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Celebration of New Ministry

A Time to Celebrate! On Saturday, January 25, 2020, at 11:00 AM, we will gather together to give thanks for and celebrate our shared ministry at St. Anne’s with Fr. Manoj M. Zacharia. More than just the installation of our new rector, this celebration invites all who make St. Anne’s a living, breathing embodiment of Christ in the world to join together as we begin our walk with Fr. Manoj. Presiding at the service will be Bishop Eugene Taylor Sutton. Following the service, we will gather in the Parish House for more informal fellowship and to continue the celebration. All are welcome!
Meet the Candidates this Sunday!


Before the February 2 annual meeting and election, please take time to meet the people who have volunteered to serve on the Vestry and as your nominees to our Diocesan convention.  They will be in the back of the church before the 9:30 a.m. and 11:15 services this Sunday, January 26.  This is your chance to put names with faces and say hello to these generous people.  Vestry nominees are:  Linda Adamson, Thea Chimento, Kev Hays, Townsend McNitt and Paul Pope.  Delegate nominees are: Nancy Bayers, Lauren Dana-Evans, Ginger DeLuca and Pete Thompson. A book containing biographical information on the candidates is on our website:

Adult Forum – Episcopal Advocacy: Faith in Action 2020

This week, The Rev. Kathy Shahinian, St. Anne’s Deacon,  will discuss Episcopal advocacy and the practice of bearing witness in government.

Stewardship Update

It is with great pleasure and appreciation that we are able to report that as we move through January we are continuing to receive pledges and we now have total pledges of $869,500.  We still need a further $25,500 and 30 pledgers to meet our goal; and look to those who have yet to pledge to seize this opportunity to join with those who have already pledged and to support the celebration of the installation of Manoj as our new minister.  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!

Environmental Ministry

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, January 29 – Miller Senate Office Building – 4:00-6:00 PM 

Over 500 people interested in the environment will gather to hear about priority environmental legislation for the 2020 General Assembly. This is your chance to learn who is championing legislation on topics as diverse as closing coal-fired plants with justice for current workers, banning certain dangerous pesticides and stopping retail distribution of plastic bags.



Governor Hogan has declared 2020 the Year of the Woman in Maryland to celebrate the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which awarded women the right to vote in 1920. Governor Hogan stated that “Our state’s history has been shaped by extraordinary women…” St. Anne’s has had its share of these women, many who are buried in our cemetery. Therefore, the Cemetery Committee will be highlighting the lives of some of these women throughout this year. If you have a female relative buried in St. Anne’s Cemetery who you would like for us to highlight, please contact Ginger DeLuca at The committee will be assembling stories of some of these women to highlight in a tour that Ginger will conduct in the spring. Thank you for your help.


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 Dion will lead us in a discussion of Our Schedule: Sanctification of Time. What is the importance of the Calendar and the Lectionary? How does this unite us and/or divide the church? We will also address the significance of marking time, feast days, seasons, and colors of the church. What is your favorite liturgical season? How do you plan to be more intentional about celebrating it this year?
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.

An Epiphany Invitation for an Offering of St. Anne’s Church and the Retreat House at Hillsboro

Wisdom Circle – Annapolis
Cultivating Peace in Small Community
Five Thursday Evenings – January 23 – February 20, 2020 from 6:30-8:00 PM in St. Anne’s Parish Hall, 199 Duke of Gloucester Street, Annapolis
Click here for more information about this event and to register.
Click here for more information about other wisdom circles
St. Anne’s Annual Meeting

According to the by-laws of St. Anne’s Parish – “There shall be an Annual Meeting of the Voting Members of St. Anne’s Parish” on Sunday, February 2, 2020 at 10:30 AM, in the Parish House at 199 Duke of Gloucester Street.  The election of the Vestry, the election of lay delegates from the Parish to the Convention of the Diocese of Maryland and other business of the Parish shall be transacted at the meeting. Members shall be welcome at this meeting. A Voting Member of St. Anne’s Parish is defined in the by-laws as someone who is 16 years of age or older, lives in Maryland, has been a Member of St. Anne’s Parish for no less than six months prior to the day of voting (Feb. 2, 2020), whose baptism has been entered on St. Anne’s Parish Register, and who has for the past calendar year contributed to the stewardship campaign or be otherwise on the books of the Treasurer as a contributor.  On February 2, there will be ONE service in the church at 9:15 AM so that all may attend the meeting.
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!


