Dragon Tales E-News
October 17, 2018
A Note from Patti

Wow, October got busy around here! Peter and I just spent two days at the Claggett Center for the annual diocesan Clergy Conference. It was my first one, and I was excited to see old friends, and to forge new connections with clergy from around the diocese.

“Connections” arose as a kind of theme – how can we better connect, not only on a clergy-to-clergy basis, but on a parish-to-parish basis as well. We had some interesting conversations with Jess + from St. Anne’s, Diana+ from St Luke’s, our own Rhetta+ who is chaplain at St. Martin’s in the Fields school, and Lisa+ who is the Deacon for the Southern District, about ministry opportunities we could share.

And this coming Sunday is our trip to the Franciscan Monastery in Washington! Having never been to the Holy Land to see all of the holy places in person, I love going to this place to see the life-size replicas cut into the stone grottoes. And to think it’s practically right in our back yard!! (I think there are still a few seats available -- call the church office to reserve!) We’ll be leaving after a catered luncheon around 12:30 p.m. and a short introductory program in the Fellowship Hall.

Sunday we will also be visited by the Rev. Canon Scott Slater, Canon to the Ordinary (“bishops” in layman’s language). He’ll be here for all three Sunday services, then meet with the vestry after the late service. (Vestry, don’t forget!! Oh – there will be lunch provided for you all also.)

I’m sure you all are as busy as we are – it’s just that time of year…so…
Let’s go about our daily tasks with gratitude for all we have. If you start feeling bogged down, take a minute to stop, breathe, and count (yes, on your fingers) the blessings in your life right at that moment. Say, “Thank you, Lord, for all these gifts.” Really! It’ll make you smile.  

Now, go in peace to love and serve the Lord!
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Thanks be to God!
Sunday's Sermon
Now Livestreaming the 9:00 a.m. Service

We will be livestreaming our 9:00 a.m. service this Sunday on our Facebook public page at https://www.facebook.com/smcannapolis/. You do NOT have to be a Facebook user to view it. If you ARE a Facebook user, "like" our public page and it will appear in your feed. We will try to avoid showing faces during communion time as best we can. Thank you for being patient as we work through these issues.

NEW --Once the service is livestreamed we will be loading it on our website each week. Look for the green button in the middle of the homepage titled Sunday Service to view or click HERE.
Day School Fundraising
in Bay Hills TONIGHT

Mark your calendar and support our Day School by having dinner at Spizzico's and/or a tasty snack at Froyo's tonight at Bay Hills center. Say you are a Day School supporter and a percentage of your bill will be donated to the school!
Stewardship Campaign for 2019
The Power of Pledging

The Stewardship Committee thanks all of you who have made a pledge thus far. Stewardship is an opportunity to express gratitude for God’s blessings, and the spiritual commitment of pledging provides the resources St. Margaret’s needs to fulfill its mission of “transforming lives in Christ through worship, formation and giving.” As a result of your generosity, St. Margaret’s is known as “the church that gives” – a reputation we hope to continue.

Currently, we are 70% of the way to our goal of $910,000 BUT we have only reached 50% of our participation goal.  We are making a final push ahead of the October 28 deadline. If we achieve 100% of our participation goal, we will hit, and hopefully exceed, our goal. 

You can pledge several ways:
·    Online at the St-Margaret’s Stewardship Campaign page by clicking here
·    Mail or drop off a pledge card that you should have received in September to the church: 1601 Pleasant Plains Road; Annapolis MD 21409.
·    Place a pledge card in the offertory plate.
Your pledge is not binding and does not require a payment now, but it is a financial commitment that allows St. Margaret’s to plan their 2019 budget. 

Thank you for your prayerful consideration, and if you have any questions, please contact Brad Callahan ( brad@metacoastal.com ; 443.326.3333) or Doug Seybert ( doug_seybert@yahoo.com ; 703.599.8746).

A few seats are left!
Trip to the Holy Land
on Sunday

Tour for all -- not just seniors!

Parishioners are invited to an exciting visit to the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Lands this Sunday, October 21st. The monastery is in Washington, near Catholic University.

After the 11:15 service, participants will eat a catered lunch and watch a video in the Fellowship Hall before boarding a bus for a 3 p.m. tour of the monastery.

The tour lasts about an hour. It is a fascinating and beautiful place. More information can be found on their website at www.myfranciscan.org .

NOTE: There will be a fair amount of walking, and while the church and most of the grounds are handicap-accessible, the tour includes the grottoes and some of the shrines, which are not. There are steps involved.

Reserve your seat on the bus for $35 by check to "St. Margaret's Church" with "HolyLand Trip" in the memo line. Put in the offertory plate on Sunday or get it to the church office. Please call the church office if you would like to participate.

Faith & Fellowship
Monday Activities

Our Faith & Fellowship evenings have begun!

