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Annual Meeting

Our Annual Meeting was held on Sunday, February 3. At the meeting, the following elections took place. For Vestry: Alvin Collins, Betty Creighton, Sharon McElfish, Sarah Morse and Susan Thaxton. For Diocesan Delegates: Heather Strang and Judy Templeton with Alternates Katie Burke and Courtney Spikes. In addition, following the annual meeting, Mark Grimes was elected as the new Senior Warden, Cardie Templeton was reelected as Junior Warden and Katherine Hilton was elected as Registrar. After many years of service as our Treasurer, Steve Fisher has stepped down and Susan Thaxton was selected as Treasurer. 



Sunday Forum
At this Sunday’s Forum, The Rev. Jessica Sexton will speak on Female Leadership in the Early Christian Church and Today. This forum will explore the context and ramifications of Paul’s command in his First Letter to the Corinthians for “women to be silent in the churches.” How has this been interpreted and what does it mean for us today?

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


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!

Preschool for the Arts at St. Anne’s

“Lions, tigers and penguins, Oh My!” We kicked off this month with a visit from The Baltimore Zoo.  What a fun time we had learning about animals, their climates and habitats.  We will continue having fun this month with a visit from My Gym where we will grow our gross motor skills together through play and gymnastics. Next week, we will have our annual Scholastic Book Fair from February 11-15.  This is a great opportunity to promote pre-literacy skills and reading.  We welcome church members to participate in this fundraiser as books make great Valentine’s gifts for children! Please contact the office at 410-268-9010 and we would be happy to schedule a time for you to come in.

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.

Episcopal Rainbow at St. Anne’s

Join the Episcopal Rainbow for three upcoming events:

  • Tuesday, February 12 at 6:30 PM – planning meeting in Choir Room at the church.
  • Sunday, February 17 at 12:30 PM – brunch at Harry Browne’s. RSVP to Jill Lake at
  • 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!



St. Anne’s Participates in Book Study on Racism with St. Philip’s and St. Martin’s-in-the-Field

We will meet again next Tuesday, February 12 at 7:30 PM at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church. If you are interested in joining this discussion and missed the first two meetings, please RSVP to The Rev. Jess Sexton at *protected email*  and join us next Tuesday!

Jazz Vespers – Absalom Jones

Absalom Jones – Nov. 17, 1746 to Feb. 13, 1818

Join us for Sunday’s Vespers service at 5:30 PM as we use jazz and Scripture to celebrate the Rev. Absalom Jones, the first African-American ordained in the Episcopal Church and a true American hero.


St. Anne’s Concert Series – Meraki Ensemble

Thursday, February 14 at 6:15 PM

Meraki (n.): the soul, creativity, or love put into something;
the essence of yourself that is put into your creative work

Meraki is a chamber ensemble co-founded by former classmates, Anastasia Christofakis, clarinet,
and Elizabeth G. Hill, piano. They are recipients of the 2018 Classical Commissioning Grant from
Chamber Music America. The ensemble is dedicated to making a social impact through music.
Meraki’s recurring focus is the music of “Essence” that evokes the culture and history of people
through their folk sound and musical language.

Anastasia Christofakis enjoys an active career as a soloist, chamber musician, and educator. Her
musical collaborations have led to performances at the International Clarinet Association’s
ClarinetFest in Ostend, Belgium, the Florida State University Festival of New Music, as well as at the
Berklee College of Music. Anastasia is the recipient of several awards, most recently an artist
residency through the National Parks Arts Foundation as well as a Montgomery County Artists and
Scholars Award. She was granted the Presser Foundation Music Award for her project on Armenian
music, where she studied and conducted research in Armenia on both their traditional and
contemporary music. Dr. Christofakis is on faculty at Mount St. Mary’s University and at the
InterHarmony International Music Festival in Acqui Terme, Italy. She received her Doctor of Music
degree in Clarinet Performance at Florida State University, her Master’s degree from Roosevelt
University and Bachelor’s degree in Music from James Madison University.

