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Week of Dec. 13, 2015

This Sunday we celebrate Gaudete Sunday, the third Sunday of Advent. The name comes from the first word of the traditional Introit for the day, Gaudete. The Latin word Gaudete means rejoice and is marked by the use of the rose colored candle in the Advent great, and in some churches rose colored vestments. It especially marks the nearness of the Lord's Coming. It is especially appropriate that since we are the Living Body of Christ in the world today, that we mark this special Sunday in Advent with our reminder of what the Eucharist is about, sending us forth from our Worship to be Christ in the world. This Sunday we will be making breakfast bags for distribution to both a men's and women's homeless shelter. 

Moving Toward our Goal!

We are getting closer to our goal - have you made your commitment to support St. Anne's in the coming year? As of Dec. 7th here is where we stand for our Generous Giving Campaign for 2016.

Total Estimated Giving to Date: $249,040
Estimated Need for 2015 (to balance budget): $276,728

Total Number of Planned Givers (as of Dec. 2): 58
Number of Planned Givers Last Year: 65

As you can see we are still $27,688 short of our goal. If you have not yet made an estimate of giving to support our community of faith in the new year - please join us! You can make your estimate online through the following link.

If you prefer not to submit your estimate online, you may pick up a giving card at church and place it in the offering on Sunday or mail them to the church office. Thanks in advance for your support!

Stewardship Committee

Christmas Worship

Dec. 24, 2015 Family "Candlelight Nativity" Service 5pm, Festival Feast of The Nativity 10:30pm

Two wonderful and beautiful opportunities to Worship and Celebrate the Birth of Our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Our Family Service will take place at 5pm. This year we will tell the story of the Nativity through music and short bible passages as we create a Candle Nativity. Children will carry the candles and place them in the Nativity Scene as the story unfolds, they can even dress the part's if they want! After the Candlelight Nativity, we will share in the Eucharist and close the service with the passing of Light sung to Silent Night.

Later in the evening, at 10:30 we will begin with a musical interlude by the St. Anne's Choir and Jubilate Ringers, St. Anne's Brass, and more, that will lead us to our Festival Mass of the Nativity. This is a traditional worship service with all the bells and whistles!

Calling All Elves!

To help get ready for Christmas unless you want our Church decorations to look like this! Help "Green the Church" on Dec. 20th after our worship service. We need help hanging the garland, wreaths and ribbons, not to mention decorating the trees!  We can't make our space worthy of the Birth of Christ without your help!
St. Anne's Book Club

The St. Anne's Book Club will meet next on Monday, January 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Audrey Engstrom. (We will not meet in December.)

We will discuss "Circling the Sun: A Novel," by Paula McLain.

If you're purchasing the book on Amazon, be sure to go there via our St. Anne's website, and St. Anne's will receive up to 5 percent of the sale price of the book.

About the book:
Paula McLain, author of the phenomenal bestseller "The Paris Wife," now returns with her keenly anticipated new novel, transporting readers to colonial Kenya in the 1920s. Circling the Sun brings to life a fearless and captivating woman—Beryl Markham, a record-setting aviator caught up in a passionate love triangle with safari hunter Denys Finch Hatton and Karen Blixen, who as Isak Dinesen wrote the classic memoir "Out of Africa."

Brought to Kenya from England as a child and then abandoned by her mother, Beryl is raised by both her father and the native Kipsigis tribe who share his estate. Her unconventional upbringing transforms Beryl into a bold young woman with a fierce love of all things wild and an inherent understanding of nature’s delicate balance. But even the wild child must grow up, and when everything Beryl knows and trusts dissolves, she is catapulted into a string of disastrous relationships.

Set against the majestic landscape of early-twentieth-century Africa, McLain’s powerful tale reveals the extraordinary adventures of a woman before her time, the exhilaration of freedom and its cost, and the tenacity of the human spirit.

Cathryn Conroy
Last Week Father Lee received a special and most unexpected gift from unexpected friend. Listen to The Gift by clicking image above.
Hear this moving story of a refugee family by clicking the above image. Not the refugee you might expect!

Connect With Us

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

Notice of Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of the Parish, required by our By-Laws will be held on Sunday, January 24 after our 10am worship service.

Ministry Reports need to be submitted no later than Sunday, Janary 17th for inclusion in the Annual Report.

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Community Concert Series

  • Jan. 31; 4:30pm - The Dixie Power Trio
  • Feb. 19; 7:00pm & Feb 20; 4:30pm - The Gospel of Mark Live!
  • April 3; 4:30pm Cello-Bellow
  • May 1; 4:30pm = The Flower Hill String Band

Not to Late to Join the Planning Team!

At this years relay for life, St. Anne's made a HUGE impact and were even a "silver" team! Each year we have been increasing our involvement in this important community event, not only to raise awareness and make an impact for cancer research but to raise awareness of St. Anne's.

We are now seeking people to join the planning team to plan our involvement in the Clarksburg 2016 Relay For Life. If you are interested in helping us make an impact and want to help raise awareness of Our Community, please let Cindy Lippert know.

Buy Ham and other goodies and support our Relay for Life Team!

As we approach Christmas and prepare to feed the hoards, save yourself some time and order ham or other goodies from Honey Baked Ham!

Just follow this link:
Enter Code WFFTDB

Orders will be able to be picked up here at St. Anne's on December 21st. A percentage (10%) of all sales will go towards our Relay for Life. Share with family and friends and invite them to join in the Fight Against Cancer!

Haven't joined our Relay for Life Team yet you can do so now! Just Click Here!

This Sunday's Readings

Zephaniah 3:14-20
Philippians 4:4-7
Luke 3:7-18
Canticle 9

Serving this Sunday

  • Terri Winder

  • Reader/Chalicist; Cathryn Conroy
  • Gospel/Chalicist; Mike Low
  • Crucifer; Anne Schlosser
  • Offerer/Torch; Lily-Jean Schlosser
  • Torch; Virginia Schlosser
  • Ushers; Arturo and Maria Rodriquez
  • Counters; Jean Hampton, Mimi Hampton
  • Newcomers' Greeters; Pam Brewer, Bettianne Quinn
  • Altar Guild; Janet Low
  • Flower Guild; Audrey Engstrom

Upcoming - Save the Dates!

  • Damascus Y-Women, Dec 15 2015; 9:00am 
  • Transforming Questions, Adult Education, Dec.14, 2015; 7:30pm, Pazzo Pomodoro
  • Living the Eucharist, Dec. 13; during worship
  • Youth Work Camp Planning Meeting, Dec. 13; 11:30am

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25100 Ridge Road
Damascus, Md 20872

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