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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.



Clergy Epistle

The Rev. Absalom Jones
“Born in bondage, born in shackles, born stripped of all dignity.” So begins the hymn dedicated to Absalom Jones, the first African-American priest in the Episcopal Church. His journey from slavery to pulpit is one of triumph and Spirit-filled determination.
He was born into slavery on Nov. 6, 1746, in Sussex County, Delaware. With tips from working in his master’s house, he bought a reading primer, a spelling book and a copy of the New Testament. Fueled by a passion for freedom, education and Jesus Christ, Jones earned his manumission in 1784. That in itself was remarkable, but it was during his adult years in Philadelphia that Jones left his mark on history.
He, along with is friend, Richard Allen, served as lay ministers for the black members of St. George’s Methodist Episcopal Church. Together they established the Free African Society to help slaves who had been freed. Financial and spiritual support was also given to widows, orphans, and the poor. Through their ministry black membership at St. George’s increased. For the church’s white leadership, this was cause for alarm, not celebration.
In 1791 the vestry decided to segregate African Americans into an upstairs gallery. Rather than suffer humiliation, Jones, Allen and the others left St. George’s. Allen went on to help found the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church. Jones established what later became the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas, chartered in the Diocese of Pennsylvania in 1794. He became a deacon in 1795 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1802. St. Thomas Episcopal Church still thrives in Philadelphia as a witness to God’s power and the faith of its founding father.
Here is a prayer for Jones, whose feast day is February 13: Set us free, heavenly Father, from every bond of prejudice and fear; that, honoring the steadfast courage of your servant Absalom Jones, we may show forth in our lives the reconciling love and true freedom of the children of God, which you have given us in your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Fr. Dion


“Need a Hug”

Last Sunday, The Rev. Dr. Manoj Mathew Zacharia gave his sermon for the Fifth Sunday After the Epiphany. Sometimes we need a hug. Lament and grieving is temporary and God continues to work in the world.

View last Sunday’s service here.
Online Contributions
Happy New Year! If you made your 2020 contributions through our online donation provider, Vanco, you will need to update your transactions for 2021.  Please login to Vanco here to make these changes. Your user name is your email address and your password is something you would have set up.  If you have any questions or need assistance with updating your transactions, please contact Kirsten Hair at  Thank you for your continued support of St. Anne’s.
Office Closed 

The office will be closed on Monday, February 15th for Presidents’ Day.



After a period of prayerful and thoughtful discernment, Alyssa Pasternak Post has decided to tender her resignation as Minister for Communication and Evangelism.  We wish her the best in her continued discernment. As we expand our ministries, we will be focusing on the core elements of re-tooling for the future. The pandemic has taught us lessons on the need for increasing our communications investment and footprint.

We are delighted to announce that Rebecca Roemer has joined our ranks as a Communications Consultant. Many of you may remember her as an instructor at our Preschool for the Arts! Becki brings with her a delightful enthusiasm, passion, and vision for the ministry on top of her credentials of a Master’s Degree in Marketing.


Women’s Retreat


Parents Gathering

Tonight! Thursday, February 11, we will discuss Love from Corinthians Chapter 13 to the 5 Love Languages for Children. We hope that you can join us!
Please spread the word and invite others. We welcome your involvement. Our little community of parents and caregivers is organic in nature and we encourage everyone to come as they are. We follow a very simple format, starting promptly at 8:00pm and ending at 9:00pm every other Thursday.
Please RSVP to Kimberly ( and Brie ( if you are going to attend or think that you might be able to attend the up-coming session. You can always join us at the last minute, but it helps us with planning to know who is coming ahead of time.
Women’s Retreat


Prayer for the Week

Almighty God, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ went about doing good, and healing all manner of sickness and disease among the people; continue, we beseech you, this gracious work among us. Cheer, heal, and sanctify the sick; grant to the physicians, surgeons, and nurses wisdom and skill, sympathy and patience, and assist with your blessing all who are seeking to prevent suffering and to forward your purposes of love; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Cooking for the Lighthouse 

Our next dinner for the Light House will be Wednesday, March 3. We will be making chicken and rice casserole, vegetables, salad and dessert. As always, we provide a gallon of milk. If enough people volunteer we can again provide single size drinks. To volunteer or for questions, contact Nancy Greeley at

Women’s Retreat


Adult Forum on Ash Wednesday

There will be no Adult Forum on Wednesday, February 17. Instead, we will offer a teaching on aspects of Lent, its history, its music and ways for you to live deeply into this most holy season. This will be a live-streamed offering beginning at 6:00 PM, followed by a time of contemplative music. Our live-stream service will begin at 7:00 PM. The links to these will be provided in the Sunday morning eBlast and on our website.
More information upcoming forums can be found here.
Lenten Retreat

Save the Date!

Spiritual Friendship: A Virtual Lenten Retreat March 18-20, 2021

“Here we are, you and I, and I hope that Christ makes a third with us.” (Aelred of Rievaulx, Spiritual Friendship, c. 1157)
Aelred was abbot of the Cistercian Abbey of Rievaulx in Yorkshire, England, in the twelfth century. His book Spiritual Friendship has found new audiences in the twenty-first century, as his wisdom on friendship rooted in Christ resonates with contemporary believers.
Aelred will accompany us on our journey during a virtual retreat on spiritual friendship with God, other, and self. We will gather to meditate on Scripture, discuss the nature of friendship, and engage the senses in a number of art, music, and movement-based activities. Interested? Contact St. Anne’s parishioner Scott Cooper at
Being Sanctuary Retreat

The Retreat House at Hillsboro offers a retreat Being Sanctuary, via Zoom lead by St. Anne’s parishioner Heather Strang. Join in this mid-winter pause as we anticipate beginning again in our world. In this Wisdom Circle, we will share in holy listening, and invite a space to hear the sacred rumblings that we each bring. Read more 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.
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.