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Clergy Epistle


Dear St. Anne’s,
When I was ordained as a transitional deacon back in January of 2019, the song “Mulitplied” by the band Needtobreathe was on repeat for a whole year. I listened to it so much that I had my friend travel from Virginia to play for my priestly ordination. The lyrics spoke to my call to ordained ministry: “God of mercy sweet love of mine, I have surrendered to Your design. May this offering stretch across the skies. And these Hallelujahs be multiplied.” Yet these words also resonated with my Christian identity, one that I define as a continuous surrendering of my life to Jesus, or as I put it in my sermon on Sunday, “choosing Jesus every day.” 
What I take from this song that I probably could have made clearer on Sunday is that when I choose or surrender to Jesus in the decisions that I make, the world around me will mostly likely be disappointed. However, I cannot forget about the hallelujahs in Heaven. That my decisions though painful on earth, are glorified and praised by my heavenly father and my savior. When you think about choosing Jesus every day, don’t forget about the love God has for you and the praise that you are receiving whether you feel it or not. It can be a lonely road being Christian but Christ is walking that road with you and he has already made that journey too. May God be with you and bless you in every choice that you make every day!
God bless,
Rev. Jess

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
We are excited about resuming in-person worship at the church on July 5. More information regarding our reopening, including videos, will be available soon via eBlast and our website. Please note that online worship will still be an option. 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. Additional guidelines will be provided for further best practices and procedures to utilize while at St. Anne’s. 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 now have two opportunities for virtual Coffee, Fellowship, and Conversation.. Join us on Sundays, at 10:30. St. Anne’s clergy will join us and you can engage Father Dion in conversation about the sermon. Bring your coffee, tea, or water bottle, and click here to be welcomed into the conversation. The second opportunity is on Thursdays at 4:00 PM. We will use Zoom to host our time. Click here for that meeting.


Prayer for the Week

Dear Lord,
You are the wind in my sails.
You guide me as I steer and find direction.
You give me the strength to keep on going.
You watch over me as I navigate stormy seas.
You are the harbor where I stop for rest.
You are my encourager when I lose hope.
You are the lighthouse that keeps my path safe.
You are with me always. Thank you for your protection and care.



St. Anne’s Cemetery: Year of the Woman

Charity Folks was born to Rachel Burke, an enslaved woman who was owned by Governor Samuel Ogle until she was passed to Colonel Benjamin Tasker, his brother-in-law. Charity’s father is unknown to history, which was not uncommon among slaves but as she was considered a mulatto, some believe that he might have been the plantation manager. It is probable that she lived with her mother and brother, James, in the cellar of Governor Ogle’s home, Belair House during the years that she lived on that plantation. When she was between 10 and 12 years old, she left Belair House to live at Whitehall plantation, which was owned by John Ridout, who married Mary Ogle, Samuel Ogle’s daughter, in 1764. Charity might have come as part of Molly’s dowry when she married John Ridout. Charity spent most of her life with the Ridouts at their in-town residence on Duke of Gloucester as a domestic house servant. As such, she would have helped the Ridouts entertain important guests such as Governor Robert Eden and George Washington. As a domestic servant in town she would have had much more freedom than plantation slaves since she was expected to buy supplies for the house. This gave her a certain amount of freedom to interact with other domestic slaves as well as free blacks and immigrant whites as she dealt with the shopkeepers of Annapolis. This is probably how she met her second husband, Thomas Folks. It is likely that she kept a kitchen garden on the Ridout in-town property where she would have tended gardens containing vegetables as well as herbs, both for cooking and for medicinal use. These she would have traded in town for other goods.  

Charity had at least five children. The eldest were Harriet (1780) and James (1786) Jackson, whose father was either a slave who ran away or a free black man who died early. Later she met and married Thomas Folks, who was owned by John Davidson, a shopkeeper and tavern owner. They had three children together, Hannah (1787), Mary (1788) and Lil’ Charity (1793). While Lil’ Charity was the only child who lived with Charity in town, the other four children lived out on the other Ridout properties. Charity seems to have had limited time with her children who lived on the plantations and so she seems to have developed a special relationship with Lil’ Charity.  

Thomas Folks was able to buy his freedom in 1792 and subsequently became a shopkeeper who owned land in town. Meanwhile Charity, who remained enslaved, was able to negotiate with the Ridouts for the freedom of three of her children, Harriet, Hannah and Mary. These three went to live with Thomas and Charity’s mother Rachel, who had been freed from slavery.  The Folks family settled in Annapolis and it can be assumed that Charity was able to visit with them on a regular basis even though she lived in the Ridout household.  

John Ridout died in 1797 leaving a deed of manumission that was not to be executed until after Mary Ridout’s death in 1807. Just before Mary died, Charity accompanied her to the County Courthouse where she paid $1 to execute the manumission document which released James Jackson, Lil’ Charity and herself. In her will, Mary Ridout wrote, “in consideration of the faithful services and dutiful behavior of my mulatta slave named Charity Folks do hereby liberate, manumit and set free the said Charity”. Charity was also willed half of Mary’s clothing, a feather bed and a pension. Still, three of her daughter Harriet’s children remained enslaved until the last one was freed in 1822. These three children were allowed to live with Harriet and her husband William Calder, a white man. Under the agreement the Calders were expected to be their children’s guardians until the term of their enslavement ended. This meant that they were to “feed, clothe, support and maintain” them. During this time Harriet was bound by law to either hire them out or have them trained as apprentices if she could not provide for them.  

Upon her freedom, Charity moved in with her family but continued to work for the Ridouts, as did Lil’ Charity. She must have been quite a businesswoman because in 1832 she purchased property at 42 Franklin St.  which was the majority of what currently composes the tract known as the “Courthouse Block”. She subdivided it into smaller lots that became a neighborhood of her descendants and other members of the African American community in Annapolis. Charity died in 1834 after having a stroke and left a comfortable legacy to her children in her will. Lil’ Charity married William Bishop Jr., a wealthy African American businessman, had seven children and became quite wealthy in her own right. They built a house on Church Circle where the Bank of America is today and were active members of St. Anne’s Parish. They later helped to start St. Philips Episcopal Church.  

The Bishop family continues to be prominent members of the Annapolis community to this day. Many of their descendants became prominent members of the Episcopal church as vestrymen and clergy here, in Baltimore and in New York City. One of their descendants was the Reverend Dr. Hutchens Chew Bishop, who was rector of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Harlem for 42 years. St. Philip’s is the oldest black Episcopal Parish in New York City. Members of the early Bishop family are buried in St. Anne’s cemetery as is Charity, though no marker is left marking her grave.  

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

Recognition of High School and College Graduates

On July 5, we will be virtually recognizing and blessing our 2020 high school and college graduates. We need your help! To participate, please submit a 15-20 second video (mp4) of who you are; where you went to school; a few highlights of your accomplishments; and what your plans are for September. In lieu of a video, you can also send a picture with a short write-up. Please submit them to Connie Saeger, Minister for Congregational Life at by July 1.


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


Helping our Neighbors–Pop-Up Food Pantry

Some of our neighbors have been hit hard by the effects of COVID19. Many of the families work in the service industry and have lost their jobs. This week a group of volunteers will be serving Allen Apartments. The volunteers at all the sites run Pop Up Pantries and work with area churches and community partners to fill the food gap. Typically 200-300 families are served at each site on Saturdays. To volunteer, sign up here. Items can be delivered to the rear of Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Annapolis at 710 Ridgely Ave. There is a grey bin if no one is there. A list of needed items can be found on the West Annapolis Pop Up Pantry Facebook Page. For questions, please contact Sharon McElfish at
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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

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.
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.