Parish News March 23, 2017

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Conversatio Morum: Fidelity and Conversion by Fr. Bruce Swinehart
So far in our Lenten series on “Benedictine Spirituality in Community,” we have explored the vows of Stability and Obedience (Listening). The third thread that weaves Benedictine community life together is expressed in the Latin phrase: conversatio morum.

Although the precise meaning of this phrase is difficult to capture in English, it is usually rendered as “fidelity to monastic life” in modern translations of the Rule of St Benedict.  This means far more than simply sticking with it once one has entered into a Benedictine way of life.  It’s about letting that way of life bear the fruit it is intended to produce: transformation in Christ. Read More >

Bishop’s Visitation and Coffee Hour | March 26
Once every two or three years the Bishop makes a visit to St. Mary Magdalene, and his next visit will be this Sunday, March 26th. There will be only one service at 10:00am.

Bishop O’Neill’s visit will be an especially festive occasion this year, as he will formally induct  Fr. Bruce as our Priest-in-Charge.  Due to Spring Break travel and scheduling we will celebrate with Coffee Hour (in lieu of a potluck) and Q&A time with the Bishop. Please take a moment to sign up to provide pastries or juice.

We hope you can join us!

Sarah Jane Delaney, Sr. Warden


PARISH ANNOUNCEMENTS AND UPCOMING EVENTS

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  • Noon Lenten Eucharist, Friday, March 24, 12:00pm
  • Common Cathedral, Friday, March 24, 6:00pm
  • Contemplative Eucharist, Saturday, March 25, 5:00pm
  • Sunday Worship, Sunday, March 26, 10am only with reception following
  • Centering Prayer, Tuesday, March 28, 9:15am
  • Men’s Discussion Group, Wednesday, March 29, 9:00am
  • Lenten Supper Series, Wednesday, March 29, 6:00pm
  • Bible Study, Thursday, March 30, 1:30pm
  • Sandwich Generation Group, Thursday, March 30, 7:00pm
  • Noon Lenten Eucharist, Friday, March 31, 12:00pm
  • SMM Book Club, Friday, March 31, 7:00pm
  • Contemplative Eucharist, Saturday, April 1, 5:00pm
  • Sunday Worship, Sunday, April 2, 8:00am and 10:00am (Details)

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Bishop Rob O’Neill Visit | March 26
There will be one service at 10am (there will be no Godly Play for grades 1-5) on March 26 as Bishop Rob O’Neill will join us on that day.  There will be a Celebration of New Ministry for Fr. Bruce as Priest in Charge with a reception and Q&A with the bishop following the service. We hope you can join us!

Easter Egg Stuffing Party | April 9th following the 10:00am service
All parish hands are needed to stuff eggs for the Easter Egg hunt. Contact Sue Crowley.

HOPE for Longmont Food Drive Update
Thank you to everyone who donated food, bags, and time for our HOPE Longmont drive.  Thanks to you we filled nearly 90 nonperishable meals as well as provided ample snacks to hand out as well.  Our youth group toured the HOPE facility and learned all about this amazing mission to serve the homeless and working poor.

Donations Being Accepted for Easter Flowers
Would you like to provide Easter Flowers?  The cost is $40 and donations can be placed in the offering basket or mail slot by the church office with a note indicating they are for Easter.  If you would like to submit a dedication for your donation please email the church office no later than Sunday April 9.

Mission Opportunity to Nogales, Arizona | June 12-17, 2017
The mission/exploration trip to Nogales, Mexico has one (possibly two) spots open. Please contact Leslie Harvison if you would like to be added to the trip or waiting list. All current participants must make their commitment on or before March 26th. This can be done with an email or text or phone call to Leslie. Please make out checks to SMM for $327 and put “Nogales trip” in the memo line.


FAITH AND COMMUNITY FORMATION

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Opportunities for Adults
St. Mary Magdalene offers a variety of ongoing adult opportunities for the formation of our faith and community.  Find more information here.
Children and Youth Formation Opportunities
From nursery care to Godly Play, elementary, and youth opportunities,  St. Mary Magdalene has a passion to Celebrate and Share God’s Love with the children among us that they may know the life-giving love of Jesus. Find out more about children and youth ministries at SMM, as well as news and upcoming events.
Ways to Give back In and Through St. Mary Magdalene
Generosity is at the core of St. Mary Magdalene’s ethos. Find out more about the many opportunities available to serve inside and outside of SMM.  See Upcoming Events above for more opportunities.

 

CONNECT WITH SAINT MARY MAGDALENE

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Bishop: The Rt. Reverend Robert O’Neill
Priest in Charge: The Rev. Bruce Swinehart, frbruce@smmboulder.org
Children and Youth: Sue Crowley, scrowley@smmboulder.org
Music Director: Matt Witherow, mwitherow@smmboulder.org
Parish Administrator: Brian Gates, office@smmboulder.org
Email to grab lunch with Brian Wednesdays @ 11:30
Sr. Warden: Sarah Delaney, srwarden@smmboulder.org
Jr. Warden: Bill Ellis, jrwarden@smmboulder.org
Worship Service Times
Saturdays at 5pm
Sundays at 8am (no music) and 10am

Priest in Charge Hours
Sunday Afternoon-Monday – Sabbath
Tuesday-Thursday – Office Hours (unless otherwise scheduled)
Friday-Saturday – by appointment

Office Hours
Mon-Thur 9am-2pm*
Friday-Closed

*The church office will be closed on Thursday March 30.

To submit an announcement for the church calendar, Parish News, website, and bulletin, contact the church office no later than the Sunday prior to desired publication.  Please limit announcements to 50 words or less.  If more information is needed, a document can be linked to the announcements with a full description.