Dragon Tales E-News
May 1, 2019
What a successful Blue-Jean Sunday we had! The campus is looking beautiful in its springtime “party dress.” Blossoms everywhere! And with the cleaning the buildings exteriors have gotten (with many thanks to our operations team Elizabeth and Jim B.), We are really looking spiffy!
Boy, if I thought things might slow down after Easter Week, I was surely mistaken. There is a LOT going on! For instance, I hope you’ll make time to join us Monday night, first for a delicious dinner at 6, then for a film (promptly starting at 6:30) that will make very real to us the problem we have created in our environment with disposable plastic. (As if any plastic was truly “disposable”…) 

We are also welcoming many newcomers, so, don’t be so shy. Introduce yourself. Coffee hour is a great place to meet. And this coming Sunday, the 5 th , we can also learn! We will have the Anne Arundel County Recycling Program manager, Richard Bowen, with us to answer all our recycling questions and explain our county program. So join us at coffee hour. (I know you have questions! 😊)

We will be thanking our Sunday School teachers on May 20 th and recognizing any 2019 graduates we might have at our upcoming Bluegrass Mann on June 2 nd . If you have a graduate, please let us know their name and from where they graduated. You can send that info to laura@st-margarets.org .

In June we will start our Summer Children’s Hour for children (up to ten years) and their families during coffee hour (10:20 to 11 a.m.). This is an interactive program – parents, you will be asked to get involved, too – where children will spend some time learning about the Gospel lesson of the day with the Rev. Peter or I. Then there will be time for a short arts & crafts project. We will need one family a week (from June through August) to help set up and clean up that activity. There is a sign-up genius already on our website.

And June 24 – 28 th is Vacation Bible School!! “Who is My Neighbor?” will be a great time of fun and fellowship! Register now on our website. Space is limited and sign-up closes May 17 th . Any teen or adult wishing to participate, please get in touch with me!!

Let’s live into our Easter mandate to love God and love our neighbor starting right here in our own community. Remember, creation is God’s first word, God’s first expression of God’s self, so we can learn how to better care for creation. And we are created in God’s very image! So, let’s cultivate our relationships with one another in love and friendship.

May God’s peace and beauty go with you in the coming season!
Want to submit information
for the Summer Spire newsletter?
Deadline is May 10th.
Submit to laura@st-margarets.org

Thank you to all of the parishioners who served on our Grants committee, as grant liaisons, and Izzy Winn for once again coordinating this effort!
Thank you to our Youth Group members and their families for making and serving dinner for Light House shelter residents this weekend!
Sunday's Service - 11:15 a.m.
Foyers Spring Social this Sunday
This Sunday from 3-5:00 pm in the Parish Hall, this year's Foyers participants will hold their annual spring social. Members are asked to bring an appetizer or snack. Beverages are provided by the group.

Our Foyers program organizes various groups of parishioners to meet socially throughout the year to get to know other members of the church. If you are interested in participating, please contact lead organizer Web Chamberlin at webbeth@me.com.

For those already participating, if you can step up to a leadership role please let Web or Vera Torrence know (vdtorrence@verizon.net).
Recycling Forum on this Sunday
Richard Bowen, Recycling Program Manager for Anne Arundel County DPW
Waste Management Services, will visit St. Margaret's during formation hour on Sunday, May 5,  from 10:30 to 11 a.m. to discuss the County recycling program, what should and shouldn't be recycled, what happens to the material after the recycling center sorts it and what could make recycling more effective in the future. All are welcome!
Showing of "A Plastic Ocean" on May 6, 6:30 p.m., Fellowship Hall
For our adult formation program on Monday, May 6, our SMC Environmental Film Series continues with the screening of an eye opening and disturbing look at our addiction to plastic and how this pollutant is impacting our oceans and our lives. "A Plastic Ocean" is an award-winning documentary film directed by the Australian journalist Craig Leeson. It dives deep into the devastating impacts that plastic has caused to our environment, especially our marine life. Film is 1 hour and 30 minutes. Short discussion to follow.
Youth Sunday on Sunday, May 12
Our youth group will be leading worship at 9::00 a.m. on Sunday, May 12th. Please plan on attending and supporting our young parishioners as they grow in faith.
May 13  Franklin A. Robinson, Archives Specialist at the Smithsonian National Museum of History, will talk about his book, "Faith and Tobacco--a History of St. Thomas Episcopal Parish, Prince George's County." He looks at the role of tobacco in the early Anglican church in Maryland. This is also the home parish of Bishop Claggett. He serves as a member of the National Board of Episcopal Archivists and Historians. 

May 20  Michael Parker, retired professor of English for 34 years at the Naval Academy, will speak about "Bones of Contention: St. Margaret's, St. Anne's and the Exhumation of Governor Robert Eden." Documented with photographs and artifacts from our local history.  
Senior Session on Tuesday, May 14
Our last Senior Session for the program year is Tuesday, May 14, at 10 a.m. in Classroom E. All seniors (age 65+) are welcome to attend this program with clergy discussing the week's Gospel lesson as well as joys and challenges of life.
Men's Breakfast on Saturday, May 18
All men of the parish are welcome to the next Men's breakfast sponsored by the Brotherhood of St. Andrew on Saturday, May 18 at 9:00 a.m. at Riverbay Roadhouse in the Cape Center. RSVP to Tug Knorr at tugknorr@aol.com.
Blood Drive on May 19
St. Margaret’s will be hosting a blood drive in memory of Tucker Mullen at St. Margaret’s on Sunday, May 19th. A Children’s National bloodmobile will be on site from 9:30 a.m. -2:30 p.m. All the blood donated will be used to help children being treated at Children’s. The children in our area with complex medical conditions are likely to be treated at Children’s National.
June 24-28, 2019
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Ages 4-10
$50 participant fee
$25 if a parent volunteers
Announcing Summer Children's Hour

This summer we offer a special Children's Hour each Sunday during coffee hour (10:20 to 11 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall) to foster the formation of our youngest parishioners. Our Summer Children's Hour includes a gathering with clergy to discuss the Gospel Lesson of the Day and a craft/activity connected to the lesson. Our first Sunday will be June 16 and our last is August 25.

