2020 Annual Report
From the Rector:
What does it mean to be the church – especially in difficult times? How does God call us to live in the world; who does God call us to become?
Here at St. Andrew’s, we say we are called:
To offer sanctuary in the city
To grow in God’s love
To seek the renewal of the world
These are aspirations; we are always looking for new ways, and looking to renew the familiar ways, of making this mission real in the world. This report shows us what those efforts look like, on the ground, within our walls, with our neighbors in this city and throughout the world. It is the story of how, in 2019, we worked to make our mission real, through our ministries, in our giving, in our sharing at God’s table, in our fellowship.
As you read this report, I invite you to celebrate and give thanks for how God is working through all of us in this place. I invite you to find yourself, your friends, and those you don’t yet know, in this record of our life and labors. And I challenge you – as I do myself – to inquire how God might be calling you, me, all of us, to expand our capacity to live into our mission ever more fully in 2020.
In peace –
The Rev’d Elizabeth P. Randall, Rector
St. Andrew’s Ministry Reports: 2020
From the Senior Warden
It has been an honor and privilege to serve as your Senior Warden for the past year. It has also been a pleasure to get to know so many more of you than I would have otherwise through the meetings, conversations, and other activities during that period! As I was considering what to say in this report, I was struck by the Gospel where Andrew exclaims “We have found the Messiah” (John 1:29-42) and Elizabeth’s sermon about our Parish of seekers. (Yes, I waited until the last minute (January 19) to write this, if you are wondering.)
In some ways, I think of “seeking” as a process or journey, while having “found” something more of an end point or journey’s end. But both can exist simultaneously. At St. Andrew’s, we believe that we have a special community here, and we do. Sometimes, that can make us feel like we are at the end of a journey, when there is still more to seek.
At times, change forces us to re-evaluate where we are on the journey and reminds us that seeking and finding are often intertwined. In 2019, we joyfully and sadly wished Mother Melissa farewell as she began the next stage in her journey. And we said goodbye to Jeff after several years of faithful and friendly ministry as our Parish Administrator. I am filled with gratitude for the time we had with Melissa and Jeff. As we welcome Nina as Clergy Assistant and Jon as our Parish Administrator, we have the opportunity to seek something new in our parish life.
Our stewardship theme last fall was “Sustain, Build, Transform.” It is natural to want to sustain what we have found at St. Andrew’s. And what we have found may be different for each of us. For some it is the inspiring and beautiful music; for others, it is outreach to those in need; and for others it is our ministry to children and youth, adult formation, social justice, or caring for one another. For many it is some combination of these and more. The point is, what we have found is not one thing…except that it centers on our worship together as we gather at God’s table.
But there’s more. Beyond “sustaining” we are seeking also to build and transform this community and the world around us. That journey does not mean the same thing to each of us either. As we have explored ways of using our parking lots, we have seen very different thoughts on what sustaining, building, and transforming means for St. Andrew’s. That journey confirms that we wonder what it means to participate in community as we observe the changes in our parish, neighborhood, and country. We will build and transform as we discern our responses to those changes. How we respond may evolve, but gathering around God’s table will still be our core.
I am closing this year of service as Senior Warden filled with gratitude (which I have a tendency to overlook). I am grateful to our clergy for the work they do and for the leadership and inspiration they provide. I am also grateful for our talented staff and ministry leaders. Please read the reports from these dedicated individuals and express your thanks next time you see them. And finally, it has been a pleasure to work with the vestry (Peggy, Bill, Marjanne, Ken, Kaylie, Janice, Toni, Kathleen, and Kathy), as well as our Junior Warden (Reese), Clerk (Elizabeth), and Treasurer (Bob).
I look forward to celebrating, cherishing, and sustaining what we have found, while we continue to seek ways to build and transform our St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church community.
Roger Kilgore, Senior Warden
From the Junior Warden
The Jr. Warden is responsible for the St. Andrew’s buildings and grounds. 2019 was a busy and exciting year.
