St. Anne’s Weekly eBlast 

  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

 

Clergy Epistle

 
 
 
For many of us, this year has been an exercise of rolling a large stone up a hill just to watch it roll back once we reach the hill’s peak. This season of the pandemic has seemed like the ultimate uphill battle. Many have wondered whether we have been condemned to what has been called a “new normal.” Does this new normal consist of rolling a large stone up a hill just to watch it roll back?
 
There’s a Greek legend about a man condemned for eternity. His punishment was to roll a rock up a steep hill only to watch it roll back. Every time the rock rolled back, he would start over and roll it up the steep hill again. This condemned man, Sisyphus, was condemned to this tedious and grueling punishment. Easter stands in stark contrast to the myth of Sisyphus and the stories that we have created about the impossibility of our current situation. The power of Jesus’s resurrection was to roll the stone of impossibility – the Stone of Death away.
 
We witness God’s ability to transform the impossible into the possible. It is the ability to move humanity from being victims of meaninglessness and death towards agency and having a destiny of meaning rooted in God.
 
That same stone used to block the tomb, when rolled away, leads to the path that bridges the divide between humanity and God. The rock has rolled away our burdens and given us a glimpse of eternity. Christian witness stands on the shoulders of Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of Jesus, and Salome, for they were the first to experience the power of resurrection that challenges evil, advocates for the poor and vulnerable, and offers respite to those who are left behind.
 
Yes, it has been a tough year. It has been a prolonged “Good Friday experience.” A year where many have moved from this earth into eternity. A year where the cracks in our world and country have been made more visible. A year where many of us have felt alone and lost a sense of hope. As Christians, our faith experiences become rich when we bear witness to the “Good Fridays” in hope of Easter’s joyful power.
 
We are given the invitation to witness and experience the empty tomb because that stone was rolled away. Whether it is the stone of self-doubt, helplessness, inadequacy, discouragement, prejudice, hatred, unkindness, or fear, know that the stone has been rolled away so that we can bear witness to the power of resurrection so that we can have life in all its abundance. Whatever stones block you from living life authentically, know that those stones are rolled away when we commit our lives to the Lord of Life and the power of resurrection.
 
Peace,
 
Manoj+
 
View last week’s sermon here. 
 
Reopening Schedule 

It is with GREAT JOY we announce our reopening!

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 Light House 

Thank you everyone for your generous response to additional cooking for the Light House. As you probably know, the Light House has been in a bind. The Bistro had been filling in the gaps with dinners when none were scheduled. The Bistro is now opening for business and cannot continue to cook for the Light House. The staff at the Light House is working on getting more groups trained to cook the meals. For the time being, our group and the St. Anne’s family cooking have each taken on a second dinner for March, April and May.
 
Thank you Glen and Lynn Mortoro, Liz Kupke, Page Lyon, Nancy Steere, Eleanor Huggins, Kara Friedell, Jean Jaecks, Nancy Buck, Linda Silva,John Merrick and Deede Rivers for both dinners in March. We will be providing dinner on April 7, April 22. May 5 and May 27 and June 2. On Thursday, April 22 we are providing chili. Still needed are: toppings for the chili, 2 pounds cooked rice, salad, dessert (your choice but check with Nancy Greeley for the shelter OK), a gallon milk, and 2 donations of 12 single serving drinks. Wednesday, May 5 is Cinco de Mayo so we are thinking Mexican. Tacos are out due to serving difficulty. We are thinking taco salad and fiesta rice. Also needed are dessert, milk and drinks.
 
For any of the meals, to donate or for questions, contact Nancy Greeley, momgreeley@aol.com. A quick reminder: all food is to be delivered, cold, to the front door of the shelter (Hudson Street side).
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

Dear Lord Jesus Christ, by Your radiant and magnificent resurrection, You broke the bonds of death and rose from the grave as a conqueror. You reconciled Heaven and earth. Our life had no hope of eternal happiness before You redeemed us. Your resurrection has washed away our sins, restored our innocence, and brought us joy. How inestimable is the tenderness of Your love! — Saint Gregory the Great
 
Guest Preacher

 
 
St. Anne’s Episcopal Church is excited to welcome guest preacher Dr. Michael Metzger on Sunday April 11. Dr. Metzger is a recognized leader in translating the gospel to impact our post-Christian society. As campus minister, church planter, pastor, and—for the last 20 years—cultural analyst and mentor to church and business leaders, Metzger has thought long and hard about America’s post-Christian culture.
 
In 2002, Metzger founded Annapolis-based Clapham Institute. The institute’s mission, resourcing Christians for the next 50 years, recognizes Western Christianity is in exile, like the Judeans in the Babylonian exile, operating outside the arenas in which the greatest influence on culture is exerted. More about Dr. Metzger and the Clapham Institute can be found here. We look forward to welcoming him to St. Anne’s.
 
 
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.
 
During COVID-19, many families have been asking how to keep their children engaged in Sunday School and their Christian journey. This is one way that you can take the lead and help your child grow in faith. You may download the resources including the Cheeky Panda Prayer Book, Family Service, Activity Pack, and the schedule. Please plan a time each week to engage in Thy Kingdom Come. If you have questions, please contact Connie Saeger-Proctor Minister for Congregational Life.
 
 
 
Baptism Workshop

Baptisim St Annes

Preparing for your child’s baptism? Thinking about having your child baptized? Please join us on Zoom for St. Anne’s Baptism Workshop Saturday, April 10. During the morning workshop we will reflect on why we baptize infants, children, youth, and adults. We will reflect on our Baptismal Covenant and the promises we make to support each other on our Christian journeys. By reflecting on the symbols of light, water, oil, and scripture we will explore the deep foundations of our faith.
 
If you plan on having your child baptized during the Easter Season, or if you are considering baptism, please contact Connie Saeger at clsaeger@stannes-annapolis.org.
Women’s Bible Study

Please join us for our women’s bible study group. Our next meeting is on April 10, at 11:00AM. We will be studying Hebrews Chapters 7 & 8 led by Nancy Bayers. The Xoom meeting link can be found here.
 

 

Parents Group

Tonight! Join us for our Parent’s Group Thursday April 8 at 8PM.

 
Please spread the word and invite others. We welcome your involvement. Our community of parents and caregivers is organic in nature and we encourage everyone to come as they are.
 
We follow a very simple format (please see below) and we start promptly at 8:00pm and end at 9:00pm every other Thursday. If you have questions, please reach out to Kimberly (kkqjillson@gmail.com) and Brie (briegerman@yahoo.com) You can always join us at the last minute, but it helps us with planning to know who is coming ahead of time.
 
 
Meeting ID: 864 0007 4865
Passcode: 614133
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 resume Wednesday evening, April 14th, at 7:00 pm, with the first 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; the first brief video is narrated by Bishop himself. Please join us for these sessions of viewing and discussion as we conclude this year’s theme of Becoming Beloved Community.

 
Adult Forum will be 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.