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August 14, 2019
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A Note from Sarah
Camp Allen, 2019

Camp Allen was the brainchild, or perhaps I should say “heartchild” of Wes Wubbenhorst, who was the assistant rector and youth leader at St. Margaret’s and his mother, Arvilla Wubbenhorst. 

It began as an expansion of Wes’s longstanding love of the children of Honduras, where he and his wife, Viv Thompson, were Peace Corps volunteers in the 1980’s. During the 1990’s and 2000’s, Wes lead youth and adult mission trips back to Honduras. At some point, the idea was hatched that St. Margaret’s members could make a difference in the lives of Central American families right here in Annapolis without having to go so far. Camp Allen was born in 2000. Initially it was fairly loosely organized and served 15-20 children with a handful of volunteers. As more Hispanic families have moved into the area, it has grown to at least 50-60 campers. 

This year was the 20 th anniversary of Camp Allen, and it was a great success. We had over 100 people participate in one way or another in the week, which included 56 campers, 7 older siblings, 10 youth counselors (from both St. Margaret’s and the community), 29 adult volunteers, and many people who made donations to support the program. Our theme song was “Peace Like a River.” Although the week is heavier on play than on lessons, we did talk about how to promote peace in ourselves, our families, and our communities. On Friday, at the end of the camp, a six year old named Lucia asked me, “What are we going to do tomorrow?” Eduardo, age 11, when asked if he had any suggestions for next year, he said, “Make it longer.”

The value of Camp Allen cannot be easily quantified. It is a community-building activity among the families in and around the Allen Apartments. It is a community-building activity among the members of St. Margaret’s. Lastly, and perhaps most obviously, it is a community-building activity between the two communities. It is a way that we as a church have demonstrated our love and acceptance of immigrant families in our city, and they have in return shown us their love. For some families that participate, this is their children’s primary fun activity for the summer. One mother told me how much her son, age 10, loves the camp and that he looks forward to it every year, and that she really cannot afford to send him to any other kind of camp. Several mothers have also participated for years, joining us either at the playground, making God’s Eyes under the tent at the playground, or joining us for a field trip. We had two grandmothers visiting from El Salvador who joined us for different parts of the week and made a point of telling us how much they enjoyed it. Camp Allen is also very valuable to St. Margaret’s as a formative opportunity for the youth of the parish: our high school volunteers have developed as leaders and as humanitarians. 

Perhaps you wonder why I am emphasizing the value of the Camp. I have been running the camp for five years, and I have decided that I need to step down as director. It is a job that is probably too big for one volunteer, which means that the program needs to be restructured in order to continue. The camp is important to me; it is important to Arvilla; it is important to the children who look forward to it, and their families who may depend on it; and it is important to many of you who have volunteered your time or given donations. I would like all of you who have cared about Camp Allen to think about what it has meant to you or your families over the years and consider participating in the discussion in the coming months about how to take it into its next decade. --Sarah Hyde
All are welcome to attend this full production of Rachel Portman's opera, The Little Prince , based on the novel by Saint-Exupéry. The production is provided by the Teen Opera Initiative supported by the Voix Vocal Studio.Our own Abby Wenz will be performing!

The show features an amazing cast of over 30 students, ages 8-20 who are excited to explore this great work of art and this challenging art form! 

Friday, August 16
Saturday, August 17
8:00 p.m.
St. Margaret's Church
$20 General Admission
Realm: Get Connected.

We are asking all parishioners to join Realm to foster efficiency and communication at SMC.

Here are just a few examples of how Realm will make life easier at St. Margaret's:

✨The Profile system will enable you to update your contact information and choose a privacy setting you are comfortable with. We have programmed everyone to "opt in" to the directory so that parishioners can contact you if needed. You can control that privacy setting if you wish to change it. You will get an email confirming that. Just know that we have done that for efficiency purposes. Communicating with other parishioners and staff will now NOT be available who is not a parishioner.

✨Users can ask to become members of other St. Margaret's Church groups through the system. Take a look at all of our groups, when they meet, and who the parishioners are that are involved already. It's an easy way to get more active here at St. Margaret's.

✨Users can give safely online through Realm (no more checks in the mail) and check their up-to-date giving totals (but not anyone else's).

✨Users can register for classes and events easily and receive more information on each program.

✨✨✨✨AND, there is an cell phone app called "Realm Connect" that allows you to have information and communications anywhere you bring your cell phone!

Look for more information along with your personal invitation to join Realm. If you don't get it, be sure and check your spam folder.

To log in, go the website homepage and look for the Realm logo.

