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The Rev. M. Dion Thompson, Associate Priest for Pastoral Care at St. Anne’s

Contemplating Those Mighty Acts: The Prayerful Journey from Holy Week to Pentecost

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*



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!


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 Bible Study

Women’s Bible Study meets the first Saturday of every month.  The next meeting will be April 6 from 10:00 to 11:00 AM in the Church Choir Room.  We will study the fourth chapter of Galatians.



Environmental Ministry:Recycling


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.

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.

Don’t mix yard waste with recycling.

“Film” such as retail plastic bags, newspaper delivery bags, clingy film from the kitchen separately and take it 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.

Information for county residents: 

Information for city residents:


Elvia Thompson, Co-Founder & President
Annapolis Green, Inc.
The Annapolis Green House:
92 Maryland Avenue, Annapolis MD 21401
*protected email*



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Bach’s “St John Passion” at St. Anne’s on March 16!


Bach’s “St. John Passion” one of the most moving pieces ever written. With intense and beautiful music it captures the drama and conflict of the Passion story like no other work I know. It is also a piece that Bach performed numerous times and worked on refining up until his death. We have performed this work before, but this time around we are doing the last version that Bach left us – his version of 1749. All of this wonderful music is there but with subtle changes and improvements to the orchestration and text settings.

On March 16, at 8:00 PM, the Chamber Chorus of the Annapolis Chorale and the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra’s Bach+ Consort will present this towering work at St. Anne’s.

With a stellar cast of soloists (see the list below) we are really excited about sharing this epic work with you.


Joe Regan;                            Evangelist
Sam Mungo:                         Jesus
Ryan deRyke:                       Peter/Pilate and Arias
Oliver Mercer:                       Arias and Servus
Melanie Regan:                    Arias
Lindsay Espinosa:                Arias and Ancilla

Want to learn more about this work?

Join us at 7:15 PM prior to the concert for a talk with Bach Scholar Michael Marissen. Last year our audiences really loved hearing Michael talk about the “Mass in b minor”. So come a little early and be a part of this one-night-only event!

Jazz Vespers 
Join us for Sunday’s Vespers service at 5:30 PM as we use jazz and Scripture to celebrate.  Our hymn will be The Lord is My Light. Featured musicians are Gabe Petkaitis, drums; and Gavin Horning, guitar, who will play their rendition of Solar by Miles Davis.
St. Anne’s Concert Series – Bach+

Thursday, March 14 at 6:15 PM at St. Anne’s Church (Church Circle)


The 2018-2019 Bach+ Chamber Series 

In addition to Vivaldi’s works themselves, this season, Live Arts Maryland’s Bach+ Series will be exploring the impact of The Four Seasons on other composers. Philip Glass wrote his Violin Concerto No. 2 (“American Four Seasons”) as something of a dialogue between the original Vivaldi concerti and his new movements. Glass made those relationships, in his own words, “intentionally obscure,” leaving the connections up to the listener. Max Richter, in his “recompositions” of the works, has “…[tried] to find a new way to engage with this wonderful material, by writing through it anew – similarly to how scribes once illuminated manuscripts – and thus rediscovering it for myself.” Perhaps the most original of all are the ambitious concert works, Las Quatro Estaciones Porteñas (known as The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires) by Astor Piazzolla, originally written for piano solo and later arranged for his own ensemble. Piazzolla is credited with creating the Nuevo Tango style that blends elements from classical, tango, folk, and jazz idioms.

Our “Season of Seasons” ends on April 6, 2019 with the World Premiere of a work commissioned from composer Kathy Wonson Eddy by Live Arts Maryland that celebrates spring on the Chesapeake Bay. 



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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.

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.