Parish News May 25, 2017

Our Mission: A Community Celebrating and Sharing God’s Love
Our Values: Communication, Empowerment, Outreach, Relationships

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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!


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  • 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
May is Mental Health Awareness Month
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 

A delegation of 11 parishioners from St. Mary Magdalene will be traveling to Nogales, Mexico from June 12th-17th. We will be primarily serving and staying with an organization called Hogar de Esperanza y Paz (HEPAC) which supports an impoverished community in the Bella Vista neighborhood, about 3 miles south of the border. They have a list of needed school supplies if you wish to contribute. Please bring your contributions on Sunday, May 28th, and Sunday, June 4th, and place in the bin near the front entrance to the church. If you would like to contribute dollars, you may write a check to SMM and put “Nogales donation” in the memo line. For more information, contact Leslie Harvison, trip coordinator.
Supplies requested:
Small Poster board/construction paper

Men’s group | New Book on May 31st  
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.

Pentecost and Service Time Change | Sunday, June 4
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.
End of Year Ice Cream Social Youth Group Fundraiser | Sunday, June 4
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 >
Haiti Family BBQ Fun Day and Fundraiser | June 25
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 >
Vacation Bible School | July 19-21
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.
Sign Up to Host Coffee Hour and Provide Flowers
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.
Coffee Talk | Have a Need or Note for the SMM community?
If you need to sell a car, borrow a baby crib, announce a play you’re in, organize an informal outing, network, etc., send the message out via our “Coffee Talk” email group!  Find out more here!


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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 these ministries, as well as news and upcoming events at our children and youth pages!
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.


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Bishop: The Rt. Reverend Robert O’Neill
Priest in Charge: The Rev. Bruce Swinehart,
Children and Youth: Sue Crowley,
Music Director: Matt Witherow,
Parish Administrator: Brian Gates,
Email to grab lunch with Brian Wednesdays @ 11:30
Sr. Warden: Sarah Delaney,
Jr. Warden: Bill Ellis,
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*
*The church office will be closed on Monday, May 29
in observance of Memorial Day.
To submit an announcement for the church calendar, Parish News, website, and bulletin, contact the church office no later than 12:00pm on the Wednesday 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.