Dragon Tales E-News                September 6, 2017
www.st-margarets.org                                                                  410-974-0200
The Rev. Peter W. Mayer, Rector                                             info@st-margarets.org
Sunday Worship at 7:30, 9:00, and 11:15 a.m.
 St. Margaret's is hiring!
Children's Education Coordinator

Sunday's Sermon
Sept. 3, 2017
Sept. 3, 2017 -
recorded by Richard Green

A Note from Jane  
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed people can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. -- Margaret Mead

Though Margaret Mead, the noted anthropologist,never would admit it, she is referring to the movement of the Holy Spirit to transform a person, a community and thus transform the world. The spirit working through you and the community of St Margaret's has transformed me into the priest and pastor that I am. You have been my family for over four years and you have helped mold me. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I believe that St Margaret's has one of the best priests I have known in Peter Mayer. He has taught me so much and has become a dear friend.
As a parish we listened to the Spirit and been transformed as a community. We greatly expanded our outreach and mission both locally and beyond. Our work has spread into the community as our parishioners participate actively within multiple local civic and caring organizations. St Margaret's is known has a church with a big heart. We are helping many people in many different walks of life and we believe we are growing as people of God as we do so. We open our hearts to be the change that God calls for in this world. Together we are changing the world and making it a better place to live.
I will miss you all as I leave for my new ministry at St Thomas in Hanover, New Hampshire. Please know that you are my prayers. Please keep me in your prayers. 

Please Note --
This Sunday, we will hold a farewell reception for Rev. Jane in the parish hall after the 9:00 a.m. service. We will have a special presentation at 10:45 a.m. to allow time for teachers and parents to participate in the Sunday School Open House before they come over to the hall.
Pick up your folder this Sunday @ St. Margaret's!

Stewardship Forum on Sept. 24 - 10:15 a.m.
Register for Sunday School-
Open House THIS Sunday
THIS Sunday - Sept. 10- we will hold an Open House to allow Sunday School students and their teachers to meet in their classrooms from 10:15-10:45 a.m.

This registration includes not only Sunday School but Youth Group, Acolytes, Spirit Singers and Youth Chorale.
Volunteers Needed for 2017-18
Our Youth Ministries Coordinator Jeff Conover is planning another year of fun and fellowship for all middle and high school youth at St. Margaret's. 

Youth group meets Monday evenings from 6:30-8pm and offers other programming throughout the year.

Adult Volunteers Needed!  Working with our amazing young people provides joy and spirit that adults sometimes forget they have! Please help widen the circle of adults our parish youth know and can depend on. Contact jeff@st-margarets.org for more info.
September 11 - Faith & Fellowship
-Faith & Fellowship Meal at 6pm in the Parish Hall

-Youth Group meeting at 6:30 p.m.

-September 11th - 7 p.m. - Service of Hope & Holy Eucharist

Faith & Fellowship Meals

Prices are-- One time cost:  $3 child, $5 adult,$15 max per family
Semester:  $30 child, $50 adult, $100 max for family

ALL activities begin Sept. 18
brotherhood of st andrew
Brotherhood of St. Andrew Mtg Sept. 12
The Brotherhood of St. Andrew (BOSA) will have a 7p.m. meeting on Sept. 12 in Formation Classroom C. The agenda  will include a devotional study of parishioner Rodger Findiesen's book and a discussion of planned activities for 2017-18.. Men of all ages and youth 14 and over are welcome. Contact Jim Knorr at tugknorr@aol.com.
Thursday Morning Bible Study
Our Thursday morning bible study will resume on Sept. 14, 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.

daughters of the king
Daughters of the King Event on Sept. 16 
Local members of the Daughters of the King will host a women's fellowship night at St. Margaret's on Saturday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. in the parish hall. The focus will include a look at women in the bible. The local chapter of DOK includes the Annapolis region.  For more information on the organization, go to http://www.doknational.org/ Contact is parishioner Pam Roth at rothsbythebay@verizon.net.
Faith & Fellowship-Adult Education starts 9/18
To mark the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's "Ninety-Five Theses" (1517-2017) and St. Margaret's 325th anniversary (1692-2017),  Adult Education on Monday evenings will begin this fall with a journey through the history of Christianity and the Episcopal Church.  On Sept. 18th, Jim Hall will closely examine a key part of our weekly worship: the Nicene Creed. The week after that, Valery Weekley will introduce " lectio divina ": a  traditional practice of scriptural reading, meditation and prayer to promote communion with God. Then five weeks of discussion on the history and legacy of the Reformation will follow, led by Ernie Tucker, Paul O'Donnell, and John Freymann--an expert on the history of Christianity who teaches at the Naval Academy.  The series will conclude on November 13th with a discussion by  Mary Klein, archivist of the Diocese of Maryland, about the history of the Episcopal Church in our region.  
Sign up for Foyers 2017-18

Foyers is a small group opportunity for the people of St Margaret's to get to know each other in an informal setting.  We form groups of 6, 7, or 8 and then meet outside of the church often sharing a meal.  The traditional format has been for people to gather in each other's homes for a meal; but we have seen many other ways of getting together such as going out for a meal, attending a local play together or attending a concert.  Additionally, we have 3 large gatherings throughout the year to connect with the larger group.   The committee will be meeting to make the groups in late August.  If you have been a past member, you don't have to do anything.  If you would like to join, let one of the committee members know.
Please mark your calendar for September 24, 3-5:00 pm, so you can join us for our Fall Kick-off. The groupings will be provided at that time. More information will be provide about this gathering.

Foyer Organizers are:
Vera Torrence  vdtorrence@verizon.net
Kathy Lang  Kathy.lang@verizon.net
Jan Little  jbl123md@yahoo.com
Karen Engelke  karenengelke@aol.com

Upcoming Events at St. Margaret's

Sept. 17 - First Day of Sunday School
Sept. 17 - Long-Term Planning Committee forum - 10:15-11am - Fellowship Hall
Sept. 24 - Stewardship forum - 10:15-11am - Fellowship Hall
Oct. 1 - Missions Fair - 10:15-11am - Parish & Fellowship Hall
Oct. 1 - Blessing of the Animals - 4pm on campus
Oct. 8 - Refugee/Immigrant Support Forum 10:15-11am - Fellowship Hall
Oct. 15 - Newcomers Dinner 6pm - Parish Hall - RSVP HERE

Mark your calendar! 
Anniversary Weekend on Oct. 20-22

Friday, Oct. 20 - 7 p.m. - A Service of Remembrance
in the Fellowship Hall

Saturday, Oct 21 - 7 p.m. - An Evening of Reflection
with Third Sunday Band in the Parish Hall

Sunday, Oct. 22 - Sunday Services
with a special reception during coffeehour

Sunday, Oct. 22 - 5 p.m. - Evensong with SMC Choirs
in the church, followed by reception in the Parish Hall

Email bkbreeden@comcast.net for more information.

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