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St. Anne’s Office will be closed Monday, February 17, in Observance of Presidents’ Day


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Clergy Epistle

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ

The parable of the wise and foolish builders that ends the Sermon on the Mount is a perfect commentary on the importance of following the teachings of Jesus. The story tells is that it is not enough to hear the words. We must take them in and let them transform us.

Both builders in the parable heard the words of Jesus, but only the wise builder took the words to heart and lived out their message. Both suffered temptations and frustrations, but only one’s house of faith was so grounded on Christ that it could withstand life’s tests and challenges without collapsing.

As the old hymn goes: On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand.

Another aspect from this past Sunday’s sermon came from the fifth chapter of Matthew’s gospel. There we were reminded not only of who we are – the salt of the earth; the light of the world – but also that we do not live for ourselves alone. Ours is not a “me-and-my-Jesus” type of faith. We live that God may be glorified through us.

I’ll leave you with this observation by N. T. Wright: “We in the modern west have actually shrunk the gospel into being a message simply about how I get to heaven rather than a message about how God and God’s life and God’ Son and God’s spirit come to earth to dwell with us and to transform earth so that it becomes the new heavens and the new earth.”

Let us be about transformation.

In Christ,

Fr. Dion

News From the Rector

Beloved in Christ,
I am writing to you with some exciting news!
Staff Matters:
Many of you have inquired about staff roles at St. Anne’s with a particular emphasis on filling the role of sexton. I am delighted to report that a group of faithful parishioners are engaged in interviewing and vetting candidates to meet the parish’s need for a sexton. Given the thriving and historic nature of our parish, this group is focusing on candidates who will live into the vision of Building, Evangelizing, Engaging and Forming. We hope to identify our new sexton in a matter of weeks.
Vestry Matters:
During the Vestry meeting in February, we elected your officers. The Executive Committee, which meets on the first Tuesday of the month, will consist of Senior Warden – Mark Grimes; Junior Warden – Jason Houser; Registrar – Katherine Hilton; Treasurer – Susan Thaxton; and, of course, the Rector – Manoj M. Zacharia. Your Vestry is chewing on B.E.E.F. and will be discerning a strategic vision and mission and staffing ourselves adequately so that all of us can engage in the ministry of enlarging our circle. I ask that you keep the Vestry in your prayers as we begin to form ourselves as a team.
Please know that you are always free to write/e-mail/telephone/ meet me (with coffee) not only for matters regarding the soul but for concerns related to the temporal affairs of the parish. If I don’t know the answer, I will sure make an earnest attempt to consult and find you an answer.
Remember, we are all called to Build, Evangelize, Engage, and Form ourselves in the gospel of the crucified and resurrected Lord.
With blessings,
Fr. Manoj
Adult Forum – Navigating Options in the Face of Serious Illness

Amy Brumme, NP

Caring for someone who is sick can be overwhelming, especially when you do not know their options for good care. Join Nurse Practitioner Amy Brumme to discuss hospice care and end-of-life care options.

Shrove Tuesday Pancakes and Cabaret

Join us Tuesday, February 25 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM for pancakes and sausage. Children will bury the Alleluias and children and youth will provide the entertainment. Funds raised will support our youth mission trip. Suggested donation is $10 per adult, $8.00 for Youth 12+, $5.00 for children 5-12, and children under 5 are free; or $25 per family. Sign-up at:

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday is February 26. We will be having three services with imposition of ashes at 8:00 AM, 12:00 PM and 7:00 PM. We will also have our 5:30 Evening Prayer service that day.

Hospitality Needed


There are several upcoming events  that St. Anne’s needs your help. Providing food, setting-up, greeting people, and clean-up is part of providing a welcome.  When many help, the work load is light. Please consider signing up for one or more of the following opportunities. Thank you for helping St. Anne’s invite, welcome, and connect!

United in Prayer

Help welcome those who wish to come and pray at St. Anne’s during the General Assembly Legislative Session. St. Anne’s will  be providing snacks and water to those seeking a quiet place to pray, reflect, de-stress and renew. Simply come to church at 11:45 and set-out the food, welcome visitors, and then clean up. This will take about 45 minutes and your help and welcome is appreciated.

