How Have You Been Transformed as Part of the St. Anne's Community?

Like most of us, I have many roles -- friend, wife, daughter, scientist, manager, boss, activist, volunteer, neighbor, colleague….. These different roles draw on different parts of me, and sometimes I feel fractured.  I don’t always know who the whole me is, I only know the part that is required for the role I’m trying to play at the moment.  This is painful.  Being a part of the St. Anne’s community helps me feel how all the different parts of me fit together and how they fit into God’s plan.  I don’t understand idea how I fit together, or what the plan is, but I feel a current of connection and peace, with myself, with the world and with God that flows directly out of my participation in our community.  Whether it’s contributing to worship through music, enjoying fellowship at one of our many wonderful events, working quietly by myself as part of the altar guild, working on a project for St. Claire’s, sharing greetings in during the peace, working with the vestry, crying with someone through their pain, or laughing in celebration, these many small things are precious to me and add up to a large and important whole.

Kristi Taylor

Vestry Notes, Vestry Meeting June 16, 2015

I'm so EXCITED!  Considering numbers from last year at this time, attendance is up and the overall feeling among members old and new is that people are excited about being part of the St. Anne's community.

Someone's trash is someone's treasure: The Yard Sale has made $1453 thus far with more revenue coming from items listed on eBay that didn't sell during the day of the sale.  Thank you to Karen Mullen and the NUMEROUS women and men who helped out (we don't have all the names of those that helped) for all of their hard work!

Grazin' In the Grass is a Blast Baby Can You Dig It? Many thanks to all of the volunteers who came out to beautify the grounds during the Saturday work day organized by Geri Drymalski.  She will be organizing another day toward the end of Summer-hopefully the weather will be cooler.    

Please don't say goodbye (to your pledge) for the Summer: We are significantly behind on pledges over the last 3 weeks.  Remember that you don't have to physically put your check in the plate, it is very easy to set up bill pay at your financial institution (where often there is no fee) or through the St. Anne's website via Pay Pal (where there is a small fee.)  We continue to operate under a deficit so please do your part!

It's a hard knock life: No, not that Miss Flanagan!  We are blessed to have The Rev. Carol Cole Flanagan, retired rector from St. John's, Olney as our supply priest on June 28th while Fr. Lee is away.

Can you hear me now?  We now have Fios wireless in the building!  Right now it is limited to Fr. Lee's office but Reed Owens, Bill Mathews, and Steve Mullen are working to get capability through out the entire church building.

You will have fun, FORE sure!  There is still time to sign up your foursome for the St. Anne's Open and to get sponsors!  This is the time to approach those businesses that you frequent maybe only in the Summer.  You will be amazed how easy it is to get a donation-JUST ASK!

Movin' Up and/or Out: Congratulations to our graduating seniors: Nathan Delaplaine (Montgomery College), Calvin Forte(University of MD Eastern Shore), Brian LaRosa (Montgomery College), Tessa More (Ithaca College) and Nicole Owens (McDaniel College.)  Many thanks to the members of St. Clair's Guild for the beautiful afghan blankets that each senior received festooned with their high school colors!

Vestry Notes, Vestry Meeting, May 19, 2015

More of you to love: Church attendance at St. Anne's is up 5.37% over last year!

Relay for Life update: Thank you to all who helped us raise more than $5,000 and to those who manned the St. Anne's tent, walked in prayer, and attended the St. Anne's service on Saturday night.  Plans are already in the works for a bigger and better 2016 event!  Word has gotten out about our involvement in Clarksburg and Damascus has requested our attendance at their event next year.  This will depend on interest/energy/ staffing from St. Anne's members so we'll see...

Summer in the city: Fr. Lee plans on keeping both services (8am and 10am) throughout the Summer along with the music program.  

"You like me, you really like me":  Andy Irwin, storyteller that is.  His concert was a phenomenal success and the email list specifically for concerts continues to grow.  

On Solid Ground: A big thank you to Don Espeland for his selfless work heading up the grounds ministry!  Thank you to Geri Drymalski and Frank Ierardi for lending their vision and labor to this as Don steps down.

