Dragon Tales E-News

October 13, 2021

1601 Pleasant Plains Road, Annapolis, MD

(410) 974-0200 Office Phone

(443) 837-5463 Pastoral Emergencies

The Rev. Peter W. Mayer - Rector

The Rev. Patti Sachs - Associate Rector

Elizabeth Radley - Director of Operations

Jim Douglas - Director of Music

Laura Tayman - Dir. of Communications

Emily Delordo - Children's Formation

Jeff Conover - Youth Ministries Leader

Teresa McCorkle, Bookkeeper

Tricia McVeigh - Day School Director

Judy Hall - Churchyard Administrator

Christine Feldmann - Grants Admin.


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Church Office Hours:

Monday - Wednesday - 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Thursday and Friday - By appointment only

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A Note from Peter

Coming off a wonderful Sunday on campus, I'd like to remind everyone that we are slowly clawing back some of the programs that were put on hold during the height of the pandemic.

Choir rehearsals, Faith & Fellowship Monday nights, and coffee hour have all made their triumphant return. Formation has started, not only for our younger members on Sunday mornings, but for adults as well. Every other Tuesday morning we have Senior Sessions, a great way to look at the upcoming Scripture passages as well as connect with other parishioners over 65. On Wednesday mornings, we celebrate Eucharist in the church, masked and without wine, but again it's a great way to come together with others around prayer and the sacrament. Thursday mornings is our book study at 9 a.m., which is currently meeting on Zoom.

But back to Sundays. We had one of our largest indoor crowds of the year on Sunday. I am hoping that we can return to singing in church soon, with masks still required for worship. What we can return to is an in-person brand of fellowship at coffee hour. We've made it all as safe as possible, while allowing for real connection with fellow parishioners, both inside our parish hall and formation lobby as well as outside on our beautiful grounds. This coming Sunday, we'll worship outdoors--please bring your lawn chairs! Please join us for what is sure to be a glorious day!

THIS Sunday October 17, 2021

Outdoor Worship Services

9:00 & 11:15 a.m.

Featuring our Third Sunday Band

Bring a chair and a mask

Worship Services

New Service

Our Wednesday morning Eucharist has resumed, but the time has changed to 9:00 a.m. All are welcome to join us in this special, intimate worship service in the church sanctuary.


Sunday Worship

7:30 a.m. - Rite 1- No Music

9:00 and 11:15 a.m. - Rite II with Music

Note: Please sign our attendance sheet when you enter the church.


Due to an increase in Covid cases in our county, the Diocese has put us in the "Orange Zone" meaning when worshiping inside masks are required and there will be no congregational singing.

 Additionally, there are still some rules we will follow for the safety of us all.

·        Hand sanitizer will still be available in the narthex and at the front of the sanctuary.

·        We will continue to share an elbow or a wave at the Peace.

·        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!


We will usually offer a live-stream of the service at 9:00 a.m. every Sunday on our Facebook page ( and our YouTube channel (

This Sunday, since the service is outdoors, we will have a recording of a service for Sunday on our social media channels and our website.


Children's Formation Coordinator

Emily Delsordo,


Youth Ministries Leader

Jeff Conover,

Register for Children/Youth Programs using this QR code 

Professional, loving nursery care open

Sundays from 8:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and

Mondays from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Sunday School Begins - This Past Sunday on October 10, 2021

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This week’s Stewardship Reminder is a continued discussion about this year’s Stewardship campaign theme of “Grateful.”

There is so much to be grateful for at this time. Due to a congruence of wonderful and effective medical science and active participation through vaccinations the COVID-19 pandemic infections now can be prevented. We have had a bountiful abundance of rain that has kept our environment healthy. Our children now have the opportunity to rejoin their classmates and teachers in our schools. Thousands of our brothers and sisters have been fed and sustained through the worst of this pandemic. Our parish’s missions have been continued and expanded. Our clergy and staff have served us so diligently and wonderfully through periods of isolation and worry. And a beautiful Maryland Fall season is upon us.

The author Diana Butler Bass tells us that “Gratitude is an emotion. Gratitude is an ethical way of life. It is a disposition, an awareness, a set of habits. But ultimately, gratitude is a place – perhaps the place – where we find our truest and best selves.” And for us to realize that “There is a place for us at the table” if we “Give thanks” and “Live in gratitude.”

