Sunday, June 10, 2018     The Third Sunday after Pentecost

8:00 am   Holy Eucharist   X   10:00 am   Solemn Eucharist   X   5:30 pm   Still Point

 

 

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

 

Today’s envelopes

Today’s plate (unpledged) offering supports our Children’s and Family Ministry, Please use the envelope in your leaflet or simply place your donation in the plate. Today’s DipJar donations also support this ministry.

 

2018 BID n BRUNCH is TODAY

Following the 10am Service

Our biggest fundraiser of the year is here.  Please come downstairs following the 10 am service to enjoy the delicious brunch and to bid on one or many of the amazing items on offer.  Dinners, movie nights, excursions, artwork, gift cards, culinary treats – all these and much more await your bidding.   Pick up your bidder number from the Silent Auction table in the undercroft.  Thank you to everyone for the wonderful donations.  Please email Kylie Schwartz kylschwartz@gmail.com for more details.

 

Coffee Hours

Dwight Shellman is the new coffee hour coordinator for St. Andrews.  He will try and fill the very large shoes of Cecilia Masson, who faithfully served in that role for the last five years. We need about 8 people to host one coffee hour after the first or second service on one Sunday each month, on a recurring basis.  This is a great way to meet your fellow parishioners with a minimal time commitment.  If you are interested in hosting one coffee hour each month, please contact him at Dwight.Shellman@gmail.com, or 303-917-3245.  Thank you!

 

Summer Choir

While the choir is on hiatus over the summer months, at the 10:00 service any and all are welcome to sing in Summer Choir.  Rehearsal is at 9:00am, the choir does not vest or process, anthems are familiar or easy, and a quartet of staff singers is employed to insure coverage of all parts.  Participate just one Sunday, or more consistently as you would like.  All are welcome!  Just show up at 9:00 on any Sunday.

 

What’s Going on with Children and Families this Summer?
The Family e-newsletter comes out once a month during the summer.  Expect the next one June 11.  Not signed up?  Visit the Children and Families section of the parish website to sign up and to learn more about our programming. www.standrewdenver.org

 

Community of Caring: Pastoral Care at St. Andrew’s

The support of a faith community is essential in a time of crisis or personal challenge.    At St. Andrew’s we minister to one another in a variety of ways:

 

  • Prayer Chain: Have a prayer request for yourself or others? Email requests to prayers@standrewdenver.org. This ministry of members holds your request in prayer every day.
  • Eucharistic Visits: Eucharistic Visitors bring communion to you if you are in the hospital, homebound, or struggling with a chronic illness.  Contact Diana Solomon.
  • A Meal that Heals: Do not worry about sustenance when illnesses or surgeries arise.  A Meal that Heals provides you and your family a meal to make healing easier.  Contact meals@standrewdenver.org to request a meal.
  • EZ-Rides: Are you unable to drive to church for some reason? Contact Diana Solomon.
  • Home Visits:Offer a caring presence, attentive listening, and nonjudgmental support. Contact Mother Melissa for more information.

 

Contact our partners in ministry if you are in need or if you would like to get involved. If you need immediate pastoral attention, at the time of a death, illness, or other life crisis, please remember that you can call the church number: 303-296-1712. If Jeff answers, ask for the rector’s voice mailbox, and as soon as the message begins, press 1.  You will be connected to a cell phone, where you can leave a message and expect a prompt reply. If the voicemail is on at the church, simply press 1 as soon as the greeting begins, and then press 1 again when the rector’s greeting begins. Please help us to help you by letting us know when you need the support of your community.

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

Today’s envelopes

Today’s plate (unpledged) offering supports our Children’s and Family Ministry, Please use the envelope in your leaflet or simply place your donation in the plate. Today’s DipJar donations also support this ministry.

 Coffee Hour with the Treasurer, Bob Mosher
I hope you will join me on May 20 after both morning services.  This will be a chance for us to talk about our current financial situation and for me to answer your questions. In the meantime here are a few facts about our current financial condition: As of April 30 we have received $164,382 in pledge donations.  The good news is this is more than $10,500 over our budget goal.  Please continue the good work and keep your pledge up to date.  Our plate donations, however, are at $12,216 which is more than $11,700 short of our budget goal.

Colfax Marathon: Sunday, May 20

The Colfax Marathon will wind its way from City Park to Sloan’s Lake through downtown next Sunday morning.  The website for more information is runcolfax.org.  More information will also be available in this week’s edition of Fruits of the Tree.

 2018 BID N BRUNCH

Sunday, June 10, 2018, after 10 am service

What will you donate for St Andrew’s biggest fundraising event of the year?  Think you have nothing to offer, think again?

Offer your sewing or knitting services.  Host a dinner party, high tea, trivia night, cheese and wine night, murder mystery, dinner and board games, family brunch, dinner and podcast discussion, book discussion, movie night, cocktail party or music recital.  Offer your vacation home.  Make a gift basket.  Lead a camping trip, hike or bike trip.  Lead an art walk or thrift shop trip.   Teach a class.  Use your finance skills to mentor.  Donate a gift card, art work, household item or homemade treats.

For more donation ideas, please visit the Silent Auction table in the undercroft after this service, or email Kylie Schwartz kylschwartz@gmail.com

 

Baseball – Save the Date!

Sunday afternoon, June 3rd, will be St. Andrew’s day at the Rockies. The Rockies will be playing the Los Angeles Dodgers at 1:10 pm. Tickets ($18) will be on sale on May 6th, 13th & 20th at both the 9:00 am and the 11:00 am coffee hours.  Chris Buri will be selling tickets after the 9:00 and Debbie Courtney will be selling them after the 11:00. You may pay by cash or by check payable to St Andrews. So put the date on your calendar and join in the fun!  See you at the ballpark!

St. Andrew’s Monthly Book Group

Please join us on May 14 at 7PM in the Parish House for a lively discussion of a true classic….The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.  Robert Buck will be leading our discussion.  Many of us will have read the book years ago during our ‘school days’, so it will be fun to explore our thoughts about this book in today’s world.

The Book Group meets the 2nd Monday of every month, except July, and read a different group selected book each month.  We always share friendship, refreshments, and an interesting–and usually lively–discussion, so please feel free to join in anytime.  For more information, contact Janice  Woodward (Janice.L.Woodward@gmail.com)

 Book Study in May

We are reading The Book of Joy by The Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.  We are meeting on the 5 Thursdays in May (3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 May) at 4:30pm in the undercroft.  Please read pages 125-133 and 145-168 before the meeting on 17 May. You could stay for Evensong at 5:45 too! We will be reading excerpts from the book but you are welcome to read it all!  Questions?  Contact Nina Churchman at woodynina@gmail.com.

ELF:  Exploring Life and Faith:  The Episcopal Church “Beyond the Parish”

On Thursday evenings this spring, members of St. Andrew’s various ministries will explore ways that we engage in our Episcopal life outside of our Sunday worship. These leaders will help us deepen our understanding of the way our church operates on the local and national level.

