Mother Anita has accepted the call to serve as our 7th Rector
After accepting the call, Anita spoke to the Vestry and shared the following:
"In reflecting on our mutual ministry and the leadership of the Vestry, I am in awe of our accomplishments – not just what we have done in reaching most of our goals but also, and more importantly, in our care of one another both near and far. Thank you for caring for one another in all times and circumstances."
"Above all, I give thanks to God for calling me to Saint Ann's. I truly believe that I have been so called and give thanks that you have put your confidence and faith in both this process and in me."
Finally the Vestry would like to thank all of you who shared comments and thoughts during our listening sessions.
Your words contributed to a prayerful and thoughtful decision in calling Anita to be our next Rector.
Saint Ann's is part of the Pollinator Pathways of Old Lyme
Saint Ann's has added native plants to our property, eliminated pesticides, and officially joined Old Lyme's Pollinator Pathway.
Read more here
Conn. Groups Preparing to Welcome Afghan Refugees
The Refugee Resettlement Program of Old Lyme said they are ready to welcome a family of Afghan evacuees as soon as they get the call.
Read the story here
Wrapping up the Capital Fundraising Campaign
The Capital Campaign continued into Year 4 of the 3-Year initiative with our parishioners generously bringing our total pledged to $1,452,518 against our goal of $1,300,000 and just shy of our Stretch Goal of $1,500,000.
With Phase One completed and our pledges in hand, we began planning Phase Two of the Capital Building projects. As promised, we focused on full accessibility, safety, organization of the first floor of our building and access to the lower level. Our work continued with Centerbrook and Enterprise Builders, both of whom served as reliable and committed partners to Saint Ann’s Parish.
As planned, Phase Two added two fully accessible bathrooms on the first floor. We removed the steps that separate the Griswold Room and kitchen from the rear office entrance which allowed for the first floor spaces to share the same floor level as the Sanctuary. Our rear office entrance now has improved visibility, security doors and windowed doors in the Parish Administrator’s and Rector’s new offices to align with safe church practices.
To fulfill our goal to make the entire church building accessible, the lower level of our church is now accessible to all with the addition of a lift providing access from the first floor to the Ground Level where the Nursery, Godly Play, and the Sewing Room are located.
We are very appreciative of our donors for fulling their pledge commitments. In addition to the Capital Campaign, additional funds were raised in the Lift Up Campaign led by Alden Murphy and Charlie Potts. Our parishioners generously donated an additional $76,737.00 which was required to cover the cost of the lift, landscaping, IT update, and other owner’s costs and contingencies.
The successful completion of Phase Two ensures Saint Ann’s accessibility today and for generations to follow. It will allow our parishioners and guests from the community, who cannot navigate stairs, to be able to attend all events at the church and use the facilities on our lower level.
We thank all the Saint Ann’s parishioners, donors, and friends for their support of the Capital Campaign and their confidence in our leadership of the Capital Campaign and Building Projects.
Read more about our Capital Campaign Building Projects here.
Tropical Storm Isaias Brings Down a 58 Year Old Oak Tree
This past week when hundreds of folk were without power, and stopped by to take photos of the fallen oak tree, often posing with it, they all said two things: ‘It is a miracle the way it fell away from the church’ and ‘God was surely watching over you and your flock Mother Anita.’ I readily agreed as both are true. What I did not say then, but say now – God is always watching over us, no matter what the outcome, no matter where the tree falls.
Mother Anita, 8/9/20
Initiative for Becoming a Beloved Community
Saint Ann's has formed a Task Force on racial justice and reconciliation called the Initiative for Becoming a Beloved Community. Click this link to see ECCT's work at the Diocesan level.
Christ has no body now on earth but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours.
Yours are the eyes through which Christ's compassion is to look out to the world.
Yours are the feet with which Christ is to go about doing good.
Yours are the hands with which Christ is to bless all people now.
- Theresa of Avila
Mother Anita's Blessed Little Thought
From the July 4, 2020 ECCT newsletter:
This BLT (Blessed Little Thought) comes from the Rev. Anita Schell, Provisional Priest in Charge in St. Ann's, Old Lyme. She talks from the Memorial Garden at St. Ann's: opening a window to creation; following a very helpful list of guidelines for time in quarantine.
