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News from St. John's Episcopal Church


St. John's is an inclusive, Christ-centered community

reaching out to all who are seeking a deeper spirituality and relationship with God and one another.

May 16, 2014




Office Hours:
9 a.m.-noon
1-4 p.m.
9 a.m.-noon



There's a coffee hour sign-up sheet in the parish hall near the back door.  Please choose a Sunday to make coffee and bring treats for our fellowship time after the 9:30 a.m. service.



Now that we have a coffee hour mentor, hosting is easier than ever! 



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The May issue of our monthly newsletter, The Eagle, is now available on our website.  There are also paper copies in the narthex and rotunda for those without computer access.

Welcome, Father Ben! 

The Rev. Ben Newland came on board last week as the newest member of our St. John's staff.  Father Ben received his M.Div. from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in 2000. Most recently he served as rector of Christ Episcopal Church in Puyallup, Washington. He is also a chaplain in the U.S. Army Reserves.
Father Ben will be developing and leading Christian formation and community building for young families; nurturing the spiritual development of volunteers in the children's, middle school, and youth Christian education programs; and assisting our directors of youth and children's ministries in growing and strengthening our youth and children's education programs. In addition, Father Ben will take a share in the pastoral and liturgical life of the parish. 
We'll be giving Father Ben an official St. John's-style welcome this Sunday, May 18th, at our ice cream social and coffee hour. Please join us!
And look for more about Father Ben in the June-July issue of The Eagle!
Ice Cream Social
This Sunday!

ice cream

Please plan to join us this Sunday, May 18th -- our last day of the Sunday school year -- for our annual ice cream social to recognize and thank our amazing teachers and volunteers. This year we'll be treating everyone to pizza from Laudisio too! 
Many, many thanks to all of the amazing volunteers who give their time and talent to teach the children of St. John's!!!

Youth Group Pizza Fundraiser

This Sunday, St. John's Youth Ministry will be selling BOGO (buy-one-get-one) pizza discounts to Domino's as part of our fundraising efforts for this summer's mission trips.  For $10 you receive a magnet for your that gives you a free pizza every day for a year with the purchase of another of equal or greater value. This magnet pays for itself after your first order!  Please contact Joe Domko, 303-442-5246, ext. 106, or, to reserve your magnet and support our great programs here at St.  Johns!

Habitat for Humanity to Receive May Loose Plate


Half of our loose plate (all cash in the plate and all checks made out to St. John's with "Loose Pl
ate" in the memo line) 
goes to support charitable organizations; 100% of all checks with the name of the recipient organization in the memo line goes to the organization.  This month's contributions will support Flatirons Habitat for Humanity.

For over 20 years, Flatirons Habitat for Humanity has served the Boulder Valley School District and the City and County of Broomfield.  This Habitat affiliate is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God's love into action by building homes, communities, and hope.  Flatirons Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating, and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions.  Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman, and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.  Please give generously to support our local Habitat for Humanity, or for more information visit

And save the date for our next St. John's Habitat Build Day - Saturday, September 13th.  Our team will be working on the construction of a new single-family Habitat home in north Boulder at the northeast corner of 28th and Kalmia.  The signup portal for this date will be available sometime this summer, and we'll let you know when it's up and running.  For more information, please contact Kathy Ashworth,, or Deacon Jan Dewlen,


Tap-House Theology

All are welcome to join this group of young adults (and the young at heart!) who get together for lively conversation centering around theology while enjoying great food and drink!  We meet on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. at Backcountry Pizza and Tap House (located at Folsom and Arapahoe).  Contact Joe Domko for details, 303-442-5246, ext. 106, or

Summer Sunday School


This year, St. John's will offer a summer program for children age 3 through 5th grade during the 9:30 a.m. Sunday morning worship service. We'll be using a Vacation Bible School curriculum (Under the Sun) that focuses on service to others.  The program will be led and powered by parent volunteers, and will start June 1st.   There will be songs, stories, service projects, snacks, and LOTS of fun. There is no need to register -- although there will be a detailed sign-in sheet to complete when dropping off your child(ren). For more information or to volunteer to help, please contact Karla Trapp at or Kelli Soika at


Summer Solas Service:

June 1st!


Please plan to join us for our summer Solas service on Sunday, June 1st, at 6 p.m.  Come into the sanctuary and leave the busy world behind. Breathe.  Sit in peace.  Pray with us.  Sing Celtic music.  Or close your eyes and listen to the artistry of Celtic musicians on fiddle, harp, flute, Irish drum, and vocals.  Hear sacred readings & reflect.  Share consecrated bread & wine with a gathered community who waits with hope for new life on the threshold of Summer.  After the service, join us for a simple meal. 


More Singing With Brother Stefan Waligur!


