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
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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, macy.jennifer@comcast.net, (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 (zoe@standrewdenver.org) at least a week in advance of any ELF session you wish to attend, and she will make arrangements.
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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 bombergerb@comcast.net.
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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 zoe@standrewdenver.org.
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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.
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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 melissa@standrewdenver.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.
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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 office@standrewdenver.org
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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.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

 

9:00am | Holy Eucharist

11:00am | Solemn Holy Eucharist

5:30pm | Still Point

 

Today:  Help Us Clean Up the Parking Lots! Join us after the 11 am service (about 12:30) for a quick (no more than an hour) cleanup of our parking lots. This is a tangible way we can support our parking lot development team and be responsible neighbors. If you can help, meet Roger Kilgore in the south parking lot at 12:30 pm.

 

Today: Coffee Hour Ministry Team meeting following each service today in the Common Room, Parish House.

 

Choral Concert, for Friends of Music, on Saturday, September 24, at 7:00pm. This year’s major effort to raise funds for the St. Andrew’s Friends of Music consists of a gala concert and hymn-sing on Saturday, September 24 (our choirmaster’s birthday, by the way!), 7:00pm.  The hour-long event in the church, featuring works by Anglo-Irish composer Charles Wood (1866-1926) in this, the sesquicentenary of his birth, will be followed by a reception in the undercroft.  Help our music program reach its goal to fund budgeted music items for the rest of the year – and, help our choirmaster celebrate his birthday at the same time!  You’ll receive an envelope as you enter, and during one of the hymns you will return the envelope in the offering plates, hopefully a bit heavier than when you received it!

In its second year, the St. Andrew’s Friends of Music solicits donations and support for our music program, funding budgeted items (this year to the tune of $25,000, half of which is remaining); and, should anything above that figure be raised, to fund growth and expansion items, such as the choral risers/platforms that were paid for by last year’s successful efforts and put in place in February.  This year, if extra monies are raised, improved lighting in the choir area, and/or improved music filing capacity in the parish house are next on the list, so please be generous.  Many thanks!

If you cannot make it to the concert, you are encouraged to make a donation at any time in 2016, designating your gift clearly for ‘Music’ in order for it to be directed as you intend.

 

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 office@standrewdenver.org

 

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, macy.jennifer@comcast.net, (303) 320-1276.

 

Meals for Exploring Life and Faith  ELF returned on Thursday September 15th.  On these evenings, we gather for Evensong, a simple meal, and then our ELF program.  Would you like to provide a meal for those who gather at 630? See Barbara Bomberger this morning; she will have a sign up sheet for you to get involved. For any questions, email her at bombergerb@comcast.net.

 

 

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, beginning August 24, 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.

 

 

 

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, our deacon, The Rev’d Wib Garfield will introduce us to three models of outreach – charity, service, and advocacy. As we discuss our call to “seek the dignity of every human being”, we will consider how we can have the sometimes difficult conversations around those models of outreach as we explore the issues that speak to us personally and collectively. Child care is available upon request.  Please contact Zoe Cole (zoe@standrewdenver.org) at least a week in advance of any ELF session you wish to attend, and she will make arrangements.

 

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 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.  Neighborhood informational meetings later in September.  Check www.standrewdenver.org for more details.

 

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 melissa@standrewdenver.org

 

 

The Sunday Experience (TSE) – Youth 5th – 10th Grade

Join us September 25, 2016 at 8:55am! And every 2 and 4 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 zoe@standrewdenver.org.

 

 

Rest — and Returning! A Message from Mother Elizabeth

Dear Friends, Thank you for the warm welcome I received on Sunday as I returned from sabbatical. Both at the morning eucharists and at the wonderful “Reconnect” service and the reception that followed were a beautiful way to reenter. I am so grateful to all of you for keeping the faith while I was away: for continuing in worship and work and fellowship. I have been heartened and excited as I have heard about all you did during the parish season of renewal. Though there are countless people to thank, too many to name here, I would ask you to join me in expressing your gratitude to Mother Melissa, senior warden Matt Bentley, Deacon Wib, Kylie Schwartz, who organized parish renewal activities, and our parish administrator Jeff Parrott. On Sunday, I shared a few stories: of drinking from Jacob’s Well, where Jesus met the woman, of renewing baptismal vows at the River Jordan, of losing my footing in a raging torrent on my birthday and walking many miles soaking wet. I look forward to sharing more of my adventures and insights with you in the weeks and months to come.

 

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”. More information to be forth coming.  Questions? Contact Joyce Culwell 303-888-9408.

 

Sunday, September 4, 2016

The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

 

8:00 am  Holy Eucharist

10:00 am  Solemn Eucharist

5:30 pm   Reconnect

 

Today, 5:30 pm – RECONNECT

Mother Elizabeth returns from her Sabbatical! Come and celebrate with us with a Service of Lessons & Carols at 5:30 pm. All are welcome to join us for a festive reception after the service.

More details at www.standrewdenver.org, Parish Life, What’s Happening.


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, macy.jennifer@comcast.net, (303) 320-1276.

Project Education South Sudan Daniel Gai, Executive Director of Project Education South Sudan, will be at St. Andrew’s on Sunday, September 11 following the second service.  The Mission and Outreach Committee will host an extended coffee hour so that Daniel can bring us up to date on the program development and education in South Sudan. Please consider attending and bring your questions.

 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 presented each Wednesday at 12 noon by Brother James Hall at St. Andrew’s. Each week, beginning August 24, 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 the Injustice of Exploitation
  • For an End to the Injustice of Exclusion
  • For an End to War and Terrorism
  • For an End to Violence Against the Vulnerable
  • For an End to the Violence of American Society

 Save the Date: Choral Concert for Friends of Music On Saturday, September 24, 7:00pm, the St. Andrew’s Choir will offer a concert to raise funds for the St. Andrew’s Friends of Music.  This will be the major music-related fund-raising event for 2016, so please put it on your calendar and come hear our choir and organist lift our hearts to God!  Details to follow.  If you cannot come, you may make a donation at any time in 2016, designating your gift for “Friends of Music.”

Choral Evensong Resumes One of the liturgical gems of Anglicanism is sung every Thursday at St. Andrew’s between September and May at 5:45pm.  Sometimes sung by an a cappella quartet, sometimes by the full choir and organ, the 30-35 minute sung service is seeing a resurgence, and the congregation here at St. Andrew’s has been growing steadily over the last five years, too (the only church in the diocese to offer it weekly).  On Thursday, September 1, an intimate service with mostly congregational items is led by Tim and MB Krueger; and on September 8, the full choir storms back with a celebratory offering with organ.  During September, the once-popular sherry receptions will follow in the Common Room to celebrate Evensong’s return after the summer hiatus.

