Dragon Tales E-News                     October 4, 2017
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The Rev. Peter W. Mayer, Rector                                            info@st-margarets.org
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A Note from Peter
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Standing behind the altar is a place of great comfort to me. It's not just breaking bread, but it's been that way since I was an acolyte. Growing up, it was one of my 'happy places' along with the garage in which I would play road hockey most days after school. In spring of 2013, I traveled to Las Vegas with a group of college friends, and I found another happy place I will never forget the first time I woke up at 5:30 am Vegas time (8:30 am EST) and walked down the strip. The sun was just coming up over the mountains, the only sound was the brooms of street cleaners and the few buses that were out then. It's hard to explain the peace I have found on those early morning walks, but I sometimes go back to that place when I stand behind the altar some Sundays. I will close my eyes, see the dirty and trash-ridden pavement in front of my feet, feel the cool air and warm sun mixing on my face, hear the quietness in my heart as my heart mimics beats I heard the night before.

Sunday's terrorist attack won't change that. I plan on returning there next month, and I hope I can give blood somewhere the first day I land. This is all part of following Jesus on the way. We don't stay still. We don't stop living. We continue to risk being broken open, no matter where we are, in order to offer ourselves to a world that needs our love more than ever. I'm not much for the idea of a cosmic struggle between good and evil, but make no mistake: as Christians, we are tasked with joining God in bringing justice and peace and healing to the world. Be about that work, and don't stop. Work for sensible gun control. Give blood. Listen to and love your enemies. Don't tire in doing good. Break bread with each other.
It's October! The new month brings cooler air, fall foliage, trick or treaters, and the final weeks of our Stewardship campaign!!
For those of you that have already pledged, thank you! The Stewardship Committee is pleased to report that as of last week, we've received 93 pledges totaling $460,000. We are just over halfway to our goal of $890,000 in pledge commitments for this year. In the immortal words of Jon Bon Jovi, we're halfway there!!
So why pledge to St. Margaret's?  Stewardship supports our current programs, ministries, missions and campus upkeep while also providing support for future growth at St. Margaret's. Future campus, programming and staffing needs are all supported by our Stewardship efforts. Our growth in programs and activities has outpaced our giving, so pledging during Stewardship is important.  In short, Stewardship allows St. Margaret's to be St. Margaret's.
So how do you pledge to St. Margaret's? Online pledging is available here, and pledge cards are available at church. We encourage you to give a gift that is meaningful and reflective of God's blessings in your life. We ask that you pledge by October 27, 2017 to provide adequate time for 2018 budget considerations.
If we can be of any assistance, or if you would like to discuss estate giving and/or gifting of stock, please contact Stewardship co-chairs Doug Seybert ( doug_seybert@yahoo.com; 703.599.8746) or Brad Callahan ( brad@metacoastal.com; 443.326.3333).
Thank you for your support of St. Margaret's Church.
~The Stewardship Team
Missions Fair 2017


Thank you to Beth Arruda, Christine Feldmann, and the Missions Commission for providing parishioners with the opportunity to learn more about service opportunities available to help transform lives in Christ. If you would like to see service opportunities, click here. Thank you to Chris Edwards and Richard Green for photos!

We also thank Allison Mathews of the Anne Arundel County Public Schools for sharing her experiences with meeting the needs of local families here on the Broadneck peninsula.

Mark your calendar! 
Anniversary Weekend on Oct. 20-22

Friday, Oct. 20, 7 p.m.
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A Vespers Service of Remembrance
Musical artists Carolyn Surrick, viola da gamba
and Ginger Hildebrand, violin

Saturday, Oct. 21, 5:30 p.m.
A Virtual History Tour of St. Margaret's and the Broadneck Peninsula

Saturday, Oct. 21, 7 p.m. 
Reflections on the Parish in a coffeehouse setting
with music featuring Third Sunday Band

Sunday, Oct. 22, Sunday Morning Services
Featuring music with Benjamin Taylor, Baritone,
currently with the Pittsburgh Opera. 
Festive reception at 10:20 a.m.

Sunday, Oct. 22, Choral Evensong, 5 p.m.
Led by former rector the Rt. Rev. Mary Glasspool
Assistant Bishop of New York
musical artist Fatma Daglar, principal oboe with the Annapolis Symphony 
and SMC choirs performing Vivaldi's Gloria with chamber orchestra  followed by a reception

If you can bring finger foods for either reception, please email
Kathy.Lang@verizon.net (Sunday morning) or
carol_dressler@comcast.net (Sunday evening).

Child care provided for all services.

Necrology List for All Saints
We are now collecting names of those who were born and those who have died this year for our All Saints Mass Sunday bulletin on Nov. 5. If you have a name you wish to place on the list, please email it to info@st-margarets.org or leave it in the church office by October 30th.
Refugee/Immigrant Support Forum on Sunday 10/8
The SMC Social Justice Interest Group will present a brief update on current national refugee/immigrant issues this coming Sunday during coffeehour, 10:15-11 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Join these parishioners who will provide updates on three ongoing SMC activities with refugees and immigrants.
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Prayer Shawl Ministry Meets on 10/7
All are welcome (no matter what your skill level may be) to join members of the Prayer Shawl Ministry at their monthly session on Saturday, October 7, starting at 9 a.m. in the administration building. It is a great way to get to know others in this ministry that provides shawls for those needing extra comfort. If you have questions, contact Jane Piche at star2d2@aol.com.
No Faith & Fellowship activities THIS coming Monday, 10/9.    

There will be Motet Ensemble rehearsal. 
Newcomers Dinner Coming Up on 10/15
All newcomers to St. Margaret's are invited to a dinner in their honor on Sunday, Oct. 15, 5 p.m. in the Parish Hall. The event, sponsored by the Newcomers Committee, allows those new to the parish to hear from church leaders on the programs and activities offered at SMC.Children are welcome. 

Please RSVP to Jane Piche at star2d2@aol.com as soon as you know you will be coming so they can plan adequately.

If you need child care after the meal, please contact Elizabeth@st-margarets.org by October 10th.
Thursday Morning Bible Study Continues This Week
Our Thursday morning bible study continues from 9:15-10:30 a.m. in Formation Classroom E. Childcare is available in the church nursery. All are welcome! This year's study will center on Forward Movement's publication "The Path" - the story of the Bible, excerpted from the New Revised Standard Version so that it is clear and easy to read. Participants will follow the path of God's love all the way from the beginning to the end, from Adam's creation to John's revelation.

Grants Applications Available
The application for St. Margaret's annual endowment grants program is now available on our website. Please share this link with any group that you believe could benefit from this funding. Contact person is our Grants Administrator Izzy Winn
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Open House on October 12, 9:15 to 11:15 a.m.

Vestry/SMDS Board Visitation Day on Oct. 13, 9:15 to 11:15 a.m.

St. Margaret's Day School Fundraiser - October 19
Spizzico/Froyo at Bay Hills

Food Drive for the Light House Shelter
Week of Oct. 23
Place donations in the 
Formation Building Lobby in designated box

Registration for Kindergarten of 2018-19
begins the week of Oct. 16