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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!

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, 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 4, at 9:00 AM in the Worship Center.

Servant Event

Join a crew of service-minded Saint John’s members helping Serve 6.8, a local outreach ministry, pack Christmas packages—toys and other items—for local children in need. Saturday, November 3, 9:00 AM to Noon at Serve 6.8 (Southeast corner of Drake and Lemay). RSVP to the church office (482-5316) by October 29.

Church Cleanup Day

Bring rakes and anything else that could be used to cleanup leaves and tidy up the exterior of the church before winter. Saturday, November 3, at 8:00 AM. Meet in the Large Fellowship Hall.

Presentation by Eric and Linda Funke

Eric (grandson of Bill and Lola Funke) and Linda are missionaries in Tanzania, and will join us to speak about the work they have been doing in the African nation. Sunday, November 4, at 10:30 AM in the Large Fellowship Hall.

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 missions abroad. Friday, November 9, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, and Saturday, November 10, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM in the Large and Small Fellowship Halls. Booth fees and the proceeds from the Heseder’s sales will go to the Heseder fund to support future mission work.

Fall Congregation Meeting

Elections and approval of the 2018 budget are on the agenda for the annual autumn meeting. Sunday, November 11, at 10:30 AM in the Large Fellowship Hall. A light breakfast will be served (free-will offering). Active members eighteen and older who have signed the constitution are eligible to vote. Child care will be provided.

Elderberries Pre-Thanksgiving Dinner

The Elderberries invite you to their free annual Pre-Thanksgiving meal of turkey and all the fixings; no need to RSVP or to bring anything but your appetite and the desire to fellowship with fellow Lutherans! Thursday, November 15, at Noon in the Large Fellowship Hall. In the spirit of thankfulness, please bring a non-perishable food item for Saint John’s Food and Clothing Bank; Special thanks to Thrivent Financial for its financial support.

CSU Football Gameday Parking

$15 (cash exact-change only) the day of the event; members who reserve in advance can park for free (donations gladly accepted!). Saturday, November 17. The lot opens from two hours before kickoff to two hours after the game ends. Contact the office (970-482-5316 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to make a reservation.

Men's Night

Support, encourage, pray—all men are invited to gather with their brothers in Christ to support and encourage (and pray for) one another in their God-given vocations. Tuesday, November 20, 6:30 PM at Ron Young’s home. Refreshments and dinner will be provided; RSVP appreciated.

Thanksgiving Eve

We gather every year on the evening before Thanksgiving to reflect on the many blessings that God has given us and acknowledge the true source of our bounty. Wednesday, November 21, at 6:30 PM in the Worship Center. The offering from this service will go to support the work of LCMS Disaster Relief.

    The Board of Human Needs is asking all who are able to bring a bag of nonperishable food items to share with the needy in the Fort Collins community through Saint John’s Food and Clothing Bank. Please turn in your food donations at or before the Wednesday evening Thanksgiving service on November 21.

Christ the King

On the last Sunday of the church year, we look forward to Jesus' return in glory while celebrating His reign over a kingdom of love. Sunday, November 25, at 9:00 AM in the Worship Center.

Christmas Decorating Event

Come enjoy a free meal and have some fun as we “deck the halls” of Saint John’s for Advent and Christmas. Sunday, November 25, at 11:30 AM in the Large Fellowship Hall.

Food and Clothing Bank

Volunteers serve those in need of food or clothing; we are always in need of non-perishable food and new or gently-used clothing and household items. Tuesday, at 9:00 to 11:30 AM in the Small Fellowship Hall.

Help Make Blankets for LWR

Anyone with sewing skills is invited to 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.

Choir, Bell Choir and Band Rehearsals

Share your musical gifts with the congregation by adding your voice to the choir, bell choir or band. Contact Tom Miles for more information and a rehearsal schedule.

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!

