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Clergy Epistle

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
 
One of the joys in preaching lies in being able to explore a familiar text and find new meanings and understandings. It is like being a gemologist who holds up a precious stone and studies its facets. In the right light the stone’s beauty takes your breath away, leaving you in awe of what has been created. This is the type of feeling I had in preparing this past Sunday’s sermon: The Sledgehammer of Prayer.
 
Our text, Matthew 6:1-15, centered on the Lord’s Prayer. Aside from Psalm 23, there is probably no more familiar passage in the Bible. And because of its familiarity, we can miss the depth and nuances of this God-centered prayer.
 
“What a great pity that the prayer of such a master is prattled and chattered so irreverently all over the world,” wrote Martin Luther.
 
Thanks be to God that we had a chance to spend some time with the prayer and consider its communal focus, its insistence on forgiveness, and its plea for protection when we find ourselves in the arena of spiritual warfare.
 
My aim in describing the prayer as a “sledgehammer” was to give us a sense of its power. Not only can the Lord’s Prayer break us down and open us to a deeper spirituality, it can also heal us and connect us. My hope is that in the coming days you will take a few minutes to sit with this prayer. Let its 53 words take up residence in your soul. Let them speak to you, for they are the words of our Lord.
 
In Christ,
Fr. Dion
Stewardship Update

It is with great pleasure and appreciation that we are able to report that as we move into February we are continuing to receive pledges and we now have total pledges of $871,000.  The Stewardship Team, the Vestry and the Treasurer want to thank all of those who have pledged to date and those who will do so in the coming weeks.

If you have questions about pledging, please contact St. Anne’s Financial Administrator, Kirsten Hair, or any of our Vestry members. We would be delighted to answer your questions. You can pledge online at stannes-annapolis.org/give or fill out a pledge card located in the back of the Church.

Hospitality Needed

 

There are several upcoming events  that St. Anne’s needs your help. Providing food, setting-up, greeting people, and clean-up is part of providing a welcome.  When many help, the work load is light. Please consider signing up for one or more of the following opportunities. Thank you for helping St. Anne’s invite, welcome, and connect!

United in Prayer

Help welcome those who wish to come and pray at St. Anne’s during the General Assembly Legislative Session. St. Anne’s will  be providing snacks and water to those seeking a quiet place to pray, reflect, de-stress and renew. Simply come to church at 11:45 and set-out the food, welcome visitors, and then clean up. This will take about 45 minutes and your help and welcome is appreciated.

Sign-Up at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0D4FACAC23A1F85-united

Evening Prayer and The Episcopal Experience

Volunteers are needed to provide hospitality for the Episcopal Experience. The Episcopal Experience is an opportunity to go deeper into your spirituality and will be held every Saturday until April 4th. We need someone to prepare and set-up a simple soup and bread supper. Food will be provided, all  you need to do is arrive early, heat the soup and bread set-out the plates, napkins, and utensils, then coordinate the clean-up after the meal. You will be able to join the group and learn.

Sign-Up at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0D4FACAC23A1F85-episcopal

Thank you for all that you do to make St. Anne’s a community!

 

St. Anne’s Women’s Retreat

The annual St. Anne’s Women’s Retreat will be held March 27-29, 2020 in Rehoboth Beach, DE. Please join us for a weekend of fellowship and discovery as we seek to grow closer to the Lord in a community of faith. The retreat will be held at the beautiful A. Felix DuPont Memorial House. The cost is $275 per person (for 2 nights of accommodations and 6 meals). More information about the weekend is coming soon. To sign up, send a check payable to St. Anne’s for $275 with Women’s Retreat in the memo field to Kirsten Hair. Scholarships are available. Once you’ve sent your check to Kirsten, please e-mail Townsend McNitt (Townsendmcnitt@gmail.com) and tell her you are coming. Keep in mind that you will not be considered “registered” until Kirsten has received your check. Hope you can join us! Scholarships are available.

