Pizza Youth Fundraiser

Pizza Youth Fundraiser

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The Youth will be making pizza for you! Please pre-order your medium or large pizzas for Super Bowl Sunday by stopping at the table in the Narthex after services. Pizzas can be picked up after your service on February 2, taken home to be baked and served. Proceeds go to help youth fund their mission trips.

Women’s Outing and Travel Group

Women’s Outing and Travel Group

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The newly-revamped St. Margaret’s Women’s Outing and Travel Group has put together a list of activities for January – June 2020 and we’d love for you to join us for any or all of them. The list of activities can be found here; there is also a paper copy on the wall of the Narthex. Online signups (or signups on sheets hanging on the Narthex wall) are encouraged and, in some cases, mandatory; you can also contact Pam Nordquist or Pam Griffith to let us know of your intent to participate.

Our first activity will be a visit to the Frye Art Museum in Seattle on Friday January 17th, followed by lunch in downtown Seattle. We will meet at St. M’s at 10:45 am; there are free public tours and a dance performance on offer that day. There is no museum entry fee; expenses will include shared parking fees and lunch costs.

Upcoming activities with near term signup deadlines include:

  • Brunch at Snoqualmie Falls/Salish Lodge on Sunday February 2nd; signups for attendance will close on January 19th in order to make reservations.
  • Volunteering at Northwest Harvest on Wednesday February 12th; signups for participation will close on February 7th in order to let NW Harvest know how many volunteers we will provide.
  • Visit to Port Townsend, with a two-night overnight stay at Fort Worden officer’s quarters housing, from Wednesday June 17th through Friday June 19th; signups for attendance will close on February 16th in order to secure housing.

Questions? Complaints (Huh? We haven’t even done any of the activities yet!)? Ideas for future events? Send either or both Pam’s an email or grab one of us between services to let us know what you think. We look forward to sharing fun activities and building camaraderie with the women of St. Margaret’s!

Annual Meeting Part II and Potluck

Annual Meeting Part II and Potluck

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Sunday, January 12 after the 10:00 a.m. Service

Please join us after the 10:00 service for the Annual Meeting, Part II. On the agenda: installation of newly-elected vestry members and diocesan convention delegates; discussion of the 2020 budget; sharing hopes and dreams for the congregation’s future. Please bring a dish to share at our potluck.

Please Note: Only one service will be held on this day!

Reverse Advent Calendar

Reverse Advent Calendar

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Each day, add an item to a box. On Christmas Eve, donate the contents to a food bank!

  • December 1 – box of cereal
  • December 2 – peanut butter
  • December 3 – stuffing mix
  • December 4 – boxed potatoes
  • December 5 – macaroni and cheese
  • December 6 – canned fruit
  • December 7 – canned tomaotes
  • December 8 – canned tuna
  • December 9 – dessert mix
  • December 10 – jar of applesauce
  • December 11 – canned sweet potatoes
  • December 12 – cranberry sauce
  • December 13 – canned beans
  • December 14 – box of crackers
  • December 15 – package of rice
  • December 16 – package of oatmeal
  • December 17 – package of pasta
  • December 18 – spaghetti sauce
  • December 19 – chicken noodle soup
  • December 20 – tomato soup
  • December 21 – can corn
  • December 22 – can mixed vegetables
  • December 23 – can carrots
  • December 24 – can green beans

Donations may be brought to church anytime between now and Sunday, January 5th. Please leave bags in the Narthex and we will box items and move it in the corner next to the Sojourners. All food will be taken to the Bellevue and Kirkland Hopelink Centers that week, and we will report the grand total at the Annual Meeting Part 2 on January 12th.

 

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
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