St. Paul's Episcopal Church

301 E. Stuart Street, Fort Collins, CO 80525
Phone: 970-482-2668
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This Sunday, Light a Candle

A New Opportunity to Offer a Personal Prayer

Have you ever been to a worship service where you light a candle as you silently offer a prayer for someone or something? This Sunday we are introducing this practice at St. Paul's during both worship services. There will be four stations where there are bowls of sand and a basket of candles. Two bowls will be at the back of the church and two at the front. You'll be able to see them because of the lit candle in each.

When the Prayers of the People are introduced, and as we are praying, you may go to one of these bowls, choose a candle, light it from a lit candle in the bowl and stick your candle in the sand as you silently offer your prayer. After you have lit your candle, return to your seat.

You may still offer your prayer out loud at the time during the Prayers of the People when we ask for them -- or not. It's up to you. And you certainly don't have to have lit a candle in order to offer a prayer. This practice will simply give us another way to pray, along with what we already do. Your heart may really appreciate the opportunity to create a little fire that carries the prayer upward. Give it a try and see. Or not. It's up to you.

Questions? Ask a Worship Team member: Tim Johnson, Gray Currier, Elaine Hild, Becky Sheller, Mike Werner, Laurie Gudim, Sioux Ichenhower, Kay Williams, Pastor Felicia
Special Talk by Dr. Elaine Hild

Sunday, Sept. 29, at 10:15 in the Fireside Room

Elaine has been asked many times by members of our community to share her work. Finally, we're making it happen!

Singing Through the Dying: Medieval ritual for the end of life

For centuries of European history, the sound of singing was customarily—and ideally—the final sensation of a human life. This presentation explores the rite for the dying included in the thirteenth-century Franciscan manuscript Chicago Newberry 24 . The manuscript preserves not only the texts spoken at the bedside, but also the melodies prescribed for the moment of death. The lecture will include performances of these chants by Kay Williams. 
Colorado Haiti Project Thank You
and Opportunity

  Thank you for your generous contributions to Colorado Haiti Project for the St. Paul's school in Petit Trou. There still is time to give (or increase your giving) if you haven't already.

On Sept. 22 from 4:30 - 7:30 pm at the Lone Tree Farm in Longmont there is the 6th Annual Farm Dinner. Anyone can go. You will hear from Wynn Walent, the director of the Haiti Project, (and others) about what progress has been made for the new school building and all the projects happening in the community. Tickets can still be purchased online. Go HERE for more information.
Special Worship Events Coming

Save the dates for the following special worship services:

October 20: Our new bishop, Kym Lucas, will visit. We will have one worship service at 8:30 am.

October 27: Joint Three Congregation Worship at 11 am

November 3: Father Kano Day will be celebrated at both the 8 am and 9 am services
Choose a Ministry

Are you looking for a new niche in which God might use your talents and passions? Do you wonder what opportunities to serve there are and how to go about volunteering? Check out the St. Paul's website for the ministries in which you might join. Find a new response to God's call to bring what gives you your deepest joy to the world's most profound ache.
Sunday School

Sunday School has begun! But it is never too late to register your child. Here is a link. Once again St. Paul's will be joining with Trinity Lutheran for our Christian Formation.

What is Godly Play?
The result of a lifetime of research and practice by theologian, author and educator the Rev. Dr. Jerome Berryman, the Godly Play® method is a curriculum of spiritual practice exploring the mystery of God’s presence in our lives. The Godly Play curriculum engages what is most exciting about religious education: God inviting us into—and pursuing us in the midst of—Scripture and spiritual experience. Godly Play practice teaches us to listen for God and to make authentic and creative responses to God’s call in our lives.
  • Godly Play is a creative, imaginative approach to Christian formation and spiritual guidance.
  • Godly Play has a Montessori foundation with 40+ years of research and practice.
  • Godly Play values process, openness, discovery, community and relationships.
  • Godly Play models the worship life, stories, symbols and rituals of Christian congregations.
  • Godly Play allows practitioners to make relevant and personal theological meaning.
  • Godly Play nurtures participants to larger dimensions of belief and faith through wondering and play.

If you have any questions, please let me know. -- Jacki Petrino

Saturday, September 28 in Old Town Square from 11 am - 3 pm

Explore what peace means to you
…. and to others in our community, our nation, and the world.
Our Joint Eco-Justice Team Presents September Adult Forums on Climate Change
Sundays 9:00-10:10 a.m. in the Sun Room

Sept. 15th-Trees, Water & People in Central America
This is a Fort Collins 21 year old non-profit with a strong community-based development model for helping people in Central America and U.S. Tribal Lands. They will send a staff member to describe what they and their partners are doing in relation to the climate change issue. This should allow for a whole new perspective on why many are being forced to flee that region due to unpredictable climate forces.

Sept. 22nd- The Fort Collins Climate Action Plan
Carolyn Conant of the Fort Collins Environmental Services Department will bring us up to date on what the Climate Action Plan is all about and how we are progressing as a city toward our climate action goals. She will help us understand ways we can contribute toward reducing our green house gas emissions and respond to questions.

Sept. 29th- Carbon Fee & Dividend and Other Climate Solutions
Trinity member, retired CSU Statistics Professor and Citizen's Climate Lobby volunteer Phil Chapman will give us some background and details on how a fee on fossil fuel extraction and dividend returned to citizens would be able to help bring down carbon emissions. This is an idea that has been proposed to the U.S. Congress and has gained bipartisan support. In addition, we will conclude the series of forums with a conversation on how we all can do our part to act to mitigate climate change.
We're Here to Help!

If you need a ride to and from church or church meetings or special events, if you have experienced a life-changing event, if you need a visit or a prayer, or if you would like to receive Eucharist at your home, please let us in the church office know!!
It's Weltha and Laurie, or 970-482-2668
God's Perspective at the Borders

Laurie Gudim writes for Speaking to the Soul at the Episcopal Cafe:   "Each family that awaits judgment at the borders of the U.S. is a holy family. Not only is each beloved of God, but each has a potential destiny of profound benefit to the world." Read the full reflection HERE .

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 up to? Go HERE for the Trinity Lutheran Church monthly newsletter, "Tidings". And HERE is Mary of Magdala's weekly bulletin.