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Clergy Epistle

Dear St. Anne’s,
 
I grew up going to my little brother’s baseball games and this time of year is not the same without the fanfare and excitement of the beginning of another season. I used to love sitting in the stands and cheering on his team. I truly miss the game this year. Especially watching the pitcher and the catcher, and the ways those two in particular work together and depend on each other through every pitch and every play.
 
The pitcher throws the ball with might and precision, and trusts that the catcher will catch it. That’s how we are called to be in relationship with God. To cast or “throw” our anxiety on him and trust that he can hold it for us so that we don’t have to. It does not matter what we are worried about or how much pain we are in, God can handle anything we throw at him—the curve balls, fast balls and change-ups, plus the occasional slider of life.
 
God is our catcher. The one who knows what pitch we are going to throw so he can catch it for us because he loves us. It’s pretty simple but sometimes hard to imagine how simple it is. God wants us to do well, to live in peace and to share joy. All the worries of this life sometimes make it hard to do just that! So, what have you thrown to God this week? Whatever it is, know that God holds it tight since it’s out of your control but trust that God is with you no matter what happens.
 
May you feel the peace of God when you throw each pitch and know that He is with you for this game of life.
 
Many blessings to you all throughout the rest of this week!
 
Jess+
 
Day of Pentecost

Why do we wear red?

 

 
The main sign of Pentecost in the West is the color red. It symbolizes joy and the fire of the Holy Spirit. Priests or ministers, and choirs wear red vestments, and in modern times, the custom has extended to the lay people of the congregation wearing red clothing in celebration as well. Wikipedia
 
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.

June 3   — Week Seven                                 Jerusalem!                                                          Chapters 21 – 23 – Jerusalem! The city of peace and God’s shalom becomes a battleground in chapters 21 to 23. Joy quickly turns to heartbreak. ‘Jerusalem, Jerusalem,’ Jesus cries, ‘the city that kills the prophets and stones the ones sent to it.’

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 31 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.

 

Prayer for the Week

Loving God, we pray that You will comfort those who are suffering, lend skill to the hands of their healers, and bless their care takers. Give them such confidence in the power of Your grace, that even when they are afraid, they may put their whole trust in You; through our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen. 

 

 

Reconciliation Ministry

The work of St. Anne’s Reconciliation Ministry continues despite COVID-19. It has met twice by Zoom since the start of the pandemic with another monthly meeting planned for June 18 at 7:00 PM. All are welcome. We thank St. Anne’s Vestry for approving the ministry’s mission statement at its May meeting. Included is a Vision Statement to guide the ministry’s work for our Parish: “To have become a fully reconciled and beloved community with our neighbors at St. Philip’s and other area congregations, and to be actively engaged in truth and reconciliation and social justice efforts in the wider Annapolis community and in the diocese.” Our mission is: “To listen to, learn about, and share the whole history of St. Anne’s with respect to the surrounding community, especially the congregation of St. Philip’s; To work toward reconciliation with communities and individuals who have been harmed by racist, discriminatory, and exclusionary practices; To encourage and support a culture at St. Anne’s  that welcomes all people in everything that we do; To join our brothers and sisters in the Annapolis community in helping those in need and advocating for social justice.” For more information, contact Anne Thomas, at alfdt75@gmail.com, Frances Burke, at horace721h@gmail.com or Katie Burke, at burkekc04@gmail.com.

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:  carollleach@gmail.com

Women’s Retreat

Children and Youth Ministry

Preschool for the Arts at St. Anne’s

PASA celebrated their last week of school during the week of May 17. It may have looked a little different, but we still celebrated the arts in a major way! We hosted a school-wide Zoom dance and music party; celebrated our talented artists with virtual art shows; and of course held graduation for Fabulous Fours students who are headed off kindergarten! We also held social-distancing graduation parades, where teachers drove to Each little graduate’s home to give them the celebration they deserved! Mayor Gavin Buckley, Former Governor Parris Glendenning and many local businesses even joined in the festivities by sending congratulations videos to our graduates. We are so proud of you Class of 2020!

 

 

High School Seniors Harrison Sayre Award–Application Date Extended

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 June 5, 2020.  For questions or more information, contact Nancy Greeley at momgreeley@aol.com.Graduating

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 momgreeley@aol.com

 

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 clsaeger@stannes-annapolis.org 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 clsaeger@stannes-annapolis.org 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 clsaeger@stannes-annapolis.org if you are interested in participating.

Women’s Retreat

Outreach

Partners in Mission in Guatemala

Great news, St. Anne’s – 195 families, about 1,400 adults and children, received food staples this past week, thanks to you! Collectively, you have shared generously at this demanding time – and yet the need continues. Food prices are increasing in the Guatemalan markets so we must send a little more next week to feed the same number of folks. With vestry approval, the PIMIG Team has re-assigned all the usual 2020 support to FOOD RELIEF. Your thoughtful extras – those gifts now of $10 or $25 or $50 – are helping to reach the amount needed. The Team is also submitting grant applications to corporations and service groups in support of the St. Anne’s-Chijulimul partnership – please keep your fingers crossed for that effort!  
 
 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 jsexton@stannes-annapolis.org.
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 momgreeley@aol.com, or Heather and Dave Strang at thestrangs@verizon.net.

 
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 dthompson@stannes-annapolis.org 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 spencerpatricia1968@gmail.com
 
 
 
 
 
 
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.