December 6, 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.

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.

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

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. 

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. 
Installation of new DOK chaplain
The Daughters of the King are pleased to announce the installation of their new chaplain, The Rev. Amy Lythgoe, at the 930am service on December 30th. The thirty members of St John's chapter of the DOK maintain a daily ministry of intercessory prayer, service, and evangelism.
Feast day of St John
In honor of our patron saint, John the Evangelist, (whose feast day is December 27th) the clergy will bless unopened bottles of wine (or your favorite celebratory beverage) that you bring to church (either service) on Sunday, December 30th. You are then invited to enjoy your blessed beverage on January 1st, to consecrate the year to come!

SAVE THE DATE: Sunday, January 13th    

Are you a former (or current) member of the Roman Catholic Church who is attending St John's? You may be surprised to know that a number of former Catholics worship at our church. If you'd like to learn about the similarities and differences between our two denominations, and if you'd like to talk with other former/current Catholics at St John's about this new and unfolding season in your spiritual life, please join clergy and Cate Colburn-Smith (a former Roman Catholic!) on Sunday January 13th at 11:20am for the first of a four-session series. To get on the mailing list for this series or if you have questions, please contact Cate at

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 w-Eagle’s announcement of grocery card ministry donations—and have a good time!!
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
Retreats at Cathedral Ridge
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
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
Dear Friends in Christ,
As we contemplate the prayers of Advent: Love, Hope, Joy, and Peace, our hearts and minds are drawn to what we, as part of the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion, can do to join forces with our National Church on the important issues of justice and truth. With that in mind, we are drawn to focus on issues:  Climate Care and Refugees ~ Immigration. At the General Convention in Austin, there were resolutions considered and passed addressing both. To that end, we share two articles of information which immediately follow.

We feel such gratitude in the knowledge that we belong to such a church that cares about human rights and the stewardship of the earth, “our island home.”

The Social Action Ministry
Advent 2018
Episcopal Relief & Development supports migrants in Mexico

Episcopal Relief & Development is supporting the work of the Anglican Church in Mexico to provide shelter, food, water, and other basic needs to migrants from Central America seeking asylum in the United States. As part of a joint-proposal sent to and funded by a collective of Anglican Alliance agencies, the efforts help meet immediate and long-term needs, beginning with a ministry through San Esteban Anglican Church in Rio Bravo, Tamaulipas, Mexico, across the border from Donna, Texas.
Presiding Bishop’s delegation to attend 24th United Nations climate change conference
An eight-member delegation representing the Episcopal Church’s Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will attend the 24th United Nations Climate Change Conference in Katowice, Poland, December 2-14. This is the fourth Episcopal delegation to attend this climate change meeting.

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 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.
Our Saturday evening Chapel bluegrass worship service is canceled on the following dates due to holiday event conflicts:

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."

  • Thank you to Cathy Skala for her beautiful flower arrangements in the rotunda and office.
Sunday Volunteers
  • Welcome Table: Miki Laws, Kathy Ashworth
    • Vestry Welcome:       
  • Lectors: Ed Kase
  • Intercessor:
  • Ushers: Bill & Jenny Burton, Mark Burnett
  • Acolytes: Arianna, Jane, Arisa, Henry, Sebastian
  • Eucharistic Visitors: Laura Ferenc
  • Healing Prayer Ministers:
  • Vergers: Joanie Heard, Katherine Davis
  • Guardian:  Jim Ferenc
Malachi 3:1-4
See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight-- indeed, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts. But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears?
For he is like a refiner's fire and like fullers' soap; he will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the descendants of Levi and refine them like gold and silver until they present offerings to the Lord in righteousness. Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord as in the days of old and as in former years.

Canticle 16

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; *
he has come to his people and set them free.
He has raised up for us a mighty savior, *
born of the house of his servant David.
Through his holy prophets, he promised of old,
that he would save us from our enemies, *
from the hands of all who hate us.
He promised to show mercy to our fathers *
and to remember his holy covenant.
This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham, *
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
Free to worship him without fear, *
holy and righteous in his sight
all the days of our life.
You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High, *
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,
To give his people knowledge of salvation *
by the forgiveness of their sins.
In the tender compassion of our God *
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
To shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, *
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Philippians 1:3-11
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. I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ. It is right for me to think this way about all of you, because you hold me in your heart, for all of you share in God's grace with me, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. For God is my witness, how I long for all of you with the compassion of Christ Jesus. And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight to help you to determine what is best, so that in the day of Christ you may be pure and blameless, having produced the harvest of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God.

Luke 3:1-6
In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler of Abilene, during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. He went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah,
"The voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
'Prepare the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight.
Every valley shall be filled,
and every mountain and hill shall be made low,
and the crooked shall be made straight,
and the rough ways made smooth;
and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.'"

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: Pat Biggers, The Rev. Kimberly (Kym) Lucas, Christopher Turner (Skala), Robert Schwartz, Drew Rushton (Landvik), Alan Wells (Lee), Ginny Pine, Esther Oliphant (Dudok), Eliza Fernie, Roger Ewing (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
if there are people who should be added to
 or removed from our prayer list.


We pray for the repose of the souls of:

Elizabeth “Betsy” Aspinwall, John G. Stewart, and MacKenzie Kate Larson on the anniversary of their deaths. We pray also for the repose of the souls of Mark Odeen and James Avery.  

We honor Christ’s light within those celebrating birthdays:

Trey Larsen, Gay Lynn Olsen, Jane Chamberlain, Brian Nazarenus, Paula Wager, Tim Horton, Laura Kofoid, Ali O’Donnell, Chris Avery, Cian Dowling-Davis, Stella Pensy, Adam Kimberly, Carson Taylor, Jane Weakley, Georgia Majure, Siri O’Donnell, Gil Compo, Matthew Dane, Karen Maddock, Steve Scheidker.

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

Kathy Asta, Gregory & Kristin Atkinson, Art & Robyn Atkison/Trent, Susan Avery, Charles & Rose Ayars, Elizabeth Babish, Karrie Bach, Gretchen & Kirk Bachmann, James Bailey, Kathryn Baker.

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