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October 30, 2019
A Note from Jim

On October 19 & 20, members of our Chancel Choir and Motet Ensemble traveled to Lewes, DE for an overnight choir retreat and choir festival with the adult choir from St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Lewes.

Located in the heart of lovely downtown Lewes, St. Peter’s shares a similar heritage with St. Margaret’s, They too were founded in the 17th century and have grown into one of the largest parishes in their Diocese with active music ministries.

Saturday afternoon’s events included soprano/alto and tenor/bass sectional rehearsals, a full choir rehearsal and a presentation on the voice by Dr. Kathy Price, Professor of Voice and the Director of the Vocal Pedagogy Institute at Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ. A wonderful catered dinner and social time with significant others from both choirs capped off the evening. On Sunday morning, the combined choirs of over 40 singers sang three pieces and the psalm for the 10:00 a.m. Sung Eucharist under the direction of Jim Douglas and St. Peter’s Minister of Music T.J. Thomas. The text from one of the pieces, “Draw us in the Spirit’s tether,” beautifully sums up the music-making, fellowship, community building and fun that was had by all--

Draw us in the Spirit’s tether; For when humbly in thy name,
Two or three are met together, Thou art in the midst of them:
Alleluia! Alleluia! Touch we now thy garment’s hem.
As the brethren used to gather In the name of Christ to sup,
Then with thanks to God the Father Break the bread and bless the cup,
Alleluia! Alleluia! So knit thou our friendship up.
All our meals and all our living Make as sacraments of thee,
That by caring, helping, giving, We may true disciples be.
Alleluia! Alleluia! We will serve thee faithfully.
All Saints' Mass THIS Sun.
9:00 & 11:15 a.m. Services
Remember the time change!

St. Margaret's will once again host a New-Orleans inspired All Saints Mass this Sunday, Nov. 3. You'll hear favorites like "Shall We Gather at the River" to "When the Saints Go Marching In" with returning special guests the Peabody Ragtime Ensemble.
Shenandoah Run in Concert
Nov. 2, 2019, 7pm, @St. Margaret's

A favorite of St. Margaret's, this nine-piece band pays tribute to both vintage Americana and contemporary folk, playing covers and some originals and occasionally including a song from the worlds of bluegrass, country or foreign lands. Expect top-notch musicianship and soaring harmonies that will lure you in for that irresistible sing-along.

Tickets will be sold at the door. For more information, click here.
Between War and Here
Forum Preview on Nov. 3
Concert on Nov. 10 at 4:00 p.m.

Between War and Here is a powerful new collaboration between journalists and musicians exploring honor, courage, loss and hope.  Ensemble Galilei is teaming with award-winning National Public Radio foreign correspondents Neal Conan and Anne Garrels for a November U.S. Tour that includes St. Margaret's on Sunday, Nov.10 at 4 p.m.

Ensemble Galilei founder and poet as well as SMC parishioner Carolyn Surrick created this show from her recent poetry collection titled Between War and Here. She will provide a preview for parishioners THIS Sunday, Nov. 3, 10:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

Tickets for the concert can be purchased at
Justyn Kopack, Treasurer of the Missions Commission, discusses how pledging assists the Commission when planning out programs and projects to support for the year.
Current Pledge Information (10/29/19)
Current # of Pledges 110: Current Amount of Pledges: $543,946
42% of goal -- 58% of goal

Stewardship season is a time when parishioners show their appreciation of what St. Margaret's means to them through making a pledge of financial commitment for the following year.

There is no doubt that St. Margaret's means a great deal to parishioners. For this, we ask for your financial support. At this time, pledges received now will be doubled through an anonymous donor!

The Stewardship Committee is challenging parishioners to increase their giving 7% from last year. If you would like to see what you pledged last year and where your current amount of giving is, you can use Realm if you have logged in. Just go into your account and click the "Giving" tab.

Please give us an idea of what you will be financially giving in the year 2020 by filling out a pledge. You can click on the link above to pledge online or fill out a card by hand (mailed and in pews) and put it in the collection plate or drop it off at the church office.

