Christmas Gift Wrapping is Back!

Because 2020 has had enough bad news, here’s something good:  CHRISTMAS WRAPPING IS BACK!

We’re a little late, but the good news is that there’s still plenty of time to have the elves relieve you of this chore.  Of course, things have to be different this year, but this is actually a good thing.  In order to maintain distancing, wrapping will be conducted in the nave BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.  The good news?  We won’t be limited to just Sundays.  Here’s how it will work:

  1. Call Kate Wettstein (703) 304-2622 to set up an appointment to drop off your items at the church
  2. Kate will arrange with a masked elf to receive your unwrapped presents in the nave
    1. You may consider dropping off a donation to youth mission trips fund at the same time!
  3. The elf will wrap your presents, beautifully as always
  4. And, get this, your presents will be delivered to your home!

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to support future youth mission trips – thank you!

Will you help with our Hypothermia Week, December 20-26?

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, our Hypothermia Week will be different this year. Instead of hosting the shelter overflow in our Parish Hall, we will be taking meals to them at the Lincolnia Senior Center. We will deliver the food, but are not required to serve or clean up.

We will need meals for 50 people for seven nights and 50 bag lunches for each of the seven days. They have no access to a kitchen, so they request that meals be as simple to serve and eat as possible. I’m thinking of things like stew or chili with some bread and a piece of fruit, or a casserole with salad on the side. I’m sure any simple, hearty meal you wish to provide will be much appreciated.

Plan to deliver the meals to the Lincolnia Senior Center at about 6 p.m.  I will have more details later. If you and your family or a group of friends would like to prepare and deliver a meal or put together 50 bag lunches you may sign up using this link:   If you have any questions email me (Delores Baisden) or call me at 703-533-9532.

Thank you for your generosity!

Stuff the Trunk – Hurricane Relief for Honduras

Saturday, November 21, 9:00-11:00am.

St. Alban’s parking lot

St. Alban’s is responding to the aftermath of two destructive hurricanes in Honduras. One way you can participate is our Stuff the Trunk collection.

Drop off your donations to Fr. Paul and Deacon Theresa in the St. Alban’s parking lot between 9:00 and 11:00 am.

Immediate needs include: 

  • NSAID pain relievers: (Ibuprofen/Motrin/Advil; Acetaminophen/Tylenol) – for Children and for Adults
  • Cold/Allergy Medicines: (Benadryl, Sudafed, Tylenol Cold/Cough, Dayquil)
  • First Aid Kits
  • Bandages, Bandaids, gauze
  • Antibiotic ointment (Neosporin, etc.)
  • Masks
  • Thermometers, nebulizers, humidifiers
  • Infant formula (Similac, Nido, etc.)
  • Toothbrushes, toothpaste, small shampoos/soaps

Please wear a mask and maintain physical distance for the collection.

You can learn more about St. Alban’s coordinated hurricane relief response to Honduras on our website.

2020 Samaritan Ministry Gala

Together in Spirit. Onward in Action.

The 2020 Samaritan Ministry Gala

Celebrate St. Alban’s partnership with Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington (SMGW) on Saturday, November 14 at 7pm during a free, online gala event. Gather virtually with supporters and partners across the area as St. Alban’s receives the Outstanding Partner Award.

Emcee for the evening will be Washington Post columnist Colby King, who is a personal supporter of SMGW himself. There will be a Silent Auction featuring an array of special baskets, assembled by SMGW Partner Churches.

Register now at http://bit.ly/SMGWGala20 for the livestreamed gala and check the Samaritan Ministry website for more details. Contact Ivy Kilby or Deacon Theresa with questions or to learn more.

Hurricane Eta Relief in Honduras

Here are ways you can help with hurricane relief in Honduras.

Steven, Edgardo, Tirza and Allison

  • Parishioner Gail Allison, Tirza’s godmother, is collecting gently-used clothing that she plans to ship to Edgardo’s home town — you can drop your donations of clothing for children and adults in the Narthex. Contact Gail for more information.
  • “Stuff the Trunk” collection next Saturday, November 21, 9-11 am in St. Alban’s parking lot. We are working with the Romero-Canales family to ship these items to their extended family in Santiago. We need:
    • NSAID pain relievers: (Ibuprofen/Motrin/Advil; Acetaminophen/Tylenol) – Childrens, Adults
    • Cold/Allergy Medicines: (Benadryl, Sudafed, Tylenol Cold/Cough, Dayquil)
    • First Aid Kits
    • Bandages, Bandaids, gauze
    • Antibiotic ointment (Neosporin, etc.)
    • Masks
    • Thermometers, nebulizers, humidifiers
    • Infant formula (Similac, Nido, etc.)
    • Toothbrushes, toothpaste, small shampoos/soaps
  • Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) is our national church’s agency working around the world and here in the US responding to and rebuilding after disasters.  Your donation to ERD will go to wherever it is needed most.