Evening Prayer

Did you Know? St. Anne’s holds services open to the public five days a week with the Daily Office of Evening Prayer at 5:30 Monday through Friday. This lay led service which has been offered for over 30 years is managed by two or three parishioners regularly. Stop in the church any day at 5:30 PM and end the day in a very special way.
Presently, The Daily Office is inviting new members to join this regular faithful group. For more information, contact Jer Chambers at 410-267-8023  or
Women’s Bible Study

Join the Women’s Bible Study on February 1 in the Skylight Room at 10:00 AM as we continue to read through Paul’s letters. At this meeting, we will be studying the first chapter of Philippians.

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St Anne’s Concert Series – What’s in a name?
In his early 40s, Bach created his third cycle of choral cantatas for St. Thomas in Leipzig. A hallmark of these works is the inclusion of virtuosic “Sinfonias” for organ that became the basis for later concerti. On Thursday, January 30 at 6:15 PM in St. Anne’s Church, we’ll listen to Bach’s Concerto in d minor for oboe, BWV 1059, which is drawn from cantatas 35 and 156. We’ll also listen to four movements from cantatas 169 and 49 which Bach later rewrote as the harpsichord concerto in E major, BWV 1053. And we’ll end the program with one of Bach’s great solo cantatas, Ich habe genug, BWV 82 for bass, that combines concerto style and dance rhythms. So join us for this musical journey.
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Children and Youth Ministry

Children and Youth Events

The Sycamore Tree (children’s worship) is offered at the 9:30 AM and 5:30 PM services

Children’s Sunday Discovery takes place in the Parish Hall on Sundays from 10:45 AM – 12:00 PM.

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

St. Anne’s and First Presbyterian Church (FPC) of Annapolis are teaming up from February 17 – 24, 2020 to house 25 men who would otherwise make their homes on the streets. This is part of the Winter Relief Program, managed by the Arundel House of Hope, which provides a homeless shelter during the cold winter months, November through March. Fresh cooked meals for breakfast and dinner and a hardy bag lunch are also provided each day during their stay. Over 60 churches participate in the Program on a rotating basis, each one hosting the shelter at their facility for one week at a time.


FPC began providing this shelter in their Fellowship Hall in 2000. St. Anne’s began our partnership with FPC in 2012.

150 volunteers needed

It takes more than 150 volunteers to make this all happen successfully during our week. Please prayerfully consider where you can best help serve. Volunteer positions include serving as a night monitor, providing meals and bag lunches, helping with laundry, setting up the FPC Fellowship Hall and many more.
For more information and to sign up to volunteer please visit:
The need for shelter in our county remains at an all-time high so please take advantage of this opportunity to help those in need during these bitter cold winter months.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact Steve Esmacher at 410-320-2512 or at
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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. Here is a link to their most recent Volunteer Newsletter with information about current volunteer and donation needs.

The sign-up links in the newsletter are for registered Light House volunteers. If you have never volunteered with Light House and would like to learn more please visit their website at Thank you for your support!

Current Needs

• Canned Fruit (in fruit juice)
• Canned Vegetables (Low sodium)
• Peanut Butter
• Jam/Jelly (30oz or smaller)
• Cereal (low sugar/whole grain)
• Oatmeal Packets
• Soup (Cans or pouches/boxes)
• Beans (Cans, pouches, or dried)
*Pop-top/easy-to-open cans are preferable for our clients

• NEW Pillows
• Disinfectant Wipes
• Lysol Disinfectant Spray
• Boxes of Tissues
• Warm blankets
• Towels
• Washcloths & Hand Towels
• Empty Adult Backpacks
• Sleeping Bags
• Diapers (sizes 2-6)
• Baby Wipes
• Liquid Detergent
• Winter Hats and Gloves
• NEW Men & Women’s Underwear
• NEW Men & Women’s Socks
• Full-Sized Deodorant
• Gift Cards (Target, Grocery, Uber/Lyft, Dollar Tree)

Items can be purchased and dropped of at our 10 Hudson Street. Many items can also be ordered online through our AMAZON WISH LIST!

We Currently DO NOT Need the Following Items:
Mouth wash, commercial-sized canned food, suits, used kids toys/clothes, lightweight summer clothing, books, large or travel sized toiletries

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.  Thank you to all the many parishioners and men’s group members who made our dinners at the Light House in 2019 a huge success.  Starting off 2020, we served dinner on News Year day.  A special thank you goes to Lynn and Glenn Mortoro and Jean and Harry Jaecks  for taking their holiday to man the kitchen and serve the meal.

Our next meal is February 5.  We are serving Shepherd’s Pie (made with ground beef).  We need 5 people to make a Shepherd’s Pie to serve 12-15, salad, 5 dozen dinner rolls, fruit, drinks (iced tea mix and 2 jars juice) and dessert.  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

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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.