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Rev. Dr. Timothy MulderDear friends,

When I was a child growing up in Michigan we had church Sunday morning and then again Sunday night. Now, before you groan, Sunday morning was a typical worship service, much as we have here at St. Anne’s every week. It was very good. But Sunday nights were mostly music and for me, that was even better. READ MORE

“Brunch By the Bay” and Ministry Fair

Sunday’s Brunch by the Bay and Ministry Fair was filled with joyful fellowship and a plethora of opportunities for parishioners to get involved at St. Anne’s. If you were unable to attend and are still interested in figuring out new ways to serve here, take a look at the Ministry Fair Handout to see what you may be called to participate in. 

Dinner Under the Stars

St. Anne’s new young adult ministry is for parishioners and their friends in their 20s, 30s and 40s. Our first event will be Dinner Under the Stars on West Street next Wednesday, September 19 at 6:00 PM at El Toro Bravo. RSVP by September 16 to The Rev. Jess Sexton at

Wellness Checks in Upcoming Storm: Parishioner’s Offer to Help!

Nationally Registered and Maryland Certified Emergency Medical Technician and St. Anne’s parishioner, Charlie Buckley, has offered his individual assistance to any elderly, disabled or sick parishioners during the upcoming storm.  He is available through this weekend to provide Wellness Checks on any person in the community about whom you may be concerned – particularly elderly or sick people with electrical medical equipment who lose power. He is also available to drive people to the County Hurricane Center or to the Anne Arundel Medical Center Emergency Department. If you need to Charlie’s services during the storm, contact him at  410-279-1842. Any serious incident or medical emergency should be handled by calling 911 and having an ambulance or fire crew respond. Many thanks to Charlie for his generous offer!



September Happenings
Children’s Sunday Discovery
Children’s Sunday Discovery, our Christian education and formation for children between 3 years old and the fifth grade, begins Sunday, September 30 from 10:45 AM to noon with an open house at 199 Duke of Gloucester Street.
Sunday Forum
The first Sunday Forum will be September 30. The Rev. Jessica Sexton, Assisting Priest at St. Anne’s, will speak on Hagar: A Story of Slavery, Sexual Abuse and Survival.
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, September 16, at 5:30 PM, Bach+ features the jubilant Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen (BWV 51), with Lindsay Espinosa, soprano and John Babcock, trumpet.   First performed on September 17, 1730, the 15th Sunday after Trinity (which, this year, fell on September 9th), Cantata 51 features virtuosic writing for both singer and trumpet and remains one of Bach’s most popular works.

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

Sunday, October 28, 5:30 PM – “O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort” (part 1) – BWV 20 – J.S. Bach

Sunday, December 9, 5:30 PM – “Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme” – BWV 140 – J.S. Bach

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)


Foyer Potluck Dinner Kickoff

You’re invited!  Please come to the annual Foyer Potluck Dinner on Sunday, September 23 at 6:00 PM in the Parish Hall to learn more about the new foyer season!

Foyer groups are an integral part of the community life at Saint Anne’s.  These “dinner groups” function as a ministry of St. Anne’s by further building Christian community and fellowship among parishioners.  It is a fun and easy way for parishioners to gather together on a regular, informal basis, develop new friendships, and deepen old ones.  We are hoping many of you who have not participated in the past will join with the many parishioners who each year have enjoyed this fellowship.

New foyer groups are formed each fall.  Each group consists of approximately 8-12 people who meet every four to six weeks between October and June.  Each group sets its own schedule and normally shares an informal communal meal, hosted in turn by members of the group.  The format is flexible.  Some meet for dinner; others might meet for lunch or brunch in their homes or possibly a restaurant.  In December, all foyer participants gather for a Christmas party, and, in June, we celebrate the end-of-the-foyer season with a picnic for all members in the churchyard. It is great fun, and we hope you will join us.

New as well as returning members are eagerly anticipated for the 2018/2019 foyer season.  If this sounds interesting and fun to you, please help us kickoff the new Foyer season with the annual potluck dinner.

Please email Carol Richards at to RSVP for this event.  Those attending the event are asked to bring an appetizer, salad, or other dish to share along with your beverage of choice.  (We will ask certain members to bring desserts.)

We very much look forward to seeing you!

Carol Richards, Susan Veccia, and Fran Lukens

The Word Made Flesh — Seven Weeks with The Gospel of John

The Fourth Gospel has some of our most treasured stories and familiar quotes. Here we find Lazarus, Nicodemus and the Samaritan Woman. Here is where we read that “in the beginning was the Word,” “that God so loved the world,” and we encounter Pilate’s enduring question: “What is truth?” Join us for spirited conversation while we watch The Visual Bible’s acclaimed 2003 word-for-word film version of the gospel. We’ll start October 3 in the Parish Hall at 6:00 PM with a pot luck supper. Please get in touch with Father Thompson to sign-up and if you’d like to bring a dish. Think of it as an evening to chat, chew and view. See you there!