May 17  Discover your inner steward

What do you think when you hear the word “stewardship”? Many of us respond with a mixture of            dread, guilt, or even defensiveness–but rarely with joy. In this session, Susan Trickett will lead an         open conversation about what stewardship means to each of us, and we’ll participate in some exercises to         explore how being good stewards can enhance our spiritual lives and bring us into a deeper sense of community with one another.

Enjoy the fresh air with a sense of accomplishment!
If you would like to help the parish, get a little exercise, and enjoy a little fresh air, consider being a part of the lawn mowing team here at St. Andrew’s this summer.  Many hands make light work!  Please call Reese Jameson at 303-753-1295 or send him an email at reesejameson@gmail.com.

Social Justice Fridays 

The Social Justice and Racial Reconciliation task force invites you to a series of films on race in America on Friday evenings, at 6:30 in the Common Room.  We’ll provide popcorn, wine, and other beverages.  You’re welcome to bring your own meal or a snack to share.  Discussion will follow the movies.  This is a family friendly event!

I Am Not Your Negro -Friday, June 8

I Am Not Your Negro is a 2016 American documentary film directed by Raoul Peck, based on James         Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript, Remember This House. Narrated by actor Samuel L. Jackson, the     film explores the history of racism in the United States through Baldwin’s reminiscences of civil rights     leaders             Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr, as well as his personal observations of      American history.   Thirteen – Friday, July 13 | Do the Right Thing – Friday, August 10

The Irving Street Women’s Residence

The Irving Street Women’s Residence is in need of volunteers on Tuesday mornings for front desk relief. This is a flexible commitment based on availability. If you would be interested in volunteering, or would like more information, please contact Barbara Bomberger at bombergerb@comcast.net or 720-708-9218.

The St. Andrew’s team for Irving Street Women’s Residence also needs more parishioners…

To help out with the monthly lunch/ craft. Typically this is the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 11:30 to 1:30. We each prepare part of the lunch for approx. 15 ladies. Then we help them with a small craft project. In May we meet on the 15th. We probably will plant their pots if the weather cooperates. Questions or to volunteer, call Teri Appell, 303-263-9946.

Remembrance & Redemption: SMCC Season Finale Concerts

St. Martin’s Chamber Choir teams with Richard Robertson, organist, to present four poignant works of profound beauty: The Herbert Howells Requiem, used by him to work out the deep grief he experienced on the death of his only son; Edward Elgar’s placid “They are at Rest;” Gerald Finzi’s “Lo, the full, final sacrifice,” a haunting meditation on the mystical nature of the Eucharist; and Mack Wilberg’s Passion-like “The Prodigal,” being a powerful retelling of the famous Gospel parable of rebellion and redemption.  Tickets ($25 and $35) available online at www.stmartinschamberchoir.org/concerts/, or by telephoning the office at (303) 298-1970; also available at the door.

Friday, May 18, 7:30pm, St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral

Sunday, May 20, 3:00pm, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Wheat Ridge

 

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

Today’s envelopes

Today’s plate (unpledged) offering supports our Children’s and Family Ministry, Please use the envelope in your leaflet or simply place your donation in the plate. Today’s DipJar donations also support this ministry.

Parish Meeting, Sunday, April 15, 12:45 pm

The Rector and Senior Warden have called an all-parish meeting for Sunday, April 15, at 12:45 pm, in the church. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss our proposed permanent supportive housing project and options for automobile parking and discern a way forward.  Nursery care will be available (ages 0-3 years) until the end of the meeting.

Tiny House Village Milestones

In 2016, St. Andrew’s started the journey to host a Tiny House Village.  Over the last year and a half, we have prayed and discerned with the parish about the opportunity, we have held meetings with our neighbors and listened to their concerns and ideas, we coordinated efforts with our city leaders and we joined forces with the Colorado Village Collaborative.  Each step has informed and inspired our team and we have arrived at a milestone; last week, we submitted our application and designs for our Tiny House Village to the Landmark Commission. You can find updated information and designs on our webpage, www.standrewdenver.org/tinyhouses

Also, check out two recent news stories at the websites for 9 News, “Plans to Bring More Tiny Homes to Denver” and Denverite, “Tiny Home Organizers Moving Second Village.” See as well as

the video connected to our crowd-sourced funding campaign, at www.coloradovillagecollaborative.org/womensvillage    If you have any questions, please contact Mike Ogborn by email or call him at (303) 618-0000.

 Boundless: A Celtic Vision of the Sacred in All ThingsJohn Philip Newell visits St. Andrew’s 

World-renowned Celtic theologian and teacher John Philip Newell will be speaking at St. Andrew’s on Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21. Friday events begin with an optional reception at 6 pm, followed by a lecture at 6:30 pm, with book signing and reception to follow. Saturday features a workshop from 9 am – 2 pm, with a light lunch. A free will offering will be taken. For more information about this event and other opportunities during John Philip’s time in Colorado, email celtic@standrewdenver.org 

 Save the date:  Sunday, June 10, 2018
St Andrew’s biggest fundraising event for the year: the Spring Silent Auction!

Its time to consider what you can offer as part of the 2018 Silent Auction.   Past popular items have included murder mystery nights, sporting events, vacation homes, dinner parties, movie nights, artwork, household items, homemade treats, gift baskets, gift cards, dancing with Wonderbound, camping trips, cocktail parties, music concerts, classes, knitting and pesto.

To donate, please email a brief description of your donation – including name of the event/service/object etc, date if it’s an event, minimum bid, maximum number of winners,  – to Kylie Schwartz at kylschwartz@gmail.com.  Or, complete the Auction 2018 donation form available in the Undercroft and Church Office.  Deadline for donations is May 27, 2018.  Email Kylie for more information.

Coffee Hour News

Coffee makers are needed for April 15 and April 29 after the 9am liturgy and April 22, April 29 and May 13 (Mother’s Day) after the 11 am liturgy   Coffee Hour is a community service by members of St Andrews. It does not happen without you. If you enjoy coffee hour, perhaps it’s your turn. To volunteer, call or text Cecilia Masson at 510-387-7071 or email her at camasson5256@gmail.com

 Amazon Smile for St. Andrew’s

We are now signed up for Amazon Smile! When you make a purchase through Amazon Smile, we receive .5% of the purchase.  Go to smile.amazon.com and select St. Andrew’s Denver CO as your charity. Be sure that each time you shop at Amazon you go to smile.amazon.com to make sure St. Andrew’s receives the percentage of your purchase. Here is our unique charity link if you’d like to find St. Andrew’s in another way: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/84-1370535

ELF:  Exploring Life and Faith:  The Episcopal Church “Beyond the Parish”

On Thursday evenings this spring, members of St. Andrew’s various ministries will explore ways that we engage in our Episcopal life outside of our Sunday worship. These leaders will help us deepen our understanding of the way our church operates on the local and national level. Here are the details for the first session:

April 12  Radical Welcoming – For and by all

Join Sarah Bania-Dobyns for an interactive discussion about how all of us at St. Andrew’s are       involved in the ministry of welcoming in our community–not just the Welcome Ministry. The session will balance time for spiritual reflection on welcome with practical tools for           deepening our engagement with welcoming others in the everyday life of the parish.

