A newsletter for St. David of the Hills Episcopal Church

September 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 of the following services include Holy Communion unless otherwise noted

September 17, Rev. Myrna Bevens

September 24, Fr. Bob Andrews

          Newsleeks was unable to obtain the names of worship leaders for    October services. Later, you will receive a separate e-mail with the names


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.


Fr. Bob Andrews Retires as a St. David’s Priest

    For about sixteen years, his warm smile, wonderful sense of humor, stimulating sermons, and obvious love for St. David’s characterized Fr. Bob Andrews’ service to our parish. He has decided to retire, after leading the September 24 worship service. “I have loved serving here,” he said, in goodbye remarks made at the September 10 worship service. “But at age 87, encumbered with balance problems, hip replacements, a general physical weakness, and a long and ever-more-tiring commute to and from services, it is time to go, even though my clear and alert mind urges me to stay.” Bob added that he has a special warmth in his heart for the people of St. David’s, and that he will greatly miss his enthusiastically-rendered service to us.

After worship together on September 24, there will be a best-wishes gathering in the fellowship room in honor of Bob, as we say goodbye to this genuinely wonderful man and spiritual leader. He now moves ahead into what we all pray will be a blessed future guided by the peace that passes all understanding and the power of the Holy Spirit.


Fun and Fellowship Events Await Us All

Carolynne Forster, who heads up our fellowship activities, has this to say about what’s  ahead:

“I need your input for a proper date for the afternoon of late September or early October (TBD), for our annual church picnic at Manitou Lake. This will be a memorable pot luck event, with beautiful scenery, autumn colors, and definitely good fun, good food, and good fellowship.

“Possible winter activities could include bowling, country dancing, CC hockey, painting with a twist, etc. Please let me know what tickles our fancy; I’d love some fresh ideas.”



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. August BDs and Annys were reported in the August issue of Newsleeks.

Late-September Birthdays:

15, Don Butzlaff

18, Carolyn Mattedi

24, Nancy Congiardo

28, Barbara Moothart

28, Liam Davidson

Late-September Annniversaries:

26, Richard and Barbara Moothart (36 years)


   Parish ‘Happenings’

  • Please act on the Blessing of the Animals flier that Carolynne Forster sent to everyone by e-mail on Thursday the 14th. Share it with animal-loving friends, by e-mail, Facebook, phone message or other medium. And post it anywhere you can think of. There will be hard copies for you at church and also business cards. Carolynne has left some of these at her vet’s office, for example. Please help get the word out for this very special occasion.
  • More Sangre de Cristo regional meetings are ahead. Contact Jane Lass at 687-6975 if you wish to attend. An RSVP is necessary. Please contact Jane Lass if you want to attend the next one, in November. Information on future meetings is available from Jane.
  • The Diocesan Convention will be October 12-24. The Regional Convention is Saturday, September 30, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at St. Michael’s in Colorado Springs. Jane Lass can supply more information.
  • Dick and Jane Lass are on a motor-home vacation into upper Michigan, Wisconsin and other locales. They will be gone for about a month. Godspeed.
  • 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 Nothing specific is planned at this time. 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 October 29. 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

      Thrift House (TH) has a lot of new merchandise. Shop now.

Thanks to the folks who volunteer to serve at TH. On September 9 they were Dorrie Guyan and Jane Lass. Volunteering for October 14 is Mary Bowman. Another person is needed. Please help.

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.
  • Great appreciation 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.
  • We benefit from to 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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