Parish News October 26, 2017


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Re-Envisioning the Church
Sarah Jane Delany
We live in changing times that call us to re-envision the Church and to engage everyone in building its future. In order to establish and maintain healthy parishes, all of us are required to participate in honestly assessing how the parish is accomplishing its ministries and fulfilling its mission. A Mutual Ministry Review (“MMR”) provides Fr. Bruce and the vestry an intentional and positive way to reflect on and strengthen our work together at St. Mary Magdalene.
The vestry, Fr. Bruce and the staff are asked to give input through a set of questions that were taken from the Diocese of Colorado. These questions were adapted by the MMR Committee of Janet Poley, Margaret McKee-Cooper, Zach Baze and Jason Barnhardt. Once the results are returned the committee will identify trends and share with Fr. Bruce.
The wider parish has had an opportunity to share through the Parish Profile Meetings that were held in July and August and the on-line survey that closed October 15. You are always welcome, and encouraged, to reach out to the members of vestry to share your thoughts.
Much is happening behind the scenes and by mid-November, we will begin sharing the survey results, Stewardship outcomes, the MMR and a budget preview for 2018.
If you haven’t turned in your pledge card, please do so ASAP so that we can begin to put our 2018 budget together. The Vestry will begin reaching out by phone to those we have not heard from the week of October 30.
Celebrating the Life of Jere Freeman 
The memorial service for Jere Freeman will be Saturday, October 28th at 10:00am at St Mary Magdalene. Please keep Jere and her family in your prayers during this bittersweet time of mourning and celebration.  The family requests that memorial donations be made to the
St. Mary Magdalene Outreach Fund.
Adult Forum Series: “Caring for the Stranger: Immigrants, Refugees, and the Church”
Join us on October 29th, November 5th, and November 12th @ 9:00-9:45 in the SMM Library for a three week forum facilitated by Fr Bruce. How do we balance the biblical injunction to “treat the alien who resides with you no differently than the natives born among you” (Lev 19:34) with the need for secure borders and our responsibility to our own people?  This 3-part series begins to explore the complex issues of human migration by offering glimpses into the experience of immigrants and refugees themselves. Session #1 (October 29th): Presentation on SMM’s “border immersion” trip to Nogales AZ/Mexico in June 2017. Session #2 (November 5th): Conversation with Ian McKinley, a local immigration attorney (and Lynn Mulcare’s son).  Session #3: Presentation by Episcopal Migration Ministries, which has been resettling refugees throughout the US since 1938.
Pumpkin Carving This Sunday
Time to get those pumpkins ready for Halloween! All ages welcome for pumpkin carving and snacks after the 10am service on October 29.  For more information contact Miranda Kennedy.

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How the Soul Heals
On October 31, 2017 from 9am-3pm, 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.  $50 suggested donation at the door. RSVP with the church office. Contact Amy Newell-Large.
All Souls Day
We will celebrate All Souls Day at at the weekend services on November 4th and 5th. To honor the memory of your loved ones, before the service you are invited to bring memorabilia or photographs to place on a special altar we will have prepared at the front of the church. Contact Chris McNamara.
Women’s Treat Day
Women of SMM!  Please join us for a Women’s Treat Day on Sunday November 5th from 11:30am to 4:30pm at the church.  This gathering will be in lieu of the annual Women’s Retreat and is being done in abbreviated form in hopes of making it accessible to more of the women in our community. The focus of the day will be to develop and strengthen relationships and connection among one another while also receiving nourishment and nurture as we enter this colder season.  Starting with high tea after the 10am service, we will follow with a simple and tangible art offering, and then a session on the mind/body/spirit connection led by the Rev. Sally Bowersox, Episcopal priest and founder of the St. Benedict Health and Healing Ministry. There is no cost to the day and free child care will be provided upon request.  RSVP online or use the sign up sheet on the table near the parking lot entrance.  We hope you will join us! Contact Courtney Gambrell.
SMM Book Club 

Our next 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. Our second book is Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, by Trevor Noah, host of “The Daily Show”.  We’ll be hosted by Marge and Ed Szoke at 7pm, Friday, January 5.  By turns alarming, sad and funny, Mr. Noah’s book provides a harrowing look, through the prism of his family, at life in South Africa under apartheid and the country’s lurching entry into a post-apartheid era.   Read the reviews here > 

2017 CROP Hunger Walk a Huge Success!
Thank you SMM for donating and walking the 2017 CROP Hunger Walk!  As a congregation we raised $870.00 to battle hunger in our own community as well as across the globe.  Boulder County collected a total of $25,720 so far.  If you didn’t get a chance to donate, but would still like to you can do so here.  Thank You!

