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Clergy Epistle

What is Your Necessity

Mark 8:31-38

The themes of obedience, self-denial, faith and discipleship in Sunday’s gospel passage bring an important question to mind: What is your necessity?
 
Where do you find God’s will pulling you so strongly you almost feel helpless against its power? I say, “almost,” because we do have free will. We do not have to answer God’s call.
 
In this passage Jesus tells his disciples that the Son of Man, the Messiah, must endure great suffering, and be rejected and killed, and after three days be resurrected. It is the word, “must”, dei in Greek, that concerns us. For here we see a divine necessity at work. Here we begin to explore the meaning of Jesus’ ministry.
 
Was his life an atoning sacrifice designed to bring us closer to God for the forgiveness of our sins? Was his bloody, painful death needed to satisfy an angry God? Was it a demonstration of divine love by which God sought to say, once and for all: “I am with you? Come what may. I live with you. I die with you. And I call you to eternal life with me.” Perhaps it is a bit of all three, and much more.
 
Later in Mark’s gospel, Jesus described the necessity laid upon him in these words: “The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.” He also described discipleship in familiar, yet challenging terms. Deny yourself. Take up your cross. Lose your life.
 
Jesus told his disciples what “must” happen to him. His unfailing adherence to his mission changed the world. So many others have followed their “necessity” in ways large and small. By their very lives they have made real the good news that the word has become flesh.
 
This is not by happenstance. Finding your divine necessity comes through prayer and discernment. Listen for God’s call, and consider your response. May your prayer this Lenten season be: Lord, what would you have me do? To what should I give my life for the sake of the gospel?
 
Amen
 
Fr. Dion

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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

State House Memorial 
On Friday, March 5, at 6:15 PM the Government House and the State House dome will be lit with amber lights to honor those Marylanders who have lost their lives to COVID-19.
 
 
The virtual State House memorial ceremony will begin at dusk, approximately 6:15 PM, with the ringing of St. Anne’s church bells. At approximately 6:20 PM, Governor Hogan will lead Marylanders in a moment of silence. Over 7,500 individual lights will be placed on the State House front steps, along with Maryland flags and luminaries throughout the State House grounds. The event will be streamed live via the Governor’s Facebook and and YouTube channels.
 
 
The Light House 

Thank you to the St. Anne’s members and friends who so generously responded to a recent call for support from our friends at the Light House! More help is needed! The Light House contacted us to ask if we could take on an additional dinner for March and April since fewer than half the nights in March were taken. While the Light House Bistro has been taking up the slack, they are preparing to reopen as a restaurant and cannot continue to cook for the shelter. Members of St. Anne’s have been incredibly generous and responded promptly to the request for more cooking. Both of our groups agreed to take on another night each month!
 
 
The adult group, lead by John Merrick and Nancy Greeley, will be cooking on the usual first Wednesday of each month and have added the fourth Thursday. The family cooking, who cooks over the weekend and is led by the Strangs, will be cooking for their usual third Monday and have added the first Monday. Everything has been going smoothly and we thank everyone for their overwhelming response to the additional need for volunteer cooks. Please contact us for more information about participating. For questions about Wednesday dinner contact Nancy Greeley at momgreeley@aol.com or for weekend cooking and Monday dinner, contact Dave and Heather Strang at thestrangs@verizon.net.
Simple Lenten Practices

Sign up to receive one small, simple Lenten practice each day 
 
Traditionally Lent is a time we give something up to allow God to fill the empty spaces. Because of COVID, this year is different and many of us already feel loss. In light of this, let’s simplify our Lenten practice together in small, nourishing ways. By adding your email HERE, you will receive one simple Lenten practice for each day of Lent.
 
Sacred Ground

 
Openings remain to sign up for the Sacred Ground program, a film-based dialogue series on race and faith. More information is available here. Meetings will be on Thursdays, from 4 to 6pm, on March 11, March 25, April 8, April 22, May 6. Please email Anne Thomas alfdt75@gmail.com as soon as possible if you are interested in participating or if you have any questions.
 
