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“The ultimate test of a moral society
is the kind of world it leaves its children”
      -- Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Social Action and Outreach at St. John's

St. John's has expanded the traditional concept of Outreach to include a special type of Outreach that we are calling Social Action Ministry (SAM). This ministry, with its focus on social justice, offers opportunities for all of us to engage Christ’s love with service to our community and a hurting world. SAM also provides a platform for us to carry out our Baptismal vows to “love our neighbor as ourselves...and...strive for justice and peace among all people”. [BCP, p 305].  It is our hope that through these diverse non-profit ministries that need our hands-on volunteer work as well as financial support, we can nourish our heart’s yearnings to make a difference in peoples’ lives.

St. John’s is called to encounter Christ in the world by extending His love in giving and service to others and seeks to engage parishioners as directly as possible with those who are served.  In 2012, St. John’s was recognized by the Episcopal Diocese of Colorado as one of 29 Jubilee Ministries in the state because of a long history of outreach and servanthood.  Currently, St. John’s outreach consists both of ministries that are run primarily by the parish and partnership support in giving and service to 10 non-profit agencies.

St John's also periodically holds donation drives and carries out special projects to benefit those in the community. Recent events have been a warm clothing drive for the homeless, a fleece scarf making event for the homeless, a children's book drive for children of low income families, and a reading camp for low income children, being planned for June 2013.

 St. John's Social Action Ministries

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Supporting struggling Syrian refugees. Contact: Mark Guzzi, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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In August of 2016, a group of St. John’s parishioners formed the St. John’s Working Group for Gun Violence Prevention. Our mission is to protect all lives form gun violence by engaging in education, advocacy, and action. Sadly, we continue to pray and toll the bells at St. John’s for the victims of gun violence – most recently for the 60 dead in Las Vegas. Our primary work is to advocate for gun-violence prevention legislative action. That work is carried on by one of our sub-committees – the Rapid Response Network (RRN). To join the Working Group or RRN or both, please write Kathy Ashworth This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Climate Change and the Environment WorldInHands

A platform of advocacy that provides parishioners information for awareness and opportunities for action to support policies that have impact on the health and welfare of our own and future generations. Contact: Kathy Shields, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    Click here to read about the St. John's solar project.

 

 

St. John’s Traditional Outreach Ministries

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On Fridays at 4:15 p.m., a time of spiritual nourishment is held that is open to everyone but is especially for our friends who call the street their home.  Mealtime nourishment follows at 5:00 p.m., especially for those whose home is on the street.  Participants may attend one or both programs.  Contact Barbara Dumke This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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For 25 years, St. John’s has provided a hot lunch and a bag lunch to working poor and homeless in Boulder on the first Sunday of each month. Guests have access to a variety of services including free haircuts, and medical screenings and consultations provided by the doctors, nurses, and therapists associated with St. Benedict Health and Healing Ministry, one of the non-profit partners.  Contact Mark Biggers (303-444-3916).  

St. Benedict Health and Healing MinistryStBenedicts

These tireless volunteer health care professionals hold free clinics monthly for our neediest neighbors, building relationships of trust in the hope that all those they serve may feel comfortable, cared for, and safe.  Contact  Jim Podolak (303-443-1177) or Deacon Jan Dewlen (303-775-6796), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Whittier Elementary Partnership

Reading Club and Reading Camp. Contact: Nancy Iverson, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Whittier Children’s Book Donation Drive at Christmas BookDrive2

Each year, during Advent, St John’s collects donations of money and new children’s books for the children at Whittier Elementary, our neighborhood partner school. The principal and staff at Whittier identify by grade level who would benefit from a Christmas gift of carefully selected books to build a personal library. Some of these children do not have more than a few books in their homes; their families struggle to provide everyday necessities. The pleasure of opening and leafing through a new book of their own is not part of many children’s childhood experience. Contact: Caroline Melby, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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The St. John’s Whittier Pantry opened in September 2016 and served 25 families. The Pantry opened to assist Whittier families, on a referral basis, with items that cannot be purchased with an EBT card.

Do you know what an EBT card is? It stands for Electronic Benefit Transfer and is used in all 50 states to issue food stamp benefits to recipients. EBT cards cannot be used for: toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, conditioner, soaps, lotions, toilet paper, deodorant, feminine products or diapers. Families can find all these items in the Whittier Pantry! The Pantry is open on Thursdays during the school year from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. Donations are needed each week. Volunteer opportunities are available. Contact Deacon Jan Dewlen at 303-775-6796, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Youth Mission Trips

St. John’s youth group has many years of service through mission trips to places such as the Dominican Republic, Haiti, New York City, Yakama Reservation, and Windsor, CO. 


