Parish News March 9, 2018

 

“It’s Better Than it Looks”
By Fr Bruce Swinehart
My retreat last weekend was blessedly quiet and peaceful.  I prayed, meditated, walked, played music, and wrote. I sat out on the deck and watched the moonrise. I watched cloud-shadows caress the mountains in the distance, and snow flurries swirl right outside my window.  Mostly I soaked in the silence.
I also read an intriguing book called It’s Better Than It Looks: Reasons for Optimism in an Age of Fear by Gregg Easterbrook.  Easterbrook makes the case that humanity as a whole is better off now than it has ever been. Compared to any previous point in history, people around the world are generally healthier and living longer, being lifted out of poverty, are more likely to be living under democratic versus autocratic governments, and have better access to education (especially women and girls). We are less likely to die in wars or other violence, of starvation or malnutrition, or in automobile, airplane, or industrial accidents.
Easterbrook goes on to argue that gradual, overall improvement in humanity’s well-being is a universal trend over time, even though it is not always a continuous forward movement and does not necessarily impact every individual. Quoting Franklin Delano Roosevelt, he writes, “the great fact to remember is that the trend of civilization is forever upward.”
My first reaction to all this good news was, “Really? How can that possibly be true?”  As it turns out, my resistance is precisely the point of his book. Why are we so prone to believe that everything is getting worse, in spite of evidence to the contrary?

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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.”

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. If you would like to dedicate your donation to a loved one, please email the church office with the name of the person and in honor, memory, etc. by 8am on Monday March 26.
Second Sunday Women’s Gathering

All women of St. Mary Magdalene are warmly invited to the Second Sunday Women’s Gathering this Sunday, March 11 at 11:30am. Join us in the library for a light lunch and heartfelt discussion, while getting to know some of the other wonderful women in our community.  Contact Roxanne Bamond.
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 >

March for Our Lives: Denver

SMM will be joining congregations in our diocese and marching together in solidarity with students against gun violence in schools on March 24th.  Together, we will plan transportation.  Please contact Sue Crowley if you are interested in attending.  Check here for more information.

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.
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: 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 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.

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!
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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, 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 16, 2018


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 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.”

Celebrate Holy Week and Easter with St. Mary Magdalene
Palm Sunday, Sunday March 25, 8:00am (no music) and 10:00am
Way of the Cross on the Indoor Labryinth, Wednesday March 28, 7:00pm
Maundy Thursday, Thursday March 29, 7:00pm
Good Friday, Friday March 30, 12:00pm and 7:00pm
Great Vigil of Easter, Saturday March 31, 7:00pm
Easter Services, Sunday April 1, 8:00am and 10:30am
Easter Egg Hunt and Coffee Hour, Sunday April 1, 9:00am

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. If you would like to dedicate your donation to a loved one, please email the church office with the name of the person and in honor, memory, etc. by 8am on Monday March 26.
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 >
March for Our Lives: Denver

SMM will be joining congregations in our diocese and marching together in solidarity with students against gun violence in schools on March 24th.  Together, we will plan transportation.  Please contact Sue Crowley if you are interested in attending.  Check here for more information.
News from the Kitchen…Easter Coffee Hour Sign Up!
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 click here to sign up to help with goodies.  Thanks for helping make this Easter special for everyone!  Contact Patti Guilford or Jane Rogers.

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

Mark your calendars to join us on Sunday, April 15 after the 10:00am service for the CHP Fundraiser which and will include a luncheon, a slide show, a talk, and items to buy.

More details to follow!

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.

