Weekly News, June 28th, 2018
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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
St. Anne's Episcopal Church is a vibrant, energetic, optimistic, fun, and loving community of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington located in Upper Montgomery County, MD. As Episcopalians we believe in a loving, liberating, and life-giving God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We are descendants of and partners with the Church of England and the Scottish Episcopal Church, and are part of the third largest group of Christians in the world.
We believe in following the teachings of Jesus Christ, whose life, death, and resurrection saved the world.
Ours is a legacy of inclusion. We aspire to tell and exemplify God’s love for every human being. We believe that God loves you – no exceptions.
It's not too late to make your pledge for 2018:
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Coffee & Fellowship Time
As you probably have seen - we are renting out the Parish Hall for the Summer for the Children's Center of Damascus Summer Camp. It's a great way to use (and receive $$) for the hall which gets little use in the summer because of the lack of air conditioning! As such - our coffee and fellowship time will take place in the Narthex while the camp is going on.
- The Vestry
Using Church Space
We have had a couple of incidents recently where members showed up at church wanting to use space for a meeting or study only to find that the spaces they hoped to use where in use. Part of the mission of St. Anne's is for our buildings to be a community hub and we have more groups using our space for different things. Always check the calendar on the website which will show what's going on and in what room AND make sure to call the office and have our Parish Administrator book a room for you if you need to use a space. We have to know when the building is being used - it's a liability issue and a requirement from Church Insurance. Thanks!
FINAL CALL! It's not too late to get sponsors for our Golf Tournament!!
St. Anne's 16th Annual Golf Open For Men and Women
Monday, July 9, 2018 11am start time at Montgomery Country Club
- 11am Registration; 11:30am Lunch; 12:30pm Shotgun Start; Dinner, Auction and Awards Afterwards
- Win a $5000 Hole In One Prize
- Longest Drive Prizes for Men and Women
- Closest to the Pin Prizes and Door Prizes
Don't forget to reach out and begin to get sponsors now - the success of the event depends on ALL of us! Registration is open online at:
Volunteers Needed - DAMASCUS HELP
Hi – This is Kathy Thornett, volunteer coordinator for Damascus HELP. We are in need of volunteers, especially for transportation of clients to doctor’s appointments and social services. Another dire need is a person or persons with trucks to help move furniture. This is an article that I have composed if you are able to put in your bulletin on a weekly basis for 4 weeks. If you have any questions please call me at 301-253-6397 or 301-461-6189. Thank you Kathy
Damascus HELP, a non-profit organization in Damascus, is looking for additional volunteers. We are hoping to find transportation drivers to take clients to doctors’ appointments and to social service appointments. We are also in need of furniture delivery teams to deliver furniture from an individual donating directly to the client’s home. This team would need to have access to a truck. Both of these opportunities would be on an” as needed basis.”. Volunteers need to be over 18 as our insurance does not cover anyone younger. Please contact Damascus HELP at email@example.com or call 301-253-4100 to get additional information or to volunteer.
Senior Housing Update
Much has been happening behind the scenes and things continue to move along on schedule. You may notice the signs on ridge road as you pull up to our property that signal something is happening! Right now things are in the hands of the county. Father Lee and others from Mission First and the project architects etc. will be meeting with the county in an informal meeting the morning of July 2 prior to the formal Development Review Committee Meeting on July 17th. Keep the prayers going that things continue to move smoothly!
St. Anne's Book Club: Books and Brunch!
The St. Anne's Book Club will meet on Saturday, June 30 at 11 a.m. at Jean Hampton's home for books and brunch. All are welcome.
All are welcome! Please RSVP to Jean at JeanMHampton@gmail.com by Wednesday, June 27 if you can attend.
The book: The book is "The Art of Hearing Heartbeats," by Jan-Philipp Sendker.
A poignant and inspirational love story set in Burma, The Art of Hearing Heartbeats spans the decades between the 1950s and the present. When a successful New York lawyer suddenly disappears without a trace, neither his wife nor his daughter Julia has any idea where he might be…until they find a love letter he wrote many years ago, to a Burmese woman they have never heard of. Intent on solving the mystery and coming to terms with her father’s past, Julia decides to travel to the village where the woman lived. There she uncovers a tale of unimaginable hardship, resilience, and passion that will reaffirm the reader’s belief in the power of love to move mountains.
S.A.Y (St. Anne's Youth)
Thank you everyone for your help and support of our car wash. We made $658.79 - our best total ever!!!
As our work campers begin to get ready for work camp - please remember these dates -
Sun. July 8- Come to worship at 10 am to be blessed for travelling!! Wear your RED T shirt if possible and come with any last minute questions you might have that we can try to answer during coffee hour.
