A newsletter for St. David of the Hills Episcopal Church

November 15, 2017

 Newsleeks is published on the fifteenth of each month. We welcome your suggestions for announcements and other items of interest that you would like to see covered. Contact Charlie Vervalin, Editor, at 687-7646 or


Worship Services

All services include Holy Communion unless otherwise indicated

November 19, Rev. Myrna Bevens

November 26, Fr. Paul Lautenschlager

December 3, Rev. Myrna Bevens

December 10, Rev. Myrna Bevens

December 17, Rev. Myrna Bevens

December 24, Mother Winifred Mitchell. Evening service only, at 6:30 p.m.

December 31, Mother Winifred Mitchell


NOTE:  Morning Prayer services are conducted by a lay reader on the fifth Sunday in the

months that have five, and occasionally on other dates, if noted above.


It’s Cleanup Time Again. Please Help

    Please help with cleaning the interior of our church, on Saturday, November 18, from 10:30 a.m. until noon. This is in advance of the Advent/Christmas season, to help make our sanctuary beautiful. Many hands make for lighter work and a quicker finish. But if you can’t participate, please contact Jane Lass any time after the 18th, and she can tell you of any unfinished needs, which you can help to fill independently on your own time. Admission to the church for this can be arranged. Thank you.


What’s Important About December 3?

     December 3 is a day on which you can make life easier for the St. David’s Vestry. That’s the day 2018 pledges are due. By submitting your pledge on or before that date, you will enable smooth and timely planning for a 2018 parish budget. Knowing what to expect financially takes the planning heat off of the St. David’s leadership. So, PLEASE turn in your pledge and related information on time.

By now, you should have received your Stewardship “package.” If you haven’t,  contact Stewardship chair Fred Lege. The package contains information on what’s needed in terms of financial support for St. David’s plus how you can offer your time and talent. That combination will keep the parish on track and humming smoothly throughout 2018.

We are blessed by the past generosity of our members, who have always met their stewardship responsibility. By December 3, let’s do that again. Let’s “Go forth to love and serve the Lord,” on time and with a smile.



Fun Events Are On the Map

Carolynne Forster, who heads up the planning of our fellowship activities, can fill you in on what’s ahead for these fun get-togethers. Events will be announced in your weekly Tidbits and also in Newsleeks, but you can reach Carolynne for more detailed information, at or at


Living Faith Circle Offers Bible Study

Living Faith Circle offers a wonderfully engaging Bible study led by Rev. Myrna Bevens, on the twice-monthly Sundays for which she is scheduled to lead the worship service. This is a series of an indeterminate number of sessions which have been, and will continue to be, educational and spiritually fulfilling.

Plan to attend at 11:30 a.m., after the post-worship-service fellowship period. LFC meets in the fellowship room. Join in Myrna’s sharing of Biblical-based guidelines for how to grow our faith and expand God’s presence in our lives.

The LFC experience also includes, on Sundays for which Myrna is not with us, enlightening Bible-study audios, followed by a discussion of the same, moderated by Paull Torrence.

LFC remains an open-forum on whatever is on participants’ minds regarding spiritual needs, challenges and opportunities in living as a Christian. Focus is on strengthening one’s faith, ministering to the needs of others, or any related topic.

   Join us regularly for LFC. It is open, free- wheeling and enlightening.


Birthdays and Anniversaries

Salute our brothers and sisters in Christ and wish them happiness and joy in the years ahead.

Late-November Birthdays:

18, Ann Davidson

23, Dorrie Guyan


November Anniversary :

30, Modenia and the late John Kramer, 62 years


December Birthdays:

1, Christy McCornack

18, Josh Davies

23, Jerry Forster

25, Rebecca Pruitt

31, Ginger Stewart


December Anniversary:

2, Jerry and Carolynne Forster, 22 years


Let us also remember our members who passed away, most recently, in 2014: Michele Chatkoff and Jane Andrews.


   Parish ‘Happenings’

  • Our wonderful music director, Carolyn Mattedi, continues to make progress in her recovery from a serious respiratory-and-related infection. She is so welcome back at our services, healthy and smiling.
  • The final Sangre de Cristo regional meeting of the Diocese is on Saturday, November 18, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Pueblo. Lunch is provided. Included will be a discussion of the 2017 Diocesan Convention and news about other churches in our region. Our regional Missioner, Ann Fleming, is stepping down and her replacement will be Rich Munsell. Contact Jane Lass if you would like to attend. Or, R.S.V.P. directly to Nancy Engel at 598-3244. But let Jane know if you’re going.
  • Stewardship Sunday is November 26. In conjunction with this date is collection of donations to United Thank Offering via the “Blue Boxes” available in the Fellowship Hall. Please put your coins or paper money in one and turn it in.
  • A steeple will be added to St. David’s, to make the parish’s not-so-churchy exterior re appealing and more eye-catching to everyone, including passers-bye on Highway 24. For details, ask any Vestry member. See also the architectural renderings of the steeple design, displayed in the Fellowship room.
  • You will regularly receive an e-mail regarding the next “extracurricular” fellowship activity Heading up the Fellowship Committee is Carolynne Forster. Have an idea for a parish fellowship activity? Contact her.
  • Pray for those listed on the prayer roster, which appears weekly in Tidbits.


