Parish News November 21, 2018

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Annual Community Thanksgiving Service is Tonight! 
We hope you can join the Gunbarrel Faith Partnership for an interfaith service of thanksgiving and fellowship tonight, Wednesday, Nov 21 at 7:00pm at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church at 7077 Harvest Rd, Boulder, CO 80301. A festive pie reception follows. All are welcome! See you there!
Have a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving!!
“If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you,
it will be enough.”
                                                        — Meister Eckhart
P.S. In case you have not already seen this, health officials are advising all Americans to avoid eating any Romaine lettuce, including in salad mixes: Read more…

UPCOMING AT AND AROUND ST. MARY MAGDALENE

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Thr Sign-Up Board is located on the wall between the kitchen and the fireplace.  Check it out and sign up to provide Altar Flowers or Coffee Hour.
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.  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.
Music Night the at the Mulcares’ 
All are welcome at 7:00pm on November 30 to Mulcare Manor which will be hosting a Music Night. For you who are new to Music nights, they are a chance to visit with old friends and new while having fun singing our hearts out. We usually start with songs from the Songs for Worship book both new and old. About an hour into the night we switch gears and bring out the oldies (Eagles, John Denver, Creedence etc). Feel free to bring beverages or snacks to share but don’t feel obligated. If you play an instrument, bring it too. Hope you can join us on the 30th. Contact Dennis Mulcare.
Blue Christmas Service  
Join us at 5pm on Saturday, December 1st, for our annual Blue Christmas Service. It is a time to remember and acknowledge that for some members of our church family, the holidays may be hard. Many experiences can make it difficult to step fully into the joy of the season: loss, change, grief, uncertainty, overwhelm.  People come to this service for many reasons: for self-care, to give care to one another, or simply to begin the season with gentle grounding and intention. Please join us as we ponder the promise of a light that shines in the darkness.  Contact Courtney Gambrell.
Adult Forum: The Refugee Crisis in Lesvos, Greece
At 9:00am on Sunday, December 2, parishioner Susan Odiseos will be leading an adult forum on the humanitarian crisis on the island of Lesvos, Greece. Over 10,000 refugees live in squalor inside a camp built to house only 1,500. Susan will share her personal experience serving women at the camp, as well as work her children and grandchildren have done there. Please make plans to join this forum to learn more about the crisis and needs of the people involved.
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.
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!
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.
Episcopal Relief for California Wildfires 
As you know, the current wildfires in California have become the most destructive in the state’s history. Episcopal Relief & Development is partnering with the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles and the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California as they coordinate with local congregations to provide emergency support to those impacted by the wildfires in Northern and Southern California. The US Disaster Team is in daily communication with the dioceses through coordination calls to organize response efforts. You are invited to support the ongoing work with the impacted dioceses.

Read more about ways to support relief efforts here.

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.

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.   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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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

Closed Thur. 11/22 and Mon. 11/26

 

Priest in Charge Hours

Monday – Sabbath
Tues-Thur – Office Hours
Fri-Sat – by appointment

To submit an announcement for the church calendar, Parish News, website, and bulletin, email the church office no later than 12:00pm on the Tuesday prior to desired publication.  Please limit announcements to 50 words or less.  If more information is needed, a document can be linked to the announcements with a full description.
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Parish News May 25, 2018


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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 for providing Altar Flowers or Coffee Hour.

