We thank our St. Margaret's delegates Tom Wenz, Maggy Cullman, Kathy Lang (alternate) and Charlie Lang, and the Rev. Peter Mayer who attended the Diocese of Maryland annual convention this past weekend.
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E-news for May 17, 2017
A Note from Elizabeth
Our St. Margaret's Green Team has been active in educating parishioners about how to work toward  fulfilling our sacred imperative to care for God's creation. Our church members have cleaned, planted, and recycled. Parishioners have chosen to use alternative forms of energy, have supported a LEED Silver certified building process, and initiated the installation of green-friendly products throughout the campus.

An exciting example was the installation of solar panels on our new formation building last spring that has garnered some interesting results.

How energy is measured:
A kilowatt, also abbreviated kW, is a globally recognized standard for measuring electricity. One kilowatt is equal to 1,000 watts.  Your electricity company charges by how much electricity you use per kilowatt hour (kWh). To put it simply, this means it measures the number of kilowatts you use over time.
In February and March combined, our solar panels generated 5840 kWh of energy.  According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the average household electricity use is 11,496 kWh per year.  From Feb 1- March 31 (60 days), our formation building used 22,017kWh. So there is still a good deal of work to do to.
Some things YOU can do to reduce St. Margaret's energy COSTS:
DON'T automatically turn on lights when you enter a room. In fact, our building lobby and stairwell was designed to be used with less artificial light so give it a try without the lights first.
DO turn off lights when you leave a room. We have automatic sensors in most rooms, but they can and may have been bypassed.
DO use double-side printing and copying.
DON'T block the airflow around vents.
DO close the doors on campus.  Leaving doors wide open to a room or building may make it more inviting to come in, but it wastes energy. Don't prop doors open but allow them to close after people walk through the doorway. (Think parish hall doors and coffeehour.)

Sunday, May 21
12:15 p.m.
Parish Hall

If you are planning to attend and have NOT RSVPd, please email info@st-margarets.org with your name and number attending ASAP.

Our Vestry is beginning a new annual tradition of honoring volunteers for their commitment to transforming lives in Christ through extraordinary volunteer efforts over time to multiple SMC's ministries. Those listed below have spent countless hours serving our ministries, commissions and community and will be recognized at our Volunteer Luncheon. Later this summer, their names will be displayed in a prominent place on our campus. Congratulations to all!

Tom Bein
Bud Billups
Bill Bird
Dave Boyce
Barbara Breeden
George Breeden
Jean Clarke
Leah Drooff
Jim Ferguson
Wendy Gargano
John Goldthwait
Phil Graham
Jim Hall
Judy Hall
Dalyn Huntley
Beth Knorr
Jim Knorr
Ann Lallande
Jeanne Nardi
Jane Piche
Gordon Piche
Kathy Polk
John Purgason
Joan Rich
George Saroch
Kirsten Tolley
George Tolley
Teresa Todd
Mark Torrence
Mike Winn 
Arvilla Wubbenhorst
Last Day of Program Year - May 22

Youth Group Families
Faith and Fellowship--Youth Group Cooking Night
As an appreciation and thank you to the wonderful volunteers and families who make Faith and Fellowship a great success, the Monday night youth group will be sponsoring and cooking dinner on Monday, May 22nd.  Each youth is asked to be at the Parish Hall kitchen by 5:00 to help cook.  We are also asking for donations of  food items for the dinner.  Please sign up below.  Items must be in the church kitchen by 5:00 on May 22nd unless other arrangements have been made. Youth will also be responsible for cleaning up after dinner.   Thank you!

Bring a blanket  for a picnic style dinner to celebrate our last Faith and Fellowship meal together.  Meet at 6 p.m. on the playground for a dinner prepared by our youth group.  The picnic will be moved to the Parish Hall in case  of  rain.   

ATTN Spirit Singers/Chorale Members -- Meet at the Rita's in Cape St. Claire on Monday night at 5:00 p.m. for our annual special treat!


Last Day of Sunday School:
Class photos will be taken
in classrooms

Summer Bible Camp
Our LEGO themed "Bricks 4 God" summer bible camp is now full!  The camp will be held June 26-30, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Margaret's for children entering Kindergarten through completion of 5th grade. There will be a $25 fee which includes a camp t-shirt.
To be put on the waiting list, email jenelle@st-margarets.org.

