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Beloved in Christ,

On Sunday, the Western Church will observe the Feast of Christ the King.  This feast day was established by Pius XI, Bishop of Rome, in 1925 in order to remind the church of Christ’s everlasting authority over creation.  Through the collect for that day, we prayerfully recognize that it is God’s will to restore all things in God’s well-beloved Son. The cornerstones of such a restoration are the confession and proclamation of Jesus Christ as the King of kings and Lord of lords. Building on the cornerstones of confession and proclamation, we petition God to mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed and brought together under his most gracious rule. (BCP, 236) In other words, through prayer, we signal our resistance to tides of injustice and lament our separation from God and each other in order to center our lives on the graciousness of God.  We express our commitment to the vision of God’s peaceable kingdom forsaking and resisting the idolatry of unethical self-centeredness.

What a beautiful way to conclude our liturgical year!

As we begin our new liturgical year, I have some wonderful news to share with you.

First, to commemorate the beginning of the liturgical year, we will begin all three Eucharistic liturgies with The Great Litany. These series of prayers, adapted by Archbishop Thomas Cranmer and first published in 1544 in the context of King Henry VIII’s military engagement against France And Scotland, are the oldest liturgical rite in the English vernacular. The litany has evolved as the Church has responded to the changes and challenges of time. In the words of the great liturgist, Massey H. Shepherd: “No other office in the Prayer Book exhibits so masterful a combination of the manifold contributions of succeeding generations to the corporate prayer of the Church.”

Second, beginning in Epiphany tide, we will be introducing a Saturday Evening service (5:30 pm in the Parish House.)  Our Saturday evening service will provide the gathered community an opportunity to ask questions about faith, prayer life, theology, and spirituality in an informal setting. Although details are forthcoming, I ask that you spread the news to your friends and neighbors who maybe are curious and perhaps even disgruntled with Christianity.

Third, in next week’s E-Blast, I will give you details about an exciting preaching-teaching-learning opportunity that the clergy team has been working on. We are excited by the opportunity and challenge that the Gospel according to St. Matthew presents to us in developing our vision of becoming the beloved community of God. This preaching-teaching-learning opportunity will need your prayer and support. Be sure to read your e-blast next Friday for some more information on this opportunity to cultivate your spiritual life.

As we celebrate Thanksgiving on November 28, allow me to share with you how grateful I am to serve you as your rector. I have been blessed by your love and am grateful to God for the ministry that we share together as St. Anne’s.  I wish you a Blessed Thanksgiving.

With prayer,
Fr. Manoj Mathew Zacharia, Ph.D.

Stewardship Update

As we have indicated in recent weeks, we are quickly approaching a critical point in our stewardship campaign, as the Treasurer and Vestry are in the midst of the budgeting process.  While there has been a considerable improvement in the rate of pledging over the past two weeks, which is very much appreciated, we are still in need of a further $250,000 and 110 pledges to meet our target for 2020.   If you have not already pledged, please seize this opportunity to keep our momentum going, and help close this gap through your life-giving financial contribution. Your contribution is essential in order to keep our vision of worship, music, study, and outreach alive and vital. For those of you who have pledged, thank you!  Your contribution goes a long way into living into our dream. For those of you who are unsure about how to pledge, please connect with St. Anne’s Financial Administrator, Kirsten Hair, or any of our Vestry members. We would be delighted to help you. . You can pledge online at or fill out a pledge card located in the back of the Church.

Adult Forum: Faith in Action

Herb Fowler, St. Anne’s Parishioner and retired Church Organist, Congregational Song: Singing as Discipleship in Worship

This presentation will focus on how our singing affects our discipleship in worship.

Advent Gathering

Women of St. Anne’s Advent Gathering – Nourishing our Faith

On Tuesday, December 17, from 6:30 – 8:00 PM, we will gather at the Chase-Lloyd House; 22 Maryland Ave., Annapolis.

Hope you can be there!  Sign up via SignUpGenius:

For more information, click here.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Jo Tetlow at 410-267-0402, or Heather Strang at



St. Anne’s Kneelers

Next time you’re in church, look down.  That’s right, look down by your feet.  There you’ll find some of St. Anne’s beautiful hand-crafted kneelers.  A team of very dedicated and talented needlepointers created 600 kneelers between 1990 and 2001 in a project begun by retired Rear Admiral Robert Geiger and spearh

eaded by Shirley McFadden, who was also a needlework historian and collector.  The Kneeler Project was a labor of love by the many parishioners and some from other area churches who participated using provided designs or by creating their own.  Today, our kneelers feature a wide variety of designs, from family coats of arms to Bible verses to “Save the Bay!”   Click here to learn more about our very special kneelers in an article written by Eric Fredland.

