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Clergy Epistle

“Let them grow together.” That is the curious advice from last week’s gospel.

Wheat and weed: Let them grow. Underground, their roots are entangled. To pull up one is to uproot the other. Apparently, the weed referred to in our gospel looks just like wheat when it first grows. Only later, as each plant grows into the fullness of itself, is its true nature known.  And who knows what mysterious, sanctifying and redeeming work God may be bringing about?

Our job is to do the work we have been given to do and trust in the slow work of God.

Now, I know sometimes it is hard to be patient and trust in God’s final judgment. But so we must. Patience does not mean inaction. Work, watch. Wait.

Know that God hears our daily prayer: “Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done on Earth as it is in heaven.”

This week, I invite you to read through Matthew 13. Spend some time reading and praying about the Kingdom of God.  What does it look like? How do you imagine it?

Last week’s gospel, along with today’s and next week’s are all taken from Matthew 13, and all are concerned with the Kingdom.  Jesus describes it as a pearl, a mustard seed, or, as in today’s passage, the world in which good and evil co-exist in a tense relationship until the Second Coming of the Son of Man. I’d be curious to hear what ideas and images come to mind for you.

Now, I’ll leave you with a few words from Congressman John Lewis, the civil rights leader who has left us. He was an eloquent witness of faithful, determined perseverance and patient trust in the slow work of God.

“Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful. Be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year. It is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.”

Spoken like a true disciple of the One who turned over the tables of the money-changers in the temple, who challenged the powers of His age, and gave himself to see us free.

Amen

View last Sunday’s service here.

 
 

A Note from Our Rector, The Rev. Manoj Mathew Zacharia

St. Anne’s clergy have not requested gift cards. Should there be a request for aid, we will ask congregants to contribute directly to St. Anne’s through our designated Good Samaritan Fund.

COVID-19 Update

 

Church Reopening
St. Anne’s has reopened for in-person worship. Services are at 11:15 AM and 5:30 PM. You must register each week for our in person services. Registration runs from the Sunday one week before the service through noon on the Friday before the service. More information regarding our reopening, including videos and registration links, is available on our website. Please note that online worship will still be an option at 9:30 AM on YouTube. In order to keep our community safe and healthy upon returning, please be prepared to wear a face covering and practice 6-foot social distancing at all times. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Virtual Worship

How Can I Worship?In these extraordinary times, we are excited to continue worshiping together virtually! Our Sunday morning 9:30 service, Holy Week services and Daily Evening Prayer are just some of the virtual offerings at St. Anne’s. For more information on these services, click here.

Coffee, Fellowship and Conversation

Missing conversations with your St. Anne’s community? We are returning to church and with our new worship schedule is a new time for fellowship. Through the summer months, from 10:15 AM to 10:45 AM, Coffee, Conversation, and Fellowship will be held via Zoom after the 9:30 live-stream service. Bring your coffee and click here to attend Coffee, Conversation, and Fellowship. For questions, contact Connie Saeger clsaeger@stannes-annapolis.org.

 

Prayer for the Week

Almighty God, you are the only source of health and healing. In you there is calm, and the only true peace in the universe. Grant to each one of us your children an awareness of your presence, and give us perfect confidence in you. In all pain and weariness and anxiety teach us to yield ourselves to your never-failing care, knowing that your love and power surround us, trusting in your wisdom and providence to give us health and strength and peace when your time is best; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Centering Prayer Group Moves to Zoom!

Our Centering Prayer group is now gathering together via Zoom and you all are welcome to join us the first and third Tuesdays of the month 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM.  If you are new to Zoom, I will walk you through how to join for free and meet with us.  The source of Centering Prayer is the indwelling Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  The focus of Centering Prayer is the deepening of our relationship with the living Christ.  It builds communities of faith and bonds the members together in mutual friendship and love.

Please email me if you’d like to join us:  carollleach@gmail.com

Women’s Retreat

Children and Youth Ministry

Children and Youth Events

 

Connect to Someone at St. Anne’s

Brighten someone’s day by choosing a card to send to a member of St. Anne’s family. Your card will be sent to someone in a nursing home, someone who is home alone or someone who needs to be cheered up. Templates for the cards can be found here. Once you have created your card, either scan and email them to Connie Saeger-Proctor at clsaeger@stannes-annapolis.org or mail them to St. Anne’s office at 199 Duke of Gloucester Street, Annapolis, MD 21401.

