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Dragon Tales E-News

February 17, 2021

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A Note from Peter

By now, many of us know that the root of the word "quarantine" is the idea that for forty days ('quarenta'), people would be sequestered to heal. We know as Christians that in the earliest days of the church, those who wanted to become Christian and be baptized would take the forty days before Easter to prepare with penitence and fasting for the celebration of the Resurrection on Easter morning. So Lent, in essence is a form of quarantine.

But for those of us who have had enough of quarantining, what does this Lent mean? Perhaps it can mean a greater sense of our connection to others that we might not see. When someone loses their sight, it is understood that their other senses increase. Could it be that this Lent, our sense of togetherness might increase through postcards, letters, phone calls, or even distanced visits?

Many of us have screen fatigue. Many of us also are increasingly isolated, and we yearn for community. My hope is that we will be able to gather outdoors in April. If that is the case, then we've got a little over forty days to go until then. Can we hold on? Can we continue to keep each other safe by keeping our distance, wearing masks, washing our hands, and get vaccinated when it's our turn? Can we continue to reach out to each other through other means to express our love and solidarity?

If we can do all this, the chances of an Easter resurrection of our physical body coming together grows exponentially. I'm excited. This Lent will be tough, but not tougher than what we've already been through. God calls us forward to go through this time to increase our Easter joy.

The Lent/Easter 2021 Spire is now available!

Welcome to Lent 2021

Today is Ash Wednesday

Drive thru ashes on campus - 5:30 to 6:00 p.m.

Ash Wednesday online service - 7:00 p.m.

Here is the bulletin for the service.


Lenten 40-Day Prayer Challenge

Starts Today!

A prayer a day for someone/something in need. Download booklets for

Families with Young Children

or Individuals


Monday Night Lenten Study

Starts Monday, Feb. 22

Join the Rev. Patti Sachs for a Lenten study about the book "Blessed is She: Living Lent with Mary." Limited copies are available in the church office for $10. Or purchase on or another independent bookseller. Let the Rev. Patti at know if you are participating to get the Zoom link.


Lenten Quiet Day

Friday, March 12

Join the Rev. Patti Sachs for an intentional time of quiet refreshment, meditation and prayer on Friday, March 12, starting at 10 a.m.

We'll begin on Facebook Live ( with 15 minutes of quiet meditation. Then, for the next hour and 45 minutes, you will do whatever you have planned (or not), but it should include some time in nature, some time reflecting or meditating and some time in quiet prayer. At the end of your session, come back to facebook Live to find some closing prayers.


Lenten Creation Calendar

SMC Green Team Leader Al Todd is sharing the 2021 Interfaith partners Lenten Creation Care Calendar. Each day calls participants to take a new action that will help to preserve God’s great gift of Creation.

Lenten Calendar for Maryland

Also, this past year has been marked by signs of the ever increasing climate crisis. With that expectant hope born of Lent, Al shares this poem by the National Youth Poet Laureate that stunned us all with her reading on Inauguration day.

Easter 2021

Palm Sunday Online Service

March 28 - 9:00 a.m.

Pick up your palms in the narthex on

Saturday, March 27 starting at 10 a.m.


Holy Week Morning Prayers

March 29-31 - 8:00 a.m.

with the Revs. Peter & Patti


Maundy Thursday Online Service

April 1 - 7:00 p.m.

with music from the Third Sunday Band

pick up your communion-to-go kits

in the narthex anytime during Holy Week


Good Friday Online Service

April 2 - 7:00 p.m.

Family Online Stations of the Cross

led by Revs. Peter & Patti

leading children gently through

the events of the Crucifixion

April 2 - posted at 9:00 a.m.


Drive-thru Easter Egg Hunt

April 3 - 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

For ages 2-10

Gather the kids in the car and drive to St. Margaret's campus where you will hunt for special eggs and receive a treat for your efforts. All community residents are welcome!


Easter Vigil Online Service

April 3 - 8:00 p.m.

the first official celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus--

glorious music, fire, and renewal of baptismal vows


Easter Morning Online Service

April 4 - 9:00 a.m.

Join us as we proclaim the raising of Jesus Christ from the dead through word and song in a festive service marking the beginning of the Easter season.


