Upbeat - A Joyful night of Jazz and Spoken Word for the Soul

Join us, at Washington National Cathedral, for UpBeat, a joyful and musical gathering on the eve of Diocesan Convention, featuring Howard University's premier vocal group Afro Blue and Atlanta-based priest and social activist, the Rev. Kim Jackson. In addition to music and our featured speaker, representatives from our parishes, campus ministries, and faith communities throughout the Metro-DC area will share uplifting faith stories alongside food and fellowship.

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Howard University's premier vocal group Afro Blue will perform to lead us in joyful singing. This dynamic "vocal big band" has performed to wide critical acclaim. Afro Blue has been featured on NPR's All Things Considered and reached the top four on The Sing-Off, NBC-TV's a cappella group competition. Afro Blue performed at The White House for President and Mrs. Obama. Afro Blue has established a continuing relationship with The John F. Kennedy Center for The Performing Arts and performed with The National Symphony Orchestra (NSO).

Our featured speaker is The Rev. Kim Jackson, Associate Rector for Adult Formation and Christian Social Action Ministry. She is a public theologian and a fierce community activist. Kim works to end the death penalty, advocates for women and children's issues, and is passionate about sharing the liberating Gospel of Christ. When she's not wearing a collar, you can find her on her small farm in Stone Mountain with her goats, ducks, and chickens.

  

Books and Brunch, January 6, 2018 11am

The St. Anne's Book Club will meet on Saturday, January 6 at 11 a.m. at Cathy Conroy's home for books and brunch.

All are welcome! Please RSVP to Cathy by Wednesday, January 3 if you plan to attend.

The book: The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, by Lisa See
https://www.amazon.com/Tea-Girl-Hummingbird-Lane-ebook/dp/B01HMXRVL8/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1505043214&sr=1-1&keywords=tea+girl+of+hummingbird+lane

A thrilling new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa See explores the lives of a Chinese mother and her daughter who has been adopted by an American couple.

Fr. Lee's Christmas Message

The season of Advent has always been one of my favorite seasons of the church year; both a time of quiet and peace as well as a time of hopeful expectation that God’s dream for the world will, one day, become reality. Advent is a time of preparing ourselves to “give birth” to Jesus in our own lives. During Advent, at least in the church, we are given the opportunity to slow down a bit and reflect before Christmas Day descends upon us like a whirlwind. It is so easy to get caught up in the whirlwind surrounding Christmas.

Do you remember the Norman Rockwell images of Christmas? So perfect – so ideal...often these images of a “Perfect” Christmas get caught up in our minds and we work with all our might to try and make that “perfect” Christmas happen. We worry over everything from our decorations, the menu that will be put on the table, to finding the perfect gifts for those we love. Don’t get me wrong, I am all for being festive but sometimes I find that our time and energy is misplaced trying to make Christmas so perfect.

Why? The perfect Christmas already happened. The perfect gift has already been given. And it did not arrive in a fancy box with bows and paper. It didn’t look anything like the scenes from a Norman Rockwell painting.

It looked like a poor wandering couple looking for refuge; finding it, not in an amazingly decorated room with a feast by a fire, but in a messy, smelly, stable filled with animals.
It looked like God, the Creator of all, reaching out to all people in perfect love and becoming a vulnerable, helpless infant. It looked like God loving us so much that God became completely and fully with us. It showed us that flesh, blood, dirt, life and death are good enough for God; that there is nothing that will ever separate us from the love of God.
It still looks like that, even after over 2000 years.

We don’t need to look very far beyond our own lives to know that God-with-us (Emmanuel) does not protect us from hard, it does not mean there is no darkness or evil in the world. But it means that we know, we have seen that God is with us no matter what. That God loves us no matter what. That our lives are immensely important to God – and that Love ultimately heals and ultimately wins. I can’t imagine a more perfect gift, especially in our world today!

May this Season be a joyful, exuberant celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ – the best and the most perfect gift – ever!

Fr. Lee+

NOMOCO Youth Regional Meeting

The next regional Meeting of our Episcopal Youth will be January 7th.
January's meeting will be service oriented!


January 7th, from 2-3:30 (Note the time difference. We are accommodating the organization's schedule.)


We will be meeting with Nourish Now at  1111 Taft Street in Rockville.
(just off East Gude, around the corner from Marryvale Elementary, half block from the corner of Taft and 1st Street.)

Nourish Now brings food security to families, children, and seniors in need in Montgomery County, Maryland. Through food recovery, we work to solve two major social issues: hunger and food waste.

Youth will have the opportunity to hear about the organization and an opportunity to serve. To help them plan, they are hoping for a rough head count by the 29th. Please let us know if you are interested or plan on attending.

The Pack is Coming! St. Anne's Welcomes Cub Scout Pack 1084

The Pack is Coming!


The Cub Scout Pack that is...It's official, Cub Scout Pack 1084 has been released from St. Paul's Catholic Church and are making their new home here at St. Anne's. It is our hope and intention to really make the scouts and their families welcome, in the hopes that over time, some may choose to make St. Anne's their spiritual home as well. By showing our support for events and making sure to reach out to the families, we can show them what a great community St. Anne's is. The first meeting of the Pack will be on Monday, January 8th from 6:30 to 8:30pm. The pack will meet every Monday.

The pack leaders are finalizing their roster and once they do they will provide us with the names and contact information of all the scouts and their families. Once we get this we will send a welcome letter, welcoming the pack and offering basic information on St. Anne's.

The first BIG Event - and please SAVE THE DATES and plan to come and support the pack and St. Anne's will be

  • Saturday February 10th - Pinewood Derby@St. Anne's
  • Sunday February 11th - Scouting Sunday Celebration, followed by fun with the scouts during fellowship hour

An Introduction to Advent - Rector's Forum

Advent is a season of great anticipation, both inside and outside of the Church. While the world around us shops, cooks, and prepares for December 25, Christians have their own way of anticipating the birth of Jesus. The season of Advent readies Christians for the birth of the baby Jesus at Christmas and also for Christ's second coming. In this course we will learn not just more about what advent is, but how it can change our lives.

The Forum will take place in the Chapel from 9am-9:45am on all Sunday's of Advent.

Online Advent Meditation

Click this Link to Access a 4 part Meditation on Advent - suggested to do one part a week.

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
 

Preparation and anticipation are in the air - and not just for gifts and meals - but for Christ to meet us anew in the holy season of Advent.

Episcopal bishop and teacher Susan Goff leads us through a meditation on Christ who came, Christ who comes, and Christ who will come again. She invites us to take on some practical and inspiring disciplines in this season, and to contemplate more fully what it truly means to prepare for and anticipate the newness of Christ dwelling in our hearts.

AdventWord - A Global Advent Calendar

The online advent calendar AdventWord, which draws together people’s prayers and meditations around a daily theme, is to operate again in the run-up to Christmas. AdventWord offers 23 meditations and images with an encouragement for people to share pictures and thoughts in response. Last year it created a social media community connecting over 100,000 people in prayer, with about 15,000 images being added across all platforms.

