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A Letter from Our Rector

Beloved in Christ,

I write to you on the Feast of Lancelot Andrewes.  Andrewes’ faith in the Lord Jesus Christ was lived out with deep piety and humility. One of his seminal endeavors was to oversee the translation of the Authorized Version or The King James Version of the Bible in England. I believe that Andrews has contributed to our understanding of the importance of doing the work of contextual translation.

St. Anne’s is part of The Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement. Being part of the great Anglican tradition entails translating the faith of the historic church in language and styles that can be understood in our time and is faithful to the Christian tradition as have inherited it. Such a work of translation requires that we continuously discern the will of God through the power of the Holy Spirit with deep humility.  After prayerful consideration, there are two areas of such discernment that I place before you: 1. Liturgy; and 2. Role of Clergy.


On October 6, 2019, we will commence Sunday Evening Prayer as an additional way of centering ourselves in the liturgy of the church and expressing this centeredness through the words of the Book of Common Prayer (1979) and music. We will also amplify our expression of the wider Anglican tradition at the 11:00 am Sunday Eucharist (Choral Eucharist) through the expanded use of Anglican chant and incense.

The ministerial staff is also praying about using Saturday evenings, beginning Epiphany tide, as an opportunity for learning about the fundamentals of the Christian faith in the context of worship. Rather than another Eucharistic offering, the primary objective of the Saturday Evening Prayer, which will use the Sunday Lessons, will be to prepare adults and youth for either Baptism, Confirmation, Reception into The Episcopal Church, or the Reaffirmation of Baptismal Vows.  I ask your prayers about all of these matters as we discern how to make Christ known in what is becoming a post-Christian world.

Role of Clergy:

In order to live into our call to widen and go beyond our circle, it has become necessary to clearly delineate lines of clergy responsibility.  My focus, as Rector, will be on being your Chief Pastor, teacher, and institutional leader so that I can prayerfully focus on communicating your vision and developing institutional relationships within and beyond Annapolis. In order for me to focus on this ministry, I have asked The Rev. Dion Thompson to serve as my principal deputy with the responsibility of being the point person for liturgy in addition to his current ministry in coordinating pastoral care ministry.  Fr. Dion has graciously accepted this call to serve as our Senior Associate Rector.  Effective the First Sunday of Advent, Fr. Dion will move from being Associate for Pastoral Care to Senior Associate.

I am also honored to announce that The Rev. Jessica Sexton has agreed to be the principal point person on the clergy staff for outreach, work among Christians seekers, and Adult Christian formation. Jess+ will function as the Rector’s point person for these vital ministries. Effective the First Sunday of Advent, Jess+ will move from being an Assistant Priest to Associate Rector.

In addition to the three of us, as a parish, we are blessed and grateful to have experienced clergy, who have retired from their official roles, to assist us. I am delighted that they will continue to offer wise counsel and assist in liturgical responsibilities.  Our call as clergy is to support your vocation as the baptized so that we, collectively, live into the implications of the Christian faith.

On a personal note, I continue to be blessed by your ministry and pray that we may work to expand the circle.   I ask for your prayers that we may walk in humility and prayerful discernment as we seek to translate our living faith to future generations.

I am grateful for all that you are all that you do for the glory of God.

Yours in Christ,


The Rev. Manoj Mathew Zacharia, Ph.D.
Rector St. Anne’s Parish, Annapolis, MD


Stewardship 2020

Dear Friends:

THANK YOU for the gift of your prayerful participation and presence at St. Anne’s Church. The past year has been a most eventful and blessed one for St. Anne’s!  In August, we joyfully welcomed Rev. Manoj Zacharia as our new rector to continue with us on our shared journey of faith and to help expand our work bringing hope to St. Anne’s and the wider community, including the City of Annapolis and State of Maryland.

Patrick Carlson, Josiah Dykstra, and Dave Huggins – your Stewardship Committee

To read the full letter, click here.
To record your pledge to St. Anne’s, click here.
Cemetery Cleanup

Saturday, September 28, will a beautiful day to spend outside in the St. Anne’s cemetery working on removing ivy from our majestic trees and lichen from some of our fragile gravestones. As we prepare to receive the bones of Smith Price from the Asbury Methodist Church community for re-interment on November 1, it is important that we show the community our respect for this important event by making sure that our historic cemetery reflects our care for those who rest within our walls. ALL ARE WELCOME to come and help us in this endeavor.

