Magazine - St. Paul`s Episcopal Church, Alexandria



Magazine - St. Paul`s Episcopal Church, Alexandria
Don’t miss the 2016 Annual
Report, included in this edition, and remember to bring
this issue with you to the Annual Meeting on February 28.
This issue features numerous
stories profiling, introducing,
and celebrating the accomplishments of St. Paul’s illustrious and industrious parishioners, clergy, and associates!
Cover: St. Paul’s Easter Vigil 2015 (photo by Joe Backus)
Dig deep into scripture this
Lent at our many Lenten
educational offerings, and
learn the ins and outs of the
Holy Eucharist in a new Faith
Seeking Understanding short
course led by our newest
priest, the Rev. Greg Millikin.
Did you know that one of our
parishioners was recently
sworn in as the U.S. Ambassador to Tajikistan...and that
another worked as an immunologist at the height of the
AIDS epidemic? Meet these
and more of the amazing people who make up St. Paul’s.
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We all know what it feels like
to be the “new kid”...and it’s
no different whether it’s at
work, school, or even church.
Mother Manners offers suggestions for warmly welcoming the new faces you see in
the pews.
Turn to the middle of this
issue for a copy of the 2016
Annual Report, including the
agenda for this year’s Annual
Meeting, financial information, and vestry nominations.
We love featuring members of the St. Paul’s community in the Epistle Magazine! Know
a parishioner or family who you think should be interviewed for a future issue? Reach
out to Communications Director Kelsey Parrish at [email protected]
A Holy Lent: A Letter from the Rector
Holy Week at St. Paul’s
Scenes of Parish Life
Third Century Updates
A New Priest!
Breaking Bread Together: New Faith Seeking
Understanding Short Course
Lenten Series: Conversing with Scripture
Prayer for Ordinary People
St. Paul’s Scholars Present Work at Prestigious
Religious Conferences
Our Newest Summer Seminarian
New Book by Ian Markham & Oran Warder
Crayola Queen
Offering Up Artwork
Next Stop: Tajikistan - The Hon. Elisabeth Millard
Sworn in as Ambassador
“Interesting, Unpredictable, and Profitable” - An
Interview with Marilyn Lightfoote
Meet Ashley Weichert
Jean Stuhl Named Director Emeritus of Altar
Ray Glover Contributes to New Hymnal
St. Paul’s Explorers Photos & Summer Camp
Calling Music Makers
St. Paul’s Choral News
Ask Mother Manners: Welcoming Newcomers
2016 Annual Report
The Rev. Oran E. Warder
Donna Lefeve
Special Projects Coordinator
The Rev. Judith Harris Proctor
Ian Macurdy
IT Support
The Rev. Ross Kane
Associate Rector
All Building Maintenance
The Rev. Greg Millikin
Ministry Resident
Child Care Service
Stephen Smith
Scott Mann & Associates
Leigh Ann Gaskins
Worth Stuart
The Rev. Samuel A. Mason, ObJN
B.J. Martino
Senior Warden
Jim Morrell
Junior Warden
Kelsey Parrish
Communications Director
Anke Hobbs
Office Manager
Mandy Hodges
Minister to Youth, Children & Families
Ashley Weichert
Children’s Ministry Assistant
Grant Hellmers
Jim Bennett
Minister of Music
Maria Halloran
Stewardship Director
Anne Hedman
Saint Pollard
Anne Ayres
Julian Burke
Brad Coburn
Julia Hall
Churchill Hooff
Jim Kahl
Eleanor Long
Bill Marino
Katherine Murphy
Heidi Schneble
Paul Schurke
Cathy Tyler
Matt Walsh
Rebecca Wetherly
Rees Kirkorian
Director of St. Paul’s Explorers
Laura Simmons
Administrator for Lazarus Ministry
A letter from St. Paul’s Rector, the Rev. Oran E. Warder
Dear People of St. Paul’s:
I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to
the observance of a holy Lent.
These words are spoken every year as part of the
Ash Wednesday liturgy. Like generations and generations of those who have gone before us, we are
invited into this time of intentional penitence as a
way of entering into the passion of Jesus, as well
as a way to share in the renewal and new life that
is found on the other side of his passion and cross.
In the broadest sense, the season of Lent seeks to
draw us into this unfolding drama.
Forty-day fasts are common in the Bible. The most
notable for the season of Lent being the time after
his baptism when Jesus spent 40 days fasting in
the wilderness before beginning his active ministry. This time of trial and temptation is recorded
in all three of the synoptic (Matthew, Marke, and
Luke) gospels.
It is not surprising that the Church might follow
a similar and repeating pattern when recalling
the history of our salvation. In fact, before being
known as Lent, the season was known as Tessarakosti (in Greek) and Quadragesima (in Latin) both
meaning “forty” and both referring to the days of
preparation before Easter. It was not until after
the Council of Nicea in 325 AD that the season of
Lent that we have inherited took its form, and like
our forebearers we are again invited to enter its
redemptive power.
While the exact origins and practices that evolved
in connection to this season are uncertain, it is
clear that there was one common theme, and that
is “metanoia” - changed hearts and minds for the
sake of the Gospel. The pages of this magazine
overflow with the stories of such Gospel-change,
how the faith and works of this parish community
touches and changes the lives of many within its
long reach. This magazine is also filled with opportunities and resources for all of us to broaden and
deepen our faith in these forty days. Like the generations and generations before us we are invited
to keep a holy Lent. As we enter this time of our
Lord’s passion may the hope of new and changed
hearts be the goal that awaits us on the other side
of the cross.
On the sacred ground between the penitent, preparatory season of Lent and the extraordinary miracle of Easter
Day lies Holy Week. It is perhaps the most profound seven
days in the entire church year, and our worship at St. Paul’s
most certainly reflects this. The liturgies of the Episcopal
Church in Holy Week are incredibly rich, filled with significant and dramatic moments, as well as contrasts between
darkness and light, death and new life, suffering and the
joy of God’s salvation.
This walk begins with the tension-filled services of Palm
Sunday (March 20) – here we gather to celebrate the arrival of Christ the King, commemorating his triumphant
entry into Jersualem to the shouts of “Hosanna!” Service
schedules are as normal, though at the 9 a.m. service on
Palm Sunday, we continue the time-honored tradition of
gathering in Market Square with the people of Meade Memorial and Christ Churches for the blessing of the palms.
A joyous procession leads us back to the sanctuary where
the service continues to unfold before us. Key to the experience of worship on Palm Sunday is the juxtaposition
of that triumphant entry, and the Passion Narrative later
in the same service. As Jesus is handed over to be crucified at the hands of Pontius Pilate, the people are forced
to confront our own complicit involvement in letting this
injustice occur (“Crucify him!”).
A deeply prayerful experience of Holy Week continues on
Maundy Thursday (March 24), the beginning of a period
called the Triduum (Three Days). Here at our worship this
day we remember the Last Supper, the humble washing
of the feet of the disciples by Jesus, and the institution of
the Eucharist by Jesus before his being handed over to be
crucified. The evening service at St. Paul’s follows a powerful tradition of stripping the altar to conclude this “last”
Eucharist – leaving an empty, bare, altar space with nothing but darkness and silence.
We continue to experience the Triduum on Good Friday
(March 25), where in our noon service we welcome the
congregation and clergy of Christ Church to worship with
us. There is no service of Holy Communion this service, as
we read the Passion Narrative according to John. And yet,
we are not left in total sadness as we remember the Crucifixion; we pray at length for the world and for the hope
of God’s people. As is true for all of Holy Week, no one
moment of darkness is not without a hint of light breaking
through. We also offer two evening services, at 5:30 p.m.
(family service) and 7:30 p.m. (Stations of the Cross).
And then Easter is actually first proclaimed not on Sunday, but at our evening service on Saturday, March 26
at 7:30 p.m.: the Great Vigil of Easter. In this dramatic
worship experience, we start in darkness and the Paschal Candle is lit from a cauldron of new fire outside the
church doors. We process in and listen to the saving acts
of God in the Old Testament, all with only the candles to
light our way. We renew our baptismal vows, hear the
Gospel lesson that finds Mary Magdalene and others
startled at the empty tomb of Jesus – and suddenly the
lights return and Easter is proclaimed: “Alleluia! Christ is
risen!” The Vigil is the Easter moment, concluding most
fittingly with the first Eucharist of Easter.
So come to St. Paul’s during Holy Week, experience the
rich liturgies of the Episcopal Church, harkening back
to the worship of the early Christian church, where we
move from darkness to light. We hope to see you at any
or all of these spectacular worship services, and wish you
a blessed Lent and Holy Week.
Find the full list of Holy Week & Easter services
on the last page of this issue.
Saturday noon, Holy Saturday (March 26), is a short and
simple service to coincide with Jesus’ descent to the dead
– a brief pause to remember and reflect in our chapel together, and prepare for the Easter miracle.
Opposite page (clockwise from top
left): St. Paul’s Head Start classroom delivers a Christmas card to
the clergy and staff; an aerial view
of the Christmas pageant; St. Paul’s
Explorers are delighted by a visit
from St. Nick.
This page: Angel Tree volunteers
collected, organized, wrapped, and
delivered presents and bikes to
Alexandria families in need.
Kids of all ages enjoyed face painting, farm animals, and fall foods at
the Family Fall Festival; architects
Tom Kerns and Baird Smith present
the 2016 Latrobe Lecture in January (photos by Joe Backus).
St. Paul’s Third Century Campaign successfully raised
more than $3,000,000 in pledges to be honored over five
years. The goals of the Third Century Campaign were to
raise funds to address three priorities in order:
1. Repair, restore and improve our historic church and
2. Secure funds to retire the debt burdening the operating fund
3. Raise funds to build the endowment (known as St.
Paul’s Foundation) to ensure its ability to meet the
ongoing and future needs of our historic church.
Last year, we completed work on two repair/improvement
projects: repairs to the Rectory and improvements to
the audio/visual system in the church and in Norton Hall.
In December, the vestry approved a work plan to repair
and restore the church’s envelope and entryway, while
installing important new protections to prevent future
water damage. The Kerns Group (KGA), architects of the
most recent church building renovation for Wilmer Hall in
2008, developed the work plan in close consultation with
the Vestry.
During the discovery phase of this project, KGA determined that the existing front plaza of the church lacks
effective waterproofing, and that rainwater is collecting
in the dirt underneath the ground on the plaza. This has
caused the top of the plaza to sink and pushed out the
front steps. In addition, the moisture below the plaza is
spreading up the stucco walls at the base of the church
damaging the façade.
