Parish News October 19, 2018

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“Becoming Living Stones”
A Stewardship Update
by Pete Morreale
The Stewardship annual pledge campaign is in full swing.  This is our annual time to reflect on how we financially support the operation of St Mary Magdalene and promise that support via pledging.   We encourage you to consider a pledge even if you regularly contribute via the plate.  Pledges allow us to more accurately predict our income levels and enable solid planning for the financial year.
This Sunday, Oct 21st, will be the second Sunday and marks the halfway point of the campaign.   We will wrap up the campaign on Nov 4th, with an in-gathering as well as the official installation of Fr Bruce as our Rector.
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.

2018 CROP Hunger Walk

Join us on October 21 for this special parish-wide event held every fall.  Donations support Community Food Share & Church World Service.  Let’s walk together in solidarity with those who hunger. Check out the team page and consider contributing and walking with us. Contact Rick Fredo for more information.

SMM Pumpkin Carving

Come ready to carve on October 28th after the 10am service at the picnic tables near the playground for coffee hour and carve a pumpkin.  We will have pumpkins and tools on hand!  All ages welcome. Contact Sue Crowley.

Thoughtful Endings: A Series on End of Life Planning (September 30th – November 11th)

St. Mary Magdalene will host the next session of this important series, “Understanding End of Life Resources in Boulder County,” on Sunday, October 28 from 1-3pm. Panelists include: John Massone, MD, TRU Hospice; Brenda Rowe, Threshold Choir; Hannah Salander, psycho-social/spiritual care, Elevation Hospice;  Kristin Dura, end-of-life doula; and Raegan Gyorffy, Grief and Volunteer Service Manager, TRU Hospice Care. The final session, “Your Precious Body After Death,” takes place on Sunday, Nov 11 at Vinelife Church.   Read more here.
Bishop Search Process
The next Episcopal Bishop of Colorado will be elected at the Diocesan Convention Oct 26-27. If you would like to learn more about the candidates, click here. Note that new video from last week’s meet-and-greets throughout Colorado has been posted. Just click the “Walkabout” tab on the left hand side of the page.  Our delegates are: John Thornbury, Hans L’Orange, Janet Poley, and Lynn Mulcare; Jim Watkins is an alternate.  Please feel free to contact any of the delegates and/or Fr Bruce with your comments and questions.
Longmont Habitat for Humanity Build Day
Join us Saturday, November 17, for a Habitat build!  Youth must be age 16+ and accompanied by a parent.  Please contact Susan Crowley for more details and registration.
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.
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.
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 and 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.
Connect with Coffee Talk
Do you have car to sell, last minute tickets you can’t use, or need a used appliance?  If so, then connect with others in the St. Mary Magdalene community through Coffee Talk.  It is SMM’s informal communications platform to share what you have or may need.  Simply email coffeetalk@smmboulder.org and everyone on the email list will receive your message.  If you would like to be added to the distribution list email your request to the church office 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

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