My experience at this year’s Diocesan Convention at St John’s Cathedral was rich in many ways, even transformational. Our primary order of business was, of course, the election of the 11th Bishop of Colorado. But it was the context in which that election took place that made such an impression on me.
The election itself was incorporated into a service of Holy Communion, bracketed by the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Table. As the election progressed, the proceedings fell into a rhythm of listening to instructions, casting ballots, and then waiting for 30-45 minutes for the results to be tallied and announced. As we listened, voted, and waited Bishop O’Neill continually called us back into silence, prayer, hymn-singing, chanting, or sometimes just to take a break. Sitting underneath those soaring ceilings, surrounded by beautiful stained glass and carved wood images of our faith story, I felt bathed in prayer and witnessed by the whole Communion of Saints.
There was no electioneering, no campaigning, no one speaking for or against either candidate. Only watching and waiting, staying alert for the inspiration of the Spirit.
Celebration of New Ministry and Ingathering Sunday
Please join us at 10am on Sunday, November 4, for the Celebration of New Ministry of Fr. Bruce Swinehart as our Rector, and for our Stewardship Ingathering. The Rev. Ted Howard will be our guest preacher. If you have not already turned in your pledge cards, please bring them to place in the offering baskets. We look forward to seeing you on this great day of celebration for our community.
PLEASE NOTE: There will NOT be an 8:00am service on Sunday, November 4th. Also, remember to turn your clocks back one hour Saturday evening.
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.
All Saints/All Souls Remembrance: November 3 & 4
Almighty God, you have knit together your elect
in one communion and fellowship in the mystical body of
your Son Christ our Lord.
To honor the memory of our loved ones, everyone is invited invited to bring memorabilia or photographs to place on a special altar at the front of the church. Continuing this Saturday at 5:00pm items may be placed on the altar before any service may remain there until after the 10:00am service on November 4th.
Safeguarding God’s Children Workshop
St. Mary Magdalene will be hosting our Fall Safeguarding God’s Children training from 9 am-1 pm on Saturday, November 10th. Certification is required ever four years for all clergy, lay staff, volunteers and regular church workers. Please contact Sue Crowley with questions and RSVPs.
New Centering Prayer Group
A new Centering Prayer Group will meet in the Library on Wednesdays at 7:00pm. The first meeting will take place on Wednesday, November 7th. Please contact Carolyn Baker for more information.
Adult Forum: November 11&18 @ 9:00am
Journey to The Promised Land: How A Homeless Stranger Took Me Home, by Carolyn Baker.
Join SMM parishioner Carolyn Baker to discuss her recent book about her unlikely friendship with a homeless man here in Boulder. It is a moving story about reconnection, forgiveness, radical ego-adjustment, and having one’s heart broken open. It is a story of what is possible when we remain willing to stay present with and surrender to what is front of us right now, and continually open to mystery and miracles.
Electronic or hard copies are available here, although it is not necessary to read the book to enjoy the forum. Copies will also be available to borrow from our library. For more information please contact Carolyn Baker.
Thoughtful Endings: A Series on End of Life Planning
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. The final session, Your Precious Body After Death, will be held from 1:00pm to 3:00pm on November 11 at Vinelife Church in Gunbarrel. Please join this important conversation. Read more here.
Longmont Habitat for Humanity Build Day
Join us Saturday, November 17 for a Habitat build! Youth must be aged 16+ and accompanied by a parent. Please contact Susan Crowley for more details and registration.
Outreach Party Openings
If you have not signed up to attend an Outreach Party there are still openings for some great parties! Contact Bill Andrews.
Save the Date! Upcoming Diocesan Family Retreats
Mother & Daughter Diocesan Retreat | January 4th – 6th
For girls grade 6 and above, and women of all ages. Invite your mother, friend, daughter, granddaughter to a weekend of fellowship, faith-deepening, and fun. Find out more here.
Father & Son Diocesan Retreat | January 11th-13th
For fathers and sons of all ages (recommended for boys grade 1 and above). Come enjoy a weekend with your father or father figure, or bring your son or young person you’re mentoring. This is for men looking for activity, play, and rest in the beautiful mountains of Cathedral Ridge. Find out more here.
Becoming a Member at St Mary Magdalene
Membership at St Mary Magdalene is pretty simple and straightforward. According to our church by-laws, all that’s required is regular worship OR financial contribution OR active participation in ministry. The only other thing that’s needed is the desire to identify SMM as one’s church home. Those who wish to do so come forward at the Community Blessing for a brief ceremony, then write their names in the Parish Register. If you are feeling called to become a member of St Mary Magdalene, please contact Fr Bruce. Sunday, Nov 4th would be an especially appropriate time. For more information click 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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