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Clergy Epistle


Dear St. Anne’s,
Thank you for blessing my ministry the last two years with your love for Jesus, your passion for prayer and your mission to care for our community. I am so grateful for the gift of being part of your church family. As I mentioned in Sunday’s sermon, it has been a blessing and privilege for me to witness your love for God and one another in action. Throughout the pandemic, you continue to find outreach opportunities to get involved in to support our community—pop-up food pantries, donating food to St. Luke’s, and supporting the Stanton Center. You have supported one another by calling and checking in. I have seen your faithful study and joyful participation in worship whether it has been in person the last two years or online the last couple months.
I have been honored and humbled to be part of a congregation that is not passive in its faith but active in calling out racism, in saying that we are a church that welcomes ALL people, and that we will proclaim the message of Christ’s love no matter the cost. My hope for you St. Anne’s is that you continue to actively LOVE.
You will be in my prayers and I will pray that your love continues to shine and in and out of the circle in Annapolis. A love that brings about positive change and reflects the hope of God in this world. Remember to attach yourself to Jesus in prayer and include him in your decision making. It is through Christ’s love for us that we feel empowered and courageous to love radically like Jesus.
He said, “Take my yoke upon you” because he wants us to do the hard work of loving God and our neighbor alongside us. Being yoked to Jesus doesn’t mean that the work is even but that he will carry the heavier burdens and hardships so that our work is a little easier. He did say, “my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Thank you again, St. Anne’s! Many blessings to all of you and your work in being God’s love in this world.
God bless,


Farewell to Rev. Jess

To congratulate Jess for her call to Trinity Episcopal Church, Long Green as priest in charge and to say farewell to her, please join us in the churchyard on July 12.  There will be two opportunities for you to come—one following the 11:15 service from 12:30 to 2:00 and one prior to the 5:30 service from 3:30 to 5:00. You do not have to register for this. If you prefer a virtual option, you can join Rev. Jess on Zoom  from 3:00 to 3:30.  To join the Zoom Meeting follow the link:  The Meeting ID is: 885 1489 3918 and the Password is: 261687.

To attend in person, you are required to wear a mask, and practice 6-foot social distancing. Please enter the Circle through the side gate closest to the old Post Office and exit at the gate closest to the Court House. Thank you for doing your part to keep everyone safe.

If you would like to honor Rev. Jess with a gift, you can do so with a card or note telling her how she has blessed you with her ministry. You can bring your card on the 12th and place it in the basket that will be provided or mail it to the Church Office.

We are also collecting a purse for Rev. Jess. Checks must be made out directly to The Rev. Jessica Sexton.  Please do NOT make the check out to St. Anne’s.  You can bring your check on July 12 or you can mail it to St. Anne’s Episcopal Church at 199 Duke of Gloucester Street, Annapolis,  MD 21401 to the attention of Mark Grimes.

We will all miss Rev. Jess so please help us say thank you and Godspeed and ask for God’s blessing to be upon her as she moves to her new ministry.


COVID-19 Update


Church Reopening
St. Anne’s has reopened for in-person worship. Services are at 11:15 AM and 5:30 PM. You must register each week for our in person services. Registration runs from the Sunday one week before the service through noon on the Friday before the service. More information regarding our reopening, including videos and registration links, is available on our website. Please note that online worship will still be an option at 9:30 AM on YouTube. In order to keep our community safe and healthy upon returning, please be prepared to wear a face covering and practice 6-foot social distancing at all times. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Virtual Worship

How Can I Worship?In these extraordinary times, we are excited to continue worshiping together virtually! Our Sunday morning 9:30 service, Holy Week services and Daily Evening Prayer are just some of the virtual offerings at St. Anne’s. For more information on these services, click here.

