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A Note from Jim

“Life without music is unthinkable.” -Leonard Bernstein

Now more than ever, we need to be reminded of the importance that music and the arts can have on our children. In the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities report ‘Champions of Change: The Impact of the Arts on Learning,’ researchers found that learners “attain higher levels of achievement through their engagement with the arts…when well taught, the arts provide young people with an authentic learning experience that engages their minds, hearts and bodies. Engagement in the arts...nurtures the development of cognitive, social and personal competencies.” I would add to this that learning and discovery in other areas of discipline often focus on a specific talent or skill, whereas children regularly active in the arts develop numerous talents and skills. The report may be found by clicking here.

Some of you may have seen the large yellow poster on the main door of the Admin Building and others spread about the SMC campus. In partnership with Garrett Park Guitars on Old Solomons Island Rd, SMC will host the Annapolis Freedom Festival 2021 next Saturday, September 18, from 2-8pm out in the field. The music festival serves to “live Will’s dream” and promote music and art education for youth in Anne Arundel County. Will, the late son of parishioners Shelley and Jon Hupp, was a huge music lover and this festival will feature local bands, including Will’s band and youth bands from the area. In addition to the music, several local vendors and food trucks will be on site.

Thanks to the vision of the Hupp Family, SMC will create a memorial scholarship fund in Will’s name designed to fund music and arts education and engagement in the area, including scholarships for student lessons at Garrett Park.

The value of music and arts education in today’s world cannot be understated, and I hope you will consider coming out next Saturday and Will’s dream by supporting this wonderful cause and the budding musicians in our community. 
September 11th Anniversary Service

Be sure and view the St. Margaret's online service to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Sept. 11th on Saturday. We offer readings, music, and scripture to remember the day and pray for a future that is free of violence and hatred. Be sure and share it if you find it moving and significant for all to see.

The video will be shared on our Facebook public page, our YouTube Channel, and our website on Saturday, September 11th.
Third Sundays Outdoors
with the Third Sunday Band
September 19 and October 17
9:00 & 11:15 a.m.

With the return of our Third Sunday Band, we offer outdoor services on the third Sunday of this month and next!

Bring your own chair for seating!

Weather permitting - If inclement weather, services inside.

Live streaming not available outdoors -
recording offered at 9:00 a.m. on our
Facebook page and YouTube Channel

Indoor Worship

7:30, 9:00, 11:15 a.m.
Nursery care begins
on Oct. 3

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 masks are strongly encouraged 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!

AS A REMINDER -- We will offer a live-stream of the service at 9:00 a.m. every Sunday on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/smcannapolis) and our YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/c/saintmargaret).
Children/Youth Formation Registration Has Begun!

Get your child registered for the numerous faith forming opportunities available for our young members this program year!

Opportunities available from Oct - May include:
*Children's Chapel (during sermon at 9 a.m. service)
*Sunday School Pre-School
*Sunday School Kindergarten/1st grade
*Sunday School Grades 2-3
*Sunday School Grades 4-5
*Sunday School Middle School
*Formation Class High School
*Youth Group Monday Nights
*Acolytes (lead during church services)
*Church Musicians

Printed Forms are available in the narthex.

Adult Volunteers are still needed to join a team of teachers for the Kindergarten/1st grade, 4th/5th grade and Middle School classrooms, as well as an Acolyte Co-Leader.  

If you can support our young learners or have questions any of these programs, please contact the Children's Family Director Emily Delsordo at Emily@st-margarets.org.
October 3rd - 10:15 to 11:00 a.m.
Meet the Teachers for ages 3-18

First Day of Sunday School - Oct. 10

Please mask up!
Youth Activities Begin NEXT MONDAY, Sept. 13

*Mondays are Faith & Fellowship Youth Group meetings at 7 p.m. on Zoom. For all middle and high school students. All meetings, and this is no exception, start with a bit of sharing what is happening in their lives. Called “Highs & Lows,” it really is sharing what is important to participants at that moment. The group has found this to be one of the most important parts of the meetings, whether they meet on-line or in-person. Following that, participants play games. Finally, the meetings end with a prayer. Participants talk about prayer and try to take the “weirdness” out of it, and then everyone gets a chance to practice group prayer at some point during the year at least once.

