St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church
A community of real people, rooted in the common journey of following Jesus’ way of love,
seeking to live out a relevant faith that meaningfully connects with our lives, and the lives of others.
Dear parish of St. Mary Magdalene and Friends,
As we prepare to engage our mission ministry to Haiti with a mission trip the first week of March, this article from the Presiding Bishop Katherine helps to remind us just how important our work is for the Haitian people. I ask your prayers as we discern this mission in March and ask that if you are able to support the mission trip monetarily in any way, it will help to off-set the personal costs of Jim Grant and Fr. David to travel there and back. We are blessed to do God's work for a people that need so much. Thank you for all that you have committed to in the past, and we pray for the support as we continue this mission effort.
Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori
January 12 marks the fifth anniversary of the earthquake that devastated Haiti. Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori offers an overview and looks at the progress since that fateful day in 2010.
Click here to read her comments.
Upcoming activities of note:
- BASIC CHRISTIANITY CLASSES at SMM,are continuing. See below for more information
POOR LEAR BENEFIT PERFORMANCE--(Please note the corrected date) Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral will present Poor Lear as a benefit for The Homeless Services Coalition of Greater Kansas City on Sunday, February 15 at 2:00 p.m. Poor Lear is a one-man, one-hour adaptation of Shakespeare’s King Lear performed by Alan Tilson. The play is contemporary retelling with King Lear as a homeless veteran with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and a grocery cart of props who, with his companion, Fool, reenacts the conflict with his daughters that led to his homelessness. Click here for more information about the production. A $10-$20.00 suggested donation will be taken at the door.
WALKING THE MOURNER'S PATH--St Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church is offering a set of small groups for those who have lost a loved one. The Walking the Mourner's Path program is a well-established course that runs for 8 weeks and uses a workbook to guide conversations, so participants don't need to know what to say in order to attend. These classes are now in their third year and have over 50 alumnae through St Thomas, and members who attend have been surprised by how much healing comes from the experience of sharing stories and talking together. Lay facilitators lead the groups, and clergy are always present to assist. Fr Gar Demo and Fr Ben Varnum at St Thomas are very happy to discuss the program with anyone curious, to discern whether it might be right for you. These groups will run for 8 weeks each on Sunday afternoons beginning February 1, and on Tuesday evenings beginning February 3. More information is available on their website at this link: http://stthomasop.org/?p=1775 All classes will be held at St Thomas the Apostle, 12251 Antioch Road, Overland Park, KS 66210, an approximately 18 minute drive from St Mary Magdalene.
- LENT 2015 FIVE WEEK VIDEO SERIES AND WORKBOOK information from the Society of St. John the Evangelist is now available. The series begins on Ash Wednesday, February 18th 2015 and runs through to Palm Sunday.
- GENERAL CONVENTION June 25-July 3, Salt Lake City, Utah
Basic Christianity Classes: A Foundation for Faith
St. Mary Magdalene Basics is a series of 3-5 week courses that give us a foundation for the faith we live together as a parish in the Episcopal Church. It’s not an indoctrination, but a chance to roll up our sleeves, learn, discuss and apply the core pieces of who we are as Christians and Episcopalians. These classes are important—and so we ask a commitment to attend the days in each series of a class. Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings and will include a light supper at 6:30, class from 7:00-8:00, and we will end with Compline. Childcare will be provided if needed. Registration for all classes is open: just e-mail the rector at firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Basic Christianity tells the whole story of our faith from beginning to end. Using the DVD series presented by professor Diarmaid MacCulloch, we will look at the basic concepts of Christianity and what they mean for our lives. Each session will include a discussion of our Episcopal tradition in relation to our basic Christian beliefs stemming from creation through Christ’s promise of eternal lifes of Creation, Jesus’ death and resurrection, and our ongoing life in Christ.
Wednesday evenings: January 28, February 4 and February 11
The classes meet in the Children's Sunday School room at the church. We begin at 6:30 p.m. with a light meal of soups, breads and desserts, and end with Compline at 8:30 pm in the nave.
Basic Bible A basic orientation to scripture, a map of the broad themes of the Bible and timeline of events. How to read the Old and New Testaments. A review of different ways to do Bible study.
Wednesday evenings in Lent February 25, March 4, March 11, March 18 and March 25:
Basic Discipleship How does our faith make a difference in our daily life? The discipline and practice of prayer, living in community, study, service, almsgiving. What does it mean to grow in our relationship with Christ not just as individuals but as a community? Participants will be encouraged to adopt our Rhythm of Life.
Wednesday evenings: April 8, April 15, April 22 and April 29
One encyclopedia’s definition of Pastoral Care is: “Pastoral care is a term applied where Christians offer help and caring to others in their church or wider community. Pastoral care can be listening, supporting, encouraging and befriending.”
Too often we think of pastoral care as just visiting the home bound or the ill and infirm. We regularly visit folks in nursing facilities, in hospitals or in their homes. We sometimes fail to realize that everyone is in need of pastoral care at one time or another. As loving and caring Christians, we should all keep our “antennae” out to sense the need for pastoral care in others.
We encourage and invite you to notify the church office when you or a member of your family is hospitalized, rehabbing at home or in a facility, or just in need of some pastoral conversation.
Please contact the church office by email at email@example.com, the rector at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 816-331-2222.