November 23, 2018
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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.


Stewardship Update

As of November 21st, 196 households have pledged for a total of $633,459. We are slightly ahead of last year at this time! Thank you for your responsiveness and faithful generosity. Around 95% of households who have pledged have sustained or increased their pledge, which is tremendous.  St John's is blessed because of each one of you, and because of you, St. John's is able to extend God's blessing to the world. Thank you.

The Finance Committee would like to let you know that for the 9th month in a row our General Offering is ahead of budget! This is due in large part to parishioners doing a good job of keeping up with their pledge payments. If you have made an effort to stay current on your pledge payments, thank you! Your good effort matters! For all pledgers, now is a great time--before the busyness of the holidays--to check your records and assure you are close to fulfilling your 2018 pledge. If you have questions about your pledge payment record, please contact Heather Dudok:

In March, Bishop O'Neill will conclude his 15 wonderful years of ministry with us. We each have a chance to say "thank you" and to honor him by contributing to the building of cabins at Cathedral Ridge--our camp and conference center near and dear to +Rob's heart. You'll find a bulletin insert in your service leaflet on Nov 18th. You can also visit  In addition to contributing money, you are invited to fill out a card of thanks to +Rob. Special cards are available in the church office. We'll collect them and send them to him. He has been an extraordinary Bishop to our diocese and now is the time to say "thank you", "we love you", and "blessing on your retirement!".

Sunday, November 25th

Parish Wide Advent Wreath making- Parish Hall
No Youth Programming, Nursery will be open

Saturday, December 8th

Christmas Pageant Rehearsal @ 10 am in the Sanctuary
- All children who want major parts must attend

Sunday, December 9th
Second Sunday: Christmas Pageant

Sunday, December 16th

Saturday, December 22

Youth Group heads to Denver Cathedral

Christmas Caroling- Food, Hot Chocolate  and Fellowship in the Parish Hall at 4 pm followed by neighborhood Caroling

Get Ready for the St. John's Christmas Pageant

Our Annual Christmas pageant will be Sunday, December 9th at the 9:30 am service. The pageant is one of   St. John's beloved traditions, and it's something your children will remember forever.

    Rehearsal and costume distribution for lead parts will be on the day before, Saturday, December 8th, at 10 am. Children who want major parts (Mary, Joseph, Gabriel, the star, and three kings) must attend rehearsal.
Parts will be assigned by age with the older children choosing first, by 10:10 am. If your child wants a major part, please be at rehearsal by that time.
RSVPs for Saturday's rehearsals are helpful but not necessary.

Angels and shepherds of all ages can pick up their costumes at 8:45 am on Sunday, December 9th, the morning of the pageant.
JOIN US this Sunday at 11:15 am , November 25th!
Inter-generational Advent Wreath Making 

 Sunday, November 25th We'll celebrate the beginning of Advent by gathering in the parish hall at 11:15 a.m. to make Advent wreaths with real greens. We'll sing Christmas carols and enjoy hot chocolate while we work. The cost for the workshop is $15 if you need a metal wreath form or $10 if you're reusing one. (Scholarships are available.) 
**No Sunday school or Youth Group Sunday, Nov 25th**
We have enough supplies for about 50 wreaths, and they'll be available on the 25th on a first-come, first-serve basis.  If you'd like to guarantee a wreath for your family, send a check (made out to St. John's with "Advent Wreath" on the memo line) to the address below by
Tuesday, November 13th:

Caroline Melby, Director of Faith Formation
St. John's Episcopal Church
1419 Pine Street, Boulder, CO  80302

You may also hand Caroline a check personally on Sunday morning or at the office, but
please do NOT put your Advent wreath check in the collection plate! 

We need a few volunteers to help during this event.
Please contact Caroline Melby ASAP if you are able to help

Outreach Partner Sunday, Nov 25th—At the 930am service that day we will lift in prayer all the non-profit organizations that your generosity has supported in 2018 through our Designated Loose Plate Offering. We're inviting a representative from each non-profit to come and receive a donation check from St John's. We'll pray for the mission of each non-profit in lieu of the Prayers of the People that day. This is a wonderful way to see what blessings your generous giving has made possible.

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. You may bring your cookie donation to the St. John's office on Wednesday, Dec. 5th or Thursday, Dec 6th during regular business hours or deliver your goodies to the to parish hall at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday,  Dec. 8th. 

New Ministry — “Enlightenment”
facilitated by Ellen Winner

We’d like to organize a new ministry at St. John’s for open-minded people interested in Spiritual Enlightenment, broadly defined as recognizing and living from our oneness with All-That-Is, aka God, Source, etc. — that which stirs our deepest longing. The idea is to meet on a regular schedule to explore and teach each other practices and perspectives useful on our paths — what Buddhists call “skillful means.” These are practices rather than beliefs. An example is Tonglen, a traditional Tibetan Buddhist breathing and visualization practice for dissolving self-grasping and alleviating the suffering of others. Another example is the work of contemporary spiritual teacher Byron Katie to break habits of dualistic thought. Christian skillful means include Communion, repentance and forgiveness, acts of charity, Centering Prayer, and others. There are many, many traditional and modern skillful means, with more emerging all the time. We all know a few. They come in meditation, dreams and intuitions, from lessons we learn facing life challenges, spiritual teachers we’ve found, and library or online research. Let’s practice together and share what we know. If interested, please contact Ellen at by Monday December 3rd.

