Parish News November 23, 2017


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“Embodying the Spirit”
By Fr Bruce Swinehart
With the Season of Advent we begin a new church year with a period of watchful waiting.  With Mary, we become aware of the Divine Possibility that has been planted like a seed within our hearts, and we prepare for the incarnation of God in human form. How will the Word become enfleshed in us, in our bodies, in our lives, and in our community?
The theme for Advent at St Mary Magdalene is “Embodying the Spirit.”  Each Sunday worship will offer an invitation for a few moments of mindful attention to the quickening of the Spirit within us.  Our Wednesday Supper series, which begins next week, is an opportunity to enjoy a simple meal together with inspired table conversations exploring this theme, calling upon both Mary and Joseph as our guides.
You’ll see a number of other opportunities to nourish the spirit within in the “Journey Through Advent” calendar below, all intended to help us cultivate an attitude of vigilant expectation during this extraordinary time.
As Irenaeus, the 3rd century Bishop of Lyons, wrote, “the glory of God is a human being fully alive.”  May we bear witness and live into that glory this Advent Season and beyond.
Blessings,
Bruce+

Wednesdays, Nov 29, Dec 6, Dec 13 @ 6:00-7:30pm | Advent Series: “Embodying the Spirit” -Please join us for a  time for fellowship and reflection on the spirit of the Advent Season.  A simple supper will be provided, along with activities for children and inspired table conversations. Please RSVP by signing up at the table in the foyer.
Saturday, Dec 2 @ 5:00pm | Blue Christmas – A special service of prayer and healing acknowledging the sorrow and loss that are part of the holiday season for many.
Sundays Dec 3, 10, 17 @ 9:00am | Adult Formation Series: “The Gospel of Mark” – Advent marks the beginning of Year B in our Lectionary cycle of readings, which features the Gospel of Mark. This series will feature a Tony-nominated dramatic reading of the Gospel by Alec McCowen (sessions #1 and #2), and a presentation/discussion led by Fr Spencer (session #3).
Sunday Dec 10 @ 10:00am | Advent Lessons and Carols
Wednesday Dec 20 @ 6:00pm | Christmas Play: “Room at the Inn” – The final Advent supper will include the musical play “Room at the Inn” performed by the SMM Children and Youth Ministries.  Email the church office with an RSVP.
Sunday Dec 24 | 4th Sunday in Advent  – One service at 10:00am.
Sunday Dec 24 | Christmas Eve Services – 4:00pm (Family Service); 7:00pm & 10:00pm (Festival of Lessons and Carols)
Monday Dec 25 @ 10:00am | Feast of the Nativity
Monday Dec 25 – Tuesday Jan 2 | Church Office Closed
Gift Card Fundraiser for There With Care   
There With Care is an organization in Boulder which offers practical support to families who have a child facing a very serious illness. From November 19 through December 10, we will be collecting gift cards for these families to be able to get specifically what they might need in the midst of caring for their critically ill child and possibly other siblings as well. The need might be for clothes, groceries, gas for their car, or a toy for a child. Gift cards for King Soopers, Safeway, Whole Foods, Target, Wal-Mart, Amazon, or gas cards would be very much appreciated. Contact Linda White.
Blue Christmas Service
As the Christmas season approaches, there are many within our SMM family, and the larger community around us, experiencing grief, loss, difficulty, and change.  There are also those for whom the holidays are simply hard.  We as a community of faith hold room in our hearts and in our pews for the fullness of the human experience.  Christmas is a time to offer joy and celebration, it is also a time to offer solace and reprieve.  Please join us at 5:00pm on Saturday, December 2, for a simple candlelight service. Holy Communion, gentle music, and soothing scriptures will be offered as balm for our hearts and nourishment for our souls. Contact Courtney Gambrell.
Community Conversation on Outreach
NOTE: The date for this meeting has been changed to Tuesday, December 5th at 6:30pm.
Join us for a community conversation on Outreach hosted by the St. Mary Magdalene Vestry.
“Outreach” is clearly a core value of our SMM community. It has meant many different things, including grant-making, volunteering, mission trips, and other activities.
What does or should Outreach mean for us today, in our current social/cultural context, and at this point in our history?  How should we invest our labor and our money? Should we consider expanding the term to include other activities, such as social justice and activism?
All are welcome to come listen, learn, and share your thoughts. Please RSVP to the office if you need child care.
Advent Wreath Making 
Please join us for Advent wreath making on the first Sunday of Advent, all ages welcome.  We will provide the supplies.  Please sign up on the spreadsheet on the “Children & Youth” bulletin board or online here by November 19th.  This will ensure we order enough supplies.  For questions contact Sue Crowley
Habitat for Humanity Build Day 
Please join us as we partner with Habitat for Humanity of the St. Vrain Valley in building safe, affordable housing for our neighbors. Saint Mary Magdalene build day December 9, 2017. For more information and sign up please contact Mark Christie.
Room at the Inn: A Christmas Play
The children and youth of St Mary Magdalene will perform “Room at the Inn” at 6pm on Wednesday, December 20th and dinner will be provided.  Sign up to be in and help with the Christmas Pageant on the “Children and Youth” bulletin board.  For details contact Sue Crowley.
Haiti for the Holidays
Come make merry and leave with Christmas gifts that fuel change in Haiti.  Browse through a variety of paintings and other items, all handmade by artists from Haiti and Colorado.  All gift purchases will support education, art, and girls’ empowerment programs in Haiti. Contact Teresa Henry. Event flyer >
SMM Book Club 
Our next book is Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, by Trevor Noah.  We’ll be hosted by Marge and Ed Szoke at 7pm, Friday, January 5.

