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Sunday Forum – April 7

Dr. Pat Fosarelli, Associate Dean, Director of the M.A. in Church Ministries Program

How to talk Politics and Religion in a Religious Community

This week’s forum will address how communities can have healthy and constructive conversations around politics and religion in order to listen and learn from one another. 

Dr. Pat Fosarelli received her M.D. degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine, her M.A. in Theology from St. Mary’s Seminary & University, and her doctorate in ministry from Wesley Theological Seminary.  She is on the part-time faculty of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (Pediatrics) and is the Associate Dean of St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute, where she teaches in the areas of spirituality and practical theology. She is the author of How to Talk with Children about the News (Twenty-Third Publications).

Easter Baskets to Feed the Hungry Program

Thanks to a generous response, we are three fourths of the way to our goal of providing Easter Baskets of food for families in need.  We have just a few more days to sign up for the remaining 34 baskets.  Today is the final day to respond.  Please plan to be there to join in.  Replying by email ahead of time will smooth out the process on Sunday (*protected email*).

Maundy Thursday Simple Supper and Service

Mark your calendars for April 18 and join with friends to help create our Upper Room for this year’s Maundy Thursday Supper and Service as we remember when Jesus asked his friends to prepare a place to break bread together. All are welcome to join on this holy night as we remember with one another the love shared by Jesus at his last meal with his friends.  “A new command I give you: Love one another.” John 13:34. Come and be nourished as we remember.

There are abundant opportunities to support this holy night, and all are welcome! We need help supplying needed materials as well as creating our meal and adorning our tables. Come as you can – to help prepare in advance and/or to share in the meal. Our simple supper needs you! To learn more about the supper and service, and to sign up, click below. For more information, visit our website at:
Maundy Thursday All-Night Vigil

“Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” – Matthew 26:36

The observance of Maundy Thursday doesn’t end with our service … it continues throughout the night.  For these hours, we are invited to watch and wait with our Lord through his painful struggle and then stand with Him outside the gates of Pontius Pilate’s palace, again watching and waiting.  In this quiet time, we have a chance reflect on Jesus’ path, feel his lonely struggle to accept the will of God, the danger he faced and the terrifying events of his ultimate act of love and redemption.  For these hours, the Holy Family Chapel serves as the altar of repose, where we may stay with our Lord through the night.  All are welcome to be an Apostle this night.  Details, hours and how to sign up for the vigil are here.  On-site security will be available all night.

Walk the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday – April 19, beginning at 10:00 AM in St. Anne’s Church

This year members of the faith communities of First Presbyterian, St. Mary’s, First Baptist, Asbury Methodist, St. Philip’s and St. Anne’s will walk the Stations of Jesus’ Cross together.  Along the road there are 14 stations, places we will stop for a short meditation and prayer.  This spiritual discipline links Jesus’ path to Golgotha so long ago with our modern world today. For example, last year local reporter Wendy Winters walked the Stations with us only a few weeks before being brutally murdered, along with four other newspaper employees here in Annapolis. We will pray for all who are victims of the violence humanity continues to inflict on one another. We will make our way from the Court House and remember Jesus’ trial, to a garden, to a remembrance of Mary his mother. We will walk up the main street of our town and to our state’s capital building, to an old jail site where there was a public lynching, to a community center where children are cared for. We will end at Asbury Methodist Church listening to the spiritual, “Were you there when they crucified my Lord?” The walk will take approximately 90 minutes. Please wear appropriate walking shoes.

Centering Prayer During Lent

An additional opportunity for Centering Prayer will be offered during Lent on the second Tuesday of April at 10:15 AM in the Skylight Room of the Parish House.  There will be no discussion, only a 20-minute period of silent prayer, followed by a 5-minute slow walk and another 20-minute sit.  We arrive in silence and depart in silence. People are free to leave after the first 20-minute silent sit, if need be.  Come and bask in God’s love for you. If you are new to Centering Prayer or Lectio Divina, please come at 10:00 AM to receive the simple guidelines. The Lenten Schedule for Contemplative Prayer:

  • April 9, 10:15 AM: Double 20-minute sit with no discussion.  Arrive and depart in silence
  • April 16, 10:15 AM: Holy Week Lectio Divina

For more information, contact Lynn Thonnard *protected email*, or Carol Leach *protected email*

Evening Prayer During Lent

St. Anne’s will offer the Daily Office of Evening Prayer Saturdays at 5:30 PM throughout Lent. The rest of the year, services take place Monday through Friday in the Chancel, also at 5:30 PM. On Fridays during Lent, the service concludes with a celebration of the Holy Eucharist, with congregants meeting in the Holy Family Chapel. While there are some records of evening prayer at St. Anne’s going back to the 19th Century, the current iteration has been offered continuously each weeknight since 1987, as part of a venerable tradition. Services are lay-led, as is customary throughout the Anglican Communion. For more information, contact Jer Chambers, *protected email*.