*Wednesdays are the day we designate for all Middle School students. (Held at 7 p.m. on Zoom) Students hold discussions about the importance of the Bible and church knowledge. They explore what faith means and looks like, and demystify church services. It is our hope that by high school, students “understand church,” and are ready to begin taking an even more active role in our parish.

*Thursdays are listed as High School meetings. We begin one half-hour later, meeting from 7:30 p.m. until 8:30. These discussions often have a more topical flavor and a look at what is happening in our world through our Christian eyes.

Contact Youth Ministries Leader Jeff Conover for more information at
Online Adult Formation Study
Begins Monday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m.
on Zoom

Monday online study will begin on Monday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. on Zoom. All are welcome. Email the Rev. Patti Sachs at
patti@st-margarets.org if you wish to participate.

The study will focus on the book “The Forgotten Creed - Christianity’s Original Struggle Against Bigotry, Slavery, & Sexism” by Stephen J. Patterson. A synopsis: In the days when Jesus was still fresh in the memory of those who knew him, the argument was a different one: how can human beings overcome the ways by which we divide ourselves one from another? Is solidarity possible beyond race, class, and gender? Join the discussions!

Senior Sessions Resumes NEXT Tues.

Our Senior Sessions are offered to those ages 65+. Held the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, the program is now held on Zoom at 9:00 a.m. (NOTE NEW HOUR) The sessions include special prayers, a discussion over the Gospel reading of the week, and a sharing of joys and challenges. To participate, email the Rev. Patti Sachs at patti@st-margarets.org.
if deemed safe by the Diocese

Monday Evening Formation In-Person
with the Rev. Patti Sachs
7:00 p.m. in Parish Hall
A Review of the Year & Planning for the Program Year

Baptism is the sacrament of becoming a Christian, which is practiced in many denominations, but slightly different in each. The baptism at St. Margaret’s is usually performed as part of a Eucharistic service, as described in the Book of Common Prayer.

Upcoming Baptism dates are:
THIS Sunday, September 12
Sunday, November 7

If you wish to schedule a baptism on one of those dates, fill out this baptism form and email to Peter@st-margarets.org.
All are welcome to join our Thursday Morning Book Study that resumes THIS THURSDAY, September 9 @ 9:00 a.m. on Zoom (to start with). The group will be reading a Peter Gomes book titled Strength for the Journey. It is a compilation of sermons he offers as spiritual resources for daily living. To participate, contact Pat Hall at pshall1@verizon.net.

Here is a link to purchase the book:
Still Slots Available for Education for Ministry Program

Want to know more about Christianity? About how the Church became what it is today? About the Bible? About your personal ministry?

The EfM program invites people into small, mentored communities that help us to understand our lives and share our actions as we deepen our Christian faith.” EFM is a four-year study program through the School of Theology at the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee. We look at the bible historically, literally, metaphorically, theologically, and "scientifically" (using science now known, we can apply dates, ascribe authorship, have political background, etc.).

 Our group gathers for 36 weeks, September through May, on Wednesday mornings, 9-11:30.. If you are interested in joining the class at St. Margaret’s, please contact Jim Hall (jhhall1942@verizon.net) or 410-956-5120). The cost is $375 and includes all texts. Scholarship help is available. Students who have completed a year or more previously are encouraged to join and complete the program; or if you have graduated and want to explore EfM through the new texts, you are very welcome.  
Volunteer Opportunities

*The Sewing Mission is back in the mask making business 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 esolchamp@icloud.com. 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.  
*Join The Afghan Tiger Team! 
Tiger Team pounces on immediate needs of Afghan refugees! This Missions Commission temporary team, assembled to address the needs of Afghans who helped the United States or who are at special risk under the current Taliban rule, answered the requests of two parishioners. Last week the Tiger Team donated a gift card, diapers and wipes to a young mother and 6-month old baby that arrived 12 days ago with one suitcase in Frederick, MD. In addition, four team volunteers are helping a parishioner's neighbor who is working around the clock as part of a veteran's organizations rescue of military interpreters and others who are still in Afghanistan. The team members will help him with administrative tasks including organizing documents for special visas, promoting his efforts and coordinating a LGBTQ effort in Afghanistan. There is much more work to be done!

