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August 26, 2016

Isn't She Amazing!

In our next newsletter you'll get to hear about Lib's visit with a few of our SAY members...but meanwhile doesn't LIB LOOK GREAT!

Help needed to get our grounds ready for the fall!

Our Sacred Grounds have made it through a challenging summer in flying colors.  Thanks to all who've made this vivid display possible.  Please feel free to cut some of the zinnias and cosmos in our raised beds to take home and brighten your home, or the home of someone else!  Flowers keep on blooming if they are cut and appreciated, so don't be shy in adopting them!

As the weather cools, we have lots of tasks to complete in preparation for winter.  Dead branches need pruning, weeds need pulling, the remaining mulch needs to be spread.  Please consider helping to care for the grounds at St. Anne's by attending one or both (!) of the two scheduled work afternoons: September 25th and October 16th.  They will commence after the 11:00 service and last for a few hours.    Your help is greatly needed and valued.  Please RSVP to Geri Drymalski at if you can assist with our stewardship efforts.  Thank you!

St. Anne’s Women’s Retreat Day

Saturday, September 24, 2016, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Led by Mother Vikki


With regard to spirituality, we each have a tendency to be drawn to certain sights, thoughts, sounds, and contexts that make us sensitive to the presence of the sacred.

Why does one style of worship, type of preaching, or type of music nourish us while another style leaves us feeling, “Meh, I can take it or leave it.”?

Our one-day retreat invites us to experience and reflect upon why we feel as we do about what feeds our soul and how we can strengthen our connection to God. Structured on the concepts presented in Rev. Dr. Corinne Ware’s book Discover Your Spiritual Type, we will explore together four types of spiritual expression that help us connect with the Holy. In the process we will also identify spiritual styles that we can integrate into our preferred style in order to expand our experience of the Holy.

Ode to the Olympics Vestry Blurb

  • The day after the swimming events ended: Party time is back!  Chris Mathews, head of Newcomers Ministry will soon be announcing the dates and locations for upcoming Newcomer dinners.  This is a chance for newcomers to St. Anne's to get to know us and for us to get to know them to make them feel welcomed.  Stay tuned...
  • Like Dutch cyclist Anemiek Van Vleuten who crashed and is back on her bike:The popular "Transforming Questions" class will be back for the Fall.  It will be held after the 10am service on Sundays.  
  • Like looking forward to Tokyo in 2020: Adult Forum will also be kicked off in the Fall.  This is intended for the St. Anne's community and also for the larger Damascus/Clarksburg/Upper Montgomery County community.  Slated to be held once a month, it will feature speakers presenting various topics sure to be of interest to attendees.
  • Like Jack Conger, Olympic swimmer awaiting his shot: Fr. Lee continues to recover from his car accident.  Although he is feeling much better, he still has not been cleared from physical therapy.
  • Like competing against Katie Ledecky: We are behind in both plate and pledge income for July by $10,000.  Our treasurer expects this to be made up for in the Fall or by year's end.
  • We don't want the Chesapeake to mirror the waters at Olympic Venues:  The "Baysaver" procedure to be performed in and around the area of Lake Carpenter will take place in the upcoming months.  It will cost $1300 and is required by the state to be compliant with the EPA.  
  • Shelter for the 41 year old Oksana Chusovitina, Olympic gymnast from Uzebekistan, 43 year old Kristin Armstrong, gold medal cyclist,52 year old Phillip Dutton, Olympic equestrian-all considered "seniors" at the games: Our affordable senior housing project, Mission First, should be supplying us with a mock up of what the building will look like sometime in September.  We will have a town hall type meeting to present to the congregation.  Right now, the best case scenario for groundbreaking will be in six months with the worst case at eleven months.
  • As new and innovative as "cupping" is to Michael Phelps: Mitchell Sams, Diocesan Communications Director, will be helping St. Anne's increase and enhance its social media presence in the upcoming months. 
  • Like required elements on the balance beam: The financial committee and members of the vestry will be meeting with Bishop Mariann on Nov. 16th to discuss financial matters.
  • As important as feedback is to platform divers: We will be conducting our annual Mutual Ministry Review in the Fall.  This is for Fr. Lee to note what the vestry is doing well and what needs room for improvement. Conversely, this is for the vestry to note what Fr. Lee is doing well and what needs room for improvement. 
  • Not every 4 years: The annual meeting will be held on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017.  Make a note of it!
  • Like requesting a new shuttlecock in badminton:  Tim Pacey will be collecting budget requests beginning in September.


Saturday,  Aug 27 2 pm to 5 pm


Chrystal's recommendation was actually her neighborhood pool so instead let's go to the public Germantown Outdoor pool at 18905 Kingsview Drive, Germantown 
240-777-8067.  Cost is $8.00 per person BRING ID.  Transportation is on your own.  Parents who want to stay are welcome. Hit reply all if you are coming so everyone will know who to look out for.

Germantown Outdoor Pool (GOP) 
Facilities include an eight lane, 25-meter Main Pool with one-meter and half-meter diving boards, a separate Leisure Pool featuring two water slides and two cross walk features, Tot Pool, snack bar, bathhouse, and lawn areas. Pool hours are noon to 6 pm

Godly Play at St. Anne's

Begins Sept. 11

Godly Play is an innovative Montessori-based curriculum that engages children in learning through storytelling, ritual, and hands-on activity. Godly Play is based upon the recognition that children have an innate sense of the presence of God. All they lack is the appropriate language to help them identify and express it so it can be explored and strengthened. The Godly Play approach teaches classical Christian language in a way that enhances the child’s authentic experience of God so it can contribute to the creative life of the child and the world.

