Parish News May 11, 2018


(click on event links for details)
Top · Formation · Connect · Subscribe
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 Song at SMM!
On Sunday, May 20, a new song, Enemy of Apathy, will be introduced at the 10am service.  Please follow this link to take a listen and familiarize yourself with the tune.  We are thankful for all of your beautiful voices that lend to our ethos of congregational singing at St. Mary Magdalene.
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. Read the review here >

Mother’s Day Youth Led Service

Please join at 10:00am us on Sunday, May 13, to celebrate the women in our lives.   Contact Sue Crowley.

New Adult Forum: Mental Health Awareness Month

Our national church has long advocated for better understanding, care, and inclusion of those struggling with mental health challenges.  St. Mary Magdalene joins this effort in an intentional way as we work to increase our awareness of mental health issues through a series of adult forums. Last Sunday we gathered in the library and spoke of some of the varied ways that mental illness can impact our lives.  We talked of societal attitudes and the sense of stigma and isolation that often exists.  We spoke of the heavy weight that carrying a secret demands in the midst of an already difficult journey.  We explored the paradoxical sense of relief that can come with both a named diagnosis and an ability to speak openly about it.
At 9:00am this Sunday, May 13, we will offer a time of contemplative reflection and honoring of those who walk the journey of mental health challenges.  We will have a simple reading followed by a brief time of silence.  Then we will share in contemplative fashion, and afterwards we will close with a simple ritual of honoring those we love (including ourselves) who live or have lived with mental health challenges.  Please add the gift of your own mind and heart to our process.
Courtney Gambrell
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 13th 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. We will use “Your Faith, Your Life: An Invitation to the Episcopal Church,” (Revised 2017) by Jennifer Gamber as our guide.
The course 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
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.
Mission Trip to Nogales AZ/Mexico: July 30-August 4

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 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.
New Addition to SMM Library

“The Monastery” DVD is now available to be checked out.   Filmed by The Learning Channel, “The Monastery” chronicles five women who are guests for a month at The Lady of the Mississippi Abbey and documents the challenges and rewards of their retreat time.  It also provides an intimate glimpse of the nuns’ lifestyle and spiritual practices of the Cistercian Order. The documentary provided for a thoughtful and lively discussion for a recent Adult Forum Series offering.  For those who were unable to join us, it is now available to whoever is interested.  Many thanks to our SMM librarian, Linda White, for getting it ready for checkout!  Look for it on the shelf under the mirror.

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!


Top · Upcoming · Formation · Subscribe

Bishop: The Rt. Reverend Robert O’Neill
Priest in Charge: The Rev. Bruce Swinehart,
Children and Youth: Sue Crowley,
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

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.