St. Paul's Episcopal Church

301 E. Stuart Street, Fort Collins, CO 80525
Phone: 970-482-2668
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A Message from Bishop-Elect Kym Lucas Regarding the Shooting at STEM School

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future and hope. -- Jeremiah 29:11

Hearing the news about the shooting at STEM school in Highlands Ranch, I felt a barrage of emotions: fear, anger, heartbreak, and a profound sense of anguish. Twenty years after the shooting at Columbine High School, our schools and communities continue to be terrorized by gun violence.

Like many others, I am praying for the victims and their families. I am praying especially for Kendrick Castillo, the brave young man who died trying to stop one of the shooters. As the mother of a high school senior, I cannot imagine how shattering it would be to have to bury my child just before what would have been his graduation day. My heart breaks for his family.

And even as I am praying for the victims, I am praying for the shooters: for Devon Erickson and the unnamed young woman. I pray for them because I cannot imagine the amount of isolation, frustration, rage, and hopelessness that would lead two young people to believe that shooting their classmates was the answer. I am praying for them because I know they are not the only ones being consumed by those things.

I am praying for our nation because there is a profound illness and brokenness within us that is producing people without hope. And while our nation's Faustian bargain with guns is being paid with the lives of our children, . . . Full Article
Live Streaming the Ordination and Consecration of a Bishop

May 18, beginning at 10:30 am in the sanctuary at Trinity Lutheran Church

The 11th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Colorado, the Rev. Kym Lucas, will be ordained and consecrated on Saturday, May 18 at St. John's Cathedral in Denver. The Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry, will officiate and preach. We will host live streaming of the event in the Trinity sanctuary. We will worship along with the congregation in Denver. Light refreshments in the narthex. Want a ride to this event? Please email Judy Matthews .
Habitat -- Opportunities Going Fast

Sorry, our Build Date of May 18th is full-up, with a waiting-list only. But volunteer now for Saturday 06/15/19 or Saturday 08/17/19 (no Builds in July). See why more and more of your friends are coming out to join in this rewarding, hands-on ministry! Enjoy a great day of elbow-to-elbow worksite fellowship (no experience needed!), plus share a super lunch provided by a partner congregation. Try it once, and you'll want to come back. Available spaces are filling up, so contact  Gray  soon!

3 Congregations – 1 Faith Community “Trinity Habitat Challenge” -- by Pastor Rick
Sitting around a breakfast table in February, our three congregations were invited into a challenge, to collectively raise $10,000 to support the Habitat for Humanity Inter-faith, Inter-denominations Build this summer. This goal is a God sized dream that is possible because of the ministry that we share together in this place.

We would like to invite you to partner with us in this challenge. If you are moved to give a donation, we have $5500 already committed towards our goal, that will help double your donation. Email Pastor Rick for details.

Thank you for your gifts. Thank you for what we can do together. Thank you for the witness to God’s work in our lives.
There Are Still Opportunities to Contribute to the "Place" Discussion

Sign up for one of these meetings by calling Weltha, 9 am to 12 pm in the church office.
Monday, May 13, 6:30 pm Poudre Fire Authority meeting room (corner of Mountain and Remington - Parking garage building)
Wednesday, May 15, 3 pm Trinity Church, Room 8
The Committee wants and needs to hear from everyone – new to St. Paul’s? long time member? young? old? We need all of you; God needs all of you to help discern God’s will for St. Paul’s Place.
Engage, City of Fort Collins, Invitation

Happy Spring Fort Collins Volunteers! I hope this rainy day finds you well. Spring is kicking off with a flurry of activity around the City. Want to get involved? Look at these fun opportunities coming up:

Gardens on Spring Creek Plant Sale --volunteers are needed to help with the event this weekend. They use a different system so the link is HERE

Monday, May 13 Homelessness Solutions Forum --City staff are seeking volunteers for set up and tear down. Read more at  Homelessness Solutions

Sunday, May 19 Kids in the Park!  Help make this fun community event possible. We need tons of volunteers! Volunteer to help at one of the activity stations or assist with other logistics at  Kids in the Park

June 5 UNITE! Volunteer to help our First Responders prepare for a full-scale disaster. All ages are welcome to volunteer at   UNITE!

June 16 Open Streets: Join volunteers from around the City to celebrate community. We need 40 volunteers to make this event a reality  Open Streets

Don't forget to mark your calendars for our summer picnic--Thursday, August 15, 4-7 p.m. at City Park.

Stay warm and dry today.
Sound Healing, Singing Bowls brings you harmony and relaxation .

Saturday, May 18th, 11:00 a.m-12:30 p.m in The Sun Room, at Trinity Lutheran Church,

Experience soothing, sound vibrations in a quiet venue as Betsy Perna plays her Himalayan singing bowls. Certified by Atma Buti Sound Healing and Soul Medicine School in Boulder, Colorado; Betsy has been using ancient Tibetan and Nepali methods to induce balanced body rhythms, relaxation and meditation since 2008. It’s strongly suggested you bring a yoga mat, blanket and a pillow for under your knees. It’s also great if you can come about 15 minutes early to get comfortable, so we start on time.

Enjoy tea and “Joe’s Gluten Free Cookies,” afterward! Suggested Donation: $10 (seniors-$8)
Save the Date

Our next rotation for Faith Family Hospitality starts June 2nd. Here is the sign up genius. There will also be a paper sign up sheet at the church tomorrow. Thanks for your generous service to people trying to get a leg-up in Ft. Collins!!
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!
"From Now On, You'll be Catching People"

Sometimes I'm the fisherman. . . "

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