Are you ready? It’s almost time for Sunday School to start and your child won’t want to miss a minute! On 9/11 we return to services at 9 and 11 am, with Godly Play (4-11 year olds) and TSE (12-16 years olds) at 9am. Godly Play meets in the Undercroft beginning just before 9am with singing. The middle school (TSE) meets in the Parish Common Room at the same time on the 2nd & 4th Sundays of each month. All children return to the Sanctuary in time for Communion with their families. More information and registration forms are available on the parish web-site, [link]. Please also feel free to contact L. Zoe Cole, the Minister for Children and Youth, at zoe@standrewdenver.org

School Supplies Drive a Success! THANK YOU! The generosity of St Andrews was on full display yet again for this year’s backpack drive. Parishioners donated over fifteen grocery bags and over half a dozen backpacks all full of goods to the effort this year. All items were donated to the Denver Public Schools Foundation, which will distribute them to needy schools and children. Thanks yet again for keeping this effort a success. – Jason Parker

 A Wedding Invitation! Clyde Lovell and Bill Calkins would like to invite everyone in the Saint Andrews community to celebrate with them in the blessing of their marriage, Saturday, September 17, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at the church. A casual reception will follow in the Undercroft. In lieu of gifts, the couple asks that you make a donation to the Saint Francis Center for the Homeless. If you do plan to attend, please let us know so we can be sure to have enough cake for you! RSVP to clseal@yahoo.com or wjcalkins@yahoo.com.

Debut of the St. Martin’s Festival Singers and Orchestra  Give Us Peace:  Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Dona nobis pacem.  In 1936, following his grim experiences in the First World War and amidst the gathering clouds of a second global conflagration, Ralph Vaughan Williams wrote one of the most profound anti-war statements ever composed, Dona nobis pacem, using texts by Walt Whitman and the Bible to plead his case. In conjunction with the Stratus Chamber Orchestra (David Rutherford, conductor), the St. Martin’s Festival Singers makes its debut, made up of the Chamber Choir plus 30-some additional, auditioned voices. Also on the program are Vaughan Williams’s Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis, together with the choral theme that inspired it, and his Three Shakespeare Songs performed by the Chamber Choir alone.Friday, September 16, 7:30 pm: St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, Highlands Ranch; Saturday, September 17, 7:30 pm: Augustana Lutheran Church, Denver.  For more information:  www.stmartinschamberchoir.org

St. Andrew’s Tiny House Village

St. Andrew’s has the rare opportunity to partner with 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.  Neighborhood informational meetings later in September.  Check www.standrewdenver.org for more details.

Who is Delores Project? 

The Delores Project is the largest provider of safe, comfortable shelter and personalized services for unaccompanied women and transgender individuals experiencing homelessness and advocates for housing solutions.  www.thedeloresproject.org

Who is Radian, Inc.?

Radian, Inc. advocates for a city in which community engagement and empowerment is centered at the heart of the design and planning process. As a community design center, Radian, Inc. provides guidance for individuals, organizations and neighborhoods to actively participate in creating healthier, sustainable and more equitable communities.  www.radianresources.org

How large will this Tiny House Village be?

The Village will consist of 8 Tiny Homes which will be approximately 8 x 12 feet each; a community gathering/kitchen space; and a lavatory area which includes a shower and two toilets.

What is the cost to St. Andrew’s for this project?

The costs of implementing, constructing, and operating the Village will be provided through grant funds which will be obtained by Delores Project and others.  St. Andrew’s will provide the temporary use of space for the Village.

Who will oversee the daily operations?

Delores Project will provide the daily oversight and case management for the project.  In addition, the residents of the Village will have a board that works in conjunction with Delores Project staff similar to the model currently used by Delores Project.

Have more questions?  Please be sure to attend one of the informational meetings.  In the event you are not able to attend one of the informational meetings, please contact Mike Ogborn, Deacon Wib or Matt Bentley directly.

Seeking the Renewal of the World

From Compassion to Commitment

Fall 2016

September 15  We will begin with the fundamental question: Why is “renewal of the world” in our mission statement? St. Andrew Clergy

September 22  How can we creatively explore together the challenges of the call to charity, service, and advocacy? Rev. Wib Garfield, Deacon, St. Andrew’s Church

September 29  How do we move past our personal and communal roadblocks to live our expressed values about social action? Rev. Carrie Doehring, Professor, Pastoral Care, Iliff Seminary

October 6  How can we discover through a guided walk the ways in which St. Andrew’s Community interacts with the surrounding neighborhood as it undergoes profound change? Tony Robinson professor of Urban Politics and Political Science. Dept. Chair at UC Denver

 October 13  How can we learn from and be inspired by the successful endeavors of a sister community to learn the needs and desires of their church and their neighborhood? ABCD task force members Our Merciful Savior Church

 October 20 and 27, November 3  Which needs and longings of our neighborhood invite our response? We will investigate ways in which some organizations are responding. See website for details.

 November 10 and 17  Given what we’ve learned and been inspired by, how can we practically and concretely respond individually and collectively? Can we move from compassion to commitment?

 

Exploring Life and Faith is from 7:15-8:30 on Thursday following Evensong and a meal.

 

www.standrewdenver.org/elf

 

Sunday, August 28, 2016

The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

8:00 am  Holy Eucharist

10:00 am  Solemn Eucharist

5:30 pm   Still Point: An Order of Worship for the Evening

Today |  A Walk through Time continues in the undercroft

Final day | Parish Collage:  Create a tile for the Collage

September 4, 5:30 p.m. – RECONNECT

Mther Elizabeth returns from her Sabbatical on September 4. Come and celebrate with us with a Service of Lessons & Carols at 5:30 pm on September 4.  All are welcome to join us for a festive reception after the service!


More details at www.standrewdenver.org, Parish Life, What’s Happening.

This Week’s News in Brief

For additional information, events and announcements, please check the weekly “Fruits of the Tree”

To view this newsletter online please visit www.standrewdenver.org/church-newsletter

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, macy.jennifer@comcast.net, (303) 320-1276.

School Supplies Drive a Success!

THANK YOU! The generosity of St Andrews was on full display yet again for this year’s backpack drive. Parishioners donated over fifteen grocery bags and over half a dozen backpacks all full of goods to the effort this year. All items were donated to the Denver Public Schools Foundation, which will distribute them to needy schools and children. Thanks yet again for keeping this effort a success. – Jason Parker

A Taste of Colorado: Labor Day Weekend

Plan ahead as streets will be closed around Civic Center Park and traffic re-routed for the event all of next weekend.  For more information, visit their website at atasteofcolorado.com

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 presented each Wednesday at 12 noon by Brother James Hall at St. Andrew’s. Each week, beginning August 24, 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 the Injustice of Exploitation
  • For an End to the Injustice of Exclusion
  • For an End to War and Terrorism
  • For an End to Violence Against the Vulnerable
  • For an End to the Violence of American Society

A Parish Soul Collage:  Last date for square submission is Today!  
We are in the final stage of our soul collage and it’s not too late to contribute your square.  Look for the wicker basket during coffee hour to pick up a blank square, turn in your finished tile, or to get some inspiration for ideas.  Contact Matt Bentley (m.t.bentley@gmail.com) or Kylie Schwartz (kylschwartz@gmail.com or 303-875-2523) for more information.

