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Clergy Epistle

Today’s Gospel reading is a bit unusual in that Jesus’ encounter with the Canaanite woman doesn’t sound like the kindhearted Jesus that I know and love. Here we find a woman who is not from the community of Israel but rather from the Canaanite community, a community that was looked down uponby Jews. The Canaanite woman is appealing to Jesus’ mercy to heal her daughter from demonic possession.  The apostles try to shoo the woman away because after all, Jesus was sent to minister to the Jews of Israel and not the Gentiles of Canaan. But the woman will not be discouraged. At first, Jesus ignores her, but the woman persists, and through her faith, moves Jesus to heal her daughter. 
Although Jesus’ priority at that time in his ministry was Israel, he made an exception and healed the Canaanite woman’s daughter. Jesus tested the woman’s faith, and though she acknowledged that she was not worthy of Jesus’ blessing, he recognized her faith and healed her daughter. Jesus was not interested in ethnic boundaries, but with matters of the heart, and with faith.  It is in this story, we are given a lesson in faith and persistence, mercy and humility. And unlike the apostles, we must not ignore people who are different from us and cry out for help. We must give them more than just crumbs from our table.
The Rev. Kathy Shahinian

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COVID-19 Update
How Can I Worship?We have temporarily modified our worship schedule in order to accommodate the much-needed cleaning of the church per the Diocesan guidelines. It is our hope to resume the pre-Covid 19 Sunday worship offerings as soon as we are able. We profusely apologize for any inconvenience this has caused. If you are healthy, please consider registering for the Rite I service at 11:15 AM or the Holy Eucharist service at 5:30 PM. Registration links are in the Sunday morning eBlast and on our website. We will continue to offer the Live Stream Eucharist at 9:30 AM via YouTube. Please bear with us as we migrate towards implementing much-needed technical upgrades that will facilitate enhanced streaming.
Virtual Worship

In these extraordinary times, we are excited to continue worshiping together virtually! Our Sunday morning 9:30 service, Holy Week services and Daily Evening Prayer are just some of the virtual offerings at St. Anne’s. For more information on these services, click here.


Get Involved at St. Anne’s

We would love to hear from you! During this time, if you are discerning to further your commitment to St. Anne’s by actively engaging in a ministry area, please contact Connie Saeger-Proctor. We would love to connect you to a ministry that is geared towards Outreach, Liturgy, or Christian Formation.


Coffee, Fellowship and Conversation

Missing conversations with your St. Anne’s community? We are returning to church and with our new worship schedule is a new time for fellowship. Through the summer months, from 10:15 AM to 10:45 AM, Coffee, Conversation, and Fellowship will be held via Zoom after the 9:30 live-stream service. Bring your coffee and click here to attend Coffee, Conversation, and Fellowship. For questions, contact Connie Saeger


Prayer for the Week

Loving God, we pray that You will comfort those who are suffering, lend skill to the hands of their healers, and bless their care takers. Give them such confidence in the power of Your grace, that even when they are afraid, they may put their whole trust in You; through our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

Healing Social Injustice Through Contemplation and Action

Saturday, September 19, 2020, 9:00 AM to Noon via Zoom
Dear St. Anne’s Friends,

All are welcome to join me in a wonderful  half-day prayer retreat on Zoom. We will share in the parables of Jesus with times of prayer as we open ourselves to the invitation God has for us in the healing of social injustice in our community and world. For more information about the retreat, Centering Prayer or Zoom, please contact me at

During these unprecedented times we are called to examine our role to play when we experience social injustice. Apart from three 30-minute periods of centering prayer the 1/2-day retreat will include a presentation starting with the parables where Jesus always identified with the weakest segments in the society: the sick, the poor, and the outcast. This will be followed by views on social injustice, in particular racial injustice, by contemplative and religious leaders such as Thomas Keating, Richard Rohr, Howard Thurman, and Barbara Holmes. It will be discussed how contemplative practice, such as centering prayer, strengthens in a fundamental way the effectiveness of our action. We will discuss what kinds of actions might follow from the grounding of our contemplative practice and our roles and responsibilities for healing the wounds of racial injustice.
Click here to register. Zoom information will be provided via email after you register.
If you would like to make a Goodwill Offering, please do so by clicking here. If by check, please make the check out to COMW and mail to Kathleen Blank Riether, COMW Treasurer, 5265 Winter View Dr., Alexandria, VA, 22312. Suggested half day retreat offering $15.
Cemetery Spotlight

Pam May did a great job on the entrance garden.

Richard Thomas worked to remove lichen on a monument.

Thank you to those who came out this morning to help us in the St. Anne’s Cemetery. Some worked in the gardens, some worked on cleaning monuments and some freed trees from invasive ivy. Weather permitting, we will be working on Thursday mornings from 8:30 to around 10:00 on a regular basis. There is so much to do and all are welcome. Please join us when you can. Bring garden clippers if you wish to work on the ivy. We will provide the tools for the monument cleaning.

Thank you for any help that you can give us.

