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Episcopal Advocacy Day

This year, Episcopal Advocacy Day will be February 6 from 8:30 AM-2:00 PM at the Miller Senate Office Building in Annapolis. Learn about our legislative priorities, meet your legislators and network with your peers. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Register here.


Annual Meeting

Our Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday, February 3 following the 9:30 service. There will be no 11:00 service that day.
At the meeting, members will vote for our new Vestry and Diocesan Delegates, hear a report from our Interim Rector, a financial report from our Treasurer, and an update from our Stewardship Committee.
Childcare will be available. For more information, click here.



Sunday Forum
On Sunday, February 10, The Rev. Jessica Sexton will lead our forum on Female Leadership in the Early Christian Church and Today.

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


Women’s Bible Study

Women’s Bible Study meets the first Saturday of every month.  The next meeting will be March 2 from 10:00 to 11:00 AM in the Church Choir Room.  We will study the third chapter of Galatians.



Women’s Retreat

Ladies: The annual St. Anne’s Women’s Retreat will be held March 29-31, 2019 in Rehoboth Beach, DE. Please join us for a weekend of fellowship and discovery as we seek to grow closer to the Lord in a community of faith. Once again, we will stay at the beautiful A. Felix DuPont Memorial House in Rehoboth Beach. The cost is $268 per person (for 2 nights of accommodations and 6 meals). More information about the weekend is coming soon. To sign up, send a check, payable to St. Anne’s for $268, with Women’s Retreat in the memo field, to Kirsten Hair. Scholarships are available. Once you’ve sent your check to Kirsten, please e-mail Townsend McNitt at and tell her you are coming. Keep in mind that you will not be considered “registered” until Kirsten has received your check. Hope you can join us!


Environmental Ministry

The mantra for being responsible with our natural resources is Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. We are drowning in the waste of our throwaway society. 

Refuse – Say no to excessive packaging. Do you really need that plastic bag to get your box of tissues from the store to the car? Probably not. Refuse.

Reduce – Can you cut down on your purchasing and consumption. Probably. Give it a shot.

Reuse – Buying secondhand is all the rage now and it makes financial and environmental sense.

Recycle – Note that it’s the last of the Four Rs. Just because you can recycle an item doesn’t give you a pass. It’s better than chucking it in the landfill, but it takes a lot of energy to recycle, in some cases as much as the original manufacture. Keep your recycling as clean as possible and pour out the liquids. You don’t have to wash out containers, but a full jar of spaghetti sauce is a no-no. So is a pizza box with cheese all over it. Food products never go in the recycling container. Also, don’t mix yard waste with recycling.  Some more tips: 

  • Plastic bottles: Put the caps back on before you put the bottle in the recycling container. Small loose items like bottle caps and cutlery fall through the sorting machinery and will not be recycled. So put them in the landfill container.
  • Corks from your wine bottles can be brought to the parish house and placed in the RECORK box just inside the door. The natural corks are made into products like flooring. Plastic wine corks are not recyclable. Give them to a school for kids’ craft projects or put them in the landfill container.
  • Plastics marked with a number 6 are not recyclable. Put those in the landfill container.
  • Styrofoam is never recyclable. (You aren’t still using that are you?) Put it in the landfill container.
  • Shredded paper is acceptable but only if it’s contained in a paper bag.
  • Small batteries (AA, AAA, etc.) are not recyclable. Put them in the landfill container.
  • Film such as retail plastic bags, newspaper delivery bags, clingy film from the kitchen can be taken to collection containers in most grocery stores.
  • Electronics and their cables do NOT go in recycling because most contain toxic materials. They are handled in e-cycling programs.

