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St. Anne’s Episcopal Rainbow Group 

Celebrate Our Diversity and Welcoming Spirit with Us! 

St. Anne’s Episcopal Rainbow Group invites you to participate with us in Annapolis Pride’s Inaugural Parade on Saturday, June 29 at 12:00 PM.

St. Anne’s Episcopal Rainbow Group is walking in the parade to let all parade attendees know, especially LGBTQ+ individuals, we are a welcoming and inclusive church for all. All St. Anne’s clergy, staff, committees, and the entire congregation is invited to walk with the group in a show of solidarity; a demonstration of our diversity; and our committed welcoming spirit. Use this link to sign up for our booth at the festival: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0844A5AC2BA2FE3-stannes1

The parade starts at Amos Garrett Blvd. and proceeds along West Street to Calvert St. The route is 0.4 miles long and is expected to last about 45 minutes. Please join us!

 

 

Inaugural Welcoming Service

 

Join us for our inaugural Welcoming Service on June 30 at 9:30 AM. We are excited to welcome our guest preacher, The Rev. Dr. Sheila N. McJilton, the Rector of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Laurel, Maryland.
 
What is a welcoming service?
This service will celebrate how our church is a welcoming and loving community of faith in Annapolis. What will make this service different than a typical Sunday in Ordinary time is our reaffirmation of our Baptismal Covenant. We will reaffirm our baptismal vows promising to love and respect the dignity of every human being to remind us of God’s love for all of us. This service is for all groups and ministries at St. Anne’s. The Rainbow Group will be hosting coffee hour and providing rainbow ribbons as we have welcomed them as a new ministry this year.
 
 

 

Cemetery News

 

The Cemetery Committee would like to thank Susan Fowler, Ed Helin, Jer Chambers, Mary Sophia Smith, Elvia Thompson and Judy Templeton for coming out on Saturday morning with short notice to work on ivy removal from the redbud trees lining the streets along the Cedar Bluff side of our cemetery and clearing out an overgrown garden at the entrance to that section of the cemetery. We worked for about three hours to get the garden cleaned out and planted again and five trees free from choking ivy.
 
 

 

Back to School Backpack Program 2019

 

Although summer vacation has just begun for many our students, planning is already under way for our Back to School Backpack program, which begins in July.  We will provide backpacks filled with school supplies for 130 children in need (Kindergarten through 5th Grade). Of these, 118 students are from our neighbor, Annapolis Elementary School, and 12 are from elsewhere in the county where there is also a need.  Beginning July 7, a bulletin board will be set up in the Narthex with the names and grades of the children in need of the backpacks. Parishioners are encouraged to take one or more of the names and shop for the backpack and school supplies that will be listed on each individual name card.  Please be sure to put your name and phone number on the signup sheet, alongside the name of the child you select.  Cash donations to the program are also welcomed.  The money will be used to purchase much needed additional supplies, such as school uniforms for those who need assistance or supplies for families who join AES later in the school year.  Filled backpacks can be returned to St. Anne’s no later than Aug. 11. Contact Howard Buskirk at 703 598-1800 and Mary Greczyn at 703-798-3676 or howardbmaryg@gmail.comfor additional information.

 
 
 

 

EfM: Education for Ministry

A program of Theological Education by Extension

EfM seminars will begin meeting at St. Anne’s this fall. A minimum of six people must register for a group to begin. The seminars follow an academic year and will begin in September 2019 and end in June 2020. We are recruiting those interested in this kind of serious religious study. The enrollment fee is $375. To register, for more information, or to request a prospectus please contact Meg Kimble, EfM Diocesan Coordinator at 410-349-7347 or email meg.kimble@verizon.net or visit the EfM webpage at http://efm.sewanee.edu/

EfM is a distance-learning program of the School of Theology of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. Completion of the program takes four years, during which participants study the Bible, church history, and twentieth century theology, Participants commit one year at a time to meet regularly in seminars led by a trained mentor. EfM provides a comprehensive, experiential education in the foundations and messages of our Christian faith.

It is for the laity of the church. Every Christian receives the call to Christ’s ministry at baptism. EfM provides the basics of a theological education in order to develop knowledge and confidence about the ministry we all share. You will find that EfM teaches you how to think theologically, deepens your faith and your understanding of our Christian heritage, and provides you with a new confidence to be Christ’s minister.

EfM has been a part of the adult education program at St. Anne’s for many years. . Every baptized person is called to ministry. During the service of confirmation we ask God to “Renew in these your servants the covenant you made with them at Baptism. Send them forth in the power of the Spirit to perform the service you set before them.” The Education for Ministry Program (EfM) provides people with an opportunity to discover how to respond to the call to Christian service and carry out their ministries.

