Parish News February 9, 2018

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“Body, Mind, and Spirit”
By Fr Bruce Swinehart
If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea. 
– Antoine de Saint-Exupery
People often tell me that Lent is their favorite season of the church year.  It seems we are naturally drawn towards the Lenten themes of simplicity and humility.
Some even say they like the penitential nature of the season, which is kind of odd when you think about it.  Why would a person look forward to acknowledging their own sinfulness and being sorrowful and “contrite” about it?  Wouldn’t you rather just be happy all the time?  What’s wrong with celebrating God’s goodness 52 weeks a year?

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A new Sign-Up Board is now located on the wall between the kitchen and the fireplace.  Check it out and sign up to provide Altar Flowers or Coffee Hour.
Journey Through Lent at St Mary Magdalene:
“Body, Mind, and Spirit”

Join us in the many opportunities to reflect together during this Lenten season.  Find more information here for the events listed below.

  • Lenten Suppers: Wednesdays @ 6:00-7:30pm
  • Centering Prayer: Tuesdays @ 9:15-10:15am
  • Yoga in the Sanctuary: Tuesdays  @ 8:00-9:00am and Saturdays 8:30-10:30am
  • Adult Forum Series:The Monastery: Our Lady of the Mississippi Abbey,        Sundays Feb. 18 – Mar. 18 @ 9:00am
  • Labyrinth Walks:  Fridays Feb 16 – Mar 30 @ 12:00 noon, including Good Friday
Adult Forum Series:
Meetings with Remarkable Anglican-Episcopalians:
A new Adult Formation series at 9am on Sundays through February 11 will introduce us to influential thinkers, preachers, and leaders who are shaping our Anglican-Episcopal tradition today. Each session will include a video interview, sermon, or presentation followed by discussion.
  • January 21 – BBC interview with Justin Welby, 105th Archbishop of Canterbury and head of the worldwide Anglican Communion. NOTE: This video was very well received last Sunday – you can click here to watch.
  • January 28 –  Interview with Desmond Tutu, Archbishop of Cape Town South Africa and spiritual leader of the anti-apartheid movement.  Watch here
  • February 4 – Nadia Bolz-Weber, iconoclastic founding pastor of the House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver, interviewed by Krista Tippett of “On Being.”   Watch here.
  • February 11 – A presentation by Cynthia Bourgault, an Episcopal priest from Colorado, teacher and writer on Centering Prayer, and author of The Meaning of Mary Magdalene.
“My Faith, My Life” for Teens
All middle and high schoolers are invited to join Sue and Fr. Bruce Sundays from 12:00 to 1:30pm, February 4-25, for a lunch series exploring questions of faith and the Episcopal Church, with the option of continuing on to confirmation.  For questions & to RSVP please contact Sue Crowley.
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
Come support the SMM Youth Group & eat some pancakes at 6pm on Tuesday, February 13!  Proceeds go into the SMM Youth budget & a sponsored charity voted on by the youth Contact Sue Crowley for more information.
12th Annual St. Benedict Benefit 
Please join us for a night of great food, music and a silent auction!  The 12th annual St. Benedict Benefit will be held at 5:50pm on Saturday, February 24, at the Avalon Ballroom (6185 Arapahoe in Boulder).  This event is always delightful and the proceeds benefit a very important ministry that provides healthcare to the homeless and working poor of Boulder County.  Tickets at $50 each and can be purchased at the door or in advance by contacting Larry Burgess or on the website: Thank you!
St. Benedict Silent Auction: Donations Needed!
St. Benedict Health and Healing Ministry is seeking your generous auction donations for our crucial annual St. Benedict Benefit fundraiser on February 24, 2018.   Perhaps you could donate a weekend at a vacation home, tickets to a sports or theatre event, jewelry or a beautiful piece of art.  These are just a few ideas.  Please contact Beth Kimberly (silent auction co-coordinator) at St. Benedict to discuss any potential donations with us. Many thanks for your consideration; we depend on your help! For more information about St. Benedict’s work please visit  Thank you!
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,
Children and Youth: Sue Crowley,
Music Director: Matt Witherow,
Parish Administrator: Brian Gates,
Sr. Warden: Jim Watkins,
Jr. Warden: Jeff Cantrell,

Worship Service Times
Saturdays 5:00pm
Sundays 8:00am & 10:00am

Office Hours
Mon-Thur 9am-2pm

Priest in Charge Hours
Monday – Sabbath
Tues-Thur – Office Hours
Fri-Sat – by appointment

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