Before Solas...   Brother Stefan Andre Waligur, composer and singer of new songs, chants, and kirtan, will be with us again for the June Solas service.  Prior to that, he will lead a day retreat at St. Mary Magdalene on Saturday, May 31st, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.  Through contemplative and lively music, Celtic and gospel stories and poetry, silence and gentle conversation, the retreat will help attendees listen to their deep longings and engage their creative imaginations around the theme of the beloved.  A free-will offering will be taken.  Please bring your lunch and something to drink.


After Solas...   Brother Stefan will remain in Boulder after the Solas service to lead singing and chanting sessions on Saturdays and Sundays in the St. John's sanctuary with the goal of making a recording of church voices (yes, he wants "regular" folks - not just choir singers!)  Contact the Rev. Barbara Dumke, 303-579-3242 or, for exact dates and times, or for more information about Brother Stefan's visit. 


Reading Camp News

  Reading Camp

READING CAMP IS COMING! Our second annual Reading Camp for Whittier Elementary students is about three weeks away, June 2nd-6th! We still need volunteers to work as counselors (in the morning or afternoon) and to set up, cook, and serve meals. We also need financial and material donations. To make a financial donation, please make a check out to St. John's and write "Reading Camp" in the memo line. Please contact Kristina for a list of materials that can be donated -- or for any other information regarding giving and volunteering at Reading Camp, 303-442-5246, ext. 107 or


Parish Picnic!
picnic table  
The 7th annual St. John's old-fashioned parish picnic is scheduled for Sunday, June 8th, at North Boulder Park.  Please plan to join us for worship, fellowship, fun, friends, and food!  The picnic is a unique opportunity for the whole congregation - all ages! - to come together in one place, at one time, for a wonderful day in the beautiful Colorado outdoors.We'll begin promptly at 10:00 a.m.with an outdoor worship service that will include baptism.  The service will be followed by a potluck lunch.  Like last year, St. John's will provide a variety of sandwiches.  Please bring a side dish (green salad, pasta salad, fruit salad, vegetables, etc...) or a dessert to share (please label all of your dishes and serving utensils! )
Of course, we need LOTS of help to make the picnic happen!  The office staff cannot do it alone!  We need people (or teams of people) to donate some picnic items (please call the office for a list of what's most needed), to arrive early to help set up, and to stay late to help clean up. Please see the lists of what's needed in the May Eagle.  To volunteer, please call Diane or Pam in the office, 303-442-5246.
(There will be a 7:30 a.m. service in the chapel as usual on the day of the picnic.) 


Upcoming Baptism Dates

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We're also planning baptisms on the day of Pentecost, June 8th, at our parish picnic in North Boulder Park.  Please call the office, 303-442-5246, if you are interested in baptism for yourself or your child(ren). We'll also have baptisms in church on Sunday, September 7th, and Sunday, November 2nd.


Please note that attendance at a preparation class is required prior to baptism.  The class for the June 8th baptisms will be June 1st, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.  Childcare will be provided.


Catechesis Training Coming to St. John's!


Were you inspired by Pastor Susan's recent "The Rector's Pen"?  Would you like to help the children of St. John's grow closer to Jesus?  St. John's is offering training for parishioners interested in serving catechists or assistant catechists in Level 1 of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. 


This intensive program will be held at St. John's August 18th-22nd right here at St. John's.  The cost of the training will be paid by St. John's.  If you're interested, please contact Kristina Murray, 303-442-5246, ext. 107, or, for more information or to sign up.


Pastoral Care Needs Help!


The Pastoral Care Team needs volunteers to help with Sunday's altar flower deliveries to parish members. If you can help as a substitute or you'd like to be scheduled a few times a year, please contact Cathy Skala, 303-953-0321 or



May 18, 2014


The Fifth Sunday of Easter

Liturgical Color:  WHITE

Lectionary Year A


7:30 a.m., Holy Eucharist in the chapel

9:30 a.m., Holy Eucharist in the church

Click here to go to the Publications page of our website to view this week's bulletins.




Acts 7:55-60

But filled with the Holy Spirit, he gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. "Look," he said, "I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!" But they covered their ears, and with a loud shout all rushed together against him. Then they dragged him out of the city and began to stone him; and the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul. While they were stoning Stephen, he prayed, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit." Then he knelt down and cried out in a loud voice, "Lord, do not hold this sin against them." When he had said this, he died.


Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16

1 In you, O Lord, have I taken refuge; let me never be put to shame; *

deliver me in your righteousness.

2 Incline your ear to me; *

make haste to deliver me.

3 Be my strong rock, a castle to keep me safe,

   for you are my crag and my stronghold; *

for the sake of your Name, lead me and guide me.

4 Take me out of the net that they have secretly set for me, *

for you are my tower of strength.

5 Into your hands I commend my spirit, *

for you have redeemed me, O Lord, O God of truth.

