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Walk the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday – April 19, beginning at 10:00 AM in St. Anne’s Church

This year members of the faith communities of First Presbyterian, St. Mary’s, First Baptist, Asbury Methodist, St. Philip’s and St. Anne’s will walk the Stations of Jesus’ Cross together.  Along the road there are 14 stations, places we will stop for a short meditation and prayer.  This spiritual discipline links Jesus’ path to Golgotha so long ago with our modern world today. For example, last year local reporter Wendy Winters walked the Stations with us only a few weeks before being brutally murdered, along with four other newspaper employees here in Annapolis. We will pray for all who are victims of the violence humanity continues to inflict on one another. We will make our way from the Court House and remember Jesus’ trial, to a garden, to a remembrance of Mary his mother. We will walk up the main street of our town and to our state’s capital building, to an old jail site where there was a public lynching, to a community center where children are cared for. We will end at Asbury Methodist Church listening to the spiritual, “Were you there when they crucified my Lord?” The walk will take approximately 90 minutes. Please wear appropriate walking shoes.

The Passion of Jesus in Words and Music: Good Friday 7:00 PM

On Good Friday in 1724, worshipers at St. Thomas Church in Leipzig gathered to hear the story of the passion told through music and musical meditations. The Gospel was St. John, and the music was mostly by J.S. Bach. This service was a powerful way for the congregants to not only hear the story as it was unfolding during the service, but to participate with the singing of hymns that were familiar to them and that brought them into the story. On Good Friday join us for a reading of the Passion that is interspersed with hymns, and music that will allow you to become a part of the story as it unfolds. The St. Anne’s Choir, and our soloists will lead the music for this service of meditation on the Passion and Death of Jesus.

 

The Great Vigil of Easter: Saturday 7:00 PM

As we move from darkness to light this service is actually the first and principal service of Easter. The service itself is in four parts. The first is the Service of the Light where we will kindle a new fire outside, and bring it into the church as we sing the Exsultet (one of my favorite parts of this service) which is followed by the Service of Lessons where we hear the story of our creation and the promise that awaits us as we are gathered as God’s people. Our vigil is ended with the proclamation: Alleluia. Christ is risen! From here we will renew our baptismal vows and celebrate the first Eucharist of Easter.

This powerful and moving service is one of my favorite services of our church year, and it’s mystery at beginning and then blinding realization of Christ’s resurrection is truly wonderful. JEG

Bible Study

I Shall Not Die, But Live — A six-week journey through the Gospel of Luke, beginning Wednesday, May, 1, at 6:00 PM, in the Parish Hall. Join us as we break bread together, encounter Christ and engage in spirit-filled conversation about the Prodigal Son, the Rich Man and Lazarus and much more. Luke’s gospel is always timely, and perhaps even more so today as Jesus’ actions challenge us with questions about outreach, radical hospitality and welcoming the outsiders among us. We’ll be using an acclaimed 2017 film version produced by Lionsgate, along with supplemental readings. Amy-Jill Levine’s book, “Short Stories by Jesus”, will be one of our resources. Get in touch with Father Thompson to learn more, and tell a friend.

Cemetery

THANK YOU!!

 
The cemetery committee would like to thank the parishioners who came out to work in the cemetery on a very cold and windy March 23. We worked for four hours clearing English Ivy from many of the oldest trees in our cemetery, from cedars to yews to American boxwoods. With the volunteers came a ladder, a wheelbarrow, lobbers, clippers, rakes and many willing hands. By the end of the day, we saved several boxwoods and set up the larger trees for an arborist to come in that Monday and evaluate them for trimming.On one tree, we literally uncovered a hibernating bat.

This was the second tree-saving cleanup day that we have had in the last six months and our efforts are beginning to change the cemetery into one that looks cared for. All three of the arborists that have visited the cemetery over the past several weeks have been very impressed with the number and variety of our old, beautiful specimen trees and the efforts that we have taken to save them.

Other happenings in the cemetery over the next few months will be the reconstruction of the fallen wall, the removal of the cell tower equipment and a tour of some of the graves of those who fought on both sides in the Civil War to commemorate Memorial Day.

Easter Baskets to Feed the Hungry Program

Thanks to all who participated in the Easter Basket Program. The 134 baskets are in and are being distributed to needy families. The overall value of the contributions through the program is more than $20,000. Parishioners choose the size and type of family – single parent, multi-generational, etc. – and fill large plastic bins provided by the parish with non-perishable food for breakfast, lunch and a traditional dinner on Easter Day, augmented by a gift card to a local grocery store to purchase perishables. The program answers God’s call to feed the hungry during the time of Christ’s Resurrection; spreads God’s Word; and shows that the people of St. Anne’s care for the human concerns of our community.

