St. Margaret's latest news and announcements.
October 13, 2017
Table of Contents
Rector's Reflection
A New Senior Warden
Dear Siblings in Christ,
At the last Vestry meeting, Cathie Siders let us know that she was stepping down as Senior Warden. Because of increased work commitments that required more travel, she did not feel that she could adequately fulfill her obligations to the parish. This was a tough decision for Cathie and one that saddened her, her fellow Vestry members and me. 

Senior Wardens in this parish serve as the primary lay partner of the rector in articulating the mission and vision of the parish, managing its day-to-day operations, identifying and nurturing leaders, and empowering members of the congregation to live out the Gospel in their daily lives. This is a big job and it requires both dedication and an open, honest and trusting relationship between Senior Warden and rector. I have been blessed to have had great relationships with all of my wardens, and I have been particularly blessed by the way Cathie lived this work over the past two and half years. She has been my confidant, critic and cheer leader; she has led our congregation with love, patience and humor.  While she will continue among us, serving in many ministries, the Vestry and I will miss her. 

When a warden resigns in the church, the Vestry must appoint a sitting member to fulfill the term. In the interest of continuing the good work we've already begun, the Vestry has appointed Jane Quenk to serve as Senior Warden. Jane has been a part of our Vestry for the last two and a half years, working on our stewardship and annual giving, in addition to serving as chair of the Altar Guild. I am delighted that Jane is willing to serve in this capacity as the Vestry has dedicated itself to building up our community.  I am confident that she and our Junior Warden, Mike Armstrong, will continue leading the Vestry in meeting our goals for the coming year.

I give thanks for our Vestry and its faithful members and ask your continued prayers for our work on behalf of St. Margaret's.

In Peace and Love,
2018 Stewardship Campaign
Making a Place to Gather and Grow
This is the theme of this year's Annual Stewardship campaign - the time when members of the Parish reflect on the mission and ministry of St. Margaret's and our financial commitment to sustaining that mission and ministry. Over the coming weeks, you will hear about why other members of our community make a financial commitment or pledge to St. Margaret's, how you can make a pledge and what ministries your pledge supports. Pledging is a voluntary act of faith that celebrates the gift we have received from God and in the St. Margaret's community. We will be collecting our pledges as a community on St. Margaret's Day, November 12. If you have any questions, please contact any Vestry or clergy member or Jane Quenk, the Stewardship Committee chair, at
Blessing of the Animals
Members of St. Margaret's will have double the opportunity to celebrate their furry, feathery and scaly family members this month in commemoration of the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi (c. 1180-1226), patron saint of animals and the environment. Join us outdoors for our community event on Saturday, October 14, at 9:30 a.m., at the Spanish Steps in the Kalorama neighborhood on 22nd Street NW, just south of S Street NW. A brief prayer service will be followed by individual pet blessings by our clergy. Can't make it out on Saturday? Bring your animals (or a photo of them) to church on Sunday, October 15. Both our 9 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. services will include a brief time of animal blessings during the liturgy. We look forward to seeing you and your pets on these special days!
Formation Events
Unabashedly Episcopalian: An Inquirer's Class
Six weekly sessions through Sunday, November 5, 2017, 10:15 a.m. in the parlor

Are you new to church in general, or new to the Episcopal Church? Are you interested in learning about the Anglican tradition of how praying shapes believing, and of how justice has become central to our Church identity? Join us for St. Margaret's fall Inquirer's Class, based on the book Unabashedly Episcopalian: Proclaiming the Good News of the Episcopal Church by Bishop Andrew Doyle. 

Whether you're new to the Episcopal Church or just want to remember why you love it, come to be inspired, taught, and motivated in your faith journey. Should participants choose, this class can also serve as preparation to be baptized, confirmed, received, or to reaffirm baptismal vows in the Episcopal Church at a diocesan-wide service at Washington National Cathedral on Saturday, November 11. To sign up or for more information, contact Associate Rector 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

November 5: "How To Read Epistles" (led by Diana Wright)
December 3: "How To Pray" (led by Kym)
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)
Rummage Sale
It is that time again! The St. Margaret's Rummage Sale will take place on Saturday, October 28

Volunteers are needed to sort and work at the sale. Volunteers are especially needed for sorting October 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and continuing Sunday, October 22 after the 11:15 a.m. service until 3 p.m. - and during the week, afternoons and evenings.  For more information  contact co-chairs Linda Harbin-Suggs, Carlin Rankin or Tony Towler.

