Led by the Holy Spirit, St. John's mission is to inspire people
to grow into the heart and mind of Christ by engaging together
in worshiping, serving, and spiritual formation.


St. John's Bids Farewell to Fr. Ben

Fr. Ben Newland has accepted a post as an army chaplain and will soon be moving to Hawaii. His last Sunday with us was August 6th. You can listen to his last sermon at St. John's on our Audio Page. 



 A seven-session reading and discussion series that explores such topics as the search for God; what draws us to God and what holds us back; being authentic before God; listening and attuning to God; the nature of spiritual growth; and how prayer feeds social action.

Read The Rector’s Pen from Aug. 1st through Sep. 19th and ponder the questions posed. Come after the 9:30 am service and join in the discussion as we mine one another’s spiritual experiences and wisdom.

Read the introduction to the series: (click here)

Sun 8/8 Session 1: Searching for God
    Meets in the Parish Hall
    Read: The Rector’s Pen August 8th edition

Sun 8/15 Session 2: What draws us to God? What holds us back?
    Meets in the Parish Hall
    Read: The Rector’s Pen August 15th edition

Sun 8/22 Session 3: Authenticity with God
    Meets in the Church
    Read: The Rector’s Pen August 22nd edition

Sun 8/29 Session 4: Listening for God
    Meets in the Parish Hall
    Read: The Rector’s Pen August 29th edition

Sun 9/5 Session 5: What does spiritual growth look like?
     Meets in the Parish Hall
     Read: The Rector’s Pen September 5th edition

Sun 9/12 Session 6: Attuning to God
     Meets in the Parish Hall
     Read: The Rector’s Pen September 12th edition

Sun 9/19 Session 7: Serving God from a place of deep prayer
     Meets in the Church
     Read: The Rector’s Pen September 19th edition

This series is based on the book “An Invitation to the Spiritual Journey” by The Rev. John P. Gorsuch. Portions of the book have been reproduced in The Rector’s Pen and on our website with the generous permission of Father Gorsuch’s family, and are offered here for the sole purpose of the ongoing spiritual formation of the members of our parish. For additional permissions, please contact the rector of St John’s.


The Syrian Refugee Crisis and Our Response

The Syrian Refugee Crisis: There are over 5 million Syrian refugees in camps in Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Jordon – displaced by war, terrorism and hunger. Most of the refugees are women and children. Their needs are desperate and immediate, but their plight has been pushed into the background and is slowly being forgotten. This summer, St John’s will hold a series of events to support refugees abroad and here at home, culminating with Refugee Sunday on August 20th. This is our opportunity to stand together as people of all faiths to support "the least of our brothers and sisters” who are in such need.

Refugee Sunday, August 20th: The day will be filled with refugee exhibits, speakers, and art to raise awareness of the plight of the refugees, and collect donations/pledges to support them. We invite all communities of faith to join with us.

  • 8am – 2pm: Tour a Refugee Tent, hear their story.
  • 8 – 9:30, 11–2pm: Virtual Reality Tours of a Refugee Camp.
  • 11 am: Jaime Koehler Blanchard from Lutheran Family Services (LFS) will talk about their work supporting Syrian Refugee Resettlement in Denver.
  • 11:30: Nick Kasemeotes from International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) will speak about their work supporting refugees in the camps.

Please consider supporting a Syrian Refugee family with a $29/month pledge to World Vision, or make a one-time donation to the IOCC or LFS. Please contact Mark Guzzi, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., for more information.

Syrian Refugee Art Exhibit, Month of August: Paintings by Honora Wolfe depicting refugees in camps will be on display in the St John’s Church Hall. All proceeds from the sale of these paintings will go to Syrian refugees.

Rice and Diaper Collection, Aug 13th: Episcopal Migration Ministries and Lutheran Family Services needs our help supporting refugees here in Colorado. They are requesting large (25lb or 50lb) bags of rice and diapers of all sizes, especially for older toddlers. Donations will be collected at the St John’s Parish Hall. Please contact Cherine Herrmann, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , for more information.

MuralCommunity Paint By Number Mural Project

St. John's parish will be taking part in the Open Studios of Boulder Paint By Number Mural Project. We will have large sections of canvas set up at church starting this weekend until the beginning of August. Our Paint by Number section will be part of a large mural that will be hung
on the side of the Colorado Building on Walnut and 13th for a month. The completed painting will be unveiled at community party after all of the 42 pieces are completed, sewn together and hung up on the building.