The landfill in Millersville can accept hazardous materials, electronics, tires, construction materials, fabric and much more. There is plenty of information about what can be recycled and about how to dispose of just about anything online:

For county residents: 
For city residents:

Elvia Thompson, St. Anne’s Environmental Committee

Preschool for the Arts at St. Anne’s

“Lions, tigers and penguins, Oh My!” We kicked off this month with a visit from The Baltimore Zoo.  What a fun time we had learning about animals, their climates and habitats.  We will continue having fun this month with a visit from My Gym where we will grow our gross motor skills together through play and gymnastics.  In the middle of the month, we will have our annual Scholastic Book Fair from February 11-15.  This is a great opportunity to promote pre-literacy skills and reading.  We welcome church members to participate in this fundraiser as books make great Valentine’s gifts for children! Please contact the office at 410-268-9010 and we would be happy to schedule a time for you to come in.

We are still enrolling for limited spots for Fall 2019.  If your little one wants to join in on the fun, please contact us if you have any questions @ 410-268-9010.

Episcopal Rainbow at St. Anne’s

Join the Episcopal Rainbow for two upcoming events:

  • Sunday, February 15 at 12:30 PM – brunch at Harry Browne’s. RSVP to Jill Lake at 
  • Saturday, February 23 at 5:30 PM – Soup Party in Skylight Room of St. Anne’s Parish House.  Cook your favorite soup recipe and bring it to share with the group. This is a fun and tasty event!



St. Anne’s Participates in Book Study on Racism with St. Philip’s and St. Martin’s-in-the-Field

This past Tuesday evening, St. Anne’s parishioners joined members of St. Philip’s and St. Martin’s-in-the-field to discuss the first four chapters of Robin DiAngelo’s book “White Fragility: Why it’s so hard for white people to talk about racism.” After St. Philip’s Rector, The Rev. Randy Callander, preached at St. Anne’s back in December about the history between our two churches, there has been great interest within our community to learn more about our history and the ways we can begin dialogue with St. Philip’s. St. Anne’s clergy met with The Rev. Callander to discuss next steps and he invited us to join St. Philip’s and St. Martin’s-in-the-field’s book study. Both churches have done anti-racism training and multiple book studies on racism together over the past year. It is a blessing and privilege to be welcomed into this conversation with these two communities.

On Tuesday evening, thirty-two people including twelve St. Anne’s parishioners and The Rev. Jess Sexton, formed small groups to dialogue about what DiAngelo describes as “white fragility,” a defensiveness white people can exhibit when talking about racism and which functions to “prevent meaningful cross-racial dialogue.” Small groups provided the forum for people to share their reactions to DiAngelo’s book and how they have witnessed or experienced white fragility, racism and prejudice. We concluded the evening by reconvening as a larger group to share our reactions and which ideas in DiAngelo’s text made a significant impact on our groups.

It was a night of holy conversation that we look forward to continuing on a topic that has caused much division between our churches and within our world. We will meet again next Tuesday, February 5 at 7:30 PM at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church. If you are interested in joining this discussion and missed the first meeting, please RSVP to The Rev. Jess Sexton at  and join us next Tuesday!

Bach+ Cantata Vespers

This Sunday, February 3 at 5:30 PM at St. Anne’s Church, celebrate the Song of Simeon with Bach+  –  and we promise that you will depart in peace (and in enough time to see the kick-off of Super Bowl LIII)

Bach Cantata BWV 82, written to commemorate the Feast of the Presentation of our Lord (celebrated on February 2nd) is about Simeon’s proclamation about the significance of the baby Jesus.  Now immortalized in the Nunc dimittis, Simeon offered a prayer of thanksgiving that the Lord was “now letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel.”  Bach originally wrote this cantata for bass soloist with oboe obbligato but also created a version for soprano and flute.

Join soprano Carolene Winter and flutist Shaughn Dowd along with the Bach+ orchestra for a performance of this poignant work.   And – in the spirit of the dynamic music-making of Bach’s time – members of the Bach+ ensemble will improvise a set of preludes, meditations and a postlude on the key musical themes of Cantata 82.  The service should conclude around 6:00 PM. 