Year of the Woman

Did you know that there was once a St. Anne’s Female School in the mid-1800’s? Eric Fredland found this advertisement in the Capital (April 17, 1847), but it was also to run in newspapers in Washington, Baltimore, Port Tobacco and Cambridge once a week for six weeks:

St. Anne’s is a Boarding and Day School for young ladies, designed for thorough intellectual and religious training. Right mental culture, and the influences of a Christian home are the great objects of the teachers’ labors. (The school) is for girls over 12 years of age, $200 per scholastic year of ten months, including every expense, except French, Music and Stationery. For girls under 12 years, $170. A reduction of $25 for each will be made from the above charges when two or more sisters are placed at the school. Entrance fee $25 or bed, bedding, towels and table napkins may be furnished by the pupil. Board and tuition paid semi-annually in advance. Vacation August and September. 

We don’t know how long the school was in existence nor where it was located, but it seems to be an attempt to teach English, French and Music to girls outside of the home. Reverend Humphreys, who was the president of St. John’s College at the time, also lectured in Chemistry and “Natural Philosophy”.

Saturday Night Service: The Episcopal Experience

 
Evening Prayer, Discussion and Dinner in the Parish Hall from 5:30-7:30 PM on Saturday evenings. Come for worship, fellowship and to learn more about the Episcopal Church. This Saturday, Father Manoj will lead us in a discussion of Our Practices: The Importance of Prayer. How is prayer essential to the Episcopal tradition? What is the Daily Office? What is the Great Litany? How do we use these to explore our faith? What is a prayer practice you would like to implement into your life?
 
We will also address: Individual and Corporate Prayer, Prayer Practices ( i.e. Centering Prayer, Lectio Divina).
United in Prayer for Maryland’s 2020 Legislative Session

St. Anne’s will offer 90 days of prayer during the 2020 General Assembly Legislative Session for those seeking a quiet place to pray, reflect, de-stress and renew. Beginning January 8 with an 8:00 AM Eucharist and ending with a 5:30 PM Evening Prayer April 6.

  • Mondays – 5:30 PM Evening Prayer
  • Tuesdays — 12:10 PM Eucharist with Healing Prayers; 5:30 PM Evening Prayer
  • Wednesdays — 8:00 AM Eucharist; 12:00 PM Noonday Prayer with musical reflection; 5:30 PM Evening Prayer
  • Thursdays —12:00 PM Noonday Prayer with meditation; 5:30 PM Evening Prayer
  • Fridays — 5:30 PM Evening Prayer

In a time of political division, the church can be a sanctuary for healing and unity no matter one’s political affiliation or religious belief/denomination. All are welcome.

An Epiphany Invitation for an Offering of St. Anne’s Church and the Retreat House at Hillsboro

Wisdom Circle – Annapolis
Cultivating Peace in Small Community
Five Thursday Evenings – January 23 – February 20, 2020 from 6:30-8:00 PM in St. Anne’s Parish Hall, 199 Duke of Gloucester Street, Annapolis
Click here for more information about this event and to register.
Click here for more information about other wisdom circles
St. Anne’s Annual Meeting

According to the by-laws of St. Anne’s Parish – “There shall be an Annual Meeting of the Voting Members of St. Anne’s Parish” on Sunday, February 2, 2020 at 10:30 AM, in the Parish House at 199 Duke of Gloucester Street.  The election of the Vestry, the election of lay delegates from the Parish to the Convention of the Diocese of Maryland and other business of the Parish shall be transacted at the meeting. Members shall be welcome at this meeting. A Voting Member of St. Anne’s Parish is defined in the by-laws as someone who is 16 years of age or older, lives in Maryland, has been a Member of St. Anne’s Parish for no less than six months prior to the day of voting (Feb. 2, 2020), whose baptism has been entered on St. Anne’s Parish Register, and who has for the past calendar year contributed to the stewardship campaign or be otherwise on the books of the Treasurer as a contributor.  On February 2, there will be ONE service in the church at 9:15 AM so that all may attend the meeting.
 
