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Clergy Epistle

Forty (40) is a significant number.

I am guilty of not remembering birthdays. Particularly, I tend to forget my own.

Quite a few years ago as I am sitting in a staff meeting, I see Joelle, Abigail, and Johan coming out of the elevator and headed towards the staff meeting room. Suddenly, the cathedral staff, led by the Dean, stood up and start singing “happy birthday.” Then with a smile of mischief one of my children started singing the verse “how old are you now… how old are you now…” It dawned on me, it was my fortieth birthday!  Neither the artificial sugar of the cake nor the natural sugar of the fruit could help me as I began to think deeply about the implications of being 40. It was a moment of transition where I began to think more reflectively about the type of impact I wanted to make on my family and in the world.

In the Judeo-Christian tradition, 40 is quite a significant number. Among other things, the “Great Flood” lasted 40 days and 40 nights, the Hebrew people sojourned through the wilderness for 40 years, Jesus is seen fasting for 40 days and nights before beginning his public ministry. In all of these instances, as in my life, 40 is symbolic of transition.

I write this epistle on the Feast of the Ascension.  In our liturgical calendar, we commemorate the fortieth (40) day after Easter. This day marks the physical departure of Christ from earth into the presence of God. It is a time of transition from for the believers.

The resurrected Jesus was present with the faithful for forty days following the resurrection. Amidst the faithful’s realization that Jesus is leaving, they are confused and wondering what will happen to them. What will be their future? Jesus assures them. He says, you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth’ (Acts 1:8)

Saints, just as there was much confusion between the resurrection and the ascension, we live in extremely confusing times. Like the early believers in the Acts narrative, we too are in a state of transition. There is confusion about whether it is safe to resume our activity or if the world and our country will rebound from the pandemic. In the midst of this confusion, Jesus assures us that the power of the Holy Spirit is with us and guides us to a new and more wholesome reality. Like the disciples were emboldened to move beyond the circle of their familiarity, we are empowered to witness outside of our circle. We are further assured that the Holy Spirit – the spirit of truth, comfort, wisdom, and enlightenment will be with us.

The collect for the day is truly most poignant for our times:

Almighty God, whose blessed Son our Savior Jesus Christ ascended far above all heavens that he might fill all things: Mercifully give us faith to perceive that, according to his promise, he abides with his Church on earth, even to the end of the ages; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting.

As we commemorate the Feast of the Ascension in the midst of the pandemic, let us recognize that we are in transition.  We do not know where we are going, yet, we know that God is calling us to enlarge the circle.  When we enlarge the circle, Jesus promises us the gift of the Holy Spirit where we will be enveloped in God’s love and emboldened by God’s truth and mercy.

Enlivened by the power of the resurrected Jesus, in the power of the Holy Spirit, may we enlarge the circle by building, engaging, evangelizing, and forming disciples of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.


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 27 —   Week Six                                       The Kingdom is Like …                                    Chapters 18 – 20- Forgiveness is key in the new kingdom, a place where God’s disturbing generosity leaves us speechless.

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 Rev. Jess 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: Spiritual Practices While Staying Home

Parishioners of St. Anne’s, Gail and Chip will share spiritual practices they have used to stay spiritually nourished during this time of isolation at home. Join them on Sunday morning at 11:00 AM on Zoom after Coffee Hour. ​

Prayer for the Week

Father of goodness and love, hear our prayers for the sick members of our community and for all who are in need. Amid mental and physical suffering may they find consolation in your healing presence. Show your mercy as you close wounds, cure illness, make broken bodies whole and free downcast spirits. May these special people find lasting health and deliverance, and so join us in thanking you for all your gifts. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 



St. Anne’s Cemetery: Year of the Woman

Sall Wilks was an unusual slave because she had a last name, though little is known about her origins. Might one of her parents been a white indentured servant? We do not know. What is known is that she was light-skinned, described as a “bright mulatto” and is listed in a 1796 inventory of the over 500 slaves on the Wye Plantation, owned by Edward Lloyd IV, as a 36-year-old house servant along with her seven children.  All her children were lighter skinned than Sall and were said to have features resembling their master.  

