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.

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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,
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

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Mon-Thur 9am-2pm


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