Sunday, September 25, 2016: The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
9:00am | Holy Eucharist 11:00am | Solemn Holy Eucharist 5:30pm | Still Point
Our Financial News: Challenges and Opportunities in 2016
St. Andrew’s has always been blessed with abundance: with vision, and with the energy, dedication, and generosity of our people in times of plenty and times of need. Those times of plenty and of need run on a fairly regular cycle which our leaders are always seeking to understand and manage. Despite our best efforts, we find ourselves, this year, in a challenging financial situation. As our treasurer Bob Mosher reported earlier this week, our income is trailing behind our budgeted expectations. And our expenses – in a budget that was already lean – cannot be trimmed without significant sacrifice.
Where do we go from here? The vestry, clergy, and staff have been examining ways to address this situation. We believe we can end the year in a healthy position, if we all work together. This will mean dedication to achieving our fundraising goals, as well as honoring the commitments we all have made.
What can you do? First of all, check that your pledged giving is up to date. Second, use your King Soopers card. This is an easy way – at no cost to you – to access funds potentially available to the church from an outside source. Third, as you are willing and able, support our fundraising efforts.
As you may have noticed, with the exception of our (successful and fun) auction in June, we have not asked for money so far in 2016. In response to your feedback over the past several years, we blocked off the first part of the year and avoided scheduling some of our budgeted fundraisers. Now it’s the season to examine what’s precious to you about this church and consider prayerfully how to support our mission and ministries.
We have three fundraising efforts this fall. The Friends of Music concert in September, a spaghetti dinner and talent show hosted by the vestry in October, and our campaign for mission and outreach in December, have the potential to restore us to financial health. We encourage you to be generous.
Fall is also the time to take thought for supporting our mission in the year to come. As part of our pledge campaign this fall, we’re planning to offer you more information about how we create our budget, as well as introducing a new format which will help all of us understand where our pledge dollars go.
Together, we can ensure that St. Andrew’s remains a healthy and growing parish.
Questions? About King Soopers cards: Shelley Brown or Victoria Parker
About our current financial statements: Bob Mosher
About anything: Mother Elizabeth
Looking for a way to put your faith into action? Yearning for some “Hands On” ministry? Here’s your chance! The 2nd Sunday St. Francis Center (SFC) Team needs more volunteers. We work the second Sunday of each month, 8:30 – noon, at the Center at 2323 Curtis. It’s fun, rewarding, and sometimes challenging work. Generally 6 volunteers work the shift along with regular staff of the SFC. Volunteers help staff the front desk, the store, the laundry room and the showers. We’d love your help! For more information contact Jennifer Macy, firstname.lastname@example.org, (303) 320-1276.
Seeking Renewal of the World: From Compassion to Commitment The ELF (Exploring Life and Faith) ministry would like to invite you to participate in a 10-week series this fall (on Thursday evenings from 7:15 – 8:30), through which we hope to start a conversation about how we as individuals and as a community live out our mission to seek the renewal of the world. Each week will be a building block that moves us from an understanding of our call to compassion, through the challenges confronting our world, to a greater clarity and deeper commitment to promote the realization of the Kingdom that Jesus envisioned. This week in our 10-week ELF series on seeking the renewal of the world, the Rev. Carrie Doehring, Professor of Pastoral Care at Iliff Seminary, helps us explore the tension between our expressed and lived values as related to our personal and congregational fears, struggles, and inertia concerning social action. We’ll discuss how we move past these roadblocks in order to live out our expressed values. Need childcare? Please contact Zoe Cole (email@example.com) at least a week in advance of any ELF session you wish to attend, and she will make arrangements.
Meals for Exploring Life and Faith Would you like to provide a meal for those who gather on Thursday evenings? For any questions, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Sunday Experience (TSE) – Youth 5th – 10th Grade Join us Today at 8:55am! And every second and fourth Sunday thereafter in the Parish House Common Room as we “expand the wondering” and explore what difference faith makes in our everyday lives. All TSE Sunday dates are available on the parish web-site, on the calendar and the TSE page. For more information, please contact Minister for Children and Youth, L. Zoe Cole at email@example.com.
