Christmas Service Times

Christmas Service Times

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Christmas Eve Worship, Tuesday, December 24

There will be a musical interlude one half-hour prior to each service.

3:00 p.m. Children’s Live Nativity Service

Communion and contemporary music by the Sojourners Praise Band.

5:30 p.m. Communion Service

Contemporary music by the Sojourners Praise Band.

8:30 p.m. Communion Service

Traditional hymns by St. Margaret’s Choir, String Quartet, and Bell Choir.

11:00 p.m. Communion Service

Traditional hymns by St. Margaret’s Choir, String Quartet, and Bell Choir.

Please note: Incense will be burned at the 11:00 p.m. service.

Christmas Day Worship, Wednesday, December 25

10:00 a.m. Communion Service

Giving Tree 2019

Giving Tree 2019

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This year we will be supporting Imagine Housing (our neighbors at Andrew Glen), Fanikia (our own Julliet Lwakatare’s foundation providing an education for girls in Tanzania) and La Iglesia Episcopal de la Resurreccion in the Skagit valley where our youth are forming great connections to this migrant community. Each organization has their own guidelines about what to provide and how to package it.

All donations are due Sunday, December 15!

For more information visit the table in the Narthex. Questions? Contact Jill Maes.

Update from the Profile Committee

Update from the Profile Committee

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We have completed the Church Assessment Tool (CAT) survey and wrapped up our “Conversations at St. Margaret’s: A call for our future” gatherings.  We are now distilling the findings, developing the Profile’s key themes and beginning our work in writing the Profile.  We anticipate that in January-February we will complete this process and obtain feedback from the Vestry.  In early March (goal): Vestry will approve the completed Profile.
Thank you to everyone who provided us with your insights into the community that is St. Margaret’s!
The Profile Committee
Holiday Tea

Holiday Tea

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Sunday, December 8th in Bristol Hall

Mark your calendar now to join us in the afternoon on Sunday, December 8, for a Fanciful and Festive Holiday Tea.  For $25. you can reserve your spot.  Please sign up in the Narthex today.  If you have questions or would like to host a table,  please see Shauna Backus or Mike Knowles

An Update on Congregations for the Homeless Shelter

An Update on Congregations for the Homeless Shelter

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Dear Community,
We just completed the 26th year of Saint Margaret’s opening our doors to the homeless men on the eastside who are in need. Scott Backus and I thought we would provide you with our valuation of the costs to serve the men of Congregations for the Homeless during the month of September. We have estimated the cost of both hands-on service and dollar donation equivalents. The figures used have been determined based upon our experience of more than 13 years. This year our team increased to 13 regular members. Scott and I would like to thank all of our brothers and sisters, especially our core team as we could not make a September Shelter happen without your help.   We endeavored to improve our communications with our Sister Churches; Saint Madeline Sophie Catholic Church and Holy Cross Lutheran and we hope that we might establish some fellowship activities between our congregations this coming year. This ministry is truly a testament to and of our congregation as we serve in the spirit of our patron Saint Margaret Queen of Scotland.
  • Grocery donations from over 50 parishioners and one special benefactor
  • Over $2684.00 in grocery donations
  • Over 80 parishioners and some renters and outside community have provided meal service for 12 days
  • Over 315 hours have been offered in service for meals (does not include two other parishes)
  • Over 80 hours have been offered in grocery procurement
  • Over $4294 has been donated in meal value equivalent
  • We were unable to assist with the costs for the Dental van this year as Congregations was unable to find the necessary providers. In the past number of years, we have covered half the costs ($400) which in turn would provide for 12,300 in donated medical services
  • Deacon Brian Wright took charge of our securing new jackets and warmer clothing for many of the men. Due to the generosity of our congregants we were able to provide new jackets, socks and other needed winter items for everyone in the shelter for September. Thank you all.
  • Over $11,278 in kind donation of church usage for overnight care for the month (32.5 men per night over 31 days (we opened our program one day earlier this year). 37 men spent one or more nights for in the shelter for the 31 days. We estimate the in-kind donation for the 31 days is 1007 bed nights at the value of $11.20 per day lodging. This includes all of our additional operations costs for the month.
God has truly blessed us.
In His Blessing,
Mike Knowles and Scott Backus