Child care will be provided. Children will be watching “The Peanuts Movie.”
St. Anne’s Kneelers

Next time you’re in church, look down.  That’s right, look down by your feet.  There you’ll find some of St. Anne’s beautiful hand-crafted kneelers.  A team of very dedicated and talented needlepointers created 600 kneelers between 1990 and 2001 in a project begun by retired Rear Admiral Robert Geiger and spearh

eaded by Shirley McFadden, who was also a needlework historian and collector.  The Kneeler Project was a labor of love by the many parishioners and some from other area churches who participated using provided designs or by creating their own.  Today, our kneelers feature a wide variety of designs, from family coats of arms to Bible verses to “Save the Bay!”   Click here to learn more about our very special kneelers in an article written by Eric Fredland.

WINTER ALERT:  As we move into the colder months – it’s more important than ever NOT to put your feet on the kneelers, tempting as that might be.  Grime from dirty snow, ice and melting chemicals will cause irreparable damage to our kneelers.  We want them to be with us for a long time in tribute to the hours and love that went into creating them.  Thank you!

 

Evening Prayer

Did you Know? St. Anne’s holds services open to the public five days a week with the Daily Office of Evening Prayer at 5:30 Monday through Friday. This lay led service which has been offered for over 30 years is managed by two or three parishioners regularly. Stop in the church any day at 5:30 PM and end the day in a very special way.
Presently, The Daily Office is inviting new members to join this regular faithful group. For more information, contact Jer Chambers at 410-267-8023  or  jlchambers45@comcast.net
Episcopal Rainbow Group Upcoming Events

The Episcopal Rainbow ministry is for LGBTQ+ persons, their families, their allies, and the extended St. Anne’s Church family. All are welcome at all events! 
 
Brunch at Harry Browne’s, Sunday February 9 at 12:45 PM.
Please join the Episcopal Rainbow Ministry at our monthly brunch! Please RSVP to jilllake3@yahoo.com by February 7.
 
Annual Soup and Sounds Event, Sunday February 16, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Parish House.
Please join the Episcopal Rainbow Ministry at our annual event! This is a splendid evening of home cooked soups, great company, and a wonderful pianist. Please RSVP to jilllake3@yahoo.com with what you would like to bring – we need soups, breads/crackers, desserts, and drinks. 

 
 
 
Women’s Bible Study

Join the Women’s Bible Study on February 1 in the Skylight Room at 10:00 AM as we continue to read through Paul’s letters. At this meeting, we will be studying the first chapter of Philippians.

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Music

Sunday 5:30 Service 

Sunday evening services at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church take place at 5:30 PM. Each service features a musical prelude, followed by a short service of prayers and meditations and will conclude with a musical offering. The musical theme and content will change from week to week. The service and music will last 30-45 minutes. These services are a perfect way to re-set and have some quiet time before jumping into the week ahead.

February 2 – Cantata Vespers

On February 2 at 5:30 PM Bach+, in partnership with St. Anne’s, will present Bach’s cantata Ich habe genug (“I have enough”), BWV 82, at the church. This famous work, written for the Feast of the Purification (February 2nd, in fact), is a poetic paraphrase of the Song of Simeon as well as a further reflection on life and death in the Christian faith. Guest musicians include David Murray, bass, Kerry Willingham, oboe, and John Thomas Dodson, conductor. Be sure to join us for this musical meditation (and you can still be home in time for kick off!).

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Children and Youth Ministry

Children and Youth Events

The Sycamore Tree (children’s worship) is offered at the 9:30 AM and 5:30 PM services

Children’s Sunday Discovery takes place in the Parish Hall on Sundays from 10:45 AM – 12:00 PM.

Questions about children, youth, and family ministry or how you can participate in ministry? Contact Connie Saeger-Proctor, Minister for Congregational Life, at 443-808-1361 or clsaeger@stannes-annapolis.org.

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Outreach

Winter Relief Volunteers Needed – February 17 – February 24

THANK YOU! To all who have already signed up to help during our Winter Relief week of February 17 – 24, 2020! We need to keep the momentum going as the week is fast approaching! We have special needs for a Personal Laundry Coordinator  (Thursday) – a van or larger car would be helpful – simply pick up the guests’ personal laundry (in bags and labeled with their name), take it to the laundry facility in Glen Burnie where the guests will meet you, have the guests do their own laundry, pack up the clean laundry in your vehicle and then return the bags of clean laundry to First Presbyterian; Meal Preparers (multiple days still open) – Prepare and serve breakfast and dinner – no need to be a church member, just grab a neighbor or friend and offer to serve a meal to our 25 homeless guests; Night Monitors (multiple nights still open) – Very crucial for this week. Just need to cover in shifts one night with another volunteer so that both get some sleep. It takes a village to make this happen – please prayerfully consider volunteering – you will not regret it! Please visit https://www.signupgenius.com/go/805094eaca82da0f58-2020 to sign up. If you have any questions please contact Steve Esmacher at esmachers@yahoo.com or 410-320-2512.

