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My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ

It was truly a joy to explore the ideas of redemption and bring them to you in last Sunday’s sermon. As I noted, embedded in redemption is the notion of liberation and freedom. Jesus is called “our redeemer” and even describes his life as an act of giving himself “as a ransom for many.”

Of course, then we have to ask: From what do I need to be liberated? From what do I need to be freed? These questions invite us into a time of discernment, prayer, and spiritual inquiry. Also, there is a need for honesty. As we noted in referring to Jesus’ genealogy as presented by Matthew, we need “the whole truth.” This applies to our personal lives and beyond.

Our gospel passage, Matthew 2:13-23, presented the surprising story that the Holy Family sought and found refuge in Egypt. The land of slavery had become the land of safety. The gospel does not tell us how this came about, but we do know that God worked through people to make this possible. He had to have “agents of redemption.”

One point I did not touch on is that the Holy Family were refugees. Their escape into Egypt was born of desperation and fear. In this we can see God’s sheltering presence at work, but also perhaps a connection with the millions of refugees throughout the world today. Where might redemption be needed in this area?

I do hope you will be with us on Sunday as we encounter the temptations that we and Jesus must face.

In Christ,

Fr. Dion

Stewardship Update

We only have a few weeks left in our annual Stewardship campaign, and we still need nearly $125,000 in order to sustain our current ministries ($175,000 to achieve our target for 2020). Your contribution is essential to sustain our worship services, continue our music programs, pay salaries and maintain our facilities. Please pledge your support for St. Anne’s now. A pledge of any amount is truly appreciated. For those of you who have pledged, thank you!  If you have questions about pledging, please contact St. Anne’s Financial Administrator, Kirsten Hair, or any of our Vestry members. We would be delighted to answer your questions. You can pledge online at or fill out a pledge card located in the back of the Church.

Nominating Committee – Meet the Nominees on January 26


Prior to the February 2 annual meeting and election, please take time to meet the people who have volunteered to serve on the Vestry and as your nominees to our Diocesan convention.  They will be in the back of the church before the 9:30 AM and 11:15 AM services on Sunday, January 26.  This is your chance to put names with faces and say hello to these generous people. Vestry nominees are: Linda Adamson, Thea Chimento, Kev Hays, Townsend McNitt and Paul Pope.  Delegate nominees are: Nancy Bayers, Lauren Dana-Evans, Ginger DeLuca and Pete Thompson.


Add Bible Study To Your Advent Routine

Starting in Advent the Men’s Bible Study group will read C.S. Lewis’s The Great Divorce. Lewis takes the reader on guided tours of Heaven and Hell in a prolonged dream sequence. The meaning of those two places is emphasized rather than the landscape. Come join us at 8:00 Saturday mornings in the Parish Hall for a light breakfast (optional) and an hour of study and fellowship from 8:30- 9:30 am. This can be an added devotional for this season of expectation and beyond. Call Wayne Adamson 410-269-7538 or Bob Sherer 410-266-1334 to let us know you are coming.


Wilbert “Peppy” Lee

Beloved in Christ,

We have been blessed by the ministry of  Wilbert “Peppy” Lee for more than two decades. He has been a faithful steward of our property and a wonderful neighbor to the community. Most recently, he was instrumental in saving the lives of several people during an unfortunate fire that set ablaze properties across the street from the parish house. On December 9, he was recognized by the City Council with a special citation acknowledging this wonderful act.

It is with much sadness that Peppy indicate to us that he is retiring from his ministry. While we are quite saddened, we rejoice in the fact that he will be able to enjoy his retirement.  In celebration of Peppy’s ministry, we would like to honor him at the 9:30 am service on December 22, 2019. 

As a token of our affection for him, we are collecting a “purse.” The purse should be made out to “Wilbert Lee” and sent to Mark V. Grimes, Sr. Warden, St. Anne’s Parish (199 Duke of Gloucester Street, Annapolis, MD 21401.) Please note that gifts to the purse are gifts to Peppy to honor his retirement and will not be recorded as charitable contributions to St. Anne’s.

Christmas Memorial Flowers

Christmas Memorial Flower cards can be found in each pew and may be filled out for Christmas flowers in memory or in honor of those you wish to have included in our Christmas bulletins. The deadline for turning in those cards and donations is Friday, December 13.

