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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!

Oktoberfest-Themed First Sunday “Eat and Greet” Potluck

For our first “Eat and Greet” potluck of the year, and to kick off our 500th Reformation anniversary celebration, the Fellowship Board will be providing bratwurst and beverages and suggest you bring a “German” side or dessert. Sunday, October 1 at 11:30 AM in the Large Fellowship Hall.

Watoto Children’s Choir Concert

The children will present a wonderful, touching, inspirational concert that’s a great, informal opportunity to invite friends and family for lots of fun and great music. Sunday, October 1 at 6:30 PM in the Worship Center. A love offering will be taken for the Watoto Orphanage of Uganda.

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 beginning October 5. 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.

The Lutheran Women in Mission Brunch, Plant & Bake Sale is Coming Soon

Come downstairs after the church service to join the Mission Guild for a brunch (freewill offering) and to purchase plants and bake sale items to support Lutheran World Relief and Human Care’s hurricane relief efforts. Sunday, October 8. Please help Mission Guild’s fundraising by bringing bake sale items and/or plants to sell; funding for the brunch ingredients will be provided by Thrivent Financial.

Preschool Fundraiser at Pour Brothers

Come enjoy a drink, a bite and a fun time with congregation and preschool families, all while supporting Open Arms! Wednesday, October 11, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Pour Brothers Community Tavern (220 Linden St). All tips collected will go to Open Arms Christian Preschool.

CSU Football Gameday Parking

Saint John’s will be offering CSU football game-day parking in the church lot to support various groups, continuing October 14 with the Heseders. While spots will be $15 cash-only the day of the game, members who reserve in advance can park for free (though donations will be gladly accepted). Please contact Tom in the church office (970-482-5316 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make your reservation.

Annual Women’s Retreat

All women, including congregation members and their friends and family, are invited to come slow down and savor time with God at the beautiful Primrose Studio in Northwest Fort Collins. Come to rest, laugh, share and grow closer to each other and God. This year’s theme is “Treasured,” and attendees are encouraged to wear jewelry! Saturday, October 21, 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM at Primrose Studio (Michaud Ln off of Overland Trail). $25 (breakfast and lunch included); Sign up at the Welcome Center, call the church office or call Sharon (635-9683).

ChristLife Campus Ministry Paintball

Our college students are invited to join the ULC and Laramie campus ministry groups for some paintball at Two Chicks Paintball. Saturday, October 21. Meet at 1:00 PM at Peace With Christ (1412 W Swallow Rd).

Bazaar Volunteer Recruitment Lunch

We’re offering a free lunch to anyone interested in helping with some aspect of the November 10–11 Artisan Fair and Bazaar—please join us! Sunday, October 22, at 11:30 AM in the Large Fellowship Hall. Volunteer jobs include preparation the week before the event, hosts and other helpers the days of the Bazaar and cleanup the late afternoon of that Saturday.

Faith in the Halls of Power—What is Ahead for American Christians in the Next Decade

Tim Goeglein, Vice President for External Relations at Focus on the Family and a Senior Fellow at The Heritage Foundation, will address what lies ahead for the church and American Christians who desire to live according to their faith and their God-given rights of conscience. Thursday, October 26, at 7:00 PM in Worship Center (with reception to follow in the Large Fellowship Hall). Rides to the event are available—please sign up at the Welcome Center or call the church office.

Reformation Sunday

When Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the Wittenberg Chapel door in 1517, he set in motion a reform of the church through the rediscovery of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, a reform that brought the truth of Jesus’ redemptive sacrifice on the cross to all people. Sunday, October 29, at 9:00 AM in the Worship Center. It’s traditional to wear red on Reformation Sunday, to symbolize the renewing fire of the Holy Spirit and the martyrdom of Luther’s contemporaries who called for the reformation of the church.

Longs Peak Circuit Reformation Service

Saint John’s will host our sister congregations in a joint worship service celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Sunday, October 29, at 3:00 PM in the Worship Center. An offering will be taken for the Lutheran Heritage Foundation.

