Information Night on Sightlines; A program on the Spirituality of Aging

This Sunday 5pm! All Welcome! No need to register!

Interested in the Spirituality of Aging? OR - Would you like to guide those who are aging in their spirituality? Then join us for an info night on the Sightlines program.

  • Sunday, October 20, 2019

  • Church of the Ascension in Gaithersburg

  • 5pm - 7pm

  • Leaders: Our own Eugene Wright and Susan Walker (diocesan SIGHTLINES coordinator)

  • Heavy snacks, constituting a light supper, on hand. EDOW will order and pay.

  • All welcome to learn more about SIGHTLINES: lay and clergy, friends, community folks. No charge!

The goal of this 2-hour program is to offer an overview of the full 6-week series, subtitled “Spirituality and Purpose for the Path Ahead”. We hope participants will like what they hear and sign up for the full program. This is in response to regional interest in the topic of Spirituality and Aging.

Our presenters will be The Revs. Susan Walker (diocesan SIGHTLINES Coordinator) and Eugene Wright, a trained facilitator and deacon serving in our region. A light supper will be served. There is no charge! This is now open to all, whether registered or not: if you have latecomers/last-minuters, they will be welcome.

Learn More about Sightlines, a program on the Spirituality of Aging

Join us for an info night on the Sightlines program.

  • Sunday, October 20, 2019

  • Church of the Ascension in Gaithersburg

  • 5pm - 7pm

  • Leaders: Our own Eugene Wright and Susan Walker (diocesan SIGHTLINES coordinator)

  • Heavy snacks, constituting a light supper, on hand. EDOW will order and pay.

  • All welcome to learn more about SIGHTLINES: lay and clergy, friends, community folks. No charge!

  • Announcement/registration portal coming late August. Meanwhile, spread the word

Did you know St. Anne's offers E-Learning for Christian Formation?

You may not be aware but St. Anne's offers an online learning portal so that you can partake in different types of studies from the comfort of your own home - on your schedule, and at your pace. The online learning allows you to watch videos, read information, answer questions and interact with anyone else who may want to take the same course. Even if no one else is currently taking a course, Fr. Lee, will be notified of your participation and will review your progress and answer questions along your learning journey. Courses are added regularly and there is no cost to you to participate!

Learn about the Episcopal Church in courses such as:

  • Introducing Episcopal Worship

  • The Episcopal Way

  • What Bishops Do

  • The Episcopal Tradition

  • and more...

Discover the Walk in Love Series:

  • The Sacramental Journey

  • Making TIme

  • Basic Beliefs

  • The Church

  • The Trinitarian Life

Discover new ways to pray:

  • Praying with Poetry

  • The Anglican Rosary

  • and more...

Learn about Racial Justice:

  • Spirituality and Racial Justice

  • Theology and Racial Justice

  • and more...

Help develop your family's spirituality:

  • Start a Family Devotional Time

  • Holy Habits for Children

  • and more...

All you need to do is set up your account for our online learning and you can start learning today! Please note that after two months of inactivity you will need to contact Fr. Lee to restore your access, this keeps us from paying for students not active in a class.

To set up your account just go to the following link which will also teach you how to take a course.

Register for St. Anne's On-Line Academy

Protest to demand action on Gun Violence


[Religion News Service] A group of clergy protested outside Sen. Mitch McConnell’s office on Tuesday (Aug 6), calling on the Republican Senate majority leader to take action to address gun violence in the wake of two mass shootings over the weekend.

The band of around two-dozen faith leaders, who called themselves the Coalition of Concerned Clergy, prayed and challenged what they said was the Senate’s inaction on the issue of gun violence.

Helping lead the event was the Rev. Rob Schenck, who serves as president of the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Institute, a nonprofit organization that addresses social issues from a Christian perspective. He listed a number of possible policies lawmakers could pass to address gun violence, such as universal background checks or “extreme vetting” for citizens wishing to purchase an assault rifle, but stressed the issue is a moral one.

“As a Christian … we are required to rescue those who are perishing, to come to their aid, and the Bible says if you fail to do it God will hold you to account,” Schenck, who is also a founding signer of an evangelical Christian pledge to take action on gun violence, told Religion News Service. “That’s our message to the senator today. Maybe he fears the NRA more than God. He shouldn’t.”

Also in attendance was Bishop Mariann Budde, the Episcopal bishop of Washington, D.C. A longtime advocate for gun violence prevention, Budde said Congress could pass a number of laws to prevent future bloodshed.