 St. John’s Partnership Agencies

St. John’s supports a number of agencies financially (through its loose plate contributions and discretionary outreach funds) as well as providing hands-on volunteer assistance.  Those interested in working with the following agencies can contact them through their websites or learn about them by contacting the St. John’s parishioner who is listed with each agency below.

Attention Homeswww.AttentionHomes.org

Attention Homes provides residential treatment, counseling, and safe shelter to at-risk and homeless youth.  Contact Nancy Shaw (303-447-0566).  

Boulder Outreach for Homeless Overflowwww.BOHOCommunity.com

BOHO organizes to provide basic needs, shelter, and care for those not served because of limitations of other Boulder support organizations. Contact Mark Biggers (303-444-3916).

Boulder County Circles Campaignwww.BoulderCountyCircles.org

Circles Campaign is an innovative national movement to end poverty in the community, one family at a time, by providing training in self-sufficiency skills and support from a professional skills bank.  Contact Edith Blakeslee (303-895-1185).

Boulder County Cares (Boulder Shelter for the Homeless)www.BoulderShelter.org

Boulder Shelter’s mission is to provide safe shelter, food, support services, and an avenue to self-sufficiency for homeless adults.  Boulder County Cares is the Shelter’s outreach to people on the street from 5 to 10 p.m. during the winter whereby trained volunteers offer donated clothing and food and provide safety checks and some transport.  Contact Mark Biggers (303-444-3916).  

Bridge House - www.BoulderBridgeHouse.org

The mission of Bridge House is to address immediate survival needs of homeless and working poor individuals and provide resources which lead to employment, housing, personal stability, and healing.  Contact Bill Treadwell (720-220-6503).  

haitikidsColorado Haiti Projectwww.ColoradoHaitiProject.org

The mission of the Colorado Haiti Project is to share Christ’s love, through partnership with our brothers and sisters in Haiti, to improve the human condition.  Contact Eben Carsey (303-449-3041).  

Emergency Family Assistance Associationwww.EFAA.org

EFAA’s vision is to build a more caring community and a better future for families in crisis.  They provide food and shelter to those experiencing an immediate short-term crisis.  Contact Edith Blakeslee (303-895-1185).

Flatirons Habitat for Humanitywww.FlatironsHabitat.org

The ultimate goal of Flatirons Habitat is to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the face of the earth by building adequate housing.  Contact Kathy Ashworth (303-589-4785).   See some pictures of our volunteers for September 13, 2014 here.

Voices for Children Court Appointed Special Advocatewww.VFCCASA.org

The mission of Voices for Children CASA is to help break the cycle of child abuse and neglect in Boulder County.  Contact Kathleen Ferguson (303-541-9976).  

Mountain States Children’s Home

Advocating for neglected and abused children (Longmont) Contact: Phil Crews 303-776-6841

I-Thrive - www.thrivingteens.org 

Raising awareness to prevent teen drug and alcohol addiction.. Contact: Cole Smith,  303-776-8184

Wildlands Restoration Volunteer.

Work outdoors to help protect Mother Earth. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  303-449-1456


 St. John’s also has relationships with:

International Midwife Assistancewww.MidwifeAssist.org

IMA has worked in Afghanistan to recruit and train midwife students, modeling kindness, compassion and strong ethics; in Uganda to offer women and their babies free comprehensive medical care, including prenatal, birth services, and HIV/AIDS testing and treatment as well as family planning and childhood vaccinations; and in Haiti to teach home- based life saving skills.  Contact Jennifer Braun (303-588-1663).

Anglican Diocese of Matsolane in South Africa

Through Father James Williams, who has been generously volunteering in priestly service at St. John's since the summer of 2011, St. John's is establishing a relationship with the Anglican Diocese of Matlosane in South Africa.  St. John's has made a donation to the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Commemorative Birth Village in Matlosana (Klerksdorp), and a group from St. John's will accompany Father Williams to Matlosana in the fall of 2013 to see the Commemorative site and to witness Bishop Stephen Diseko of Matlosane bestowing the office of honorary Canon on Father Williams.  Contact Rev. James or Rev. Lorine Williams (720-626-2612).

YWCA Boulderhttp://www.ywcaboulder.org

The YWCA is a non-profit organization that provides human services, advocacy, education and leadership development programs.  They offer a range of programs with an emphasis on helping individuals and families in transition: career services, Children’s Alley (temporary drop-in childcare center), co-parenting for life classes, youth empowerment programs, parent education, and involvement in public policy and advocacy.