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Please Welcome Our New Rector!

With joyful and grateful hearts, we welcome our new rector, Manoj Zacharia, his wife Joelle, and their children, Abigail and Johan. We are so thankful that the Lord called Manoj to St. Anne’s and we are excited about this new chapter in our parish ministry. Please welcome Manoj, Joelle, Abigail and Johan to St. Anne’s and pray for them as they settle into this parish and community. To learn more about our new Rector, visit our website at:



Holy Water Stop 2019!
Once again, St. Anne’s is joyfully hosting a water stop for the Annapolis 10-miler (A10) on August 25! Join us for a morning of fun and fellowship as we are delighted to fill 5,000 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.
Energetic folks of all ages are welcome to help. Every volunteer receives a commemorative t-shirt, as well as volunteer service hours, if applicable. Volunteers are needed beginning at 5:15 AM to set up the cups. The race starts at 7:00 AM, so if set up is too early for you, you can delay your arrival to 6:45 AM. We also need people to help clean up and dispose of all the cups. We will be wrapped up in time for the 8:00 AM service. Water pitchers and rakes for cleanup are greatly appreciated. For more information, or if you would like to volunteer, please sign up here. The deadline to sign up is Friday, August 16.  If you have any questions, please contact Kirsten Hair at

Preschool for the Arts at St. Anne’s
Preschool for the Arts has limited openings in their 2 day a week, Terrific Two’s Programs.  Please contact Director, Amy Hoffman at if interested in having your child join the fun at PASA!  Children must be two years of age by September 1st in order to enroll in this program.


Evening Prayer

Did you Know? St. Anne’s holds services open to the public five days a week with the Daily Office of Evening Prayer at 5:30 Monday through Friday. This lay led service has been offered for over 30 years and is managed by two or three parishioners regularly. Presently, The Daily Office is inviting new members to join this regular faithful group to grow the number of members. Fellowship on Sunday July 28 will be sponsored by The Daily Office. Current members will available to answer any questions you might have on participation. Or, just stop in the church any day at 5:30 PM and end the day in a very special way. Contact Jer Chambers at 410.267.8023  or for more information.



Summer Fellowship – Dates Still Available!

Join us in Summer Worship with our Fellowship in the Churchyard. We still have many dates available. Please sign up your ministry for one or more weeks to furnish a snack to be enjoyed following the 9:30 worship service. Coffee and water will be provided. Set up and break down of the tables will be handled for you.  Sign up here:



Back to School Backpack Program 2019


Thanks to the generous support of St. Anne’s parishioners, 141 students at two local elementary schools will start the school year prepared with backpacks filled with needed classroom supplies. We gave away the last of the cards last Sunday.

The majority of the backpacks are headed for students at Annapolis Elementary School and the others to Hillsmere Elementary. We also collected donations to pay for student activity fees, additional backpacks and school uniforms throughout the year for students in need. This was a record year for the program with 15 more backpacks than last year.

Filled backpacks are due at St. Anne’s no later than August 11, to be handed to a volunteer. Backpacks should not be abandoned in the church or parish house. For more information, or to help with the program, contact Howard Buskirk at 703 598-1800 Mary Greczyn at 703-798-3676 or for additional information.


Episcopal Rainbow Group

The Episcopal Rainbow Ministry is for LGBTQ+ persons, their families, their allies, and the extended St. Anne’s Church family. All are welcome at all events!


2019 Men’s Retreat

September 20 – 22, 2019 at the Memorial House in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

St. Anne’s men are responding to Bishop Curry’s challenge to commit to The Way of Life by focusing on it at the Men’s Retreat. We will study the seven topics of this
process and consider how to begin to write a Rule of Life for ourselves. For more information, click here.

Women’s Bible Study

Women’s Bible Study meets the first Saturday of every month.  The next meeting will be August 3 from 10:00 to 11:00 AM in the Church Choir Room.  We will study the second chapter of Ephesians.


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Children and Youth Ministry

Children and Youth Events

New Acolyte, Youth Lector Sign-Up

We are recruiting young people to be acolytes and readers (lectors) for the 9:30 AM service. Acolytes need to be no younger than rising second graders and Lectors must be good readers. We will offer training mid-June. If your child is interested, please  let Connie know.

