Sunday Worship Service
Sin­gle ser­vice at 9:00 AM
Sunday Worship Service
Sin­gle ser­vice at 9:00 AM
Ascension Sunday
Sun­day, May 28, 9:00 AM
Pentecost
Sun­day, June 4, 9:00 AM
Sun­day Wor­ship Service
Sun­day Wor­ship Service
Ascen­sion Sunday
Pen­te­cost
Open Arms Chris­t­ian Preschool
Spring Yard Sale
Fri­day & Sat­ur­day April 28th & April 29th
The Eagle
Read this month’s newsletter.
Spring Congregation Meeting
Sun­day, April 30, 10:30 AM
The Eagle
Read this month’s newsletter.
Spring Yard Sale
Sum­mer Ser­vant Event at Camp Restore Detroit
The Eagle
Spring Con­gre­ga­tion Meeting
The Eagle

Notes from the Flock

There’s always some­thing hap­pen­ing at Saint John’s. Read on to keep on top of activ­i­ties, signups and other opportunities!

Rite of Con­fir­ma­tion and First Communion

On May 7 we will cel­e­brate the Rite of Con­fir­ma­tion and receive our cat­e­chu­mens into full membership.

First Sun­day “Eat and Greet” Potluck

Bring a dish to share and stick around after the Bible Study Hour to enjoy good food and fel­low­ship at this pic­nic lunch hosted by the Board of Fel­low­ship. May 7 at 11:30 AM in the Large Fel­low­ship Hall.

Alpha Cen­ter Baby Bot­tle Fundraiser

On Mother’s Day (May 14) we will hand out empty baby bot­tles for you to fill with change (or cash, or checks) to sup­port our com­mu­nity sex­ual and preg­nancy resource cen­ter. Human Needs, at 12:00 AM in . Please return the bot­tles to the Wel­come Cen­ter by Father’s Day (June 18).

Third Thurs­day Potluck and Presentation

Come share lunch and a follow-​up pre­sen­ta­tion by The Con­ver­sa­tion Project that will give you good tools to have dis­cus­sions with your loved ones about your end-​of-​life care. Thurs­day, May 18, at Noon in the Large Fel­low­ship Hall. Please bring a dish to share.

Church Office Closed

We will be closed Memo­r­ial Day. Mon­day, May 29, at 12:00 AM in . Nor­mal hours resume Tuesday.

Food and Cloth­ing Bank

Our vol­un­teers serve those in need of food or cloth­ing; we are always seek­ing dona­tions of non-​perishable food items, new or gently-​used cloth­ing and small house­hold items to stock the shelves. Tues­day, at 9:00 to 11:30 AM in the Small Fel­low­ship Hall. Drop off dona­tions in the bas­ket by the Wel­come Center.

Help Make Blan­kets for LWR

Any­one with sewing skills is invited to come help make blan­kets and quilts for Lutheran World Relief and other com­mu­nity and inter­na­tional needs. Thurs­day, at 9:00 AM in the Small Fel­low­ship Hall. Please join us any Thursday.

Reg­is­tra­tion is Open

Please invite your fam­ily and friends with three– to five-​year olds (three years old by Sep­tem­ber 15) to con­sider Open Arms Chris­t­ian Preschool for the 20172018 school year. Preschool, at 12:00 AM in . More infor­ma­tion and a reg­is­tra­tion form are avail­able at www​.Ope​n​ArmsFC​.org, or call Kandy Wise at 4821357.

Pizza Palz Cards Avail­able in the Church Office

For just $11, you can pur­chase a card good for an Old Chicago pizza of up to $25 while sup­port­ing the preschool! Preschool, at 12:00 AM in . Call or stop by the church office to purchase.

Give to Open Arms through “Ama­zon Smile”

Ama­zon shop­pers, log in to your Ama­zon account and then visit < smile​.ama​zon​.com > to give 0.5% of every Ama­zon pur­chase you make to Open Arms Chris­t­ian Preschool. Preschool, at 12:00 AM in . Search for “Open Arms Chris­t­ian Preschool, Fort Collins” or just go straight to < http://​smile​.ama​zon​.com/​c​h​/​840450786 > to set up giving.

Thrivent Mem­bers Needed

If you are a Thrivent mem­ber and have not been involved in an Action Team project, please con­tact Jean­nie or Tom in the church office for infor­ma­tion on how to get involved. Our Mem­bers, at 12:00 AM in . We have a lot of project ideas and want to put your Thrivent mem­ber­ship to work!

Direct Your Thrivent Choice Dollars

Eli­gi­ble mem­bers of Thrivent Finan­cial, don’t for­get to direct your Choice Dol­lars for last quar­ter to Saint John’s or the orga­ni­za­tion of your choice. Thrivent, at 12:00 AM in . Stop by the Wel­come Cen­ter for a form, call Thrivent or visit www​.Thrivent​.com to make sure that this money doesn’t just disappear!

