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Women’s Retreat

 

Current News

  • Office Closed – St. Anne’s office will be closed Monday, May 27, in observance of Memorial Day.
  • Receptionist Needed – St. Anne’s is looking for a receptionist on Mondays from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM. If you are able to assist with this position, please contact the office at 410-267-9333.
  • Watch Found! – A watch was found in the church about three weeks ago. If you think it might be yours, please call the office at 410-267-9333.
 
 

 

Bless ~ Walk ~ Play

Join with friends on a tiny Celtic pilgrimage of blessing – all are welcome!
 
Gather at St. Anne’s Church, enjoy a Celtic blessing together and carry it each step of the way, with each “hello” and each “good morning.” In teams we will walk as far as is comfortable. Remember to play! Friends welcome!

Join us on the following Wednesdays: May 29, June 5 & June 12. We will start at 9:00 AM and finish by 10:30 AM. For more information – Heather Strang 443-995-3820.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,  the rains fall soft
upon your fields and until we meet again,  may God hold you in the palm of
His hand. Celtic blessing
 
 
 
A blessing is a circle of light
drawn around a person to protect, heal, and strengthen.
It would be lovely if we could
rediscover our power to bless one another. I believe each of us can bless. When
a blessing is invoked, it changes the atmosphere. Some of the plenitude flows
into our hearts from the invisible neighborhood of loving kindness. In the
light and reverence of blessing, a person or situation becomes illuminated in a
completely new way. In a dead wall a new window opens, in dense darkness a path
starts to glimmer, and into a broken heart healing falls like morning dew. It
is ironic that so often we continue to live like paupers though our inheritance
of spirit is so vast. The quiet eternal that dwells in our souls is silent and
subtle; in the activity of blessing it emerges to embrace and nurture us. Let
us begin to learn how to bless one another. Whenever you give a blessing, a
blessing returns to enfold you.  John O’Donohue

 

Whole Parish Party

Linda Walker and Tim Mulder

 
St. Anne’s Vestry and the Foyer Groups invite the whole parish to a family event honoring Father Tim Mulder, and his wife Linda. Sunday, June 9, from 5:00-7:00 PM in the Parish Hall. Please bring an appetizer to share and a beverage of your choice. Dessert will be provided. Please RSVP to Betty Creighton by June 5.
 

 

Cemetery News

We have three bits of good news:

The first is that our wall has been rebuilt. The work was finished earlier this week and we are thrilled with the outcome. Having watched the rebuild, we can be assured that the wall will endure for at least a couple of centuries. However, as you can see, the rest of the old wall is in terrible shape. Therefore, we have asked Mr. Adamos to give us a proposal for replacing another section using the bequest given for that purpose by Emily Peake.

We have also been working toward revitalizing two entrance gardens which had fallen into disrepair. One of the gardens just needed heavy weeding, but the other had been overtaken by weeds. Since so few plants were left in the one garden, we have planted native Black-eyed Susans, which should complement the yarrow that we were able to save.

Finally, Ginger DeLuca will be leading another tour of our cemetery on the morning of June 15, the day after Flag Day. More details will be coming in the following weeks.

 

 

Dialogue with St. Philip’s: What do we expect?

Both St. Anne’s and St. Philip’s are interested in moving forward with conversations between our congregations about our past and our future. To prepare for these conversations we have been invited by St. Philip’s Anti-Racism Committee Chairperson to participate in a discussion on our churches’ expectations for these conversations and how the “Seeing the Face of God in Each Other” workshop  will help facilitate our initial dialogue. This discussion will take place on June 3 at 7:00 PM in St. Philip’s Parish Hall.

Before we attend this discussion, there will be a meeting on June 2 after the 11:00 AM service in St. Anne’s Parish Hall for our congregation to discuss our expectations for our work and relationship building with St. Philip’s. This would prepare us for meeting with St. Philip’s Anti-Racism Committee on Monday evening.

Email The Rev. Jess Sexton at jsexton@stannes-annapolis.org if you are interested in attending the meetings on June 2 and June 3.

