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St. Anne’s Clergy Epistle

Dear St. Anne’s,

On Sunday we journeyed through the fourth week of Advent together reading the story of Jesus calling fishermen to follow him and become his disciples. It is a simple narrative. The men hear Jesus’ call and leave all that they know and love behind to follow him. Something profoundly changed within them to make such a significant decision of faith. We don’t know all the details but you could say they experienced “Metanoia.” This is the Greek word for repentance. However, it can be defined as a change in one’s life resulting from being penitent or a spiritual experience. That change that is experienced through repentance and conversion can change one’s mind, heart and whole being to be more in tune and focused on God. Take a minute and think…what was a time in your life that you experience metanoia? This would be something that changed you to either believe in God or to bring you closer? My hope through this Christmas season is that you have many metanoia experiences that develop your relationship with Jesus so that you too can be like the angels bringing tidings of great joy to those in your life by sharing how Jesus’ love has moved you.

Spiritual change can move us to be disciples in this time and place. Therefore, I ask for your prayers entering into the new year, as God has called me to discern an outreach opportunity for our church in Kenya. I will be visiting Naomi’s Village which is a children’s home and Cornerstone Preparatory Academy, a school for kids in kindergarten through eighth grade in Maai Mahiu. My discernment will involve praying and visiting with this organization to discern the ways our parish can be involved, support, and encourage their ministry in Kenya. I will be there from January 19th-31st and look forward to sharing my experience when I return.

Many blessings to you this Christmas Season!


Stewardship Update

It is with great joy that we can report that during this Christmas week we have at last matched last year’s pledge at this time with a commitment to donate $829,000. In the coming weeks we still need to raise $75,000 to meet our budget goal and look to hearing from a further 30 pledgers. We are most appreciative of all those who have already pledged, and encourage those who have not to do so as a New Year’s gift to St. Anne’s. Blessings to all and all the very best wishes for the coming year.

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.

A Note from our Treasurer: Thank you to everyone who has generously supported the church through financial contributions in 2019 and made so much possible in our St. Anne’s community. For anyone who still wishes to fulfill their pledge or make a contribution for 2019, please be sure to date your checks for 2019. Thank you again!

Evening Prayer and the Episcopal Experience

St. Anne’s clergy want to personally invite you to participate in a worship opportunity. This opportunity is intended for those who want to go deeper into their own spiritual journey, as well as for those who may have experienced a significant life change such as a marriage, the birth of a child, a career change, a move, or the death of a loved one.

We are holding this opportunity in the context of worship (Evening Prayer) on Saturdays from 5:30 -7:00 PM. Our prayer time together will include a light potluck supper, teaching by our clergy, and time for you to ask your own questions. Regular attendance is important but do not hesitate to come even if you know you will miss a couple of sessions. We will be happy to help you catch up on what you missed. We begin on Saturday, January 11 and will meet on Saturdays through April 4. For more information, please contact The Rev. Jessica Sexton.

United in Prayer for Maryland’s 2020 Legislative Session

United in Prayer for Maryland’s 2020 Legislative Session

St. Anne’s will offer 90 days of prayer during the 2020 General Assembly Legislative Session for those seeking a quiet place to pray, reflect, de-stress and renew. Beginning January 8 with an 8:00 AM Eucharist and ending with a 5:30 PM Evening Prayer April 6.

  • Mondays – 5:30 PM Evening Prayer
  • Tuesdays — 12:10 PM Eucharist with Healing Prayers; 5:30 PM Evening Prayer
  • Wednesdays — 8:00 AM Eucharist; 12:00 PM Noonday Prayer with musical reflection; 5:30 PM Evening Prayer
  • Thursdays —12:00 PM Noonday Prayer with meditation; 5:30 PM Evening Prayer
  • Fridays — 5:30 PM Evening Prayer

In a time of political division, the church can be a sanctuary for healing and unity no matter one’s political affiliation or religious belief/denomination. All are welcome.

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.


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 29 – Said Evening Prayer with No Music
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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

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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.