Dragon Tales E-News
May 13, 2020
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A Note from Peter

Many of you know my love of music, particularly classic rock, dad rock, EDM, and blues. Even jam bands. I remember seeing Phish in the mid-90’s in Binghamton, and I think it was during an encore of “Chalk Dust Torture”, the groove was so strong that I had what I can only describe as a spiritual experience unlike any other.

In the parlance of the day, music hits different.Needless to say, when we talk about reuniting in our church, or worshipping communally again, safety is paramount. What the health experts say is that we’ll be restricted to instrumental music, to prevent voices from projecting viruses in the air. Communal singing, in fact, isn’t safe right now. It’s the point of the article by Dave Grohl linked here: https://www.theatlantic.com/culture/archive/2020/05/dave-grohl-irreplaceable-thrill-rock-show/611113/

Music hits different, and it hurts that we can’t sing together and enjoy live music together. But he strikes an incredibly hopeful note when he writes the following:
"But I do know that we will do it again, because we have to. It’s not a choice. We’re human. We need moments that reassure us that we are not alone. That we are understood. That we are imperfect. And, most important, that we need each other ."

Early on in my rectorship here at St. Margaret’s, one musical moment stands out. It was at Bill Wubbenhorst’s funeral, during communion, when we were singing “I am the bread of life.” I felt the church lifted up, I felt us all ascending as we sang, I felt heaven open up and say “Hey, that’s how we sing up here!” As opposed to the music I heard Trey Anastasio and Mike Gordon lay down so many years ago, or my first taste of EDM in Las Vegas, this was a COMMUNAL experience. Everyone was in on it, because everyone was building it, and no one was left behind.

It’s one of the things we will miss more in time, as we are able to come back together, to see each other even with masks from six feet away, we will miss singing together. But not forever. We’ll get it back. Because we have to.
Send us Your Prayers
Please send your special prayer requests to the Rev. Patti at patti@st-margarets.org . She leads a live-streaming prayer service on Friday evenings at 8:00 p.m.on our Facebook public page . As a reminder, if you have a pastoral EMERGENCY, you can reach clergy at 443-837-5463.
Food Bank in Dire Need

In our St. Margaret's larger community, Anne Arundel families are relying increasingly on the Anne Arundel County Food Bank.  Since early March, AACFB reported a 320% increase in services provided.  In March, more than 2,992 Anne Arundel households (or 9,215 unique individuals) relied on the Food Bank for basic food and supplies. Last week, our Missions Commission granted $2,000 in emergency funds to help the food bank fill the overwhelming need for food. Grocery stores no longer have excess food and are experiencing empty shelves so AACFB is extremely low on food and supplies. Many stores are only donating 32% as much as they did pre-COVID-19. To replace the missing food donations and to fill the incredible need, AACFB has resorted to buying food. St. Margaret's $2,000 will buy 1500 cans of soup and vegetables.  

One way now that parishioners can help now is donating to AACFB’s though virtual food drives via Target’s and Amazon that lists specific needs.  Please consider making this much needed gift today. You will be a "living stone" which Peter talked about in last week's sermon while helping our neighbors in need. 

Local Moms Meeting the Needs of the Vulnerable
With support from St. Margaret's,  Centro de Ayuda Downtown Hope , Feed Anne Arundel Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Annapolis , and the West Annapolis Pop Up Pantry, more than 1000 people in one of the poorest and most vulnerable communities in A nnapolis were fed this week. Also involved were Grump's Cafe, Caliente Grill, Dan Adams (Adams Ribs), Latitude 48, Bella Italia, and Rutabaga Juicery & Eats.Donations of children's clothes, toys, books, and supplies were also donated. #Walkingthewalk

If you wish to help with this effort, contact Joanna Tillman of the Missions Commission at joannatillman@gmail.com .
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Patriotic Hymn Sing on May 31

We will continue our popular hymn sings on Sunday, May 31, Memorial Day Weekend. We are taking your favorite hymns and patriotic songs.Submit through the link below.

VBS Online Coming This Summer
Can you guess our theme?

We will be offering an online VBS program. Components of the program include a Bible story, craft, activity, snack, and music. Families can just follow along during a time that is convenient to them. Stay tuned!
Become Involved in New Mask Mission
St Margaret's Church Sewing Mission will begin by creating products such as masks, surgical gowns and surgical caps for local hospitals and other community organizations as needed in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. What role(s) are you interested in participating? You may choose more than one role. Our "Wish List" will be shared after our first meeting.

For questions,contact Beth Kopack at

A Quick Stewardship Note

Regular giving:
Text GIVESMC to 73256
Checks mailed to:
1601 Pleasant Plains Road, Annapolis, MD 21409
“St. Margaret’s is a church that gives.” I first heard this in 2015 when I joined the Vestry, a sentiment Patti reiterated in her recent sermon when she said “We are a giving parish.” This well-earned reputation should make us all feel proud. And “giving” doesn’t simply mean financial contributions. Two shining examples of St. Margaret’s generosity are our Missions and Grants programs – ministries that involve as much “compassionate capital” as actual dollars.