The paint and brushes will be provided. Children under 8 years old will need adult assistance because the paint colors need to correspond to the appropriate numbered areas. We look forward to having everyone help with this fun community project!
For more information, please click here.

Summer Sunday SchoolSundaySchool

Summer Sunday school for kids 5-11 will begin on Sunday, June 18th, and run through August 6th. We'll meet on the lawn (weather permitting) and hear a story, share prayer, sing songs, and make simple crafts. Kids will join their families in church for communion each week. Volunteers are needed to help. Please contact Caroline Melby. 303-442-5246 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

EFM - Education for Ministryefm

Have you ever felt like you know in your heart and soul that you are called to something, the question is WHAT? Have you ever wanted to read the bible without feeling frustrated by the language? Have you ever wanted to explore your faith in a safe and supportive environment? If you answer yes to these and many other questions about Christianity we have a place for you. Education for Ministry (EfM) is a 4-year curriculum that develops you into a theologically informed, reflective, and articulate person of God who is prepared to listen for and respond to God’s call. EfM helps you discover and exercise your varied gifts for ministry where you live and work. And the best news is that you only sign up for one year at a time, which consists of 36 weekly meetings. There isn’t a four-year commitment.

The EfM group at St. John’s meets every Tuesday evening from 7:00 – 9:00 starting in September (this year it starts September 5th) and going until mid-May. If you are interested in exploring what EfM has to offer or are ready to sign up for the next year, we are accepting new members now through July 16th. Please contact either EfM mentor Anne Skamarock ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - 720-201-4490) or David Plume  ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  - 303-437-7977) to get more information or to sign up.

Grocery Card Program Updategrocerycard

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!

SchoolWhittier Pantry at St. John’s

Let 's make this happen again!!!
Your Whittier Pantry at St. John's needs stocking so we can open for the next school year on September 14th! The principle at Whittier Elementary School, Sarah Oswick, wrote in July, "We are thrilled to have this support for families! Thank you for making it happen again!" It will be open on Thursdays from 3:15 to 4:30 pm again this year. Want to volunteer? Let Deacon Jan know. It is a joy to work with families.

Donations are being accepted during the month of August. Monetary donations are welcome also, if you do not like to shop. Make a check to St. John's with "Whittier Panty" in the memo.

Sunday School families will be stocking the Pantry with toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, conditioner, and dental floss. Daughters of the King have already donated 800 feminine pads, a case of Pull-ups, and size 4 diapers. Thank you! If your group would like to adopt bringing one of the following items, please let me know and I will update this article.  To open on Sept. 14th we need the following:

60 bars of soap (no Irish Spring, please)
40 boxes of Kleenex
30 bottles of lotion
160 rolls of toilet paper
70 tubes of deodorant

The Pantry was a huge success last school year thanks to St. John's. Let's make it happen again!!!

Deacon Jan (303-775-6796),  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Meet Dr. Joyce Kull, Our New Principal Organist 

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Dr. Joyce Shupe Kull, FAGO, ChM, DMA, (Organ Performance and Literature, University of Colorado) teaches organ at the Metropolitan State University of Denver as well as privately. Her study of J. S. Bach’s Clavier-Übung, Part III was awarded the Chancellor’s Dissertation Award in the Arts and Humanities by CU. Dr. Kull has served as Organist, Director of Music for churches throughout the U. S., notably as interim Director of Music and Organist at Saint John’s Cathedral, Denver, and was recently appointed Principal Organist at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Boulder.

An active performer, she has appeared in the Denver and Boulder Bach Festivals, and has published articles in The American Organist on Bach Performance, American Guild of Organists (AGO) certification and pedagogical topics. She holds the Fellowship and Choir Master certificates from the AGO. From 2003-2014, Dr. Kull served the national AGO, first as a member of the Committee on Professional Certification, then Director (from 2005). In 2008, she was elected to the first of three two-year terms as National Councillor for Education, serving on the National Council, the Executive Committee, and supervising the work of four national education committees. Touched by the needs of certification candidates with no access to training, she became intensely interested in online learning, and in 2014 organized the Task Force on Instructional Videos for Organists, a group becoming ever more visible on the AGO web site and You Tube station. She continues on the AGO Board of Examiners. She has taught at four Pipe Organ Encounters, organ camps for young musicians 13-18, and presented workshops for youth on practicing. She is also a member of the Anglican Association of Musicians (AAM).

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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.

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