July 27, 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.


Capital Campaign Update

Friends in Christ,

As we near the end of July [and the end of our "active" fundraising period] I want to give you an update on the capital campaign. To date, 54 households have made commitments to the campaign for a total of $277,415. This represents 80% of the Phase One total of $343,000. To everyone who has made a financial commitment to this campaign, thank you. Thank you and bless you for investing in our church for this present time and for years to come. St John's is a place where people experience the peace and transformative power of God, and you have helped assure this holy work can continue. If you have not yet given, please prayerfully consider a gift--large or small or in between. All gifts help your church move toward its goal.

Our goal for Phase One of the campaign was to raise enough to complete 14 necessary projects on our campus. Of those, several small projects have already been done, and the vestry has given priority to certain others [chapel bathroom remodel, sanctuary roof repair, exterior door key fob system and security cameras as a first priority, and walkway roof extension and first and second floor classroom partitions and doors as a second priority]. We ought to be able to complete our first priority items. We might be able to complete the second priority items as well. What will have to be deferred to some future time are: replacing the carpet in the church, library, and hallway, improvements to the sanctuary sound system, new sound system for the parish hall, and the installation of gates beneath the south entrance to the narthex.

We'll be offering updates on campaign projects over the next months. If at any time you have questions about the projects or the campaign, please contact Pastor Susan, Father Ted, Senior Warden Joanie Heard, or Junior Warden Richard Ackerman.

With gratitude,


Coffee Hour  

Please join us after the 9:30 service for liquid refreshment!!

On Sunday, August 12th, as part of our Second Sunday celebration during the 9:30 service we will once again offer backpack blessings for students of all ages. Please bring your empty backpacks to church that morning. We will place them at the altar for the first half of the service, invite the students forward for the blessing, and provide a small token to attach to the backpacks as a reminder that the prayers and blessings of St. John’s remain with them throughout the year.

If you have any questions, please contact Mother Amy (alythgoe@stjohnsboulder.org or 303-552-4256). We hope you’ll join us!

is right around the corner!! Sunday, August 26th we will be honoring all of St. John’s wonderful ministries and inviting everyone to get involved!! If you are a ministry leader now is the time to get to work on a banner for the procession. There are some retired banners that can be re-purposed. Just contact Diane Wells at dwells@stjohnsboulder.org or 303-442-5246 if you are interested in making a banner for your ministry.

On September 2

Celebrate Tom Morgan’s

30th Anniversary
as our Music Director!

30 years is amazing, and we are blessed!  In those 30 years, Tom has led the entire music program, including the choir, the Choristers, other musicians, and congregational singing. He founded and leads the St. John’s Compline Choir, and participates in creating almost every worship service, making sure that the music complements the lectionary and the church calendar.  He plays a wider variety of instruments than we can list here, and he is also the go-to person when our sound system misbehaves.  Perhaps most important, in 30 years he has never lost his enthusiasm and love for music and our congregation.  He is an inspiration.

As if that weren’t enough, many people in the greater Metro area and beyond know about St. John’s because Tom is here.  He is the artistic director and conductor of the Ars Nova Singers, one of the premier choral ensembles in the region.  His musical compositions have been performed around the world, and among other accolades, garnered an award from BMI.  Recently (2016), as a result of his work with Ars Nova and the Compline Choir, Tom received the Dairy Arts Center Honors Lifetime Achievement in the Arts award.  This pays tribute to outstanding individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to the arts in our community. 

As we said, we are blessed!

When Tom was asked how he would like to celebrate, in a Tom-like fashion he chose something that benefits us all. He would like to produce a St. John’s Choir CD.

Here’s how you can join in the celebration and say THANKS:

~ Send a check made out to St. John’s with Tom Morgan Anniversary Fund in the memo line.  This will fund the CD, which is estimated to cost $4,000-$6,000.  Please get your contribution in by August 30 so we can present our gift to Tom on September 2. (Donations of $50 or more receive a complimentary CD)

~ SAVE THE DATE!  Sunday, September 2nd will be a Day of Celebration for Tom. Pastor Susan has invited him to preach and he has accepted! Coffee hour will be a chance for us all to personally say Thank You. We will let him know how much money we have raised.

