Parish News May 4, 2018


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Membership and Belonging: Part 2
By Fr Bruce Swinehart
“My goal is that [you] will be encouraged and knit together by strong ties of love.  Let your roots grow down into [Christ] and draw up nourishment from him, so you will grow in faith, strong and vigorous in the truth you were taught.”
(Colossians 2: 2-3, 7)
Last week I offered some reflections on belonging and membership in the “Jesus Movement” (as our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry calls it), in the Universal Church, and in the Anglican/Episcopal denomination.  Today I want to touch on membership and belonging within our own community here at St Mary Magdalene.
Last Sunday Cheryl Andrews presented her amazing art piece to our congregation.  It was made of felted wool and yarn, some of which had been passed from hand to hand throughout the church on the day of our Annual Meeting.  The image she chose was that of a tree, which she explained as follows:
I see the strands of the tree as representing all of us, starting at the roots.  We each bring different ideas, beliefs and backgrounds to St. Mary Magdalene.  The trunk is the weaving together of the community.  The wool strands are still separate, but form a whole – as we keep our individuality, but form the body of the church.  The branches represent our reaching out to the wider community of the world.  We are deeply rooted in God’s love. Love is what brings us together, bonds us, and love is what we can share with others.
This beautiful image, inspired in part by the above quote from Colossians 2, powerfully describes who and how we are to each other in Christian community.  We don’t just belong to the community, we belong to each other in Christ.
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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.
World Labyrinth Day
Celebrate the 10th Annual World Labyrinth Day at 1:00pm on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at St. Mary Magdalene and join over 5,000 people taking steps for peace, ‘Walking as One at 1’ in the afternoon. Last year gatherings were held in over 20 countries and 45 US states! Contact Kristin Dura for more information. Read more here >
New Adult Forum: Mental Health Awareness Month
On Sunday, May 6 at 9:00am, we will begin a three week series (May 6, 13, and 20) of adult forums on Mental Health Awareness where we will explore our own attitudes and assumptions, listen to the journeys of fellow parishioners who have offered to speak on this topic as it has impacted their lives, and offer prayerful reflection and intention to see God’s light in the midst of the journey. I hope you will add the gift of your own bright consciousness to our discussion.  Thank you!  Courtney Gambrell.  Read more here >
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 6th 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. 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.
Mother’s Day Youth Led Service
Please join us on Sunday, May 13, to celebrate the women in our lives. Contact Sue Crowley if you’d like to get involved.
SMM Book Club
Marge and Ed Szoke have selected a GREAT book for the Book Club!  American Savior, a novel of divine Politics, by Roland Merullo. The premise is: Jesus Christ comes down to America and is running for president as an independent. It is quite humorous with themes of religion and politics, and a little bit of sex thrown in to help it sell.  Marge and Ed will host us at 7pm, Friday, May 18, at their home.  Respond, please, to Ed and Marge. Read the review here >
Ice Cream Celebration!
In celebration of our last day of Godly Play and Youth Group for the school year and as a thank you to our wonderful volunteer teachers, we will have an ice cream party after the 10 am service on Sunday, May 20.  Can you say Sweet Cow Moo Mobile?  We will be accepting cash donations to help offset cost out of  the children and youth budget. All are invited!  Contact Sue Crowley.
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.

Update Your Birthdays and Anniversaries with SMM
In an effort to keep accurate lists of birthdays and anniversaries to celebrate with our community, cards will be on the Welcome Table by the front entrance to the sanctuary to provide updated information.  Please take a moment to complete one for yourself and your family and place it in the offering basket.  If you would like to submit the information digitally, click here for a sample and email the info to Sarah Jane Delaney.  Thank you for helping us update our records to celebrate together!

Mission Trip to Nogales AZ/Mexico: July 30-August 4
We are planning another “border immersion” trip to Nogales, a city on both sides of the US/Mexico border.  We will learn how legal and illegal immigration affects on life along the border, talk with migrants, walk migrant trials, and visit a sister Episcopal church. We’ll stay at a community center on the Mexico side, and work with the children there.  Please contact Fr Bruce to reserve a space or to learn more. Last year the cost was roughly $600/person, including airfare.  Click here to see a recent article by the New York Times about Nogales.
Support Community Food Share
Looking for an easy way to support Outreach? Please remember the SMM Food Pantry basket in your weekly grocery shopping! Donations such as cereal, peanut butter, soup, canned tuna and chicken, rice, and baby food/formula are especially needed. Place sealed, non-perishable items only in the basket at the back of church in the entry way. Thank you!

