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Office Closed
St. Anne’s office will be closed on Monday, October 8, in observance of Columbus Day.
Sunday Forum

This Sunday, Josiah Dykstra, Senior Warden at St. Anne’s, will give an update on St. Anne’s Rector Search. Josiah  will be assisted by Townsend McNitt, Chair of the St. Anne’s Search Committee, and Phyllis Everette, a representative of the Profile Committee, to provide an update on the progress of the Vestry, Profile Committee, and Search Committee, as they conduct the processes of discerning and evaluating potential candidates for our new Rector. Come with questions and join in the discussion! Sunday Forum is held at 11:00 AM in the Parish Hall, 199 Duke of Gloucester St.

For information on upcoming Forums, click here.

Faith in the Future and Stewardship 2019
Last Sunday, we kicked off our annual stewardship campaign titled “Faith in the Future.” This is an exciting time for St. Anne’s, and the goal of $1 million will allow us to enter into 2019 with even more opportunities and possibilities to serve God and one another. More than 50 families have already made their pledge, including all Vestry members. Please prayerfully consider your support and make your pledge now at Every Monday, we will post a short video clip for the campaign. The first one can be seen here:
St. Anne’s Cemetery – All Soul’s Day

Join the Cemetery Committee on Friday, November 2 to honor the dead by helping to clean up St. Anne’s Cemetery on Northwest Street. We want to clear out the English ivy and underbrush and photograph the graves. We’ll be there from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM – come when you can for as long as you can. Snacks, lunch, drinks, and water will be provided. Work will be supervised by Suzanne Weber, master gardener and horticulturalist who maintains the Tawes Garden in the DNR building.
The Word Made Flesh — Seven Weeks with The Gospel of John

Our Bible study of the Gospel of John is off to a great start and will continue through November 14 . We meet Wednesdays in the Parish Hall from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM. Join us any time. If you can’t make it, download our outline and follow along. Contact Father Dion at

St. Anne’s Advent Reflections Booklet

A gift by community for community

All of you are invited to join in creating our community expression! This is the 10th 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 will be available online for the start of Advent, with additional copies printed as a booklet in the Narthex. 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, or Heather Strang 443-995-3820 or


Preschool for the Arts at St. Anne’s (PASA)

Check out Reverend Jess sharing a special blessing with the children of PASA! The children loved learning about Jess’s special friend Jesus! What a special moment to share together!

What’s Happening at PASA?

The school year at PASA is off to a terrific start!  We spent the month of September learning about ourselves, our friends and our families.  We also learned about giving to others with our Lighthouse Shelter Food Drive and donated 95 bags of food to their food pantry! We also had a visit from Reverend Jess and Reverend Deon to bless our school year.  We loved having them visit our classroom and share a special blessing with us.

Upcoming in October:

Reverend Dion showing the children his prayer bear.

October 10 – Visit from Annapolis Fire Department at the Churchyard
October 17 – Field Trip to the Farm
October 18 – PASA Admissions Morning – Come and Visit PASA 9:30 AM
October 30 & 31 Halloween Parade and Parties

Do you have a little one who is preschool aged?  Come and learn about the magic of PASA where your child will grow, create, explore and imagine!  Please join us during one of our Admissions Mornings on October 18 or November 8.  For more information call 410-268-9010 or email Director, Amy Hoffman @



St. Anne’s Concert Series

St. Anne’s Church is known for its exemplary music program and this free concert series is a big part of it.  There are two separate programs–one in the spring and one in the fall.  Through this series, we bring to Annapolis the best musicians in the region. The church itself boasts the finest acoustics in the area as well as one of the finest pipe organs. So, if you like music – music of all kinds – join us! All Thursday Concerts begin at 6:15 PM at St. Anne’s Church. No tickets required for these special nights! Come as you are, pay as you can.  For more information, visit our website at:

Fall Schedule:

  • October 11 – Bach+ Seasons 1
  • October 18 – Beau Soir
  • October 25 – Phantom of the Opera – Larry Molinaro, organist
  • November 8 – Boresevich Duo
  • November 15 – Bach +
  • November 29 – Dmitri Shteinberg, pianist

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, November 4 from 10:45 AM-noon. Coffee and refreshments will be provided.

