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A Note from Jeff

I love Spring in Maryland, the lengthening days, the first hints of green, the mild temperatures – and then POOF! – it’s Summer. It’s almost frightening how quickly it goes. I certainly feel that way about this school year. POOF! – gone.  Believe it or not, next Monday, the 14th, is the final Monday gathering for the group until September! But here is something very exciting about that meeting; we will be in-person!

That’s right, we are finally hitting this milestone in our pandemic recovery and reopening. It has been a long time coming, and boy do I wish it could have been sooner, but in-person gatherings are coming back.

Here’s how it will work for this Monday, and all of our in-person meetings going forward, until final restrictions are lifted*. The meeting is ONLY for students who have been vaccinated. I know this means some will not be able to attend this Monday. I wish it could just be everyone, but right now I’m making that call in the interest of everyone’s health. So, vaccinated students will meet outside at the Church on Monday evening, from 7 - 8:30 pm. The building will be open for restroom use, and I ask that masks be worn when inside. (If you are more comfortable continuing to wear a mask when outdoors, then by all means, keep wearing it.) I have been asked, “Jeff, I’ve had my second shot, but the final two weeks won’t be up before we meet. Can I still come?” The answer to that lies with your parent’s comfort level. As stated above, we will be outside, playing games for much of the time. There will be snacks, but only pre-wrapped individual portions. If you and your parents are comfortable, then so am I.  We will follow the same guidelines for our end-of -the-school year gathering on the 18th. 

And then it’s Summer! (BTW - Be on the lookout for more info from Kate Riley at the Diocese and me about planned summer activities!)

For the next school year, I am strongly considering a hybrid program, with Monday nights continuing to be about fellowship and group activities, and Wednesday (middle school) and Thursday (high school) nights continuing to be virtual. Those sessions will be for the more “academic” topics we tackle.  The Monday night Faith & Fellowship activities will be resuming (hopefully), and so it makes sense for that to be the night when we all get together. 

I am excited by these changes, and I hope you are too!

Happy Summer, everyone!
Spacing is limited. Please register to attend.

*Attendees must be socially distanced.
(Try to refrain from handshakes or hugs.)

If you cannot use the internet, call the office, and we will put you in. Be sure and leave the number of persons in your party.

We are so excited to be worshipping together again! There are still some rules we will follow for the safety of us all.
·        We will still wear masks inside
·        We may sing inside with our masks on (yay!)
·        We may sit in every row, but still at alternate ends of the pews. (Just don’t sit on a red X.)
·        Hand sanitizer will still be available in the narthex and at the front of the sanctuary.
·        We will continue to share an elbow or smile at the peace. (Hugs and handshakes are permitted if both parties agree.)
·        Please be conscious of physical distancing. Four feet is the recommended distance now.
Thanks to all for continuing patience and adherence to all safety rules.
See you Sunday!

AS A REMINDER -- We will offer an online service at 9:00 a.m. every Sunday on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/smcannapolis) and our YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/c/saintmargaret).
Homecoming 2021 - June 12
Getting Back to Church Fellowship/Spruce Up

St. Margaret's returns to indoor worship services on Sunday, June 13th, and we could use some sprucing up of our campus as more parishioners return.

Join us for coffee and donuts (courtesy of St. Margaret's Women's Guild) starting at 8:30 a.m in the Parish Hall. Catch up with fellow parishioners you haven't seen in a while. Then chip in to help spruce up our campus from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Please sign up HERE if you intend to participate so we can adequately plan for the day:

We could use wheelbarrows and a mower with a dump cart. Please let us know you are bringing them in the "Comments" section of the sign up.

Bring your tools and gardening gear as well! Contact clergy with any questions.
THANK YOU to our parishioners who have already donated or pledged funding for our new organ. It is truly heartening to realize how much our music program means to our parish!
SO CLOSE - we have raised 95% of our goal!
Please help us meet our goal if you haven't yet!

How to pledge--
Got to the church website at www.st-margarets.org
Click on the “New Organ Campaign” tab at the top.
Fill out the online form.

Payments can be made by:
  • Making a check out to "St. Margaret's Church" and putting "New Organ Fund" in the memo line.
  • Using a credit card by going into Realm and choosing the organ fund (www.onrealm.org/smcannapolis/giving).
  • Gifting of stock. (Please contact Teresa or Elizabeth in the office to let them know.)
Death of Parishioner

We are sad to announce the death of longtime parishioner Jim Ferguson. His funeral service will be held at St. Margaret's on Friday at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project (www.woundedwarriorproject.org) or the Anne Arundel County Food Bank (https://aafoodbank.org).

This year's VBS will be a little different than in past years due to safety protocols. We will offer ONE DAY of VBS for different aged groups. The theme this year is Growing in God's Garden.

