Bishop Invites Feedback on Growing In Love

Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honour. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.
Romans 12:9-13

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has asked all members of the Episcopal Church, all of us who belong, as he says so often, to the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement, to commit ourselves to The Way of Love -- seven spiritual practices for a Jesus-centered life. This is not a new program, but rather an ancient way of life, drawn from the deepest wells of the Christian faith.

The seven spiritual practices of the Way of Love are:

Turn: every day, to intentionally turn toward Jesus, committing ourselves to follow him.

Learn: every day, to read passages from Scripture and other spiritual texts, with particular focus on Jesus’ teachings and the stories of his life.

Pray: every day, to set aside time--it needn’t be long--for intentional prayer, allowing God to speak in our heart.

Worship: to gather, once a week, around Jesus’ table in Christian community.

Bless: to choose, every day, to offer blessing, to be a blessing to those we meet, consciously loving as Jesus loves, forgiving as Jesus forgives.

Go: to venture out, stretching ourselves to be present in places where there is great need, or where others see the world differently. This is the call to justice and mercy, with a heart willing to be sent where God’s love is needed most or where we have something important to learn.

Rest: to remember that our souls and bodies need rest, that as God rested on the 7th day of creation, so we are to rest, in order to be strengthened and renewed.

This summer, I’m setting aside time to plan for a year’s worth of preaching, teaching and writing on the Way of Love and related spiritual themes. So that I might better align my preaching and writing to the spiritual questions of greatest importance to you, I ask for your feedback. Would you please take a few minutes to answer the following questions?

  • Which of these 7 practices come easily to you? What resources have you found to help you in your practice?
  • Which of the 7 practices do you most struggle with? What questions and concerns would you like me, as your bishop, to address?  
  • On a scale of 1-5, how would you rate your ease with reading the Bible? What questions do you have about our biblical texts? What would help you go deeper with Scripture?
  • What societal issues are of greatest concern for you? How would like to see us, as a Church, respond?  
  • Thinking about members of your family or circle of friends, what spiritual or life topics might I address that could be of value for them?

You may email your responses directly to me. If there’s anything else you’d like to share, I’d love to hear from you.

May God bless us as we strive to walk in the ways of Jesus, which is the way of love.

Author: The Rt. Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde

Urgent Volunteers Needed: Damascus Help and other Outreach Needs

URGENT!
Volunteers Needed - DAMASCUS HELP


Damascus HELP had a table at Damascus Days but wasn’t able to sign up any volunteers. They are continuing to look for additional volunteers. Please consider volunteering or ask your friends and neighbors. 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. Another financial caseworker is needed to work with the clients and their utility bills. Special project volunteers are also needed. For all volunteer opportunities please contact Damascus HELP at 301-253-4100, or email dh20872@aol.comor www.damascushelp.orgfor additional information.

Back Packs and School Supplies


We are now collecting backpacks and school supplies to go to area children in need. This is a partnership with other Damascus Congregations through Faith Connections. There is a blue bin in the Narthex where supplies can be dropped off.

THANKS!!!!
New Neighbors Refugee Food Drive


St. Anne's partnered with Damascus Y-Women to collect food and household supplies for the Islamic Center of Maryland's food bank, which serves refugee families in our area. We collected enough for 8 families with leftovers to stock the food pantry! Thank you to everyone who donated!

Outreach News

New Neighbors Refugee Food Drive


Don't forget that it is our turn to bring in food to help keep the Food Pantry stocked that serves the vetted refugees who have been settled in our area. We will be collecting until the end of July.

The shopping list appears below. Thank you!