2019 Highlights include:
- We serviced the elevator on a quarterly basis to keep it in compliance with the Denver Fire Dept. and to maintain a current “Certificate of Operation” with no violations;
- I maintained and added to a list of “handy” volunteers who completed several projects, saving St. Andrew’s a great deal of money;
- The St. Andrew’s Mowers Assoc. (Diana Solomon [Chair], Ken Backensto, Leo Bonfadini, Chris Buri, Duane Classen, Jim Fitz, Terry Kargel, Maryella Morley, and Dan Wright) maintained the grounds regularly during the summer;
- Audubon Rockies upgraded our Habitat Hero status from Silver to Gold in recognition of our providing habitat, food, water, and shelter for wildlife in our increasingly urban environment;
- LED lights are slowly replacing burned out lights;
- The broken light fixture just outside the parish gate was replaced;
- The Denver Fire Department noted the four exit signs in the Parish House need to be lit 24/7, which they were not due to various factors (one being they were a fire hazard). We replaced these with new LED signs;
- The nine theater lights over the chancel and the five over the nave (13 of 14 were burned out) were replaced with LED lights with a life span of 20-25 years thus giving us the ability to provide much improved lighting for various different types of church services, Evensong, and concerts;
- The large evergreen tree in the southeast corner of the Rose Garden that fell across the sidewalk and hit a parked car during the March 13-14 Cyclone Bomb snowstorm was removed;
- Three very unsightly stumps along the church/staff parking lot, the Rose Garden, and the Hell Strip were removed;
- Ken Backensto, Leo Bonfadini, Nina Churchman, Duane Classen, Diane Jameson, and Denny Muirhead cleaned the front yard and Rose Garden in April;
- A leak in the sprinkler system “anti-siphon backflow preventer” was repaired;
- The Church mailbox was broken into and damaged in July and was replaced with a much sturdier and secure one;
- The Accessible Exit door closer became inoperable and unrepairable and was replaced with a handicapped automatic door opener;
- The Nursery and Parish House hall carpets were professionally cleaned;
- The Parish House evaporative cooler became non-responsive in August and was repaired by replacing the bearings, motor, fan belt, and pads;
- The church building and alley wall have been tagged several times; Sexton Tom Lentz is working hard to remove them;
- One of the Parish House toilets, running rapidly, was repaired; and
- The mice in the church/undercroft and Parish House were issued eviction notices.
A concerned non-parishioner neighbor donated $5,000 for the improvement of the St. Andrew’s grounds which had been in decline for many years. These funds enabled us to complete the following projects:
- Pruning the six green ashes and the silver leaf maple in the Rose Garden and pruning the four hackberry street trees along Glenarm, bringing them into compliance with Denver code for the first time in 30+ years;
- Re-seeding/over-seeding the Rose Garden and the Hell Strip along Glenarm;
- Adding a Native Garden in the southeast corner of the Rose Garden, enlarging and redesigning the front yard Garden so that it too is planted with native and adaptable plants, and sowing native wildflower seeds along a portion of the hell strip. Our efforts earned us the upgraded Habitat Hero Gold status
- Optimizing our sprinkler system by adding a drip zone in place of a spray zone to save water;
- Removing the dying crabapple tree in the front yard and replacing it with an Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry (donated by Denny Muirhead).
Approximately 95% of all labor for this project was provided by the newly created Garden Guild – Diane Jameson (Chair), Leo Bonfadini, Janice Burley, Caroline Cammack, Betsy Hoover, Judie James, Sue Kilgore, Denny Muirhead, and Susan Trickett, and parishioners Mike Ogburn, Duane Classen, Ken Backensto, Edward Mejia, Matthew Mejia, and Chuck Woodward all of whom contributed untold hours of labor and expertise to this project. This project could not have gone forward without them.
Opportunities for 2020:
- The church boiler continues to be very energy efficient but is very “temperamental” and a “mechanical nightmare”;
- Two of the three evaporative coolers are in poor shape and may need expensive repairs or replacement in the near future;
- The Garth exit door, the Accessible Exit door, and the inside of the church front door need re-finishing;
- The paver walks in front of the church and in the Garth have been heaving and sinking for several years, continue to worsen, and are a safety hazard;
- The green ash trees will be treated for Emerald Ash Borers in the spring;
- The church hard wood floors need to be re-finished; and
- The current undercroft Marmoleum floor is 20+ years old, is in very bad shape, and needs to be replaced.
Reese Jameson, Junior Warden
Members of the Altar Guild at St. Andrew’s work behind the scenes each week, setting the altar for services, cleaning and ironing linens, polishing silver, maintaining supplies, changing the frontals, preparing for special services during Holy Week and Easter, Advent and Christmas, etc.
In 2019, Ron Yeater retired from the Altar Guild as our ever-faithful supply coordinator due to health reasons. Scott Barnett continues to supply the Still Point service with gluten-free loaves each Sunday. Our current members are Clara Winter, Robert Bartalot, Richard DeTar and Liz Evans.