WINTER ALERT:  As we move into the colder months – it’s more important than ever NOT to put your feet on the kneelers, tempting as that might be.  Grime from dirty snow, ice and melting chemicals will cause irreparable damage to our kneelers.  We want them to be with us for a long time in tribute to the hours and love that went into creating them.  Thank you!


St. Anne’s Cemetery News – Girl Scout Silver Award

Episcopal, Annapolis, Historic Cemetery, Annapolis Episcopal Church, Historic Annapolis, Episcopal Church, St Anne's Historic Cemetery, Saint Anne's Episcopal Church, Dogwood in cemeteryIn the past few weeks, many of you may have noticed a display on the bulletin board near Room 102 in the Parish House.  The display explained in photos and writings what four members of Girl Scout Troop 1499 from Crofton did to earn the Silver Award, the second highest award in Girl Scouting for troop members.

To achieve this award each girl had to work on their project for, at least, 50 hours. Three girls, after visiting the two parts of St. Anne’s Cemetery, decided to work on two of the entrance gardens, and the fourth went another route.  She wanted to do research on the Union soldiers buried in the cemetery.  All of the girls set their individual goals and drew up plans to reach them.

The girls working in the cemetery divided up two of the entrances–the one entering the Cedar Bluff section and the first entrance coming up from Calvert Street.  One troop member laid out plans for the Cedar Bluff garden entrance, the largest of the two places, and after some soil preparation, put the various plants in. The other two had to amend the soil considerably before they followed through with their planting.  Some of the plants were already in place.  Others were donated by parishioners, and all soil preparation materials came from the troop in one way or another.  No expense was incurred by St. Anne’s

The fourth member used archival material to do her research.  What she discovered was shared with Ginger DeLuca, chair of the Cemetery Committee, and will be valuable information for her to use in her tours.

St. Anne’s is very grateful for all of the girls’ efforts, but, also to the adults, leaders, parents, and grandparents who supported them in many ways throughout their journey, especially those working in the gardens through the August heat.  All four persevered to finish their project

We hope that many parishioners will take a walk through both cemeteries and see the entrance gardens, especially in the spring.  Also both the Environmental Ministry and the Cemetery Committee would love to have more members.  Please connect with Ginger DeLuca (, if you are interested in joining either committee.





Outreach Committee of St. Anne’s: Important Announcement

outreachThe Outreach Committee is pleased to announce that we will award grants in 2020 to organizations that seek to build understanding, help those in need, and expand a message of love in Annapolis.

If you are personally involved with such an organization or know of one with parishioner participation, please inform them of our grant application.

If the mission of your organization complies with the criteria listed on the application form, please encourage them to apply. Application Deadline is February 1, 2020.

If you have a need more information please contact Ann Ziegler at410-604-3570 or

Evening Prayer

Did you Know? St. Anne’s holds services open to the public five days a week with the Daily Office of Evening Prayer at 5:30 Monday through Friday. This lay led service which has been offered for over 30 years is managed by two or three parishioners regularly. Stop in the church any day at 5:30 PM and end the day in a very special way.

The Sanctuary Lamp burns this month to the glory of God and in loving memory of former Daily Office of Evening Prayer Leaders:

Scotty Beckner
Jack Ladd Carr
Jack Cryan
Glenwood Gibbs
Philip D. Hale
Dr. Felix Heald
Mary Sutton Heald
Richard Israel
Dodo Jacobs
Clay Jones
Harry Jones
Stewart Knower
Naomi Kinard
Alan Kiepper
Ranlet Lincoln
Shirley McFadden
Dr. Weems McFadden
Dr. Betty Stuart McNulty
Gene J. McNulty
The Rev. A. Pierce Middleton
The Rev. J. Winfree Smith
Helen Stone
Suzanne Sullivan
William Turpin
Frances Walker
Dr. Stuart Walker
Presently, The Daily Office is inviting new members to join this regular faithful group. The new members will be commissioned during the 8:00 AM and 9:30 AM services on Sunday, November 24. For more information, contact Jer Chambers at 410-267-8023  or
Episcopal Rainbow Group

The Episcopal Rainbow Group at St. Anne’s invites the parish community to join them for brunch and fellowship at Harry Browne’s following the 11:00 AM service on December 8. Please RSVP to Rainbow Group Coordinator, Jill Lake at by the preceding Friday to reserve enough seating.