All are invited to participate, no artistic talent is required.  The squares can be expressive of the season’s theme – rest, reset, recreate – or can be a, playful, contemplative, joyous, way of doing the theme. Working on a square can be a time of worship, meditation or prayer as you enter into a space of reflection. Our individual reflections will be united as a visual display of our depth and diversity, unveiled when Mother Elizabeth returns.

 Save the Date: Choral Concert for Friends of Music

On Saturday, September 24, 7:00pm, the St. Andrew’s Choir will offer a concert to raise funds for the St. Andrew’s Friends of Music.  This will be the major music-related fund-raising event for 2016, so please put it on your calendar and come hear our choir and organist lift our hearts to God!  Details to follow.  If you cannot come, you may make a donation at any time in 2016, designating your gift for “Friends of Music.”

Choral Evensong Resumes

One of the liturgical gems of Anglicanism is sung every Thursday at St. Andrew’s between September and May at 5:45pm.  Sometimes sung by an a cappella quartet, sometimes by the full choir and organ, the 30-35 minute sung service is seeing a resurgence, and the congregation here at St. Andrew’s has been growing steadily over the last five years, too (the only church in the diocese to offer it weekly).  On Thursday, September 1, an intimate service with mostly congregational items is led by Tim and MB Krueger; and on September 8, the full choir storms back with a celebratory offering with organ.  During September, the once-popular sherry receptions will follow in the Common Room to celebrate Evensong’s return after the summer hiatus.

St. Andrew’s Tiny House Village

St. Andrew’s has the rare opportunity to partner with 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.  Informational meetings will be held in the Undercroft after the 10 a.m. services on Sunday, August 14, 2016, Sunday, August 21, 2016, and Sunday, August 28, 2016.

Who is Delores Project? 

The Delores Project is the largest provider of safe, comfortable shelter and personalized services for unaccompanied women and transgender individuals experiencing homelessness and advocates for housing solutions.  www.thedeloresproject.org

 

Who is Radian, Inc.?

Radian, Inc. advocates for a city in which community engagement and empowerment is centered at the heart of the design and planning process. As a community design center, Radian, Inc. provides guidance for individuals, organizations and neighborhoods to actively participate in creating healthier, sustainable and more equitable communities.  www.radianresources.org

 

How large will this Tiny House Village be?

The Village will consist of 8 Tiny Homes which will be approximately 8 x 12 feet each; a community gathering/kitchen space; and a lavatory area which includes a shower and two toilets.

 

What is the cost to St. Andrew’s for this project?

The costs of implementing, constructing, and operating the Village will be provided through grant funds which will be obtained by Delores Project and others.  St. Andrew’s will provide the temporary use of space for the Village.

Who will oversee the daily operations?

Delores Project will provide the daily oversight and case management for the project.  In addition, the residents of the Village will have a board that works in conjunction with Delores Project staff similar to the model currently used by Delores Project.

Have more questions?  Please be sure to attend one of the informational meetings.  In the event you are not able to attend one of the informational meetings, please contact Mike Ogborn, Deacon Wib or Matt Bentley directly.

Walk Through Time with St. Andrew’s

As part of our summer of Rest, Reflection, and Renewal, a Walk Through Time is continuing in the Undercroft during the coffee hours following each service. What is a walk through time? Everyone, short term and longtime members, young and old alike, are invited to add your memories and knowledge, impressions and stories to the wall that represents our shared history here. You are encouraged to share your memories (whether first hand or something you’ve heard from others) about everything from baptisms to weddings, comings and goings, births and deaths, fires, concerts, priests’ tenures, and other special memories of the community.  You can add to The Walk Through Time and marvel at its magnificence until it is presented to Mother Elizabeth upon her return in September. Anyone with questions can contact Bill Calkins at wjcalkins@yahoo.com.

Summer Choir:  One more Sunday!   

Through August, the choir is open to all comers.  The only requirement to sing the Sunday 10:00am service is to show up at 9:00am for rehearsal.  There is no vesting; familiar or easy anthems are the norm; and a quartet of staff singers insures competent coverage on every part, so there is no risk.  It is meant to be an opportunity for those who cannot commit to the rigors of the full choir schedule nevertheless to have the chance to participate in our fine music program.  Any and all are welcome.

Sunday School resumes for the Fall

Sunday School for all ages will resume on September 11, the same Sunday we switch back to services at 9 and 11am. Godly Play (ages 4-11) meets in the Undercroft every Sunday, beginning at 8:50am. TSE (ages 12-16) meets in the Parish House Common Room every 2nd & 4th Sunday. All children return to the Sanctuary in time for Communion with their families. Nursery care will continue to be available to children younger than 4 at both services. For more information, please watch for the St. Andrew’s weekly newsletter Fruits of the Tree, checking the parish web-site regularly for on-going updates & news or contact L. Zoe Cole, Minister to Children & Youth at zoe@standrewdenver.org

A Wedding Invitation!

Clyde Lovell and Bill Calkins would like to invite everyone in the Saint Andrews community to celebrate with them in the blessing of their marriage, Saturday, September 17, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at the church. A casual reception will follow in the Undercroft. In lieu of gifts, the couple asks that you make a donation to the Saint Francis Center for the Homeless. If you do plan to attend, please let us know so we can be sure to have enough cake for you! RSVP to clseal@yahoo.com or wjcalkins@yahoo.com.

Debut of the St. Martin’s Festival Singers and Orchestra

Give Us Peace:  Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Dona nobis pacem.  In 1936, following his grim experiences in the First World War and amidst the gathering clouds of a second global conflagration, Ralph Vaughan Williams wrote one of the most profound anti-war statements ever composed, Dona nobis pacem, using texts by Walt Whitman and the Bible to plead his case. In conjunction with the Stratus Chamber Orchestra (David Rutherford, conductor), the St. Martin’s Festival Singers makes its debut, made up of the Chamber Choir plus 30-some additional, auditioned voices. Also on the program are Vaughan Williams’s Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis, together with the choral theme that inspired it, and his Three Shakespeare Songs performed by the Chamber Choir alone.Friday, September 16, 7:30 pm: St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, Highlands Ranch; Saturday, September 17, 7:30 pm: Augustana Lutheran Church, Denver.  For more information:  www.stmartinschamberchoir.org

Seeking the Renewal of the World

From Compassion to Commitment

Fall 2016

 

September 15  We will begin with the fundamental question: Why is “renewal of the world” in our mission statement? St. Andrew Clergy

 

September 22  How can we creatively explore together the challenges of the call to charity, service, and advocacy? Rev. Wib Garfield, Deacon, St. Andrew’s Church

 

September 29  How do we move past our personal and communal roadblocks to live our expressed values about social action? Rev. Carrie Doehring, Professor, Pastoral Care, Iliff Seminary

 

October 6  How can we discover through a guided walk the ways in which St. Andrew’s Community interacts with the surrounding neighborhood as it undergoes profound change? Tony Robinson professor of Urban Politics and Political Science. Dept. Chair at UC Denver

 

October 13  How can we learn from and be inspired by the successful endeavors of a sister community to learn the needs and desires of their church and their neighborhood? ABCD task force members Our Merciful Savior Church

 

October 20 and 27, November 3  Which needs and longings of our neighborhood invite our response? We will investigate ways in which some organizations are responding. See website for details.

