Artist: Dürer, Albrecht, 1471-1528.  The work is from circa de 1504


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St. Anne’s Clergy Epistle

Beloved in Christ,

Our Advent journey began with the exploration of genealogy as a symbol of redemption and the transformation of nation from oppressor to sanctuary.  This past Sunday, we journeyed with Jesus into the wilderness where we were issued an invitation to wrestle with the implications of living into our identity as the beloved of God.  In the midst of the journey, we encounter temptations or “idols” that lure us aware from focusing on our purpose to live as disciples of the Lord Jesus. As we travel through the wilderness, we notice that fears and doubts begin to rise. As fears and doubts spring in our lives, we are invited to acknowledge their existence and grapple with them knowing that we will only be able to face our fears and doubts resting in the mercy and grace of God.  Acknowledging the realities of temptations, fears, and doubts and grappling with them on their own terms, is part of our journey towards discipleship. We invite you to identify the idols and temptations that hinder your focus on living into your vocation as a disciple of Christ. What are the fears and doubts that you bring to the journey? If you would like to share them, please feel free to reach out to us. We are here to journey with you as companions in faith.

On Sunday (December 22,) The Rev. Jessica Sexton will focus on the concept of metanoia.  It is our prayer that the words of our mouths and the meditation of our hearts are a fragrant offering to God and instrumental in the building of our vision as becoming God’s beloved community. We look forward to your companionship on this journey through St. Matthew’s gospel.

Yours in Christ,
Fr. Manoj

Stewardship Update

Dear Friends:

We have had a wonderful Stewardship campaign this fall, and to-date we have commitments from 259 families totaling $725,000. The generosity of our Parish is humbling and is a sign of the commitment that we all feel toward St. Anne’s. Worship at St. Anne’s is special, and our parish family contributes to the rich life we share in Annapolis and beyond. Our ministries touch lives both inside and outside our Parish family.

Never before has our work been more important. Our connection with outside support organizations like The Light House, the Stanton Center and our shared work in Guatemala are but a few signs of our Parish doing God’s work in the world! Here in the circle, our worship at St. Anne’s is a time for us to come together in our beautiful church, hear God’s word, be guided by great preaching, and be touched by beautiful music so that we leave with our hearts filled and our minds energized for the work ahead.

You can be the difference! We are so close to our goal and are working hard to securing commitments for the $175,000 needed to continue this work. As you make your year-end giving plans please keep St. Anne’s in your thoughts and consider making a generous pledge to keep our Parish thriving!

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.

Thank you!

St. Anne’s Vestry & Leadership

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, Kevin Hays, Townsend McNitt and Paul Pope.  Delegate nominees are: Nancy Bayers, Lauren Dana-Evans, Ginger DeLuca and Pete Thompson.


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.

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 11 from 10:00 to 11:00 AM in the Skylight Room in the Parish House.

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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 – Contemporary Acoustic Service 

St. Anne’s tenor soloist Ryan Webster, soprano Briana Brophy team up with guitarist Alec Green team up to present an “acoustic” service for the last Sunday in Advent!

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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:

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

Preschool for the Arts at St. Anne’s

Enrollment Season

 It’s enrollment season at PASA! If you have a child between the ages of 2-4 and are looking for a preschool, PASA offers creative and engaging morning programs for children with extended care options into the afternoon.  Every child explores our Specials curriculum each week in the subjects of Art, Music, Movement and Chapel.  If your little one is ready is for school, please join us at our Admissions Morning on Wednesday, January 22nd @ 9:30 to learn more about what makes PASA the perfect place for your child’s first school experience. If you would like to apply or RSVP for this event, please contact Amy Hoffman @

Faith-Filled Parenting: Bible Study for Parents

 Parenting young children means that our days are full of joy, anxiety, hope, fear and everything in between. Preschool for the Arts at St. Anne’s (PASA) and St. Anne’s Parish parents are invited to participate in a Bible Study led by St. Anne’s Clergy on how to be faith-filled parents for your children. Thursday mornings beginning January 9 until February 20 from 8:30-9:30 AM at the Parish House. Please RSVP to PASA Director, Amy Hoffman at


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 Home Dedication

New homeowner Jessica Parker cutting the ceremonial ribbon to her new home

On December 14, there was a dedication ceremony at 123 Clay Street.  Mike Posko, CEO of Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake, presented the key to the new homeowner, Jessica Parker.  The home was renovated by volunteers from the Anne Arundel Interfaith Coalition, including those volunteers from St. Anne’s pictured below.  Our own Reverends Manoj and Jess were there to give the invocation and benediction.  Mayor Gavin Buckley spoke, as well as Senator Sarah Elfreth,  and members of the community.

St. Anne’s volunteers (back row) Steve Esmacher, Mike Creighton, Betty Creighton, Reverend Manoj, Bill Malicki and Bill Silva. (Front row) Linda Silva, Glenn Mortoro, Reverend Jess and Nancy Wright.








Light House Shelter

The Light House Homeless Prevention Support Center has served the community as a basic needs provider of food, shelter and support services for over 30 years. They rebuild lives with compassion by providing shelter and services to prevent homelessness and empower people as they transition toward employment, housing and self-sufficiency. Here is a link to their most recent Volunteer Newsletter with information about current volunteer and donation needs.

The sign-up links in the newsletter are for registered Light House volunteers. If you have never volunteered with Light House and would like to learn more please visit their website at Thank you for your support!

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.