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Clergy Epistle

To Lay Down One’s Life
John 10:11-18
Our gospel passage poses two challenging questions: What does it mean to lay down your life? Must it entail the ultimate sacrifice?
When Jesus talks about laying down his life, he is talking about the cross. He is Good Friday and Easter Sunday; the cross and the empty tomb; the power of God’s love set loose upon the world. And he is in relationship with the world.
“I know my own and my own known me,” he said. “Just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep.”
What does this look like for us?
I believe laying down our life need not mean making the ultimate sacrifice. I know a man right now, today, who is in the process of laying down his life. He is setting aside his comforts to be with a family member in need. And he is hoping for a resurrection, that his sacrifice will need to new life, a new understanding, a new relationship. His is not a heroic gesture. But it is one born of love. Consider these words from the first epistle of John.“Little children, let us love, not only in word or speech, but also in truth and action.”
All over the world people are laying down their lives, giving up careers, moving across country or across town, denying themselves to be the Good Shepherd modelled by Jesus Christ.
Perhaps you don’t have to imagine the comfort and consolation this brings. Perhaps you have been the wounded sheep, or the lost sheep. Perhaps you have been stolen by fear, and been rescued by Divine Love made real in the presence of one who cares for you, one who dares lay down his or her life for you.
We know not when the call will come. It could be this year, or in five years or in twenty years. But we must be ever ready. Even if it means laying down our life and setting our will aside, just as Jesus did for me and for you.
Fr. Dion
View last week’s sermon here. 
Sunday Services

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


*There is limited seating, and we ask that you reserve a seat if you wish to attend. To reserve, please email Nikki Aseltine at 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.

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 (, Patricia Jennings (203-313-4665 or, or Hearon Dickson (919-270-1683 or
Prophetic Public Witness

Join the Disciples Center for Public Witness on May 5, 2021 at 7:00 PM for our annual Spring 2021 virtual event. This year’s featured speaker is our very own Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, President and Senior Lecturer at Repairers of the Breach and Co-Chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival.
The cost for this event is $20.00. Once registered, you will soon thereafter receive an email with the Zoom login information for the event.
Women’s Retreat


Environmental Committee Plant Sale

Remember that you will be able to purchase many beautiful plants at the Environmental Plant Sale on May 9 from 9:00 to 12:00 in the churchyard. We will have herbs like mint, thyme and garlic chives as well as flowering plants such as Hostas, blue flag iris and ground cover irises, cat mint, Hellebores (Lenten roses), Lilly-of the- Valley, and much more. Proceeds from your donations will go toward the gardens in the St. Anne’s Cemetery.
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
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

Hmm…a single concrete block – not the easiest thing to haul around at 35 pounds each.  Each family has to lug around 85 of these blocks as they work to construct their new latrine. The commode base weighs in at over 150 pounds – yikes! And the pit, you ask? Oh – it is hand dug, 3 foot square and a depth of 10-15+ feet, depending on the water table, the length of use, and the number of people expected to use the latrine.  All this by hand. And, importantly, the latrines are constructed in such a way that they can be dismantled and re-positioned as needed in future years, so this is a sustainable project.
St. Anne’s has partnered with many families on this project so far – but there are 100 families on the waiting list, and we expect more as success is realized. They are ready and willing to do the work, eager to improve their day-to-day life by the simplest of necessities. So these families are doing their share – let’s do ours by providing the financial piece of the project. The $200 per latrine cost covers materials, assistance as needed, and importantly, training in use and maintenance. Your gift, of any size, is perfect and most welcome.
Let’s honor Mother’s Day this year by helping our sister parish.  Go online to the home page. Click on “donate” at bottom left, then on “Electronic Giving” tab. 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!
The Light House 

St. Anne’s groups have taking on 4 nights of meal preparation for the Light House shelter during the COVID shutdown. The family cooking makes dinner on the first and 3rd Mondays and the adult group provides dinners on the first Wednesday and 4th Thursday. Our chili dinner on Thursday, April 22 was well received. Thank you Eleanor Huggins, Liz Kupke, Page Lyon, Fran Spector, Eileen Klopfer, Linda Silva, Nancy Steere, Kara Friedell and Kristen Chapman.
We are all set for our Cinco de Mayo dinner on May 5. Thank you Eileen Klopfer, Lynn and Glenn Mortoro, Nancy Steere, Fran Spector, Kara Friedell, Page Lyon, Liz Kupke, Lori Marchand and Nancy Buck .
We will be preparing dinner for May 27 and June 2. For May 27 we need one more person to make a meatloaf using 1/3 the Light House recipe, 2 people to make bowtie pasta salad using 1/3 the Light House recipe, a green vegetable, 4 dozen dinner rolls, dessert (your choice but let Nancy Greeley know what), a gallon 2 percent milk, 2 volunteers to provide 12 cans/ bottles single serving dinner type drinks and 2 people to donate 12 dozen hard boiled eggs (for Friday breakfast).
The guests at the shelter have requested our barbecue chicken again. For June 2 we need one more person to make barbecue chicken (crockpot recipe), 2 people to provide 2 1/2 – 3 pounds coleslaw (store bought OK, especially Graul’s), dessert (your choice), gallon 2 percent milk, and 2 people to provide 12 cans/bottles single serving dinner type drinks – iced tea, Arnold Palmers, sparkling or flavored water.
To volunteer, contact Nancy Greeley at
May Day Art Show

Cynthia Palmer is a local artist who donates her paintings to nonprofit organizations that provide services to those in need ( 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


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

Draw us forth, God of all creation. Draw us forward and away from limited certainty into the immense world of Your love. Give us the capacity to, even for a moment, taste the richness of the feast You give us. Give us the peace to live with uncertainty, with questions, with doubts. Help us to experience the resurrection anew with open wonder and an increasing ability to see You in the people of Easter. Amen.
Women’s Retreat


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 theme ‘Sorry’ with accompanying activity packet here.
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​

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.