Parish News August 3, 2018


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Welcoming the Stranger
By Fr Bruce Swinehart
I love the Coffee Hour hubbub on Sunday mornings at St Mary Magdalene.  For one thing, the coffee and the goodies are always delicious (thank you Coffee Hour hosts!).  But the conversations are the real treat for me.  I especially enjoy meeting the visitors and newcomers who step into our doors nearly every week. People are definitely being attracted by “the sweet, sweet Spirit in this place”.
So I was very gratified that one of the questions that we chose to explore more deeply at our visioning session on July 22nd was “Once we draw people in, how do we keep them engaged?” Another closely related question that also received a lot of attention was “How can we be more welcoming?”
While we still need to develop these themes into a vision and a plan, there are a few simple things we can do in the meantime to help weave people (newer folks as well as and long-time members) into the fabric of our community.
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.

My Soul Finds Rest in God Alone
This Sunday we will be singing a hymn new to the congregation, My Soul Finds Rest in God Alone.  Please take a few moments to familiarize yourself with song by clicking here.  We look forward to our voices joining together in praise to our God this weekend.
Second Sunday Women’s Gathering
Women of the parish, please join us at 10:30 AM on Sunday August 12 in the library as we gather for Spiritual inspiration and physical nourishment.  Feel free to bring some food to share but come either way! If you have questions please reach out to Roxanne Bamond. 
Sign Up for Fall Supper Clubs 

Sign ups for our fall dinner groups will begin on Sunday, July 22nd and continue through August 12th. Small groups of 6-8 will meet 3 or 4 times this fall for a simple meal and fellowship, in homes or restaurants. These gatherings are strictly social and are a great way to get to know other members better. For both new and longtime members! Look for the sign up sheet at the back of the sanctuary or contact Kim Freymiller or Carmel Hill for more information.

Calling for Godly Play Instructors!   
Godly Play is looking for 4 new volunteers to tell stories to Elementary and Preschool aged children starting this Fall.  We are looking for a once a month commitment.  For questions, please talk with Julia McMillen or Sue Crowley.
Upcoming Events for Children, Youth, and Families

Sunday, August 12th: Bring your Backpacks to the altar for a special “Back to School” Blessing.  All backpacks welcome!

Saturday, August 18th: CYF Family Day & Lake Party 11 AM – 3 PM at Loukonen Brothers Reservoir.  Please RSVP to Tina Fredo or Sue Crowley.

Outreach Update

You may recall that Vestry decided in January to allocate 25% of our monthly plate offerings to Outreach. The results for the first six months are now in. Outreach has been given $2,033.62 to aid non-profit allocations. The Outreach Committee thanks you for your generosity.
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 5:00pm
Sundays 9:00am

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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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.
Subscribe to receive the SMM Parish News weekly or to join other SMM email lists.