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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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Parish News February 23, 2018

 

“Call to Action”
by Bishops United Against Gun Violence
[NOTE: Bishops United Against Gun Violence is an advocacy group of 60 Episcopal Bishops, including the Bishop of Colorado, the Rt Rev Rob O’Neill.]
The heart of our nation has been broken yet again by another mass shooting at an American school.
We offer our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of those who were murdered at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. We mourn with particular sorrow Carmen Schentrup, a 16-year-old student at the school and leader in the youth group at St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church in Coral Springs, who died at the hands of the gunman. We pledge to work with the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida to lend whatever material and spiritual comfort we can to all those who have suffered such a devastating loss.
The phrase “thoughts and prayers” has been devalued by politicians whose prayers seem never to move them to act against their self-interests or the interests of the National Rifle Association. Yet, as Christians, we believe deeply in the power of prayer to console, to sustain and to heal, but also to make evident the work that God is calling us to do. We pray that all who have been touched by this violent act receive God’s healing and solace.
In the wake of this massacre, we believe God is calling us to understand that we must not simply identify the social and political impediments to ending these lethal spasms of violence in our country. We must reflect on and acknowledge our own complicity in the unjust systems that facilitate so many deaths, and, in accordance with the keeping of a holy Lent, repent and make reparations.
Local Opportunities to Take Action
1. CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVE IN THE STATE LEGISLATURE
Join the “Rapid Response Network” at St John’s, Boulder by contacting Kathy Ashworth [kathleen687@comcast.net]. You’ll receive an email whenever a piece of legislation regarding firearms is being considered in the Colorado State Legislature.
2. BEAR WITNESS IN YOUR COMMUNITY
On Wednesday March 14th at 10am, join students and adults across the nation for a 17-minute school walkout to “protest Congress’ inaction in response to the gun violence plaguing our schools and neighborhoods.” To find a participating school close to you, visit:
3. MARCH IN DENVER TO TAKE PART IN A NATION-WIDE WITNESS
On Saturday March 24th from 2-5pm, join students and adults nationwide in a “March for Our Lives” (https://www.marchforourlives.com/). More than 50 marches are being organized, including Denver. Please let Fr Bruce know if you are interested in organizing travel as a group from SMM, and/or coordinating with other local churches (RTD’s Flatiron Flyer travels every 15 minutes from Boulder to Union Station on Saturdays).
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NOTE: Fr Bruce will be away on a Lenten Retreat from Friday, March 3rd – through Monday, March 5th. Rev Bob Davidson will preach and preside at both services on Sunday, March 4th.
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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 to provide Altar Flowers or Coffee Hour.
Journey Through Lent at St Mary Magdalene:
“Body, Mind, and Spirit”

Join us in the many opportunities to reflect together during this Lenten season.  Find more information here for the events listed below.

  • Lenten Suppers: Wednesdays @ 6:00-7:30pm*
  • March 14: Courtney Gambrell will reflect on the spirituality of “Dreams and Metaphor.” 
  • March 21: Rabbi Tirzah Firestone will discuss “Passover and Seder, Easter and Eucharist.”
  • Centering Prayer: Tuesdays @ 9:15-10:15am
  • Yoga in the Sanctuary: Tuesdays  @ 8:00-9:00am and Saturdays 8:30-10:30am
  • Adult Forum Series:The Monastery: Our Lady of the Mississippi Abbey,        Sundays Feb. 18 – Mar. 18 @ 9:00am
  • Labyrinth Walks:  Fridays Feb 16 – Mar 23 @ 12:00 noon

*St Mary Magdalene does not provide alcohol for community events, but attendees may bring beer or wine for themselves or to share.

Lenten Devotional Resource from the Society of St John the Evangelist

SSJE, an Episcopal religious order, is offering a 6-week daily Lenten devotional series called “Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John.” The program “invites participants on a  six-week journey into deeper intimacy with God by praying with the words of John the Evangelist.”  Includes a daily video and prayer email and a companion prayer journal. Click here to learn more.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Lent is a traditional time to partake in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, aka, Confession. The Rite is found in the Book of Common Prayer beginning on p. 448 (available online Here). Please contact Fr Bruce directly if you would like more information or to schedule a time to meet. The Church’s rubric for Reconciliation is, “all may, some should, none must.”

