Weekday Lenten Services
St John's will offer a weekday service of Holy Eucharist in the chapel during Lent. We begin on Thursday March 2nd, and conclude on Thursday April 13th. Service time is 12:00 noon, except for Wednesdays when the service begins at 10:00am. The service lasts approximately one-half hour.
2017 Lenten Series
This year's five-week Lenten Series takes place on Sunday mornings following the 9:30 a.m. service, beginning March 5th and ending April 2nd. Given the division in our country, we're focusing on how a person of faith can have honest, but polite and considerate, conversations with those with whom one is in fundamental disagreement. In the first session on March 5th, Nancy Hamilton offered a terrific presentation on how to have respectful conversations with others, including listening techniques that help others feel heard. On March 12th, retired palliative medicine doctor Porter Storey spoke on Physician Aid in Dying and Colorado's new law (passed by voters last year). On March 26th, Pastor Susan will offer theological and ethical perspectives on Physician Assisted Suicide. On April 2nd, Father Ted will facilitate a conversation on gun control, and will show clips of a documentary film on the topic.
[Because of the Sunshine Canyon fire and the resulting cancellation of the March 19th forum, we are considering extending the series another week, to end April 9th. Please follow the Weekly Eagle for the latest news on this.]
Holy Week & Easter at St John’s
April 9th Palm/Passion Sunday
- 7:30am - Palm Liturgy and Service of Holy Eucharist in the Chapel
- 9:30am - Outdoor ecumenical Liturgy of the Palms on Pine Street
(With live donkey and children’s procession)
- 9:00pm - Choral Compline, with special guest Matthew Dane, viola
April 10th Monday through April 13th Thursday
- 12:00 noon - Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday—Service of Holy Eucharist in the Chapel
- 10:00 am - Wednesday—Service of Holy Eucharist in the Chapel
April 13th Maundy Thursday
- 7:00 pm - Maundy Thursday service of Holy Eucharist in the Church
Includes the Washing of Feet and the solemn Stripping of the Altar
April 14th Good Friday
- 12:00-3:00 pm - Ecumenical Seven Last Words of Christ service in the Church
Features seven short sermons on Our Lord’s last words, along with music
and meditations; attendees come and go during the three hour service
- 6:00pm - Stations of the Cross service in the Church
Includes readings and music
April 15th (Saturday) Great Vigil of Easter
- 4:00 pm - Children’s Easter Vigil service in the Chapel
Kid-focused one-hour service with Holy Eucharist and Holy Baptism
- 7:37 pm - Principal Great Vigil of Easter service in the Chapel
Music, chanting, incense, readings, homily, Holy Eucharist
April 16th Easter Sunday
- 7:30 am - Service of Holy Eucharist in the Church
- 9:00 am - Principal Service of Holy Eucharist in the Church with Adult Choir
- 11:00 am - Family Service of Holy Eucharist in the Church with Choristers
- 12 noon - Coffee hour and Easter Egg Hunt
April 23rd Bright Sunday
- 7:30am Service of Holy Eucharist in the Chapel
- 9:30am Service of Holy Eucharist in the Church, includes Live Jazz combo,
Religious jokes (in lieu of the homily), and dancing in the aisles
- Following the 930am service join us in the parish for a special coffee hour to meet and welcome new members of our church!
Grocery Card program to be re-launched at St John's!
Some terrific parishioners have been supporting St John's when they shop for groceries at King Soopers and Safeway, by using special grocery cards. We last offered these cards five years ago and are delighted to let you know we are gearing up for a second wave promotion! Would you like your favorite participating grocery store to donate a portion of your grocery bill to your church? If so, please watch for announcements concerning the re-launch of our grocery card program. Several parishioners are presently working to purchase $5 pre-loaded grocery cards from King Soopers, Safeway, and Lucky's Market. We hope to offer these at cost to you on Sundays beginning in April. You take the card to your favorite participating grocery store, pre-load it with money (using cash, check -- where accepted, or credit card) and then when you shop and use this card to pay for your groceries, the store donates a portion of your expenditure to the church.
March 23rd Thru April 16th
Nomad Playhouse and Maya Productions presents Three Rings, a modern retelling of Nathan the Wise, first published in 1779. A rare exploration of shared humanity in the face of complex racial and religious taboos, and interfaith divisions. Maya Productions in collaboration with Nomad Playhouse will also offer an accompanying panel discussion series with clergy from the three faiths, experts in Interfaith bridge building, academics and local community leaders. For tickets visit www.nomadplayhouse.org or call (303) 443-7510.
Help Colorado Stay Gun Safe: Join our Rapid Response Network
With a new State House of Representatives and a new State Senate preparing to convene for the 2017 session in early January, we are developing a list of parishioners who are interested in being part of our Congregation’s Rapid Response Network. This network would be activated as significant bills are introduced that relate to guns. Talking points will be provided and you will be asked to contact either your legislator or members of the committee hearing the bill by letter, phone, e-mail or in person. We will also use this mailing list to keep you informed of events and activities dealing with this issue that we think you will find of interest.
St. John’s Working Group for Gun Violence Prevention
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.
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). We are now serving 25 families.
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.
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.