Parish News November 16, 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 to provide Altar Flowers or Coffee Hour.
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.
Adult Forum: November 11&18 @ 9:00am
Journey to The Promised Land: How A Homeless Stranger Took Me Home, by Carolyn Baker.
Join SMM parishioner Carolyn Baker to discuss her recent book about her unlikely friendship with a homeless man here in Boulder. It is a moving story about reconnection, forgiveness, radical ego-adjustment, and having one’s heart broken open. It is a story of what is possible when we remain willing to stay present with and surrender to what is front of us right now, and continually open to mystery and miracles.
Electronic or hard copies are available here, although it is not necessary to read the book to enjoy the forum. Copies will also be available to borrow from our library.  For more information please contact Carolyn Baker.
Special Coffee Hour Hosts: Colorado Haiti Project
The Colorado Haiti project will be hosting the Coffee Hour this Sunday as a special thank-you to St Mary Magdalene for all our past support. Wynn Walent, CHP’s Executive Director, will also be sharing some musical offerings during the service.
A Seat for Everyone at the Thanksgiving Table
Thanksgiving is a time where we gather with friends and family with thankful hearts for all we have been given. Unfortunately some do not have have a table to join. If you have an open seat at your table or would like to be connected with someone who has a seat for you please contact Janet Poley and she will work to connect you. Our hope is that everyone will have a seat at a Thanksgiving table this year.
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 starting Wednesday, November 28th.  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.
Christmas Play Rehearsals
Mark your calendars for children’s play rehearsals which will be held on Sunday, December 2, 9, and 16 from 12 to 1pm.  Roles for children will be distributed at the first practice.  Please contact Sue Crowley for more information.
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 November 9, 2018

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“Do Justice, Love Kindness, Walk Humbly”
by Fr Bruce Swinehart
Last week I wrote about how inspiring it was to participate in the election of our new Bishop in the midst of a prayerful assembly in our magnificent Cathedral. Yet we weren’t completely sealed off from the world. On Friday afternoon we heard of the death of Fr Thomas Keating, one of the founders of the Centering Prayer movement.  Then, on Saturday, we received the news of the massacre at the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh. In both instances I was so very grateful to be with my community in Christ in that sacred space and time.
Blessings,
Bruce+
UPCOMING AT AND AROUND ST. MARY MAGDALENE
(click on event title links for details)
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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.

Safeguarding God’s Children Workshop
St. Mary Magdalene will be hosting our Fall Safeguarding God’s Children training from 9 am-1 pm on Saturday, November 10th.  Certification is required every four years for all clergy, lay staff, volunteers and regular church workers.  Please contact Sue Crowley with questions and RSVPs.
Adult Forum: November 11&18 @ 9:00am
Journey to The Promised Land: How A Homeless Stranger Took Me Home, by Carolyn Baker.
Join SMM parishioner Carolyn Baker to discuss her recent book about her unlikely friendship with a homeless man here in Boulder. It is a moving story about reconnection, forgiveness, radical ego-adjustment, and having one’s heart broken open. It is a story of what is possible when we remain willing to stay present with and surrender to what is front of us right now, and continually open to mystery and miracles.
Electronic or hard copies are available here, although it is not necessary to read the book to enjoy the forum. Copies will also be available to borrow from our library.  For more information please contact Carolyn Baker.

Thoughtful Endings: A Series on End of Life Planning

St. Mary Magdalene and the Gunbarrel Faith Partnership are joining with the Conversation Project to host a five session series on important end-of-life issues. The final session, Your Precious Body After Death, will be held from 1:00pm to 3:00pm on November 11 at Vinelife Church in Gunbarrel. Please join this important conversation.  Read more here.

