St. Michael’s Announcements for
October , 2019

From Contempt To Curiosity

In this Stewardship season I have been struck by the many things for which we are, or could be stewards. Last week in the adult forum as we talked about our trees and the view out the Nave windows I realized that we need to be stewards of our vista as well as stewards of our  environment. I am also very aware that we need to be stewards of our caring community and the fabric of trust that makes St. Michael’s a safe place to be.

A spirit of judgmentalism that leads to alienation is destructive of community. Judgmentalism arises, not when we make judgments, but when we add contempt of others to our judgments, especially when we judge someone’s opinion as wrong.

Labeling people is a slippery slope on the path of judgmentalism and alienation. I think of how some people’s usage of the word liberal or conservative oozes with contempt and in both cases I just want to walk away rather than engage in an ongoing relationship.

The solution is not to get rid of contempt but to transform it into curiosity, which allows us to go beyond the judgement to discover a place of mutuality.

I invite you to that place of curiosity, in our Adult Forum this week, as we consider St. Michael’s response to the issue of blessing same gender relationships. Rob+



Reminder: Volunteers are at church today, October 20th after both services to load up donations to bring to the Thrift House. Thank you all for your support.


  This week

Lectio Divina Group All are welcome!  Lectio Divina (Divine Reading) is a structured, contemplative approach to engaging Scripture or other spiritual writings.  The group will meet on the 3rd Monday of each month from 10:30 am – noon in the St. Francis Chapel.  The next meeting is Monday, October 21st.  Spiritual Director Margie Arms will facilitate the group.  Call Margie Arms at 330-9114 if interested.  Leave a message if necessary.  Or, just show up.

New Announcements

Day of Discovery! Saturday, November 2, 9 am-3 pm.   It is good to know what your purpose is. This seminar will support your discovery of your purpose and help you define what the next steps on the path or even the next path will be for you. Discovering your purpose often will set you free to pursue that which is deepest in you. If can also be exceptionally affirming if you are already working in harmony with your purpose. Sign up on the webpage. $17.50 for one or $30.00 for a couple. Lunch is included.


Columbarium  The beautiful statue of St. Michael that was donated to us several years ago by Mr. Robin D. Andrews has now been installed in the Columbarium.  It was sculpted by Ronny Walker and is the model version for the 7 foot high bronze which was commissioned for St. Michael’s Hospital of Oklahoma City. 


Next Youth Events: Bowling and Laser Tag on November 8th.  An Escape Room on November 16th. Look for flyers in the Gathering Area, or download them from the website.


Celtic Spirituality Groups meet Thursdays at 6pm and Fridays at 9 am. Thursdays we are working out specific practices for the next couple of months. Fridays we are learning deeply the need for a soul friend.


Contemplative Prayer is available every week, Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m. in the St Francis Chapel.



Attention All Couples With Youngish Children!  St. Michael’s has a Couples Dinner Club that meets monthly throughout the school year.  Couples are paired with three other couples (who rotate each time) to enjoy dinner and conversation.  A few times a year the full group meets and occasionally kids are invited, too.  These gatherings are excellent opportunities for fellowship and village-building.  Please contact Kate Stricklan at 360-6612 for more information. 


Wednesday Walkers  Nature creates a unique sense of wonder that no other environment can provide. The phenomena that occur naturally in wilderness, backyards, and parks everyday brings forth questions about God, the earth and the life that it supports.  Explore with the Wednesday Walkers.  We meet most Wednesday at 9:15 am, and walk an hour or more.


Women Who Read  We will meet on November 21st at the home of Linda Schroeter, 1168 Hill Circle, 80904 at 6:30 pm, to discuss Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens.  Please sign up on the e-kiosk or e-mail me directly.  The book for January is Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate.  Micki Rice 598-9747.

Saturday Men's Fellowship  All men,  we have resumed our gathering  for 8 am Eucharist followed by fellowship.  A complete schedule is available on the website.  Go to the Engage tab, then select Fellowship from the drop down.  Scroll down and on the right you will see Saturday Men’s Fellowship.  There you will find a link to the schedule. Looking forward to our gatherings. 


Children and Youth

Adventures With God Join us downstairs for an amazing Sunday School Adventure! This week – Baby Moses. Next week – Are you getting the message?


Adventures With God for Middle and High School Youth This week we are working on The Holy House of Martyrs and deciding on what goes in our fridge. Next week – surviving has always been a Christian issue.


Confirmation Preparation has begun. The next preparation meeting is today, Sunday, October 20th at Grace and St. Stephens, 1:30-3:30 pm.



TESSA October is Domestic Violence Prevention month at TESSA. Please help continue their good work with donations of full size toiletries. Items needed include: shampoo, conditioner, body wash, hand soap, feminine hygiene products, disposable razors, face care products, toothbrushes and baby wipes. There will be a large container in the Gathering Area for the month of October. Thank you, again, for your generous contributions and your continued support of this ministry. Sue Wiseman.


Hat and Mitten  We distribute these items all over the Pike's Peak area. We include organizations like TESSA, ESM (Ecumenical Social Ministries), Colorado House, Partners in Housing, and Elementary schools in Districts 2, 11, 12, and 20. This is an easy ministry for children to be involved in, a trip to the dollar store (please aim for mostly polyester items) can yield a nice contribution to this ministry! We are collecting new or handmade items.  If you are able to deliver the hats and mittens, call Marianne Jenkins @661-2953.



  Pastoral Care

 Caregiver Support Group This group supports adults within and outside the parish who are caring for loved ones at home, in assisted living, or from a distance. We gather to support one another, to share our stories, our concerns, and our experiences.  Meeting dates are the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month, in the church library at 2 pm.  Our next meeting will be Saturday, September 19th.  Please contact Edwina Burdekin for more information at 591-6837.


A Spot to Fill  Thank you so much for the men and women who have come forward to volunteer in the Front Office.  We have done some rearranging of staff and still have an opening for Thursday afternoons from 12 noon to 3pm.  Please contact the office at 598-3244 if you are able to handle a Thursday a couple of times a month.


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