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.
Blessing of Animals to include
Pet Food Donations
This year the October 14th Blessing of Animals will include an invitation to bring unopened cans or bags of cat or dog food to church. Each pet food donor will receive a heart themed bandana for their pet, and the food collected will be shared with the Longmont and Boulder Humane Societies. This is a great way to honor your pet, who freely gives you their love. Spread that love and help support a pet looking for a human to love forever.
Sunday School is Starting
It is time to register your children for Sunday School here at church! The first day of Sunday school will be September 16th.
Our new, lectionary-based curriculum is called Weaving God’s Promises
WGP1- Ages 3-6
WGP2- Grades 1-3
WGP3- Grades 4th & 5th
Eagles Nest – 6th grade- 12th grade
'Choristers', our Youth Choir led by Tom Morgan, will now practice on Sunday mornings at 11 am.
By moving practice from Wednesday nights to Sunday mornings, we hope that more children will participate. Our Chorister program has been active for 25 years. The children sing and play instruments at our Family-friendly Second Sunday service each month. Choristers will begin September 16th at 11 am.
Join Us for Evensong
Contemplative Evensong meets every Wednesday evening at 6:00 p.m. 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.
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.
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?
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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?
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