Parish News July 13, 2017

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Photo Directory Update
While the experience of having portraits taken by Lifetouch for our church directory has been positive for many, we are aware that there have been logistical problems that have led to long wait times and frustration for some people.
Brian and I have shared our concerns with Lifetouch and have pressed them for assurances that these problems will be addressed for the final session on July 23rd. They have agreed to provide two photographers plus a “host” to staff the registration table, which they say should keep everything moving according to schedule.
If you would like to have your picture taken by Lifetouch to be included in the directory but have not yet signed up for the final session on July 23rd, there may still be spaces available. Please check their online scheduling page using the link below.  If you would like to submit your own photo for inclusion in the directory, we can accommodate you. Just let Brian know.
I apologize for any inconvenience that this process may have caused. We had hoped for a smoother, more efficient experience for everyone. Please do keep us informed of how your experience with Lifetouch goes, whether positive or negative.
I am looking forward to having an updated directory to share with everyone. Can’t wait to see your true colors shining through!
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.  Make sure you pick up a coupon from the Welcome Table!  Directories will be provided with a suggested 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 is one session remaining on Sunday, July 23, which will take place in the church library.
Click here or on the image above to schedule your session online! Sign-up ends at 12pm on Thursday July 20!  Email the church office with questions. Thank you for taking time to participate in this year’s photo directory!

Vacation Bible School 
Join Saint Mary Magdalene and Shepherd of the Hills for the “Maker Fun Factory: Created by God Built for Purpose” VBS program July 19-21st from 9am-12:30 pm for ages pre-K to 5th grade. Register your children here!  There are many ways to support this ministry. Please contact Sue Crowley with questions or to volunteer.
Feast of St. Mary Magdalene
Sunday, July 23rd marks the Feast of St Mary Magdalene, our “matron saint.” We’ll celebrate the occasion with a labyrinth walk at 8:00am, special observances at the 9:00am service, and a festive potluck brunch following the service.  Please sign up to provide an egg dish (breakfast casserole, etc), muffins, or fruit to share on this fun occasion. The sign-up sheet will be in the entryway on Sunday morning, and on the bulletin board by the office during the week. Due to limited oven space, bring your egg dishes wrapped and insulated to keep them warm until the potluck. Contact Kay Ingram with questions.
Acolyte Appreciation Party

Thank you very much for devoting your time and energy to the SMM Acolyte Team! Please come join us for swimming, boating, eating, drinking, and relaxing on Saturday, July 29, 2017, from  12:30 to 4:00pm at the Lake Valley, Pavilion furthest from the parking lot.  Please bring a dish to share, sunscreen, towels, swimsuit, chairs, sand toys, flotation toys, Stand up Paddle boards, etc. Contact Tina Fredo.

Haiti Scholarship Fundraiser Continues! 
So far, SMM parishioners have generously given 20 Konbit Scholarships for students at St. Paul’s School in Petit Trou. We’re halfway to our goal!
Over the next few weeks, the Outreach Committee will continue to raise funds for Konbit scholarships. If you still want to donate but didn’t have a chance yet, please send in a check payable to SMM with “CHP” in the memo line. Each scholarship is $350, and donations of any amount are welcome! Questions? Please contact Mark Christie.


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Directed by Jeanie Balch, parishioner of St. Ambrose Episcopal Church, CenterStage’s production of Godspell delivers a message of hope, solidarity and community.  This production features new music and updated material from the Tony Award winning 2011 Broadway revival, written by Michael Tebelak.   The tuneful score, written by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin), takes most of its lyrics from the Episcopal Hymnal, with such memorable songs as “Day by Day,” “All Good Gifts,” “Turn Back, O Man,” “O Bless the Lord, My Soul,” and more.

Godspell plays at the Louisville Center for the Arts. Evening performances are July 27, 29, 30, Aug 2, 3, 4, 5 at 7:30pm, with one “late-night” performance at 9:15pm on July 28, and one matinee on August 6 at 1:30pm.  Tickets are $15-$25 and are available at the door or online.  For more information contact Jeanie Balch.
SMM Book Club
Our next book is The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck. Pat and Al Jefferson are hosting. 7pm, Friday, August 4. This tells the story of three war widows, and their children, who take refuge in the ruins of a Bavarian castle at the end of World War II. Contact Al or Pat Jefferson.
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.

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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,
Sr. Warden: Sarah Delaney,
Jr. Warden: Bill Ellis,


Worship Service Times
Saturdays 5:00pm
Sundays 9:00am

Office Hours
Mon-Thur 9am-2pm

Priest in Charge Hours
Sun Afternoon-Mon – Sabbath
Tues-Thur – Office Hours
Fri-Sat – by appointment

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