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.


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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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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 (except 12-24) & 10:00am (plus Christmas Eve on 12-24 at 4pm, 7pm, 10pm)

Office Hours
Mon-Thur 9am-2pm

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

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