Parish News February 1, 2018

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St Mary Magdalene Annual Meeting Report
Our St Mary Magdelene community gathered last Sunday, January 27, to review highlights from 2018, look ahead to 2019, and reflect on how God’s Holy Spirit is moving in and through us.
Key highlights of the meeting were:
  • Attendance has been steadily increasing, especially among families with children and at the 5:00pm Saturday service.
  • We ended 2018 in the black, and the Vestry adopted a balanced budget for 2019.
  • We are especially grateful to our four Vestry candidates — Frank Lamb, Katie Rowan, Carmel Hill, and Rick Fredo — for offering themselves in service to our community. Rick and Carmel won election to 3-year terms.
For more meeting highlights, the SMM Annual Meeting Report, and related documents, contact the SMM Office.

UPCOMING AT AND AROUND ST. MARY MAGDALENE

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  • Contemplative Eucharist, Saturday, February 2, 5:00pm
  • Sunday Worship Services, Sunday, February 3, 8:00am (no music) & 10:00am
  • 6th-12th Grade Mission Trip Meeting, Sunday, February 3, 11:30am
  • Centering Prayer, Tuesday, February 5, 9:15am
  • Men’s Discussion Group, Wednesday, February 6, 9:00am
  • Centering Prayer, Wednesday, February 6, 6:00pm
  • The Episcopal Church Welcomes You, Wednesday, February 6, 6:30-8:30pm
  • Thursday Bible Study, Thursday, February 7, 1:30pm
  • Lamplight Support Group, Thursday, February 7, 7:00pm
  • SMM Book Club, Friday, February 8, 7:15pm
  • Annual Vestry Retreat, Saturday, February 9, 9:00am
  • Contemplative Eucharist, Saturday, February 9, 5:00pm
  • Sunday Worship Services, Sunday, February 10, 8:00am (no music) & 10:00am

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

St. Brigit’s 10th Anniversary Celebration
Join St. Brigit’s as they gather on February 2nd and 3rd to dance, feast, tell stories and worship, and commemorate the 10-year journey we have been on with God and each other. Find details here >
Mission Trip Informational Meeting for 6th-12th Grade
Come talk with Fr. Bruce and Sue following the 10:00am service on Sunday, February 3, about summer 2019 mission trip opportunities!  Please bring a parent.
Nogales Mission Trip Adult Forum: Sunday, February 10 @ 9:00am 
In 2018 an intergenerational  group of SMM parishioners traveled to Nogales AZ/MX, a city along the US/Mexico border  for a “border immersion” experience that included meeting migrants, walking migrant trails, visiting a technological college, and working with children, and other activities.  Come learn more about our 2018 trip and about our plans to return to Nogales this June!
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.
Sutherland Seminar Series
The Sutherland Seminar Series is an 8-part series that covers in-depth topics related to bipolar disorders. The seminars are primarily designed for adults with a bipolar disorder, their family and friends who want to support and understand them, mental health professionals, and anyone who wants to better comprehend the complications, challenges, and implications of the illness. The speaker, Dr. Alisha Brosse, is a licensed psychologist and Director of the Sutherland Bipolar Center. Read more 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.  To RSVP, contact Marge or Ed.

Quest Youth Retreat Date Change

The Spring Quest youth retreat (6th-12th grade) has changed to April 12-14.  Registration will open up in January.  Talk to Sue and stay tuned to email for more information!

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.
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

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


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 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.

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 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.
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