Here's how you can help:
- Join the Tiger Team, contact Janice John: janicejohnrg@gmail.com or Fran Becker: franbecker10@gmail.com

- Donate gift cards to Target, Walmart, or Amazon to help families with basic needs. Please place your gift cards in Sunday's offering plate in envelope addressed to Mission Commission or mail to SMC

- Donate through check mailed to SMC (write Afghan Missions on memo line) OR donate online through Realm here: https://onrealm.org/smcannapolis/Give
*Back to School -- Tutoring at Broadneck Elementary
*Can you share ONE hour a week from October until June helping children in grades 1st through 3rd with reading, writing or math? For several years before the pandemic, SMC had a partnership with BES, logging in hundreds of hours of much needed help in the classroom, whether it was one-on-one tutoring or a classwide project. No experience is necessary and you and the teacher decide what hour works best for the two of you! In the words of a SMC tutor: I don't know who benefits the most from me being in the classroom, the student, the teacher or me! I love seeing a student smile once s/he gets a math concept or wants to continue reading! Please contact Fran Becker, fran.becker10@gmail.com for more details or to let her know that you would like to participate.
*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 MartiEngstrom@gmail.com.

*Donate food to the Light House. Use 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.

*West Annapolis Pop-up Pantry - feeding hungry families in the Annapolis area two Thursdays a month- Contact: Barbara Marder
Wednesday Morning Eucharist
Returns Oct. 13

Our morning weekly Wednesday Eucharist returns in the sanctuary at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, OCT 13 in the Sanctuary. NOTE TIME CHANGE. All are welcome to return to the practice of worship in a small, intimate setting.
Women's Guild Mums Sale

Our Women's Guild will be offering their popular annual mums sale on Sunday,
Oct. 3 and 10. Plants are $10 each. Please make sure to bring cash or your checkbook to purchase these lovely plants that last all fall long.

The Guild is open to all women at St. Margaret's. They host monthly meetings the first Wednesday of the month, now via Zoom starting at 1 p.m. Guest speaker will be Vincent Vaise, a park ranger, will speak on Oct. 6. He will begin at 1:30 p.m. The group sponsors fundraisers for church projects and supports various charities including a club for Baltimore City students. To participate, email judy.hall0404@gmail.com.

The Guild's Holiday Bazaar has been cancelled due to Covid rates. Look for an announcements about a spring bazaar soon.
Foyers Program
Supper Clubs
Renewed for

St. Margaret's Foyers program is being renewed this coming program year!

What is Foyers? Foyer is a French word that means “hearth” or “fireside,” suggesting a group that is relaxed, receptive, and open to each other. We also call these groups "supper clubs."

St. Margaret's Foyers participants are assigned into small groups who spend time together throughout the program year getting to know one another outside of the St. Margaret's campus.

To participate, you sign up either at church on a Sunday or email Ruth McKee Harmon at rhmckeyharmon@gmail.com. Deadline to register is October 1.

All registrants are invited to a program kickoff event in the Parish Hall on Sunday, October 17 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
St. Margaret's is now looking to hire

Part Time Sexton - Tuesday-Friday from 8 a.m.-noon and Monday and Weds from 5-9 p.m.
Contact: Elizabeth Radley at elizabeth@st-margarets.org.
Photo Directory Update -- Notify Us on Info Sharing

PLEASE CHECK YOUR REALM INFO!! We are using the info that is in Realm. If you DO NOT want some of that info published you need to let us know
(patti@st-margarets.org). Some have only an email listed. If you would like an address or phone number added, you need to let us know!!

