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Clergy Epistle


Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
This past Sunday we encountered one of the greatest verses in our faith: John 3:16. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.”
God’s love is one of the central themes in the Gospel of John. And we are asked to consider our response to the supreme example of divine love found in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. What does it mean that God loves the world — the good, the bad and the indifferent?
Craig R. Koester, writing in “The Word of Life,” his commentary on the gospel, says: “If on one level the crucifixion conveys Jesus’ love for those who followed him, on another level it conveys God’s love for the world that hated him.”
That should give us pause. Imagine yourself standing at the cross and looking up at Jesus. He is there because he loves you, whoever you are and despite whatever you have done. As St. Augustine said: “God loves each one of us as if there was only one of us to love.”
Yet, what words come to mind? I thought of the old hymn that begins: “O love, how deep, how broad, how high.” I also found myself joining with Nicodemus who, during his encounter with Jesus, asked: “How can these things be?”
Love has been made manifest. And with this manifestation comes three questions: What have I done for Christ? What am I doing for Christ? What ought I to do for Christ?
Fr. Dion
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Coronavirus Updates
  • For our Rector’s Response to Bishop Sutton’s Letter on Coronavirus Precautions, please click here.
  • To read Bishop Sutton’s letter, please click here.
  • The following events have been canceled or postponed:
    • Easter Basket Ministry: Canceled but additional ways to support families in our community will be shared soon.
    • Rainbow Brunch: Canceled for March.
    • Evening Prayer and Episcopal Experience: Canceled
    • Adult Forum: Canceled
    • Women’s Retreat: Postponed
    • Newcomer’s Brunch: Canceled
    • Cancellation of meetings does not apply to support groups such as AA, NA and EDA.
Worship Resources
Fr. Manoj, Fr. Dion, and Rev. Jess will be live streaming The Liturgy of the Word, from an undisclosed location, at 9:30 AM on March 15 and March 22, 2020. We invite you to prayerfully participate with us online by clicking here. Bulletins for the services will be available on the website. The service will conclude at the Peace. We anticipate being able to upload the sermons.
Children’s Resources can be found as follows. Please click on the words for the link to the documents:
Easter Memorial Flowers

Easter Memorial Flower cards are in each pew and may be filled out for Easter flowers in memory or in honor of those you wish to have included in the list for our Easter bulletin.  The deadline for turning in these cards and donations is by end of business on Friday, April 3.




Ideas for Lenten Discipline from the Environmental Ministry 

Are you looking to take on a discipline for Lent? Here are some ideas that will help you to add to your Care for God’s Creation:


  • Give up plastic grocery bags. Tie a ribbon onto your steering wheel to remind you to take a recyclable bag with you when you go into the grocery store.
  • Give up plastic straws. Ask your waiter if the restaurant uses plastic straws. If they don’t, do without.
  • Take a bag with you when you take walks and pick up any trash that you find along the way. This will keep the trash out of our waterways.
  • Take your own travel coffee mug into the coffee shop with you.
  • Don’t forget to drop off your wine corks at the parish house. The box is empty as of this week.
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Children and Youth Ministry

Children and Youth Events

Middle and High School Mission Trip to Appalachia

If you have a middle or high school young person who would feel good about repairing a home for a family in Appalachia, please join us Sunday, March 15 at noon. You will learn about Appalachia Service Project, and how you can be the hands and heart of Jesus by making a difference in the quality of life for one family. This meeting is for parents and young people. The trip will provide fun, prayer, and work with other young people from around the country. Together we will look at our calendars and plan the date. Please RSVP to Connie Saeger at or 443-808-1361.

