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Parish Life

pageant 07There are many opportunities for involvement at Saint Ann’s.
Several committees within the parish serve to coordinate activities.

The Parish Life Committee:
The Parish Life Committee oversees four major areas of church life: Fellowship, Communication, The Welcome of Newcomers, and Pastoral Care. The committee’s charge is to help make Saint Ann’s a welcoming and open church, to increase in all our members an ever stronger sense of belonging, to meet the new and different needs of younger families and their children.

The Committee meets monthly the second Wednesday of the month at 10:45am.
Contact: Maryann Clancy (860-691-3352)

   

The Stewardship Committee:
The Stewardship Committee is composed of a diverse group of parishioners whose task is to engender within the congregation a more vibrant sense of what Christian stewardship means in the midst of today's cultural and economic climate. Theologically, stewardship is the intentional blending of gratitude and responsibility, giving and funding, worship and ethics. From this grounding, the Stewardship Committee directs the annual pledge appeal and it organizes ad hoc supplemental programs throughout the year. Each year a stewardship mailing goes out to the congregation. Contact: Carl Igelbrink (860-598-9118)

The Women of St. Ann's: Women
The Episcopal Church Women (ECW) is the national organization of all women who are members of the Episcopal Church. The Saint Ann's chapter is organized under the name: the Women of Saint Ann’s (WSA). The WSA is deeply involved in outreach, and works within the parish both socially and spiritually, sponsoring frequent activities and events that enrich our common life together. Willing hearts and hands are always welcome.

The WSA governing Board meets monthly and is comprised of a President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and Representatives of the Nearly New Shop and the church's Outreach Committee.

Contact:
Becca Pote, President (860-434-8129)
Kathy Rowe, Treasurer (860-434-1506)

Outreach Committee:
A Vestry member is liaison to the Outreach Committee, which is responsible for the oversight, guidance, and development of a number of Saint Ann's outreach and mission activities. It meets on a monthly basis, reviewing current activity and exploring new projects. Broad parish involvement is highly encouraged.

Among our ongoing projects are the following.

Loaves and Fishes:
A variety of programs through which parishioners work locally to feed the hungry.

These programs include:
The Shoreline Soup Kitchenat the First Congregational Church, Old Lyme; The Essex Soup Kitchen
The local Food Pantry
Meals for Covenant Shelter in New London.

Contacts:
Cong. Church Kitchen -Jennifer Mathanool (860-440-6203)
Essex Kitchen – Kathleen Kronholm (860-434-5150)

Covenant Shelter
Contact: Dot Smith (739-5390)

The GroupHaitian/Caribbean Outreach:

Haiti:
Saint Ann's parishioners regularly donate school and hospital supplies to Holy Trinity School and Saint Vincent's Hospital in Haiti. We have provided scholarships for needy Haitian children to attend Holy Trinity, and have provided other financial assistance to numerous organizations throughout the country.

The Dominican Republic:
Saint Ann’s periodically sends a work team of volunteers to impoverished areas in the Dominican Republic to join in mission work with the churches there. These intergenerational teams help us engage mission mutually with others, and through this work we gain a clearer perspective on the real needs and the real riches of others. In addition we work to provide scholarships for needy youth in the Dominican Republic.

See our mission trip pictures.

Contact: Dot Smith (860-739-5390)
Jane Keydel (860-388-4648)
Kathy Kronholm (860-434-5150)

Intercessory Prayer Group:
The Intercessory Prayer Group prays daily for individuals in need. They meet as a group bi-monthly.
Contact: Jane Keydel (860-388-4648)

Finance Committee:
The Finance Committee advises the Vestry regarding the church's investments. It works in conjunction with the investment manager overseeing Saint Ann's portfolio, and meets quarterly.
Contact: Stanford Brainerd (860-434-0694)

Vestry:
The Vestry is the principle governing board of the parish. It determines the annual budget and oversees all programs, organizations, activities, committees, and staff.

The Vestry is comprised of four officers (Senior Warden, Junior Warden, Treasurer and Clerk), five members who serve as liaisons to parish committees (Stewardship, Parish Life, and Outreach), one liaison to the Nearly New Shop (Chair of the Board), and one member in charge of Property Administration.

All vestry members are elected by vote of the parish's members at the Annual Meeting.

The Vestry meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm. Meetings are open to all parishioners.
Contact: Beth Sullivan, Senior Warden (860-434-7911)

Vestry Officers
Beth Sullivan
Senior Warden

Kathy Kronholm
Junior Warden

Heather Dillenbeck
Treasurer

Maryann Clancy
Clerk

Vestry Members
Deb Czarnecki
Dick Hall
Carl Igelbrink
Alison Ives
Jane Keydel
George Mathanool
Tami Miglio