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Stewardship Update

We have reached a pivotal point in our pledge campaign – five weeks into the program, we are a little over half way to our goal.  We need to secure a further 165 pledgers/$400,000 within the coming weeks so that the Vestry can establish our budget for the coming year. One critical issue is the need for new pledgers – we typically lose 60 pledgers each year and so we need to replace them with new pledges – to date we have 8 new pledgers, so we are urgently seeking at least another 50.  We are highly appreciative of those who have already pledged.  If you haven’t already done so, please consider making your financial support today to keep our parish’s work vital and alive.

Adult Forum: Faith in Action

The Rev. Dr. Manoj Mathew Zacharia, St. Anne’s Rector
Faith in Action: Living into Beloved Community

This forum will focus on enlarging the circle based on scripture, reason, and tradition.

St. Anne’s Winter Gear for Kids

If you were kind enough to select a tag last Sunday, do not wrap the gifts; place them in a shopping bag and attach the tag.  Bring the bag to church and give it to a volunteer on November 10 or November 17.

The families will receive winter gear for their children Thanksgiving week – before snow flies!  Questions?  Contact Ann Carlson at or 301-502-1873.



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 Environmental Ministry

Please remember to save your natural wine corks and bring them into the parish house for recycling. Since we have started this program, we have sent over 1,000 pounds (118,679 corks) to Recork to be remade into cork floors, cork shoes, the underpinning of synthetic playing fields and other recycled products.

We are asking you to not use helium-filled balloons to be released at special events. The practice is dangerous for animals who might see them as food and it is causing a shortage of helium, which is necessary in some industries.

What to do with your Jack-O-Lanterns now that Halloween is over? If you have a compost bin, cut it up and add it to your compost. It will be ready to use in your gardens in the spring. Also, remember that fall leaves make great compost as well.

The Environmental Ministry is looking for members as we expand our work into the environmental issues in our cemetery. If you would like to join this important ministry, please email



Stanton Center Homework Club

This great group of kids needs your help!  Please consider joining us from 4:00-5:00 PM Monday through Thursday. Our goal is one-on-one help for each of the children who attend this program. No experience necessary.  For more information, or to volunteer, please call Sharon McElfish (410-990-0294), Bill Malicki (410-562-3683), or Deede Rivers (443-822-6418), or speak with us after church.  Your help will be a great gift to a precious child.



Becoming a Beloved Community

Join St. Anne’s and St. Philip’s for the Becoming Beloved Community anti-racism training on November 16 from 8:30 AM until 5:00 PM at St. Philip’s Parish, 730 Bestgate Rd., Annapolis. The Diocesan Canon for Mission, The Rev. Canon Chris McCloud, will lead this workshop for our parishes. This special offering is for both St. Anne’s and St. Philip’s parishioners to share and hear about our past and our hopes for the future. Here is the form to register:   May God’s blessings be upon us as we do this holy work!



Thurifers Needed: Last Chance!!

If you love incense and always wanted to swing a thurible, here is your chance! St. Anne’s is recruiting thurifers to serve at the 11:00 AM service each week. Training will be provided on November 10 following the 11:00AM service. For more information, please contact Father Dion at or 443-808-1366.



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
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Fall is the time of year when the parish’s Nominating Committee gets busy.  When we hold our next parish annual meeting on Feb. 2, 2020, we will elect five members of the Vestry and 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.”  A Voting Member of St. Anne’s Parish is defined in the by-laws as someone who is 16 years of age or older, lives in Maryland, has been a Member of St. Anne’s Parish for no less than six months prior to the day of voting (Feb. 2, 2020), whose baptism has been entered on St. Anne’s Parish Register, and who has for the past calendar year contributed to the stewardship campaign or be otherwise on the books of the Treasurer as a contributor.  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 2020, or if you’d like to nominate someone, please contact committee chair, Katherine Hilton at
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 November 17 and 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 November 2 from 10:00 to 11:00 AM in the library at the Parish House.  We will study the fifth 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 3 – Choral Vespers
The theme of this service is offering our life up to God. In the morning our “All Saints” service will be big and celebratory. For this service we will explore the quiet and contemplative side of this day with Bach’s “God’s time is the best time” – BWV 106. Sung by a small consort of singers and instrumentalists – this intimate and beautiful work offers a glimpse into our own mortality, and the peace that come from putting our trust in God’s hands.
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Children and Youth Ministry

