The Interfaith Alliance News

Seeking the renewal of the world

St. Andrew’s is a partner congregation of The Interfaith Alliance.  With their expertise in social justice advocacy to guide us, we can stay up to date on meaningful actions that can be taken to advocate for social and racial justice.  They provide education and up-to-date information on ways to affect the state legislative process and to participate in other events to influence the renewal of the world, which is part of the mission of St. Andrew’s.  You can check this site regularly.  Especially during the legislative session, we will try to keep you apprised of current legislation and of suggested actions you could take to make a difference.

If you have any questions or would like to get more involved or receive the weekly emails we get from The Interfaith Alliance, please contact Sue Torfin at storfin9@gmail.com or Betsy Hoover at betsyhoover@me.com.

An ongoing event is Faithful Tuesdays.  Every Tuesday during the legislative session a coalition of faith-based organizations organizes a rally in the north foyer of the capital from 12-1:00 focused on a particular social justice issue.  The schedule is below.

Faithful Tuesdays at the Capitol

Join individuals from a variety of faith-based organizations, including TIA, for a rally focused on a particular social justice issue.

PCN UPCOMING TOPICS:

April > May 2: Ways to Make Change

**February’s missed topic is hoping to be rescheduled for May 2’s meeting

Educators will be discussing how to make change at the City, County, State, School Board, Courts, and RTD levels

** April’s meeting is moved to May 2 due to High Holy Days at the end of April

MAY 30 PCN:

When: May 30 @ 1:30-3:30 pm

Where: Temple Sinai (3509 S. Glencoe Street, Denver 80237)

Topic: How to Make Change at the City, County, State, School Board, Courts, and RTD levels.

May 30: Congregational Land Campaign & Housing Justice

ACTION ITEMS 1-3:

#1)

Things are heating up with the Comprehensive Sex Education Bill, and we are hearing that Democrats are being wishy-washy on whether they intend to prioritize it for funding. We expect both chambers to finalize their priority list over the weekend/early next week and want to make sure Comprehensive Sex Education is on there!

Please use ACLU’s action alert to make your voice heard.

#2)

Thursday. April 11, 2019 @ 1:30 p.m.,

HB19-1275: Increased Eligibility for Criminal Record Sealing 

House Judiciary Room 0112, (1) in house calendar.

Please contact the members of the committee to voice your SUPPORT.

Judiciary

Mike Weissman HD 36 303-866-2942 mike.weissman.house@state.co.us
Leslie Herod HD 8 303-866-2959 leslie.herod.house@state.co.us
Adrienne Benavidez HD 32 303-866-2964 adrienne.benavidez.house@state.co.us
Rod Bockenfield HD 56 303-866-2912 I (303) 680-9264 rod.bockenfeld.house@state.co.us
Terri Carver HD 20 303-866-2191 terri.carver.house@state.co.us
Rochelle Galindo HD 50 303-866-2929 I 970-397-9160 info@galindoforcolorado.com
Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez HD 4 303-866-2954 serena.gonzales.guiterrez.house@state.co.us
Hugh McKean HD 51 303-866-2947 hugh.mckean.house@state.co.us
Dylan Roberts HD 26 303-866-2923 dylan.roberts.house@state.co.us
Matt Soper HD 54 303-866-2583 matt.soper.house@state.co.us
Kerry Tipper HD 28 303-866-2939 I 303.949.1411 kerry@kerrytipper.com

TO FOLLOW ALL THE BILLS AND THEIR CURRENT STATUS WITH INTERFAITH ALLIANCE RECOMMENDATIONS, FOLLOW THIS LINK:

https://www.statebillinfo.com/SBI/index.cfm?fuseaction=Public.Dossier&id=25823&pk=878&style=pinstripe

 

Holy Week & Easter 2019 at St. Andrew’s

 

During the week before Easter, we gather as a community to journey with Jesus to Jerusalem and the cross, before celebrating his Resurrection.  The ancient services in which we participate invite us to move away from the routine of our daily lives, and transport us, as we walk the way of the cross, to consider the love of God shown to us in the person of Jesus.  We invite you observe Holy Week with us by participating in this journey.

 

Tuesday, April 16

The Way of the Cross at 7:00 pm | On this evening we retrace Jesus’ journey, from his Trial before Pilate and his walk to Golgotha, carrying his Cross, to his Death upon that Cross.  Nursery Available.

 

Wednesday, April 17 

Tenebrae Service at 7:00 pm

An ancient service in which the lights are extinguished during the chanting of psalms of penitence and lament.  Nursery Available

 

Thursday, April 18 

Morning Prayer at 9:00 am

Maundy Thursday Service at 7:00 pm

On this night, the Church remembers Jesus’ Last Supper with his disciples. With humility, we reenact Jesus’ washing of his disciples’ feet, and we commemorate the Institution of the Lord’s  Supper as we celebrate the Eucharist in obedience to his command. Nursery Available

 

All night Vigil at the Altar of Repose

 

Friday, April 19        

Morning Prayer at 9:00 am

 

Good Friday Service at 12:00 noon

On this most solemn day, we gather at the hour Jesus hung on the cross to pray for the whole world, to venerate the cross, and to share the bread and wine consecrated the night before.  Nursery Available.

 

Friday, April 19

Downward to Darkness: Poems, Prayers, and Music for the night of Good Friday at 7:00pm

On this most solemn night, we’ll gather in the church for a time of meditation and reflection, guided by poetry and music appropriate to the occasion.  Nursery Available.

 

Saturday, April 20    

Holy Saturday Prayers at 9:00 am

Our community gathers on this morning in a simple prayer service to remember Jesus’ descent into the Grave after which we begin to clean and prepare the Church for the Easter Celebration.

 

The Great Vigil of Easter at 7:00 pm

This service, traditionally begun at or after sunset, begins the celebration of the Resurrection.  Following a tradition going back to the earliest days of the church, we participate in the Blessing of the New Fire, the Liturgy of the Word, Holy Baptism, and the first Eucharist of Easter, with    bells and glorious music.  Our celebration continues with a festive reception in the Undercroft.    Nursery Available.

 

Sunday, April 21         

Easter Sunday Services at 9:00 am and 11:00 am

The celebration of the Resurrection continues at these festive services. Nursery Available at both services.

 

No Still Point service at 5:30 pm.

 

Monday, April 22 

Parish Office will be closed.

 

HOLY WEEK & EASTER 2019 AT ST. ANDREW’S

During the week before Easter, we gather as a community to journey with Jesus to Jerusalem and the cross, before celebrating his Resurrection. The ancient services in which we participate invite us to move away from the routine of our daily lives, and transport us, as we walk the way of the cross, to consider the love of God shown to us in the person of Jesus. We invite you observe Holy Week with us by participating in this journey.

Tuesday, April 16

The Way of the Cross at 7:00 pm | On this evening we retrace Jesus’ journey, from his Trial before Pilate and his walk to Golgotha, carrying his Cross, to his Death upon that Cross.
Nursery Available

Wednesday, April 17

Tenebrae Service at 7:00 pm | An ancient service in which the lights are extinguished during the chanting of psalms of penitence and lament. Nursery Available

Thursday, April 18

Morning Prayer at 9:00 am

Maundy Thursday

Service at 7:00 pm
On this night, the Church remembers Jesus’ Last Supper with his disciples. With humility, we reenact Jesus’ washing of his disciples’ feet, and we commemorate the Institution of the Lord’s Supper as we celebrate the Eucharist in obedience to his command. Nursery Available

All night Vigil at the Altar of Repose

Friday, April 19

Morning Prayer at 9:00 am

Good Friday Service at 12:00 noon
On this most solemn day, we gather at the hour Jesus hung on the cross to pray for the whole world, to venerate the cross, and to share the bread and wine consecrated the night before.
Nursery Available

Downward to Darkness: Poems, Prayers, and Music for the night of Good Friday at 7:00pm
On this most solemn night, we’ll gather in the church for a time of meditation and reflection, guided by poetry and music appropriate to the occasion. Nursery Available

Saturday, April 20

Holy Saturday Prayers at 9:00 am
Our community gathers on this morning in a simple prayer service to remember Jesus’ descent into the Grave after which we begin to clean and prepare the Church for the Easter Celebration.

