December 1, 2017
Quick Links:

Led by the Holy Spirit,
St. John's mission is to inspire people to grow into the heart and mind of Christ by engaging together in worshiping, serving, and spiritual formation.

Pastoral Note:
Mimi Roach, a member of our parish, died Thanksgiving week in her native country of South Africa, at age 95, of complications from pneumonia. Please pray for the repose of her soul and for peace and comfort for her family, especially daughter Molly and grandson Ryan. A service at St. John's is being planned for January 2018. Details will be released when available. May dear Mimi rest in the light of Christ and rise with Him in glory.
This month St. John's received...

from folks in our grocery card ministry—
And all they did was buy groceries and gasoline!
You can help—it's easy.
Or contact Janice Moore, Jim Podolak or Caryl Stalick for more information

Coffee Hour  

We envision St. John's as a community
where everyone undertakes
"welcome" and "hospitality"
as an intentional holy practice. 

Coffee Hour this week is brought to you by:
The Soup Kitchen

And please sign up to help make Coffee Hour Fellowship happen.  Contact Jessica Burnett: (

Choral Compline!
Sunday, Dec. 3, 9:00pm
With special guest
Ann Maria Morgan, viola da gamba
Join us for a moving and beautiful start to the season of Advent, with the exquisite sound of the viola da gamba. Music includes works by Ola Gjeilo, Peter-Anthony Togni, responses by John Bertalot, and Advent hymns.
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. “It feels like floating in a bathtub full of warm water and grace.” Come and experience the peace and mystery of this ancient liturgy!

Christmas Flower Donations

Help bring the spirit of Christmas to St. John’s!

Just send a check (to the office by December 19th) made out to the Altar Guild with Christmas Flowers  written in the memo line. If you would like to include a memorial remembrance or thanksgiving, please include this information with your check. (Or use the donation envelopes in the church provided by the Altar Guild for Christmas Flower Donations.)

The Whittier "Giving Tree"
Through December 18th 

Instead of our annual Book drive, we will be collecting items for the children of the Whittier Pantry. There are 2-4 kids in each family for a total of 50 children. The needs will be presented on a tree in the Rotunda.
Examples of needs are: Children's pajamas, shoes, winter coats
We are asking for new items only.
Please bring the item(s) back to church unwrapped with your tag.

Contact Caroline Melby Director of Family Faith Formation at 
Get Ready for the St. John's Christmas Pageant!

Our annual Christmas pageant is Sunday, December 10th, 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 is the Sunday before, December 3rd, at 11:30am 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 11:45am.  If your child wants a major part, please be at rehearsal by that time.Other children will be angels and shepherds.

We will meet in the Nave at 11:30 to try on costumes, assign parts, and do a quick pageant run-through to help everyone know what to expect. Afterward, we invite the youth to join us for a lunch of hot dogs and s'mores. We will finish no later than 1:00pm. Please plan to collect your children from the basement Youth Room (you can park in the parking garage and come in through the door up the ramp).
St John's offers special series: Thursday Afternoon Yoga!

In the gospel of Matthew (6:34) Jesus counsels his friends not to worry about tomorrow, inferring that we are to dwell not in the future nor the past but in the present. Yoga is a great way to practice learning to live in the present, and so we are pleased to offer a special 7-session introductory yoga series at St John's. As we approach the extra-busy holiday season this class is also a terrific way to re-center and re-energize yourself!

Here's what you need to know:
When:   Thursdays at 5:00-6:00pm (come to the rotunda door and we'll post the room assignment there)
Dates:  Dec 7-14-21-28
Who:    This is a drop-in introductory level class, with more challenging pose options offered for levels I and II
Instructor: Sirena Dudgeon, 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher
Cost:    $5.00 cash per person per class, payable to the instructor at the beginning of each class
If you come:  Wear comfortable clothes that allow movement, and plan to be barefoot. You must bring your own yoga mat. Other props used will be provided. 
As a drop-in class you need not attend all dates, however know that each class will to some degree build on the previous one. Also, class size will be limited by the room size so arriving ahead of class start time assures you'll have a spot! Questions? Contact Pastor Susan.

