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.


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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,
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 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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