Parish News August 31, 2017

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How You Can Help After Hurricane Harvey
Episcopal Relief and Development
Dear Friend in Christ,

I’m sure you’re following the news. The flooding from Hurricane Harvey is already at historic proportions after making landfall as a Category 4 hurricane-wreaking havoc with 130 mph winds and storm surges. The worst may yet be coming.

The residents of communities throughout Southeast Texas are sheltering in place while Houston-America’s fourth largest city-is witnessing unprecedented and devastating destruction.

The unrelenting rain from this storm shows no signs of stopping, and the National Weather Service is expecting an increase in precipitation and flooding. While Southeast Texas is enduring the first wave of this disaster, Louisiana and other areas along the Gulf Coast are also in danger.

We are working with our local partners as they develop their relief efforts-and stand ready to assist wherever possible.

Please join us in praying for all those struggling to survive this terrible storm-and if you can, make an emergency gift to help us aid in the relief efforts.

Thank you, as always, for your compassionate support.

Yours faithfully,

Robert W. Radtke
Episcopal Relief & Development
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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.

Sunday Service Time Change 
Please note that the Sunday services at St. Mary Magdalene will return to 8:00am (no music) and 10:00am on Sunday, September 10.
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 29 (date change). This is a fun, bloody murder mystery that takes place in a fictional town downriver from Leadville. Come pick Emily’s brain about writing this book! Respond to Janet Poley. Read the review here >
Our second book is The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Steadman.  Janet and Bob Poley will also host this meeting. at 7pm, Friday, Nov. 10.  Respond to Janet Poley.  This thrilling story is a profound exploration of morality, love and fear. Read the review here>
Godly Play Workshop
Please join Dennis, Julia and Sue on Saturday, September 16th from 9am to 12pm for a thoughtful and fun Godly Play refresher workshop for all current and new volunteers!  Light breakfast and snack 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 being an acolyte, please attend a training after church with Fr. Bruce on Sunday, September 17th!  Contact Sue Crowley.
Second Sunday Women’s Gathering   
We have a date change for September! In order to support Party Sunday for Outreach on September 10, the Second Sunday Women’s Gathering will be held Sunday, September 17, after the service in the library. Ladies, please mark your calendars and plan to join us. Child care is available. Contact Ann Cairns.
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

Office Closed for
Labor Day Sept. 4

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

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