We invite you to bring your children ages 3 yrs. through 5th grade to Godly Play classes while you attend the 10 AM worship service. You should bring your children downstairs to the classrooms for Godly Play by 9:55am. Your children are welcomed downstairs for Godly Play by our door person. The children gather outside the classroom and as they are ready, they are invited, one-at-a-time, to go inside and build their community. They will experience  the telling of a story and then have some time to respond freely through wondering or art materials or by using the story materials themselves. After that, they’ll once again come together as a group to share a feast. The Godly Play teachers will lead the children upstairs to worship during the Passing of the Peace so that they can join their parents for Holy Communion.

Our Youth Opportunities are Expanding!

As part of the new diocesan regional structure we will be working in collaboration with other churches in the Northern Montgomery County area. Recently youth workers from the churches in the region got together....


What happens when a bunch of youth leaders get together?
We decide we want our youth to get together as well!
To do this we have come up with a theme of “Sacred in the Secular” – Where does our faith come into play in the current world?  We will be gathering once a month, on the 3rd Sunday, from 4-5:30PM.  We will be joining forces with other Episcopal churches in the area to provide some fun large group activities for all youth in middle & high school.  Our goal is to mix some games, food and provoking conversations into a fun time for all.  We can carpool from St. Anne's to the other churches.  Who knows - you may even know some of these youth from other churches and not even know it.
Our schedule will be -
  • Sept. 18th - St. Nick’s - New School Year, theme: repentance, returning and starting again
  • Oct. 16th - St. John’s - Halloween - theme: all souls, all saints; service in a graveyard????
  • Nov. 20th - Ascension - we are hoping this can be a time of theological reflection for some work at the soup kitchen which is in Gaithersburg which we hope to go to quarterly...
  • Dec. 18th - St. Peter’s -consumerism and commercialism
  • Jan 15th - St. Anne's - Epiphany - How does Christ's manifestation to the world occur in us as we look at Martin Luther King and our new president...
Faithfully, Bettianne



Saturday, September 17, 2016, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM


Location: St. Margaret's, DC, 1830 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC US 20009


Cost: $20.00


Register Here

Dementia has been called the “theological disease” because it affects our language, long-term memory and ability to plan the future—aspects of life that we ascribe to what makes us human.  Yet God does not abandon us during any illness, nor do we stop growing spiritually.  

Creating Dementia-Friendly Churches is for caregivers, church members, clergy, neighbors, and anyone interested in this disease and how we respond to it.  We will explore the science as well as the spiritual aspects, and create strategies for improving ways that we cope with dementia, particularly in our church communities.  

Miss last Sunday's Sermon? Listen to In Christ's Gaze by clicking image above.

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Sunday Services 8am and 10am

Our Calendar contains up-to-date information

SAY (Saint Anne's Youth) is ready to wash your car!


This Sunday, August 28, 8:30-Noon

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.

Join this exciting new ministry!

At The Episcopal Churches General Convention, the House of Bishops and House of Deputies authorized a little known section of Book of Common Prayer titled An Order for Celebrating the Holy Eucharist to be able to be use as the primary service at congregations. Originally this was not intended for use on a regular basis with the congregation gathered, but was a guide for times of celebrating Eucharist outside of the congregational setting.

The change allowing this to be used at a principal celebration is exciting as it allows greater flexibility in worship while keeping us tied to the form and order of our tradition. We have been taking advantage of this even prior to General Convention (with Bishop Mariann's permission of course!) with our occasional use of Eucharistic Prayers from other parts of the Communion or which have been written by Father Lee and/or adapted by Father Lee from other sources.

As we continue to find ways to enhance our worship to allow God to speak to many people in many and varied ways, Father Lee would like to form a Worship Ministry. If you have artistic and creative ideas for worship that either bring in a new element or enhance elements from our Anglican past then maybe this ministry is for you! There is so much that we can do with our worship - which was always meant to be sensory - through creative use of art, smell, name it. But Father Lee can't do this alone - it take careful planning and works best with a ministry team. If you have questions, ask Father Lee, and if you are interested sign up in the parish hall and Father Lee will get in touch with you,

Did Father Lee Say? Start Date Changed!

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 after the 10am worship on Sept, 11th, 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!

Peter Will Anderson to perform live at St. Anne's
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

St. Anne’s Hikers

Thirteen people have completed our hiking survey. Most classified themselves at the intermediate level and comfortable with a distance of 3 to 6 miles. About half are available any day of the week. We're targeting our first hike for the weekend after Labor Day. 

These group hikes will be open to all members of St. Anne’s and their friends. If you are interested in joining this group, please complete the survey at The survey will remain open through the end of August. 

We are fortunate to have Geri Drymalski in the group. Geri works for Montgomery Parks and she is familiar with many of the Montgomery Parks trails. She is a naturalist and leads hikes on these trails for the general public and she will be able to lead some of our weekend hikes.

Hosted by Saint Anne's Men (SAM)

Back by Popular Demand!



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 at here at St. Anne’s on Sunday's beginning Sept. 18th - Nov. 20th following our 10am worship 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.

The class is open to anyone, please sign up in the parish hall, so that we may prepare the proper materials.


Upcoming - Save the Dates!

  • August 28, SAY CAR WASH 8:30am - Noon
  • September 4, Community Concert -4:30pm
  • September 11, What Did Father Lee Say, After 10am worship
  • September 18, Transforming Questions, After 10am worship
  • September 18, Northern MoCo Youth Meeting, 4:00, St. Nick's Darnestown
  • September 20, Vestry Meeting, 7:30pm
  • September 24, WOSA Retreat 9:00am
  • September 25, Sacred Grounds Work Day, After 10am worship
  • October 16, Sacred Grounds Work Day, After 10am worship
  • October 16, Northern MoCo Youth Meeting, 4:00pm, St. John's Olney

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Damascus, Md 20872

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