- Written by Tom Miles Tom Miles
- Created: 18 November 2015 18 November 2015
There's always something happening at Saint John's. Read on to keep on top of activities, signups and other opportunities!
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 29, starting at 11:30 AM in the Large Fellowship Hall.
- The “Angel Tree:” Remember a loved one or special occasion next week or any time through Advent—bring an angel from your Christmas decorations to add to our Angel Tree. If you wish, you may attach a small, unobtrusive note to the back of the ornament indicating in whose honor it is given. Ornaments will be kept for future use unless you indicate otherwise on the note.
Mission Guild Christmas Party and Meeting
If any of Saint John's ladies would like to join us as guests, please bring a gift of around $15 to exchange. Tuesday, December 1, at 7:00 PM in the Large Fellowship Hall. Members, please bring your Secret Sister gift, your Red Stocking donation and a “Christmas snack” for refreshments.
Midweek Advent Series
In this year’s series, “The Stories of Advent,” we will meditate on the stories of Zechariah, Elizabeth and Mary; stories of silence, expectation, faith and action as we prepare to celebrate anew the birth of our Lord Jesus. Wednesdays, December 2, 9 and 16; 11:00 AM and 6:30 PM services, meals at Noon and 5:45 PM.
Thrivent is Throwing Saint John’s a Party!
Thrivent Financial is recognizing Saint John’s as one of the top participants in the new Action Team program with a party for the whole congregation featuring a catered meal, live music and a presentation of all of the things we’ve accomplished with Thrivent’s support this year. Sunday, December 6, at 11:30 AM in the Large Fellowship Hall. Don’t miss this free celebration of the Action Team program!
Anyone interested in spending some time painting alongside fellow artists—of all skill levels—is invited to come join us on the second Tuesday of each month. Tuesday, December 8, at 1:00 PM in Room 302.
No Third Thursday Potluck in December
The Elderberries will be focusing their efforts on the Wednesday Advent meals this month.
Family Christmas Celebration
The children of the Sunday School present a special Christmas program featuring angels, shepherds, wise men and, most importantly, the birth of Jesus. Sunday, December 20, at 9:00 AM in the Worship Center.
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
We gather in the light of candles to hear the great Christmas story, witnessing once again the birth of our Savior and the proclamation of the angels: “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you!” Thursday, December 24, at 6:00 PM in the Worship Center. Holy Communion will be celebrated.
Christmas Day Service of Carols and Lessons
Christ, the Savior, is born, and we proclaim the wondrous birth with word and sacrament. Friday, December 25, at 10:00 AM in the Worship Center.
Church Office Closed
We will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day as well as New Year's Day.
We celebrate the Festival of Epiphany with readings of the visit of the magi, our stand-ins as recipients of the good news that Jesus is the Messiah and Savior of not just the Jewish people, but of all people, around the world. Sunday, January 3, at 9:00 AM in the Worship Center.
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, January 3, at 11:30 AM in the Large Fellowship Hall.
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 3, at 12:00 PM in the Large Fellowship Hall.
Quilters on Break Until January 7
Because of the way the holidays through November and December fall this year, the Quilters will not be meeting. If you’re interested in joining this group, please mark January 7 on your 2016 calendar!
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; as we share His Baptism and are “united with Him in a death like His,” we also share His resurrection unto newness of life. Saturday, January 10, at 9:00 AM in the Worship Center.
Regular second-Tuesday meeting. Tuesday, January 12, at 6:00 PM in Room 302.
“Third Thursday” Potluck and Presentation
After the potluck meal Chuck Calvano will give a slide presentation on "The Great White Fleet." Thursday, January 21, at Noon in the Small Fellowship Hall. Please bring a dish to share.
Wyatt Poole Selling Coffee to Raise Money for Guatemala Trip
Member Wyatt Poole, a ninth grader at Poudre High School, is selling Guatemalan coffee to help raise money for a school trip to Guatemala. He will be traveling to San Miguel Escobar in the county of Ciudad Vieja to work with the community there to build schools, plant trees and work in a live-in Hospital with the patients. The group will be there for fourteen days. Their goals are to help teach sustainability in the community as well as teach the students leadership. Half of the time each day they will be working with the people in the community on these projects and the other half of the day they will be doing Spanish lessons with a one-on-one native speaker.
The money Wyatt raises goes to support his trip expenses. He will need to raise $2,600 plus the cost of the airfare (estimated at $650–850). He has applied for financial aid, but that will cover no more than a third of his expenses. The rest he will be raising with these coffee sales and several other money-making projects.
Please find Wyatt or his mom, Cheryl, if you’re interested in providing him some support for this servant trip.
Choir, Bell Choir and Band Rehearsals
Share your musical gifts with the congregation by adding your talent to the choir, bell choir or band—we're always seeking out new musicians interested in lending their talents to help lead worship at Saint John's. Choir meets at 5:30 pm in the Worship Center; 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.
Food and Clothing Bank Needs
We are seeking donations of non-perishable food items, new or gently-used clothing and small household items. Drop off your donations in the basket by the Welcome Center.
Note: The Larimer County Food Bank certifies our Food Bank each year, and will no longer allow us to repackage food products. So please consider donating smaller packages of items like flour, sugar, powdered milk, rice and beans.
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! Sign up at the Welcome Center by the end of December.
Pre-Vet Student Available to Help with Animal Care Needs
Newsletter Publishing/Article Submission Schedule
This newsletter is published ten times per year.
- Late January/February issue published January 15 (articles due by January 1). Photographers, we could use photos with a vibe of “Love.”
- March issue published March 1 (articles due by February 16). Photo vibe: “Lent.”
- April issue published April 1 (articles due by March 16). Photo vibe: “Easter.”
- May issue published May 1 (articles due by April 16). Photo vibe: “Pentecost.”
- June issue published June 1 (articles due by May 16). Photo vibe: “Missions.”
- July/August issue published July 1 (articles due by June 16). Photo vibe: “Summer.”
- September issue published September 1 (articles due by August 16). Photo vibe: “Christian Education.”
- October issue published October 1 (articles due by September 16). Photo vibe: “Reformation.”
- November issue published November 1 (articles due by October 16). Photo vibe: “Thanksgiving.”
- December/Early January issue published December 1 (articles due by November 16). Photo vibe: “Christmas.”