Parish News May 4, 2018
Last Sunday Cheryl Andrews presented her amazing art piece to our congregation. It was made of felted wool and yarn, some of which had been passed from hand to hand throughout the church on the day of our Annual Meeting. The image she chose was that of a tree, which she explained as follows:
I see the strands of the tree as representing all of us, starting at the roots. We each bring different ideas, beliefs and backgrounds to St. Mary Magdalene. The trunk is the weaving together of the community. The wool strands are still separate, but form a whole – as we keep our individuality, but form the body of the church. The branches represent our reaching out to the wider community of the world. We are deeply rooted in God’s love. Love is what brings us together, bonds us, and love is what we can share with others.
This beautiful image, inspired in part by the above quote from Colossians 2, powerfully describes who and how we are to each other in Christian community. We don’t just belong to the community, we belong to each other in Christ.
UPCOMING AT AND AROUND ST. MARY MAGDALENE
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- World Labyrinth Day Walk, Saturday May 5, 1:00pm
- Contemplative Eucharist, Saturday May 5, 5:00pm
- Sunday Worship Services, Sunday May 6, 8:00am (no music) and 10:00am
- Adult Formation Forum, Sunday May 6, 9:00am
- Centering Prayer, Tuesday May 8, 9:15am
- Vestry Meeting, Tuesday May 8, 6:00pm
- Men’s Discussion Group, Wednesday May 9, 9:00am
- Adult Series: The Episcopal Church Welcomes You, Wednesday May 9, 6:30pm
- Thursday Bible Study, Thursday May 10, 1:30pm
- Contemplative Eucharist, Saturday May 12, 5:00pm
- Youth Led Sunday Services, Sunday May 13, 8:00am (no music) and 10:00am
- Adult Formation Forum, Sunday May 13, 9:00am
- 2nd Sunday Women’s Group, Sunday May 13, CANCELLED
World Labyrinth Day
Celebrate the 10th Annual World Labyrinth Day at 1:00pm on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at St. Mary Magdalene and join over 5,000 people taking steps for peace, ‘Walking as One at 1’ in the afternoon. Last year gatherings were held in over 20 countries and 45 US states! Contact Kristin Dura for more information. Read more here >
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Read the review here >
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. 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!
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.
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!
Worship Service Times
Priest in Charge Hours
Monday – Sabbath