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November 17, 2017
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Rector's Reflection
What Develops Faith
"I have read a lot of religious books in my time. I have taken many classes, attended many workshops and retreats, listened to more sermons and lectures than I can remember. I have attended worship services from a host of spiritual traditions. All of that has helped deepen my appreciation of the sacred life. But I must say the greatest impact on me has been meeting women and men who try to live what they profess. I value faith because I have seen firsthand what it can do in the everyday lives of good people who trust in something greater than themselves. Our teachers are all around us, living the lessons they have learned, being what they believe."
-The Rt. Rev. Steven Charleston, Choctaw

Today, I am giving thanks for all of those people who taught me by example, whose faith encouraged my own. Who has been a model of faith for you? Give thanks for them.
  • Holiday Service Schedule:  Thanksgiving Day ( November 23 ), 10 a.m.; Christmas Eve ( December 24 ): Advent Lessons and Carols (Advent 4), 10 a.m.; Christmas Eve Eucharist, 6 p.m.; Nativity Mass, 11 p.m. preceded by Choral Prelude at 10:30 p.m.; Christmas Day ( December 25 ), 10 a.m. One service Sunday, December 31 , 10 a.m. The church offices will be closed December 25-28 , and January 1-3 .
  • Christmas Choir: Please consider singing in the choir at the 11 p.m. service on Christmas Eve. Rehearsals will be held from 7:30-8:45 p.m. on the following Thursdays: November 30December  7, 14, 21. Those interested should contact Interim Music Minister, Timothy Duhr, via e-mail.
2018 Stewardship Campaign
Thanks to all who have already turned in their pledge commitment form. If you haven't turned in your form, you still have an opportunity to DOWNLOAD IT and bring it to church, e-mail it to , or mail it in. You can also pledge directly in Realm: . If you have any questions, please contact Jane Quenk, Stewardship Chair, at  jquenk@aol.comor contact the office.
Formation Events
Christians Thirsting for Justice
A monthly conversation on the second Thursday of the month continues through Thursday, May 10, 2018, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Board Room ( 1737 Connecticut Ave NW ). Next meeting: December 14.

What do the scriptures have to teach us about racial justice? Or about LGBTQ liberation? Why is gun violence a theological issue? What's the connection between faith and sexuality? What does the Christian tradition have to teach us about gender equality-or about rupturing the binary? And how can progressive Christians relate to people of other faiths and no faith?

Explore possible answers to these and many more questions at the intersection of Christian faith and social justice in a frank and honest discussion over food and drinks at Board Room. Each gathering begins with a brief overview of an issue. We then have facilitated dialogue, and bring things to a close with prayer. This series will be co-sponsored by All Souls Episcopal Church, St. Margaret's Episcopal Church and St. Thomas' Episcopal Church. No church affiliation is required to attend. Admission and food are free, but purchasing drinks from the venue is encouraged. For more information, email Rev. Richard Mosson Weinberg at

The First Sunday Forum
The First Sunday of each month through May 2018, following the 11:15 a.m. service in the parish hall

December 3: "How To Pray" (led by Rev. Kym Lucas)
January 7: "How To Care" (led by Richard)
February 4: "How To Read the Bible, Part 2" (led by Kym)
March 4: "How To Pray, Part 2" (led by Richard)
April 8: "Why We Celebrate the Eucharist" (led by Richard)
May 6: "When Cursing is Advised" (led by Kym)
Thanksgiving 'Basket' Collection
Support Families From Marie Reed
Every year at this time, the generous parishioners of St. Margaret's donate Thanksgiving "baskets" (grocery bags, really) filled with all the nonperishable food needed to provide a Thanksgiving dinner for at Marie Reed Elementary School on 18th Street.

Here is what we need in each "basket":

--2 two pound bags of rice,
--2 bags of black beans,
--2 large cans of yams,
--2 boxes of stuffing mix
--1 $25 gift card from Safeway or Giant to buy a turkey.

You can put your donations on the table in the glass top table room opposite the reception area on the second floor of 1830 Connecticut Avenue. Please do not leave them on the floor or on a window seat!

Last year, the Washington area was struck with a canned yam shortage in mid-November, so it might be a good idea to get your contributions in early!

Contact Anne Chase at (202) 277-5266 with questions.
On the Way Bible Study
Join the On the Way (OTW) group for Bible study and our continuing discussion of  Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan.  All are welcome as we share this time of study, fellowship and prayer. Aslan explores traditi onal understandings of our faith story alongside the economic, political and religious events of first-century Palestine. How did Jesus and his contemporaries understand the goal of establishing the Kingdom of God, and how is our faith experience affected by what scholars uncover about the "historical" Jesus?  The next meetings of OTW will be Monday, November 27 from  7 to 8:30 p.m.  in the Glass Top Table Room. An optional brown-bag supper is enjoyed at  6:30 p.m.  For more information please contact Bill Amt at .
Caregiver Support Group
The group will next meet on Sunday, November 26 between the services from 10:15 to 11 a.m. in the Parlor on the second floor. For more information, contact Bill Amt at

Charlie's Place
Charlie's Place Updates
CFC Campaign
Please support Charlie's Place with your gift through the Combined Federal Campaign! It is that time, and we really hope that many will choose to support Charlie's Place with a gift through CFC. It is a challenging time for Charlie's Place, but our commitment to our clients has never been stronger! Our CFC number is  33959.