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!
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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, 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 23, 2018

“Preparing for Holy Week: Family Conversations”
By Fr Bruce Swinehart
We’ve recently had some timely conversations with our Jewish “cousins” at St Mary Magdalene.
Last Wednesday evening Rabbi Tirzah Firestone spoke to us about the history of the Passover celebration and its religious and spiritual meaning.  She described what the Passover festival might have looked like in Jerusalem during Jesus’ time, and gave us a good idea of what it might have meant to a first-century Jew to hear Jesus identified as the “Paschal lamb” (hint: look up the word “apotropaic”).
The Wednesday morning Men’s Group has been reading a remarkable book called “Jesus: First-Century Rabbi,” by Rabbi David Zaslow.  Rabbi Zaslow makes an impassioned case that both Christians and Jews could find their faith enriched by understanding and appreciating just how deeply rooted Jesus was in his Jewish faith and tradition.
More than that, Rabbi Zaslow believes that mutual recognition of Jesus as a respected teacher within the Jewish rabbinic tradition can facilitate dialogue and even reconciliation between our traditions. He celebrates the fact that this reconciliation is more possible now than at any previous time in history.
The most challenging part of Rabbi Zaslow’s book, however, is his detailed examination of how translations and interpretations of Christian scriptures have been used over the centuries to fuel anti-Jewish sentiment, which in turn has led to discrimination, persecution and horrific violence.
Holy Week, in particular, has historically precipitated spasms of anti-Jewish violence.
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.
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.
Celebrate Holy Week and Easter with St. Mary Magdalene
Palm Sunday, Sunday March 25, 8:00am (no music) and 10:00am
Way of the Cross on the Indoor Labryinth, Wednesday March 28, 7:00pm
Maundy Thursday, Thursday March 29, 7:00pm
Good Friday, Friday March 30, 12:00pm and 7:00pm
Great Vigil of Easter, Saturday March 31, 7:00pm
Easter Services, Sunday April 1, 8:00am and 10:30am
Easter Egg Hunt and Coffee Hour, Sunday April 1, 9:00am

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.”

St. Mary Magdalene Resurrection Tree

A very special Easter tradition we have here at St. Mary’s is our Resurrection Tree, which we have decorated over the years with doves in memory of our loved ones. We’ve kept many of the doves to hang again this year, but if you are new to St. Mary’s we will have doves for you to write the name of your loved one on Palm Sunday to add to our tree.  Contact Suzanne Metzger.

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. If you would like to dedicate your donation to a loved one, please email the church office with the name of the person and in honor, memory, etc. by 8am on Monday March 26.
News from the Kitchen…Easter Coffee Hour Sign Up!
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 click here to sign up to help with goodies.  Thanks for helping make this Easter special for everyone!  Contact Patti Guilford or Jane Rogers.

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

Mark your calendars to join us on Sunday, April 15 after the 10:00am service for the CHP Fundraiser which and will include a luncheon, a slide show, a talk, and items to buy.

More details to follow!

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.

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!

 

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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, 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 April 27, 2018


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Membership and Belonging: Part I
By Fr Bruce Swinehart
Jesus never asked his followers to apply for membership or fill out a pledge card.  He didn’t appoint a board of directors or a create a formal leadership structure (although Peter, James, John and Mary Magdalene did seem to be “first among equals”).  There was no bureaucracy.  That’s because Jesus was building a movement, not an organization.  He was more interested in belonging than in membership.
Anyone could (and still can) join the Jesus Movement: sinners, tax collectors, Zealots, Samaritans, Jews, non-Jews, Syro-Phoenecians (after some cajoling), women, men, rich, poor, blind, lame, straight, GLBT, Republicans, Democrats, “all nations.”  Everyone belongs in the Kingdom. Only one thing is required: “take up your cross and follow me.”
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Please note that the Church Office will close at 2pm on Wednesday, May 2, and reopen at 9am on Monday, May 7.

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.

