ELF

Exploring Life and Faith

 

The Episcopal Church “Beyond the Parish”

On Thursday evenings this spring, members of St. Andrew’s various ministries will explore ways that we engage in our Episcopal life outside of our Sunday worship. These leaders will help us deepen our understanding of the way our church operates on the local and national level.

 

April 12  Radical Welcoming – For and by all

Join Sarah Bania-Dobyns for an interactive discussion about how all of us at St. Andrew's are involved in the ministry of welcoming in our community--not just the Welcome Ministry. The session will balance time for spiritual reflection on welcome with practical tools for deepening our engagement with welcoming others in the everyday life of the parish.

April 19  Permanent Supportive Housing: A long-term approach to addressing homelessness

St. Andrew’s is contemplating hosting a permanent supportive housing apartment building on its property. The project would be run by the Mental Health Center of Denver. In addition to 1-,2-, and 3-bedroom units, the project would include community spaces that would also be used by St. Andrew’s. Roger Kilgore and George Hoover from the Building Our Vision Committee will describe the basics of permanent supportive housing and how it might fit at St. Andrew’s.

April 26  It’s your funeral!

"Music is Planning for what will be a part of one’s own funeral may initially seem a touch morbid, but it need not be! Indeed, it insures that your memorial service is exactly as you would wish it, and it relieves your loved ones from the burden of having to make all those decisions in those very stressful days following a death. Mother Melissa and Choirmaster Tim will provide an upbeat, occasionally humorous guide to the decisions involved; and you will even have the option of filing the actual forms with the church after the event – so, not only informative but also practical!

May 3 Inside and Outside the Parish Walls: Putting it All Together

As members of St. Andrew’s, we are also members of an international Episcopal family (TEC) and an even larger and more diverse global Anglican Communion. At every level we are working to share the Good News that God loves us and wants us to love others as we have been loved. Knowing our deep roots and current connections helps explain why we think some things are vital and others are optional, which helps each community find its unique call and live into it - especially with those closest to us who have a different vision of how to share God's love through our gifts.

Zoe Cole (who is a General Convention "Senior" Deputy, as well as Minister to Children and Youth) will lead this session and Part 2, focusing on General Convention on May 10.

May 10  Good Politics: The supra-national life of the Episcopal Church
Deputies and Bishops from 109 dioceses and 16 countries will gather with volunteers & visitors for two weeks in Austin, TX this summer for The Episcopal Church's Triennial General Convention (GC). The group numbers almost 10,000 and is a cross between family reunion and annual parish meeting. GC is one of the most representative legislative bodies in the world and works to discern how God is calling this part of the Jesus Movement to use our gifts to love as we have been loved.

Join ELF this week as we learn how the work of GC is grounded in worship and fellowship. We'll talk about the things GC will decide this summer & how those affect us at St. Andrew's. A new Prayer Book? Cuba back in TEC? More marriage rites for All? Come and See!

 May 17 Discover your inner steward

What do you think when you hear the word "stewardship"? Many of us respond with a mixture of dread, guilt, or even defensiveness--but rarely with joy. In this session, Susan Trickett will lead an open conversation about what stewardship means to each of us, and we'll participate in some exercises to explore how being good stewards can enhance our spiritual lives and bring us into a deeper sense of community with one another.

 

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