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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

Dear People of God,

In the Western Church, Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. This year, Ash Wednesday is on February 17.

We have been on an extended journey, some would say an extended Lenten journey during the past few months.  The pandemic has caused the cessation of our normal liturgical practices and we are left to receive the sacrament spiritually.  Yes, it has been a long and dry season.

As a staff, we have been praying through what “Lent” will look like at St. Anne’s.

Part of this prayer is an examination of ancient Christian resources and the rubrics of the Book of Common Prayer (1979) and other authorized liturgical resources of General Convention like Enriching Our Worship.

The observance of Ash Wednesday originated in the early church as a form of public penitence. During the observance of Lent, it was a custom to don sackcloth and ashes and devote time for fasting and prayer.  According to liturgical scholar Marion Hatchett,  “the imposition of ashes, as we know it, came about in the ninth century” and even in its current form has and “off and on” relationship within the prayer books of The Episcopal Church in the United States.(Hatchett, Marion, “Commentary on the American Prayer-Book,  1995)

Among the ways we as a staff have been prayerfully reflecting about our Lenten offerings is the question: “shall we offer the imposition of ashes?”  The imposition of ashes in normal times marks us as it is a reminder of our sinfulness and mortality.  Those ashes are usually created from palm branches that were blessed and distributed during the prior year’s Palm Sunday service.  Many of you may have memories of creating these ashes on Shrove Tuesday in preparation for the next day’s liturgical service.  In a day and age where we are witnessing the loss of life through COVID-19, a question that has come to the fore is whether we need another stark reminder of death?

COVID has impacted us and the way we gather for communal celebration.  We did not have the distribution of palms last year and unfortunately we will not administer ashes this year. Why? This is a season of great loss. In the words of Virginia Seminary liturgics professor, Dr. James Farwell,  “It is possible to observe Ash Wednesday without the imposition of Ashes… Would we experience this as a loss, in a year of losses, having come to expect ashes in our current practice? No doubt. And it would be a loss – we need to stop pretending that the changes this moment has brought to our liturgical lives will not be losses, imagining that we can adapt our way out of them with clever alternatives that end up communicating something we don’t want to communicate.” (https://buildfaith.org/ash-wednesday-during-covid/)

Yes, the inability to impose and don ashes is a loss. Our inability to meet in-person is a loss. The imposition of ashes occurs in person in the context of liturgy and we do not want to disassociate this imposition from the liturgy. We also want to promote the integrity of the social distancing practices that have been established in promoting the common good.  So, we will face the loss of donning ashes this year.  Yet, as Easter reminds us, there is resurrection and renewal!

We, as Christians, believe in that power of resurrection and know that one day we will gather and things that we hold near and dear will be restored. So, I invite you to join with us as we have our virtual Ash Wednesday service without the distribution and imposition of Ashes. During Ash Wednesday, we will explain various elements of the service and use it as an opportunity to invite the parish into the observation of a Holy Lent.

In Christ’s Peace,
Fr. Manoj

Click here to view last Sunday’s service.

Stewardship 2021 – Together, We Thrive

The Stewardship Campaign is Ending Soon

Happy New Year! We are deeply grateful to all who have submitted their pledge for 2021. To date, we have secured $806,000. We have yet a few yards to reach in order to hit our goal of $950,000.

Please submit your pledge soon so that we can secure a “touchdown” on our goal and ensure St. Anne’s has the funds it needs to meet its commitments to our members and the broader community.

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.
St. Anne’s Annual Meeting 2021

Yes, it is happening! Sunday, February 7, at 11:00 AM, via Zoom link here.
The pandemic has not stopped us from worshiping as a community and doing God’s work and it won’t stop us from taking care of the parish’s important business.

Should you attend? YES! You are the heart and soul of the St. Anne’s family and we want to make sure you are involved in the decisions that impact our future together.

What will we do at the meeting?

We will hear from our Rector, review our finances and budget for 2021, find out the latest from the Stewardship Campaign, and, most importantly, hold our Vestry and diocesan convention delegate elections.  A book containing biographical information on the candidates is available here.

Will this meeting be different?

Yes, again! This meeting will be held virtually on Zoom and we will do everything we can to make it easy for you take part. If you have attended an Evening Prayer service or Adult Forum, you already know how Zoom works. If you have not, don’t worry, we’ll give you easy instructions to follow.

Make your plans to join Fr. Manoj, Fr. Dion and your fellow parishioners on February 7!

 

For more information on the Annual Meeting, please click 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 khair@stannes-annapolis.org.  Thank you for your continued support of St. Anne’s.

Women’s Retreat

ENGAGE

Iron Rosary

The Iron Rosary, our Circle of Prayer in the heart of Annapolis is a place for prayers. All voices connecting with God are welcome at the Iron Rosary.  The prayers are gathered weekly, laminated, and tied to the fence. Volunteers are needed to keep supplies stocked and to take prayers to the Iron Rosary for those that cannot come in person. To volunteer, contact Connie Saeger-Proctor clsaeger@stannes-annapolis.org.

Digital Ministries

HELP! The Digital Ministries committee is looking for volunteers to help us manage, plan and operate these systems. This includes:

  • Networks: Wired and wireless Ubiquiti Unify network management
  • Telephones: Manage and configure of our VoIP phone network
  • Workstations: Managing, troubleshooting and implementing workstations for the staff including client security software and Microsoft Office
  • Cameras: Maintaining and configuring our new Verkada surveillance camera system
  • Software: Implementing new capabilities with our REALM software and assisting staff and volunteers with new business processes
  • Documentation: Document all of the above in Visio, Excel, and other tools

Please contact John Purnell at Jpurnell@verizon.net or 410-793-1011 if you are interested.

Women’s Retreat

EVANGELIZE

Prayer for the Week

O God our Father, who regarding the frailty of our nature does strengthen it with the gift of your grace, so that by the saving remedies of Your loving kindness our souls and bodies are renewed; mercifully regard these Your servants, that, every cause of sickness being removed, they may be restored to soundness of health, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Cooking for the Lighthouse 

Thank you everyone who participated in our dinner for the Light house on February 3. Our meatloaf, vegetables and  bowtie pasta salad were greatly appreciated. Besides dessert we also provided, as a special treat, single sized serving cans or bottles of dinner type drinks.

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 momgreeley@aol.com.

Women’s Retreat

FORM

Adult Forum

Please join us on Wednesday February 10th from 7:00 to 8:15 PM via Zoom for a very special forum with Dr. David Celentano, St. Anne’s Parishioner and Chair of Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Celentano will share with us the latest updates on COVID-19.

Adult Forum is presented via Zoom on scheduled Wednesday evenings, from 7:00 to 8:15 PM, preceded by Fellowship at 6:30 PM. Come and go as needed to fit your schedule. More information on upcoming Adult Forum sessions can be found here. Click here to join the Zoom meeting.
Lenten Retreat

Save the Date!

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

Join us for a virtual retreat on spiritual friendship with God, other, and self. We will 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 sacooper@aacc.edu.

“Here we are, you and I, and I hope that Christ makes a third with us.”

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.