting format, to supplement our regular detailed monthly accounting reports, to equip the Vestry with actionable information supporting our policy and planning work.

    Other action: The Vestry received the Music Advisory Group (MAG) final report, which will be posted on the parish website; MAG members will attend our February meeting to discuss the report and its implications. The Vestry appointed Warren Clark, Sally Craig, and Alex Netchvolodoff to serve as the Principal Members of the new Memorial Lecture Committee created by a living-endowment from former parishioner Paul Cawein; advisory members will be appointed once the Committee gets established. The Vestry approved a nominating committee to develop a slate of candidates to stand for election to fill 4 Vestry positions and one Diocesan Delegate slot: Sandy Kolb (Chair), Glen Davis, Lauri Fitz-Pegado, Marcus King, Sandy Loether, Kiki McLean, and Marty Welch; they will welcome your suggestions! On January 31, the Vestry and clergy will hold a mini-retreat to begin conversation about what multiculturalism could mean for St. Alban’s. The next regularly scheduled Vestry meeting will be February 15, 2017.

    Vestry News, December 20, 2016

    In the absence of a Rector, the Vestry approved an extension of Rev. Debbie Kirk’s 2016 contract under which she has provided, on a half-time basis, bilingual ministry to the Spanish-language Sunday Eucharist service participants and helped further their integration with the Parish as a whole.  Although Rev. Kirk had advised that she is in the process of seeking full-time employment and would not be able to remain in her part-time position at St. Alban’s, a Vestry team worked with her to develop terms under which she would remain through June 2017 while we work on alternatives.  Meanwhile, the Vestry has undertaken to begin a comprehensive discernment of the nature and future of our ten-year relationship with Spanish-language worship and ministry, and to explore the potential for St. Alban’s to become a true multicultural worship community.  That discernment process will begin with a Vestry retreat in January, as well as conversations with parishioners most directly affected. 
    Associate Rector Jim Quigley announced the members of a newly constituted Adult Formation Team.  Associate Rector Emily Griffin reported that parishioner volunteers (notably Tricia Pinkard, Kristie Hassett, and Noell Sottile) have assured adequate administrative support for the Youth Program in the current temporary absence of a Youth Minister, and that in January a new Youth Formation Committee will begin discerning long-term needs.
    The Director of Finance reported that as of that day we had received 227 pledges totaling $958,093.  In anticipation of tackling the 2017 budget in January, the Vestry approved a continuing resolution to authorize Parish expenditures after the end of 2016, subject to the current spending freeze.  
    In future the Vestry will meet on the third Wednesday of each month, in Room 301 of Satterlee Hall.  The next regularly scheduled meeting will be on January 18.

    Vestry News, November 2016 

    On November 10, the Vestry held a special meeting, at which Rector Deborah Meister chose not to be present.  Following an Executive Session, all voting members present approved a resolution extending a call to The Reverend Geoffrey Hoare to serve St. Alban’s as Priest-in-Charge (the resolution to remain confidential until after the call had been announced to the Parish).  The two members unable to be present subsequently approved the resolution, retroactively.

    At the regularly scheduled meeting on November 15, the Vestry approved the terms of a letter of agreement with Rev. Hoare, providing that his three-year period of service as Priest-in-Charge St. Alban’s will begin on March 1, 2017, and at the halfway point we will mutually discern whether he should become Rector.  (This arrangement is further explained in the announcement to the Parish.)  The Vestry acknowledged the skill and dedication of our clergy and staff in committing to sustain the Parish during this interim period.  In other business, the Vestry approved draws from the Reserve Fund for (1) necessary exterior woodwork repair and painting (take note of our beautiful freshly-painted red doors!) and (2) urgent replacement of the deteriorated boiler system in the Rectory with a high-efficiency model that will also meet our property insurance certification standards.  In perhaps our most critical business, the Vestry heard two pieces of dismal news:  (1) Payment of current-year (2016) pledges is behind schedule, leading to concern that we might not have the income needed to fulfill our current-year budget.  (2) As of November 15, our community has generated only 115 pledges for 2017, so far ensuring us only just under $647,000 in pledge income – yet we need to raise at least $1.1 million in pledges in order to maintain our operations.  The Vestry expressed abiding hope that with the announcement of our call to our new Priest-in-Charge, the community’s confidence in our future together will be reinvigorated, and our fellow parishioners will come forth with the financial commitment to ensure that our future is strong and productive.  From our mouths to God’s ear! The next regularly scheduled Vestry meeting will be on December 20.

