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).
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.
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Parish News August 31, 2018

 

UPCOMING AT AND AROUND ST. MARY MAGDALENE
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A new Sign-Up Board is now located on the wall between the kitchen and the fireplace.  Check it out and sign up for providing Altar Flowers or Coffee Hour.

Sunday, September 9th: Reconnecting Sunday!
Following the 9:00am service, this event will feature two great opportunities to share in the life of St. Mary Magdalene.
The Outreach Committee will be hosting its annual Party Sunday, which is Outreach’s main fundraising event. Sign up to host and/or attend parties for a nominal fee. All proceeds go to Outreach for grant-making to community organizations. It is also a great way to add some fun events to your social calendar! We are currently requesting folks to host an event, so please volunteer to host a hike, happy hour, game night, theme dinner or similar event. Please contact Bill Andrews with questions.
Also, SMM Ministry teams will be hosting a Ministry fair showcasing the many ministries, programs, and activities of St. Mary Magdalene.  Representatives from each ministry will be on hand to share information on their purpose, needs, and how you can get involved.
The Second Sunday Women’s Gathering will take place as scheduled at 10:45am.

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!
SAVE THE DATE!
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 and Daphne on their journey to sites associated with Mary Magdalene and Black Madonnas in southern France  (Sunday 9/30 @ 9am); (2) an evening presentation by Rev Mary Hardy on the Divine Feminine in the Bible (Friday 10/5 @ 7-9pm); and (3) an interactive day-long workshop on the Black Madonna with the Labyrinth (Saturday 10/6 @ 9am-4pm).
More detailed information will be coming soon.

Thoughtful Endings: A Series on End of Life Planning

The Gunbarrel Faith Partnership, a coalition of several congregations in our area, is joining with the Conversation Project to host a five session series on 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 in The Gunbarrel Faith Partnership will host one of the sessions. The series begins on Sunday, September 16th, 1-3pm, and continues every other Sunday through November 11th.  Find more information about each session 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.
2018 Outreach Christmas Project 

Each year the Outreach Committee picks a charity to help during the Christmas holiday season.  Last year we collected gift cards (total $700+!) that we presented to There With Care, so siblings of sick children would receive gifts. We’d like your input on our 2018 Christmas project. If you’d like to make a suggestion contact Kim Freymiller.

St. Mary Magdalene Library Revitalization

There is interest in revitalizing the St. Mary Magdalene library to make it more user-friendly and support groups that meet in the library space, including featuring books they are reading. There will be a survey located on the events table at the back of the sanctuary on Sunday mornings for you to share your input in this project. If you would like to be a part of this re-energizing of the library, please contact Linda White.
Buy Grocery Cards to Support St. Mary Magdalene  
Did you know that you can support the ministry of St. Mary Magdalene by purchasing reloadable cards for stores such as King Sooper’s?  SMM will receive 5% cash back for all purchases made on these cards.  For example, in the second quarter of 2018 the church received $1,289.14 in proceeds from card use.  It is an easy and fantastic way to support our church community.  Contact Colleen Brolin to purchase cards or to learn more.

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Bishop: The Rt. Reverend Robert O’Neill
Priest in Charge: The Rev. Bruce Swinehart, frbruce@smmboulder.org
Children and Youth: Sue Crowley, scrowley@smmboulder.org
Parish Administrator: Brian Gates, office@smmboulder.org
Sr. Warden: Jim Watkins, srwarden@smmboulder.org 
Jr. Warden: Jeff Cantrell, jrwarden@smmboulder.org
Worship Service Times

Saturdays 5:00pm
Sundays 9:00am

Office Hours

Mon-Thur 9am-2pm
Friday-Closed

 

Priest in Charge Hours

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

To submit an announcement for the church calendar, Parish News, website, and bulletin, email the church office no later than 12:00pm on the Tuesday prior to desired publication.  Please limit announcements to 50 words or less.  If more information is needed, a document can be linked to the announcements with a full description.
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Parish News August 24, 2018


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Re-Connecting
by Fr. Bruce Swinehart
I’m as excited as a kid at a backpack blessing about the start of the program year at St Mary Magdalene.  And I know I’m not the only one.
As always, there will be lots of wonderful worship, prayer, music, activities, classes, programs, social events, and community outreach going on.  I know I will be educated, nourished, and inspired right alongside all of you.
But beyond the sheer quantity of good stuff going on, I’m even more gratified by how it’s happening. Some kind of spiritual energy is being unleashed at St Mary Magdalene and it is a wonder to behold.

