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Sunday Forum

The Rev. Mary Davisson, Executive Director and Chaplain at Baltimore International Seafarers Center.

This Sunday, Rev. Davisson will present The Unseen Service of Seafarers. Come hear the ways the Episcopal Church in Maryland supports the men and women that work in our ports, and the importance of this ministry.

Evening Prayer During Lent

St. Anne’s will offer the Daily Office of Evening Prayer Saturdays at 5:30 PM throughout Lent. The rest of the year, services take place Monday through Friday in the Chancel, also at 5:30 PM. On Fridays during Lent, the service concludes with a celebration of the Holy Eucharist, with congregants meeting in the Holy Family Chapel. While there are some records of evening prayer at St. Anne’s going back to the 19th Century, the current iteration has been offered continuously each weeknight since 1987, as part of a venerable tradition. Services are lay-led, as is customary throughout the Anglican Communion. For more information, contact Jer Chambers, *protected email*.



Centering Prayer During Lent

An additional opportunity for Centering Prayer will be offered during Lent on the second Tuesday of March and April at 10:15 AM in the Skylight Room of the Parish House.  There will be no discussion, only a 20-minute period of silent prayer, followed by a 5-minute slow walk and another 20-minute sit.  We arrive in silence and depart in silence. People are free to leave after the first 20-minute silent sit, if need be.  Come and bask in God’s love for you. If you are new to Centering Prayer or Lectio Divina, please come at 10:00 AM to receive the simple guidelines. The Lenten Schedule for Contemplative Prayer:

  • March 5, 10:15 AM: Centering Prayer
  • March 6, Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent.
  • March 12, 10:15 AM: 20-minute sit with 5-minute slow walk, and 20-minute sit. Arrive and depart in silence.
  • March 19, 10:15 AM: Lectio Divina
  • April 2, 10:15 AM: Centering Prayer
  • April 9, 10:15 AM: Double 20-minute sit with no discussion.  Arrive and depart in silence
  • April 16, 10:15 AM: Holy Week Lectio Divina


For more information, contact Lynn Thonnard *protected email*, or Carol Leach *protected email*



A Trip to the Slopes!

St. Anne’s Parishioner Tad Wood is organizing a day trip to go skiing next Saturday, March 2. Due to the weather we received this week Tad will pick a location (either Liberty, Whitetail or Round Top) based upon which mountain survives the bout of snow and rain the best. Each location is a similar distance and shares the same ownership in case you have a value pass or discount. 

The plan is simple and yet organic. Anyone interested in participating will meet at the mountain first thing in the morning and identify a place where we can convene during the day for hot chocolate and lunch. 

RSVP to Tad Wood at *protected email* or 410-693-8693 in order to receive updates on location, travel times, passes/rental information, and a list of attendees if people want to carpool or have lunch together. Let Tad know if you would like to offer or need carpooling and he will look at a contingent of folks meeting at the Harbor Center Starbucks at around 7:00 AM. Again, all are welcome to join us, especially first time skiers or novices!



Preschool for the Arts at St. Anne’s

“What do you want to be when you grow up?”  At PASA, we are talking all about the many possibilities of who we want to be when we grow up.  We will have a visit from EMT’s, a Police Officer, a Dentist and even a Blue Angel Pilot! We will also have local artist, Kim Howell come in to teach a special art class to the kiddos!  The possibilities are endless when you start your foundation at PASA!


Women’s Bible Study

Women’s Bible Study meets the first Saturday of every month.  The next meeting will be March 2 from 10:00 to 11:00 AM in the Church Choir Room.  We will study the third chapter of Galatians.



Mondays in Lent – Hanging by a Thread: Questions of the Cross, by Samuel Wells

Rev. Dr. Timothy MulderJoin us for five Monday nights in Lent to consider what the cross means and does not mean for us as people of faith today.  There is no need to purchase the book to participate in the sessions. Tim Mulder will lead our discussion of things we have often taken as required givens, but may have chaffed at our thinking, feeling and believing.

