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

THIS SUNDAY: Celebrating the Baptism of Tobias Hild

Let's rejoice and celebrate, for Elaine and Florian Hild's son, Tobias will be baptized on Sunday, March 3. We will have a reception following the service, at 10. Come and congratulate this servant of Christ who is our brother.  
Coming Up Soon: Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, Silent Auction and Talent Show

Tuesday, March 5, 5:30 - 7 pm

Please join us on Shrove Tuesday: Pancakes, Awesome Talent, a Silent Auction and lots of FUN! All proceeds will support the youth mission trip 2019!

We are making bird houses to auction!
Thank You's and St. Swissom's Update

 If you bought a ticket for the luncheon – Thank you. If you could not be there for the luncheon but gave a donation – Thank you. If you said a prayer for the folks who are at Crossroads – Thank you. If you wondered what the crazy St. Swissom was about – you were not alone. A special thanks to Thrivent Financial for the gift of seed money. To the CHEFS, Tom Wilberton, Jeff Icenhower and Ron Bend a very special thanks for all of your hard work, enthusiasm and commitment! To Pastor Rick, thanks for your support and for being a “Fool for Christ’s sake.” I thank all three of the congregations for embracing this oddusual event. To all of the men who helped set up, clean up and serve, a big THANK YOU. Now for the recap: We served 115 meals. We raised $1,175 for Crossroads Safehouse. I am told that the money will be put into a fund to assist those living there directly. For example if the battery on someone’s car dies and they need to get to work, this money could be used to replace their battery. It is an area that is not currently in Crossroads Safehouse’s budget.
Fort Collins: The Choice City . . . For Whom?

Tuesday, March 19, 6:30 pm

The Joint Social and Ecological Justice committee of our three parishes is offering a viewing of “Fort Collins: The Choice City… for Whom?” The film will be shown in the sanctuary. We are also thrilled to announce that the film’s local producer, Betty Aragon-Mitotes, will be present to introduce the film and lead discussion afterward. “Choice City,” filmed in 2016, is about the historical and current discrimination and racism that occurs in Fort Collins. Save the date! 
The Legacy of Slavery in the U.S.

A free soup & bread supper will be provided at 5 p.m. at St. Aidan's prior to the on-campus showing of the documentary Traces of the Trade: A Voyage of Realization and Reconciliation. The Emmy-nominated film traces a journey by Katrina Browne, the filmmaker, and nine of her cousins, into the dark past of the slave trade which enriched their white New England family. Dain Perry, one of nine cousins, and his wife, Constance, will present the film and facilitate a conversation on race, reconciliation and healing. The film showing will begin at the Visual Arts Center (VAC), in Room 1B20 on the CU Campus. It is a short walk from St. Aidan's. Parking is available at Euclid Parking Garage on campus (fee-based) or at St. Aidan's for free.  Want to car pool? Talk to Judy Matthews (jdymtthws@gmail.com).
Habitat for Humanity: Wall Raising at Harmony Collages

On the chilly morning of Saturday, February 16th, Habitat for Humanity and local faith leaders dedicated the two new homes to be built during 2019 at the Harmony Cottages site in Fort Collins. These are homes which volunteers from St Paul's, Mary of Magdala, and Trinity Lutheran Church are helping to finance and build. It was an opportunity to "bless the dirt, sign the studs, and raise the walls" for these two homes, and to recognize and celebrate the two families whose hopefulness and future they represent.

A flier describing one of the 2019 homes - the one for Syrian immigrant Iman and her family - is  here.

Photos of the event, which included raising the walls for the other 2019 home - for Natasha and her baby (all bundled up in a pink playsuit) - are  here.

For more information or to join in our next Build Day, Saturday, 03/30/19, please contact  Gray Currier.
The Joint Ecological and Social Justice Group

will have a meeting on Tuesday, March 5th, at 5:15 pm in the Fireside room. St Paul's will be first on the agenda so we can support our youth group's pancake supper afterwards.
Need a Lift or Able to Give Someone a Lift?

  Judy Matthews is coordinating the effort to match people who need rides with those who can provide them. Please contact her (and let her know which part of town you live in).
Supernatural Stories: Life, Death, and Community in Contemporary Russian Villages 

will be presented from 2-4 pm Saturday, March 9 , by Laura Olson Osterman, Associate Professor in CU Boulder’s Department of Germanic & Slavic Languages & Literatures. If you visit Russian villages, you will often hear two types of stories about people’s interactions with the supernatural world: tales about harmful magic and accounts of ancestors who visit from beyond the grave. Dr. Osterman, who has been doing ethnographic fieldwork in Russia and Bulgaria for 40 years, will explore the logic and purpose of such stories.
 

Flowers for the Altar

T o dedicate altar flowers in memory of a loved one, in celebration of a birthday
or anniversary, or just to express gratitude to God, sign up on the list located on the red bulletin board where we used to gather for coffee. The money for these flowers comes from donations. We ask for a $25 donation, but any amount is acceptable. Write the check to St. Paul’s, put “Flowers” in the memo line, and put it in the offering plate. Thanks!
The Feast Day of Anna Julia Cooper

"Sophia, Holy Wisdom says in today’s reading from the Proverbs, 'Come, eat of my bread and drink of the wine I have mixed. Lay aside immaturity, and live, and walk in the way of insight."

-- Laurie Gudim writes for Speaking to the Soul at the Episcopal Cafe. Read the full reflection HERE .