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  Our call at St. Anne’s is to Enlarge the circle in order to reflect the love of Christ by Building, Engaging, Evangelizing, and Forming Disciples.

Women’s Retreat



Clergy Epistle

Surprised by Christ
Matthew 18:20

“For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.” – Matthew 18:20
These words from Sunday’s gospel reading are often taken as words of consolation. We’re told that Jesus is with us in our times sorrow. This is absolutely true. But these words also should remind us that Jesus is always around, waiting to surprise. After all, he is named Emmanuel: God with us.
We can get caught up in our doings, forging ahead under what we presume is our own power. This can be especially true when we are dealing with conflict and disagreements. Tempers can flare. Hearts can harden. Caught in a contest of winners and losers, we lose focus. In those times, Jesus is not sitting on the sidelines. He is in the midst of our struggle. And we are not combatants. We are his disciples, called to approach each other with love, compassion and understanding. These truths can help us refocus.
Sunday’s passage offered a step-by-step process for dealing with conflict. What comes clear is that every effort must made to preserve the community. Yet, there are times when one’s presence only harms the community.
In her beautiful meditation on the Rule of St. Benedict, Joan Chittister writes: “There can come a point, it seems, after every effort has been made to deal with a problem and every effort has been made to correct a spiritual disease in life, when enough is enough. … People with the courage to put us out of something may be the best spiritual guides we ever get.”
This putting out, this invitation to leave can be an act of tough love made in the name of Christ, taking us from where we no longer should be, and leading us to where we ought to be. All the while, Jesus is present, waiting to surprise us in holy and unexpected ways.
Fr. Dion

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Foyer Ministry

Parish Fellowship is the reason for The Foyer Ministry, and, alas, the pandemic has put an end to real togetherness since March. The Foyer Groups have had to cancel our spring end-of-season picnic and our fall organizational potluck (which means we will keep last season’s groupings). We now need to know if Foyer members would be willing to meet in our usual small groups at members’ homes or yards, if properly masked and distanced and without shared food. Could we have outdoor BYO happy hours, perhaps? What about weather? Would/could we meet indoors? Do people have space in their dwellings for eight people six feet apart? The Foyer committee wants to hear from you. Please email and say:

1. Yes or No: I am willing to attend small socially distanced Foyer events at people’s homes.
2. Yes or No: I think Foyer ought to limit itself to Zoom meetings during the pandemic
3. Yes or No: Foyer should be dormant until the pandemic is over.

Feel free to add ideas and comments. Carol Richards, chair



Exciting Announcement!

Beloved in Christ,

It is with deep gratitude, excitement, and prayer that I announce that we have called Alyssa Pasternak-Post as Minister for Communication and Evangelism.
Alyssa currently serves as the Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries at the historic St. James Episcopal Church in Lancaster, PA ( What excited the Rector’s Human Resources Advisory Subcommittee and the Executive Committee is Alyssa’s passion for Jesus rooted in a deep sacramental reverence and spirituality and her capacity to effectively communicate the gospel in meaningful ways for “such a time as this.” Her references commented that Alyssa, her husband Jeff, and children Amelia and Mariel not only “proclaim” but “live” the gospel.
We are excited that we will be a part of Alyssa’s journey into the Sacred Order of Deacons and then the Priesthood. Her ministry will focus on the following areas:
1.     Congregational digital media, website content, and communications efforts with a focus on evangelism and spreading the goodness of salvation in Jesus Christ;
2.     Formation and evangelism efforts within the geographic parish with particular attention to the Young Families at St. Anne’s, neighboring academic institutions, and schools affiliated with St. Anne’s parish;
3.     Pursuit of the common good in partnership with mission, outreach, ecumenical and inter-faith leaders by addressing issues of structural inequity;
4.     Small groups, congregational affinity groups, and cell churches by equipping disciples to live into their baptismal ministry; and,
5.     Support St. Anne’s missioners who are involved in international mission through established partnership.
My gratitude goes out to Michael Thaxton, Townsend McNitt, Thomas Calo, and the rest of the members of the Human Resource Advisory Committee and the Vestry’s Executive Committee for their help in discernment.
I am also grateful to Alyssa, Jeff, Amelia, and Mariel for saying “yes” to the call and Fr. David Warner Peck and the saints of St. James parish in Lancaster, PA for the role that they have played in Alyssa’s discernment and ministry.
Please keep Alyssa, Jeff, Amelia, and Mariel in your prayers as they transition to Annapolis. We are anticipating that Alyssa will commence her ministry on October 1, 2020.
Your Servant in Christ,