Social Justice Fridays 

The social justice and racial reconciliation taskforce invites you to a series of films on race in America on four Friday evenings during the course of the summer.  We will provide popcorn, wine, and other beverages.  You’re welcome to bring your own meal or a snack to share.  Discussion will follow the movies.  Our first film, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, will be shown on Friday, May 4.  This 1967 Academy Award winning film, starring Sidney Poitier, Katharine Houghton, Katherine Hepburn, and Spencer Tracy, shows how a couple’s liberal attitudes are challenged when their daughter introduces them to her African-American fiancé.  We will be viewing I Am Not Your Negro on June 8, and on July 13; and Do the Right Thing on August 10.

Pro Musica Colorado Chamber Orchestra

Join us for “The Heart of Hungary” with violinist Edward Dusinberre – an inspiring story of love and sacrifice told through the power of music.  World Premiere: Jeffrey Nytch, Violin Concerto: Costa Concordia.  Bela Bartok, Diviertimento for String Orchestra. Cynthia Katsarelis, Music Director and Conductor.  Friday, April 13 at 7:30 pm, Bethany Lutheran Church; Saturday, April 14 at 7:30 pm, Mountain View United Methodist Church, Boulder.   Tickets: https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?show=79894

Benefit Tea for Project Education South Sudan, a Jubilee Ministry of the Diocese of Colorado 

PESS currently provides tuition and support for 72 girls to attend school in South Sudan. You are invited to tea on Sunday, 22 April from 2:00-4:00pm at the Lumber Baron Inn, 2555 W. 37th Avenue in Denver. There will be refreshments and a speaker on the situation in South Sudan. Go to https://tinyurl.com/SSTea to make a reservation (tickets are $35)

Do you have News in Brief to share?
Please email it to jeff@standrewdenver.org by 5pm on Tuesday for inclusion in the following Sunday’s announcements.  Expanded news appears each week in St. Andrew’s weekly eMinistry (also a Tuesday/5pm deadline) – accessible via the homepage of our website: www.standrewdenver.org

Holy Week & Easter 2018 at St. Andrew’s

 

During the week before Easter, we gather as a community to journey with Jesus to Jerusalem and the cross, before celebrating his Resurrection.  The ancient services in which we participate invite us to move away from the routine of our daily lives, and transport us, as we walk the way of the cross, to consider the love of God shown to us in the person of Jesus.  We invite you observe Holy Week with us by participating in this journey.

 

Tuesday, March 27           The Way of the Cross at 7:00 pm | On this evening we retrace Jesus’ journey, from his Trial  before Pilate and his walk to Golgotha, carrying his Cross, to his Death upon that Cross.

Nursery Available

Wednesday, March 28      Tenebrae Service at 7:00 pm | An ancient service in which the lights are  extinguished during the           chanting of psalms of penitence and lament.  Nursery Available

Thursday, March 29         Morning Prayer at 9:00 am

 

Maundy Thursday Service at 7:00 pm

On this night, the Church remembers Jesus’ Last Supper with his disciples. With humility, we  reenact Jesus’ washing of his disciples’ feet, and we commemorate the Institution of the Lord’s  Supper as we celebrate the Eucharist in obedience to his command. Nursery Available

 

All night Vigil at the Altar of Repose

 

Friday, March 30              Morning Prayer at 9:00 am

 

Good Friday Service at 12:00 noon

On this most solemn day, we gather at the hour Jesus hung on the cross to pray for the whole world, to venerate the cross, and to share the bread and wine consecrated the night before.

Nursery Available

 

Friday, March 30             Downward to Darkness: Poems, Prayers, and Music for the night of Good Friday at 7:00pm

On this most solemn night, we’ll gather in the church for a time of meditation and reflection, guided by poetry and music appropriate to the occasion.  Nursery Available

 

Saturday, March 31          Holy Saturday Prayers at 9:00 am

Our community gathers on this morning in a simple prayer service to remember Jesus’ descent into the Grave after which we begin to clean and prepare the Church for the Easter Celebration.

Saturday, March 31          The Great Vigil of Easter at 7:00 pm

This service, traditionally begun at or after sunset, begins the celebration of the Resurrection.  Following a tradition going back to the earliest days of the church, we participate in the Blessing of the New Fire, the Liturgy of the Word, Holy Baptism, and the first Eucharist of Easter, with    bells and glorious music.  Our celebration continues with a festive reception in the Undercroft.       Nursery Available

 

Sunday, April 1                Easter Sunday Services at 9:00 am and 11:00 am

The celebration of the Resurrection continues at these festive services. Nursery Available at both services.

No Still Point service at 5:30 pm.

Monday, April 2               Parish Office will be closed.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

The Fifth Sunday in Lent

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, March 22

5:45 pm   Evensong  |  Church

6:30 pm   Brown Bag Meal  |  Undercroft

7:00 pm   ELF  |  Undercroft

Friday, March 23

12 Noon   Stations of the Cross | Church

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

 

Today’s envelopes

Today’s plate (unpledged) offering supports our Music Ministry. Please use the envelope in your leaflet or simply place your donation in the plate. Today’s DipJar donations also support this ministry.

 

Building Our Vision Coffee Hour: Today

The Building our Vision (BOV) Committee is asking for your feedback as we explore how our Permanent Supportive Housing project might affect parking and arriving at church. The parish was invited into conversation about these issues at two Sunday meetings in January and February, including a discussion about a possible fund to provide for other places to park and means of arriving to church.

 

The next step is to get a sense of what questions and concerns the parish has about our current and future parking needs.  Please consider thoughtfully what your experience has been, and what it might look like with the Permanent Supportive Housing project.  We want to hear about the good, the bad, and the ugly, so please look for a member of the BOV committee after both services on March 18th.

 

In addition, the BOV committee is setting aside April 15th for a parish meeting.  Please put the date on your calendars.  In the meantime, if you would like to see how the plans are coming along, they are posted on our website at https://www.standrewdenver.org/buildingourvision. 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).

 

Lenten Sustainability Calendar

Tired of giving up chocolate or caffeine for Lent, and looking for some fresh ideas?  Join the sustainability committee in finding ways to commune with creation through a Lenten Sustainability Calendar.  Daily invitations provide opportunities for learning, meditation, appreciation, and protection of our environment.  Calendars may be picked up in the back of the church after each service or in the undercroft, and available on our website.

 

Stations of the Cross in Lent

On each Friday in Lent at Noon, a brief, simple Stations of the Cross service will take place in the church.  The Stations of the Cross provide a meditation on Christ’s “way of sorrows,” following him from Pilate’s judgement seat to the cross and the grave.  The service will last approximately 20 minutes, using selections from our “Icons in Transformation” exhibit as a focus, and is a spoken version of the Stations of the Cross that is sung on Tuesday evening in Holy Week.  Share Our Lord’s path this Lent.  All are welcome.

