Resignation of Alice Basset-Jellema

This past week, the Vestry of Church of the Guardian Angel accepted, with sadness, the resignation of its Vicar, the Rev. Alice Bassett-Jellema after 22 years of devoted care and service.

Alice is resigning for medical reasons; she has an advanced glioblastoma, which is to say a brain tumor. That condition and the treatment of it has made it impossible for her to continue in the roles she has lovingly filled for Guardian Angel and Remington. Alice, her wife Chris, and their children are coping admirably with the situation. Alice's spirits are high, though this ordeal takes a lot of her energy.

There are no words that can express what Alice has meant to the entire community. And we are also mindful of the leadership and service she's given to the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, our parent organization. Backpack day, Reading Camp, the Food Pantry, and Soup-er Bowl Saturday are just some of the public programs Alice led at Guardian Angel. In the broader area, she was involved with Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development (BUILD), DreamBuilders, the Diocese's Exploring Baptismal Ministry program, and other efforts to empower individuals and small groups to exercise their values by making concrete contributions to the issues facing our society.  

She also spent countless hours one-on-one with people in the community, providing incomparable pastoral care.

Alice was an amazing fit for the unusual nature of our congregation and mission, and no one could step in to do all the things she did in the way she did them. The vestry is working with the Diocese on plans for continuing the work of the church in Remington at Guardian Angel. Alice is a hard act to follow; God's work must continue and, with God's blessing, it will continue at Guardian Angel.

Regular Sunday services continue at 8 and 10 am with a breakfast at 9 am. Homework Club is starting up soon on Tuesday evenings and the Food Pantry continues each Wednesday at 9 am. We are working on a new plan for community dinners. This is a time when we could really use your involvement and presence. If you're interested in getting involved in any of these programs, please let us know, or just show up!

We are working on a way for the community to express our gratitude to Alice for all she has been and done amongst us, and will let you know when we have more detail.

Backpack Day 2019 is Coming!

On Saturday, August 24th between 10 and noon, we will be giving away backpacks filled with school supplies to Remington students. Thank you to our partners at St Mark's and St Andrew's who make this possible!

This year, advanced registration is required. It is a short form and can be found online at or in Spanish at
You can also get a paper form from the clear box outside Kromer Hall, and return the completed form to the red box also outside Kromer Hall. 
If you need help filling out the form, please come to the church on Sunday morning or to food pantry on Wednesday between 8 and 10 am.
The registration deadline is August 18th.

If you are interested in volunteering at Backpack Day, please email us at to set something up!

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, August 24th, at 10am!

Funeral for Linda Jones

This coming Saturday, we'll have memorial service for Linda Jones at Guardian Angel at 11am. Linda was a longtime member as well as being a wonderful next-door neighbor to the congregation. She was an active and friendly member of the community who always had a warm smile for her neighbors. Linda passed away Wednesday night after a brief illness.
Linda is survived by her sister, Anne Jones, and was predeceased by her husband, Bob Trimble. Please join us to honor and remember Linda.
"Those who walk uprightly enter into peace;
they find rest as they lie in death."--Isaiah 57:2

Sad News about Pastor Alice

As you may have heard, Pastor Alice has been diagnosed with a brain tumor.  She had surgery and is doing well.  Currently she is receiving treatment and is not carrying out any pastoral duties at all.  You may see her around the neighborhood or at church on Sunday!  But please do not call or text her, or knock on the vicarage door.  Your prayers for Pastor Alice and her wife Chris and their family are very appreciated.  The Church continues in its weekly schedule and is welcoming volunteers during this difficult time - please email us at

A message from Pastor Alice after her surgery:

Good morning to all,
I'm awake!!
1. Boy o boy, THAT was a shock!
2. Actually, I feel pretty good... :)
3. Kinda weak...(Brain surgery, you know...)
4. Wanna join me in the long road back???
5. Start at: 8 min daily walk outside (wherever you are... :) )
6. With love, Alice

Backpack Day!

Annual Backpack Day is Here!

Saturday August 25th and Saturday September 1st at 8am, we are distributing backpacks filled with school supplies to Remington parents of school-aged children.  Want to help?  Pack bags at 2:30 Friday or come Saturday morning.

Ash Wednesday Services

♡ This Valentine's Day, experience the greatest love affair! ♡
All are welcome, as all are worthy of love.

Ash Wednesday Services
7 a.m. with Hot Breakfast and Food Pantry Following
7 p.m.
Administration of ashes is available at all services.