Advent Gathering

Women of St. Anne’s Advent Gathering – Nourishing our Faith

On Tuesday, December 17, from 6:30 – 8:00 PM, we will gather at the Chase-Lloyd House; 22 Maryland Ave., Annapolis.

Hope you can be there!  Sign up via SignUpGenius:

For more information, click here.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Jo Tetlow at 410-267-0402, or Heather Strang at



St. Anne’s Kneelers

Next time you’re in church, look down.  That’s right, look down by your feet.  There you’ll find some of St. Anne’s beautiful hand-crafted kneelers.  A team of very dedicated and talented needlepointers created 600 kneelers between 1990 and 2001 in a project begun by retired Rear Admiral Robert Geiger and spearh

eaded by Shirley McFadden, who was also a needlework historian and collector.  The Kneeler Project was a labor of love by the many parishioners and some from other area churches who participated using provided designs or by creating their own.  Today, our kneelers feature a wide variety of designs, from family coats of arms to Bible verses to “Save the Bay!”   Click here to learn more about our very special kneelers in an article written by Eric Fredland.

WINTER ALERT:  As we move into the colder months – it’s more important than ever NOT to put your feet on the kneelers, tempting as that might be.  Grime from dirty snow, ice and melting chemicals will cause irreparable damage to our kneelers.  We want them to be with us for a long time in tribute to the hours and love that went into creating them.  Thank you!


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 which has been offered for over 30 years is managed by two or three parishioners regularly. Stop in the church any day at 5:30 PM and end the day in a very special way.
Presently, The Daily Office is inviting new members to join this regular faithful group. For more information, contact Jer Chambers at 410-267-8023  or
Women’s Bible Study

Women’s Bible Study meets the first Saturday of every month.  The next meeting will be January 4 from 10:00 to 11:00 AM in the choir room at the church.  

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Sunday 5:30 Service 

Sunday evening services have resumed at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church at 5:30 PM. Each service will feature a musical prelude, followed by a short service of prayers and meditations and will conclude with a musical offering. The musical theme and content will change from week to week. The service and music will last 30-45 minutes. These services are a perfect way to re-set and have some quiet time before jumping into the week ahead.

December 15 – Sung Compline 
This Compline service will be sung by the women of the Choir lead by Carolene Winter and will feature music for Advent as we prepare for the coming of Christ.
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Children and Youth Ministry

Children and Youth Events

We are approaching the Third Sunday of Advent, and St. Anne’s welcomes our children and young people to participate in two important events:

Christ Child Christmas Pageant and Eucharist:

December 24 at 3:00 PM is the Christ Child Christmas Pageant and Holy Eucharist. This service is designed in a way that children tell the story of Christmas and proclaim the Good News that Jesus Emmanuel has come into the world. They will be dressed in costume, proclaim the Christmas joy in a traditional pageant with word and song. The Church Circle Consort will also play and help us celebrate the Holy Season. If your child would like to be in the pageant please follow the link below and register. There will be a rehearsals in the Skylight Room of the Parish House, at 199 Duke of Gloucester Street, from 10:45 AM to noon on December 15 and 22. Costumes will be distributed on December 22.

Please sign up using the link to Sign Up Genius at:

Advent/Christmas Scavenger Hunt and 100 Lunches for The Light House:

Middle and High School Youth are invited to an Advent and Christmas Scavenger Hunt around Downtown Annapolis, this Sunday December 15 from 10:45 AM to 1:30 PM. We will begin in front of the church and hear the Gospel story from Luke where Mary and Joseph begin their travels to Bethlehem. Fr. Manoj will read the scripture and help youth begin the Scavenger Hunt.  An adult will be assigned to each team and instructions will be handed out. Youth will be assigned to a group to work on the hunt. At noon everyone returns to the Parish House, at 199 Duke of Gloucester Street, for lunch and we will make 100 bag lunches for The Light House. Bring a friend and register at:

All St. Anne’s parishioners and families are invited to donate food for The Light House Lunches: A little food goes a long way when the load is shared. If you wish to help out by donating food please click on the link below. Food may be dropped off in the red wagon in the church at any of the three services or in the Parish Hall before noon. Please join us on the lawn for the telling of the Gospel story following the 9:30 AM service.
Click here to sign-Up:

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Questions about children, youth, and family ministry or how you can participate in ministry? Contact Connie Saeger-Proctor, Minister for Congregational Life, at 443-808-1361 or


Winter Relief

Winter Relief Christmas gift cards will be available again this year for sale after each Sunday service beginning December 1 and running through December 22. Each card purchased provides a doctor’s visit ($75), a night’s stay ($50) or transportation ($25) for a guest of the Winter Relief Shelter in February. Please consider giving these cards to a friend or family member in their honor.

