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A Letter from The Rev. Dr. Timothy Mulder

Rev. Dr. Timothy MulderWhat joy it was to look out at the faces gathered in St. Anne’s on Easter morning, as three times in succession the Celebrant called out, “Alleluia, Christ is risen!” and the assembly replied with gusto, “The Lord is risen, indeed! Alleluia!”

Easter reaffirms our core commitment to love over hate, respect over ridicule, hope over cynicism and generosity over self-serving. Easter is our festival day to cheer God and the ways of God, and since all of us have dark days along the way, it is good to be recalled to the ultimate affirmation of life as God wills it for all.

My heart was so full on Easter, not only for the worship we offered to God, but also in gratitude for all of you. How can we express adequately our thanks for our choir, for the creations of the flower guild, the attention to detail of our vergers, the spiritual gift of our altar guild, the welcome of our ushers, the hospitality of those who prepared our own “upper room,” the labors of the parish staff and all those who make it such a positive experience to come into the house of the Lord, not just on Easter, but any day.

I’d like to linger for a moment in appreciation of that notion of “any day.”  This morning as I walked up West Street toward the church, I spotted one of the regular groups of tourists to this town gathered inside the circle listening to a docent tell the history of St. Anne’s. My imagination fluttered for a moment to consider how many people have come through those gates over the years. Some come for the history, or out of curiosity, and that’s fine. But I am also aware how many come by themselves or with one or two others and find a pew, and take a moment of silence, perhaps to offer a prayer, perhaps to drink in some of the beauty. Here, in the center of this city’s life, is a public expression of faith, of God’s place with the people so busily going about their daily tasks.  It is a gift and witness you are providing, and I pray you never take for granted how important public witness is.

And finally, although the historic events of Good Friday are about as far from the events of Easter morning as one can imagine, I would like to express my thanks and awe for the hope that was in evidence as approximately 80 of us from several faith communities walked the Stations of the Cross together. As we concluded in Asbury Methodist Church as a remarkable woman sang, “Were you there when they crucified my Lord?” I could not help but also think of another hymn, “It is well with my soul.” It truly was well to realize how little the denominational labels we wear matter when we walk together in faith. I want to encourage you to continue to reach out to others in this community, to learn from one another, to enjoy each other’s gifts and company, to struggle through the challenges that face us in the complicated world. The day of silo-independence for congregations should be over, and the age of mutual encouragement and support be our way forward.

A very blessed Eastertide to you all. I am,

Joyfully yours,

 

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.

 
 
Bach+ Cantata Vespers

This Sunday, April 28 at 5:30 PM at St. Anne’s Church

We will present Bach’s Cantata BWV 4 “Christ lag in Todesbanden” (Christ lay in death’s bonds) which was composed for Easter (possibly around 1707) when Bach was in his early 20’s. This piece not only depicts, and celebrates the Resurrection, but also the struggle between death and life as they wage a “strange and wondrous battle” that will end with Christ’s victory over death! As with all of our Cantata Vespers, you get to participate by singing the congregational hymns with us.

 
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.

Easter Baskets to Feed the Hungry Program

Enormous thanks to all who donated food, sweat, and money to the Easter Basket outreach.   Baskets adopted by 122 families plus an additional 12 enabled by financial donations fed 524 needy folk on Easter Day.  You are doing the Lord’s work and giving physical meaning to the Gospel in Annapolis.  Easter Blessings upon you.

Flower Mart 2019

 

You are invited – rain or shine – all are welcome! The Washington National Cathedral is holding a flower mart on Saturday, May 4, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  We will meet in the St. Anne’s Parish House parking lot at 9:00 and drive to the cathedral.  Parking is available for $10 in the underground garage.  We will browse the flower mart and plan to depart at 3:00 PM.  Activities include: an international floral display in the cathedral; dance and musical performances throughout day; lunch/ high tea in Cathedral Tower ($40 cost); tour Bishops Garden, shop at the flower mart, tour Olmsted Woodlands and Amphitheater and visit Pollinator Garden.  Please contact Suzanne Weber at 443-221-0174 (text is better) or *protected email* if you are interested in attending with a group from St. Anne’s.  Please also specify if you wish to drive or if you wish to carpool with others. Also let us know if you would like to join a group reservation for lunch/high tea. There are many other lunch options!

Preschool for the Arts at St. Anne’s

Where else can you go to school and have an Easter Egg Hunt in the beautiful yard of a church built between the years of 1692 and 1704?  We love PASA!  It always has so many special and unique events to offer.  Family Fun Run – check!  Spring Art Gallery and Spring Arts Musical Program – check!  Summer Programs – we have those too!  Come visit us and see what our preschool is all about.  We are co-located with the Parish House.  PASA currently has openings for the 2019 – 2020 school year.

 

 

 

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.

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.

Offertory at the 9:30 Service this Sunday

Over the past few weeks, as a way of understanding today’s offertory, children studied and reflected on the lyrics to the song they sing and 1 Corinthians 12. They reflected on how special they were created and the gifts that each of them could share with others. This new method of reflecting on theology in music will be expanded in the fall during Children’s Sunday Discovery. Children will be invited to sing and play musical instruments regularly beginning in October.

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 are serving three kinds of barbeque – pork, chicken and beef.  All can be made in a slow cooker.  We still need one beef barbeque, 7 dozen hamburger rolls, 2 people to provide fruit salad, extra bottles of barbeque sauce and ketchup, drinks 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.