Bring a Prayer Book Sundays During Lent

During the season of Lent we will be utilizing the Book of Common Prayer to lead us through our Sunday worship services.  Our supply is limited so, if you own a Prayer Book, please bring it each Sunday, February 18-March 25.  If you see that someone does not have one on Sunday morning please share your copy as we “Celebrate and Share God’s Love” together.

The New Church Directory is Here

The new St. Mary Magdalene pictorial directory is now available!  Please pick up one copy per family on the table outside the Rector’s office in the entryway.  As we have quite a few newcomers since this project started, there is a supplement included in the back of each directory with contact information of new parishioners.  If you would like to help offset the cost of production, a $5 donation would be very helpful.  You can drop a check or cash with a note indicating “directory” in the offering plate or safe deposit slot on the wall next to the church office.  Thank you for your participation in making this project come to fruition!
“My Faith, My Life” for Teens
All middle and high schoolers are invited to join Sue and
Fr. Bruce Sundays from 12:00-1:30pm, February 4-25, for a lunch series exploring questions of faith and the Episcopal Church, with the option of continuing on to confirmation.  For questions & to RSVP please contact Sue Crowley.
SMM Book Club 
Our next book will be the famous Cry, The Beloved Country, by Alan Paton.  The novel explores the human anguish wrought in South Africa by the inhumane system of apartheid.  Pat and Al Jefferson will host us at 7pm on Friday, March 16, at their home.  Respond to Al Jefferson.

Celebrate the Vernal Equinox with St. Brigit’s

St. Brigit Episcopal Church once again will celebrate the return of Spring with a Vernal Equinox Service on Tuesday, March 20, at 7:00p.m. The theme of this unique, contemplative service will be birth and rebirth.
The Vernal Equinox celebration is a part of St. Brigit’s A’it Caol series.  A’it Caol (pronounced atch qweel) is Gaelic for “A Thin Place.”  These quarterly services are created to offer guests an experience of God through a unique liturgy, which combines ancient tradition with contemporary language.  They include specially designed meditation areas, reflecting the Scriptural lessons, and sacred music with a Celtic sound.  Read more here >
Opportunities to get involved in SMM Youth Ministries
Youth Group Leaders: The SMM Youth Group is looking for a couple of adult leaders to help with faith formation on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month, during worship. Please speak with Sue Crowley if you feel you are called to help with our youth group program.
Mentors for SMM Confirmation Program: We will need adult mentors to share their faith stories with youth who are preparing for confirmation.  Adult mentors will meet with youths 2-3 times in March.  Interested in mentoring?  Please talk with Sue Crowley or Fr Bruce.
Mission Trip to Nogales AZ/Mexico 

We are planning another “border immersion” trip to Nogales, a city on both sides the US/Mexico border.  We will learn how legal and illegal immigration affects on life along the border, talk with migrants, walk migrant trials, and visit a sister Episcopal church. We’ll stay at a community center on the Mexico side, and work with the children there.

