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Guest Preacher

Today, The Rev. Canon Christine L. McCloud, Canon for Mission, Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, will be our guest preacher.  As a senior member of the Bishop’s staff, Canon Chris’ principle responsibilities are serving as the Chief Program Officer for the Sutton Scholars High School Enrichment Program; staff liaison for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission which also includes overseeing anti-racism training for the diocese; staff liaison for the Maryland Environmental Partners and the Maryland Public Policy Network; compliance officer for mandated diocesan training; liaison for missional initiatives in congregations related to outreach and social justice and missional engagement beyond our congregations.


Sunday Forum
At this Sunday’s Forum, Dr. Dale Matthews, General Internal Medicine and Associate Professor at Georgetown University School of Medicine, will speak on Eternal Medicine

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

Episcopal Rainbow at St. Anne’s

Join the Episcopal Rainbow for two upcoming events:

  • Sunday, February 17 at 12:30 PM – brunch at Harry Browne’s. RSVP to Jill Lake at *protected email*.
  • 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!



Preschool for the Arts at St. Anne’s

This week, we had our annual Scholastic Book Fair. It was a great opportunity to promote pre-literacy skills and reading.  We also had a daily visit from Clifford!

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.

Rebirth in the  Cemetery

For those of you who read the article about the possibility of the willow oak that we cleared ivy from at the All Souls’ Workday being a candidate for a Maryland Champion tree, we are disappointed to report that it will not qualify. Bill Wilbert measured the circumference of the trunk, the width and height of the tree and found that it is not nearly tall enough to qualify.  Upon further investigation, we saw that it had been topped at one point in its history. We chalked it up to a lightning strike. This week, however, we found the “smoking gun”. Barry McKown, who had been a member of the cemetery committee, sent pictures of the damage done to the tree during Hurricane Floyd in August 1999.

As you can see, the entire top of the trunk was severed causing extensive damage to the surrounding graves. While a tree service did remove the debris, what remained of the tree and the damaged grave markers became a sad reminder of the hurricane.

But God’s creations have a wonderful way of showing us that “where there is life, there is hope”. Over the past 20 years our willow oak has not just survived but thrived. It may not qualify as a Maryland Champion Tree, but it certainly does qualify as a champion reminder of the wonder of God’s creations.





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 *protected email* 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!


An Order for Compline

The ancient Order for Compline is held on the third Sunday of each month at 5:30 PM. Based upon the traditional evening liturgy of scripture, music, prayers, and silence, this short service is sung in the candlelit space of St. Anne’s and led by a group of women from the St. Anne’s community. This month’s special choir offering is the beautiful hymn, Breathe on me, Breath of God. Everyone is welcome.

St. Anne’s Concert Series – Bach+

Thursday, February 21 at 6:15 PM

Bach+ Organ Vespers continues with its film series designed to put St. Anne’s Freiburger organ through its paces as organist Larry Molinaro accompanies silent films.   Up next is Buster Keaton’s 1924 comic masterpiece, Sherlock Jr.  The British Film Institute (BFI) calls Keaton’s feature “…a breathtakingly virtuosic display of every silent comedy technique imaginable, from his own formidable physical skills to some then-groundbreaking camera trickery.”  Run time (with introductory talk) is approximately 60 minutes.

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.  We will reflect on Psalm 1.

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. Younger children will explore the Parable of the Mustard Seed with real mustard seeds from Israel. Older children will  explore the gifts from creation. 

Middle and High School Youth

In partnership with First Presbyterian, middle and high school youth are invited to prepare and serve a lasagna dinner for Winter Relief. Preparations begin at 4:00 PM on Sunday, February 17. We will serve and eat at 6:00 PM and end by 7:00 PM. At 5:30 PM, there will be a speaker to tell everyone about Winter Relief and answer questions. Please sign-up to attend and bring some food to make the dinner at:

Middle School Mission Trip to Appalachia

Be the Peace – Thus you shall salute him: “Peace be to you, and peace be to your house, and peace be to all that you have.” 1 Samuel 25:6

 Appalachia Service Project (ASP).   First Presbyterian Church and St Anne’s will come together this summer and head to Jonesville, VA to serve the local residents on a much-needed service project in their community. For more information check out the link below.   RSVP to Miss Good if you are interested in participating!  SPACE IS LIMITED. Registration and $175.00 non-refundable deposit cutoff is Wednesday, February 27. However if all the slots are filled we will cutoff registration earlier. 

Who:  Middle school students, who have completed the 6th-8th grades with adult chaperones. We have 10 youth slots available.

What:  Learn about and provide service and home repair to a family in Central Appalachia with JAM.

Where:  We will be housed for this program at the ASP-owned facility in Jonesville, Virginia and travel to a family’s home.

Cost: $325/person/week. This cost will cover food, housing, programming, construction tools, and materials for your entire week of service. Scholarships available. $175 due at registration, and $150 is due by July 1. Please note: Transportation costs will be funded by fundraisers and both congregations.

Why:  ASP offers Middle school students a chance to complete hands-on service and sets them up to continue to serve throughout their lives. At ASP, they are able to truly make a difference for both local homeowners and the community with meaningful projects, while still having age-specific programming in place. We firmly believe that young people can change the world, so come join us soon and see for yourself!

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.

Confirmation Class!

Young people 15 years old and older may sign-up for Confirmation classes.

Pancake Supper

Get ready for Lent by participating in Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on March 5th. This year the proceeds will go to the middle school youth going on the mission trip to Appalachia. Registration and sign up will be out next week.

Very Big Story Camp Early Registration

This year First Presbyterian Church and St. Anne’s Episcopal Church is offering an early registration for VBS Camp. We are excited to announce that the dates will be July 8  to 12  from 9:00 AM to noon. Camp will begin at First Presbyterian and will end at St. Anne’s. For more information and for early registration, please follow the link: .

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

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 *protected email*.
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 served fajitas with all the fixings.  Thank you Lynn and Glenn Mortoro, Julie Rottkamp, Page Lyon, Wayne Adamson, Amy Starkey, Mark Minik, Bob Sherer, Monica and Bill Barry, Peter McGrath, John Merrick and Nancy Greeley.

On Wednesday, March 6, we are serving pork loin and roast chicken. We need 3 more volunteers to provide a pork loin of 4-6 pounds; roast chicken – either 2 roasted chickens or baked chicken breasts, tossed salad, corn bread – 2 dozen muffins or squares, frozen green beans – 5 large bags or about 140 oz., 2 people to make an apple cobbler and a dozen eggs and a gallon of milk for shelter use.  

For more information, or to volunteer, contact Nancy Greeley at 410 224-2975 or *protected email* or John Merrick at *protected email*.
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 *protected email* 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

Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. — 1 John 3:18

If you would like to receive care from a Stephen Minister or know of someone seeking care, please contact Rev. Thompson *protected email* or Lori Marchant, 443-994-5858, *protected email*.

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 *protected email*  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(*protected email*)

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.