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Sunday, October 29
The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
9:00 am Holy Eucharist | Church
9:00 am Godly Play | Undercroft
9:00 am TSE | Common Room
11:00 am Solemn Eucharist | Church
5:30 pm Still Point | Church
Thursday, November 2
5:45 pm Evensong | Church
6:30 pm Meal | Undercroft
7:15 pm ELF | 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
Sunday morning services change to 8 am start tim
Today’s envelopes
Today’s plate (unpledged) offering supports the Rector’s Discretionary Fund, used to assist those in need. Please use the envelope in your leaflet or simply place your donation in the plate. Today’s DipJar donations also support this ministry.

Fall Pledge Drive: God blesses what we bring — and makes it abundant
Today marks the beginning of our annual fall pledge drive. We’re excited to be inviting the parish into this spiritual journey by keeping some well-loved traditions as well as trying a few new things.

What stays the same:
o We all have gifts—talents, time, and treasure—that we bring to St. Andrew’s. As in past years, we’ll spend a few weeks talking, sharing, and praying about what those gifts are and how we will offer them to God in 2018.
o We’ll be hearing inspiring stories from six of our parishioners during our morning services.
o We’ll be providing pledge cards so you can let our treasurer, Bob Mosher, know how much you will pledge in 2018.
o We’ll have celebratory coffee hours after the 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. services on November 5.

What is different:
o We’ll be re-visiting some well-loved biblical stories in which God takes our small, inadequate, and mundane gifts and multiplies them beyond what we can imagine.
o We’ll provide opportunities in the worship service for you to think about and share your own St. Andrew’s stories.
o We will make our pledges all together on Sunday, November 5, during the worship services. Please plan to bring your pledge card to church on that day, so that it can be presented and blessed along with the other gifts—large or small—presented then.
o You will receive your pledge card at the end of the campaign rather than the beginning. We invite you to take the full 3 weeks of the campaign to reflect and pray about your pledge, and to make it in response to everything you will see, hear, and experience in the next 3 weeks. (Cards will be mailed the week of October 30; however, if you won’t be in church on Nov. 5, you may make your pledge at any time by emailing pledge@standrewdenver.org.)
o We will not open or look at pledges until after November 5. This is in contrast to previous years, when we have included a draft budget in the pledge materials and measured our progress—sometimes on a daily basis—toward meeting that goal.

Service of All Faithful Departed: November 2
St. Andrew’s marks the Feast of All Souls on Thursday, Nov. 2, 5:45pm, at Choral Evensong. Names of the departed that are submitted by parishioners will be read, and portions of the Requiem sung. This solemn occasion is a chance for us, as a community, to commend the departed to the mercies of God.

Please email your memorial names to the parish office at jeff@standrewdenver.org or call the office at 303-296-1712 by Monday, October 30.

Save the Date: “Day of the Fed: Tacos and Talents”
The vestry is thrilled to host their second-annual dinner and fundraiser on Saturday, November 4 at 5:30pm in the undercroft. This year, we’re going with a Mexican “Día de los Muertos” theme (“Day of the Fed”), with street tacos, game for the kids, and fun activities for all ages. More information will be forthcoming, but for now, please save the date! Questions? Contact Matt Bentley, Senior Warden

What’s Happening with Permanent Supportive Housing and Facility Expansion?
The Building our Vision Steering Committee has been working with our partner, the Mental Health Center of Denver on preliminary planning for our project to develop permanent supportive housing and expansion of our church facilities. Before the summer, on May 9th, we hosted an introductory meeting with our neighbors introducing our partnership with the Mental Health Center of Denver and the general concept of the proposed project. Since that time, we have been working to further define our hopes for the project and to better understand the needs of permanent supportive housing. We have also begun the first stages of concept design for the project and will be seeking the input of the parish in the design process. We’re in an exciting phase of our life together! Any questions or comments can be directed to Roger Kilgore (303-333-1408, kilgore.roger@centurylink.net) or George Hoover (303-832-1055, georgehoover1@mac.com).

November 12th – 2017 Fall Bake Sale!
It’s back! The much-loved Fall Back Sale is back and it’s time to stock your freezer and get ready for holiday entertaining. NEW this year: pre-orders! Is there something you are craving? Something from a past sale that you want to make sure you score this year? Simply email Ally Dodge at bakesale@standrewdenver.org and let her know what you are looking for. Or checkout our bake sale page at standrewdenver.org/bakesale to see what bakers and cooks are considering preparing and reserve an item in advance. We will still be selling sweet and savory goods the day of the sale for all you last minute procrastinators! Sales will be before and after the morning services and before the Still Point Service at 5pm. If you would like to bake, cook or volunteer the sales desk, please email Ally at bakesale@standrewdenver.org

Tiny House Opportunities
As we continue our work on the St. Andrew’s Tiny House Village, we would like to enlist members of the parish to help us with that effort. If you are interested in volunteering for any of the following areas and have an interest in them, we would welcome you to this project: village design, fundraising, media/communications, and community engagement. Please let Mike Ogborn at tinyhomes@standrewdenver.org. Thank you.

Godly Play Commuter Core Training
If you are interested in being trained in the Montessori-based Christian Education program Godly Play, please contact Zoe Cole, Minister to Children and youth [link my e-mail]. This training is a “commuter” training for those unable to commit to 18 contact hours over the course of a single weekend. The full training will take place on three Saturdays, October 14 (Sacred Stories), November 18 (Parables), and December 2 (Liturgical Action), from 8:30am to 5:30pm. You can commit to all three or to only one or two (payment for each is separate and reimbursed by St. Andrew’s). The trainings will take place at St. John’s Cathedral and be conducted by Wyoming trainer Kay Flores. Kay is also an EfM Mentor trainer and uses Godly Play with children, youth, and adults.

Family E-Newsletter
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Did you Notice?
The altar frontal is different! We had such high participation this summer that we produced enough canvases to make two frontals. We switched them last week – you may notice more red now, because several of the canvases reflect the children’s meditation on Transfiguration Sunday. If your child’s work was part of the first frontal, be sure to check with a Godly Player or TSE Mentor to get their canvas. The remaining canvases will be available to take home December 3 when the altar frontal changes for Advent.

In Our Own Voice: Compositions Written for St. Andrew’s Choir
Over the last twenty years the St. Andrew’s Choir has been blessed to be the recipient of a number of choral works written for and dedicated to it. These include several pieces by M. Susan Brown; “Hail, Glad Light” by Alan Lewis of Pittsburgh; “Ave verum corpus” by the late David Clark Isele of Florida; works for the choir arranged by MB and Tim Krueger, Micaëla Larsen Brown; and hymn descants by Ralph Valentine, Brock Erickson and Ashley Hoffman. These works, including the premiere of a new work, “Crux fidelis,” by Bryan Grosbach, will be featured and celebrated in a concert to benefit the Friends of Music on Friday, November 17, at 7:00pm. This will be the final fundraiser of the year for the Friends of Music, and the “big event” in this series. Save the date and plan to attend!

St. Martin’s Chamber Choir: A Mighty Fortress: The Reformation and Music
This concert traces the influence of the Reformation on music, with compositions from the earliest Lutheran composers like Johann Walther and Johann Crüger, through the Baroque masters Heinrich Schütz and J. S. Bach, the Classical successors like Homilius, and the Reformation’s apotheosis in the music of the Romantic era, Mendelssohn.
Sunday October 29, 3:00 Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 4500 Wadsworth Blvd, Wheat Ridge 80033

stmartinschamberchoir.org or 303-298-1970 or at the door