Friday, August 30, 2019

St. Ann’s Episcopal Church host annual community Welcome Back Weekend celebration

By Lorraine Glowczak

It’s that time of year when the school doors open and young and old alike return after summer fun activities and from vacations. As people return and begin to settle down for the fall and winter, St. Ann’s Episcopal Church at 40 Windham Center Road welcome area residents back with a community celebration. The annual event is a weekend long festivity that begins on Saturday, September 7th from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and continuing Sunday, September 8th.

Saturday activities will include a Sparks Ark Animal Show at 3 p.m. along with a “Touch a Truck” from the Windham Fire Department, a bounce house, music, cotton candy and ice cream
“On Sunday September 8th, we welcome back folks away from us for the summer with breakfast between our 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. services,” stated St. Ann’s Rector, Tim Higgins. “Sunday School registration and kick off will also be included and a B-B-Que after the 10 a.m. service – by with the bounce house, music, cotton candy and a lawn games returning in the afternoon.”

Windham author and St. Ann’s parishioner, Norma Fitz, will also be present to launch her recently published memoir, “One Child, One Million Prayers: Driving through Hell in a Minivan.” She will not only be available to sign her books, but the launch party will include special guest, Libby Rulman, a five-year-old cancer survivor, who will be on-site collecting donations for Libby's Ouchie Box Toy Drive to benefit Maine Children's Cancer Program. Cash donations for Make-A-Wish Maine will be accepted at the snack table.

Also, fifty early release copies were donated earlier this month to the nonprofit, Camp Sunshine. Every family who attended the Nephrology and Solid Organ Transplant Week received a book. A signed copy of Fitz’s book will also be auctioned off at Kokatosi Campground's 
Make-A-Wish auction.

"We are happy to welcome the community of Windham to our location at St. Ann's to share in the fun and joy of our Welcome Back Weekend. Our hospitality is extra-ordinary, and we hope to share it with all over the weekend of September 7th and 8th,” Higgins said. “I hope you can join us "

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