News from the Pews
An Untitled Poem
by Kitty O'Meara
And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently.
And the people healed. And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal.
And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed.
As we all continue to keep the faith and respect social distancing, we maintain the hope that something good will come out of this collective state of "together, apart."
Laura Lee Miller
Your Communications Liaison
The Holiday Giving Tree was a great success
Heartfelt thanks to all the gift givers whose generosity filled the space under our Giving Tree. We so appreciate your participation in this wonderful ministry. So many lives have been enhanced by your generosity.
Agencies involved this year were:
Child & Family Agency of SE CT
Old Lyme Social Services
New London Homeless Hospitality Center
Lymes' Youth Service Bureau
Saint Ann's Welcomes The Reverend Dr. Anita Louise Schell
On Sunday, August 4, 2019, Saint Ann's welcomed The Reverend Dr. Anita Louise Schell as the Provisional Priest-in-Charge, with a lively celebration after service. See photos here.
Anita has been an ordained Episcopal priest for 35 years and has served several parishes and schools with intelligence, devotion and passion. As your Executive Committee, first, and then your full Vestry met with Anita this winter and spring, it became clear to us quite quickly that Anita would be a wonderful fit for Saint Ann's Parish for the next three years as our PPIC, with the possibility to call her as Rector at that time. Read more about Anita
On Sunday, June 23rd, Saint Ann's parishioners celebrated the completion of Phase 1 of our Capital Campaign renovations. We proceeded up the new handicap ramp and gathered for song and prayer on the new terrace. We entered the church through the newly painted red doors, continued through the expanded and updated Narthex, and assembled in the freshly painted Sanctuary. After the service, we gathered on the front lawn to enjoy wonderful food and fellowship at our annual Summer Potluck Picnic. See the day's pictures here.
Upper Pond Farm at Saint Ann's
Saint Ann's is delighted to once again welcome Upper Pond Farm's Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program. Each week, customers pick up their shares of fresh produce. The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries receives 4-6 shares, generously donated by local individuals, groups and businesses, as well as by Upper Pond Farm itself.
Ecumenical Good Friday Walk for Hunger
The the 4th Annual Good Friday Walk for Hunger, benefiting The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries was a great success. Thank you to everyone who walked and carried the cross. And thank you to everyone who sponsored a walker and donated food items.
2019 Lenten Course
God’s Good Earth: From Daylight Time to Earth Day
This Lenten course was a wonderful and impactful series based on the book, God’s Good Earth: Praise and Prayer for Creation by our own Anne and Jeffery Rowthorn.
The course drew on a rich variety of biblical and ecumenical resources as well as reflections from the world’s most penetrating contemporary interpreters of the social and cultural landscape. Topics included: God’s good earth--overview and introduction to the course; God the creator and God’s glorious creation; God’s physical creation; the human community and its needs; the whole creation groaning in travail; and hope for the future, concluding with a liturgy in celebration of Earth Day.
Lenten Choral Evensong Service
On Sunday, March 17th, the Feast Day of St. Patrick, parishioners joined the choir and clergy in a Lenten Choral Evensong, an evening service of prayer and song.
The Saint Ann's Choir sang Preces and Responses composed by Harry Bramma, Evening Canicles composed by Thomas Tertius Nobel, and Wash me throughly, an Anthem composed by Samuel Sebastian Wesley.
We give thanks to The Rev. Patricia Hames who officiated the service, and to our Choir Director and Organist, Hector B. Migliacci, and members of the choir: Joanne Arnold, Annelise Ellers, Alden Rockwell Murphy (Sopranos), Susan Anderson, Carolina Kipnis, Meredith Neumann, Sara Qua (Altos), Charles Feierabend, Sam Quigley, Keith Vitali (Tenors), Steve Cofrancesco, Greg Flower, Todd Lefurge and Bob Stosse (Basses), for their hard work and preparation to create this beautiful service.
Luke Gingerella of North Stonington, CT
Bringing Smiles to Young Hospital Patients’ Faces
Operating rooms can be intimidating, and they have rules to follow. Every patient, regardless of age, needs to wear an OR cap, and the blue adult caps are not very child-friendly!
Volunteers as Saint Ann’s Episcopal Church in Old Lyme are collaborating with Lawrence and Memorial Hospital’s Child Life and Surgical Services to bring a little fun to its young patients. Using bright fabrics with whimsical designs, Saint Ann’s Sewing Workshop is crafting operating room caps for pediatric surgical patients. The children get to choose the cap they want to wear into surgery and take it home with them when they leave. Every smile helps make the transition back to wellness a little easier.
The program is a big hit with parents and patients alike, and the Saint Ann’s sewing volunteers get the joy of knowing they’ve brought a smile to a child’s face.
The Lyme/Old Lyme Refugee Resettlement Committee
Old Lyme and its surrounding communities have a long history of welcoming refugees from war-torn regions across the globe, resettling families from Laos, Burma and Rwanda. In the Spring of 2016, in response to the worldwide refugee crisis, Christ the King Roman Catholic Church, First Congregational Church Old Lyme, and Saint Ann's Episcopal Church created a new, ecumenical Refugee Resettlement Committee with the goal of helping newly arrived refugees adapt and thrive in their new home.
Click here to read a newspaper article about the latest refugee family being helped by this committee.
Kindness in Real Life: Stitching a little love in an Old Lyme church
Our very own Carol Carlson penned an article for The Day about Saint Ann's wonderful Sewing Ministry. Read it here.
Baby Shower for Newborns in the Dominican Republic
The baby shower for newborns in the Dominican Republic was a wonderful success. The workshop on the lower level was open, displaying samples of work from all the programs supported by the sewing volunteers. The ladies of the Sewing Ministry are so grateful to the church for their lovely renovated workspace and the love and support of the congregation. Lunch was devoured and gifts were plentiful. Newborn babies in the Dominican Republic will be the beneficiaries of all of this love. See more pictures on the Gallery page.
Saint Ann's Appoints a New Organist and Choirmaster
It is with great pleasure that I announce that Hector Babcock Migliacci, an Old Lyme and New York, NY, resident, will serve as Organist and Choirmaster at Saint Ann’s starting in September.