All Saints Sunday

To Lutherans, who believe that all sinners are made God’s holy saints in the cleansing waters of Holy Baptism, All Saints Sunday is a celebration of the entire priesthood of believers, especially those whose funerals and memorials were held at Saint John’s in the preceding year. Sunday, November 5, at 9:00 AM in the Worship Center.

Artisan Fair and Bazaar

Start your holiday shopping at Saint John’s Lutheran, where the work of thirty artists and craftspeople, including woodcrafts, pottery, jewelry, textiles and fine cuisine, will be available for sale, along with crafts our teams have collected from Haiti, Peru and eastern Africa. Friday, November 10, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, and Saturday, November 11, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM in the Large and Small Fellowship Halls. The money raised—including booth fees and the proceeds from the Heseder’s booth, silent auction and bake sale—will go to the Heseder fund to support future mission work.

  • Visitors will enjoy live music, door prizes, a bake sale and a silent auction. Concessions (breakfast and lunch) will be available all day.
  • We would very much appreciate help from the congregation providing donations for the silent auction. You can donate as an individual, of course, but we’re also looking for local businesses that might be interested in promoting themselves by providing a donation. If you are aware of a business you think we should contact, please call or email Tom at the church office or leave a message for Joyce at 970−204−1159.

Fall Congregation Meeting

Elections and approval of the 2018 budget are on the agenda for the annual autumn meeting. Sunday, November 12, at 10:30 AM in the Large Fellowship Hall. A light breakfast will be served (free-will offering).

  • Active members who are eighteen or older and have signed the constitution are eligible to vote.
  • Child care will be provided.

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.

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 482-5316 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!

CSU Football Gameday Parking

Saint John’s will be offering CSU football game-day parking in the church lot to support various groups, beginning August 26 with the Heseders. There will be parking here August 26, September 9, October 14, October 28, November 11 and November 18. While spots will be $15 cash-only the day of the game, members who reserve in advance can park for free (though donations will be gladly accepted!): please contact Tom in the church office (970-482-5316 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make your reservations.

Third Thursday Potluck and Presentation

Join the Elderberries for lunch and a presentation by the Colorado Visiting Nurse Association on “Preventative Wellness and Home Health Care Services” with free blood pressure tests for those who would like one. Please bring a dish to share.

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. Thursdays at 9:00 AM in the Small Fellowship Hall. Please join us any week!

“Growing in Worship” Children’s Worship Bulletins

The “Growing in Worship” worship folders coordinate with the lectionary to highlight each Sunday’s theme and message, helping children learn, follow and participate in the order of worship. Pick one up each Sunday from an usher or the children’s activity shelf at the back of the sanctuary.

Midweek Advent Services

Advent is a season of reflection and expectation. Each Wednesday we gather to share prayer and meditation on the Word.

As the 500th anniversary of the Reformation approaches, let Martin Luther’s beloved hymn “From Heaven Above” speak to you in our special Advent worship series. Each service in the four-part series focuses on the divine gifts that come down to us through the birth of Jesus.

Wednesdays, November 30 to December 21. Services at 11:00 AM and 6:30 PM. Meal served at Noon (no evening meal).

Family Christmas

Christmas Eve

Christmas Day

Epiphany Sunday

Epiphany is from a Greek word meaning to “reveal” or “make manifest.” The season of Epiphany is our time to focus on the revelation of “who” Jesus is: true God and true man.

We celebrate the Festival of Epiphany with readings of the visit of the magi (Matthew 2:11). Through these foreigners, who acknowledged that this infant was the Son of God, God was showing us that Jesus was the Messiah and Savior of not just the Jewish people, but of all people, around the world.

Please join us for a service where we see the great light, revealed to humanity: Jesus has come to save us all!

Sunday, January 8. Divine Service at 9:00 AM.

Baptism of Our Lord

In the waters of the Jordan, Jesus takes His place among sinners and takes all the sins of the world upon Himself. Though He has no sin, He undergoes the Baptism of repentance in order to fulfill all righteousness for us. He submits Himself to the curse of sin and death in order to redeem us!

