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Saint Anne's Episcopal Church

Weekly News, February 23, 2017

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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!
This Sunday's Readings
40 Day Journey With Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Our Lenten Reflection and Study on the writings of Bonhoeffer begin The first week of Lent. It's not too late to buy your book and join in the Study. For the first session, no reading is necessary, we will have a brief introduction to Bonhoeffer and give the instructions for how the study will be done. There are currently two groups, although anyone can set up another study group (Just Let Father Lee know!) Group time is a time to reflect further on your own journey with Bonhoeffer and reflect together on questions that the book asks. There are no right or wrong answers - the study is really meant to see how you connect with Bonhoeffer and how his writings lead you to a deeper understanding.

The groups are:

Sunday - 9am in the Parish Hall - BEGINS Sunday May 5
Wednesday - 7:30pm in the Multi-Purpose Room - BEGINS Wednesday May 8


40-Day Journey with Dietrich Bonhoeffer introduces Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a well- known and courageous German theologian and Lutheran pastor, who during the Nazi period was imprisoned and killed and whose writings have inspired and influenced Christians around the world.

You may purchase the book by clicking here to go to our webshop

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A Call to Love


St. Anne's Annual Giving Campaign
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SAVE THE DATE! Bishop Mariann Budde will be conducting her Bishop's Visit of St. Anne's on the last Sunday of Lent, April 2nd. Not only do we hope to have a great turn out for the Bishop, but we would like to have a SPECTACULAR turnout as we honor founding member Lib Cain for her continuing service to the Church as she establishes a small community at Raphael House where she is living. It is not uncommon for our Eucharistic Visitors to have a crowd of 9-10 people at Rapheal House. Way to go LIB!

It's Free! It takes only a couple hours a week! It's not a dream! AND it can change your child's  life (grandchild, nephew, niece....AND YOUR'S TOO!)

What if you knew there was a well researched and statistically proven program that on average can,
  • increase the average life expectancy of your children by 8 years
  • significantly reduce your child's use and risk from Alcohol, Tobacco and Drugs
  • dramatically lower their risk of suicide
  • help them rebound from depression 70% faster
  • dramatically reduce their risk for committing a crime
  • improve their attitude at school and increase their school participation
  • reduce their risk for rebelliousness
  • reduce the likelihood that they would binge drink in college
  • improve their odds for a "very happy" life
  • provide them with a life-long moral compass
  • provide children with a caring extended family
  • get them to wear their seatbelts more often
Really? Is there such a thing?

YES there is! And it's supported by research from Duke University, Indiana University, The University of Michigan, The Center for Disease Control, Barna Research Group, Gallup, Pew, and the National Institute for Healthcare Research, and several national surveys.

Are you interested in such a thing?

Take a look at the above list again. 
It's not a dream. 

The program is called "active church participation."

In study, after study, after study, children who actively engage in a faith community on a regular basis are rewarded with SIGNIFICANTLY reduced likelihood of life problems and risky behaviors, and stand to significantly improved their odds of a happier, healthier, and longer life. These studies show the same results for adults as well.

St. Anne's offers so much for our youth (and adults too!) from Godly Play, Nursery Care, S.A.Y. - a new children's choir (remember those great short songs during Advent?!) But, none of it makes a difference if parents don't bring their children, adults skip church regularly, AND IF WE DON'T spread the word and invite, invite, invite! 

Take advantage of some of these benefits of active church participation for YOU, YOUR FAMILY, FRIENDS and NEIGHBORS (choosing the right church does make all the difference and we believe that we offer what it takes to make a difference - so we'd love to see them at St. Anne's!)
  • Promotes healthier society
  • teaches service to others
  • teaches acceptance and love of diversity
  • teaches love of all creation
  • teaches children to be better behaved
  • provides social support 
  • boosts immune system and lowers blood pressure (GREAT FOR ADULTS!)

PRAY for our Growth

Food Collection for the Homeless

SAY (Saint Anne's Youth) is collecting food for 200 homeless men at the shelter on Gude Dr on Sunday March 12.
We are in need of the following items:
  • Oatmeal
  • Bagels
  • Cream cheese
  • breakfast bars
  • fruit cups
  • 100% juice or milk – 
Please sign up on the link below if you can help!   (or sign up at church)

If you have any questions, please email Bettianne at


Godly Play (age 3years to 5th grade)

This week, Mark will tell "The Holy Family" story in  Godly Play.  This story is central to all the other stories in our classroom and is kept on display right behind the storyteller.  The children will learn a little bit about Mary, Joseph, the shepherd, the wisemen, and of course, Jesus.  This story is the jumping off point to the "Faces of Easter" story that begins March 5th!  Use the link below to view the story with your children so that you can wonder together.  This is a wonderful introduction to the getting ready time which is Lent and to the mystery that is Easter.  The Godly Play team
"The Holy Family" Godly Play
The Holy Family

Help your children learn to Sing! and help them learn self-confidence too!

