One Day, 15,000 Volunteers, Making Over 7500 Bunk Beds

Be part of an historic event called Bunks Across America (BAA 2021) on June 12, 2021.

BAA 2021 is gathering 15,000 volunteers in 46 states across the country to build beds for children who don’t have beds to sleep in.  This day should stand as a revelation to those who don’t know there is a problem and a beacon of hope to those who don’t know there is a solution. We want as many people as possible to get involved to be a part of the solution.  The Northern Virginia/Washington DC Chapter of BAA 2021 will build 100 beds for kids to be distributed in the coming weeks.

Each recipient child receives a handmade bed, and brand-new bedding – including mattress, comforter, blanket, sheets, and pillow! There are many ways to get involved, from volunteering to donating, but what we need most is for you to spread the word about BAA 2021 and help us make history!

BAA 2021 is an outreach project of Sleep in Heavenly Peace (SHP).  To learn more about SHP go to SHPbeds.org or contact the local president at [email protected].

SHP/BAA 2021 is not an Annandale Christian Community for Action (ACCA) program, but its work will benefit children in Annandale and Northern Virginia.  This information is provided to you on behalf of ACCA and SHP.

Regathering in person? YES!

Based on current public health information showing a decline in COVID-19 cases and an increase in vaccinations, and the Commonwealth of Virginia is lifting more restrictions, Bishop Susan Goff informed the clergy throughout the diocese that we are permitted to regather without distance and capacity restrictions to the extent we are ready to do so.

St. Alban’s Regathering Committee has been preparing for this moment and agilely pivoted to address this welcome news. Hopefully you had an opportunity take our “regathering” survey to help the Committee better prepare for restarting worship in person. As Fr. Jeff noted in his email which accompanied the survey invitation, it won’t be exactly like it used to be, but it is a start!

The Regathering Committee, in consultation with the Vestry, created a plan that balances our desire to gather in person with concern for everyone’s safety, including the most vulnerable in our community. Here are some of the details:

  • Start Date: June 13
  • 8:15 am service – in the parish hall (allows for physical distancing)
  • 10:15 am service – in the nave (physical distancing will be recommended)
  • The 10:15 service will be Live-streamed on YouTube
  • Masks – required (except when lectors and intercessors read)
  • Vaccinations – not required

This plan gives you the option to do what you feel most comfortable doing at this point in time:  attend the 8:15 am service where you have the maximum flexibility for physical distancing; attend the 10:15 am service where physical distancing is possible within the fixed pew seating; or watch the service via the church’s new live-streaming technology from the comfort of your home.

More details are being worked out; public health data will continue to be monitored; and adjustments will be made, accordingly.

Many thanks to the Regathering Committee for their hard work in getting us to this point: Charles Becker, lead; Donna Archer, Harry Baisden, Elizabeth Howton, Ivy Kilby, Chris Martin, Margaret Pendley, Moira Skinner, Tom Tycz, Rick Weinberg, and Fr. Paul.

Summer Changes to the Poe Middle School Food Distribution Program

The Poe Middle School Food Distribution Program is now the Braddock Elementary School Distribution Program 

As Heraclitus said, “There is nothing permanent except change.”  With the coming of June, our Poe Middle School food distribution program is transitioning to work with Braddock Elementary School.  We have recently learned that Poe Middle School will not need assistance during the summer months.  Our contact referred us to Braddock Elementary School (a feeder to Poe MS) as they have lost their usual assistance.  The Outreach Committee felt that support for the Braddock families was in keeping with our plans for the Poe families and therefore could move forward.  We are looking for members who can, once again, help us pack the bags and transport them to the H-Mart parking lot in Annandale for distribution.  Our Sign-Up Genius (link below) has been updated with a new June date.  Once July and August are confirmed, new dates and sign-ups will be added.  Thank you so much!

Sign up link:

Sign Up!

Meet our Seminarian!

If you participate in the Sunday morning chat session during our 10:00 am worship service premier on YouTube, perhaps you’ve seen the name, Luis Enrique Hernández Rivas and wondered who that was.  Well wonder no more!  Luis is our seminarian who will start with us this Fall.  Luis very kindly made a brief video to introduce himself to us, so I won’t say anymore about him except that he is a deeply spiritual man, passionate about ministry, the Church and his relationship with Jesus.

Get Ready to STUFF the TRUNK for Samaritan Ministry!

Q: Trunk? What Trunk?

A: The car trunks of Deacon Theresa and Ivy Kilby’s cars for

Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington’s

Empowering Our Neighbors In Need (ENN) 2021 Campaign!

When: 8:30am-Noon on Saturday, May 15th

Where: Saint Alban’s Episcopal Church parking lot.

Why: Many of SMGW’s Participants use government assistance to purchase food. Unfortunately, that benefit does not cover items such as household cleaning supplies and personal hygiene products.  We’re asking our Saint Alban’s family to donate household cleaning supplies and full size hygiene products for SMGW’s Participants.

