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10/26 - Holy Eucharist 8:00 AM & 10:00 AM

10/28 - Food Pantry

10/28 - Prayer Shawl Ministry

10/29 - Holy Eucharist & Prayers for Healing

10/29 - Bible Study

10/30 - ALPHA course at Giant Supermarket

10/30 - Choir Rehearsal

11/2 - Holy Eucharist - 8:00 AM & 10:00 AM

11/2 - 11:30 AM - Youth Group Meeting

11/4 - Food Pantry

11/5 - Holy Eucharist & Prayers for Healing

11/5 - Bible Study

11/6 - ALPHA course at Giant Supermarket

11/6 - Choir Rehearsal

"Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful servants"- Psalm 116:15
Sometimes grief comes to us as a delayed reaction. This week at our staff meeting, we spent some time in prayer. Besides offering particular intercessions for you and all members of Saint Anne's, we thanked the Lord for faithful departed members. It suddenly occurred to me many of us have experienced "serial loss" over these several months. What I mean is between late last year and today the following members of Saint Anne's died: Virginia Powell, Vincent Uliano, Celestine Hill, Eleanor Merkle, Ann Gehman, Evelyn Worthington, Wesley Rickards, Ralph Hawthorne, Stephen Prebish, Judith Keene, Phoebe Boyer and James White.
May their souls rest in the mercy and peace of God until the Last Day when Lord Christ returns and they shall be raised up, in body and soul, and invited into the New Heaven and the New Earth.
If you, like me, miss these dear souls, and/or are missing others who have died, be encouraged and consider the following. One, the Communion of Saints is real and those who died in the Lord are alive now with him. Two, by letter or phone call, approach a surviving family member and tell them a meaningful memory of the faithful departed one. Three, make a memorial offering to Saint Anne's in the person's name and designate a ministry he or she supported: altar guild, choir, outreach. Four, take seriously the shortness and uncertainty of life which motivates us to forgive, to get back to the discipline of Sunday worship, grace before meals, daily prayer, acts of kindness and mercy, be patient with oneself. Five, reflect upon the departed person's unique and godly traits and imitate it in your own way. Six, on Sunday, November 2, come to the parish hall at 9 am or 11:15 am and participate in a conversation about our faithful departed loved ones and learn what the Church means by the line in the Creed, "I believe in the Communion of Saints."
In beauty or melancholy, the season of autumn reminds us, "The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever (Isaiah 40:8)." Daily, make yourself available to the presence of God and the people in your life. They both are gifts not to be squandered but enjoyed and cherished.
See you in Church!
Yours in Christ,
Father Hastings
We have had a lot of children in church school this past month and very good attendance for our Youth Group as well. We’ve averaged about 25 children in church school in the month of September and there were 12 young people at our first Youth Group meeting.
Those of us who were able to go to Tyler Park last month enjoyed a beautiful afternoon kayaking on Neshaminy Creek. It was a gorgeous day and great to see our kids having fun together. We will definitely plan to go there again.
There are a lot of ways for your family to be involved at Saint Anne’s in the upcoming months.
More information will be forthcoming about our young musicians and choir from Steve Woytowicz and Nancy Smith, and also service projects, and fun events that you won’t want to miss.
Saturday, October 4 at 7:00 pm - Youth Group meeting at Ashleigh’s backyard. There will be roasting hot dogs, smores and games with Ashleigh Morris and Duane Howard.
Sunday, October 5 at 1:00 pm - We will honor St. Francis and celebrate his feast day by bringing our pets to be blessed.
Sunday, October 12 Noon - Church School goes to Freddie Hill Farm in Lansdale.
Sunday, October 19 11:30 am - Youth Group meets with Kyle Stout, Ashleigh Morris and Duane Howard in the Dixson Lounge for games, snacks, and a lesson.
Sunday, November 16 - Bake Sale to raise funds for next summer’s Youthworks mission trip
Friday, November 21 - Youth are invited to help prepare for our annual Thanksgiving luncheon.
Calling all young musicians! The schedule for rehearsals is as follows:
Children's Choir (4th Grade and Younger) led by Ashleigh Morris and Steve Woytowicz - 11:30 am Sunday Morning.
Youth Choir (5th Grade and older) led by Ashleigh Morris and Steve Woytowicz - 11:30 am Sunday Morning.
Young String Ensemble led by Nancy Smith - Nancy will communicate with those musicians directly.
Young Wind and Percussion - Thursday evening at 6:45 beginning in October - led by Ashleigh Morris, Nancy Smith, Brian Stahl, and Steve Woytowicz
Young Contemporary Ensemble (Jazz and Rock instruments) - Led by Steve Woytowicz - Thursday evenings at 6:45 - starting date to be announced.
We are looking forward to a very active year for our young musicians!
Any questions, please contact Steve at 215.805.7597 or via email at swoytowicz@yahoo.com.