 

November 10 and 17  Given what we’ve learned and been inspired by, how can we practically and concretely respond individually and collectively? Can we move from compassion to commitment?

 

 

 

 

Exploring Life and Faith is from 7:15-8:30 on Thursday following Evensong and a meal.

 

www.standrewdenver.org/elf

 

Sunday, August 21, 2016

The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

 

8:00 am  Holy Eucharist

10:00 am  Solemn Eucharist

5:30 pm   Still Point: An Order of Worship for the Evening

 

 

Today |  A Walk through Time continues in the undercroft

Ongoing | Parish Collage:  Create a tile for the Collage

 

September 4, 5:30 p.m. – RECONNECT

Please join us for Lessons and Carols followed by a reception as we welcome Mother Elizabeth back from sabbatical, and transition out of our Season of Renewal.

 

 

This Week’s News in Brief

For additional information, events and announcements, please check the weekly “Fruits of the Tree”

To view this newsletter online please visit www.standrewdenver.org/church-newsletter

Summer Sunday School Today!

We give our regular Sunday School volunteers the summer off.  On six Summer Sundays we will have a One-Room Schoolhouse for children and youth (4-13 years) in the undercroft for those who don’t wish to sit through the 10am service (busy boards and books available for those who do and/or when there is no Sunday School). Please don’t miss our Summer Sunday School on August 21.  We return to our regular schedule of Godly Play every Sunday for ages 4 to 4th grade and TSE every other week for 5th to 9th graders on September 11.

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, macy.jennifer@comcast.net, (303) 320-1276.

The Novena for Peace – Begins Wednesday, August 24

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 presented each Wednesday at 12 noon by Brother James Hall at St. Andrew’s. Each week, beginning August 24, 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 the Injustice of Exploitation
  • For an End to the Injustice of Exclusion
  • For an End to War and Terrorism
  • For an End to Violence Against the Vulnerable
  • For an End to the Violence of American Society

A Parish Soul Collage

Last date for square submission is Sunday, August 28.

We are in the final stage of our soul collage and it’s not too late to contribute your square.  Look for the wicker basket during coffee hour to pick up a blank square, turn in your finished tile, or to get some inspiration for ideas.  Contact Matt Bentley (m.t.bentley@gmail.com) or Kylie Schwartz (kylschwartz@gmail.com or 303-875-2523) for more information.

All are invited to participate, no artistic talent is required.  The squares can be expressive of the season’s theme – rest, reset, recreate – or can be a, playful, contemplative, joyous, way of doing the theme. Working on a square can be a time of worship, meditation or prayer as you enter into a space of reflection. Our individual reflections will be united as a visual display of our depth and diversity, unveiled when Mother Elizabeth returns.

Summer Choir           

Through August, the choir is open to all comers.  The only requirement to sing the Sunday 10:00am service is to show up at 9:00am for rehearsal.  There is no vesting; familiar or easy anthems are the norm; and a quartet of staff singers insures competent coverage on every part, so there is no risk.  It is meant to be an opportunity for those who cannot commit to the rigors of the full choir schedule nevertheless to have the chance to participate in our fine music program.  Any and all are welcome.

Save the Date: Choral Concert for Friends of Music

On Saturday, September 24, 7:00pm, the St. Andrew’s Choir will offer a concert to raise funds for the St. Andrew’s Friends of Music.  This will be the major music-related fund-raising event for 2016, so please put it on your calendar and come hear our choir and organist lift our hearts to God!  Details to follow.  If you cannot come, you may make a donation at any time in 2016, designating your gift for “Friends of Music.”

St. Andrew’s Tiny House Village

St. Andrew’s has the rare opportunity to partner with 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 Mike Ogborn, Matt Bentley and Deacon Wib Garfield 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.  Informational meetings will be held in the Undercroft after the 10 a.m. services on Sunday, August 14, 2016, Sunday, August 21, 2016, and Sunday, August 28, 2016.

Who is Delores Project? 

The Delores Project is the largest provider of safe, comfortable shelter and personalized services for unaccompanied women and transgender individuals experiencing homelessness and advocates for housing solutions.  www.thedeloresproject.org

Who is Radian, Inc.?

Radian, Inc. advocates for a city in which community engagement and empowerment is centered at the heart of the design and planning process. As a community design center, Radian, Inc. provides guidance for individuals, organizations and neighborhoods to actively participate in creating healthier, sustainable and more equitable communities.  www.radianresources.org

How large will this Tiny House Village be?

The Village will consist of 8 Tiny Homes which will be approximately 8 x 12 feet each; a community gathering/kitchen space; and a lavatory area which includes a shower and two toilets.

What is the cost to St. Andrew’s for this project?

The costs of implementing, constructing, and operating the Village will be provided through grant funds which will be obtained by Delores Project and others.  St. Andrew’s will provide the temporary use of space for the Village.

 

Who will oversee the daily operations?

Delores Project will provide the daily oversight and case management for the project.  In addition, the residents of the Village will have a board that works in conjunction with Delores Project staff similar to the model currently used by Delores Project.

Have more questions?  Please be sure to attend one of the informational meetings.  In the event you are not able to attend one of the informational meetings, please contact Mike Ogborn, Deacon Wib or Matt Bentley directly.

Choral Evensong Resumes

One of the liturgical gems of Anglicanism is sung every Thursday at St. Andrew’s between September and May at 5:45pm.  Sometimes sung by an a cappella quartet, sometimes by the full choir and organ, the 30-35 minute sung service is seeing a resurgence, and the congregation here at St. Andrew’s has been growing steadily over the last five years, too (the only church in the diocese to offer it weekly).  On Thursday, September 1, an intimate service with mostly congregational items is led by Tim and MB Krueger; and on September 8, the full choir storms back with a celebratory offering with organ.  During September, the once-popular sherry receptions will follow in the Common Room to celebrate Evensong’s return after the summer hiatus.

Walk Through Time with St. Andrew’s

As part of our summer of Rest, Reflection, and Renewal, a Walk Through Time is continuing in the Undercroft during the coffee hours following each service. What is a walk through time? Everyone, short term and longtime members, young and old alike, are invited to add your memories and knowledge, impressions and stories to the wall that represents our shared history here. You are encouraged to share your memories (whether first hand or something you’ve heard from others) about everything from baptisms to weddings, comings and goings, births and deaths, fires, concerts, priests’ tenures, and other special memories of the community.  You can add to The Walk Through Time and marvel at its magnificence until it is presented to Mother Elizabeth upon her return in September. Anyone with questions can contact Bill Calkins at wjcalkins@yahoo.com.

 Placement of our Baptismal Font

As you enter the church, you will notice the Baptismal Font standing in a place of prominence between the choir and the pews.  Some may ask: Why move the font there? Why place the font right at the entrance?  The answers are grounded in tradition, reason, and liturgical theology.