To address this problem, new waterproofing features will
be installed on the plaza. New brick pavers on the surface
of the plaza will provide more protection, and will include
a slight slope toward the sidewalk to allow water to drain
away from the church. New cast stone steps will be installed at the front of the church that will be anchored
to the ground so they cannot move. These steps will be
slightly wider than our existing stairs, allowing easier access. New flashing will also be installed at the base of the
church, protecting the stucco from further water damage.
Construction is scheduled to begin during the summer,
and the project will be done in stages so as to maintain
weekly worship throughout the renovation.
We are grateful to the many St. Paul’s members who have
made this work possible through their pledges to the
Third Century campaign. New pledges and gifts are still
welcomed and appreciated. If you would like to make a
pledge, please contact Maria Halloran at [email protected]
3-Phase Plan
Progress of Third Century Campaign
Renovations &
√ Complete: Replaced or updated
Rectory windows, plumbing, bathrooms
and kitchen ($250,251)
√ Complete: Updated church’s sound
system with new speakers, microphones and wireless control system.
• Exterior restoration plan for the
church façade, Norton Hall and front
plaza were approved by the Vestry.
Work is to be completed by fall of 2016.
Elimination of
Loan Debt
√ $500,000 paid at beginning of 2016
• $500,000 to be paid in January 2017
• Debt is projected to be retired by
January 1, 2017
Currently, our church’s annual operating budget requires over $111,000
to be allocated to debt payments
incurred by the Wilmer Hall and atrium
enclosure renovation. Retiring that
obligation enables those funds to be directed for ministry programs, outreach
or saved to the Foundation.
(St. Paul’s
The final “Third” of the Third Century
Campaign dollars will be allocated to
the St. Paul’s Foundation, ensuring that
the endowment arm of our parish has
proper funds to address the ongoing
and future building maintenance of our
aging and historic church.
The project will also repair the entire façade of the church.
The existing stucco will be patched where needed, and
then all of the stucco will be coasted with a long-term silicate coating. The color and scoring of the stucco to simulate large stones will be faithfully recreated and matched.
The north wall above the skylight will be repaired and
sealed, and the wooden fascia underneath the church gutters will be repaired and painted.
In the interior of the church, there is cracking and peeling
that is especially noticeable in the narthex, the stairwells
to the balcony, and along the north wall. The plaster on
these walls will be repaired. As part of the project, important repairs also will be made to Norton Hall to address
some chronic leaking.
On Saturday, January 16, 2016, St. Paul’s own clergy resident, the
Rev. Greg Millikin, was ordained to the sacred order of priests.
The Rt. Rev. J. Jon Bruno officiated the liturgy at St. John’s ProCathedral, in Greg’s sponsoring diocese of Los Angeles. The Rev.
Oran Warder made the trip and was one of Greg’s presenters for
Greg celebrated his first Eucharist as a new priest the next day at
his sending parish of All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Beverly Hills,
but returned to “active duty” at St. Paul’s the very next week as
the Celebrant at all services.
breaking bread together
New three-week Faith Seeking Understanding course explores the Eucharist
If you ever find yourself wanting to explore the
meaning and history of the central act of our
worship life as a community and church, then we
have the class for you!
For three weeks in Lent, St. Paul’s is offering a
Faith Seeking Understanding short-course entitled
Breaking Bread: the Holy Eucharist. As your newest
priest, I am excited to offer this course, and hope
that the people of St. Paul’s will help me learn a
bit about what draws you to the Lord’s Table each
The course will cover the history and development
of the liturgy of Holy Communion from the
Christians of the 1st century CE to the various
modern forms we experience each week. Along
the journey, there will be reflections on what is
happening theologically in the key moments of the
rite, and what are the possible take-aways that
may have never occurred to you up to this point.
This class is a perfect way to enter into the
final three weeks of Lent, culminating in the
vibrant and dynamic worship of Holy Week
where we enact the institution of the Lord’s
Supper in conjunction with Jesus’ passion and
We will gather on Sunday afternoons for this
class, at a special time of 12:30-2:30 p.m.
in Norton Hall, beginning Sunday, March 6,
continuing March 13, and concluding on Palm
Sunday, March 20. Each week, we begin with
lunch together, move into a presentation, and
conclude with discussion amongst the group.
The final class will also involve a walk-through,
or “instructional,” Eucharist.
All are invited to attend but we kindly ask you
to register by emailing [email protected]
com. Feel free to come find me or email me with
any inquiries as well. Donations to cover the
costs of food will be greatly appreciated, as will
any volunteers who wish to prepare a meal one
week or spearhead clean-up. Let us break bread
This Lent, join a constitutional lawyer, a rabbi, Islamic
scholars, and biblical scholars to explore how reading
the Bible is similar to, and different from, interpretation
in other textual traditions. We aim to renew our
engagement with scriptures by putting them in rich
conversation with other texts. Forums are held in
Norton Hall each Sunday at 10 a.m.
February 14: Parishioner Bob Long, an accomplished
constitutional lawyer, and the Rev. Dr. Katherine Grieb,
New Testament Professor at Virginia Theological
Seminary, explore similarities and differences in legal
interpretation and scriptural interpretation.
February 21: Salih and Zeyneb Sayilgan, husband and
wife scholars of Islam, will converse with the Rev. Ross
Kane on approaches to interpreting the Qur’an and
interpreting Christian scripture.
February 28: Annual Parish Meeting – No Adult Forum
March 6: Dr. Tod Linafelt, Professor of Biblical Literature
at Georgetown University, will examine literary
interpretation and Christian scriptures, focusing on
narrative and poetry in the Bible.
March 13: Rabbi Jack Moline discusses Rabbinic
interpretive approaches to the Hebrew scriptures. He
is Rabbi Emeritus of the Agudas Achim Congregation
in Alexandria.
March 20: On Palm Sunday, join us for a discussion
of our parish Lenten book, Being Christian by Rowan
Other Lenten Offerings
Parish Book Study: This Lent we invite the
parish to read a spiritual text together, the
book Being Christian by Rowan Williams. It is
a profound and accessible articulation of the
Christian faith by the finest English-speaking
theologian of our time. St. Paul’s offers the book
for purchase for $10 a copy. Our Palm Sunday
Adult Forum features a conversation about the
text, March 20 at 10 a.m. in Norton Hall.
Cloister Night: This program provides
intentional devotion that resembles the deep
spiritual experiences of living in a monastery.
Meeting from 6:30-8:30 p.m. each Tuesday
from February 16 to March 15, the evening
consists of Evening Prayer with Eucharist, a
simple supper, shared devotion, and prayerful
silence. To sign up, contact Bob Steventon at
[email protected]
Inquirers’ Class: If you are new to St. Paul’s,
seeking membership, or wish to learn more
about our parish and the Episcopal Church,
the Inquirers’ Class is for you. The class meets
on Wednesday evenings 7:30-9 p.m. from
February 17-March 23.
Look in upcoming bulletins for details on a spring course
on Episcopal identity, and contact the Rev. Ross Kane at
[email protected] if you have questions!
Nothing forms us better than the simple discipline
of showing up in the place where what we want can
be found. We think we must manufacture all our
growth, invent and design it all by ourselves, but we
really don’t have to—we will absorb a lot of it just
by choosing to place ourselves in the environment
where it lives. It’ll be hard to live among a group of
musicians who are all practicing every day and not
practice yourself. Living in a writers’ colony makes
you write—everyone else is writing, and there’s
nothing else to do until evening.
Many people who come and talk to me remember
with longing how easy it was to pray on a visit to a
monastery or a convent—the very walls are soaked
with the years of prayer that has gone up within
them, and the whole day is structured around the
hours of prayer. The house is quiet, most of the
time, and the people in it value the landscape of
the inner life. Showing up is easy there.
It’s different back at home in what we inaccurately
call “the real world.” As simple as showing up is,
it’s odd that we should so rebel against doing it at
home, as if it were something hard. It’s not as if we
needed any equipment or any new information.
But we feel adrift without the support of the holy
place, the community of the holy people, adrift and
unable to do it on our own. In short order, we also
feel guilty: I am not a faithful person. I am unspiritual.
We forget: people band together in religious
orders because they, too, are “unspiritual” and
need the support of one another in order to
approach holiness. Human beings are a pretty
unspiritual bunch. It shouldn’t surprise any of us
that the discipline of prayer is hard all by oneself.
Don’t be too hard on yourself about praying. God
is delighted whenever and wherever you pray.
Make it as easy on yourself as you can to gather
discipline to yourself—use the same place each
day, the same time, maybe light a candle to focus
your senses, imagine the saints and angels in
heaven, including your own personal ones, joining
you as you begin: The Lord be with you, you will say,
and they will answer you with love. And also with
For an opportunity to join in contemplative prayer
and devotion with others this Lent, see “Cloister
Night” on the opposite page.
St. Paul’s Easter Vigil 2015
(photo by Joe Backus)
St. Paul’S scholars present work at
prestigious religious conferences
Last November, St. Paul’s Associate Rector Ross
Kane and Parish Associate Stephen Cook presented
lectures at the annual gathering of the American
Academy of Religion (AAR) and the Society of Biblical
Literature (SBL). AAR and SBL are the world’s largest
guilds of scholars of religion and biblical studies. We
are blessed to have such scholarship as part of our
parish life!
The Rev. Ross Kane presented a paper highlighting
the role of bovine sacrifice ritual within the church’s
efforts in peacemaking in South Sudan, querying
how indigenous Sudanese rituals might enhance
understandings of Christ’s atoning sacrifice on
the cross. Dr. Stephen Cook focused much of his
efforts on the book of Ezekiel, exploring the gates
and entrances in Ezekiel’s vision of a new Jerusalem
temple and presiding over a session on theological
perspectives on Ezekiel. Dr. Cook also presented
from his recent research on Deuteronomy, exploring
themes of poverty and debt.
Taylor Poindexter will be joining the staff of St. Paul’s
this summer as a part of the Mid-Atlantic Parish Training
Program (MAPTP). She is a middler at Virginia Theological
Seminary, and is a Postulant for Holy Orders in the
Diocese of Virginia.
Taylor is an avid gardener and hiker, and loves God, people
and the Church. She recently got engaged, and will be
married this summer during her time with us.
MAPTP is a required experience for people seeking
ordination to the priesthood in the Diocese of Virginia. It
is an opportunity to work full-time in a church for eight
weeks, learning more about what goes on at church
throughout the week, and further learning about the
work of clergy in and outside of the church.