Wor­ship Stream Available

If you are sick, stuck at home or on vaca­tion, you can still join Saint John’s wor­ship ser­vices via the inter­net! Wor­ship, at 12:00 AM in . Go to www​.StJohnsFC​.org and click the “Wor­ship Stream” link to watch and lis­ten to the ser­vice live.

Newslet­ter Publishing/​Article Sub­mis­sion Sched­ule

This newslet­ter is pub­lished ten times per year.

  • The first issue of the year is the Late January/​February issue, pub­lished Jan­u­ary 15 (arti­cles due by Jan­u­ary 1). The cover theme is “Love” (unless Lent begins early).
  • The sec­ond issue of the year is the March issue, pub­lished March 1 (arti­cles due by Feb­ru­ary 16). Cover theme is “Lent” unless Easter is in March.
  • The April issue is pub­lished April 1 (arti­cles due by March 16). The cover theme is “Easter” (if Easter is in March, the theme will be “Spring”).
  • We pub­lish the May issue on May 1 (arti­cles due by April 16). The cover theme is “Pentecost.”
  • The June issue comes out June 1 (arti­cles due by May 16). The cover theme is “Missions.”
  • For the late sum­mer, we run a combo July/​August issue pub­lished July 1 (arti­cles due by June 16) with a cover theme of “Summer.”
  • The Sep­tem­ber issue is pub­lished Sep­tem­ber 1 (arti­cles due by August 16). It’s back-​to-​school time, so the cover theme is “Chris­t­ian Education.”
  • We pub­lish the Octo­ber issue Octo­ber 1 (arti­cles due by Sep­tem­ber 16). The cover theme is “Reformation.”
  • The Novem­ber issue cov­ers the end of the ordi­nary church year and the begin­ning of Advent. It is pub­lished Novem­ber 1 (arti­cles due by Octo­ber 16). The cover theme is “Thanksgiving.”
  • The December/​Early Jan­u­ary issue is the last issue of the year, and cov­ers Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tions and the new year. It is pub­lished Decem­ber 1 (arti­cles due by Novem­ber 16). The cover theme is “Christmas.”

We’re always inter­ested in using mem­bers’ pho­tog­ra­phy for our newslet­ter cov­ers. Please sub­mit any pic­ture you think would fit these themes!

Tom Miles is the Parish Admin­is­tra­tor at Saint John’s. You can reach him at the church office Mon­day through Fri­day, 8:30 am to Noon and 1:00 to 4:00 pm, at 4825316 or at This email address is being pro­tected from spam­bots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Notes from the Flock

There’s always some­thing hap­pen­ing at Saint John’s. Read on to keep on top of activ­i­ties, signups and other opportunities!

Mid­week Lenten Ser­vices “Singing with the Exiles”

In the midst of hope­less­ness and despair, the Lord speaks words of com­fort and hope to Judean exiles. A Ser­vant of the Lord will come and bring His peo­ple home! God’s rich and last­ing promises in Isa­iah 4055 speak com­fort and hope to our own strug­gles, ques­tions, wor­ries and doubts. Join us on Wednes­days as we learn from Isa­iah to walk the Lenten way to the cross and to the empty tomb, singing with the exiles the sal­va­tion of our God! Wednes­days, 11:00 AM and 6:30 PM ser­vices, meals at Noon and 5:45 PM in the Wor­ship Center.

Gar­den of Remembrance

Every Easter we have the won­der­ful oppor­tu­nity to cel­e­brate spe­cial occa­sions or remem­ber loved ones in our Gar­den of Remem­brance, a large beau­ti­ful dis­play of flow­ers at the front of the Wor­ship Cen­ter. Please sign up for your flow­ers after the ser­vice March 19, 26 and April 2 at the table by the Wel­come Cen­ter; full pay­ment is due at the time of the order.

First Sun­day “Eat and Greet” Potluck

Bring a dish to share and stick around after the Bible Study Hour to enjoy good food and fel­low­ship at this pic­nic lunch hosted by the Board of Fel­low­ship. Sun­day, April 2, at 11:30 AM in the Large Fel­low­ship Hall.

Youth Mys­tery Dinner

Mid­dle school through high school youth and their friends are invited! Sun­day, April 2, at 4:00 PM. Meet at church..

Palm Sun­day

Jesus’ grand entrance into Jerusalem, which we cel­e­brate with wav­ing palms and shouts of “Hosanna,” sets the scene for His final acts and words before the cru­ci­fix­ion, which we will med­i­tate upon in our Holy Week ser­vices. Sun­day, April 9, at 9:00 AM in the Wor­ship Center.

