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

 

 

Sunday, December 16, 2018 The Third Sunday of Advent
9:00 am Holy Eucharist  11:00 am Solemn Eucharist  5:30 pm Lessons and Carols
Sundays at 9:00am Child/Youth Faith Formation  Thursdays at 5:45pm Evensong

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 is designated for our Music Ministry. 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.
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. Today 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.
Morning Prayer Yoga
Hit pause amidst the busyness of the holiday season and join us for our practice on Monday the 17th at 9:30 am. We will combine meditation, movement, breath, and our words in celebrating the spirit of Advent and the deep stillness of winter. Connect with the divine in your whole body, heart, and mind with yoga teacher Ruth Carver and Rev. Melissa Adzima in this unique way of praying. Please bring your own mat and any other props you like, and some warm layers, and join us in the beauty of the sanctuary of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. We will have a few extra mats available.

Christmas Eve reception: Can you help?
Are you ready, able and willing to share your gift of hospitality with those attending the reception following the 10:30 pm service? Those able to help, especially with clean up, should contact the parish office by emailing jeff@standrewdenver.org

Vestry Nominations
At our annual meeting, Sunday, January 27, we will elect four 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.
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.

This week’s Stewardship facts:
For 2019, the vestry has prepared a budget that includes 3% raises for all staff, restores certain cuts to ministry budgets, and reduces our reliance on fundraising. With no additional expansion of our ministries, this budget will require about $58,000 per month. That means an increase of about $80,000 to our total pledge amount from 2018.
With the pledge card that you should have received this past week, there is also a data sheet and an explanation of how we might accomplish this pledge increase. Here’s a summary of that information:
o a net gain of 15 pledging units would make up about $23,000 of our budget gap
o an average increase of 16% per pledging unit would make up almost all of the additional $57,000
This week’s invitation:
This week we invite you to pray, ponder, and consider what gifts of time, talent, and treasure you can pledge to St. Andrew’s for 2019.

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.

Pledge cards have been mailed. Did you receive one?
The pledge cards were mailed last week but a few have mentioned they didn’t receive their card. Have you? If not, call the parish office at 303.296.1712 or email jeff@standrewdenver.org

ELF – Exploring Life and Faith – Incarnation – Opening up to the Divine
Thursday evenings 7:00 – 8:15
Join us this Advent season as we explore the ways in which the Divine reveals itself in our day-to-day experiences and relationships, especially through music, movement, images, and literature. For information on upcoming ELF sessions, check our website at www.standrewdenver.org

December 20 – Literature with Kathy Fleming and Betsy Hoover – A Christmas Story
Thursday evening 7:00 – 8:15 We will be reading together a well-beloved Christmas story, O’Henry’s The Gift of the Magi. Afterwards there will be a discussion of how the Diving is revealed in the lives of the characters and where we find the Divine in our own lives.

Our Family Promise rotation is coming!
Wednesday dinner, Dec. 19 @5:30 – Main dish, starch, veggie, salad, bread, dessert
Thursday dinner, Dec. 20 @5:30 – Main dish, starch, veggie, salad, bread, dessert
Saturday breakfast Dec 22 @ 8:30 – Overnight Thursday, Dec 20 @7:30PM-7AM
The sign up list will be available at Coffee after the 9 and 11 services on Sunday, November 25th. Look for Lynne Valentine. Family Promise is still one the most effective programs of getting people employed and housed. Any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Lynne Valentine at lkval@yahoo.com or 303-955-6911
“Welcome back” to seasoned volunteers and “come join us” to new volunteers!

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.

Today is the Final day of SEEN and UNSEEN: exhibit of artwork by Brenda Vang presented by Friends of Music
Purchased artworks will be ready to take home after the second service on Sunday, December 16. Brenda Vang and Jim Fittz will be in the undercroft to facilitate. Artwork descriptions are available in the narthex and in the undercroft. Proceeds benefit St. Andrew’s Friends of Music to the tune of thirty percent. To arrange another time to pick up artwork, contact Brenda at 720-560-2958, or email Brenda at blvang@icloud.com.