Sunday, March 24, 5:30 PM – “Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern” – BWV 1 – J.S. Bach

Friday, April 19, 7:00 PM – “Tilge, Höchster, meine Sünden” – BWV 1083 – J.S. Bach (prelude to the Good Friday evening service)

Children and Youth Ministry

Children and Youth Events

The Sycamore Tree (Children’s Worship)

The Sycamore Tree will be held at 9:30 AM and 5:30 PM. This week we will hear the Scripture reading of the time when Jesus went to the temple and everyone heard that the scripture had been fulfilled  by him.

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. 

Middle and High School Youth

We are rescheduling the Parent Day Out event for the spring. Youth who want to meet for board games and pizza should RSVP to Connie. We will meet in room 102 for pizza and board games from  4:00-5:15 PM.  There will be no meeting on Sunday, February 3.

Middle School Mission Trip to Appalachia

Youth will work on houses and meet a family in Appalachia July 21-27.  Registrations due by February 28. Contact Connie Saeger for more information: 443-808-1361 or

Little Annies Playgroup Saturday, February 16

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. An informal brunch will be served.

Parents Group, February 10

This group is for parents with infants through high school. Join us for coffee and refreshments in Room 102 at the Parish House from 10:45 AM to noon. The conversation starter question will be: “What is your favorite family tradition?”

Children and Youth Helping with Winter Relief

During Children’s Sunday Discover, children will be making lunches and place mats for Winter Relief on Sunday, February 10 from 10:45 AM to noon. Youth will be preparing and serving a lasagna dinner on Sunday, February 17.

 Confirmation Class!

Young people 15 years old and older may sign-up for Confirmation classes. Contact Connie for more information and to register.

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

Current Volunteer and Service Opportunities

Get Involved with Winter Relief!

First Presbyterian Church (FPC) and St. Anne’s Episcopal Church (SAEC) will host Winter Relief 2019 from Monday Feb 11 through Monday Feb 18, 2019.  

We will provide food and shelter for two dozen members of our community who do not have access to a warm meal or a warm place to stay the night. We will provide a temporary shelter in the Fellowship Hall of First Presbyterian Church, 171 Duke of Gloucester Street, Annapolis, MD 21401. 

Sign-up here:

Volunteer opportunities:

Daily activities

  • Breakfast – 6:00 – 7:00 AM – Prepare, serve and clean up.
  • Lunch – Prepare brown bag lunches.  Can be delivered to the shelter after 4:00 PM the day before.  Must be delivered no later than 6:30 AM of the day.
  • Daily laundry – Pick up laundry bags by 10:00 AM, return clean laundry by 5:15 PM. 
  • Help desk – Set out drinks and snacks, greet guests about 4:30 PM, staff help desk, dispense medications.
  • Dinner – 5:00 – 8:00 PM – Prepare, serve & clean-up dinner.  
  • Shower team – 5:45 – 9:25 PM weekdays / 3:30 – 7:30 PM weekend, coordinate logistics, sign up sheet, usher guests to Kinhart Center or ZW House.
  • Night monitor – Two volunteers monitor though the night, ideally one with prior experience.

Special activities

  • Set up team – Unload U-Haul and set up shelter.
  • Baked goods – Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  Can be delivered throughout the day.
  • Monitors – Weekend only.  Morning 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM, afternoon 1:00 – 4:00 PM.  Supervise shelter, dispense medications, stock snacks and drinks.
  • Final Laundry – Monday the 18th –  wash all linens, towels, etc.
  • Break down team – Break down shelter and load U-Haul. 

Please support this important work by signing up for one or more of volunteer roles below. This also provides an opportunity for you to get to know people from First Presbyterian so, where you can, volunteer for your church’s designated slot below (FPC or SAEC).


 Technical Support: Winter Relief Committee –

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.
On February 6, we will be serving fajitas. We still need black beans or vegetarian refried beans, 2 jars mild salsa and a small jar hot sauce, 2 bags shredded cheese, drinks and dessert.

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

Confidentiality is a cornerstone of Stephen Ministry.  Stephen Ministers don’t reveal anything their care receiver says — and don’t ever tell anyone who their care receiver is.

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(

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.