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A newsletter for St. David of the Hills Episcopal Church

December 15, 2018

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


Merry Christmas

Newsleeks and its loyal and steady news contributors wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, filled with the wondrous blessings of Jesus, whose birth we celebrate in a few days. Hail to our Prince of Peace, to whom we are eternally indebted for forgiving our sins, and for opening the way to everlasting life in His glorious Kingdom. Come to us now, Christ-child. Bless us in the glow of a beautiful Christmas season.


Worship Services

December 23. Rev. Myrna Bevens

December 24, Mother Winnie Mitchell, (Christmas Eve, Choir at 6:00, Service at 6:30)

December 25, No Service on Christmas Day

December 30, Lay Rdr. Charlie Vervalin, Morning Prayer (followed by pot luck lunch)

January 6, Rev. Myrna Bevens

January 13, Mother Winnie Mitchell

January 20, 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.


   Parish ‘Happenings’

  • You will regularly receive an e-mail regarding the next “extracurricular” fellowship activity Heading up the Fellowship Committee is Carolynne Forster. Have an idea for a parish fellowship activity? Contact her.
  • Gift boxes of goodies, contributed by St. David’s members, were delivered to various fisrt-responder organizations over the holidays. Thanks to Fred Lege for organizing and shepherding this effort and for those who so generously contributed. The gift boxes were much appreciated and much deserved.
  • Our parish’s annual meeting is scheduled for Sunday, January 27, right after the worship service. Please attend. A quaram of attendees is needed to elect parish offices and approve other business. A pot luck luncheon will be served. More information will appear in the December issue of Newsleeks regarding open positions on the Vestry and the deadline for reports from church officers and committee chairs.
  • An in-gathering for the needy will be held on Sunday, December 30, in conjunction with the Morning Prayer service. On that day, please contribute food and household items for delivery to Community Cupboard. Checks payable to Community Cupboard are welcome too. A pot luck lunch will be served in conjunction with this event.
  • The St. David’s chapter of Episcopal Church Women (ECW) continues to serve worthy charities. A report on ECW’s effort in 2018 will appear in the January 2019 Annual Meeting report.


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.


Late-December Birthdays

18, Josh Davies

23, Jerry Forster

25, Rebecca Pruitt

31, Ginger Stewart


January Birthdays

14, Terri Davies

14, Pauline Freeman

16, Brian Stewart

17, Pat Hines

  1. Mary Ellen Torrence


No January Anniversaries



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 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, 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 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

Special appreciation goes to those who provided poinsettias to beautify the sanctuary during the Christmas season. The names of contributors appear under the heading “We Owe a Thank You. . . ,” below. What a lovely Christmas gift to us all!

Celebrate the beauty of our services by giving altar flowers from now to the end of the year. 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.)

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: Try Merry Christmas Shopping There

    Thrift House (TH) volunteers continue to give due credit to St. David’s for support of this worthy charity. Thank you to them, and to all others who have served TH, for your gift of service.

       Volunteers for December 8 were Melissa David and Nancy Congiardo. Congiardo. Three volunteers are needed for January 12. Contact Jane Lass if you can help.

Doing some last-minute Christmas shopping? Try TH, a great source of inexpensive gifts. Saturday, December 22 is the final date to shop there before Christmas. Remember, your purchases help to support Episcopal Church charities.

TH will be closed from December 22 through January 1.

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.


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 after the Christmas holidays. Joyful music is being sung during the receiving of Communion, every Sunday.
  • We all appreciate the beautiful gift of poinsettias to adorn our sanctuary during the holidays. Donors included Phil Williams, the Stewarts, the Lasses, the Leges and Joan Simmons.
  • Kudos to our Thrift House Volunteers. More are needed. See “Thrift House. . .” above.
  • A pat on the back to those who will bake pies for the pie buffet following the Christmas Eve service.
  • Thank you to those who rang Salvation Army bells at Walmart kettles on Saturday afternoons leading up to Christmas, and for Don Butzlaff for leading the charge on that wonderful act of charity. All money contributed stays in Teller County. A list of those who served will be in the January
  • 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 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, and Church Secretary


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












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