Buy Grocery Gift Cards to Support SMM!
With the holidays coming, now is the perfect time to get your grocery gift card!  Grocery cards are an amazingly effortless way to support SMM.  Each time we use them to purchase groceries, the church receives a 5% rebate. So far, this year the grocery cards have generated $4,140 for SMM.   Let’s maximize our effort and see if we can increase that to $10,000 or $15,000 a year! Read more >

Join a Supper Club
Supper Clubs at St. Mary Magdalene are in full swing and growing!  These get-togethers occur once monthly from now until Spring.  A group of 6-8 people gathers for a meal and good conversation, which is a great way of getting to know fellow parishoners.  If you would like to begin attending a Supper Club group, please contact Carmel Hill or Kim Freymiller.

Sign Up for Coffee Hour! 
Please consider providing Coffee Hour treats following the 10:00 service.  Instructions and assistance are available for making coffee and setting up.  If no one has signed up for a given Sunday on the volunteer sheet posted near the fireplace, coffee may be made, but no munchies will be furnished.  Committing to this ministry just once a year will keep us in refreshments every Sunday!  We appreciate your generosity.  Questions?  See Patti Guilford or Jane Rogers, Kitchen Co-Managers.

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.
UPCOMING AT AND AROUND ST. MARY MAGDALENE
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  • Common Cathedral, Friday November 24, 6:00pm
  • Taize’ with Eucharist, Saturday November 25, 6:00pm
  • Sunday Worship Services, Sunday, November 26, 8:00am (no music) and 10:00am
  • Church Office Closed, Monday November 27,  All Day
  • Centering Prayer, Tuesday, November 28, 9:15am
  • Men’s Discussion Group, Wednesday, November 29, 9:00am
  • Blue Christmas Service, Saturday December 2, 5:00pm
  • Sunday Worship Services, Sunday December 3, 8:00am (no music) and 10:00am
  • Adult Formation Series, Begins Sunday December 3, 9:00am
  • Community Conversation on Outreach, Tuesday Dec 5, 6:30pm
    A new Sign-Up Board is now located on the wall between the kitchen and the fireplace.  Check it out and sign up for providing Altar Flowers or Coffee Hour.
     
    The church office will be closed Monday, November 27
    and will reopen at 9:00am on Tuesday, November 28.

