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  Our call at St. Anne’s is to Enlarge the circle in order to reflect the love of Christ by Building, Engaging, Evangelizing, and Forming Disciples.

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Clergy Epistle


The Crisis in Sinai
“They have cast for themselves an image of a calf, and have worshiped it.” Exodus 32:8
One of life’s great truisms is that times of crisis and testing reveal our strengths and our weaknesses. Do we rise to meet the challenges, or do we falter? Do we lose our way and sense of purpose, or do we seek new ways forward?
The Old Testament story about the Golden Calf gives us one of those revealing moments in Israel’s 40-year journey from Egypt to the Promised Land. In it we find failed faith and failed leadership, blinding fury and the undeniable power of prayer. Like any intense human experience, there is plenty of finger-pointing and attempts to evade responsibility.
The crisis at Mt. Sinai plunges us deep into the stresses and strains all people of faith confront when doubts and fears tempt them to turn from God.
Who hasn’t wondered about God’s presence during a tough time and yearned for confirmation? Who hasn’t been Aaron, suffering a failure of nerve when called upon to choose between doing what is right, or knowingly going against God’s will. Who hasn’t been Moses, lost in explosive anger? A good question to ask when reading Exodus 32 is: Where am I in this story? I know that at one time or another I have been all three: The fearful people; conflicted Aaron; enraged Moses.
With all its disturbing truths, the story also consoles us with a reminder that no matter what, God’s people are always God’s people. And, God is always faithful.
Like the Hebrew children on their journey through the wilderness, our task is to remember that we are called to live out our sacred identity. And when we are overwhelmed as they were at Mt. Sinai, let us not seek false gods, but take our concerns to the Lord in prayer.
Fr. Dion 
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Stewardship 2021 – Together, We Thrive


Our 2021 Stewardship Campaign has begun: Together, We Thrive.
As you prayerfully consider your commitment to St. Anne’s during this campaign, please remember that a personal pledge of support for 2021 is a meaningful reflection of your shared belief in and hope for our future during these trying times when Christ’s message is needed most!
Please click here to pledge. Every gift ensures that Together, We Thrive. We cannot fully succeed without you.
COVID-19 Update
How Can I Worship?It is our hope to resume the pre-Covid 19 Sunday worship offerings as soon as we are able. If you are healthy, please consider registering for the Rite I service at 11:15 AM or the Holy Eucharist service at 5:30 PM. Click on the times above to register. We will continue to offer the Live Stream Eucharist at 9:30 AM via YouTube.**With flu season upon us, please be sure you are feeling well before coming to church.
Virtual Worship

In these extraordinary times, we are excited to continue worshiping together virtually! Our Sunday morning 9:30 service, Holy Week services and Daily Evening Prayer are just some of the virtual offerings at St. Anne’s. For more information on these services, click here.


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.
Stephen Ministry

The COVID-19 virus has changed our church-life, as well as other areas of our lives, due to efforts to keep us well and safe.  Please know that St. Anne’s Stephen Ministers have continued to faithfully meet with their Care Receivers by phone every week to give emotional and spiritual support to those in need.  All conversations are always confidential. The daily reports of increases in the number of virus cases across the country, the negative effects on businesses, schools, jobs, etc. make us wonder when will it end?   The stress caused by worry and fear of the unknown can slowly build and negatively affect us physically and mentally.  It often helps to talk to someone who will listen without judgement or advice, a compassionate ear and heart, someone who really hears what one is saying, thinking and feeling.  If you are experiencing any of the stress related issues below or would like to speak to someone about a different issue, please know our Stephen Leaders and Ministers welcome talking with you on the phone.

+  Anxiety                  + Difficulty sleeping             + Financial worries

+ Feeling sad             + Lack usual energy              + Fears about health

+ Loneliness              + Fear of the future               + Marriage difficulties

+  Job concerns         + Poor concentration          + Anxiety leaving your house

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.

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 2020 Support Group Schedule.