TAKE NOTE: For every new parishioner who pledges, or parishioner who did not pledge last year, your pledge will be doubled by an anonymous donor up to $50,000! Please pledge today!
Sunday, Dec. 1 - Advent Wreathmaking -10:20 to 11 a.m. - Parish Hall - No Sunday School
Sunday, Dec. 4 - Women's Guild Christmas Luncheon - Noon - Carrol's Creek
Sunday, Dec. 8, 15 - Advent Discussion w/ Rev. Peter - 10:20 to 11 a.m. -Fellowship Hall
Saturday, Dec. 7 - Third Sunday Band Holiday Concert - 7:00 p.m. - Sanctuary
Sunday, Dec. 8 - Advent Lessons & Carols - 5:00 p.m. - Sanctuary - Nursery open
Wednesday, Dec. 18 - Quiet Christmas Services - Noon & 7 p.m. - Sanctuary
Sunday, Dec. 22 - St. Nicolas Party w/Families - 10:20-11a.m. - Parish Hall

Christmas Eve Services
3:00*, 5:00* p.m.
Traditional Choral Services
7:30* p.m., 10:30 p.m.
*Nursery care available at that service

Christmas Day Service
10:00 a.m.

Christmas Lessons & Carols Services
Sunday, Dec. 29
9:00* & 11:15* a.m.
*Nursery care is available

New Year's Brunch
Sunday, Dec. 29 - 10:15 to 11 a.m. - Parish Hall
Bring a breakfast casserole to share

Children's Epiphany Pageant
Sunday, Jan. 5 - 10:30 a.m. in Parish Hall
Required rehearsal on Sat., Jan. 4 in Parish Hall
Parent helpers needed!
An inspiring story about parishioners Michelle and Sierra Mullen and their efforts in memory of their Tucker recently shown on local media. Kudos for turning tragedy into giving for other families.
New Grieving Support Program Coming Soon

Just in time for the holidays, our clergy will be holding a support group for those grieving the loss of someone or something important to them. There will be three classes, the third Sunday of the month (Nov. 17, Dec. 15, Jan. 12) at 4 p.m. in the All Saints Lounge, in the annex building next to the church. Each session will be clergy led. All are welcome.
Thanksgiving Basket Meal Donations Now Being Solicited

Again this season, members of the parish are asked to provide holiday meals to neighbors in need. We have received the names of local families from Broadneck Elementary School and the A.A. County Dept. of Social Services who are needing help in purchasing their holiday dinner .The list includes both seniors and families with children. The Mission Commission will provide the turkeys: volunteers will provide the the rest of the meal's ingredients and deliver the food basket to the recipient a few days BEFORE Thanksgiving Day. NO COOKING INVOLVED. Turkeys will be available for pick-up in the Parish Hall on Sunday, Nov. 24 or by separate arrangement. In advance, you will receive the name of your recipient and delivery instructions. Sign up by contacting Barbara Marder at 410-518-9978 or at .
Endowment Grants Program for 2020

The 2020 St. Margaret's Church Endowment Grants application is now available on the church website . New this year: the committee will award one multi-year grant to a deserving organization. Applications are due by November 30, 2019. Pass this along to your favorite non profit! 
and White Elephant Sale
(Donations can be brought to Fellowship Hall on Nov. 22 after 5 p.m.)
Sponsored by St. Margaret's Women's Guild
Proceeds benefit missions projects of the Guild
Saturday, November 23 * 9:00 a.m. to 2 p.m.
*Vendors *Crafters *Raffles *Food
The Day School's Annual Scholastic Book Fair will be held next week, Nov. 7 and 8 in the Parish Hall. Parishioners are welcome to visit and shop (a part of the proceeds goes to the school.) We will also be having Grandparents Day on both days. If anyone would like to sub for those who don't live nearby, please volunteer with

* On Nov. 15, the school will sponsor a recycling day for small tech components . St. Margaret's parishioners are welcome to bring any of these kinds of items and place in a designated box in the Formation building foyer on Nov. 17 and 24. They're collecting cellphones & accessories, computer pieces, speakers and keyboards, digital cameras, GPS systems, ink cartridges, laptops, MP3 players, tablets, and toner cartridges.

