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Clergy Epistle

Shall We Be Disturbed

Matthew 25:14-30

Disturb us, Lord, when we are too well-pleased with ourselves.

Those words from a poem attributed to Sir Francis Drake, the great English sea captain, speak to the disturbing nature of Sunday’s gospel. The Parable of the Talents is a strange and unsettling description of the kingdom of heaven. The master in question shows no mercy. The slaves show no sense of community. It’s everyman for himself. Though there is rejoicing, there is also weeping and gnashing of teeth. Our good news does not have a happy ending.

This makes it hard to put a soft touch on this gospel. But, perhaps Jesus wants to shock us into considering the enormity of the precious treasure with which he has entrusted us, and the dire consequences that result from our inaction. Too often, I think, we try to take the edge off the gospel message to make it more palatable.

The Parable of the Talents can be read as a story in which Jesus extolls the virtues and rewards of using whatever gifts God has given us. In this reading, we might see ourselves as the good slaves. After all, no one wants to be deemed wicked, lazy and worthless.  

But lest we get too comfortable and self-congratulatory as we enter into the joy of our master, consider these questions.

Why didn’t the two industrious slaves help their comrade? How much joy can there be when our brother or sister weeps in exile? Do we blame them? Or, do we share a bit of responsibility for their fate?

I’m wondering if there might be a subversive, counter-narrative at work. Is there a subtle argument here in favor of community, of sharing resources, both material and spiritual, so that all may enter in the master’s joy? Such questions call for deep thought and not easy answers. They challenge us to sit with what we might find uneasy in this parable. To that end, I invite you to accept Jesus’ challenge.

I am again reminded of Sir Francis Drake’s words: “Disturb us, Lord, when we are too well pleased with ourselves, when our dreams have come true, and we have lost our thirst for the waters of life.” When we grow deaf to your children’s cries, disturb us, oh Lord. Disturb us.


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Advent and Christmas at St. Anne’s

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Stewardship 2021 – Together, We Thrive


Our 2021 Stewardship Campaign has begun: Together, We Thrive.
As you prayerfully consider your commitment to St. Anne’s during this campaign, please remember that a personal pledge of support for 2021 is a meaningful reflection of your shared belief in and hope for our future during these trying times when Christ’s message is needed most!
Please click here to pledge. Every gift ensures that Together, We Thrive. We cannot fully succeed without you.


Giving Tuesday is December 1!!

In all seasons we remember that “all things come of Thee, oh Lord” (1 Chronicles 29:14). Here’s how you can remember and contribute to the work of God through St. Anne’s outreach initiatives this Giving Tuesday!

Facebook: Give securely on our Facebook page – “St. Anne’s Episcopal Church – Annapolis Maryland.” Click on our post here.

Amazon Smile: COVID restrictions have you shopping on Amazon more often these days? Shop at or with AmazonSmile ON in the app. Select “St. Anne’s Episcopal Parish” as your charity, and Amazon donates 0.5% of your eligible purchases to St. Anne’s.

St. Anne’s Website: Give on our website! Go to this page, where you can choose to donate to our Good Samaritan fund or to our sister parish in Guatemala.

Every year, Giving Tuesday mobilizes millions of people across the globe (almost 70 countries) to show up, give back, and change their communities. The goal is to create a massive wave of generosity that lasts beyond that day, and touches every person on the planet. Giving to St. Anne’s expands our circle, unleashing generosity throughout Annapolis and beyond.

St. Anne’s Nominating Committee


Fall is the time of year when St. Anne’s Nominating Committee gets busy. When we have our next annual meeting on February 7, 2021, we will elect 5 members of the Vestry, two new delegates and two alternates to our Diocesan convention. The Church’s by-laws state that “Every Voting Member of St. Anne’s Parish 18 years or older shall be eligible to serve as a member of the Vestry.” The Vestry of St. Anne’s administers the temporal affairs of the parish. If you are interested in serving St. Anne’s as a member of the Vestry or as a delegate to the annual convention in 2021, or you would like to nominate someone, please contact committee chair Paul Pope at by November 22.