Please contact Fr Bruce if you are interested or would like to learn more. The dates of the trip have not yet been finalized — it will either be July 16-21 or 23-28.  Please let Fr Bruce know which date(s) would work best for you. Last year the cost was roughly $600/person, including airfare.
Click here to see a recent article by the New York Times about Nogales.
Got Grocery Cards? 
Q: What Are Grocery Cards and Why Do We Want Them?
A: Free Money for SMM!
Grocery cards are a simple, phenomenal way to support SMM. By purchasing cards through SMM and using them at Natural Grocers, King Soopers, and/or Safeway your groceries net 5% for SMM. In just the first month of 2018, SMM received $924 from King Soopers alone! Imagine the impact of $12,000 a year in the life of SMM.
To purchase, find Colleen Brolin at coffee hour after the 10 am service or contact her.  Cash, check or credit cards accepted.  King Soopers ($2.50) and Safeway cards ($10) are rechargeable at the store; Natural Grocers are non-rechargeable in $50 and $100 increments.
Join the SMM Food Ministry! 
The Food Ministry is now co-chaired by Sheila Martinson and Janet Taapken. A new sign up sheet is posted in the back of the church. If you are interested in occasionally providing a meal to a parish family in need, we would love to have you join our team. Thank you!
Support Community Food Share 
Looking for an easy way to support Outreach? Please remember the SMM Food Pantry basket in your weekly grocery shopping! Donations such as cereal, peanut butter, soup, canned tuna and chicken, rice, and baby food/formula are especially needed. Place sealed, non-perishable items only in the basket at the back of church in the entry way. Thank you!
Outreach Funding
Did you know?  25% of our loose plate collection in 2018 (i.e., anything in the offering plates not designated as payment toward a pledge) will go toward St. Mary Magdalene’s Outreach grants. Thank you for your continued support of this vital ministry to our community.
12th Annual St. Benedict Benefit 
Please join us for a night of great food, music and a silent auction!  The 12th annual St. Benedict Benefit will be held at 5:50pm on Saturday, February 24, at the Avalon Ballroom (6185 Arapahoe in Boulder).  This event is always delightful and the proceeds benefit a very important ministry that provides healthcare to the homeless and working poor of Boulder County.  Tickets are $50 each and can be purchased at the door or in advance by contacting Larry Burgess. Thank you!
Sign Up for Coffee Hour!
Please consider providing Coffee Hour treats following the 10:00 service.  Instructions and assistance are available for making coffee and setting up.  If no one has signed up for a given Sunday on the volunteer sheet posted near the fireplace, coffee may be made, but no munchies will be furnished.  Committing to this ministry just once a year will keep us in refreshments every Sunday!  We appreciate your generosity.  Questions?  See Patti Guilford or Jane Rogers, Kitchen Co-Managers.
Bake Communion Bread!
Would you like to bake communion bread? The recipe is simple – making and baking takes about a half hour on Friday evening or early Saturday morning.  Deliver the bread to the church before 10:00 am Saturday.  It is nice too if you present it at the offertory on Sunday morning, but not necessary.  This is a wonderful expression of service and care for your church family!  Find the recipe here!  Contact Janet Poley to volunteer.
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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
Music Director: Matt Witherow, mwitherow@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, contact 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 March 9, 2018

 

“It’s Better Than it Looks”
By Fr Bruce Swinehart
My retreat last weekend was blessedly quiet and peaceful.  I prayed, meditated, walked, played music, and wrote. I sat out on the deck and watched the moonrise. I watched cloud-shadows caress the mountains in the distance, and snow flurries swirl right outside my window.  Mostly I soaked in the silence.
I also read an intriguing book called It’s Better Than It Looks: Reasons for Optimism in an Age of Fear by Gregg Easterbrook.  Easterbrook makes the case that humanity as a whole is better off now than it has ever been. Compared to any previous point in history, people around the world are generally healthier and living longer, being lifted out of poverty, are more likely to be living under democratic versus autocratic governments, and have better access to education (especially women and girls). We are less likely to die in wars or other violence, of starvation or malnutrition, or in automobile, airplane, or industrial accidents.
Easterbrook goes on to argue that gradual, overall improvement in humanity’s well-being is a universal trend over time, even though it is not always a continuous forward movement and does not necessarily impact every individual. Quoting Franklin Delano Roosevelt, he writes, “the great fact to remember is that the trend of civilization is forever upward.”
My first reaction to all this good news was, “Really? How can that possibly be true?”  As it turns out, my resistance is precisely the point of his book. Why are we so prone to believe that everything is getting worse, in spite of evidence to the contrary?

Daylight Saving:

Don’t forget to move your clocks
ahead one hour tonight (March 10)!
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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 to provide Altar Flowers or Coffee Hour.
Journey Through Lent at St Mary Magdalene
“Body, Mind, and Spirit”
Join us in the many opportunities to reflect together during this Lenten season.  Find more information here for the events listed below.
  • Lenten Suppers: Wednesdays @ 6:00-7:30pm*
    • March 14: Courtney Gambrell will reflect on the spirituality of “Dreams and Metaphor.” 
    • March 21: Rabbi Tirzah Firestone will discuss “Passover and Seder, Easter and Eucharist.”
  • Centering Prayer: Tuesdays @ 9:15-10:15am
  • Yoga in the Sanctuary: Tuesdays  @ 8:00-9:00am and Saturdays 8:30-10:30am
  • Adult Forum Series:The Monastery: Our Lady of the Mississippi Abbey, Sundays Feb. 18 – Mar. 18 @ 9:00am
  • Labyrinth Walks:  Fridays Feb 16 – Mar 23 @ 12:00 noon
*St Mary Magdalene does not provide alcohol for community events, but attendees may bring beer or wine for themselves or to share.
Lenten Devotional Resource from the Society of St John the Evangelist
SSJE, an Episcopal religious order, is offering a 6-week daily Lenten devotional series called “Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John.” The program “invites participants on a  six-week journey into deeper intimacy with God by praying with the words of John the Evangelist.”  Includes a daily video and prayer email and a companion prayer journal.
Click here to learn more.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Lent is a traditional time to partake in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, aka, Confession. The Rite is found in the Book of Common Prayer beginning on p. 448 (available online Here). Please contact Fr Bruce directly if you would like more information or to schedule a time to meet. The Church’s rubric for Reconciliation is, “all may, some should, none must.”