Taylor is excited to be at St. Paul’s because of the
opportunity to work on a large clergy-team and at a
church with many healthy ministries. She has served
three parishes before, and looks forward to learning how
this congregation and staff worship and work together.
She looks forward to the opportunities to learn, getting
into the church rhythm, and serving Christ with us.
We are proud to announce the recent
publication of An Introduction to Ministry:
A Primer for Renewed Life and Leadership in
Mainline Protestant Congregations (WileyBlackwell, 2016), written by the Very Rev.
Ian S. Markham, Ph.D., Dean and President of
VTS, and the Rev. Oran E. Warder, Rector of
St. Paul’s.
An Introduction to Ministry is a comprehensive
and ecumenical introduction to the craft of
ministry for ministers, pastors, and priests
that make up the mainline denominations
in the United States. Ecumenicallyfocused, it offers a grounded account of
ministry, covering areas such as vocation,
congregational leadership, and cultivation of
skills for an effective ministry.
Advocating and defending a generous
understanding of the Christian tradition
in its openness and commitment to broad
conversation, An Introduction to Ministry is
available for preorder through the WileyBlackwell website (
Join us for Adult Forum discussions on
the book on April 10 & 17, 10 a.m. in
Norton Hall.
Covering the key components of the Master
of Divinity (M.Div.) curriculum, Markham and
Warder offer a map and guide to the central
skills and issues in training as they explore
the areas of vocation, skills for ministry, and
issues around congregational leadership.
Each topic in An Introduction to Ministry ends
with an annotated bibliography providing
an indispensable gateway to further study,
helping students understand both the
distinctive approach of their denomination
and the relationship of that approach to
other mainline denominations.
All those crayons magically appear in the back of the church thanks to an office volunteer...
Have you ever wondered how those colorful zippered bags end up
on the back bench of the church? Neatly organized in a straw basket,
each bag holds an assortment of crayons of different colors, a pad
of paper for the artist, and a drawing and text of the week’s Sunday
school lesson for the young learner.
Pictured here is the magician, Cindy Brack, who, as the Monday afternoon office volunteer, undertakes the organizing and stuffing of
these zippered bags. With the help of Mandy Hodges, who keeps
the Sunday school lesson current and provides the supplies, Cindy
has perfected a system that allows this weekly task to be completed
with lightning speed. Grateful parents who enjoy seeing their children happy and occupied during church might want to find “Crayola
Cindy” and extend their thanks.
“Let us with gladness present the offerings and oblations of our life and labor to the Lord.”
Teaching children the importance of giving to the
church is a difficult but vital task. This fall, offering envelopes were added to the coloring bags
to give children an opportunity to add their offerings to the collection plate each Sunday. The
offering envelopes can help children understand
that as Christians we are called to give back to
God. We can give to God in many ways—through
our time, our talent, or our treasure.
In the squares on the front of the offering envelope, children can draw pictures of what they
offered to God that week. Maybe they helped a
sibling with homework, or walked the dog when
Mom didn’t want to; all of these selfless acts can
be offerings to God.
We also want to encourage all children to be a
part of church life at St. Paul’s by offering their
talents in service to God. Singing in the choir,
helping to usher, or even attending Sunday
school are all vital areas of our church where
children can play a major role.
Finally, a small donation given from a child’s allowance
or his parent’s pocket can help foster a lifelong commitment to charitable giving. When we give money to the
church, it helps the church fulfill its mission and helps
those in need in our community. We hope our children
learn to make their first gifts to God, a lesson that will
set them on a path to becoming a thoughtful and generous adult. Most of all, once colored, these envelopes
reflect the hearts of truly joyful givers and that may be
the best gift of all.
The date was December 14, 2015—the place was
the State Department—and the occasion was the
swearing in of Elisabeth Millard as U.S. Ambassador to Tajikistan. A recent widow, Elisabeth had the
support of her five children (most pictured above),
along with their spouses and six grandchildren. All
three generations are strikingly handsome and as
they processed from an entry on the side of the very
large room where the ceremony was held, the formal atmosphere was momentarily interrupted by a
comment from one of the Presenters. Once seated
as a group, the Presenter looked over at them and
said, “You all look like you’re out of a catalog.”
Elisabeth has had a distinguished career in
the Foreign Service—most recently, serving as
Deputy Executive Secretary of the Department
of State and close Advisor to U.S. Secretary of
State, John Kerry. Born in Sweden, she lived
her earlier years in Egypt, Switzerland, Baltimore, Denmark, and Tunisia and speaks French,
Swedish, Danish and Russian. She earned a B.S.
in 1978 from the London School of Economics
and an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins School of
Advanced International Studies in 1981.
One might fairly ask how it was possible to live
all over the world, maintain a marriage, and
raise five children. Elisabeth and her husband,
Von, were a team and they took turns taking
the lead depending upon which one was posted
where and when. Support and encouragement
were the watch-words of their marriage and
their parenting, and the results are unmistakably grand.
The Honorable Elisabeth I. Millard now heads
to Tajikistan and will make strong contributions
to that country. We will miss her as a member
of the congregation and as a member of the
vestry, but we are so glad to know her and her
family, and so proud of all she has accomplished.
God bless.
“Interesting, Unpredictable,
and profitable”
Parishioner Marilyn Lightfoote recounts the unexpected turns in her career in
immunology, and how they led her to St. Paul’s.
As an immunologist, St. Paul’s parishioner Marilyn Lightfoote
has watched her specialty explode—first with the AIDS epidemic that seemed to appear out of nowhere when she was
a young researcher at the National Institutes of Health, later
as she worked to develop drugs that would eventually save
lives from this cruel disease, and finally today, tracking “devices” that can spur damaging immune responses when inserted
into the human body.
She came to her career via an unlikely path, on a music scholarship to Fisk University in Nashville. Her dad was the one to
suggest that she rethink her intended major.
“‘Music is good,’ “ she remembers him saying. “‘But you’re not
going to do concerts.’ I switched to chemistry.“
That choice launched her into a field where women, especially African-American women, comprised a tiny minority. In the
mid-sixties, she was one of only 10 women in Howard University’s entire medical school, where she met her husband,
William Lightfoote. Later, when she studied at the University
of Virginia, Lightfoote was the university’s first African-American doctoral candidate in Immunology.
For the first 20 years of her career, she contended with mostly
male professors and bosses who assumed a woman could not
be a wife, a mother AND a researcher, and said as much to her
“I didn’t say anything back, maybe because I’m southern,” said
Lightfoote, who grew up in Jacksonville, Fla.
She simply proved them wrong.
Meanwhile, she and William Lightfoote, a urologist whom she
met in medical school, had married and produced a daughter,
Lynne, who is today an obstetrician practicing in D.C. Marilyn,
brought up in the AME church, had followed her husband into
the Episcopal Church, and when they settled in Northern Virginia, they soon found St. Paul’s.
When Lynne was three, Marilyn Lightfoote seized the opportunity to add a Ph.D. to her M.D. and M.S. degrees. She and
Lynne decamped to Charlottesville for three years, coming
home each weekend, so she could earn her doctorate and the
family could be together. For her fourth year, Lynne stayed at
home with her dad so she could attend Potomac School.
Above: Marilyn and the 5th & 6th grade Sunday school class
enjoy a musical lesson with Marilyn’s karaoke machine.
With limited knowledge of what they were dealing with, NIH
researchers dressed in moon suits to do their work. Lightfoote worried about possible dangers to herself, to her family,
but kept on working, often until 2 a.m. The quest for answers
to the AIDS epidemic “got so big so fast, and it became very
political,” she said. “That’s always hard on science.”
From NIH, she went to GW University’s medical school where
she researched compounds that could interfere with the
AIDS virus.
It was at this job where she remembers an incident when science and glamour briefly intersected. She was having some
success with her research when a Florida drug company got
wind of her experiments.
With her studies behind her, Lightfoote joined NIH to capitalize on her research into viruses. It was an auspicious time.
“I remember it well,” she said recently. “They sent a limo to collect me and my 100 mice, and then flew us in a Lear jet to Miami.
There was no one else on board. Just me, my mice and the pilot.”
“The first few months I was there, we saw the beginning of the
AIDS epidemic. Young men started turning up.” All of them
were ill with a serious disease that didn’t even have a name.
After the Lear jet landed, and another limo had delivered her
and her cargo to the company, the glamour abruptly ended.
“Here’s this new problem we want you to work on,” her superiors told her. “But there are dangers.”
“They told me to take a cab back to the airport. I flew back to
Washington in economy,” she said, chuckling about the experience.
In 1990, her expertise in immunology took her to the Federal
Drug Administration where today she works at the agency’s
new headquarters in White Oak, Md. Her focus is on immune
responses that may be set off by devices such as stents, artificial joints, breast implants, and other man-made elements
inserted into the human body.
Through all of it, St. Paul’s has been a constant in her life. The
church was an especially great comfort, she said, when she
lost her husband in 2007 and when kidney disease struck her
a year later. She underwent dialysis for four years before receiving a new kidney in 2012.
“St. Paul’s was a life line through this time,” she said. “Parish clergy and members were so essential in supporting us
through kindness, friendship, suggestions, and sympathetic
Marilyn’s path to St. Paul’s began with confirmation classes
before her marriage to William Lightfoote, a lifetime Episcopalian. Classes were held at the historic St. John’s Church
on Lafayette Square. The instructor happened to be a young
seminarian named Peter Lee, later the Bishop of Virginia.
She and her classmates were confirmed at the National Cathedral.
When she and William moved to Northern Virginia, they went
to several Episcopal churches but felt most comfortable at St.
Paul’s where the Rev. John Von Hemert was pastor.
It was he who sealed the deal for Marilyn when she was a
brand new mother. He came to call.
“He arrived bringing all these books on parenting, on babies,
and I was impressed that he cared about us,” she said. Thus
began a decades long association with St. Paul’s that has included her service in many roles, as a vestry member, a search
committee member and a Sunday school teacher, as well as a
participant in Diocesan activities.
Her Sunday school teaching evolved from her volunteering in
the Sunday morning nursery to keep an eye on Lynne. “Then
I volunteered to teach. So I’ve just stayed, teaching wherever they needed me.” Today she teaches the 5th and 6th grade
It’s a lively group.
“The Sunday School children are creative, bubbling with energy and very interested in classes and activities,” she said.
