A newsletter for St. David of the Hills Episcopal Church
March 15, 2019
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 17, Mother Winnie Mitchell
March 24, Rev. Myrna Bevens
March 31, Morning Prayer, Don Butzlaff, Lay Reader (pot-luck luncheon to follow)
April 7, Mother Winnie Mitchell
April 14 (Palm Sunday), Rev. Myrna Bevens
April 28 (Easter Sunday), Mother Winnie Mitchell
April 28, Rev. Myrna Bevens
May 5, Mother Winnnie Mitchell
May 12, Rev. Myrna Bevens
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.
- 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.
- An ingathering of food and household items for the needy will be in conjunction with the March 31 worship service. Checks payable to Community Cupboard are also welcome. Please give generously to this worthy act of stewardship.
- Please donate an Easter Lily or Lilies. They are $10 each. Give your payment (by March 31, please) to Nancy Congiardo, check payable to St. David’s. Or simply place your check in the offering basket no later than March 31, with Lilies noted on your check’s “For” line.
- The weekly women’s luncheon and Bible Study, organized by several parishioners, under Rev. Myrna Bevens’ leadership, has resumed. Please participate.
The Book of Revelation: who has not puzzled over its sometimes overwhelming array of metaphors, imagery, prophesies, and bewildering messages? We all have questions about Revelation. What are yours? What would you like to know about the meaning and insights in this amazing and sometimes perplexing Book?
Please give your thoughts on “What I would like to know about the meaning and intent of Revelation,” to Paull Torrence. Call him or write your question(s) on a slip of paper and hand it to him at a church service. He will pass your queries on to Paul Vervalin (Charlie’s son), who will use your input to prepare a couple of presentations for Living Faith Circle. The purpose will be an attempt to provide clarification or answers. Paul, a Bible scholar, has agreed to address Living Faith Circle on at least two yet-to-be-determined Sundays. His topic: Revelation Revealed. Time will allow for Q&A and discussion.
Again, please give your questions to Paull Torrence. Without them, Paul Vervalin 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.
Coming up: a study of two celebrated books. One is by the great C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters. The other is Crazy Christians, by Michael Curry, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church
Plan to attend at 11:30 a.m., after the post-worship-service fellowship period. LFC meets in the fellowship room. Join in sharing of Biblical-based guidelines for how to grow our faith and expand God’s presence in our lives.
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, listed below, and wish all of them happiness and joy in the years ahead.
28 Lonnie Davidson
30 Melissa David
4 2018 Bob Gardener (Rev. Myrna Bevens’ brother in law
8 2014 Sue Congiardo
In Remembrance, of those who have passed away
Donna Blakely 2-1-15
Jeri Vervalin 2-18-08
John Young 2-22-15
John Young 2-22-15
Sue Congiardo 3-8-14
Genie Kissinger 4-26-14
Reggie Gardner 6-3-18
John Kramer 2017
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
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 Sunday, March 31. 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. See you there on March 31.
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.
Thank You, Flowers Donors
Please donate an Easter Lily or lilies (see Parish ‘Happenings,’ above).
Special appreciation goes to those who beautify the sanctuary by donating flowers during the year. The names of contributors appear under the heading “We Owe a Thank You. . . ,” below. What a lovely gift to us all!
Celebrate the beauty of our services by giving altar flowers in 2019. 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 2019 is posted on the bulletin board.
Thrift House: A Great Place to Shop
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.
Volunteers for February 9 and March 9 were Nancy Congiardo and Jane Lass. Three volunteers are needed for April 13. Contact Jane Lass if you can help.
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 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.
Please Give Unwanted Possessions to Thrift House
As you look forward to your annual house-spring-cleaning, think of Thrift House (see story above). Then mark your calendar for Sunday, May 26. That day, we will have a parish ingathering to collect your no-longer-needed items and deliver them to Thrift House. There is a special need for small furniture, lamps, tables, framed pictures, kitchen ware (pots, pans, eating and cooking utensils, kitchen electrical appliances, etc.). Think of this giving as an important part of your annual stewardship outreach.
Fred Lege is overseeing this worthy effort. You can get more info from him at (303) 647-2324, or ask him at a church service.
Thrift House has 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. TH will celebrate 50 years in business on Friday and Saturday, April 25 and 26. Join in the celebration by participating in a drawing for one of two $50 gift certificates. One will be given away on each day of the celebration. No need to be present to win.
There will be hourly sales and in-store gift certificates. 50th anniversary keepsakes will be given to all customers.
Come by, join in the fun, and, in the meantime, remember to get a copy of the write-up, from Jane.
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 http://stdavidofthehills.org.
We Owe a ‘Thank You’ to Many People
- Thank you, 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 music is being sung during the receiving of Communion, every Sunday.
- Kudos to our Thrift House Volunteers. More are needed. See “Thrift House. . .” above.
- Thank you, Sheldon Bennett (M&S Plowing) for clearing the St. David’s parking lot several times this winter. He does not charge for this service and always does a great job.
- 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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. An addendum can be mailed separately to include the information. Thanks.
St. David’s Vestry and Committee Chairs*
Paull Torrence: Senior Warden
Dick Lass: Co-Junior Warden
Rebecca Pruitt: Co-Junior Warden
Joan Simmons: Pastoral Care
Fred Lege: Stewardship, and Vestry Clerk
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