January 25, 2019
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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.


If you asked St John's parishioners to name someone who serves the church they might name members of the choir, lectors, Eucharistic visitors, ushers, acolytes or vergers. They might think of Soup Kitchen volunteers or Altar Guild members or those who serve on vestry or in a Sunday School classroom. Most likely, however, they would not name "Bank Deposit Coder" as a ministry, for few even know such a ministry exists! Not only does it exist, but it has also been an important ministry at St John's for at least half a century. It also is a ministry that has been handed down, all within the same Boulder family. It began with Sadie Rook, or at least she is the oldest known one in current memory to have served in this capacity. 

Sadie was the wife of Jack Rook, who was born in 1897 in Tennessee, and who fathered Jack Rook II, who was born in 1924 and who now lives at The Carillon. (He and his late wife Mary were very active at St John's for many years.) Sadie Rook, together with Jack Ogilvy (a noted professor of English at CU), handled each week the conveying of St John's Sunday deposit to and from the bank, counted its contents, and credited each donation to the account of its donor. It was painstaking and important work, and required a faithfulness to the church week in and week out, year in and year out.

After some years, Jack Rook II took on the mantle from his mother Sadie, and he was joined by the late Bob Elmore and the late Betsy Aspinwall, both beloved parishioners in their time. Thirteen years ago, in 2005, Betsy approached Amy French, who was (and is) married to Jack Rook III, son of Jack II and Mary. "It's time to pass the torch to the younger generation," stated Betsy with her characteristic directness. Given this, and given the family nature of this ministry, Amy and Jack III were obliged (and happy!) to accept. Due to the bank eventually taking on some of the counting duties, it is now a solo job which Amy handles by herself. And so, week in and week out, year in and year out since 2005, Amy has engaged in the painstaking work of fetching the deposit from the bank, coding each check and assuring it gets properly credited in our database. Often it is work that involves a fair measure of deciphering and sleuthing, and yet Amy is--thus far--undeterred, carrying out her work always with good cheer.

For this vital ministry and for those who have quietly served in it we are all grateful. If you know someone who serves in an "invisible ministry" at our church, let your rector know and perhaps we'll feature them in an upcoming issue of the Eagle.

Please join us on Sunday, January 27th for St. John's Annual Meeting, in the parish hall immediately following the conclusion of the 9:30 am service. At our meeting, we will elect three new vestry members, recognize staff, receive a copy of the staff and clergy annual report, and hear a presentation on our 2019 budget from our Treasurer. This is also the time for interested persons to put their names forward to serve as a delegate to the diocesan convention.
All parish members are encouraged to attend and you are asked to bring something for a potluck lunch.
Sunday Volunteers
Welcome Table: Jean & Myles Roche
Lectors:  Peter Gilman, Rick Collins
Intercessors: Josie
Healing Prayer Ministers: Kathleen Ferguson, Ren Feldman
Acolytes: Chocie, Grace, Will, Ruth
Vergers: Sarah Doelger, Joanie
Guardians: Jim Ferenc
Ushers: Evan & Charlotte Landvik, Herby Martin
Eucharistic Visitors: Jerry Hauser, Anne Greigg

Dates to Remember:
January 27th-   Annual Meeting - Regular Youth Programming - No Youth Group
February 17th-   No Youth Programming or Children's Chapel
March 5th-     Shrove Tuesday! Pancake Dinner hosted by Youth Group 5pm-7pm
March 6th-     Ash Wednesday- Family service in the Chapel 4 pm
March 15th-     ST. Johns is headed to Family Faith Night-Colorado Avalanche
game@ 7pm contact Caroline Melby for $25 tickets 
April 12th-14th- Youth Group heads to Quest Youth Retreat


For a look at what's happening in Epiphany, what's coming up for Lent, and what's planned for May, click HERE

2019 Spiritual Direction Colorado Conference

When: February 01, 2019, MST
Where: Arvada Center

Register now to reserve your spot!

"Revive My Soul Again;
Deep Connections in Times of Crisis"


Dr. Barbara Holmes

Spiritual teacher and writer focused on African American spirituality, mysticism, cosmology, and culture.

Author of five books, including Dreaming, Liberation and the Cosmos: Conversations with the Elders and Joy Unspeakable: Contemplative Practices of the Black Church.  

“My life is committed to the struggle for justice, the healing of the human spirit, and the art of relevant and radical creativity."

Learn more about Dr. Barbara Holmes : 


Cliff Berrien
We are very pleased to have Cliff Berrien working with Dr. Holmes and providing musical inspiration during the conference. Cliff Berrien has over 40 years of experience as a drummer & percussionist, DJ and music educator. He has used his degree in psychology where he focused on studying cultural expressions of collective joy as transformative ways to develop creativity, cultural dexterity and contemplative practice. Cliff combines his interest in the diversity of the worlds music and contemplative practices with a passion for building compassionate community as a member of the Center for Action and Contemplation Program Design team. Cliff is deeply grateful for this opportunity to collaborate with Dr. Holmes.  

Registration Information: 
You do not need to be a spiritual director to attend.

