Dragon Tales E-News
October 3, 2018
A Note from Jim

Greetings to the St Margaret’s community!
 
I write this first Dragon Tales note having concluded my first week of rehearsals and Sunday services as your new Director of Music. As I mentioned when I spoke to the congregations at the 9:00 & 11:15 a.m. services, I am grateful for the opportunity to have accepted the call of our Rector and Music Search Committee, and I am beyond thrilled to be here with you all. I attended high school in Maryland, so this is a bit of a homecoming of sorts!
 
Each of our choirs have hit the ground running in preparation for the special services St Margaret’s offers during the months of November and December. Based on the wonderful hymn singing I heard on my first Sunday, it sounds like there may be some parishioners with fine voices out in the pews who are not currently involved in the music ministry that might consider trying us out on a trial or seasonal basis or might like to augment the choirs for those services! If so, please reach out with any questions. As I like to say, the more the merrier! I am very excited about these liturgies, so do stay tuned for more details.
 
I very much look forward to getting to know you all in the weeks and months ahead!
 
Peace,
Jim
Sunday's Sermon
Livestreaming the 9:00 a.m. Service will Begin This Sunday!

We will be livestreaming our 9:00 a.m. service starting 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 the 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.
Stewardship Campaign for 2019
The Power of Pledging

Special Notice –  the $35,000 matching campaign is back!  As of Sunday, the following pledges will be matched: 
  • every pledge from someone who’s not pledged before;
  • any pledge from someone who has taken time off from pledging and
  • any pledge increase from the previous year’s pledge

The matching campaign this year, sponsored by generous parishioners, totals $35,000. The matching efforts will continue until October 29 th , or until funds are exhausted, whichever comes first. For budget planning purposes, please submit your pledge by October 29 th .

And if you’re looking for reasons to pledge, we’d like to share some insight from Teresa McCorkle, St. Margaret’s bookkeeper. Stewardship, as we’ve mentioned, allows St. Margaret’s to support salaries for those we’re blessed to have on our staff. In Teresa’s words:

“My experience working with St. Margaret's Episcopal Church has been, and continues to be, an amazing one! Working at St. Margaret's is a true blessing. My position as the Bookkeeper is undeniably a perfect fit for me. God brought me to St. Margaret's, as I wasn't in need of work and wasn't actively looking. I did feel the need to be doing something new in my life, so I prayed, on many occasions, 'please use me where YOU want me, Lord.' Unbeknownst to me, God had a plan! When the bookkeeping position became vacant in April, I received a phone call out of the blue to come in for an interview. My neighbor Jim Bowersox had told Elizabeth Radley that "his neighbor does this type of work from home." The rest is history! I wake up with excitement every morning that I come into the office, because I know that I am surrounded by spiritual, kind, warm, caring and loving co-workers and parishioners. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to be here and work with you at St. Margaret's, I feel grateful to help in any manner that I can.”

Please prayerfully consider your pledge to continue the mission of St. Margaret’s Church.

If you have any questions, please contact our Stewardship co-chairs Doug Seybert (703-599-8746; doug_seybert@yahoo.com ) or Brad Callahan (443-326-3333; brad@metacoastal.com ).Thank you for your continued support of St. Margaret’s Church!

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Blessing of the Animals
Tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 4
6 p.m.

October 4 is the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, a monk known for his vow of poverty and his special connection to animals. Our clergy will be blessing the beloved pets of our parishioners on campus that evening. All are welcome to bring their pets to church, on leash or contained, or just bring photographs. We've seen everything -- dogs, cats, rabbits, lizards, turtles, horses, etc. so bring them all!
Climate Change in the Pulpit This Sunday

St. Margaret's will join many caring congregations across Maryland and raise up creation care and climate change as part of their sermons at weekly services this Sunday. Services at the 9:00 & 11:15 a.m. will also include a special liturgy and prayers.
History Celebrated 10/7

Our historical offering for this month focuses upon the altar cross in the chancel of St. Margaret’s Church. This 1888 memorial gift survived the 1892 fire and has remained for all to clearly see year after year for 130 years.

Join us for  A Tour of Our Home—326 Years on the Broadneck Peninsula , THIS Sunday, October 7, at 10:20 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall of the formation building. Bring your coffee or tea along to view the virtual tour of the sights of our area with narration by the members of the History & Archives Project. Receive your copy of the photos, maps and directions for you to do your own driving tour at another time.