Coffee, Fellowship and Conversation

Missing conversations with your St. Anne’s community? We are returning to church and with our new worship schedule is a new time for fellowship. Through the summer months, from 10:15 AM to 10:45 AM, Coffee, Conversation, and Fellowship will be held via Zoom after the 9:30 live-stream service. Bring your coffee and click here to attend Coffee, Conversation, and Fellowship. For questions, contact Connie Saeger


Prayer for the Week

Dear Lord,
Father of goodness and love, hear our prayers for the sick members of our community and for all who are in need. Amid mental and physical suffering, may they find consolation in your healing presence. Show your mercy as you close wounds, cure illness, make broken bodies whole and free downcast spirits. May these special people find lasting health and deliverance, and so join us in thanking you for all your gifts. We ask this through the Lord Jesus who healed those who believed.


St. Anne’s Cemetery: Year of the Woman

Elizabeth Philpot Blanchard Randall was born in Annapolis to Elizabeth Hance Philpot Blanchard and the Reverend John Gowan Blanchard, who was rector of St. Anne’s parish from 1826 to 1834. Known as Lizzie, she became the second wife of Alexander Randall in 1856. Alexander’s first wife, Catherine Wirt Randall, had died in 1853, leaving five surviving children ranging from two-and-a-half to 9 years old. Catherine’s mother, who had been living with the Randalls, continued to care for the children until her death in 1857. (As an interesting aside, Elizabeth Wirt wrote the first book to broadly popularize the Victorian concept of the language of flowers for American readers. Its title was Flora’s Dictionary.)  

Despite the 24-year age difference and the inheritance of 5 children, theirs was a loving partnership with Alexander often asking advice from Elizabeth and sharing in the raising of their 12 surviving children. (Three sons were lost along the way, Wirt at 9 years, Aleck at 22 months and Richard at birth.) While Alexander was busy here in Annapolis with matters concerning the law before the Civil War and as Maryland Attorney General from 1864-1867, Elizabeth would spend the month of November and a month in the spring at her mother’s home in Baltimore visiting family and friends. Before she was married, she had been active in Baltimore society and with volunteer groups such as the Baltimore Beneficial Society, which she resigned from once she was married. Her visits afforded her the chance to keep her relationships alive as well as introducing her children to her friends and family. Alexander would try to get up to Baltimore on Saturday nights so that he could attend church with her on Sunday mornings. At one point he wrote, “It is not good for man to be alone, so make haste to prepare for his return”. 

Alexander and Elizabeth were prolific letter-writers while they were apart and through their letters, we get a glimpse of their relationship. He referred to her as “my precious wife” and she seemed to spend money freely with his blessings. Money was often enclosed in his letters without her asking. In one letter she writes, “You are the only one to regulate it and control a woman’s desire to have all her surroundings pleasing to her eyes…from the furnishings of her house to her clothing and those of her children.” He would also ask her to buy material for his clothing while she was in Baltimore. The care of the children seems to have been shared since some of children would accompany her to Baltimore while Alexander would keep the others. In time, three of the older children were sent to school in Burlington, NJ while Elizabeth schooled the others at home.  

Elizabeth and the children were in Baltimore in April 1861 when 700 members of the 6th Massachusetts Volunteer Militia arrived by train in Baltimore heading for Washington and were attacked by a mob of Southern sympathizers throwing bricks, paving stones and anything else that they could get their hands on as the militia were forced to march through the city from the end of the northern line to Camden Yard, where the line continued to Washington. Elizabeth knew nothing about it until the men in the family began arriving home with guns and swords. This must have been an uncomfortable experience for her since the Randalls supported the preservation of the Union while it was well-known that her mother and brother supported the Confederacy. Upon hearing of this incident, Alexander wrote, “I can give you, my precious wife, no longer any encouraging views in relation to our country’s troubles…God protect our country and restore us peace and tranquility.” 

By April 1864, Elizabeth oversaw the Anne Arundel table at the Sanitary Fair, always a lavish, well-attended charity event in Baltimore. Its purpose was to raise money for the Sanitary Commission, a private relief agency created by federal legislation to support sick and wounded soldiers of the U.S. Army. That year the auction items on Elizabeth’s table brought in $1,000. She also held the first meeting of the Ladies Aid Society at her home in Annapolis. Its purpose was to sew convalescent garments and prepare bandages for wounded soldiers. In addition, Elizabeth helped Catherine Brewer and others bring fresh food from their gardens and orchards to the hospitalized solders.  