As we share His Baptism and are “united with Him in a death like His,” we also share His resurrection unto newness of life.

Sunday, January 15. Divine Service at 9:00 AM.

Transfiguration

In the Transfiguration, Jesus is revealed to His disciples as the Son of God. It is the culmination of the season of Epiphany, in which the character of Jesus is revealed to us in numerous ways: through the eyes of the Magi, through the hands of John the Baptist at the Jordan River, through the ears of His friends and neighbors in Galilee and through the hearts of the disciples who follow His call.

Now, just before the beginning of Lent, we see Jesus in His glory, “as bright as a flash of lightning.” (Luke 9:29) It’s a timely reminder that the man who walks the path to the cross is at the same time Almighty God, sacrificing Himself for us.

Sunday, February 26. Divine Service at 9:00 AM.

Ash Wednesday

Meals will be served at Noon and 5:30 pm

“For dust you are and to dust you will return.” (Genesis 3:19) When sin forced them from the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve began lives of hardship and toil, breathing the dust of a harsh world.

Though modern comforts may shield us from the dirt and grime, we still face the inevitability of sin and death. On Ash Wednesday, we reflect on our mortality, but also rejoice in our hope: that Jesus, our Savior, suffered and died to rescue us from sin and save us from the finality of death.

Wednesday, March 1. Services at 11:00 am and 6:30 PM.

Midweek Lenten Services

Lent is a season of confession and reflection. Each Wednesday we gather to share prayer and meditation on the Word.

In “Singing with the Exiles,” we study Isaiah 40–55—some of the best-known, most-cherished and theologically significant texts in the Bible—which teach an orientation to the Lord and the world that Jesus endorsed, sharpened and laid as the foundation for the Christian Church.

Wednesdays, March 8–April 5. Services at 11:00 AM and 6:30 PM. Meals served at Noon and 5:45 PM.

Palm Sunday

“Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” (Psalm 118:26)

Lent has led us to Jerusalem with Jesus, who enters the city in humility, riding on the back of a donkey, but is celebrated by crowds of worshippers. With palm branches and shouts of “Hosanna!” they “acknowledge that Jesus is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:11) At our worship service we celebrate by waving palms and in word and sacrament.

This grand entrance sets the scene for Jesus’ final acts and words before His crucifixion, which we will meditate upon in our Holy Week services.

Sunday, April 9. Divine Service at 9:00 AM.

Holy Thursday

At nightfall of Holy (Maundy) Thursday, our Lenten observance comes to an end and we gather with Christians around the world to celebrate the “Three Days” of Jesus’ death and resurrection.

At the heart of the Maundy Thursday liturgy are Jesus’ commandments—or mandates—to “love one another” and “do this in remembrance of Me.” We are called to follow Jesus’ examples as we humbly care for one another and partake in His holy meal. At our Holy (Maundy) Thursday services, we celebrate the holy meal, given and shed for us, and remember His sacrifice for us.

Thursday, April 13. Services at 11:00 AM and 6:30 PM

Good Friday

“He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by His wounds we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5)

Good Friday is the second part of the three day service called the Triduum. It is a time of somber reflection on the mystery of the cross, that from a death should flow forgiveness and life. We may be separated from the actual events of the crucifixion by two thousand years, but it was for our sins that our Lord suffered and died and to us that He gives the fruit of His suffering and death.

Friday, April 14. Tenebrae Service at 7:30 PM.

Easter Sunrise

“Alleluia! Christ is risen!” It is a day of celebration: Jesus is alive!

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!

A breakfast will be served after the service, starting at 7:30 am. It will be served by our Heseder mission group, with proceeds supporting local and international missions.

“Alleluia! Christ is risen!”

Sunday, April 16. Sunrise Service at 6:30 AM.

Easter Day

“Alleluia! Christ is risen!” It is a day of celebration: Jesus is alive!

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!

A breakfast will be served before the service, starting at 7:30 am. It will be served by our Heseder mission group, with proceeds supporting local and international missions.

“Alleluia! Christ is risen!”

Sunday, April 16. Divine Service at 9:00 AM.