 

 

Diocesan Convention

 

Observations and reflections shared by 2019 St. Anne’s Parish Delegates ~ Pat Poffel, Caroline Purdy, Heather Strang, and Judy Templeton 

It was an honor to represent St. Anne’s as delegates and to experience how the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland arrives at consensus on resolutions presented to both the clergy and the lay delegates. The spirit of the event was inclusive and welcoming of each voice present as well as efficient, respectful and orderly. It was a rich time to become closer to others from St. Annes who were present as members of committee or for personal interest;  to connect with parishioners who have moved to other areas and congregations; to see clergy now serving in other parishes; as well as to meet those from other churches through this shared experience. We were honored to be part of the election of our very own The Rev. Kathy Shahinian to serve on the Standing Committee. Each meal and each presentation invited lay and clergy members alike the opportunity to engage in discovery together around the details and context of the resolutions as well as the inspirations shared by presenters. And we were given the unique gift of experiencing the joyful nature of our Bishop. Bishop Sutton is so personable and approachable and brings joy and humor to the energy in the room. 

Each day began with worship that graced and blessed the day’s work ahead. We shared a Eucharist on May 10th and a service of Morning Prayer on May 11th. Being surrounded by all the clergy and lay participants, our energetic and passionate youth delegates, and many gifted and inspired musicians was so important to us as it invited all present into feeling even closer to God. Offerings for each service included support for the Bishop’s Annual Ministries Appeal, and the United Thank Offering. 

On Friday, our sermon was shared by The Most Rev. Melissa Skelton, an arch-bishop from Canada. The Reverend Skelton spoke of Julian of Norwich and her vision in which she heard Christ’s words: “All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.” 

Julian’s wisdom saw our God as one of compassion, not judgement. She spoke of Christ’s invitation to each of us to enter into active compassion, whether compassion for the crucified Christ, or compassion for others in our midst. This entering is the key that opens up our participation in God’s making all things well. It becomes the entry into authentic joy in this moment, now. This link provides a video of her moving sermon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ub5p-Fq8IGw&feature=youtu.be

After our service of Holy Communion, we were given an inspiring and dynamic address by The Reverend Skelton. She had previously answered the call to be the rector of a struggling congregation, guiding it from identifying itself as a small, diminishing community through discernment and on to celebrating affirming its vibrant and diverse growth. She shared a moving and inspiring story of her work lifting up this community and cultivating its growth toward vitality. She shared much about the essential process of ongoing discernment amidst change and went on to describe a model for understanding this unfolding and vulnerable process. She spoke of the importance of both inspiration as well as dissatisfaction and resistance. Her model is one that other congregations can utilize to discern and activate their own unique community.

We were present for the discussions around each resolution leading up to a vote. Highlights included a focus on bringing greater wholeness, fairness and balance to our diocese in several ways: by eliminating disparities in clergy compensation based on race, gender and sexual identity; by updating the resolution on Sabbatical leave for rectors, vicars, priests-in-charge and associates to encourage and support this important time of renewal and to treat it as an accrued benefit by congregations; and, by encouraging the relationship between the diocese and congregations by offering consulting and support in each phase of growth and well before imperilment. The notion of vitality and wholeness was lived out by the unanimous passing of the Resolution for Racial Reconciliation. All of the resolutions are well detailed on the diocese website:  https://episcopalmaryland.org/diocesan-governance/diocesan-convention/   Our afternoon this day offered several excellent workshops, both on growing congregational health as well as prayer.

The second day offered Bishop Sutton’s Convention Address in which he embraced The Way of Love encouraged by Bishop Curry by focussing on what it means to be a Community of Love. We are both a unified body of persons with shared practice and prayer as well as a body unified in Christ, and in Christ’s ongoing restoration to make all well. He focused his remarks on what makes an effective Community of Love, describing it as mature in how it deals with conflict. Through loving discernment, listening with open minds, and prayer, conflict leads to positive change through its member’s commitment to repairing brokenness through tangible actions.

