NOVEMBER VESTRY NEWS FROM THE SENIOR WARDEN
by Laura Ingersoll
The next regular Vestry meeting will be on December 19.
Previous Vestry meeting summaries can be found here.
WARDEN AND VESTRY CANDIDATES
At its November 28 meeting, the Vestry accepted the slate of candidates for election on January 28, 2019. They are (in the random order in which they will appear on the ballot):
- For Senior Warden (one, for a 3-year term):
- For Junior Warden (one, to complete the final year of a 3-year term):
Lucy Fraser Cage
- For Vestry (four, for 3-year terms):
Barbara Bolling Manard
Lucy Fraser Cage
Note that three of the four Warden candidates are also standing, simultaneously, for election to the Vestry. Senior Warden Laura Ingersoll explains here.
EVENSONG @ ST. ALBAN'S
St. Alban's hosted the Washington National Cathedral's weekly Choral Evensong, on Tuesday, November 14. The service featured the sublime voices of the Cathedral's Boys Choir under the direction of Brian Glosh (a St. Alban's parishioner). Our Rector Geoffrey Hoare was the officiant. Choral evensong is an enduring spiritual element of the Anglican tradition, and offers respite, contemplation and inspiration in the midst of our busy modern lives.
ROWAN WILLIAMS VISITS
On a crisp autumn morning, November 8, over a hundred people hungry for faith-understanding gathered at St. Alban’s to hear former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams speak about Christian believing and discipleship and then address thought-provoking audience questions. Parishioners have been reading two of Bishop Williams’ recent books, Being Christian and Being Disciples – slim volumes aimed at helping us work out the essentials of our faith. Since serving for a decade as primate of the Anglican Communion (2002-2012), Williams has been Master of Magdalene College at Cambridge University (alma mater of our Rector, Geoffrey Hoare), and continues to be a leader in the contemporary church’s progressive thinking, ecumenism, and interfaith reconciliation work. Listen here:
WHAT HAPPENED TO "WATER INTO WINE?"
Parishioners who are used to putting non-perishable food or items collected for our Water-into-Wine initiatives into the brown bins near St. John’s Chapel in the Nave may have discovered that the bins are no longer there. While we will still occasionally ask for donations for Water-into-Wine initiatives we will no longer be using the bins. When collections are announced, drop-off locations will be provided. In the meantime, if you have been placing non-perishable food donations in the bins, thank you! From now on, please put them in the wicker basket located in the Narthex.
THANK YOU, HEATHER
Children's Chapel has a new grand piano, a generous gift from St. Alban's member Heather Hunt, who died in September. Heather was a long-time music leader in Children's Chapel, a much-loved and cheerful presence in the lives of our youngest parishioners. Phoebe Jane played Heather's piano for the first time on Sunday, October 7, and it sounds amazing. In memory of Heather, the children came forward to touch her piano and thank her for her gift.
It's official! Geoffrey was formally installed as our rector on Sunday, September 16, at a glorious afternoon service. Bishop Mariann commended the Vestry's choice and affirmed the call, asking the congregation, "Are you, the people of St. Alban’s, ready to continue in your ministry, with Geoffrey as your rector?" The people responded with a loud, "We are."
The service, which also celebrated all the ministries of St. Alban's, was followed by a festive reception. Thanks to Susan Morris, who organized the party, and to all who helped to set up, contributed food and drink, served, and cleaned up.
THANKS BE TO JO
Sunday, September 9, was proclaimed "Jo Turner Sunday" at St. Alban's as we thanked Jo for her three years of service (without pay) as our pastoral care coordinator. Many at St. Alban's benefited greatly from the prayers, visits and home-delivered meals Jo helped to coordinate during her time on staff.
The Faith Talk blog that Jo has written for several years is taking a break. After some restful discernment, Faith Talk will resume on a less frequent schedule (she thinks).
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