My personal thanks again goes to our sexton, Tom, for all the extra work he does without asking. He’s always lending a helping hand, lifting heavy stuff, cleaning up after special services, and is a joy to work with. Tom, your ministry to St. Andrew’s is very much appreciated.
I am so grateful to all who serve with me on the Altar Guild, and for the wonderful crew of clergy that we work with. We are always seeking new members, so if you feel called to this ministry, please let me know!
Liz Evans, Sacristan
Guild of Readers
2019 was Micaëla Larsen Brown’s first full year as the leader of the Guild of Readers. It was not without a few hiccups, but for the most part, things are working well. CalendarWiz (the online scheduling program) continues to serve nicely for readers to choose and sign up for their desired services. A system of notifying clergy each week has also helped to clarify things.
The Guild has continued to providing readers for every Sunday service, as well as special services for the Epiphany Procession, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. Barring last-minute absences, there were only 3 times in all of 2019 when a reader slot went unfilled!
Several new members have also joined the Guild of Readers this year.
Micaëla Larsen Brown
Lay Eucharistic Visitors
The Lay Eucharistic Visitors for 2019 were Scott Barnette, Selena Billington, Michael Knudsen, Shawn Nolan, Katie Schmidt and Diana Solomon. We minister to those who are unable to attend church, but whom are nurtured by the receipt of communion and by a visit from a friendly face from our community. We are a cost free ministry and have seen virtually no change in our mission over the years. We simply seek to visit those whom are homebound. We travel near and far and it is our blessing to do so. Please let us know if you or your loved one from the St. Andrew’s community would like a visit!
Diana Solomon, Chair
Children, Youth, and Family Ministry
Thanks to everyone in the parish, especially those involved in ministry with children and youth, for your support this past year as I finished and successfully defended my dissertation! I’ll be picking up my diploma in time for the Annual Meeting. My work on that project has continued to inform my understanding of “Welcoming the Child” as a primary stance of the Christian faith, and I look forward to continuing to put those insights to work in ministry at St. Andrew’s.
Children and Youth
We continued most of our traditions this year: weekly formation for children and youth from Labor Day to Memorial Day, the Easter Sunday Easter Egg Hunt, supporting the Annual Auction with a “Pool Party” and lunch for the children, a six-week Summer Sunday School program for all ages, Fall Kick-off Blessing & Commissioning of Teachers and Children, Youth Readers for the Advent and Epiphany Lessons and Carols, Christmas Pageant, and Epiphany procession of young Magi.
Our nursery lead, Ashley Adams, a certified Behavioral Therapist and her daughter Isabella (who will be baptized on February 9 at the 11am service), have been joined every 2nd and 4th Sunday this past fall by Janelle Blouin, an addictions counselor and CASA volunteer. Together with volunteers on the 1st and 3rd Sundays, Ashley and Janelle support our youngest worshippers (including a growing number who are between 1 and 2 years old!) in a nurturing learning environment which prepares them to join the Godly Play Circle when they turn 3.
Our paid staff and volunteers for this ministry include:
Ashley Adams, Janelle Blouin, Ingrid Andersen, Colorado Nannies, Janice Burley, Marjanne & Duane Claassen, Kylie Schwartz, and Lynne Valentine.
Godly Play (age 3 through 5th grade)
Our Circle of Children continues to deepen its practice, welcoming a new crop of participants who turned three this year (leaving the nursery for the new young ones). You can still find us every Sunday in the Undercroft during the 9am service, and all are welcome to observe a Godly Play session. Please check in, if you can, before the service starts. The Doorperson always has an extra chair for observers, as well as a guide for how to make the most of your observation.
Summer 2019 saw the not-quite-annual North American Godly Play Conference. Godly Players from the U.S., Canada (both English and French-speaking), South America, Germany, Great Britain, China, Eastern Europe, and Africa gathered in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, hosted by the Anglican Diocese of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador. Look for several changes in curriculum and opportunities for Storyteller and Doorperson formation, parish participation, and intra-diocesan relationship building, as results of my participation in this conference. Also, this year, I will become the Secretary for the Board of Directors of the Godly Play Foundation, as we hire a new Executive Director and continue our growth and multi-generational formation work.
In addition to me and Mother Elizabeth, our Godly Players include: Anne Thulson, Gary & Kathy Fleming, Janice Burley, Judie James, Hannah Schechter, and Shelley Brown.