Longmont Habitat for Humanity Build Day  
Join us Saturday, November 17 for a Habitat build!  Youth must be aged 16+ and accompanied by a parent.  Please contact Susan Crowley for more details and registration.
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.
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 starting Wednesday, November 28th.  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.
Christmas Play Rehearsals
Mark your calendars for children’s play rehearsals which will be held on Sunday, December 2, 9, and 16 from 12 to 1pm.  Roles for children will be distributed at the first practice.  Please contact Sue Crowley 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.
Save the Date! 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

 

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 November 2, 2018

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“Come Down, O Love Divine”
By Fr Bruce Swinehart
My experience at this year’s Diocesan Convention at St John’s Cathedral was rich in many ways, even transformational.  Our primary order of business was, of course, the election of the 11th Bishop of Colorado.  But it was the context in which that election took place that made such an impression on me.
The election itself was incorporated into a service of Holy Communion, bracketed by the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Table.  As the election progressed, the proceedings fell into a rhythm of listening to instructions, casting ballots, and then waiting for 30-45 minutes for the results to be tallied and announced.  As we listened, voted, and waited Bishop O’Neill continually called us back into silence, prayer, hymn-singing, chanting, or sometimes just to take a break. Sitting underneath those soaring ceilings, surrounded by beautiful stained glass and carved wood images of our faith story, I felt bathed in prayer and witnessed by the whole Communion of Saints.
There was no electioneering, no campaigning, no one speaking for or against either candidate. Only watching and waiting, staying alert for the inspiration of the Spirit.

Read more…

Celebration of New Ministry and Ingathering Sunday
Please join us at 10am on Sunday, November 4, for the Celebration of New Ministry of Fr. Bruce Swinehart as our Rector, and for our Stewardship Ingathering. The Rev. Ted Howard will be our guest preacher. If you have not already turned in your pledge cards, please bring them to place in the offering baskets.  We look forward to seeing you on this great day of celebration for our community.
PLEASE NOTE: There will NOT be an 8:00am service on Sunday, November 4th. Also, remember to turn your clocks back one hour Saturday evening.
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.

All Saints/All Souls Remembrance: November 3 & 4 
Almighty God, you have knit together your elect  
in one communion and fellowship in the mystical body of  
your Son Christ our Lord.
To honor the memory of our loved ones, everyone is invited invited to bring memorabilia or photographs to place on a special altar at the front of the church.  Continuing this Saturday at 5:00pm items may be placed on the altar before any service may remain there until after the 10:00am service on November 4th.
Safeguarding God’s Children Workshop
St. Mary Magdalene will be hosting our Fall Safeguarding God’s Children training from 9 am-1 pm on Saturday, November 10th.  Certification is required ever four years for all clergy, lay staff, volunteers and regular church workers.  Please contact Sue Crowley with questions and RSVPs.
New Centering Prayer Group
A new Centering Prayer Group will meet in the Library on Wednesdays at 7:00pm. The first meeting will take place on Wednesday, November 7th.  Please contact Carolyn Baker for more information.
Adult Forum: November 11&18 @ 9:00am
Journey to The Promised Land: How A Homeless Stranger Took Me Home, by Carolyn Baker.
Join SMM parishioner Carolyn Baker to discuss her recent book about her unlikely friendship with a homeless man here in Boulder. It is a moving story about reconnection, forgiveness, radical ego-adjustment, and having one’s heart broken open. It is a story of what is possible when we remain willing to stay present with and surrender to what is front of us right now, and continually open to mystery and miracles.
Electronic or hard copies are available here, although it is not necessary to read the book to enjoy the forum. Copies will also be available to borrow from our library.  For more information please contact Carolyn Baker.

Thoughtful Endings: A Series on End of Life Planning

St. Mary Magdalene and the Gunbarrel Faith Partnership are joining with the Conversation Project to host a five session series on important end-of-life issues. The final session, Your Precious Body After Death, will be held from 1:00pm to 3:00pm on November 11 at Vinelife Church in Gunbarrel. Please join this important conversation.  Read more here.

Longmont Habitat for Humanity Build Day  
Join us Saturday, November 17 for a Habitat build!  Youth must be aged 16+ and accompanied by a parent.  Please contact Susan Crowley for more details and registration.
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.
Save the Date! 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. Those who wish to do so come forward at the Community Blessing for a brief ceremony, then write their names in the Parish Register. If you are feeling called to become a member of St Mary Magdalene, please contact Fr Bruce. Sunday, Nov 4th would be an especially appropriate time. 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.
Subscribe to receive the SMM Parish News weekly or to join other SMM email lists.

Parish News October 25, 2018

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The Third Jar
by Jason Barnhart

When Father Bruce delivered the children’s homily last week, he gave each of the children three pennies and asked them to allocate them into jars with three labels: Save, Spend, and Give.

