January 18, 2019
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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.


If you asked St John's parishioners to name someone who serves the church they might name members of the choir, lectors, Eucharistic visitors, ushers, acolytes or vergers. They might think of Soup Kitchen volunteers or Altar Guild members or those who serve on vestry or in a Sunday School classroom. Most likely, however, they would not name "Bank Deposit Coder" as a ministry, for few even know such a ministry exists! Not only does it exist, but it has also been an important ministry at St John's for at least half a century. It also is a ministry that has been handed down, all within the same Boulder family. It began with Sadie Rook, or at least she is the oldest known one in current memory to have served in this capacity. 

Sadie was the wife of Jack Rook, who was born in 1897 in Tennessee, and who fathered Jack Rook II, who was born in 1924 and who now lives at The Carillon. (He and his late wife Mary were very active at St John's for many years.) Sadie Rook, together with Jack Ogilvy (a noted professor of English at CU), handled each week the conveying of St John's Sunday deposit to and from the bank, counted its contents, and credited each donation to the account of its donor. It was painstaking and important work, and required a faithfulness to the church week in and week out, year in and year out.

After some years, Jack Rook II took on the mantle from his mother Sadie, and he was joined by the late Bob Elmore and the late Betsy Aspinwall, both beloved parishioners in their time. Thirteen years ago, in 2005, Betsy approached Amy French, who was (and is) married to Jack Rook III, son of Jack II and Mary. "It's time to pass the torch to the younger generation," stated Betsy with her characteristic directness. Given this, and given the family nature of this ministry, Amy and Jack III were obliged (and happy!) to accept. Due to the bank eventually taking on some of the counting duties, it is now a solo job which Amy handles by herself. And so, week in and week out, year in and year out since 2005, Amy has engaged in the painstaking work of fetching the deposit from the bank, coding each check and assuring it gets properly credited in our database. Often it is work that involves a fair measure of deciphering and sleuthing, and yet Amy is--thus far--undeterred, carrying out her work always with good cheer.

For this vital ministry and for those who have quietly served in it we are all grateful. If you know someone who serves in an "invisible ministry" at our church, let your rector know and perhaps we'll feature them in an upcoming issue of the Eagle.
Sunday Volunteers
Welcome Table:
Lectors:  Alan Nelson, Charlie Lujan
Intercessors: Charlie Lujan
Healing Prayer Ministers: Charles de Bartolome, Cathy Skala
Acolytes: James, Molly, Marianne, Addi
Vergers: Tom Brewster
Ushers: Leanne Davis, Eric Klassen, Steve Fox
Eucharistic Visitors: Robert Schwartz

Dates to Remember:
January 20th-   No Youth Programming or Children's Chapel
January 27th-   Annual Meeting - Regular Youth Programming - No Youth Group
February 17th-   No Youth Programming or Children's Chapel
March 5th-     Shrove Tuesday! Pancake Dinner hosted by Youth Group 5pm-7pm
March 6th-     Ash Wednesday- Family service in the Chapel 4 pm
April 12th-14th- Youth Group heads to Quest Youth Retreat

For a look at what's happening in Epiphany, what's coming up for Lent, and what's planned for May, click HERE

Please join us on Sunday, January 27th for St. John's Annual Meeting, in the parish hall immediately following the conclusion of the 9:30 am service. At our meeting, we will elect three new vestry members, recognize staff, receive a copy of the staff and clergy annual report, and hear a presentation on our 2019 budget from our Treasurer. This is also the time for interested persons to put their names forward to serve as a delegate to the diocesan convention. All parish members are encouraged to attend and you are asked to bring something for a potluck lunch.
        Families of St. John's: Please Join us!

In order to make it easier for the families of St. John's to attend our Annual Meeting on Sunday, January 27th,  we are providing childcare for children ages 5-10 as well as a pizza lunch during the meeting time.
Children ages 0-4 will be in the Nursery.
Please RSVP by January 24th to Caroline Melby if your children will be joining us.
Meeting is expected last about 1.5 hours

2019 Spiritual Direction Colorado Conference

When: February 01, 2019, MST
Where: Arvada Center

Register now to reserve your spot!

"Revive My Soul Again;
Deep Connections in Times of Crisis"


Dr. Barbara Holmes

Spiritual teacher and writer focused on African American spirituality, mysticism, cosmology, and culture.

Author of five books, including Dreaming, Liberation and the Cosmos: Conversations with the Elders and Joy Unspeakable: Contemplative Practices of the Black Church.  

“My life is committed to the struggle for justice, the healing of the human spirit, and the art of relevant and radical creativity."

Learn more about Dr. Barbara Holmes : 


Cliff Berrien
We are very pleased to have Cliff Berrien working with Dr. Holmes and providing musical inspiration during the conference. Cliff Berrien has over 40 years of experience as a drummer & percussionist, DJ and music educator. He has used his degree in psychology where he focused on studying cultural expressions of collective joy as transformative ways to develop creativity, cultural dexterity and contemplative practice. Cliff combines his interest in the diversity of the worlds music and contemplative practices with a passion for building compassionate community as a member of the Center for Action and Contemplation Program Design team. Cliff is deeply grateful for this opportunity to collaborate with Dr. Holmes.  

Registration Information: 
You do not need to be a spiritual director to attend.

Between the dates December 15th to January 25th  Fee:  $140
Late Registration is Jan 25th to Last minute walk-ins:  Fee $160
There are no refunds but the admission price is transferable.

