January 3, 2016

Save the Date! Celebrating Father George

Plan now to join us on Thursday, January 7, beginning at 5:45 pm. First we’ll celebrate the culmination of the Christmas season with our traditional Epiphany procession.  Then we’ll repair to the undercroft, where we’ll honor Father George in suitable style as he retires from active priestly ministry. Details to follow — but mark your calendars now!


Notice of Annual Meeting, January 24, 2016
The annual meeting of the parish will be held on Sunday, January 24, during a 10 am service.  The purpose of the meeting is to celebrate the life of the parish, elect new members of the vestry, and review the 2016 budget prepared and approved by the current vestry. The meeting ends with a potluck lunch in the undercroft.

Early in the new year the slate of candidates will be announced, and there will be opportunity to examine the 2016 budget before the meeting.  There is no provision for proxy voting in our bylaws, so please plan now to participate in the life of the parish by attending the meeting.

If you have any questions, please consult Mother Elizabeth.  elizabeth@standrewdenver.org

Children and Family Ministries

St. Andrew’s first Kids’ Choir! Don’t miss out on this great opportunity for your children! We will rehearse monthly on the first Thursday of each month, 7:15 – 8:30 PM in the Common Room or office area of the Parish House. We will sing in the communion motet approximately every other month. Additionally, we will include music-reading lessons along with lots of fun music activities and games, in addition to preparing our communion motet.



Laudato Si: On Care For Our Common Home
Copies of the encyclical “Laudato Si: On Care For Our Common Home”, the topic for the ELF discussion on January 21st and 28th, will be sold after each service in the undercroft starting Sunday, January 3rd .  The cost is $11.  Cash or checks please.


Exploring Life and Faith


Please join us at St. Andrew’s on Thursday nights 7:15 – 8:30 for the following events in 2016. Feel welcome to come for Evensong at 5:45, a meal at 6:30 and Compline following the program.


Events next year include:


January 14: Enjoy Kathy and Gary Fleming’s presentation on their experience of living in Morocco during their two years in the Peace Corps.


Gather with the Parents’ Support and Dialogue Group


January 21: Come having read Pope Francis’ Encyclical,“Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home” in order to contribute to the two-week discussion on this urgent and timely topic, facilitated by Sue Kilgore and Sue Torfin.


Join Ingrid Anderson as she leads us in a yoga experience.


January 28: Continue the discussion on “Laudato Si”.


Learn about and experience the labyrinth as a spiritual practice, facilitated by Elizabeth Randall


February 4: Sandy Naatz from Health & Human Services on Sex Trafficking and the Exploitation of Children.


February 11 – March 17: Our Lenten Journey to “Animate Faith” Join us to discuss any and all of these short video presentations by a variety of esteemed and provocative spiritual leaders.

The topics and video presenters are:

“God: Faith Is a Quest” with Brian McLaren; “Religion: Spirituality Is Not Enough” with Lillian Daniel; “Jesus: The Revolution of Love” with Mark Scandrette; “Salvation: Abundant Life Now” with Shane Hipps; “Cross: Where God Is” with Nadia Bolz-Weber; “Bible: A Book Like No Other” with Lauren Winner; “Church: An Imperfect Family” with Bruce Reyes-Chow


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

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


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


Contact our partners in ministry if you are in need or if you would like to get involved. If you need immediate pastoral attention, at the time of a death, illness, or other life crisis, please remember that you can call the church number: 303-296-1712. If Jeff answers, ask for the rector’s voice mailbox, and as soon as the message begins, press 1.  You will be connected to a cell phone, where you can leave a message and expect a prompt reply. If the voicemail is on at the church, simply press 1 as soon as the greeting begins, and then press 1 again when the rector’s greeting begins. Please help us to help you by letting us know when you need the support of your community.
Recommended by Jennifer Macy:
Ken Phillips, the artist for the Imago Divina service Sunday night, has a show currently up at the Dayton Memorial Library at Regis University.  The show, “Winter Procession: Making the Seasonal Myths” consists of fabric hangings and drawings.  It runs through January 22, 2016. The Dayton Library is located at 3333 Regis Blvd, D-20, Denver, 80221.  Hours are:  Sun:  11:00 a.m. – midnight  Mon – Th:  7:00 a.m. – midnight  Fri:  7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.  Sat: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.


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for inclusion in the following Sunday’s announcements.

Expanded news appears each week in St. Andrew’s weekly eMinistry (with its own deadline of Monday at noon) – accessible via the homepage of our website: www.standrewdenver.org

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