 

Exploring Life and Faith (ELF)  Now beginning at 7:00 pm on Thursdays

Four Quartets: A Lenten Exploration

Four Quartets is the fullest expression of the spiritual vision of T.S. Eliot, and is widely considered one of the masterpieces of modern religious poetry. Join Matt Bentley and Elizabeth Randall for this five-week exploration of the four linked poems, with their rich variety of imagery, reflections on the art of poetry and the mystery of language, and repeated invitations to stillness and contemplation.

 

Lenten Book Group

Final Wednesday at 12:00 noon (March 21)

We are reading Where the Hell is God? by Richard Leonard.

This is a thoughtful and compassionate book about how to make sense of suffering and tragedy as believers in a loving God.  Leonard draws upon his own experience.  He avoids the tired and unhelpful cliches (e.g., It was part of God’s plan. If you had only prayed harder) and gives us real and meaningful ways to understand our own suffering and the suffering of others.

 

The discussion will be led by Nina Churchman and Russ Gates. The book is available from Amazon in paperback ($10.88) and Kindle editions ($6.99). Richard Leonard is a Jesuit priest in Australia.  He has a PhD in cinematic studies and is the director of the Australian Catholic Film Office.  Please read Chapter 7 and the conclusion before the March 21 meeting.

 

Icons Exhibit and Viewing Hours:  Invite a Friend
Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Brown Bag Lunch Days – bring your lunch and enjoy the exhibit.

Fridays, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. (except March 30) open with docents, followed by wine and cheese.

Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (except March 31) open with docents.

Sundays, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. following regular services.

You can also enjoy the art during our regular worship services, Sundays at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., as well as Thursday evenings during Evensong at 5:45 p.m.

 

Maundy Thursday Vigil
“Could you not watch with me one hour?” says Jesus to his disciples.  If you would like to assist for an hour in keeping vigil with the Reserved Sacrament at the Altar of Repose on the night of Maundy Thursday (March 29) until the morning of Good Friday, please sign up in the narthex.  Sign up for one hour, or for longer.  Prayer resources and reading material will be available, and we hope to have two people sign up for each hour.

 

Request from the Jr. Warden, Reese Jameson

Elizabeth cornered me one evening last summer (with no means of escape) and asked me to consider running for Jr. Warden. As soon as I accepted, I was very aware that I couldn’t handle this position by myself. I do not have enough hours in a day or the talent/knowledge/experience/skills to do all that needs to be done around St. Andrew’s. I’m hoping to develop a data base of volunteers with handy skills (including but not limited to, general handy skills, woodworking, dry walling, plumbing, electrical, painting/staining, cleaning, gardening/landscaping, sprinkler system, etc.) that might be available on an as needed project basis. If you have any of the above skills or just an interest in helping out occasionally, please let me know at reesejameson@gmail.com. Thanks!

 

Amazon Smile for St. Andrew’s

We are now signed up for Amazon Smile! When you make a purchase through Amazon Smile, we receive .5% of the purchase.  Go to smile.amazon.com and select St. Andrew’s Denver CO as your charity. Be sure that each time you shop at Amazon you go to smile.amazon.com to make sure St. Andrew’s receives the percentage of your purchase. Here is our unique charity link if you’d like to find St. Andrew’s in another way: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/84-1370535

 

March for our Lives: March 24

Members of the Episcopal Church in Colorado will be gathering at Saint John’s Cathedral in Denver prior to the start of the March for Our Lives. This march is part of a nationwide network of marches (one in every state) to protest inaction on gun violence and gun control in the wake of the mass shootings that have plagued our country. Since the 1990’s, the General Convention of the Episcopal Church has adopted resolutions opposing concealed carry, assault weapons, and mass production of firearms with no meaningful safeguards to their distribution and regulation. Now is the time to take a stand to protect our children.

12:00pm Gather for an informal lunch at Saint John’s Cathedral
1:15pm Gather on the west lawn for a prayer service with Bishop O’Neill
1:30pm Depart for Civic Center Park to march
2:00pm March program begins

Please RSVP (also include in your RSVP any dietary restrictions if you will be joining us for lunch) by emailing the Office of Advocacy and Social Justice at advocacy@episcopalcolorado.org

To learn more about the Episcopal Church’s stance on issues related to gun violence, please visit Bishops United Against Gun Violence:http://bishopsagainstgunviolence.org/Here’s the link to the facebook event: www.facebook.com/officeofadvocacyandsocialjustice/

12th Annual Urban Pilgrimage for Peace:  Good Friday, March 30

Join the Colorado chapter of the Episcopal Peace Fellowship and the Episcopal Service Corps as we journey with Jesus on Good Friday.  During our Stations of the Cross pilgrimage, we will visit various sites where our sisters and brothers in need receive services, including the Saint Francis Center and El Centro Humanitario.  Now, more than ever, it is important to show our support for those who are struggling with homelessness, with immigration issues, with prejudice, intolerance, etc.  We start at the 1999 Broadway building, near the war memorial statue (which is on the 19th and California St. side of the building). If it is very cold, we will meet inside the building on the side near the statue. We meet at 9:00 and aim to finish around 11:00 so we can attend noon Good Friday services (St. Andrew’s is in the neighborhood and is a welcoming church). For more information: www.epfcolorado.org  Come, stand with us for peace and justice, stand up for hope.

 

Social Justice Task Force

This week the Episcopal Public Policy Network invites people to recognize the political and moral complexities of public policy making and the challenges presented for civil discourse, especially in American society today.  Therefore we should understand that the “morally correct path may not be clear here, as there can be morality and immorality in multiple solutions—and thus the importance of maintaining a focus on values and allowing for the creative space where a multitude of ideas may be presented, processed, understood, and debated, in hopes of getting to the best solution.”  Accordingly, the week’s curriculum begins with the Prayer for the Human Family, BCP p. 815: “O God, you made us n your own image and redeemed s through Jesus your Son:  Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hears; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 

Boundless: A Celtic Vision of the Sacred in All ThingsJohn Philip Newell visits St. Andrew’s 

World-renowned Celtic theologian and teacher John Philip Newell will be speaking at St. Andrew’s on Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21. Friday events begin with an optional reception at 6 pm, followed by a lecture at 6:30 pm, with book signing and reception to follow. Saturday features a workshop from 9 am – 2 pm, with a light lunch. A free will offering will be taken. For more information about this event and other opportunities during John Philip’s time in Colorado, email celtic@standrewdenver.org 

 

Weekend Retreat with John Philip Newell, April 13-15

This weekend gathering at Shambala Mountain Center will feature teachings on Celtic spirituality and a chance for quiet contemplation. For more information, email celtic@standrewdenver.org or visit http://heartbeatjourney.org/events/colorado-school-of-celtic-consciousness-shambhala-mountain-center-red-feather-lakes-colorado-usa/

Sunday, December 17

The Third Sunday of Advent

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, December 21

      5:45 pm      Evensong  |  Church

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

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


Today’s envelopes

Today’s plate (unpledged) offering supports our Music Ministry. Please use the envelope in your leaflet or simply place your donation in the plate. Today’s DipJar donations also support this ministry.