Debbie Downer Time: We continue to operate under a deficit and Steve Mullen has been very creative with managing bills.  Things we can all do: Keep current on your pledge, when buying on Amazon please use the link on the St. Anne's website, and remember there is a $40 suggested donation when signing up for the altar flowers.  THANKS

St. Anne's Scholarship: The issue of paying for Continuing Education has been in the national dialogue in recent years and student loan debt is at crisis status.  With that in mind, Christina More has proposed that a $1,000 annual scholarship be created to be awarded to a high school senior beginning in 2016.  The seed money is coming from the defunct SAY workcamp which was composed of money from various fundraisers from 2-3 years ago.  She has formed a committee that will be setting requirements for candidates to be considered.  Church membership, regular attendance at Sunday services and events, and involvement in church groups will be emphasized.  If you have questions or would like to contribute to the scholarship, please contact Christina 301-642-1610 and/or submit your donation with "St. Anne's Scholarship" in the memo line of your check.  Thank you.

Kids in the Hall: We had Hoped that The Children's Center was going to rent our parish hall over the summer, which would have earned us $7200 to our bottom line. However, when our Senior Warden sent the lease agreement for a signature, they had to pull out. It appears that the person who runs their summer program has a health condition that requires her to be in air conditioned space. Thanks to Mark for his hard work, and maybe this is another reason we need to look at renovating our hall.

We're in Good Hands: Frank Ierardi has been looking into a new insurance policy for the church that would save us money.  Fr. Lee has identified a commercial realtor (one of St. Anne's Golf Tournament sponsors, no less) who will be donating the cost of an appraisal for the building and property.

They Have Our Back: The Diocesan Standing Committee has approved moving forward on this potential Mission First Housing project.  Both this committee and the church committee are receiving legal counsel as far as liability.  The Diocese's priority is in protecting the church and itself.  It is Fr. Lee and the church committee's hope that a letter of intent sign off will be accomplished by the end of the Summer.

Pump Up the Jams: Thank you to Rachel K, church organist extraordinaire, for going above and beyond her pay grade: extra practices for choir, bell choir, and everything else (just ask a choir member.)  

Dirty Jobs: The refrigerator in the SAY/All purpose room has died along with its contents.  A BIG thank you goes to Jessica "I've cleaned up worse messes I the Army" Cole along with Karen Mullen and Mike Low for cleaning up the mess and moving the frig out of the building.

Long Live The King: Our own Brian LaRosa was elected Prom King at Damascus High School Prom!

Reminders: Yard Sale May 30th, Blessing of the Vines at Sugarloaf Winery June 7,  Graduation Sunday June 14, St. Anne's Golf Open July 13.

Greening Our Sacred Grounds

In case you haven't been reading the e-news - there is a new ministry in town! Geri Drymalski is heading up a ministry focused on conserving our grounds, living into our call to be stewards of our land, and helping to keep St. Anne's a beautiful place to come and worship! She is planning on attending a free workshop on April 19 and hopes that some others will join. We may even learn how we can get some funds to help us!

Sacred Grounds Workshop: 
How to Green Your Congregation's Grounds
Sunday, April 19, 2-5 pm
Adat Shalom
7727 Persimmon Tree Lane, Bethesda

We'll discuss:
- how to manage stormwater, attract birds and butterflies, and improve the overall health of your congregation's grounds
- the innovative National Wildlife Federation's Sacred Grounds program, a certification for congregations that have made their grounds friendly to wildlife, and
- the Montgomery County RainScapes program, which offers rebates for projects that reduce stormwater runoff. 

The workshop is free. Please RSVP to Elizabeth Stevens at

This workshop is co-sponsored by National Wildlife Federation, Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake, Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection, and the Montgomery County RainScapes program.

Ignite - 5k and Personal Training Program

Are you ready? Even if you have not signed up - as a member of St. Anne’s you are WELCOME to come!

  • Weekly group training run/walk on Saturday mornings in Clarksburg Village.

  • Super supportive, individualized coaching.

  • We bolster a "no one runs alone" philosophy by using pace groups.

  • Focusing on proper form, technique, and injury prevention.

  • A special, closed Facebook group just for program participants to aid in group communication and support.

  • Weekly email alerts that include training plans, a weekly area of focus, nutritional tips, and a special video message modeling strength moves that will be beneficial to improving overall fitness.

