Rector’s Sabbatical: A Word from Mother Elizabeth
Dear Friends, On Monday, May 9, I begin a four month sabbatical. I will return to St. Andrew’s on Sunday, September 4. During my time away, I will embark on three journeys of discovery, where I hope to reconnect with stories and places and activities that have brought meaning to me in the past and promise fresh inspiration for the future. It is a special gift that my husband Alan will be able to accompany me on all three journeys. This sabbatical is funded entirely by a grant from the Lilly Endowment.
In June, we’ll make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. We will stay mostly in Jerusalem, but will visit Bethlehem, Nazareth, and other sites as well. Our days of visiting sacred sites will be balanced by evening lectures on Judaism, Islam, and the current situation in Israel and Palestine. As you know from my preaching, entering the sacred story is of primary importance to me. This is a chance to see and hear and touch the story, not only in the imagination, but in “real time.”
In July, we will walk the Pennine Way, a 270 mile footpath that traces the “spine of England” from Manchester to Hadrian’s Wall and the border with Scotland. Many of you know that long distance walking is a passion for me and Alan. We find that days spent walking are “wonderfully clarifying to the mind,” and we love being outside and on the road all day. We also enjoy arriving at a pub at the end of the day.
In August, we will spend a week at the Wooden Boat School in Maine. Sailing in Maine has been one of my heart’s joys for most of my life; I have spent many weeks on the water with my family of origin, and many happy times with my husband and daughter. This will be a chance to visit a remote and beautiful island that is the ultimate quest for those who sail in Maine waters.
These three journeys will be balanced by times of returning and rest, when I will enjoy my house and garden and help my daughter prepare for her wedding in October. At the end of this time, I hope to return to you rested, refreshed, and ready for the time to come.
While I am away, the parish will embark on its own season of renewal. A team led by Kylie Schwartz will be planning fun events all summer. Watch for announcements about these. I also expect that a new and exciting opportunity — long a dream of mine for this place and people — may appear on the horizon while I am away. Stay tuned . . .
I am deeply grateful in advance to Mother Melissa, Deacon Wib, senior warden Matt Bentley, and all our staff and parish leaders for their faithful stewardship of this church while I am away. I leave the parish in good and capable hands, and I have complete confidence that with your support, they will meet any challenge that might arise.
Blessings to each of you during this summer of renewal. I will keep you in my prayers! Peace, Elizabeth
ELF: Exploring Life and Faith
Please join us Thursday nights 7:15 until 8:30 for the events listed below. Feel welcome to come for Evensong at 5:45 and meal at 6:30 and compline following. For more information check out www.standrewdenver.org/elf.
- May 12: Convergence of the United Nations and the Episcopal Church: A framework of the Jesus Work with Cynthia Katsarelis presenting Sustainable Development Goals, a framework for the Jesus Work.
- May 12, 19, and 26: The Power of Myth hosted by Ruth Carver Bondurant will use the PBS mini-series by Bill Moyers and a book by Joseph Campbell to explore how myth plays a role in our own lives and in our communities.
- May 19 and 26: St. Andrew’s and the City with Greg Hoover will discuss St. Andrew’s guiding vision and mission, followed by a review of “The City in History” and its guiding visions. It all ends with a review of the Denver Comprehensive Plan and its relationship to St. Andrew’s and our neighborhood.
Cathedral Ridge Capital Campaign: Committee Forming
Cathedral Ridge is a ministry of the Diocese of Colorado, based outside of Colorado Springs. This ministry of the Episcopal Church in Colorado represents an innovative vision for now and a long-term commitment to invest in the next generation. A mix of a conference center, retreat center, event center and summer camp, it has touched the lives of St Andrew’s in many ways. From parish retreats, to youth programs, Cathedral Ridge enhances the inner life of the Spirit and equips people with leadership skills that they can faithfully draw on and put to work in our communities.
But Cathedral Ridge is in need of significant repairs and infrastructure investment in order to meet the needs of the diocese and reach the full potential of it’s mission. St. Andrew’s, like every parish in the Diocese, has been called upon to pledge funds to support the needed improvements for Cathedral Ridge to fulfill its fullest potential. Ally Dodge and Meg North will co-chair this important initiative for St Andrews. Last Sunday, we held information sessions after both services with an overview of the campaign and a Q&A session about our commitment. We will be forming a committee to identify fundraising options over the course of the summer. If you have questions or would like to participate on that committee, please contact Ally Dodge at firstname.lastname@example.org or Meg North. For more information, please visit http://cathedralridge.org/
New! Auction Update – Bid and Brunch Auction is Sunday, June 5, after 10 am service.