  • Basmati rice 

  • Pasta sauce (without meat)

  • Tomato sauce

  • Dried pasta

  • Dried fava beans

  • Black olives

  • Snacks for kids

  • Cooking oil

  • Olive oil

  • Sugar

  • Flour

  • Tea bags

  • Coffee

  • Powdered coffee creamer

  • Toilet paper

  • Laundry soap

  • Lysol/household cleaner

  • Ajax scouring powder

  • Dish washing liquid

  • Bath soap bars

  • Shampoo & conditioner

  • Baby shampoo

  • Toothpaste & tooth brushes


Back Packs and School Supplies


We are now collecting backpacks and school supplies to go to area children in need. This is a partnership with other Damascus Congregations through Faith Connections. There is a blue bin in the Narthex where supplies can be dropped off.


Damascus HELP

A non-profit organization in Damascus, is looking for additional volunteers.  We are hoping to find transportation drivers to take clients to doctors’ appointments and to social service appointments.  We are also in need of furniture delivery teams to deliver furniture from an individual donating directly to the client’s home.  This team would need to have access to a truck.  Both of these opportunities would be on an” as needed basis.”. Volunteers need to be over 18 as our insurance does not cover anyone younger.  Please contact Damascus HELP at dh20872@aol.com or call 301-253-4100 to get additional information or to volunteer.


Senior Housing Update - Development Review


We completed our Development Review Committee meeting with Montgomery County this week. Overall, the meeting went well - as expected there are a few minor design changes, mostly related to how the parking areas are laid out, that we need to complete prior to our Conditional Use and Variance Request hearing to take place later this year. The county wants us to reduce the height of some retaining walls that were in the design and we should be able to accomplish this with little problem. We also need to factor in the counties new Bike Path Master Plan, which will require us as part of any building/improvement on our property to install a bike path on the portion of our property that borders Ridge Road. The county agrees that the topography bordering ridge is challenging, so we will not have to meet the current standard that has been set, and the design team is awaiting details on how much of the existing shoulder we can use to comply with the new master plan. As soon as the hearing date is set, we will let you know!

Muscial Notes!

St. Anne’s Brass is delighted to welcome Tom Hill, trombonist, as the newest member of our group. The St. Anne’s Brass group will be playing on Sunday, July 29 to help us celebrate the Feast of Joachim and St. Anne. 
 
Members of St. Anne’s Brass are:

  • Tim Pacey – Trumpet
  • Norm Berk – Trumpet
  • Mark Trumbore – French Horn
  • Tom Hill – Trombone
  • Marty Smiley – Tuba

 
Steve Mullen will also be playing a saxophone solo making this a special Sunday filled with brass and woodwind music to help us celebrate this feast day.  
 
Bell Choir – Want to know what it feels like to play the bells? Now is your chance! After the 10:00 amservice for the next few weeks, members of the bell choir will be available in the choir area to talk to you about bells and demonstrate bell playing. You can even have a go at playing a bell. Come join us and find out what it’s all about.
 
Vocal Choir – Like to sing? Come join us for a rehearsal on a Thursdays and give us a try. We rehearse every Thursday starting at 7:30 (every other Thursday during the summer months). Or talk to Rachel or any member of the vocal choir on Sunday if you’d like more information. We especially need sopranos and altos.

 

 

Steve Mullen

The Way of love: Practices for a Jesus-Centered Life, Resources

As part of the Presiding Bishop's call for all Episcopalians to live by a rule of life he has called The Way of Love, each week there will be resources posted here to help you on your spiritual journey. This week's resources help you understand just what is a Rule of Life!

Many of these resources are perfect to use to get together small groups to study and reflect! I hope and encourage you to take advantage of them. I also encourage you to form groups to study and discuss any item! If you do, please let me know so that we can list the group in case anyone else wants to join!

Clicking on book titles will bring you to our Amazon Based shop, purchases made through our links benefit St. Anne's!

