Parish News November 23, 2017
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. 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 >
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.
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, 6:30pmA 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 27and will reopen at 9:00am on Tuesday, November 28.
CONNECT WITH SAINT MARY MAGDALENE
Priest in Charge: The Rev. Bruce Swinehart, firstname.lastname@example.org
Children and Youth: Sue Crowley, email@example.com
Music Director: Matt Witherow, firstname.lastname@example.org
Parish Administrator: Brian Gates, email@example.com
Sr. Warden: Sarah Delaney, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jr. Warden: Jeff Cantrell, email@example.com
Worship Service Times
Sundays 8:00am & 10:00am
Priest in Charge Hours
Sun Afternoon-Mon – Sabbath
Tues-Thur – Office Hours
Fri-Sat – by appointment