Then join us following the 11:15 service (approximately 12:30) on the same day for a historical tour of the church and grounds followed by Colonial refreshments in the parish hall before we drive down Pleasant Plains Road to Hollywood Farm for description of archaeological work of the first settlement of Providence that has been done in the area by county archaeologists. We will have an opportunity to see this 125 acre working farm where Katadhin sheep are raised, a small flock of chickens, many border collies, and a few barn cats. 

Check their website at  hollywoodfarm.com . There are community gardens and a flower garden on the farm. Tour is open to all ages. If you plan to join the farm tour, please email Barbara Breeden at  bkbreeden@comcast.net   by THIS Friday, October 5 so that we have a headcount for the owners. 
Sign up Now!
Trip to the Holy Land
on Oct. 21

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

After the 11:15 service, participants will eat 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. DEADLINE is Oct. 15.

Sign up and pay for the trip at our registration table THIS SUNDAY during coffeehour.
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 Formation Schedule:

Next Monday, October 8: Presentation of a segment of "Living the Questions" with discussion led by Valery Weekley looking at the exodus story and discussing How it speaks to the need for liberation from bondage, and how it speaks to the human need for forgiveness of sins.   

Monday, October 15: Parishioner Al Todd will be screening a movie on environmental issues titled "An Inconvenient Sequel" about the continuing battle to promote awareness of climate change, with another film of this type to be shown on November 12.   

Nursery care begins at 6 p.m.

Pay for Meals by credit card here!
Industrial Areas Foundation Launches
Interfaith Program Tomorrow Evening
The Anne Arundel County IAF is a strictly non-partisan “organization of organizations” made up of 19 member and friend organizations working together to build community power so that people’s voices are represented, and solutions presented, at the places where decisions are made. The group does not endorse candidates or work with or for any political parties. Over the past three months, members have heard the stories of over 2,100 people from communities across Anne Arundel County.

St. Margaret's Church is one of the faith communities participating in this organization effort. If you would like to be a part of this process, please contact St. Margaret's representative Dalyn Huntley at 908-256-1184 or cinque2gen@gmail.com.
Parents' Workshop
Screen Sense on Oct. 10

St. Margaret's Church and St. Margaret's Day School are sponsoring a free workshop for parents on how to make good choices about children’s use of technology in the early years. The program will be held on Wed., Oct. 10, in the Fellowship Hall at 6:30 p.m. Childcare will be provided. Please RSVP for childcare to elizabeth@st-margarets.org. The program is free for admission, and all are welcome!

Presenter is Claire Lerner, LCSW-C, a licensed clinical social worker and child development specialist. She is a source on early childhood development for NPR and numerous national daily newspapers such as The New York Times , Wall Street Journal and USA Today .
Day School Fundraising
Bay Hills Night 10/17

Mark your calendar and support our Day School by having dinner at Spizzico's and/or a tasty snack at Froyo's the evening of Wednesday, Oct. 17 at Bay Hills center. Say you are a Day School supporter and they will earn a percentage of your bill!
Missions Fair on Oct. 21

Mark your calendar for our annual Missions Fair on 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 on Oct. 21

Our Diocesan Visit for the program year will be on Sunday, Oct. 21. The Rev. Cannon 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.
Latest Youth News
@ St. Margaret's

As a congregation, we are blessed with a wonderful problem. We have youth that are asking for MORE church, MORE youth group, MORE chances to become involved. Do you realize how blessed we are to have this problem? Job well done, parents! You got them here, and now they WANT to be here. The challenge is now to KEEP them here.

Important Details

*For safety standards, we need chaperones for
-Each Monday night for Faith & Fellowship Youth Group meetings;
-Sunday afternoon Youth Group sessions throughout the year;
-Diocesan trips and events throughout the year.

*SMC Youth will be participating in an ecumenical service project where youth of several Broadneck Peninsula churches visit different places of worship in the fall. After visiting other churches, the effort will end with a Saturday mass at St. Andrew by the Bay, followed by a potluck and a discussion of the differences and similarities observed.

* Youth Lock-In at St. Margaret's coming up on Friday, Oct. 26th . Look for more info in coming church announcements.


Questions? Contact Jeff Conover at jeff@st-margarets.org .
Third Sunday Band Coffeehouse
on Oct. 27

Our Third Sunday Band will host a wonderful free night of music in a coffeehouse setting on Saturday, Oct. 27 in the Parish Hall. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and music begins at 7 p.m.
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.

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