Ascension Sunday

Sunday, May 28. Divine Service at 9:00 AM.

Forty days after His resurrection, Jesus appeared to His disciples one last time to tell them to expect the coming Holy Spirit before He ascended into heaven to take His heavenly throne.

Pentecost

Sunday, June 4. Divine Service at 9:00 AM.

“All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.” (Acts 2:1)

The church celebrates its birthday on Pentecost, recalling the drama of this passage from Acts, as the Spirit came to the disciples in rushing wind and tongues of flame and enabled them to go out and preach the Good News.

The great power of the Holy Spirit, which Jesus’ disciples of all ages demonstrate, is what Jesus says in John 14:12–14: “All who have faith in Me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father”.

Reformation Sunday

When Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the Wittenberg Chapel door in 1517, he set in motion a reform of the church through the rediscovery of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, a reform that brought the truth of Jesus’ redemptive sacrifice on the cross to all people.

It’s traditional to wear red on Reformation Sunday. Red symbolizes the renewing fire of the Holy Spirit and the martyrdom of Luther’s contemporaries who called for the reformation of the church.

Sunday, October 29. Divine Service at 9:00 AM.

All Saints Sunday

Every year, the church sets aside a special day to remember the saints of the church not commemorated with special holidays.

To Lutherans, who believe that all sinners are made God’s holy saints in the cleansing waters of Holy Baptism, it means a celebration of the entire priesthood of believers, especially the members of Saint John’s who were called to their eternal home in the preceding year.

Sunday, November 5. Divine Service at 9:00 AM.

Christ the King

Even after Israel had experienced the vagaries of kings, they still longed for a true king to set things right. He would have the king’s title of Messiah, “Anointed One;” He would be the Son of Man, the one “like a human being” given dominion in Daniel’s vision.

Jesus is given these titles, even though He is nothing like an earthly king. His authority comes from the truth to which He bears witness, and those who recognize the truth voluntarily listen to Him. We look forward to the day He is given dominion, knowing His reign will be the victory of love.

Sunday, November 26. Divine Service at 9:00 AM.

Thanksgiving Eve

We gather every year on the evening before Thanksgiving to reflect on the many blessings that God has given us. Though Thanksgiving is a national holiday, it’s a wonderful time for Christians to acknowledge the true source of our bounty.

As we share the word and sacrament, we also remember those who are less fortunate than we. The Human Needs Board will distribute grocery bags the Sundays before Thanksgiving to fill with non-perishable food items for our Food Bank, and the offering we give will go to support the work of Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod Disaster Relief.

Wednesday, November 22. Worship Service at 6:30 PM.

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 482-5316 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!

Hesed Journal

Read up on the work Kimberly Pepmiller and the LCMS Mercy Medical Mission Team she led did in Tanzania June 16–23 at www.StJohnsFC.org/news/hesed-journal.

Church Office Closed

We will be closed all day Tuesday, July 4, and the afternoon of Friday, July 7, for the Independence Day holiday. Normal hours the rest of that week.

Support Your Saint John’s Eagles Softball Team

It’s always great having a supportive crowd! Please watch the bulletin for last-minute updates and changes.

  • July 9, 5:20 PM at Fossil Creek Park, east field
  • July 16, 8:05 PM at Fossil Creek Park, east field
  • July 23, 6:15 PM at Fossil Creek Park, east field
  • July 30, 7:10 and 8:05 PM double-header at Lee Martinez Park, east field
  • Playoffs (at Fossil Creek Park, east field) begin August 6 and, depending on how the team does, continue August 13.

Elderberries Rockies Outing

You are invited to come with the Elderberries to see the Rockies play the San Diego Padres for just $12 (includes ticket and parking). Wednesday, July 19. We will carpool from the church for the 1:10 PM game. Only fourteen tickets are available, so sign up at the Welcome Center today!

Colorado Rockies Faith Day

Sign up at the Welcome Center today for this summer Rockies game (versus the Phillies), talk by players (Ian Desmond, Mike Dunn and Jobn Gray) and concert by the Newsboys for just $18. Sunday, August 6. The games is at 1:10 PM and the talk and concert will follow. We will carpool from the church.