Saturday July 14 - LOAD UP THE VAN!!! (Silvana you can bring your items on Sunday) Which time works best for you - 3 pm or 6 pm??? EMAIL ME YOUR CHOICE!!! Time with the most votes will win!
Sunday July 15 - Work campers be at church by 6:30 am!! We will meet up with St. Peter's in Urbana and head out from there! Wear your red shirts, bring a lunch & drinks & munchies!
Friday July 20 - head back home and we will call parents as we get closer!
Sunday July 29 - We are responsible for coffee hour as it is OUR turn to thank the congregation. We will need food, people to set up and serve and people to clean up afterwards. I'll send out a survey monkey for this next month... (This will also be my last official SAY leader event 😕)
Prayer for the week from Group - mission trip prayer card, "Lord, today all of us come to you in our own unique place of our faith journey. Guide us, give us grace as we face challenges, help us find the way to serve You, to listen to You, and follow the path you've designed for us." AMEN
S.A.M (St. Anne's Men)
TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME!!
SAM presents St. Anne’s night at the Frederick Keys
- Date: Friday, August 10
- Time: 7:00 pm (Gates open at 6 pm)
- Location: Nymeo Field at Harry Grove Stadium, 21 Stadium Drive, Frederick, MD
- Teams: Frederick Keys (Orioles) vs. Buies Creek Astros
- Cost: $11 adults (13-59); $8 Children (3-12), seniors (60+), & active military
See Tim Pacey or John Catlin for tickets
Striving for Justice & Peace
The Celebrant: Will you strive for Justice and Peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?
The People: We will, with God's help.
The Race Conversation at St. Anne’s
The Race Conversation has intruded on our lives in ways we did not foresee. We thought we had moved from the racist twentieth century into a more peaceful existence among the races and ethnicities. But when we were asked to take up the study of racism, to hold a conversation on race and race relations and the remaining, entrenched, structural racism, we found ourselves -unwittingly- moving through the stages of grief: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance.
In the last column the stages of grief developed by Kubler-Ross were used as a template to gauge how far along St. Anne’s has come in grieving the loss of beliefs and ideas about who we are and how we behave. This week’s column attempts to show that the process is moving forward. We will look at the third stage: Bargaining.
The bargaining phrase is often ‘I promise to do something, God, if you just grant my wish or answer my prayer in the affirmative or not let my loved one die’. That is easier to see. A direct link between the one who is grieving and the granter of life. But in our case, bargaining was/is harder to ascertain.
Bargaining is often subtle; but it was/is here at St. Anne’s and this is how it sounded/sounds:
We are already serving the underserved; we have a refugee program isn’t that enough. We collect food and clothing for the poor, isn’t that enough. We belong to an interfaith council. We each have personal projects to help people of color in our community; isn’t that enough? Isn’t teaching our children to not be racists enough? We have marched and protested and written letters isn’t that enough? Race is not really the issue, really, it is poverty and powerlessness and gender, couldn’t we take a look at that instead? I don’t want to get involved; I do other projects -that’s enough - right? We could participate if only someone else (maybe Fr. Lee) would lead the effort.
Each of these statements and questions is a type of bargaining. Turn them around: if we don’t have to undertake the race project, we will continue our refugee program...If we don’t have to undertake the race project we will continue our personal projects...aren’t we doing enough? Can’t we be left alone?
Some of us had intercessors speak on their behalf just to restate that we at St. Anne’s are doing enough. Some parishioners requested that the project be called off because it was so disruptive to the members of the congregation. Each carried a plea for something to be granted. Each is a form of bargaining.
More subtle even was the Bullying. The “if this project isn’t called off, there will be consequences...physical...social...psychological.” Bullying, that too, is a kind of bargaining. That did happen here at St. Anne’s. Shunning is the more socially acceptable version of bullying - it is a type of bargaining.
These stages of grieving were to be expected. Any project that upsets the status quowill start this process. These stages were/are painful.
We could call this process Growing Pains. The growing hurts but is necessary to make way for the next stages of life.
The letting go of the old, the unjust to make room for a new type of social justice will take a good bit of growing on the part of white people. Right now we are oscillating between anger and bargaining and anger and denial, but we are moving forward.
Next column will address the way that Bargaining and Anger are giving way to Depression/Sadness.
No personal information was shared in this column.
The Celebrant: Will you strive...?
The People: We will, with God's help
Thank you for reading this column this week.
I hope you find it respectful of you and your values and your past and present contributions to matters of race.
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