Between the dates December 15th to January 25th  Fee:  $140
Late Registration is Jan 25th to Last minute walk-ins:  Fee $160
There are no refunds but the admission price is transferable.

Have brunch with keynote speaker Barbara Holmes, Sunday, February 3rd. This is a Supporting Member only invitation. Sign up early as this is limited to 40 people. Cost is $40.00.  Not a member? Join HERE

Walk2Connect at the 2019 SDCO Convention

Walk2Connect is happy to facilitate contemplative walking experiences at this year’s SDCO Conference as we share and reflect on the wisdom of Dr. Barbara Holmes.  For more information and to register for one of three walks click on the time you are interested in:

February 1st, 6:00 - 6:45 PM
February 2nd, 8:00 - 8:30 AM
February 2nd, 12:15 - 12:45 PM

Would you like to stay in the area during the conference? A special rate is available at SpringHill Suites. Click HERE for more information and to make a reservation.

Best regards,
Spiritual Direction Colorado

Introducing the Attention Homes Pine Street Project

Join us following the 9:30 am service as we welcome Attention Homes Executive Director, Chris Nelson. Chris will tell us about the project presently under construction, how it came to be, statistics on teen and youth homelessness, who will be moving in and when, how the project will offer support to its residents, the project's Good Neighbor operating statement, and how St. John's can become involved to help make a positive impact on the lives of young at-risk adults.

The first Catholic Connections discussion group meeting was a hit! Please mark your calendars for the three remaining sessions, all in the St. Francis room at 11:00 am (or a little after if the service runs long)  
Sunday, Feb 17 
Sunday, March 3 
Sunday, April 28
On Feb 17, Father Ted will discuss church history and compare/contrast The Episcopal and Roman Catholic Churches. To get on the email list or if you have questions, please contact Cate at colburnsmith@gmail.com
Together Colorado—Faith in Action.  You’re invited.

On February 21st, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, in the St. Francis Room, St. John’s will host a meeting of Together Colorado.  Father Ted invited some of us to attend one of their meetings this fall, and anyone is invited to attend any of their meetings.  (The January 17th meeting of Together Colorado will be at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church at 715 Cabrini Dr., Lafayette.)  It provides an opportunity for us to discover our deepest shared concerns for human dignity and learn to effectively work together to leverage our work in Boulder County and throughout the state.  Of course, the specific concern shared by most of us in the county will not be the one that is most important to each of us, but we can learn how someone else’s concern needs to be ours as well by working together across faith communities. 

Since 1978, Together Colorado has organized alongside volunteer community leaders to build and solidify lasting power in the state of Colorado. Collectively, their leaders, member institutions, and staff developed this organization, which now spans 220 congregations, schools, and faith leaders across the state. Together Colorado is a member of the national network, Faith in Action.  Rooted in our sacred faith traditions, Together Colorado works to move from fear to liberation, from violence to life, from isolation to beloved community, so that our thoughts, words, and actions place human dignity and care for creation at the center of public life.

Kathy Ashworth and Eben Carsey have already interviewed a few of us about this work.  Please contact Eben with any questions: ecarsey@comcast.net.
February 24th
Discernment, Decision-making, and the Brain: Spiritual Exercises based on the work of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.

In the 20th century, de Chardin was one of the first to combine theology with evolutionary science, transforming how Christians approached spirituality. Brain science informs spiritual practice in this workshop, drawn from the book "The New Spiritual Exercises" by Louis M. Savary. Workshop led by Pastor Susan.
Hello St. John’s!  Get creative with groceries!! Are you drawn to pistachios? Do carrots bring out your green eyes, or are you more of an eggplant person? Do you find inspiration in split pea soup? The possibilities are as endless as the varieties of plastic bags… Take a selfie in a grocery store and send it in for use in the w-Eagle’s announcement of grocery card ministry donations.

Take a selfie in a grocery store and send it to Heather Dudok                   (hdudok@stjohnsboulder.org) for use in the w-Eagle’s announcement of grocery card ministry donations—and have a good time!!
St. John’s Whittier Pantry

Thank you for participating in the Boot and Coat Drive for the kids at Whittier Elementary!  St. John's purchased 40 pairs of boots and we gave out 39 coats to children to stay warm!  Awesome work!  We received many smiles.

Do you know that The Pantry gives out 120 rolls of toilet paper each month?  When you shop for yourselves, please purchase some for the families also.  Everyone needs it!   We are running low on toothpaste, too. 

Thank you to parishioners who donated money for the Pantry.  I made an extra large shopping trip and spent $850!  You should see the looks I get when I buy that much.  It gives me a chance to evangelize and tell people about our Pantry and the assistance we give to families.  It all makes a difference!

In Gratitude, Deacon Jan


A Simple Action You Can Take to Help End Gun Violence In Colorado: 
Join St. John’s Rapid Response Network

With a new State House of Representatives and a new State Senate preparing to convene for the 2019 session in early January, we are developing a list of congregants interested in joining our Congregation’s Rapid Response Network.  This network would be activated each time a bill is introduced that relates to guns.  The ask will be brief and simple.  Talking points will be provided and you will be asked to contact your legislator(s) or members of the committee hearing the bill.