Evening Prayer During Lent

St. Anne’s will offer the Daily Office of Evening Prayer Saturdays at 5:30 PM throughout Lent. The rest of the year, services take place Monday through Friday in the Chancel, also at 5:30 PM. On Fridays during Lent, the service concludes with a celebration of the Holy Eucharist, with congregants meeting in the Holy Family Chapel. While there are some records of evening prayer at St. Anne’s going back to the 19th Century, the current iteration has been offered continuously each weeknight since 1987, as part of a venerable tradition. Services are lay-led, as is customary throughout the Anglican Communion. For more information, contact Jer Chambers, *protected email*.

 

Sunday Forum – April 28

Connie Saeger-Proctor, Minister for Christian Formation with Children and Youth at St. Anne’s

Stirring the Child’s Spirit: Forming Faith and Seeing God in Everyday Life

Finding God is an everyday experience; on the ball field, in the classroom, conversations in the car, and even riding bikes. We know God is present and waiting 24/7, all we need to do is remember that we are gifted with the opportunity  to take a deep breath, relax, and with the special children in our life, explore and point to where God is. Join Connie Saeger-Proctor, our Minister for Christian Formation and Youth Ministry for this important conversation on faith formation.

 
 
Preschool for the Arts at St. Anne’s

This week, we learned about our planet Earth and had our Easter egg hunts and parties. What an exciting and fun quick week!  PASA will be closed April 17-24 for Easter break.  School will resume on April 25. We wish everyone a blessed Easter and a wonderful break!

 

 

Women’s Bible Study

Women’s Bible Study meets the first Saturday of every month.  The next meeting will be May 4 from 10:00 to 11:00 AM in the Church Choir Room.  We will study the fifth chapter of Galatians.

 

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Children and Youth Ministry

Children and Youth Events

The Sycamore Tree (Children’s Worship)

The Sycamore Tree will be held at 9:30 AM and 5:30 PM.

Children’s Sunday Discovery

Children’s Sunday Discovery, our Christian education and formation for children between 3 years old and the fifth grade, happens from 10:45 AM to noon at 199 Duke of Gloucester Street.

Sunday April, 14: Children gather in Room 102 for palm distribution and a conversation about Palm Sunday and the body of Christ.  Everyone will process to the Skylight Room for the culmination of the pilot children/youth led worship service. This wonderful “all group” worship comes together with the instrumental and vocal groups who will lead music, and older children and youth with lead the scripture, reflection and prayers. Music groups will rehearse in the Skylight Room beginning at 10:45 and join the group before the processional.

Sunday, April 21 – Easter – No Children’s Sunday Discovery. Sycamore Tree (children’s worship) will be held at 9:30 and 11:00 in the tent outside the church.

April 28 –  Pre-K and K the lesson is Baptism and older children and youth we will participate in a Labyrinth walk in the Skylight Room.

May 5 –Celebrate the end of the year with music, hot dogs, and picnic style food in the Skylight Room.

May 12 – Our last day is an informal all group gathering to celebrate mom’s. We will have donuts, card making, and pansy planting.

Youth-Led Worship

Sunday, April 14 is the culmination of the pilot youth-led worship service. We will end with an “all group” worship. Here is where it all comes together. The Instrumental and Vocal Group will lead music and the Worship and Prayer Leader Group will lead the worship. We will use the same scripture and music which we explored on March 31. April 14 is also Palm Sunday. We will begin our time together in Room 102 with snacks. Music groups will go to the Skylight Room for a short rehearsal. All children will be given palms, hear a reading, then process to the Skylight Room for full-group worship.

Children’s Liturgy of the Light and Egg Hunt

We invite you to celebrate the Church’s greatest feast: The Resurrection of Jesus. Celebrate the great event of Easter; the moment when Jesus was raised from the dead! Children and their families will gather at the entrance of the darkened church to light the Paschal Candle. Older children will tell the Easter Story and lead music.  Join the festivities! After the service, children are invited to the lawn for an egg hunt. Middle and high school youth are invited to hide the eggs. Filled plastic eggs are needed! If you can help out, eggs may be dropped off at the church on the day of the egg hunt or at the church office during business hours.

Adult Forum Sunday April 28

Join us for Stirring the Child’s Spirit: Forming Faith and Seeing God in Everyday Life

Finding God is an everyday experience; on the ball field, in the classroom, conversations in the car, and even riding bikes. We know God is present and waiting 24/7, all we need to do is remember that we are gifted with the opportunity  to take a deep breath, relax, and with the special children in our life, explore and point to where God is. Join Connie Saeger-Proctor, our Minister for Christian Formation and Youth Ministry for this important conversation on faith formation on April 28. 

