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  Our call at St. Anne’s is to Enlarge the circle in order to reflect the love of Christ by Building, Engaging, Evangelizing, and Forming Disciples.

 

 
 

BUILD

Sunday Services

There are opportunities for both in-person and virtual worship services:

Sundays

*There is limited seating, and we ask that you reserve a seat if you wish to attend. To reserve, please email Nikki Aseltine at nikkia@stannes-annapolis.org or phone 443-808-1376 during business hours. All weekend in-person services must be reserved before 10AM on the Friday prior to attendance. St. Anne’s follows CDC and Diocesan guidelines regarding physical distancing and for cleaning protocols and attendance. We ask that you please wear your masks when you come, and if you are ill or at risk, please remain at home.

At this time Eucharist will be offered at all 9:30 services. It will only be offered on high holy days at the 5:30 PM service. The next two occasions for Eucharist offerings at the 5:30 PM services are May 23 (Pentecost) and May 30 (Trinity Sunday).

Stephen Ministry

 
“The consistency of our Stephen Ministry relationship was crucial in helping me cope. Her weekly visits became an anchor in my life—something I could rely on when everything else was so uncertain. She was a steady reminder of God’s presence, helping me know I was never alone.” ~ Care Receiver
Please know that St. Anne’s Stephen Ministers have continued to faithfully meet with their Care Receivers by phone or video call every week to give emotional and spiritual support to those in need. 
 
If you would like to receive care from a Stephen Minister or know of someone seeking care, please contact Rev. Dion Thompson (dthompson@stannes-annapolis.org), Patricia Jennings (203-313-4665 or pajquilter@yahoo.com), or Hearon Dixon (919-270-1683 or hearon.dickson@gmail.com).
 
 
Faith X Webinars: 2021 Spring Schedule 

The FaithX Project is pleased to announce its webinar lineup for Spring 2021! FaithX webinars generally happen on the 4th Wednesday of each month, offered in association with the Gathering of Leaders and the Episcopal Church Foundation. Our webinar topics are designed to provide timely and practical information on issues congregations and judicatories are facing.

The first of this series, ‘Mapping Systemic Racism in Your Community’ will take place on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 from 1:00pm-2:00pm (ET). Click here to register and purchase tickets.

 

Women’s Retreat

ENGAGE

The Cemetery Committee: Call for Volunteers

Spring has arrived and St. Anne’s Cemetery is in full bloom. If you haven’t been there lately, come and stroll our 17 acres of natural beauty and history. Hopefully, you will notice the lovely entrance gardens, trees in bloom and the monuments and sculptures throughout the grounds. Our dedicated little group of “Cemetarians” have been coming out every Thursday, weather permitting, to plant, weed, trim vines off of trees and clean monuments. During the pandemic, we have found that working in the cemetery gets us out into nature among friends but socially distanced.We would love for you join us! We are at the cemetery from 9:00 to whenever on most Thursdays (weather permitting), so come when you can and stay as long as you’d like.
 
Bring garden gloves and a water bottle. If you have garden tools, bring them but if not, there are always those that can be borrowed. If you have any questions, call or email Ginger DeLuca at 410-626-0098 or vcdeluca@verizon.net.
 
We were saddened to read in The Capital on Wednesday about the damage to the gravestones at All Hallows Episcopal Church by a group of unauthorized people “cleaning” them over the weekend. There are correct ways to clean the stones that will not damage them. The volunteers from St. Anne’s have been cleaning some of the most lichen-covered stones and monuments by using those approved methods. If you have a concern for a gravestone in our cemetery, please call Ginger DeLuca and she will make sure that it is cleaned properly, or come out on a Thursday and learn how to do it yourself. We have many stones to be cleaned.
Guatemala Partners in Mission  

Thanks to the generosity of St. Anne’s – YOU – the pandemic-related food crisis in our sister-villages in Guatemala has stabilized and our friends are ready to get back to building Latrines. With this project, some families will, for the very first time ever, have a clean, safe and private place for daily needs. Can you imagine? Let’s help their Women’s Committee continue their leadership in organizing and implementing this project. Let’s give a little now so they can make a big difference for so many.
 
Mother’s Day is coming – why not honor a beloved mom or sister or aunt or grandma in your life by contributing to this effort! Click here to donate on line. Use the box marked “Sister Parish (Guatemala)” – thank you! We will also have a table outside in the churchyard on nice days for in-person donations. Thank you for all you do to support health and independence for our friends in Guatemala!
The Light House 

We provided a chicken barbecue dinner for the residents of the Light House on Wednesday, April 7. Thank you Glenn and Lynn Mortoro, Nancy Buck, Eileen Klopfer, Deede Rivers, Page Lyon, Eleanor Huggins, Fran Spector and Wayne Adamson.
 
For Thursday, April 22, we are making chili. Still needed are a salad, 2 people to make a lemon jello cake (recipe from Nancy Greeley – uses a tube pan), a gallon of milk and 2 volunteers to donate 12 single-serving sized cans/bottles of dinner-type drinks – sweet iced tea, Arnold Palmers, fizzy or flavored water, etc.
 
Wednesday, May 5, is Cinco de Mayo. We need 3 people to make a taco salad, 2 to make fiesta rice (Light House recipe booklet), toppings for the taco salad (sour cream, guacamole, mild salsa), dessert (your choice but let Nancy Greeley know so it can be checked with the staff at the Light House), a gallon of milk and 2 people to provide 12 single-serving drinks.
 
Menus for May 27 and June 2 are not yet finalized. For questions or to volunteer contact Nancy Greeley at momgreeley@aol.com.
May Day Art Show

Cynthia Palmer is a local artist who donates her paintings to nonprofit organizations that provide services to those in need (https://www.palmerwatercolors.com). Hardships among some of our Annapolis neighbors have been much greater in recent months due to Covid-19.
 