The Spend jar was a completely different jar from the Give jar. That’s important to notice now. Thirty years ago that would have been obvious, but it’s not so obvious any more. For example, my neighbor kids a few years ago came knocking on the door, asking me to buy a book of coupons for places like Wendy’s and McDonald’s so that their school might then have money to buy art supplies. I asked, “Could I just buy you some art supplies? Why does Wendy’s need a cut?”
Harvard professor Michael Sandel has written about this. He has noted how market values, over time, tend to crowd out non-market values. This is what happens when we collapse the Spend jar and the Give jar:  Our “giving” becomes transactional, and the action of giving our resources in support of a larger goal that is in line with our values shifts into something else. It becomes, rather, I give this to get that.
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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.

The Celebration of Life and Interment for Matthew Wayne Shepard 
Washington National Cathedral is honored and humbled to receive the earthly remains of Matthew Shepard, and entrust them to God as we await our entrance into the land of light perpetual and joy eternal in the fellowship of the saints. At 10am EDT on October 26, the public is invited to join the Cathedral as we host a Service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance for Matthew Shepard. The Right Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, Episcopal Bishop of Washington, and the Right Rev. V. Gene Robinson, the first openly gay man elected a bishop in The Episcopal Church, will preside.  You can view the live stream here >
All Saints/All Souls Remembrance: Oct. 27-28 & Nov. 3-4 
Almighty God, you have knit together your elect  
in one communion and fellowship in the mystical body of  
your Son Christ our Lord.
To honor the memory of our loved ones, everyone is invited invited to bring memorabilia or photographs to place on a special altar at the front of the church.  Beginning with the 5:00pm service this  Saturday, items may be placed on the altar before any service over the next two weekends, and may remain there until after the 10:00am service on November 4th.
Safeguarding God’s Children Workshop
St. Mary Magdalene will be hosting our Fall Safeguarding God’s Children training from 9 am-1 pm on Saturday, November 10th.  Certification is required ever four years for all clergy, lay staff, volunteers and regular church workers.  Please contact Sue Crowley with questions and RSVPs.
Bishop Search Process

The next Episcopal Bishop of Colorado will be elected at the Diocesan Convention Oct 26-27. If you would like to learn more about the candidates, click here. Note that new video from last week’s meet-and-greets throughout Colorado has been posted. Just click the “Walkabout” tab on the left hand side of the page.  Our delegates are: John Thornbury, Hans L’Orange, Janet Poley, and Jim Watkins.  Please feel free to contact any of the delegates and/or Fr Bruce with your comments and questions.

A live stream of the Convention and election can be found here.

Thoughtful Endings: A Series on End of Life Planning

St Mary Magdalene will host the next session of this important series, “Understanding End of Life Resources in Boulder County”, on Sunday, October 28 from 1-3pm. Panelists include: John Massone, MD, TRU Hospice; Brenda Rowe, Threshold Choir; Hannah Salander, psycho-social/spiritual care, Elevation Hospice;  Kristin Dura, end-of-life doula; and Raegan Gyorffy, Grief and Volunteer Service Manager, TRU Hospice Care. The final session, “Your Precious Body After Death,” takes place on Sunday, Nov 11 at Vinelife Church. Read more here.

SMM Pumpkin Carving

Come ready to carve on October 28th after the 10am service at the picnic tables near the playground for coffee hour and carve a pumpkin.  We will have pumpkins and tools on hand!  All ages welcome. Contact Sue Crowley.
Celebration of New Ministry and Ingathering Sunday
Please join us at 10am on Sunday, November 4, for the Celebration of New Ministry of Fr. Bruce Swinehart as our new Rector, as well as for our Stewardship Ingathering. Please bring your pledge cards on that day and place them in the offering baskets.  We look forward to seeing you on this great day of celebration for our community.
Longmont Habitat for Humanity Build Day  
Join us Saturday, November 17 for a Habitat build!  Youth must be aged 16+ and accompanied by a parent.  Please contact Susan Crowley for more details and registration.
Save the Date! 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. Those who wish to do so come forward at the Community Blessing for a brief ceremony, then write their names in the Parish Register. If you are feeling called to become a member of St Mary Magdalene, please contact Fr Bruce. Sunday, Nov 4th would be an especially appropriate time. 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.
Subscribe to receive the SMM Parish News weekly or to join other SMM email lists.