The Great Vigil of Easter at 7:00 pm
This service, traditionally begun at or after sunset, begins the celebration of the Resurrection. Following a tradition going back to the earliest days of the church, we participate in the Blessing of the New Fire, the Liturgy of the Word, Holy Baptism, and the first Eucharist of Easter, with bells and glorious music. Our celebration continues with a festive reception in the Undercroft. Nursery Available

Sunday, April 21

Easter Sunday Services at 9:00 am and 11:00 am
The celebration of the Resurrection continues at these festive services. Nursery Available at both services.

No Still Point service at 5:30 pm.

Monday, April 22

Parish Office will be closed.

The Season of Lent

Stations of the Cross in Lent

On each Friday in Lent at Noon, a brief, simple Stations of the Cross service will take place in the church.  The Stations of the Cross provide a meditation on Christ’s “way of sorrows,” following him from Pilate’s judgement seat to the cross and the grave.  The service will last approximately 20 minutes, and is a spoken version of the Stations of the Cross that is sung on Tuesday evening in Holy Week.  Share Our Lord’s path this Lent.  All are welcome.

Lenten Labyrinth

The season of Lent often uncovers new pathways of inward transformation in our spiritual lives. This year, our church is physically reflecting this spiritual journey with a temporary labyrinth installation, which will be available for the duration of Lent.  An evening prayer office will be recited each Monday during Lent from 4-5pm, followed by an open period of silence to pray and walk the labyrinth.  The labyrinth will also be available for prayer walks on Thursdays before Evensong and on Sundays before Still Point. All are encouraged to engage with this powerful contemplative and meditative discipline.

 

 

The Interfaith Alliance News

 

St. Andrew’s is a partner congregation of The Interfaith Alliance.  With their expertise in social justice advocacy to guide us, we can stay up to date on meaningful actions that can be taken to advocate for social and racial justice.  They provide education and up-to-date information on ways to affect the state legislative process and to participate in other events to influence the renewal of the world, which is part of the mission of St. Andrew’s.  You can check this site regularly.  Especially during the legislative session, we will try to keep you apprised of current legislation and of suggested actions you could take to make a difference.

If you have any questions or would like to get more involved or receive the weekly emails we get from The Interfaith Alliance, please contact Sue Torfin at storfin9@gmail.com or Betsy Hoover at betsyhoover@me.com.

 

An ongoing event is Faithful Tuesdays.  Every Tuesday during the legislative session a coalition of faith-based organizations organizes a rally in the north foyer of the capital from 12-1:00 focused on a particular social justice issue.  The schedule is below.

 

The Interfaith Alliance  –  Seeking the renewal of the world

 

The Interfaith Alliance provides education and up-to-date information on meaningful action we can take to advocate for social and racial justice in Colorado.  As a partner congregation, we can utilize TIA’s expertise and take steps to affect identified legislative bills.

Check this site for information on the process of current legislation, suggested actions you can take, and upcoming “how to” classes.

 

If you are interested, we want to hear from you!  Please email us for more information on getting involved, or to request the weekly TIA email.

Sue Torfin, storfin9@gmail.com

Betsy Hoover, betsyhoover@me.com

 

Faithful Tuesdays at the Capitol

Join individuals from a variety of faith-based organizations, including TIA, for a rally focused on a particular social justice issue.  Every Tuesday, March 5 – April 30, in the north foyer.

March 5 – Mile High Ministries: Affordable Housing

March 12 – Rocky Mountain Synod (ELCA): Financial Equity

March 19 – Colorado Catholic Conference

March 26 – The Episcopal Church in Colorado: Economic Justice

April 2 – Colorado Sikhs

April 9 – Together Colorado

April 16 – Interfaith Alliance of Colorado

April 23 – Organization TBD

April 30 – Together Colorado: Closing Ceremony

 

Following are four bills up for consideration at the state legislature with recommendations on how to have an impact if you want to take action on their progression.

#1)

HB19-1118: Extending Notice to a Tenant Before Eviction

 

Monday, March 11th HB19-1118 will be heard on the House Floor.

Contact your representative before Monday, March 11 asking them to PASS HB19-1118.

This bill would extend notice before a landlord can file eviction from three days to 10 days. While many landlords are flexible and understanding when life – unexpected car repairs, medical emergencies, and layoffs – happens, the goal of this bill is to codify the grace that most landlords already give so that all Colorado renters, especially the ones who are most vulnerable to homelessness, can rely on a consistent standard.

Renters’ protections in Colorado lag behind most other states across the country, especially regarding eviction notice; in fact, 28 states give more notice before eviction than Colorado in the case of unpaid rent, and 36 states provide more notice in the case of other lease violations.

Continue reading…

 

UPDATE:

The consumer resource site regarding lending alternatives has been updated.

 

#2)

SB19-182 – Death Penalty

Please contact our Senators and request their support of Senate Bill 182 to repeal the death penalty. http://leg.colorado.gov/bills/sb19-182

On Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to pass SB 182, a bill to end the death penalty in Colorado and replace it with life without the parole. Governor Polis has stated publicly that he will sign a repeal bill passed by the legislature.

The next step is the debate on the Senate floor, which could come as early as next week.  That is why we are being asked to call our Senators today.


Use this tool findmylegislator (type your zip code into the search function) to find the contact information for your senator and call him or her and ask them to PASS SB 182 http://leg.colorado.gov/bills/sb19-182.


 

If you live in District 20 or 28, your Senators are two that are unsure of how they will vote and have asked to hear from you as one of their constituents. Their information is located below.

 

Senate District 20

Senator Jessie Danielson

Email: jessie.danielson.senate@state.co.us 

Phone: 303-866-4856

 

Senate District 28

Senator Nancy Todd

Email: nancy.todd.senate@state.co.us 

Phone: 303-866-3432

 

More Material on this Bill

 

 

#3)

HB19-1039 – Jude’s Law, Gender ID

On Wednesday, March 13 HB19-1039 will be heard before the Senate Committee.

Under current law, a person born in Colorado who seeks a new birth certificate from the registrar of vital statistics (state registrar) to reflect a change in gender designation must obtain a court order indicating that the sex of the person has been changed by surgical procedure and ordering that the gender designation on the birth certificate be amended, and the person must obtain a court order with a legal name change. The bill repeals that provision and creates new requirements for the issuance of birth certificates in cases of changes to gender designation or for an intersex individual.

More about this Bill

Please contact Committee Members to PASS Jude’s Law – HB19-1039

Senator Pete Lee – Chair

303-866-6364

pete.lee.senate@state.co.us

 

Senator Julie Gonzales – Vice Chair

303-866-4862

julie.gonzales.senate@state.co.us

 

Senator John Cooke

303-866-4452

john.cooke.senate@state.co.us

 

Senator Bob Gardner

303-866-4880

bob.gardner.senate@state.co.us

 

Senator Robert Rodriguez

303-866-4852

Robert.rodriguez.senate@state.co.us

 

 

#4)

HB19-1129 – Prohibit Gay Conversion Therapy for a Minor

On Monday, March 18 HB19-1129 will be heard before the Senate Committee.

