Holy Week at St. Anne's

Holy Week at St. Anne's

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

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

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

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

  • Palm Sunday, April 14, ONE SERVICE 10am

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

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

  • Good Friday, April 19, Meditation, Noon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A New Year's Message, Fr.Lee+

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

Fr. Lee+

Fr. Lee's 2018 Christmas Message

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

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

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

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

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

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


A Blessed Christmas to you all!


Fr. Lee+

Damascus HELP Volunteer Opportunities

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

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

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

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

Shopping on Amazon this Holiday Season?

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

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

Click here for St. Anne's Amazon Link

Women's March 2019

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

All Things are Possible!

The Social Justice Committee

Outreach Volunteers Needed for New Neighbors

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

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

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

Weeks of:

  • November 4- 10

  • November 11-17

  • November 18-24

  • November 25 - December 1

  • December 2 -8

  • December 9 - 15

  • December 16 - 22

  • December 23 - 29

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bailey & Bailey

St. Anne's to Receive new Deacon

Announcing The Arrival of Deacon Eugene Wright
by Fr. Lee+

On September 22, 2018, Eugene Wright will be ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacons. Our Bishop has assigned the future Deacon Wright to serve at both St. Anne's and Church of the Ascension. He will begin his service to our congregation beginning October 1. He will spend the month of October at St. Anne's getting to know us then he will do the same at Ascension in November before he starts a biweekly schedule serving each parish. You will see him in our liturgy performing the liturgical functions of a deacon, but that is not the main function of a deacon. The diaconate is a "servant" ministry of the church meant to form a bridge between the church and the world. They are called to minister to the local community, empower the laity to serve the local community, and bring the needs of the community to the church. As Deacon Wright gets to know us, you will see him get involved in our ministries as well as encourage new ministry to the local area, by helping all of you to learn how to better serve in Christ's name. Deacon Wright will serve under my supervision (and the rector of Ascension for work there) but ultimately, is under the direct authority of the Bishop. I am very excited about St. Anne's receiving a deacon, as I was part of the commission to reestablish the diaconate in our dioceses and create the discernment and formation process (which takes anywhere from 3-5 years) for ordination.

From the Episcopal Church Website

"Deacons are members of one of three distinct orders of ordained ministry (with bishops and presbyters). In the Episcopal Church a deacon exercises "a special ministry of servanthood" directly under the deacon's bishop, serving all people and especially those in need (BCP, p. 543). This definition reflects the practice of the early church, in which deacons were ordained "not to the priesthood but to the servanthood [diakonia, "ministry"] of the bishop" (Hippolytus, Apostolic Tradition). In the ancient Greek-speaking world the term diakonos meant an intermediary who acted or spoke for a superior. Christian deacons were agents of the bishop, often with oversight of charity. Since ancient times the liturgical functions of deacons have suggested the activity of angels. As they proclaim the gospel, lead intercessions, wait at the eucharistic table, and direct the order of the assembly, deacons act as sacred messengers, agents, and attendants. The revival of the order of deacons in the twentieth century has emphasized social care and service."

A little more about Deacons from our Diocesan Website.

Deacons work as a link between the Church and the world. They discern people's needs, hopes, and concerns and empower faith communities to respond. They regularly move between the church and the communities they serve, speaking the truth in love, and encouraging the sacred and broken to enter into relationship with each other.

Bishop Mariann has made the work of deacons a priority in the diocese. Deacons are deployed from the bishop's office to develop collaborative ministries at the parishes they serve. They are network builders--linking neighborhoods to local parishes in order to grow faith communities. At services, deacons assist bishops and priests in the liturgy by reading the gospel, inviting the confession, setting the altar for Eucharist and offering the dismissal. Deacons in the diocese are led by Archdeacon Sue von Rautenkranz.

More information on deacons can be found in the Commission on Ministry's statement on the diaconate or in Canon 6 and 7 of The Episcopal Church.

From the Ordination Rite of a Deacon

God now calls you to a special ministry of servanthood directly under your bishop. In the name of Jesus Christ, you are to serve all people, particularly the poor, the weak, the sick, and the lonely. As a deacon in the Church, you are to study the Holy Scriptures, to seek nourishment from them, and to model your life upon them. You are to make Christ and his redemptive love known, by word and example, to those among whom you live, and work, and worship. You are to interpret to the Church the needs, concerns, and hopes of the world. You are to assist the bishop and priests in public worship and in the ministration of God’s Word and Sacraments, and you are to carry out other duties assigned to you from time to time. At all times, your life and teaching are to show Christ’s people that in serving the helpless they are serving Christ himself. (BCP, p. 543)

Women of St. Anne's Mini Retreat

Sat. Oct. 13th:

Gather at 9:00 for coffee, donuts and introductions in the parish hall.  Retreat starts at 9:30.