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!

St. Martin’s Chamber Choir: “A Marian Christmas: Maiden and Mother”“Crystalline clarity; thoughtful programming” (Betsy Schwarm, music critic and musicologist); “Perfectly blended voices” (Karla Walker, Colorado Public Radio); “Stunning concert” (Marc Shulgold, music critic) — these are some of the recent accolades for St. Martin’s in local media. Celebrate the season, and hear carols both traditionally beloved and refreshingly new, in this focus on Mary’s role in the Nativity with music by predominantly female composers. Tickets available at the St. Martin’s website (www.stmartinschamberchoir.org/concerts), by telephone (303-298-1970) or at the door.
o Sun. Dec. 16, 3:00pm – First Plymouth Congregational Church, Cherry Hills Village
o Fri. Dec. 21, 7:30pm – St. Paul Community of Faith, Denver
o Sat. Dec. 22, 7:30pm – Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Wheat Ridge

Thursday, November 22, 2018   Thanksgiving Day and Sunday, November 25, 2018 The Feast of Christ the King

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 X Thursdays at 5:45pm  Evensong

 

 

 

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

 

 

This week’s Stewardship facts:

This week’s Stewardship take-away is simply a note of gratitude.  Every line item on St. Andrew’s operating budget reflects an aspect of our mission and vision, whether it’s keeping the lights on, providing space for growth in God’s love, or hearing from our staff and clergy words and sounds that inspire us to do God’s work.  We are blessed not only by your pledges of treasure, but also by the gifts of time, energy, and talent that so many offer to the St. Andrew’s community and to the greater world.

 

This week’s invitation:

For this Sunday (November 25), we invite you to consider:

What do you bring to this table?

Vestry Nominations
At our annual meeting, Sunday, January 27, we will elect four 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.

Florence Crittenden School Giving Tree

On Sunday, December 2nd our Giving Tree will be in place in the vestibule with 100 ornaments for the children and the moms at the Florence Crittenden School. This is a program to help single mothers complete their high school diploma while being a young mother. The children are in a school program as their mothers are in the high school. The moms are not only achieving a high school diploma and parenting skills, but with hopes to continue their education after graduating from Florence Crittenden.

 

To participate in the Giving Tree, take an ornament and buy what is asked. Return the gift to the church by December 14 unwrapped with the tag attached. If you have any questions, email Lynne Valentine at lkval@yahoo.com or call 303 955 6911.

 

Advent Lessons & Carols

One of St. Andrew’s most beloved holiday services takes place this year on Sunday, December 9, at 5:30pm.  The Advent Lessons & Carols service, with familiar lessons and a wealth of beloved congregational and choral carols, allows us to focus on the role of Mary in the events surrounding the Nativity.  Please join us for this important and beautiful service, and the reception which will follow in the undercroft.

 

ELF – Exploring Life and Faith – INCARNATION – OPENING UP TO THE DIVINE

Thursday evenings 7:00 – 8:15

Join us this Advent season as we explore the ways in which the Divine reveals itself in our day-to-day experiences and relationships, especially through music,, movement, images, and literature.

 

 

November 29 – Music with Tim Krueger:  Advent Music: A Tribute to Fr. George Magnuson

Fr. George was scheduled to lead this ELF session with a focus on the music of Advent and how it touched him particularly.  Our Choirmaster Tim Krueger has accepted the task of taking Fr. George’s place, and would like to offer the evening as a tribute to our beloved Priest Emeritus, and his special love of Advent.  Combining music selections with excerpts from Fr. George’s Advent sermons over the last few years, and remembering the particular pieces that George loved best, the evening will be both a remembrance and, as Advent should be, an anticipation of the distinctive sacred moment of the Incarnation.  For information on upcoming ELF sessions, check our website at www.standrewdenver.org

 

Advent Quiet Day: December 8, 9 am – 2 pm

Join us for a morning of poems, prayers, and quiet reflection appropriate to the season. If you choose, stay for a simple lunch, followed by an organ recital.

