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Week of August 16, 2015

Sunday, August 16 last day for School Supplies

Below are some suggested items especially in need for the school supply drive.  
Our greatest need is for markers, highlighters, colored pencils, dividers, loose leaf paper, spiral notebooks and composition books.
Also, the food pantry is currently out of fruit.  So if you are able, please pick up any variety of canned fruit or fruit-cups such as apple sauce, peaches or fruit cocktail.  I will have another bin in the narthex for this collection.
Thank you for your consideration.  Together we make a difference.


St. Anne's Arts Ministry busy preparing an exciting season

The Arts Ministry of St. Anne's has been busy planning a full and incredible season over the summer. They are in the process of finalizing the dates for the last couple of concerts of the season and then will announce the concert dates. Here is your sneak peak! (so you can save the dates!) Please note that performances as part of our Community Concert Series are supported through Freewill Donations.

Redwine Jazz (Community Concert Series); September 27; 4:30pm

One of our biggest hits in the past, we are pleased that Ben Redwine and Redwine Jazz will be kicking off our season on September 27th! In addition to leading his popular traditional-style jazz band, the Redwine Jazz Band, Ben is a Selmer Paris performing artist, and a Canyes Xilema reed performing artist. He has recorded for Mapleshade, Naxos, Big Kahuna, and AmCam record labels, and composed and performed new music for 1920s era silent films featuring actors Charley Chase and Harry Langdon, released on DVD box sets by All Day Entertainment. 

The Alexandria Kleztet (Community Concert Series); Nov 1; 4:30pm

Exciting and innovative, The Alexandria Kleztet has been combining traditional Eastern European/Jewish music with diverse influences for more than a decade.  New arrangements of traditional melodies and original songs by members of the band draw upon jazz, classical, world beat, rock and other musical genres to create a unique and entertaining sound.

The band is based in the Washington/Baltimore area and has performed throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, including annual appearances at the Kennedy Center and regular concerts at the Peabody Institute.  They began touring internationally in 2007 with an appearance at the Semanas Musicales festival in Chile.

The Uncalled For Trio (Ticketed Event); Nov 22; 4:30pm

Internationally acclaimed storyteller Andy Offutt Irwin is back! This time with the famous - or is that infamous trio of Andy, Bil Lepp, and Kim Weitkamp as they get ready for their annual Christmas show tour.

Bil Lepp is a nationally renowned storyteller and five time champion of the West Virginia Liars’ Contest. His outrageous tall-tales and witty stories have earned the appreciation of listeners of all ages and from all walks of life, from elementary school to veterans’ homes, churches to colleges and festivals to formal dinners.

Kim Weitkamp shares her original stories and songs to delighted audiences of all ages. She is a storyteller, singer, songwriter, author and recording artist and a recipient of two Storytelling World Awards.

Andy Offut Irwin is a storyteller, humorist, singer, songwriter, musician, whistler, walking menagerie of sound effects and dialects, and so much more; some of his talents are hard to categorize. The recipient of numerous awards, Andy has also toured with the Kandinsky Trio.

Other Shows
  • December - St. Anne's Musicians in Concert
  • February - EYA - Eya is an award-winning vocal ensemble based in Washington, DC specializing in the interpretation of medieval music for women’s voices.
  • March - Karin Loya and Bob Mitchell - A pipe-centric Celtic duet featuring Scottish "indoor" small pipes and cello (known for its place in 1700’s Scottish musical history).  The unique blend of instruments captures the vibrancy as well as the subtlety of Scottish pipe music and other Celtic traditions
  • April - Red June - With a dynamic yet refined sound featuring striking three-part harmonies, electrifying instrumental work, and honest, soulful songwriting, Asheville NC’s Red June has been capturing the hearts of audiences all across the country. A power trio consisting of Will Straughan on dobro and guitar, Natalya Weinstein on fiddle, and John Cloyd Miller on mandolin and guitar, the three seamlessly blend country, bluegrass, and American roots music with a dash of indie rock sensibility to create something entirely original and inspiring.

Be a part of St. Anne's Business Directory!

Do you, a relative, or even a close friend own a business? Let your fellow parishioners know!
Please send your Name, Business Name, contact information, brief description of products/services that are offered to Christina More via email (click by to email, the subject line will fill out automatically.)
In addition, as part of the Vestry's visioning planning, we are currently seeking quotes for possible upgrades/improvement to our church property in the near and distant future.
We would love to use parishioners' (or family or friends) businesses for these projects that involve the following:
  • Carpentry/General Remodeling
  • Electricians/Electrical contractors/Lighting
  • Flooring/Carpeting
  • Windows
  • Roofing/Ceiling
  • Metal workers/welding
  • Masonry
  • Painting/Power Washing
  • Decking/Pavillions
  • HVAC
  • Kitchen-Commercial applications
  • Bathroom Remodel
  • Paving/Sealing/Blacktop/Parking lot line painting
  • Furniture
To be considered for this work, please let me know and I will get the details to you!  Thanks!
Christina More

Searching for a New Treasurer

The vestry needs to elect a new Treasurer in October. The newly elected treasurer will not take office until January 1st which gives time for a smooth transition and to "train" the incoming Treasurer.

