Dragon Tales E-News
September 5, 2018
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A Note from Peter

This Sunday we say farewell to a pillar of our Sunday worship, Mr. Tom Bein. He and his wife Myrna are moving to Charlottesville, Virginia, where they will retire and be a light in another church as they have been in ours for so long.

For over 32 years, Tom has ministered to us through the acolyte program, raising up young servers for the altar and teaching them liturgy and life lessons. With the help of George Breeden, Tom sustained this ministry for many years, taking children and teenagers and making them indispensable parts of our Sunday worship. Many of our children, including my two, have learned under Tom, and I am eternally grateful for his time, energy, and love of this ministry. God speed to you and Myrna both, Tom, and know that you will always have a place here.
I also will thank Hope Stinson for her time as our interim music director. Hope has played Sunday services for us, as well as directing the choirs, since January, and with the arrival of Jim Douglas on September 30 and a previously planned vacation, Hope’s last ‘official’ service will be Sunday. I cannot thank her enough for her dedication, compassion and professionalism over these months. I am grateful to both her and her husband Ty for what they have given to our church, and how they continue to minister. 

Please join me in honoring these two dedicated servants this Sunday.
Ordination of the Rev. Patti Sachs
Saturday, Sept. 15
Cathedral of the Incarnation
4 E University Pkwy, Baltimore 21218
11 a.m.
Should arrive before 10 a.m.
to ensure a seat.

The bus transporting parishioners to the event is now full.
Stewardship Campaign for 2019
The Power of Pledging

Did you get a stewardship letter in your mailbox?
If not, email info@st-margarets.org and we'll send you one
or look for a pledge card in the pews on Sunday.

If you currently give to St. Margaret’s offertory plate
and have not ever made a pledge,
please consider making one for 2019.

Pledges are the key for our vestry to develop a sound budget that contains everything from
mission projects to music to facility upkeep.

Questions? Contact Doug Seybert at doug_seybert@yahoo.com .

Stewardship Forum - Sept. 23 - 10:15 a.m.
Sunday School Open House
This Sun., Sept. 9
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!

Godly Play Program Prep - 9/9

Godly Play is our Sunday School program for our preschool-grade 1 students. We will host an orientation for parents on September 9th after the late service. Lunch and childcare is provided! This orientation is for all teachers and parents of Godly Play students, and we urge you to be present for this very informative and important session. Please let the Rev. Patti Sachs know if you plan to be there, so we are sure to have enough food for everyone! ( patti@st-magarets.org )
Ensemble Galilei CD Release Concert Sept. 9

Ensemble Galilei is excited to share that the group has released a new CD and will tour on the west coast in early November. The CD release concert for The Flowers in the Forest will be in the sanctuary of St. Margaret's Church THIS Sunday, September 9, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $25 or $20 for students and seniors.

Their tour and CD includes a powerful new collaboration between journalists and the EG musicians, exploring honor, courage, loss, and hope. The CD features music, poetry, and memoir, featuring two of NPR’s most storied war correspondents, Neal Conan and Anne Garrels. For more information, watch the video below...
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

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 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.  Rev. Peter Mayer will begin our sessions with a discussion of the Gospel of Mark on September 17 to peruse 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. 
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. 
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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 to the 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. 
Coming Soon:
Third Sunday Band
Christmas CD

Third Sunday Band will soon be offering a new CD entitled "Peace" which represents a journey through the season of Advent and Christmas with unique and original arrangements of
traditional and not so traditional Christmas songs and original compositions.  

The band needs to raise money to cover the cost of recording and production and hopes parishioners consider pre-purchasing the CD, buying extras for friends and family or consider a donation to our project. 

For more information, contact Al Todd at hydroman1037@gmail.com .
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 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 .
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