Dragon Tales E-News
November 14, 2018

*No Faith & Fellowship on Monday, Nov. 19
*Church office closed November 21-23
*No Sunday School on November 25

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A Note from Jeff

Several week ago, as part of a Girl Scout Gold Award project that our Youth Group was supporting, several of us attended a Shabbat at Temple Beth Shalom in Arnold.

First of all, if you have never been - GO! It is interesting and loving and joyful. When you return, you will hear the echoes of our Jewish roots in our own services. We learned a lot, and we felt completely welcomed into their congregation.

When the shootings at the Pittsburgh synagogue took place last month, my thoughts flew to our own Temple. Our own neighbors, friends, schoolmates, teachers, business owners – they were all at risk simply because of their beliefs in how to worship God. I know the history, I’ve read the books, I’ve watched the documentaries, and I felt sick. We all wonder how we will react when faced with a test. I felt this was a test of my values, values I know we share. So, I knew I needed to return to Temple Beth Shalom and worship with them again, to say we will never forget and we will not abandon our neighbors. I was not alone. Thank God.

I am in contact with the Temple's formation director. She and I are going to actively search for ways to get our youth together, to learn, to laugh and to share. These days the news seems to come so fast and furiously that events of just days ago seem like distant memories. Some things we can forget and say, “Good riddance.” Some things we must not.

Upcoming Youth Activities

No Youth Group on Monday, Nov. 19.

Bishops' Unplugged: Fall (grades 6-12) THIS Saturday 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM Cost: $5, St. John's, Hagerstown Spend the afternoon with both bishops in fellowship and fun! Hosted in part by St. John’s, Hagerstown. A revamp of our annual Bishops' Bash: we will gather for a few hours of music, Bible study, and time to talk with our bishops.

Assisting with Advent Wreathmaking on Nov. 25th and St. Nicholas Day on Dec. 16 -- No Sunday School those days.

Winter Relief Dinner , St, Phillips Episcopal Church, Bestgate Road, Annapolis, 6-8 pm on Jan. 4 . We are going to help the congregation of St. Phillips and prepare a meal for their Winter Relief guests. We will plan this more as we get closer. 
Veterans' Day Slideshow
day school
Thank you to all St. Margaret's parishioners who served as "grandfriends" for St. Margaret's Day School students last week!

Fran Becker, Alice Gillis, Beth Knorr, Tug Knorr, Jan Little, Kathy Polk, Mike Winn
Men's Breakfast
We had a very successful Men's Breakfast sponsored by our Brotherhood of St. Andrew last Saturday at Riverbay Roadhouse. We thank parishioner Brent Bolea of the Maryland State Attorney's office for his presentation. Next breakfast is scheduled for Jan. 12th.
Annual Holiday Bazaar on Nov. 17

It's time for the Women's Guild annual Holiday Bazaar coming up this Saturday, Nov. 17th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Shoppers will be treated to local and regional artisans selling handmade items as well as vendors selling various products for wonderful holiday shopping. Proceeds benefit the Women's Guild missions efforts.

A White Elephant (upscale yard) Sale will be held in the Fellowship Hall. If you have any appropriate items you would like to donate, please bring them to the Fellowship Hall on Friday, Nov. 16 between 5 and 7 p.m. For more information, contact coordinator Judy Hall at judy.hall0404@gmail.com .
Young Children's Communion Class

This Saturday, Nov. 17 at 10 am in the church, we will gather children and parents to learn more about Holy Communion. This Eucharistic Celebration will teach us what communion is, why we do it, and how we do it. While we’ll be talking about communion at a child’s level, children of all ages are invited.  And on Sunday Nov. 18 at the 9 am service, those children will be invited to sit with their families in front of the church, and come to the altar with me while I celebrate!
Members of the parish are asked to provide holiday meals for their neighbors this Thanksgiving. We have received the names of those needing help in purchasing their holiday dinner from Broadneck Elementary School and the A.A. County Dept. of Social Services. The list includes both seniors and families with children. The Mission Commission will provide the turkeys; parishioners are asked to provide the "fixings" for the rest of the meal and deliver the food basket to assigned recipients a few days BEFORE Thanksgiving Day. NO COOKING INVOLVED. Turkeys and baskets will be available for pick-up in the Parish Hall THIS Sunday, Nov. 18, or by separate arrangement. In advance, you will receive the name of your recipient and delivery instructions. For questions, call Barbara Marder at 410 518 9978 or email scubaesc@aol.com.

