Plan to join us this fall after the 930am Sunday service for our first adult formation series as we discuss Brian McLaren’s terrific book “The Great Spiritual Migration” and the implications it has for our individual and communal lives of faith, and for the future of Christianity. This is a five-session series, in the same read-ahead-and-discuss format we used last fall and winter. Material from McLaren’s book is offered in advance in "The Rector’s Pen" section on our Publications page, giving you plenty of time to read ahead and ponder the discussion questions that are posed.
Compline is a 1500-year-old tradition that developed in the early monastic communities. It is the final office of the day in the Christian tradition of canonical hours. Compline is offered when the day’s work is ended and the quietness of evening settles upon the hearts and minds of those who have gathered in thankfulness for the blessings of the day that has passed.
The sanctuary is dark and quiet; there are candles, but no cell phones, no responses to have to follow, no preaching. It’s short: just 35-40 minutes. People are free to sit on the floor, sit up around the altar, or even lie down and allow the music to wash over them. It is a come-as-you-are experience of the presence of God, through music and prayer, using the beauty of our liturgy. It is a sacred space for people at the end of their weekend, before the busy-ness of the week. Join us and experience the peace and mystery of this ancient liturgy!
“When I close my eyes and listen to it, the to-do list stops ticking in my head and I am reminded in my soul that I am not a machine made to complete tasks but a human-made to love.”
Fall Compline Dates:
Tom Morgan’s 30th Anniversary as our Music Director! September 2
30 years is amazing, and we are blessed! In those 30 years, Tom has led the entire music program, including the choir, the Choristers, other musicians, and congregational singing. He founded and leads the St. John’s Compline Choir, and participates in creating almost every worship service, making sure that the music complements the lectionary and the church calendar. He plays a wider variety of instruments than we can list here, and he is also the go-to person when our sound system misbehaves. Perhaps most important, in 30 years he has never lost his enthusiasm and love for music and our congregation. He is an inspiration.
As if that weren’t enough, many people in the greater Metro area and beyond know about St. John’s because Tom is here. He is the artistic director and conductor of the Ars Nova Singers, one of the premier choral ensembles in the region. His musical compositions have been performed around the world, and among other accolades, garnered an award from BMI. Recently (2016), as a result of his work with Ars Nova and the Compline Choir, Tom received the Dairy Arts Center Honors Lifetime Achievement in the Arts award. This pays tribute to outstanding individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to the arts in our community.
As we said, we are blessed!
When Tom was asked how he would like to celebrate, in a Tom-like fashion he chose something that benefits us all. He would like to produce a St. John’s Choir CD. To find out how you can help, or for more information, read our weekly newsletter here.
Refugees and Immigrants
We have designated August as our time to remember the plight of refugees and immigrants both at our Southern border and around the world. On our doorstep, we have seen children separated from their families and asylum seekers turned back or arrested. In Europe and the Middle East, there are millions of Syrian refugees in camps -- displaced by war and unable to return home. This is our time to stand together as people of faith to support "the least of our brothers and sisters” who are in such need.
For the month of August, we will display pictures of immigrants and refugees from Latin America and Syrian in the parish hall. Remember them in your prayers.
August 19th, after the 9:30 Service, St John's own Andrew Pasini will speak to us about his two trips last year to give aid and comfort to Syrian Refugees in Greece and Lebanon.
Our loose-plate recipient for the month of August will be Episcopal Migration Ministries to aid them in their work to support refugee resettlement.
St. Benedict Health and Healing Ministry thanks St. John’s Episcopal Church for its ongoing financial and in-kind support of our ministry! You may know that one of our free clinics operates monthly at St. John’s, providing basic health care screening, doctor and nurse consultations, education and referrals. This health care “safety net” helps enable the uninsured and under-insured to find the ongoing care they need.
Volunteer for Gun Violence Prevention
St. John's announces a new giving opportunity! When you shop on Amazon you can now direct a charitable donation to St. Johns. It's easy and costs you nothing! Simply log on to smile.amazon.com when making a purchase and search for "St. John's Episcopal Boulder". Or use this direct link
What is AmazonSmile?
AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com. The difference is that when customers shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations selected by customers.
How does AmazonSmile work?
In order to browse or shop at AmazonSmile, customers must first select a charitable organization from the list of over 1 million eligible organizations. For eligible purchases, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the customer’s selected charitable organization.
Is there any cost to charitable organizations or to customers?
No. There is no cost to charitable organizations or to AmazonSmile customers. The shopping experience is identical to Amazon.com with the added benefit that the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate to the charitable organizations selected by customers.
Join Us for Evensong
Contemplative Evensong meets every Wednesday evening at 6:00 pm. from September through May. Participants are welcome to join the cantor in the beautiful, meditative chant. Includes short periods of silent prayer. Please contact the office at 303-442-5246 for more information.
EVENSONG IS ON HIATUS FOR THE SUMMER.
An Environmental Moment
Have we humans permanently changed the Planet?
We invite you to read how our own former Presiding Bishop Katherine Jefferts Shori reflects on this question when she addressed a CU campus ministry-sponsored event earlier this month. Scientist, priest, and passionate voice for climate change and care for the Earth, Bishop Katherine holds, in addition to her MDiv, degrees in biology and a PHD in oceanography. Bishop Katherine sheds some welcome light of the Cosmic Christ for our weary world in her speech, entitled, “Cosmic Faith in the Anthropocene Age*1
We invite you to consider signing the enclosed petition, “Don’t Repeal the Clean Power Plan”
(1) Anthropocene age. According to www.smithsonian.com , the age we are now living in that some scientists place at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, early 1800’s, and significantly compounded in the 1950’s with the advent of the Atomic age. it is defined by the undeniable impact we humans have on the environment that is causing a new geologic epoch.
Grocery Card Program
Thanks to the good work of Janice Moore, Caryl Stalick, and Jim Podolak, and to the efforts of 26 parish households, the Grocery Card Ministry earned $350 in its first month of operation. By the end of April, the team had sold at cost 57 King Soopers cards, each pre-loaded with $5, and 9 Safeway cards. You buy these cards from Janice, Jim, or Caryl, load more money onto them at the store of your choice, use them to pay for your groceries, and St John's earns a 5% reward!
If one month is typical, then those 26 households would earn St John's over $4000 in the course of a year!
- If 100 households participated, then St John's could earn $16,000!
- If 200 households participated, then St John's could earn $32,000!
Bear in mind that nearly 500 households call St John's their spiritual home. Obviously the benefit to our church could be substantial, so we'd like for all parishioners to participate. If you'd like to buy a card, please bring cash or check and see Caryl, Jim, or Janice at the Grocery Card Ministry table at the Ministry Fair on Sunday August 27th. They can provide information and answer any questions you may have.
On behalf of the Vestry and Finance Committee, thank you to everyone who supports our church by shopping with a King Soopers or Safeway Grocery Rewards Card!
Whittier Pantry at St. John’s
It is time to restock the Pantry for this fall! We re-open September 6, 2018. Bring your donations to theWhittier Pantry and put them in the bin outside the room. The Pantry serves about 25 families, (average size 5 members), once a month. Below is an average of what we dispense per month. We appreciate all donations! If you write a check, put “Whittier Pantry” in the memo.
Toothpaste, adult, and children 50 tubes
Shampoo, adult and baby 30 bottles, 12 baby
Hair Conditioner 25 bottles
Bar Soap (no Irish Spring) 50 bars
Body Lotion 30 bottles
Toilet paper 140 rolls
Kleenex 30 boxes
Deodorant, male and female 50 tubes
Feminine pads (Always Thin preferred) 250-300 Pads
Diapers, Sizes 4 & 5 for children still at home 120-140 Diapers
Solar Power for St. John's
See a real time graph of St. John's Energy usage.
The solar project for St. John's will now have its own section on the St. John's web site at www.stjohnsboulder.org/solar . This page has been updated with extensive information on the solar project, including a very interesting time-lapsed video showing the construction project, as well as a link to a set of static images. Watch this space and visit the page often for project updates.