“Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him and he sat down and began to teach them.”John 8:2
Below you will find a list of formation programs available during the program year (2022-2023) at St. Anne’s.
Beginning on Sunday, November 6 at 10am at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church we will explore the complicated issues of immigration at our southern border by sharing personal experiences, using biblical reflection and talking together about ways we can make a difference. The Rev. Martha Honaker will lead us in this conversation sharing from her experience of working at our southern border as a nurse assisting those who have journeyed far and for many reasons in their hope to immigrate. Classes will be held in the Library at St. Anne’s off of the parish hall. Please join us on November 6, 13, and 20th for this formation series. All are invited.
Advent Formation: Wholehearted Faith
Rachel Held Evans is widely recognized for her theologically astute, profoundly honest, and beautifully personal books, which have guided, instructed, edified, and shaped Christians as they seek to live out a just and loving faith.
At the time of her tragic death in 2019, Rachel was working on a new book about wholeheartedness. With the help of her close friend and author Jeff Chu, that work-in-progress has been woven together with some of her other unpublished writings into a rich collection of essays that ask candid questions about the stories we’ve been told—and the stories we tell—about our faith, our selves, and our world.
This book is for the doubter and the dreamer, the seeker and the sojourner, those who long for a sense of spiritual wholeness as well as those who have been hurt by the Church but can’t seem to let go of the story of Jesus. Through theological reflection and personal recollection, Rachel wrestles with God’s grace and love, looks unsparingly at what the Church is and does, and explores universal human questions about becoming and belonging. An unforgettable, moving, and intimate book. You can order the book by clicking here.
We will meet in the Library/Vestry Room at 10am November 27, December 4, 11, and 18th. Grab a cup of coffee and come and explore Wholehearted Faith this Advent Season.
Advent Quiet Day
- Saturday, December 3rd
- 9am – Noon
- Led by The Rev. Ginny Wilder
In the middle of the hustle and bustle of preparing for Christmas, this Advent Quiet Day will offer you a place and space to get quiet, centered, and remember who we are truly preparing for. Come and experience the gift of quiet meditation, prayer, walking the labyrinth, journaling, and making room for the miracle of Christ. All are invited to join us for this offering in person at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church
The Church Cracked Open
Sometimes it takes disruption and loss to break us open and call us home to God. It’s not surprising that a global pandemic and once-in-a-generation reckoning with white supremacy―on top of decades of systemic decline―have spurred Christians everywhere to ask who we are, why God placed us here and what difference that makes to the world.
In this critical yet loving book, the author explores the American story and the Episcopal story in order to find out how communities steeped in racism, establishment, and privilege can at last fall in love with Jesus, walk humbly with the most vulnerable and embody beloved community in our own broken but beautiful way.
The Church Cracked Open invites us to surrender privilege and redefine church, not just for the sake of others, but for our own salvation and liberation. To order the book, please click here.
We will meet and discuss The Church Cracked Open on Sundays at 10am. Please join us January 8, 15, 22 (skip Jan. 29 and Feb 5) and we will conclude on February 12th. All are invited.
St. Anne’s Outreach Committee Lenten Formation Series- The Many Faces of Faith in Action Sundays, February 26-April 2 at 10am
Here is a recording of Jack Payden-Travers’ class from Feb. 26th. Click here to listen
Wednesday Evening Lenten Simple Supper and intergenerational Formation: Finger painting the Lectionary.
You and your family are invited to come to St. Anne’s on Wednesdays during the week for a simple supper and formation series. Dinner begins at 6:30pm and program begins at 7:00pm. You can even attend the Celtic Eucharist at 6pm if you would like. In this season of Lent we will be finger painting the gospel. Each week we will clear away the soup bowls and break out the paints and canvas to interpret what we hear in the gospels. This is a fun way for all of God’s children to come together, grow in our faith and learn to express our biblical reflection in new and different ways. All are invited for soup and finger painting Wednesdays during Lent.
St. Anne’s Lenten Retreat
Holy Listening – a Lenten Retreat – March 11 (9:30 – 12:30)
The season of Lent is a time of listening – to the voice of God in prayer, to the pangs in our heart that lead us to repentance, and to the cries of those in need of justice and care. On March 11, join the Rev’d Erika Takacs for a Lenten retreat, where we will listen in a very different way. Not only will we spend time in meditation and quiet prayer, but we will also listen for the voice of God in music. Our morning together will be threaded through with opportunities to meditate with music and to be curious about how that music might invite you into a different experience of God’s love. No musical expertise is required, just a willing heart and the desire to spend some time in God’s presence. All are welcome.
Planning Your Funeral Seminar
You are invited to come with your questions and leave with a plan at our Planning Your Funeral Seminar. Taking time to plan this service now is a real gift to your loved ones. We will talk about the liturgy, the readings, music while exploring what your wishes are for your celebration of life. All are invited to attend on Saturday, March 25th from 9:30am to 12:30pm at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church.
St. Anne’s Newcomers Class
Sundays at 10am April 23, 30, May 7, and 14th
Are you curious about the Episcopal Church? Are you considering becoming a member? If you answered yes to either of those questions, then this class is for you.
Our Newcomers Class is held on Sundays during the formation hour in the Library/Vestry Room. This class is open to any and all folks who are curious, discerning, or who want to learn more about the Episcopal Church.
St. Anne’s 90 Day Bible Challenge
Have you ever read the Bible… the whole Bible… from Genesis to Revelation? If you have or haven’t, you are invited to join in the 90 Day Bible Challenge at St. Anne’s. This program will begin after Easter in 2023- more details to come. We will meet once a week to talk about how the challenge is going, what is surprising you and frustrating you as we build a community together based on the scripture. All are invited!