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.
SMM Inclement Weather Policy
St. Mary Magdalene will hold worship service every Sunday, barring catastrophe. Weather will not deter the priest or an assigned lay person to provide Eucharist or Morning Prayer.
Non-worship events will be cancelled based on the Belton school system schedule. If the Belton public schools are closed because of the weather, non-worship events, meetings and classes and other scheduled SMM programs will be cancelled.
All are encouraged to make a decision to attend services based on their comfort levels and good judgement for safety. Where ever two or three are gathered, we will have church.
God's many blessings to all!
SMM needs your pledge!
With God's help, we have completed another year of ministry and outreach at St. Mary Magdalene.
Your Vestry is beginning the process of planning the budget for 2015. To do this, the Vestry needs to have the best possible estimate of member contributions. Here is where your pledge becomes extremely important. Your pledge will help support such SMM programs as the Music Team, Children's Chapel and education, Worship and more. If you have completed and submitted your pledge card, we sincerely thank you. If you have forgotten to turn in your pledge card, or have misplaced or lost it, we ask that you complete it as soon as possible.
If you do not have your pledge card, there are two ways to get a new one. Printed copies of the pledge card are available on the table to the right of the entrance to the church. A hard copy can be downloaded and printed from the SMM website here. After completion, you can place the pledge card in the offering plate, or email it to Cyndi Troyer, email@example.com.
Remember, a pledge is your best estimate of what you can contribute to the work of St. Mary Magdalene in 2015. After prayerful consideration, please complete and return your pledge card. Based on your pledge and the pledges of the total St. Mary Magdalene community, the Vestry will have the information it needs to complete the proposed 2015 budget. It will also give our new Rector, Fr. David, a clearer picture of his possibilities for ministry during his first year with us.
With gratitude and appreciation.
Fr. David and your Vestry
All things come of thee, O Lord; and of thine own have we given thee.
St. Mary Magdalene Basics 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.
Our first class in the series is Basic Anglicanism
- Basic Anglicanism is like a citizenship class for St. Mary Magdalene. Everything you need to know about the Episcopal Church, Anglican Communion, our worship, how we govern ourselves as a broader church and make decisions. You’re guaranteed to learn something new, even if you’ve been an Episcopalian all your life.
Wednesday evenings: December 3, December 10, and December 17
Future classes in the series are as follows:
- Basic Christianity tells the whole story of our faith from beginning to end. We will look at the basic concepts of Christianity and what they mean for our lives. We will explore in depth the topics of Creation, Jesus’ death and resurrection, and our ongoing life in Christ.
Wednesday evenings: January 7, January 14, January 21 and January 28
- 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