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 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. Thursdays at 9:00 AM in the Small Fellowship Hall.

The Garden Fundraising

Cards for financial commitments to this project, building a garden on the northeast side of the church, are available at the Welcome Center and in the pews. For more information on the project, be that details about the plan, more about the columbarium or to make a commitment to support this project, please contact the church office.

    We are looking for ideas on what scripture verses to inscribe on the paver stones. Please email your thoughts to Sheryl at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by the end of June.

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 update your bookmarks/favorites to Amazon to < smile.amazon.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.amazon.com/ch/84-0450786 > to set up giving.

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. 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!

Help Prepare the Sanctuary for Worship Services

The Altar Guild is seeking new members to help with setting up communion and otherwise preparing the sanctuary and chancel for worship. If you’re interested in helping or would like more information, please contact Jo Fredin (282-4327 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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.

Midweek Advent Services

Advent is a season of reflection and expectation. Each Wednesday we gather to share prayer and meditation on the Word.

As the 500th anniversary of the Reformation approaches, let Martin Luther’s beloved hymn “From Heaven Above” speak to you in our special Advent worship series. Each service in the four-part series focuses on the divine gifts that come down to us through the birth of Jesus.

Wednesdays, November 30 to December 21. Services at 11:00 AM and 6:30 PM. Meal served at Noon (no evening meal).

Family Christmas

Christmas Eve

Christmas Day

Epiphany Sunday

Epiphany is from a Greek word meaning to “reveal” or “make manifest.” The season of Epiphany is our time to focus on the revelation of “who” Jesus is: true God and true man.

We celebrate the Festival of Epiphany with readings of the visit of the magi (Matthew 2:11). Through these foreigners, who acknowledged that this infant was the Son of God, God was showing us that Jesus was the Messiah and Savior of not just the Jewish people, but of all people, around the world.

Please join us for a service where we see the great light, revealed to humanity: Jesus has come to save us all!

Sunday, January 8. Divine Service at 9:00 AM.

Baptism of Our Lord

In the waters of the Jordan, Jesus takes His place among sinners and takes all the sins of the world upon Himself. Though He has no sin, He undergoes the Baptism of repentance in order to fulfill all righteousness for us. He submits Himself to the curse of sin and death in order to redeem us!

As we share His Baptism and are “united with Him in a death like His,” we also share His resurrection unto newness of life.

Sunday, January 15. Divine Service at 9:00 AM.

Transfiguration

In the Transfiguration, Jesus is revealed to His disciples as the Son of God. It is the culmination of the season of Epiphany, in which the character of Jesus is revealed to us in numerous ways: through the eyes of the Magi, through the hands of John the Baptist at the Jordan River, through the ears of His friends and neighbors in Galilee and through the hearts of the disciples who follow His call.

Now, just before the beginning of Lent, we see Jesus in His glory, “as bright as a flash of lightning.” (Luke 9:29) It’s a timely reminder that the man who walks the path to the cross is at the same time Almighty God, sacrificing Himself for us.

Sunday, February 26. Divine Service at 9:00 AM.

Ash Wednesday

Meals will be served at Noon and 5:30 pm

“For dust you are and to dust you will return.” (Genesis 3:19) When sin forced them from the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve began lives of hardship and toil, breathing the dust of a harsh world.

Though modern comforts may shield us from the dirt and grime, we still face the inevitability of sin and death. On Ash Wednesday, we reflect on our mortality, but also rejoice in our hope: that Jesus, our Savior, suffered and died to rescue us from sin and save us from the finality of death.

Wednesday, March 1. Services at 11:00 am and 6:30 PM.

Midweek Lenten Services

Lent is a season of confession and reflection. Each Wednesday we gather to share prayer and meditation on the Word.

In “Singing with the Exiles,” we study Isaiah 40–55—some of the best-known, most-cherished and theologically significant texts in the Bible—which teach an orientation to the Lord and the world that Jesus endorsed, sharpened and laid as the foundation for the Christian Church.

