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Beloved in Christ,

My doctoral advisor insisted that his students  continuously clarify their research with a succinct and strong thesis statement.  Such statements are an artistic symbiosis of a proposition, research rationale, road map, and concrete examples or evidence. In many instances, the thesis statement is not clear until the very end.

The Gospel of Matthew, I suggest, offers its thesis statement at the very end of its narrative.  The gospel writer conveys the words of Jesus: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the ages.” (Matthew 28:19-20.)

We get glimpses of The Gospel According to Matthew predominantly in Advent and The Season after Pentecost in Year A of the Revised Common Lectionary.  Through deep discernment,  I have come to believe that reading and studying this gospel, as a community, will enable us to live into the vision of enlarging our blessed circle.

The vision of enlarging the St. Anne’s parish circle begins with understanding and giving our hearts to the Great Commission communicated by the resurrected Jesus.  The act of reflection (understanding) and submission (giving our hearts) is the essence of transformation.  If this is the case, I suggest that such an understanding  of the vision can only occur if we intentionally study and reflect upon the grand narrative arc of the Gospel According to St. Matthew and its inherent theological premise of transforming an insular and fearful community to a movement that lives into the ethics of the Sermon on the Mount through the power of redemptive transformation.

With this in mind, we invite you to embark on a journey of reading the Gospel of Matthew with us. We will be using the framework of this gospel in our sermons and theological reflections throughout this season.

To set the tone, allow me to give you a glimpse into the direction of our sermon reflections for the next few weeks:

December 1, 2019 : Genealogy: Knowing our story: an exploration of transformative figures in the lineage of Jesus the Messiah. (Read St. Matthew 1:1-17)

December 8, 2019 :  Redemption of a Nation! (Read St. Matthew 2:13-23)

December 15, 2019: The luring power of temptations: Self-examination in the midst of idolatry. (Read St. Matthew 4:1-16)

December 22, 2019: Metanoia: Transformation as a Sign and Symbol of  Building Yourself  as a Disciple (Read St. Matthew 4:17-25)

It is my prayer that our faith deepens and we live into the call of being disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ in all spheres of our lives. Father Dion and Mother Jessica join me in this prayer.

May God continue to strengthen us to reflect the circle of love in this world.

Yours in Christ’s Service,
Fr. Manoj

Stewardship Update

As we celebrate Thanksgiving and spend time with our families and friends, let us also take the time and opportunity to give thanks and through our pledge support the fellowship of St Anne’s, both as our Church family and in our relationship with the broader community. For those of you who have already pledged, thank you. If you have not already pledged, please seize this opportunity to help us reach our goal, the achievement of which is essential for preserving our vision.  You can pledge on line at or fill out a pledge card located at the back of the Church.  If you need help, please contact St Anne’s Financial Administrator Kirsten Hair (  All the very best for Thanksgiving from your Stewardship team.

Adult Forum: Faith in Action

Table Talk: Coffee and Conversation Led by Adult Forum Committee
Discussing Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s “The Way of Love”

Responding to Bishop Curry’s call to be part of the Episcopal branch of the Jesus movement.


Wilbert “Peppy” Lee

Beloved in Christ,

We have been blessed by the ministry of  Wilbert “Peppy” Lee for more than two decades. He has been a faithful steward of our property and a wonderful neighbor to the community. Most recently, he was instrumental in saving the lives of several people during an unfortunate fire that set ablaze properties across the street from the parish house. 

It is with much sadness that Peppy indicate to us that he is retiring from his ministry. While we are quite saddened, we rejoice in the fact that he will be able to enjoy his retirement.  In celebration of Peppy’s ministry, we would like to honor him at the 9:30 am service on December 22, 2019. 

As a token of our affection for him, we are collecting a “purse.” The purse should be made out to “Wilbert Lee” and sent to Mark V. Grimes, Sr. Warden, St. Anne’s Parish (199 Duke of Gloucester Street, Annapolis, MD 21401.) Please note that gifts to the purse are gifts to Peppy to honor his retirement and will not be recorded as charitable contributions to St. Anne’s.

Christmas Memorial Flowers

Christmas Memorial Flower cards can be found in each pew and may be filled out for Christmas flowers in memory or in honor of those you wish to have included in our Christmas bulletins. The deadline for turning in those cards and donations is Friday, December 13.

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. 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 – Choral Vespers for Advent

“Savior of the Nations Come” is the theme of this service as we prepare and await the birth of the Savior. Bach’s Cantata of the same name (BWV 61) is descriptive and full of musical symbols to depict the “coming of the King”

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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.





Winter Relief

Winter Relief Christmas gift cards will be available again this year for sale after each Sunday service beginning December 1 and running through December 22. Each card purchased provides a doctor’s visit ($75), a night’s stay ($50) or transportation ($25) for a guest of the Winter Relief Shelter in February. Please consider giving these cards to a friend or family member in their honor.

These donations are so essential to maintaining this outreach ministry by helping those who are homeless and without needed resources in Anne Arundel Country. If you are interested in volunteering to help during our Winter Relief week (February 17 to 24, 2020), selling cards, or if you would like additional information please contact Steve Esmacher at or call 410-320-2512.

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Current Volunteer and Service Opportunities

Habitat for Humanity

Join Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake and our community partners as we welcome Jessica and her family home to the historic Clay Street community in Annapolis! The celebration will be held at 123 Clay St. where family, friends, neighbors partners, and Habitat staff will gather for an official home dedication ceremony. Afterwards, we will continue the celebration with a ribbon cutting and dessert!

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.