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!


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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,
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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