Now in its fourth year, the project was originally devised by the Society of St John the Evangelist. They have now handed it on to the Virginia Theological Seminary, while continuing to assist. The Anglican Communion Office is also continuing to support the initiative.

AdventWord begins on Sunday 3 December 2017. Images and meditations will be made available via email, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. During the 23 days of Advent, a daily email featuring the AdventWord of the day will go out at 5 am in the recipients own time-zone. Respondents are encouraged to share their responses to the meditations and images to the aggregated prayer walls within the advent calendar using social media and the hashtags #AdventWord and the word of the day.

The prayers will be drawn together online at adventword.org. For the first time, the themes for the day are being published in advance, to help people plan ahead and allow more time for creative responses.

Just go to http://adventword.org to sign up!

Upcoming Advent Learning Opportunities

Introduction to Advent - Rector's Forum

Advent is a season of great anticipation, both inside and outside of the Church. While the world around us shops, cooks, and prepares for December 25, Christians have their own way of anticipating the birth of Jesus. The season of Advent readies Christians for the birth of the baby Jesus at Christmas and also for Christ's second coming. In this course we will learn not just more about what advent is, but how it can change our lives.
The Forum will take place in the Chapel on Sunday's from 9am-9:45am, beginning Dec 3.

Advent: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Preparation and anticipation are in the air - and not just for gifts and meals - but for Christ to meet us anew in the holy season of Advent.

Episcopal bishop and teacher Susan Goff leads us through a meditation on Christ who came, Christ who comes, and Christ who will come again. She invites us to take on some practical and inspiring disciplines in this season, and to contemplate more fully what it truly means to prepare for and anticipate the newness of Christ dwelling in our hearts.


This will be an at-your-own pace online opportunity available beginning the 1st Sunday of Advent and lasting through December 24th. Look for an invitation to join right before Advent begins!

Maryland Health Connection

The sign-up period for Maryland Health Connection (MHC) starts November 1, and ends December 15.  MHC is Maryland's health insurance marketplace, where you can buy health insurance and apply for financial help paying for it.  You can learn about MHC and sign-up in one of three ways:  by going to  marylandhealthconnection.gov, by using a free mobile app called Enroll MHC, or by calling 1-855-642-8572.  There are also in-person events where you can ask questions and get help -- you'll find a calendar of these on the website.

Youth Summer Mission Trip Announced

Our Mission Trip to Cincinnati, Ohio will be JULY 15 – 20!!!!

Cincinnati, also known as “Queen City,” is a big city with a warm, small-town Southern charm. The city is home to baseball’s first professional team, the Cincinnati Reds. Local residents are blessed with a wide range of activities and entertainment, including free concerts on Fountain Square in the center of the city, beautiful parks along the Ohio River, one of the country’s oldest zoos, the National Underground Railroad Museum, the Creation Museum (just a short drive across the border in Kentucky), and the Midwest’s largest theme park, Kings Island.

Oh, and did we mention the world-famous chili and barbecue ribs? Yum.

Cincinnati is the perfect destination for our youth to serve and have fun this summer. At Cincinnati Week of Hope, teenagers serve alongside local non-profit organization leaders and encounter incredible ministries and organizations committed to making a difference and pointing the way to Jesus.

As our youth enter into the lives of others and build relationships with the people of Cincinnati, they’ll experience God working through them at projects such as these:

  • Assist a feeding ministry that serves over 8000 meals to kids across Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati daily. You will be helping prepare food for kids as well as interacting with these kids in games and arts and crafts.
  • Help with day-to-day needs of a Christian camp including helping in the kitchen with meal service, cleaning, filling water coolers, painting and landscaping.
  • Brighten senior's day at the elderly center! You'll be visiting, doing yard work, window washing, planting flowers, leading sing-a-longs and exercises and doing some light painting.
  • Teach inner city girls dance! Mentor these girls through dance, no experience needed-you'll get lessons.
  • Assist with planning and implementation of a youth program for ages 6-13, including creative arts, physical education, education, devotions and lunch.
  • Help sort, inspect and pack items including clothing, shoes, linens, books, food, paper products, and medical supplies for a humanitarian relief organization.

Contact us for more information

Weekly News, October 26, 2017

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Weekly News of St. Anne's Episcopal Church, Damascus, MD
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Weekly News, October 26, 2017
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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
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Welcome to St. Anne's Episcopal Church, an inclusive community of faith located in Damascus, Maryland (http://saintannesdamascus.net/location) , the "northern star" of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington (http://www.edow.org/) . We invite you to establish roots in the rituals, tradition, and fellowship of the Episcopal faith. All are welcome!

Your Support is VITAL to ensure our future!
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Income as of End of September: $278,879 Expenses: $280,041 Deficit $1,162

Pledges are about 5% ($14,000) behind from the summer. - this makes it difficult to stay current on our bills!

We are projecting a deficit for the year of at least $30,000 - don't forget to submit your estimate of giving for 2018 and please PRAY about increasing your giving for 2018!

Enter your 2018 Pledge Here! (http://saintannesdamascus.net/living-out-our-mission-pledge)
 

Living Out Our Mission
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How close are we to our goal for 2018?

Goal for 2018 Pledges:                      $323,134
Commitments as of Wednesday, October 25:    $   24,800

Right now, commitments amount to 7.67% of the goal of this year’s Living out our Mission Pledge campaign.

We can reach this goal if every family or individual who committed to supporting St. Anne’s last year were to increase their weekly contribution by ONLY $19 per week. Not so bad, is it?

It gets even easier if those who were not able to contribute last year or are new to St. Anne's can make a commitment for 2018.

Let’s keep the momentum growing!  If you are ready to make your commitment, complete and mail your paper Living Out our Mission Pledge form (and thanks in advance for the envelope and stamp!) to our address below, fold and staple it and drop in the offering plate this Sunday, or go online to securely make your commitment here:   http://saintannesdamascus.net/donate/ click on Living Our Mission at the top of the page!

To those of you who have already committed to supporting St. Anne’s in 2018 – THANK YOU!

Tim Pacey
Generous Giving Campaign

Social Media Concept Update
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After seeing some of the videos featuring people, that of course were not our own people, two different parishioners stepped forward to check with some contacts they have to see if they would create some personalized footage. This would allow us to use our own people on any social media ad! Stay tuned - we may have parish video shoot in our future...in the meantime -feel free to take a look at these other ideas - which don't need to be as specific as having our own parishioners in them...

