St. Margaret's latest news and announcements.
November 3, 2017
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Rector's Reflection
This week, I have been consumed the passage I received for my Tuesday morning reflection. In the midst of my dread that comes with the changing of the clocks and the longer nights, these works have boosted my spirits. I share them with you.

"Let all creation help you to praise God. Give yourself the rest you need. When you are walking alone, listen to the sermon preached to you by the flowers, the trees, the shrubs, the sky, the sun and the whole world. Notice how they preach to you a sermon full of love, of praise of God, and how they invite you to proclaim the greatness of the one who has given them being."
-St. Paul of the Cross


Rummage Sale
Thank You!
We would like to thank all the volunteers who participated in the planning, sorting, pricing, bagging and selling in support of the Rummage sale - and our shoppers too! The Rummage Sale is St. Margaret's biggest one-time fundraiser and we raised over $16,000 gross revenue with over $13,000 cleared once expenses were removed. Mike and I as Senior and Junior Wardens want to especially recognize the following who dedicated their time and energy:

Carlin Rankin and Linda Harbin-Suggs, Rummage Co-Chairs
Tony Towler and Isabelle Melese-D'Hospital, Communications
Paige Cottingham Streeter, Women's Clothing
Gary Collins, Men's Clothing
Cathy Connelly and Ana-Mita Betancourt, Jewelry (our major revenue generators!)
Tim Green, Tiffany
Bob Healy, Electronics
Maria Thompson, Children's Clothing
Helen Templin, Linens
Carlin Rankin and Linda Harbin-Suggs, Housewares
Kate Blackburn, Food and much needed nourishment!
Sharon Dove, Money management
John McCall, Clean-up (so may bags!)
Damon Clements, Rummage logistics!
Matt Smith, Technical support
Kym Lucas and Richard Weinberg, prayers for good weather, patience and overall spiritual advisement

Please forgive us if we have forgotten anyone. We are truly blessed to have such dedicated leaders in our parish. Again, thank you so much for all you do.

Jane Quenk & Mike Armstrong
  • Fall Back: Please remember the clock change this Saturday night/Sunday morning when planning your church attendance.
  • IMPORTANT: Julie Zauzmer, a reporter from the Washington Post, is likely to be visiting St. Margaret's for both services this Sunday, November 5. She is writing a story about churches' responses to the 2016 election. A photographer may also be present to capture images during the service. If you're approached for comment, please feel free to speak with Julie to offer your thoughts on why church is important to you following last year's divisive election. E-mail Rev. Richard Weinberg with any questions or concerns at
  • St. Margaret's Day will be celebrated on November 12. There will be one service at 10 a.m. and will feature our bagpipe procession and the dedication of our new Alleluia banner, stitched by former rector Vienna Cobb-Anderson. The service will be followed by a potluck lunch and all are invited to attend.
  • 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.
2018 Stewardship Campaign
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
Formation Events
Christians Thirsting for Justice
A monthly conversation on the second Thursday of the month, beginning Thursday, November 9, through Thursday, May 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Board Room ( 1737 Connecticut Ave NW ).

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

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)
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 Mondays, October 30, November 13 and 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 .
Charlie's Place
Charlie's Place Updates
Volunteers Needed!
Charlie's Place is seeking volunteers to help in the serving of our Thanksgiving Dinner on November 16 at 6 p.m. If you are interested and available, please contact Barbara Wille at  for more information. 
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:  Resolutions Committee of the Diocese; pray for all military veterans, chaplains, personnel and their families (Veterans' Day November 11); Diocesan Confirmation Service (November 10) - pray for those who are being confirmed.

St. Margaret's Cycle of Prayer: St. Margaret's Office Volunteers.

Those Celebrating Birthdays: Carolyn Eaves, November 7; John Riley, November 10. 

Sick Parishioners:  Isabelle Melese-d'Hospital, Frank Haendler, Heidi Mayor; 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: Donald Czaja (uncle of Gabrielle Czaja), 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), 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), Randi Stith (friend of Regina Curran); Betty van Iersel (friend of Peter Winkler), 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:  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); Meredith Bell-Platts (friend of Bert Russ),  Michael Lybarger (brother of Kate Blackburn),  Edward Lewis (father of Mary Gupton); Eduardo Betancourt (cousin of Pedro Rivera), 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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