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Don’t forget that our third Sunday morning service now starts at 11:00!
Very Big Story Camp is next week, July 9 through 13.
The Rev. Dion Thompson will be attending General Convention in Texas from July 4 through July 17.  The Rev. Tim Mulder will be on vacation July 12 through July 24.  They ask your prayers for safety in travel.  The Rev. Jessica Sexton will be in the office throughout their time away.
Workshop: Talking to Your Children When the News is not Good

Ride Needed

Sibylle Sampson, one of our dear elders, needs a ride to our 11:00 service from her home in Ginger Cove. Her usual driver has left town for the summer. And we want to make sure Sibylle doesn’t miss out on being in God’s house with her family of faith. If you think you can help, get in touch with Father Thompson at *protected email*. You will be blessed!

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 “handi-prayer” – we are a praying community and all are welcome.

Back to School Backpacks

The Back to School Backpack program will begin during the month of July.  Once again, we hope to provide backpacks filled with school supplies for 125 needy children (Kindergarten through 5th Grade) at Annapolis Elementary School.  Beginning July 8, a bulletin board will be set up in the Narthex with the names and grades of the children in need of the backpacks. If you prefer not to shop for a backpack and school supplies, cash donations to the program are welcome.  Contact Howard Buskirk at 703-598-1800 and Mary Greczyn at 703-798-3676 or moc.l1550710527iamg@1550710527gyram1550710527bdraw1550710527oh1550710527 for additional information.

Holy Water Stop!

St. Anne’s Holy Water Stop!

Friends, St. Anne’s is joyfully hosting a water stop for the Annapolis 10-miler (A10) on August 19!  Join us for a morning of fun and fellowship as we are delighted to fill 5000 cups with water and Gatorade and hand them out to the A10 runners.  We will cheer for our parishioners as they race through the streets of historic Annapolis.

Energetic folks of all ages are welcome to help.  Every volunteer receives a commemorative t-shirt, as well as volunteer service hours, if applicable.  Volunteers are needed beginning at 5:15 AM to set up the cups.  The race starts at 7:00, so if set up is too early for you, you can delay your arrival to 6:45 AM.  We also need people to help clean up and dispose of all the cups.  We will be wrapped up in time for the 8:00 AM service. Water pitchers and rakes for cleanup are greatly appreciated.

For more information, or if you would like to volunteer, please email Phyllis Everette at moc.l1550710527iamto1550710527h@21e1550710527jp1550710527.  When signing up, please provide us with your t-shirt size.  The deadline to sign up is Friday, August 10.



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 June 6, we served tacos and enchiladas.  Thank you John Merrick and his daughter, Olivia, Mark Minik, Carol Sayre, Linda Silva, Fran Spector, Page Lyon, Eleanor Huggins, Charles Wynn, Sharon McElfish and Ed Simon for all the food and fixings to make this a success.  A special thanks goes to the small group who served: John Merrick, Olivia Merrick, Ed Simon, Ed Weber and Mark Minik.

St. Anne’s and the Men’s Huddle prepare and serve the evening meal at the Light House shelter the first Wednesday of every month. Our next dinner will be our annual cookout on August 1.  We will need: 3 people to provide 20 hamburgers and rolls, 1 more volunteer to provide 30 hot dogs and rolls, baked beans, coleslaw or potato salad, two people to make deviled eggs (36 halves), 2 heads iceberg lettuce, tomato and onion slices, 50 slices cheese, veggie and dip tray, a large jar dill pickles, watermelon and drinks.  To be more like a typical backyard cookout we hope to serve cans of soft drinks.  We’re asking for 6 volunteers to provide 12 cans of soda – any kind. We will also need people willing to work the grill.

For more information, or to volunteer, contact Nancy Greeley at 410 224-2975 or moc.l1550710527oa@ye1550710527leerg1550710527mom1550710527 or John Merrick at moc.l1550710527oa@pn1550710527nayaj1550710527 or 443 336-4593.

Family Cooking for the Light House Shelter

Our June 18, cooking at the Light House Shelter was a family affair! I brought my wife and 2/3 of my children to help. We made a yummy meal of Jambalaya (one with andouille, one with chicken) and green beans. Diana (17) was in charge of baking 60 corn bread muffins while Trevor (14) baked up 2 extra-large pans of brownies – one milk chocolate and one dark chocolate. We received good reviews from the residents on how tasty everything turned out. So thanks to my crew for their help 🙂

We need volunteers for June 2018 and beyond! 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 we need 2 – 3 families to prepare a main course, side dishes, and dessert.  New families are paired up with experienced families so that no one is overwhelmed. Experienced leaders are often in attendance to support and oversee the meal preparation.   To learn more about participating or if you are interested in volunteering please contact Jill Lake at *protected email* or 443-433-2373. On-line signup:

Summer Fellowship

All summer, the Ministries of St. Anne’s are responsible for fellowship each week. This will be an opportunity for the Ministries of St. Anne’s to meet and greet parishioners to talk about their Ministry. We will wrap up the summer on September 9, with our “Welcome Back from Summer” Fellowship Brunch and Ministry Fair.  Please join us for summer fellowship on the lawn.  For our 11:00 parishioners, please come early and join us for refreshments and coffee before the 11:00 service. This week, Connie Saeger-Proctor will be hosting fellowship for the commissioning of VBS Camp.