 

We begin at 8:30 am with light refreshments; program begins at 9 am, with lunch at noon, and the organ recital at 12:45 pm.  Many thanks to the Daughters of the King for sponsoring this event.  For more information, check our website: www.standrewdenver.org

 

SEEN and UNSEEN: Brenda Vang Art Exhibit for Friends of Music
Artworks are on display in the nave and in the undercroft through December 16, with viewing times before and after regular services. Printed exhibit lists are available in the church. Thirty percent of proceeds from art sales will be donated by Brenda to the St. Andrew’s Friends of Music. Contact Brenda Vang at 720-560-2958 or by email at blvang@icloud.com. More about the artist at blvang.com

 

Funeral plans: George Magnuson

The Celebration of the Resurrection of Our Lord in memory of George Peter Magnuson will be held at St. Andrew’s on Saturday, December 1 at 1 pm. A reception will follow in the undercroft.

 

Pastoral Care here at St. Andrew’s

A reminder that St. A’s is here for any of your needs.  Send your prayer requests to prayers@standrewdenver.org. If you need communion while in the hospital or home bound, contact diana.solomon44@gmail.com. Or need a meal or two after a momentous life event, contact meals@standrewdenver.org.  Last but not least, our new pastoral care ministry, Community of Hope International, is a group of 15 people who are praying for our community.  Do know that if you reach out we will be there to walk alongside of you. Contact any one of the clergy with any questions.

 

Lost and Found!

The time has come for the cleaning out of the lost and found basket!  Have you left something behind?  Check the lost and found basket in the undercroft.  Things still there at the end of November will be donated to a local thrift store!

 

 

 

 

Sunday, November 4, 2018     All Saints’ Sunday

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 X Thursdays at 5:45pm  Evensong

 

 

 

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 is designated for our Mission and Outreach Ministry, used to support those in need through our fundamental partners. Please use the envelope in your leaflet or simply place your donation in the plate. Today’s DipJar donations also support this ministry.

 

Still Point Gathering: Today

Max and Marjorie Power will host the monthly gathering after the Still Point service this evening.  Please join us for light refreshments and conversation in the Common Room!

 

Welcome to our Bishop-Elect
The Rev’d Kym Lucas was chosen as the 11th Bishop of the Episcopal Church in Colorado during the 131st Annual Convention last Saturday. Lucas currently serves as Rector of St. Margaret’s in Washington, DC. For more information, please see our diocesan website:  episcopalcolorado.org

 

Honoring Bishop O’Neill – Three Ways to Give

All churches in our diocese have been invited to join in honoring our Bishop with a gift. We would like to make a gift from St. Andrew’s that would recognize the close and meaningful relationship we have enjoyed with Bishop Rob. This message from the Diocesan staff outlines the possibilities:

“As we prepare this fall to elect a new Bishop of Colorado, we invite Episcopalians from across this beautiful and diverse diocese to celebrate our 15 years of ministry together with Bishop Robert O’Neill, our 10th Bishop of Colorado. Many individuals have reached out to us wondering how they can make a gift of gratitude for his work and for his persistent message of love. There are three ways to give.”

“Multiplying Ministry Together” honors the Bishop through building cabins at Cathedral Ridge. Other ways to give are contributing to a travel fund for Bishop Rob and Ginger, or writing cards of thanks or personal memories.

For more information about this effort, visit episcopalcolorado.org/celebrating-our-time-together.  While you could give online to any of the three initiatives, the impact of our gift from St. Andrew’s will be greater if we combine our efforts. You may write a check to St. Andrew’s marked “Bishop’s gift,” indicating, if you choose, a choice of one of the initiatives.

To those who are new among our community at St. Andrews: Hello! 

