On Saturday our hearts were broken. An angry group of neo-Nazi and fascist protesters came into Charlottesville, Virginia, armed and armored, looking for trouble. The violence and loss of life suffered in their wake signaled yet another escalation of the hate-filled divisions of our time. The peace of a beautiful university town was shattered. The images that some had of America were broken.
The echoes of the heartbreaking tragedy that was Charlottesville will remain with us for a long time to come. We have every indication that we will be seeing more of this. Angry white supremacists seem already to be organizing to bring their ugly and racist rhetoric to other towns and cities across our Commonwealth and across the United States. Angry resisters are more than ready to meet their violence with violence. Read more here >
Fr. Bruce’s Vacation Schedule
Fr. Bruce will be away on vacation from August 15th to 30th. Rev. Spencer Carr will preach and preside on Sunday, August 20th. Rev. Lada Hardwick will celebrate on August 27th. Spencer+ and Lada+ will also provide coverage for pastoral emergencies during Fr. Bruce’s absence.
UPCOMING AT AND AROUND ST. MARY MAGDALENE
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Parish Profile Update Meeting, Sunday. August 27, 10:30am
Parish Profile Update Meeting
All parishioners of St. Mary Magdalene are invited to join us Sunday, August 27, 10:30-noon in the discussion of updating our Parish Profile. Childcare will be provided. Contact Sarah Jane Delaney for more information.
CYF Ministry Planning
On Tuesday, September 5th at 6:30 pm the CYF Ministry will reconvene. Please join us for an hour of planning, sharing, and dreaming for the 2017-2018 children, youth and family ministries. We need your hands and hearts to keep these ministries moving. For more information contact Sue Crowley.
Children Youth & Family Launch Party!
Join us Saturday, September 9th, at the Fredos’ for the Children Youth & Family (CYF) Ministries Season Launch Party! All SMM families with children pre-K to 12th grade are welcome to join us from 11am to 3pm for a potluck BBQ and lake party. We have a pavilion reserved and access to a swimming beach. More details to come. Contact Sue Crowley.
Party Sunday for Outreach!
Party Sunday is Sept. 10 this year, immediately following the 10am service. Once again the Outreach Committee will be hosting our main fundraiser. There were no funds were allocated to Outreach in the 2017 budget, so these events will raise the bulk of the money to allow all of us to continue our support of the local and global organizations that help so many people. Last year, we raised $5,800 on Party Sunday! Make plans to join us! Contact Bill Andrews. Event flyer>
SMM Book Club
Our next book is Inherit the Bones by Emily Littlejohn. Emily WILL BE WITH US at the club meeting! Janet and Bob Poley are hosting in their home at 7pm, Friday, September 15. This is a bloody murder mystery that takes place in a fictional town downriver from Leadville. Contact Janet or Bob for more information.
Bake Communion Bread!
Would you like to bake communion bread? 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.
Godly Play Training
Please join Dennis, Julia and Sue on Saturday, September 16th from 9am to 12pm for a thoughtful and fun Godly Play training for all current and new volunteers! Light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to this event via Sue Crowley.
Christian Education Resumes
It’s that time of year! Christian Education is starting on Sunday, September 17th. Godly Play will be back in action for kindergarten and elementary aged kids. The Youth Group will also be meeting for fellowship! Contact Sue Crowley.
Calling all Acolytes!
Acolytes are essential participants to worship. If you are a currently an acolyte or interested in learning about acolyte please attend a training after church with Fr. Bruce on Sunday, September 17th! Contact Sue Crowley.
Worship Service Times
Priest in Charge Hours
Sun Afternoon-Mon – Sabbath
Tues-Thur – Office Hours
Fri-Sat – by appointment
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