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August 18, 2016

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)

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



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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.

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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 In September, 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


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Upcoming - Save the Dates!

  • Vacation Bible School, July 18-22

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Damascus, Md 20872

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