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  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.

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Clergy Epistle

John 1:1-18

This past Sunday, our Gospel reading of John 1:1-18 began with the discourse of the Word being with God from the beginning, as well as the story of John the Baptist denying that he, John, is Christ. Together, these accounts are the premise in discussing the identity of Jesus. These first verses serve as an introduction to the understanding of who Jesus is, and they parallel the creation account found in Genesis.

John looks at the role of the Word during the creation, how the Word served as light against darkness for all humanity, and that believers in him might have eternal life. The account was probably written for Christians to discern the honesty of true teachers by their ethics and actions, the proclamation of Jesus in the flesh and their examples of love in their lives.

The first few verses of John tell us that Jesus is the eternal Word who is with God, and that he is life and light for those who choose to believe in him. When we do believe, we can have hope even in these dark days, because through him we can overcome the challenges of this world.

Peace,

Kathy+

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Stewardship 2021 – Together, We Thrive

Our 2021 Stewardship Campaign has begun: Together, We Thrive.
As you prayerfully consider your commitment to St. Anne’s during this campaign, please remember that a personal pledge of support for 2021 is a meaningful reflection of your shared belief in and hope for our future during these trying times when Christ’s message is needed most!
Please click here to pledge. Every gift ensures that Together, We Thrive. We cannot fully succeed without you.
Office Closed for the Holidays

The Parish House and Church buildings will be closed from December 24 through January 3. However, during this time members of staff are continually monitoring voicemail/emails through normal parish house hours. We are always available for pastoral emergencies through our on-call priest line. You can reach this line by calling our main office number 410-267-9333.

St. Anne’s Nominating Committee

The Vestry and Diocesan Delegate Nominating Committee members (Betty Creighton, Kevin Hays, Judy Olson, Vollie Melson and Paul Pope) met several times to consider more than two dozen people for open positions. The committee has completed its work and is pleased to announce the following nominations for Vestry:

  • Howard Buskirk
  • Katie Creely
  • Kara Friedell
  • Jason Houser
  • David Huggins

Nominees for delegate or alternate for the Diocese Convention are:

  • Joe Clapsaddle
  • Kay Davis
  • Elizabeth Rogers
  • Bill Silva

The election will take place at the next parish Annual Meeting on Sunday, February 7, 2021.  Following the parish’s established practice, the number of nominees matches the open seats, which is allowed by our by-laws.

In the next few weeks, please keep these candidates in your prayers as they have all volunteered their time and talent contributions to St. Anne’s.

Women’s Retreat

ENGAGE

The Twelve Days of Christmas

Book Readings from St. Anne’s Parents and Families

Join us online for storybook readings during the 12 Days of Christmas. Make this a family time to hear and reflect on the Christmas story with 12 different books. Make a pot of tea, or cups of hot chocolate, enjoy sweet treats and move your Magi closer to your crèche.  A new video will be available here every day through January 5th.

Clay Street Ministry
 

Parishioner Judy Guy organized a drive at Heritage Harbour yielding 216 books, 96 headphones, personally-sewn face masks for all children & staff, and gift cards for food for our children in the Clay Street neighborhood.

Winter Relief

As with just about everything in life these days the Winter Relief program, managed by Arundel House of Hope (AHoH), is different but the need for support is still great. Since the Maryland Health Department determined that it is unsafe to house Winter Relief guests at churches this year, guests are staying at the Annapolis Red Roof Inn and their meals are being prepared and delivered by the Light House Bistro. CARES Act Grant is paying for this until the end of the year and then the county will provide funds to continue to run it through the end of March.
 
There are many special AHoH programs, e.g., locating permanent housing, providing transportation, etc., that require extra funds and that’s where the St. Anne’s community can still help. We previously raised funds for AHoH by selling Christmas Cards in the back of church after services. This year we’re selling “Virtual Christmas Cards” between now and Christmas as an alternative. We can also make arrangements to have hard copies of the Christmas Cards available for those who wish to have them. Each “card” purchased provides the equivalent of doctor’s visit ($75), a night’s stay ($50) or transportation ($25) for those who AHoH serves.
 
To make a donation, please:
 
– Click here and choose option “Winter Relief” to make a donation on-line.** OR **
– Send a check to St. Anne’s Parish House at 199 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis, MD 21401 and indicate “Winter Relief” in the memo line.
 
We will send you a “Virtual Christmas Card” or make arrangements to get the hard copy card(s) to you.
 
We’ll also be making bag lunches for Winter Relief guests for 3 days in February. More information will be provided on that later.
 
Thank you in advance for supporting this vital ministry.
Grants Committee

outreach

The St. Anne’s Grants Committee is pleased to announce that we will award grants in 2021 to organizations in accordance our established guidelines. Outreach is one of the ways St. Anne’s lives out Jesus’ commandment to love our neighbors, in both Annapolis and around the world. Bearing witness to Christ’s compassion, the St. Anne’s Grants Committee awards grants to organizations and ministries that seek to build understanding, help those in need, and expand a message of love in the world. Organizations who share these goals can request a grant not to exceed $5,000. Preference is given to organizations meeting needs locally with involvement of St. Anne’s parishioners.
 
If you know of an organization that might benefit please let them know about our grant application, which is available here or on the St. Anne’s website. If the organization believes its mission complies with the criteria listed on the application form, please encourage them to apply before February 1, 2021. For more information, please contact Petey Cosby petey142@gmail.com or Judy Guy judy.guy@gmail.com.
Women’s Retreat

EVANGELIZE

Prayer for the Week

Lord Jesus Christ, healer of all diseases and our great physician, we intercede for all those who are suffering from illness not knowing the depth of their illness. We pray and ask You to come take Your place in spirit in the doctors, nurses, and specialists, who will aid them in medical needs. We believe nothing is impossible in Your hands of power, in Your hands of healing and Your heart of love, mercy, and compassion. We thank you for the strength, patience, and belief in Your will that you place in our hearts. Amen.

Women’s Retreat

FORM

Adult Forum
 

Beginning January 6, 2021, Adult Forum will be presented via Zoom on Wednesday evenings, from 7:00 to 8:15 PM, preceded by Fellowship at 6:00 PM. Come and go as needed to fit your schedule.
 
 
On January 6th, Music Director J. Ernest Green, will present Music that Connects Advent – Epiphany – Feast of the Purification, and speak about how we can listen to the music to help guide us on this spiritual journey.
 
More information on upcoming Adult Forum sessions can be found here. Click here to join the Zoom meeting.
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. We will be using Track 1.
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.