Parish News December 6, 2018

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Consider Running for the Vestry!
By Bob Poley
Rob Breland and I have both enjoyed our service as SMM Vestry members for the last three years.  We encourage all SMM members to consider running.
A year ago, Zach Baze wrote the an excellent message about vestry service.  Rob and I commend his article to you!
Journey Through Advent and Christmas with St. Mary Magdalene 
Wednesday, Dec 12 @ 6:00-7:30pm | Advent Supper Series: Caroling in the Heatherwood Neighborhood.
Wednesday, Dec 19 @ 6:00pm Christmas Play: “Room at the Inn” –  a musical play performed by the SMM Children and Youth Ministries. Dinner will be a multi-course potluck. Please sign up to provide a dish.
Monday Dec 24 | Christmas Eve | 4:00pm (Family Service); 7:00pm & 10:00pm (Lessons and Carols)
Monday Dec 25 @ 10:00am | Feast of the Nativity
Sunday Dec 30 | One service at 10:00am
Tuesday Dec 25 – Tuesday Jan 1 | Church office closed and will reopen at 9:00am on Wednesday, January 2.

UPCOMING AT AND AROUND ST. MARY MAGDALENE

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Sign up to provide Altar Flowers or Coffee Hour.
The Sign-Up Board is located on the wall between the kitchen and the fireplace.

Mail Security
We have had several incidences recently of mail going missing from our curbside mailbox, including some checks. Please do not send any money to the church via the US Postal Service. We will be establishing a new PO Box at a local post office very soon and will keep you posted. Thank you.
Second Sunday Women’s Gathering 
Women of the parish, please join us right after the the service at approximately 11:15 AM on Sunday December 9th in the library as we gather for Spiritual inspiration.  This month we will be discussing Advent and the season of expectant waiting and preparation. Please bring a small dish to share. If you have questions please reach out to Roxanne Bamond.

Christmas Play Rehearsals
Mark your calendars for children’s play rehearsals which will be held Sundays December 2, 9, and 16 from 12 to 1pm (12-2pm on the 16th).  Roles for children will be distributed at the first practice.  Please contact Sue Crowley for more information.
Wednesday Evening Advent Series 
Join us on Wednesdays through December 19, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm for dinner, fellowship, and holiday cheer.  We will open this intergenerational series with dinner and Advent wreath making.  All ages welcome from 0 to 99!  The series continues on December 12 with caroling in the Heatherwood Neighborhood. On December 19 we will enjoy a multi-course pot luck and the Christmas Play Room at the Inn presented by the Children, Youth and Families Ministry. Please sign up to provide a dish for that evening.  Contact Sue Crowley for more information.
Outreach Christmas Collection for Mother House 
From November 24 to December 22 the Outreach Ministry will be hosting a donation drive for Mother House to collect winter clothing items, household goods, etc. Mother House provides a safe haven for any pregnant woman in need, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, sexual preference, or gender identity. They are committed to protecting mothers and their children, providing a nurturing and loving home, and encouraging them to build the confidence and the skills necessary for a successful future. You may place your donations in the big wrapped box near the parking lot doors! Find a full list of needs here!
A New Book for the St. Mary Magdalene Book Club

Marge and Ed Szoke are hosting the SMM Book Club at 7:15pm on Friday, February 8, to discuss Less by Andrew Sean Greer.  The book won this year’s Pulitzer prize for fiction!  A novel about a middle-aged novelist, this is the story of “the crazy quilt of a writer’s life: warm enough, though it never quite covers the toes.”  Read a review from The Guardian here.

Building Use at St. Mary Magdalene

Have you noticed all the hustle and bustle around Mary Magdalene these days? In addition established ministries and meetings we have many new workshops and groups which also using our beautiful campus. With all this our space remains limited.

To limit schedule conflicts and help make events as successful as possible, we will be scheduling building use by reservation. If you have a meeting, workshop, or other event that you would like to host at St. Mary Magdalene please contact the church office to set up your reservation. The office will confirm availability and offer alternatives if the space or date is not available. Include the following in your email:
  1. Event Title
  2. Date and time the of event including the expected duration
  3. Requested Room
  4. Expected number of attendees
  5. Audio/Visual and set up needs
  6. Organizer Contact Information including an email address and phone number
Regularly scheduled meetings and rooms will remain the same unless a change is requested by the ministry leader. Thank you for helping us continue to create a space for all as we Celebrate and Share God’s Love together.
New Centering Prayer Group  

A new Centering Prayer Group meets in the Library on Wednesdays at  6:00pm. Please contact Carolyn Baker 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.
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.  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.

CONNECT WITH SAINT MARY MAGDALENE

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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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