New Adult Forum: Mental Health Awareness Month

On Sunday, May 6 at 9:00am, we will begin a three week series (May 6, 13, and 20) of adult forums on Mental Health Awareness where we will explore our own attitudes and assumptions, listen to the journeys of fellow parishioners who have offered to speak on this topic as it has impacted their lives, and offer prayerful reflection and intention to see God’s light in the midst of the journey. I hope you will add the gift of your own bright consciousness to our discussion.  Thank you!  Courtney Gambrell.  Read more here >
The Episcopal Church Welcomes You
Fr Bruce will offer a 5-session series for adults called “The Episcopal Church Welcomes You” on Wednesdays May 9th-June 6th from 6:30-8:30pm.  The series will explore topics such as church history, spirituality, how we read the Bible, engagement with culture and society, and church organization. It would be especially good preparation for anyone wishing to be received into the Church or confirmed by Bishop O’Neill on June 9th, but all are welcome. Please RSVP to Fr Bruce at frbruce@smmboulder.org.
Music Director Update
Matt Witherow will be stepping down as our Music Director effective May 1.  Fortunately for us, he has agreed to stay on as our principal accompanist for Sunday worship.  We do not anticipate hiring a new Music Director in the near future, but will be assessing our needs and creating a vision for our music program as we move through this time of transition. In the meantime, please feel free to contact Fr Bruce with any comments, questions, or suggestions you may have.  And please offer a word of thanks to Matt for his outstanding work with us.

Mother’s Day Youth Led Service

Please join us on Sunday, May 13, to celebrate the women in our lives.   Contact Sue Crowley if you’d like to get involved.
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.
Ice Cream Celebration!
In celebration of our last day of Godly Play and Youth Group for the school year and as a thank you to our wonderful volunteer teachers, we will have an ice cream party after the 10 am service on Sunday, May 20.  Can you say Sweet Cow Moo Mobile?  We will be accepting cash donations to help offset cost out of  the children and youth budget. All are invited!  Contact Sue Crowley.
Taking Root: Vacation Bible School 2018
Register here for Saint Mary Magdalene and Shepherd of the Hills 2018 VBS program: Taking Root!  We will spend the week traveling to Haiti, Madagascar and China to explore what it means to care for all God’s people, everywhere.  We will gather June 6th – 8th from 4 pm to 7 pm.  Supper will be provided at 530 pm!
VBS is available to children aged 5 years to 5th grade. Our middle school and high school aged youth will work as “camp counselors.” The program will be hosted here at Saint Mary Magdalene.
Topics we will cover are:
Day 1: Recognizing Hunger
Day 2: Living Faithfully & Caring for Our Neighbors
Day 3: Imagine a World Where No One is Hungry & You Are Important Even If You Are Small
Please contact Sue Crowley if you have any questions.

Update Your Birthdays and Anniversaries with SMM

In an effort to keep accurate lists of birthdays and anniversaries to celebrate with our community, cards will be on the Welcome Table by the front entrance to the sanctuary to provide updated information.  Please take a moment to complete one for yourself and your family and place it in the offering basket during the month of April.  If you would like to submit the information digitally, click here for a sample and email the info to Sarah Jane Delaney.  Thank you for helping us update our records to celebrate together!
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
Sundays 8:00am & 10:00am

Office Hours

Mon-Thur 9am-2pm
Friday-Closed

Closed Thur May 3

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 April 20, 2018


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Thank You from the Colorado Haiti Project!

Thank you to the kind and generous community we have here at St. Mary Magdalene! We raised more than $10,000 on April 15 and funded at least 38 scholarships at St. Paul’s School in Petit Trou de Nippes, Haiti. On behalf of students like Marc Donald, Roodnaelle, Gedeon Othniel, Bedjina, Ednol, and others in the picture, MESI ANPIL (many thanks) for funding them and their classmates in grades 7-9!

We would like to continue raising scholarships for the next three weeks and hope to support even more students for their next school year. Members of the Outreach Committee will be available for the next few Sundays to answer your questions and to gladly receive donations in any amount. Please make checks payable to St. Mary Magdalene with “Haiti Fundraiser” in the memo line. Together we are making a difference helping students receive a quality education at St. Paul’s!

