November 11, 2016
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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.

We've launched our annual stewardship campaign to raise the money needed for our parish to sail forward and continue serving God, serving you, and serving our community in 2017. HELP RAISE THE SAIL by filling out a pledge card today. Drop it in the offering plate, or turn it in at our Pledge Kiosk at the Welcome Table, mail it in, or pledge online through our secure website. Our goal is to raise $890,000, and we're calling for 100% participation--All Hands on Deck!

For more information on our campaign, our accomplishments and mission priorities, and how you can help pray with us on this journey of stewardship, pick up a pledge brochure, or visit our website and click on "Stewardship" in the menu bar.

To everyone who has so faithfully, courageously, and generously given, THANK YOU!

The scripture guiding week 6 of the Stewardship campaign is
2 Corinthians 9: 6-8
“The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work.”

For a reflection on this verse click here [The Rector’s Pen]

You are asked to pray this week for the success of our campaign:
Lord, help us to remember that you give joyfully to us and you dream that we will in turn give away joyfully to others in your name. Infuse our giving with gladness so that we might bring you honor. Open my heart and those of my brothers and sisters in this church to give to your glory. Amen.

Choral Compline
This Sunday
9:00 pm
in the Sanctuary

“The Lord Almighty grant us a quiet night and a perfect end. Amen.” - BCP, p. 127

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.
The English word “Compline” is derived from the Latin word “completorium” meaning completion, since Compline completes the liturgy of the day. As is characteristic of monastic offices, Compline consists of psalmody, short passages from scripture, a hymn, a Gospel Canticle (Song of Simeon, or Nunc dimittis in Latin), a litany, collects, and additional prayers. Compline is offered when the day’s work is ended and the quietness of evening settles upon the hearts and minds of those who have gathered in thankfulness for the blessings of the day that has passed.

The sanctuary is dark and quiet; there are candles, but no cell phones, no responses to have to follow, no preaching. It’s short: just 30-35 minutes. People are free to sit on the floor, sit up around the altar, or even lie down and allow the music to wash over them. It is a come-as-you-are experience of the presence of God, through music and prayer, using the beauty of our liturgy. It is a sacred space for people at the end of their weekend, before the busy-ness of the week. Comments from people who have experienced compline:

 Join us and experience the peace and mystery of this ancient liturgy!
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:
Gerry Brimmer & Nancy Iverson

And please sign up to help make Coffee Hour Fellowship happen. Sign up sheet available on Sunday morning at the Welcome Table near the Narthex, available on the St. John's database, or contact the office at 303-442-5246.

Book Discussion Last Meeting
8:30 to 9:30 am this Sunday,
Nov. 13th in the McKeown Library.

As mentioned in the weekly Eagle earlier this year, St. John's parishioner, Eben Carsey, MD, MDiv, will be facilitating a group meeting for discussion and personal sharing regarding Being Mortal, a book by Atul Gawande, MD, and the issues that this book raises in our lives.  The group will meet 8:30 to 9:30 am in the library.  A rather long NY Times review of the book can be found at .  A shorter review can be found at .  Thank you to all who have shown interest in this group.  Please feel free to attend.  The first three sessions focused primarily on dealing with the intro and first 5 chapters.  The last three sessions focused/ will focus primarily on the last three chapters and the epilogue.
Boulder Homeless Women’s Initiative

Craft Fair on Nov. 13th and 27th after both services in the Parish Hall!!!
Ladies have been working on crafts all year for this sale.  Come and see what they have done!  Buy your Christmas gifts!
All proceeds go to the BHWI Voucher Program whereby women earn $10/hr. by volunteering at a non-profit in the community.  They are presented with gift cards to use to help their situations.


Memorial services will be held at St. John’s on Saturday November 12th, at 10:30am. Following the service, the family would like to invite guests to head home and change then reconvene at Maggie's favorite hiking trail head in South Boulder and walk to “The Maggie Tree”. The family will supply maps.

On Sunday, November 20th, our Adult Ed offering, Preparing for Advent, will focus on ways to make the season of Advent more Christ-centered and more meaningful for the entire family. Adults will gather in the McKeown Library after the 9:30 a.m. service for discussion, and children will meet in the youth room to work on two service projects — making Christmas ornaments to go with the cookies our pastoral care team delivers to our elderly and/or shut-in parishioners this season, and putting ribbons around socks that will be distributed to our guests at the December soup kitchen.

A new church year begins with the season of Advent on November 27th. We'll celebrate 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.)  

