Parish News March 29, 2018

 


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Presiding Bishop Curry:
Easter 2018 Message from the Holy Land

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry delivered his Easter 2018 Message while standing outside of St. George’s Cathedral in Jerusalem.

 

The video is available here.  

The following is the text of the Presiding Bishop’s Easter 2018 Message:

Hello on Palm Sunday from St George’s Cathedral in Jerusalem.

There is a passage in the 27th Chapter of Matthew’s gospel where religious leaders, political leaders come together once again after Jesus has been crucified and executed, after he had been buried in the tomb. Once again they come together to seal the tomb, to make sure not even a rumor of his resurrection will happen.  And this is what some of them say:

Therefore command the tomb to be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples may go and steal him away and tell the people he has been raised from the dead. And the last deception will be the worse than the first.

It is easy to overlook, and sometimes convenient to forget, that Jesus was executed, Jesus was crucified by an unholy alliance of religion, politics, and economic self-interest. Read more > 

UPCOMING AT AND AROUND ST. MARY MAGDALENE

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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.

Fr Bruce’s Upcoming Schedule
Fr Bruce and Daphne will be away on a post-Easter retreat April 5-11. Rev. Sarah Berlin will preach and preside at both services on April 8th.
Welcome Rev. Linda Brown
The Rev. Linda Brown will be assisting with our Holy Week and Easter liturgies. She has served as a Deacon in the Diocese of Colorado for the past 6 years with the focus of her diaconal ministry on community organizing to address the needs of marginalized people.  Her training is in the biological sciences with emphasis on terrestrial ecology, and she spent nearly 30 years working in the field of engineering and environmental consulting.  Linda and her husband, Jesse, live in Arvada, have been married 45 years, and love to fly-fish, go bird-watching, and hike in the Colorado mountains.  They are both Benedictine oblates associated with Benet Hill Monastery.  Beginning mid-April, they will be on pilgrimage in Spain where they plan to walk the 500-mile Camino de Santiago.
Easter Coffee Hour Sign Up – Volunteers Needed!!!
Easter is fast approaching and we are planning on full services at 8:00 and 10:30. Please sign up to help provide snacks for coffee hours during Easter egg hunt or after the 10:30 service.  We will have tables set up in the courtyard for goodies and drinks.  We will have the coffee and other drinks out by 9:00.  Please sign up here to help with goodies.  Thanks for helping make this Easter special for everyone!  Contact Patti Guilford or Jane Rogers.

Donate for Easter Flowers

Donations are being accepted for Easter flowers March 11 – April 1.  If you would like to contribute, please place a check or cash in the offering basket or safe deposit slot by the church office notating “Easter Flowers”.  A suggested donation of $30 is greatly appreciated.

Seder Supper with St. John’s Episcopal Church

St. John’s Boulder has invited the SMM community to join them for a potluck Seder Supper at the Barcelona House (St. Ambrose property) at 5:30 pm on Friday, April 6 .  This is intended to be a fun, family event hosted by their Level III Sunday School children.   Please RSVP to Sue Crowley at  and she will let our generous hosts know who is coming.
Colorado Haiti Project Fundraiser
Please stay for a Haitian-themed lunch and presentation about  the Colorado Haiti Project on April 15 after the 10 am service.  Front Range Catering is preparing and donating delicious traditional Haitian chicken for the event. This is our annual kick-off to raise scholarships for students at the Episcopal church school in Petit Trou de Nippes in rural Haiti. We’ve proudly supported an entire class in years past. Our goal is to send 30 students to this school, recognized as one of the best in the region. A full scholarship is $350, but donations in any amount are welcome before, during, and after the event.  Checks can be made payable to St. Mary Magdalene with CHP/Konbit in the memo line. Please RSVP on the clipboards at church so we have an approximate count, but plan to attend even if you haven’t signed up!  Contact Amy Thornbury.
SMM Book Club
Marge and Ed Szoke have selected a GREAT book for the Book Club!  American Savior, a novel of divine Politics, by Roland Merullo. The premise is: Jesus Christ comes down to America and is running for president as an independent. It is quite humorous with themes of religion and politics, and a little bit of sex thrown in to help it sell.  Marge and Ed will host us at 7pm, Friday, May 18, at their home.  Respond, please, to Ed and Marge.