You are invited to be officially recognized and welcomed at a reception on Sunday, November 11, in the Common Room, located in the building adjacent to the sanctuary.  The reception will happen between the 9 and 11 morning services and is intended to include newcomers from ALL 3 services!  Let us know if you will be attending so we can prepare a name tag for you. Even if you’ve been among us for a bit, but haven’t been to one of our newcomer’s receptions, please come and join us!  Looking forward to meeting all of you and becoming better acquainted!   Please email Maryella Morley at morleymaryella@gmail.com to rsvp.

 

The Gordian Knot of Israel and Palestine:  ELF November 8 and 15

Roger and Sue Kilgore will offer a two-session program on Israel and Palestine, providing historical perspective and reflections on the current situation from their travels, debate at the General Convention of the Episcopal Church, and recent events. ELF meetings are held in the Undercroft from 7 to 8:15 pm.

 

Morning Prayer Yoga

Join Mother Melissa and Ruth Carver Bondurant for Yoga Morning Prayer on Monday, November 5 at 9am in the sanctuary. We’ll join our bodies, breath, and spirit in prayer and community as we welcome the morning and a new month. Experience the joy of movement and the deep presence of stillness. All levels and experience are welcome. Please bring your own mat and any props you like, but we will have a few extra mats available to borrow. Wear comfortable clothes and prepare to bare your feet.

 

Altar Guild

The Altar Guild is in need of new members.  With the holidays approaching, we have plenty of extra tasks to be done, like laundering and ironing linens, polishing brass and silver, etc.  Some of these tasks can even be done at home.  We also need members for regular Saturday and/or Sunday set up and clean up.  Please contact Liz Evans, Sacristan, at mslizevans@aol.com or (970) 379-2016 if you feel called to offer this ministry to St. Andrew’s.

 

Thank you!

Parishioners Tim and Matthew Taggart recently spent several hours in the undercroft diagnosing and then fixing an electrical issue. Please thank them for their efforts!

 

SEEN and UNSEEN: Brenda Vang Art Exhibit for Friends of Music
On Saturday, November 10, 5:00-6:30pm, an art exhibit in the church will officially open with a mini concert, “A Little Night Music,” by Jim Fittz (cello) and Linda Mack (piano).  Artist Brenda Vang will have 10-12 works hanging in the church, and more in the undercroft, during this exhibit, which will remain in the church until December 16, and viewing times will be before and after regular services.  “A Little Night Music,” the mini concert to open the exhibit, will begin at 5:30pm, Brenda will be giving brief remarks, and a wine and cheese reception will both precede and follow the mini concert.  30% of proceeds from art sales will be donated by Brenda to the St. Andrew’s Friends of Music. More about the artist at www.blvang.com.  Suggested donation for this event is $25 per person.

 

Funeral plans: George Magnuson

The Celebration of the Resurrection of Our Lord in memory of George Peter Magnuson will be held at St. Andrew’s on Saturday, December 1 at 1 pm. A reception will follow in the undercroft.

 

In our Own Words – Women, Religion, and Choice
A presentation and discussion led by 2 professors at Iliff Seminary on Friday, November 16, from 6:30-8:30pm.  The event is free but registration is encouraged at https://ownwords.eventbrite.com.

 

Quiet Day: The Hope is in the Waiting: Poems, Prayers, and Pictures for the Season 

Save December 8th for a Quiet Morning led by Mother Elizabeth, a light lunch, and an organ recital.  Come to one or all pieces.  More information to follow.

 

A Month of Thankfulness:

As we begin the month of November, join our community by reflecting on the gifts and treasures of our lives with this gratitude calendar.  www.standrewdenver.org – click the link in the “Upcoming” box.

 

Pastoral Care here at St. Andrew’s

A reminder that St. A’s is here for any of your needs.  Send your prayer requests to prayers@standrewdenver.org. If you need communion while in the hospital or home bound, contact diana.solomon44@gmail.com. Or need a meal or two after a momentous life event, contact meals@standrewdenver.org.  Last but not least, our new pastoral care ministry, Community of Hope International, is a group of 15 people who are praying for our community.  Do know that if you reach out we will be there to walk alongside of you. Contact any one of the clergy with any questions.