Communion (https://slide.ly/promo/share/59e9fc467a97fd0c317b23c9)

Life's Challenges (https://slide.ly/promo/share/59ea7a94b5729852727b23c8)

Lost (https://slide.ly/promo/share/59ea73c5b57298386e7b23c6)

Why You Should Go To Church Part 3
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The following is reprinted from the blog The Art of Manliness and authored by Brett and Kate McKay (although this article is for women as well as youth). The blog created in 2008 has grown to be the largest men's interest magazine on the web. This is a really good article and offers some incredibly valid reasons why belonging to a faith community and attending regularly makes a difference in people's lives. It also offers some great points for EVANGELISM! It is long - so I will be reprinting it here in sections over the next couple weeks. Although if you want to read it in it's entirety just check out the blog (http://www.artofmanliness.com/2017/04/14/go-church-even-youre-not-sure-beliefs/) . By the end of the article you will see how, in the authors' view

"regular church attendance functions as one of the best keys for anyone wishing to create a flourishing life — not just the religiously inclined, but even agnostics and atheists as well."

Now on to the article PART 3!!

The Benefits of Regular Church Attendance
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For those who are already religiously affiliated, the purpose of church services is obvious: to worship God. Yet for more than half of this nominally faithful demographic, this raison d’etre is seemingly insufficient to compel their butts into pews each Sunday. Thus for them, the “secular” benefits of church attendance outlined below will hopefully add another layer of motivation for going.

For the “spiritual but not religious” crowd, I invite you to consider these benefits in light of the possibility that spirituality may in fact thrive most when given a little structure — a prism for focusing one’s feelings, intentions, and thoughts in a more consistent and fruitful direction.

And for the agnostics and atheists, who will surely be the hardest to convince(!), I propose looking at church like something of an anthropologist — seeing it as a common organizing principle of society, weighing whether it might not just be the best possible vehicle for meeting universal human needs, and contemplating the idea that one can admit to having those needs, and rationally accede to fulfilling them through this particular channel, without wholly assenting to their theological foundations.

For all these groups stand to benefit from the myriad social, psychological, physical, mental, and spiritual benefits church attendance has to offer.

Greater Social Support
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Anyone who’s graduated from college and headed out into the real world can tell you one thing: making friends in adulthood is dang hard.

It’s quite a bit easier though, if you go to church.

Experts say that two of the three keys to fostering friendships (http://www.artofmanliness.com/2013/04/17/how-to-make-friends-in-a-new-city/#friendship)  are “repeated and unplanned interactions” and “a setting that encourages vulnerability.” Church amply provides both.

You see the same people every weekend, without having to plan to see them (and trying to sync your crazy schedules to make a meet-up happen). “Repeated and unplanned interactions” obviously happen in the context of things like work and the gym too, but church has the added benefit that its participants don’t just feel moved to get to know people if the mood strikes, but consider themselves duty bound to foster a tight community; they see fellowshipping as part and parcel of the whole purpose of church. Principles of love, forgiveness, self-sacrifice, charity, confession, and unity underpin congregants’ efforts to get to know each other, and even if they don’t always succeed in being animated by these lofty impulses, such virtues still function as touchstones and ideals that inform their relationships. In other words, church provides a “setting that encourages vulnerability” in a way few others can match.

Church isn’t just a good place to make some buddies either, but to simply extend and deepen your bench of social connections as well. As The New York Times reports (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/21/opinion/sunday/luhrmann-why-going-to-church-is-good-for-you.html) , “A study conducted in North Carolina found that frequent churchgoers had larger social networks, with more contact with, more affection for, and more kinds of social support from those people than their unchurched counterparts.” Getting to know different people, from different walks of life, widens the roster of people you can call on should you find yourself looking for work, or needing advice, or beset with a familial crisis.

In a time of greater isolation and shrinking social circles, when people lack face-to-face contact and have few they can turn to when in trouble, churches provide a last bastion for intimate, close-knit community.

A Chance to Remember/Reorient/Reflect/Re-center
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There are a lot of things that sound great in the abstract — things I think will work in theory, but don’t pan out in practice.

I want to believe that I can still be just as productive if I don’t plan my week. But I’m not.

I want to believe I can get just as strong without counting my macros. But when I don’t watch what I eat, I just get fat.

And I want to believe I can be spiritual without being religious, without going to church – because how seemingly great would it be to have a robust spiritual life without having to take on any of the time-requiring responsibilities and inconvenient disciplines required by attaching your beliefs to an institution?

But alas, through experiment and experience, I’ve found that I simply can’t maintain my spiritual life on as high a plane without giving it some structure.

We all feel like we hypothetically should be able to keep our moral compasses pointed north, our minds on deep matters, our hearts looking for ways to help others in the absence of external check-ins and prompts. But day-to-day life has a terrible way of intervening with our best intentions: we sacrifice ethics on the altar of convenience; we pay attention to what’s urgent instead of contemplating the infinite; we turn increasingly inward, and end up thinking far more about ourselves, than others.

The reality is that we’re forgetful creatures who need regular tune-ups to keep our course. Without such, earthly, immediate concerns crowd out everything higher, something even research (http://www.pewforum.org/2015/11/03/u-s-public-becoming-less-religious/)  bears out: folks who are not religiously affiliated are less likely than those who are to think about the meaning and purpose of life.

Weekly church attendance invites us to reflect on our gratitude for the good things in our lives, reinforces our moral values, fosters reverence and humility, and re-focuses us on our larger purpose. It’s a chance to re-center and re-orient our lives.

There is, after all, only so far you can get off track in seven days.
(continued next week)

Parish Conversations - Contrary to What you may think - THESE HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH STEWARDSHIP! SO....
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Don't Forget to sign up for one of the Parish Conversations!

These conversations are meant to help the vestry continue to plan our future as a community of faith, and to help keep us growing! It's really important that we have your input and we hope that you will be able to make one of the sessions that are graciously being hosted at homes of parishioners. The conversations will last approximately 2 hours and will be facilitated by members of the Vestry.

You will see signup sheets in the parish hall for the currently scheduled sessions - each session can hold 10-12 people.
Currently scheduled sessions are as follows:
* 10/27; 7pm - Reed and Peggy Owens Hosting - Damascus - FILLED
* 11/3; 7pm - Shane and Cindy Lippert Hosting - Clarksburg
* 11/5; 1pm - Tom Warfield and Robin Mustain Hosting - Germantown
* 11/8; 7:30pm - Bettianne Quinn Hosting in Multi Purpose Room at St. Anne's
* 11/12; 2pm - Bill and Chris Mathews Hosting - Ijamsville
* 11/18; 3pm - Bryan and Victoria Imhoff Hosting - Clarksburg

What makes you feel good about contributing to St Anne's?
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We are looking for people willing to stand up and tell us –  in 2 to 3 minutes at church services during our giving campaign to start in late October – how they answer this question.  Doesn’t matter if you have been giving to St. Anne’s for a month, a year, a decade or most of your adult life.  Your answer may get others thinking about giving in a way that they had never considered before!

