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.
St. David’s Website is Designed 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 https://stdavidofthehills.org.
Pastoral Care Update
Please keep everyone informed of who is receiving pastoral care, the nature of the care, etc. For this to work, parishioners should let our congregation know what’s going on in that regard. Contact Charlie Vervalin or Joan Simmons.
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 the Ingatherings, 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 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 will be on Sunday, June 29. Checks payable to Community Cupboard are welcome, too. Fifth Sundays are also potluck luncheon Sundays. So the focus on that day is food, not only for us, but also food contributed to bless others.
Have an Announcement for Tidbits?
If you have a message or announcement for Tidbits, please contact Carolynne Forster at email@example.com. 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.
Flowers Beautify Our Services
In 2016, experience the satisfaction of purchasing altar flowers in celebration of a specialevent in your life or that of a loved one. Sign up for donations on the bulletin-board chart next to the food table. 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.
All contributors help to beautify our church and thus glorify God. May He bless all of youfor your generosity.
Pray for Cancer Patients and Others
Many other people also need prayer, as well. 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? What is pastoral care? See the story, “Pastoral Care Update,” above.
Contact a member of the Pastoral Care Committee: Joan Simmons (chairperson), 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).
Thrift House Needs Help, Donors, and Buyers
Donate items to Thrift House Mondays through Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. TH needs all kinds of house-wares and gently-used clothing.
As always, TH, 1027 S. Tejon in Colorado Springs, offers reasonable prices and a lot of merchandise.
If you would like to work there with other St. David’s folks, call or e-mail Jane Lass (see below). Or sign up on the bulletin board located next to the church entry door. 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 fellowship and camaraderie.
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 at687-6975 or ecwstdavidofthehills.com; 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 proportionately 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.
Do you know someone who St. David’s has neglected to thank for a service rendered? Contact Charlie Vervalin, 687-7646 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 5:45 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 email@example.com. An addendum can be mailed separately to include the information. Thanks.
St. David’s Vestry and Committee Chairs*
Don Butzlaff: Senior Warden
Dick Lass: Junior Warden
Joan Simmons: Pastoral Care
Richard Davies: Stewardship
Lonnie Davidson: Treasurer, and Social Media Manager
Nancy Congiardo: Assistant Treasurer
Mark Congiardo: Worship
Charlie Vervalin: Faith Development, and Fellowship
Kerry Butzlaff: Vestry Clerk
Carolynne Forster: Parish Secretary and Office Manager
*Please see the Church Directory for phone numbers and e-mail addresses. Copies are available on the Parish Hall bookshelf or by request to the parish office.