New Opportunities for Men’s Ministry

For well over a year, a group of nine men (all from St. John’s initially) have been gathering together on first and third Tuesdays for breakfast and fellowship.  Over time, our fellowship has allowed us to get to know each other, share what’s going on in our personal lives, talk about our spiritual challenges, talk about broader issues in our community and nation, and provide personal support for one another. The experience has been so gratifying and rewarding for everyone that Fr. Ted is starting a second men’s group which will meet at a time and place of mutual convenience. 

Men with a possible interest in joining the new group and who want learn more about the opportunity are encouraged to contact Fr. Ted directly for more information.  Call the office (303-442-5246) or email Fr. Ted at 


Pastoral care elves need cookie bakers and sweet treat makers for annual Christmas cookie bag deliveries to parish members unable to worship with us during our Christmas season. Deliver your bakings to the to Cathy Skala before 4pm on Thursday, Dec. 7th and/or to the  parish hall at
9:00 a.m. on Saturday,  Dec. 9. 
You are invited to a Festival of Lessons and Carols on Sunday, December 10th at 6pm at St. Aidan's Episcopal Church (2425 Colorado Ave, across from CU Engineering). The preacher will be Bishop Jim Gonia, of the ELCA Lutheran Rocky Mountain Synod, readers are drawn from the CU and Boulder Community. A reception will follow--please come together to pause for music and words of the Advent season.

Saturday, December 23rd.
5th Annual Family Christmas Caroling.
Meet in the Rotunda by 4:30 pm. Please contact Mark Huey or Adam Kimberly for more information.
It is with great joy and anticipation that Michelle Auerbach and Allan Cole invite everyone from St. John's to come and share the joy of their wedding. Michelle would love to feel the presence of her church family at the wedding, so please come.

RSVP & Details Click Here


Toilet Paper
Paper Towels
Kids Shampoo

Thank you for all of your support!!!

-Deacon Jan Dewlen
JOIN US FOR EVENSONG                  
Wednesdays at 6pm

Contemplative Evensong meets every Wednesday evening at 6p.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.
Saturday Night Bluegrass Worship Service
Our Saturday evening worship service begins each week at 5:00pm in the Chapel. Please join us for a contemplative Eucharistic service featuring Americana music with a bluegrass trio. Following the service, enjoy a brief concert and sing-along. This service lasts approximately 40 minutes. All are welcome!

Please note that Saturday evening worship will not occur on the following dates:  December 16th (Messiah Sing-Along), December 23rd (Christmas weekend), December 30th (New Year's weekend).
Weekly Services
Saturday            5:00p.m.       Holy Eucharist, chapel

Sunday               7:30 a.m.      Holy Eucharist, chapel
                            9:30 a.m.      Holy Eucharist, church
                            10:50 a.m.    Children's Eucharist, chapel (when Sunday school meets)
Tuesday            8 a.m.        Morning Prayer, chapel
Wednesday      8 a.m.         Morning Prayer, chapel
                           10 a.m.        Holy Eucharist, chapel
                           6 p.m.         Evensong, chapel
Thursday          8 a.m.        Morning Prayer, chapel 
                           Noon         Holy Eucharist and Service of Reconciliation, chapel

Friday                4:15 p.m.     Common Cathedral, rotunda
Thank you!

Paul often affirmed members of the churches he shepherded by telling them he was thanking God for them. In Philippians 1:3-5 Paul writes, "I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now."

  • Thank you to Sue Morse for yet another generous donation of office supplies!
  • Thank you to Natalie Clements, Jeff Melby, and Diane Wells for their help with the Advent Wreath Sunday!