Monday, June 28 - Students PreK through going into Kindergarten
Tuesday, June 29 - Students going into grades 1 & 2
Wednesday, June 30 - Students going into grades 3 to 5

We will plan age appropriate activities in art, music, crafts, treasure hunting, and reflections. Dress students appropriately, as we will enjoy getting messy. All students must wear a mask, and bring a water bottle and bagged lunch.

We want to make this FREE FOR EVERY CHILD.

Register your child in Realm.
Log in to Realm, click on Community, and look for Events.

If you are not in Realm, go to our VBS website page at https://www.st-margarets.org/vbs.html.

To offer this program, we need adult and youth volunteers. If you are willing to volunteer for one, two or three days, please contact the Rev. Patti Sachs at Patti@st-margarets.org.
SMC Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Task Force News
The Trust, Reconciliation and Reparations Task Force (TRRTF) is conducting a survey to gauge where we are as a parish in our views on racial issues, reconciliation and reparations.  All responses will be anonymous
To participate in the survey clink on the link here and enter SMC for the code.  
The survey is organized on a Google Form but you do not need a Google account or email to respond. Your participation will inform the TRRTF's future plans for community outreach and formation. Any questions concerning the survey can be addressed to Beth Kopack at esolchamp@icloud.com or 410-279-5136.
The Maryland Diocese's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) will offer their Becoming Beloved Community Anti-Racism Workshop in three sessions: June 14, 15, and 16, 1:00-5:00 PM at the Claggett Center. The number of participants is limited so please register early. Those who wish to stay overnight at the Claggett Center are responsible for making those arrangements with the Claggett staff. Please note: there will be no meals available for those staying overnight as the Claggett Conference Center staff will be participating in the workshop during this time. Contact Adam Barner, abarner@episcopalmaryland.org or Canon Chris McCloud, cmccloud@episcopalmaryland.org.
Registration for the 2021-22 school year and
2021 summer camps are now open!

June is Pride month, and to celebrate Annapolis Pride is hosting "Park and Pride" at the Mountain Road Library on Monday, June 28 from 4 to 6 p.m. Participants can decorate their cars with pride and take part in the parked parade, pride crafts, queer authors, story time, dance party, chalk the walk, and more.

If you wish to take part in the parked parade, please sign up as spaces are limited to 20. You are encouraged to do some decorating at home, but if you would rather decorate your car at the event, they will have limited supplies available. People's Choice awards for the Pride cars will be announced at 5:30 p.m. at the beginning of the dance party.

My Brother's Pantry

My Brother's Pantry, a food program for the Broadneck peninsula, is excited to announce the start of their new “Family Choice Pantry” operation!

Residents can now come to the Pantry, located at College Parkway Baptist Church, choose the menu items that work best for their family, and have everything delivered right to their car. Selections will change monthly as the organization works to stock more fresh and healthy food, as well as personal care items. Please help spread the word! And if you would like to volunteer, please contact parishioner Russell Jackson at russelljackson@alumni.duke.edu or visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/mybrotherspantry.

Light House Volunteer Opportunities

*Provide dinners for the shelter residents the fourth Sunday of the month.
For more information, contact MartiEngstrom@gmail.com.

*Join the Annapolis Run for The Light House on the scenic trails of Quiet Waters Park. The race options are virtual and include a Half Marathon, the Joggin’ Joe Shafran Memorial 5k Run, and a 1.25 Mile Walk. For more information, go to https://www.annapolisrunforthelighthouse.org/.

*West Annapolis Pop-up Pantry - feeding hungry families in the Annapolis area - Contact: Barbara Marder, Janice John
June 13

7:30 - Joan Rich
9:00 - David Allen
11:15 - Izzy Winn

Altar Guild: Stephanie Ceruolo, Nancy Saroch, Lynn Goff, Lisa Moylan
June 20

7:30 - Fran Becker
9:00 - Liz Hutchison
11:15 - Valery Weekley

Altar Guild: Charlie Lang, Susie Byrom, Robert Thomas

Flower Guild: Shelly Hupp
If your child can serve as an acolyte, please sign them up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0f4fafa72ca2fa7-service
For questions, contact Julie Svendsen at julesannap@gmail.com.
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As staff becomes fully vaccinated, we will begin to offer official office hours. Until then, 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 - peter@st-margarets.org
The Rev. Patti Sachs, Associate 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
Tricia McVeigh, Day School Director - tricia@st-margarets.org
Jim Bowersox, Operations & Facilities Asst.
Judy Hall, Churchyard Administrator - churchyard@st-margarets.org
Christine Feldmann, Grants Administrator - missions@st-margarets.org
St. Margaret's Church
1601 Pleasant Plains Road, Annapolis, MD 21409
(410) 974-0200 Office (443) 837-5463 Pastoral Emergency

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