Activities include:
5:00 - Spirit Singers - Choir Room
(Grades 2-5)
5:30 - Youth Chorale - Choir Room
(Middle & High School)
5:30 - Acolytes practice - Sanctuary
5:30 - Arts & Crafts - Parish Hall
6:00 - Fellowship Dinner
6:30 - Youth Group
6:45 - Adult Formation
6:45 - Motet Ensemble Rehearsal

Adult Education Class
Living the Questions continues with a look at the prophetic Jesus.

Nursery care begins at 6 p.m.

Pay for Meals by credit card here!
Necrology List for 2018

In the All Saints bulletin, we will be listing all those who have died or been baptized in 2018. You can submit a name to
laura@st-margarets.org to appear in the list in the bulletin. Deadline is November 5th.
Missions Fair this Sunday

Mark your calendar for our annual Missions Fair this Sunday, Oct. 21, during coffeehour, in the parish and fellowship halls. Parishioners will be able to view all of the many outreach efforts of St. Margaret's providing ways for parishioners to become involved.
Diocesan Visit this Sunday

Our Diocesan Visit for the program year will be this Sunday, Oct. 21. The Rev. Canon Scott G. Slater, Canon to the Ordinary of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland will be providing the sermon for the day. Make sure to give him a true St. Margaret's welcome.
food pantry
Food Drive for the Light House

Our Day School will be holding a Food Drive for the Light House pantry in Annapolis next week -- Oct. 22-26. Donations of non perishable items will be collected in the Day School lobby and in the formation building lobby.
Blue Jean Sunday on Oct. 28

Wear your work clothes and bring your gardening and other tools for our next Blue Jean Sunday on Oct. 28. We will begin work after the 9:00 a.m. service.  Jobs will include vine clearing and removing a great deal of debris including mounds of dirt that were dumped for many years after burial plot diggings in the cemetery. Please join us! Questions? Contact All Todd.
Newcomers Dinner on Oct. 28

We invite all newcomers to St. Margaret's (new this year) to join us for a dinner on Sunday, October 28, at 5 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Childcare is provided. Participants will hear from church leaders and learn about all of the programs and opportunities available to them at St. Margaret's. Please RSVP with the number in your party to
peter@st-margarets.org or call the church office at 410-974-0200.
All Saints Dixieland Mass

On Sunday, November 4th at 9:00 & 11:15 a.m. we will hold our annual, joyous All Saints services! This year, our special musical guests will be the Naptown Brass Band (whose tuba player is our own parishioner Dave Bontempo). Please plan to join us! But remember to make your clocks fall BACK.
Day School Book Fair

Our Day School will hold their annual Scholastic Book Fair in the parish hall on Nov. 7 starting at 4:30 p.m. through Friday, Nov. 9 at noon. Books for all ages will be offered for purchase -- just in time for the holidays -- and a percentage of the profits will go to the school. Parishioners are welcome to stop by!
Call for Veterans Photos --
Veterans Day Special Service Nov. 11

We will be joining churches across the diocese in noting the 100th anniversary of WWI with a tolling of the church bells at 11 a.m. on Veterans' Day, Sunday, Nov. 11, followed by a special music service at 11:15 a.m.

During coffeehour, we will offer a slideshow of St. Margaret's military parishioners' and/or family members' (of any era) service photos. You can either email a digital copy to
laura@st-margarets.org or drop off a hard copy and place in Laura's mailbox in the church office. Please be sure to leave the veteran's name and the name to whom the photo should be returned.

Photos are due no later than Monday, November 5th.
Brotherhood Men's Breakfast Nov. 10

All men of the church are encouraged to attend our upcoming Men's Breakfast on Saturday, Nov. 10, 9:00 a.m., at Riverbay Roadhouse in the Cape center.
Guest speaker will be parishioner Brent Bolea, Principal Counsel for Budget and Management for the MD Office of the Attorney General. Please RSVP with Tug Knorr at tugknorr@aol.com .

Office Emails
The Rev. Peter W. Mayer, Rector,  peter@st-margarets.org
The Rev. Patti Sachs, Assistant Rector,  patti@st-margarets.org
Elizabeth Radley, Dir. of Operations,  elizabeth@st-margarets.org
Jim Douglas, Director of Music, music@st-margarets.org
Laura Tayman, Planning & Comms. Asst.,  laura@st-margarets.org
Jeff Conover, Youth Ministries Director,  jeff@st-margarets.org
Teresa McCorkle, Bookkeeper,  office@st-margarets.org
Judy Hall, Churchyard Administrator,  churchyard@st-margarets.org
Izzy Winn, Grants Administrator,  missions@st-margarets.org
Tricia McVeigh, Day School Director,  tricia@st-margarets.org

1601 Pleasant Plains Road, Annapolis, MD 21409
(410) 974-0200 www.st-margarets.org