On November 14 from 5:30 to 7 p.m., the Day School is sponsoring "Bringing Up Resilient Kids" a program from specialist Dr. Duane M. Isava of Halcyon Wellness Center. All are welcome. The program is free, with light refreshments and childcare provided! Go to for more info.
Children's Communion Class

Younger children ages four to nine are welcome to join the Rev. Peter Mayer on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 9 a.m. in the sanctuary as he explains the components and symbolism of Holy Eucharist on their level. Children will then participate in communion at the 9:00 a.m. service on Sunday, Nov. 17. Contact for more information.
Acolyte Helper Needed

HELP NEEDED! Co-leader needed for Acolyte management on Sundays. Must love working with the best group of young people around! I will train you. No experience needed. Schedule is flexible. Please talk to, call or email Julie Svendsen. Because you know you are coming to church on Sunday anyway and it's always good to be needed!  Call 443-449-9180 or email or reach me on Realm.  
Youth Events

St. Margaret's Youth Lock-in will be held Nov. 1-2 . Students should be dropped off at the church at 6 p.m. and picked up Saturday morning by 8:00 a.m.

Bishop Unplugged on Nov. 23
St. Philip's in Annapolis will hold this annual fall event on November 23, 2:00-4:00 pm. Cost is $5. (For grades 6-12). Participants will spend the afternoon with Bishop Sutton in fellowship and fun. No registration required, but for questions contact Kate Riley at .

Youth-led Sunday service at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, January 12th.

A MLK Day youth event through the Diocese will take place on January 19-20th. More details to follow.

Youth Happening #13 will take place for students in grades 9-12 at the Claggett Center near Frederick, MD. Participants should arrive Friday at 7 p.m. with parent pickup on Sunday at 3 p.m. Cost is $95 due by Jan. 23. Scholarships available.

Nightwatch, an overnight youth program at St. John the Divine Cathedral in New York City, is on Feb. 20 & 21 . A $15 per person deposit is due in the next few weeks. There is limited space for this not to miss event! Registration is now being taken on REALM. Log in and click on Registration Events. Don't have a Realm account? Request one at

New Beginnings diocesan program for grades 6-8 will be held April 26-28 at Camp Wright in Stevensville, MD. Cost is $75. Scholarships available. Deadline is April 18 for registration.

End-of-Year Lock-in will be held at St. Margaret's on Friday, June 15th . Look for more registration information in the future.
Faith & Fellowship Mondays

The schedule for Faith & Fellowship is:

5:15 to 6:00 p.m.- Spirit Singers Kindergarten through second grade and third grade to fifth grade - Meet in Formation Building Classrooms B & C
5:30-6:15 p.m.- Youth Chorale (grades 6-12) - Choir Room
5:45-6:15 p.m.- Acolyte practice - Sanctuary
6:00-6:15 p.m.- Arts and Crafts - Parish Hall
6:20-6:45 p.m.- Fellowship Dinner - Parish Hall
6:45-8:30 p.m.- Youth Group - Classroom D
7:00-8:30 p.m.- Adult Formation -Formation Building
7:00-8:30 p.m.- Motet Ensemble Rehearsal - Choir Room

There is no F&F on Monday, Nov. 25th.

Adult Formation Schedule:

Monday Evening Book Study
Our Monday adult formation class is studying the riveting story of seeking safety in another land. The book is a gripping journey of loss, alienation, and belonging. Author Karen Gonzalez recounts her family’s migration from the instability of Guatemala to making a new life in Los Angeles and the suburbs of south Florida, in the midst of language barriers, cultural misunderstandings, and the tremendous pressure to assimilate, Join us!
Join the Thursday AM Book Study

Our Thursday morning book study is held in Classroom E from 9:15 to 10:30 a.m. of the Formation Building. The group will discuss the C.S. Lewis book " Mere Christianity ." All are welcome. Childcare for ages 0-4 is available in the church nursery.
Sunday's Service
Realm: Get Connected.