Donations of clothing, accessories, jewelry, housewares and small appliances are accepted during office hours Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sunday between services. In addition, donations will be accepted:  Saturday,  October 21 , 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and Sunday,  October 22 , 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Note also that jewelry donations can be accepted by department co-chairs Cathy Connelly and Ana-Mita Betancourt or given to the clergy. Jewelry volunteers for the day before and day-of are also needed; contact Cathy or Ana-Mita.
Brunch Club
Join Us for Brunch!
October brunch club will take place after the 11:15 a.m. 
Sunday service on October 15 (12:45 p.m.-ish). Join us for casual fellowship at a nearby brunch hot spot (final location TBD). Spots at the table are limited (12) and always fill up fast so please reach out to Meredith Baker to RSVP as soon as possible so we can make an accurate reservation. Brunch Club meets each month, all are welcome, and financial accommodations can be made for those in need - just let us know. See you there! 
Caregiver Support Group
Caring for a family member or friend who has an acute or chronic illness, whether they're near or far, can be challenging at times, as well as a meaningful and spiritual experience. Caring for yourself through this is just as important, and in the St. Margaret's Caregiver Support Group you'll be able to share your experience, get support from other caregivers and the group's facilitator, Bill Amt, and learn about caregiver tips and helpful resources. The group will meet on Sunday, October 15 between the services from 10:15 to 11:00 a.m. in the Parlor on the second floor. For more information, contact Bill Amt at
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 Mondays, October 16 and October 30 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 .
Lectors Needed!
Get you up to a high mountain,
O Zion, herald of good tidings.
Lift up your voice with strength,
O Jerusalem, herald of good tidings.
Lift it up, do not fear;
say to the cities of Judah,
"Here is your God!"
(Isaiah 40:9)
No, you don't need to climb mountains. But St. Margaret's cadre of lectors could use some additional members eager to lift up their voices with strength and proclaim the Word of the Lord. The need is especially acute for the 9 a.m. service.
We'll give you plenty of notice about when it's your turn to read and equip you with a large-type "script" including pronunciation keys for those Hebrew and Greek names that can loom like mountains. We can also help you get used to the lectern and the mic.
Ready to lift up your voice and enrich our worship? Then please contact the Office -
New St. Margaret's Website
Be on the lookout for the new St. Margaret's website, coming soon!
Charlie's Place
Charlie's Place Updates
Charlie's Place Wishlist
Updated 10/13/2017
  • Water
  • Milk
  • Single-serving "flip top" cans that don't need an opener - e.g. soup, stew, ravioli, fruit
  • Shorts
  • T-shirts
  • Socks
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:  St. Luke's Church, Trinity Parish; St. Luke's Church, Brighton; St. Luke's Parish, D.C.; St. Luke's House, Bethesda; Hunger Fund Committee; Pray for all who are hungry, especially children (World Food Day - October 16).

St. Margaret's Cycle of Prayer:  St. Margaret's  Lay Eucharistic Visitors.

Flowers: In loving memory of Gilbert Melese, whose birthday was October 17th.

Those Celebrating Birthdays:  Ilona Johnson, October 14; Gwen Griffiths, October 14;  Gill Livingston, October 15; Lou Rollinson, October 20; Larry Ruberl, October 20;  Melissa Shaw, October 20; Rev. Richard Weinberg, October 21.
Sick Parishioners:  Isabelle Melese-d'Hospital, Frank Haendler, Heidi Mayor; Farar Elliott, Bill Amt, Jan Volkemer; Roberta Ujokovich, Susan Rees, Nancy Scoutt; Michael Suggs, Edith Scott, Marcelina Maynard; Beryl Gill, Pat Heinz, Michelle Brito; Peter Winkler, Ashley Heinz, Louise Thomson; Janet Neale; and Jill Bell.

Sick Family & Friends of Parishioners: Ben Bagley (brother of Katie Bagley), John Templin (brother of Helen Templin), Alice McCray (neighbor of Tom and Kate Blackburn); Bee James (grandmother of Doni Holloway), Terry Byington (niece of Allen Ellwood), Daniel Gri (friend of Lance Tucker); Nancy Snyder (friend of Anne Chase), Stephen Austin (cousin of Anne Chase), John Murphy (friend of Linda Harbin Suggs); Donald Czaja (uncle of Gabrielle Czaja), Randi Stith (friend of Regina Curran), Betty van Iersel (friend of Peter Winkler); Mary Jane Hicks (mother of Daniel Hicks), Marjorie Jeanne Worrell (mother of Carol Ward), Colin Rankin (grandson of Carlin Rankin); Martha Ann Day (friend of David Boling), and John Waters (Uncle of Peter Winkler).

The Departed: 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), Meredith Bell-Platts (friend of Bert Russ),  Michael Lybarger (brother of Kate Blackburn);  Edward Lewis (father of Mary Gupton), Gilbert Melese (father of Isabelle Melese-d'Hospital), Eduardo Betancourt (cousin of Pedro Rivera); Timothy Elliot (father of Farar Elliot), and Richard Moreland (father of Genevieve Moreland) .

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; 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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