560 Oak Ridge Turnpike
Oak Ridge, TN 37830
News and Notes for St. Anne
Service Schedule
Wednesday- September 11
Vespers - 6:30 pm
Orthodox Study Group - 7:30 pm
Topic: The Divine Liturgy

Friday - September 13
Vigil for the Exaltation of the Cross - 6:30 pm

Saturday - September 14
Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross
Divine Liturgy 9:00 am
Great Vespers - 5 pm
Confession Following

Sunday - September 15
Baptism - 8:30 am
Divine Liturgy - 9:30 am
Sunday School &
Class on St. Ignatius following

Exaltation of the Holy Cross
This Saturday, we celebrate the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, to read about the historical events around the establishment of this particular feast read this article .

"How great is the power of the Cross! How great is the change made by it in the human race! How from the deep darkness it has led us to the boundless light, from death it has restored us to eternal life, from corruption it has transferred us to incorruption." - St. John Chrysostom

For your edification read these two posts which give us the essential points of St. Gregory Palamas's homily on the Precious and Living-Giving Cross - part 1 & part 2 .

The feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross extends until September 21st. During this time the Cross of our Lord is placed in the middle of the Church for veneration.

This veneration can be mirrored in our homes with the veneration of the Cross in our prayer corners. Generally the practice is to sing "Before Thy Cross" ( Youtube Link) three times accompanied with a prostration. Here is a link to the music.
Baptism this Sunday

Please join us this Sunday morning,  September 15 at 8:30 AM
as we welcome Alyssa into the body of Christ!
Moms of Saint Anne's Meet Up

Moms of Saint Anne (and soon to be or hope to be moms), please join us for a time of fellowship and discussion. We will be getting together to grow in our Orthodox Faith, and enjoy the company of other moms. Children are welcome to attend and play as well.

For our first meeting we will be talking about the book, The Ascetic Lives of Mother’s by Annalisa Boyd. We will have some discussion points to guide us, and you do not need to have read the book before joining us!

We will meet on Saturday, September 21st at 11am at Matushka Chelsea's house. Please RSVP to  ashlindmbray@gmail.com  for location details and so we know roughly how many to expect. Hope to see you there!
St. Anne's Ladies Night Out

Ladies, please join us for another dinner gathering at Corner 16 (1640 Bob Kirby Rd, Knoxville, TN 37931) on Thursday evening, September 12th, at 6pm. We had such a fun time last month with you all and look forward to it again!

Please RSVP here so we can have a head count for a table reservation or email chelsea.elizabeth.greeson@gmail.com
Building Committee Update

The Building Committee has been hard at work. We have received some initial sketches from our architect Andrew Gould. The Committee was quite pleased with the direction Gould has us pointed towards and have sent on their feedback. We await more detailed plans from Gould in the next few weeks.

At this point there is not a hard and fast timeline for when the Committee will unveil the design or when we will begin to gear up for the necessary fundraising. With this in mind it would not be at all too early to begin serious prayer for this work.

So, please pray for this work! The new temple will not only answer needed physical space for our growing community but will be built to glorify God and edify the faithful for many generations to come. As a way to aide in your prayers for this please consider adding this prayer to your daily prayers!
Coffee Hour Plan

 This is the first week in September. All those   whose last names begin with L-Q please plan to bring food and to share in the clean up. If you are not able to attend, please contact someone to fill in for you. Thank you for your generous service!


While we have a very robust life here at St. Anne's it is good for us to be connected with the broader Orthodox scene here in our region. From time to time I will be sharing with you all various events you may want to attend!
- Fr. Daniel

Atlanta, GA
October 3rd-6th 2019

The Connect Conference is for Orthodox young adults in their 20s and 30s. Through learning, fellowship, and worship, the goal of the conference is to better connect us to our faith, the Church, and each other. The format of the conference includes keynote addresses to the group, breakout sessions in smaller groups with time for Q&A, worship times including the Divine Liturgy, and plenty of opportunities for fellowship.

The Connect Conference is for young adults, from ages 21 to 39. This age range is often under-served in terms of ministries and events in our churches. While the youth, college students, and senior adults in our churches are ministered to, we Orthodox young adults sometimes go without needed support at a critical time in our lives when careers are being forged, new families are being formed, and the danger of stagnant or declining faith continues to persist. Whether you're in grad school, working, married, or single: if you're a young adult seeking to increase your faith and devotion to Christ, this conference is for you.

Connect 2019 will delve into the "Mystery of Faithfulness" and what that means in the lives of Orthodox Christian young professionals. Paradox is at the heart of some of Christianity's most important teachings - the first shall be last and the last shall be first, in order to save your life you must lose it. What does this mean in the 21st century? How can we act out these ancient, and still relevant, principles in a world that insists we focus on the 'self?'
St. Tikhon's
Patronal Feast

Our sister parish in Chattanooga is celebrating their patronal on Friday and Saturday, October 11th and 12th with Great Vespers on Friday and Divine Liturgy on Saturday. After Divine Liturgy they will continue the Festal celebration with a cook out and picnic at the church finishing the day with an early Vespers service.

If you are able to go and support our brethren, please do so! I, Fr. Daniel, plan to be there.
Fr. Stephen speaking at a past Campout

2019 Annual Orthodox Camping Trip
Hot Springs, North Carolina
October 18-20

Once again there will be an Orthodox group camping at Hot Springs Resort & Spa Campground in Hot Springs, NC on the third FULL weekend in October, beginning on Friday afternoon and ending on Sunday following Divine Liturgy. This is a loosely organized occasion for regional Orthodox campers who like to gather annually for fellowship. There is vespers Friday evening, the Akathist "Glory to God for All Things" on Saturday morning, Great Vespers Saturday evening, and Divine Liturgy on Sunday morning. For more information, there is an official group Facebook page - It is a closed group but you can easily ask to join. You will find photos and info about the campout and related events.

St. Anne's has 3 camp sites reserved for this year's camping trip. They are central, riverside sites.

Site #459 is a Deluxe site that has water and electricity – and can accommodate 2 or 3 tents for those with special needs for electricity (sleep machines). It will also serve as our communal kitchen.

Site #461 is a single site that has space for 2 or 3 smaller tents, but has good trees for hammocks.

Group site #463 can accommodate between 10-12 tents depending on the size of the tents.

Please contact Anna Freeman if you would like to go or have any questions or concerns (865) 323-5620, and indicate if you will be a hammock or tent camper and how many tents you will be wanting to set up on the site. There will also be a sign-up sheet at church.

Ancient African Christianity Conference
November 8-10th, 2019
Atlanta, GA

The Brotherhood of St Moses will be having their annual Ancient African Christianity Conference this November in Atlanta, GA. The Mission of the Brotherhood is to equip Orthodox Christians for the ministry of Racial Reconciliation, and to share the Orthodox Christian faith with African Americans and people of color. The theme of this year's conference is “Cloud of Many Witnesses: Honoring Our Ancestors”.

The conference fee is $100, payable at the conference by check, cash, or card. This registration fee includes five meals through the weekend: Friday dinner, all meals Saturday, and Sunday lunch.

Limited scholarships are available. For more information, please visit their website: Brotherhood of St Moses
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