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 for providing Altar Flowers or Coffee Hour.

Reconnecting and Party Sunday! | September 9

Sunday, September 9th will be Reconnecting Sunday to begin the new program year.  This event will feature athe Party Sunday for Outreach. This is Outreach’s main fundraising event, so be sure to be there! It is also a great way to add some fun events to your social calendar! We are currently requesting folks to host an event, so please volunteer to host a hike, happy hour, game night, theme dinner or similar event. Please contact Bill Andrews with questions about Party Sunday.

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!

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.  This wonderful event is looking for a SMM community leader to help our parish get organized and raise donations.  Please contact Sue Crowley at if you are able to take the lead.
2018 Outreach Christmas Project 

Each year the Outreach Committee picks a charity to help during the Christmas holiday season.  Last year we collected gift cards (total $700+!) that we presented to There With Care, so siblings of sick children would receive gifts. We’d like your input on our 2018 Christmas project. If you’d like to make a suggestion contact Kim Freymiller.

St. Mary Magdalene Library Revitalization

There is interest in revitalizing the St. Mary Magdalene library to make it more user-friendly and also support some of the groups that meet in the library space — to highlight books they are using and allow parishioners to see what is being read by others in the church. We’d also like to create a space where people can find books to read for understanding of a topic or to receive encouragement for their lives. If you would like to be a part of this re-energizing of the library, please contact Linda White.
St. Benedict’s Seeks Volunteers 
St. Benedict Health and Healing Ministry thanks St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church for its ongoing financial and in-kind support of our ministry!  Our free clinics and other programming operate at seven sites, providing basic health care screening, doctor and nurse consultations, education and referrals.  This health care “safety net” helps enable the uninsured and underinsured to find the ongoing care they need.
Volunteer health care professionals are always needed to staff clinics in Boulder, Longmont and Lafayette.  In addition, we use non-clinical volunteers to distribute medicine in shelters, serve on our Board of Directors or a committee, plan our annual fundraising event, and more.  If potentially interested in finding your role, please visit our website at or contact Bill Goodwin.  Thank you.
Buy Grocery Cards to Support St. Mary Magdalene  
Did you know that you can support the ministry of St. Mary Magdalene by purchasing reloadable cards for stores such as King Sooper’s?  SMM will receive 5% cash back for all purchases made on these cards.  For example, in the second quarter of 2018 the church received $1,289.14 in proceeds from card use.  It is an easy and fantastic way to support our church community.  Contact Colleen Brolin to purchase cards or to learn more.

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Bishop: The Rt. Reverend Robert O’Neill
Priest in Charge: The Rev. Bruce Swinehart, frbruce@smmboulder.org
Children and Youth: Sue Crowley, scrowley@smmboulder.org
Parish Administrator: Brian Gates, office@smmboulder.org
Sr. Warden: Jim Watkins, srwarden@smmboulder.org 
Jr. Warden: Jeff Cantrell, jrwarden@smmboulder.org
Worship Service Times

Saturdays 5:00pm
Sundays 9:00am

Office Hours

Mon-Thur 9am-2pm
Friday-Closed

 

Priest in Charge Hours

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

To submit an announcement for the church calendar, Parish News, website, and bulletin, email the church office no later than 12:00pm on the Tuesday prior to desired publication.  Please limit announcements to 50 words or less.  If more information is needed, a document can be linked to the announcements with a full description.
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Parish News August 17, 2018


