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Regular Season Service Schedule

7:45 a.m. 
Rite I without music

9:00 a.m.
Rite II

11:15 a.m.
Rite II

5:00 p.m. "Come Just as You Are" Contemporary Service
Weekday Services 

12:00 p.m.

Holy Eucharist with Laying on of Hands
Mark your Calendar !

Dungannon Summit
April 22nd

Cuba Info Meeting
April 23rd

April 23rd

Just Neighbors Know Your Rights
April 25th 

Chili Cook Off
April 29th

Mission Possible Meeting
April 30th

Habitat for Humanity
May 5th

Spring Cleaning
May 6th 

Youth Sunday
May 14th 

Last Day of Sunday School and Children's Music Program
May 21st  

Helping Hands 

Please call or email the Church Office should you or someone you  know need a
Helping Hand.
Your Helping Hands Leader of the Month is
Ramona Jeffries

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Happy Easter!!
Many Thanks!
My deepest thanks to so many who worked to make our Easter celebrations spectacular. The Choir, Altar Guild, Flower Guild, Ushers, Acolytes, Lay Readers, Chalice Bearers, and Welcome Table greeters made the day wonderful. Of course, those behind the scenes gave incredible support -- the volunteers who laid out and printed and stuffed hundreds of bulletins, planned music and liturgy, and assisted in the office. The guest musicians -- the teenagers who organized our Easter Egg Hunt -- the teachers and photographers -- and I'm sure I've forgotten many others -- who all gave St. Anne's that Easter glow. And finally, I want to thank our amazing staff here at St. Anne's who guided the whole process with grace and professionalism.
Happy Easter, and thank you to one and all.
Fr. John Hall

 Credit to David Cordts for this incredible picture of our altar. Thank you, David!
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Every single day we walk out our doors into a miracle.  Go outside, breathe in the spring air, see all the little blossoms and bees and know how precious it is. Our little blue home is God's greatest gift to us, such an unlikely little dot of life in the great tapestry of our cosmos. It's hard to believe how delicate it is, how much it needs us. Even beyond this month, even beyond our homes and St. Anne's, please keep in mind that while our Earth shelters us, so too must we protect the Earth. Be mindful of waste, be courteous of our non-human earthlings, love the world around you like the unique haven of green and light and love that it is. 

Our next Green Committee Meeting: May 11th, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the Library 

April 19th Tips and Suggestions to keep our Earth GREEN!
1. DON'T TOP OFF YOUR GAS TANK. Overfilling causes spills that release hydrocarbons and other toxic chemicals into the air. 
2. Don't do the dishes until you have a full load. Your dishwasher uses 12 gallons of water whether it's full or empty
3. Install faucet aerators. You can cut your water usage by up to six percent

There is a lovely tree in the Library. Next to this tree there is a little basket of bright green leaves! On these leaves please contribute your prayers and plans for the world. If you have set up a compost pile in your back yard, tell us! If you have a prayer for the rain forests, write it down and hang it up! Every leaf we see gives us heart and hope for the future of our planet.

There will also be bright pink blossoms on this tree. These all contain items from our Green Committee Wish List. Here at St. Anne's we are hoping to keep pushing to be more conservation minded, that includes everything from recycled paper to automatic light switches. Pluck the flowers from the tree that represent your donation to the fund and write a check or place cash in an envelope for the amount on the flower. In the memo line or in a note in the envelope write that the money is designated for the green fund and the particular item you hope to have purchased, then either place it in the mail or LJ Donnell's mailbox in the office! Helping us fulfill our goal would be a perfect way for you to be a steward of the earth! 

"Let us hear You through our encounters with Your creation." - EfM Prayer

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Chili Cook Off
This year we'll be hosting our gala Chili Cook-off to benefit the Relay for Life on Saturday, April 29 at 6:30 pm. Share your favorite recipe and compete for the highly respected St. Anne's Chili Cook-off Champion award or bring a potluck item to share alongside the amazing chili competitors.
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Spring Cleaning
Help make St. Anne's beautiful inside and out! We have two Spring Cleaning days, the first being on May 6th. You can sign up for a 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. morning shift or a 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. afternoon shift, we will be firing up the grill and serving lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sign up here or call into the office for more info!
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Youth Group News
The next St. Anne's Youth Group (SAYG) meeting is this Sunday, April 23. Please join us from 6:15 - 7:15 p.m. in the Library
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Spring Camping Trip Sign-Ups
Our next Parish-wide Camp Out is the weekend of June 9th-11th. Sign-ups for this camp out will be available on the Welcome Table starting April 30th. REMEMBER. SIGN-UPS FILL UP FAST so please check your calendars and put your name down as soon as possible!
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Cuba Trip -- Info Meeting THIS SUNDAY
St. Anne's will return to Cuba October 14-21, 2017 to continue our work with the Episcopal Church of Cuba. On our 4th trip to the Island we look forward to continuing to celebrate and build relationship with our Cuban brothers and sisters. In the past we helped with the reconstruction of La Trinidad Episcopal Church in Bermeja, which was able to reopen its doors to the community in 2016. We also delivered two water filtration units to provide clean drinking water for the community. This is an exciting opportunity for adults 18 and older looking to grow in their faith. Please join us for an informational meeting on April 23 at 10:15 in Room 4 to learn more about our trip. If you have any questions contact Eleanor Ware at Peace.
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Trips & Camps 2017