Flat Jesus

Feeling the need to connect your children with their St. Anne’s friends? We know we cannot meet in person, so let’s add some fun things for us to do. Download a flat Jesus, color him, and cut him out. As you go through your daily activities, take a picture of where you have invited Jesus to be with you. My flat Jesus will be with us in the Sycamore Tree on Sunday at 12:30 PM. Send your pictures to me at clsaeger@stannes-annapolis.org and we will post them on our website. If you are cautious about your child’s identity use flat Jesus in a picture without your child and his or her first initial with a description of where Jesus was invited.

 

Older Children and Youth Reflections

Would your child or young person like to help us reflect on Scripture in daily life? We are looking for those who are willing to read an assigned (short) Scripture and reflect on what it means to him/her. This may be done on a video or printed. Children may also be recorded saying a prayer. Reflections and prayers will be posted on our website. Contact Connie Saeger at clsaeger@stannes-annapolis.org if you are interested in participating.

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Outreach

Partners in Mission in Guatemala

Update: Emergency Food Distributions in Guatemala

As many of you know, Partners in Mission in Guatemala has been collecting donations to mitigate the severe food shortage in rural Guatemala that has resulted from the pandemic. The illness, isolation, and economic fallout have touched us all, but their effects are felt most acutely for marginalized and impoverished groups, both here and abroad. In Guatemala, where anti-Mayan sentiments linger and decades of government-led genocide remain fresh in the mind, there is little support for the indigenous people of the highlands region during this pandemic. A total loss of work has left the people with no income. Harvest season won’t arrive for months. The government has fallen far, far short of its promise to provide even supplemental rations. To put it simply, Guatemala has left the Mayan people to starve. Partners in Mission has been raising funds to distribute food to our main partner community, Chujulimul I. With your generous donations, we have sent more than $27,000 over four months. This means that your gifts have protected 400 families from knowing hunger since April — approximately 2,800 people. Thank you so much for your generous contributions, and know that the mothers and fathers of Chujulimul thank you from the bottom of their hearts! Let’s celebrate the good that we have accomplished together and with God’s help. At Partners in Mission, we thank the St. Anne’s community for all it has done to feed our dear friends. Still, we dare not rest. The virus shows no signs of slowing, and despite the country’s intentions for a gradual reopening, hazy details and a history of corruption make it impossible for our friends to count on a prompt return to stable work. We are committed to doing all that we can to feed the people of Chujulimul until the country stabilizes. For more information about the developing situation in Guatemala and our response, please contact Partners in Mission chair Kev Hays, kashays84@gmail.com. We always welcome donations as we continue this effort, either by check made out to St. Anne’s with Partners in Mission in Guatemala on the memo line or via the St. Anne’s donation page.

St. Anne’s Back to School Backpack Program

We are still discerning how to reimagine St. Anne’s Back-to-School Backpack Program in light of the uncertainty over what school will look like this fall. Our ministry is in touch with Annapolis Elementary School to follow what the plans are for AES. Once decisions are made about what combination of online versus in-person classes might be expected this fall, we will have a better understanding of supply lists, specific needs for students for the coming school year and how our parish community can help. Stay tuned for more details. For questions, please contact Mary Greczyn or Howard Buskirk at howardbmaryg@gmail.com.

Stanton Community Center

This Fall, the Stanton Community Center will be starting additional activities for the children that attend the Homework Club as well as other youth in the Clay Street neighborhood. A sewing class and a woodworking class will be offered each week. Volunteers with expertise in sewing or woodworking are needed to offer instruction to the children. You can volunteer for the whole semester or just a class or two. Classes will be offered when volunteers are available in the evenings or the weekend. Please contact Townsend McNitt at: Townsendmcnitt@gmail.com  for more information

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Current Volunteer and Service Opportunities

The Light House

Walking with Friends at the Light House 

“Do you love me?” Jesus said to Peter for the third time. “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”
Jesus said,”Feed my sheep.” John 21:17

Thank you St. Anne’s friends for your loving support recently in providing dinner for our brothers and sisters at The Light House.  St. Anne’s Cooking at Light House and Family Cooking for Light House invites you to join us as we walk with the individuals and families experiencing homelessness and poverty who are most vulnerable during this crisis to learn more about the fruits of partnering in this loving and sustaining way. While safety advises that meals be prepared in house only,  we can provide the necessary grocery money for a sustainable operation. The best way to stand with our vulnerable community of Lighthouse residents at this time is to consider making a gift to support their grocery bill for meals — you can do so by clicking here. For a list of the most urgent pantry food needs for drop off, click here.

