St. Anne’s Weekly eBlast 

  Our call at St. Anne’s is to Enlarge the circle in order to reflect the love of Christ by Building, Engaging, Evangelizing, and Forming Disciples.

 
 

BUILD

 

Clergy Epistle

Today is the 5th Sunday in Lent and our lectionary is one that speaks about change and making space in our lives for God. Our Gospel lesson is about hope and giving things up to discard the old and make space for the new.
 
In the lesson, Jesus traveled to Jerusalem and was being received well by the community. The people were happy to meet the man who could raise the dead, heal, and feed thousands of people at a time. The Pharisees did not share in the enthusiasm and were concerned about how this man would violate the laws that they practiced.
 
Jesus shared a story of wheat and how it represents loss, renewal, and hope. He was also giving us insight about the pattern of loss and renewal that runs through our lives.
 
Think about the times in your life you have given something up to create a new opportunity or experience. During this Holy Lent, God is inviting us to look at our lives and recast our future with him.
 
 
Rev. Kathy+
View last week’s sermon here. 
 
Reopening & Holy Week Schedule 

It is with GREAT JOY we announce our reopening!

 There are many opportunities for both in-person and virtual worship, please see our schedule for Holy Week and Easter services.

*There is limited seating, and we ask that you reserve a seat if you wish to attend. To reserve, please email Nikki Aseltine at nikkia@stannes-annapolis.org or phone 443-808-1376 during business hours. All weekend in-person services must be reserved before 10AM on the Friday prior to attendance.

Palm Sunday: March 28

Maundy Thursday: April 1

Note: there will be no public washing of feet, however there will be stripping of the altar.

Good Friday: April 2

  • 12:00 PM Stations of the Cross (Outdoors)  in-person*  around the Iron Rosary (around the church). Following the liturgy,  the readings and materials will be available for self-directed meditations.
  • 6:00 PM Good Friday Liturgy in-person* & live-stream

Easter Vigil: Saturday, April 3

Easter Sunday: April 4

For the 9:30 service on Easter Sunday, in-person reservations are needed for indoor seating. Additional outdoor participation with no reservations will be offered in the churchyard with large-screen live stream viewing. The Eucharist will be available both indoors and outdoors. Note: If the weather is inclement, a cancelation notice will be sent via eBlast early that morning and also posted on the website.

*There is limited seating, please reserve a seat if you wish to attend. St. Anne’s follows CDC and Diocesan guidelines regarding physical distancing and for cleaning protocols and attendance. We ask that you please wear your masks when you come, and if you are ill or at risk, please remain at home.

Easter Memorial Flowers

Easter has special symbolism this year as we climb our way out of the pandemic and into the light. It has been a year of loss for many of our parishioners at St. Anne’s, as well as a year of new birth and unexpected joy. We want to offer you the opportunity to express that through Easter Memorial Flowers. As usual, you can make a donation in memory of loved ones or in honor of someone special and their names will be listed in the Easter bulletins.
There are a couple of ways to submit your request:
  1. Set up a donation through our on-line donation platform, Vanco, and select Easter Memorial Flowers. At setup, you will be given the opportunity to list the names you wish to memorialize or honor. Or, you can email your list to Kirsten Hair. Click here to access the donation page.
  2. Mail a note and check to Kirsten Hair, St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, 199 Duke of Gloucester Street, Annapolis, MD 21401. Include the names of the people you would like to memorialize or honor. Be sure to add your name and contact information.
If you have any questions or need more information, please email Kirsten Hair at khair@stannes-annapolis.org.
The deadline to receive your requests is March 26, 2021.

 

Women’s Retreat

ENGAGE

Parents’ Group

Please join us for our Parent’s Small Group tonight Thursday March 25 at 8PM.
 
Please spread the word and invite others. We welcome your involvement. Our little community of parents and caregivers is organic in nature and we encourage everyone to come as they are.
 
We follow a very simple format (please see below) and we start promptly at 8:00pm and end at 9:00pm every other Thursday. If you have questions, please reach out to Kimberly (kkqjillson@gmail.com) and Brie (briegerman@yahoo.com) You can always join us at the last minute, but it helps us with planning to know who is coming ahead of time.
 
 
Meeting ID: 864 0007 4865
Passcode: 614133
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Light House 

Thank you everyone for your generosity covering two Light House dinners in March. We provided chicken casserole, salad, vegetables and dessert on Wednesday, March 3, and orange-glazed pork loin, baked potatoes, vegetables and apple crumble on Thursday, March 25.
 