Sunday, November 4, 2018     All Saints’ Sunday

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 X Thursdays at 5:45pm  Evensong

 

 

 

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 is designated for our Mission and Outreach Ministry, used to support those in need through our fundamental partners. Please use the envelope in your leaflet or simply place your donation in the plate. Today’s DipJar donations also support this ministry.

 

Still Point Gathering: Today

Max and Marjorie Power will host the monthly gathering after the Still Point service this evening.  Please join us for light refreshments and conversation in the Common Room!

 

Welcome to our Bishop-Elect
The Rev’d Kym Lucas was chosen as the 11th Bishop of the Episcopal Church in Colorado during the 131st Annual Convention last Saturday. Lucas currently serves as Rector of St. Margaret’s in Washington, DC. For more information, please see our diocesan website:  episcopalcolorado.org

 

Honoring Bishop O’Neill – Three Ways to Give

All churches in our diocese have been invited to join in honoring our Bishop with a gift. We would like to make a gift from St. Andrew’s that would recognize the close and meaningful relationship we have enjoyed with Bishop Rob. This message from the Diocesan staff outlines the possibilities:

“As we prepare this fall to elect a new Bishop of Colorado, we invite Episcopalians from across this beautiful and diverse diocese to celebrate our 15 years of ministry together with Bishop Robert O’Neill, our 10th Bishop of Colorado. Many individuals have reached out to us wondering how they can make a gift of gratitude for his work and for his persistent message of love. There are three ways to give.”

“Multiplying Ministry Together” honors the Bishop through building cabins at Cathedral Ridge. Other ways to give are contributing to a travel fund for Bishop Rob and Ginger, or writing cards of thanks or personal memories.

For more information about this effort, visit episcopalcolorado.org/celebrating-our-time-together.  While you could give online to any of the three initiatives, the impact of our gift from St. Andrew’s will be greater if we combine our efforts. You may write a check to St. Andrew’s marked “Bishop’s gift,” indicating, if you choose, a choice of one of the initiatives.

To those who are new among our community at St. Andrews: Hello! 

You are invited to be officially recognized and welcomed at a reception on Sunday, November 11, in the Common Room, located in the building adjacent to the sanctuary.  The reception will happen between the 9 and 11 morning services and is intended to include newcomers from ALL 3 services!  Let us know if you will be attending so we can prepare a name tag for you. Even if you’ve been among us for a bit, but haven’t been to one of our newcomer’s receptions, please come and join us!  Looking forward to meeting all of you and becoming better acquainted!   Please email Maryella Morley at morleymaryella@gmail.com to rsvp.

 

The Gordian Knot of Israel and Palestine:  ELF November 8 and 15

Roger and Sue Kilgore will offer a two-session program on Israel and Palestine, providing historical perspective and reflections on the current situation from their travels, debate at the General Convention of the Episcopal Church, and recent events. ELF meetings are held in the Undercroft from 7 to 8:15 pm.

 

Morning Prayer Yoga

Join Mother Melissa and Ruth Carver Bondurant for Yoga Morning Prayer on Monday, November 5 at 9am in the sanctuary. We’ll join our bodies, breath, and spirit in prayer and community as we welcome the morning and a new month. Experience the joy of movement and the deep presence of stillness. All levels and experience are welcome. Please bring your own mat and any props you like, but we will have a few extra mats available to borrow. Wear comfortable clothes and prepare to bare your feet.

 

Altar Guild

The Altar Guild is in need of new members.  With the holidays approaching, we have plenty of extra tasks to be done, like laundering and ironing linens, polishing brass and silver, etc.  Some of these tasks can even be done at home.  We also need members for regular Saturday and/or Sunday set up and clean up.  Please contact Liz Evans, Sacristan, at mslizevans@aol.com or (970) 379-2016 if you feel called to offer this ministry to St. Andrew’s.

 

Thank you!

Parishioners Tim and Matthew Taggart recently spent several hours in the undercroft diagnosing and then fixing an electrical issue. Please thank them for their efforts!

