Every month our own Charlie Vervalin publishes Newsleeks, the parish’s newsletter. Why do we call it Newsleeks? St. David of the Hills gets its name from St. David, the patron saint of Wales, and the leek is the national emblem of Wales. It was only natural that we would eventually hit upon the perfect name for our newsletter.

The current issue of the newsletter is posted below, along with links to archived issues.


A newsletter for St. David of the Hills Episcopal Church

January 15, 2020

 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 19, Mother Winnie Mitchell

January 26, Rev. Myrna Bevens

February 2, Mother Winnie Mitchell

February 9, Rev. Myrna Bevens

February 16, Mother Winnie 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. 

   Annual Meeting Leads Parish ‘Happenings’

  • The St. David’s Annual Meeting will be held after the worship service on Sunday, January 26. Please make every effort to attend because we need a quorum in order to elect or re-elect our Vestry, and to  approve or amend other business matters. Also, the committee chairs will present their 2019 annual reports and outline plans for 2020. And there will be an open discussion by attendees of anything related to the life and ministry of the parish for this year. A pot lunch luncheon will be held in conjunction with the meeting.
  • You will regularly receive an e-mail regarding the next “extracurricular” fellowship activity scheduled. Heading up the Fellowship Committee is Carolynne Forster. Have an idea for a parish fellowship activity? Contact her.
  • A stage presentation of Screwtape Letters will be at Pike’s Peak Center on March 15. Coincidentally, this play coincides with St. David’s current Living Faith Circle coverage of the C.S. Lewis book. Go online to Pike’s Peak Center website regarding tickets.
  • Rev. Myrna Bevens urges us to begin efforts to attract new members to St. David’s. We will soon have one or more forums at the church, at which we will “brainstorm” ideas on building a new, revitalized parish, with clearly defined goals and aspirations. Be thinking about that. We need you.
  • See the bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall, for ideas that folks have posted there to replace the now-defunct plans for a parish steeple, shelved because of the expense. Employ your money-saving alternatives, with postings on the bulletin board.
  • St. David’s is sponsoring a Bible study every Tuesday, led by Rev. Myrna Bevens. For time and place, and particulars on what is being studied, contact Melissa David, (979) 8350. This study has been going on for a while, with the result of much praise.

‘Revelation Revealed’ Sessions to be Held this  Winter

    Both of Paul Vervalin’s two “Revelation Revealed” presentations will be sometime this winter. Earlier plans had to be deferred because Paul and his wife Janet were Alaska. “Revelation Revealed” will be scheduled as soon as possible. The purpose will be an attempt to provide clarification or answers about Revelation’s sometimes confusing and almost mystical messages.

    Please give your questions regarding what you want to know about Revelation to Charlie Vervalin, who will pass them to Paul. Without them, Paul cannot proceed with preparing his talks because he won’t know what you don’t know, or what you expect to learn, or what level of understanding you seek.


Please Participate in Living Faith Circle

    Living Faith Circle (LFC) offers weekly sessions for our spiritual development.

    The current focus is on C.S. Lewis’ celebrated book, The Screwtape Letters. Mark Congiardo is the moderator for the series. 

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

     We discuss spiritual needs, challenges and opportunities in living as a Christian. The goal is to work toward 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

 Wish these members of our church family peace and joy in the years ahead.

Late-January Birthday

16  Brian Stewart

January Anniversaries


February Birthdays

20  Jane Lass

21  Kaitlyn Davidson

22  Rev. Myrna Bevens

24  Kerry Butzlaff

26  Carolynne Forster

February Anniversaries

28, Mark and Nancy Congiardo

In Remembrance, of those who have passed away

Jeri Vervalin           2008

Michelle Chatkoff  2014

Jane Andrews         2014

Fr. Bob Andrew     2019

Bruce Gifford         2013

Sue Congiardo       2014

Genie Kissinger     2014

Reggie Gardner     2014 (Myrna Bevens’ nephew)

Georgina                2015 

Donna  Blakely      2015

John Young           2015

Georgina               2015

John Kramer         2016

Kate Brunskill      2018

Don Butzlaff’s mother (Marie)  2016

     Newsleeks tries to mention ALL birthdays and anniversaries, but occasionally one will slip through the crack. Likewise for those who have passed away in recent years.                    Did we miss reporting info for YOU or someone else? Contact Joan Simmons at 748-8621.


