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.

St. Anne's Book Club, Monday, June 15, 7:30pm

The St. Anne's Book Club will meet on Monday, June 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Jean Hampton. Contact Cathryn Conroy if you need the address. We will discuss "Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free," by Héctor Tobar.

  All are welcome!

 If you're purchasing the book on Amazon, be sure to go there via our St. Anne's website, and St. Anne's will receive up to 5 percent of the sale price of the book.

 "Deep Down Dark"

When the San José mine collapsed outside of Copiapó, Chile in August 2010, it trapped thirty-three miners beneath thousands of feet of rock for a record-breaking sixty-nine days. The entire world watched what transpired above-ground during the grueling and protracted rescue, but the saga of the miners' experiences below the Earth's surface--and the lives that led them there--has never been heard until now.

 For "Deep Down Dark," the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Héctor Tobar received exclusive access to the miners and their tales. These thirty-three men came to think of the mine, a cavern inflicting constant and thundering aural torment, as a kind of coffin, and as a church where they sought redemption through prayer. Even while still buried, they all agreed that if by some miracle any of them escaped alive, they would share their story only collectively. Héctor Tobar was the person they chose to hear, and now to tell, that story.

 The result is a masterwork or narrative journalism--a riveting, at times shocking, emotionally textured account of a singular human event. "Deep Down Dark" brings to haunting, tactile life the experience of being imprisoned inside a mountain of stone, the horror of being slowly consumed by hunger, and the spiritual and mystical elements that surrounded working in such a dangerous place. In its stirring final chapters, it captures the profound way in which the lives of everyone involved in the disaster were forever changed.

Vestry Notes, Vestry Meeting April 21, 2015

A very holy Holy Week: Fr. Lee reported that it was a very emotionally moving Holy Week for him as well as many others as evidenced by the numerous comments both in person and via emails that he received.  He so appreciates feedback so if you like something, say something!

Put your presence where your money is:  Fr. Lee noted that we need to move away from a congregation who just writes a check (although financial support is always welcome) and toward one who gets physically involved in church efforts.  He specifically mentioned the upcoming Relay For Life.  We need to keep the momentum going for this event.  Get some friends together and sign up!  Not only is it a good cause, but you will be helping to get the word out about our St. Anne's community of faith. 

We need to hear you: Thoughtfully consider what you see in the future for St. Anne's.  Upgraded social hall?  Outdoor picnic area?  Ministry for single people?  The sky and your imagination are the limit.  Report your ideas to any vestry member. 

Housing for the elderly project: There will be a June 29th meeting at 6pm Mission First Meeting with Fr. Lee, Mike Low, and Cathy Conroy to receive the estimated proforma. Bob Harris has been selected as St. Anne’s legal representative as required by the Diocese.    

The sky is no longer falling: The roof repair is almost fixed.  There is a small leak which  is scheduled to be repaired.

St. Anne's social hall will have a tenant for the Summer: The Children’s Center, which normally rents space from an area elementary school, has contracted to use the social hall from June 8-August 29, 2015 for their program for middle schoolers.  They will make other plans for the week of St. Anne's VBS and will be flexible for any other events that might take place during that time frame. This rental will not impact other activities that occur in the social hall.

The more the merrier: Fr. Lee said that Vikki Clayton, chaplain in residence for Frederick  Memorial Hospital has asked to be affiliated with St. Anne’s in a ministerial capacity.  She will be co-celebrant of the April 26th services with Fr. Lee.  He will also be evaluating her preaching style.  She will possibly be covering for Fr. Lee while he is on vacation from June 23-July 2.  This depends on if Fr. Lee and the congregation likes her  and also on her schedule with Frederick Memorial  Hospital.

"Fore" your information:  St. Anne's Golf Tournament is Monday, July 13th so, while there is enough time to learn how to play golf, there is not much time to sign up sponsors, get foursomes together, and help get auction items, prizes, and goodie bag items.  Please let Christina More know if you have a prize for women's closest to the pin contest, women's longest drive contest, men's closest to the pin contest, and men's longest drive contest.  Prizes in the past have included: sunglasses, spa certificate, restaurant certificate, toiletry gift basket, golf accessories gift basket, and golf bag.

St. Anne's Book Club, Monday, May 18, 2015, 7:30pm

St. Anne's Book Club

Well - not exactly just wine labels! The St. Anne's Book Club will meet on Monday, May 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Mimi Catlin, 10928 Longmeadow Drive, Damascus. We will discuss 2015 Pulitzer Prize-winning "All the Light We Cannot See," by Anthony Doerr. All are welcome!

If you're purchasing the book on Amazon, be sure to go there via our St. Anne's website, and St. Anne's will receive up to 5 percent of the sale price of the book.

"All the Light We Cannot See," by Anthony Doerr

From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, this beautiful, stunningly ambitious, instant New York Times bestseller is about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge.

Wizards and Wonders, Camp St. Anne's VBS, July 20-24 2015

Hogwarts at St. Anne's is now enrolling students for a magical experience at this summer's Vacation Bible School. At first glance, Harry Potter seems like an unlikely hero. All through the Bible we see God calling the most seemingly unqualified candidates to do the work of God in the world. Come see how like Harry - you have the POWER to change the world.

For more information - or to register - just click the train below!

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.

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.

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.