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April 11, 2018
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A Note from Jeff

We constructed a labyrinth of 500 glow-in-the-dark pebbles. We ate way too much pizza. We had two video game stations and played flashlight "capture the flag."
Yes, we held our annual youth lock-in last weekend which resulted in a tangled pile of bodies and sleeping bags draped over every horizontal surface in the youth room on Saturday morning! We had a blast and there will be another lock-in June 15th to celebrate the end of school.

For our middle school youth, there is a fantastic Diocesan event coming up next weekend, April 20-22 at nearby Camp Wright on Kent Island. For students in grades 6-8, the event begins Friday, April 20 at 7 p.m. with Sunday pick up at 3 p.m. The event is a whole weekend dedicated to youth working through the transitions of middle school through talks, skits, and small groups. It's a place where they can find community in Christ and mentors in high school students. Campers are responsible for personal transportation to and from Camp Wright. ​Parents, family, and adult leaders are warmly invited to attend closing Eucharist at 2:00 pm in the dining hall. For more information, send me an email.

Finally, DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND we will close out the program year with Bubble Ball at our next Lock-in on Friday, June 15.

Go to for more information.

As usual, we'll meet 6 p.m. on Friday evening, June 15th at the church, and pick up the next morning between 8 and 8:30 a.m. A $15 participation fee is required to help defray the cost of the rental.

I need to know by the end of the week if you/your family member wishes to participate!
St. Margaret's VBS
June 25-29
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
ages 4 to 9
$50 student fee by check
$55 student fee by credit card

The search for a new Minister of Music is moving forward. An advertisement has been placed in national organ publications, and the job description is on our church’s website. The closing date for applications is May 15, after this date the committee will begin reviewing applications. The search committee has been meeting and developing a plan of action for reviewing applications and selecting finalists to audition and interview. If you know of someone who would like to apply for the Minister of Music position, please have them visit our website and apply via the email address on the advertisement
All the committee members are honored to serve in this process and look forward to presenting outstanding candidates to Peter.

Mel Kessler
Music Search Committee Chair
Scheduling Reminder --

The memorial service for Barbara Ridout will be held this Sunday, April 15, at 2 p.m. A reception follows in the parish hall.
Open Table Coming to SMC

The Mission Commission of St. Margaret’s Church has approved the development of our first Open Table program,
an international model that uses the intellectual capital of a faith-based community organized into a group of 6 to 8 parishioners and a Brother or Sister that has experienced homelessness to empower the Brother or Sister to begin living into their human potential. The Table works together to set goals, foster accountability, and implement a plan to create change.

We have six volunteers for our first table, and would welcome additional volunteers. Volunteers agree to meet once a week with a Brother or Sister. The Light House of Annapolis is partnering with The Open Table and area churches to support this program to end homelessness in our community. Our Brother or Sister will be referred by the Light House.

Beth Arruda is the Mission Leader. You can email her at More information is also available at the Open Table website at

Roldan in Concert on April 14

Join us for an evening of beautiful classical guitar with a visit from NYC musician Francisco Roldan. The concert will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 14. Colombian-born guitarist Francisco Roldán has performed in Russia, Argentina, Spain, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Greece, Paraguay, Portugal and throughout the United States. He has played various concerti with orchestra and has participated in numerous chamber music recitals with singers and instrumentalists.  Concert is free but donations welcome.
Sunday Display on Upcoming Dageno School Visit/Safari in 2019

St. Margarets Missions Commission is excited to announce to parishioners that there will be a special trip to Tanzania on March 7-20, 2019. The all-inclusive trip will include a safari - visiting the most beautiful spots of the Serengeti - and a 3-day visit to the Dageno Girls Center. Dageno has been a St. Margaret’s grant recipient since 2014, but this is the first time parishioners will visit in person. The itinerary has been planned and will be led by Teri Priebe of King George Travel—a very experienced TZ tour operator. The land-only cost is $3,800—a significant discount from the $6,000+ she normally charges for similar trips. 

Teri will be at St. Margarets this Sunday, April 15 during coffee hour with photos of and more information about the trip.  A $500 deposit secures your spot. Space is limited to 24. 
Faith & Fellowship with Movie Nights

This coming Monday, April 9, our Monday evening activities resume with music rehearsals, acolyte practice, our Fellowship Meal at 6 p.m. and youth group at 6:30.

Our Adult Formation evenings in April/May will focus on champions for the environment. Sponsored by our Green Team, each film highlights volunteers who speak up for nature and, through their stories, who shed light on the beauty, appreciation and understanding of the world around us and the things that threaten their future. We'll start at 6:45 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Join us!

April 16 – 6:45 PM
The Story of Aldo Leopold and the Land Ethic

The only full-length documentary film about legendary conservation thinker Aldo Leopold, Green Fire explores Leopold’s extraordinary career and his enduring influence on the environmental movement. The film traces Leopold’s personal journey and follows the threads that created his idea of a land ethic, exploring how it changed one man and later permeated all parts of modern conservation. By presenting examples of conservation projects around the world, the film challenges viewers to contemplate their own relationship with the natural world.

Green Fire uses photographs, correspondence, and historical and contemporary film footage of important Leopold landscapes. Leopold’s writings are still considered profoundly relevant and beautifully poetic. Featured is commentary from many influential conservation leaders, including three of Leopold’s children – Nina, Carl, and Estella – and renowned scholars, environmental writers, scientists, policy makers, and business and non-profit leaders. Discussion to Follow.