Have them join the new children's choir being headed up by Lynn Fleming - singing helps with dictation, speech, and performing in front of the congregation helps to overcome fears and is a boost when they are older giving children more self-confidence!

The new children's choir rehearses as part of the Godly Play program - children can join anytime - just have them show up!

for more information contact Lynn Fleming 

S.A.Y. (Saint Anne's Youth, Middle School and High School)

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL //CAMP ST. ANNE'S HAS BEEN SET TO JULY 17 - 21, 2017.  Mark your calendars!!!  Super Hero Central here we come!!

After a fun time at Laser tag it's back to helping others. Our next program will be gathering & organizing food to serve 200 men breakfast on Sunday March 12. The  food will be gathered before the church service starts, then delivered to the shelter after church for their breakfast on Monday 3/13.
I am asking everyone on this list and the congregation  to help with buying the food. We will need individual packets of oatmeal, breakfast bars, fruit cups, 100% juice or milk boxes, bags of bagels and money to cover the cost of individual packets of cream cheese. If you can help purchase some of this food please sign up here:

I will also need youth to come at 9 am on Sunday to set up a receiving line for the food.  SSL hours will be given for the time on Sunday and / or if you can help deliver the food to the shelter.  I'd like to have at least 6 youth helping that Sunday morning.  Please let me know if you can help on Sunday, March 12.

NEW - Sunday March 19 - 
is our next regional meeting.  We will go to Ascension Church in Gaithersburg from 4:30 - 6 (Leave St. Anne's at 3:45) and make "Manna Bags."  These bags are similar to our toiletry bags we did in December and it will be SSL eligible!

NEW - Sunday March 26 - 
SUPER HERO VBS kickoff meeting!!    SSL eligible –After church 11:30 – 1:30  Come see and discuss our summer camp curriculum for Camp St Anne’s on July 17-21

Striving  for  Justice  &  Peace by Robin M. Warfield

The Celebrant: Will you strive for Justice and Peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?
The People: We will, with God's help.

“To refuse to struggle against the evil of the world is to surrender your humanity; to struggle against the evil of the world with the weapons of the evil-doer is to enter into your humanity; to struggle against the evil of the world with the weapons of God is to enter into your divinity.”
Mahatma Gandhi, quoted in The Feast of Life by John Poulton

In January 2017, the US President signed an Executive Order concerning immigration and contained within are threats to withhold federal funding to cities and counties that refuse to comply with the details of the order. Mayors in New York, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Syracuse, New Haven, Austin and others are planning to resist these orders and if necessary, forego funding.  There are 39 Sanctuary Cities and 364 Sanctuary Counties in the US.  According to the Center for Immigration Studies there are about 300 jurisdictions : cities, counties and states qualifying as Sanctuaries in the US.1

Sheffield England offers a model for Sanctuary Cities in the way it took in immigrants from South America, Kosovo and Africa during the last three decades of the 20th century.

The Church has long held itself to be a Place not only of Worship but also a Place of Asylum for those needing protection against lawlessness and unjust laws.

TO REFUSE TO STRUGGLE at this time while men and women and children are having their lives uprooted and destroyed would be to SURRENDER OUR HUMANITY.

TO STRUGGLE against the Evil of the World with the weapons of the evil-doer is to ENTER INTO OUR HUMANITY.

The people of St. Anne’s entered into our humanity when we marched in the two marches January 21st and January 27th. We were the People Peaceably Assembled.

In the past St. Anne’s has provided asylum, shelter, and help to those seeking  freedom from human trafficking and poverty. In the present we are providing assistance to families recently arriving in the US.

Like the Mayors of these large Sanctuary Cities, and Counties, is the Episcopal Church declaring itself Sanctuary for Immigrants. In some dioceses, yes. In particular before the Executive Orders, “many Episcopalians were recommitting to support refugees and finding new ways to extend their advocacy. And those efforts are expanding.” Approximately 800 churches of many faiths have joined the ranks of the Church as Sanctuary.  2

What about St. Anne’s ?

TO STRUGGLE against the Evil of the World with the weapons of God is to ENTER INTO OUR DIVINITY.”

