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Dragon Tales E-News

March 17, 2021


A Note from Jim

A little over a year ago, I wrote about entering the Lenten season and entering the wilderness to embark on the forty day preparation for Easter. Jesus was guided into the wilderness by the Spirit for “forty days and forty nights,” where his fasting and wandering shaped and formed him. Little did we know that mere days later the pandemic would force us into a different kind of wilderness that has no doubt shaped and formed us all.

As our new Senior Warden, Kristen Berthelotte mentioned in her recent Dragon Tales note, we have been newly shaped and formed over the last year with absorbing the challenges of routine change, the surrendering of social interaction and the loss of loved ones. Yet as Spring arrives, so does a sense of slowly exiting the wilderness of both forty days of Lent and society beginning to return to a new normal with COVID cases declining and vaccinations ramping up, allowing us to regather together in person in the coming weeks.

This year, we offer our annual Celtic Mass this coming Sunday March 21, the first day of Spring. Many thanks to Al Todd and members of the Third Sunday Band for safely gathering to prerecord new renditions of songs and hymns for us to sing along to virtually. The great hymn “Oh how good it is” is traditionally the final hymn on Celtic Sunday and has a refrain that says, “so with one voice we’ll sing to the Lord, and with one heart we’ll live out his Word.” In a month’s time, we’ll regather together again in person for outdoor worship, where we will all be able to use our one collective voice to sing God’s praises. I hope you will tune in Sunday morning and share the service video with families and friends. 


Covid 19 Information

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Parish Programs & News

Plans for Regathering

Should the Covid cases in MD continue to decrease and the vaccinations increase, St. Margaret's leaders will plan to re-gather for worship in person on a limited basis starting on April 18th.

The 7:30 a.m. service will be held each week in the sanctuary with a limit of 30 persons.

The 9:00 & 11:15 a.m. services will be held, weather permitting, outside in the lower parking area of the campus. There is a 50 person limit for these services. Attendees will have to bring their own chairs. The playground will be open only after the 9:00 a.m. service for Children's Chapel activities. (It will be closed during services.)

Online sign-ups through Sign-up Genius to attend the services will be offered the week of each service.

For those who prefer watching online, starting April 18, we will offer a short homily from clergy, with prayers and a hymn on Sunday mornings at 9 a.m. on our regular social media accounts until we can begin reliable live-streaming using new technology being installed this spring.


Celtic Service THIS Sunday

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.


SMC Truth and Reparations Task Force

Bishop Sutton has asked all Maryland churches to participate in the Diocese's Trust and Reparations efforts. SMC has formed a task force of interested congregants that has begun this important work. The task force 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


Join our Thurs AM Study

All are welcome to join our Thursday morning book study. The group meets at 9:00 a.m. every Thursday via Zoom. At this time, the group is discussing ""The Good Book: Reading the Bible with Mind and Heart"

by Peter J. Gomes.

The book centers on the Bible and the social and moral consequences that derive from its interpretation. It offers a crash course in biblical literacy in a nuanced but easy-to-understand style.

To participate, contact the Rev, Patti Sachs at

Holy Week 2021

Note: All of the Holy Week/Easter services will be broadcast online on our Facebook public page, our YouTube channel, and our church website. You will be able to view them anytime after the broadcast time. Look for the Holy Week/Easter tab at the top of our website where services will be posted daily.


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

for this service pick up your communion-to-go kits in the narthex anytime during Holy Week


Good Friday Online Service

April 2 - 7:00 p.m.

Online Stations of the Cross

led by the Revs. Peter & Patti

With readings by youth and meditations by clergy

on 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

Tell your friends and neighbors with young children -- 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! The Easter Bunny is scheduled to make an appearance.


Easter Vigil Online Service

April 3 - 8:00 p.m.

the first official celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus-- glorious music, actual 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.

For this service pick up your communion-to-go kits in the narthex anytime during Holy Week.


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 noted in the Easter bulletin.


Light House Dinner Volunteers Needed

On the 3rd and 4th Sunday of every month, volunteers from SMC provide dinner for Light House Shelter residents. 

The Modified Dinner Program requires all meals to be prepared offsite, delivered cooked but cold to The Light House, by 5 p.m. on the date of scheduled service. Meals should include a main dish; a vegetable/side dish and/or salad; bread; and dessert.  Meals must follow recipes found within the Light House Recipe Book and recipes are designed to feed 25-30, the current dinner need count for Light House. This is strictly an offsite opportunity with the exception of dropping off the prepared meal. Volunteers are reimbursed for the cost of the groceries. Marti Engstrom, Light House Dinner Coordinator for SMC (770-685-5892, will send you an email with instructions and the Light House Recipe Book after you sign up.  Please contact Marti with any questions.

Sign up at:


*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

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Judy Hall and Laura Tayman will be at the church on Thursday, March 25, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. to collect any of your donations for this project. We will then deliver them to the location.


News from Grants Recipients

Kenya Connect 5K Run/Walk: Running on Seven Continents!

In honor of the seventh year of the running of the Kenya Connect 5K, we will be running on seven Continents. We invite you to be part of this international event beginning March 26 at 3 p.m. until March 27 at 3 p.m. Participants can run/walk/treadmill or be a couch surfer! Top runners will receive hand-carved medallions from Kenya and all participants can choose a beanie cap or runners cap (if registered by March 15). There will be prizes for top fundraisers, BIGGEST team, and best picture from each continent.  For more info and to sign up visit:


Interested golfers should contact


As a reminder, our formation classes for children/youth

are available online and through Zoom. Email if you would like for your child to participate.

Our Lenten Monday Night Book Study continues through April 5.


Next Monday Night Book Study

Starting April 12

7 p.m. on Zoom

Anne Lamott's new book Dusk Night Dawn

Drawing from her own experiences, Lamott shows us the intimate and human ways we can adopt to move through life’s dark places and toward the light of hope that still burns ahead for all of us. We begin, Lamott says, by accepting our flaws and embracing our humanity.

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Youth News

Our youth continue to meet on Mondays together at 7 p.m.

Middle School on Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

High School on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.

Upcoming programs:

Easter Egg Hunt on April 3 &

Youth-led Sunday on April 11.

Sunday Brunch Bunch

The Diocesan youth ministries has moved its weekly gathering times into one. All middle and high school youth are welcome to join other youth in the Diocese on Sundays from 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. for fun, fellowship and formation. The Lenten programs are focused on intentionality featuring guest speakers, special prayer practices, and games to play. Contact Youth Ministries Leader Jeff Conover at for more information.

Happening Preview Day (Grades 8-12), April 17, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Claggett Center. Join the dicoesan youth design team for a preview day of its annual high school retreat, Happening! Youth staff will run a COVID-19 safe day that will highlight chosen aspects of the weekend retreat.

New Beginnings Preview Day (Grades 5-9), May 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Camp Wright, Stevensville, MD. Join the diocesan youth design team for a preview day of our annual middle school retreat, New Beginnings! Their youth staff will run a COVID-19 safe day that will highlight chosen aspects of the weekend retreat.

Sunday's Service


Children's Bulletins for preschool and elementary school ages


Next Week @ St. Margaret's

Monday, March 22 - 7:00 p.m. - Lenten Book Study (Zoom)

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

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

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

Thursday, March 25 - 7:30 p.m. - High School Youth Meeting (Zoom)

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

Deadline for submissions for Spring's Spire newsletter:

Monday, April 5.

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.


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