On Wednesday, April 7, we are providing barbecue chicken, coleslaw and baked beans .All that is needed is 2 volunteers to donate 12 individual-serving containers of dinner-type beverages – iced tea, flavored or fizzy water, etc.
 
On Thursday, April 22, we are making chili. We need one more person to make chili, using the Light House recipe, someone to cook 2 pounds of rice, a salad, chili toppings (chopped onion, sour cream, etc.), dessert and drinks. Contact Nancy Greeley at momgreeley@aol.com to volunteer.
Women’s Retreat

EVANGELIZE

Stephen Ministry

 
Stephen Ministry is a personal touch for those who are sad, hurt, confused, or lonely. Please know that St. Anne’s Stephen Ministers have continued to faithfully meet with their Care Receivers by phone or video call every week to give emotional and spiritual support to those in need. All conversations are always confidential. 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 would like to receive care from a Stephen Minister or know of someone seeking care, please contact Rev. Dion Thompson (dthompson@stannes-annapolis.org), Patricia Jennings (203-313-4665 or pajquilter@yahoo.com), or Hearon Dixon (919-270-1683 or hearon.dickson@gmail.com).
 
 
Children’s Easter Pageant

“Good News” is the title of this year’s virtual Easter Pageant! Children will be telling the story of Jesus’ life and the Good News of his resurrection. You are invited to join us on Easter Sunday at 12:30 PM at  Sycamore Tree (Children’s Worship) on YouTube where the children will tell the Easter Story with their joyous Easter Pageant!
 
 
 
Prayer for the Week

Loving God, we lift up all those who are facing illness today. We ask that You bring healing, comfort, and peace to their bodies. Calm their fears and let them experience the healing power of Your love. Lend skill to the hands of their healers and bless the means of their cure. Give them such confidence in the power of Your grace, that even when they are afraid, they may put their whole trust in You; through our Savior Jesus Christ.
 
Women’s Retreat

FORM

Harrison Sayre Award

Harrison S. Sayre was a long time active member of St. Anne’s Episcopal Church. When he died in March 2005, friends, family and fellow parishioners donated money to set up an award in his name to be given each year to a graduating high school senior planning to attend a two or four college or university the following fall. The award recipient will have been active in some aspect of St. Anne’s life (Sunday School, youth group, choir, etc.). The $1,000 award is intended to help defray the cost of textbooks. Previous award winners include Andrew Loughlin and Jack Hair. The application can be accessed here, and must be completed by May 17, 2021. Please ask an adult with whom you have served at St. Anne’s church for a brief recommendation. The recommendation form can be found here. Selection criteria is based on service to St. Anne’s and the community. A committee consisting of members of the Sayre family, a member of the memorials committee and a member of the clergy will select the winner from the submitted applications. The award will be announced at church in June at a service to honor all graduating seniors. For questions or more information, contact Nancy Greeley at 410 224-2975 or momgreeley@aol.com.​

 
 
 
Adult Forum 

 

After a two-week break for Holy Week and Easter, the Adult Forum series will resume on Wednesday, April 14th, with the viewing and discussion of the first of a 3-part video series on the Truth and Reconciliation Pilgrimage of the Episcopal Church to Ghana, led by our Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry.  

Sycamore Tree
Our children’s worship service has a new look! Check it out! Families lead us in the reading and prayers, while Kristin Pagent and Ken Kimble lift our hearts in song from St. Anne’s sanctuary, and Connie Saeger-Proctor shares a lesson. Now professionally produced by our Sunday morning technology team to amplify our praises to God (yay!) Pray with us this week! Advent services for children are virtually offered each Sunday during Advent. Special children’s learning activity sheets are available every Sunday. The Sycamore Tree is premiered at 2:30.Watch Sycamore Tree here.
Mid-Week Wednesday Morning Prayer and Scripture Study
Have you ever wanted to dig deeper into the Sunday lessons? Perhaps, after reading the lessons, you have asked yourself, “what about the text” is the preacher not saying? Maybe you have wanted to be part of a group that studies and reflects upon scripture at a deeper level. Please join us over ZOOM for Morning Prayer and Scripture Study based on Sunday’s lectionary propers. The sessions will be led by a member of the ministerial team at St. Anne’s. We will begin with Morning Prayer at 8:00 AM  and then head into the study of scripture using the lessons for the upcoming Sunday. The lessons can be found here.