Sign-Up at:

Evening Prayer and The Episcopal Experience

Volunteers are needed to provide hospitality for the Episcopal Experience. The Episcopal Experience is an opportunity to go deeper into your spirituality and will be held every Saturday until April 4th. We need someone to prepare and set-up a simple soup and bread supper. Food will be provided, all  you need to do is arrive early, heat the soup and bread set-out the plates, napkins, and utensils, then coordinate the clean-up after the meal. You will be able to join the group and learn.

Sign-Up at:

Thank you for all that you do to make St. Anne’s a community!


St. Anne’s Women’s Retreat

The annual St. Anne’s Women’s Retreat will be held March 27-29, 2020 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. The retreat will be held at the beautiful A. Felix DuPont Memorial House. The cost is $275 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 $275 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 ( 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! Scholarships are available.

Year of the Woman – Elizabeth Bordley

Elizabeth Bordley was born in 1717 to Thomas, a wealthy landowner, and Rachel Beard Bordley. After Thomas died, his son Steven built a beautiful home on what is now Randall Court. There he lived as a merry bachelor with his sister Elizabeth, whom he called Bett, until his death in 1764.  When Elizabeth was 19, Steven wrote, “She is still single and, in my opinion, since she has a fortune independent of anyone, she will be best off while she continues thus.” He goes on to say that he would not be against her marrying if she wished to, but felt that he would trust few men with the happiness of one so educated and delicate. Therefore, he felt that marriage for her “would not be worth the hazard”.  

When Steven died, he willed the mansion to Elizabeth, who lived in the house for another 25 years as a spinster, having never married. Evidence of her civic engagement are in records that indicate that she might have donated a fire engine (hand pump) to the city to help protect the wooden structures that were throughout the city at that time from devastating fires.  

Elizabeth died in 1789 at the plantation known as The Vineyard on Wye Island which was owned by her younger brother, John Beale Bordley. She was brought back to Annapolis and buried in the Bordley family crypt at St. Anne’s Church.  Shortly before her death, she gave land that was once part of the town common but was hers at the time of her death, to St. Anne’s Parish “for a burying ground”. This new “City Cemetery” began individual burials in 1793 although it appears that bones from the graveyard at St. Anne’s Circle might have been reburied there before that date. The Bordley house went to her brother John at her death and was sold in 1804 to John Randall. The house has ever since been known as the Randall House.   

Saturday Night Service: The Episcopal Experience

Evening Prayer, Discussion and Dinner in the Parish Hall from 5:30-7:30 PM on Saturday evenings. Come for worship, fellowship and to learn more about the Episcopal Church. This Saturday, Father Manoj will lead us in a discussion of Our Practices: The Importance of Prayer. How is prayer essential to the Episcopal tradition? What is the Daily Office? What is the Great Litany? How do we use these to explore our faith? What is a prayer practice you would like to implement into your life?
We will also address: Individual and Corporate Prayer, Prayer Practices ( i.e. Centering Prayer, Lectio Divina).
United in Prayer for Maryland’s 2020 Legislative Session

Sign Up to lead Noonday Prayer on Wednesdays and Thursdays during the Legislative Session!

Parishioners are invited to lead Noonday Prayer at 12:00 pm at the Holy Family Chapel in the church. It is a short service to pray for our church, our community, and our legislature.

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.

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!


The Daily Office of Evening Prayer

Our winter gathering will be held on Thursday, February 20, in the Parish Hall following the 5:30 PM service. This is the perfect opportunity to meet others of the Daily Office outside of your assigned day. All food and beverages should be delivered to the Parish House between 4:30 and 5:15 PM. To sign up, please contact in the following manner: Monday & Tuesday Leaders – Mimi Jones –; Thursday & Friday Leaders – Elizabeth Rogers
In addition, during Lent, Evening Prayer will be offered on Saturday and Eucharist will be offered on Friday.
Episcopal Rainbow Group Upcoming Events


Please join the Episcopal Rainbow Ministry at our annual event! This is a splendid evening of home cooked soups, great company, and a wonderful pianist. Please RSVP to with what you would like to bring – we need soups, breads/crackers, desserts, and drinks. All are welcome!

