Plan to join us this fall after the 9:30am 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.
Join us this Sunday,
October 14th at 9:00pm!
“When I close my eyes and listen to it, the to-do list stops ticking in my head and I am reminded in my soul that I am not a machine made to complete tasks but a human made to love.”
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. Compline is offered when the day’s work is ended and the quietness of evening settles upon the hearts and minds of those who have gathered in thankfulness for the blessings of the day that has passed.
This week’s music includes works by Renaissance composers William Smith of Durham, Thomas Tallis, Robert Parsons, and Tomas Luis de Victoria; and classical guitar works performed by our special guest Ian Jickling. Join us Sunday at 9:00pm!
Third Grade Bibles
This year, the Bible class will be held on Sunday, October 21st from 11:00 - 11:45 am in the St. Francis-St. Clare Room upstairs in the education wing. 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 on Sunday, November 4th, at 11:00 am (optional) to personalize their child's Bible by highlighting verses and adding stickers and decorations, and children receive their Bibles during a Second Sunday on Sunday, November 11th service from the hands of their parents.
PLEASE RSVP so we can order a Bible for your child!
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. We’ll also bless veterinarians at this service. Please help us spread the word by telling your favorite veterinarian!
Children who do not share their homes with live animals are invited to offer instead a stuffed animal friend or photo for a special blessing.
Whittier Boot Drive
We have 40 Whittier children that are in need of winter boots. If the kids don’t have boots, they are not permitted to go outside for recess on the wet or snowy days. If you would like to help by donating one (or more) of these pairs of boots, please contact our Boot Coordinator, Christine Werking, at 561-504-2189 (call or text) so we can avoid duplicates. The boots can be dropped off at the Parish office.
(We would prefer new boots. However, if boots are gently used, please check that the inner lining is intact before donating)
'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.
Grocery Card Program
If you buy these cards, load more money onto them at the store of your choice (Safeway or King Soopers), use them to pay for your groceries, St John's earns a 5% reward!
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. For more information contact Janice Moore, Jim Podolak, or Caryl Stalick.
Whittier Pantry at St. John’s
Bring your donations to the Whittier Pantry and put them in the bin outside the room. The Pantry will serve about 30 families this school year, (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.