Household Cleaning Items Needed:

  • Sponge with green scrub pad
  • Dish soap
  • Dish towel
  • All-purpose cleaner (e.g. Comet, Mr. Clean…) liquid or powder
  • Laundry pods
  • Paper Towels
  • Toilet paper

Personal Hygiene Items Needed (full size):

  • Body Lotion
  • Sunblock
  • Body Wash
  • Body Soap (bars)
  • Foot Powder
  • Dental Floss
  • Mini Tissue Packs

*Please wear your mask during this donation collection. Thank you!

Empower our Neighbors in Need (ENN) Campaign – 2021 – Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington

New ministry at St. Alban’s

As pandemic conditions in our area improve we’re looking at the resources we’ll need to live-stream our Sunday morning worship services – just one part of a very complicated process for re-gathering for in-person worship.  Early on, we will need lectors, ushers and Altar Guild members to work with us, but we’re also looking for individuals of any age who are interested in learning our new audio/video system which we’ll use for live-streaming.

We have a brand new audio/video system, and we’ll need volunteers to run it on Sunday mornings.  If you have any interest in learning about live-streaming on the internet and learning some new skills in the area of video production, please contact Fr. Jeff or Fr. Paul.

Palm Sunday palms are here!

Waving palms branches on Palm Sunday to reenact Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem is an ancient and cherished tradition.  While we won’t be gathering again this year for our Palm Sunday procession, blessed palm fronds are available in front of the narthex doors at St. Alban’s.

Come pick up palms for your household as a reminder that Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week and Jesus’ passion.  (For those allergic to cats, Clark did not touch any of the palms, and he may or may not be present.)

Palms will be available until 5:00 pm Saturday evening, and from 8:00-5:00 Palm Sunday.  If you are unable to come to St. Alban’s, please let me know via email and I will deliver them to your home.

Click here for easy instructions to make your own palm cross.

 

Samaritan Ministry’s Next Step Breakfast – March 20, 10:00 am

You are invited to learn more about how Samaritan Ministry, a faith-based community partnership, has continued its work during the pandemic to improve lives throughout the DMV, one next step at a time.

Yamiche Alcindor, White House correspondent for the PBS NewsHour, will serve as emcee.  As part of the program we’ll hear from a Next Step participant who will share how Samaritan Ministry has changed his life.

St. Alban’s own, Ivy Kilby, an active participant and volunteer at Samaritan Ministry, will be sharing her story as a Samaritan Ministry volunteer.

If you are interested in “attending” this online event, please click here to register.  Registration is free, and make sure you enter “St. Alban’s, Annandale” as your parish, and specify Deacon Theresa Lewallen or Ivy Kilby as Table Captain.

A chance to make a new friend, and to give generously!

Hi, I’m Margaret Pendley, a member of St. Alban’s (originally of the 110:15 service persuasion), and I was recently challenged to make lemonade from a lemon.  You see, last month I broke my right foot in NINE PLACES, and will be wearing a series of casts for the next 8 weeks (the lemon).  I decided to sell advertising space on these casts to raise funds for the St. Alban’s Clergy Discretionary Funds (the lemonade).

Fr. Jeff, Fr. Paul, and Deacon Theresa receive a small stipend each year in the budget to use at their discretion to answer the needs of God’s children, both inside and outside of our church.  I myself have been the recipient of its bounty when Fr. Jeff sent me an amazingly relevant book when I was going through a rough patch.  These stipends are usually supplemented over the year by donations that they receive for officiating at weddings, funerals, and other religious services.  Well, as you can imagine, COVID has put a serious dent into this ministry for them, so I thought it would be a grand thing on our part to help them out.

Below is a partial shot of the first cast, with parishioners’ signatures, and the latest edition with LOTS of open space.

You can either come to my house and sign it yourself, or send me your signature request via email or snail mail. Minimum requested donation is $1, but feel free to give more!  As a bonus, if you’re in the mood to hear some of the hilarious stories of how some of these signatures got on these casts, you can give me a call!  My contact information is:  [email protected],.

Come enjoy a lovely glass of lemonade with me!

Stay current with news from The Diocese of Virginia

Diocese Coat of ArmsIn our continually evolving circumstances, we’ve all been anxious to have the most current status updates, especially the status of worship protocols and regathering for public worship. Many of our policies are guided by the Office of the Bishop of the Diocese of Virginia.

While St. Alban’s will always communicate the latest information from the Bishop’s office, you are eligible to get these updates directly from the Bishop’s office by subscribing to the diocesan e-news service.

There’s another important reason you should subscribe. Last year, the Diocese made the difficult decision to discontinue the printing of the quarterly magazine, the Virginia Episcopalian. In a time of decreasing budgets, a costly magazine was simply not a luxury that our church or the Diocese could afford to continue.

The good news is that the monthly diocesan newsletter, the eCommunique, will now be incorporating some of the great storytelling and features you enjoyed in the Virginia Episcopalian, but without the lag time and hefty price tag of a traditional print publication. By subscribing to the diocesan news service, you will receive the monthly eCommunique email plus announcements from your Bishops as they happen. Rest assured that the diocesan offices will never share your information with any other parties.

Please share this information with those who you think might not see it.