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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

Beloved in Christ,

I write this epistle to you on the day after The Epiphany.  Normally, it is the custom of the church to offer an “Epiphany Proclamation” that announces important liturgical dates throughout the year. The proclamation is usually chanted with joy. Given the events in our capitol yesterday,  how can we make such a proclamation?

Epiphany, in the Western Church, commemorates the visit of the Magi to the holy child. It is the revelation of the “Eternal Light made incarnate in Jesus” to the world.  While Epiphany 2021 was marked by acts of darkness and  violence about 30 miles from us, our faith teaches us that the Light of the world will break through this darkness.  What sustains this faith is prayer. So, I invite you to pray with the assurance that the Light of the World will break through the dark clouds.

If we believe that the Light of the World conquers darkness, it becomes incumbent that we make public witness of our faith. Hence, I offer the Epiphany Proclamation.

Epiphany Proclamation 2021

The glory of the Lord has shone upon us, and shall ever be manifest among us, until the day of his return. Through the rhythms of times and seasons, let us celebrate the mysteries of salvation. Let us recall the year’s culmination, the Easter Triduum of the Lord: his last supper, his crucifixion, his burial, and his rising celebrated between the evening of the first day of April (April 1) and the evening of the third day of April (April 3).

Each Easter, as on each Sunday, the Holy Church makes present the great and saving deed by which Christ has forever conquered sin and death. From Easter are reckoned all the days we keep holy. Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, will occur on the seventeenth day of February (February 17). The Ascension of the Lord will be commemorated on the thirteenth day of May (May 13). Pentecost, the joyful conclusion of the season of Easter, will be celebrated on the twenty-third day of May (May 23). And, this year the First Sunday of Advent will be on the twenty-eighth day of November (November 28).

May Jesus Christ, who was, who is, and who is to come, Lord of all creation of time and history, be endlessly praised, forever and ever. Amen.

Yours in Christ,
Manoj+

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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.
Church Building Closed due to COVID

While the church building itself will be closed until further notice, our ministries and staff members are still very active, continually monitoring voicemail/emails through normal parish house hours. We are always available for pastoral care and 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

Naomi’s Village 

Outreach Opportunity: St. Anne’s Partnership with Naomi’s Village Kenya
 
Naomi’s Village is a children’s home, pre-school, and academy in Maai Mahiu, Kenya, whose mission is “to provide all that is necessary for every child we serve, at every age, so that they will grow up to be world-changers.”
 
St. Anne’s community members have been directly involved demonstrating support through child sponsorship, one time financial donations, mission gifts, and hands on support for the ministry through awareness building at St. Anne’s and in the larger community beyond the Circle. Learn more here

 

Winter Relief

Many, many thanks to those who contributed to our Winter Relief program! To date we have raised $2,035 which will be used by the Arundel House of Hope (AHoH) to provide much needed services to those who make their homes outdoors. We will present our contributions to AHoH in February so there’s still time to donate via the St. Anne’s donation page here. AHoH is a great organization looking out for our neighbors who need help. Know that your generosity will be put to good use.
 
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

Father, Your love is as wide as the oceans, as deep as the sea, and as tall as the heavens. May your spirit rise like a mighty wave and come and restore those who are ill. You are the water of life. You are a fresh spring. You are healing rain. In You there is calm, and the only true peace in the universe. Come, Lord, to all those who are in need. Amen

Family Cooking for the Lighthouse 

All are welcome to gather with friends you may be missing and to meet new friends as we prepare dinner for the Lighthouse Shelter. Join with us remotely on Zoom as we cook for our neighbors on Sunday, January 17 from 3:00 – 4:30 PM. If joining at that time is not possible, we may cook independently as well. Each of us will cook a portion of the meal, chill it overnight and deliver it to the Lighthouse on Monday. To learn more, contact Heather and Dave Strang at 443-995-3820 or thestrangs@verizon.net.

Women’s Retreat

FORM

Adult Forum
 

Dr. Riley Temple, Attorney, Author, Activist
What’s Theological in That? Hiding in plain sight: God in the gallery

Dr. Temple will lead us in a discussion of the presence of God in the arts–in the studio, on the screen and in the gallery.

Riley Temple is a principal in the Washington, D.C. strategic consulting firm, Temple Strategies. He is an avid supporter of the arts and is a co-founder of the True Colors Theatre Company, a national black theater company based in Atlanta, GA.  He endowed the David L. Temple, Sr. and Helen J. Temple Scholarship for Study Abroad and Visiting Lecture Series in Africana Studies at Lafayette College in Easton, PA.  He is a member of the Community and Friends Board of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, a board member of the Foundation for the National Archives and a member of the Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation. Dr. Temple received his JD degree from Georgetown University in 1974 and his AB degree from Lafayette College in 1971, which also awarded him an honorary Doctor of Laws degree in 2009. He has a master’s degree from Virginia Theological Seminary. He is the author of Aunt Ester’s Children Redeemed: Journeys to Freedom in August Wilson’s Ten Plays of Twentieth-Century Black America (Cascade, Eugene) 2017.

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. 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.