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A newsletter for St. David of the Hills Episcopal Church

St. David of the Hills Episcopal Church

April 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

Worship Services

April 19, (Good Friday), 6:30 p.m., Rev. Myrna Bevens

April 21, (Easter Sunday), Mother Winnie Mitchell

April 28, Rev. Myrna Bevens

May 5, (Mother’s Day), Mother Winnnie Mitchell  

May 12, Rev. Myrna Bevens 

May 19, 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.

Worship on Good Friday

      Good Friday is the holiest day of the year for Christians. Please join in the worship service at 6:30 p.m., April 19. Jesus went to the cross to save us from our sins in a perfect act of love and sacrifice. Through His grace are we saved.  A special service at St. David’s, led by Rev Myrna Bevens, emphasizes God’s wondrous gift to us. Let us praise Him together with our lauditory thanks.

  Parish ‘Happenings’

  • 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.
  • Pay attention, this is a big deal. CHURCH CLEANUP MORNING is Saturday, May 4, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Inside and out. Supplies will be provided but please bring your own work gloves and garden tools. The more who show up, the faster and easier we get it done.
  • Participate in a special Thrift House event. (See the story “Celebrate,”) below. 
  • The weekly women’s luncheon and Bible Study, organized by several parishioners, under Rev. Myrna Bevens’ leadership, has resumed. Please participate.


‘Revelation’ Revealed?

    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.

    Both of Paul’s two Revelation Revealed presentations will be sometime this coming Fall. 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. We will begin our latest LFC experience with the Curry book on Sunday, April 28. 

     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

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

Late-April Birthdays and anniversaries


May Birthdays

5, Richard Moothart

22, Marvin Chatkoff

25. Fr. Bob Andrews

May Anniversaries

25, Mother Winnie Mitchell and Dr. Paul    45 years

31, Don Butzlaff and Kerry   44 years

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

Georgina              2015

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, June 30. 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 June 30.

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, Flowers Donors

    Thank you to those who donated Easter lilies to beautify the church in celebration of the resurrection. Donors’ names will appear in the May Newsleeks.

    Special appreciation 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 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

    Shop now, fresh Spring  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.     Volunteers for April 13 were Ginger Stewart, Joan Simmons and Melissa David.  Volunteering for May 11 are Jane Lass and Wendy Thompson. One more  person is needed. Contact Jane Lass if you can help.

       Subs are also needed for futures dates. Ask Jane about that also. Remember, St. David’s receives money from TH when we sub.

       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.

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.     

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. 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 

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.
  • A big hug to Carolynne Forster for playing the keyboard during Sunday services, while our wonderful musician, Carolyn Mattedi, is on vacation in Japan.
  • Kudos to Rev. Myrna Bevens for her time and effort in preparing the very special Good Friday service, April 19, 6:30 p.m. And thanks also to the many folks who will participate in conducting the service. 
  • We love the beautiful Easter Lilies donated to St. David’s. Folks who provided them will be listed in the May Newsleeks.
  • Thank you, Fred and Karen Lege, for your generous gift of office supplies to the parish.
  • We appreciate Mark Congiardo’s takeover as manager of the St. David’s website. Check the site. Offers to Mark your ideas for improvements or additions.
  • 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.
  • Thrift House appreciates donations received from St. David’s folks over the past month: Fred and Karen Lege, Wendy Thompson, and others not reported to Newsleeks.
  • 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 Paull Torrence 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*

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










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