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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.

 
 

BUILD

 

Clergy Epistle

Leaving the Wilderness

Mark 1:9-15

Jesus’ actions in the gospel passage model for us the life of the church. As the Body of Christ in the world, we have been baptized by the Spirit and live under the guidance of that Spirit. And now we, too, find ourselves in our own wilderness, one brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

This has been a bewildering and mysterious time, an anxious and unsettling time, frightening and heart-rending, a time of testing and temptation. One of the most powerful temptations is the urge to go back to the old ways, to restore everything to the way it was, as if nothing had changed. The Israelites who returned to Jerusalem after their exile in Babylon struggled against that desire. It seems the Holy Spirit is always pulling us forward into something new.
 
Scripture also tells us that being in the wilderness can be a time of revelation, formation and transformation. The Israelites were tested, tempted and formed during their 40-year journey through the wilderness. When they crossed the Jordan River they were a new people, literally, figuratively and spiritually.
 
For us, this can be a time when we choose what we will take and what we will discard when we leave our COVID wilderness. What new insights will we have? What new dreams and plans will we develop for ministries to help heal our beautiful, wounded world?
 
Our wilderness time, our Lenten time, offers opportunities for deep, focused discernment. Two verses from Psalm 25 come to mind. Though the psalmist prays for himself, we can take these words and use them as a prayer for our community.
 
Show us your ways, O Lord, and teach us your paths. Lead us in your truth and teach us, for you are the God of our salvation, in you have we trusted all the day long.
 
Brothers and sisters, our time in the wilderness will soon end, not this month or next month, but it will end. Some of you have already been vaccinated. Soon we will again gather in church. Many of you will receive Holy Communion for the first time in a year. My Lord, what a day of rejoicing that will be.
 
Inspired and empowered by the Spirit we will, like Jesus, leave the wilderness to proclaim the best news the world has ever heard: The time is fulfilled and the Kingdom of God has come.
 
Amen
 
Fr. Dion

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Easter Memorial Flowers

Easter has special symbolism this year as we climb our way out of the pandemic and into the light. It has been a year of loss for many of our parishioners at St. Anne’s, as well as a year of new birth and unexpected joy. We want to offer you the opportunity to express that through Easter Memorial Flowers. As usual, you can make a donation in memory of loved ones or in honor of someone special and their names will be listed in the Easter bulletins.
 
There are a couple of ways to submit your request:
 
  1. Set up a donation through our on-line donation platform, Vanco, and select Easter Memorial Flowers. At setup, you will be given the opportunity to list the names you wish to memorialize or honor. Or, you can email your list to Kirsten Hair. Click here to access the donation page.
  2. Mail a note and check to Kirsten Hair, St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, 199 Duke of Gloucester Street, Annapolis, MD 21401. Include the names of the people you would like to memorialize or honor. Be sure to add your name and contact information.
 
If you have any questions or need more information, please email Kirsten Hair at khair@stannes-annapolis.org.
 
The deadline to receive your requests is March 26, 2021.

 

Episcopal Advocacy Day

March 4, 2021
9:30 AM – 2:00 PM- Virtually via Zoom
 
The Maryland Episcopal Public Policy Network (MEPPN) invites Episcopalians from across our state to gather virtually to be trained in addressing key issues with their legislators. Join us and learn about the current priorities of MEPPN and how they tie into our diocesan mission to build a community of love where all of God’s people are cared for mentally, physically, and spiritually.
 
With more than 3,000 bills introduced during the legislative session, our MEPPN team has taken action on bills that are helping our communities usher in a more equitable and just world. Through written and oral testimonies, our team are using their voices to advocate. Raise your voice in solidarity. Come to listen, come to learn, come to empower.
 
Register here to Attend Episcopal Advocacy Day, meeting link will be sent to registrants prior to the event.
Women’s Retreat

ENGAGE

Parents’ Gathering

Parents’ Gathering meets again tonight Thursday February 25 from 8-9pm where we will be focusing on Lent and Creating a Daily Faith Practice. Please spread the word and invite others; we welcome your involvement!
 
Please RSVP to Kimberly (kkqjillson@gmail.com) or Brie (briegerman@yahoo.com) to attend the upcoming session. You can always join us at the last minute, but it helps us with planning to know who is coming ahead of time.
 
 
 
Simple Lenten Practices

Sign up to receive one small, simple Lenten practice each day 
 
Traditionally Lent is a time we give something up to allow God to fill the empty spaces. Because of COVID, this year is different and many of us already feel loss. In light of this, let’s simplify our Lenten practice together in small, nourishing ways. By adding your email HERE, you will receive one simple Lenten practice for each day of Lent.
 
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. 
Women’s Retreat

EVANGELIZE

Prayer for the Week

Dear Lord, divine physician and healer of the sick, we turn to You to ask for Your care for those who are ill. Oh, dearest comforter of the troubled, alleviate their worry and sorrow with Your gentle love, and grant them the grace and strength to accept this burden. Dear God, we place our worries in Your hands. We place those who are sick under Your care and humbly ask that You restore them to health again. Above all, grant us the grace to acknowledge Your will and know that all that You do, You do for the love of us. Amen.

Children’s Easter Pageant 

“Good News” is the title of this year’s virtual Easter Pageant, and all children are invited to participate! Children will be telling the story of Jesus’ life and the Good News of his resurrection. The virtual pageant will be recorded via Zoom on Saturday, March 20 at 12pm. The pageant will be similar to the Christmas Pageant.
 
Please email Kristin Pagent, ckpzone@gmail.com before March 9 if your child would like to participate.  If your child plays a musical instrument, we have musical parts for them too. There is a part for all children, please sign-up and join us!
A Heartfelt Thank You

A heartfelt thank you to the following St. Anne’s Rainbow Group ANGELS, who volunteered to make our Winter Relief luncheon service project a success! On Sunday, February 28th, St, Anne’s Rainbow Group will be providing brown bag lunches for Annapolis Winter Relief guests.
 
Representing St. Anne’s Parish will be these Rainbow Group ANGELS: Carrie, Lauren, Madeleine and Brooks Dana-Evans; Paul Pope; Larry Earle, Paul Hiemstra; Anita McMullin; Carolene Winter, Suzanne Weber; Howard Buskirk and Mary Greczyn; Whole Foods Annapolis and Bethany and Stephanie and their team at Jimmy Johns in Severna Park.
Women’s Retreat

FORM

 
 
 
Adult Forum 

On March 3, our Adult Forum Lenten series on The Canticles will focus on the Third Song of Isaiah, Surge, Illuminare, presented by the Rev. M. Dion Thompson. Please join us as we explore the context, scriptural and liturgical theology of this canticle.
 
 
 
Adult Forum is presented via Zoom on Wednesday evenings, from 7:00 to 8:00 PM preceded by Fellowship at 6:30 PM. Come and go as needed to fit your schedule. Click here to join the Zoom meeting.
 
More information upcoming forums can be found here.
Lenten Retreat

Save the Date!

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

Much of the language we use to talk about God focuses on God’s power and rule over the universe as its Creator. This is absolutely correct, and this is how we make our statements of faith with the Creeds in worship. And yet, we also experience God as deeply intimate, as close to us as our next breath. Is it a step too far to imagine ourselves to be friends of God?
Jesus and the early theologians of the Church believed that human beings can indeed live in a mutually loving relationship as friends of God. Curious to know more? Join your fellow St. Anne’s parishioners for some time apart to rediscover the skills and habits that draw us closer in friendship to God, others, and self. Email Scott Cooper at sacooper@aacc.edu for more information or for a registration form.
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.