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Erik Apland

This week, our Sunday evening service will be a special one.  We will be giving thanks to God for the life and witness of Erik Apland.  Please join us at 5:30 PM.

New Assisting Priest

We are delighted to announce that The Rev. Jessica Sexton will join the St Anne’s family as Assisting Priest beginning on June 4.  The Rev. Jessica Sexton is grateful for the opportunity to be one of your Assisting Priests and she looks forward to serving the congregation of St. Anne’s and the Annapolis community.  Jess is a Baltimore native who comes to St. Anne’s from the Church of the Good Shepherd in Ruxton, Maryland. There she was ordained by Bishop Sutton in 2016 and served as the Associate Rector, Youth Minister and Chaplain to the Day School. Prior to Good Shepherd she was the Youth Minister and Young Adult Evangelism Coordinator at Old St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Baltimore. She earned a B.A. in Biology from Notre Dame of Maryland University where she currently serves on the Alumni Council. She went on to receive her Master of Divinity Degree from Yale Divinity School in 2011. After moving back to Baltimore, she spent time teaching at St. Paul’s School for Girls in Brooklandville and served as an adjunct faculty member at Notre Dame of Maryland University. While there she taught Women in World Religions and Introduction to Religious Studies. In the midst of her process of ordination in the Diocese of Maryland, she earned her Post-Graduate Diploma in Anglican Studies from Virginia Theological Seminary in 2016.

Since her ordination to the Priesthood, Jess has found great joy in sharing her faith while being part of the spiritual formation and life of her parish. When she is not at Church she’s spending time with her family and her beloved English Bulldog named Keyser Soze, drinking a good cup of coffee or watching The Office reruns on Netflix. A reception will be held for Jessica on June 17 following the 9:30 service.



Diocesan Outreach

The Episcopal Diocese of Maryland

In addition to Outreach in Annapolis and Guatemala, we also provide outreach to the State of Maryland via the Maryland Episcopal Public Policy Network (MEPPN).  Our Deacon, Kathy Shahinian, is our Diocesan Public Policy Advocate.  Deacon Kathy and the Maryland Episcopal Public Policy Network (MEPPN) met with state leaders and advocated for our legislative priorities throughout the 2018 legislative session. Follow MEPPN on Facebook or check out #EpiscopalAdvocacyMD on Twitter to learn more.

To read an interview about Kathy and her position as Diocesan Public Policy Advocate, please click here.

To read a wrap-up of the 2018 Legislative Session, click here






Summer Fellowship

This week, the Environmental Ministry will be providing the refreshments for our fellowship on the lawn.

Each week, one of the Ministries of St. Anne’s is responsible for each Sunday Fellowship during the summer. This gives the Ministries an opportunity to meet and greet parishioners to talk about their Ministry.  We will wrap up the summer on September 9, with our “Welcome Back from Summer” Fellowship Brunch and Ministry Fair.  Please join us for summer fellowship on the lawn.  For our 11:15 parishioners, please come early and join us for refreshments and coffee before the 11:15 service.




And You Will Be My Witnesses: A Bible Study of Acts of the Apostles

Wednesdays, June 6, 20 and 27 from 6:00 to 7:00 PM in the Parish Hall, 199 Duke of Gloucester St. We’ll be using  a word-for-word film version of Acts produced by the Visual Bible as we follow the early Christians in their mission to spread the good news of Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth. Bring your Bible and your questions. We’ll also be using “Knowing the Bible – Acts” by J. I. Packer, as a study guide. It’s available as an e-book for $7.19 and as a regular book for $5.99 through Contact Father Thompson for more information gro.s1547971891ilopa1547971891nna-s1547971891ennat1547971891s@nos1547971891pmoht1547971891d1547971891.


Legacy Circle

Our Legacy Circle list in our recent Planned Giving mailing was outdated. The corrected list with all of our members can be found here.


Kirkin’ o’ the Tartans

On June 10 at the 9:30 service, a bagpipes and drums band, accompanied by banner and flag carriers, and sponsored by The St. Andrews Society of Baltimore, will participate in the annual ‘Kirkin’ (blessing, or literally, “churching”) o’ the Tartans ceremony at St. Anne’s. Tartans are woven plaid fabrics, with colors and stripes arranged in a distinct pattern to represent a particular Scottish clan. During the service, tartans are brought to the altar for a blessing, and the bagpipe band plays in the church.



Paula Waite’s Ordination and Reception

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.t1547971891sacmo1547971891c@sir1547971891cydna1547971891s1547971891 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.