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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

The office will be closed
Wednesday, November 22 – Monday, November 27

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.
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Parish News November 16, 2017

 

 


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Our Musical Community
By Matt Witherow
Music is important to any liturgical service. A good friend who was a Catholic Bishop said many years ago “If you sing your prayers, God will hear them better.” Although this may be a bit of an overly simplistic way of viewing this, I feel that his sentiment is actually quite true.
The music program at St Mary Magdalene is a unique expression of our community, and has been shaped by everyone who has participated in it over the years.  As it grows and evolves, we continue to stay true to our roots by balancing old and new, traditional and contemporary. The tag line on our home page says it best: “Simple worship, rich tradition.”
I wanted to let you know about what’s happening in the music program at St Mary Magdalene, what to look forward to, and how you can join in the fun.
New, Expanded Songs for Worship
We’re getting ready to publish a new, expanded version of the Songs for Worship book. It will include many new songs in the style of the current SFW, as well as a section containing hymns from the 1982 Hymnal that are relatively easy to sing and fit with our musical style and preferences.
Seasonal Service Music
The flow of the church year at St Mary’s is something important to myself and to Fr. Bruce. Music helps bring out the unique spirituality of each season. Currently in Ordinary Time (aka, the Season After Pentecost) we are speaking most of the service. But when Advent arrives this will change and we will be singing most of it.  Please enjoy the distinctive Service Music as we move from season to season!
Choir 
The strength of any choir lies primarily in its numbers, not necessarily in the musical background of its singers. Everyone in our congregation is actually qualified to sing! I would like to encourage you to come sing with us!  The choir sings on the 3rd Sunday of each month, and rehearses the two Thursdays prior. Try coming for the 2 Thursday rehearsals and then come sing with us on Sunday. If you are saying to yourself “I am not a singer!” then that is all the more reason to come try!
Weekly Singing 
Aside from “Choir Sunday,” I would also like to invite anyone interested to come sit up by the piano during each Sunday service. These folks help lead the congregation in singing, especially when we’re learning new music.  This does require coming a bit early to prepare.  Please let me know if you are interested.
Praise Band 
If you play an instrument we need you! There has always been a folk, bluegrass, vibe at St Mary’s that has been dwindling in recent years. This is a tragedy!
If you play guitar, banjo, flute, washboard, or any similar instrument please let me know.
Even as we continue with our time-honored traditions, I invite you to look forward to a few changes and to be excited about singing some new music.  Please feel free to contact me anytime (matt@smmboulder.org) with suggestions about the music at St. Mary Magdalene.
Thank you all,
Matt Witherow, Music Director

Wednesdays, Nov 29, Dec 6, Dec 13 @ 6:00-7:30pm | Advent Series: “Embodying the Spirit” – Please join us for a  time for fellowship and reflection on the spirit of the Advent Season.  A simple supper will be provided, along with activities for children and inspired table conversations. Email the church office with an RSVP.
Saturday, Dec 2 @ 5:00pm | Blue Christmas – A special service of prayer and healing acknowledging the sorrow and loss that are part of the holiday season for many.
Sunday Dec 3 @ 10:00am | Advent Lessons and Carols
Sundays Dec 3, 10, 17 @ 9:00am | Adult Formation Series: “The Gospel of Mark” – The series will feature a Tony-nominated dramatic reading of the Gospel by Alec McCowen (sessions #1 and #2), and a presentation/discussion led by Fr Spencer (session #3).
Wednesday Dec 20 @ 6:00pm | Christmas Play: “Room at the Inn” – The final Advent supper will include the musical play “Room at the Inn” performed by the SMM Children and Youth Ministries.  Email the church office with an RSVP.
Sunday Dec 24 | 4th Sunday in Advent  – One service at 10:00am.
Sunday Dec 24 | Christmas Eve Services – 4:00pm (Family Service); 7:00pm & 10:00pm (Festival of Lessons and Carols)
Monday Dec 25 @ 10:00am | Feast of the Nativity

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  • Holden Evensong with Eucharist, Saturday, November 18, 5:00pm
  • Morning Worship, Sunday, November 19, 8:00am (no music) and 10:00am
  • Forum: Caring for the Stranger: Immigrants, Refugees…, Sunday November 19, 9:00am
  • Readings and Reflections, Monday November 20, 5:30pm
  • Centering Prayer, Tuesday, November 21, 9:15am
  • Men’s Discussion Group, Wednesday, November 22, 9:00am
  • Community Thanksgiving Service, Wednesday, November 22, 7:00pm at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
  • Thursday Bible Study, Postponed until December 28
  • Taize’ Eucharist, Saturday, November 25, 5:00pm
  • Sunday Worship Services, Sunday, November 26, 8:00am(no music) and 10:00am
    A new Sign-Up Board is now located on the wall between the kitchen and the fireplace.  Check it out and sign up for providing Altar Flowers or Coffee Hour.
    The church office will close at 2:00pm on Tuesday, November 21
    and reopen at 9:00am on Tuesday, November 28.
Adult Forum Series: 
“Caring for the Stranger: Immigrants, Refugees, and the Church”  
 
