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Environmental Ministry Movie Night

Come join us this Friday for a special Movie Night

 This Friday, June 8 at 7:00 PM Annapolis Green, in collaboration with St. Anne’s Environmental Ministry, will be celebrating World Oceans Day by showing two movies that address the impact of pollution and climate change on our oceans and by extension, on the Chesapeake Bay.

Coral Reefs: Trouble in Paradise was produced by the Living Oceans Foundation and features an international scientific team in the Chagos Archipelago, a tropical paradise with some of the healthiest coral reefs on the planet, that witnesses evidence that even the most isolated places are not safe from the ravages of climate change. Capt. Phil Renaud (USN, ret.), Executive Director of the Living Oceans Foundation will introduce the film.

The Smog of the Sea from filmmaker Ian Cheney and musician Jack Johnson, tells the story of a marine scientist and an unusual crew in the remote waters of the Sargasso Sea in the Bermuda Triangle find a fog of microplastics permeating the world’s oceans…trillions of nearly invisible plastic shards making their way up the marine food chain.



Summer Fellowship

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

All summer, the Ministries of St. Anne’s are responsible for fellowship each week. This will be an opportunity for the Ministries of St. Anne’s 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.



Organ Vespers

Bach+ Organ Vespers with Larry Molinaro
Sunday, June 10, 4:00 PM

In this final Bach+ Organ Vespers for the season, Larry Molinaro will present J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations (BWV 988). One of the most important collections of musical variations ever written, the volume is organized as an Aria with 30 variations over a bass line comprising canons, a diverse set of dances, and some of the most intricate pieces croisée (“cross hand” pieces) ever written. Since Glenn Gould’s popular recordings of the 1950s and 1980s, this work has become a staple of every music lover’s library.
Join us on Sunday, June 10 at 4:00 PM at St. Anne’s for the perfect finale to our year-long exploration of Bach in Leipzig as well as our listening tour of St. Anne’s colorful (and newly-furbished) Freiburger organ.
Organ Vespers

Episcopal, Annapolis, Historic Cemetery, Annapolis Episcopal Church, Historic Annapolis, Episcopal Church, St Anne's Historic Cemetery, Saint Anne's Episcopal Church, Dogwood in cemeteryGinger DeLuca will be leading a tour of our St. Anne’s Cemetery at 10:00 AM on Saturday, June 16. Although the grave markers in our cemetery read like a who’s who of early Annapolis, for this tour, Ginger will be focusing on the history of the cemetery and some lesser-known but no-less-important citizens of Annapolis, including some prominent African Americans of the 1800’s. We will begin at the highest point where the first burials occurred and walk toward the Gatehouse entrance at the bottom of the hill. The cemetery can be accessed via West Washington St. off of West St. You may park along Northwest St., which defines the eastern border of the cemetery. We will be asking for a $10 donation which will help to pay for some of the work that needs to be done on many of the gravestones.  Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.

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.


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

Wednesdays, June 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.s1548047869ilopa1548047869nna-s1548047869ennat1548047869s@nos1548047869pmoht1548047869d1548047869.

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.t1548047869sacmo1548047869c@sir1548047869cydna1548047869s1548047869 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

A prayer for the Search Committee: O Giver of every good gift: Look graciously upon your church in this place, and so guide us to grow in commitment and service to you, to one another and to this world, that we may call a faithful pastor to join us in the ministry of this parish, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. Please keep the Search Committee 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.d1548047869uolci1548047869@sreg1548047869orwle1548047869

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.
Men’s Retreat

Many men who are committed to the work of St Anne’s are also looking for new ways to deepen the meaning of their life and faith. If you are one of us, then you will want to join us for the annual Men’s Retreat.  The retreat takes place at the Retreat House in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware from September 21 – 23, 2018 [Friday night – Sunday noon].

For fun, there is the beach, with time for a walk or a run; there may be late night bridge games; there may be a TV hooked up for the Navy game; there is a deck, and also a fire pit, both providing space for new friendships, and good times getting together; there may be a song fest–a lot of singing throughout the weekend is guaranteed–tenors, basses, and drones all needed. For spiritual growth, a theme for the weekend provides talks from participants designed to make us think. We use the prayer book for the daily offices at morning, noon and night. We share an Eucharist on Sunday Morning–a clergy will be present to guide us through all this serious stuff. For accommodations, the Retreat House sits on a shady lot about a block away from the beach. Meals are served by a great chef; the quality is gourmet. TheRretreat House was build as a summer home by A.I. Dupont. The Episcopal Diocese of Delaware converted it into a retreat house for adults–it is classy!

Watch for registration notices to be posted soon.

For more information contact Chip, *protected email*, Bob,*protected email* or Herb. hfowler5634@gmail, com

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.s1548047869ilopa1548047869nna-s1548047869ennat1548047869s@nos1548047869pmoht1548047869d1548047869 or Lori Marchant, 443-994-5858;  moc.l1548047869iamg@15480478691102t1548047869nahcr1548047869amiro1548047869l1548047869
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.s1548047869ilopa1548047869nna-s1548047869ennat1548047869s@reg1548047869easlc1548047869 – 443-808-1361 or Melissa Good – moc.n1548047869airet1548047869ybser1548047869p-sil1548047869opann1548047869a@ssi1548047869m1548047869 – 410-267-8705 ext. 102.

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


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.s1548047869ilopa1548047869nna-s1548047869ennat1548047869s@nos1548047869pmoht1548047869d1548047869  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.

St. Anne’s and the Men’s Huddle prepare and serve the evening meal at the Light House shelter the first Wednesday of every month.  For July 4, we need 3 people to provide a ham ,preferably spiral cut, of 8+ pounds, 3 people to provide potato salad for 16 – 18 people (about 4 pounds), tossed salad, 1 roast chicken, 5 dozen rolls and a tub of butter, deviled eggs (24), a watermelon, drinks (iced tea mix, 2 jars juice or lemonade) and about 6 tomatoes for slicing.

For more information, or to volunteer, contact Nancy Greeley at 410 224-2975 or moc.l1548047869oa@ye1548047869leerg1548047869mom1548047869 or John Merrick at moc.l1548047869oa@pn1548047869nayaj1548047869 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