TSE (The Sunday Experience – 6th through 10th grade)
We continue to explore with our youth the question of how faith affects the way we live in the world, especially as global human need expands and our country becomes increasingly politically polarized. This year we used the story of the Good Shepherd as our jumping-off point, and have been developing a pamphlet of local service providers for those with various needs. This spring we’ll again focus on the responsibilities and opportunities for voting in this Presidential Election year.
In addition to me, our TSE Mentors include: Bill Calkins, Richard DeTar, Suzette Riddle, and Laurel Javors.
Safeguarding God’s People
As the Minister to Children and Youth, I am also responsible for insuring that all clergy, Vestry members, staff and certain ministry volunteers (including all keyholders) have current Safeguarding certification. This certification supports those engaged in ministry with children and vulnerable adults in making The Episcopal Church, its properties and various ministries, safe for all people, free of intimidation, exploitation, and fear. As a member of the General Convention Task Force to Develop Model Sexual Harassment Policies & Safe Church Training and a Safeguarding trainer, I am also working to support the diocese in providing more consistent in-person trainings, including one this Spring at St. Andrew’s. Those required to certify or re-certify will receive (or have already received) notice by e-mail, but all parishioners are welcome to participate in the training and in assuring that The Episcopal Church is a safe place for all God’s people!
- Zoe Cole, JD, PhD
Minister to Children and Families
Building our Vision
VISION: THE TREE OF LIFE IS GROWING HERE
MISSION: We are called to offer sanctuary in the city, to grow in God’s love, and to seek the renewal of the world.
The Building Our Vision Committee is charged with advising the Vestry and the parish on matters related to the development of 2071 Glenarm place, St. Andrew’s real property and buildings, and the neighboring properties. The committee currently has 10 people who commit to this meeting once a month including additional meetings for research.
I accepted the chairman role in July 2019 along with Chris Buri to co-chair which works to accommodate crazy schedules. Early in September the group participated in a facilitated discussion retreat to assist with planning for the future for the property north of St. Andrews. We recruited an outside facilitator and visited the experience of Mental Health Care Center of Denver project to lay the groundwork for us to reassess our goals.
The group collectively agreed the need for FOUNDATIONAL VISION for decision making on how to proceed with the land use is imperative. To this end, the group developed the following points for guidance based on finding a holistic solution:
The project plan should:
- Meet diverse desires and needs.
- Be adaptable for multiple perspectives and uses.
- Have enough space to meet the various needs and uses.
- Provide an opportunity to serve those in need (e.g. immigrants, homeless, children’s room, community space, flexible space, rentable (?), personal improvement – meditation or yoga, education, etc.).
- Provide space for users motivated to have an impact on the world around us.
- Be a symbolic representation of the church.
In addition, the work included revisiting our relationship outside our walls of St. Andrews Episcopal Church and renewing our commitment to outreach using our church mission as our compass.
- Neighborhood Engagement
- Attracting more neighbor residents.
- Understanding and meeting neighborhood needs and desires.
- Providing support for homeless women.
- Being a source of meaning and purpose for neighbors.
- Complementing and Enhancing the Vision and Mission of the City of Denver – being a livable city for all
- Enhancing Visibility of the Church and its Mission
The Committee will use the preservation of St. Andrews for generations to come for future planning.
The following filters were developed for all projects being evaluated by this group. These parameters / filters are listed below:
- No interest in selling the land
- Staying tethered in some way
- Project possibly provides opportunities for members of the parish to volunteer
- Community opportunities for service
- Aesthetics / Preservation of the Legacy
- Parking continues to be a major consideration in any discussion.
- Partner with organization that can assist with financial resource.
The committee has engaged in extensive conversation and is in the process of research and interview of various prospects. We have identified the following areas that address affordable housing, work transition, creating workforce, family affordable housing, wrap around services for homelessness projects.
There is still the developer community identifying different types of projects as well. It is apparent to the committee that we are positioned well for development. Also, the market and economic forces are much more favorable for project financing on many levels.
The projects are all possibilities that meet the established filters for consideration. In addition, the potential is energizing for all of us on the committee.
Thank you for the opportunity to lead this important ministry for St. Andrews and we ask for your prayers and support for this journey.
Edie Busam and Chris Buri
The Parish Life Ministry is dedicated to building community in the parish through social events. Included in those social events are the monthly Movie Group, Moveable Feasts, a monthly Book Group, and an annual St. Andrew’s Day at the Rockies.