Sunday, November 19, 9:00-9:45am in the Library.
We’ve added a final session to this series, which will include discussion and debrief of the three previous sessions, and brainstorming ways that we might respond to what we’ve learned. All are welcome to attend.
Gift Card Fundraiser for There With Care   
There With Care is an organization in Boulder which offers practical support to families who have a child facing a very serious illness. From November 19 through December 10, we will be collecting gift cards for these families to be able to get specifically what they might need in the midst of caring for their critically ill child and possibly other siblings as well. The need might be for clothes, groceries, gas for their car, or a toy for a child. Gift cards for King Soopers, Safeway, Whole Foods, Target, Wal-Mart, Amazon, or gas cards would be very much appreciated. Contact Linda White.

Community Thanksgiving Service

Join us at 7pm on Wednesday, November 22, for the annual Community Thanksgiving service which will be hosted this year at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Gunabarrel.  A pie potluck will follow!  We look forward to seeing you there.
Community Conversation on Outreach
Join us at 6:30pm on Tuesday, November 28, for a community conversation on Outreach hosted by the  St. Mary Magdalene Vestry.
“Outreach” is clearly a core value of our SMM community. It has meant many different things, including grant-making, volunteering, mission trips, and other activities.
What does or should Outreach mean for us today, in our current social/cultural context, and at this point in our history?  How should we invest our labor and our money? Should we consider expanding the term to include other activities, such as social justice and activism?
All are welcome to come listen, learn, and share your thoughts.

Blue Christmas Service

As the Christmas season approaches, there are many within our SMM family, and the larger community around us, experiencing grief, loss, difficulty, and change.  There are also those for whom the holidays are simply hard.  We as a community of faith hold room in our hearts and in our pews for the fullness of the human experience.  Christmas is a time to offer joy and celebration, it is also a time to offer solace and reprieve.  Please join us at 5:00pm on Saturday, December 2, for a simple candlelight service. Holy Communion, gentle music, and soothing scriptures will be offered as balm for our hearts and nourishment for our souls. Contact Courtney Gambrell.

Advent Wreath Making 

Please join us for Advent wreath making on the first Sunday of Advent, all ages welcome.  We will provide the supplies.  Please sign up on the spreadsheet on the “Children & Youth” bulletin board or online here by November 19th.  This will ensure we order enough supplies.  For questions contact Sue Crowley.
Habitat for Humanity Build Day 
Please join us as we partner with Habitat for Humanity of the St. VrainValley in building safe, affordable housing for our neighbors. Saint Mary Magdalene build day December 9, 2017. For more information and sign up please contact Mark Christie.
Room at the Inn: A Christmas Play
The children and youth of St Mary Magdalene will perform “Room at the Inn” at 6pm on Wednesday, December 20th and dinner will be provided.  Sign up to be in and help with the Christmas Pageant on the “Children and Youth” bulletin board.  For details contact Sue Crowley.
Haiti for the Holidays
Come make merry and leave with Christmas gifts that fuel change in Haiti.  Browse through a variety of paintings and other items, all handmade by artists from Haiti and Colorado.  All gift purchases will support education, art, and girls’ empowerment programs in Haiti. Contact Teresa Henry. Event flyer >
SMM Book Club 
Our next book is Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, by Trevor Noah.  We’ll be hosted by Marge and Ed Szoke at 7pm, Friday, January 5.

Buy Grocery Gift Cards to Support SMM!
With the holidays coming, now is the perfect time to get your grocery gift card!  Grocery cards are an amazingly effortless way to support SMM.  Each time we use them to purchase groceries, the church receives a 5% rebate. So far, this year the grocery cards have generated $4,140 for SMM.   Let’s maximize our effort and see if we can increase that to $10,000 or $15,000 a year! Read more >

Join a Supper Club
Supper Clubs at St. Mary Magdalene are in full swing and growing!  These get-togethers occur once monthly from now until Spring.  A group of 6-8 people gathers for a meal and good conversation, which is a great way of getting to know fellow parishoners.  If you would like to begin attending a Supper Club group, please contact Carmel Hill or Kim Freymiller.

