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Current News


Office Closing and Schedule Change
  • January 21 – St.  Anne’s office will be closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
  • February 3 – No 11:00 service due to Annual Meeting


Vestry Udates

Meet the Candidates

Sunday, January 27 is your opportunity to meet the candidates running for your Vestry and delegates to the Diocesan convention! You’ll find them at the back of the church following the 8:00 AM service and again between the 9:30 and 11:00 AM services on that date. The agenda for the February 3 annual meeting doesn’t include time for introductions, so this is the best time to meet the candidates. Read up on the candidates in the printed booklets when they are available and then put names with faces on the 27th.

Special Vestry Meeting

The Vestry will hold a special meeting on Sunday, February 3, from 12:30-3:30 PM in the Parish House to swear in newly elected Vestry members, select wardens and officers, and engage with rector search consultant Mary Sulerud on the Vestry’s discernment process in preparation for recommendations from the Search Committee.


Annual Meeting

Our Annual Meeting is scheduled for Sunday, February 3. The deadline for Ministry Lay Leader submissions for the Annual Report is January 21. Please submit to Valerie at Submissions should not exceed two paragraphs and should include the Chair and Co-Chair names if applicable.  There will be no 11:00 service on this day.



Sunday Forum

Join us on January 13 as we begin a new Forum Series with visitors from Kenya, Dr. Bob and Julie Mendonsa. There will share their story of how they founded Naomi’s Village, an orphanage, and Cornerstone Academy, a preparatory school to glorify God and serve Kenyan children by providing spiritual, physical and emotional healing.


On January 20, in anticipation of Black History Month 2019 and in observance of Martin Luther King Day, we will read and discuss Frederick Douglass’s Narrative, his vivid and deeply moving autobiographical account of his life as a slave in Maryland until his escape to freedom in 1845. The text can be found at the following link:  The forum will be led by Tom May.


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 February 2 from 10:00 to 11:00 AM in the Church Choir Room. Elisabeth Sinnett will lead on the second 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 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!


High Mass

On Saturday January 26 at 10:00 AM, St. Anne’s will hold a high mass for The Solemnity of St. Charles, King and Martyr and to honor the 11th Anniversary of the Priesting of the Celebrant: The Rev. Dion Thompson.  The preacher will be The Rev. Richardson Libby.


Episcopal Rainbow at St. Anne’s

The Episcopal Rainbow has two upcoming events.  All are welcome!

  • Sunday, January 13 at 12:30 PM – brunch at Harry Browne’s. RSVP to Jill Lake at 
  • Monday, January 21 at 4:00 PM – community service project: cooking dinner at The Light House


Children and Youth Ministry

Children and Youth Events

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.

Middle and High School Youth

Youth Discovery meets on the first and third Sundays of the month.  Middle school youth meet from 4:00 to 5:15 PM and high school youth meet from 6:15 to 7:30 PM.  

Parents’ Day Out

Middle and high school youth will lead games and activities in the Parish Hall at 199 Duke of Gloucester Street for children so parents may have a day out. Register your child and drop him/her off anytime between 3:30-7:30 PM. Have dinner on the town, go to the 5:30 service or just have a fun time out. Pizza and fun food will be provided. Registrations will be online in January. Adult help is also being recruited.

Little Annies Playgroup Saturday, January 26

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. The room will be set-up for a toddler obstacle course. An informal brunch will be served.

Family Foyer Potluck Game Night, January 26

Bring a dish to share and play board games. The potluck will be held in the Parish Hall at 199 Duke of Gloucester Street from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

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

Rector Search

Current Volunteer and Service Opportunities

Volunteers Needed for Winter Relief

February 11 – February 18

St. Anne’s Episcopal Church and First Presbyterian Church will jointly participate in the Winter Relief Shelter Program this year from Monday, February 11 through Monday, February 18.  Winter Relief is a temporary 21-week emergency shelter program operating annually from November to April.  Approximately 60 area churches participate by hosting and co-sponsoring the shelter for one-week periods.  The shelter is home for many homeless men and women (the guests) during the cold winter months. The shelter will be located in the Fellowship Hall at First Presbyterian Church, Conduit and Duke of Gloucester Streets, Annapolis. Over 40 volunteers are needed to make this year a success.  

Each day, guests will be transported from the Winter Relief Screening Center located at the Day Resource Center at Arundel House of Hope (AHOH) in Glen Burnie, to First Presbyterian Church around 4:30 PM.  At the AHOH Center, the guests are screened for behavior, and administered an alcohol breath test and police background check before they are allowed into the shelter.  Once at the shelter, guests are served dinner at 6:00 PM and are allowed leisure time until 9:30 PM.  Each morning, breakfast is served and a bagged lunch is provided at 6:30 AM and the guests are transported back to the Day Resource Center in Glen Burnie by 7:30 AM.  During the day, some of the guests have social services or doctor’s appointments, and some may have a day job; however, most simply walk the streets or go to the mall trying to stay warm.

This week-long ministry needs many volunteers to provide meals; serve as night monitors; do laundry; escort guests to the showering facilities; transport guests to and from appointments; and serve at the help desk.  Sunday evening, the youth of both churches normally provide dinner for the Winter Relief guests. There are many opportunities for community service, and other groups are encouraged to participate.  To volunteer please go directly to the Winter Relief website at For additional information, please contact Rev. Jessica Sexton at; Joyce Nay at, or Steve Esmacher at

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
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 January 2, we served a traditional New Years meal that included black-eyed peas and ham. Thank you Deede Rivers, Milford Marchant, Monica, Bill and Peter Barry, Glenn and Lynn Mortoro, Mark Minick, Trey Lewis, Ed Simon, Wayne Adamson, Charles Wynn, Nancy Greeley and especially John Merrick, who made a huge pot of black-eyed peas from scratch.

On February 6, we are serving fajitas. We need 3 more volunteers to cook a rump roast and one person to cook chicken breasts in a slow cooker with a jar of salsa–contact Nancy Greeley for directions; 70 large tortillas, sliced peppers, sliced onions, guacamole, sour cream, tossed salad, black beans, drinks and dessert.  We also need one dozen eggs and a gallon of milk for shelter use. To volunteer contact Nancy Greeley at or 410 224-2975 or John Merrick at or 443 336-4593.

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

“I thank God every day for my Stephen Minister.  I don’t know how I could have made it through the past year without her!” — Care Receiver

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

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. 

Planned Giving

Planned Giving


Planned Giving News at St. Anne’s Church:
By Peter Smith(

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.