Parish News August 3, 2018

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Welcoming the Stranger
By Fr Bruce Swinehart
I love the Coffee Hour hubbub on Sunday mornings at St Mary Magdalene.  For one thing, the coffee and the goodies are always delicious (thank you Coffee Hour hosts!).  But the conversations are the real treat for me.  I especially enjoy meeting the visitors and newcomers who step into our doors nearly every week. People are definitely being attracted by “the sweet, sweet Spirit in this place”.
So I was very gratified that one of the questions that we chose to explore more deeply at our visioning session on July 22nd was “Once we draw people in, how do we keep them engaged?” Another closely related question that also received a lot of attention was “How can we be more welcoming?”
While we still need to develop these themes into a vision and a plan, there are a few simple things we can do in the meantime to help weave people (newer folks as well as and long-time members) into the fabric of our community.
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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.

My Soul Finds Rest in God Alone
This Sunday we will be singing a hymn new to the congregation, My Soul Finds Rest in God Alone.  Please take a few moments to familiarize yourself with song by clicking here.  We look forward to our voices joining together in praise to our God this weekend.
Second Sunday Women’s Gathering
Women of the parish, please join us at 10:30 AM on Sunday August 12 in the library as we gather for Spiritual inspiration and physical nourishment.  Feel free to bring some food to share but come either way! If you have questions please reach out to Roxanne Bamond. 
Sign Up for Fall Supper Clubs 

Sign ups for our fall dinner groups will begin on Sunday, July 22nd and continue through August 12th. Small groups of 6-8 will meet 3 or 4 times this fall for a simple meal and fellowship, in homes or restaurants. These gatherings are strictly social and are a great way to get to know other members better. For both new and longtime members! Look for the sign up sheet at the back of the sanctuary or contact Kim Freymiller or Carmel Hill for more information.

Calling for Godly Play Instructors!   
Godly Play is looking for 4 new volunteers to tell stories to Elementary and Preschool aged children starting this Fall.  We are looking for a once a month commitment.  For questions, please talk with Julia McMillen or Sue Crowley.
Upcoming Events for Children, Youth, and Families

Sunday, August 12th: Bring your Backpacks to the altar for a special “Back to School” Blessing.  All backpacks welcome!

Saturday, August 18th: CYF Family Day & Lake Party 11 AM – 3 PM at Loukonen Brothers Reservoir.  Please RSVP to Tina Fredo or Sue Crowley.

Outreach Update

You may recall that Vestry decided in January to allocate 25% of our monthly plate offerings to Outreach. The results for the first six months are now in. Outreach has been given $2,033.62 to aid non-profit allocations. The Outreach Committee thanks you for your generosity.
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 second quarter of 2018 the church received $1,289.14 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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