Our Stewardship Campaign gives all of us an opportunity to respond to the call for stewardship commitments in recognition of all for which we are grateful.

What are YOU

grateful for?



a short video of what is important to you here at St. Margaret's!

We thank Katherine Parker for sharing her gratitude with us.

To date. the 2021 Stewardship Campaign continues to go well as we are at 60 pledges with $333,862 committed. Of this, we have two increases and a returning pledge for a total draw of $6,500 from the pledge matching campaign fund ($51,200). Any pledges that are (a) new to SMC; (b) returning after a hiatus, or (c) an increase over last year will be matched form this pool of funds. Our campaign goal is well within reach by St. Margaret’s parishioners for 210 pledges and $950,000 for SMC 2022 operations and missions support.

We are GRATEFUL for your thoughtful attention and pledge, and for your support of St. Margaret’s.

If you have not yet pledged, you can do so directly via the “GIVING” tab in Realm ( or by emailing Elizabeth Radley


Dan Tootle

Stewardship Committee Member






5:30 to 6:15 p.m. - Choristers Rehearsals (grades K-2, 3-5)

Contact: Jim Douglas, Director of Music,

6:15 to 7:00 p.m. - Dinner (All should be masked except when eating.)

(Cooking and serving will be done with safety protocols in place.)

NEW -- 6:30 to 7:00 p.m. - Sparks Kids Fun - Ages 3-10

(Fun activities centering on the Gospel story of the week.)

Contact: Emily DelSordo, Children's Formation Coordinator,

6:45 to 8:00 p.m. - Youth Group for Middle & High School ages

Contact: Jeff Conover, Youth Ministries Leader,

7:00 p.m. - Adult Formation Study led by the Rev. Patti Sachs

"Destructuring Prayer"

Questions? Contact

7:00 p.m. - Adult Choir Rehearsal

Limited numbers for safety protocols

Contact Jim Douglas at to participate.

7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Nursery Care is Available!




Foyers Kickoff is Sunday October 17

Our Foyers groups for this program year will be meeting for the first time socially from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at St. Margaret's Fellowship Hall this Sunday, October 17.

Foyers breaks into groups who meet socially away from the church campus throughout the year, allowing participants to make new friends in the congregation.

If you have registered, please join us. Bring your calendar and meet your group. Light Fare to be served. Please RSVP to Lesal Kilcrease at 410-353-1465.


Happy Hour with Third Sunday Band

Thursday, October 21

5:00-6:30 p.m.

Meet in the grass behind the church office

Weather permitting!

Bring a chair or blanket and your mask.


AAMC Blood Drive at Gloria Dei!

The next AAMC blood drive at nearby Gloria Dei! Lutheran on College Parkway will be held Tuesday, October 19th from 2:00-6:00 p.m. There is another critical blood shortage in our community. The blood collected stays locally and each pint collected can aid three people. Any questions, feel free to contact Ron or Donna Baronti at 410-757-6911 or Sign up using this link:

All Saints' Mass - November 7

Only one service at 11:15 a.m.

Outdoors - weather permitting

with special guest members of the

Peabody Ragtime Ensemble

Join us in one of our favorite annual events! Using the New Orleans Dixieland style funeral, we will celebrate our loved ones who have passed to the other side with rousing jazz melodies and beautiful soulful songs.

Remember to bring your own seating and masks!


Remembering those lost at All Saints' Mass

If you wish to have the name of a loved one lost during the Nov-Oct program year at this year's All Saints' Mass, please provide their name to by Sunday, October 31st.

Adult Formation Opportunities


Deconstructing Prayer

Monday Nights at SMC 7:00 p.m.

Join the Rev. Patti Sachs as she leads conversations on “Deconstructing Prayer” on Monday Faith & Fellowship evenings this fall. The program will offer a deep dive into praying and a new depth of meaning that will be a boon to our prayer lives. No need for a new book, just bring yourself and a willingness to be open to the Holy Spirit and her proddings!


Thursdays at 9:00 a.m. on Zoom

This Fall's Thursday online study is based on Strength for the Journey: Biblical Wisdom for Daily Living by Peter J. Gomes.

To participate, contact Pat Hall at


Monday Night Book Study On Zoom

7:00 p.m.

