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Experience shapes reality! Last Sunday, I offered that the experience of resurrection is foundational to our understanding of life as Christians.

Resurrection gives us a lens through which we see the world.  This lens is what gives us a perspective of our role in the world as well as how we are to live in the world.  We explored  this notion through the life of Peter, Cleopas, and the unnamed disciple. 

For the past few weeks, many former and current parishioners have been in touch recounting their particular experiences during the COVID.

While the specific nature of their faith content is truly wide-ranging, all of them have pointed out the fact that the resurrection narrative, which is central to our faith, gives them hope.

At the same time, some have raised a significant question as to whether the hope of resurrection alleviates fear?  Are fear and hope contradictory?  On Sunday, I hope to explore aspects of this question from our texts in the Revised Common Lectionary for this Sunday. In the meantime, I invite you to explore the relationship between hope and fear.

Yours in Christ’s Service,

Gospel of Matthew Bible Study

Hello, brothers and sisters in Christ!

Join me on-line for a deep dive into this year’s premiere gospel. We’ll meet in cyberspace via Zoom on Wednesdays at 6:00 PM. Below you will see a schedule for our nine-week journey. The sessions might change as we go along. The Holy Spirit is often prone to lead us in ways we had not expected.

As luck would have it, the Visual Bible’s word-for-word dramatization of the Gospel According to Matthew is available on YouTube. The film along with the Bible and our own inquiry will be our essential tools. There is no end to the commentaries on Matthew, but that won’t stop me from passing on some insights from scholars who have mined this gospel.

One book you might consider buying is “A Journey with Matthew,” by the Rev. Marek P. Zabriskie. It is a 50-day devotional with commentaries by some of our leading contemporary thinkers. It is available on Kindle and paperback through Amazon, Forward Movement Publications and elsewhere.

Be on the lookout for updates and more on our website and on Facebook. As our Lord Jesus Christ said: “Come to me, all you who are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

Here is our remaining schedule.

May 6    — Week Three                                  The Son of Man is Lord                                  Chapters 8 – 11

May 13 —  Week Four                                     Teachings Along the Way                              Chapters 12 – 15

May 20 —   Week Five                                     Encounters                                                         Chapters 16 – 17

May 27 —   Week Six                                       The Kingdom is Like …                                    Chapters 18 – 20

June 3   — Week Seven                                 Jerusalem!                                                          Chapters 21 – 23

June 10  — Week Eight                                    How Shall We Live                                           Chapters 24 – 25

June 17  — Week Nine                                    The Passion & Commission                          Chapters 26 – 28

I’ll leave you with what has become one of my guiding quotes. It is from Gregory the Great, a Church Father of the sixth century.

“You will progress in understanding the Holy Scriptures only to the degree that you yourself have made progress through contact with them.”

I hope to see you soon in cyberspace!

In Christ,

Father Dion

Virtual Worship

How Can I Worship?In these extraordinary times, we are excited to continue worshiping together virtually! Our Sunday morning 9:30 service, Holy Week services and Daily Evening Prayer are just some of the virtual offerings at St. Anne’s. For more information on these services, click here.


Coffee, Fellowship and Conversation

Missing conversations with your St. Anne’s community? Join us this Sunday, May 3 at 10:30 AM, for Coffee, Fellowship, and Conversation. St. Anne’s clergy will join us and you can engage Father Manoj in conversation about the sermon. We will use Zoom to host our time. Bring your coffee, tea, or water bottle, and click here to be welcomed into the conversation.



Adult Forum

Prayer for the Week

O Lord, who dost feel the pain of the world, look down upon all sick and suffering persons. Enfold them with your love, that in the midst of pain they may find your presence. To all of our doctors and nurses grant support along with tender hearts and healing hands so that they may give health again in the bodies and souls of the sick, for Your tender mercy’s sake.  Amen.



Women’s Bible Study

Join the Women’s Bible Study on Saturday, May 2, at 11:00 AM via Zoom as we continue to read through Paul’s letters. At this meeting, we will be studying the fourth chapter of Philippians. 

