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Sunday Forum

The Children of Onesimus: Early Christian Responses to Slavery. —- From its earliest days, Christianity struggled with the real-world tension between slavery and freedom. While St. Paul could write that in Christ there was no slave or free, the same could not be said of society at large. Yet, throughout the early centuries, Christians pooled their funds to buy someone’s freedom, slaves fled to the safety of monasteries and priests preached against the ancient institution. Join the Rev. M. Dion Thompson, along with vocalist Kristin Pagent, and pianist Ken Kimble for this journey through history in word and song, April 29, 11:00 AM, in the Parish Hall.

For more information on our Sunday Forum, click here.

Photo Directory
If you had a picture taken, and still have not picked up your photo directory, you can pick one up at the Parish House during the week (Monday – Thursday) until May 17.  They are no longer available after the Sunday services. If you have questions, contact Caroline Purdy at 410-263-7579.
Life as Pilgrimage: Half Day Retreat

 Saturday, May 5 from 9AM – 12:30PM in the Skylight Room (Upstairs), St. Anne’s Parish HouseDo you seek silence amid the noise of daily life?  Do you often feel more like Martha than Mary?  Join the St. Anne’s Centering Prayer/Life in Balance community on Saturday, May 5, as we practice being in the world, but not of it.  We will explore the idea of life as a pilgrimage towards the Divine.  The retreat will start in the Skylight room with Centering Prayer, a silent Christian meditation, and Lectio Divina, otherwise known as “praying the scriptures.”  A meditative walk to the church and a period of personal reflection follow.  We will reconvene in the Skylight room for group sharing and a second Centering Prayer sit.  No experience is necessary.

Come a few minutes early if you would like a brief introduction to Centering Prayer and/or Lectio Divina.  Ask for Carol. Bring a journal, walking shoes, rain jacket or umbrella, and layered clothing.  Refreshments provided but feel free to bring a snack. Enter the Parish House through the double glass doors on the ground floor.

RSVP’s greatly appreciated to facilitate logistics!  Please email Lynn at moc.s1548051516ih@jn1548051516nyL1548051516.  Drop-ins are also welcome.


Choral Evensong

Choral Evensong @ St. Anne’s
Feast of the Ascension
7:00 PM May 10
Join the Choir of St. Anne’s in the quiet and beautiful service of sung prayers in the ancient monastic tradition. Experience for yourself the power of Mary’s Song and Simeon’s departing prayer as your day comes to a close. Bring a friend and go out for dinner afterwards. The service lasts no more than 45 minutes. You’ll be glad you came.
Foyer Groups

Foyer Groups Invitation:

The end of season picnic for all Foyer Group participants (as well as anyone interested in learning more about the Foyer Groups) will be held Sunday, June 10 at 6:00 PM at St. Anne’s in the circle.  In the event of inclement weather, the picnic will be moved to the parish house.

Please bring a beverage of your choice and an appetizer to share.  (each group leader is asked to designate one member of their group to bring a dessert; all other participants are asked bring an appetizer)

Please RSVP to Elizabeth Rogers at moc.d1548051516uolci1548051516@sreg1548051516orwle1548051516

We look forward to seeing you on June 10th.

Petey Cosby
Susan Veccia
Elizabeth Rogers

Profile Committee


The Profile Committee is continuing its diligent efforts to connect with all members of the congregation to ascertain your views and collect feedback about the state of the congregation and St. Anne’s as a whole. We are tasked with creating a Ministry Portfolio, which will be used by the yet-to-be-created Search Committee to recruit and select the best candidate to become our new permanent rector. The Profile Committee is seeking your crucial participation to help craft a document that helps outline the parameters of the position. We plan to electronically distribute a survey on or around April 26 and are seeking inputs from as many parishioners as possible by May 20. Your responses will provide vital feedback. By the time that you read this, you should have received an e-mail invitation to complete the survey. For members who do not receive this e-mail or are not able to complete an electronic version, paper copies will be available at services the weekends of May 5 and 6 and May 12 and 13. Committee members will be on hand at each service to discuss how the survey works and why it is an important part of this process. On blue paper fliers, the Committee will be distributing a Frequently Asked Questions document at services this weekend. We also are providing opportunities for parishioners to participate in meetings with Committee members to share their thoughts on the future of St. Anne’s. There will be multiple opportunities for your views to be shared with Committee members, including a Forum on May 13 at 11 a.m. If you have questions or would like to reach out to the Committee, members can be reached at: moc.l1548051516iamg@1548051516kcabd1548051516eef.e1548051516lifor1548051516p.sen1548051516na.ts1548051516

Respectfully, Bob Biddle, Chairperson, Profile Committee
For more information on our Rector Search, click here.
Children and Youth News

Children and Youth Sunday Discovery will meet on April 29 from 10:45-11:30 AM in the Parish House.




