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THIS WEEK at ST. ALBAN'S CHURCH
Congratulations Are In Order!

Help us send all the best wishes to the St. Albanites confirmed or received into the Episcopal Church this past weekend at the National Cathedral. They are: 

Hana Ndari Keenan (confirmed)
Mia Christina Sande (confirmed) 
Henry Christopher James Freytag (confirmed)
Darby Scotland Nanette Anderson Cooper (confirmed) 
Noah Andrews (confirmed) 
Margit Bessenyey Williams (confirmed) 
Neil Harris Berger (received)
Jennifer Rodriguez (received)

🙏 We're so thankful you're part of our community! Our Church is better and stronger thanks to your commitment and presence.
A Special Three-Part Series, "Life On The Ground In The Holy Land" is coming this June. More info here.


 
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In-person Worship
this Sunday
The Sunday schedule is:
  • 8:00 a.m. at the Church
  • 9:00 a.m. at the Church
  • 11:15 a.m. in the Church (English) and in Nourse Hall (Spanish)
Click below to see the bulletins.
Join Us for Worship In Person or Online

Here is our in-person worship schedule: 
  • 8 a.m. (English) in the Church.
  • 9 a.m. (English) in the Church with Children's Chapel in Nourse Hall (2nd & 4th Sundays)
  • 11:15 a.m. (English) in the Church & (Spanish) in Nourse Hall.
Note: Weekly In-person Sunday Service Schedule Changes beginning next week (May 29.)
  • 8 a.m. (English) in the Church.
  • 10 a.m. (English) in the Church
  • 11:15 a.m. (Spanish) in Nourse Hall.
And here is everything you need to worship with us online this Sunday
  • The worship services in English will be live on our YouTube channel this Sunday, at 9 am.
  • Si quieres ver nuestro servicio en Español en vivo, ingresa AQUÍ el Domingo, a las 11:15 am y acompáñanos desde donde estés.
  • The full set of readings in English is here.
  • Here is a link for some children’s activities especially for this week's scripture readings.
  • You may donate online by clicking here.
  • Si quieres ofrendar a través de nuestro sitio web, puedes encontrar aquí una explicación paso a paso de cómo hacerlo.
Friday Prayers of the People
Let us pray:

Almighty God, who raised up your servant Alcuin as a beacon of learning: Shine in our hearts, we pray, that we may also show forth your praise in our own generation, for you have called us out of darkness and into your marvelous light; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Our prayers for the sick and suffering include: Wendy Reeves, Dianne Ferris and Michael Hazlett (friend of Marty and Fay Kerns) Richard Oropallo (friend of Mary Beth Evans), Barbara Morrison, and Jim Sondel (husband of Heather Sondel); may their needs be answered by God’s abundant mercies.

For those we love and see no longer: Clarke Mangum (father of Laura King), Carol Duncan (friend of Tim and Laurie Coughlin), Arthur Frank (husband of Kathy Frank, a long-time member of the Flower Guild), Sue Boyd (friend of Joyce Walker and Jon Wakelyn) and Ingmar Molina (adopted Grandson of Virginia Schofield). May their souls and the souls of all the departed, rest in peace.
Thank You to Our Children’s and Youth Leaders! Sunday May 22 at 11:00 am, Trenbath Assembly
On this last Sunday of the program year, we would like to thank those who help to form the faith of our young people each week in our Sunday School and youth groups. A reception will be held in their honor after class ends. Parents, please be on the look-out for an email from Mirelle Warouw and Amanda Gilman for opportunities to help with this celebration. Please reach out to the following folks as you see them and thank them for their commitment and leadership during such extraordinary times!
  • PreK to 2nd grade: Francoise LeGall, Julie Clements, Zoe Tron, Armis Sadri.
  • 3rd to 5th grades: Candice Brown, Anton Vanterpool, Tom Gustafson, Emily Blake
  • Rite 13: Noell Sotille, Krista Anderson, Rachel Freytag
  • J2A: Liz Price and Samantha Glosh
  • Senior group: Amie Vandersluis and Justine Colson
Save the dates! Life On The Ground In The Holy Land. 8 - 9:30 a.m. on Thursdays June 2, 9, and 16, via Zoom
Toward the close of the annual convention of our diocese, Bishop Budde encouraged congregations to enter into deep conversation about life in the Holy Land. In response, St. Alban’s is inviting respectful listening to the lived experience of a variety of voices from the Holy Land answering the question: What is life on the ground in the Holy Land like for you personally, and politically?
 