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

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. Anne’s Rainbow Group – Soiree on Sunday

St. Anne’s Rainbow Group will host a live in person special event – Soiree On Sunday -on October 18 from 12.15 PM until 2.00 PM. All St. Anne’s parishioners, community friends and allies are welcome and invited to attend. Coffee from Starbucks, bottled water, Champagne Mimosas, and individual gourmet treats will be served. All attendees are asked to wear face masks and observe COVID19 social distancing protocols. The outdoor location is Acton Cove Waterfront Park, 14 North Acton Place, Annapolis. Dress for comfort. Jeremy Browning, director of Annapolis Pride, is our VIP guest and will share plans for Pride 2021. Additionally, St. Anne’s Vestry member Paul Pope will share Parish plans for Pride 2021 and introduce a very special guest. RSVP by October 16 to Joe Clapsaddle at  or 310 975 5167.


Vespers at St. Anne’s

Beautiful music. Peaceful Worship. And words of hope. Join us every Sunday at 5:30 PM for a time of rest and prayer in the sanctuary of St. Anne’s. We are taking all the needed safety precautions, including offering socially-distant seating and requiring that masks be worn. Pre-registration is available here, but is not necessary.  Our doors are open for you.


Coffee, Fellowship and Conversation

Our Virtual Fellowship has moved to Wednesdays at 6:30 PM via Zoom. Join us for Evening Prayer at 5:30, followed by Fellowship at 6:30, and Forum from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Bring coffee, dinner, or dessert, and be ready for prayer, conversation,  and learning. Come and go as needed to fit your schedule. Click here to join the Zoom meeting.

Contact Connie Saeger at if you  have questions.


St. Anne’s Cemetery Tour

Episcopal, Annapolis, Historic Cemetery, Annapolis Episcopal Church, Historic Annapolis, Episcopal Church, St Anne's Historic Cemetery, Saint Anne's Episcopal Church, Dogwood in cemetery On October 24 at 11:00 AM, Hammond-Harwood House curators will be leading an interactive tour of St. Anne’s Cemetery to highlight the stories of former occupants of the house who are buried in our cemetery. Stories of love, tragedy and insanity will be unearthed in this hour-long tour through the winding hills of the cemetery. The tour begins at the main entrance to the cemetery located on Northwest St.

Participants will receive a half-hour admission ticket to the Hammond-Harwood House Museum with the purchase of a ticket. The price is $15 for non-members and $10 for members. You may buy a ticket via phone (410-263-4683 ex.10) or pay when you come. 20% of the profits will go towards preservation of St. Anne’s Cemetery.


St. Anne’s Reconciliation Ministry

St. Anne’s Reconciliation Ministry is working to get the word out about its work as we strive toward building beloved community. We now have a section on the St. Anne’s website. We also have a dedicated Facebook page, which can be found by searching for @stannesreconciliation. You can help by liking the page on Facebook.


Advent Reflections Booklet

All are invited to join in creating our Advent community expression! This is the 12th year that St. Anne’s has embarked on creating a prayer booklet of daily reflections for the season of Advent. This year’s reflections created by St. Anne’s parishioners, both individuals and families, will be available online for the start of Advent.  Please consider sharing a written reflection, a poem, a drawing or photograph that describes your personal response to a scripture passage selected for you. For more information, please contact Adela Rose (410- 266-0823) ~, or Heather Strang (443-995-3820) ~


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Prayer for the Week

Loving God, we lift up all those who are facing illness today. We ask that You bring healing, comfort, and peace to their bodies. Calm their fears and let them experience the healing power of Your love. Lend skill to the hands of their healers and bless the means of their cure. Give them such confidence in the power of your grace, that even when they are afraid, they may put their whole trust in you; through our Savior Jesus Christ.