The attributes of this kind of community are:  speaking the truth in love; listening to one another; sharing a commitment to change behaviors and attitudes; and, giving and receiving forgiveness. The Bishop then created images of what effective community looks like: it never gives up on getting better; it rests as well as acts; and, it commits itself to repairing brokenness. The culmination of this message was supported by the unanimous acceptance of the Resolution for Racial Reconciliation. To watch Bishop Sutton’s Convention Address, use this link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDbLgvCraF0&feature=youtu.be

We offer this glimpse of this year’s Convention and welcome curiosity and conversation all toward being a Community of Love.

 

 

 

Summer Fellowship

Our Sunday Forums and Children and Youth Discovery programs have finished for the season, but there are still plenty of opportunities for fellowship at St. Anne’s!
 
 
We are gearing up for Summer Worship with our Fellowship in the Churchyard beginning June 2. Please sign up your ministry for one or more weeks to furnish a snack to be enjoyed following the 9:30 worship service. Coffee and water will be provided. Set up and break down of the tables will be handled for you.
 
 

 

2019 Men’s Retreat

September 20 – 22, 2019 at the Memorial House in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

 
St. Anne’s men are responding to Bishop Curry’s challenge to commit to The Way of Life by focusing on it at the Men’s Retreat. We will study the seven topics of this
process and consider how to begin to write a Rule of Life for ourselves. For more information, click here.
 
 
Bible Study

I Shall Not Die, But Live — A six-week journey through the Gospel of Luke, at 6:00 PM, in the Parish Hall. Join us as we break bread together, encounter Christ and engage in spirit-filled conversation about the Prodigal Son, the Rich Man and Lazarus and much more. Luke’s gospel is always timely, and perhaps even more so today as Jesus’ actions challenge us with questions about outreach, radical hospitality and welcoming the outsiders among us. We’ll be using an acclaimed 2017 film version produced by Lionsgate, along with supplemental readings. Amy-Jill Levine’s book, “Short Stories by Jesus”, will be one of our resources. Get in touch with Father Thompson to learn more, and tell a friend.

St. Anne’s Episcopal Rainbow Group 

Celebrate Our Diversity and Welcoming Spirit with Us! 

St. Anne’s Episcopal Rainbow Group invites you to participate with us in Annapolis Pride’s Inaugural Parade on Saturday, June 29 at 12:00 PM.

St. Anne’s Episcopal Rainbow Group is walking in the parade to let all parade attendees know, especially LGBTQ+ individuals, we are a welcoming and inclusive church for all. All St. Anne’s clergy, staff, committees, and the entire congregation is invited to walk with the group in a show of solidarity; a demonstration of our diversity; and our committed welcoming spirit.

The parade starts at Amos Garrett Blvd. and proceeds along West Street to Calvert St. The route is 0.4 miles long and is expected to last about 45 minutes. Please join us!

St. Anne’s T-Shirt Fundraiser! 

St. Anne’s Episcopal Rainbow Group is selling t-shirts (via this link at Custom Ink https://www.customink.com/fundraising/st-annes-episcopal-church-annapolis-pride) to wear at the parade and to raise money for our parade expenses. If you don’t want to buy a shirt but want to support the group you can also donate at the same link. You can opt to have the t-shirt shipped to you for a small fee or delivered free of charge the morning of the parade. The t-shirt sale will run from May 20 – June 10. Our parade  meeting point is the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts at 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 29.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Rainbow Group Coordinator, Jill Lake at jilllake3@yahoo.com.

 
Preschool for the Arts at St. Anne’s

What a tremendous school year it has been!  We are so grateful for all of our PASA students, families, and faculty.  Last week, we enjoyed wonderful performances by all the children in our famous Arty Parties and Spring Arts Programs.  They were incredible!  This week, we end the school year with a band concert and our endearing preschool graduation.  Come visit us and see what you are missing!

 

Women’s Bible Study

Women’s Bible Study meets the first Saturday of every month.  The next meeting will be June 2 from 10:00 to 11:00 AM in the Church Choir Room.  We will study the sixth chapter of Galatians.