    Vestry News, October 18, 2016

    As we begin developing the 2017 budget, the Vestry voted to freeze non-obligated expenditures (i.e., other than payroll, utilities, and already-contracted-for goods/services) through the rest of 2016 except as approved in writing by the Executive Committee.  This is a precaution to ensure we carefully manage our limited remaining 2016 budget resources.  (Any parishioners anticipating a need for parish funds during this period should speak with Doug Dykstra.) 
    We appointed Vestry member Tom Gustafson to chair the new Standing Committee on Personnel, and parishioner Lisa Birchard as member; the third member will be appointed soon. 
    We had a robust discussion of the Governance Committee’s Report and recommendations, many of which we’ll begin implementing in the near future.
    Vestry member Sandy Kolb and Treasurer Hollis McLoughlin will work with Rev. Debbie Kirk on strategies for supporting the Spanish-language service in 2017. 
    The Property Committee’s subgroup on grounds maintenance and landscaping reported on efforts to better coordinate work with Cathedral staff/contractors and plans for general improvements to our grounds. 
    The Rector reported on progress in seeking a Youth Minister to be jointly employed by St. Alban’s and nearby St. Margaret’s Church; Vestry members reaffirmed our commitment to have the Youth Minister on board after the New Year.  (Throughout our meeting, we reminded ourselves that our ability to sustain the Youth and Spanish-language programs, among others, depends upon parishioners’ willingness to commit now to pledges for 2017 – because we can’t plan without knowing what our income will be!) 
    The Senior Warden reported on progress in identifying an Interim Rector; suitable candidates will initially be vetted by the Executive Committee, and then will interview with the staff and the Vestry, with the Vestry voting on the call itself. 
    At the conclusion of this last Vestry meeting presided over by Rev. Deborah Meister, she encouraged the parish to celebrate a loving vigilance toward the health of our community and urged the vestry to support our excellent staff. 
    Our next regular meeting will be on November 15. 

    Vestry News, October 2, 2016

    In a special meeting – which was called following the Vestry’s weeks-long period of non-public discussion and careful deliberation – your Vestry unanimously passed a resolution consenting to the resignation of the Rector effective November 13, 2016; approving the terms of the Agreement Concluding Pastoral Relationship between the Rector and the Parish (to which the Bishop is also a signatory); and specifically subscribing to the Agreement’s reciprocal non-disparagement clause.  Every lay voting member of the Vestry signed a statement in response to the Rector’s resignation statement, both of which would be published to the Parish.  The Vestry acknowledged that the single financial provision of the Agreement – to pay the Rector her full compensation for one year following her resignation – is appropriate in light of the gifts she brought to the parish and in recognition of our community’s failure to fully support her Rectorship.  Regarding that provision, the Vestry reviewed a written offer from the Diocese to (1) provide to the Parish a free grant to cover the pension contribution portion of that compensation and (2) extend to the Parish the full balance of the compensation amount, with no interest, under re-payment terms stretching to December 2022.  The Vestry gratefully noted that this Diocesan support will enable the Parish to pay an Interim Rector during 2017 within the scope of a normal budget.  The Vestry reaffirmed its commitment to transparency for these transactions.  The Vestry also unanimously passed a resolution expressing unqualified appreciation and support for our Associate/Assistant clergy and our staff (paid, contract, and volunteer) during the transition ahead.  In other action, the Vestry constituted an Executive Committee, consisting of the Wardens, the chair of the Standing Committee on Governance (Ken Patterson), and the Treasurer (Hollis McLoughlin), as proposed by the Governance Committee.  Our next regular meeting will be on October 18.

