Parish News December 29, 2017


UPCOMING AT AND AROUND ST. MARY MAGDALEN

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The church office will be closed until 9:00am on Tuesday, January 2.

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.
Upcoming Parish Business Meetings and Deadlines
  • Sunday, Jan 7: Deadline for Vestry nominations to be submitted to Colleen Brolin, Vestry Clerk. Please include a short (1-2 paragraph) bio and your reasons for wanting to serve.
  • Sunday, Jan 14 @ 11:30am: 2018 Budget Preview
  • Tuesday, Jan 16 @ 6:30pm: Vestry Meeting
  • Sunday, Jan 28 @ 11:30am: Annual Parish Meeting
  • Saturday, Feb 3 @ 9:00am-4:00pm: Annual Vestry Retreat

St. Mary Magdalene Newcomer’s Dinner
If you consider yourself a Newcomer, whether you have attended for three months or three years and you have questions about further exploring your commitment to St. Mary Magdalene, join us at 6:00pm on Saturday, January 6, for a home cooked meal and meaningful discussion about what it means to be a member of the St. Mary Magdalene community.  Sign up on the Welcome Table near the main entrance.  Child care provided upon request.  Contact Sarah Jane Delaney or Carolyn Kesterson for more information.

New Book for the Wednesday Men’s Group 
The Wednesday men’s group at St. Mary Magdalene has started a new book, Jesus: First Century Rabbi, by David Zaslow and will be discussing it through the month of January.  All men are welcome Wednesdays at 9:00am in the church library.  Contact Kip White for more information.
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.

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 (except 12-31) & 10:00am

Office Hours
Mon-Thur 9am-2pm
Friday-Closed

The office will be closed
until 9am on Tuesday, January 2

Priest in Charge Hours
Monday – 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 December 22, 2017


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“A New Creation”
By Fr Bruce Swinehart
The Lord hath yet more light and truth to break forth from his word.
– Hymn #629
 
I’ve been nourished and inspired by the Advent season of preparation at St Mary Magdalene.  I feel like we’re ready for a brand new Possibility to be born into our midst.
Our Wednesday evening suppers, attended by about 40 people each week, were simple and delightful gatherings that enriched us spiritually and helped knit us closer together as a community.  The “Room at the Inn” Christmas play this week was simply amazing – nearly 90 people were inspired, entertained and fed while 22 children took part in the production. Every heart prepared Him room!
Sunday Dec 24 | 4th Sunday in Advent  – One service at 10:00am (Fr. Spencer).
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 (Fr. Spencer)
Monday Dec 25 – Tuesday Jan 2 | Church Office Closed
Sunday Dec 31 | One service @ 10:00am.
Upcoming Parish Business Meetings and Deadlines
  • Sunday, Jan 7: Deadline for Vestry nominations to be submitted to Colleen Brolin, Vestry Clerk. Please include a short (1-2 paragraph) bio and your reasons for wanting to serve.
  • Sunday, Jan 14 @ 11:30am: 2018 Budget Preview
  • Tuesday, Jan 16 @ 6:30pm: Vestry Meeting
  • Sunday, Jan 28 @ 11:30am: Annual Parish Meeting
St. Mary Magdalene Newcomer’s Dinner
If you consider yourself a Newcomer, whether you have attended for three months or three years and you have questions about further exploring your commitment to St. Mary Magdalene, join us at 6:00pm on Saturday, January 6, for a home cooked meal and meaningful discussion about what it means to be a member of the St. Mary Magdalene community.  Sign up on the Welcome Table near the main entrance.  Child care provided upon request.  Contact Sarah Jane Delaney or Carolyn Kesterson for more information.
New Book for the Wednesday Men’s Group 
The Wednesday men’s group at St. Mary Magdalene has started a new book, Jesus: First Century Rabbi, by David Zaslow and will be discussing it through the month of January.  All men are welcome Wednesdays at 9:00am in the church library.  Contact Kip White for more information.
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.

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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The church office will be closed until 9:00am on Tuesday, January 2.

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.
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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: Jeff Cantrell, jrwarden@smmboulder.org

Worship Service Times
Saturdays 5:00pm
Sundays 8:00am (except 12-24) & 10:00am (plus Christmas Eve on 12-24 at 4pm, 7pm, 10pm)