Schedules are a balancing act and we want to hear what you want and need for your child’s spiritual growth. We will explore the difficult questions: What do you want? What times work for you? And any ideas you have, even “out of the box and crazy!” Come and help us make next year’s children, youth, and family programs amazing AND work for you! There are three 90-minute listening sessions planned.

  • Sunday, May 6 – 12:00 PM: For families with children in Pre-K through the fifth grade. Light lunch provided.
  • Saturday, May 12 – 10:00 AM: For families with infants and toddlers. Snacks and coffee provided.
  • Sunday, May 20 – 12:00 PM: For parents and youth who are in middle and high school. Light lunch provided.

RSVP to Connie Saeger at 443-808-1361 or *protected email* . Child care can be provided for those who request it.

High School Senior Recognition and Harrison Sayre Award

Congratulations to the class of 2018. St. Anne’s Church would like to recognize your achievement and send you off on your next endeavor with blessings. Graduating high school seniors will be recognized on Sunday, May 13 at the 9:30 service. Please contact  Connie Saeger gro.s1548051516ilopa1548051516nna-s1548051516ennat1548051516s@reg1548051516easlc1548051516 or 443-808- 1361 and let us know you are graduating. Names and a brief bio will be posted in the bulletin, and young people will be invited to receive a blessing and prayers during the service. On the same day, the Harrison Sayre Award will be granted.  Please join us in support and celebration of our high school seniors. The deadline to submit your graduating senior’s information is Thursday, May 4 at noon. If you would like your child or grandchild to be recognized, please submit the following: name, high school he/she is graduating from, any honors or recognition, plans for college or work after graduation.

Have You Volunteered with Children or Youth on Behalf of St. Anne’s Church?

St. Anne’s is fortunate to have so many people who volunteer with children and youth on our behalf. There are Discovery teachers, Sycamore Tree volunteers, photographers, VBS Camp assistants, Baptism Workshop helpers, Stanton Center Homework Club helpers, and many more! If you have helped in any capacity, we would like to thank you and treat you and your immediate family to dinner at Evelyn’s on May 26 at 4:00 PM. Evelyn’s is a quaint restaurant located in West Annapolis, at 28 Annapolis Street. Please RSVP to Connie at *protected email* or 443-808-1361.

Very Big Story Camp

Join First Presbyterian and St. Anne’s Parish for the Very Big Story Camp!
July 9-13, 2018, from 9:00 AM to noon.
For ages four-years-old through 5th grade.

Daily Themes:

I Am the Bread of Life – John 6:35
I Am the Good Shepherd – John 10:11
I Am the True Vine – John 15:5
I Am the Light of the World – John 8:12
I Am the Resurrection and the Life – John 3:16

  • Groups will form by age and grade, including a special group for rising 4th and 5th graders!
  • We are accepting applications for Jr. Counselors who are rising 6th graders through High School Seniors
  • Registrations are due no later than June 27. Space is limited, so register early!
  • VBS Camp is free but donations are welcome. Also, please consider helping with snacks, or assisting with small groups.

Online registration at:

Camp will be held at St. Anne’s Church and Parish House at 199 Duke of Gloucester Street and First Presbyterian Church at 171 Duke of Gloucester Street, Annapolis.


Connie Saeger – gro.s1548051516ilopa1548051516nna-s1548051516ennat1548051516s@reg1548051516easlc1548051516 – 443-808-1361 or Melissa Good – moc.n1548051516airet1548051516ybser1548051516p-sil1548051516opann1548051516a@ssi1548051516m1548051516 – 410-267-8705 ext. 102.

For more information on Children and Youth at St. Anne’s, click here.
Partners in Mission in Guatemala

Can you imagine being a young teenage girl and not having access to a private and clean place to go to the bathroom?  Shudder, shudder!  Let’s pull together and support the families who are ready to build new latrines in their communities with just a little financial help from St. Anne’s.  The PIMIG team will be at the back of the church for the next three weekends to share more information and to receive your donations.  Thank you.




