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A Note from Jeff
By the fastest route, it would take you 15 hours and twenty minutes to cover the 1,057 miles from Broadneck High School to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. It seems like such a great distance, as if mere geography should somehow shield us from horrors far away.
I'm willing to wager that few, if any of us, would say that we have any direct connection to any of the victims or even the survivors. If you have not spoken to the schoolchildren in your life, you might be tempted to think our kids are okay, basically unaffected. After all, it is a big country, and it was over a thousand miles away. There's that 'safety in geography' thing again.
We are wrong. Geography has been largely erased as a factor. The impact of the murders of 17 high school students and adults who cared for them is as close as the nearest school-aged child you see.
Our children, our young adults, our future, are very aware of the dangers they face. All their young lives they have lived in an increasingly violent and dangerous world. They all undergo Active Shooter Drills in school. Ask them. They will tell you all about how they must quickly lock doors, cover windows, what walls they must cower against. The same drills the students at MJD High School went through. Ask them, and they will tell you that somewhere in the back of their minds is a constant, dull, nagging fear of another shooter, only this time much closer. At the movies. At the mall. In their school. Ask them if the shootings feel like they were a thousand miles away. I have.
Saturday, March 24th is the day designated for demonstrations across the nation in support of the safety of our children - March For Our Lives. Here in Annapolis, demonstrators will gather at Lawyers Mall near the State House. Our youth are going to lead a delegation from St. Margaret's to this demonstration. Join with them, and millions of others in affirming our children's right to live without fear. If you are interested, please contact me at
Thank you to all who attended Sunday morning's forum. The Rev. Dr. Rhetta Wiley gave a fascinating presentation at our first Faith & Film session - covering the feminine theology of Wonder Woman. Join us this Sunday as the Rev. Peter Mayer offers his perspective on the concepts of confession and absolution in other films. 10:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.
Interim Asst. Rector
Dir. of Operations
Interim Music Director
Youth Ministry Leader
Day School Director
Holy Eucharist - Rite I
9:00 & 11:15 a.m.
Holy Eucharist - Rite II
Our nursery is available Sundays from 8:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Lenten Prayer Service
Guild Soup Luncheon
Refugees Support Group Meeting
Holy Folders Easter
SMC Youth Lock-in
Our Refugee/ Immigrants missions group is holding a diaper drive for families of the Annapolis Immigration
Purchase diapers [sizes 3, 4, 5] and/or baby wipes and leave in the Church narthex by Sunday.
Saturday, March 10
Donations of higher- end items are appreciated! Contact parishioner Jennifer Albanese at
7:30, 9:00, 11:15 a.m.
w/ Third Sunday Band
Noon & 7:00 p.m.
The Great Vigil of Easter
7:30, 9:00, 11:15 a.m.
Easter Egg Hunt
Bishops Unplugged at St. Margaret's
Diocesan Event - Bishops Unplugged for Southern MD March 3 (grades 6-12),
THIS Saturday 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM,RIGHT HERE AT ST. MARGARET'S.
Cost: $5 Spend the afternoon with both bishops in fellowship and fun! Hosted in part by St. Margaret's, the revamp of the annual Bishop's Bash includes a few hours of music, Bible study, and time to talk with our bishops.
If you can, please RSVP to
so we can have a good head count.
Senior Session on March 6
Join the Rev. Peter Mayer and other senior parishioners (65 or older) in a morning of prayer, reflection, and fellowship. The next session will be held on Tuesday, March 6, 10 a.m. in Classroom E. Join us!
Guild Lenten Soup Luncheon on March 7
St. Margaret's Guild will sponsor a morning prayer service led by the Rev. Peter Mayer followed by a Lenten soup luncheon on March 7, starting at 11:30 a.m.
Refugees Support Group on March 7
Interested in advocating for "Dreamers" and immigrants in our community? Join the Social Justice Interest Group for our next meeting on Wednesday, March 7 at 7pm in classroom E. All are welcome! Contact Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Holy Folders on March 9
Once again we need our Holy Folders for our annual Easter mailing. We will meet next Friday, March 9, at 10 a.m. in the Administrative reception area. Goodies promised!
Men's Breakfast on March 10
There will be a men's breakfast at Riverbay Roadhouse on Saturday, March 10 at 9 a.m. with guest speaker Paul O'Donnell discussing "Religious Journalism 101." Call Jim Knorr to make a reservation (410-757-4549) or email email@example.com.
Day School Silent Auction on March 10
With a James Bond-esque theme of "Shaken, Not Stirred" the Day School will once again hold their annual auction on Saturday, March 10, starting at 7 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Click here for tickets.
Celtic Services on March 18
Celebrate in services connecting to the Celtic traditions on Sunday, March 18 with our Third Sunday Band at 9:00 & 11:15 a.m. Kilt wearing optional!
Shenandoah Run in Concert on March 18
We will continue our Celtic celebration with a performance by the popular folk band Shenandoah Run here at St. Margaret's on March 18 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 each and are now on sale on our website or you can pay cash at the door. Take a look at their music on their website at www.shenandoahrun.com.
Parent Forum on March 8 at 6:30 p.m.
The Reverend Peter Mayer and Jeff Conover, Youth Ministries Assistant, would like to invite all parents of St. Margaret's children and youth to a forum to discuss the special challenges parents face in our world of violence and school shootings. We will gather in the Fellowship Hall at 6:30 pm on Thursday, March 8th. We will provide refreshments and if you need child care, we can arrange for that. Please let Elizabeth@st-margarets.org know. This is an opportunity to share concerns and issues with other parents, and perhaps gain some support and new ideas for dealing with the tragedies that seem to be following our children. I encourage everyone who can to come and share and listen.
Family Tours of US Coast Guard Ship
We have the good fortune to have a parishioner assigned to the USCGC Eagle as a Bosun's Mate. BM1 Geoffrey Kansa is arranging for SMC youth and families to take a tour of this historic vessel on Saturday, March 10th. Please contact Jeff Conover at
Easter Egg Hunt
Mark your calendars now for our annual Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday, April 1. We will need donations of individually wrapped candy (with no nuts or nut oil). You can drop off in the church office or in Jeff Conover's office in the Formation Building. If you can help, please contact coordinator Sarah Westcott at
Youth Lock--in on April 6
It is Lock-In time for our youth (middle and high schoolers)! Mark your calendars for April 6, from 6 p.m. until Saturday morning at 8 a.m. This is pure fun & games - a chance to hang with your St. Margaret's friends, eat pizza, laugh and stay up waaaay too late! For questions, email
Camp Claggett Summer Programs
Put VBS @ St. Margaret's on your calendar for
June 25-28. More info to come!
Lent at St. Margaret's
Lenten series on Faith & Film continues in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday at 10:20 a.m. with
the Rev. Peter Mayer using films to talk about confession, forgiveness, and absolution on March 4 and 11. Finally on
March 18, we will be visited by Washington Post film critic Ann Hornaday, who will talk about her book "Talking Pictures." Invite your friends, neighbors and family for this program!
If you are more of prayer and meditation parishioner, please take use of our Lenten Prayer Station located in the narthex of the sanctuary. Each week, we offer a psalm and meditation at the kneeler there. Since the sanctuary is open all the time, you may come and go whenever your schedule permits.
For families, we have developed a Lenten booklet that provides easy, short daily exercises for families wishing to experience the season together in a meaningful way.
Finally, the Women's Guild and the Rev. Peter Mayer will hold a Lenten Morning Prayer Service on Wednesday, March 7 in the Fellowship Hall at 11:30 a.m. followed by a soup luncheon hosted by the St. Margaret's Guild. All are welcome.
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