St. Anne’s Cemetery: Year of the Woman

Anne Lee Fitzhugh Claude Lovell was born in Annapolis on the September 1, 1894. She had eight siblings born between 1892 and 1908. The Claude family had lived in Annapolis since Abram Claude came from Neuchâtel, Switzerland in 1764 at 17 years old to begin a new life as a clockmaker apprentice (Gibbs JW Dixie Clockmakers, Pelican Press, 1979 p.29).  Anne was nicknamed Anna by her family. Her father was a local dentist, Gordon Handy Claude, who served as Mayor of Annapolis from 1907 to 1909.  Anna’s mother Sophia (pronounced so-phi-a) was involved in the social life of Annapolis as wife of the mayor of Annapolis.  She was active in the Women’s Suffrage movement in Maryland which led to the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution giving Women the right to vote by 1920.

Anna Claude graduated from the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing in the spring of 1919.  This coincided with the worldwide outbreak of the “Spanish Influenza” in 1918 and She was a nurse at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore when she came down with the deadly infection. It was estimated that at least 75,000 of the city’s 733,826 residents had contracted influenza; 4,125 of which died. (–baltimore-flu-epid)

Anna was so ill while working the hospital that she was sent home to Annapolis to spend her last few days at home with her family.  Fortunately, she survived the terrible pandemic.  She later moved to Hawaii in the 1920s to work on the Waipahu Sugar Cane Plantation on the island of Oahu.  This opportunity came about by invitation from a cousin whose husband worked as a physician on the plantation.  On her return home by ship, she met James Harry Lovell, who was returning to his home in England. Lovell has served as Civil Engineer designing bridges and railways for many years in India.  Lovell would become her husband after a six-week whirlwind romance.  The new couple visited Annapolis to meet the extended Claude family before moving to Marlow, England, northwest of London near Oxford.  They lived in England until the onset of World War II when they moved to Canada, Bermuda, and Orlando, Florida.  Their one daughter Mary Dulany Lovell attended boarding school in England until the family departed. They returned to England after the war and Mary attended St. Thomas’ Hospital and completed her training as a Registered Nurse.  James Harry Lovell died in Marlow in 1950.  Mrs. Lovell and her daughter returned to Annapolis that same year.  Mrs. Lovell lived in the Claude Apartments at 58 State Circle for over 20 years until it was rebuilt in the 1970s as a commercial property known as the Governor Calvert House.

Anna lived to 85 years and died in 1980.  Anna is buried with her parents and several of her siblings including William Tell Claude, Leeds Claude, and Rachel Tuck Claude Doughty in St. Anne’s Cemetery in Annapolis.





Centering Prayer


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.
Center down.

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

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Children and Youth Ministry

Children and Youth Events


Connect to Someone at St. Anne’s

Brighten someone’s day by choosing a card to send to a member of St. Anne’s family. Your card will be sent to someone in a nursing home, someone who is home alone or someone who needs to be cheered up. Templates for the cards can be found here. Once you have created your card, either scan and email them to Connie Saeger-Proctor at or mail them to St. Anne’s office at 199 Duke of Gloucester Street, Annapolis, MD 21401.

Flat Jesus

Feeling the need to connect your children with their St. Anne’s friends? We know we cannot meet in person, so let’s add some fun things for us to do. Download a flat Jesus, color him, and cut him out. As you go through your daily activities, take a picture of where you have invited Jesus to be with you. My flat Jesus will be with us in the Sycamore Tree on Sunday at 12:30 PM. Send your pictures to me at and we will post them on our website. If you are cautious about your child’s identity use flat Jesus in a picture without your child and his or her first initial with a description of where Jesus was invited.


Older Children and Youth Reflections

Would your child or young person like to help us reflect on Scripture in daily life? We are looking for those who are willing to read an assigned (short) Scripture and reflect on what it means to him/her. This may be done on a video or printed. Children may also be recorded saying a prayer. Reflections and prayers will be posted on our website. Contact Connie Saeger at if you are interested in participating.

