Dragon Tales E-News                 November 8, 2017
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The Rev. Peter W. Mayer, Rector                                            info@st-margarets.org

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Note:  There will be no water on the church campus 
on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 10-11, due to well repairs.

The funeral for Maggie Wilmore will be held at the church on Thursday, Nov. 16, 1:30 p.m. A reception will be held afterwards in the Parish Hall.
A Note on Stewardship 2018 

Thank you from the Stewardship Team, the Vestry and the staff of St. Margaret's Church for your generous response in supporting our parish in the coming year! 

The campaign has raised $829,986, which is 93% of our $890,000 goal, and helps St. Margaret's properly plan next year's budget. 
If you forgot to pledge before the deadline or needed a little more time, you can still submit a pledge online by clicking HERE.
Thank you for your generous support of St. Margaret's!
  Blue Jean Sunday This Week

Wear your work clothes and bring your tools as parishioners join together to clean and patch up our campus. The work will begin after the 9 a.m. service. Bring  your tools, gloves,  shovels, wheelbarrows, pruners and rakes. For questions, email Al Todd at hydroman1037@gmail.com.
Download a  PDF of the Bazaar flyer and share with your family and friends on social media!  Proceeds benefit the mission projects of St. Margaret's Guild.
Thanks and Giving 2018

On Sunday November 19th, churches from the Broadneck peninsula will gather together to package emergency dried meals through Outreach, Inc. These meals go to those suffering from hunger, often due to disasters, in our country and across the world. Our hope is to package 15,000 meals. This is a family-friendly event!  All ages are welcome. We will gather in the Gloria Dei! Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall located at 461 College Parkway, Arnold, MD.  We will package meals at 4 p.m. and conclude with a brief time of worship. This is an opportunity to give thanks to God for what we have and to give out of our abundance to those in need.

Thanksgiving Meal Donations

Thanksgiving angels are needed! Members of the parish once again are asked to provide holiday meals to needy neighbors. We have received names and addresses from Broadneck Elementary School and the AA County Dept. of Social Services of neighbors on the Broadneck Peninsula needing help purchasing their holiday dinner. Our list includes seniors and families with children. The Missions Commission will provide the turkeys, but we ask parishioners to provide the ingredients for the rest of the meal and deliver the food basket to the recipient a few days BEFORE Thanksgiving Day.  No cooking involved. Turkeys and baskets will be available for pick-up in the Parish Hall on Sunday, Nov. 19, or by separate arrangement. In advance, you will receive the name of your recipient and delivery instructions. To volunteer, contact Barbara Marder at scubaesc@aol.com or 410-518-9978.
Upcoming Brotherhood Social
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The Brotherhood will have their Fall Social at the home of Grant and Ruth Harmon on Tuesday Evening, November 14 at 6 p.m. Members and spouses are most welcome. Please advise George Breeden (410-757-6719) or Jim Knorr (410-757-4549) if you will be attending and what Fall delicacy you will be bringing.
Coming This Advent... 
Family Advent Wreathmaking on Sunday, Nov. 26
Join us Sunday, November 26 for Advent Wreath Making during the Coffee Hour. Whether it's a long-time family tradition or a festive new one, keeping an Advent wreath is a perfect way to pause, reflect, and pray during what can be a hectic Advent season.  DONATIONS OF GREENS are necessary (and appreciated!) for this event. Please leave them at the Parish Hall front doors Saturday after Thanksgiving through Sunday morning before the 9 a.m. service.  While there will be pruning shears available to share during the event, bringing your own can be helpful. There will be a small fee to cover the cost of supplies.  To help set up and/or clean up, or offer a donation of greens (not necessary to sign up for a greens donation, but it will help with planning), text Laurie Tomko at  804-363-1432

Advent Lessons & Carols on Dec. 3 at 5 p.m.
As we begin our spiritual preparation for the birth of Jesus at Christmas, join us for this traditional service sung by the choirs of St. Margaret's. Readings from Holy Scripture, seasonal hymns and choral anthems will prepare us for the promised coming of the Messiah.

RE:Thinking Advent with the Rev. Peter Mayer
The Rev. Peter will be leading an interactive discussion of three components to help us re-think what the Advent season can mean for all of us. The discussions will take place during coffeehour (10:20-11 a.m.) in the Fellowship Hall on Dec. 3, 10, & 17.

Advent Through the Psalms
The Rev. Rhetta Wiley will explore the tradition of praying the Psalms, first examining their composition and formation into the Psalter, then the range of Jewish and Christian interpretation, and finally discussing how to claim the psalms for ourselves and take our place in the ongoing community of psalmic prayer. The program will be the adult formation program for Faith & Fellowship Monday events at 6:45 p.m. on Dec. 4, 11, and 18.
Help Needed for Winter Relief at St. Philip's 

St. Philip's Church in Annapolis is hosting winter relief the week of January 2-8. St. Margaret's volunteers have been asked to make and serve two dinners and two breakfasts as we have done in the past.  We also need to supply drivers for the morning and afternoon transportation with the van.  Volunteers are needed for evening dinners that Thursday and Saturday and for Thursday and Friday mornings for breakfast.  There will be a sign-up sheet on Sundays during coffee hour. Stop by and see Judy Hall to find out how you can help or contact her at judy.hall0404@gmail.com.
Church Circle Singers in Concert @ St. Margaret's
November 17 @ 7 p.m.
St. Margaret's is pleased to host these  9 incredible vocalists 
who will perform glorious works by Pärt, Muhly, Byrd, Tallis, and Bach.

St. Margaret's parishioners are offered a 10% discount!  
For more info, contact James@st-margarets.org.
day school

Thank you to everyone who stopped by the Day School's successful book fair last week!

St. Margaret's Day School (SMDS) was awarded a Unity Gardens Grant to enhance their Green School Certification and National Wildlife Federation "Schoolyard Habitat site." In partnership with SMC Green/Environmental Committees, Homestead Gardens, and a local Girl Scout Daisy Troop #868, SMDS designed a native plant/pollinator community garden to attract beneficial bugs that the students can identify and study. Stop by the Day School's entrance and take a look!
 Monday Evenings at St. Margaret's
 Join us!

Many thanks to the Youth Group who provided the Fellowship Dinner last week!

Schedule of Activities:

Spirit Singers - 5:00 p.m. - in Classroom C 

St. Margaret's Chorale - 5 p.m. - Choir Room
Children's Activities - 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. - in the Parish Hall 
Acolyte Practice - 5:30 - 6:00 p.m. - in the Sanctuary
Fellowship Meal - 6:00 p.m. - in the Parish Hall - 
All are welcome to come and share a healthy meal, created and served by volunteers. Click here to donate toward meal costs.
Youth Group - 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. - in Youth Room 

Adult Formation Class - 6:45 p.m. - Formation Building 
On Monday, November 13, Mary Klein, archivist of the Diocese of Maryland, will talk about the history of the Episcopal Church in our region. 
Thursday Morning Bible Study 
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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