560 Oak Ridge Turnpike
Oak Ridge, TN 37830
News and Notes for St. Anne
Service Schedule
Wednesday- September 4
Vespers - 6:30 pm
Orthodox Study Group - 7:30 pm
Topic: The Divine Liturgy

Saturday - September 7
Great Vespers & Litya for Nativity of the Theotokos - 5 pm
Confession Following

Sunday - September 8
Divine Liturgy 9:30 am
Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos
Sunday School Launch
Class on St. Ignatius

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

Nativity of the Theotokos
This Sunday, September 8th, we remember the birth of the Theotokos. The feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos is a glorification of Mary’s birth, of Mary herself and of her righteous parents. It is a celebration as well of the very first preparation of the salvation of the world. For the “Vessel of Light,” the “Book of the Word of Life,” the “Door to the Orient,” the “Throne of Wisdom” is being prepared on earth by God Himself in the birth of the holy girl-child Mary.

Please read this homily from Fr. Alexander Schmemann to help prepare your contemplation of God's work on our behalf!

This corner of our weekly emails will have a few small suggestions for expanding our Orthodox faith more thoroughly into our homes. Feasts typically last for a few days, depending on the feast. The Nativity of the Theotokos troparion is sung at daily services until the leave taking of the feast on the 12th. A practice to implement into your prayers is either the reading or singing of the festal troparion. Here is the troparion for the Nativity.

Your Nativity, O Virgin, / Has proclaimed joy to the whole universe! / The Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God, / Has shone from You, O Theotokos! / By annulling the curse, / He bestowed a blessing. / By destroying death, He has granted us eternal Life.

Here is the music and a midi file player to help learn the troparion.
Sunday School Launch

This Sunday, September 8 we begin Sunday School. Look ahead and make plans for your child(ren) to participate in this vital part of our parish life. There is nothing that will give them as much spiritual foundation in a supportive setting.
Women's Book Discussion Group

The St. Anne's Women’s Book Discussion Group   will meet on  Sunday, September 8 , from 4-6 pm , at Debra Mattingly's house.

Bring a snack to share if you wish and we will eat and socialize from 4 - 4:30. We will begin the book discussion promptly at 4:30 and end promptly at 6. All are welcome!

The discussion will be on Dr. Albert Rossi’s book,  Becoming a Healing Presence  . Come and join us for discussion (even if you haven’t read the book!)
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!
Gathering of Men

The last gathering of men at Double Dogs was a great success!
So let's do it again!

Sunday, September 8 let's gather at 6:30
at Double Dogs on Hardin Valley Rd.
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 E-K 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.

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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