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Children and Youth Ministry

Children and Youth Events

Sunday Discovery and Sycamore Tree

This Sunday, children and youth will be making lunches for Winter Relief. This week St. Anne’s and First Presbyterian Church have partnered to house and care for over 20 homeless men. In addition to making lunches children will decorate placemats.  We need your help in donating food, making the lunches,  and delivering them to First Presbyterian. Sign-Up at:

The Sycamore Tree will be held at the 9:30 service.

Middle and High School Winter Relief  Breakfast Prep February 22-23

Middle and High School Youth are invited to spend the night at St. Anne’s and  learn about homelessness and Winter Relief. This event will be held in partnership between St.  Anne’s and First Presbyterian Churches. We will have fun and fellowship on Saturday night and rise early to make a pancake breakfast for Winter Relief.  After breakfast, youth will  attend church together. Sign-Up at Questions?  reply to this  email or contact Connie at 443-808-1361.

Pancake Supper and Cabaret February 26 5:30-7:30 PM

Join the fun and support our young people who go on mission trips this summer. If your family or child would like to participate in the show, contact Kristin Pagent at for registration and rehearsal times, . To sign-up to help go to our Sign-Up Genius at:

Very Big Story Camp

Save the date, registration is nearing for our Very Big Story Camp. Camp will be held on July 5-10. This year for the first time, we are offering both half-day and full-day camp opportunities.

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

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Winter Relief Volunteers Needed – February 17 – February 24

THANK YOU! To all who have already signed up to help during our Winter Relief week of February 17 – 24, 2020! We need to keep the momentum going as the week is fast approaching! We have special needs for a Personal Laundry Coordinator  (Thursday) – a van or larger car would be helpful – simply pick up the guests’ personal laundry (in bags and labeled with their name), take it to the laundry facility in Glen Burnie where the guests will meet you, have the guests do their own laundry, pack up the clean laundry in your vehicle and then return the bags of clean laundry to First Presbyterian; Meal Preparers (multiple days still open) – Prepare and serve breakfast and dinner – no need to be a church member, just grab a neighbor or friend and offer to serve a meal to our 25 homeless guests; Night Monitors (multiple nights still open) – Very crucial for this week. Just need to cover in shifts one night with another volunteer so that both get some sleep. It takes a village to make this happen – please prayerfully consider volunteering – you will not regret it! Please visit to sign up. If you have any questions please contact Steve Esmacher at or 410-320-2512.

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Current Volunteer and Service Opportunities

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.

If you have never volunteered with Light House and would like to learn more please visit their website at Thank you for your support!


Cooking for the Light House

St. Anne’s and the Men’s Bible Study group provide and serve the evening meal at the Light House the first Wednesday of every month.

For March 4 we are serving fajitas.  We need 4 volunteers to slow cook a rump roast with salsa and shred it; 2 volunteers to slow cook and shred 4-6 chicken breasts in salsa; fruit; about 100 tortillas (7-9 inch); black beans; sliced onions (2-3); chopped tomatoes (4-5); 2 jars mild salsa and 1 jar hot sauce; 2 containers sour cream (16 -24 ounce); 2 large containers guacamole; 4 bags (8 oz or larger) shredded cheese; drinks – iced tea mix and 2 jars juice; dessert and 2 dozen eggs and half gallon milk for shelter use.  To volunteer contact Nancy Greeley at or John Merrick at

To volunteer, contact Nancy Greeley at 410-224-2975 or or John Merrick at


Family Cooking at the Light House

Learn more about this St. Anne’s multi-generational community and join with other families to help make dinner for our neighbors at the Light House. For more information about upcoming dinners on February 17 and March 16, contact Dave & Heather Strang ( or The Rev. Jess Sexton (

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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 2020 Support Group Schedule.

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. 


News from the Diocese


Join Bishop Sutton on a South Africa Pilgrimage of Creation, Reconciliation and Hope

Bishop Sutton will travel to both Cape Town and Johannesburg, visiting historic sites related to Apartheid, President Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. He invites the Diocese of Maryland to tour the countryside, including nature preserves, whale watching and a safari. Then spend two nights at an Anglican monastery, but otherwise stay in hotels. Most meals and all transportation will be included in the price. The trip will take place November 6-18, 2020, and if you sign up with the diocese please let Rev. Jess know so that we can pray for your journey.  Additional information here.