High School Seniors Harrison Sayre Award

The Harrison Sayre Award is given every spring to a high school graduating senior planning to attend a 2 or 4 year university or college the following fall.  The $1,000 award is to help with the cost of textbooks. The award is presented at a service in June when we honor all our high school graduating seniors. The recipient should be active in St. Anne’s and the community.  Click here for application. Please ask an adult with whom you have served for a brief recommendation. The recommendation form can be found here.  Applications and recommendations need to be completed by May 11, 2020.  For questions or more information, 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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Partners in Mission in Guatemala

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Our friends in Guatemala need our immediate help at this time of COVID 19. We have learned that, due to school closures, a 12-hour curfew, and shutdown of public transportation, the food-insecure folks in our village – about 2,500 people – are challenged to access adequate food supplies. This means the basics – corn, beans, rice, eggs, milk and pasta. The good news is that the three young people heading up the community Finance Committee have partnered with the Latrine Committee to develop a plan to purchase and distribute food when cash is available. Lidia, Diego and Nicolas – all former St. Anne’s scholarship students – truly are the leaders of tomorrow for Chujulimul.  

So, with Vestry approval, our traditional Mother’s Day fundraising is being redirected to FOOD RELIEF – we will resume the Latrine Project once this pandemic has passed. So let’s make this happen. $52 will feed a family of 10 for 10 days – your gift of any amount is most appreciated…..
We encourage you to honor a beloved Mom or Sister or Aunt or Grandma in your life by contributing to this effort on our website. Make sure to indicate you would like your gift to go to Partners in Mission–thank you!
Helping our Neighbors

St. Luke’s Food Pantry

St. Luke’s in Eastport holds their weekly food pantry on Tuesdays from 11:00 am to noon. Grocery stores are not able to fill their bulk food orders as they once did and the pantry is now in need of food. If you feel comfortable, they are accepting donations on Mondays from 10:00 to 11:00 AM outside of St. Luke’s at 1101 Bay Ridge Avenue. If you have any questions, please contact Rev. Jess at
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Current Volunteer and Service Opportunities

Volunteer Oppportunities
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 Anne Arundel County during this time. We have listed opportunities 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. For more information on these opportunities, click here.


The Light House

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!

Family Cooking for the Light House
We want to invite you to join us during this challenging time as we reach out to nourish and care for our neighbors at The Light House. We are all family in so many ways – please help us share in caring for the residents. They are asking that we supply only the ingredients, rather than a finished meal this month. We will collect all donated food items for the dinner as well as for The Light House Pantry on Sunday, April 19, between 10:30 AM and noon in the southeast corner of Graul’s parking lot at 607 Taylor Ave. Look for the sign and help us observe social distancing! We are so grateful! Click here for the grocery list; or contact Dave and Heather Strang at For a list of current items needed for the pantry, please visit our website here.

Cooking for The Light House

Our next meal is May 6.  Due to COVID-19, we are currently not cooking at the shelter.  Instead, we are providing all the ingredients for a taco dinner.  Thank you everyone who has volunteered to donate parts of the dinner.  Page Lyon will be collecting the food on May 6 from 3:15 – 3:45 PM in the Graul’s parking lot at 607 Taylor Avenue. Her dark grey suburban will be parked at the Ridgley Avenue end of the parking lot. Social distancing will be observed.

Page will also be collecting nonperishable food for the pantry at the same time. There is a bigger need for food now and everything is appreciated.  Especially needed: canned tuna and chicken, fruit, peanut butter, jelly, cereal and vegetables – especially beans, peas and corn.

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

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Pastoral Care

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.

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.

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
Weekly Prayer
Dear Lord,
You are the wind in my sails.
You guide me as I steer and find direction.
You give me the strength to keep on going.
You watch over me as I navigate stormy
You are the harbor where I stop for rest.
You are my encourager when I lose hope.
You are the lighthouse that keeps my path
You are with me always. Thank you for your
protection and care.
For more information on Pastoral Care, click here.
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.