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August 4, 2016

School Supplies  -Deadline August 14th

With summer vacations in full swing, our collection of school supplies is not doing very well and we only have until Sunday, August 14 for collecting.  Please purchase any school supplies you can (crayons are not needed as much but are accepted) and drop off in the blue bin located in the narthex.  If you are purchasing a backpack, plain colored ones are the best ones to purchase.
Thanking you in advance for your participation in this worthwhile cause.
Mary P.


Saint Anne's Men invites ALL Members and Friends (not just the men) to get out and about!

St. Anne’s Men (SAM) is planning to put together a series of group hikes in local parks beginning in September. These group hikes will be open to all members of St. Anne’s and their friends. We have put together a survey to help us gauge interest in group hikes. Please complete the survey at at your earliest convenience. The survey will remain open through the end of August. Thanks!

All men are automatically members of St. Anne's Men. If you are not currently attending SAM events, but would like to, please see Steve Mullen or ask Father Lee!

Thanks -
What a wonderful month of July!  Twenty Nine teenagers from multiple churches, not just ours, joined forces to “Catch the Wave of God’s Love” here at St. Anne’s.  They taught 14 children 5 different Bible stories, and shared their enthusiasm for science, PE, music, art and snacks while gaining SSL hours as well.  One of our counselors was Nathan, who has special needs, who also was also able to join in the fun and helped in many different ways.  For some of our campers it was their first time at camp and by the end of the week you could not tell it. A banner was made about our first story of Creation that will hang in the crying room for our youngest children who need a space to move about. Collectively since our church picnic this group put in over 735 hours into making the camp such a success.

For 8 of these same youth this camp came just 2 weeks after they had been away on a work camp service trip to Vienna, Virginia.  There we served along with 50 other people in the following ways:
  • Grounds work around the church (Kadija)
  • Went to a Nursing home and interacted with the people (McKenna)
  • Worked in 2 different thrift stores (John & Isabelle)
  • Joined the counselor staff at a day camp – me
  • Helped in a camp for homeless kids – (Daniel)
  • Helped in a preschool environment – (Ian)
  • Helped move families who were in one apartment complex to another (Preston & Christal) The families they helped were ones that seeked help after being in an abusive scenario
I am so proud of our youth.  They have given of themselves this summer and want to do it again next year.  So be on the lookout for more car washes and other special events as we prepare to go and serve the Lord in new places and new ways next summer and throughout the year.


Montgomery County Interfaith Refugee Resettlement Neighbors

Currently, MCIRRN, of which we are a founding member, is assisting in the resettlement of three families in our local area. Help is needed in so many ways for these families as they struggle to make a new life for themselves out of the threat of violence and oppression. If you are interested in helping in any way, please contact Cindy Lippert, Pam Brewer or Kristi Taylor.

The Hassan Family comes to the United States from the Sudan. They are an extended family of 10, husband, wife, 4 children, fathers parents and sister, and one other grandmother. They are all in the process of learning English and are looking for entry level employment. Some of their most urgent needs are food panty supplies, diapers and wipes, toiletries, clothing, school supplies and even just some social activities.

The Rabee family comes from spending several years in a Jordanian Refugee Camp. The family consists of the parents and three boys. They also are learning English and are waiting for employment from their job coach. They were so happy to meet "Americans" and feel like they are welcome here. Some of their urgent needs are grocery and transport gift cards, books, toys and games for their boys. If your favorite bakery is hiring someone, the father is a baker!

The Al Humayer Family also comes to us from spending years in a Jordanian Refugee Camp. The parents have three children, one teenage girl and two teenage boys. The children are currently being registered in school and GED programs. The father is looking for work, he was an electrician in his former home. One of their needs is grocery and gift cards,

In addition, if you can occasionally help to deliver furniture or supplies to any of the families that MCIRRN is helping, please let us know.

Announcing the First MoCo Interfaith 5k!

Despite what we often hear and read in the news, people from different faiths often get along with and cooperate with each other wonderfully! As a symbol of our mutual respect you are invited to the first MoCo interfaith 5k!
A Faithful 5K for Everyone
Monday, September 5
 6 am - 730 am - Set up
7 am - Late packet pickup/Festival starts
8 am - Kids Fun Run (2 heats)
815 am - 5k Walk/Run
945 am - Winners announced
10 am - Festival ends

Maryland Soccerplex in Germantown 
18031 Central Park Cir
 Boyds, MD 20841

See flyer and visit

Have a Ministry Idea? Need funds? Congregational Growth Grants are now available.

Diocesan Council on Tuesday approved the first batch of growth grants made possible by increased congregational contributions to the diocesan operating budget.

The five grants ranged from $3,000 to $20,000 and will support Latino and campus ministry initiatives as well as new worship services and musical offerings.

“The Council was energized and excited by the evangelistic focus of the grant proposals."  Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde said. “It affirmed our hope that with increased financial capacity, EDOW congregations would gladly and creatively reach out to their communities. These grants represent the first step on what I pray will be a rewarding journey for us all.”


Grants will be awarded in amounts between $3,000 and $20,000 and will be disbursed over a 12-month period (with potential for reduced or expanded time according to circumstances and with special written permission from the Bishop’s office and Diocesan Council).

