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.

Progressive Congregations Network final meeting of the season:

WHEN: Thursday, May 30 @ 1:30 pm

WHERE: Temple Sinai (3509 S Glencoe St)

WHAT: Legislative wrap-up and celebration

Attached you will find a flyer with more information. This meeting has a broader invitation than our typical PCN meetings which means it will be a great way to celebrate the broad work of Interfaith Alliance of Colorado. 

We take the summer off for PCN meetings. 

 
WAYS TO ENGAGE: 
May 22nd, 6:30-8:30 pm, First Plymouth Congregational Church
The Interfaith Alliance of Colorado, The Colorado Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, and Soul2Soul Sisters are hosting a book event with Nadia Bolz Weber, author of Shameless:A Sexual Reformation.
$20 donation. 
ACTION ITEM UPDATES:

HB19-1032, Comprehensive Human Sexuality Education,  is up for a final vote in the Senate Friday, 2/3. If it passes, it goes to the Governor’s desk! Thanks for all your emails and calls to your Senators.

HB19-1312, The School Vaccination bill, has died in the Senate.

Beloved Community Village

“The 13-0 vote late Monday came after city officials acknowledged the process of informing neighbors has been imperfect and hurried, but said moving the village was necessary to save a shelter alternative that could be part of a faceted strategy to address homelessness. Beloved Community Village had only two weeks left on its permit at its current location near the 38th and Blake commuter rail station.”

Thanks to all of you who contacted Denver City Council members to show support of the Beloved Community Village and helped convey the importance of having a location for the Beloved Community Village to reside. Keep posted in the near future for how you can help move the Beloved Community Village, or support this transition. 

 

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

 

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, 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” 

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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.