Help Raise the Sail: A Journey of Gratitude and Generosity
The scripture guiding week 2 of the Stewardship campaign is James 1:17: “Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.”
For a reflection on this verse click here. You are asked to pray this week for the success of our campaign:
Lord, remind us that when we are generous it is evidence of you acting within us. Thank you for inspiring us to goodness and to generosity. Use us as you will for the betterment of the world in which we live. Open my heart and those of my brothers and sisters in this church to give to your glory. Amen.
Choral Compline this Sunday, October 23, 9:00pm
Join us this Sunday for "A Playnsong Compline", with beautiful flowing chant, from ancient Gregorian melodies to the magnificent spiritual songs of Hildegard of Bingen, performed by the St. John's Compline Choir.
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. The English word “Compline” is derived from the Latin word “completorium” meaning completion, since Compline completes the liturgy of the day. Join us and experience the peace and mystery of this ancient liturgy!
St Johns' Boulder County Cares Team
This winter season, October 1st thru April 30th, several St Johns' parishioners are again participating in Boulder County Cares, an outreach program of the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless. Teams of two go out each evening to provide food and warm clothes to adults living on the streets of Boulder (We go out on two Wednesday evenings per month). Anna Northrop kindly makes wonderful cookies for us the nights we go out.
The shelter gets all of their clothes and food from community donations. We have been asked if we could do our best to obtain donations of warm socks and winter gloves from St Johns. Ideally we would hope to be able to provide at least as many warm socks (300 pair) and winter gloves (100 pair) as we would typically give out on the nights our parishioners are on duty. More would be better.
If you have the ability to help us out, please bring your donation of warm socks and winter gloves to the October 23rd Sunday service. There will be a large container outside the chapel for the 7:30 service and outside the church for the 9:30 service. We will also have a collection container in the Rotunda for the following week - October 24th to 30th.
Thank you from the St Johns' BCC Team (Eben, Frank, Gaya, Mark, Mike, Ross, Ted, and Vonda)
Exploring the Bible
Register now for "Exploring the Bible" classes. In these sessions (formerly called Third-Grade Bibles), St. John's third graders (and older children who haven't participated before), learn about the history and structure of the Bible, and receive a Bible of their own from St. John's. Parents have the opportunity to personalize their child's Bible by highlighting verses and adding stickers and decorations, and children receive their Bibles during a Second Sunday service from the hands of their parents.
This year's classes will be October 23rd and November 6th, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Both children and their parents will attend both classes this year, although we'll split up for some activities. Parents will present Bibles to their children on November 13th at the Second Sunday service.
Holy Communion with Americana Music
Saturdays 5pm in the Chapel
Join us on Saturday evenings for a Eucharistic service that blends elements of Evening Prayer with Holy Communion. The service is based in part on the Church approved liturgical supplement, Enriching our Worship 1. The music is Americana, typically live, gospel bluegrass. During clement weather, the congregation is invited to join in fellowship, sing and (for those so inclined) jamming with the musicians on the patio in front of the chapel.
Sunday School is Meeting Now
All children ages 3-12 are invited to join us in the education wing for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd or Joyful Journey classes. Nursery care is also available for children under 3. New to St. John's? Not sure where to go? Call Pam White, Director of Faith Formation, for assistance, 303-324-5868. Teens are welcome to join Father Ben in the balcony for Eagle's Nest. If you have not yet registered your children, please do so on our website or see Pam White for a form.
Bishop Rob O'Neill is coming!
On Sunday, October 30th.
The bishop is coming Oct 30th and he will lay hands on those who wish to be formally received into the Episcopal Church. He will do likewise for those who wish to reaffirm their faith. These are simple but beautiful sacramental acts and you are urged to take advantage of them.
If you are new...you are a great candidate for Reception into the Episcopal Church. If you wish to reaffirm your faith in God...you are a great candidate for Reaffirmation of Faith.
If you are interested in either one...please contact Pastor Susan ASAP. We'll need to submit your name by October 18th, and you should attend two classes, on Oct 16th and 23rd. If you wish to participate but have schedule conflicts, please contact Pastor Susan.
Invitation to Participate in the 49 Bells Project
The July 12th issue of The Rector's Pen describes a social justice project of prophetic witness against gun violence, called The 49 Bells Project. If you did not read or receive the July 12th issue you can access it here: Rector's Pen. If you would like to help ring the tower bells on Wednesdays at 1:00pm between now and November 2nd, please look for a poster in the narthex and sign up to help. You'll receive an email with instructions. If you wish to help but will not be in church, please email Pastor Susan
Whittier Pantry at St. John’s
St. John’s Whittier Pantry is off to a good start with the donations we have received so far. Thank You!! Keep them coming (Deodorant, Bar Soap, Feminine Supplies, Toothpaste, Toilet paper, Kleenex, Diapers).
Please keep the Pantry in mind year round. Here are some ideas:
- When you are shopping pick up items you find on sale that the Pantry could use.
- When you travel, bring home the toiletries items from your hotel.
- Invite your children to pick out a bar of soap, or a children’s toothbrush for another family.
Deacon Jan will fine-tune what the Pantry stocks as we go along, according to the needs of the families we serve, and update you each month. Thank you for sharing your gifts in this personal way.
Acoustic Prayers for Evening
Community Worship | Roots Sound
Please join your brothers and sisters of St. John's and a selection of local musicians for a peaceful and brief Eucharistic worship experience followed by refreshments and a bluegrass/Gospel jam session on the patio. 5pm in the Chapel.
Group Discussion on Being Mortal
Eben Carsey, MD, MDiv, is offering to facilitate a group for discussion and personal sharing regarding Being Mortal, a book by Atul Gawande, MD, and the issues that this book raises in our lives. The group will meet 8:30 to 9:30 am on Sundays, Oct. 9th through Nov. 13th. If necessary, the larger group may break into smaller groups to facilitate inclusion of everyone in the discussion and sharing. A rather long NY Times review of the book can be found at http://www.nybooks.com/articles/2015/01/08/better-way-out/ . A shorter review can be found at http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/17/arts/being-mortal-by-atul-gawande.html?_r=0 .
With this link, you can view a Frontline interview with the author: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/being-mortal/?mc_cid=23e13b82de&mc_eid=%5bUNIQID%5d
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.