Fall Lutheran Men’s Retreat

All high school age and older men are invited to enjoy “Fellowship, Liturgy and Formation at 7,500 Feet.” Guided by our retreat pastors, we will be formed by the Holy Scriptures to embrace our vocations as men and the challenges we face. Friday, October 5 (4:45 PM registration), to Saturday, October 6 (ends at 5:00 PM), at Mt. Calvary Lutheran (Estes Park; lodge in Estes Park or commute). $15 per person, checks payable to Faith Lutheran, will cover the retreat.

Pour Brothers Community Night for Open Arms Preschool

Come enjoy a meal and a drink at Pour Brothers Community Tavern on October 10 and your tips will go to support Saint John’s preschool program! Wednesday, October 10, 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Pour Brothers Community Tavern (220 Linden St). The Community Night recipient with the most participants will get a matching donation up to $500 from Pour Brothers!

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. Saturday, October 13, 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM at Primrose Studio (Michaud Ln off of Overland Trail). Contact Sharon Gibbons (635-9683) or the church office (482-5316) for more information.

CSU Football Gameday Parking

Saint John’s is offering parking in the church lot. Spots will be $15 (cash exact-change only) the day of the event, but members who reserve in advance can park for free (donations gladly accepted!). The lot opens two hours before kickoff and stays open until two hours after the game ends. Contact the office (970-482-5316 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to make a reservation.

LWML Sunday

We celebrate the work of our Mission Guild and of the Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML), who give their mites and tireless service to mission and ministry around the world. Sunday, October 14. The Mission Guild meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 7:00 PM and all women are invited to join them for fellowship and service.

LWML Brunch, Plant and Bake Sale

We hope everyone will reserve October 14 to participate and help support the LWML fundraising efforts for this year’s fundraising recipients, Ben Vanderhyde, who will be serving his vicarage in Sri Lanka, and family. Sunday, October 14. We would appreciate your donations of bake sale items and/or plants for the sale.

Men's Night

Support, Encourage, Pray. All men are invited to gather with their brothers in Christ to support, encourage and pray for one another in their God-given vocations. Tuesday, October 23, at 6:30 PM in Pastor Nettleton’s home (3139 Bryce Dr). Dinner and drinks will be provided; RSVP appreciated, but not necessary.

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 28, 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.

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, 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 4, 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 9, at Friday, November 9, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, and Saturday, November 10, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM in Large and Small Fellowship Halls. The money raised—including booth fees and the proceeds from the Heseder’s booth, silent auction, bake sale and kraut burger 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.
  • Bakers are needed to provide baked goods for bake sale portion of the Bazaar. If you are able to bake or to man the tables for a shift, please contact Kathi Calvano at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 286-4584.

Help Make Blankets for LWR

Anyone with sewing skills is invited to 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. Join us any time!

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. Tuesdays from 9:00 to 11:30 AM in the Small Fellowship Hall. Drop off donations in the basket by the Welcome Center.

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!

2018 Concordia Publishing Bible Sale

Save up to 33% on select Bibles and companion books using the code YFL when ordering at Concordia Publishing House. See what’s on sale at CPH.org/biblesale, call 800-325-3040 or visit the church office for help.

Church Office Closed

We will be closed Labor Day. Normal hours resume Tuesday, September 4.

Christian Education Sunday

As Sunday School and confirmation classes resume, it is a good time to reflect on our study of God's word. We kick off the new season with a special celebration of Christian Education for students of all ages. Sunday, September 9.

Teacher and Staff Installation

Many thanks to our returning and new Sunday School teachers and staff; we appreciate the time and effort that you put into educating the children of the congregation!

This year’s Sunday volunteers are Jill Hudak, Department Coordinator; Sue Gardner, Lise Harwell, Wendy Nettleton, Coleen Nicholas and Jessica Stephens, Elementary; and Diana Fields, Chris Fields and Matthew Harwell, Middle School.

Our preschool staff is Kandy Wise (director), Lani Long (aide) and Jessica Stephens (aide).

Church Picnic

This year we will host the church picnic here at Saint John’s, with lots of time for fellowship, good food and fun games. Sunday, September 9, at Noon on the Front Lawn. The Board of Fellowship will provide the main course, and invite attendees to bring a side or dessert.

