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June 13, 2018
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Sunday Services at 7:30, 9:00, and 11:15 a.m.
A Note from Peter
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I am amazed at how the Spirit works in this place, and how circumstances can conspire to bring God’s love to light. Last weekend, I had the profound joy of leading nine families through a Eucharistic Celebration, a chance to learn about Holy Communion: what it is, why we do it, and how we do it.

Children and adults alike asked questions throughout and I was reminded about how much fun I get to have as a priest. I’ve always liked to teach, and the chance to be with children as young as 4 years old as they learn about the altar, the bread and the wine was a very powerful experience.

On Sunday, I invited those children to gather with me around the altar as we celebrated the feast. They watched as I prepared the cup, broke the bread and said the prayers. Then they joined their families as they received communion, some for the first time, with new ideas and a greater understanding of what it all meant.

I’ve always been keen on opening the table as broadly as we can. I’ve always felt that the mysteries of communion are beyond the restrictions of age, membership, piety or purity. If we wait to receive the sacrament until we understand it, will any of us ever truly be ready? I plan on continuing these sessions; our next event will be in November. I ask all of you, old or young, Episcopalian or convert, to consider attending. In the meantime, ponder the sacrament. What does it mean to you? Who is invited?
This Weekend @ St. Margaret's
Children's Communion Class
Photos from Hilary Bolea and Teresa Todd
Office Notes

As the summer vacation season begins, our regular office volunteers begin to take vacations. As a result, phone calls may not be answered right away,

Email may be the fastest source of communication and is encouraged if possible. Staff will be able to collect voice mail phone messages throughout the day as long as they are not on vacation.

As a reminder, pastoral emergency calls can be made at 443-837-5463.

Office Emails

The Rev. Peter W. Mayer, Rector,
The Rev. Patti Sachs, Assistant Rector,
Elizabeth Radley, Dir. of Operations,
Laura Tayman, Planning & Comms. Asst.,
Jeff Conover, Youth Ministries Director,
Teresa McCorkle, Bookkeeper,
Judy Hall, Churchyard Administrator,
Izzy Winn, Grants Administrator,
Tricia McVeigh, Day School Director,
Bay Weekly Article on St. Margaret's 2018 Grants Awards
Bay Weekly recently shared news on St. Margaret's endowment grant awards for 2018!

To read, click here:
Please plan to stop by the parish hall during coffeehour (10:15 to 11 a.m.) on Sunday, June 17 to meet and greet the Rev. Patti Sachs, our new Associate Rector.
World Refugee Sunday - June 24

St. Margaret's will be observing "World Refugee Sunday" this Sunday, June 24. In addition to special liturgy and prayers for the day, there will be an opportunity for parishioners to share their family stories of previous generations coming to America during coffeehour at 10:15 a.m. that day. Researched your family tree recently? Prepare to share that day!
Foyers Forming for Next Year
Are you interested in joining the St. Margaret’s Foyers social groups? If you participated last year you do not do anything as, you will receive a phone call or e-mail from one of the committee members in which you will be asked your interest. If you did not participate last year but want to meet other parishioners in a social setting, please contact one of the Planning Committee members when groups are formed in August. The purpose of this activity is to facilitate strong relationships within our church.
Foyers Planning Committee--
Lesal Kilcrease 
Web Chamberlin 
SMC VBS Coming Soon
June 25-29
from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Sixty children ages 4-9 will be participating in this celebration of God's creation.

Youth and adult leaders still welcome!

Email for more information.

Sunday, June 24
Leaders should pick up class materials in the admin. conference room during coffeehour (10:15-11 a.m.).

Please look for future notices to parishioners for materials that will support the program.
Episcopal Night at Camden Yards on 7/27
Join other parishioners and Episcopalians across Maryland to cheer on the Orioles on Friday, July 27 at a discounted rate. Game start is 7:05 p.m.

If you wish to purchase a St. Margaret's group ticket (ensuring you sit with parishioners) you can (1) write a check to St. Margaret's for $18 per person with "Orioles game" in the memo line and place in the offertory plate or take to the church office or (2) pay by credit card online for the price of $20. Tickets will be distributed starting July 9.
Seniors Summer Outing on July 12
All seniors 55 & better are welcome to join other active seniors in enjoying Infinity Theatre’s summer show for a discounted ticket rate.

The show, titled "Murder for Two," is a zany blend of classic musical comedy and madcap mystery

Write checks to “St. Margaret’s Church” with “Infinity Show” on the memo line for $30 or purchase with a credit card on the church’s websit e for $32.

The MacGregors would like to invite the attendees to their home,  201 Nomini Dr, Arnold MD 21012 , after the performance for refreshments. RSVPs to, 
For questions, call Judy MacGregor at 410-991-9115.
Missions Tanzania Trip
St. Margarets Missions Comm. members are leading a group 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 three-day visit to the Dageno Girls Center.

Dageno has been a St. Margaret’s grant recipient since 2014 but this is the first time we’ve visited in person.

The itinerary has been planned and will be led by Teri Priebe of King George Travel—a very experienced TZ tour operator.

A $500 deposit secures your space now. Space is limited and the tour is half full already! For more information, go to our website at and click on the Missions tab at the top.
Camp Allen Coming This August
St. Margaret’s will once again hold the half-day Camp Allen summer program on August 6-10 for the families of the Allen Apartments in the Parole area of Annapolis.

We are seeking volunteers to be youth counselors, Spanish speakers to help with registration on Monday and Tuesday, snack and lunch helpers, drivers with larger vehicles to help with transportation of tables and supplies, people to help with crafts and games on Monday or Tuesday, and chaperones for field trips on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

In the coming months there will be sign-up opportunities in the parish hall, or you may contact coordinator Sarah Hyde at 410-562-9904 or by e-mail at
New York/Broadway Trip w/ St. Philip's

St. Philip's of Annapolis is planning an excursion to see the Tony-Award winning musical  "Once on This Island"  on Broadway and invites St. Margaret's parishioners. The trip will be on  Saturday, September 22 THE DEADLINE for buying a ticket is THIS Sunday, June 17th.    A deposit of $95 would hold your place and the remaining balance of $95 is due August 1.  The trip cost of $190 each includes the motor coach to New York with continental breakfast, theater ticket, and the ride home.     Please contact St. Philip's church office at 410-266-9755 or to guarantee your spot!
Third Sunday Band working on a NEW CD

The Third Sunday Band has begun working in the studio to record and produce a new CD which will be released in time for the 2018 Christmas season. 

As you might expect from TSB, this will not be the usual collection of familiar carols. Entitled"Peace", the CD features a number of original arrangements of Advent and Christmas songs and original compositions.  

Recording and producing music is not an inexpensive proposition. To raise money needed to finish the project, the Band is hoping that many of you will consider pre-purchasing the CD, buying extras for friends and family or consider a donation to our project. 

Youth Group Lock-In THIS FRIDAY

All middle and high school youth are welcome to our end of the year lock-in beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday and ending at 8 a.m. on Saturday. Pizza will be served and activities including bubbleball will be offered (you must sign up in advance so email Jeff ASAP if you plan to participate).
SM Day School
Summer Camps
for ages 4-9

Only a few spaces left
for certain weeks.