Holy (Maundy) Thursday

At the heart of the Holy (Maundy) Thurs­day liturgy are Jesus’ com­mands — “love one another” and “do this in remem­brance of Me” — which we honor as we cel­e­brate the holy meal, given and shed for us, and remem­ber His sac­ri­fice for us. Thurs­day, April 13, 11:00 AM and 6:30 PM in the Wor­ship Cen­ter. There will be a ham din­ner after the 11:00 AM ser­vice (freewill offering).

Good Fri­day Tene­brae Service

At our Good Fri­day ser­vice, we somberly reflect on the mys­tery of the cross, that from a death should flow for­give­ness and life. Fri­day, April 14, at 7:00 PM in the Wor­ship Center.

New Life Festival

Fam­i­lies, come cel­e­brate the res­ur­rec­tion at Saint John’s at the New Life Fes­ti­val, fea­tur­ing live ani­mals, face paint­ing, egg col­or­ing, a bouncy house, bub­bles, bal­loons and — through­out — the great Easter mes­sage! Sat­ur­day, April 15, at 10:00 AM in the Large Fel­low­ship Hall. Reg­is­tra­tion is requested: please sign up, start­ing next Sun­day, at the table by the Wel­come Cen­ter. Please bring an Easter bas­ket for the egg hunt. We need dona­tions and vol­un­teers! Please sign up at the table by the Wel­come Cen­ter if you can help.

Easter Sun­rise

In a spe­cial ser­vice at the break of dawn we remem­ber God’s sav­ing grace through­out human his­tory, which cul­mi­nated in the sac­ri­fi­cial gift of Christ Jesus. Sun­day, April 16, at 6:30 AM in the Wor­ship Center.

Easter Day

Christ is risen — this fact informs all of our lives, for if God can raise Jesus from the dead, He can bring life to any sit­u­a­tion; He can take away the fear of death. Sun­day, April 16, at 9:00 AM in the Wor­ship Center.

Easter Break­fast

The Heseders will serve break­fast for a freewill offer­ing to sup­port mis­sions. Sun­day, April 16, at 7:30 AM in the Large Fel­low­ship Hall. We could use your help! Please sign up at the Wel­come Cen­ter if you can bake and bring an egg casse­role or sweet bread for the meal. Please bring your items by 7:30 AM Easter morning.

Spring Con­gre­ga­tion Meeting

A finance review, board reports and other mid-​year busi­ness are on the agenda. Sun­day, April 30, at 10:30 AM in the Large Fel­low­ship Hall. A light lunch will be pro­vided. Active mem­bers who are eigh­teen or older and have signed the con­sti­tu­tion are eli­gi­ble to vote. Child care will be provided.

Youth End-​of-​Year BBQ

Mid­dle school through high school youth and their friends are invited! Sun­day, April 30, at the Gib­bons’ — RSVP to Sharon for address and directions.

Seek­ing Soft­ball Players

We’re look­ing for play­ers, espe­cially women, for our sum­mer soft­ball team, the Eagles; con­tact Tom Miles in the church office if you’re inter­ested! The sea­son runs May 14 through August 14.

Third Thurs­day Potluck and Presentation

Come share lunch and a follow-​up pre­sen­ta­tion by The Con­ver­sa­tion Project that will give you good tools to have dis­cus­sions with your loved ones about your end-​of-​life care. Thurs­day, May 18, at Noon in the Large Fel­low­ship Hall. Please bring a dish to share.

Help Needed to Make Blan­kets for LWR

Any­one with sewing skills is invited to come help make blan­kets and quilts for Lutheran World Relief and other com­mu­nity and inter­na­tional needs. Thurs­days at 9:00 AM in the Small Fel­low­ship Hall. Please join us!

Choir, Bell Choir and Band Rehearsals

Share your musi­cal gifts with the con­gre­ga­tion by adding your voice to the choir, bell choir or band — we’re always seek­ing new musi­cians, expe­ri­enced or not, inter­ested in lend­ing their tal­ents to help lead wor­ship at Saint John’s. Thurs­days, Choir meets at 5:30 PM in the Music Room; Bell Choir meets at 6:30 PM in Room 302; Band meets at 7:30 PM in the Wor­ship Cen­ter. Con­tact Tom Miles for more details or with questions.

Pizza Palz Cards Avail­able in the Church Office

For just $11, you can pur­chase a card good for an Old Chicago pizza of up to $25 while sup­port­ing the preschool! Call or stop by the church office to purchase.