Family Foyer Pot Luck Dinner and Card Games

Bring a “pot luck” dish and join us on Saturday, May 4 in the Parish Hall for a night of fun and games. Meet other families and make new friends. The fun begins at 5:00 PM and ends at 7:30 PM.

Little Annies Playgroup

The next Little Annies Play and brunch will be held on Saturday, May 4 from 10:00 AM to noon. This is a social gathering for families with young children. We gather for fun, food, and play. There will be indoor toys for play and weather permitting the playground will be open.

Middle and High Trip to Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

On May 18, there will be a trip to Baltimore for the matinee performance of The Diary of Anne Frank. For details contact Connie Saeger at 443-808-1361 or *protected email*. Seats are limited.

Middle School Mission Trip to Appalachia

Be the Peace – Thus you shall salute him: “Peace be to you, and peace be to your house, and peace be to all that you have.” 1 Samuel 25:6

 Appalachia Service Project (ASP).   First Presbyterian Church and St Anne’s will come together this summer and head to Jonesville, VA to serve the local residents on a much-needed service project in their community. For more information check out the link below.   RSVP to Miss Good if you are interested in participating!  SPACE IS LIMITED. Registration and $175.00 non-refundable deposit cutoff is Wednesday, February 27. However if all the slots are filled we will cutoff registration earlier. 

Who:  Middle school students, who have completed the 6th-8th grades with adult chaperones. We have 10 youth slots available.

What:  Learn about and provide service and home repair to a family in Central Appalachia with JAM. https://www.asphome.org/jam/#more

Where:  We will be housed for this program at the ASP-owned facility in Jonesville, Virginia and travel to a family’s home.

Cost: $325/person/week. This cost will cover food, housing, programming, construction tools, and materials for your entire week of service. Scholarships available. $175 due at registration, and $150 is due by July 1. Please note: Transportation costs will be funded by fundraisers and both congregations.

Why:  ASP offers Middle school students a chance to complete hands-on service and sets them up to continue to serve throughout their lives. At ASP, they are able to truly make a difference for both local homeowners and the community with meaningful projects, while still having age-specific programming in place. We firmly believe that young people can change the world, so come join us soon and see for yourself!

Very Big Story Camp Early Registration

This year First Presbyterian Church and St. Anne’s Episcopal Church is offering an early registration for VBS Camp. We are excited to announce that the dates will be July 8  to 12  from 9:00 AM to noon. Camp will begin at First Presbyterian and will end at St. Anne’s. For more information and for early registration, please follow the link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0D4FACAC23A1F85-early .

For more information or to sign up for any of the above events, contact Connie Saeger at *protected email* or 443-808-1361.

Harrison Sayre Award

 

The Harrison Sayre Award is given every spring to a high school graduating senior planning to attend a 2 or 4 year university or college the following fall.  The $500 award is to help with the cost of textbooks.The award is presented at a service in May when we honor all our high school graduating seniors.The recipient should be active in St. Anne’s and the community.  Click here for application. Please ask an adult with whom you have served for a brief recommendation. The recommendation form can be found here.  Applications and recommendations need to be completed by April 30, 2019.  For questions or more information, contact Nancy Greeley at *protected email*.

 

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Current Volunteer and Service Opportunities

Habitat for Humanity

St. Anne’s volunteers are back to work with Habitat for Humanity’s Interfaith Coalition volunteers. Pictured, Bill Malicki, Nancy Wright, and Phil Reynolds on a Habitat build in Severn. For information about Habitat of the Chesapeake and to volunteer, contact Linda Silva at *protected email*.
Light House Shelter
 
 
 
Cooking for the Light House
 
St. Anne’s and the Men’s Huddle provide and cook the evening meal at the Light House the first Wednesday of every month.  We cook our items at home and gather at the Light House at 5:00 PM to serve the dinner. After serving, we get a plate and sit to eat and converse with the guests.  We are usually done by 7:00 PM.
 

We received a round of applause for the meatloaf dinner we served on April 3.  Thank you John Merrick, Wayne Adamson, Linda Silva, Glenn and Lynn Mortoro, Bill and Monica Barry, Eleanor Huggins, Bob Sherer, Gail Fowler, Page Lyon, Ed Simon and Nancy Greeley for all the wonderful food and for serving.

On May 1, we plan to serve 3 kinds of barbeque – pork, chicken and beef.  All can be made in a slow cooker and instructions can be provided if needed.  We still need one beef barbeque using a rump roast of beef, 7 dozen hamburger rolls or Kaiser rolls, coleslaw, green beans (about 140 oz frozen – 4 or 5 bags), 2 people to provide fruit salad, drinks 2 jars barbeque sauce and a jar ketchup, drinks (2 jars juice) and dessert. 

