Dragon Tales E-News
January 10, 2018
Epiphany Pageant Thank You!

Many thanks to all the participants and those behind the scenes 
who provided such a wonderful performance by our children this past Sunday!
Death of Tucker Mullen

We are sad to share the news that Tucker Mullen has died. He was the child of Sienna Mulleln and grandson to Michelle Mullen of our parish. The funeral will be held here at the church tomorrow at 11 a.m. with burial at Glen Haven Memorial Park. Please keep the family in your prayers.
A Note from Judy

Happy New Year!  It's January so you know what that means - it's time to sign up to support St. Margaret's winter relief efforts.

Yes, volunteers are asked to register to set up; to bring, cook, and serve food; to transport folks to and from our designated points, etc. It takes precious time away from our busy schedules, but showing a kind face, listening to the stories of loss, and being a representative of Christ's love to others who so need to see it is worth all of your time and hassle.

I would like to share a story about a young lady that was one of our guests during Winter Relief 2016.  She was living on the streets and abusing drugs and alcohol. She had been able to stop drinking so that she could qualify to enter the Winter Relief program. About halfway through the week, she was found to have a drug in her possession. The segment coordinator was called and upon her arrival, the guest was told she had to leave the program one of three ways. She could leave on her own, by police, or be taken to a rehabilitation center in Annapolis. As I remember, it was 10 o'clock at night and very cold. The young lady chose to go to the rehabilitation center. 

About eight months later, I was at a local restaurant and my waitress asked if I was from St. Margaret's Church.  Of course I said, "Yes!"  She recognized me and proceeded to throw her arms around me, introduce herself and then asked if she could sit down. I realized it was our guest from 2016. She had also remembered my grandson and what fun the guests had planning board games with him. We talked about her time in rehab and how grateful she was for the night she was taken from St. Margaret's. She shared that she had hit rock bottom and that evening was a turning point for her. She had been clean of drugs and alcohol for six months and is a resident of the Light House shelter in Annapolis. She is helping others with their addictions as a way to"give back."

It is stories like this that drive me to continue helping with winter relief year after year. Most of the people are just like you and me, but just down on their luck. After visiting with many of them, I recall the saying "There but for the grace of God go I." 

I would like to invite each and every one of you to join in and see how something like this effort can transform both your life and the lives of others. We will be housing, feeding ,and making comfortable 30 men and women in the formation building. I will be available each Sunday during coffeehour at a table before our week of Feb. 12 thru 19 to help sign up volunteers, request and receive contributions, and answer any questions. You can also go to the automated Sign Up Genius page.
Quick Links
Sunday Readings
Job Opportunities
@ SMC

Contact Info
Rector

Interim Asst. Rector

Elizabeth Radley
Dir. of Operations

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. Infants and toddlers are welcomed by a professional staff in our newly refurbished location. For directions to the nursery, located in the adjoining Annex building, please see an usher. 
Upcoming Events
Jan. 12-14
Claggett Center

Jan. 14
AAMC Blood Drive

Jan. 19-21
Claggett Center

Jan. 28
SMC Annual Meeting

Feb. 2-4
Claggett Center

Feb. 4
Scout Sunday

Feb. 12-19
Winter Relief @ SMC

Feb. 24
Winter Coffeehouse w/
Third Sunday Band

March 3
Bishop's Bash
Sunday School Locations
Returns Jan. 15
10:15-11 a.m.

Godly Play, ages 3-4
Classroom A

Godly Play, K-1
Classroom B

Spark Grades 2-3
Classroom C

Spark Grades 4-5
Parish Hall Lower Level

Middle Schoolers
Classroom E

High School Youth
Classroom D

Seekers Adult Study
Admin. Building 
Open House
Jan. 18 & 19
9:15 to 11:15 a.m.

Public Registration
for 2018-19 school year begins
Jan. 26

stmargaretsdayschool.or g

baptismal shell
Upcoming Baptism Dates

Sunday, Feb. 11

Saturday, March 30

Sunday, April 8

Sunday, May 20

 
Download a
Baptism Form


Please note -- The church office will be closed on Monday, Jan. 15th in recognition of the MLK holiday.
Missions
AAMC Bloodmobile Visit THIS SUNDAY

Anne Arundel Medical Center's bloodmobile is visiting St. Margaret's once again on Sunday, January 14 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Each year 3,000 patients at AAMC -- your loved ones, your friends, your neighbors and, maybe even you -- receive life-saving blood transfusions. That's nearly 7,300 units of blood needed each year in our community. If you want to donate blood, you must be:
  • Between 17 and 75 years old; 16 with parental consent;
  • In good health;
  • At least 110 lbs. 
And you can give blood while taking most medications!

