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Clergy Epistle

Regina Caeli. Queen of Heaven. Rejoice! For the son you merited to bear has risen. Alleluia!

Those words along with the icon of the Theotokos holding Christ bring to mind the idea of the Mother of Creation holding us. Whenever I look at the icon, I see love, compassion, infinite concern and sorrow on the mother’s face. The child, representing for me all of humanity, is so vulnerable. Not helpless, but in need of protection, not only from microbes, but also sometimes from ourselves.

Jesus’ reassuring words to his disciples — Do not let your hearts be troubled – formed a refrain for Sunday’s gospel message and offered a sentiment we can take to heart. Jesus spoke those words on the last night of his physical life. It was as if he were tossing his disciples a lifeline to keep them from drowning in despair and confusion.

Taken alone, these words may seem fanciful. “Do not let your hearts be troubled.” How, we might ask, can our hearts not be troubled? Our world is going through an unprecedented upheaval. The second half of the verse gives us a bit of a foundation: “Believe in God. Believe also in me.” Yes, believe in the one who is the way, the truth and the life, the one who is the pure expression of Divine Love.

That love abides with us in this strange, unsettling, yet spiritually rich time. The icon gives us a chance to pause and meditate on the compassionate Mother of Creation who knows our sorrows and who carries us all, now and forever.


Fr. Dion

Online Service Survey—Response Requested from Anyone who has Attended our Online Services!!


Now that we are two months into the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, we have tested out several approaches to our online Sunday liturgy. It seems the right time to ask for a little feedback on how we are doing. We request that anyone who has watched one of our services (live or archived) please click here and tell us how we are doing. We request that you complete the survey by the end of day on Sunday, May 17.
COVID-19 Update

Church Reopening
We are currently preparing for the phased and safe reopening of the church offices and parish activities, along with the return of Sunday services. Additional communication of these preparations will be forthcoming. Please be reassured that we will soon share the procedures and protocols, for the protection of the health and safety of the St. Anne’s community, as we enter the first stage of Maryland’s recovery.
Jason Houser, Junior Warden
Caprice Turano, Manager of Buildings and Grounds
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 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 Ford Rowan 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: Outreach – Being the Body of Christ Beyond the Circle

outreachJoin parishioners Townsend McNitt and Sharon McElfish for our Adult Forum this week to discuss our past and current outreach projects during this pandemic and the ways you can help! Join our Adult Forum at 11:00 AM on Zoom.

Prayer for the Week

Heavenly Father, giver of life and health, Comfort and relieve your sick servants, and give Your power of healing to those who minister to their needs, that those for whom our prayers are offered may be strengthened in their weakness and have confidence in Your loving care; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy  Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.



St. Anne’s Cemetery: Year of the Woman

Sophia Muse Worthington Claude was born  in 1864 and lived in Annapolis from 1880 to 1965.  

The first member of the Worthington family moved to Anne Arundel County about 1670 from 1864-67.  She married Gordon Handy Claude of Annapolis on June 30, 1891 at St. Anne’s Church.  One ancestor, Abram Claude came to Annapolis from Neuchâtel, Switzerland in 1764 at 17 years old. 

He was a clockmaker after beginning as an Apprentice in Annapolis.

Gordon Handy Claude served as Mayor of Annapolis from 1907 to 1909.  As the wife of the Mayor, Sophia Muse Worthington Claude participated in the Bicentennial celebration of the  awarding of the City Charter in Annapolis. Her role in 1908 was remembered in 1958 for  the 250th anniversary in the local newspapers in Baltimore and Annapolis.

Gordon and Sophia (pronounced so-phi-a) had nine children who were born between 1892 and 1908.  Mrs. Claude was interviewed for an article in the Baltimore Sun Newspaper in which she was quoted about her role in the Suffrage Movement in Maryland:

“I had so many children and those people who opposed the movement said that women who voted weren’t supposed to have children” “Annapolis Matriarch” The Morning Baltimore Sun, November 24, 1958

 Her actions in Maryland for the suffrage movement were included in the Maryland Suffrage News that included a picture of Mrs. Claude and her children.  The Maryland Suffrage News was a weekly newspaper founded in Baltimore, Maryland in 1912 by Edith Houghton Hooker MD as the voice of the Just Government League of Maryland, a pro-women’s suffrage organization that she founded in 1909. (  Dr. Hooker (the aunt of the actress Katherine Hepburn) visited family members at their home next to the Claude Apartments at 58 State Circle (now the Governor Calvert  House Historic Inn).

In her later years, Mrs. Claude carried on a  regular correspondence with her adult children keeping them up to date with the news of  the extended family, many of them living in the Claude apartments, known as the Claudery.  Mrs. Claude enjoyed a steady stream of visitors, friends, and family, who would see her sitting near her front window at 58 State Circle and pay her a call.  Passersby were known to tip their hats to Mrs. Claude as they walked by on State Circle.

171 family members attended her centennial celebration which was described in the Annapolis Capital on August 8, 1964. Sophia lived to 101 years and died in 1965.  She is buried with her husband and several of her children including Anne Lee Fitzhugh Claude Lovell, William Tell Claude, Leeds Claude, and Rachel Tuck Claude Doughty in St. Anne’s Cemetery in Annapolis.

Submitted by Richard and Ann Thomas


Centering Prayer Group Moves to Zoom!

Our Centering Prayer group is now gathering together via Zoom and you all are welcome to join us the first and third Tuesdays of the month 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM.  If you are new to Zoom, I will walk you through how to join for free and meet with us.  The source of Centering Prayer is the indwelling Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  The focus of Centering Prayer is the deepening of our relationship with the living Christ.  It builds communities of faith and bonds the members together in mutual friendship and love.

Please email me if you’d like to join us:



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

Women’s Retreat

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.

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.

Women’s Retreat


Partners in Mission in Guatemala
Your gifts are having a BIG impact!  Just this week, the PIMIG team was able to transfer dollars to cover FOOD RELIEF for another ten days for up to 205 families – this is amazing, and the recipients are so very grateful.  But the forecast is bleak as the pandemic lockdown and restrictions are still in place and will be for the foreseeable future.  The drought continues, and new crops will not be harvested until December.  Let’s do what we can now and help out this wonderful community.
Remember that a gift of $52 will feed a family of 10 for 10 days – or $104 will feed TWO families for 10
days.  The needs are simple – corn, beans, eggs, rice, milk.  It is a miracle that folks can be sustained on such basics – they are better than we are in the kitchen!  Let’s make it happen. Donate 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
Women’s Retreat

Current Volunteer and Service Opportunities

Women’s Retreat

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
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.