Pray for Our Parishioners’ Healing

A number of people in our parish face illnesses or injuries of one kind or another and also the loss of loved ones. Hold all of them up to The Lord for His healing power, and pray also for care-givers. For specifics on these people, contact Joan Simmons, who chairs the Pastoral Care Committee.

St. David’s parishioners value the opportunity to pray for your family and friends during the Prayers of the People portion of the Sunday worship service. Prayers for these people will also be offered by individuals during the week. Write the names of persons for whom you seek prayer on the Prayer Request sheet, which is in the Parish Hall on the table next to the nametags board.

Do you know someone who needs pastoral care?  Contact Joan Simmons. Please pray for everyone on the current prayer list, which is published in the weekly Tidbits. (Tidbits is included as a supplement to the bulletin that you receive at Sunday services.  It is also sent to the St. David’s e-mail list). See also “Pastoral Care Need Continues,” below.


Pastoral Care Needs Attention

Pastoral care is, by definition, such things as visiting or phoning an ill person or even sending them a note or card; also helping someone with a need such as transportation to the doctor’s office; caring for someone’s animals or domicile when they cannot do it; doing domestic chores for a person who is indisposed, etc. In other words, pastoral care is any helping-hand activity.

With such information about who is pastoring whom (also why, when and how) we can maintain an accounting of all such activities. This will let the entire parish know, but should also inspire others to become involved in pastoring. To let St. David’s know of someone’s need, or for information on pastoral care participation, contact Joan Simmons.


Contributions to the Needy Continue

    Through in-gatherings, and on a regular basis throughout the year, St. David’s parishioners help needy folks in Teller County by donating to Community Cupboard, a Teller County food bank.

Also, the parish basement is used to store non-food items. And food/household items donated by our parish is delivered to the CC facility on Hwy. 67. (Look for the white building on your left as you drive north on 67, just before the RV Park located at the County Road intersection.)

      And remember, every fifth Sunday of months in which there is a fifth one, bring food and household items to church for an ingathering. The next one is December 31. Checks payable to Community Cupboard are welcome, too.

Fifth Sundays are also potluck luncheon days. Together, we can all focus on food, not only for us, but also food and household items contributed to bless others. At these events, you can always count on good fellowship. See you there.


Have an Announcement for Tidbits?

     If you have a message or announcement for Tidbits, please contact Carolynne Forster at Anything that parishioners should know about upcoming events is fair game. IMPORTANT: please submit your info by noon Tuesday. And kindly take the initiative to inform Carolynne of what should be published. Announcements are of great value to our parish, but she cannot always know what needs to be publicized.


Donate Flowers to Beautify Our Sanctuary

Celebrate the beauty of our services by giving altar flowers from now to the end of the year. See the flowers-sponsor chart on the bulletin board in fellowship hall and enter your name for any of the open worship-service dates during the year.)

Experience the satisfaction of beautifying the sanctuary. If you wish, the flowers can be donated in celebration of a special event in your life or that of a loved one. Please give your $25 check to Nancy Congiardo or place it in the offering basket on any Sunday, with a note that the money is for flowers—and the date for which you are contributing. The flowers will be given to you after the service. Thanks to the Altar Guild for preparing the beautiful bouquet arrangements.

A flowers donation signup chart for 2018 will soon be posted on the bulletin board.


Thrift House: Shop There and Help Your Church

      Thanks to the folks who serve at TH. On November 11 they were Mary Bowman, Dorrie Guyan and Nancy Congiardo. Please help for future service. Several of our past volunteers will be gone for extended periods, leaving only Nancy, Jane and Mary in the volunteer pool. Consider taking part, even for one monthly shift during the coming winter.

TH has many opportunities to sub on shifts for other churches. St. David’s is credited with those hours for subbing.                         

A great shopping opportunity awaits you. TH regularly features lots of fresh inventory. Note that all of the money goes to good, charitable causes and St. David’s gets some of that money.

Donors of merchandise are needed, especially gently used winter clothing for adults of both genders and also children. Much needed, too, are household items, furniture, fall and Christmas decorations, toys and games. Please bring the items to church and someone will deliver them. Or, you can take then to TH between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m, Monday through Saturday.      