Donate for Easter Flowers

Donations are being accepted for Easter flowers March 11 – April 1.  If you would like to contribute, please place a check or cash in the offering basket or safe deposit slot by the church office notating “Easter Flowers”.  A suggested donation of $30 is greatly appreciated. If you would like to dedicate your donation to a loved one, please email the church office with the name of the person and in honor, memory, etc. by 8am on Monday March 26.
Second Sunday Women’s Gathering

All women of St. Mary Magdalene are warmly invited to the Second Sunday Women’s Gathering this Sunday, March 11 at 11:30am. Join us in the library for a light lunch and heartfelt discussion, while getting to know some of the other wonderful women in our community.  Contact Roxanne Bamond.
SMM Book Club 
Our next book will be the famous Cry, The Beloved Country, by Alan Paton.  The novel explores the human anguish wrought in South Africa by the inhumane system of apartheid.  Pat and Al Jefferson will host us at 7pm on Friday, March 16, at their home.  Respond to Al Jefferson.

Celebrate the Vernal Equinox with St. Brigit’s

St. Brigit Episcopal Church once again will celebrate the return of Spring with a Vernal Equinox Service on Tuesday, March 20, at 7:00p.m. The theme of this unique, contemplative service will be birth and rebirth.
The Vernal Equinox celebration is a part of St. Brigit’s A’it Caol series.  A’it Caol (pronounced atch qweel) is Gaelic for “A Thin Place.”  These quarterly services are created to offer guests an experience of God through a unique liturgy, which combines ancient tradition with contemporary language.  They include specially designed meditation areas, reflecting the Scriptural lessons, and sacred music with a Celtic sound.  Read more here >

March for Our Lives: Denver

SMM will be joining congregations in our diocese and marching together in solidarity with students against gun violence in schools on March 24th.  Together, we will plan transportation.  Please contact Sue Crowley if you are interested in attending.  Check here for more information.

Save the Date: VBS 2018!

It’s that time of year again!  Vacation Bible School at SMM is happening June 5th, 6th, & 7th from 4-7 PM. This program is open to entering 1st-5th graders and 6th-12th grade as camp leaders. For more information contact Sue Crowley.
Opportunities to get involved in SMM Youth Ministries
Youth Group Leaders: The SMM Youth Group is looking for a couple of adult leaders to help with faith formation on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month, during worship. Please speak with Sue Crowley if you feel you are called to help with our youth group program.
Mentors for SMM Confirmation Program: We will need adult mentors to share their faith stories with youth who are preparing for confirmation.  Adult mentors will meet with youths 2-3 times in March.  Interested in mentoring?  Please talk with Sue Crowley or Fr Bruce.
Mission Trip to Nogales AZ/Mexico: July 30-August 4

We are planning another “border immersion” trip to Nogales, a city on both sides of the US/Mexico border.  We will learn how legal and illegal immigration affects on life along the border, talk with migrants, walk migrant trials, and visit a sister Episcopal church. We’ll stay at a community center on the Mexico side, and work with the children there.  Please contact Fr Bruce if you are interested or would like to learn more. The dates of the trip have not yet been finalized — it will either be July 16-21 or 23-28.  Please let Fr Bruce know which date(s) would work best for you. Last year the cost was roughly $600/person, including airfare.  Click here to see a recent article by the New York Times about Nogales.

