Social Activities Coordinators
Linda Offutt (770) 207-6035
Pat McDonald (678) 957-6525
"ACES" (Active Catholic Enthusiastic Seniors) - Plans monthly social activities and trips to local areas of interest for 55 years and older adults of the parish.
Easter Egg Hunt - Plan and organize the children’s egg hunt after the Noon Mass on Easter Sunday. Plan for Easter Bunny to come in costume (available from the church).
Feeding Visiting Priests - Prepare food as needed to feed the visiting priests during their visits to our church. We often have visiting priests during our mission, penance services or filling in for the pastor when he is away from the parish.
Friends of the Heart - This is Women’s Night Out with emphasis on friendship and laughter among the women of St. Anna’s and meets faithfully on the first Wednesday of the month. You would bring food for a light meal such as soup or salad. This is a chance to really get to know each other and form lasting friendships.
Lenten Fish Fries - Will be held on designated Fridays during Lent (not Good Friday). Many volunteers are needed to cook, serve and clean-up most of the weeks in Lent.
Making Coffee on Sundays - Make coffee each Sunday for visiting in the parish hall after the 8:30am Mass.
Moms and Kids Group - This is a social group designed to provide fellowship/support for adults with a flexible schedule and their young children. The group mainly meets in the summer with gatherings at area parks and places such as Mayfield Dairy, Yellow River Game Ranch and the Fire Station. The group has also come together to spearhead projects for St. Anna’s children.
Parish Meals Together - This team needs many stewards. It hosts 4 (perhaps more) parish meals annually including: Lenten Mission meals and St. Anna’s Feast day celebration (July 26). The other meals have had themes, e.g. Hawaiian Luau, International Day, Back to School, St. Valentine Day. Some years they host our Lenten Ecumenical lunch following a Wednesday Prayer Service. They also may host Town Hall meetings related to New Church.
Parish Picnic - Preferred location for the picnic is new property; preferred time is fall. Coordinator works with committee to make plans for and publicize the event.
Pastor Dinners - This is in process: Four volunteers would be ideal. Each would plan and prepare a meal; served at 3 month intervals to be enjoyed at Pastor’s home with invited quests.
St. Patrick's Day Dinner - Occurs during Lent, coordinated with Lenten Fish Fry, a celebration of God’s grace revealed in person of St. Patrick! Since a 1X yr. event; few stewards needed.
St. Raphael Society - Named for the patron saint of happy meetings, this is a social group for parents with children of all ages. Our goal is to help fellow parents and their children meet new people, strengthen existing friendships, and build support systems...to turn that wave or smile on Sunday into real and lasting bonds. Stop by our coffee house for treats and chat Sundays during religious ed. at St. Anna's House, and keep an eye out for our family fun activities. All activities are local, inexpensive, and kids are ALWAYS invited. Get involved today....we can't wait to get to know you!
Table Cloth Cleaning - Volunteer takes home table cloths and launders; returns to parish to iron using our steamer wand. (done at Dry Cleaners costs $10 per table cloth).
Tidying Kitchen on Sundays - Cleaning coffee urns after Adult Ed (around 11:30AM)
Welcoming Newcomers - Has changed: The Pastor sends a Letter of Welcome upon receiving registration and a follow-up Invitation to Stewardship letter two months later. Social committee is to ask at events if any newcomers present: introduce & welcome them! [FYI previously: a Committee made point of introducing themselves to new people before/ after Mass and inviting them to hall for coffee /events. The committee
hosted newcomers’ dinners and gave newcomer packet. Sponsors assigned to review ministries in newcomers’ booklet and invite to activities; to personally be-friend. Lesson: much effort resulted in light newcomer interest: Ideas welcome.)
Winter Get Together - Volunteers would organize an event during the period of Dec‐Jan.‐Feb (but always before Lent). Tickets sold for this event.