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September 17, 2017: Ingathering, Part 2
I hope you received the “Ingathering Letter” that I sent last week! If you have not yet read it, you may find it online at www.allsoulsdc.org/ingathering, and printed copies are available at the entrances to the church. This Sunday I am excited to share with you a new “Guidebook” that outlines our upcoming season of activities. As a first attempt, I’m sure we have missed some things.

I hope you received the “Ingathering Letter” that I sent last week! If you have not yet read it, you may find it online at www.allsoulsdc.org/ingathering, and printed copies are available at the entrances to the church.  This Sunday I am excited to share with you a new “Guidebook” that outlines our upcoming season of activities. As a first attempt, I’m sure we have missed some things, but our 10 a.m. Adult Forum this Sunday will be a time to walk through the next several months together, with lots of opportunities for questions and new ideas.

This Sunday we also welcome Robert “Bobby” Stubbs as our Interim Director of Music—after welcoming Brian Smith as our new Christian Formation Leader and Martin Geiger as Seminarian.  They all bring with them new ideas of their own, and each will undoubtedly help support our efforts to Care, Serve, and Grow.

We also have several exciting new parishioner-led initiatives that are beginning to brew:

•   In his role as our junior warden, Greg Lebel will be leading any interested parishioners in a study of All Souls in relationship to the book Radical Welcome, by Stephenie Spellers, Canon to the Presiding Bishop for Evangelism and Reconciliation.

•   Our senior warden, Daniel Callis, is working with me to bring together a new Governance Committee to help dig deeply into best practices and policies with regard to the rules and regulations we hold ourselves and our staff to as an organization.

•   I am working with a range of parishioners to call together several working groups related to potential capital projects, including (1) our exterior walls, drainage, and foundation; (2) our aging mechanical systems and unrenovated interior spaces; and (3) our organ.

•  Last weekend a team from All Souls took part in the first meeting of a two-year Lilly Endowment funded “Innovation Hub” to explore ways we can better reach and journey with young adults. It’s an honor to have been selected to be one of five churches in the DC area, and the only DC Episcopal church, to take part in the first round of this nationwide effort!

On top of all of this, there is good and exciting Faith in Action happening right now as so many of you step forward to receive and welcome a refugee family, as we engage several opportunities to join with Samaritan Ministry for those in need, and as we continue our partnerships with Christ House, Housing Up, and Cleveland and Woodley Park Village.

If you are not yet involved in any of these efforts, I urge you to dig in and engage with them!  Jadon+

Last Published: September 14, 2017 1:25 PM
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