A newsletter for St. David of the Hills Episcopal Church

March 15, 2018

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

March 25, Palm Sunday, Rev. Myrna Bevens

March 29, Maundy Thursday, 5:30 p.m., Seder Supper, Rev. Myrna Bevens

March 30, Good Friday, 6:30 p.m. w/ Choir (Colors of Grace), Rev. Myrna Bevens

April 1, Rev.Winnie Mitchell

April 8, Rev. Myrna Bevens

April 15, Rev. Winnie Mitchell

April 22, Rev. Myrna Bevens

April 29, Morning Prayer, Fred Lege, Pot luck luncheon and Ingathering for the needy


If a worship leader is not listed above for a particular service, please consult the weekly issue of Tidbits that is published just prior to the date in question. If you are not receiving Tidbits by e-mail, contact to 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 or 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 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 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.


March Birthdays

3, Bill Hines

28, Lonnie Davidson

31, Karen Lege


March Anniversary

11, the Bowman’s 18th


April Birthday

4, Mark Congiardo


April Anniversary

1, Ben and Kay Echeverria (21 years)


In Remembrance, of those who have passed away since 2013:

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


  Parish ‘Happenings’

  • Big News! St. David’s has paid off the mortgage on the parish building, fifteen months early. Plans will be made soon to celebrate this event along with a ground-breaking for the church building’s new steeple, to be added this spring. Stay tuned to future issues of Newsleeks and Tidbits for more information on this.
  • A SEDER meal will be served at the church, at 5:30 p.m. on March 28, the day before Passover. A pot luck dinner will be included. Myrna Bevens will preside. Please note that if you have not already signed up for this, no openings remain.
  • Donors of Easter Lilies are needed. They are $10 each. Contact Nancy Congiardo or Jane Lass if you want to donate, or place a check in the offering plate on any Sunday, with “Lilies” written on the “For” line. You will be credited for the amount, on your 2018 parish donations record.
  • 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 or Charlie Vervalin. 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 Needs Attention,” below.


Pastoral Care Needs Attention

To let St. David’s know of someone’s need, or for information on pastoral care participation, contact Joan 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 April 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 can focus 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.


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

Many thanks to those who donate Easter Lilies to glorify the sanctuary during the Easter Season. (See ‘Parish Happenings’ above)

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 giving flowers. If you wish, they can be given to commemorate 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 is posted on the bulletin board.


Thrift House: Shop There and Help Your Church

  Thrift House volunteers for Saturday, March 10, were Ginger Stewart, Nancy Congiardo and Jane Lass. Please assist for future service. If you can help, contact Jane Lass. Three volunteers are needed for Saturday, April 14.

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 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.)  

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’s choir and choir director Carolyn Mattedi. Participation involves preparation to present glorious music to the congregation. And it is fun. It is never too late to participate. Join us now, to prepare for Easter music. Meanwhile, joyful music is being sung during the receiving of Communion, every Sunday.
  • A warm pat on the back to Fred Lege for his faithful commitment to scheduling worship leaders and assistants, which he has done for several years.
  • Thanks to Carolynne Forster, who not only efficiently manages the church office, but produces the weekly publication Tidbits and is involved in most aspects of parish life. Just one example is her central role in handling logistics for the Seder Supper scheduled for Maundy Thursday. Carolynne also sings in the choir, and volunteers for all kinds of our church’s needs. In addition is her planning efforts for the Good Friday presentation of “Colors of Grace” by the choir. Huge contributor. Give her a big, grateful smile.
  • Much appreciation is due to Paull Torrence for excellent managing and moderating the Living Faith Circle sessions following the fellowship gatherings after Sunday services. The opportunity he provides for us to sit together with our church family to gain knowledge and share our spiritual journey has been a very meaningful experience.
  • Thank you to our Thrift House Volunteers. More are needed. For full information, see “Thrift House. . .” above.
  • 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












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