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Current News

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. This week, our Partners in Mission in Guatemala will be hosting fellowship.


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, ten.t1550774488sacmo1550774488c@pih1550774488c-hca1550774488oc1550774488, Bob,ten.t1550774488sacmo1550774488c@yan1550774488rw1550774488 or Herb moc.l1550774488iamg@15507744884365r1550774488elwof1550774488h1550774488

Children and Youth Ministry

Very Big Story Camp Thank You

Thank you to everyone who participated and so  graciously gave of your time  and resources to our Very Big Story Camp. Again this year, we collaborated with First Presbyterian Church.  We had 76 campers and 36 Jr. Counselors. Our theme was Jesus: The Great I Am, and children learned about the many ways that Jesus makes himself present in our lives. Most times teachers do not have the opportunity to see the fruits  of their ministry, but this year a young boy in the Sycamore Tree reminded us about what he learned about Jesus, the Bread of Life. Children heard about old Testament reading from Exodus when God provided manna from heaven.  A few Sunday’s later,  in the Sycamore Tree, the Gospel of the day was about Jesus feeding the 5,000 with two fish and five loaves of bread. Someone asked, “How did that happen?” The boy answered him by explaining that the bread came down from heaven (and everyone was filled). Our VBS teachers provided this beautiful reflection for him. This is just one example of how each one of them is a blessing and helped our children know God’s love. They give of their time and talents and are essential in helping children hear the Good News. Thank you to each of you who helped: Allison Cordell, Ann Garvey, Renee Kelly, Deede Rivers, Kathy Shahinian.  Another special thanks to our middle and high school Jr. Counselors who helped shepherd the children, especially to Jack Hair who led Tae Kwon Do and taught the children basic moves, a few Korean words, and how to break a board.  Thank you to everyone who provided snacks and supplies. Our camp was successful because of all the prayers and support.  Thank you and blessing to you.

Current Volunteer and Service Opportunities

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, ten.t1550774488sacmo1550774488c@54s1550774488rebma1550774488hclj1550774488


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.

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, 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 email Kirsten Hair at gro.s1550774488ilopa1550774488nna-s1550774488ennat1550774488s@ria1550774488hk1550774488.  When signing up, please provide us with your t-shirt size.  The deadline to sign up is Friday, August 10.



Celebration in the Circle 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 gro.s1550774488ilopa1550774488nna-s1550774488ennat1550774488s@pvs1550774488r1550774488.

Back to School Backpacks

This is the last weekend to drop off your backpacks!!  Backpacks should be dropped off at the Parish House or in the Church Narthex no later than Sunday Aug. 5. Thanks to all who have signed up to help with this important program!

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. Our next dinner will be our annual cookout on August 1.  Our next dinner will be our annual cookout on August 1.   As of July 23 we still need:one more donation of potato salad to serve 20 – 25, one more donation of deviled eggs (36 halves), sliced tomatoes (5-7) and onions (3-4), 2 heads iceberg lettuce, a veggie and dip tray, a large jar dill pickle spears, 50 slices cheese, watermelon and 4 more donations of 12 cans soda (any kind). We will also need people willing to work the grill.

For more information, or to volunteer, contact Nancy Greeley at 410 224-2975 or moc.l1550774488oa@ye1550774488leerg1550774488mom1550774488 or John Merrick at moc.l1550774488oa@pn1550774488nayaj1550774488 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 *protected email* or 443-433-2373. On-line signup:

Habitat for Humanity

Anne Arundel Faith Coalition members, Dave Schultz and Linda Silva, accept Habitat Chesapeake’s Faith Partner of the Year award alongside Habitat Chesapeake CEO, Mike Posko and Habitat Chesapeake Board Chair, Kim Sherman.

At an awards ceremony honoring Habitat for Humanity volunteers and donors, St. Anne’s was honored as a member of the Anne Arundel Faith Coalition, which received the Faith Partner of the Year award.

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 gro.s1550774488ilopa1550774488nna-s1550774488ennat1550774488s@nos1550774488pmoht1550774488d1550774488 or Lori Marchant, 443-994-5858;  moc.l1550774488iamg@15507744881102t1550774488nahcr1550774488amiro1550774488l1550774488

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.s1550774488ilopa1550774488nna-s1550774488ennat1550774488s@nos1550774488pmoht1550774488d1550774488  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

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

Profile Committee


The St. Anne’s Profile Committee is pleased to report that it presented a draft ministry portfolio to the Executive Committee of the Vestry. This profile will be used to brief clergy who may consider applying to be St. Anne’s next rector.  The Executive Committee will be refining the draft with further invited input from members of the parish. In due course, the revised portfolio will be presented to the Vestry for approval and, then, posted online by the Diocese for candidates to review.

This draft is the culmination of four months of Herculean efforts by all eight members of the committee.  Guided by prayer and after many meetings, late-night emails, conference calls and analysis, the committee met the Vestry deadline and submitted its report by the end of June.  The draft was heavily shaped by the overwhelming response of the parish to the online Survey and many meetings with small group ministries. The Profile Committee is deeply grateful for all your support and invaluable input.

The Profile Committee will now work with parish leadership to provide further details of the results of the survey and ministry meetings to all parishioners.  The Committee once again thanks all parishioners for their involvement to date in this process.

Respectfully submitted by the Profile Committee,

Robert Biddle, Chair, Phyllis Everette, Samara Firebaugh, Mary Greczyn, Scott Gregory, Doug McNitt, Paul Pope, and Courtney Spikes

For more information on our Rector Search, click here.


Preschool for the Arts at St. Anne’s

Looking for an engaging preschool where your child can grow, create, explore and imagine? PASA has limited openings in our Thrilling Three’s and Fabulous Four’s classes for Fall 2018! Give us a call today at 410-268-9010 or email gro.s1550774488traeh1550774488trofl1550774488oohcs1550774488erp@o1550774488fni1550774488 to join our preschool family!