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Week of August 2, 2015

School Supply Collection

It's that time of year! I know hard to think about during the dog days of summer, but it's true. Each year we, through our involvement with Faith Connections, collect school supplies for children in  need in our community. There is a big blue bin in the narthex and it's waiting for you to fill it up to overflowing! The last day for collections is August 16 - so take advantage of some of the back to school sales and help out children in our community. 

An update on our hopeful Senior Housing Project

It's been a few months since we have had an update on our possible affordable senior housing project, so I thought it time to let you know where we stand. For those of you who are new to our community, you may not have heard about our hopes to partner with Mission First Housing Group and to use a portion of our land to provide affordable senior housing in our part of the county.

To do anything with our property, we must have the approval of our Diocese, since all property is held in trust for the Church. A few months ago the Vestry submitted a draft of a Letter of Intent to the diocese for their initial review and suggestions. The diocese gave us an approval to move forward in our discussion and negotiations with Mission First to produce a finalized Letter of Intent to present to the Diocese. One of the requirements of the Diocese (and we would have anyway) was to hire an attorney to represent us in these negotiations. Over the last few months Father Lee has been able to negotiate a guaranteed minimum return that St. Anne's would see out of this project, should it move forward to construction, as well as all the necessary protections to eliminate any liability to our parish community. We should have the finalized Letter of Intent ready to submit to the diocese in August for hopeful approval.

If approved by the diocese it is not a guarantee that the project will be completed. Mission First will first have to complete some studies and work with the county for a special exception to our zoning. If for some reason the final market study does not show a need in this part of the county, or if Mission First is unable to get a zoning exception they have the right to pull out of the project (at no liability to us.) It is important to remember that Mission First is assuming all the guarantees for this project and the risk and financial burden for the rezoning. This predevelopment stage would likely last 18 months, mostly for the zoning. If the project moves forward then construction could possibly begin in 2017 and be completed and occupied in 2018. What does this mean to our community? Two things - we are using our land as part of our mission and will be able to tie future mission into the residents that live in the housing - and we will be guaranteed a financial benefit that will pay off a substantial chunk of our mortgage debt.

Searching for a New Treasurer

The vestry needs to elect a new Treasurer in October. The newly elected treasurer will not take office until January 1st which gives time for a smooth transition and to "train" the incoming Treasurer.

A good candidate for this VITAL ministry should like details, be experienced with budgeting and finance and have good communication and interpersonal skills. St. Anne's uses QuickBooks to maintain our ledger, though experience is not necessary with QuickBooks.

If you feel called to serve this ministry or need more information, please contact Fr. Lee or one of the Wardens, Mark Ludwig (Senior Warden) or Frank Ierardi (Junior Warden).

Transforming Questions, Sign Up Now!


Are you someone who has been a Christian for a long time, but sometimes still wonders about the basics or just wants to get a better understanding of this thing we call faith? Or are you someone new to God and the Church who wants to get a better idea of what this Christianity thing is really all about? Then come join us here at St. Anne’s on Wednesday evenings from September 16 through November 18, 2015 at 7:30pm for Transforming Questions.

In this class, we will seek to move into deeper life in Christ by engaging in some of faith’s most basic questions: Who is Jesus? Does God answer prayer? How do I read the Bible? Why bother with Church? What do I have to do to be a Christian? Each week we will gather for a meal, hear a talk on one of the central questions of the Christian faith, and then join in small-group discussion. Through both listening and sharing, we will wrestle with these foundational questions in the context of faith and in the company of fellow seekers. As we do so, we will learn more about ourselves, one another, and the Jesus we are seeking.

Registration is required for the transforming Questions Class. Participants are asked to miss no more than one of the 10 weekly sessions as the material builds on itself and your presence is crucial to the small group discussions. We do realize that there may be a situation beyond your control. You may register by following this link and clicking on the registration button.

September 18-20
Rooted: High School Youth Retreat

Is Christianity relevant to youth today? Can it penetrate the many facets of life? Can it transform your life today?  What role do we as Episcopalians in the DMV play in the Christian mission? At EDOW’s Rooted Retreat, Youth, 9th-12th Grade are invited to explore these questions and many more.  Rooted provides space for Youth to develop, nourish, and grow their spirituality while offering focus on the person and teaching of Jesus Christ and His Church. Youth will examine and develop their faith in a relaxed, fun, informal, and loving atmosphere where it’s okay to question, test, and learn in community. Save the date for this retreat at the Bishop Claggett Center. For more information ask, Fr. Lee.

