Parish News July 2, 2018

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by Jim Watkins
By now, you may have heard that we are going to have a Visioning Session at St. Mary Magdalene. It will be on Sunday, July 22, 2018, and will be part of the service for that day. The service and Visioning Session will run from 9:00AM to 12:00PM and will be followed by a pot luck luncheon celebrating St. Mary Magdalene Feast Day.
So what is this Visioning Session and why do we need it? The Visioning Session is an opportunity for all of us to determine our collective identity as a congregation and what the future of St. Mary Magdalene might look like as well as our roles in that future. It should also help us better define what we want in a Rector. We need to do this as part of the process involving Father Bruce’s evolution as a priest-in-charge. Once this vision is established, a period of discernment will be undertaken during which Father Bruce and the Vestry will separately discern whether Father Bruce should be called as our new Rector.
The Visioning Session will also give us the material we need to update our Parish Profile which the Diocese encourages us to do while we have a priest-in-charge. We will be assisted before, during, and after the Visioning Session by Ann Fleming, Missioner for Transition Ministry & Congregational Development for the Diocese. Among other things, Ann has written a pamphlet “The Priest-in-Charge Process in the Episcopal Church in Colorado: A Field Guide”.
On a related matter, we have taken some important steps towards commencing a Capital Campaign for St. Mary Magdalene. Shelby Kesterson and John Thornbury have agreed to serve as Co-Chairs of the campaign. Over the past few weeks, Shelby, John, Father Bruce, and the Vestry have interviewed three candidates to serve as a consultant for our campaign. At our June Vestry meeting, we decided to use Jeff Hensley, who is an employee of Generis, a company located in the Atlanta, Georgia area.
While there will be lots more information regarding the Capital Campaign coming in the future, it does tie in with our Visioning Session as we expect to get some ideas for our Capital Campaign from our Visioning Session.
Please put the July 22 Visioning Session and celebratory luncheon on your calendar. It should be an important day for our collective futures as a congregation.
Jim Watkins, Senior Warden
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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.

Church Workday with Burritos, Bacon, and Coffee! 
Please join us at 8:00am on Saturday, July 14 for a church-wide workday as we beautify our amazing property in preparation for the Feast of St. Mary Magdalene.  Breakfast burritos, bacon, and coffee will be served.  Contact Jeff Cantrell to sign up and learn more about this workday.
Feast of St. Mary Magdalene  

On Sunday, July 22, we will have a special worship service that morning for 9:00am – 12:00 noon which will include a “visioning process” for our community. A festive brunch will follow. Activities and games for children will be provided.  Please plan to attend – looking forward to seeing you there!

Children, Youth and Families and SMM Feast Day 

To celebrate Saint Mary Magdalene’s feast day on July 22nd, we will be having a bounce house with a water slide, along with games and art. Please bring a swimsuit, towel and sunscreen.  For more information contact Carmel Hill or Margaret Buttery.

Thank you for supporting Outreach and CHP

At the May meeting of Outreach, we voted to send a check for $13,445 to Colorado Haiti Project, the grand total of parishioners’ and others’ contributions. More than 33 scholarships were funded by the congregation and another 5 scholarships came from Outreach matching funds, for a total of more than 38 scholarships. A heartfelt thank you for continuing to generously “celebrate and share God’s love” with the students in Petit Trou, Haiti! We also voted to send $1,000 to Friends of HEPAC (Home of Hope and Peace) in Nogales, Mexico, where the mission trip went last year and plans to go again this year. The funds will be used to repair a foundation wall that is crumbling before the rainy season begins.

The next Outreach meeting will be July 9 at 7 pm in the sanctuary. On July 9, we’ll meet to review applications for a special $5,200 grant using the distribution to Outreach from SMM Endowment Funds. Our last grant of Endowment Funds built a community playground at an apartment complex for low-income families in Lafayette. Please come help review applications, if you’d like to be part of this interesting and gratifying process! For more information contact Amy Thornbury.

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.
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.


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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

Closed Wed. July 4

Priest in Charge Hours

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

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