The parishioners of St. Ann’s are mindful of the many blessings in our lives, including the good fortune to worship in such a special place and to participate in our wonderful community. We demonstrate our gratitude in part by supporting people in need through various non-profits in the immediate community, as well as the Episcopal Diocese of Maine.
Throughout the month of August, St. Ann’s participates in a program led by St. David’s Episcopal Church in Kennebunk that collects new backpacks filled with school supplies for children attending kindergarten through 12th grade. There are many children in need, and helping a child return to school with some of the tools necessary to be successful makes a real difference.
We are grateful to everyone who made 2018’s collection a success. 196 backpacks were donated! (In 2017, 131 backpacks were donated.) Thank you!
Each year, members of St. Ann’s make personal donations to raise money to support organizations that help those with special needs. In addition, all donations by visitors to St. Ann’s that are left in the cash box in the entryway to the Stone Chapel are earmarked for Outreach, and the Vestry designates a modest portion of the annual operating budget to support the work of the Diocese of Maine.
On July 29, 2018 we held a benefit concert with the renowned composer and performing artist, Tim Janis. It raised $15,830 which will be distributed to St. Ann’s Outreach ministries. A very spirited thank you to the people and companies who supported this effort and made it such a success!
Benefit Concert Committee Members:
Co-Chairs: Debbie Stapleton and Martha Griffin. Committee members: Joyce Camp, Robin Ellis, Delta Fuller, Elin Harris, Doro Koch, Bill Matthews, Marcia Matthews, Pete Murphy, Davis Robinson, Suzanne Robinson, Bill Scarborough, Dianne Trachimowicz, and Roger Wood.
Jan Beaven, Andy Barowsky, Joyce and Ted Camp, Kiki and Peter Cheney, Judy and Chris Dalambakis, Cynthia Daley, Bill DeSaulnier, Robin and Hap Ellis, Delta and Peter Fuller, Elin and John Harris, Bonnie and Hal Himmelman, Doro and Bobby Koch, Vicky and Mark Lamarre, Marcia and Bill Matthews, Pat and Pete Murphy, Sylvia and Jim Peers, Suzanne and Davis Robinson, Lyn Schwager, Debbie and Craig Stapleton, and Seana and Roger Wood.
Antiques on Nine, The Clam Shack, Dock Square Emporium, FL Putnam, Green Tangerine, Hurlbutt Designs, JG Totes, Mitchell & Associates, Northland Construction Company, Salt and Honey, and Spang Builders.
In 2017, donations totaling over $40,000 were made to the following organizations:
Seeds of Hope
Bon Appetit Meal Program
Carlisle Charitable Foundation
Community Outreach Services
Habitat for Humanity
Kennebunkport Public Health
A Place to Start
Preble Street Resource Center
St. Elizabeth’s Pantry
Wayside Soup Kitchen
St. Martin’s Episcopal Church Houston (for hurricane relief)
The Episcopal Diocese of Maine