A newsletter for St. David of the Hills Episcopal Church

May 15, 2018

 Newsleeksis 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

May 20, Mother Winnie Mitchell

May 27, Rev. Myrna Bevens

June 3, Mother Winnie Mitchell

June 10, Rev. Myrna Bevens

June 17, Mother Winnie Mitchell

June 24, Rev. Myrna Bevens


If a worship leader is not listed above for a particular service, please consult the weekly issue of Tidbits thatispublished just prior to the date in question. If you are not receiving Tidbitsby e-mail, contact abesmom95@aol.comto be put on the distribution list.


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.


 Fun Events Are in the Making

Carolynne Forster, who heads up the planning of our fellowship activities, can fill you in on what’s ahead for the parish’s 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  hcr177@aol.comor at    More fun is yet to come. Give Carolynne your fellowship-events ideas.


Living Faith Circle Offers Bible Study

Living Faith Circle offers a wonderfully engaging Bible study led by Rev. Myrna Bevens, on occasional Sundaysfor 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 sharing of Biblical-based guidelines for how to grow our faith and expand God’s presence in our lives.

The LFC experience also sometimes includes enlightening Bible-study audios by Richard Rohr, followed by a discussion 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 free- wheeling and enlightening.


Birthdays and Anniversaries

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


Late-May Birthdays

20, Kay Echeverria

22, Marvin Chatkoff

25, Fr. Bob Andrews


Late-May Anniversaries

31, Butzlaffs (43 years)


June Birthdays

10, Joan Simmons

23, Paul Davies


June Anniversaries

12, Stewarts (11 years)

28, Davies (32 years)


In Remembrance, of those who have passed away

Donna Blakely     2-1-15

Jeri Vervalin        2-18-08

John Young         2-22-15

John Young         2-22-15

Sur Congiardo     3-8-14

Genie Kissinger   4-26-14

Reggie Gardner 6-3-18

John Kramer 6-22-18



  • Be on time for future worship services. The church door will be locked as soon as the service begins, as a precaution against unwanted intruders. Other measures are on the way (see “A plan. . . .” below)
  • Following the resent passing away of his friend Rita Stout, Bob Andrewshas returned to live in his Colorado Springs home. He plans to worship at St. David’s.
  • A new priest now serves Cathedral Ridge. Grae Dicksonwill be invited to one of our services for a “get acquainted” session and an update on Cathedral Ridge’s status and plans.
  • You will regularly receive an e-mail regarding the next “extracurricular” fellowshipactivity Heading up the Fellowship Committee is Carolynne Forster. Have an idea for a parish fellowship activity? Contact her.
  • A plan for church safety is underway. Paull Torrence, who is leading this effort,plans to hold a meeting soon for parishioners who wish to participate in the planning. They will discuss how and when to proceed with the security arrangement. More on this subject will be covered in Newsleeks and also in Tidbits. Stay tuned.
  • There is still no target date for construction of the steeple to be added to the church. Stay tuned.
  • Pick up your baby bottle in the Fellowship Hall and fill it with a generous gift of money. Your dollars go to Choices, an organization that helps with all aspects of pro-life pre-birth and post-birth needs for moms with unwanted or unexpected pregnancies. The money-laden bottles will be picked up at the Father’s Day worship service, June 17. Funds go to the Choices offices in Woodland Park and Cripple Creek. Thank you for supporting this wonderful organization.
  • The April 29 Morning Prayer service included an ingathering of food and household items for the needy. 45 pounds of food went to Community Cupboard plus two checks totaling $50. Thanks to all who contributed to this worthwhile effort to help the less fortunate.
  • Congratulations to Kaitlyn Davidson for her graduation from Manitou Springs High School.


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 personsfor 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?  ContactJoan Simmons or Charlie Vervalin.Please pray for everyone on the current prayer list, which is published in the weekly Tidbits.(Tidbitsis 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 Needs Attention,” below.


Pastoral Care Needs Attention

To let St. David’s know of someone’s need, or for information on pastoral care participation, contactJoan Simmons, pastoral care chairperson,or committee member Charlie Vervalin.

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.


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.

      And remember, every fifth Sunday during months in which there is a fifth one, please bring food and household items to church for an ingathering. Checks payable to Community Cupboard are welcome, too. The next ingathering is Sunday, July 29. There will also be a pot luck luncheon after the worship service.  Bring your favorite dish to feed the flock.

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.)

On Sunday, April 29, we focused on food, not only for us, but also on food and household items contributed to bless others. At these events, you can always count on good fellowship. See you there on July 29.


Have an Announcement for Tidbits?

     If you have a message or announcement for Tidbits, please contact Carolynne Forsterat 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 theflowers-sponsor chart on the bulletin board infellowship hall and enter your name for any of the open worship-service dates during the year.)

Experience the satisfaction of giving flowers. If you wish, they can be given to commemoratea specialeventin your life or that of a loved one. Please give your $25 check to Nancy Congiardoor 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 is posted on the bulletin board.


Thrift House: Shop There and Help Your Church

  Thrift House volunteers are needed for June 9 to work with Dorrie Guyan. Thank you to Jane Lass andNancy Congiardo for working substitute shifts at Thrift House (TH), when St. David’s could not work the regular schedule in April.  

Several of our past volunteers will be gone for extended periods, leaving only three people in the volunteer pool. Consider taking part, even for one monthly shift.

If you would like to work with other St. David’s folks, call or e-mail Jane.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.

New spring merchandise was put out on March 15. New carpeting has been added throughout the store.

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,  toys and games. Please bring the items to church and someone will deliver them. Or, you can take them 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.

       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 Janeknow 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.)  

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.

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’ choir director Carolyn Mattedi. She was honored, after a recent worship service, with much deserved applause and comments of appreciation. “You enhanced St. David’s music program in wonderful ways,” was among the kudos. Participation in the choir involves preparation to present glorious music to the congregation. And it is fun. It is never too late to participate. Join us now. Joyful music is being sung during the receiving of Communion, every Sunday.
  • Thank you, Joan Simmons, for continuing to send out birthday and sympathy cards and for shepherding other pastoral care communications, even while recovering from hip replacement surgery. BTW, she is making good progress in her healing.
  • Kudos to our Thrift House Volunteers. More are needed. See “Thrift House. . .” above.
  • Praise to Mary Baldwin for her St. David’s community-service role as director of the Woodland Park Community Singers. She and her group provided an amazing concert on May 6 at the Woodland Park Cultural Center. More such “gigs” are ahead at future venues. Performing as members of WPCS are our own Mary Ellen Torrence and Ginger Stewart.
  • We appreciate the Don and Kerry Butzlaffdonation of a Baptismal Font pottery bowl to replace the one that was recently broken. It is very attractive and fits into thefont stand perfectly.
  • Thanks to Carolynne Forster for playing the keyboard at worship services when Carolyn Mattedi is unavailable.
  • We benefit fromthe unsung heroeswhose 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, lead and participate in the choir. 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 Butzlaffor any Vestry member know in advance. Meetings are on the first Wednesday of the month, starting at 5:30 p.m.




                         What Did NewsleeksMiss?

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, andChurch Secretary


*For phone numbers and e-mail addresses of these folks, see the Church Directory












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