THIS IS YOUR LAST CHANCE to have your information the way you want it, so take a quick look in Realm and let us know of any changes you'd like to have made.
Thanks for all you do for our St. Margaret's community!
green pic

Monday, October 4, 7:00-8:00 p.m., virtual meeting via Zoom led by Green Grace in the Diocese of Maryland. Creation Care can take many forms, from caring physically for the land and water to advocating for laws that will address environmental and public health. Join a conversation with the Rev. Canon Sally Bingham and Dr. Bernadette Roche. Learn about Canon Bingham’s faith-led story and how we as Episcopalians can find our own way to be active in Creation Care and environmental advocacy. Learn more and register online to attend.
is a grief support ministry serving individuals who, after the loss of a loved one, are seeking comfort and healing. This ministry is designed to guide participants in a safe, small group setting through intentional activities, prayer, reflection and discussion. Whether your loss was 6 months or 6 years ago, you are welcome. A workshop series will be held Tuesday evenings, October 5- November 23, 7:00-8:30 p.m. To register or to discern readiness for inclusion, contact the Rev. Dr. Katrina Grusell, kgrusell@stjohnsec.org, or Tina Millard, tinalmillard@gmail.comLearn more here.
Join a post-COVID “Cathedral Tour” of Great Britain, a 9-Day tour, scheduled for October 6-14, 2022.

The Revs. Allan and Anne Weatherholt and the Rev. Steve and Melanie McCarty will host this diocesan wide trip which begins in London and ends in Edinburgh.

The cost, including airfare from Dulles airport, all ground transportation, tours, breakfast and dinner is $3,445. Visit this website to learn more, Click where it says "Click here" (on the left hand side), and enter the number 22003). The brochure can be found in "My Trip Documents" (near the top of the page). Don’t delay, plan your post-COVID get-away!
September 12

7:30-Alice Gillis
9:00-Mel Kessler
11:15-Valery Weekley

Cantor: Laura Rowen

Altar Guild:
Stephanie Ceruolo, Nancy Saroch, Lisa Moylan, Lynn Goff

Flower Guild:
Mary Kirkeby

9:00 - Mary Holstine
11:15 - Susie Byrom, Robert Thomas

9:00 - *Molly Owens, Jim Macgregor, Peter Wiernicki
11:15 - *Ray Feldmann, Robin & Mary Ellen Bosworth, Judy Hall
September 19

7:30-Ben Tolley
9:00-Jean Clarke
11:15-Jim Weekley

Music: Third Sunday Band

Altar Guild:
Charlie Lang, Susie Byrom, Robert Thomas

Flower Guild:
Beth Kopack

9:00 - Jean Clarke
11:15 - Rich & Libby Cook

9:00 - *Mark Torrence, Sam Sloan, Gail Pelton
11:15 - Jim Hall, Stacia Bontempo, Steve Wright

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 laura@st-margarets.org. 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.
Have a prayer request to put in our weekly announcements?

Click HERE to use our automated request form or contact clergy.

Church Office Hours
Monday-Wednesday - 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Thursday-Friday - By appointment only

Clergy/Staff Emails
The Rev. Peter W. Mayer - peter@st-margarets.org
The Rev. Patti Sachs - patti@st-margarets.org
Elizabeth Radley, Director of Operations - elizabeth@st-margarets.org
Jim Douglas, Director of Music - music@st-margarets.org
Laura Tayman, Director of Communications - laura@st-margarets.org
Emily Delsordo, Children's Formation Coord - emily@st-margarets.org
Jeff Conover, Youth Ministries Leader - jeff@st-margarets.org
Teresa McCorkle, Bookkeeper - office@st-margarets.org
Judy Hall, Churchyard Administrator - churchyard@st-margarets.org
Christine Feldmann, Grants Administrator - missions@st-margarets.org
Tricia McVeigh, Day School Director - tricia@st-margarets.org
St. Margaret's Church
1601 Pleasant Plains Road, Annapolis, MD 21409
(410) 974-0200 Office (443) 837-5463 Pastoral Emergency

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