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August 28, 2019
A Note from Jim (and Molly Rose)

This summer, I once again assisted with the King’s College Summer Choir Training Course. It’s the largest course of its kind in North America offered by the Christian music education organization, the Royal School of Church Music in America.

At the start of the choir camp in July, I asked Molly Rose Svendsen of our parish to keep a choir camp journal listing a “favorite something” and “something I learned” for each day at camp. Below are her responses!
Monday (arrival day)
Favorite something: finally arriving after a long trip in a bad rainstorm
Something learned: I was so surprised to see that my roommate was someone who I had actually met before at a different camp.
Tuesday (first full day of rehearsals and Evensong)
Favorite something: breakfast
Something learned: some of the song called “Tantum Ergo”
Wednesday (second full day of rehearsals and Evensong)
Favorite something: swimming at the pool!
Something learned: that the pool is 14 feet deep
Thursday (third full day of rehearsals, movie trip, dairy farm trip, no Evensong(!), music staff recital)
Favorite something: Going to see the Lion King movie and to Barnes and Noble after
Something learned: that Kings College has their own Barnes and Noble
Friday (fourth full day of rehearsals, Evensong and the outdoor dance w/ DJ)
Favorite something: The Dance (a party where we danced)
Something learned: that they have balloons and glow sticks at the dance
Saturday (last full day of rehearsals, camper talent show)
Favorite something: vocal rest
Something learned: the week is fast, but the days are slow (and vice versa for other people)
Sunday (last day, morning Eucharist, afternoon Evensong)
Favorite something: going home
Something learned: that I don’t like the smell of incense

Here are Facebook video links to choir camp music:

"Magnificat” by Stephen Caracciolo, who lives in Washington, DC and is a music professor at UMBC.
Compline choir singing my (Jim Douglas') piece “God be in my head”

WANT your children involved in our music program at St. Margaret's? Request your child's participation in the age-appropriate music group or email
music notes
September Youth Music Open House
Saturday, September 21

Join members of the SMC music ministry team for a fun morning of music making. All returning choristers and newcomers will join for full warmup, then split into three groups (grades K-2, 3-5 and 6-12) for rehearsals to prepare music for the next morning’s worship services. Those youth who play instruments, including guitar and drums, will also gather and rehearse. During a snack break, there will be time for Q&A for parents, followed by a short informal worship service to conclude the day’s activities. This will give both the youth and their families the chance to sing and play the music they learned earlier in the day
Realm: Get Connected.

We are asking all parishioners to join Realm to foster effciency 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 and when they meet, and 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 a cell phone and Ipad app called "Realm Connect" that allows you to have information and communications anywhere you bring your cell phone! But you must register online first before an app is downloaded!

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.
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 go to their child's profile and update required information, check their child's "Group," and request another group if they need one.

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 request the "Group leader" to put your child on the list. Make sure your child's information is correct and complete.

NOW is also a great time for your child to join the acolyte program here at St. Margaret's. Children ages 7-18 are welcome! Practice is at 5:45 in the Sanctuary on Mondays (NEW TIME) and every other Sunday after from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. starting on September 8th.
Faith & Fellowship Begins Sept. 9

The NEW Schedule for Faith & Fellowship is:

5:15 to 6:00 p.m.- Spirit Singers Kindergarten through second grade and third grade to fifth grade -
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,
Thursday AM Book Study Resumes Sept. 12

Our Thursday morning book study begins on Thursday, Sept. 12 at 9:15 a.m. in Classroom E. The group will discuss the end of C.S.Lewis' "The Screwtape Letters" before taking up his book " Mere Christianity." All are welcome. Childcare for ages 0-4 is available in the church nursery.
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. All are welcome. Guest speaker will now be Beth Knorr who will discuss her pilgrimage to the National Lynching Museum.
65 and Over Invitation

All 65 and older and guests of those, are invited to Jim and Judy MacGregor's home on Sunday, September 8th for fellowship and a light supper from 4 to 7p.m. Located in Twin Harbors, off the Magothy, the address is  201 Nomini Dr, Arnold, 21012

Accepted RSVPs are needed please:
Judy MacGregor, , or phone 410 991 9115 for planning purposes. 

Car pool 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 phone Judy MacGregor at 410 991 9115. Our address is 201 Nomini Dr, Arnold, 21012.  
Senior Sessions Resumes Sept. 10

Our Senior Sessions for parishioners aged 65+ and clergy resumes on Tuesday, Sept.10th, 10 a.m., in classroom E. Participants will discuss the upcoming Gospel lesson as well as joys and challenges experienced through the summer.
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."
and White Elephant Sale
Sponsored by St. Margaret's Women's Guild
Saturday, November 23 * 9:00 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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.

Christine Feldmann, Grants 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, Sept. 1
EM @ 7:30: Fran Becker
Lector @ 7:30: Ann Lallande
EM @ 9:00: Katy Strother, Beth Knorr
Lectors @ 9:00: Beth Knorr, Jean Clarke
Acolytes @ 9:00: Mollie Rose Svendsen, NEED MORE
EM@11:15: Jim Weekley, George Saroch
Lectors@ 11:!5: Jan Brewer, Jim Weekley
Acolytes@ 11:15: Grace and Connor Feldmann,
Caroline VanArsdall
Altar Guild: Elizabeth Parker, Lyn Sloan, Betsy Dobbs
Flower Guild: Stacy Canuel
Coffeehour Hosts: Holly & Brian Williams, Katy Strother, Web Chamberlain, Hope Stinson

Next Sunday, Sept. 8
EM @ 7:30: Joan Rich
Lector @ 7:20: Joan Rich
EM @ 9:00: David Allen, Janet Allen
Lectors @ 9:00: Mark Torrence, Jean Clarke
Acolytes @ 9:00: Ella Tomko, Kaden Huntley, Zacca and Joseph Jackson
Children's Chapel:
EM@11:15: Peg Overton, Jim Reising
Lectors@ 11:!5: Robert Thomas, Peg Overton
Acolytes@ 11:15: Caroline Van Arsdall NEED MORE
Altar Guild: Nancy Saroch, Stephanie Ceruolo, Lisa Body, Lynn Goff
Flower Guild: Ann Lallande
Coffeehour Hosts: Sarah Westcott, Mary & Ted Lesster, Mary Kirkeby

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