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.

Yard Sale Friday, June 7, 1pm-7pm and Saturday, June 8, 8am-2pm

The WOSA yard sale is quickly approaching.  In order to give more people an opportunity to shop, we are starting the sale Friday, June 7 at 1 pm.  But, we do need your stuff to sell.  Space is limited at church so please start collecting at home. You can start bringing in your items the last Sunday of May up to Friday, June 7.  Below is a partial list of items that usually sell:
Lamps, books, toys and games, shoes, jewelry, any clothing in good condition, purses, bikes, tools, sporting equipment, chairs (also good condition)

If you have any items that you need help getting to church, please contact me at phone (240) 683-0461 and I will arrange to have it picked up for you.  We will gladly accept small pieces of furniture in good condition.
Thank you in advance for your help and if you don’t have anything to donate, please stop by to SHOP.

St. Anne's Race Relations Ministry presents Traces of the Trade, A Story From the Deep North; Showings and Discussion

In 2006, the Episcopal Church passed a resolution apologizing for its complicity in slavery. In its announcement it urged dioceses and congregations to examine their historic ties to slavery and to recognize the economic benefits the Church derived from this de facto industry. In 2015 the 78thGeneral Convention of The Episcopal Church voiced frustration at the relative failure of its “repeated efforts at anti-racism training as well as racial justice and racial reconciliation initiatives” and voiced concern that the “sin of racism continue(s) to plague our society and our Church at great cost to human life and human dignity”. The members called on The Episcopal Church to “the challenging and difficult work of racial reconciliation through prayer, teaching, engagement, and action.”

In that light, the Race Relations committee of St. Anne’s requests your presence at the showing of Traces of the Trade, an 86-minute documentary that retraces the DeWolf family’s involvement in the Triangle Trade Network. As wealthy Episcopalians, the DeWolf’s were instrumental not only in developing Bristol, Rhode Island, but in providing economic resources to the Episcopal church. James DeWolf became the second richest man in America and owned the largest slave-trading company in U.S. history. Katrina Browne, the producer, is a decedent of this DeWolf family and was instrumental in calling on the Episcopal Church to discuss the original resolution.

We will offer viewings on:

  • Sunday, June 2 @ 12-2 p.m.

  • Tuesday, June 4@7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

  • Sunday, June 23 @12-2 p.m. 

  • Monday, June 24 @ 1-3 p.m.

Citation: General Convention, Journal of the General Convention of...The Episcopal Church, Salt Lake City, 2015(New York: General Convention, 2015), pp. 310-311.

Watch the Preview Below

Blessing of the Vines @Elk-Run Vineyard

The Blessing of the Vines returns to Elk-Run Vineyard. This is an ancient ritual to celebrate spring and bless the grapevines. Bring a picnic lunch (only non-alcoholic drinks can be brought to the vineyard). Join us at this beautiful local winery to enjoy an afternoon of music, wine and food.

We begin to gather at 1:00pm; Blessing Starts at 1:30pm; Music begins at 2:00pm

Holy Week at St. Anne's

Holy Week at St. Anne's

We are fast approaching the holiest week in the Christian Calendar. Holy Week is the last week of Lent, the week immediately preceding Easter or Resurrection Sunday.  It is observed in many Christian churches as a time to commemorate and enact the suffering (Passion) and death of Jesus through various observances and services of worship. While some church traditions focus specifically on the events of the last week of Jesus’ life, many of the liturgies symbolize larger themes that marked Jesus’ entire ministry.

In catholic tradition, the conclusion to the week is called the Easter Triduum (a triduum is a space of three days usually accompanying a church festival or holy days that are devoted to special prayer and observance). Some liturgical traditions, such as Lutherans, simply refer to "The Three Days."  The Easter Triduum begins Thursday evening of Holy Week with Eucharist and concludes with evening prayers Easter Sunday.

In order to get the full experience of God during this season it is important to try to attend all the services, as they flow from one to another culminating in the feast of the resurrection. Our Holy Week services are highly symbolic of the events leading to the crucifixion. This year, you will notice that the lights that are lit on Maundy Thursday greet us on Good Friday, only to be slowly extinguished as we mark Jesus' death on the cross. Then we proclaim the light of Christ again in our midst as we celebrate the Resurrection on Easter Morn.

I hope you will experience all that this Holy Week has to offer!

  • Palm Sunday, April 14, ONE SERVICE 10am

  • Wednesday of Holy Week, April 17, Stations of the Cross, 7pm

  • Holy Thursday (Maundy Thursday) and Agape Meal, April 18, 7:30pm

  • Good Friday, April 19, Meditation, Noon

  • Good Friday, April 19, Seven Moments Service and Veneration of the Cross, 7:30pm

  • Easter Sunday, April 21, Feast of the Resurrection with Brunch and Easter Egg Hunt, ONE SERVICE 10am

Every Wednesday During Lent; Simon Peter; Flawed but Faithful Disciple

Join us every Wednesday from March 13 - April 17 as we study Adam Hamilton’s Book, Simon Peter; Flawed but Faithful Disciple.