“They’re...still young enough to accept ideas and not yet cynical.”
Nearly 20 years ago, Bishop Lee called to ask her to serve on
a diocesan body called the Commission on Ministry, charged
with interviewing prospective seminarians. She has been a
member ever since.
It’s ever-interesting work, she said, asking people to talk
about their faith, how they take care of others, and also how
they take care of themselves.
“It has been wonderful for me as a person,” she said. “It’s given
me a chance to question myself” in those same areas, she said.
Bishop Lee promised that the work would be “interesting, unpredictable and profitable.” The same might be said of Marilyn Lightfoote’s long and distinguished career as well as her
long-standing association with St. Paul’s.
Meet Ashley Weichert, our new Children’s Ministry Assistant! In this
position, Ashley aids in Sunday School teaching, children’s chapel, and
leading the Baby Ministry.
Ashley is a native Arlingtonian who now resides in Old Town Alexandria,
her favorite place on earth. She grew up teaching Sunday School and
Vacation Bible School in middle and high school. Ashley attended the
University of Virginia, where she earned a degree in nursing, and started
an Intervarsity Nurses Christian Fellowship chapter. During her master’s
studies in Nursing Education at George Mason University, Ashley taught
nursing and began her genetic/genomic research at the National Institutes
of Health. She spent time in Haiti doing missionary work in 2011 and in
2012 moved to New Haven, CT to begin doctoral work in genetics and
nursing at Yale University. While there, Ashley started another chapter of
Nurses Christian Fellowship and led multiple women’s Bible studies.
Ashley has always prayed for a position to serve on a church ministry staff
and the opportunity to join St. Paul’s has been such a honor. She recently
married the man of her dreams and they celebrated the birth of their
baby, Charlotte Alexandra. Please feel free to contact Ashley with any
suggestions, questions, or just to introduce yourself! You can reach her at
[email protected]
Extending our thanks for the countless years of dedicated service of Jean & Allen Stuhl on the Altar Guild
In thanksgiving for decades of faithful,
dedicated and exemplary service to St.
Paul’s and leadership of the St. Paul’s Altar
Guild, the Vestry has named Jean Stuhl,
Director Emeritus of Altar Guild. It is noted,
also with great thanksgiving, that Allen has
served as Jean’s constant companion and
unfailing assistant in this work over those
many years as well.
The importance and significance of their
contribution to the life of this congregation
cannot be overstated. Preparing the church
for an average of seven weekly Eucharist
services, not counting the many Holy Days,
weddings, and funerals, has made their
ministry a daily activity for more years than
any of us can remember. For Jean and Allen
their service comes from a commitment to
God, a love of this community, and from the
goodness of their hearts.
What does this new role mean for them,
and for us? It means that they will no longer
have the daily responsibility of leadership
for this ever-increasing and demanding
ministry. Rather, they will continue to
serve as often and as much as they choose,
sharing their vast experience, supporting
and encouraging the new leaders, and being
beloved and trusted advisors to all those
who continue in this sacred work.
At the annual Altar Guild lunch in the spring
of 2015, it was announced that Carolyn and
Joe Backus would assume the Altar Guild
leadership in 2016. Realizing that their
task was large and daunting, they spent
the intervening months trying to learn the
many tasks and details of their new ministry.
With the coming of the New Year, Carolyn
and Joe began their work with our love and
When you see Jean and Allen, please thank
them for their leadership, their continued
support of the work of the Altar Guild, and
for their enduring legacy of faith that is an
inspiration to us all.
Ever wondered about the history and meaning behind our hymns? Turn to this new resource, edited
and written in part by parishioner, choir member, and Parish Associate Ray Glover
The Hymnal 1982 Companion, a four volume set of books edited by and with some
essays written by our own parishioner, Ray
Glover, was purchased and presented for
Ray to autograph at the December choir
Christmas party held at Suzanne Brock’s
beautiful home. The Rev. Oran Warder offered a prayer of blessing and thanks for
both the Hymnal 1982 Companion and for
Ray Glover whose work helped bring this
valuable resource into being. The Hymnal 1982 Companion is now placed in St.
Paul’s library on the third floor of Wilmer
Feel free to use the Hymnal 1982 Companion to learn more and perhaps answer
questions you might have about our Hymnal and its resources.
Volume One covers a variety of aspects
of hymn singing in Britain and the U.S.
These include essays on the relationship
between music in the Hymnal 1982 and
the various liturgies in the Book of Common Prayer; essays on the Service Music
(i.e. music which is not paired with hymns
but instead canticles, the communion ordinary such as the Gloria and the Sanctus,
and various responses); and essays covering a brief survey of Christian hymnody in
the U.S. and Britain. Volume Two provides
an in-depth look at the service music. Volumes Three and Four provide detailed information on the texts and tunes on all of
the hymns in the Hymnal 1982.
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calling music makers
Musicians welcome for jazz ensemble, [email protected], and Great Vigil of Easter services
The Damascus Road Dogs & the Great Vigil of Easter
The various musicians who play for The Damascus Road Dogs have become an integral part of
St. Paul’s 9 a.m. Holy Eucharist Family Service.
The core group of around six musicians is supplemented by others who may play during the
summer or occasionally throughout the year.
Their light shines through the lively and diverse
music which enriches our worship. I invite you
to consider joining us. If you would like more information, please contact Minister of Music Jim
Bennett: [email protected] or (804)
901-1238 .
Here’s how you can participate (with only a
modest time commitment): we need instrumentalists and singers for the Great Vigil of Easter
on Saturday, March 26, 7:30 p.m. There will be
two rehearsals: Saturday, March 19, 2-3:30 p.m.
and Saturday, March 26 4:30-6 p.m. Singers are
needed to help support and lead service music
for the Vigil. Instrumentalists will join with the
Damascus Road Dogs.
[email protected] Singers and Music Makers
During the six weeks of Lent, we’ll meet each
Saturday 3:45-4:30 p.m. (beginning February
13) to learn songs for the 5:00 p.m. service in
Norton Hall. These may include solos, congregational hymns, and instrumental pieces. Contact
Minister of Music Jim Bennett at [email protected] or (804) 901-1238.
st. paul’s choral news
Join our joyful vocal and instrumental choirs in the Lent and Easter season
You are invited to join one or more
of the choirs at St. Paul’s during
this Lenten season, starting February 17 (Hand Bell Choir, St. Cecilia
Choir, and Angel Choir), or February 18 (Adult Choir) to sing or ring
for Easter. On Easter Day (March
27) the Angel Choir and St. Cecilia
Choir will sing at the 9 a.m. service
(joined by brass quintet), and the
Adult Choir and Hand Bell Choir
(along with the brass quintet) will
sing and ring at the 11 a.m. service.
Of course, you are invited to sing or
ring beyond Easter too!
p.m.). Sometimes this choir sings at
the 11 a.m. service instead of the 9
a.m. service so that they can experience singing the treble line along
with the Adult Choir lower voices.
St. Cecilia Choir is using the Royal
School of Church Music in America
program of music learning. Each level completed by each singer leads to
the award of an RSCM medal with
ribbon color recognizing the level they’ve completed. This choir is
gradually growing in size, and we’d
love to have many more singers join.
The Hand Bell Choir (adults and late
teens rehearsing on Wednesdays,
7:45-9 p.m. in the church) is still
seeking additional ringers so that
we can explore more of the music
that we have in our library. No previous experience in hand bell choir
ringing is necessary; we’ll teach
you on the job. The Hand Bell Choir
plays four or five times each year
including Easter Day at the 11 a.m.
Choral Evensong for Ascension Day
will take place on Thursday, May 5,
7:30 p.m. for which St. Paul’s Choir,
directed by Grant Hellmers, will
sing. The offering taken at this service will go to the Lazarus Ministry
at St. Paul’s, which provides hope
and help to those in need. A reception follows each of the four annual
evensong services. Evensong reception helpers are always needed,
so please contact Grant Hellmers
([email protected]) if
you can help organize any of these.
Instrumentalists are invited to play
at the 11:00 a.m. services at any
time for the prelude or at the beginning of the communion. Please
contact me at [email protected]
I hope you will join us to make music
during our Lenten journey and on
Easter Day…and beyond. To join any
of these choirs and/or offer your instrumental gifts to the worship of
God at St. Paul’s, or for further information, please contact [email protected]
The Angel Choir (age 4 through 2nd
grade) rehearses on Wednesdays,
4:45-5:15 p.m. in the choir room,
and sings on the first Sunday of
each month at the 9 a.m. service, as
well as on Easter Day (9 a.m.) and
Christmas Eve (4 p.m.). New singers are always most welcome to
join and make a merry sound. These
young singers always sing with such
enthusiasm. I include in their learning experiences Bible stories and illustrations relating to the readings The Adult Choir continues to grow in
they will hear on Sundays on which number as well as in musical accomplishment. New singers are always
they will sing.
welcome. At present we are still
The St. Cecilia Choir (3rd grade and in need of additional altos for the
up) rehearses on Wednesdays, choir. Are there altos out there who
6-6:45 p.m. in the choir room, and could join us? Choir rehearsals are
mostly sings on the first and third on Thursdays, 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the
Sundays of each month at the 9 choir room. A social time follows
a.m. service, as well as on Easter each rehearsal for those who wish
Day (9 a.m.) and Christmas Eve (6 to stay for this.
On May 1 at the 11 a.m. service, the
Annual Choir Recognition will take
place. All four choirs will be present
to be acknowledged for the wonderful musical gifts they bring to
worship at St. Paul’s.
Ask Mother Manners
Mother Manners offers hospitality tips to welcome newcomers to the church.
Dear Mother Manners,
As a cradle Episcopalian I am very
accustomed to juggling the prayer
book and the hymnal. I follow the
bulletin easily and understand
the stand-sit-kneel rule (although
those appear more flexible than
when Jesus wrote the 1928 prayer
book). I write you out of a sense of
concern for newcomers and visitors to dear St. Paul’s. I love the
church and I want to make new
people in our midst feel comfortable and welcome. But how?
eye out for signs that newcomers
are having difficulties during the liturgy. Anglican aerobics, the feat of
juggling prayer book, hymnal, and
bulletin, is so challenging Mother
Manners would not be surprised
to find it among events at a future
Olympics. (A little hint here for the
regular communicant: There is a
book available with both the Book
of Common Prayer and the Hymnal
1982 within its covers. Available at
the seminary book store or online
from Church Publishing, it is a fine
Pretty Regular Communicant
Dear Pretty Regular Communicant,
Mother Manners is so pleased you
wish to explore the very important
ministry of hospitality which we all
share in the church. The depiction
of the Episcopal Church as “God’s
Frozen Chosen” is a defamation
which we hope to dispel by embracing newcomers in ways that build
bonds of friendship, love and faith.