I can point to 2 stories I heard from those willing to get up and talk about their reasons for giving that have been the great inspiration to us to commit our financial support of the faith community we have been a part of (including St. Anne’s of course)over the past 20 years or so.  I know how important it is to hear people speak of reasons for giving in their own words.  So please devote some thought and prayer to doing this, and if you are willing to do it,  call or text me at 240-620-2441, email me at timpacey@verizon.net (mailto:timpacey@verizon.net)  or see me in church.

Finally, if you have thoughts to share but speaking in front of the congregation terrifies you, not to worry.  By next week, we will provide an opportunity for you to share your thoughts in writing or electronically on What makes you feel good about contributing to St Anne's, that we can share anonymously with the rest of the congregation.

Tim Pacey
Giving campaign chairperson

Did You know?
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Did you know that St. Anne's posts on Facebook most weekdays, with pictures, news and stories about our parish and our world?  If you want to be sure to see all our posts, click "like" on the St. Anne's Facebook page right under the cover photo, and also change the setting for the page to "see first" as shown below.  That way you won't miss a single thing!

Commemoration of the Faithful Departed (All Souls Day)
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All Souls Day (November 2) is a time when we particularly remember those who have died. The prayers appointed for that day remind us that we are joined with the Communion of Saints, that great group of Christians who have finished their earthly life and with who we share the hope of resurrection from the dead.

Join us for a Spirit Filled Taize Style Service

Thursday, Nov. 2 7:30pm in the Sanctuary

St. Anne's Book Club: Books and Brunch!
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The St. Anne's Book Club will meet on Saturday, November 4 at 11 a.m. at Jean Hampton's home for books and brunch.

All are welcome! Please RSVP to Jean by Wednesday, November 1 if you plan to attend.

The book: A Piece of the World, by Christina Baker Kline
https://www.amazon.com/Piece-World-Christina-Baker-Kline-ebook/dp/B01G1FFH6Y/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1505043024&sr=8-1&keywords=a+piece+of+the+world

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the smash bestseller Orphan Train, a stunning and atmospheric novel of friendship, passion, and art, inspired by Andrew Wyeth’s mysterious and iconic painting Christina’s World.

"Later he told me that he’d been afraid to show me the painting. He thought I wouldn’t like the way he portrayed me: dragging myself across the field, fingers clutching dirt, my legs twisted behind. The arid moonscape of wheatgrass and timothy. That dilapidated house in the distance, looming up like a secret that won’t stay hidden."

To Christina Olson, the entire world was her family’s remote farm in the small coastal town of Cushing, Maine. Born in the home her family had lived in for generations, and increasingly incapacitated by illness, Christina seemed destined for a small life. Instead, for more than twenty years, she was host and inspiration for the artist Andrew Wyeth, and became the subject of one of the best known American paintings of the twentieth century.

As she did in her beloved smash bestseller Orphan Train, Christina Baker Kline interweaves fact and fiction in a powerful novel that illuminates a little-known part of America’s history. Bringing into focus the flesh-and-blood woman behind the portrait, she vividly imagines the life of a woman with a complicated relationship to her family and her past, and a special bond with one of our greatest modern artists.

Told in evocative and lucid prose, A Piece of the World is a story about the burdens and blessings of family history, and how artist and muse can come together to forge a new and timeless legacy.

And looking ahead: The book after this one will be Tea Girl on Hummingbird Lane, by Lisa See
https://www.amazon.com/Tea-Girl-Hummingbird-Lane-ebook/dp/B01HMXRVL8/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1505043214&sr=1-1&keywords=tea+girl+of+hummingbird+lane

Cathryn Conroy

St. Anne's Community Concert Series Presents
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Tom Rohde
Nov 19th 4:30pm

Classical guitarist, Tom Rohde, specializes in playing Classical, Brazilian, and Spanish music. A graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, earning a Master’s Degree with honors in classical guitar performance, he has done extensive research of Brazilian music. Thomas Rohde, guitarist, has performed throughout the United States, Brazil, and Taiwan as a soloist and chamber musician. Select performances include the 92nd Street Y in New York City, the Spoletto Festival in Charleston, SC, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Ryles Jazz Club and the Regattabar. He has performed with the New World Symphony, the New Bedford Symphony, and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project.

Cathedral Task Force
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For the next few month the Cathedral Task Force is gathering information from the people of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington (AKA - EDOW). We would like to know your thoughts on the questions below.  Listening Sessions are on the calendar and they are : October 30th at Grace Church in Silver Spring, and November 1st at the Cathedral in DC.  The time of the sessions are 7pm to 9pm.  If you find you cannot get to a Listening Session, please feel free to answer the questions and share your thoughts with us.  Please look for the survey on the EDOW website: edow.org.  We hope to have it online very soon.  If you want to send your thoughts to an email then you can use mine: jpkbrewer@gmail.com.

1. What is the relationship between your congregation and Washington National Cathedral (AKA - WNC)?
2. What would you like the relationship to be/what are the opportunities for your congregation and WNC to collaborate and share resources?
3. The founding charter and tradition charge it to be a House of Prayer for all People, the chief mission church of the diocese, and a great church for national purposes, in all of these things working to promote religion, education, and charity.  Is that a role that the Cathedral is serving?
4.  What is WNC's role in public square?
5. What might the WNC do that it isn't currently doing?

Thank you for your time and attention to this concern. Thank you and may peace be with you,
Pam Brewer

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Weekly News, October 19, 2017

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Weekly News, October 19, 2017
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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
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Welcome to St. Anne's Episcopal Church, an inclusive community of faith located in Damascus, Maryland (http://saintannesdamascus.net/location) , the "northern star" of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington (http://www.edow.org/) . We invite you to establish roots in the rituals, tradition, and fellowship of the Episcopal faith. All are welcome!

Your Support is VITAL to ensure our future!
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Income as of End of September: $278,879 Expenses: $280,041 Deficit $1,162

Pledges are about 5% ($14,000) behind from the summer. - this makes it difficult to stay current on our bills!

We are projecting a deficit for the year of at least $30,000 - don't forget to submit your estimate of giving for 2018 and please PRAY about increasing your giving for 2018!

Enter your 2018 Pledge Here! (http://saintannesdamascus.net/living-out-our-mission-pledge)

This Sunday's Readings, Track 1
http://www.lectionarypage.net/YearA_RCL/Pentecost/AProp24_RCL.html

Social Media Concept
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We are thinking about the possibility of some short promotional videos on social media to be targeted in our local community on Facebook...Just an idea and nothing has been decided yet, but we did create these "test" videos to give an idea of what we could do...Check them out!