The bill prohibits a licensed physician specializing in psychiatry or a licensed, certified, or registered mental health care provider from engaging in conversion therapy with a patient under 18 years of age. A licensee who engages in these practices is subject to disciplinary action by the appropriate licensing board. The bill also makes the advertising or practice of conversion therapy by a physician or mental health care provider a deceptive trade practice under the “Colorado Consumer Protection Act”. “Conversion therapy” means efforts to change an individual’s sexual orientation, including efforts to change behaviors or gender expressions or to eliminate or reduce sexual or romantic attraction or feelings toward individuals of the same sex.

Please Contact Committee Members to PASS HB19-1129

Senator Mike Foote – Chair

303-866-5291

mike.foote.senate@state.co.us

 

Senator Lois Court – Vice Chair

303-866-4861

lois.court.senate@state.co.us

 

Senator Rhonda Fields

303-866-4879

Rhonda.fields.senate@state.co.us

 

Senator Vicki Marble

303-866-4876

Vicki.marble.senate@state.co.us

 

Senator Jerry Sonnenberg

303-866-6360

jerry.sonnenberg.senate@state.co.us

The Interfaith Alliance News

 

St. Andrew’s is a partner congregation of The Interfaith Alliance.  With their expertise in social justice advocacy to guide us, we can stay up to date on meaningful actions that can be taken to advocate for social and racial justice.  They provide education and up-to-date information on ways to affect the state legislative process and to participate in other events to influence the renewal of the world, which is part of the mission of St. Andrew’s.  You can check this site regularly.  Especially during the legislative session, we will try to keep you apprised of current legislation and of suggested actions you could take to make a difference.

If you have any questions or would like to get more involved or receive the weekly emails we get from The Interfaith Alliance, please contact Sue Torfin at storfin9@gmail.com or Betsy Hoover at betsyhoover@me.com.

 

An ongoing event is Faithful Tuesdays.  Every Tuesday during the legislative session a coalition of faith-based organizations organizes a rally in the north foyer of the capital from 12-1:00 focused on a particular social justice issue.  The schedule is below.

 

 

The Interfaith Alliance  –  Seeking the renewal of the world

 

The Interfaith Alliance provides education and up-to-date information on meaningful action we can take to advocate for social and racial justice in Colorado.  As a partner congregation, we can utilize TIA’s expertise and take steps to affect identified legislative bills.

Check this site for information on the process of current legislation, suggested actions you can take, and upcoming “how to” classes.

 

If you are interested, we want to hear from you!  Please email us for more information on getting involved, or to request the weekly TIA email.

Sue Torfin, storfin9@gmail.com

Betsy Hoover, betsyhoover@me.com

 

Faithful Tuesdays at the Capitol

Join individuals from a variety of faith-based organizations, including TIA, for a rally focused on a particular social justice issue.  Every Tuesday, March 5 – April 30, in the north foyer.

March 5 – Mile High Ministries: Affordable Housing

March 12 – Rocky Mountain Synod (ELCA): Financial Equity

March 19 – Colorado Catholic Conference

March 26 – The Episcopal Church in Colorado: Economic Justice

April 2 – Colorado Sikhs

April 9 – Together Colorado

April 16 – Interfaith Alliance of Colorado

April 23 – Organization TBD

April 30 – Together Colorado: Closing Ceremony

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Following are four bills up for consideration at the state legislature with recommendations on how to have an impact if you want to take action on their progression.

 

#1)

HB19-1118: Extending Notice to a Tenant Before Eviction

 

Monday, March 11th HB19-1118 will be heard on the House Floor.

 

Contact your representative before Monday, March 11 asking them to PASS HB19-1118.

 

This bill would extend notice before a landlord can file eviction from three days to 10 days. While many landlords are flexible and understanding when life – unexpected car repairs, medical emergencies, and layoffs – happens, the goal of this bill is to codify the grace that most landlords already give so that all Colorado renters, especially the ones who are most vulnerable to homelessness, can rely on a consistent standard.

 

Renters’ protections in Colorado lag behind most other states across the country, especially regarding eviction notice; in fact, 28 states give more notice before eviction than Colorado in the case of unpaid rent, and 36 states provide more notice in the case of other lease violations.

Continue reading…

 

UPDATE:

The consumer resource site regarding lending alternatives has been updated.

 

#2)

SB19-182 – Death Penalty

 

Please contact our Senators and request their support of Senate Bill 182 to repeal the death penalty. http://leg.colorado.gov/bills/sb19-182

 

On Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to pass SB 182, a bill to end the death penalty in Colorado and replace it with life without the parole. Governor Polis has stated publicly that he will sign a repeal bill passed by the legislature.

 

The next step is the debate on the Senate floor, which could come as early as next week.  That is why we are being asked to call our Senators today.

 

Use this tool findmylegislator (type your zip code into the search function) to find the contact information for your senator and call him or her and ask them to PASS SB 182 http://leg.colorado.gov/bills/sb19-182.

 

If you live in District 20 or 28, your Senators are two that are unsure of how they will vote and have asked to hear from you as one of their constituents. Their information is located below.

 

Senate District 20

Senator Jessie Danielson

Email: jessie.danielson.senate@state.co.us 

Phone: 303-866-4856

 

Senate District 28

Senator Nancy Todd

Email: nancy.todd.senate@state.co.us 

Phone: 303-866-3432

 

More Material on this Bill

 

 

#3)

HB19-1039 – Jude’s Law, Gender ID

On Wednesday, March 13 HB19-1039 will be heard before the Senate Committee.

 

Under current law, a person born in Colorado who seeks a new birth certificate from the registrar of vital statistics (state registrar) to reflect a change in gender designation must obtain a court order indicating that the sex of the person has been changed by surgical procedure and ordering that the gender designation on the birth certificate be amended, and the person must obtain a court order with a legal name change. The bill repeals that provision and creates new requirements for the issuance of birth certificates in cases of changes to gender designation or for an intersex individual.

 

More about this Bill

Please contact Committee Members to PASS Jude’s Law – HB19-1039

Senator Pete Lee – Chair

303-866-6364

pete.lee.senate@state.co.us

 

Senator Julie Gonzales – Vice Chair

303-866-4862

julie.gonzales.senate@state.co.us

 

Senator John Cooke

303-866-4452

john.cooke.senate@state.co.us

 

Senator Bob Gardner

303-866-4880

bob.gardner.senate@state.co.us

 

Senator Robert Rodriguez

303-866-4852

Robert.rodriguez.senate@state.co.us

 

 

#4)

HB19-1129 – Prohibit Gay Conversion Therapy for a Minor

 

On Monday, March 18 HB19-1129 will be heard before the Senate Committee.

 

The bill prohibits a licensed physician specializing in psychiatry or a licensed, certified, or registered mental health care provider from engaging in conversion therapy with a patient under 18 years of age. A licensee who engages in these practices is subject to disciplinary action by the appropriate licensing board. The bill also makes the advertising or practice of conversion therapy by a physician or mental health care provider a deceptive trade practice under the “Colorado Consumer Protection Act”. “Conversion therapy” means efforts to change an individual’s sexual orientation, including efforts to change behaviors or gender expressions or to eliminate or reduce sexual or romantic attraction or feelings toward individuals of the same sex.

