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.
4201 Albemarle Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20016
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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.
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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 Nominating committee is tasked with identifying candidates for vestry and for diocesan delegates. These candidates fill vital leadership roles in our congregation over the next three years, so it’s important to be informed about what these positions are and what they mean to you:
The vestry is the voice of the lay members of our congregation. It provides feedback to the rector and decides how to allocate the parish’s resources—on everything from Water Ministry, to building improvements, to programs for children and youth.
Diocesan delegates represent our congregation in events, activities and decisions being made by the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, including such current issues as whether and how to reconfigure our six regions to achieve more diverse groupings.
There are currently seven standing committees of the vestry:
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 New Leadership committee is charged with helping to identify the next generation of leaders within our parish.
The Nominating committee is charged by the parish bylaws with proposing candidates to stand for election to the vestry and as delegates to the diocese. The committee consists of 8-12 parishioners led by two members of the vestry. Committee members are expected to educate themselves and the parish on the offices to be filled and the skills and talents required, and then gather and recruit the required number of candidates. The committee also takes the lead in publicizing the candidates and their qualifications, and reporting on the results of the elections, which are held during the annual parish meeting.
The Rector Evaluation Format committee has been tasked with formalizing the outline for vestry feedback to the rector.
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 Transition committee has been assisting the vestry with smoothing the transition to a new rector.
Photo: Barbara McGowan