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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!

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..