Wednesday Noonday Prayer: The Novena for Peace A novena is nine consecutive days of prayer, modeled on the nine days that the disciples of Jesus spent in the Upper Room between Ascension and Pentecost. The Novena for Peace is being prayed around the country will be a part of a special Noonday Prayer service offered each Wednesday at 12 noon by Brother James Hall at St. Andrew’s. Each week will focus on a different aspect of peace, justice, and racial reconciliation in the United States: for an End to the Injustice of Poverty; for an End to War and Terrorism; For an End to Violence Against the Vulnerable; for an End to the Violence of American Society.
Choral Evensong has resumed As the summer daylight wanes and darkness settles earlier and earlier, St. Andrew’s weekly Choral Evensong services mark the annual passage of the sun. Every Thursday at 5:45pm between September and May, sung praises are offered to God, and unusual saints from the daily lectionary cycle are commemorated. The 30-40 minute service is a calming, contemplative way to begin your evening. Whether you stay for the ELF program that follows, or just come to Evensong, join the two dozen or so parishioners who have already made this a weekly habit.
St. Andrew’s Tiny House Village St. Andrew’s has the rare opportunity to partner with The Delores Project and Radian, Inc. in creating a project for a small scale, temporary, Tiny House Village located on a section of the north parking lot. Please join us to learn about this exciting opportunity for St. Andrew’s to live into our mission to offer sanctuary in the city, grow in God’s love, and seek the renewal of the world. The next Neighborhood informational meeting is Wednesday, September 28 beginning at 6pm at Fluid Coffee Bar, 501 E 19th Avenue. Check www.standrewdenver.org for more details.
The St. Francis Center has an URGENT need for soap, shampoo, and men’s underwear sizes 32-36 (boxers preferred).
49 Bells Project Starting July 6 and continuing through November 2, church bells across Colorado will be rung 49 times on Wednesdays at 1:00 pm, one toll in remembrance of each person killed in the Orlando shootings on June 12. As we toll the bells, we will hold in prayer not only those killed in Orlando, but those killed, injured, and bereaved in San Bernardino, Aurora, Newtown, Dallas, and countless other communities across our nation. Why are churches in the Diocese doing this? Read more: https://coloradodiocese.org/2016/07/49-bells-project Would you like to be one of our bell ringers? Email Mother Melissa at firstname.lastname@example.org
What about the Parish Retreat? Many of us enjoyed our first parish retreat last fall, and those who attended, and some who couldn’t be there, were hoping for another retreat this year. Though we reserved a weekend at Cathedral Ridge, it became clear this summer in conversations with last year’s organizers, and with staff, that we lacked the capacity to pull off a fun and meaningful event this year. Stay tuned, as we’ll hope for a retreat in 2017. And, as always, if you have questions or concerns, contact Mother Elizabeth.
Special Friend Award for St. Andrew’s from Volunteers of America
In recognition of our “dedicated ministry and financial gifts in support of homeless women in the Denver community,” St. Andrew’s is receiving a Special Friends Award from the VOA. We are deeply honored and humbled by this award. Says our deacon, Wib Garfield, “I believe those involved with VOA could attest to the power of the relationships we have formed at both locations with women who evidence courage, tenacity, and love in the face of overwhelming obstacles. Thank you to the many volunteers who have served and continue to serve at the Irving Street Residences and Brandon Shelter. Your ministry is a manifestation of St. Andrew’s mission to be engaged in the renewal of the world.” Deacon Wib, Mother Elizabeth, and our dedicated volunteers will accept this award at a reception on Wednesday, October 5. If you would like to join us at this reception and celebrate this honor, please contact email@example.com
The Parking Lot Prayer Group will resume meeting in October. We will meet on the second Wednesday of each month (October 12, November 9, and December 14) in the Delzell Room beginning at 830am. All are welcome. The format is Lectio Divina, and the intention is to hold the parking lot project in prayer.
Save the Date: You are invited to go for a “Walk” with friends for a good cause! Please save Sunday, October 16 for “Walk for Sudan”. Questions? Contact Joyce Culwell 303-888-9408.