Every morning, the following is part of our morning prayer/statement that is read in our program: "Let us be an instrument of social justice in this community."  Please join us in strengthening our service to our homeless and hungry clients by choosing Charlie's Place for a CFC gift.

Thank you in advance, and please let me know if you have any questions, and if you'd like to help! Best wishes,  Barbara Wille ( 

Join us for St. Margaret's Second Saturdays at Charlie's Place!
Are you looking for a great way to start off your weekend and experience the power of service? Are you proud of St. Margaret's support of Charlie's Place, and have you wanted to experience it in person, but are unable to do so on weekdays? Join other St. Margaret's volunteers to cook and serve breakfast the second Saturday of every month. Hours are 7:30-10 a.m.(ish); for more information or to join our mailing list, e-mail Kate Weber ( ). Volunteers are also needed for other days (not just Saturdays); for details e-mail Barbara Wille ( ) .

New to St. Margaret's?
We Want to Get to Know You
Welcome! Please fill out one of the cards at the end of your pew and place it in the plate or give it to a vestry member.
Prayers of the People
For Those We Love
Clergy:  The House of Bishops; Presiding Bishop Michael Curry; Diocesan Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde; St. Margaret's Clergy: Rector Kimberly Lucas, Rev. Richard Weinberg.

Companion Dioceses: The Diocese of Southern Cape, in the Church of the Province of Southern Africa; the Diocese of Jerusalem; and for Dr. Madrid and the people of Proteccion, Honduras.
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:  Angus Dun Committee; Pray for all travelers; Pray for our national life and all of God's blessings (Thanksgiving Day - November 23).

St. Margaret's Cycle of Prayer: St. Margaret's Wardens and Vestry.

Those Celebrating Birthdays: Christopher Boling, November 19; Bryan Vinyard, November 20; Catherine Ahn, November 20; Christine Swearingen, November 21; Monika Weber-Fahr, November 24; Suzanne Martin, November 23; Katie Russ-Sharp, November 24; Peter Winkler, November 26.

Flowers: Martha Williams, John Williams and Annie Elliott - in loving memory of Robert Tyler Williams and Matthew Tyler Williams;  Sharon Dove - in loving memory of William T. and Mabel V. Dove.

Sick Parishioners:  Julie Polter, Frank Haendler, Heidi Mayor; Bill Amt, Jan Volkemer, Roberta Ujokovich; Susan Rees, Nancy Scoutt, Michael Suggs; Edith Scott, Marcelina Maynard, Beryl Gill; Michelle Brito, Peter Winkler, Ashley Heinz; Louise Thomson, Janet Neale, and Jill Bell.

Sick Family & Friends of Parishioners: Eugenie Myrie (aunt of Jeff Taliaferro), Ben Bagley (brother of Katie Bagley), John Templin (brother of Helen Templin); Alice McCray (neighbor of Tom and Kate Blackburn), and Bee James (grandmother of Doni Holloway).

The Departed:  Donald Czaja (uncle of Gabrielle Czaja),  Mary Jane Hicks (mother of Daniel Hicks), Mildred Lucas Oglesby (aunt of Rev. Kym Lucas); Lester Roy Retherford (uncle of Mark Retherford),  Greg Chittick and Jimmy Walton (friends of Ron Lorentzen), Joseph Sharp (nephew of Tom Sharp); Robert Weber (grandfather of Kate Weber),  Carlos Rivera (father of Pedro Rivera),  Carl Schoonover (grandfather of Bert Russ);  Don Shriver (great uncle of Bert Russ), and Meredith Bell-Platts (friend of Bert Russ).

Those Serving Abroad & Their Families: Especially those serving in the U.S. Military and Foreign Service Service; Strother Murray in the Democratic Republic of the Congo; Jacob Faber (nephew of Pat Heinz) in Japan (United States Marine Corps); and for those serving as observers, members of the press, and relief workers. We pray for all of those who have lost their lives, been wounded or are held hostage around the world.
Help us to maintain our Prayer List for the Sick Family & Friends of Parishioners: If you would like St. Margaret's to pray for a friend or family member, e-mail us at When someone appearing on the list is no longer in need of prayers, do let us know! 

Of course everyone needs prayers all the time, but after approximately 3 months, unless you tell us otherwise, we will remove the person from the list. If someone still needs our prayers, simply shoot us an e-mail and we'll add them back on.
Sunday Worship
Schedules, Resources, Info

Worship Schedule:
Holy Eucharist at 9
 a.m.  and 11:15 a.m.
The Rev. Kym Lucas, Rector

The Rev. Richard Mosson Weinberg, Parish Missioner & Formation Associate
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