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2018 Outreach Endowment Grant Awarded to There With Care
By Kim Freymiller
The Outreach committee sent out invitations to twelve non-profits that we have previously funded and received six grant proposals. On July 9th the committee met to make a decision. We first narrowed it down to our top three. Then, after much discussion, we chose to award the grant of $5200 to There With Care. It was a tough decision!
There With Care assembles and delivers hospital care bags so parents can stay at their child’s bedside and consult with doctors making rounds. They deliver groceries and prepared meals so the children have nourishing food. Most children served are immune-compromised, and house cleaning services and monthly cleaning supplies are provided to reduce life-threatening germs. Patient and sibling support programs include tutoring and mentoring services, and age-appropriate activity bags for patients and siblings spending long hours at the hospital. For the littlest ones, the baby essentials program provides car seats, cribs, strollers and other items for families upon discharge from the neo-natal ICU.
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 for providing Altar Flowers or Coffee Hour.

CYF Family Day & Lake Party 
Join us this Saturday, August 18th, 11 AM – 3PM at Loukonen Brothers Reservoir for this year’s CYF lake party!  Please RSVP to Tina Fredo or Sue Crowley.

Party Sunday!

Party Sunday will be Sunday, September 9th after the 9:00 service. This is Outreach’s main fundraising event, so be sure to be there! We are currently requesting folks to host an event, so please volunteer to host a hike, happy hour, game night, theme dinner or similar event. Please contact Bill Anderson.

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.  This wonderful event is looking for a SMM community leader to help our parish get organized and raise donations.  Please contact Sue Crowley at if you are able to take the lead.
2018 Outreach Christmas Project 

Each year the Outreach Committee picks a charity to help during the Christmas holiday season.  Last year we collected gift cards (total $700+!) that we presented to There With Care, so siblings of sick children would receive gifts. We’d like your input on our 2018 Christmas project. If you’d like to make a suggestion contact Kim Freymiller.

St. Mary Magdalene Library Revitalization

There is interest in revitalizing the St. Mary Magdalene library to make it more user-friendly and also support some of the groups that meet in the library space — to highlight books they are using and allow parishioners to see what is being read by others in the church. We’d also like to create a space where people can find books to read for understanding of a topic or to receive encouragement for their lives. If you would like to be a part of this re-energizing of the library, please contact Linda White.
St. Benedict’s Seeks Volunteers 
St. Benedict Health and Healing Ministry thanks St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church for its ongoing financial and in-kind support of our ministry!  Our free clinics and other programming operate at seven sites, providing basic health care screening, doctor and nurse consultations, education and referrals.  This health care “safety net” helps enable the uninsured and underinsured to find the ongoing care they need.
Volunteer health care professionals are always needed to staff clinics in Boulder, Longmont and Lafayette.  In addition, we use non-clinical volunteers to distribute medicine in shelters, serve on our Board of Directors or a committee, plan our annual fundraising event, and more.  If potentially interested in finding your role, please visit our website at or contact Bill Goodwin.  Thank you.
Buy Grocery Cards to Support St. Mary Magdalene  
Did you know that you can support the ministry of St. Mary Magdalene by purchasing reloadable cards for stores such as King Sooper’s?  SMM will receive 5% cash back for all purchases made on these cards.  For example, in the second quarter of 2018 the church received $1,289.14 in proceeds from card use.  It is an easy and fantastic way to support our church community.  Contact Colleen Brolin to purchase cards or to learn more.