Office Hours
Mon-Thur 9am-2pm
Friday-Closed

The office will be closed
until 9am on Tuesday, January 2

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 December 15, 2017


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Serving on the SMM Vestry: Both Difficult and Easy
By Zach Baze
When I was asked to consider joining the SMM Vestry three years ago, I was reluctant to consider serving. I was new-ish to SMM. I was busy with two young boys and a new job. I wasn’t sure I had a lot of expertise to offer. After some prayer (and some persuading) I said yes to being considered and was elected. I’m glad I did.
Serving on the Vestry is both difficult and easy. It’s serious business but deeply rewarding. It gives you a glimpse into the entire functioning of the church and offers a deep and complete understanding of everything we do and all of the lives we touch.  It requires patience, prayer, discretion and commitment.
Sunday Dec 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. The final installment of this series will feature a presentation/discussion led by Fr Spencer.
Wednesday Dec 20 @ 6:00pm | Christmas Play: “Room at the Inn”  A musical play performed by the SMM Children and Youth – including dinner!  Email the church office with an RSVP.
Sunday Dec 24 | 4th Sunday in Advent  – One service at 10:00am (Fr. Spencer).
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 (Fr. Spencer)
Monday Dec 25 – Tuesday Jan 2 | Church Office Closed
Sunday Dec 31 | One service @ 10:00am.
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 “CYF” bulletin board.  Sign up here to provide food for the potluck! For details contact Sue Crowley.
Upcoming Parish Business Meetings and Deadlines
  • Sunday, Jan 7: Deadline for Vestry nominations to be submitted to Colleen Brolin, Vestry Clerk. Please include a short (1-2 paragraph) bio and your reasons for wanting to serve.
  • Sunday, Jan 14 @ 11:30am: 2018 Budget Preview
  • Tuesday, Jan 16 @ 6:30pm: Vestry Meeting
  • Sunday, Jan 28 @ 11:30am: Annual Parish Meeting
Stay in Touch with the Episcopal Diocese of Colorado
You may have heard that Bishop Rob O’Neill is retiring after 14 years as the Episcopal Bishop of Colorado. Although we will be entering into a period of transition, Bishop O’Neill is leaving our Diocese in very good shape. You can read his message to the Diocese here…
You can stay in touch with what’s going on throughout the Diocese, including the search process for a new Bishop, children and youth programs, community outreach and social justice initiatives, and inspiring stories from our sister churches by subscribing to the Colorado Episcopalian (digital or paper) and the weekly Diocesan Digest here:
P.S. You can read the sermon that Amy Newell-Large preached at SMM last October in the current edition of the Episcopalian.
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.
Christmas Gift Idea:  Grocery Cards!
When you buy a Grocery card through SMM, you have gifted twice: once to your friend, college kid, yard guy, housekeeper, or kid’s teacher and once to SMM.  Every time it’s used, SMM receives 5% back! The church has received $953 in the 4th quarter this year! Cards for Natural Grocers, King Soopers and Safeway are available.
To purchase, find Colleen and Daphne at coffee hour after the 10 am service or contact Colleen Brolin.  Cash, check or credit cards accepted.  Easy-peasy Christmas shopping!  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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  • Holden Evensong with Eucharist, Saturday December 16, 5:00pm
  • Sunday Worship, Sunday December 17, 8:00am(no music) and 10:00am
  • Adult Formation Series, Sunday December 17, 9:00am
  • Readings and Reflections, Monday December 18, 5:30pm
  • Centering Prayer, Tuesday, December 19, 9:15am
  • Men’s Discussion Group, Wednesday, December 20, 9:00am
  • Room at the Inn Christmas Play, Wednesday December 20, 6:00pm
  • Choir Rehearsal, Thursday December 21, 7:00pm
  • Common Cathedral, Friday December 22, 6:00pm
  • Taize Service with Eucharist , Saturday December 23, 5:00pm
  • Sunday Worship Service, Sunday December 24, 10:00am
  • Christmas Eve Family Service, Sunday December 24, 4:00pm
  • Festival of Christmas Lessons and Carols, Sunday December 24, 7:00pm and 10:00pm
  • Feast of the Nativity, Monday December 25, 10:00am
  • Taize Service with Eucharist, Saturday December 30, 5:00pm
  • 2018 Budget Preview, Sunday, January 14, 11:30am
  • Annual Parish Meeting, Sunday, January 28, 11:30am

The church office will close at 2pm on Thursday, December 21, and reopen at 9:00am on Tuesday, January 2.

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.
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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 Monday, December 25 – Tuesday, January 2

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 December 6, 2017


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“Balm for Our Hearts, and Nourishment for Our Souls”
by Fr Bruce Swinehart
This past Saturday Courtney Gambrell once again generously offered a “Blue Christmas” service to our community.  She describes the service as “a balm for our hearts and nourishment for our souls,” especially for those who find the holidays to be a bittersweet or even a sad time.
I thought about the service while I was on retreat over the weekend.  I found myself reviewing the past year at St Mary Magdalene, and reflecting particularly on the nine funerals or memorial services we have conducted over the past nine months.  Nine people whose souls we commended back to God, and whose bodies we commended back to the earth.
Read more…

