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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 14.



Sunday Forum

This Sunday, The Rev. Christopher Dreisbach, PhD will present Just War and the Descendants of Abraham. What are the views for and against a just war in the three Abrahamic religions? The first week will set up the framework for the discussion and the second will focus on the question of whether war can ever be just from a Christian perspective.

Sunday Forum is held at 11:00 AM in the Parish Hall, 199 Duke of Gloucester St.

For information on upcoming Forums, click here.


Stewardship Reception

Save the Date: All-Parish Stewardship Reception: Sunday, December 9, 6:00 PM, Parish Hall

Please plan to join others of our church family to celebrate the next phase of our future that we are building together, with God’s help!

Together we will:

  • Enjoy great food and fellowship with each other in the relaxed setting of a reception!
  • Hear a short update about the progress made by our hard-working Search Committee by that date.
  • Celebrate the progress of the Faith in Our Future campaign to sustain current programs and initiate new ones that help meet our own and our broader community’s needs for the Love of Christ in our lives, based on the extensive feedback you provided to our Profile Committee.
  • Share additional ideas for ways to help us fulfill our lives as a vibrant community of faith.

Everyone is invited! You don’t need to bring anything except your lovely selves! Appetizers, desserts and beverages will be provided.

RSVP to Linda Adamson ( by Friday, December 7.

To volunteer to help set up or take down, please contact Monica Barry (

We look forward to sharing this exciting time with everyone!



Eight weeks into the Stewardship Campaign, we are 70% of the way to meeting our goal. As of November 27, we had a total of 274 pledgers, of which 38 are new, for a total pledge of $714,484.  In the four weeks between now and Christmas we need another 103 pledges.  For those who have historically pledged their support for St.  Anne’s but have yet to pledge this year, now is the time to renew your commitment; for those who have not pledged in prior years, please seize this opportunity to join those parishioners who do indeed support St. Anne’s with an annual pledge.  With our Faith in the Future, we remain confident that many more members of the parish will have their names added to our pledge list by year-end. Please prayerfully consider your support and make your pledge now at


St. Anne’s Nominating Committee

Fall is the time of year when the parish’s Nominating Committee gets busy.  When we hold our next parish annual meeting on Feb. 3, 2019, we will elect five members of the Vestry, two new delegates and two alternates to our Diocesan convention.  The Church’s by-laws state that “Every Voting Member of St. Anne’s Parish 18 years or older shall be eligible to serve as a member of the Vestry.”   The Vestry of St. Anne’s administers the temporal affairs of the parish.  If you are interested in serving St. Anne’s as a member of the Vestry or as a delegate to the annual convention in May 2019, or if you’d like to nominate someone, please contact committee chair, Katherine Hilton at

Preschool for the Arts at St. Anne’s

It’s Christmastime at PASA!  The children are celebrating all things Christmas and preparing for their annual Christmas Shows on December 12th and 13th at 9:30am. Chaplain Meg is teaching them all about the season of Advent and they are learning the nativity story in their classrooms.  They are all anxiously awaiting the arrival of Baby Jesus.  And, of course, are also very excited for another special visitor that comes this time of year, Santa!

Looking to join the magic?  PASA’s application for the 2019-2020 school year will go live on our website in late December!  Please call or email Director Amy Hoffman @ 410-268-9010 or to schedule a tour.


Bach+ Cantata Vespers

Through the Bach+ Cantata Vespers, engage with the smaller settings of the sacred music of J.S. Bach and others in the beauty of St. Anne’s church. This series of cantatas is designed to correspond to the season and occasion for which the works were composed. Some are presented as part of a short evening worship service at St. Anne’s in much the same way that Bach’s congregation would have experienced them, while others are stand-alone events.  All performances are at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church.

On Sunday, December 2, at 5:30 PM, join us for the third in our Bach+ Cantata Vespers Series.  In October 1705, a twenty-year-old J.S. Bach was granted permission to take a month-long sabbatical in order to journey to Lübeck (250 miles north of Arnstadt, where Bach lived) to study with Dietrich Buxtehude and to experience Buxtehude’s famous Abendmusik concerts, evening concerts offered during the season of Advent in St. Mary’s Church.

Honoring Buxtehude’s legacy on this first Sunday of Advent, Bach+ presents Wachet auf! Ruft uns die Stimme, BuxWV 100 featuring soloists Lindsay Espinosa, Carolene Winter, and Jason Hentrich with members of the St. Anne’s Choir. And once again, in the style of Bach’s congregation, we will invite those who would like to join us, in singing the chorale. We will have a little rehearsal for you before we start!


The remainder of the Cantata Vespers schedule can be found below:

Thursday, December 20, 7:00 PM – “Magnificat” in D – BWV 243 – J.S. Bach; “Ave Maria” – F. Biebl; “Magnificat” – Arvo Pärt

Sunday, March 24, 5:30 PM – “Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern” – BWV 1 – J.S. Bach

Friday, April 19, 7:00 PM – “Tilge, Höchster, meine Sünden” – BWV 1083 – J.S. Bach (prelude to the Good Friday evening service)

Children and Youth Ministry

Children and Youth Events

The Parent Group

This is a new social and get involved group just for parents. Our next gathering will be held in Room 102 of the Parish House, January 6 from 10:45 AM-noon. Join the conversation with St. Anne’s parents. Coffee and refreshments will be provided.

Children’s Sunday Discovery

There will be NO Children’s Sunday Discovery on November 25.

 Sycamore Tree (Children’s Worship)

Will be held at the 9:30 AM service. In my absence, please welcome The Rev. Jessica Sexton. It is Christ the King Day, and children will learn about Christ the King and make crowns. Kristin Pagent will help the children prepare for the Christ Child Christmas Eve Pageant by teaching the Friendly Beast song.  There will not be Sycamore Tree at the 5:30 service.