Holy Baptism is the rite by which you and I are initiated into the church.  Through the waters of Baptism we are baptized into the life, death, and resurrection of Christ. In these waters we find our foundation and identity as Christians.  It unites us to Christ and to one another.

By placing the font in this location, we are physically reminded of our Christian journey.  Having emerged from the waters of baptism, we are nurtured by the hearing of the word of God through Scripture and in receiving the Eucharist. By placing the font here, we remind ourselves week by week of this journey as we process into the church.

It also reminds us as we are leaving worship that we took vows when we were baptized to proclaim by word and example the Good News, to seek and serve Christ in all persons, and to strive for justice and peace, respecting the dignity of every human being.

During this Sabbatical time, we have been given an opportunity to reflect on what it means to “rest, reset, and re-create”.  Part of this reflection is how we continue to intentionally use symbol and ritual in our liturgies. Repositioning the font places the symbol of our life with Christ in the midst of our comings and goings.

Seeking the Renewal of the World

From Compassion to Commitment

Fall 2016

September 15  We will begin with the fundamental question: Why is “renewal of the world” in our mission statement? St. Andrew Clergy

September 22  How can we creatively explore together the challenges of the call to charity, service, and advocacy? Rev. Wib Garfield, Deacon, St. Andrew’s Church

September 29  How do we move past our personal and communal roadblocks to live our expressed values about social action? Rev. Carrie Doehring, Professor, Pastoral Care, Iliff Seminary

October 6  How can we discover through a guided walk the ways in which St. Andrew’s Community interacts with the surrounding neighborhood as it undergoes profound change? Tony Robinson professor of Urban Politics and Political Science. Dept. Chair at UC Denver

 October 13  How can we learn from and be inspired by the successful endeavors of a sister community to learn the needs and desires of their church and their neighborhood? ABCD task force members Our Merciful Savior Church

 October 20 and 27, November 3  Which needs and longings of our neighborhood invite our response? We will investigate ways in which some organizations are responding. See website for details.

 November 10 and 17  Given what we’ve learned and been inspired by, how can we practically and concretely respond individually and collectively? Can we move from compassion to commitment?

Exploring Life and Faith is from 7:15-8:30 on Thursday following Evensong and a meal.

www.standrewdenver.org/elf

 

Sunday, August 14, 2016                                          

The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

 

8:00 am  Holy Eucharist

10:00 am  Solemn Eucharist

 

5:30 pm   Still Point: An Order of Worship for the Evening

 

Season of Renewal:  August

 

Today |  A Walk through Time continues in the undercroft

Today | Summer Sunday School

Thursdays |  Book study with Sue Torfin:  We are Theologians: Strengthening the People of God
Ongoing | Parish Collage:  Create a tile for the Collage
More details at www.standrewdenver.org, Parish Life, What’s Happening.

 

This Week’s News in Brief

For additional information, events and announcements, please check the weekly “Fruits of the Tree”

To view this newsletter online please visit www.standrewdenver.org/church-newsletter

 

Summer Sunday School Today!

We give our regular Sunday School volunteers the summer off.  On six Summer Sundays we will have a One-Room Schoolhouse for children and youth (4-13 years) in the undercroft for those who don’t wish to sit through the 10am service (busy boards and books available for those who do and/or when there is no Sunday School). Please don’t miss our Summer Sunday School on August 7, 14, and 21.  We return to our regular schedule of Godly Play every Sunday for ages 4 to 4th grade and TSE every other week for 5th to 9th graders on September 11.

 

Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado concert at St. Andrew’s is Today!

The Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado presents its annual summer directors’ concert at St. Andrew’s this afternoon. The concert will feature Baroque violinist Cynthia Miller Freivogel and Baroque guitarist/lutenist Daniel Zuluaga performing chamber music from the birth of the Baroque and beyond. Join us for intimate and passionate music from the 1600’s in the exquisite acoustics of St. Andrew’s! Tickets are $20 for regular, $5 for students, available at the door.

 

 

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Season of Renewal Book Study

Led by Sue Torfin on Thursday evenings, 7:00-8:30, August 18 in the Delzell Room
As our sabbatical season draws to a close we ponder the question of “what now?”

Join us as we begin a time of reflection and discussion to answer that question with the book “We Are Theologians: Strengthening the People of God” by Fredrica Harris Thompsett.  Thompsett begins with what the Bible reveals about the distinct calling of the people of God.  She offers both a theology of the laity and a solid grounding in the history, theology, spirituality, and biblical foundations of Anglicanism, particularly the Episcopal Church. As we journey through this book together may our hearts be opened to a new and surprising way of seeing our place in the world.

 

Walk Through Time with St. Andrew’s

 

As part of our summer of Rest, Reflection, and Renewal, a Walk Through Time is continuing in the Undercroft during the coffee hours following each service. What is a walk through time? Everyone, short term and longtime members, young and old alike, are invited to add your memories and knowledge, impressions and stories to the wall that represents our shared history here. You are encouraged to share your memories (whether first hand or something you’ve heard from others) about everything from baptisms to weddings, comings and goings, births and deaths, fires, concerts, priests’ tenures, and other special memories of the community.  You can add to The Walk Through Time and marvel at its magnificence until it is presented to Mother Elizabeth upon her return in September. Anyone with questions can contact Bill Calkins at wjcalkins@yahoo.com.

A Parish Soul Collage

It’s not too late to contribute your own square to our parish soul collage!  Look for the wicker basket during coffee hour to pick up a blank square, turn in your finished tile, or to get some inspiration for ideas.  Contact Matt Bentley (m.t.bentley@gmail.com) for more information.
As we continue into the heart of our season of renewal, the whole parish is invited to contribute to our soul collage.The squares can be expressive of the season’s theme – rest, reset, recreate – or can be a, playful, contemplative, joyous, way of doing the theme. The final piece will be a visual display of our depth, diversity and unity, unveiled at our RECONNECTION event to mark Mother Elizabeth’s return from sabbatical on September 4.

Summer Choir     

       

Through August, the choir is open to all comers.  The only requirement to sing the Sunday 10:00am service is to show up at 9:00am for rehearsal.  There is no vesting; familiar or easy anthems are the norm; and a quartet of staff singers insures competent coverage on every part, so there is no risk.  It is meant to be an opportunity for those who cannot commit to the rigors of the full choir schedule nevertheless to have the chance to participate in our fine music program.  Any and all are welcome.

 

 

St. Andrew’s Tiny House Village

 

St. Andrew’s has the rare opportunity to partner with 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 Mike Ogborn, Matt Bentley and Deacon Wib Garfield 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.  Informational meetings will be held in the Undercroft after the 10 a.m. services on Sunday, August 14, 2016, Sunday, August 21, 2016, and Sunday, August 28, 2016.

 

FAQs

 

Who is Delores Project?

 

The Delores Project is the largest provider of safe, comfortable shelter and personalized services for unaccompanied women and transgender individuals experiencing homelessness and advocates for housing solutions.  www.thedeloresproject.org

 

Who is Radian, Inc.?

