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Dragon Tales E-News
July 17, 2019
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A Note from Peter

One of the joys of the summer months is the slower pace of life around the church, just as one of the blessings of less people attending services is that I have more time to visit with people. (The perks of showing up on Sundays!) On Wednesday mornings, we hold a service in the conference room of the admin building for up to a dozen people.

Last week, Patti decided to use a different liturgy—I need to ask her where it’s from exactly—but I want to share with you these words from the Eucharistic prayer:
For Jesus’ life which informs our living,
for his compassion which changes our hearts,
for his clear speaking
which contradicts our harmless generalities,
for his disturbing presence,
              his innocent suffering,
              his fearless dying,
              his rising to life breathing forgiveness,
we praise you and worship him.

I probably spend more time talking about God than I do about Jesus or the Holy Spirit. These words about the son make me feel like I need to reintroduce myself, so that I can see more clearly. Summer can be a good time to do that.
Special Note:
We have reclaimed a white cotton William-Sonoma tablecloth (70” x 108”) that has been at the cleaners for some time. If it is yours, it is hanging in the acolyte room.
Upcoming Spire Deadline -- The deadline for submissions for the new Spire that covers the new program year (Sept - Oct) is due on Friday, August 9.
July is once again St. Margaret's month to collect food donations for the food pantry at the Light House shelter. The Annapolis community depends on these donations to get them through the summer months. Please plan to bring your donations to the narthex every Sunday or any day of the week.
Coming Soon: Camp Allen

St. Margaret's will host Camp Allen this summer, from August 5- 9. It is a half-day day camp for the children of the Allen Apartments in the Parole area of Annapolis. We are looking for youth counselors, people to lead or help with crafts and activities on Monday and Tuesday, people to help with registration on Monday and Tuesday, chaperones for field trips on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, and help with preparing and serving snacks and meals. Spanish speaking is not required (although very welcome!). In the upcoming weeks there will be sign-up opportunities in the parish hall, or you may contact coordinator, Sarah Hyde, at 410 562-9904 or email

Needed for Camp Allen : Boys’ and girls’ new or gently used swimsuits, sizes small to xl child. It is always nice to have a few adult women’s suits also for the mothers who come with us.  Please bring donations and place in the designated box in the narthex closet.
You may have come to St. Margaret’s looking for a church home, for a baptism, or a special service, but you have stayed because of the people you have met. We want to help you connect with more parishioners through our Foyers program --social groups who meet regularly during the program year.
We will be signing up new Foyers participants at Sunday coffee hour now through August 4. If you are not able to do that, you can email with your first and last name (as well as all family members who would like to participate) and a preferred contact number and email.
The Foyers Planning Committee members for this coming year are Lesal Kilcrease, Arvilla Wubbenhorst, Janice Roper Graham, and Web Chamberlin.
Men's Breakfast on August 24

Mark your calendar for the next Men's Breakfast to be held on Saturday, August 24, 9:00 a.m., at the Riverbay Roadhouse in the Cape St. Claire center. Speaker TBD. For questions or to RSVP, contact Tug Knorr at
Coming Soon!

Our church is moving to a new kind of church record keeping and communication tool called Realm®. It not only will serve the administrative needs of our staff, but it also offers some exciting opportunities to support the way you are involved in our church. The user-friendly Realm technology makes it easier for our church family to connect with each other, keep up with what’s going on, and grow as a connected community of believers.

Look for rollout information soon!
Education for Ministry (EFM) Registration

SMC is a host site for the Education for Ministry four-year Divinity program out of Univ. of Swanee. Spots are now open for new registrants. The class meets Wednesdays from Sept-May from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. For more information, contact parishioner Jim Hall at
Annapolis Chamber
Music Festival
coming to St. Margaret's

Once again, we are excited to announce that the Annapolis Chamber Music Festival will host a concert at St. Margaret's this August!

On Tuesday, Aug. 6 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Margaret's, these talented young musicians will present " Echoes," a concert that explores the interplay of virtuosic solo instruments and the human voice. Artists featured include Ralph Vaughn Williams and Franz Schubert.

Tickets are $28 and can be purchased at
Children's Summer Hour
Has Begun!

