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PARISH CALENDAR
Thursday April 22
12:00 pm – Al-Anon (open to the public)
NO Bible Study Today
Friday April 23
Parish Office Closed
6:00 pm – You’re in Recovery Meeting (open to the public)
Saturday April 24
Parish Office Closed
Sunday April 25
8:00 am – Holy Eucharist
9:30 am – Holy Eucharist

Monday April 26

Tuesday April 27
11:00 am – Al-Anon 4th Step
12:00 pm – Al-Anon (open to the public)
7:30 pm – AA (open to the public)
Wednesday April 28
11:30 am – Holy Eucharist
12:00 pm – AA (open to the public)
6:45 pm – Boy Scouts
Thursday April 29
12:00 pm – Al-Anon (open to the public)
6:00 pm – E-100 Bible study
Friday April 30
Parish Office Closed
6:00 pm – You’re in Recovery Meeting (open to the public)
Saturday May 1
Parish Office Closed
Sunday May 2
8:00 am – Holy Eucharist
9:30 am – Holy Eucharist
Today’s Altar flowers are given in memory of
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John Serenko
By
Juanita Serenko
 
 
Next Sunday’s Altar flowers are given in memory of
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Kathy Vassi, Frank Vassi & Maureen Adams, Richard & Edith Tarmey, Brian & Mark Tarmey, Alan Fallows, and Robert Newell, Sr.
By
Jeff & Kitty Newell
Parish News
 

Upcoming Weekday Eucharist
11:30 am (Side Altar)

Wednesday 4/28                  Wednesday 5/12
Wednesday 5/5                 Wednesday 5/19

 
Are you willing to serve?  The parish will be electing two individuals to represent the parish at the Deanery Convocation (To be held mid-June) that will elect one cleric and one lay person from the Convocation to serve on the committee that will develop the diocesan profile and present the slate of nominees to stand for election as bishop.  The parish election will take place on Sunday, 5/23. If you are interested in serving please see Fr. Neal by Sunday, 5/16.

A Holy Day Eucharist
in commemoration of the Feast of the Ascension will be celebrated at 6 pm on Thursday, 5/13.

Looking forward with hope:  
It is our prayer and hope that by Sunday, July 4 we will be able to return to a more normal life of worship here.  On that date, we are looking forward to bringing back the ministries that have been suspended (acolyte, elements, nursery, healing team, chalice bearer, etc.).  We also hope to resume coffee hour that Sunday as well.  In preparation for that date, we would like to ask you to prayerfully consider volunteering to provide food for coffee hour and to sign up for the variety of ministries that serve the parish each Sunday. Sign ups for both coffee hour and the ministries are available in the parish hall.  We ask all current volunteers and new volunteers sign up by Sunday, May 16.  We will be scheduling orientation and training in June for all volunteers.


Prayer Table Recess -- It is with much personal sadness that Deacons Alan and MaryCarol have decided, after consulting with Father Neal, that it would be best to suspend our operation of the Monday morning Prayer Table for an undetermined amount of time. We suspended the Table, which has been a part of St. Ann's church ministry since July 9 of 2012, last March when our churches were all shuttered because of the pandemic outbreak. But the sad fact is that since we rebooted the Monday morning Prayer Table in mid-June and resumed our offers of prayer, free food and free clothing, our attendance at the Table has been minimal. Our neighbors just are not coming out as they have in past years. Some of this may be due to weather, some to the fact that the free meal on Monday at the Masonic Lodge across the street has not been available, and some to the fact that many people are still reluctant to come out of their homes unless they have to. In any case, we will not be hosting the Prayer Table for a while. Therefore, we ask that you do NOT bring any donations of food or clothing for now until such time as we decide to restart the Table operation. Thank you for all your support in the past.  Please pray for clarity as to what and when the Lord might be calling us to next.
  
Collection for those in need:  Many low-income households are in need of items that cannot be purchased with SNAP benefits (food stamps.) Among these items are feminine hygiene products and diapers for children and adults. The collection will take place on the first Sunday of each month, St. Ann's will begin accepting donations of these items for distribution to Social Services, who will deliver them to those in need. Your help is greatly appreciated. If you have any questions please contact Deacon Mary Carol.
 