 

SEEN and UNSEEN: Brenda Vang Art Exhibit for Friends of Music
On Saturday, November 10, 5:00-6:30pm, an art exhibit in the church will officially open with a mini concert, “A Little Night Music,” by Jim Fittz (cello) and Linda Mack (piano).  Artist Brenda Vang will have 10-12 works hanging in the church, and more in the undercroft, during this exhibit, which will remain in the church until December 16, and viewing times will be before and after regular services.  “A Little Night Music,” the mini concert to open the exhibit, will begin at 5:30pm, Brenda will be giving brief remarks, and a wine and cheese reception will both precede and follow the mini concert.  30% of proceeds from art sales will be donated by Brenda to the St. Andrew’s Friends of Music. More about the artist at www.blvang.com.  Suggested donation for this event is $25 per person.

 

Funeral plans: George Magnuson

The Celebration of the Resurrection of Our Lord in memory of George Peter Magnuson will be held at St. Andrew’s on Saturday, December 1 at 1 pm. A reception will follow in the undercroft.

 

In our Own Words – Women, Religion, and Choice
A presentation and discussion led by 2 professors at Iliff Seminary on Friday, November 16, from 6:30-8:30pm.  The event is free but registration is encouraged at https://ownwords.eventbrite.com.

 

Quiet Day: The Hope is in the Waiting: Poems, Prayers, and Pictures for the Season 

Save December 8th for a Quiet Morning led by Mother Elizabeth, a light lunch, and an organ recital.  Come to one or all pieces.  More information to follow.

 

A Month of Thankfulness:

As we begin the month of November, join our community by reflecting on the gifts and treasures of our lives with this gratitude calendar.  www.standrewdenver.org – click the link in the “Upcoming” box.

 

Pastoral Care here at St. Andrew’s

A reminder that St. A’s is here for any of your needs.  Send your prayer requests to prayers@standrewdenver.org. If you need communion while in the hospital or home bound, contact diana.solomon44@gmail.com. Or need a meal or two after a momentous life event, contact meals@standrewdenver.org.  Last but not least, our new pastoral care ministry, Community of Hope International, is a group of 15 people who are praying for our community.  Do know that if you reach out we will be there to walk alongside of you. Contact any one of the clergy with any questions.

Sunday, August 5, 2018     The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

8:00 am   Holy Eucharist   X   10:00 am   Solemn Eucharist   X   5:30 pm   Still Point

Summer Sunday School  –  10am  –  Undercroft

 

 

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 is designated for our Mission and Outreach Ministry, used to support those in need through our fundamental partners. Please use the envelope in your leaflet or simply place your donation in the plate. Today’s DipJar donations also support this ministry.

 

Loaves and Fishes Sunday

581 pounds of nutritious food was delivered to, and nearly $500 was collected for, MetroCaring last Sunday!   Thank you to everyone who purchased food, carried the food, loaded cars, helped deliver, and financially contributed.  Through your generosity, our St. Andrew’s community was able to support the greater community and the work of Metro Caring!

 

Coffee Hour Sign Up

Sign up sheets are 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 orkmayes2015@gmail.com

 

St. Andrew’s Certified as a “Habitat Hero Garden”

Three years ago, several St. Andrew’s gardeners, Diane Jameson, Judie James, and Denny Muirhead, began a renovation project on the long-neglected St. Andrew’s front and Garth gardens. Diane recently applied to Audubon Rockies for Habitat Hero garden designation. Providing habitat for wildlife in our increasingly urban environment is a plus for our parish, our neighbors, and the birds and wildlife which frequent the gardens. The certification letter reads, “Because of the thought and care that you obviously put into designing and nurturing for your garden, you have successfully created habitat for birds and other wildlife.” The St. Andrew’s gardens were certified as a Habitat Hero Garden “SILVER” status. Please take a few minutes to enjoy the gardens along with the birds, butterflies, lady bugs, rabbits, squirrels, bees, and other pollinators. Watch for the “Habitat Hero” yard sign in the near future.

