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.

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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,
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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