All of us have, at some time, been
strangers someplace. Even Mother
Manners, although reputed to be
a poised and very knowledgeable
person, well recalls how being in
a strange place felt to her and her
fear of blundering out of unfamiliarity with the place and the customs.
My rule in welcoming people to the
church is “Put yourself in the other
person’s place.” Introduce yourself
and kindly greet the newcomer before the service starts, if possible,
and offer to explain the order of service in the bulletin, indicating how
to find hymns in the hymnal and the
liturgy in the prayer book. Keep an
Newcomers often are uneasy regarding reception of communion.
Some are accustomed to little thimbles of wine or distribution of communion to people in the pews (isn’t
it amazing not everybody does it
the Episcopal way?). The best solution to the communion reception
quandary is to ask visitors to come
to communion with you and follow
what you do. Please, try not to drop
bread in the cup! Truly, this is all just
Christian common sense.
When the service ends, try to exit
with the newcomers, introducing
them to clergy at the door and,
most importantly, invite them to
join you at coffee hour where—this
is very important—you will stay
with them and introduce them to
others. Nothing undoes the ministry of hospitality quite like deserting newcomers in Norton Hall.
Use the social time to learn about
the visitors. What are they looking for in a church home? Do they
like singing (choir member alert!),
books, have children for youth
group membership or church
school? Talk about St. Paul’s min-
istries and the opportunities for
involvement. Oh, I do go on about
this. You, my dear friends, are surely quite capable of maintaining a
welcoming and informative conversation.
Follow-up is so important in hospitality: get the newcomers’ contact information (names, address,
phone number). Pass it on, I implore
you, to the clergy and also use it to
make a follow-up call in the next
few days (e.g., “How good to see you
at St. Paul’s. We’d love to have you
sit with us again on Sunday. Would
you meet us in front of the church
five minutes before the service?”).
If a parish dinner (Shrove Tuesday,
perhaps) is coming up, invite the
newcomers to that. Saying we welcome newcomers doesn’t appear
sincere if we appear to forget about
them as of Monday morning.
Oh, and a most important point:
Welcome everybody, not just couples or families. Mother Manners
painfully recalls being completely
ignored when she went to parishes
alone and not wearing her precious
white dog collar. The assumption
seemed to be that a single person
isn’t worth welcoming. At times, the
evangelistic emphasis upon families
does backfire, resulting in single
persons feeling snubbed. Remember, Jesus was single. I am certain
you ascertain my point and I will not
belabor it.
Thank you for a very relevant question. As always, I am delighted to
share, with modesty, from my overflowing font of Anglican wisdom.
You are quite welcome.
Mother Manners
2 0 16
A nnual R eport
S t . P aul ’ s
E piscopal C hurch
Alexandria, Virginia
Annual Meeting
Sunday, February 28, 2016
10:00 a.m. in the Nave
Call to Order
Opening Prayer
Approval of Minutes
Announce Results of the Advisory Ballot for Vestry Election
Report of the Rector
Presentation of the 2016 Budget
Announcement of Election Results (other ballots if necessary)
Report of the St. Paul’s Foundation
The Necrology
Adjourn (no later than 10:50 a.m.)
Table of Contents
Annual Report
Minutes of 2015 Annual Parish Meeting
Nominating Committee Report
St. Paul’s Representatives
2016 Parish Operating Budget
Special Fund Account Balances
St. Paul’s Foundation Report
St. Paul’s Foundation Financial Statements
The Necrology
St. Paul’s 2015 Financial Supporters
2016 A n n u a l R e p o r t
The Rt. Rev. Shannon Sherwood Johnson
Diocesan Bishop
The Rt. Rev. Susan Ellyn Goff
Bishop Suffragan
The Rt. Rev. Edwin Funsten “Ted” Gulick, Jr.
Assistant Bishop
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
The Rev. Oran E. Warder
The Rev. Judith Harris Proctor
The Rev. Ross Kane
Associate Rector
Kelsey Parrish
Communications Director
Anke Hobbs
Office Manager
Mandy Hodges
Minister to Youth, Children & Families
The Rev. Greg Millikin
Ministry Resident
Ashley Weichert
Children’s Ministry Assistant
Stephen Smith
Grant Hellmers
Worth Stuart
Jim Bennett
Minister of Music
The Rev. Samuel A. Mason, ObJN
P ar i s h A ss o c i a t e s
Diana Butler Bass, Ph.D.
The Rev. Dr. Rosemary Beales
The Rev. Sean H. Cavanaugh
The Rev. Thomas D. Clay
Stephen L. Cook, Ph.D.
Amelia J. Dyer, Ph.D.
Dr. Raymond F. Glover
The Rev. Frederick L. Houghton
The Rev. Matthew W. Kozlowski
The Very Rev. Dr. Ian Markham
The Rev. Anne D. Monahan
2016 A n n u a l R e p o r t
Maria Halloran
Stewardship Director
Rees Kirkorian
Director of St. Paul’s Explorers
Laura Simmons
Adminsitrator for Lazarus Ministry
Donna Lefeve
Special Projects Coordinator
Ian Macurdy
IT Support
All Building Maintenance
Child Care Service
Scott Mann & Associates
Leigh Ann Gaskins
Annual Report
of the
S e n i o r W ard e n
Dear People of St. Paul’s:
It is hard to believe that another year has passed. Three hundred sixty-five days packed with the fullness of life—sadness and
sorrow, joy and celebration, and everything in between. At our annual meeting each year, we gather in an attempt to sum up all
that has happened in the year passed. We strive to consolidate information and present a concise picture of the life of St. Paul’s.
Anyone who has spent any time among us knows that this is simply not possible. The life of this parish is cast and far reaching;
it fills every nook and cranny of this centuries-old building and spills out into the city and the world around us. All this can hardly
be captured in a few glossy pages. And yet, these facts and figures do provide a snapshot and do reflect the overall state of the
parish. St. Paul’s is thriving and the report that follows will show just that.
St. Paul’s is driven by its mission to “shine as a light in the world to the glory of God,” and shine we do. From the far reaches of
Renk, Sudan, to the west end of Alexandria, to our own neighborhood, the Gospel light shines bright. By way of example, we
highlight only one ministry, the Lazarus Ministry, which is our largest local outreach program. For over 10 years, this ministry has
provided food, financial assistance, and counseling to those in need in the City of Alexandria, mainly in our own neighborhood.
After many years of serving in Old Town, the Outreach Committee of St. Paul’s was concerned that a large shift in poverty was
concentrated in the West End of our city, making it difficult to reach from our Old Town location. To address this need, St. Paul’s
formed a discernment committee and, together with other local Episcopal churches, joined forces to raise over $75,000 in just a
few months and launch a new West End Lazarus program that opened its doors in September. The Lazarus Ministry West End
is now a bustling center of assistance and has helped over 110 people in that short time in 2015. This is just one example of the
transformative power of giving as a community in support of our community.
We are also pleased to report that the money raised during the Third Century Campaign continues to come in as pledged. The
first phase of the campaign continues with work on the rectory and the upgraded sound system in the church being completed in
2015 and the work on the church facade slated to begin and be completed over the summer of 2016. Phase two of the campaign
is paying off the mortgage from our last campaign for major building renovations (major reduction of the mortgage has already
begun and is scheduled to be complete by January 2017). The third and final phase is the support of the endowment managed by
the St. Paul’s Foundation. This additional support will allow the St. Paul’s Foundation to more fully live into its mission to both
preserve and maintain this beautiful place of worship and mission for generations yet to come.
We extend our deepest thanks for all you do for St. Paul’s. Your support, both financially and in ministry, make this parish what
it is today: an amazing and ever-growing community of faith. We all take our part and together shine more brightly as God’s
light in the world.
Mr. B.J. Martino
Senior Warden
The Rev. Oran E. Warder
2016 A n n u a l R e p o r t
Call to Order
At 10:00 a.m., the Rev. Oran Warder called to order the annual parish meeting recognizing that this is the 206th year as our parish
in the Diocese of Virginia.
Opening Prayer
The Rev. Warder opened the parish meeting leading the congregation in prayer. Following opening prayer, the Rev. Warder
appointed Duncan Blair as the parliamentarian and Anne Ayres as recorder for the parish meeting.
Approval of the Minutes
The Rev. Warder presented the minutes of the annual parish meeting held on March 2, 2014 as presented to the parish in the
Annual Report. Mr. C.J. Reid moved for the approval of the minutes of the annual parish meeting held on March 2, 2014, Mr.
Julian Burke seconded and the minutes were approved.
The Rev. Warder recognized Vestry members for their service to the parish as follows:
Retiring Vestry Members
Members of the Vestry whose terms expire this year are John Cole, Temple Moore, Michael Pope, Pierce Prior, Paul Schurke
(filled unexpired term of Lezlie Booth) and Tuckie Westfall. The retiring Vestry members serve as tellers to the parish meeting.
The Rev. Warder appointed and offered special thanks to Vestry members Rebecca Wetherly, Churchill Hooff, Cathy Tyler,
Elisabeth Millard, Heidi Schneble and Brad Coburn to assist the retiring Vestry members as tellers.
Executive Committee Members
The Executive Committee is comprised of BJ Martino, Senior Warden; Jim Morrell, Junior Warden; Anne Hedman, Treasurer;
and Saint Pollard, Registrar. The Rev. Warder; the Rev. Judith Proctor, our Vicar; and the Executive Committee meet every week.
Remaining Vestry
The Rev. Warder thanked those Vestry members who are continuing their service to the parish and our Class of 2016—Brad
Coburn, Anne Hedman, Jim Morrell, Saint Pollard, Heidi Schneble, and Rebecca Wetherly—and Class of 2017—Anne Ayres,
Churchill Hooff, Bill Marino, BJ Martino, Elisabeth Millard, and Cathy Tyler.
