Parish News September 14, 2018

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Update on the Search for the 11th Bishop of Colorado
The Diocese of Colorado is preparing to elect its 11th Bishop foliowing the retirement of Rt Rev Robert J O’Neill, who has served the Diocese since 2004. The election will take place at the Annual Diocesan Convention on October 26-27 in Denver.  St Mary Magdalene’s lay delegates to the Convention include Lynn Mulcare, Pete Morreale, Lynn Mulcare, Janet Poley, with Jim Watkins and John Thornbury serving as alternates.  Fr Bruce will be our clergy delegate.
After an exhaustive process the Standing Committee of the Diocese has put forward two candidates: The Rev. Kym Lucas, and The Rev. Canon Ruth Woodliff Stanley (the current Canon to the Ordinary in our Diocese).  You can read more about them, and about the search process here.
A third candidate, The Rev. Canon Michael Pipkin, had also been offered but the Standing Committee recently removed him from consideration due to “serious personal, professional, and vocational issues.” You can read the letter announcing their decision here.
There will be two opportunities for delegates and anyone else who is interested to learn more about the election process and meet the candidates:
The Front Range Region Convocation is on Saturday, September 29 from 9am-12pm at St John’s Cathedral in Denver. This where the election process and other rules of Convention will be explained.
Walkabouts are opportunities to meet the candidates in person.  The Front Range Region Walkabout takes place on Monday, October 8 from 5-8pm at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Loveland.  Other walkabouts are scheduled in Denver and several other locations. The complete list can be found here.
In the meantime, as the process continues to unfold, the Standing Committee offers this prayer:
Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a bishop for this Diocese, and those in discernment with us,that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. 
Amen
To stay up to date on everything happening around the Diocese, subscribe to the weekly Diocesan Digest and quarterly Episcopalian here.
An Update on Wildflower Preschool
After much deliberation over the past couple of years, the St Mary Magdalene Vestry has decided not to renew Wildflower Preschool’s lease when it expires in June 2019.  Our primary concern has been to determine the best use of space in our education wing, especially as our church’s growth puts increased pressure on our limited worship, office, meeting, and classroom space.  While we don’t yet know exactly how the  space will be configured and used, we are committed to making some portion of it available for a community purpose yet to be determined.
We notified Wildflower of our decision back in November 2017 but did not make a public announcement until now at their request.  Amy Harman, the owner, has secured space to open a new Wildflower site at the New Church at 95th and Arapahoe.  All families currently enrolled at the SMM site have the option to transfer their children to the new location.
For more information please contact Fr Bruce or Jim Watkins, Sr Warden.
UPCOMING AT AND AROUND ST. MARY MAGDALENE
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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 to provide Altar Flowers or Coffee Hour.

Sunday Service Time Change

On Sunday, September 16 our Sunday worship service times will move to 8:00am (no music) and 10:00am (with music).  Please mark your calendars for this change.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Thoughtful Endings: A Series on End of Life Planning (September 16th – November 11th)

St. Mary Magdalene and the Gunbarrel Faith Partnership are joining with the Conversation Project to host a five session series on important end-of-life issues.  Topics will include Confronting Mortality, Your Wishes and Values, Documents as a Guide for Decision Making, Understanding End of Life Resources, and Your Precious Body After Death.  Each congregation will host one of the sessions. The series begins on Sunday, September 16th, 1-3pm, and continues every other Sunday through November 11th. for more information click here.  
Godly Play Volunteer Lunch & Learn
Following the 10 am service on Sunday, September 30 Godly Play volunteers are encouraged to stay after 10 am service for a small lunch and check in.  We will check in with one another and smooth out any kinks in our Sunday programming.  Contact Sue Crowley for more information.
Expressions of the Divine Feminine: Mary Magdalene and the Black Madonna
This 3-part series will explore historical, cultural, scriptural, and spiritual dimensions of the Divine Feminine, including Mary Magdalene, the Black Madonna, and Biblical figures. The series includes (1) a presentation by Fr. Bruce on his journey to sites associated with Mary Magdalene and Black Madonnas in southern France  (Sunday 9/30 @ 9am); (2) an evening presentation by the Rev. Mary Hardy on the Divine Feminine in the Bible (Friday 10/5 @ 7-9pm); and (3) an interactive day-long retreat on the Black Madonna with the Labyrinth (Saturday 10/6 @ 9am-4pm).  Suggested donation: $50 (includes Friday evening presentation and lunch on Saturday).
For more information, see the calendar for September 30, October, 5, and October 6.
Calling All Supporters of Mental Health Awareness!
Meg Thornbury and Courtney Gambrell are planning to offer a Mental Health Support Group at SMM. It would be for both those who experience mental health challenges and for those who love someone affected by them.
If you have counseling or mental health expertise, or a general interest in this topic, we invite you to help us define the scope and structure of the group, and/or to be involved in its implementation. Please contact Courtney. We would love to share our ideas and hear your own!
New Centering Prayer Group?
Centering Prayer is prayer in which we experience God’s presence within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself. ~ Thomas Keating
We are considering offering a second Centering Prayer group on Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm. If you are interested in participating in this new group or would like more information please contact Carolyn Baker. More information about Centering Prayer is available here.

