From the Rector’s Desk

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


Director of Youth Ministries Resigns
Feb. 7, 2019
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Dear Ones, I write to let you know that Catherine Outten Olivo will be leaving us as Director of Youth Ministries. Here are her words, followed by mine ...


2019 Annual Pledge Campaign: A Remarkable Shift in the Culture of Gratitude
Jan. 29, 2019
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Dear Ones, I’m very pleased to tell you that we’ve received $2,419,265 in pledges for our 2019 Annual Pledge Campaign. We haven’t reached similar numbers since 2007. To top that news, we’ve had 98 new pledging households step forward! This is an incredible accomplishment- it is a testament to the commitment of our parish to this church and a remarkable shift in the culture of gratitude.


As the Shutdown Continues ... Our Parish Responds
Jan. 9, 2019
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This shutdown is hard for many in our congregation and community. Federal employees, government contractors, family members, and others are feeling the strain. Some of you have told me that, even though you’ve lived through government shutdowns in the past, this time feels particularly scary.


Safety First, then the Celebration
Dec. 20, 2018

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On Christmas Eve and on Sundays in the new year, you will observe a uniformed officer of the Metropolitan Police DC (MPDC) assisting us with security. While it is grievous that in our current climate such a decision has become necessary, taking steps to insure the safety of all who gather at St. Columba’s is paramount. We join our Jewish and Muslim brothers and sisters, and a growing number of Christian congregations in taking these precautions.


Heartbreaking News from the Border
Dec. 5, 2018

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The news continues to be heartbreaking; it appears that the tension and difficulties at our border with Mexico will continue for the foreseeable future. Jesus taught us that however we treat the least among us – those most vulnerable and in need of care – is how we treat Christ himself.


Giving Special Thanks for St. Columba's (Annual Meeting Recap)
Nov. 19, 2018

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As we pause this week to give thanks for the blessings in our lives, I’m giving special thanks for St. Columba’s – this vibrant, thriving community of faith!


Autumn Preaching Series
Oct. 25, 2018

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Jesus taught us to pray to God: “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” We may not agree on what heaven looks like or where it is to be found, but chances are good we’ll all agree we’re not there yet.


Building Upon a Firm Foundation
Sept. 27, 2018
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I am glad to announce the arrival of two new members of our staff, filling vacancies open since July ...


We Can Do It!
Sept. 25, 2018

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Thank you for your encouraging feedback after the All Parish Gathering yesterday. St. Columba’s is moving forward in so many wonderful ways. It’s a privilege to be on this journey with you. For those who weren’t able to be at the All Parish Gathering, there is important information for you to have ...


The Morning Was Electric!
Aug 22, 2018

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