To volunteer or for information, contact Nancy Greeley at *protected email* or John Merrick at *protected email*

Family Cooking for the Light House 
 
 

The St. Anne’s Family Cooking at the Light House  ministry encourages St. Anne families to volunteer together to lovingly prepare, cook, and serve a meal for residents of the shelter. Family Cooking at the Light House is held monthly on the 3rd Monday of every month. This is a wonderful bonding experience for families. It is an excellent opportunity for children to see their parents giving their time and talent. It also teaches youth about sharing our abundant wealth and resources with those less fortunate. Eating with the residents after serving also enriches the service learning of the ministry and teaches our youth that shelter residents are no less valuable than they are. Family cooking is also an excellent community service event for teenagers needing volunteer hours.

In January, St. Anne’s Episcopal Rainbow Ministry teamed up with Annapolis Pride and cooked during our Family cooking slot. Thank you to all the members of the ministry, and Annapolis Pride guests, who cooked and donated funds to pay for ingredients! Our meat and vegetarian ziti were welcomed by residents, along with colorful & flavorful salad. Fruit salad and cookies rounded out a great meal.

In February, we had teenagers in charge… Craig Stevens, Diana Philpot, Trevor Philpot, and Will Mertes. They made two kinds of lasagna, garlic bread, salad, and for dessert the beloved oven-fresh brownies. Thank you for your service to those less fortunate.

 

I am always looking for volunteer families to come prepare, cook, and serve a meal for approximately 60 residents. Children 11 years old and over are welcome to participate in family cooking. Each month I need 2 – 3 families to prepare a main course, side dishes, and dessert. You decide the menu, so family favorite recipes are always welcome! I pair up new families with experienced ones, so no one is overwhelmed, and I am most often there for support and help and to oversee things. To learn more about participating or if you are interested in volunteering please contact Jill Lake at *protected email* or 443-433-2373. All March 2019 dates and beyond are available to sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0844a5ac2ba2fe3-stannes

 

 

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Pastoral Care

Personal Prayers During the Offertory

During the Offertory at each Sunday morning service, someone from St. Anne’s Prayer Ministry will be at the Holy Family Chapel ready to pray with/for you or a loved one – for healing, hope, thanksgiving, intercession, small requests, large requests and/or a blessing and anointing. All prayers are  confidential. If you feel like coming to the Chapel but don’t know why, come anyway, come for a prayer – we are a praying community and all are welcome.

Stephen Ministry

“I was kind of sitting on the sidelines in our congregation.  Oh, I came to church every Sunday, but the rest of the week I was focused on myself.  Then Stephen Ministry came along.  When I said yes to God’s call to me for that ministry, I saw a lot of changes in my life.  Now I’m committed to caring more about others than I do about myself.  And you know what?  I’m walking a lot closer with my Lord.”  — Stephen Minister

If you would like to receive care from a Stephen Minister or know of someone seeking care, please contact Rev. Thompson *protected email* or Lori Marchant, 443-994-5858, *protected email*.

Pastoral Care at St. Anne’s
 
 Prayer Letter
Our weekly prayer letter gives you a chance to mention by name those who have asked for our prayers. Copies are available for you to take home and include in your daily devotions. Patricia Spencer coordinates this effort and would love to hear from you if you have questions or concerns. You can reach her at 301-751-0555, or
For more information on Pastoral Care, click here.
Hospital Visitation
If you are to be a patient at AAMC, please give the office a call and let us know! Or contact Dion at *protected email*  or 850-450-2801. And say yes, when the admitting person at AAMC asks if you would like a pastoral visit from someone from your preferred religious affiliation.
Pastoral visits by our Hospital Visitors are a great benefit of being part of St Anne’s parish. Our visitors are compassionate, respectful and faithful. And they are all trained as Eucharistic Visitors.
Hearing Loop
St. Anne’s has a hearing loop to better serve the 57% of people over  60 who have significant hearing loss. The Hearing Loop provides clean, clear sound without a headset and sends the voices of clergy and readers directly into the hearing aids of people sitting in the pews. If you have hearing loss but no hearing aids, ask an usher for a Loop Receiver with earbuds which you can use during the service. 

 

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Planned Giving

Planned Giving

 

Planned Giving News at St. Anne’s Church:
By Peter Smith(*protected email*)

Save the Date: On May 5, 2019, the Planned Giving Committee has tentatively planned a special event for the St. Anne’s Legacy Circle. Details to follow. The focus of the event is to honor parishioners that have indicated they will be making or have made Planned Gifts to St. Anne’s. If you would like to join the Legacy Circle with the other 61 households in the history of the Parish, please contact the Rev. Richardson Libby, Vollie Melson, David Huggins, Jer Chambers, Karen Davis or Peter Smith for more details. All of these individuals are members of the Planned Giving Committee.  For their contact information, please call the parish office.