A newsletter for St. David of the Hills Episcopal Church

January 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

January 21, Fr. Paul Lautenschlager

January 28, Rev. Myrna Bevens

February 4, To be determined

February 11, Rev. Myrna Bevens

February 14, Don Butzlaff, Lay Reader, Ash Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.

February 18, Rev. Myrna Bevens

February 25, To be determined


Please consult your weekly issue of Tidbits published just prior dates for which the names of worship leaders that are not listed, above. If you are not regularly 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

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


Attend the Annual Meeting, Sunday, January 28

    St. David’s Annual Meeting will be held right after the Worship Service on January 28.  A pot luck luncheon will be served. Please attend this important meeting. Among other things, a Vestry will be voted upon. A quorum of members attending must be present to vote on all 2018 parish business. Please help. But if you cannot attend, send, before January 28, your proxy. E-mail it to Don Butzlaff at         Those who will be at the meeting, please let Don know of things you want on the agenda.

The 2018 annual budget and other business matters relating to the management and spiritual health of St. David’s will be discussed. Questions and suggestions will also be open to parishioners’ consideration.

The proposed slate of 2018 Vestry members is Don Butzlaff (senior warden); Dick Lass/Rebecca Pruitt (co- junior wardens); Lonnie Davidson (treasurer); Nancy Congiardo (assistant  treasurer); Carolynne Forster (fellowship committee); Joan Simmons (pastoral care committee). Fred Lege (stewardship committee) Paull Torrence (worship committee) and Kerry Butzlaff (vestry clerk).



Bell Ringing a Big Success

     A big thank you to Don Butzlaff for leading the Salvation Army bell-ringing effort to pour money into those celebrated red kettles during the holidays. See “We Owe a Thank You. . . .”  below,  for a list of St. David’s members who helped with the ringing.  Teller County Salvation Army reports that $20,200 was collected, compared with $15,600 donated in 2016. An SA spokesperson says, “This will allow us to give back to our community and support those in need right here in Teller County. We appreciate those who helped with the bell ringing and those who donated money.”


 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 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. I 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-January Birthdays:

16, Brian Stewart

17, Pat Hines

23, Mary Ellen Torrence


No Anniversaries in January


February Birthdays

15, John Bruce

20, Jane Lass

21, Kaitlyn Davidson

22, Rev. Myrna Bevens

24, Kerry Butzlaff

26, Carolynne Forster


February Anniversaries

28, Mark and Nancy Congiardo


   Parish ‘Happenings’

  • 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, pastoral care chairperson, and committee member Charlie Vervalin.


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 April 28, 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 donated poinsettias to glorify the sanctuary during the Christmas holidays. Donors were Joan Simmons, the Davidsons, the Lasses, Phil Williams and Charlie Vervalin.

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 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 January 13 Nancy Congiardo, Mary Baldwin and Jane Lass served. Two volunteers are needed for Saturday, February 10. Please help for that day and future service. And for those who helped during 2017, THANK YOU SO MUCH.

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.

A great shopping opportunity awaits you. Currently, there are lot of Christmas items for sale. TH will close on Christmas Day and re-open January 2.  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 now, to participate in preparation for Easter Choir.
  • Much appreciation to Fred Lege for repairing and painting the ceiling damage in the sanctuary.
  • Thank you to all who helped with the greening of the church in December and to those who helped to take down the greens and decorations on January 9. You beautified the sanctuary and brightened our lives for the Christmas season.
  • Blessings to those who gave a total of 40 pounds of food and household items to the needy, via the recent St. David’s ingathering. The recipient, Community Cupboard, has expressed its “profound appreciation” for this gift.
  • Many kudos to those who rang the Salvation Army Donor-Kettle bells on four Saturdays in December: Mark and Nancy Congiardo, Don and Kerry Butzlaff, Jane Lass, and Paull Torrence. They were two-hour, cold, bone-chilling events, done as an act of pure love. Funds collected stay in Teller County to help folks pay heating bills, etc.
  • 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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