Mondays in Lent – 7:00 – 8:15 PM.  Room 102 of the Parish House, 199 Duke of Gloucester St.

  • March 11 – “It is finished.” What is? A lot of our notions of the cross.
  • March 18 – Some modern world-views of the cross: Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche, Sigmund Freud, Michael Foucault and the cross’s alternative.
  • March 25 – Six Questions of the Cross: History of Covenant, Trust, Morality, Purpose, Power and Love
  • April 1 – More Love
  • April 8 – Why is “with” the most important word in theology?



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 *protected email* 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!


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Updated Music for Sunday

We are making a change to the music for this Sunday morning and making it an “all Mozart” Sunday! The famous “Alleluia” from his setting of the Exsultate jubilate  is the Offertory anthem (sung by our own Lindsay Espinosa) and the Choir will present Mozart’s Ave verum corpus for Communion.


In the evening, we will present Mozart’s complete Exsultate jubilate as part of the 5:30 Sunday evening service. This will give us a chance to say Alleluia once last time (or maybe many times via Mozart…) before we begin our season of Lent.
*The Bach Cantata #1 will be presented on March 28 as part of our Bach+ Series. More details will follow closer to the date.
St. Anne’s Concert Series – Chengcheng

Thursday, March 7 at 6:15 PM at St. Anne’s Church (Church Circle)

Chengcheng Yao was born in the Chinese province of Hebei and began studying the piano at the age of four. She performed Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 with Hebei Symphony Orchestra when she was sixteen, which was a resounding success and won her critical acclaim. As a soloist, Ms. Yao has performed in venues such as Alice Tully Hall in New York City, Steinway Hall in Hamburg, National Center for the Performing Arts and Forbidden City Concert hall in Beijing, Mozarteum in Salzburg, Beethoven Center and University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, China Cultural Center in Berlin, and University of Toronto.

Her awards include the Elizabeth Parisot Prize at Yale University (2017), First Prizes at Peabody Harrison Winter Piano Competition (2018), Kayserburg National Piano Competition (2011), “YAMAHA” Piano Competition (2009) and the Steinway International Piano Competition (2007), and Second Prizes at Wideman International Piano Competition (2018), Young Artist Piano Concerto Competition (2016), Virtuoso & Belcanto Piano Competition (2016) and the “KAWAI” National Piano Competition (2007).

Ms. Yao completed her Bachelor of Music degree at China Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Professor Min Li. She holds two master’s degrees from The Juilliard School and Yale University, where she worked principally with Jerome Lowenthal, Matti Raekallio, Peter Frankl, and Hung-Kuan Chen. Currently residing in Baltimore, Ms. Yao is pursuing a Graduate Performance degree at The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, where she studies with Leon Fleisher.



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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.

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.

Little Annies Playgroup

Join families with young children from 10:00 AM to noon on Saturday, March 23 for brunch and fun. Toddlers will have story time with books, and active fun in the Parish Hall at 199 Duke of Gloucester Street. An informal brunch will be served.

Middle School Mission Trip to Appalachia

Be the Peace – Thus you shall salute him: “Peace be to you, and peace be to your house, and peace be to all that you have.” 1 Samuel 25:6

 Appalachia Service Project (ASP).   First Presbyterian Church and St Anne’s will come together this summer and head to Jonesville, VA to serve the local residents on a much-needed service project in their community. For more information check out the link below.   RSVP to Miss Good if you are interested in participating!  SPACE IS LIMITED. Registration and $175.00 non-refundable deposit cutoff is Wednesday, February 27. However if all the slots are filled we will cutoff registration earlier. 

Who:  Middle school students, who have completed the 6th-8th grades with adult chaperones. We have 10 youth slots available.

What:  Learn about and provide service and home repair to a family in Central Appalachia with JAM.

Where:  We will be housed for this program at the ASP-owned facility in Jonesville, Virginia and travel to a family’s home.

Cost: $325/person/week. This cost will cover food, housing, programming, construction tools, and materials for your entire week of service. Scholarships available. $175 due at registration, and $150 is due by July 1. Please note: Transportation costs will be funded by fundraisers and both congregations.

