“He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.”
Dear St. Anne’s,
Like many of you, I have watched the non-stop stream of television updates and stories of the impact of the coronavirus this past week. As the number of deaths increase in our country and throughout the world, we are faced with the reality of our own fears and anxieties of this virus’ effect on us and those in our lives. In times like these when we are called to pray we find ourselves without words or feeling like we don’t have the “right” words to pray. Yet, the words of prayer from Psalm 23, that King David prayed so many years ago, help fill in the blanks of our prayers that have no words right now. Prayers for God to ease our hearts and minds from fear and pain, to give us strength and protection, to bless us and keep us always, and to remind us of God’s unconditional love and mercy. Psalm 23 encompasses all those prayers for us when we just don’t know what to say and when we don’t know what to ask for.
And right now, we are not alone in trying to pray when were anxious and an anticipating the future. People from around the country and the world share the same need to pray yet struggle with similar fears and worries. I was reminded of this by a friend who sent me this video last Sunday (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0z67O65ul0&t=132s). Even though I read Psalm 23 over and over in preparation for my sermon, I was not prepared for the tears that formed in my eyes as I saw people from all over reading this psalm–realizing that they too rely on God’s words to pray when no words can make sense of this time. Remember you are not alone in being afraid and nervous right now but there are people all over praying for you and for this world to be healed.
Therefore, it is important for us to continue to pray whether it be Psalm 23 or the Lord’s prayer or your own words of offering, so that we not only pray for ourselves but for one another. In our isolation and practices of social distancing, not only do we feel separated from each other but we can feel separated from God. As we have succumbed to different technological means to connect with our friends, families and coworkers, we can’t disconnect or forget about our God. We are never separated from his unconditional love and grace but we still need to lean on him. Because we all handle fear and stress differently, and we need to be in relationship with God through prayer to ask for patience and kindness so that we can have the strength and support to get through this time.
Friends in Christ, know that I am praying for you and your families to feel God’s love and presence in your life right now when fear and pain are trying to overshadow God’s light. Remember you are not alone—God is with you, we are praying for you, and you are part of the St. Anne’s family.
“Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
In these extraordinary times, we are excited to continue worshiping together virtually! Our Sunday morning 9:30 services and Daily Evening Prayer are just some of the virtual offerings at St. Anne’s. For more information on these services, click here.
Easter Memorial Flowers
You can still make donations for Easter flowers in memory or in honor of those you wish to have included in the list for our Easter bulletin. Even though our services will be virtual that day, we will still be publishing the list in 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
- 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.
As we follow the request that ministries refrain from meeting, I share a recent Contemplative Outreach posting, which a few of you have already received.
Blessings on you during this desert time, that you may sink deeply into the interior self, welcoming the holy in surrender. May the Lord release our resistance. May He feed our humility and our yearning for Him. May He remind us again of how deeply he hungers for us. May we each find, in the tumult of upended plans and schedules, the treasure that He has waiting for us…somewhere…if only we will allow it.
Love, light and every hope in Jesus,
What if you thought of it
as the Jews consider the Sabbath—
the most sacred of times?
Cease from travel.
Cease from buying and selling.
Give up, just for now,
on trying to make the world
different than it is.
Sing. Pray. Touch only those
to whom you commit your life.
And when your body has become still,
reach out with your heart.
Know that we are connected
in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.
(You could hardly deny it now.)
Know that our lives
are in one another’s hands.
(Surely, that has come clear.)
Do not reach out your hands.
Reach out your heart.
Reach out your words.
Reach out all the tendrils
of compassion that move, invisibly,
where we cannot touch.
Promise this world your love–
for better or for worse,
in sickness and in health,
so long as we all shall live.
–Lynn Ungar, Pandemic, March 11, 2020
Children and Youth Ministry
Children and Youth Events
Virtual Sycamore Tree and Children’s Discovery
Connie Saeger-Proctor, Minister for Congregational Life will be offering Sycamore Tree on Sunday, March 29, at 10:30 AM and Children’s Discovery on Wednesday, April 1, at 12:30 PM using Facebook live. For information on how to access these offerings, click here.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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: https://preschoolforthearts.wufoo.com/forms/very-big-story-camp/. The deadline to register is Wednesday, June 24. For questions, please contact Connie Saeger at email@example.com or 443-808-1361.
To register, please click here. The deadline to register is Wednesday, June 24.
|Partners in Mission in Guatemala
Calling all parishioners – all ages, especially our youth – to join the St. Anne’s team for a week-long adventure with our brothers and sisters in Guatemala: July 31 – August 7. Get to know our local partners and help check on current St. Anne’s-funded projects underway – latrine construction, schooling, medical training. Please contact Kevin Hays (firstname.lastname@example.org) soon for more information. Please note – the cost of the adventure is about $1,000. Spanish fluency is not required!
Current Volunteer and Service Opportunities
In this season we are aware that there are many people who will be short on funds or out of jobs and unable to have enough food to eat. St. Annes is identifying ways that our church community can help in tangible ways to the Annapolis community and Ann Arundel County during this time. We have listed 3 opportunities below to stay informed, make food donations, or make funding donations to important organizations seeing to fill the gap for many families so that children and families do not go hungry. We welcome your involvement and your feedback.
- Advocacy: No Kid Hungry is a great resource to stay on top of the hunger crisis in our country. If you sign up to get their periodic emails you will be asked upon occasion to email a form letter or call your Congress person about bills being passed to ensure that all children in the US have food, particularly during the COVID-19 crisis. You can also donate to this cause that is helping the public schools, shelters, and food banks across the country. https://www.nokidhungry.org/?_ga=2.28149243.678246383.1584633236-1355765753.1584633236
- Light House Shelter Lunches: The Lighthouse Shelter has asked for any assistance that we might be able to provide. They are desperately low on bag lunches due to the increased demand from people who have lost their income and jobs. You can click onto the “needs” link below to see what their priorities are. You may also make a contribution online. See a partial list of current needs below.
|Cases of Bottled Water
Canned Fruit (in fruit juice)
Canned Vegetables (Low sodium)
Fruit Juice (100% fruit)
Jam/Jelly (30oz or smaller)
Canned tomato products
Soup (Cans or pouches/boxes)
Cereal (low sugar/whole grain)
Canned Meats (tuna/chicken/ham)
Brown rice or rice products
Pancake Mix (just add water)
Lysol Disinfectant Spray
Laundry Detergent PODS
Boxes of Tissues
Adult Male Backpacks
- Stanton Center: Feel free to drop food off at the Stanton Center. Here’s the list that was suggested:
Mac n cheese
Soups and stews
Cheese (American, Velveeta)
Soap (bar or liquid)
Please feel free to send additional updates, sources, and information to The Rev. Jess Sexton (email@example.com) and Kimberly Jillson (firstname.lastname@example.org) as you learn of food needs in our community.
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.
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 email@example.com or Carol Leach, 410-263-1752.
Pastoral Care at St. Anne’s
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
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.