After the war, Alexander and Elizabeth set about repairing the damage that the war had brought. St. John’s and the Naval Academy had been used as hospitals and had to be repurposed as schools once again. Roads and buildings had been damaged by the troops coming through town and by the idle parolees that had caused mischief throughout the town. Friends and family who had sided with the south needed council to reclaim property.  

Alexander died in 1881 and Elizabeth lived until 1895, when she died from a stroke. She chose to not be buried in the Randall vault, but is buried just in front of it. The inscription reads, “Here lies the body of Elizabeth Blanchard Randall/Wife of Alexander Randall/of this City/and Daughter/of the Reverend John Gowan/and Elizabeth Philpot Blanchard/ Sept.1/AD1827/July 9/AD 1896.  


Ginger DeLuca

Centering Prayer Group Moves to Zoom!

Our Centering Prayer group is now gathering together via Zoom and you all are welcome to join us the first and third Tuesdays of the month 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM.  If you are new to Zoom, I will walk you through how to join for free and meet with us.  The source of Centering Prayer is the indwelling Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  The focus of Centering Prayer is the deepening of our relationship with the living Christ.  It builds communities of faith and bonds the members together in mutual friendship and love.

Please email me if you’d like to join us:

Women’s Retreat

Children and Youth Ministry

Harrison Sayre Award

The Harrison Sayre Award is given annually in the spring to a graduating high school senior who has been an active volunteer and participant at St. Anne’s and plans on attending a 2 or 4-year college or university the following fall. The awardee is selected by a committee made up of a clergy member, a member of the Memorials Committee and members of the Sayre family. The committee has met and we are pleased to announce that Jack Hair is this year’s recipient of the Harrison Sayre Award.  Jack, son of Kirsten and John Hair, is a recent graduate of the South River High School STEM Program and will be heading to University of Maryland Baltimore Campus in the fall. He has been attending St. Anne’s with his parents since birth. Not only has Jack been an acolyte, lay reader, member of the youth group and volunteer with the Vacation Bible School, he has great computer knowledge and has willingly shared his expertise with the church. The committee was impressed that this spring he created the virtual Stations of the Cross complete with readings and music. All this is in addition to maintaining an impressive GPA and actively volunteering in the community. Adults with whom Jack has worked describe him as kind, polite and always willing to help someone in need..


Children and Youth Events


Connect to Someone at St. Anne’s

Brighten someone’s day by choosing a card to send to a member of St. Anne’s family. Your card will be sent to someone in a nursing home, someone who is home alone or someone who needs to be cheered up. Templates for the cards can be found here. Once you have created your card, either scan and email them to Connie Saeger-Proctor at or mail them to St. Anne’s office at 199 Duke of Gloucester Street, Annapolis, MD 21401.

Flat Jesus

Feeling the need to connect your children with their St. Anne’s friends? We know we cannot meet in person, so let’s add some fun things for us to do. Download a flat Jesus, color him, and cut him out. As you go through your daily activities, take a picture of where you have invited Jesus to be with you. My flat Jesus will be with us in the Sycamore Tree on Sunday at 12:30 PM. Send your pictures to me at and we will post them on our website. If you are cautious about your child’s identity use flat Jesus in a picture without your child and his or her first initial with a description of where Jesus was invited.


Older Children and Youth Reflections

Would your child or young person like to help us reflect on Scripture in daily life? We are looking for those who are willing to read an assigned (short) Scripture and reflect on what it means to him/her. This may be done on a video or printed. Children may also be recorded saying a prayer. Reflections and prayers will be posted on our website. Contact Connie Saeger at if you are interested in participating.