Wednesdays, March 8–April 5. Services at 11:00 AM and 6:30 PM. Meals served at Noon and 5:45 PM.

Palm Sunday

“Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” (Psalm 118:26)

Lent has led us to Jerusalem with Jesus, who enters the city in humility, riding on the back of a donkey, but is celebrated by crowds of worshippers. With palm branches and shouts of “Hosanna!” they “acknowledge that Jesus is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:11) At our worship service we celebrate by waving palms and in word and sacrament.

This grand entrance sets the scene for Jesus’ final acts and words before His crucifixion, which we will meditate upon in our Holy Week services.

Sunday, April 9. Divine Service at 9:00 AM.

Holy Thursday

At nightfall of Holy (Maundy) Thursday, our Lenten observance comes to an end and we gather with Christians around the world to celebrate the “Three Days” of Jesus’ death and resurrection.

At the heart of the Maundy Thursday liturgy are Jesus’ commandments—or mandates—to “love one another” and “do this in remembrance of Me.” We are called to follow Jesus’ examples as we humbly care for one another and partake in His holy meal. At our Holy (Maundy) Thursday services, we celebrate the holy meal, given and shed for us, and remember His sacrifice for us.

Thursday, April 13. Services at 11:00 AM and 6:30 PM

Good Friday

“He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by His wounds we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5)

Good Friday is the second part of the three day service called the Triduum. It is a time of somber reflection on the mystery of the cross, that from a death should flow forgiveness and life. We may be separated from the actual events of the crucifixion by two thousand years, but it was for our sins that our Lord suffered and died and to us that He gives the fruit of His suffering and death.

Friday, April 14. Tenebrae Service at 7:30 PM.

Easter Sunrise

“Alleluia! Christ is risen!” It is a day of celebration: Jesus is alive!

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!

A breakfast will be served after the service, starting at 7:30 am. It will be served by our Heseder mission group, with proceeds supporting local and international missions.

“Alleluia! Christ is risen!”

Sunday, April 16. Sunrise Service at 6:30 AM.

Easter Day

“Alleluia! Christ is risen!” It is a day of celebration: Jesus is alive!

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!

A breakfast will be served before the service, starting at 7:30 am. It will be served by our Heseder mission group, with proceeds supporting local and international missions.

“Alleluia! Christ is risen!”

Sunday, April 16. Divine Service at 9:00 AM.

Ascension Sunday

Sunday, May 28. Divine Service at 9:00 AM.

Forty days after His resurrection, Jesus appeared to His disciples one last time to tell them to expect the coming Holy Spirit before He ascended into heaven to take His heavenly throne.

Pentecost

Sunday, June 4. Divine Service at 9:00 AM.

“All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.” (Acts 2:1)

The church celebrates its birthday on Pentecost, recalling the drama of this passage from Acts, as the Spirit came to the disciples in rushing wind and tongues of flame and enabled them to go out and preach the Good News.

The great power of the Holy Spirit, which Jesus’ disciples of all ages demonstrate, is what Jesus says in John 14:12–14: “All who have faith in Me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father”.

Reformation Sunday

When Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the Wittenberg Chapel door in 1517, he set in motion a reform of the church through the rediscovery of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, a reform that brought the truth of Jesus’ redemptive sacrifice on the cross to all people.

It’s traditional to wear red on Reformation Sunday. Red symbolizes the renewing fire of the Holy Spirit and the martyrdom of Luther’s contemporaries who called for the reformation of the church.

Sunday, October 29. Divine Service at 9:00 AM.

All Saints Sunday

Every year, the church sets aside a special day to remember the saints of the church not commemorated with special holidays.

To Lutherans, who believe that all sinners are made God’s holy saints in the cleansing waters of Holy Baptism, it means a celebration of the entire priesthood of believers, especially the members of Saint John’s who were called to their eternal home in the preceding year.

Sunday, November 5. Divine Service at 9:00 AM.

Christ the King

Even after Israel had experienced the vagaries of kings, they still longed for a true king to set things right. He would have the king’s title of Messiah, “Anointed One;” He would be the Son of Man, the one “like a human being” given dominion in Daniel’s vision.

