St. Paul's Episcopal Church



301 E. Stuart Street, Fort Collins, CO 80525
Phone: 970-482-2668
Email: office@stpauls-fc.org - Website: www.stpauls-fc.org

Warden’s Update …

Coming Soon!! September 8 th to be exact…the return of Mass on the Grass!
Along with Mass on the Grass will be a Potluck Brunch (see separate note for more details) and a Ministry Fair. This Fair will be a chance to see all the Ministries in which we St. Paulites are engaged. Come one! Come all! To the Fair! See what we are doing within the church, in our community and the world. If you are not already involved in a ministry, this is a chance to sign up and share your gifts – to be Christ’s hands and heart in our world at this time.
Looking forward to seeing everyone!

Update on our Outreach Tithe. You may remember that the Vestry decided to tithe the interest dollars we get on the investment of our Legacy Funds received when we sold our property on Elizabeth St. To date our Outreach Donations have provided support to: ISAAC of Northern Colorado; the Beating Guns program; The Bike to Work Day; the Nappie Project; the Episcopal Service Corp. The Vestry has also pledged to support Habitat for Humanity by matching donations received from our parishioners between last May and November of this year. If you would like any more information about any of these very worthy and well-vetted programs, ask any Vestry member or either of us – all of them are non-profits which can always use more hands, prayers and, of course, operating funds.

Want to get involved this year? Come to the Fair!! Talk to your Vestry members and/or Wardens –

Rhoda and John
Rainbows

. . . is the theme for our potluck following the 9 am service on September 8. There are so many colorful fruits and vegetables in the grocery stores and perhaps your own garden. So please bring something colorful, for example watermelon would go in the red section and carrots in the orange section. Be creative and help us make a joy-full display! A sign-up sheet for the potluck will be in the Fellowship Hall. Any questions about the potluck please email Judy or call 970-223-4080. Thanks,
Judy
Walk the Labyrinth with ISAAC

In light of the domestic terrorism attacks in El Paso and Dayton, the raids targeting working families in Mississippi, and the anxiety and terror felt by so many in our own community, we will focus on walking together in solidarity, recognition and resistance, honoring the lives of those affected and committing to work collectively to end the sickness of racism and white supremacy that plagues our society.This will be a bilingual, interfaith event, opening at 6 pm with a poem and closing with a blessing and prayer at 7 pm. Drop by as your schedule allows.  

The vigil will be held outdoors in the northwest corner of Plymouth Church’s lawn. Volunteers will guide you to park and direct you to the labyrinth. Over the course of the event, we will each be carrying the picture of a particular person or community, and walking the labyrinth in silence to honor those lives.
Sponsored by ISAAC, Fuerza Latina and Plymouth's Immigration Team
Please Come! Retirement Party for Fr. Jim DeMuth

August 18, 2019
2 pm Mass
3:30 pm Dinner Reception

The Mary of Magdala community invites us all to honor and celebrate the retirement of Fr. Jim. Dinner will include gluten-free options. RSVP with number attending to marymagdalafc@gmail.com
Sunday Morning Coffee Preparation
We no longer have a designated person to cover making coffee for parishioners before the 8:00 a.m. service, on the third Sundays of the month. Mary Jean Currier and Gray cover the first two Sundays, and Betsy and Joe Perna cover the fourth one. We no longer bring snacks, we just make the coffee, cut the Lutheran donuts (and set some of them out), and bring the cups out. Mary Jean and Betsy would be glad to train someone. Any interested person would greatly be appreciated, and they could contact Betsy Perna or Mary Jean Currier. 
Nappie Project

Have you been noticing the growing pile of diapers and other supplies in the sanctuary? Have you
noticed the jug with the children’s offering for the Nappie Project? On August 25th, beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall, we will have a “Wrap Session,” an interchurch, intergenerational gathering to place diapers into 1-dozen diaper packages to be distributed to agencies in our county, primarily to the Fort Collins and Loveland Foodbanks. Please join us. Everyone can help! Thus far, we have raised more than $1600, not counting the diapers, wipes, and diaper creams that people have purchased themselves.
Thank you! -- The Nappie Project Committee
Food Bank Rotation

Folks from St. Paul’s and Trinity will be volunteering at the Food Bank Warehouse on Tuesday, August 20 th  from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m . We have a faithful core of volunteers but more are always welcome. If interested, please email Jo Baietti for further information or call 970-223-1686.  
Colorado Haiti Project