Partners in Mission in Guatemala

Finished with those reading glasses?  Please donate them to our friends in Guatemala. We would like to take a huge box full on our July trip.  Donation box will be available at the back of the church. We thank you!  St. Anne’s PIMIG – Partners in Mission in Guatemala



Latrine Project News  Your generosity has made more than 80 latrines possible in our first fundraising year for this new project….way to go, St. Anne’s!  Just think about the impact that healthy and safe latrines is going to have on 80+ families.  Astounding!  Thank you!



Mission Trip News Our 20+ year PIMIG leaders, Linda and Wayne Adamson, will be traveling to Guatemala in  July when Kevin Hays and others will go for a week-long working visit.


Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry is about experiencing God’s embracing love.  Whether you are a Stephen Minister or someone receiving care from a Stephen Minister, this Ministry, this relationship, is about giving and receiving care with vulnerability and humility, following the example of Jesus Christ.

Would you like to receive care from a Stephen Minister or know of someone seeking care? Please contact Rev. Dion Thompson gro.s1550710527ilopa1550710527nna-s1550710527ennat1550710527s@nos1550710527pmoht1550710527d1550710527 or Lori Marchant, 443-994-5858;  moc.l1550710527iamg@15507105271102t1550710527nahcr1550710527amiro1550710527l1550710527
Search Committee

A prayer for the Search Committee: O Giver of every good gift: Look graciously upon your church in this place, and so guide us to grow in commitment and service to you, to one another and to this world, that we may call a faithful pastor to join us in the ministry of this parish, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. Please keep the Search Committee in your prayers and look for future updates in the coming weeks. Details are also posted at

Men’s Retreat

Many men who are committed to the work of St Anne’s are also looking for new ways to deepen the meaning of their life and faith. If you are one of us, then you will want to join us for the annual Men’s Retreat.  The retreat takes place at the Retreat House in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware from September 21 – 23, 2018 [Friday night – Sunday noon].

For fun, there is the beach, with time for a walk or a run; there may be late night bridge games; there may be a TV hooked up for the Navy game; there is a deck, and also a fire pit, both providing space for new friendships, and good times getting together; there may be a song fest–a lot of singing throughout the weekend is guaranteed–tenors, basses, and drones all needed. For spiritual growth, a theme for the weekend provides talks from participants designed to make us think. We use the prayer book for the daily offices at morning, noon and night. We share an Eucharist on Sunday Morning–a clergy will be present to guide us through all this serious stuff. For accommodations, the Retreat House sits on a shady lot about a block away from the beach. Meals are served by a great chef; the quality is gourmet. TheRretreat House was build as a summer home by A.I. Dupont. The Episcopal Diocese of Delaware converted it into a retreat house for adults–it is classy!

Watch for registration notices to be posted soon.

For more information contact Chip, *protected email*, Bob,*protected email* or Herb. hfowler5634@gmail, com

Profile Committee


Thank you to all who have been participating in the Profile Committee’s efforts to gather views from as many parishioners as possible as we develop a Ministry Portfolio which will reflect the state of the congregation and our vision for the future. The St. Anne’s Parish Community Survey 2018 closed on May 20, with 407 responses received. Committee members also have held a wide range of meetings across the parish with numerous ministries to gather in-person feedback on how they see St. Anne’s today and into the future. As part of our ongoing efforts, we are distilling and analyzing these important insights from our congregation to develop the Ministry Portfolio and to summarize the underlying data and gathered impressions.  Check our website for updates in the near future:

Respectfully, Bob Biddle, Chairperson, Profile Committee

For more information on our Rector Search, click here.
Children and Youth News


The Sycamore Tree will be offered at the 9:30, 11:15 & 5:30 Sunday services throughout the summer


Very Big Story Camp

Join First Presbyterian and St. Anne’s Parish for the Very Big Story Camp!
July 9-13, 2018, from 9:00 AM to noon.
For ages four-years-old through 5th grade.

Daily Themes:

I Am the Bread of Life – John 6:35
I Am the Good Shepherd – John 10:11
I Am the True Vine – John 15:5
I Am the Light of the World – John 8:12
I Am the Resurrection and the Life – John 3:16

  • Groups will form by age and grade, including a special group for rising 4th and 5th graders!
  • We are accepting applications for Jr. Counselors who are rising 6th graders through High School Seniors
  • Registrations are due no later than June 27. Space is limited, so register early!
  • VBS Camp is free but donations are welcome. Also, please consider helping with snacks, or assisting with small groups.

Online registration at:

Camp will be held at St. Anne’s Church and Parish House at 199 Duke of Gloucester Street and First Presbyterian Church at 171 Duke of Gloucester Street, Annapolis.


Connie Saeger – gro.s1550710527ilopa1550710527nna-s1550710527ennat1550710527s@reg1550710527easlc1550710527 – 443-808-1361 or Melissa Good – moc.n1550710527airet1550710527ybser1550710527p-sil1550710527opann1550710527a@ssi1550710527m1550710527 – 410-267-8705 ext. 102.

For more information on Children and Youth at St. Anne’s, click here.
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
The Prayers of the People  
Dear friends, praying for each other by name is a special part of our life together. This is why we include our list in the Prayers of the People. But, every list needs to be maintained and kept up to date. If you are on the list and want to be kept on, please let me know. If you have asked for someone to be on the prayer list, please let me know if they should continue on the list. Our current list will run through the last Sunday of Epiphany. The list will be fully updated for Lent, for the Easter season, and regularly during the season of Pentecost. Also, it brings all of us joy when we can move someone from the prayer list and give thanks for their improvement. —- Dion+
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 gro.s1550710527ilopa1550710527nna-s1550710527ennat1550710527s@nos1550710527pmoht1550710527d1550710527  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.