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

A Message from Your Wardens

Hello my Brothers and Sisters,

I hope this note finds you all well. After last week's All Parish meeting, Rhoda and I reflected on how we could improve our communication within the parish. Our idea is to include a “Warden's Notes” section weekly in the Epistle. In this section we plan to share recent and upcoming events, as well as our thoughts, hopes and prayers for our parish. FULL ARTICLE
Your Stewardship Team

This is the second in a series of reflections about our upcoming Every Member Canvass In-gathering Sunday.

This coming new year promises to be a pivotal one in many ways for our Parish, and especially as we seek a new Priest to accompany us on our spiritual journey together, and as we continue to evaluate where we wish our physical home to be.  We also seek to increase our witness and ministry both  within  and  beyond  our Parish.  Enclosed with the stewardship letter of invitation and also found on our Parish’s bulletin board in the meeting area, we are invited to review some examples of what we are currently doing in the Name of Christ.  Truly,  Inspired by the Spirit , we are accomplishing much!   Remember: we can turn in our pledge card ahead of time by placing it in the offering plate or mailing it in, giving us a head start!
Contemplative Art

Adult Ed., This Sunday, 11/25, and Sunday, 12/9,
10:30-11:15 am in the Sun Room

Experience Contemplative Art with Elaine Hild, Brianna Van Dyke, Judy Matthews and Laurie Gudim. We will discuss prayerful silence as the ground of contemplative creativity, then create together. We will have art supplies and writing materials available, but you can also bring your favorites – journaling, knitting, sewing, painting, or any other art form that you love.
St Paul’s Giving Tree

 St. Paul's Giving Tree provides much needed supplies to the Voices Carry Child Advocacy Center in Fort Collins. All the needed items can probably be found in the grocery store.

About Voices Carry Child Advocacy Center : We are an inspiring example of a successful public/private partnership. In 1994, a community task force began meeting to find a better way to serve children involved in child abuse investigations and their families. It is our job, as adults, to shine light on the issue of child sexual abuse. When a child is brave enough to tell his or her truth here at the CAC, it is up to us to make sure that this small voice is heard.  As we know, child sexual abuse thrives in secrecy, and Voices Carry signifies the courage necessary to speak up.

This Sunday , November 25, we will have a tree in the narthex. Please take a tag off the tree and return the item  unwrapped  no later than Monday, December 17. If you have any questions ,please contact Joan Stephenson . Thank you for your support!
 
Also if anyone is available to help put the tree together , please come. We are meeting on Saturday , November 24 at noon at Trinity. Come in the side by Rev Lyn’s office.
Celebrate Our Celebrants

Join us Sunday, December 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, December 16 at 10 am to celebrate Rev. Lyn Burns and her service to St. Paul's. A light breakfast will be hosted. Any questions? Contact Beth Etter
Where's the Coffee

If you haven’t visited coffee hour after one of our services lately, please do. There is great, freshly brewed coffee, decaf coffee, and also hot water for tea along the west side of the Fellowship Hall. Because of the current kitchen remodel, we are sharing coffee hour treats with Trinity Lutheran folks, so please help yourself to any of the foods on the tables near the coffee station. Coffee Hour is a great opportunity to introduce yourself to someone you don’t know!
Thanksgiving "Dinner Kit' Drive for Homeward Alliance

Your donations are greatly appreciated by the 19 Homeward Alliance families who received Thanksgiving Dinner Kit bags. Thank you!! For more information on how you can help the homeless in Fort Collins, visit The Alliance.
Habitat for Humanities Opportunities

The next Habitat For Humanity Build Days are Saturday, December 8th and Saturday, January 12th. No experience or tools are needed, the work is at your own pace and skill level (including total newbie), and it's an opportunity to help build a safe, decent, affordable home for a hardworking local family. Work from 7:45 AM to 4:00 PM, and enjoy a fabulous free lunch onsite, provided with love by one of our partner parishes. Try it once, you'll want to come back! Please contact Gray Currier by noon of the Sunday before to get signed up.
Christmas Worship Services

Children’s Pageant – Monday, December 24, 1:30 pm
Midnight Mass – 10:30 pm
Christmas Day Service – 10:30 am (followed by a Festive Lunch)
 
Christmas services of all three Faith Communities will be published in the December calendar.
Christmas Day Festive Lunch
 
St. Paul’s is organizing a Festive Lunch at noon on Christmas day after our Christmas Day service . Everyone is invited – whether you wish to come for a cup of eggnog and snacks or to eat a full meal. There will be a variety of Christmas and non-Christmas dishes, as well as gluten-free and vegetarian dishes. Please join us with your friends. If you are able to contribute to the lunch in any way, there will be a sign-up sheet in the narthex this Sunday. Any questions, please contact Rev. Lyn
From Jacki Petrino
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 December 2. Cash donations are also welcome and someone else will buy items for you! If you have questions, please contact Margaret Wick , 330-224-6305 (cell).

As always, if you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Episcopal Relief and Development Responds to California Wildfires

Episcopal Relief & Development is partnering with the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles and the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California as they coordinate with local congregations to provide emergency support to those impacted by the wildfires in Northern and Southern California. Please continue to pray for the individuals and families affected by the California wildfires as well as the firefighters and first-responders. Donations to the US Disaster Fund will help those affected by the devastating wildfires. Donate HERE
Trinity Book Group

Members of Mary of Magdala and St. Paul's are invited to join with the Trinity book group on Monday, December 3, at 9:30 am in the Fireside Room for a discussion of Calypso by David Sedaris. This is a non-fiction book in which the author sets his powers of observation towards middle age and mortality. Questions? Call Nadine Hunt at 970-825-3730.
Soup Suppers and Taize Services

For three Wednesdays in December (5, 12 and 19) Trinity Lutheran, St. Paul’s Episcopal, and Mary of Magdala Ecumenical Catholic Community will join for an evening of fellowship and contemplation. A simple soup supper in the Fellowship Hall at 6 pm will be followed by Taize worship at 6:45 pm. Sign up sheets are on the counter in the narthex for those who wish to contribute soup or volunteer to help set up or clean up the soup suppers.
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In Search of Wholeness - An Exploration of Our Mystical Origins

The adult education program of Mary of Magdala will host 2 Advent soup suppers: Sunday, December 2 and Sunday, December 9 after their 5 pm Mass. Speaker Rick Klein will weave together the lives and teachings of four modern mystics to create a fabric upon which we can trace our unique spiritual paths within the common spiritual journey of all humanity. Our journey will glean insights from the Native American mystic Black Elk; contemplative and feminist mystic Beatrice Bruteau; Jewish mystic Etty Hillesum; and priest and environmental advocate Thomas Berry. Please join us for nourishment of both body and soul.
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Three Wonderful Retreats
at Cathedral Ridge

Retreats give us permission to slow down, to listen, to find inspiration, and to recenter ourselves. Consider an Advent Retreat with Rev. Christy Shain-Hendricks, and, in January, a Women and Girls retreat or a Father and Son retreat. Check it out here!
Rocky Mountain Chamber Singers

Rocky Mountain Chamber Singers , under the directorship of Ann Bunyan, will offer a brilliant luminescence of song. Angels, bells, wise men, noels, and Mr. Grinch will be highlighted in the music of Byrd, Philips, Victoria, Warlock, Poulenc, Arvo Pärt, and Pentatonix. Hear the light of song shining in works by Ticheli, Culloton, Runestad, and other composers. A Cuban folk song, Moses Hogan spiritual, and the Appalachian Gospel hymn Will the Circle Be Unbroken continue the glowing celebration.

  • Sunday, December 2 at 3 pm, King of Glory Lutheran Church, 2919 Wilson Ave., Loveland;
  • Sunday, December. 9 at 3 pm, First Presbyterian Church, 531 S. College Ave., Fort Collins.

Admission at the door: $18 adults; $5 students.
Remember These Opportunities:

PLEASE HELP ADDRESS HOMELESSNESS. Join the Murphy Center in proclaiming December 8th as Homelessness Awareness Day in Fort Collins . P ease 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

BETSY PURNA'S HIMALAYAN SINGING BOWLS will be in the Sun Room each first Saturday of the month, 3:30-5 pm, and each third Saturday, 10:30 am-12 pm.
"Do Not Worry"

Look for Laurie Gudim's Thanksgiving Day reflection at Episcopal Cafe, Speaking to the Soul . It will be put up early Thursday morning and can be found HERE .