We have enough supplies for about 50 wreaths, and they'll be available on the 27th on a first-come, first-served 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 22nd:

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

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

Our beloved caretaker Ebrahim is leaving St John's after nearly 14 years of faithful service and loving care of our campus. Ebrahim and his wife Jode are preparing for a season in their lives that includes traveling and living all over the world. You may not be aware that for the past 18 months, Jode has been working overseas for several months at a time in her profession as an educational researcher and scholar. She hopes to continue that work, and Ebrahim is eager to join her. As much as he loves St John's, the time has come for him to step back from his duties here so he can join her full-time. Ebrahim also is looking forward to being closer to his family in Tehran, Iran, and we support him in that desire.

As sad as we are at the thought of bidding farewell to such a long-time and beloved member of our staff and parish family, we are very excited at the adventure on which Ebrahim and Jode are about to embark. Ebrahim's last day will be December 31st, 2016, and there will be an opportunity before then to say good-bye. We'll get back to you with the details on that.

We've often remarked that Ebrahim is impossible to replace, and yet we'll soon begin a search process to do just that. If you know of someone you think would be a good, talented, and committed caretaker for our campus, please contact Father Ted or Junior Warden Richard Ackerman.
Upcoming Baptism Dates

  We will be baptizing a few young people in children’s chapel on Sunday November 20th. Our next baptism date (for children or adults) will be Sunday, January 10th at the 9:30 a.m. service. If you are interested in baptism on either date, contact Pam White, 303-442-5246 or
2017 Pilgrimage to Spain

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Fort Collins is planning an ecumenical group Pilgrimage to walk the Camino de Santiago in Spain, May 15-29, 2017 with the Rev. Greg Foraker. The Camino de Santiago, or the way of St. James, actually begins in St. Jean de Port, France and continues along the Camino Frances (the French route) some 500 miles to Santiago. This same path has been taken for hundreds of years by the faithful making their holy pilgrimage over the Pyrenees through Pamplona, Burgos and Leon to Santiago de Compostela. We will walk more than 100 miles of the 500 mile trek over two weeks. This is a life-changing journey that you won’t want to miss. For more information contact Fr. Greg at St. Luke’s at or 970-493-7512, ext. 209.
Whittier Pantry Update
Do you know what an EBT card is?  It stands for Electronic Benefit Transfer and is used in all 50 states to issue food stamp benefits to recipients.  EBT cards cannot be used for: toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, soaps, lotions, toilet paper, deodorant, feminine products or diapers.

Families can find all these items in the Whittier Pantry!  For the month of October, St. John’s served 96 family members!  We are low on Kleenex, shampoo, lotion and feminine pads.

A big Thank You goes to Top Hat Janitorial for a donation of toilet paper and paper towels.  All donations are appreciated!

Deacon Jan
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.


Acoustic Prayers for Evening
(Holy Communion with Americana Music)

Saturdays at 5p.m. in the chapel. A Eucharistic service that blends elements of Evening Prayer with Holy Communion. The service is based in part on the Church approved liturgical supplement, Enriching our Worship 1. The music is Americana, typically live gospel bluegrass. During clement weather, the congregation is invited to join in fellowship, singing and ( for those so inclined) jamming with the musicians on the patio in front of the chapel

Weekly Services
Saturday            5:00p.m.       Holy Eucharist, chapel
Sunday              7:30 a.m.      Holy Eucharist, chapel
                          9:30 a.m.      Holy Eucharist, church
                        11:11 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



Youth Group (9th-12th grade) meets Saturdays at 5pm with Fr. Ben in the Youth Room, while parents are invited to attend Acoustic Prayers for Evening Service at 5pm in the Chapel and gather for fellowship and study following. Youth interested in the Rite of Confirmation should make sure to attend these Youth Group sessions!

For the fifth year in a row, St. John's is pairing with Whittier Elementary School, our Pine Street neighbor, to provide mini-libraries to kindergarten through fifth grade students in need. Please bring new (preferred) or very gently used books for the book drive to the book cart in the rotunda at St. John's on Sunday mornings from now until December 11th, or to the St. John's office during the week. We'll bless the books before the Christmas pageant on December 11th, and afterwards we'll sort and wrap them for delivery to Whittier that week. Students receiving the books may not be reading at grade level, so please keep this in mind when shopping for books. If you'd like to contribute money to buy books, please write a check to St. John's and put "Book Drive" on the memo                                            line.  

If you'd like to help with the book sorting on the 11th, please contact Pam White, Director of Faith Formation, 303-442-5146, ext. 107, or

This year, some of the Whittier children are also in need of winter boots. If the kids don't have boots, they are not permitted to go outside for recess on wet or snowy days. If you'd like to help by donating one (or more) pairs of boots, please contact Pam, and she’ll assign you a size.