Honoring our St. Alban’s Veterans

Veterans’ Day is Wednesday, November 11th.  To honor members of our parish who have served our country in the Armed Forces, we will display their names during the Prayers of the People on Sunday, November 15th.  Please use the form below to enter the names and service information of our St. Alban’s veterans.

Veteran's Day 2020 Prayers of the People

Holding On to Hope: A National Service for Healing and Wholeness

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will lead a live-streamed prayer service from Washington National Cathedral, Holding on to Hope: A National Service for Healing and Wholeness, on All Saints Sunday, November 1, at 4:00-5:30 p.m. EST.
In the midst of a pandemic, racial reckoning, and a historic election, the live-streamed service will gather Americans for prayer, song, lament, hope, and a call to love God and neighbor. The event will be simulcast in English and Spanish.
In addition to Bishop Curry’s sermon, the service will include reflections from Father James Martin, a noted Roman Catholic commentator on American life and values, and Valarie Kaur, an inspiring Sikh author, filmmaker, and civil rights attorney. The gathering will be officiated by Washington’s Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde, Cathedral Dean Randy Hollerith, and Reverend Stephanie Spellers, Canon to the Presiding Bishop.
Learn more and watch on Facebook here, or at the Episcopal Church website here.

Election Eve Service

The clergy invite you to join us for Evening Prayer on Monday, November 2 at 7:00 pm. The service will include time for sharing individual reflections and prayers for the election season.

To join the Evening Prayer Service click

Meeting ID: 861 4463 0745

Passcode: 627855

To join by phone:   +1 301 715 8592

Muldoon Concert: A Musical Journey Through the Church Year

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the Muldoon Concert Series is back — virtually! Join us on Sunday, November 8, at 4pm Eastern for a brand new online concert from organist Dr. Jason Farris. This special event will showcase works from composers including Bach, Langlais, Durufle and more, as Dr. Farris leads us on A Musical Journey Through the Liturgical Year. The video will premiere on the St. Alban’s YouTube Channel.

About Dr. Jason Farris

Jason Farris is the Director of Music at Grace Episcopal Church in The Plains, VA.  He plays the organ for all worship services, conducts the Grace Church Choir, and serves as the Artistic Director of the Grace Church Concert Series. He also currently serves as the interim organist at St. Alban’s, providing music for our Sunday online services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jason was previously employed by The University of the South in Sewanee, TN. As a visiting assistant professor of music, he taught applied organ lessons to both undergraduate and graduate students, as well as undergraduate courses in music theory and a graduate-level church music course. As the Associate University Organist and Choirmaster, he directed the music programs in two campus chapels and conducted the University and Seminary Choirs. Prior to this position, he was the Assistant University Organist at the same institution. In addition to playing for campus-wide liturgies in All Saints’ Chapel and the School of Theology’s worship services in the Chapel of the Apostles, he also accompanied the University and Seminary Choirs.  In 2011, he was the organist for the University Choir’s residencies at the Anglican Cathedrals of St. Alban, Rochester, and Canterbury, and is featured on the choir’s latest recording, “O Praise God In His Holiness: A Three Cathedrals Tour.”

He was awarded the doctor of musical arts degree in organ performance at the University of Houston where he studied with Dr. Robert Bates. He earned bachelor and master of music degrees at Baylor University as a student of Dr. Joyce Jones. He is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda and Alpha Chi academic honor societies, and was the second place winner in the graduate division of the 2003 William Hall Organ Competition (San Antonio).  On separate occasions, he was awarded scholarships to attend the British Organ Music Seminar in London, England and the French Organ Music Seminar in Paris, France. Active as a collaborative artist, he accompanies vocalists and instrumentalists at the piano, and has performed with multiple church and university choirs at the organ. Previous organ recital engagements include Christ Church (Episcopal) in Cranbrook, MI, the Philadelphia Cathedral (Episcopal), Christ Church Cathedral (Episcopal) in Nashville, TN, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Chattanooga, TN, and the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart (Roman Catholic) in Houston, TX.

About the Program

On November 8, Dr. Farris will lead us on A Musical Journey Through the Liturgical Year, highlighting musical selections from each season as celebrated by the church. Download a copy of the complete program here.

Watching the Concert

Join us at 4pm on November 8 as we premiere the video concert on the St. Alban’s YouTube page.

 

Novena of Prayer for an election: October 27 – November 4

We in the Diocese of Virginia join with Episcopalians across the nation and around the work of a Novena – nine days of prayer from October 27 through November 4. This A Season of Prayer: For an Election has been organized by Forward Movement and The Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations.

A novena is an ancient tradition of nine days of devotional prayers, often with a specific intention. In this time in our national life, we pray for discernment in voting and for the well-being of our nation.

As we move toward the election of leaders for the United States, may we all join in a season of prayer, committing to offer to God our fears and frustrations, our hopes and dreams.

Printable materials from Forward Movement are available in English and Spanish to download and use at home or with your congregation. These prayers, drawn from The Book of Common Prayer, can be printed out and tucked in a Bible or prayer journal.

+The Rt. Rev. Susan Goff
Suffragan Bishop and Ecclesiastical Authority