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Beloved in Christ,

It was a blessing to explore the lives of Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, and Bathsheba last Sunday. Their inclusion  by St. Matthew points to stories and histories that are part and parcel  of his theological emphasis of “making disciples of all nations.” If you want a slightly different take on Jesus’s lineage, I invite you to read Luke 3:33-38.

Living into the call of Jesus necessitates that we are clear about our purpose. The purpose of the church is to make disciples of all nations. At its very core, discipleship involves following the disciplines of the Lord. One of these disciplines is a commitment to pray by centering ourselves on the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Discipleship is a commitment to usher in a kingdom that is centered on the values of God’s peace, justice, and mercy. This sentiment is best expressed when we pray “for thine is the Kingdom, the power, and the glory.” According to St. John Chrysostom (Homily XIX,) that doxology “brings to our remembrance the King under whom we are arrayed, and signify him to be more powerful than all.”

As Jesus is the embodiment of love, being a disciple of Jesus is an invitation to love. Discipleship is a journey of loving God, loving ourselves, and; yes, loving our neighbors. While it includes the proclamation of Christ as Lord with our lips, it is also involves acting on the words of Jesus. With all honesty, the confession of Jesus as Lord is quite easy for me, especially in this part of the world. It is living out the words of Jesus that presents the greatest challenge for me. This is where church, as a community of mutual encouragement and accountability, inspires me to become a better ‘Christian.’

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday as part of your commitment to being a disciple of Jesus. This week, we will explore the redemption of a nation.

In Christ’s Service,

Fr. Manoj

Stewardship Update

We are now at a critical point in our pledge campaign – nine weeks into the program we have 247 pledgers for a total of $704,000, 93 pledgers and $190,000 short of our goal, 40 pledgers and $50,000 less than were we were at this time last year. The Vestry meets next week and will be trying to fine tune next year’s budget based on our expectations of the outcome of the pledge campaign, so it is indeed critical that we secure the remaining pledges as soon as possible.  This week, as is our historic practice, we have initiated the follow-up email/phone-call approach to previous pledgers, who have yet to pledge this year – we will appreciate an early and positive response to this personal contact. Your stewardship team much appreciates the commitments of all those who already pledged and looks forward to hearing a positive response from those who have yet to do so.

Nominating Committee

The Vestry and Diocesan Delegate Nominating Committee members (Josiah Dykstra, Katherine Hilton, Jason Houser, Vollie Melson and Sarah Morse) met to consider more than two dozen people for open positions.  The committee has completed its work and is pleased to announce the following nominations for Vestry: Linda Adamson, Thea Chimento, Kev Hays, Townsend McNitt, Paul Pope. Nominees for delegate or alternate for the Diocesan Convention are: Nancy Bayers, Lauren Dana-Evans, Ginger DeLuca, Pete Thompson. The election will take place at the next parish Annual Meeting on Sunday, February 2, 2020, immediately after the morning service.  Following the parish’s established practice, the number of nominees matches the open seats, which is allowed by our by-laws.  If you are a Voting Member of St. Anne’s and wish to add a nominee, contact the parish office.  Additional nominations must be received before Sunday, December 22. In the next few weeks, please keep these folks in your prayers as they have all volunteered their time and talent contributions to St. Anne’s.


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.


Adult Forum: Faith in Action

The Rev. Dr. Chris Dreisbach Priest, Theologian, Professor
Seven Deadly Obsessions Parts 1 and 2



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. 

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
Episcopal Rainbow Group

The Episcopal Rainbow Group at St. Anne’s invites the parish community to join them for brunch and fellowship at Harry Browne’s following the 11:00 AM service on December 8. Please RSVP to Rainbow Group Coordinator, Jill Lake at by the preceding Friday to reserve enough seating.

Women’s Bible Study

Women’s Bible Study meets the first Saturday of every month.  The next meeting will be December 7 from 10:00 to 11:00 AM in the library at the Parish House.  We will study the sixth chapter of Ephesians.

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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 8 – Jazz Vespers
Join us for Jazz Vespers this Sunday with special guest Mark Berman!
Join us this Sunday, December 8, at 5:30 PM, when jazz pianist Mark Berman will be with us to play at a special Jazz Vespers service. Mark was with us last year and those who were there are still talking about it. Mark is an extraordinary artist and Music Director and on-screen pianist for the Amazon series, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”! 
Joining Mark for this special service are Kayin Scanterbury (drums), Eddie Hyrbyk (bass), Alec Green (guitar), St. Anne’s Music Director J. Ernest Green and members of the St. Anne’s Choir!
This service is a wonderful way to refocus, have some quiet time and get ready for the week ahead.
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Children and Youth Ministry

Children and Youth Events

Sunday Discovery

Sunday Discovery begins at 10:45 AM and ends at noon in our Parish House at 199 Duke of Gloucester St.


Little Annies Playgroup

Join the fun, fellowship, and play at Little Annies Playgroup. This group is for young children and meets in Parish Hall at 199 Duke of Gloucester Street. There are inside toys and games, and weather permitting an outside playground.

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


St. Anne’s Winter Gear for Kids – Thank You!

Thank you to all parishioners who gave winter coats or winter boots to 60 children at Annapolis Elementary School! Families received the gifts on Tuesday November 26.  The new winter gear will keep the children warm and dry this winter! The books and math cards you selected for each child will be helpful tools for parents as they build their children’s math and reading skills. Special thanks to Elizabeth Reid, Sally Garrett, Sharon McElfish, Ballie McNitt and Claire McNitt for helping parishioners choose a child. Thanks to Patrick Carlson, Robbie McNitt and Townsend McNitt for delivering the gifts.


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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
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.

On November 6, we served a well-received dinner of spaghetti with homemade sauce.  Thank you Glenn and Lynn Mortoro, Herb and Susan Fowler, John Merrick, Page Lyon, Bob Sherer, Mark Minik, Monica and Bill Barry, Gail Fowler, Nancie Kennedy, Fran Spector, Nancy Steere, Tripp Trippitelli and Nancy Greeley.

On Wednesday, December 4, we are serving pork loin and roast chicken for those who do not eat pork.  We still need 1 more person to donate a pork loin of about 4-6 pounds, mixed vegetables (about 140 oz frozen), salad, 2 volunteers to provide about 4-5 dozen roasted new (small) potatoes, 2 people to provide corn bread (24 squares or muffins), 2 large jars of apple sauce, drinks, and a dozen eggs and a gallon milk for shelter use.

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.

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 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.