Save the Date! – 2018 CROP Hunger Walk

Mark your calendars for this special parish-wide event to be held on October 21.  Donations support Community Food Share & Church World Service.  Let’s walk together in solidarity with those who hunger. Please contact Sue Crowley or Rick Fredo.
Communion Bread Bakers Needed!
Would you like to bake communion bread? The recipe is simple – making and baking takes about a half hour on Friday evening or early Saturday morning.  Deliver the bread to the church before 10:00 am Saturday.  It is nice too if you present it at the offertory on Sunday Morning, but not necessary.  This is a wonderful expression of service and care for your church family! Contact Janet Poley to volunteer.  Find the recipe here!
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, frbruce@smmboulder.org
Children and Youth: Sue Crowley, scrowley@smmboulder.org
Parish Administrator: Brian Gates, office@smmboulder.org
Sr. Warden: Jim Watkins, srwarden@smmboulder.org 
Jr. Warden: Jeff Cantrell, jrwarden@smmboulder.org
Worship Service Times

Saturdays 5pm
Sundays 8am & 10am

Office Hours

Mon-Thur 9am-2pm
Friday-Closed

 

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.
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Parish News September 7, 2018

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“Pray Without Ceasing”
By Fr Bruce Swinehart and Cheryl Andrews
Yesterday marked the second anniversary of my ministry at St Mary Magdalene, for which I am grateful to God and to this beloved community.  I began my first day on the job with the Tuesday morning Centering Prayer gathering.  I felt there was a deep silence and stillness at the heart of our community that I was being drawn into.  It continues to nourish and sustain me.
Our prayer life at SMM makes room for the Spirit to move through us, bind us together, inspire us and heal us.  And it continues to grow.

Read more…

UPCOMING AT AND AROUND ST. MARY MAGDALENE
(click on event title links for details)
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.

Sunday, September 9th: Reconnecting Sunday!
Following the 9:00am service, this event will feature two great opportunities to share in the life of St. Mary Magdalene.
The Outreach Committee will be hosting its annual Party Sunday, which is Outreach’s main fundraiser. Sign up to host and/or attend parties and fun events for a nominal fee. All proceeds go to support community organizations. It is also a great way to add some fun events to your social calendar! Please consider hosting a hike, happy hour, game night, theme dinner or similar event.  Please contact Bill Andrews for more info.
Also, we will be hosting a Ministry fair showcasing the many ministries, programs, and activities of St. Mary Magdalene.  Representatives from each ministry will be on hand to share information on their purpose, needs, and how you can get involved.
The Second Sunday Women’s Gathering will take place as scheduled at 10:45am.

Sunday Service Time Change

On Sunday, September 16 our Sunday worship service times will move to 8:00am (no music) and 10:00am (with music).  Please mark your calendars for this change.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Thoughtful Endings: A Series on End of Life Planning

September 16th – November 11th

St. Mary Magdalene and the Gunbarrel Faith Partnership are joining with the Conversation Project to host a five session series on end-of-life issues.  Topics will include Confronting Mortality, Your Wishes and Values, Documents as a Guide for Decision Making, Understanding End of Life Resources, and Your Precious Body After Death.  Each congregation will host one of the sessions. The series begins on Sunday, September 16th, 1-3pm, and continues every other Sunday until November 11th.  For more information click here.  
Expressions of the Divine Feminine: Mary Magdalene and the Black Madonna
This 3-part series will explore historical, cultural, scriptural, and spiritual dimensions of the Divine Feminine, including Mary Magdalene, the Black Madonna, and Biblical figures. The series includes (1) a presentation by Fr Bruce and Daphne on their journey to sites associated with Mary Magdalene and Black Madonnas in southern France  (Sunday 9/30 @ 9am); (2) an evening presentation by Rev Mary Hardy on the Divine Feminine in the Bible (Friday 10/5 @ 7-9pm); and (3) an interactive day-long workshop on the Black Madonna with the Labyrinth (Saturday 10/6 @ 9am-4pm). Suggested donation: $50 (includes Friday evening presentation and lunch on Saturday).
For more information, see the calendar for September 30, October 5, and October 6.
New Centering Prayer Group?
Centering Prayer is prayer in which we experience God’s presence within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself. ~ Thomas Keating
We are considering offering a second Centering Prayer group on Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm. If you are interested in participating in this new group or would like more information please contact Carolyn Baker. More information about Centering Prayer is available here.
Calling All Supporters of Mental Health Awareness!
Meg Thornbury and Courtney Gambrell are planning to offer a Mental Health Support Group at SMM. It would be for both those who experience mental health challenges and for those who love someone affected by them.
If you have counseling or mental health expertise, or a general interest in this topic, we invite you to help us define the scope and structure of the group, and/or to be involved in its implementation. Please contact Courtney. We would love to share our ideas and hear your own!

