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,
Children and Youth: Sue Crowley,
Music Director: Matt Witherow,
Parish Administrator: Brian Gates,
Sr. Warden: Sarah Delaney,
Jr. Warden: Jeff Cantrell,

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

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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