Save the Date: VBS 2018!

It’s that time of year again!  Vacation Bible School at SMM is happening June 5th, 6th, & 7th from 4-7 PM. This program is open to entering 1st-5th graders and 6th-12th grade as camp leaders. For more information contact Sue Crowley.
Mission Trip to Nogales AZ/Mexico: July 30-August 4

We are planning another “border immersion” trip to Nogales, a city on both sides of the US/Mexico border.  We will learn how legal and illegal immigration affects on life along the border, talk with migrants, walk migrant trials, and visit a sister Episcopal church. We’ll stay at a community center on the Mexico side, and work with the children there.  Please contact Fr Bruce to reserve a space or to learn more. Last year the cost was roughly $600/person, including airfare.  Click here to see a recent article by the New York Times about Nogales.

Support Community Food Share
Looking for an easy way to support Outreach? Please remember the SMM Food Pantry basket in your weekly grocery shopping! Donations such as cereal, peanut butter, soup, canned tuna and chicken, rice, and baby food/formula are especially needed. Place sealed, non-perishable items only in the basket at the back of church in the entry way. Thank you!
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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: Jim Watkins, srwarden@smmboulder.org 
Jr. Warden: Jeff Cantrell, jrwarden@smmboulder.org
Worship Service Times

Saturdays 5:00pm (7:00pm on 3-31)
Sundays 8:00am & 10:00am (8:00am & 10:30am on 4-1)

Office Hours

Mon-Thur 9am-2pm
Friday-Closed

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, email 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 March 2, 2018

 

 

 “The Heavens Declare the Glory of God”
By Fr. Bruce Swinehart
 
I’m headed up to the mountains today for a retreat at a friend’s house in Fraser. It’ll just be me and a huge window overlooking the Continental Divide. It’s the perfect place to contemplate the poetic power and beauty of Psalm 19, which has always been one of my favorites, and will be read on Sunday:
The heavens declare the glory of God, 
and the firmament shows his handiwork.
One day tells its tale to another, 
and one night imparts knowledge to another.
Although they have no words or language, 
and their voices are not heard,
Their sound has gone out into all lands, 
and their message to the ends of the world.
The psalmist is rapt with awe and wonder at God’s creation and the Glory that it reveals. Creation is God’s word.  It thrums with God’s inherent Presence, and it continues to speak the creative Word, to tell out its own wonder, mystery, and beauty.  Creation itself seems to be amazed.
NOTE: Fr Bruce will be away on retreat from Friday, March 2nd, through Monday, March 5th. The Rev Bob Davidson will preach and preside at both services on Sunday, March 4th.  Fr Bob will also be available for pastoral emergencies until Fr Bruce returns.
UPCOMING AT AND AROUND ST. MARY MAGDALENE

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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*
  • March 14: Courtney Gambrell will reflect on the spirituality of “Dreams and Metaphor.” 
  • March 21: Rabbi Tirzah Firestone will discuss “Passover and Seder, Easter and Eucharist.”
  • 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 23 @ 12:00 noon

*St Mary Magdalene does not provide alcohol for community events, but attendees may bring beer or wine for themselves or to share.

Lenten Devotional Resource from the Society of St John the Evangelist
SSJE, an Episcopal religious order, is offering a 6-week daily Lenten devotional series called “Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John.” The program “invites participants on a  six-week journey into deeper intimacy with God by praying with the words of John the Evangelist.”  Includes a daily video and prayer email and a companion prayer journal. Click here to learn more.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Lent is a traditional time to partake in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, aka, Confession. The Rite is found in the Book of Common Prayer beginning on p. 448 (available online Here). Please contact Fr Bruce directly if you would like more information or to schedule a time to meet. The Church’s rubric for Reconciliation is, “all may, some should, none must.”

Bring a Prayer Book Sundays During Lent

During the season of Lent we will be utilizing the Book of Common Prayer to lead us through our Sunday worship services.  Our supply is limited so, if you own a Prayer Book, please bring it each Sunday, February 18-March 25.  If you see that someone does not have one on Sunday morning please share your copy as we “Celebrate and Share God’s Love” together.