On June 2nd we will hear from a Palestinian Christian, the Anglican Archbishop of Jerusalem, The Most Reverend Hosam Naoum, (https://j-diocese.org/wordpress/archbishop-hosam-naoum-2/).
 
On June 9th we will hear from two people in dialogue with each other. They bring differing perspectives and experiences. Yossi Klein Halevi, (https://www.yossikleinhalevi.com) Senior Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem and author of Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor (strongly recommended reading for the series) and one of his correspondents in the most recent edition, Mohammed S. Dajani Daoudi, (https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/experts/mohammed-dajani) who is the former Weston Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and is Director of the Wasatia Academic Institute in Jerusalem. We will also provide registrants with some reading suggested by Professor Dajani Daoudi.
 
On June 16th we will hear from Stephanie Saldaña, (https://crcc.usc.edu/people/stephanie-saldana/) a writer, teacher and journalist who specializes in religious diversity in the Middle East, with a focus on refugees. She lives in Bethlehem and is author of a stunning memoir of her time in Jerusalem, A Country Between: Making a Home where Both Sides of Jerusalem Collide
 
There is no cost for participating in the conversation, but registration is required.  To register for the event click here
Strawberry Sunday Returns
After a pandemic hiatus, we'll celebrate one of our favorite spring social events once again on Sunday, May 29. Come to the Columbarium (weather permitting) between the 10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. services and enjoy strawberries and ice cream with your St. Alban's family. If you'd like to bring sliced berries or a strawberry treat, your contributions will be most welcome. 
Final Sunday for PreK to 5th Grade Sunday School from 10:15 to 11:00 am
PreK to 2nd Grade meets downstairs in the Rectory (the house across the driveway from the Church), and 3rd to 5th Grade meets upstairs. Masks are now optional. At this point, we’re still holding off on resuming Nursery care and our 2s & 3s class.
FInal Sunday Youth Classes (6th-12th grades) from 10:15 to 11:05 a.m.
Spaces for Youth Classes are as follows: 

Rite 13 (6th-7th grades): Rectory Living Room 

J2A (8th-9th grades): St. Columba Room, Rectory (Upstairs)

Senior Youth (10th-11th grades): Nourse Hall

Masks are now optional. To register for Youth Classes online, visit https://form.jotform.com/212445960387159.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Rev’d Yoimel González Hernández.
Congratulations Bob!
Each spring, Seabury Resources for the Aging co-sponsors a service honoring the contributions of older adults to their congregations and the community. Episcopal and UCC congregations are invited to select as their honoree an older adult who has made a significant impact in the church through service and leadership.  At this year's Seabury Celebration (held on May 4, 2022, at Washington National Cathedral) parishioner Bob Witten was honored.
Grate Patrol Voluntering Opportunity
Every 2nd Friday of the month, parishioners prepare bag meals from home for the Salvation Army’s Grate Patrol van to deliver to our city’s homeless. For another opportunity, volunteer with the Grate Patrol and deliver meals on its van! We’ll meet at the Church at 6:00 pm and return by 9:00 pm. All the food will be prepared in advance. We’re looking for two volunteers for May 13. To sign up, contact Susan Morris right away. Thanks so much!
Our Directory Update is Coming Soon!
We're excited to announce that you'll be receiving an email from our partner platform, realm.com, regarding our Directory update process in the coming weeks. In general, the process will be fast and easy, and we're counting on you to make the most of it. So please start gathering front-facing pictures (or selfies, as they are commonly known nowadays) of you and your family members and have them ready for when the update comes. For those less tech-savvy parishioners, we'll be glad to help you throughout the process. More details to come soon. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please reach out to Mery Montenegro
KN95 Masks Are Available Every Sunday
If you need a mask, please ask one of our Ushers. 
Giving Generously
Donating to St. Alban’s is easy! All you have to do is click HERE, or mail a check to the church office. You may also text your donation to St. Alban’s by simply typing the keyword DONATE and the amount of your donation to (202) 831-2993.  (You will be asked to set-up a one-time texting profile with your first text to the church.) 

