Parish News June 2, 2017

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“Catching Fire”
Fr. Bruce Swinehart 

The Holy Spirit is sometimes called the “shy member of the Trinity.”  She comes and goes when and where she will.  She’s elusive, hard to know, and harder to hold on to. As the song goes, we “might as well try and catch the wind.”
Breath or wind are the most common images for the Spirit in the Bible – all three terms are translations of the same Hebrew word ruach.  So, depending on which Bible you pick up, “the Spirit of God”, “the Breath of God,” or the “Wind from God” hovers over the waters at the moment of creation. God creates the first human by putting his breath (or Spirit) into a lump of red clay.
The Holy Spirit is thus as close to us as our own breath. She is the very “breath of life” within us.
At Pentecost, however, the Holy Spirit shows up as fire.  Accompanied by “the sound of a violent wind,” tongues of flame alight on Jesus’ followers and all of a sudden, people from all over the world hear the Word spoken in their native language.  This is the “baptism with fire and the Holy Spirit” prophesied by John the Baptist.
Fire is a potent image for the Spirit.  It is dangerous as well as useful. It warms, but it can also burn. It purifies, but it can also destroy. As one of my seminary professors said at my graduation, “the Holy Spirit doesn’t always play nice.”
Fire transforms whatever it touches.  It does this by converting the “potential energy” of an object into “kinetic energy” (or so I’m told – I was a Religion major). A stack of firewood is a storehouse of potential energy.  But you can’t cook with it, or heat your house with it, or see by its light until its been ignited.
Once that happens all of that potential energy is available to do whatever you want with it.  Make a pot of spaghetti, melt down metal and recast it as jewelry, boil water to power a steam engine that can run a factory or a locomotive, or generate electricity…
I wonder what potential spiritual energy we might have stored up in our bodies, minds, hearts, and souls? In our relationships and in our communities? In our church? What is waiting there to be ignited by the touch of the Spirit, converted into kinetic spiritual power, and used for God’s purposes?
As William Blake wrote In his poem “Pentecost,”
Unless the eye catch fire,
The God will not be seen.
Unless the ear catch fire
The God will not be heard.
Unless the tongue catch fire
The God will not be named.
Unless the heart catch fire,
The God will not be loved.
Unless the mind catch fire,
The God will not be known.
Even now, Breath is blowing on a glowing ember…

Blessed Fiery Pentecost,

New St. Mary Magdalene Photo Directory!

Exciting news!  St. Mary Magdalene has partnered with Lifetouch photography to create a beautiful, color photo church directory.  Lifetouch works with churches to provide low cost, professional directories.  They are able to do this by offering photo packages for purchase to participants.  No purchase is necessary but St. Mary Magdalene will receive 5% cash back for every photo package purchased. Directories will be provided with a suggestion donation of $5 per copy to help offset costs to the church.  So, if you have not had individual or family pictures made recently, please consider a package from Lifetouch.

Whether you plan to purchase a package or not, please sign up to to have your picture taken during one of the scheduled sessions so that a photo of you and/or your family will appear in this year’s directory.  Each photo session will take approximately 30 minutes.

There are four sessions scheduled in June and July to maximize participation for our photo directory.  The sessions will be:

June 24 – 11:00am-6:00pm
June 25 – 10:30am-5:30pm
July 09 –   11:00am-6:00pm
July 23 –   11:00am-6:00pm

Click here to schedule your session online!  Email the church office with questions.  Thank you for taking time to participate in this year’s photo directory!


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  • Contemplative Eucharist, Saturday, June 3 5:00pm  Details >
  • Sunday Worship, Sunday, June 4, 8:00am and 10:00am  Details >
  • Ice Cream Social and Youth Group Fundraiser, Sunday June 4, 10:00am
  • Readings and Reflections, Monday, June 5, 5:30pm
  • Centering Prayer, Tuesday, June 6, 9:15am
  • Men’s Discussion Group, Wednesday, June 7, 9:00am
  • Contemplative Eucharist, Saturday, June 10, 5:00pm  Details >
  • Sunday Worship, Sunday, June 11, 9:00am  Details >

Fr. Bruce Travel Update      
Fr Bruce will be out of the office next week (June 5-9), attending a clergy retreat with seminary colleagues in Boston. The following week (June 12-17) he will be on the SMM mission trip to Nogales, Mexico.  He will be celebrating the Eucharist on both Sunday June 11 and Sunday June 18 (Fr Spencer will be preaching that day). In his absence,  Fr. Spencer Carr will be available in case of a pastoral emergency at 303-530-7615 or by email.

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

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 >

Dinner with an Immigration Attorney | June 7th  
Would you like to find out first hand about some of the issues facing local immigrants? Bring a potluck dish at 7pm on Wednesday June 7 and join a conversation with Ian McKinley, (son of the Mulcares!) who currently practices immigration law here in Colorado.  Questions? Contact Leslie Harvison.

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
Please join Saint Mary Magdalene and Shepherd of the Hills for “Maker Fun Factory: Created by God Built for Purpose” VBS program!  Together we will look for God’s creativity in the world around us. VBS will run July 19-21 from 9am to 12:30pm for ages pre-K to 5th grade. Register your children here! Please email Sue Crowley if you are interested in volunteering!
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
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