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Dragon Tales
A Note from Jeff
Happy New Year! I get to write the first Dragon Tales of the year, and there is a lot going on already!

This Friday the Youth Group is assisting St. Phillips during their time of hosting Winter Relief. We will provide a wonderful holiday-themed meal for the guests. This is just one of the many service-oriented things the Youth Group does during the year, such as also serving a meal at the Light House Shelter on April 28.  

THIS Saturday, January 5 th at 9 a.m. in the Parish Hall is the dress rehearsal for the Children's Epiphany Pageant. We can always use a little extra supervision at this event! If you are good at herding cats, come by and help!
The next big event for our youth is the Martin Luther King, Jr. Lock-In sponsored by the Diocese of Maryland. We will have an evening focused on the sin of racism, how to continue our work to dismantle it, a film about overcoming racism, and discussion. There will also be time for fellowship and food. On Monday, we take time to create posters, work on a service project, and march in the parade alongside Memorial, Bolton Hill. Please join us as we take steps for the Jesus Movement! ( January 20-21, 2019 (grades 6-12, Sunday 6:00PM - Monday 3:00PM. Cost: Donations for the food pantry or warming bags).

While there are many events scheduled for the Youth this semester leading up to our Youth-led service on Mother s Day, it is important for me to highlight two scheduled Mission/Service trips.

The first is with Brethren Disaster Relief ( July 7-13, 2019, Cost: TBD Location: TBD, Deadline: January 31, 2019).  This excellent organization engages volunteers to repair and rebuild storm damaged homes for some of the most vulnerable disaster survivors, thereby easing trauma and promoting recovery. By demonstrating Christ s love and putting their faith in action as they restore damaged homes, volunteers also restore broken lives. We are still waiting to hear exactly where this year s trip will be, but most likely in the Southeast again. BDM covers virtually all the costs, so it is a very minimal outlay to participate. 
The second trip is to Puerto Rico ( July 23-29, 2019, Cost: $1,250- fundraising ideas and scholarship assistance available.   Secondary deadline: NOW!)  This summer we will be traveling to our sister diocese of Puerto   Rico! There we will work with Wonder Voyage to take on jobs that no one else wants to do. The hurricanes have done unthinkable damage to the island and the lives of our brothers and sisters there. An important part of mission is to arrive with an open heart ready to learn about the culture, make new friends, and to spend time in community with the folks who live there. Our true mission is to do just that, as well as, giving help wherever we can.  
These are just a few of the ways that our youth give back to our world. If you want to know more, please contact me.
Sunday's Christmas Lessons & Carols Service

Share the beauty of a St. Margaret's service with your Facebook friends! When you see that the service has been posted on our Facebook public page, share it on your own page and we will get even more views from those wanting to worship at St. Margaret's!
Children's Epiphany Pageant This Sunday
Our children's Epiphany pageant, the telling of Christ's birth and the visitors to traveled to worship the newborn King, will be held THIS SUNDAY at 10:20 a.m. in the parish hall.

Dress rehearsal will be held on Saturday morning, 9:00 a.m. sharp in the parish hall. Children ages four-5th grade are encouraged to participate. We need parental assistance with everything from costume prepping to crowd control!

We thank Sierra Mullen who is taking on a leadership role for the event this year!
Prayer Shawl Ministry - Join Them
prayer shawl
Our prayer shawl ministry group meets the first Saturday of each month -- including this Saturday, Jan. 5 - from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the admin. building. All skill levels welcome! Join this group of committed knitters and crocheters who lovingly prepare prayer shawls for those who are experiencing illness or challenges or who receive the sacrament of baptism. Questions? Contact Dibble Hammar at dibblehammar@yahoo.com .
Senior Session Next Tuesday
Our next Senior Session will be held Tuesday, January 15, at 10 a.m. in Classroom E. All parishioners 65+ are welcome to come share in discussing the Gospel, in supporting one another, and in interacting with clergy.
Men's Breakfast on Jan. 12
Our next breakfast for the men of our parish sponsored by the Brotherhood of St. Andrew will be held on Saturday, Jan. 12th, 9:00 a.m., at Riverbay Roadhouse in the Cape shopping center. The Rev. Peter W. Mayer will be the guest speaker. To get a number of participants for the restaurant, please let Jim "Tug" Knorr know you are coming by emailing him at tugknorr@aol.com or calling him at 410-757-4549.
Day School News
Our nationally recognized Day School for ages 2-Kindergarten will hold an Open House for prospective families on Thursday and Friday, January 17 and 18 from 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. Registration for the 2019-20 school year begins January 25th.
Registration for the school's themed summer camps is now open! All camp sessions for 4-10 year olds run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.  All camp sessions for 3 year olds run MWF 9am-1pm, 9am-3pm or M-F 9am-3pm. All camp sessions for 2 year olds run T, TH 9am-12pm.

For more information, go to www.stmargaretsdayschool.org .
Annual Meeting on January 27
annual meeting
St. Margaret's Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday, Jan. 27, around 12:45 p.m. in the Parish Hall. A potluck lunch will be held after the 11:15 a.m. service that day. Parishioners will hear about our successes and challenges and will vote on our new set of vestry members. Childcare will be provided. If you can assist with set up or clean up, please let Kathy Lang know at kathy.lang@verizon.net.

Beverages of coffee and water will be provided. We ask that parishioners with the last names starting with
A-G - Bring side dishes;
H-O - Bring entree dishes; and
P-Z - Bring desserts.

Annual Meeting report submissions from the different groups
of St. Margaret's are due no later than Jan. 10th
for inclusion in the report document.
Grants Liaisons Needed
This is the time of year the grants committee begins reviewing the applications for the 2019 Endowment Grants Program. Parishioners who would like a very short but very meaningful opportunity to assist the committee by being a liaison (a contact) with one of the finalist applicants can email Izzy Winn immediately at  ewinn421@gmail.com . A 45-minute required training session will be given to those who have signed up on Sunday, Feb. 3 at 10:20am between services. Izzy will be confirming with everyone who previously signed up at the missions fair in October.
Service Scheduling Calendar
Our Service Calendar is now available on our website. Look for the "Quick Links" tab at the bottom. Our system software company says that that linked version is "live" to reflect any changes or swaps. You still need to use the system to change dates, but at least it will reflect in a shared schedule now. That "live" schedule is what we will use for bulletins.
Diocesan Retreats

For registration information, go to
Winter Retreats for Adults at the Claggett Center (located near Frederick, MD)--

(featuring Third Sunday Band)

Returns January 7!
Spirit Singers - 5:00 - Choir Room
Youth Chorale - 5:30 - Sanctuary
Acolyte Practice - 5:30 - Sanctuary
Arts & Crafts - 5:30 - Parish Hall
Fellowship Meal - 6:00 - Parish Hall
Youth Group - 6:30 - Classroom D
Adult Formation - 6:45 - Fellowship Hall
Motet Ensemble - 6:45 - Choir Room

Quick Links

Upcoming Winter Spire - Friday, Jan. 11
Dragon Tales - Monday afternoons
Sunday Announcements - Wednesday mornings

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, Director of Communications, 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