Preschool for the Arts at St. Anne’s

How much learning and fun can you have in one week at PASA?  Endless!  From learning numbers while playing BINGO to juggling two balloons during Movement class, there’s always something creative and challenging to do at PASA.  Did I mention that the Anne Arundel Public Library came to visit us?  We read a book and pretended to be hungry caterpillars too.  Stop by and see what you are missing!


Women’s Bible Study

Women’s Bible Study meets the first Saturday of every month.  The next meeting will be April 6 from 10:00 to 11:00 AM in the Church Choir Room.  We will study the fourth chapter of Galatians.


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Children and Youth Ministry

Children and Youth Events

The Sycamore Tree (Children’s Worship)

The Sycamore Tree will be held at 9:30 AM and 5:30 PM.

Children’s Sunday Discovery

Children’s Sunday Discovery, our Christian education and formation for children between 3 years old and the fifth grade, happens from 10:45 AM to noon at 199 Duke of Gloucester Street.

Children’s Instructed Eucharist

This Sunday, all children and youth are invited to an Instructed Eucharist with Fr. Tim Mulder. Our time together will begin with snacks and introductions at 10:45 AM in Room 102. Fr. Tim will  talk about the vestments he wears and what they mean. Kristin Pagent will  lead the children in song and help the children process to the Skylight Room where Fr. Tim will lead us in the Eucharist. This is a special time for children and youth to learn about the Eucharist through participation in the liturgy and asking questions. Young people will lead by reading, reflecting, and sharing music. The song we will sing can be found at:  . Children and youth who are leading music will gather in the Skylight Room, immediately following the 9:30 service, for a short rehearsal – bring your instruments.   

Parent Group Gathering

Join us on April 7, in Room 102 from 10:45 AM to noon for a parent group gathering. This is a time when parents can meet other families, socialize, and have coffee together. Please note, parents are also invited to join the instructed Eucharist with their child.

Youth-Led Worship

Sunday, April 14 is the culmination of the pilot youth-led worship service. We will end with an “all group” worship. Here is where it all comes together. The Instrumental and Vocal Group will lead music and the Worship and Prayer Leader Group will lead the worship. We will use the same scripture and music which we explored on March 31. April 14 is also Palm Sunday. We will begin our time together in Room 102 with snacks. Music groups will go to the Skylight Room for a short rehearsal. All children will be given palms, hear a reading, then process to the Skylight Room for full-group worship.  

Children’s Liturgy of the Light and Egg Hunt

 On Saturday, April 20 at 2:00 PM, we invite you to celebrate the Church’s greatest Feast: The Resurrection of Jesus. The children will tell the story and celebrate the great event of Easter; the moment when Jesus was raised from the dead! Children and their families will gather at the entrance of the darkened church to light the Paschal Candle; come into the church to hear the Easter Story and make a joyful noise, with shouts of Alleluia!  Join the festivities! Older children are invited to narrate the story, and younger children are invited to sing an Alleluia song.  After the liturgy, children will proceed to the lawn for an egg hunt. Don’t forget to bring an Easter basket or bag to collect eggs. I am looking for older children and youth volunteers to help with narration and storytelling. The Church Circle Consort will play music and a vocal group working with Kristin to sing. Contact me if your child would like to help out. Middle and high school youth are invited to hide the eggs. Parents and volunteers are needed to help with the egg hunt. Also, plastic eggs filled with treats are needed. Eggs may be dropped off at the church office during regular business hours or brought to the church by 1:30 PM on Easter Saturday. Contact Connie Saeger if you are able to help at *protected email* or 443-808-1361.

Middle School Mission Trip to Appalachia

Be the Peace – Thus you shall salute him: “Peace be to you, and peace be to your house, and peace be to all that you have.” 1 Samuel 25:6

 Appalachia Service Project (ASP).   First Presbyterian Church and St Anne’s will come together this summer and head to Jonesville, VA to serve the local residents on a much-needed service project in their community. For more information check out the link below.   RSVP to Miss Good if you are interested in participating!  SPACE IS LIMITED. Registration and $175.00 non-refundable deposit cutoff is Wednesday, February 27. However if all the slots are filled we will cutoff registration earlier. 

Who:  Middle school students, who have completed the 6th-8th grades with adult chaperones. We have 10 youth slots available.

What:  Learn about and provide service and home repair to a family in Central Appalachia with JAM.

Where:  We will be housed for this program at the ASP-owned facility in Jonesville, Virginia and travel to a family’s home.

Cost: $325/person/week. This cost will cover food, housing, programming, construction tools, and materials for your entire week of service. Scholarships available. $175 due at registration, and $150 is due by July 1. Please note: Transportation costs will be funded by fundraisers and both congregations.

Why:  ASP offers Middle school students a chance to complete hands-on service and sets them up to continue to serve throughout their lives. At ASP, they are able to truly make a difference for both local homeowners and the community with meaningful projects, while still having age-specific programming in place. We firmly believe that young people can change the world, so come join us soon and see for yourself!