Expect a similar request for Christmas baskets starting the week after Thanksgiving. If you can help with both baskets, please let Barbara know.
Broadneck Ecumenical
Thanksgiving Project

For the last few years, Broadneck area churches have joined together to sponsor a Thanksgiving meal packaging event. Our Missions Commission has donated $1,500 toward this effort. This year, volunteers will meet on Sunday, November 18th from 4-5:30pm at Asbury United Methodist Church in Arnold for packaging up the supplies. Space is limited by the number of tables available so there is a sign-up form for interested parishioners:
Advent Study w/ Rev. Patti

Join us for a time of theological reflection during Advent using James A. Harnish’s book “When God Comes Down” as a guide.

We will meet on Monday mornings at 10am in Classroom E or during our regular Monday night Faith and Fellowship gathering.

Participants will spend time reflecting on scripture and God’s presence in our lives. First meeting is Monday, November 26th.

We will have 10 books available for purchase ($15) in the church office. Otherwise, you may order from Amazon here.
Advent Wreathmaking on November 25

Families are once again invited to make their own Advent wreaths this year at St. Margaret's. Wreathmaking will be available in the parish hall on Sunday, Nov. 25th with a suggested donation for supplies as $20 . (NOTE: There will be no Sunday School that day.)

We welcome any clippings of greens, magnolia, holly, or pine cones that can be used for decorating. Please leave all donations by the parish hall front door on Saturday, Nov. 24 or before 8:30 a.m. on Sunday the 25th.
Advent Lessons and Carols on Dec. 2

Our annual Advent Lessons & Carols program will be held on the first Sunday of Advent, December 2nd, at 5 p.m. in the sanctuary . Through the experience of sacred Word and music, the story of the coming of Christ gradually unfolds and deepens our understanding of God’s message of love and redemption. The words and this music will prepare you quietly toward the true joy of Christmas. Childcare is provided in the nursery that evening.
Holy Folders Needed for Christmas Mailing

Our loyal Holy Folders are needed once again for our Christmas mailing. All will meet in our Admin. reception room at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 27th. Goodies and good fellowship promised!
Connecting with Our Community

Anne Arundel Connecting Together (ACT), an affiliate of the Industrial Areas Foundation, is having a one-on-one relational meeting introduction on Thursday, November 29, at 7 p.m. at St. Margaret's.
Interested in ACT or becoming more involved? Want to learn why ACT does one-on-one’s?   There will be an overview about one-on-one relational meetings followed by a sample demonstration. Smaller Break-out sessions will allow everyone a chance to practice. This is an opportunity to share with others and listen, to what issues are taken to heart by those in our community.
Relational Action Teams focused on Mental Health/Addictions, Effective Education, Affordable Housing/Safe Neighborhoods, Connected and Useful Transportation, and Gun Violence have ongoing meetings. If you have any questions, please contact Dalyn Huntley ( 908-256-1184 or  cinque2gen@gmail.com ).
prayer shawl
Next Session on Dec. 1

This ministry meets on the1st Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Admin. reception room. All are welcome to join this dedicated group who knit or crochet prayer shawls to comfort those who are going through difficult physical and emotional circumstances and those who receive the sacrament of baptism. For questions, contact Dibble Hammar at dibblehammar@yahoo.com.
Newcomers Classes

All newcomers are encouraged to attend two newcomers classes with the Rev. Peter W. Mayer on Dec. 3 and 10 at 6:45 p.m. in Classroom C. (Come and share a meal at our Faith & Fellowship dinner starting at 6 p.m.!)
Guild Luncheon & Sale

St. Margaret's Guild's annual Christmas Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at Donelly's Dockside (formerly Deep Creek restaurant) starting at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $30. To attend, please contact Judy Hall at judy.hall0404@gmail.com to place your order. Orders due by Nov. 28.

The Guild will hold its annual poinsettia sale in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday, Dec. 9 and 16. Prices are $15, $20, and $25 for different sizes. Proceeds go to the Guild's missions efforts.
st nicholas
St. Nicholas Day on Dec. 16

Mark your calendars for Dec. 16 as we await a special visitor in the parish hall during coffeehour for a St. Nicholas Day celebration. There will be children's activities before our special guest arrives. No Sunday School that day!

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