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: Jeff Cantrell, 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

To submit an announcement for the church calendar, Parish News, website, and bulletin, contact the church office no later than 12:00pm on the Tuesday prior to desired publication.  Please limit announcements to 50 words or less.  If more information is needed, a document can be linked to the announcements with a full description.

Parish News October 19, 2017


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An Introduction from the New Jr. Warden
Jeff Cantrell
Dear Parishioners of St. Mary Magdalene,
I am honored and excited to serve as the new Jr. Warden and help our congregation  maintain our wonderful property! I was born in CA and grew up on a ranch near Colorado Springs.  Following high school I came to Boulder to attend CU and play football for coach Bill McCartney graduating in 1990 with a BA in Psychology. In 1993 I started and still own/manage an insurance agency with American Family Insurance.
I am married to the absolute love of my life Katherine Ann, and we have two daughters and three sons.  We live in Gunbarrel and have been attending SMM since 2009.
Thank you for this wonderful opportunity and I look forward to serving with you.
Jeff Cantrell
Special Adult Forum: Debriefing Diocesan Convention
This Sunday October 22nd at 9:00am, delegates from St Mary Magdalene to the 130th Diocesan Convention will share their experiences and impressions. There were several things that made this Convention especially interesting and inspiring. Come find out all about it from Bob Poley, Laura Morreale, Amy Newell-Large, and Fr Bruce.
Adult Forum Series: “Caring for the Stranger: Immigrants, Refugees, and the Church”
Join us on October 29th, November 5th, and November 12th @ 9:00-9:45 in the SMM Library for a three week forum facilitated by Fr Bruce. How do we balance the biblical injunction to “treat the alien who resides with you no differently than the natives born among you” (Lev 19:34) with the need for secure borders and our responsibility to our own people?  This 3-part series begins to explore the complex issues of human migration by offering glimpses into the experience of immigrants and refugees themselves. Session #1 (October 29th): Presentation on SMM’s “border immersion” trip to Nogales AZ/Mexico in June 2017. Session #2 (November 5th): Conversation with Ian McKinley, a local immigration attorney (and Lynn Mulcare’s son).  Session #3: Presentation by Episcopal Migration Ministries, which has been resettling refugees throughout the US since 1938.

How the Soul Heals

On October 31, 2017 from 9am-3pm, 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.  $50 suggested donation at the door. RSVP with the church office. Contact Amy Newell-Large.
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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.

Pumpkin Carving
Time to get those pumpkins ready for Halloween! All ages welcome for pumpkin carving and snacks after the 10am service on October 29.  For more information contact Miranda Kennedy.

All Souls Day

We will celebrate All Souls Day at both services on Nov. 5th. To honor the memory of your loved ones, before the service you are invited to bring memorabilia or photographs to place on a special altar we will have prepared at the front of the church. Contact Chris McNamara.

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 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>

2017 CROP Hunger Walk a Huge Success!

Thank you SMM for donating and walking the 2017 CROP Hunger Walk!  As a congregation we raised $870.00 to battle hunger in our own community as well as across the globe.  Boulder County collected a total of $25,720 so far.  If you didn’t get a chance to donate, but would still like to you can do so here.  Thank You!
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.

FORMATION

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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: Jeff Cantrell, 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

To submit an announcement for the church calendar, Parish News, website, and bulletin, contact the church office no later than 12:00pm on the Tuesday prior to desired publication.  Please limit announcements to 50 words or less.  If more information is needed, a document can be linked to the announcements with a full description.

Parish News October 12, 2017

 


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Equipping the Saints
Fr. Bruce Swinehart
Every fall Episcopalians from all over Colorado gather for our annual Convention. These three days are part family reunion, part political convention, part professional conference, and part revival meeting (or as close as Episcopalians ever get to such a thing). The Convention organizes us, inspires us, and “equips the saints for the work of ministry” throughout the state.  As you read this, Laura Morreale, Amy Newell-Large, Bob Poley, and myself are blessed to represent St Mary Magdalene at the 130th Diocesan Convention in Grand Junction. Read more >

Stewardship Ingathering This Sunday

Stewardship season at St. Mary Magdalene is coming to a close. This Sunday, October 15, please bring your financial and time and talent pledge cards to worship as we celebrate the gifts we have been given and give back to our community. Blank cards will be available in each row if needed. Join us as we worship together this week!

Update on Wildfires from the Episcopal Church in California

As wildfires rage in northern California, Episcopal clergy are providing updates on the status of their communities and parishes.  Read the most current updates here and on the diocese website.  Donations to the bishop’s discretionary fund can be made securely online at the diocese’s website or go to Episcopal Relief and Development.