High School Seniors Harrison Sayre Award

Graduating high school seniors can apply for the Harrison Sayre Award. The award is given annually to a high school senior who has been active is some aspect of St. Anne’s life (choir, acolyte, youth group, outreach ministries, etc) and is planning on attending a two or four year college or university the following fall.  The award money is intended to help defray the cost of college textbooks. Applications will be available on line in March and should be submitted by April 20. The award will be announced at a church service to honor all graduating seniors.  If you have any questions, contact Nancy Greeley at

Harrison Sayre was a long time active member of St. Anne’s Church.  When he died in March 2005, friends, family and fellow parishioners donated money to set up an award in his name.  Mr. Sayre was interested in young people and their education.  A committee made up of a clergy member, a member of the memorials committee and members of the Sayre family will select the recipient.  The award will be announced at a church service to honor all graduating seniors.  If you have any questions, contact Nancy Greeley at


Very Big Story Camp

Join us for a week of spirit-filled fun as St. Anne’s & First Presbyterian churches partner for Very Big Story Camp exploring the theme: You Are a New Creation in Christ. July 6-10 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM with option of an extended camp until 4:00 PM. Children between the age of 4 through rising 5th graders will learn about the transformation of butterflies and explore how Christians are a new creation in Christ. Morning camp will run from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM and is free to all families The extended camp will run from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM at a cost of $175. Register here: The deadline to register is Wednesday, June 24. For questions, please contact Connie Saeger at or 443-808-1361.

To register, please click here. The deadline to register is Wednesday, June 24.


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Current Volunteer and Service Opportunities

Light House Shelter

The Light House Homeless Prevention Support Center has served the community as a basic needs provider of food, shelter and support services for over 30 years. They rebuild lives with compassion by providing shelter and services to prevent homelessness and empower people as they transition toward employment, housing and self-sufficiency.

If you have never volunteered with Light House and would like to learn more please visit their website at Thank you for your support!


Cooking for the Light House

St. Anne’s and the Men’s Bible Study group provide and serve the evening meal at the Light House the first Wednesday of every month.

On March 4 we served one of the resident’s favorite meals – fajitas. Thank you John Merrick, Nancy Steere, Dona Weingarten, Glenn and Lynn Mortoro, Ron Ricketts, Linda Silva, Harry and Jean Jaecks, Kathy Allen, Page Lyon, Wayne and Linda Adamson, Gail Fowler and Nancy Greeley

For Wednesday, April 1, we are serving meatloaf.  We need 3 volunteers to make a meatloaf using 3-4 pounds of ground beef, tossed salad, two people to provide about 4 dozen small roasted potatoes, 5 dozen dinner rolls and a tub of butter/margarine, frozen green beans (about 5 large bags or 140 oz), 2 jars of juice and dessert.  We also need a half gallon milk and a dozen eggs for shelter use.

To volunteer, contact Nancy Greeley at 410-224-2975 or or John Merrick at


Family Cooking at the Light House

Nearly 20 years ago our community began as parents and young children cooking dinner joyfully in the parish hall kitchen for residents at the Light House in its first dedicated building on West Street. We gathered once a month to create the meal and carried it to the Light House to serve. Since then, we have grown into a community of parents, teens, children, singles, friends, and grandparents cooking onsite at the Light House on Hudson Street, all with the same joyful and loving intention of cooking and serving family as family. 

St. Anne’s is inviting all who may be interested in this ministry to consider guiding our community along the future path, offering loving relationship with our neighbors at the Light House. There are many ways to engage. For more information about cooking in community or about joining in the next cooking/serving days, on Monday, March 16, or April 20, contact Dave and Heather Strang at or 443-995-3820.

“For I was hungry and you gave me food, and I was thirsty and you gave me drink. I was a stranger and you took me in. ..’Amen, I say to you, as much as you have done to one of these my little brothers, you have done that to me.”  Matthew 25:35, 40

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Pastoral Care

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.

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? 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 or Carol Leach, 410-263-1752.

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 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  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. 
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News from the Diocese

Join Bishop Sutton on a South Africa Pilgrimage of Creation, Reconciliation and Hope

Bishop Sutton will travel to both Cape Town and Johannesburg, visiting historic sites related to Apartheid, President Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. He invites the Diocese of Maryland to tour the countryside, including nature preserves, whale watching and a safari. Then spend two nights at an Anglican monastery, but otherwise stay in hotels. Most meals and all transportation will be included in the price. The trip will take place November 6-18, 2020, and if you sign up with the diocese please let Rev. Jess know so that we can pray for your journey.  Additional information here.

Maryland Episcopal Public Policy (MEEP) Network – Posts

For MEEP updates, please visit their Facebook site here.