News & announcements
The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 19
This Week’s News in Brief
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First Annual Fall Festival and Estate Sale October 10
Call for donations! We are collecting donations for the Fall Festival and Estate Sale! Please bring smaller items to the Undercroft beginning this Sunday!
For larger items, we will have a pod in the parking lot soon! Please contact Ally Dodge or Alice Barton if you have larger donations, craft items, items for the bake sale, or if you want to volunteer!
Exploring Life and Faith: Begins Thursday, September 17
Thank you to the more than 100 parishioners who completed the recent survey on opportunities for Christian formation for all ages. Based on your enthusiastic response, we’re proceeding with plans to invite all ages to a weekly evening of prayer, fellowship, food, and educational offerings. We’ll begin with Choral Evensong at 5:45, continue with a light supper, meet for different classes and programs, and end with Compline.
The Season is Changing . . . Regular Sunday Schedule Begins September 20
Our regular Sunday worship and formation schedule begins on September 20, with services at 9 and 11 am and 5:30 pm. Nursery is available at each service; coffee hour follows both services. Children’s formation takes place during the 9 am service. On Sunday, September 13, we’ll re-gather after the summer for a final 10 am service, followed by our traditional Ministry Fair.
Episcopal Inquiry: A Pre-Catechumenate begins Thursday, September 24
A six-week class called “Episcopal Inquiry” will be part of our new Thursday evening program, Exploring Life and Faith. The class will focus on the topics and questions that newer members and others typically ask about. Why do we worship the way we do in the Episcopal Church? What are the Sacraments and what do they mean? How did the Episcopal Church begin and what are its central characteristics? Why would I want to be an Episcopalian? Ample time will be given for participants to raise questions; address their hopes and ideas; and interact with others. As has become our custom, we’ll offer a full nine-month Catechumenate in the fall of 2016. This year, persons newer to St. Andrew’s will want to consider “Episcopal Inquiry,” as may other parishioners with similar interests and questions. All are welcome! Questions? Contact Father George at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Block Party: September 19
St. Andrew’s is partnering with Uptown Hill Neighborhood Association on this special street festival celebration one block from the church at Benedict Park (20th and Logan) from 4:00-9:00 pm. There will be food vendors, games for kids and adults, face painting, raffles. We want to have high presence from St. Andrew’s. Also, if anyone is interested in volunteering, call Elayne at (303) 586-4030
St. Andrew’s Fall Parish Retreat – October 16-18
St. Andrew’s Parish Retreat will build on some great programs from the recent past. In essence, this is a combination Women’s Retreat, Men’s Retreat, Kids’ Retreat and Family Retreat. This will be an opportunity for wonder, exploration of our spirituality, immersion in nature—all shared by our parish family; perhaps with a sing-along and a few s’mores. A dynamic group of individuals have begun planning a terrific event, and want to hear from you via the survey. And, we’ll hope you’ll mark your calendars now! Questions: email Joe Schwairy, email@example.com
Moveable Feasts Sign-ups Have Begun
Sign-ups have begun for this year’s series of Moveable Feasts dinners and will continue through October 11th. All adults in the parish are invited to fill out a form and submit it to an usher, or directly to Debbie Courtney. Forms are available on the table at the back of the church or by emailing Debbie. The way it works is this: Once all the sign-up forms have been collected, the entire list will be divided into groups for the first Moveable Feast dinner on Saturday, November 14th. Then, for the next dinner on January 23rd, the groups will be reshuffled into new groups using a computer program to achieve a good random mix. (Shelley Brown is our Guru of Randomness). This process will be repeated for the March 12th and May 21st dinners. By changing groups each time, we will have an opportunity to get to know a large number of our parish family throughout the year.
On the sign-up form, you are asked to indicate in which of the 4 months you might be able to be a Host, and to report any of the 4 dinners for which you know you will be out of town. By the end of October, you will receive a print-out of the Hosts and Group assignments as well as contact information for everyone who signed up. Hosts will be responsible for contacting the people in their group several weeks before their dinner, deciding what entrée they will be serving and coordinating what side dishes their guests will be bringing. (Appetizers, salads, vegetables & starches, & desserts). You can be as casual or as formal as you want – the idea is to get to know everyone and enjoy yourself. So please sign up, everybody! See you at dinner!
Children and Family Ministries
Godly Play and TSE restart September 20th when we change back to 9am and 11am worship. Please plan to be in our Sunday Singing Circle at 8:50am. All are welcome to join us!
To be in touch about Children & Family Ministries at St. Andrew’s, please e-mail Sally Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 303-296-1712 x3
The Keys are Coming… Are You Ready?
Thanks to all those volunteers with keys who have completed the requisite Safeguarding God’s Children Training in anticipation of October 1st when the church will be rekeyed. Information on how to be trained either in person or online is available on our website.
