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Clergy Epistle

Beloved of St. Anne’s,

Thank you! 
These two words may seem simple, yet, it expresses a deep heartfelt sentiment rooted in a spiritual attitude rooted in gratitude for the ultimate gift of life that we receive from God.

For the past few months, many of us have been sheltering in place. Yet, St. Anne’s has been able to continue being the church through continuously worshipping, being rooted in prayer, and journeying with people through outreach.

 We have been able to do all of this because of your generosity!

Amidst the pandemic and global economic shutdown, you have contributed by your prayers and presence as well as the gift of your time, talent, and treasure in making an impact beyond Church Circle.

 Many of our ministries have continued in different forms. 

I am grateful to all who have facilitated this “on the fly” transition and the imagination and creativity through which you have engaged your ministry.

All that we are as a parish is rooted in knowing and loving God made incarnate in Jesus Christ.

Your love and care for the parish and all whom we touch has touched my heart. One example of this is when two members of the parish decided to offer an additional monthly gift designated to the Good Samaritan Fund. After discerning needs in the community, they divided some income they received from a rental property among four non-profit institutions. We were one of them!  When I asked them why they decided to dedicate this money to St. Anne’s, they replied, “It is because we recognize that there is much need and St. Anne’s makes a difference.” 

My “thank you”  comes from prayerful gratitude rooted in the love of Jesus and comes from the depths of my soul. 

 We are resuming in-person worship in a modified way soon. 

Details are forthcoming. While this has been a slow and trying process, I am grateful that the physical space at St. Anne’s will echo with the prayers of the current generation of the faithful.

I am grateful for your understanding as we temporarily make shifts in our worship schedule and the way in which we gather.

 I am grateful for the diversity of thought and for who you are as children of the living God. In my sermon on Sunday, I made reference to the great Christian witness of Mr. Rogers who took a stand against structures that besmirched the recognition of each and every individual as made in the image and likeness of the living God. While I remember Mr. Rogers’ witness, I am grateful for the witness of St. Anne’s in advancing the cause of God’s love for each and every human being through Jesus Christ. 

So, thank you!

Your pastor and servant,
Fr. Manoj 

 

 
 
Vestry Statement on Current Events

 

In response to racial violence and injustice against Black people, the Vestry of St. Anne’s unanimously approved the following statement: 

Jesus Christ instructs us to “Love one another, as I have loved you” (John 13:34). As followers of Christ, St. Anne’s rejects racism and racial injustice in all its forms. We will continue to spread the gospel of love, rooted in God’s justice and mercy, especially for those who suffer due to the color of their skin. Based on our Baptismal Covenant, we stand in solidarity with all who strive for justice and peace in order to respect the dignity of every human being (BCP, pp.304-305). St. Anne’s is listening and working to strengthen our partnership with those who are striving to live into the common good. We wholeheartedly support the efforts and guidance of our clergy, and we are committed to the ongoing work to end injustice.

We recognize our Christian duty to help end racism in our community through direct action.

Mark Grimes, Sr. Warden
Jason Houser, Jr. Warden

COVID-19 Update

Church Reopening
 
We are actively working toward the reopening of all of St. Anne’s facilities, especially the church for our first in-person worship service. More information regarding our reopening will be available starting next week. Please note that online worship will still be an option. 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. Additional guidelines will be provided for further best practices and procedures to utilize while at St. Anne’s. We continue to keep each one of you in our prayers and ask you to do the same until we can all worship together again.  More details will be announced on Sunday.
 
 
Jason Houser, Junior Warden
Caprice Turano, Manager of Buildings and Grounds
 
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 now have two opportunities for virtual Coffee, Fellowship, and Conversation.. Join us on Sundays, at 10:30. St. Anne’s clergy will join us and you can engage Rev. Jess in conversation about the sermon. Bring your coffee, tea, or water bottle, and click here to be welcomed into the conversation. The second opportunity is on Thursdays at 4:00 PM. We will use Zoom to host our time. Click here for that meeting.

 

Prayer for the Week

Father of goodness and love, hear our prayers for the sick members of our community and for all who are in need. Amid mental and physical suffering may they find consolation in your healing presence. Show your mercy as you close wounds, cure illness, make broken bodies whole, and free downcast spirits. May these special people find lasting health and deliverance, and so join us in thanking you for all your gifts. We ask this through the Lord Jesus who healed those who believed. 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

Recognition of High School and College Graduates

On July 5, we will be virtually recognizing and blessing our 2020 high school and college graduates. We need your help! To participate, please submit a 15-20 second video (mp4) of who you are; where you went to school; a few highlights of your accomplishments; and what your plans are for September. In lieu of a video, you can also send a picture with a short write-up. Please submit them to Connie Saeger, Minister for Congregational Life at clsaeger@stannes-annapolis.org by July 1.

 

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

Helping our Neighbors

St. Luke’s Food Pantry

 
St. Luke’s in Eastport holds their weekly food pantry on Tuesdays from 11:00 am to noon. Grocery stores are not able to fill their bulk food orders as they once did and the pantry is now in need of food. If you feel comfortable, they are accepting donations on Mondays from 10:00 to 11:00 AM outside of St. Luke’s at 1101 Bay Ridge Avenue. If you have any questions, please contact Rev. Jess at jsexton@stannes-annapolis.org.
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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.

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 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.