Report of the Nominating Committee
Vestry Election
of the
of the
Advisory Ballot
Mr. Pierce Prior, on behalf of the Vestry Nominating Committee, reviewed the election procedures. He introduced and thanked
all the candidates who offered themselves in service to St. Paul’s and the Vestry. Mr. Prior explained that advisory ballots were
mailed to all communicants in the parish. Mr. Prior reported Julian Burke and Katherine Murphy received the majority of votes
in the ballots cast. Rev. Warder asked for a motion to accept the ballot. Ms. Karen Grane moved, Mrs. Donna Lefeve seconded,
and the parish approved to accept the results of the advisory ballots. Rev. Warder asked for other nominations from the floor. As
there were none, Ms. Karen Grane moved that the nominations for the Vestry election be closed, Mrs. Donna Lefeve seconded,
and the parish approved.
Mr. Prior then asked the parish to strike the names of Julian Burke and Katherine Murphy from the ballot and for the parish to
vote for four (4) of the remaining nine (9) candidates namely Julia Hall, Geoff Johnson, Jim Kahl, Eleanor Long, Kyle Lynch,
Paul Schurke, Geoff Sigler, Jason Spence, and Matt Walsh.
2016 A n n u a l R e p o r t
M i n u t e s o f t h e A n n u a l P ar i s h M e e t i n g
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Thanks to Parish Staff and Parish Associates
The Rev. Warder recognized the parish staff for their commitment and dedication over the past year: Kelsey Parrish, Anke
Hobbs, Mandy Hodges, Grant Hellmers, Jim Bennett, Maria Halloran, Elena Keydel, Rees Kirkorian, Dorothy Pearson, Donna
Lefeve, Francisco Zelaya (PMM Company), Annie Pierpoint Mertz (Ministry Resident), Greg Millikin (Ministry Resident), Chris
Miller (Seminarian), Stephen Smith (Seminarian), weeSIT, Scott Mann and Associates, and Focus Data Solutions. Additionally,
the Rev. Warder thanked the office volunteers.
The Rev. Warder also thanked all the Parish Associates: Diana Butler Bass, Ph.D., the Rev. Dr. Rosemary Beales, the Rev.
Sean Cavanaugh, the Rev. Thomas Clay, Stephen Cook, Ph.D., Amelia J. Dyer, PhD., Dr. Raymond Glover, the Rev. Frederick
Houghton, the Rev. Matthew Kozlowski, the Very Rev. Dr. Ian Markham, and the Rev. Anne Monahan.
The Rev. Warder announced the mid-summer retirement of the Rev. Samuel Mason, ObJN, Associate for Pastoral Care. Rev.
Mason will remain as a member of St. Paul’s community as its artist-in-residence.
The Rev. Warder announced the birth of Stephen Robert Kane on Friday, March 13, 2015. Congratulations to Ross and Liz.
Thanks to Parish Volunteers
The Rev. Warder thanked members of the parish for their service to the parish as follows:
Diocesan Council Delegates: Karen Grane, Larry Campbell, Kathryn Blair, David Brown, Bob Long, Jim Morrell, and Scott
Diocesan Council Alternates: Diana Forbes, Julia Hall, Sally Bawcombe, Cathy Sachs, Vance Hall
Region IV Council: Karen Grane
Vestry Day School Representative: Anne Hedman
Parish Day School Representative: Lisa Eskew
Outreach Committee Co-Chairs: Karen Grane and Brad Coburn
Thanks to Parishioners Serving as Trustees
The Rev. Warder recognized and thanked those parishioners serving as Trustees for St. Paul’s:
Parish Trustees: Duncan Blair, Suzanne Brock, Bo Miller and Cathy Tyler
Cemetery Trustees: Gerald Fauth (Managing Trustee), Andrew Blair and Bryan Lavie
Election of St. Paul’s Nursery and Day School Rep
The Rev. Warder nominated Lisa Eskew to service as the parish representative to St. Paul’s Nursery and Day School. A motion
was made and seconded, and the parish approved appointment of Lisa Eskew as the parish representative for a three year term.
Rector’s Report
The Rev. Warder presented his Annual Report to the parish. “Building and planting—what we do matters—what we do makes
a difference” was the theme of his report. As St. Paul’s continues in its third century of mission, we have been successful in
serving and building in the present and planting for the future. One example of our success is the completion of the Third
Century Campaign where we raised over $3.4 million. The success of the campaign will help us prepare for generations to come.
Rev. Warder thanked the co-chairs of the 3rd Century Capital Campaign, Amy Curtis and Lisa and Tucker Eskew, for accepting
the leadership roles.
Other snapshots of “building and planting—what we do matters—what we do makes a difference”:
• The use of our buildings continue to increase with church, school and community activities on a practically 24/7 schedule
• St. Paul’s Sudanese Worshipping Community. Rev. Warder recognized Wuoi Leek, the leader of the Sudanese Community.
• St. Paul’s Lazarus Ministry. Rev. Warder recognized Dorothy Pearson and the volunteers as they begin to expand this
ministry to the west end of the City of Alexandria.
• St. Paul’s role as a teaching congregation. We continue to shape and form leaders for the wider church through our ministry
resident program and education seminarians. Rev. Warder announced the Vestry approval of a new staff position entitled
“curate.” This internship position has been awarded to our seminarian, Christopher Miller, for a two-year period following
graduation and ordination.
All Things St. Paul’s: A Ministry Review
The Rev. Judith Proctor (Vicar) and Greg Millikin (ministry resident) gave an overview of all the St. Paul’s ministries and their
importance and role in local, regional and global communities. As the name of each of the various worship ministries, fellowship
ministries, parish-wide events, outreach ministries, and child and youth programs was called, a sign was held up by a parishioner
sitting in the pews.
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Anne Hedman provided an overview of the 2014 financials and stated that St. Paul’s is on solid financial footing due to the
generosity of the community. Ms. Hedman thanked parishioners for their generosity in 2014.
Ms. Hedman reviewed the 2015 Operating Budget, which is a balanced budget, and has been adopted by the Vestry. She reported
that the 2015 budget is conservative. Personnel costs are higher because of healthcare costs. The success of the St. Paul’s
Explorers program has increased overall revenue.
Special Funds Report
Ms. Hedman provided a brief update on the status of St. Paul’s Special Funds.
Report of the Junior Warden
Jim Morrell provided an overview of the strategic plan for buildings and grounds. With the success of the Third Century
Campaign, improvements to the Rectory have been completed and plans are in progress to correct the acoustic problems in the
Nave and provide audio-visual support in Norton Hall.
Presentation from the St. Paul’s Foundation
Amy Curtis, President of St. Paul’s Foundation, reported that as of the end of 2014, the Foundation had over $3.7 million in
cash and investments. The 2015 goals of the Foundation are to update its by-laws and investment policy. Rev. Warder recognized
and thanked the Board of Trustees of our Foundation: Amy Curtis (President), David Brown (Treasurer), Suzanne Brock
(Secretary), Tim Adams, Attison Barnes, Mia Bass, Andrew Blair, John Siegel, Ted Stark and Saint Pollard (Vestry liaison).
Announcement of the Results of the Vestry Election
Mr. Martino thanked all of the candidates who stood for election. Mr. Martino reported that a total of 169 ballots were cast
today and announced the following were elected by the parish to the Vestry: Julia Hall, Eleanor Long, Paul Schurke, Matt Walsh
and Julian Burke and Katherine Murphy, as affirmed in the advisory ballot.
Pray the Necrology
The Rev. Warder prayed the Necrology and honored the following:
Jacobus Petrus Joubert
March 10, 2014
Valda Clark Anderson
March 18, 2014
Ruth Lincoln Kaye
April 30, 2014
Robert Grant Hitchings
May 5, 2014
Thelma Morris Trimble
May 23, 2014
Ellen Coffin Bancroft
June 24, 2014
Elizabeth Taylor Dunn Hooff August 1, 2014
Joan Marie MacClurg Pryce
August 25, 2014
Vincent Francis Callahan, Jr.
September 20, 2014
August Von Born Millard
September 27, 2014
David M. Abshire
October 31, 2014
James Michael Mark Dyer
November 11, 2014
Golda Sutton Bragg
November 29, 2014
Thomas Frank Johnson, Jr.
December 28, 2014
Bayard Winslow Kennett, III
January 17, 2015
Anna Lamar Abshire Bowman
January 18, 2015
Claire Louise Gregory
January 21, 2015
Sara Ann Lindsey
February 25, 2015
Frank W. Mount
March 4, 2015
Blessing and Dismissal
The Rev. Warder blessed the Annual Meeting and it was adjourned at 10:55 a.m.
Respectfully submitted,
Report of the Treasurer and Presentation of the 2015 Budget
Anne Ayres
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N o m i n a t i n g C o mm i t t e e R e p o r t
Vestry Terms
Six positions to fill three-year terms, one position to fill
a one-year term (to complete the unfulfilled term of
Elisabeth Millard)
Vestry Members Completing a Term of Office
Class of 2016
Vestry Nominees
Lisa Eskew, Tara Foscato, Geoff Johnson, Jim Kahl,*
Meldie Kish, Nicole Morrell, John Prible, C. J. Reid,
Geoff Sigler, Jason Spence
* filling the unexpired term of Elisabeth Millard until the time of the
2016 parish meeting
Vestry Nominee Bios
Lisa Eskew
Employment: My primary responsibility is as a homemaker
helping to manage our three children and our two dogs
Turbo and Bulleit. I work part time with my husband at
Vianovo, a strategic consulting group based in Austin,
Hobbies: I like to read, watch movies, cook, travel, and
hike. Our family has been fortunate to visit many national
parks over the past five summers; Glacier is my favorite
(so far).
St. Paul’s Experience: Baptismal catechist, Vestry member,
Christmas pageant co-coordinator, acolyte commissioning
ceremony co-coordinator, parish representative on St.
Paul’s Nursery and Day School Board, and assist with
lectors and intercessors at the 9 a.m. service.
I care about St. Paul’s because the St. Paul’s community has
become our family. We baptized our children here, our
niece was married here, our children went to school here,
and our family shares Advent dinners with other St. Paul’s
families every year. We have welcomed new families and
been overjoyed with new babies, and we have comforted
each other in tragic loss, as well as celebrated lives fully
lived. We are deeply appreciative of this community
and know the time we give here cannot compare to the
richness it has brought our lives.
Tara Foscato
Employment: SVP, Director of Government Affairs, PNC
Financial Services Group, Inc.
Hobbies: I enjoy travel, golf and running.
St. Paul’s Experience: For several years I have run the
annual parish retreat at Shrine Mont. I have also hosted
and organized the monthly First Friday dinners, worked
on the Youth and Children’s Auction as well as taught
Sunday school at St. Paul’s. My daughter attended
preschool at St. Paul’s Nursery and Day School.