“I am among those who believe weapons of war don’t belong in the hands of civilians,” she said. “We’ve just been lulled into this sense of false helplessness that I find to be one of the greatest manifestations of sin that we need to fight against.”

Speaking to the crowd a few minutes later, Budde compared the scourge of gun violence to the rash of lynchings in America’s past, expressing hope that future generations will recollect mass shootings with disdain and disbelief.

“We will look back on these days and wonder how it was that we could have been so collectively aligned to such a needless proliferation of weapons meant to take human life,” she said.

As they stood outside McConnell’s office, faith leaders read the names of those recently felled during mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.

Bless - Sharing and listening to the stories of life, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's Way of Love Podcast

When we practice blessing on the Way of Love, we walk with others, listening to and sharing stories, journeying into a deeper relationship with the living God we have known in Jesus Christ. In this episode, Bishop Curry and Canon Stephanie Spellers talk about how we are called to care for each other; how we can seek, name, and celebrate Jesus’ loving presence in the stories of all people (including ourselves); and how we can live in gratitude for all the blessings of this life.

Learn - Letting the Word master us; Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's weekly Way of Love Podcast

hether you’ve read the Bible several times through or haven’t opened one in years, there is always spiritual growth possible through reading and reflecting on Scripture—especially the life and teachings of Jesus. More than just memorizing verses, we are called to dwell in and reflect on God’s word, letting it form us on the Way of Love.

Lights for Liberty, July 12 7-9pm, pin Baker Park Band Shell Frederick, Maryland

From Lights for Liberty:

We are a coalition of people, many of whom are mothers, dedicated to human rights, and the fundamental principle behind democracy that all human beings have a right to life, liberty and dignity.

We are partnering with international, national, regional and local communities and organizations who believe that these fundamental rights are not negotiable and are willing to protect them.

On Friday July 12th, 2019, Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Concentration Camps, will bring thousands of people to locations worldwide as well as to concentration camps across country, into the streets and into their own front yards, to protest the inhumane conditions faced by migrants.

Worship - Putting God at the Center, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's Way of Love Podcast

It can sometimes be hard to worship regularly. With competing priorities, everyday stresses, and our otherwise busy lives, we might ask, “Why should I have to go somewhere else in order to worship a God who’s all around me?” In this episode, Bishop Curry teaches about how regular worship can both help us to deny self-interest as the main aim of life and also re-center our lives on God.

Rest - "At Peace with the One who Made You; Weekly Podcast with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry

In this weeks episode Rest - At Peace with the One who Made You we learn that In a world that often confuses rest with sleep or passive consumption or a means to do more later, God invites us to dedicate time for restoration and wholeness – within our bodies, minds, and souls, and within our communities and institutions. By resting, we place our trust in God, the primary actor who brings all things to their fullness. But that doesn’t mean resting is always easy. If rest is so good and so important, why do so many of us find it so difficult to practice?

10 Years of Joy

Ten years ago on this day I stood as Bishop Leopold Frade, then Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida,  proclaimed and asked:

“As a priest, it will be your task to proclaim by word and deed 
the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and to fashion your life in 
accordance with its precepts. You are to love and serve the 
people among whom you work, caring alike for young and 
old, strong and weak, rich and poor. You are to preach, to 
declare God's forgiveness to penitent sinners, to pronounce 
God's blessing, to share in the administration of Holy 
Baptism and in the celebration of the mysteries of Christ's 
Body and Blood, and to perform the other ministrations 
entrusted to you.

In all that you do, you are to nourish Christ's people from the 
riches of his grace, and strengthen them to glorify God in this 
life and in the life to come.

My brother, do you believe that you are truly called by God 
and his Church to this priesthood?” (BCP 531)

I answered, “I believe I am so called.”

Then, after the invocation of the Holy Spirit and the laying on of hands, something transformative happened. I became a priest. For the last 10 years, I have been inspired by, loved by, consoled by, and lifted up by all of the different people that I have had the sacred honor to serve. Everyday for the last 10 years, I have been witness to the incredible faith of Christ’s body in the world today. Every year, for the last 10 years, I have experienced the joy in this vocation. Yes there are times that are hard, challenging, and make me want to scream…but in the end there continues to be joy.

I don’t know how to be anything less than a joyful priest. Yes, I am human, so some days I may be cross or be in a foul mood, but when I sanctify God’s people through the sacraments there is nothing but joy in my heart. I do not know how to do it any other way. I became a priest because of the joy that Christ speaks of in the Gospel; a joy that overwhelms our hearts and must be shared. It is that joy that I spend my time trying to pass on to God’s holy people so that they may pass it on to others, friends, family, and strangers alike.

