Parish News January 4, 2018

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Happy(?) New Year
by Fr Bruce Swinehart
What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; 
there is nothing new under the sun. (Ecclesiastes 1:9)
Behold, I am doing a new thing. Even now it springs forth; 
do you not perceive it?  (Isaiah 43:19)
Some people are thrilled that 2018 is past and gone and 2019 has finally arrived. Clean slate! Time to move on and make things better for ourselves and for the world. Let’s make – and keep – some resolutions that will help change the direction of our lives. Let’s make it a year of adventure and discovery!
Others are less enthusiastic. They might say January 1 is an arbitrary date we pick to pretend we are starting over. Any of the other 364 days of the year would do just as well. We’re just going to travel the exact same path around the sun for an entire year only to arrive right back here. Change? Just another word for entropy. Here’s a resolution: “eat, drink, and be merry.”

UPCOMING AT AND AROUND ST. MARY MAGDALENE

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The Episcopal Church Welcomes You  
Fr Bruce will offer a 6-week series for adults called
The Episcopal Church Welcomes You on Wednesdays January 16 – February 20 from 6:30-8:30pm. The series will explore topics such as church history, spirituality, how we read the Bible, engagement with culture and society, and church organization. We will use Your Faith, Your Life: An Invitation to the Episcopal Church (Revised 2017) by Jennifer Gamber as our guide. The course would be especially good preparation for anyone wishing to be received into the Episcopal Church or confirmed by Bishop-elect Kym Lucas on Saturday, May 4th, but all are welcome. Please RSVP to Fr Bruce.
Traveling with the Divine Feminine 
Please plan on joining us at 11:30am on Sunday, January 20, as Fr Bruce and Daphne will share pictures and stories from their June 2018 journey to sites related to St Mary Magdalene and the Black Madonna in Southern France. We’ll visit the cave where Mary Magdalene is said to have lived for the last 30 years of her life, the basilica that houses her relics, the Mediterranean beach where her boat is said to have landed, and a variety of other places with cultural and religious significance dating back as far as 36,000 years. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP.
St. Benedict’s Health and Healing Ministry Fundraiser 
St. Benedict’s Health and Healing Ministry provides health screenings and medical care at 11 clinics a month (in Boulder, Longmont, and Louisville) for people who are uninsured or underinsured.  Our annual fundraiser is coming up on March 3 and tickets will be available for purchase on Sundays through February 15. If one is not able to attend the fundraiser, one could make a tax deductible donation to St Benedict’s in any amount.  If you have any questions about this ministry contact Mike Houlik. Thank you.
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.

New Supper Clubs Forming at Mary Magdalene  
The fall supper clubs groups will be finishing up this month and new groups will be formed for January. If you would like to join new supper clubs that will meet from January to May, please contact Kim Freymiller or Carmel Hill or look for them at the events table after the next two Sunday services. Supper clubs involve about eight adults, and any accompanying kids, meeting together for a meal either in homes or restaurants monthly for the sole purpose of getting to know each other. They’re fun!
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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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
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Friday-Closed

 

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