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Service Schedule Changes and Office Closings

St.  Anne’s office will be closed from December 25 through January 1.  In addition, the following changes have been made to our worship schedule:

  • There will only be one service on Sunday, December 23. It will be at 9:30 AM.
  • There will be NO Children’s Sunday Discovery on either December 23 or December 30.
  • There will be NO 5:30 PM service on either December 23 or December 30.
  • There will be NO 12:10 service on January 1.

Have a safe and blessed Christmas, and Happy New Year1


Advent and Christmas at St. Anne’s



Sunday Forum

Join us on January 13 as we begin a new Forum Series with visitors from Kenya, Dr. Bob and Julie Mendonsa. There will share their story of how they founded Naomi’s Village, an orphanage, and Cornerstone Academy, a preparatory school to glorify God and serve Kenyan children by providing spiritual, physical and emotional healing.

Sunday Forum is held at 11:00 AM in the Parish Hall, 199 Duke of Gloucester St.



Faith in the Future and Stewardship 2019

On behalf of the entire St. Anne’s family, we would like to thank the more than 300 households that have made the spiritual commitment to support the mutual ministry of this parish in 2019.  Because of you this church in the center of the city will continue to be a light that shines in hope and shares the message of God’s love for all people.  We want to share the good news with you that this year’s average pledge is approximately $2,800! We know that amount is not possible for everyone, but when everyone does what one can, it helps us not only pay for the necessities of being a church in the 21st century, but it also makes possible new levels of outreach such as our exciting new Sunday evening musical prayer services and expanding our outreach grants.  In addition, we are thrilled to announce that we have received pledges from more than 40 new households so far, a wonderful sign of the on-going vitality of this amazing parish. If you have not yet pledged, please prayerfully do so now. Together we are St. Anne’s; we have faith in God’s future here!


Preschool for the Arts at St. Anne’s

We had a wonderful Christmas Season here at PASA!  We celebrated with our annual Christmas musical programs!  Our children are headed off to Christmas Break and just can’t wait to wake up on Christmas morning!  If you want to be a part of this PASA magic, please fill out an application on our website at, under the Admissions tab.  Our application for the 2019-2020 school can be found on our website. 


Episcopal Rainbow at St. Anne’s

The Episcopal Rainbow has two upcoming events.  All are welcome!

  • Sunday, January 13 at 12:30 PM – brunch at Harry Browne’s. RSVP to Jill Lake at 
  • Monday, January 21 at 4:00 PM – community service project: cooking dinner at The Light House



Feast of the Epiphany

Children and Youth Ministry

Children and Youth Events

Children’s Sunday Discovery

Children’s Sunday Discovery, our Christian education and formation for children between 3 years old and the fifth grade, happens from 10:45 AM to noon at 199 Duke of Gloucester Street. On January 6, children will enjoy an Epiphany Scavenger Hunt and be guided through the Magi Maize designed to find the baby Jesus. There will be Kings Cake and refreshments!

Middle and High School Youth

Youth Discovery meets on the first and third Sundays of the month.  Middle school youth meet from 4:00 to 5:15 PM and high school youth meet from 6:15 to 7:30 PM.  The next meeting for both groups will be on January 6 at 4:00 PM in the Parish Hall. A spaghetti dinner will be served, and youth will learn about the middle school mission trip to Appalachia, and an opportunity for high school youth to go to Guatemala with our Partners in Mission in Guatemala.

Children and Youth Epiphany Scavenger Hunt and Parent Group

Children and youth are invited to a scavenger hunt. We will trace the steps of the Magi and follow the star to the manger in Bethlehem. Parents will meet in room 102, at 199 Duke of Gloucester Street, for conversation and refreshments. The baby Jesus and the manger will be located in room 102 and the scavenger hunt will end there with Kings Cake and a short party. At the party, we will hand out chalk and house blessings. Join us to learn about this tradition. Both activities are from 10:45 AM to noon.

Looking for a Way to Enjoy the Twelve Days of Christmas?

Christmas is celebrated from December 25 to January 5th. Don’t place the Magi in the crèche before January 6, the day of Epiphany. Light a candle and gather with your family for hot chocolate, tea, and festive food. Sing Christmas Carols and read Matthew 2:1-15, the Visit of the Wise Men. End your time by inviting a child to move the Magi a little closer to the manger. Time their journey to arrive on January 6th.

Parents’ Day Out

Middle and high school youth will lead games and activities in the Parish Hall at 199 Duke of Gloucester Street for children so parents may have a day out. Register your child and drop him/her off anytime between 3:30-7:30 PM. Have dinner on the town, go to the 5:30 service or just have a fun time out. Pizza and fun food will be provided. Registrations will be online in January. Adult help is also being recruited.