If you can't quite figure it out, no worries. Elizabeth and Laura will be on hand to assist parishioners during coffeehour on August 18. And the Rev. Peter will host a forum on Realm during coffeehour on August 25.
Sunday School Registration for 2019-20 is now open!

Open House on Sept. 8 -- First Class held on Sept. 15

Student registration will be done through our new database system called Realm. Former students have been placed into classes based on last year's registration. Parents are asked to check their child's "Group," and fill in or change any information that is needed.

If you are not in SMC Realm or your child is new to Sunday School, check your email for an invitation to participate in Realm (including your spam folder) or contact the church office. Once you are in, simply ask the "Group leader" if your child can join that class. Make sure your child's information is correct and complete.
Faith & Fellowship Begins Sept. 9

The NEW Schedule for Faith & Fellowship is:

5:15 to 6:00 p.m.- Sprit Singers (grades K-2 & 3-5) - Formation Building (Classrooms C and B)
5:30-6:15 p.m.- Youth Chorale (grades 6-12) - Choir Room
5:45-6:15 p.m.- Acolyte practice - Sanctuary
6:00-6:15 p.m.- Arts and Crafts - Parish Hall
6:20-6:45 p.m.- Fellowship Dinner - Parish Hall
6:45-8:30 p.m.- Youth Group - Classroom D
7:00-8:30 p.m.- Adult Formation -Formation Building
7:00-9:00 p.m.- Motet Ensemble Rehearsal - Choir Room

Adult Formation Schedule:

September 9 - Civil Rights Pilgrimage
Parishioners Tug and Beth Knorr share their experience traveling to Alabama and a Civil Rights pilgrimage this summer.

September 16 - Episcopalian Cursillo
Parishioner Mike Winn shares the components of the Episcopalian Cursillo program

September 23 - Book Study Begins
A riveting story of seeking safety in another land. Here is a gripping journey of loss, alienation, and belonging. In The God Who Sees, immigration advocate Karen Gonzalez recounts her family’s migration from the instability of Guatemala to making a new life in Los Angeles and the suburbs of south Florida. In the midst of language barriers, cultural misunderstandings, and the tremendous pressure to assimilate,
Back to School Supplies Drive

Members of the parish are asked to help with back-to-school supplies for children whose families are unable to provide. Again this year we will be partnering with Broadneck Elementary on Shore Acres Road in Arnold. Their guidance counselor has requested we provide supplies for students who require assistance and register late or are otherwise not qualified to be listed with county social services.

As in past years, the Mission Commission will provide the actual backpacks; parish families are asked to provide the supplies requested per grade level. If you can help, please put a note in the collection plate or contact Barbara Marder at i or 410-518-9978. She will provide you with a list of supplies needed. If you would like to contribute but cannot shop, a cash donation will help; let Barbara know and someone will do the shopping for you.
Missions Video - Citizenship Teachers

Our Missions Commission will be providing videos to parishioners about the various activities and efforts in which members of our church are involved with the community.

This week Missions Chair Joanna Tillman talks with parishioner Kate Callahan who assist immigrants with citizenship classes through the Center for Help in Annapolis. For more information, email .
Last call to join our social groups who meet regularly during this upcoming program year.
The Foyers Planning Committee members for this coming year are Lesal Kilcrease, Arvilla Wubbenhorst, Janice Roper Graham, and Web Chamberlin. For more information, email i .
Men's Breakfast on August 24

Mark your calendar for the next Men's Breakfast to be held on Saturday, August 24, 9:00 a.m., at the Riverbay Roadhouse in the Cape St. Claire center. Speaker is Newcomer Bob Moore (West Point Grad) who will discuss Nantucket baskets that he makes and bat houses that he installs for free. For questions or to RSVP, contact Tug Knorr at
blessing of the backpacks
Blessing of the Backpacks on Aug. 25

Our annual blessing of students and educators for the new school year will be on Sunday, Aug. 25 at the 9:00 and 11:15 a.m. services. Students are encouraged to bring their backpacks for a special gift.
Women's Guild Begins Program Year Sept. 4

Our Women's Guild begins their program year on Weds., Sept. 4 in the Fellowship Hall at noon. Bring a bagged lunch, with desserts and beverages served. Guest speakers will be Beth and Tug Knorr who will describe their recent journey to the National Lynching Museum in Alabama. All are welcome!
65 and Over Invitation

Parishioners 65 and over are invited to Jim and Judy MacGregor's home on Sunday September 8th for fellowship and a light supper from 4 to 7pm. Located in Twin Harbors, off the Magothy, their address is 201 Nomini Dr, Arnold, 21012.  