Wish List!

  • Contributions towards bush-hogging our meadows in the fall and mow out our drainage pond (required by the county!) is $1275 - if you are interested in making donations to help cover the restoration of our meadows and to help us not get fined by the county- please email Father Lee.
  • Contributions towards the upgrading of our "tech", please speak with Reed Owens, Steve Mullen, or Bill Mathews.
  • Contributions towards enhanced welcoming seating in the narthex.
  • Building a desk area with cabinet storage in the narthex for our new "welcome" center.

Dumbledore giving a reflection at our Hogwarts Eucharist.

Connect With Us

Please use link to our website for service times and other calendar information

Has St. Anne's made a difference in your life?

If so, we want to know! Sharing our own personal stories of transformation and what being a part of a faith community has meant to you is an essential part of our calling as Christians! It's the only way we can help God grow the Church. It makes a huge difference when people are looking for a community to be able to see how a community has helped others on their journeys.

Please consider sharing your story so that it can be included on our website and in our e-news. For more information email Fr. Lee.

September 30-October 2
Formation Leaders Retreat

This retreat is for Formation leaders-ordained and lay, part-time and full-time, volunteers or staff-who work with children, youth and/or family ministries. There will be opportunities for prayer, worship, renewal, consultations, reflections, and abundant conversations. The retreat will be held at the Bishop Claggett Conference Center. We will have speakers from the Center for Ministry and Teaching (Virginia Theological Seminary) and from Ministry Architects. For more information, please contact Iman Green.

Generous Giving Update

Estimated Giving to Date: $239,615

Total Needed for Balanced Budget: $273,865

Shortfall: $34,250 

How to Give to St. Anne’s Using Bill Pay (through your online bank account)

Giving to St. Anne’s is a great thing: you advance the Lord’s work in our community, you show that God is in control and has blessed you with what you have, and it just feels good to give. When you give online to fulfill your Generous Giving commitment (Pledge) through your bank’s Bill Pay using a recurring payment you don’t have to worry about forgetting your checkbook or being out of town.
Setting up a recurring payment through your online bank account is pretty simple. Though each bank’s website will differ slightly, the basic concept is the same for each. When you give this way the bank mails a check to St. Anne’s and does not charge you or the church anything. It’s a great way to pay your Generous Giving Commitment!
To setup Bill Pay with St. Anne’s as the payee:
1. Enter St. Anne’s Episcopal Church as a ‘Payee’ in the Bill Pay center.
2. For the address and telephone number, use:
     25100 Ridge Road
     Damascus, MD 20872
3. Create a recurring or “automatic” payment to St. Anne’s (making sure to choose an amount, start date, and frequency)
4. If you have the option to enter an account number, enter your pledge envelop number as your account number. Else, enter your pledge envelop number in the memo field. Doing this will help the counters ensure your contribution is correctly allocated.
How to Give to St. Anne’s Using a Credit Card
If you would rather pay your Generous Giving commitment via a credit card, you can do this through PayPal. Go to our donation page on our website ( and click on the Donate link) and then click on Donate under General Fund. Be sure to check the box to make the payment recurring. Note that PayPal charges 2.2% + $.30 per transaction. You may also go directly to our donate page on our website by clicking the image above.

Did you know?

Every time that you buy something from Amazon having entered Amazon through the link on our website we get up to 6% from the sale? Most of us shop on Amazon at least once in a while, so when you do, remember use the link on our website!

Serving August 2

  • David Engstrom

  • Reader/Chalicist; Mark Ludwig
  • Gospel Bearer/Chalicist; Christy McKendrew
  • Crucifer; Steve Potisk
  • Offeror/Torch; Stephanie Potisk
  • Torch; Virginia Schlosser
  • Ushers; Arturo and Maria Rodriquez
  • Counters; Christine Mathews & Elaine Espeland
  • Greeters; Bettianne Quinn & Cherian Eapen
  • Altar Guild; Sandra Clarke-Jones, Lois Carinci, Kristie Taylor
  • Flower Guild; Karen Mullen

Upcoming - Save the Dates!

  • Transforming Questions, Adult Education, begins Sept. 16, 2015
  • Acolyte Training, Sept. 20, 2015
  • WOSA, Wine Tasting, Oct. 2, 201

Contact Us

St. Anne's Episcopal Church
25100 Ridge Road
Damascus, Md 20872

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