A Message From Alyssa

Click on the picture for a special message from Alyssa

Greetings, friends! My name is Alyssa Pasternak-Post, and I am a newcomer in your midst, arriving to you soon from Lancaster, Pennsylvania where I have served among the good people of Saint James Episcopal Church for four years.

And now I am coming to be among you, the good people of St. Anne’s, accepting the call as your Assistant Rector, to love and serve among you, and to join you in your mission of building, evangelizing, engaging, and forming, here in the heart of Annapolis.

I have been delighted to meet a few of you throughout this discernment process:
-to hear your noble vision of enlarging your circle
-to pray with you virtually during your Sunday worship and to know of your daily pattern of prayer in various forms: traditional, contemplative, rooted in Jesus
-to sense of your care for one another, including through your Stephen’s Ministry, and your desire to grow spiritually through biblical study and small group formation
-to be inspired by your commitment to care for those in your community, such as through your creative work at the Stanton Community Center and your Back-to-School backpack ministry

At that is just the narrow glimpse into what I have seen of your common life!

On behalf of all who have been new here in St. Anne’s 328 years of faithful presence in Annapolis, I thank you for welcoming me, my spouse Jeff, and our daughters Amelia and Mariel into the circle of your church family. Thank you for receiving us as we are, people like you on a journey towards Jesus in this messy business of being human.

I ask your prayers for my family as we make the transition to our new home and new school in the coming weeks. Be assured of mine for you. I am eager to meet each of you (most likely virtually for a while), to hear your stories, and to join you in your ministries, enlarging the circle, sharing the love and good news of Jesus here in Annapolis, here in this time.

Blessings, friends!

Alyssa Pasternak-Post

COVID-19 Update
How Can I Worship?We have temporarily modified our worship schedule in order to accommodate the much-needed cleaning of the church per the Diocesan guidelines. It is our hope to resume the pre-Covid 19 Sunday worship offerings as soon as we are able. We profusely apologize for any inconvenience this has caused. If you are healthy, please consider registering for the Rite I service at 11:15 AM or the Holy Eucharist service at 5:30 PM. Registration links are in the Sunday morning eBlast and on our website. We will continue to offer the Live Stream Eucharist at 9:30 AM via YouTube. Please bear with us as we migrate towards implementing much-needed technical upgrades that will facilitate enhanced streaming.
A Word About In-Person Registration
When registering for in-person services, please register using your formal name. For example, use “William” instead of “Bill” or “Robert” instead of “Bob”. If you are a member, your name will appear in a “drop down” box. Please select your name from the drop down choices. Other members of your family will also appear below your name. Please check the box next to the name of each family member that will be attending. Click “Next”. On this screen, please make your choice regarding the Eucharist. Click “Next”. Review your information and click “Register” to record your registration. You should immediately receive an email confirmation of your registration. If you have any questions, please email Connie at
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 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

The COVID-19 virus has changed our church-life, as well as other areas of our lives, due to efforts to keep us well and safe.  Please know that St. Anne’s Stephen Ministers have continued to faithfully meet with their Care Receivers by phone every week to give emotional and spiritual support to those in need.  All conversations are always confidential. The daily reports of increases in the number of virus cases across the country, the negative effects on businesses, schools, jobs, etc. make us wonder when will it end?   The stress caused by worry and fear of the unknown can slowly build and negatively affect us physically and mentally.  It often helps to talk to someone who will listen without judgement or advice, a compassionate ear and heart, someone who really hears what one is saying, thinking and feeling.  If you are experiencing any of the stress related issues below or would like to speak to someone about a different issue, please know our Stephen Leaders and Ministers welcome talking with you on the phone.