EfM: Education for Ministry: A Program of theological education at a distance.

EfM seminars will begin meeting at St. Anne’s this fall. A minimum of six people must register for a group to begin. The seminars follow an academic year and will begin in October 2018 and end in June 2019. We are recruiting those interested in this kind of serious religious study. The enrollment fee is $375. One session will meet Monday afternoons and another will be offered Wednesday evenings. To register, for more information, or to request a prospectus please contact Meg Kimble, EfM Diocesan Coordinator at 410-349-7347 or email You may also want to visit the EfM webpage at

EfM is a distance-learning program of the School of Theology of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. Completion of the program takes four years, during which participants study the Bible, church history, and twentieth century theology, Participants commit one year at a time to meet regularly in seminars led by a trained mentor. EfM provides a comprehensive, experiential education in the foundations and messages of our Christian faith. It is for the laity of the church. Every Christian receives the call to Christ’s ministry at baptism. EfM provides the basics of a theological education in order to develop knowledge and confidence about the ministry we all share. You will find that EfM teaches you how to think theologically, deepens your faith and your understanding of our Christian heritage, and provides you with a new confidence to be Christ’s minister.

Construction at the Church

Beginning the first week in August and continuing through mid-November, there will be workers in the church during the week preparing our steeple for a new cell site.  The work will not affect any of our worship services, but may affect parking in front of the church.


Men’s Retreat Coming in September

Join us for our annual Men’s Retreat!  The retreat will be held in the usual place – the DuPont Memorial House in Rehoboth – the weekend of September 21-23.  It’s a great time for fellowship, reflection, worship, prayer and time on the beach (if you would like).  We hope to have thoughtful talks from your fellow parishioners, some music, and as always, plenty of good food.

One special new addition this year, we will have both our Rector Tim Mulder and our Associate Dion Thompson joining us.  We’re glad they’re going to be joining us and appreciate their help in planning the retreat.

So if you would like to attend, the first thing to do is let Chip Tucker, Bob Nay or Herb Fowler know that you plan on attending.  The next step is to get your money in to the Parish House.  The cost for the weekend is $260.  Checks can be made out to Saint Anne’s Parish with “Men’s Retreat” on the memo line.  We hope you can come.

For more information contact Chip,, Bob, or Herb

St. Anne’s Cemetery Tour

Sunday September 16, immediately following the 9:30 Service (about 10:40 AM). Meet in front of St. Anne’s Church. The tour will proceed down Northwest Street to St. Anne’s Cemetery located between Northwest Street and Rowe Boulevard.

Tour Leader: Ginger DeLuca, St. Anne’s Cemetery Committee and Member of St. Anne’s Vestry

An approximately one hour tour will include:

  • History of the cemetery since its founding in 1790.
  • Visit to graves of soldiers and sailors of the War of 1812, the Mexican-American War, the Civil War, and World Wars I & II as well as the ordinary citizens who helped to make Annapolis what it is today.
  • Explanation of cemetery sculptures.

For more information, please contact Ginger DeLuca at

The Tour is free; however, donations to the St. Anne’s Cemetery Fund are gratefully accepted. Feel free to visit St. Anne’s Cemetery where our stewardship memorializes those who have come before us and is an integral part of our parish life.

The Episcopal Rainbow at St. Anne’s First Potluck Dinner
The Episcopal Rainbow is a newly formed group at St. Anne’s for all LGBTQ persons, and their families and friends. All are invited to our first Potluck Dinner on Sunday, September 30 at 6:00 PM in the Parish Hall. Sign-up here to bring something to share by September 28th:  

For more information contact The Rev. Jess Sexton at

Church Circle Choristers

Church Circle Choristers | Fall Schedule
First Sundays at St. Anne’s is Children’s Music Day!  

Saturday, October 6 – Chorister Festival Day

Sunday, October 7 – Sunday Children’s Music Day, 1:00 PM Blessing of the Animals Service & 5:30 PM Choral Evensong

Saturday, November 3 – Chorister Festival Day

Sunday, November 4 – Sunday Children’s Music Day & 5:30 PM Choral Evensong

Saturday, December  – Choir Festival Day

Sunday, December 2 – Children’s Music Day; Advent Gathering & Advent Evening Service of Lessons & Carols

Sunday Forum

All persons who desire to deepen their faith through study are invited to attend these lectures on Sunday mornings at 11:00 in the Parish Hall. Our presenters include St. Anne’s clergy, staff, parishioners and guest speakers who offer expertise from a wide range of specialties. The lecture series offer a balance of topics from the fields of Biblical Studies, Theology, Music, Ethics, History, Spirituality, and Self-Care. These topics generate discussions about the ways in which Christians engage and embody their faith in the world. All are welcome to attend! Coffee and pastries are served.  Sunday Forums are presented at 11:00 AM in the St. Anne’s Parish House Parish Hall, located at 199 Duke of Gloucester St. There is plentiful street parking and the nearby garages are free on Sunday mornings.