On May 1st (rain date: May 2) from 2-4 pm, St Anne’s Episcopal Church will host an outdoor art benefit at Church Circle that includes 50 of Cynthia’s framed watercolors. In addition, one painting will be raffled off at 4 pm. One hundred percent of proceeds will go to The Light House in Annapolis for emergency shelter and affordable housing solutions for individuals and families at risk due to homelessness.
 
Women’s Retreat

EVANGELIZE

Prayer for the Week

Lord God, You loved this world so much,
That You gave Your one and only Son,
That we might be called Your children too.
Lord, help us to live in the gladness and grace
Of Easter Sunday everyday.
Let us have hearts of thankfulness
For Your sacrifice.
Let us have eyes that look upon
Your grace and rejoice in our salvation.
Help us to walk in that mighty grace
And tell Your good news to the world.
All for Your glory do we pray, Lord,
Amen.
 
St. Anne’s School Annual Auction

 
 
St. Anne’s School of Annapolis is holding their annual auction to provide educational program enhancements, professional development, computer learning, diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice programs for students and staff. The funds raised from this auction will also provide financial assistance for families demonstrating increased need during these unprecedented times. There are many exciting items in the auction, from local gift cards, to Disney passes, and fun family experiences. Please take a look here and shop for a good cause! Bidding closes this Saturday, April 17 at 7:30pm. 
 
 
Women’s Retreat

FORM

Thy Kingdom Come Cheeky Panda for Children

Hello Families! Fr. Manoj is launching a new series for St. Anne’s called “Thy Kingdom Come.” It includes a family-friendly resource called “The Cheeky Panda.” This is a fun and entertaining way of engaging families in Bible stories.
 
Each week between Easter and Pentecost, we will provide a short cartoon video for you to watch, activity sheets, and prayers for the entire family. It is our hope that you will find these resources helpful for you and your family to grow deeper in your faith and engage in meaningful formation. 
 
Watch this wonderful new episode featuring Adventurer, Bear Grylls, sharing on the theme ‘Pray’ with accompanying activity packet here. Also check out the ‘Cheeky Pandas Bake Off competition!’, where you have the chance to win on of five special prizes! We are calling all young bakers and decorators to show us their skills – either by baking & decorating a cake or designing a cake (using any creative art form!). You can enter by tagging us in on social media using the hashtag #CheekyPandas on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.Or you can send us a pic of your cake via email to thykingdomcome@lambethpalace.org.uk with the subject line: Cheeky Pandas Bake-Off!
 
Download more resources including the Cheeky Panda Prayer Book and the schedule. If you have questions, please contact Connie Saeger-Proctor, Minister for Congregational Life.
 
 
 
Harrison Sayre Award

Harrison S. Sayre was a long time active member of St. Anne’s Episcopal Church. When he died in March 2005, friends, family and fellow parishioners donated money to set up an award in his name to be given each year to a graduating high school senior planning to attend a two or four college or university the following fall. The award recipient will have been active in some aspect of St. Anne’s life (Sunday School, youth group, choir, etc.). The $1,000 award is intended to help defray the cost of textbooks. Previous award winners include Andrew Loughlin and Jack Hair. The application can be accessed here, and must be completed by May 17, 2021. Please ask an adult with whom you have served at St. Anne’s church for a brief recommendation. The recommendation form can be found here. Selection criteria is based on service to St. Anne’s and the community. A committee consisting of members of the Sayre family, a member of the memorials committee and a member of the clergy will select the winner from the submitted applications. The award will be announced at church in June at a service to honor all graduating seniors. For questions or more information, contact Nancy Greeley at 410 224-2975 or momgreeley@aol.com.​

 
 
 
Adult Forum 

The Adult Forum will next meet again on Wednesday evening, April 21, at 7:00 PM, with the second part of the three-part video series Door of Return, which presents the 2017 Episcopal Church’s deeply moving reconciliation pilgrimage to Ghana, led by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry; this second brief video is narrated by the Rev. Stephanie Spellers, the Presiding Bishop’s Canon for Evangelism and Reconciliation.

Please join us for this session of viewing and discussion as we continue our concluding series in this year’s timely theme of Becoming Beloved Community. Regardless of whether or not you were with us this past week or can join us this coming Wednesday, you can watch the series at this link.
 
Adult Forum is presented via Zoom on Wednesday evenings, from 7:00 to 8:15 PM, preceded by Fellowship at 6:30 PM. Come and go as needed to fit your schedule. Click here to join the Zoom meeting.
Sycamore Tree
Our children’s worship service has a new look! Check it out! Families lead us in the reading and prayers, while Kristin Pagent and Ken Kimble lift our hearts in song from St. Anne’s sanctuary, and Connie Saeger-Proctor shares a lesson. Now professionally produced by our Sunday morning technology team to amplify our praises to God (yay!) Pray with us this week! Advent services for children are virtually offered each Sunday during Advent. Special children’s learning activity sheets are available every Sunday. The Sycamore Tree is premiered at 2:30.Watch Sycamore Tree here.
Mid-Week Wednesday Morning Prayer and Scripture Study
Have you ever wanted to dig deeper into the Sunday lessons? Perhaps, after reading the lessons, you have asked yourself, “what about the text” is the preacher not saying? Maybe you have wanted to be part of a group that studies and reflects upon scripture at a deeper level. Please join us over ZOOM for Morning Prayer and Scripture Study based on Sunday’s lectionary propers. The sessions will be led by a member of the ministerial team at St. Anne’s. We will begin with Morning Prayer at 8:00 AM  and then head into the study of scripture using the lessons for the upcoming Sunday. The lessons can be found here.