Parish News September 28, 2018

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A Note About Fr Bruce’s Schedule
Fr Bruce will be taking a brief retreat this coming weekend. Fr Ed Morgan will preach and preside at both services on Sunday, October 7.
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.

Thoughtful Endings: A Series on End of Life Planning (September 30th – November 11th)

St. Mary Magdalene and the Gunbarrel Faith Partnership are joining with the Conversation Project to host a five session series on important end-of-life issues.  Topics will include Confronting Mortality, Your Wishes and Values, Documents as a Guide for Decision Making, Understanding End of Life Resources, and Your Precious Body After Death.  Each congregation will host one of the sessions. The series begins on Sunday, September 16th, 1-3pm, and continues every other Sunday through November 11th. for more information click here.  
Next Session: “Your Wishes and Values: Guiding End of Life Conversations,” Sunday, September 30 @ 1-3pm, Niwot United Methodist Church.
Expressions of the Divine Feminine: Mary Magdalene and the Black Madonna
This 3-part series will explore historical, cultural, scriptural, and spiritual dimensions of the Divine Feminine, including Mary Magdalene, the Black Madonna, and Biblical figures. The series includes
(1) a presentation by Fr. Bruce on his journey to sites associated with Mary Magdalene and Black Madonnas in southern France  (Sunday 9/30 @ 9am);
(2) an evening presentation by the Rev. Mary Hardy on the Divine Feminine in the Bible (Friday 10/5 @ 7-9pm); and
(3) an interactive day-long retreat on the Black Madonna with the Labyrinth (Saturday 10/6 @ 9am-4pm).  Suggested donation: $50 (includes Friday evening presentation and lunch on Saturday).
For more information, see the calendar for September 30, October 5, and October 6.
Calling All Supporters of Mental Health Awareness!
Meg Thornbury and Courtney Gambrell are planning to offer a Mental Health Support Group at SMM. It would be for both those who experience mental health challenges and for those who love someone affected by them.
If you have counseling or mental health expertise, or a general interest in this topic, we invite you to help us define the scope and structure of the group, and/or to be involved in its implementation. Please contact Courtney. We would love to share our ideas and hear your own!
New Centering Prayer Group?
Centering Prayer is prayer in which we experience God’s presence within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself. ~ Thomas Keating
We are considering offering a second Centering Prayer group on Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm. If you are interested in participating in this new group or would like more information please contact Carolyn Baker. More information about Centering Prayer is available here.

Save the Date! – 2018 CROP Hunger Walk on October 21

Join us for this special parish-wide event held every fall.  Donations support Community Food Share & Church World Service.  Let’s walk together in solidarity with those who hunger. Check out the team page and consider contributing and walking with us. Contact Rick Fredo for more information.
Communion Bread Bakers Needed!
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! Contact Janet Poley to volunteer.  Find the recipe 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

 

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 September 21, 2018

 

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“Your young ones will see visions; your elders will dream dreams” 
by Fr Bruce Swinehart
Last week the Vestry and I received the Vision Statement for St Mary Magdalene that was crafted by Jim Watkins, Jane Rogers, Debbie Buckman, Paul Chyc, Robin Guilford and Sue Crowley.  They did an amazing job of prayerfully weaving together all of the input generated at our community visioning process on July 22nd, plus follow-up conversations with families. They also incorporated the results of conversations and surveys that were conducted last fall.
The Vision Statement is guiding the Vestry and me as we discern together the possibility of me becoming Rector of St Mary Magdalene (that decision is expected to be made no later than October 9th).  Going forward, the Vision Statement will continue to be a touchstone reminding us who we are in God’s sight. It will be a signpost at every crossroad, continually calling us into God’s dream for St Mary Magdalene.
Blessings,
Fr Bruce
A Message from the Front Range Region
RSVP today for a Walkabout Meeting
Walkabout meetings will be your chance to personally meet the candidates for Bishop, ask questions, and see them in action.  The Walkabout will start Sunday, October 7, and will conclude at the end of the day on Friday, October 12. The Standing Committee urges every delegate and member of the clergy to attend a meeting as part of your discernment of who leads us in the next phase of our spiritual journey.
Faithfully,
Emily Hastings
Front Range Region
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.