Check out the Men’s Group
On Wed, May 30th, at 9:00 AM here at the Church, join the men’s group for breakfast. We’re taking a break from our normal discussion group format to have breakfast together and to give interested men a chance to visit us and find out more. No reservation needed.  There will be BACON!  For more information, contact Shelby Kesterson or Kip White.
Summer Service Time Change
Sunday worship at St. Mary Magdalene will move to one service at 9:00am beginning on Sunday, June 3.  We look forward to seeing you there!
New Hymn at St. Mary Magdalene
On Sunday, June 3, we will singing a new hymn We Cannont Measure How You Heal.  As this will be the first time singing it together please click here and familiarize yourself with the tune and lyrics.  Thank you for lending you voice as we “Celebrate and Share God’s Love” together.
Thursday Bible Study on Hiatus
Please note that the Thursday bible study at SMM will be on hiatus for the summer and reconvene in the fall on a date to be announced.
Thank You for Supporting Common Cathedral
Common Cathedral, that we have supported for many years, has decided to end its Friday night services.  Please keep the participants and parishioners in your prayers.  The Outreach Community would like to recognize the volunteers and donors to Common Cathedral today for all the energy, love and life they gave to this important outreach.
If anyone has an organization that they would like to recommend and champion for further interactive outreach, please let us know.  Contact Mark Christie.
Greeter, Usher, Welcome Ministries Meeting
Greeters, ushers, and welcomers will meet with Fr Bruce on June 3 after the 9:00am worship service.  We’ll review procedures and expectations, answer questions, and brainstorm ideas.  The meeting is open to all those who are currently serving, or who desire to serve, in any of these ministries.
The Episcopal Church Welcomes You
Fr Bruce will offer a 5-session series for adults called “The Episcopal Church Welcomes You” on Wednesdays May 9th-June 13th 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.
It would be especially good preparation for anyone wishing to be received into the Church or confirmed by Bishop O’Neill on June 9th, but all are welcome. Please RSVP to Fr Bruce at frbruce@smmboulder.org.
Taking Root: Vacation Bible School 2018
Register here for Saint Mary Magdalene and Shepherd of the Hills 2018 VBS program: Taking Root!  We will spend the week traveling to Haiti, Madagascar and China to explore what it means to care for all God’s people, everywhere.  We will gather June 6th – 8th from 4 pm to 7 pm.  Supper will be provided at 530 pm!
VBS is available to children aged 5 years to 5th grade. Our middle school and high school aged youth will work as “camp counselors.” The program will be hosted here at Saint Mary Magdalene.
Topics we will cover are:
Day 1: Recognizing Hunger
Day 2: Living Faithfully & Caring for Our Neighbors
Day 3: Imagine a World Where No One is Hungry & You Are Important Even If You Are Small
Please contact Sue Crowley if you have any questions.
Celebrate Summer Solstice with St. Brigit’s 

In keeping with the Celtic tradition of honoring the earth as God’s creation, St. Brigit will mark the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, as a celebration of God’s gift of light.  The Solstice Service is unique among the Áit Caol services in that all the meditation areas will be outdoors on the church grounds, including one utilizing St. Brigit’s outdoor labyrinth.  St. Brigit’s youth group, the Lightsiderz, will be assisting in creating the meditation areas.  Older children are welcome at the service.  Childcare will be provided for children under age six.  Read more >

New Addition to SMM Library

“The Monastery” DVD is now available to be checked out.   Filmed by The Learning Channel, “The Monastery” chronicles five women who are guests for a month at The Lady of the Mississippi Abbey and documents the challenges and rewards of their retreat time.  It also provides an intimate glimpse of the nuns’ lifestyle and spiritual practices of the Cistercian Order. The documentary provided for a thoughtful and lively discussion for a recent Adult Forum Series offering.  For those who were unable to join us, it is now available to whoever is interested.  Many thanks to our SMM librarian, Linda White, for getting it ready for checkout!  Look for it on the shelf under the mirror.

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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 5:00pm
Sundays 8:00am & 10:00am

Office Hours

Mon-Thur 9am-2pm
Friday-Closed

Priest in Charge Hours

Monday – Sabbath
Tues-Thur – Office Hours
Fri-Sat – by appointment

To submit an announcement for the church calendar, Parish News, website, and bulletin, email the church office no later than 12:00pm on the Tuesday prior to desired publication.  Please limit announcements to 50 words or less.  If more information is needed, a document can be linked to the announcements with a full description.
Subscribe to receive the SMM Parish News weekly or to join other SMM email lists.