All Are Welcome
(https://slide.ly/promo/share/59e8d947374e276a197b23c6)

Together
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Different Families Welcome 1 (https://slide.ly/promo/share/59e8c4c1374e270d7d7b23ca)

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Why You Should Go To Church Part 2
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The following is reprinted from the blog The Art of Manliness and authored by Brett and Kate McKay (although this article is for women as well as youth). The blog created in 2008 has grown to be the largest men's interest magazine on the web. This is a really good article and offers some incredibly valid reasons why belonging to a faith community and attending regularly makes a difference in people's lives. It also offers some great points for EVANGELISM! It is long - so I will be reprinting it here in sections over the next couple weeks. Although if you want to read it in it's entirety just check out the blog (http://www.artofmanliness.com/2017/04/14/go-church-even-youre-not-sure-beliefs/) . By the end of the article you will see how, in the authors' view

"regular church attendance functions as one of the best keys for anyone wishing to create a flourishing life — not just the religiously inclined, but even agnostics and atheists as well."

Now on to the article PART 2!!

Why Don’t People Go to Church?
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We’ve explained why men don’t go to church as often as women (http://www.artofmanliness.com/tag/christianity/) , but why doesn’t the majority of either sex go?

A decline in belief seems like the most obvious answer, and while it does explain part of the reason people aren’t attending religious services, it doesn’t explain everything.

The overall rate of church attendance in the U.S. hasn’t declined recently because the ranks of the religiously affiliated are going to church less; belief and practice among this group has actually pretty much held steady over the last decade, and in some areas (though not church attendance), increased. Rather, it’s gone down because the population’s proportion of Nones — who attend church very rarely — has increased.

Yet, contrary to popular assumption (and their negative sounding moniker), Nones don’t eschew all connection to the transcendent and many still evince theistic leanings: 61% believe in God, 40% say they regularly experience feelings of spiritual peace and well-being, over a third say religion is either very or somewhat important to them, and 20% pray daily. So the religiously unaffiliated aren’t wholly nonbelieving; rather, this is a cohort who is likely to describe themselves as “spiritual rather than religious” — and to associate church attendance solely with the latter label.

Thus while a weakening in belief amongst Nones has indeed played a role in decreasing church attendance, so has a general disassociation between belief and the necessity of making some of the outward manifestations traditionally associated with it — like going to church. Even if those in this group experience religious impulses, they don’t feel the need to structure them within the confines of an organized religion.

Weakening of belief is even less of a factor among those who are religiously affiliated, but have been going to church less often than in the past. Rather than citing doubt or theological questions, this cohort, who make up 22% of the religiously affiliated, point to more practical reasons (http://www.pewforum.org/2016/08/23/choosing-a-new-church-or-house-of-worship/?utm_source=adaptivemailer&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=16-08-23%20choosing%20congregations&org=982&lvl=100&ite=217&lea=24514&ctr=0∥=1&trk=)  for why they’ve been skipping out on services more often lately: a good church isn’t close by, they’re too busy or admittedly “too lazy,” or there are simply other things they’d rather do instead.

For both groups, then, the common driver behind a lack of church attendance is a rising sense of its optionality. Those who are religiously inclined, feel like church attendance can readily be dropped for the sake of convenience, or substituted, without loss, for a more pleasurable activity. Theistic Nones feel like spiritualty and church-going are not inseparably connected and that the former can be cultivated without the latter. And nonbelieving Nones think church isn’t something that is at all relevant to them.

Whereas going to church once constituted a central cultural, social, and civic institution, it’s now something to take or leave, depending on one’s beliefs, personality, and schedule. A non-essential for living the good life.

There’s certainly no putting this cultural cat back in the bag. But I’d still like to make a controversial, countercultural, admittedly quixotic case that, optional though it may be, regular church attendance functions as one of the best keys for anyone wishing to create a flourishing life — not just the religiously inclined, but even agnostics and atheists as well.
(continued next week)

Parish Conversations - Contrary to What you may think - THESE HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH STEWARDSHIP! SO....
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The vestry has been working on some conversational questions based on themes from the vestry retreat to discuss in small groups over the next several weeks. These conversations are meant to help the vestry continue to plan our future as a community of faith, and to help keep us growing! It's really important that we have your input and we hope that you will be able to make one of the sessions that are graciously being hosted at homes of parishioners. The conversations will last approximately 2 hours and will be facilitated by members of the Vestry.

You will see signup sheets in the parish hall for the currently scheduled sessions - each session can hold 10-12 people. THE ENTIRE VESTRY encourages you to sign up for one of the sessions and help us continue to grow as a community of faith.

Currently scheduled sessions are as follows:
* 10/27; 7pm - Reed and Peggy Owens Hosting - Damascus
* 11/3; 7pm - Shane and Cindy Lippert Hosting - Clarksburg
* 11/5; 1pm - Tom Warfield and Robin Mustain Hosting - Germantown
* 11/8; 7:30pm - Bettianne Quinn Hosting in Multi Purpose Room at St. Anne's
* 11/12; 2pm - Bill and Chris Mathews Hosting - Ijamsville
* 11/18; 3pm - Bryan and Victoria Imhoff Hosting - Clarksburg

New Neighbors Food Drive
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St. Anne's is collecting food for refugee families in our area. The food will go to specific families we work with through our New Neighbors refugee assistance ministry, and also to the food bank that serves them. We are also collecting donations of money to assist refugee families with expenses like rent and utilities. If you would like to contribute, please drop off your donations by October 8, in the blue bin in the narthex. The shopping list appears below. Thank you!
* Basmati Rice
* Pasta Sauce - No Meat
* Pasta
* Dried Fava Beans
* Tomato Sauce
* Black Olives
* Cooking Oil
* Olive Oil
* Sugar
* Flour
* Tea Bags
* Coffee
* Toilet Paper
* Laundry Soap
* Snacks for Kids

What makes you feel good about contributing to St Anne's?
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We are looking for people willing to stand up and tell us –  in 2 to 3 minutes at church services during our giving campaign to start in late October – how they answer this question.  Doesn’t matter if you have been giving to St. Anne’s for a month, a year, a decade or most of your adult life.  Your answer may get others thinking about giving in a way that they had never considered before!

I can point to 2 stories I heard from those willing to get up and talk about their reasons for giving that have been the great inspiration to us to commit our financial support of the faith community we have been a part of (including St. Anne’s of course)over the past 20 years or so.  I know how important it is to hear people speak of reasons for giving in their own words.  So please devote some thought and prayer to doing this, and if you are willing to do it,  call or text me at 240-620-2441, email me at timpacey@verizon.net (mailto:timpacey@verizon.net)  or see me in church.

Finally, if you have thoughts to share but speaking in front of the congregation terrifies you, not to worry.  By next week, we will provide an opportunity for you to share your thoughts in writing or electronically on What makes you feel good about contributing to St Anne's, that we can share anonymously with the rest of the congregation.

Tim Pacey
Giving campaign chairperson

Saint Anne's Youth
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Thank you EVERYONE for coming our last Sunday.  What a wonderful turnout.  I was very humbled by many of your comments and excited about moving forward this year.  Right now I need some refinement for our work camp dates and our theme.