If you have a set of keys to our church, you are part of a vital initiative here. St. Andrew’s and the entire Episcopal Church strive to drastically reduce the risk of child sexual abuse both within and outside the walls of our churches. The single most effective way we can ensure this is to require all who hold keys to our buildings to be trained in Safeguarding God’s Children. The more adults who are aware of ways to prevent and be alert to this kind of abuse, the more we, as a parish family, can be a force for good.
All those who serve on the vestry are either already certified or have committed to taking this training. Many of our parishioners have already taken the Safeguarding God’s Children training and all agree that they have learned a great deal and that it was time well spent. We look forward to your joining us in our efforts to keep St. Andrew’s a safe place for our children.
Therefore, we are ask all who will hold keys after October 1st to have a current certificate of training in Safeguarding God’s Children.
More information about how to register or renew your Safeguarding God’s Children training is available on our website. St. Andrew’s is offering one here on September 19th from 9-12:30.
Be a Bible Sponsor
This autumn we welcome 4 new members to our TSE middle and high school group and each will receive a Bible as we work together to deepen our experience with the “good book.” The edition we use and absolutely love is a hard-cover NRSV with maps, commentary, and a concordance. It is so good, in fact, that it will be one that our older children will reference for a lifetime. If you would like to be a Bible Sponsor, the cost of each Bible is $35. A sample is available in the Undercroft. Please let Sally know if you would like to sponsor one or if you would like to purchase one for yourself!
St. Andrew’s Young Adults Culture Tasting Club
Announcing the exciting new club for the 20s and 30s in the congregation! The first meeting is on Thursday, September 17, 6:30pm; we will usually meet two Thursdays per month. We’ll read and discuss books, see concerts, and experience culture together as we energize this diverse group and discover more about ourselves and each other. Our first book will be H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald. To join, or If you know a young adult who loves culture, please email Ruth Carver Bondurant at email@example.com.
Parking Lot Update
St. Andrews and Urban Land Conservancy (our parking lot partners) are dissolving the partnership. In May, several broad strategies for accomplishing the dissolution in a positive manner were described. Since that time, our Parking Lots Steering Committee and Vestry have been investigating the feasibility, opportunities, and consequences of those strategies. These things are complicated and confidentiality is necessary, so your support, patience, and prayers are appreciated during this period! If you have any comments, questions or concerns, please share them with any member of the Vestry, the Rector, or either of our Caledonian Managers, Roger Kilgore and George Hoover. We have set up an email address to which you may send your written comments and questions: firstname.lastname@example.org. The committee will review and discuss all emails, comments, questions, and concerns, in their regularly scheduled monthly meetings.
Godly Play In A Nutshell: Saturday, September 25th from 9am-3:30pm in Room 103, St. John’s Cathedral
Join us for a day of Godly Play training appropriate for adults who want to go a bit deeper. With accredited Godly Play trainers Kim McPherson and Sally Thomas, we will hear stories, focus on best practices for storytellers and door people, and swap ideas and learnings to “get ready” as the new year begins. We start promptly! Questions? Leave messages for Kim McPherson (303-577-7729) or Sally Thomas (303-296-1712 x3)
St. Francis HALO Dinner to Honor Sally Brown
The St. Francis Center is honoring The Rev. Sally Brown with their HALO Award at their main fund raiser of the year, the HALO Gala which will be held on October 10, 2015 at the Westminster Westin Hotel.
Sally is being honored not only for her years of faithful volunteer service to St. Francis Center, but for her voice in the decision of St. John’s Cathedral Vestry to offer a portion of Cathedral Square to SFC to construct a 40 unit supportive housing facility. Residents will be served with managed care and an array of social service options that will enable them to regain self-sufficiency, or to live out their years without constant fear and insecurity for a place to lay their heads.
We’d like to gather several tables of supporters from St. Andrew’s Church to help celebrate Sally.
Sally was our Deacon at St. Andrew’s for many years until her retirement in 2010. St. Andrew’s was blessed with Sally’s faithfulness and commitment to everything she touched. Her intelligence, her wit and her work ethic will always be remembered by those who worked with her, as well as those who were beneficiaries of her unfailing care and love.
Here are the particulars of the HALO GALA event:
Saturday, October 10, 2015
Westminster Westin Hotel, 10600 Westminster Blvd.
Dinner and Auction
Tickets Reserved by October 1 – $100
We do have scholarship money available to purchase tickets for any who would like to attend but can’t fit it into the budget at this time.
Please contact Betty Luce if you plan to attend, email@example.com. You can either mail a check to her at 2660 Meade St., Denver, CO 80211, or catch her at church. Or, you can purchase your tickets on line at www.sfcdenver.org. Just be sure to tell them that you are at St. Andrew’s Table. And please let Betty know that you’ve done this, so she can keep a tally of our table(s), and arrange car-pooling for the ride up to Westminster.
Farm Stand: Recommended by Eric Buteyn
Support your neighborhood farmers! Visit the Farm Stand at 25th and Lawrence, every Thursday from
4:00 – 7:00PM. Skip a trip to the grocery, purchase your delicious and nutritious veggie from Farm Stand. Questions contact Eric at firstname.lastname@example.org