Last year, CFCU was able to have members testify at each legislative hearing that dealt with gun bills.  Many more CFCU members contacted their legislators and we were successful in preventing any of our good gun bills passed in 2013 from being repealed.

We hope you will consider joining our network and being part of our witness on this important public health issue. We suspect we will need the help of every single one of you in the coming year.

Contact Kathy Ashworth at kathleen687@comcast.net if you are interested in joining. 

JOIN US FOR EVENSONG               
Wednesdays at 6 pm

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.
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

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 Charlie Lujan for helping to shovel the campus during the fast-moving snow storm on Thursday!

Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10
All the people of Israel gathered together into the square before the Water Gate. They told the scribe Ezra to bring the book of the law of Moses, which the Lord had given to Israel. Accordingly, the priest Ezra brought the law before the assembly, both men and women and all who could hear with understanding. This was on the first day of the seventh month. He read from it facing the square before the Water Gate from early morning until midday, in the presence of the men and the women and those who could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive to the book of the law. And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people, for he was standing above all the people; and when he opened it, all the people stood up. Then Ezra blessed the Lord, the great God, and all the people answered, "Amen, Amen," lifting up their hands. Then they bowed their heads and worshiped the Lord with their faces to the ground. So they read from the book, from the law of God, with interpretation. They gave the sense, so that the people understood the reading.
And Nehemiah, who was the governor, and Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, "This day is holy to the Lord your God; do not mourn or weep." For all the people wept when they heard the words of the law. Then he said to them, "Go your way, eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions of them to those for whom nothing is prepared, for this day is holy to our Lord; and do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength."

Psalm 19

1 The heavens declare the glory of God, *
and the firmament shows his handiwork.
2 One day tells its tale to another, *
and one night imparts knowledge to another.
3 Although they have no words or language, *
and their voices are not heard,
4 Their sound has gone out into all lands, *
and their message to the ends of the world.
5 In the deep has he set a pavilion for the sun; *
it comes forth like a bridegroom out of his chamber;
it rejoices like a champion to run its course.
6 It goes forth from the uttermost edge of the heavens
and runs about to the end of it again; *
nothing is hidden from its burning heat.
7 The law of the Lord is perfect
and revives the soul; *
the testimony of the Lord is sure
and gives wisdom to the innocent.
8 The statutes of the Lord are just
and rejoice the heart; *
the commandment of the Lord is clear
and gives light to the eyes.
9 The fear of the Lord is clean
and endures for ever; *
the judgments of the Lord are true
and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold,
more than much fine gold, *
sweeter far than honey,
than honey in the comb.
11 By them also is your servant enlightened, *
and in keeping them there is great reward.
12 Who can tell how often he offends? *
cleanse me from my secret faults.
13 Above all, keep your servant from presumptuous sins;
let them not get dominion over me; *
then shall I be whole and sound,
and innocent of a great offense.
14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my
heart be acceptable in your sight, *
O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.

1 Corinthians 12:12-31a
Just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body--Jews or Greeks, slaves or free--and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.
Indeed, the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot would say, "Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body," that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear would say, "Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body," that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many members, yet one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, "I have no need of you," nor again the head to the feet, "I have no need of you." On the contrary, the members of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and those members of the body that we think less honorable we clothe with greater honor, and our less respectable members are treated with greater respect; whereas our more respectable members do not need this. But God has so arranged the body, giving the greater honor to the inferior member, that there may be no dissension within the body, but the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it.
Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers; then deeds of power, then gifts of healing, forms of assistance, forms of leadership, various kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? But strive for the greater gifts.

Luke 4:14-21
Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country. He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone.
When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written:
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor."
And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. Then he began to say to them, "Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing."


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:

Short-term: Brenda Kroge, Stephen de Bartolome, Mike Halloran (Ashworth),  Ryder Heuston, Alan Wells (Lee), Kate Dodson, Pamela Clare, Sallye Howard, The Rev. Kimberly (Kym) Lucas, Christopher Turner (Skala), Robert Schwartz.

Long-term: Charlie Skala, The Prellberg Family (Stewart), Deacon Lorine Williams, Janet Brennan, JoAnn Brown, Addie Heuston, Millie Heitman, Don Shields

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


We pray for the repose of the souls of:

Ruby Joan Weatherwax, Trigg St. George Noyes, Pauline A. (Pat) Trustman, Sarah Fleming Griffin, and Frank White Smith on the anniversary of their deaths. We pray also for the repose of the souls of June McKeown Grenier and John Sichel.  

We honor Christ’s light within those celebrating birthdays:

Steve Pagnotta, Janet Watts, Jessica Harbeson, Debbe Weidler, Janet Brennan, Ellis Blevins, Roland Compo, Stephen Fox, Sungyun Kim, Finn Shaffer,  Michele Gerard/Chunn, Tim Kane, Dexy Payne, Kevin Sullivan, Valerie Walsh, Katherine Davis, Peter Elliott, Connie Macinko.

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

Janet Brennan, Gillian Brewster, Tom Brewster, Caroline Brickman, Brian & Karen Brightly, Sue Brightman, Karen & Tom Brimeyer, Angela Bristol, Susan Brodnicki.

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