Very Big Story Camp Early Registration

This year First Presbyterian Church and St. Anne’s Episcopal Church is offering an early registration for VBS Camp. We are excited to announce that the dates will be July 8  to 12  from 9:00 AM to noon. Camp will begin at First Presbyterian and will end at St. Anne’s. For more information and for early registration, please follow the link: .

For more information or to sign up for any of the above events, contact Connie Saeger at *protected email* or 443-808-1361.

Harrison Sayre Award


The Harrison Sayre Award is given every spring to a high school graduating senior planning to attend a 2 or 4 year university or college the following fall.  The $500 award is to help with the cost of textbooks.The award is presented at a service in May when we honor all our high school graduating seniors.The recipient should be active in St. Anne’s and the community.  Click here for application. Please ask an adult with whom you have served for a brief recommendation. The recommendation form can be found here.  Applications and recommendations need to be completed by April 30, 2019.  For questions or more information, contact Nancy Greeley at *protected email*.


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Current Volunteer and Service Opportunities

Habitat for Humanity

St. Anne’s volunteers are back to work with Habitat for Humanity’s Interfaith Coalition volunteers. Pictured, Bill Malicki, Nancy Wright, and Phil Reynolds on a Habitat build in Severn. For information about Habitat of the Chesapeake and to volunteer, contact Linda Silva at *protected email*.
Light House Shelter
Cooking for the Light House
St. Anne’s and the Men’s Huddle provide and cook the evening meal at the Light House 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 3, we are serving meatloaf. We need 2 more volunteers to make a meatloaf using 3-4 pounds of ground meat, tossed salad, mixed vegetables (5 large bags frozen or about 140 oz), two volunteers to provide about 4 dozen small roasted potatoes, drinks, dessert and a gallon milk and a dozen eggs for shelter use.

To volunteer contact Nancy Greeley at *protected email* or John Merrick at *protected email*.

Family Cooking for the Light House 

The St. Anne’s Family Cooking at the Light House  ministry encourages St. Anne families to volunteer together to lovingly prepare, cook, and serve a meal for residents of the shelter. Family Cooking at the Light House is held monthly on the 3rd Monday of every month. This is a wonderful bonding experience for families. It is an excellent opportunity for children to see their parents giving their time and talent. It also teaches youth about sharing our abundant wealth and resources with those less fortunate. Eating with the residents after serving also enriches the service learning of the ministry and teaches our youth that shelter residents are no less valuable than they are. Family cooking is also an excellent community service event for teenagers needing volunteer hours.

In January, St. Anne’s Episcopal Rainbow Ministry teamed up with Annapolis Pride and cooked during our Family cooking slot. Thank you to all the members of the ministry, and Annapolis Pride guests, who cooked and donated funds to pay for ingredients! Our meat and vegetarian ziti were welcomed by residents, along with colorful & flavorful salad. Fruit salad and cookies rounded out a great meal.

In February, we had teenagers in charge… Craig Stevens, Diana Philpot, Trevor Philpot, and Will Mertes. They made two kinds of lasagna, garlic bread, salad, and for dessert the beloved oven-fresh brownies. Thank you for your service to those less fortunate.


I am always looking for volunteer families to come prepare, cook, and serve a meal for approximately 60 residents. 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. You decide the menu, so family favorite recipes are always welcome! 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. All March 2019 dates and beyond are available to sign up at



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Pastoral Care

Personal Prayers During the Offertory

During the Offertory at each Sunday morning service, someone from St. Anne’s Prayer Ministry will be at the Holy Family Chapel ready to pray with/for you or a loved one – for healing, hope, thanksgiving, intercession, small requests, large requests and/or a blessing and anointing. All prayers are  confidential. If you feel like coming to the Chapel but don’t know why, come anyway, come for a prayer – we are a praying community and all are welcome.

Stephen Ministry

“At first I wasn’t sure about all this caregiving stuff.  I mean, didn’t I love others enough already?  Then I finished my Stephen Ministry training and met with the person for whom I provided care.  Now I know what Christian love is all about!  I didn’t expect the wonderful gifts of love and friendship that God gave me through my caring relationship.  What a wonderful ministry this is!”  — Stephen Minister

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*.

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
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 *protected email*  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. 


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Planned Giving

Planned Giving


Planned Giving News at St. Anne’s Church:
By Peter Smith(*protected email*)

Save the Date: On May 5, 2019, the Planned Giving Committee has tentatively planned a special event for the St. Anne’s Legacy Circle. Details to follow. The focus of the event is to honor parishioners that have indicated they will be making or have made Planned Gifts to St. Anne’s. If you would like to join the Legacy Circle with the other 61 households in the history of the Parish, please contact the Rev. Richardson Libby, Vollie Melson, David Huggins, Jer Chambers, Karen Davis or Peter Smith for more details. All of these individuals are members of the Planned Giving Committee.  For their contact information, please call the parish office.