Give to Open Arms through “Ama­zon Smile”

Ama­zon shop­pers, log in to your Ama­zon account and then visit < smile​.ama​zon​.com > to give 0.5% of every Ama­zon pur­chase you make to Open Arms Chris­t­ian Preschool. Search for “Open Arms Chris­t­ian Preschool, Fort Collins” or just go straight to < http://​smile​.ama​zon​.com/​c​h​/​840450786 > to set up giving.

Newslet­ter Publishing/​Article Sub­mis­sion Sched­ule

This newslet­ter is pub­lished ten times per year.

  • The first issue of the year is the Late January/​February issue, pub­lished Jan­u­ary 15 (arti­cles due by Jan­u­ary 1). The cover theme is “Love” (unless Lent begins early).
  • The sec­ond issue of the year is the March issue, pub­lished March 1 (arti­cles due by Feb­ru­ary 16). Cover theme is “Lent” unless Easter is in March.
  • The April issue is pub­lished April 1 (arti­cles due by March 16). The cover theme is “Easter” (if Easter is in March, the theme will be “Spring”).
  • We pub­lish the May issue on May 1 (arti­cles due by April 16). The cover theme is “Pentecost.”
  • The June issue comes out June 1 (arti­cles due by May 16). The cover theme is “Missions.”
  • For the late sum­mer, we run a combo July/​August issue pub­lished July 1 (arti­cles due by June 16) with a cover theme of “Summer.”
  • The Sep­tem­ber issue is pub­lished Sep­tem­ber 1 (arti­cles due by August 16). It’s back-​to-​school time, so the cover theme is “Chris­t­ian Education.”
  • We pub­lish the Octo­ber issue Octo­ber 1 (arti­cles due by Sep­tem­ber 16). The cover theme is “Reformation.”
  • The Novem­ber issue cov­ers the end of the ordi­nary church year and the begin­ning of Advent. It is pub­lished Novem­ber 1 (arti­cles due by Octo­ber 16). The cover theme is “Thanksgiving.”
  • The December/​Early Jan­u­ary issue is the last issue of the year, and cov­ers Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tions and the new year. It is pub­lished Decem­ber 1 (arti­cles due by Novem­ber 16). The cover theme is “Christmas.”

We’re always inter­ested in using mem­bers’ pho­tog­ra­phy for our newslet­ter cov­ers. Please sub­mit any pic­ture you think would fit these themes!

Tom Miles is the Parish Admin­is­tra­tor at Saint John’s. You can reach him at the church office Mon­day through Fri­day, 8:30 am to Noon and 1:00 to 4:00 pm, at 4825316 or at This email address is being pro­tected from spam­bots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Notes from the Flock

There’s always some­thing hap­pen­ing at Saint John’s. Read on to keep on top of activ­i­ties, signups and other opportunities!

Feed My Starv­ing Chil­dren Vol­un­teer Event

Sign up at the Wel­come Cen­ter to join the Saint John’s group that will be assem­bling pack­ages of food to be sent to starv­ing chil­dren around the world — or donate to the cause! Sat­ur­day, March 4, at 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM; meet at church to car­pool to The Ranch. Dona­tions should be made to Saint John’s with a note that they are for “Feed My Starv­ing Children.”

Day­light Sav­ings Begins

Remem­ber that it’s time to “spring for­ward” Sat­ur­day night March 11/​Sunday morn­ing March 12!

Reg­is­tra­tion is Open

Please invite your fam­ily and friends with three– to five-​year olds (three years old by Sep­tem­ber 15) to con­sider Open Arms Chris­t­ian Preschool for the 20172018 school year. More infor­ma­tion and a reg­is­tra­tion form are avail­able at www​.Ope​n​ArmsFC​.org, or call Kandy Wise at 4821357.

First Sun­day “Eat and Greet” Potluck

Bring a dish to share and stick around after the Bible Study Hour to enjoy good food and fel­low­ship at this pic­nic lunch hosted by the Board of Fel­low­ship. Sun­day, March 5, at 11:30 AM in the Large Fel­low­ship Hall.

Open Arms March Notes

We’ve had a great year so far here at Open Arms! The preschool­ers will spend March learn­ing about Dr. Seuss, dinosaurs, insects, Nurs­ery Rhymes and Fairy Tales!

We will also be hav­ing our first inter­gen­er­a­tional music activ­ity, led by a grad­u­ate stu­dent at CSU. One March 27, a van full of res­i­dents from Brook­dale Senior Liv­ing will come to Open Arms for a spe­cial music activ­ity with the chil­dren. We will have more oppor­tu­ni­ties to inter­act with our new senior friends before sum­mer, and we are super excited about the opportunity!

Choir, Bell Choir and Band Rehearsals

Share your musi­cal gifts with the con­gre­ga­tion by adding your voice to the choir, bell choir or band — we’re always seek­ing new musi­cians, expe­ri­enced or not, inter­ested in lend­ing their tal­ents to help lead wor­ship at Saint John’s. Thurs­days; Choir meets at 5:30 PM in the Music Room; Bell Choir meets at 6:30 PM in Room 302; Band meets at 7:30 PM in the Wor­ship Cen­ter. Con­tact Tom Miles for more details or with questions.

