A Statement From Our
With the announcement by President Donald Trump of his decision to withdraw the commitment made by the United States to the Paris Climate Accord, I am reminded of the words of the old spiritual which speaks of God and God’s creation in these words, “He’s got the whole world in his hands.” The whole world belongs to God, as Psalm 24 teaches us. God’s eye is ever on even the tiny sparrow, as Jesus taught and the song says (Luke 12:6). And we human beings have been charged with being trustees, caretakers, stewards of God’s creation (Genesis 1:26-31).
The United States has been a global leader in caring for God’s creation through efforts over the years on climate change. President Trump’s announcement changes the U.S.’s leadership role in the international sphere. Despite this announcement, many U.S. businesses, states, cities, regions, nongovernmental organizations and faith bodies like the Episcopal Church can continue to take bold action to address the climate crisis. The phrase, “We’re still in,” became a statement of commitment for many of us who regardless of this decision by our President are still committed to the principles of the Paris Agreement.
Faith bodies like the Episcopal Church occupy a unique space in the worldwide climate movement. In the context of the United Nations, the UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement, we are an international body representing 17 countries in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe, and Asia and the Pacific. We also are an admitted observer organization to the UNFCCC process, empowered to bring accredited observers to the UN climate change meetings. Furthermore, the Episcopal Church is a member of the worldwide Anglican Communion, the third-largest Christian tradition, and we remain committed to ensuring that Anglicans everywhere are empowered to undertake bold action on climate change mitigation and adaptation.
We know that caring for God’s creation by engaging climate change is not only good for the environment, but also good for the health and welfare of our people. The U.S. is currently creating more clean jobs faster than job creation in nearly every other sector of the economy, and unprecedented acceleration in the clean energy sector is also evident in many other major economies.
My prayer is that we in the Episcopal Church will, in this and all things, follow the way, the teachings and the Spirit of Jesus by cultivating a loving, liberating and life-giving relationship with God, all others in the human family, and with all of God’s good creation.
In spite of hardships and setbacks, the work goes on. This is God’s world. And we are all his children. And, “He’s got the whole world in his hands.”
The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry
Presiding Bishop and Primate
The Episcopal Church
Community 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 School
EFM - Education for Ministry
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.
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.
Whittier Pantry at St. John’s
The Whittier Pantry at St. John's was a huge success from the start! All families were referred to us by the Family Outreach Coordinator for the City of Boulder Human Services who works with Whittier Elementary School. We served 24 families (113 people) from October 13, 2016 to May 25, 2017. Seven families came only once or twice, but the rest were frequent visitors to the Pantry for a total of 167 visits. The Pantry will resume on September 14, 2017 for the next school year. I have reported all stats to the City of Boulder Human Services, and Whittier Elementary School.
The Pantry thrived because of your donations!!! Thank You St. John's!!! Donations will be accepted all summer so we will be ready in September. If you would like to write a check, please make it to “St. John’s” with “Whittier Pantry in the memo line.
Meet Dr. Joyce Kull, Our New Principal Organist
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).
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.