+  Anxiety                  + Difficulty sleeping             + Financial worries

+ Feeling sad             + Lack usual energy              + Fears about health

+ Loneliness              + Fear of the future               + Marriage difficulties

+  Job concerns         + Poor concentration          + Anxiety leaving your house

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.

Loss of a Spouse Workshop

Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Annapolis is offering a virtual/online 2½ hour on-line workshop**, Loss of a Spouse™, that is designed to help anyone who is grieving the loss of a spouse. The workshop includes a video containing interviews with professional counselors, grief experts, and others who have experienced the unique pain of losing a spouse. Following the video is a facilitated group discussion.  Each participant will receive a helpful guide that provides additional comfort and direction. The workshop and participant guide are free of charge. Click here for more information.


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. 
Women’s Retreat


Healing Social Injustice Through Contemplation and Action

Saturday, September 19, 2020, 9:00 AM to Noon via Zoom
Dear St. Anne’s Friends,

All are welcome to join me in a wonderful  half-day prayer retreat on Zoom. We will share in the parables of Jesus with times of prayer as we open ourselves to the invitation God has for us in the healing of social injustice in our community and world. For more information about the retreat, Centering Prayer or Zoom, please contact me at

During these unprecedented times we are called to examine our role to play when we experience social injustice. Apart from three 30-minute periods of centering prayer the 1/2-day retreat will include a presentation starting with the parables where Jesus always identified with the weakest segments in the society: the sick, the poor, and the outcast. This will be followed by views on social injustice, in particular racial injustice, by contemplative and religious leaders such as Thomas Keating, Richard Rohr, Howard Thurman, and Barbara Holmes. It will be discussed how contemplative practice, such as centering prayer, strengthens in a fundamental way the effectiveness of our action. We will discuss what kinds of actions might follow from the grounding of our contemplative practice and our roles and responsibilities for healing the wounds of racial injustice.
Click here to register. Zoom information will be provided via email after you register.
If you would like to make a Goodwill Offering, please do so by clicking here. If by check, please make the check out to COMW and mail to Kathleen Blank Riether, COMW Treasurer, 5265 Winter View Dr., Alexandria, VA, 22312. Suggested half day retreat offering $15.
Coffee, Fellowship and Conversation

Our Virtual Fellowship has moved to Wednesdays at 6:00 PM via Zoom. Join us for Evening Prayer at 5:30, followed by Fellowship at 6:00, 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.


Cemetery Spotlight

Pam May did a great job on the entrance garden.

Richard Thomas worked to remove lichen on a monument.

Thank you to those who came out this morning to help us in the St. Anne’s Cemetery. Some worked in the gardens, some worked on cleaning monuments and some freed trees from invasive ivy. Weather permitting, we will be working on Thursday mornings from 8:30 to around 10:00 on a regular basis. There is so much to do and all are welcome. Please join us when you can. Bring garden clippers if you wish to work on the ivy. We will provide the tools for the monument cleaning.

Thank you for any help that you can give us.

Women’s Retreat


Prayer for the Week

Dear Lord, We lift up all those who are facing illness today. We ask that You would bring healing, comfort and peace to their bodies. With Your loving spirit, calm their fears, and let them experience the healing power of Your love. Amen.

The Light House Pantry Collection

For over 20 years, St. Anne’s has collected food for The Light House Pantry every fall. The food is not for residents of the shelter but for our neighbors right here in Annapolis who have homes but lack funds to purchase food.  This year is obviously quite a different situation.  Since March, the number of households needing help has exploded.  Food donations are desperately needed.  We know that lots of organizations need our attention and donations this year and we appreciate all you do. We will not be collecting food in church as we have in the past.  If you wish to purchase food you can deliver it directly to the Light House. It is very safe. Wear a mask. Go to the back door of the shelter, put your donation on the table outside and ring the buzzer. Tell the receptionist who answers what you are leaving. He/she will collect the food after you leave. Tues and Thursdays from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM are drive-by food distribution days and long lines of cars gather around the shelter.  It is best to avoid those times.  Canned vegetables and fruit, peanut butter, jelly, soup, canned tuna or chicken, spaghetti sauce, pasta and oatmeal are always needed. For a complete list of needs check The Light House web site. If you prefer to make a monetary donation, write a check to St. Anne’s with Light House Pantry on the memo line. You can also donate through our Facebook page. We will be collecting during the month of September and will send a check to The Light House in early October. The shelter has connections with several grocery stores and can order items in bulk and have them delivered.


Women’s Retreat


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. Starting Wednesday, October 7, 2020,  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 2.


An Exciting New Format for Adult Forum
Our new virtual Adult Forum will begin on Wednesday, September 16 at 7;00 PM via Zoom. Our speaker will be Georgia Noone-Sherrod, Executive Director Anne Arundel Conflict Resolution Center. The fall theme is Becoming Beloved Community: Who Have We Been? Who Are We? Who Would We Like To Become? Prior to Adult Forum, join us for Evening Prayer at 5:30 PM and Fellowship at 6:00 PM. Zoom link will be available next week


Free On-Line Retreat – Reflecting on Howard Thurman – Jesus and the Disinherited


Dear friends, please join me in this wonderful opportunity to engage in a free online retreat called Howard Thurman – Jesus and the Disinherited. After enjoying this offering independently, we will choose a time to gather for community conversation. If you would like to gather in conversation in October, or learn more about this offering, please contact Heather Strang at Hope to see you! More about this offering – Through September 24th, this Shalem Institute retreat gives us an opportunity to explore Howard Thurman’s life and contemplative witness and what it might mean for us in today’s challenging world. Whether familiar with or new to the writings and ministries of Howard Thurman, we are invited to create an intentional quiet space in our own schedule, and experience audio teaching, guided meditation, reflection questions and invitations into silence.This retreat offers us time to reflect on our own faith while we experience a glimpse of Howard Thurman’s life and his book, Jesus and the Disinherited. Book purchase is not required. Learn more about the retreat leader, Lerita Coleman Brown, PhD, and register for this free retreat here.
St. Anne’s Men’s Retreat – September 25 – 27

All men of St Anne’s are invited to become part of this annual tradition by participating in the activities scheduled throughout our Men’s Retreat weekend:

  • Friday Evening: 5:30 PM – Gathering in the Church yard within the circle for fellowship, introduction to the weekend, and prayer; details to follow.
  • Saturday Morning: 10:00 AM – Presentation of Theme of Discipleship by 3 laymen on Zoom
  • Sunday Morning: 9:30 AM – St Anne’s Liturgy on You Tube
  • Sunday Wrap Up and Prayer on Zoom – What challenges have St Anne’s men received from this retreat?

You are invited to ‘sign in’ by responding to your retreat leaders below. Your contact will help us plan ahead and also reach you with final details. There will be no cost for the retreat; in lieu of that a free-will offering is suggested. Retreat leaders are:
Herb Fowler.
Bill Wilbert –
Bob Sherer-

The gathering at the church yard will be as safe as possible; Participants will wear a mask and sit 6 feet apart. You will be asked to bring your own chair [beach chair,folding chair, etc.]. There will be no food or drink, and you will not be asked to handle anything. Please also bring a prayer book if you have one. You will have this chance to be together, to make and develop strong friendships, and to pray together about the coming Kingdom of God and respond to the Christian men’s
challenge to grow as Disciples of Christ. The events on Zoom on Saturday and Sunday will not be like being at Memorial House on the beach, but they will still contain the means of growing in Christian Discipleship. Men will grow together in faith.
You may pick and choose in which events you wish to participate.

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: