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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..