Join the SMM Food Ministry! 
The Food Ministry is now co-chaired by Sheila Martinson and Janet Taapken. A new sign up sheet is posted in the back of the church. If you are interested in occasionally providing a meal to a parish family in need, we would love to have you join our team. Thank you!
Support Community Food Share
Looking for an easy way to support Outreach? Please remember the SMM Food Pantry basket in your weekly grocery shopping! Donations such as cereal, peanut butter, soup, canned tuna and chicken, rice, and baby food/formula are especially needed. Place sealed, non-perishable items only in the basket at the back of church in the entry way. Thank you!
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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
Music Director: Matt Witherow, mwitherow@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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Parish News March 16, 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 to provide Altar Flowers or Coffee Hour.
Journey Through Lent at St Mary Magdalene
“Body, Mind, and Spirit”
Join us in the many opportunities to reflect together during this Lenten season.  Find more information here for the events listed below.
  • Lenten Suppers: Wednesdays @ 6:00-7:30pm*
    • March 21: Rabbi Tirzah Firestone will discuss “Passover and Seder, Easter and Eucharist.”
  • Centering Prayer: Tuesdays @ 9:15-10:15am
  • Yoga in the Sanctuary: Tuesdays  @ 8:00-9:00am and Saturdays 8:30-10:30am
  • Adult Forum Series:The Monastery: Our Lady of the Mississippi Abbey, Sundays Feb. 18 – Mar. 18 @ 9:00am
  • Labyrinth Walks:  Fridays Feb 16 – Mar 23 @ 12:00 noon
*St Mary Magdalene does not provide alcohol for community events, but attendees may bring beer or wine for themselves or to share.
Lenten Devotional Resource from the Society of St John the Evangelist
SSJE, an Episcopal religious order, is offering a 6-week daily Lenten devotional series called “Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John.” The program “invites participants on a  six-week journey into deeper intimacy with God by praying with the words of John the Evangelist.”  Includes a daily video and prayer email and a companion prayer journal.
Click here to learn more.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Lent is a traditional time to partake in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, aka, Confession. The Rite is found in the Book of Common Prayer beginning on p. 448 (available online Here). Please contact Fr Bruce directly if you would like more information or to schedule a time to meet. The Church’s rubric for Reconciliation is,
 “all may, some should, none must.”

Celebrate Holy Week and Easter with St. Mary Magdalene
Palm Sunday, Sunday March 25, 8:00am (no music) and 10:00am
Way of the Cross on the Indoor Labryinth, Wednesday March 28, 7:00pm
Maundy Thursday, Thursday March 29, 7:00pm
Good Friday, Friday March 30, 12:00pm and 7:00pm
Great Vigil of Easter, Saturday March 31, 7:00pm
Easter Services, Sunday April 1, 8:00am and 10:30am
Easter Egg Hunt and Coffee Hour, Sunday April 1, 9:00am

Donate for Easter Flowers

Donations are being accepted for Easter flowers March 11 – April 1.  If you would like to contribute, please place a check or cash in the offering basket or safe deposit slot by the church office notating “Easter Flowers”.  A suggested donation of $30 is greatly appreciated. If you would like to dedicate your donation to a loved one, please email the church office with the name of the person and in honor, memory, etc. by 8am on Monday March 26.
Celebrate the Vernal Equinox with St. Brigit’s

St. Brigit Episcopal Church once again will celebrate the return of Spring with a Vernal Equinox Service on Tuesday, March 20, at 7:00p.m. The theme of this unique, contemplative service will be birth and rebirth.
The Vernal Equinox celebration is a part of St. Brigit’s A’it Caol series.  A’it Caol (pronounced atch qweel) is Gaelic for “A Thin Place.”  These quarterly services are created to offer guests an experience of God through a unique liturgy, which combines ancient tradition with contemporary language.  They include specially designed meditation areas, reflecting the Scriptural lessons, and sacred music with a Celtic sound.  Read more here >
March for Our Lives: Denver

SMM will be joining congregations in our diocese and marching together in solidarity with students against gun violence in schools on March 24th.  Together, we will plan transportation.  Please contact Sue Crowley if you are interested in attending.  Check here for more information.
News from the Kitchen…Easter Coffee Hour Sign Up!
Easter is fast approaching and we are planning on full services at 8:00 and 10:30. Please sign up to help provide snacks for coffee hours during Easter egg hunt or after the 10:30 service.  We will have tables set up in the courtyard for goodies and drinks.  We will have the coffee and other drinks out by 9:00.  Please click here to sign up to help with goodies.  Thanks for helping make this Easter special for everyone!  Contact Patti Guilford or Jane Rogers.