15 My times are in your hand; *

rescue me from the hand of my enemies,

   and from those who persecute me.

16 Make your face to shine upon your servant, *

and in your loving-kindness save me.


1 Peter 2:2-10

Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow into salvation-if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good. Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God's sight, and like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For it stands in scripture: "See, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious; and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame." To you then who believe, he is precious; but for those who do not believe, "The stone that the builders rejected has become the very head of the corner," and "A stone that makes them stumble, and a rock that makes them fall." They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do. But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.


John 14:1-14

"Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way to the place where I am going." Thomas said to him, "Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?" Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him." Philip said to him, "Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied." Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, 'Show us the Father'? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves. Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the  Father. I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it."


Prayers of the Faithful


Today we pray with special intention for:

Trudy Morron, Wes, Dorothy Whitehouse, Joseph Domko (father of Joe Domko), Sarah Hartzell, Leslie Chapman, David W., Mark, Marilyn Woods, Lacey and Nora Grace Coleman, May, Eli Dudok, Heather Coleman, Mike, Tom, Ted Hildebrandt, Katherine, JoAnn Brown, Kathy Rigsby, Addie Heuston, Mimi Roach, Don Shields, the Rev. Gayle King, the Rt. Rev. Tom Shaw, the deBartolome family, Penni Pearson-Beuf, Lorna Naegele, Benjamin Brewer, Jim Spelman, Fay Graziose, Sallye, Fiona Wilcher, Terry Keepers, 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.

We pray for the repose of the soul of Jeanette George, and for strength and comfort  for her family and friends.

We pray for the repose of the soul of Sally Morley, and for strength and comfort for her family and friends, especially her son, Andrew; daughter-in-law, Becky; and grandsons,  Thomas, Tyler, and Cameron.

We pray for the soul of Patricia Dowling on the anniversary of her death.

We give thanks for those celebrating birthdays this week:

Lynelle Stewart, Kerr Holbrook, Chase Griffith, Jacob Pearce, Jerry Hauser, John Hay, Wayne Thomas, Eli Dudok, Brynne Truesdale, Anna Payne, Maria Taylor, Mae Jacobson, Tyler Kane, Kendall Donnelly, Karl Thompson, Diana Verilli, Arianna Guzzi, Creosote Huang, Richard McDowell, David Everhart, Caroline Melhado, Emma Mayer, Fractal Huang


In St. John's cycle of prayer, we give thanks and pray for:


Tom & Melinda Wirsing, Helen Witherill, Katherine & Richard Wolniewicz, Alice Wood, William Woodward, Steve Worland & Lori Rae, Roger Worlock, Kristy & Justin Zado, Sue Zemka, Jaime & Jill Zender


Please notify Pam in the church office (303-442-5246 or if there are people who should be added to or removed from our prayer list.


Lay Servers for May 18th
Altar Guild: Jean Hauser, Sue Morse, Judy Reid, Mary K Whisler, Shirley Smith, Connie Macinko
Ushers:  Eric Klassen, JoAnne Foster, Mark Burnett
Acolytes:  Julia Mattingly, Jessica Burnett, Drew Thomas, Arianna Guzzi, Emma Gorsuch, Belinda Gorsuch
Lay Readers:  Nancy Watson, Charlie Lujan, Larry Bangs
Healing Prayer Ministers:  Cathy Skala, Mary Hardy
Eucharisic Visitors: Robert Schwartz, Linda Bombard, Laura Ferenc
The flowers on the altar this week are given to the 
Glory of God

by Caroline Burr, in memory of John Burr


by Robin Maitland, Trudy Morron & the Gebhardt family (Bob, Jocelyn, Chris & Tommy), in loving memory of Trudi Morron Spierling


St. John's Vestry

Bill Woodward, Senior Warden
Richard Ackerman, Junior Warden 
Jeff K
err-Layton, 2012-2015
Judy Smetana, 2012-2015
Krista Welch, 2012-2015
John Black, 2013-2016
Sally Seggerman, 2013-2016
Michael Weatherwax, 2013-2016
Mark Burnett, 2014-2017
Eric Klassen, 2014-2017
Charlie Lujan, 2014-2017

St. John's Staff


Rector:  The Rev. Susan W. Springer


Associate Rector: The Rev. Ted Howard


   Assisting Priests: The Rev. F. Andrew Carhartt and

The Rev. Canon James Williams


Deacons: The Rev. Lorine Williams

The Rev. Jan Dewlen


Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries:
Joe Domko

Director of Children's Ministries:  Kristina Murray 


Parish Administrator: Diane Wells
Communications Coordinator:  Pam White 
Music Director: Tom Morgan
Principal Organist:  Brian du Fresne
Associate Organist:  R. Anthony Lee
Caretaker:  Ebrahim Asadishad

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Contact Info

Pam White
Communications Coordinator
St. John's Episcopal Church