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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.