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Clergy Conference

Note: Due to the clergy conference next week, our clergy will be out of the office Monday and Tuesday, October 14 & 15.

Adult Forum: Faith in Action

The Rev. Vaughn Vigil Deacon, Episcopal Diocese of Maryland
Making a Difference with Old Car Parts

A few years ago while exploring his family roots, Vaughn found an Episcopal Mission in his mother’s home town in Eastern Cuba. Since then he has made several trips and developed relationships with five different Episcopal congregations in Cuba. He is joining us to share what some of those congregations are doing in their communities.



Hammond Harwood Tour of St. Anne’s Cemetery

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Rachel Lovett, curator and assistant director of the Hammond-Harwood House Museum, will be leading a tour of St. Anne’s Cemetery with an emphasis on the occupants and artisans who lived and worked in the great house and are now buried in our cemetery. On this interactive cemetery tour, visitors will discover the fascinating lives of the men and women who called this house home. Stories of love, tragedy and fellowship will be unearthed in this hour-long tour through the winding hills of the burying ground. Participants will receive a half hour admission ticket to the Hammond-Harwood House Museum as well.

The cost is $15 for non-members and $10 for members of the Hammond-Harwood House Museum; 20% of the profits from this tour will go toward the preservation of the cemetery.

The tour will meet at the corner of Northwest and West Washington Street at the upper entrance to St. Anne’s Cemetery.



Environmental Ministry

This is a recipe that we have shared many times but after talking to Lori Moyer from the Garden Girls, I am adding a caution. She says that it needs to be used for hardscapes but not in the garden as it makes the soil too saline over time.

Environmentally Safe Weed Killer

  • 1 gallon of regular vinegar
  • ½ cup of table salt
  • Dissolve the salt in half of the vinegar until it is clear.
  • Add 1 tsp. of Dawn dish soap and mix it in.
  • Add the rest of the vinegar.
  • Spray it on the weeds on a day when rain is not expected.
Thurifers Needed!


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 at a date to be determined. For more information, please contact Father Dion at or 443-808-1366.

Naomi’s Village Returns October 22

Naomi’s Village: Loving our Youngest Neighbors in Kenya
Tuesday, October 22 | 6:30-8:00 PM | St. Anne’s Parish House

Founders of Naomi’s Village, Dr. Bob and Julie Mendonsa are back from Kenya for six weeks and coming to visit their friends at St. Anne’s! Learn about this fast-growing family tree and how are they raising leaders who will overcome the orphan and education crises in Kenya. If you missed them earlier in the year or just want to connect, come and see what great things the Lord is doing at Naomi’s Village! A simple dinner will be provided. RSVP here:

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
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 September 29, October 27, November 10 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 October 5 from 10:00 to 11:00 AM in the library at the Parish House.  We will study the fourth 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.

October 13 – Jazz Vespers

Pianist Noah Dion and friends will play for this service which will integrate jazz into our shared worship. This is the first of our series of “Second Sunday Jazz Vespers” for this year.

St Anne’s Concert Series – October 17

The Gallery Winds

Enjoy an exciting program of woodwind literature spanning the ages, with an arrangement of a harpsichord piece by Rameau, film music by Darius Milhaud, Afro, Anglo and Latino tunes arranged by William Grant Still and the iconic Ibert Trois Pièces Brèves. The Gallery Winds Woodwind Quintet formed in 2012.  The musicians in the ensemble are passionate about performing the great literature written for woodwind quintet and educating and inspiring students to do the same.

Gallery Winds features Denis Karp, flute; James Dickey III, oboe; Lori Fowser, clarinet; Cally Messick, horn and Kari Shea, bassoon.

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Children and Youth Ministry

Children and Youth Events

Sunday Discovery

Sunday Discovery, our Christian education and formation for children between 3 years old and the eighth grades, begins on October 6. We will meet at 10:45 AM in the Skylight Room with refreshments, social, and music with Kristin Pagent, then proceed to small groups for reflection, lessons, and art. Sunday Discovery is located at 199 Duke of Gloucester Street. Our end time is noon. We will kick off our program year with an ice cream sundae social for all grades on September 29 from 10:45 AM to noon. We will learn about centering and prayer by working with Legos and water!

Little Annies Playgroup

Join the fun and fellowship and come play at Little Annies Playgroup. This group meets in the 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, October 19. Come anytime between 10:00 AM and noon for brunch and fun. In addition to play, children will have story time and adults will have time to meet and greet each other and new families. Bring your friends and join us. To help us know how much food to bring, please RSVP at:

Family Gatherings

Would you like to get to know other St. Anne’s families? Here is a chance to sign up for small group gatherings with church families outside of church. Come to a potluck supper in the Parish Hall at 199 Duke of Gloucester Street on October 19 from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM, and sign up for a group. Groups will meet in homes, parks, or places that the host family designates. The purpose of the group is informal, social, and building Christian community. You do not have to host a group to join a group. Bring a dish to share and join us. RSVP at:

Youth & Parent Exploration Session

Middle and High School Youth and Parents are invited to an exploration session for youth ministry on October 13 from 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM. We will meet in Room 102 at 199 Duke of Gloucester Street for lunch catered by Mission BBQ and discuss ways young people would like to participate in ministry and be leaders in our church and beyond. Bring your hopes and dreams and help us find ways young people can live out their faith. Please let us know you are coming by signing up 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

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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. We need 4 volunteers to provide spaghetti sauce for 10-12 (one should be meatless), 10 pounds of spaghetti noodles (uncooked), 2 people to provide 3-4 dozen meatballs, tossed salad, 4 loaves of French bread and a tub of butter/margarine, 8 oz. can or jar shredded Parmesan cheese, drinks, dessert 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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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

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.

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 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. 
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St. Philips

St. Phillips Episcopal Church is holding a Hallowe’en Costume/Cabaret on October 25 from 7:00-11:00 PM.  For more information, click here.