2019 Annual Report

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The following reports were offered at the 2019 Annual Meeting:

JOHN WRIGHT-DIRECTOR OF MUSIC
The year 2018 was a very good year of music making at St. Margaret’s Church. As the Director of the music program/ministry, I can say with great pride that the highlight for me would be the many people involved with our choirs and Desert Friends of Music who have been wonderful examples of dedication to their cause. I am, of course, most proud of our choirs and the tremendous number of hours they spend learning and preparing our weekly music offerings as we contribute to every worship service. It is a true privilege for me to be able to work in the midst of such great people!

BETTY BAXTER-CHAIR OF ALTER GUILD
The St. Margaret’s Altar Guild Ministry celebrated the blessings of service by preparing communion for thousands of worshipers, a hundred shut-ins, numerous funerals and celebrations of life; by polishing silver and brass, laundering sacred linens, and sharing the joys of camaraderie and fellowship.

GRETCHEN HUERING-CHAIR OF STEWARDSHIP COMMITTEE
We closed 2018 in the black, due entirely to the dedication and hard work of our Stewardship Team; Robin Nugent, Judy Burton, and Meredith Hardy.

KARLA LEWIS-CO-LEAD OF EFM PROGRAM
EFM highlights of 2018 were the May 19 graduation.  We had three graduates – Lorraine Becker, Helen Astleford (St. John’s, Indio) and Jane Weber (SMEC/St. Peter’s, McKinney, TX).  The 2018-2019 class began their deeper exploration of the spiritual life in September with 9 participants and 2 mentors.  This is the 7th year of EfM at our church.  Yeah!!

ROBERT STRONG AND GLENDA ERDMAN-CO LEADERS OF HOSPITALITY
The two 2018 Newcomer Brunches were well attended as the brunch formats continue to evolve:   
April (21 newcomers with total of 50 people)
October (28 newcomers/snowbirds with total of 60+ people)
Welcome Center in Narthex reconfigured for easier accessibility
Welcome Bags w/ SMEC info, new SMEC white tote bag, etc. available
Regular church tours (professional quality) being conducted on regular basis during season (started in December with dates set for next few months in 2019)
SMEC “Lunch Counter” created (by Debby) to share information about local restaurants to encourage folks to go out to brunch together after services

MARK AUSTIN-DIRECTOR OF THE COMPLINE SERVICE
Development and launch of the Compline with the Schola Cantorum service.

JANE HODNIK-CHAIR OF DAUGHTERS OF THE KING
The St. Margaret’s chapter of the Daughters of the King held its first pre-lent retreat for women in February.  Over 50 guests enjoyed journaling, meditation, Labyrinth instruction and a very personal Eucharist.  A similar retreat will be held March 2, 2019.
The Daughters also offered regular Labyrinth walks and the Good Friday Stations of the Cross.

MEREDITH HARDY CO-CHAIR OF LIVING WITHOUT FEAR COMMITTEE
One highlight of our year 2018 was our Community Conference held at Hope Lutheran Parish Hall in March 24th.  Approximately 130 people attended from the greater Coachella Valley including St. Margaret’s parishioners.  Keynote speakers were enthusiastically received: Jackie Spear, Congresswoman from California, and The Rt. Rev. Katharine Jefferts Shori, former Presiding Bishop, Episcopal Church of the United States.

KAY WOOD-CHAIR OF COMPASSION AND JUSTICE COMMITTEE
Our highlight of last year was taking on Galilee Center and supporting the migrant workers. We brought the world into the church involving the church in collecting 5 van loads of shirts, hats and gloves, cots, for migrants to sleep on, peanut butter sandwiches for a mid day meal and generously supporting the migrants who came through in this last migrant wave.

DARLENE FLETCHER-SMEC CONTROLLER
A huge THANK YOU to Jo Bice for her knowledge and dependable assistance in the finance department.  If she hadn’t volunteered her expertise, we would have to hire someone.

ROBIN NUGENT-CHAIR OF COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE
The Communications Committee wrote a communication plan, put up welcome and mission banners and conducted several surveys.

MOTHER DEB-ASSOC. RECTOR
Formation: We conducted Adult and Youth Confirmation Classes. The youth had an active role in the actual Confirmation ceremony which was held on 2/18/18 with Bishop Katharine.

CHET HECHT-DIRECTOR OF OUTREACH
In 2018, Neighbors-4-Neighbors at St. Margaret’s Distributed over 500,000lbs of food to 14,731 households representing 52,757 persons.

The Vestry expresses its pride in and appreciation to all of these important ministries which are helping to carry out the mission of St. Margaret’s: Build the Body, Equip the Saints, Change the World

Complied by Jan Romerdahl, Senior Warden