Thank you very much for your generous support of St. Alban’s!

Vestry News from May 11, 2022
At its May 11 meeting, the Vestry filled several important positions, acting on the recommendations of the Nominations Committee.  First, we elected Gloria Manzo to fill out the year remaining in the Vestry term of Karina Rodriguez. Karina stepped down because she felt unable to devote sufficient attention to Vestry's duties at this time, being immersed in the early stages of her work life and having moved a considerable distance from the church.  Gloria, who hails from Mexico City, is a longtime parishioner at St. Alban’s and attends our Spanish-language services.  She is well-known to our Latino congregants and well-positioned to participate along with the rest of the Vestry in the rector search and other important business of this year.

We also elected Mary Beth Albright as a Diocesan Delegate and Ivan Fermin, Heather Sondel, and Anton Vanderpool as alternates for that position.  Mary Beth will work alongside our existing delegates, Candice Brown and Amie Vandersluis.  The delegates serve staggered three-year terms.  

Candice continued a presentation, begun at our April meeting, on the subject of “Rising Generations.”  The need to engage with young adults is a priority articulated by the Episcopal Diocese of Washington and a matter of vital interest to the future of the church.  In our April and May sessions, Candice shared testimonials delivered over the internet at last January’s Diocesan Convention by several young people who have made the church an important part of their lives, as well as a speech by an inspirational speaker on the challenges and benefits such engagement holds for the entire Episcopal community.  Candice has pulled together a group of parishioners who are delving into this subject in collaboration with Yoimel González Hernández, with a view to exploring how St. Alban’s might address it more broadly.

I provided the Vestry with an update on the progress of the parish vitality assessment we are conducting under diocesan guidelines in preparation for seeking out a new rector.  I noted with gratitude the dedication of the Vestry members who have invested much time and effort in the assessment, which of course is ongoing.  I also thanked those who organized the successful gathering the parish held in the columbarium to wish Emily Griffin godspeed in her sabbatical, and also those planning other festive occasions coming up on the calendar, including “Strawberry Sunday” scheduled for May 29 and the St. Alban’s day picnic to be held on June 19. These folks are doing important work to reinvigorate the sense of community in our parish.  Here's hoping that parishioners will direct toward our church a goodly portion of all the positive energy that has been pent up during the pandemic. 

Junior Warden Stephanie Curcuru reported that the HVAC upgrade in Satterlee Hall is nearing completion.  The OpShop will soon be available to be reoccupied.  Although there is much work to do before opening the doors, with luck the shop may be back in business sometime in June.  The kitchen is being deep-cleaned by an outside contractor, and a proposal is in the works for procuring new furniture for Satterlee, so that it will be outfitted to accommodate comfortably activities formerly carried out in the rectory.

Finally, it must not go unmentioned that Rachel Colson provided an affecting meditation on her life as one who grew up in the Episcopalian church during an era in which the church widened its embrace to include persons not previously acknowledged or welcomed for who they really were.  She spoke of a loving and beloved grandfather -- a traditionalist -- who over the years carried on a gentle debate with his wife on church matters, such as the revision of the prayer book and the ordination of women, arriving ultimately at a gracious openness to positive changes. For Rachel, such openness made it possible as she grew up and reached adulthood to deepen her own commitment to the church while remaining authentically herself. Now, as a traditionalist raising another generation of Episcopalians, Rachel finds that her own children are challenging her understanding of faith in ways probably not so dissimilar to the ways she challenged her grandfather’s understanding.  She hopes to respond with the same thoughtfulness, humility, and commitment to the essence of the tradition that her grandfather modeled for her.

Ted Swett
Senior Warden
3001 Wisconsin Avenue NW | Washington, DC 20016
P. (202) 363-8286
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