We will start at 9:00 AM with a continental breakfast and coffee. Bring gloves and a hat and wear comfortable outdoor shoes. If you have them, bring any garden tool that you think you might use…clippers, loppers, small saws, pruners, hooks, rakes, etc. The ivy needs to be pulled down from the trees and raked away from the trunks. If you are going to be working on the gravestones, bring kitchen brushes and old cloths or towels. If you have no equipment, there will be lots of equipment to be shared. Also, bring a lawn chair for breaks. We plan to wrap up around noon.

Thank you all for your help with this important mission.

For more information or to let us know of your interest so that we will have enough food for breakfast, please email Ginger DeLuca a


Blessing of the Animals

Bring your beloved pets to Church Circle on Sunday, October 6 for a special blessing.  The festivities begin at 12:30 PM with face painting for children and a visit from St. Francis and all his pets. The Blessing Liturgy will begin at 1:00 PM. Participants are encouraged to bring a donation to support the SPCA. For more information, please see the flyer in the pews or St. Anne’s website.


Adult Forum: Faith in Action

Our Forum Series kicks off this Sunday at 11:00 AM in the Parish Hall with author, attorney and activist, Dr. Riley Temple. The forum series seeks to explore what it means to be a Christian today and with our faith in Christ how we are called to engage the world. This week Dr. Temple will provide the history of Confederate memorials and place them in the context of the larger story of race in America. He will discuss how the homages to slavery provide a means of teaching about the Civil War, and how it was rooted in the belief that blacks were less than human. The question then becomes how do we, as Christians, reflect that belief — still, and what do our teachings ask us to do?


Fellowship with the Zacharias

If you have not signed up yet for one of our Fellowships with the Zacharias, there is still room at two of the gatherings. One is on October 20 at the Davis/Matzen home in Severna Park and the other is at the Purdy home in Hillsmere on October 27.

You may sign up via Signup Genius here or with Vestry members who will be at the back of the Church after services this Sunday, September 29.


Social Media Sunday

Social Media Sunday is this Sunday! Social Media Sunday is an ecumenical effort to share the good news about building community online. This annual event gives faith communities an opportunity to consider how to reach out online, digitally welcome people, and share their stories. Like and follow your congregation’s social media pages, like and follow your diocesan social media on Facebook or Twitter or Instagram. Tags to use: #SMS19 #CommunityofLove #EncounterEngage #CommunityOfLove. Resources for Social Media Sunday are here.

Sunday 5:30 Service Returns October 6

Sunday evening services will resume at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church beginning on October 6, 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 6 – Choral Vespers
Our first season of the Fall schedule is built around the theme of “praise and thanksgiving”. Members of the Bach+ Consort, the St. Anne’s Choir and Annapolis Chorale and a wonderful quartet of soloists all under the direction of Music Director J. Ernest Green, will come together to present Bach’s celebratory “Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir” (We thank you God, We thank you!). This piece features one of the most exciting and iconic opening movements ever written.
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 Church Choir Room.  We will study the fourth chapter of Ephesians.

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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

St. Anne’s parishioners have been busy this spring working on a Habitat house on Clay Street.  The renovated house is due to be completed this summer, and a new homeowner has already been selected and is putting in her “sweat equity” hours, working alongside volunteers with the Annapolis Interfaith Coalition.  Pictured are St. Anne’s hard working volunteers Mike Creighton, Phil Reynolds and Bill Malicki.  For information about Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake or to volunteer, contact Linda Silva at

Light House Shelter
Cooking for the Light House

St. Anne’s and the Men’s huddle 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 November 6, we plan to serve spaghetti and meatballs.  We will need people to provide spaghetti sauce, spaghetti noodles, salad, vegetables, meatballs and dessert. 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

Each of the churches that support the Light House has a month to help stock the food pantry.  St Anne’s has the month of September.  Food gets scarce during the summer months so we help get the pantry back on it’s feet.  We will pass out grocery bags at church during September.  Return your donations  to church or take them directly to the Light House.  Tell the volunteer at the shelter that you are from St. Anne’s.  We are off to a great start with 9 bags (144 pounds) of food collected at church on September 8. If you wish to make a monetary contribution, write a check to St. Anne’s and include “Light House Pantry” on the memo line.  We will use the money to purchase specific needed items

Food in the pantry is not for those living at the shelter but for our neighbors here in Annapolis who have homes but lack funds to purchase food.  Clients of the pantry see a social worker at the shelter and can get food three times a month.  The pantry has been reorganized so that clients can select the food they need.  The most needed food items are:  peanut butter, canned chicken and tuna, jelly, vegetables , canned fruit, spaghetti sauce and rice (especially brown rice).  Also needed are cold cereal, pancake mix and juice.

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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 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
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.