 

Icons in Transformation: Begins January 21

Icons in Transformation, a contemporary art exhibit produced by the Swedish Art Center in Stockholm, is coming to St. Andrew’s from 1/21 to 4/1.  The exhibit features the work of Ludmila Pawlowska, a Russian-Swedish Abstract Expressionist who lives and works in Sweden.  Her art, which includes sculpture, paintings, banners and photography is inspired by traditional Russian icons, which will also be on exhibit. The art will be installed in the church and in the Undercroft. This exhibit has been touring since 2011 and has been installed in 80 cathedrals, museums and churches in Europe and 25 churches in the U. S.  St. Andrew’s is the only Colorado church to host the exhibit.

 

This is a wonderful opportunity for St. Andrew’s to showcase our lovely historic church while introducing our parish and the Denver community to these powerful works of art. Parishioners from churches that have hosted this exhibit describe the experience as “spiritually transformational and a wonderful opportunity to bring in people who would otherwise never come to church.”  Preparing for this exhibit will require volunteers on the front end to help with unpacking and installation as well as volunteers to help with marketing, PR, advertising, hospitality, print materials, and providing tours. To learn more about the exhibit and how to volunteer please contact Diane Jameson @dgjameson@gmail.com or 303-753-1295.

The Giving Tree
THANK YOU from the young mothers and children who receive services from the Florence Crittenton Center!  All 100 tags were taken from the Giving Tree and we are very grateful for the wonderful response again this year from the St. Andrew’s community.  The gifts donated really do make a difference in the lives of these young women and children.

Coffee Hour News

A new year of Sundays will soon be upon us and coffee hours need new coffee-making volunteers.  As “The Little Drummer Boy” so beautifully reminds us, the best gift is ourselves.  We have all been blessed by our gracious coffee makers but their tour of duty is over!   Would you be able to take their place? Opportunities are available for an individual or couple at following the 9am service and 3 individuals or couples following the 11am service.  Duties include making coffee and setting up the coffee service on 1 designated Sunday per month during January, February, and March, approximately 1 hour per Sunday.  Another team is responsible for food, set-up and cleanup.  We ask for a three month commitment. Those who have served will tell you it is easy and rewarding (even fun!). See Cecilia Masson after the service or email camasson5256@gmail.com or text (510-387-7071).

 

Skilled in the Communication Arts?

As our church grows, so does our need for more and better communications.  We are looking for parishioners who are skilled in the communication arts and might be willing to donate their time and talents.  Potential skills include:  graphic design, web design, copy editing, copy writing, photography, videography (and editing), PR, media planning/buying, email marketing, branding, communication strategy, research.  Note:  this is not committing you to any service (yet!)  This is an audit of skills within the parish.  If you have one of these skills or a communication skill not referenced, let yourself shine by contacting Ally Dodge at allyincolorado@gmail.com

 

 

Irving Street Women’s Residence

Help needed in unloading and storing food items at Irving Street Women’s Residence on Tuesday mornings beginning in January.  You will be a part of a small St. Andrew’s team of volunteers.

 

Saint Francis Center

The St. Francis Center’s December needs include: Vaseline, shampoo and conditioner, body wash, new men’s underwear, body lotion, foot powder, reading glasses and sunglasses.  Bring your donations to church and place in the baskets under the pulpit.

 

Social Justice Task Force
Leaders of the Christian churches in Jerusalem, including the Anglican primate, released a letter to PresidentTrump on Dec. 6 before his announcement warning that the decision “will yield increased hatred, conflict, violence and suffering in Jerusalem and the Holy Land, moving us farther from the goal of unity and deeper toward destructive division.” The Episcopal Church’s Office of Government Relations followed up with a statement Dec. 6 backing the Christian church leaders in Jerusalem and opposing Trump’s vow to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem. The Episcopal Church’s stance on the issue was set by General Convention in a 1985 resolution, in which the church “expresses its opposition to the movement of the United States Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, except within the context of a broad resolution of Middle East problems, with the status of Jerusalem having been determined by negotiation and not by unilateral action by any one community, religion, race or nation.”

 

St. Martin’s Chamber Choir

A Winter’s Night:  Christmas with St. Martin’s – Full ensemble and Organ

Benjamin Britten was only 20 years old when he wrote the a cappella Christmas cantata A Boy was Born in 1933. He revised the piece in 1955, demonstrating how highly he esteemed it even though it was a product of his youth. Although it uses an early-20th century harmonic language, rich with post-Romantic lushness and piquant dissonances, it has an ancient, almost medieval, feel about it that transports the listener to Christmases long ago. The other half of the concert features the Christmas cantata A Winter’s Night by Cecilia McDowall (b. 1951) with organ, a work rich with familiar carol tunes, including opportunities for audience participation.  Christmas with St. Martin’s. A Denver tradition!

Sunday, December 17, 3:00 PM: Saint Paul Community of Faith, Denver
Friday, December 22, 7:30 PM: Bethany Lutheran Church, Cherry Hills Village

Tickets:  www.stmartinschamberchoir.org or 303-298-1970


Advent and Christmas at St. Andrew’s

 

Sundays, December 10 and 17 (Advent 2 and 3)

Holy Eucharist at 9 and 11 am – nursery care available

Still Point at 5:30 pm

 

Sunday, December 24

One morning service at 10 am (Advent 4) – nursery care available

No Still Point

 

Christmas Eve

Eucharist and Pageant at 4 pm – nursery care available

3:40 pm Carols

 

Christmas Eve

Festival Eucharist at 10:30 pm

No nursery

10:00 pm Carols

Reception in the Undercroft following the service

 

Monday, December 25

One morning service at 10 am

No nursery

 

Sunday, December 31 (Christmas 1)

One morning service at 10 am

No nursery

No Still Point

 

Thursday, January 4

Epiphany Procession at 5:45 pm

Sunday, November 19
The Twenty-fourth 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 23
10:00 am Thanksgiving service

Parish Office closed Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday.

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 our Music Ministry. Please use the envelope in your leaflet or simply place your donation in the plate. Today’s DipJar donations also support this ministry.

Wrapping up our 2017 Pledge Drive: God takes what we bring–and makes it abundant
Thank you to everyone who has participated in our annual pledge drive by sharing their gratitude and their hopes for the future, and committing their gifts to our ministries at St. Andrew’s. The “trees of life” in the Undercroft are a colorful reminder of what we can all do together.

Now it’s time to commit not only gifts of time and talent, but also treasure as well. If you haven’t already done so, please make your pledge for 2018. You can do this by:
o Bringing your pledge card to church on Sunday and dropping it in the offering plate
o mailing your pledge card to church
o e-mailing Jeff (jeff@standrewdenver.org)

Thank You for a great Bake Sale
Many, many thanks to the bakers, cooks, volunteers and buyers who made this year’s bake sale another HUGE success raising more than $1,000 to support our mission and ministries. We almost sold out of everyone’s hard work, which is great for the bakers, great for the buyers and most importantly…. a wonderful contribution to St. Andrew’s! If you missed the sale and want to put in an order, let Ally know and she will match you with a buyer or cook!
Email bakesale@standrewdenver.org

Icons in Transformation
Icons in Transformation, a contemporary art exhibit produced by the Swedish Art Center in Stockholm, is coming to St. Andrews from 1/21 to 4/1. The exhibit features the work of Ludmila Pawlowska, a Russian-Swedish Abstract Expressionist who lives and works in Sweden. Her art, which includes sculpture, paintings, banners and photography is inspired by traditional Russian icons, which will also be on exhibit. The art will be installed in the church and in the Undercroft. This exhibit has been touring since 2011 and has been installed in 80 cathedrals, museums and churches in Europe and 25 churches in the U. S.