Sign Up for Coffee Hour! 
Please consider providing Coffee Hour treats following the 10:00 service.  Instructions and assistance are available for making coffee and setting up.  If no one has signed up for a given Sunday on the volunteer sheet posted near the fireplace, coffee may be made, but no munchies will be furnished.  Committing to this ministry just once a year will keep us in refreshments every Sunday!  We appreciate your generosity.  Questions?  See Patti Guilford or Jane Rogers, Kitchen Co-Managers.

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

The office will be closed
Wednesday, November 22 – Monday, November 27

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.
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Parish News November 9, 2017

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“A Soldier of Christ”
By Fr Bruce Swinehart
November 11 is Veterans’ Day, a time to remember and give thanks to the women and men who have served in the armed forces on our behalf.  And we celebrate the values they exemplify: duty, honor, discipline, and self-sacrifice.  November 11 is also, appropriately, the Feast of St Martin of Tours, the patron saint of soldiers (and geese, it turns out).
Martin was born around 320 AD, shortly after the Roman Emperor Constantine legalized Christianity. His father was a high-ranking officer in the Imperial Army, and Martin himself became a soldier while he was still a teenager.
Martin also became a catechumen – one who is preparing for Christian baptism – as a very young man, even though his parents were not Christians.  One day while riding along a road he came across a naked beggar. Drawing his sword, he cut his military cloak in two and gave half to the poor man. That night, he had a vision in which Jesus appeared to him and said, “Martin, a mere catechumen, has clothed me.”  This experience inspired Martin to become baptized right away.
Not long afterward, Martin came to believe that his Christian faith was incompatible with waging war, especially after Constantine had died and Julian “the Apostate” ascended the throne and began to repress the Church once again.
He famously said, “I shall more surely break through the ranks of the enemy with the sign of the cross than with the sword and shield.” Julian called him a coward and had him jailed. On his release Martin left military service and spent several years as a monk and a hermit, learning to fight a new kind of battle – a spiritual one.
Eventually, Martin made his way to what is now Tours, France to establish a monastery with the bishop there, Hilary of Poitiers.  Martin became known for opposing the use of force to convert pagans to Christianity or to persecute heretics.  He fought so passionately for the release of unjustly held prisoners and captives that authorities – even emperors – refused to meet with him for fear that they would be unable to deny his requests.
Because of the way he exemplified the Gospel by caring for the poor, by seeking justice for the imprisoned, and by eschewing violence in the name of the Church, the people of the Diocese wanted him to succeed Hilary as Bishop. The story goes that he tried to avoid consecration by hiding in a barn full of geese, until their honking gave him away. He agreed to serve, but only on the condition that he could continue to live his ascetic way of life in the monastery.
As so many veterans do, St Martin brought the highest values of military service  with him to his post-army life. His particular vocation was to become what he called “a soldier of Christ,” breaking through the ranks of poverty, violence, and greed, and winning many by the sign of the cross.
Blessings,
Bruce+

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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 > 

Advent Wreath Making 

Please join us for Advent wreath making on the first Sunday of Advent, all ages welcome.  We will provide the supplies.  Please sign up on the spreadsheet on the “Children & Youth” bulletin board or online here by November 19th.  This will ensure we order enough supplies.  For questions contact Sue Crowley.
2017 CYF Christmas Pageant
The children and youth of St Mary Magdalene will  perform the traditional Christmas play “Room at the Inn” on Wednesday, December 20th. The evening program includes dinner, and will be the finale to the Wednesday evening Advent Series.  Sign up to be in and help with the Christmas Pageant on the “Children and Youth” bulletin board.  For details contact Sue Crowley.
Buy Grocery Gift Cards to Support SMM!
With the holidays coming, now is the perfect time to get your grocery gift card!  Grocery cards are an amazingly effortless way to support SMM.  Each time we use them to purchase groceries, the church receives a 5% rebate. So far, this year the grocery cards have generated $4,140 for SMM.   Let’s maximize our effort and see if we can increase that to $10,000 or $15,000 a year! Read more >
Sign Up for Coffee Hour! 
Please consider providing Coffee Hour treats following the 10:00 service.  Instructions and assistance are available for making coffee and setting up.  If no one has signed up for a given Sunday on the volunteer sheet posted near the fireplace, coffee may be made, but no munchies will be furnished.  Committing to this ministry just once a year will keep us in refreshments every Sunday!  We appreciate your generosity.  Questions?  See Patti Guilford or Jane Rogers, Kitchen Co-Managers.

