Outreach Partners

July 12, 2017

Church of the Annunciation Partners in Outreach

Project Light
“Thank you for your generous donation of $500. Project Light has been reaching out to
teach non-English speakers to learn English for over 20 years.”
– Michael Wolsh, President, Project Light

Camp Boggy Creek
“Thank you for our gift of $1,000. Camp Boggy Creek is a magical place for children from all
over florida who have been diagnosed with serious illnesses. Thank you for bringing hope
and joy to these courageous children.”
– June Clark, President/CEO

“Thank you for your generous donation. Your support allows us to provide humanitarian
relief in the form of lifesaving supplies that bring shelter, warmth and dignity to families
affected by disasters such as earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, cyclones, tsunamis or
– Kerri Murray, President, ShelterBox USA

Bay Pines VA Healthcare System
“On behalf of the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System patients and staff, we extend our
appreciation for your donation of phone cards, afghans, food cards, emergency cards and
grocery cards. Thank you for your continued support.”
– Nathan Witt, Chief, Voluntary Service

Anchor House Inc.
“Thank you for your recent gift of $500 to Anchor House. We have completed the new
Trucker’s Center and men are noticing and stopping in. The love of Christ continues to
compel us to do his work at Port Manatee.”
– Chaplain Tim Huppert, Executive Director

Learn to Fish Grant

June 22, 2017

Episcopal Church of the Annunciation members Judy Bennett and Carol Carter along with their Rector Rev. Matthew Grunfeld review plans for the new transitional housing building for women with “Learn to Fish” founder Sabrina Crain-Sweeney.  The Church and it’s ECW women’s group are supporting the building renovation.


For Immediate Release



Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, Holmes Beach, has announced its annual charitable grants to the local community and beyond.  On June 12th, Vestry approved $12,700 worth of grants to 14 local, national and international non-profit organizations.  For several years, Annunciation has committed funds from its operating budget to support worthy organizations beyond its own doors.

One of Annunciation’s grants of $2000 is being made to Learn to Fish, a Bradenton faith-based residential recovery center for women who have lived a life of abuse and trauma.  Learn to Fish provides safe housing, educational support, health services and life skills for women, all of whom have recently been released from jail.

This grant is being combined with two other grants – one of $2000 from Annunication’s Episcopal Church Women (ECW) and one of $6000 from the Anna Maria Island Women’s Giving Circle, a donor advised fund of the Manatee Community Foundation.  With $10,000 in hand, Learn to Fish will be able to completely renovate a former thrift store into a residential building which will house 6-12 women transitioning from recovery to attending classes and preparing for entry into the workforce.

Five of the 20 members of the AMI Women’s Giving Circle are also members of Episcopal Church of the Annunciation; they are:  Judy Bennett, Carol Carter, Myrna Endean, Jan Pettus and Judy Ward.

Church member Judy Bennett states: “Learn to Fish founder Sabrina Crain-Sweeney has had an incredible commitment to women in transition for more than 10 years and she has worked wonders over that time on a miniscule budget.  Church of the Annunciation is proud to support this worthy cause”.

Contact: Carol Carter, Sr. Warden, Church of the Annunciation; 941-779-9553

Dear Parishioners and Friends –

On June 12th, through prayer and the continued guidance of the Holy Spirit, your Vestry elected to call Rev. Matthew T. Grunfeld as Rector of Episcopal Church of the Annunciation effective immediately.  All Vestry members were present and our vote was eight to one.  Vestry members wish to thank all members of our congregation for their prayers and communications during this time of discernment.

We plan to officially celebrate Fr. Matthew’s ministry later this fall when many of our “Northern Lights” have returned to their southern homes and are “here present” to rejoice with us.  Meanwhile, parishioners and friends enjoyed a special reception on Sunday, June 18th following the 9am service to celebrate Father’s Day and Fr. Matthew’s 36th birthday!


Carol Carter, Sr. Warden and Kelly Rubino, Jr. Warden