Meatloaf, Memories, and Melodies on April 21

Guild Recycling Spring Flowers Program

St. Margaret's Guild will be holding their annual spring flower sale but with a twist. On April 22, Guild members will be giving out pots after each service to parishioners who can share some of their own flowers for other parishioners. Participants will fill the pots and return their plant donations to the Annex steps (old Day School next to the sanctuary)on the following Sunday, April 29. The Guild will then sell these offerings as a fundraiser for their mission projects starting May 6. For questions or more information, contact Arvilla Wubbenhorst at .
Foyers End-of-Year Social on May 6

A sure sign of spring is the May foyers gathering that is scheduled for Sunday, May 6 from 3-5:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall. The purpose of the event is members to gather to celebrate another year of friendship, ministry and wonderful food. Please bring either an appetizer/snack or dessert and something you wish to share about your group and the Foyer experience. For example, what worked well, what was done differently, and what about the Foyer experience should others know.
Beverages will be provided by the Foyer Team.
Please RSVP to one of the Foyer Team Members.
Vera Torrence
Jan Little:
Karen Engelke:
Kathy Lang:
Support Relay for Life 2018
held on May 19

This year's Relay for Life will be held on Saturday, May 19 at the Earleigh Heights Fire Dept. campus in Severna Park. This year, walking will only take place from 2 p.m. to 12 a.m.

A Survivor Victory Lap will start at 2:00 pm and then each team is invited to continue the "Walk for a Cure."  A Caregiver Lap will start at 2:20 pm.

We need walkers and other site volunteers throughout the afternoon and evening from 2:00 pm to midnight on Saturday May 19, 2018.

You can also find our Relay table on Sunday mornings during coffee hour. 
Upcoming Youth Events

Summer Mission Trip
North Carolina Coastline Disaster Relief
July 15-21 (age 14 and up – this is because there is power tool use) Cost: approx. $250 (scholarships are available) Deadline July 1

Brethren Disaster Ministries' Rebuild Program engages volunteers to repair and rebuild storm damaged homes for some of the most vulnerable disaster survivors, thereby easing trauma and promoting recovery. Trained construction leaders and household leaders provide volunteer orientation and instruction on the work site, as well as meals at the volunteers housing. Unskilled volunteers willing to learn are invited to work alongside those who are skilled and willing to teach. Volunteer housing is provided, often at local churches or community buildings, where weekly volunteers and leaders stay, eat and become more connected with the community.

Summer Planning for SMC Youth
We are looking for parents of SMC youth to host an activity so that our youth will have a chance to get together and have some fun this summer. Nothing fancy. You could do a game-and-pizza night, an afternoon bowling out of the hot Maryland sun, or even running through the hose in your back yard! The church can provide you with $50 to defray any costs incurred, and we will provide you with the e-mail list so you can stay in contact with folks. To follow up, contact Jeff Conover.

Claggett Summer Camps
Registration is now available for summer camps for Episcopal children and youth at the lovely Claggett Center close to Frederick, including:

June 17, 2018 - June 22, 2018

June 24, 2018 - June 29, 2018

July 8, 2018 - July 13, 2018

Upcoming Golf Tournaments

There are two golf tournaments coming up that could use St. Margaret's support for good causes!

The Bishops’ Cup is still played for a designated beneficiary, and for bragging rights. This year all proceeds will be used to fund Hurricane Maria Rebuilding in our companion Diocese of Puerto Rico. Funds raised through the tournament will help purchase building supplies, help fund mission trips, and go to support our brothers and sisters who survived the devastating storm that made landfall on Sept. 20, 2017. New this year is the tournament’s location and style. Thursday, May 10, is the day before the opening of Diocesan Convention at Turf Valley Resort on the Hialeah golf course. Holding the Bishops’ Cup Open there seems natural.

Golfers will have a choice of tee times from 1:04 – 2:16 PM. Play will still be Captain’s Choice and the top three winning foursomes will be awarded prizes. The winning team will also have the honor of displaying the Bishops’ Cup trophy for the next year.

June 14 - Light House Golf Tournament
Friends of the Light House will be hosting their annual event on Thursday, June 14. at the Renditions Golf Course in Davidsonville. St. Margaret's is now soliciting team participation. Fees are $137.50 per person and $550 per four-person team — if we get our reservations in before the end of April. Last year our group included 16 players and this year our goal is at least 20. To participate, contact Mike Winn at .
Day School Readies for Summer & School Year 2018-19

As the Day School year winds down, planning for the summer and the next school year begins.

For information on school registration, get in touch with Day School Director Tricia McVeigh at

Spizzico and Froyo@ Bay Hills
Enjoy a meal or special treat at either or both businesses and a portion of the proceeds go to St. Margaret's Day School! All are welcome to participate and support our school.
Mental Health Support in AA Co

SAVE THE DATE: Tuesday 5/15 7:00 PM:

Christ Our Anchor Presbyterian Church's Mission Committee will be continuing its special emphasis on mental health and addiction issues with a special observance of May as Mental Health Awareness month. The church will host a presentation by Fred Delp, the Director of  Anne Arundel County NAMI  (National Alliance on Mental Illness). Come if you are dealing with a diagnosis OR if you are looking for better ways to help someone you love. Anyone is welcome--spread the word!  Please RSVP to the church office by emailing  or calling (410) 974-1713. 

St. Margaret's Church Staff

The Rev. Peter W. Mayer, Rector -
The Rev. Dr. Rhetta Wiley, Interim Associate Rector -
Elizabeth Radley, Director of Operations -
Laura Tayman, Planning & Communications Asst. -
Jeff Conover, Youth Ministries Asst. -
Hope Stinson, Interim Music Director
Harriet Newquist, Bookkeeper -
Tricia McVeigh, Day School Director -
Jim Bowersox, Facility Operations Asst.