  • Sign Up Sheets will be in the parish hall or you can register through Realm. If you are not on Realm or not a member of our community, you are still welcome to attend, just email us here so we know you are coming!

  • Beginning March 13 and continuing every Wednesday through April 17.

  • Join for Stations of the Cross at 7pm, Class begins at 7:30pm through 9:00pm

He left everything to follow his teacher and possessed a passion that would change the world. That’s one way to describe Peter. Here’s another: poor, uneducated, quick-tempered, and full of doubts and fears. Doesn’t even sound like the same man.

Peter was just an ordinary guy who heard and followed God’s extraordinary call. Discover how you, too, have special gifts, talents, and abilities that God can use to make a difference today.

Buy the book through our website. Just click on the title and our site will bring you to Amazon and St. Anne's will get a percentage of the sale.

He left everything to follow his teacher and possessed a passion that would change the world. That's one way to describe Peter. Here's another: poor, uneducated, quick-tempered, and full of doubts and fears. Doesn't even sound like the same man. And that's the point of Simon Peter, a six-week adult Bible study.

A New Year's Message, Fr.Lee+

Just a few days ago many of us watched as New Year’s Eve celebrations staggered in around the globe. All of these celebrations had one thing in common; the celebration of the end of one year and the welcoming in of another – A New Year – A new beginning. Throughout our history we have celebrated the New Year as a time that offers new hope that each new year will be better than the last, not just for ourselves but for the entire world.
In this spirit people throughout the world often make resolutions for the coming year. Why? I believe that they reveal something about a longing deep inside of us. They present an invitation to exercise our god given human freedom and to choose a better way. Yet we cannot do it ourselves…we need God.
T.S. Elliot wrote, in Little Gidding, “Both bad and good. Last season’s fruit is eaten and the full fed beast shall kick the empty pail. For last year’s words belong to last year’s language. And next year’s words await another voice. What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make and end is to make a beginning.”
You see, every end can become a new beginning for all of us who have faith in a living God who invites us to begin again and again. God makes it possible by sharing the Divine Life with us. This is the gift of grace given to us and through receiving it we become what Peter called “partakers of the Divine Nature”. (2 Peter 1:4)
Through Christ we are made capable of beginning to live our lives differently – of choosing differently. Christ can make all things new within us and then continues the work of God by making all things new through us if we but choose the way of love that Christ taught us.
Millions throughout the world will utter sincere resolutions; promises made to oneself, others and even to God. In truth, many will not be kept. Mark Twain is reported to have said, “New Years Day – now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.” But it can be different…if we turn to the way of love… if we simply love.
May all of you choose the way of love this year  - I think you will find a Spirit willing to guide you and through the grace of God may each of us, living the way of love, help to make this New Year better than the last for ourselves, our community, our nation and the world.
Happy New Year and may the ”love that came down at Christmas”, shine brightly in your hearts.

Fr. Lee+

Fr. Lee's 2018 Christmas Message

“Love came down at Christmas. That’s what love is. To give, and not to count the cost.  To give, not for what one can get, but for what the other can receive. That what love is. God so loved the world that he gave,” said Presiding Bishop Michael Curry in his Christmas Message. 

Indeed Love came down to us on Christmas day – they named him Wonderful-Counselor, Prince of Peace, Emmanuel – God with us! It is the child Jesus, born into human poverty that has come to us to proclaim the Good News of the mercy and the love of God; to proclaim to us our salvation. 

As we gather to celebrate the birth of Christ, another year has passed with many events, public and private, that have touched our lives in many ways. There is no doubt that this year has brought joys and sadness in different measures to each person in our community and around the world, coloring our memories of 2018.

One thing I believe we can all say is that the last year has seen a diminishing in the Way of Love that Christ taught throughout the world. The world often seems so polarized that people have forgotten how to love those that are different from them.

Maybe this is the challenge for us this Christmas; A challenge to get more involved in the act of loving. Loving as God loves us…giving more of ourselves to help make our own communities a better place. Maybe we are called to let our souls magnify the glory of the Lord, as Mary’s did. 

May each of you receive the gift of love that came down at the first Christmas so long ago into your hearts, enabling you to magnify that love in your own souls, so that the Glory of God may shine bright in the year ahead. 


A Blessed Christmas to you all!


Fr. Lee+

Damascus HELP Volunteer Opportunities

St. Anne's continues to help local families through Damascus Help. Besides collecting food and providing other assistance many in our parish have volunteered there throughout the many years we have been involved since we were a founding member.

Damascus Help is continuing to look for additional volunteers. Opportunities include ODs, food drivers, pantry pick up helpers, and volunteers to be part of a furniture delivery team. Furniture delivery teams with their own trucks are in great demand as well as transportation drivers.

