Last week I wrote about how inspiring it was to participate in the election of our new Bishop in the midst of a prayerful assembly in our magnificent Cathedral. Yet we weren’t completely sealed off from the world. On Friday afternoon we heard of the death of Fr Thomas Keating, one of the founders of the Centering Prayer movement. Then, on Saturday, we received the news of the massacre at the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh. In both instances I was so very grateful to be with my community in Christ in that sacred space and time.
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.
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 every four years for all clergy, lay staff, volunteers and regular church workers. Please contact Sue Crowley with questions and RSVPs.
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.
Annual Community Thanksgiving Service
Join the Gunbarrel Faith Partnership for an interfaith service of thanksgiving and fellowship on Wednesday, Nov 21 at 7:00pm at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church on Lookout Rd. Festive reception (feat. pie) follows. All are welcome!
New Centering Prayer Group
A new Centering Prayer Group meets in the Library on Wednesdays at 6:00pm (note time change from 7:00pm). Please contact Carolyn Baker for more information.
Wednesday Evening Advent Series
Join us on Wednesdays, November 28 – December 19, from 6:00pm to 7:30 pm for dinner, fellowship and holiday cheer starting Wednesday, November 28th. We will open this intergenerational series with dinner and Advent wreath making. All ages welcome from 0 to 99! We will meet November 28, December 5, and December 12 and end with the Christmas Play on December 19. Please contact Sue Crowley for more information.
Christmas Play Rehearsals
Mark your calendars for children’s play rehearsals which will be held on Sunday, December 2, 9, and 16 from 12 to 1pm. Roles for children will be distributed at the first practice. Please contact Sue Crowley for more information.
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. If you are feeling called to become a member of St Mary Magdalene, please contact Fr Bruce. 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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