Ministering to Others

In our Baptismal vows we promise to “seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself.” We fulfill that promise when we support our partners in mission. Opportunities exist for parishioners of all ages to become involved.

One way we commit to mission is by tithing (giving 10%) of our budget to Mission and Outreach (M&O). Your M&O Committee has worked to integrate Mission and Outreach into every aspect of our life together. On the link for “Mission Partners” you will find a short synopsis of the mission of each partner along with their website address.

FOR MISSION OPPORTUNITIES DURING THE PANDEMIC PLEASE SEE OUR COVID-19: SAINT ANNE’S AT HOME PAGE.

CHURCH ACTION eNEWSLETTER
Be sure to check the bulletin board in the hallway by the Parish Hall for the latest issue of the Church Action eNewsletter.  SUBSCRIBE HERE

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
Check this list of ministries from the Diocese of Atlanta to find a spot where you can engage with your community: List of Ministries 

“VOLUNTEERING AT CHURCH OF THE COMMON GROUND IS A FORM OF HOLY WORSHIP FOR ME”
Click here to see the rest of this article by our own Peggy McCurry:
https://www.churchofthecommonground.org/stories/2018/10/9/volunteering-is-a-form-of-holy-worship

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OPPORTUNITIES TO MINISTER TO THOSE WHO NEED US:

A SPECIAL MISSION FOR MARCH (STAY TUNED FOR CHANGES TO THIS PLAN DURING THE SHUTDOWN):
El Refugio, a ministry of hospitality and visitation serving immigrants at the Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, GA and their loved ones, is in need of items for the people detained at the Center. For the month of March, we will collect new or gently used duffel bags to donate to El Refugio for the immigrants who are being deported. The duffel bags need to have zippers and be small enough to fit in the overhead bin of an airplane. We will also collect the following new items:

Men’s jeans size 31×32 and 32×32
Men’s casual shoes & sneakers size 7, 8 or 8.5
Men’s sweatshirt size S, M & L
Men’s Underwear size S & M

Collection boxes will be in the Narthex and church office through Sunday, March 29. You may also order items to be shipped directly to El Refugio from their Target wish list. For a link to this list go to:
https://www.target.com/gift-registry/giftgiver?registryId=9f713200a6f14016afac42658df07461&lnk=registry_custom_url
For a link to El Refugio’s web site go to https://www.elrefugiostewart.org/
Questions? Contact Katherine Kinser at kpkinser@gmail.com

OUR TURN TO HELP OUR FIRE FIGHTERS
A message from parishioner Wesley Briscione: Our fire fighters take care of us and now it is time to take care of them! Fire station #26 at the corner of Howell Mill Rd. and Moores Mill Rd. is in need of repair. Our neighborhood representatives have visited the house and spoken with the fire chief to find out their specific needs. We are raising money to purchase new furniture, blinds, and houseware items that they desperately need, as well as items needed for training purposes, such as a weight system and a smart TV.  After purchasing the requested items, any remaining funds will be used to support Fire station #9 which is on the south side of Atlanta. For details about how to help go to https://www.gofundme.com/f/atlanta-fire-station-26

PLEASE HELP AGAPE WITH MEALS

A MINISTRY PARTNER IN NEED – AGAPE FAMILIES IN NEED OF FOOD FOR THEIR CHILDREN
You have been wonderful supporters of the Agape Community for many years. During this time with no school and no Agape program, the families will be food challenged–most of the kids rely on free breakfast and lunch at school, and have dinner at Agape. Agape is giving each family a $100 gift card to Publix (because it is in walking distance from where they live) during the time the kids are out of school. Many of you have provided meals for Camp JumpSmart or for the after-school program; if you are able, please continue to provide meals by contributing a $100 gift card or sending a donation in any amount, either through the website or by mailing a check (marked for Meal Gift Cards) to Agape; links follow. Thank you for your continued care of our kids.

Mail checks to: Agape Youth and Family Center, 2210 Marietta Blvd, NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
Contribute online: Agape Meals

JOIN EPISCOPAL RELIEF & DEVELOPMENT’S SUSTAINERS CIRCLE
A message from ERD:  Episcopal Relief & Development provides a pathway for all of us to be good stewards of God’s bounty.  A gift of $10 a month will help us bring transformative programs to our neighbors in need, whether they live close by or many thousands of miles away. We will put your monthly gifts to use right away in our priority programs to: Empower women, so they may live with dignity and respect by promoting gender equality, creating economic stability, cultivating women leaders, and ending gender-based violence. Help children reach their full potential, focusing especially on children up to age six to ensure they have access to nutrition, health care, disease prevention and more by empowering their parents. Respond to the climate by helping communities build resilience from climate-related hazards and events, and providing relief from natural disasters in the US and around the world.

This is just a glimpse of the immense work we will accomplish together in 2020 and sustain beyond this year. And you can be part of this circle that keeps us going. Your monthly gift will enable us to fight poverty and disease, respond to disasters, help people lead healthier, longer lives and create lasting change in communities worldwide. Please join us. For more details and a link to join ERD’s Sustainers Circle: TO BE A SUSTAINER

HELP & GRACE BAGS
Have you ever felt frustrated and stymied because you didn’t know what to do to genuinely help someone who approached you asking for assistance? With Help & Grace bags, you know what to do: give them one of these bags! The ones lovingly created by our ECW Tuesday Morning Moms Chapter which were available in the Narthex (the church lobby) are all gone, but you can make your own; just follow the recipe:
Socks
Hand warmers
Soaps
Chapstick
Toothbrush/ toothpaste
Granola bars
Bottled water
Note of encouragement
Some like to add a gift card for a hot meal (McDonalds, Chick-fil-a, Publix, etc.) or a MARTA card, or anything you’d like! Put it all in a large zip-lock bag.

YOU CAN “DO GOOD” WHEN SHOPPING ON AMAZON
Remember, if you start at amazonsmile.com and make St. Anne’s the charitable organization of your choice, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to St. Anne’s. And thank you!

MORE ABOUT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AND OPPORTUNITIES TO GIVE
Contact mission@saintannes.com to learn more about opportunities for service.

DO YOU HAVE A HEART FOR MISSION & OUTREACH?
St. Anne’s is seeking new members for our Mission and Outreach committee team. Our mission is to inspire and lead parishioners to become the living expression of Christ in the world. We evaluate, fund, organize, and communicate outreach opportunities to help parishioners fulfill their baptismal promises.

All members of St. Anne’s are welcome to serve on the committee. The time commitment is about 2 hours a month. Please contact Mission@saintannes.com for more information and to express interest.