Montgomery County Office for Aging, Inc--Meals drivers needed:  Are you interested in delivering meals to homebound seniors in Montgomery County? This part-time position is Monday through Friday for about 2-3 hours a day... perfect job for retirees! If you or someone you know may be interested apply to the link below or email mdepasquale@officeforaging.com for more information.
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Reminder:  Please sit in every other pew.  A six-foot social distance should be maintained, and face coverings are required at all times.  Please use hand sanitizer upon entering and before Communion. Please place your offering in the plate in the back of the church.
 
Can we pray for you? Visit our website to submit your prayer request or to sign up to receive the prayer line emails.
 
Altar Flower Memorials: Would you like to have your loved ones remembered at our Sunday Services? The cost of the main altar memorials is $50 and the side altar is $35.  There are openings for the main altar on 5/9 and 6/27.  There are side altar openings on 5/2, 6/27, 7/11, 7/18, 7/25, 8/29, 9/12, 9/19, 11/28, 12/5, and 12/26.  Please contact the parish office to provide the date and names you that you would like.  Multiple memorials are accepted for any given date.
 

Parking Permits: Please remember to display your parking permit at all times while in the church lot. If you are in need of a new permit please contact the parish office. The parking regulations are posted in the parish hall.

 

Easily donate your redeemable bottles and cans to St. Ann’s in three easy steps:
  1. Pick up a green Clynk bag from the back of the church
  2. Fill the bag with your redeemable bottles and cans
  3. Scan and return the bag to Hannaford
 
Morning Prayer with Benediction will be celebrated at 10 am.  The next service is Thurs, 5/6.  This will be a combination of quiet meditation and prayer before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and Morning Prayer, concluding with Benediction.
My Dear Brothers and Sisters, 
 
            “St. Ann’s has been the spiritual center of our lives for years. We want to make a gift that will help the parish continue its mission and benefit generations to come. But it sounds complicated! Where do we start?”
 
Perhaps you have had similar thoughts.  You have given faithfully to the ministry of St. Ann’s. You have committed your annual pledge and participated in special campaigns that met specific needs. Perhaps you’ve made a memorial gift to honor a loved one.
Each gift is an expression of your values, priorities, and gratitude for God’s blessings in your life. By giving, we worship God and strengthen our community, as every gift blesses others.
Through the ministry of planned giving, we have an opportunity to ensure that our most sacred values and commitments are part of the legacy we leave behind for future generations. Since planned gifts generally come from the accumulated assets of our lifetime, it is an opportunity to make a final statement of support for a ministry dear to our hearts.
St. Ann’s Planned Giving Program benefits both our present and future members. Through planned giving, we can help parishioners provide for the needs of their family through effective estate planning and tax reduction strategies. Planned gifts also ensure that the church will have the resources needed to continue its mission and ministry for many years to come. 
Planned giving does not have to be complicated—and it is not only reserved for those with great wealth.  It can be as simple as adding a bequest to the church in your will. Other options, such as charitable gift annuities through the Episcopal Church Foundation, provide a guaranteed income for life and substantial tax savings.
Please take a moment to read the brochure, The Ministry of Gift Planning, available in the parish hall and the entrance to the church, which explains the most common types of planned gifts and their benefits. You may also want to visit the Episcopal Church Foundation website (www.EpiscopalFoundation.org) to learn more.
That is why I am writing today: to ask you to prayerfully consider a way to make the ministry of St. Ann’s a part of your legacy through a planned gift.  If you feel so moved, please return the response card in the brochure to the church office or call to set up an appointment.
 
May the Lord bless you and keep you,
 
Fr. Neal P. Longe, Rector

Please Pray Daily For:

                   
Fr. Neal, his family, and his leadership of the parish.  
That we may boldly and wisely proclaim the Gospel to reach those who don't know Christ and welcome them here to worship with us.
That the members of the parish may come to know Christ more deeply, live lives empowered by the Holy Spirit, and join us in worship.

The Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:
April 2021 Daily: For the Standing Committee and for Holiness of life in every Episcopalian

25 St. Matthew’s Church, Unadilla –The Rev’d Dale Van Wormer, The Rev’d Charles Bailey
26 Vocations to the Priesthood, the Diaconate, and the Religious Life
The Rev’d Anne Curtin
27 The Rev’d Geraldine Clemmons, The Rev’d Richard Erickson
28 The Rev’d Paul Baker
29 Zion Church, Colton -The Rev’d Patricia LaVine, The Rev’d Helen Harris
The Rev’d Mildred Williams
30 Deacon Formation Program
 

St. Ann’s Prayer List: Adamaris, Ada , Angel,  Adam, Angelique, Ashley,  Ann, Allen E, Adam, Andrea, Barbara, Becky,  Bill, Brianna, Brayden, Brenda, Beverly, Bob, Brian, Bonnie,  Colleen ,Charlene,  Carmella,  Christine  Chad, Carol, Cynthia, Caleb ,Doug, Darrin, Danny, Debbie, Dee, Deanna, Diane, Davina, Dave,  Donte, Elva, Eric, Emily, Geoff,  Gino, Gina, Harry,  Isaiah, Jerry, Jeff, Joseph, Joyce ,John, Joe ,Jeanne, Jennifer, JoAnne, Joan, Jim, Jeannette, Jean, Kathy, Kelly, Kitty, Kim, Kailee, Lee,  Louie, Linda, Lori, Lynne, Leila, Margaret   MaryAnn, Mackenzie, Morton, Meghan, Matthew, Marsha, Marie, Mason, Mother Sally, Mother Nancy, Noah, Neil, Paul, Patti, Richard , Raiden, Robert, Robin, Roy, Rebecca, Sister Gabriel ,Silvia, Stephanie, Stacy,   Seth, Sandy, Shirley, Sheila, Sue, Scott, Tracy, Tim, Tony, Tom, Terplak Family, Vern, Vanna, William, The Boy Scouts, All Militaries
 
Please pray for our partners in ministry: The Anglican Parish of Tyendinaga –The Revs. Rod & Lisa Brant Francis; The Jesus Film Project – Zach and Shannon; Alpha Pregnancy Care Center; Christ the King Spiritual Life Center; The Cathedral of All Saints; For fruitfulness and blessing in all the churches of the greater Amsterdam area.

Please pray for the other churches of the Western Mohawk Deanery: Church of the Good Shepherd, Canajoharie – Mtr. Virginia Ogden; Grace Church, Cherry Valley – Fr. Kyle Grennen; St. Peter’s Church, Fourth Lake – Fr. Neal Longe and Dcn. Denise Moore; Christ Church, Herkimer – In Transition; St. Augustine’s Church, Ilion– In Transition; St. John’s, Johnstown – Mtr. Laurie Garramone; St. Huberts of the Lakes Church, Lake Pleasant –Fr. Robert Limpert; Emmanuel Church, Little Falls – Fr. Jack Whritenour; Grace Church, Mohawk – In Transition; St. John’s Church, Richfield Springs – In Transition; St. Mary’s Church, Springfield Center – Fr. Kyle Grennen.
Lay Ministers: Sunday, April 25

Altar Guild:    Kathy Hazzard  

8:00 AM
Intercessor:    Kitty Newell
Lector:    James Bryant
Healing Prayer:    Deacon 

9:30 AM
Greeter:    Ismael Santiago
Intercessor:    Deacon
Lector:    Erik Betz
Healing Prayer:    Deacon & Christine Munn
Counters:    Ismael Santiago & Tim Munn


Lay Ministers: Sunday, May 2

Altar Guild: Kathy Hazzard 

8:00 AM
Intercessor:        Debbie Smith    
Lector:               Bonnie Rydell    
Healing Prayer: Deacon & Kitty Newell    

9:30 AM
Greeter:    
Intercessor:        Deacon    
Lector:               Dave Mello    
Healing Prayer: Deacon & Tim Munn    
Counters:            Ismael Santiago & Kathy Hazzard    

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The Very Rev. Neal P. Longe, Rector
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Amsterdam, NY 12010
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