 

Women’s Retreat

 

Children and Youth Ministry

Youth Award Winners

The Awards Committee is pleased to announce that Drew Loughlin is the 2019 recipient of the Harrison Sayre award.  Drew is graduating from Key school and heading to Davidson College in the fall. Drew had been a regular attendant at services during his high school years.  He has been very involved with children in the community.  He helped start a chess club for children at Centro de Ayuda and teaches children every Wednesday night while their parents are working to become citizens.  He also has been a counselor at summer camp at Wellness House helping children whose families have been affected by cancer. Among other volunteer efforts, Drew has helped at Anne Arundel Food County Bank.  All this is in addition to his school work and activities.

 

 

 

The Awards Committee is also pleased to announce that Frankie Frazee is the recipient of the Saint Augustine Book Prize.  Frankie is graduating from Broadneck High School and heading to University of Vermont.  She has an impressive GPA and is a member of numerous honor societies and service groups. She has been active in church activities and in the community. She has participated in youth group activities and been a counselor at Vacation Bible School. Frankie is about to receive her Girl Scout Gold Award . The Gold Award is the equivalent to the Boy Scout Eagle Award.  Frankie has an ongoing project with the Boys and Girls Club of Annapolis.  She also went on the Guatemala Mission trip two summers ago and said it was a life-changing experience.

Both awards are intended to assist with the cost of college textbooks.

Children and Youth Events

Fr. Tim’s Farewell & Thank You Gift

Fr. Tim’s last Sunday will be June 9. For the next 3 Sundays, your child/youth will have the opportunity to put their fingerprint on a special ceramic cross that will be presented to Tim. Please have your child/youth join us in saying thank-you and Godspeed to our Interim Rector. If you will not be at services the next 3 weeks, please let me know and we can arrange a time during the week.

Very Big Story Camp (Children and Youth)

Don’t forget to sign-up your child for Very Big Story Camp, and your middle and high school youth for Jr. Counselors. This year’s  camp will be held July 8 to 12, from 9:00 AM to noon. We are pleased that this year we will have more music and art. If your child or youth plays a musical instrument, likes doing skits, enjoys singing, enjoys art, and wants to reflect on God’s awesome love, you don’t want to miss this year’s camp!  Sign-up using our Sign-Up Genius link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0D4FACAC23A1F85-early .

New Acolyte, Youth Lector Sign-Up

We are recruiting young people to be acolytes and readers (lectors) for the 9:30 AM service. Acolytes need to be no younger than rising second graders and Lectors must be good readers. We will offer training mid-June. If your child is interested, please  let Connie know.

Sycamore Tree (Children’s Worship)

The Sycamore Tree will be held at the 9:30 AM and 11:00 AM services through the summer. 

Middle School Mission Trip to Appalachia

Be the Peace – Thus you shall salute him: “Peace be to you, and peace be to your house, and peace be to all that you have.” 1 Samuel 25:6

 Appalachia Service Project (ASP).   First Presbyterian Church and St Anne’s will come together this summer and head to Jonesville, VA to serve the local residents on a much-needed service project in their community. For more information check out the link below.   RSVP to Miss Good if you are interested in participating!  SPACE IS LIMITED. Registration and $175.00 non-refundable deposit cutoff is Wednesday, February 27. However if all the slots are filled we will cutoff registration earlier. 

Who:  Middle school students, who have completed the 6th-8th grades with adult chaperones. We have 10 youth slots available.

What:  Learn about and provide service and home repair to a family in Central Appalachia with JAM. https://www.asphome.org/jam/#more

Where:  We will be housed for this program at the ASP-owned facility in Jonesville, Virginia and travel to a family’s home.

Cost: $325/person/week. This cost will cover food, housing, programming, construction tools, and materials for your entire week of service. Scholarships available. $175 due at registration, and $150 is due by July 1. Please note: Transportation costs will be funded by fundraisers and both congregations.

Why:  ASP offers Middle school students a chance to complete hands-on service and sets them up to continue to serve throughout their lives. At ASP, they are able to truly make a difference for both local homeowners and the community with meaningful projects, while still having age-specific programming in place. We firmly believe that young people can change the world, so come join us soon and see for yourself!

For more information or to sign up for any of the above events, contact Connie Saeger at *protected email* or 443-808-1361.