Women’s Retreat

EVANGELIZE

Prayer for the Week

God, today we lift up those who are fighting disease, whether in mind or body. When they want to give up, give them fresh strength and courage. Comfort them in times of pain, give them peace in times of fear and bless them with your healing touch. In Jesus’ name, we ask this of You. Amen.
 
Children’s Easter Pageant 

“Good News” is the title of this year’s virtual Easter Pageant, and all children are invited to participate! Children will be telling the story of Jesus’ life and the Good News of his resurrection. The virtual pageant will be recorded via Zoom on Saturday, March 20 at 12pm. The pageant will be similar to the Christmas Pageant.
 
Please email Kristin Pagent, ckpzone@gmail.com before March 9 if your child would like to participate.  If your child plays a musical instrument, we have musical parts for them too. There is a part for all children, please sign-up and join us!
A Heartfelt Thank You

Many thanks to the Choir, Rainbow Group, and Reconciliation Ministries for providing 55 nutritious lunches each to Arundel House of Hope Winter Relief guests on February 26, 28, and March 1. Frances Burke and Joe Clapsaddle did a wonderful job of organizing the lunch preparation and delivery as well as helping out with the lunches – Thank you Frances and Joe!
 
And warm thanks to the many helping hands, including the Reconciliation Ministry: Ginger DeLuca, Tom and Pam May, Lynn Mortoro, Sharon McElfish, Linda Adamson, Howard Buskirk, Mary Greczyn, and Katie Burke. Choir: Sharon Potts, Phyllis Everette, Fred and Dona Weingarten, Kari Shea, Elaine Johnson, Katherine Hilton, Wayne Adamson and Ernie Green. Rainbow Group: Carrie, Lauren, Madeleine, and Brooks Dana-Evans, Paul Pope, Paul Hiemstra, Larry Earle, Anita McMullin, Suzanne Weber and Carolene Winter.
 
Your gracious work and generosity provided vital nutrition to those in Anne Arundel County who are underserved and underrepresented. Thank you again!
 
And a round of thanks also goes to Jimmy Johns in Severna Park for providing freshly made sandwiches, for the lunches on February 28, and to Whole Foods Annapolis and Howard Buskirk and Mary Greczyn for providing Rainbow Group-branded bags. Of course the best way to thank these sponsors is to spread the word on how generous they are to our community and to buy their products at every opportunity!
 
Please note that St. Anne’s will be providing another round of lunches for three days in May so be on the lookout for more information around that.
Women’s Retreat

FORM

 
 
 
Monthly Bible Study

Please join us via Zoom this Saturday, March 6th from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in studying chapters 4-6 of Hebrews, led by Nancy Bayers. See Zoom link here.
 
 
 
Adult Forum 

On March 10, our Adult Forum Lenten series on The Canticles will focus on the Te Deum – You are God, presented by Director of Music, Ernest Green. Te Deum or Ambrosian Hymn as it is sometimes known (referring to the possible composer – St. Ambrose), is one of the oldest Canticles in the Christian tradition. Its structure is similar to that of the Creed and contains petitions for mercy as well as a statement of our faith. Please join us as we explore the context, scriptural, and liturgical theology of this canticle.
 
 
Adult Forum is presented via Zoom on Wednesday evenings, from 7:00 to 8:00 PM preceded by Fellowship at 6:30 PM. Come and go as needed to fit your schedule. Click here to join the Zoom meeting.
 
More information upcoming forums can be found here.
Lenten Retreat

Save the Date!

Spiritual Friendship: A Virtual Lenten Retreat March 18-20, 2021

What is spiritual friendship? English monk Aelred of Rievaulx wrote an entire book on the subject in the twelfth century. He explained how spiritual friendship is rooted in Christ and always leads us onward to the love of God. It may have humble beginnings and yet later grow in the light of the Holy Spirit. As Christians, we extend our love to all humankind, and yet, some friendships will have more special meaning for us.
 
Curious to know more? Join fellow St. Anne’s parishioners and others for some time apart to rediscover the skills and habits that draw us closer in friendship to God, others, and self. Email Scott Cooper at sacooper@aacc.edu for more information or for a registration form.
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.
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.