The Forgotten Creed: Christianity's Original Struggle against Bigotry, Slavery by Stephen J. Patterson

To participate, contact

Senior Sessions with Clergy

on Zoom

2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month at 9:00 a.m.

A discussion with clergy on the week's Gospel lesson and a sharing of joys and challenges. Contact to participate.

Next Meeting: October 26

Youth Formation Opportunities


6:45 tp 8:15 p.m.

In-Person in the Youth Room

Masks are mandatory

Mondays are Fellowship and Fun youth meetings led by Youth Ministries Leader Jeff Conover. All meetings start with a bit of sharing what is happening in everyone's lives. That is followed by games and then prayer.

Please remember --no adult volunteers for in-person events means no in-person event. If you can help out, contact Jeff (

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WEDNESDAY NIGHTS (MIDDLE SCHOOL) -On Zoom at 7:00 p.m. Discussions surround some important and foundational Bible and Church knowledge. Participants explore what faith means and looks like and start to demystify church services.

THURSDAY NIGHTS (HIGH SCHOOL) - On Zoom at 7:30 p.m. Discussions often have a more topical flavor as participants look at what is happening in our world through Christian eyes.

To participate, contact Youth Ministries Leader Jeff Conover at

Halloween Lock-In on Friday, October 29

from 7 p.m. until Saturday, October 30 at 8 a.m.

First, I think I must limit who spends the entire night with us to those who are fully vaccinated. You can still come if you are not fully vaccinated and participate in our events, but I will have to ask you to sleep at home. For safety sake, please eat before coming. There WILL be snacks! ? Costumes are optional. NO weapons, faux or otherwise.

For more information, contact



Calling all 3rd-12th graders! St. Margaret's needs volunteers to serve as acolytes during church. It is a great way to contribute to the parish, to earn some leadership skills, and to get a front row seat. Are you interested but worried you won’t know what to do? No problem! We provide training for you and go over everything you need to know beforehand. Contact Julie Svendsen at


Canned Food Drive for Maryland Food Bank

Oct 18th-22nd

Please deliver all donations to the Day School - not in the narthex or church office

Mon: canned veggies, tomatoes, sauces

Tues: canned fruit

Weds: canned meats/proteins

Thurs: pasta & beans

Fri: soups & juices

Spizzico Fundraiser

Tuesday Oct 19th

Purchase dinner, mention the Day School, and they get a portion of the proceeds.

New Student Kindergarten Registration

begins Wed, Oct 13th

Mission Opportunities


Thanks to all who have donated clothing to our recent call for supplies for Broadneck students and families. This drive is now over and we are no longer collecting clothing. The only collection currently going on in the narthex is food only for The Lighthouse.

Things left that are not being collected, or that are left after a drive has finished become a problem for staff who must find a home for these articles. Again, thank you for all you do! And please stay posted for our next drive.


Afghan Refugee Tiger Team

The Afghan Refugee Tiger Team, under the leadership of SMC’s Mission Commission, is seeking volunteers to offer their talents, time and/or treasure to address the desperate needs of Afghan families and refugees who are (a) either still in Afghanistan and attempting to leave the country or (b) who have already arrived in the United States and will resettle in our community.

The Tiger Team has been working diligently researching, discussing and discerning St. Margaret's future steps to assist Afghans presently living on US military bases, those resettled in Maryland and those still trying to leave Afghanistan. The team will make recommendations to the Missions Commission in early November. We anticipate soon dispersing about $4,000 received from parishioners to parishioner-led requests that will help our Afghan neighbors. Thank you for your prayers, thoughts, time and funds.

Weekly Prayer for the Afghan Crisis


There are estimated to be 100 to 200 Americans still in Afghanistan and thousands of Afghan translators, journalists and others who are at risk because of their work and being hunted by the Taliban. 


We pray for those being sought and that they are kept from harm as they escape to safety.  

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Sewing Volunteers Needed

Our sewing masks mission is back and looking for more sewers! Anne Arundel County Public Schools has mandated mask wear for all students, teachers, staff and visitors for the beginning of school year 2021-22. We have confirmed a need for reusable cloth masks for some of the more diverse, largely populated schools in Annapolis. As one Guidance Counselor said, "Children often arrive at school without their masks. The county is providing disposable masks but reusable, cloth masks are a welcome donation!" If you can produce some youth sized masks please contact Beth Kopack at 410-279-5136 or

We can supply new sewers with the patterns, materials and notions needed to create youth masks. Have you noticed how disposable masks have become the new litter? Please join us in this effort to protect our community's children while teaching the Earth friendly concept of reusability.  

