Parish News May 25, 2017
The Story of St. Mary Magdalene
and Their Partnership with the Colorado Haiti Project
Five years ago, Leslie Harvison and her youth group at St. Mary’s planned a carnival at St. Mary’s to raise money for funding a class at St. Paul’s School in Petit Trou, Haiti. They worked all spring creating games, rides, signs and prizes for their carnival.
Dedicated volunteers in the church quickly added a lovely Haitian dinner to create the perfect afternoon and evening event to bring the community together to support as much of a class as possible. That night they raised enough to fund 20 students for a year in school.
For the next several years, St. Mary’s efforts significantly improved and for the last three years St. Mary’s raised enough to support at least 37 students at St. Paul’s. Through the years, we have had many special moments. There is the beautiful bell that rings each time a student is funded. There was the visit from Mario Loremy, our Haitian friend and translator for CHP in Haiti. We have experienced Haitian culture through the wonderful soundtrack accompanying dinner and the Haitian market with beautiful Haitian handmade goods.
Today, the community of St. Mary Magdalene is a full partner with our sisters and brothers at St. Paul’s.
This year, let’s keep our kids in school. We are hoping to match last year’s success of 40 scholarships for our 5th and 6th graders!
- Sandwich Generation Group, Thursday, May 25, 7:00pm
- Common Cathedral, Friday, May 26, 6:00pm
- Contemplative Eucharist, Saturday, May 27, 5:00pm Details >
- Sunday Worship, Sunday, May 28, 8:00am and 10:00am Details >
- Centering Prayer, Tuesday, May 30, 9:15am
- Men’s Discussion Group, Wednesday, May 31, 9:00am
- Contemplative Eucharist, Saturday, June 3, 5:00pm Details >
- Sunday Worship, Sunday, June 4, 9:00am Details >
- Ice Cream Social and Youth Group Fundraiser, Sunday June 4, 10:00am
In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, SMM provides a tangible offering in the form of a small ritual available to any who are interested. On the back table near the church entrance, we have placed a blue glass tile on an easel. Nearby you will find small adhesive gold and silver stars. Parishioners are invited to place a star (or stars) on the tile to honor any of those they love – including themselves – who have lived with mental health challenges. At month’s end, the tile will be quietly blessed and prayers lifted up for all who are represented in the stars. Thank you – Courtney Gambrell.
Nogales Mission Supply Drive | May 28-June 4
We are starting a new book, The Great Divorce by CS Lewis beginning May 31 and probably running through June. All are welcome to attend. Contact Kip White.
Come celebrate Pentecost at St. Mary Magdalene on Sunday, June 4. This Sunday will mark the return to one Sunday service at 9am. The new schedule will run through Sunday, September 3.
Stay for coffee hour after the 9am service on Sunday, June 4th, and enjoy an ice cream sundae scooped by SMM youth! This is a fundraiser event to help benefit future youth activities. Stick around; we’ll have games! Contact Tina Fredo with questions. Flyer >
Join us following the 9am service to support our families at St. Paul’s in Petit Trou and raise scholarships for our class at the school. Enjoy BBQ, games, and a Haitian Market. All donations directly benefit the Colorado Haiti Project. Contact Mark Christie. Flyer >
We received your feedback from the Doodle Poll, and Saint Mary Magdalene will be offering a Vacation Bible School July 19-21. The event is open to the community and we will be working along with Shepherd of the Hills to pull it off. Please let Sue Crowley know if you are interested in helping. We will need plenty of adult and youth leaders to help us successfully offer a 9 am to 12:30 pm program for pre-K through 5th grade.
Over the coming weeks there are many openings available. Please take a moment to sign up to host Coffee Hour and/or provide flowers on the bulletin board by the church office.
SMM Community Garden Needs Volunteers!
The community garden is asking for more team members. We are looking forward to a very productive garden; last year we delivered hundreds of pounds of organic produce to food banks! Contact Barb Beaton.
St. Mary Magdalene offers a variety of ongoing adult opportunities for the formation of our faith and community. Find more information here.
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 these ministries, as well as news and upcoming events at our children and youth pages!
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.
Priest in Charge: The Rev. Bruce Swinehart, email@example.com
Children and Youth: Sue Crowley, firstname.lastname@example.org
Music Director: Matt Witherow, email@example.com
Parish Administrator: Brian Gates, firstname.lastname@example.org
Email to grab lunch with Brian Wednesdays @ 11:30
Sr. Warden: Sarah Delaney, email@example.com
Jr. Warden: Bill Ellis, firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturdays at 5pm
Sundays at 8am (no music) and 10am
Sunday Afternoon-Monday – Sabbath
Tuesday-Thursday – Office Hours (unless otherwise scheduled)
Friday-Saturday – by appointment
in observance of Memorial Day.