Pray for Our Parishioners’ Healing

    Praise the Lord for the continuing healing of Mother Winnie Mitchell from knee surgery, and Don Butzlaff from shoulder surgery.

    And please note that a number of other 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 Sunday, March 29. There will also be a pot luck luncheon after the Morning Prayer 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 are 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.) 

     At ingathering events, you can always count on good fellowship and a great pot luck meal. See you there on March 29.

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.


Thank You, Poinsettia Donors

    We are all grateful to those who purchased Poinsettias to decorate our sanctuary for the Christmas Season. 

    Special appreciation also goes to those who beautify the sanctuary by donating flowers during the year. The names of contributors appear in your copy of the weekly Tidbits bulletin for the next worship service. Flowers: What a lovely gift to us all!

    Celebrate the beauty of our services by giving altar flowers in 2020. 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.) Donors, please give your check to Nancy Congiardo at least a week before the Sunday of donation, or put your check into any Sunday Service offering basket, with “Flowers” noted on your check’s “For” line.

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 2020 is posted on the bulletin board.


Thrift House: A Great Place to Shop

    Shop now, fresh merchandise is ready and waiting.

    Thrift House (TH) volunteers continue to give due credit to St. David’s for support of this worthy charity. Thank you, and to all others who have served TH, for your gift of service.  Serving on December 14 were Nancy Congiardo and JaneLass; and on January 11, Melissa David, Nancy Congiardo and Jane Lass. 

        Volunteers are needed for future dates. Ask Jane about that. Remember, St. David’s receives money from TH when we serve.

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

        Donors of merchandise are needed, especially gently used 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 DIOCESE AND OUR 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.

Celebrate a Great and Long History

     Contact Jane Lass for a copy of Thrift House: Yesterday and Today: 50 Years Later—Continuing the Sale-a-Bration. This write-up is a wonderful proclamation of a splendid service, which has–over time–earned a huge amount of money for various church-related charities. 

      Thrift House has a long and impressive history, well worth reading about.  

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 Don Butzlaff. 

      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 to St. David’s choir and its leader Carolyn Mattedi. Participation in the parish choir involves preparation to present glorious music to the congregation. And it is fun. It is never too late to participate. Join us. Joyful choir music is being sung during the receiving of Communion, every Sunday. Special appreciation is also due for Carolyn’s preparation of the choir and music selected for singing during the Christmas season.
  • Hugs to Carolyn Mattedi for her ministry in creating the beautiful prayer shawls that have been given to those in need. What a blessing!
  • Thank you Sheldon Bennett for regularly snow-plowing the church drive, and to Bob Burton for plowing when Sheldon’s truck was broken down.
  • Much appreciation goes to those who rang Salvation Army kettle bells over the holidays. Serving were Mark and Nancy Congiardo, Chad Mason, Jerry Forster, and Rebecca Pruitt. Special kudos to Don Butzlaff for scheduling these volunteers. Donations for the kettles are used in Teller County.
  • Special appreciation goes to Carolynne Forster for regularly going beyond the call of duty as our “Office Chick,” (“Office Manager” if you’re chick challenged). Good job, Carolynne!
  • A highlight of St. David’s social events is the monthly fellowship dinners for our members and friends at various local restaurants. These gatherings are always enjoyable. Join in and experience the fun. The next dinner will be announced soon.
  • Thank you Thrift House Volunteers. More are needed. See “Thrift House. . .” above.
  • Please donate money, food and household items for the ingathering on Sunday, March 29. We will all enjoy a pot luck luncheon after the worship service.
  • A big hug to Carolynne Forster for playing the keyboard during Sunday services, when our wonderful musician, Carolyn Mattedi, is unavailable.
  • We all 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, lead and participate in the choir, play the piano or keyboard when Caroline is not available, 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 Mark Congiardo 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*

Mark Congiardo, Senior Warden

Dick Lass: Co-Junior Warden

Rebecca Pruitt: Co-Junior Warden

Joan Simmons: Pastoral Care

Don Butzlaff: Stewardship                

Lonnie Davidson:  Treasurer

Nancy Congiardo: Assistant Treasurer

Melissa David:  Faith Development and Worship

Carolynne Forster: Fellowship, and Church Secretary

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





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