St. Margaret's Notebook
January 9, 2020

Minds to think. Hearts to love. Hands to serve.
Sunday, January 12, 2020
10:10 a.m.
VESTRY NOMINEES: The following parishioners have submitted their names as candidates for Vestry:
Georgia Carter
I have been a member of St. Margaret’s since 1993, where
I have served in a variety of roles including: 

  • Vestry member and Senior Warden
  • Altar Guild team leader for a number of years
  • Choir member for almost 20 years
  • Sunday school teacher for J2A and Rite 13 classes, chaperoned our class on their pilgrimage to Scotland
  • President of ECW two terms

I work as a paralegal at Duke & Heath law firm in Carrollton. I am married to Robert, a retired high school band director, and I have three sons and two stepdaughters. I enjoy performing in local theater productions and directing, as well as spending time outside every chance I get-

I have been involved in community service in one form or another since our arrival in Carrollton in 1993. I have volunteered with Tanner Medical Foundation, Castle Playground, Chef's Night Out, CASA, Mentoring Program, Communities in Schools, Carrollton Kiwanis Club, Carroll County Community Theater, and many others. Some of the leadership roles I have previously held are Board Member and Board Chair, Carroll County CASA;  Co-chair and volunteer for the Chef’s Night Out Fundraiser;  Chair of the statewide Georgia District (State) Kiwanis Art and Music Showcase for four years; volunteer and Board member Carroll County Community Theater; volunteer and Board member, Friends of McIntosh Reserve.

I am currently serving as a Board Member of Circles of West Georgia and as a former Trustee and current President-Elect of the Georgia District (State) of Kiwanis Foundation 
Juan Carlos Forero
Ten years ago a friend invited our family to her daughter’s baptism in New Jersey. Our friend is from a Colombian –American family and we assumed it would be a Catholic baptism. At the time , we had been thinking about some of the Catholic teachings we had grown up with, and had grown apart from the church we both grew up in, and in which we both had been very active as teenagers and young adults.
The baptism of this friend’s daughter became a turning point in our life, when we discovered that the Episcopal Church had some of the answers we had been looking for. We started to do our research (few decisions are made in our house without consulting Google Scholar), and decided to visit Episcopal churches in Houston. The second church we went to, Palmer, truly got us hooked. Palmer is located across the street from Rice University, and apart of being welcoming, is a very missionary church that serves the Houston community in ways big and small.We moved to Carrollton in 2011 when Susana got a job teaching at UWG, and have been attending St. Margaret’s ever since. I have been involved in the children’s ministry, leading different Sunday school classes and children’s church.I went to a Jesuit school in Bogota (Colombia), and actively participated in many prayer and community-service youth groups. I am Industrial Engineer from Los Andes University in Colombia, and have an MBA from Embry-Riddle aeronautical university in Florida. Since moving to the United States, I have worked for Continental Airlines, Deloitte, Delta Airlines, and now CONA Services (Coca-Cola North America) in Atlanta (I commute to Atlanta Mondays to Thursday if you ever need a ride). I have been married to Susana for 14 years, and we have two children: Elena (9) and Gabriel (6). I enjoy swimming, running, and riding my bicycle. My family and I love St. Margaret’s and I am excited about the chance to put my name forward for the vestry. Having spent multiple Holy week and Christmas breaks in mission trips to Colombian villages, first as a member and then as a leader of youth groups when I was I college, I am interested in seeking more opportunities for all of us to serve, for example by starting a Hispanic ministry/mass, and amplify the wonderful work that St. Margaret’s Community Outreach does in Carrollton.
Brenda Hattaway
St. Margaret’s has been my church home since 2012.  Currently, I am the secretary of the Episcopal Church Women (ECW); co-mentor of our Education for Ministry (EfM) seminar as well as completing my fourth year of the program; a lay reader and an acolyte; and a member of the  Crossing New Thresholds  Committee.  I previously served on the vestry at St. Margaret’s:  first as the Christian Formation commission liaison, then as Senior Warden. 
I discovered the Episcopal Church in 1994 when I started attending Holy Trinity Parish in Decatur.  While there I taught K – 4 th grade in the Rotation Sunday School program.  From 2003 – 2005, I served on the vestry as Youth/Children’s Christian Formation Chairperson and Senior Warden.
I grew up on a farm outside of Carrollton and attended West Georgia College (now UWG) where I taught math for 7 years before moving to Decatur. There I worked for a multi-state consortium focusing on instructional materials and assessment design and development.  
I retired in 2010 and moved back home to Carrollton in 2012.
My favorite activity is spoiling my dogs, Zoë and Cooper!
Bill Parrish
I have been a confirmed Episcopalian since 1995 and a member of St. Margarets since 1998. Julie and I raised two daughters within St. Margarets (Wrenn and Lucy Hughes) and have been active members since joining the church in 1998. In that time I have had the honor to be a part of 4 vestry teams serving in multiple capacities such as Sr. Warden and Jr. Warden (twice).
While serving on the vestry, my focus tended to lean towards stewardship (chairman 3 years), capital project fundraising (Callahan Center), and general financial overview. We’ve had many projects to engage such as studying, fundraising, and finally building the Callahan Center, taking down large trees, re-roofing the parish hall, fixing cranky AC units, and maintaining a beautiful organ to name a few. It’s never dull at St. Margarets.
I believe the most important part of being a member of St. Margarets Vestry are the relationships created and the camaraderie created within the team. I’ve been fortunate enough to make lifelong friends through my service on Vestry and hope to create new relationships if chosen.