Focus: Working on repairing houses.
Date: July 22 to July 29 Age: ising 10th graders and up.
Signup Deadline: May 1 More Information: : Betsy Watts at

Focus: A new location for us. We'll be working in the community around Grace Mountain, a mission center for the Diocese of Southwestern Virginia.
Dates: July 8 to July 15 Age: 18 HS graduate to 30 years old.
Signup Deadline: May 1. More Information: Betsy Watts at

Focus: Our day-camp style missions for middle schoolers working on local issues.
Dates: July 10 to July 13 Ages: Rising 6th to 8th graders.
Signup Deadline: May 1 More Information: Mother Laura at

Focus: Building relationships with our friends in Cuba.
Dates: October 14 to October 21  Ages: 18 years old and up.
More Information: Eleanor Ware at
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Dungannon Summit -- April 22nd
Please attend the Dungannon Mission Trip Summit.  This meeting will cover several topics:  a reunion, t-shirts, distribution and awards for the 2016 missioners and a planning and information session for 2017 missioners. An invitation is extended to parents, clergy, advisors, planners and participants.
What:  Dungannon Mission Trip Summit
Where:  St. Anne's - Great Hall/Room 1/Library
Date:  April 22, 2017
When:  1 - 3pm
Target audience:  The 2016 participants, 2017 participants, advisors, clergy, planners and parents.
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Just Neighbors -- "Know Your Rights" Seminar
On Tuesday, April 25th, Spanish-speaking volunteers are needed when Just Neighbors conducts a "Know Your Rights" seminar in Spanish to inform our immigrant neighbors of what rights they have in case of an ICE raid at home or at work or questioning by law enforcement on the streets.  At the end of the presentation, JN staff and volunteers will hellp individuals and families to fill out a Power of Attorney for child care and assets and to develop an emergency plan in case of detention or deportation. Notaries are also needed (Spanish not required).  Volunteers should arrive by 6:30 PM for training, the presentation is at 7:00 and we should finish by 9:00 PM. The seminar is being hosted at Epiphany Episcopal Church in Oak Hill, VA.
The link to sign up is here.    Location and directions are on the web site.   
Peggy Hobler
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Cornerstones -- Help End Homelessness
Through your support, Cornerstones has been able to help reduce homelessness in our community by 47% since 2008.  The Embry Rucker Community Shelter, named after a former St. Anne's Rector, stands as a beacon in our community - a steadfast reminder of our community's needs as well as Reston's collective commitment to serve those who are less fortunate. You are invited join Cornerstones for a fundraising breakfast on May 10, 2017 from 8:00-9:00 am at Floris United Methodist Church to gain a greater understanding of the important work Cornerstone's performs in our community to promote self-sufficiency by providing support and advocacy for those in need of food, shelter, affordable housing, quality childcare, and other human services.  We have come a long way, but the work is not finished.  Your continued support is vital to maintain these services and to hopefully one day end homelessness in our community.  To register for the May 10th breakfast, please email Bob Van Hoecke , or call 703-625-0222.
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Become an Usher!
You are a welcoming smile and a good morning.  You direct children to Sunday school and others to find the rest rooms.  You help make the service run smoothly, collect the offerings and assist people getting to the altar for communion.  It is a simple but vital task.  We need volunteers to join the usher corps for the 9:00 am and 11:15 am services.  If you are interested, please email Jim Vollman, the Usher Wrangler.  Thank you.
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Relay for Life
South Lakes High School May 20-21: The time has come to spring into action for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life fund raiser.   This year will mark the 20th anniversary of the Relay in Reston. Once more St Anne's will actively join the fight against cancer with its Grateful Living Team.  Our goal is the widest participation and support possible.   Sign-up for the Grateful Living team can be made at  this website For further information please contact Ray Walser at or Stewart Gill at  More than a walk its a chance to get together in community and connect about an important issue.
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Mission Possible: July 10-13, 2017
All rising 6th- 8th graders are welcome to participate in Mission Possible, a four-day local mission camp the week of July 10-13. Each day the group will travel beyond the walls of our own congregation to share their gifts for ministry in service to our area neighbors. If your youth is planning to participate, please email Mother Laura at and submit the $75 registration fee no later than Sunday, June 18. Checks should be made payable to St. Anne's Episcopal Church with "Mission Possible" in the memo.