St. Anne’s ministries have a long and loving history of sharing in partnership with many churches and groups in our town, and the need is even greater now during the current COVID-19 crisis. Please consider sharing in a way that nourishes our neighbors experiencing homelessness and poverty, those most vulnerable during this crisis.

While we cannot cook and serve in the Light House kitchen, a sustainable and abundant option for helping has opened up.

With the onset of stay-at-home orders and social distancing guidelines, Light House transitioned from a volunteer-supported food program, to one overseen entirely by staff.  Shortly after this challenging transition, leadership at the Light House Bistro stepped in to prepare and deliver boxed meals daily to Light House residents in the shelter, in off-site hotel rooms, and at their transitional housing properties. Light House Bistro has also been organizing thousands of pounds of perishable and non-perishable pantry food each week, distributing it during Light House pantry hours, and delivering it to other food distribution locations throughout the county. Boxed meals, pantry bags, and basic needs kits are also being prepped by Light House Bistro and taken by case managers to local homeless tent encampments in the area.

Light House Bistro may have temporarily closed its doors in March, but this social enterprise developed by The Light House Homeless Prevention Support Center has been hard at work. The mission of this full-service restaurant and catering social enterprise is to change lives one meal at a time by providing training and job opportunities for graduates of Light House programs. Now they are also changing lives during the COVID-19 crisis by providing our most vulnerable neighbors with hot meals and pantry items.  For a fuller story, click here.

For more information, please contact, Nancy Greeley, at momgreeley@aol.com, or Heather and Dave Strang at thestrangs@verizon.net.

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Pastoral Care

Love Heals – A Prayer from the Stephen Ministry Team

Bless us almighty God during our time of need. Fill our bishops, clergy and churches with compassion and the power of the Holy Spirit. Give our leaders the wisdom to bring us through the Covid-19 crisis. Break down all barriers and unite them as they govern are nation. Loving God, support and protect all healthcare providers as they care for the afflicted. Help us to live out your greatest commandment to love each other, and so strengthen us to care for others in their time of need that we may commend their healing to your infinite mercy. All this we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

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.

Ministry of Prayer at St. Anne’s

James 5:16: Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.
 
 
A group of St. Anne’s parishioners dedicated to daily intercessory prayer is looking for like-minded souls to join them in this ministry. Previously known as the “prayer chain,” the ministry will bring an added dimension to the prayer life of St. Anne’s. If you feel the Holy Spirit may be calling you to this ministry, please spend some time in discernment and listen for the “still, small voice.” For more information, reach out to Fr. Dion at dthompson@stannes-annapolis.org or Adela Rose at adelarose41@aol.com, or telephone/text 443-924-1726. If no one answers, please leave your name and number. You will be contacted. As we go forward, know that all prayer requests brought to the group will be held in the strictest confidence, and that no request is too small for God. We look forward to hearing from you!
Stephen Ministry

The COVID-19 virus has changed our church-life, as well as other areas of our lives, due to efforts to keep us well and safe.  Please know that St. Anne’s Stephen Ministers have continued to faithfully meet with their Care Receivers by phone every week to give emotional and spiritual support to those in need.  All conversations are always confidential. The daily reports of increases in the number of virus cases across the country, the negative effects on businesses, schools, jobs, etc. make us wonder when will it end?   The stress caused by worry and fear of the unknown can slowly build and negatively affect us physically and mentally.  It often helps to talk to someone who will listen without judgement or advice, a compassionate ear and heart, someone who really hears what one is saying, thinking and feeling.  If you are experiencing any of the stress related issues below or would like to speak to someone about a different issue, please know our Stephen Leaders and Ministers welcome talking with you on the phone.

+  Anxiety                  + Difficulty sleeping             + Financial worries

+ Feeling sad             + Lack usual energy              + Fears about health

+ Loneliness              + Fear of the future               + Marriage difficulties

+  Job concerns         + Poor concentration          + Anxiety leaving your house

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 spencerpatricia1968@gmail.com
For more information on Pastoral Care, click here.
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.