To allow the greatest opportunity for parishes to benefit, in this inaugural year, grants are being disbursed on a one-time-only basis (unless otherwise deemed necessary or desirable by the Bishop’s office and Diocesan Council). However, parishes are encouraged to re-apply in cases when a worthy idea has been incubated and further partnership with the Diocese would be helpful to bring about results.

Priority consideration will be given to applications that

  • Foster collaborative parish ministry within the Diocese
  • Remain consistent with the priorities of the Diocese
  • Focus on evangelism, worship, mission and/or justice work with one or more of the following underserved communities: Teens, Young families, Young adults and college students, African American, Latino and/or other communities of color.
  • And/or demonstrate a clear need for which other funds may not be available.

Given the purpose of these grants, they will not be awarded to support budget shortfalls. In general, they will also not be awarded to support parish staff, building maintenance or capital improvements, although special projects requiring support, such as collaborative ministry and space rentals may be considered.

Grant applications with profit as outcome–no matter what the motive–will not be considered. If an initiative earns revenue, it may be appropriate for funds to be reimbursed or some other disbursement be approved by the Bishop’s office and Diocesan Council.

Diocesan Council will give final approval to applications based on recommendations from a committee of the Bishop, Church House staff, and members of Council.

Recipients will be required to accommodate two site visits during the initiative from Bishop’s staff. One-two page reports will be required on a quarterly basis. Progress of initiatives will be regularly reported to the Diocese through diocesan publications, at regional meetings and diocesan convention.

The Deadline to apply for the next cycle of grants is September 15, 2016. If you are interested in learning more, please see Father Lee.

Recently Rewarded Grants

Church of the Ascension in Gaithersburg received $20,000 for expanded outreach to the Spanish speaking community in its immediate neighborhood with the possible inclusion of the local campus of Montgomery College. The Rev. Javier Ocampo will lead the ministry.

A partnership comprising Church of the Epiphany in Forestville, Christ Church in Clinton, St. Barnabas, Leeland in Upper Marlboro and St. Christopher’s in New Carrolton received a $10,000 grant for quarterly events that will use jazz and hip hop to reach out to young adults and families in Prince George’s County.

“Partner parishes will provide a jazz night on Friday nights as a way for people to come out and enjoy and evening of fellowship,” the congregations wrote in their application. “We will invite them to come to one of our churches on the following Saturday or Sunday and invite the featured band to participate in Sunday services. When the band is hip hop or contemporary gospel we will hold a Saturday service focused on outreach to young adults.”

Saint Paul’s, K Street and St. Patrick’s in the District received a $10,000 grant to revitalize campus ministry at the George Washington University. In their application the parishes said they would hold an event for incoming students in the fall and spring; provide a contemplative study space with free coffee, tea and light refreshments during midterm and final examinations; offer a monthly sung Compline service and provide “a ministry of presence at one of the student hangouts on campus on a weekly basis.”

The Church of Ascension and Saint Agnes in the District received $9,000 to develop a monthly Sunday evening service that it describes as “a ‘contemplative casual’ alternative to ‘contemporary

Praise’ worship.” The service, which will begin on a nine-month trial basis, will be aimed at young adults including those who are unfamiliar with or estranged from the church, and will conclude with a meal in the parish’s undercroft. The growth grant will pay for the services of a four-person choir and is contingent upon confirmation of partnership with nearby parishes.

Christ Church, LaPlata and Christ Church, Wayside received $3,000 for “Mass on the Grass,” an outdoor, midweek worship service to be held on summer evenings. Worship services “will be supplemented by a book study series for an increasing majority of parishioners at both parishes who are relatively new to the Episcopal Church,” the parishes said in their application.

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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?  Beginning August 14, we will be grabbing a drink and snack, and coming 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!

Announcing the First Concert of Community Concert Series

September, 4, 2016 4:30pm

St. Anne’s is thrilled to present Bethesda-born twin brothers Peter and Will Anderson on Sunday, September 4 at 4:30 p.m. as the opening concert of their 2016-2017 Community Concert series.  An extraordinary woodwind duo and excellent showmen, they offer exciting arrangements of jazz classics and fresh original music—a full range of jazz forms and styles.  They performed  tributes to Artie Shaw and the Dorsey Brothers, with the latter selling out 30 performances.

As teenagers Peter and Will were selected internationally for Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead, the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra and the National Young Arts Foundation.  They were drawn to the music of Charlie Parker, Lester Young and John Coltrane at a young age.  They toured the United Kingdom at age 15 and, after several years of study with saxophonist Paul Carr, they both attended Juilliard in New York City, where they now reside.

The brothers have headlined at The Blue Note, Jazz @ Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center and numerous jazz festivals, including the New Orleans Jazz Festival.  They have performed in more than 35 states in the U.S., toured Japan and have been featured four times in New York City’s famed Highlights in Jazz series.

Their acclaimed discography includes Reed Reflections, Déjà vu , Correspondence, Music of the Soprano Masters, and A Sax Supreme.

Sunday, September 4, 2016, at 4:30 p.m., with a reception following the concert


Are you aware of all the sponsors of our tournament?

If not, go here and check them out, please be sure if you are in need of any of the services that they provide to give them a call!


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  • Vacation Bible School, July 18-22

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