    Vestry News, September 20, 2016

    Your Vestry joyfully heard about the rollicking great start of Children’s Chapel and the Sunday School (now in the beautifully renovated Children’s Wing of Satterlee’s 2nd floor – go check it out!), with 49 children already registered and 7 new teachers among the “faculty” of 18.  We agreed to move forward toward the important goal of hiring a Youth Minister by the end of the year, and in light of our budget constraints discussed alternative designs for the job. We accepted the 2016 Audit Report on parish finances, which found our finances and accounting procedures to be extraordinarily accurate and thorough, for which we heartily congratulated our diligent and skillful Director of Finance, Doug Dykstra.  We will carefully read the lengthy and detailed final draft report/recommendations of the Standing Committee on Governance and discuss it at the next regular Vestry meeting.  Vestry member Marty Welch and parishioner Lucy Fraser were added to the Property Committee.  We all signed a congratulatory letter to Matthew Hanisian, which will be delivered to him at his institution as Rector of St. Martin’s-in-the-Field next week.  The Rector described plans for both long-range and short-term action in response to the ongoing water problems in the Columbarium. Our next regular meeting will be on October 18.

    Vestry News, August 16, 2016

    Following the recommendation of the Ad Hoc Human Resources Task Force, the Vestry voted to create a Standing Committee on Personnel to advise the Rector on personnel issues, serve as a resource for resolution of employee grievances, work with the Standing Committee on Governance to renew our staff management procedures, and review/update the Employee Handbook.  The Vestry also ratified the existing membership of the Standing Finance and Property Committees.  The new Stewardship Co-chairs Alexandra Johns and Joe McLean presented their preliminary ideas for an exciting pledge campaign that will focus on our community’s mission and ministries, and they previewed their plans to develop a year-around program for ongoing stewardship.  The Junior Warden described work underway to convert the second floor of Satterlee Hall – newly-vacated by the non-Parish “St. Alban’s Early Childhood Center” – into Children’s Ministry classrooms, adult formation and meeting space, and a new Center for Spirituality and Creativity (funded by a bequest from late parishioner Diana Smith).  The Vestry was encouraged to invite folks to register for the upcoming Parish Weekend on September 16-18, and made plans for hosting the September 7 “First Wednesday” fellowship dinner.  Our next regular meeting will be on September 20.

    Vestry News, July 26, 2016

    Your Vestry received and discussed a proposal for creation of a Standing Committee on Personnel, presented by the Ad Hoc Human Resources Task Force that we established last February to ensure St. Alban’s personnel practices are “competent, effective and legally compliant [and] serve the best interests of the parish, staff and managers.”  The Task Force also proposed an expanded employee complaint resolution/grievance procedure.   The Vestry will vote on the proposals in August.  The Junior Warden laid out Property Committee plans for ongoing maintenance projects and communications infrastructure improvements.  The Rector reported that the new Interim Music Director has been selected.  Vestry liaisons have been assigned to Parish committees and will be posted in the Wade Room.  Our next regular meeting will be August 16.

    Vestry News Early July, 2016 

    In a special meeting on July 7, your Vestry approved a revised 2016 Budget reflecting certain net downward adjustments in both income and expenditures that have been actually realized as of July 1, resulting in a slight operating surplus.  The revised Budget Resolution, with explanation, will be posted in the Wade Room and the revised Budget itself will be available on the Parish website.  The Vestry elected Emily DiBari to serve as Secretary for the year. Read more.

    Click on the links below to read minutes from past Vestry and church meetings.


    February 15
    January 31
    January 18 Attachment


    December 20 Attachments
    November 15 Attachments
    November 10 Attachments
    October 18 Attachments
    September 20 Attachments
    August 17 Attachments
    July 26 Attachments
    July 7 Attachments
    June 6