Sunday Helpers:

Vestry Welcome:       Wayne Grider

Lectors:       Peter Gilman, Janice Moore


Ushers:   Steve Tilson, Sally Johnstone, Mark Burnett

Acolytes: Abigail, Will, Ruth, Jane

Vergers: Joanie Heard, Tom Brewster

Healing Prayer:  Kathleen Ferguson, Charles deBartolome

Eucharistic Visitors: Jerry Hauser, Diane Rex

Isaiah 64:1-9

O that you would tear open the heavens and come down,
so that the mountains would quake at your presence--
as when fire kindles brushwood
and the fire causes water to boil--
to make your name known to your adversaries,
so that the nations might tremble at your presence!
When you did awesome deeds that we did not expect,
you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence.
From ages past no one has heard,
no ear has perceived,
no eye has seen any God besides you,
who works for those who wait for him.
You meet those who gladly do right,
those who remember you in your ways.
But you were angry, and we sinned;
because you hid yourself we transgressed.
We have all become like one who is unclean,
and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy cloth.
We all fade like a leaf,
and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.
There is no one who calls on your name,
or attempts to take hold of you;
for you have hidden your face from us,
and have delivered us into the hand of our iniquity.
Yet, O Lord, you are our Father;
we are the clay, and you are our potter;
we are all the work of your hand.
Do not be exceedingly angry, O Lord,
and do not remember iniquity forever.
Now consider, we are all your people.

Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18
1 Hear, O Shepherd of Israel, leading Joseph like a flock; *
shine forth, you that are enthroned upon the cherubim.
2 In the presence of Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh, *
stir up your strength and come to help us.
3 Restore us, O God of hosts; *
show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.
4 O Lord God of hosts, *
how long will you be angered
despite the prayers of your people?
5 You have fed them with the bread of tears; *
you have given them bowls of tears to drink.
6 You have made us the derision of our neighbors, *
and our enemies laugh us to scorn.
7 Restore us, O God of hosts; *
show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.
16 Let your hand be upon the man of your right hand, *
the son of man you have made so strong for yourself.
17 And so will we never turn away from you; *
give us life, that we may call upon your Name.
18 Restore us, O Lord God of hosts; *
show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.

1 Corinthians 1:3-9

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus, for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind-- just as the testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you-- so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ. He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Mark 13:24-37

Jesus said, “In those days, after that suffering,
the sun will be darkened,
and the moon will not give its light,
and the stars will be falling from heaven,
and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.
Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in clouds’ with great power and glory. Then he will send out the angels, and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.
“From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
“But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come. It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his slaves in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to be on the watch. Therefore, keep awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or at dawn, or else he may find you asleep when he comes suddenly. And what I say to you I say to all: Keep awake.”


Prayers of Intercession

Please use this list today and throughout the week praying with special intention for:
All who are suffering in the wake of violence or natural disasters, all who are serving in the military, all who are distressed in mind, body, or spirit, and members of our parish family including:

Anna Northrop, Stephen de Bartolome and Jessica Penna, Debbie Dahlen-Deleeuw & Lucy (Bannert), Fr. Andy Carhartt, Mimi Roach, Donna Jackson (Burnsed), Hannah Swank (Skala), Michael Chunn, Stu Naegele, Molly Lee, Janet Brennan, JoAnn Brown,  Addie Heuston, Millie Heitman, Mark Odeen, Don Shields.  

Please notify Heather in the church office
(303-442-5246 or
if there are people who should be added to
 or removed from our prayer list.


We pray for the repose of the soul of:

Lois Edmonson Starr, and Rosalie Calvert Culver on the anniversaries of their death. We pray also for the repose of the soul of Mimi Roach and of Rev. Franklin Medford.                  


We honor Christ’s light within those celebrating birthdays:

Mary Liz Callaway, Bixby Doyle, Luke Fowler, Erin Harding, Barbara Hiles, Galen Kelleghan, Clara Schoeneshoefer, Charlie Lujan, Charlotte Smith, Rhett Stockebrand, Tim Chunn, Brielle Barnes, Joyce Davies, Les Houtz, Axson Morgan, Soren Thorston, Adrianne Tracy, Kathy Asta, Bill DeOreo, Ruth Becker, Will Becker, Sally Johnstone, Trey Larsen.            


We give thanks to God for the life and ministry of our brothers and sisters in Christ:

Addie Heuston, Barbara Heuston, William & Christin Heuston, Kate Hickey, John & Melissa Hickey, Barbar Hiles, John & Barbara Hill, Sven Hillring, Larry Hills, Ellen Hine

1419 Pine Street, Boulder, CO 80302
303-442-5246  |