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A newsletter for St. David of the Hills Episcopal Church

October 15, 2018

Newsleeksis 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

October 14, Morning Prayer, Lay ReaderCharlie Vervalin

October 21, Sister Winnie Mitchell

October 28, Rev. Myrna Bevens

November 4, Sister Winnie Mitchell

November 11, Rev. Myrna Bevens

November 18, Sister Winnie Mitchell

\November 25, 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.


October 14 Worship Service is Special

The service on the 14thwill be special for more than the very cold and snowy weather that will make it uncomfortable to get there. And also special in that the service will be Morning Prayer rather than  Holy Communion, in the absence of Rev. Myrna, who is ill. Please pray for her quick recovery.

The good news is that we will be treated to a special presentation by Cathy Donahoe from the Society of Anglican Missionaries and Senders (SAMS). Cathy is a physical therapist in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic. St. David’s chapter of Episcopal Church Women (ECW) has helped to support Cathy’s work for many years. Please brave the bad weather to attend on Sunday and get an inside view of SAMS and the things it is doing for The Lord. It will be time well spent.


 Parish ‘Happenings’

  • Let Ginger Stewartknow for whom you want to vote, for our new Bishop. Shey will attend the upcoming Diocesan Convention to cast the vote on behalf of St. David’s. Please convey your choice as soon as possible.
  • You will regularly receive an e-mail regarding the next “extracurricular” fellowshipactivity Heading up the Fellowship Committee is Carolynne Forster. Have an idea for a parish fellowship activity? Contact her.
  • There is still no target date for construction of the steeple to be added to the church. Stay tuned.




Fred Lege Leads New Stewardship Projects

Fred Lege gave Newsleeksthe following information on two new stewardship projects for St. David’s.

“I am proud to be part of the outsized exemplary stewardship of our church family.

“In October, Summit Elementary in Divide wants to elevate its student/school identity this year. Their plan is to provide a t-shirt for each of its students to wear at school events. The Vestry has had two discussions of this kind of additional support to the underserved school population and has agreed that St. David’s should provide financial support to this very worthwhile activity. We ask that each family member of St. David’s consider this very worthwhile opportunity by providing a free-will offering on Sunday, October 28. Your donation—large or small—may be given via money order or check (payable to St. David’s with a note on the memo line—“For Summit T’s.”) The Vestry will contribute $100 to match that offering.

“In November, we will be collecting holiday treats (coffee, tea, hot chocolate, sugar, coffee creamer, a variety of snacks—including fruit) to be delivered to each of the local firefighters, police officers, sheriff’s deputies, and emergency offices, right after Thanksgiving (week of 26-30 November). Please put your contributions in one of the four boxes placed in the Fellowship Hall starting on November 4.

“Thank you for our prayerful consideration and for your participation in each of these stewardship activities as best you can.”


Living Faith Circle Offers Food for the Spirit

Living Faith Circle (LFC) offers weekly sessions for our spiritual development. This is a series of an indeterminate number. They have been, and will continue to be, educational and fulfilling.

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.

The current LFC focus is audio tapes by Richard Rohr, followed by a discussion 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. 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.


October Birthdays

3 Fred Lege

22 Phil Williams

28 Marilyn Bruce

29 Richard Davies


October Anniversary

10 Dick and Jane Lass (48 years)


November Birthdays

5 Grant Congiardo

6 Charlie Vervalin

15 Trey Wilson

18 Anne Davidson

23 Dorrie Guyan


November Anniversaries

2 Melissa and Greg David (28years)


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

Sur Congiardo     3-8-14

Genie Kissinger   4-26-14

Georgina              2015

Reggie Gardner   6-3-18

John Kramer       2017


     We try hard 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 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?  ContactJoan Simmons or Charlie Vervalin.Please pray for everyone on the current prayer list, which is published in the weekly Tidbits.(Tidbitsis 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, December 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 December 30.


Have an Announcement for Tidbits?

     If you have a message or announcement for Tidbits, please contact Carolynne Forsterat 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

Celebrate the beauty of our services by giving altar flowers from now to the end of the year. See theflowers-sponsor chart on the bulletin board infellowship 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 to commemoratea specialeventin your life or that of a loved one. Please give your $25 check to Nancy Congiardoor 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 is posted on the bulletin board.


Thrift House: Shop There and Help Your Church

     The names of Thrift House (TH) volunteers who worked on October 13 were not available in time for the October publication of Newsleeks. They will be rightfully credited for their service in the November edition. Meanwhile, thank you to them, and to all others who have served TH, for your gift of service.

       Volunteers for November are needed.Thank you so much for serving this worthy cause.

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 Janeknow 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.


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

  • 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 now. Joyful music is being sung during the receiving of Communion, every Sunday.
  • Thanks to those who helped with the latest cleaning of the church. The names of participants were not available at Newsleekspress time, but will appear in the November issue. Meanwhile, we can enjoy the benefits of the good work(s) of some helpful and dedicated folks. Praise the Lord for a clean church.
  • Kudos to our Thrift House Volunteers. More are needed. See “Thrift House. . .” above.
  • Sincere appreciation to St. David’s from Community Cupboard for St. David’s September 30 ingathering for the needy. CC received gifts of 35 pounds of food, household items and also checks in the amount of $50. So much for a successful offering. Plan to give generously, to the glory of God on December 30.
  • We benefit fromthe unsung heroeswhose 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 Butzlaffor any Vestry member know in advance. Meetings are on the first Wednesday of the month, starting at 5:30 p.m.


                          What Did NewsleeksMiss?

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, andChurch Secretary


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












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