“Your young ones will see visions; your elders will dream dreams”
by Fr Bruce Swinehart
Last week the Vestry and I received the Vision Statement for St Mary Magdalene that was crafted by Jim Watkins, Jane Rogers, Debbie Buckman, Paul Chyc, Robin Guilford and Sue Crowley. They did an amazing job of prayerfully weaving together all of the input generated at our community visioning process on July 22nd, plus follow-up conversations with families. They also incorporated the results of conversations and surveys that were conducted last fall.
The Vision Statement is guiding the Vestry and me as we discern together the possibility of me becoming Rector of St Mary Magdalene (that decision is expected to be made no later than October 9th). Going forward, the Vision Statement will continue to be a touchstone reminding us who we are in God’s sight. It will be a signpost at every crossroad, continually calling us into God’s dream for St Mary Magdalene.
A Message from the Front Range Region
RSVP today for a Walkabout Meeting
Walkabout meetings will be your chance to personally meet the candidates for Bishop, ask questions, and see them in action. The Walkabout will start Sunday, October 7, and will conclude at the end of the day on Friday, October 12. The Standing Committee urges every delegate and member of the clergy to attend a meeting as part of your discernment of who leads us in the next phase of our spiritual journey.
Mary Magdalene in Southern France Presentation, Sunday September 30, 9:00am
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.
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.
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.
Next Session: “Your Wishes and Values: Guiding End of Life Conversations,” Sunday, September 30 @ 1-3pm, Niwot United Methodist Church.
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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