Ten years…and I realize that it is still just a beginning. I remain humbled every time I approach the altar to break the bread and to share the living presence of Christ. On this day, I thank all of you who have allowed ,and continue to allow, me to serve you, to absolve you, to offer God’s blessing to you, to feed you, to preach to you, to anoint you, to love you, and for simply allowing me to be your priest.

Interested in the Spirituality of Aging? OR Would you like to guide those who are aging in their spirituality?

Father Lee+, along with the clergy in the Northern Montgomery County Region and +Bishop Chilton, our Assisting Bishop, are putting together an informational session on a program called Sightlines.

As we get closer to the groundbreaking on our Affordable Senior Housing, it is important that we begin to prepare for how we will interact with our future neighbors and begin to train those who are interested in this ministry to those who are aging.

Sightlines is a project on the spirituality of aging co-sponsored by Seabury Resources for Aging and our Diocese and is designed to provide a space and structure for exploring the challenges and the rewards of aging within a spiritual context.

The project has several goals, among them, building community among older adults, fostering spiritual wellbeing, and identifying opportunities for meaning and purpose.

Sessions combine reflection, directed discussion, video and audio presentations, poetry and more to guide participants on their spiritual journey of aging.

We anticipate the information session to be held this October. The session is for ANYONE who has an interest either as a participant in the program or as someone to be trained to offer the program. It is our hope at St. Anne's that some of you, may not only wish to be participants, but that some may choose to be trained to offer this to our future neighbors in our senior housing. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

Pray - Spending Time with God; Weekly Podcast on the Way of Love by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry

More than simply going through a daily routine, prayer can be an opportunity to be authentic with God and ourselves, to connect with each other, and to be transformed. In this episode of The Way of Love with Bishop Michael Curry, we’ll think about the many ways we can listen for and respond to God’s voice in our lives and in the world.

Take Me Out to the Ballgame!

Once again SAM (Saint Anne’s Men)  presents St. Anne’s night at the Frederick Keys 

  • Date: Saturday, July 27

  • Time: 6:00 pm (Gates open at 5 pm)

  • Location: Nymeo Field at Harry Grove Stadium, 21 Stadium Drive, Frederick, MD

  • Teams: Frederick Keys (Orioles) vs. Potomac Nationals (Wash. Nationals)

  • Cost: $11 adults (13-59); $8 Children (3-12), seniors (60+), & active military

See Tim Pacey or John Catlin for tickets

What is the Way of Love? Weekly Podcast from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry

The deep roots of the Christian tradition offer a spiritual path toward deeper relationship with God, neighbor, and self. For centuries, monastic communities have shaped their lives around rhythms and disciplines for following Jesus together. Such a pattern is known as a “rule of life.”

When we commit to turn, learn, pray, worship, bless, go, and rest, we are engaging in and growing a rule of life. But what does that really mean? In this episode, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, along with hosts Kyle Oliver and Sandy Milien, teaches us how we can use the Way of Love to train up our spirits, just like athletes train their bodies.

Affordable Senior Housing Update

Following our latest required Community Meeting, which was held on May 21st, the Preliminary Plan was submitted to the county on Tuesday of this week. The first round of meetings and county approval was for the "conditional use" permit that is required for us to build the building with our current zoning.

The preliminary plan goes into more detail and approves the subdivision of our property. During this time the county will review even more aspects of the design such as forest conservation, etc. making sure that conditions set by the examiner for the conditional use permit have been followed. Mission First our partner in this project will also now begin to secure all the financing and contractors for the project.

Keep the prayers going as we are in the hands of the county as far as timing. But we are getting closer and we will be breaking ground before we know it!

Strawberry Sunday, This Sunday, June 2

This Sunday, WOSA will be dishing up some ice cream, strawberries and whipped cream!

We are having our annual Strawberry Sunday to benefit a new girl, Jani, who lives at Our Little Roses’ Home for Girls in Honduras.  We send them a yearly pledged amount, mostly from individual donations by WOSA’s members, but also from free-will offerings for the sundaes, which they use to educate, feed and empower girls who would otherwise grow up in poverty.  

With all the warm weather, this is a win-win situation.  A delicious sundae to keep you cool and support for a wonderful orphanage that WOSA has been supporting for many years.
Thank you.