Parish News June 8, 2017

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

Upcoming · Formation · Connect

Mission, Service Trip, Pilgrimage?
Leslie Harvison
St. Mary Magdalene has a long rich tradition of Mission/Service trips in the world. We’ve built more than a dozen houses in Juarez, Mexico, staffed summer camps in Blackfoot, Idaho, rebuilt houses after Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, cleaned up after Superstorm Sandy in Staten Island, helped build a halfway house in Jamaica, helped build a community center in Veracruz, Mexico for Amiguitos, partnered with our Haitian brothers and sisters in Petit Trou to bring requested educational programs and helped rebuild houses here in Colorado after a tornado hit the nearby town of Windsor. Although we have always have embraced the hard physical work of mission, this year we are travelling to Nogales, Sonora, Mexico with a slightly different focus. Eleven adults and teens will embark next week (June 12th-17th) on a pilgrimage/service trip to find out first hand what it is like for those who live just on the other side of the border.  More >
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 suggested donation of $5 per copy to help offset costs to the church.  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.  More >


Top · Formation · Connect

    • Contemplative Eucharist, Saturday, June 10, 5:00pm Details >
    • Sunday Worship, Sunday, June 11, 9:00am Details >
    • Second Sunday Women’s Group, Sunday, June 11, 10:30am
    • Youth Rock Climbing (6-12th grade), Sunday, June 11, 3:00pm
    • Outreach Meeting, Monday, June 12, 7:00pm – All are Welcome!
    • Centering Prayer, Tuesday, June 13, 9:15am
    • Men’s Discussion Group, Wednesday, June 14, 9:00am
    • Holden Evensong with Eucharist, Saturday, June 17, 5:00pm Details >
    • Sunday Worship, Sunday June 18, 9:00am Details >

Fr. Bruce Travel Update      
Fr Bruce will be out of the office this week (June 5-9), attending a clergy retreat with seminary colleagues in Boston. Next 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.

Second Sunday Women’s Gathering | June 11
Join us in the library from 10:30 until noon. Barb Fernie will be leading an experiential forum on lectio divina.  Please come!  We bless one another with the gift of our combined bright and diverse consciousness!  Contact Courtney Gambrell.  More >
SMM Youth Rock Climbing (6th-12th grade) | Sunday June 11
Join us for some rock climbing at The Spot (3240 Prairie Ave) in Boulder (map) Sunday from 3-5pm.  Please bring $14 + $5 shoe rental for entry.  Parents will need to sign a waiver online or at the gym during drop off.   If you prefer to drop off at SMM please let Sue know and we can set up carpool. Contact Sue Crowley.
Church Property Work Day | June 24
Please join us for a church property workday from 8am-12pm on Saturday June 24.  There will be work for all ages and abilities from washing windows inside and out to pulling weeds, and other maintenance items.  Come for all or part of the day. Whatever time you can give will be most helpful. Contact Bill Ellis to sign up or for more information.
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!

Thank You!!!
SMM, a BIG THANK YOU for your generous support of youth programming at the Pentecost celebration and Ice Cream Social.  Thanks to your generosity, we raised $457 to aid our youth budget.  We hope you enjoyed your ice cream sundaes!

Thank You for Supporting Mental Health Awareness Month
Thank you to all who helped in recognizing May as Mental Health Awareness Month.  After the conclusion of last Saturday evening’s service, when everyone else had gone, Mary Hardy and I placed the tile with stars on the altar for a time of silent prayer.  We lifted up each person represented by the stars, and all the people who love them.  We lifted up silent prayer also for the larger community of all persons in some way impacted by mental health challenges.  We honored the courage that this journey requires and the hidden gifts of wisdom that are often the result, even in the midst of pain and uncertainty.  Before leaving, I took the tile to the window and watched the evening sun warm it and change it from a cloudy night to a brilliant blue sky.  The stars changed from opaque to glowing.  I feel very sure that that moment holds a metaphor we can draw strength from.  Thank you all again – Courtney Gambrell.

Bake Communion Bread!
We need some more bread bakers!  We need bread for each week in July, August and September. The recipe is simple – making and baking takes about a half hour on Friday evening or early Saturday morning.  Deliver the bread to the church before 10:00 am Saturday.  It is nice too if you present it at the offertory on Sunday Morning, but not necessary.  This is a wonderful expression of service and care for your church family!  Find the recipe here!  Contact Janet Poley to volunteer.

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!


Top · Upcoming · Connect

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.


Top · Upcoming · Formation · More News

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
To submit an announcement for the church calendar, Parish News, website, and bulletin, contact the church office no later than 12:00pm on the Tuesday 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.