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Bishop: The Rt. Reverend Robert O’Neill
Priest in Charge: The Rev. Bruce Swinehart, frbruce@smmboulder.org
Children and Youth: Sue Crowley, scrowley@smmboulder.org
Parish Administrator: Brian Gates, office@smmboulder.org
Sr. Warden: Jim Watkins, srwarden@smmboulder.org 
Jr. Warden: Jeff Cantrell, jrwarden@smmboulder.org
Worship Service Times

Saturdays 5:00pm
Sundays 9:00am

Office Hours

Mon-Thur 9am-2pm
Friday-Closed

 

Priest in Charge Hours

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

To submit an announcement for the church calendar, Parish News, website, and bulletin, email the church office no later than 12:00pm on the Tuesday prior to desired publication.  Please limit announcements to 50 words or less.  If more information is needed, a document can be linked to the announcements with a full description.
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Parish News August 10, 2018


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Update on the Visioning and Discernment Process
The Vision Committee has complied a summary of input that was received at our Visioning session on July 22.  It is available for review and comment.
Members of the Committee (Jim Watkins, Paul Chyc, Jane Rogers, Debbie Buckman, and Robin Guilford) will be available after services the next two weeks if you have comments, suggestions, or concerns.  You may also send comments directly to Jim Watkins, if you prefer.
Once completed, the Vision Statement will be incorporated into an updated Parish Profile, which will be presented to the Vestry on September 11th. This will initiate the period of mutual discernment regarding Fr Bruce’s potential call to become Rector of St Mary Magdalene. The Vestry and Fr Bruce expect to make a decision on this no later than October 9th.
On behalf of our entire congregation, thank you for participating in this important process!
UPCOMING AT AND AROUND ST. MARY MAGDALENE
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A new Sign-Up Board is now located on the wall between the kitchen and the fireplace.  Check it out and sign up for providing Altar Flowers or Coffee Hour.

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

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

Upcoming Events for Children, Youth, and Families

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

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

Calling for Godly Play Instructors! 
Godly Play is looking for 4 new volunteers to tell stories to Elementary and Pre-school aged children starting this Fall.  We are looking for a once a month commitment.  For questions, please talk with Julia McMillen or Sue Crowley.
St. Benedict’s Seeks Volunteers 
St. Benedict Health and Healing Ministry thanks St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church for its ongoing financial and in-kind support of our ministry!  Our free clinics and other programming operate at seven sites, providing basic health care screening, doctor and nurse consultations, education and referrals.  This health care “safety net” helps enable the uninsured and underinsured to find the ongoing care they need.
Volunteer health care professionals are always needed to staff clinics in Boulder, Longmont and Lafayette.  In addition, we use non-clinical volunteers to distribute medicine in shelters, serve on our Board of Directors or a committee, plan our annual fundraising event, and more.  If potentially interested in finding your role, please visit our website at or contact Bill Goodwin.  Thank you.
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 5:00pm
Sundays 9:00am

Office Hours

Mon-Thur 9am-2pm
Friday-Closed

 

Priest in Charge Hours

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

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

Parish News August 3, 2018


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

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

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

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

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

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

Outreach Update

You may recall that Vestry decided in January to allocate 25% of our monthly plate offerings to Outreach. The results for the first six months are now in. Outreach has been given $2,033.62 to aid non-profit allocations. The Outreach Committee thanks you for your generosity.
Buy Grocery Cards to Support St. Mary Magdalene  
Did you know that you can support the ministry of St. Mary Magdalene by purchasing reloadable cards for stores such as King Sooper’s?  SMM will receive 5% cash back for all purchases made on these cards.  For example, in the second quarter of 2018 the church received $1,289.14 in proceeds from card use.  It is an easy and fantastic way to support our church community.  Contact Colleen Brolin to purchase cards or to learn more.

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Bishop: The Rt. Reverend Robert O’Neill
Priest in Charge: The Rev. Bruce Swinehart, frbruce@smmboulder.org
Children and Youth: Sue Crowley, scrowley@smmboulder.org
Parish Administrator: Brian Gates, office@smmboulder.org
Sr. Warden: Jim Watkins, srwarden@smmboulder.org 
Jr. Warden: Jeff Cantrell, jrwarden@smmboulder.org
Worship Service Times

Saturdays 5:00pm
Sundays 9:00am

Office Hours

Mon-Thur 9am-2pm
Friday-Closed

 

Priest in Charge Hours

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

To submit an announcement for the church calendar, Parish News, website, and bulletin, email the church office no later than 12:00pm on the Tuesday prior to desired publication.  Please limit announcements to 50 words or less.  If more information is needed, a document can be linked to the announcements with a full description.
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Parish News July 27, 2018


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Priest-in-Charge Update 
by Jim Watkins, Sr. Warden

Thank you for participating in our Visioning Session this past Sunday. We had approximately 50 people doing the visioning plus others taking care of our children and youth who, by all accounts, enjoyed the bouncy castle.