 

Radian, Inc. advocates for a city in which community engagement and empowerment is centered at the heart of the design and planning process. As a community design center, Radian, Inc. provides guidance for individuals, organizations and neighborhoods to actively participate in creating healthier, sustainable and more equitable communities.  www.radianresources.org

 

How large will this Tiny House Village be?

 

The Village will consist of 8 Tiny Homes which will be approximately 8 x 12 feet each; a community gathering/kitchen space; and a lavatory area which includes a shower and two toilets.

 

What is the cost to St. Andrew’s for this project?

 

The costs of implementing, constructing, and operating the Village will be provided through grant funds which will be obtained by Delores Project and others.  St. Andrew’s will provide the temporary use of space for the Village.

 

Who will oversee the daily operations?

 

Delores Project will provide the daily oversight and case management for the project.  In addition, the residents of the Village will have a board that works in conjunction with Delores Project staff similar to the model currently used by Delores Project.

 

Have more questions?  Please be sure to attend one of the informational meetings.  In the event you are not able to attend one of the informational meetings, please contact Mike Ogborn, Deacon Wib or Matt Bentley directly.

 

 

Placement of our Baptismal Font
As you enter the church, you will notice the Baptismal Font standing in a place of prominence between the choir and the pews.  Some may ask: Why move the font there? Why place the font right at the entrance?  The answers are grounded in tradition, reason, and liturgical theology.

Holy Baptism is the rite by which you and I are initiated into the church.  Through the waters of Baptism we are baptized into the life, death, and resurrection of Christ. In these waters we find our foundation and identity as Christians.  It unites us to Christ and to one another.

By placing the font in this location, we are physically reminded of our Christian journey.  Having emerged from the waters of baptism, we are nurtured by the hearing of the word of God through Scripture and in receiving the Eucharist. By placing the font here, we remind ourselves week by week of this journey as we process into the church.

It also reminds us as we are leaving worship that we took vows when we were baptized to proclaim by word and example the Good News, to seek and serve Christ in all persons, and to strive for justice and peace, respecting the dignity of every human being.

During this Sabbatical time, we have been given an opportunity to reflect on what it means to “rest, reset, and re-create”.  Part of this reflection is how we continue to intentionally use symbol and ritual in our liturgies. Repositioning the font places the symbol of our life with Christ in the midst of our comings and goings.

 

 

 

Season of Renewal Book Study

Led by Sue Torfin on Thursday evenings, 7:00-8:30, August 18 in the Delzell Room
As our sabbatical season draws to a close we ponder the question of “what now?”

Join us as we begin a time of reflection and discussion to answer that question with the book “We Are Theologians: Strengthening the People of God” by Fredrica Harris Thompsett.  Thompsett begins with what the Bible reveals about the distinct calling of the people of God.  She offers both a theology of the laity and a solid grounding in the history, theology, spirituality, and biblical foundations of Anglicanism, particularly the Episcopal Church. As we journey through this book together may our hearts be opened to a new and surprising way of seeing our place in the world.

St. Andrew’s Tiny House Village

An Opportunity for St. Andrew’s

St. Andrew’s has the rare opportunity to partner with 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. Parishoners are invited to join Mike Ogborn, Matt Bentley and Deacon Wib Garfield 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. Parishoner informational meetings will be held in the Undercroft after 10 am services on  3 Sundays: August 14, August 21 and August 28.  Note, we will be hosting three informational meetings for neighbors in September.  Details on locations and times to come.

FAQs

Who is Delores Project? 

The Delores Project is the largest provider of safe, comfortable shelter and personalized services for unaccompanied women and transgender individuals experiencing homelessness and advocates for housing solutions.  www.thedeloresproject.org  

Who is Radian, Inc.?

Radian, Inc. advocates for a city in which community engagement and empowerment is centered at the heart of the design and planning process. As a community design center, Radian, Inc. provides guidance for individuals, organizations and neighborhoods to actively participate in creating healthier, sustainable and more equitable communities.  www.radianresources.org 

How large will this Tiny House Village be?

The Village will consist of 8 Tiny Homes which will be approximately 8 x 12 feet each; a community gathering/kitchen space; and a lavatory area which includes a shower and two toilets.

What is the cost to St. Andrew’s for this project?

The costs of implementing, constructing, and operating the Village will be provided through grant funds which will be obtained by Delores Project and others.  St. Andrew’s will provide the temporary use of space for the Village.

Who will oversee the daily operations?

Delores Project will provide the daily oversight and case management for the project.  In addition, the residents of the Village will have a board that works in conjunction with Delores Project staff similar to the model currently used by Delores Project.

Have more questions? 

Please be sure to attend one of the Parish informational meetings.  In the event you are not able to attend one of the informational meetings, please contact Mike Ogborn, Deacon Wib or Matt Bentley directly.

Season of Renewal:  July

 

Today |  A Walk through Time continues in the undercroft

Today | Summer Sunday School

Thursdays |  Book study with Sue Torfin:  We are Theologians: Strengthening the People of God
Ongoing | Parish Collage:  Create a tile for the Collage
Ongoing | Picture frames needed for display, donate today!

More details at www.standrewdenver.org, Parish Life, What’s Happening.

 

This Week’s News in Brief

For additional information, events and announcements, please check the weekly “Fruits of the Tree”

To view this newsletter online please visit www.standrewdenver.org/church-newsletter

Season of Renewal Book Study

Led by Sue Torfin on Thursday evenings, 7:00-8:30, August 11 and 18 in the Delzell Room
As our sabbatical season draws to a close we ponder the question of “what now?”

Join us as we begin a time of reflection and discussion to answer that question with the book “We Are Theologians: Strengthening the People of God” by Fredrica Harris Thompsett.  Thompsett begins with what the Bible reveals about the distinct calling of the people of God.  She offers both a theology of the laity and a solid grounding in the history, theology, spirituality, and biblical foundations of Anglicanism, particularly the Episcopal Church. As we journey through this book together may our hearts be opened to a new and surprising way of seeing our place in the world.

St. Andrew’s Annual Backpack Drive is here!

Every year, the list and cost of school supplies for families grows, often leaving schools in lower income areas without vital supplies for their students. Through Sunday, August 14th, the St. Andrew’s Children’s Ministry will be accepting commonly needed school supplies to help support needy children in Denver. Please consider donating pencils, pens, crayons, paper, etc. and place them in the boxes or bins in the undercroft. This event has grown every year and has been a wonderful way to integrate the children into the life of St. Andrew’s. Please direct any questions to Jason Parker theauthor01@gmail.com

Summer Sunday School Today!

We give our regular Sunday School volunteers the summer off.  On six Summer Sundays we will have a One-Room Schoolhouse for children and youth (4-13 years) in the undercroft for those who don’t wish to sit through the 10am service (busy boards and books available for those who do and/or when there is no Sunday School). Please don’t miss our Summer Sunday School on August 7, 14, and 21.  We return to our regular schedule of Godly Play every Sunday for ages 4 to 4th grade and TSE every other week for 5th to 9th graders on September 11.

