Dragon Tales E-News
February 7 , 2018
Happening #11

Some members of our youth at St. Margaret's participated in this Diocesan youth event at the Claggett Center this past weekend. Pictured are Youth Ministries Leader Jeff Conover with participants: Abby Wenz, Rita Veno, Gretta Lunsford-Poe, and Andy Engstrom with Diocesan Youth Leader Kate Riley.
A Note from Parishioner Kate Caldwell      
Research has shown that singing improves our emotions and feelings of well-being. In an article entitled "Singing Changes Your Brain" Time magazine notes "singing is like an infusion of the perfect tranquilizer, the kind that both soothes our nerves and elevates our spirits." An article from HowStuffWorks entitled "Does Singing Make You Happy?" points out that singing releases endorphins, a hormone associated with feelings of pleasure, along with oxytocin, another hormone that enhances feelings of trust and bonding. 

Who needs a February boost? Join me this Sunday for an hour of singing together in an a cappella experience of chant, folk songs, hymns, spirituals, jazz, and rounds. With song sheets of text and melody line, come and rediscover the joy of harmony and improvisation where there are no wrong notes. Fun for the whole family! We will meet in the Fellowship Hall of the Formation Building at 4 p.m. Reception follows the music. 

So come for the music, the camaraderie, and of course - the cookies!  For further information, contact me at  kateHcaldwell39@comcast.net  or 410-972-6535
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Contact Info
Rector

Interim Asst. Rector

Elizabeth Radley
Dir. of Operations

Interim Music Director

Youth Ministry Leader

Communications Asst.

Bookkeeper

Tricia McVeigh
Day School Director

Grants Administrator

Judy Hall
Churchyard Administrator
Sunday Services
7:30 a.m.
Holy Eucharist - Rite I

9:00 & 11:15 a.m.
Holy Eucharist - Rite II

Nursery Care

Our nursery is available Sundays from 8:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. 
Upcoming Events
Feb. 11
Lunches of Love
Community Sing

Feb. 12-19
Winter Relief @ SMC

Feb. 13
Shrove Tues. 
Pancake Supper

Feb. 14
Ash Wednesday
Services

Feb. 15

NO SUNDAY SCHOOL on Feb. 18

Feb. 18
Britt/Silent Movie

Feb. 24
Winter Coffeehouse w/
Third Sunday Band

Feb. 26
Holy Folders
Easter Mailing

March 3
Prayer Shawl Ministry

March 3
Bishop's Bash

March 6
Senior Session

March 7
Lenten Prayer Service
Guild Lent Luncheon

March 10
Day School 
Silent Auction

March 18
Celtic Services
Shenandoah Run
Saturday, March 10
Parish Hall

Donations of higher- end items are appreciated! Contact parishioner Jennifer Albanese at 
baptismal shell
Upcoming Baptism Dates

Saturday, March 30
Sunday, April 8
Sunday, May 20

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Baptism Form

VBS @ SMC
June 25-28, 2018
9am to 12pm
Ages PreK-Grade 5

Registration 
coming soon!
Missions
Winter Relief @ St. Margaret's 
Feb. 12-19

WANTED:  At least 100 volunteers to help with winter relief! St. Margaret's offers the campus as a shelter for community residents who otherwise do not have a warm place to stay for one week during the winter. We need parishioners to sign up for everything from meal preparation to transportation to laundry preparation and hosting duties.

We are especially in need of volunteers for the weekend of Feb. 17-19!

Sign up using this automated link or sign up at the winter relief table during coffeehour on Sundays. There you will also find items needed to help with the running of this effort.

Gift Cards for Homeless

We are continuing our drive for donated gift cards for the homeless through winter relief. During these cold days, you can help our homeless brothers and sisters by donating a $5 gift card to an area fast food or discount store. These cards can purchase a hot drink or meal that will give respite from the cold and bad weather. Suggestions include: Wendy's, McDonald's, Dunkin Donuts, Burger King, Wawa, Subway, etc. Cards can be donated at the winter relief table or the church office. 

