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Dear People of St. Mark's,

I'm pleased to write with some very happy news about the music ministry at St. Mark's. 
Since we announced Choir Director Curtis Storm’s departure for graduate school, a group of us have been having conversations in various configurations about how best to move forward with finding a new person to direct the choir.  That group included myself, as rector, June Hahl (as both vestry and choir member), Scott Wallace (as Sr. Warden) and Linda Mack (as choir member, as a professional musician who could help us consider fairly the "package" and expectations of whomever we hired, and as someone who knows both St. Mark’s music history and the Durango “music scene” very well),

I was delighted to learn that Helen Jauregui was interested in discussing with us the possibility of adding the role of choir director to her current ministry as organist.   As you can imagine, the vestry and I wanted to move as quickly as was prudent, but also with due diligence and care.  After hearing back from various conversations, the vestry unanimously authorized me at its June meeting to convene a group to have further conversation with Helen, and, if everyone agreed, to move ahead with hiring her. 
Last week, Helen met with me, Scott, June, Linda, and Paul Duggan (as an additional choir member).   I’m delighted to tell you that after a rich and thorough conversation, all parties agreed that we would be very blessed to have Helen serve as our next choir director!  Since she will be taking on responsibility for all aspects of the music ministry here at St. Mark’s, we will change her title to Director of Music Ministry, and she will begin her new duties effective August 1, 1017.  
I am personally excited about this for many reasons.  Among them are her long years of experience as a choir director and church musician, her obvious musical talent, her deep care for the people and mission of St. Mark’s, and for the seamless continuity she will provide as we move into a new season of music ministry in the parish.  But perhaps more than any of that (important as those things are), I am especially grateful for the fact that Helen understands music not simply as her profession, but also very clearly as her vocation, as a genuine calling from God.  As your rector, that’s extremely significant to me.  It means that I have in Helen not simply a staff member, but also a colleague in ministry who shares a pastoral perspective about all that we do here, and who understands music as an essential part of the faithful worship of God.
For all of that, and for all of you, I am deeply grateful!  I trust that you will join me in welcoming Helen into this new role, and in praying both for her and for all of us as we gather each week to lift our hearts and voices to God!

Thank you, Helen, for your faithfulness and commitment!  

Peace to all of you,

Debbie Shew+
St. Mark’s
Thanks to your support, St. Mark’s supports the following with regular financial contributions:

Manna Soup Kitchen (Durango): Manna helps feed the hungry in our community through a variety of programs: daily meals, culinary arts training, on-site garden, take-home backpacks, and other programs.  St. Mark’s also volunteers helping serve Friday lunch, the first Friday of every month.
SW Safehouse (Durango): The VoA Southwest Safehouse serves women and children, survivors of domestic violence, and other violent crimes. Also provides shelter and support services.
Community Shelter
(Durango): The Durango Community Shelter serves individuals and families experiencing homelessness, and provides safe shelter, food, and other services.
Alternative Horizons (Durango): Alternative Horizons provides support, alternatives, advocacy and education to survivors of domestic violence and their families.
Adopt a Native Elder (Navajo Reservation): Adopt a Native Elder supports the traditional lifestyle of Navajo Elders, providing food, simple medicines, clothing, fabrics, and yarn.  St. Mark’s, has for many years, supported Mary Gilmore, who lives near Piñon, Arizona.
Episcopal Relief and Development (Worldwide): Episcopal Relief & Development rebuilds after disasters and helps people create lasting solutions to fight poverty, hunger and disease.
Four Corners Intervarsity Native Campus Ministries (Four Corners Area): Intervarsity Native Ministries helps Native students follow Jesus while honoring their Native culture, through mentoring, Bible study, and leadership development.  St. Mark’s members Megan and Will Krischke and Courtland Hopkins are vital to the success of this ministry in the Durango area.
Habitat for Humanity (La Plata County): Habitat for Humanity works toward the goal of decent housing for all.  St. Mark’s also provides labor for a build day each year for a home in Bayfield (save the date of this year’s build: Sept. 9, 2017).
Navajo Solar Light Project (Navajo Reservation): In cooperation with the Durango Daybreak Rotary Club, St. Patrick’s (Pagosa), and St. Barnabas (Cortez), St. Mark’s helps to buy and install solar arrays and lights for individual homes on the reservation.  Each installation includes the array, batteries, two lights, and a cell phone charger.
Colorado Haiti Project
(Petit Trou de Nippes, Haiti): The Colorado Haiti Project supports the people of Haiti through relief and education projects.  Most recently, it has established an Agriculture Bank to assist farmers in recovery after Hurricane Matthew.  St. Mark’s has supported this effort for many years.
Community Emergency Assistance Coalition (La Plata/San Juan Counties): Community Emergency Assistance Coalition provides one-time emergency assistance to individuals and families who are facing near term financial crisis.  Counseling is a big part of the service.
If you are interested in any of these ministries and would like more information, please contact Paul Duggan, Outreach Team Chair,, or see Mtr. Debbie or any of the Outreach Team members after services on Sunday.

The Caregiver Outreach endeavor is a mission through St. Mark’s to provide on-going support to caregivers with efficient and low-cost assistance that eases stress and recognizes the kindhearted effort of caregivers.  Currently, the flowers that enhance our altar on Sunday mornings are being re-purposed to caregivers as a way to recognize their service within our community.  Now when you contribute to the Altar Flower Fund, your gift is felt beyond our church walls.​  Also, a special thank you to whoever has been replenishing flower vases to the kitchen to use for this purpose. 
Our growing partnership with St. Christopher's Mission, Bluff, UT

A few glimpses from today's visit:








Re-thinking Stewardship:

"Preach the Gospel at all times; when necessary, use words."
Flower Sponsors
Janet & Chuck Williams

In honor of Charlie Williams
Click Here to Add a Name to the Prayer List
Our prayer list is updated weekly. Names are typically removed
after 30 days, unless otherwise requested.

For healing:
Dan & Team, Diane, Judy, Kathy, Derek, Adrian, Joey, Joshua, Susan, Linda

In the armed forces, civil service, on missions: 
Erik, Jill, Scott, Mike, Patrick, Ethan, Justin, Cathy, Colin, Stephen, Sydney

For travelers:
Marcy and Barb; Steve and Marti

Those who have died:

Birthdays and Anniversaries:
Bob & Jayne, June, Suzanne, Suz

In St. Mark's Prayer Cycle today:
Pray for Presiding Bishop Michael Curry; Tom & Ashley Geyer (Sandra), Mary Gilley, Amy Ginn & Tom Westwater, Dony Goodwin, Dorothy Gore

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Elected 2015

Karen Overington • Bruce Rodman • Kip Boyd
Elected 2017
Marcy Jung  Trisha RickeyNancy ShippsJune Hahl


Senior Warden, Scott Wallace
Junior Warden, Bob Prentice

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