The Movie Group meets on the first Saturday of each month. There are currently 60 people/couples on the email list who are notified a week or so before the first Saturday of the month by Bob Buck and invited to submit suggestions on films we might like to attend; towards the end of the week everyone on the list is notified by Jill Ogborn of the movie chosen and the time and location for viewing. After the show we gather in the lobby where those who wish can proceed to a nearby cafe to discuss the film. Discussions are always lively and that’s what makes this group so much fun. Attendance this year ranged from 6 to 12 for any given event. If you are not on the Movie Group email list, you can send a request to be added to Bob and/or Jill at: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
The Moveable Feasts ministry is coordinated by Debbie Courtney and enables members of St. Andrew’s to share a meal and spend an evening with a large variety of other members whom they have either not met or do not know very well, strengthening our bond as a family and fostering an appreciation of our many different parts. Three feasts have been organized for the 2019-2020 season: January 11th, March 21st, and May 16th. 68 parishioners signed up this year with 2 others volunteering as subs.
The Book Group is coordinated by Janice Woodward and meets on the second Monday of the month from 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm in the Common Room of the Parish House. A variety of books, selected by the members, are read throughout the year, and the discussions are always interesting, thought provoking and usually lively. The group welcomes new members at any time and people are invited to make a visit to ‘try out’ the group.
In 2019, we did not have our annual Sunday afternoon at the Rockies in June due to my trip to the east coast and an unsuccessful attempt to find a replacement. We had 49 attendees the previous year and hope to try again in 2020. It’s a fun event so watch for it in Fruits of the Tree or church announcements, probably on a Sunday afternoon in June.
Debbie Courtney, Chair
Education for Ministry
St. Andrew’s and the Church of the Holy Redeemer co-host one joint Education for Ministry (EfM) group. EfM is a distance learning theological education program of the School of Theology of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. Completion of the program takes four years, during which participants study the Bible, church history, and modern theology. The purpose of EfM is to teach one how to think theologically, deepen one’s faith and one’s understanding of our Christian heritage and baptismal vows, and provide one with a new confidence to be Christ’s minister.
The current group began in September with ten learners, including one mentor-learner, and three mentors. The group began with three learners in Year One, three in Year Two, one in Year Three, and three in Year Four. One Year Four learner had to drop out for health reasons, but will resume Year Four next year. Sewanee easily accommodates such interruptions and allows a learner to resume the group the following year without having to pay tuition again. One mentor and two group members are from Holy Redeemer, two members are from Church of the Ascension, one member is from St. Luke’s and the remainder are from St. Andrew’s. Last year we celebrated “EfM” Sunday and a member’s graduation at three parishes: Holy Redeemer, Church of the Ascension, and St. Andrew’s.
The group meets Tuesday nights, beginning in September, for nine months. The group currently meets at a mentor’s home to accommodate her disability. Last year the group met at Holy Redeemer. In years past the group tried to split its time between St. Andrews and Holy Redeemer, but ended up meeting the full year at Holy Redeemer because of scheduling difficulties at St. Andrew’s. Long-time mentor Selena Billington retired last year and new mentor Shawn Nowlan took her place.
Mentors: Shawn Nowlan and Jennifer Macy – email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pennie Goodman, Holy Redeemer
The Order of the Daughters of the King
Our main purposes are to pray and offer acts of service. Please know that part of our training is to respect confidentiality for all people. We would like to pray for you! We do not discuss any personal request with anyone else unless given permission. We also pray for our parish, our parish giving, our new vestry and our annual meeting.
Acts of service come in many ways:
- We have been giving a monthly Birthday Party at the Irving Street House by bringing cupcakes and flowers for the people having a birthday that month. We have made good relationships with the women and furthered the love of Christ.
- To serve our parish, we pray for our clergy and the well-being of our parishioners.
- Occasionally we host receptions and luncheons.
Please let us know if you are interested in Daughters of the King. We meet together once a month to engage in fellowship, study and prayer. You may contact any of the members: Joyce Culwell-President, Cindy Henning, Karen Mayes, Donna Peck and Tina Marie Trump.
Joyce Culwell, President of St. Andrew’s DOK
Historical Research of St. Andrew’s nearly 150 years as a parish is wrapping up after five years of extensive exploration. Spearheaded by Phyllis Kester, the work has included a parish history team along with dozens of professionals in archives, libraries, academia, and the wider church.