PLEASE GO TO SURVEY MONKEY and answer just 3 simple questions. DEADLINE 10/27 Here is the link:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7WRMS9H

From Sunday with multiple answers allowed:
Work camp votes
Jun 24to Jun 29 2018 3
Jul 08to Jul 13 2018 4
Jul 15to Jul 20 2018 6
Jul 22to Jul 27 2018 4
Jul 29to Aug 03 2018 6

theme for the year votes
Military               7
Poverty                1
Seniors                7
environment            6
animals                4

Notes on fundraising at the Holiday Bazaar 11/11/2017 – I talked to Charlotte King and they already have people from church who will be selling lunches.  We however can have a bake sale.  Food not sold on Saturday could be sold on Sunday or used for the food for coffee hour so this could be a win win scenario.  We will need food items and people to help man our space from 9 am to 5 pm on that day.  Charlotte was also wondering if any youth would like to dress up and wave to people on 27 to encourage them to come into the sale.   So check you calendars for availability and look for more info next week.

Last reminder – we have coffee hour duties in November.  Thank you everyone who signed up.

Faithfully, Bettianne

St. Anne's Book Club: Books and Brunch!
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The St. Anne's Book Club will meet on Saturday, November 4 at 11 a.m. at Jean Hampton's home for books and brunch.

All are welcome! Please RSVP to Jean by Wednesday, November 1 if you plan to attend.

The book: A Piece of the World, by Christina Baker Kline
https://www.amazon.com/Piece-World-Christina-Baker-Kline-ebook/dp/B01G1FFH6Y/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1505043024&sr=8-1&keywords=a+piece+of+the+world

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the smash bestseller Orphan Train, a stunning and atmospheric novel of friendship, passion, and art, inspired by Andrew Wyeth’s mysterious and iconic painting Christina’s World.

"Later he told me that he’d been afraid to show me the painting. He thought I wouldn’t like the way he portrayed me: dragging myself across the field, fingers clutching dirt, my legs twisted behind. The arid moonscape of wheatgrass and timothy. That dilapidated house in the distance, looming up like a secret that won’t stay hidden."

To Christina Olson, the entire world was her family’s remote farm in the small coastal town of Cushing, Maine. Born in the home her family had lived in for generations, and increasingly incapacitated by illness, Christina seemed destined for a small life. Instead, for more than twenty years, she was host and inspiration for the artist Andrew Wyeth, and became the subject of one of the best known American paintings of the twentieth century.

As she did in her beloved smash bestseller Orphan Train, Christina Baker Kline interweaves fact and fiction in a powerful novel that illuminates a little-known part of America’s history. Bringing into focus the flesh-and-blood woman behind the portrait, she vividly imagines the life of a woman with a complicated relationship to her family and her past, and a special bond with one of our greatest modern artists.

Told in evocative and lucid prose, A Piece of the World is a story about the burdens and blessings of family history, and how artist and muse can come together to forge a new and timeless legacy.

And looking ahead: The book after this one will be Tea Girl on Hummingbird Lane, by Lisa See
https://www.amazon.com/Tea-Girl-Hummingbird-Lane-ebook/dp/B01HMXRVL8/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1505043214&sr=1-1&keywords=tea+girl+of+hummingbird+lane

Cathryn Conroy

StrivingforJustice&  Peace
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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.

In the End, we will Remember not the Words of our Enemies, but the Silence of our Friends.  Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Racism is a Demon that Still Must be Engaged.”  Presiding Bishop Curry.

On Sunday October 15, 2017 and Monday October 16, 2017 The Washington National Cathedral and The Kaleidoscope Institute hosted Gracious and Courageous Conversations in the Nave at the Cathedral.

This writer attended on Monday at 6:00 pm just as the sun was setting in the West. As the rays struck that most beautiful west-facing Rose Window the colors flared then burned as embers.  In the old air of the church The Great Choir and Readers brought Evensong to life as the night set in and the great window went dark.

About eighty men and women of all races and backgrounds gathered inthe center of the Nave in small groups of eight and heard the poem: Touched By An Angel by Maya Angelou; then prayed together the Prayerby Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Rev. Mpho Tutu in The Book of Forgiving:

“Can you hold that space open for me?

Can you keep your questions and suggestions and judgments at bay?

Can you wait with me for the truths that stay hidden behind my sadness, my fear, my forgetting, and my pain?

Can you just hold open a space for me to tell my story?”

[This prayer is printed in Becoming Beloved Community: the Episcopal Church’s Long-Term Commitment to Racial Healing, Reconciliation , and Justice.  In 2017, the Episcopal Church released this document as a road map in response to resolutions passed at the 78th General Convention of the Episcopal Church (2015).

Becoming Beloved Community is available online at

www.episcopalchurch.org/page/becoming-beloved-community ]

Then the “Mutual Invitation to Sharing” began with a pledge from the eighty that we would participate in the process of “Respectful Communication”.

The guided sharing centered on the history of the Lee-Jackson Stained Glass Windows which have already been removed from the walls and are being restored and crated until their next resting place can be found.

The Mutual Sharing was designed to allow participants to speak aloud feelings and ideas about the Cathedral and the removal of the windows and the general movement throughout the country to remove statues and plaques honoring the Southern military leaders and armies. It was designed to allow participants to talk together about race relations.

Although the stained glass of the great Nave had all gone dark with the setting of the sun, the “Confederate window’s” were quite visible due to the plywood covering the empty spaces.

At some time, new windows will be installed.  What these windows will be is a question to be answered through time.  There are, in fact, many windows available for staining.  What would men and women of good will in the twenty-first century deem valuable and suitable to put into glass and hang on the walls of this great church?

In this writer’s small group, the discussion of Race Conversations in Episcopal churches throughout the Metropolitan Area revealed that there are Episcopal Churches within the area holding race conversations.  Some churches have leadership in this area and are reaching out to communities to be a part of the work of our time.

The mitigation of the violence of our time depends on reaching out.

Will we strive for Justice and Peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?

With God’s help, we will .

I hope you find this respectful

RMW

Cathedral Task Force
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For the next few month the Cathedral Task Force is gathering information from the people of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington (AKA - EDOW). We would like to know your thoughts on the questions below.  Listening Sessions are on the calendar and they are : October 30th at Grace Church in Silver Spring, and November 1st at the Cathedral in DC.  The time of the sessions are 7pm to 9pm.  If you find you cannot get to a Listening Session, please feel free to answer the questions and share your thoughts with us.  Please look for the survey on the EDOW website: edow.org.  We hope to have it online very soon.  If you want to send your thoughts to an email then you can use mine: jpkbrewer@gmail.com.

1. What is the relationship between your congregation and Washington National Cathedral (AKA - WNC)?
2. What would you like the relationship to be/what are the opportunities for your congregation and WNC to collaborate and share resources?
3. The founding charter and tradition charge it to be a House of Prayer for all People, the chief mission church of the diocese, and a great church for national purposes, in all of these things working to promote religion, education, and charity.  Is that a role that the Cathedral is serving?
4.  What is WNC's role in public square?
5. What might the WNC do that it isn't currently doing?

