Parish News June 1, 2018

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by Fr. Bruce Swinehart
I will be traveling for most of June, and wanted to share a bit about where I’ll be going and what I’ll be up to.
Monday through Friday of next week (June 4-8) I’ll be in Boston for an annual retreat with some seminary colleagues.  The five of us comprised a Spiritual Formation Group for much of our time at Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, until we graduated in 2009. We prayed and studied together, got each other through some tough times, and celebrated our milestones and achievements.  This will be our 6th annual retreat, and each time we get together we pick up right where we left off.
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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.

Summer Service Time Change
Sunday worship at St. Mary Magdalene will move to one service at 9:00am beginning on Sunday, June 3.  We look forward to seeing you there!
New Hymn at St. Mary Magdalene
On Sunday, June 3, we will singing a new hymn We Cannont Measure How You Heal.  As this will be the first time singing it together please click here and familiarize yourself with the tune and lyrics.  Thank you for lending you voice as we “Celebrate and Share God’s Love” together.
Greeter, Usher, Welcome Ministries Meeting 

Greeters, ushers, and welcomers will meet with Fr Bruce on June 3 after the 9:00am worship service.  We’ll review procedures and expectations, answer questions, and brainstorm ideas.  The meeting is open to all those who are currently serving, or who desire to serve, in any of these ministries.

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.
Border Immersion Trip to Nogales
Please join us on Sunday, June 10th, after the 9:00am service for a brief presentation on the Nogales Mission Trip. We will show pictures and share stories from last year’s trip there. The trip this year will be from July 30th – August 4th. We will be staying at HEPAC (Home of Hope and Peace) again on the Mexican side of the border while making several different day trips throughout the week. One of these trips will be to a sister Episcopal church in Arizona during their monthly medical clinic for children from the Mexican side of Nogales. The trip is open to anyone 13 and older with spots being prioritized for the youths. Adults are still welcome, and we hope to see you there! The registration deadline is June 30th. For more information, please contact Fr Bruce or Meg Thornbury.
Celebrate Summer Solstice with St. Brigit’s 

In keeping with the Celtic tradition of honoring the earth as God’s creation, St. Brigit will mark the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, as a celebration of God’s gift of light.  The Solstice Service is unique among the Áit Caol services in that all the meditation areas will be outdoors on the church grounds, including one utilizing St. Brigit’s outdoor labyrinth.  St. Brigit’s youth group, the Lightsiderz, will be assisting in creating the meditation areas.  Older children are welcome at the service.  Childcare will be provided for children under age six.  Read more >

Buy Grocery Cards to Support St. Mary Magdalene  

Did you know that you can support the ministry of St. Mary Magdalene by purchasing reloadable cards for stores such as King Sooper’s?  SMM will receive 5% cash back for all purchases made on these cards.  For example, in the first quarter of 2018 the church received $1,346.57 in proceeds from card use.  It is an easy and fantastic way to support our church community.  Contact Colleen Brolin to purchase cards or to learn more.


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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 9:00am

Office Hours

Mon-Thur 9am-2pm

Priest in Charge Hours

Monday – Sabbath
Tues-Thur – Office Hours
Fri-Sat – by appointment

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