A family each week is needed to help set up for the activities and then clean up afterwards. Supplies will be organized and supplies in advance.We request that our SMC families take one Sunday during the summer to sign up for this effort.


* Our youth will lead our worship service on Sunday, May 12, at 9:00 a.m. Please plan to attend to support our young people who are growing in faith here at St. Margaret's.

*Do you have a high school or college graduate in spring 2019 in your family?
Email us the following information in order to celebrate on June 2nd:
Full name, family connection, school from which they are graduating.

*Our youth are offered a mission experience this summer in Central Appalachia with the Appalachia Service Project (ASP), for youth age 14 and up, June 23-29. Become the hands, feet, hammers and heart of Jesus making homes warmer, safer, drier in central Appalachia. Adult leaders are also needed. Cost for one week (includes transport, food, lodging, training, all materials) is $600. Contact the Rev. Matthew Hanisian,  

*The Diocese is offering a y outh mission to support Brethren Disaster Relief in Lumberton, NC on July 7-13, 2019. Trained construction leaders and household leaders will provide volunteer orientation and instruction on the work site, as well as meals at the volunteers' housing. Unskilled volunteers willing to learn are invited to work alongside those who are skilled and willing to teach. Volunteer housing is provided, often at local churches or community buildings.   Learn more here .

*St. Margaret's Day School offers summer camps for children ages 2-10 from June-August. For more information and to register, go to www.stmargaretsdayschool.org .

*The Episcopal Diocese of Maryland offers weekly summer camps for different age groups at the Claggett Center outside of Frederick, Maryland. For more information, go to www.claggettcenter.org .

  • Senior High Camp: Grades 9-12, June 23-28
  • Middle School Camp: Grades 6-8, July 7-12
  • Youth Camp: Grades 2-5, July 14-19
  • Adventure Camp: Grades 4-8, July 21-26
  • Special Challenge Camp: For adults 21+ with special needs, July 28 - August 1
  • Camp Amazing Grace: For children grades 4-8 with families affected by the justice system, August 2-4
  • Camp for children grades 4-8 with families affected by opioid addiction, August 11-16

The St. Margaret’s Day School Board of Trustees is looking for a new Board Chair who will replace Susan Roberts at the end of her two consecutive terms this coming Fall 2019. The St. Margaret’s Day School Board oversees the activities and affairs of the school. The Board Chair, a volunteer position, is responsible for leading monthly Board meetings, overseeing the finances of the school, presiding over the financial aid, nominating and executive committee meetings, and advising the Rector of St. Margaret’s Church in reviewing and preparing the annual contract for the Director of the school. The search committee is looking for a visionary to take the school to another level of programmatic excellence in partnership with the Director’s vision for the school. The ideal candidate would have a background in early childhood education or have strong roots in non-profit management, have an ability to advise on financial matters, have strong liaison skills and the ability to form successful partnerships between the church, school, and community through the development of active board committees. The next Board Chair will find that St. Margaret’s Day School is thriving under the current leadership and provides a wonderful opportunity to be involved in something truly special in our community. If interested or with any questions, please email Elizabeth Parker at dr.eparker@gmail.com .
Guild Summer Luncheon on June 5
Our St. Margaret's Guild's annual summer luncheon will be held at Carrol's Creek Cafe in Annapolis on Wednesday, June 5 at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $30 each. Purchase by check to "St. Margaret's Church" and "Guild luncheon" in the memo line. Due by May 27.
Bluegrass Mass & Parish Picnic on June 2
Sunday, June 2 - 11:15 a.m.
with Third Sunday Band
Outdoors (weather permitting)
Parish Picnic at 12:30 p.m.

Bring a folding chair or blanket for seating

Please bring a dish to share:
Last Names A-F - Bring entree dishes/chips/dips
Last Names G-N - Bring desserts/fruit platters
Last Names O-Z - Bring side dishes/salads

Hamburgers/hot dogs provided by the Brotherhood of St. Andrew

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Giving at St. Margaret's

As we grow closer to the summer months, vacations are in the near future for many parishioners. We offer a reminder that giving regularly at St. Margaret's is an important part of sustaining the life of the parish. There are a variety of ways to continue giving even when you are away from home.

Automated giving through your bank ensures that checks are sent to St. Margaret's on a regular basis. Contact your bank to start the process of giving. (As a reminder -- we now have locked mailboxes to prevent the recent thefts we experienced earlier this year.)

You can make a pledge or capital campaign payment online on our website by a credit card .


Giving Through Text
Text GIVESMC to 73256
A receipt will be emailed to you!
Church Staff

The Rev. Peter W. Mayer - Rector - Peter@st-magarets.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 - Planning & Communications Asst. - Laura@st-margarets.org
Teresa McCorkle - Bookkeeper - Office@st-margarets.org
Jim Bowersox - Facilities Maintenance Asst.
Tricia McVeigh - Day School Director - Tricia@st-margarets.org
Judy Hall - Churchyard Administrator - churchyard@st-margarets.org
Izzy Winn, Grants Administrator - missions@st-margarets.org
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