Two Volunteer Opportunities for The Light House

Pumpkin Patch

Family Cooking for The Light House

We are inviting you to gather with friends you may be missing and meet new friends as we join together remotely and cook for our neighbors at The Light House on Sunday, October 18  from 3:00 – 4:30 PM. The menus are being provided by The Light House and our group’s role during this pandemic will be for us each to cook a portion of the meal, chill it overnight and deliver it on Monday, October 19. If gathering on Sunday is not possible, we are still welcome to participate by cooking in our family’s time frame. To learn more about cooking, about connecting on Zoom as we cook, or to sign up, please contact Heather and Dave Strang at 443-995-3820 or

Cooking for The Light House

The Light House is again accepting dinners from volunteers.  All parts of the meal need to be cooked off site and delivered to the Light House in aluminum pans, cooked but cold, by 5:00 PM. We will not be serving.  The staff will warm up the food and plate it for the residents.  All meals must be cooked using recipes from the recipe booklet from the Light House. We will have our usual first Wednesday of the month starting Wednesday, November 4. We will look at the recipes and decide what to cook and list what we need in the e-blast.  If you have any questions, contact Nancy Greeley at

Food Pantry Wrap-Up
Thank you everyone for the overwhelming response to our September food drive for The Light House pantry. Food was donated either directly to the shelter; at our church services or through our drive-through food drop off. Altogether, we donated 837 pounds of food!! This is in addition to the generous parishioner donations of $1,985. A special thank you to The Rev. Kathy Shahinian for all her help and support.
Naomi’s Village Live Facebook Event

Naomi’s Village is a children’s home, pre-school, and academy in Kenya raising the next generation of world changers. Friends here in Annapolis and at St. Anne’s together sponsor fifty children at Naomi’s Village. See for yourself how God’s grace is at work this Saturday, October 17 @ 11:00 AM (EST) via Facebook Live (click here for their page where the live broadcast will happen). Meet the founders and kids, see the campus, ask questions, enlarge the circle.


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St. Anne’s Parents Group

Parents of preschool and elementary children: Join other St. Anne’s parents to provide support and fellowship to one another as we raise our children during this challenging environment brought about by COVID19. This bi-weekly gathering will include prayer, scripture, conversation, and ideas for developing guided lessons with our children on various themes.
Our first theme will focus on Generosity and Gratitude, but the goal is to be flexible to ensure we’re meeting the needs of parents. If you are interested in joining the discussion on Thursday, October 22 from 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM; in need of more information; or have some ideas, please reach out to Kimberly Jillson at or Brie Lang at
Adult Forum Wednesday, October 21

Janice Hayes Williams, Historian/Columnist
Finding Price Williams – The story of one man’s lost remains during Urban renewal in Annapolis and how they were found

Janice is a native Annapoliitan who grew up in the South Street area. She studied business and worked in the private sector. It began with an argument with an uncle about calling someone “uncle” and her great grandmother’s advice that she needed to know people to get the story. It was her curiosity about her family and her hometown that led her to her current work and expertise in local history. She has been a columnist for The Capital for 16 years and is a speaker and researcher.

Join us for Evening Prayer at 5:30, followed by Fellowship at 6:30, and Forum from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Bring coffee, dinner, or dessert, and be ready for prayer, conversation, and learning. Come and go as needed to fit your schedule. Click here to join the Zoom meeting.


Mid-Week Wednesday Morning Prayer and Scripture Study

Have you ever wanted to dig deeper into the Sunday lessons? Perhaps, after reading the lessons, you have asked yourself, “what about the text” is the preacher not saying?

Maybe you have wanted to be part of a group that studies and reflects upon scripture at a deeper level. Please join us over ZOOM for Morning Prayer and Scripture Study based on Sunday’s lectionary propers. The sessions will be led by a member of the ministerial team at St. Anne’s. Starting Wednesday, October 7, 2020,  we will begin with Morning Prayer at 8:00 AM  and then head into the study of scripture using the lessons for the upcoming Sunday. The lessons can be found here. We will be using Track 1.


Centering Prayer Group Moves to Zoom!

Our Centering Prayer group is now gathering together via Zoom and you all are welcome to join us the first and third Tuesdays of the month 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM.  If you are new to Zoom, I will walk you through how to join for free and meet with us.  The source of Centering Prayer is the indwelling Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  The focus of Centering Prayer is the deepening of our relationship with the living Christ.  It builds communities of faith and bonds the members together in mutual friendship and love.

Please email me if you’d like to join us: