Christmas Eve Dec. 24
All services below include carols & Holy Communion
2:30 p.m. Bell Service
4:30 p.m. Family Service
7:30 p.m. Service of Peace
10:30 p.m. Principal Service
Christmas Day Dec. 25
10:00 a.m. Christmas Day service
Help Raise the Sail: A Journey of Gratitude and Generosity
The scripture guiding week 8 of the Stewardship campaign is Matthew 25:29: “For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away.”
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 you know the thoughts of our hearts and our words before they leave our lips. Help us remember that you watch to see how we will use the bounty you have given us. Help us not to cling, but to give away, so that we become true conduits for your goodness. Open my heart and those of my brothers and sisters in this church to give to your glory. Amen.
Coffee Hour Dec 18 to Honor Ebrahim Asadishad
As previously announced, our beloved caretaker Ebrahim is leaving us at the end of the year to embark on a life of overseas travel with his wife Jode Brexa as she works in education research. You are invited to drop by coffee hour on Sunday Dec 4th and wish him well. You may also bring a card to church for Ebrahim that day or before mid-December. If you wish to bring a treat for coffee hour that day, please do so, and thank you!
Get Ready for the Christmas Pageant
Our annual Christmas pageant will be Sunday, December 11th, at the 9:30 a.m. service. The pageant is one of St. John's most beloved traditions, and it's something your children will remember forever. Rehearsal and costume distribution will be the day before, Saturday, December 10th, at 10 a.m. in the church. Children who want major parts (Mary, Joseph, Gabriel, the star, and the three kings) must attend rehearsal. Parts will be assigned by age, with older children choosing first, by 10:10 a.m. If your child wants a major part, please be at rehearsal by that time. Other children will be angels and shepherds.
Adult Forum Dec 18 - Mary, Mother of Jesus
Drop by coffee hour, convey your gratitude to Ebrahim, and then make your way to the Mckeown Conference Room/ Library for parishioner Paul Paiva's talk on Mary, the Mother of Jesus. Paul is a former Roman Catholic priest and we are excited that he will be sharing his knowledge of Mary and her significance to the church and the faithful. This is a very timely adult forum as we approach the Nativity of Our Lord.
Winter Saturday Services
- Bluegrass & Gospel Music; Holy Eucharist; Readings and 3-minute silent reflection; 40 minute service; teen group meets concurently.
- Offered these dates: Dec 3, 10, 17; Jan 7, 21, 28; Feb 4, 11, 18, 25
- No Saturday service Nov 26; Dec 24, 31; Jan 14; due to holiday weekends
- Please join us on the journey as together we grow into the heart and mind of Christ.
New Date for Christmas Caroling
Whittier Elementary Book and Boot Drive
For the fifth year in a row, St. John's is pairing with Whittier Elementary School, our Pine Street neighbor, to provide mini-libraries to kindergarten through fifth grade students in need. Please bring new (preferred) or very gently used books for the book drive to the book cart in the rotunda at St. John's on Sunday mornings from now until December 11th, or to the St. John's office during the week. We'll bless the books before the Christmas pageant on December 11th, and afterwards we'll sort and wrap them for delivery to Whittier that week. Students receiving the books may not be reading at grade level, so please keep this in mind when shopping for books. If you'd like to contribute money to buy books, please write a check to St. John's and put "Book Drive" on the memo line.
This year, some of the Whittier children are also in need of winter boots.
If the kids don't have boots, they are not permitted to go outside for recess on wet or snowy days. If you'd like to help by donating one (or more) pairs of boots, please contact Pam, and she’ll assign you a size.
Christmas Cookie Bakers Needed
Cookie bakers are needed to contribute 2-3 dozen cookies which will be delivered to parish members who are unable to worship with us during this Christmas season. Please deliver baked cookies to the Parish Hall on Saturday, at 9:00 a.m.
Thank You!- Pastoral Care Team
Golden Jubilee Celebration Liturgy
Honoring the Rev. Will Reller
Saturday, January 7th, 2017
5pm in the Santuary
Dinner Reception to follow in the Parish Hall. Please RSVP by December 15 with choice of Meat Lasagna, or Vegetarian, Gluten Free Polenta for dinner.
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).
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.