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 > 


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

Office Hours

Mon-Thur 9am-2pm

Priest in Charge Hours

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

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