I care about St. Paul’s because my husband Greg and I are
proud to be raising our daughter Ava in the vibrant St.
Paul’s community. St. Paul’s and its members are truly
a part of our family. I care about helping it continue to
thrive and grow. It is important to me to give back to the
St. Paul’s community just a little of all that it has given
to me.
Geoff Johnson
Employment: St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School, Associate
Director of Development; 16 years in Development at
SSSAS, previously as a Campaign Director, Director of
Annual Giving and Director of Alumni Relations. Prior
to 1999, worked at the Washington Post Writers Group
as Director of Editorial Administration and had a 3-year
stint as a writer of a syndicated cartoon.
Hobbies: Bike riding, Boy Scouts with my boys, Alexandria
Rotary member, camping, doodling, history, occasionally
re-enacting as a Revolutionary War rifleman for the First
Virginia Regiment.
St. Paul’s Experience: …started at high school graduation
at St. Paul’s in 1989. (St. Stephen’s held its graduation
here!) Reconnected with the church in the late 1990s.
My experience has been enriching, as a chalice bearer,
intercessor, helping with youth group in the early 2000s,
occasionally playing guitar in the guitar ensemble, making
several memorable pilgrimages to Shrine Mont, etc., and
providing graphic artwork for several displays.
I care about St. Paul’s because it is a welcoming center of
faith in the pivotal moments of family life like marriage,
baptism and confirmation. It is a spiritual center for those
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seeking to enrich their beliefs. It is an inspiring call to celebrate the joys of life. Most importantly, the people of
volunteer and serve others. I love sharing this community St. Paul’s continue to inspire me to be my best self and to
called St. Paul’s.
strive to live out the Gospel in my own life.
Jim Kahl
Employment: Partner at Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP;
political law practice.
Hobbies: Trying to become a better tennis player and
skier; history/politics buff; getting to the gym whenever
possible; and endless work on old family house at the
Jersey Shore.
St. Paul’s Experience: Served two terms on the Vestry; four
years on the Executive Committee as Treasurer, Junior
Warden, and Register; worked on various fundraising
campaigns; co-leader of New Directions effort for job
seekers in early 90s.
I care about St. Paul’s because St. Paul’s has been our family’s
spiritual home since Caroline and I moved to Alexandria
in 1988. Our children were baptized at St. Paul’s and
attended the Preschool and Sunday school, and I was
received into the Episcopal Church at St. Paul’s. This is a
welcoming and compassionate community that occupies
a central role in our lives – in good times and in trying
Nicole Morrell
Employment: With over ten years’ experience as a political
fundraiser, I have worked for a wide range of national
political clients including: Members of the U.S. House
and Senate, U.S. presidential campaigns, national political
parties and member associations. After taking several
years off from political fundraising when my two children
were young, I began again in 2015 and continue to work
Hobbies: While most of my free time is spent carpooling
my children and helping with homework, I enjoy reading,
cooking and traveling. In recent years, I have enjoyed a
renewed interest in art history and antique appraisal.
St. Paul’s Experience: I have enjoyed being involved in a
variety of ministries at St. Paul’s including: the Adult
Inquirers’ class, First Fridays, baking for Christ House,
Seminarian Lay Committee member, 3rd Century
Campaign committee member, first teaching and now
assisting with Sunday School; helping fundraise and
organize the annual Children and Youth Auction;
From past experience, I know that service on the Vestry welcome committee member and now committee chair.
affords the opportunity to help the parish, our Alexandria I care about St. Paul’s because I feel loved and supported
community, and many others far and wide. It would be every time I walk through the doors and with every
a privilege to have another opportunity to contribute to encounter I have with the members and clergy. As a
lifelong Episcopalian, I find comfort in the tradition of
this incredible community of faith, family and friends.
our service and am moved every week at the altar. The
friendships I have made sustain me and inspire me daily.
Meldie Kish
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John Prible
Employment: UnitedHealth Group
Hobbies: Soccer, coaching, hunting
St. Paul’s Experience: Parishioner for seven years; member
of Beefeaters; baptismal counselor since 2014.
I care about St. Paul’s because of the people. The fellow
parishioners, the pastors, the volunteers. These people
are what makes St. Paul’s so special, they are what keep
my family happily coming back every week, and they are
the reason I would like to give back and serve even more.
C. J. Reid
Employment: Associate Executive Director, AASA, the
School Superintendents Association, Alexandria, Va. (1996
Employment: U.S. Small Business Administration, Law
Librarian (1986-present); Catholic University Law School,
Law Librarian (1982-1986).
Hobbies: I enjoy knitting, yoga, reading, and music (both
listening and making).
St. Paul’s Experience: Randy and I were looking for a church
after we were engaged; we came to St. Paul’s and never
went anywhere else. We were married here and both our
children were baptized here. I have served on the vestry
before. Randy and I led the dinner groups for many years.
I play in the hand bell choir and serve as a chalice bearer.
I care about St. Paul’s because, as so many have said, I have
found a spiritual home here. This warm community has
provided me with support when I needed it and a place to
– present); Membership Director, American Pharmacists
Association, Washington, D. C. (1987 – 96); Membership
Director, National Association of Elementary School
Principals, Alexandria, Va. (1982 – 87); Project Manager,
National School Volunteer Program, Inc., Alexandria, Va.
(1980 – 82); Teacher, Alexandria City Schools, Alexandria,
Va. (1965 – 1980) (Robert E. Lee Elementary School,
Parker-Gray Middle School, Francis C. Hammond Junior
High School and T. C. Williams High School.
Hobbies: Gardening, cooking, reading, technology,
traveling, needlepoint (particularly Christmas stockings),
enjoying family and friends.
St. Paul’s Experience: Since joining St. Paul’s in the mid1960’s, I have participated in a number of activities,
including: Sunday school teacher, choir member, member
of several Lay Committees, member of the Vestry (served
as register and as treasurer), member search committee,
member of numerous other committees, organized first
cemetery clean-up day, usher, chalice bearer.
I care about St. Paul’s because St. Paul’s has been a constant
source of strength in my life and an anchor for the Reid
family during times of celebration and sorrow. Having the
opportunity to serve as a member of the Vestry would
allow me to give back to this wonderful, caring faith
I care about St. Paul’s because my wife and I started worshiping
at St. Paul’s ten years ago, soon after we married and
moved back to Virginia. We view St. Paul’s as an extension
of our family, and many of our most valued friendships
have been formed through the church. We are regular
participants in all of St. Paul’s programs for families, and
each of our three children has attended the St. Paul’s Day
School. More recently, my service on the Lay Committee
for Stephen Smith has been a tremendous opportunity
to expand and deepen my experiences with the broader
church community. I hope to have the opportunity to
continue to serve the St. Paul’s community as a member
of the Vestry.
Jason Spence
Employment: CME Group - Executive Director,
Government Relations. Prior to my work at CME Group,
I spent a number of years working for the House Financial
Services Committee and the U.S. Treasury focusing on
financial services policy.
Hobbies: I enjoy golf, tennis, skiing, and running.
St. Paul’s Experience: We have been regular parishioners for
the past six years during which time I have been a regular
participant at First Fridays and Welcome Coffees. I have
also served as a Marshal during the annual Bishop’s visit.
I care about St. Paul’s because St. Paul’s reminds me of the
Geoff Sigler
church and community in which I was raised. As the
Employment: I am a litigation partner at Gibson, Dunn father of three young children, I want them to grow up in
& Crutcher in Washington, where I have worked for the same kind of church community. To me, that is what
approximately fifteen years. I represent corporate clients St. Paul’s offers: a community where we can feel assured
such as PepsiCo, Visa, and Aetna in class actions and that our children will be nurtured and sustained as they
other litigation matters.
grow and a place where we, as adults, can find our own
Hobbies: University of Virginia basketball/football.
sense of place and belonging. I welcome the opportunity
St. Paul’s Experience: Lay Committee for Stephen Smith, to serve St. Paul’s and do my part to preserve and further
lector/intercessor, First Fridays, Sunday School.
the values and mission of the church and our community.
C u rr e n t V e s t r y C l ass e s
Class of 2017
Anne Ayres
Churchill Hooff
Jim Kahl (filling the unexpired term of Elisabeth Millard
until the time of the parish meeting)
Bill Marino
BJ Martino
Cathy Tyler
Class of 2018
Julian Burke
Julia Hall
Eleanor Long
Katherine Murphy
Paul Schurke
Matt Walsh
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St. Paul’s Representatives
Executive Committee
BJ Martino, Senior Warden
Jim Morrell, Junior Warden
Anne Hedman, Treasurer
Saint Pollard, Register
Region IV Council
Karen Grane
Vestry Day School Representative
Anne Hedman
Class of 2016
Brad Coburn
Anne Hedman
Jim Morrell
Saint Pollard
Heidi Schneble
Rebecca Wetherly
Parish Representative to the St. Paul’s Nursery and
Day School
Lisa Eskew (term expires 2018)
Class of 2017
Anne Ayres
Churchill Hooff
Jim Kahl (filling the unexpired term of Elisabeth Millard
until the time of the parish meeting)
Bill Marino
BJ Martino
Cathy Tyler
Duncan Blair
Suzanne Brock
Bo Miller
Cathy Tyler
Class of 2018
Julian Burke
Julia Hall
Eleanor Long
Katherine Murphy
Paul Schurke
Matt Walsh
Diocesan Council Delegates
Karen Grane
Larry Campbell
Jim Morrell
David Brown
Bob Long
Scott Broetzmann
Outreach Committee Co-Chairs
Karen Grane
Brad Coburn
Cemetery Trustees
Gerald Fauth, Managing Trustee
Andrew Blair
St. Paul’s Foundation Liaison
Saint Pollard
St. Paul’s Foundation
Amy Curtis, President
David Brown, Treasurer
Suzanne Brock, Secretary
Tim Adams
Attison Barnes
Mia Bass
Andrew Blair
John Siegel
Ted Stark
Diocesan Council Alternatives
Cathy Sachs
Sally Bawcombe
Vance Hall
Julia Hall
Dale Allen
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2 0 1 6 P ar i s h O p e ra t i n g B u d g e t
2016 Proposed Budget
Ordinary Income/Expense
Current Year Pledge Payments
Prior Year Pledge Payments
Plate Offerings
Foundation Contribution
Other Income Accounts
Church Use Reimbursement
STP Day School Use Reimbursement
Total Ordinary Income
Work within the Church
Diocese of Virginia
Region IV
VA Theological Seminary
Total Work within the Church
International Outreach
Regional Outreach
Alexandria *
Other Work
Outreach General Funds
Total Outreach
Personnel Compensation
Staff Parking
Rectory (411 Duke)
Personnel Insurance
Other Personnel Expenses
Total Personnel
Postage & Delivery
Communication Items
Computer Hardware & Software
Office Equipment - Contract/Repair
Office Supplies
Office Expenses
Church Utilities
Maintenance & Cleaning
Repairs & Improvements
Total Operating/Maintenance
St. Paul’s Explorers’ Expenses
Children Education
Youth Education
Adult Education
Child Care
Pastoral Care
Parish Life Items
Council & Retreat
Total Programs149,041
Accounting Services
Sunday Parking
Mortgage/LOC Interest
Total Other172,140
* includes external fundraising
Total Expense
Net Income
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2015 Special Fund Account Balances
Balance as of 12/31/15
Advance Pledges
Audit Sinking Fund
Major Repairs
Operating Reserve
Rector’s Discretionary
Maxine Bishop
Soper Gift
Shonk Memorial Fund
Rector’s Discretionary Funds
Misc. (Worship/Education)
Christian Education
Jay Von Hemert
Auction Fund
Mission Trip Fund
Sally Petty
Lazarus Ministry Fund
St. Paul’s Church
You can give financially to St. Paul’s Church in many ways. We are grateful for all financial gifts, but we particularly appreciate
those members who make a pledge to the Annual Operating Fund that funds the church’s immediate financial commitments
such as outreach, parish ministries, parish staff salaries, and physical plant expenses.