Adult Catechesis Class

This ten-week course, taught by Pastor Nettleton, covers the basics of Christianity and the Lutheran faith; anyone interested in joining Saint John’s or looking for a “refresher” course is invited to attend. If you’re interested in attending, contact the church office to RSVP.

No Elderberries Third-Thursday Event in September

There will not be a Third-Thursday Elderberries event in September. Watch here and in the bulletin for information on future events!

Attic Cleaning Day

We’re looking for a group of people to help clean up the attic—the plan is to carry out trash, reorganize and label the various sections so we can get the storage space clean and keep it that way! Anyone interested in helping out, whether you’re more comfortable sorting, hauling or sweeping, will find something to do. Saturday, September 22, from 8:30 AM to Noon, starting in the Large Fellowship Hall.

Is There Good Reason to Believe that God Exists

Why do people believe in God? On what do most religions base their truth claims about God? Is Christianity any different? Dr. Adam Francisco, professor of history and chair of the History and Political Thought department at Concordia University, Irvine, California, will address these questions in this free presentation. Friday, September 28, at 7:00 PM in the Worship Center. A reception will follow.

Confessing the Faith in an Unbelieving World

St. Peter calls us to give a reason, a defense, for the hope that we have in Christ. How do Christians engage with modern skeptics? How do Christians give a witness to an unbelieving world? Join us for a one-day conference led by Dr. Adam Francisco, professor of history and chair of the History and Political Thought department at Concordia University, Irvine, California. Saturday, September 29, at 8:15 AM to 2:15 PM, registration begins at 8:00 AM in the Worship Center. Registration appreciated—please sign up by calling the church office (482-5316) by September 26; free ($10 lunch available).

Puerto Rico Mission Supply Collection

The seven people from Saint John’s who will be working in Puerto Rico October 13–20 will have an opportunity to provide supplies like building materials, toiletries, food, clothes and toys while they’re there. While we usually do a supply collection for our mission teams, this time we have been encouraged to instead collect money and gift cards so that the purchases can support the Puerto Rico economy. You can help by making a donation of cash (checks to Saint John’s Lutheran with “PR Supplies” in the memo line) or gift cards for Home Depot or Walmart.

The Garden Fundraising

Cards for financial commitments to this project, building a garden on the northwest 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.

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. 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 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. Join us any Thursday!

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!

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!

Thank You from the Funkes

Sometimes one may be overwhelmed by a word, a gift, or some “action of love.” We certainly have been so by the love demonstrated by the family of Saint John’s, which prompts this note.

For months, in the outpouring of love heaped on us through meals (Bill is a lousy cook), calls and visits, “love” and “family” took on new meanings. One definition of family, other than the obvious one, is “A group of people who are generally not blood relatives, but have common goals, interests and attitudes.” Another is “A collective body of persons who form under one head.” A moment’s thought shows both apply in describing the family of Saint John's. The first definition is very obvious when one considers this group with which we are fortunate to share membership. The second one is even more clear. The family of Saint John’s is certainly a close group under the leadership of one head, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. You can't improve on that!

Good friends, we truly thank God for your concern and help with gifts of meals and support. A special thanks to Nelly as the “leader of the project.” We take this means to thank all of you without risk of missing one of our “angels.” Our heartfelt thanks to you all, and God’s blessings to all the Saint John’s family.

—Lola and Bill Funke

Support Your Saint John’s Eagles Softball Team

It’s always great having a supportive crowd!

  • Sunday, July 1: 9:00 PM at Fossil Creek Park, west field
  • Sunday, July 15: 9:00 PM at Fossil Creek Park, west field
  • Sunday, July 22: 6:15 PM at Lee Martinez Park, west field
  • Sunday, July 29: 5:20 PM at Lee Martinez Park, west field

The playoffs are August 5 (at Fossil Creek Park, west field) and August 12 (at Lee Martinez, west field). We keep playing as long as we keep winning. Watch the bulletin for times!

