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Dragon Tales
A Note from Peter
My day off is Monday, and during the warmer weather, I like to spend those days playing golf and napping. But when the weather goes below 50 degrees, or it’s raining, I try to watch a movie. From December through February, I spend most Mondays at the movie theater catching up on all the award-nominated movies. This year, for the first time in forever, I was able to catch all the films up for Best Picture at this year’s Oscars.

So please join me in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday, February 24 at 10:20 AM to talk about the nominees through a lens of faith, redemption and transformation. Find out which movies were really good, and which ones I believe will be thrown on the dustbin of history.
Lenten Study-
What does the cross mean to you? What did it mean to God? Was it more about “fixing human problems, or a culmination of God’s disarming purpose to be with us, no matter what.” Join me as we delve into “Hanging by a Thread” by Samuel Wells this Lent. Weekly videos will be posted online, and we will be discussing the book and its topics each Sunday in the fellowship hall.

(This book is not to be confused with the pulp romance novel of the same name, nor the album by Mike and the Mechanics, nor the 1979 movie starring Patty Duke Astin. It most certainly should not be confused with Hanging by a Thread: The Rebirth of our Dying Constitution, or Hanging by a Thread: A Needlecraft Mystery Book 6.)
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Calendar Note:
No Faith & Fellowship -
Monday, Feb. 18th
Sunday's Service - February 10, 2019
St. Margaret's will be hosting our local homeless brothers and sisters in March for winter relief. Over a hundred volunteer slots are required! Please begin signing up on Sundays during coffeehour or sign up HERE (or on our website under "Quick Links").
Youth News
Our youth (middle and high school students) are offered a night of faith and fellowship with a lock-in at the church on Presidents' weekend, Feb. 16-17. It promises to be a night of fun and faith exploration. For questions, contact Youth Ministries Leader Jeff Conover at jeff@st-margarets.org .

The annual Bishop Unplugged event for Bishop Sutton and diocesan youth will be held March 9, (grades 6-12), at St. Martin's-in-the-Field, Severna Park, 2:00-4:00 p.m., Cost: $5.  Learn more and register online.
Men's Breakfast on Feb. 23
The Brotherhood of St. Andrew is sponsoring a men's breakfast on Saturday, Feb. 23, 9:00 a.m. at Riverbay Roadhouse in the Cape St. Claire shopping center. Guest speaker will be Grant Harmon who will share stories about his work with the FBI and "stories we've never heard." All men of the church are welcome. If you plan to attend, please RSVP with Tug Knorr at tugknorr@aol.com .
Day School Fundraiser Auction on March 2
Our Day School will be holding their major annual fundraiser on Saturday, March 2, 6 p.m. at the Annapolis Maritime Museum.

This year, our award-winning school has a major expense: to replace the playground to bring it up to code for the coming school year. The amount needed for equipment and installation as well as grading is $70,000.

Please consider supporting this effort!

Ash Wednesday on March 6
ash wednesday
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent. Lent is a time when many Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline. Ash Wednesday emphasizes two themes: our sinfulness before God and our human mortality.

Services at St. Margaret's will be held at 7:30 a.m., Noon, and 7:30 p.m.
Following the noon service, the Women's Guild will host a soup and salad luncheon in the Parish Hall. All are welcome.
Silent Movie Concert on March 10
We are excited to announce that notable organist Michael Britt will return to St. Margaret's on Sunday, March 10 at 4 p.m. to accompany the classic silent comedy Sherlock, Jr. starring Buster Keaton, right in our sanctuary! Invite your family, friends, and neighbors to this annual popular family-friendly event!
Preview of Sherlock Jr.
Coming This Lent @ St. Margaret's
Compline by Candlelight (Wednesday evenings)
Each Wednesday at 7 p.m., starting March 13, enter the sanctuary for a short, contemplative candlelit service that builds each week from spoken to all liturgy sung. It will be the perfect way to observe the Lenten season and to close your day.

Sunday Mornings
Join the Rev. Peter W. Mayer on Sunday mornings during Lent (starting March 10) from 10:20 to 11:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall for discussions from the book "Hanging by a Thread" by Samuel Wells. The book reflects on the challenges of understanding Christ's crucifixion that arise today using contemporary ideas in history, biblical studies, and philosophy.   Books are available on Amazon.com here or can be purchased from independent book sellers at www.biblio.com.

Thursday Mornings
Our Thursday morning study will soon begin a new book just in time for Lent titled "The Last Week" by Borg/Crossan that centers on w hat the Gospels really teach about Jesus's final days in Jerusalem. The study begins at 9:15 a.m. on Thursdays in Classroom E. Childcare in the nursery is provided. All are welcome! There are a few books left that are being sold during coffeehour on Sundays at the winter relief table or you can purchase one online.

Monday Evenings
On our Monday night Faith & Fellowship formation nights in Lent, we will provide a study for both the music lover and the biblical seeker exploring the scriptural texts of Handel's  Messiah.  This study offers careful examination of the texts as we listen to the musical lines. Starting March 11.

Ordering copies of Lenten study books

A Word from Rev. Patti
Donations Needed for Dageno Center
Dozens of our parishioners will soon be traveling to Africa and visiting our parish grant awardee -- the Dageno Girls Center. Through their travel, they are able to transfer donations needed.

If you would be willing to bring some used items to donate to Dageno Girls Center, the following items are needed:
• Tech equipment: laptops, digital cameras, unlocked cell phones, projectors, SD storage cards
• Science lab supplies: microscopes, beakers, test tubes, magnets, scales, legos
• Art supplies: construction paper, markers, crayons, colored pencils, colored chalk, certificate/award paper, paint pens, fabric scissors
• Gardening supplies: drip irrigation pipes, vegetable seeds
• Games: soccer balls, volley balls, kick balls, whiffle ball set, board games, puzzles
• Camping supplies for the Dageno graduates’ tourism business: tents and sleeping bags
• Bedding and towels for Dageno graduates’ lodge business: double and twin sheet sets, hand towels, bath towels
• Kitchen supplies for Dageno graduates’ restaurant business: coffee presses, mixing bowls, ice cube trays, measuring cups, baking sheets and pans, Tupperware / Rubbermaid plastic containers of all sizes, reusable straws.

Donations that are smaller can be left in the narthex. For larger items or for more information, contact Gail Pelton 301-385-3816 or peltongail@gmail.com or Janice Roper Graham at janice@opp-llc.com or 443-569-6051 .
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St. Margaret's Church
1601 Pleasant Plains Road
Annapolis, MD 21409
(410) 974-0200 Office Phone
(443) 867-5463 Pastoral Emergency Line

Staff Contacts

The Rev. Peter W. Mayer, Rector, peter@st-margarets.org
The Rev. Patti Sachs, Assistant Rector, patti@st-margarets.org
Elizabeth Radley, Director of Operations, elizabeth@st-margarets.org
Jim Douglas, Director of Music, music@st-margarets.org
Laura Tayman, Communications & Programs Asst., laura@st-margarets.org
Jeff Conover, Youth Ministries Leader, jeff@st-margarets.org
Teresa McCorkle, Bookkeeper, office@st-margarets.org
Jim Bowersox, Facility Operations Assistant
Judy Hall, Churchyard Administrator, churchyard@st-margarets.org
Izzy Winn, Grants Administrator, missions@st-margarets.org