St. Columba's Episcopal Church

The Vestry and Its Committees

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The St. C’s communications department is implementing a new procedure for submitting publicity requests, to streamline the speed, accuracy and effort required to produce our weekly publications. The new online publicity request form  is easy to fill out and will provide us with all the necessary information we need to process your request.

Inclement Weather Policy

For the most up-to-date information on scheduled activities, please call the parish office at 202-363-4119.  If the automated attendant answers the phone, select option 9.

During periods of inclement weather, a liberal leave policy will be in effect for staff.  So, while the parish may be open, individual activities, meetings, etc. may still be cancelled due to a staff member’s inability to get safely to the church.  It’s best to call the parish office for current information.

On weekdays, St. Columba’s follows the DC Public Schools.  If they are closed, the parish is closed and all activities are cancelled (same for delayed openings).  All activities scheduled before the delayed opening time are cancelled.  All activities beginning after the delayed opening time will occur as scheduled.

On Sundays, while individual activities (Forum, Sunday School, meetings, etc.) might be canceled, worship services will occur as scheduled (except in very extreme conditions) and parishioners are asked to use their best judgment as to whether they can safely get to church. Call for the most up-to-date operational information.

Contact Us

4201 Albemarle Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20016
202-363-4119 (phone)
202-686-2671 (fax)

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Office Hours

September through May:
Mon. through Thurs.,
9 am to 5 pm
Fri., 9 am to 4 pm

June through August:
Mon. through Fri.,
9 am to 4 pm.

Please note that clergy are generally off on Fridays.

The vestry is the agent and legal representative of the parish in all matters concerning its corporate property and the relations of the parish to its clergy. It consists of the rector, the senior warden, the junior warden and 12 members of the parish, who are elected for three-year terms.

The Finance Committee is chaired by the parish treasurer, who has the responsibility for maintaining all parish funds, receiving and disbursing monies in accordance with approved budget, maintaining accounts as prescribed by the Executive Council of the Episcopal General Convention and collaborating with the rector in the preparation of the annual parochial report to the bishop of Washington. Membership on the Finance Committee is open to vestry and non-vestry members.

The Governance Committee is a vestry committee appointed to examine and suggest ways to improve the work of the vestry and vestry committees, to develop leadership in the parish and to support the work of non-vestry parish committees. It is responsible for ensuring that the governance of the parish is in conformity with the parish bylaws and that the bylaws accurately reflect the requirements of the Episcopal General Convention and the Episcopal Diocese of Washington.

The Stewardship Committee is responsible for encouraging members of the parish to be good stewards of the resources God has given us, in particular our resources of time, talent and treasure. The Stewardship Committee leads the parish’s annual stewardship campaign, which raises the funds needed to maintain the church property, pay the salaries of clergy and staff and support the ministry of the church. Non-vestry members are encouraged to participate in the Stewardship Committee.

The Building and Grounds Committee works with the staff of the parish to maintain the physical plant, assess long and short-term building needs and recommend significant building projects to the vestry for its approval. Non-vestry members are encouraged to participate in this work.

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