Environmental Ministry Plant Sale
The Environmental Ministry’s annual plant sale will be on Sunday, May 13 before and after the 9:30 service. This year will be a bit different since we will be sharing the leftover plants from the Annapolis Horticulture Society’s sale the day before at the Farmers’ Market with St. Luke’s and St. Philip’s. Thus the number and variety of plants will be smaller than in previous years. For more information, please contact Margi Maynard at 443-370-1151 or ten.n1548051516ozire1548051516v@dmg1548051516ldran1548051516yam1548051516.


Refugee Resettlement

The Refugee Committee has met, yet, additional stumbling blocks. We lost the house in Glen Burnie where we hoped to resettle an Afghan family. The home was unexpectedly needed to accommodate a family member and her children.

Secondly, we have been advised by Lutheran Social Services that all families now entering the US are the ones who have “US ties”, i.e, relatives or close friends already living here. Thus, these new arrivals are only being relocated in either PG or Montgomery Counties (where the “ties” are currently living.)

We haven’t given up, but are researching and refocusing our efforts. We will provide more information to the Parish when we have something concrete to share. Until then, please keep the refugee population and us in your prayers. Thank you.

Stephen Ministry

“Receiving care from [my Stephen minister] began the process of me being able to receive care from God.” ~ Care Receiver
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*).

Would you like to receive care from a Stephen Minister or know of someone seeking care? Please contact Rev. Dion Thompson gro.s1548051516ilopa1548051516nna-s1548051516ennat1548051516s@nos1548051516pmoht1548051516d1548051516 or Lori Marchant, 443-994-5858;  moc.l1548051516iamg@15480515161102t1548051516nahcr1548051516amiro1548051516l1548051516

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
The Prayers of the People  
Dear friends, praying for each other by name is a special part of our life together. This is why we include our list in the Prayers of the People. But, every list needs to be maintained and kept up to date. If you are on the list and want to be kept on, please let me know. If you have asked for someone to be on the prayer list, please let me know if they should continue on the list. Our current list will run through the last Sunday of Epiphany. The list will be fully updated for Lent, for the Easter season, and regularly during the season of Pentecost. Also, it brings all of us joy when we can move someone from the prayer list and give thanks for their improvement. —- Dion+
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 gro.s1548051516ilopa1548051516nna-s1548051516ennat1548051516s@nos1548051516pmoht1548051516d1548051516  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. 
Light House Shelter
Cooking for the Light House Shelter
St. Anne’s and the Men’s Huddle provide and cook the evening meal at the Light House shelter 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 April 4, we received a hearty round of applause for our meat loaf and macaroni and cheese dinner.  Thanks go to John Merrick, Wayne Adamson, Mark Minik, Glenn and Lynn Mortoro, Monica, Bill and Peter Barry, Ed Simon, Courtney Spikes, Page Lyon, Fran Harwood, Gail Fowler, Bob Sherer and Eleanor Higgins for all the food and serving.

On May 2, we will serve our popular chicken dinner.  We need 4 more volunteers to provide 20 pieces of chicken of your choice (fried, b-b-q, baked, etc) home made or store bought purchased.  We also need a tossed salad for 45, 5-6 bags frozen mixed vegetables (about 30 ounces each), mashed potatoes (2 large boxes instant – we can make at the shelter), drinks (2 bottles juice and iced tea mix, )a tub of butter or margarine, chicken gravy and dessert.

For more information, or to volunteer, contact Nancy Greeley at 410 224-2975 or moc.l1548051516oa@ye1548051516leerg1548051516mom1548051516 or John Merrick  at moc.l1548051516oa@pn1548051516nayaj1548051516 or 443 336-4593.
Family Cooking for the Light House Shelter

Thank you to our February and March Family Light House Shelter volunteers! The Blair and William-Lopez families prepared the February meal, and the Cauley and Rentz families prepared the March meal. Your talents are admired, your generosity is appreciated, as is your service to our community. The Cauley and Rentz families used this as an opportunity for their teens to engage in a service project, and it was a rewarding experience for all.

We need volunteers for May 2018 and beyond! Volunteer families to come prepare, cook, and serve a meal for approximately 60 residents. This is a unique opportunity for the whole family to volunteer together. It’s also a great community service event for our youth. 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.  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 volunteering please contact Jill Lake at moc.o1548051516ohay@15480515163ekal1548051516llij1548051516 or 443-433-2373. It is never too early to sign up if you’d like to pick a date later in 2018. To sign up go to: