Dragon Tales E-News
May 29, 2019
As many of you know, music is a huge part of my life. Some of my first musical memories were sitting in my granny's and grandpa's tiny home in a tiny Arkansas town and listening to Bluegrass music performed by my aunts, uncles, and cousins. My charismatic Uncle Harold would play the base line with an overturned metal bucket and a large string protruding up held by a broomstick. It was great fun, and to this day, I love listening to and singing along with Bluegrass music. My cousin Ian continues the family tradition. (See photo - He has participated in the Arkansas State Fiddle Playing Championship for his age group.)
One of my favorite events to cover at St. Margaret's is the annual Bluegrass Mass and parish picnic. Living far away from Arkansas, this event takes me home -- hearing familiar, old-time musical favorites, watching children dance and play together, catching up with old friends, eating dishes from old recipes lovingly made by parishioners -- it makes me feel like a part of the church family, like I went "home."

The annual outdoor Bluegrass Mass led by Third Sunday Band officially begins at 11:15 a.m., but I hear music will begin well before 11 a.m. so get here early. Bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating. And bring a dish to share (see below for assignments) for our parish picnic that will occur afterward). We will need everyone to pitch in to help with set up or clean up.

Here is a video to just one of the songs the band will be doing (and one of my favorites):
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-M - Bring desserts/fruit platters
Last Names N-Z - Bring side dishes/salads

Dishes can be left in the parish hall kitchen or on the main serving tables.

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

Please plan on helping out with clean up. More hands=less time.
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.

Children's Communion Class -
June 8 & 9

We will once again hold a young children's (preschool-grade 3) Holy Communion class with Rev. Peter on Saturday, June 8 at 11 a.m. Children will then be helpers with Holy Eucharist on Sunday, June 9 at 9:00 or 11:15 a.m.
Please let the Rev. Peter know if your child will be participating at

prayer shawl
Prayer Shawl Session on June 1

Our Prayer Shawl Ministry will hold a knitting session this Saturday, June 1 at 9 a.m. in the Admin. Reception room. All skill levels welcome!

June 24-28, 2019
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.


Email sarahcwestcott@gmail.com to see if classes are full.

Coming this Summer!
Bible Bingo!

Starting June 16 --
Receive a card and collect numbers from clergy on Sundays all summer long.

Winners receive a lunch with the staff member of their choice (or a giftcard).

Photos Needed for New Directory
As we update our church database this summer, we are collecting photos of parishioners to include in a new pictorial directory that will be available in September. If you would like to submit a digital photo, please email it to laura@st-margarets.org. We are especially in need of newer members.

Holy Baptism Dates for the Summer

Baptism dates for this summer include June 9 and July 14.

If you are interested in baptism at St. Margaret's, please go to our Baptism page on our website at www.st-margarets.org (click on the About Us tab at the top and choose Holy Baptism. You can fill out a baptism form and staff will be in touch with you. If you have a question, contact the Rev. Peter W. Mayer at peter@st-margarets.org .
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.
Youth Group Activities
Our Youth Group for students ages middle through high school will be meeting on Monday night June 3 and June 10th in Classroom D at 6:30 p.m.

There will be a End of Year Lock-in on Friday, June 14 starting at 6 p.m. Monday through 8 a.m. Saturday including Bubbleball! Please contact Youth Ministries Leader Jeff Conover at jeff@st-margarets.org if you plan on going. A safety contract for bubbleball must be completed for participation.
Our St. Margaret's contact is Dalyn Huntley who is available for carpooling. Her cell is 908-256-1184.   
For more information on the day's activities,
contact Marti Engstrom at martiengstrom@gmail.com.
Camp Allen Coming Soon
St. Margaret's will host Camp Allen this summer, from August 5-9, 2019. It is a half-day day camp for the children of the Allen Apartments in the Parole area of Annapolis. It was founded by Wes and Arvilla Wubbenhorst as an outgrowth of the church's mission trips to Honduras over 20 years ago. We are seeking volunteers for a wide variety of roles. Whatever your interests and skill set, we have a job for you. 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 smhyde@aol.com. 
Volunteer Math Tutors Needed
Psalm 69:33 --For the LORD hears the cries of the needy; he does not despise his imprisoned people . Math tutors are needed at the Jennifer Rd Detention Center in Annapolis to help inmates with the desire to turn their lives around and earn a high school diploma through the GED program. Classes are held each week on Thursday evening. Teacher certification is not required. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Kathy Lang, kathy.lang@verizon.net or 443-326-8639
Youth Lock-In on June 14th
We will hold a youth lock in (for middle and high school students) on Friday, June 14th -- the last day of school! Drop off is at 6 p.m. and pick up is the next morning at 8 a.m. The evening includes a round of bubbleball! Please contact Jeff Conover, Youth Ministries Leader, at jeff@st-margarets.org if you have someone attending. Safety forms will need to be signed and returned to participate in the bubbleball activity.
day school
From June to August, St. Margaret's Day School offers fun-filled day camps! Every two weeks there is a new exciting camp theme with crafts, projects, games, science explorations, and more for ages 2-10.

Click here for more information:
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 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
Jeff Conover, Youth Ministries Leader - Jeff@st-margarets.org
Teresa McCorkle - Bookkeeper - Office@st-margarets.org
Jim Bowersox - Facilities Operations 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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