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 for providing Altar Flowers or Coffee Hour.
Music Director Update
Matt Witherow will be stepping down as our Music Director effective May 1.  Fortunately for us, he has agreed to stay on as our principal accompanist for Sunday worship.  We do not anticipate hiring a new Music Director in the near future, but will be assessing our needs and creating a vision for our music program as we move through this time of transition. In the meantime, please feel free to contact Fr Bruce with any comments, questions, or suggestions you may have.  And please offer a word of thanks to Matt for his outstanding work with us.
Newcomers’ Brunch
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 the community of St. Mary Magdalene, join us at 11:00am on Sunday, April 22, for a brunch and meaningful discussion about what it means to be a member of this community.  Contact Sarah Jane Delaney with questions and to RSVP or sign up on the events table by the parking lot entrance.

Update Your Birthdays and Anniversaries with SMM

In an effort to keep accurate lists of birthdays and anniversaries to celebrate with our community, cards will be on the Welcome Table by the front entrance to the sanctuary to provide updated information.  Please take a moment to complete one for yourself and your family and place it in the offering basket during the month of April.  If you would like to submit the information digitally, click here for a sample and email the info to Sarah Jane Delaney.  Thank you for helping us update our records to celebrate together!
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.
Taking Root: Vacation Bible School 2018
Register here for Saint Mary Magdalene and Shepherd of the Hills 2018 VBS program: Taking Root!  We will spend the week traveling to Haiti, Madagascar and China to explore what it means to care for all God’s people, everywhere.  We will gather June 6th – 8th from 4 pm to 7 pm.  Supper will be provided at 530 pm!
VBS is available to children aged 5 years to 5th grade. Our middle school and high school aged youth will work as “camp counselors.” The program will be hosted here at Saint Mary Magdalene.
Topics we will cover are:
Day 1: Recognizing Hunger
Day 2: Living Faithfully & Caring for Our Neighbors
Day 3: Imagine a World Where No One is Hungry & You Are Important Even If You Are Small
Please contact Sue Crowley if you have any questions.
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
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, 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 April 13, 2018


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Tales of Resurrection
by Fr. Bruce Swinehart
The disciples seem pretty unnerved by their encounters with the Risen Jesus.  I know I would be.  He passes through solid walls and locked doors right into their midst as they cower in fear.  And yet he is not a disembodied spirit or a ghost – he is eager to show that he has a (kind of) body.  Jesus often seems to be reassuring his friends when he greets them with “Peace be with you.”

It’s kind of odd when you think about it. Just a couple of Sundays ago we were gleefully celebrating the Resurrection of our Lord.  And then for the rest of the Easter Season, Jesus himself seems be saying, “Don’t worry, it’s okay!” Maybe we are more comfortable with the idea of the Resurrection than with the reality of it.

I’m not sure what to make of the Risen Christ, let alone how to follow him, now that he’s become a kind of shape-shifting trickster.  I keep thinking about what Jesus told Mary Magdalene at the tomb on Easter morning: “Do not hold on to me.”  Good advice, but maybe I need a Jesus I can hold on to.

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 for providing Altar Flowers or Coffee Hour.
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.

Update Your Birthdays and Anniversaries with SMM

In an effort to keep accurate lists of birthdays and anniversaries to celebrate with our community, cards will be on the Welcome Table by the front entrance to the sanctuary to provide updated information.  Please take a moment to complete one for yourself and your family and place it in the offering basket during the month of April.  If you would like to submit the information digitally, click here for a sample and email the info to Sarah Jane Delaney.  Thank you for helping us update our records to celebrate together!
Newcomers’ Brunch
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 the community of St. Mary Magdalene, join us at 11:00am on Sunday, April 22, for a brunch and meaningful discussion about what it means to be a member of this community.  Contact Sarah Jane Delaney with questions and to RSVP or sign up on the events table by the parking lot entrance.
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.
Taking Root: Vacation Bible School 2018
Register here for Saint Mary Magdalene and Shepherd of the Hills 2018 VBS program: Taking Root!  We will spend the week traveling to Haiti, Madagascar and China to explore what it means to care for all God’s people, everywhere.  We will gather June 6th – 8th from 4 pm to 7 pm.  Supper will be provided at 530 pm!
VBS is available to children aged 5 years to 5th grade. Our middle school and high school aged youth will work as “camp counselors.” The program will be hosted here at Saint Mary Magdalene.
Topics we will cover are:
Day 1: Recognizing Hunger
Day 2: Living Faithfully & Caring for Our Neighbors
Day 3: Imagine a World Where No One is Hungry & You Are Important Even If You Are Small
Please contact Sue Crowley if you have any questions.
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
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, 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 April 5, 2018