Godly Play Volunteer Lunch & Learn
Following the 10 am service on Sunday, September 30 Godly Play volunteers are encouraged to stay after 10 am service for a small lunch and check in.  We will check in with one another and smooth out any kinks in our Sunday programming.  Contact Sue Crowley for more information.

Thoughtful Endings: A Series on End of Life Planning (September 16th – November 11th)

St. Mary Magdalene and the Gunbarrel Faith Partnership are joining with the Conversation Project to host a five session series on important end-of-life issues.  Topics will include Confronting Mortality, Your Wishes and Values, Documents as a Guide for Decision Making, Understanding End of Life Resources, and Your Precious Body After Death.  Each congregation will host one of the sessions. The series begins on Sunday, September 16th, 1-3pm, and continues every other Sunday through November 11th. for more information click here.
Next Session: “Your Wishes and Values: Guiding End of Life Conversations,” Sunday, September 30 @ 1-3pm, Niwot United Methodist Church.
Expressions of the Divine Feminine: Mary Magdalene and the Black Madonna
This 3-part series will explore historical, cultural, scriptural, and spiritual dimensions of the Divine Feminine, including Mary Magdalene, the Black Madonna, and Biblical figures. The series includes (1) a presentation by Fr. Bruce on his journey to sites associated with Mary Magdalene and Black Madonnas in southern France  (Sunday 9/30 @ 9am); (2) an evening presentation by the Rev. Mary Hardy on the Divine Feminine in the Bible (Friday 10/5 @ 7-9pm); and (3) an interactive day-long retreat on the Black Madonna with the Labyrinth (Saturday 10/6 @ 9am-4pm).  Suggested donation: $50 (includes Friday evening presentation and lunch on Saturday).
For more information, see the calendar for September 30, October, 5, and October 6.
Calling All Supporters of Mental Health Awareness!
Meg Thornbury and Courtney Gambrell are planning to offer a Mental Health Support Group at SMM. It would be for both those who experience mental health challenges and for those who love someone affected by them.
If you have counseling or mental health expertise, or a general interest in this topic, we invite you to help us define the scope and structure of the group, and/or to be involved in its implementation. Please contact Courtney. We would love to share our ideas and hear your own!
New Centering Prayer Group?
Centering Prayer is prayer in which we experience God’s presence within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself. ~ Thomas Keating
We are considering offering a second Centering Prayer group on Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm. If you are interested in participating in this new group or would like more information please contact Carolyn Baker. More information about Centering Prayer is available here.

Save the Date! – 2018 CROP Hunger Walk

Mark your calendars for this special parish-wide event to be held on October 21.  Donations support Community Food Share & Church World Service.  Let’s walk together in solidarity with those who hunger. Please contact Sue Crowley or Rick Fredo.
Communion Bread Bakers Needed!
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! Contact Janet Poley to volunteer.  Find the recipe 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

 

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.