About Ellen Winner

Ellen Winner has been a member of St. John’s for about ten years, and sings in the choir. She retired from her career as a patent attorney in 2015 to practice and teach shamanism, which she has been studying since 1984 both in the U.S. and Nepal. More information at
St. John's Christmas Caroling
Attention! Mark your calendars for our Parish-wide
Christmas Caroling event on Saturday, December 22nd at 4 pm.

 We will meet in the Parish Hall at St. John's to enjoy cocoa and cookies.
Please bring flashlights and warm clothes and your Christmas Cheer. We will be caroling the local Whittier neighborhood this year.
RSVPs are helpful but not necessary. 
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                   ( for use in the eEagle’s announcement of grocery card ministry donations—and have a good time!!

"Props" to our great Grocery Card Ministry team: Janice Moore, Jim Podolak, and Caryl Stalick! Because of their enthusiasm and effort in promoting the use of grocery cards to benefit St John's (and because of your using those cards!) St John's has earned $6,200 so far this year. In a leap of faith last winter, we had budgeted $4,600 in income in this budget line item. The team has surpassed that goal by $1,600 and the busy holiday food shopping season has not yet begun! This is a great time to re-load your card and support your church. And if you see Janice, Caryl, or Jim, thank them for their good work!
St. John’s Whittier Pantry

Thank you to parishioners of St. John's for your help in stocking the Whittier Pantry!!!  We opened on September 6th and had 7 families come. We will host up to 30 families this school year.  We appreciate your donations of items or of checks (with Whittier Pantry in the memo).

Current needs: men's and women's deodorant,  size 5 and 6 diapers.

Sincerely, Deacon Jan and volunteers.

Whittier Elementary Children need Coats.

The Whittier Pantry is collecting gently used clean children's coats. Any size that would fit an elementary or middle school child will be repurposed and loved by another child. As you are cleaning out your closets preparing for winter, keep this in mind. Coats may be dropped off at the Whittier pantry. Thank you so much.

Deacon Jan
Dear Jan, 
Since this is a time of year for gratitude, I have to take a moment to express my gratitude to you and your community.  The pantry you have created for Whittier families has been an absolutely invaluable resource. When I think of all the families that now have the basic supplies they need thanks to you, my heart feels deeply the support and hope that this brings.  Every adult now can have toiletries, ever baby now can have enough diapers, every kid now can have boots and a coat. This gift you are giving is priceless and I hope you accept this letter as a small token of thanks next to your immense gift of love.

Sarah Oswick
Whittier International Elementary School
Retreats at Cathedral Ridge
November 30 - December 2, 2018

An Advent retreat for those who long to wait with hope amid the myriad in-between times of every life, we will “wait” the great In-Between of Christ who reigns and Jesus soon to be born. We will wait with Joseph, John the Baptist, and Mary as we practice the spiritual discipline of waiting on the shoreline of a new world. Poet John O’Donohue notes, “What is nearest to the heart is often farthest from the word,” so as we wait there will be opportunity to explore your world of response through prayer, quiet, and a variety of expressions that require no words. Cost: $175 ($50/per person discount for double rooms).

Retreat leader: The Rev. Christy Shain-Hendricks, Rector of Ascension and Holy Trinity, Pueblo
January 4-6, 2019
Invite your mother, friend, daughter, or granddaughter to a weekend of inter-generational fellowship, faith-deepening, and fun before school recommences. There will be large and small group presentations, crafts, worship, healthful meals, and time for self-care and pampering. This retreat makes a wonderful Christmas gift. For girls Grade 6 and above, and women of all ages. Cost: $175/$100 (adults/youth)

Retreat leaders: The Rev. Amy Underhill Lythgoe, Assisting Priest for Family Ministry, St. John’s-Boulder and Elizabeth Cervasio, Director of Children & Youth Ministry, Office of the Bishop
January 18-20, 2019

Come enjoy a weekend with your father or father figure, or bring your son or young person you’re mentoring. This is for men looking for activity, play, and rest in the beautiful mountains of Cathedral Ridge. We will have activities indoors and out, games, music, presentations, worship, and table fellowship. For fathers and sons of all ages. Recommended for boys Grade 1 and above. Cost: $175/$100/$60 (adults/youth/children)

Retreat leaders: The Rev. Nicholas Myers, Rector of St. Timothy’s, Centennial, and Grae Dickson, Executive Director of Cathedral Ridge
Click Here For Retreat Reservations



At our Baptism we are asked “ Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?” and  we answer, “I will with God’s help” (BCP  p. 305)

Early Asylum Seekers


Dear Friends in Christ,

More than 2000 years ago Mary and Joseph risked everything to escape to Egypt because their baby, Jesus, was in danger of being murdered by a violent leader. Today, thousands of families are escaping their home countries because they too feel their lives are threatened by violence and corruption.

