July 7, 2017
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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.


Temporary Measure to Discourage Skateboarding

For many months, St. John’s campus has been subjected to unusual wear and tear because it’s become popular among Boulder’s youth as an unintended skateboard park.   Among other concerns, the Chapel’s stained glass windows have been damaged, the pavement and tiles on the labyrinth (a favorite landing spot for jumps) have deteriorated, the pain on hand rails has been scraped as riders use the rails to ride on, and one of the stone tiles on the walkway to the Chapel was shattered.   There are signs posted prohibiting skateboarding, staff have repeatedly told skateboarders to leave, we have photographed trespassers and submitted their pictures to the police, and the police have even gone to areas schools to advise them of our concerns.  But still skateboarding persists, often on off hours when no staff are present.

As a temporary measure until a more permanent solution is found to discourage skateboarding, we have locked a metal bench into place at the top of the steps leading to the labyrinth with a sign “No Skateboarding.”  It isn’t attractive.  It isn’t welcoming.  It isn’t something that any of us really like.  And it blocks access to the Chapel from the street using the steps from the labyrinth.  However, the ramp from the street to the Chapel is still open, and people can still use the upper level of steps.

We are considering a few options for a permanent solution that will be attractive, welcoming and effective in preventing skateboarding.   In the meantime, we apologize for any inconvenience to parishioners and visitors.   



Mountain States Childrens’ Home

Located on a beautiful 144 acre farm in the rolling hills four and a half miles north of Longmont, this non-profit childrens’ home offers stability, balance and nurture with a spiritual foundation to children, ages 10 to 18, that come from abuse, neglect, abandonment and other troubled life situations. Many of the children are seriously behind grade level performance when they arrive. After a year in this special educational environment the average child typically advances 3.77 years within one year!


Founded in 1960 by a group of Denver religious leaders with support from Juvenile Judge Phillip Gilliam,—beloved throughout this region for his compassion in helping children overcome adversity— this childrens’ haven provides guidance; specialized education; a model family home life and counseling, all creating the balance needed for a successful future. The children live in small, ranch-style homes with house “parents” and five “siblings”. They do chores, attend school on the campus, work on the farm to contribute fresh produce and learn how families can live together successfully.


Funding for operation of the home comes primarily from individuals, church organizations and donations from civic groups, with only 0.5 percent government assistance.
Save the Date: Gala Dinner to Benefit the Home,  Oct 14, 2017


Volunteer opportunities range from outdoor work like landscape maintenance, assisting in construction projects, working the farm, tutoring the students and volunteering in the MSCH Thrift Store, located in downtown Longmont.  Contact Phil Crew 303-776-6841

The St. John's Office is looking for a few good volunteers to join our staff. Volunteer duties include, but are not limited to, greeting guests, answering phones, and special projects.
The shifts that need to be filled are:
Wednesdays from 1pm-4pm
Thursdays from 1pm-4pm
and also an on call list so our volunteers
can take vacations with coverage.
If you are interested, or need more information, please contact us:
Heather  hdudok@stjohnsboulder.org 
Diane dwells@stjohnsboulder.org


St. John's Altar Guild is seeking volunteers to join our ministry. We need people who can spare a few hours, one weekend a month, and if necessary, we could work a plan for shared duties, which would result in even less time. Please take some time to give this prayer and thought, and if you have an interest, please feel fee to contact
Deacon Lorine at 720-626-2612
This ministry provides opportunities to serve the Lord's Church and meet other dedicated people.
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:

And please sign up to help make Coffee Hour Fellowship happen.  Contact Jessica Burnett: (jburnett@stjohnsboulder.org)



If you would like to learn more about St. John’s and about the Episcopal faith, join Pastor Susan and Father Ted, after church today, July 9th and next Sunday, July 16th for a 2-part class and discussion session.



® July 23rd—7:30am-9:30am: Parent meet and greet with Mother Amy in the Library

® August 6th—Father Ben’s last day at St. John’s

® August 13th—Blessing of the backpacks with Mother Amy at the 9:30 service

® August 13th – Parent meet and greet with Caroline Melby following the 9:30 service

® August 20th—Syrian Ministry Sunday

® August 27th—Ministry Fair


Please join Diane Wells for Habitat for Humanity: Guatemala: A Slideshow Presentation on Sunday, July 30th  at 11:20am in the parish hall. Come find out how Habitat Guatemala is making a positive impact on people’s lives  and how you can participate in those efforts.  Presentation includes a short history of Guatemala followed by images from two recent Habitat Guatemala trips. Hope to see you there!


Have you ever felt like you know in your heart and soul that you are called to something, the question is WHAT? Have you ever wanted to read the bible without feeling frustrated by the language? Have you ever wanted to explore your faith in a safe and supportive environment? If you answer yes to these and many other questions about Christianity we have a place for you. Education for Ministry (EfM) is a 4-year curriculum that develops you into a theologically informed, reflective, and articulate person of God who is prepared to listen for and respond to God’s call. EfM helps you discover and exercise your varied gifts for ministry where you live and work. And the best news is that you only sign up for one year at a time, which consists of 36 weekly meetings. There isn’t a four-year commitment.

