Monday, December 2, SAMS will not meet. They will host the Advent Dinner on Friday night December 6 at 6:30 p.m.
SAMS focuses on outreach in the community; works with ECW on the annual sale; serves the Advent dinner to the parish; and enjoys fellowship with one another. All men of the parish are members of SAMS. This ministry meets on the first Monday of each month.
The mission of SAMS is as follows: “Reach out to all men of our congregation to create and sustain a partnership based on Christ’s teachings, to promote fellowship and foster service to our parish and larger community.”
Membership in SAMS is open to all men who are 18 years of age or older and who are members or parishioners of record at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church.
SAMS holds regular meetings, normally on the first Monday of the month. These meetings are generally informal and include a light meal, a time of fellowship, a business meeting and devotions.
Generally held in Rose Hall (the fellowship hall) at St. Anne’s, meetings start at 6:30 and are completed within an 60 to 90 minutes.
Occasionally guests are invited to speak to the group. At times meetings may be held on a boat or lakeside or at somebody’s home to catch up on the big game after the meeting has ended. Regardless the meetings allow us to get to know each other better and to share our lives more fully with one another.
The men of St. Anne’s are committed growing closer to God, following and learning from Christ’s teachings and the lessons of the Bible. Each meeting will have a short devotional to help us better understand God’s purpose in our lives. These reflections can be a simple story, or a meaningful experience. The focus is on God’s will and meaning in our lives.
As noted in Romans 12:6-8, all people have gifts. These spiritual gifts, given by God and embodied by us, shine forth in the services we provide. SAMS is committed to using these gifts to fulfill the mission of God. By showing Christ-like love for our church, our neighbors and our community, SAMS commits all resources to these ministries.
The St. Anne’s Annual Tent Sale is conducted during the first full week of June. This annual event gathers donations from the community and these items are then sold to raise funds for our ministries. The proceeds from this sale are spilt between the Episcopal Church Women (ECW) and SAMS.
Monetary donations are given each year to various organizations and groups. Recurring donations from SAMS include:
- The Salvation Army
- Our Father’s House
- Habitat for Humanity
- Baker Youth Club
- SAMS Scholarship ($500 annually for 4 years)
- WCHS Prom for Special Needs
- Summer Camp / Mission Trips
SAMS reserves a portion of all money raised for discretionary expenditures, based on the needs of the community; including providing funds for the Priest’s Discretionary fund and monthly outreach.
If you would like to be included in the St. Anne’s e-mail list, please send an e-mail request to Mike Lewis (firstname.lastname@example.org). Be sure to reference SAMS.
The St. Anne’s Men’s Society – has a rich and long tradition within our church. This group provides the men an opportunity to grow in our Christian Faith and deepen our personal relationships.
For SAMS updates, please access “The Visitor” on the Home Page.
Episcopal Church Women (ECW)ECW is a caring community of women at St. Anne’s. Our mission is to empower each other to live the life for which Christ called us by sharing his love through outreach, fellowship, and spiritual growth. 2019 Monthly Outreach Projects January–Beaman Home-We provide pajamas and slippers for Beaman Home residents. February–Habitat for Humanity-We contribute financial donations toward future home building projects. March–Fellowship Missions-We contribute needed personal care items such as toiletries, paper products, etc. for this community mission program. April –College Care Packages-We send snack items and prayers to the college kids in our parish. May–Camp New Happenings-We provide financial donations for camp scholarships. This camp is for children whose parents are incarcerated and we hope to help children have a positive camp experience. June–VA Gift Bags-We send toiletries and home-made gift bags for the patients of the Fort Wayne Veterans Administration hospital. July–Soup Kitchen-We prepare a hot meal and serve hungry individuals and families as part of community-wide soup kitchen. August–Gateway for Education-We donate school supplies and gift cards for students enrolled in the alternative school program. September-WCHSPantry– We collect food for Warsaw Community High School students. Students have access to this pantry after school. October–Animal Welfare League-We collect monetary donations and supplies for animals at this local animal shelter as part of our church-wide blessing of animals in honor of St. Francis of Assisi. November-Thanksgiving Baskets-We provide a basket of food filled with everything needed for a Thanksgiving meal. For over 225 families in Warsaw and surrounding towns. December–Hat & Mitten Tree-We collect hats and mittens for children in the Title One Schools Spiritual Growth We have an annual Retreat at the Wawasee Episcopal Center. It will be held January 17- 18, 2020. Friday evening is a casual evening with snacks, games, and fellowship. Saturday we had a program to help us grow together spiritually. The theme was, Be Still and Know That I Am God. Fellowship We meet in the parlor on the 2nd Sunday of the month following the 10:15 Service. ECW members are also actively involved with Parish Life and Parish Social Committees. For ECW updates, please access “The Visitor” on the Home Page.
Every July we celebrate our Patron Saint, Saint Anne, with a combined Eucharist at 9 a.m. followed by a Brunch or Parish Picnic. If the weather permits, we have been known to celebrate with “Mass on the Grass” on the lots behind the church and have our Picnic outdoors. If it is raining, or it's to hot, we celebrate the Eucharist indoors and have our “picnic” in Rose Hall.
The Tuesday before Ash Wednesday is a day for celebrating. Traditionally it was the day that Christians cleaned the flour, sugar, and butter out of their pantries to make way for the fasting during Lent that begins on Ash Wednesday. At Saint Anne’s our tradition is to have a celebration in the evening on Fat Tuesday. Some years we have a pancake supper, some years we have Pasta and Decadent Desserts. We always have a Children’s Mardi Gras mask making station followed by a Children’s Mardi Gras Parade through the Parish Hall. Please mark your calendars to join us for this wonderful fellowship event.
Stewardship involves more than just the right use of First Fruits, and the donation of money to the work of the church. Stewardship is also the purposeful use of our Time and our Talent, in addition to our Treasure. To highlight our many gifts of time and talent, we celebrate the end of Stewardship Season in November each year with our Open Mic Night Stewardship Celebration. Members of our Parish over the age of 21 come together, to enjoy a show. Our Parishioners have played the piano, the banjo, the guitar. They have sung, danced, told jokes, demonstrated science experiments, recited poetry and haiku! It is always fun, always interesting, and always great fellowship. Please plan to join us this November. You do not want to miss it!
After the 10:15 a.m. service, there is a Hospitality Hour in Rose Hall, with coffee, refreshments, and good conversation. Please join us after the service this week!