In 1771 Edward Lloyd IV brought the Chase home from Samuel Chase, signer of the Declaration of Independence and later associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Chase had begun building the home on Maryland Ave., but in 1769, he encountered financial difficulties and sold the unfinished house to Edward Lloyd IV, who needed a town home close to the seat of government when he became a delegate to the Maryland General Assembly. Edward IV died when his son Edward Lloyd V was just 16 and at 21, Edward V inherited both the Chase-Lloyd house in Annapolis and the Wye Plantation along with its slaves. When Edward was elected to the Maryland House of Delegates in 1800, he began to use the Annapolis house as a place to entertain while he was in town and some of the slaves from the plantation were sent to work in the house including Sall Wilks, who was put in charge of all of the fine china and silver used for entertaining. Sall seems to have had a great deal of freedom while she lived in Annapolis, especially when the Lloyds went back to live on the Wye Plantation when the legislature was not in session. She was so well-known around town that she was referred to as  “Annapolis Sall”. With that relative freedom, she developed relationships with the growing number of freed slaves living in the city and was determined to have the children born to her while living in Annapolis find good marriages among them with the purpose of having her daughters bought out of slavery by their husbands. An example of her success was that her daughter Ann was bought by the son of the wealthy ex-slave, Smith Price. Henry Price bought Ann when she was 16 and married her before officially manumitting her. It is rumored that Henry Price also bought Ann’s brother, William, who had remained a slave on the Wye Plantation. According to Fredrick Douglas, who was also a slave on that plantation, William had gotten into trouble with Murray Lloyd, Edward’s son, by bragging that he was the son of the governor, Edward Lloyd V. To get rid of William, Murray gave him to a notorious slave trader to be sold in Baltimore, hopefully “Down South”. Instead, it is rumored that he was bought by his brother-in-law Henry, who manumitted him shortly thereafter.  

The Prices, including Ann, are buried at St. Anne’s Cemetery, but we have no record of where Sall might be buried, possibly because she never gained her freedom. 

Ginger DeLuca

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:

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.

Women’s Retreat


Partners in Mission in Guatemala

The FOOD RELIEF drive continues here at St. Anne’s in support of the villagers of Chijulimul, Guatemala.  This is the distant spot that St. Anne’s parishioners visit every year, led by Linda & Wayne Adamson and Kevin Hays, to further long-term health and education missions.  Raise your hand if you have been one of these lucky folks!  Believe it or not, one of our former youth – Mary Purnell (now Hearding) – has gotten re-connected and is now supporting the cause from Colorado. Mary and some students made the trip in 2019 and is a huge help with translating.
 Unfortunately, the Guatemalan government imposed another comprehensive lockdown over last weekend, placing even more limits on transportation and grocery markets.  But the village team is ready to move to get to the markets as soon as restrictions are lessened and we send support.  Please consider stretching your dollars during this pandemic to those with only the most basic needs – cornmeal and a few vegetables are pretty darn basic.  Let’s help where we can! Donate on our website. Make sure to indicate you would like your gift to go to Partners in Mission–thank you!
Click on the picture above for a special video.
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

The Light House

Walking with Friends at the Light House 

“Do you love me?” Jesus said to Peter for the third time. “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”
Jesus said,”Feed my sheep.” John 21:17

Thank you St. Anne’s friends for your loving support recently in providing dinner for our brothers and sisters at The Light House.  St. Anne’s Cooking at Light House and Family Cooking for Light House invites you to join us as we walk with the individuals and families experiencing homelessness and poverty who are most vulnerable during this crisis to learn more about the fruits of partnering in this loving and sustaining way. While safety advises that meals be prepared in house only,  we can provide the necessary grocery money for a sustainable operation. The best way to stand with our vulnerable community of Lighthouse residents at this time is to consider making a gift to support their grocery bill for meals — you can do so by clicking here. For a list of the most urgent pantry food needs for drop off, click here.

St. Anne’s ministries have a long and loving history of sharing in partnership with many churches and groups in our town, and the need is even greater now during the current COVID-19 crisis. Please consider sharing in a way that nourishes our neighbors experiencing homelessness and poverty, those most vulnerable during this crisis.

While we cannot cook and serve in the Light House kitchen, a sustainable and abundant option for helping has opened up.

With the onset of stay-at-home orders and social distancing guidelines, Light House transitioned from a volunteer-supported food program, to one overseen entirely by staff.  Shortly after this challenging transition, leadership at the Light House Bistro stepped in to prepare and deliver boxed meals daily to Light House residents in the shelter, in off-site hotel rooms, and at their transitional housing properties. Light House Bistro has also been organizing thousands of pounds of perishable and non-perishable pantry food each week, distributing it during Light House pantry hours, and delivering it to other food distribution locations throughout the county. Boxed meals, pantry bags, and basic needs kits are also being prepped by Light House Bistro and taken by case managers to local homeless tent encampments in the area.

Light House Bistro may have temporarily closed its doors in March, but this social enterprise developed by The Light House Homeless Prevention Support Center has been hard at work. The mission of this full-service restaurant and catering social enterprise is to change lives one meal at a time by providing training and job opportunities for graduates of Light House programs. Now they are also changing lives during the COVID-19 crisis by providing our most vulnerable neighbors with hot meals and pantry items.  For a fuller story, click here.

For more information, please contact, Nancy Greeley, at, or Heather and Dave Strang at

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.