St. Andrews is the only Colorado church to host the exhibit.

This is a wonderful opportunity for St. Andrews to showcase our lovely historic church while introducing our parish and the Denver community to these powerful works of art. Parishioners from churches that have hosted this exhibit describe the experience as “spiritually transformational and a wonderful opportunity to bring in people who would otherwise never come to church.” Preparing for this exhibit will require volunteers on the front end to help with unpacking and installation as well as volunteers to help with marketing, PR, advertising, hospitality, print materials, and providing tours. To learn more about the exhibit and how to volunteer please contact Diane Jameson @dgjameson@gmail.com or 303-753-1295.

Advent Lessons & Carols Service
For many years now, the traditional Advent Lessons & Carols service at St Andrew’s has had a particular focus on Mary, the Blessed Virgin Mother of Our Lord. The tradition continues this year on Sunday Evening, Dec. 3, 5:30pm, with ample congregational and choral carols, from the beloved “The Angel Gabriel” and “Come, Thou Redeemer of the Earth” to a setting of the “Ave Maria” by Johannes Brahms, “Hymn to the Virgin” by Benjamin Britten, and many things in between. Begin your celebration of Advent and Holiday Season with this joyful contemplation of Our Lady’s vital role in the Incarnation story. (Note that this service supercedes the Still Point Service for that week)

Thanks to Summer Grounds Crews
Thank you to Diane Jameson, Judie James, Denny Muirhead, and Ken Backensto for all the time and effort they put into beautifying the St. Andrew’s gardens this summer. And thanks to the Lawn Mowing Crew – Ken Backensto, Chris Buri, Duane Claassen, Terry Kargel, Mark Rodgers, Diana Solomon, and Dan Wright – for faithfully mowing the grass each week during the summer. Their efforts enhanced the beauty of St. Andrew’s grounds. Please mention your thanks when you see them.

St. Francis Center needs
The St. Francis Center is in desperate need of Vaseline, shampoo and conditioner, and body wash. Bring your donations to church and place in the baskets under the pulpit.

Mark your calendar
o Thanksgiving Day service at 10am Thursday, November 23
o Parish Office closed Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24
o Advent Lessons and Carols on Sunday, December 3 at 5:30pm (No Still Point service)

Social Justice Task Force
The national church invites people to learn about the current attempts to overturn the Johnson amendment and to contact their congresspersons if they agree with the church’s opposition to allowing houses of worship to engage explicitly in partisan politics.

Under the Johnson Amendment, houses of worship can speak out on any political, social or moral issue; they just cannot endorse or oppose candidates with tax-deductible dollars. Current law does not prevent clergy or nonprofit leaders from endorsing or opposing any candidate for office in their individual capacity.

The Episcopal Church has policy which states opposition to any legislation or alteration of the tax code that would “allow houses of worship to endorse political candidates, create political action committees or funnel political donations to partisan political causes and candidates while retaining tax exempt status.” Call your members of Congress today and urge them to not repeal the Johnson Amendment!

Sunday, November 5

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 9

      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 our Mission and Outreach Ministry, used to support those in need through our fundamental partners. Please use the envelope in your leaflet or simply place your donation in the plate. Today’s DipJar donations also support this ministry.

 

Still Point Community Gathering: Today

Please join us after the Still Point to share a meal and some company on November 5. During our gathering, we’ll discern adding formation and/or fellowship either before or after the Still Point. There will be opportunities to share what is meaningful to you now about the service and what your hopes for the community may be. All who worship at the Still Point are welcome, no matter how often you attend or if it is the first time you are visiting us. Please contact Sarah Bania-Dobyns with any questions: sbaniadobyns@gmail.com.

 

Fall Pledge Drive:  God blesses what we bring — and makes it abundant

Our annual pledge drive is drawing to a close. As we approach the end of this important phase of our life together, let’s take a moment to reflect on where we started and where we have been, and to think about how we can finish the journey with a flourish, rather than merely limp across the finish line with a communal sigh of relief!

 

Guided by our excellent speakers, who have inspired us with their personal stories, we began with gratitude, not only for God’s innumerable gifts to each of us, but also for how they are made tangible for each of us at St. Andrew’s. We paused once to enjoy the landscape by considering what is flourishing today at our church, and again, last Sunday, to look to the horizon at what St. Andrew’s might be and do in the future. If you haven’t already done so, take a moment to wonder at the depth and breadth of our gratitude and dreams, as they are represented on the trees of life growing in the Undercroft.

 

We know that none of this would be possible without God’s hand—and yet, we also are told that we are part of God’s work. We bring what we have—and God transforms it into something bigger and better than we could imagine. For me, this is illustrated most vividly in the story of the wedding at Cana, when Jesus performed his first miracle by turning water into wine. I turn to this story when I wonder what I have to offer that God could possibly use or when I think about how paltry my gifts are. And I realise that as long as I bring what I have, just as the stewards brought the water that they had, it will be sufficient for God’s purpose.

 

This week, you will receive your pledge card in the mail. We invite you to reflect on the gifts you have been given and to look ahead to what God might do with what you choose to give back. Then this coming Sunday, at all services, we will each bring our gifts to be blessed.

 

What will you bring, that God might bless it and transform it into abundance?

 

Susan Trickett

Stewardship Chair

 

 

Icons in Transformation

A contemporary art exhibit produced by the Swedish Art Center in Stockholm, is coming to St. Andrew’s from January 21 to April 1.  The exhibit features the work of Ludmila Pawlowska, a Russian-Swedish Abstract Expressionist who lives and works in Sweden.  Her art, which includes sculpture, paintings, banners and photography is inspired by traditional Russian icons, which will also be on exhibit. The art will be installed in the church and in the Undercroft. This exhibit has been touring since 2011 and has been installed in 80 cathedrals, museums and churches in Europe and 25 churches in the U. S.   St. Andrews is the only Colorado church to host the exhibit.

 

This is a wonderful opportunity for St. Andrews to showcase our lovely historic church while introducing our parish and the Denver community to these powerful works of art. Parishioners from churches that have hosted this exhibit describe the experience as “spiritually transformational and a wonderful opportunity to bring in people who would otherwise never come to church.”  Preparing for this exhibit will require volunteers on the front end to help with unpacking and installation as well as volunteers to help with marketing, PR, hospitality, print materials, and providing tours.  Please plan on joining the Arts Committee today in the Undercroft after either the 9 or 11 am service to learn more about the exhibit and how to volunteer.