~ Share your pictures and stories to be included in the September 2nd festivities. Contact Kathe Lujan at kathelujan@comcast.net

A CD. A Celebration – what great ways to honor Tom’s 30 years at St. John’s and say “Thank You”.

We are looking forward to hearing from you.

Yours in Christ,

The Tom Morgan Anniversary Team

John Black, Steve Clarke, Paul Logan, Kathe Lujan, Melinda Mattingly, Caroline Melby, Janice Moore, Sue Morse


Are you traveling much this summer?

Travel size toiletries are needed for homeless clients.

St. John’s Soup kitchen provides the best homemade meal in the city.  St. John’s and St. Benedict’s Health and Healing Ministry pass out travel size toiletries if the clients need them.  Last Soup Kitchen Sunday, Deacon Jan gave away 72 items.

You may donate your small toiletries to St. John’s and SBHHM and we will see that the clients receive them at Soup Kitchen.  There will be a bag in the office to collect items.

Items needed are toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, shampoo, conditioner, hand lotion, lip balms, and small deodorants for men and women.

Thanks so much, Deacon Jan

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



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)

Every day, when we hear the cries of suffering in our midst and we acknowledge the trauma caused by these personal human tragedies, our hearts break.  The challenges of our time are daunting. Parents seeking a safe home for their children, in the land-of-the-free, watch helplessly as their babies are taken from them; students, living in fear that this might be the day that their school is in some gunman’s site; parents worried that some child close to them could die from an opioid overdose. We ask, What can I do? And What difference can one person make anyway? We feel hopeless and helpless. All of these feelings make perfect sense. But what can we do?

As Christians, we know there are actions that all of us can take in the name of justice, and that one person…multiplied by many… can make a difference. We don’t have to look any further than the vow we all took (or loving Godparents took for us) at the time of our Baptism.  In it, we hear a clear call to action… or at least to strive, “for justice and peace…and respect the dignity of every human being”   And, in this spirit,  our Social Action Ministry would like to offer some ideas.  These will be a regular weekly feature in  The E- Eagle and will be devoted to calls to action for justice.

The focus of this new feature will change periodically, as we address the social and environmental challenges of our time. The ideas will be researched and provided by the Social Action Ministry as we all set our hearts and souls on making the world a better place.

Kathy Shields, Chair, Social Action Ministry

Refugees and Immigrants

We have designated August as our time to remember the plight of refugees and immigrants both at our Southern border and around the world. On our doorstep, we have seen children separated from their families and asylum seekers turned back or arrested. In Europe and the Middle East, there are millions of Syrian refugees in camps -- displaced by war and unable to return home. This is our time to stand together as people of faith to support "the least of our brothers and sisters” who are in such need.

For the month of August, we will display pictures of immigrants and refugees from Latin America and Syrian in the parish hall. Remember them in your prayers.

August 12th, after the 9:30 Service: Allison Duvall and Kendall Martin of Episcopal Migration Ministries will host a webinar in the Parish Hall. They will discuss the plight of refugees, what's happening at our Southern Border, and how we can advocate for Immigrants and Refugees.

August 19th, after the 9:30 Service, St John's own Andrew Pasini will speak to us about his two trips last year to give aid and comfort to Syrian Refugees in Greece and Lebanon.

Our loose-plate recipient for the month of August will be Episcopal Migration Ministries to aid them in their work to support refugee resettlement.

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Mark Guzzi at mdguzzi@gmail.com.

The loose plate recipient for the rest of July is RAICES [Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services], a non-profit founded in 1986, which offers free and low-cost legal services to immigrants and refugees at the Texas/Mexico border.

For more information:


Opportunity to Volunteer for Gun Violence Prevention

St. John’s has been invited to join Congregation Bonai Shalom on Saturday, August 4th AND Sunday, August 5th at their Gun Violence Prevention table at the Boulder County Fair.  Can you volunteer to sit at the table for one of the 2-hour shifts? Thank you for those who have volunteered so far. We could use another person on Saturday from 4 to 6 and Sunday either 12 to 2 or 2 to 4.     St. John’s has been co-sponsoring this effort with Bonai Shalom for two years.  We will have brochures and fact sheets on how to prevent gun violence.  If you would like to sign up for a shift, please contact Kathy Ashworth (kathleen687@comcast.net).