Help Needed to Make Blan­kets for LWR

Any­one with sewing skills is invited to come help make blan­kets and quilts for Lutheran World Relief and other com­mu­nity and inter­na­tional needs. Thurs­days at 9:00 AM in the Small Fel­low­ship Hall. Please join us!

Seek­ing Soft­ball Players

We’re look­ing for play­ers, espe­cially women, for our sum­mer soft­ball team, the Eagles; con­tact Tom Miles in the church office if you’re inter­ested! The sea­son runs May 14 through August 14.

Newslet­ter Publishing/​Article Sub­mis­sion Sched­ule

This newslet­ter is pub­lished ten times per year.

  • The first issue of the year is the Late January/​February issue, pub­lished Jan­u­ary 15 (arti­cles due by Jan­u­ary 1). The cover theme is “Love” (unless Lent begins early).
  • The sec­ond issue of the year is the March issue, pub­lished March 1 (arti­cles due by Feb­ru­ary 16). Cover theme is “Lent” unless Easter is in March.
  • The April issue is pub­lished April 1 (arti­cles due by March 16). The cover theme is “Easter” (if Easter is in March, the theme will be “Spring”).
  • We pub­lish the May issue on May 1 (arti­cles due by April 16). The cover theme is “Pentecost.”
  • The June issue comes out June 1 (arti­cles due by May 16). The cover theme is “Missions.”
  • For the late sum­mer, we run a combo July/​August issue pub­lished July 1 (arti­cles due by June 16) with a cover theme of “Summer.”
  • The Sep­tem­ber issue is pub­lished Sep­tem­ber 1 (arti­cles due by August 16). It’s back-​to-​school time, so the cover theme is “Chris­t­ian Education.”
  • We pub­lish the Octo­ber issue Octo­ber 1 (arti­cles due by Sep­tem­ber 16). The cover theme is “Reformation.”
  • The Novem­ber issue cov­ers the end of the ordi­nary church year and the begin­ning of Advent. It is pub­lished Novem­ber 1 (arti­cles due by Octo­ber 16). The cover theme is “Thanksgiving.”
  • The December/​Early Jan­u­ary issue is the last issue of the year, and cov­ers Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tions and the new year. It is pub­lished Decem­ber 1 (arti­cles due by Novem­ber 16). The cover theme is “Christmas.”

We’re always inter­ested in using mem­bers’ pho­tog­ra­phy for our newslet­ter cov­ers. Please sub­mit any pic­ture you think would fit these themes!

Tom Miles is the Parish Admin­is­tra­tor at Saint John’s. You can reach him at the church office Mon­day through Fri­day, 8:30 am to Noon and 1:00 to 4:00 pm, at 4825316 or at This email address is being pro­tected from spam­bots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Notes from the Flock

There’s always some­thing hap­pen­ing at Saint John’s. Read on to keep on top of activ­i­ties, signups and other opportunities!

Instal­la­tion of Church Coun­cil and Lay Ministers

At the Epiphany Ser­vice on Jan­u­ary 8, we installed our 2017 Church Coun­cil and Lay Min­is­ters. Our thanks to these ded­i­cated peo­ple and to those who served in 2016.

  • Church Coun­cil Offi­cers: Wil Shi­moda (Pres­i­dent), Bruce Bach­man (Vice-​President), Nancy Behm (Trea­surer) and Sam Gard­ner (Secretary).
  • Church Coun­cil “At-​Large” Mem­bers: Chuck Cal­vano, June Don­ald­son, Jo Fredin, Eric Gard­ner, Sue Gard­ner, Sharon Gib­bons, Joel San­ford, Zach Stephens, Grant Wolf.
  • Lay Min­is­ters: Barb Faucett, Trudi Geilenkirchen, Rox­Ann Karkhoff-​Schweizer, Arlene Knox, Joel San­ford, Nelly San­ford, Kevin Seiler, Anita Wal­ters, Dale Wal­ters, Ron Young.

Help Needed to Make Blan­kets for LWR

Any­one with sewing skills is invited to come help make blan­kets and quilts for Lutheran World Relief and other com­mu­nity and inter­na­tional needs. Thurs­days at 9:00 AM in the Small Fel­low­ship Hall. Please join us!