So what are the next steps in our priest-in-charge process? As Ann Fleming, the facilitator for our Visioning Session, explains it, the priest-in-charge process has three seasons: a season of discovery, a season of visioning, and a season of discernment. This entire process can take as long as three years; we are about two years into it at this point.
We are nearing the end of the season of visioning but need to complete a Vision Statement. Once that document is completed, it will be woven into an updated version of our Parish Profile.  Then we move into the season of discernment during which both Father Bruce and the Vestry need to discern whether Father Bruce should be called as our new Rector. The Vision Statement will be an important guide in that process.
We have formed a committee that is charged with the responsibility of putting together the Vision Statement. The committee members are Debbie Buckman, Paul Chyc, Robin Guilford, Jane Rogers, and Jim Watkins. The committee will be using the output from Sunday’s session to help create the Vision Statement. The committee hopes to complete the Vision Statement in the next few weeks and will share it with the congregation.
If you have any thoughts or ideas regarding the contents of the Vision Statement, whether or not you attended the session on Sunday, please let one of the committee members know.
Jim Watkins, Sr. Warden
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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.

New Name Tags at SMM!  
This weekend at St. Mary Magdalene you will notice new name tags on the name tag board inside the parking lot entrance.  They are in order alphabetically by each individual’s last name from left to right.  If your family has more than one last name you will find the name tags under the specific last name of each person.
If there is a spelling error or you are unable to locate your name tag please email the church office and we will make a new one or you.
Second Sunday Women’s Gathering
Women of the parish, please join us at 10:30 AM on Sunday August 12 in the library as we gather for Spiritual inspiration and physical nourishment.  Feel free to bring some food to share but come either way! If you have questions please reach out to Roxanne Bamond. 
Sign Up for Fall Supper Clubs 

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

Upcoming Events for Children, Youth, and Families

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

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

Outreach Update

You may recall that Vestry decided in January to allocate 25% of our monthly plate offerings to Outreach. The results for the first six months are now in. Outreach has been given $2,033.62 to aid non-profit allocations. The Outreach Committee thanks you for your generosity.
Buy Grocery Cards to Support St. Mary Magdalene  
Did you know that you can support the ministry of St. Mary Magdalene by purchasing reloadable cards for stores such as King Sooper’s?  SMM will receive 5% cash back for all purchases made on these cards.  For example, in the second quarter of 2018 the church received $1,289.14 in proceeds from card use.  It is an easy and fantastic way to support our church community.  Contact Colleen Brolin to purchase cards or to learn more.

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Bishop: The Rt. Reverend Robert O’Neill
Priest in Charge: The Rev. Bruce Swinehart, frbruce@smmboulder.org
Children and Youth: Sue Crowley, scrowley@smmboulder.org
Parish Administrator: Brian Gates, office@smmboulder.org
Sr. Warden: Jim Watkins, srwarden@smmboulder.org 
Jr. Warden: Jeff Cantrell, jrwarden@smmboulder.org
Worship Service Times

Saturdays 5:00pm
Sundays 9:00am

Office Hours

Mon-Thur 9am-2pm
Friday-Closed

 

Priest in Charge Hours

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

To submit an announcement for the church calendar, Parish News, website, and bulletin, email the church office no later than 12:00pm on the Tuesday prior to desired publication.  Please limit announcements to 50 words or less.  If more information is needed, a document can be linked to the announcements with a full description.
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Parish News July 20, 2018