TH is run by the Diocese at 1027 S. Tejon in Colorado Springs. It offers reasonable prices and a lot of offerings. Come in for some inexpensive shopping that PROVIDES MONEY TO THE CHURCH.

     TH needs all kinds of items..

If you would like to work there as a volunteer with other St. David’s folks, call or e-mail Jane Lass (See below). Shifts are on the second Saturday of every month from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. It is fun. There is a lot of cheerful fellowship and camaraderie, while serving the Lord.

      There is always a need to have people sub for other parishes’ shifts throughout the month. This enables St. David’s Episcopal Church Women to earn even more money to spend on outreach.  So, whether as a sub or for the regular Saturday shift, please let Jane  know if you can help (687-6975). Want to volunteer for a future date? She will sign you up.

        Carpooling to and from TH is available. And note also that St. David’s Episcopal Church Women (ECW) get monetarily credited for hours worked. The funds are available for the parish’s outreach program (e.g., gifts to charities, etc.)  

        Additional information can be obtained from Jane at 687-6975 or; and also from TH, at 632-5278.

ECW (Episcopal Church Women) of the Pikes Peak Region operates this non-profit retail store. All income is shared among forty different charitable organizations.

Varied merchandise is sold by TH. Clothing vouchers are available. TH is a service of the Episcopal Church, which provides assistance to missionary organizations and those in need. TH has an outstanding reputation and has served the community since 1958.      Donations are tax deductible.


St. David’s Website is for Outreach

Our website is loaded with all kinds of information, not just things about St. David’s but also the National Episcopal Church and the Diocese. It is our smiling face to the community.

An Episcopal Church Regional Website is being formed.

Do you have a request for anything to add?  Your ideas for inclusion are welcome. Contact Social Media Manager Lonnie Davidson.

Over time, the refurbished and routinely updated web site will undoubtedly attract people to St. David’s.  Take a look. Go to


We Owe a ‘Thank You’ to Many People

  • Thank you so much, St. David’s choir and choir director Carolyn Mattedi. Participation involves preparation to present glorious music to the congregation. But it is fun. And it’s never too late to participate. Join us.
  • Carolynne Forster gets a big hug for serving as our Sunday-services musician while Carolyn Mattedi was under the weather.
  • Thank you, Dick Lass, for repairing the church sign that appears for Highway 24 passer’s-bye. It had collapsed because of dry-rot. Good job, Mr. Handyman.
  • We all appreciate Janie Hessong’s gift of a food freezer, which St. David’s used while the need lasted, then passed it along to Community Cupboard. CC was delighted to receive this gift because they are experiencing a shortage of freezer space for storing Christmas turkeys. Janie’s help was very timely and greatly appreciated.
  • Much thanks is owed to Myrna Bevens for leading a Bible study as part of the Living Faith Circle sessions that follow the worship services on Sundays for which Myrna presides. Join us at 11:30 for an enlightening experience.
  • Thank you to those who donated food and money for Community Cupboard at the October 29 ingathering—63 pounds, plus checks totaling $50. How satisfying—to feed the needy. “Feed my sheep,” said The Lord.
  • We benefit from the unsung heroes whose service to St. David’s has not been regularly noted in this column. They include folks who serve on the Vestry, prep the Vestry meeting minutes, keep our church clean, beautify it for the worship services, serve as acolytes and morning prayer leaders, manage the church office, care for those in sorrow, need, sickness or any other adversity, donate flowers for our services, attend meetings of the Diocese, and plan events for us all to enjoy together. We are, indeed, all brothers and sisters in Christ, to “go forth and serve the Lord.”


                            Make Yourself Heard

       Want to address the Vestry? St. David’s Vestry meetings are held to conduct all of the parish’s business. If you wish to address the Vestry, or to simply “sit in” on a meeting to see what typically occurs, you are welcome to attend. But please let Senior Warden Don Butzlaff or any Vestry member know in advance. Meetings are on the first Wednesday of the month, starting at 5:30 p.m.




                       What Did Newsleeks Miss?

Did Newsleeks fail to publish something that should have been included? Please contact Charlie Vervalin at 687-7646 or An addendum can be mailed separately to include the information. Thanks.



St. David’s Vestry and Committee Chairs*

Don Butzlaff:  Senior Warden

Dick Lass: Co-Junior Warden

Rebecca Pruitt: Co-Junior Warden

Joan Simmons: Pastoral Care

Fred Lege: Stewardship

Lonnie Davidson:  Treasurer, and Social Media Manager

Nancy Congiardo: Assistant Treasurer

Paull Torrence: Worship, and Faith Development

Kerry Butzlaff: Vestry Clerk

Carolynne Forster: Fellowship, and Church Secretary


*For phone numbers and e-mail addresses, see the parish membership directory











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