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Clergy Epistle

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,  

The sermon this past Sunday focused on listening to God in our lives. How do you listen to God? Do you hear God’s voice in your gut feelings, in your intuition, or in the wisdom of others? God speaks to us in many ways. Sometimes to guide us, other times to encourage but mostly to support us in being in relationship with one another. When God told the disciples on the mountain to listen to Jesus, he was calling upon them to embody and enact Jesus’ commandments to love God and love their neighbor. Yet these commandments are a challenge to live into every day. It’s hard to love God when we are angry over loss or grief. It’s not easy to love those who have hurt us.

Lent is a season where we focus on listening to God to restore those relationships that have been broken or strained whether with God or one another.  Starting this Sunday, the Adult Forum series at St. Anne’s will explore for five weeks what it means to be reconciled with God and one another as a faith community so that we can live into the restoration and unity that God calls for in the Gospels. The clergy of St. Anne’s along with two parishioners will speak on what reconciliation means for them. Fr. Dion will kick off our series by studying Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians (5:18-20). This passage calls us to carry out Christ’s ministry of restoring what is broken in ourselves and in the world, and the responsibility to act on this is an essential component of Lent. Therefore, my prayer for you this Lenten season is that you listen to God in prayer, in your gut feelings, and in the silence of the day so that you can hear how God is calling you to reconcile your relationship with Him, yourself and the world around you.  In order that you can fully live into those commandments to love.

May God bless you always,

The Rev. Jess Sexton

Saturday Night Service: The Episcopal Experience

Evening Prayer and discussion in the Church from 5:30-7:30 PM on Saturday evenings. Come for worship, fellowship and to learn more about the Episcopal Church. This Saturday, Rev. Jess will lead us in a discussion of What are the pastoral offices? How have these been important in your own life?. 
We will also address: marriage, reconciliation, burial rites, sacraments and grace. Which pastoral office has spiritually impacted your life?
Adult Forum

Sunday, March 1

The Rev. M. Dion Thompson, St. Anne’s Senior Associate
Our Precious Ministry: A Bible Study of 2nd Corinthians 5:18-20

This Corinthians passage tells us that as Christ’s ambassadors, we are called to carry out His ministry of restoring what is broken in ourselves and in the world. Recognizing this responsibility and acting on it is one of the essential components of Lent.




Reconciliation Ministry

Starting Sunday, the Forum series will explore for five weeks what it means to be reconciled with God and one another as a faith community. Members of St. Anne’s Reconciliation Ministry continue monthly meetings to discuss updates on ongoing work, including planned support for the upcoming 150th anniversary of St. Philips. The Ministry’s Planning Committee is working on a joint gathering of St. Anne’s and St. Philips. Please pray for the work of this ministry, which is part of our Parish’s journey toward Becoming Beloved Community. All are welcome to join us as we work toward racial reconciliation, healing and justice. The next ministry meeting will be held at 7:00 PM on March 11 in the Parish House. Contact Chair Anne Thomas for more information:

St. Anne’s Cemetery: Year of the Woman

Anne Catherine Hoof Green 

Anne Catherine Hoof Green was born around 1720, probably in the Netherlands, and moved to America as a child. She grew up in Philadelphia and married Jonas Green, who was a printer in the shop of Ben Franklin and Andrew Bradford, in 1738. They moved to Annapolis so that he could become the printer to the province of Maryland. Jonas and Anne began issuing the Maryland Gazette in 1745. When Jonas died in 1767, Catherine became one of the first women publishers in the American colonies as she continued to print the newspaper without interruption. With the help of her son William, Anne Catherine continued to print for public and private clients including the General Assembly. In 1768 she was formally appointed as the provincial printer, responsible for printing almanacs, pamphlets and books. The Maryland Gazette was the principal source of news for the province during the leadup to the American Revolution. Early on she was paid by the province in tobacco, which was the local currency, but in 1770 she was commissioned to print $318,000 in paper money and was paid with paper from then on. 

When the Greens first moved to Annapolis, they rented a small two-story house with a kitchen and two bedrooms on Catherine was known as a good businesswoman who paid off her husband’s debts after Jonas’s death and was able to buy the house that they had rented for so long. The house was kept in the family until just recently. Being proud of her accomplishments, she commissioned Charles Wilson Peale to paint her portrait in 1769. A copy of the painting adorns the building on Westgate Circle today.  Catherine died in 1775 and was buried at Church Circle. It is believed that her remains were removed to St. Anne’s Cemetery in the early 1790’s when the church was being expanded and the “new” cemetery was just beginning. There is no record of where she is now, although it is likely that she is among the remains that were reburied in the mound at the top of the hill in our cemetery. 

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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Music for Lent and Beyond


This Sunday is the first Sunday of Lent. Beginning with Lent 1 and moving through Easter and up to Pentecost we will be changing the musical canvas for two of the services that are part of our offerings at St. Anne’s the 11:15 Sunday morning service and the 5:30 Sunday evening service.

For the 11:15 services we will present special music at high points in the season to help underscore the message being shared through the readings. Our soloists and some members of the choir will be joined by members of the Bach+ consort to bring this music to life. For the services on Sunday evenings we will focus on a more contemplative, contemporary feel to give you a chance to recharge before the week ahead.

This Sunday we will begin this new journey by offering two pieces to help us set the mood for Lent. Bach’s beautiful motet “O Jesus Christ, light of my life” will be at the offering. It is quiet and contemplative and will be sung by our soloists and a small group from the choir along with Larry Molinaro at the organ. For Communion Carolene Winter will sing “If God be for us” – from Messiah. These are two of my favorite pieces of music and I think they make a perfect introduction to the season of Lent!