About the Way of Love

About Rules of Life

Books

Online

  • Episcopal/Anglican Religious Orders and Communities An updated list of religious orders and monastic and faith communities, most of which live by a Rule of Life and many of which offer ways for non-monastics to join in their journey
  • Growing a Rule of Life - Adadpted for Children - Society of St. John the Evangelist and Center for the Ministry of Teaching at Virginia Theological Seminary. Two resources that introduce the practice of developing a Rule of Life - no matter your age.
  • The Restoration Project - Christopher Martin and St. Paul's offer this renewal project for anyone passionate about growing in Christ via the Benedictine way. Rule is included. Discipleship groups are encouraged.
  • Practicing Our Faith - Dorothy C. Bass, et. al. Useful and comprehensive site, especially for the downloadable articles.               
  • Building Faith - Center for the Ministry of Teaching at Virginia Theological Seminary Articles and resources related to faith formation.                
  • Grow Christians - Forward Movement. A host of resources and tools for practicing faith at home.

Bike with the Bishop '18

There are still slots available to Bike with the Bishop!

 

As part of our Golf Fundraiser/Auction - enjoy a wonderful day on the bike with Bishop Mariann Budde, the diocesan bishop for the Episcopal Diocese of Washington!

  • Saturday, September 1, 2018
  • Open to all St. Anne’s parishioners and guests
  • 10-15 Mile Group Ride
  • Stop for Lunch on the route
  • Custom “Bike With The Bishop ’18” T-shirt emblazoned   with photo suitable for autographing and/or framing
  • Limited to 16 Riders
  • $275/Rider
  • Proceeds benefit St. Anne’s Episcopal Church and its ministries

Sign up by sending an email to Christina More: thevife@yahoo.com

The Way of Love, Practices for Jesus-Centered Life

At the opening of the 79th General Convention, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry outlined his call for Episcopalians to enter into a Rule of Life, based on the historical traditions of our faith, called the Way of Love. Over the next couple of weeks we will be making available resources, both printed and online, to help each of you respond to this invitation and deepen your faith. In addition in the fall we will be launching an Adult Formation Class  called Pilgrim that uses the practice of the ancient disciplines of biblical reflection and prayer to explore what it means to travel through life with Christ. More information on Pilgrim will be released soon, so stay tuned.

I invite you to read the Invitation from the Presiding Bishop below.

Fr. Lee+

 

I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. – Ephesians 3:17-19  

In the first century Jesus of Nazareth inspired a movement. A community of people whose lives were centered on Jesus Christ and committed to living the way of God’s unconditional, unselfish, sacrificial, and redemptive love. Before they were called “church” or “Christian,” this Jesus Movement was simply called “the way.”


Today I believe our vocation is to live as the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement. But how can we together grow more deeply with Jesus Christ at the center of our lives, so we can bear witness to his way of love in and for the world?

The deep roots of our Christian tradition may offer just such a path. 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.” The framework you now hold – The Way of Love: Practices for Jesus-Centered Life – outlines a Rule for the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement.

It is designed to be spare and spacious, so that individuals, ministry groups, congregations, and networks can flesh it out in unique ways and build a church-wide treasure trove of stories and resources. There is no specific order you need to follow. If you already keep a Rule or spiritual disciplines, you might reflect and discover how that path intersects with this one. By entering into reflection, discernment and commitment around the practices of Turn - Learn - Pray - Worship - Bless - Go - Rest, I pray we will grow as communities following the loving, liberating, life-giving way of Jesus. His way has the power to change each of our lives and to change this world.

Your brother in the Way of Jesus,

+Michael
The Most Reverend Michael B. Curry, Primate and Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church

Affordable Senior Housing Update

Father Lee along with the land use attorney, Mission First Housing, reps from the engineering and architectural firms had our first meeting with various Montgomery County Planning personnel this past week. It was a productive meeting as we presented our project and got feedback from County Planning as we prepare for our DRC meeting on the 17th of July.

The Development Review Committee (DRC) is an inter-agency task force comprised of representatives from public agencies and utilities such as WSSC, PEPCO, the State Highway Administration, and the county Departments of Permitting Services, Environmental Protection, and Public Works and Transportation.