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).
Wednesdays, 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.
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
Sunday Dec 31 | One service @ 10:00am.
UPCOMING AT AND AROUND ST. MARY MAGDALENE
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  • Choir Rehearsal, Thursday December 7, 7:00pm
  • Habitat for Humanity Build Day, Saturday December 9, 9:00am
  • Contemplative Eucharist, Saturday December 9, 5:00pm
  • Sunday Worship, Sunday December 10, 8:00am(no music) and 10:00am
  • Adult Formation Series, Sunday December 10, 9:00am
  • Community Conversation on Outreach, Sunday December 10, 11:30am
  • Second Sunday Women’s Gathering, Postponed until January 14
  • Centering Prayer, Tuesday, December 12, 9:15am
  • Vestry Meeting, Tuesday December 12, 6:30pm
  • Men’s Discussion Group, Wednesday, December 13, 9:00am
  • Advent Supper Series, Wednesday December 13, 6:00pm
  • Holden Evensong with Eucharist , Saturday December 16, 5:00pm
  • Sunday Worship, Sunday December 17, 8:00am(no music) and 10:00am
  • Adult Formation Series, Sunday December 17, 9:00am
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.
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. St Mary Magdalene Outreach has supported Habitat for many years with financial contributions and volunteer labor.
Community Conversation on Outreach [NOTE: New Day and Time!]
Join us at 11:30am on Sunday, December 10, 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.
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.
Second Sunday Women’s Gathering – Postponed 
In consideration of this Sunday’s Outreach meeting, the monthly Women’s Gathering is postponed until after the 10:00 service on Sunday, January 14.  All women in the parish are invited to attend.  Food is provided. Contact Carolyn Kesterson.
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.  Sign up here to provide food for the potluck! For details contact Sue Crowley.
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.
Christmas Gift Idea:  Grocery Cards!
When you buy a Grocery card through SMM, you have gifted twice: once to your friend, college kid, yard guy, housekeeper, or kid’s teacher and once to SMM.  Every time it’s used, SMM receives 5% back! Natural Grocers non-rechargeable cards are available in $50 and $100.  King Soopers cards at $2.50 and Safeway cards at $10 are rechargeable.
To purchase, find Colleen and Daphne at coffee hour after the 10 am service or contact Colleen Brolin.  Cash, check or credit cards accepted.  Easy-peasy Christmas shopping!  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
Thursday, December 14 and Monday, December 25 – Tuesday, January 2

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 30, 2017


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Fr. Bruce Out of Office | December 1-4
Fr. Bruce will be taking much needed time away from Friday December 1 through Monday December 4 and will be unavailable during that time.  The Rev. Lada Hardwick will be on call in case of pastoral emergencies and can be reached through the Pastoral Care Line at  303-530-7615.
The Rev. Canon Ed Morgan will preach and preside on Sunday, December 3 at the 8 & 10am services. Ed+ helped establish the partnership with the community of Petit Trou de Nippes and the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti, which gave birth to the Colorado Haiti Project.

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).
Wednesdays, 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.
Sunday Dec 10 @ 10:00am | Advent Lessons and Carols – CANCELLED. This will be a regular Sunday liturgy for the Second Sunday in Advent.
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
Sunday Dec 31 | One service @ 10:00am.
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.
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.  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.
Community Conversation on Outreach [NOTE: New Day and Time!]
Join us at 11:30am on Sunday, December 10, 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.
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 >
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.  Sign up here to provide food for the potluck! For details contact Sue Crowley.
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.
Christmas Gift Idea:  Grocery Cards!

When you buy a Grocery card through SMM, you have gifted twice: once to your friend, college kid, yard guy, housekeeper, or kid’s teacher and once to SMM.  Every time it’s used, SMM receives 5% back! Natural Grocers non-rechargeable cards are available in $50 and $100.  King Soopers cards at $2.50 and Safeway cards at $10 are rechargeable.

To purchase, find Colleen and Daphne at coffee hour after the 10 am service or contact Colleen Brolin.  Cash, check or credit cards accepted.  Easy-peasy Christmas shopping!  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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  • Blue Christmas Service, Saturday December 2, 5:00pm
  • Sunday Worship, Sunday December 3, 8:00am (no music) and 10:00am
  • Adult Formation Series, Sunday December 3, 9:00am
  • Advent Wreath Making, Sunday December 3, 11:30am
  • Readings and Reflections, Monday December 4, 5:30pm
  • Centering Prayer, Tuesday, December 5, 9:15am
  • Staff Meeting, Tuesday December 5, 5:00pm
  • Worship Advisory Team Meeting, Tuesday December 5, 6:00pm
  • Men’s Discussion Group, Wednesday, December 6, 9:00am
  • Advent Supper Series, Wednesday December 6, 6:00pm
  • Choir Rehearsal, Thursday December 7, 7:00pm
  • Contemplative Eucharist, Saturday December 9, 5:00pm
  • Sunday Worship Services, Sunday December 10, 8:00am(no music) and 10:00am
  • Adult Formation Series, Sunday December 10, 9:00am
  • Community Conversation on Outreach, Sunday December 10, 11:30am
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.
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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
Monday, December 25 – Tuesday, January 2

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

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