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A Letter from the Rector

Rev. Dr. Timothy MulderEvery freshman at the college I attended was required to take D. Ivan Dykstra’s, “Introduction to Philosophy” course in which he asked us to ponder what he hoped would become a life-long practice. His question was, “Why do we do what we do as we do it?”

I was reminded of that question last week when a member of our parish asked why we do and how we promote the programs and ministries, we do here at St. Anne’s. That’s a great question, so much so that I wanted to share with you my response.

At St. Anne’s, some of our programs are initiated by individuals, some by committees, some by staff, some by events going on in the world. Regardless of how they are generated, the litmus test of whether we should be doing them is the same.

In this coming Sunday’s Gospel lesson, Jesus comes to his hometown synagogue, stood up and read, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

That’s the litmus test for what we do, why we do, and how we do at St. Anne’s. Is the Spirit of God calling us to this work in this place for this time?  Is this Gospel work, in other words, does this somehow offer God to those in need?  Does this work advance the kingdom of God?  We should ask that for everything we do.

So my heart sings with joy when I hear our choir sing praises to God! But my heart also sings when I hear Deede Rivers tell of the adults she met last week who used to be children she tutored at the Stanton Center as they relate what they are doing now and hugging her with gratitude. My heart sings with joy to see the faces of St. Anne’s members preparing a meal at the Lighthouse Shelter this week, and to see the quiet act of a member of St. Anne’s physically taking off his own winter coat and handing it to a struggling man who now frequently makes his way to the pews of St. Anne’s who shared Communion with us this week. On the way out of church that man said, “It’s cold out there, but that man gave me his coat, so I’ll be OK now.”  My heart sings with joy when I see the children of PASA brining bags of food for the hungry, when I walk past a room of people engaging in centering prayer, when I see people lined up to support the building of sanitary latrines in Guatemala. 

I could go on, but I think you get the point. We go where God calls us. It will not always be easy, neat or without some controversy. Even now we are entering a season of discussion with other local Christians about the hard topic of race in our neighborhood. We were invited to that discussion because there is hope for a new kind of community and that we might be part of brining that to reality.

What we do at St. Anne’s will not always be attractive to the world at large, it may not always be popular or attract large numbers. Jesus worked with twelve and counted faithfulness more than success the measure of his labor. And we are not in competition with other Christian communities. Some can and should do things we do not. And some people find greater integrity and joy in some Christian churches than in others. I was not always an Episcopalian, as many of you also came from other traditions. That does not make one right and the other wrong. I am grateful for the church of my youth, but here is where my spirit resonates best.  The question is, where can you worship and serve Christ with joy and integrity? As St. Paul said, we’re like a body, we need different parts and different ways to make the entire body whole, with Christ as our head.

Why do we do what we do as we do it? It must be grounded in the Spirit, for the sake of the Gospel and offered with joy as the work of the beloved community.  I am so proud of you and grateful for you, as you continue to be that kind of loving light in this world.  Keep asking the good questions, but even more, keep doing the good work. And may God make of it all this world needs.

Joyfully yours,


A Very Special Donation

We recently received a donation from William McElhiney.  The donation was made in memory of his father, Thomas McElhiney, who would have been 100 years old this week, and to celebrate the long association his family has had with St. Anne’s, including his great, great grandfather, George McElhiney, who was St. Anne’s Rector from 1834-1841!


Episcopal Advocacy Day

This year, Episcopal Advocacy Day will be February 6 from 8:30 AM-2:00 PM at the Miller Senate Office Building in Annapolis. Learn about our legislative priorities, meet your legislators and network with your peers. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Register here.


Vestry Updates

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.


St. Anne’s Brunch for Furloughed Employees

In support of those furloughed by the federal government and those affected by the shut down, St. Anne’s is offering a free brunch on Thursday, January 31 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM in the St. Anne’s Parish Hall at 199 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis.  This is a time for fellowship and a chance to share your concern with others. Please spread the word and bring a friend!

Click on the link below to sign up:


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
On Sunday, January 27, Herb Fowler will lead a panel on Prayer 101: How do we pray?  Participants are Carol Leach, Lynn Thonnard and John Smith.


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, there will be a High Mass celebration in honor of St. Charles–King and Martyr. We are, once again, privileged to host this celebration by The Society of King Charles I, Martyr (SKCM). The SKCM is one of a number of Anglican devotional societies who focus on traditional Anglican piety throughout the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America (PECUSA). We plan to us our full gold vestment set with incense, bells and music. Fr. Libby will be the Preacher. The Celebrant will be Fr. Dion who will celebrate the 11th Anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood. Come join us is this special opportunity of Worship to our Holy God and to remember the witness of Charles who stood fast, even to the death, to preserve the Episcopacy in England of the time (1649) and thus preserved the whole Anglican Communion’s Doctrine of catholicity and Apostolic Succession. When the monarchy was restored in 1660, Charles was immediately canonized in England and included in the Kalendar of the 1662 Prayer Book. The Episcopal Church in the USA is currently considering the addition of Charles I to our Kalendar.



Environmental Ministry

The mantra for being responsible with our natural resources is Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. We are drowning in the waste of our throwaway society. 

Refuse – Say no to excessive packaging. Do you really need that plastic bag to get your box of tissues from the store to the car? Probably not. Refuse.