Children and Youth Events

Sunday Discovery

O this Sunday, November 3, we recognize All Saints Day. This is the day we celebrate all Christian saints, and remember those who have died. We will also have Baptisms at the 9:30 and 11:00 services. Over the past two weeks, children in the Sycamore Tree (children’s liturgy) Sunday Discovery (Christian Education from 10:45 AM-noon) have been rehearsing a song based on 1 John 3:1 “What Manner of Love.”  This song reminds us that we are children of God. The children and young people have done so well with this song, they will sing it during the anthem at the 9:30 service. Following the service, all children and youth are invited to a special time in the Skylight Room at 199 Duke of Gloucester for a final reflection on the song with prayer, praise, and good snacks. We begin at 10:45 AM and end at noon. Don’t be concerned if have not been part of the song learning, come and learn the song and sing. It is easy and fun!

For Middle and High School Parents:

On October 13 youth and their parents met and explored ways for middle and high school youth to engage in youth ministry at St. Anne’s Church. To help us plan for the year,  a list was compiled and put into a survey. It is now your turn to respond and let us know what you would like for 2019/2020. We are asking that parents and any middle and high school youth complete a 3-4 minute survey. Please follow the link or QR  code to complete the form. Thank you for participating and helping us build a stronger youth program.

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. Our next gathering is Saturday, November 9. Come any time between 11:00 AM and 12:30 PM for brunch and fun (please note the time change!). In addition to play, children will hear a Biblical story in our new Parent and Toddler room and adults will have time to meet and greet each other and welcome new families. Bring your friends and join us in the Parish Hall at 199 Duke of Gloucester Street. To help us know how much food we need, please RSVP at:

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 group prepare and serve the evening meal at the Light house the first Wednesday of every month. We cook our items at home and gather at the shelter at 5:00 to set us and serve at 6:00. After all the guests are served, we get a plate of food to sit with the residents to eat and converse. Some volunteers drop off their dinner items but most stay to help serve. Thank you everyone for volunteering for our meatloaf dinner at the Light House on October 2.  Providing food and serving are many of our regulars and we welcome some new volunteers.  Thanks to you we have just about everything we need to serve the meal.

On October 2, we served meatloaf.  Thank you Linda Silva, Sheila Williams, Page Lyon, Eleanor Huggins, Monica and Bill Barry, Jean and Harry Jaecks, Sally Garrett, Lynn Mortoro, John Merrick and Allison Cordell.

On November 6, we plan to serve a spaghetti dinner. On November 6, we plan to serve a spaghetti dinner. Still needed are 3 more donations of spaghetti sauce to serve 10-12, 10 pounds spaghetti noodles (uncooked), one more donation of 3-4 dozen meatballs, 4 loaves of French bread and a tub of butter/margarine, 8 oz. jar/can parmesan cheese, drinks (iced tea mix and 2 jars juice) and dessert. We also need a half-gallon of milk and a dozen eggs for shelter use. To volunteer, contact Nancy Greeley at 410-224-2975 or or John Merrick at



Family Cooking for the Light House 
Thank you to the McNitt family for volunteering and cooking on July 15! It is only through volunteers our ministry remains successful and viable. Please consider volunteering and sign up here: 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 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. Children 11 years old and over are welcome to participate in family cooking. I am always looking for volunteer families to come prepare, cook, and serve a meal for approximately 60 residents. 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 or 443-433-2373. Many 2019 dates are still available.
Light House Pantry Food Collection

Thank you everyone for your contributions to the food collection for the pantry at the Light House.  At the beginning of September, the shelves were almost bare.  During the month of September, we took 67 bags of food to the shelter directly from the church.  In addition, many people told me they had taken bags directly to the Light House, including one couple who purchased a number of cases of food from Sam’s Club. As of September 30, monetary donations totaled $360.  We will use this to purchase food still needed during the fall.

Food is always needed.  Even though we are no longer collecting food at church, you can take your donations directly to the Light House any time.  You may also, if you wish, donate money.  Make out a check to St. Anne’s and put “Light House pantry” on the memo line.

The food in the pantry is not for those living at the shelter but for those who have homes but lack funds to purchase food.  The pantry has been reorganized so that clients can select the food they need.  Individuals see a Light House social worker and can then get food up to 3 times a month.  Some need help regularly  and some come once to help get them through a tough spot in their lives.

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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.