This week at 5:30 PM, Larry will play for and will build the music around his improvisations on some favorite hymn tunes (see below…)

Opening voluntary:  Improvisation on “St. Flavian”

All join in singing: 142 Lord, who throughout these forty days (St. Flavian)

Musical meditation: Improvisation on Donne (Hymn 140 – Wilt thou forgive)

Closing voluntary: Improvisation on Bourbon (Hymn 147 – Now let us all with one accord)

These are all hymns that are well known to our congregation and Larry is wonderful at creating a beautiful tapestry for you to hear these pieces in new ways!

I am really excited about these changes and will share more with you as we move through Lent and into Easter.

Ernest Green
Music Director

Ideas for Lenten Discipline from the Environmental Ministry 

Are you looking to take on a discipline for Lent? Here are some ideas that will help you to add to your Care for God’s Creation:


  • Give up plastic grocery bags. Tie a ribbon onto your steering wheel to remind you to take a recyclable bag with you when you go into the grocery store.
  • Give up plastic straws. Ask your waiter if the restaurant uses plastic straws. If they don’t, do without.
  • Take a bag with you when you take walks and pick up any trash that you find along the way. This will keep the trash out of our waterways.
  • Take your own travel coffee mug into the coffee shop with you.
  • Don’t forget to drop off your wine corks at the parish house. The box is empty as of this week.
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Children and Youth Ministry

Children and Youth Events

Sunday Discovery

Sunday Discovery is our Christian education and formation for children between 3 years old and the eighth grade. It meets at 10:45 AM in the Skylight Room with refreshments, social time, and music with Kristin Pagent. We then break into small groups for reflection, lessons, and art. Sunday Discovery is located at 199 Duke of Gloucester Street. Our end time is noon.

Little Annies Playgroup

Are you a family with young children and looking for a way to connect with other families? Join us on March 14 in the Parish Hall at 199 Duke of Gloucester Street from 10:00 AM until 11:30 AM for play, brunch, social time, and stories. We provide blankets and toys and weather permitting we play on the PASA playground. For more information, contact Connie Saeger at or 443-808-1361.

Middle and High School Mission Trip to Appalachia

If you have a middle or high school young person who would feel good about repairing a home for a family in Appalachia, please join us Sunday, March 15 at noon. You will learn about Appalachia Service Project, and how you can be the hands and heart of Jesus by making a difference in the quality of life for one family. This meeting is for parents and young people. The trip will provide fun, prayer, and work with other young people from around the country. Together we will look at our calendars and plan the date. Please RSVP to Connie Saeger at or 443-808-1361.

High School Seniors Harrison Sayre Award

Graduating high school seniors can apply for the Harrison Sayre Award. The award is given annually to a high school senior who has been active is some aspect of St. Anne’s life (choir, acolyte, youth group, outreach ministries, 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 in March and should be submitted by April 22. The award will be announced at a church service to honor all graduating seniors.  If you have any questions, contact Nancy Greeley at

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 Very Big Story Camp exploring the theme: You Are a New Creation in Christ. July 6-10 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM with option of an extended camp until 4:00 PM. Children between the age of 4 through rising 5th graders will learn about the transformation of butterflies and explore how Christians are a new creation in Christ. Morning camp will run from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM and is free to all families The extended camp will run from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM at a cost of $175. Register here: The deadline to register is Wednesday, June 24. For questions, please contact Connie Saeger at or 443-808-1361.

To register, please click here. The deadline to register is Wednesday, June 24.

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Winter Relief 

Many, many thanks to the more than 60 of you who volunteered to support our Winter Relief shelter last week at First Presbyterian Church (FPC) in Annapolis. The week was a huge success and was a blessing for the 25 men who stayed with us.

We, along with the volunteers from FPC, provided the men with a warm and comfortable place to stay, nutritious and delicious meals, mended clothes, clean towels, clean bed linens, warm showers, laundry support, movies, haircuts, medical attention, daily transportation to Arundel House of Hope (AHoH), many prayers, and very kind fellowship. They appreciated it greatly as did I and my fellow Winter Relief Committee members. Thank you!

All of this, coupled with the more than $4,200 we raised during our Winter Relief Christmas Card fundraiser, demonstrates your generosity of heart and spirit. Thank you!

This truly is God’s work. Thank you for answering God’s call in such a gracious way.




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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

Nearly 20 years ago our community began as parents and young children cooking dinner joyfully in the parish hall kitchen for residents at the Light House in its first dedicated building on West Street. We gathered once a month to create the meal and carried it to the Light House to serve. Since then, we have grown into a community of parents, teens, children, singles, friends, and grandparents cooking onsite at the Light House on Hudson Street, all with the same joyful and loving intention of cooking and serving family as family. 

St. Anne’s is inviting all who may be interested in this ministry to consider guiding our community along the future path, offering loving relationship with our neighbors at the Light House. There are many ways to engage. For more information about cooking in community or about joining in the next cooking/serving days, on Monday, March 16, or April 20, contact Dave and Heather Strang at or 443-995-3820.

“For I was hungry and you gave me food, and I was thirsty and you gave me drink. I was a stranger and you took me in. ..’Amen, I say to you, as much as you have done to one of these my little brothers, you have done that to me.”  Matthew 25:35, 40

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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.

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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. 
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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.

Maryland Episcopal Public Policy (MEEP) Network – Posts

For MEEP updates, please visit their Facebook site here.