November 30, 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.


Due to job changes/new jobs and resulting unforeseen work commitments, Eli Dudok and Steve Clarke are unable to complete their respective vestry terms and as such will be stepping down from vestry effective January 2019. In these cases, our parish by-laws permit the vestry to appoint people to fill the remainder of the terms on the seats being vacated. The vestry appointed Wayne Grider (whose term is up in 2019) to complete the remaining one year of Eli's term (2019-2020). The vestry appointed Vanessa Thorsten to complete the remaining two years (2019-2021) of Steve Clarke's term. Eli and Steve have been wonderful vestry members; when you see them please thank them for serving. Please also join us in welcoming Vanessa to the vestry, and in thanking Wayne for serving one more year! The three people you will elect in January will comprise the vestry class of 2022!


The fruit of Silence is prayer. The fruit of Prayer is faith. The fruit of Faith is love. 
The fruit of Love is service. The fruit of Service is peace. - Mother Teresa

Join us this Sunday, December 2nd at 9:00 pm. The Compline Choir of St. John’s will sing these wonderful words of Mother Teresa, set to very music by Latvian composer Peteris Vasks. The service will include Responses by Anthony Piccolo, hymns, psalms, and meditative improvisations by pianist John Boggs. 

The sanctuary is dark and quiet; there are candles, but no cell phones, no responses to have to follow, no preaching. The Choral Compline service is short: just 35-40 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.  

“It feels like floating in a bathtub full of warm water and grace.”

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.
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. 

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 eEagle’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



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 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 the Welcome Ministry! Thank you for being a welcoming face for our newcomers, and for keeping our welcome table beautiful
Sunday Volunteers
  • Welcome Table: Kathy & Stephen Fox
    • Vestry Welcome:    Wayne Grider    
  • Lectors: Charlie Lujan, Helen McKeown
  • Intercessor: Kathy Ashworth
  • Ushers: Bill & Linda Morgan, Steve Fox
  • Acolytes: Clara, Will, Ruth, Abigail, James
  • Eucharistic Visitors: Jerry Hauser, Anne Greigg
  • Healing Prayer Ministers: Helen Melody Witherill, Charles de Bartolome
  • Vergers: Sarah Doelger, Steve Tilson
  • Guardian:  Steve Scheidker
Jeremiah 33:14-16
The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. And this is the name by which it will be called: "The Lord is our righteousness."

Psalm 25:1-9
1 To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul;
my God, I put my trust in you; *
let me not be humiliated,
nor let my enemies triumph over me.
2 Let none who look to you be put to shame; *
let the treacherous be disappointed in their schemes.
3 Show me your ways, O Lord, *
and teach me your paths.
4 Lead me in your truth and teach me, *
for you are the God of my salvation;
in you have I trusted all the day long.
5 Remember, O Lord, your compassion and love, *
for they are from everlasting.
6 Remember not the sins of my youth and my transgressions; *
remember me according to your love
and for the sake of your goodness, O Lord.
7 Gracious and upright is the Lord; *
therefore he teaches sinners in his way.
8 He guides the humble in doing right *
and teaches his way to the lowly.
9 All the paths of the Lord are love and faithfulness *
to those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.

1 Thessalonians 3:9-13
How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy that we feel before our God because of you? Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you face to face and restore whatever is lacking in your faith.
Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus direct our way to you. And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we abound in love for you. And may he so strengthen your hearts in holiness that you may be blameless before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.

Luke 21:25-36
Jesus said, "There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves. People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see 'the Son of Man coming in a cloud' with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near."
Then he told them a parable: "Look at the fig tree and all the trees; as soon as they sprout leaves you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
"Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day catch you unexpectedly, like a trap. For it will come upon all who live on the face of the whole earth. Be alert at all times, praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man."


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 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, 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:

Richard McDowell, Lois Edmondson Starr, and Rosalie Calvert Culver on the anniversary of their deaths. 

We honor Christ’s light within those celebrating birthdays:

David Kimberly, Leslie O’Kane, Bixby Doyle, Luke Fowler, Mary Liz Callaway, Erin Harding, Barbara Hiles, Clara Schoeneshoefer, Owen Laracuente, Charlie Lujan, Charlotte Smith, Rhett Stockebrand, Tim Chunn, Joyce Davies, Brielle Detrick/Barnes, Les Houtz, Axson Morgan, Soren Thorsten, Adrianne Tracy, Kathy Asta, Bill DeOreo, Ruth Becker, Will Becker, Sally Johnstone.

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

Wayne & Suzanne Angevine, Marty Angulo, Julie Annear, Gerald & Margaret Ansell, Brittany & Kevin Armstrong, Nancy Jo & Drew Armswood, Anne Arthur, Erin & Justin Ashbaugh, Kathy & Bill Ashworth, Colleen Askew.

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