- Written by Tom Miles Tom Miles
- Created: 22 September 2017 22 September 2017
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
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.
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!