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Beloved in Christ,

Rooted in a sense of deep joy, last Sunday we reflected on the concept of “new” wine. Our scriptural devotion was based on our continued journey in the Gospel according to St. Matthew.

Jesus draws us to feast with him, despite the trials and tribulations of our lives. Such feasting does not discount the realities of life and is not “giddy escapism.”  The new wine that Jesus has given us through offering himself and giving us His blood at the Eucharist is hope.

 Hope that the sun will rise in the morning…

 hope in the fullness of life centered on the experience of resurrection.

The fundamental question for us is whether we will take the leap of faith to drink the wine that turns into a chalice full of grace in order to gain a glimpse of heaven? Will you allow this glimpse to give you the clarity to work in this world to reflect God’s justice and mercy?

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday as we continue our journey into Matthew’s account of the Gospel that is Jesus!

Yours in Christ,


Adult Forum

Sunday, February 23

Ford Rowan
How Does Jesus Expect us to Love the Unlovable Misfits?

Join former NBC News reporter and specialist in conflict resolution, Ford Rowan, for this lively discussion.




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.

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.

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.

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St Anne’s Concert Series – Moving from Stage to Screen

Buster Keaton’s hilarious and evergreen 1924 comedy about a rejected suitor who engages in a bit of sleuthing to win back his girl (silent film with improvised organ accompaniment).
Thursday, February 27, 2020, 6:15 PM At St. Anne’s Church. Come as you are, pay as you can.
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Children and Youth Ministry

Children and Youth Events

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

Middle and High School Youth are invited to prepare and serve pancakes for 25 homeless men for Winter Relief.  We will make pancakes Saturday, February 22, from 4:00  to 6:00 PM in  the kitchen at St. Anne’s.  Young people will serve the breakfast at First Presbyterian from 7:30 to 9:00 AM.  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

Join the fun and support our young people who go on mission trips this summer.

We enter the season of Lent on February 26. 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, or $25 per family. Would your family or child like to participate in the show and/or would you like to make pancakes, eat pancakes, and/or clean-up? Please register at: . Rehearsal is Sunday, February 23 at noon (we will have pizza for those who attend). Contact Kristin Pagent at with Cabaret questions.

Sunday Discovery and Sycamore Tree

Sunday Discovery is for children and youth between the ages of 3 and the 8th grade. We meet following the 9:30 AM service from 10:45 AM to noon. Snacks are served, children divide into their small groups, then come together at the end for prayer, reflection, and music. We meet in the Parish Hall at 199 Duke of Gloucester Street.

Thank you to the children and youth who brought food and prepared lunches for Winter Relief last Sunday! The meal was greatly appreciated and 25 homeless men were fed abundantly.

This week during Sunday Discovery, children will explore ways of being lost. Younger children will explore how the sheep wandered off and got lost, and older children will explore what it means to decide to get lost. By reflecting on the parables of the Lost Sheep and the Prodigal Son, children will discover that God is always calling us back into relationship.

Harrison Sayre Award

The Harrison Sayre Award is given annually to a high school senior who has been active in some aspect of St. Anne’s life (choir, acolyte, youth group, etc) and is planning on attending a two or four year college or university the following fall.  The award money is intended to help defray the cost of college textbooks. Applications will be available on line during March and April and should be submitted by May 4.

Harrison Sayre was a long time active member of St. Anne’s Church.  When he died in March 2005, friends, family and fellow parishioners donated money to set up an award in his name.  Mr. Sayre was interested in young people and their education.  A committee made up of a clergy member, a member of the memorials committee and members of the Sayre family will select the recipient.  The award will be announced at a church service to honor all graduating seniors.  If you have any questions, contact Nancy Greeley at


Very Big Story Camp

Join us for a week of spirit-filled fun as St. Anne’s & First Presbyterian churches partner for Vacation Bible School exploring the theme: You Are a New Creation in Christ. July 6-10 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM with option of later pickup at 4:00 PM. Drop off will be at First Presbyterian and pickup will be at St. Anne’s.

Children between the ages of 4 through rising 5th graders will learn about the transformation of butterflies and how we become a new creation in Christ. This year we will have a new format so please read the options carefully.

The morning option will run from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM and is free to all families

The full day option will run from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM and will cost $175.

To register, please click here. The deadline to register is Wednesday, June 24. Please fill out one form per student.

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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. 
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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.

Episcopal Advocay Day


The 7th Annual Episcopal Advocacy Day was held on February 12 this year. St. Anne’s was well-represented that day. We want to thank Rev. Kathy Shahinian and her team for putting on a great event. Many important bills are coming before the Maryland Assembly this term, but I want to highlight some that are important for the care of God’s creation. They are:

  • HB209/SB313 The Plastics and Packaging Reduction Act would prohibit a store from distributing plastic carryout bags to a customer at the point of sale and would require the store to charge and collect at least 10 cents for each durable carryout bag the store provides to a customer.
  • Once again, we are urging our parishioners to give up plastic bags at least for lent. We mustget into the habit of taking our reusable bags with us when we go into a store.
  • SB265/Hb363 The Clean and Renewable Energy Standard would alter the “renewable energy portfolio standard” to be the “clean and renewable energy standard”. This is intended to alter the eligibility of certain sources of energy for the creation of credits under the clean and renewable energy standard.
  • Did you know that we have two coal-burning energy plants here in Anne Arundel County? These need to be gradually closed and the workers retrained into renewable energy jobs.
  • HB229/SB300 The Pesticides-Use of Chlorpyrifos bill would prohibit the use of Chlorpyrifos in the State, including insecticides containing Chlorpyrifos and seeds treated with Chlorpyrifos. It also requires that the Department of Agriculture give assistance and education to farmers and a certified crop advisorson ways to control pests without using these toxic chemicals.
  • This is also known as the Bumble Bee Bill


You have a voice. If you feel strongly about these issues, contact your representatives. Remember that they are our voices in our legislature. If you don’t let them know how you feel, how will they be able to adequately represent you? 

Maryland Episcopal Public Policy (MEEP) Network – Posts

For MEEP updates, please visit their Facebook site here.