 

Please Contact Committee Members to PASS HB19-1129

Senator Mike Foote – Chair

303-866-5291

mike.foote.senate@state.co.us

 

Senator Lois Court – Vice Chair

303-866-4861

lois.court.senate@state.co.us

 

Senator Rhonda Fields

303-866-4879

Rhonda.fields.senate@state.co.us

 

Senator Vicki Marble

303-866-4876

Vicki.marble.senate@state.co.us

 

Senator Jerry Sonnenberg

303-866-6360

jerry.sonnenberg.senate@state.co.us

 

Sunday, February 24, 2019   The Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany

 9:00 am   Holy Eucharist   X   11:00 am   Solemn Eucharist   X   5:30 pm Still Point

Sundays at 9:00am Child/Youth Faith Formation

Evensong: Thursday evenings at 5:45pm

 

This Week’s News in Brief

For additional information, events and announcements, please check the weekly “Fruits of the Tree” 

To sign up for this e-letter, contact office@standrewdenver.org or call 303-296-1712

 

Today’s envelopes

Today’s plate (unpledged) offering supports Maintaining our Buildings and Grounds. Please use the envelope in your leaflet or simply place your donation in the plate. If you are one of the many who don’t carry cash, the DipJar stands ready to take your contribution via your debit/credit card.

 

For Newcomers, Seekers, and the Curious: The Catechumenate
Are you new to St. Andrew’s or the Episcopal Church, or to the Christian tradition, or is this a good time in your life to explore questions of faith at a new level?  We invite you to participate in the Catechumenate, the ancient process of joining the church.  At its roots, “catechumenate” means to follow an echo, and the process involves storytelling, listening, and some basic information about scripture, church history, and mature faith formation. Our class will include nine sessions on Sundays, 12:45 – 2 pm, beginning March 10. For more information, please contact Mother Elizabeth.

 

For Newcomers, Seekers, and the Curious: The Catechumenate
Are you new to St. Andrew’s or the Episcopal Church, or to the Christian tradition, or is this a good time in your life to explore questions of faith at a new level?  We invite you to participate in the Catechumenate, the ancient process of joining the church.  At its roots, “catechumenate” means to follow an echo, and the process involves storytelling, listening, and some basic information about scripture, church history, and mature faith formation. Our class will include nine sessions on Sundays, 12:45 – 2 pm, beginning March 10. For more information, please contact Mother Elizabeth.

 

Shrove Tuesday: Pancakes and Palms: March 5

Save the date for our traditional Shrove Tuesday pancake supper on Tuesday, March 5, beginning at 5 pm, in the undercroft. Fun for all ages!

 

And — if you have palms or palm crosses saved from last year, bring them to church between now and Shrove Tuesday. We’ll be burning last year’s palms to make this year’s ashes for Ash Wednesday.

 

Monthly Morning Prayer Yoga: Tomorrow

Join us for our peaceful practice on Monday, February 25 at 9:30 am. We will combine meditation, movement, breath, and our words in the deep stillness of winter. Connect with the divine in your whole body, heart, and mind with yoga teacher Ruth Carver and Rev’d Melissa Adzima in this unique way of praying. Stay for snacks and conversation with new friends. Please bring your own mat and any other props you like, and some warm layers, and join us in the beauty of the sanctuary. We will have a few extra mats available.

 

Exploring Life and Faith (ELF) 

 

  • The Interfaith Alliance and St. Andrew’s – Seeking the Renewal of the World

            with Sue Torfin and Betsy Hoover: February 28th beginning at 7:00 pm

 

Are you interested in social, racial, and economic justice?  Would you welcome concrete ways to make a difference?  St. Andrew’s is a partner congregation of The Interfaith Alliance, an organization that advocates for justice and social change.  The Alliance educates and trains individuals for action.  Join us to learn more about The Interfaith Alliance and how you and St. Andrew’s can participate in seeking justice for all Coloradans.

 

  • A Lenten Journey through the Facets of Prayer and Contemplation

 

March 7 – “Centering Prayer”, with Charles Utter from Contemplative Outreach will take us through an exploration of           Centering Prayer that will include: Prayer as a Relationship, The Method of Centering Prayer. Thoughts and the Use of the Sacred Word, and Deepening Our Relationship with God

 

March 14 – “The Daily Offices”, with Nina Churchman. Just as Muslims pray five times a day and Hindus have morning and evening rituals, Christians have a long tradition of daily prayers beginning with the early church.  Come and discover, with the guidance of Nina Churchman, retired Episcopal priest, the lovely services of Morning and Evening Prayer (and others) in our own prayer book.

 

The rest of the Lenten Journey schedule may be viewed on our website:  www.standrewdenver.org/elf

 

Fraud Email Alert from the Diocese of Colorado

A recent threat to churches is email-based impersonation scams targeting key personnel. The scheme involves cybercriminals mimicking clergy or other staff through the use of phishing emails. Criminals typically pose as personnel in positions of authority and ask victims to perform money transfers, pay invoices, or to send the attacker sensitive data. Scammers will often manipulate the “from” email address and name so that it appears to be coming from someone you know. Churches and dioceses across The Episcopal Church and across other denominations have been a target of these email impersonation attacks. Scammers use a free email account (such as Gmail) and register it with an impersonated name. They then send an email to an unsuspecting recipient asking for immediate help in order to get a task done (such as purchasing a gift card or wiring money). Attention to detail can be a lot of help in combating cases of impersonation. Users should check sender details carefully. Any suspicious email message should be investigated before replying. Also, proper attention should be given to the message content, including attachments and URLs.  St. Andrew’s will not request funds by email, and any request should be verified by phone with the person involved.  Please report such scams to Jeff in the Parish Office at jeff@standrewdenver.org

 

The Interfaith Alliance News

Faithful Tuesdays is a coalition of leaders, organizations, and community members (including the Episcopal Church of Colorado) who are committed to adding a deeper moral dimension to the public policymaking process in Colorado. The focus is to advance a faith narrative and collaborative process that supports a just economy, promotes equity, and eradicates racism in Colorado. They hold multi-faith events in the north foyer of the Colorado Capital building from 12:00 – 1:00 every Tuesday through the legislative session. Some of these events will feature current legislation, while others may focus on forwarding a shared narrative of justice, love, healing, reconciliation, and care for others. A schedule follows which includes the sponsoring organization and the weekly topics decided to date. Add your voice by attending one or many. For more information: https://faithfultuesdays.org

 

February 26 – Colorado Council of Churches: Homelessness

March 5 – Mile High Ministries:  Affordable Housing

March 12 – Rocky Mountain Synod (ELCA): Financial Equity

March 19 – Colorado Catholic Conference

March 26 – The Episcopal Church in Colorado: Economic Justice

 

Please see the website for the remaining schedule and topics:  https://faithfultuesdays.org

 

St. Martin’s Chamber Choir Concert: Today 3:00pm – Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 4500 Wadsworth Blvd.

“The interplay of harmonies in music is one of the principal sources of its emotional content,” says choir founder Timothy Krueger, and he has chosen some particularly powerful examples of this, from liltingly beautiful (Stanford “Blue Bird;” Duruflé “Ubi caritas”), to powerfully evocative (Britten “In the bleak midwinter;” Byrd “Super flumina Babylonis;” Berger “Skelton Poems”), to seeringly conflicted and heart-wrenching (premieres of Redford “The Destruction of Sennacherib” and Grosbach “Silent Noon”).  The choir is joined by acclaimed pianist Tamara Goldstein. Buy your tickets now by calling (303) 298-1970, online at www.stmartinschamberchoir.org/concerts, or at the door. $35 Premium; $25 General Admission; $10 Student

 

Pro Musica Colorado Chamber Orchestra season finale: Today 2:00pm  in Longmont

Join Cynthia Katsarelis, conductor, and the Pro Musica Colorado Chamber Orchestra today for Classical Evolution with J.S. Bach’s Harpsichord Concerto in D minor, Jory Vinikour, harpsichordistHaydn’s Symphony No. 22, the Philosopher, and a world premiere of composer Max Wolpert’s piece, “Baroque in Mirror.” Max’s piece is a wonderful homage to folk fiddlers of the Baroque era.  For more info, please visit: www.promusicacolorado.org or call 720-443-0565.