By 2021, the book, Little Church Serves Big City, will be published by Wipf and Stock Publishers in Eugene, Oregon. A story in word and pictures, the book details St. Andrew’s social justice ministries of eight educational and healthcare facilities in the city of Denver. Four twentieth century clergy at St. Andrew’s served as trailblazers in visioning these ministries along with extraordinary lay leaders of the parish.
Shortly after the publication of the social justice story, a companion book will be published about Architecture and the Arts of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. Although numerous secular books and journals have been written over the past century about St. Andrew’s architecture and art – this is the first researched account of its artists and art. It will include an extensive collection of photographs along with an historical inventory of its treasures.
The Archival Collection of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church has been organized and developed over the past five years by Phyllis Kester. The collection is catalogued and has a Finding Aid. Both electronic and paper documents are included along with historic objects. They are stored in archival boxes and files.
Throughout the five years of researching and archiving St. Andrew’s history, a number of library specialists in the Western History Department of Denver Public Library have partnered with us.
This summer, the staff committee at Denver Public Library extended an invitation to St. Andrew’s to add the parish archival collection to the Western History and Genealogy Department. Acquisitions Archivist Jamie Seemiller affirms that “it is important that the records are preserved and available for research, so they deserve the best home!” The librarians are excited to welcome the historical records that reflect both Denver history as well as the parish history. Diocesan chancellor Larry Hitt has affirmed the opportunity to share the parish collection with the Denver Public Library. The exception will be the microfilm copies of the parish registers housed in the cathedral archives.
Mission and Outreach Ministry
The Mission and Outreach Ministry began 2019 by reviewing the mission statement for the ministry. After much thought, prayer and discussion, the new mission statement was drafted and approved by the Vestry:
The Mission and Outreach Ministry of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church seeks to renew the world by serving the needs of the marginalized through action and the demonstration of concern and compassion. Our parish collaborates with like-minded partners in the areas of poverty, homelessness, education, and physical and mental health.
The Mission and Outreach Ministry is grateful for the generous and continued support from the parish of both time and talents, i.e., financial support. By working together, we have been able to support our mission partners and the greater community in many ways. Metro Caring hosted a private tour and informational session for St. Andrew’s in the spring. Loaves and Fishes donations, along with food donations throughout the year contributed 990 pounds of food to the Fresh Market at Metro Caring. The summer bus ticket project filled the homemade and originally designed bus containers with enough money to purchase more than 660 bus tickets to assist the guests at St. Francis Center. Donated clothing and personal care items collected in the baskets at the front of the church were delivered to St. Francis Center by Judie James on a weekly basis—sometimes a carload full and sometimes a couple of bags. The gift tags on the Christmas tree were all quickly taken and the donated Christmas presents for the moms and children at Florence Crittendon filled the space under the tree. Teams of volunteers support Family Promise on a quarterly basis by providing meals, fellowship, and overnight supervision. Individual volunteers provide support at Irving Street Residence for Women, St. Francis Center, St. Elizabeth’s School, and Metro Caring—”all serving …through action and the demonstration of concern and compassion”.
Throughout the year, we were happy to welcome representatives of many of our mission partners during our Sunday morning worship times. St. Elizabeth’s School choir performed during the 9AM service in the fall. Todd Helvig and a CHARG consumer shared information about the mental health services available at CHARG Resource Center. Crystal Rains of St. Francis Center visited to talk about the multiple programs and services that they provide for those in the community who are unsheltered. We welcomed Daniel Gai of Project Education South Sudan to tell about the needs and progress of their work in assisting young women to complete their education. Reynaldo Mireles spoke to the 11AM service about the SAGE program at The Center that provides services and programming for LGBTQ elders.
The Mission and Outreach Ministry was blessed to be able support our mission partners with monetary donations. These donations are evaluated, proposed to the Vestry, and then approved by the Vestry before being disbursed:
Metro Caring–$1000-the 2nd of our 5-year pledge to the Roots to Rise Society which supports the general goals of the agency; $1500-for purchase of meat and eggs for the Fresh Market; $1605-monetary donations from Loaves and Fishes. Total=$4105
Irving Street Residence for Women–$4000-for rent deposits and bus tickets/transportation to appointments, job interviews, etc.
