Parish News August 3, 2017

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Parish Profile Update
Sarah Jane Delaney, Sr. Warden

Five years ago, our parish began the hard work of discerning  who we are as a community and committing those ideas to writing.  The result was the 2013 Parish Profile. The profile describes our history, location, demographics, ministries, finances, core values, etc in preparation for searching for a new priest.  You can read the profile here.

Our community has certainly changed over the last several years and so has the purpose of the Parish Profile. It needs to be updated to reflect who we are now by revisiting our core values and defining where is it we believe God is calling to do and to be? What in our words and actions is transforming us and the world beyond our doors? We have a new priest and if we should decide to call F. Bruce as our permanent rector, what do we want to task him with? How will we know if he’s doing his job? What can F. Bruce expect of our community? And, as we begin a new Stewardship season, what is it that we want to use our resources for? New hymnals, grow our children and youth program, hire an assistant priest, build on our Outreach, etc.  Read more >
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.
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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.
Saturday Evening Service Planning
There will be an informal gathering on Saturday, August 12th following the 5:00pm service for anyone who wishes to discuss the liturgy for the Contemplative Eucharist. We’re considering updating the service while maintaining its intimate, contemplative character. Light refreshments will be provided. If you are unable to attend but would like to add your input, please contact Mary Hardy.
Return to the School Year Backpack Blessing
It’s that time of year … Back to School!  Returning students of all ages and teachers please bring your backpacks to service on Sunday, August 13th for a blessing to get your school year started right.

2nd Sunday Women’s Gathering
All women of St. Mary Magdalene are warmly invited to the Second Sunday Women’s Gathering next Sunday, August 13, 10:30am-12:00pm. Join us in the library for a light lunch and heartfelt discussion, while getting to know some of the other wonderful women in our community. Contact Ann Cairns for details.

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.


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.
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.


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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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