Last week’s Dragon Tales highlighted three parishioners holding homemade signs and delivering food to the Allen Apartments.  St. Margaret's has fostered a friendship with the families of the Allen Apartments complex in Annapolis for decades. Our annual day camp provides the children, youth, and parents activities in August when schools are out for extended learning and fun. During this trying time of social distancing and government/business shutdown, the situation there is dire. Working with the Annapolis Center of Help, the Missions Commission helped secure fresh food for the Allen residents and hope to continue this effort as much as possible.  If you would like to give or help with the effort, contact Joanna Tillman of the Missions Commission at joannatillman@gmail.com.

The Grants commission recently allotted $113,000 to 11 deserving charities. Led by Christine Duray Feldmann, the committee evaluated 38 grant applications seeking more than $653,000 in funding. The 11 receiving organizations range from the Broadneck Peninsula to Baltimore to Rome, Italy. Thank you, Christine and team, for spreading the mission of St. Margaret’s to “transform lives through Christ” beyond our church walls.

Missions and Grants are two very important demonstrations of St. Margaret’s giving. Thank you, Christine, Joanna and the Missions and Grants teams, for spreading the mission of St. Margaret’s to “transform lives through Christ” beyond our church walls. 

Even in extraordinarily uncertain times like this, our parish reaches out to support others, and one another. Thanks to you all, I am very proud to be a member of St. Margaret’s, “a church that gives.”

God’s Peace,
Doug Seybert
New Addition to Posts
on SMC Facebook Page

Starting tomorrow (on Thursdays) at 8:00 a.m., we will providing a new posting to our church Facebook page entitled "Coffee Talk" with Pastor Peter. Our first guest is Christine Feldmann who will discuss her work with the Grants Committee as well as life amid the Covid pandemic. Please be sure and watch it at www.facebook.com/smcannapolis .
This Past Sunday
May 10 - 9:00 a.m. live-stream
with hymn sing following
Habits of Grace with the Presiding Bishop Michael Curry - For May 11
Youth Still Meeting

We have a VIRTUAL YOUTH GROUP! Led by our Youth Ministries Leader Jeff Conover, youth of St. Margaret's gather at seven o’clock on most days to share how all are doing, discuss some projects, play a game or three, and laugh. It is only (officially) about 40 minutes, and it is a nice punctuation point in our far more formless days of self-quarantine. For more information, email Jeff at jeff@st-margarets.org

YOUTH PILGRIMAGE - The trip to the island in Maine for July is STILL ON . Please contact Jeff for more information if your teen wishes to participate.
Book Study -- by Zoom on Thurs. AM
Our Thursday morning book study continues with a new book titled V intage Saints and Sinners by Karen Wright Marsh. All are welcome! We'll begin around 9:00 a.m. If you would like to join, contact patti@st-margarets.org .
Senior Sessions Begins Bi-monthly
Clergy will now be offering senior sessions for parishioners 60+ via Zoom on the SECOND AND FOURTH Tuesdays of the month, starting May 26 at 10:00 a.m. The hour includes a discussion of the upcoming Gospel lesson, special prayers and the sharing of joys and concerns. To participate, email Patti@st-margarets.org .
Photo of the Week

On Nurses Day, May 6. parishioner Beth Knorr rings a cowbell to honor those working to rid the world of the Corona virus. Photo by Tug Knorr.
What Happened this Week?

Other regular posts on www.facebook.com/smcannapolis

*Sunday morning worship - 9:00 a.m. - Sundays (see below)
You will be emailed the bulletin & announcements on Saturday evening.
* Patti's Monday Meditations - 8:00 a.m. - Mondays
* Moment with Jeff - 7:00 p.m.Mondays
* Peter's Ponderings - 8:00 a.m. Tuesdays
*Evening Compline - 8:00 p.m. - Tuesdays
*Stewardship Story - 8:00 a.m. - Wednesdays (see below)
*Music Notes - 2:00 p.m. - Wednesdays & Saturdays
*Dragon Tales Distribution - 8:00 p.m. - Wednesdays
*Thursdays with Peter - 8:00 a.m.
*Mornings with Patti - 8:00 a.m. - Fridays
*Weekly Prayers with Patti - 8:00 p.m. - Fridays
*Peter's Post - 8:00 a.m. - Saturdays
Campus Closure

The SMC campus is now closed. We ask all parishioners to not enter any of the buildings, even if you have keys. This includes the playground of the Day School. This is for the health and safety of both parishioners and staff. Though staff will be checking phone messages remotely, the best way to contact staff is through email. Checks should be mailed in. The mailbox at the staff door in the admin. building is not secure but the locked US postal mailboxes are.

The Rev. Peter W. Mayer - Peter@st-margarets.org
The Rev. Patti Sachs - Patti@st-margarets.org
Jim Douglas - Music@st-margarets.org
Elizabeth Radley - Elizabeth@st-margarets.org
Jeff Conover - Jeff@st-margarets.org
Laura Tayman - Laura@st-margarets.org
Teresa McCorkle - Office@st-margarets.org
Tricia McVeigh - Tricia@st-margarets.org
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