CHARG Resource Center–$3000-to replace aging computers
SAGE–$1200-to support the monthly Lunch and Learn series
Project Education South Sudan–$6600-to support the education of 6 girls/young women for a year
Episcopal Relief–$2000-for general support where needed
St. Elizabeth’s School–$2500-for student scholarships
Florence Crittendon–$1000- for toys and supplies for the childcare center
Never on Sunday–$500-to purchase music to be used when singing at locations serving those experiencing homelessness and poverty
St. Francis Center–$1500-for general support; $500-for Bibles, reading glasses and religious medals; ($1847.89 was collected during the bus ticket drive and was used to purchase the 660+ bus tickets) Total=$2000+$1847.89=$3847.89
Many thanks to the Mission and Outreach Committee members for their work and dedication
and to the entire St. Andrew’s community for their continued support.
We are always open to new members and invite you to contact any committee member for
more information. We also encourage you to join us at a meeting, as well as participate in the
outreach to the greater community.
Committee members: Lynne Valentine, Al Grinestaff, Joyce Culwell, Mike Ogborn, Megan Worthman, Janice Woodward, Wib Garfield, and Betsy Hoover
Janice Woodward, Mission and Outreach
I am always honored by the number of people who take the time to tell me after a service how the music has touched them. One example from the preceding month bears relation here: After an Advent service a well-dressed woman who was visiting Denver approached me and, in order to establish her musical credentials, told me she was a life-long Episcopalian who loved music, and had long been a member of a very wealthy parish in Dallas with a national reputation for the quality of its music. “Despite all that,” she said, “this morning’s service represented the finest sacred music I have ever heard. Period.” To accomplish this on a budget that is certainly just a fraction of the amount that her church can boast is an impressive feat, and I am honored by the commitment of 30-some talented choir members who work incessantly to rehearse and render the choral music of St. Andrew’s with dedication and love for this place. And I am privileged beyond words to have the collaborative assistance of our truly remarkable organist, Ralph Valentine, for his skill, his passion, his devotion to his work, and – not least – his humor!
It is not merely as a matter of pride that I relate such stories as the above woman from Dallas; nor even to bring into relief what some may simply take for granted; but to illustrate the profound affect that our music has on worshipers – visitors and parishioners alike. To be able briefly to part the veil that exists between the mortal and divine (“thin” moments, as the Celts said) is a delight and honor for me and the fabulous musicians that I have the joy of leading. This is exactly our goal as musicians – to help reveal the presence of the Divine that is always in our midst but often invisible, obscured by the “static” of everyday life. Beauty is one of those things that allows many of us to part that veil for a moment. And the excellence that we strive for as musicians – from planning and rehearsal to the actual rendering of the liturgy – is more than just beauty for aesthetic purposes: It is an attempt to render that veil between the mundane and the sacred as “thin” as possible.
This year I wish to offer particular thanks to a group of dedicated persons who have lightened my load considerably in terms of music distribution, collection, and filing. Duane Claassen, Linda Mack, Lisa Wolf and Pam Kiener have vastly improved the systems for this arduous, time-consuming, but unglamorous task. The choir have been singing their praises (metaphorically and literally!) in getting their music in a timely, orderly fashion; and I have been giving thanks for the dedication and committed efforts of these individuals.
My deepest thanks, as always, go to our organist Ralph Valentine; to the excellent and talented singers who make it possible to offer the amount of music we do at the very high standard that we do, and who give so much of themselves to the betterment of this parish and the spiritual edification of its flock. My heartfelt thanks, finally, to the clergy and people of St. Andrew’s for their unstinting support of our work here as musicians. Every compliment is appreciated; every demonstration of gratitude is felt deeply; and every heart that is moved to a deeper and more profound “Alleluia” is the purpose.
Friends of Music
In its fifth year, the Friends of Music again raised a significant amount to support the music ministry at St. Andrew’s – almost $25,000. I take this enthusiastic support to be a tangible sign of the values of this parish in supporting the glorious worship of our Creator with beautiful music, and I thank each and every one of you who gave directly to the Friends of Music, as well as those who put money into the envelopes on designated Sundays (an additional amount of support from the Plate line of our budget). I am humbled and honored by your support.
I am deeply grateful to Linda Mack, who has taken over the coordination of many of the Friends of Music events, as well as a group of dedicated volunteers, from both within and without the choir, whom I call the ‘steering committee.’ Their bountiful ideas have given the list of events great variety, and their excellent work on behalf of the Friends has relieved me of much of the hands-on responsibility.
