And Now for Something Completely Different

Earlier this year, as part of a several-phase effort towards better and more end user-friendly communication, we launched the new St. Alban’s website and introduced our new logo and branding.  The second phase of this project is set to launch later today.

Over the last 8 months Charles Porter, our Parish Administrator, and I have been working on a new design and mechanism of delivery for both our weekly parish newsletter, “This Week @ St. Alban’s”  (TW@SA, for short) and “The Daily Cup” our parish’s daily blog.

I’m pleased to announce that later today we will send out the new version of TW@SA.  This new version of the newsletter is condensed, easier to read on mobile devices, and branded to look like the website…which is our primary source of current information.  The new TW@SA will contain vital information you’ll need to know now about our parish: current information about our programs, the Sunday announcements, links to important information on the website, and other useful information.

I would like to extend a HUGE, “Thank you!” to Charles for all of the work he has done to make both the redesigned TW@SA and Daily Cup possible.  He has spent dozens of hours working on this project to help us communicate more effectively.  With better communication comes a more solid sense of community, and I hope that both the redesigned TW@SA and Daily Cup help us to achieve just that.

If you currently receive the TW@SA email you do NOT need to resubscribe to the new email.  However, if you DON’T receive the weekly TW@SA email and would like to–and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND that all members of our parish receive this important source of information–please click here to subscribe.

Finally, one of the complaints I heard quite a bit when I started serving at St. Alban’s was that “communication is really bad around here.”  I’m hoping that with the new website (which is updated daily with new information), and the mobile-friendly, easier-to-digest TW@SA–and even the forthcoming, redesigned Daily Cup–we all will have a better sense of being informed about all things St. Alban’s.   Of course, having communication vehicles that are easily accessible, up-to-date, easy to receive and all the rest is only half of the equation.  The other half rests squarely on the shoulders of the recipients:  DON’T SKIM THEM…READ Thomas Cranmer put it in the Collect for Proper 28 (BCP p.236), that we might, “…read, mark, learn and inwardly digest them.”

In Christ,



About matthewhanisian

Associate Rector at St. Alban's Episcopal Church, Washington, D.C.
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3 Responses to And Now for Something Completely Different

  1. Marty Kerns says:

    Thanks to you and Charles for the work done to make This Week @ St. Alban’s better. I look forward to receiving and reading the redesigned TW@SA. I find This Week @ St. Alban’s an informative tool to learn what is happening in the parish for the upcoming week.

  2. matthew-looks great. what tool are you using for formatting and sending your TW@SA emails?

    a blessed Lent to you and yours…mb PS-I think of you often when I put the + after my name—remember how you saved me from my sorry self??? Rev. Mary Bea Sullivan 205.329.4862


  3. Christian says:

    Well done.

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