Ryan Roenigk
I respectfully offer myself as a candidate for election to the St. Margaret’s Vestry for the term beginning in 2020. 

Since our family first visited St. Margaret’s in August 2010, we have grown in many ways as a result of both our parish’s formal programs and our informal (yet no less powerful) community bond. Like many of you, I chose to get involved right away. Over the past nine years, I have served St. Margaret’s as a Vestry Member, Lay Reader, Stewardship Co-Chair, Adult Education Teacher, Godly Play Sunday School Teacher and a few other ad hoc roles. 

Lindsey, Wright (14), Marian (11), Reese (9) and I love St. Margaret’s because the people, programs and place continue to provide so much to our family. I consider serving as a Vestry member to be an honor and a serious responsibility. If elected, I promise to do my part to increase our financial stability without diminishing our opportunities for spiritual growth.
Atten: Acolytes, Lay Readers, Ushers, Children Church Leaders, and Greeters

The Schedule for February 2 - May 3, 2020
is now being prepared. 
Please let Julie know which dates you are NOT available.
Deadline for letting her know is January 19, 2020.

I hope you are taking advantage of the Bible Challenge that St. Margaret’s is doing in 2020. The idea is to read the entire Bible in a year. Each day has a few Old Testament chapters, one Psalm, and one New Testament chapter. Even if you aren’t a speed-reader, it only takes a few minutes of your day to do. There are so many interesting tidbits that you might not have noticed before. For example, in today’s reading from Genesis 14, we get the first mention of “tithing.” After the first war mentioned in Scripture, Abram rescues his nephew Lot from captivity and ends up defeating a slew of kings in battle. The priest-king Melchizedek blesses him publicly and Abram gives him 1/10 of everything he has. Later, the Israelites take that seed and use it in their law of generosity, and even later, we Christians end up using it as our minimum standard of giving as well. Now you know where that idea comes from. Keep reading!

(If you would like to receive a weekly text like this from me, text me at 706-761-0115 with your name and "add me.”)
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

A very special THANK YOU to all those wonderful people who helped prepare our church for the Christmas season.  Hollie Ostrander who spent many hours making bows and arranging urns of greens, Gary Bachus who designed and built a poinsettia tree stand and wooden creche barn, Betsy Sutton who donated her porcelain Nativity set and a few pre-made bows, Carol Bachus who loaned her green tablecloth, Susan Lenaeus who put together the Advent wreath, Ketty Cusick who helped add greenery to the evergreen garland, Julie Foreman who helps the Altar Guild in many ways throughout the year, and the Altar Guild members who came on Monday, December 23 to help hang everything in the church and keep it watered.  And most especially a very big THANK YOU to everyone who donated their memorial and thanksgiving honorariums to make all this possible!

Many blessings to you all, 
Marilyn Cusick, Altar Guild Chairperson.
St. Margaret's Community Outreach
Episcopal 101 starts back Sunday, February 2 at 6:00pm
Are you interested in learning more about what it means to be a member of the Episcopal Church? You may be someone who’s been here a long time or someone who is brand new, either way, this class is for you! All questions are welcome as we learn who we are and how we express our faith. If you are interested in joining the class, please contact . Childcare is available if needed, please let us know.

Also, if you have decided to be baptized (adults or parents of a child desiring to be baptized), confirmed (making a mature public statement of faith for the first time), received (becoming an Episcopalian from another denomination), or reaffirmed (renewing your own Episcopal identity), you will want to be a part of this class. The next opportunity to be confirmed, received, or reaffirmed by the Bishop is at the Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta on March 22 at 4pm.

