Annunciation thrives because our members support our ministries and outreach. We urge everyone to get involved and support our work and help us touch the lives of our Parish and others.
Participate in our services as a Lector, Lay Eucharistic Minister, Usher, or a Choir member. If you don’t want to participate in the service, the Altar Guild makes sure the Altar is ready for the service.
Can you sew, knit or crochet? You could make a prayer shawl for someone in trouble, baby clothes for our Moses Basket project, helmet liners or squares for the military ministry or something to sell at the Holly Berry Bazaar.
Cleaning out your closets, you could save the discards for our Used Clothing Sale, the White Elephant sale, or the Community Coalition for the Homeless.
If you like to cook or entertain we could use you on the Events Committee, in the kitchen during our events or making jam or goodies that we can sell at our sales.
Do you need a sit-down job? You could help fold and assemble the bulletins or newsletter, join the Card Ministry, participate in the Prayer Chain, help with the Stewardship Committee or help answer phones in the office a few hours.
Do you like to garden? You could help plant flowers or weed the gardens.
WE are the Church and it cannot thrive without your time and talent.
Lay Readers and Ushers
Our Lay Readers read the Lessons and the Prayers in our services. Ushers hand out the Bulletin, count the number or people in attendance and pass the collection plate. No formal training is required. During the preceding month the scheduler asks for availability and prepares the schedule for the following month. After the schedule is posted, if you aren’t available for your assigned day, please find your own substitute.
Lay Eucharistic Ministers
Our Eucharistic ministers assist with the services on Sunday. They are trained by the Deacons or Priest on an individual basis. A license from the Diocese is required. The license requires the recommendation of the Priest and approval of the Vestry.
Lay Eucharistic Visitors
Our Lay Eucharistic Visitors visit and take Communion to the sick. We have also had the dedicated service of two deacons who are not canonically resident in SW Florida. They do many home Communions and have trained Lay Eucharistic visitors. Lay Eucharistic Visitors are required to be Lay Eucharistic Ministers and also require a license from the Diocese.
The Altar Guild prepares our altar for services and decorates the Church for holidays. We have four teams, each team has a leader and each team is responsible for one week a month. This ministry is a wonderful way to support the Church. Training is provided and you can work at your own pace.
The choir is made up of dedicated members. The Choir Director is a professional musician. The choir sings anthems once or twice a month, and the Director sings a solo anthem in the alternate weeks. They rehearse Thursday evenings 7-8:30, September to May. Our Director also sponsors a Friends in Music concert, open to the public, which raises money to provide soloists, instrumentalists, or other professional musicians for special services.
A group sends birthday and anniversary cards to all our members on their special days. They also send get well cards and other appropriate greetings throughout the year.
Each spring a group gathers to plan a full calendar of social events for the coming year. In general, at least one social event is planned for each month. In recent years, these have included potluck suppers, wine tasting, games night, Burgers and Brats, Spaghetti dinner, Movies, Mothers’ Day Brunch, Fathers’ Day Brunch, Brunch following Annual meeting, Oktoberfest, Mardi Gras, Easter Dinner, Northern Lights Appreciation Brunch, 4th of July Picnic and Fireworks, and a formal Annunciation Day Dinner on our name day. These social events have turned our church community into a family.
Daughters of the King
Annunciation has a small chapter of the Daughters of the King, a service order of Episcopal women. There are about 6 members who meet monthly, usually on the second Thursday morning following the Eucharist. They will provide punch and cookies following funeral services for members of our Parish. They also provide a Prayer Chain. This chain consists of a number of prayer-dedicated people who pray daily (and sometimes more) for names given them by friends and family. These prayers are kept up for ten days. All one has to do to add a name to the prayer list is to call one of these persons or the church office.
Carol Broden – 794-0797 | Caroline Powers – 729-3798 | Jeanne Akers – 792-4533
This Chain is not to be confused with our regular prayer list at church. Our chain is mainly for immediate intervention. God’s Peace and our Loving Prayers.
Annunciation Botanical Society
This august-sounding group is a group of volunteers who help with the gardening, and especially the Memorial Garden. They gather at 7 AM on the first Monday of each month to pull weeds or do whatever is needed in the garden.
If you would like help in the garden at other times, talk to the Jr. Warden, as he coordinates the planting and gardens.
Annunciation has an active Episcopal Church Women’s organization. All women are members by their baptism. We meet on the first Thursday of the month from October through May, following the Thursday morning Eucharist. We usually have a short business meeting and a speaker or program and refreshments or lunch.
The ECW is the main fund raising body of the church. We have two or three big sales each year, usually earning $3,000-$4,000 each. The ECW organizes the sales but everyone (men included) pitches in to help. Virtually all the money raised goes to our Church or to charitable organizations in the area and around the world. The ECW supplies all funds for the coffee hour (food and serving person) throughout the year.
A group of men started meeting in the Winter of 2010 on the last Friday morning of the month for breakfast and fellowship. They are still searching for a format and a purpose for their gatherings, but at this point are just getting to know each other better. They served breakfast for the entire parish in March, 2010.
The DOK will provide complimentary punch and cookies following a funeral. If the family would like a more extensive food presentation such as: sandwiches, tea sandwiches, dessert, spiral ham, fruit display, etc., we have a committee of people that will cater the reception at a very reasonable price. The cost will be quoted in advance and is equivalent to the cost of grocery store trays, with much higher quality and presentation. Any profit from this catering will go the ECW for their charitable works. It is always hard to estimate how much food is needed for a funeral. If there is food left over, the family can take the food with them or we will donate it to Our Daily Bread.
The Stewardship Committee designs and implements the Stewardship campaign, mailings, etc.
The Outreach Committee researches and evaluates the requests we receive for donations and makes recommendations to the Vestry for distribution of the Outreach Budget.
If you would like to add someone on the Military List, if you have a request for someone to be on the Sunday Prayers of the People, or would like to add someone to the Prayer List that is in the back of the Church, please call the office.
We communicate with our parishioners is several ways, through our weekly bulletins and A-Blast (A for Annunciation) and our newsletter the Annunciator. If you have announcements to make or would like to write an article for the newsletter, call the office or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to help Pam in the office, several mornings are available.