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June 6, 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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On the heels of such a wonderful Bluegrass Mass and Parish Picnic, I am filled with such gratitude for our community. Many thanks to all those who participated in Sunday’s events, and who made it so special: musicians, grillers, dishwashers, table-setters, and chair stewards: thank you.

I am also thrilled to continue the eating theme this coming weekend. On Saturday, June 9 at 10 am in the church, we will gather children and parents to learn more about Holy Communion. This Eucharistic Celebration will teach us what communion is, why we do it, and how we do it. While we’ll be talking about communion at a child’s level, children of all ages are invited.  And on Sunday at the 9 am service, those children will be invited to sit with their families in front of the church, and come to the altar with me while I celebrate!  How about that! It’s gonna be so much fun, so don’t miss it!

Photo Gallery from Sunday
Bluegrass Mass - Photo from Chris Edwards
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.

Help Our Neighbors in Ellicott City

Join the Missions Commission in supporting clean up efforts for the victims of the Ellicott City floods. St. Peter's Episcopal Church is leading an effort to collect supplies. Please use Amazon to purchase the items listed below and ship them directly to the church at 3695 Rogers Ave., Ellicott City, Maryland 21043-4125. Please consider using to make your purchases and Amazon will make a small donation to St. Peter's to help us support the relief efforts. Gift cards can also be donated and left in the church office for Christine Feldmann. Many thanks for your support.

-Gift cards in $20 and $50 denominations to Walmart, Target, Home Depot & Lowes (we'll use these to help people get work boots and clothing items);
-large plastic tubs and crates.;
square shovels;
thick rubber work gloves in all sizes;
about 15-20 outdoor trash cans;
at least 3 wheelbarrows.

Other high priorities:
First aid kits ;
hand sanitizer bottles;
cat food, dog food, kitty litter;
coolers for residents with no power;
bubble wrap and white tissue paper to wrap items;
tough work gloves;
plastic farm scoops for sand / shovels for dirt;
cleaning supplies (trash bags, spray cleaner, bleach);
spray sunblock and bug spray;
wet wipes; and
Ironton 20" high velocity floor fans.

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. 

World Refugee Sunday - June 24

St. Margaret's will be observing "World Refugee Sunday" on 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!
Children's Communion Weekend
The Rev. Peter W. Mayer will hold a children’s interactive program about what communion is, why we do it, and how we receive it on Saturday, June 9, 10 a.m. in the church. The goal is for the children to grow in the understanding, knowledge, and level of this special part of their faith.

The participants will then take a special communion during the Sunday service on June 10th . All are welcome.
SMC VBS Coming This June
Our Vacation Bible School is to be held June 25-29 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

ALL classes are now full, except for upper elementary grades ( leaving grades 3-4). Paper registrations are accepted in the offertory plate or church office for a waiting list.

We are in need of a few more adult and youth volunteers.

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, this 90-minute whodunit is a highly theatrical duet loaded with thrilling laughs.

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.
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
Youth Activities
Youth Group Lock-In on June 15

All middle and high school youth are welcome to our end of the year lock-in beginning at 6 p.m. on June 15 and ending at 8 a.m. on June 16. 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).
Youth Summer Mission

North Carolina Coastline Disaster Relief
July 15-21 (age 15 and up)
Drive down Sunday afternoon - Return Saturday morning
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. By demonstrating Christ’s love and putting their faith in action as they restore damaged homes, volunteers also restore broken lives.

BDM Rebuild projects are supported by a network of volunteers from across the country who reduce the recovery costs for homeowners by providing free construction labor. At each rebuild project site, BDM partners with local Long Term Recovery organizations who are working with their community to identify unmet needs after a disaster, including home destruction or damage cases that BDM can help repair.

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.
SM Day School
Summer Camps
begin next week
for ages 4-9

Only a few spaces left
for certain weeks.
Office Notes

Summer Church Office Hours -- Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. starting on July 6.

Deadline for Dragon Tales -- Monday afternoon

Deadline for Sunday Announcements -- Wednesday morning

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