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."
This week, the staff and leaders of St John's give thanks to God for those listed below, praying with joy that these good people are sharing in the work of the gospel in our parish.

  • Thank you to The Soup Kitchen for a great coffee hour
  • Sally Seggerman for her tireless work on the All Saints Day and Tree of Life projects
  • Bill Ashworth for the beautiful picture from the Pre-Election Prayer Vigil (seen below)

Sunday Helpers

Lector              7:30:        Bill Treadwell
                        9:30:        Louise Gorsuch

Welcome Bag:                 Melinda Mattingly            

Intercessor:                     Louise Gorsuch

Healing Prayer:             

Acolytes:                        Arianna, Abigail, Henry, & Addi
Ushers:                          Bill & Linda Morgan
                                      Neil Gorsuch
Eucharistic Visitors:        Laura Ferenc
                                      Jerry Hauser
Verger:                          Mhari Peschel

Altar Guild:                    Marty Angulo
                                     Sydney Meredith    
                                     Sue Black  
                                     Judy Reid
                                     Anne Skamarock
                                     Lynn Stewart

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
Two are better than one because they have a good return for their hard work. If either should fall, one can pick up the other. But how miserable are those who fall and don't have a companion to help them up! Also, if two lie down together, they can stay warm. But how can anyone stay warm alone? Also, one can be overpowered, but two together can put up resistance. A three-ply cord doesn't easily snap.
Psalm 133
1 Look at how good and pleasing it is
   when families live together as one!
2 It is like expensive oil poured over the head,
   running down onto the beard -
   Aaron's beard! -
   which extended over the collar of his robes
3 It is like the dew on Mount Hermon
   streaming down onto the mountains of Zion,
   because it is there that the Lord has commanded the blessing:
   everlasting life.

Hebrews 10:19-24
Brothers and sisters, we have confidence that we can enter the holy of holies by means of Jesus' blood, through a new and living way that he opened up for us through the curtain, which is his body, and we have a great high priest over God's house.
Therefore, let's draw near with a genuine heart with the certainty that our faith gives us, since our hearts are sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies are washed with pure water.
Let's hold on to the confession of our confession of our hope without wavering, because the one who made the promises is reliable.
And let us consider each other carefully for the purpose of sparking love and good deeds. Don't stop meeting together with other believers, which some people have gotten into the habit of doing. Instead, encourage each other, especially as you see the day drawing near.

Mark 6:6b-13
Then Jesus traveled through the surrounding villages teaching.
He called for the Twelve and sent them out in pairs. He gave them authority over unclean spirits. he instructed them to take nothing for the journey except a walking stick - no bread, no bags, and no money in their belts. He told them to wear sandals but not to put on two shirts. He said, "Whatever house you enter, remain there until you leave that place. If a place doesn't welcome you or listen to you, as you leave, shake the dust off your feet as a witness against them." So they went out and proclaimed that people should change their hearts and lives. They cast out many demons, and they anointed many sick people with olive oil and healed them.


Today we pray with special intention for:
Fr. Andy Carhartt, Dan, Dixie Hutchinson, Sarah Hartzell, Ray & Mary Bannert, Norm & Frances Wells,  Sara Farrington, Mary Jane Bailey, Tom Halloran, Ted Hildebrandt, Stephen de Bartolomé, Millie Heitman, Mark Odeen, Josef Melich, Michael Chunn, Lynn Post, Addie Heuston, Don Shields, Lorna Naegele, Sallye, those who are suffering in the wake of violence or natural disasters, those who are serving in the military, and those who are in any way afflicted or distressed in mind, body, or spirit.

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 H. William Taylor III, Paul Van Dyke Johnson, and Robert Bruce Farson on the anniversaries of their deaths.

We give thanks for those celebrating birthdays this week:
Carter Delaney, Scout Sherman, Rachel Stearns, Stephanie Paive, Mary Cocke, Caroline Burr, Stacy Payne, Marilyn Baker, Rachel Lee-Smith, Theo Williams, Levin Gilley, James Mason, Lia Bendix, Carlin Dornbusch, Brent Sitton, Miles Weakley, Benjamin White-Patarino, Richard Watson

In St. John’s cycle of prayer, we give thanks and pray for:
Kelly & Phillip Majure, David & Kathy Manting, Carol March, Jack & Maurie Marcil, Charles Margolf, Dennis & Annette Martin, Joanie & Herbie Martin, Scott & Janet Martin, Sue Martin, Beth & James Mason.

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