Seder Supper with St. John’s Episcopal Church

St. John’s Boulder has invited the SMM community to join them for a potluck Seder Supper at the Barcelona House (St. Ambrose property) at 5:30 pm on Friday, April 6 .  This is intended to be a fun, family event hosted by their Level III Sunday School children.   Please RSVP to Sue Crowley at  and she will let our generous hosts know who is coming.

Colorado Haiti Project Fundraiser

Mark your calendars to join us on Sunday, April 15 after the 10:00am service for the CHP Fundraiser which and will include a luncheon, a slide show, a talk, and items to buy.

More details to follow!

Save the Date: VBS 2018!

It’s that time of year again!  Vacation Bible School at SMM is happening June 5th, 6th, & 7th from 4-7 PM. This program is open to entering 1st-5th graders and 6th-12th grade as camp leaders. For more information contact Sue Crowley.
Mission Trip to Nogales AZ/Mexico: July 30-August 4

We are planning another “border immersion” trip to Nogales, a city on both sides of the US/Mexico border.  We will learn how legal and illegal immigration affects on life along the border, talk with migrants, walk migrant trials, and visit a sister Episcopal church. We’ll stay at a community center on the Mexico side, and work with the children there.  Please contact Fr Bruce to reserve a space or to learn more. Last year the cost was roughly $600/person, including airfare.  Click here to see a recent article by the New York Times about Nogales.

Join the SMM Food Ministry! 
The Food Ministry is now co-chaired by Sheila Martinson and Janet Taapken. A new sign up sheet is posted in the back of the church. If you are interested in occasionally providing a meal to a parish family in need, we would love to have you join our team. Thank you!
Support Community Food Share
Looking for an easy way to support Outreach? Please remember the SMM Food Pantry basket in your weekly grocery shopping! Donations such as cereal, peanut butter, soup, canned tuna and chicken, rice, and baby food/formula are especially needed. Place sealed, non-perishable items only in the basket at the back of church in the entry way. Thank you!
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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
Music Director: Matt Witherow, mwitherow@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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Parish News March 23, 2018

“Preparing for Holy Week: Family Conversations”
By Fr Bruce Swinehart
We’ve recently had some timely conversations with our Jewish “cousins” at St Mary Magdalene.
Last Wednesday evening Rabbi Tirzah Firestone spoke to us about the history of the Passover celebration and its religious and spiritual meaning.  She described what the Passover festival might have looked like in Jerusalem during Jesus’ time, and gave us a good idea of what it might have meant to a first-century Jew to hear Jesus identified as the “Paschal lamb” (hint: look up the word “apotropaic”).
The Wednesday morning Men’s Group has been reading a remarkable book called “Jesus: First-Century Rabbi,” by Rabbi David Zaslow.  Rabbi Zaslow makes an impassioned case that both Christians and Jews could find their faith enriched by understanding and appreciating just how deeply rooted Jesus was in his Jewish faith and tradition.
More than that, Rabbi Zaslow believes that mutual recognition of Jesus as a respected teacher within the Jewish rabbinic tradition can facilitate dialogue and even reconciliation between our traditions. He celebrates the fact that this reconciliation is more possible now than at any previous time in history.
The most challenging part of Rabbi Zaslow’s book, however, is his detailed examination of how translations and interpretations of Christian scriptures have been used over the centuries to fuel anti-Jewish sentiment, which in turn has led to discrimination, persecution and horrific violence.
Holy Week, in particular, has historically precipitated spasms of anti-Jewish violence.
Read more…