These donations are so essential to maintaining this outreach ministry by helping those who are homeless and without needed resources in Anne Arundel County. If you are interested in volunteering to help during our Winter Relief week (February 17 to 24, 2020), selling cards, or if you would like additional information please contact Steve Esmacher at or call 410-320-2512.


Outreach Committee of St. Anne’s: Important Announcement

outreachThe Outreach Committee is pleased to announce that we will award grants in 2020 to organizations that seek to build understanding, help those in need, and expand a message of love in Annapolis.

If you are personally involved with such an organization or know of one with parishioner participation, please inform them of our grant application.

If the mission of your organization complies with the criteria listed on the application form, please encourage them to apply. Application Deadline is February 1, 2020.

If you have a need more information please contact Ann Ziegler at410-604-3570 or

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Current Volunteer and Service Opportunities

Habitat for Humanity

Join Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake and our community partners as we welcome Jessica and her family home to the historic Clay Street community in Annapolis! The celebration will be held at 123 Clay St. where family, friends, neighbors partners, and Habitat staff will gather for an official home dedication ceremony. Afterwards, we will continue the celebration with a ribbon cutting and dessert!

Light House Shelter
Current Needs

• Canned Fruit (in fruit juice)
• Canned Vegetables (Low sodium)
• Peanut Butter
• Jam/Jelly (30oz or smaller)
• Cereal (low sugar/whole grain)
• Oatmeal Packets
• Soup (Cans or pouches/boxes)
• Beans (Cans, pouches, or dried)
*Pop-top/easy-to-open cans are preferable for our clients

• NEW Pillows
• Disinfectant Wipes
• Lysol Disinfectant Spray
• Boxes of Tissues
• Warm blankets
• Towels
• Washcloths & Hand Towels
• Empty Adult Backpacks
• Sleeping Bags
• Diapers (sizes 2-6)
• Baby Wipes
• Liquid Detergent
• Winter Hats and Gloves
• NEW Men & Women’s Underwear
• NEW Men & Women’s Socks
• Full-Sized Deodorant
• Gift Cards (Target, Grocery, Uber/Lyft, Dollar Tree)

Items can be purchased and dropped of at our 10 Hudson Street. Many items can also be ordered online through our AMAZON WISH LIST!

We Currently DO NOT Need the Following Items:
Mouth wash, commercial-sized canned food, suits, used kids toys/clothes, lightweight summer clothing, books, large or travel sized toiletries

Cooking for the Light House

St. Anne’s and the Men’s Bible Study provide and serve the evening meal at the Light House the first Wednesday of every month.  Volunteers cook their items at home and gather at the shelter at 5:00 to set up to serve the dinner at 6:00.  Some people prefer to just drop off their items while most stay to help serve.  After serving our “guests” we get a plate of food to sit and eat and converse with the residents.

The first Wednesday in January happens to be New Year’s Day.  Since many people will be away, we are trying to plan meal that won’t need much prep at the shelter.  We need one more spiral cut ham, someone to make a black-eyed peas dish ( traditional southern New Years dish), someone to provide baked beans (for our northern friends), 5 dozen dinner rolls and a tub of butter/margarine, salad, drinks and dessert.

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

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Pastoral Care

Anne Arundel County Department of Aging & Disabilities

The Caregiver’s Voice
 A Newsletter Specifically for People Caring for Family, Friends, & Neighbors

The Caregivers’ Voice is a quarterly publication of the AA County Department of Aging and Disabilities’ National Family Caregiver Support Program. Contact us at: (410) 222-4336/4339 or at Caregiver Support.

Click here for the latest edition of this newsletter.

Click here for the latest version of Caregiver News and Updates.

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 Carol Leach, 410-263-1752.

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.