 
Reconciliation Ministry

More than 30 members of St. Anne’s Reconciliation Ministry met on January 22 at the Parish House to continue work on the group’s ongoing efforts, including the development of a vision statement and goals. Members of the ministry’s team, which is led by Chair Anne Thomas, heard updates from standing committees on Communications, History, Grants and Education. Reports also were provided by liaisons to other St. Anne’s committees, including the Cemetery Committee, as well as to local groups in our surrounding community. All are welcome to participate in this prayerful work, which is part of our parish’s journey toward Becoming Beloved Community. Please join us as we strive toward racial reconciliation and nourishing the transformative work of healing and justice. Please contact Anne Thomas for more information: alfdt75@gmail.com.

 
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Current Volunteer and Service Opportunities

Light House Shelter
 

The Light House Homeless Prevention Support Center has served the community as a basic needs provider of food, shelter and support services for over 30 years. They rebuild lives with compassion by providing shelter and services to prevent homelessness and empower people as they transition toward employment, housing and self-sufficiency. 

If you have never volunteered with Light House and would like to learn more please visit their website at http://www.annapolislighthouse.org/volunteer. Thank you for your support!

 

Cooking for the Light House

St. Anne’s and the Men’s Bible Study group provide and serve the evening meal at the Light House the first Wednesday of every month.  

Our next meal is February 5.  We are serving Shepherd’s Pie (made with ground beef).   We need two volunteers to make a Shepherd’s Pie (made with hamburger) to serve 10 -12 people. A recipe is available. The Light House also requests a dozen eggs and a half-gallon of milk for shelter use.

To volunteer, contact Nancy Greeley at 410-224-2975 or momgreeley@aol.com or John Merrick at jayannp@aol.com

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Pastoral Care

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.

Personal Prayers During the Offertory

During the Offertory at each Sunday morning service, someone from St. Anne’s Prayer Ministry will be at the Holy Family Chapel ready to pray with/for you or a loved one – for healing, hope, thanksgiving, intercession, small requests, large requests and/or a blessing and anointing. All prayers are  confidential. If you feel like coming to the Chapel but don’t know why, come anyway, come for a prayer – we are a praying community and all are welcome.

Stephen Ministry

Did you know? Once trained and commissioned, Stephen Ministers meet twice a month to give and receive peer supervision, which is necessary to help them provide quality care and grow as caregivers. .St. Anne’s Stephen Ministry is inviting the men and women of St.Anne’s to explore serving as a lay Christian caregiver. Training will be provided from September, 2019 through March, 2020. If you are interested in journeying with someone who needs confidential spiritual and emotional support, this may be the right caring ministry for you. For further details please contact: Chip Tucker: 443-852-1779 Patricia Jennings: 203-313-4665

The logo Stephen Ministry congregations use consists of a cross and circle, together with a broken person and a whole person.  The broken person stands behind the cross, symbolizing the brokenness in our lives as a result of our sin.  The whole person stands in front of the cross because it is through the cross of Jesus that we again are made whole.  The circle symbolizes both the wholeness we receive through Christ and God’s love for us.

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
For more information on Pastoral Care, click here.
Hospital Visitation
If you are to be a patient at AAMC, please give the office a call and let us know! Or contact Dion at dthompson@stannes-annapolis.org  or 850-450-2801. And say yes, when the admitting person at AAMC asks if you would like a pastoral visit from someone from your preferred religious affiliation.
Pastoral visits by our Hospital Visitors are a great benefit of being part of St Anne’s parish. Our visitors are compassionate, respectful and faithful. And they are all trained as Eucharistic Visitors.
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.