Search Committee

 Thank you to all who provided Parish input in surveys and listening sessions during May. We owe collective thanks to our amazing Profile Committee who will spend their third (and final) month of June analyzing the data. While they continue that vital work, the Vestry joyfully appointed a Search Committee who will begin to prepare for the process of finding and recommending Rector candidates to Vestry. The Search Committee is: Townsend McNitt (Chair), Howard Buskirk, Thea Chimento, Katie Creely, Lauren Dana-Evans, Hutchey Doley, Kevin Hays, David Huggins,  Caroline Purdy, Lisa D. Sherwood, Dave Strang, and Pete Thompson. Please keep them in your prayers and look for future updates in the coming weeks. Details are also posted at


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.d1547971891uolci1547971891@sreg1547971891orwle1547971891

We look forward to seeing you on June 10th.

Petey Cosby
Susan Veccia
Elizabeth Rogers

Profile Committee


Thank you to all who have been participating in the Profile Committee’s efforts to gather views from as many parishioners as possible as we develop a Ministry Portfolio which will reflect the state of the congregation and our vision for the future. The St. Anne’s Parish Community Survey 2018 closed on May 20, with 407 responses received. Committee members also have held a wide range of meetings across the parish with numerous ministries to gather in-person feedback on how they see St. Anne’s today and into the future. As part of our ongoing efforts, we are distilling and analyzing these important insights from our congregation to develop the Ministry Portfolio and to summarize the underlying data and gathered impressions.  Check our website for updates in the near future:

Respectfully, Bob Biddle, Chairperson, Profile Committee

For more information on our Rector Search, click here.
Stephen Ministry

A Stephen Minister is a fellow parishioner and child of God who walks beside you when you are hurting.

Would you like to receive care from a Stephen Minister or know of someone seeking care? Please contact Rev. Dion Thompson gro.s1547971891ilopa1547971891nna-s1547971891ennat1547971891s@nos1547971891pmoht1547971891d1547971891 or Lori Marchant, 443-994-5858;  moc.l1547971891iamg@15479718911102t1547971891nahcr1547971891amiro1547971891l1547971891
Children and Youth News


The Sycamore Tree will be offered at the 9:30, 11:15 & 5:30 Sunday services throughout the summer


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.s1547971891ilopa1547971891nna-s1547971891ennat1547971891s@reg1547971891easlc1547971891 – 443-808-1361 or Melissa Good – moc.n1547971891airet1547971891ybser1547971891p-sil1547971891opann1547971891a@ssi1547971891m1547971891 – 410-267-8705 ext. 102.

For more information on Children and Youth at St. Anne’s, 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
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.s1547971891ilopa1547971891nna-s1547971891ennat1547971891s@nos1547971891pmoht1547971891d1547971891  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 June 6, we are serving tacos and enchiladas.  We need: 3 volunteers to provide 3 pounds of ground beef cooked with mild taco seasoning; 2 people to provide about 3 pounds of ground turkey cooked with mild taco seasoning; 6 dozen soft taco shells; 2 dozen hard taco shells; small pan vegetarian refried beans; 2 pans cheese enchiladas (recipe available); fresh fruit; 2 heads iceberg lettuce; 6-8 tomatoes; 3 onions (chopped); 2 jars mild salsa; 1 jar hot sauce; 2 large bags shredded cheddar cheese; 2 containers (16 or 24 oz.) sour cream; guacamole; 2 jars juice or lemonade and dessert.

For more information, or to volunteer, contact Nancy Greeley at 410 224-2975 or moc.l1547971891oa@ye1547971891leerg1547971891mom1547971891 or John Merrick at moc.l1547971891oa@pn1547971891nayaj1547971891 or 443 336-4593.

Family Cooking for the Light House Shelter

Thank you to our April and May Family Light House Shelter cooking volunteers! The Mertes and Williams-Lopez families prepared the April meal, and 3 hardworking volunteers prepared the May meal: Sarah Williams-Lopez, Beth Lake, and Trevor Philpot. In April the menu was fried chicken, roasted green beans, and cupcakes. In May we served stuffed peppers, salad, garlic bread, and homemade brownies. It’s always great when our cooks get creative and the residents get to enjoy something different! Your talents are admired, your generosity is appreciated, as is your service to our community.

We need volunteers for June 2018 and beyond! Volunteer families 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 if you are interested in volunteering please contact Jill Lake at *protected email* or 443-433-2373. To sign up online go to