Cash or Check: Simply drop it in the offering plate at one of our weekly services or mail it to the Parish Office.
Electronic Debit: Electronic debit provides a safe and easy way to fulfill your pledge to the Operating Fund. Electronic debit is
convenient, costs you nothing, and keeps your pledges up to date. You may sign up by completing an authorization form found
on our website at (under Giving > Make a Pledge Now) and bringing a canceled check to the Parish
Office, or for St. Paul’s members, give through the online directory by signing up at
Securities: To make a gift of stock, please contact Maria Halloran at ext. 21 or Leigh Ann Gaskins at ext. 12 in the Parish Office
at 703-549-3312 for the wire transfer to the church account at Morgan Stanley. The contacts at Morgan Stanley are Marc Eisner
or Mike Hartary at 703-535-8334.
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Planned Giving: Provide for the future of St. Paul’s by becoming a member of the Covenant Circle. Talk with your financial
advisor about including a bequest to St. Paul’s Church in your will.
T h e S t . P a u l ’ s F o u n da t i o n R e p o r t t o
F e br u ar y - M ar c h 2 0 1 6
P ar i s h
The St. Paul’s Foundation was established in 1992 to build an endowment for the support, care, maintenance, and restoration
of the buildings and grounds owned by St. Paul’s Church and to support and benefit the Christian mission of St. Paul’s Church
outside the parish. The Foundation is a 501(c) 3 corporation in the Commonwealth of Virginia and, as such, receives charitable
gifts, bequests, and grants and makes long-term investments to provide for the future needs of our church’s historic buildings and
grounds. All contributions to the Foundation are tax-deductible. If your company offers matching donations, the Foundation
has the necessary paperwork to enable them to match your generous gifts.
The Foundation is governed by a board of Trustees who meet several times a year to discuss, monitor and direct the activities of
the Foundation. The current trustees are Amy Curtis, President; David Brown, Treasurer; Suzanne Brock, Secretary; Timothy
Adams, Attison Barnes, Mia Bass, Andrew Blair, John Siegel and Ted Stark. They are joined by vestry liaison Saint Pollard and
parish liaison and stewardship officer Maria Halloran.
In 2015, the Trustees of the St. Paul’s Foundation continued to support the work of the parish through gifts to the support debt
service. The Foundation continued the restoration of the stained glass windows, this year by repairing four in the south balcony.
The Foundation will continue this project in 2016, communicating closely with the contractors to determine which windows
would be best to restore during the façade repair.
The Foundation sponsored the ever popular Latrobe Lecture and Champagne Reception in January. This annual event, which
grows each year is important in increasing awareness of the Foundation’s mission and as a community building event. The
Foundation continues to seek ways to be active and supportive of our ever growing and thriving parish community.
However, there’s plenty more to accomplish. There will always be needs in a parish of this size and historic importance. We
welcome your gifts and support as we guide the Foundation into the future. Your generosity enables the Foundation to fulfill
its mission.
In 2001, we established the COVENANT CIRCLE which is a society of parishioners who have remembered St. Paul’s Church
or St. Paul’s Foundation in their will or estate plan in order to provide for the future of St. Paul’s. This group now stands at over
50 members but there is room for many more. We realize the importance of this wonderful parish in many of our lives and our
need and willingness to give back to the Glory of God and in thanksgiving for our many blessings. Please speak to your lawyer
or advisor about the many benefits that accrue from making bequests through your estate.
Please remember that the Foundation grows in three ways:
Gifts in memory of loved ones, in thanksgiving or to the glory of God
Legacies and bequests
Market appreciation
Your gifts and commitment to this church not only with your Time and your Talent but also with your Treasure are critical in
maintaining and expanding our mission throughout the community and the world.
Amy L. Curtis
St. Paul’s Foundation, President
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S t . P a u l ’ s F o u n da t i o n F i n a n c i a l S t a t e m e n t s
JAN - DEC 2015
Investment Income
Capital Gains/(Losses) - ST
Capital Gains/(Losses) - LT
Unrealized Gain/(Loss)
Total Investment Income
Contributions Income
Capital Campaign
Total Contributions Income
Legacies & Bequests
Total Income-83,667.00
Bank/Brokerage Fees
St. Paul’s Church Restoration
Capital Campaign Designated
Registration & License Fees
Printing and Reproduction
Accounting Fees
Investment Advisor Fees
Total Expense209,733.34
Net Income-293,400.34
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JAN - DEC 2015
Current Assets
Burke & Herbert Checking
Total Checking/Savings
Other Assets
Fidelity Investments
Common Stocks
Unrealized Gain/Loss
Total Common Stocks
Total Fidelity Investments
Diocese Investment Fund
Unrealized Gain/(Loss)
Total Diocese Investment Fund
Total Other Assets
Total Assets3,479,429.84
Liabilities & Equity
Retained Earnings
Net Income
Total Equity
Total Liabilities & Equity3,479,429.84
The Necrology
Into your hands, O merciful Savior, we commend your servants. Acknowledge, we humbly beseech you, a sheep
of your own fold, a lamb of your own flock, a sinner of your own redeeming. Receive them into the arms of your
mercy, into the blessed rest of everlasting peace, and into the glorious company of the saints in the light. AMEN.
Burial and Memorial Services held since the 2015 Annual Meeting:
Sheila Anderson Pollak
April 25, 2015
Katharine Weld Bacon
October 1, 2015
Fred Calvin Alexander, Jr.
May 9, 2015
Kim-Scott Miller
October 4, 2015
Kenneth Warren Smith
June 30, 2015
Claire Rosemary Whitlow
November 2, 2015
Suellen Jarvis Ridgely Galbraith
July 11, 2015
William Francis Smith
November 14, 2015
Nancy Roach Wilson
July 14, 2015
F. Thomas Carter
December 12, 2015
Robert Kenneth Wineland
September 20, 2015
Diana Tabler Forbes
December 28, 2015
Richard Menifee Moose
September 25, 2015
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A l l S t . P a u l ’ s S u p p o r t e rs
Below is a listing of parishioners who have pledged or made regular contributions to the 2015 Annual
Operating Fund. It is with deep gratitude that we give thanks for all the many gifts, talents and resources
contributed by the entire parish family. (III indicates those who made a pledge to the Third Century Campaign.)
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Tim and Libby Bawcombe
Amy Bayer
Rosemary Beales III
Tom and Jenny Becherer
Patricia Beckington III
Bruce and Betsy Beckwith
Andrew and Margaret Behringer
Tim and Julianne Belevetz III
Barry and Melissa Bennett
Gregory and Cheryl Bennett
Jack Bennett
Helen Bertles
Sharon Bingham
Ron and Ruthi Birch III
Andrew and Kathryn Blair III
Duncan Blair III
Blair Blake
William and Kristen Blalock
Edward and Bonnie Boland
Richard and Catherine Bolton III
Fred Beer and Lezlie Booth III
Julien and Jacqueline Bourgeois
James and Patricia Bowen III
Al and Cynthia Boyer III
DD Bozek III
Dennis and Cindy Brack III
Patricia Bradford
Cassandra Bradley
Michael and Burgess Bradshaw III
David and Marian Brant
Matt and Sarah Braughler III
Kirk and Christina Braun
Carol J. Brewer III
William Brewster
Joe and Rebecca Brocato
Suzanne Brock
David Brock
Geoffrey and Courtney Brock III
Scott and Jennifer Broetzmann III
David and Tammy Brown III
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Calendars handy?
Whether electronic or paper, be sure these make it on your schedule.
March 19: Liturgy of the Palms
Faith @ 5:00
March 20: Palm Sunday
Liturgy of the Palms
7:45 a.m.
Holy Eucharist Rite I
9:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist - Family Service with
Procession from Market Square
11:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist Rite II with Choir
5:00 p.m.
Holy Eucharist Rite II
March 26: Holy Saturday
12:00 p.m.
Holy Saturday Service, in the Chapel
7:30 p.m.
The Great Vigil of Easter
March 27: Easter Sunday
6:45 a.m.
Sunrise Service at St. Paul’s Cemetery
7:45 a.m.
Holy Eucharist with Music
9:00 a.m.
Family Service with Holy Eucharist,
Children’s Choir and Brass
11:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist with Choir and Brass
March 23: Wednesday in Holy Week
12:00 p.m.
Holy Eucharist in the Chapel
* Please note that there will be no [email protected] or 5:00 Sunday services this weekend.
March 24: Maundy Thursday
7:30 p.m.
Holy Eucharist with Choir and the
stripping of the altar
April 3
11:00 a.m. Bishop’s Visit with Baptism,
Confirmation and Reception
March 25: Good Friday
7:30 a.m.
Holy Eucharist from the Reserve
12:00-1:00 p.m. Proper Liturgy for Good Friday,
joint service with Christ Church
5:30 p.m.
Family Service
7:30 p.m.
Stations of the Cross
*In addition to other regularly scheduled services
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