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Beloved in Christ,
Last Sunday we reflected on two aspects of anxiety from a theological perspective.
One aspect focused on the depth of emotional turmoil in dealing with the curvy roads of life.
The other aspect revolved around the spiritual anxiety of not seeing the visible reality of God’s Kingdom here on earth. The latter notion of anxiety yearns for the hope and promise of God’s peaceable Kingdom – a kingdom centered on free flowing and generative love, justice, and mercy.
Simeon and Anna embodied that form of anxiety. Amidst their yearning, they experienced hope in the form of the child Jesus. With the eyes of prophesy, they rejoiced in the ushering of a new Kingdom through the child presented at the temple.
Their hope was not born of what they saw with their physical eyes. It was wrought in the fire of the Holy Spirit where they saw with anticipation the transformation of the world where, in that child, all divisions cease and weapons turn into plough-shares.
As Simeon and Anna were committed to seeing the world differently, this week, I invite you to ignite your commitment to the Lord of Life by focusing on your contribution to the world. What do you yearn for? What type of world do you long to see?
In Christ,
Fr. Manoj
Episcopal Advocacy Day


Don’t miss the Seventh Annual Episcopal Advocacy Day in Annapolis on February 12. Learn about our diocesan legislative priorities, meet your legislators and network with your peers.
Miller Senate Building – President’s Conference Center, West I & II reception room, 11 Bladen Street, Annapolis, MD 21401. The event is free to attend but please register and remember to bring your photo ID to enter buildings.
Register online here:
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.

Stewardship Update

It is with great pleasure and appreciation that we are able to report that as we move into February we are continuing to receive pledges and we now have total pledges of $877,858.  The Stewardship Team, the Vestry and the Treasurer want to thank all of those who have pledged to date and those who will do so in the coming weeks.

If you have questions about pledging, please contact St. Anne’s Financial Administrator, Kirsten Hair, or any of our Vestry members. We would be delighted to answer your questions. You can pledge online at or fill out a pledge card located in the back of the Church.

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.

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

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

The Episcopal Rainbow ministry is for LGBTQ+ persons, their families, their allies, and the extended St. Anne’s Church family. All are welcome at all events!
Brunch at Harry Browne’s, Sunday February 9 at 12:45 PM.
Please join the Episcopal Rainbow Ministry at our monthly brunch! Please RSVP to by February 7.
Annual Soup and Sounds Event, Sunday February 16, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Parish House.
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.

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Children and Youth Ministry

Children and Youth Events

Sunday Discovery and Sycamore Tree

This Sunday, young children will learn about the Kingdom of Heaven and the Leaven and they will be making bread. Older children will explore the story of Abraham. The Sycamore Tree will be held at the 9:30 AM service.  Next Sunday,  February 16, children will be preparing lunches for Winter Relief.

Winter Relief Overnight and 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. To register for this event, 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.

Our next meal is February 5.  We are serving Shepherd’s Pie (made with ground beef).   We need two volunteers to make a Shepherd’s Pie (made with hamburger) to serve 10 -12 people. A recipe is available. The Light House also requests a dozen eggs and a half-gallon of milk for shelter use.

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.