Understanding Homelessness
Lack of affordable housing is a major contributing factor to homelessness. Before we begin winter relief, we will be having guest speakers during our Monday Faith & Fellowship adult program at 6:45 p.m.

On January 22,Kathy Koch, Executive Director of Arundel Community Development Services (ACDS) will now speak jointly with John Manevel, Deputy Director of the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development on the challenges and opportunities for affordable housing in Anne Arundel County and the State of Maryland.  

This combination of speakers will bring first hand professional perspectives on the economic and political challenges of low income housing, which creates not only challenges in the area of homelessness, but challenges also for Marylanders living in dysfunctional housing situations seeking better shelter to stabilize their lives.

Grants Program Gearing Up

The St. Margaret's Endowment Grants Program is getting underway for the 2018 giving year. The Grants Committee will begin reviewing and discussing all the applications this month. As part of the review process the committee depends on other members of the congregation to help out by being liaisons between the applicant and the church. The "job" is short term, not difficult, possibly life-changing and always interesting! We need over 30 people for this task. Training will take place between services on Sunday, February 4, but we need to know long before whether you are interested in doing this if you have not already signed up. Please contact Izzy Winn, Grants Administrator, at 410-849-2605 or e-mail ewinn421@gmail.com for more information.
Formation 


Lunches of Love for Winter Relief Guests
Once again, our children and youth Sunday School classes will make lunches 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. 

Please plan on donating the following items: 

Godly Play Preschool-boxes of granola bars 
Godly Play K-1- loaves of whole or honey wheat bread 
Sparks 2 and 3 Grade-lunch size packages of fruit cups 4 and 5 Grade-lunch size packages of chips 
Youth (Middle School and High School)- packages of lunch meat 

I tems can be dropped off in front of each classroom on January 28 and February 4. Lunch will be made immediately following Sunday School in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday, February 11. 

A dult volunteers are needed to set up, monitor and clean up the lunch making. Please sign up on the forms outside your child's Sunday School room.

Martin Luther King-Day of Service Jan 15
Two Youth Event Possibilities

Diocesan Event - January 14-15 (grades 8-12), Sunday 7:00 pm - Monday 3 p.m. Cost: Donation for food pantry or warming bags. This lock in celebrates the life and mission of Dr. MLK Jr.! We will have an evening focused on the sin of racism, how to continue our work to dismantle it, and view a film about overcoming racism with discussion. There will also be time for fellowship and food. On Monday, we take time to create posters, work on a service project, and march in the parade alongside Memorial, Bolton Hill. Please join us as we take steps for the Jesus Movement!

Broadneck Event - Once again, the Broadneck area churches are coming together on Martin Luther King, Jr Day (Monday, January 15) to host a Day of Reflection and Service for youth. This will be a great time to build relationships with other youth in the area and to grow in our own commitment as Christians to the things Dr. King devoted his life to--working for justice for all. Our service projects will center on preparing to welcome Winter Relief guests at Cape St. Claire Methodist that night.
Here are some details:
1. Youth should meet at Broadneck Baptist at 10:30am.
2. Youth should be picked up at Cape United Methodist (855 Chestnut Tree Dr) at 2pm.
3. Bring $5 for pizza.
4. Wear comfy clothes and a coat--weather permitting, part of the day will be outside!
5. Friends welcome! All in grades 6-12 are invited to participate.


For questions about either, contact Jeff@st-margarets.org.
annual meeting
REMINDER:  Information to add in the annual report for the 2017 year is due THIS Friday, January 12th. Please send submissions to info@st-margarets.org.

The parish's annual meeting will take place on Sunday, Jan. 28. We will begin with a potluck lunch in the parish hall and ask parishioners to bring the following:
Last Names A-F - Bring entree dishes
Last Names G-N - Bring desserts
Last Names O-Z - Bring side dishes.

The meeting will include a report from the Rector, a look at the 2018 budget and a vote on new vestry members. Look for more information on candidates in future Dragon Tales editions.
St. Margaret's Episcopal Church | 410-974-0200 | info@st-margarets.org | http://www.st-margarets.org
1601 Pleasant Plains Road
Annapolis, MD 21409