Women’s Retreat


Stanton Community Center

This Fall, the Stanton Community Center will be starting additional activities for the children that attend the Homework Club as well as other youth in the Clay Street neighborhood. A sewing class and a woodworking class will be offered each week. Volunteers with expertise in sewing or woodworking are needed to offer instruction to the children. You can volunteer for the whole semester or just a class or two. Classes will be offered when volunteers are available in the evenings or the weekend. Please contact Townsend McNitt at:  for more information

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Current Volunteer and Service Opportunities

The Light House

Walking with Friends at the Light House 

“Do you love me?” Jesus said to Peter for the third time. “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”
Jesus said,”Feed my sheep.” John 21:17

Thank you St. Anne’s friends for your loving support recently in providing dinner for our brothers and sisters at The Light House.  St. Anne’s Cooking at Light House and Family Cooking for Light House invites you to join us as we walk with the individuals and families experiencing homelessness and poverty who are most vulnerable during this crisis to learn more about the fruits of partnering in this loving and sustaining way. While safety advises that meals be prepared in house only,  we can provide the necessary grocery money for a sustainable operation. The best way to stand with our vulnerable community of Lighthouse residents at this time is to consider making a gift to support their grocery bill for meals — you can do so by clicking here. For a list of the most urgent pantry food needs for drop off, click here.

St. Anne’s ministries have a long and loving history of sharing in partnership with many churches and groups in our town, and the need is even greater now during the current COVID-19 crisis. Please consider sharing in a way that nourishes our neighbors experiencing homelessness and poverty, those most vulnerable during this crisis.

While we cannot cook and serve in the Light House kitchen, a sustainable and abundant option for helping has opened up.

With the onset of stay-at-home orders and social distancing guidelines, Light House transitioned from a volunteer-supported food program, to one overseen entirely by staff.  Shortly after this challenging transition, leadership at the Light House Bistro stepped in to prepare and deliver boxed meals daily to Light House residents in the shelter, in off-site hotel rooms, and at their transitional housing properties. Light House Bistro has also been organizing thousands of pounds of perishable and non-perishable pantry food each week, distributing it during Light House pantry hours, and delivering it to other food distribution locations throughout the county. Boxed meals, pantry bags, and basic needs kits are also being prepped by Light House Bistro and taken by case managers to local homeless tent encampments in the area.

Light House Bistro may have temporarily closed its doors in March, but this social enterprise developed by The Light House Homeless Prevention Support Center has been hard at work. The mission of this full-service restaurant and catering social enterprise is to change lives one meal at a time by providing training and job opportunities for graduates of Light House programs. Now they are also changing lives during the COVID-19 crisis by providing our most vulnerable neighbors with hot meals and pantry items.  For a fuller story, click here.

For more information, please contact, Nancy Greeley, at, or Heather and Dave Strang at

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Pastoral Care

Love Heals – A Prayer from the Stephen Ministry Team

Bless us almighty God during our time of need. Fill our bishops, clergy and churches with compassion and the power of the Holy Spirit. Give our leaders the wisdom to bring us through the Covid-19 crisis. Break down all barriers and unite them as they govern are nation. Loving God, support and protect all healthcare providers as they care for the afflicted. Help us to live out your greatest commandment to love each other, and so strengthen us to care for others in their time of need that we may commend their healing to your infinite mercy. All this we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

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.

Stephen Ministry

The COVID-19 virus has changed our church-life, as well as other areas of our lives, due to efforts to keep us well and safe.  Please know that St. Anne’s Stephen Ministers have continued to faithfully meet with their Care Receivers by phone every week to give emotional and spiritual support to those in need.  All conversations are always confidential. The daily reports of increases in the number of virus cases across the country, the negative effects on businesses, schools, jobs, etc. make us wonder when will it end?   The stress caused by worry and fear of the unknown can slowly build and negatively affect us physically and mentally.  It often helps to talk to someone who will listen without judgement or advice, a compassionate ear and heart, someone who really hears what one is saying, thinking and feeling.  If you are experiencing any of the stress related issues below or would like to speak to someone about a different issue, please know our Stephen Leaders and Ministers welcome talking with you on the phone.  

+  Anxiety                  + Difficulty sleeping             + Financial worries

+ Feeling sad             + Lack usual energy              + Fears about health

+ Loneliness              + Fear of the future               + Marriage difficulties

+  Job concerns         + Poor concentration          + Anxiety leaving your house

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.
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.