PLUS - after each weekly training run/walk, we will have a whole group strength class which will include agility, speed, core work, and stretching!                        

Starts: Saturday, February 21st, 9am - at Walter Wims Elementary; 12520 Blue Sky Drive, Clarksburg, MD (park in the side parking lot close to the open fields)

Ends: Saturday, April 18th at the Clarksburg 5K (

Special Program Fee for St. Anne’s members: $30 (does not include race entry fee) - the price for the Public is $60    (cash or check)                

*In order to provide the personal attention each participant needs, this program is limited to 15 people.



Email: Cell: 240-793-3982


Way Better than the Ice-Bucket Challenge! -Wayne Stevens

I kept thinking about the Wiseman's Challenge that Fr. Lee had given us during the Christmas/Epiphany Season - and then a week ago, while I was getting my oil changed, I was talking to the guy who was changing my oil. In the conversation he had said that he needed new power steering fluid for his car - but couldn't afford it right now. Over the course of the conversation he admitted he was living pretty much hand to mouth - he was working but, but the pay wasn't great and after he paid rent he had about $50 left a week for gas and food. I listened and something inside of me told me to help this guy out. After he was done with the oil change, I tipped him and left. I went and bought 5 bags full of food for him and then went back and delivered it. The look on his face was priceless! He could not believe that someone would do something like that - just because....I say this was way better than that "ice-bucket" challenge that went around - because this created a connection - and I was able to see Christ in that young guy.

The Wiseman's Challenge asks each of us to give back the Gift of Love that God has given us, by going out of our way to give back to others.

Fr. Lee's Christmas Message

To the people of God in the community of St. Anne’s! Grace and peace be with you as we prepare to celebrate together the Feast of the birth of our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ.

It’s that time of year – the last Christmas rush – making sure the lights are hung, the presents bought, the food prepared…it’s easy for us to forget what all the preparations are supposed to be for. During this last rush we end up forgetting to prepare our hearts for the coming of the Lord – and isn’t that truly what Christmas is all about?

The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.” Luke 2:10-12

The good news which we celebrate on Christmas is that God has come to us, not with power and might, but as an infant, fragile and vulnerable, assuming our own human nature. The good news of Christmas is the good news of the mystery of the Incarnation, Jesus fully human and fully divine. The Divine became one of us as an infant, to show us the way to God. Even in the face of darkness and pain, which Jesus Himself experienced, we know that God walks with us. Christmas is about the presence of Jesus Christ in our lives and in our hearts. It is the celebration of His birth — the gift of God to us all.

So, this Christmas, let us remember that the presents we give, we give in thanksgiving for the greatest present of all time, the gift of Christ. Let us decorate, light candles, celebrate and feast on wonderful foods to remind us of the victory won for us on a very special night long ago. Let us re-read the great story of God’s gift to us and tell it in song so that it is never forgotten. Most importantly, through the grace of God’s Spirit, let us share the gift of love that has been given to us

Are you ready for Christmas? It is never too late to choose to follow the way of Christ, our Savior, who was born in a stable and lives forever. May you have a blessed and holy Christmas season. - Fr. Lee+

St. Anne's Book Club - January 19, 2015 7:30pm

The St. Anne's Book Club will meet on Monday, January 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Mary Grubb. Contact the office for the address. We will discuss "The Invention of Wings," by Sue Monk Kidd. All are welcome!

Note we have changed the book club meetings to the third Monday of the month, instead of the first Monday.

"The Invention of Wings"

Hetty "Handful" Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke's daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

Kidd's sweeping novel is set in motion on Sarah's 11th birthday, when she is given ownership of 10-year-old Handful, who is to be her handmaid. We follow their remarkable journeys over the next 35 years, as both strive for a life of their own, dramatically shaping each other's destinies and forming a complex relationship marked by guilt, defiance, estrangement and the uneasy ways of love. As the stories build to a riveting climax, Handful will endure loss and sorrow, finding courage and a sense of self in the process. Sarah will experience crushed hopes, betrayal, unrequited love, and ostracism before leaving Charleston to find her place alongside her fearless younger sister, Angelina, as one of the early pioneers in the abolition and women's rights movements. This book was inspired by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke.