St. Paul's Episcopal Church

301 E. Stuart Street, Fort Collins, CO 80525
Phone: 970-482-2668
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All Saints' Day

Today is All Saints' Day, the Church's annual feast day to commemorate all the Holy Men and Women who have gone before us and who rest now with God. As you read this, remember with thanks all those in your life who have been mentors, guardians, teachers and inspiring angels. We will celebrate All Saints' this coming Sunday, so bring the names of these people as well as of your favorite saints to share during the prayers of the people. Thanks be to God for all those who have nourished our spiritual lives!
From Jacki Petrino
It has been a wonderful start of the Sunday School year! We have between 8 to 12 kids attend each Sunday, and they are about equally split between the congregations. So far this year, some of the things we have covered are: the Exodus story in Godly play, Creation, how sharing can make us happy AND we created a wonderful thank you card for Trinity. Thank you to the awesome helpers that are coming in each week. I really appreciate all the people willing to volunteer!

I was made aware that Trinity will be looking to help local children at Christmas. The kids want to help, too, so here is the information on how to make a difference in another family's life during this upcoming season of Advent:

We are collecting items for needy children ages 0-14 who live in Loveland's Lago Vista Mobile Home Park through Lago Vista Neighbor project . We seek to collect UNWRAPPED gifts for boys and girls by the first Sunday in December.
1. A fun toy in the $15-20 range
2. An educational item (book, puzzle, game, arts and crafts or science item)
3. A book.
Cash donations are also welcome and someone else will buy items for you! If you have questions, please contact Margaret Wick at , 970-800-36(hm) or 330-224-6305 (cell).

As always, if you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me
Father Hiram Kano. a Saint Recognized by the Episcopal Church and a Friend of St. Paul's

We will celebrate Father Kano this coming Sunday

Hisanori Kano was born in Tokyo on January 30, 1889, into a noble family. His father had wanted to study in France, but was not allowed, so when his son expressed a desire to emigrate to America, even though that would mean Hisanori would become a commoner, his father allowed it. Hisanori had become a Christian after almost dying from peritonitis. At the moment the nurses could find no pulse and thought he had died, he saw a vision of God. . . See full article by Mary Jean Currier HERE
All-Parish Meeting

Tuesday, November 11, at 10 am

The vestry will inform us as to our current status and next steps.
Please come and be part of the discussion!
It's Time . . . to Volunteer for FFH

Sign up to help families like these! As an FFH coordinator and volunteer, I have seen the strength that some of these parents have shown. It takes strength to accept help and admit they need help -- for their children and for themselves. FFH provides safe shelter at night and nutritious meals for these families.  And the great thing about volunteering to cook, evening host or stay overnight is that it's an easy thing to do!

The FFH community impact can not be understated! 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!!

Our next rotation starts the week of November 11 . We need volunteers for:
Cooks - Sunday, 11/11, and Saturday, 11/17 (at least 2 volunteers per evening);
Evening Hosts - Wednesday, 11/14 (at least 2 volunteers)
Overnight Hosts - Monday, 11/12, Wednesday, 11/14, and Friday, 11/16 (at least 2 volunteers per evening).

To sign up, either fill in the paper sign-up on St. Paul's bulletin board or go HERE : Feel free to contact Marianne Lutton if you have any questions.
Save the Dates to Celebrate Our Celebrants

Join us Sunday, Dec. 2 at 10 am to celebrate the retirement of Jim Visger as the deacon of St. Paul's. A light breakfast will be hosted.

Join us Sunday, Dec. 16 at 10 am to celebrate Rev. Lyn Burns and her wonderful service to St. Paul's. A light breakfast will be hosted. Any questions? Contact Beth Etter
Thanksgiving "Dinner Kit" Drive for Homeward Alliance :

You are invited to provide nonperishable foods for Thanksgiving dinner kits to be distributed to folks recently housed by Homeward Alliance (formerly Homeless Gear). Turkeys and cranberries will be provided by the Food Bank of Larimer County. Other items needed include aluminum roasting pans, stuffing mix, canned yams, green bean casserole ingredients, etc.

Please sign up in advance for the items you are donating -- the lists will be on the counter in the Narthex through Sunday, November 11. Many thanks to those who have already signed up, there are still spots available!

When bringing in your items, look for the big white donation box with silver snowflakes in the Narthex. Place the items you signed up for in the box by Sunday morning, November 18. There is a specific list of foods and number of items needed. Financial donations for pumpkin pies and other foods will also be accepted.

On Sunday, November 18, volunteers will organize the nonperishable items for delivery to the Murphy Center. Sign up to volunteer on the last page of the food lists.

Thank you, St. Paul’s Social Justice Team. Questions? Contact Judy Matthews 970-223-4080
TLC Fall Cleanup
DATE CHANGE: Saturday, November 10, 8 am - 12 pm

We've worshiped together, now let's work together in the tender care of the building and grounds that nurture our growth in Christian community. Many hands make light work.
And Come Help Pack Up the Kitchen
today and tomorrow, all day until 3:30 pm. Let Judy Matthews know if you can come.
Food Bank Volunteers

There is now a sign-up sheet on the St. Paul's bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall for the next Food Bank volunteering opportunity, Friday, November 9, 1 to 3 pm. For more information, call Jo Baietti at 970-223-1686

Fort Collins now has its own Poor People's Campaign

Come to the Poor People's Hearing - Fort Collins · Hosted by  Colorado Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Re v ival
Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Fort Collins Unitarian Church, 1815 Yorktown Ave, Fort Collins, Colorado 80526
Turkey Roundup for the Food Bank

Saturday, November 10 at 5:00 PM
Sunday, November 11 at each of the services all da y.

Bring a "rock hard" frozen turkey, and, right before each of the services, look for the green Mazda pickup in the circle drive in front of the church. Len Russ of Mary of Magdala will be ready to receive your bird. The turkeys will then be given a ride straight to the Food Bank for Larimer County. They will be distributed to our less fortunate neighbors.   (If for any reason your turkey has softened or is no longer frozen, the food bank can not accept it.)

This annual event is celebrated at the Food Bank, which will hold its own roundup on November 14th. Last year, Mary of Magdala and Trinity Lutheran together collected 56 turkeys. This year, with St. Paul's contributing, we'll provide even more. A gift of thankfulness for everyone!
Please Help Address Homelessness

Join the Murphy Center in proclaiming December 8th as Homelessness Awareness Day in Fort Collins .

Please consider 1) purchasing tickets to the Mission to Hope Walk (Morning) or the Murphy Center Community Dinner (Evening), 2) sponsoring a guest of the Murphy Center to attend the Walk or Dinner, 3) buying a table at the Dinner, 4) creating a walking team for the Walk, and 5) donating to support the event. For more information go HERE
Listening with a New Heart – Pilgrimage in the Islamic and Buddhist Traditions

Thursday, November 8, 2018, 6:30-8:30 pm

Experience a rare opportunity to dip into the personal spiritual journeys of leaders in the Islamic and Buddhist faiths. What does “pilgrimage” look like in these traditions? Is their spiritual journey a personal experience or a shared one? As we contemplate pilgrimage, are we invited to follow the paths of others or do we make our own, unique journey? What are the motivations that spur such a journey? Outreach Coordinator Shakir Muhammad from the Fort Collins Islamic Center and Buddhist leader Clarke Warren from Boulder have both made pilgrimages to the birthplaces of their founders. Each will talk about the reasons for and gains from these journeys and will share how these journeys renewed them and caused their re-commitment to their faiths. Suggested donation $10; students always free. Childcare provided.
2018 Richard Hagen Lecture

7 pm, November 19 at First United Methodist Church, 1005 Stover Street, Fort Collins

D r. Amy G. Oden, when she delivers the annual Richard Hagen lecture, will speak on “Radical Hospitality in a Time of Fear” and how Christians have an opportunity to make a powerful, counter-cultural witness to God’s love through welcoming the stranger. Oden, who teaches early church history and spirituality at St. Paul School of Theology, Oklahoma City, also will sign copies of her latest books.
Remember These Opportunities:

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY The next Build Dates are November 17 and December 8. For more information and to sign up, contact Gray Currier

BETSY PURNA'S HIMALAYAN SINGING BOWLS will be in the Sun Room each first Saturday of the month, 3:30 to 5 pm, and each third Saturday, 10:30 am to 12 pm.
"So Great A Cloud of Witnesses"

" This is the thin time, when the veil between the worlds becomes translucent. Heaven is close. Those who have gone before us gather near, an immense cloud of witnesses. "

Laurie Gudim at Speaking to the Soul . See full reflection HERE .