The New Church Directory is Here

The new St. Mary Magdalene pictorial directory is now available!  Please pick up one copy per family on the table outside the Rector’s office in the entryway.  As we have quite a few newcomers since this project started, there is a supplement included in the back of each directory with contact information of new parishioners.  If you would like to help offset the cost of production, a $5 donation would be very helpful.  You can drop a check or cash with a note indicating “directory” in the offering plate or safe deposit slot on the wall next to the church office.  Thank you for your participation in making this project come to fruition!
SMM Book Club 
Our next book will be the famous Cry, The Beloved Country, by Alan Paton.  The novel explores the human anguish wrought in South Africa by the inhumane system of apartheid.  Pat and Al Jefferson will host us at 7pm on Friday, March 16, at their home.  Respond to Al Jefferson.

Celebrate the Vernal Equinox with St. Brigit’s

St. Brigit Episcopal Church once again will celebrate the return of Spring with a Vernal Equinox Service on Tuesday, March 20, at 7:00p.m. The theme of this unique, contemplative service will be birth and rebirth.
The Vernal Equinox celebration is a part of St. Brigit’s A’it Caol series.  A’it Caol (pronounced atch qweel) is Gaelic for “A Thin Place.”  These quarterly services are created to offer guests an experience of God through a unique liturgy, which combines ancient tradition with contemporary language.  They include specially designed meditation areas, reflecting the Scriptural lessons, and sacred music with a Celtic sound.  Read more here >
Opportunities to get involved in SMM Youth Ministries
Youth Group Leaders: The SMM Youth Group is looking for a couple of adult leaders to help with faith formation on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month, during worship. Please speak with Sue Crowley if you feel you are called to help with our youth group program.
Mentors for SMM Confirmation Program: We will need adult mentors to share their faith stories with youth who are preparing for confirmation.  Adult mentors will meet with youths 2-3 times in March.  Interested in mentoring?  Please talk with Sue Crowley or Fr Bruce.
Mission Trip to Nogales AZ/Mexico 

We are planning another “border immersion” trip to Nogales, a city on both sides the US/Mexico border.  We will learn how legal and illegal immigration affects on life along the border, talk with migrants, walk migrant trials, and visit a sister Episcopal church. We’ll stay at a community center on the Mexico side, and work with the children there.

Please contact Fr Bruce if you are interested or would like to learn more. The dates of the trip have not yet been finalized — it will either be July 16-21 or 23-28.  Please let Fr Bruce know which date(s) would work best for you. Last year the cost was roughly $600/person, including airfare.
Click here to see a recent article by the New York Times about Nogales.
Got Grocery Cards? 
Q: What Are Grocery Cards and Why Do We Want Them?
A: Free Money for SMM!
Grocery cards are a simple, phenomenal way to support SMM. By purchasing cards through SMM and using them at Natural Grocers, King Soopers, and/or Safeway your groceries net 5% for SMM. In just the first month of 2018, SMM received $924 from King Soopers alone! Imagine the impact of $12,000 a year in the life of SMM.
To purchase, find Colleen Brolin at coffee hour after the 10 am service or contact her.  Cash, check or credit cards accepted.  King Soopers ($2.50) and Safeway cards ($10) are rechargeable at the store; Natural Grocers are non-rechargeable in $50 and $100 increments.
Join the SMM Food Ministry! 
The Food Ministry is now co-chaired by Sheila Martinson and Janet Taapken. A new sign up sheet is posted in the back of the church. If you are interested in occasionally providing a meal to a parish family in need, we would love to have you join our team. Thank you!
Support Community Food Share 
Looking for an easy way to support Outreach? Please remember the SMM Food Pantry basket in your weekly grocery shopping! Donations such as cereal, peanut butter, soup, canned tuna and chicken, rice, and baby food/formula are especially needed. Place sealed, non-perishable items only in the basket at the back of church in the entry way. Thank you!
Outreach Funding
Did you know?  25% of our loose plate collection in 2018 (i.e., anything in the offering plates not designated as payment toward a pledge) will go toward St. Mary Magdalene’s Outreach grants. Thank you for your continued support of this vital ministry to our community.
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: Jim Watkins, 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

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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