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.
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Parish News November 3, 2017

 


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“Strangers in a Strange Land”
by Fr Bruce Swinehart
Last Sunday we began our Adult Formation series on “Caring for the Stranger: Immigrants, Refugees, and the Church.”  We are exploring the complicated issue of mass human migration across borders through the lens of the experience of immigrants and refugees themselves.
We identified concerns about the economic, social, cultural, and security impacts of legal and illegal immigration (this week’s terror attack in New York has heightened these concerns once again). We reflected on the Biblical injunction to the Israelites to treat the foreigner in their midst “as the native-born, for you yourselves were once strangers in Egypt”.  And we acknowledged that a faithful response to the situation will hold all of these considerations together in a dynamic tension.
We also grounded our conversation with a few facts. For example:
  • 42 million people living in the US – about 1 in 8 of us – are foreign-born.
  • Of those, 18 million are naturalized citizens; 13 million are legal non-citizens; 11 million are unauthorized immigrants.
  • About 2/3 of illegal immigrants have lived in the US for more than a decade.
  • 4 million illegal immigrants have US born children; more than 30% own their own homes.
  • The US Border patrol reported 6,915 deaths of migrants in the deserts along the border over the past 20 years. They estimate the actual total may be closer to 10,000.
We talked about our trip to Nogales AZ/Mexico back in June, which was a rich, moving, and complex experience on both sides of the border.
We walked on migrant trails in the desert, left water, and packed out trash. We heard stories from migrants who had recently been deported, or who had already endured an arduous journey from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador to escape escalating violence there. They told us what motivated them to attempt the dangerous crossing, some for a second or third time (family was the most common theme).
We enjoyed extraordinary hospitality at HEPAC, a community center that has served poor neighborhoods in Nogales, Mexico for more than 30 years. We played games with the kids who came there for after-school programs. We met university students and professors seeking to better themselves, their families, and their communities in Mexico. We broke bread with an Episcopal congregation in Nogales AZ that hosts a free medical clinic every month.
Our eyes were opened to the darker side of life on the border. Migrants are forced to hire “coyotes” who work for the drug cartels to bring them across the border and through the desert wilderness, and who sometimes force them to carry drugs or extort their families when they arrive. The Border Patrol seizes millions of dollars worth of hard drugs and arrests dangerous gang members every year at the same port of entry we passed through several times during our stay.
Our series continues this Sunday, November 5th with a conversation with Ian McKinley, a local immigration attorney.  He’ll help us understand the laws governing immigration in the US, and share some of his clients’ experiences in a shifting legal and cultural landscape. You are encouraged to bring your questions.
We conclude the series on Sunday, November 12, with a presentation on Episcopal Migration Ministries, which has been operating since 1938 and is one of nine national organizations that the US government contracts with to resettle refugees.  We’ll meet folks from Lutheran Family Services in Denver, EMM’s partner agency in the Diocese of Colorado, and learn how local congregations are helping refugee families build new lives in the Denver area.
We’ll keep circling back to our spiritual ancestry as “strangers in a strange land,” as desert wanderers, exiles and captives, and as settlers seeking a home in a Promised Land.  We’ll recall our baptismal vow to “respect the dignity of every human being,” and to become boundary-crossers ourselves by following Jesus’ call to “preach peace to those who are far off and to those who are near.”
Blessings,
Bruce+
Turn Back the Clock!!!
Don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour this Saturday night, November 4.  We look forward to seeing you Sunday morning!
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.

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CYF Ministries Winter Meeting
Please join me on Tuesday, November 7th at 6:30 PM in planning children, youth and family ministries for this winter. If you are interested in helping lead the Christmas pageant, this would be a great meeting for you to attend.  For more information, contact Sue Crowley.
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 > 
Calling for Volunteers!
It’s Christmas Pageant time and CYF Ministries is looking for a high school youth leader and an adult leader to help Sue prepare for this year’s pageant.  Contact Sue Crowley 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.

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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

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