Save the Date! – 2018 CROP Hunger Walk

Mark your calendars for this special parish-wide event to be held on October 21.  Donations support Community Food Share & Church World Service.  Let’s walk together in solidarity with those who hunger. Please contact Sue Crowley or Rick Fredo.
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, frbruce@smmboulder.org
Children and Youth: Sue Crowley, scrowley@smmboulder.org
Parish Administrator: Brian Gates, office@smmboulder.org
Sr. Warden: Jim Watkins, srwarden@smmboulder.org 
Jr. Warden: Jeff Cantrell, jrwarden@smmboulder.org
Worship Service Times

Saturdays 5:00pm
Sundays 9:00am

Office Hours

Mon-Thur 9am-2pm
Friday-Closed

 

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.

Parish News August 31, 2018

 

UPCOMING AT AND AROUND ST. MARY MAGDALENE
(click on event title links for details)
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.

Sunday, September 9th: Reconnecting Sunday!
Following the 9:00am service, this event will feature two great opportunities to share in the life of St. Mary Magdalene.
The Outreach Committee will be hosting its annual Party Sunday, which is Outreach’s main fundraising event. Sign up to host and/or attend parties for a nominal fee. All proceeds go to Outreach for grant-making to community organizations. It is also a great way to add some fun events to your social calendar! We are currently requesting folks to host an event, so please volunteer to host a hike, happy hour, game night, theme dinner or similar event. Please contact Bill Andrews with questions.
Also, SMM Ministry teams will be hosting a Ministry fair showcasing the many ministries, programs, and activities of St. Mary Magdalene.  Representatives from each ministry will be on hand to share information on their purpose, needs, and how you can get involved.
The Second Sunday Women’s Gathering will take place as scheduled at 10:45am.

Sunday Service Time Change

On Sunday, September 16 our Sunday worship service times will move to 8:00am (no music) and 10:00am (with music).  Please mark your calendars for this change.  We look forward to seeing you there!
SAVE THE DATE!
Expressions of the Divine Feminine: Mary Magdalene and the Black Madonna
This 3-part series will explore historical, cultural, scriptural, and spiritual dimensions of the Divine Feminine, including Mary Magdalene, the Black Madonna, and Biblical figures. The series includes (1) a presentation by Fr Bruce and Daphne on their journey to sites associated with Mary Magdalene and Black Madonnas in southern France  (Sunday 9/30 @ 9am); (2) an evening presentation by Rev Mary Hardy on the Divine Feminine in the Bible (Friday 10/5 @ 7-9pm); and (3) an interactive day-long workshop on the Black Madonna with the Labyrinth (Saturday 10/6 @ 9am-4pm).
More detailed information will be coming soon.

Thoughtful Endings: A Series on End of Life Planning

The Gunbarrel Faith Partnership, a coalition of several congregations in our area, is joining with the Conversation Project to host a five session series on end-of-life issues.  Topics will include Confronting Mortality, Your Wishes and Values, Documents as a Guide for Decision Making, Understanding End of Life Resources, and Your Precious Body After Death.  Each congregation in The Gunbarrel Faith Partnership will host one of the sessions. The series begins on Sunday, September 16th, 1-3pm, and continues every other Sunday through November 11th.  Find more information about each session here.  

Save the Date! – 2018 CROP Hunger Walk

Mark your calendars for this special parish-wide event to be held on October 21.  Donations support Community Food Share & Church World Service.  Let’s walk together in solidarity with those who hunger. Please contact Sue Crowley or Rick Fredo.
2018 Outreach Christmas Project 

Each year the Outreach Committee picks a charity to help during the Christmas holiday season.  Last year we collected gift cards (total $700+!) that we presented to There With Care, so siblings of sick children would receive gifts. We’d like your input on our 2018 Christmas project. If you’d like to make a suggestion contact Kim Freymiller.