Reduce – Can you cut down on your purchasing and consumption. Probably. Give it a shot.

Reuse – Buying secondhand is all the rage now and it makes financial and environmental sense.

Recycle – Note that it’s the last of the Four Rs. Just because you can recycle an item doesn’t give you a pass. It’s better than chucking it in the landfill, but it takes a lot of energy to recycle, in some cases as much as the original manufacture. Keep your recycling as clean as possible and pour out the liquids. You don’t have to wash out containers, but a full jar of spaghetti sauce is a no-no. So is a pizza box with cheese all over it. Food products never go in the recycling container. Also, don’t mix yard waste with recycling.  Some more tips: 

  • Plastic bottles: Put the caps back on before you put the bottle in the recycling container. Small loose items like bottle caps and cutlery fall through the sorting machinery and will not be recycled. So put them in the landfill container.
  • Corks from your wine bottles can be brought to the parish house and placed in the RECORK box just inside the door. The natural corks are made into products like flooring. Plastic wine corks are not recyclable. Give them to a school for kids’ craft projects or put them in the landfill container.
  • Plastics marked with a number 6 are not recyclable. Put those in the landfill container.
  • Styrofoam is never recyclable. (You aren’t still using that are you?) Put it in the landfill container.
  • Shredded paper is acceptable but only if it’s contained in a paper bag.
  • Small batteries (AA, AAA, etc.) are not recyclable. Put them in the landfill container.
  • Film such as retail plastic bags, newspaper delivery bags, clingy film from the kitchen can be taken to collection containers in most grocery stores.
  • Electronics and their cables do NOT go in recycling because most contain toxic materials. They are handled in e-cycling programs.

The landfill in Millersville can accept hazardous materials, electronics, tires, construction materials, fabric and much more. There is plenty of information about what can be recycled and about how to dispose of just about anything online:

For county residents: 
For city residents:

Elvia Thompson, St. Anne’s Environmental Committee

Episcopal Rainbow at St. Anne’s

The Episcopal Rainbow will be cooking dinner at The Light House, Monday, January 21 at 4:30 PM.


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

This past Tuesday evening, St. Anne’s parishioners joined members of St. Philip’s and St. Martin’s-in-the-field to discuss the first four chapters of Robin DiAngelo’s book “White Fragility: Why it’s so hard for white people to talk about racism.” After St. Philip’s Rector, The Rev. Randy Callander, preached at St. Anne’s back in December about the history between our two churches, there has been great interest within our community to learn more about our history and the ways we can begin dialogue with St. Philip’s. St. Anne’s clergy met with The Rev. Callander to discuss next steps and he invited us to join St. Philip’s and St. Martin’s-in-the-field’s book study. Both churches have done anti-racism training and multiple book studies on racism together over the past year. It is a blessing and privilege to be welcomed into this conversation with these two communities.

On Tuesday evening, thirty-two people including twelve St. Anne’s parishioners and The Rev. Jess Sexton, formed small groups to dialogue about what DiAngelo describes as “white fragility,” a defensiveness white people can exhibit when talking about racism and which functions to “prevent meaningful cross-racial dialogue.” Small groups provided the forum for people to share their reactions to DiAngelo’s book and how they have witnessed or experienced white fragility, racism and prejudice. We concluded the evening by reconvening as a larger group to share our reactions and which ideas in DiAngelo’s text made a significant impact on our groups.

It was a night of holy conversation that we look forward to continuing on a topic that has caused much division between our churches and within our world. We will meet again next Tuesday, January 29 at 7:30 PM at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church. If you are interested in joining this discussion and missed the first meeting, please RSVP to The Rev. Jess Sexton at  and join us next Tuesday!

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 will hear the Scripture reading of the time when Jesus went to the temple and everyone heard that the scripture had been fulfilled  by him.

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. Younger children will  have fun with the Bible, praying and singing with fun puppets. Older children will explore the story of the Good Samaritan and explore the question, “Who is my neighbor?”

Middle and High School Youth

We are rescheduling the Parent Day Out event for the spring. Youth who want to meet for board games and pizza should RSVP to Connie. We will meet in room 102 for pizza and board games from  4:00-5:15 PM.

Little Annies Playgroup Saturday, January 26

Bring your young children to the Parish Hall at 199 Duke of Gloucester, from 10:00-noon and play. Come and go as needed. It is a light brunch. We will have blankets and toys for kids to play. There will be story time and a short presentation that will help the children connect to God. Join us for social time with other families. RSVP to Connie.

Family Foyer Potluck Game Night, January 26

Let’s have some winter fun! January’s Family Foyer Pot Luck Dinner will be January 26 from 5:00-7:00 PM,  and will feature board games and an active game of “Human Hungry, Hungry Hippo”. The dinner is potluck, so let us know what you can bring. Games provided, but bring your own if you want. Paper products, utensils, coffee, and tea will be provided. Sign up at:

 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 or 443-808-1361.

Rector Search

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 –

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 February 6, we will be serving fajitas. We still need: 2 containers of sour cream (16 or 24 oz.), 2 jars mild salsa and one small jar hot sauce, several tomatoes (chopped), drinks (2 jars of juice or lemonade and a jar of iced tea mix), dessert and a gallon of milk and a dozen eggs for shelter use.

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

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 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.