A good candidate for this VITAL ministry should like details, be experienced with budgeting and finance and have good communication and interpersonal skills. St. Anne's uses QuickBooks to maintain our ledger, though experience is not necessary with QuickBooks.

If you feel called to serve this ministry or need more information, please contact Fr. Lee or one of the Wardens, Mark Ludwig (Senior Warden) or Frank Ierardi (Junior Warden).

Wish List!

  • Contributions towards bush-hogging our meadows in the fall and mow out our drainage pond (required by the county!) is $1275 - if you are interested in making donations to help cover the restoration of our meadows and to help us not get fined by the county- please email Father Lee.
  • Contributions towards the upgrading of our "tech", please speak with Reed Owens, Steve Mullen, or Bill Mathews.
  • Contributions towards enhanced welcoming seating in the narthex.
  • Building a desk area with cabinet storage in the narthex for our new "welcome" center.

Miss last Sunday's Sermon? Listen to Kind, True and Necessary, by The Rev. Lee Davis online.

Connect With Us

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

Transforming Questions, Sign Up Now! (Deadline is September 6th)


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 here at St. Anne’s on Wednesday evenings from September 16 through November 18, 2015 at 7:30pm 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.

Registration is required for the transforming Questions Class. Participants are asked to miss no more than one of the 10 weekly sessions as the material builds on itself and your presence is crucial to the small group discussions. We do realize that there may be a situation beyond your control. You may register by following this link and clicking on the registration button.

Generous Giving Update

Estimated Giving to Date: $239,615

Total Needed for Balanced Budget: $273,865

Shortfall: $34,250 

How to Give to St. Anne’s Using Bill Pay (through your online bank account)

Giving to St. Anne’s is a great thing: you advance the Lord’s work in our community, you show that God is in control and has blessed you with what you have, and it just feels good to give. When you give online to fulfill your Generous Giving commitment (Pledge) through your bank’s Bill Pay using a recurring payment you don’t have to worry about forgetting your checkbook or being out of town.
Setting up a recurring payment through your online bank account is pretty simple. Though each bank’s website will differ slightly, the basic concept is the same for each. When you give this way the bank mails a check to St. Anne’s and does not charge you or the church anything. It’s a great way to pay your Generous Giving Commitment!
To setup Bill Pay with St. Anne’s as the payee:
1. Enter St. Anne’s Episcopal Church as a ‘Payee’ in the Bill Pay center.
2. For the address and telephone number, use:
     25100 Ridge Road
     Damascus, MD 20872
3. Create a recurring or “automatic” payment to St. Anne’s (making sure to choose an amount, start date, and frequency)
4. If you have the option to enter an account number, enter your pledge envelop number as your account number. Else, enter your pledge envelop number in the memo field. Doing this will help the counters ensure your contribution is correctly allocated.
How to Give to St. Anne’s Using a Credit Card
If you would rather pay your Generous Giving commitment via a credit card, you can do this through PayPal. Go to our donation page on our website ( and click on the Donate link) and then click on Donate under General Fund. Be sure to check the box to make the payment recurring. Note that PayPal charges 2.2% + $.30 per transaction. You may also go directly to our donate page on our website by clicking the image above.

Did you know?

Every time that you buy something from Amazon having entered Amazon through the link on our website we get up to 6% from the sale? Most of us shop on Amazon at least once in a while, so when you do, remember use the link on our website!

The Readings This Week

1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14
Psalm 111
Ephesians 5:15-20
John 6:51-58

Serving August 9

  • David Engstrom

  • Reader/Chalicist; Christine Mathews
  • Gospel Bearer/Chalicist; Bill Mathews
  • Crucifer; Anne Schlosser
  • Offeror/Torch; Virginia Schlosser
  • Torch; Silvana Tipson
  • Ushers; Mary and Dana Grubb
  • Counters; Peggy Owens, Frank Ierardi
  • Greeters; Arturo Rodriquez, Bettianne Quinn
  • Altar Guild; Sandra Clarke-Jones, Lois Carinci, Kristie Taylor
  • Flower Guild; Lois Carinci

Upcoming - Save the Dates!

  • Stewardship Planning, August 24, 7:30pm
  • Transforming Questions, Adult Education, begins Sept. 16, 2015
  • Acolyte Training, Sept. 20, 2015
  • WOSA, Wine Tasting, Oct. 2, 2015

Contact Us

St. Anne's Episcopal Church
25100 Ridge Road
Damascus, Md 20872

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