Choir, Bell Choir and Band Rehearsals

Share your musi­cal gifts with the con­gre­ga­tion by adding your voice to the choir, bell choir or band — we’re always seek­ing new musi­cians, expe­ri­enced or not, inter­ested in lend­ing their tal­ents to help lead wor­ship at Saint John’s. Thurs­days; Choir meets at 5:30 PM in the Music Room; Bell Choir meets at 6:30 PM in Room 302; Band meets at 7:30 PM in the Wor­ship Cen­ter. Con­tact Tom Miles for more details or with questions.

Third Thurs­day Potluck and Presentation

Come share lunch and a pre­sen­ta­tion by The Con­ver­sa­tion Project that will give you good tools to have dis­cus­sions with your loved ones about your end-​of-​life care. Thurs­day, Jan­u­ary 19, at 12:00 PM in the Small Fel­low­ship Hall. Please bring a dish to share.

First Sun­day “Eat and Greet” Potluck

Bring a dish to share and stick around after the Bible Study Hour to enjoy good food and fel­low­ship at this pic­nic lunch hosted by the Board of Fel­low­ship. Sun­day, Feb­ru­ary 5, at 11:30 AM in the Large Fel­low­ship Hall.

Open Arms Open House

Any­one inter­ested in learn­ing more about Open Arms Chris­t­ian Preschool is invited to come meet direc­tor Kandy Wise, aids Sarah McHugh and Jean DeLaney and cur­rent par­ents at our upcom­ing Open House. Thurs­day, Feb­ru­ary 9, at 5:30 to 7:30 PM in the Preschool Class­room. Chil­dren are encour­aged to come along and play!

Third Thurs­day Potluck and Movie

Join us at the next Elder­ber­ries potluck/​program, where we will be enjoy­ing the 1953 black and white movie “Mar­tin Luther.” Thurs­day, Feb­ru­ary 16, at Noon in the Small Fel­low­ship Hall. Please bring a dish to share.

Newslet­ter Publishing/​Article Sub­mis­sion Sched­ule

This newslet­ter is pub­lished ten times per year.

  • The first issue of the year is the Late January/​February issue, pub­lished Jan­u­ary 15 (arti­cles due by Jan­u­ary 1). The cover theme is “Love” (unless Lent begins early).
  • The sec­ond issue of the year is the March issue, pub­lished March 1 (arti­cles due by Feb­ru­ary 16). Cover theme is “Lent” unless Easter is in March.
  • The April issue is pub­lished April 1 (arti­cles due by March 16). The cover theme is “Easter” (if Easter is in March, the theme will be “Spring”).
  • We pub­lish the May issue on May 1 (arti­cles due by April 16). The cover theme is “Pentecost.”
  • The June issue comes out June 1 (arti­cles due by May 16). The cover theme is “Missions.”
  • For the late sum­mer, we run a combo July/​August issue pub­lished July 1 (arti­cles due by June 16) with a cover theme of “Summer.”
  • The Sep­tem­ber issue is pub­lished Sep­tem­ber 1 (arti­cles due by August 16). It’s back-​to-​school time, so the cover theme is “Chris­t­ian Education.”
  • We pub­lish the Octo­ber issue Octo­ber 1 (arti­cles due by Sep­tem­ber 16). The cover theme is “Reformation.”
  • The Novem­ber issue cov­ers the end of the ordi­nary church year and the begin­ning of Advent. It is pub­lished Novem­ber 1 (arti­cles due by Octo­ber 16). The cover theme is “Thanksgiving.”
  • The December/​Early Jan­u­ary issue is the last issue of the year, and cov­ers Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tions and the new year. It is pub­lished Decem­ber 1 (arti­cles due by Novem­ber 16). The cover theme is “Christmas.”

We’re always inter­ested in using mem­bers’ pho­tog­ra­phy for our newslet­ter cov­ers. Please sub­mit any pic­ture you think would fit these themes!

Tom Miles is the Parish Admin­is­tra­tor at Saint John’s. You can reach him at the church office Mon­day through Fri­day, 8:30 am to Noon and 1:00 to 4:00 pm, at 4825316 or at This email address is being pro­tected from spam­bots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Notes from the Flock

There’s always some­thing hap­pen­ing at Saint John’s. Read on to keep on top of activ­i­ties, signups and other opportunities!

Mis­sion Guild (Lutheran Women in Mis­sion) Meeting

It’s our annual Christ­mas party! Tues­day, Decem­ber 6, at 7:00 PM in the Large Fel­low­ship Hall. Ladies, please remem­ber to bring your Red Stock­ing, a Christ­mas goody for dessert and a gift for your secret sister.

ChristLife at The­ol­ogy on Tap

All col­lege stu­dents are invited to join our cam­pus min­istry group at this monthly multi-​church LCMS gath­er­ing and a les­son on Patrick Hamil­ton and the Scot­tish con­nec­tion to the Ref­or­ma­tion. Tues­day, Decem­ber 6, at 6:30 PM at Grimm Broth­ers Brew­ing (Love­land). Con­tact Han­nah Wal­ters (2264721 or This email address is being pro­tected from spam­bots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to RSVP and for more information.

