Luke 3:21-22
Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, "You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased."
January 13 is the first Sunday after Epiphany.

January 27:
A new chapter begins at St. Barnabas.

Jeffrey Nelson will start his ministry at St Barnabas on Wednesday, January 23. He will address the parish at the January 27th Forum, sharing his life and personal spiritual journey, including the challenges that drive his ministry today. It will be a great opportunity for all to get to know Jeffrey. 
From the Vestry
Call for Candidates for Vestry Openings
The Nominating Committee is asking Members to consider putting their name forward to stand for election to open Vestry positions. Members may also recommend other parishioners. Candidates must meet Expectations for Vestry Members ( click for attachment) . Please submit names to Jody Will (303-868-2182,  shrinknurs@aol.com ) as soon as practical;  the deadline is Thursday, January 17. Members of the Nominating Committee are Jody Will, Karen Esten, Eloise May, Lena Potyondy, Mike Erickson, Warren Blanc and Jim Hayes.

Bylaw Amendments Proposed
The Vestry is proposing changes to the bylaws, to be voted on by Members at the Annual Meeting. Here's a very brief overview of these amendments:
  • Number of Elected Vestry Members (5.2.d) - In addition to the Senior and Junior Wardens, elect six members to the Vestry instead of nine. Rationale: This number is more in line with parishes our size; it more realistically utilizes the limited resources of parish members. 
  • Nomination of Vestry Members (5.2e) - To identify members to stand for election to open Vestry positions, formally establish a Nominating Committee consisting of retiring Vestry members, the Priest, the two wardens, and at least two parishioners who are not Vestry members. Basic functions of the committee are: based on established Expectations for Vestry Members, identify candidates from parish membership and call for names from parishioners; explain expectations to potential candidates and ask for their commitment and agreement to stand for election; prayerfully discern at least two more nominees than the number of open positions; publish biographies for nominees. Rationale: This approach was introduced to St B by Rev. John Wengrovius, and is considered "best practice" within the Church. It is an organized, professional approach that has been used at St B successfully for two years. 
  • Amendments to Bylaws (7.4) - Provide for members to approve amendments at Special Member Meetings instead of only the Annual Meeting. Rationale: Using the same requirements for Member approval, this amendment provides the parish flexibility to change bylaws without having to wait until the Annual Meeting.

Next Vestry Business Meeting: January 23
~ Jim Hayes, Sr. Warden
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Second Sunday:
January 13
Families with young children are invited to gather for shared time and activities after the 9:30 am service.
Annual Meeting
The date is set for Sunday, February 10, 2019, immediately after the 9:30 am service. That's one week  after  Super Bowl Sunday. The agenda is being developed and will include election of wardens and Vestry members, proposed bylaw amendments, and our new Priest-in-Charge Rev. Jeffrey Nelson's thoughts on the way forward.
Stewardship
The Magi Bring Gifts
Summoned by a celestial convergence, they left their precious gifts and departed by a different route. Whether kings or Arabian astronomy nerds or literary creations to advance the story line they saw in the nativity event an extraordinary life ahead.  It was minor miracle that being born in that place in those times the infant had even survived his first week. Then the blessed family, escaping infanticide, disappears for a decade or so.  All those milestones of early childhood development are left out of the story but those of us who are parents and grandparents know them well.

