Dragon Tales E-News
August 8, 2018
A Note from Patti

Last Sunday’s reading about the Transfiguration, Jesus’ radiant glory revealed to Peter, James and John, is our reminder, our assurance that God is with us in a very personal, incarnated way. Jesus invites us to see his glory in each person we meet.

I have no doubt that is happening at Camp Allen this week! (Sometimes it is easier to see Christ in the face of a child than in face of one of our peers… who maybe isn’t thinking exactly the way we want them to think!) The really wonderful thing about working with children is seeing their impulsive joy. They respond so readily to any love shown to them.

As we get older, I think we start to sort of “clam up.” We lose our spontaneity and often don’t’ give or receive love with a child’s radical abandon, with radical gratitude. But if we exercise that heart muscle, that willingness to love, to try to see Christ in the other, by, say, volunteering at Camp Allen, or Vacation Bible School or Sunday School, or the Light House shelter, we will learn to love more readily, to live into the Incarnation. Jesus is the Bread of Life. Feed on him in your heart with gratitude for this great love we’ve been given. And don’t be afraid to spread it around!
Camp Allen This Week

We thank all of our parish volunteers who are giving their time and talents toward providing the Hispanic families of our annual Camp Allen a week of fun in the sun. Please keep all participants in your prayers and look for photos from the week on our Facebook public page .
Bishop Visits St. Margaret's on Sunday

The Rt. Rev. Chilton Knudsen, assistant bishop of the Diocese of Maryland, will participate in worship services and preach at St. Margaret's this Sunday, August 12.

Knudson was bishop of the Diocese of Maine for a decade, served as a missionary in Haiti, and then as assistant bishop in Kentucky, New York, and Long Island.

Men's Breakfast on Aug. 18

Our Brotherhood of St. Andrew will be sponsoring another Men's Breakfast at the Riverbay Roadhouse in the Cape St. Claire shopping center on Saturday, August 18, at 9 a.m. Guest speaker information to follow. This activity is a great way to get to know the men of our faith community. If you plant to attend, please contact Tug Knorr at tugknorr@aol.com.
Back to School Blessings
Sunday, August 26

In the past, our clergy have issued blessings for backpacks, students, and teachers heading back to school during services. This year, the Rev. Peter W. Mayer will spend some time with students and educators discussing their hopes, anxieties, and goals during coffeehour at 10:15 on Sunday, August. 26. All students are encouraged to bring their backpacks at that time. All will then receive a special blessing.
Sunday School Open House
Sept. 9 - 10:15 a.m.

It's time to register students for an exciting new Sunday School year which will include new curriculum for both middle and high school classes!

Thursday AM Bible Study
Starts Sept. 13

Our Thursday morning bible study resumes on Sept. 13, from 9:15 to 10:30 a.m. in Classroom E of the Formation Building. As a reminder -- nursery care is provided. A limited number of books will be on sale starting this Sunday during coffeehour for $12. The link to purchase your own book from Amazon is available HERE.

The book being used this fall is a wise, entertaining, and educational book authored by Amy-Jill Levine that offers a fresh, timely reinterpretation of Jesus’ narratives. She analyzes “problems with parables,” taking readers back in time to understand how their original Jewish audience understood them. Levine reveals the parables’ connections to first-century economic and agricultural life, social customs and morality, Jewish scriptures and Roman culture. With this revitalized understanding, she interprets these moving stories for the contemporary reader, showing how the parables are not just about Jesus, but are also about us—and when read rightly, still challenge and provoke us two thousand years later. 
Foyers Forming for 2018-19
The St. Margaret's Foyers Planning Committee is organizing Foyer groupings for 2018-2019. The groupings will be ready to be released for our first Foyer Social scheduled for  Sunday, September 16 from 3-5:00 pm  in the Parish Hall. Please bring an appetizer, snack or dessert   for others to enjoy (beverages will be provided). At this social, you will meet with other members of your Foyer group, enjoy some food and a beverage, and schedule your upcoming dinners.
If you know you have a conflict with September 16, please email Vera Torrence at vdtorrence@verizon.net know so materials are provided to you. It is not too late to request to be in a Foyer grouping. Simply send a message to Vera Torrence and you will be included. The deadline is Monday, September 10.  If you sign up after this date, you will still be included. It would just help the Foyer Planning Committee if we have your name early.
Tanzania Trip Planned for 2019
St. Margaret’s Missions Comm. members are leading a group to Tanzania on March 7-20, 2019. The all-inclusive trip will include a safari visiting the most beautiful spots of the Serengeti and a three-day visit to the Dageno Girls Center. Dageno has been a St. Margaret’s grant recipient since 2014 but this is the first time we’ve visited in person. The itinerary has been planned and will be led by Teri Priebe of King George Travel—a very experienced TZ tour operator. A $500 deposit secures your space now. Space is limited - 3 spaces left! For more information, CLICK HERE.
Seafarers Golf Tournament This Oct.
The Baltimore International Seafarers Center annual Golf Tournament is Thursday, October 18, 2018. Breakfast at 8am and starting time at 9am.The Elkridge Club in Baltimore City ( www.elkridgeclub.org ). The event will include a Captain’s Choice, buffet breakfast and lunch, and awards receptions following the golf. The price is $150 per golfer. Peter Mayer, Gordon Piche, and Mike Winn have played in this terrific event backing a ministry St. Margaret’s Church has regularly supported. Please plan to play by contacting Mike Winn by email or by text mwinn421@gmail.com - 410-703-2768.

By now, all who serve on Sundays (except acolytes) should have received by email information on St. Margaret's new scheduling system. The system is an easy way to check the current schedule, find a substitute or swap weeks with another volunteer.

Please remember to check it regularly!

FOR ACOLYTES -- Julie Svendsen has graciously accepted the challenge of scheduling acolytes on Sundays. If you have any questions, please contact her at julesannap@yahoo.com .
Mark Your Calendar
Be sure to mark your calendar for the Rev. Patti's ordination on September 15, 11am at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Baltimore. Please arrive by 10 am if you want to be seated. Parking will be limited, so please carpool if possible. We will have a sign up in the parish hall lobby for those who would use a bus to attend that day. If we have enough signed up, we will book the transportation.

Holy Folders -- We need our beloved Holy Folders (and anyone who has a couple of hours they can spend) on Tuesday, August 28, 10 am in the admin reception room to prepare our annual stewardship mailing.

*First Senior Session - Tuesday, Sept. 4, 10 a.m.
*First Women's Guild Mtg of Program Year - Weds., Sept. 5, 11:30am
*Sunday School Open House -- Sept. 9, 10:15 a.m. - 11 a.m.
*First Day of Sunday School -- Sept. 16, 10:15 a.m.
*First Day of Faith & Fellowship Mondays -- Sept. 17

NOTE-- The Fall Spire newsletter deadline for submissions is Friday, August 17th. Submissions should be sent to info@st-margarets.org.

Deadline for Dragon Tales - Monday afternoon
Deadline for Sunday Announcements - Wednesday morning
As the summer vacation season continues, our regular office volunteers and staff are taking vacations. As a result, phone calls may not be answered right away,

Email may be the fastest source of communication and is encouraged if possible.  Staff will be able to collect voice mail phone messages throughout the day as long as they are not on vacation.

As a reminder, pastoral  emergency   calls can be made at 443-837-5463.

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
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