Weekly News of St. Anne's Episcopal Church, Damascus, MD
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Saint Anne's Episcopal Church

Weekly News, Oct 6, 2016

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“Let us go forward in Christ's name as a community of faith; to grow in faith through worship, witness and love for one another and our neighbor”
— St. Anne's Mission Prayer

Welcome to St. Anne's Episcopal Church, an inclusive community of faith located in Damascus, Maryland, the "northern star" of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington. We invite you to establish roots in the rituals, tradition, and fellowship of the Episcopal faith. All are welcome!

Get the Scripture Readings for This Sunday

Godly Play (age 3years to 5th grade)

This week, we will have another story using the Desert Box!  We can't get the whole desert in our Godly Play classroom so we will use just a piece of it to learn the story!  Reed will be telling the Exodus story where the People of God found their way to Egypt because there was no rain where they were living.  Pharoh wouldn't let them leave so Moses implored him to "let my people go."  What happened next?  Lots of drama but with God's help, the People of God found their way to freedom.  Below is a link to click on this story to review it with your child during the week.  Or, if your child can't attend this week's session, use it to keep pace with our class.  As always, community is a huge part of the Godly Play experience and so we want to share the story with your child in person, along with "the feast" and "music time" this week with Lynn!  Join us!

Watch the Godly Play Story "The Exodus" below
"The Exodus" Godly Play
The Exodus

Fields Of Faith (Middle School and High School Students and their Parents!)

Fields of Faith is a peer-to-peer movement where thousands of students from accross the nation and world gather on a local school's athletic field to share stories and challenge each other to apply the Bible as their "game plan for life" Watch the promo video below.


If you know of something you feel the church should be spending money on next year – to improve our grounds, our buildings, or other areas of our ministry where, frankly, money is needed, now is the time to suggest it!  Please send me information on how much you need and why and how you would like to spend it, and I’ll put into the budget that the vestry will discuss in November, and vote upon in December.  I cannot guarantee your request will be granted, but if you ask, we will prayerfully consider getting you the funds you need.
Please email me (Tim Pacey) with your request (or write the information down and leave it in treasurer’s mailbox in the church office downstairs) by Sunday, October 30,  so I have time to add to draft budget for discussion at November vestry meeting.
Tim Pacey


Sam and Eggs

HUH? What the heck is Sam and Eggs? No it's not a sequel to Dr. Zeus' Green Eggs and Ham - but it is an opportunity to bring your appetites!

On Sunday, October 30, St. Anne’s Men will be dishing up a treat during coffee hour following the 10:00 service.  We will be serving omelets, sausage and biscuits, along with some special coffee.  All we ask is your generosity to contribute to a free-will offering to cover the cost of the food.  Please come out on the 30th and bring your appetites.

Music to be integrated into Godly Play and A Children's Choir...

“Bach gave us God’s Word, Mozart gave us God’s laughter, Beethoven gave us God’s fire.  God gave us music that we may pray without words.” This famous quote resonates with me. Songs I learned as a child have remained with me and in times of great joy and great crisis have sustained me.

What does this mean to the people at St. Anne’s? A CHILDREN’s Choir!!! At the moment we are incorporating song into our Godly Play time, and if we can get a few more youngsters (and teens!!) we can make a really joyful noise in church. The immediate goal is to have the children participate in advent by singing one or two songs; next year (2017) let’s shoot for an advent play!

For more info or questions, see me at the 10am service, or contact me via text or email (301) 922-0398,


S.A.M. (Saint Anne's Men)


All Saint Anne's Men and their friends are invited!

Friday Night Dinner and Discussion

Friday, October 7, 7pm

New York J&P Pizza
26027 Ridge Road, Damascus, MD 20872

Miss Teen USA

Yup - you read that right - one of our very own youth, Kadija Shaw, is trying to raise the funds needed to compete in Miss Teen USA. Kadija has been very active in our youth group and has a passion for helping others. She and her mother often attend the 10am service. One of the things that she stated is that she believes she has a role in "molding youth for a better tomorrow". She also believes that through this she will be able to talk more about her own Christian Faith to other youth, many who may not realize the importance belonging to a faith community.

The youth are going to donate $100 towards her goal of $950. If you would like to help, visit her Go Fund Me Page.

Nursery Update

Thanks go out to LYNN for providing us with our needed extra pack-n-play...The schedule for the nursery is being worked out now - if you would like to volunteer please email Father Lee - the time committment would be an occasional Sunday from 9:30-11:30 for our volunteers.

Another Way to Support Damascus Help

The Damascus CROP Walk will take place on Sunday, October 9, 2016 at the Damascus Regional Park starting at 2:00 pm. The 3.6 mile walk is safe and ideal for families, youth and other groups. The walk symbolizes the miles people in some parts of the world must travel by foot for food and water. Damascus HELP receives 25% of the money raised to HELP locally. The other 75% is for worldwide hunger relief. Online registration is available. Go to or call Co-chairpersons Kay Orr, 301-253-4901, and Helen Mahylis, 301-802-2449 to register or donate.

Refugee News

Our efforts to assist new refugee families –new neighbors --in our area are ramping up!  Dayspring Church in Germantown is sponsoring a family, and Pam, Cindy and I have been thinking about how St. Anne’s can contribute.  In the meantime, we have been praying for our new neighbors, for our collaboration with Dayspring, and for the Montgomery County Interfaith Refugee Resettlement Neighbors.

As I’ve written in this newsletter before, I am afraid and worried about this effort, but feel called to do this anyway – to work through – and in spite of – that fear.  I am praying, talking with others, and learning, and am looking forward to moving from preparation to action.  I’ve learned a lot from the resources on the Lutheran Social Services website helpful, especially this Facts Not Fear worksheet.  Please join Pam, Cindy and I in praying for this effort, and talk to us about it.  And be on the lookout for more information next week.  

–Kristie Taylor

Saint Anne's Hikers

These are the hikes we have planned for October. Note that the dates for the C&O Canal and Appalachian Trail hikes have been switched.
  • Oct 8 - Little Bennett Regional Park starting at the Hyattstown parking area at 10 AM. 
  • Oct 15 - C&O Canal between Point or Rocks and Catoctin Aqueduct, a round trip of about 6 miles. It will include seeing the historic B&O station at Point of rocks, a lock and lock house at Lander and the aqueduct. (lead by David Engstrom)
  • Oct 22 - Appalachian Trail from Washington Monument to I-70.  Up & back about 6.1 miles. Trail head at Washington Monument is 31 miles from church (lead by John Catlin).
  • Oct 29 - Black Hill Regional Park - Ten Mile Creek Trail (lead by Kristie Taylor)

Please Email Steve Mullen for more information

What Did Father Lee Say?

So what crosses your mind  during, maybe during or at the short meditation following Father Lee’s sermons?  If you can hold the thought until after church, why not come join us to share it?  Grab a drink and snack, and come into the chapel area to take an opportunity for a brief discussion of the sermon (or maybe the readings) during coffee hour.  All ideas and anyone welcome.  This will be short – no more than 30 minutes expected.  If you are interested, just stop by!

Have Ideas? Topics? Want to help us grow and reach out to others?

As we continue to find ways to reach out to our community and also to provide those of us who are members of St. Anne's with opportunities for spiritual growth we would like to introduce an Adult Forum Series perhaps monthly.

Father Lee is looking for one or a few people to take part in a new ministry planning topics and coordinating speakers if necessary. If you are interested please email Father Lee.
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