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Church Circle Choristers & Church Circle Consort
The Church Circle Choristers & Church Circle Consort present their annual Young Artists’ Spring Recital Sunday, May 13 at 6:15 PM. Celebrate this Mother’s Day with a beautiful, relaxing afternoon of music. Concert is followed by a fun-filled reception and games for all ages on the lawn to honor our talented Church Circle Choristers!
The Choristers will also perform at our Saturday and Sunday evening services, May 12 & 13.
Do you know a child who LOVES MUSIC? Please forward this invitation. We can’t wait to meet them!


Upcoming Concerts

Organ Vespers with Larry Molinaro – Saturday, May 19, 6:30 p.m. (following 5:30 service)

Organist Larry Molinaro continues his exploration of why Bach was regarded as the “prince of all clavier players” (as a colleague once called him) with an Organ Vespers concert focused on music for the Feast of Pentecost.  The program features chorale variations by J.S. Bach on the German version of the two key Latin sequence hymns for Pentecost: Veni Creator spiritus and Veni Sancte Spiritus.  The program will also return to exploring the ways in which Bach expanded and consolidated the “foreign” musical styles of Italy and France into his own compositions (an area explored in the very first Organ Vespers for 2017-2018).

Make plans for June 10 at 4:00 PM when Larry concludes this series for the summer!

Cantori Spring Concert – Sunday, May 20, 7:00 PM.

Cantori, directed by Laurie J. Hays and including members of St. Anne’s Choir, celebrates spring with a stunning program of music that includes Franz Biebl’s ethereal Ave Maria, the rousing and affirming spiritual Nothin’ Gonna Stumble My Feet by John Parker, Dan Forrest’s haunting Psalm 8 (Adonai, Adonenu) and works by Morten Lauridsen, Cary Ratcliff, Randall Thompson, Daniel Elder, A.R. Rahman, Jacob Narverud and Ernest Charles.  Carolene Winter is the accompanist for this concert. No tickets required.


Environmental Ministry Plant Sale
This Sunday is the Environmental Ministry’s annual Plant Sale.  It will be held before and after the 9:30 service.  As always, we will be getting plants left over from the Annapolis Horticulture Society’s plant sale the day before at the Farmers’ Market. Purchase some great plants to celebrate Mother’s Day.
For more information, please contact Margi Maynard at 443-370-1151 or


Sunday Forum

Come hear about the progress of St. Anne’s Profile Committee on May 13 at 11:00 AM in the Parish Hall for a session to gather input for the St. Anne’s Parish Portfolio and to explain the status of the committee’s work to date. This forum is part of the in-person focus groups that are gathering feedback from the congregation as an important part of developing the Portfolio that will be used to recruit and select the best candidate to be our new permanent rector. Along with the St. Anne’s Parish Community Survey, these inputs are a critical part of the period of self-study that will inform the new St. Anne’s Portfolio to reflect how we see our congregation today and our vision for its future. The discussion will be led by Profile Committee member Samara Firebaugh. Other members of the Profile Committee will be on hand to answer questions and listen to your perspectives. Your views are vital to this part of the process as St. Anne’s calls a new rector. Make sure that your voice is heard! For additional information, please contact the Profile Committee at: moc.l1548009828iamg@1548009828kcabd1548009828eef.e1548009828lifor1548009828p.sen1548009828na.ts1548009828 and check the website for updates.

For more information on our Sunday Forum, click here.

Paula Waite’s Ordination and Reception

Paula Waite, a long time member of St. Anne’s and a former member of the St. Anne’s Staff, will be ordained a Deacon at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Baltimore on Saturday, June 9, 2018 @ 11:00 AM. (An Invitation from the Diocese with more details will follow next week). Paula will serve as our Deacon on Sunday, June 10, 2018 at all three Sunday Services.  Please join us to celebrate this joyous occasion.  A reception will be held in the church yard after each service.  Please contact Sandy Criscimagna at 410-267-8170 or e-mail her at ten.t1548009828sacmo1548009828c@sic1548009828ydnas1548009828 if you are able to bring finger food for the receptions.  Cake and beverages will be provided by the Fellowship Committee.

In honor of Paula’s service to St. Anne’s, we will be collecting donations for a purse.  If you would like to contribute, please make your check payable to St. Anne’s Parish and mark the memo line “Paula’s Purse”.  You may drop your donation in the collection plate or mail it to the parish house:  St. Anne’s Parish, Attn:  Kirsten Hair, 199 Duke of Gloucester Street, Annapolis, MD 21401. Note: These donations are NOT tax deductible.