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CROP Hunger Walk – SMM Is Walking! 
The SMM community is fundraising and walking in solidarity with all those who hunger.  Let’s meet at Ozo Coffee (1015 Pearl Street) at 1:15 pm.  From there we will walk to First Congregational Church (1128 Pine Street Boulder) to register, hand in donations and begin our walk together.  Donations are accepted online here or you can give cash/check donations to youth at the 10am service on October 8th and 15th. 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.

Pumpkin Carving

Time to get those pumpkins ready for Halloween! All ages welcome for pumpkin carving and snacks after the 10am service on October 29.  For more information contact Miranda Kennedy.

How the Soul Heals

On October 31, 2017 from 9am-3pm,
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.  $50 suggested donation at the door. Contact Amy Newell-Large.

All Souls Day

We will celebrate All Souls Day at both services on Nov. 5th. To honor the memory of your loved ones, before the service you are invited to bring memorabilia or photographs to place on a special altar we will have prepared at the front of the church. Contact Chris McMamara.

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 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>
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.
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.

FORMATION

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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

To submit an announcement for the church calendar, Parish News, website, and bulletin, contact the church office no later than 12:00pm on the Tuesday prior to desired publication.  Please limit announcements to 50 words or less.  If more information is needed, a document can be linked to the announcements with a full description.

Parish News October 6, 2017


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“Fools for Christ”
by Fr Bruce Swinehart
Do not deceive yourselves. If you think that you are wise in this age, you should become fools so that you may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God.  (1 Corinthians 3:18-19)
It’s hard to feel hopeful these days. Every day we’re confronted with a new natural or man-made catastrophe, or the threat of one.  Hurricanes, floods, wars, mass shootings, racial tension, nuclear annihilation, refugees… One of my friends said, “all my news alerts should come with a trigger warning.”
As the level of chaos rises throughout the country and around the world, so does our anxiety. But what do we do when the needle is already pegged at “orange?” It’s easy to get carried away by feelings of anxiety, fear, anger, powerlessness and hopelessness – they can possess us like demons if we’re not careful. They can overwhelm our conscience and cause us to think and do things that we would not normally think or do, so that we unconsciously participate in the escalating spiral.
 The “wisdom of this world” encourages this response. It stokes the fires that cause us to find others to blame for our own distress, to dehumanize them, to turn them into scapegoats and to seek revenge.
But Paul tells us, “the wisdom of this world is foolishness to God,” and therefore “we should become fools so that we may become wise.”
Our Christian vocation is to do what appears to be utterly foolish in times like this: to have hope in Christ. To bear public witness not only to evil, injustice and oppression, but also to those places where God’s kingdom is already breaking into this world. Rather than defending and protecting our hearts, to let them be broken open by suffering with those who suffer. And then acting to relieve their suffering and to do whatever we can to prevent more suffering from entering into the world.  To follow our conscience even though the world tells us that we are crazy, stupid, or both. To behave as if everything we do really does make a difference, because we don’t rely on our own power, but on the power of God’s transforming love.
The Russian Orthodox tradition has a special name for a particular kind of saint, yurodivyi, which means “Fool-for-Christ.” These are people who sometimes took on and then exaggerated the foolishness with which the world saw them, so that they could more effectively expose the evil in it. The Orthodoxwiki.org website lists 45 such saints who have been honored with this title, including St Paul himself.  What an honor it would be to be counted among them!
Blessings,
Bruce+
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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!
Adult Formation Hour
The fall season of adult education sessions concludes at 9:00am on October with a final presentation 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.
CROP Hunger Walk – SMM Is Walking! 
The SMM community is fundraising and walking in solidarity with all those who hunger.  Let’s meet at Ozo Coffee (1015 Pearl Street) at 1:15 pm.  From there we will walk to First Congregational Church (1128 Pine Street Boulder) to register, hand in donations and begin our walk together.  Donations are accepted online here or you can give cash/check donations to youth at the 10am service on October 8th and 15th. 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 from 9am-3pm,
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.  $50 suggested donation at the door. Contact Amy Newell-Large.

All Souls Day

We will celebrate All Souls Day at both services on Nov. 5th. To honor the memory of your loved ones, before the service you are invited to bring memorabilia or photographs to place on a special altar we will have prepared at the front of the church. Contact Chris McMamara.

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 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>
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.
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.

FORMATION

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CONNECT WITH SAINT MARY MAGDALENE

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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

The office will be closed
Monday October 9.

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

To submit an announcement for the church calendar, Parish News, website, and bulletin, contact the church office no later than 12:00pm on the Tuesday prior to desired publication.  Please limit announcements to 50 words or less.  If more information is needed, a document can be linked to the announcements with a full description.