When Father Bruce delivered the children’s homily last week, he gave each of the children three pennies and asked them to allocate them into jars with three labels: Save, Spend, and Give.
The Spend jar was a completely different jar from the Give jar. That’s important to notice now. Thirty years ago that would have been obvious, but it’s not so obvious any more. For example, my neighbor kids a few years ago came knocking on the door, asking me to buy a book of coupons for places like Wendy’s and McDonald’s so that their school might then have money to buy art supplies. I asked, “Could I just buy you some art supplies? Why does Wendy’s need a cut?”
Harvard professor Michael Sandel has written about this. He has noted how market values, over time, tend to crowd out non-market values. This is what happens when we collapse the Spend jar and the Give jar: Our “giving” becomes transactional, and the action of giving our resources in support of a larger goal that is in line with our values shifts into something else. It becomes, rather, I give this to get that. Read More >
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.
The Celebration of Life and Interment for Matthew Wayne Shepard
Washington National Cathedral is honored and humbled to receive the earthly remains of Matthew Shepard, and entrust them to God as we await our entrance into the land of light perpetual and joy eternal in the fellowship of the saints. At 10am EDT on October 26, the public is invited to join the Cathedral as we host a Service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance for Matthew Shepard. The Right Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, Episcopal Bishop of Washington, and the Right Rev. V. Gene Robinson, the first openly gay man elected a bishop in The Episcopal Church, will preside. You can view the live stream here >
All Saints/All Souls Remembrance: Oct. 27-28 & Nov. 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. Beginning with the 5:00pm service this Saturday, items may be placed on the altar before any service over the next two weekends, and 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.
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 Jim Watkins. Please feel free to contact any of the delegates and/or Fr Bruce with your comments and questions.
A live stream of the Convention and election can be found here.
Thoughtful Endings: A Series on End of Life Planning
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.
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.
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 new Rector, as well as for our Stewardship Ingathering. Please bring your pledge cards on that day and place them in the offering baskets. We look forward to seeing you on this great day of celebration for our community.
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.
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, 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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