Elizabeth G. Hill is an accomplished soloist, chamber musician, orchestral pianist, and educator. Her
recent concert appearances include performances for the Embassy Concert Series in Washington
DC, the Center for Jewish History in New York, and the Robert-Schumann-Haus in Zwickau,
Germany. As a devoted supporter of new music, her work ranges from solo to chamber
performances, including premieres at the The Fringe Festival (Washington, DC), and the West Fork
New Music Festival (Fairmont, WV). Elizabeth is also the Principal Pianist with Baltimore-based
chamber orchestra, Symphony Number One ; a group primarily devoted to performing substantial
works by emerging composers. After receiving her early musical training in her hometown,
Anchorage, Alaska, Elizabeth studied Piano Performance at Mary Baldwin College and James
Madison University. She earned the Doctorate in Musical Arts (DMA) in Chamber Music at The
Catholic University of America.

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. This week we We will reflect on what it means to “fish for people”.

Children’s Sunday Discovery

In partnership with First Presbyterian, children are invited to make bag lunches and place mats for Winter Relief on Sunday, February 10 from 10:45-noon. Winter Relief is a once-a-year outreach program in which church communities each take a week to provide beds, food, a place to shower, laundry, and so much more for homeless men. Our week to serve is February 11-17.  The activity will be in the Skylight Room at 199 Duke of Gloucester Street. If you can help out by providing food, please sign-up and let us know what you can bring. The sign-up can be found at: . If you can help the children make lunches, please email Connie.

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

Youth will work on houses and meet a family in Appalachia July 21-27.  Registrations due by February 28. Contact Connie Saeger for more information: 443-808-1361 or *protected email*

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.

Parents Group, February 10

This group is for parents with infants through high school. Join us for coffee and refreshments in Room 102 at the Parish House from 10:45 AM to noon. The conversation starter question will be: “What is your favorite family tradition?”

Confirmation Class!

Young people 15 years old and older may sign-up for Confirmation classes. Contact Connie for more information and to register.

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

Get Involved with Winter Relief!

First Presbyterian Church (FPC) and St. Anne’s Episcopal Church (SAEC) will host Winter Relief 2019 from Monday Feb 11 through Monday Feb 18, 2019.

We will provide food and shelter for two dozen members of our community who do not have access to a warm meal or a warm place to stay the night. We will provide a temporary shelter in the Fellowship Hall of First Presbyterian Church, 171 Duke of Gloucester Street, Annapolis, MD 21401.

Sign-up here:

Volunteer opportunities:

Daily activities

  • Breakfast – 6:00 – 7:00 AM – Prepare, serve and clean up.
  • Lunch – Prepare brown bag lunches.  Can be delivered to the shelter after 4:00 PM the day before.  Must be delivered no later than 6:30 AM of the day.
  • Daily laundry – Pick up laundry bags by 10:00 AM, return clean laundry by 5:15 PM.
  • Help desk – Set out drinks and snacks, greet guests about 4:30 PM, staff help desk, dispense medications.
  • Dinner – 5:00 – 8:00 PM – Prepare, serve & clean-up dinner.
  • Shower team – 5:45 – 9:25 PM weekdays / 3:30 – 7:30 PM weekend, coordinate logistics, sign up sheet, usher guests to Kinhart Center or ZW House.
  • Night monitor – Two volunteers monitor though the night, ideally one with prior experience.

Special activities

  • Set up team – Unload U-Haul and set up shelter.
  • Baked goods – Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  Can be delivered throughout the day.
  • Monitors – Weekend only.  Morning 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM, afternoon 1:00 – 4:00 PM.  Supervise shelter, dispense medications, stock snacks and drinks.
  • Final Laundry – Monday the 18th –  wash all linens, towels, etc.
  • Break down team – Break down shelter and load U-Haul.

Please support this important work by signing up for one or more of volunteer roles below. This also provides an opportunity for you to get to know people from First Presbyterian so, where you can, volunteer for your church’s designated slot below (FPC or SAEC).


Technical Support: Winter Relief Committee –*protected email*.

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.
For more information, or to volunteer, contact Nancy Greeley at 410 224-2975 or *protected email* or John Merrick at *protected email* or 443 336-4593.
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

Confidentiality is a cornerstone of Stephen Ministry.  Stephen Ministers don’t reveal anything their care receiver says — and don’t ever tell anyone who their care receiver is.

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.