Diaper Drive for Immigrant Families

In February, SMC Social Justice Interest Group will conduct a Diaper Drive for Immigrant Families on behalf of AIJN - Annapolis Immigration Justice Network.  AIJN assists local undocumented immigrants and their families. They are "working poor" but under extraordinary stress ---- legal, financial, emotional---- due to threats or actions of detention or deportation.
Parishioners are invited to participate in the Diaper Drive for Immigrant Families in one of three  ways; [1] Buy diapers [sizes 3, 4, 5] and/or baby wipes locally and leave in the Church Narthex; [2] Buy diapers [sizes 3, 4, 5] and/or baby wipes online and arrange delivery to Kelly Price, 253 Way Cross Way, Arnold MD 21012;  [3] Write a check [tax deductible] payable to "United Church of Christ of Annapolis - Immigration Justice Fund" and mail to UCC of Annapolis, 8 Carvel Cir, Edgewater, MD.
Children & Youth


Lunches of Love THIS Sunday
Donations from Parishioners Appreciated!
Once again, our children and youth Sunday School classes will make lunch bags for our Winter Relief guests. In order to make this a successful event, we will need the help of ALL Sunday school classes. Each class will have a donation box outside their classroom. 

*Godly Play Preschool-boxes of granola bars 
*Godly Play K-1- paper napkins, paper lunch bags
*Sparks 2 and 3 Grade-l unch size packages of fruit cups 
*4 and 5 Grade- lunch size packages of chips 
*Youth (Middle School and High School)- I ndividual snack size cookies/snacks

I tems can be dropped off in front of each classroom this Sunday by 11am. Bags will be packed by families immediately following Sunday School in the Fellowship Hall at 11am.

Adult volunteers are needed to set up, monitor and clean up the lunch making. 

Upcoming Youth Events

Diocesan Event - Bishops Unplugged: Southern MD March 3 (grades 6-12), Saturday 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM, 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. 

Nightwatch to NYC on May 4 & 5th
Friday leaving Maryland at noon through Saturday 5:00PM, Cost: $85 (Scholarships available)
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! Connect with God and one another in the sacred space of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Nightwatch has created a safe, spirit-centered program of joyful fellowship, contemplative-contemporary spiritual direction, devotional singing, and lots of fun activities. And the next day we explore some of the sights of the Big Apple! We had a truly amazing time last year, and this year promises more of the same!  Please contact Jeff Conover ASAP if you wish to attend!
Formation 
Because of winter relief,
No F&F on Feb. 12 or 19.

There WILL be Spirit Singers and Motet rehearsal on Monday, Feb. 12 in the Annex building.

Adult Formation
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Upcoming Sunday Morning Forums - 10:20-11 a.m.

Feb. 25 - Led by the Rev. Dr. Rhetta Wiley
a feminist theology of Wonder Woman

March 4, & 11 - Led by the Rev. Peter W. Mayer
a look at the concepts of forgiveness, confession, and absolution in film

March 18 - Special Guest Ann Hornaday w/ Peter
Film critic for the Washington Post
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  Get Ready to Read w/ Good Book Club 

Dust off your bibles! The start of Lent is coming and that means it is almost time for the Good Book Club. Episcopalians around the world will read the Gospel according to Luke during Lent and the Book of Acts during Eastertide in 2018.
Available now is a schedule of readings. Each day, the Rev. Peter Mayer will provide a question related to the reading for members to answer on  our Facebook Members Group  page. 

Many other participating organizations will also provide reflections we'll share to support you on this journey. You can learn more about the Good Book Club and see resources on their Facebook Page or on the website here:  www.goodbookclub.org.
Upcoming Services/Events
ash wednesday
Ash Wednesday Services
on Feb. 14

Ash Wednesday is one of the most solemn days of the church year. This liturgy marks the beginning of the Lenten season. Worshipers will have the opportunity to receive ashes on their foreheads as a sign of penitence and baptismal remembrance. The ashes are prepared by burning palm branches from last Palm Sunday. Please join us either in the admin building at 7:30 a.m. or in the sanctuary at noon or 7 p.m.
Silent Movie Concert on
Feb. 18 @ 4 p.m.

A family-friendly favorite! Organist Michael Britt returns to St. Margaret's for another performance, this time accompanying silent movie star Buster Keaton's hilarious comedy "Our Hospitality." The movie begins at 4 p.m. 
Third Sunday Band Coffeehour
Saturday, February 24

On Saturday night, February 24th, please join the Third Sunday Band and other musical guests for an evening of music and fun in the Parish Hall. In a relaxed coffeehouse atmosphere, the band will perform a variety of its blues, contemporary Christian, and original tunes .  Refreshments will be available.  There is no cover charge, but donations are accepted. 
St. Margaret's Episcopal Church | 410-974-0200 | info@st-margarets.org | http://www.st-margarets.org
1601 Pleasant Plains Road
Annapolis, MD 21409