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 to provide Altar Flowers or Coffee Hour.
Welcome Rev. Linda Brown
The Rev. Linda Brown will be assisting with our Holy Week and Easter liturgies. She has served as a Deacon in the Diocese of Colorado for the past 6 years with the focus of her diaconal ministry on community organizing to address the needs of marginalized people.  Her training is in the biological sciences with emphasis on terrestrial ecology, and she spent nearly 30 years working in the field of engineering and environmental consulting.  Linda and her husband, Jesse, live in Arvada, have been married 45 years, and love to fly-fish, go bird-watching, and hike in the Colorado mountains.  They are both Benedictine oblates associated with Benet Hill Monastery.  Beginning mid-April, they will be on pilgrimage in Spain where they plan to walk the 500-mile Camino de Santiago.
Celebrate Holy Week and Easter with St. Mary Magdalene
Palm Sunday, Sunday March 25, 8:00am (no music) and 10:00am
Way of the Cross on the Indoor Labryinth, Wednesday March 28, 7:00pm
Maundy Thursday, Thursday March 29, 7:00pm
Good Friday, Friday March 30, 12:00pm and 7:00pm
Great Vigil of Easter, Saturday March 31, 7:00pm
Easter Services, Sunday April 1, 8:00am and 10:30am
Easter Egg Hunt and Coffee Hour, Sunday April 1, 9:00am

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Lent is a traditional time to partake in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, aka, Confession. The Rite is found in the Book of Common Prayer beginning on p. 448 (available online Here). Please contact Fr Bruce directly if you would like more information or to schedule a time to meet. The Church’s rubric for Reconciliation is, “all may, some should, none must.”

St. Mary Magdalene Resurrection Tree

A very special Easter tradition we have here at St. Mary’s is our Resurrection Tree, which we have decorated over the years with doves in memory of our loved ones. We’ve kept many of the doves to hang again this year, but if you are new to St. Mary’s we will have doves for you to write the name of your loved one on Palm Sunday to add to our tree.  Contact Suzanne Metzger.

Donate for Easter Flowers

Donations are being accepted for Easter flowers March 11 – April 1.  If you would like to contribute, please place a check or cash in the offering basket or safe deposit slot by the church office notating “Easter Flowers”.  A suggested donation of $30 is greatly appreciated. If you would like to dedicate your donation to a loved one, please email the church office with the name of the person and in honor, memory, etc. by 8am on Monday March 26.
News from the Kitchen…Easter Coffee Hour Sign Up!
Easter is fast approaching and we are planning on full services at 8:00 and 10:30. Please sign up to help provide snacks for coffee hours during Easter egg hunt or after the 10:30 service.  We will have tables set up in the courtyard for goodies and drinks.  We will have the coffee and other drinks out by 9:00.  Please click here to sign up to help with goodies.  Thanks for helping make this Easter special for everyone!  Contact Patti Guilford or Jane Rogers.

Seder Supper with St. John’s Episcopal Church

St. John’s Boulder has invited the SMM community to join them for a potluck Seder Supper at the Barcelona House (St. Ambrose property) at 5:30 pm on Friday, April 6 .  This is intended to be a fun, family event hosted by their Level III Sunday School children.   Please RSVP to Sue Crowley at  and she will let our generous hosts know who is coming.
Colorado Haiti Project Fundraiser

Mark your calendars to join us on Sunday, April 15 after the 10:00am service for the CHP Fundraiser which and will include a luncheon, a slide show, a talk, and items to buy.

More details to follow!

Save the Date: VBS 2018!

It’s that time of year again!  Vacation Bible School at SMM is happening June 5th, 6th, & 7th from 4-7 PM. This program is open to entering 1st-5th graders and 6th-12th grade as camp leaders. For more information contact Sue Crowley.
Mission Trip to Nogales AZ/Mexico: July 30-August 4

We are planning another “border immersion” trip to Nogales, a city on both sides of the US/Mexico border.  We will learn how legal and illegal immigration affects on life along the border, talk with migrants, walk migrant trials, and visit a sister Episcopal church. We’ll stay at a community center on the Mexico side, and work with the children there.  Please contact Fr Bruce to reserve a space or to learn more. Last year the cost was roughly $600/person, including airfare.  Click here to see a recent article by the New York Times about Nogales.

Join the SMM Food Ministry! 
The Food Ministry is now co-chaired by Sheila Martinson and Janet Taapken. A new sign up sheet is posted in the back of the church. If you are interested in occasionally providing a meal to a parish family in need, we would love to have you join our team. Thank you!
Support Community Food Share
Looking for an easy way to support Outreach? Please remember the SMM Food Pantry basket in your weekly grocery shopping! Donations such as cereal, peanut butter, soup, canned tuna and chicken, rice, and baby food/formula are especially needed. Place sealed, non-perishable items only in the basket at the back of church in the entry way. Thank you!

 

FORMATION
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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
Music Director: Matt Witherow, mwitherow@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.
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