 

Family Promise

Our rotation for Family Promise begins today.  There is a slot for Thursday dinner 11/9 @ 5:30 for Veggie and 2 slots for breakfast 11/11 at 8:30 for bread and juice. We will be serving at Unity Church, 3021  S. Univerity Blvd. Denver.

Please contact Lynne Valentine email lkval@yahoo.com or 303 955 6911 if you are able to help or have any questions. Thank you.

 

Thanks to Summer Grounds Crews

Thank you to Diane Jameson, Judie James, Denny Muirhead, and Ken Backensto for all the time and effort they put into beautifying the St. Andrew’s gardens this summer. And thanks to the Lawn Mowing Crew – Ken Backensto, Chris Buri, Duane Claassen, Terry Kargel, Mark Rodgers, Diana Solomon, and Dan Wright – for faithfully mowing the grass each week during the summer. Their efforts enhanced the beauty of St. Andrew’s grounds. Please mention your thanks when you see them.

 

November 12 –  2017 Fall Bake Sale!

This year’s Fall Back Sale is going to be HUGE!  We have 25 bakers bringing over 36 different types of sweet and savory goodies by the dozens! We have 6 parishioners ready to custom bake for you! Checkout our bake sale page at https://www.standrewdenver.org/2017-bake-sale to see what bakers and cooks are considering preparing and custom order your goody today or reserve an item in advance.  We also have gluten free and vegan/vegetarian options!  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

 

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!

 

The Episcopal Public Policy Network

The Episcopal Public Policy Network has asked that we remember and pray for those who live with housing insecurity and poverty. PRAY for our nation’s elected leaders to stand with those who struggle to secure safe and affordable shelter. “God of compassion, your love for humanity was revealed in Jesus, whose earthly life began in the poverty of a stable and ended in the pain and isolation of the cross: we hold before you those who are homeless and cold especially in this bitter weather. Draw near and comfort them in spirit and bless those who work to provide them with shelter, food and friendship. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.” For the Cold and Homeless, The Church of EnglandFAST to call attention in our own minds and actions the human plight that eviction, poverty, and homelessness create. Share on social media using #PrayFastAct and @TheEPPN. Post a picture of a dinner place setting with the reason you are fasting this month. ACT by urging our elected leaders to support strong policy solutions that address affordable housing needs and homelessness.

 

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.

Today’s music
Today’s music pays tribute to the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, when, on October 31, 1517, Martin Luther, a Roman Catholic monk, nailed his 95 Theses to the door of Wittenberg Cathedral, beginning one of history’s greatest religious reform movements.

Coffee with the Treasurer: Today
Financial updates with an opportunity to ask questions in the Delzell Room at 10:15am or 12:30.

Fall Pledge Drive: God blesses what we bring — and makes it abundant

Miracle Alert: God Creates a Feast from Five Loaves and Two Fishes!

As our annual pledge drive enters its second week, I have been reflecting on the personal stories we’ve heard so far. Gillian, Carl, Bill and Duane each shared what being part of the St. Andrew’s community means to them, and if you were in church the last two Sundays, you have also had a chance to share what you are grateful for (on leaves) and where you see things flourishing in our community (on flowers).

I consider these things for which we’re grateful gifts, gifts to us that we also bring as part of our selves to our St. Andrew’s community. When we offer our gifts to God, in humility and with prayer, God grows them into something far greater than the sum of their parts. We read about this in the beloved story of the feeding of the five thousand, in which God grows one small boy’s contribution of five loaves and two fishes into a feast that exceeds the need for nourishment of everyone in the crowd. We call this story a miracle, a mystery that defies explanation and can therefore only be wondered at.

I wonder what miracles we will witness in the coming year at St. Andrew’s when we bring our gifts and trust God to grow them into a feast that will surpass our needs and expectations.

Questions for reflection; What are you grateful for? How do those things become a gift that you offer to God?
How might God multiply and increase that gift so that it serves God’s purpose in the world?

Icons in Transformation
A contemporary art exhibit produced by the Swedish Art Center in Stockholm, is coming to St. Andrew’s from January 21 to April 1. The exhibit features the work of Ludmila Pawlowska, a Russian-Swedish Abstract Expressionist who lives and works in Sweden. Her art, which includes sculpture, paintings, banners and photography is inspired by traditional Russian icons, which will also be on exhibit. The art will be installed in the church and in the Undercroft. This exhibit has been touring since 2011 and has been installed in 80 cathedrals, museums and churches in Europe and 25 churches in the U. S. St. Andrews is the only Colorado church to host the exhibit.

This is a wonderful opportunity for St. Andrews to showcase our lovely historic church while introducing our parish and the Denver community to these powerful works of art. Parishioners from churches that have hosted this exhibit describe the experience as “spiritually transformational and a wonderful opportunity to bring in people who would otherwise never come to church.” Preparing for this exhibit will require volunteers on the front end to help with unpacking and installation as well as volunteers to help with marketing, PR, hospitality, print materials, and providing tours. Please plan on joining the Arts Committee today in the Undercroft after either the 9 or 11 am service to learn more about the exhibit and how to volunteer.

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.

“Day of the Fed: Tacos and Talents” November 4
The vestry is thrilled to host the second-annual dinner and fundraiser on Saturday, November 4 at 5:30 pm in the undercroft. This year, we’re going with a Mexican “Día de los Muertos” theme, with street tacos, games for the kids, and fun activities for all ages. Tickets will be available after both services this Sunday (October 29) and at the door. ($10/person; $20/family). As always, Mother Elizabeth has complimentary tickets for anyone who would like to attend but finds the ticket price out of reach. Please contact her if you would like complimentary tickets.

Still Point Community Gathering: November 5
Please join us after the Still Point to share a meal and some company on November 5. During our gathering, we’ll discern adding formation and/or fellowship either before or after the Still Point. There will be opportunities to share what is meaningful to you now about the service and what your hopes for the community may be. All who worship at the Still Point are welcome, no matter how often you attend or if it is the first time you are visiting us. Please contact Sarah Bania-Dobyns with any questions: sbaniadobyns@gmail.com.

Thanks to Summer Grounds Crews
Thank you to Diane Jameson, Judie James, Denny Muirhead, and Ken Backensto for all the time and effort they put into beautifying the St. Andrew’s gardens this summer. And thanks to the Lawn Mowing Crew – Ken Backensto, Chris Burri, Duane Claassen, Terry Kargel, Mark Rodgers, Diana Solomon, and Dan Wright – for faithfully mowing the grass each week during the summer. Their efforts enhanced the beauty of St. Andrew’s grounds. Please mention your thanks when you see them.

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).

Fall Bake Sale! November 12
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.

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: Today
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

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”
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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
For weekly updates on, as well as opportunities to become involved in what we’re doing with children, youth, and families, please sign up for the Family Ministries Newsletter.