 

Save the Date 

Join St. Andrews on August 17th at the Clyfford Still Museum for a free concert featuring The Dustbowl Revival.  More information will follow.

 

The Social Justice Task Force presents the Spike Lee movie: “Do the Right Thing” 
“Do the Right Thing” – a Spike Lee movie presented by the Social Justice Task Force

A pressure cooker of racial tension explodes in hate and violence in a Brooklyn neighborhood.  Discussion following:  Friday, August 10, 2018, 6:30 p.m., St. Andrew’s Common Room. Popcorn and beverages provided. BYO dinner or snack to share – optional.

 

Happy Hour Monday: Tomorrow
St. Andrew’s next brewery happy hour  will take place at Bull and Bush Brewery in Glendale (4700 Cherry Creek S. Dr.) on Monday, August 6th from 4:30 – 6:30pm.  Bull and Bush is located just off the Cherry Creek trail, so if biking is your thing, join us!  We’ll look for a place on the patio, and remember that all of our chosen locations have food and attractive non-alcoholic beverages. For more information, or to recommend a future brewery to visit, contact Matt Bentley at m.t.bentley@gmail.com or 303-502-7183.

 

 

 

Blessing of the Backpacks:  Next Sunday

August 12 is the last Sunday to bring backpacks and school supplies.  It is also the last Sunday we will have all-ages Sunday School during the 10 am service.  We will close the service with a special blessing for the school supplies and those who will use them this fall.    Questions? Please contact Jason Parker at theauthor01@gmail.com or Zoe Cole at zoe@standrewdenver.org

 

Not sure what to get?  Here are some ideas:  highlighters, markers,  backpacks,  #2 pencils, blue or black pens, dry erase markers, page protectors, loose leaf paper, crayons, colored pencils, glue, scissors,  facial tissue, disinfecting wipes,  composition notebooks, pink erasers, folders with pockets, one inch binders, hand sanitizer.

 

Quiche, Cocktails, and Croquet, Saturday, August 18th, 10:00AM- 1PM

Start your weekend with croquet, brunch & mimosas at Margaret Lundy’s, 6241 Benton St, Arvada, 80003. Plenty of space to pick up a mallet & test your skill!  Plus good food & drink! Rsvp to: jeff@standrewdenver.org, or call the church office at 303 296-1712. $25 suggested minimum donation, to benefit the Friends of Music. You may pay at the event itself.  Here’s a list of all the upcoming events for the Friends of Music:

 

  • August 18, 10:00am – Quiche, Cocktails, and Croquet
  • Saturday, September 8, 7:30pm – Joseph Gaines and Laura Tribby recital
  • Friday, September 21, 7:00pm – A Musical Adventure with Steve Weston
  • A Saturday evening in October – Cocktail party with Entertainments
  • Saturday, November 10, evening – Parish Jam Session/Talent Show
  • Saturday, December 8, afternoon – Advent Organ Recital

 

St. Andrew’s Tiny Home Village update

The application for a temporary Tiny Home Village for Women in the Clements Historic District, on land owned by St Andrew’s Episcopal Church, was denied on July 10 by Denver’s Landmark Preservation Commission. St. Andrew’s is committed to continuing this important work with the Colorado Village Collaborative and our partners to complete this project on an alternative site. Interest and enthusiasm for the village continues to grow and to date, substantial funds have been raised from national and local foundations, community fund raisers, individual donors and numerous churches and other non-profit entities to support this project.  While the Landmark Commission’s decision is a disappointment, it will not derail this crucial project.

 

Summer Choir

While the choir is on hiatus over the summer months, at the 10:00 service any and all are welcome to sing in Summer Choir.  Rehearsal is at 9:00am, the choir does not vest or process, anthems are familiar or easy, and a quartet of staff singers is employed to insure coverage of all parts.  Participate just one Sunday, or more consistently as you would like.  All are welcome!  Just show up at 9:00 on any Sunday.