In our Baptismal vows, we promise to, “seek and serve Christ in all persons”....”loving  {our} neighbors as {ourselves}”...” and respect the dignity of every human being”. Since the beginning of our nation, Americans have been blessed to be able to welcome and comfort law-abiding people who seek only the chance to live in peace and in safety for themselves and their families.

Thank you for working for justice and peace,
Marti Dever, Kathleen Ferguson, Kathleen Shields
St. John’s Social Action Ministry
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.
Our Saturday evening Chapel bluegrass worship service is cancelled on the following dates due to holiday event conflicts:

November 24 (Thanksgiving weekend)

December 22 (weekend before Christmas)

December 29 (weekend before New Years)

Please contact Mother Amy ( or 303-442-5246) with questions. Thank you.
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."

In this season of Thanksgiving, we lift up the many hands and people who help make St. John’s the community it is: our office volunteers, ministry leaders and members, worship volunteers and servers, Faith Formation teachers and volunteers, musicians and singers, people who pledge and pray and work for the good of the wider Church, those who show up to help us find God in one another and love and serve our neighbors. We are blessed!
Sunday Volunteers
  • Welcome Table: Betsy Shears, Jean Roche
    • Vestry Welcome:   Steve Christopher    
  • Lectors: Ed Kase, Kathy Ashworth
  • Intercessor:
  • Ushers: Mark Burnett, Evan & Charlotte Landvik
  • Acolytes: Chocie, Grace, Will, Ruth
  • Eucharistic Visitors: Anne Greigg
  • Healing Prayer Ministers: Nancy Iverson, Cathy Skala
  • Vergers: Joanie Heard, Tom Brewster
  • Guardian: Tom Brewster
Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14

As I watched,
thrones were set in place,
and an Ancient One took his throne,
his clothing was white as snow,
and the hair of his head like pure wool;
his throne was fiery flames,
and its wheels were burning fire.
A stream of fire issued
and flowed out from his presence.
A thousand thousands served him,
and ten thousand times ten thousand stood attending him.
The court sat in judgment,
and the books were opened.

As I watched in the night visions,

I saw one like a human being
coming with the clouds of heaven.
And he came to the Ancient One
and was presented before him.
To him was given dominion
and glory and kingship,
that all peoples, nations, and languages
should serve him.
His dominion is an everlasting dominion
that shall not pass away,
and his kingship is one
that shall never be destroyed.

Psalm 93

1 The Lord is King;
he has put on splendid apparel; *
the Lord has put on his apparel
and girded himself with strength.
2 He has made the whole world so sure *
that it cannot be moved;
3 Ever since the world began, your throne has been established; *
you are from everlasting.
4 The waters have lifted up, O Lord,
the waters have lifted up their voice; *
the waters have lifted up their pounding waves.
5 Mightier than the sound of many waters,
mightier than the breakers of the sea, *
mightier is the Lord who dwells on high.
6 Your testimonies are very sure, *
and holiness adorns your house, O Lord,
for ever and for evermore.

Revelation 1:4b-8
Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.
To him who loves us and freed us from our sins by his blood, and made us to be a kingdom, priests serving his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
Look! He is coming with the clouds;
every eye will see him,
even those who pierced him;
and on his account all the tribes of the earth will wail.
So it is to be. Amen.
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.

John 18:33-37
Pilate entered the headquarters again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus answered, “Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you about me?” Pilate replied, “I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me. What have you done?” Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my followers would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here.” Pilate asked him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.”

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: Robert Schwartz, Drew Rushton (Landvik),  Alan Wells (Lee), Ginny Pine, Esther Oliphant (Dudok),  Eliza Fernie, Roger Ewing (Schwartz), Ann Pierce (Newell), Bill Ruggles, The Gillis Family (Kimberly), Brenda Kroge,  Dr. Kyra Toledo (Clarke).
Long-term: Charlie Skala, The Prellberg Family (Stewart), Deacon Lorine Williams, 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 souls of:

Terry Allen Cooper, Victoria A. Chen Fowler, and Gerald Musselman Hoverstock on the anniversary of their deaths. We pray also for the repose of the soul of Ellen Tate.

We honor Christ’s light within those celebrating birthdays:

Colleen Askew, Dan Becker, Kristin Kerr Gannon, Lisa Gills/Gallagher, William Dodson, Joe Fowler, Joseph Sargent, Natalie Hubert/Hall, Halea Kerr-Layton, Kathe Lujan, Christopher Shears, Heather Dudok, John Taylor, Sarah Doelger.

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

Richard Ackerman, Ellen Aiken, John & Josphine Alipit, SueAnn & L. Brian Ambron, Jeff & Aubrie Amelang, Lucy Amerman, Sarah Amirani, Fred Anderson,  Susan Anderson, Valerie & Les Anderson.

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