The EfM group at St. John’s meets every Tuesday evening from 7:00 – 9:00 starting in September (this year it starts September 5th) and going until mid-May. If you are interested in exploring what EfM has to offer or are ready to sign up for the next year, we are accepting new members now through July 16th. Please contact either EfM mentor Anne Skamarock (anne@skamarock.net - 720-201-4490) or David Plume (David.Plume@tetratech.com - 303-437-7977) to get more information or to sign up.

Please look for the EfM table after the 7:30 a.m.  and 9:30 a.m.  services over the next 4 weeks for sign-up. The total cost is $375.00 with financial assistance options possible. Please contact Pastor Susan if you have questions regarding financial assistance.

JOIN US FOR EVENSONG                  
Wednesdays at 6pm
(on hiatus during the month of AUGUST)

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.
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 (on hiatus during the month of August)
Thursday          8 a.m.        Morning Prayer, chapel 
                           Noon         Holy Eucharist and Service of Reconciliation, chapel

Friday                4:15 p.m.     Common Cathedral, rotunda
Summer Sunday School
Summer Sunday school for kids 5-11 began on Sunday, June 18th, and will run through August 6th. We'll meet on the lawn (weather permitting) and hear a story, share prayer, sing songs, and make simple crafts. Kids will join their families in church for communion each week. Volunteers are needed to help. Please contact Caroline Melby. 303-442-5246 or cmelby@stjohnsboulder.org
Eagle's Nest Summer of Faith and Fun

Eagle’s Nest participants will attend the entire 9:30am Eucharist during the summer. All activities start following worship.

July 9*              Water World Denver

July 16             Pizza&Games Youth Room

July 23             Refugee Sunday Prep.

July 30*            Mountain Hike

August 6           Refugee Sunday Prep.

August 13*        BBQ Kickoff Longmont

August 20         Refugee Sunday

*requires RSVP and permission form

  • The Eagle’s Nest is a 6th through 12th grade ministry of St. John’s Episcopal Church.
  • All summer activities are open to Eagle’s Nest participants as well as their families.
  • Please RSVP for *events as early as possible by contacting the office or speaking with an Eagle’s Nest volunteer on Sunday morning.
  • All activities away from the St. John’s campus require a permission/safety form.
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.
  • Diane for hosting a delicious Guatemalan lunch, and for sharing her experience with the staff...We are all looking forward to the parish wide presentation.


Sunday Helpers:

Vestry Welcome:                Kathe Lujan

Lectors:                                Alan Nelson

                                               Harry Melby

Intercessor:                        Harry Melby

Ushers:                                Tom & Melinda Wirsing

                                              Herby  Martin

Acolytes:                             Arianna, Abigail, & Henry

Vergers:                              Mhari Peschel

                                              Tom Brewster

Eucharistic Visitors:         Laura Ferenc

                                              Mhari Peschel

                                              Jerry Hauser

Zechariah 9:9-12

Rejoice greatly, O daughter Zion!
    Shout aloud, O daughter Jerusalem!
Lo, your king comes to you;
    triumphant and victorious is he,
humble and riding on a donkey,
    on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
He will cut off the chariot from Ephraim
    and the war horse from Jerusalem;
and the battle bow shall be cut off,
    and he shall command peace to the nations;
his dominion shall be from sea to sea,
    and from the River to the ends of the earth.
As for you also, because of the blood of my covenant with you,
    I will set your prisoners free from the waterless pit.
Return to your stronghold, O prisoners of hope;
    today I declare that I will restore to you double.

Psalm 145:8-15
8 The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, *
    slow to anger and of great kindness.
9 The Lord is loving to everyone *
    and his compassion is over all his works.
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.

Romans 7:15-25a

I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree that the law is good. But in fact it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot do it. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me.

So I find it to be a law that when I want to do what is good, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God in my inmost self, but I see in my members another law at war with the law of my mind, making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!

Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

Jesus said to the crowd, “To what will I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to one another,
           ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance;
                    we wailed, and you did not mourn.’

For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon’; the Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.”

At that time Jesus said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”


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:

Jere Freeman (Burnett), Pete Jackson,  Jerry Maddock, JoAnn Brown, David Lange, Charlie Skala, Bella Mody, Addie Heuston, Millie Heitman, Mark Odeen, Lynn Post, 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 soul of:

Fay Carter Nuttall, Evelyn Dean Lewis, and David Paul Danson on the anniversary of their  death.

We honor Christ’s light within those celebrating birthdays:

Merry McMahan, Lorienne Schwenk, Krista Welch, Sydney Meredith, Kathleen Smith, Teresa DaAnni, Anne Skamarock, Gordon Van Dusen, Greg Allgood, Stuart Naegele, Maggie Casey, Henry Vellandi, Delaney Keating, Andy Crisman, Mary Anne Righi, Bill Treadwell, Caryl Stalick

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

William & Clecia Barrett, Elizabeth Barricklow, Cedar Barstow, Steven &Candice Bartholomew Brown, Dorothy Bass, Debby & Marcus Baukol, Terzah & Dan Becker, Jean Bedell, Valerie Behrens, Lynda Bell, Jon & Kathryn Bellish

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