Thank you for your time and attention to this concern. Thank you and may peace be with you,
Pam Brewer

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Have you checked out St. Anne's Online Academy Yet?
We now have some offerings online!

Take a simple course to learn just how easy it is! "How to take a ChurchNext Course"

You can access the course which will allow you to register for our online learning by following this link

Register for St. Anne's On-Line Academy (https://stannesonline.pathwright.com/library/how-to-take-a-churchnext-class-free-3168b43f/register/62410/?ic=eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJyb2xlIjo1LCJvZmZlcmluZ19pZCI6NjI0MTAsInNlbmRlcl9pZCI6MzU1MTY3LCJpbnZpdGVfdHlwZSI6MSwic2Nob29sX2lkIjoxMzE4Nn0.9q3nXwKXnEbFOQLrejuL_EQgvxCCLbvBiAYtdPT9RY8)

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Weekly News, October 12, 2017

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** Weekly News, October 12, 2017
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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
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Welcome to St. Anne's Episcopal Church, an inclusive community of faith located in Damascus, Maryland (http://saintannesdamascus.net/location) , the "northern star" of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington (http://www.edow.org/) . We invite you to establish roots in the rituals, tradition, and fellowship of the Episcopal faith. All are welcome!

** Your Support is VITAL to ensure our future!
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Income as of End of August: $253,623 Expenses: $251,023 Surplus $2,600

Pledges are about 5% behind from the summer. Please try to keep your pledges up to date - and remember, although we currently show a surplus, we are expected to have a deficit at the end of the year, so begin to pray about increasing your giving for 2018!

Please Keep your Pledges Current! (It's needed to pay our bills!)

** TONIGHT - Saint Anne's Senior Housing Community Meeting
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This is a meeting for the local community to preview preliminary plans and to ask questions about the Senior Housing Project. It is required as we make our submission to the county for the Special Exception Permit. It is also open to any members of St. Anne's.

October 12 7:00pm in the Sanctuary

** Why You Should Go To Church Part 1
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The following is reprinted from the blog The Art of Manliness and authored by Brett and Kate McKay (although this article is for women as well as youth). The blog created in 2008 has grown to be the largest men's interest magazine on the web. This is a really good article and offers some incredibly valid reasons why belonging to a faith community and attending regularly makes a difference in people's lives. It also offers some great points for EVANGELISM! It is long - so I will be reprinting it here in sections over the next couple weeks. Although if you want to read it in it's entirety just check out the blog (http://www.artofmanliness.com/2017/04/14/go-church-even-youre-not-sure-beliefs/). By the end of the article you will see how, in the authors' view

"regular church attendance functions as one of the best keys for anyone wishing to create a flourishing life — not just the religiously inclined, but even agnostics and atheists as well."

Now on to the article...

When it comes to religious institutions, Americans exhibit some contradiction between their beliefs and their actions.

On the one hand, the vast majority feel that churches and other houses of worship are powerful forces for societal good: according to the Pew Research Center (http://www.pewforum.org/2015/11/03/u-s-public-becoming-less-religious/) , almost nine in ten Americans say that religious institutions “bring people together and strengthen community bonds” and “play an important role in helping the poor and needy,” while three-quarters believe they “protect and strengthen morality in society.”

Americans’ bullishness on the positive impact of religious institutions, however, doesn’t fully extend to their active participation in them: only half attend religious services on a monthly basis, and even fewer attend weekly.

This number is naturally lowest among those without a particular religious affiliation — a cohort that has been growing in size over the past decade. “Nones,” as they are called, now represent 23% of the population (including over a third of Millennials), about a quarter of which consists of agnostics and atheists, with the rest being those who are simply religiously unaffiliated. Only 4% of these Nones attend religious services weekly, with 24% attending monthly, and almost three-fourths attending seldom to never.

But even among those who are affiliated with a religion, regular attendance at their faith’s services is rarer than one might think. Only 46% of the religiously affiliated attend services every week, with another 35% saying they go 1-2 times a month, and 18% reporting they go seldom to never. Among Millennials, the number is much lower; only about 27% attend services weekly.

When all groups are combined, only 36% of Americans attend religious services on a weekly basis (and as we’ve discussed previously, significantly less of this percentage is made up of men (http://www.artofmanliness.com/2016/08/01/christianitys-manhood-problem-an-introduction/) ). That represents a small but significant 3% drop in attendance over the last decade.

Recent decline aside, service attendance has been low for much longer than that. Gallup surveys (http://www.gallup.com/poll/1690/religion.aspx) , which peg the percentage of people who currently go to church or synagogue weekly or almost weekly at 38%, show that even 25 years ago, that number was still only 44%. And if you read books from the early 20th century, and even farther back, the authors remark on how few people were going to church even then.

Church has been a hard sell for a long time.

But there’s still a really good case to be made for going. And not just for the devout or orthodox, either.

Note: In the rest of this article, we will use “church” when referring to religious services, as Christianity-based religious institutions are what almost ¾ of Americans would participate in, if they participated. But the principles outlined apply to attendance at all houses of worship, including mosques, synagogues, etc.
(continued next week)

** Parish Conversations
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The vestry has been working on some conversational questions based on themes from the vestry retreat to discuss in small groups over the next several weeks. These conversations are meant to help the vestry continue to plan our future as a community of faith, and to help keep us growing! It's really important that we have your input and we hope that you will be able to make one of the sessions that are graciously being hosted at homes of parishioners. The conversations will last approximately 2 hours and will be facilitated by members of the Vestry.

You will see signup sheets in the parish hall for the currently scheduled sessions - each session can hold 10-12 people. THE ENTIRE VESTRY encourages you to sign up for one of the sessions and help us continue to grow as a community of faith.

Currently scheduled sessions are as follows:
* 10/27; 7pm - Reed and Peggy Owens Hosting - Damascus
* 11/3; 7pm - Shane and Cindy Lippert Hosting - Clarksburg
* 11/5; 1pm - Tom Warfield and Robin Mustain Hosting - Germantown
* 11/8; 7:30pm - Bettianne Quinn Hosting in Multi Purpose Room at St. Anne's
* 11/17; 3pm - Bryan and Victoria Imhoff Hosting - Clarksburg

Tentative: 11/12; 2pm - Bill and Chris Mathews Hosting - Ijamsville

** New Neighbors Food Drive
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St. Anne's is collecting food for refugee families in our area. The food will go to specific families we work with through our New Neighbors refugee assistance ministry, and also to the food bank that serves them. We are also collecting donations of money to assist refugee families with expenses like rent and utilities. If you would like to contribute, please drop off your donations by October 8, in the blue bin in the narthex. The shopping list appears below. Thank you!
* Basmati Rice
* Pasta Sauce - No Meat
* Pasta
* Dried Fava Beans
* Tomato Sauce
* Black Olives
* Cooking Oil
* Olive Oil
* Sugar
* Flour
* Tea Bags
* Coffee
* Toilet Paper
* Laundry Soap
* Snacks for Kids

** What makes you feel good about contributing to St Anne's?
------------------------------------------------------------

We are looking for people willing to stand up and tell us –  in 2 to 3 minutes at church services during our giving campaign to start in late October – how they answer this question.  Doesn’t matter if you have been giving to St. Anne’s for a month, a year, a decade or most of your adult life.  Your answer may get others thinking about giving in a way that they had never considered before!