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In Search of Mary Magdalene
By Fr Bruce Swinehart
As many of you know, Daphne, Athena (Daphne’s sister) and I traveled to Southern France last month with a small group of friends to explore sites related to Mary Magdalene, the Black Madonna(s), and the Divine Feminine. I am in the process of gathering and organizing material from the trip for a presentation that we will share with the community sometime in the next few weeks.
In the meantime, on the eve of our celebration of her Feast Day, I’d like to share some impressions of Mary Magdalene and the traditions that have grown up around her in that part of the world.
A church In the Mediterranean coastal town of Stes-Marie-de-la-Mer commemorates the place where Mary Magdalene is said to have arrived in a boat that had drifted without a rudder, oars, or a sail all the way from Egypt. In this story other passengers were: the two “other Marys” who accompanied her to the empty tomb on Easter morning; her sister and brother Martha and Lazarus (conflating Mary Magdalene with Mary of Bethany); and a dark-skinned Egyptian servant girl named Sarah. From there they spread out to various places around Southern France to carry on Christ’s ministry by evangelizing, teaching, and healing.

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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.

Boulder Emergency Squad Staging at SMM

From 8:00am – 1:00pm on Saturday, July 21, the Boulder Rescue Squad will be staging trucks and equipment in the SMM parking lot for search and rescue training exercises being conducted in the open space across the street from the church.  Please keep this in mind if needing to access the church during that time as parking may be interrupted.  Thank you.

New Name Tags at SMM!  
This weekend at St. Mary Magdalene you will notice new name tags on the name tag board inside the parking lot entrance.  They are in order alphabetically by each individual’s last name from left to right.  If your family has more than one last name you will find the name tags under the specific last name of each person.
If there is a spelling error or you are unable to locate your name tag please email the church office and we will make a new one or you.
Feast of St. Mary Magdalene  

On Sunday, July 22, we will have a special worship service that morning for 9:00am – 12:00 noon which will include a “visioning process” for our community. A festive potluck will follow.

For the potluck please provide a dish of your choice of salads, fruits, and proteins for adults, as well as macaroni and cheese for children; desserts are welcome.  Please label all serving dishes and pick them up near the parking lot entrance. Be sure to bring cold or warm items in containers that will maintain the food temperature.

Please plan to attend – looking forward to seeing you there!

Children, Youth and Families and SMM Feast Day 

To celebrate Saint Mary Magdalene’s feast day on July 22nd, we will be having a bounce house with a water slide, along with games and art from 9am – 2pm. Please bring a swimsuit, towel and sunscreen.  For more information contact Carmel Hill or Margaret Buttery.

Sign Up for Fall Supper Clubs 

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

Outreach Update

You may recall that Vestry decided in January to allocate 25% of our monthly plate offerings to Outreach. The results for the first six months are now in. Outreach has been given $2,033.62 to aid non-profit allocations. The Outreach Committee thanks you for your generosity.
Buy Grocery Cards to Support St. Mary Magdalene  
Did you know that you can support the ministry of St. Mary Magdalene by purchasing reloadable cards for stores such as King Sooper’s?  SMM will receive 5% cash back for all purchases made on these cards.  For example, in the second quarter of 2018 the church received $1,289.14 in proceeds from card use.  It is an easy and fantastic way to support our church community.  Contact Colleen Brolin to purchase cards or to learn more.

CONNECT WITH SAINT MARY MAGDALENE

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Bishop: The Rt. Reverend Robert O’Neill
Priest in Charge: The Rev. Bruce Swinehart, frbruce@smmboulder.org
Children and Youth: Sue Crowley, scrowley@smmboulder.org
Parish Administrator: Brian Gates, office@smmboulder.org
Sr. Warden: Jim Watkins, srwarden@smmboulder.org 
Jr. Warden: Jeff Cantrell, jrwarden@smmboulder.org
Worship Service Times

Saturdays 5:00pm
Sundays 9:00am

Office Hours

Mon-Thur 9am-2pm
Friday-Closed

 

Priest in Charge Hours

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

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