Jesus is given these titles, even though He is nothing like an earthly king. His authority comes from the truth to which He bears witness, and those who recognize the truth voluntarily listen to Him. We look forward to the day He is given dominion, knowing His reign will be the victory of love.

Sunday, November 26. Divine Service at 9:00 AM.

Thanksgiving Eve

We gather every year on the evening before Thanksgiving to reflect on the many blessings that God has given us. Though Thanksgiving is a national holiday, it’s a wonderful time for Christians to acknowledge the true source of our bounty.

As we share the word and sacrament, we also remember those who are less fortunate than we. The Human Needs Board will distribute grocery bags the Sundays before Thanksgiving to fill with non-perishable food items for our Food Bank, and the offering we give will go to support the work of Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod Disaster Relief.

Wednesday, November 22. Worship Service at 6:30 PM.

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 482-5316 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!

Pentecost

The church celebrates its birthday on Pentecost, recalling the drama of Acts, as the Spirit came to the disciples in rushing wind and tongues of flame and enabled them to go out and preach the Good News. Sunday, June 4, at 9:00 AM in the Worship Center. It's traditional to wear red on Pentecost, as a symbol of the renewing fire of the Holy Spirit.

Register Now for Mighty Fortress Vacation Bible School

Registration is open for children age three through sixth grade who want to come along with us as we sing fun songs, do crazy crafts, eat yummy snacks, play awesome games and learn about Jesus, our champion who has won the victory! Monday, June 5, through Thursday, June 8, 9:00 AM to Noon. Invite your friends and family—we can’t wait to see you there!

  • Registration forms available after the service, at the table by the Welcome Center or at www.StJohnsFC.org.
  • Registration is free; early registration is appreciated!
  • Be a part of this year’s VBS, whether you can volunteer (full- or part-time, we have many ways to help to suit your schedule and interests) or help us fill our list of VBS needs! Visit the registration table by the Welcome Center to find out how you can help be a part of this summer’s exciting VBS!

Alpha Center Baby Bottle Fundraiser

On Mother’s Day we handed out empty baby bottles for you to fill with change (or cash, or checks) to support our community sexual and pregnancy resource center; if you missed it, you can pick up a bottle at the Welcome Center! Please return the bottles to the Welcome Center by Father’s Day (June 18).

Support Your Saint John’s Eagles Softball Team

It’s always great having a supportive crowd! Please watch the bulletin for last-minute updates and changes.

  • June 4, 5:20 PM at Lee Martinez Park, east field
  • June 11, 7:10 PM at Lee Martinez Park, east field
  • June 18,4:25 PM at Lee Martinez Park, east field
  • June 25, 6:15 PM at Fossil Creek Park, east field
  • July 9, 5:20 PM at Fossil Creek Park, east field
  • July 16, 8:05 PM at Fossil Creek Park, east field
  • July 23, 6:15 PM at Fossil Creek Park, east field
  • July 30, 7:10 and 8:05 PM double-header at Lee Martinez Park, east field
  • Playoffs (at Fossil Creek Park, east field) begin August 6 and, depending on how the team does, continue August 13.

No Third Thursday Event in June or July

Remember, Elderberries, there is no Third Thursday event in June or July. We will resume activities in August with a Third Thursday Event and the annual trip to a Rockies game.

Colorado Rockies Faith Day

Sign up at the Welcome Center today for this summer Rockies game (versus the Phillies) and concert by Newsboys. Sunday, August 6; game at 1:10 PM with concert to follow. We will carpool from the church.

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. Thursdays at 9:00 AM in the Small Fellowship Hall. Please join us any time!

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 482-5316 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!

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. 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. 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. Tuesdays from 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. Thursdays 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 2017–2018 school year. More information and a registration form are available at www.OpenArmsFC.org, or call Kandy Wise at 482-1357.

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.amazon.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 smile.amazon.com/ch/84-0450786 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. We have a lot of project ideas and want to put your Thrivent membership to work!

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 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 482-5316 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..