Worship with St. Anne’s Online 

Especially in these times, let us continue to unite ourselves with others to acknowledge the holiness of God, to hear God’s Word, to offer prayer, and to celebrate the sacraments (Book of Common Prayer, 857).
Due to the updated Diocesan guidelines, we will only be worshiping online for at least the next two weeks. For more information on these guidelines, please click here.
Sunday – 9:30AM – Holy Eucharist, Rite II
A digital offering livestreamed on St. Anne’s YouTube channel to the comfort of your home. This service is a full Eucharistic service with organ music and cantor, professionally produced in order that we might perfect the praises we offer to God through this artistic means.
Church Open for Silent Prayer

The Church is now open for silent prayer Monday through Thursday from 12:00-1:00PM. We ask that you please sign in and use hand sanitizer when you enter the Church. Please wear your mask and practice social distancing at all times.


Prayers for the Deployed

Dear Church Family: Whether our country is at peace or at war, the men and women of our armed forces continue to serve and defend us. If you know of someone stationed overseas, please send their names to Fr. Dion at, or to Kirsten Hair at, so they may be included in our Prayers For The Deployed.


Virtual 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.


Pastoral Care at St. Anne’s
Prayer List
Hello, God’s People — We will be starting a new prayer list on November 29th as we usher in the season of Advent. As before, we will be listing people for four weeks, or for as long as prayer is needed. This will help us to be in prayer with each other in our sorrows and joys. If you would like to add someone to the list, please let us know. As St. Paul wrote to Timothy: “I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions and thanksgivings be made for all.” — Father Dion
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.
Stephen Ministry – Challenges for the Upcoming Holidays

St. Anne’s congregation is invited to join in this conversation about concerns and ideas for staying safe and well through the holidays.  Please join us on Thursday, November 19 from 7:00-8:00 PM. on Zoom.

All topics are welcome and may include:

            +  How do I know who and what activities are safe?

            +  What can be held outdoors?

            +  How can I politely say no to holiday invitations?

            +  Am I being too cautious? 

The evening is sponsored by Stephen Ministry and facilitated by Stephen Ministers.

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.

The Community Action Agency
Please click here for the latest newsletter from The Community Action Agency.
For information on assistance for paying energy and fuel bills, please click here; or here for Spanish version.
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.

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. 
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St. Anne’s Cemetery 








The cemetery Committee is pleased to announce that the replacement of the longest and most visible section of our cemetery wall has begun. Using funds provided by the generous bequest of Emily Peake several years ago, we will be finishing the wall replacement started two summers ago at the carriage house. If you look carefully at the picture, you will see that the wall has been slowly leaning inward and would eventually fall into our cemetery. The replacement wall has deep footings set in cement and a series of buttresses that will stabilize the wall for many years to come.


Coffee, Fellowship and Conversation

Our Virtual Fellowship has moved to Wednesdays at 6:30 PM via Zoom. Join us for Evening Prayer at 5:30, followed by Fellowship at 6:30, and Forum from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Bring coffee, dinner, or dessert, and be ready for prayer, conversation,  and learning. Come and go as needed to fit your schedule. Click here to join the Zoom meeting.

Contact Connie Saeger at if you  have questions.


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St. Anne’s Winter Gear for Kids

Are you reaching for your warm jacket or coat these days? Will you help a child who needs a warm jacket, coat, or winter boots? You can help a child by providing new winter gear for Pre-K through 5th grade children at Annapolis Elementary School. St. Anne’s has a special relationship with these children already: you provided school supplies in backpacks, food for the Backpack Buddies program, and many of you have tutored at the Stanton Community Center. Coats and winter gear for growing children is an annual need not met through other community efforts. The goal is for each child to receive a new coat, or new fleece jacket, or new winter boots, plus one book and math cards for their grade level. Here is how this ministry works: 

1.     Email Caroline Purdy at and request a child or children (specify the number of children). You will receive a reply that includes the item requested by the child’s parent and instructions.
2.     Do not wrap the gifts; place them in a shopping bag and attach the tag/label with the child’s name. 
3.     Bring the labeled bag to the Carlson’s or to the McNitt’s house before November 20.
The families will receive winter gear for their children Thanksgiving week – before snow flies! Questions? Contact Ann Carlson at 301-502-1873.
Prayer for the Week

Lord Jesus, who didst promise that by faith your disciples might remove mountains, increase our faith till we are no longer awed by difficulties and frightened by problems.  Hold us by your mighty hand until doubts shall cease and we begin to believe.  Then shall we find all things possible, even your solutions to the questions that perplex us.  For this we do pray.  Amen.

