Seabury Celebration of Service 2019 Honorees

March 25, 2019

Jane Anderson, Christ Congregational Church

Something sparked when Bob recounted his health crisis--a heart attack and hospitalization right before Christmas. He recognized holiday preparations were pressing, but he was hurt that only the minister visited and only one person called. Jane Anderson was among those hearing his story and knew, "We can do better." With the Minister of Care and Community and several other Deacons interested in improving congregational care, she began the brainstorming process that a year and


a half later emerged as Because We Care --- an outreach of lay visitors to persons in the congregation experiencing significant transitions, losses, and other challenges. Many of these care receivers are older members.

Jane's role over the intervening three years has been to keep the formative process moving ahead.  Along with a steering committee and the Minister for Care and Community, she has secured start-up funds, developed goals and procedures, incorporated SafeConduct guidelines, planned training modules, created a logo, publicized the group's emerging presence, and recruited members. They also found ways to use the church's data management software to track visits and share reports.

Because We Care is now focused on broadening acceptance of what its lay visitors offer: caring, nonjudgmental companions willing to listen and accompany persons dealing with difficult life events.  Because We Care members strive to give a personal face to care and compassion to members of Silver Spring's Christ Congregational Church.


Carl L. Barbee, St. Philip the Evangelist Episcopal Church

Mr. Barbee has been a faithful member of St. Philip the Evangelist since 1979. His gift is that of service to the Church, its members, and  the community. Because of his mechanical and carpentry skills, he has come to the aid of many members of the congregation and the Church itself. Carl has served as Junior Warden, Vice President of the Men’s Club, and member of the Senior Choir. He is now serving on the altar as the oldest acolyte.


Mary Benson, Trinity Episcopal Church, Upper Marlboro

Mary took over as Senior Warden just as Trinity Upper Marlboro’s Rector of 17 years announced her retirement.  Mary worked tirelessly to lead Trinity during this transition. She ensured thorough knowledge transfer from the long-time Rector to the lay leadership.  She developed a plan for Vestry members to assume greater leadership roles in each aspect of the parish, collaborated with EDOW staff on transition details, set up the Search Committee, assisted the parish administrator, and arranged for weekly supply clergy.  She managed staff members through health issues and staff changes. Her steady, calm leadership anchored the parish through the past year, as evidenced by very little drop in attendance or pledge fulfillment after the Rector’s retirement.

Mary arranged for $14,000 in private donations to repair the church bell tower and narthex ceiling.  In addition, she wrote a successful grant for $49,500 to the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission Historic Preservation Department to repair and preserve Trinity's sanctuary. As a member of the Property Committee, she spent many hours arranging for renovations of the rectory, so it could be rented and become a revenue source for the parish.  As a member of the Finance Committee, she established budgets to guide the parish through the transition years.

Mary has a friendly nature that makes everyone feel comfortable and welcome. She is also involved with Women of Trinity, the Trinity Book Club, and Adult Forum.  She serves as a Lector. Trinity is proud to recognize Mary Benson!


Jacqueline Bowen, St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church

St. Mary Magdalene Church gives thanks to God for the continued presence and years of service of Jacqueline (Jackie) Bowen. For over a decade, since Jackie joined her daughter Dawn as a member of our church, Jackie has dived right in. She sings in the Sounds of the Spirit choir, helps in the Thrift Store, engages with the Bible study group, is a volunteer in the office, and her monthly joy is cooking a hearty meal for the Chase House Men Shelter. We are proud to honor Jackie this year, for the ways in which she brings light and joys to our community, and for the ways in which she honors God.


Joan Bundy, Jubilee United Church of Christ


Joan Bundy is our church's mother, historian, poet, teacher, and evangelist. She has faithfully and actively served the church since becoming a member over 15 years ago. In that time she prepared/delivered/served meals to those in need, led church service when needed, assisted interim/call/supply pastors, used her excellent crafting skills to enhance church ambiance, catalogued/reorganized church files and documents, organized yard sales, coordinated yearly Sight & Sound trips and performed janitorial tasks when needed.  Her knowledge of the Bible is expansive and a great contribution to Bible study. We can always count on her to share a piece of history be it biblical, African American, general American History or history of the District of Columbia - her birthplace. Joan continues to serve the church in these and many other ways and is truly a godsend. It is fitting that she is honored during Seabury's 2019 Celebration of Service.