ChristLife Christ­mas Party

All col­lege stu­dents are invited to join our cam­pus min­istry group for a Christ­mas party and White Ele­phant gift exchange. Fri­day, Decem­ber 9, at 6:30 PM. Con­tact Han­nah Wal­ters (2264721 or This email address is being pro­tected from spam­bots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to RSVP and for more information.

ChristLife Car­ol­ing with Peace With Christ

All col­lege stu­dents are invited to join our cam­pus min­istry group for an after­noon of car­ol­ing with Peace With Christ Lutheran Church. Sun­day, Decem­ber 11, at 12:00 PM at Peace With Christ Lutheran (1412 W Swal­low Rd). Con­tact Han­nah Wal­ters (2264721 or This email address is being pro­tected from spam­bots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to RSVP and for more information.

Youth Christ­mas Caroling

All mid­dle and high school youth and their friends are invited to come share Christ­mas joy with some of our home­bound mem­bers. Sun­day, Decem­ber 18, at 4:00 PM. We’ll meet at church.

Church Office Closed

We will be closed Fri­day, Decem­ber 23, and Mon­day, Decem­ber 26, in obser­vance of Christ­mas, and Mon­day, Jan­u­ary 2, in obser­vance of New Year’s Day. Nor­mal office hours Decem­ber 2730 and from Jan­u­ary 3.

Christ­mas Cleanup

Epiphany Sun­day marks the end of the Christ­mas sea­son, so it’s time for us to gather to take down the dec­o­ra­tions of the sea­son — but don’t worry: we get to enjoy each oth­ers’ com­pany at the Eat and Greet potluck lunch, and many hands mean the work goes very quickly! Sun­day, Jan­u­ary 8, at 11:30 AM in the Large Fel­low­ship Hall.

2016 Offer­ings Cut­off Decem­ber 31

A reminder that offer­ings given later than Decem­ber 31 must be recorded to 2017; they can­not be cred­ited to your 2016 giving.

Food and Cloth­ing Bank

Our vol­un­teers serve those in need of food or cloth­ing; we are always seek­ing dona­tions of non-​perishable food items, new or gently-​used cloth­ing and small house­hold items to stock the shelves. Tues­days, 9:00 to 11:30 AM in the Small Fel­low­ship Hall. Drop off dona­tions in the bas­ket by the Wel­come Center.

Help Needed to Make Blan­kets for LWR

Any­one with sewing skills is invited to come help make blan­kets and quilts for Lutheran World Relief and other com­mu­nity and inter­na­tional needs. Thurs­days, 9:00 AM in the Small Fel­low­ship Hall. Please join us!

Choir, Bell Choir and Band Rehearsals

Share your musi­cal gifts with the con­gre­ga­tion by adding your voice to the choir, bell choir or band — we’re always seek­ing new musi­cians, expe­ri­enced or not, inter­ested in lend­ing their tal­ents to help lead wor­ship at Saint John’s. Thurs­days: Choir meets at 5:30 PM in the Music Room; Bell Choir meets at 6:30 PM in Room 302; Band meets at 7:30 PM in the Wor­ship Cen­ter. Con­tact Tom Miles for more details or with questions.

Elec­tion Results

At the Novem­ber con­gre­ga­tion meet­ing, Wil Shi­moda was elected Pres­i­dent, Nancy Behm was reelected Trea­surer, Sue Gard­ner was reelected to Coun­cil and Chuck Cal­vano and Grant Wolf were elected to Coun­cil. Many thanks to Ron Young (Pres­i­dent), Rox­Ann Karkhoff-​Schwezier and Tim Maxwell, whose terms will be com­plete at the end of the year.

2017 Offer­ing Envelopes Available

Mem­bers, pick up your envelopes at the table by the Wel­come Cen­ter. If your envelopes are miss­ing, please notify the church office.

Sub­scribe to “The Lutheran Witness”

The mag­a­zine of the Lutheran Church — Mis­souri Synod (includ­ing updates from the churches of the Rocky Moun­tain Dis­trict) is just $22.01 per year: start your sub­scrip­tion this year! You will find the signup sheet at the Wel­come Center.

2017 Chan­cel Flower Cal­en­dar Sign-​Up

Rec­og­nize a loved one or remem­ber a spe­cial occa­sion with flow­ers on the altar — the flow­ers are $30 for the week, and are yours to take home after the wor­ship ser­vice. Sign up at the Wel­come Center.