St. Anne’s Advent Community Walk

We are excited to announce preparations for Advent community walks in our parish neighborhoods. Each walk will be a socially distanced experience for one small, local group. We invite parishioners who enjoy hospitality to volunteer as Community Hosts on Sunday, December 13 from 3:00-4:00 PM. Community Hosts will receive a packet with all needed materials including prayers to help guide individual groups. This is a great opportunity to prepare our hearts for the season, to reflect, and to connect with our fellow parishioners and neighbors. All Community Hosts are welcome to join a preliminary reflection and Advent walk led by Heather Strang the week before our parish-wide walk. If you are interested in hosting an Advent walk in your neighborhood or want to get more information, please reach out to Pat Spencer ( or Kimberly Jillson ( no later than November 15.


And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.” (Luke 1:46-47)


Two Volunteer Opportunities for The Light House

Family Cooking for The Light House

All are invited to gather on Zoom with friends, those you may be missing and new friends as well, and cook a delicious meal for our neighbors at The Light House. We will cook remotely on Sunday, November 22 from 3:00-4:30PM. If cooking at another time is best for you that works too! Each of us will cook a portion of the meal, chill it overnight and deliver it Monday morning. Contact Heather and Dave Strang at 443-995-3820 or for more information.

Cooking for The Light House 

St Anne’s parishioners provide the evening meal at the Light House the first Wednesday of every month. We select recipes from the Light House cook booklet, cook the items at home and deliver them cold to the Light House by 5:00 PM. Our next meal will be on December 2. We are serving sweet and sour chicken, rice, a green vegetable, dessert and possibly a salad. Two volunteers are providing the chicken.  We need two people to provide cooked rice, a green vegetable, a green salad for 35, and dessert. The shelter can also use a gallon of 2% milk. To help or for questions, contact Nancy Greeley at



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Thanksgiving Service

Our Thanksgiving service will be held at 10:00 AM on Thursday, November 26.  It will be available on our YouTube page.

Sycamore Tree

Our children’s worship service has a new look! Check it out! Families lead us in the reading and prayers, while Kristin Pagent and Ken Kimble lift our hearts in song from St. Anne’s sanctuary, and Connie Saeger-Proctor shares a lesson. Now professionally produced by our Sunday morning technology team to amplify our praises to God (yay!) Pray with us this week! Advent services for children are virtually offered each Sunday during Advent. Special children’s learning activity sheets are available every Sunday. The Sycamore Tree is premiered at 2:30.Watch Sycamore Tree here.

Advent Evenings

Our Advent Evenings will be held on December 2, 9, 16, and 23 from 7:00 – 8:15 PM. This year, we will be focusing on “The Canticles” we pray in the Book of Common Prayer. As we prepare to receive the incarnate Lord on Christmas, it is our prayer that you will find these Advent Reflections meaningful. Our first class is on “The Magnificat” or The Song of Mary and will be led by our rector, The Rev. Dr. Manoj Mathew Zacharia. . Please visit our website here for more information on these special nights.

St. Anne’s Youth Leadership Corps is Forming!

We are pleased to announce the launch of the St. Anne’s Youth Leadership Corps!  This is an exciting opportunity for high school students to be part of a team dedicated to growing in their faith, developing as leaders, and serving others.  Starting later in November, the Youth Leadership Corps will meet regularly to learn about and practice the essentials of the Christian life, grow in friendship, and respond to needs in the church and community through acts of service.  The Youth Leadership Corps will be led by Patrick Carlson and Alyssa Pasternak-Post. Some youth may have met Patrick through his work with the Confirmation program this fall.

 If you have questions, please contact Alyssa at or at 443.333.8809. 

Mid-Week Wednesday Morning Prayer and Scripture Study

Have you ever wanted to dig deeper into the Sunday lessons? Perhaps, after reading the lessons, you have asked yourself, “what about the text” is the preacher not saying?

Maybe you have wanted to be part of a group that studies and reflects upon scripture at a deeper level. Please join us over ZOOM for Morning Prayer and Scripture Study based on Sunday’s lectionary propers. The sessions will be led by a member of the ministerial team at St. Anne’s. We will begin with Morning Prayer at 8:00 AM  and then head into the study of scripture using the lessons for the upcoming Sunday. The lessons can be found here. We will be using Track 1.

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: