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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).
 
 
Women’s Retreat

ENGAGE

Environmental Committee Plant Sale

The Environmental Committee will be bringing back our annual plant sale on Mothers’ Day, May 9 this year. We will not have donations from the Horticulture Society but, with donations from our committees and perhaps from other parishioners, we will have a large variety of plants to choose from, both ornamental and herbs.

We will be set up before church and will continue after the service until noon. If you won’t be at church that day, come by anyway and pick up some lovely plants. As usual, we are asking for donations for the plants with the money going toward the ongoing work at the cemetery.

If you have plants to donate, we would love to add them to our sale. Just bring them on May 9. Also, we will need either plant trays or the cardboard trays that sodas are packed in so that people can carry their treasures home.
 
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.
Partners in Mission in Guatemala

Here are some of the women who care for the health of their friends and families in Guatemala where St. Anne’s has had a strong working relationship for almost 30 years. Midwives and health workers, they have initiated the Latrine project, bringing health, safety and privacy to families who have never had anything close to basic sanitary conditions for daily needs.
 
Your gifts, large and small, help to pay for the concrete block and other materials required for each latrine. Your gifts support training for each family so it can keep the latrine clean and in good working order. And your gifts help pay for labor to dig the foundation for those who cannot do the digging themselves. The overall cost is $200 for each latrine – does this sound like a good investment for years of improved conditions? Yes! There are dozens of families waiting.
 
 
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 

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

Soles for Souls 

St. Anne’s is hosting a summer donation drive in which we are collecting sizes 10-14 new and gently worn men’s sneakers/shoes for The Light House. While attending the May Day Art Show on May 1st you will find a large box to collect the shoes. No sneakers…no problem! The Light House is also collecting monetary donations which will be used to purchase new footwear for the men. Visit their website here to donate. For questions or more information, please call Deacon Kathy 443-253-6191

 
Prayer for the Week

 
Lord, the resurrection of Your Son has given us new life and renewed hope. Help us to live as new people in pursuit of the Christian ideal. Grant us wisdom to know what we must do, the will to want to do it, the courage to undertake it, the perseverance to continue to do it, and the strength to complete it. Amen.
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 The Silent Disco with Steve & Charlotte Gambil sharing the theme ‘Silence’ 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! Contest closes Monday April 26th.
 
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 last Adult Forum for this season will meet on Wednesday evening, April 28th, at 7:00 pm, for the third and final 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 last episode is narrated by the Rt. Rev. Andrew Waldo, Bishop of the Diocese of Northern South Carolina.
 
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.