Walk Through Time with St. Andrew’s

As part of our summer of Rest, Reflection, and Renewal, a Walk Through Time is continuing in the Undercroft during the coffee hours following each service. What is a walk through time? Everyone, short term and long time members, young and old alike, are invited to add your memories and knowledge, impressions and stories to the wall that represents our shared history here. You are encouraged to share your memories (whether first hand or something you’ve heard from others) about everything from baptisms to weddings, comings and goings, births and deaths, fires, concerts, priests’ tenures, and other special memories of the community.  You can add to The Walk Through Time and marvel at its magnificence until it is presented to Mother Elizabeth upon her return in September. Anyone with questions can contact Bill Calkins at wjcalkins@yahoo.com.

A Parish Soul Collage

It’s not too late to contribute your own square to our parish soul collage!  Look for the wicker basket during coffee hour to pick up a blank square, turn in your finished tile, or to get some inspiration for ideas.  Contact Matt Bentley (m.t.bentley@gmail.com) for more information.
As we continue into the heart of our season of renewal, the whole parish is invited to contribute to our soul collage.The squares can be expressive of the season’s theme – rest, reset, recreate – or can be a, playful, contemplative, joyous, way of doing the theme. The final piece will be a visual display of our depth, diversity and unity, unveiled at our RECONNECTION event to mark Mother Elizabeth’s return from sabbatical on September 4.

Picture Frames

We are still seeking picture frames for an art project in the Undercroft. Frames should have secure hooks or picture wire. Maximum dimensions of frames should be 8 by 10 inches and minimum 3 by 5 inches. Donations of picture hanging hooks would also be welcome. Please email Ruth Carver Bondurant (rucarver@gmail.com) with questions or if you have a frame or three to donate. A box is on a ledge in the Undercroft if you wish to drop them off. Thank you!

Are you receiving our weekly poetry reflection via email?  If not, request to be added             

to the mailing list by emailing jeff@standrewdenver.org or calling 303-296-1712.

Summer Choir            

Through August, the choir is open to all comers.  The only requirement to sing the Sunday 10:00am service is to show up at 9:00am for rehearsal.  There is no vesting; familiar or easy anthems are the norm; and a quartet of staff singers insures competent coverage on every part, so there is no risk.  It is meant to be an opportunity for those who cannot commit to the rigors of the full choir schedule nevertheless to have the chance to participate in our fine music program.  Any and all are welcome.

Placement of our Baptismal Font
As you enter the church, you will notice the Baptismal Font standing in a place of prominence between the choir and the pews.  Some may ask: Why move the font there? Why place the font right at the entrance?  The answers are grounded in tradition, reason, and liturgical theology.

Holy Baptism is the rite by which you and I are initiated into the church.  Through the waters of Baptism we are baptized into the life, death, and resurrection of Christ. In these waters we find our foundation and identity as Christians.  It unites us to Christ and to one another.

By placing the font in this location, we are physically reminded of our Christian journey.  Having emerged from the waters of baptism, we are nurtured by the hearing of the word of God through Scripture and in receiving the Eucharist. By placing the font here, we remind ourselves week by week of this journey as we process into the church.

It also reminds us as we are leaving worship that we took vows when we were baptized to proclaim by word and example the Good News, to seek and serve Christ in all persons, and to strive for justice and peace, respecting the dignity of every human being.

During this Sabbatical time, we have been given an opportunity to reflect on what it means to “rest, reset, and re-create”.  Part of this reflection is how we continue to intentionally use symbol and ritual in our liturgies. Repositioning the font places the symbol of our life with Christ in the midst of our comings and goings.

Financial update

2016 Plate and Pledge revenue have consistently been under budget. On June 30 plate revenue was $13,135 under budget for the year and Pledge revenue was $14,156 under budget for the year. Please keep your pledge up to date always but especially in these summer months when cash flow typically slows.
A very easy way to pay your pledge is to set up an Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT).  Contact Bob Mosher for more information.  (bobdmosher@gmail.com)

Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado concert at St. Andrew’s

The Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado presents its annual summer directors’ concert at St. Andrew’s on Sunday August 14 at 3:00 pm. The concert will feature Baroque violinist Cynthia Miller Freivogel and Baroque guitarist/lutenist Daniel Zuluaga performing chamber music from the birth of the Baroque and beyond. Join us for intimate and passionate music from the 1600’s in the exquisite acoustics of St. Andrew’s! Tickets are $20 for regular, $5 for students, available online at bcocolorado.org and at the door.

 

 

 

Sunday, July 31

The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

 

8:00 am  Holy Eucharist | Church

10:00 am  Solemn Eucharist | Church

 

5:30 pm   Still Point: An Order of Worship for the Evening

 

Season of Renewal:  July

 

Today |  A Walk through Time continues

Today |  Rediscover the St Andrews Website:  Learn about

the new Member Directory and the new Parish Calendar

 

This Week’s News in Brief

For additional information, events and announcements, please check the weekly “Fruits of the Tree”

To view this newsletter online please visit www.standrewdenver.org/church-newsletter

 
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Loaves & Fishes Sunday, Today

“…Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And all ate and were filled…” – Matthew 14: 19 & 20

Just as this story of abundant sharing reminds us, we too are charged to feed the hungry! St. Andrew’s has a long tradition of supporting Metro Caring’s work to feed the hungry in Denver. Today we are gathering Loaves and Fishes donations left at the altar after either service and delivering them to Metro Caring. Thank you!   St Andrew’s Mission and Outreach Committee

Metro Caring’s suggested shopping list includes:

3 cans of tuna fish
2 jars of peanut butter
2 cans of fruit in a light sauce
1 jar of pasta sauce
1 package of whole wheat spaghetti
1 box of macaroni & cheese
2 cans of a hearty soup

Placement of our Baptismal Font

This Sunday, as you entered the church, you noticed the Baptismal Font standing in a place of prominence between the choir and the pews.  Some may ask: Why move the font there? Why place the font right at the entrance?  The answers are grounded in tradition, reason, and liturgical theology.

Holy Baptism is the rite by which you and I are initiated into the church.  Through the waters of Baptism we are baptized into the life, death, and resurrection of Christ. In these waters we find our foundation and identity as Christians.  It unites us to Christ and to one another.

By placing the font in this location, we are physically reminded of our Christian journey.  Having emerged from the waters of baptism, we are nurtured by the hearing of the word of God through Scripture and in receiving the Eucharist. By placing the font here, we remind ourselves week by week of this journey as we process into the church.

It also reminds us as we are leaving worship that we took vows when we were baptized to proclaim by word and example the Good News, to seek and serve Christ in all persons, and to strive for justice and peace, respecting the dignity of every human being.

During this Sabbatical time, we have been given an opportunity to reflect on what it means to “rest, reset, and re-create”.  Part of this reflection is how we continue to intentionally use symbol and ritual in our liturgies. Repositioning the font places the symbol of our life with Christ in the midst of our comings and goings.