Sycamore Tree (Children’s Worship)

The Sycamore Tree will be held at the 9:30 AM and 11:00 AM services through the summer.

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


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Current Volunteer and Service Opportunities

Habitat for Humanity

St. Anne’s parishioners have been busy this spring working on a Habitat house on Clay Street.  The renovated house is due to be completed this summer, and a new homeowner has already been selected and is putting in her “sweat equity” hours, working alongside volunteers with the Annapolis Interfaith Coalition.  Pictured are St. Anne’s hard working volunteers Mike Creighton, Phil Reynolds and Bill Malicki.  For information about Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake or to volunteer, contact Linda Silva at

Light House Shelter
Cooking for the Light House

St. Anne’s and the Men’s huddle prepare and serve the evening meal at the Light house the first Wednesday of every month. On August 7 we are having our annual cookout.  If the weather is reasonable, we will cook and eat outside.  If it is HOT we will still grill outside but everyone will eat in the air conditioning. Still needed are baked beans for 20 and watermelon (one large or 2 medium).  Since it is a cookout, we have permission to serve canned sodas.  We need 24 Cokes, 24 cans of Pepsi, 12 cans orange soda, 6 cans ginger ale or Sprite, 6 cans root beer, 6 cans Diet Coke

Thank you to everyone who volunteered on July 3.  We were a small but dedicated crew. Thank you Page Lyon, Monica and Bill Barry, Sharon McElfish, Eleanor Huggins, Katherine Haas, John Merrick and Nancy Greeley

To help, contact Nancy Greeley at 410 224-2975 or or John Merrick at

Family Cooking for the Light House 

Thank you to the McNitt family for volunteering and cooking on July 15! It is only through volunteers our ministry remains successful and viable. Please consider volunteering and sign up here:

The St. Anne’s Family Cooking at the Light House Shelter 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 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. Children 11 years old and over are welcome to participate in family cooking.

I am always looking for volunteer families to come prepare, cook, and serve a meal for approximately 60 residents. 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 or 443-433-2373. Many 2019 dates are still available.


Light House Pantry

The Light House has recently reorganized the pantry.  Instead of passing out already filled bags of groceries, clients can select what foods they want.  The pantry is organized into three areas – most healthful (ie canned meats, fruit, peanut butter), nutritious  but not as much protein (soups, dry cereal, etc) and nice to have (ie desserts and prepared foods (ie stew,  cans of chili).  Each client can select a set number of items in each area.  In addition there are some fresh vegetables and fruits when available. Supplies tend to get low in the summer months.  St. Anne’s holds our big food drive for the shelter in September but the need is there now if you wish to donate.  Most needed items are: canned fruit, canned tuna or chicken, instant oatmeal, jelly, whole grins or brown rice, applesauce and juice.  The food is not for the people living at the Light House but for people in the community who have homes but are in need of food.  Each client may go to the shelter 3 times a month.  If you have food to contribute, take your donations directly to the Light House pantry.


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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

Did you know? Once trained and commissioned, Stephen Ministers meet twice a month to give and receive peer supervision, which is necessary to help them provide quality care and grow as caregivers.

.St. Anne’s Stephen Ministry is inviting the men and women of St.Anne’s to explore serving as a lay Christian caregiver. Training will be provided from September, 2019 through March, 2020. If you are interested in journeying with someone who needs confidential spiritual and emotional support, this may be the right caring ministry for you.

For further details please contact:
Chip Tucker: 443-852-1779
Patricia Jennings: 203-313-4665

The logo Stephen Ministry congregations use consists of a cross and circle, together with a broken person and a whole person.  The broken person stands behind the cross, symbolizing the brokenness in our lives as a result of our sin.  The whole person stands in front of the cross because it is through the cross of Jesus that we again are made whole.  The circle symbolizes both the wholeness we receive through Christ and God’s love for us.

If you would like to receive care from a Stephen Minister or know of someone seeking care, please contact Rev. 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
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.