RSVP: Are you planning to attend? Please stop by the auction table in the undercroft during coffee hour and RSVP, to help us plan the food. You may also pick up your Bidder Number.
Dress: It’s not a fancy brunch. Please come casual. Shorts and T-shirts welcome.
Kids’ Beach Party: Kids should come dressed to get wet and dirty (perhaps with a change of clothes for later) to enjoy a wading pool and other outdoor fun.
Donation Deadline: Donation forms are due Sunday, May 22.
Posters: Please make a poster, 8-1/2” x 11” poster, to advertise your donation. We can give you some examples from past auctions, if needed.
Calendar: We have a calendar of Auction Events on the white board in the auction corner. Please check dates to avoid conflicts!
Donation Forms Online: Go to www.standrewdenver.org and go to Upcoming at the bottom of the Home Page. Click on the link for 2016 Auction.
For more information about how to donate and bid, see Judie James, or one of the other volunteers, at coffee hour or email Auction2016@standrewdenver.org.
Assistance needed at Irving Street Residences for Women: We need 2 or 3 people to assist in sorting and stocking food and serving items on Tuesdays from 9:45 to 11:45 a.m. Interested individuals should be able to engage in moderate lifting. Our current team of Rusty Pickard and Tom Woodward are looking for some support and will be happy to train any interested in this ministry. Please email Deacon Wib at email@example.com or talk with her after service.
We are considering an All Parish Summer Garage Sale to raise funds for our general fund. Last year, we had great support for our Garage Sale, with a good variety of items. Before we get organized for this summer, we wanted to reach out to confirm that parishioners have enough stuff to support another sale. Please send Ally Dodge (firstname.lastname@example.org) an email if you are interested with details on what you would be looking to donate.
Visiting College Choir Sings Evensong
On Thursday, May 19, 5:45pm, the weekly Choral Evensong will be sung by the choir of Central College, Iowa, Mark Babcock, director. A choir of 50+ voices, they will certainly raise the rafters! Come and support this visiting choir.
The following week, May 26, is the final Evensong before the summer break. Catch one of the remaining Evensongs of the season, Thursdays at 5:45pm. St. Andrew’s is unique in the diocese – indeed, in the entire national church for a church its size – to offer this gem of the Anglican tradition weekly.
St. Andrew’s Day at the Rockies returns this year on Sunday, June 12 at 200 pm. The game will be the Rockies vs. the San Diego Padres. Tickets are $18. We have a block of tickets reserved in section U331 (behind home plate). Tickets will go on sale beginning this Sunday, May 1 at both services. Chris Buri will be collecting ticket money after the 9:00am service and Debbie Courtney will be receiving ticket money after the 11:00 am service. Tickets will be for sale through the month of May – last day to get tickets will be Sunday, May 29. Checks should be made payable to St. Andrew’s and marked “baseball” in the memo section. Checks may also be mailed to the church office – attention: Jeff.
May Needs at the St. Francis Center
Please help! St. Francis Center is in need of glasses. The children, youth and Mission and Outreach Ministry will be collecting reader glasses (preferably 1.25, 1.5 and 1.75 strengths but all are welcome) and all other glasses in good condition. Affordable reader glasses are easily obtained in multi-packs from Dollar Store, Costco, Target, King Soopers, Safeway, etc… Please bring your glasses and put them in the St. Francis donation basket beneath the pulpit on Sunday May 22. Other needs include: Vaseline, men’s underwear sizes 30 – 38, men’s white t-shirts – (underwear type), shoe laces, shampoo.
Mark your Calendar! Free Special Screening Event Sponsored by Episcopal Peace Fellowship, Colorado Chapter
Salam Neighbor, Saturday, May 14, 4:00 p.m., St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
“Salam Neighbor is a beautifully crafted story that delivers a powerful message. It will leave you touched and inspired to take action. This film is a must-see.” – UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR)
The filmmakers’ say: “In an effort to better understand refugee life, we spent one month living alongside displaced families in the Za’atari refugee camp. As the first filmmakers ever allowed by the United Nations to be given a tent and registered inside a refugee camp, we were able to get a never before seen look into the world’s most pressing crisis. Our experience uncovered overwhelming trauma but also the untapped potential our uprooted neighbors posses. With the right programs we can support healing, ease the burden on host countries and even empower the disenfranchised by unleashing people’s creativity.”
This film has not been released in theaters yet. For a link to the trailer, visit http://www.epfcolorado.org
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