Cursillo is a national, diocesan, and congregational activity. It consists of a very spectacular weekend of short talks on basics of Christian beliefs, creative activities and fellowship. After this very special weekend, small groups are formed to continue the spiritual growth begun during the weekend. Each month from September through June, all members are invited to join with those who have experienced the Cursillo weekend to gather for fellowship, prayer, song, and food. This monthly gathering is called Ultreya.
Episcopal Church Women (ECW)
Our ECW meets each fourth Monday of the month at 1:00 PM. All female members of the church are automatically members of ECW. ECW does a multitude of services for our church including cooking, cleaning, sewing, fund raising with bake and book sales. ECW also performs an important social function by allowing people to get to know each other on a personal level. All of the contributions ECW makes to our congregation are very much appreciated by every member of the church.
Daughters of the King
The Daughters of the King is an order for laywomen who are communicants in the Episcopal Church, in churches in communion with the Episcopal Church, or in churches who are in the Historic Episcopate (churches who have had bishops throughout their histories). Members undertake a Rule of Life, incorporating the Rule of Prayer and the Rule of Service. By the reaffirmation of the promises made at Confirmation, a Daughter pledges herself to a life-long program of prayer, service and evangelism, dedicated to the spread of Christ's Kingdom and the strengthening of the spiritual life of her church. DOK meets each second Friday at 10:00 AM. Membership is by invitation from the Rector.
The Order of Saint Luke the Physician (OSL)
OSL is a religious order started in the Episcopal Church which has quickly spread to many other denominations. Its purpose is to promote, study, and organize Jesus' healing ministry in today's world. Each Thursday morning at 9:00, we celebrate Holy Eucharist and provide a time for healing prayer, laying on of hands, and anointing with oil. Members of OSL are also available at the back of the sanctuary for prayer at the communion during Sunday services. On the first and third Thursdays of each month at 11:00 AM, OSL meets to study the healing stories in the Scriptures (or healing in contemporary times) and to pray.
Birthday and Dutch-Treat Luncheons
Each third Wednesday of the month at 11:45 AM, members of the church who have celebrated a birthday that month are treated to a luncheon. On the last Thursday of the month, those who wish to join us go out to a local restaurant for a dutch-treat lunch. These luncheons give members of the church a chance to get to know one another on a social level, and a good time is had by all.
Our Vestry is a nine-person, elected, governing board which advises and makes recommendations to the Rector on all aspects of congregational life and is responsible for all financial decisions. At our annual congregational meeting held on the third Sunday in January, three people are elected each year for a three-year term. A Senior Warden is chosen from the Vestry and is responsible for carrying out administrative duties as requested by the Rector or Vestry. A Junior warden is also chosen who is responsible for supervising care of our physical facilities. The Vestry meets at 7:00 PM on the second Wednesday of each month. All members of the church are welcome to attend Vestry meetings.
Our Poolside groups are one way that our members get to know each other on a personal level and begin to make new friends within the congregation. The groups consist of six to eight adults who gather once a month in members' homes for fun, fellowship, and food. Groups remain together for six months, then the individuals are assigned to new groups in order to meet new people. The monthly gatherings are scheduled at each group's convenience and last from two to three hours. The food is light and members are encouraged not to compete in providing meals -- the primary purpose of the groups is fun and fellowship. For those with small dwellings or limited income, arrangements are made to share the opportunity to host a group.
Youth Pizza with the Priest
On the fourth Thursday of each month at 6:00 PM, the older youth of the congregation and the clergy meet together for pizza. This gives the youth a chance to get to know the clergy and their spouses in an informal environment.
Episcopal Church Youth (ECY)
The youth of Saint Anselm are a very important
part of our congregation. ECY meets on the fourth Saturday of the
month at 4:00 PM. Our youth assist the parish during fund raisers,
worship services, and many other functions. We attempt to make ECY
a blend of spiritual, service, and fun activities. The primary purpose
of the youth group is learning to take the message of Jesus' love to others
in gentle ways.