Parish Leadership: 2019 Vestry Candidates

The Vestry, together with the Rector, exercises spiritual leadership of the parish, keeping the vision, describing the mission, and inviting the congregation into ministry. The work of the vestry is grounded in prayer and worship, scripture, and a commitment to Christian service. The vestry is responsible for the legal and financial health of the parish; they act as stewards of the church finances and property, approve the budget, provide for maintenance of the buildings, and assure that the operations of the parish conform to legal requirements and best practices.

Formally, vestry members are required to be adults confirmed in the Episcopal Church and communicants in good standing of the parish. What we look for at St. Andrew’s is an individual with a desire to serve, a willingness to listen and to grow in faith, and a lively understanding of how God is calling this particular church.

This year, at our annual meeting on January 27, we will elect five new members of the Vestry from a slate of eight candidates. Our slate includes: Toni Amicarella, Kathleen Beatty, Peggy Bryson, Edie Busam, Christen Epstein, Kathy Fleming, Kaylie Haynes, and Judie James. Three will serve three year terms, one a two year term, and one a one year term. Please see their biographies below. Many thanks to these five faithful parishioners for their willingness to serve in this capacity.

 

St. Andrew’s Annual Meeting

Sunday, January 27 at 10:00 am

 

Toni Amicarella

Thanks for this opportunity to be considered by you as a vestry member. St. Andrew’s is a place that provides me with support and strength and hope and solace. So, I’m happy to be of service to this community in whatever way I’m called. To that end, I’ve served as an acolyte for some time now (I’ve graduated to second torch and the bell!), and I truly enjoy it.

A little about me: I grew up in Colorado for the most part and got to live in some beautiful places like Steamboat and Estes Park. I went to university and law school on the East Coast after which I found my way to private practice in California. I also spent more than a decade working as a literary director for professional theaters in New York. After all of that rambling around, I returned to Colorado and have spent the last 10 years as a public defender. I’m a full-time “mom” to a silly dog with a permanent hitch in his gait named Petey and part-time mom to another pup named Hugo (AKA Mr. Sensitive). I like the outdoors, and I spend a lot of time working in my Denver yard to what seems like no avail.

But I suppose what really you need to know about me is this: I think St. Andrew’s is a special place.

Kathleen Beatty

Like so many in the St. Andrews flock, Mike and I came to St. Andrews after a very traumatic year waiting for our daughter Piper to receive a double lung transplant. Her original lungs had been savaged by Cystic Fibrosis. During that year, we learned that fewer than 25% of those awaiting lung transplant receive new lungs and that those who do often teeter on the edge of death for months before transplantation. Piper did both, and I returned to Denver very grateful for her new lungs, but feeling shocked and damaged by the experience.

Shortly before I returned, Mike, through our great friends Ellen Anderman and Jim Donaldson, discovered St. Andrews. Although we had lived in Denver since 1996, Mike starting a law firm here and me serving as the dean of the School of Public Affairs at CU Denver, we had not found a church home. Mike visited St. Andrews and, on my first Sunday back in Denver, we attended the church together. I knew immediately that this was where we needed to be. The breathtaking music, Elizabeth’s leadership, and George’s lovely translation of the teachings of the Episcopal Church (in Catechumenate classes), along with the strong feelings of community sealed the deal for both of us, and we are very happy here.

While at St. Andrews, I have had opportunities to give back. Mike and I started by hosting after-church coffee hours, serving as readers and greeters at the church. I also served on two ad hoc committees. In recent years, I took on a much more demanding role as a member of the “parking lot” committee (later called the Caledonian Committee and more recently the “Building our Vision” committee). This work provided the opportunity to work with incredibly dedicated Mental Health Center of Denver professionals, architects, city and state personnel who provide for Denver’s homeless, and other homeless advocates from the area, as well as an incredibly dedicated committee from our congregation. Although the project was disapproved in the fall, I think all of us who worked on this believe there will be another opportunity to live into our vision and to improve the lives of Denver’s most needy.

I have been nominated to serve on the Vestry, and I would be honored to serve. This community means a great deal to our family. We are at peace here. The worship experience has changed my life. It made the excruciating wait for a second lung transplant for Piper, this time in Durham, North Carolina, much more tolerable. The rich friendships, the community, and the service dedication of the congregation are very important to me. In return, I hope, if elected, to the Vestry, I can contribute to wise decision-making that guides the future of our church.

Peggy Bryson

I came to St. Andrew’s late in 2008, during our time at Holy Redeemer, after I made the tough decision to leave the Mormon church, where I was raised. This was a decision that was a culmination of years of doubt, discomfort, and a feeling that I never quite “fit.” Despite these challenges to my faith, there were things I knew I still believed: I would need to find a place where I could connect not only to God but to a community in faith who could provide support for me and my children. I embarked in “church shopping,” expecting the process to take some time. I was looking for a church that was inclusive, that would challenge me and make me think, and with good music, of course. Most importantly, as a single parent I was searching for what felt just right as the place where my children would grow in faith.

I was in the middle of my undergraduate studies in Music Education at MSU Denver, and I heard about St. Andrew’s from my mentors, Mike Kornelsen and MB Krueger, as well as a classmate, Jennifer Grotpeter, who eagerly shared her endorsement when I asked. I came the following Sunday, and immediately knew that this was where I “fit.” As soon I could, I started the catechumenate process. This process and group of people helped me through a tumultuous time in my personal and professional life. The night of the Easter Vigil in 2010, Meg, Carl, and I were baptized, and I was confirmed about a month later. St. Andrew’s has become an integral and vital part of who I am, bringing sanctuary to me and my little family; it is a place where we can connect to God and each other. My husband, Jeff, and I were married here in February of 2013, and my children have grown up here, participating in Godly Play and TSE when they were younger, and finding early calls to ministry as acolytes and readers. My husband and I have enjoyed participating in Moveable Feast for several years, and I have been singing in the choir for nearly eight years.

Both of my parents were musicians and passionate about music in worship, but often fought a losing battle in a lay ministry where music was typically low on the list of priorities with the leadership. I witnessed their tireless efforts to do their part in enhancing the spirit felt in worship in their congregation. One of the many things I found at St. Andrew’s that I didn’t even know I was missing in my previous church life is the fruits of the service of all those who take a part in creating a beautiful, spiritual, thoughtful, and welcoming worship experience. From our clergy to our acolytes, altar guild, flower guild, greeters, readers, choir, organist, and choirmaster, all work tirelessly to create an atmosphere that allows parishioners to connect to God, their faith, and each other with meaningful worship experiences.

I am currently a choir and drama teacher at Deer Creek Middle School in Jefferson County Public Schools in my ninth year of teaching. In addition, I serve in leadership positions within my school district, and as co-chair elect and district governor on the Colorado Middle All-State Choir governing board. I will be graduating with a Master in Music from the University of Northern Colorado in May, a week before Meg graduates from Lakewood High School. My background and work in the arts and teaching middle and high school students has made me particularly dedicated to helping young people discover, accept, and feel good about who they are, no matter their gender, sexuality, race, religion, etc. Our mission to provide sanctuary in the city has always spoken very personally to me.

I was born on Pease Air Force Base in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and spent my childhood as an Air Force Brat and a member of the Mormon church.

I am honored and humbled at the invitation to be a candidate for the vestry. Should I be selected to serve, I would do my best to contribute my time and efforts toward the mission of providing sanctuary for our members, neighbors, and anyone led to our doors.