The need remains for financial support in the coming year, and the Friends of Music will again be asked to raise over $20,000 in order to assist in relieving the budget. To this end, I give hearty thanks and deep gratitude in advance for those of you who will contribute to this effort at concerts, events, and special fund raisers. From the bottom of my heart, Thank you.
Timothy J. Krueger, Choirmaster
Ralph Valentine, Organist
2019 Fundraising Report
In early 2019 a committee was formed to discuss fundraising at St. Andrew’s and the following objectives were established for the group:
– Create a unified plan for fundraising: Fundraising Framework
– Increase feeling of connection to the church
– Avoid fundraising fatigue
– Raise $60,000 in 2019
– Keep a calendar of events
– Consider and support new fundraising initiatives/events
This was the first year, in recent times, where one group had specifically been tasked with coordinated fundraising efforts rather than several ad hoc groups. As with any new undertaking, we had significant highs, lows and insights.
Here are some:
- Committee formation, development of Fundraising Framework and ethos around fundraising as community building.
- Development of a unified calendar for all fundraising activities: Specifically, general fundraising, Outreach bus pass campaign and Friends of Music events, allowing for better scheduling of fundraising activities ensuring no overlap and coordinated publicity for events.
- The committee ran three successful and engaging fundraising events: Spring Silent Auction, Fall Car Boot Sale and Holiday Bake Sale. The Silent Auction continued in its reputation to unite parishioners and provide opportunity for connection throughout the year.
- Launched a unique neighborhood event that had potential to engage the local community, while raising funds for the church. The car boot sale was a challenging, yet creative, undertaking, and the process of organizing this event led to insight for other opportunities. It also strengthened relationships and connections between all participants, including new parishioners who enthusiastically served at the event.
- Better and more systematic tracking of fundraising progress toward our ambitious goal of raising $60,000. (To which we came pretty close, finishing 2019 at $56, 577)
The car boot sale did not raise as much money as we had hoped. It was, however, an event ripe with possibilities for fundraising, parish visibility and community building.
- Volunteer support in running events could be strengthened. The Friends of Music committee, in particular, would benefit from greater participation.
- There is no budget for fundraising expenses. Promotional items, and expenses related to putting on fundraising activities and events was carried by individuals within the group.
St Andrew’s Fundraising Committee: 2019 Report Insights
- The first fundraising effort this year (though subtle) was Shrove Tuesday. Starting earlier in the year (perhaps February) with an event/initiative would help strengthen parish connection and start momentum earlier.
- The group has begun to further explore the ethos of fundraising as community building. Brainstorming questions like; “Is the goal of this group to raise money and financial resources, or is it more about strengthening the parish community connection in order to expand its overall resources?”
- We tried to assess and avoid fundraising fatigue – both for the parishioners who generously give and the volunteers who coordinate activities (recognizing that often these overlap).
- We gained some insight into what our limits are as a group – what we can do and what we cannot accomplish – and not to have overly ambitious plans. Still, we love to dream big!
- We have considered the “agile systems” model, moving away from traditional committee structures of a lot of worker bees tasked with all the events or projects to small groups – agile committees – pulling in volunteers as needed for various events and projects.
- We realized the importance of events and activities, such as the car boot sale, that have potential to build community as well as attract financial support from outside the parish. As we approached the new year we began to revisit our objectives, the parish response to fundraising and what exactly it is that we are called to be. A meeting was scheduled in November to discuss a series of questions about our identity and focus, but was snowed out and is now scheduled for January. The group came close to reaching its fairly ambitious financial goal. It was successful in providing opportunity for parishioner engagement and connection through coordinated events and initiatives throughout the year. Being sensitive to fundraising fatigue and spreading resources too thin is an ongoing conversation of the group; contributing to the health of the parish overall.
Respectfully submitted by
Kylie Schwartz and Rick Larsen
Community of Caring
The Community of Caring is a group of parishioners whose mission is to extend pastoral care to people connected to St. Andrews. Our mission is to be part of the glue that holds our parish together. We seek to bring Christ’s love and the boundless compassion of our parish to “all who are in darkness, for those in any need or trouble…for the sick and the dying and those who care for them”.
Starting in October, 2018, Mother Melissa led us through a course of spiritual formation and study to equip us for this ministry. We work together with our clergy and other caring ministries like Meals that Heal and Lay Eucharistic Visitors to reach out to those who might welcome additional support, more connection or just a listening presence. We encourage you to contact us if you are aware of people in our community who are experiencing difficulties or transitions, the vicissitudes of life.