Like the Magi we, in the 21 st century as a faith community in this place at 1280 Vine, know the paradox of vulnerability paired with miraculous durability.   For us 2019 is an extraordinary path of discovery ahead.  Pastoral leadership is in place. Our elected Vestry is going to be renewed in just a month. What is lagging is adequate funding for an operating budget. But with $289,000 pledged to date we are close.  Please add or increase your pledge to get us there.   Call me at (303) 475-4173 if you need to know how to do that. ~ Roger Mattison
Please join in thanking
The Rev. Dennis Kennedy...
for his time, sermons, Forums, etc. We appreciate  all  of his time and talents and wouldn’t be where we are without him. We’ll be hosting a pot luck on Saturday, January 26 starting at 5 pm. You bring the food and St. Barnabas will provide the beverages. We will be needing help with the setting up of Grant Hall and the clean-up, so please consider providing your help to making this a very happy occasion.   ~The Special Events Committee
Soup Group
The Soup Group will have Indian Red Lentil and Vegetable soup on Sunday. (It's both vegetarian and vegan!) Cooking will resume Thursday, January 17, at 9 am. If you can help with the preparation or accept donations after the 9:30 am service, please contact Ray at   RNMOLoughlin@gmail.com. Soup Group efforts raised $3,000 for St. George's Clinic in Baghdad in 2018.
Spiritual Inquiry
BARNABAS FORUM:
January 13: Forum is pleased to host a panel of Vestry members to share reflections on the past year as the Vestry navigated many changes and challenges on behalf of all of us. After Father Wengrovius' work in congregational meetings in Fall 2017, the Vestry received additional intensive trainings from him and from Diocesan staff and were called to make many decisions and hard choices on behalf of what they perceived as the best interests of St. Barnabas. This is not a time to inquire about any particular decision, but it is a time to listen to them, to acknowledge their hard work, and to participate through questions and discussion in reflection about where St. Barnabas finds itself at the advent of our Priest-in-Charge, Rev. Jeffrey Nelson.
 
January 20:  Instead of Forum, the Finance Committee will hold an informational meeting on the 2019 Budget
January 27:   Rev. Jeffrey Nelson will speak with the Congregation informally during Forum
February 3:   Topic currently open.
February 10:    No Forum; St. Barnabas. Parish meeting

JOIN FORUM PLANNERS: Serve the St. Barnabas community by joining the hard-working group of Forum Planners, Jack Unruh, Chris Bauer, Bill Lundgren, Patti Walter, and Jody Will. We can always use fresh energy and ideas. Presenting a Forum is not required but it can be a fun way to share your special interests within the congregation. Contact any of us for more information.
CONTEMPLATIVE COMPLINE: Wednesday evenings at 6:30 pm in the Foster Chapel upstairs at St. Barnabas. Bring poetry and an inquiring mind to share. Find peace and fellowship in reading poetry and the gentle, contemplative Compline service to close out the day.
Racism through the Lens of White Privilege:
A Spiritual Quest
Rev. Jane Vennard, a close friend of the St. Barnabas family, is presenting this special FREE workshop on Saturday, January 26, from 9:30 am-noon at First Unitarian Church, 1400 Lafayette Street in Denver. The purpose of this workshop is to explore white privilege as a way to know our selves more fully and to explore racism with integrity. To register, email TrudyinDenver@gmail.com .
Any adult, teen or child who is interested in being an acolyte, please see or call David Ford at 303-394-4225
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We especially welcome photos of St. B faces, events and celebrations you care to share.

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THIS WEEK AT ST. BARNABAS

The church office is now open from 9 am to 12 noon, Monday through Thursday. 
Melinda Cabell is looking after the office during these hours.

Sunday, January 13
Services: 7:45 am & 9:30 am
Second Sunday for Young Families: After the 9:30 service

Wednesday, January 16
Holy Communion Service with Bible Study: 10 am
Share the Care: 1 pm, Brady Hall
Caring Ministry: 2:15 pm, Chapel
Compline: 6:30 pm

Thursday, January 17
Soup Group: 9 am
WHI Night
Choir Practice: 7 pm

Announcement deadline for the St. Barnabas
e-newsletter and the church bulletin
is 12 noon, Wednesday.

During this interim period, please send information by email to both Patti Walter and Carla Carwile:
 
Thanks!

Important St. Barnabas Emails
  
contact-us @stbdenver.org 
prayer-requests @stbdenver.org
announcements @stbdenver.org
ervin outreach grant application
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