Edie Busam

As a dedicated member of St. Andrews for 7 years, I am delighted to have been asked to run for the vestry position at St. Andrews.

Over the last few years, my husband’s terminal illness limited the amount of time I was able to spend participating in activities at St. Andrews. I lost Michael in June and while I am healing, I look forward to spending more time in a place that gave us great joy.

Michael and I moved across the street in 2013 from Park Hill to One Lincoln Park when he could no longer drive to work. It was hard to leave our former Church (St. Thomas) but the location of St. Andrews became a blessing as Michael’s health began to decline.

A cradle Anglican from Cincinnati, I moved here 24 years ago to run the clinical services for The Denver Hospice. Educated in nursing and political science, I now work in policy and legislative lobbying at Aponte and Busam Public Affairs. I was hired by my business colleague and helped to grow this lobby firm in Colorado representing many nonprofit entities, businesses and healthcare organizations. This year marks my 18th year assisting with policy development improving the lives of people in our community who need us the most.

In my previous church life, I worked in my small town to establish a mission church. St. Anne’s is now a large thriving parish in southwest Ohio. During the early years we met in a school where all our prayer books were stored in a portable alter. Most people walk thru the doors to worship without knowing what it takes to manage church operations. This was a life enriching experience to learn and work with the Diocese and participate in the growth of a congregation.

My initial attraction to St. Andrews was the commitment of this small urban church to continue to be rooted in community and the renewal of faith. I have deep respect for the music program and an appreciation for worship services that create many opportunities for us to be close to God. That attraction grew exponentially when learning of this parish’s commitment to not only members but our surrounding humanity.

I am blessed with three grown children and 7 grandchildren.

I am ready to serve if so elected. Thank you for your consideration and trust.

Christen Epstein

My husband David and I joined Saint Andrew’s in 2011, shortly following a move from Atlanta and the birth of our daughter, Ayala. We were immediately drawn in by the liturgy, thoughtful sermons, inclusiveness, and warmth of the parishioners and ministers. Our son Luca was born in 2014 and now both of our children have the benefit of attending children’s ministries. This element of our spiritual life has been a growing blessing and I’m very excited about the evolution and continuation of these programs. As an interfaith family it was essential for us to find a Christian home that enabled us to continue our Jewish journey as well. The love, joy, and openness we have found at Saint Andrew’s has been a unique and special gift for all four of us. As a family we particularly enjoy participating in the Metro Caring and coffee hour ministries. I’m humbled by this invitation to serve Saint Andrew’s. I’m so grateful for the love and peace our family has received in knowing this community and I would be honored to try to give back as a member of the vestry.

Kathy Fleming

It was during Lent in 1995 when I first wandered into St Andrew’s. I was attending St Johns Cathedral at the time and heard that our mission church, St Andrew’s, would hold midweek services during Lent. Since I worked just a few blocks away, I dropped in. This small, warm and loving church drew me in, and it wasn’t long before I moved my membership to St Andrew’s. Through the many years since then I’ve been amazed to witness the growth and change in what had been a little congregation, and have served on several committees and vestries in several capacities.

My husband, Gary, and I retired from the telecommunications industry in 2004, and embarked on several adventures. Our last major commitment was service in the Peace Corps in Morocco from 2011 to 2013. When we returned in 2013, I was so glad to see all that our congregation had done while we were gone. There were so many new faces – I no longer knew everyone!

Today I am a Godly Play teacher, a member of the St Benedict’s Guild, usher, and am a member of the ELF planning committee.

( I am a “cradle” Episcopalian, born and raised in the church, but did wander a bit in my young adult life.)

Kaylie Haynes

Like many others, I was drawn to Saint Andrew’s because of the sacred richness of her liturgy and the openness of her community. At a time in my life when I was questioning my Catholic upbringing, and the core of what I thought to be true seemed to be shattered, St. Andrew’s provided a place for me to question in community and hope. At times when I have felt my life lulled into complacency, she has challenged me to grow in ways I never would have expected. During my time here, I’ve been active as an acolyte and a member of the sustainability team.I have found in St. Andrew’s a place to search, to rest, to connect, to reach beyond our walls in love to provide a place of refuge for those who feel trapped within the chaos of life. She has walked beside me in tumult, in joy, in faith, in doubt, in hope, in fear, in love, in loss, and I hope to be a part of helping create a community in which others can experience the priceless gift that I have found here.

Judie James

I bring a unique perspective by having participated in St. Andrew’s many transitions, challenges, projects, and opportunities since January 1980. I first served on the vestry in the early 1980s, when our rector was the abbot of an Episcopal monastic order. I was senior warden when the monks departed and a few years later, when we became a mission of St. John’s Cathedral. I participated in the committee to restore the church following the 1999 fire. During Mother Connie Delzell’s tenure, I served as vestry clerk for two years. I was a tutor for neighborhood children in our after-school program and a member of the board of Bethany House, providing housing for people living with HIV. I was junior warden and a member of the building committee when we built the 2008 extension to the church and participated in the rehabilitation of the parish house, when multiple frozen radiators caused a flood and the need for asbestos abatement and a new furnace. Most recently, I’ve chaired the Flower Guild and have served as a doorperson for Godly Play.

Professionally, I worked as an attorney, practicing in the area of Social Security Law for about 20 years. I’m now retired and work part-time at Bed, Bath & Beyond and enjoy dancing and pickleball at various Denver recreation centers. My Capitol Hill Victorian house is shared with my husband, Richard DeTar, and two delightful cats.

I’m eager to be involved in working through the current challenges facing our parish. We have excellent staff and a wonderful music program, yet we remain financially precarious and struggle with physical space limitations, communication gaps, new member incorporation, and our aspirations for meaningful and effective social justice involvement. In my experience, St. Andrew’s has always drawn interesting and highly gifted people into leadership and ministry roles. If I am elected to serve on the vestry, I look forward to working the clergy, staff, wardens, and fellow vestry members, as we discern how we are to be the Body of Christ in this time and place.

Roger Kilgore – Senior Warden

Roger and his wife Sue have been members of St. Andrew’s since 2001, though Roger is not quite sure of the date. After moving from Washington DC the fit at St. Andrew’s quickly seemed right with the emphasis on liturgy, excellent music, progressive theology, and a wonderful community. Roger has served on numerous committees including Outreach, the committee that planned and implemented the church expansion, the Sacred Vision Sacred Space capital campaign, and the Building our Vision committee. He has also served as a greeter and reader, but never an acolyte and never in choir. Even though MB says everyone can sing, Roger is not so sure. Roger is currently serving as a vestry member.

Sunday, January 20, 2019 The Second Sunday after the Epiphany
9:00 am Holy Eucharist  11:00 am Solemn Eucharist  5:30 pm Still Point
Sundays at 9:00am Child/Youth Faith Formation
Evensong: Thursday evenings at 5:45pm

This Week’s News in Brief
For additional information, events and announcements, please check the weekly “Fruits of the Tree”
To sign up for this e-letter, contact office@standrewdenver.org or call 303-296-1712

A Meal that Heals Ministry – “Cook Day” Saturday, January 26; 9am – 12pm
If you are looking for an enjoyable and rewarding opportunity to serve your fellow parishioners, please consider joining A Meal that Heals Ministry! We prepare and freeze meals, then deliver them to parishioners in times of need (illness, surgery, birth of a baby, loss of a loved one) so they can concentrate on their healing. We will be getting together on Saturday, January 26 from 9 – Noon in the Undercroft to cook and assemble meals and write prayer notes to include in the deliveries. No culinary talents needed! And we enjoy the camaraderie of these “cook days.”