Little Annies Playgroup Saturday, January 26

Join families with young children from 10:00 AM to noon for brunch and fun. Toddlers will have story time with books, and active fun in the Parish Hall at 199 Duke of Gloucester Street. The room will be set-up for a toddler obstacle course. An informal brunch will be served.

Family Foyer Potluck Game Night, January 26

Bring a dish to share and play board games. The potluck will be held in the Parish Hall at 199 Duke of Gloucester Street from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

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


Winter Relief

Support St. Anne’s Outreach Ministry for winter shelter of the chronically homeless.  Winter Relief Christmas gift cards are available for sale again this year after Sunday’s service on December 23. Consider giving these gift cards by making a donation for a much-needed doctors visit ($75), one night’s stay ($50), or a bus pass ($25)—helping those less fortunate. Each year, Arundel House of Hope coordinates these week-long efforts of 60+ area churches that provide temporary shelter for the chronically homeless during the cold winter nights from November through April.  Donations are essential to maintaining this outreach ministry.  In 2019, St. Anne’s and First Presbyterian Church will host 25+ homeless guests from February 11 through February 18.  Your volunteer efforts and support are greatly appreciated. 

If you are interested in coordinating or assisting with the administration of this ministry, please contact Rev. Jessica Sexton at; Joyce Nay at; or Steve Esmacher at

Thank you for your generosity, St. Anne’s! 
We give great thanks to and for the wonderful and generous parishioners of St. Anne’s who have donated over $5,000 to send to the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California (DNC) for their fire disaster relief effort. The wild fires devastated the entire city of Paradise and parts of Magalia and Chico in that diocese. DNC will use 100% of the donated funds to “assist victims in the first stage of the disaster and later during long term recovery.” St. Anne’s will continue to accept donations until January 4, or you may donate online:  



Rector Search

Current Volunteer and Service Opportunities

Habitat for Humanity

St. Anne’s volunteers are back to work with Habitat for Humanity’s Interfaith Coalition volunteers. Pictured, Bill Malicki, Nancy Wright, and Phil Reynolds on a Habitat build in Severn. For information about Habitat of the Chesapeake and to volunteer, contact Linda Silva at
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.

For January 2, we still need someone to make a black-eyed peas dish, 2 roast chickens (or a roasted turkey breast), tossed salad, 6 dozen rolls and a tub of butter or margarine, frozen green beans (about 140 oz), drinks ( 2 jars juice and iced tea mix) and dessert.  The shelter also requests a dozen eggs and a gallon of milk for shelter breakfasts.

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
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 I need 2 – 3 families to prepare a main course, side dishes, and dessert.  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. To sign up online go to

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

“I thank God every day for my Stephen Minister.  I don’t know how I could have made it through the past year without her!” — Care Receiver

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. 

Planned Giving

Planned Giving


Planned Giving News at St. Anne’s Church:
By Peter Smith(

Planned Giving\Stewardship Opportunity:       

  • 2018 Tax Reform Act – Standard Deduction\Schedule A\State & Local Tax Deduction\Charitable Giving  – The 2018 Tax Reform Act gives individuals a $12,000 standard deduction; married couples $24,000 while limiting the state and local tax deduction to $10,000. Some opportunities to consider against this back drop; accelerate your 2019 Pledge Payment in 2018 to make your charitable deduction be a benefit as an itemized deduction beyond your standard deduction amount. Another option for 2019 may be to bundle two years of your donations to obtain the additional deduction in any given tax year on Schedule A; this strategy is called multi-year tax planning. You can also use a donor advised fund to take a significant deduction in any given year and spread your charitable deductions over a number of years out of the fund.
  • For business owners, a charitable deduction may help you preserve the 20% business deduction that phases out at $157,500 for individuals and $315,000 for married couples.

You can apply these strategies to any Planned Giving goal or Stewardship objective you may have for St. Anne’s. Another opportunity is…

Looking at a 2018 RMD you do NOT need? Consider a Qualified Charitable IRA Distribution this year…A taxpayer over age 70½ can work with their financial institution to follow the QCD rules and make an IRA distribution directly to a charity. You will receive the benefit of a QCD, which effectively excludes the distribution from your gross income on your tax return and avoid the ordinary income tax bite on your IRA distribution to St. Anne’s. The distribution limit for this deduction is $100,000.

Please consult with your Accountant or Financial Advisor to see if these opportunities or other options are appropriate for your situation.

Save the Date:  On March 31, 2019 the Planned Giving Committee has tentatively planned a special event for the St. Anne’s Legacy Circle. Details to follow. The focus of the event is to honor parishioners that have indicated they will be making or have made Planned Gifts to St. Anne’s. If you would like to join the Legacy Circle with the other 61 households in the history of the Parish, please contact the Rev. Richardson Libby, Vollie Melson, David Huggins, Jer Chambers, Karen Davis or Peter Smith for more details. All of these individuals are members of the Planned Giving Committee.  For their contact information, please call the parish office.