DRC members discuss the application with planning staff at a regularly scheduled meeting — not more than three weeks after the application has been accepted. Each agency, providing comments for the DRC meeting, does so in writing. The planning staff ensures that those comments are included in the application file, along with a meeting summary and next steps. Planners then prepare recommendations that are presented to the Planning Board as part of the public hearing on the proposed site plan.

DRC meetings are open to the public but are not public hearings.

We will keep you posted!

The 79th General Convention

As many of us were eating hot dogs and witnessing fireworks in celebration of July 4th, bishops, clergy and lay leaders of the Episcopal Church began to gather for the 79th General Convention. The General Convention is the highest governing body of our church.

Many things will be discussed which have implications for all Episcopalians. Some of the topics/resolutions deal with The Reunification of the Episcopal Church of Cuba with The Episcopal Church, Prayer Book Revision and Use of Gender Neutral Language, Gun Violence, Voting Rights, our Social Safety Net, Payment for Work of the President of the House of Deputies and more!

You can follow news from General Convention at the Media Hub or at Episcopal News Service.

As they gather from July 5th through the 13th, we offer the following prayer:

Almighty and everlasting Father, you have given the Holy Spirit to abide with us for ever: Bless, we pray, with his grace and presence, the bishops and other clergy and the laity here soon to be assembled in your Name, at the 79th General Convention, that your Church, being preserved in true faith and godly discipline, may fulfill all the mind of him who loved it and gave himself for it, your Son Jesus Christ our Savior; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Help Needed For Damascus HELP

Damascus HELP, a non-profit organization in Damascus, is looking for additional volunteers.  We are hoping to find transportation drivers to take clients to doctors’ appointments and to social service appointments.  We are also in need of furniture delivery teams to deliver furniture from an individual donating directly to the client’s home.  This team would need to have access to a truck.  Both of these opportunities would be on an” as needed basis.”. Volunteers need to be over 18 as our insurance does not cover anyone younger.  Please contact Damascus HELP at dh20872@aol.com or call 301-253-4100 to get additional information or to volunteer.

Take me Out to the Ballgame

S.A.M (St. Anne's Men)


TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME!!
 
SAM  presents St. Anne’s night at the Frederick Keys 

  • Date: Friday, August 10
  • Time: 7:00 pm (Gates open at 6 pm)
  • Location: Nymeo Field at Harry Grove Stadium, 21 Stadium Drive, Frederick, MD
  • Teams: Frederick Keys (Orioles) vs. Buies Creek Astros
  • Cost: $11 adults (13-59); $8 Children (3-12), seniors (60+), & active military

See Tim Pacey or John Catlin for tickets or call the church office

Weekly News, June 28th, 2018

Weekly News, June 28th, 2018

Explore our Community - Sunday 8am and 10am

“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


 

St. Anne's Episcopal Church is a vibrant, energetic, optimistic, fun, and loving community of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington located in Upper Montgomery County, MD. As Episcopalians we believe in a loving, liberating, and life-giving God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We are descendants of and partners with the Church of England and the Scottish Episcopal Church, and are part of the third largest group of Christians in the world.

We believe in following the teachings of Jesus Christ, whose life, death, and resurrection saved the world.

Ours is a legacy of inclusion. We aspire to tell and exemplify God’s love for every human being. We believe that God loves you – no exceptions.


It's not too late to make your pledge for 2018:


If you haven't had a chance yet, you can still enter your estimate of giving for 2018 by following the link below!
Enter your 2018 Pledge Here!
 


Coffee & Fellowship Time


As you probably have seen - we are renting out the Parish Hall for the Summer for the Children's Center of Damascus Summer Camp. It's a great way to use (and receive $$) for the hall which gets little use in the summer because of the lack of air conditioning! As such - our coffee and fellowship time will take place in the Narthex while the camp is going on.