A planning meeting is scheduled for Sunday, April 30 at 1:00 p.m. in the library. Parent/adult volunteers are needed for both planning purposes and a variety of daily tasks during the week of camp. You do NOT need to have children in this age group to volunteer. We cannot make this happen without your help!
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Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity will have its second Build Day this quarter in Springfield, VA (20 minutes from Tysons Corner, even faster if you take Fairfax County Parkway from Reston.) There are 10 volunteer spots on May 5. No experience necessary, training and all tools and equipment are provided!
Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia brings our community together to provide decent, affordable housing - and hope - for people in need. Since 1990 using their community building and sweat equity concepts Habitat NOVA has enabled over 90 families to purchase their own homes.
If you'd like to join us in this important work you can book your spot at If you would like more information, contact Ann Granger at 703-470-3038 or
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Time to Register for VBS 2017
Hero Central - This July at St. Anne's Vacation Bible School we will take kids on awesome adventures alongside their favorite Bible heroes and discover the qualities that make us truly heroic in God.
VBS Hero Central uses epic music, spectacular science, crafty crafts, heroic recreation & fantastic Bible stories to help kids (and leaders) discover their strength in God!
Hero Central 2017 Vacation Bible School is taking place from
07/24/2017 to 07/28/2017 each day from 9:15 am to 12:15 pm.
  St. Anne's VBS is open to age 4 through rising 5th grade students. The cost is $60 per student or $30 per student if a parent/grandparent/aunt/uncle etc.  is a volunteer for the week with us.  To register please go to this website
Unfortunately we cannot accept payment online so you will need to send a check made payable to St. Anne's with "VBS 2017" in the memo line.  Please send the check to St. Anne's, ATTN: Susan Allen, 1700 Wainwright Drive, Reston, VA 20190. 
Please contact Susan with any questions,
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Movies that Make ME Think!
Every Sunday in July, St. Anne's movie group will meet for a series with a difference. This summer YOU have the chance to be a curator.  If you'd like to participate, send an email to with the name of your movie, why it makes you think and which Sunday nights in July you're available. The deadline to submit your movie ideas is May 31st.  Jon & Sonya Payne and Tim Barwick will review your recommendations and make the final choices.

Please note that if your movie is selected you will need to bring a copy on DVD for the screening  and  be prepared to talk to the group about what the film means to you.

In choosing your film, please remember that the group prefers thought-provoking,
 quality movies.
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Movies that Make You Think -- FINAL Movie
Join us to watch and discuss films on different themes.  Screening will begin shortly after the 5:00 p.m. service, around 6:30 p.m. in the Library. 

Seating is limited to 30 people so sign up is required! Go to this link to sign up.  Jon and Sonya Payne are our hosts. The movies are followed by a short, managed discussion. Pizza is provided; please bring a side-dish to share.
Please note the movie rating.
Spring theme: BELIEF: Join us to explore belief and disbelief from different perspectives.
May 14: The Innocents  (2016) (PG-13)
The true story of a French doctor in 1945 Poland who visits a convent to find several of the nuns in advanced stages of pregnancy.
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Monday Book Group Discussion
Our next book will be It's All Over But the Shoutin, by Rick Bragg and discussed on April 24th at Cafe Montmartre. 
This haunting, harrowing, gloriously moving recollection of a life on the American margin is the story of Rick Bragg, who grew up dirt-poor in northeastern Alabama, seemingly destined for either the cotton mills or the penitentiary, and instead became a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for The New York Times. It is the story of Bragg's father, a hard-drinking man with a murderous temper and the habit of running out on the people who needed him most.
            But at the center of this soaring memoir is Bragg's mother, who went eighteen years without a new dress so that her sons could have school clothes and picked other people's cotton so that her children wouldn't have to live on welfare alone. Evoking these lives--and the country that shaped and nourished them--with artistry, honesty, and compassion, Rick Bragg brings home the love and suffering that lie at the heart of every family. The result is unforgettable.  
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