We are asking all parishioners to join Realm to foster efficiency and communication at SMC. You need to be invited by us which will take you to a sign-in site. To ask for an invite (or another one), just email If you need help getting started, call the church office and we will schedule a time you can come in with your laptop.

To log in, go the website homepage and look for the Realm logo.

TAKE NOTE: Dragon Tales will be distributed through Realm starting next week!

PLEASE NOTE: Due to unexpected circumstances, staff may not have the ability to set up for coffee hour or other events for a few months. Anyone that can show up a bit early and help set-up please do so. Coffee hour takes 5-6 round tables and chairs.
Church Clergy/Staff

The Rev. Peter W. Mayer, Rector

The Rev. Patti Sachs, Asst. Rector

Elizabeth Radley, Director of Operations

Jim Douglas, Director of Music

Laura Tayman, Communications Asst

Jeff Conover, Youth Ministries Leader

Teresa McCorkle, Bookkeeper

Tricia McVeigh, Day School Director

Judy Hall, Churchyard Adm.

Christine Feldmann, Grants Adm.

Jim Bowersox, Facilities/Operations Asst.

Quick Links

To give to St. Margaret's online, click here:   

To give through text, then text GIVESMC to 73256
Church Office Hours
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. - Mon - Thurs
Service Participants

THIS Sunday, Nov. 3 --Remember Time Change!
EM @ 7:30: Joan Rich
Lector @ 7:30: Joan Rich
EM @ 9:00: David Allen, Janet Allen
Lectors @ 9:00: Charlie Lang, Kathy Lang
Acolytes @ 9:00: Zacca Jackson, Brooke Kopack Ware, Matthew Parker, Katherine Parker, Caroline Viscardi
Children's Chapel: Emily Delsordo, Ernie Tucker, Ella Tomko
EM@11:15: George Saroch, Peg Overton
Lectors@ 11:!5: Brett Snyder, Izzy Winn
Acolytes@ 11:15: Connor Feldmann, Grace Feldmann, Sarah Mayer, Allen Mayer
Altar Guild: Elizabeth Parker, Susan Roberts, Betsy Dobbs, Lyn Sloan
Coffeehour Hosts: Holly & Brian Williams, Katy Strother, Jim Barnett, Susan Roberts

Next Sunday, Nov. 10
EM @ 7:30: Malcolm Foster
Lector @ 7:30: Sally Brice O'Hara
EM @ 9:00: Beth Knorr, Katy Strother
Lectors @ 9:00: Mark Torrence, Jean Clarke
Acolytes @ 9:00: Zacca Jackson, Joseph Jackson, Ella Tomko, Molly Rose Svendsen, Sarah Mayer
Children's Chapel: Kristen Berthelotte, Arvilla Wubbenhorst
EM@11:15: Jim Reising, Janis Brewer
Lectors@ 11:15: Valery Weekley, Ann Lallande
Acolytes@ 11:15: Wes Reising, Emily Carroll, Hannah Carroll
Altar Guild: Nancy Saroch, Stephanie Ceruolo, Lynn Goff, Lisa Moylan
Flower Guild: Kathy Lang
Coffeehour Hosts: Sarah Westcott, Anne Sessions, Mary and Ted Lesster

ALL servers on Sundays now have a Fall Schedule. A copy is available HERE . Any changes or swaps will not be on this copy but in the scheduling system. Bulletin listings are taken from the scheduling system.

Go to our scheduling system to request a replacement or sign up where needed.
Then email a note to .

(Bulletins are usually printed
on Wednesdays each week.)

A Christmas services sign up
is available HERE .

St. Margaret's Church
 Office Phone: 410-974-0200
Emergency Pastoral #: 443-837-5463