How can you participate in this ministry? Join us to assemble meals, offer recipes, donate food, write prayers, and sign-up to deliver meals when needs arise. Delivering meals is very rewarding part of this ministry. Let us know of your interest so we can include you in emails for further planning. Contact us at meals@standrewdenver.org or reach out to Barbara Day or Karen Mayes if you have questions.

Pledge Campaign 2019 Update
Many thanks to the 119 households including 20 new pledgers who have brought our 2019 pledge total to $418,345.

Annual Meeting, January 27 at 10 am (No 9 or 11 am services that day)
The Annual Meeting of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Denver will take place on Sunday, January 27 at 10 am. The meeting takes place during the Liturgy of the Word, and Holy Communion completes “the work of the people.”

The purpose of the meeting is to celebrate the life of the parish, thank our retiring senior warden and vestry members, elect new vestry members, and take thought for the financial health of the parish, including an examination of the 2019 budget. Snacks will be provided during the meeting and a potluck lunch for all takes place at the conclusion of the meeting. Children’s Formation and Nursery begin at 10 am; please see our children’s ministry announcements for details. There are no 9:00am or 11:00am services on January 27; the Still Point service is celebrated as usual at 5:30 pm.

Vestry Candidates
At the annual meeting, we’ll be electing five members to serve on the vestry. Three will serve three year terms, one a two year term, and one a one year term. We’ll also elect a new senior warden, Roger Kilgore. We’re thankful to all those who will stand for election this year. Candidates are: Toni Amicarella, Kathleen Beatty, Peggy Bryson, Edie Busam, Christen Epstein, Kathy Fleming, Kaylie Haynes, and Judie James. See today’s insert for biographies and pictures.

2019 Draft Budget and Budget Review Session: TODAY
The vestry approved a balanced budget for 2019, which will be presented to the parish. As always, in order to balance the operating budget, we had to make some hard decisions about expenses, fundraising, and our plate (non-pledge) income goal. Still, there is good news: our budgeted pledge revenue includes more than 20 new pledging units (plus an increase in the average pledge), and we were able to provide salary increases for our staff and clergy for the first time in three years. To find out more, please consider attending a budget information session on Sunday, January 20th at 12:45pm in the Parish House Common Room.

Completion of Pledge Campaign: Response to our 2019 pledge campaign has been encouraging so far, and we’re grateful for the promises of support we have received. If we haven’t heard from you, please turn in your pledge today by mailing your card, or contacting Jeff in the office: Jeff@standrewdenver.org. To prepare a 2019 budget, the vestry depends on an accurate understanding of what our pledge revenue will be, so the sooner we hear from everyone, the better we can prepare for the coming year.

Use of Endowment Funds for Parking Lot Purchase
As part of the charge of the vestry to the Building Our Vision (BOV) committee, the committee has been evaluating ways in which the parish may further its vision and mission through effective stewardship of the parking lot. For some time, the BOV committee had been discussing how our options as a parish could be enhanced if we could purchase the “end lot.” The end lot is the small parking lot between the parking lot we own and 21st Street. If we could acquire it, St. Andrew’s would own all the land from the parish house to 21st Street on our side of Glenarm Place. This added land could provide us with many more opportunities.

The parish (You) will be asked at the annual meeting on January 27th for approval to allocate $500,000 from the Endowment Fund to purchase the End Lot. (The Endowment Fund currently holds approximately $800,000.) Use of Endowment funds requires two-thirds approval of the Vestry, Endowment Committee, and the Parish. The Vestry and the Endowment Committee have already unanimously approved use of Endowment Funds for this purpose.

There is no certainty that St. Andrew’s will be able to reach a mutually agreeable sales price with the current owner. Should a deal fail to happen, the funds would remain in the Endowment fund and could not be spent for any other purpose. It is also important to know that St. Andrew’s would incur no debt if the purchase is successful.
To provide an opportunity to ask questions a meeting is planned in anticipation of the parish meeting on January 27th. It will be on January 20th between the 9am and 11am services in the Common Room. Plan to come with your questions.

As this relates to a potential real estate negotiation, please do not discuss this outside of our parish family.
Thank you for your prayerful consideration of this important decision in the life of our parish. Any questions or comments can be directed to Roger Kilgore (303-333-1408, kilgore.roger@centurylink.net), Matt Bentley (m.t.bentley@gmail.com), or Elizabeth Randall (Elizabeth@standrewdenver.org).

Directory Updates
As we head into a new calendar year, it’s a good time to do some (early) spring cleaning in our directory. If you’ve moved or have new contact information, please make sure you make those changes on the directory. If you’re a newcomer to St. Andrew’s and don’t yet have access to the directory, or haven’t yet provided your contact information, please drop a line to jeff@standrewdenver.org.

Monthly Morning Prayer Yoga
Kick off the new year and join us for our practice on Monday, January 28th at 9:30 am. We will combine meditation, movement, breath, and our words in the deep stillness of winter. Connect with the divine in your whole body, heart, and mind with yoga teacher Ruth Carver and Rev’d Melissa Adzima in this unique way of praying. Stay for snacks and conversation with new friends. Please bring your own mat and any other props you like, and some warm layers, and join us in the beauty of the sanctuary. We will have a few extra mats available. Contact Ruth Carver Bondurant for more information.

Exploring Life and Faith (ELF)
January 24 and 31
“Falling Upward” – a Book discussion with Rev. Debra Engquist
Many of us may think our later years are reduced to growing old, spending more hours at the doctor’s office, and finally giving up the ghost. Others may valiantly try to ‘age gracefully.’ In his book, Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life, Richard Rohr embraces a different, more life-giving direction. Without minimizing the challenges of aging, Rohr shares his experience of aging and offers a framework that helps us understand the ways our failures and heartbreaks can awaken in us a deeper, wiser appreciation for life – an appreciation we could not experience earlier in our spiritual journey.

Explore Falling Upward with retired (and aging!) pastor, Debra Engquist. Pastor Engquist served Lutheran congregations in the Denver area for 23 years. She has practiced Centering Prayer for many years, and recently completed a two year ‘Living School’ experience with Richard Rohr through the Center for Action and Contemplation, founded by Rohr. Participants are encouraged to read Falling Upward by Richard Rohr prior to the first session. Please don’t hesitate to come if you haven’t read the book. A few copies are available at the church office for $14.

Interfaith Alliance News
Did you know that St Andrew’s is a supporting congregation of The Interfaith Alliance of Colorado? The Alliance “gives a voice to Coloradans who want to put their faith into action as a force for good in public life.”
Betsy Hoover and Sue Torfin are St. Andrew’s representatives to the Progressive Congregations Network of the Interfaith Alliance. We want to share with you how The Interfaith Alliance can be an avenue for individuals and the congregation to make a difference in the societal structures that influence economic and social justice in our society. We will be keeping you informed on issues that The Interfaith Alliance is working on in order to influence as the state legislative process.

One opportunity to learn more about the legislative process of our state government is to participate in the Interfaith Day at the Legislature. The Interfaith Alliance sponsors a day on February 4th, when experts in their fields explain how a bill becomes law, how legislative committee hearings determine the fate of a bill, and how you can get through the noise to make a difference. Tickets are $30 per person. Please let us know if you’ve registered and we’ll coordinate with you on the logistics of the day. If you would like to join Betsy and Sue on this day, you can register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/interfaith-day-at-the-legislature-tickets-53022691297

Don Quixote
Denver Art Song Project, Denver Early Music Consort, and baritone Robert Osborne bring to St. Andrew’s a night of excitement, humor and fun with one of the world’s most beloved stories of Don Quixote, told through a pastiche of art song, Baroque cantata, and French grand opera. Mezzo-soprano Kathleen Schmidt and baritone Bradley Thompson join the cast of quixotic dreams. 7pm Saturday, January 19, tickets are $10, reception to follow.