Youth Group

Middle and high school youth group will be combined group in November. On November 18, we will meet from 3:30-5:15 PM and make cookies to give as gifts to the fire and police departments.

Sunday,  December 2 – First Sunday in Advent – Advent Wreath Making Party

Join us for a fun afternoon! Families will make an Advent wreath, crafts, meet and talk with St. Nicholas, listen to live music by the Church Circle Consort, eat festive food, and more! Follow the link to RSVP. We also need set-up and clean-up helpers.

A Christmas Carol by the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

On Saturday, December 8, St. Anne’s Church and our friends at the Stanton Center are coming together to see a classic Christmas tale. We will carpool to Baltimore, eat pre-show cookies, enjoy the show, and each other’s company. We have discounted block seats–$19.00 kids and $33.60 for adults. (Scholarships are available!) Car pools will leave at 12:30. Please contact Connie Saeger to reserve your seat.

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

Christ Child Pageant

St. Anne’s traditional Christ Child Christmas Eve service and pageant will be held at 3:00 PM. This annual celebration will again feature St. Anne’s children in costume, voice, and music. It is always an exciting and memorable event, and one to look forward to. No try-outs, all children are welcome to dress in costume, sing, and present the Christmas story. Older children and youth may have speaking parts. If your child would like to take part in the pageant, please sign-up. There are two pageant rehearsals. The first is Sunday, December 23 from 10:45 AM to noon, and the second is Monday, December 24 at 2:00 PM. Those with speaking parts must be at the rehearsals. Costumes will be distributed on Sunday, December 23. Parents are needed to help with costume distribution and with the pageant.  Sign up here:

Upcoming in 2019

Confirmation Class! Young people 15 years old and older may sign-up for Confirmation classes. Confirmation will be held on May 5.  Contact me for more information and to register.

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


Winter Relief

Support St. Anne’s Outreach Ministry for winter shelter of the chronically homeless.  Winter Relief Christmas gift cards are available for sale again this year after each Sunday’s service on   December 2, December 9 and December 23. Consider giving these gift cards by making a donation for a much-needed doctors visit ($75), one night’s stay ($50), or a bus pass ($25)—helping those less fortunate. Each year, Arundel House of Hope coordinates these week-long efforts of 60+ area churches that provide temporary shelter for the chronically homeless during the cold winter nights from November through April.  Donations are essential to maintaining this outreach ministry.  In 2019, St. Anne’s and First Presbyterian Church will host 25+ homeless guests from February 11 through February 18.  Your volunteer efforts and support are greatly appreciated.

If you are interested in coordinating or assisting with the administration of this ministry, please contact Rev. Jessica Sexton at; Joyce Nay at; or Steve Esmacher at

Caring for Our California Neighbors







We at St. Anne’s will devote Sunday, December 16, to collecting donations to send to the Diocese of Northern California to support those affected by the devastating fires. All donations will be collected before and after all three Sunday morning services in the back of the church and sent on behalf of St. Anne’s Parish. Checks can be written to “St. Anne’s Episcopal Church” with “California Disaster Relief” in the check memo line.

Guatemala Latrine Project Update

Partners in Mission in Guatemala (PIMIG) – Latrine UPDATE!

Hold on to your hats – the first “St. Anne’s” latrine has been built in Chijulimul!  Generous support from our congregation has made possible several months of planning, training and now construction of the first latrines in our village.

Included here are photos of the new look – such an enormous improvement over those latrines seen by our mission trips in 2017 and 2018.  The depth of need is even greater than we had anticipated – it seems that now that it is “okay” to discuss the importance of clean, private, easy-to-maintain latrines, our Guatemalan brothers and sisters are more willing to let us see their existing facilities – none that any of us would ever want to use.   

The women in the village are in the lead on this project – learning maintenance routines and health essentials, prioritizing the order of installation, educating the children and more.

Stay tuned for more updates and for our next PIMIG Latrine Campaign, to be held for Mother’s Day 2019….and thank YOU for helping to bring greater dignity and health to our friends!

For more information or to join PIMIG, please contact Kevin Hays at

Rector Search

Current Volunteer and Service Opportunities

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 November 7, we served a well-received spaghetti dinner.  Thank you Page Lyon, John Merrick, Mark Minik, Glen and Lynn Mortoro, Wayne and Linda Adamson, Monica and Bill Barry, Tripp Trippitelli, Deede Rivers, Nancy Steere, Warna Gillies,Bob Sherer, Ed Simon, Julie Rottkamp and Nancy Greeley for all the food and help.

On December 5 we are preparing shepherd’s pie.  We still need tossed salad, fruit (either fruit salad or fruit plate), 6 dozen rolls and a tub of butter or margarine and drinks (iced tea mix and 2 jars of juice).

The first Wednesday in January is January 2.  We would like to serve a black-eyed peas dish.  We will also need two spiral cut hams, tossed salad, 6 dozen rolls and a tub of butter, drinks (2 jars juice and iced tea mix) and dessert.

For more information, or to volunteer, contact Nancy Greeley at 410 224-2975 or or John Merrick at or 443 336-4593.

Family Cooking for the Light House Shelter
Volunteer families come, prepare, cook, and serve a meal for approximately 60 residents. This is a unique opportunity for the whole family to volunteer together. It’s also a great community service event for our youth. 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.  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 or 443-433-2373. To sign up online go to

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

We give thanks for our Stephen Ministry, a caregiving ministry available to our members and community free of charge.

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

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.