Advent Day of Service

From the earliest evidence we have that describes what the celebration of the Eucharist looked like in the early Church through every century in the Church’s history to the present, the underlying dynamic has always been the same: Christians gather to celebrate the Eucharist and are then sent forth to live what they have celebrated. Our participation in the Eucharist is not meant to just be one of nourishment for ourselves, but is intended to empower us to go out into the world as the Body of Christ - the eyes, ears, hands and feet of Christ to a world that is in desperate need, acting as Christ to others.

On Sunday, December 14th the Third Sunday of Advent, traditionally the Sunday of Joy, we will practice “Living The Eucharist” in our worship as we make bagged lunches for the Men’s Shelter in Rockville, bringing a little bit of joy to those without. It is our hope that as we “Live the Eucharist” together in community, that it will serve as a reminder of just what this season is about - the Coming of Christ into the world, and how we as people of faith can continue to bring Christ into the lives of others. After the service we will come together for a simple meal of homemade soup and bread. See you on the 14th as we Live the Eucharist!

Christmas Outreach

This year, St. Anne’s will be providing coats to over 15 kids who live in Foster Care. Many of these children, because of their age and because most resources go towards those in group homes, get “left out” at Christmas time! This is the first year that we have extended our outreach to these kids. Thanks to all who signed up to purchase a coat!

Our community will also be “adopting” several families for the Christmas Season. As part of our outreach to these families, who may not otherwise have a joyous Christmas, we will be providing gifts, food and a holiday dinner! There is a sign up sheet in the narthex where you can sign up to help provide food and gifts. If you take a gift card, make sure to sign up on the board as well, so we know who is bringing what. Remember - the best and most assured way to experience Christ in your life, is by being Christ to someone in need. Help us to make sure these families get to have a Merry Christmas!

Each year the Outreach Ministry chooses local charities to send our Christmas Eve Loose Plate offering to. This year they have chosen two local charities, Damascus Help and the Woodworking For Children’s Charity. Woodworkers for Children Charity is dedicated to aiding needy children in the Washington metropolitan area. It runs two programs to achieve its goal. The first program is to craft wooden toys which are donated to organization helping at-risk children.The second program, called “Reading is Terrific”, is a literacy program run for first graders at Title I elementary schools. The vast majority of the students in these schools are minority, low-income, special ed., and English Students of Other Languages. Damascus Help provides assistance to needy persons and families in the upper portion of Montgomery County, MD and adjacent areas in the form of emergency food, holiday food baskets and gifts, transportation, furniture and emergency financial assistance. Please, be generous in your extra offerings for these two worthwhile charities which make such a difference in the lives of people in our local community!

For more information on either of these charities, please visit their websites.

Woodworkers for Children

Damascus Help