Why:  ASP offers Middle school students a chance to complete hands-on service and sets them up to continue to serve throughout their lives. At ASP, they are able to truly make a difference for both local homeowners and the community with meaningful projects, while still having age-specific programming in place. We firmly believe that young people can change the world, so come join us soon and see for yourself!

Confirmation Class!

Young people 15 years old and older may sign-up for Confirmation classes.

Pancake Supper

Get ready for Lent by participating in Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on March 5. This year the proceeds will go to the middle school youth going on the mission trip to Appalachia. Registration and sign up will be out next week.

Very Big Story Camp Early Registration

This year First Presbyterian Church and St. Anne’s Episcopal Church is offering an early registration for VBS Camp. We are excited to announce that the dates will be July 8  to 12  from 9:00 AM to noon. Camp will begin at First Presbyterian and will end at St. Anne’s. For more information and for early registration, please follow the link: .

For more information or to sign up for any of the above events, contact Connie Saeger at *protected email* or 443-808-1361.


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Current Volunteer and Service Opportunities

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 *protected email*.
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 served fajitas with all the fixings.  Thank you Lynn and Glenn Mortoro, Julie Rottkamp, Page Lyon, Wayne Adamson, Amy Starkey, Mark Minik, Bob Sherer, Monica and Bill Barry, Peter McGrath, John Merrick and Nancy Greeley.

On Wednesday, March 6, we are serving pork loin and roast chicken. We need 3 more volunteers to provide a pork loin of 4-6 pounds; roast chicken – either 2 roasted chickens or baked chicken breasts, tossed salad, corn bread – 2 dozen muffins or squares, frozen green beans – 5 large bags or about 140 oz., 2 people to make an apple cobbler and a dozen eggs and a gallon of milk for shelter use.

For more information, or to volunteer, contact Nancy Greeley at 410 224-2975 or *protected email* or John Merrick at *protected email*.
Family Cooking for the Light House Shelter

The St. Anne’s Family Cooking at the Light House Shelter ministry encourages St. Anne families to volunteer together to lovingly prepare, cook, and serve a meal for residents of the shelter. Family Cooking at the Light House is held monthly on the 3rd Monday of every month. This is a wonderful bonding experience for families. It is an excellent opportunity for children to see their parents giving their time and talent. It also teaches youth about sharing our abundant wealth and resources with those less fortunate. Eating with the residents after serving also enriches the service learning of the ministry and teaches our youth that shelter residents are no less valuable than they are. Family cooking is also an excellent community service event for teenagers needing volunteer hours.

In January, St. Anne’s Episcopal Rainbow Ministry teamed up with Annapolis Pride and cooked during our Family cooking slot. Thank you to all the members of the ministry, and Annapolis Pride guests, who cooked and donated funds to pay for ingredients! Our meat and vegetarian ziti were welcomed by residents, along with colorful & flavorful salad. Fruit salad and cookies rounded out a great meal.

In February, we had teenagers in charge… Craig Stevens, Diana Philpot, Trevor Philpot, and Will Mertes. They made two kinds of lasagna, garlic bread, salad, and for dessert the beloved oven-fresh brownies. Thank you for your service to those less fortunate.


I am always looking for volunteer families to come prepare, cook, and serve a meal for approximately 60 residents. 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. You decide the menu, so family favorite recipes are always welcome! 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 *protected email* or 443-433-2373. All March 2019 dates and beyond are available to sign up at



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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

“I was ready to give up. But my Stephen Minister wouldn’t let me.  He kept encouraging me and gave me the motivation to keep going.” — Care Receiver

If you would like to receive care from a Stephen Minister or know of someone seeking care, please contact Rev. Thompson *protected email* or Lori Marchant, 443-994-5858, *protected email*.

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 *protected email*  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. 


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Planned Giving

Planned Giving


Planned Giving News at St. Anne’s Church:
By Peter Smith(*protected email*)

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.