For all volunteer opportunities please contact Damascus HELP at 301-253-4100, or email dh20872@aol.com or www.damascushelp.org for additional information.

Help St. Anne's when you Shop Amazon this Holiday Season

Shopping on Amazon this Holiday Season?

You might not know - or you may have forgotten that if you use the St. Anne's Amazon link, we receive anywhere from 4-6% of the price of each item back as a referral fee. Every little bit adds up and helps our ministry. SO, if you are buying anyway, you may as well help out your faith community when doing so, right? And this is actually a higher percentage than we get through Amazon Smiles etc. 

The key is you HAVE to go through our Referral link: Which of course we are including!

Click here for St. Anne's Amazon Link

Women's March 2019

Activism...for Social Justice...Save the Date!


This column on Activism for Social Justice began in January 2017 after the Women’s March on Washington which turned out to be World Wide. There were about 3 million women and men on 7 continents marching for Women’s Health and Wealth and Safety that day.

This event, which I have begun to call World Wide Peace I, will happen again in 2019.  On January 19, 2019 -a Saturday- women and men will gather again in Washington DC to stand together to show strength in the belief that women have made necessary advances in health care, in the workplace, and in the need for an end to the violence against women. 

While there will also be Sister Marches in other cities, which gives the opportunity for more women and men to march, the March in DC is so close for us here at St. Anne’s that we can easily participate.

At this time, I am inviting you to Save the Date of 1.19.19 to march with the women of Saint Anne’s.  Men of goodwill at St. Anne’s are welcome to join us and march in support of women marchers and women’s issues.


The March itself begins at 10:00 am, however, one strategy which works quite well is to go later in the day by train or car and join the March for a few hours.  When the sun is setting or when your legs give out! return home by the train or car and call it a day.  That way you can be there for the support and the history and be able to take care of yourself at the same time.

If crowds make you nervous, think in terms of going to the March and walking or standing around the periphery.   Usually, one cannot hear the speakers, even thought they are amplified.  So taking a tablet  or cell phone and standing outside the crowd will give you the best chance of feeling secure and hearing what is said.

Think in terms of asking a friend or friends to join you.  Perhaps we can make a group of St. Anne’s parishioners and go together.  

All Things are Possible!

The Social Justice Committee

Outreach Volunteers Needed for New Neighbors

Our IFND Mission Group at Dayspring has taken on a new commitment, the support/case management of an asylee from the Congo. A 31 year old torture survivor who was  granted status as an asylum seeker, Ray is fluent in both English and French and has skills in IT. Our Mission Group was able to find housing for him in Montgomery Village, and to furnish his room. Because he was granted a work permit, he is working for a catering company in DC. He and we are hopeful that a better job in his field and closer to home may soon be found. The major need right now is providing him weekly transportation for grocery shopping and other possible errands. His work schedule is such that this could be done any weekday after 3:00 or on Sundays. 

We are covered through October, but beginning in November, I would like to have one person per week Ito fill this need. I will send his contact information to any who are willing to participate in this new venture, and will also let him know of the arrangements. I am also interested in receiving the names and contact information about others whom you know who may be willing to participate. Thank you so much!

I have listed below the weeks in November and December. Please reply to all if/when you can participate.

Weeks of:

  • November 4- 10

  • November 11-17

  • November 18-24

  • November 25 - December 1

  • December 2 -8

  • December 9 - 15

  • December 16 - 22

  • December 23 - 29

Hoping a few of you amongst this group may be willing, I am A grateful part of this inspiring mission,

Karen Johnson (karenebj@aol.com)
Please contact me directly to sign up!

S.A.Y (Saint Anne's Youth) News

1. THIS Sunday October 28 we will be having a Workcamp interest meeting right after church. All youth and adults who are interested in attending Workcamp next year should be in attendance as we need a good estimate in order to register. Next year's Workcamp will be a Week of Hope: Community Service in Pittsburgh, PA June 23 - June 28.

2. Following the Workcamp interest meeting, we will be heading to Butler's Orchard for some fun festivities (it's the last day of their Fall Festival)!! You don't have to be interested in Workcamp to come pick pumpkins with us! :) Estimated time frame would be 12pm-2pm. Please let us know if you can make it so we aren't lonesome picking pumpkins. EMAIL ME HERE!

3. We (SAY) will be adopting one the families for the Thanksgiving dinner donations during the month of November. So we will each take part in contributing items to the family's Thanksgiving meal.

4. SAY Christmas party Friday December 7 (tentatively - depending on availability). Join us for cookie baking, gift exchange, games, and Christmas movies! More details to come... so also let us know if this would be a good date for you.

5. Last thing! We are hoping to find a couple weekends to do some community service projects before the end of the year. We'll let you know what we come up with, but are more than open to your ideas!!

Thanks for staying tuned if you made it this far. :)
Have a wonderful week!

Bailey & Bailey