Men’s Bible Study – Beginning Study of the Parables on September 12

The Men’s Bible Study would welcome the participation of men of St. Anne’s to our Bible study via Zoom on Saturday mornings from 9:15 till 10:30.  We get together almost every Saturday throughout the year except for holidays.   On September 12, we will be starting a study of the parables using a book that was recommended by our Rector.   This study will last for a period of probably 12 or more Saturday morning sessions.  Our format is typically an open forum discussion using prepared discussion questions and making use of the comments of the author of the book as a guide.  Please give Wayne Adamson 410-269-7538 or Bob Sherer 410-266-1334 a call if you would like to join.  We will provide you with the details of the book for purchase from Amazon and provide you with the Zoom URL so you can join us for some lively discussions.

Centering Prayer Group Moves to Zoom!

Our Centering Prayer group is now gathering together via Zoom and you all are welcome to join us the first and third Tuesdays of the month 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM.  If you are new to Zoom, I will walk you through how to join for free and meet with us.  The source of Centering Prayer is the indwelling Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  The focus of Centering Prayer is the deepening of our relationship with the living Christ.  It builds communities of faith and bonds the members together in mutual friendship and love.

Please email me if you’d like to join us:

Women’s Retreat


St. Anne’s Back-to-School Backpack Program

Every year, this program serves the community of Annapolis Elementary School (AES) by providing backpacks and school supplies for children to use during the school year. While Anne Arundel County Public Schools will provide tablets and learning supplies this year, we are working with AES about other ways that we can help as new needs emerge in this virtual learning environment. AES has advised that students could use a portable lap desk that would fit different home environments and could move wherever the student may be learning that day. There are inexpensive “kid friendly” versions, including at Michaels and Hobby Lobby. Assistance is needed in purchasing items such as these to help support in-home learning. Monetary donations that the school could put towards efforts such as this for families in need are also welcome. It would be timely to have portable laptop desks available as AES distributes supplies in the weeks to come before school begins on September 8. For more information, contact Mary Greczyn or Howard Buskirk at; 202-725-2495 or 703-598-1800. To make a donation to either the Back-to-School Backpack Program or the Backpack Buddies Program, please visit St. Anne’s donation page – and indicate that your donation is to go to the Good Samaritan Fund.


Women’s Retreat

Pastoral Care

Love Heals – A Prayer from the Stephen Ministry Team

Bless us almighty God during our time of need. Fill our bishops, clergy and churches with compassion and the power of the Holy Spirit. Give our leaders the wisdom to bring us through the Covid-19 crisis. Break down all barriers and unite them as they govern are nation. Loving God, support and protect all healthcare providers as they care for the afflicted. Help us to live out your greatest commandment to love each other, and so strengthen us to care for others in their time of need that we may commend their healing to your infinite mercy. All this we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

Anne Arundel County Department of Aging & Disabilities

The Caregiver’s Voice
 A Newsletter Specifically for People Caring for Family, Friends, & Neighbors

The Caregivers’ Voice is a quarterly publication of the AA County Department of Aging and Disabilities’ National Family Caregiver Support Program. Contact us at: (410) 222-4336/4339 or at Caregiver Support.

Click here for the 2020 Support Group Schedule.

Click here for the latest version of Caregiver News and Updates.

Ministry of Prayer at St. Anne’s

James 5:16: Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.
A group of St. Anne’s parishioners dedicated to daily intercessory prayer is looking for like-minded souls to join them in this ministry. Previously known as the “prayer chain,” the ministry will bring an added dimension to the prayer life of St. Anne’s. If you feel the Holy Spirit may be calling you to this ministry, please spend some time in discernment and listen for the “still, small voice.” For more information, reach out to Fr. Dion at or Adela Rose at, or telephone/text 443-924-1726. If no one answers, please leave your name and number. You will be contacted. As we go forward, know that all prayer requests brought to the group will be held in the strictest confidence, and that no request is too small for God. We look forward to hearing from you!
Stephen Ministry

The COVID-19 virus has changed our church-life, as well as other areas of our lives, due to efforts to keep us well and safe.  Please know that St. Anne’s Stephen Ministers have continued to faithfully meet with their Care Receivers by phone every week to give emotional and spiritual support to those in need.  All conversations are always confidential. The daily reports of increases in the number of virus cases across the country, the negative effects on businesses, schools, jobs, etc. make us wonder when will it end?   The stress caused by worry and fear of the unknown can slowly build and negatively affect us physically and mentally.  It often helps to talk to someone who will listen without judgement or advice, a compassionate ear and heart, someone who really hears what one is saying, thinking and feeling.  If you are experiencing any of the stress related issues below or would like to speak to someone about a different issue, please know our Stephen Leaders and Ministers welcome talking with you on the phone.

+  Anxiety                  + Difficulty sleeping             + Financial worries

+ Feeling sad             + Lack usual energy              + Fears about health

+ Loneliness              + Fear of the future               + Marriage difficulties

+  Job concerns         + Poor concentration          + Anxiety leaving your house

If you would like to receive care from a Stephen Minister or know of someone seeking care, please contact Rev. Thompson or Carol Leach, 410-263-1752.

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.
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.