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Letter from the Senior Warden

St. Anne’s Family,

It is a pleasure to share an update about our rector search process. We are officially accepting applications for candidates!

Parish Survey

Thank you for your overwhelming participation in the Parish Survey! I am deeply grateful for your input, and to each volunteer on the Profile Committee. The Committee devoted tremendous time and effort to listening and analyzing input from the Parish. They presented their findings to Vestry together with a Portfolio document used to advertise our vacancy. Key findings from this process:

  • We received 407 completed online or paper surveys. Parishioners offered a deeply thoughtful and richly textured representation of their experience at St. Anne’s. Most (88%) were over age 44, many (69%) were female, and a majority (86%) live within 10 miles of church.
  • Top three rector personal attributes: authentic, moral integrity, able to relate to all ages.
  • Top three rector professional skills: appealing preacher, approachable, strong leader/good listener.
  • Top three reasons people joined St. Anne’s: worship, community, location.
  • In surveys and in-person meetings, we heard the following themes:
    • Celebration of our outreach programs with both in-person and financial support
    • Pride in our music program – deep appreciation for the sacred and community aspects
    • Desire for more youth programming
    • Increase intergenerational opportunities for fellowship and outreach
    • Offer spiritual education at various times of day
    • Support and value for diversity (age, race, gender, LBGTQ+)

Search Process

On Tuesday, August 14, the Vestry approved the Portfolio and opened our call for candidates for Rector. The Search Committee will solicit and discern candidates for rector and recommend finalists to the Vestry for their final selection. The Search Committee would love to hear recommendations from you! Please contact them at

Finally, let me thank you again for your prayers, patience, and faith in our search. St. Anne’s continues to share God’s love and serve the community during this time of transition. We are truly blessed by you, our clergy – Rev. Mulder, Rev. Sexton, Rev. Thompson and Rev. Shahinian, our lay leaders, and our staff. Like you, I have full faith in the future of St. Anne’s.

May God’s peace be with you,

Josiah Dykstra

Senior Warden


Construction at the Church

Beginning the first week in August and continuing through mid-November, there will be workers in the church during the week preparing our steeple for a new cell site.  The work will not affect any of our worship services, but may affect parking in front of the church.


Summer Fellowship

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 11:00 parishioners, please come early and join us for refreshments and coffee before the 11:00 service.


Brunch By the Bay and Ministry Fair

Sunday, September 9 is the date for our annual Celebration in the Circle.  This year join us for “Brunch By The Bay” and our Ministry Fair.  All food and drink will be provided by Mission Barbecue – you just need to make your reservations, and show up for fun and fellowship!  Festivities will begin after the 9:30 service.  Please note there will be NO 11:00 service that day.  Deadline for reservations will be Monday, September 3, 2018.  Please RSVP to

Men’s Retreat Coming in September

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].

Watch for registration notices to be posted soon.

For more information contact Chip,, Bob, or Herb

Current Volunteer and Service Opportunities

Volunteers Needed

St. Anne’s is looking for volunteers to lock up the church on Saturday afternoons between 4:00 and 6:00 PM.  If you are willing to help with this important task, please email Val at



Daily Office of Evening Prayer

St. Anne’s is looking for a few more Evening Prayer leaders as we carry on this venerable tradition. 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. We gather in the chancel of the church to say together this distinctively Anglican service at 5:30 PM. Each Evening Prayer is led not by a priest, but instead by volunteer lay people. Our Wednesday Evening Prayer service is conducted in Spanish. Each service has two leaders with others on call. We currently have 40 volunteer Evening Prayer leaders, but would welcome more.  All are welcome to join us as leaders or just to attend. For more information, contact Jer Chambers,


Holy Water Stop!

St. Anne’s Holy Water Stop!

Friends, St. Anne’s is joyfully hosting a water stop for the Annapolis 10-miler (A10) on August 19!  Join us for a morning of fun and fellowship as we are delighted to fill 5000 cups with water and Gatorade and hand them out to the A10 runners.  We will cheer for our parishioners as they race through the streets of historic Annapolis.

Thank you to all who have volunteered.  See you on the 19th!



Light House Shelter
Light House Food Pantry

September is St. Anne’s month to help restock the pantry at the Light House.  Bags will be available in church every Sunday beginning August 26. Select items from the attached list to include in your bags and return the bag to church any Sunday in September and early October.  You can also take your donations to the parish house or directly to the Light House (mention that the donation is from St. Anne’s). If you prefer to make a monetary donation, make a check out to St. Anne’s and mark it “Light House food pantry”.  We will use the money during the fall to purchase food in bulk as supplies dwindle.  If you have questions, contact Nancy Greeley at 410 224-2497 or

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 August 1, we had our annual cookout at the shelter.  We grilled hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill outside at The Light House and served them with all the other dishes we brought from home.  We received not one but two rounds of applause from the guests.  Thank you Page Lyon, Fran Spector, Wayne Adamson, Bob Sherer, Tripp Trippitelli, Sharon McElfish, Joyce Nay, Deede Rivers and her granddaughter, Maddy, Susan Fowler, Linda and Bill Silva, John Merrick, Julie Rottkamp, Eleanor Huggins, Nancie Kennedy, Ed Simon, Nancy Greeley and Trey Lewis for all the food and serving.  A special thank you to John Merrick, Bill Silva, Ed Simon, Trey Lewis and Bob Sherer for cooking over a hot grill on a muggy night.

Our next meal will be Wednesday, September 5.  We will serve a meatloaf dinner.  We will need 4 people to make meatloaf using 3-4 pounds ground meat, 1 person to make a turkey meatloaf using about 3 pounds ground turkey, tossed salad for 45-50, mashed potatoes, green beans (4 large bags frozen), 6 dozen dinner rolls and a tub of butter or margarine, drinks (iced tea mix and 2 jars juice) and ice cream (2 people to donate 2 1.5 quart tubs, any flavor).  The shelter has asked if we could donate some items for shelter breakfast use.  We are asking for one 1 gallon of milk and a dozen eggs.

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

Family Cooking for the Light House Shelter
On July 16, we prepared a great meal at the Light House Shelter! Thank you to Susan Mertes and her son, Wil, who made a flavorful & colorful salad, served fresh bread, and baked brownies for dessert. The brownies were the basis for a dessert bar which included ice cream and several toppings – what a treat! My son, Trevor, & I made two recipes of baked ziti – one sausage and one spinach – that received good reviews from the residents. A special thank you to our teenage boys who helped their moms volunteer and serve our local community. It is wonderful to donate your time and talents to those less fortunate.

We need volunteers for September 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 we need 2 – 3 families to prepare a main course, side dishes, and dessert.  New families are paired up with experienced families so that no one is overwhelmed. Experienced leaders are often in attendance to support and oversee the meal preparation.   To learn more about participating or if you are interested in volunteering please contact Jill Lake at or 443-433-2373. On-line signup:

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

Confidentiality is a top priorty for Stephen Ministers. A Stephen Minister is a caring Christian friend who listens, cares, prays, supports, and encourages without judgment and with complete confidentiality. You do not need to be concerned that other people will discover what you talk about with your Stephen Minister.

Would you like to receive care from a Stephen Minister or know of someone seeking care? Please contact Rev. Dion Thompson or Lori Marchant, 443-994-5858;

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  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. 

Rector Search

Search Committee

The Search Committee begins its search grateful for the support and input from the parish and the work of the Profile Committee that will be shared with candidates applying to be our next rector. We have been meeting each week to pray for the rector search. All are welcome to join us on Sundays from 11:00 – 11:30 AM in Room 102 of the Parish House as we seek the Lord’s guidance and discernment during this important time.

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