 
 
 

 

Update: Building Relationships with St. Philip’s

In December, The Rev. Randy Callender of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church preached at St. Anne’s and brought to our attention that within our shared history, deep wounds still exist. A number of St. Anne’s parishioners have begun a journey with the long term hope that through exploration of and engagement with our history we will bring about healing and more meaningful collaboration with St. Philip’s parishioners. We aspire to be an example of healing and reconciliation through active listening, engaging in the woundedness of the past, and living into our baptismal covenant.

What we have done recently:

  • Twenty parishioners participated in a book discussion with St. Philip’s and St. Martin’s in-the-Field in February precipitating interest in learning more about our collective past.
  • St. Philip’s Anti-Racism Committee coordinator invited us to meet with members of their committee to discuss our expectations and hopes in building a relationship between our churches. The Rev. Canon Christine McCloud led a discussion with 25 parishioners on June 2 to talk about what we want and expect out of a relationship prior to the meeting.
  • On June 3, seven parishioners from the group the day before met with three of their committee members and their Deacon, The Rev. Corby Zeren. From this meeting both churches agreed that our future work will include learning our shared history, and documenting the stories of St. Philip’s parishioners as well as our own.

What will be done:

  • Each church will have a separate book study of John Eric Fredland’s book, The Church in the Circle: The History of St. Anne’s, Annapolis. A discussion of the text will take place on Wednesday, August 14 at 6:00 PM in the Parish Hall.
  • The churches will reconvene for a comparative discussion of the text and determine together what additional questions or information we need to research.
  • Fifteen parishioners from each church will be chosen to participate in the diocesan workshop, Seeing the Face of God in Each Other. The workshop will be held in the fall to assist in facilitating future conversations between our churches on race. A date for this workshop will be announced next week.
  • Conversations about our shared history will hopefully open doors for learning, understanding, and new relationships.

How you can get involved:

  • Sign-up here for updates on this ministry!
  • Join the book study on August 14th.
  • Participate in the workshop with The Rev. Canon Christine McCloud in the fall.
  • Pray: Gracious and Holy God, guide our parish as we engage in your holy work of reconciliation with our brothers and sisters at St. Philip’s. Let us be mindful that we are interconnected in many ways which only increases our sorrows of our past difficulties. But with that interconnectedness we have a greater responsibility to be signs of your peace and love to your family. Open our hearts and minds to truly hear the stories shared. To not be on the defensive but to show compassion. Help us to be your beloved community. Amen. 

Why we are doing this ministry:

An act of love is listening and acknowledging each other’s story. St. Philip’s originated as a mission church of St. Anne’s and they are part of our story but we don’t know all of it. By learning our collective history and engaging in conversation we hope to build a stronger relationship with St. Philip’s to heal the wounds of the past and move forward together.

What’s the real history:

We have a lot more questions than answers about our history with St. Philip’s: Were slaves allowed to worship at St. Anne’s prior to the establishment of St. Philip’s? What led to the development of St. Philip’s? Over the years, was there a relationship between the two churches? What happened in the 1960’s when the government bought St. Philip’s land and both churches contemplated merging? We have a rich history at St. Anne’s and it’s important for us to learn even the difficult parts of our story. These accounts make it possible for us to see how far we have come and how much farther we have to go to love our neighbor.

This is a wonderful learning opportunity and we hope you will join us!

Contact The Rev. Jessica Sexton at jsexton@stannes-annapolis.org if you have any additional questions.

 
 
 

 

2019 Men’s Retreat

September 20 – 22, 2019 at the Memorial House in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

 
St. Anne’s men are responding to Bishop Curry’s challenge to commit to The Way of Life by focusing on it at the Men’s Retreat. We will study the seven topics of this
process and consider how to begin to write a Rule of Life for ourselves. For more information, click here.
 
 

 

Women’s Bible Study

Women’s Bible Study meets the first Saturday of every month.  The next meeting will be June 1 from 10:00 to 11:00 AM in the Church Choir Room.  We will study the sixth chapter of Galatians.

 

Women’s Retreat

 

Children and Youth Ministry

Children and Youth Events

Very Big Story Camp (Children and Youth)

Don’t forget to sign-up your child for Very Big Story Camp, and your middle and high school youth for Jr. Counselors. This year’s  camp will be held July 8 to 12, from 9:00 AM to noon. We are pleased that this year we will have more music and art. If your child or youth plays a musical instrument, likes doing skits, enjoys singing, enjoys art, and wants to reflect on God’s awesome love, you don’t want to miss this year’s camp!  Sign-up using our Sign-Up Genius link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0D4FACAC23A1F85-early .

New Acolyte, Youth Lector Sign-Up

We are recruiting young people to be acolytes and readers (lectors) for the 9:30 AM service. Acolytes need to be no younger than rising second graders and Lectors must be good readers. We will offer training mid-June. If your child is interested, please  let Connie know.

Sycamore Tree (Children’s Worship)

The Sycamore Tree will be held at the 9:30 AM and 11:00 AM services through the summer.