GOOD NEWS For St. Paul's and for the Colorado Haiti Project
 As most of us know, the Diocesan’s Colorado Haiti Project (CHP) is the local visualization and practice of our national Episcopal mission work in Haiti. Our mission is situated in the Petit Trou area of Haiti but serves as part of a national ministry. Each congregation in the Church is hopefully involved. St. Paul's Church has been so led for the last few years by Lawrence Baietti. With pride and assurance, he is proud to turn his Haiti project ministry over to Anne Toerper, long-time faithful St. Paul's member and Haiti ministry supporter. A personal word of appreciation to Anne would be nice. 

Reminder
 The annual tuition remains at $350 for each student and donations are welcome. Checks may be made to the Colorado Haiti Project or to St. Paul’s Church with the Colorado Haiti Project notation.  More information, particularly regarding our involvement, to come.  Visit their website.
Deadline Announcement for "Dinner with Friends"

As Parishioners might have already read, the steering committee for “Dinner with Friends” is getting ready to form new groups of people that will begin meeting together for our next cycle beginning in September. If you would enjoy being a part of “Dinner with Friends” this Fall season, meeting with a new group of parishioners, you are reminded that Sunday, August 18 is the deadline for signing up after either service.

If you are unable to sign up this Sunday, we encourage you to email Seth Stepleton or text at (864) 650-3872 and get your name on the list. For those without Internet access, or who cannot text, please phone Joan Stepleton at (864) 650-2816.

Thank you for considering being a part of this well-received ministry of St. Paul’s!
Pony Davis, Monica Foster, Jim Steinborn, Joan & Seth Stepleton, Bill Hoelzel
Steering Committee Members
St. Paul's needs 14 volunteers
for Faith Family Hospitality (FFH) for the week of September 8th

FFH keeps families together and safe, reduces their time in homelessness, and supports them with dignity. Their experience results in fewer disruptions – for both parents and children – to education, medical care, and family, peer, and work life.  FFH works! And your help is needed to keep St. Paul's commitment to FFH. PLEASE VOLUNTEER!! 

3 cooks are needed on:  Sunday, 9/8, and Saturday, 9/14
2 overnight hosts on: Monday, 9/9; Wednesday, 9/11; and Friday, 9/13
2 evening hosts on: Wednesday, 9/11

If you have any questions about these volunteer opportunities, please call or email Marianne Lutton  or call 970-214-9806.  To sign up, go HERE    If you have any troubles doing this, let Marianne Lutton know and she will sign up for you!  

A paper signup will also be on the St. Paul's bulletin board next Sunday. If you choose to fill out the paper signup, please let me know, as there can be conflicts between the online signup and the paper signup.  THANKS!

Opportunities for Training

Trinity is hosting training for FFH volunteers from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. in the Fireside Room on three Sunday afternoons this fall: September 8th, October 6th, and November 3rd. If you are a new volunteer or if you are an experienced one who has never taken the training, you are encouraged to attend one of these sessions. No pre-registration is required, but if you would like to let us know which session you might be attending, please click HERE
Trinity Book Group

Because of Labor Day, the Trinity Book Group will meet on Monday, September 9th, at 9:30 a.m. in the Fireside Room to discuss the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, through the eyes of the pediatrician who was instrumental in revealing the poisoning of the city system:   What the Eyes Don’t See  by Mona Hanna-Attisha. Questions? Call Nadine Hunt at 825-3730.
Rejoicing in the Present Moment

Laurie Gudim writes for Speaking to the Soul at the Episcopal Cafe: "'My spirit rejoices in God my Savior,' was not just how Mary was feeling as she met Elizabeth and the babies leapt in their wombs. She was a woman of mindfulness. Her spirit was always in God." Read the full reflection HERE .
Flowers

If you would like to provide flowers to honor or remember a loved one, there is a sign-up sheet on the St. Paul's bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall.
Links to the Online Newsletters of Trinity Lutheran Church and the Mary of Magdala Ecumenical Catholic Community

What are our partners in ministry here at Trinity up to? Go HERE for the Trinity Lutheran Church monthly newsletter, "Tidings". And HERE is Mary of Magdala's weekly bulletin.