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Clergy Epistle

Kelly is a beautiful young woman. She is a single mother, has suffered from opioid and alcohol addiction, moved from home to home and relationship to relationship until she settled on living on the streets of Cincinnati. I met Kelly at the Evening Prayer Service at Christ Church Cathedral. A prayer service was held every Tuesday evening prior to a feeding ministry that over 30 faithful volunteers cooked and served for over 230 people. The meals, which ranged from Grandma Janet’s famous meatloaf to Uncle Foy’s pork tenderloin, was meticulously cooked and served with smiles, laughter, and compassion. The dishes and silverware were diligently prepared using the Hobart machine and the places were set by the younger volunteers. Every Tuesday, a group of dedicated volunteers, inspired by the feeding of the 5000, gathered to cook and serve a meal centered on recognizing the inherent dignity of each and every human being that came through the doors for the hot meal.

 
Kelly recognized the love and care that was the impetus for the meal. She began to ask questions and started slowly, but surely, giving her life over to the Lord. It was an honor to baptize Kelly in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit that Easter Vigil. Every day is a struggle for Kelly; but, she is surrounded by a community of love and compassion that recognizes that even as she struggles with her demons, she has been saved and redeemed by grace.
 
I have been with you one year now. The stories of St. Anne’s mission are, I am humbled to say, rooted in that same compassion recognizing that Jesus is Lord. You are the saints at work. Our ministry at The Light House, Stanton Center, and various elementary schools are only one aspect of the immense ministry that you do. As I mentioned during the Annual Meeting, we are, perhaps, called to continue in the tradition of the Clapham Movement inspired by witnesses like William Wilberforce, Hannah Moore, and The Rev. John Newton, to break down the barriers in society. All of these folks contributed their time, talent, and treasure to advocating for a more just system.
 
I praise God that you continue in that movement; yet, I am aware that there are miles to go in our mission. Rest assured, we will “with God’s help!”
 
I write this with humility, love, and prayer rooted in my servitude to our Lord and master and indebted to God’s grace that works through you.
 
Peace in Christ,
Fr. Manoj

View last Sunday’s service here.

 
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 clsaeger@stannes-annapolis.org.

 

Thank You from Fr. Dion

My Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Jean and I have been deeply moved by the outpouring of love, prayer and concern we have received since my fall. It has been a great comfort and source of support. I have enjoyed your cards, calls and e-mails, and have found this time of recovery to be a profoundly humbling and spiritual experience. God willing, I’ll be back in church on August 23rd.

I’ll leave you with a passage of scripture that I received in one of the many get-well cards: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all consolation, who consoles us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to console those who are in any affliction with the consolation with which we ourselves are consoled by God. — 2nd Corinthians 1:3-4

The Lord be with you all.

In Christ,
Fr. Dion and Jean

Prayer for the Week

Heavenly Father, giver of life and health, comfort and relieve your sick servants, and give Your power of healing to those who minister to their needs, that those for whom our prayers are offered may be strengthened in their weakness and have confidence in Your loving care; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy  
Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

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:  carollleach@gmail.com

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Children and Youth Ministry

St. Anne’s Youth Confirmation
I will, with God’s help is the theme and curriculum of St. Anne’s Youth Confirmation Program for teens between the ages of 15 and 18. Beginning on Sunday, August 16 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM, (following the 5:30 service) we will gather using Zoom and explore our faith and form a deeper understanding of what is means to be a Christian in the Episcopal Church. Due to the current pandemic, we will begin our program with the education component, and will later integrate service projects that reflect living-out the call for Christians to serve the Lord. We do not have a date for Confirmation, but as soon as the Bishop deems it appropriate, we will schedule a date. I hope and pray that it can be during the Easter Season 2021. Please click here to register. For a syllabus, please visit our website. If you have questions please contact Connie Saeger, Minister for Congregational Life at clsaeger@stannes-annapolis.org
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Outreach

Outreach at St. Anne’s

outreach 

Various outreach leaders are in the process of gathering and procuring information for us in addressing the needs of our community. We will update this section of the announcements as we receive information/requests for help. In the meantime, should you find that you would like to contribute towards an outreach need, please consider contributing to The Good Samaritan Fund.

