From the Rector’s Desk

  From the desk of ...
The Rev. Ledlie I. Laughlin
  Rector of St. Columba's Episcopal Church
  Washington, DC

A New Vision for Outreach & Mission
and other News from the Annual Parish Meeting
Tues., Nov. 21, 2017

Beloved in Christ,
With enthusiastic support from the vestry, I am calling for the creation of a task force that will discern God's call to mission and propose a new outreach initiative for St. Columba's.

The proposed initiative, which may be a single ministry or an organizing theme for a cluster of ministries (e.g., all addressing poverty), shall:

  • Create a bridge to a community significantly different than our own and bring parishioners in proximity to poverty
  • Involve a lot of people
  • Involve partnership with at least one other organization
  • Stretch us; cost a lot
  • Serve as an open door for those who do not yet know Christ or St. Columba's

In this effort, the task force will

  • Be grounded in scripture and prayer as a means of discerning God's mission
  • Be attentive to the influence of personal and collective privilege
  • Engage the entire congregation in some meaningful way
  • Consider needs and opportunities in our immediate neighborhood

Would you like to be part of this effort?
Please nominate yourself or a fellow parishioner to the Task Force Link. Deadline for submission is Dec. 7.

Parishioners Lauralyn Lee and Ron Wisor have agreed to co-chair; we look forward to putting together a creative and committed group. Please note: we may not be able to include everyone nominated. It will be exciting to see how the Spirit is leading us in the adventure of discipleship.

Election of New Vestry Members
Tinu Ige, Patty Jensen, Len Kennedy and Tim Massad were elected to three-year terms; Harry Wood was confirmed to continue, and Elizabeth Taylor and Steve Smith were each elected for one-year terms as senior and junior warden, respectively. Thank you to each of them and to Kay Tatum and Thelma Triche.

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You ... to the 411 households who made your pledge by Commitment Sunday (for a total $1,775,121). Our goal is 100% participation; if you're ready to give thanks to God with your Pledge, click here.

Treasurer Bob Broeksmit gave a brief financial report, noting with appreciation that we closed the 2017 fiscal year in the black and see a healthy trend with increasing pledges. Click here for the Financial Report.

We rejoice with those welcomed as New Members ... this past Sunday ~ Meg, David & Jackson Barker; Kate, Ben, Campbell & Harriet Garrison; Maris, Will & Christopher Imbrie; Jeanne Marcus; Amma, Noel, Seretse & Septima Maurer; Cynthia, Jack & Jake Morton; Laura Phinizy & Keith, Sarah & Spencer Jones.

With family, friends or in quiet alone, I pray you have a joyous Thanksgiving.


Two New Additions to our Ministry Team! (Susan Flanders and David Griswold)
Tues., Nov. 14, 2017


Announcing Susan Laing, Pastoral Assistant
Thurs., Oct. 26, 2107

A Word from our Bishop, Wardens and Vestry (on Stewardship)
Wed., Oct., 18, 2017

A New Opportunity for our Youth Ministry
Thurs., Sept. 7, 2017

Learn more about our youth programs:
Rite 13, Y2A and YAC
SCAP (St. Columba's Appalachia Project)
ASP (Appalachia Service Project)
SON (Serving Our Neighbors)

The Sin is Not New (Reflections on Racial Justice)
Tues., Aug. 8, 2017


Save the Date! (Important Upcoming Fall Events)
Tues., Aug. 8, 2017


Welcome Susan and Thank You Kate! 
Mon., July 17, 2017


Repair the Plaster!?! (Church Nave Repairs)
Wed., July 5, 2017


We Welcome ... (Anne Timpane)
Thurs., June 22, 2017


We Did It! (Stewardship Campaign Results)
Thurs., May 4, 2017


We're Having a Party! (Spring Flings)
Apr. 18, 2017


Hiding Behind the Pillar
Tues., April 4


St. C's April Newsletter is Going Green!
Tues., Mar. 28, 2017


Zero Waste has come to St. Columba's
Mon., Feb., 27, 2017

Our Lenten Journey
Thurs., Feb. 23, 2017

Capital Campaign: Special Parish Meeting

Thurs., Feb. 9, 2017

Your Generosity is a Joy to Behold!
Thurs., Dec. 1, 2016

Beloved, We Live in a Country that does not yet Exist.
Wed., Nov. 16, 2016

Come Pray Tonight at St. Columba’s
Wed., Nov. 9, 2016

Welcome The Rev. Amy Molina-Moore
Thurs., Oct. 13, 2016

"A New Season Begins"
Thurs., Sept. 8, 2016