February 2: Why are you here? An Introduction to St. Margaret’s & the Episcopal Church
February 9: What does it mean to be the “church?” 
February 16: Why do we worship the way we do? 
February 23: Why & how do we read Scripture?
March 1: What’s our history? Where do we come from?
March 8: How do we pray?
March 15: What is God calling us to do?
Bible Challenge
January 8 - 21, 2020
Prayer Shawl will meet on Thursday January 30th at 10.00a.m. in the Parish Hall. 
Please join us February 1, 2020 from 12:30pm to 4pm for Safeguarding God's Children. This certification is required for all persons working with youth and children, including Sunday School teachers and EYC volunteers, as well as all Vestry members. You may RSVP to sign up for the training by accessing the google document below, or you may also text or email Margaret Louttit at 678.641.5895 or . Please arrive having already had lunch. Light snacks will be provided.
Monday Yoga, 5:30 p.m.; EFM, 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday Morning Prayer, 8:30 a.m.; Eucharist 12:15 
Wednesday Supper, 5:30 p.m.; Choir Practice (9:00 am Choir @ 5:00pm; 
11am Choir @ 6:15 pm); Messy Church, 6:15
Thursday  Ladies Bible Study, 11:00 a.m.; Yoga, 5:30 p.m.

January 14 ECW Meeting, 12:00 noon.
January 16 Grief Support, 6:30 p.m.
January 20 Office closed 
January 26 Feeding the Flock

November 3, 2019 - January 26, 2020
Prayer List
Ann, Judy, Mary, Berniece, Katrina, LaMont, Ron, Ceci, Alison, Luke, Glenn Peacock, John, Collins, Haley, Elizabeth, Mark, Elizabeth Jackie Peggy, Jeff, Judith, Dryden, Conrad, Chris, Grace

01-Jan Mike Conley
03-Jan Emma Engel
05-Jan Carol Mitchell
06-Jan Taylor Gordon
08-Jan Angie Hall
09-Jan Elizabeth Crafton, Sandy Stephens, Troy Baker 
10-Jan Taylor Foreman
11-Jan Liz Key, Mavis Watts
12-Jan Meg Popwell-Maxwell
14-Jan Julie Williard
17-Jan Trey Fleck
18-Jan Gittle Sciolis
19-Jan Rowan Laffoday
20-Jan Mary Katheryn Denmon, Ronnie Hitchcock, Bonnie Cooper
22-Jan Hue Maierhofer
23-Jan Van Wilks, Benjamin Doxey, Ron Harrell, Julie Weber
25-Jan Beau Vaughn
27-Jan Ron Berard, Bunchie Engel
28-Jan Sally Bobick, Lindsey Langford
29 Jan Martha Goodson

07-Jan Juan Forero & Susana Vélez
09-Jan Randy & Lynde Turner
16-Jan Bob & Debris Covel
30-Jan Max & Sandy Stephens

Dear Members, 

Our church directory is now available to view on any web browser! Instant Church Directory — the program we use to build our church directory — has a free website for church members to view our directory online.

To view the directory online, go to to log in.

You will be asked to enter in your email address as it's listed in our directory. If your email address isn't listed in the directory, let Julie Foreman know so it can be added.

The first time, click on the “Create a login now” under the Sign In button. Enter your email address and set up a password to be sent an email confirmation. Click on the link inside that email to confirm your email and log in with the password you just created.

The directory can also be viewed on your mobile device. A free app is available for church members to download on their Apple, Android and Kindle Fire devices. 
  1. Go to your device's App Store.
  2. Search for Instant Church Directory
  3. Enter your email as it's listed in our church directory
  4. Follow the directions on screen to complete the login process.
St. Margaret's Schedule of Services

Sunday Worship - 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Wednesday - Morning Prayer - 8:30 a.m.: Eucharist - 12:15
Wednesday Centering Prayer Group - 1:00 p.m. (Callahan Center)
2019 - 2020 Vestry

Eric McDonald - Sr. Warden
Randy Denmon - Jr. Warden
Randy Coggins
Paul Jarrell
Marcy Brewer
Margaret Louttit
Ryan Weber
Rowan Laffoday
Jeana Langford

Commission Liaisons
Worship - Paul Jarrell
Adult Formation - Ryan Weber
Youth - Ryan Weber, Jeana Langford
Children - Margaret Louttit
Building and Grounds - Randy Denmon, Ryan Weber
Communications - Eric McDonald
Hospitality - Rowan Laffoday
Outreach - Marcy Brewer
Pastoral Care - Margaret Louttit, Randy Denmon
Parish Life - Randy Coggins
Stewardship / Finance - Eric McDonald
St. Margaret's Staff

Rector - The Rev. Jeff Jackson -

Parish Administrator - Julie Foreman -

Outreach Director - Meghan Bennett -

Youth Director - Debra Titkemeier -

Organist / Choirmaster - Dock Anderson -