Little Annie’s Play Group & Brunch: This group is for parents with toddlers or infants. Our next gathering will be Saturday, October 20 from 10:00 AM to noon. We will meet in the Parish Hall and PASA playground at 199 Duke of Gloucester Street for play, brunch, socialization, and a less-than-five-minute activity to engage your young child’s imagination with God.  RSVP to Connie at:

Middle School and High School: Youth activities will be held on the first and third Sundays of the month. There will be lots of service projects, fun food, and God. This year we are planning a middle school mission trip to Appalachia and a high school trip to Guatemala!  Our next event will be on October 7 starting at 4:00 PM.  We will stuff toiletry bags for the Good Samaritan House.  Pizza will be provided.

Blessing of the Animals: Bring your pets (or stuffy) to be blessed on Sunday, October 7. Pony rides and face painting begin at 12:30 PM and the blessing liturgy begins at 1:00 PM. Bring a donation of money or animal food for the ASPCA.

Family Foyer Dinner: A pot luck dinner and social for families will be hosted by Connie Saeger-Proctor and The Rev. Jessica Sexton in the Parish Hall at 199 Duke of Gloucester Street on Saturday, October 20 from 5:00-7:00 PM. More information will be available at the Ministry Fair, but hold the date!

Acolytes Wanted: If your child is in the second grade or older and would like to serve as an acolyte or hear about what acolytes do, please speak to Connie Saeger-Proctor. We will hold the next acolyte pizza party and acolyte training in October or November.

Church Circle Choristers

Current Volunteer and Service Opportunities

Light House Shelter
Light House Food Pantry

Thank you everyone for the spectacular response to our food drive for the Light House pantry.  We collected 141 bags of food at church and the parish house and at least 30 bags were taken directly to the shelter.  Preschool for the Arts at St. Anne’s collected 96 bags, giving us a total of about 267 bags of food! In addition, generous parishioners donated $130, which we will use to fill in empty shelves this fall.  Food is always needed, so if you did not get a chance to bring you food donation during September, you can always bring it to church in early October or take it directly to the Light House shelter.

If you have questions, contact Nancy Greeley at 410 224-2497 or

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.

For Wednesday, October 3, we are serving pork loin.  We still need one more pork loin of 4-6 pounds, salad, one more pan of macaroni and cheese to serve 20 – 25 and drinks (2 jars juice, iced tea mix),  In addition, the shelter has requested a gallon of milk and a dozen eggs for shelter breakfast.

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
On August 20, we prepared another great dinner at the Light House! Thank you to JoAnna Loughlin and her son, Drew, who made a flavorful & colorful salad and brought dessert. Thank you to Jessica Sexton and Jessica Philpot for assisting with main meal cooking of chicken parmesan casserole and spaghetti noodles. We all enjoyed one another’s kitchen camaraderie and of course making a difference in the lives of shelter residents.
We need volunteers for September 2018 and beyond! 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


Where in the World…..

are the crosses?  Close to 1000 tiny crosses were blessed and placed in baskets in the back of the church and at the side altar.  They are a gift from St. Anne’s Church for parishioners and visitors, courtesy of our Stephen Ministry.  It is our hope that they have found their way into your hands, pockets, purses or somewhere close, and that they are giving comfort and support.  We would love to hear your story, however brief and learn more about the crosses’ new homes.

Send your story to Fran Lukens at and we will share it with the parish.  All stories will be reported anonymously.

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
The Prayers of the People  
Dear friends, praying for each other by name is a special part of our life together. This is why we include our list in the Prayers of the People. But, every list needs to be maintained and kept up to date. If you are on the list and want to be kept on, please let me know. If you have asked for someone to be on the prayer list, please let me know if they should continue on the list. Our current list will run through the last Sunday of Epiphany. The list will be fully updated for Lent, for the Easter season, and regularly during the season of Pentecost. Also, it brings all of us joy when we can move someone from the prayer list and give thanks for their improvement. —- Dion+
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. 

Rector Search