Bishop Santosh Marray and the Diocese of Easton released new church protocols in response to recently issued CDC and State of Maryland protocols.
We attached a link to this ENews article and strongly urge each parishioner to review these protocols.
In short, we are authorized to follow Cecil County Health Department rules which mirror both the CDC and Maryland protocols.
Effective immediately, fully vaccinated adults are not required to wear masks for in-person services. Those not yet vaccinated or those with immunocompromised systems should wear masks at all times.
We have no restrictions on attendance or social distancing. Log books and reservations are not required. Singing is allowed for those wearing masks. Ushers will resume normal procedures including passing the Offering plate. The Altar Guild will return to normal procedures. Communion will continue to be offered in Bread only. Please know, Fr. John and our musicians have been fully vaccinated for months.
The Bishop states, “As we move forward in this new dispensation, I would strongly urge extreme caution with Christian tolerance and careful consideration of our fellow family members in this community of faith and our neighbors. They may wish to continue wearing protective masks or face covering and we should respect their choice to exercise that right. Furthermore, I encourage each of us to exercise compassion in considering the health and safety of our unvaccinated children and young people, persons who possess compromised immune system and/or underlying health conditions.”
Your Vestry is reviewing the new rules on Coffee Hours, the Choir, etc. and will issue a statement later next week.
Please find Bishop San’s Pastoral Advisory regarding COVID-19 Protocols HERE
Please find a chart that outlines the new COVID-19 Protocols HERE
This month’s Vestry Meeting occurred on Wednesday evening, our first in person meeting in the Parish Hall. Here is a summary:
- Julie Waterhouse and Wilson Coudon represented the SMA Green Team. They spoke of the environmental benefits of planting larger tree species in the churchyard and Parish property.
- Rector’s Report: One baptism and one wedding in May; weekly in person church attendance is growing; education continues with EfM, weekly Bible Study, and Sacred Ground discussion groups.
- Junior Warden Report: Researching cost to replace Parish Center’s fluorescent bulbs to energy and cost efficient LED bulbs.
- Treasurer’s Report: We continue to be financially sound.
- New A/V system was approved and includes: new cameras, microphones, speakers and enhanced streaming capabilities.
- Vestry Outreach Liaison Report: Outreach is running smoothly but a smaller number of clients being served.
- Discussion of a proposed St. Mary Anne’s monument sign perpendicular to S. Main Street.
- New Business: Proposed and approved “Porch Sale” fundraiser at the Sexton House.
The Bishop is visiting us this Pentecost Sunday. Please join us for our 8 or 10AM Holy Eucharist Rite 2 Services. Refreshments on Hoopes Court will follow each service.
While here, he will confirm Kayla Lanouette, Sam Palonco, Leah Thress, and Sarah Swoboda at our 10:00AM service. And he will officially receive into the parish, Eraina Kay Fischer, and Mac and Jacquie McMullen.
Since it’s Pentecost, we encourage parishioners to wear Red in celebration!
Thanks to everyone at St. Mary Anne’s for making last weekend’s Plant Sale a success! Our proceeds of $1500.00 will benefit the St. Mary Anne’ Garden Committee budget to help beautify our church campus.
Special thanks to Liz DeChene, Barb Balog, Kathi Lichtenstein, and Lareda Tome for help with peddling plants and setup/takedown.
Thank you to those who shared plants from their gardens—John Anderson, Amy Argudo, Nancy Ball, Barb Balog, Mary Blomquist, Phyllis Doyle, Judy Duffy, Linda Gibeck, Judi Hartman, Vickie Icenhour, Kathi Lichtenstein, Mary Neureither, Jean Wilcox, and Bea Wright.
We also appreciate donations of Pam Stegall of Calvert Farms (herbs), Margaret Bounds of Everlasting Blooms (tomato and lavender plants), and Lisa McMillian (bird houses).
Lastly, thanks to those who came and bought plants. We could not have done it without you ALL !!
Pat Wagner & Sande Taylor