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An Update from Sr. Warden Jim Watkins

During the past few weeks, several people have asked me what the Vestry plans to do in 2018. I will try to answer that question recognizing that my answer will be incomplete as there will be unexpected issues that come up later in the year that the Vestry will have to address.

The Vestry’s most important activity in 2018 will be to continue to lead the discernment process regarding Father Bruce’s current role as Priest-in-Charge and a possible call to be our permanent Rector. That activity, which has been going on since Father Bruce joined us in 2016, will involve Father Bruce, the Vestry, our congregation, and the Episcopal Diocese of Colorado.
The Vestry will be overseeing the planning of a Capital Campaign to raise funds to pay for the deferred maintenance and improvements we would like to do to our building. Many of you will be involved in that campaign in some capacity. More information will be forthcoming.
We are currently completing revisions to our Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws and completing a new Building Use Policy. We plan to create a Gift Designation Policy so that we know what to do when we receive an undesignated gift. We are also updating our Parish Profile. Several of these items were started in 2017 and we hope to complete them in 2018.
The Vestry has plans to oversee the activities of our many Committees. Each Vestry member has volunteered to be the liaison for one or more Committees. We anticipate that the Vestry member will contact the Committee chair and open a dialogue about the Committee with a goal of helping address committee needs and provide an additional channel of communications.
Other activities include reviewing our financial statements every month, making sure that we conduct our annual Stewardship campaign, and hopefully, listening to and addressing the concerns expressed by the congregation.
Vestry meetings are scheduled for the second Tuesday of every month (although our April meeting will be the third Tuesday, April 17) at 6:30PM and are open to all. We welcome your attendance and input.
Peace to all.
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 for providing 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.
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.

Update Your Birthdays and Anniversaries with SMM

In an effort to keep accurate lists of birthdays and anniversaries to celebrate with our community, cards will be on the Welcome Table by the front entrance to the sanctuary to provide updated information.  Please take a moment to complete one for yourself and your family and place it in the offering basket during the month of April.  If you would like to submit the information digitally, click here for a sample and email the info to Sarah Jane Delaney.  Thank you for helping us update our records to celebrate together!

Second Sunday Women’s Gathering

All women of St. Mary Magdalene are warmly invited to the Second Sunday Women’s Gathering Sunday, April 8, at 11:30am. Join us in the library for a light lunch and heartfelt discussion, while getting to know some of the other wonderful women in our community.  Contact Roxanne Bamond.
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.
Newcomers’ Brunch
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 the community of St. Mary Magdalene, join us at 11:00am on Sunday, April 22, for a brunch and meaningful discussion about what it means to be a member of this community.  Contact Sarah Jane Delaney with questions and to RSVP.
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.
Real Parenting: Love and Logic Parenting Class
Wildflower Preschool is offering a 5 week Love and Logic parenting class taught by Stephanie Bryan beginning Thursday, April 12 at 5:30pm.  Parishioners of St. Mary Magdalene are invited to join this class discussing parenting of 0-6 year old children.  Find more information and registration instructions here.

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!
FORMATION
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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, 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.
Subscribe to receive the SMM Parish News weekly or to join other SMM email lists.