Weekly News, October 19, 2017

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Weekly News, October 19, 2017

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“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

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!

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

Social Media Concept
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


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

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Why You Should Go To Church Part 2
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?

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....
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
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

Saint Anne's Youth
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:

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!

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

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

Cathryn Conroy

StrivingforJustice&  Peace

The Celebrant:   Will you strive for Justice and Peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?

The People:      We will, with God's help.

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


Cathedral Task Force

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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