Mother Anita Interviewed on iCRV Radio
On June 25, Mother Anita was interviewed by Dave Williams on iCRV Radio to promote Saint Ann's First Annual Can-a-Thon to support the Shoreline Soup Kitchens and Pantries. Listen to her interview here:
Based in nearby Ivoryton, CT, iCRV Radio is a streaming radio service dedicated to the Connecticut River Valley (CRV). To be part of iCRV Radio and its mission to connect and grow community through engaging content, click here.
Saint Ann's Holds its First Can-a-Thon
A big thank you to all who participated Sunday in the Can-a-thon. We appreciate the time and effort from the volunteers who collected food, directed traffic, and to those who made donations. It was a team effort resulting in approximately 40 bags/boxes of food (406 pounds!) to be donated to the Shoreline Soup Kitchens and Pantries.
It was a beautiful day and so much fun visiting, while social distancing of course, with many parishioners and the wider community.
Congratulations! This was a great start to increasing our goal of more local outreach.
What would we do without our pets?
Our pets are the unsung heroes of working from and being quarantined at home amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
In fact, your furry friend does more than just brighten up your day or give you someone to talk to while social distancing - research suggests pets can make you happier, healthier, less stressed and more productive.
Don't miss the chance to celebrate and thank your four legged friends at home. Send your photos to Kathy Rowe at email@example.com.
Laura Lee Miller
Your Communications Liaison
Saint Ann's Forms an Environment Committee
The Environment Committee launched on May 7 with 13 participants with great enthusiasm and joy.
There will be three areas of focus for our work: worship, education, and community action.
In the weeks to come look for words of hope about stewardship of creation curated by Tia Smith. Look for ways we can decrease our waste, and look and listen for a greater focus on creation care in our worship, specifically in sermons. And finally, look for our Community Garden, under the leadership of Andrea Bakoledis, to get started after May 20.
The Environment Committee has asked parish librarian Jean Read to create a display in our Griswold Room featuring some books from our collection that address creation care and climate change. Take a peek and feel free to borrow a book or article.
If you are interested in joining the Environment Committee, please contact Mother Anita.
Saint Ann's Parish Making Masks for the Region
As of Monday, April 20th, 2020, masks or cloth face coverings were required in public in Connecticut in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus as the number of cases nears 18,000 and the death toll passes 1,000. The mask or cloth face cover must cover your nose and mouth and are required in public when close contact is unavoidable. Making and donating non-surgical masks is a great way to help one another during this critical Covid-19 time. Our own parishioners are busy making masks at home and you can too! See below the examples made by our own parishioners and the instructions offered up by Joann Fabrics.
Kathy Kronholm is working daily to provide masks to the homeless community, an outreach project of St. Paul's in Willamantic, CT. Kathy's masks are pleated so one size fits all. She makes them out of tightly woven cotton with grosgrain ribbon for the ties. So far, Kathy has provided over 50 masks and her work continues.
Carole Lamourine's face masks are made from a wide assortment of lovely patterned fabrics and have an organic shape to cover the nose and mouth as required. In making masks for health care workers, neighbors, family and friends, Carole came to realize that some masks were needed just to go out in public, some as covers for PPE and some for additional protection as needed. She created a custom pattern and began by sewing together the two outside pieces of any good quality cotton. Her masks are simple in design as patients in facilities can be very intimidated by the "outer space look". They much prefer to have folks serving them who bring a smile. A nurse wearing one of Carole's masks among patients, reported that her patient commented that "That fish will swim right into your ear!" And when another Nurse commented that they felt foolish with a "cat" on their face, this answer came back, "If someone is close enough to you to see you are wearing cats, tell them to step back, as they are much too close to you for safety!" This picture shows examples of Carole's lovely masks.
Becca Pote is making masks and taking them to Joann Fabric Stores to be distributed to local agencies and providers who may need them. If you know of a local need, please let Becca know and she can assist in this effort.
Our SAP Sewing Ministry is making masks, too -- Priscilla Peabody, Deb Somers, Carolyn Ross, Donna Viscardi, Nina Garrett, Carole Lamourine and Jean Howard. They are finding that their family and friends want masks first, and then friends of their friends want masks. They are working hard making as many masks as possible to donate to health care organizations, and with the help of Susan Anderson, their masks have been distributed to at least five nursing homes, Lawrence & Memorial Hospital, Middlesex Health, UConn Health Center, Shoreline Clinic, Yale-New Haven Hospital, Urgent Care facilities, homeless shelters, and Meals on Wheels drivers. When the weather warms up, Jean has promised the sewing ladies a lunch, with social distancing, on her deck, featuring hot lobster rolls! That's a great incentive!
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.