Parish News September 28, 2017


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Where Your Pledge Dollars Go
Peter Morreale
 
Recently the Stewardship committee has received several questions about our annual pledging and where our dollars go.   While we have our annual meeting after the first of each new year, which covers this in detail, we thought it would be helpful to remind you about our finances for this year.  Please note that these figures are approximate, the actual final figures will be presented at the annual meeting.
The great majority of our income is derived from your pledges.  The pledge you make now forms the basis for predicting the budget for the coming year. We also have some additional smaller income areas  such as rent from the preschool and others.  Contact me for a breakdown of the income for 2017:
UPCOMING AT AND AROUND ST. MARY MAGDALENE
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Music Night and Birthday Celebration
Music nights are back at St. Mary Magdalene!  This year’s kickoff will also include a celebration of Fr. Bruce’s 60th birthday!  Join us for food, fellowship, and great music at the church starting at 6:30pm on September 30.  There will be an open mic session so bring your instrument, voice, and a song to share with the community.  BYOB for this great shindig!
Celtic Festival at St. Brigit’s 
Get Your Kilt and Your Celtic Spirit On, for all things Celtic at the First Annual Celtic Fest,  Saturday, September 30, from 11:00a.m. to 7:00p.m.!  This brand new Celtic Fest will open with a rousing bagpipe procession and feature a full day of engaging and interactive fun for the whole family, benefiting local food banks and other local charities.  Find out more here!
Adult Formation Hour
The fall season of adult education sessions between services continues at 9:00am on October 1 and 8 with two final presentations and discussions on King Henry VIII, Thomas Cranmer, Queen Elizabeth 1, and Richard Hooker.  These are not only the four most important figures in the founding of our Anglican Tradition in the English Reformation, but much of our own Episcopal theology, worship, and values can be traced back to them. Spencer Carr and Janet Poley will lead.
Feast of St. Francis and Animal Blessing 
Join us at 5:00pm on Saturday, October 7, for the annual Blessing of the Animals.  All pets are welcome!
Outreach Party Sign-Ups Continue! 
We had a very successful Party Sunday, with people signing up for more than $4500 in parties. Even with that only three out of the 23 events are currently full. So for the next several Sundays, someone (usually me) will be there with the sign up sheets that still have spaces so anyone can continue to sign up. I also expect to have initial letters to those who have signed up ready to distribute, with their lists of what they signed up for and how much they owe, if they didn’t pay last Sunday.  Contact Bill Andrews for more information.
SMM Supper Clubs! 
Small group dinners are back! Supper Clubs (formerly KISS dinners) are groups of 6-8 individuals who will meet once a month, for at least four months, for a simple meal. The groups will decide on their own whether they want to meet at a restaurant or in a group member’s home. These gatherings are strictly social and have proven to be a great way for both new and longtime church members to get to know others. Sign-up begins September 10th and will continue through September. Groups will be then be assigned.  Contact Kim Freymiller.
CROP Hunger Walk – SMM Is Walking! 
CROP Hunger Walks are community-wide events sponsored by Church World Service.  This year’s walk will be Sunday, October 15th and will start at First Congregational Church in Boulder.  The walk helps support the overall ministry of CWS and directly impacts our own community with 25% of proceeds going Community Food Share.   Donate here and register to walk with us! For questions  contact Sue Crowley.
Safeguarding God’s Children Training
If you are a new volunteer and you work with children on a regular basis we need you to come to this training from 9am to 1pm on Saturday October 21!  Volunteers who are up for renewal can come as well or you can renew training online.  Your certificate is due for renewal every 4 years. Light breakfast and lunch provided.  Please RSVP to this event.  Contact Sue Crowley or Niles Oien.
How the Soul Heals
On October 31, 2017, The Rev. Peter Fritsch, presenter and author, will teach us how to regain trust in one’s intuition and instinct while drawing closer to God. Contact Amy Newell-Large.

Women’s Treat Day

All women of St. Mary Magdalene are invited to a Women’s Treat Day from 11:30a-5:00p on Sunday, November 5 at the church. This fun gathering includes high tea after the service and a session on the mind/body/spirit connection with Rev. Sally Bowersox, Episcopal priest and founder of the St. Benedict Health and Healing Ministry. Free child care will be provided upon request.  RSVP online or use the sign-up sheet on the table near the parking lot entrance.  Contact Courtney Gambrell.
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>
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, frbruce@smmboulder.org
Children and Youth: Sue Crowley, scrowley@smmboulder.org
Music Director: Matt Witherow, mwitherow@smmboulder.org
Parish Administrator: Brian Gates, office@smmboulder.org
Sr. Warden: Sarah Delaney, srwarden@smmboulder.org
Jr. Warden: Bill Ellis, jrwarden@smmboulder.org

Worship Service Times
Saturdays 5:00pm
Sundays 8:00am & 10:00am

Office Hours
Mon-Thur 9am-2pm
Friday-Closed

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

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