Solas - "Migrants and Mercy"
Sunday December 6th 6:00pm
Immigrants are made in the image of God and migration is not a new phenomenon; it is as old as time.
- Come and immerse yourself in deepening your experience of migration.
- Sing & listen to Celtic music and chants
- Hear stories of peoples migrating over thousands of years
- Carry wooden figures to stations representing these migrations: Biblical, Celtic, Mexican, and Syrian
- Light candles to honor migrants
- Experience a blessed mercy
- Healing prayer and Communion
- Join us afterward for a “migrant” meal
You are invited. You are welcome and received as a friend. Come and find solace for your soul.
Intergenerational Advent Wreath Making
A new church year begins with the season of Advent on November 29th. 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.)
Christmas Caroling for All Ages!
Good news! This year we'll be joined by folks from the other Boulder County Episcopal churches for our inter-generational Christmas caroling event! We'll meet on Saturday, December 19th at 4 p.m. near the sales office/community center at Boulder Meadows Mobile Home Park, 4500 19th Street in Boulder. There is a parking lot with about 35 spaces so carpooling is encouraged. (PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE OF MEETING PLACE AND TIME!) One of the benefits of meeting at Boulder Meadows is that, if need be, we can split into a couple of groups and have plenty of neighborhood to cover. Please bring flashlights for the members of your family.
After caroling, we'll come back to St John's for potluck cocoa and cookies in the parish hall. Please bring something to share if you can.
Whittier Book Drive!
St. John's is pairing with Whittier Elementary School, our Pine Street neighbor, to provide mini-libraries to students in need. Please bring new (preferred) or very gently used books for the book drive to the book push cart in the rotunda at St. John's on Sunday mornings from now until December 13th, or to the St. John's office during the week. We'll bless the books at the 9:30 a.m. service on December 13th, 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.
Our annual Christmas pageant will be Sunday, December 13th, at the 9:30 a.m. service. Rehearsal and costume distribution will be the day before, Saturday, December 12th, at 10 a.m. in the church. Children who want major parts (Mary, Joseph, Gabriel, the star, and the three kings) must attend rehearsal. Parts will be assigned by age, with older children choosing first.
Please put these dates on your calendar so you don't miss it! The pageant is one of St. John's most beloved traditions, and it's something your children will remember forever.
Upcoming Sunday Adult Forums
Toward a More Spiritual Life: Ancient Practices for Contemporary Christians
Sun 11/29 - All-Ages Advent Wreath Making Pam
Whether you are six or sixty (or any age) you're invited to come and make an Advent wreath you can take home (or give away as a gift) and light through the weeks of Advent.
Sun 12/6 - The Spiritual Practices of Francis & Clare Fr. Ted
Covers the saints and the movement Francis & Clare inspired, as well as spiritual practices attributed to them.
Solar Power for St John’s
In response to growing awareness of the impact that Climate Change is having on our planet, and, mindful of our moral responsibility as Christians to be good stewards of Creation, St John’s has committed to installing energy-saving Solar Power. Date of completion is expected, Spring, 2016. To preserve the historic structures of our campus, “high efﬁciency” solar panels will be placed only on the roof areas east of the Library; no panels will be placed on the historic sanctuary or chapel.
This amount of solar energy is expected to save the church 40% of it's $1200 monthly electric bill, or about $500.00 a month. The project will be ﬁnanced by an LLC (Limited Liability Company) comprised of a small group of St John’s investors. This method of ﬁnancing a solar installation is successfully used by another local congregation with a very good return to the investors. Our LLC will be managed by St John’s treasurer, Michael Weatherwax, CPA.
By installing solar power we will signiﬁcantly reduce our carbon footprint, keep hundreds of tons of carbon pollution out of the atmosphere, and save the church more than $80,000 over the life of the panels. It is our hope that St John’s can become an energy-sustainable role
model for the Boulder faith community and a statement of hope for a cleaner, healthier world, now, and for future generations.
Caregiver Support Group
The Caregiver Support Group at St. John's was formed in response to several parishioners experiencing "compassion fatigue", which can occur when one is caring for an elderly and/or ill loved one. The goal of the group is to provide emotional support and information about local resources.
We have found this group to be incredibly effective. Often members arrive harried, stressed, or emotionally spent. But by the end of the meeting, it seems that everyone has brighter looks on their faces and is more relaxed. Sharing worries, tears, and laughter is so healing.
Currently the group meets on the 3rd Monday of every month, from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. in the St. John's library. We would heartily welcome new members! For additional information, please call Amy French, 303-444-7171.