 

Women’s Retreat

 

Current Volunteer and Service Opportunities

Habitat for Humanity

St. Anne’s parishioners have been busy this spring working on a Habitat house on Clay Street.  The renovated house is due to be completed this summer, and a new homeowner has already been selected and is putting in her “sweat equity” hours, working alongside volunteers with the Annapolis Interfaith Coalition.  Pictured are St. Anne’s hard working volunteers Mike Creighton, Phil Reynolds and Bill Malicki.  For information about Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake or to volunteer, contact Linda Silva at *protected email*.

Light House Shelter
 
 
 
Cooking for the Light House
 
St. Anne’s and the Men’s Huddle provide and cook the evening meal at the Light House the first Wednesday of every month.  We cook our items at home and gather at the Light House at 5:00 PM to serve the dinner. After serving, we get a plate and sit to eat and converse with the guests.  We are usually done by 7:00 PM.
 
 
On June 5 we are serving a chicken dinner.  Still needed are 3 people to provide 20 pieces of chicken, any kind (baked, fried, barbeque, etc), homemade or purchased.  We also need a tossed salad for 35, one donation of potato salad to serve 20, drinks (2 jars juice and iced tea mix) and dessert.  The shelter needs a gallon of milk and a dozen eggs. To volunteer contact Nancy Greeley at *protected email* or 410 224-2975 or John Merrick at *protected email*
 
Family Cooking for the Light House 
 
 

The St. Anne’s Family Cooking at the Light House  ministry encourages St. Anne families to volunteer together to lovingly prepare, cook, and serve a meal for residents of the shelter. Family Cooking at the Light House is held monthly on the 3rd Monday of every month. This is a wonderful bonding experience for families. It is an excellent opportunity for children to see their parents giving their time and talent. It also teaches youth about sharing our abundant wealth and resources with those less fortunate. Eating with the residents after serving also enriches the service learning of the ministry and teaches our youth that shelter residents are no less valuable than they are. Family cooking is also an excellent community service event for teenagers needing volunteer hours.

I am always looking for volunteer families to come prepare, cook, and serve a meal for approximately 60 residents. Children 11 years old and over are welcome to participate in family cooking. Each month I need 2 – 3 families to prepare a main course, side dishes, and dessert. You decide the menu, so family favorite recipes are always welcome! I pair up new families with experienced ones, so no one is overwhelmed, and I am most often there for support and help and to oversee things. To learn more about participating or if you are interested in volunteering please contact Jill Lake at *protected email* or 443-433-2373. All March 2019 dates and beyond are available to sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0844a5ac2ba2fe3-stannes

 

 

Women’s Retreat

 

Pastoral Care

Personal Prayers During the Offertory

During the Offertory at each Sunday morning service, someone from St. Anne’s Prayer Ministry will be at the Holy Family Chapel ready to pray with/for you or a loved one – for healing, hope, thanksgiving, intercession, small requests, large requests and/or a blessing and anointing. All prayers are  confidential. If you feel like coming to the Chapel but don’t know why, come anyway, come for a prayer – we are a praying community and all are welcome.

Stephen Ministry

Did you know? You deepen your faith as the Holy Spirit fashions you into a Christ-centered caregiver. 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

Stephen Ministers care for people facing tough times.  We all experience challenges in life — times when we could benefit from care and support.  Stephen Ministers can provide the emotional and spiritual care we need when faced with a crisis or difficulty.

If you would like to receive care from a Stephen Minister or know of someone seeking care, please contact Rev. Thompson *protected email* or Lori Marchant, 443-994-5858, *protected email*.

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
 
Transportation Needed
 
Alexandra Pantelides, one of our parishioners, needs a ride to Sunday worship. She lives off of Cedar Ridge Court and her number is 410-280-9774. If you can help her, please give her a call, and let Father Thompson know.
 
For more information on Pastoral Care, click here.
Hospital Visitation
If you are to be a patient at AAMC, please give the office a call and let us know! Or contact Dion at *protected email*  or 850-450-2801. And say yes, when the admitting person at AAMC asks if you would like a pastoral visit from someone from your preferred religious affiliation.
Pastoral visits by our Hospital Visitors are a great benefit of being part of St Anne’s parish. Our visitors are compassionate, respectful and faithful. And they are all trained as Eucharistic Visitors.
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.