Chores and More Volunteers Needed

Our church has a history of supporting Chores and More, a local nonprofit that connects volunteers with seniors who need some kind of assistance, whether it means shopping, driving, or doing yardwork.If you can give any amount of time for the cause, contact Frank Curran, Coordinator for Chores and More at

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Provide dinners for the Light House shelter residents the third and fourth Sunday of the month. At present, volunteers buy the food, prepare the dinner, and take it to the shelter for distribution. Volunteers are reimbursed for the food purchased. For more information, contact

Donate food to the Light HouseUse this list of needed items and place in the Narthex. Donations are picked up every two weeks. Contact Pam Roth for more information.

Donate food or volunteer for distribution at the Broadneck area food pantry My Brother's Pantry. Contact: Russell Jackson.

Volunteer with the West Annapolis Pop-up Pantry - feeding hungry families in the Annapolis area two Thursdays a month- Contact: Barbara Marder


Endowment Grants Program 2021-22

In the 1990's, St. Margaret's parishioners Ed and Zoe Hall left a financial gift to the church to do with what the parish decided. It was voted to create an endowment fund that would be used to fund nonprofit projects each year that followed the priorities of St. Margaret's. Since that time, over $2 million has been awarded to nonprofits locally, regionally, and around the world.

Go here for the 2022 grants application:

Sunday's Service

Sunday's Service Bulletin

Sunday's Announcements

Upcoming Service Assignments 

Sunday, October 17


7:30 - Ben Tolley

9:00 - Pam Roth

11:15 - Mel Kessler

Altar Guild

Charlie Lang, Susie Byrom, Robert Thomas

Flower Guild

Kathy Lang

Children's Chapel

Cory and Zack Greene


9:00 - Jean Clarke

11:15 - Rich and Libby Cook


9:00 - Kathy Lang, Mark Torrence, Sam Sloan

11:15 - Mel Kessler, Barbara Friedmann, Fred McKenney

Coffeehour Hosts

Anne Sessions and Carole Bracken

Sunday, October 24


7:30 - Joan Rich

9:00 - Tres Lewis

11:15 - Pat Hall

Altar Guild

Jeanne Nardi, Jan Little, Mary Lesster, Kim Morrow

Flower Guild

Cindy Lynch

Children's Chapel

Jen Thomas, Ernie Tucker


9:00 - Web Chamberlin

11:15 - Teresa Todd


9:00-*Jim Barnett, Gail Pelton, Russ Phillipi

11:15 - Steve Brennan, Judy Hall, Robin and Mary Ellen Bosworth

Coffeehour Hosts

Heidi Ruegg, Janice John


Remember that anyone can show up to serve even though their name is not listed on a specific date. It's just that the assigned people are committed to being there that particular day so we have enough numbers to serve.

Altar Flower Dedications Available

The beautiful flowers offered on our altar each Sunday can be dedicated to honor loved ones marking special life events such as birthdays, wedding anniversaries, baptisms, confirmations, and in memory of a loved one or in thanksgiving for life’s blessings. The dedication fee is $50.

To reserve a Sunday date, email Once reserved, you can make the payment by logging on to Realm and choosing "Flower Fund" or sending in a check (or placing it in the Sunday offertory plate) made out to "St. Margaret's Church" with "Flower Fund" in the memo line. Your dedication will be posted in the service bulletins.

From the Diocese

Search for New Bishop Begins

Bishop Eugene Sutton announced on September 17 his plan to retire in the spring of 2024, and called for the election of a bishop coadjutor to succeed him. The diocese’s Standing Committee has since named two co-chairs for the search committee, the Rev. Randy Callender of St. Phillips, Annapolis, and Ms. Vicki Willard, a parishioner at Trinity Church, Elkridge. The Standing Committee also has created a special section on the diocesan website to keep the diocese informed about the process to unfold and the timetable leading to an election convention in 2023. The special section’s web address is You are invited to nominate yourself or another person to serve as one of the remaining 12 members of the search committee. You will find an electronic nominating form on the website. The deadline for nominations is October 13.

Prayer Requests

Have a prayer request to put in our weekly announcements?

Go to to use our automated request form or contact clergy.


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