Order Easter Lilies at St. Margaret's

If you would like to order Easter lilies to decorate the front altar of the church for Easter services in honor or in memory of loved ones, please choose from the following options:

*Fill out the Easter Lilies Form and send in a check to the office;

*Pay by credit card on Realm.

Once in the giving section, choose the Flower Fund option and email to provide your donation information; or

*Send in the donation by text: GIVESMC to 73256.

Orders due by March 28. Cost is $35.

Donations will be notated in the Easter bulletin.

Parish Programs & News

Episcopal Advocacy Day

The Maryland Episcopal Public Policy Network (MEPPN) is excited to announce our online advocacy program. We invite members of our diocese to become active participants in the legislative process this year. SAVE THE DATE - The 8th Annual Episcopal Advocacy Day is March 4.


Reconciliation Work at SMC

Bishop Sutton has asked all Maryland churches to participate in the Diocese's Trust and Reconciliation work. SMC formed a committee of interested congregants has begun this important work. The committee meets once a month on the first Wednesday evening of the month at 6:45 p.m. through Zoom. To learn more about the topic, visit our diocesan website at If you are ready to begin this journey, please contact parishioner Beth Kopack @ 410-279-5136 or at


Film Year in Review on Feb. 21

Are you a film lover like the Rev. Peter? Join him and fellow film lover and parishioner Joan Rich in a discussion of 2020's best productions on Sunday, February 21st at 7:00 p.m. on our Facebook public page, YouTube Channel, and website homepage. Have a suggestion for them to review? Email


Communion-To-Go for March 7

We will be offering communion kits to-go in the narthex starting March 1 for the March 7th online service. All are welcome to take a kit


Celtic Service on March 21

Mark your calendars to view our Annual Celtic Service with the Third Sunday Band on Sunday, March 21 at 9:00 a.m. The liturgy and music will be drawn from the liturgical traditions of early Celtic Christians from Ireland and the Isle of Iona, off the coast of Scotland.

Mission Efforts for Parishioners

*My Brother's Pantry - pantry for the hungry on the Broadneck peninsula - Contact: Russell Jackson

*West Annapolis Pop-up Pantry - feeding hungry families in the Annapolis area - Contact: Barbara Marder, Janice John

Sunday's Service

Sunday Bulletin

Sunday Announcements

Next Week @ St. Margaret's

Sunday, Feb. 21 - 9:00 a.m. service (social media/website)

Sunday, Feb. 21 - 10:00 a.m. coffee hour (Zoom)

Monday, Feb. 22 - 7:00 p.m. Lenten book study (Zoom)

Monday, Feb. 22 - 7:00 p.m. Youth Group Session (Zoom)

Tuesday, Feb. 23 - 10:00 a.m. Senior Session (Zoom)

Wednesday, Feb. 24 - 7:00 p.m. - Middle School Youth Meeting (Zoom)

Thursday, Feb. 25 - 9:00 a.m. Thursday AM Book Study (Zoom)

Thursday, Feb. 25 - 7:30 High School Youth Meeting (Zoom)

Friday, Feb. 26 - 8:00 p.m. Friday Night Prayers (Facebook public page)

Upcoming Services

Serving on February 21 Serving on February 28

Lector: Allison Mayer Lector: Al Todd

Cantor: Alice Conover Cantor: Elizabeth Parker

Altar Guild: Susie Byrom, Robert Thomas Altar Guild: Jeanne Nardi, Jan Little

Mary Lesster, Kim Morrow

Contact Us

Have a prayer request to put in our weekly announcements?

Click HERE to use our automated request form

or contact clergy.

The church office is closed to guests. If you need to stop by, please call the church office first at 410-974-0200 to see if someone will be in. Email is the best way to to contact staff.

The Rev. Peter W. Mayer, Rector -

The Rev. Patti Sachs, Associate Rector -

Elizabeth Radley, Director of Operations -

Jim Douglas, Director of Music -

Laura Tayman, Director of Communications -

Jeff Conover, Youth Ministries Leader -

Teresa McCorkle, Bookkeeper -

Judy Hall, Churchyard Administrator -

Christine Feldmann, Grants Administrator -

If you need assistance with getting your annual giving statement,

contact Elizabeth or Teresa in the office.


St. Margaret's Church

1601 Pleasant Plains Road, Annapolis, MD. 21409

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