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.
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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.
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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