Car pooling would be best if possible from the nearby middle schools lot on Peninsula Farm Rd. Those with walking challenges, drive down our gravel driveway and park in front of our garages. There is a no stair approach on the far right side.  Questions and RSVPs can be made with Judy MacGregor at 410 991 9115. 
Newcomer Class with Rev. Peter begins Sept. 30

If you are new to St. Margaret's this year, the Rev. Peter will offer two classes that focus both on being Episcopalian and getting more involved to become a transformed member of St. Margaret's. Two classes will be held -- on Sept. 30 & Oct. 7 -- at 7 p.m. in Classroom E. Childcare is provided in the church nursery for ages 0 to 4. Come at 6:20 and join us for a Fellowship Dinner in the parish hall.

Registration is now available in Realm under "Registration Events."
At 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7, where the Arundel Center stands in Annapolis, a historic marker will be unveiled. The location is close to where Henry Davis was lynched in 1906.

The marker will acknowledge the lynching of at least five black men in Anne Arundel County and the racial terrorizing of many more. In an effort to bring remembrance, reconciliation, and education about these painful events, Connecting the Dots, a local coalition of social justice activists has partnered with the Equal Justice Initiative, other activist groups, and local politicians to bring the first historic marker in Maryland acknowledging racial terror. 
The annual Run for the Light House on Sept. 22 provides scenic half-marathon and 5K routes along the trails of Quiet Waters Park and through the beautiful Chesapeake Bay-front community of Hillsmere Shores. This race event is unlike any other in the greater Annapolis area! Returning in 2019 due to popular demand - 1.25 Mile Walk/Donut Dash! All proceeds from the Run for the Light House will benefit the Light House in Annapolis, a well-known public charity working to end the cycle of homelessness and poverty. Register HERE .

Province 3 Trail to Truth: Pilgrimage of Racial Reconciliation , October 11-14, 2019. Join the Province 3 Youth Committee for a pilgrimage by bus from Washington D.C. to Philadelphia, PA to discuss and dismantle the history of racism in the church and government. Be a voice for positive next steps. Included in the four day journey: African American History Museum, church histories, amazing guest speakers, and youth from the thirteen dioceses that are Province 3.  Learn more here .

Baltimore International Seafarers' Center Golf Tournament , October 17, Elkridge Club, Baltimore. The day of golf includes a 4-person scramble, breakfast snacks, lunch and awards receptions following the tournament.  Learn more and register online .
Church Clergy/Staff

The Rev. Peter W. Mayer, Rector

The Rev. Patti Sachs, Asst. Rector

Elizabeth Radley, Director of Operations

Jim Douglas, Director of Music

Laura Tayman, Communications Asst

Jeff Conover, Youth Ministries Leader

Teresa McCorkle, Bookkeeper

Tricia McVeigh, Day School Director

Judy Hall, Churchyard Adm.

Jim Bowersox, Facilities/Operations Asst.

Quick Links

To give to St. Margaret's online, click here:   

To give through text, then text GIVESMC to 73256
Service Participants

This Sunday, August 18
EM @7:30: Joan Rich
Lector @ 7:30: Joan Rich
EM @ 9: Elizabeth Bowers, Beth Knorr
Lectors @ 9: Beth Knorr, Jean Clarke
Current Acolytes @ 9: Sunny Bowers, Ella Tomko,
Katherine Parker, Matthew Parker
Summer Children's Hour: VanArsdall Family
EM @11:15: - Jim Weekley, Spencer Johnson Lectors@11:15: Rex Pingle, Valery Weekley
Current Acolytes @ 11:15: Caroline Bontempo, Emily Bontempo, Caroline VanArsdall
Coffeehour Hosts: Jan Little, Carol Williams, Lyn Sloan, Sarah Layman
Flower Guild: Elizabeth Kopack
Altar Guild: Charlie Lang, Teresa Todd, Susan Byrom, Robert Thomas

Next Sunday, August 25
EM @7:30: Terry Otis
Lector @ 7:30: Phil Meeder
EM @ 9: Kim Coble, Katy Strother
Lectors @ 9: Paul Westcott, Jean Clarke
Acolytes @ 9: Allen Mayer, Sarah Mayer
Summer Children's Hour: Morgan Family
EM @11:15: Stacia Bontempo,Jim Reising
Lectors@11:15: Jim Hall, Sarah Hyde
Current Acolytes @ 11:!5 Julia Morgan, Anna Morgan, Peter Saroch NEED MORE
Coffeehour Hosts: Kathy Lang, Charlie Lang, Laurie Tomko, Toby Tomko, Molly Horton
Flower Guild: Cindy Lynch
Altar Guild: Jeanne Nardi, Jan Little, Mary Lesster,
Kim Morrow

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St. Margaret's Church
 Office Phone: 410-974-0200
Emergency Pastoral #: 443-837-5463