Con­cor­dia Book Club

Con­cor­dia Pub­lish­ing House is pro­mot­ing four new books at a 20% dis­count through Decem­ber; check out the dis­play copies at the table by the Wel­come Cen­ter. To order, sign up on the sheet by the dis­play copies or call Ruth Besel (4840221).

  • Being Lutheran: a paper­back that helps new or long-​time Luther­ans under­stand that it is about fol­low­ing Jesus.
  • Cel­e­brat­ing the Saints: His­tor­i­cal sketches and devo­tional writ­ings accord­ing to the litur­gi­cal cal­en­dar, to help the reader appre­ci­ate how God has sus­tained the faith­ful for generations.
  • Liv­ing Life, Liv­ing Faith: Col­lec­tion of 52 devo­tions by a father-​son duo, includ­ing a short story exam­ple and scrip­tural application.
  • Sacred Songs of Christ­mas: Beau­ti­fully illus­trated anthol­ogy of songs, poems, scrip­ture and art­work to help the fam­ily pre­pare to cel­e­brate Christ’s birth.

Saint John’s Giv­ing Tree

The tree is up by the Wel­come Cen­ter; the oppor­tu­ni­ties for giv­ing include gifts for needy fam­i­lies at Lau­rel Ele­men­tary, gift cards for Alpha Cen­ter and vis­i­ta­tion orna­ments for the elderly home­bound of Saint John’s. Please come take an orna­ment and return cor­re­spond­ing gifts or cards by Sun­day, Decem­ber 18.

Lutheran Fam­ily Ser­vices Coat Drive

Thank you for your new and gen­tly used win­ter coat dona­tions for Lutheran Fam­ily Ser­vices! If you would still like to bring in a coat, please drop it off early this week at the church office.

Pizza Palz Cards Avail­able in the Church Office

For just $11, you can pur­chase a card good for an Old Chicago pizza of up to $22 while sup­port­ing the preschool! Call or stop by the church office to purchase.

Give to Open Arms through “Ama­zon Smile”

Ama­zon shop­pers, log in to your Ama­zon account and then visit < smile​.ama​zon​.com > to give 0.5% of every Ama­zon pur­chase you make to Open Arms Chris­t­ian Preschool. Search for “Open Arms Chris­t­ian Preschool, Fort Collins” or just go straight to < http://​smile​.ama​zon​.com/​c​h​/​840450786 > to set up giving.

Wor­ship Stream Available

If you are sick, stuck at home or on vaca­tion, you can still join Saint John’s wor­ship ser­vices via the inter­net! Go to www​.StJohnsFC​.org and click the “Wor­ship Stream” link to watch and lis­ten to the ser­vice live.

Newslet­ter Publishing/​Article Sub­mis­sion Sched­ule

This newslet­ter is pub­lished ten times per year.

  • The first issue of the year is the Feb­ru­ary issue, pub­lished Feb­ru­ary 1 (arti­cles due by Jan­u­ary 16). The cover theme is “Love” unless Lent begins early.
  • The sec­ond issue of the year is the March issue, pub­lished March 1 (arti­cles due by Feb­ru­ary 16). Cover theme is “Lent” unless Easter is in March.
  • The April issue is pub­lished April 1 (arti­cles due by March 16). The cover theme is “Easter” (if Easter is in March, the theme will be “Spring”).
  • We pub­lish the May issue on May 1 (arti­cles due by April 16). The cover theme is “Pentecost.”
  • The June issue comes out June 1 (arti­cles due by May 16). The cover theme is “Missions.”
  • For the late sum­mer, we run a combo July/​August issue pub­lished July 1 (arti­cles due by June 16) with a cover theme of “Summer.”
  • The Sep­tem­ber issue is pub­lished Sep­tem­ber 1 (arti­cles due by August 16). It’s back-​to-​school time, so the cover theme is “Chris­t­ian Education.”
  • We pub­lish the Octo­ber issue Octo­ber 1 (arti­cles due by Sep­tem­ber 16). The cover theme is “Reformation.”
  • The Novem­ber issue cov­ers the end of the ordi­nary church year and the begin­ning of Advent. It is pub­lished Novem­ber 1 (arti­cles due by Octo­ber 16). The cover theme is “Thanksgiving.”
  • The December/​January issue is the last issue of the year, and cov­ers Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tions and the new year. It is pub­lished Decem­ber 1 (arti­cles due by Novem­ber 16). The cover theme is “Christmas.”

We’re always inter­ested in using mem­bers’ pho­tog­ra­phy for our newslet­ter cov­ers. Please sub­mit any pic­ture you think would fit these themes!

Tom Miles is the Parish Admin­is­tra­tor at Saint John’s. You can reach him at the church office Mon­day through Fri­day, 8:30 am to Noon and 1:00 to 4:00 pm, at 4825316 or at This email address is being pro­tected from spam­bots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..