Dolores Cefail, St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church

St. Mary Magdalene Church gives thanks to God for the continued presence and years of service of Dolores Cefail. She has been a member of our church since the 1980s and has taken on many positions of leadership. She has been Chaplain of our Daughters of the King chapter for several years, and sings in the Sounds of the Spirit choir. With her husband, Bob, she worked as an office volunteer, staffed the church Thrift Store once a month, and counted the collections on Sundays. When our Women’s Group was in danger of dying out for lack of a leader, Dolores stepped up to the office of President. She served as a member of the Vestry, stepping in to the role of Senior Warden, as well. We are proud to honor Dolores this year as she has honored St. Mary Magdalene Church.


Trinette Chase, Seabury Resources for Aging, Ward 6

Ms. Janice Trinette Chase has always been an advocate for people and as a former resident of the Arthur Capper Senior Apartments she selflessly served older adults for three years.  Ms. Chase is an active participant and president of Seniors Offering Unconditional Love (S.O.U.L.) a group that helps older adults heal and grow mentally, physically, and spiritually. As a resident at Arthur Capper Ms. Chase volunteered at the Seabury Resources for Aging Community Dining Site, lending her talents to teaching beading/jewelry making, painting, and herb gardening, as well as singing with the Arthur Capper Singers.  


Jim Clark, St. Mary’s Court

Jim Clark has been an active resident at St. Mary’s Court Senior Housing since 2011, and we are honored to highlight his life of service both in our community and the wider Washington neighborhood of Foggy Bottom. His ability to engage others with trust and compassion has made Jim a well-liked member of the community whom others can look to in times of need. He volunteers to help residents when they have emergencies by getting their medications, going shopping, doing their laundry, or caring for their pets and plants.

Jim also looks out for new residents when they move in by answering their questions about how to manage the daily encounters and needs that arise in apartment living.In addition, Jim acts as St. Mary’s Court’s librarian, monitoring the supply of books, and making sure the shelves are kept orderly.  

As a volunteer in the neighborhood, Jim serves on the Homeless Task Force in Foggy Bottom, attending bi-monthly meetings. He has contributed to matters ranging from how the community can respond to issues involving the homeless, such as their lack of access to public bathrooms. He also listens to discussions that involve the rising condo and co-op fees that threaten elders on fixed incomes.
It is truly an honor for St. Mary’s Court to recognize Jim Clark at Seabury’s Celebration of Service 2019.


Kelsey Collie, Church of our Saviour, Brookland Parish

Kelsey E. Collie is a cradle Episcopalian, having been affiliated with the Historic St. Agnes Church (Miami, FL), St. Cyprian's (Detroit, MI), and St. Stephen and the Incarnation (Washington, DC) before becoming a member of the Church of Our Saviour (COOS), Brookland Parish, in 1997. Since joining our church, Kelsey has served three three-year terms on the Vestry and served as a licensed Eucharistic Minister.  He is a member of the Brotherhood of St. Andrew, and has been a member of the COOS choir for 20 years.
Kelsey created the news journal, COOS News (now the Brookland Parish Press Newsletter), which informs the congregation about activities, events, and interesting topics being discussed in the parish, diocese, and community.   

Kelsey conducted theatre workshops for youth in the community for four years and took several of the young people to Nassau, Bahamas, to perform and participate in an exchange with an Anglican church and visit an orphanage.  As chairman of the Liturgical Committee, he created a jazz evensong, an ecumenical service with Baptist, Methodist, and Episcopal clergy, and an old-fashioned outdoor revival on the church grounds. A former professor of theatre arts, he, along with his wife, Joyce, formed the COOS Players and have staged several of her original plays, as well as dramatized the gospels during Sunday services. Finally, Kelsey has assisted with many of the Sunday School's Christmas and Black History programs.


Carol Coonrod, St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church

Carol has been a model leader at St. Thomas' serving as Warden, Stewardship Chair, and leading our capital campaign. Few can match her energy and enthusiasm. Most importantly, Carol has coordinated numerous events for Samaritan Ministry including fundraisers with St. Luke's Episcopal Church and the Samaritan Ministry annual gala (for multiple years).  Having worked for nonprofits during her career, Carol gets service to other