- The Vestry


Using Church Space


We have had a couple of incidents recently where members showed up at church wanting to use space for a meeting or study only to find that the spaces they hoped to use where in use. Part of the mission of St. Anne's is for our buildings to be a community hub and we have more groups using our space for different things. Always check the calendar on the website which will show what's going on and in what room AND make sure to call the office and have our Parish Administrator book a room for you if you need to use a space. We have to know when the building is being used - it's a liability issue and a requirement from Church Insurance. Thanks!

-The Vestry


FINAL CALL! It's not too late to get sponsors for our Golf Tournament!!

St. Anne's 16th Annual Golf Open For Men and Women

Monday, July 9, 2018 11am start time at Montgomery Country Club

  • 11am Registration; 11:30am Lunch; 12:30pm Shotgun Start; Dinner, Auction and Awards Afterwards
  • Win a $5000 Hole In One Prize
  • Longest Drive Prizes for Men and Women
  • Closest to the Pin Prizes and Door Prizes

Don't forget to reach out and begin to get sponsors now - the success of the event depends on ALL of us! Registration is open online at:

https://saintannesdamascus.net/16th-annual-golf


Volunteers Needed - DAMASCUS HELP


Hi – This is Kathy Thornett, volunteer coordinator for Damascus HELP.  We are in need of volunteers, especially for transportation of clients to doctor’s appointments and social services.  Another dire need is a person or persons with trucks to help move furniture.  This is an article that I have composed if you are able to put in your bulletin on a weekly basis for 4 weeks. If you have any questions please call me at 301-253-6397 or 301-461-6189. Thank you Kathy
 
 
Damascus HELP, a non-profit organization in Damascus, is looking for additional volunteers.  We are hoping to find transportation drivers to take clients to doctors’ appointments and to social service appointments.  We are also in need of furniture delivery teams to deliver furniture from an individual donating directly to the client’s home.  This team would need to have access to a truck.  Both of these opportunities would be on an” as needed basis.”. Volunteers need to be over 18 as our insurance does not cover anyone younger.  Please contact Damascus HELP at dh20872@aol.com or call 301-253-4100 to get additional information or to volunteer.

 


Senior Housing Update


Much has been happening behind the scenes and things continue to move along on schedule. You may notice the signs on ridge road as you pull up to our property that signal something is happening! Right now things are in the hands of the county. Father Lee and others from Mission First and the project architects etc. will be meeting with the county in an informal meeting the morning of July 2 prior to the formal Development Review Committee Meeting on July 17th. Keep the prayers going that things continue to move smoothly!


St. Anne's Book Club: Books and Brunch!


The St. Anne's Book Club will meet on Saturday, June 30 at 11 a.m. at Jean Hampton's home for books and brunch. All are welcome.
 
All are welcome! Please RSVP to Jean at JeanMHampton@gmail.com by Wednesday, June 27 if you can attend.
 
The book: The book is "The Art of Hearing Heartbeats," by Jan-Philipp Sendker.

A poignant and inspirational love story set in Burma, The Art of Hearing Heartbeats spans the decades between the 1950s and the present.  When a successful New York lawyer suddenly disappears without a trace, neither his wife nor his daughter Julia has any idea where he might be…until they find a love letter he wrote many years ago, to a Burmese woman they have never heard of. Intent on solving the mystery and coming to terms with her father’s past, Julia decides to travel to the village where the woman lived. There she uncovers a tale of unimaginable hardship, resilience, and passion that will reaffirm the reader’s belief in the power of love to move mountains.


S.A.Y (St. Anne's Youth)

Thank you everyone for your help and support of our car wash.  We made $658.79 - our best total ever!!!


As our work campers begin to get ready for work camp - please remember these dates -

Sun. July 8- Come to worship at 10 am to be blessed for travelling!! Wear your RED T shirt if possible and come with any last minute questions you might have that we can try to answer during coffee hour.

Saturday July 14 - LOAD UP THE VAN!!! (Silvana you can bring your items on Sunday) Which time works best for you - 3 pm or 6 pm??? EMAIL ME YOUR CHOICE!!! Time with the most votes will win!