Have brunch with keynote speaker Barbara Holmes, Sunday, February 3rd. This is a Supporting Member only invitation. Sign up early as this is limited to 40 people. Cost is $40.00.  Not a member? Join HERE

Walk2Connect at the 2019 SDCO Convention

Walk2Connect is happy to facilitate contemplative walking experiences at this year’s SDCO Conference as we share and reflect on the wisdom of Dr. Barbara Holmes.  For more information and to register for one of three walks click on the time you are interested in:

February 1st, 6:00 - 6:45 PM
February 2nd, 8:00 - 8:30 AM
February 2nd, 12:15 - 12:45 PM

Would you like to stay in the area during the conference? A special rate is available at SpringHill Suites. Click HERE for more information and to make a reservation.

Best regards,
Spiritual Direction Colorado


The first Catholic Connections discussion group meeting was a hit! Please mark your calendars for the three remaining sessions, all in the St. Francis room at 11:00 am (or a little after if the service runs long)  
Sunday, Feb 17 
Sunday, March 3 
Sunday, April 28
On Feb 17, Father Ted will discuss church history and compare/contrast The Episcopal and Roman Catholic Churches. To get on the email list or if you have questions, please contact Cate at colburnsmith@gmail.com
Together Colorado—Faith in Action.  You’re invited.

On February 21st, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, in the parish hall, St. John’s will host a meeting of Together Colorado.  Father Ted invited some of us to attend one of their meetings this fall, and anyone is invited to attend any of their meetings.  (The January 17th meeting of Together Colorado will be at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church at 715 Cabrini Dr., Lafayette.)  It provides an opportunity for us to discover our deepest shared concerns for human dignity and learn to effectively work together to leverage our work in Boulder County and throughout the state.  Of course, the specific concern shared by most of us in the county will not be the one that is most important to each of us, but we can learn how someone else’s concern needs to be ours as well by working together across faith communities. 

Since 1978, Together Colorado has organized alongside volunteer community leaders to build and solidify lasting power in the state of Colorado. Collectively, their leaders, member institutions, and staff developed this organization, which now spans 220 congregations, schools, and faith leaders across the state. Together Colorado is a member of the national network, Faith in Action.  Rooted in our sacred faith traditions, Together Colorado works to move from fear to liberation, from violence to life, from isolation to beloved community, so that our thoughts, words, and actions place human dignity and care for creation at the center of public life.

Kathy Ashworth and Eben Carsey have already interviewed a few of us about this work.  Please contact Eben with any questions: ecarsey@comcast.net.
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                   (hdudok@stjohnsboulder.org) 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: Kleenex and toilet paper.

Sincerely, Deacon Jan and volunteers.

Dear Friends in Christ,

As we pray for the New Year, 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 these important issues: the stewardship of our earth; justice; truth; and human rights. With that in mind, we are drawn to focus on Climate Change; Asylum for Refugees; and 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. 

Blessings on your New Year,
The Social Action Ministry
Epiphany 2019


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 kathleen687@comcast.net 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.
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 Miki Laws for providing lunch for Youth Group on 1/13. If you would like to help with providing meals for the Youth Group, please contact Mother Amy.
  • Thank you to our outgoing vestry members : Steve Clarke, Sarah Doelger, Eli Dudok, & Peter Gilman.

Isaiah 62:1-5

For Zion's sake I will not keep silent,
and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest,
until her vindication shines out like the dawn,
and her salvation like a burning torch.
The nations shall see your vindication,
and all the kings your glory;
and you shall be called by a new name
that the mouth of the Lord will give.
You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord,
and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
You shall no more be termed Forsaken,
and your land shall no more be termed Desolate;
but you shall be called My Delight Is in Her,
and your land Married;
for the Lord delights in you,
and your land shall be married.
For as a young man marries a young woman,
so shall your builder marry you,
and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride,
so shall your God rejoice over you.

Psalm 36:5-10

5 Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens, *
and your faithfulness to the clouds.
6 Your righteousness is like the strong mountains,
your justice like the great deep; *
you save both man and beast, O Lord.
7 How priceless is your love, O God! *
your people take refuge under the shadow of your wings.
8 They feast upon the abundance of your house; *
you give them drink from the river of your delights.
9 For with you is the well of life, *
and in your light we see light.
10 Continue your loving-kindness to those who know you, *
and your favor to those who are true of heart.

1 Corinthians 12:1-11
Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. You know that when you were pagans, you were enticed and led astray to idols that could not speak. Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking by the Spirit of God ever says "Let Jesus be cursed!" and no one can say "Jesus is Lord" except by the Holy Spirit.
Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses.

John 2:1-11
On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, "They have no wine." And Jesus said to her, "Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come." His mother said to the servants, "Do whatever he tells you." Now standing there were six stone water jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to them, "Fill the jars with water." And they filled them up to the brim. He said to them, "Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward." So they took it. When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom and said to him, "Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now." Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

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: Stephen de Bartolome, Mike Halloran (Ashworth),  Ryder Heuston, Alan Wells (Lee), Kate Dodson, Pamela Clare, Sallye Howard, The Rev. Kimberly (Kym) Lucas, Christopher Turner (Skala), Robert 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 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:

Wendell Reason Starr on the anniversary of his death.  

We honor Christ’s light within those celebrating birthdays:

Roz Brown, Amelia Marshall, Terzah Becker, Gerry Brimmer, Jean Elliott, Alexander Gaillard, Catherine Pearce, Charlotte Small, Buddy Smith, Mark Biggers, Louise Christopher, Charlie Hager, Christopher Hager, Clara Sykes, Jennifer Bergmann/Tanis, Gwendoline Bowers, Abigail Gilley, Owen Mellish

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

Frederick Bongiovanni, William & Shirley Bonsky, Arthur Bosworth, Chad & Norah Bowerman, Lauren Bowerman, Joe & Gwendoline Bowers, Isabella Bowland, Kim & Sam Boyd, Dargan & Amberly Brasington, Anne Breckenridge.

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