Sunday, August 7th: Outdoor Worship in the Rose Garden: 10 am

Join us for a special outdoor service and potluck at 10 am in the Rose Garden.  This is a chance for us to enjoy the beautiful weather as well as be out in the neighborhood for our worship. This will be an opportunity for all of us to reflect on re-creation in our Sabbatical time.  By worshiping in a different setting for one service, we can continue to meditate on God’s presence in our community wherever we may be.  We will have chairs set out, but we also invite you to bring a favorite lawn chair or blanket to sit on.

  • The 8 am service will remain in the church.  Potluck to follow the 10 am service.

Season of Renewal Book Study
We Are Theologians: Strengthening the People of God (2004) by Fredrica Harris Thompsett

Led by Sue Torfin on Thursday evenings, 7:00-8:30, August 4, 11, and 18 in the Delzell Room

(Books available for $16 after services from July 17)

As our sabbatical season draws to a close we ponder the question of “what now?”   All are welcome in a time of reflection and discussion as we join together in this timely book study.  In her book, Thompsett credits the laity with the capacity to relate questions of belief and the insights of theology to the living out of our personal and professional lives.  She offers both a theology of the laity and a solid grounding in the history, theology, spirituality, and biblical foundations of Anglicanism, particularly the Episcopal Church.

Thompsett begins with what the Bible reveals about the distinct calling of the people of God.  She then considers the insights of the Reformation about the laity. Focusing on the particular contributions of the laity in the nineteenth century, she highlights the work of women in the mission of education and social work.  She explores different aspect of Anglican identity that are especially important to the lay calling, as well as lay movements of liberation in the global South.  In the final chapter, she points the way to strengthening the laity of the future.

As we journey through this book together, may our hearts be opened to a new and surprising way of seeing our place in the world.
 

Walk Through Time with St. Andrew’s  

From a traditional, upstanding congregation in the 1950s to a more alternative type of community in the 70s and 80s, to a mission of St. John’s Cathedral, and finally the growing and thriving tree of life rooted in a growing and rapidly changing city that we know today: St. Andrew’s has a colorful and vibrant history. As part of our summer of Rest, Reflection, and Renewal, a Walk Through Time is taking place in the Undercroft this Sunday, July 17 during the coffee hours following each service. Everyone, short term and longtime members, young and old alike, are invited to add your memories and knowledge, impressions and stories to the wall that represents the Walk Through Time at Saint Andrews. You are encouraged to share your memories (whether first hand or something you’ve heard from others) about everything from baptisms to weddings, comings and goings, births and deaths, fires, concerts, priests’ tenures, and other special memories of the community. Short poems, sentences, impressions, pictures, cut outs, photos – anything you want to contribute to the wall will be welcome. Markers and crayons will be available. You can add to The Walk Through Time and marvel at its magnificence until it is presented to Mother Elizabeth upon her return in September. Anyone with questions can contact Bill Calkins at wjcalkins@yahoo.com.

When you go to coffee today after the service be sure to look for the Walk Through Time.

As part of our summer of Rest, Reflection, and Renewal, this walk on the wall represents

our individual and communal memories. Everyone is invited to add something.

A Parish Soul Collage

As we continue into the heart of our season of renewal, the whole parish is invited to contribute to our soul collage.

The squares can be expressive of the season’s theme – rest, reset, recreate – or can be a, playful, contemplative, joyous, way of doing the theme.

Art making as a process of self-discovery.  Art making as a way to worship.

The final piece will be a visual display of our depth, diversity and unity, unveiled at our RECONNECTION event to mark Mother Elizabeth’s return from sabbatical on September 4th, 2016.

Squares are provided by the church and are available after each service and in the parish office throughout July.  If you need inspiration, feel free to see some examples and even start your own squares during coffee hour.  Now’s also the time to submit your finished work – look for the wicker basket to contribute your square.  For further information please contact: Matt Bentley (m.t.bentley@gmail.com) or Kylie Schwartz (kylschwartz@gmail.com / 303-875-2523).

Picture Frames

We are still seeking 10-15 additional picture frames for an art project in the Undercroft. Frames should have secure hooks or picture wire. Maximum dimensions of frames should be 8 by 10 inches and minimum 3 by 5 inches. Donations of picture hanging hooks would also be welcome. Please email Ruth Carver Bondurant (rucarver@gmail.com) with questions or if you have a frame or three to donate. A box is on a ledge in the Undercroft if you wish to drop them off there by July 31. Thank you! 

Do you have News in Brief to share? Please email to jeff@standrewdenver.org by noon on Wednesday for inclusion in the following Sunday’s announcements.  Expanded news appears each week in St. Andrew’s weekly eMinistry  – accessible via the homepage of our website: www.standrewdenver.org. 

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 melissa@standrewdenver.org .

St. Andrew’s Annual Backpack Drive is here!

Every year, the list and cost of school supplies for families grows, often leaving schools in lower income areas without vital supplies for their students. Through Sunday, August 14th, the St. Andrew’s Children’s Ministry will be accepting commonly needed school supplies to help support needy children in Denver. Please consider donating pencils, pens, crayons, paper, etc. and place them in the boxes or bins in the undercroft. This event has grown every year and has been a wonderful way to integrate the children into the life of St. Andrew’s. Please direct any questions to Jason Parker theauthor01@gmail.com

Summer Sunday School

We give our regular Sunday School volunteers the summer off.  On six Summer Sundays we will have a One-Room Schoolhouse for children and youth (4-13 years) in the undercroft for those who don’t wish to sit through the 10am service (busy boards and books available for those who do and/or when there is no Sunday School). Please don’t miss our Summer Sunday School on August 7, 14, and 21.  We return to our regular schedule of Godly Play every Sunday for ages 4 to 4th grade and TSE every other week for 5th to 9th graders on September 11.

Summer Choir           

Through August, the choir is open to all comers.  The only requirement to sing the Sunday 10:00am service is to show up at 9:00am for rehearsal.  There is no vesting; familiar or easy anthems are the norm; and a quartet of staff singers insures competent coverage on every part, so there is no risk.  It is meant to be an opportunity for those who cannot commit to the rigors of the full choir schedule nevertheless to have the chance to participate in our fine music program.  Any and all are welcome.

Book Info Request:  There have been several requests for the title of the book that Father Bob used in his sermon on Sunday, July 24.    It is People of the Way:  Renewing Episcopal  Identity by Dwight Zscheile (2012, Morehouse).

A special “Thank You” to all the volunteers who participated in Family Promise this past week. Wednesday’s dinner preparers included: Al Grinestaff, Michael Van Cleave, Nancy McMahon, Elayne Gallagher, Betty Luce, and Ken Backensto. The evening host was Jim Fittz. On Thursday, Susan Backus, Karen Mayer, Michael Martinez and Lucy Johnson provided the dinner. Overnight hosts were Nancy and Scott Weaver. For Saturday Breakfast, Tom Folkert, Clara Winter and Tammy Brown handled the food preparation and serving.