St. Mary Magdalene Library Revitalization

There is interest in revitalizing the St. Mary Magdalene library to make it more user-friendly and support groups that meet in the library space, including featuring books they are reading. There will be a survey located on the events table at the back of the sanctuary on Sunday mornings for you to share your input in this project. If you would like to be a part of this re-energizing of the library, please contact Linda White.
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.

CONNECT WITH SAINT MARY MAGDALENE

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Bishop: The Rt. Reverend Robert O’Neill
Priest in Charge: The Rev. Bruce Swinehart, frbruce@smmboulder.org
Children and Youth: Sue Crowley, scrowley@smmboulder.org
Parish Administrator: Brian Gates, office@smmboulder.org
Sr. Warden: Jim Watkins, srwarden@smmboulder.org 
Jr. Warden: Jeff Cantrell, jrwarden@smmboulder.org
Worship Service Times

Saturdays 5:00pm
Sundays 9:00am

Office Hours

Mon-Thur 9am-2pm
Friday-Closed

 

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.

Parish News August 24, 2018


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Re-Connecting
by Fr. Bruce Swinehart
I’m as excited as a kid at a backpack blessing about the start of the program year at St Mary Magdalene.  And I know I’m not the only one.
As always, there will be lots of wonderful worship, prayer, music, activities, classes, programs, social events, and community outreach going on.  I know I will be educated, nourished, and inspired right alongside all of you.
But beyond the sheer quantity of good stuff going on, I’m even more gratified by how it’s happening. Some kind of spiritual energy is being unleashed at St Mary Magdalene and it is a wonder to behold.

Read more…

UPCOMING AT AND AROUND ST. MARY MAGDALENE
(click on event title 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.

Reconnecting and Party Sunday! | September 9

Sunday, September 9th will be Reconnecting Sunday to begin the new program year.  This event will feature athe Party Sunday for Outreach. This is Outreach’s main fundraising event, so be sure to be there! It is also a great way to add some fun events to your social calendar! We are currently requesting folks to host an event, so please volunteer to host a hike, happy hour, game night, theme dinner or similar event. Please contact Bill Andrews with questions about Party Sunday.

Sunday Service Time Change

On Sunday, September 16 our Sunday worship service times will move to 8:00am (no music) and 10:00am (with music).  Please mark your calendars for this change.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Save the Date! – 2018 CROP Hunger Walk

Mark your calendars for this special parish-wide event to be held on October 21.  Donations support Community Food Share & Church World Service.  Let’s walk together in solidarity with those who hunger.  This wonderful event is looking for a SMM community leader to help our parish get organized and raise donations.  Please contact Sue Crowley at if you are able to take the lead.
2018 Outreach Christmas Project 

Each year the Outreach Committee picks a charity to help during the Christmas holiday season.  Last year we collected gift cards (total $700+!) that we presented to There With Care, so siblings of sick children would receive gifts. We’d like your input on our 2018 Christmas project. If you’d like to make a suggestion contact Kim Freymiller.

St. Mary Magdalene Library Revitalization

There is interest in revitalizing the St. Mary Magdalene library to make it more user-friendly and also support some of the groups that meet in the library space — to highlight books they are using and allow parishioners to see what is being read by others in the church. We’d also like to create a space where people can find books to read for understanding of a topic or to receive encouragement for their lives. If you would like to be a part of this re-energizing of the library, please contact Linda White.
St. Benedict’s Seeks Volunteers 
St. Benedict Health and Healing Ministry thanks St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church for its ongoing financial and in-kind support of our ministry!  Our free clinics and other programming operate at seven sites, providing basic health care screening, doctor and nurse consultations, education and referrals.  This health care “safety net” helps enable the uninsured and underinsured to find the ongoing care they need.
Volunteer health care professionals are always needed to staff clinics in Boulder, Longmont and Lafayette.  In addition, we use non-clinical volunteers to distribute medicine in shelters, serve on our Board of Directors or a committee, plan our annual fundraising event, and more.  If potentially interested in finding your role, please visit our website at or contact Bill Goodwin.  Thank you.
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.

CONNECT WITH SAINT MARY MAGDALENE

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Bishop: The Rt. Reverend Robert O’Neill
Priest in Charge: The Rev. Bruce Swinehart, frbruce@smmboulder.org
Children and Youth: Sue Crowley, scrowley@smmboulder.org
Parish Administrator: Brian Gates, office@smmboulder.org
Sr. Warden: Jim Watkins, srwarden@smmboulder.org 
Jr. Warden: Jeff Cantrell, jrwarden@smmboulder.org
Worship Service Times

Saturdays 5:00pm
Sundays 9:00am

Office Hours

Mon-Thur 9am-2pm
Friday-Closed

 

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.