Our new Summer Children's Hour continues this Sunday at 10:20 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Kids ages 3-10 and their families are encouraged to join clergy for a discussion on the Gospel lesson and a craft/activity following.
Play Bible Bingo This Summer!
Attend Services on Sunday!

Our Bible Bingo is a big hit! If you weren't here on Sunday, ask an usher for a bingo card (one per family or unit). Clergy will provide one playing tile each Sunday. Participants will tape that tile on to their card each Sunday if they get a match. You have to be present on Sunday to receive a tile! Bingo winners will win a lunch with the church staff member of their choice or receive a $25 gift card of their choice!
A public meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, July 24 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Broadneck Community Library to explain data compiled regarding the existing conditions and evaluation of traffic on Pleasant Plains Road from St. Margaret's Road to Whitehall Road. For questions, call 410-222-7582.

The AAUW Anne Arundel County branch is sponsoring a book sale on Aug. 3 and 24 at St. Philip's Episcopal Church on Bestgate Road in Annapolis. Donations to the sale can be brought to the AACC parking lot across from the Y building. No enclyclopedias, condensed books, textbooks, or computer manuals over 3 years old.

St. Martins-in-the-Field will be hosting the first ever “Our Minds Matter Wellness Festival” on Saturday, August 3 from 2:00-6:00 p.m., at 375 Benfield, Severna Park. The event includes food trucks, a raffle, puppy rescue adoptions, live music, games, a silent auction and much more. Our Minds Matter is a student created and led movement advocating for more mental health resources in public schools and fighting to end the stigma that surrounds mental illness. To find out more about the movement and the festival contact

St. Philip's in Annapolis is holding their 21st Annual Crab Feast on Saturday, July 27th , from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Adult tickets are $60, Children ages 7-12: $50.
Contact their church office for tickets today at 410-266-9755.
Staff Contacts
The Rev. Peter W. Mayer, Rector

The Rev.Patti Sachs, Asst. Rector

Jim Douglas, Director of Music

Elizabeth Radley, Director of Operations

Laura Tayman, Planning & Comm. Asst.

Jeff Conover, Youth Ministries Leader

Teresa McCorkle, Bookkeeper

Tricia McVeigh, Day School Director

Jim Bowersox, Facilities Maintenance Asst.
Service Participants

This Sunday, July 21
EM @7:30: Joan Rich
Lector @ 7:30: Joan Rich
EM @ 9: Elizabeth Bowers, Katy Strother
Lectors @ 9: Russell Jackson, Barbara Marder
Current Acolytes @ 9: Nellie Bowers, Katherine Parker, Matthew Parker, Ella Tomko
Summer Children's Hour: Calder Family
EM @11:15: Jim Hall, Stacia Bontempo
Lectors@11:15: Jim Hall, Pat Hall
Current Acolytes @ 11:!5: Molly Rose Svendsen, Henry Macmillan, NEED MORE
Coffeehour Hosts: Arvilla Wubbenhorst, Hope and Don Schroeder, Stacy Canuel, Anne Sessions, James Hanrahan
Flower Guild: Ann Lallande
Altar Guild: Lyn Sloan, Teresa Todd, Susan Byrom, Robert Thomas

On Sunday, July 28
EM @7:30: Joan Rich
Lector @ 7:30: Joan Rich
EM @ 9: Terry Otis, Kim Coble
Lectors @ 9: Stacy Canuel, Pam Roth
Current Acolytes @ 9: Dylan Bishop, Henry Macmillan, Brooke Kopack-Ware, NEED MORE
Summer Children's Hour:
EM @11:15: - Jan Brewer, Jim Weekley
Lectors@11:15: Rex Pingle, Sue Snyder
Current Acolytes @ 11:15: Caroline Van Arsdall, NEED MORE
Coffeehour Hosts: Web Chamberlin, Barb Lundien, Danielle Rubino, Sarah Luisi
Flower Guild: Mollie Flounlacker
Altar Guild: Jan Little, Jeanne Nardi, Mary Lesster, Kim Morrow

Go to our scheduling system to request a replacement or sign up where needed.

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