Church Office Closed

We will be closed Wednesday, July 4, for the Independence Day holiday.

Colorado Rockies Faith Day

Watch the bulletin for information on how to sign up for this summer Rockies game (versus the Athletics), talk by players (Charlie Blackmon, Jon Gray and Ian Desmond) and concert by Passion. Sunday, July 29, at Coors Field. The game is at 1:10 PM with the concert to follow. We will carpool from the church.

Wolf Pack Visit to Saint John’s

LCMS Missionaries John and Jenn Wolf and their family will be visiting us during their furlough this summer. As the Africa region’s project manager, John provides oversight and support for projects and grants across the region, with a particular focus on mercy work. During the Adult Bible Study hour, John will give us an update on his work and ministry in Africa. Sunday, August 5, at 10:30 AM in the Large Fellowship Hall.

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 next school year. More information and a registration form are available at the Welcome Center, or call Kandy Wise at 482-1357.

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!

Heseder Yard Sale

Our annual Yard Sale allows the Heseders (Saint John's mission group) to turn your “stuff” into someone else's “treasure” while generating money for outreach missions at home and abroad. All day Friday and Saturday, June 1–2, in the Large Fellowship Hall. If you can lend a hand with setup or with the sale, please sign up at the Welcome Center.

  • Cookies needed! We are going to try to hold a bake sale alongside the Yard Sale, and could use donations of cookies, brownies or bars. If you can help, sign up at the Welcome Center and plan to drop off your gooddies by the evening of Thursday, May 31.
  • Drop off donations on the stage in the Large Fellowship Hall starting May 28 or contact the church office to schedule a pick-up. We will not accept old TVs/monitors (flat screens are ok) or other bulky electronics.
  • We could use donations of newspaper and boxes to pack items for customers.

Plunge into VBS 2018

At Splash Canyon VBS, your children will learn that God keeps His promises on life’s wild ride! They’ll explore Bible accounts where our faithful God promises to be with us and gives us life and hope through Jesus, our Savior. It’s free, but pre-registration is appreciated—sign up your three-year-old through sixth grade children today, and invite your family and friends! Visit the table by the Welcome Center, call the church office (482-5316) or visit www.StJohnsFC.org to sign up. 9:00 AM to Noon, June 4 through June 7. We can’t wait to see you there!

Be Part of Splash Canyon VBS, and help us share the message of our faithful God who keeps His promises! We have many ways to be involved to suit your interests and schedule. Sign up today at the registration table! We also have a big list of VBS donation needs. Join us for an exciting VBS this summer!

Support Your Saint John’s Eagles Softball Team

It’s always great having a supportive crowd! If you’re interested in playing, contact Tom Miles in the church office. Here’s the season schedule:

Sunday, June 3: 7:10 PM at Lee Martinez Park, west field.

Sunday, June 10: 5:20 PM at Lee Martinez Park, west field.

Sunday, June 17: 8:05 PM at Lee Martinez Park, west field.

Sunday, June 24: 5:20 PM at Fossil Creek Park, west field.

Sunday, July 1: 9:00 PM at Fossil Creek Park, west field.

Sunday, July 15: 9:00 PM at Fossil Creek Park, west field.

Sunday, July 22: 6:15 PM at Fossil Creek Park, west field.

Watch the bulletin for last-minute updates and information on the playoffs in late July.

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 17).

Wolf Pack Visit to Saint John’s

LCMS Missionaries John and Jenn Wolf and their family will be visiting us during their furlough this summer. As the Africa region’s project manager, John provides oversight and support for projects and grants across the region, with a particular focus on mercy work. During the Adult Bible Study hour, John will give us an update on his work and ministry in Africa. Sunday, August 5, at 10:30 AM in the Large Fellowship Hall.

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 the Welcome Center, or call Kandy Wise at 482-1357.

No Third THursday Events Through Summer

There will be no Elderberries Third Thursday potlucks in June, July or August. Plan to join us when we resume in September, and keep an eye out for details on the August Rockies trip!

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..