The first Sunday Forum will be September 30.  The Rev. Jessica Sexton, Assisting Priest at St. Anne’s, will speak on Hagar: A Story of Slavery, Sexual Abuse and Survival  – The story of Abraham and Sarah in Genesis overshadows the abuse, manipulation, jealousy and abandonment of Sarah’s slave girl, Hagar. By examining her experience, we can reflect on the ways the Church can lift up stories like Hagar’s and not silence them.


Children and Youth Ministry

Children and Youth Events

All of September: Light House Shelter Food Drive. Bring a bag of food to donate to the Light House Shelter. We need middle and high school youth to hand-out bags after the services.

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. The first gathering will be Saturday, September 22 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 Kick-Off and Social: Sunday, September 23, beginning at 4:30 PM in the Parish Hall at 199 Duke of Gloucester Street. We will provide a calendar overview and attend the 5:30 Service in the Church. After the service, we will go to the loft at Mission BBQ for food and games. RSVP to Connie at:

Regular 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!

Ice Cream Sundae Sunday: We kick-off the new year for Children’s Sunday Discovery on Sunday, September 30 at 199 Duke of Gloucester Street from 10:45 AM (after the 9:30 service) to noon. Meet your child’s teachers, acclimate your child to their new spiritual formation space, hear and see what your child will be learning, and enjoy an ice cream sundae. Online registration will be available by the end of next week. This year there are three age levels:

  • Level 1 Pre-K & K – focuses on God’s love through scripture, prayer, and music.
  • Level 2: First through third grade – builds on God’s love and how we respond to it.
  • Level 3: Fourth & fifth grade – reflects on the relationship between God and humans and how we fit into God’s sacred history.

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.

Current Volunteer and Service Opportunities

Light House Shelter
Light House Food Pantry

September is St. Anne’s month to help restock the pantry at the Light House.  The food is not for the residents living at the Light House but for our neighbors right here in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County who have a place to live but are short of funds to purchase food. Anyone in need can go to the shelter once a month, see a counselor, and receive food  for 3 meals a day for 3 days plus a few extras packed in 2 bags.  We are asking for average size cans and jars (ie. 15 oz. cans fruit and vegetables, 17- 28 oz. jars peanut butter) as the bags can get quite heavy. Bags will be available in church on Sunday. Select items from the attached list to include in your bags and return the bag to church any Sunday in September and early October.  You can also take your donations to the parish house or directly to the Light House (mention that the donation is from St. Anne’s). If you prefer to make a monetary donation, make a check out to St. Anne’s and mark it “Light House food pantry”.  We will use the money during the fall to purchase food in bulk as supplies dwindle.  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.

On September 5, we received a hearty round of applause from the shelter guests for our meatloaf dinner.  Thank you John Merrick, Wayne Adamson, Page Lyon, Mark Minik, Monica and Bill Barry, Bob Sherer, Trey Lewis, Kathy Allan, Ed Simon, Fran Harwood and Nancy Greeley for all the food and help serving.

On October 3, we are serving pork loin.  We need 3 more people to donate a pork loin of 4-6 pounds, a roast chicken for those who do not eat pork, tossed salad, two people to make macaroni and cheese for for 20 – 25, drinks (iced tea mix, 2 jars juice) and one more pan of apple crumble.  In addition, the shelter has requested we supply a gallon of milk and a dozen eggs for shelter breakfasts.

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

Confidentiality is a top priorty for Stephen Ministers. A Stephen Minister is a caring Christian friend who listens, cares, prays, supports, and encourages without judgment and with complete confidentiality. You do not need to be concerned that other people will discover what you talk about with your Stephen Minister.

Would you like to receive care from a Stephen Minister or know of someone seeking care? Please contact Rev. Dion 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

Search Committee

The Search Committee begins its search grateful for the support and input from the parish and the work of the Profile Committee that will be shared with candidates applying to be our next rector. We have been meeting each week to pray for the rector search. All are welcome to join us on Sundays from 11:00 – 11:30 AM in Room 102 of the Parish House as we seek the Lord’s guidance and discernment during this important time.

A prayer for the Search Committee: O Giver of every good gift: Look graciously upon your church in this place, and so guide us to grow in commitment and service to you, to one another and to this world, that we may call a faithful pastor to join us in the ministry of this parish, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. Please keep the Search Committee in your prayers and look for future updates in the coming weeks. Details are also posted at