Partners in Mission in Guatemala

Update: Emergency Food Distributions in Guatemala

As many of you know, Partners in Mission in Guatemala has been collecting donations to mitigate the severe food shortage in rural Guatemala that has resulted from the pandemic. The illness, isolation, and economic fallout have touched us all, but their effects are felt most acutely for marginalized and impoverished groups, both here and abroad. In Guatemala, where anti-Mayan sentiments linger and decades of government-led genocide remain fresh in the mind, there is little support for the indigenous people of the highlands region during this pandemic. A total loss of work has left the people with no income. Harvest season won’t arrive for months. The government has fallen far, far short of its promise to provide even supplemental rations. To put it simply, Guatemala has left the Mayan people to starve. Partners in Mission has been raising funds to distribute food to our main partner community, Chujulimul I. With your generous donations, we have sent more than $27,000 over four months. This means that your gifts have protected 400 families from knowing hunger since April — approximately 2,800 people. Thank you so much for your generous contributions, and know that the mothers and fathers of Chujulimul thank you from the bottom of their hearts! Let’s celebrate the good that we have accomplished together and with God’s help. At Partners in Mission, we thank the St. Anne’s community for all it has done to feed our dear friends. Still, we dare not rest. The virus shows no signs of slowing, and despite the country’s intentions for a gradual reopening, hazy details and a history of corruption make it impossible for our friends to count on a prompt return to stable work. We are committed to doing all that we can to feed the people of Chujulimul until the country stabilizes. For more information about the developing situation in Guatemala and our response, please contact Partners in Mission chair Kev Hays, kashays84@gmail.com. We always welcome donations as we continue this effort, either by check made out to St. Anne’s with Partners in Mission in Guatemala on the memo line or via the St. Anne’s donation page.

Stanton Community Center

This Fall, the Stanton Community Center will be starting additional activities for the children that attend the Homework Club as well as other youth in the Clay Street neighborhood. A sewing class and a woodworking class will be offered each week. Volunteers with expertise in sewing or woodworking are needed to offer instruction to the children. You can volunteer for the whole semester or just a class or two. Classes will be offered when volunteers are available in the evenings or the weekend. Please contact Townsend McNitt at: Townsendmcnitt@gmail.com  for more information

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Current Volunteer and Service Opportunities

The Light House

Walking with Friends at the Light House 

“Do you love me?” Jesus said to Peter for the third time. “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”
Jesus said,”Feed my sheep.” John 21:17

Thank you St. Anne’s friends for your loving support recently in providing dinner for our brothers and sisters at The Light House.  St. Anne’s Cooking at Light House and Family Cooking for Light House invites you to join us as we walk with the individuals and families experiencing homelessness and poverty who are most vulnerable during this crisis to learn more about the fruits of partnering in this loving and sustaining way. While safety advises that meals be prepared in house only,  we can provide the necessary grocery money for a sustainable operation. The best way to stand with our vulnerable community of Lighthouse residents at this time is to consider making a gift to support their grocery bill for meals — you can do so by clicking here. For a list of the most urgent pantry food needs for drop off, click here.

St. Anne’s ministries have a long and loving history of sharing in partnership with many churches and groups in our town, and the need is even greater now during the current COVID-19 crisis. Please consider sharing in a way that nourishes our neighbors experiencing homelessness and poverty, those most vulnerable during this crisis.

While we cannot cook and serve in the Light House kitchen, a sustainable and abundant option for helping has opened up.

With the onset of stay-at-home orders and social distancing guidelines, Light House transitioned from a volunteer-supported food program, to one overseen entirely by staff.  Shortly after this challenging transition, leadership at the Light House Bistro stepped in to prepare and deliver boxed meals daily to Light House residents in the shelter, in off-site hotel rooms, and at their transitional housing properties. Light House Bistro has also been organizing thousands of pounds of perishable and non-perishable pantry food each week, distributing it during Light House pantry hours, and delivering it to other food distribution locations throughout the county. Boxed meals, pantry bags, and basic needs kits are also being prepped by Light House Bistro and taken by case managers to local homeless tent encampments in the area.

Light House Bistro may have temporarily closed its doors in March, but this social enterprise developed by The Light House Homeless Prevention Support Center has been hard at work. The mission of this full-service restaurant and catering social enterprise is to change lives one meal at a time by providing training and job opportunities for graduates of Light House programs. Now they are also changing lives during the COVID-19 crisis by providing our most vulnerable neighbors with hot meals and pantry items.  For a fuller story, click here.

For more information, please contact, Nancy Greeley, at momgreeley@aol.com, or Heather and Dave Strang at thestrangs@verizon.net.

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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 dthompson@stannes-annapolis.org or Adela Rose at adelarose41@aol.com, 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 dthompson@stannes-annapolis.org 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 spencerpatricia1968@gmail.com
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.