Friends of Music Concert January 26: James Hall, flute
Duo 1610, made up of renowned flautist James Hall (flute instructor at UNC–Greeley) and acclaimed pianist Willem Van Schalkwyk (heard recently at St. Andrew’s accompanying tenor Joseph Gaines), present a preview of their 2019 touring concert at St. Andrew’s to kick off the 2019 Friends of Music series on Saturday, January 26, 7:30pm. Hall and Van Schalkwyk will exhibit the musical pyrotechnics they are known for on works by Francis Poulenc, Sigfrid Karg-Elert, and others. Suggested donation $25 to benefit the Friends of Music.

Sunday, December 23, 2018   The Fourth Sunday of Advent

9:00 am   Holy Eucharist   X   11:00 am   Solemn Eucharist   X   5:30 pm   Still Point

Sundays at 9:00am Child/Youth Faith Formation

 This Week’s News in Brief

For additional information, events and announcements, please check the weekly “Fruits of the Tree” 

To sign up for this e-letter, contact office@standrewdenver.org or call 303-296-1712

 Today’s envelopes

Today’s plate (unpledged) offering supports Maintaining our Buildings and Grounds. Please use the envelope in your leaflet or simply place your donation in the plate. Today’s DipJar donations also support this ministry.  If you are one of the many who don’t carry cash, the DipJar stands ready to take your contribution via your debit/credit card.

Pledge Campaign 2019 Update 
Many thanks to the 78 households including 11 new pledgers who have brought our 2019 pledge total to $285,997.  We are a little over halfway there!
Coming in the New Year: Church Business

During the twelve days of Christmas, we’ll be gathering to worship and celebrate the joy of the season. Early in the new year, there will be several pieces of business to which we’ll attend as a body, all of them connected in some way to our Annual Parish Meeting on Sunday, January 27, at a 10 am service.

Announcement of Vestry Slate: this year we’ll be electing five members to serve on the vestry. Three will serve three year terms, one a two year term, and one a one year term. The slate of nominees will be published the first week of January.

2019 Draft Budget and Budget Review Sessions: the vestry will be presenting a budget to the parish at the annual meeting. On the Sundays prior, there will be an opportunity to review the budget and ask questions.

Materials to Review for Annual Meeting: we will spend some time at the annual meeting considering how we may be called to move forward as a parish, continuing to examine how we live into our vision and mission. We’ll be sending out some materials for you to consider ahead of time, again, with a chance for conversation and questions.

Completion of Pledge Campaign: response to our 2019 pledge campaign has been encouraging so far, and we’re grateful for the promises of support we have received. If we haven’t heard from you, please turn in your pledge today by mailing your card, or contacting Jeff in the office:  Jeff@standrewdenver.org. To prepare a 2019 budget, the vestry depends on an accurate understanding of what our pledge revenue will be, so the sooner we hear from everyone, the better we can prepare for the coming year.

We look forward to celebrating the season of Christmas with you, and to attending to the business of the church in the new year.

Volunteer for Ministries
Thanks for your prayerful and generous commitments for financial pledges to St Andrew’s.  Another aspect of stewardship is the donation of your time and talents to our ministries.  This Sunday, December 9 during both coffee hours we will share information about our ministries and give you an opportunity to learn how you might volunteer to join them.

Vestry Nominations
At our annual meeting, Sunday, January 27, we will elect five new members to the vestry. The vestry nominating committee is accepting suggestions for nominees until Sunday, December 16. Nominees need to be adult members of the parish who have been confirmed in the Episcopal Church, are actively involved in ministry, and are faithful stewards and contributors to St. Andrew’s. Three of the nominees will serve three-year terms and one a one-year term. Please offer suggested names for nominees in writing or via email to one of the members of the committee listed below by December 16, 2018.  Include a brief explanation of why you consider the candidate to be qualified.  If you feel called, you can submit your own name!  If you have any questions about service on the vestry or the nominating process, please don’t hesitate to ask or email one of the members of the nominating committee. Thank you for your prayerful consideration.
The nominating committee members may be contacted by email:  Matt Bentley,  m.t.bentley@gmail.com; Victoria Parker, vicpar@lakewoodco.org; and Kylie Schwartz, kylschwartz@gmail.com.

The Giving Tree
Thank you from the young mothers and children who receive services from the Florence Crittenton Center!  The tags were taken from the Giving Tree and we are very grateful for the wonderful response again this year from the St. Andrew’s community.  The gifts donated really do make a difference in the lives of these young women and children.

Family Promise Thank You!

Thanks to all who provided hospitality this week to all those involved in Family Promise.

Bake Sale Success

Thank you to everyone who participated in our annual Bake Sale.  We are so grateful for the incredibly talented bakers we have in this parish and especially for the generosity of everyone who prepared not only tasty but also beautifully presented items for the sale.  Thank you also to everyone who participated by buying a treat – or two, or three… or more –   and for the generous donations as well.

From the Stewardship Ministry: Thanks, and Update

Thank you to those of you who have returned your pledge cards! As of mid-week, 58 households have renewed their pledges, and we have 8 new pledgers!  These 66 pledges add up to $234,000, so we are approaching the halfway mark. We are grateful for every pledge, and appreciate that many households have been able to respond to our need for additional giving by increasing their pledges.

 

Celebrating Life’s Milestones

We would like to join in your celebration of lifetime milestones and events!!

Beginning on January 1, we will be launching a new ministry where greeting cards will be sent to the members of our community who are celebrating Birthdays, Anniversaries, or other life time events.  Over the next few weeks, we are asking our community members to submit dates of their Birthdays and Anniversaries (day and month only),  so that a data base of  this information can be created.  If you are interested in participating, please submit your information to Scott Barnette at rsbarnette@aol.com or (720) 545-4744.

Coffee Hour Sign Up

For those of you that do not wish to use the electronic sign up, we will be printing the sheet for display on the snack table each Sunday going out for the upcoming 8 weeks.  If there is a special occasion you wish to reserve further out, just let me know and I am happy to pencil you in.  Also, if you are not able to bring snacks, yet would still like to participate in supporting this ministry, please know donations are always welcome!! Any questions, please contact Karen Mayes at 512.423.0520 or kmayes2015@gmail.com

Parish Annual Report
The Annual Meeting of the congregation is coming up in January.  Do you lead one of the ministries at St. Andrew’s?  It is time to start working on your Ministry Report for the printed Parish Annual Report.  Please submit your reports to Jeff@standrewdenver.org by Monday, January 7.  Thanks!

 

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Advent and Christmas at St. Andrew’s

Sunday, December 23 – Advent 4
Holy Eucharist at 9 and 11 am
Children and Youth programming at 9 am
Nursery care available
Still Point service at 5:30 pm

Monday, December 24 – Christmas Eve
Eucharist with Pageant at 4 pm
No nursery
3:40 pm Carols

Monday, December 24 – Christmas Eve
Festival Eucharist at 10:30 pm
No nursery
10:00 pm Carols
Reception immediately following in the undercroft
Tuesday, December 25 – Christmas Day
One morning service at 10 am
No nursery

Sunday, December 30 – Christmas 1
One morning service at 10 am
No nursery; no children’s program
No Still Point

Thursday, January 3
Evensong service at 5:45pm

Sunday, January 6 – The Epiphany
Holy Eucharist at 9 and 11 am
Children and Youth programming at 9 am
Nursery care available
Lessons and Carols with Epiphany Procession
at 5:30 pm