|The Messenger May, 2003|
|Forthcoming Special Events||
Saturday May 17
Diocesan Confirmations at 10 AM
At Washington National Cathedral
See Rev. Barbara Allen for more info
Sunday May 18
Sunday June 8
|News from Among Us||
Stephanie Aronson and Bram Hightman will be wed on June 7 at 2 pm
at St. John's Norwood Episcopal Church followed by a reception at Parish Hall.
Friends of St. Barnabas' are welcome to attend. RSVP by May 29 to
Stephanie at 301-657-2830 (TTY) or by email to
There is a coed wedding shower on June 1st at 3 pm in the home of Ann Black. Stephanie and Bram are registered at Hechts for bridal gifts. For more info and RSVP (by May 29) contact Ginny Lindsay using TTY at 301-871-1127, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com .
Tonya Stremlau and Derek Braun will be married in a noon ceremony at Chapel Hall at Gallaudet University on May 31, 2003. The Rev. Barbara A. Allen will officiate.
Congratulations to Debbie and Jeff McCaw on the birth of their twins, Connor Maxwell and Elisabeth Ann McCaw, born March 24 at Holy Cross Hospital. Happy Motherís Day to Debbie and all St. Barnabasí mothers
Kary Dyer will be confirmed at Washington National Cathedral during the Diocesan Confirmations ceremony on May 17.
Shelley Simms is recovering from a foot injury, and her cast is now off.
Prayers and best wishes for a full and speedy recovery.
|Annual Parish Meeting||
The Annual Parish Meeting was held on March 16 at Hines Hall, during
which members voted on a new name: St. Barnabasí Episcopal Church of the Deaf.
Members voted in the following individuals to the Mission Committee (in
addition to the chair, who is always our Vicar, Barbara Allen):
Asst. Vice-Chair: Shelley Simms
Secretary: Rudy Hines
Treasurer: Ed Knight
Members At Large: Tom Hattaway, Mark Kleberg, Jeff McCaw, Tonya Stremlau.
Members also voted in favor of an amendment to the By Laws eliminating the position of Assistant Treasurer and assigning some of those duties to the Assistant Vice Chair. Ginny Lindsay graciously volunteered to continue as Vice ĖChair until a Vice-Chair could be found. Members voted in favor of asking the Diocese to make an exception to its term limit rule to allow Ginny to serve another term.
On April 6, Barbara Allen commissioned the new Mission Committee members who were present: Rudy Hines, Ed Knight, Mark Kleberg and Tonya Stremlau. Barbara also thanked the outgoing members of the Mission Committee Ė Christina Duley, Marlene Hines, Ginny Lindsay, Jim Lindsay, Steve Holst and Marshall Wick -- for their dedicated service on the Committee as well as in their continuing ministries.
Canon to the Ordinary Paul Cooney attended the April 6 Eucharist and also
the April 6 Mission Committee meeting. Paul explained the position of the
Diocese that term limits were important to give people who had served a
chance to rest and also to "lift up" people who otherwise would not grow
into leadership positions. He said that it is not unusual for parishes to
have a vacancy on their vestry and it does not reflect badly on St.
Holy Week services included a Palm Sunday Blessing of the Palms Processional, Maundy Thursday Foot-washing and Stripping of the Altar, Good Friday, Service of Remembrance, Soup Supper and Stations of the Cross, Holy Saturday Great Easter Vigil. The Easter (Resurrection) Sunday Holy Eucharist had an attendance of 31.
Our talented Seminarian, Elke Betz-Schmidt, led a Lenten Study series that was well attended. Elke will be leaving us in May to pursue ordination in the Methodist Church and will serve at a Deaf church in Baltimore with Rev. Dr. Peggy Johnson (who is very active in the Metro Washington Association of the Deaf-Blind). We give Elke our thanks and best wishes and hope she keeps in touch.
Monday nights throughout Lent St. John's Norwood offered a class on "Hospitality in the Household of God" that featured a soup dinner and was led by Jan Hafer and Claudia Greer. This ASL-interpreted class was well attended by members of both St. John's and St. Barnabas'. The class included a book entitled "Making Room - Recovering Hospitality as a Christian Tradition."
Steve Holst donated his copy of the book to the
Mission Library, if anyone
wants to borrow it. On the last night of the class Barbara Allen signed
and presided over the Eucharist. Jan Hafer is well-known among the St.
Barnabas' community and is a hearing Gallaudet professor. We enjoyed
getting to know her better as well as sharing feelings and fellowship with
others from St. John's.
|Diocesan Stewardship Conference||
Barbara Allen, Ed Knight and Shelley Simms will attend the DIOCESAN
STEWARDSHIP CONFERENCE, "Living into the Great Commission: As God Has So
Freely Given So Should We," that is set for May 3 at St. Francis Church,
|Refreshments for Coffee Hour||
Sign-Up to Bring Refreshments for Coffee Hour
Each Sunday at St. Barnabas' Mission of the Deaf we share a Fellowship Coffee Hour immediately following our 10:00 AM Eucharist. We invite our members to serve the Lord by taking their turn in providing "light" refreshments.
"Light" refreshments means bagels, coffee cake, donuts or other foods that do not constitute a full meal. The Mission provides coffee and tea. The person, or persons, providing food may also choose to provide other drinks such as soda or juice.
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