Parish News September 14, 2018

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Update on the Search for the 11th Bishop of Colorado
The Diocese of Colorado is preparing to elect its 11th Bishop foliowing the retirement of Rt Rev Robert J O’Neill, who has served the Diocese since 2004. The election will take place at the Annual Diocesan Convention on October 26-27 in Denver.  St Mary Magdalene’s lay delegates to the Convention include Lynn Mulcare, Pete Morreale, Lynn Mulcare, Janet Poley, with Jim Watkins and John Thornbury serving as alternates.  Fr Bruce will be our clergy delegate.
After an exhaustive process the Standing Committee of the Diocese has put forward two candidates: The Rev. Kym Lucas, and The Rev. Canon Ruth Woodliff Stanley (the current Canon to the Ordinary in our Diocese).  You can read more about them, and about the search process here.
A third candidate, The Rev. Canon Michael Pipkin, had also been offered but the Standing Committee recently removed him from consideration due to “serious personal, professional, and vocational issues.” You can read the letter announcing their decision here.
There will be two opportunities for delegates and anyone else who is interested to learn more about the election process and meet the candidates:
The Front Range Region Convocation is on Saturday, September 29 from 9am-12pm at St John’s Cathedral in Denver. This where the election process and other rules of Convention will be explained.
Walkabouts are opportunities to meet the candidates in person.  The Front Range Region Walkabout takes place on Monday, October 8 from 5-8pm at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Loveland.  Other walkabouts are scheduled in Denver and several other locations. The complete list can be found here.
In the meantime, as the process continues to unfold, the Standing Committee offers this prayer:
Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a bishop for this Diocese, and those in discernment with us,that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. 
Amen
To stay up to date on everything happening around the Diocese, subscribe to the weekly Diocesan Digest and quarterly Episcopalian here.
An Update on Wildflower Preschool
After much deliberation over the past couple of years, the St Mary Magdalene Vestry has decided not to renew Wildflower Preschool’s lease when it expires in June 2019.  Our primary concern has been to determine the best use of space in our education wing, especially as our church’s growth puts increased pressure on our limited worship, office, meeting, and classroom space.  While we don’t yet know exactly how the  space will be configured and used, we are committed to making some portion of it available for a community purpose yet to be determined.
We notified Wildflower of our decision back in November 2017 but did not make a public announcement until now at their request.  Amy Harman, the owner, has secured space to open a new Wildflower site at the New Church at 95th and Arapahoe.  All families currently enrolled at the SMM site have the option to transfer their children to the new location.
For more information please contact Fr Bruce or Jim Watkins, Sr Warden.
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.

Sunday Service Time Change

On Sunday, September 16 our Sunday worship service times will move to 8:00am (no music) and 10:00am (with music).  Please mark your calendars for this change.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Thoughtful Endings: A Series on End of Life Planning (September 16th – November 11th)

St. Mary Magdalene and the Gunbarrel Faith Partnership are joining with the Conversation Project to host a five session series on important end-of-life issues.  Topics will include Confronting Mortality, Your Wishes and Values, Documents as a Guide for Decision Making, Understanding End of Life Resources, and Your Precious Body After Death.  Each congregation will host one of the sessions. The series begins on Sunday, September 16th, 1-3pm, and continues every other Sunday through November 11th. for more information click here.  
Godly Play Volunteer Lunch & Learn
Following the 10 am service on Sunday, September 30 Godly Play volunteers are encouraged to stay after 10 am service for a small lunch and check in.  We will check in with one another and smooth out any kinks in our Sunday programming.  Contact Sue Crowley for more information.
Expressions of the Divine Feminine: Mary Magdalene and the Black Madonna
This 3-part series will explore historical, cultural, scriptural, and spiritual dimensions of the Divine Feminine, including Mary Magdalene, the Black Madonna, and Biblical figures. The series includes (1) a presentation by Fr. Bruce on his journey to sites associated with Mary Magdalene and Black Madonnas in southern France  (Sunday 9/30 @ 9am); (2) an evening presentation by the Rev. Mary Hardy on the Divine Feminine in the Bible (Friday 10/5 @ 7-9pm); and (3) an interactive day-long retreat on the Black Madonna with the Labyrinth (Saturday 10/6 @ 9am-4pm).  Suggested donation: $50 (includes Friday evening presentation and lunch on Saturday).
For more information, see the calendar for September 30, October, 5, and October 6.
Calling All Supporters of Mental Health Awareness!
Meg Thornbury and Courtney Gambrell are planning to offer a Mental Health Support Group at SMM. It would be for both those who experience mental health challenges and for those who love someone affected by them.
If you have counseling or mental health expertise, or a general interest in this topic, we invite you to help us define the scope and structure of the group, and/or to be involved in its implementation. Please contact Courtney. We would love to share our ideas and hear your own!
New Centering Prayer Group?
Centering Prayer is prayer in which we experience God’s presence within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself. ~ Thomas Keating
We are considering offering a second Centering Prayer group on Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm. If you are interested in participating in this new group or would like more information please contact Carolyn Baker. More information about Centering Prayer is available here.

Save the Date! – 2018 CROP Hunger Walk

Mark your calendars for this special parish-wide event to be held on October 21.  Donations support Community Food Share & Church World Service.  Let’s walk together in solidarity with those who hunger. Please contact Sue Crowley or Rick Fredo.
Communion Bread Bakers Needed!
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! Contact Janet Poley to volunteer.  Find the recipe 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.
Subscribe to receive the SMM Parish News weekly or to join other SMM email lists.
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