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Clergy Epistle

This Most Precious Thing
 
What is the Kingdom of God? Jesus sought to answer that question last Sunday with a series of wonderfully evocative parables. The images were earthy, not other worldly.
 
The kingdom was a mustard seed that grew into a large bush where all manner of God’s creatures found a home. It was yeast leavening a batch of dough. It was treasure, hidden in a field; a pearl worth a merchant’s an entire stock.
 
The parables tell us the Kingdom of God is a most precious thing. They also tell us that it can be obtained. The treasure is found. The pearl is bought. This is the good news, the gospel Jesus brings to us. Our task is to live in the understanding that we don’t have to wait for the Kingdom of God.
 
As Jesus said in the Gospel of Thomas: “The Kingdom of the Father is spread out upon the earth but men do not see it.” To this we add a line from Eucharistic Prayer C: “Open our eyes to see your hand at work in the world about us.” Lord, open our eyes to see your kingdom.
 
Several of you read Matthew 13 and offered some beautiful insights about your conception of the Kingdom of God. You saw it as a place of discernment, not judgment; a place where wheat and weeds not only grow together, but possibly need each other to bring about God’s mysterious cross-pollination.
 
People were fulfilled in the Kingdom, in the sense that their gifts were encouraged and allowed to flourish. All were gathered together, and no one was thrown into the outer darkness.
 
Your yearning for the Kingdom also called for a fierce love and a deep, resolute faith, such as that embodied in the life and witness of Congressman John R. Lewis. So, as we strive to obtain this most precious kingdom, let us be inspired by these words from one of our parishioners: “Love like it will save the world.”
 
 Amen.
Fr. Dion

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

Dear Lord,
You are the wind in my sails.
You guide me as I steer and find direction.

You give me the strength to keep on going.
You watch over me as I navigate stormy seas.

You are the harbor where I stop for rest.
You encourage me when I lose hope.
You are the lighthouse that keeps my path safe.
You are with me always. Thank you for your protection and care.
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

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Children and Youth Ministry

St. Anne’s Youth Confirmation
I will, with God’s help is the theme and curriculum of St. Anne’s Youth Confirmation Program for teens between the ages of 15 and 18. Beginning on Sunday, August 16 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM, (following the 5:30 service) we will gather using Zoom and explore our faith and form a deeper understanding of what is means to be a Christian in the Episcopal Church. Due to the current pandemic, we will begin our program with the education component, and will later integrate service projects that reflect living-out the call for Christians to serve the Lord. We do not have a date for Confirmation, but as soon as the Bishop deems it appropriate, we will schedule a date. I hope and pray that it can be during the Easter Season 2021. Please click here to register. For a syllabus, please visit our website. If you have questions please contact Connie Saeger, Minister for Congregational Life at clsaeger@stannes-annapolis.org
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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.

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.