Dragon Tales E-News
September 12, 2018
A Note from Jeff

St. Margaret’s youth have a lot to look forward to this year, and I want to especially welcome our new 6th graders and parents who may not be aware of what the youth program is here at St. Margaret’s.
Foremost, it is Community. From your first year of middle school until your last day as a high school senior - and then beyond! – you are a vital part of our community. We have fun, we learn, we serve, and we support.

We also learn more about beliefs and our places in the Episcopal Church, and this year that is especially true. We are aiming at a youth-led service next May 12th. To that end, we will be working all year with the various ministries that make Sunday mornings tick. We will be visiting other churches in the area, with wonderful opportunities to participate in, and learn from, other traditions. We will confer and discuss with Patti and Peter. As always, we will continue to examine the issues of our day through Christian lenses. All of this will inform the service we create. I am incredibly excited to see what happens!

We serve others, and in the process, we grow in empathy and understanding. We have collected hundreds of items to help keep fellow students warm in the winter. We have shared our bounty through many meals with neighbors in need. We have contributed time and talent on mission trips and treasure to some charitable organizations.And throughout it all, we laugh, get goofy at times, and always enjoy each other’s company.

In short, we try to be involved, committed, and passionate members of our community, our church and our youth group.

At least monthly, I put out a detailed newsletter of all things Youth, called the Holy Hotmail. This year we will post it on the St. Margaret’s website, but if you would like to receive an e-mail copy, please let me know. The latest one runs to 8 pages and I already have more to add! I know all you adults out there are reading this and saying to yourselves, “Boy that sounds great. I wish I could be in that group!” Well, guess what? You can! I promise you that the few hours a month you can give to this program will be some of the most rewarding hours you spend this year. Promise.

Again, welcome back everyone!

Email Jeff@st-margarets.org to be put on the youth program mailing list.
Ordination of the Rev. Patti Sachs
Saturday, Sept. 15
Cathedral of the Incarnation
4 E University Pkwy, Baltimore 21218
11 a.m.
Should arrive around 10 a.m.
to ensure a seat.

The bus transporting parishioners to the event is now full.
For those confirmed for the bus, please write a check to "St. Margaret's Church" and put "Ordination" on the memo line. Cost is $35 per person. Meet at the church campus by 9 a.m.
Stewardship Campaign for 2019
The Power of Pledging

As we embark on the 2019 Stewardship campaign, St. Margaret’s extends a heartfelt “Thank You!” to everyone who contributed to the outstanding campaign of 2018 which raised $837,166 from 219 pledges! With that funding we have added two new staff members, funded a variety of missions programs, made critically needed updates on our campus, and offered new programs and curriculum for children.

This year, we are striving for $910,000, an 8% increase from last year’s Stewardship tally. This is an ambitious goal, but currently St. Margaret’s is running a deficit budget. Thanks to the church's endowment fund we are able to continue to provide the support and services the community deserves. However, we are making an extra push this year to ensure we are reducing the draw on the endowment for operating expenses.

New to pledging? It's simply estimating what your giving total will be in 2019. It's not a contract, just an honest estimate of what we can expect for next year as the vestry plans a budget for 2019.

Please submit your pledge via offertory plate, the church office, or online by October 28, 2018 to allow adequate time for budget planning.

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!

Stewardship Forum - Sept. 23 - 10:15 a.m.
Sunday School First Class
This Sun., Sept. 16
10:15 a.m. to 11 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!

Adult Formation This Fall

Thursday Morning Bible Study

Our Thursday Bible Study will begin meeting again on September 13th in Classroom E at 9:15 . All are welcome! As a reminder, nursery care is available during the class ! Please read the Introduction section of our book, Short Stories by Jesus , for the first class.

The Seekers Sunday Morning Study - Starts Sunday!

The Seekers, a group that meets Sunday mornings from 10:15 to 11 a.m. i n the administrative office reception room, will also be studying the same book starting Sunday, Sept. 16th.

Faith & Fellowship
Monday Activities
Begin Next Monday,Sept. 17

Our first Faith & Fellowship evening begins on Monday, Sept. 17. Acolytes will have practice in the sanctuary at 5:30 p.m. and arts and crafts will be available for children and parents in the parish hall at 5:30 p.m. A Fellowship Dinner will be held at 6 p.m. Youth Group will begin at 6:30 p.m. in Classroom D. Spirit Singers will begin practice at 5 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 24.

For adult formation starting at 6:45 p.m., programming will feature a variety of offerings. The Rev. Peter Mayer will begin our sessions with a discussion of the Gospel of Mark on September 17 to explore our upcoming Sunday scripture readings.  There will be other offerings on church history together with some more sessions of the "Living the Questions" series hosted by Valery Weekley. 

Pay for Meals by credit card here!
Flu Shots Available 9/30

Staff at the Walgreen's on Taylor Ave. will be in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday, Sept. 30 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to provide both flu and pneumonia shots. Please bring your insurance card and your checkbook. 
daughters of the king
Daughters of the King

The All Saints in Prayer Chapter of the national Daughters of the King organization welcomes all women from Episcopal churches in the greater Annapolis area. Our current members worship at St. Philip’s, St. Margaret’s, St. Luke’s, St James, and St. Anne’s.

An informational meeting about DOK will be held at St. Margaret’s Church, October 2 at 6:30 p.m.

There are over 22,000 "Daughters" in the U.S. and around the world. The Order is a caring community of women who support each other in our faith journey, and who work to strengthen our parishes. There is a 12 session discernment class for women who are interested in learning about the Order and then allow time for reflection. Following the discernment class, those who desire to become members participate in a service to make their vow and become part of the Order. The vow is a restatement of our baptismal and confirmation promises.

For more information, contact Pam Roth at 410-353-6774 or at rothsbythebay@verizon.net .
Blessing of the Animals
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!
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 , 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 a 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 Friday, October 5 so that we have a headcount for the owners. 
Sign up Now!
Seniors Trip on Oct. 21

Our "55 and Better" 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 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.
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. Free 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 .
Tanzania Trip Planned for 2019
Follow the great migration in luxury tented camps and see “the big five” in the wilds of the Serengeti. The safari normally costs $6,000 pp but has been discounted to $3,800pp for St. Margarets. The March 8-20, 2019 trip includes three days at the Dageno Girls Center, where graduating students will practice their entrepreneurial skills on us as a tourist stop. St. Margarets has been supporting Dageno since 2014 but this is the first visit. One female is seeking a roommate and two double rooms are left. Airfare, tips, visa fee and insurance not included. Visit St. Margarets website for more details or contact Teri Priebe at King George Travel: 540-760-8178 or  kinggeorgetravel@gmail.com .

Seafarers Golf Tournament This Oct.
The Baltimore International Seafarers Center annual Golf Tournament is Thursday, October 18, 2018. Breakfast is at 8am and starting time at 9am at 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 .
Deadline for Dragon Tales - Monday afternoon
Deadline for Sunday Announcements - Wednesday morning

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