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.

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.
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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,
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

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

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