Women’s Bible Study

Women’s Bible Study meets the first Saturday of every month.  The next meeting will be December 7 from 10:00 to 11:00 AM in the library at the Parish House.  We will study the sixth chapter of Ephesians.

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Sunday 5:30 Service 

Sunday evening services have resumed at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church at 5:30 PM. Each service will feature a musical prelude, followed by a short service of prayers and meditations and will conclude with a musical offering. The musical theme and content will change from week to week. The service and music will last 30-45 minutes. These services are a perfect way to re-set and have some quiet time before jumping into the week ahead.

November 24 – Evensong

This traditional Anglican evening service will offered by members of the Choir and lead by Laurie Hays. It features a sung liturgy with hymns and anthems.

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Children and Youth Ministry

Children and Youth Events

Sunday Discovery

Sunday Discovery begins at 10:45 AM and ends at noon in our Parish House at 199 Duke of Gloucester St.


Little Annies Playgroup

Join the fun, fellowship, and play at Little Annies Playgroup. This group is for young children and meets in Parish Hall at 199 Duke of Gloucester Street. There are inside toys and games, and weather permitting an outside playground. 

Questions about children, youth, and family ministry or how you can participate in ministry? Contact Connie Saeger-Proctor, Minister for Congregational Life, at 443-808-1361 or

Family Wreath Making

Help your family engage in the Advent Season to prepare for Christmas

Join the fun and fellowship by making a family Advent Wreath to help your family count down the days to Christmas. Make Advent crafts and participate in activities. Meet St. Nicholas, our special guest. Leave your shoes in the hallway and maybe you will receive a chocolate treat. Receive Advent Family devotionals. Meet new friends and greet old friends. Have some snacks and listen to seasonal music. Join us any time between 3:00 PM & 5:00 PM Sunday, December 1.




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Current Volunteer and Service Opportunities

Habitat for Humanity

Five years ago, volunteers from St. Anne’s and other churches in the Anne Arundel Interfaith Coalition started renovating a house at 123 Clay Street.  There were many starts and stops, as foundation issues had to be resolved and money raised to continue the work, but finally the house was completed this past summer.  The new homeowner is a young single mother, Jessica, who will share the home with her three year-old daughter.  Jessica has completed the application requirements and put in her sweat equity hours alongside our hard-working volunteers.  Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake is now ready to hand over the keys to Jessica and would like the community to join our volunteers in a celebration and dedication on Saturday, December 14, at 12:00 PM at 123 Clay Street, just blocks from St. Anne’s.  For more information and to register for free tickets to attend the dedication, contact Linda Silva at

Light House Shelter
Cooking for the Light House

St. Anne’s and the Men’s Bible Study provide and serve the evening meal at the Light House the first Wednesday of every month.  Volunteers cook their items at home and gather at the shelter at 5:00 to set up to serve the dinner at 6:00.  Some people prefer to just drop off their items while most stay to help serve.  After serving our “guests” we get a plate of food to sit and eat and converse with the residents.

On November 6, we served a well-received dinner of spaghetti with homemade sauce.  Thank you Glenn and Lynn Mortoro, Herb and Susan Fowler, John Merrick, Page Lyon, Bob Sherer, Mark Minik, Monica and Bill Barry, Gail Fowler, Nancie Kennedy, Fran Spector, Nancy Steere, Tripp Trippitelli and Nancy Greeley.

On Wednesday, December 4, we are serving pork loin and roast chicken for those who do not eat pork.  We still need 1 more person to donate a pork loin of about 4-6 pounds, mixed vegetables (about 140 oz frozen), salad, 2 volunteers to provide about 4-5 dozen roasted new (small) potatoes, 2 people to provide corn bread (24 squares or muffins), 2 large jars of apple sauce, drinks, and a dozen eggs and a gallon milk for shelter use.

The first Wednesday in January happens to be New Year’s Day.  Since many people will be away, we are trying to plan meal that won’t need much prep at the shelter.  We need one more spiral cut ham, someone to make a black-eyed peas dish ( traditional southern New Years dish), someone to provide baked beans (for our northern friends), 5 dozen dinner rolls and a tub of butter/margarine, salad, drinks and dessert.

To volunteer, contact Nancy Greeley at 410-224-2975 or or John Merrick at

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Pastoral Care

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 latest edition of this newsletter.

Click here for the latest version of Caregiver News and Updates.

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

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.
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  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.