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Dragon Tales
A Note from Paul
Before Sunday’s annual meeting, parish archivist Mike Winn was telling me that St. Margaret’s used to gather not once but four times a year to hash over its finances, event calendar and Buildings and Grounds reports, going on for hours—with no handouts. Mike’s long view of church life (see his note below) reinforces the theme of this year’s meeting: organizations change, and usually for the better. St. Margaret’s has seen a lot of comings and goings over the past year, we’ve continued to work more efficiently, more cooperatively, and there’s a sense that the congregation is getting younger. These are all happy developments.

Amid all the change, however, it’s important that we bring along those people and traditions that make this church such a wonderful place. That includes volunteering and pledging, certainly. But let’s also reach out to old friends we haven’t seen, make sure our seniors are getting what they need and extend ourselves for our children. What has made the past year so encouraging is that St. Margaret’s has moved forward together. I hope this year we’ll continue to show up for one another. —Paul O’Donnell, Senior Warden
from the St Margaret’s Church History & Archives Project

Until 1973, the annual meeting of St. Margaret’s Church was held the Monday after Easter. For most of the 20th century the annual meeting included only men of the parish. Men who had taken communion at least three times in the past year could vote. Only men eligible to vote could be elected to the vestry. Women prepared and served the luncheon & did not attend the meeting.

From 1923 through 1963, in addition to the annual (men-only) meeting, this parish held four congregational meetings a year, on weekdays (likely Friday) evenings in January, April, July, & October. This soon became known as the Church Service League. Men & women attended, the membership roll was called at the start of each meeting, and a report from each of the parish organizations was presented. Long discussions would ensue about plumbing systems, lawn maintenance, fences, stage construction, the church building, Sunday school, bible study, proper behavior, church socials, fundraising dinners, etc. These could be four hour meetings held in the cold of winter and heat of summer. Attendance was required. The archives has 40 years of minutes from these meetings becoming publicly available by the end of 2019.

St. Margaret’s Church History & Archives Project welcomes & needs participation from members of the parish. Opportunities include document management, cloud management, and updating the dedicated web site. Work is done on campus and at home. Come visit the archives. Contact Barbara Breeden bkbreeden@comcast.net. 
Sunday's Service
Upcoming Coffeehouse on Feb. 9
Rockin' the Hall Cafe   - Shake off that winter chill with the warmth of good people and good music. Local band 21012 and our own Third Sunday Band will provide the entertainment for this evening in the Fellowship Hall at St Margaret's. Kids welcome. Snacks and drinks will be available. BYOB for other refreshments.  Doors open at 5:30. Music begins at 6 p.m.   
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

Tanzania Trip Luncheon this Sunday
At 12:15 pm this Sunday, there will be a potluck luncheon in the parish hall for those going on the Dageno Safari on 3/7-20/2019 and anyone interested in learning more about Tanzania. We will have Teri Priebe from King George Travel and two Tanzanian friends of parishioners. Those going on the trip, please bring your Visa documents and fee per Teri’s instructions. For the potluck, please bring the dish to correspond with your last name.
               A-J  veggies or salad
               K-Q dessert or munchies
               R-Z  main dish
Episcopal Advocacy Day on Feb. 6
The 6 th  Annual Episcopal Advocacy Day in Annapolis will take place on  Wednesday, February 6th. Episcopalians across the state will learn about the church's legislative priorities such as clean energy jobs, the environment, affordable health insurance, criminal justice reform and more! Participants will meet legislators and network with peers. Breakfast and Lunch will be provided. Members of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland advocate for issues of care of creation and care of God’s people on the local level that follow the legislation, theology and policies of  The Episcopal Church . Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. with a continental breakfast meeting in the Miller Senate Building – President’s Conference Center, West I & II reception room. The event is free to attend. Participants must remember to bring a photo ID to enter buildings .
Scouts Sunday on Feb. 10
Scouting Sunday at St. Margaret's will be held on Sunday, Feb. 10th. Both Boys and Girls Scouts in the area are offered an opportunity to assist the ushers with their duties during the 9:00 or the 11:15 a.m. service where the congregation will recognize and pray for them.
Prayer Shawl Ministry Session on Saturday
prayer shawl
Our prayer shawl ministry members will be meeting this Saturday in the admin building at 9 a.m. All are welcome to join this dedicated group who knit or crochet prayer shawls to comfort those who are going through difficult physical and emotional circumstances and those who receive the sacrament of baptism. All skill levels welcome!
Women's Guild Meeting on Feb. 6 & March 6
Our St. Margaret's Guild meets on the first Wednesday of the month from Sept. - June. On Feb. 6 in the Fellowship Hall, the Guild will host guest speaker Amanda Fiedler, County Council representative. All are welcome. Bring a bagged lunch at noon. Beverages and desserts provided.

On March 6, the Guild will attend the Ash Wednesday Noon service followed by a soup luncheon in the Fellowship Hall. All are welcome!
Thurs AM Study Begins New Book
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.
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 a classic silent comedy in a family-friendly concert in our sanctuary! Invite your family, friends, and neighbors to this annual popular family-friendly event!
Day School News
The school's annual silent auction titled "Raise the Sails" this year will be held on Saturday, March 2, starting at 6 p.m. at the Annapolis Maritime Museum. Special musical guests will be our own Third Sunday Band! Auction items include everything from time share vacations to game tickets to gift certificates for high-end stores and restaurants. Donations are always welcome! Tickets are $50 per person.

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. Go to www.stmargaretsdayschool.org for more information.
Neighborhoods Effort at St. Margaret's
We are implementing a new Neighborhoods effort, providing a new way to stay connected with St. Margaret’s and your fellow Dragonslayers. While we draw parishioners from several zip codes, we are concentrated in the middle of Anne Arundel County. But you might not know that some of your neighbors attend a different service time. We hope that by knowing your neighbors, you will be able to take care of each other better by staying in touch throughout the year. If you are willing to be a Neigborhood leader, contact the Rev. Peter at
Diocesan Retreats

For registration information, go to
March 15-17, 2019,  Women's Weekend
A bible-based retreat where women of different faiths and generations join together to study and discuss scripture related to the topic of resilient spirituality. There will be small and large group discussion on how women can cultivate resilience as a spiritual practice in life and in communities. There will time for worship, reflection, relaxation and time to share, all while enjoying the wonderful view, warm hospitality and comfort of the Claggett Center. 

Theme: The Holy Trinity 

Begins Fri, March 15 at 5 PM through Sun, March 17 at 11:30 AM
Next Faith & Fellowship
February 4

Make up rehearsals for
Spirit Singers &Youth Chorale this week
on Wednesdays
5:00 (SS) & 5:30 (YC)

5:00 p.m. - Spirit Singers - Choir Room
5::30 p.m. - Youth Chorale - Sanctuary
5:30 p.m. - Acolyte practice - Sanctuary
5:30 p.m. - Arts & Crafts - Parish Hall

6:00 p.m. - Fellowship Dinner - Parish Hall
** Spaghetti with marinara sauce,
with meatballs (vegan meatballs will be available), green salad**

6:30 p.m. - Youth Group - Classroom D
6:45 p.m. - Adult Ed. - Fellowship Hall
6:45 p.m. - Motet Rehearsal - Choir Room
Quick Links

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