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. Jim Podolak for weeding, trimming. Friend, John Rushton for weeding, trimming. Tom Stumb for sprinkler repairs, watering, mulching. Maryann Edwards for her work on the Ministry Fair banner, rose care. Cathy Skala for pruning roses and weeding.
Sunday Volunteers
  • Welcome:   Steve Christopher 
  • Lectors:   Peter Gilman, Doug Burger
  • Intercessor: Robert Schwartz
  • Ushers: Ren Feldman, Cedar Barstow, Eric Klassen
  • Acolytes: Drew, Dominic, Michael
  • Eucharistic Visitors: Robert Schwartz
  • Healing Prayer Ministers: Kathy Ashworth, Robert Schwartz
  • Vergers:  Tom Brewster

2 Kings 4:42-44

A man came from Baal-shalishah, bringing food from the first fruits to the man of God: twenty loaves of barley and fresh ears of grain in his sack. Elisha said, “Give it to the people and let them eat.” But his servant said, “How can I set this before a hundred people?” So he repeated, “Give it to the people and let them eat, for thus says the Lord, ‘They shall eat and have some left.’” He set it before them, they ate, and had some left, according to the word of the Lord.

Psalm 145:10-19

10 All your works praise you, O Lord, *
           and your faithful servants bless you.

11 They make known the glory of your kingdom *
           and speak of your power;

12 That the peoples may know of your power *
            and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.

13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom; *
            your dominion endures throughout all ages.

14 The Lord is faithful in all his words *
            and merciful in all his deeds.

15 The Lord upholds all those who fall; *
            he lifts up those who are bowed down.

16 The eyes of all wait upon you, O Lord, *
            and you give them their food in due season.

17 You open wide your hand *
            and satisfy the needs of every living creature.

18 The Lord is righteous in all his ways *
            and loving in all his works.

19 The Lord is near to those who call upon him, *
            to all who call upon him faithfully.

Ephesians 3:14-21

I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name. I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love. I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

John 6:1-21

Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias. A large crowd kept following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing for the sick. Jesus went up the mountain and sat down there with his disciples. Now the Passover, the festival of the Jews, was near. When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?” He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to do. Philip answered him, “Six months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.” One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?” Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was a great deal of grass in the place; so they sat down, about five thousand in all.

Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. When they were satisfied, he told his disciples, “Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost.” So they gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten, they filled twelve baskets. When the people saw the sign that he had done, they began to say, “This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world.”

When Jesus realized that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain by himself.

When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea, got into a boat, and started across the sea to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. The sea became rough because a strong wind was blowing. When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they were terrified. But he said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.” Then they wanted to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the land toward which they were going.


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:

Short-term: The Prellberg Family (Stewart), Dorothy Mahon (Ralls), Gretchen Sliker, Pam Millener (Maddock), Ryan Geisler (Tracy), Donna Jackson (Burnsed), Deacon Longterm: 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 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:

William Curtis Heuston, Earl A. “Dusty” Rhoades, and Dwaine L. “Waxie” Weatherwax on the anniversaries of their death. We pray also for the repose of the soul of Jared Gutierrez,

We honor Christ’s light within those celebrating birthdays:

Trude Burnett, Jeff Gaillard, Tom Nash, Parker Marcoullier, Sharon Rowley, Ryder Heuston, Calista Lythgoe, Ben Maguire, Myles Roche, Shannon Ryland, Landon Burnsed, Delia Coker, Kenna Dietz, Hal Cannon, Meridith Gannon, Linda Morgan, Sue Morse, Diane Rex, Molly Winter.

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

Shirlee Rushton, Scott & Kristin Russell, Jim Ruth, Mark Ruzzin, Shannon Ryland, Herbert & Allyson Sands, Jim Sawyer, Marjorie & Robert Schaffner, Steve & Peggy Scheidker, Michael & Christina Schlacter.

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