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

Sunday, September 3

The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

8:00 am      Holy Eucharist | Church

10:00 am    Solemn Eucharist | Church

5:30 pm      Still Point | Church

 

 

 

Monday, September 4

Parish Office Closed

 


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 our Mission and Outreach Ministry, used to support those in need through our fundamental partners. Please use the envelope in your leaflet or simply place your donation in the plate. Today’s DipJar donations also support this ministry.

 

Next Week’s Excitement!   St. Andrew’s Day

We return to services at 9am and 11am, celebrate St. Andrew’s Day with a Choral Mass at 11am, commission our teachers and bless our students, and begin weekly programming for children age 3 through high school at 9am. The nursery will be available for children up to age 3 at both services.  Still Point follows at 5:30pm.

 

Join the Friends of Music for An Evening of Bluegrass Music here at St. Andrew’s!   Tickets Today!

Blue Highway, one of the most honored and respected Bluegrass bands in the history of the genre, is coming to St. Andrew’s for a concert Sunday, September 17, at 8:00 pm! Blue Highway has earned 26 collective IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) Awards, 6 SPBGMA Awards, one Dove Award, and three Grammy nominations as a band, plus two Grammy Awards among its current members. The band was voted the Favorite Bluegrass Artist of All Time by the readers of Bluegrass Today magazine in April 2016, while in 2017 the bands #1 recording Original Traditional”  was nominated for a  GRAMMY Award for Best Bluegrass Album. Hailing from east Tennessee, Virginia, the Carolinas, and states ‘back East’, the Blue Highwaymen don’t get out our way too often so this will be a rare treat. If you love Bluegrass music or you think you like Bluegrass music, or you don’t think you like Bluegrass music but want to have your opinion changed, this is a concert you’ll want to attend! Tickets are $20.00 and will be available following the morning services today and next Sunday, or you can send Ross Jacobsmeyer a PayPal payment at ross.jacobsmeyer@gmail.com and tickets will be waiting for you at Will Call the night of the concert.

 

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.

 

Choral Evensong Resumes

A hushed church at twilight, candlelight, contemplative chanted prayers … Weekly choral evensong has become a cherished part of the spirituality of a number of us at St. Andrew’s, and the service resumes in September.  Every Thursday at 5:45pm, join us for this liturgical gem of the monastic tradition, and then stay for the sherry reception in the Common Room afterwards, if you wish.

 

The full choir and organ get us off on a festive footing this Thursday, Sept. 7, with music by Stanford, Fauré, and Balfour Gardiner, among others.

 

Another Summer Gone…

Our thanks to all who sang in Summer Choir this year!  It’s always good to welcome new and different singers in for a Sunday or two; and those regular choir members who participate are very much appreciated.  Our reputation as a place with fitting and excellent sacred music draws in visitors every Sunday, so keeping the standards up over the summer is a worthy goal, and I wish to express my gratitude to all who have done their part to welcome visitors, newcomers, and regular members with beautiful singing and a balm for the soul. –Timothy Krueger, Choirmaster; and Ralph Valentine, Organist

 

Kitchen Clean up

In preparation for fall and holiday events as well as our ELF program, Barbara Bomberger will be doing some simple cleaning and organizing the last week in August. Part of that organization will be going through the many trays and pans and making sure they are all in good condition and clean, and well as some cabinet organization.  If you believe that you might have something belonging to you in the kitchen, or any other questions, please feel free to email Barbara at bombergerb@comcast.net or call or text her at 214-412-9286.  Thank you, everyone!

 

Neighborhood Clean Up Day

The harvest of litter is abundant, but the laborers are few. Join the Sustainability Task Force and the Mission and Outreach Ministry from 8:00-11:00 am on Saturday, September 30 for a Neighborhood Clean Up Day. The Keep Denver Beautiful program through the city will help provide us with tools and trash pickup.  We will meet at St. Andrew’s and spend the morning walking our neighborhood in teams, picking up litter as we go. Children older than 6 are welcome with adult supervision.  Contact Ruth Carver Bondurant for more information and look out for ways to sign up.

 

All-Parish Retreat September 22-24, 2017 at Snow Mountain Ranch YMCA

Check the Parish Life tab on the parish web-site or contact Zoe Cole, Minister to Children and Youth for more information.

 

Coffee Hour News

Additional coffee-maker volunteers are needed for the September, October and November  tour of duty.  These volunteers  would make coffee only  twice.  Once on October 1 and again on November 5  after either the 9AM or 11AM liturgies.  Coffee making  demonstration today, September 3 in the Undercroft after both the 8AM and 10AM services.  Come see how easy it is.

 

Episcopal Peace Fellowship 

I Am Not Your Negro: film showing and discussion:  Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 4 p.m.

Holy Redeemer Episcopal Church – 2552 Williams Street, Denver 80205

Come watch this powerful film based on James Baldwin’s writings on race. Stay for a discussion after the viewing. We recommend a companion text: Baldwin’s book The Fire Next Time, but please come whether or not you read the book. “We may be able, handful that we are, to end the racial nightmare, and achieve our country, and change the history of the world.” -James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time. For more info visit the Colorado chapter of the Episcopal Peace Fellowship’s  website: http://www.epfcolorado.org

 

Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) workshop

On Saturday, September 9 from 9:00am to 2:00 pm, the women inside Denver Women’s Correctional Facility (DWCF) invite you to join them for a special Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) workshop. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn first-hand how all of us – even those who are incarcerated – canturn conflicts into opportunities to learn new skills, improve personal relationships, and make a difference in our communities. You will emerge with a new view of the prison system and those within. The registration deadline is Friday, August 25th. Contact Belinda Waldron at belwaldron@gmail.com for more information.

 

From the Social Justice taskforce 

October training session explores ways to support and advocate for refugees.  Episcopal Migration Ministries is offering a three-day training course, “Love God, Love Neighbor”, designed to equip Episcopalians to be advocates, allies, and ambassadors for refugees and the ministry of refugee resettlement. “Love God, Love Neighbor” will be held Tuesday – Thursday, October 10-12 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Denver. The training provides an in-depth exploration of the global displacement crisis, the United States refugee policy, how refugee resettlement works, faith-based advocacy for refugees, and organizing to welcome and support refugees in your home community. Registration deadline is September 20. Registration is $150, includes programming, Tuesday breakfast and lunch, Wednesday breakfast and lunch, and Thursday breakfast. A limited number of scholarships are available. To inquire about scholarship assistance, contact Allison Duvall, aduvall@episcopalchurch.org. “Love God, Love Neighbor” is offered by Episcopal Migration Ministries with funding from the Constable Fund. Episcopal Migration Ministries is the Episcopal Church’s foremost response to refugee crises. Working in partnership with offices and groups within the church as well as with governments, non-government organizations (NGOs), and a network of 30 affiliate offices in 26 dioceses, Episcopal Migration Ministries assures safe passage and provides vital services for thousands of refugee families upon their arrival in America: English language and cultural orientation classes; employment services; school enrollment; and initial assistance with housing and transportation. For each family, the goal is self-reliance and self-determination. After years of living in limbo, thanks to Episcopal Migration Ministries, refugees now have the opportunity to begin again on a strong foundation that honors their stories and dignity.