Lunch from 1:00 to 2:00 followed by outreach craft.  Fee 10:00

Playing with Scripture. Led by Mother Vikki Clayton

The Women of St. Anne’s invite all ladies of the parish to join us as we bring scripture to life through words, art, and really hammy acting. All levels of mobility will be able to participate. Wear comfortable clothing and be willing to bring out your inner child as we explore new ways to experience the Good News through imaginative play.


S.A.M. (Saint Anne's Men) Friday Evening Study Group

The SAM Study Group is a group men at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church
who meet weekly to study a book related to our life as Episcopalians.
We meet on Friday evenings from 7:00 pm to about 9:00 pm from early September through June. We normally do not meet during Christmas week, Holy Week, or when there are other conflicts with the parish calendar. Meetings may be cancelled due to bad weather conditions or when the likely member turnout will be too small (e.g., only 3 or 4 men).
We meet at Reed Owen’s business office in downtown Damascus atUxstorm, 9701 New Church Road, Unit A (in front). There is ample parking. 
Our first meeting this season will be on September 7, the first Friday after Labor Day. We will skip September 14 this year due to the parish organ concert, which meets at the same time. We will resume on September 21.
For this coming year, we will be using The Story of Christianity, Volume 2 – The Reformation to the Present Day. This is available through Amazon and there is a choice of electronic or paperback versions. 
We plan to spend the first two sessions on chapters 34 and 34 from last year’s book, so that the group can transition from last year’s book to the book noted above. A new comer will not need to have last year’s book, since we will put the relevant paragraphs up on the screen.
Since some of us are coming directly from work, some bring a sandwich or put in an order online with Steve Mullen via Evite for a slice or two from a local pizzeria. Those wish to have a beer or a glass of wine bring their own.
We usually devote from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm for studying from the book and from 8:00 pm to about 9:00 pm for socializing and discussing other topics of interest.
We operate as an informal group having a discussion of several specific questions, rather than as a formal class. Most of us will have read the chapter assigned. However, those who don’t should still come, as we will provide via email the set of questions, each preceded by a few sentences from the text pertinent to that question. 
When a question has been read and projected on a large screen, anyone who wants to share can state his belief or opinion on the question. Others follow by sharing their belief or opinion. We learn by hearing and pondering what others share. 
There is respect for everyone’s belief or opinion, and there is no attempt to prove someone else wrong. We are pilgrims in a church that respects people regardless of where they are on their journey with God.  
We show respect for others by listening to what they say and not having any side conversations. You are encouraged to share you thoughts, but no one has to speak. Usually, most of us have something to say.

Invite Welcome Connect Seminar

Invite Welcome Connect is a transformational ministry that equips and empowers people to cultivate intentional practices of evangelism, hospitality, and connectedness rooted in the Gospel imperative to "Go and make disciples of all nations" (Matthew 28:19). It is a ministry of relational evangelism and congregational empowerment allowing churches to become places of genuine connection for inviting the faith journeys and stories of everyone, enabling deeper journeys of Christian discipleship, and enabling the Spirit of Christ to be at the heart of each church's hospitable mission of spreading the Good News. Invite Welcome Connect has circulated throughout the Episcopal Church and, to date, has been presented in conference formats in 47 dioceses, three Episcopal seminaries, and in three universities. Invite Welcome Connect has also been presented among the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe and to the Anglican Church in Canada.

In the last five years, clergy and lay leaders from congregations and dioceses across the country have attended this dynamic training and report measurable results after using the materials. This transformational relational evangelism method has brought new energy and spirit to congregations and sustained, real growth where the essentials of Invite Welcome Connect are followed.

OCTOBER 27, 2018
9am until 4pm
Cost $10 to cover lunch/snacks

Individuals can register online on our website:

We stand Against Hate

On the evening of Saturday, September 1st, our faith community received a threatening call from an anonymous person - their message was one filled with hate, using the Bible to claim that God demands racial segregation and calling out St. Anne’s because we proclaim the love of God which encompasses ALL people and the dignity of every human being;striving, as a community, to seek justice for all people.

There is no place in our local community for this type of bigotry and hatred. We will not be intimidated, and will continue to be a prophetic voice, living out our mission to help create a world where Love is the way- not hatred- not bigotry.

We felt it important that we share this information not only with the police but with the community. We are humbled and honored by the messages of support from people throughout Northern Montgomery County. One of the other local Damascus churches shared that members of their church, living within a couple miles of the church had found Klan recruitment fliers in the driveways of their neighborhood, just a few weeks ago. They also reported that incident to the local authorities. It is difficult to believe that there is an underbelly of such vile hatred attempting to stir up issues in our community, but standing together, with the grace of God, we can be a witness for Love.