Sunday School:  Help Wanted
There is still a need for a fourth and fifth grade Sunday School leader and some Godly Play greeters for next program year. If you can help, please email jenelle@st-margarets.org .
Coming Up

Social Justice Interest Group Meeting
The meeting scheduled for tonight has been postponed.

St. Margaret's Guild Summer Luncheon
Our women's guild annual summer luncheon will be held on June 7 at the South River Golf Club at noon. Tickets are $30. Checks should be made out to "St. Margaret's Church" will "Guild luncheon" on the memo line. All are welcome! Deadline for reservations is May 30th.

Friendly Reminder for All Members of the 2017 Foyer Groups
Please mark your calendar and plan to attend our end of the year get-together on Sunday, May 21 from 4-6:00 pm in the Parish Hall. This is our time to come together so all groups can connect, share food and discussion, and plan for next year. We are asking each member to bring either a dessert, appetizer, and small plate food item to share. Beverages will be provided. If your group has any pictures to share, we would love for you to bring them. We also ask for you to bring your thoughts about:
  • What worked for your group this year?
  • The Foyers Groups would be better if...
We know some of you are already attending the Volunteers Reception and we hope you will also join us for this event.  We look forward to seeing you on May 21!
Bluegrass Mass - June 4

Our annual outdoor Bluegrass Mass and parish picnic will occur on Sunday, June 4, at 11:15 a.m. Led by our Third Sunday Band, our Mass will include a good, old-fashioned hymn sing. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be provided. 

For those with last names from A-L, please bring a dessert. 
For those with names from M-Z, please bring a side dish.

Graduate Recognition - Names Now Due

We will also recognize our graduates at the Bluegrass Mass,. I f you have a graduate you want recognized, please send their name to info@st-margarets.org by May 30:

Please let the church office know if your high school graduate will attend the Bluegrass Mass as they will be presented with a special gift during the service.


A Love Everlasting - Spring 2017
featuring the Church Circle Young Singers

"A Love Everlasting," features works by Bairstow, Britten, Clements, Mendelssohn, Palestrina, Rheinberger, Todd, and even some modern pop tunes by the likes of Ben Folds and Pentatonix.  They'll be doing a bit of vocal jazz as well - George and Ira Gershwin's A Foggy Day - arranged for SSAA ensemble by our very own Lena Seikaly. 

Saturday, May 27, 2017 - 7:00pm
St. Margaret's Episcopal Church

Todd Marcus Jazz in Concert
Saturday, June 17
7:30 p.m.

"Marcus...is cleary what the jazz polls call a "rising star"...In Marcus' hands, the bass clarinet is no longer a specialty instrument. Its unique timbral richness becomes incisive, fully capable of forceful expression."
- Jazz Times

Tickets are $20 - Pay by cash or check at the door
Join us Sunday, June 11 th  in the Parish Hall, between the 9 & 11:15 a.m. services, to witness parishioner Phil Meeder and a special guest perform " The Thank You Note" --  a heartwarming f amily-f riendly story you will not want to miss!

Infinity Theatre presents "Godspell"
A group of St. Margaret's parishioners will be attending the Infinity Theatre's upcoming production of the musical "Godspell" on Thursday afternoon, 2 p.m., July 13, at the CTA theater off of nearby Bay Head Road. The company performing the show is New York City quality! Discounted group tickets are $30. If you would like to attend, please either pay by credit card on the church website or make a check out to "St. Margaret's Church" with "Godspell" in the memo line.  Orders are due by June 9th. If you have a question, email info@st-margarets.org.

 July 29 -- Parish Hall -- All singers welcome!

Camp Allen
July 31-August 4
Want to volunteer?  Contact Coordinator Sarah Hayde at smhyde@aol.com.

Episcopal Night at Camden Yards
Friday, August 4 - Orioles vs. Tigers
Tickets available soon.
Weed Warriors

Can you sacrifice one hour sometime over the next few months? Just one?

We are looking for some volunteers to help us with keeping our native plant landscaping looking good. We need some Weed  Warriors!  All we ask is that you consider choosing a week between now and October and volunteer to stop by the church and pull some weeds for one hour. You can do it any time of day, any day of the week you choose. Weeding can be meditative, a good time for prayer, and give you a sense of accomplishment! Many hands will make light work!  

Just sign up through the sign up genius at the following web link:

Other Calendar Notes 

-Deadline for submissions for the Summer Spire is Friday, May 19.

-Last Day of Sunday School is May 21. 

-Last Day for Faith & Fellowship is May 22.

-The church office will be closed on Fridays in the summer, starting June 9th.

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