Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!
Welcome to the online home of St. Anne’s Episcopal Church. We are pleased that you have found us here and pray that your engagement with us – regardless of the form it takes – is a blessing to you. Please take a moment to become acquainted with our ministries of worship, fellowship, service, education, and outreach to the community. You will find that, despite our relatively small footprint, our impact among our neighbors is significant.
But we also do a few things differently than the rest of the community, particularly when we worship. We observe a calendar that begins its year not with January, but with Advent (on November 27 this year). We then embark upon four weeks of preparation for the coming of our Lord at Christmas. The season of Advent, much unlike the hurried and frantic days leading up to December 24, is a time of quiet watchfulness and contemplation, focusing both on the One who will return at the end of time and the One who is born in a Bethlehem stable. It is, indeed, a time of awakening our hearts and minds to the salvation offered by the Christ who will come again and the Christ who is our newborn King.
Christmas then celebrates the Incarnation – God becoming human – and we put a joyful crown on our four weeks of Advent preparation. Amid the gifts we give and receive at Christmas, we remember above all the greatest gift to us, which is salvation granted to us in the Savior born on the first Christmas. And we proclaim this salvation with the gusto befitting our King, with carols and anthems and songs of praise.
Yet our Christmas is not one day but rather twelve, ending on January 6 with the Feast of the Epiphany. Epiphany recalls the story of the Magi’s journey to Bethlehem following the guidance of a star. That light of Jesus brought these wisemen from the East to pay homage to the newly born Savior. And throughout the season of Epiphany, which lasts until Ash Wednesday (February 22 in 2023), we remember and celebrate Christ’s light in our hearts through what can be a dark and dreary time.
All of this is a major component of the great mystery of salvation in Jesus Christ that we celebrate, and the seasons of the Church Year – like Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany – draw out particular aspects of that mystery. If that piques your interest, you might consider joining us at St. Anne’s, either in-person or virtually in worship, where you will find the Word proclaimed and the Sacraments celebrated with a consistent emphasis on God’s love for you and for all. You might find us doing some things that seem a little “different,” but please know that the light of the good news in Jesus Christ shall shine through!
Peace be with you,
The Rev. Ryan D. Fischer, Rector
St. Anne’s Episcopal Church
Join us for worship as we continue to worship during the Covid-19 Pandemic. Facemasks are optional. Social distancing is still recommended. Thank you for worshiping with us, please note:
- Hand sanitizer will be available in several locations.
Communion will be available by consuming bread and wine from the chalice or in individual cups.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! We are gathering as a parish family to mix, roll and sell our famous St. Anne’s Cheeseballs. Only $6 each! All proceeds go to outreach, such as:
Feed My Starving Children
Big Brother/Big Sister
BABE – Beds and Britches Etc
CASA – Court Appointed Special Advocate
Salvation Army Food Pantry
St. Margaret’s House
Kosciusko Community Soup Kitchen
Habitat for Humanity
Animal Welfare League
200 Thanksgiving Baskets for people in our community
Hats, Mittens and Scarves for Title One Schools in Warsaw Community School System
Join us for worship…
8 a.m. Rite One – A Traditional Service
10:15 a.m. Rite Two – A Contemporary Service
*If you are not able to join us in person: St. Anne’s offers livestream on our Facebook page: “St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Warsaw, IN” or our YouTube Channel “St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, Warsaw, IN.
**If you do not watch it live, you can access it 24 hours after the recording of the service at this link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXDQgZpgyvkbcBEdwDBLMrw/videos
Bulletins, Readings, Prayers of the People and This Week at St. Anne’s:
The Visitor: Quarterly Newsletter:
Parish Annual Meeting January 29, 2023
December Dates to Remember:
December 4, 2022
One Service at 10 a.m. followed by our Annual Advent Dinner – All are welcome!
December 18, 2022
8 a.m. Advent Lessons and Prayers & Holy Eucharist
10:15 a.m. Advent Lessons and Carols & Holy Eucharist
December 24, 2022
7 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass
December 25, 2022
Christmas Day 10 a.m. Mass
What’s near St. Anne’s Episcopal Church?
- For information about Warsaw: http://warsaw.in.gov/
- For information about Warsaw Community Schools: http://www.warsaw.k12.in.us/
- For cultural opportunities in Warsaw: http://visitkosciuskocounty.org/explore-the-area/history-and-culture/