Middle School Mission Trip to Appalachia

Be the Peace – Thus you shall salute him: “Peace be to you, and peace be to your house, and peace be to all that you have.” 1 Samuel 25:6

 Appalachia Service Project (ASP).   First Presbyterian Church and St Anne’s will come together this summer and head to Jonesville, VA to serve the local residents on a much-needed service project in their community. For more information check out the link below.   RSVP to Miss Good if you are interested in participating!  SPACE IS LIMITED. Registration and $175.00 non-refundable deposit cutoff is Wednesday, February 27. However if all the slots are filled we will cutoff registration earlier. 

Who:  Middle school students, who have completed the 6th-8th grades with adult chaperones. We have 10 youth slots available.

What:  Learn about and provide service and home repair to a family in Central Appalachia with JAM. https://www.asphome.org/jam/#more

Where:  We will be housed for this program at the ASP-owned facility in Jonesville, Virginia and travel to a family’s home.

Cost: $325/person/week. This cost will cover food, housing, programming, construction tools, and materials for your entire week of service. Scholarships available. $175 due at registration, and $150 is due by July 1. Please note: Transportation costs will be funded by fundraisers and both congregations.

Why:  ASP offers Middle school students a chance to complete hands-on service and sets them up to continue to serve throughout their lives. At ASP, they are able to truly make a difference for both local homeowners and the community with meaningful projects, while still having age-specific programming in place. We firmly believe that young people can change the world, so come join us soon and see for yourself!

For more information or to sign up for any of the above events, contact Connie Saeger at clsaeger@stannes-annapolis.org or 443-808-1361.

 

Women’s Retreat

 

Current Volunteer and Service Opportunities

Habitat for Humanity

St. Anne’s parishioners have been busy this spring working on a Habitat house on Clay Street.  The renovated house is due to be completed this summer, and a new homeowner has already been selected and is putting in her “sweat equity” hours, working alongside volunteers with the Annapolis Interfaith Coalition.  Pictured are St. Anne’s hard working volunteers Mike Creighton, Phil Reynolds and Bill Malicki.  For information about Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake or to volunteer, contact Linda Silva at momsmail2@gmail.com.

Light House Shelter
 
 
 
Cooking for the Light House
 
St. Anne’s and the Men’s Huddle provide and cook the evening meal at the Light House the first Wednesday of every month.  We cook our items at home and gather at the Light House at 5:00 PM to serve the dinner. After serving, we get a plate and sit to eat and converse with the guests.  We are usually done by 7:00 PM.
 
On June 5, we served a chicken dinner with several kinds of chicken (baked, fried, barbeque, etc)  Thank you John Merrick, Tripp and Carol Trippitelli, Gail Fowler, Monica and Bill Barry, Mark Minik, Lynne Mortoro, Fran Spector, Bob Sherer, and Page Lyon.

Our next meal is July 3.  Since it is so close to July 4, many volunteers will be away.  We are trying to keep the meal simple with little or no cooking at the shelter.  We need 2 people to provide a spiral cut ham, coleslaw for 40 people, macaroni and cheese, 5 dozen rolls and a tub of butter, tossed salad, drinks (iced tea mix and 2 jars juice) and dessert.  As always, the shelter needs a gallon of milk and a dozen eggs for breakfasts. To help, contact Nancy Greeley at 410 224-2975 or momgreeley@aol.com or john Merrick at jayannp@aol.com

 
 
Family Cooking for the Light House 
 
 

The St. Anne’s Family Cooking at the Light House  ministry encourages St. Anne families to volunteer together to lovingly prepare, cook, and serve a meal for residents of the shelter. Family Cooking at the Light House is held monthly on the 3rd Monday of every month. This is a wonderful bonding experience for families. It is an excellent opportunity for children to see their parents giving their time and talent. It also teaches youth about sharing our abundant wealth and resources with those less fortunate. Eating with the residents after serving also enriches the service learning of the ministry and teaches our youth that shelter residents are no less valuable than they are. Family cooking is also an excellent community service event for teenagers needing volunteer hours.

I am always looking for volunteer families to come prepare, cook, and serve a meal for approximately 60 residents. Children 11 years old and over are welcome to participate in family cooking. Each month I need 2 – 3 families to prepare a main course, side dishes, and dessert. You decide the menu, so family favorite recipes are always welcome! I pair up new families with experienced ones, so no one is overwhelmed, and I am most often there for support and help and to oversee things. To learn more about participating or if you are interested in volunteering please contact Jill Lake at jilllake3@yahoo.com or 443-433-2373. Sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0844a5ac2ba2fe3-stannes

 

 

Women’s Retreat

 

Pastoral Care

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? Stephen Ministers care by listening, supporting and encouraging, praying, being dependable and trustworthy and maintaining strict confidentiality in their caregiving. 

.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 Lori Marchant, 443-994-5858, lorimarchant2011@gmail.com.

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.