Children and Youth News

Children and Youth Sunday Discovery will meet 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 two remaining 90-minute listening sessions planned.

  • 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

Graduating high school seniors will be recognized on Sunday, May 13 at the 9:30 service. On the same day, the Harrison Sayre Award will be granted at the 11:15 service.  Please join us in support and celebration of our high school seniors.

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.s1548009828ilopa1548009828nna-s1548009828ennat1548009828s@reg1548009828easlc1548009828 – 443-808-1361 or Melissa Good – moc.n1548009828airet1548009828ybser1548009828p-sil1548009828opann1548009828a@ssi1548009828m1548009828 – 410-267-8705 ext. 102.

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

More on the Guatemala latrine project: here’s a look at typical bathroom in current use in the villages that St. Anne’s has a strong relationship with.  Goodness.  It’s time to respond to the request for help.  The second photo, borrowed from a nearby community where our villagers are being trained in latrine construction and maintenance, shows what can be.  Let’s help them get there!  Donations are being collected at the end of each service over Mother’s Day weekend, and we have a Mother’s Day card for you to share with a loved one.






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.d1548009828uolci1548009828@sreg1548009828orwle1548009828

We look forward to seeing you on June 10th.

Petey Cosby
Susan Veccia
Elizabeth Rogers

Stephen Ministry

“My needs changed as I went from being a wife to being a caregiver to being a grieving widow and dealing with everything that the loss of a spouse entails. Through it all, my Stephen Minister’s love and support continued. She was there for me at every stage of my journey. It was never easy, but my Stephen Minister helped me through the most difficult moments of my life.” ~ Care Receiver

Would you like to receive care from a Stephen Minister or know of someone seeking care? Please contact Rev. Dion Thompson gro.s1548009828ilopa1548009828nna-s1548009828ennat1548009828s@nos1548009828pmoht1548009828d1548009828 or Lori Marchant, 443-994-5858;  moc.l1548009828iamg@15480098281102t1548009828nahcr1548009828amiro1548009828l1548009828
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.s1548009828ilopa1548009828nna-s1548009828ennat1548009828s@nos1548009828pmoht1548009828d1548009828  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 May 2, we served our very popular chicken dinner.  Thank you John Merrick, Mark Minik, Tripp Trippitelli, Glenn and Lynn Mortoro, Monica Barry, Gail Fowler, Ed Simon, Page Lyon, Fran Harwood, Charles Wynn and Bob Sherer.

For June 6, we are planning a taco and enchilada dinner .We will need 3 people to provide 3 pounds ground beef cooked with mild taco seasoning, 1 person to provide about 3 pounds ground turkey cooked with mild taco seasoning, 2 pans of chicken enchiladas (recipe available), 6 dozen soft taco shells, hard taco shells, fresh fruit, 2 large cartons  (16 or 24 oz.) sour cream, 2 large bags shredded cheddar cheese, quacamole, 2 jars mild salsa, 1 jar hot sauce, 2 heads iceberg lettuce, 6-8 tomatoes – chopped, 4 onions – chopped, 2 jars juice or lemonade, and dessert.

For more information, or to volunteer, contact Nancy Greeley at 410 224-2975 or moc.l1548009828oa@ye1548009828leerg1548009828mom1548009828 or John Merrick at moc.l1548009828oa@pn1548009828nayaj1548009828 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.o1548009828ohay@15480098283ekal1548009828llij1548009828 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:








Profile Committee


Profile Committee Update: The Profile Committee is continuing 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 Search Committee to recruit and select our new permanent rector.  We distributed an e-mail invitation to complete an electronic survey on April 26 and are seeking inputs from as many parishioners as possible by May 20. If you have not received this e-mail invitation and wish to, contact the committee at: moc.l1548009828iamg@1548009828kcabd1548009828eef.e1548009828lifor1548009828p.sen1548009828na.ts1548009828. You can also take the survey online here. If you would prefer a paper option, the survey can be downloaded and printed at home here. Paper copies will also be available at services on May 12-13 from Committee members who will be on hand to answer questions. A special survey is also available for children and young people 14 and under. We continue to provide opportunities for parishioners to participate in meetings with Committee members to share their thoughts on the future of St. Anne’s.  There is a Frequently Asked Questions document on our website and copies on blue paper in each pew, as well. We look forward to continuing to hear from you.

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