Sunday July 15 - Work campers be at church by 6:30 am!!  We will meet up with St. Peter's in Urbana and head out from there! Wear your red shirts, bring a lunch & drinks & munchies!

Friday July 20 - head back home and we will call parents as we get closer!

Sunday July 29 - We are responsible for coffee hour as it is OUR turn to thank the congregation.  We will need food, people to set up and serve and people to clean up afterwards. I'll send out a survey monkey for this next month...   (This will also be my last official SAY leader event 😕)

Prayer for the week from Group - mission trip prayer card, "Lord, today all of us come to you in our own unique place of our faith journey.  Guide us, give us grace as we face challenges, help us find the way to serve You, to listen to You, and follow the path you've designed for us." AMEN
-- 

Faithfully,
Bettianne

S.A.M (St. Anne's Men)


TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME!!
 
SAM  presents St. Anne’s night at the Frederick Keys 

  • Date: Friday, August 10
  • Time: 7:00 pm (Gates open at 6 pm)
  • Location: Nymeo Field at Harry Grove Stadium, 21 Stadium Drive, Frederick, MD
  • Teams: Frederick Keys (Orioles) vs. Buies Creek Astros
  • Cost: $11 adults (13-59); $8 Children (3-12), seniors (60+), & active military

 
See Tim Pacey or John Catlin for tickets
 


Striving  for  Justice  &  Peace 

 

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.
 

The Race Conversation at St. Anne’s

The Race Conversation has intruded on our lives in ways we did not foresee. We thought we had moved from the racist twentieth century into a more peaceful existence among the races and ethnicities.  But when we were asked to take up the study of racism, to hold a conversation on race and race relations and the remaining, entrenched, structural racism, we found ourselves -unwittingly- moving through the stages of grief:  Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance.

In the last column the stages of grief developed by Kubler-Ross were used as a template to gauge how far along St. Anne’s has come in grieving the loss of beliefs and ideas about who we are and how we behave. This week’s column attempts to show that the process is moving forward. We will look at the third stage: Bargaining.

The bargaining phrase is often ‘I promise to do something, God, if you just grant my wish or answer my prayer in the affirmative or not let my loved one die’.  That is easier to see.  A direct link between the one who is grieving and the granter of life.  But in our case, bargaining was/is harder to ascertain. 

Bargaining is often subtle; but it was/is here at St. Anne’s and this is how it sounded/sounds:

 

    We are already serving the underserved; we have a refugee program isn’t that enough.  We collect food and clothing for the poor, isn’t that enough. We belong to an interfaith council.  We each have personal projects to help people of color in our community; isn’t that enough? Isn’t teaching our children to not be racists enough?   We have marched and protested and written letters isn’t that enough?  Race is not really the issue, really, it is poverty and powerlessness and gender, couldn’t we take a look at that instead? I don’t want to get involved; I do other projects -that’s enough - right?  We could participate if only someone else (maybe Fr. Lee) would lead the effort.  


Each of these statements and questions is a type of bargaining.  Turn them around: if we don’t have to undertake the race project, we will continue our refugee program...If we don’t have to undertake the race project we will continue our personal projects...aren’t we doing enough? Can’t we be left alone?

Some of us had intercessors speak on their behalf just to restate that we at St. Anne’s are doing enough.  Some parishioners requested that the project be called off because it was so disruptive to the members of the congregation. Each carried a plea for something to be granted.  Each is a form of bargaining. 

More subtle even was the Bullying.  The “if this project isn’t called off, there will be consequences...physical...social...psychological.”  Bullying, that too, is a kind of bargaining.  That did happen here at St. Anne’s.   Shunning is the more socially acceptable version of bullying - it is a type of bargaining.  

These stages of grieving were to be expected. Any project that upsets the status quowill start this process.  These stages were/are painful.  

We could call this process Growing Pains.  The growing hurts but is necessary to make way for the next stages of life. 

The letting go of the old, the unjust to make room for a new type of social justice will take a good bit of growing on the part of white people.  Right now we are oscillating between anger and bargaining and anger and denial, but we are moving forward.

Next column will address the way that Bargaining and Anger are giving way to Depression/Sadness.

No personal information was shared in this column.

 

 

The Celebrant:   Will you strive...?

The People:      We will, with God's help

 

Thank you for reading this column this week.

I hope you find it respectful of you and your values and your past and present contributions to matters of race.

            Robin Warfield

 

 

 

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Montgomery County Clergy Respond to Racist KKK Fliers Found in County

Father Lee has joined with Montgomery County Clergy to condemn the recent KKK activity in Montgomery County. The Clergy have issued the following statement:

STATEMENT FROM MONTGOMERY COUNTY CLERGY
IN RESPONSE TO RECENT KLAN ACTIVITY
JUNE 7, 2018

Following recent events in Germantown and Gaithersburg (see https://tinyurl.com/y793f3ht), we, the clergy of Montgomery County, speak with one voice to decry the Ku Klux Klan and any other organizations or individuals that purport to use Holy Scripture to justify hate and violence. To incite violence, discrimination or harm based on race, multiculturalism, or for any reason, is evil and to suggest that “God Commands Radical Segregation” is blasphemous.

Our Holy Texts teach us about a God of Love who created all nations and races in the Divine Image and that diversity is to be celebrated. The Divine One calls each of us to live in peace with all of creation, to act with justice, kindness and compassion and to respect the dignity and worth of every human being.

All persons of good will, regardless of faith practice, will not tolerate the hate fliers distributed in Montgomery County in recent weeks.

There is no justification for white supremacy in our various faith traditions. We deplore the actions of the KKK and similar organizations. There is no place for this type of exclusionary evil in God’s creation, nor is there a place for it in our community.

Reclaiming Jesus, A Confession of Faith in a Time of Crisis

There are many Christian Leaders who feel that this is a perilous time in our nation with both the integrity of faith and the soul of our nation at stake. The Most Reverend Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church and other faith leaders recently crafted a declaration titled Reclaiming Jesus: A Confession of Faith in a Time of Crisis. Whatever your political leanings - this is a declaration that should be listened to by all - and all of us should remember:

"our identity in Christ precedes every other identity. We pray that our nation will see Jesus’ words in us. “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35)."

Not all Christians are being silent. Church leaders drafted this statement because the soul of the nation is at stake. Will you join them? Visit ReclaimingJesus.org and #ReclaimJesus

Books and Brunch

The St. Anne's Book Club will meet on Saturday, June 30 at 11 a.m. at Jean Hampton's home for books and brunch. All are welcome.
 
All are welcome! Please RSVP to Jean at JeanMHampton@gmail.com by Wednesday, June 27 if you can attend.
 
The book: The book is "The Art of Hearing Heartbeats," by Jan-Philipp Sendker.

A poignant and inspirational love story set in Burma, The Art of Hearing Heartbeats spans the decades between the 1950s and the present.  When a successful New York lawyer suddenly disappears without a trace, neither his wife nor his daughter Julia has any idea where he might be…until they find a love letter he wrote many years ago, to a Burmese woman they have never heard of. Intent on solving the mystery and coming to terms with her father’s past, Julia decides to travel to the village where the woman lived. There she uncovers a tale of unimaginable hardship, resilience, and passion that will reaffirm the reader’s belief in the power of love to move mountains.

Damascus HELP

As May is our month to collect food for the Damascus Help food pantry, the items below are in particular need at the pantry.  We will have a bin available this Sunday and plan to collect food through Sunday, June 10.  Thank you for your consideration in helping those in need in our local community.
 

  •   Canned Fruit
  •   Pork and Beans
  •   Canned Pasta
  •   Spaghetti Sauce
  •   Canned Meat (not Tuna)
  •   Jelly
  •   Coffee
  •   Rice
  •   Canned Chili
  •   Sugar
  •   Flour