Jesus said… Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. 3                                    Matthew 22:38

With God’s help we will. And as always, I hope you find this respectful.   RMW

1.   Center for Immigration Studies Website Map of Sanctuary Jurisdictions
2.   Episcopal News Service  February 1, 2017 by Pat McCaughan
3.   King James Version

StationsXof the cross

Experience the Passion in a pilgrimage for Art Lovers
March 1-April 13

A Unique Exhibit Using Works of Art to Tell the Story of the Passion in Challenging and Contemporary Ways

On the day he dies, Jesus walked the Via Dolorosa through the streets of Jerusalem. This journey is commemorated by the Stations of the Cross. Across the chaos of two thousand years, this tourturous path resonates with current events for people of various faiths and backgrounds. Jesus' words upon the cross, "Why have you forsaken me?" speak acutely to the anguish and alienation felt by many today, from undocumented immigrants to religious, racial and ethnic minorities across our society.

This unique exhibit - held in 14 locations across Washington, D.C. - uses the works of art to tell the story of the Passion in a new way., for people of different faiths. Instead of easy answers, the Stations aim to provoke the passions: artistically, spiritually and politically.

The Stations weave through religious as well as secular spaces, from cathedrals to museums. The art on display runs the gamut from Old Master Paintings to contemporary site-specific art installations. In this pilgrimage for art lovers, viewers travel across the District, from the United Methodist Building adjacent to the Supreme Court, to the National Cathedral.

Visitors will be able to take this tour by downloading maps and podcasts from the Stations website, along with a custom-build app: Alight: Art and the Sacred, available in the I-Tunes store. You can use the app now to take a virtual tour of the stations in the London Exhibition of 2016. Details about prayer services, lectures, performances and other associated events across Washington D.C. will be forthcoming on the Stations website.

Community Concert Series Event THIS SUNDAY!

Elisabeth Von Trapp, Sunday, February 26, 2017, 4:30pm

JOIN US and SPREAD THE WORD about this AMAZING performance


Really for Life Kick Off


Eating all things fat and helping the fight for cancer too! Our Kick-Off for Really for Life will take place at Pazzo Pomodoro, 2051 Chestnut Branch Way, Clarksburg, MD 20871 on Tuesday, February 28th from 4-9pm. Come one and come all to eat, drink and be merry before Lent. Co-Hosted by St. Anne's and the Clarksburg Area Chamber of Commerce, Pazzo Pomodoro will donate 10% of all food and drink sales to Relay for Life. 

Ham it Up for the fight Against Cancer

Easter...yes you heard that right...Easter will be hear before you know it. Now is the time to start planning your holiday gathering with family and friends. Order your HoneyBaked ham, turkey or sides now through the following link and St. Anne's Relay for Life time will get 10% of the proceeds. Orders must be placed by Monday, April 10th and can be picked up at St. Anne's. The pick up time is still TBD, but we will let you know ASAP.


Something Different?

We are doing something a little different in March. Instead of having our regular book club meeting on Monday, March 20, we will meet on Saturday, March 25 from 10 a.m. to noon at Robin Warfield's home to discuss the book she has presented to WOSA for discussion: "Things Fall Apart," by Chinua Achebe. (She has promised us really good food, too!)

Here is the Amazon review of the book:
One of the most widely read novels from Nigeria's most famous novelists, Things Fall Apart is a gripping study of the problem of European colonialism in Africa. The story relates the cultural collision that occurs when Christian English missionaries arrive among the Ibos of Nigeria, bringing along their European ways of life and religion. In the novel, the Nigerian Okonkwo recognizes the cultural imperialism of the white men and tries to show his own people how their own society will fall apart if they exchange their own cultural core for that of the English. 

Here is the Amazon link:

Kindle: $9.99
Paperback: $16.99
Hardcover: $16.14

We had quite a discussion at the February book club about this book, which only Mary Grubb had read--and she only read the second half. To assuage some of your concerns, I am also including this user review from Amazon:
One of the best books I've ever read, in my top five of all time, and I'm an English professor, so you know I've done some reading. I believe I read it in a matter of two or three hours the first time because I was desperate to know what was going to happen to Okonkwo and his kin with the invasion of European colonization. Do not be put off by what you may have heard about the violence and/or cruelty; there are a few parts where the content is a little rough, but the unflinching lack of sentimentalism - the matter-of-fact tone - makes the events tolerable. I teach a lot of folks who are older teens/early twenties, and honestly, I don't think this is a book that should be taught in high school or at the undergrad level because I think it actually helps to have some life behind you when you read it for the first time. If I knew in advance (which I never do) that I was going to have a class full of people over thirty, I would use it in a class without question. I would also say it's a must-read for men because of its powerful depictions of the conflicts between fathers, sons, and just male kinship relationships in general. Achebe also gives great insight into two strong powerful female characters, his second wife and one of his daughters, even though they have a minimal amount of page time.

SAM (Saint Anne's Men)


Saint Anne's Unveils Plans for Affordable Senior Housing.
Answers to FAQ's can be found on our website by following this link.

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!
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