I can point to 2 stories I heard from those willing to get up and talk about their reasons for giving that have been the great inspiration to us to commit our financial support of the faith community we have been a part of (including St. Anne’s of course)over the past 20 years or so.  I know how important it is to hear people speak of reasons for giving in their own words.  So please devote some thought and prayer to doing this, and if you are willing to do it,  call or text me at 240-620-2441, email me at timpacey@verizon.net (mailto:timpacey@verizon.net)  or see me in church.

Finally, if you have thoughts to share but speaking in front of the congregation terrifies you, not to worry.  By next week, we will provide an opportunity for you to share your thoughts in writing or electronically on What makes you feel good about contributing to St Anne's, that we can share anonymously with the rest of the congregation.

Tim Pacey
Giving campaign chairperson

** SAM (Saint Anne's Men)
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Friday Night gatherings are back! Join us for an evening of fellowship, discussion and fun! This is open to ALL men of St. Anne's and you are encouraged to attend.
* FRIDAY, October 13 AT 7:00 PM
* Reed Owens' Office 9701 New Church Street Unit ADamascus, MD 20872 

** Saint Anne's Youth
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This Sunday (10/15) I would like to have a VERY IMPORTANT meeting (during coffee hour) regarding the future of SAY and our calendar for the year.  I'd like parents & youth to do some homework before the meeting... Please bring your ideas to these questions -

1. What service based projects would you like to do during the school year? (homelessness, poverty, pets, other)
2. Summertime- From survey monkey questionnaire - most people wanted to do a mission trip, about a days ride away to a new place.  So now we need to decide where & when & with what agency (the responses were split on either agency)  I'd like each of you to do some research...  Looking at trips that include middle school as well as high school... Pick out your favorites from these 2 agencies for us to discuss this Sunday!

https://www.youthworks.com/trips/
Survey monkey comments below...
Being able to go on the trip with St. Peter's was a positive. A negative was that we had to go to the large group gatherings at night when we we all really tired from the day’s work.

I felt that the group was trying to get to the end of the week as fast as possible, but getting to see new places was really cool.

One positive that I had was that we were able to talk to the whole group of the city in the street diner and a negative would be that the program was a tad bit unorganized and a little bit confusing at times.

She seemed to have a good time and learned a lot from the experience!

Positive: We were able to help a lot of people Negative: The staff weren't as engaged and I think Group was definitely better

https://groupmissiontrips.com/
Survey monkey comments below...

It was fun because of the time we had for helping the society and some free time so we can discover and find new things in the area. I can't think of a negative it was too positive

The whole set up of the camp was more appealing, but the week went by so fast.
Positive: it was well organized and it really helped me connect with God Negative: Nothing

Faithfully, Bettianne

** St. Anne's Book Club: Books and Brunch!
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The St. Anne's Book Club will meet on Saturday, November 4 at 11 a.m. at Jean Hampton's home for books and brunch.

All are welcome! Please RSVP to Jean by Wednesday, November 1 if you plan to attend.

The book: A Piece of the World, by Christina Baker Kline
https://www.amazon.com/Piece-World-Christina-Baker-Kline-ebook/dp/B01G1FFH6Y/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1505043024&sr=8-1&keywords=a+piece+of+the+world

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the smash bestseller Orphan Train, a stunning and atmospheric novel of friendship, passion, and art, inspired by Andrew Wyeth’s mysterious and iconic painting Christina’s World.

"Later he told me that he’d been afraid to show me the painting. He thought I wouldn’t like the way he portrayed me: dragging myself across the field, fingers clutching dirt, my legs twisted behind. The arid moonscape of wheatgrass and timothy. That dilapidated house in the distance, looming up like a secret that won’t stay hidden."

To Christina Olson, the entire world was her family’s remote farm in the small coastal town of Cushing, Maine. Born in the home her family had lived in for generations, and increasingly incapacitated by illness, Christina seemed destined for a small life. Instead, for more than twenty years, she was host and inspiration for the artist Andrew Wyeth, and became the subject of one of the best known American paintings of the twentieth century.

As she did in her beloved smash bestseller Orphan Train, Christina Baker Kline interweaves fact and fiction in a powerful novel that illuminates a little-known part of America’s history. Bringing into focus the flesh-and-blood woman behind the portrait, she vividly imagines the life of a woman with a complicated relationship to her family and her past, and a special bond with one of our greatest modern artists.

Told in evocative and lucid prose, A Piece of the World is a story about the burdens and blessings of family history, and how artist and muse can come together to forge a new and timeless legacy.

And looking ahead: The book after this one will be Tea Girl on Hummingbird Lane, by Lisa See
https://www.amazon.com/Tea-Girl-Hummingbird-Lane-ebook/dp/B01HMXRVL8/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1505043214&sr=1-1&keywords=tea+girl+of+hummingbird+lane

Cathryn Conroy

** StrivingforJustice&  Peace
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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.

There was feed back....

 White privilege ?

 Literacy Development?

 Micro-aggressions?

Will we strive for Justice and Peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?

With God’s help, we will .

I hope you find this respectful

RMW

** Cathedral Task Force
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For the next few month the Cathedral Task Force is gathering information from the people of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington (AKA - EDOW). We would like to know your thoughts on the questions below.  Listening Sessions are on the calendar and they are : October 30th at Grace Church in Silver Spring, and November 1st at the Cathedral in DC.  The time of the sessions are 7pm to 9pm.  If you find you cannot get to a Listening Session, please feel free to answer the questions and share your thoughts with us.  Please look for the survey on the EDOW website: edow.org.  We hope to have it online very soon.  If you want to send your thoughts to an email then you can use mine: jpkbrewer@gmail.com.

1. What is the relationship between your congregation and Washington National Cathedral (AKA - WNC)?
2. What would you like the relationship to be/what are the opportunities for your congregation and WNC to collaborate and share resources?
3. The founding charter and tradition charge it to be a House of Prayer for all People, the chief mission church of the diocese, and a great church for national purposes, in all of these things working to promote religion, education, and charity.  Is that a role that the Cathedral is serving?
4.  What is WNC's role in public square?
5. What might the WNC do that it isn't currently doing?

Thank you for your time and attention to this concern. Thank you and may peace be with you,
Pam Brewer
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